Weekly Bible Study
Tuesday 28th July 2020
Topic: SOME SUPPOSED CONTRADICTIONS IN THE BIBLE
Text: Psalm 18:30
The Bible is the supreme Book for it so far excels all other books ever written. It has been the one Book that men turn to in the hour of tragedy and death. It is supreme for it has the answer to the questions of life and death. It is the oldest Book; its influence upon nations and men is beyond computation. It is a pure Book unmixed with myth and wild imaginations; it is the Word of God.
In spite of all these, some people have claimed that they found flaws with the Bible because of some contradictions thereof. I need to state that what such people called contradictions are supposed contradictions for a clear understanding of such passages will show that there is no contradiction in the Bible at all.
Today, we shall briefly examine ten of these supposed contradictions.
SOME SUPPOSED CONTRADICTIONS IN THE BIBLE
1. In John 1:18, the Bible says, “no man hath seen God at any time” while in Exodus 24:10, the Bible says, “And they saw God of Israel.” Actually, both statements are correct. They did not see God for He is a Spirit but they saw a physical reflection of God. When you look in the mirror, you see a reflection of your face but you’ve never seen your face as others see it.
2. In Numbers 25:9, the Bible says 24,000 died in the plague while in 1 Cor. 10:8, the Bible says 23,000 fell in one day. The true explanation is, 23,000 is the number that fell in one day and 24,000 the total number that died in the plaque.
3. In 2 Samuel 24:24, David paid 50 shekels of silver for the threshing floor while 1 Chronicles 21:25 says David paid 600 shekels of gold. The explanation is, these are two distinct transactions; first David bought the threshing floor for 50 shekels of silver and later bought the whole farm (estate) for 600 shekels.
4. In 1 Timothy 6:16 the Bible says, God dwells in light while in I Kings 8:12 the Bible says God dwells in thick darkness. The answer is that, both are true for God is omnipresent, dwelling everywhere.
5. In Isaiah 40:28, the Bible says, God never gets tired and never needs rest while Exodus 31:17 says God created the world in 6 days and rested and was refreshed on the seventh day. The correct explanation is that Exodus 31:17 does not say that God rested because He was tired for God does not get tired. God rested on the seventh day to appreciate that which He had created.
6. In John 13:27, the Bible says Satan entered into Judas during the Last Supper while in Luke 22:3-7, it is obvious that Satan entered into Judas before the Last Supper. The explanation is that Satan entered into Judas twice, the second time more completely
7. Acts 1:9-12 says Jesus ascended from Mount Olivet while Luke 24:50-51 says Jesus ascended from Bethany. The truth is that both statements are correct for Bethany is a place on the side of Mount Olivet.
8. Acts 9:7 says Paul’s companions heard the voice while Acts 22:9,26:14 says Paul’s companions did not hear the voice. The explanation is that the companions heard a sound like thunder but did not understand the words Jesus spoke to Saul who became Paul.
9. I Kings 6:1 gives the period between Exodus and the beginning of building the Temple as 480 years while according to history it was actually 573 years. The explanation is that the difference of 93 years is exactly the period of the Captivity under the Judges and these years are not reckoned in Jewish history. Years spent away from God are lost years, wasted, and not reckoned with the Lord.
10. In Luke 18:35,43, Jesus healed one blind man as he came near Jericho but in Mark 10:46, 52; Jesus healed one man as they departed from Jericho and in Matt. 20:29-34, Jesus healed two unnamed men some distance from Jericho. The truth is that these are three separate, distinct instances and not 3 reports of one story.
Without any doubt, much of these supposed contradictions arise out of misunderstanding of the context of such passages or a deliberate attempt by men to discredit the Bible. Nevertheless, the Bible is authentic, inerrant and worthy of belief. Though not one of the original manuscripts is still in existence today, perhaps it is the wisdom of God to make it so to prevent foolish men from worshipping them.
The oldest manuscripts still in existence today are (1) Vatican Manuscripts at Rome dated fourth century, (2) Siniatic manuscripts in Leningrad, Russia dated fourth century and (3) Alexandrian manuscripts in London dated fifth century. Though we do not have the original manuscripts, we accept the Bible as credible as it was accepted by the ancient Church. Over the years, even heretics and infidels have been forced to testify to its absolute credibility. Notable among these are Baallides, Caprocate, Celsus, Porphyry and others. Examination of the 4,000 ancient manuscripts in existence confirms the credibility of the Bible. We believe the Bible is completely reliable and are willing to stake our lives on it. Nevertheless, we do not worship the Bible, but we read it, believe it and obey it explicitly.