"Errors and Contradictions in the Bible"

There are contradictions in the Bible. The details of a few of the errors and contradictions in the Bible are presented below. I find that its errors and contradictions make it more credible rather than less. A contradiction indicates that one may be right and one may be wrong, or both may be wrong, but both cannot be right. Therefore, it is fair to classify a contradiction as an error on the part of someone. Contradictions in two of the creation stories and in the two stories of Noah and the Flood are outlined. Other errors and contradictions from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament make it clear that this issue must not be brushed aside. Here is a listing of some of the contradictions in the Bible, beginning with the most blatant and obvious:

  1. I Samuel 17:50-51 says that David killed Goliath. II Samuel 21:19 says that Elhanan killed the same Goliath.
  2. Matthew 28:2 and Mark 16:5 say that there was one "angel" or "young man" at the empty tomb on Easter morning. Luke 24:4 says that there were "two men."
  3. In Matthew 28:7 and Mark 16:7, the women are told to tell the disciples to go to Galilee, where they will see the resurrected Christ. In Luke 24, Jesus appears to the disciples in Jerusalem and ascends to heaven from Bethany, whereas in Matthew 28, Jesus appears to ascend to heaven from a mountain in Galilee.
  4. In the first two chapters in the Bible are found two contradictory accounts of creation. There are eight points of contrast between the accounts:
  5. In Genesis 6-8, there are two stories of the Great Flood, a common story in the literature of the Middle East. These stories have been intermingled in the text by the editors and redactors. The older of the stories is found in Genesis 6:8-10; 7:1-10, 16c; 8:6-12, 20-22. This story comes from 1000 BCE and may have Egyptian influence. The newer story is found in Genesis 6:9-22; 7:11-24; 8:1-5, 13-19; 9:1-17, and comes from 500 BCE with Babylonian influence. Here are six contradictions:

Other contradictions could be listed but they are more complex than these and require more background explanation. One such is the two burial places of Jacob in Genesis. An important point is that you don't have to believe everything in the Bible is literally true to have a solid faith. But if you want to talk about your faith with other people, you better know where you stand on Scripture. This is one of the most contentious matter in the Christian faith right now. It has ripped Christian families asunder in the past twenty years. It is the centerpiece of many religious discussions.