Contradiction #1

 


Do Genesis chapters 1 and 2 conflict? Many scoffers claim that the Bible is full of contradictions. They will nearly always cite Genesis 1 and 2 as examples.

Supposed Contradiction # 1:

Genesis 1:11 has the trees made on day 3 before man;
Genesis. 2:8 has the trees made on day 6 after man.
Genesis. 1:20 has birds made out of the water on day 5;
Genesis. 2:19 has birds made out of the ground (after man) on day 6.
Genesis. 1:24, 25 has the animals made on day 6 before man;
Genesis. 2:19 has the animals made on day 6 after man.

Here is the solution:
A careful reading of the two chapters will show the solution for each of the supposed contradictions.


Explanation of supposed contradiction a:


Chapter 1 tells the entire story in the order it happened.
Genesis. 2:4-6 gives a quick summary of the first five days of creation.
Genesis. 2:7-25 is describing only the events that took place on day 6 in the Garden of Eden.
 

The trees described in Genesis 2:8 are only in the Garden (the rest of the world is already full of trees from day 3). The purpose of this second creation of trees may have been to let Adam see that God did have power to create, that He was not just taking credit for the existing world. Notice that the second creation of trees was still on day 6 and was only those trees that are "pleasant to the sight and good for food."

Explanation of supposed contradiction b:
The birds created out of the ground on day 6 are only one of each "kind" so that Adam can name them and select a wife. The rest of the world is full of birds from day 5.

Explanation of supposed contradiction c:
Genesis 2:19 is describing only the animals created in the Garden, after man. The purpose of this second batch of animals being created was so that Adam could name them (Genesis. 2:19) and select a wife (Genesis. 2:20). Adam, not finding a suitable one (God knew he wouldn't), God made Eve (Genesis. 2:21-22).
There are no contradictions between these two chapters. Chapter 2 only describes in more detail the events in the Garden of Eden on day 6. If ancient man had written the Bible (as some scoffers say), he would never have made it say that the light was made before the sun! Many ancient cultures worshiped the sun as the source of life. God is light. God made the light before He made the sun so we could see that He (not the sun) is the source of life.


Supposed contradiction # 2:


How many chariot horses did Solomon have, 40,000 (I Kings 4:26) or 4,000 (II Chronicles 9:25)?


"And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen." I Kings 4:26

"And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen;" II Chronicles 9:25.


Read the verses carefully and you will see that there is no contradiction.
They had chariot teams with ten horses and ten men per chariot in case you got a flat tire! If he had "four thousand stalls for horses and chariots" he would need forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots.

Many modern versions of the Bible try to "fix" what they thought was a mistake and actually created an error.

 


Supposed contradiction # 3:


How many men did David kill, 700 (II Samuel 10:18) or 7,000 (I Chronicles 19:18)?


"And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew the men of seven hundred chariots of the Syrians," II Samuel 10:18
"But the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew of the Syrians seven thousand men which fought in chariots," I Chronicles 19:18
Since they had ten men per chariot both verses are fine

 


Supposed contradiction # 4:


How many died in the plague?


"And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand." [24,000] Numbers 25:9  "Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand." [23,000] I Corinthians 10:8.  Obviously 1,000 died the next day! There is no contradiction. 

 


 

Supposed contradiction # 5:


How much gold did Solomon get from Ophir, 450 talents or 420?


"And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom. And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon. And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon." I Kings 9:26-28


"Then went Solomon to Eziongeber, and to Eloth, at the sea side in the land of Edom. And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants ships, and servants that had knowledge of the sea; and they went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and took thence four hundred and fifty talents of gold, and brought them to king Solomon." 2 Chronicles 8:17-18
This is talking about two different trips! We can see from other verses that obviously many trips to Ophir were made! "For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks." 1 Kings 10:22 "Even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal:" 1 Chronicles 29:4
 


 

Supposed contradiction # 6:


Isn't "Easter" an error in Acts 12:4? Shouldn't pascha be "passover" like every other version has?


"Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church." 2"And he killed James the brother of John with the sword." 3" And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people." Acts 12:1-4
The word 'Easter' is the correct word and the KJV is the only version I have seen that gets it right. Read Ex. 12 and Numbers 28:16-17 and it will be clear that the Passover came before the days of unleavened bread.
In fact, by translating "pascha" as "passover" in Acts 12:4 modern bibles have inserted an ERROR that displays not only their lack of knowledge of Greek in context, but even more their lack of knowledge of ENGLISH!

You see, the man who INVENTS a particular word is the world's foremost authority on that word. In this case, the word "passover" was INVENTED by William Tyndale. Thus, William Tyndale knew the CORRECT definition of "passover" since he INVENTED the word "passover" in the first place.

Singular to relate, William Tyndale did NOT use the word HE INVENTED - "passover" - in Acts 12:4 Why? Why did William Tyndale not use the word HE INVENTED in Acts 12:4? Because, as Dr. Thomas Holland demonstrated, the days of unleavened bread come AFTER Passover. That's ONE reason Tyndale did not employ the word HE INVENTED in Acts 12:4. The second reason, of course, is because Herod was looking forward to the pagan feast of Ishtar, from which the word "Easter" is derived, and so Tyndale, who INVENTED the word "passover" did NOT use the word "passover" in Acts 12:4 in HIS OWN TRANSLATION.

In summary, had modern translators bothered to learn ENGLISH etymology, they would have discovered that the INVENTOR of the word "passover" declined to use the word HE INVENTED in this verse, because the INVENTOR of the word "passover" did not want to MISTRANSLATE the passage, as modern bibles have done.

An article which appeared in The Trinitarian Bible Society Quarterly Record states: "When Tyndale applied his talents to the translation of the New Testament from Greek into English, he was not satisfied with the use of a completely foreign word, and decided to take into account the fact that the season of the passover was known generally to English people as 'Easter' ... Tyndale has ester or Easter fourteen times, ester-lambe eleven times, Easter fest once, and paschall lambe three times. When he began his translation of the Pentateuch, he was again faced with the problem in Exodus 12:11 and twenty-one other places, and no doubt recognizing the Easter in this context would be an anachronism he coined a new word, passover and used it consistently in all twenty-two places. It is, therefore, to Tyndale that our language is indebted for this meaningful and appropriate word."

Some points to ponder about Easter:

The Passover was at night on the 14th day of April.
The seven days of unleavened bread always followed the Passover.
The pagan festival of Astart or Ishtar (Easter) was always held late in April to celebrate the earth regenerating itself after winter. That is why rabbits (Playboy) and eggs, symbols of fertility are used.
The feast days are never called the Passover anywhere in scripture.
Peter was arrested during the days of unleavened bread after Passover.
Herod wanted to kill him during his own pagan festival of Easter coming up in a few days.
KJV is the only version to get it right.

 


Supposed contradiction # 7:


Did David pay 600 shekels in gold or 50 shekels in silver for the land?


"And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver." 2 Samuel 24:24
"So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight." 1 Chronicles 21:25
There is no contradiction. 50 shekels of silver was paltry (reference Exodus 21:32) to pay for a site that was later to become the temple mount. However, it might be an appropriate figure to pay for a yoke of oxen. I Chronicles seems to indicate that the initial discussion was about the property. Ornan then offered David the oxen too. David paid 600 shekels in gold for the land and 50 shekels in silver for the oxen.

 


 

  1. Genesis 1:3-5 On the first day, God created light, then separated light and darkness.
  2. Genesis 1:14-19 The sun (which separates night and day) wasn't created until the fourth day.

        God simply spoke and there was light. This shows the awesome power of God. God only needed to speak and the light appeared. God has the power to merely speak and all things obey his voice. This new light that God created was not the light from the Sun or moon or even the stars. This light was the essence of the existence of light itself. Here the word for light is "or" meaning the existence or creation of light (Origin of Light)


  1. Genesis 1:11-12, 26-27 Trees were created before man was created.
  2. Genesis 2:4-9 Man was created before trees were created.

        Genesis 2:8-9 does not describe the creation of trees but the creation of the garden of Eden for Adam to live in. In it God planted many trees, among them the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life.


  1. Genesis 1:20-21, 26-27 Birds were created before man was created.
  2. Genesis 2:7, 19 Man was created before birds were created.

        Genesis 2:19 does not describe the creation of birds (which came out of the seas). Rather, God made one more of each kind of creature from the ground directly before Adam, so that he could name them. It was a second creative act, this one later in the day and only in the garden, that familiarized Adam with all of the kinds of animals he was to rule over.


  1. Genesis 1:24-27 Animals were created before man was created.
  2. Genesis 2:7, 19 Man was created before animals were created.

See above.


  1. Genesis 1:28 God encourages reproduction.
  2. Leviticus 12:1-8 God requires purification rites following childbirth, which, in effect, makes childbirth a sin. (Note: The period for purification following the birth of a daughter is twice that for a son.)

        Here you need to distinguish between being ceremonially unclean and sinning? I make my son wash his hands after playing in the sandbox. Does that make him disobedient to play there? A woman with an issue of blood was also said to be unclean, just a couple of chapters later. Does that make her sinful?


  1. Genesis 1:31 God was pleased with his creation.
  2. Genesis 6:5-6 God was not pleased with his creation. (Note: That God should be displeased is inconsistent with the concept of omniscience.)

        God was pleased to give man a free will. He is not pleased when man uses that to rebel.


  1. Genesis 2:4, 4:26, 12:8, 22:14-16, 26:25 God was already known as "the Lord" (Jahveh or Jehovah) much earlier than the time of Moses.
  2. Exodus 6:2-3 God was first known as "the Lord" (Jahveh or Jehovah) at the time of the Egyptian Bondage, during the life of Moses.

        Moses wrote (actually collected 10 eye witness accounts and edited) Genesis and used the name for God that was revealed to him.


  1. Genesis 2:17 Adam was to die the very day that he ate the forbidden fruit.
  2. Genesis 5:5 Adam lived 930 years.

        There is physical death (the separation of the soul from the body) and spiritual death (the separation of the soul from God). In a physical sense, Adam BEGAN to die that day. In a spiritual sense, which God consistently uses thereafter (see Ephesians 2:1 and John 8:51) Adam died immediately; that is, his sin separated him from his Creator the instant he ate the fruit.


  1. Genesis 2:15-17, 3:4-6 It is wrong to want to be able to tell good from evil.
  2. Hebrews 5:13-14 It is immature to be unable to tell good from evil.

        Your interpretation of Genesis 2 is totally messed up. Their sin was disobedience (doing evil) not wanting to know something.


  1. Genesis 4:4-5 God prefers Abel's offering and has no regard for Cain's.
  2. 2Chronicles 19:7, Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11 God shows no partiality. He treats all alike.

        God DOES treat all alike. Those that offer improper sacrifices (like Cain) are rejected. If Abel had offered a bloodless sacrifice, he would have been rejected too.


  1. Genesis 4:9 God asks Cain where his brother Able is.
  2. Proverbs 15:3, Jeremiah 16:17, 23:24-25, Hebrews 4:13 God is everywhere. He sees everything. Nothing is hidden from his view.

        God gave Cain a chance to come clean. I ASK my boy if he took a cookie that I watched him snitch for the same reason.


  1. Genesis 4:15, Deuteronomy 32:4, Isaiah 34:8 God is a vengeful god.
  2. Exodus 15:3, Isaiah 42:13, Hebrews 12:29 God is a warrior. God is a consuming fire.
  3. Exodus 20:5, 34:14, Deuteronomy 4:24, 5:9, 6:15, 29:20, 32:21 God is a jealous god.
  4. Leviticus 26:7-8, Numbers 31:17-18, Deuteronomy 20:16-17, Joshua 10:40, Judges 14:19, Ezekiel 9:5-7 The Spirit of God is (sometimes) murder and killing.
  5. Numbers 25:3-4, Deuteronomy 6:15, 9:7-8, 29:20, 32:21, Psalms 7:11, 78:49, Jeremiah 4:8, 17:4, 32:30-31, Zephaniah 2:2 God is angry. His anger is sometimes fierce.
  6. 2Samuel 22:7-8  "I called to the Lord; ... he heard my voice; ... The earth trembled and quaked, ... because he was angry. Smoke came from his nostrils. Consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it."
  7. Ezekiel 6:12, Nahum 1:2, 6 God is jealous and furious. He reserves wrath for, and takes revenge on, his enemies. "... who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and rocks are thrown down by him."
  8. 2Corinthians 13:11, 14, 1John 4:8, 16 God is love.
  9. Galatians 5:22-23 The fruit of the Spirit of God is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

        God hates sin and evil and God loves goodness. So what is the problem? His holiness means He must execute a just penalty for sin. God's love provides a means of forgiveness in Christ for all who will avail themselves. There is no contradiction here.


  1. Genesis 4:16 Cain went away (or out) from the presence of the Lord.
  2. Jeremiah 23:23-24 A man cannot hide from God. God fills heaven and earth.

        God took on a form to speak with Cain (much like Moses at the burning bush or Abraham at his tent). Cain walked away from his encounter with God.


  1. Genesis 6:4 There were Nephilim (giants) before the Flood.
  2. Genesis 7:21 All creatures other than Noah and his clan were annihilated by the Flood.
  3. Numbers 13:33 There were Nephilim after the Flood.

        Some of Adam's descendants were giants. Some of Noah's descendants were giants. Some giants have lived in recent history. So what?


  1. Genesis 6:6. Exodus 32:14, Numbers 14:20, 1Samuel 15:35, 2Samuel 24:16 God does change his mind.
  2. Numbers 23:19-20, Isaiah 15:29, James 1:17 God does not change his mind.

        God never changes. His actions towards us change as WE change (much as the sun changes when I put on my shades).


  1. Genesis 6:19-22, 7:8-9, 7:14-16 Two of each kind are to be taken, and are taken, aboard Noah's Ark.
  2. Genesis 7:2-5 Seven pairs of some kinds are to be taken (and are taken) aboard the Ark.

       If seven of *some* are taken, than two of *each* kind ARE taken. There is no contradiction. A contradiction would require that two of some kind NOT be taken!


  1. Genesis 7:1 Noah was righteous.
  2. Job 1:1,8, Job 2:3 Job was righteous.
  3. Luke 1:6 Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous.
  4. James 5:16 Some men are righteous, (which makes their prayers effective).
  5. 1John 3:6-9 Christians become righteous (or else they are not really Christians).
  6. Romans 3:10, 3:23, 1John 1:8-10 No one was or is righteous.

        This is at least a reasonable objection...oft-refuted, but reasonable. God is totally, completely spotlessly righteous. He alone is perfectly holy. When men are described as "righteous," it is always in a comparative way (i.e. Job 2:3 "there is none like him on the earth"). Men can only become guiltless before the bar of the Almighty by being pardoned through the blood of Christ.


  1. Genesis 7:7 Noah and his clan enter the Ark.
  2. Genesis 7:13 They enter the Ark (again?).

        It is reiterating the event with a specific dating scheme in Noah's life.


  1. Genesis 11:7-9 God sows discord.
  2. Proverbs 6:16-19 God hates anyone who sows discord.

        God did not sow discord (contention). He confused the languages. BTW, there are a lot of things that God does that He forbids man to do. So what? That is only reasonable.


  1. Genesis 11:9 At Babel, the Lord confused the language of the whole world.
  2. 1Corinthians 14:33 Paul says that God is not the author of confusion.

        This is taken out of context. God is not the author of confusion IN THE CHURCH.


  1. Genesis 11:12 Arpachshad [Arphaxad] was the father of Shelah.
  2. Luke 3:35-36 Cainan was the father of Shelah. Arpachshad was the grandfather of Shelah.

        Cainan was left out of Genesis. It is also possible that it was purposefully left out of this genealogy. While this would appear unusual, there are a few kings left out in Matthew 1:8. It also appears that in the Jewish tradition, the designation "son" was somewhat flexible. There are multiple instances in the scripture where a grandson is called a son or a son in law is called a son.


  1. Genesis 11:16 Terah was 70 years old when his son Abram was born.
  2. Genesis 11:32 Terah was 205 years old when he died (making Abram 135 at the time).
  3. Genesis 12:4, Acts 7:4 Abram was 75 when he left Haran. This was after Terah died. Thus, Terah could have been no more than 145 when he died; or Abram was only 75 years old after he had lived 135 years.

        This is a decent point since it appears contradictory on the surface. However, Terah could have STARTED bearing at age 70 (following the pattern of the genealogy in which the childless years are mentioned first) and Abram could have been born last when Terah was 130. This is not unreasonable since Abram himself bore children later than that. (Genesis 17:17 indicates he was ten years older than Sarah. Genesis 23:1 says Sarah died at 127. Genesis 25:1-2 tells us that Abraham was still bearing children with his subsequent wife several years later.) Furthermore, Abraham's brother got married, had Lot, and died ALL before Abram got married. So Abram's brother, Haran, would have been MUCH older.


  1. Genesis 12:7, 17:1, 18:1, 26:2, 32:30, Exodus 3:16, 6:2-3, 24:9-11, 33:11, Numbers 12:7-8,14:14, Job 42:5, Amos 7:7-8, 9:1 God is seen.
  2. Exodus 33:20, John 1:18, 1John 4:12 God is not seen. No one can see God's face and live. No one has ever seen him.

        The amazing thing is that these verses resolve your confusion themselves! No one has seen God in all his glory. In Exodus, God hid Moses from seeing his face. Isaiah, John, and others saw a vision of God. God takes on a form (like a burning bush to Moses or a whirlwind to Job) before conversing with man.


  1. Genesis 10:5, 20, 31 There were many languages before the Tower of Babel.
  2. Genesis 11:1 There was only one language before the Tower of Babel.

        Genesis 10 is a genealogy that covers centuries. It includes the period before Babel when there was one language (described in chapter 11) and continues well after Babel detailing the divisions of languages that resulted from Babel.


  1. Genesis 16:15, 21:1-3, Galatians 4:22 Abraham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac.
  2. Hebrews 11:17 Abraham had only one son.

        The passage in Hebrews is being chopping off mid-thought to create a contradiction. "He that received the promise offered up his only begotten son of whom it was said..." God had promised Isaac. Abraham got Ishmael outside of God's will.


  1. Genesis 17:1, 35:11, 1Chronicles 29:11-12, Luke 1:37 God is omnipotent. Nothing is impossible with (or for) God.
  2. Judges 1:19 Although God was with Judah, together they could not defeat the plainsmen because the latter had iron chariots.

What is this supposed to mean?

Let's look at the verse in which the Scoffer claims the contradiction sits:

Judges 1:19
And the LORD was with Judah; and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

This is an observation that I made in reading this page. Notice the Word of God states "the LORD was with Judah," not "the LORD was fighting along side Judah against the inhabitants of the valley." While reading this page, I've seen that this particular Scoffer often takes things out of context and omits valuable information in his/her postings. This seems to be another case.

I did not find in my Bible that the LORD was fighting along side Judah, but instead that the LORD was with Judah. All through scripture it is made clear that trials, tribulation, persecution and other things strengthen our relationship with God. We learn to depend on Him. God never promised that life would be easy, to my knowledge, He only promised he would never leave us. And He never has. I have experienced many trials in my life. I've "won some and lost some," but the LORD has never left me. He's with me through thick and thin (Hebrews 13:5), victory and defeat. I am sure this is the case with Judah as well. NO CONTRADICTION!


  1. Genesis 17:7, 10-11 The covenant of circumcision is to be everlasting.
  2. Galatians 6:15 It is of no consequence.

        You are comparing the longevity of a covenant with its potency (apples and oranges). Circumcision is an everlasting covenant. But it is of no value in taking away sin. It never saved anybody.


  1. Genesis 17:8 God promises Abraham the land of Canaan as an "everlasting possession."
  2. Genesis 25:8, Acts 7:2-5, Hebrews 11:13 Abraham died with the promise unfulfilled.

        Abraham was in possession of plenty of Canaan when he died. But you miss the point of the verse. The promised was to be fulfilled in Abraham AND his seed. One of the most amazingly fulfilled prophecies is the rebirth of the nation of Israel in their ancestral homeland.


  1. Genesis 17:15-16, 20:11-12, 22:17 Abraham and his half sister, Sarai, are married and receive God's blessings.
  2. Leviticus 20:17, Deuteronomy 27:20-23 Incest is wrong.

        So what? Good people can do wrong things. Besides, the laws you cite were not given till long after Abraham had died. Ex post facto laws.


  1. Genesis 18:20-21 God decides to "go down" to see what is going on.
  2. Proverbs 15:3, Jeremiah 16:17, 23:24-25, Hebrews 4:13 God is everywhere. He sees everything. Nothing is hidden from his view.

        God went down to check out Sodom to give Abraham a chance to intercede for it, and to demonstrate the wickedness of the Sodomites; not because he was unable to check it out from heaven.


  1. Genesis 19:30-38 While he is drunk, Lot's two daughters "lie with him," become pregnant, and give birth to his offspring.
  2. 2Peter 2:7 Lot was "just" and "righteous."

        Remember whenever "righteous" is used of man, it is comparative. Good people are not always perfect. If your ONLY flaw was getting drunk for a couple of nights, I would say that you were pretty righteous too.


  1. Genesis 22:1-12, Deuteronomy 8:2 God tempts (tests) Abraham and Moses.
  2. Judges 2:22 God himself says that he does test (tempt).
  3. 1Corinthians 10:13 Paul says that God controls the extent of our temptations.
  4. James 1:13 God tests (tempts) no one.

        Note Hebrews 11:17. A better translation of the Greek "peirazo" is "tried" (or proved, tested). God examines us much like a master teacher...to demonstrate our faith (or lack thereof) and to mature us. James uses it in this sense earlier in the chapter (James 1:2-3). There is a very different Greek used in verse 13. "Peirasmos" means "a solicitation to do evil." It is based on our lusts or on Satanic seductions.


  1. Genesis 27:28 "May God give you ... an abundance of grain and new wine."
  2. Deuteronomy 7:13 If they follow his commandments, God will bless the fruit of their wine.
  3. Psalms 104:5 God gives us wine to gladden the heart.
  4. Jeremiah 13:12 "... every bottle shall be filled with wine."
  5. John 2:1-11 According to the author of John, Jesus' first miracle was turning water to wine.
  6. Romans 14:21 It is good to refrain from drinking wine.

        Once again a contradiction is create by messing up the sentence. The point is not that there is anything wrong with eating certain meats or drinking wine. The problem is doing things needlessly that offend a Christian brother.


  1. Genesis 35:10 God says Jacob is to be called Jacob no longer; henceforth his name is Israel.
  2. Genesis 46:2 At a later time, God himself uses the name Jacob.

        The Oriental tradition of changing names was to signify a watershed in someone's life. It was an official change. The point is NOT that God forbids everybody from calling him Jacob (in fact he is called Jacob just 4 verses later); rather the idea is that he would no longer be KNOWN as "deceiver" (Jacob) but as "God's fighter" (Israel).


  1. Genesis 36:11 The sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, and Kenaz.
  2. Genesis 36:15-16 Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz.
  3. 1Chronicles 1:35-36 Teman, Omar, Zephi, Gatam, Kenaz, Timna, and Amalek.

        Take the time to read the passage carefully and you might just answer your own question. Genesis 36:12 adds Amalek (born by a concubine) to the list started in verse 11. You just plain miss Gatam and Amalek in Genesis 36:16. Later in the passage (perhaps adopted as a son) Timnah is added as a duke (Genesis 36:40). Therefore Genesis 36 matches Chronicles perfectly


  1. Genesis 49:2-28 The fathers of the twelve tribes of Israel are: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Zebulun, Issachar, Dan, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Joseph, and Benjamin.
  2. Revelation 7:4-8 (Leaves out the tribe of Dan, but adds Manasseh.)

        This is not a contradiction. It is a change. Some have postulated this change was because of the idolatry that was started in Dan, which eventually caused Israel to be judged and to go into bondage.


  1. Genesis 50:13 Jacob was buried in a cave at Machpelah bought from Ephron the Hittite.
  2. Acts 7:15-16 He was buried in the sepulchre at Shechem, bought from the sons of Hamor.

        The sepulchre was a cave. (Note Genesis 23:6-9 where the original story is told.) Machpelah is the region that became Shechem. Again from the original story, we see that Abraham bought it from the sons of Hamor, specifically from Ephron who lived among them and had the field with the sepulchre. When Jacob returned to his ancestral homeland (Genesis 33:17-19) he found that children of Hamor had conquered and inhabited the region. He repurchased the field from Shechem's dad, Hamor.


  1. Exodus 3:1 Jethro was the father-in-law of Moses.
  2. Numbers 10:29, Judges 4:11 Hobab was the father-in-law of Moses.

        Many OT figures had two names. This was particularly common in the ancient traditions when one was leaving one clan to join another nation (Joseph in Egypt, Daniel in Babylon, etc.). Jethro was a Midianite. Likely he was given a Hebrew name when he joined the Israelites.


  1. Exodus 3:20-22, Deuteronomy 20:13-17 God instructs the Israelites to despoil the Egyptians, to plunder their enemies.
  2. Exodus 20:15, 17, Leviticus 19:13 God prohibits stealing, defrauding, or robbing a neighbor.

        First, the rules of warfare are, and have always been distinct from the rules in society (shooting down an enemy plane is morally different from shooting my wife amidst an argument). Secondly, God made these laws for man, not for himself. He can take (or command to be taken) whatever He wants, anytime He wants. He is God.
[since this same objection is repeated below ad nauseum, I will only say "dittos" from now on]


  1. Exodus 4:11 God decides who will be dumb, deaf, blind, etc.
  2. 2Corinthians 13:11, 14, 1John 4:8, 16 God is a god of love.

        Sickness, disease, suffering, and death are a result of sin and man's rebellion against God. God in justice judged the world. God in love provides a means of salvation so that we can live in bliss with Him. Perhaps YOU do not think that this is "loving" enough for you. But you are not a HOLY God who has been offended by sin.


  1. Exodus 9:3-6 God destroys all the cattle (including horses) belonging to the Egyptians.
  2. Exodus 9:9-11 The people and the cattle are afflicted with boils.
  3. Exodus 12:12, 29 All the first-born of the cattle of the Egyptians are destroyed.
  4. Exodus 14:9 After having all their cattle destroyed, then afflicted with boils, and then their first-born cattle destroyed, the Egyptians pursue Moses on horseback.

        You first premise is wrong. The murrain was on the cattle and the horses (Exodus 9:3). No doubt many of them died. However, verse six states that all the cattle died. It does not include the horses, asses, camels etc.


  1. Exodus 12:13 The Israelites have to mark their houses with blood in order for God to see which houses they occupy and "pass over" them.
  2. Proverbs 15:3, Jeremiah 16:17, 23:24-25, Hebrews 4:13 God is everywhere. He sees everything. Nothing is hidden from God.

        God does not say He needed the blood to SEE WHICH house was occupied by Israelites. He promised that WHEN He saw the blood, he would pass by that house (including, no doubt, some believing Egyptians).


  1. Exodus 12:37, Numbers 1:45-46 The number of men of military age who take part in the Exodus is given as more than 600,000. Allowing for women, children, and older men would probably mean that a total of about 2,000,000 Israelites left Egypt.
  2. 1Kings 20:15 All the Israelites, including children, number only 7000 at a later time.

        This is height of absurdity. First of all, the nation of Israel was split into two kingdoms at the time of I Kings 20. Secondly, the context is that king Ahab was besieged in Samaria (capital of the northern kingdom), and therefore could only count everybody in the city. Thirdly, he was counting ALL the children of Israel available for battle (verse 14).


  1. Exodus 15:3, 17:16, Numbers 25:4, 32:14, Isaiah 42:13 God is a man of war--he is fierce and angry.
  2. Romans 15:33, 2Corinthians 13:11, 14, 1John 4:8, 16 God is a god of love and peace.

        God is characterized by both. So was Ronald Reagan.


  1. Exodus 20:1-17 God gave the law directly to Moses (without using an intermediary).
  2. Galatians 3:19 The law was ordained through angels by a mediator (an intermediary).

        Just because Exodus 20 does not mention angels does not mean they played no role. Nowhere does it say he did not use an intermediary. (Note that the ten commandments in stone were said to be literally etched by God's finger.)


  1. Exodus 20:4 God prohibits the making of any graven images whatsoever.
  2. Exodus 25:18 God enjoins the making of two graven images.

        Yet again you stop mid-sentence, wrest it out of context, and manufacture a contradiction. Read before and after in Exodus 20. God was not forbidding someone from whittling or doing sculpture work! He is talking about making up a god, then engraving it, and then worshipping it.


  1. Exodus 20:5, 34:7, Numbers 14:18, Deuteronomy 5:9, Isaiah 14:21-22 Children are to suffer for their parent's sins.
  2. Deuteronomy 24:16, Ezekiel 18:19-20 Children are not to suffer for their parent's sins.

        You are confusing at least three different concepts. When a NATION had become so corrupt that God was going to completely wipe it out (Isaiah 14) obviously all, young and old, would suffer this judgment. Under the law of Moses, God (not society) would punish a HOUSEHOLD to the third and fourth generation for the parent's sins. Perhaps this was a result of the way households were structured and the collective way decisions were carried out. Ezekiel 18:1-3 indicates that the SOCIETAL RULE was to be changed so that children would not die for the parent's sin. This is not a contradiction. It is an attempt to change something that should not have been going on in Israeli society (Deuteronomy 24:16).


  1. Exodus 20:8-11, 31:15-17, 35:1-3 No work is to be done on the Sabbath, not even lighting a fire. The commandment is permanent, and death is required for infractions.
  2. Mark 2:27-28 Jesus says that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath (after his disciples were criticized for breaking the Sabbath).
  3. Romans 14:5, Colossians 2:14-16 Paul says the Sabbath commandment was temporary, and to decide for yourself regarding its observance.

        The disciples did not do work. They violated the Pharisees guidelines. Christ fulfilled the law, and the ceremonial portions stopped being in effect at his death. This is the change Paul references in Galatians 3:24-25. It is not a contradiction.


  1. Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16, Matthew 15:4, 19:19, Mark 7:10, 10:19, Luke 18:20 Honor your father and your mother is one of the ten commandments. It is reinforced by Jesus.
  2. Matthew 10:35-37, Luke 12:51-53, 14:26 Jesus says that he has come to divide families; that a man's foes will be those of his own household; that you must hate your father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, and even your own life to be a disciple.
  3. Matthew 23:9 Jesus says to call no man on earth your father.

        You can still honor someone that you hate. So there is no contradiction even if one ignorantly believes Christ is saying we are to dislike our parents. However, the English word hate poorly captures the comparative nature of what Christ said. When considered next to our love for God, our love for our parents (and even ourselves) should dim to nothing in comparison.


  1. Exodus 20:14 God prohibits adultery.
  2. Hosea 1:2 God instructs Hosea to "take a wife of harlotry."

        Hosea did not commit adultery (his wife had but not him). Where is the contradiction?


  1. Exodus 21:23-25, Leviticus 24:20, Deuteronomy 19:21 A life for a life, an eye for an eye, etc.
  2. Matthew 5:38-44, Luke 6:27-29 Turn the other cheek. Love your enemies.

        Please! How can Christ be more clear? He plainly is changing the law to initiate the age of grace in which we now live. READ the whole passage.


  1. Exodus 34:6, Deuteronomy 7:9-10, Titus 1:2 God is faithful and truthful. He does not lie.
  2. Numbers 14:30 God breaks his promise.

        God made a promise to bring the nation of Israel into Canaan. He took them up to the edge and (with a couple of exceptions) they rebelled and decided not to go in. Therefore God fulfilled his promise in the next generation. God never promised that EVERY individual that left Egypt would get to Canaan. Many died for various reasons in the wilderness. Even Moses did not make it in.


  1. Exodus 34:6, Deuteronomy 7:9-10, Titus 1:2 God is faithful and truthful. He does not lie.
  2. 1Kings 22:21-23 God condones a spirit of deception.

        God PERMITS evil spirits and evil men to do much harm. That does not mean he is untruthful or condones their actions.


  1. Exodus 34:6, Deuteronomy 7:9-10, Titus 1:2 God is faithful and truthful. He does not lie.
  2. 2Thessalonians 2:11-12 God deludes people, making them believe what is false, so as to be able to condemn them.

        Since when have you become concerned about context? God's patience is long, but it has limits. After several miracles in which Pharoah hardened his heart, God hardened Pharoah's heart so that he COULD not repent (Exodus 10:1-2). The context clearly indicates that these people had ample opportunity to repent; yet they had chosen the lie of Satan (vs 9) over the truth of God (vs 10 and vs 12). Therefore, in vs 11 God gives them over to a life of delusion. This is not God lying to them or deceiving them. It is God permanently sealing the fate that THEY decided upon.


  1. Exodus 34:6-7, Joshua 24:19, 1Chronicles 16:34 God is faithful, holy and good.
  2. Isaiah 45:6-7, Lamentations 3:8, Amos 3:6 God is responsible for evil.

        There are two senses in which evil is used in the KJV. One involves a moral failure on the part of someone. The other is a misfortune that befalls someone. God causes the second to happen, but not the first. Some have argued that God did wrong to even create the potential of evil. However, it is not possible to make light shine without there being darkness. Similarly, it is not possible for God to have created "good" without the potential for "evil." To do otherwise would have been to create an amoral robotic machinery with no will.


  1. Exodus 34:6-7, Hebrews 9:27 God remembers sin, even when it has been forgiven.
  2. Jeremiah 31:34 God does not remember sin when it has been forgiven.

        You once again confuse multiple issues. God judges sin. As Exodus 34 states, the consequences do not stop just because the sin is forgiven (see also II Samuel 12:13-14). God knows everything and never forgets the way we do. Yet, once sins are forgiven, He chooses to never again bring it up to be used against the sinner.

        The second issue is the difference between the way sin was treated under the law. It was never wiped out and required annual sacrifices as a memorial of this limitation. Sin was merely covered temporarily by the sacrifice of blood, awaiting the coming perfect sacrifice that would wash away all sin. Jeremiah speaks prophetically of this time. (Read the beginning of the chapter.) It was fulfilled in Christ. This difference is highlighted as Hebrews 10:3 is contrasted with Hebrews 10:17.


  1. Leviticus 3:17 God himself prohibits forever the eating of blood and fat.
  2. Matthew 15:11, Colossians 2:20-22 Jesus and Paul say that such rules don't matter? they are only human injunctions.

        Neither Jesus or Paul discuss eating fat or blood. Christ was making the point that you do not get sinful inside by eating with dirty hands. Sin starts in the mind and works out. Paul was combating legalists and Judaizers that delighted in an ascetic lifestyle, adding a lot of unnecessary man-made laws as a means of being more righteous.


  1. Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 22:39 Love your neighbor [as much as] yourself.
  2. 1Corinthians 10:24 Put your neighbor ahead of yourself.

        One is a heart attitude (love) and the other is the practical follow through of it (self-sacrifice). Both go hand-in-hand.


  1. Leviticus 21:10 The chief priest is not to rend his clothes.
  2. Matthew 26:65, Mark 14:63 He does so during the trial of Jesus.

        Bad chief priest! So what? (He did far worse than that in seeking to kill Christ.)


  1. Leviticus 25:37, Psalms 15:1, 5 It is wrong to lend money at interest.
  2. Matthew 25:27, Luke 19:23-27 It is wrong to lend money without interest.

        In the ceremonial law instituted in the economy of Israel, God made interest on loans illegal. In telling the parable of this austere lord, Christ never indicates whether charging interest is right or wrong. However, the era of the ceremonial law ended (and with it the prohibition on charging interest) after Christ.


  1. Numbers 11:33 God inflicts sickness.
  2. Job 2:7 Satan inflicts sickness.

Let's look at the two verses more carefully:

Numbers 11:33
And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.

Job 2:7
So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

This "contradiction" is a clear and precise example of how desperate Scoffers are to make the Word of God look like anything less than Divinely-inspired material. Any rational person would clearly understand that both of these passages are relating to specific instances by both entities. God has indeed smote some people throughout history, and Satan has also smote some people. It's important to state that neither of the two passages claim that ALL SICKNESS is from God, nor does it state that ALL SICKNESS is from Satan. NO CONTRADICTION!


  1. Numbers 15:24-28 Sacrifices can, in at least some case, take away sin.
  2. Hebrews 10:11 They never take away sin.

        See above. In the OT, forgiven sins were merely *covered* by a blood sacrifice in anticipation of being taken away when Christ died.


  1. Numbers 25:9 24,000 died in the plague.
  2. 1Corinthians 10:8 23,000 died in the plague.

        Read the passages! 23,000 died in ONE DAY. 24,000 died in the entire plague. So 1,000 died later, no contradiction.


  1. Numbers 30:2 God enjoins the making of vows (oaths).
  2. Matthew 5:33-37 Jesus forbids doing so, saying that they arise from evil (or the Devil).

Once again, Christ fulfilled and changed the OT law. He is very clear that He is making a change. There is no contradiction.