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== Contradictions within the Bible ==
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== Trivial discrepancies in the English Bible ==
  
There are a numerous contradictions within the Bible. A few examples:
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Some cite trivial internal discrepancies in the Bible. Here are four alleged examples, some or all of which may be due to translation or transcription errors:
  
 
* 2 Kings 8:26 says, "Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign...," while 2 Chronicles 22:2 says, "Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign..."
 
* 2 Kings 8:26 says, "Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign...," while 2 Chronicles 22:2 says, "Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign..."
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* 1 Samuel 31:4-6 says, "...Saul took a sword and fell upon it. And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead and...died with him. So Saul died...," while 2 Samuel 21:12 says, "...the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa."
 
* 1 Samuel 31:4-6 says, "...Saul took a sword and fell upon it. And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead and...died with him. So Saul died...," while 2 Samuel 21:12 says, "...the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa."
 
In these cases, logic dictates that both statements cannot be true.
 
 
== Factual errors within the Bible ==
 
 
There are factual errors in the Bible. One example:
 
  
 
* Lev 11:20-21 says, "All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you." But fowl, such as chickens, do not walk on four limbs.
 
* Lev 11:20-21 says, "All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you." But fowl, such as chickens, do not walk on four limbs.

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There are no Counterexamples to the Bible. This is in contrast with:

Opponents of the teachings of the Bible have tried mightily to prove statements in it to be false, but every attempt has failed. Here is a growing list of disproved counterexamples:

  • that the wall of Jericho described in the Bible never existed and that people did not live there as described in the Old Testament; 19th century archaeologists could not find evidence of that civilization in the biblical time period.
Disproof: archaeologist John Garstang discovered an intricate (collapsed) wall of Jericho during digging in 1930-36.
Disproof: archeologists excavating an ancient amphitheater in Palestine discovered in 1961 a massive limestone having the inscription, "Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judea."[1]
  • that theories of modern physics proved there was no creation, and thus the Genesis account could not possibly be correct.
Disproof: the Catholic priest Georges-Henri Lemaitre proved, against the resistance of anti-Bible scientists, that modern theories of physics themselves required the occurrence of a singular creation; this was first ridiculed with the term Big Bang but then later accepted by the atheists.
  • that the pool of Siloam described in John 9:7, where Jesus restored sight to a blind man and told him to wash the mud from his eyes, and the pool of Bethesda with five covered colonnades, also described in John, did not exist because no one had previously found them.
Disproof: the pool of Bethesda was discovered in 1957-62, just as described in the Gospel of John with the five covered colonnades, and the pool of Siloam was also discovered, in 2004.[2]
  • that a census could not have occurred around 6 B.C., shortly after Jesus's birth, as described in the Gospel of Luke.
Disproof: In 1912, W.M. Ramsey discovered a fragment proving that a new seat of government was established in Syria, which included Palestine, between 10 and 7 B.C., which would have necessitated one or more censuses shortly thereafter. There is additional evidence of a census in Palestine at this time in the writings of Tertullian.[3]

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Trivial discrepancies in the English Bible

Some cite trivial internal discrepancies in the Bible. Here are four alleged examples, some or all of which may be due to translation or transcription errors:

  • 2 Kings 8:26 says, "Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign...," while 2 Chronicles 22:2 says, "Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign..."
  • 2 Samuel 6:23 says, "Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death," while 2 Samuel 21:8 says, "But the king took...the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul"
  • 1 Samuel 31:4-6 says, "...Saul took a sword and fell upon it. And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead and...died with him. So Saul died...," while 2 Samuel 21:12 says, "...the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa."
  • Lev 11:20-21 says, "All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you." But fowl, such as chickens, do not walk on four limbs.

See also

References

  1. http://www.bible-history.com/pontius_pilate/pilateArchaeology.htm
  2. http://www.publicchristianity.org/jesusevidence.html
  3. http://www.historian.net/NTHX.html