The bible does not contain contradictions
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1. Pro asked for "contradicting verses." We will have to tackle contradicting principles instead. The reason is that if we lift verses here and there of course we will find contradictions. For example, Matthew 8, when the Lord cast out demons into swine, the Scriptures say He met "two men" coming out of the tombs but Luke 8 and Mark 5 both say the Lord met "a" man (that is a contradiction). It is better that we argue about whole principles and look for contradictions in those principles. That ensures that we are not just mincing verses but comparing "Scripture with Scripture."
2. I am a Christian and have experienced the Scriptures to be true and accurate, the infallible word of God (as He said). Still, I read puzzling contradictions in the Scriptures and am perfectly fine with that. Christians are supposed to question and read and study, so I gladly take up that chance here and offer the following contradictions that I have found.
Three Small Contradictions to Start
I. Wives. How Many Are Men Supposed to Have: One? More Than One? or None?
The Bible teaches that men should have only one wife but it also gives examples of men having several wives. Which is it teaching? If the Scriptures are given as our "ensamples," this is a contradiction. Both examples are taught.
David had wives. Abraham had wives. Lamech had wives. Jacob had wives. Solomon had wives.
Yet, men were commanded in Genesis to leave Father and Mother and cling to their wife (singular). The Bible also teaches that a man should, to avoid fornication, have his own wife (singular). (II Corinthians 7).
On a side note, Paul admonishes Christians that it would be best if they did not marry at all (I Cor 7).
So, concerning wives, the Scriptures offer three contradictions: men can have several wives; men can have "a" wife; men can choose not to marry. This is a contradiction.
II. To Wine or Not to Wine, That is the Question
Paul told Timothy to take a little wine for his stomach"s sake. But Proverbs teach that wine is a mocker and strong drink is raging. Deuteronomy 14.26 teaches that wine has a purpose in festivities and can be drunken yet Proverbs 31 (and others) teach that wine is not for kings, should be shunned and avoided. Proverbs 104 also teaches that wine makes a man"s heart merry yet Ecclesiastes teaches that wine makes a man foolish.
Concerning wine, the Scriptures teach men they can drink wine but also that they cannot drink wine. That is a contradiction.
III. To Murder or Not to Murder, That is the (next) Question
Murder is forbidden (in the OT) yet murder is commanded (in the OT: David slaughters the Philistines, the Children of Israel slaughter Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, and all according to God's command). The Scriptures teach that murder is forbidden by God and also allowed by God. This is a contradiction.
Over to Pro.
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