Infographic of the Day: What the Bible Got Wrong

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The Bible was wrong. For evidence look to, well, the Bible.

Such is the conclusion of this stunning, provocative infographic, which maps contradictions in the Bible, from whether thou shalt not commit adultery down to the color of Jesus's robes. Career skeptic Sam Harris commissioned the chart for his nonprofit foundation Project Reason, with graphic design by Madrid-based Andy Marlow. Whatever your religious views, it's an incredible testament to the power of data visualization. It's managed to make an ancient text -- over which men have fought wars and women have sacrificed babies -- look downright silly.

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The organization here is pretty simple. You've got bars at the bottom representing the 1,189 chapters of the King James Bible. White's for the Old Testament, gray's for the New Testament. Then a red arc links all the parts that contradict each other.

Steve Wells, the guy who compiled the data, cites 439 -- 439! -- questions the Bible equivocates on, often in several places. Even something as seemingly incontrovertible as how old Abram was when Ishmael was born has more than one answer (see Genesis 11:26; Genesis 11:32; Genesis 16:16; and Acts 7:2-4). For the full key, download the chart as a PDF.

So to anyone who thinks the Bible's the last word on anything, remember this: It isn't even the last word on itself.

[A few readers have pointed out that the infographic looks similar to an earlier infographic by Chris Harrison. Project Reason acknowledges that it drew inspiration from Harrison.--Eds]

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  • Jrm Architect

    The graphic certainly is compelling...and it seems, a
    forgery. The original 2007 graphic by Chris Harrison showed 63,000+
    biblical cross references. The “inspired” (forged?) Harris/Marlow version
    claims 439 “contradictions”, many of which constitute hermeneutic hair-splitting,
    downright errors, and perhaps a little fibbing. Even if all of Sam’s claims
    were true (which others have exhaustively argued herein that it’s not even
    close), that’s still a batting average of 993. Not too shabby for a group of
    about 40 different authors over the course of about 1,500 years. I suppose we should
    thank Mr. Harris for inspiring so many curious souls to read the good book.
    Gracias!

  • BangTickBoom

    People such as Andymacman and others that believe the bible with blind faith are just buying into a cult.  He preaches all of these quotes from the bible as if the bible were any proof of anything, which of course it is not.  There have been plenty of holy books before the bible, holy writings of one kind or another, and people believing with the utmost certainty that there's a God or set of Gods that created things in one way or another and that we must appease them or believe in them or we're doomed.  It's just more BS.

    Here, I've got some writing from someone who claimed God talked to him as a gerbil, and he wrote everything down in a book, so it must be true, right?  Because he wrote it down and he said God talked to him?  Oh wait, that's ridiculous, kind of like God talking to someone as a burning bush.  Oh wait, you're going to say that's not what the bible actually MEANS, you can't actually take that LITERALLY!  That would be crazy!

    So believe what you want, join the cult of non-thinking wack jobs, it's your life.

  • Ritch

    Thanks for this. I'm going to use it in my Sunday School class.

    BTW - I didn't think I looked silly but, if you say I do.

  • Andymacman

    “Is God satisfied or dissatisfied?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these
    verses are contradictory.)

    Genesis 1:31
    31) And God saw every thing
    that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning
    were the sixth day.

    Genesis 6:6
    6) And it repented the LORD that he
    had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

    ANSWER
    In
    Genesis 1:31 God is satisfied with his creation.
    In Genesis 6:6 God became
    dissatisfied with what men, through their own free will, had
    become.

    BUT

    In Genesis 6:8 Noah had found grace in the eyes of the
    Lord.
    Noah's family alone had not corrupted themselves and so God destroyed
    those who had corrupted themselves and eventually through Noah's genealogy
    Christ would be born.

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction. 

  • Andymacman

    “Has man seen God’s face or not?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these
    verses are contradictory.)

    Genesis 32:30
    30) And Jacob called the name
    of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is
    preserved.

    Exodus 33:11
    11) And the LORD spake unto Moses face to
    face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but
    his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the
    tabernacle.

    John 1:18
    18) No man hath seen God at any time, the only
    begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared
    him.

    ANSWER
    In John 1:18 ‘hath seen’ is translated from the Greek word
    ‘horao’
    horao = to perceive with the eyes. It is used to bodily sight, and
    with special reference to the thought as to the object looked at. It has regard
    to the object.
    opsomai is used as the Future of horao and has regard to the
    object presented to the eye, and to the subject which perceives, at the same
    time. It denotes, not so much the act of seeing but the state and condition of
    the one to whose eye the object is presented. Hence, to truly
    comprehend.

    Jacob and Moses had ‘seen’ God with their eyes but it is not
    possible for the human eye to perceive and truly comprehend God. ALL of these
    verses are true.

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction. 

  • Tanya P

    I love this responce because I believe that skeptics forget that the bible was not originally written in ENGLISH. Therefore, the translations and comprehention thereof must come with the decerning of the HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN to this.

  • Andymacman


    “Does God order David to do a census and then punished him for
    it”(Skeptics claim that this verse proves that God is
    unfair)2Samuel 24:11) And again the anger of the LORD was kindled
    against Israel, and He moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and
    Judah. ANSWER“Go, number Israel and Judah” were David’s
    words.The “He moved” written earlier in the verse = He suffered him to be
    moved. By Hebrew idiom a person is said to do that which he permits to be
    done. Here in Samuel 24:1 we have the historical fact and in 1Chronicles
    21:1 we have the real fact from the divine standpoint. In 2Samuel 24:1 we
    have the exoteric and in 1Chronicles 21:1 the esoteric. 1Chronicles
    21:11) And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number
    Israel.For other examples of ‘God’s permission by Satan’s suggestion’
    see, Exodus 4:21 ; 5:22Jeremiah 4:10 Ezekiel 14:9 ; 20:25
    Matthew 11:25 ; 13:11 Romans 9:18 ; 11:7-8 2Thessalonians
    2:11God allowed David to be ‘moved’ by a temptation from Satan to number
    Israel. The nature of the temptation was that although Israel belonged to God,
    David began to feel as though Israel belonged to him and decided to count them.
    We can only assume that those who were killed in Gods wrath were guilty of
    something that we are not aware of.In support of this explanation read
    1James 1:13-1413) Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:
    for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man 14) But
    every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and
    enticed.This is NOT a Biblical contradiction. 

  • Andymacman

    “Does Jesus bear witness of Himself or not?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    John 5:31
    31) If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

    John 8:13-14
    13) The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.
    14) Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.

    ANSWER
    In John 5:31 The first word is If (assuming the condition)
    The second word I is emphatic in the manuscripts and means If I (alone) bear witness of (concerning) myself (alone) then my witness is not true.

    It is Not Christ ‘only’ bearing witness of himself alone! 

    The rest of the answer is in John 8:18
    18) I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

    “Does God place a monetary value on a fetus?”

    (Some have claimed that these verses prove that God places a monetary value on a fetus.)

    Exodus 21:22-23 

    22) If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. 

    23) And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, 

    ANSWER
    If men strive, and hurt a woman with child,
    (Men having a physical confrontation resulting in the injury of a pregnant woman)
    so that her fruit depart from her,
    (She goes into labor and delivers)
    and yet no mischief follow:
    (No mischief follows meaning that the mother OR child does NOT die.) 

    (The word ‘mischief’ is translated from a Hebrew word that means ‘hurt’ and in this context the word ‘follows’ means ‘results’ In modern English it means ‘resulting in no hurt’ to the child and no hurt to the woman OTHER than forcing her to deliver early)

    he shall be surely punished according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.

    (he shall be punished and/or fined for hurting the woman to the degree that she delivers her child early)

    And if any mischief follow, then thou shall give life for life,
    (If either the mother OR child die the offender shall receive the death sentence.)

    The Bible does NOT state that God places a monetary value on a fetus.

    “Does God change His mind or not?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    Numbers 23:19 
    19) God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

    Exodus 32:14 
    14) And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

    ANSWER
    In Numbers 23:19 it says that God is not a man and does not need to lie or repent and that God does what he says He’s going to do. That is what it says!
    In Exodus 32:14 The Lord repented (He didn’t need to) of the wrath which he THOUGHT (not pronounced) to do.

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

    “Did those with Saul/Paul at his conversion hear a voice?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    Acts 9:7
    7) And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

    Acts 22:9
    9) And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.

    ANSWER
    Those with Paul heard the sound of the voice but did not distinguish the words spoken.
    This is expressed the Greek word for ‘voice’ phone being in the genitive case in 9:7

    (Heard it but didn’t understand) Compare to 
    John12:28-30
    28) Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. 
    29) The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. 
    30) Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

    “Are children punished for the sins of the father?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    Isaiah 14:21
    21) Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities. 

    Deuteronomy 24:16
    16) The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin. 

    ANSWER
    We must view Isaiah 14:21 in the context of Exodus 20:5

    Exodus 20:5
    5) Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 

    ‘OF THEM THAT HATE ME’ it says.
    I’ll go a step farther and say that God will visit iniquity upon the hundredth generation that hates Him.
    Deuteronomy 24:16 says correctly that ‘every man shall be put to death for his own sin.’

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

    “Mistake in Matthew?”
    “Matthew 27:9-10 mistakenly attributes Zechariah 11:11-12 quote to Jeremiah.”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    Matthew 27:9-10
    9) Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; 
    10) And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me. 

    Zechariah 11:11-12
    11) And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the LORD. 
    12) And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. 

    ANSWER
    Matthew 27:9-10 is not quoting Zechariah 11:11-12.
    Both are referring to the betrayal of Christ by Judas.
    These verses are similar but not the same.

    Matthew 27:9 says spoken by Jeremiah not written by Jeremiah or Zechariah.

    This is NOT a Biblical ‘contradiction.’

    “When did Baasha die?”
    (If these two accounts are true, then Baasha fought with Judah ten years after his death.)

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    1Kings 16:6-8
    6) So Baasha slept with his fathers, and was buried in Tirzah: and Elah his son reigned in his stead.
    7) And also by the hand of the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani came the word of the LORD against Baasha, and against his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the LORD, in provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam; and because he killed him. 
    8) In the twenty and sixth year of Asa king of Judah began Elah the son of Baasha to reign over Israel in Tirzah, two years. 

    2Chronicles 16:1
    1) In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah. 

    ANSWER
    The explanation of the statement in 2Chronicles 16:1 is simple. The word translated “reign” in the KJV is mal-kooth and means kingdom.
    If the manuscripts would have instead contained the word mah-lak , meaning ‘to reign’ then there would be legitimate cause for confusion. 
    The 36th year of the KINGDOM: i.e. from the disruption of the kingdom of Judah. This explanation agrees with all the other dates and lengths of reigns.
    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

    “Do you answer a fool according to his folly?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    Proverbs 26:3-5
    3) A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
    4) Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. 
    5) Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. 

    ANSWER
    The point in verse 3 is that you cannot reason with a fool; verse 4 gives the reason. If you answer not according to his folly, he will think he is wise like yourself. If you do answer him according to his folly, he will think you are a fool like he is; i.e. according to verse 3 you cannot reason with him. These are facts not commands.
    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

    “How old was Ahaziah when he began to reign?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    2Kings 8:26
    26) Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign; and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri king of Israel. 

    2Chronicles 22:2
    2) Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Athaliah the daughter of Omri. 

    ANSWER
    Ahaziah was actually 22 years old when he began to reign.

    The “Forty and two years old” in 2Chr 22:2 means something different. The first clue is the definition of the word old, Hebrew word ben from the root word banah in this case. 
    1) son, grandson, child, member of a group
    a) son, male child
    b) grandson
    c) children (pl.- male and female)
    d) youth, young men (pl.)
    e) young (of animals)
    f) sons (as characterization, i.e. sons of injustice [for un- righteous men] or sons of God [for angels]
    g) people (of a nation)(pl.)
    h) of lifeless things, i.e. sparks, stars, arrows (fig.)
    i) a member of a guild, order, class

    Omri king of Israel began to reign in 833-832 bc.
    Ahaziah king of Judah began to reign in 790 bc.
    Ahaziah was a descendant of Omri and was therefore part of the dynasty of Omri. 

    A son (of the dynasty of Omri) of 42 years means that Ahaziah began to reign 42 years after the establishment of the dynasty of Omri. 

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

    “Was Ahaz buried with his fathers?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    2Kings 16:20
    20) And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

    2Chronicles 28:27
    27) And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, even in Jerusalem: but they brought him not into the sepulchres of the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

    ANSWER
    In 2Kings 16:20 it says that Ahaz “was buried with his fathers in the city of David”
    BUT
    Not in the “sepuchres of the kings of Israel” 2Chronicles 28:27.

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

    “How many of Adonikam’s offspring returned from Babylon?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    Ezra 2:13
    13) The children of Adonikam, six hundred sixty and six.

    Nehemiah 7:18
    18) The children of Adonikam, six hundred threescore and seven.

    ANSWER
    In Nehemiah 7:5 Nehemiah “found a register of the genealogy of them which came up at the first”
    The latter portion of verse 5 all the way to the end of verse 69 are in parenthesis and these verses constitute the register that Nehemiah “found.”
    The numbering in Ezra chapter 2 is a different accounting.
    Because these two accounts were independent of each other and were taken at different times there are many differences.
    These facts VERIFY the accuracy of Holy Scripture rather than the opposite.

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

    “How many of Adin’s offspring returned from Babylon?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    Ezra 2:15
    15) The children of Adin, four hundred fifty and four.

    Nehemiah 7:20
    20) The children of Adin, six hundred fifty and five.

    ANSWER
    In Nehemiah 7:5 Nehemiah “found a register of the genealogy of them which came up at the first”
    The latter portion of verse 5 all the way to the end of verse 69 are in parenthesis and these verses constitute the register that Nehemiah “found.”
    The numbering in Ezra chapter 2 is a different accounting.
    Because these two accounts were independent of each other and were taken at different times there are many differences.
    These facts VERIFY the accuracy of Holy Scripture rather than the opposite.

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

    “Who was Achan’s father?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    Joshua 7:1
    1) But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel. 

    Joshua 7:24
    24) And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor. 

    Joshua 22:20
    20) Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel? and that man perished not alone in his iniquity. 

    ANSWER
    Achan was the son of Carmi.
    Achan was also called the ‘son’ of Zerah his great Grandfather and patriarch of the family at that time.
    There are many examples in the Bible of referring to someone’s ancestor as a “mother” or “father”(every one of these examples is falsely seized upon as a ‘contradiction’ by skeptics) in every instance further investigation verifies the accuracy of Holy Scripture. 

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

    “When did Absalom rebel against David?”
    “David only reigned for forty years so how could Absalom have rebelled in the fortieth year of his reign when David continued to reign for years after Absalom’s rebellion?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    2Samuel 15:7
    7) And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the LORD, in Hebron. 

    2Samuel 5:4
    4) David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.

    ANSWER
    David was anointed three times.
    (1) By Samuel,(1Samuel 16:13)
    (2) By Men of Judah,(2Samuel 2:4)
    (3) By Elders of Israel,(2Samuel 5:3)

    Absalom rebelled 40 years after David’s first anointing by Samuel. 
    David did not begin to reign until 14 years after this first anointing.
    Absalom rebelled in the 26th year of David’s reign.
    David continued to reign 14 years after Absalom rebelled.

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

    “How many sons did Absalom have?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    2Samuel 18:18
    18) Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place. 

    2Samuel 14:27
    27) And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance. 

    ANSWER
    When Absalom built Absalom’s pillar he had “no son to keep my name in remembrance” because his three sons were either not born yet or were already dead.

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction

    “How were Abijam and Asa related?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    1Kings 15:8
    8) And Abijam slept with his fathers; and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. 

    1Kings 15:1-2
    1) Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat reigned Abijam over Judah. 
    2) Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. and his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom. 

    1Kings 15:9-10
    9) And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned Asa over Judah. 
    10) And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom. 

    ANSWER
    Abijam was Asa’s father.
    Maachah was Abijam’s mother and Asa’s Grandmother.
    There are many examples in the Bible of referring to someone’s ancestor as a “mother” or “father”(every one of these examples is falsely seized upon as a ‘contradiction’ by skeptics) in every instance further investigation verifies the accuracy of Holy Scripture. 

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

    “Who was Abijam’s (Abijah) mother?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    1Kings 15:1-2
    1) Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat reigned Abijam over Judah. 
    2) Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. and his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom. 

    2Chronicles 13:1-2
    1) Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign over Judah. 
    2) He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam. 

    ANSWER
    Maachah and Michaiah were the same person.
    Names have meanings and sometimes different spelling is used to indicate different aspects of a person or their life.
    Maachah = oppression, when speaking of her idolatry.
    Michaiah = Who is like Jehovah?, when speaking of her as queen mother.

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

    “Was Abiathar the Father or the Son of Ahimelech?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    1Samuel 22:20
    20) And one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped, and fled after David.

    1Samuel 23:6
    6) And it came to pass, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David to Keilah, that he came down with an ephod in his hand. 

    2Samuel 8:17
    17) And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests; and Seraiah was the scribe;

    ANSWER
    Ahitub and Abiathar are the same person, His Son was Ahimelech and Ahimelech’s Son was named Abiathar after his Grandfather.

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

    “Was Abraham saved by works or faith?”

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    Romans 4:2
    2) For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

    James 2:21
    21) Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 

    ANSWER
    Ephesians 2:8-9
    8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    James 2:14-18
    14) What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
    15) If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
    16) And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
    17) Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
    18) Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

    Revelation 22:12
    12) And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

    In Ephesians it says you are saved by faith and not works.
    In James it says that faith without works is not REAL faith.
    Real faith is ALWAYS accompanied by works!
    In Revelation it says he will reward every man according to his works.(Good and bad)

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

    “How many men did the chief of David’s captains kill?”
    1 Chronicles 11:11 (300 men killed) 2 Samuel 23:8 (800 men killed) 

    (Skeptics have claimed that these verses are contradictory.)

    1 Chronicles 11:11
    11) And this is the number of the mighty men whom David had; Jashobeam, an Hachmonite, the chief of the captains: he lifted up his spear against three hundred slain by him at one time. 

    2 Samuel 23:8-12
    8) These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.
    9) And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away: 
    10) He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil. 
    11) And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines. 
    12) But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory. 

    ANSWER
    Jashobeam in 1Chr 11:11 and Adino in 2Sam 23:8 are the same person and this Adino personally killed 300 men.
    The 800 men killed in 2Sam 23:8 are the total number of men killed by Adino, Eleazar and Shammah. 
    The 800 killed are credited to Adino as CHIEF of the captains.

    This is NOT a Biblical contradiction.

  • Colton DD

    glad to know you were there when all the magic happened, you're every bit of proof we needed!!
    oh wait...

  • Daniel Creech

    The only contradictions of the Bible is man not rightly dividing the word of truth. You all read it naturally. You are spiritually concerned. You cannot fully understand it because theses words are spiritual and they are life. God is a spirit and theses words are the inspiration written words of God and this means these words are spiritual. STOP looking at it naturally and ask God for understanding in it and maybe God will open your eyes to the truth. Stop looking for a natural God and maybe God will show you that he is real. 

  • BangTickBoom

    Yes we read it naturally, which is what people do when they read a book. People like you pick and choose what should be read naturally. This of course changes as time goes by, so religions can make it as convenient as possible for themselves to disregard logic. There is no proof that the bible or any of the other silly religious tomes before it were inspired by any Supreme being. It's completely made up, fictional silliness. If you want to believe that silliness go right ahead. Hopefully, someday, humankind won't have to deal with all this made up superstition.

  • V for Vendetta

    Mr. Thinker you are being facetious, the devil took the form of a serpent to trick Eve and the burning bush would make sense if He who made actually knew what he was doing, because why wouldn't a scientist know what he made a new alloy out of and how he could smelt it back down for something new?

  • MrThinker

    To 'Informed' - Why must we take into account '...that God inspired the Bible..."?  Says who?  How do you have the slightest clue that any God inspired the bible?  If I came up to you and gave you a book I wrote on the Great Magical Space Chicken that created everything by laying a magical egg the size of the universe and said I was "Inspired by The Great Magical Space Chicken" does that make it true?  Of course not.

    It's silly to think that THIS religion is the ONLY right one out of the hundreds that have been created by different people, groups, cultures, etc throughout history.

    No one knows if there was a "who" that created the universe, and a book that contains stories of a talking burning bush and a serpent that convinces the first woman to eat an apple off a forbidden tree certainly isn't the place to look for answers if you want the truth.

  • Informed

    Blah Blah Blah, you must take into account that God inspired the Bible written in the style by the human authors in their own personal experience. Keeping this in mind it is necessary to view the books of the Bible in the same way that they were written. Look at the history books as such, those of Wisdom and Law etc.

  • Steven Czerpak

    Okay, By what I see here on #11 you can delete it. You are referring to The animals first and then the Creation of man and woman...  Genesis 2:19 says "Now the Lord God HAD formed..." not formed but HAD formed meaning before. okay back t the verse "... He brought them to the man..." He brought them to the man... kk nothing more important here next Is the man and woman Genesis 1 says created both, but Genesis 2 says separate
    ... Also note that Genesis 1 is going over a general creation while Genesis 2 is more in-depth please point out the contradiction....

  • MagicDenier

    You're missing the entire point of the question. We know they're two different people. In the 23rd year of Joash, Jehoahaz became king and reigned for 17 years. However, in the 37th year of Joash, Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz became king. This is not 17 years later. It's only 14.

    The reason these internal contradictions are important is because religious folk claim that the bible is the infallible word of Yahweh himself or at least inspired by it. They continuously claim that it is the book of truth,...but it's not.

    Someday you'll all wake up from your big daddy in the sky delusion and the rest of us will forgive you your lunacy.

  • MrThinker

    It doesn't really matter to me if there are contradictions in the Bible or not, what matters is that religion is a silly thing dreamed up by human beings, Christianity included.

    I don't know how any thinking person in their right mind would just believe in something with blind faith.  That's ridiculous.  Especially something as violent and demeaning to women, supportive of slavery and rape, as the Bible.

  • Jim Stacey

    Thank you for your work! If you like this article, you'll like the book
    Jesus Was Not A Christian. Check it out at www.thedivineiswithinus.com The author builds upon the information in this article and reveals the Aramaic Jesus and "the kingdom of heaven within" instead of biblical theology that replaced him.

  • Matt Guevara

    The bars on the bottom represent the 1,189 chapters in the Bible, not the individual verses (of which there are 31,103). The fact that a book like the Bible has stood the test of time and has been passed on for thousands of years throughout ages without the ability to make a perfect digital copy is amazing.