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Contradictions in the Bible

Contradictions in the Bible poster (detail 1)

By . 2009. Photos.

Visualization of the contradictions in the Bible taken from The Scripture Project by Steve Wells (see the Projects section of http://www.reasonproject.org).

The bars that run along the bottom of the visualization represent the 1189 chapters in The Bible, with the length of each bar corresponding to the number of verses in each chapter. White bars represent the Old Testament and grey bars represent The New Testament. Each arc indicates a contradiction.

Graphic design: Andy Marlow
Inspiration: Chris Harrison

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Comments (76)

We shoudn’t believe bible to be word of god
as it is word of men. Whatever we believe should be our own interpretation of what is said.

posted on November 22, 2009

We should all be thankful to whomever spends the time to create these beatiful pieces of logic.

posted on March 10, 2010

Its so sad how many religious people actually buy the texts and believe its a word of god only to know its really texts written by disillusioned men…  Comfort is the only reason they accept this

posted on March 26, 2010
4. Mrs. Pearsall Smith

It is of vital importance for us to understand that the Bible is a statement, not of theories, but of actual facts; and that things are not true because they are in the Bible, but they are only in the Bible because they are true.  (Mrs. Pearsall Smith - Written in 1907)

posted on March 26, 2010

If contradictions of “the truth” (bible as an example)do not produce in your mind a healthy nausea, then you are sick, The only truth is doubt; only then we are healthy and our mind has permission to inquire our surroundings without any bias. Be concerned of those who believe that they have “the truth” because their intention is to take the power from you and give it to “god”, that is, their group.

posted on March 26, 2010
6. Amy B

does zion mean ‘heaven’ or ‘highest point’? -#439

posted on May 18, 2010
7. Amy B

I’m honestly not sure, but…does it matter that genesis and exodus were supposedly written ~1445 BC and deuteronomy and leviticus were supposedly written ~1405 BC? - Contradiction #213

posted on May 18, 2010
8. skeptical

c’mon guys…notwithstanding jn 10:30, contradiction #201 still seems like a bit of a reach—a somewhat petty squabble over semantics

posted on May 18, 2010
9. john

Wow… i was really curious about this and spent about the last hour going through as many of these as i can… and… well i haven’t found any real contradictions… most of these are a reach and can be explained by the differences of the old covenant and the new covenant (ot and nt) and also verses being taken way out of context and misread…

posted on July 30, 2010
10. eij

I love this work.
And, seriously, how can people change their life just because a book says it? Without a single proof, without informations about the authors of the book, without a mere logical critic. Its totally hilarious.
Also in most of the cases they’re so mentally retarded that you can’t even talk to them and explain that science has already proved more than the 90% of human existence.
The only thing that science can’t do is prove the truth of the people’s fantasy.

posted on September 10, 2010
11. A Mere Theologian

I love this, it’s beautiful to see such thought and presentation in this. It’s a shame there was a significant lack of reading of the original texts…

I spent some time looking over these and I can conclude that there aren’t any real contradictions. As john above mentioned, most of these are either misread or taken out of context. It’s a wonderful attempt though, obviously a lot of precious time has been spent (or wasted) creating this.

posted on October 27, 2010
12. jimbo

wow! These verses are taken entirely out of context. The purpose of a verse is to help you navigate the bible. Without verses its just like reading a book.

lets say i put verses into a random book, in this book one character goes i like the colour blue and then another unrelated character goes i like red and then you compare this and say its a contradiction.

That said its a brilliant looking piece of info graphics but stuff like this gives infographics a bad name as the image is manipulative and so not a true representation of the original data. If you re-did this keeping in mind the context and anything did happen to come up i would love to see it. it would be a chalenge to me and other christians.

posted on November 2, 2010
13. swaroop

When people look Bible as a Book to find errors, it appears to have errors.  When you read it with heart you find the meaning and revelation behind it.  Don’t spend time in analyzing the errors posted by some one read and find if any.

posted on November 11, 2010
14. Roland

Jimbo,

The argument, “These verses are taken entirely out of context,” is invalid unless you come up with specific instances. Just as if I were to say, “Jimbo’s mom is a whore,” and then when you objected, I couldn’t just say, “You took that out of context,” and get away with saying it. The fact would remain that I still said it. These contradictions still exist.

posted on November 11, 2010
15. chase

i’m confused; what does 1st kings 15:11-12 have to do with homosexuality?

posted on November 11, 2010
16. Jeremiah Johnson

the graphics are KILLER. graphics dude gets an A+. that said.

WHAT. THE. HELL.

I can hardly believe that someone would actually take this jingo journalism seriously! the guy that came up with this chart definitely needs a psychological evaluation. i would recommend a little more time studying theology, and a little less on World of Warcraft. WOW! that’s all i can say.

posted on November 12, 2010
17. Dan

Great work. Just a lot of time spent on a fairy tale to begin with. Anyone who believes in the bible will not even consider this work. Come on they believe in the bible.

posted on November 12, 2010
18. Chris

Amazing amount of work that went into this. Of course diving into the examples there are issues when one talks about “contradictions.”

For example:

#2. Abraham justified by faith or works.

The Romans verse/context says that he was justified by faith. The James verse by works. But the context of the verse from James is that when there is (true) faith there will be works.

This is essentially a semantic difference. Faith is still how Abraham achieved righteousness but it is through faith that there are works.

While there is a philosophical argument to be made here this is certainly not a contradiction.

And for things like #32, my reaction is “meh.”  Humans are imperfect with recollection and history. MAtters of faith and doctrine would bother me much more than numbers.

posted on November 12, 2010
19. Dan Strong

Not to be a spoiled sport, but somebody with some background in ancient history should proof these things.  Like dates of kings.  Many kings took on a co-regency with their father.  Some date the beginning of the reign when the co-regency started and some when the father died.  Just a cursory glance at this list revealed tons of “so-called” contradictions that have perfectly good explanations.  Not saying there aren’t major difficulties in the Bible.  But it’s best to do your homework.  Just because modern people don’t have a clue how ancients recorded things doesn’t mean its a contradiction.  I’m always confused when people rag on religion because of the “evidence” and then do really sloppy work at compiling the evidence.  Just saying.

posted on November 13, 2010
20. Shawn

The point of this, and the bottom line is that, it’s a pretty piss poor piece of writing when the author is supposed to be the unfailing, never changing, all knowing creator of the universe.

This deity couldn’t put a thousand pages of non-contradicting text together and yet is supposed to have personally created the universe? Give the poor thing a break.

#2 IS a contradiction, regardless of the ‘context’. I have yet to see the ‘companion book to the Bible that explains what the almighty actually meant’.

Even average authors write more complicated stories every day without contradicting themselves. If a ‘god’ can’t accomplish that with the one and only source of instruction it is EVER going to provide those it want’s worship from, then I shudder to think what an epic screw-up this ‘heaven’ is where the pious are supposed to end up.

Surely you’re not trying to make the argument that: god created the entire universe perfectly but can’t get a coherent book printed. Surely not.

@ 17. Dan - Good point; pointing out this ridiculous list of contradictions to those who believe in the Bible is a pointless exercise, since clearly there is something wrong with people who do believe in the Bible.

posted on November 13, 2010
21. Rob

There isn’t a lot of historical/cultural/linguistic examination in these so-called “contradictions” offered. 

I will never understand the logic of fundie atheists:  Adhering to an inherently nihilistic world-view, you claim there’s no God, yet you illogically pour out so much of your time in arguing against God with superficial and poorly-researched charts like this.  Far from convincing or dissuasive, this is just a sad joke.

posted on November 14, 2010
22. mawala

@ #5 cuzzani- should we doubt this statement?

posted on November 15, 2010
23. nfinity

“It is of vital importance for us to understand that the Bible is a statement, not of theories, but of actual facts; and that things are not true because they are in the Bible, but they are only in the Bible because they are true.  (Mrs. Pearsall Smith - Written in 1907)”

Talk about nuts and delusional and why pieces of logic like this that are actually also art should finally kill this stupid religious crap and get people to start living within logic/reason and that there is no magical human being out there just playing with hour lives.

posted on November 17, 2010
24. Robert

For what its worth this isn’t a very good piece of scholarship. Not only is it lifted from another source without citation (re: http://www.historyshots.com/otherartists/4022.cfm) The graphic has NOTHING to do with the text.

Now as for the text, a thorough review of the supposed contradictions will produce complete answers if one looks beyond reading the 1st and pre-1st century CE text with a 21st Century mindset. Also going back to the theological/linguistic models there is usually much more going on. This isn’t good scholarship and frankly is stolen artwork with a supplementary text (having nothing to do with the actual graphic) attached.

If you’re going to object to theism and/or Christianity please use better resources and arguments.

posted on November 17, 2010
25. ThePerson

Got one off of the page here. I’m so glad. With the Lords help, I’m about to debunk this whole debunker thing. 2nd commandment. Gods tells us to not make images for ourselves. The other scripture references was Him giving instructions to the people to design these things for him. So like Exodus 25:18,20 & Numbers 21:8 Are not contradicting the 2nd commandment. In Fact the clue is to understand who is talking. The 2nd commandment clearly states to not make an image (Unto thee). Key word UNTO. meaning an image for (yourself) like you being an angel. Worship to self. To resemble anything in the heavens, earth, waters deep. Now the other half of what’s being said is God talking to Moses and the others telling them what to design for Him not for themselves. (Unto) is the word that makes these not contradict itself. Will do this daily. Wanted to start with this one… So this one is debunked. I am going to go through this website to break all these down and show U people how off they are in this logic. THank you for showing me this. Because I see a lot of people on this and I will be glad to assist them in finding the Lord again.

posted on November 19, 2010
26. ThePerson

If I got that one, I imagine how many are going to be off. Cause that was too simple. I suggest you people on here start repenting. I’m not even a christian I God is using me to get to ya’ll. SMH.. Wow I haven’t even read the whole bible but I can see that most of you guys haven’t either. Stop letting the churches interpret the scriptures for you and let Gods spirit do so.. But its cool I love this. Thank you God the Savior & Jesus. He is the Lord of Hope. But I bet none of you guys new that either. To add to this people The 2nd Command said not to create image in self glory (unto Thee) not to build in Gods Glory. This whole this is suggestive thinking MK Ultra to throw people off. Give them a little idea and it will snowball into a great large thing..

posted on November 19, 2010
27. Peter Rufus

#221. Apparent Contradiction between Genesis 50:13 and Acts 7:15,16. Sam and Annaka, have you even read these verses yourself? Honestly, guys, where is the contradiction?

Gen 50:13
They carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite.

Acts 7:15,16
Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our ancestors died. Their bodies were brought back to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor at Shechem for a certain sum of money.

And here it is explained:
http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/142

Come on guys, stop kidding yourselves.

posted on November 22, 2010
28. Peter Rufus

Dan Strong (19) - very well put indeed.

posted on November 22, 2010
29. Peter Rufus

#226. When did Jehoash become king of Israel?

2 Kings 13:1
In the twenty-third year of Joash son of Ahaziah king of Judah, Jehoahaz son of Jehu became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned seventeen years.

2 Kings 13:1
In the thirty-seventh year of Joash king of Judah, Jehoash son of Jehoahaz became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned sixteen years.

What’s the contradiction? The first passage talks about Jehoahaz; the second one talks of Jehoash, the SON of Jehoahaz. They’re two completely different people.

I repeat, COULD ANY ONE OF YOU BRILLIANT SCHOLARS POSTING COMMENTS HERE PLEASE POINT OUT THE CONTRADICTION IN THESE VERSES?

Are you so intellectually inept that you fail to recognise the difference between father and son? Or are you so deceitful that you would knowingly misrepresent facts?

In fact, would you just do yourselves a favour and investigate for yourselves whether this poster is true or not? Will you please have the decency to show some sort of integrity before you point a finger?

I know it’s hard. I know how much you hate Christ and Christianity. I know how much you desperately want to see the Bible proven untrue. That’s fine. But at least be honest, people.

Investigate the Bible by all means. Challenge it if you must. But please don’t be dishonest in your analysis. In fact, please don’t call this an analysis.

posted on November 22, 2010
30. Christopher H

@Peter Rufus

In terms of Joash King of Judah’s years:

Kings 13:1 says years 23-40: Jehoahaz was King of Israel

Kings 13:10 says years 37-53 Jehoash was King of Israel.

There are 3 years of contradictory overlap there, see?

Simple arithmetic. “Analysis” if you will. Please brush up on your math. A simple calculation has undermined your entire tirade regarding “Christ hate” and “intellectual misrepresentation.” What’s wrong with actually being an intellectual?

Sincerely,
Above Average in First Grade Math

posted on December 22, 2010
31. Nikkor-man

Swaroop:  I don’t know about you, but I read books with my eyes connected to my brain.  I suppose reading the Bible “with your heart” is the reason why so many people go to church to have the contents explained by a preacher.  This explains why we have so many different interpretations of the scripture.  The way I see it, you either read something and understand it, or you don’t.  Now I know why you people of faith need a shepherd.

posted on December 23, 2010

I have gone through 5 random things in this list. and 1 is NOT a contradiction whatsoever, 2 are amazing clear wtf contradictions. and 1 is not questionable.
the other 1 was like 8 verses and i couldnt really determine a problem with it. not enough time spent yet.
as for this list i plan to go through most if not all, just to better understand the bible in my battles, and to narrow this list to the truly astonishing omg contradictions
like
man or beast… which came first?
and
Cain is a wanderer, yet lives his days out in the town of nod. ok…

posted on March 4, 2011

I have gone through about 20 of these and atleast 2/3rds are in no way a contradiction.
There are SOME contradictions and thats for sure.
however when you make something this elaborate you need to realize you should take into account poor translation before attacking it.
I am one to believe that the bible should not translate poorly at all, after all god wrote it…
But the hebrew word for son, or father can be the same word for ancestor, or descendant.
and some of these claim its saying the wrong fathers, when its just referring to grandfathers etc…

posted on March 5, 2011
34. Chiflado

Please make one of the Qur’an!!!

posted on March 15, 2011
35. Trey

Folks, I am curious as to who put this together. It seems to me that they know enough to raise some eyebrows, but havent really done the research behind the 1) culture and 2) the theology which explains all of the so called “contradictions” that i read away. Also, it would appear that these are contradictions if you take the verses out of context….which it also appears has taken place.

If you are going to get behind something like this, you may want to put in the hard study time and look from an unbiased perspective as it seems that making a decision based solely off of this “project:” would not only leave the majority of you/us w/ egg on our face, to put it politely, put its possible, depending on what you find, that your decision about what you believe on this matter will determine whether you spend eternity in bliss with God, or eternity suffering unfathomable pain.

Just my two cents.

posted on March 19, 2011
36. RayRay

A contradiction, as any logician will tell you, would be saying that both P & ~P is true. To qualify for time and context, a contradiction would happen if P was uttered or believed by agent A in the same linguistic context at the same time that ~P was uttered or believed by A in the same linguistic context at the same time. Now that the logic is sorted out, while qualifying for linguistic context, most of these aren’t genuine logical contradictions. Each book in the bible probably has a different author, and was written at different times, for a particular set of ears. Semantically, I find this project to be very strange.

Finally, taking the logic out of it, and just talking about textual interpretation. does anyone worth their academic salt really read these ancient texts like a modern logical tract?

What a waist of time.

posted on March 21, 2011

Guys, great poster, very informative and artistic. But contradictions 7 and 9 are duplications. smile

posted on April 10, 2011
38. DW

Like someone said it was written by man, true but God worked through them. Even if he had not since everyones playing the it came from “MAN” card does that mean when your parents told you something not to do when you were little to keep you safe they were wrong or being deceitful.  I just know I have many flaws but God died for my sins and I would rather believe in him then deal with what would happen if I didnt Im not a fan of hot places.

posted on April 19, 2011
39. Daniel

This is a great visualization. As an atheist brought up in a fundamentalist household, to me it doesn’t really matter how valid these contradictions are taking into consideration such scientific considerations as context or history or linguistic analysis. Fundamentalists by definition have no recourse to such defence. The point is - the Bible is taken by fundamentalists as infallible, inerrant and more authoritative than science. As long as the Bible is used a scientific text handed down directly by an omniscient & perfect Deity by creationists, there ought really not to be one contradiction of any kind in the Bible. Point out a contradiction to a believer in inerrancy and they will always come back with an “excuse”. Show them this graphic though and it becomes a little harder just to wash it away with a glib comeback.

posted on May 13, 2011
40. Truthseeker

So I randomly picked some as a sample to check for the contradictions…lo and behold, there were NO contradictions!

This poster is garbage; its ironic that the instrument of accusation here is so easily disproven by simple common sense.

posted on May 21, 2011
41. hmmm

now do the other religons

posted on May 26, 2011

This is great and anyone who thinks theres a rationalization for them, there is! notwithstanding, seeing that theres some logic to cram down that rationale. Some one should create another one of these but just biblical horror and stupidity :D like Exodus 21:17 “Kill your kids if they cuss at you” such a loving god, oh wait NEVERMIND that was JUST the OLD TESTAMENT gods nicer now!

posted on July 5, 2011
43. Brian Lawson

I would LOVE to address the alledged Bible Contradictions you have posted on this site! I am a Christian - but not of the re-publican guild so prominent in the churches today. I am a liberal, and a Bible believer. Give me a chance, eh?

posted on July 26, 2011
44. Mandrivnyk

Hi!

Graph is nice but really not new - idea is taken possibly from here http://www.chrisharrison.net/index.php/Visualizations/BibleViz as it actually said: “Inspiration: Chris Harrison”, well it’s fine.

But “contradiction list”? Please read at least 3 examples of “contradictions” to feel an attitude against the truth and logic (I’m not even mention a faith).

Really, this poster is designed to impress, but in reality - it’s a shameful lie smile

But this poster teach me - yes, it teach me again to check everything myself - and so make my knowledge and faith stronger.

Thanks!

posted on December 9, 2011
45. the Bible is True

WoW! . . this is so bad ... and WRONG.
Anyone reading this website and thinking it is correct ...
PLEASE just check those verses yourself.
I just went through the first five and found no inconsistencies. (of course)
I won’t waste my time with the rest since we already know what the result will be.
Notice how “excited” all of the commenters are that the Bible may be wrong !??!
Then maybe they can not believe in God . . . then maybe they don’t have to be accountable for anything.
WoW! . . how sad.

posted on December 12, 2011
46. Duchamp

No hay contradicciones. Dios evoluciona porque es paciente y desea salvar al Hombre. Busquen y encontrarán. 

La mayoría de ateos que conozco son excesivamente arrogantes para dialogar con ellos. No quieren saber nada de Dios porque Dios siempre estará por encima de ellos.
Así se van a morir, lo siento mucho.

posted on January 13, 2012
47. Amadeos

I know that someone would probably yell at me for this, but the bible was not exactly written by God, but it was also not written by one single author, which explains some of it’s incoherence when read straight through. As anyone could guess, there are going to be some mistakes when multiple people write a single book, even when one person working with each of them. God may be perfect, but the beings he created were not and still are not perfect (hey look, creation and evolution together in one coherent sentence).

posted on February 15, 2012
48. Rebekah Loe

If you are willing to listen to someone who has actually studied the Bible in depth speak to the alleged contradictions, check out http://dbcmedia.org/sermons/alleged-biblical-contradiction/.  You have to take into consideration the fact that the biblical authors quoted each other using paraphrase, that biblical manuscripts were copied over and over by hand for thousands of years, so slight changes, like a number being dropped, etc. may have occurred through scribal error.  The bottom line is that it IS reliable and is the source of the truth about God, life, Christ, the basis of forgiveness of sin, what happens after death, and how we can be prepared to face death with confidence and hope.

posted on February 29, 2012
49. Peaslepuff

I think it is so sad to read the comments on here from people who checked out one or two, decided there were no contradictions, and then decided not to even bother with the rest of it.

I mean, I guess that’s the kind of “critical thinking” skills that comes with being religious.

posted on April 26, 2012
50. Patrick

Woooooo, I did get to check all of them the few i did, i did see any contradiction.
I appreciate the kind of hard work you did, but one question? why would go through all of this hard work to come up with not much contradiction as you claim? i think the best way to go about it is through and Inductive study of the Bible, looking at the context and the background. The Bible is the word of God written by men. men (have a backgroup, education and even way of writting), I don’t see any contradiction at all

posted on July 6, 2012
51. Jared

Typical atheist ignorance. There are no contradictions in the Bible. One example of proof I have that this poster is indeed inaccurate is from line 201 where it says John 15:26 contradicts John 14:26. It is indeed inaccurate because what 14:26 means is that the Father, meaning God, will send the Holy Spirit to Earth and in 15:26 it says that Jesus will send the Holy Spirit to the person which means after God sends the Holy Spirit to Earth, Jesus will direct it to the person. If the person wouldn’t have been so ignorant, he/she would have known what it actually said, not dismiss it as a contradiction immediately without further examining it. If you need me to prove more of this poster inaccurate, please request it and I shall.

posted on August 10, 2012
52. julius

To all who say that you have to look for the meaning not the context are still missing the point. An underlining meaning in a piece of writing doesn’t make it anymore factual than if it were just a bold claim. Just because information comes in the form of of a metaphor doesnt mean it is automatically true. It means its just a metaphor. If I pick up on a hidden message in a in a song that doesnt mean the message is true, it just means its artistically well done. And the people who say there’s a deeper message often still believe in the literal truth of the bible regardless of metaphor. So it is still besides the point to say that its about a deeper message when most christians literally believe that the dead will rise when Jesus returns in the rapture.

posted on August 12, 2012
53. Luke

It seems you repeated No.7 at No.9? And No. 263 at No. 264 and No. 323 at No.324 are also repeats. There’s also a spelling mistake at No. 404. Please fix these so the theists don’t have such a fuel for rebutal… Thanks.

posted on September 16, 2012
54. anarchitek

The problem of contradictions is compounded by the DIFFERENCES between the OLD and the NEW Testaments.  The Old Testament is a HISTORICAL RECORD, of events BEYOND the ability of those who witnessed them to EXPLAIN them in scientific terms.  These events were soon CLOAKED in Biblical terms by others whose personal agendas most likely conflicted radically with their responsibility as leaders, but in typical human fashion, that concern was soon tossed onto the waste heap of history.  The fact of the matter is the world was nearly destroyed, not once, not twice, but AGAIN AND AGAIN, from the period of Exodus, to the Battle of Troy, a period of NEARLY 800 years!  We look back at the last 800 years, and we’re at the closing period of the Dark Ages!  We have had the luxury of STABILITY, to be able to make and KEEP records, but the inhabitants of the Middle East, where our “Judeo-Christian” heritage originated, did NOT have that same boon!  No, they were subjected to REPEATED close calls involving a “comet” (actually the planet Venus), called Athena, or Ishtar, violent, angry, wrathful and totally UNPREDICTABLE “gods” that made periodic “visits” every 52 years, some of which resulted in the NEAR TOTAL destruction of the then-none world!  The Mayan Calendar is based on a 52-year cycle that provided a method to determine WHICH returns would be the WORST!  Eventually, Venus nearly collided with the smaller planet Mars, and BOTH these planets made close contacts with Earth, marking the RISE of the Romans, and the decline of the Greeks, ultimately ending with the “battle” in the skies, between Athena and Area, over the armies at Troy.  Venus was shunted into the Solar System’s most nearly perfect orbit, and Mars went on to terrorize Earth’s citizens, but for a much shorter time, since Mars is so much smaller than Earth or Venus.  At the point when the Jews brought Jesus to Pilate, to get him to join their plan to get him out of their hair, he said, “All these gods, who knows WHICH one to believe in?”  He said this, because Mars had long since retreated from its one-time warlike dominance of the skies, into it’s present orbit, a long ways from Earth.  Many other gods had been “created” in Roman society, to replace the now dormant Mars.  To Pilate, Jesus was just another flack hyping a new god, only this time, Jesus was NOT talking about a god who was in the sky, or on the hearth, or the woodlands, or any such thing.

posted on March 10, 2013
55. anarchitek

CONTINUED from previous comment:
The God of Jesus was invisible and unattainable.  Take the New Testament as what it is, the tract of a man whose God was one of love, acceptance and peace, while the “God” of the Old Testament was one of VIOLENCE, hatred, anger, revenge and all the qualities of an OUT OF CONTROL planet crashing around the Solar System, slamming into things and wrecking the world, again and again.  BTW, the “Troy” that Schliemann found, in 1914 or so, was TROY VI—the 6th city built on the SAME foundations!  Who would rebuild a city again and again, and WHY, unless it wasn’t earthquakes, or some understandable and predictable cause?  Those are the “contradictions” we should focus on.  Not why the 2 books do not agree.  There is no way they could.  They are about two DIFFERENT periods, 2 different philosophies.

posted on March 10, 2013
56. Jojo

This looked very interesting so I looked a number of the verses up (using the English standard version, this is a more literal translation of the words).

A none biblical examples of potential misinterpretation if random sentences are taken out of context would be “legs go straight” or “kicked the bucket” when they both mean someone has died - you need to know the context.

Also another none biblical example would be “John is known as son”, “John is known as dad”, “John is known as brother”, “John is known as master”, “John is known as sir”, “John is known as foe” or “John is known as friend”, which of these are correct? They all contradict? No? Why - because it depends on who is writing to John and the style of the writing, context is very important…

After looking up a number of the examples in the bible I could not see any real contradictions. I’m not saying that there are no contradictions but the dozen or so examples listed above that I looked at were not real contradictions. I’d like to see a list done properly, the examples listed simply make me lose faith in atheists being able to argue against the bible. Nice idea though but I’d rather have a shorter list of real contradictions than a huge list of false contradictions…

posted on March 17, 2013
57. Doulos

I’m not seeing any contradictions, of course I already know the sufficiency of Scripture, but I was curious, a lot of these are just verses taken out of context, misunderstanding of translation, misunderstanding of genealogies of families (yes those long lists are there for a reason), and other things.

posted on March 27, 2013
58. T

Contradictions or not the bible is an excremental confection of Iron Age myths kneaded, pummelled, translated and interpreted until it says what the pious want it to say. It is no more based in fact than Harry Potter. And all other religious books are the same. That’s it. Simple. How anyone with any common sense can say otherwise is a liar or a fool.

posted on March 29, 2013
59. Camilla

205 is a contradiction because in one it says that Jesus was crucified in the third hour. Seems reasonable to assume that’s at three o’clock? In the other it says that he was crucified some time after six.

216 is a contradiction because one says that there was only one man outside the tomb of Jesus, telling the women what had happened. The other one says that there were two.
How am I wrong?

posted on March 29, 2013
60. Roedy Green

The 33x34 version of the poster is a pdf file 1,691,001 bytes long.

You can download it and put in on a CD, DVD or USB drive and take it to your local poster-making shop, or upload it to them. 

You can ask the poster people blow it up or shrink it down maintaining the aspect ratio.  Don’t over do it or the red lines will turn into a blur.

You can print the poster yourself out of page-size tiles with the free software at http://www.blockposters.com/.

You can get it printed at an online poster printing shop such as http://www.posterburner.com for about $20 and have it mailed to you.

posted on March 29, 2013
61. Roedy Green

Christians claim the bible is inerrant. This means they assert there are ZERO contradictions and ZERO errors.  Explaining away a handful of them with sleasy excuses does not get them off the hook. They have to debunk every last one of those arcs.

posted on March 29, 2013
62. Roedy Green

If this text were presented as a novel, and we were copy editors, there would be absolutely no doubt these were errors/inconsistencies, the result of a an effort with many sloppy authors who did not consult each other. It gets a pass because of extreme wishful thinking that it is indeed a message from the creator of the universe rather than from ignorant bronze agers.  The writing quality is so dreadful, claiming it is of divine origin insults any extant gods.

posted on March 29, 2013
63. Phil

I have an almost 200 year old bible printed in 1819, it is a family heirloom but not a factual document.  I would have more reason to believe in the spaghetti monster than any religion.

posted on April 1, 2013
64. Temetus

FIX THE URL!!

http://www.project-reason.org/

And all the images has the http://www.reasonproject.org, WHICH IS reason.tv (home of The Drew Carey Project) web pages!?!!!

FIX THE URL IN THE IMAGES and description!!

posted on April 1, 2013
65. Pas

#221 Jacob was buried in the “Cave of the Patriarchs”. There is even a wikipedia article.
There is no contradiction between Genesis 50 and Acts 7.

Lying for atheism.

Come to God He will revolutionise your life!

posted on April 7, 2013
66. Pas

#229
Neither 2 Chronicles 36 nor Jeremiah 22 speaks about the death place of Jehoiakim.

Jeremiah 22:19 “He shall be buried with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.”

means that he is not allowed to be buried in Jerusalem because he was an evil king.


Only quotemining and deliberate dishonesty.
Stop believing this everything you are being told, use your God given mind to think critically.

Come to God He will revolutionise your life!

posted on April 7, 2013
67. Jade

All these verses are completely taken out of contexts if he even knew Gods grace and his powers then this wouldn’t even be here.

posted on June 9, 2013
68. Irish

I can only pray for these people to read God’s word and try to understand His love for us.

posted on June 9, 2013
69. digory

can anyone tell if this was made before or after this: http://www.chrisharrison.net/index.php/Visualizations/BibleViz
somone stole the idea from somone

posted on July 20, 2013
70. your name

223. is not a contradiction (It is clear from the context)

posted on August 22, 2013
71. DoubtingT

“223. is not a contradiction (It is clear from the context)”

Matthew 9:18 -Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)
18 While he is speaking these things to them, lo, a ruler having come, was bowing to him, saying that `My daughter just now died, but, having come, lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.’

Luke 8:42 - Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)
41 and lo, there came a man, whose name [is] Jairus, and he was a chief of the synagogue, and having fallen at the feet of Jesus, was calling on him to come to his house;42 because he had an only daughter about twelve years [old], and she was dying. . .

“It is clear from the context” that these are the same events and the 3 sources listed on the poster do not agree when the girl died. . . and the hundreds of biblical contradictions, misstatements of fact and other errors clearly show that the bible can NOT be trusted to be inerrant, accurate or true.

posted on September 4, 2013
72. Brett

I decided to take on just one because I do not have the time to disprove all of the NONESENSE put out by the producer of this chart.  #205 at what time of day was Jesus crucified.  John 19:14 John was reckoning time by the Roman method of the day beginning at midnight.  So, at 6am Jesus was sentenced to death.  Mark 15:25 Jesus was crucified on the third hour (9:00am) according to Jewish time. 

It is really sad how Sam Harris is spreading this nonsense around as if he is wise enough to understand the bible.

Instead of trying to disprove the bible why don’t you look at what the bible does tell us.  That we are all sinners and in need of a savior.  Jesus (The Messiah) died on the cross for our sins.  This Messiah was prophecied about numerous times in the old testament.  If the bible is not the word of God then why is it so startlingly accurate.  Look at this prophecy in the book of Daniel it was written over 500 years before the birth of Christ and predicts to the exact day when Jesus would enter Jerusalem.
http://www.khouse.org/articles/2004/552/

posted on October 1, 2013
73. Bel sadler

I can understand that Satan has a lot of agent in the word to transform the word of God and keep saying nonsense, the Bible said that, that will be a lot of men like you who will prophesy and talk in his name. u who do that if u don’t change ur position u’ll burn in fire with ur satan.
You who understand the word of God, don’t take anything about the false writing they’re spreading in the word. they are all in bad way!

posted on October 30, 2013
74. Macro View

Hi, Christians! I am Agnostic and I just wanted to say that I recognize the flaws of this piece. Instead of debating the semantics of versus, I would just like to point out a few trends that I have noticed about the God of the Bible! From your holy book, it is written that God did many great things. He certainly did! Forcing his children to populate his world with incest twice. Committing mass murder and full blown genocide multiple times for petty reasons. Commanding his followers to do the same, as well as rape virgins and enslave people. Then, like a Miracle! He is the God of love! He promises to never slaughter everything on Earth (with the exception of a few, as always. He appears to love incest) ever again! That makes everything better! Sure, he didn’t say sorry, but he promised he wouldn’t do it again! (until second coming, where he promised to do it again, of course.)

Your “God” is either a petulant, child who hasn’t developed the mental capacity yet to understand his actions or… or… (this is the more likely scenario) He is a Sociopathic, Bi-polar, incestuous, bigoted serial killer. I for one, would give that prick the finger before I bowed down to the narcissistic, hypocritical, adulteress (that’s right, did you forget Mary was married?)

I believe in the possibility of a higher intelligence. Regardless of whether your higher power is true is irrelevant though. I refuse to worship some prick who even you people would be screaming to be given the needle if it happened in modern times.

I hope you enjoyed this, and remember, telling me I’m going to hell is like telling me Santa isn’t bringing me presents! I look forward to your responses!

posted on December 18, 2013
75. J

这张表单的唯一作用就是让我查考了一遍经文,更加增加了信心,而后嘲笑一下表单的设计者。不带这么哗众取宠的好么!在做这样一个引人注意的研究前,真的应该更认真地研读圣经。愚蠢的人类们,神的话乖乖领受便是,整什么幺蛾子。

posted on January 20, 2014
76. Xavier

Whoever would be able to show a single contradiction in the Bible would be forever a world-famous person – more famous than Socrates or Plato or Aristotle are. Students from universities around the world would certainly study her or his work. Statues of her or him will be erected to honor and immortalize the author of such an intellectual feat. So far, however, no one has attained such glory and fame.

In fact, there are people who like to be told things they want to hear. They even like being told that the Bible is full of contradictions. On the other hand, there are people who like to say what other people want to hear. They even like to say that there are contradictions in Bible. However, no philosopher, no logician, no mathematician, no theologian, no scientist or anyone else has ever found a single contradiction in the pages of the Bible. Take the case of Sir Isaac Newton, the great scientist. He was a prominent Bible investigator. Nevertheless, he never found a contradiction in the Bible.
(Read more in http://contradicoesdabiblia.com/)

posted on August 14, 2014