Do Bible Contradictions Matter?

Growing up a fundamentalist Protestant, I was shocked the day I was confronted with evidence that the Bible contains blatant errors. All my life I had been taught that “God will preserve his Word” and that “not one jot or tittle” of God’s Word would ever change.

That day,

That day the outer shell of my Christian worldview cracked. I didn’t deconvert immediately, but it definitely started the process.

But do contradictions in the Bible really make any difference? Isn’t it possible that when the Bible says that God will preserve his Word, it means that God’s core message to humankind will be preserved— unchanged—forever? Well, that is certainly what moderate and liberal Christians want us to believe it means.

Silly fundamentalists!

During the early days of my four month process of losing my faith (known in ex-Christian circles as “the deconversion process”), I came to accept that minor errors in the Bible aren’t really a big deal. So what, if one Gospel author states that there was one angel at the empty tomb of Jesus and another claims that there were two! Does the number of angels make any difference to the central message of the text? No! The number of angels at the tomb does not change the historical fact that Jesus rose from the dead! And as law enforcement will tell you, eyewitness stories always have some minor incongruencies. What matters is that the central details of the Bible story is correct, right? I felt so much better. My faith had been restored!

But then I started doing some digging.

I studied the evidence for the Exodus: hundreds of thousands, maybe even a couple million, Hebrews departed ancient Egypt en masse. Problem is, modern archaeology can’t find any evidence of this massive migration. None.

I thought to myself: It may not matter how many angels were at Jesus’ tomb but doesn’t it matter if the entire Exodus Story is fictional?? Isn’t it a BIG problem that Jesus seemed to have believed in the historicity of Moses, the Passover, and the Exodus? If the Exodus Story is fictional, what does that tell us about the alleged omniscience of Jesus, the eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing Creator of the universe??

And from there it all unraveled.

So you see, dear moderate and liberal Christians, the individual errors in the Bible probably don’t matter. But when you add them all up, you arrive at the conclusion that the Bible is not a reliable source of historical information. And if the Bible is not a reliable source of historical information, why believe its fantastical claims of talking donkeys, virginal conceptions, water-walking, and dead corpse reanimations?

The Bible’s contradictions do matter!

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End of post.

12 thoughts on “Do Bible Contradictions Matter?

  1. “No! The number of angels at the tomb does not change the historical fact that Jesus rose from the dead!”

    Why would mark never mention a reunion in galilee when he just had jesus prophecy about peters betrayal being fulfilled? Why end his gospel with “they said nothing to anyone” ?

    No fulfilment
    No message of “good news”

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    1. Christians will say that “Mark’s” statement “he (Jesus) will meet them (the male disciples) in Galilee” suggests a knowledge of resurrection appearance stories. I agree that “Mark” most certainly was aware of resurrection stories. What is odd is that he never hints of resurrection appearances in Jerusalem, only in Galilee. The fact that “Matthew”, who seemed to have copied “Mark’s” gospel almost verbatim, also omits any appearances of Jesus to the male disciples in Jerusalem suggests to me that the original appearance stories were based on alleged sightings in Galilee.

      Come on, Christians! If the author of Matthew was an eyewitness and the author of Mark was Peter’s right hand man (John Mark) to whom Peter dictated his memories, as many of you believe, why no mention or hint of any appearances to the Twelve in Jerusalem in the first two gospels???

      Isn’t it obvious: the Jerusalem appearance stories are pure fiction! Inventions for theological purposes; inventions to make the story more dramatic; inventions to convert more saps to the “Way”.

      The Bible is NOT a historically reliable book.

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  2. “Christians will say that “Mark’s” statement “he (Jesus) will meet them (the male disciples) in Galilee” suggests a knowledge of resurrection appearance stories.”

    Having knowledge is based on assumption, why mark never had it fulfilled? Why was there no reunion mentioned? why have jesus make predictions of death and fulfilling those predictions, but never having an appearance narrative?

    So lets say that mark said,

    “I will get killed”

    mark never narrates a story of jesus getting crucified, how will we assume that mark knew that jesus was killed by crucifixion?

    why does mark have peter become an apostate, repent when safe , but never an appearance to peter?

    strange.

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  3. “I am going to get killed and come back to life”

    how does mark demonstrate this?

    women come to the tomb, find it empty, hear a man say “he is risen,” then run away shit scared and say nothing to anyone.

    this was good news for the readers.

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      1. I am thinking mark was writing to christians not to be like jesus’ faithless disciples.
        this makes sense to me. Dont be like these cowards.

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  4. Some Christians will treat you like a rube if you say that biblical contradictions caused you to start doubting your Christian faith – as in, is my faith based on a book that is not actually telling what Jesus actually said and did, who he was, and who God is? While I’m sure some exist, I’ve never met a liberal or moderate Christian who reads other religion’s scriptures with a devotional attitude- what is God teaching me or how is God speaking to me through the Koran and Book of Mormon. If they had a neighbour who was a Muslim and went on about how perfect and non contradictory the Koran was, would not the moderate or liberal Christian read it with a critical eye, and be bothered by its contradictions and inconsistencies?

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