Question: “Does the Bible contain errors, contradictions, or
Answer: If we read the Bible at face value,
without a preconceived bias for finding errors, we will find it to be a
coherent, consistent, and relatively easy-to-understand book. Yes, there are
difficult passages. Yes, there are verses that appear to contradict each other.
We must remember that the Bible was written by approximately 40 different
authors over a period of around 1500 years. Each writer wrote with a different
style, from a different perspective, to a different audience, for a different
purpose. We should expect some minor differences. However, a difference is not a
contradiction. It is only an error if there is absolutely no conceivable way the
verses or passages can be reconciled. Even if an answer is not available right
now, that does not mean an answer does not exist. Many have found a supposed
error in the Bible in relation to history or geography only to find out that the
Bible is correct once further archaeological evidence is discovered.
often receive questions along the lines of “Explain how these verses do not
contradict!” or “Look, here is an error in the Bible!” Admittedly, some of the
things people bring up are difficult to answer. However, it is our contention
that there are viable and intellectually plausible answers to every supposed
Bible contradiction and error. There are books and websites available that list
“all the errors in the Bible.” Most people simply get their ammunition from
these places; they do not find supposed errors on their own. There are also
books and websites available that refute every one of these supposed errors. The
saddest thing is that most people who attack the Bible are not truly interested
in an answer. Many “Bible attackers” are even aware of these answers, but they
continue to use the same old shallow attacks again and again.
are we to do when someone approaches us with an alleged Bible error? 1)
Prayerfully study the Scriptures and see if there is a simple solution. 2) Do
some research using some of the fine Bible commentaries, “Bible defense” books,
and biblical research websites. 3) Ask our pastors/church leaders to see if they
can find a solution. 4) If there is still no clear answer after steps 1), 2),
and 3) are followed, we trust God that His Word is truth and that there is a
solution that just simply has not been realized yet (2 Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17).
The Big Book of Bible Difficulties by Geisler & Howe.