“Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.” — Proverbs 26:4-5
Why do people think there are Bible contradictions? There are several reasons. They think the Bible is supposed to be written chronologically. They don’t believe in the supernatural. They take it out of context. These are just a few.
The Bible explains itself. The Bible isn’t a “here’s what it says to me” book. It is simply what God says.
The passage above is sometimes construed to be a contradiction. Fools want to argue. If you argue with someone who wants to argue, you won’t get anywhere. But you sometimes have to reprove a fool in order to keep him from continuing in his folly.
The devil is continually trying to get us to question the validity of God’s word and authority. With respect to the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden, God can grant us many freedoms, but we’ll be upset over the one thing that’s off limits.
Genesis 6:19-20 — How many animals were on the ark? Were there two of every kind or seven?
Kind and species are not the same thing. A horse and a zebra, for example, are the same kind but not the same species. Noah had enough sense to take small animals. Their purpose was to procreate after the flood.
Clean animals were to be taken by 7’s. Unclean animals were to be taken by 2’s. There is no contradiction. The clean animals were taken for the purpose of sacrifice.
Who was Moses’ father-in-law? He is mentioned a number of times. The way Israelites and Middle Easterners spoke was different from the way we speak. Sometimes their name was really a title. For example, Jacob was also called Israel. Simon was also called Peter. Saul was called Paul. It depends on the context.
Exodus 2:16-17, 3:1 — In the context of 10 verses, the priest of Midian — Moses’ father-in-law — was called two names. In Judges 4, he is called by yet anther name (Hobab).
God doesn’t lie. Man lies because some want you to think there are Bible contradictions to lessen its authority.
Reuel means “friend of God.” He was the spiritual leader. Our pastor’s name is Greg, but we often call him Pastor. His kids call him “Dad.” It’s still the same person.
Likewise, Jethro was another name for Moses’ father-in-law. It means, “his excellency.” But Hobab was his actual name.
What was in the ark of the covenant? There are two verses that have different stories.
1 Kings 8:9 says there were two tables of stone only, which Moses put there at Horeb.
Hebrews 9:4 describes the layout of the tabernacle. It also says the ark of the covenant contained the golden pot that had manna and Aaron’s rod, in addition to the tables of the covenant.
There is a 500-year time gap between these two passages. At one time, all 3 items were there. Two of them were organic and would not have lasted. Later, there were only the two tables of stone. The manna and the rod were temporary blessings of God. The commandments are not temporary, but permanent.
Who killed Goliath?
1 Samuel 17:50-51 states very clearly that David “smote the Philistine” with a sling and a stone. There was no sword in his hand. It was his faith that killed the giant and not his skill.
In 2 Samuel 21:19 we are told that Elhanan killed the brother of Goliath. 1 Chronicles 20:5 confirms this. Some translations take out the “brother” and make it appear as though Elhanan killed Goliath. This is why we must stick to the earlier, undiluted Biblical translations. Sometimes, various translations can create apparent contradictions that don’t actually exist.
Who was Joseph’s father? Matthew 1:16 says Jacob begat Joseph. But Luke 3:23 tells us Jesus was the son of Joseph, who was the son of Heli. So who were Jacob and Heli? Matthew contains the actual, chronological genealogy of Jacob. Luke contains Mary’s genealogy. Heli was actually Joseph’s father-in-law, but he was legally Joseph’s father just as much as Jacob.