I often read verses used by those who do not believe the bible to show alleged contradictions in the Bible.

Let us answer one by one these contradictions if these are true or Anti-Christian Apologists cannot just understand what they read.

2 SAMUEL 10:18 VS. 1 CHRONICLES 19:18

This was written in 2 SAMUEL 10:18.

“And the Arameans fled before Israel, and David slew the men of seven hundred chariots of the Arameans, and forty thousand horse soldiers, and struck Shobach the captain of their army, who died there.”(2 Samuel 10:18)

This was written in 1 CHRONICLES 19:18.

“And the Arameans fled before Israel; and David slew of the Arameans seven thousand men who fought in chariots, and forty thousand footmen, and killed Shophach the captain of the army.”(1 Chronicles 19:18)

Take note, 700 chariot teams were killed. These troops rode in chariots

One team is a group of people. There were allegedly 700 groups.

Here, there were 7,000 Aramean Charioteers or individuals riding in chariots.

“And the Arameans fled before Israel; and David slew of the Arameans seven thousand men who fought in chariots, and forty thousand footmen, and killed Shophach the captain of the army.”(1 Chronicles 19:18)

Two different things are being referred to.

2 SAMUEL 10:18 = 700 Teams or groups

1 CHRONICLES 19:18 = 7,000 individuals

It means that there are 10 people in each chariot team.

Multiply 10 by 700 teams and the product will be 7,000 individuals.

Will there be a contradiction?

No!

Acts 9:7 VS. Acts 22:9

Acts 9:7. ο δε νδρες ο συνοδευοντες ατω εστηκεισαν νεοι, κουοντες μεν της φωνης μηδενα δε θεωρουντες.

A literal translation will read: “The men traveling with HIM stood speechless, (they were) hearing (mp ptc), on the one hand, the sound/voice but, on the other hand, not one (were, mp ptc.) viewing.”

Acts 22:9. ο δε συν μοι ντες το μεν φως θεασαντο τεν δε φωνην ουκ κουσαν τοθ λαλουντος μοι.

A literal translation: “Now those (men, mp) being with ME, on the one hand, viewed the light, but on the other hand, did not hear the voice/sound of the one (ms) speaking to me.” Acts 9:7 appears in the middle of a historical narrative and represents the voice of the narrator reciting the facts as he or she knows them.

This passage, which speaks of Apostle Paul in the third person “HIM,” thus constitutes a secondary source or hearsay.

In Acts 22:9 the author cites the words of Paul himself, “ME,” about his encounter and thus represents a primary source to the event.

This difference of secondary source versus primary source alone could account for a difference in the facts reported. Acts 9:7 says that the men with him saw “no one” but does not say anything about a “light.” Acts 22:9 says that they saw a “light” but does not say anything about “no one” person. Acts 22:9 specifies that ”the ones being with me,” not necessarily “the men traveling with me,” did not hear the “voice of the one speaking TO ME.” Acts 9:7 specifies that they heard “the voice.”

Given the differences in the sources, secondary versus primary (“him” versus “me”) and the other differences of detail in the report, I would attribute the reversal in the order of their perceptions, light versus sound, to a confusion of sources and memory rather than a direct logical contradiction.

Also when Almighty God speaks from heaven, or when a voice is heard from heaven, it can sound very different from speaking to someone beside you. The voice from heaven can sound like thunder (Revelation 6:1, 10:3, 14:2).

In fact, when God spoke from Mount Sinai, the people were terrified and didn’t want God to speak to them. Other times the voice can be quiet, such as when God spoke to Elijah (1 Kings 19:12), a still small voice, almost silent.

Also, the word for “voice” and “sound” are the same in Aramaic. So when the people with Saul heard the sound of Jesus speaking from heaven to Saul, although they “heard the sound”, they could/did not “hear the voice”, because they were too afraid because of what was happening.

So although they heard the sound, they “did not hear the voice”, i.e. they did not understand the exact words spoken – but Saul could because he was listening and the voice was addressed to him. Later in Acts, when the incident is described again, it says that they “heard the sound”, meaning that they could hear something, but just not understand the exact words.

Matthew 2:13-16 VS. Luke 2:21-39

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There are no contradictions. Luke does not mention Egypt but that does not mean it did not happen. Temple ritual Luke describes could have happened after Egypt journey.

The dedication of child occurs typically a month after birth in Jewish culture. Done for all first born not from Levi.

And purity ritual after giving birth to a boy is described in Torah is also a month after the birth.

In Luke 2:21-39, Jesus was taken to the temple in Jerusalem to be circumcised when He was eight days old. This is in accordance with Jewish custom. The Matthew 2:13-16 verses occurred later after the wise men left after seeing Jesus. This occurred sometime after the circumcision of Jesus.

Herod had asked the wise men to return to him with the information of where to find this child so that he could kill the child. Since the wise men did not return to Herod, he then had all the children killed that were the age of two and younger in Bethlehem. That is why the Lord told Joseph in a dream to flee to Egypt as Hosea 11:1 foretold of Jesus’s stay in Egypt hundreds of years earlier. Joseph, Mary, and Jesus stayed there until after Herod’s death.

The circumcision of a newborn is conducted on the 8th day. An 8 day-old child is a massive difference betwixt that of a two year-old. It makes no sense for Herod to order such a slaughter under such a condition if the child had just been born, but you must first remember what the account says, “Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star appeared”(Matthew 2:7). A great amount of time has transpired, summed up in the Bible with a simple ‘And behold wise men came to Jerusalem,’ like they showed up within moments of His birth. Now Herod didn’t figure the time of the birth until the wise men arrived from the East, and they didn’t leave the East until they saw the Sign in the Heavens announcing Christ’s birth. Babylon to Jerusalem, by camel at 25mi per day, is a minimum 20 day journey, if they left immediately and went in a straight line. Of note, we know for a fact that Miriam didn’t enter the temple for 40 days after the birth of Christ per Leviticus 12, and brought the required sacrifices for the poor as stipulated there. Also, Christ Himself would have been redeemed as a first-born child at a month old (Number 18:15-16). Thus we see above and beyond the 20 minimum, that the young couple were unmolested for at least 40 days. All this of course excludes preparatory time by the wise men, putting together their caravan, collecting the massive wealth they were to bestow on Messiah, following know springs and water courses to traverse the area, and rest and forage time en route.

Matthew 27:28 VS. Mark 15:17

Matthew 27:28 calls it “scarlet.”

“And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him,”(Matthew 27:28)

Mark and John describe the soldiers’ cloak as “purple”.

“And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on him.”(Mark 15:17)

Greek literature makes use of both words to describe this cloak which contains many colors.

Red and purple are similar.

The colors depend on the amount of red in the purple.

Tyrian purple

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrian_purple#Tyrian_purple

Azalea Society of America hue rendering[edit]

The true colour Tyrian purple, like most high chroma pigments, cannot be accurately displayed on a computer display, nor are ancient reports entirely consistent, but these swatches give an indication of the likely range in which it appeared:

This is the sRGB colour #990024, intended for viewing on an output device with a gamma of 2.2. It is a representation of RHS colour code 66A,[35] which has been equated to “Tyrian red”,[36] a term which is often used as a synonym for Tyrian purple.

“Royal purple” redirects here. For other uses, see Royal Purple (disambiguation).

Not to be confused with byzantium (color), a modern colour.

Tyrian purple (Greek, πορφύρα, porphyra, Latin: purpura), also known as Tyrian red, royal purple, imperial purple or imperial dye, is a bromine-containing reddish-purple natural dye. It is a secretion produced by one or more species of predatory sea snails in the family Muricidae, rock snails originally known by the name Murex.

 

Luke 22:61 VS. Mark 14:72

And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” (Luke 22:61)

There is denial in both passages thrice. Luke does not say how many times the rooster will crow. He will crow thrice in Mark. The denial will happen before the morning.

And immediately the cock crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.(Mark 14:72)

 

1 Timothy 6:16  VS. 1 Kings 8:12

“It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.”(1 Timothy 6:16)

There is no contradiction between these two verses

“The Lord has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.”(1 Kings 8:12)

1 Timothy 6:16 and 1 Kings 8:12. God will dwell in the light, and God is light. Also, God appeared in a dark cloud as we see every time He appeared in the tabernacle or the Temple of Solomon. As a matter of fact, there is no place God does not exist.

Anti-Christians just cannot understand what they read!

 

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