Bible Contradictions

I’m speaking out of Ezekiel 18 in the morning. It’s a passage about how the coming judgment on Jerusalem is the fault of the people who currently live in it, it is not their father’s sins that they are being punished for.

Ezekiel 18 famously says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” The father is not punished for the iniquity of the son, nor is the son punished for the iniquity of the father.

It’s said quite clearly and consistently all the way through the chapter. Here’s the kicker: that aint true! Several examples

1) Exodus 20:5 says that God will visit the iniquity of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.

2) Joshua 7 talks about Achan who stole from Ai and gets sucked into the ground along with his sons and daughters.

3) David and Bathsheba’s son is killed as punishment for David’s sin.

4) Elders who have rebellious kids should not be elders.

Then we have Romans 5 and the sin of Adam, “by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners,” and “judgment came upon all men to condemnation.”

I love the fact that the Bible has contradictions. It lets you know who studies the book and who just plays around with it. People who play with the Bible

1) usually don’t know or realize the many contradictions that exist.

2) when they are aware of them, they use impossibly ridiculous loopholage to get around them.

The Bible contradicts itself many times over, embrace that fact. Then get to work studying it to find out what the point is. Always remember context. Context is everything. Get to work!

4 thoughts on “Bible Contradictions”

  1. The Bible contradicting itself is not nearly as bewildering as the “Bible Christians” who contradict the inconsistent Bible…and yet claim they must follow it as their authority and source for all truth. Maybe you don’t contradict it…you celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday and make woman cover their heads in church when they pray, right? Even worse is the “Bible Christian” who contradicts the Bible yet judges others as “unbiblical”. You know the type.

  2. Jeff,
    How can you miss the fact that God does not sit around and ‘count generations’ after every transgression of the “fathers”, but rather, puts “you” (and here, specifically you), or anyone in the nation of Israel with prior knowledge of Ex. 20:5, right in the place of the questioner there in verse 19 (Ez. 18:19), and soundly answers your(his) question?

  3. Todd,
    I don’t think I did miss that. My point is about context, sometimes he does judge the sons for the sins of the fathers, sometimes he doesn’t. To only say one or the other is missing the point.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: