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Contradictions and corrections in the Bible

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Contradictions exist throughout the Bible. You can find books that have been written specifically on Biblical contradictions and errors. An interesting one occurs in the King James Version of the Bible with references to the military might of Solomon.

In 2 Chronicles 9:25 we find that Solomon had a lot of horses and stalls for them. “And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem.” That’s a huge number, but let’s accept it for now.

Yet in 1 Kings 4:26, we find different figures as follows. “Solomon also had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.” Well, boys and girls, we know that both of these statements can’t be right.

Besides, if you would stall 20 horses per acre, that means you would need 200 acres of stalls in 2 Chronicles or 2000 acres for stalls if you believe 1 Kings. That’s a lot of land just for stalls, not counting grazing, feeding, walking, exercise and manure pits.

The two passages read almost the same except for that little discrepancy of 36,000 stalls. The four thousand of 2 Chronicles became forty thousand of 1 Kings. That’s no small matter.

But there is a solution for all this. Read the same two passages in the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible and you find that both passages agree with a total of four thousand horses and stalls instead of forty thousand.

Well that was a simple fix, wasn’t it? The supposition by Biblical scholars is that an error occurred in transcribing the Bible to a new copy. Forty thousand is an awful lot of horses and stalls. The guess is that a mistake was made, and that it should read four thousand in both books.

Of course, that is an assumption. It is also a de facto admission that one of God’s select scribes – someone chosen by God to write down his precise Godly words – made an error. Made an error! It’s almost inconceivable that such could happen, given God’s omnipotence and omniscience. Yeah, that’s sarcasm.

But that is not the end of the story. By admitting that a Godly scribe or God himself made an error, it means that everything else written in the Bible is wide open for interpretation. A witness caught in either an innocent error or deliberate mistake in a courtroom trial leaves everything else said by that person as questionable. If deliberate, it is perjury and punishable.

That leaves everything in the Bible wide open. Were mistakes made or not? Is John 3:16 really accurate or not? Could the snake in the Garden of Eden and Balaam’s donkey really talk? Was the resurrection really true or after being hung on a cross for a time did Jesus just wander off somewhere to live his carpenter life? Were people really raised from the dead? Were cripples really healed? Were lepers cured from their disease? Did switching boat sides for netting really result in huge catches of fish? Was it really possible to feed thousands or people with a few fish and bread scraps? All this and more is questionable now that we know the truth about Biblical errors.

What this does is eliminate all the absolute, positive surety of those who “know” what God wants and what the Bible says.

If you find a question in one area of the Bible, that raises questions everywhere. If you find an error (as with the 2 Chronicles/1 Kings situation above), that raises the possibility of errors anywhere and everywhere of any description.

Not feeling so positive, sure and happy about your Christian religion now? Good.

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