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.

We 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.

So, what 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).