Many criticisms about Bible contradictions focus on factual differences in the historical records or scientific inaccuracies. Did Jacob go into
These are the kinds of issues that are rather easily dismissed. All manner of explanations can be hypothesized and have been..
Of much greater significance and difficulty are the logical inconsistencies inherent in the church's interpretation of God's nature and operation.
God is love (I John 4:8). Love never fails ( I Corinthians 13:8). There is no fear in love ( I John 4:18). God's mercy endureth for ever (Psalms 118:29).
In the same Bible we have logically contradictory passages like these. Fear God and keep His commandments (Ecc 12:13). It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God (Heb 10:31). The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom( Ps 111:10).
The church's explanation of these type issues is that God's nature is multi-faceted. He is loving and merciful but also demanding of justice and capable of great wrath. Of course, such attempts at explanation actually explain nothing at all. They amount to nothing more than a reiteration of the basic contradiction. The very Bible itself declares the incompatibility of love and fear (I Jn 4:18 again).
No one can explain these Bible contradictions by simply quoting enough Bible to lend support to both contradictory sides. If the same book says that two and two equal four and that two and two equal one hundred and thirty seven would that then compute? No, but that is the way the church responds to questions about their confused message from the Bible.
If the church wants to deal comprehensibly with Bible contradictions they would be obliged to take a dramatically different approach, one that re-evaluated everything they have historically taught about the Bible. The first step might well be re-considering what of the Bible is applicable to men today as opposed to being unique to those of Bible times. The church routinely assumes that Bible examples and instructions, particularly in the NT, are directed to 21st century mankind universally. There is little or no evidence to substantiate that claim. It is a mere assertion upon which all church doctrine then is dependent.