How old was Ahaziah? Christians mistranslate the Bible to remove the contradiction:
It seems that Christians are unfortunately embarrassed of contradictions in their Bible so I started checking up modern translations to see whether the contradictions have remained.
Apparently, they have deceived the reader, by altering the translation of 2 Chronicals 22:2 to make the Bible free of contradictions (though it still isn't).
Let's take 1 specific example (though dozens more exist):
- How old was was Ahaziah when he reigned over Jerusalem?
(a) shĕnayim`esriym (22) (2 Kings 8:26)
(b) 'arba`iym shĕnayim (42) (2 Chronicals 22:2)
The King James Version and some others translate the verse accurately:
"Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign." (KJV 2 Kings 8:26)
"Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign." (KJV 2 Chronicals 22:2)
But unfortunately many other modified versions mistranslate 2 Chronicals 22:2 to make Ahaziah 22 years old, so that it's contradiction to 2 Kings 8:26 isn't there (for instance, the NIV, New American Standard Bible, The Message, New Living Translation and others):
"Ahaziah was twenty-two [a] years old when he became king" (NIV 2 Chronicals 22:2)
"Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king" (NASB 2 Chronicals 22:2)
"Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king" (MSG 2 Chronicals 22:2)
"Ahaziah was twenty-two[a] years old when he became king" (NLT 2 Chronicals 22:2)
How convenient? There's a contradiction in the Bible and the solution for these deceiving (mis) translators is to mistranslate it.
The Bible says:
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God" (KJV 2 Timothy 3:16)
Therefore Christians cannot turn around and say that ?perhaps this person or that person accidentally wrote 42' or some other rubbish like that.
Couldn't God stop this from happening? He is indeed all-powerful and according to the Bible has promised to preserve his words forever:
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. (KJV Psalm 12:6-7)
Christians always quote this verse as proof that the Bible has not been corrupted, but when it comes to such contradictions they turn around and tell you that the scribe made a mistake. Sorry, that cheap excuse doesn't work and has been refuted.
The Bible is either corrupted or it has been preserved by God, but still contradicts itself. Which one, is up to us? Muslims choose Option 1.