Catholic priest: The Bible is full of errors!

Roman Catholicism has an interesting relationship with the Bible. While the church officially recognizes the Bible is God’s Word, it places its non-biblical traditions and teaching authority (Magisterium) on equal par with Scripture. Catholicism did not encourage the laity to read the Bible because it contains so many teachings that contradicted Catholic dogma. I attended Catholic schools for twelve years and although we were told stories from the Bible, we never read it. Not once.

This past Saturday I was driving down the road with my radio tuned to the local Catholic station. A priest (name unknown) was talking about the Bible and said many parts can’t be taken literally, but that one must sift through the myth and error to mine the overarching moral or spiritual message.

As an example, the priest pointed to Mark 2:23-28, where Jesus says David and his men ate the bread of Presence during the time of Abiathar the High Priest. Yet, 1 Samuel 21:1-6, the passage Jesus was referring to, records that the High Priest at the time was Ahimelech. The priest stated that either Jesus was wrong or Mark was wrong but either way the Bible was in error. But he said this technical error wasn’t actually a big deal because the overarching message of the passage, that love conquers doctrinal scrupulosity, was the point. Famous atheist, Bart Ehrman, cites the alleged Ahimelech/Abiathar contradiction as the initial seed of his personal doubt regarding the Bible and Christianity.

But was Jesus, Mark, or Mark’s probable source, Peter, in error regarding Mark 2:23-38? I reject any suggestion out of hand that Jesus the Word was ever in error about anything. But what about Mark? Could the Holy Spirit have allowed him to write an error, especially a glaring one that would have been immediately obvious to any devout Jew?

The article below points out a very plausible solution to the alleged contradiction from an inerrantist point of view.

Was the high priest Abiathar or Ahimelech?

It might be surprising to some ecumenically-minded evangelicals that a Catholic priest would claim on national radio that the Bible was full of errors but the Catholic clergy includes many such liberal errantists. But as I also mentioned, Catholicism often relegates Scripture to a secondary role in favor of its man-made teachings and traditions.


24 thoughts on “Catholic priest: The Bible is full of errors!

    1. Thanks for asking, Wally! It all went very well. I was hoping for a Pauline-like epiphany, but all in God’s timing. The pastor had a very nice message for Moms. Our son had to keep an eye on our 5-year-old granddaughter throughout the service so he was a little distracted but no big deal. He mentioned it was the first time he’d been to church other than for a wedding in over twenty years, back when he was in boot camp and needed an excuse to get out of the barracks. The Lord has definitely been working on his heart for him to agree to come to church. Hopefully, that wasn’t the last time. We’ll keep praying.

      Our youngest son in the AF called yesterday to wish my wife a happy MD. She told him Joe went to church with us and he was shocked. He’s a hardcore atheist and scoffer who can’t imagine anyone “wasting their time” going to church, especially his brother! But as part of his base’s honor guard, he’s coming into regular contact with death and Bible-belt graveside preaching so we’re praying the Holy Spirit uses that.

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      1. I am really happy to hear that Tom. Something people at our place do a lot when there are guests we think really need to hear but their kids are distracting is somebody will jump in and help and more or less steal the kid. We don’t do kids church on Sundays so rowdy kids don’t bother us at all but it can distract some who worry it’s a problem

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      2. Thanks, Wally! They have organized kids church for all ages which I suggested to my son as an option but I think they both wanted to stay together seeing it was their first time. We hope they come again soon. Hopefully my son is feeling a little conviction about leading his daughter to faith in something besides reality TV!

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      3. Thanks, Jim! I’m very grateful for your prayers and the prayers of many others. My wife and I are overjoyed with all that’s happened the last couple of days.

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  1. “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”



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      1. All believers are priests in the sense that they “proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:5-9, see also Roman 15:16). But nowhere in the New Testament do we find a priestly caste offering OT-style sacrifices for sin. Our high priest, Jesus Christ, offered one sacrifice for sin and is now seated at the right hand of the Father and offers the free gift of salvation to all those who accept him as Savior by faith alone. He is NOT a broken victim on Catholic altars.


      2. “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ ”

        “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

        “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

        Spreading the truth, is what a disciple does, and can even cure diseases, but cannot teach what is already taught by the High Priest. Priest failed God miserably in the Tribe of Levi – why would god do it again?

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  2. Strange my friend, I’m a Catholic and read the Bible all the time. As a Catechist, I always encourage my students to read scripture.

    It’s important to note that Catholic priest’s opinions on scripture do not reflect magisterium teaching on scripture nor obligates faithful Catholics to believe their opinions. The Catholic Priest can be wrong and Priest do teach error against Catholic Doctrine.

    I read the website you linked, as a Catholic and a historian, it’s plausible when Jesus’ says, 26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?” In His speech, he meant during the time Abiathar was living. I also agree with you that Jesus does not make mistakes. So in this regard, I am must take this position or that the position that either Mark or Peter made a mistake in telling the narrative.

    If Jesus did not make the mistake or Mark/Peter, What would be the point of Christ changing the name? In many parables, Christ uses hyperbole as a teaching method, common with 1st century Judaic teaching. It’s probable that Christ wished to put emphasis on David as the King rather than Saul by using the name of Abiathar.

    When you converted to Evangelicalism, did you already lose your Catholic Faith or never had it? What was it in Evangelicalism that you found as a positive addition to your understanding of faith? If I could guess, you found Christ. However, is your identity Christcentric? Let me ask, If Catholics cease to exist, either murdered or apostatize how would you define your identity as an Evangelical what would be your mission? Protestants should define themselves negatively as protesters against Catholicism or any other because if Catholics ceased to exist, you could no longer define yourself against us.

    It appears that you look at the Bible as one book? The testimony of God’s revelation so to speak. Fine, Fine, I do not disagree with it being the revelation of God to humanity. However, do you reject the authors of the Bible write in different Genres?

    In accord with tradition It’s important to have the guide of the Church’s magisterium help guide us in its teachings. Why? Well, with the exceptions for heretical sects like Cathars or the Ablgensians, nobody doubted or denied the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist—yet we are discussing it on your threads. Furthermore, nobody taught Sola Scriptura, for one, scripture didn’t exist in the beginning of the Church for an entire generation, so appealing to Sola Scripture instead of Church history to prove Sola Scriptura is the logical fallacy of begging the question.

    Catholics say, “Come to the Church.” Brother Tom you say, “Come to Christ.” And yet, Catholics are saying Come to Christ because the Church established by Christ is Christ’s Body. The Center of the Church is Christ. He saved us by giving His Body, but he didn’t say those precious words from the Cross. He said “This is my Body, give for you” during the last supper.


    1. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on Earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”

      “Watch out. Be on guard against all forms of greed. Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

      “You want to be perfect, then sell your possessions and give to the poor. Then come and follow me.”

      “In their greed, these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories.”


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      1. LOL. Yeah I need to do more OT contradictions…Lord willing over time. With those Bible contradiction posts it takes a long time for me as I translate them, see it in its context and also additional time of thinking through them. It seems its more easier for the skeptics to make up contradictions than it does to do the hard work of contextual interpretation. God bless you Tom!

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      2. Thanks, Jim! Yes, I appreciate the hard work you put into examining those alleged contradictions. Praise the Lord that he gifts members of the body like you to get into that kind of detail. God bless you, too!

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