Is it OK to take a census?
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This Bible contradiction is from the Skeptic's Annotated Bible.


Yes, God likes censuses.

Exodus 30:11-12 View context

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them.

Numbers 1:1-2 View context

And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel.

Numbers 3:14-16 View context

And the LORD said unto Moses, Number all the firstborn of the males of the children of Israel from a month old and upward, and take the number of their names.

Numbers 26:1-2 View context

And it came to pass after the plague, that the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, saying, Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward.

Solomon had a census (like his father David's) and God didn't mind at all:

2 Chronicles 2:17 View context

And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them....

No. God killed 70,000 men because of David's census.

2 Samuel 24:1-17 View context

And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah. ... And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done. ... So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel ... and there died of the people ... seventy thousand men.

1 Chronicles 21:2 View context

And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it. ... And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel. ... So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.

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