There are contradictions in the bible if you read it literally. Take for instance 2 Samuel 24:1. It says that the anger of the Lord was aroused against Israel and He (God) moved David against them. Now go to 1 Chronicles 21:2. This is the exact same story. It says that Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel. This is a major contradiction. UNLESS you believe that God and satan work together. Well that’s what the writers of the OT thought and unfortunately alot of people believe this today. Now lets go to the New Testament and see what Jesus says in John 10:10 The thief does not come EXCEPT to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come so that they may have life, AND that they may have it more abundantly. I believe that Jesus is the key when trying to understand ALL Scripture. In John 8:44 Jesus says that the devil is the father of lies and he has been murdering from the very beginning. Jesus has revealed to us today who the one is that has been evil from the very beginning. There is NO EVIL in God whatsoever. James tells us in Chapter 1 vs 13 that no man shall even SAY that God tempts with evil. The word tempt in the Greek is Peirazo (Strong’s Concordance # G3985) which means to tempt, try, test, scrutinize, or punish. WOW! Do not even say that God punishes with evil! John tells us in 1 John 1:5 that this is the message they heard from Jesus Himself- THAT GOD IS LIGHT AND THERE IS NO DARKNESS IN HIM AT ALL! So who was it that moved David against Israel? Was it the anger of the Lord or was it Satan? With what Jesus has revealed to us, I believe that it was ONLY Satan that moved David against Israel. God had nothing to do with it. God has never been angry with His people. Alot of people say that the devil has to get permission from God before he can seek, kill, and destroy anyone. I believe this is not true. God and the devil DO NOT WORK TOGETHER. They get this from the book of Job.
Jesus is the key to reading the bible correctly. We must focus on Him and what He says about God while interpreting ALL SCRIPTURE.