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Bible Is Full Of Contradictions

My faith has stumbled a long time ago when I read the resurrection stories of Jesus by the four gospel writers. Sadly, they all have different conclusions and contradict each other. Please help, before everyone loses their faith.

Moderator - Please show what you preceive to be contradictions using the exact scriptures.

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Emmanuel, your name means "God with us", but since you do not understand the Bible, should you discard your faith in God? Know that God speaks the record of the gospel is true, and the "seeming" incongruity that you read in the record is not a contradiction, but an indication that you need to "study" the 4 different accounts, to find out the 1 account of this documented event in history.
---Eloy on 2/19/08

In Scripture is 'I stand at the door and knock.....' The New Guinean Bible has 'I stand at the door and shout.'
Contradiction: no,it's cultural. In New Guinea friends don't knock (it's rude) but shout-thieves knock. Therefore the text was culturally modified to carry the same meaning. In Vanuatu Jesus is called the pig of God as they don't have lambs.

When texts are written by or directed at different people, there will always be cultural differences. These are not contradictions.
---Warwick on 2/18/08

Dear Friend,
Let's look at the way the four gospels give different Information? John's perspective was what was possible by BELIEVING in Jesus. Mark was very concise, written as a report, concentrating on ACTION! St.Luke was compiling an investigation recorded in shorthand, and Matthew was to present undeniable proof to the Jews in word, and O.T. fulfillment. Nope, no contradiction here, either.
---timotheus on 2/18/08

Contradictions in the bible, Nope, hasn't happened! If you have ever studied a foreign language, or even a specific science, you would notice that the general rules of application would be modified as a more complex level of usage would be applied. That was not a contradiction, but a closer view of the same situation. Like Peace, You CAN have the Peace of God within you, and still be involved in external conflict: This is not a contradiction, it is a different perspective
---timotheus on 2/18/08

I think Matth gets it about right. Some worry about differing geneologies or how many times the cock crowed. What better way to get off message than to worry about worthless details instead of the life changing teachings of Christ. Love God. Love your neighbor. Love your enemies. These are powerful messages that all get lost when we worry about "motes" in the scriptures.
---chris on 2/18/08

"it's not the bible that is full of Contradictions" It is the diverse interpretations that are in Conflict with each other & the inability to apply the appropriate reading to a given situation.That is why God Built His church Matt16 :17-19 sent the Holy Spirit as its guidance councillor For all time Mat28:18-20.Dont feel bad just realise & make change in your respective lives.
---Emcee on 2/7/08

At least to the four Gospels it seems that each writer is trying to emphasize a different look or face of Christ. What leads to that perspective is there, what doesn't isn't. There are some errors that translators have made, punctuation and such. A choice of one meaning of a word over another. Language has evolved so that some words don't mean what they used to. No biggee'.
---dan on 2/7/08

Each writer bore witness to different aspects of God's manifold grace and that "dimension of truth" was expressed in their writings.
---Deborah on 2/7/08

,....still waiting for a response on peter's denials.
---steve on 12/3/05

Unless all four gospel writers walked around chained together I wouldn't expect them to have witnessed identical happenings. If what they witnessed was not identical their writings won't be identical either.
---M.A. on 11/22/05

Ah, but you are correct. I have been in the ministry for over 42 years, and during that time I come to learn that the Bible is not necessarily a book of facts. It's a book of truths. Were Jesus' parables about facts, or truths. Did they all happen, or did He use them as object lessons? I don't think they all happened, but they could have. What they teach us is truth that we can understand.
---matth9533 on 11/22/05

, i still haven't heard why no gospel writer told of "both" times maniac(s) were found among the tombs. if it was two events, why didn't any writer say so?
---steve on 11/21/05

, Simon Peter was said to deny Jesus three times. the four accounts of the denials seem to say it differently. if all accounts are parts of the same story, that is a total of six denials. how is this?
---steve on 11/21/05

Emmanuel, Fear not! There is no chance everyone will lose their faith. The Holy Spirit causes our faith to activate. If you are God's, than you will believe, it's as simple as that. You can't read the Bible like any other book. These Gospels were written by different auhors. They have different perspectives just like we all do, but with the same outcome. You cannot please God without faith.
---John on 11/20/05

Steve ::there were 2 separate events Feeding 5000with 5 loaves & 2 fish & again 4000 with 7loaves & a few small fish the latter is recorded in Matt& markthe former in all 4 gospels.No confusionMatt14V17-21& againMatt15V34-38
---Emcee on 11/20/05

Steve time to take the blinders off.
If you read the events you will see there are two events.
That is how we know because two events are recorded.
The same as the feedings of the two different multitudes.
---Elder on 11/19/05

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, elder, if there are two events, and nobody tells of both events, on what basis can you conclude that there wasn't only one event?
---steve on 11/19/05

Alan, I just found it interesting that Mark mentions a naked man fleeing from Gethsemane. Is Mark thinking here of a specific historical person, or is the significance of this man primarily symbolic? But, that's another topic!
---Joe on 11/10/05

Steve, different times, different events, different people.
Take the time to notice the amount of pigs in each event. That should tell us something.
---Elder on 11/9/05

Steve ... as with other questions, you will recieve differing responses. I have answered you to suggest it is two writers with different recollections.
Elder suggests that there were two separate occasions.
& Eloy has another suggestion.
Any of those explanations could suffice ... But why do you worry about it? Does it make either of the accounts any less TRUE? Does it make any difference to the salvation that Jesus offers to you?
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/9/05

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, elder, if they were two seperate events, why do no gospel writers record both events? that to me sounds like maybe my question isn't answered yet.
---steve on 11/9/05

Joe how many times would God have to say something for it to be true?
9 times, 5 times, 3 times or just 1 time?
---Elder on 11/9/05

, i did not doubt the Bible. i only asked why matthews gospel seemed to say two men instead of one. it was only a question.
---steve on 11/9/05

, my previous posting was a question, nothing more, nothing less. just answer my question calmly without acting like it's time for world war three.
---steve on 11/9/05

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Joe ..thank you!
But why does it matter that tyhe other accounts do not mention this event? These were four different men ... with different recollections, perceptions and emphases to the message they were relaying. If it were not so, they woou;d all be identical, and there would be no point in having the 4 Gospels!
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/9/05

Just because a subject has been discussed extensively before is no reason not to do so again. Some are new to the website and will not have seen older questions. It is ALL new to them. We used to have questions under headings. It was easier then to look for what we wanted, theological questions, women's problems etc. but now it's just one enormously long list. Who has time to go through all that looking for a particular subject?
---M.A. on 11/9/05

Alan8869 of UK, I apoplogize for the error. The naked man in Mark's Gospel was not at the tomb, but at Gethsemane.( mark 14:43-52)
Its interesting to note that this man is not mentioned in the other three gospels.
---Joe on 11/9/05

Elder, this is a perfect example of the contention I've mentioned seeing on these blogs. We've all covered this over and over but there are always people wanting to stir up trouble and doubt. It's getting very old.
---Heather on 11/9/05

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emman, what contradiction do you see in the end of Matthew, Mark, and Luke? The first of the week the two Mary's with others went to the tomb and found it empty, then Jesus appears to the disciples, and he gives them the Great Commission.
---Eloy on 11/9/05

emman, Exodus 17:1-7 God is telling Moses what he will do, he was predicting what Moses was going to do, but God was not commanding Moses what to do: "...and you will strike the rock and water will come out"... and Numbers 20:1-13 God commands Moses to speak to the rock, but instead Moses disobeys and strikes the rock, (just like God predicted he would in Exodus 17:6)..."Take your rod, and gather the people, and speak to the rock"...
---Eloy on 11/9/05

Brtehern why would you waste your time with all of this, in 1st corinthians we learn "the natural man receiveth not the things of God, neither can he for they are spiritually discerned" we are told to search the scriptures, and what we don't know God will reveal, but answer not foolish debates. God is perfect and all his ways just, Let the devil who beleives the scriptures twist and rest them.thisworld will pass away but the word of the Lord abideth for ever.
---Thomas on 11/9/05

Well, here goes again. Doubt being cast on God's Word.
Hath God really said........?
Steve if you spend some time STUDYING you will find that both statements are true as there were two events.
Is it not strange that people never say, "I don't understand" but try to make like they know more than God by their comments?
---Elder on 11/9/05

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steve, the greek word "duo" is better translated "doubly" according to the context in Matthew 8:28, rather than "two". "...a doubly demon-possessed met him coming out of the tombs, very hostile, so that not was able any to pass by that way." This refers to twice the strength or quantity of common demons. And the other gospel accounts call the demon-possessed "Legion" because there was more than one demon possessing the man.
---Eloy on 11/9/05

So nice to know that we have at LEAST 3 gentlemen on the blogs! Elder, Alan, and Moderator, thank you for showing us Godly caring and an urgency to understand each other without an argument, or bitterness.
Godly love to all of you. Barbara
---NVBarbara on 11/8/05

Emmanuel: I've looked on all pages here, but don't see ANY reply from you about what you think are "different conclusions" by the four Gospel authors! I guess you either didn't like the negative responses or weren't really that interested in learning more to begin with. There has been much said about apparent contradictions, but I don't understand how you could think Matthew, Mark, Luke and John's "conclusions" were different?! Please respond.
---Daniel on 11/8/05

Read your Bible again, this time pray and ask for guidance and understanding from the Holy Spirit. Until I was saved I couldn't understanding the King James Bible, that Elizabethan language threw me for a loop. Now praying before reading the Bible helps a lot in understanding. There are no contradictions. Christ was born, crucified, buried and resurrected for us. Same gospel, same story, same ending. Amen!
---Nellah on 11/8/05

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Joe ... It says nothing about a naked man in my Bible. Please supply Chapter & Verse

Steve ... different recollections .. wht does it matter?
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/8/05

Steve, Mark's Gospel says there was a naked man at the tomb, and then later there was a man clothed in white.
---joe on 11/8/05

, matthew's gospel tells of two demon-posessed men among the tombs, but the other gospels say it was one man posessed by many demons. who is right?
---steve on 11/7/05

I recommend the book: "Getting the Gospel, Understanding the NT accounts of Jesus' life." For example, in describing Jesus' nativity, it shows that Matthew used Joseph's perspective and presented Jesus to a jewish audience. Whereas Luke wrote from Mary's perspective to a Gentile audience. The Gospel is to be understood in light of each writer's intended audience.
---craig on 11/2/05

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The four Gospels do not contradict one another. Each writer approached his subject from a unique angle. Each captured various aspects of the truth. Each perceived the purpose of Jesus' ministry differently. Mark's Jesus desired to reach out to the Jews as well as the Gentiles. Matthew's Jesus is the prophet like Moses whose teachings promote and succeed the Torah. Luke's Jesus showed that women played a complimentary role. John showed that Jesus' signs are evidence of his affliation with Yahweh.
---craig on 11/2/05

The Bible never contradicts itself. When we try to understand things in our flesh instead of through the Holy Spirit, we change our meanings of what we THINK God is saying, but his word is forever settled.
---wes913 on 11/1/05

The true miracle of the 4 gospels is that they do differ. If there weren't subtle differences, they would have been contrived. These were 4 men from 4 different places who had 4 perceptions of the same thing. Ask an attorney about witnesses. Praise God, the things that affect our eternal lives are 100 percent there, 100 percent true. Lest we forget, God let these people be human even as they documented His Holy Word.
---mike_fl on 10/30/05

There are no contradictions in the Bible. If you come upon an apparent contradiction, keep studying, praying and comparing scripture with scripture until the Holy Spirit reveals the answer.
---jerry6593 on 10/29/05

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Mark probably appears in Mark 14:51,52. Some also think that he was the lad with the five loaves and two fishes.
---David on 10/28/05

Alan we normally see eye to eye but just in a different way. I understand some of the ways you see things.
You are one that is not out to destroy and I have never seen that in you. Sometimes your way of putting things is confusing and I just clarify. I don't think we are "at" each other. You have been and are a builder with a good spirit.

Moderator - Elder, you put that well so I just will state the above for myself also Alan :)
---Elder on 10/28/05

David7647, Thanks for telling me that Mark and Luke were not deciples.
---Ulrika on 10/28/05

Clark ... Do not try to insult me. Why do you say I have ADMITTED the Bible is inspired by God? I have never suggested it is not. (I will admit that I do not think that means it was dictated by God).
And I have never said there were errors. I have never said there were contradictions. I have referred to APPARENT inconsistencies. Meaning that they APPEAR to be inconsistencies but are not important because the TRUTH is not affected by them.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/28/05

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Elder # 3
As for the date layout, it is obvious and logical to me to me that we should start with the shortest unit (the day) then the middle unit (the month) then the longest unit (the year) So 3rd October 2004 is 3/10/2004
Whereas the Americans start with the middle sized unit (the month) then the shortest then the longest ... so 10/3/2004.
Now we both claim to be right, and both are right, but only as long as we take the time and trouble to understand each other!
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/28/05

Elder .. # 2 I think what you say about the times is a good illustration of how we perceive things differently.
I would tend to agree with your CO about 24.00 hours.
I know people who would say 24.00 is the midnight before a day, whereas I would say it is the midnight at the end of a day.
So if we were ordered to attack at 24.00 on Monday ... I would wait till the end of Monday ... they would have gone at the beginning of the Monday!
One of us would have been cut to smithereens
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/28/05

Elder .. # 1 Please do not always assume that I disagree with you! I do not, although our perceptions of how the Bible shows the Truth may differ.
I have said there are no contradictions. What I have been trying to say is that what appear to be inconsistencies are not contradictions, but the result of the different perspectives that you talk about.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/28/05

Alan of Uk, Since you have admitted that the Bible was inspired by God, (who is perfect), do you really believe the Bible would consist of errors and inconsistencies? Would Jesus stand by a less than perfect Bible???
---clark on 10/28/05

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Woops, i forgot verse 17: John 18:17,25-27. Sorry 'bout that folks. Peter denied Jesus 3 times, not 2. Then Jesus had Peter reaffirm him 3 times, that is so awesome what Jesus did for Peter, and Peter did not even understand why.
---Eloy on 10/28/05

No contradictions, only 4 variations of testimony from 4 different people relating to the same gospel. Ex: Matthew 26:34,75; Mark 14:30,72; Luke 22:34,61; John 13:38; 18:25-27. i see no contradiction, just 4 different versions of the same thing; then i see something else of God, Jesus turning Peter's 3 denials around into 3 affirmations in John 21:15-17. Awesome! What a God we serve!
---Eloy on 10/28/05

Emmanuel ... the stories differ, but what contradiction do you see in them?

Elder ... the Gospel accounts vary slightly. I find it difficult to see each one as being word for word complete and accurate, because of apparent inconsistencies.
The fact that the Bible is inspired by God, does not mean that he dictated each word.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/28/05

Alan of 10/27/05 please read the reference that M.P. gave on 10/28/05. He used the correct Scriptures and I was using memory. (My tank is running low.)
If I tell you what time it is by saying it is 18:00hrs would you know it is 6pm.
If I say it is 6 o'clock could it be PM or Am?
Cond #2-->
---Elder on 10/28/05

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Cond #2-->
From my perspective it is what I say it is. What you understand it to be may be different. That does not make it contradict what someone else says it is.
We look at the writer and his background and the occasion for the writing.
I was in a Military unit where we couldn't use the time 24:00hrs. The OIC said there was no such time when in deed there is. That is a contradiction in fact.
Cond #3--->
---Elder on 10/28/05

Cond #3--->
It is either 24:00hrs or 12 Midnight.
When I say God Bless you on 11/10, when am I speaking of? Is it Nov 10th or Oct 11th.
You would have to know something about me and my background and the events surrounding the statement to fully understand my meaning and proper time.
---Elder on 10/28/05

The scriptures referred to are: The resurrection stories, which form the basis of christian faith: Matthew chapter 28, Mark chapter 16 and Luke chapter24. Also, there are two in the old testament, the story of Moses sriking the rock and water gushing out: Exodus 17:1-7 and Numbers 20:1-13.
---emman6684 on 10/27/05

In Matt. 14:21 it says that there were 5000 plus women and children fed with 5 loaves and 2 fishes. In Matt. 16:10 it says 4000 men, again plus women and children, were fed with 7 loaves and a few small fishes. Different numbers of men + families, different amounts of loaves and fishes, tremendous amount fed miraculously on 2 separate occasions.
---M.P. on 10/28/05

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Ulrika... In what list do you find Luke or Mark listed as one of the disciples? Luke was a Macedonian where as all the disciples were Hebrew. Mark does not come onto the scene till the book of Acts.
---David7647 on 10/28/05

The four gospels where written by four different deciples. These men wrote about different aspects of Jesus life. John is the unique, telling of Jesus deity. John refered to himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved. I think that may have been his perspective. Jesus loved them all. I would guess they did not write the books until Jesus went back to heaven. Matthew and Mark talk about Jesus birth. Some of the books talk more about John the baptist than the others. 2Timothy 3:16
---Ulrika on 10/27/05

People are full of contradictions also, does this mean you dont believe that people exist or you stop living? No, you accept that God, who created us all to be different, gave us 4 aspects of the life of Christ through 4 men who were different. A consensus would mean propaganda. Stop looking for excuses to not live according to your inner convictions.
---lisa on 10/27/05

3. it becomes easier for us to do what he wants. If someone is dealing with doubt, realize that you are especially vulnerable to temptation. Even if you search for answers, protect yourself by meditating on the unshakable truths of God's Word. It is easy for us to fall. Even in reading God's Word. Just the talking of Scripture brings separation among us. Our goal should be for God.
---Lupe2618 on 10/27/05

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2. It is the reader of Scripture that has to pray for discernment before they study. Now, how many do pray before reading? I am sure some do but not many. How many are really serious in finding the truth rather then trying to make a point? Learning the mechanics in reading are so important are we will make a lot of mistakes. Sometimes the answer is so clear and we just don't see it. Satan knows that once we begin to question whether or not Jesus is God, or that His word is true or not,
---Lupe2618 on 10/27/05

I believe there is an answer for all passages. When reading a passage, and it seems to contradict another, I go back and check why it would say what it says and do find the answer after some searching. Now, if I have a preconcieve mind about a passage then I would run into a lot of Scriptures that would have me all confuse. The word "Elect" is mentioned many times in Scripture, yet many don't want to find out what it means since they don't believe in election.
---Lupe2618 on 10/27/05

Alan the writers of the Bible DID NOT write from Memory.
They wrote from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Even if they forgot He remembered.
They were allowed to write in their own manner.
The feedings..... in one there was 5000 men fed.
In the other there were 5000 men with women and children fed.
Two events no contradictions.
I challenge anyone to show me a contradiction.
Just because we don't understand doesn't mean there is a contradiction.
---Eledr on 10/27/05

Moderator # 3 We may also be better able to reasssure thse Christians whose faith and understanding is still weak and under attack.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/27/05

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Moderator # 2
We know that it does hold together, that the miracles happened, that this crazy story of God's Son sacrificing Himself for us happened, that we can have this rather unlikely Everlasting Life with God. So we need to recognise what the apparent "inconsistencies" "contradictions" and "impossibilities" are. THEN we may be able to understand better how we can talk to those who are not Christians.

Moderator - Thats why I opened the blog with "Please show what you preceive to be contradictions using the exact scriptures." That way we could explain the scriptures.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/27/05

Moderator # 1 What we need to do on this issue is to accept that to many people ... particularly those who are not Christians, the Bible is riddled with impossible stories of miracles, and with inaccuracies, because the world has hase told them that the Bible does not hang properly together & the whole thing is a stupid story made up to fool the gullible.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/27/05

I never said there were contradictions, I said there are what appear to be inconsistencies but they do not matter as they do not spoil the TRUTH. YOU asked me for inconsistences. When I give you one (albeit between Bible and science known fact) reiterating it is only an appearance of inconsistency, since it does not challenge the TRUTH, .. now you grumble that I do not give you a contradiction.

Moderator - At times you write things in such a way that your words have double meanings and I am encouraging you to more clearly make your points. There are too many people reading these blogs and I encourage EVERYONE here to please try to clearly make your points.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/27/05

Each gospel, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John was witnessed by that person, they are each a different person, Matthew was a tax collector, and Luke a physician, etc. Other reasons for seemingly contradictions is the blending of the 2 testaments, when they should be kept separate, they are 2 separate covenants which are contrary to each other; and taking verses out of context; and not being inspirited to discern the correct meanings; and mistranslations from the original scriptures into English.
---Eloy on 10/27/05

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2. depending on context and content. We are to indentify the person or category of persons for whom the particular passage is intended in order to know how to use the passage and what God wanted to convey to us through that passage. The answer brother Elder gave is a correct but many don't read carefully to know there were two different events. Sometimes people don't want to check first and take one passage and make it their own. Not a good practice.
---Lupe2618 on 10/27/05

Moderator There is an inconsistency between the Gospel history and fact ... what would have been fact 2000 years ago as now. Jesus was on this world as a human. In Matthew 5, Satan showed Jesus "all the kingdoms of the world" from a high mountain. What about the curvature of the earth, other mountains in the way? Could you see Australasia or what is now America from Israel? So it is not literally true ... but yet it is TOTALLY TRUE.

Moderator - That's not a contradiction. The question being asked is about contradictions.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/27/05

Another good point to remember, "Who is speaking?" is the teaching normative or intended for specific individuals? To whom is the passage directed? Promises and commands are usually directed to one of three groups; national Israel, Old Testament believers, or New Testament believers. Normative promises and commands direted to New Testament believers are those most likely to apply to contemporary Christians, us. Some of the promises and commands directed to Old Testament believers also apply.
---Lupe2618 on 10/27/05

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