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i need answer to these please

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by olneb, Aug 20, 2003.

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  1. olneb

    olneb New Member

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    i have started some fierced discussion about the accuracy of the bilble and i came up with something that i don't know. help will be appreciated. i'm going to cut and paste the challenge here.

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    Man you make it too Easy!

    Contradictions in the Bible:

    When was Jesus born?
    According to Matthew, Jesus was born during the reign of Herod the Great (Matthew 2:1). Herod died in March of 4 B.C., so Jesus had to have been born BEFORE that time.

    But . . .

    According to Luke, Jesus was born during the first census in Israel, while Quirinius was governor of Syria (Luke 2:2). This census took place in 6 AD and 7 AD, about 10 years after Herod's death.

    After Jesus was born where did Mary, Jesus and Joseph go?
    According to Matthew, Jesus was born in a house in Bethlehem. (Matthew 2:11) They immediately left in a panic to Egypt because an angel told them that Herod was going to try to kill Jesus. (Matthew 2:13) Afterwards, they are going to return to Bethlehem, but decide to go to Nazareth instead to avoid danger. (Matthew 2:22-23)

    But . . .

    According to Luke, Mary and Joseph were from Nazareth and went to Bethlehem only for a census. (Luke 2:4). Instead of being born in a house, Jesus was born in a manger because there was no room in an Inn. (Luke 2:7). After the birth, they waited only for Mary to go through ritual purification, whereupon they went to Jerusalem to sacrifice two birds. (Luke 2:22-24). After that, they went immediately home to Nazareth. (Luke 2:39)

    Who was Joseph's father?
    It was important to Luke and Matthew to establish that Jesus' bloodline went to King David, so that He would fulfill prophesy. Of course, since Joseph was not Jesus' father, any genealogy starting with Joseph seems somewhat pointless, but this didn't stop our imaginative authors. The only problem is: their family trees don't correspond.

    "And JACOB begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus." (Matthew 1:16)

    But . . .

    "And Jesus being the son of Joseph, which was the son of HELI." (Luke 3:23)

    Where was the "Sermon on the Mount" held?
    While we commonly think of the sermon being held on a mountain (from its name alone), truly the New Testament is better than Conde Nast when it comes to choosing locations!

    "And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying...." (Matthew 5:1-2)

    But . . .

    "And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people...came to hear him.. And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples and said..." (Luke 6:17-20)

    What were Jesus' last words on the cross before He died?
    "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?" that is to say, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" [Psalm 22:1] ...Jesus, when he cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost." (Matt. 27:46-50)

    But . . .

    "And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, "Father, unto thy hands I commend my spirit:" and having said thus, he gave up the ghost." (Luke 23:46)

    But . . .

    "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, "It is finished:" and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost." (John 19:30)

    On the third day after Jesus' death, who first came to the tomb?
    Mary Magdalene alone (John 20:1)

    But . . .

    Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (Matt. 28:1)

    But . . .

    Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome (Mark 16:1)

    But . . .

    Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary, the mother of James, and other women (Luke 24:10)

    What happened to Judas?
    Matthew 27:5 states that he threw down his silver, ran from the temple, and hanged himself.

    But . . .

    Acts 1:16-19 states, however, that he bought some land with his money, and that he had a fall, causing him "to burst open in the middle" so that his "bowels gushed out. And it became known to all of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their language Akaldama, that is, Field of Blood."

    How are we saved?
    "For by grace are we saved through faith...not of works" EPH 2:8-9.

    But . . .

    "...and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and
    they were judged every man according to their works" REV 20:13.

    But . . .

    "Ye see then that by works a man is justified, not by faith only. For as
    the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead
    also" JAMES 2:26

    When giving His disciples tips on how to accessorize their outfits:
    When Jesus summons the twelve disciples to send them out to proclaim the kingdom of God, he lists the things the disciples should not take with them.

    In Matthew 10:9-10 and Luke 9:3-5, a staff is included in the list of things not to take.

    But . . .

    In contradiction to Matthew and Luke, Mark 6:8 makes a specific exception - the disciples may take a staff.

    Paul and his fabulous trip to Jerusalem:
    Paul denies that he was involved in the persecution of Christians in Jerusalem. In fact, he claimed that it was three years after his conversion before he traveled to Jerusalem, at which point he met only Cephas and James, "and not any other apostles" (GAL 1:18-19)

    But . . .

    Luke, who wrote Acts, not only has Paul engaged in persecution in Judea, he has Paul going to Jerusalem immediately after his conversion, and there meeting all the apostles (ACTS 9:27).

    Contradictions cannot BE explained or defended, Mojo. You see, if the Bible is the word of God, it must therefore be 100% accurate. If there is even one eror, then the book cannot be the word of God...only Man's INTERPRETATION of the word of God.

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  2. npaylor

    npaylor Basic Apologist

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    I have not heard of one contradiction that has not witheld to study. Though I may not be able to answer these myself, I can give youseveral URL's to help you.

    http://www.carm.org/bible_difficulties.htm

    http://www.christiananswers.com

    http://www.answering-islam.org/Bible/Contra/index.html
    -(Note this is a christian link that has many URL's on it concerning errors and contradictions).

    http://debate.org.uk/topics/apolog/contrads.htm

    http://www.reachingforchrist.org/apologetics/contradictions.html

    http://unhindered.com/apolo/contradictions/index.html

    http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/contralinks.html


    I'm sure that at least ONE of these will help you, if not then search on www.google.com for 'biblical contradictions apologetics', and i'm sure you'll find what you need! :)

    Nathan
     
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