Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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Contradictions in the Bible? Part 2

When considering anything in the Bible, all things must be taken in context. Essentially, the Bible unfolds the same information from Genesis to Revelation. The New Testament in simply a continuation of the Old Testament. This is why the authors of the New Testament often refer to the Old Testament and the Old Testament prophesied what would happen in the New Testament. The Old Testament, for example, has many prophesies leading up to Jesus, the Christ. Jesus birth, life, trials, death and resurrection are all predicted in the Old Testament. There were over one hundred prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament that were fulfilled in the New Testament. It is unmistakable that the resurrection of Jesus was called for in the Old Testament and completed in the New Testament. For instance, Isaiah 53 describes the crucifixion, 700 years before it happened. If, as some say, the Bible is but a “conspiracy theory”, it is the best and longest lasting in history. Over a period, in excess of five thousand years, the conspiracy has not yielded to changes of any kind: rather, each successive generation has continued to fulfill the conspiracy through both good times and tribulation.

What did they give Jesus to drink on the cross? When Jesus was nailed to the cross He was offered ‘wine with myrrh’ (Mark 15:23), as a pain killer, but refused it. Later, when Jesus thirsted, he was given vinegar to drink (Matthew 27:34, John 19:29, Mark 15:36).

Where was Jesus when He healed the blind man? Matthew 20:30-34 says: The two blind men were given their sight as Jesus was leaving Jericho. Mark 8:22 says: And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. Mark 10:46 says: And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. Luke 18:35 says: And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging. John 9:1 says: And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth (this was in Jerusalem). I think it is rather obvious that there was more than one blind man who was healed by Jesus.

Is it folly to be wise or not? This is so easy I almost didn’t include it. The Bible constantly states that the wisdom of God is right, and the wisdom of man, without the wisdom of God to guide it, is useless.

Can a Rich man get into Heaven? In Matthew 19:24-26 Jesus says: “I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” God, in the salvation He offers through His Grace, is no respecter of persons. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and you will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; regardless of your financial status.

Jesus said some would not see death before they see Heaven’s glory. Matthew 16:28 says: “Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.” Luke 9:27 says: “But I tell you of a truth, there are some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.” Matthew 17 says: “Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Verified in Mark 9:4) If this doesn’t qualify as seeing Gods Glory and the kingdom of Heaven opened, I don’t know what would be. Jesus was transformed, His clothes changed, two dead guys appeared and God, the Father, spoke to them about Jesus – WOW! Peter, James and John saw all this.

The Gnostic Gospels. It is obvious, in scripture that Paul was speaking against the Gnostics as presenting “another gospel”. The Gnostic gospels represent a group of writings about Jesus, and the early church, that were rejected by the early church and therefore cannot be counted as scripture. The “different gospels” were said by the early church to be of the antichrist. The Gnostic gospels often are in conflict with the true scriptures which were written by the early church as inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Gnostics also mixed the truth of the gospel with pagan ritual. There are drastic and important differences between the true gospels and the Gnostic gospels. They say that Jesus hung around with the disciples for eleven years after being raised from the dead. They say that Jesus was married. They say that Mary was impregnated by a man, rather than the Holy Spirit. They apparently believed that the Holy Spirit was female. There are other examples that could be stated, but I don’t think it necessary.

How many times did the cock crow? What does it matter? The prophesy, by Jesus, was that Peter would deny Jesus 3 times, before the cock crows twice. Has anyone ever heard a cock crow only once? Matthew 26:34 says: “Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, that this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.” Mark 14:30 says: ”And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.” Luke 22:34 says: “And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.” John 13:38 says: “Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, the cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.” John 18:26-27 says : “One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him? Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.” As we can see, the emphasis was on the denials of Peter, not how many times the cock crew. The time period for the three denials that night was to be before the rooster let himself be known.

As with all of my writings, everything must be compared to the Bible, for verification.


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