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August 26th, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Contradictions, Mitch Kuhn, Q and A2 Comments | Author:

Hi T___,

I really appreciate you taking the time to put these verses together for me. When there is an alleged discrepancy we only have to come up with a plausible explanation, then the alleged contradiction loses its force.

We must keep in mind that the biblical apologist does not have to pin down the exact solution to an alleged contradiction; he need show only one or more possibilities of harmonization in order to negate the force of the charge that a Bible contradiction really exists.

http://apologeticspress.org/AllegedDiscrepancies.aspx?article=768

It is a very slippery slope to say that the scriptures contradict each other when it comes to recording factual events that happened. The gospels are history books, so their accuracy is absolutely crucial. It is one thing for parables to be told differently, and it is an entirely another thing for facts of real life events to be incorrect or contradictory in the Bible.

The thief:

I think that both thieves initially reviled Christ, and then one of them repented. This is certainly possible and not negated by the scriptures.

Cleansing the temple:
In Mark 11:11 it says that Jesus “looked around on all things”, but does not specify if he taught that day or took any action.
Mar 11:11 And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.

The Greek word for “look around” is:

G4017 περιβλέπω periblepō

Notice that when this verb is used it is often followed by action.

(Mar 3:5 NKJV) And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.

(Luk 6:10 NKJV) And when He had looked around at them all, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.

(Mar 10:23 NKJV) Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!”

It is plausible that Christ came in and “looked around at all things”, then taught and drove people out of the temple. Mark 11 leaves out these details that are contained in Matthew and Luke. Then he comes back the next day and does the very same thing. He daily taught in the temple, so this was probably quite a common occurrence.

Luk 19:47 NKJV And He was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him,

Mar 14:49 NKJV I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.”

Mount of transfiguration:
Matthew and Mark say that it was six days. Luke says ABOUT eight days.
Luke qualifies eight days with “about”, so this accounts for the difference.

Sandals and staff:
The differences here have to do with the verbs used and their proper translation. There is a very good article on Apologeticspress.org about this topic. The men who run this website do not know the truth or teach the doctrine of Christ, but they do a good job of the clearing of alleged discrepancies.
This article explains: http://apologeticspress.org/AllegedDiscrepancies.aspx?article=295

Paul’s Conversion:
This comes down to a proper translation of the verb for “to hear”.
G191 ἀκούω akouō
It can sometimes mean “hear” and other times “understand”. In Acts 9, it means to hear, and in Acts 22 to understand. If you look at it in the KJV + TVM the verbs are a different tense, the first is present and the second is aorist. This does affect the meaning and shows that it is not an exact recounting of Acts 9, but rather giving other details of the event.
The men with Paul did see a light, but did not see a person.

Acts 9:7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, indeed hearing a voice but seeing no one.

Acts 22:9 And they who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid. But they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me.

So here is what happened in summary combing the two accounts: The men with Paul saw a light and heard something, but did not see a person nor understand the sound they heard.
This article explains in much greater detail:
http://apologeticspress.org/AllegedDiscrepancies.aspx?article=731

I saw a quote on ApologeticsPress.org that sums how we should look at the scriptures very well. In a court of law, we have to assume that the accused is innocent until proven guilty. The same is true with the scriptures. We have to assume that they do not contradict and are accurate unless we have absolute evidence that they are in disagreement. As you can see from my response there is a plausible explanation for every supposed contradiction you pointed out.

Let me know what you think,
Mitch

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  • Gabriel Ljungstrand

    You will find very detailed exegesis on bible contradictions at http://remnantbride.com The author claims Matthew is specially for the first remnant apostolic church, Mark for christianity, Luke for a second remnant in end times now and John primarily for the kingdom after the great breakthrough. Eat the fish, spew the bones!!!

  • MitchellKuhn

    Thank you for the info.