Bible Contradictions – are there any?

Should we fear asking God the TOUGH questions?

Should we fear asking God the TOUGH questions?

There is a is a very heated topic and highly debated question that has been going on for a LONG TIME in the world.  Maybe even in our own hearts and minds at times…  I know I have grappled with it my fair share in my search for the real and highest truth God reveals in his Word.

And we often aggressively defend our own position as if in a life and death struggle.  The question?

“Does the Bible have any CONTRADICTIONS”? 

There, I said it.  The cat’s out of the bag.

So, what you think?  Are there any contradictions in the Bible?

Have you looked into it out yourself

I have studied it for over 3 years now deeply and what I found was very surprising to me.  The strange part is that it also INCREASED my faith greatly once the shock wore off and I learned to listen better.  By default, I am not a good listener.  Sorry about that.

So, let’s look together and see if there are any contradictions in the Bible.  Here is how we will do it.

Lets ask a specific question and then find the answer or answers in scripture. If there are no contradictions, we should only receive one answer, right?  Thus, if more than one verse gives us the answer, they should match, shouldn’t they?

Here is how I see it in my own mind.

Think of the child who asks one parent if he can go to a friend’s house and dad says “no” but then goes to his mom who says “yes”. At this point, mom and dad are giving “contradicting” answers aren’t they?  Of course mom doesn’t know Dad already said “no” so they simply aren’t “on the same page”.  That will change quickly once they “come together” and reconcile their individual understanding, won’t it?

And the kid will stay home!

Here we go.  Let’s start with a TOUGH one right off the bat and see what answer(s) we find.

Question 1: Is Jesus for or against destroying people?

Have your answer?

Let’s see what Luke 9:54-56 and Revelation 11:3-6 says

When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them, [and said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; 56 for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”] And they went on to another village Luke 9:54-56

According to Jesus himself in Luke the answer is noWHEW!

But, wait, look at what it says in Revelation 11:3-6.

And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way. 6 These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire Revelation 11:3-6

According to Revelation 11, the answer appears to be yes. Doesn’t that contradict the answer from Revelation 11:5?

Question 2: Which Spirit descended upon Jesus after his baptism?

Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him Mark 1:10

Simply “The Spirit” like a dove.  Let’s look in Luke.

and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” Luke 3:22

The Holy Spirit in bodily form like a dove.  Let’s see Matthew.

After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him Matthew 3:16

The Spirit of God as a dove.

Question 3: Does Jesus want the disciples to use a sword or not?

Then Jesus *said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword Matthew 26:52

Definitely not.  Now, let’s check out the words of Luke.

And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one Luke 22:36

They said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.”  Luke 22:38

In Luke he tells them to get one.  Do these contradict each other?

Question 3: Who is Jezadak the son of?

then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak arose and began to rebuild the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and the prophets of God were with them supporting them Ezra 5:2

We don’t know.  This was a bit of a “trick question” but is important in my mind. This is the first time he is ever mentioned and his name only appears 5 times in Ezra and Nehemiah. Does that seem strange for someone who’s son is building the actual house of God?   Could there be something very glorious going on there that is hidden from us?

 Question 4: What year was Jesus Born?

Compare the actual dates with the accounts from Luke and Matthew along with the dates and years from recorded history of King Herod. You will find the dates of his birth range from -6BC to 6AD a difference of “12” years. I shared on that one here.

Question 5: Did John recognize Jesus or not?

In John 1, John is told to look for the one whom “you see the Spirit descending upon” that is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.  Let’s look at the scripture words.

The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’ 31 I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.” 32 John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.” John 1:29-34

In John 1:33, John says he did NOT recognize Jesus when Jesus arrived for his baptism. Additionally, he reveals HOW he is to know who Jesus is. Jesus is the one that has the Spirit descending upon him. Now, look at the same account in Matthew.

Then Jesus *arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” 15 But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he *permitted Him. 16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, 17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”  Matthew 3:13-17

According to Matthew 3:16, the Spirit does NOT descend upon Jesus until AFTER he is baptized.  So, John would NOT know who Jesus is (to “try to stop him”) until after the Spirit descends (according to John 1:33). However, did you see that John tried to prevent him even before the Spirit descended?

John already knows who he is.  Do these two accounts contradict each other?

Question 6: After the betrayal, did Peter follow Jesus into the courtyard of the High priest or did he stop at the gate?

Let’s see what Mark 14:54 says.

Peter had followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the officers and warming himself at the fire Mark 14:54

According to Mark 14:54 above, Peter went right into the courtyard.

Let’s see what John says.

Simon Peter was following Jesus, and so was another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered with Jesus into the court of the high priest, 16 but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the doorkeeper, and brought Peter in John 18:15-16

John says that Peter was standing at the door outside. Did Peter follow him into the courtyard or was he standing at the door outside?

Why are they different?

Question 7 : Where is a prophet not without honor? 

Let’s see what Jesus says.

(For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.) John 4:44

According to John 4:44, Jesus says in his own hometown.

Look at what Jesus says according to Matthew 13:57.

And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” Matthew 13:57

Now Jesus said in Matthew in his own household too.  Now, let’s see what Jesus says in Mark 6:4.

And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” Mark 6:4

Is that 3 different answers?

Question 8: Who did Christ appear to first after his death?

Let’s see what Paul says in 1 Cor 15:3-8.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

According to Paul it was Cephas (Peter) that he appeared to first and then the twelve.  Now, let’s look at some of the gospel accounts.

[Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and reported to those who had been with Him, while they were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they refused to believe it Mark 16:9-11

Mark says it was Mary Magdalene that he appeared to first.  Let’s look in Luke.

And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them, 34 saying, “The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread Luke 24:13-33

Here it is Simon.  Is that 3 different answers?

Question 9: How many disciples were there after Jesus death?

Let’s look at these verses and see.

But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated Matthew 28:16

Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen Mark 16:14

and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest Luke 24:9

And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them Luke 24:33

But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words Acts 2:14

This one is a “slam dunk” right?  Eleven looks right because Judas hanged himself.

However, look at what it says in John 20:24 after the crucifixion when the disciples are gathered together.

But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came John 20:24

According to John 20:24 just after the death of Jesus, there were twelve! Why is that?

Is that a contradiction?

Question 10: What do YOU think so far?

I know what I think and have concluded, but that really doesn’t matter.  What matters is what YOU think.  Do you think there are any Bible contradictions?  If you do, what do you think is going on?

I am sure we can’t help but ask the question “Is the Bible truth?” and if so, “Can truth contradict itself?”

Please don’t think I am trying to destroy, slander or put down God’s Word here.   That would be a very tempting thought at this point and it’s not true.

Amazingly enough, I hope you will see at some point that I am trying to do exactly the OPPOSITE!  My own faith has gone up immensely due to what I have been shown and I have even MORE faith in God and complete and full, rock-solid trust in his Word.

But, that didn’t happen right away for me.  I had to go through a long, hard journey that was very painful at times and still is.  I am still on that journey.  I have concluded this:

Before I could see and hear HIS true answer from within me, I had to be willing to first admit I did see many “Biblical contradictions”.  I had to first come out of denial and then be open to any answer that he reveals even if it totally destroys everything I thought I knew up to that point.

Let me share something else personal I discovered. 

I truly was “addicted” to the lies I believed about God and myself.  They were things I was taught since I was born into this world in a body under law and darkness.  I was addicted to my own religion or false way of seeing God and myself based on the natural body and world.

The first step of any addiction is admitting the truth and then coming to full surrender or “powerlessness”. 

That was the start of my NEW and TRUE life that began and is still emerging.  The emergence of my TRUE man within me.  This process is ongoing and occurs everyday and I can’t begin to describe what I see in my MINDS eye of what he is REALLY saying directly to us.  Friend, we are in for the MOST INCREDIBLE and AMAZING things ever imaginable! I PROMISE YOU.

But, first we have to start with a TOTALLY clean slate and ONLY believe what he tells us directly in his original scriptures and what we see and hear in our everyday, walking around life.  He won’t appear to you looking like a “pastor” or a “reverend” or the “pope”.  He will be hidden in everyday, normal people, things and circumstances.  And you WILL see him if you look.   There is NOTHING religious about it.  God is so “normal” he is hidden from our very eyes.

Do you want to see more?

Question 11: What did Peter see in the tomb?

And so Simon Peter also *came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he *saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself John 20:6-7

He saw the linen wrappings and the face-cloth.  Now lets look at Luke 24:12.

But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he *saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened Luke 24:12

Answer: He saw the linen wrappings ONLY!  Why is this answer different?  Notice, in Luke the word “only” is specifically clarified as if God wants us to find this…

Question 12: What city were they near when they approached Jerusalem?

When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples Matthew 21

Bethphage, right?

As they *approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, He *sent two of His disciples Mark 11

What?  What happened to Bethany?

Question 12a: What did the disciples find tied as they approached the village?

As they *approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, He *sent two of His disciples, 2 and *said to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here Mark 11  

A colt right?  Anything else?

Let’s see what Matthew says:

When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me Matthew 21

Now, there is a donkey too.

Question 12b: Did Jesus drive out the moneychangers right after riding the donkey (and her colt)?

They *brought the colt to Jesus and put their coats on it; and He sat on it. 8 And many spread their coats in the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields. 9 Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting:

“Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David; Hosanna in the highest!” 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and came into the temple; and after looking around at everything, He left for Bethany with the twelve, since it was already late. 12 On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He became hungry. 13 Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening. 15 Then they *came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves Mark 11:7-15

According to Mark, Jesus rode the colt, went into the temple and then left.  He then came back the next day and drove out the moneychangers.  Let’s see what Matthew says:

The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, 7 and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. 8 Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. 9 The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” 10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.” 12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. 13 And He *said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers’ den.” Matthew 21:6-13

According to Matthew, he drove them out right away after entering.  Mark says it was the next day.

Question 13: Who’s home was Jesus at when the perfume was poured over his head?

Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table Matthew 26:6

The home of Simon the leper.

Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. 3 Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume John 12

Is Jesus at the home of Mary and Martha or at the home of Simon the Leper?

Question 14: What day was it when the perfume poured?

Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.  2 So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. 3 Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume John 12:1-3

Now the Passover and Unleavened Bread were two days away; and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to seize Him by stealth and kill Him; 2 for they were saying, “Not during the festival, otherwise there might be a riot of the people.”  While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head  Mark 14

Is it two days before the Passover or is it six days like John 12 says?

Question 15: Where was the perfume poured?

 Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume John 12:3

While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head Mark 14:3

Was it over his head or his feet?

Question 16: Were the robbers that were crucified with him both insulting Jesus or not?

The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words Matthew 27:44

One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? Luke 23:39-40

Did one rebuke the other one or do they both insult Jesus?

Question 17: Who was the one who was upset when the Perfume was poured onto the body of Jesus?

But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, *said, 5 “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?” John 12:4-5

Judas Iscariot was upset.

But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, “Why this waste? 9 For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.” Matthew 26:8-9

All the disciples were.

But some were indignantly remarking to one another, “Why has this perfume been wasted? 5 For this perfume might have been sold for over three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they were scolding her Mark 14:4-5

Some were indignant.

Or was it the Pharisee?

Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.” Luke 7:39-47

Question 18: How long was Lazarus in the tomb in John 11?

Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” 4 But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was John 11:1-6 (notice the word “longer” is NOT in the original words)

So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days John 11:17

It was only two days ago that he was sick?  Did they put him the tomb two days while he was sick?  Or did it take two days for Jesus to travel there?

Question 19: What happened first?  The anointing of Jesus feet or the raising of Lazarus?

Compare John 11:1-6 with John 12:1-3

Question 20: How many times did Jesus say a rooster would crow before Peter denied him?

Immediately a rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had made the remark to him, “Before a rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And he began to weep Mark 14:72

Mark says twice.  Let’s see Luke.

The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” Luke 22:61

According to Luke, it is before a rooster crows at all.

Question 21: Who dresses Jesus in a robe, Herod’s soldiers or the roman soldiers with Pilate?

And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him, dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate Luke 23:11

Herod and his soldiers.

Pilate then took Jesus and scourged Him. 2 And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe on Him John 19:1-2 

Was it the solders with Pilate or the soldiers of Herod?

Question 22: Will God not destroy every living thing ever again?

The Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done Genesis 8:21

What about all the events in Revelation?

Question 23: Who was the one who bought the Potters field with thirty pieces of silver?

The chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the temple treasury, since it is the price of blood.” 7 And they conferred together and with the money bought the Potter’s Field as a burial place for strangers Matthew 27:6-7

The chief priests.

“Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was counted among us and received his share in this ministry.” 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out. 19 And it became known to all who were living in Jerusalem; so that in their own language that field was called Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) Acts 1:16-19

Or was it Judas?

Question 24: According to Luke, when was Jesus in Capernaum?

And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read Luke 4:16

And He said to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we heard was done at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’” Luke 4:23

According to Luke 4:23, Jesus was in Capernaum BEFORE he came to Nazareth. However, there is no mention of Capernaum before this in Luke.  Look at this verse that occurs after this one.

And He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and He was teaching them on the Sabbath Luke 4:31

Why is the order mixed up?

Question 25: What did Herod think of John the Baptist?

Lets see what Matthew says.

For when Herod had John arrested, he bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. 4 For John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5 Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded John as a prophet Matthew 14:3-5

Herod wants to put John to death!  Lets see what Mark says.

for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him Mark 6:20

Mark says that Herod knew John the Baptist was a righteous and Holy man and he “kept him safe”. Why are these accounts so different?

Question 26: Where was Jesus home country at the time of these verses?

From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 Many more believed because of His word; 42 and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.” 43 After the two days He went forth from there into Galilee. 44 For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 45 So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things that He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves also went to the feast John 4:39-45

Samaria?  Let’s see John 7.

Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying, “This certainly is the Prophet.” 41 Others were saying, “This is the Christ.” Still others were saying, “Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” 43 So a division occurred in the crowd because of Him. 44 Some of them wanted to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him John 7:40-44

Or is he from Galilee?

The Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. 50 But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges John 8:48

Notice Jesus does NOT refute the assumption of him being a “Samaritan” but he does refute the idea of him having a demon?

Question 27: Who sent John (the Baptist)?

You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth. 34 But the testimony which I receive is not from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35 He was the lamp that was burning and was shining and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light John 5:33-35

Here is a prior verse that tells us who Jesus is speaking to.

For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God John 5:18

According to John 5:18, the Jews sent John.

Or was it God?

 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John John 1:6

Question 28: What day was the crucifixion?

Let’s see what it says in Mark.

When evening had already come, because it was the preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath Mark 15:42

According to Mark, the crucifixion occurred on the day before The Sabbath or Friday.  Let’s see what the book of Matthew says.

Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the people any one prisoner whom they wanted Matthew 27:15

It is during the Sabbath day feast.  The next verse tells us more.

Now on the next day, the day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate Matthew 27:62

This is strange.  It says the day AFTER the preparation.  Wouldn’t that be the Sabbath or Saturday?

Question 29: Who is going to send the Helper?

Is it the father?

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you John 14:26

Or was it Jesus?

“When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, 27 and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning John 15:26-27

But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you John 16:7

Is it Jesus or the father?  Or both?  Is Jesus the father’s name?

Question 30: Was the sun up or not when Mary came to the tomb?

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene *came early to the tomb, while it *was still dark, and *saw the stone already taken away from the tomb John 20:1

It was still dark according to John 20:1.  Let’s look at Mark 16:1-2.

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, they *came to the tomb when the sun had risen. Mark 16:1-2

The sun had already risen.

Question 31: After visiting the tomb did the women say anything to others?

Did Mary Magdalene go and tell others?

Mary Magdalene *came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her John 20:18

Or did she say nothing?

They went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had gripped them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid Mark 16:8

Question 32: What was he buried in?

Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb Mark 15:46

A tomb in the rock.

And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the grave Matthew 27:61

And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone Matthew 27:66

Matthew says a grave.  The book of Matthew is the only one that says that.

Question 33: Is John the Prophet of God?

Let’s see what his father says in Luke.

 “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways Luke 1:76

According to his father in Luke 1:76, he is.  Let’s see what John himself says.

They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he *said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” John 1:21

Which is it?  Yes or no?

Question 34: Who was sent to preach the gospel to the uncircumcised (Gentiles)?

Was it Paul?

But on the contrary, seeing that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised Galatians 2:7

Or was Peter sent to the gentiles?

After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe Acts 15:7

Question 35: Is Cephas (Peter) part of the twelve or not?

According to Paul, he is not.

and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve 1 Corinthians 15:5

If Peter is part of the twelve, why is the twelve mentioned separately?

Question 36: Did Jesus have favor with men and God?

According to Luke, the answer is yes.

And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:52

Or was he despised by men and stricken by God as Isaiah 53 says?

He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:3-4

Question 37: Who’s house did Jesus enter and heal his mother and law?

Simon’s house?

Then He got up and left the synagogue, and entered Simon’s home. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Him to help her. Luke 4:38

Simon AND Andrew’s house?

And immediately after they came out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John Mark 1:29

Or was it Peters house?

When Jesus came into Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever Matthew 8:14

Question 38: How does Peter address Jesus (“Lord”, “Teacher” or “Master”)?

Peter *said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” Mark 9:5

The word “Rabbi” is rhabbi: my master, my teacher.    http://biblehub.com/greek/4461.htm

He is calling him “teacher”.

Let’s see in Luke 9.

And as these were leaving Him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles: one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not realizing what he was saying Luke 9:33

The word “Master” is epistates: master, teacher http://biblehub.com/greek/1988.htm

He is calling him “Master”.

Now, look at Matthew.

Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” Matthew 17:4

The word “Lord” is kurios: lord, master.  http://biblehub.com/greek/2962.htm

Now, he is calling him “Lord”.  3 different titles for Jesus from Peter.

Question 39: Did Paul go to Jerusalem right after his conversion?

and he took food and was strengthened. Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus, 20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” 21 All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” 22 But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ. 23 When many days had elapsed, the Jews plotted together to do away with him, 24 but their plot became known to Saul. They were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death; 25 but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket. 26 When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how at Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus. 28 And he was with them, moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord Acts 9:19-28

but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance Acts 26:20

Yes, he did according to Acts above after a short while.  Let’s look at Galatians.

to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus 18 Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord’s brother. Galatians 1:16-19

No he didn’t according to Galatians 1 (until 3 years later).

Question 40: Who is actually talking here? Paul, Barnabas, Peter or “Simeon”?

All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were relating what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles Acts 15:12

Barnabas and Paul are meeting with the Apostles and Elders in Jerusalem.

After they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, “Brethren, listen to me. 14 Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name Acts 15:13

Paul and Barnabas go up to Jerusalem and meet with the Apostles and elders. Peter stood up and starts talking but then it says the people were listening to “Barnabas and Paul”. However, then James says that “SIMEON” was talking.

Question 41: Is Paul still a Pharisee after his conversion?

But perceiving that one group were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, Paul began crying out in the Council, “Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!” Acts 23:6

According to Acts 23:6 he still is long after his conversion.

Question 42: Will God destroy Elam?

‘So I will shatter Elam before their enemies And before those who seek their lives; And I will bring calamity upon them, Even My fierce anger,’ declares the Lord, ‘And I will send out the sword after them Until I have consumed them Jeremiah 49:37

Yes, according to Jeremiah 49:37.  Let’s see verse 39.

‘But it will come about in the last days That I will restore the fortunes of Elam,’” Declares the Lord Jeremiah 49:39

Will they be “consumed”?  Or is that not what we think it is?

Question 43: Who is Zerubbabel the son of?

then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak arose and began to rebuild the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and the prophets of God were with them supporting them. Ezra 5:2

According to Ezra 5:2, he is the son of Shealtiel. Now, let’s see what 1 Chronicles says.

The sons of Pedaiah were Zerubbabel and Shimei. And the sons of Zerubbabel were Meshullam and Hananiah, and Shelomith was their sister; 1 Chronicles 3:19

According to 1 Chronicles 3:19, Zerubbable is the son of Pedaiah.

Question 44: Is God the father and source of all spirits?

Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? Hebrews 12:9

Yes.

one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all Ephesians 4:6

Hebrews 12:9 and Ephesians 4:6 say yes that God is the father and source of all spirits and not only that, ALL (things).

Question 44: Is God YOUR father?

one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all Ephesians 4:6

Question 45: What if you don’t believe Ephesians 4:6? 

Does that nullify truth?  Does a person first have to “believe” truth in order for it be true?

Question 46: When did Jesus say this?  Or are these the words of John the Baptist?

To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. 4 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”  Acts 1:3-5

There is no where that Jesus says these words.   Who actually is speaking?

Lets look at Matthew 3:11

I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire Matthew 3:11

Final Question: What do you think?

Are there any contradictions in the Bible?

I love God and his Word.  I believe his Word is 100% immutable truth that is impossible to break or NOT come true.

What do you suppose is going on here?

God bless,

Duane

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