Don’t the Gospels accounts contradict?

Don't the Gospels accounts contradict?

Don’t the Gospels accounts contradict?

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Former homicide detective J. Warner Wallace discusses how the contradictions that may be found in the Gospel accounts only strengthens their reliability rather than decreases it.


6 thoughts on “Don’t the Gospels accounts contradict?

  1. Dan Cancro


    "If Yahweh is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33) and the Bible is the inerrant word of Yahweh (2 Peter 1:19-21, 2 Timothy 3:16) and if oral tradition was so high-fidelity in ancient times, why are there so many contradictions?

    Which version of the Bible is inerrant?

    Was Joseph's father Jacom (Matthew 1:2) or Heli (Luke 3:23)?

    Can you see Yahweh's face (Genesis 32:30), or not (Exodus 33:20)?

    Did Mary and Joseph flee to Egypt (Matthew 2:1-23), or return to Nazareth (Luke 2:1-40)?

    Did Jesus die the day before the Passover (John 19:31) or the day after the Passover (Mark 14:12)?

    Was Mary Magdalene informed of the resurrection by an angel (Matthew 28:5) or by Jesus (John 20:14)?

    Did Satan incite David to conduct a census (1 Chronicles 21:1), or did Yahweh (2 Samuel 24:1)?

    Was Jehoiachin eighteen (2 Kings 24:8) or eight (2 Chronicles 36:9) when he became king?

    Was Ahaziah twenty-two (2 Kings 8:26) or forty-two (2 Chronicles 22:2) when he began to reign?

    Did Jesus clear the temple at the beginning (John 2:13-22) or the end (Mark 15:11-19) of his ministry?

    Did Paul's companions hear the voice (Acts 9:7) during Paul's conversion experience or not (Acts 22:9)?

    Can witnesses be convinced by a risen Lazarus (John 11:38-44), or not (Luke 16:19-31)?

    Did Judas hang himself (Matthew 27:5), or did his intestines explode (Acts 1:18)?

    Did Judas give the money back (Matthew 27:3), or did he buy a field (Acts 1:18)?

    On the day he died was Jesus in Paradise (Luke 23:43) or Hell (Matthew 12:40)?

    Was Jesus in Hell for 3 nights (Matthew 12:40), or 2 nights (Matthew 27:45-50, Matthew 28:1)?

    Was the stone rolled away before (John 20:1) or after (Matthew 28:1-2) the women arrived at the tomb?

    Did the sun rise before (Mark 16:2) or after (John 20:1) the women arrived at the tomb?

    Did Nicodemus provide the spices (John 19:39), or did the women (Mark 16:1, Luke 23:56)?

    Did Jesus appear to eleven disciples (1 Corinthians 15:5 Latin Vulgate), or twelve disciples (1 Corinthians 15:5 English NRSV)?

    Do you get into Heaven based on your deeds (Matthew 16:27, James 2:17), or your blind faith (Ephesians 2:8, Galatians 2:16)?

    Is everyone who calls on the lord saved (Acts 2:21) or not (Matthew 7:21)?

    Do you consider the contradictions in holy books of other religions to be good arguments against their claims of divine authority? For example, in Surah 1:1 of the Qur'an, Allah is called most merciful. In Surah 24:2 Allah gives no mercy to pregnant women. Do you find this contradiction a good argument against the divine inerrancy of the Qur'an?

    If the original manuscripts of the Bible were accurate but errors crept into copies, why did Yahweh let that happen?"

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    March 5, 2022 at 3:06 am Reply
  2. DARK STAR 0

    WTF are you talking about dude?!? We are not talking about some morons on the side of the street that witnessed a car wreck, the Bible is marketed as the “inspired word of God” written decades to Centuries later. 🤦‍♂️

    March 5, 2022 at 3:06 am Reply
  3. Steve Tucker

    Then why didn’t God inspire 4 separate accounts for every story in the Old Testament? That would make THEM more reliable too, wouldn’t it?

    March 5, 2022 at 3:06 am Reply
  4. JayIsTheMan100

    Ad hoc, special pleading, obfuscation

    March 5, 2022 at 3:06 am Reply
  5. JayIsTheMan100

    The gospels are not eyewitness accounts, that's your first mistake and/or assumption. Mark is the earliest gospel, Matthew and Luke depends heavily on Mark, while John could have been influenced by them but took his gospel in more of a gnostic direction.

    March 5, 2022 at 3:06 am Reply
  6. JayIsTheMan100

    You might not have viewed them as contradictions, but so what? Others have, and have pointed them out as such. You might be in a marriage where your spouse is gay/lesbian but you don't see it, but others do (that isn't a knock on homosexuals, it's just a reality in marriages sometimes)

    March 5, 2022 at 3:06 am Reply

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