27 September 2010

Contradictions in the Gospels about Jesus' Resurrection It’s been told to me by a number of atheists that there are contradictions in Bible about Jesus' resurrection within the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I’ve pointed out their fallacy of taking out of context the verses by their leaving out or adding specifics when none is mentioned, stating omission is contradiction, and informed them that total numbers, sets of events and the precise times aren’t given to us as these atheists keep insisting, exists. Yet these atheists continue to assert that they are correct about contradictions being in the four Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John wrote. Well, let’s take a look at these four Gospels telling us about Jesus’ resurrection from death and see if there are any contradictions in them as these atheists claim. First, let’s get on the same page about what a ‘contradiction’ is and what a contradiction is not. The following definition of “contradiction” is taken directly from the “Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary” at this link: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contradiction Definition of CONTRADICTION 1 : act or an instance of contradicting 2 a : a proposition, statement, or phrase that asserts or implies both the truth and falsity of something b : a statement or phrase whose parts contradict each other <a round square is a contradiction in terms> 3 a : logical incongruity b : a situation in which inherent factors, actions, or propositions are inconsistent or contrary to one another An example of a contradiction and an example which is not a contradiction: Contradiction Example: If I say to you, “I have only one apple.” And then I turn to tell a friend of yours that, “I have two apples.” I have just contradicted myself in what I said. When I qualified my statement to you that I have “only” one apple and then turned to your friend and said that I have “two” apples, it is a clear contradiction. Not a Contradiction Example: If I said to you, “I have four apples in my hands.” And then I turn to a friend of yours and say, “I have in total 15 apples.” Both statements I made would be true and not in contradiction of each other because if I have 15 apples in total, indeed then I could have four apples in my hands. Note that if I had said to you, “I ‘only’ have four apples.” When I did have 15 apples, this would have been a contradiction between what I told you and your friend about how many apples I had. When I first told you that I had “four” apples in my hands, I omitted telling you that I had eleven more apples too. An omission isn’t a contradiction....
A Stark Difference than that of Atheist Teachings Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:2 Daniel 12:2 is a reference to the resurrection of both the righteous (those who accept God) and the wicked (those who do not accept God) although the eternal fates of each will be quite different. It's a way of describing the future bodily resurrection of both the saved (those who accept God) and the lost (those who reject God). This is a stark difference than that of atheist teachings; everyone at death just no longer exists. The bible refers to people who have died as that they are sleeping. Being asleep, everyone will awaken to their eternal life. Those people, who have accepted God as their Lord and Savior, will awake to live with God forever (in Heaven) while those people who have not accepted God as their Lord and Savior, will awake to live forever (in Hell) without God. In both the Old Testament and in the New Testament, salvation is based upon Christ Jesus. This verse (Daniel 12:2) is in the Old Testament and is before Christ Jesus came to walk on earth as a living human being. The Jewish people of that time were (as many Jewish people are still today) waiting with faith for the Christ to arrive as their Lord and Savior thus those with faith in Christ to arrive is what saves them. Today, Christ Jesus as we know as told to us in the New Testament, has already lived a sinless life and chose to take upon our wrongdoings to pay for our sins, suffered and died on a cross for us, and rose from death so that you and I too can rise from death and be with Him forever. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).Today, it is our having faith that Christ Jesus has fulfilled the wages of our sins for us that we are saved via God's mercy and grace. Have you repented of your sins and have placed your faith in Christ Jesus to save you?

Victor E. Pearson

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