Why do some people want there
to be contradictions in the bible? Because they need an excuse. An excuse
to dismiss the bible... and dismiss Jesus. But they won't go away. Why? Because
the bible is true and Jesus is THE truth, the way, and the source of life. If
you are someone who wants for there to be contradictions in the bible, I beg you
to turn to truth. Your conscience tells you that you've done wrong. You know you
have disobeyed God and you are on the path to the eternal lake of fire. Jesus
can take you off that path. Trust Jesus
to save you.
Matthew and Luke Contradict Each Other?
happened after Jesus' birth?
QUESTION: The story of Jesus birth is also contradictory. Matthew 2:13-15
depicts Joseph and Mary as fleeing to Egypt with the baby Jesus immediately after
the wise men from the east had brought gifts.
Luke 2:22-40 claims that after the birth of Jesus, his parents remained in Bethlehem
for the time of Marys purification (which was 40 days, under the Mosaic
law). Afterwards, they brought Jesus to Jerusalem to present him to the
Lord, and then returned to their home in Nazareth. Luke mentions no journey
into Egypt or visit by wise men from the east.
The above makes the
assumption that Matthew and Luke were both writing a complete, day-by-day account
of what happened to Jesus as an infant. But, that is a false assumption with no
basis in the text nor in history. Each writer had a specific audience they were
writing to, and a specific purpose in writing. So, as any reasonable writer who
wanted to effectively communicate would do, they only included the information
that was relevant to their message.
Matthew was writing to Jews...
people who knew the history of Israel as well as the Old Testament. For example,
Jews would be familiar with the Messianic prophesy in Hosea 1:11 that says: When
Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
addition, coming out of Egypt was significant for Jews (the Exodus). It brought
to mind that God saved them from slavery by bringing them out of Egypt. And that
is what the Messiah... Jesus Christ, would do. Bring those who believe in Him
out of slavery to sin. So that Jesus came out of Egypt was a very important fact
for Matthew's Jewish readers.
On the other hand Luke was writing
to Gentiles who do not know the history of Israel, nor are they familiar
with Biblical prophecy. So the fact that Jesus came out of Egypt is meaningless
to a Gentile. The overall theme of the first few chapters in Luke is that of presenting
witnesses, as though this was a court case, proving that Jesus was who He claimed
to be -- God and the Messiah who had come to save sinners. So, Luke wants to show
that Jesus fully complied with all of the law. Luke even points out that Jesus'
parents were complying with the Mosaic law, specifically mentioning the Mosaic
law, something he would not need to do if he were writing to Jews:
And when the days for their purification according to the
law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to
the Lord. - Luke 2:22
The actual timeline is:
did we find out here? There is no contradiction.
the death of Judas, the disloyal disciple, Matthew 27:5 states he took the money
he had received for betraying Jesus, threw it down in the temple, and went
and hanged himself. To the contrary, Acts 1:18 claims Judas used the money
to purchase a field and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst,
and all his bowels gushed out.
Of course, there is no contradiction
here. Click here to find out why...