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 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?
HUMANIST 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.
But 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
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:
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
actual timeline is:
What 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...