The Bible could very well be the inspired word of God, at least that is what most people who attend worship services frequently will tell you if you ask them. I think it would be better stated if you say the writers of the Bible were inspired by God.
Since we know that the writers of the bible are humans, then there are going to be some variations in what they write. Most Christians read the bible without having an inquiring mind, if it is written in the bible, that has to be the way it happened. They never stop to consider that there is something wrong here, one book says one thing and another book says something different about the same subject.
Most religious preachers and teachers won’t explain the difference between the two version, or maybe they don’t know themselves, or maybe they don’t care if the members understand or not. After all churches are becoming more and more like all businesses, it’s all about making a profit.
I have listed two topics below, each have two different versions about the same incident and we know they both are not true, unless Jesus was crucified twice. The writers Luke or Mark must have written from the wrong manuscript when they wrote these books. Since men wrote the bible there are probable other mistakes in the bible like one of the two I’ve listed here. Have you ever asked yourself about that? Hence, the title of this post, ‘should Christians have inquiring minds.
The first topic is about what the men who were crucified with Jesus said:
Mark 15: 32 – Some of the people at the crucifixion was saying if he is the king of Israel, then why don’t he get off the cross and then they would believe he was who he said he was. The men who was crucified with Jesus also said bad things about him.
Luke 23: 39 – One of the men who was crucified with Jesus said if you are the Messiah why don’t you save yourself and save us too.
40- The other man who was also crucified with Jesus said to the man who insulted Jesus, don’t talk to him like that. You and I are being crucified because we are criminals, but Jesus have not done anything wrong.
The second topic is about who carried the cross:
Matthew 27:32- When they were on their way to Golgotha to crucify Jesus. They saw a man named Simon from Cyrene and they made him carry the cross for Jesus.
John 19: 17 – Jesus carried his own cross to Golgotha.
You make the call, are both versions correct or is one version incorrect. I am sure this can be explained by well-meaning Christians.