I think if someone sees something wrong with the writing or inaccuracy in the bible they should point it out to everyone. Should Christians have inquiring minds? yes of course they should.
So other bible readers will not get confused when they read that part of the bible. Some Christians know there are inaccuracies in the bible, but they are unable to mention them because other church people may get angry at them for thinking. The question is should Christians have inquiring minds?
Since we know that the writers of the bible are humans, then there are going to be some variations in what they write. Most People who attend worship services often read the bible without having an enquiring mind, they believe 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 incident.
Most religious preachers and teachers will not explain the difference between the two versions, or maybe they do not know themselves, or maybe they do not care if the members understand it or not. After all, churches are becoming more and more like all businesses, it is all about making a profit.
I have listed two topics below, that have two different versions about the same incidents, and we know they both cannot be true unless Jesus was crucified twice. The writers Luke or Mark must have written from different manuscripts when they wrote these books. Since men wrote the bible there are probably other mistakes in the bible like the ones I have listed here. Have you ever asked yourself about that?
The first topic is about what the men who were crucified with Jesus said:
Mark 15: 32 – Some of the people at the crucifixion were 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 were 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.
Luke 23:40– 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 has 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.
I do not know who decided which books should be included in the bible, but that person may have thought there is too much good information in both books (Mark & Luke), to leave one out just because of 1 or 2 incorrect verses. I understand this type of situation, where you make a decision based on what you think is best.
What bothers me is when people say the bible is the book of truth, how can that be when you can see from the bible scriptures above that cannot be true. While there is a lot of truth in the bible, the whole Bible cannot be considered as total truth.
The reason God said he will put his word in our hearts is that he knew that men were going to make mistakes and errors in writing the gospels, and some men were going to intentionally add-in, leave out, and/or change the message. I just wish everyone who reads the bible would admit there are mistakes and inaccuracies in the bible.
To make sure you do not be deceived by the writings and teachings of the bible, is get to know Jesus personally, I mean to get to know his feelings, wants, and desires, can you truthfully say you know that about Jesus? A while back I asked Jesus if I could become one of his followers, and He said “This will not be easy”.
by: Nadia S. | Image: Pixabay