Some of the Christians on this board have been vocal about encouraging Muslims to convert to Christianity, it doesn’t bother me and I do not object to this, but I feel that many Christians don’t understand the reasons why we don’t embrace the Christian faith. It is not out of obstinacy or stubbornness that we don’t accept the Christian faith, rather it is because of the many unanswered questions, or implausible answers Christians put forward.
One of these objections we have is that the bible contains many contradictions. This is problematic for us because God is perfect, he doesn’t forget, or contradict himself. I’m sure the Christians on this board believe the same.
For us it is important to harmonize between these contradictions, otherwise they enforce our belief that it is not the true word of God but the word of God which had been distorted by the hand of man.
We’re not out to catch whoever distorted the word of God or the time of when it happened, this is not important, what is important is to show that it happened
Here are a few examples of the contradictions in the bible.
Both Matthew(21:18) and Mark (11:12) relate the story of Jesus’s cursing of a fig tree. However, there is a clear discrepancy between the two stories. Matthew says that Jesus
cursed the fig tree [after] cleaning the temple and turning away those who traded there.
Contrary to this, Mark says that Jesus cursed the fig tree [before] cleaning the temple and
turning away those who traded there.
The story of cleaning the temple, which is told by Matthew in [21:12] and by Mark in [11:15], is a story of the same event but told differently by Matthew and Mark. How can God’s words contradict each other?
According to the Gospel of Mark [11:12], Christ cursed the fig tree and his disciples, including Peter, knew [the day after] that it had dried up when they saw it dry up on their way
The opposite is to be found in the Gospel of Matthew. He tells that all the events took place in [the same day]; the tree dried up immediately and the disciples saw what happened and said: how did the fig tree dry up immediately? When? [21: 18-20].
Can this contradiction be called inspiration from the Lord?
According to the Gospel of Mark [14: 32-43], Jesus was caught in a place called Gethsemane. However, in Luca’s bible [22: 29-47], Jesus was caught on the Mount of Olives!
Gethsemane and Mount of Olives are geographically different areas, as shown in Mark 14:26-32, first Jesus and the disciples were at the mount of olives where he spoke to them about denying him, from there they went to Gethsemane. Therefore Gethsemane and Mount of Olives are not the same place!
How come there is such contradictory information concerning the place where Christ (Peace be upon him) was caught?
In Matthew [16:17-19] Jesus honours Peter by giving him absolute authority, but in Matthew [16:23] Jesus calls Peter Satan and an offense to him.
Why would Jesus make Peter his deputy if he had known Peter wasn’t deserving of the blessing? A likely explanation is the author(s) of the Matthew 16:17-23 forgot to harmonize between the two contradictions, one in which he has made Peter a deputy for Jesus, with all the powers and a devil and an obstacle in front of Jesus!