- Biblical Illness: Did Jesusdie before the curtain of the temple was torn?
Yes (Matthew 27:50-51; Mark 15:37-38) Vs No (Luke 23:45-46).
Excuse; Luke wrote the events in reverse order.
Rebuttal: This is a selective rational, while disregarding that the rest of Luke’s Gospel is not written in reverse order. Therefore, we cannot accept that just this part is in reverse to pardon the contradiction and ignore the rest of Luke’s chronological order.
- Biblical Illness: Was Jesuson the cross at the sixth hour (Mark 15:33) Vs (John 19:14) In Pilate’s court at the sixth hour.
“It was the third hour, and they crucified him.” (Mark 15:25) Vs “It was the sixth hour, and he was not yet crucified” (John 19:14)
Excuse; Matthew, Mark, and Luke) used a different system of numbering the hours of day (Hebrew) opposed to John (Roman).
Rebuttal: First, John was just as Jewish as the other three Gospels. Naturally, they would all use the same time format. For example, Americans all use “miles” to measure distance, and would not use “kilometers”.
Second, it appears that John was not using a different time format, instead a different (time zone). While it was still daytime in the other Gospels (Mark 14:12-17), it was night time for John;
“He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.” (John 13:30)
Third, to appease to apologists, we will assume for a moment that John did use the Roman time format. What the Christians ignore is that the Romans divided the night into four 3-hour watches, whereas the Jewish format divided the night into three 4-hour watches.
(Matthew 14:25) “And in the fourth watch of the night, he [Jesus] came to them, walking upon the sea.”
(Mark 6:48) also says, “fourth watch”, both indications that Matthew and Mark used the Roman format too. Therefore, if John used the Roman format, so did Matthew and Mark, which proves the discrepancy exists.
Fourth, Christian scholars disagree that the error comes from a difference between the Roman and Jewish time format;
According to the Adam Clarke Commentary (Mark 15:25), the passage (John 19:14) should read “the third hour” and that a manuscript error is involved.
- Biblical Illness: “and when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that he thus breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39) and (Matthew 27:54) Vs “Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, and said; “Certainly this man was innocent!” (Luke 23:47)
Rebuttal: Jesus’ Original Language is Aramaic, Thus Pagan Greek Translations Are Invalid. The Quran Has Been Kept Pure in the Semitic Language of Arabic that is Like Aramaic for 1,400 Years, Why Drink Sick Polluted Water When You Can Drink Pure Water?
- Biblical Illness: Josephof Arimathea asks Pilate for Jesus’ body, and Pilate is unaware of whether he is dead; only after sending a centurion and receiving this confirmation does he allow Joseph to take the body. (Mark 15:43-45) Vs Pilate actually authorizes the leg breaking to ensure they have all died and then authorizes Joseph to remove the body. (John 19:31-33, 38)
Excuse; None available.