- Biblical Illness: What was the exact wording on the cross?
“This is Jesus the King of the Jews” (Matthew 27:37) Vs “The King of the Jews” (Mark 15:26) Vs “This is the King of the Jews” (Luke 23:38) Vs “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” (John 19:19).
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: Jesusto be buried for three days and nights (Matthew 12:40) Vs Jesus buried for one day and two nights (Mark 15:42, 43, John 20:1)
Excuse; That is what it says but that is not what it means. Bible scholars stretch far to try to rectify this problem. These Bible scholars go as far as saying that a day in this particular verse does not mean a full 24 hour day.
Rebuttal: What the apologists are not grasping is that whether a day is shortened or extended by a day, one of the two conflicting verses will still be inconsistent with the other;
If one day equals to 12 hours instead of 24, then there is still a conflict with (Matthew 12:40) who says 3 days while (John 20:1) says 1. And if we were to extend the days, the same conflict would remain. If we are expected to believe a day is shorter in one verse, then consequently we have to shorten the days in the entire Bible; which would cause the 1 Vs 3 days problem to still be there.
- Biblical Illness: Jesus’ body wrapped in spices before the burial (John 19:39-40) Vs Jesus was only wrapped in a linen shroud and the spices were prepared after the burial (Mark 16: 1)
Excuse; (Mark 16:1) is speaking of adding extra spices and did not mention the spices that were surely already there.
Rebuttal: Actually, being buried in spice is an imperative part of Jewish burial customs so it would be imprudent to claim Mark did not mention it when he mentioned other trivial minute items such as the spice in Jesus’ drink (Mark 15:23). Furthermore, Mark does not say “extra spice”; instead, the Gospel of Mark plainly says “spice”.
- Biblical Illness: A young man in a white robe told the womenwhere Jesus was (Mark 16:5) Vs “Two men . . . in dazzling apparel” later described as angels (Luke 24:4 and 24:23). Vs Mary met no one and returned saying, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him” (John 20:2).
Excuse; Mary Magdalene having seen the tomb opened (John 20:1); she returned to tell the disciples, while the other two women at the tomb went in and saw the angels.
Rebuttal: Actually, the apologists are ignoring the fact that the women saw the angel roll away the rock (Matthew 28:2-5) so if Mary Magdalene saw the tomb open, they inescapably saw the angel open the tomb as the other two saw (how can someone miss seeing an angel moving a boulder?) unless the accounts are inaccurate.
- Biblical Illness: Maryand the other women met Jesus on their way back from their first and only visit to the tomb. They took hold of his feet and worshipped him (Matthew 28:9) Vs Mary met Jesus on her second visit to the tomb Mary met Jesus just outside the tomb. When she saw Jesus, she did not recognize him. She mistook him for the gardener. She still thinks that Jesus’ body is laid to rest somewhere and she demands to know where. However, when Jesus said her name she at once recognized him and called him “Teacher”. Jesus said to her, “Do not hold me . . .” (John 20:11-17).
Excuse; Only men’s testimonies were legal in the first century, thus, we have incomplete accounts, not all of the women’s testimonies were recorded because they were not legally legitimate in those days.
Rebuttal: Then why record it at all in the Bible and causing discrepancies? The accounts are not only incomplete, they are inaccurate. One account tells of Jesus being touched, held, and worshiped and the other tells of Jesus not even being recognized and instructing not to be touched.