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Do the Bible gospels make sense ?

 

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

Who carried the cross?

Simon of Cyrene (Mw. 27:32)

Simon of Cyrene (Mk. 15:21)

Simon of Cyrene (Lk. 23:26)

Only Jesus himself carried the cross! (Jo. 19:17)

At what time was Jesus crucified?

Not discussed

9:00 am – “It was the THIRD HOUR when they crucified him.” (Mk. 15:25)

Not discussed

12:00 noon – Jesus was not crucified until after the SIXTH HOUR! (Jo. 19:14-15)

On which day was Jesus crucified?

On the first day of Passover* (Mw. 26:1-19)

The first day of Passover* (Mk. 14:12-23)

The first day of Passover* (Lk. 22:7-20)

The day BEFORE Passover (Passover-eve) (Jo. 19:14)

Did Jesus drink?  What was in the drink?

Yes, wine mixed with gall (Mw. 27:34)

No, Jesus was offered wine mixed with myrrh (Mk. 15:23)

Don’t know, Vinegar (sour wine) (Lk. 23:36)

Yes, Vinegar (sour wine)

(Jo. 19:29-30)

Did either one of the two thieves believe in Jesus?

Neither one believed in Jesus (Mw. 27:44)

Neither one believed in Jesus (Mk. 15:32)

Only one does not believe, but ONE DOES! (Lk. 23:39-41)

Not discussed

What were the Jesus’s last dying words on the cross?

“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mw. 27:46)

“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mk. 15:34)

 “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” (Lk. 23:46)

“It is finished.” (Jo. 19:30)

When did Mary prepare the spices?

Not discussed

After  the Sabbath was over (Mk. 16:1)

Before the Sabbath started (Lk. 23:56)

Nicodemus, NOT Mary, prepared the spices BEFORE the Sabbath. (Jo. 19:39)

Had the sun yet risen when the women came to the tomb?

It was toward dawn of the first day of the week. (Mw. 28:1)

YES – “They came to the tomb when the sun had risen.” (Mk. 16:2)

At early dawn they went to the tomb.  (Lk. 24:1)

NO – “Mary came early to the tomb, WHILE IT WAS STILL DARK.” (Jo. 20:1)

 

How many people came to the tomb?

Two (Mw. 28:1)

Two (Mk. 16:1)

Four+ (Lk. 24:10)

One (Jo. 20:1)

Who were they?

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (Mw. 28:1)

Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome (Mk. 16:1)

Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Joanna and other woman (Lk. 24:10)

Only Mary Magdalene came to the tomb (Jo. 20:1)

Was the stone removed when Mary arrived at the tomb?

NO – After Mary arrived at the tomb, an angel rolls back the stone. (Mw. 28:1-2)

YES – When they arrived, the stone had already been rolled away. (Mk. 16:4)

YES – When Mary arrived, the stone had already been taken away. (Lk. 24:2)

YES – When Mary arrived, the stone had already been taken away. (Jo. 20:1)

How many angels were at the tomb?

One (Mw. 28:2)

One young man (Mk. 16:5)

Two men (Lk. 24:4)

No one was seen at the tomb on her first approach.  When Mary comes the second time, she finds two angels; one sitting at the head & one sitting at the feet. (Jo. 20:1-2-12)

What were they (was he) doing?

Sitting (Mw. 28:2)

Sitting (Mk. 16:5)

Standing (Lk. 24:4)

Where were they (was he)?

On the stone, which he rolled away from the tomb (Mw. 28:2)

One the right side, inside the tomb (Mk. 16:5)

By them, inside the tomb (Lk. 24:4)

What are the angels’ instructions to Mary and the others** at the tomb?

“He is not here; for he has risen…go quickly and tell his disciples he is going before you to the Galilee!” (Mw. 28:6-7)

“Do not be amazed…he has risen…But go tell his disciples and Peter he is going before you to Galilee” (Mk. 16:6-7)

In Luke’s story (Lk. 24:5-7), they’re specifically not instructed to go to the Galilee, but to “Stay in Jerusalem!” (Lk. 24:49).  See also – “He commanded them that they should not leave Jerusalem!” (Acts 1:4).  Luke must have the apostles stay in Jerusalem for the Pentacost. (Acts 2:1)

The two angels only ask, “Why are you weeping woman?”  As Mary responds, she turns around and sees Jesus standing there.  Completely contradicting all three Synoptics, John’s story has Jesus, NOT the angels, instruct Mary about the resurrection! (Jo. 20:13-17)

 

Luke contradicts Matthew and Mark, whose resurrection tale has the apostles depart Jerusalem, and go to the Galilee, which is about an 80-90 mile journey, whereas Luke insists that the apostles were never told to, and never did, leave Jerusalem! (Luke, 24:5-7, 49, Acts 1:4)

Does Mary wish to tell the disciples what had happened?

YES – “They departed quickly…and ran to tell the disciples.” (Mw. 28:8)

NO – “They said nothing to anyone; for they were afraid” (Mk. 16:8)

YES – “Returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven.” (Lk. 24:9)

YES – Mary Magdalene tells the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.” (Jo. 20:18)

After seeing the angels, whom does Mary meet first, Jesus or the disciples?

Jesus (Mw. 28:9)

Jesus (Mk. 16:9)

The disciples (Lk. 24:4-9)

Jesus (Jo. 20:14)

Entirely contradicting Luke’s post-resurrection story, Matthew, Mark and John all insist that Mary met Jesus before she was able to tell any of the disciples what had happened (Matthew 28:8, Mark 16:9, John 20:14), whearas Luke asserts that Mary revealed all to the disciples before ever encountering Jesus! (Luke 24:4-9)

To whom does Jesus make his first appearance?

The two Marys (Mw. 28:9)

Only Mary Magdalene (Mk. 16:8-9)

Cleopas and another (Lk. 24:13,18)

Only Mary Magdalene (Jo. 20:1,11-14)

Paul – 1 Corinthians

Cephas (Peter) 15:5

Where does this appearance take place?

On the way to Jerusalem, after leaving the tomb (Mw. 28:9)

Mark’s story does not indicate where this appearance takes place.  It is quite clear, however, that it occurs sometime after Mary fled the tomb (Mk. 16:8-9)

Emmaus (Lk. 24:13,18)

At the tomb (Jo. 20:1,11-14)

*** Contradicting Mark’s resurrection tale, Luke asserts (Lk. 24:34) that when the two followers who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus returned to Jerusalem and told the eleven about their encounter, the disciples declared “It is true!”, whereas Mark insists that when the two reported their encounter, the disciples did not believe! – Mark 16:13

Is Mary permitted to touch Jesus after the resurrection?

Yes- “…they came and held him by his feet, and worshipped him.” (Mw. 28:9)

Not discussed

Yes – “Behold my hands & my feet, …handle me & and see;” (Lk. 24:39)

No – Jesus said to her, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father” (Jo. 20:17)

How many times does Jesus appear after the resurrection?

Two times

1st) Mw. 28:9-10  

2nd) Mw. 28:17-20

Three times

1st) Mk. 16:9

2nd) Mk. 16:12 *** (see above right)

3rd) Mk. 16:14-18

Two times

1st) Lk. 24:13-31

2nd) Lk. 24:36-51

Four times (:)

1st) Jo. 20:14-17 

2nd) Jo. 20:19-23

3rd) Jo. 20:26-29   

4th) Jo. 21:1-23

Paul – 1 Corinthians

Six times

1st and 2nd) 1 Cor. 15:5

3rd)             1 Cor. 15:6

4th and 5th) 1 Cor. 15:7

6th)             1 Cor. 15:8

Contradicting Luke’s post-resurrection story entirely, John has the apostles receive the Holy Spirit on the first Easter Sunday (John 20-22), whereas Luke insists that the Holy Spirit was bestowed on the Pentecost, fifty days latter! – Acts 1:5, 8 and 2:1-4

Before whom, and in what chronological order, do the appearances take place?

1st) Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (Mw. 28:9)

2nd) 11 disciples****

1st) Mary Magdalene (Mk. 16:9)

2nd) Two strolling followers (Mk. 16:12) *** (see above right)

3rd) 11 disciples**** (Mk. 16:14)

1st) Cloepas and another unknown follower (Lk. 24:13)

2nd) Eleven disciples**** “and them that were with them.” (Lk. 24:33)

1st) Mary Magdalene

(Jo. 20:14)

2nd) Ten disciples**** (Thomas was not there) (Jo. 20:24)

3rd) Eleven disciples (Jo. 20:26)

4th) Peter, Thomas, the two sons of Zebedee (James and John), Nethanael and two other disciples. (Jo. 21:2)

Paul – 1 Corinthians

1st) Cephas (Peter) 15:5

2nd) All 12 apostles**** 15:5

3rd) 500 people 15:6

4th) James 15:7

5th) All 12 apostles 15:7

6th) Paul 15:8

According to Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus made this appearance to all the eleven surviving disciples.  Paul has this event take place in the presence of all twelve apostles (1 Corinthians 15:5), although Judas had long since died (Matthew 27:5, Acts 1:18).  Contrary to all this, John’s story places only ten disciples at the scene, Thomas being absent! – John 20:24

Where do these appearances take place?

1st) Leaving the tomb, going to the disciples (Mw. 28:8)

2nd) On a mountain in the Galilee (Mw. 28:16)

(but some doubted it! – Mw. 28:17)

1st) After fleeing the tomb (Mk. 16:8-9)

2nd) As they walked to the country (Mk. 16:12)

3rd) At a meal (Mk. 16:14)

1st) Emmaus (Lk. 24:13)

2nd) In Jerusalem (Lk. 24:33, 49), NOT the Galilee as Matthew would have us believe (Matthew 28:6-7,16)

1st) At the tomb (Jo. 20:14)

2nd and 3rd) In Jerusalem, behind closed doors. (Jo. 20:18-29)

4th) The Sea of Tiberias (Jo. 21:1)

* All three Synoptics agree that the Last Supper was a Passover Seder.

** There are no “others” in the book of John