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Inconsistencies in the New Testament – Part 1


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The following list identifies some of the more glaring New Testament conflicts.
The purpose, as before, is not to slander the Bible, but to expose it for what it is. Those
who consider the New Testament the inerrant word of God need to consider this list in
light of the fact that God doesn’t error. Not once.
That being the case, recognizing New Testament errors should motivate the
serious seeker to look a little further.
1.  Matthew 1:16 and Luke 3:23 – Who was Joseph’s father?
Matthew 1:16: And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of
whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.

Luke 3:23: Now Jesus himself began his ministry at about thirty
years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli …
2.  Matthew 2:14 and Luke 2:39 – To Egypt or Nazareth?
Matthew 2:14: When he arose, he took the young child and his
mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of
Herod …
Luke 2:39: So when they had performed all things according to the
law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.
3.  Matthew 4:3­9 and Luke 4:3­11 – Stones to bread, throw himself down,
then worship Satan, or stones to bread, worship Satan, then throw himself
Matthew 4:3­9: Satan tells Jesus to “command that these stones become
bread,” then “throw yourself down,” and lastly “fall down and worship me.”
Luke 4:3­11: Satan tells Jesus to “command this stone to become bread,”
then to “worship before me,” and lastly to “throw [himself] down from here.”
4.  Matthew 6:9­13 and Luke 11:2­4 – Which is the correct version of the
“Lord’s Prayer?”
Matthew 6:9­13: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your
kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our
daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the
kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Luke 11:2­5: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your
kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day
our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is
indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil
5.  Matthew 7:7­8 and Luke 13:24 – All who seek will find, or not?
Matthew 7:7­8: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you
will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks
receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be
Luke 13:24: “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I
say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”
6.  Matthew 8:5 and Luke 7:3­7 – The centurion came himself, or sent
Matthew 8:5: Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion
came to him, pleading with him …
Luke 7:3­7: So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the
Jews to him, pleading with him to come and heal his servant. And when
they came to Jesus, they begged him earnestly, saying that the one for
whom he should do this was deserving, “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.” Then Jesus went with them. And when he was
already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying to
him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy that you should
enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come
to you.
7.  Matthew 8:28 and Luke 8:27 – One or two men?
Matthew 8:28: When he had come to the other side, to the country of the
Gergesenes, there met him two demon­possessed men, coming out of the tombs,
exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.
Luke 8:27: And when he stepped out on the land, there met him a certain
man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor
did he live in a house but in the tombs.
8.  Matthew 9:18 and Mark 5:22­23 – Dead or not?
Matthew 9:18: While he spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler
came and worshiped him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come
and lay your hand on her and she will live.” Mark 5:22­23: And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue
came, Jairus by name. And when he saw him, he fell at his feet and begged
him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come
and lay your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”

9.  Matthew 10:2­4 and Luke 6:13­16 – Who was a disciple, Lebbeus (whose
surname was Thaddeus) or Judas, the son of James?
Matthew 10:2­4: Now the names of the twelve apostles are these:
first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of
Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and
Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus,
whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananite, and Judas Iscariot,
who also betrayed him.
Luke 6:13­16: And when it was day, he called his disciples to
himself; and from them he chose twelve whom he also named apostles:
Simon, whom he also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and
John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James the son of
Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; Judas the son of James, and Judas
Iscariot who also became a traitor.
10.  Matthew 10:10 and Mark 6:8 – Bring a staff or not?
Matthew 10:10: …nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor
sandals, nor staf s; for a worker is worthy of his food.  Mark 6:8: He commanded them to take nothing for the journey
except a staf —no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts …
11.  Matthew 11:13­14, 17:11­13 and John 1:21 – John the Baptist was Elijah
or not?

Matthew 11:13­14: For all the prophets and the law prophesied until
John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.  Matthew 17:11­13: Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed,
Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah
has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they
wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.”
Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them of John the Baptist.
John 1:21: And they asked him (i.e., John the Baptist), “What then?
Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.”
12.  Matthew 12:39 (the sign of Jonah being the only sign) vs. Mark 8:12 (no
sign to be given) vs. Luke 7:22 and 11:20 (holding up miracles to be signs) –
which is it?
Matthew 12:39: But he answered and said to them, “An evil and
adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it
except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” Mark 8:12: But he sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, “Why does
this generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given
to this generation.”
Luke 7:22: Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the
things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers
are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel
preached to them.”

Luke 11:20: “But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely
the kingdom of God has come upon you.”




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