If the four accounts were placed in parallel columns, a number of apparent differences would be highlighted. However, these apparent differences ultimately confirm the truthfulness of these accounts, rather than refute them.
If all four Gospels gave exactly the same story, in exactly the same order, with exactly the same details, we would immediately become suspicious. Obviously, this is not the case. None of the four Gospels gives all the details of what transpired. Matthew is the only writer who records the first appearance to the women, while only in Luke do we find the account of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.
The appearance of Mary Magdalene is omitted by both Matthew and Luke. Only John records the appearance of our Lord in the upper room, when Thomas was absent and the appearance on the sea of Galilee.
It is quite clear that all of the Gospels relate their portraits of Jesus differently. This is what we should expect. No four witnesses or news reporters , all of whom witness a series of events, will write them up in exactly the same way, detail for detail. If they did, there would be obvious collusion. If the differences concerned the main points of the story, then there would be justification for doubt, but when the salient points are agreed upon by every witness, insignificant differences add to, rather than subtract from, the validity.
It should be noted, too, that none of the details necessarily flatly contradicts any others, but in some plausible way they correlate together to supply the larger picture. The variations in detail the different writers chose to include in the resurrection narratives consist of incidental things which in no way jeopardize the main plot of the story.
One of the seeming contradictions that bothers people concerns the time the women came to the tomb, related differently by John and Mark. It was dark when they left the place in which they were staying, but when they arrived at the tomb the sun was beginning to shine. Therefore, Mark is speaking of their arrival, while John refers to their departure. The area which has generated the most discussion concerns the angels who were at the tomb of Jesus.
Matthew and Mark relate that one angel addressed the women, while Luke and John say that two angels were at the tomb. This seems to be a discrepancy, with Matthew and Mark knowing of only one angel while Luke and John speak of two. This does not contradict Luke and John, for Matthew and Mark specify that one angel spoke, but they do not say there was only one angel present or only one angel spoke.
Quite possibly one of the angels served as the spokesman for the two, thus he was emphasized. There is no need to assume a discrepancy. Though they report some of the details differently, the Gospels agree in all important points. The accounts are in harmony on the fact that Jesus was dead and buried; that the disciples were not prepared for His death, but were totally confused; that the tomb was empty on Easter morning; that the empty tomb did not convince them that Jesus had risen; that Mary thought the body had been stolen. The Gospel writers also concur that the disciples had certain experiences which they believed to be appearances of the resurrected Christ.
That normative first century Judaism had no concept of a dying and rising Messiah is a historical fact. All these facts considered together constitute a powerful argument for the validity of the resurrection story. The venerable scholar, Wilbur Smith, had this to say about the differences in the resurrection accounts and the areas in which the Gospels agree:. Wilde Company, , p. Wilde Company, W. Einstein showed that time can actually be altered, slowed down, speeded up, when objects begin to travel at extremely high speeds.
This would suggest that the common concept that all things originate and operate within the context of fixed time and space, that nothing exists outside of time and space, is not necessarily correct. While not totally understandable, the facts do make it easier to accept the biblical teaching that God exists outside of time and space as we know it Psalms ; Colossians ; II Peter To accept that God exists outside the time and space framework as we know it renders any question of where He came from and what He was doing before He created what we know as the universe totally meaningless.
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These questions might be legitimate if God is subject to time and space, which He is not. The Bible teaches that God is not bound by time or space, and that He has not chosen to reveal to us from our perspective all that took place before He created the universe. The problem of lack of hope and meaning to life is not unique to our generation. It has been expressed by others in the past who have felt the same emptiness as our modern world feels. Compare what some of the writers in the past have said concerning death.
Against this background of pessimism, Jesus Christ offers real hope. He gives mankind the opportunity to become right with God and his fellowman. However, the abundant life never ends. There is a hope of life everlasting based upon the promises of God in Jesus Christ. In a changing world, there exists an unchanging God whose world lasts forever. Christianity offers the world a genuine hope. So which is it? However the Scriptures make it plain that God did not create the world in the state in which it is now , but evil came as a result of the selfishness of man.
The Bible says that God is a God of love and He desired to create a person and eventually a race that would love Him.
This choice made the possibility of evil become very real. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they did not choose something God created, but, by. God is neither evil nor did He create evil. Because of the Fall, the world now is abnormal.
Things are not in the state that they should be in. Man, as a result of the Fall, has been separated from God. Nature is not always kind to man and the animal world can also be his enemy. There is conflict between man and his fellowman. None of these conditions were true before the Fall.
Any solution that might be given to the problems mankind faces must take into consideration that the world as it stands now is not normal. Although evil is here and it is real, it is also temporary. Evil will eventually be destroyed. This is the hope that the believer has.
Paradise lost will be paradise regained. God will right every wrong and put away evil once for all, in His time.
Christians have a justification for fighting evil, immorality and corruption. The world was not designed with evil in mind and the believer has a real basis for fighting social ills. He is not following the belief that whatever is, is right. God does not desire evil nor does he ever condone it. He hates evil, and the Christian also is not only to despise evil, he is obligated to do something about it.
Even though sin is real, it is not something that the believer accepts as the way things ought to be. By identifying with Jesus, the believer has a duty to call things wrong that are wrong and to speak out when evil is overtaking good. The Christian is not fighting against God by fighting social problems.