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Why do some people want there to be contradictions in the bible? Because they need an excuse. An excuse to dismiss the bible... and dismiss Jesus. It's not about truth and what the word of God actually says. It's about our desire to rule... to be like God. But ew are the creation and God is the creator. He rules. I beg you to turn to truth. Your conscience tells you that you've done wrong. You know you have disobeyed God and you are on the path to the eternal lake of fire. Jesus can take you off that path. Trust Jesus to save you.

Matthew and Luke Contradict Each Other?

What really happened after Jesus' birth?
Contradiction? Jesus In Egypt?

HUMANIST ACCUSATION: The story of Jesus’ birth is also contradictory. Matthew 2:13-15 depicts Joseph and Mary as fleeing to Egypt with the baby Jesus immediately after the wise men from the east had brought gifts.

But Luke 2:22-40 claims that after the birth of Jesus, his parents remained in Bethlehem for the time of Mary’s purification (which was 40 days, under the Mosaic law). Afterwards, they brought Jesus to Jerusalem “to present him to the Lord,” and then returned to their home in Nazareth. Luke mentions no journey into Egypt or visit by wise men from the east.

The above makes the assumption that Matthew and Luke were both writing a complete, day-by-day account of what happened to Jesus as an infant. However, that is a false assumption with no basis in the text nor in history. Each writer was addressing a specific audi-ence, and each had a specific purpose in writing. As any reasonable writer would do, they only included information that was relevant to their message.

Matthew was writing to Jews... people who knew both the histo-ry of Israel and the Old Testament. For example, Jews would be fa-miliar with the Messianic prophesy in Hosea 1:11 about the Messiah coming out of Egypt: “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.”

In addition, because of the exodus, coming out of Egypt was significant for Jews. It brought to mind that God saved them from slavery by bringing them out of Egypt. That is what the Messiah was going to do... what Jesus Christ would do. Bring those who be-lieve in Him out of slavery to sin and into His kingdom. The fact that Jesus came out of Egypt was important for Matthew's Jewish readers.

On the other hand, Luke was writing to Gentiles who did not know the history of Israel, nor were they familiar with Biblical prophecy. The fact that Jesus came out of Egypt is meaningless to a Gentile. The overall theme of the first few chapters in Luke is that of presenting witnesses, as though this were a court case, proving that Jesus was who He claimed to be—God and the Messiah who had come to save sinners. It was important for Luke to show that Jesus was sinless. Jesus obeyed all of the law. He even records how Jesus' parents fully met the requirements of the Mosaic Law. Notice that He specifically mentions the Mosaic Law. That is something he would not need to do if he were writing to Jews:

And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. - Luke 2:22

Here is the sequence of events, starting with Jesus’ birth:

  •   Jesus' birth
  •   Mary's purification
  •   Jesus presented to the Lord in the temple
  •   Jesus' family stays in Bethlehem for about two years
  •   The Magi arrive in Jerusalem where they tell Herod why they came, and then they go to Bethlehem
  •   An angel warns Joseph to flee to Egypt (and they leave ASAP)
  •   Herod has all infants in Bethlehem, two years old and younger, killed. Why two years old and younger? Because the signs the Magi had seen, and described to Herod, pointed to the Messiah having been born within the past two years.
  •   Herod dies, and it is safe to return to Israel. Jesus' family travels from Egypt to Nazareth.

What did we find out here? There is no contradiction.

Next accusation...

Concerning the death of Judas, the disloyal disciple, Matthew 27:5 states he took the money he had received for betraying Jesus, threw it down in the temple, and “went and hanged himself.” To the contrary, Acts 1:18 claims Judas used the money to purchase a field and “falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.”

Of course, there is no contradiction here. Tap here to find out why...