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Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: What did the Centurion call Jesus when he died?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

The Son of God.

When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39)

Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:54)

A righteous man.

Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.”
(Luke 23:47)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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This is the 30th Bible contradiction we refuted!

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Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who put the robe on Jesus?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Herod’s soldiers

And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him, dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate. (Luke 23:11)

Pilate’s soldiers

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole Roman cohort around Him. 28 They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.(Matthew 27:27-28)

Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified. 16 The soldiers took Him away into the [a]palace (that is, the Praetorium), and they *called together the whole Roman [b]cohort. 17 They *dressed Him up in purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him.  (Mark 15:15-17)

Pilate then took Jesus and scourged Him. 2 And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe on Him. (John 19:1-2)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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For other posts dealing with Bible contradictions see our Collection of Posts Responding to Bible Contradictions.

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Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “When did Satan enter Judas?”

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Before the last supper.

And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve….Then came the first day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. (Luke 22:3, 7)

After the last supper.

After the morsel, Satan then entered into him. Therefore Jesus *said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” (John 13:27)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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My dear brother Wally asked a very good question.  In a post titled Faith In Action-Who Do You Love? Wally gave an exposition of James 5:1-6.  Our brother asked what my thoughts were concerning whom James 5:1-6 was referring to.  Some take it to refer to believers who were rich and hurting their fellow believers who were poor.  Others understand this to refer to nonbelievers who were persecuting poorer believers.

Let me quote James 5:1-6:

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of [a]Sabaoth. You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have [b]fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and [c]put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you.

Now I’m not going to be dogmatic here since I believe there is room for Christians to disagree in an agreeable fashion.  But the following is my take on James 5:1-6 on the fly.

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For other posts see our Collection of Posts Responding to Bible Contradictions.

Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “Did Jesus say he would always be with his disciples?”

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Yes

teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

No

For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me. (Matthew 26:11)

For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me. (Mark 14:7)

 For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me. (John 12:8)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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Here’s another post that puts things into bite size memorable ditties.  Little rhymes to drive the point home.

How do you handle Bible contradictions?  Hopefully this is helpful:

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Remember the ditty:

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Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “At his baptism, did God address Jesus directly?”

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Yes.

You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased. (Mark 1:11b, Luke 3:22b)

No, God addressed those who witnessed his baptism.

and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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