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face of skeptic when another bible contradiction answered

This is a look at another alleged Bible contradiction from Luke 9 according to the Skeptic Annotated Bible.

Today’s question: Who is for or against Jesus?

Those who are not with Jesus are against him.

He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.” Luke 11:23

Those who are not against Jesus are for him.

for he who is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:50

I think when we examine the passage carefully this will be shown to be not a contradiction.  Let’s take a closer look:

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Bible contradiction claim first world problem

Within the last six months I’ve looked at some alleged Bible contradictions supposedly found in Luke 9.

These are claims that are found online.  I find these claims to be problematic when one considers the context.

Today I want to consider another one: “Who can cast out devils in the name of Jesus?”

Here’s the claim from the skeptics:

Only the followers of Jesus can do it.

(It’s one of the signs of a true believer.)

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils. Mark 16:17

Others can do it, too.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.Matthew 7:21-23

And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. Mark 9:38

And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. Luke 9:49

I took a lot longer to post today because of research within the text itself as part of my response.  So here it is:

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Preti John the Baptist before Herod

Within the last six months I’ve looked at some alleged Bible contradictions in Luke 9.  I’ve considered “Did or did not the Samaritans receive Jesus?” and “Burying and Saying Bye to Parents in Luke 9:59-62.”

Here’s another question that allegedly shows a Bible contradiction: “Did Herod think Jesus was John the Baptist?”

Yes

Herod thought that Jesus was John the Baptist reincarnated.

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.  (Matthew 14:1-2)

But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead. (Mark 6:16)

No

People were saying that Jesus was John the Baptist who had risen from the dead, or Elijah (Elias), or one of the other prophets. But Herod didn’t believe Jesus was John the Baptist, saying, “John I have beheaded: but who is this?”

Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him [Jesus]: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him. (Luke 9:9)

Here’s my thought on this Bible contradiction:

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contradiction

Luke 9:59-62 states:

59 And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” 60 But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” 61 Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

From this passage the Skeptic Annotated Bible states:

Jesus won’t even let his followers bury their dead parents or say farewell to their families before abandoning them.

They also marked this passage as a Bible contradiction specifically for violating verses like Exodus 20:12.

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

Is this a Bible contradiction and is Jesus really prohibiting His followers from burying and saying farewell to their parents?  Let’s take a closer look.

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Note: This is my rough notes from my Kindle.  I shared this because today there are so many unbiblical ideas of what is “success” in the ministry.  This sermon is by a professor at The Master’s Seminary.

Nathan Busenitz

Nathan Busenitz’ Shepherd’s Conference: What does it mean to be successful?

2 Timothy 4

How do you measure success in ministry?  For the last two hundreds years it’s been about numbers…how many attending, how much offering, etc.  But is that how the Word of God measure success?

We must remember success isn’t necessarily a bad word.

Look at Hebrews 11:35; there are suffering.  From the world’s perspective they can hardly be consider successful since successful people don’t get mocking, imprisonment, etc.  If success is measured by prestige and popularity then these men were not successful.  But if success is measured by faithfulness then they were successful.  Many of our heroes of the faith were ridiculed and persecuted from the Bible and history.

Look at Jonah and Jeremiah and the stark contrast.  Jonah had numbers, Jeremiah didn’t but it was Jeremiah was more faithful.

2 Timothy 4 was written by Paul in the last leg of his life and ministry.  It was written to Timothy, a young man who was just beginning his ministry and he needed to be reminded of what is biblica ministry’s success.

Whether you are at the beginning or end of ministry, the principles articulated in this passage applies to all ministers this side of heaven.

Purpose: Three contrasts between worldly versus biblical success.

  1. A contrast in the motivation for service (v.1-5)
  2. A contrast in the measure of success (v.6-8)
  3. A contrast in the mindest about suffering (v.9-15)

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biblical inerrancy series

Here’s the wrap up of our series from the last few weeks in which I responded to someone who objected to Biblical Inerrancy.  I post it as a collected series here because I realize that some of these objections against Biblical inerrancy are also repeated by others.

  1. Does 2 Timothy 4:13 undermine the Doctrine of Inerrancy?
  2. “You’re Putting God in A Box:” The Irony of this argument against Biblical Inerrancy
  3. Does Inerrancy stunt Christians relationship with God through the Holy Spirit?
  4. Bad reasoning: The Word inerrancy does not appear in the Bible, so therefore the Bible is errant?
  5. Inerrancy: A Lie Invented By the Church?

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lie or truth

This is my sixth posts in a series responding to some arguments against inerrancy presented by a certain blogger.  Today we shall look at the following paragraph:

I believe that the doctrine of inerrancy was conveniently brought in by the Church to protect the Bible as a consecrated canon of scripture, with the authority to teach and convict.  With this, the false doctrine of “papal infallibility” was also established.  However, the assertion of inerrancy is a lie on both counts, considered to be the lesser of two evils; the other being chaos!  Now, what started as a lie is now a deeply entrenched doctrine that every professing Christian is compelled to accept as true or be branded as a heretic!  But how can we claim to have the truth in Jesus, when we are forcing many to believe a lie?!  It shows a lack of faith in God’s ability to protect His Church and reveal His Word to true believers.

Here is my response:

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