Two Stories that
Blow the New Testament out of the Water
Have you noticed that Matthew and Luke tell two completely different stories about Jesus' birth? How can they both be right? And if they are not, can we trust either of them?
Or maybe that claim is all wrong. Maybe they are one story
in two parts. Maybe. Maybe there is more to it.
It is probable that the story of Jesus' birth was one story
composed earlier than either of the two Gospel, Matthew and
Luke, and used in part by both of the Evangelists. When their
two stories are merged, they fit perfectly and reveal the
The Gospel of Matthew could not be the eye-witness report of the Apostle we know as Matthew. If he had been the author he would have given us a more vivid first person account. And he certainly would not have copied from Mark.
So the critics say. But are they right? Let's look at the
Of all the stories Matthew included in his Gospel, the story
of the guards at the tomb is the most unlikely. No other
gospel writer includes the story and it is mentioned nowhere
else in the New testament. It seems like it is a clumsy
attempt to argue against a common explanation for the empty
tomb that was circulating among the Jews. But let's look
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Use of Josephus in Acts. For over a hundred
years the theory of Luke's use of details found in Josephus
has found interested adherents. Dr. Richard Carrier is one of
the latest. But is the connection between Acts and Josephus
to Read the Bible People read the Bible for a
lot of reasons. Some read it devotionally, others critically.
But most fail to read it in the way it was intended, as a
coherent and unified story.
Inspired or Manspired Written
by Bronze Age goat-herders.
No one who knows literature would say that. To
the contrary, the Bible is full of some of the world's
best literary writing. But it is more than a collection of
literature. It is a single story, and that marks it as
Second Peter It's
That's what is being said about 2nd Peter from critics of
the Bible. And if a forgery is accepted in the Bible, what
else might be phony? So how can you call it God's Word? A
closer look will not only meet the challenge but reveal
something exciting about 2nd Peter.