You or people you know have likely had tough questions about the Bible at some point or another. Maybe you’ve even heard things like, “The Bible is racist.” Or, “The Bible has too many errors and edits.” Or, “The Bible is merely a mythological story like Homer’s Odyssey.”
Author Trevor Sutton’s newest book Why Should I Trust the Bible? tackles head-on such accusations that question the authority of the Bible. Sutton compares the Bible to writings that have been deemed more credible than the Bible, like the Book of Mormon, encyclopedias, and even Shakespeare’s works. He tests the Bible using the same rigorous standards that have been used to test such other writings. He examines historical evidence, witness accounts, and translation concerns, answering many tough questions and showing that when all other texts fall, the Bible still stands—as completely, undeniably trustworthy.
The following excerpt from chapter 4, “Disputes and Disagreements,” confronts and debunks the claim that the Gospels disagree on even the most basic events in the life of Jesus.
Refuting the Supposed Inaccuracies
Skeptics have pored over the Gospels and attempted to find as many disagreements and discrepancies as possible. All they have really found, however, are situations in which different authors have arranged material in ways that are appropriate for their different audiences and purposes. Here are some responses to commonly cited “disagreements” in the Gospels:
Temptation of Jesus: A careful reading of how Matthew (4:1–11) and Luke (4:1–13) depict the temptation of Jesus will reveal a difference in the ordering of events. In Matthew, Satan tempts Jesus to turn stones into bread, then invites Him to leap from a high place, and lastly he offers Jesus all the kingdoms of the world. Luke orders the temptations differently: first Satan asks Jesus to turn stones into bread, then he encourages Jesus to claim the kingdoms of the world, and lastly there is the invitation to leap from the pinnacle of the temple in Jerusalem. This difference in the ordering of the last two temptations is often cited as proof that the Gospels do not accurately capture what happened in the life and ministry of Jesus. [Read more…] about Why Should I Trust the Bible?