Contradictions On Jesus’ (Alleged) Trials, Death And Resurrection

The Christians are fond of celebrating the death of their man-god (whom they claim to be Jesus, peace be upon him) every year, although it does boggle the mind as to why would someone accept the fact that their god can actually “die”. However as Muslims, we believe that the claim concerning Jesus (P) is false and full of conjectures. A mighty Prophet of God (as we believe Jesus certainly is) would never had to bear the agony of being crucified at the hands of his enemies.

As it stands, we would also like to note that to substantiate our claims, there are various contradictions regarding the accounts on Jesus’ trials, death and resurrection which appear throughout the New Testament. The following list of Bible contradictions concerning the trials, the crucifixion and the resurrection are listed below along with the relevant Bible references.

A. THE TRIALS

1. Where was Jesus taken immediately after his arrest?
a. Matthew, Mark and Luke say that Jesus was taken directly to the high priest (Matthew 26:57, Mark 14:53 and Luke 22:54).
b. John says that Jesus was taken first to Annas, the father-in-law of the high priest (John 18:13) who, after an indeterminate period of time, sent Jesus to the high priest (John 18:24).

2. When did the priests and scribes gather together to question Jesus?
a. Matthew 26:57 says that on the night Jesus was arrested the priests and scribes were gathered together prior to Jesus being brought to the high priest.
b. Mark 14:53 says the priests and scribes gathered together on the night of Jesus’ arrest after Jesus was brought to the high priest.
c. Luke 22:66 says the priests and scribes assembled the day after Jesus was arrested.
d. John mentions only the high priest — no other priests or scribes play a role in questioning Jesus.

3. Was Jesus questioned by Herod?
a. Luke says that Pilate sent Jesus to Herod who questioned Jesus at length and then returned Jesus to Pilate (Luke 23:7-11).
b. Matthew, Mark and John make no mention of Herod. This, in itself, means nothing, but it brings about another contradiction later.

4. Who was responsible for Jesus’ death, Pilate or the Jews?
The Biblical account of Pilate’s offer to release Jesus but the Jews demanding the release of Barabbas contains both contradictions and historical inaccuracies.

a. What had Barabbas done?
1. Mark 15:7 and Luke 23:19 say that Barabbas was guilty of insurrection and murder.
2. John 18:40 says that Barabbas was a robber.

b. Pilate’s “custom” of releasing a prisoner at Passover.
This is a historical inaccuracy -– the only authority given by Rome to a Roman governor in situations like this was postponement of execution until after the religious festival. Release was out of the question. It is included in the gospels for the sole purpose of further removing blame for Jesus’ death from Pilate and placing it on the Jews.

c. Pilate gives in to the mob.
The gospels have Pilate giving in to an unruly mob. This is ridiculous in light of Pilate’s previous and subsequent history. Josephus tells us that Pilate’s method of crowd control was to send his soldiers into the mob and beat them (often killing them) into submission. Pilate was eventually recalled to Rome because of his brutality.

5. Who put the robe on Jesus?
a. Matthew 27:28, Mark 15:17 and John 19:2 say that after Pilate had Jesus scourged and turned over to his soldiers to be crucified, the soldiers placed a scarlet or purple robe on Jesus as well as a crown of thorns.
b. Luke 23:11, in contradiction to Matthew, Mark and John, says that the robe was placed on Jesus much earlier by Herod and his soldiers. Luke mentions no crown of thorns.

B. THE CRUCIFIXION

1. Crucified between two robbers
Matthew 27:38 and Mark 15:27 say that Jesus was crucified between two robbers (Luke just calls them criminals; John simply calls them men). It is a historical fact that the Romans did not crucify robbers. Crucifixion was reserved for insurrectionists and rebellious slaves.

2. Peter and Mary near the cross
When the gospel writers mention Jesus talking to his mother and to Peter from the cross, they run afoul of another historical fact–the Roman soldiers closely guarded the places of execution, and nobody was allowed near (least of all friends and family who might attempt to help the condemned person).

3. The opened tombs
According to Matthew 27:51-53, at the moment Jesus died there was an earthquake that opened tombs and many people were raised from the dead. For some reason they stayed in their tombs until after Jesus was resurrected, at which time they went into Jerusalem and were seen by many people.

Here Matthew gets too dramatic for his own good. If many people came back to life and were seen by many people, it must have created quite a stir (even if the corpses were in pretty good shape!). Yet Matthew seems to be the only person aware of this happening – historians of that time certainly know nothing of it – neither do the other gospel writers.

C. THE RESURRECTION

1. Who found the empty tomb?
a. According to Matthew 28:1, only “Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.”
b. According to Mark 16:1, “Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome.”
c. According to Luke 23:55, 24:1 and 24:10, “the women who had come with him out of Galilee.” Among these women were “Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James.” Luke indicates in verse 24:10 that there were at least two others.
d. According to John 20:1-4, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb alone, saw the stone removed, ran to find Peter, and returned to the tomb with Peter and another disciple.

2. Who did they find at the tomb?
a. According to Matthew 28:2-4, an angel of the Lord with an appearance like lightning was sitting on the stone that had been rolled away. Also present were the guards that Pilate had contributed. On the way back from the tomb the women meet Jesus (Matthew 28:9).
b. According to Mark 16:5, a young man in a white robe was sitting inside the tomb.
c. According to Luke 24:4, two men in dazzling apparel. It is not clear if the men were inside the tomb or outside of it.
d. According to John 20:4-14, Mary and Peter and the other disciple initially find just an empty tomb. Peter and the other disciple enter the tomb and find only the wrappings. Then Peter and the other disciple leave and Mary looks in the tomb to find two angels in white. After a short conversation with the angels, Mary turns around to find Jesus.

3. Who did the women tell about the empty tomb?
a. According to Mark 16:8, “they said nothing to anyone.”
b. According to Matthew 28:8, they “ran to report it to His disciples.”
c. According to Luke 24:9, “they reported these things to the eleven and to all the rest.”
d. According to John 20:18, Mary Magdalene announces to the disciples that she has seen the Lord. bismika-tombstone Contradictions On Jesus' (Alleged) Trials, Death And Resurrection

15 Comments

  1. Admin,

    We are all aware that there are lots of religions nowadays, different ways, different beliefs etc etc..I just wished all people will respect one another let them have free will what they believe and what they follow its not the religion its how we handle it and understand it…

  2. We are all aware that there are lots of religions nowadays, different ways, different beliefs etc etc..I just wished all people will respect one another let them have free will what they believe and what they follow its not the religion its how we handle it and understand it…

  3. “So no human can judge other human. If there is human judges another human it means he tooks God’s Right. and He will be angry if any human dare took His Right.”

    Where did you learn that?

  4. i hope we don’t insult any religion. because God let the religions exist in this world only for Him. The religions suppose to be the way of human to worship Him. and He demand us to do what He did to us, doing good thing only!!! He give all of us the sun shine, the rain without asking whether do the right thing or not. He is the Almighty Judge, thet held the right to judge of humen. So no human can judge other human. If there is human judges another human it means he tooks God’s Right. and He will be angry if any human dare took His Right. So do all the good things and worship Him alot, so when He call us back to His Place, we’ll be prepared.

  5. The ONLY word of GOD is the HOLY QURAN.All other books are not.

  6. “Not all the diciples were present for all the things that happened and were repeating what was told when they assembled.”

    WHO TOLD THEM?

  7. I read the reply by Lanette the poster above mine and I would like to summarize on what he/she is trying to convey: THE BIBLE CANNOT BE TRUSTED!

  8. “You must remember that the Bible is the word of God given to man to write down–save for the Gospels which are supposed to be eye-witness accounts.”

    1. Simon of Cyrene was forced to carry the cross of Jesus (27:32).

    2. The people on the scene mocked Jesus and challenged him to prove that he was the son of God by coming down from the cross (27:40).

    3. The chief priests, scribes, and elders taunted Jesus while he was on the cross by challenging him to save himself as he had saved others and to prove that he was the son of God by coming down from the cross (27:41-42).

    4. The robbers crucified with Jesus also mocked him (27:44).

    5. Three hours of darkness fell over the land at noon (27:45).

    6. Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” (27:46).

    7. When Jesus died, the veil in the temple was split from top to bottom (27:51).

    8. An earthquake struck (27:51).

    9. The quake broke the rocks and opened the tombs of many saints, who later rose from the dead, went into the city, and appeared to many (27:51-53).

    10. The centurion and the Roman soldiers seeing these events declared that Jesus was the son of God (27:54).

    These are just some of the events that Matthew reported that “John” didn’t. It is utter ignorance to think that someone who witnessed the crucifixion did not report events as phenomenal as numbers 5 through 10 but that someone who wasn’t present on the scene did mention them.

    paul said there were 500 witnesses to his vision.why were these witneses reduced to 12 in the gospel accounts?

  9. Reading all this I can almost understand why people of other religions are confused about Christians.Are there inaccuracies in the present modern day Bibles? I’m sure there are. Did God do it–NO! You must remember that the Bible is the word of God given to man to write down–save for the Gospels which are supposed to be eye-witness accounts. A good many of the prophets and diciples who were given this inspired word of God had to rely on others to actually write it down for them. Could it be that they may have not gotten all of it exactly as it was being told to them by the prophets? Human error could occur even back then. As for the eye-witness accounts. Not all the diciples were present for all the things that happened and were repeating what was told when they assembled. If a group today witnessed or were told something of great importance, went thru a traumatic experience and then several months or years later had it written down-either by themselves or a “writer” and then the group’s writings were put in a book, you would find a great deal of differences. Also, Paul was not a follower of Jesus until after his death and ressurection. His writings are supposed to be the inspired revelations of Jesus/God.
    What I know is this for a fact…in 1972 I was attacked and choked nearly to death. Before that day I had never heard of a “near death experience”. But I had one. I know there is definitely a Heaven and you cannot even begin to imagine it. Most importantly, I know there is a Son of God named Jesus, because it was He who told me it was not yet my time and to fight! I have seen Him and heard Him. And I pity all of you who doubt Him.
    You speak of peace, but you will never know true peace until you personally know Him.
    God Bless and Peace to you all.

  10. i got a question for all Christians.

    first Christians’ faith is based on human words means what ever Paul Luke Mathew John Mark and Peter said 300 years after Jesus (PBUH) disappearance they believe it.

    every Christian in the world believe that the Bible is changed altered and Corrupted by humans even though its not permited in the Bible.

    “. . . If any man shall add to these things (or delete) God shall add unto him the plagues written in this Book.” (Revelation 22:18-19)

    But who cares! They do not really believe! The Protestants have bravely expunged seven whole books from their Book of God!.

    and also there were dozens of Gospels like The Gospel of Mary The Gospel of Thomas …

    SO HERE IS MY QUESTION.

    DO YOU CHRISTIANS ATTRIBUTE THESE ERRORS IN THE BIBLE TO GOD Almighty?

    Error No. 1. Light was then before the source of light Genesis 1:3:5 and 14:19

    Error No. 2 – Day came into existence before creation of Earth. Genesis 9:13

    Error No. 3 – Earth came into existence before Sun. Genesis 1:9:13 and Genesis 1:14:19

    Error No. 4 -Vegetation came into existence, before sunlight Genesis 11:13 and 14:19

    Error No. 5 – The earth Will it perishes or will it abide forever? Psalm 102:25:26 contradicts in Psalm 78:69 and Ecclesiastics 1:4

    Error No. 6 – The earth has got pillars. Samuel Job and Psalm

    Error No. 7 – The heavens have got pillars. Job 26:11

    DO YOU CHRISTIANS ATTRIBUTE THESE ERRORS IN THE BIBLE TO GOD Almighty?

  11. At least try to back up your statements with facts.

    Oh, but I guess you are use to following what someone says without any proof.

    Sad….

  12. I think you are being too literal in your research. To be without “blemish” in a human being has to do with his or her will, not the body. These are spiritual things, as they pertain to God. The mere likenesses of spiritual things was what were given to the representative church of the children of Israel. What other men did to Jesus’ body have nothing to do with whether or not He was without blemish. Blemish in man has to be viewed from the spiritual, not the physical vantage point. As for the anointing of the holy things of the temple by the blood of the sacrifice for sin, evidence exists that the blood of Jesus leaked onto the ark of the covenant through a crack in the ground into a cavern where Jeremiah had deposited it. This took place in the pit or garbage heap where these crucifixions took place. They didn’t take place on a high hill, but in the place of humiliation, the worst place to be by “clean Jews”. There is also a possibility that some piece of the curtain between the Holy of Holies was taken to the site, for the record is that the veil of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom, possibly due to some zealot in cognizance of the requirements, who went to get a piece. Being an ancient cloth, fragile, in the process, it fell apart by the effort. Ron Wyatt found this place of the interment of the Ark near where the crosses were put in the ground of the pit, or Calvary or Golgotha.

  13. “2. Peter and Mary near the cross
    When the gospel writers mention Jesus talking to his mother and to Peter from the cross, they run afoul of another historical fact–the Roman soldiers closely guarded the places of execution, and nobody was allowed near (least of all friends and family who might attempt to help the condemned person).”

    does mark say mary was near the cross? i can’t find this is mark’s versions.I have heard that the women according to mark looked on from a distance, and he identifies them as marym, mary mother of james and another woman.

    ” And they all left him, and fled.”

    how is it possible to reconcile these accounts?

  14. Asalaamu alaikum, would you like to exchange links, Ive already linked to you; Radical Muslim

  15. The missionary is probably going to rehash trashatonics.org arguments to answer the inconsistencies in the bible.trashatonics articles are on skeptical review. http://www.theskepticalreview......urkel.html

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