Jesus Resurrection Story (Discrepancies in Mary's Story)
October 22, 2018 8:16am CST
Hello, this morning I was visited by a Christian missionary. He invited me to attend their church and hear some Bible teachings. I told the that I've been reading the Bible since I was a teenager and I'm quite familiar with it. The missionary insist that it is much better to hear some inspired word of God from their pastor so I can really understand what the Bible says. I asked him if he is familiar with the differences in the account of Jesus resurrection? He told me, there no such conflict in the story. I told him there are mismatched accounts particularly Mary's version. I cited the verses with him in Matthew 28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshiped him. In this account, while Mary and another Mary were walking, they met Jesus and told them that he will meet the brethren in Galilee. In the account of John 20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Mary was with Peter and other disciple when they visit the sepulcher. but when they came to the sepulcher, they did not see the body of Jesus but only clothes were inside. The disciple went away but Mary stayed. And here, Mary saw two angels and she was asked by an angel why she was crying. She replied the body of Jesus is missing. As she turned back, she saw Jesus standing near her. I asked the missionary guy, how can he reconcile the two stories? The first story in Matthew, Mary met Jesus on the road. In John, Mary talked to Jesus near the sepulcher. The gentleman just urge me to meet his pastor so they can properly explain the story to me. I stress that he should answer me even a bit about my question to at least somehow impress me of his Bible studies. He didn't give me an answer, he just keep on inviting me. I told him I will see their church after he answer my question.
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It seems to me that there is no problem. What happens is that a bunch of women go to where Jesus was buried and find an empty tomb. Mary Magdalene goes to Find Peter and John and later returns. So, the other women first meet Jesus as described at Matthew 28:9 and Mary Magdalene meets Jesus later as described at John 20:14.
Hmmm, in Matthew 28:1 both Mary and the other Mary went to the tomb.Here only one angle told Mary that Jesus has risen..later Mary met Jesus on their way to inform the disciples of what happened. In John 20:13 however, the two angels spoke to Mary, the other angel is Jesus telling her that he will ascend to the Father. Jesus never met Mary on the road leading to the house of the disciples. He met Mary in front of the tomb. Is that not a discrepancy?
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@corvinus We have four accounts, by four different individuals, of the events of discovering the empty tomb which are recorded in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20. The little details they focus on are slightly different because they are 4 different writers but they all speak of the resurrection of Jesus. No four reporters of any event will have the exact same details on an event. They are each writing about the same event from their vantage point and not all will focus on the same small details. If all the details were exactly alike, we might wonder if the 4 people conspired and made up the story. We know that most of the early Christians were treated badly, persecuted and even killed. Why would they be willing to suffer and die if they made up the story?
• Leicester, England
There are all sorts of discrepancies in this story (and others throughout the Bible). That is because none of the accounts were written by eye-witnesses and the gospels that we have were put together years after the supposed events and based on several different source documents. People like your pastor will try to pretend that all the stories dovetail together, but they are really on a hiding to nothing in this quest!