I grew up in a very Bible-based literalistic church. In fact, looking back on it now, I’d have to say my faith was balanced almost entirely on the concept of biblical inerrancy. I was taught that 1) the Bible was the inspired WORD OF GOD as dictated to it’s authors 2) It was the inerrant source of truth on all topics it spoke of and 3) any apparent contradictions or mistakes were due to human error in publication, translation or interpretation. Period.
If that sounds familiar to you, or even reassuring, I invite you to complete the following exercise. All you need is a copy of the Bible (KJV, NLT, NIV, NKVD, whatever) and a piece of paper and a writing implement. Or you can just print out this blog post and follow along.
We, or rather, you are going to do a little detective work. Easter has once again come and gone. If there is any holiday or event that is central and crucial to the Christian Church, it is Easter (we’ll leave it’s pagan origins alone for the time being). The death and resurrection of Jesus is covered by all four gospels equally, giving us four “eye-witness” accounts of the Easter story. You’re going to take a closer look at these and answer some specific questions about the resurrection only for me (and yourself)
Here’s what to do. On your paper make five columns :
Question: / Matthew’s answer (ch 28) / Mark’s answer (ch 16)/Luke’s answer (ch 24)/ John’s (ch 20) answer
Under the questions column, fill in the following rows
1. What time of day did the “witnesses” arrive at the tomb?
2. How many witnesses came to the tomb?
3. Who were they? (names if possible)
4. How many beings were there when the witnesses first arrived (human or otherwise?)
5. Did any beings appear during the time of the witnesses visit? If so, how many?
6. What position was the stone in when the witnesses got there?
7.Finally, where did the witnesses go after they discovered that there was nobody in the tomb? (name a specific place if possible)
8. Who did they talk to? (Names if possible)
9. Did anyone else visit the tomb after the witnesses testimony?
10) if so, who got there first?
Once you’ve finished this exercise, (if you’ve done it with any amount of integrity), I think you will notice something interesting.
We’ll talk about it a little later this week. Hope you had a happy and sexy Eostre!
(thanx to The Reasonable Doubts podcast for the inspiration for this little quiz)
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