posted on May, 4 2013 @ 03:08 AM
reply to post by 3NL1GHT3N3D1
Why would the high priest and his guards allow a man who just cut off one of their servants ears to come and sit with the guards? Why wasn't he
arrested as soon as he cut the ear off? That's a very strange scenario in my opinion.
How would Christians explain this discrepancy?
If I were a Christian, I would explain it thus:
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The key is in the verse you quoted later in your post, John 18:8,' "I told you that I am he," Jesus said. "If you are looking for me, then let
these men go.
The whole falling to the ground thing is reminiscent of one of the stories from the Elijah legends wherein the fire burned up two groups of fifty men
sent by the king to fetch Elijah and bring him to the king, and then sparing the third whose captain asked that Elijah respect the lives of him and
his men. (see 2 Kings chapter 1) Prudence would dictate that when dealing with an individual who can knock you down with words, that you don't go
back on agreements you made with him, even if the agreement was to let other people go.
Not only that, but also there is the fact (as far as the story goes) that it was decided that if only Jesus were to be captured and killed, the whole
nation would be spared. (see John chapter 11: 45-57) Remember that the high priest himself was the one who said, "It is better that one man die for
the people, than that the whole nation perish." Therefor the plan and the orders were to arrest Jesus only, not his followers.
The Gospel of John story actually holds together quite nicely. A Christian may remember that Jesus told his followers "I have other sheep not of this
fold. "(Jn 10:16) Could some of these sheep have been associated with the temple cult? Maybe a slave of the high priest? Maybe a man named
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Any way, that's what I would write if I were a Christian.
So my question is this: how can you hold onto the idea that the bible is the infallible, inerrant word of god if their are clear inconsistencies and
contradictions just within this one portion of the story?
There are plenty of Christians who don't subscribe to the doctrine of infallibility of the Bible. I have no way of even beginning to defend any such