If you read my opening post for this account here>>>> http://www.worthychr...26-yo-hi-hello/
I mention that I have been really struggling with my faith and because of that, I've been doing a lot of research on whether or not God exists and if he does, is he the Christian God. So I plan on making a lot of topics based on questions I've formed from the bit of research that I have done and I hope you can help me out here. I'm not necessarily looking to debate, I just want some questions answered. So I'll start out with this.
I've been looking at, what looks like to me, contradictions in the bible and specifically the Gospels. There are a lot of different interpretations, according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, regarding what Jesus and other things of that nature. I'll give a couple of examples.
In two places in the New Testament the genealogy of Jesus son of Mary is mentioned. MAT 1:6-16 and LUK 3:23-31. Each gives the ancestors of Joseph the CLAIMED husband of Mary and Step father of Jesus. The first one starts from Abraham(verse 2) all the way down to Jesus. The second one from Jesus all the way back to Adam. The only common name to these two lists between David and Jesus is JOSEPH, How can this be true? and also How can Jesus have a genealogy when all Muslims and most Christians believe that Jesus had/has no father.
Below regards if God can be seen or if he cannot.
EXO 24:9,10; AMO 9:1; GEN 26:2; and JOH 14:9
God CAN be seen:
"And I will take away my hand, and thou shalt see my backparts." (EXO 33:23)
"And the Lord spake to Moses face to face, as a man speaketh to his friend." (EXO 33:11)
"For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." (GEN 32:30)
God CANNOT be seen:
"No man hath seen God at any time." (JOH 1:18)
"And he said, Thou canst not see my face; for there shall no man see me and live." (EXO 33:20)
"Whom no man hath seen nor can see." (1TIM 6:16)
Matthew 5 and Luke 6 recount the sermon on the mount. Matthew 5 says that Jesus went up on a mountainside when he began to teach, but Luke 6 that he was on a level place. How can both of these be true?
Again, I'm not trying to prove that Christianity is wrong or that whatever is trying to prove that very thing wrong, is right. I'm just looking for answers.
Edited by A Soggy Cactus, 10 September 2013 - 07:02 PM.