This is the first part of my notes on the crucifixion and how the stories from matthew, mark, luke and john are not contradictory. There are a few other "contradictions" that are not listed here I was just hoping to get some advice on my apologetic notes. I'm a little nervous go easy on me
Who carried the cross
This is a very temporally sensitive topic here so let’s observe and see how the timeline in John 19:17 goes. It says in John 19:17-28
“So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.”
Seems pretty basic jesus carried his carried his cross all the way. PAUSE* This is false scripture doesn’t mention that jesus carried it the entire way rather it is a general summary of where he was heading not what happened on the way there. For example when you get pulled over by a cop you testify about where you’re from and where you’re going. The officer testifies about what transpired in between. So it’s not necessarily contradictory but rather details left out. So it is possible that this isn’t a record of the entire trip in John. Another piece of evidence for this is the actual wording. We need to look at the word “OUT” this word in itself implies leaving a place. The original greek word used which is Exerchomai.(G1831) According to the Greek Lexicon (G1831) the word means
1. to go or come forth of
A. with mention of the place out of which one goes, or the point from which he departs
of those who leave a place of their own accord
of those who are expelled or cast out
Now there are two places mentioned which makes this the correct phrasing which are in John 19:17 and john 19:13. Lastly we must consider if mark, luke, and matthew say if Simon met them on the way “OUT” or on the way there. Simon of Cyrene is the one who carried the cross and described as “passing by” (mark 15:21), “having met” (Having met AS THEY WERE GOING OUT matthew 27:32) and “who was on his way” (luke 23:26)
I have presented ample evidence to show that this is not a contradiction and that John, matthew, mark, and luke are in agreement. John was simply describing how the trip was planned. Thank you for reading this and please notify me of any errors or additional evidence.
You have put a lot of thought into these possible contradictions. I think the first question should be what are the gospels? Are they objective history? Are they testimonies? I say they are to a degree history but not testimonies. Christian faith does not depend on this. Ancient Jewish writers were less interested in objective history and objective truth. They were interested in the higher truth. Their method of conveying this truth was by story telling. The gospels contain parables by Jesus and parables about Jesus. It is the concensus of scholars that the Road to Emmaus story, the wedding at Cana and the woman at the well(among others) are parables about Jesus. Midrashic writing is also evident in the gospels.
Once more, complete and utter nonsense. That is held only by liberal, usually non-Christian Bible scholars who do everything they can to discredit the Gospels of Jesus in order to justify their unbelief. They usually manage to rope naive "Christians" into their web of lies and misinformation.