Jesus' False Prophecies! Number 1
1) John 13:38 Jesus said to Peter, "The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice." Mark 14:66-68, of course, reveals that the cock actually crowed after the first denial, not the third.
(66) While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. (67) When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. "You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus," she said. (68) But he denied it. "I don't know or understand what you're talking about," he said, and went out into the entryway. That is number 1 (69) When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, "This fellow is one of them." (70) Again he denied it. Number 2 After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, "Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean." (71) He began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them, "I don't know this man you're talking about." Number 3 (72) Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times." And he broke down and wept. (Mark 14:66-72) NIV
(66) And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest: (67) And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth. (68) But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew. (69) And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them. (70) And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto. (71) But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak. (72) And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept. (Mark 14:66-72)KJV
My response is in Green:
These people go out of their way to say that Christians twist the Bible to get it to say what we want it too, but how do they explain this? I don't understand how they can say the rooster crowed after the first denial and say it says so in Mark. I have listed both the King James Version and the New International Version of the same passage in Mark. In the KJV you see that after Peter denied Jesus once, the rooster crowed for the first time, yet it says that Jesus told Peter that the rooster would not crow twice before he (Peter) would deny Christ three times. If you notice in their statement about how this proves the Bible is wrong they use John 13:38 where is says: 38 Then Jesus answered, "Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times! Now why would they do that? Because those two verses in the different books say slightly different things.
This goes to another of the problems people seem to have with the Bible. On the one hand they want to complain that not every statement in every book seems to say exactly the same thing. On the other hand when there is something in two or more books that does say the exact same thing they complain that it shows the writers all got together and made up the stories. You can't have it both ways. If these men did get together and make up the stories then they would surely have made sure that all the books agree in total and come at every story from the same angle.
How do I explain the differences found from one account in one book to the same account in another book of the Bible? I think that is easy to explain, even though the Bible was written under the authority of the Holy Spirit, it was written by men. The writers of the New Testament (with the exception of Luke) were eye witnesses to the things they wrote. Now whether you like it or not, if two people are standing on a corner and watch an accident happen, they will most likely tell somewhat different stories.
Here is an example of what I am talking about. Two people are waiting for the light to change so they can cross the street. An accident happens and they both watch it. The Police arrive and talk to both witnesses and here are their stories. One man says: "A brown car went through the light and behind him was the blue car which turned right in front of the white car. The guy in the white car never had time to stop." The other man tells this story, "The blue car turned right in front of the white car which hit him without even putting on his brakes." Which one of the witnesses lied? Surely one of them did, after all they did not tell the same story!
See my point. One man thought the brown car going through the light first was important enough to tell the Police and the other man did not think it was important at all, or maybe he didn't even remember it. In the end the stories are the same, the blue car turned in front of the white car when it should not have.
I believe that is why some of the gospels differ from each other. Over all the stories are the same, but some of the writers point out things that the others don't for one reason or another. Like I stated before, if these guys were all a bunch of liars who got together and made this stuff up, they would not have let these kinds of differences occur. Now people say that if the Holy Spirit inspired the scriptures He would not have let this happen either. I disagree. I believe that the Holy Spirit did inspire the Bible and that He made sure that the accounts were truthful, but that He allowed the writers to explain what they saw in their own words. Why are there four gospels anyway? Well they were written to different people. For instance Matthew was written for Jewish readers. Matthew goes out of his way to show that Jesus' fulfilled the Old Testament scriptures. That would be important to Jews if they are to accept Jesus as their Messiah. On the other hand Mark wrote for Roman Christians who were being persecuted. The gospel of Mark explains many Jewish customs. That would have been of interest to Gentile Christians but not much use to Jews. Also Mark seems to have a special interest in persecution and martyrdom. That would be of much interest to the Christians of Rome who were being thrown to the lions and tied to stakes and covered with oil, then lit on fire to light Nero's garden at night.
Is it any wonder that these two gospels explain the same incidents in slightly different ways? I don't think so. People of today who read the Bible have a tendency to read it as one book all written at the same time to the same people. But in fact it was written by many different people over thousands of years. Even the books of the New Testament which were written (historically) close together, were written by different people who had different missions to different peoples of the world. Don't make the mistake of thinking that the Bible was written just for us in this day and age. In fact we must look at the people for which each book was written to totally understand some of the meanings.
Another point that I think must be made is that God demands that we have faith in Him. That is all that is required of us to have salvation; faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Don't for a moment think that God could not show Himself, in all His glory to every living being and leave no doubt in anyone's mind that He is indeed God. So why doesn't He? He will one day, but it will be too late for most people. A better question is why won't people believe? I think the main reason is that they know if they have faith in God they must also subordinate themselves to Him. There is the rub. They claim God is unforgiving because He demands that they turn from their evil ways. They claim God cannot be a God of love if He does not let them do whatever they want and still forgive them. They go out of their way to find things that are 'wrong' with God's Word, because if God's Word is not inerrant then God is not inerrant and they will not have to answer for their sins. One day there will be a terrible awakening of these lost souls. They will never be able to say, I did not know, or I did not hear. The fact that they attack the Bible so strongly shows they do know and have heard.
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