At least more than a decade has past, since I heard that GOD’s word is 100% correct and there are 0 mistakes. This notion is very true.
These days there are people who tell everything written in Bible is 100% correct and there are 0 mistakes. This notion has not been true.
Bible has 66 books, 27 books in New Testament and 39 books in the Old Testament. The Bible is different from Torah (Old Testament from the books of Genesis-Deuteronomy), the other books of Old Testament are books of prophets, wisdom, psalm and history. The compilation of this together is Bible and there was no Bible until second century and it is derived from Latin word Biblia meaning books.
The pope along with some catholic Christian fathers had compiled the bible. The books of the New Testament books such as gospel of Apostle Matthew, Gospel, Epistles and Revelation of Apostle John and Epistles of Apostle Peter is the primary source, where as other books are secondary source since it is the writings of disciples who had no face to face and daily experience with Jesus. The secondary sources have some incorrect notions.
So, what went wrong with New Testament writers especially Luke who is attributed to have written Gospel of Luke and book of Acts who actually wasn’t an Apostle but a convert after the death and resurrection of CHRIST. He did research and wrote history of Christ and Apostle’s ministry for a person named Theophilus
Luke, was born in Antioch, by profession, was a physician. He had become a disciple of the apostle Paul and later followed Paul until his [Paul’s] martyrdom. Having served the Lord continuously, unmarried and without children, filled with the Holy Spirit he died at the age of 84 years. (p. 335)-Wikipedia
Luke never had direct contact with Jesus yet he wrote gospel letter along with direct Apostle John and Matthew of Jesus.
Reading the book of Acts one can get frustration after spotting one incident by narrating contradiction by Luke’s writing and Paul’s speech on the conversion of Paul when he was on the way to Damascus to persecute the church members.
You wonder who is correct, Luke’s writing or Paul’s speech.
Let us read the contradicting writing and speech.
Acts 9 is a historic moment where Paul is on the way to Damascus to persecute Christians. Then we have this epic moment taking place in Acts 9:3-9
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man
- All men heard the sound
- They did not see anyone but stood speechless about such experience
- Paul fell down, heard Jesus speak and was blind
After this incident, Paul is baptized by Ananias who is the disciple of Jesus but not the Apostle. Ananias prays and Paul is healed of blindness and gives him Christ’s message.
Now Let us see how Paul narrates to same event to Jews in Act 22:6-9
And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
I have highlighted the difference between Paul’s speech and Luke’s writing concerning the men of Paul.
Luke writes in Acts 9:7, And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man
Paul says in Acts 22:9-,“And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.”
Lets us compare between Luke’s writing and Paul’s speech.
- Luke writes the men heard the voice, Paul says men did not hear the voice of JESUS.
- Luke writes the men did not see any man, Paul says the men saw the LIGHT.
- Luke writes men were speechless, Paul says men were afraid.
Now let us see in the further what Paul says to King Agrippa about his conversion experience in Acts 26:12-15
Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.
And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
And I said, who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
Here I have highlighted Acts 26:14, And when we were all fallen to the earth.
Now let us compare Acts 26:14, And when we were all fallen to the earth, of Paul’s speech with Acts 9:7 of Luke writing And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
- Luke writes men were standing but Paul says men were fallen to the earth.
Now who do you think is correct, Luke’s writing or Paul’s speech?
- Luke writes the men heard the voice; Paul says men did not hear the voice of JESUS.
- Luke writes the men did not see any man; Paul says the men saw the LIGHT.
- Luke writes men were speechless, Paul says men were afraid.
- Luke writes men were standing, Paul says men were fallen to the earth.
This is only some of the differences I wanted to write because I did not want to make this article long to bore you and take your time, but if you compare Acts chapter 9, 22 and 26 in spare time, Paul seemed to add more to his experiences in Acts 22 and 26 that is different from what Luke has written in Acts Chapter 9.
As per me I have decided, Luke was more correct in writing than Paul’s speech of witnessing the conversion experience on the way to Damascus. Paul is found exaggerating the experience.
In Acts 26, you will find Paul already knew plan of Jesus in full before meeting Ananias while he was blinded in Damascus by the LIGHT. He forgets to tell about Ananias who had prayed healed, baptized and commissioned CHRIST’s purpose. But Luke has written that Paul would know what to do only after meeting Ananias in Acts 9. If you read Galatians 1 and 2 chapter, Paul mentioned he did not consult with any man after he heard Jesus.
I used the King James Version of the translation owing to accuracy in comparison to other bible version that continue to distort true meaningful words originally written in Greek New Testament books of the Bible.