Posted by Pastoral Musings on August 22nd, 2012
Reading through Matthew, then Mark, and then Luke, a young person can get bored: Didn’t I see this story before? I get it already: How many people did Jesus heal? But something else happens, too. You begin to notice little inconsistencies. Did Jesus say that whoever is not with him is against him (Matthew 12:30; Luke 11:23), or did he say that whoever is not against him is for him (Mark 9:40)? Who was there to visit Jesus’ tomb? How did Judas die (Matthew 27:1-10; Acts 1:18-19)?
An innocent Bible reader assumes there must be satisfactory resolutions to such problems. But no such explanations exist. Different biblical books simply tell stories differently. Some offer conflicting answers to important questions.
HuffPo (Emphasis mine.)
…it is a reasonable principle, recognized among critics of secular historians, that two writers must not be held to be contradictory where any natural mode of harmonizing can be imagined. Otherwise it amounts to holding that we know fully and thoroughly all facts of the case, – better even than eye-witnesses seem ever to know them.
Warfield, Works vol 1 pg 417
I think that it is obvious that there is only one of these approaches that is correct.
I think it is also obvious to the thinking person which approach is correct.