Does the Bible Contradict Itself at the Tomb?

The Bible Is Consistent

First, we believe the Bible is inspired of God, and there are no mistakes in the Bible. Therefore, we do not believe there are any inconsistencies in the gospel accounts. If you read carefully, you will find that they all fit together into a coherent mold.

When asked about clarification about who arrived at the tomb, we believe that Mary Magdalene came with other women to the tomb, but the other women held back.

The Events

  1. Mary went by herself to the tomb.
  2. When she saw it was empty and the soldiers were gone, she ran another way to tell Peter and John.
  3. While she was gone, the women came looking for Mary, and saw the tomb was empty and the solders were gone.
  4. As the women left, they met Jesus.
  5. In the interim, Peter and John came to the tomb and examined its contents.
  6. After they left, Mary came back; this is when she met the Lord.

There are no inconsistencies about the angels or the young men. In the Bible angels are often called young men.

They were at the tomb, and they appeared to the different observers. Actually, the observers testified what they saw, but none of them testified everything that happened.

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Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education.His personal education includes a B.S. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty’s existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.

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