The fifth series of rejected SAB Contradictions, including: Who carried Jesus’ cross?
How did David kill Goliath? Did Adam die on the day he ate from the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil? To whom did Peter deny knowing Jesus?


101. What color was Jesus’ robe?
Scarlet (Matthew 27:28)
Right. This was a soldier’s cloak. The color was scarlet red as soldiers used to wear. After Jesus' condemnation the soldiers dressed Jesus again in a purple dressing (Mark 15:17) and also laid a scarlet cloak around his shoulders (Matthew 27:28). Then they mocked him as King of the Jews for the second time that day. Then they gave him his own clothes and brought him out to crucify him. Maybe they have used the purple garment of that morning. The combination of scarlet and purple was popular as we see in Revelation 17:4, 18:16.

Purple (Mark 15:17, John 19:2)
Right. We know from John 19:2 that Jesus suffered mockery of the soldiers right before his condemnation. Jesus was scourged and the soldiers started to mock Jesus with the purple robe, the crown of thorns and the reed. And so he was presented to the people by Pilate saying "Behold the Man!" A similar mockery took place later with similar attributes, one exception: they dressed him in a purple robe and they gave him also a scarlet upper garment over his shoulders.
No Contradiction


102. Did Jesus forewarn the apostles of his death and resurrection?
Yes, he did. (Matthew 20:18-19, 26:31-32, Mark 8:31, 10:33-34, 14:28, Luke 18:31-33)

No he did not. (John 20:9)
"For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead."
Wrong, as the above mentioned texts show. However they didn’t grasp it, as is clear from John 20:9, especially not that it was written.
No Contradiction


103. Is God the author of confusion?
Yes (Genesis 11:7-9, 1 Corinthians 1:27)
Wrong. In Genesis 11:7-9 it is not what it seems. It seemed that God brought confusion by confounding the language, but He brought peace, forcing the people to separate.
The verb confound can have the meaning: put to shame. God puts the wise to shame (1 Corinthians 1:27).

No (1 Corinthians 14:33)
Right. God is the God of order and peace.
No Contradiction


104. What must a congregation do if it sins through ignorance?
Kill a young bull (Leviticus 4:13-21)

Kill a young bull and a goat (Numbers 15:24-26)
Wrong. In Numbers it is about a sin done by ignorance generation after generation "from the day when the Lord gave commandment and onward throughout your generations," (verse 23).
No Contradiction


105. Is it OK to covet?
Covet. (1 Corinthians 12:31, 14:39)
Right. It is good to covet good things.

Don’t covet. (Exodus 20:17, Deuteronomy 5:21, Romans 13:9, Ephesians 5:3, Colossians 3:5)
Right. It is bad to covet bad things.
No Contradiction


106. Did Jesus say before the cock crows or before the crock crows twice?
Before the cock crows. (Matthew 26:34, Luke 22:34, John 13:38)
Right. Jesus may have spoken about the crowing of the cock several times, in different ways.

Before the cock crows twice. (Mark 14:30, 72)
Right. Jesus spoke of ‘a crowing’, in the case of two times of crowing immediately after each other.
See SAB 100.
No Contradiction


107. Did Jesus ask God to save him from crucifixion?
Yes – well, sort of anyway (Matthew 26:36, 42)
Partial right.  In verse 39 he asked God to save him from crucifixion, with the implication that he wanted to do only God's will. In verse 42 he didn’t ask, he only uttered a wish: If it be possible …  and He knew: It was not possible.

No way (John 12:27)
Wrong. He is thinking about the matter aloud, but didn’t ask. He gives God the glory: “Father, glorify thy name.”
No Contradiction


108. Is it OK to curse people?
Do not curse anyone. (Romans 12:14)

It’s OK to curse some people. (1 Corinthians 16:22, Galatians 1:8-9)
Wrong. Rejecting God’s love brings someone under the curse of his own sinful actions. It’s self-evident without divine love. In this way Paul is speaking here serious warnings: back in the Fall of Man.
No Contradiction


109. Will God curse the earth?
Well, maybe, if he gets mad again. (Malachi 4:6)
Wrong. "He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.” This text clearly states that God will not do it and makes a precaution to not do so. He will restore the hearts between fathers and sons, that is between generations, as that is the heaviest gap of pain between people. Someone would come in the Spirit of Elijah to bring the hearts together. With the fathers are meant the true believers of Israel, with the children are meant the new generations of which it is not sure that they will follow in the path of the fathers, the path of the Law of Moses. Jesus said that John the Baptist was this new Elijah, the forerunner of the Messiah who was to fulfill the Law, so that many generations thereafter could live by faith and action, just as the fathers had done.

No, he‘ll never do it again.
No Contradiction


110. Are those who obey the law cursed?
Those who follow the law are cursed. (Galatians 3:10)
Wrong. It is said that works under the law are cursed. That’s evident as the law doesn’t gain salvation or even perfection for men. For salvation and perfection (already in Old Testament times), God gave men justification by faith. The righteous will live by faith.

Those who do not follow the law are cursed. (Deuternomy 27:26)
Right. Evil doers are cursed. They bring themselves under the curse of the Fall of Man, it is certainly not God’s work. This curse remains unless/until one repents and seek God and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
No Contradiction


111. When did the temple curtain rip?
Before Jesus died. (Luke 23:45-46)
Wrong. It is said here that during Jesus’ last moments the curtain started to rip.

After Jesus died. (Matthew 27:50-51, Mark 15:37-38)
Wrong. It is said here that after Jesus last moments the ripping of the curtain was accomplished.
See the article:  When did the Temple curtain rip?
No Contradiction


112. Who carried Jesus’ cross?
Jesus carried his own cross. (John 19:17).
Partly right. “And He bearing his cross went forth into a place …”, the Greek here is only saying that Jesus bore his cross when he left Pilate, and not all the way to Golgotha. 

Simon the Cyrenian carried Jesus’ cross. (Matthew 27:31-32, Mark 15:21).
Partly right. Simon of Cyrene took over when Jesus was exhausted.
No Contradiction


113. When was the city of Dan named?
In the time of Abraham. (Genesis 14:14)

After the massacre of Laish. (Judges 18:29)
Partly right. They restored the old name of the city and called it again Dan.
See the article: Did Dan break the Law?
No Contradiction


114. How many generations from David to the Babylonian Captivity?
18 (1 Chronicles 3:10-16)

14 (Matthew 1:6-11)
Right. Matthew mentioned 14 generations from David to the Babylonian Captivity in his list. By doing so (giving the figure 14) he prevented later copyists from changing his list according to the much longer list of 1 Chronicles 3:10-16. Why? Matthew showing Jesus’ descending from David had to write down Joseph’s document of his royal descent; the document Joseph used in Bethlehem to show that he was from David’s house. The greater gap (Ahaziah, Joash, Amaziah) in this list is formed by kings who – being connected with the ungodly house of Achab – were not willing or not able (Joram, Ahaziah, Joash) to obey their religious duties when their children were born and consequently these children were not registered in the temple archives where genealogical documents were prepared to prove royal descent in latter days. (Jehoiakim was not relevant as he was a son of Josiah just as Jeconiah. It was enough in Joseph’s document to only refer to Jeconiah.) 
Compare the article: What about Jesus’ genealogy according to Matthew compared with Chronicles?
No Contradiction


115. How did David kill Goliath?
With a sling (1 Samuel 17:49-50)
Wrong. With the sling he defeated Goliath. The action of killing came later (1 Samuel 17:51), but in the description of Goliath’s defeat, the holy writer makes a remark that thereafter  Goliath was killed to make clear that he was not yet dead already from the stone. In his ongoing description he firstly excused David to have no sword and that he had no other choice than to take the sword of the giant to finish the job.

With a sword (1 Samuel 17:51)
Also read the article: Did David beat Goliath?
No Contradiction


116. The sons of David born in Hebron
Annon, Chileab, Absalom, Adonijah, Shephatiah, Ithream (2 Samuel 3:2-5)
Right. Chileab was also named Daniel.

Annon, Daniel, Absalom, Adonijah, Shephatiah, Ithream (1 Chronicles 3:1-4)
Right. Daniel was also named Chileab.
No Contradiction


117. Did David sin?
David never sinned. (He was clean and righteous.) (2 Samuel 22:21, 25, 1 Kings 3:14, 9:4, 14:8.)
Wrong. After the Fall all human beings have sinned and so did David. The mentioning of his righteousness in these texts refers, in fact, to his sinful nature. The biblical rule is that God gives his righteousness in the place of our sinfulness when we come to Him with repentance. The cleanness of his hands is also very important as David fought many wars. He could only be assured of God’s approval when he followed strictly the rules of war God had ordained for Israel. The Israelites were only allowed to defend themselves (wars of defence) and to give the innocents a chance for way out. (Remind the battle of Jericho, 6 nights the people could flee over the walls, if they didn't flee before the closing of the town gates.)

David never sinned, except in the matter of Uriah. (1 Kings 15:5)
"… because David did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite."
Wrong. There is no mentioning here that David never sinned. Of course he sinned (see up). The critic didn’t fully notice the clause of 1 Kings 15:5 “and had not turned anything that He commanded him all the days of his life,” in the first text. This refers to the commandments in the Law of Moses which David always had followed. However the sins in the matter of Uriah, the Hittite (adultery, lying and murder) were very much against the written laws (commandments). The numbering was a sin which was not forbidden in the commandments of Moses and consequently is not implied here.

David sinned in numbering the people. (2 Samuel 24:10)
Right. Here again is a great transgression of David mentioned, but it is not prohibited in the commandments of Moses. The intention was sinful a fruit of David's pride to know how strong his army was instead of trusting in the Lord who always would provide in times of war.
Read the article: Did David sin? And: Who tempted David to sin?
No Contradiction


118. Which sons of David were born in Jerusalem?
Three different lists which seem to contradict each other.
– 2 Samuel 5:14-16. This early list gives 11 names, instead of 13 as the others. Two sons were still to be born in the future (Elpalet and Nogah). No problem.
– 1 Chronicles 3:5-8 and 1 Chronicles 14:3-7 give each 13 sons.
Some had two names: Elishua or Elishama; Elpalet or Eliphelet; Beeliada or Eliada.
There were two sons with identical names: Two Eliphelets, two Elishamas. This could occur as David had several wives.
No Contradiction


119. From which of David’s sons was Jesus descended?
Solomon (Matthew 1:6-7)
Wrong. Joseph, the husband of Mary, descended from Solomon. In Matthew 1:1 is not announced the descent of Jesus, but the book of his genealogy. This document was made for royal and priestly descendants. With this document they were able to identify themselves. In Jesus’ case, this document clearly states who was responsible for him, not that Joseph generated him. He is described here as an adoptive son of Joseph (verse 16).
See the article: What about Jesus' Genealogy according to Matthew compared with Chronicles?

Nathan (Luke 3:31)
Right. It has met general acceptance that Luke gives the genealogy of Mary, who descended from David via a son of his named Nathan.
See SAB 193 and 194, 270
No Contradiction


120. When did the women (or woman) arrive at the sepulchre?
While it was still dark. (John 20:1)
Wrong. The Greek verb is érchomai, meaning: to come, to go. The translation must be: to go. Then she (Mary Magdalene) left home when it was still dark. She did certainly not arrive then at the sepulchre. The sentence of her departure is followed with an and-sentence (and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre). An and-sentence usually has the meaning of interruption of occurrences, which is here the case, for the other gospels show clearly that she first picked up the other Mary (Matthew 28:1) and later also Salome (Mark 16:1). It is necessary to use the information of the other gospels in this matter as she said to the apostles: “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and WE do not know where they have laid Him.” Then on the way to the sepulchre they saw the sunrise (Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:2) and they felt an earth shock. Arriving at the entrance of the garden they saw the stone rolled away.

At sunrise (Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:1-2)
No Contradiction


121. Is death final?
Yes, death is final. (Joshua 23:14, Job 7:9, 14:10-14, 20:7, Psalm 6:5, 31:17, 88:5, 115:17, Ecclesiastes 3:19, 9:5,10,  Isaiah 38:18)
Partly right. It is final on earth, but not in the spiritual world. Each of the referred texts shows in particular the first aspect of this biblical truth. There are some occasions in the Bible that people returned from death on earth, but those are exceptions. Later on they also died.

No, there will be a resurrection from the dead. (1 Kings 17:22, 2 Kings 4:32-35, 13:21, Isaiah 26:19, Ezekiel 37:12, Daniel 12:1, Matthew 9:24-25, 25:46, 27:52-53, Mark 5:39-42, Luke 7:12-15, 9:30, 14:14, 20:37, John 5:28-29, 11:39-44, Acts 26:23, 1 Corinthians 15:16,52, 1 John 2:25, Revelation 20:12-13)
Right. These texts are covering the spiritual continuation after death. Believers remain connected with God. There will be a resurrection for them and a new earth and a new heaven. After death unbelievers are in a condition of sleep separated from God. Finally at the end of the world there will be a judgement concerning the unbelievers. The parable of the sheep and the goats gives a clear picture of this judgement. Those who didn’t know about the gospel but who longed for it will be gathered as sheep, those who didn’t want to know the gospel will be rejected as goats (Matthew 25:31-46). Concerning this matter: nothing beyond God’s will, nothing beyond man’s will.
No Contradiction


122. How many of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda’s offspring returned from Babylon?
652 (Ezra 2:60)
Right. This is a quotation from the list that Ezra recorded in Babylon at the meeting place of departure.

642 (Nehemiah 7:62)
Right. This is a quotation from the list that was made up after the journey to Jerusalem. It shows that some of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda’s offspring were delayed en route and arrived in Jerusalem after the first wave.
See the article: Contradictory lists about Israelites that returned from Babel.
No Contradiction


123. To whom did Peter deny knowing Jesus?
A servant girl, another girl, and then a crowd of people. (Matthew 26:69-73)
A servant girl, the same girl, and then a crowd of people. (Mark 14:66-71)
A servant girl, a man, and then another man. (Luke 22:54-60)
A girl at the door, several anonymous persons, one of the high priest’s servants. (John 18:15-17, 25-27)

No contradiction at all. Why? Jesus had prophesied that Peter would repudiate him three times. This doesn’t imply that there were only three persons to whom Peter would deny knowing Jesus. That is an absurd conclusion. All texts show clearly that there were three situations in which Peter repudiated Jesus. In situation two and three several individuals concerned themselves with the matter. Prophecy fulfilled.
See also SAB 100
No Contradiction


124. Who destroyed Sodom and Gomarrah?
The angels (Genesis 19:13)
Right. Angels are in many occasions God’s ambassadors invested with God’s authority concerning a state of affairs. So when they speak, God is speaking. When they act, God is acting through them. This was perfectly clear to Lot. As soon as he had heard “the Lord has sent us to destroy it,” (verse 13) he translated this to his family with the words “… get you out of this place, for the Lord will destroy this city.” (Compare Acts 7:38.)

God (Genesis 19:24)
No Contradiction


125. Can the devil capture us at will?
Yes (2 Timothy 2:26)
Right. " … who are taken captive by him (the devil) at his will."

No (James 4:7)
Wrong. "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." He who doesn’t resist the devil, will remain under his control. 
No Contradiction


No Bible Contradictions