I received the following questions from a person who obviously was seeking to “trap” me by my answers:

There is evidence in the bible which says that paul and saul are the same person
and
There is evidence in the bible which says that peter and simon are the same person
 
My first question
 
Matthew chapter ten verses from one to four
and acts chapter one verse thirteen
 
Names of the twelve disciples of Jesus
 
Show me one verse in the entire bible which says that Judas the son of James is also called
Thaddaeus
If there is NO verse in the entire bible which says that Judas the son of James is also
called Thaddaeus,then this is a contradiction
 
Question number two
If you have seen me,you have seen the father
Trace this verse back to Jesus

Question number three
Mark chapter one verse two
but the correct reference is NOT in isaiah but in Malachi
I know verse three is in isaiah
but verse two is NOT in isaiah but in malachi
so did mark make a mistake?z

Question number four
How can the HUMAN nature of Jesus be also GOD even though the HUMAN nature of Jesus has a God
John chapter twenty verse seventeen

Question number five
Mention to me a name of one person that met matthew face to face and
learned the bible from matthew
one of the students of matthew
 
Question number six
Who was Joseph’s father
If your answer is that Luke chapter three records Mary’s genealogy
then please bring your evidence from the bible itself
because it is soooooo clear that luke chapter three records
Joseph’s genealogy
and the phrase as it was thought is NOT a part of the text
so Jesus was the son of Joseph the son of Heli
so it is sooooo clear that it is Joseph’s genealogy
but
if you say that Heli and Jacob were brothers and Heli married Joseph’s mother
but he died childless and then his brother jacob married the same woman
so Heli was Joseph’s legal father
and Jacob was Joseph’s biological father
I say
Which verse in the entire bible says that Heli and Jacob were brothers
and
Which verse in the entire bible says that Heli died childless
if there is NO evidence
then this is a contradiction concerning who Joseph’s father was

Question number seven
Matthew chapter twenty eight and John chapter twenty
Where did Mary meet Jesus
and Who told Mary that Jesus rose

Question number eight
Mark chapter thirteen verse thirty two
How can the son be GOD even though the son does NOT know the hour

Question number nine
Did Jesus die for the people that died BEFORE Noah was born

Question number ten
Why did Mary think Jesus was the gardener
and Why did Mary want to annoint wash the BODY

Please please answer these ten qustions as soon as possible
Thank you
With best wishes

1. Regarding your first question, of course, I think you well realize that there is no verse in the Bible that says this. However, since it is a well-established fact that many people have multiple names, ___…or is that Mr. ____…wait, is that two different people? Anyway, since it is a well-established fact that many people have multiple names, a fact that will come into evidence again and again in the Bible, I think your statement that calling the same man Judas and Thaddaeus must be a contradiction unless there is a verse that actually says they are the same is rather foolish.

2. Just look at the beginning of the verse to trace it back to Jesus. “Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?‘”

3. The Westcott-Hort/Nestle text is fairly obviously in error here. Read, with the Received Text, “in the prophets.”

4. I’m not sure what you mean by the “HUMAN nature of Jesus.” If you expect me to solve for you the mystery of Jesus Christ being fully God and yet also fully man, then I am afraid you are going to be disappointed. This fact is recorded for us in Scripture, so believing it becomes a matter of faith. The fact is that God is far bigger than we are, so in many ways, He is beyond our total understanding. There are times when we just have to believe His testimony about Himself, even if we do not fully understand it. The reality of Christ being God and Man at once is one of those times. But if we had a completely understandable God with no mystery to Him, then He would be a rather disappointing God, don’t you think?

5. I cannot understand why you are asking me this question. Does this matter? But if it really is important, I suppose all seven names listed in Acts 6:5 would have met Matthew (and the rest of the twelve) and would have been the students of each of them at some time or other.

6. I have written about the seeming contradiction between the lineages of Matthew and Luke in my article on the subject, which you can read here: https://precepts.wordpress.com/2007/08/16/contradictions-the-lineages-of-christ/

7. No one told Mary Magdalene that Jesus rose, as she met Him in the garden herself in John 20, and so learned the fact from Him. In Matthew 28, Mary and the other Mary came to see the tomb, not to see His body, since they were already aware that He had risen. They were so excited at this event that they wanted to see the tomb again. An angel met them, reiterated the fact that He had risen, encouraged them to view the empty place where He had lain, and then gave them a message for His disciples, which the women then carried to them.

8. I have written on this verse in my exposition of Mark, as you can read here: https://precepts.wordpress.com/2008/12/16/mark-13-part-3/

9. Of course. It is because of His death that they will be resurrected to life, just like everyone else. Without His death and resurrection, everyone, even those who died for Christ’s sake, have perished. With His death and resurrection, we all enjoy the expectation of resurrection. Those who died before Noah are no exception to this.

10. I think Mary thought Jesus was the gardener because she was weeping and her eyes were full of tears, and she had not looked at Him very closely. Perhaps He was standing in the shade, as well. She was not really expecting to see Him there, and so saw what she wanted to see, as we human beings so often do.

As for her wanting to anoint the body (which is NOT the same as washing it,) this was a means of honoring the dead, usually reserved for the wealthy. It involved coating the body in expensive spices, which were mixed into a paste and smeared on the grave clothes.

I am happy to answer questions quickly if that is necessary. However, in normal circumstances, I get a lot of questions, and prefer to answer them in the order received. If I am going to promote someone to the top of the list, it would be nice to know the reason the questions are being asked, and why there is a need for such haste.

Keep studying the Word!

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