The Bible Answers Short Questions From Our Readers
Plain Truth Staff
Question: How can I reconcile the two accounts of Christ's lineage as given in Matthew 1 and Luke 3? An agnostic friend of mine says this is a contradiction that proves the Bible is not true. How can I answer him? Answer: God says that there are no contradictions in His Holy Word - that He cannot break His Word (John 10:35). Therefore, when we find something in the Bible that SEEMS to be a contradiction, we know that there is an explanation. Such is the case with this question of the two different genealogies of Christ. There is an explanation - an explanation that has long been available to those who want SINCERELY to know the truth. Matthew, since he was first writing to the Jews, gave the LEGAL descent of Jesus. This, of course, could only be through Joseph, Luke, on the other hand, was giving the REAL fleshly descent of Jesus (Luke 3:23-38). This could only come through Mary since Jesus was conceived of a virgin and was begotten by God, not by a physical, human father (Matt. 1:18-25)...
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