The Bible has many seeming contradictions within its pages. For example, the four Gospels give four differing accounts as to what was written on the sign that hung on the cross. Matthew said,
However, Mark contradicts that with
Luke says something different:
and John maintains that the sign said
Those who are looking for contradictions may therefore say, "See the Bible is full of mistakes!" and choose to reject it entirely as being untrustworthy.
However, those who trust God have no problem harmonizing the Gospels. There is no contradiction if the sign simply said, "This is Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews." The godly base their confidence on two truths:
If an ungodly man refuses to humble himself and obey the gospel, and instead desires to build a case against the Bible, God gives him enough material to build his own gallows.
This incredible principal is clearly illustrated in the account and capture of Zedekiah, king of Judah. Jeremiah the prophet told Zedekiah that God would judge him. He was informed that he would be "delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon".
This is later confirmed in Jeremiah where we are told that he was captured and brought to King Nebuchadnezzar, then they "bound him with chains, to carry him to Babylon."
However, in Ezekiel, God Himself warned, that He would bring Zedekiah to Babylon, but Zedekiah shall not see it, although Zedekiah would die there"
Here is material to build a case against the Bible! It is an obvious mistake. Three Bible verses say that the king would go to Babylon, and yet the Bible in another place says that he would not see Babylon. How can someone be taken somewhere and not see it? It makes no sense at all-unless Zedekiah was blinded. And that is precisely what happened. Zedekiah saw Nebuchadnezzar face to face, saw his sons killed before his eyes, then king Nebuchadnezzar put out Zedekiah's eyes before taking him to Babylon.
This is the underlying principal behind the many "contradictions" of Holy Scripture (such as how many horses David had, who was the first to arrive at the tomb after the resurrection, etc.)
God has turned the tables on the proud, arrogant, self-righteous man. When he proudly stands outside the kingdom of God, and seeks to justify his sinfulness through evidence he thinks discredits the Bible, he doesn't realize that God has simply lowered the door of life, so that only those who are prepared to exercise faith, and bow in humility may enter.
It is interesting to note that the seeming contradictions in the four Gospels attest to the fact that there was no corroboration between the writers.