An atheist (or Agnostic) asks:
MAT 1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
LUK 3:23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli.
This is other objection an Atheist brought; to him this is a contradiction simply because Matthew and Luke did not use the same name for Joseph’s father.
I find this rather odd since if this person is familiar to the Bible, then he’s supposed to realize that some people in the Bible had at least two different names for one person.
For example, Paul was also called Saul; so if one person uses ‘Paul’ in his writings and the other use ‘Saul’ describing the same person; is that a contradiction? No.
Abraham was also called Abram, Esau was also called Edom, Jacob was also called Israel, Solomon was also called Jedidiah …I can go on and on…
So how is it a contradiction if Matthew called Joseph’s father, Jacob and Luke called him, Heli? Isn’t it possible that both Jacob and Heli were his name? I mean, some people call me by my surname and some by my name, and there are some gave me a nickname and call me by it, does that mean they are contradicting each other? Of course not.
So again, how is this a contradiction? I hope our friend will come here and explain that to us.
Here is the irony:
The Atheists and Agnostics alike have no problem with Fahrenheit calling 100 degree Celsius, 212 degree vice versa; because if we have to follow their reasoning then this is inconsistent since 100 is not 212.
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