The QuasiChristian

Critical Thinking and Spiritual Reasoning

Food For Thought (Bible Morsel #2)

According to  Matthew (Chapter 27:50-51) and Mark (Chapter 15:37-38) the veil/curtain of the temple was ripped in two after Jesus died.

According to Luke (Chapter 23:44-46) the veil/curtain of the temple was ripped in two before Jesus died.

Which order of events actually happened? Why does there appear to be a contradiction? Does it matter if there are different accounts?

Online Bible:

*I’ll be posting Food For Thought once a week. Remember, these are questions that persons of reason have. If you want to share the Christian message of salvation you must be aware of what the Bible says in its entirety. Just memorizing and quoting select verses is not enough. Many nonbelievers are well-versed in the Bible and it’s one of the reasons they are not believers. If you believe that you’re created in the image of God, then there’s no reason you can’t supplement your faith with reason and intellect. Engage the mind that was given to you.

Food For Thought (Bible Morsel #3)

Food For Thought (Bible Morsel #1)

August 27, 2010 - Posted by | Food For Thought | , , , ,


  1. Simply because one Bible writer recorded something before, or after, another writer does not mean that either writer is attempting to establish a chronological timeline. Unless the skeptic can point to a verse by both writers that says these events occurred in the precise order in which they are recorded, then no case can be made for these two passages being incompatible.

    Consider for a moment that “to do list” which many of us make either daily or weekly? If someone peeked at your list and saw where you crossed off the first four things, but the things that you had marked off were not in the same order in which you accomplished them, would you be guilty of lying (to yourself or to a colleague)? No.

    The only way a skeptic could prove that the Gospels here are contradictory is if he or she could establish that both writers claimed to be writing all of these events in precisely the same order in which they occurred. Since, however, the critic cannot prove such intended chronology; he is left with another alleged and unproven “contradiction.”

    Comment by Rick | August 29, 2010 | Reply

    • Interesting, that you address skeptics in your response. Why does one have to be a skeptic or a critic to “see” something that causes one to take notice and ponder?

      We teach children to take take their time and read critically for comprehension and retention–not just skim and gloss over words, structure, and order. As adults, we apply these same skills to literature, historical texts, and other writings which require the use of critical reading and thinking skills. When one attempts to apply these same (natural) skills to the Bible he/she is considered a skeptic?

      It seems as if those who are emotionally tied to Christianity really have difficulty understanding why those who are not raise questions. That’s very unfortunate for both sides.

      Comment by K.C. Brownstone | August 30, 2010 | Reply

    • It’s not acceptable practice to copy and paste in someone else’s words passing them off as your own.

      A professional courtesy is to cite your source. If you don’t want to do that, then at least take the time to digest what your source is saying, without simply regurgitating it. True knowledge and understanding exhibits itself in being able to formulate your own opinions and articulate them, giving credit to complementary view points when known.

      I found your exact words here (bottom of page):

      The author on this blog gives credit to a specific individual for these same words.

      Was the Spirit of God unable to assist you in reaching your own conclusions and expressing them in written form? Work on critical thinking and spiritual reasoning before you respond to another one of my posts.

      Comment by K.C. Brownstone | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  2. You’ll notice my comment is a duplicate of what’s on Facebook. I didn’t realize your first initial is B.

    Your responses are welcome. Going forward, it would be nice if you would stop referring to skeptics and critics as do most evangelical commentaries and Study Bible notes.

    Such a negative reaction to anyone that uses their brain and not emotions in discerning matters is why there’s much biblical ignorance in the Western Church.

    Comment by K.C. Brownstone | August 30, 2010 | Reply

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