The Inconsistincies of The Ascension

The AscensionMatthew & John do not mention the ascension of Jesus into heaven at all. Mark casually states that an ever morphing Jesus was received into heaven after scolding the disciples (they had doubted word of his resurrection!) (assumedly) in Jerusalem. Luke says Jesus led the disciples to Bethany and while he blessed them, he was parted from them and carried up into heaven. Such a significant event and yet treated so off-hand and perfunctory and only two of the apostles mention it and they can’t agree on the location. But then Acts contradicts all four stating that Jesus visited the apostles for forty days and “…while they beheld, he was taken up: and a cloud received him out of their sight.” Acts 1:3-11. AND Paul states 500 people saw Jesus, even claiming he (Paul) saw him. I Cor. 15:6, 8. AND it reveals the primitive way the writers of the bible thought. WHERE DID THEY THINK HEAVEN WAS? Floating on some cloud somewhere so Jesus could just glide on up and come in for a perfect landing on an airstrip made of gold?

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2 Responses to “The Inconsistincies of The Ascension”

  1. Here again is an example of your misrepresentations. Mark does not actually say they were in Jerusalem at the time of the ascension. And Luke does not say Bethany proper, but the vicinity of Bethany. This matters because Bethany is less than two miles away from Jerusalem, so “in the vicinity” may have been just outside of Jerusalem on the Bethany side. But, let’s say Mark did say Jerusalem and Luke did say Bethany. Given their close proximity this is like Someone saying “I live in Denver” but they actually live in Aurora, CO. Most people will just say Denver.
    Another problem with your “contradiction” is assuming Mark or any of the writers are giving a minute by minute play of how things happened, rather than a general summary.
    And, as I have stated elsewhere, just because one author mentions something (like how long Jesus talked with them) and another writer leaves that detail out, does not mean they are contradictory.
    Again, your ignorance of what the Bible actually says, your ignorance of historical factors (writing styles and geography), and your assumptions show that you are not seriously after answers and have not adequately studied the Bible.

  2. Paul,

    Luke 24:50-51 — 50. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

    And, no, I’m not assuming any of the writers were giving a play by play. What I’m assuming is that one of the most important events in all of Christendom was worth a mention and with more than five words. After all, without the resurrection what have you got? And you’re correct, one writer leaving out an unimportant or irrelevant detail is of no matter but if four people are each reporting on an incident that took place in someone’s living room and only two of the four mention that there was a enormous pink elephant (virgin birth, resurrection, etc.) in the room, the reliability and validity of all four stories must come into question.

    And why ignore my comment on where in the hell Jesus was headed on his cloud ship? Where do you think heaven is, Paul? Do you believe it is floating on some cloud where Jesus came in for a landing, the only being to still have a pathetic human body? Do you believe he kept his human body? Did he cast it off? Did it rot and fall back to earth?

    I don’t have all the answers, Paul. I am simply curious as to what answers Christian’s believe THEY have. And your repeatedly insulting my intelligence and knowledge of biblical history is getting tiresome, especially seeing that you have yet to prove a basis for it.

    DoubtingThomas

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