Another example of misreading Scripture

The Text:

Joh 8:46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?

My Comment:

Before you criticize the Bible it would help your case to be sure you have read it correctly first!

Muslims often post what they think are valid criticisms of Jesus and the Bible without understanding the Bible and its cultural background.

I taught the students in my English classes at Cass Technical High School that when you criticize, dislike, or disdain a great work of literature, your opinion of the work of literature says more about you than what you imagine your view reflects about any shortcomings you suppose you found in the work of literature.

The Muslim Challenge: Did Jesus Command or Permit His Disciples to Steal from Others?

Jesus was a big sinner according to the Bible !!
Was Jesus was without sin ?
According to the Christian bible he is replete with examples of sinning!
“from lying, to breaking various laws, to dishonoring his parents, to stealing.”
“. . . Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Jesus needs them, and he will send them right away. . .7 They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them.” Matthew 21:1-7.
Jesus and his disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.
plucking grain violates the Sabbath and the apostles were guilty of theft for eating from a field not theirs.
” (Matthew 12:1-2)”
D’varim / Deuteronomy 5:19
“You shall not steal”
Sh’mot / Exodus 20:15
“You shall not steal.”
May be an illustration of text

My Response:

You might consider the possibility that you are misreading the Bible.

Certainly our Lord Jesus Christ fully kept the Law of God. He never commanded anyone to steal anything. The better view would be to understand that Jesus had pre-arranged with the owners the disposition of the donkey and its colt. They were aware Jesus had need of them on this momentous occasion and were most willing to have Jesus use them for His purpose. Jesus stated that if anyone questioned their actions, let them know Jesus needs them, and the person will send them right away.

As for plucking grain on the Sabbath, Jesus and His disciples apparently knew the Law better than the Pharisees did or the writer of this Muslim post. The Law permitted this activity. Furthermore, Jesus proclaimed He was the Lord of the Sabbath. Let that sink in and discern Who Jesus must be when he boldly made this claim (Mark 2:27, 28).

Jesus challenged His critics:

John 8:46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?

His enemies and critics could not convict Jesus of any sin. If they could not convict Jesus of any sin then when Jesus challenged them to their face, no critic today has any legitimate grounds for thinking they can do so now.

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