Did you ever wonder who you should consider your friends? Well, so did the gospel writers and they may have disagreed with each other. It seems that Matthew was a bit more inclusive than Mark. And, well, Luke appears quite conflicted. :-)
- Matthew 12:30 & Luke 11:23 –> Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
- Mark 9:40 –> Whoever is not against us is for us.
- Luke 9: 50 –> But Jesus said to him, ‘Do not stop him; for whoever is not against you is for you.’
I thought a picture would help illustrate this classic biblical contradiction. But in all fairness, do you think we could reconcile these purported sayings of Jesus by imagining him saying: “Look, if an unbeliever is doing good, they do my work. But those who do evil are against us.”
What do you think?