Did Jesus bear his own cross? John and Matthew seem to disagree:

John 19:17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).

Matthew 27:32: As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.

  • you believe that the Bible is the word of God - Though treating topics related to the topic of religion, this is not a religious site per se. Furthermore, not all Christians are Fundamentalists. – Lucian May 5 '20 at 17:15
  • @Lucian, what you want to say ? the needed is to answer that question and no problem if you want to remove that note but you can't remove the existence of that contradiction – Mohamed Salim May 5 '20 at 17:16
  • if you are really have argument show me it , answer the question by convincing arguments – Mohamed Salim May 5 '20 at 17:17
  • @lucian , Imagine you were asked to answer Is 2 an even number ? Do you say "yes" ? or No ? or yes and no as it were happned in your Bible ? – Mohamed Salim May 5 '20 at 17:26
  • 1
    I came here merely to inform you about basic site policy. That's all. – Lucian May 5 '20 at 17:29

Not only in Matthew does Simon of Cyrene carry the cross; also in Mark (15:21) and Luke (23:26). I have always interpreted this as Jesus starting to carry his own cross from Pilate's place until he couldn't bear it anymore (or went too slow for the soldiers), at which point they met Simon of Cyrene who brought the cross to its final destination. John simply omits this as he deemed it not important enough for his book, just like other parts are left out in other gospels.

So in all four gospels, Jesus bore his own cross.

  • you should say , yes or no and show why this corruption were made ? and thanks – Mohamed Salim May 5 '20 at 13:41
  • According to your claim ,Then the Matthew version should be through out since it says no ? – Mohamed Salim May 5 '20 at 13:46
  • Matthew says "As they were coming out" - out of what? The palace? The city? Enough time before for Jesus to bear his own cross alone, and 32b does not say they weren't carrying it together. – Glorfindel May 5 '20 at 13:49
  • I think I have referenced the second answer of mathew as well and the answer was " no" try to check again Matthew 27:31-32 ? or is it changed again ? – Mohamed Salim May 5 '20 at 13:51
  • 1
    @MohamedSalim He 'went out' carrying his own cross, as John tells us. But on the way something happened, which John does not narrate, but Matthew, Mark and Luke do. No trickery. No corruption. No problem. – Nigel J Aug 31 '20 at 4:32

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.