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Blind Men Were Healed?
By Dr. Max D. Younce
20:29-34 the Bible says Jesus healed two blind men in departing from
Jericho; but in Mark 10:46-52, Mark says he only healed one blind man.
Which is right? Is this a contradiction?
the four Gospels you will find they give us a four-sided, composite
picture of Christ and the surrounding events. One Gospel writer may give
additional information from that of another. Not one Gospel writer gives
all of the particularities of all the events that transpired. This
disproves the false theory that one Gospel writer copied from another.
Each wrote separately as the Holy Spirit inspired, directing them as
stated in II Timothy 3:16, "All scripture is given by the
inspiration of God (i.e., "God breathed") Also refer to II
records that Christ healed two blind men upon leaving Jericho, without
naming them. Mark gives an account of the same event and evidently knew
one of the men personally, as he identifies him as "...blind
Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus..." (Mark 10:46).
and Mark are complementary and each give additional information for a
complete account. Matthew listed two who were healed, while Mark only
gave the account of one. Mark gave the name of one that was healed while
Matthew gave no names. Both are correct as each gave additional
information. Matthew and Mark both state these blind men were healed as
Jesus was departing from Jericho. Matthew says nothing about them
begging, but Mark does.
18:35-43. Here we find Luke giving an account of Christ healing a blind
man as He was approaching Jericho. Note Verse 35.
it came to pass that as he (Christ) was nigh unto Jericho, a
certain blind man sat by the way side begging,,
So ... from
the three records, we have one blind man healed as Christ was approaching
Jericho and two blind men healed as He is departing from Jericho.
Further, He may have healed twenty-two while He was there, we do not
accounts give us a more complete picture of what transpired, none being
contradictory. Also remember, it is proof that none of these writers
copied from each other, as the infidels and skeptics would have you