EWTN Catholic Q&A
Condtadictions in scripture
Question from Little Me on 11-06-2012:

It has been claimed that: “There are no errors anywhere in the whole of the Bible, as the Bible is the Word of God, who does not act against the truth.”

Matthew 21:6-7 "The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the DONKEY AND THE COLT, and put their cloaks on THEM, and he sat on THEM."

Mark 11:7 Then they brought the COLT to Jesus and threw their cloaks on IT; and he sat on IT.

One or two animals? Isn’t a contradiction an error?

Answer by Fr. John Echert on 11-06-2012:

The Greek text upon which the translation is based is such that the reference to Christ riding upon them can refer either to the two animals or to the garments upon which he sat. Beyond that, it is conceivable that our Lord rode upon both, first one then the other, as symbolically these represent the Jews (the older animal) and the colt upon which no one had ridden (the Gentiles). Regardless, what we do know with certitude is that there are no errors in the original Word of God, the Bible. Even if we lack certitude or understanding, that is a failure on our part, not on God.

Father Echert

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