Supposed contradiction and verses:
Are they for or against? Matthew 12:30 does not match Mark 9:40 and Luke 9:50.
He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
For he that is not against us is on our part.
And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.
The skeptic has made a contradiction appear, that is not really there; however, if one just skimmed over it, the mind can easily play a trick on you. When I was young, and I’m sure it still happens, when we played a basketball game in the neighborhood, one team would keep on shirts, the other boys took theirs off. The teams were then known as “shirts” and “skins”. So if I wanted to tell you who was on my team, I could say, “All those with shirts on are for us”. You would also understand if I said, “All those who do not have shirts are against us”.
The verses should now be clear with that thought. In Matthew 12:30, when you re-read it, you see Jesus is saying those not with Him are against Him. Though the wording seems similar in the other two verses, the message is still the same; just the object of the word “not” is different. Jesus says that those not against Him are for Him. Those not with are against, is the same as saying those with are not against. There is no contradiction!
In His Grace,
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