Matthew 27:5 – “So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.”
Acts 1:18 – “With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out.”
Here is another nugget of “truth” brought to us by the atheist. He claims that he has read the Bible and found many, many “contradictions”. He then lists them on his blog and claims the Bible is not inerrant because there are mistakes in It. With just the slightest bit of intellectual integrity, one quickly finds that our atheist friend really has no clue about the Bible. He is just cutting and pasting what others “claim” that the Bible says. The verses he uses are taken out of context specifically to manipulate the reader into thinking that there is a contradiction. If one will take the time and do the research that the atheist did not take the time to do, the truth becomes very evident; the Bible is correct and the atheist is wrong (again).
So, what did Judas do with the money? How did Judas die? There seem to be two blatant contradictions here, until you do some research and use a little logic.
Matthew never claims that Judas died when he hung himself.
There are many cases of people attempting to hand themselves and failing. The text never says that Judas died from the hanging. It just says that he hanged himself. II Samuel 17 speaks of a man hanging himself but there is more than just the hanging:
23 Now when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and arose and went to his home, to his city, and set his house in order, and strangled himself; thus he died and was buried in the grave of his father.
Did you notice that he hanged himself like Judas but the difference is, the text adds here that he died? Matthew never claims that Judas died from the hanging. He just states that Judas hanged himself.
Peter gives the details of how Judas died, which does not contradict what Matthew wrote.
18 (Now this man acquired a field with the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out. (Acts 1)
Judas could have fallen from the tree (if that is what he used to hang from) and gashed his midsection open causing his intestines to gush out. We do not know all of the gory details but we do know enough to see that Judas fell, his intestines gushed out, and he died. Peter does not claim that Judas did not try and hang himself and just like Matthew does not claim that Judas died from hanging himself. These two accounts do not contradict. In fact, they complete each other. Scripture interprets Scripture. It is a beautiful thing to see.
Judas’ money was used to buy the field (even if he were not the one who actually gave it).
Judas accepted payment for his betrayal. He threw the money back in the temple. The religious leaders did not take the money back because it was blood money. They used it to purchase a field of death, as the Scriptures foretold. So, Judas’ own money was used to buy the field in which he hanged himself. There is no contradiction in the texts. Whether actively or passively, Judas bought the field with his money just as the Bible claims.
Again, we see that the atheist is wrong and the Word of God is right. So, who will you trust, that which has been refined as silver seven times over (the Bible) or the ravings of an atheist who does not know anything about the Bible other than what he has copied from another atheist’s site (who also knows nothing about the Bible)?
For a more detailed explanation and interesting debate see this source.
- Will everyone who calls on the name of the Lord be saved? (erikbrewer.wordpress.com)
- Was Judas a Real Person? (catholicdefense.blogspot.com)
- Does God contradict Himself in the Bible? (erikbrewer.wordpress.com)
- Peter and Judas Had Great Love, But in Opposite Directions (deussolus9.wordpress.com)
- Did Jesus baptize or not? (erikbrewer.wordpress.com)
- Reoccurring theme: Atheists and their terrible logic (erikbrewer.wordpress.com)
- The Judas Complex (ordinarytheology.wordpress.com)