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 This is an excellent example of how we interpret the Bible according to our traditions, and not according to what the record actually states. Our traditions have become the canon of Truth, instead of the Bible being the standard. We have it backward. The Bible should determine what we believe, not our traditions. The Testimony of Jesus should carry more weight of authority than our traditions or the theological musings of men.
Allow me to also note, that there are sufficient voices out there casting doubt upon the words and works of Jesus, without those who profess to believe in Him, adding their voices to this doubtful choir.
If Matthew Made A Mistake
Besides this, I submit to you the logical outcome of such a position. If Matthew made a mistake and misunderstood Jesus in this instance, he could do so also in a hundred other places. Apart from Matthew misquoting Jesus, so could Mark, Luke, John. No doubt, James, Peter, and Paul could have many erroneous parts in their writings. Every word in the Bible is now called into question as to its trustworthiness. And why?
The validity of the words of Holy Scripture are now judged by how well they fit our traditions. Tradition is fine, as long as it does not negate the very words of God. With the stroke of a pen, Mr. Barclay, as well as others, have placed the entire body of Scripture in the shadows of doubt and uncertainty.
When we do this, we align ourselves with the scribes and Pharisees that opposed Jesus at every turn. I fear what Jesus said to them, he would say to us, that we are,
"Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye."
This is not meant to cast a shadow over Mr. Barclay’s scholarship or devotion to the Lord. It is only used to show that even the best of us, is not exempt to a certain bias coloring our understanding of the Scriptures.
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