The synoptic problem is not reason to reject Jesus death on the cross“The Synoptic Problem” by Daniel Wallace.
Muslims apologists, in more recent history, focus on the “Synoptic Problem” and allege that the differences undermine the reliability of the New Testament. This has the advantage in keeping Muslims “in the fold” because most have never read the Gospels let alone taken the time to think carefully and prayerfully about the way events in the life of Jesus were recorded. So who does one believe? The Gospel accounts or modern scholars? Where does one even begin?
Let me give four suggestions:
(1) Pray for God’s guidance.
(2) Read the Gospels for yourself.
(3) Be specific and focused. Pick a topic of great importance such as the matter of Jesus’ death on the cross. Do the Gospels contradict at this point? Is there explicit testimony that Jesus died on the cross? Is there explicit testimony that Jesus did not die on the cross?
(4) Understand that differences in accounts do not automatically mean contradictions. This is true for the Gospels and in the rest of life. John Gilchrist gives a marvelous illustration of this in his debate with Shabir Ally. Fast forward to 14:30: