Understanding “Now” Doesn’t Exist in Time, How Does That Solve So-Called Biblical Contradictions?

Let’s look at one such set of verse. At the crucifixion, Jesus is talking to one of the criminals hanging on an adjacent cross, Luke 23:43 in the NIV reads “I promise that today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Now compare that to Luke 24:7 in the NIV where we read, “The Son of Man will be handed over to sinners who will nail Him to a cross. But three days later He will rise to life.” Three days later? Of course, this goes with the other three occasions where Jesus had told the disciples what was going to happen, and in each case there was this three day delay in the resurrection. What’s the deal? Is Jesus in Paradise the same day He died or was it three days later? Some believe there was a separation of body and spirit, and the spirit went to Paradise, to “Abraham’s Bosom”. But that doesn’t explain the physical bodily resurrection of Christ three days later. It doesn’t explain Thomas touching His wounds a week later, Jesus eating fish on the beach, or the discussion on the road to Emmaus with the two sad followers. This is a big deal for some; let’s look at the important “Apostle’s Creed”. The Old Roman version (circa 200AD) stated in the fifth section, “The third day He rose again from the dead”; a newer Roman version (circa 700AD), the same version I recited in the Episcopal Church, adopted by Catholics and others, states: ”He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead.” Now, how can this be? How can Jesus be in Paradise the same day He died on the cross for our sins, and suffer separation from the Father, taking our sins upon Him, making them His own and paying the price for three days? One group is likely to say, we believe this way; and another group is just as likely to say, we believe this other way. Depending on their strength and determination, the two groups could soon be at odds with one another, arguments instill, feelings are hurt, and Satan smiles at yet another Christian conflict and a win for his side. Now with your new understanding of time and that “now” doesn’t exist in our linear time experience, plus the fact that we know that Jesus exists in the “now”, we can better understand that both situations are correct at the same time. Jesus is both in Paradise the day He died, plus He experienced the pain and separation from the Father, paying the price for our sins, for three days…all at the same time, all at the same moment.

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