ABC:Luke 4

From BibleStrength

Verse 5 claims the Bible is wrong about the following passage, and makes the following comments (italicized) in the section "Where Did the Devil Take Jesus?"[1]

There are two possibilities here which would avoid a contradiction. The first, and in my opinion most likely, is that the devil showed Jesus the Earth's kingdoms twice, as argued by CARM.[2] Perhaps the original starting point was near a high mountain in the wilderness, in which case Satan was simply taking Jesus back to their original starting point. What makes this particularly likely to me is that Matthew 4:8 says "AGAIN" the devil took Jesus to the high mountain, suggesting this was a reoccurrence. This key word "again" is missing from the Luke passage, suggesting it mentioned the first occurrence. What also makes this likely for me is that there were stones in the original area (v. 3) which would fit with an original starting point near a mountain.

The second possibility raised by Eric Lyons of Apologetics Press is that the events are arranged topically rather than chronologically. As argued by Lyons, "Open almost any world history textbook and you will see that even though most events are recorded chronologically, some are arranged topically... Had Matthew and Luke claimed to arrange the temptations of Jesus chronologically, skeptics would have a legitimate case. But, the fact of the matter is, neither Matthew nor Luke ever claimed such."[3] Recourse may be made for this point of view by observing that the Gospel of Luke does not begin chronologically, but opens with Luke's later address to Theophilus presenting the book.


  1. TheThinkingAtheist. Bible Contradictions. Retrieved from
  2. Where Did the Devil Take Jesus First, the Pinnacle or Somewhere Else? Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.
  3. Lyons, E. (2004). In What Order Did Satan Tempt Jesus? Apologetics Press.