How many times did the cock crow?

 

In the name of Allah (SWT), the most gracious, the most merciful.

 

By, Hussain Tirmizi.

 

All quotes from the Bible are from the King James Version (also known as KJV) of the Bible.

 

Brief:

 

In the Gospel according to the Mark, Jesus told Peter that before the cock crows twice, he will deny him 3 times (Mark 14:30) but according to the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus told Peter that before the cock crows, he will deny him 3 times (Matthew 26:34). In the Gospel of Mark, the cock crowed after Peter denied Jesus once (Mark 14:68) and crowed twice after Peter denied him 3 times (Mark 14:72). But in the Gospel of Matthew, the cock crowed after Peter denied Jesus 3 times (Matthew 26:74).

 

 

 Analysis:

 

According to the Bible, Jesus told Peter:

 

Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. (Matthew 26:34)

 

Here we can see that the cock would crow before Peter denied Jesus 3 times, meaning that the cock would crow once before Peter denied Jesus 3 times.

 

After the Peter denied Jesus 3 times the cock crowed:

 

Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. (Matthew 26:74)

 

Here we see that Jesus did not tell Peter that the cock would crow twice, but only told him that the cock would crow, meaning that it would crow once. In this Gospel we come to understand that Jesus told Peter the cock would crow once and the cock did crow once. However in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus told Peter:

 

And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. (Mark 14:30)

 

Here we see Jesus telling Peter that the cock would crow twice before Peter would deny Jesus 3 times.

 

After Peter denied Jesus once, the cock crowed:

 

But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew. (Mark 14:68)

 

This was the first time Peter denied Jesus and the cock crowed after he denied him. The cock crowed a second time after he denied him two more times:

 

And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept. (Mark 14:72)

 

Here we see that the cock crowed a second time, after Peter had denied Jesus the third time, in the previous verse. In this Gospel we come to understand that Jesus told Peter the cock would crow twice and the cock did crow twice. There are 2 clear contradictions in these events:

 

1.     Did Jesus tell Peter the cock would crow or did he tell him the cock would crow twice?

 

2.     Did the cock crow immediately after Peter denied Jesus 3 times, or did it crow once after he denied him once and a second time after he denied him 3 times?

 

The Bible says:

 

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Timothy 3:16)

 

So the argument a Christian may use, which is that perhaps Matthew heard different to what Mark heard is not valid, because according to the verse just cited, both people were given their scripture by inspiration from God. If both were given the scripture as an inspiration from God, why are there contradictions in each Gospel?

 

The Bible also says:

 

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

 

Christians must prove to us, how it can make sense for 2 Gospels, both of them infallible and divine, to have contradictory events as that is what is commanded in the Bible.

 

Verily all Praise belongs to Allah (SWT), the Lord of all Creation. And verily Allah (SWT) knows best.

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