I have a problem. Today I just opened up the bible at Matthew 21 and there was the story of Jesus cursing the fig tree. I had already heard sermons about this. Some preachers base whole doctrines on this story. They say that Jesus cursed the fig tree and it didn't directly weather but only on the next day it was weathered and when the disciples saw this they were astonished. And they say that this means that when you speak to a problem then the problem will not directly vanish. I have heard this kind of argumentation many times. But when I read the verses in Matthew 21 I was flabbergasted and very confused because in Matthew 21 it says this here! Mat 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. Mat 21:20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Mat 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. In Matthew 21 the fig tree withered immediately! But in Mark 11 it says this: Mar 11:13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. Mar 11:14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it. Mar 11:15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; Mar 11:16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. Mar 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. Mar 11:18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine. Mar 11:19 And when even was come, he went out of the city. Mar 11:20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. Mar 11:21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. I have already thought about every possible scenario to bring these 2 different accounts together. One possible explanation which can also be found on the internet is that Jesus saw the fig tree, cursed it while his disciples only noticed it the next day. But this explanation fails in my opinion because of this: Mat 21:20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! This shows that the disciples directly saw it and they did not only see it on the next day because otherwise they could not have said: "How SOON is the fig tree withered away." Now how can this be explained? This is so confusing. And in Matthew 21 Jesus answers the same thing to his disciples as he answers in Mark 11 the only difference is that in Matthew 21 he answers it to them directly after he had cursed the fig tree but in Mark 11 he answers it to them on the next day! How can this be explained? Such things really drag me down. There are many of those things in the bible which do not seem to agree with each other and unfortunately I always find them without even searching for such things. I simply find them because when I read a passage which doesn't agree with my memory then I compare it to other gospels and then find those scenes and in this case I read Matthew 21 and remembered exactly that I had always heard that the fig tree did not wither immediately. This is not the only example. It's the same with the 2 demoniacs or the 2 blind at the wayside. In one gospel it's 1 demoniac and in another gospel it's 2 and in 1 gospels it's 1 blind at the wayside and in another gospel it's 2. Why is this? The bible must not contradict itself. But either the fig tree withered immediately or not. It cannot both be correct. How does this fit together with inspiration? If the bible is inspired it has to be 100% correct but why are there those differences? :tear: Do such things not also worry and confuse you or am I the only one who is petty enough to care about such details? But such details are important. Simply ignoring them can also not be a solution. I have a pretty good memory and it happens so often that I read in the gospels and come across a passage and then remember that in another gospel it was different. I really hate this.