Answering The Atheist
December 26, 2004 / Volume 4, Issue 52
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
How did God address Jesus at His baptism? Was it "Thou art my beloved son..." (Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22) or was it "This is my beloved son..." (Matthew 3:17). Is there a contradiction?
No doubt, if God addressed Jesus directly, it was with the word, "Thou art". If, however, God made a proclamation to those who were present about His Son, it would make sense that He said "This is". Which was it? I do not know. For all we know, He did say both.
Or, it may be that Jesus heard the words "Thou art" (thought I am confident it was not in old English), and the crowd who stood by heard the words "This is". The Lord is certainly capable of such. Maybe Mark and Luke record the exact wording which Jesus heard, while Matthew records another's statement (ie. John the Baptist) about what was said when Jesus was baptized.
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible