Answering The Atheist
June 12, 2005 / Volume 5, Issue 24
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
Did Peter ask Jesus where He was going? John 13:36 says that he did, but John 16:5 says that none of the disciples asked Jesus where He was going. Is there a contradiction?
Certainly, Peter did inquire of Jesus in 13:36 where He was going, as did Thomas in 14:5. However, later that same night, after Jesus continued to prepare them for His departure, speaking of the trials which would come upon them, and of the Helper who would come, it was not in the heart of any of the disciples to ask of Jesus, "where are you going?". Instead, they were given to sorrow. To the previous inquiries by Peter and Thomas, He supplied only a fraction of all that could be said in response to their questions. Perhaps at this point He sought to further explain things, but none of the disciples had the heart to ask.
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible