Some people have written of that the disciples disobeyed Christ, trying to use the fact that the disciples did not understand how Christ was to be raised again on the third day and so did not believe Jesus was alive (Mark 16:11 and Luke 24:11) when the women told them. This was before the Holy Spirit had been given to them and before God had opened the scriptures to them. It is to be expected that they had difficulty because of their lack of the Holy Spirit and understanding. This does not indicate disobedience.
They further wrote, “I know that James the elder contradicted the Lord on a few major points, he even led Paul astray in Jerusalem. Yet these things are written clearly in the Bible… how come God did not rebuke them then?”
God did not rebuke them because they did not contradict the Lord, nor did they lead Paul astray. These people claim the apostles disobeyed Christ, but except where Christ rebuked them, they did not. To teach they did is to teach error.
I will try to explain this way: I tell people I live in a certain city because the area is known by that name, but in fact I live in a small town outside that city. Only people who are familiar with the area would know where it is. So when I speak to people who do not know the area, I tell them the name of the of city (or sometimes I tell them the name of the town and mention it is near the big city). But when I tell people who DO know the area, I tell them the name of the small town, knowing no further explanation is needed.
In the same way, Bethsaida was in the direction of Capernaum from where they were, and it is not unreasonable to think they would land at Gennesaret while on the way to Bethsaida. This is not disobedience or error on the parts of the disciples. Certainly if they were in error, Jesus (who was with them) would have corrected them and they would have landed where He wanted them to. Since He did not, it is safe to say they did exactly as He wanted. As far as the wind blowing strongly, rather than say it was the Holy Spirit against them (Matthew 14:22-34; Mark 6:45-54; John 6:18-21), why not think rather that it was God giving yet another opportunity for Christ to show His power to help grow their faith and understanding? We see this is the case in Matthew 8:23-27, where Jesus and the disciples were together in the same boat.
They further wrote, “did not james tell paul that the gentiles should not drink of blood? contradiction to Jesus much”.
Again, this is not a contradiction. Jesus, in John 6:51, when He said His body was living bread was speaking hyperbole, using a physical example of a spiritual truth. The same is true when He said a few verses later that He would raise up who ever eats His flesh and drinks His blood. He will raise those to heaven who rely upon Him as we rely upon bread and water. Jesus spoke in the same way in John 4:10 and John 7:38, where He spoke of living water flowing within believers. He was speaking spiritually, figuratively. But James and the other elders and apostles in Acts 15:29 were giving some simple instructions to new believers, some of whom would have come from religious backgrounds where drinking blood was part of religious worship. As such, they reiterated the provision against drinking animal blood – this was a literal physical concern, so he was not speaking hyperbole. Thus, there is no contradiction. See my other posts on this matter for a more detailed explanation of the Eucharist: “Transubstantiation” and “The Lord’s Supper: Eucharist And Wine – Body And Blood Of Christ or Analogy?“.
There was no disobedience in the apostles part that was not rebuked by Christ Himself. God did not have to compromise (change) His plan to take into account any unforeseen events.
God’s plan does not change (Psalm 33:11). God’s plan includes everything, including faith and lack of faith, obedience and lack of obedience, understanding and lack of understanding, even including the disobedience of Adam and Eve (Proverbs 16:4; Ephesians 1:11). God had it all planned before the beginning of time (Titus 1:2) and it will come to pass (Isaiah 14:24-27; 19:12; 22:11; 23:9; 37:26; 46:10-11; Jeremiah 49:20; 50:45). To claim that God had to compromise His plan because of disobedience (especially when there was none), or anything else, is to say God changes His plan. This goes against scripture. If someone teaches what is contrary to scripture, then they are not guided by the Holy Spirit, for God does not lie (Numbers 23:19; Titus 1:2). In fact, it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18).