Loving greetings to all Christians and all others.
I offer a challenge to all Christians. This is not a new concept, it is in fact commanded in the Bible. Yet so few self proclaimed Christians ever do it that this fact tells a glaringly simple story all of it's own.
Show your love for your God and your maker. READ THE BIBLE! Yes, I hear you saying "I read my Bible every day!"
I mean read the WHOLE Bible. Cover to cover. I used to find it amazing that every self proclaimed Christian that I have ever known claims that he/she loves God, even that he/she KNOWS God and hasnt bothered even to read the entire body of what He supposedly gave to us his beloved children as his word in the Holy Bible.
Even on a human scale we are well aware that if we received a letter from the one person we love most in the world we would want to read the whole thing. Every last word! That we would be blatantly hipocritical if we read only portions of it and steadfastly proclaimed that every word of it was true.
To read anything less that the entire Bible, every last bit of your God's Holy words glaringly displays the truth of your own love for your God.
Oh, I have heard from more than a few Christians that they got to the 5th book or got stuck on all the "begats" or somehow feel that that part of the book doesnt pertain to them. "But I'm not Jewish. We dont believe that eating rabbit is a sin."
I have heard: "I just dont have the time." Surely if one has devoted their life to loving the Lord their God with all their heart, and with all their soul and with all their mind.....they could find the time somewhere in between praying and preaching to the non beleievers!
I understand. It's okay. Youre afraid. Afraid to read the entire thing. You might find something you cant reconcile with your own brliefs. One extra inconsistemcy, one extra vile act which might put you on the road to losing your faith.
Which is sure to send you to hell in a handcart for not believing in a God whose existence you cannot prove even to yourself. If you were to lose that belief the Bible IS quite clear that you will spend forever in eteral agony.
But should you fail to even take the trouble to read everything your God said to you...you have failed in one of God's commandments.
So go ahead, put your faith in God and do as he has told you to. After all, you were created to be obedient and subservient to him were you not? I dont believe that, but you do.
If youre afraid, and I know you are, that's okay. I do understand. But you must already know that fear is not love. That you cant love something and be afraid of it. Even God. And you are pretty darn sure that if you dont LOVE God that you arent guaranteed a place in forever heaven.
You may one day feel somewhat squeamish at reading how God commanded his prophets and kings to kill other tribes in battle, to the last man, woman and child, apart from the unmarried women whom they could keep for themselves. Giving always a portion of them as sacrifices back to Him.
You might wonder how many were allowed, even commanded to have multiple wives and not suffer eternal dammnation. You may be repulsed at God commanding his armies to even hamstring horses. What sin, you might wonder could they have commited against God to receive such treatment.
The thinking part of you might wonder how these could possibly be the actions of a loving God at all?
You might realize that if the story of Adam and Eve being the parents to all humanity were true that we must be the most inbred bunch of misfits. That even the lowliest pond scum has a stronger gene pool than we do.
And as you love your neighbor as yourself according to God's commandment, you might find yourself identifying with those poor Egyptian firstborns, some of whom must have even been infants who could not have a concept of your God much less the ability to sin. Infants who must, as written in the Holy Bible be consigned to hell forever merely because they did not have the ability to believe in such an abstract concept as an unconditionally loving God who is jealous, spiteful and just all at once. And who, although being Omnipotent and perfect needs your devotion anyway.
A part of you might even be hoping to find a part of God's word that says children dont go to hell. Read on, you wont find it. If you God wanted you to know that he would have mentioned it, rather than let individuals and churches dictate to God that this would be the way it is.
You might also wonder, or even tremble in fear at such anger that this God must have experienced as he, in 40 days and nights killed every living thing that he had created save for the inhabitants of Noah's ark. You might ask yourself if this could possible be this loving Father who wants only to save you from eternal dammnation. And you might wonder how perfect he could be if he gets angry at his own toys.
Christians of this age are all full of the concept that God gave us free will. That we can, if nothing else choose between an eternity spent in heaven with Him or an eternity in torment. But oh, my dear fellow beings; one day you might be reminded of the 30,000 or so children who die each day. And wonder where their free will might be, how they could get to choose something they cant comprehend, and likely havent even heard of. Wonder how well this eternally loving God is providing for them.
If you get a little confused about how you can follow the commandments; "Thou shalt not kill" AND "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live".
Or how you can follow the commandment to "Love they neighbor as thyself" AND kill any family member or friend who might invite that you worship another God.
You might also wonder how you can reconcile "Honor thy father and mother" with Jesus's words; "Unless a man give away all he has and hate his father and mother(and any other family members) he cannot be my disciple"
If you have the heart to read the entire Bible and still remain a Bible believing Christian then your faith is stronger than your common sense, which by the way God must have given you as well.
You might even insist that I am taking words out of context. How do YOU know what is to be taken literally and what is to be taken figuratively? Did God explain it to you while failing it to mention it to all the other Christians who choose which beliefs from the Bible they will follow and which not? Or are you relying on what other Christians, born sinners all of them, have told you which parts of the Bible are true and which are not?
If however you have managed to read the entire Bible while using your common sense you would have to logically agree that even beyond all the inconsistencies of:
who was Josephs father, why it was important to mention anyway,
how did God manage to kill the Egyptians horses twice, (Or did they manage to ressurect and it just didnt get mentioned)
what exactly did happen when Jesus was ressurected and hundreds of other glaring opposites, vulgarities and antrocities, you would have to make one of a number of conclusions:
1. I didnt understand the book.
2. It makes no sense in it's entirety.
or 3. There is more to understand.
If #3 was your conclusion you just might find yourself asking more questions. Wanting to read more on the subject, looking for historical books or information on other religions much older than Christianity. I heartlily encourage you to do so. There is nothing so tantalizing as a good mystery. You will find many wonderful jewels of understanding as you proceed.
Without the premise that God is omnipotent there could be no Christian religion. So what then is omnipotence? Of course you understand that. It is the property of having all the power. ALL the power. Right? Just so we can be on the same page, I will repeat it. ALL THE POWER.
Which means of course that no one, nothing outside of you has any power whatsoever. Keep in mind of course that even the tiniest atom, even the shortest ray of light has power. God's Omnipotence means that everything, EVERYTHING not only belongs to God, but IS God. There is nothing outside of God.
Everything that was created was made by God, and since there is no power outside of God, it must have been made out of the Allness of God. Either you accept that God is All, or you define him as a lesser God than an Omnipotent God, You must relegate your Christian God to the vengeful malicious tyrant who had to kill his own son....that is, himself, in order to appease his own anger at his own creation. If the thought of this timeless God killing himself, even temporarily makes your head spin.....welcome to the mystery.
In the understanding of omnipotence God can have no enemies. Everything is made of God, including the devil, including evil. There can be only God. So we must also be God. Not seperate from God, not mini Gods but God----being humans. Being trees, frogs, breath, ideas, everything. God playing all the parts. With God all things are possible.
Consider that we are not human things but human beings; Humans BEing.....Being human. That we are timeless and perfect. That we are, that God is BEing human for this space of a human lifetime which each of us experince, merely for the fun of it. For the experience. As we as God express ourselves for the pure bliss of creative expression and play.
Consider that a timeless unconditionally loving God who punishes himself for all of eternity cannot be omnipotent and that perhaps we as God wrote the Bible, the Rig Veda, the Popul Vuh and countless other "holy" books through history, full of archetypal characters, mysteries and seeming contradictions to help us wake from the seeming dream of human seperateness to our true nature. Or as a guidebook for this particular game of humans BEing. Or perhaps merely for the play of it. We have nothing to loose and as God we will never run out of time.
It' a great game! A great mystery! Oh, how we tie ourselves in knots of human agony! Towers of human joy, compassion and creativity! Ever creating new versions of our human society! Building new truths and concepts as we go.
What is the real and total truth? Who can know?
But if you as a Christian DO read the entire Bible with your own mind, free of guilt or fear you may well lose your love of this big parent guy in the sky who created evil and not only punishes his own creations forever for choosing his own creations but must kill himself in order to appease his own anger.
Seek God if you wish. You may accept that the Bible says that God made man in his own image.....Just breathe, feel the vastness of forever, the deep peace of unconditional love as it rests deep within your heart. You need no parent to command or punish you for you are already perfect.
I leave you with a portion of a lovely whimsical poem.
The stars in their courses have no destination The train of events will arrive at no station.
The inmost and utmost Self of us all
Is dancing on nothing and having a ball.
In Unconditional love.....God
Scale ingredients to servings
- Pour vodka, lime juice, and grenadine into shot glass.
- Then layer 151 proof rum on top from the back of a spoon.
- Light the 151 and shoot it while lit if you dare.
- If you are worried about shooting a lit drink, just blow out the flame and then shoot the drink.
Talk about your tongues of fire...
Have a great day!
If I didn't know better, I might be tempted to suspect Scott Stahlecker had tapped into my own mind to find his inspiration for: "How To Escape Religion Guilt Free." Of course Stahlecker is telling his own story in this book, and the quote above is his, but without a doubt his experiences parallel what many true believers begin to suspect during the course of their "walk with god." And as a personal testimony of a loss of faith, this book is a very good read.
However, he goes considerably beyond the personal, deftly documenting much of Christianity's logical inconsistencies, its lack of verifiable evidence, its contradictory doctrines, and the outright cruelty of Christianity's god. He writes as an insider; as someone who devotedly swallowed the whole elephant of Christianity, so to speak, and then was compelled by his inquisitive and analytical mind to go through the painful process of extracting that nearly digested elephant, piece by rotten piece.
Stahlecker understands the emotional pain and guilt of leaving a religion after totally committing a life to it. He writes with compassion for those still trapped in one of the innumerable variations of the Christian cult worldwide and directs his talent and energy, not toward demolishing anyone's faith, but toward confirming the mental and emotional stability of those who have begun to wake up to the very real possibility that their religion has deceived them, enslaved their minds, stolen their time, and emptied their wallets.
This is a must read for anyone who has left Christianity within the last few years, and if I may be so bold to say so, an absolute necessity for those who are considering leaving.
This is a good book. I highly recommend it.
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These lists are meant to identify possible problems in the Bible, especially problems which are inherent in a literalist or fundamentalist interpretation. Some of the selections may be resolvable on certain interpretations--after all, almost any problem can be eliminated with suitable rationalizations--but it is the reader's obligation to test this possibility and to decide whether it really makes appropriate sense to do this. To help readers in this task, these lists are aimed at presenting examples where problems may exist given certain allowable (but not always obligatory) assumptions.
GE 1:28 God encourages
LE 12:1-8 God requires
purification rites following childbirth which, in effect, makes childbirth a sin. (Note:
The period for purification following the birth of a daughter is twice that for a son.)
GE 2:4, 4:26, 12:8, 22:14-16, 26:25 God was already known as
"the Lord" (Jahveh or Jehovah) much earlier than the time of Moses.
EX 6:2-3 God was first known
as "the Lord" (Jahveh or Jehovah) at the time of the Egyptian Bondage, during
the life of Moses.
GE 4:15, DT 32:4, IS 34:8 God is a vengeful god.
EX 15:3, IS 42:13, HE 12:29 God is a warrior. God
is a consuming fire.
EX 20:5, 34:14, DT 4:24, 5:9, 6:15, 29:20, 32:21 God is a jealous god.
LE 26:7-8, NU 31:17-18, DT 20:16-17, JS 10:40, JG 14:19, EZ 9:5-7 The Spirit of God is
(sometimes) murder and killing.
NU 25:3-4, DT 6:15, 9:7-8, 29:20, 32:21, PS 7:11, 78:49, JE 4:8, 17:4, 32:30-31, ZP 2:2 God is angry. His anger
is sometimes fierce.
2SA 22:7-8 (KJV) "I
called to the Lord; ... he heard my voice; ... The earth trembled and quaked, ... because
he was angry. Smoke came from his nostrils. Consuming fire came from his mouth, burning
coals blazed out of it."
EZ 6:12, NA 1:2, 6 God is jealous and furious. He
reserves wrath for, and takes revenge on, his enemies. "... who can abide in the
fierceness of his anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and rocks are thrown down by
2CO 13:11, 14, 1JN 4:8, 16 God is love.
GA 5:22-23 The fruit of
the Spirit of God is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and
GE 7:1 Noah was righteous.
JB 1:1,8, JB 2:3 Job was righteous.
LK 1:6 Zechariah and Elizabeth
JA 5:16 Some men are righteous,
(which makes their prayers effective).
1JN 3:6-9 Christians become
righteous (or else they are not really Christians).
RO 3:10, 3:23, 1JN 1:8-10 No one was or is
GE 11:16 Terah was 70
years old when his son Abram was born.
GE 11:32 Terah was 205 years
old when he died (making Abram 135 at the time).
GE 12:4, AC 7:4 Abram was 75 when he left
Haran. This was after Terah died. Thus, Terah could have been no more than 145 when he
died; or Abram was only 75 years old after he had lived 135 years.
GE 12:7, 17:1, 18:1, 26:2, 32:30, EX 3:16, 6:2-3, 24:9-11, 33:11, NU 12:7-8, 14:14, JB 42:5, AM 7:7-8, 9:1 God is seen.
EX 33:20, JN 1:18, 1JN 4:12 God is not seen. No one
can see God's face and live. No one has ever seen him.
GE 17:1, 35:11, 1CH 29:11-12, LK 1:37 God is omnipotent. Nothing
is impossible with (or for) God.
JG 1:19 Although God was with
Judah, together they could not defeat the plainsmen because the latter had iron chariots.
GE 22:1-12, DT 8:2 God tempts (tests)
Abraham and Moses.
JG 2:22 God himself says that
he does test (tempt).
1CO 10:13 Paul says
that God controls the extent of our temptations.
JA 1:13 God tests (tempts) no
GE 27:28 "May God
give you ... an abundance of grain and new wine."
DT 7:13 If they follow his
commandments, God will bless the fruit of their wine.
PS 104:5 God gives us wine to
gladden the heart.
JE 13:12 "... every
bottle shall be filled with wine."
JN 2:1-11 According to the
author of John, Jesus' first miracle was turning water to wine.
RO 14:21 It is good to refrain
from drinking wine.
GE 49:2-28 The fathers
of the twelve tribes of Israel are: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Zebulun, Issachar, Dan,
Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Joseph, and Benjamin.
RE 7:4-8 (Leaves out the
tribe of Dan, but adds Manasseh.)
EX 9:3-6 God destroys all
the cattle (including horses) belonging to the Egyptians.
EX 9:9-11 The people and the
cattle are afflicted with boils.
EX 12:12, 29 All the first-born of the
cattle of the Egyptians are destroyed.
EX 14:9 After having all their
cattle destroyed, then afflicted with boils, and then their first-born cattle destroyed,
the Egyptians pursue Moses on horseback.
EX 12:13 The Israelites
have to mark their houses with blood in order for God to see which houses they occupy and
"pass over" them.
PR 15:3, JE 16:17, 23:24-25, HE 4:13 God is everywhere. He
sees everything. Nothing is hidden from God.
EX 12:37, NU 1:45-46 The number of men
of military age who take part in the Exodus is given as more than 600,000. Allowing for
women, children, and older men would probably mean that a total of about 2,000,000
Israelites left Egypt.
1KI 20:15 All the Israelites,
including children, number only 7000 at a later time.
EX 20:8-11, 31:15-17, 35:1-3 No work is to be done on
the Sabbath, not even lighting a fire. The commandment is permanent, and death is required
MK 2:27-28 Jesus says that the
Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath (after his disciples were criticized for
breaking the Sabbath).
RO 14:5, CN 2:14-16 Paul says the
Sabbath commandment was temporary, and to decide for yourself regarding its observance.
EX 20:12, DT 5:16, MT 15:4, 19:19, MK 7:10, 10:19, LK 18:20 Honor your father and your
mother is one of the ten commandments. It is reinforced by Jesus.
MT 10:35-37, LK 12:51-53, 14:26 Jesus says that he has come
to divide families; that a man's foes will be those of his own household; that you must
hate your father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, and even your own life to be
MT 23:9 Jesus says to call no
man on earth your father.
EX 20:13, DT 5:17, MK 10:19, LK 18:20, RO 13:9, JA 2:11 God prohibits killing.
GE 34:1-35:5 God condones
trickery and killing.
EX 32:27, DT 7:2, 13:15, 20:1-18 God orders
2KI 19:35 An angel of the
Lord slaughters 185,000 men.
(Note: See Atrocities
section for many more examples.)
EX 23:7 God prohibits the
killing of the innocent.
NU 31:17-18, DT 7:2, JS 6:21-27, 7:19-26, 8:22-25, 10:20, 40, 11:8-15, 20, 30-39, JG 11:30-39, 21:10-12, 1SA 15:3 God orders or approves
the complete extermination of groups of people which include innocent women and/or
(Note: See Atrocities
section for many other examples of the killing of innocents.)
EX 34:6, DT 7:9-10, TS 1:2 God is faithful and truthful.
He does not lie.
2TH 2:11-12 God
deludes people, making them believe what is false, so as to be able to condemn them.
(Note: some versions use the word persuade here. The context makes clear, however, that
deception is involved.)
1SA 9:15-17 The Lord
tells Samuel that Saul has been chosen to lead the Israelites and will save them from the
1SA 15:35 The Lord is sorry
that he has chosen Saul.
1SA 31:4-7 Saul commits
suicide and the Israelites are overrun by the Philistines.
1SA 17:50 David killed
2SA 21:19 Elhanan killed
Goliath. (Note: Some translations insert the words "the brother of" before
Elhanan. These are an addition to the earliest manuscripts in an apparent attempt to
rectify this inconsistency.)
1SA 31:4-6 Saul killed
himself by falling on his sword.
2SA 2:2-10 Saul, at his own
request, was slain by an Amalekite.
2SA 21:12 Saul was killed by
the Philistines on Gilboa.
1CH 10:13-14 Saul was
slain by God.
1KI 3:12 God made Solomon
the wisest man that ever lived, yet ....
1KI 11:1-13 Solomon loved
many foreign women (against God's explicit prohibition) who turned him to other gods (for
which he deserved death).
1KI 3:12, 4:29, 10:23-24, 2CH 9:22-23 God made Solomon
the wisest king and the wisest man that ever lived. There never has been nor will be
another like him.
MT 12:42, LK 11:31 Jesus says: "... now
one greater than Solomon is here."
1KI 16:23 Omri became king
in the thirty-first year of Asa's reign and he reigned for a total of twelve years.
1KI 16:28-29 Omri died,
and his son Ahab became king in the thirty- eighth year of Asa's reign. (Note: Thirty-one
through thirty-eight equals a reign of seven or eight years.)
2KI 2:11 Elijah went up to
JN 3:13 Only the Son of Man
(Jesus) has ever ascended to heaven.
2CO 12:2-4 An unnamed
man, known to Paul, went up to heaven and came back.
HE 11:5 Enoch was translated
ER 2:3-64 (Gives the whole
congregation as 42,360 while the actual sum of the numbers is about 30,000.)
JB 2:3-6, 21:7-13, 2TI 3:12 The godly are
persecuted and chastised but the wicked grow old, wealthy, and powerful, unchastised by
PS 55:23, 92:12-14, PR 10:2-3, 27-31, 12:2, 21 The lives of the wicked are
cut short. The righteous flourish and obtain favor from the Lord.
PR 14:15-18 The simple
believe everything and acquire folly; the prudent look where they are going and are
crowned with knowledge.
MT 18:3, LK 18:17 You must believe as little
1CO 1:20, 27 God has made the wisdom
of the world foolish so as to shame the wise.
PR 16:4 God made the wicked
for the "day of evil."
MT 11:25, MK 4:11-12 God and Jesus hide
some things from some people.
JN 6:65 No one can come to Jesus
unless it is granted by God.
RO 8:28-30 Some are
predestined to be called to God, believe in Jesus, and be justified.
RO 9:15-18 God has mercy on,
and hardens the hearts of, whom he pleases.
2TH 2:11-12 God
deceives the wicked so as to be able to condemn them.
1TI 2:3-4, 2PE 3:9 [Yet] God wants all to be
PR 30:5 Every word of God
JE 8:8 The scribes falsify the
word of God.
JE 20:7, EZ 14:9, 2TH 2:11-12 God
himself deceives people.
(Note: Some versions translate deceive as "persuade." The context makes clear,
however, that deception is involved.)
EZ 26:15-21 God says
that Tyre will be destroyed and will never be found again.
(Nebudchanezzar failed to capture or destroy Tyre. It is still inhabited.)
DN 5:1 (Gives the title of
"king" to Belshazzar although Belshazzar was actually the "viceroy.")
DN 5:2 (Says that
Nebuchadnezzar was the father of Belshazzar, but actually, Nebonidus was the father of
Belshazzar.) (Note: Some versions attempt to correct this error by making the verse say
that Nebuchadnezzar was the grandfather of Belshazzar.)
ZE 11:12-13 Mentions
"thirty pieces" and could possibly be thought to be connected with the Potter's
Field prophesy referred to in Matthew.
MT 27:9 Jeremiah is given as
the source of the prophesy regarding the purchase of the Potter's Field. (Note: There is
no such prophesy in Jeremiah.)
MT 1:6-7 The lineage of
Jesus is traced through David's son, Solomon.
LK 3:23-31 It is traced
through David's son, Nathan.
(Note: Some apologists assert that Luke traces the lineage through Mary. That this is
untrue is obvious from the context since Luke and Matthew both clearly state that Joseph
was Jesus' father.)
MT 1:20-23, LK 1:26-33 An angel announces to
Joseph and/or Mary that the child (Jesus) will be "great," the "son of the
Most High," etc., and ....
MT 3:13-17, MK 1:9-11 The baptism of Jesus is
accompanied by the most extraordinary happenings, yet ....
MK 3:21 Jesus' own relatives (or
friends) attempt to constrain him, thinking that he might be out of his mind, and ....
MK 6:4-6 Jesus says that a
prophet is without honor in his own house (which certainly should not have been the case
considering the Annunciation and the Baptism).
MT 2:13-16 Following the
birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary flee to Egypt, (where they stay until after Herod's death)
in order to avoid the murder of their firstborn by Herod. Herod slaughters all male
infants two years old and under. (Note: John the Baptist, Jesus' cousin, though under two
is somehow spared without fleeing to Egypt.)
LK 2:22-40 Following the birth
of Jesus, Joseph and Mary remain in the area of Jerusalem for the Presentation (about
forty days) and then return to Nazareth without ever going to Egypt. There is no slaughter
of the infants.
MT 2:23 "And he went
and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets:
He will be called a Nazarene.'" (This prophecy is not found in the OT and while Jesus
is often referred to as "Jesus of Nazareth", he is seldom referred to as
"Jesus the Nazarene.")
MT 3:11-14, JN 1:31-34 John realized the true
identity of Jesus (as the Messiah) either prior to the actual Baptism, or from the Baptism
onward. The very purpose of John's baptism was to reveal Jesus to Israel.
MT 11:2-3 After the Baptism,
John sends his disciples to ask if Jesus is the Messiah.
MT 4:1-11, MK 1:12-13 Immediately following
his Baptism, Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness resisting temptation by the Devil.
JN 2:1-11 Three days after the
Baptism, Jesus was at the wedding in Cana.
MT 5:1 - 7:29 Jesus delivers his most
noteworthy sermon while on the mount.
LK 6:17-49 Jesus delivers his
most noteworthy sermon while on the plain. (Note: No such sermons are mentioned in either MK or JN and Paul seems totally unfamiliar with
either the sermon on the mount or the sermon on the plain.)
MT 5:17-19, LK 16:17 Jesus underscores the
permanence of the law.
LE 10:8 - 11:47, DT 14:3-21 The law
distinguishes between clean and unclean foods.
MK 7:14-15, MK 7:18-19 Jesus says that there
is no such distinction.
TI 4:1-4 All foods are
clean according to Paul.
MT 5:22 Anyone who calls
another a fool is liable to Hell.
MT 7:26 Jesus says that anyone
who hears his words and does not do them is a fool. (Note: The translation now prevalent,
"like a foolish man," in MT
7:26 is a dishonest attempt to alleviate the obvious inconsistency here in that the
oldest Greek manuscripts use the same Greek word translated "fool" in MT 5:22 and "like a foolish
man" in MT 7:26.)
MT 23:17-19 Jesus twice calls the
Pharisees blind fools.
MT 25:2, 3, 8 Jesus likens the maidens
who took no oil to fools. (Note: Again, this is the same Greek word translated
"fool" in MT 5:22
and MT 23:17-19.)
1CO 1:23, 3:18, 4:10 Paul uses fool with
regard to Christians becoming fools for Christ. (Note: Again, this is the same Greek word
translated "fool" in MT
5:22 and MT 23:17-19.)
MT 5:22 Anger by itself is
MT 11:22-24, LK 10:13-15 Jesus curses the
inhabitants of several cities who are not sufficiently impressed with his mighty works.
MT 21:19, MK 11:12-14 Jesus curses a fig
tree when it fails to bear fruit out of season.
MK 3:5 Jesus looks around
MT 5:39, MT 5:44 Jesus says: "Do not
resist evil. Love your enemies."
MT 6:15, 12:34, 16:3, 22:18, 23:13-15, 17, 19, 27, 29, 33, MK 7:6, LK 11:40, 44, 12:56 Jesus repeatedly hurls
epithets at his opponents.
MT 5:39, MT 5:44 Do not resist evil. Love
JN 1:9-11 Shun anyone who does
not hold the proper doctrine.
MT 5:43-44, MT 22:39 Love your enemies. Love
your neighbor as yourself.
MT 10:5 Go nowhere among the
Gentiles nor enter a Samaritan town.
MT 5:45, 7:21 God resides in heaven.
MK 13:32 The angels reside in
AC 7:55, HE 12:2 Jesus is at the right
hand of God, in heaven.
1PE 1:3-4 Believers will
inherit eternal life in heaven.
MT 24:35, MK 13:31, LK 21:33 Heaven will pass away.
MT 6:25-34, LK 12:22-31 Take no thought for
tomorrow. God will take care of you.
TI 5:8 A man who does not
provide for his family is worse than an infidel. (Note: Providing for a family certainly
involves taking "thought for tomorrow.")
MT 10:2, MK 3:16-19 The twelve apostles
(disciples) were: Simon (Peter), Andrew his brother, James the son of Zebedee, John his
brother, Philip, Bartholemew, Thomas, Matthew the tax collector, James the son of
Alphaeus, Thaddaeus (Labbaeus), Simon, and Judas Iscariot.
LK 6:13-16 The above except
that Thaddaeus (Labbaeus) is excluded, and Judas the son of James is added (and Judas
AC 1:13, 26 Same as MT and MK except that, like LK Thaddaeus (Labbaeus) is excluded,
Judas the son of James is included, and Mathias is chosen by the others to replace Judas
MT 10:22, 24:13, MK 13:13 He that endures to the end
will be saved.
MK 16:16 He that believes and is
baptized will be saved.
JN 3:5 Only he that is born of
water and Spirit will be saved.
AC 16:31 He that believes on the
Lord Jesus will be saved.
AC 2:21 He that calls upon the
name of the Lord will be saved.
RO 10:9 He who confesses with
his mouth "Jesus is Lord" and believes in his heart that God raised him from the
dead will be saved.
1JN 4:7 He who loves is born of
God (and presumably will be saved.)
MT 11:25, MK 4:11-12 Jesus thanks God for
hiding some things from the wise while revealing them to "babes." He says that
he uses parables so that the meaning of some of his teachings will remain hidden to at
least some persons, and specifically so that they will not turn and be forgiven.
MK 4:22 Jesus says that all
things should be made known.
MT 11:29 Jesus says that
he is gentle (meek) and humble (lowly).
JN 2:15 Jesus makes a whip of
cords, drives the money changers from the Temple, overturns their tables, and pours out
their coins. (Note: The presence of the money changers in the outer court of the Temple
had been authorized by the Temple authorities and was, in fact, a necessity since the Jews
would not accept Roman coin for the purchase of sacrifices.)
MT 12:5 Jesus says that the
law (OT) states that the priests profane the Sabbath but are blameless. (No such statement
is found in the OT.
MT 12:30 Jesus says that
those who are not with him are against him.
MK 9:40 Jesus says that those who
are not against him are for him.
(Note: This puts those who are indifferent or undecided in the "for him"
category in the first instance and in the "against him" category in the second
MT 13:34, MK 4:34 Jesus addresses the crowds
only in parables, so that they would not fully understand. He explains the meaning only to
JN 1:1 - 21:25 (Throughout the book of John,
unlike the other Gospels, Jesus addresses the crowds in a very straightforward manner. He
does not employ parables.)
MT 13:58, MK 6:5 In spite of his faith, Jesus
is not able to perform mighty miracles.
MT 17:20, 19:26, MK 9:23, 10:27, LK 17:6, 18:27 Jesus says that anything is
possible to him who believes if he has the faith of a grain of mustard seed. All things
are possible with God. A mountain can be commanded to move and it will move.
MT 5:37, 15:19, MK 7:22, JN 8:14, 44, 14:6, 18:37 Jesus says that you should
answer a plain "yes" or "no," that his purpose is to bear witness to
the truth, and that his testimony is true. He equates lying with evil.
JN 7:2-10 Jesus tells his
brothers that he is not going to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Tabernacles, then later
goes secretly by himself. (Note: The words "not yet" were added to some versions
at JN 7:8 in order to alleviate
this problem. The context at JN 7:10
makes the deception clear, however.)
MT 16:18 Jesus founds his
church on Peter and will give him the keys of the kingdom.
MT 16:23 Jesus calls Peter
[a] "Satan" and "a hindrance," and accuses him of being on the side of
men rather than that of God.
MT 16:18 Jesus founds his
church on Peter and will give him the keys of the kingdom.
AC 15:1-21 James presides over
the first Council of Jerusalem and formulates the decree regarding the accepting of
Gentiles which is sent to the other churches. (Note: Tradition has it that James was
appointed as the first Bishop or Pope, not Peter.)
MT 21:1-17 The sequence
was: triumphal entry, cleansing of the temple, Bethany.
MK 11:1-19 Triumphal entry,
cleansing of the temple.
LK 19:28-48 Triumphal entry,
cleansing of the temple, daily teaching in the temple.
JN 12:1-18 Cleansing of the
temple (early in his career), Supper with Lazarus, triumphal entry, no cleansing of the
temple following the triumphal entry.
MT 21:19-20 The fig
tree withers immediately after being cursed by Jesus. The disciples notice and are amazed.
MK 11:13-14, 20-21 The disciples first notice
that the tree has withered the day following.
MT 23:35 Jesus says that
Zacharias (Zechariah) was the son of Barachias (Barachiah).
2CH 24:20 Zacharias was
actually the son of Jehoida, the priest.
(Note: The name Barachias, or Barachiah, does not appear in the O.T.)
MT 28:6-8 The women ran
from the tomb "with great joy."
JN 20:1-2 Mary told Peter and
the other disciple that the body had been stolen. (Would she feel "great joy" if
she thought the body had been stolen?)
MT 26:34, LK 22:34, JN 13:38 Peter was to deny Jesus
before the cock crowed.
MK 14:30 Before the cock crowed
MK 14:66-72 The cock crows
after both the first and second denials.
(Note: These discrepancies have been "translated out" in some Bible versions.)
MT 26:49-50, MK 14:44-46 Jesus is betrayed by
Judas with a kiss, then seized.
LK 22:47-48 Jesus anticipates
Judas' kiss. No actual kiss is mentioned.
JN 18:2-9 Jesus voluntarily
steps forward to identify himself making it completely unnecessary for Judas to point him
out. No kiss is mentioned.
MT 26:18-20, 57-68, 27:1-2, MK 14:16-18, 53-72, 15:1 Jesus' initial hearing was at
night on Passover. In the morning he was taken to Pilate.
LK 22:13-15, 54-66 The initial hearing took
place in the morning on Passover.
JN 18:28, 19:14 It took place the day before
Passover, on the Day of Preparation.
MT 26:59-66, MK 14:55-64 Jesus was tried by
the entire Sanhedrin (the chief priests and the whole council).
LK 22:66-71 There was no
trial but merely an inquiry held by the Sanhedrin.
JN 18:13-24 There was no
appearance before the Sanhedrin, only the private hearings before Annas and then Caiphas.
MT 27:20 The chief priests
and elders are responsible for persuading the people to ask for the release of Barabbas.
MK 15:11 Only the chief priests
LK 23:18-23 The people ask,
apparently having decided for themselves.
MT 27:37 The inscription
on the cross read: "This is Jesus the King of the Jews."
MK 15:26 "The King of the
LK 23:38 "This is the King
of the Jews."
JN 19:19 "Jesus of
Nazareth, the King of the Jews."
MT 27:46-50, MK 15:34-37 Jesus' last recorded
words are: "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
LK 23:46 "Father, into thy
hands I commit my spirit."
JN 19:30 "It is
finished." (Note: Even though both MT
and MK represent direct quotes and are
translated similarly, the actual Greek words used for God are different. MT uses "Eli" and MK uses "Eloi.")
MT 27:62-66 A guard was
placed at the tomb (the day following the burial).
MK 15:42- 16:8, LK 23:50-56, JN 19:38-42 (No guard is
mentioned. This is important since rumor had it that Jesus' body was stolen and the
MK 16:1-3, LK 24:1 (There could not have been a
guard, as far as the women were concerned, since they were planning to enter the tomb with
spices. Though the women were aware of the stone, they were obviously unaware of a guard.)
MT 28:1 The first visitors
to the tomb were Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (two).
MK 16:1 Both of the above plus
LK 23:55 - 24:1, 24:10 Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary
the mother of James, and "other women" (at least five).
JN 20:1 Mary Magdalene only
MT 28:2 An angel arrived
during an earthquake, rolled back the stone, then sat on it (outside the tomb).
MK 16:5 No earthquake, only one
young man sitting inside the tomb.
LK 24:2-4 No earthquake. Two
men suddenly appear standing inside the tomb.
JN 20:12 No earthquake. Two
angels are sitting inside the tomb.
MT 28:8 The visitors ran to
tell the disciples.
MK 16:8 They said nothing to
LK 24:9 They told the eleven and
all the rest.
JN 20:10-11 The disciples
returned home. Mary remained outside, weeping.
MT 28:9 On his first
appearance to them, Jesus lets Mary Magdalene and the other Mary hold him by his feet.
JN 20:17 On his first appearance
to Mary, Jesus forbids her to touch him since he has not yet ascended to the Father.
JN 20:27 A week later, although
he has not yet ascended to the Father, Jesus tells Thomas to touch him.
MT 28:7-10, MT 28:16 Although some doubted,
the initial reaction of those that heard the story was one of belief since they followed
the revealed instructions.
MK 16:11, LK 24:11 The initial reaction was
one of disbelief. All doubted.
MT 28:1-18 The order of
Resurrection appearances was: Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, then the eleven.
MK 16:9-14 It was Mary
Magdalene, then two others, then the eleven.
LK 24:15-36 It was two, then
Simon (Peter?), then the eleven.
JN 20:14 - 21:1 It was Mary Magdalene, then the
disciples without Thomas, then the disciples with Thomas, then the eleven disciples again.
1CO 15:5-8 It was
Cephas (Peter?), then the "twelve" (which twelve, Judas was dead?), then 500+
brethren (although AC 1:15 says
there were only about 120), then James, then all the Apostles, then Paul.
MK 1:2 Jesus quotes a statement
that he says appears in Isaiah. (No such statement appears in Isaiah.)
MK 4:11-12, 11:25 Jesus says that he uses
parables so that the meaning of some of his teachings will remain secret to at least some
persons. He explains the meanings of the parables only to his disciples. He thanks God for
hiding some things from the wise while revealing them to "babes."
JN 18:20 Jesus says that he
always taught openly, never secretly.
MK 6:52 The people were so
unimpressed with "the Feeding of the Multitude" that they did not even
understand the event.
JN 6:14-15 They were so
impressed that they tried to force Jesus to be their king.
MK 16:14-19 The Ascension
took place (presumably from a room) while the disciples were together seated at a table,
probably in or near Jerusalem.
LK 24:50-51 It took place
outdoors, after supper, at Bethany (near Jerusalem).
AC 1:9-12 It took place
outdoors, after 40+ days, at Mt. Olivet.
MT 28:16-20 No mention is
made of an ascension, but if it took place at all, it must have been from a mountain in
Galilee since MT ends there.)
LK 1:15 John the Baptist had
the Holy Spirit from before his birth or the birth of Jesus.
LK 1:41 Elizabeth had it long
before Jesus went away.
LK 1:67 So did Zechariah.
LK 2:25 So did Simeon.
LK 11:13 It is obtained by
prayer (presumably at any time).
JN 7:39, JN 16:7, AC 1:3-5 The Holy Spirit cannot
come into the world until after Jesus has departed.
LK 14:26 No one can be a
disciple of Jesus unless he hates his parents, wife, children, brothers and sisters.
JN 3:15 Whoever hates his brother
is a murderer.
JN 4:20 If anyone claims to love
God but hates his brother, he is a liar.
LK 23:43 Jesus promises one
of those crucified with him that they will be together, that very day, in Paradise.
JN 20:17, AC 1:3 Jesus was not raised until the
third day and did not ascend until at least forty days later.
LK 23:55-56 The women
followed Joseph to the tomb, saw how the body had been laid, then went to prepare spices
with which to annoint the body.
JN 19:39-40 Joseph brought
spices with him (75 or a 100 lbs.) and annointed the body (as the women should have
JN 7:38 Jesus quotes a
statement that he says appears in scripture (i.e., the OT).
(No such statement is found in the OT.)
JN 12:32 Jesus implies that
all persons will be saved.
TI 2:3-4, 2PE 3:9 God wants all to be saved.
JN 12:40, AC 2:21, 2:39, RO 9:27, 10:13 Some will not be saved.
RE 14:1-4 Heaven will be
inhabited by 144,000 virgin men (only?).
JN 17:12 Mentions a "son
of perdition" as appearing in scripture (meaning the OT).
(Note: There is no "son of perdition" mentioned in the OT.)
JN 20:9 Jesus quotes a
statement that he says appears in scripture (meaning the OT). (No such statement is found
in the OT.)
AC 5:19, 12:6-11 The disciples take part
in a jailbreak made possible by an angel.
AC 5:40-42 The disciples
disobey the Council and continue to teach and preach Jesus.
RO 13:1-4, 1PE 2:13-15 Obey the laws of
men (i.e., government). It is the will of God.
AC 9:19-28 Shortly after
his conversion, Paul went to Damascus, then Jerusalem where he was introduced to the
Apostles by Barnabas, and there spent some time with them (going in and out among them).
GA 1:15-20 He made the
trip three years later, then saw only Peter and James.
AC 20:35 Quotes Jesus as
having said: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." (No such statement of
Jesus is found elsewhere in the Bible.)
RO 10:11 (An alleged OT
quote; no such statement in the OT.)
RO 14:21 It is good neither
to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything that might cause your brother to stumble or
CN 2:16 Let no one pass
judgement on you in matters of food and drink.
JA 4:5 (Quotes an alleged
scripture (OT) verse; not found in the OT.)
Online Reading List
- An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish by Bertrand Russell (1943)
- Bible Teaching and Religious Practice by Mark Twain
- God is Imaginary
- Is there an Artificial God? by Douglas Adams (1998)
- Skeptics Annotated Bible
- The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine (1795)
- Which Way? by Robert Ingersoll (1884).
- Why I Am Not A Christian by Bertrand Russell (1927)