Facts About the Bible 1. John 3:2 refers to Jesus Christ as +quot;Rabbi,+quot; but teacher
Facts About the Bible
1. John 3:2 refers to Jesus Christ as "Rabbi," but teachers of the Jewish
law were not called Rabbis until after the destruction of the Temple in 70
e.v. Jesus was supposed to have died several years prior.
2. Jesus Christ refered to himself as the "son of man." In some instances,
the word used for "son" could also be translated "invention." Jesus, the
invention of man.
3. Mark 7:1-5 and Matthew 15:1-6 relate a controversy beween Jesus and the
Pharasees regarding the washing of hands before meals. However, the
institution of washing hands before meals took place only after the year 65
4. The "Golden Rule" was not an invention of Jesus Christ. It is found in
Leviticus 19:18 and in Tobit 4:15 but was also stated by teacher Hillel a
full generation before Christ when he said "Whatever is hateful to you, do
not do to your fellow man."
5. Timothy 3:16, which states "All scripture is inspired by God," was
writen when there was no New Testament Canon; at most, it can only refer to
the Old Testament and the Apocrypha.
6. In the seventh chapter of Mark Jesus is reported as going through Sidon
on his way to Tyre to the Sea of Galilee. Not only is Sidon in the
opposite direction, but there was in fact no road from Sidon to the Sea of
Galilee in the first century AD, only one from Tyre.
7. Mark 10:12 represents Jesus as saying "If a woman divorces her husband
and marries another she is guilty of adultery." This would have been
meaningless in the Jewish world, where women have no right of divorce.
8. The gospels were writen at least over two hundred years after the death
of Jesus Christ, and not by the apostles they are named after.
9. Although Paul's writings comprise a substantial proportion of the New
Testament, he was apparently entirely ignorant of Jesus' life. He does not
name Jesus' parents, where he was born, where he lived, or when. His
books contain no mention of Jesus' parables or "miracles," no reference to
his trial before Pilot, nor of Jerusalem as the place of his execution. On
his own admission, Paul never knew Jesus and based his whole faith on a
vision he claimed to have received of the ressurected Jesus.
10. There is no historical corroberation that King Herrod killed children
as reported in Matthew 2:16, although a wealth of information on Herrod is
11. In Isaiah 7:14, "The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son," the
passage used to justify the Messiah-status of Jesus in Matthew, the
original text of Isaiah used the word 'almah, which simply means "young
woman." Only in the 3rd century e.v. was the Greek word parthenos
(virgin) inacurately used as a translation for 'almah. Further, Mark 6:3
lists Jesus' brothers and sisters, entirely dismissing Jesus' claim to a
virgin birth and Mary's status as a virgin mother.
12. Luke announces the birth of Jesus as taking place in the reign of Herod
the Great, who is known to have died in 4 BC. In Luke 2:1-3 it is said
"Now at this time Casaer Augustus issued a decree for a census of the whole
world to be taken. This census -- the first -- took place while Quirinus
was governor of Syria, and everyone went to his home to be registered..."
The first-ever census among Jews did take place during Quirinius'
governorship, but this did not and could not have happened until at lea st
6 e.v, the first year that Judaea came under direct Roman rule, when it was
reliably recorded by Josephus as an unprecedented event of that year.
13. The releasing to the multitude of any one prisoner whom they wanted
during the feast of the governor where Barabbas was chosen over Jesus as
reported in Matthew 27:15 has no historic corroberation.
14. According to Matthew 1:16 Joseph, surrogate father of Jesus, was the
son of Jacob. According to Luke 3:23, Joseph was the son of Heli.
15. According to Isaiah 11:12 and Revelations 7:1, the world has four
corners. Other bible verses speak of the earth as a flat object with
massive caves underneith and a bowl-shaped sky above. The sun and moon
move under the bowl of the sky, and stars a re small holes in the dome of
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