Facts About the Bible 1. John 3:2 refers to Jesus Christ as +quot;Rabbi,+quot; but teacher

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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 e.v. 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 known. 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 the sky.

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