Up until today, everybody thought witches could cause storms through using incantations and that mice can appear from nowhere in straw as if straw somehow makes them!  It was easy for the past not to question the resurrection for the stone of Jesus' tomb could have moved like the storm through magic and he could easily rise when straw turns into mice!


Christianity claims to be the only religion that has the power to save from sin.  If Christianity is really good, and if Jesus really is saviour from sin as it says, then why did so many forgers and so on lie for it in the early days?  The New Testament itself complains about forged letters allegedly from the apostles whose word is final for Jesus made them his spokesmen.  After that there are loads of fake gospels and epistles and Acts.  The lies go on and on and the Donation of Constantine, a forgery, is the biggest reason for the power of the Roman Catholic Church today.  A religion that lies like that and depends on lies and was empowered by lies is sectarian against historians.  Whose rights come first then?  The historians!  This page is not merely about debate but about respect.

Christians argue that the four gospels have no proven major contradictions between themselves and fit what is known from other sources about the times Jesus lived in.  They say the gospels are reliable.  But the fact remains that many beg to differ.  The gospels do make huge blunders.  And a lot of what they say cannot be checked out.  Nazareth for example has never been located.  And the gospels were copied by hand so alterations could have been made at an early stage.  There is no proof for alternation and no proof against it either.  But that does not matter.  For some things you cannot expect evidence. For example, if the gospels were tampered with it is possible that it was done carefully.  The doctrine of gospel reliability is just an assumption.

The Roman Catholic Church has been forced to confess that the Bible is unreliable and contains stories that are not true.


The four gospellers and the rest of the New Testament works. They must have been the best experts on theology and ethics there ever was when they could be sure that Jesus always did right. Brighter people than them cannot agree on what is right and wrong so why should we listen to a few tax-collectors and fishermen that Jesus was sinless? They never ensured that the other side would be given a hearing and that is a sure sign of unjust bias towards making a superstar of Jesus. They did not want people to make up their own minds.

It cannot be true what Matthew says about all Jerusalem being disturbed by and interested in the Magi’s claim that the Messiah had been born. The citizens would have thought the Magi were cranks and how could they have been disturbed for they wanted the Messiah to come and throw the Romans out. The gospels says they went to Herod to ask him if he knew where the Christ child was. We cannot believe that Herod desperately wanted the child dead and instead of sending spies after the Magi depended on them to come back and tell him where the child was! The Magi would have known that he was a jealous fanatic from gossip so what did they go to Herod for in the first place?

It was also a scandal that Matthew said that everybody believed the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem for Micah predicted that when he did not actually say the Messiah would be born there only that he would come from there.

If Matthew believed that Joseph’s dream about an angel was a real vision and not just a dream that happened to be right (2) Matthew was commanding us to be credulous and so he cannot be trusted with his other miracle stories, the greater ones such as the resurrection. Jesus was the one who said that if you cannot trust anyone in small you cannot trust them in big things either.

It is said that there is no conflict between the records which give different numbers and accounts of the appearances of the risen Jesus for they do not mention them all. That would be true if the gospels were not written to function as evidence for the divine authority of Jesus Christ. They say that miracles were to be signs for the world and then they deny it by leaving out most of Jesus’ post-resurrection miracles. A complete contradiction.

Mark expects us to believe that Jesus wanted nobody to know that he cured the daughter of Jairus. If he didn’t then he would have cured her in secret from a distance for he had to know the people at the house would gossip far and wide about his healing prowess. Mark’s Jesus was a deceiver when he behaved like that. He was capable of faking miracles.

When the oldest gospel, Mark, has claims like the chief priests and the scribes trying to arrest Jesus by trickery to avoid a disturbance among the people at festival time though the people were told about it as soon as it happened and has Jesus himself wondering why the Jews never arrested him in the temple when they had the chance it shows a lot of lies were being told. The Jewish leaders knew that if there would be trouble it would be guaranteed if they tried to eliminate Jesus at the festival time for that would be worse than arresting him. Lots of people with huge fan bases were arrested at festival times so Mark is lying when he says the Jews were reluctant to do the same to Jesus.

Matthew, Mark and Luke want us to believe that the Sanhedrin’s false witnesses at Jesus’ trial contradicted each other left right and centre when they would have been better coached than that. Besides there was no need for them because Jesus claimed to be the Messiah which was illegal under Roman law and the gospels themselves say making this claim meant a death sentence. The Sanhedrin would have questioned Jesus first instead of trying to incriminate him with false witnesses.

Luke said that Jesus was very famous and the Jews complained to Pilate the Roman Procurator that Jesus was inflaming people all over Judea and Galilee. Pilate had just met Jesus and was told then by the Jews that Jesus was a Galilean and so was under King Herod's jurisdiction and upon learning that he sent Jesus to Herod.


All that is nonsense. Pilate would have known that already if Jesus were really that famous.

Luke says that the Jews accused Jesus to Pilate of claiming to be a king. Jesus then admits it to Pilate and Pilate then says the man has committed no crime. This is a contradiction. The Jews knew it was a crime and here we are asked to believe that it wasn't. History testifies that Rome did not tolerate alleged kings in Israel. It was a crime to claim to be a king.

It is undeniable that Jesus could have got a donkey without having one stolen. He told his disciples to take a donkey and if anybody objected just to say the Master had need of it. They could not be expected to believe it really was for the Master. The donkey was stolen for Jesus told them to say this only if anybody asked them what they were doing. So he had no problem with them just taking the donkey and telling nobody. Then why did the owners let them take it? Perhaps they believed with Jesus that the world was about to end soon so you could let people steal off you. Jesus advised letting people steal off you in the Sermon on the Mount. With all the followers Jesus had he should have been able to get a donkey without this bizarre set-up and certainly without stealing one. If he walked about as much as the gospels say it is extraordinary that he didn’t have one already.


In Matthew, the angel sends a message for the apostles to go to Galilee to see Jesus risen from the dead while in John they see him that same day in Jerusalem. Christians deny that the angel meant that they were to see him for the first time in Galilee. But what else could the angel have meant? He said they had to go to Galilee to see Jesus. When the gospels could not get the most important appearance right why trust them in the other religious claims they make? Jesus is even presented as telling the disciples they will be scattered when they lose their shepherd – himself – but that when he rises he will go before them to Galilee which clearly means that is where they will see him again for the first time, contradicting John which places the meetings in Jerusalem.

Christians say the differences - and some would admit that there are contradictions - tell us that if the gospels agreed it would be a sign that the stories were being made up. We must realise and help Christians to realise that the accounts of two or more witnesses being identical are not contrived just because they are identical. If the witnesses could have met after the event they are testifying to and before they gave their testimony then and only then could the accounts be fabricated. It is totally ridiculous to argue that because the gospels differ that they are sincere for they could have looked up what the reports about Jesus were saying. They contradicted each other because they thought each other was wrong or each gospel was hoping to become the scripture of the Church and exclude the other gospels so the contradicting could have been on purpose. So if the gospels are true they have to agree on everything. So you can be sure that when the Gospel of John reports almost entirely things that Jesus did that do not match the other gospels and when John decrees that two witnesses are necessary it follows that John is telling us to scrap his gospel if he has no support. And there is nothing but his own word.


2 Peter 1 has the apostle Peter saying that himself and the other witnesses did not make up myths about the coming of Jesus for they saw his glory on the mountain when God declared Jesus to be his beloved Son who pleased him well. This implies that the apostles never knew Jesus until he started coming to them in visions. There is no reason to hold that this vision took place before the resurrection but it is more likely to have come after. This contradicts the idea that the vision took place before the resurrection which is in the gospels. The letter is saying that it was not a myth that Jesus was seen! He talks as if Jesus was only known in visions and that the gospels are false.

The gospel stories as HG Wells noted are careful about not being too specific as to where and exactly when things happened. And why is there virtually no information about any of the characters from other sources?

One bad thing about believing in the divinity and inspiration of the New Testament is that men long long ago chose the books they wanted to put in it and these men worked without the greater intelligence and methods of scientific investigation that are employed today. To reply that God chose the Bible books that compose the Bible and men only ratified it is really to put men before God because there is nothing to prove that God really chose it. Anybody could say God told them to do this or that.

Christians are not devoted to Jesus at all. They are devoted to what early Christians wrote about him. It is their word about Jesus that is trusted and not Jesus. Jesus is a victim of the Church as much as each member of the Church is. The clergy are in on the hoax too and the theologians undeniably are. What a fantastic way to get control over peoples’ lives. People will always disagree with one another even in the simplest of issues. When Christians are asked to accept all the gospels say that is a sure indication of a desire to manipulate them by getting them to suppress any critical faculties they might have. For example, when Mark said Pilate asked the centurion if Jesus was really dead for he seemed to die too soon he does not name his sources. If the gospel was really from God it would be able to for we cannot stake too much on hearsay or what might be pure invention.


Bart Ehrman wrote, “Is it just a coincidence that none of the noncanonical writings discovered over the course of the past century embody an orthodox perspective? If orthodoxy was so widespread, why is it that only heterodox documents of the second century have been discovered? The answer to this question leads me to consider why, after all, the Gospel of Judas should be seen as so important”.  He wrote this in his The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot.  To me that is a sign that the gospels did not have great credibility or were not well known.  Or both!

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