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The Bible is filled with discrepancies, many of them irreconcilable contradictions. - Bart D. Ehrman (2009:5)

Bible Self-Contradictions suggested too
Oi! Unhealthy and untrue statements blend in the Bible.

Bible Self-Contradictions, Text Make sure if you are up to it. To understand the Bible fairly well we need to know its context (setting). Scholarly studies go into that. Books that sum up significant findings may or may not save us years of painstaking, personal study, and becoming victim of hearsay - not to mention low sectarian-devotional or narrow-minded, sheepish indoctrination too. It depends on many things and what issues we like to get into. The careful overviews that proficient studies bring, help in studying biblical sayings - and the many surface contradictions in the book. Surface contradictions can reflect different outlooks, as in the four gospels. But there is more: Bible sayings that seem to contradict one another totally - are they hidden paradoxes or not? Are they largely unfit for mice and men? And so further.

A paradox is a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement that is or may be true - and religious truths are often expressed in paradox. "I always tell lies" is a paradox. It is also a paradox if someone or something exhibit seemingly contradictory characteristics. And finally, a paradox can also be an opinion that conflicts with common belief [Cf. Collins Dictionary]

To decide which is which is not always easy. As it is said, false reports and other aspects of sluggard demagogy tend to confuse the mind, and spreading false reports is malicious, for one thing [cf. Exodus 23:1 ff]. Sound knowledge derived from Bible experts could help in keeping us more rational and mainstream, as opposed to claims by some of lesser status in society. This counts too.

Below you are first referred to two accessible books for studying the bible in a rational light, and then given well over a hundred detailed surface contradictions in the bible from another book - facts that may be referred to or taken into a debate as seems fit.

The Bible Serves Indoctrination

Unsound; soon unfit. Unsound demagoguery-theological debris is found as the very cory of the bible. It helps some to get aware of both the bad, dubious and basically untrue statements of a hoax that does not hold water.

In his clear and rewarding book, Jesus, Interrupted, the now agnostic professor Bart Ehrman tells that scholar views about the Bible - from a massive scholarly endeavour - are virtually unknown among the population at large.

That the sum of these findings are not communicated to the congregations around, is much the fault of the church, since churches are the most obvious places where updated gospel knowledge at least should be taught, to let the cat out of the bag . . .. To get well-educated in this interesting book seems difficult to many who are unaided, because far too many clergymen profit more from "raising supporting believers for the ministry" - something like that. Members of such flocks sadly tend to believe the Bible is nowhere wrong. By such narrrow minds the Bible serves indoctrination. If they study the Bible professionally, they meet with findings that cause a rude awakening from cherished beliefs. (Ehrman 2009, passim)

Devotional needs to be balanced. Devotional study has its dangers. Devotional study of the Bible and critical-historical study of it differs, and in their effects too. Devotionalists face that some words that seemingly are from the mouth of Jesus, are not so anyway, and also have to face that he said his teachings, salvation and kingdom were for Jews only, and the indications are that the missionary command at the end of the gospel of Matthew is plain humbug - forgery, tells Joseph Wheless, and shows why he sums it up that way. (Geza Vermes 2010:37,41; 2005; cf. Matthew 15:24).

Besides, Moses did not write . . . the first five books of the Old Testament, and Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John did not write the Gospels" - "The Exodus probably did not happen as described in the Old Testament." "The conquest of the Promised Land is probably based on legend." The Gospels are at odds on numerous points". The Old Testament is filled with legendary fabrications, and the book of Acts in the New Testament contains historically unreliable information about the life and teachings of Paul. In sum, evidence shows there is very much falsehood in the Bible. "There simply is too much evidence." It is better to acknowledge the Bible's inconsistencies, says Ehrman, "they are staring you in the face." (Ehrman, passim; the quote p. 5,6)

If you cannot face it, relax! Getting cramped or neurotic won't help a bit.

Misquoting Jesus Is Common

There are no original New Testament writings, only differing copies In an earlier book, Misquoting Jesus, the formerly ultraconservative Christian with born-again experiences, tells how mistakes and wilful changes of bible sayings were made. He seeks to show where and why such changes were made, and explains that

we don't actually have the original writings of the New Testament. What we have are copies of these writings . . . none of these copies are completely accurate . . . what we have are error-ridden copies. (Ehrman 2005:4)

The vast majority of these copies are centuries removed from the originals and evidently differ from them in thousands of ways. (2005:7)

Ehrman came to see - like me - that even though Jesus calls the mustard seed the smallest seed on earth (Mark 4), it is not so anyway. Ehrman: "And maybe these "mistakes" apply to bigger issues." (Ehrman 2005:9-10). He states the obvious clearly too, "The Bible is full of contradictions," as a fruit of this: his studies caught up with his ingrained faith. (2009:20)

He noticed for example that Mark (14:12, 15:25) says Jesus was crucified the day after the Passover meal, whereas John (19:14) says he was crucified the day before.

Much similarly, Luke and Matthew differ in their accounts of Jesus' birth: Luke (2:39) indicates that Joseph and Mary returned to Nazareth just over a month after it, whereas Matthew (2:19-22) writes they fled to Egypt.

In the letters to Galathians (1:16-17) Paul says he was converted to Christianity on the way to Damascus and did not go to Jerusalem to see the apostles afterwards, whereas the book of Acts (9:26) says that visiting the apostles in Jerusalem was the first thing he did after leaving Damascus.

Some differences are minor and not very significant, whereas others are huge. Together they tear down a silly, truly unfounded faith that the Bible is the fully inspired, inerrant word of God. And since the original manuscripts have not been preserved, Ehrman says, there is no good reason to believe that God inspired the words in the first place either. He did not do as Jesus guaranteed he would - preserve the words of Jesus (John 14:26; cf. 16:13) - so why believe the other half of such a "coin", is the argument (Ehrman 2005:11).

Ehrman furnishes another interesting example, that of the end of the world. In Matthew (24:32-24) Jesus tells a rather useless parable, where he concludes, "this generation will not pass away till all these things take place." In some circles the fig tree is taken to represent Israel, and a biblical 'generation' is forty years, so some expected the end of the world before 1988, forty years after Israel was founded again. They were wrong. And very much one-sided, bizarre acopalyptical frenzy has gone amiss over the years otherwise too. (2005:12-13)

Confronted with the marring faith that says "God said it, so I believe it is true", Ehrman slowly matured into responding, "What if God didn't say it? He goes on to say there are clear reasons for not believing that the Bible gives foolproof answers to life questions (2005:13-14).

He also finds that "Most readers . . . know almost nothing about textual criticism." (2005:14-15) Maybe you can do something about it.

Actually -

When we leave out the theoretical possibility that there may be good sides to indoctrination of herded ones, we are faced with this finding: What the New Testament actually teaches, is not what most people think it does. It is good to know that:

  1. The New Testament contains books that were forged in the names of the apostles by Christian writers who lived decades later.

  2. Established Christian doctrines - such as the suffering messiah, the divinity of Jesus, and the trinity - were the inventions of still later theologians.

  3. The authors of the New Testament - traditionally thought to be Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John - have diverging views about who Jesus was and how salvation works;

  4. Jesus, Paul, Matthew, and John all represented fundamentally different religions;
These are standard and widespread views of scholars now. [Ehrman, 2009]

Over-arching Self-Contradictions Disappoint

Bible inconsistencies and self-contradictions suggested somewhat too
The petals of being sillily Bible indoctrinated may droop and wither from Bible scholar findings. Great sincerity offers help.

There is more involved in fair Bible study that study of details. There are large differences between authors and books too. Some of the Bible authors are at odds with one another as to what is the major message, even. That includes how the follower of Jesus is to live - especially if he is a non-Jew and thus totally unaddressed by Jesus, who said he came for Jews only - they had him killed - and reserved his works and teachings for them - but they did not accept him (cf. Matthew 10:5-6; Ehrman 2005:62). His "no to Samarians", however, appeared to change before his death (eg. John 4:41).

With such over-arching perspectives in mind, and still others, the study of Self-Contradictions of the Bible by William Henry Burr (1819-1908) may became more enriching, perhaps. Burr was a newspaper reporter. First published anonymously in pamphlet form, Self-Contradictions of the Bible is a set of 144 thematically organized pairs of bible quotations. A dozen of so of Burr's claimed self-contradictions seem to be off the point somehow, so I leave them out of consideration here.

What follows are updated selections with added comments from Burr's book - and a few amplifications as seems appropriate. Abbreviations of the books of the bible are here: [Link], and links to on-line bibles here: [Link].

The term 'versus', abbreviated 'vs' or 'v" means "against", "contra", and "in contrast with".

Bible Quiz Against Mind Taming

Honest to change for the better

Take down your first, honest responses to each of the seeming contradictions enumerated further down the page. The far too many pretentious bible boasts and contradictions create a mess in young minds, and may cause neuroticism and insanity, not just stupid suppressions and airy arrogance. Thus, it is fit to distrust big Bible boasters, also when they seek to ingratiate themselves by playing on the human condition and all too human needs and desires by fraud and the like.

There may be limits to how many and divergent versions one may digest. To correct at least parts of your bible gullibleness -

put Y, N, M, or B for "yes, "no", "maybe (I don't know)", and "both-and (including "both may be right or wrong, depending on contexts")", along with the numbered statements.

Such a way of listing things helps a long way toward making a stand on important issues. What people feel for, may tie in with deep, childy needs in them.

Anyway, a good life often depends on choosing health, skilfulness, consistencies, and other virtues that Buddha endorses. (bottom line).

One of the first benefits of making a list of your responses is that you do not deceive yourself too much by it, hopefully, and can also chart an enlightening profile of ideas you hold. Another step could be to compare it with that of your sweetheart, if you have any wanting to cooperate in a frisk probing.

Much depends on honesty. But it may not work well to stand up in public and profess your faith if you have not studied its text basis and tested it yourself.

Interestingly, many maybe's in this bible quiz could suggest you are not much experienced, but still sensible in that you accomplish to distinguish between own experience and faith. And many B's may indicate you may be less categorical than others, maybe on the right track, at least not much brainwashed. There are other interpretations possible too.

Proper personality development often rests on honest endeavours. Trust yourself and learn to consider. You are not radical if you dispense with indoctrination of the gullible, and that is what this page is about . . .

Why not expect the worst?

Expect the worst so as to forestall it.

It may not do just to fear what is called God in the bible; you can do better than that: Funnel that idea well to make it serve your life and hereafter - a fulfilling, rewarding living. Do not overlook statements of the bible of genocides, massacres, vindictiveness, anger, hate, and deceptions, and so on - all attributed to "God". See for example:

OT The Lord said to Moses, "Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the Lord against the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel. [Numbers 25:4]."

The results of ignoring Old Testament warnings against its God could be dangerous - at any rate immature, based on wishful thinking. In the cases of conflicting statements, expect the worst to be the best one - for safety reasons, and so as not to be too disappointed. And prefer to say no to faith in scams all along.

It is not necessary to lose faith - find something nice to believe in, rather. The bible's "God" is not like "God" of Indian scriptures and other scriptures. God of the Bhagavad Gita does not say he is hateful, for example - but still Death, Fraud, a Monster and much else in verses there (chap 10; esp. 10:31-36).

The ancient Hindu Upanishads have yet other God-concepts, and I do appreciate some of them - about Individualised Self and Universal Self called Atman-Brahman, and God as Sat-Chit-Ananda. This vital concept compares to Buddhist thinking about Mind levels:

  • Sat is Being (Universal, Deep Mind as experienced in Awakening, Superconsciousness etc);
  • Chit is your basic consciousness, and active in "normal mind";
  • Ananda is deep joy and bliss.

Much may be experienced through good yoga meditation and TM (Transcendental Meditation). You can enjoy its fine mental development too. - Tormod Kinnes


Bible Inconsistencies

Bad Management

Moses said to Joshua, "Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands."

So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, [and] overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

Then the Lord said to Moses, "Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven." [Exod 17:9-14]

To the contrary, by his ordinance God secured that the memory of Amalek was not blotted out at all, but preserved in the bible. Inappropriate, ordained means yield unwanted results, one may add. Here come many telling dichotomies:

Inconsistent Bible Theology

It has to be told that sometimes it may be better to respond according to "both-and" than "either-or".

1. God dwells in chosen temples and not in temples

Which will you believe this Time? Suit yourself, if believe you must.

[2 Chron. 7:12, 16 vs Acts 7:48]

2. "No man see me and live" and "Not all who saw God, died before old age"

So maybe you can see God and live, after all, no matter what the guys soaked with the Holy Spirit of Truth decreed. Compare:

"No man has seen God at any Time." John 1:18]

"You can not see my face; for there shall no man see me and live." [Exod 33:20]

"Whom no man has seen nor can see." 1 Tim. 6:16]


"The Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend." [Exod 33:11]

"I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." [Gen 32:30]

    "In the year that king Uzziah died, I saw, also, the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up." [Isa. 6:1]

"Then went up Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. And they saw the God of Israel. . . . They saw God, and did eat and drink." [Exod 24:9, 10, 11]

3. God is tired and rests and is never tired and never rests

Are they talking of the same God? Which will it be?

[Exod 31:17 vs Isa. 40:28]

4. God is everywhere present, sees and knows all things and is not everywhere present, neither sees nor knows all things

  [Prov 15:3; Ps. 139:7-10; Job 34:22, 21 against Gen 11:5 - and also:
      And the Lord said, because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come to me; and, if not, I will know. [Gen 18:20, 21]

    And Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord, amongst the trees of the garden. [Gen 3:8]

5. God knows the hearts of men and tries men to find out what is in their hearts

    Ps. 139:2, 3 against Deut. 13:3; Deut. 8:2; Gen 22:12]

6. God is all-powerful and not all-powerful

[Jer 32:27; Matthew 19:26 against [Judg 1:19] Also compare: "Can the almighty create a stone that is so heavy that he cannot lift it?"

7. God is unchangeable and changeable

[James 1:17; Mal. 3:6 against Gen 6:6; Jonah 3:10; 1 Sam. 2:30, 31; 2 Kings 20:1, 4, 5, 6; Exod 33:1, 3, 17, 14]

8. God is just and impartial and unjust and partial

The Lord is upright, . . . And there is no unrighteousness in him. Ps. 92:15

Shall not the judge of all the earth do right? [Gen 18:25]

A God of truth, and without iniquity, just and right is he. [Deut. 32:4]

    There is no respect of persons with God. [Rom 2:11]

You say the way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, o house of israel; is not my way equal? Ezek. 18:25]


"I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation." [Exod 20:5]

As it is written, [the father-swindler] Jacob have I loved, and Esau have I hated. [Rom 9:11, 12, 13]

For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance; but whoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has. [Matthew 13:12]

    The Mosaic Law is based on sacrifice of innocent victims (animals), and Christianity as wel. By being brutally and heinously unjust to victims, scoundrels thought they were rid of their sins and bad karma. In present-day psychology the scapegoating mentality is recognised as neurotic, if not insane.]

9. God is the maker of evil and is not the author of evil

Thus says the Lord, behold I frame evil against you and devise a device against you. Jer. 18:11]

I . . . create evil. I the Lord do all these things. [Isa. 45:7]

I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments that they should not live. Ezek. 20:25]

[Amos 3:6]


A God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. [Deut. 32:4]

  For God . . . neither tempts he any man. [James 1:13]

10. God gives freely to those who ask and withholds his blessings and prevents men from receiving them

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men freely and upbraids not, and it shall be given to him. [James (an optimist) 1:5]

For every one that asks receives, and he that seeks finds. [Luke 11:10 (However, do not ignore that in the parable of the ten virgins the teaching is that only one half succeed after knocking)


He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. John 12:40

For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour. Josh. 11:20

O Lord, why have you made us err from your ways and hardened our heart? [Isa. 63:17 ]

11. God is to be found by those who seek him and is not to be found by those who seek him

Everyone that asks receives, and he that seeks finds. [Matthew 7:8]

  Those that seek me early shall find me. [Prov 8:17]


Then shall they call on me but I will not answer; they shall seek me early but shall not find me. [Prov 1:28]. See also Matthew 25:1-13, where five of ten waiting virgins lost their chances.]

12. God is cruel, unmerciful, destructive, and ferocious and kind, merciful, and good

Jer. 13:14; [Deut. 7:16; 1 Sam 15:2, 3; 1 Sam 6:19]

Compare the Holocaust bringer with:

The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works. [Ps 145:9]

God is love. [1 John 4:16, Etc.]

13. God's anger is fierce and endures long and is slow and endures but for a moment

And the Lord's anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the Lord was consumed. [Num 32:13]

And the Lord said to Moses, take all the heads of the people and hang them up before the Lord against the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel. [Num 25:4]

For I have kindled a fire in my anger which shall burn forever. Jer. 17:4]


The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy. Ps. 103:8

His anger endures but a moment. Ps. 30:5]

14. God commands, approves of and delights in burnt offerings, sacrifices, and holy days and disapproves of, and has no pleasure in burnt offerings, sacrifices, and holy days

You shall offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement. [Exod 29:36]

On the tenth day of this seventh month, there shall be a day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation to you, and you shall afflict your souls and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. Lev. 23:27]

And you shall burn the whole ram on the altar; . . . It is a sweet savour; an offering made by fire to the Lord. [Exod 29:18]

And the priest shall burn it all on the altar to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour to the Lord. Lev. 1:9]


Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination to me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. . . . To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? Saith the Lord. I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts, and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. [Isa. 1:13, 11, 12]

The ancient Biblical Leitmotif of God desiring goodness and mercy above the many ritual animal sacrifices the bible says he instituted and consolidated, should not go unrecognised here either. For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. [Hos 6:6]

15. God accepts human sacrifices and forbids human sacrifice

The king [David] took the two sons of Rizpah, . . . And the five sons of Michal; . . . And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill before the Lord. . . . And after that God was entreated for the land. 2 Sam. 21:8, 9, 14]

And he [God] said, take now your son, your only son isaac, whom you love, and get you into the land of Moriah, and offer him there for a burnt offering. [Gen 22:2]

  Jephthah [sacrificed his daughter]. [Judg 11:30, 31, 32, 34, 38, 39]


Take heed that you be not snared by following them [the gentile nations]; . . . For every abomination to the Lord which he hates have they done to their gods; for even their sons and their daughters have they burnt in the fire to their gods. [Deut. 12:30, 31 Note the gospels' message is that it was God the Father's will to have Jesus sacrificed through Jewish leaders and Romans, and the aim was to get to Jews – but that project failed. ]

16. God tempts men and tempts no man

God did tempt Abraham. [Gen 22:1]

Lord, you has deceived [marginal reading, enticed] me, and I was deceived [enticed]. Jer. 20:7]

Lead us not into temptation. [Matthew 6:13]


God [does not tempt] any man. [James 1:13]

17. God cannot lie and lies by proxy; he sends forth lying spirits to deceive

It is impossible for God to lie. Heb. 6:18]


For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. 2 Thes. 2:11]

Now, therefore, behold, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets, and the Lord has spoken evil concerning you. 1 Kings 22:23]

And if the prophet be deceived when he has spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet. Ezek. 14:9).]

18. Because of man's wickedness God destroys him yet will not destroy him

The Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created. [Gen 6:5, 7 [Not so]


And the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake . . . neither will I smite any more every living thing. [Gen 8:21 [Not so according to Exodus, Amos and Hosea etc. where God tells he has destroyed Israel that is never to rise again . . . and later Jesus appears to want to save them according to his Father's will, he tells in Getsemaneh - a project that fails.]

19. There is but one God and a plurality of gods

The Lord our God is one Lord. [Deut. 6:4]


And God said, let us make man in our image. [Gen 1:26]

And the Lord God said, behold the man is become as one of us. [Gen 3:22]

    And the Lord appeared to him [Abraham] . . . three men stood by him; and when he saw them he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, and said, my Lord, if now I have found favour in your sight, pass not away, I pray you, from your servant. [And then God ate veal.] [Gen 18:1, 2, 3]


Unsound Moral of Double Standards

20. Robbery commanded and forbidden

When you go, you shall not go empty; but every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourns in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment; and you shall put them on your sons, and on your daughters; and you shall spoil the Egyptians. [Exod 3:21, 22]

. . . . And they spoiled the Egyptians. [Exod 12:35, 36).

Exodus is about holocausts made possible by God, too.

Jesus tells one may rob the strong one after getting him bound.

You shall not defraud your neighbour, neither rob him. Lev. 19:13]

  You shall not steal. [Exod 20:15]

21. Lying approved and sanctioned and forbidden

The story of the harlot Rahab who betrayed her own people to help Israel. Josh. 2:4, 5, 6]

Was not Rahab, the harlot, justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? [James 2:25]

And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him. . . . I will go forth and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, you shall persuade him and prevail also; go forth and do so. 1 Kings 22:21, 22]


You shall not bear false witness. [Exod 20:16]

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord. [Prov 12:22]

All liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. Rev. 21:8]

22. Killing commanded and forbidden

Moses . . . said to them [the Levites, after stating the Ten Commandments], "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: "Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbour.'" The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. Then Moses said, "You have been set apart to the Lord today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day." [Exod 32:27-29]

Joshua led the Israelites into Canaan by holocausts that God commanded.

You shall not kill. [Exod 20:13 and other places.

HM: Don't believe in shewbread commands, then. Maybe they serve to manipulate you. To the degree it is so, they are dangerous, if not heinous.]

23. The blood-shedder must die and must not die

At the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. Whoso shedds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed. [Gen 9:5, 6]


And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. [Gen 4:15]

24. The making of images forbidden and commanded

You shall not make to you any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath. (Another of the Ten Commandments) [Exod 20:4]


You shall make two cherubims of gold. . . . And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look to one another. [Exod 25:18, 20]

HM: If there are no angelic cherubims in heaven or elsewhere, God's instructions on how to make them - and monsters and fable beings may be added - may be suited, however - and images that do not resemble the objects, apparently.

Then what about photo snapshots and the like? They are not graven images, but they may resemble things -

Do not get me wrong: You are free to make sculptures, make paintings and photos. Such artistic activity may in fact be good for your health, research indicates. As for dumb reverence or worship of holy objects, relics, man-made paintings and sculptures, just tone such practices down so as to eliminate them, and you get correspondingly freed from "image slavery".
      Now here is the basis of a deep issue in Christianity, that of iconoclasm, which caused the great schizma between the Roman and Orthodox Church. The desire to have images of Jesus, angels, Mary, saints in the early churches, came into conflict with the Commandment, and in most Western churches the commandment gave way and is not taken seriously in actual practice - it is another shewbred commandment in such places today. Most Puritans heed it, though.

25. Slavery and oppression ordained or accepted and forbidden

Cursed by Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brethren. [Gen 9:25]

Of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall you buy. . . . They shall be your bondmen forever; but over your brethren of the children of Israel, you shall not rule with rigor. Lev. 25:45, 46]

I will sell your sons and daughters into the hands of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people afar off; for the Lord has spoken it. [Joel 3:8]

    "Whoever wants to be first must be your slave - [Matthew 20:27]"
      "Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them . . . so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Saviour attractive. [Titus 2:9-10]


Undo the heavy burdens . . . Let the oppressed go free, . . . Break every yoke. [Isa. 58:6]

You shall neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him. [Exod 22:21]

  He that steals a man, and sells him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death. [Exod 21:16]

26. Improvidence enjoined and condemned

Take no thought, saying, what shall we eat? Or what shall we drink? Or with what shall we be clothed? . . . Take no thought for the morrow. [Matthew 6:28, 31, 34]

  Give to every man that asks of you, and of him that takes away your goods, ask them not again. . . . And lend, hoping for nothing again, and your reward shall be great. [Luke 6:30, 35

Sell that you have and give alms. [Luke 12:3]


But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. 1 Tim. 5:8]

A good man leaves an inheritance to his childrens’ children. [Prov 13:22]

27. Anger approved and disapproved

Be you angry and sin not. Eph. 4:26]


Be not havey in your spirit to be angry; for anger rests in the bosom of fools. Eccl. 7:9

The wrath of man works not the righteousness of God. [James 1:20]

28. Good works are to be seen of men and are not to be seen of men

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works. [Matthew 5:16


Take heed that you do not your alms before men, to be seen of them. [Matthew 6:1

NOTE. When someone contradicts himself or herself, as Jesus according to these and other notable passages, ask what he is up to, and do so the sooner the better.]

29. Judging of others forbidden and approved

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged. [Matthew 7:1, 2]


Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know you not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life? If, then, you have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. [1 Cor 6:2, 3, 4
      Do not you judge them that are within? [1 Cor 5:12]

30. Christ taught non-resistance and taught and practiced physical resistance

Resist not evil, but whoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. [Matthew 5:39]

All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. [Matthew 26:52]


He that has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. [Luke 22:36]

    And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple. John 2:15]

31. Christ warned his followers not to fear being killed and to fear being killed

Be not afraid of them that kill the body. [Luke 12:4]


Christ himself avoided the Jews for fear of being killed.

After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. John 7:1]

32. Public prayer sanctioned and disapproved

And solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven. [then follows the prayer.] And it was so, that when solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication to the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees, with his hands spread up to heaven. . . . And the Lord said to him, I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before me. 1 Kings 8:22, 54; & 9:3]


When you pray you shall not be as the hypocrites are; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. . . . But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your father which is in secret. [Matthew 6:5, 6]

33. Importunity in prayer commended and condemned

Because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. . . . And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to him? [Luke 18:5, 7]

Because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. [Luke 11:8


But when you pray, use not vain repetitions as the heathen do; for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be you not therefore like to them; for your father knows what things you have need of before you ask him. [Matthew 6:7, 8]

34. The wearing of long hair by men sanctioned and The wearing of long hair by men condemned

And no razor shall come on his head; for the child shall be a nazarite to God from the womb. [Judg 13:5]

All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come on his head; until the days be fulfilled in the which he separats himself to the Lord, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow. [Num 6:5]


Doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man have long hair, it is a shame to him? [1 Cor 11:14]

35. Circumcision instituted and condemned

This is my covenant which you shall keep between me and you and your seed after you: every man and child among you shall be circumcised. [Gen 17:10]


Behold, I paul, say to you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. [Gal 5:2]

36. The Sabbath instituted and and repudiated

Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. [Exod 20:8]


The new moons and Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity. [Isa. 1:13]

One man esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. [Rom 14:5]

Let no man therefore judge you in meat and drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon; or of the Sabbath days. Col. 2:16]

37. The Sabbath instituted because God rested on the seventh day and/or because God brought the Israelites out of Egypt

For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested on the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. [Exod 20:11]


And remember that you wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord your God brought you out thence through a mighty hand and a stretched out arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. [Deut. 5:15]

38. No work to be done on the Sabbath under penalty of death and Jesus Christ broke the Sabbath and justified his disciples in the same

    Whoever dos any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. [Exod 31:15

And they found a man that gathered sticks on the Sabbath day. . . . And all the congregation brought him without the camp and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the Lord commanded Moses. [Num 15:32, 36]


Therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the Sabbath day. John 5:16]

At that Time Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were a hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. But when the pharisees saw it they said to him, behold, your disciples do that which is not lawful to do on the Sabbath day. But he said to them, . . . . Have you not read in the law, how that on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? [Matthew 12:1, 2, 3, 5]

39. Baptism commanded and not commanded

Go you therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father, and of the son, and of the holy ghost. [Matthew 28:19]


For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel. . . . I thank God that I baptized none of you but crispus and gaius. [1 Cor 1:17, 14]

40. Every kind of animal allowed for food and certain kinds of animals prohibited for food

Every moving thing that livs shall be meat for you. [Gen 9:3]

Whatever is sold in the shambles that eat. [1 Cor 10:25]

There is nothing unclean of itself. [Rom 14:14]


Nevertheless, these shall you not eat, of them that chew the cud or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel and the hare, and the coney; for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore, they are unclean to you. And the swine, because it divids the hoof, yet chews not the cud, it is unclean to you; you shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcass. [Deut. 14:7, 8]

41. The taking of oaths sanctioned and forbidden

If a man vow a vow to the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth. [Num 30:2

Now, therefore, swear to me here by God. . . . And Abraham said, I will swear. . . . Therefore, he called the place Beersheba [the well of the oath]; because there they swOre both of them. [Gen 21:23, 24, 31]

And Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac. [Gen 31:53]

Because he [God] could swear by no greater, he sware by himself. Heb. 6:13

But I say to you, swear not at all; neither by heaven for it is God's throne; nor by the earth for it is his footstool. [Matthew 5:34]

42. Marriage approved and disapproved

And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone: I will make a help-meet for him. [Gen 2:18]

And God said to them, be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth. [Gen 1:28

For this cause shall a man leave father and mother and shall cleave to his wife. [Matthew 19:5]

Marriage is honorable in all. Heb. 13:4]


It is good for a man not to touch a woman. [1 Cor 7:1]

For I [paul] would that all men were even as I myself. . . . It is good for them if they abide even as I. [1 Cor 7:7, 8]

43. Freedom of divorce permitted and divorce restricted

When a man has taken a wife and married her, and it come to pass that she found no favor in his eyes, . . . Then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. [Deut. 24:1]

When you goest out to war against your enemies, and the Lord your God has delivered them into your hands, and you have taken them captive, and seest among the captives a beautiful woman and have a desire to her, then you shall take her home to your house; . . . And after that you shall go in to her and be her husband, and she shall be your wife. . . . And if you have no delight in her, then you shall let her go where she will; but you shall not sell her at all for money; you shall not make merchandise of her. [Deut. 21:10, 11, 14]


But I say to you, that whoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causes her to commit adultery. [Matthew 5:32]

44. Adultery allowed and forbidden

But all the women children that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves. [Num 31:18]

And the Lord said to Hosea, go, take you a wife of whoredoms. . . . Then said the Lord to me [Hosea], go, yet, love a woman, beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress. . . . So I bought her; . . . And said to her, you shall abide for me many days; you shall not play the harlot, and you shall not be for another man; so will I also be for you. [Hosea 1:2, & 2:1, 2, 3]


You shall not commit adultery. [Exod 20:14]

Whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Heb. 13:4 ]

45. Marriage or cohabitation with a sister denounced and Abraham married his sister and God blessed the union

Cursed is he that lis with his sister, the daughter of his father. [Deut. 27:22
      And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, . . . It is a wicked thing. Lev. 20:17]


And Abraham said, . . . She is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother. [Gen 20:11, 12]

And God said to Abraham, as for Sarah your wife, . . . I will bless her, and give you a son also of her. [Gen 17:16 NOTE: They married before the Law that prohibited such as half-sister marriages.]

46. A man may marry his brother's widow and may not

If brethren dwell together, and one of them die and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without to a stranger; her husband's brother shall come in to her bed and take her to wife. [Deut. 25:5]


If a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing, . . . They shall be childless. Lev. 20:21]

47. Hatred to kindred enjoined and condemned

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brother, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. [Luke 14:26

Honour your father and mother. Eph. 6:2]

Husbands love your wives. . . . For no man ever yet hated his own flesh. Eph. 5:25, 29

Whoever hates his brother is a murderer. 1 John 3:15]

48. Intoxicating beverages recommended and discountenanced

Give strong drink to him that is ready to perish, and wine to those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. [Prov 31:6, 7

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake, and your often infirmities. 1 Tim. 5:23]

Wine makes glad the heart of man. Ps. 104:15]


Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a raging, and whoever is deceived thereby is not wise. [Prov 20:1]

Look not you on the wine when it is red; when it gives his color in the cup. . . . At the last it bits like a serpent and stings like an adder. [Prov 23:31, 32]

49. It is our duty to obey our rulers, who are God's ministers and punish evildoers only and it is not our duty always to obey rulers, who sometimes punish the good, and receive to themselves damnation therefore

Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God. Whoever, therefore, resists the power, resists the ordinance of God; and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. . . . For this cause pay you tribute; for they are God's ministers, attending continually on this very thing. [Rom 13:1, 2, 3, 6]

The scribes and pharisees sit in Moses' seat; all, therefore, whatever they bid you observe, that observe and do. [Matthew 23:2, 3]

Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake; whether it be to the king as supreme, or to the governors as to them that are sent of him for the punishment of evil doers. [1 Peter 2:13, 14]

I counsel you to keep the king's commandment. . . . Whoso keeps the commandment shall feel no evil thing. Eccl. 8:2, 5]


But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them. . . . Therefore God dealt well with the midwives. [Exod 1:17, 20]

Shadrach, meshach, and abednego answered and said. . . . Be it known to you, o king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up. [Dan. 3:16, 18]

Therefore, king darius signed the writing and the decree. . . . That whoever shall ask a petition of any God for thirty days . . . He shall be cast into the den of lions). . . . Now, when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house and . . . Kneeled on his knees three Times a day and prayed . . . As he did aforetime. [Dan. 6:9, 7, 10]

And the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against his Christ. For of a truth, against your holy child Jesus, whom you has anointed, both herod and pontius pilate, with the gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together. [Acts 4:26, 27]

  Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the [Mark et places, and the chief seats in the synagogues. . . . These shall receive greater damnation. [Mark 12:38, 39, 40]

And herod with his men of war set him at naught, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to pilate. . . . And pilate gave sentence. . . . And when they were come to the place which is called calvary, there they crucified him. . . . And the people stood by beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him. [Luke 23:11, 24, 33, 35]

50. Women's rights denied and affirmed

And your desire shall be to your husband, and he shall rule over you. [Gen 3:16

I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 1 Tim. 2:12]

They are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. [1 Cor 14:34

Even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord. [1 Peter 3:6]


And Deborah, a prophetess, . . . Judged Israel at that Time. . . . And Deborah said to barak, up, for this is the day in which the Lord has delivered sisera into your hand. . . . And the Lord discomfited sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before barak. [Judg 4:4, 14, 15]

The inhabitants of the villages ceased; they ceased in Israel, until I, Deborah, arose, a mother in Israel. [Judg 5:7]

And on my hand-maidens I will pour out in those days my spirit, and they shall prophesy. [Acts 2:18]

And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy. [Acts 21:9]

51. Obedience to masters enjoined against obedience due to God only

Servants, obey in all things your masters after the flesh. . . . And whatever you do, do it as heartily as to the lerd. Col. 3:22, 23]

Be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also, to the froward. [1 Peter 2:18]


You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve. [Matthew 4:10

Be not you the servants of men. [1 Cor 7:23]

Neither be you called masters; for one is your master, even Christ. [Matthew 23:10]

52. There is an unpardonable sin and no unpardonable sin

He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit has never forgiveness. [Mark 3:29


Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything . . . [Acts 13:39] ]

Tragical Observations

53. Man was created after the animals and before the animals

And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and the cattle after their kind. . . . And God said, let us make man. . . . So God created man in his own image. [Gen 1:25, 26, 27


And the Lord God said it is not good that man should be alone; I will make a help-meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air, and brought them to adam to see what he would call them. [Gen 2:18, 19 NOTE. Genesis contains two myths of creation that differ. Further, in the first paragraphs, "days" appear before the sun and other heavenly bodies, which clearly shows that the first "days" the bible talks of, cannot be what we normally understand by "days" today, that is, those "days" are not to be understood literally. "period of time" may cover what "unearthly days" stand for quite well.]

54. Seed time and harvest were never to cease and ceased for seven years

While the earth remains, seed time and harvest . . . Shall not cease. [Gen 8:22


And the seven years of dearth began to come. . . . And the famine was over all the face of the earth. [Gen 41:54, 56]

For these two years has famine been in the land; and yet there are five years in which there shall neither be ploughing nor harvest. [Gen 45:6]

55. God hardened Pharaoh's heart and Pharaoh hardened his own heart.

But I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go. [Exod 4:21).]

    And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh. [Exod 9:12]


But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not to them. [Exod 8:15]

ESSENTIAL PROBING: Could Pharaoh actually be the God of Moses and the bible?

56. All the cattle and horses in Egypt died and did not die.

Behold, the hand of the Lord is on your cattle which is in the field, on the horses, on the asses, on the camels, on the oxen, and on the sheep. . . . And all the cattle of Egypt died. [Exod 9:3, 6]


But the egyptians pursued after them all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army) and overtook them encamping by the sea. [Exod 14:9]

NOTE. The miracles of Moses contain other inconsistencies too. How could cattle live on when grasshoppers had ruined every grass and leaf? Did they eat mud? I let the issue rest here.

57. Moses feared Pharaoh and did not fear Pharaoh

And Moses feared, and said, surely this thing is known. Now, when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled before the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of midian. . . . And it came to pass, in process of time, that the king of Egypt died. . . . And the Lord said to Moses, in midian, go, return to Egypt; for all the men are dead which sought your life. [Exod 2:14, 15, 23; & 4:19]


By faith he [Moses] forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king. Heb. 11:27]

58. There died of the plague twenty-four thousand and yet "only" twenty-three thousand

And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand. Num. 25:9

And fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 1 Cor 10:8]

59. John the baptist was Elias and not Elias

This is Elias which was to come. [Matt 11:14]


And they asked him, what then? Are you Elias? And he said I am not. [John 1:21]

60. The father of Joseph, Mary's husband, was a Jacob and Heli

And Jacob begat Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus. [Matt 1:16


Being the son of Joseph which was the son of Heli. [Luke 3:23]

61. The father of Salah was Arphaxad and Cainan

And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years and begat Salah. [Gen 11:12]


Which was the son of Sala, which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad. [Luke 3:35, 36]

62. There were fourteen generations from Abraham to David and thirteen generations from Abraham to David

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations. [Matt 1:17


Abraham begat Isaac . . . Jacob . . . Judas . . . Phares . . . Esrom . . . Aram . . . Aminaldab . . . Naason . . . Salmon . . . Booz . . . Obed . . . Jesse . . . David .. [13]. [Matt 1:2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

63. There were fourteen generations from the Babylonish captivity to Christ and but thirteen generations from the Babylonish captivity to Christ.

And from the carrying away into Babylon to Christ are fourteen generations. [Matt 1:17


And after they were brought to Babylon Jechonias begat Salathiel . . . Zorobabel . . . Abiud . . . Eliakim . . . Azor . . . Sadoc . . . Achim . . . Eliud . . . Eleazar . . . Matthan . . . Jacob . . . Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus [13]. [Matt 1:12, 13, 14, 15, 16]

64. The infant Christ was taken into Egypt and not taken into Egypt

When he arose he took the young child and his mother by night and departed into Egypt, and was there until the death of herod. . . . But when herod was dead, . . . He took the young child and his mother and came . . . And dwelt in a city called nazareth. [Matt 2:14, 15, 19, 21, 23]


And when the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord. . . . And when they had performed all things, according to the law of the Lord they returned . . . To their own city, nazareth. [Luke 2:22, 39]

65. Christ was tempted in the wilderness and was not tempted in the wilderness.

And immediately [after Christ's baptism] the spirit drives him into the wilderness. And he was there in the wilderness forty days tempted of Satan. [Mark 1:12, 13]


On the third day [after Christ's baptism] a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. [John 2:1-2].]

66. Christ preached his first sermon on the mount and in the plain

And seeing the multitude he went up into a mountain, and when he was set his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying. [Matt 5:1, 2

And he came down with them and stood in the plain; and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people . . . Came to hear him. . . . And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples and said. [Luke 6:17, 20]

67. John was in prison when Jesus went into Galilee and was not in prison when Jesus went into Galilee

Now, after that John was put in prison Jesus came into Galilee preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. [Mark 1:14]


The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee. [John 1:43]

  And after these things came Jesus with his disciples into the land of Judea. . . . And John was baptizing in Enon. . . . For John was not yet cast into prison. [John 3:22, 23, 24]

68. Christ's disciples were commanded to go forth with a staff and sandals and with neither staves nor sandals.

And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse; but be shod with sandals. [Mark 6:8, 9]


Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses; nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves. [Matt 10:9, 10]

69. A woman of Canaan besought Jesus, but it was a Greek woman who besought him

And behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried to him, have mercy on me, o Lord, you son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. [Matt 15:22


The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation, and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. [Mark 7:26]

70. Two blind men besought Jesus even though only one blind man besought him

And behold, two blind men sitting by the way-side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, have mercy on us, o Lord you son of David. [Matt 20:30]


A certain blind man sat by the way-side begging. . . . And he cried, saying, Jesus, you son of David, have mercy on me. [Luke 18:35, 38]

71. Christ was crucified at the third hour but not until the sixth hour

And it was the third hour and they crucified him. [Mark 15:25]


And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour; and he saith to the Jews, behold your king. . . . Shall I crucify your king? [John 19:14, 15]

72. The two thieves reviled Christ but only one of the thieves reviled Christ

The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. [Matt 27:44

And they that were crucified reviled him. [Mark 15:32]


And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him. . . . But the other answering rebuked him, saying, dost you not fear God, seeing you are in the same condemnation? [Luke 23:39, 40]

73. Satan entered into Judas while at the supper and before the supper

And after the supper Satan entered into him. [John 13:27]


Then entered Satan into Judas, . . . And he went his way and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him. . . . Then came the day of unleavened bread when the Passover must be killed. [Luke 22:3, 4, 7]

74. Judas committed suicide by hanging but he did not hang himself anyway; he fell headlong

And he cast down the pieces of silver into the temple, and departed, and went out and hanged himself. [Matt 27:5]


And falling headlong he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. [Acts 1:18]

75. The potter's field was purchased by Judas or was it by the chief priests?

Now, this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity. [Acts 1:18]


And the chief priests took the silver pieces, . . . And bought with them the potter's field. [Matt 27:6, 7

NOTE TO 74 and 75. Mind the authors of the two incompatible versions had been given that "Holy Spirit of Truth", and one or both did not manage to write the truth about this significant happening very close to them in time. Interesting, isn't it? [DETAILS]

76. There was but one woman who came to the sepulchre, yet there were two women who came to the sepulchre

The first day of the week coms Mary Magdalene, early, when it was yet dark, to the sepulchre. [John 20:1]


In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary to the sepulchre. [Matt 28:1]

77. There were three women who came to the sepulchre, yet there were more than three women who came to the sepulchre

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had brought sweet spices, that that they might come and anoint him. [Mark 16:1


It was Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them. [Luke 24:10]

78. It was at sunrise when they came to the sepulchre and it was some time before sunrise

And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came to the sepulchre, at the rising of the sun. [Mark:16:2]


The first day of the week, comes Mary Magdalene, early, while it was yet dark, to the sepulchre. [John 20:1]

NOTE to 76, 77, and 78: When people cannot get significant parts of their story versions right, their so-called spirit of truth is a liar.

These three points from the four gospels reveal the faulty truth-telling of people allegedly filled with the spirit of truth. Also, these basically unreliable versions are what many put their faith on and term a central happening for mankind. A careful court judge would discern and point out that the parts that are common to all the versions are few and far between.]

79. There were two angels seen by the women at the sepulchre, and they were standing up but there was but one angel seen, and he was sitting down

And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by him in shining garments. [Luke 24:4]


For the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. . . . And the angel answered and said to the women, fear not. [Matt 28:2, 5]

80. There were two angels seen within the sepulchre and there was but one angel seen within the sepulchre.

And as she wept she stooped down and looked into the sepulchre, and ses two angels in white. [John 20:11, 12]


And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment. [Mark 16:5]

81. Christ was to be three days and three nights in the grave and Christ was but two days and two nights in the grave

So shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. [Matt 12:40]


And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. . . . It was the preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath. . . . And Pilate. . . Gave the body to Joseph. And he . . . Laid him in a sepulchre. . . . Now, when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene. [Mark 15:25, 42, 44, 45, 46; & 16:9]

82. The Holy Ghost was bestowed at Pentecost . . . before Pentecost

But you shall receive power after that the Holy Spiritis come on you. . . . You shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence. [Acts 1:8, 5]

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come they were all of one accord in one place. . . . And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. [Acts 2:1, 4]


And when he had said this he breathed on them, and said to them, receive you the Holy Spirit. [John 20:22]

83. Jesus first appeared to the eleven disciples in a room at Jerusalem although on a mountain in Galilee

And they rose up the same hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together. . . . And as they spoke, Jesus himself stood up in the midst of them. . . . But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. [Luke 24:33, 36, 37

The same day, at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut, where the disciples were assembled, . . . Came Jesus and stood in the middle. [John 20:19


Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to a mountain where Jesus had appointed. And when they saw him they worshipped him, but some doubted. [Matt 28:16, 17]

84. Christ ascended from Mount Olivet but it was Bethany

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. . . . Then returned they to Jerusalem, from the mount called Olivet. [Acts 1:9, 12]


And he led them out as far as to Bethany; and he lifted up his hands and blessed them. And it came to pass that while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. [Luke 24:50, 51 Note well that not even in this, the gospel writer versions agree.

85. Paul's attendants heard the miraculous voice, and stood speechless and heard not the voice, and were prostrate.

And the men which journeyed with him [Paul] stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no man. [Acts 9:7]


And they that were with me saw indeed the light and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spoke to me. [Acts 22:9]

And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice. [Acts 26:14]

86. Abraham departed to go into Canaan and Abraham went not knowing where.

And Abra[ha]m took Sarah his wife, and Lot, his brother's son, . . . And they went forth to go into the land of Canaan, and into the land of Canaan they came. [Gen 12:5]


By faith Abraham when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out not knowing where he went. [Heb 11:8]

87. Abraham had two sons and but one son

Abraham had two sons; the one by a bond-woman, and the other by a free woman. [Gal 4:22]


By faith Abraham when he was tried, offered up Isaac, . . . His only begotten son. [Heb 11:17]

88. Keturah was Abraham's wife and concubine

Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. [Gen 25:1]


The sons of Keturah, Abraham's concubine. [1 Chron. 1:32]

89. Abraham begat a son when he was a hundred years old, by the interposition of providence and six children more after he was a hundred years old, without any interposition of providence

Sarah conceived and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. [Gen 21:2]

And being not weak in the faith, he considered not his own body, now dead, when he was a hundred years old. [Rom 4:19]

Therefore sprang there even from one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky. [Heb 11:12]


Then again Abraham took a wife and her name was Keturah; and she bare him Zimram, and Jockshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. [Gen 25:1, 2]

90. God promised the land of Canaan to Abraham and his seed forever and Abraham and his seed never received the promised land

And the Lord said to Abraham, after lot was separated from him, lift up now your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward, and eastward and westward; for all the land which you seest, to you will I give it and to your seed forever. . . . For I will give it to you. . . . To you and to your seed after you. [Gen 13:14,15,17;&17:8]


And he gave him [Abraham] none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on. [Acts 7:5]

By faith he sojourned in the land of promise as in a strange country, dwelling in tents with isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise. . . . These all died in faith, not having received the promises. [Heb 11:9, 13]

91. Michal had no child and five children

Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul, had no child to the day of her death. [2 Sam 6:23]


The five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul. 2 sam. 21:8]

92. David was tempted by the Lord to number Israel and tempted by Satan to number the people

And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, go number Israel and Judah. [2 Sam 24:1]


And Satan stood up against Israel and provoked David to number Israel. [1 Chron. 21:1 ]

93. David took seven hundred horsemen and seven thousand horsemen

And David took from him a thousand chariots and seven hundred horsemen. [2 Sam 8:4


And David took from him a thousand chariots and seven thousand horsemen. [1 Chron 18:4

NOTE. In some places of the Old Testament the number of army men differs in different versions. I have omitted some of these here, as a few such inconsistencies may do.]

94. David's throne was to endure forever and was cast down

Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie to David. His seed shall endure forever and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established forever. [Ps 89:35, 36, 37


You have made his glory to cease and have cast his throne down to the ground. [Ps 89:44]

Bogus Doctrines

95. Christ is equal with God and not equal with God

I and my father are one. [John 10:30]

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. Phil. 2:5


My father is greater than I. [John 14:28

Of that day and hour knows no man, not the angels of heaven, but my father only. [Matt 24:36]

96. Jesus was all-powerful and not all-powerful

All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. [Matt 28:18]

The father loves the son and has given all things into his hand. [John 3:35]


And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands on a few sick folk and healed them. [Mark 6:5]

97. The law was superseded by the Christian dispensation and not superseded

The law and the prophets were until John; since that time the kingdom of God is preached. [Luke 16:16]

Having abolished in the flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances. Eph. 2:15]

But now we are delivered from the law. [Rom 7:6]


I am come not to destroy the law but to fulfill. For verily I say to you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled. Whoever therefore shall break one of the least commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. [Matt 5:17, 18, 19]

98. Christ's mission was peace and not peace

And suddenly there was with the angels a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace. [Luke 2:13, 14]


Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword. [Matt 10:34]

99. Christ received not testimony from man and did so anyway

You sent to John and he bore witness to the truth. But I receive not testimony from man. [John 5:33, 34]


And you shall also bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning. [John 15:27]

100. Christ's witness of himself is true and not true

I am one that bear witness of myself. . . . Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true. [John 8:18, 14]


If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. [John 5:31]

101. Christ laid down his life for his friends - eh, for his enemies

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. [John 15:13]

The good shepherd givs his life for the sheep. [John 10:11]


When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his son. [Rom 5:10 ]

102. It was lawful for the Jews to put Christ to death and not lawful

The Jews answered him, we have a law, and by our law he ought to die. [John 19:7


The Jews therefore said to him, it is not lawful for us to put any man to death. [John 18:31]

103. Children are punished for the sins of their parents and not punished for the sins of their parents

I am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers on the children. [Exod 20:5


The son shall not bear the iniquities of the father. [Ezek. 18:20]

104. Man is justified by faith alone and not justified by faith alone

By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified. [Rom 3:20]

  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ. [Gal 2:16]

The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith. [Gal 3:11, 12]

  For if Abraham were justified by works he has whereof to glory. [Rom 4:2]


Was not Abraham our father justified by works? . . . You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. James 2:21, 24]

The doers of the law shall be justified. [Rom 2:13]

105. It is impossible to fall from grace and possible

And I give to them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand. [John 10:28]

Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ our Lord. [Rom 8:38, 39]


But when the righteous man turns away from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, and dos according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he has done shall not be mentioned; in his trespass that he has trespassed, and in his sin that he has sinned, in them shall he die. Ezek. 18:24]

For it is possible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and are made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance. [Heb 6:4, 5, 6]

For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein and overcome, the latter end is worse than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they had known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 2 pet. 2:20, 21]

106. No man is without sin and proper Christians don't sin

For there is no man that sins not. [1 Kings 8:46]

Who can say, I have made my heart clean; I am pure from my sin? [Prov 20:9

For there is not a just man on earth, that dos good and sinns not. [Eccl 7:20
      There is none righteous, no, not one. [Rom 3:10]


Whoever is born of God doth not commit sin; . . . He cannot sin, because he is born of God. . . . Whoever abides in him sins not. He that commits sin is of the devil. [1 John 3:9, 6, 8 ]

107. There is to be a resurrection of the dead and there is to be no resurrection of the dead

The trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised. [1 Cor 15:52]

  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; . . . And they were judged, every man according to their works. Rev. 20:12, 13]

Now that the dead are raised even Moses showed at the bush, when he called the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. [Luke 20:37]

  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised. [1 Cor 15:16]


As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away, so he that goes down to the grave shall come up no more. [Job 7:9]

The dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward. [Eccl 9:5
      They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased they shall not rise. Is. 26:14]

108. Reward and punishment are to be bestowed in this world and in the next world

Behold the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth, much more the wicked and the sinner. [Prov 11:31]


And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Rev. 20:12]

Then he shall reward every man according to his works. [Matt 16:27]

  According to that he has done, whether it be good or bad. 2 Cor 5:10]

109. Annihilation is the portion of all mankind and endless misery, which does not go along with annihilation

Why died I not from the womb? Why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? . . . For now should I have lain still and been quiet; I should have slept; then had I been at rest, with Kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves; or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver; or as a hidden, untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light. There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary be at rest. . . . The small and great are there, and the servant is free from his master. Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul, which long for death and it coms not, . . . Which rejoice exceedingly when they have found the grave? Job 3:11, 13-17, 19, 20, 21, 22]

The dead know not anything. . . . For there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave whither you goest. [Eccl 9:5, 10]

For that which befalls the sons of men befalls the beasts, even one thing befalls them; as the one dieth, so dis the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man has no preeminence above a beast. . . . All go to one place. [Eccl 3:19, 20]


These shall go away to everlasting punishment. [Matt 25:46]

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. . . . And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Rev. 20:10, 15]

And the smoke of their torment ascends up forever and ever. Rev. 14:11]

    And many of them that sleep in the dust shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Dan. 12:2]

110. The earth is to be destroyed and never to be destroyed

The earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. [2 Pet. 3:10

They shall perish, but you remain. [Heb 1:11]

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away, and there was no place found for them. [Rev 20:11]


Who laid the foundations of the earth that it should not be removed forever. [Ps 104:5

But the earth abides forever. [Eccl 1:4]

111. No evil shall happen to the godly and evil does happen to the godly

There shall no evil happen to the just. [Prov 12:21]

Who is he that will harm you, if you be followers of that which is good? [1 Pet 3:13


Whom the Lord loves he chaveens, and scourges every son whom he receives. [Heb 12:6]

And the Lord said to Satan, have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him, a perfect and an upright man? . . . So went Satan forth . . . And smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. [Job 2:3, 7]

112. Worldly good and prosperity are the lot of the godly and worldly misery and destitution the lot of the godly

There shall no evil happen to the just. [Prov 12:21]

For the Lord loves judgment and forsakes not his saints; they are preserved forever. . . . The wicked watches for the righteous and seeks to slay him. The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. . . . [Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace. [Ps 37:28, 32, 33, 37]

Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly. . . . Whatever he dos shall prosper. [Ps 1:1, 3]

And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man. [Gen 39:2]

    So the Lord blessed the latter end of job more than the beginning. [Job 42:12]


They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword; they wandered about in sheepskins and goat-skins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; . . . They wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. [Heb 11:37, 38]

These are they which came out of great tribulation. Rev. 7:14]

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2 tim. 3:12]

And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. [Luke 21:17]

113. Worldly prosperity a reward of righteousness and a blessing and a curse and a bar to future reward

There is no man that has left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake and the gospel's, but he shall receive a hundred fold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands. [Mark 10:29, 30]

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread. [Ps 37:25]

Blessed is the man that fears the Lord. . . . Wealth and riches shall be in his house. [Ps 112:1, 3]

If you return to the almighty, you shall be built up. . . . Then shall you lay up gold as dust. [Job 22:23, 24]

In the house of the righteous is much treasure. [Prov 15:6]


Blessed be you poor. [Luke 6:20]

Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth. . . . For where your treasure is there will your heart be also. [Matt 6:19, 21]

And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. [Luke 16:22]

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. [Matt 19:24]

Woe to you that are rich! For you have received your consolation. [Luke 6:24]

114. The Christian yoke is easy and and not easy

Come to me all you that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you. . . . For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. [Matt 11:28, 29, 30]


In the world you shall have tribulation. [John 16:33]

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2 tim. 3:12]

Whom the Lord loves he chaveens, and scourges every son whom he receives . . . . For if you be without chaveisement then are you bastards and not sons. [Heb 12:6, 8]

115. The fruit of God's spirit is love and gentleness and vengeance and fury

The fruit of the spirit is love, peace, joy, gentleness, and goodness. [Gal 5:22]


And the spirit of the Lord came on him and he slew a thousand men. [Judg 15:14]

And it came to pass on the morrow that the evil spirit from God came on Saul. . . And there was a javelin in Saul's hand. And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. [1 Sam 18:10, 11]

116. Longevity is enjoyed by the wicked and denied to the wicked

Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes. [Job 21:7, 8]

    They [men of the world] are full of children and leave the rest of their substance to their babes. [Ps 17:14]

Though a sinner do evil a hundred times and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God. [Eccl 8:12]

But the sinner being a hundred years old shall be accursed. [Isa 65:20]


But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days. [Eccl 8:13]

Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days. [Ps 55:23]

  The years of the wicked shall be shortened. [Prov 10:27]

They [the hypocrites] die in youth. [Job 36:14]

Be not over much wicked, neither be foolish; why shouldst you die before your time? [Eccl 7:17]

117. Poverty is a blessing and riches a blessing and neither poverty nor riches a blessing

  Blessed be you poor. . . . Woe to you that are rich! [Luke 6:20, 24]

  Has not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom? James 2:5]


The rich man's wealth is his strong tower, but the destruction of the poor is their poverty. [Prov 10:15]

If you return to the almighty then you shall be built up. . . . You shall then lay up gold as dust. [Job 22:23, 24]

And the Lord blessed the latter end of job more than the beginning, for he had 14,000 sheep, and 6,000 camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. [Job 42:12]

And compare:

Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me; lest I be full, and deny you and say, who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. [Prov 30:8, 9]

118. Wisdom a source of enjoyment and a source of vexation, grief, and sorrow

Happy is the man that finds wisdom. . . . Wisdom's ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace. [Prov 3:13, 17]


And I gave my heart to know wisdom. . . . I perceived that this also was vexation of spirit. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he that increass knowledge, increass sorrow. [Eccl 1:17, 18]

119. A good name a blessing and a curse.

A good name is better than precious ointment. [Eccl 7:1]

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches. [Prov 22:1]


Woe to you when all men shall speak well of you. [Luke 6:26]

120. Laughter can be commended and not commended

To everything there is a season, and a time. . . . A time to weep, and a time to laugh. [Eccl 3:1, 4]

Then I commended mirth, because a man has no better thing under the sun than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry. [Eccl 8:15]


Woe to you that laugh now. [Luke 6:25]

Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of the fool is in the house of mirth. [Eccl 7:3, 4]

121. The rod of correction a remedy for foolishness and there is no remedy for foolishness

Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction will drive it far from him. [Prov 22:15]


Though you grind fools in a mortar, grinding them like grain with a pestle, you will not remove their folly from them. [Prov 27:22]

122. A fool should be answered according to his folly and not be answered according to his folly

Answer a fool according to his folly. [Prov 26:5]


Answer not a fool according to his folly. [Prov 26:4]

123. Temptation to be desired and not to be desired

My brethren, I count it all joy when you fall into temptation. [James 1:2]


Lead us not into temptation. [Matt 6:13]

124. Prophecy is sure and not sure.

We have also a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto we do well that we take heed, as to a light that shins in a dark place. [2 Pet 1:19]


At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; if that nation against whom I have pronounced turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do to them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; if it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good wherewith I said I would benefit them. Jer. 18:7-10]

125. Miracles, a proof of divine mission and not a proof of divine mission

Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said to him, are you he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said to them, go and show John again those things which you do hear and see; the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised. [Matt 11:2-5]

Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles that you doest except God be with him. [John 3:2]

And Israel saw that great work which the Lord done on the Egyptians; and the people feared the Lord and believed the Lord and his servant Moses. [Exod 14:31]


And aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments, for they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents. [Exod 7:10-12]

If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and givs you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come to pass wherein he spoke to you, saying, let us go after other gods which you have not known, and let us serve them, you shall not hearken to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. [Deut 13:1-3]

If I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? [Luke 11:19]

126. Moses was a very meek man . . . a very cruel man

Now, the man Moses, was very meek, above all the men that were on the face of the earth. Num. 12:3]


And Moses said to them, have you saved all the women alive? . . . Now, therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that has known a man. [Num 31:15, 17]

127. Elijah went up to heaven but none but Christ ever ascended into heaven

And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. [2 Kings 2:11]


No man has ascended up to heaven but he that came down from heaven, even the son of man. [John 3:13]

128. All scripture is inspired and some scripture is not inspired

All scripture is given by inspiration of God. [2 Tim 3:16]


But I speak this by permission and not by commandment. [1 Cor 7:6]

  But to the rest speak I, not the Lord. [1 Cor 7:12]

That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord. [2 Cor 11:17]


Win at least Some Tricks

"When in doubt, win the trick. [Edmund Hoyle]." In the long art of living, try and stick to the parts that serve you best, to remain on the safe side as long as you are stuck in mere demagogy. To let innocent minds be indoctrinated by talk and ugly pressures .

Luckily, healthy ones do not need Jesus, says the Bible, that is, Jesus is recorded to have said it in three gospels [Matthew 9:12-13]. That is what "the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you . . . and will remind you of [John 14:26]."

Buddha shows basics in how to not trust along a foolish street. Good luck with that. [Kalama Sutta].

Surface comparisons alone is not the best Bible knowledge around. Sound textual criticism along with it may prove very profitable. There are many books by such as Bart D. Ehrman that offer a clearer overview of the Bible terrain. Below are some of his books listed.


Bible self-contradictions, Literature  

Burr, William Henry. Self-Contradictions of the Bible. New York: Davis and Company, 1860. [On-line] ⍽▢⍽ An excellent, old work.

Ehrman, Bart D. Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium.. Paperback ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. ⍽▢⍽ Professor Ehrman thinks it is probably right that Jesus said that the world would come to a dramatic end within the lifetime of his apostles, and that a new kingdom would be created on earth then. That at least one apostle thought it too, is evidenced by such as 1 Thess 4:15-17.. There is a need to think carefully, and there is very little mention of Jesus outside of the New Testament, with exception of the gospels of Peter and of Thomas. So the four gospels are said to be the best sources for trying to establish what Jesus himself actually said and did. (p. 17; 83;). The notable Bible scholar Geza Vermes has soguht to do that in The Authentic Gospel (2005). His concusion: there is no old saying of Jesus that is authentically verbatim. It means that sayings of Jesus in the gospels may not be true quotations.

Ehrman, Bart D. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. ⍽▢⍽ Ehrman highlights that the New Testament contains forged books, "forgeware", written in the names of the apostles by Christian writers who lived decades later, and how Christian doctrines - such as the suffering messiah, the divinity of Jesus, and the Trinity - were invented later.

Ehrman, Bart D. Jesus, Interrrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them). New York: HarperCollins, 2009. ⍽▢⍽ Dr Ehrman addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches according to what scholars have unearthed, such as: (1) The New Testament contains diverging views about who Jesus was and how salvation works; (2) Some of its books were forged in the names of the apostles by Christian writers who lived decades later; (3) Established Christian doctrines, such as the suffering messiah, the divinity of Jesus, and the trinity, were the inventions of still later theologians. (4) Jesus, Paul, Matthew, and John represented fundamentally different religions.
      And these are standard and widespread views of critical scholars. Yet many people have never heard about them. "Such views of the Bible are virtually unknown among the population at large. As a result, not only are most Americans (increasingly) ignorant of the contents of the Bible, but they are also almost completely in the dark about what scholars have been saying about the Bible for the past two centuries. This book is meant to help redress that problem," writes Ehrman (p. 2).

Ehrman, Bart D. Studies in the Textual Criticism of the New Testament. Leiden: Brill, 2006. ⍽▢⍽ Bart Ehrman, one of the premier textual scholars in North America., deals with text-critical methods and textual problems through a series of essays with an introduction. This book is not fit for beginners so much as for theology students or very interested ones otherwise.

Ehrman, Bart D. The Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993. ⍽▢⍽ It is often said that "Victors write the history" - their versions of it, and suppress other versions. In the social history of early Christianity there are struggles between Christian "heresy" and "orthodoxy", struggles that lead to many strange documents and forgeries alike through the 2nd and 3rd centuries before the New Testament canon had been produced. Each succeeding chapter deals with a different controversy from the church history. A carefully referenced, readable book for those who are specially interested.

Vermes, Geza. The Real Jesus: Then and Now. Minneapolis, MI: Fortress Press, 2010. ⍽▢⍽ Through a series of small essays the world-class scholar presents findings that can amount to shed light on contemporary religious and biblical questions. A lovable response to this book is to sit back and consider what Jesus really was about. Vermes writes in an easy style, although with quite repeated phrases. There are four parts and 29 essays in all in the book.

Vermes, Geza. The Authentic Gospel of Jesus. London: Penguin, 2005. ⍽▢⍽ The renowned biblical scholar Geza Vermes distils a lifetime's knowledge to examine every saying attributed to Jesus, seeking to return to the most likely teachings of a charismatic Jewish healer and moralist behind the messiah image. How to distinguish between the doctrines shaped to the needs of the burgeoning Christian church and the true views by Jesus? Can we dig back through the additions, misinterpretations and confusions of later writers and two millennia of tradition to any authentic gospel of Jesus? In this books all the alleged gospel sayings of Jesus are scrutinised with reference to the culture and settings of Jesus, to come as close as possible to what Jesus was up to. Vermes' book is one of scholarship and knowledge, and largely accessible to the general reader.

Wells, Steve. The Skeptic's Annotated Bible: The King James' Version from a Skeptic's Point of View. SAB Books, 2012. ⍽▢⍽ There are several books on Bible errors around by now. Here is a looming one! Today's New International Version (TNIV) of 2005 could be read along with it.

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