Friday, December 4, 2009

Inconsistencies in the New Testament

   The inerrant word of God, you say? Huh... That claim lacks a certain Christian humility, don't you think? Especially since there is no greater evidence of the Bible's human origins than its frequent disagreements with itself. A perfect god wouldn't allow this sort of thing. What would be the point? If he's willing to show off by parting oceans and stuff, he'd certainly want to impress us with a boo-boo free biography. Alas, it ain't so. Here is just a partial list of scriptural inconsistencies in the New Testament. Many of them are genuinely unimportant...all the more reason why there shouldn't be any inconsistencies. But here they are.

Matt 1:6-7 The genealogy of Jesus runs through David's son, Solomon.
Luke 3:23-31 The genealogy of Jesus runs through David's son, Nathan.

Matt 1:16 Joseph's father is Jacob.
Luke 3:23 Joseph's father is Heli.

Matt 1:17 There are 28 generations from David to Jesus.
Luke 3:23-38 There are 43 generations from David to Jesus.

Matt 1:18-21 The Annunciation takes place after Mary conceives Jesus.
Luke 1:26-31 The Annunciation takes place before Mary conceives Jesus.

Mark 6:4-6 Jesus says that a prophet is without honor in his own house—odd given the Annunciation, the Star of Bethlehem, the Wise Men, and the miracles surrounding his Baptism.

Matt 1:23 He will be called Emmanuel (or Immanuel).
Matt 1:25 He was called Jesus.

Matt 2:13-16 Joseph and Mary flee to Egypt with Jesus, until Herod dies, in order to avoid the slaughter of all the firstborn by Herod.
Luke 2:22-40 Joseph and Mary remain in Jerusalem and vicinity for about 40 days, and then return to Nazareth without ever going to Egypt. There is no slaughter by Herod.

Matt 3:11-14, John 1:31-34 John knows that Jesus is the Messiah by the time of his baptism.
Matt 11:2-3 John sends his disciples to ask if Jesus is the Messiah after he’s baptized.

Matt 3:16, Mark 1:10 Jesus sees the Spirit descending.
John 1:32 John sees the Spirit descending.

Matt 4:5-8 The devil takes Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple, then to the mountaintop.
Luke 4:5-9 The devil takes to the mountaintop, then to the pinnacle of the temple.

Matt 4:18-20, Mark 1:16-18 These stories of selecting Peter as a disciple is different from Luke 5:2-11, and from John 1:35-42.

Matt 5:1-7:29 Jesus delivers his most important sermon standing on a mount.
Luke 6:17-49 Jesus delivers the same sermon standing on a plain. Mark and John don’t mention it at all.

Matt 5:16 Good works should be seen.
Matt 6:1-4 Good works should be kept secret.

Leviticus 10:8 - 11:47, Deuteronomy 14:3-21 The law distinguishes between clean and unclean foods.
Mark 7:14-15, Mark 7:18-19 Jesus says that there is no such distinction.
Timmothy 4:1-4 Paul says all foods are clean.

Matt 5:17-19, Luke 16:17 Jesus didn’t come to abolish the law.
Ephesians 2:13-15, Hebrews 7:18-19 Jesus came to abolish the law.

Matt 5:22 Anyone who calls another a fool is liable to Hell.
Matt 7:26 Jesus says that anyone who hears his words and does not do them is a fool.

Matt 23:17-19 Jesus calls the Pharisees blind fools, twice.
Matt 25:2, 3, 8 Jesus likens the maidens who took no oil to fools.
1Corinth 1:23, 3:18, 4:10 Paul uses fool with regard to Christians becoming fools for Christ.

Matt 5:22 Anger by itself is a sin.
Ephesians 4:26 Anger is not necessarily a sin.

Matt 5:22 Anger by itself is a sin.
Mark 3:5 Jesus looks around "angrily."

Matt 5:32 Divorce is forbidden except on the grounds of unchastity.
Mark 10:11-12 Divorce is forbidden for any reason.

Matt 5:39, Matt 5:44 Jesus says, “Do not resist evil. Love your enemies.”
Matt 6:15, 12:34, 16:3, 22:18, 23:13-15, 17, 19, 27, 29, 33, Mark 7:6, Luke 11:40, 44, 12:56 Jesus says nasty things to those who oppose him.

Matt 5:39, Matt 5:44 Do not resist evil. Love your enemies.
Luke 19:27 God is likened to one who destroys his enemies.

Matt 5:43-44, Matt 22:39 Love your enemies. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Matt 10:5 Go nowhere among the Gentiles nor enter a Samaritan town.

Matt 6:13 Jesus’ prayer suggest God might occasionally lead us into temptation.
James 1:13 God tempts no one.

Matt 7:7-8, Luke 11:9-10 Ask and it will be given. Seek and you will find.
Luke 13:24 Many will try to enter the Kingdom but will be unable.

Matt 7:21 Not everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13  Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Matt 7:21, Luke 10:36-37, Romans 2:6, 13, James 2:24  We are justified by works, not by faith.
John 3:16, Romans 3:20-26, Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 2:16  We are justified by faith, not by works.

Matt 8:5-12  A centurion asks Jesus to heal his servant.
Luke 7:2-10  The centurion sends elders to ask Jesus for the favor.

Mark 5:2-16, Luke 8:26-36  One demoniac is healed at the event with the swine in Gardarene.
Matt 8:28-33  Two demoniacs are healed.

Matt 9:18  The woman Jesus raises up is dead.
Luke 8:42  The woman Jesus raises is dying, but still kicking.

Matt 10:1-8  Jesus gives his disciples the power to do miracle healings and exorcisms.
Matt 17:14-16  The disciples are unable to whip up these powers.

Matt 10:2, Mark 3:16-19  The twelve apostles are: Simon Peter, Andrew, James the son of Zebedee, John, Philip, Bartholemew, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon, and Judas Iscariot.
Luke 6:13-16  The twelve apostles are: Simon Peter, Andrew, James the son of Zebedee, John, Philip, Bartholemew, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon, Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot. (No Thaddaeus, and a second Judas.)

Matt 10:2, 5-6  Peter is to witness to the Jews and stay away from the Gentiles.
Acts 15:7  Peter is to witness to the Gentiles.

Mark 6:8-9  Jesus sends out his disciples and specifically tells them to take their sandals and a staff.
Matt 10:10  Jesus instructs them NOT to take sandals or a staff.

Matt 10:34, Luke 12:49-53  Jesus: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father…”
John 16:33  Jesus: “I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace.”

Matt 10:22, 24:13, Mark 13:13  Jesus: “He that endures to the end will be saved.”
John 3:5  Jesus: “…unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
Acts 16:31  “Believe in Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.”
Acts 2:21  “And it shall be that whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Romans 10:9  …if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
1 John 4:7  He who loves is born of God and knows God.

Matt 11:7-15, 17:12-13  Jesus claims John the Baptist is a prophet, and more than a prophet.
John 1:21  And they asked him (John), “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” And he answered, “No.”

Matt 11:29  Jesus: “…for I am gentle and lowly in heart…”
John 2:15  Jesus makes a whip of cords, overturns the tables of the money changers, pours out their coins. and drives them Temple (even though they were performing the approved the service of exchanging blasphemous Roman coins for acceptable currency.)

Matt 12:5  Jesus: “…have you not read in the (Old Testament) law how, on the Sabbath, the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are guiltless? (No such law exists in the Old Testament.)

Matt 12:30  Jesus: “He who is not with me is against me…” (The undecided are regarded as against him.)
Mark 9:40  Jesus: “For he that is not against us is for us.” (The undecided are regarded for him.)

Mark 8:12  Jesus: “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.” (See also Matt 12:39 and Luke 11:29)
Acts 2:22  “Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs which God did through him in your midst…” (See also John 3:2 and John 20:30)

John 7:2-10  Jesus is untruthful to his brothers about not going to the feast of Tabernacles. Verse 8: “Go to the feast yourselves; I am not going up to this feast…” Verse 10: But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly, but in private.

Matt 16:16  Peter first declares that Jesus is the Son of God after traveling with him for months, and Jesus says “flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my father who is in heaven.”
John 1:41  Only moments after he and Jesus meet, Peter tells his brother “We have found the Messiah.”

Matt 16:18-19  Jesus: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church…I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven…”
Matt 16:23  When Peter objects to Jesus predicting his death in Jerusalem, Jesus turns to Peter and says, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men.”

Matt 16:18-19  Jesus: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church…”
Acts 15:1-21  James was appointed as the first bishop of the head church, in Jerusalem, and, after hearing arguments from Paul, Barnabas and Peter, and he announces what may be the single most important decree in the history of the religion—to allow Gentiles into the faith. (The idea that Peter went to Rome and became the first bishop of Rome—the pope—is not in the Bible. That’s a claim added centuries later.)

Matt 17:1-2  The Transfiguration takes place six days after Jesus foretells his suffering.
Luke 9:28-29  The Transfiguration occurs about eight days after.

Matt 20:20-21  The mother of James and John asks Jesus a favor for her sons.
Mark 10:35-37  The two disciples ask Jesus for the favor themselves.

Matt 20:23, Mark 10:40  Jesus responds that the favor is not his to give.
Matt 28:18, John 3:35  Jesus: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

Matt 20:29-34  Jesus heals two blind men en route to Jericho.
Mark 10:46-52  Jesus heals one blind man.

Matt 21:1-17  Jesus triumphantly enters Jerusalem, cleanses the Temple of the moneychangers, then goes to Bethany.
Mark 11:1-19  He triumphantly enters, visits the Temple, then goes to Bethany, then cleanses the Temple the next day.
Luke 19:28-48  He triumphantly enters, cleanses the Temple, then teaches in the Temple.
John 12:1-18  Years earlier he goes to Jerusalem and cleanses the Temple, then returns to Jerusalem in the last week of this life and enters triumphantly, but does not cleans the Temple.

Matt 21:2-6, Mark 11:2-7, Luke 19:30-35  The disciples obtain the animal(s) needed for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem.
John 12:14  Jesus finds the animal himself.

Matt 21:7  Jesus rides two animals into Jerusalem (suggesting he’s a stunt rider).
Mark 11:7, Luke 19:35, John 12:14  Jesus uses only one animal.

Matt 21:19-20  Jesus curses a fig tree and it withers. The disciples notice immediately.
Mark 11:13-14, 20-21  The disciples don’t notice the withered tree until the next day.

Matt 23:35  Jesus says that Old Testament prophet Zechariah was the son of Barachiah.
2 Chronicles 24:20  Zacharias was actually the son of Jehoiada, the priest. The name Barachiah is found nowhere in the Old Testament.

Matt 24:29-33, Mark 13:24-29  The coming of the kingdom will be accompanied by signs and miracles.
Luke 17:20-21  It will not be accompanied by signs and miracles; it is already in their midst.

Matt 25:34  “…inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…”
John 14:2-3  Jesus: “And when I go [ascend to heaven], I will prepare a place for you…”

Matt 26:6-13, Mark 14:3  Jesus is anointed in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper.
Luke 7:36-38  Jesus is anointed at the house of a Pharisee in Galilee.

Matt 26:7, Mark 14:3  The anointing oil is poured on Jesus' head.
Luke 7:38, John 12:3  The oil is poured on his feet.

Matt 26:7, Mark 14:3, Luke 7:37  A nameless woman anoints Jesus.
John 12:3  Mary anoints Jesus.

Matt 26:14-25, Mark 14:10-11, Luke 22:3-23  Judas makes a deal with the chief priests before the Last Supper.
John 13:21-30 Judas leaves to make the deal after the Last Supper.

Matt 26:20-29, Mark 14:17-28, John 13:21-30  Jesus forecasts his betrayal prior to the communion ritual.
Luke 22:14-23  He forecasts his betrayal after the communion.

Matt 26:40-45, Mark 14:37-41  The disciples fall asleep three times.
Luke 22:45  They fall asleep once.

Matt 26:49-50, Mark 14:44-46  Jesus is betrayed with a kiss by Judas and is then arrested.
Luke 22:47-48  Jesus anticipates Judas' kiss, but no actual kiss is mentioned.
John 18:2-9  Jesus steps forward to identify himself, making the kiss unnecessary. It’s never mentioned.

Matt 26:51, Mark 14:47, John 18:10  A slave’s ear is cut off and is left that way.
Luke 22:50-51  Jesus miraculously heals the ear.

Matt 26:52  Jesus: “Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.”
Luke 22:36-38  Jesus: “And let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one.”

Matt 26:57, Mark 14:53, Luke 22:54 After his arrest Jesus is first taken to Caiphas, the high priest.

John 18:13-24 First to Annas, the son-in-law of Caiphas, then to Caiphas.

Matt 26:18-20, 57-68, 27:1-2, Mark 14:16-18, 53-72, 15:1 Jesus' initial hearing was at night on Passover. In the morning he was taken to Pilate.

Luke 22:13-15, 54-66 The initial hearing took place in the morning on Passover.

John 18:28, 19:14 It took place the day before Passover, on the Day of Preparation.

Matt 26:59-66, Mark 14:55-64 Jesus was tried by the entire Sanhedrin (the chief priests and the whole council).

Luke 22:66-71 There was no trial but merely an inquiry held by the Sanhedrin.

John 18:13-24 There was no appearance before the Sanhedrin, only the private hearings before Annas and then Caiphas.

Matt 26:63, Luke 22:70 The high priest asks Jesus if he is the Son of God.

Mark 14:61 He asks Jesus if he is the Son of the Blessed.

Matt 26:64, Luke 22:70 Jesus answers: "You have said so," or words to this effect.

Mark 14:62 He answers directly: "I am."

Matt 26:69-70 Peter makes his first denial to a maid and "them all."

Mark 14:66-68, Luke 22:56-57, John 18:17 It was to one maid only.

Matt 26:71-72 Peter's second denial is to still another maid.

Mark 14:69-70 (Apparently) to the same maid.

Luke 22:58 To a man, not a maid.

John 18:25 To more than one, "they."

Matt 26:73-74, Mark 14:70-71 Peter's third denial is to bystanders (two or more).

Luke 22:59-60 To "another" (one).

John 18:26-27 To one of the servants.

Matt 26:74 The cock crowed once.

Mark 14:72 The cock crowed twice.

Matt 27:3-7 The chief priests bought the field.

AC 1:16-19 Judas bought the field.

Matt 27:5 Judas threw down the pieces of silver, then departed.

AC 1:18 He used the coins to buy the field.

Matt 27:5 Judas hanged himself.

AC 1:18 He fell headlong, burst open, and his bowels gushed out.

Matt 27:11, Mark 15:2, Luke 23:3 When asked if he is King of the Jews, Jesus answers: "You have said so," (or "Thou sayest").

John 18:33-34 He answers: "Do you say this of your own accord?"

Matt 27:11-14 Jesus answers not a single charge at his hearing before Pilate.

John 18:33-37 Jesus answers all charges at his hearing before Pilate.

Matt 27:20 The chief priests and elders are responsible for persuading the people to ask for the release of Barabbas.

Mark 15:11 Only the chief priests are responsible.

Luke 23:18-23 The people ask, apparently having decided for themselves.

Matt 27:28 Jesus is given a scarlet robe (a sign of infamy).

Mark 15:17, John 19:2 A purple robe (a sign of royalty).

Matt 27:32, Mark 15:21, Luke 23:26 Simon of Cyrene carries Jesus' cross.

John 19:17 Jesus carries his own cross with no help from anyone.

Matt 27:37 The inscription on the cross read: "This is Jesus the King of the Jews."

Mark 15:26 "The King of the Jews."

Luke 23:38 "This is the King of the Jews."

John 19:19 "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews."

Matt 27:44 Both of those who are crucified with Jesus taunt him.

Luke 23:39-42 Only one taunts Jesus, and he is rebuked by the other for doing so.

Matt 27:46 Jesus asks God, the Father, why he has been forsaken.

John 10:30 Jesus says that he and the Father are one.

Matt 27:46-50, Mark 15:34-37 Jesus' last recorded words are: "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

Luke 23:46 "Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit."

John 19:30 "It is finished." (Note: Even though both Matt and Mark represent direct quotes and are translated similarly, the actual Greek words used for God are different. Matt uses "Eli" and Mark uses "Eloi.")

Matt 27:48, Luke 23:36, John 19:29 Jesus was offered vinegar to drink.

Mark 15:23 It was wine and myrrh, and he did not drink it.

John 19:29-30 Whatever it was, he did drink it.

Matt 27:54 The centurion says: "Truly this was the son of God."

Mark 15:39 He says: "Truly this man was the son of God!"

Luke 23:47 He says: "Truly this man was innocent" (or "righteous").

Matt 27:55, Mark 15:40, Luke 23:49 The women looked on from afar.

John 19:25-26 They were near enough that Jesus could speak to his mother.

Matt 27:62-66 A guard was placed at the tomb (the day following the burial).

Mark 15:42- 16:8, Luke 23:50-56, John 19:38-42 (No guard is mentioned. This is important since rumor had it that Jesus' body was stolen and the Resurrection feigned.)

Mark 16:1-3, Luke 24:1 (There could not have been a guard, as far as the women were concerned, since they were planning to enter the tomb with spices. Though the women were aware of the stone, they were obviously unaware of a guard.)

Matt 28:5-8  An angel at Jesus' tomb tells Mary Magdalene and another Mary that Jesus is not there. The women run from the tomb "with fear and great joy."
Luke 24:4  Two men tell the women they should not seek Jesus there.
John 20:1-2  Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb alone, finds it empty, sees no men or angels, then tells Peter and another disciple that the body had been stolen (not something she’d say with “great joy.”)

Matt 24:9 Even some of the disciples of Jesus will be killed.

John 8:51 If anyone keeps Jesus' words, he will never see death.

HE 9:27 [All] men die once, then judgement follows.

Matt 28:1 The first visitors to the tomb were Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (two).

Mark 16:1 Both of the above plus Salome (three).

Luke 23:55 - 24:1, 24:10 Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and "other women" (at least five).

John 20:1 Mary Magdalene only (one).

Matt 28:1 It was toward dawn when they arrived.

Mark 16:2 It was after sunrise.

Luke 24:1 It was at early dawn.

John 20:1 It was still dark.

Matt 28:1-2 The stone was still in place when they arrived. It was rolled away later.

Mark 16:4, Luke 24:2, John 20:1 The stone had already been rolled (or taken) away.

Matt 28:2 An angel arrived during an earthquake, rolled back the stone, then sat on it (outside the tomb).

Mark 16:5 No earthquake, only one young man sitting inside the tomb.

Luke 24:2-4 No earthquake. Two men suddenly appear standing inside the tomb.

John 20:12 No earthquake. Two angels are sitting inside the tomb.

Matt 28:8 The visitors ran to tell the disciples.

Mark 16:8 They said nothing to anyone.

Luke 24:9 They told the eleven and all the rest.

John 20:10-11 The disciples returned home. Mary remained outside, weeping.

Matt 28:8-9 Jesus' first Resurrection appearance was fairly near the tomb.

Luke 24:13-15 It was in the vicinity of Emmaus (seven miles from Jerusalem).

John 20:13-14 It was right at the tomb.

Matt 28:9 On his first appearance to them, Jesus lets Mary Magdalene and the other Mary hold him by his feet.

John 20:17 On his first appearance to Mary, Jesus forbids her to touch him since he has not yet ascended to the Father.

John 20:27 A week later, although he has not yet ascended to the Father, Jesus tells Thomas to touch him.

Matt 28:7-10, Matt 28:16 Although some doubted, the initial reaction of those that heard the story was one of belief since they followed the revealed instructions.

Mark 16:11, Luke 24:11 The initial reaction was one of disbelief. All doubted.

Matt 28:1-18 The order of Resurrection appearances was: Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, then the eleven.

Mark 16:9-14 It was Mary Magdalene, then two others, then the eleven.

Luke 24:15-36 It was two, then Simon (Peter?), then the eleven.

John 20:14 - 21:1 It was Mary Magdalene, then the disciples without Thomas, then the disciples with Thomas, then the eleven disciples again.

1CO 15:5-8 It was Cephas (Peter?), then the "twelve" (which twelve, Judas was dead?), then 500+ brethren (although AC 1:15 says there were only about 120), then James, then all the Apostles, then Paul.

Matt 28:19 Jesus instructs his disciples to baptize.

1CO 1:17 Although he considers himself a disciple of Jesus, Paul says that he has not been sent to baptize.

Mark 1:2 Jesus quotes a statement that he says appears in Isaiah. (No such statement appears in Isaiah.)

Mark 1:14 Jesus began his ministry after the arrest of John the Baptist.

John 3:22-24 Before the arrest of John the Baptist.

Mark 1:23-24 A demon cries out that Jesus is the Holy One of God.

John 4:1-2 Everyone who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God. (Note: This would mean that the demon is of God.)

Mark 3:29 Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin.

AC 13:39, CN 2:13, 1John 1:9 All sins are forgivable.

Mark 4:11-12, 11:25 Jesus says that he uses parables so that the meaning of some of his teachings will remain secret to at least some persons. He explains the meanings of the parables only to his disciples. He thanks God for hiding some things from the wise while revealing them to "babes."

John 18:20 Jesus says that he always taught openly, never secretly.

Mark 6:16 Herod was the source of the belief that John had been raised from the dead.

Luke 9:7 Others were the source. Herod was perplexed by the belief.

Mark 6:52 The people were so unimpressed with "the Feeding of the Multitude" that they did not even understand the event.

John 6:14-15 They were so impressed that they tried to force Jesus to be their king.

Mark 6:53 After the feeding of the 5000, Jesus and the disciples went to Gennesaret.

John 6:17-25 They went to Capernaum.

Mark 10:19 Jesus lists "defraud not" as one of the commandments.

EX 20:3-17 There is no such commandment in the Ten Commandments or elsewhere in the OT)

Mark 15:25 It was the third hour when Jesus was crucified.

John 19:14-15 It was after the sixth hour since Jesus was still before Pilate and had not yet been sentenced at that time.

Mark 16:1-2 The women came to the tomb to anoint the body.

John 19:39-40 The body had already been anointed and wrapped in linen cloth.

Mark 16:5, Luke 24:3 The women actually entered the tomb.

John 20:1-2, 11 They did not.

Mark 16:14-19 The Ascension took place (presumably from a room) while the disciples were together seated at a table, probably in or near Jerusalem.

Luke 24:50-51 It took place outdoors, after supper, at Bethany (near Jerusalem).

AC 1:9-12 It took place outdoors, after 40+ days, at Mt. Olivet.

Matt 28:16-20 No mention is made of an ascension, but if it took place at all, it must have been from a mountain in Galilee since Matt ends there.)

Luke 1:15 John the Baptist had the Holy Spirit from before his birth or the birth of Jesus.

Luke 1:41 Elizabeth had it long before Jesus went away.

Luke 1:67 So did Zechariah.

Luke 2:25 So did Simeon.

Luke 11:13 It is obtained by prayer (presumably at any time).

John 7:39, John 16:7, AC 1:3-5 The Holy Spirit cannot come into the world until after Jesus has departed.

Luke 8:12 The Devil causes unbelief.

Mark 4:11-12 Jesus is responsible for unbelief in at least some cases.

2TH 2:11-12 God is ultimately responsible for unbelief in at least some cases.

Luke 14:26 No one can be a disciple of Jesus unless he hates his parents, wife, children, brothers and sisters.

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

John 4:20 If anyone claims to love God but hates his brother, he is a liar.

Luke 18:9-14 Do not boast of your virtue.

RO 11:20, 1PE 5:5 Do not be proud.

RO 15:17, 2CO 1:12, HE 3:6, 2CO 2:14, 5:12, 11:17 Paul boasts of his faith and says that one should be proud of it.

Luke 22:3-23 Satan entered Judas before the supper.

John 13:27 It was during the supper.

Luke 23:43 Jesus promises one of those crucified with him that they will be together, that very day, in Paradise.

John 20:17, AC 1:3 Jesus was not raised until the third day and did not ascend until at least forty days later.

Luke 23:55-56 The women followed Joseph to the tomb, saw how the body had been laid, then went to prepare spices with which to annoint the body.

John 19:39-40 Joseph brought spices with him (75 or a 100 lbs.) and annointed the body (as the women should have noticed).

John 1:1, 10:30 Jesus and God are one.

John 14:28 God is greater than Jesus.

John 1:1 Jesus was God incarnate.

AC 2:22 Jesus was a man approved by God.

John 3:17, 8:15, 12:47 Jesus does not judge.

John 5:22, 5:27-30, 9:39, AC 10:42, 2CO 5:10 Jesus does judge.

John 5:22 God does not judge.

RO 2:2-5, 3:19, 2TH 1:5, 1PE 1:17 God does judge.

John 5:24 Believers do not come into judgement.

Matt 12:36, 2CO 5:10, HE 9:27, 1PE 1:17, JU 1:14-15, RE 20:12-13 All persons (including believers) come into judgement.

John 5:31 Jesus says that if he bears witness to himself, his testimony is not true.

John 8:14 Jesus says that even if he bears witness to himself, his testimony is true.

John 5:38-47 Men have a choice as to whether or not to receive Jesus.

John 6:44 No one can come to Jesus unless he is drawn by the Father.

John 7:38 Jesus quotes a statement that he says appears in scripture (i.e., the OT).

(No such statement is found in the OT.)

John 10:27-29 None of Jesus' followers will be lost.

TI 4:1 Some of them will be lost.

John 10:30 Jesus and the Father are one, (i.e., equal).

John 14:28 The Father is greater than Jesus.

John 12:31 The Devil is the ruler (or "prince") of this world.

1CO 10:26, RE 1:5 Jesus is the ruler of kings--the earth is his.

John 12:32 Jesus implies that all persons will be saved.

TI 2:3-4, 2PE 3:9 God wants all to be saved.

John 12:40, AC 2:21, 2:39, RO 9:27, 10:13 Some will not be saved.

RE 14:1-4 Heaven will be inhabited by 144,000 virgin men (only?).

John 13:36 Peter asks Jesus where he is going.

John 14:5 Thomas does the same.

John 16:5 Jesus says that none of them have asked him where he is going.

John 17:12 Jesus has lost none of his disciples other than Judas.

John 18:9 Jesus has lost none, period.

John 17:12 Mentions a "son of perdition" as appearing in scripture (meaning the OT).

(Note: There is no "son of perdition" mentioned in the OT.)

John 18:37 Jesus came into the world to bear witness to the truth.

RO 1:18-20 The truth has always been evident.

John 20:9 Jesus quotes a statement that he says appears in scripture (meaning the OT). (No such statement is found in the OT.)

John 20:22 In his first resurrection appearance before the assembled disciples, Jesus gives them the Holy Spirit.

AC 1:3-5, AC 2:1-4 The Holy Spirit was received much later (on Pentecost.)

John 21:25 The world probably could not contain the books if all that Jesus did were to be recorded.

AC 1:1 The author of Acts has already written about all that Jesus began to do.

AC 5:19, 12:6-11 The disciples take part in a jailbreak made possible by an angel.

AC 5:40-42 The disciples disobey the Council and continue to teach and preach Jesus.

RO 13:1-4, 1PE 2:13-15 Obey the laws of men (i.e., government). It is the will of God.

AC 5:29 Obey God, not men.

RO 13:1-4, 1PE 2:13-15 Obey the laws of men (i.e., government). It is the will of God.

AC 9:7 Those present at Paul's conversion heard the voice but saw no one.

AC 22:9 They saw a light but did not hear a voice.

AC 9:7 Those present at Paul's conversion stood.

AC 26:14 They fell to the ground.

AC 9:19-28 Shortly after his conversion, Paul went to Damascus, then Jerusalem where he was introduced to the Apostles by Barnabas, and there spent some time with them (going in and out among them).

GA 1:15-20 He made the trip three years later, then saw only Peter and James.

AC 9:23 The governor attempted to seize Paul.

2CO 11:32 It was the Jews who tried to seize Paul.

AC 10:34, RO 2:11 God shows no partiality. He treats all alike.

RO 9:11-13 God hated Esau and loved Jacob even before their birth.

AC 10:34, RO 2:11 God shows no partiality. He treats all alike.

RO 9:18 God has mercy on whoever he chooses, etc.

AC 16:6 The Holy Spirit forbids preaching in Asia.

AC 19:8-10 Paul preaches in Asia anyway.

AC 20:35 Quotes Jesus as having said: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." (No such statement of Jesus is found elsewhere in the Bible.)

RO 2:12 All who have sinned without the law will perish without the law.

RO 4:15 Where there is no law there is no transgression (sin).

RO 2:13 Doers of the law will be justified.

RO 3:20, GA 3:11 They will not be justified.

RO 2:15 The law is written on the heart. Conscience teaches right from wrong.

1John 2:27 Anointing by Jesus teaches right from wrong.

RO 4:9 Faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.

JA 2:21 Abraham was justified by works (which made his faith perfect).

RO 10:11 (An alleged OT quote; no such statement in the OT.)

RO 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything that might cause your brother to stumble or be offended.

CN 2:16 Let no one pass judgement on you in matters of food and drink.

1CO 7:8-9 Widows should not marry (although it is better to marry than burn).

TI 5:14 Young widows should marry, bear children, rule the household, etc..

1CO 8:4 There is only one God.

2CO 4:4 Satan is God of this world (therefore there are at least two gods).

1CO 10:33 Paul says that he tries to please men (so they might be saved).

GA 1:10 Paul says he would not be a servant of Christ if he tried to please men.

2CO 12:16 Paul says that he does use trickery.

1TH 2:3 Paul says that he does not use trickery.

GA 6:2 Bear one anothers burdens.

GA 6:5 Bear your own burden.

1TH 2:2 God gave Paul the courage to continue his work.

1TH 2:17-18 Satan hindered Paul.

(Note: Who is stronger, Satan or God?)

TI 1:15 Paul says that he is the foremost of sinners.

John 3:8-10 He who commits sin is of the Devil. Children of God do not sin.

TI 6:20, 2TI 2:14-16, 3:1-7 Do not argue with an unbeliever.

2John 1:10-11 Anyone who even greets an unbeliever shares his wicked work.

1PE 3:15 Always be ready to answer any man concerning your faith.

JA 4:5 (Quotes an alleged scripture (OT) verse; not found in the OT.)

RE 8:7 All of the grass on earth is burned up, and then ...

REV 9:4 An army of locusts, which is about to be turned loose on the earth, is instructed not to harm the grass.


  1. You are making bogus claims, and I think that you know it. In the first example concerning the geneologies there is a obvious reason for the difference. Matthews geneology runs from David to Joseph, and Luke's genology runs from David to Mary. Of course you do not believe that Jesus was virgin born, however this is what the scriptures intend to demonstrate here. Unfortunately I am not a theologian, but I do know that these questions that you have raised have been answered. You are just posting this to engender doubt in the minds of people who are not familar with the history and culture of the biblical text. You are not impressing me with your genius here.

  2. Sorry, I make no claims to genius. Only to an ability to read. Luke's genealogy does NOT trace Jesus' ancestry through Mary. That's a church folktale, not scripture. Please note:

    Luke 3:23 Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his work. He was the son (as was thought) of Joseph son of Heli, son of Matthat, son of Levi, son of Melchi, son of Jannai, son of Joseph, son of Mattathia...

    The writer threw in the "as was thought" to acknowledge the virgin birth claim, but there's no link to Mary and no proof of virgin birth. You'll also note that Luke says Joseph's father was Jacob while Matthew 1:15-16 says his father was Heli. Oops. There are other discrepencies in the bloodline as well.

    As for wanting to engender doubt--precisely. Doubt is a good thing. It inspires thinking, questioning and challenges to assumptions and dogmas that can be disproven in black and white. There is much to doubt in scripture given the tonnage of inconsistencies, inaccuracies, and absurdities being peddled as eternal truth, and the heaps of literature explaining why the words you just read really don't mean what you just read. I am not a theologian, either. When I see 2+2 I get 4. No explanations needed. When scripture says 2+2=5, THAT'S when you need a theologian.