As will be shown in the following pages, the bible contains so many errors of historical fact and so many critical contradictions that it cannot possibly be the word of a perfect God.
The most damning of the contradictions are outlined below, the links will take you to the detail of each of the contradictions.
Two Versions of Jesus’ Birth
Matthew: Jesus was born under the reign of Herod who died in 4 BC
Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Luke: Jesus was born after Cyrenius instituted the tax (6 AD) that Caesar Augustus decreed.
Luke 1:1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.
The Arrival In Jerusalem
one ass or an ass and a mule?
The Crucifixion’s Impossible Events
Impossibility of Jesus conversation with the other two men on the cross having been heard and reported.
Resurrection of all saints seen by many but reported by only one.
Four Different Resurrection Stories
According to Matthew, Mary Magdalene (and also “the other Mary”) went to the tomb at dawn on the first day of the week. As they did so, the stone blocking it was moved aside by an angel.
John also describes an early morning visit by Mary Magdalene to the tomb. She finds the tomb deserted and tells Simon Peter and John that the body had been stolen. This is John 20:1-2:
The problem is obvious: if Mary met an angel at the tomb, and then Jesus himself (as Matthew says) then why does she merely report that the body had been stolen?
Which visit is Matthew talking about?
John later describes a second visit by Mary to the tomb. Perhaps one can say that the visit described in Matthew 28 is this second visit, which is at John 20:11-12 and onwards:
But this doesn’t work. In John, the stone was removed before Mary Magdalene’s first visit. And yet, Matthew 28:2 says that the stone was removed as Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were arriving; so he must be talking about that first visit, not the second visit.
Furthermore, Matthew is clearly describing the same visit to the tomb as Mark 16:1-8. In Mark, we are told that Mary and friends were bringing spices to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body with, whilst worrying about how they were going to move the stone. This makes no sense if Mary already knew the body was missing.
So, it seems we’re forced into saying that Matthew and Mark are talking about the first visit John describes, in which case it’s bizarre that Mary tells the disciples the body has been stolen, and then weeps at the empty tomb.
Appearance of Jesus AFTER the Crucifixion
luke 24:1 Now upon the first day of the week,
Luke 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
Acts 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days,
Acts 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight