The Truth Is
Everything in the Bible speaks of the human rather than divine authorship. The overwhelming number of contradictions, anachronisms, inconsistencies, scientific impossibilities, logical impossibilities, incorrect historical references and false authorships presented on this website prove the Bible could not possibly be the inerrant word of an omniscient God.
A well documented TV show entitled “Who Wrote The Bible” has interviews with archeologists and Jewish scholars. They all support the truth that is presented below.
Proofs of Human Authorship, New Testament
There are situations presented in the New Testament that prove, albeit indirectly, that the bible was written by humans without supervision/editing by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Believes Old Testament Speaks Truth
We have seen that the Old Testament is filled with errors; i.e The Bible Is So Wrong About So Much, Why Do You Believe Any Of It“. However, Jesus quotes extensively from the Old Testament and believes it to be true.
Since Jesus is God and God is omniscient how is it possible that Jesus quotes from the Old Testament, knowing that it is wrong? How can the omniscient God/Jesus/Holy Spirit use passages from the Old Testament when it knows that they are wrong?
- Historical Reliability
- Jesus affirmed the historical existence of Jonah (Matt. 12:40), Noah (Matt. 24:37-38), Sodom and Gomorrah (Mark 6:11) and Adam and Eve (Matt. 19:4-6).
- Scientific Reliability
- Jesus affirmed that God created the world (Mk. 13:19; cf. Matt. 19:4).
- Old Testament Canonicity1
- Jesus made reference to the Law and Prophets as a unit, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill,” (Matt. 5:17).
- Jesus explained the Scriptures, “Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures,” ( Luke 24:27).
- Jesus referred to the entire Canon by mentioning all the prophets from Abel (from Genesis, the first book and first martyr) to Zechariah (Chronicles, the last book, and the last martyr) (Matt. 23:35).2
- Jesus even made reference to the wrong set of 10 Commandments. See The Bible is Wrong About the 10 Commandments.
- Exodus 20:13/Deut 5:17 – You shall not commit murder (referenced twice)
- Exodus 20:14/Deut 5:18 – You shall not commit adultery (referenced twice)
- Exodus 20:12/Deut 5:16 – Honor your father and mother (referenced twice)
- Exodus 20:15/Deut 5:19 – You shall not steal (referenced once)
- Exodus 20:16/Deut 5:20 – You shall not give false testimony (referenced once)
- Source of Authority
- “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished,” (Matt. 5:18).
- “The Scripture cannot be broken,” (NASB, Jn. 10:35).
- Source of Doctrinal Authority
- Jesus appealed to Scripture when correcting false doctrine stating, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God,” (Matt. 22:29).
Jesus Increases in Wisdom
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52.
Since Jesus is God, how is it possible for him to increase in wisdom? How is it possible for him to increase in favor with himself?
Who Heard Jesus Prayer?
Here is another example of where Luke demonstrates that the whole story is fabricated. Here are the alleged words of Jesus just before going onto the cross:
And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. Luke 22:41-42
A stones throw is pretty far. Why go a “stone’s cast away? To get privacy! Jesus advocated private and quiet prayer… as in a closet! (Matthew 6:5). Since no one was around to hear Jesus say those words, how does Luke know that those words were spoken? How did Luke know to write those words if he, nor anyone else, was not a witness to them? He made them up! If we have this obvious lie right here in the middle of the most important event in Christianity, how can we trust anything Luke says?
Jesus would not have come back and told anyone what he prayed. He was praying in private as he advocated. There would be no point in Jesus going a stone’s cast away to pray if he were just going to come back and tell someone (not Luke, he wasn’t there, remember?). Who would he have told even if he did tell someone. Not Matthew, not John. Neither of them were there either. Strange that the only apostles who wrote about Jesus were not there at the defining moment. Well the whole thing was made up anyway so it doesn’t surprise that there are so many strange things associated with the “supernatural”.
Who Heard Jesus Conversation With Fellow Criminal?
Luke 23:39-43 is a transcript of a conversation between a fellow criminal and Jesus:
But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, to day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Think about it. The three are high on the cross, the “multitudes are crying out for Jesus’ blood (Why? just a chapter ago, they were giving out with the Hosannas), Jesus and the other criminal are chatting it up while in agony. Who heard this conversation? How could it possibly have been heard above the noise of the multitudes? Who so precisely recorded the conversation? This tall tale was finally recorded some 50 years after it allegedly happened. If you want to claim that the Holy Spirit was in charge of getting this accurately recorded, then you have to explain why Matthew and Mark have different stories. Each story, by the way, suffering from the same problem as this one.. Who heard what was said?
No Record of Answered Prayers
The bible contains at least 14 passages where Jesus promises, unequivocally, that prayers will be answered. Here is one example that will be used to demonstrate the point.
And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name … they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover. Mark 16:17-18:
If Jesus had really said those words, people would have tried healing every sick person around them with prayer. There would have been thousands of people praising and proving that Jesus was right. Yet there is not a single recorded instance of true miracles that came about due to prayer around the times of Jesus. True miracles, not anecdotal, unproven incidents of Aunt Tillie recovering her hearing. A true miracle is a cleft palate being instantly cured; something on that order.
In addition, Jesus could not possibly have said that to a crowd. They could have called him out in an instant as their sick children died in spite of their prayer. They would have seen that they could not really lay on hands to heal the sick. But note, that passage was written AT LEAST 40 years after Jesus allegedly said it. There was no one at that time that could challenge Marks Jesus “quote” so it was safe to attribute it to Jesus.
Fig Tree Fiction
The fig tree fable is a minor story but it illustrates the point that God did not dictate/direct/determine/inspire/etc anything written in the Bible. Mark, then Matthew relate the Fig Tree fable. Mark points out that it was not the season for figs; making Jesus look like an idiot. Matthew conveniently omits that dirty little fact. This makes Jesus’ reaction after not finding fruit on the tree more credible.
Note also how Matthew had sensationalized the miracle. He made the fig tree wither immediately which was instantly noted by the disciples. In Mark’s account, the tree was found to be withered by the disciples only on the next morning. Again, we ask the question: how can we trust the gospel accounts of miracles when we see the authors enhancing and altering their stories to suit their own theologies and preconceptions?
A Colt and An Ass
This one is really good.
Matthew has Jesus arriving in Jerusalem on a colt AND an ass! This is because Matthew mistranslated the Old Testament prophacy
(more detail to follow – 4/27/14
If the Bible is the word of God, there should be no erroneous prophecy in it. But, in fact, the Bible abounds in failed prophecy. Here is just a partial listing.
- 1 Unfulfilled prophecies of denial
- 1.1 Destruction of Tyre
- 1.2 Destruction of Egypt
- 1.3 Nile will dry up
- 1.4 Triumph of Judah
- 1.5 Isaiah predicts the Nile drying up, Sea draining
- 1.6 Egyptians will speak the dead language of Canaan
- 1.7 Failure to smite Jebus
- 1.8 Israelites will be unbeatable
- 1.9 Land promises
- 1.10 Israel will live in peace with its neighbors
- 1.11 Davidic line will endure forever
- 2 Unfulfilled prophecies of retrodiction
- 3 Fulfilled “prophecies” that were never prophesized
- 4 Unfulfilled prophecies of vagueness
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 Footnotes
In addition, all of Jesus’ promises about the power of prayer can be seen as prophecy; i.e. Jesus is prophesying/promising what will happen if you just believe in the father and pray. Again, nothing comes of those promises.
If a being of infinite wisdom wrote the Bible, or caused it to be written, he must have known exactly how his words would be interpreted by all the world, and he must have intended to convey the very meaning that was conveyed. He must have known that by reading that book, man would form erroneous views as to the shape, antiquity, and size of this world; that he would be misled as to the time and order of creation; that he would have the most childish and contemptible views of the creator; that the “sacred word” would be used to support slavery and polygamy; that it would build dungeons for the good and therefore he must have intended that these results should follow.
Is there any other conclusion that can be drawn if you hold to the belief that God is omniscient? There can be no argument that the above paragraph is a true statement. Do you want to own it? You do own it if you believe in an omniscient, omnipotent God.