The Gospels are not History

To examine the Gospels objectively, we need to dig deeper than just reading well-chosen, neatly packaged snippets as typically presented in Christian books and churches. We should assess them in their entirety, who wrote them, what their connections with Yeshua (the real historical Jesus, who may or may not have existed,) were, when they were written, and why. Massive holes then appear in the traditional tales.

We don’t know the original authors’ true identities, yet they had no known close, genuine connection with Yeshua. They wrote many decades after the events they allegedly described. They may have been under the employee of the Roman government, and written spoofs to counter messianic Judaism. If this is true billions of Christians over the centuries have been duped, and trillions of human hours have been wasted dwelling on deceitful documents.

all artificial LukeThe original scripts were added to and altered for two hundred years after they were first written. This was inevitable in an age when there were no printing presses and all manuscripts were hand written. The authors borrowed attractive themes and stories of miracles from existing cults. All four are riddled with contradictions. The authors’ attempts to preach philosophy were amateurish, inconsistent, and frequently flawed. The resurrection is a fairy-tale.

Most of the early Christians, at least the ones who made up the numbers, were drawn from the lower, uneducated classes, and the Gospels were written for them. They were superstitious and credulous, likely to believe almost anything. Modern readers, much better educated and informed, should recognize phony reports and poor-quality philosophy for what they are.

Most Christian apologists know very little about the social, religious and political scene at the time Christianity was created. They rarely allow their authority to be openly questioned, and in order to push their wares insist on the easy argument that faith is necessary. It’s time this stopped.

                                               Today’s Churches have Reinvented Jesus

The gospel authors created a false Jesus. Then, throughout history, he became many different things to people, mutating to suit the needs of the era and the beholder. Today’s churches have now modernized him again.

3090229185_fa33694537Spin-doctors have turned him into a loveable character. Yet Jesus hardly fits this manufactured image. He was intolerant of the unbeliever, whom he threatened with the sword and hellfire. It’s tragic that he gave license to the killing of millions of heretics, nonbelievers and other innocents over the centuries. Christians today gloss over the fact he was a bigot who promoted violence.

Jesus was an ascetic who advocated the single life. He considered it more important to follow an ideology than to have a family, and implied that sexuality was an impediment for entry into heaven. Today, churches rarely quote Jesus calling out to give up your family or castrate yourself to get into heaven.

Today we rarely hear Jesus say,

“Blessed are the poor” or

“Sell everything you own and give the money to the poor.”

The institutions ignore this message, as most of them have a love of money, and are always asking for more. The Vatican has amassed so many riches that it’s now one of the wealthiest institutions in the world. Some Pentecostal churches have even somehow reinvented Jesus’ message to mean he wants people to be materially successful.

Jesus in the gospelsJesus told people to be like children by just believing. He badmouthed the value of critical thought. In the past, this has suited churches that found it easier to control people who didn’t think for themselves. Nowadays, they usually can’t get away with preaching this, so after over fifteen hundred years suppressing secular education, science, and medicine, some churches have refashioned Jesus into someone who wants people to get an education, discover the world, and be proactive with their health.

Modern churches have turned Jesus into a good friend, yet he sometimes stated he wasn’t interested in anyone who wasn’t Jewish. They claim he’s there for everyone and will help one and all in times of need. Yet dead people can’t help anyone.

Today’s churches claim Jesus provides the path to happiness, yet Jesus offered a heavenly reward to people who were poor and miserable.

Churches claim that the God of the Torah, the “God of wrath,” has been replaced by the Christian “God of love.” Yeshua, if he ever existed, was a Jew, so knew only one god; the Yahweh of the Torah. His puppet in the gospels never claimed God had any such change in his personality.

Today’s Christian spin-doctors have created an image of Jesus that rescues him from his own story.

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to The Gospels are not History

  1. michael says:

    Thanks for that.

    Just to let you know, I wasn’t expecting you to go into any great detail on the subject, I just thought that maybe the scholars have reached a consensus in the last few years and I hadn’t heard about it. Judging by your reply though, it’s still up for conjecture.

  2. Michael says:

    You write, “Each Gospel demonstrated authors’ bias in tailoring the story to suit a particular audience.”

    I have only a layman’s interest in this subject, but I get the feeling that Matthew was writing to the Jews, Mark was writing to the Romans, and Luke and John were writing to Gentiles in general.

    Are there scholarly opinions that get a little more specific about the audiences to whom the gospellers were writing?

    • Mark Fulton says:

      Hi Michael, that is a big topic! A simple answer would be nice, but it ain’t that simple I’m afraid. I can save you a lot of angst trying to find the answers if you appreciate the following points.
      – all 4 gospels evolved over a few hundred years. Scholars do talk of who Mark/ Matthew/ Luke/ or John were, but that is only by convention. The vast majority of non evangelical scholars admit it is somewhat misleading to think of the authors as distinct individuals.
      – realise that the names were only first attached to the gospels circa 180 CE. Having said that, each gospel has its own features which help identify whether the original author(s) was likely to be gentile or Jewish, but there is much disagreement (as you would expect from documents that were fiddled with by multiple authors)about this.
      _ in my opinion, the gospel that probably comes closest to echoing some of the genuine ideas of Jesus is probably Matthew’s , as it is the most Jewish of the four. Having said that, “he” copied much of the biography from “Mark’s” gospel.

      Hope this helps! Mark

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