10 Things You Don’t Know About the Bible that could Change your Religion

1. There is no hell in the Old Testament.

That’s right. No mention of it at all. If the Bible is the word of God, you’d think God would’ve mentioned something about a life of eternal damnation for your sins.

 

For more information see the book, “Doubt after Doubt: Doubting the Christian Faith” chapter 6 “Doubting the Christian Afterlife.”

 

 

2. The Bible demonstrates henotheism (as opposed to monotheism) in the Old Testament.

Henotheism is the belief that one god is supreme over all others. This is akin to recognizing all other gods, but declaring Zeus is supreme over all others. In many parts of the Old Testament Yahweh (or the Hebrew God) is depicted as just another god in the heavens. The Hebrews, however, declare their god supreme over all others. This was not monotheism. This was henotheism. If the Bible is the word of God, one might assume God would ensure those divinely inspired would’ve gotten this one right.

  

3. The serpent, the devil and Satan are not one and the same.

Each is a distinct and unrelated character in the Bible. The serpent is exactly that…a serpent (with the powers to speak). Satan is an angelic role and is a helper of God (see Job chapter 1). The devil is exclusively a New Testament character, he is defined as the trickster, yet even in his wildest dreams he cannot match the malevolence of God himself.

 

For more information see the book, “Doubt after Doubt: Doubting the Christian Faith” chapter 5 “Doubting God’s Adversaries.”

 

4. The two nativity stories found in the New Testament (there are only two) are very different from each other with only the following details in common; the characters of Joseph, Mary and Jesus, a virgin birth and the setting of Bethlehem.

 

Matthew

Luke

An angel appears to Joseph. There is no mention of an angel appearing to Mary.

An angel appears to Mary. There is no mention of an angel appearing to Joseph.

Joseph and Mary are from Bethlehem.

Joseph and Mary are from Nazareth.

The magi from the east visit and bring gifts to the baby Jesus.

No mention of the magi.

The magi follow a star to Jesus’ birthplace.

No mention of a star.

Jesus is born in a house.

Jesus is born in a manger.

Joseph, Mary and Jesus flee to Egypt.

No mention of a flight to Egypt.

King Herod calls for the murder of children between the ages of zero and two.

No mention of King Herod ordering the murder of children.

No mention of a census.

Joseph and Mary are in Bethlehem because of the census.

No mention of shepherds.

The shepherds hear of Jesus’ birth from angels, visit the child and bring gifts.

No account of Jesus being circumcised or being presented at the Temple.

Jesus is presented at the Temple in Jerusalem and is circumcised.

 

For more information see the book, “Doubt after Doubt: Doubting the Christian Faith” chapter 2 “Doubting Christmas.”

 

5. The four gospels agree on very little in regards to the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus.

 

Question

Verses

Does Jesus reveal that Judas Iscariot is his betrayer during the Last Supper, as Matthew and John reveal? Or do the disciples leave the Last Supper not knowing that Judas is the betrayer, as Mark and Luke seem to indicate?

Mt 26:17 – 30

Mk 14:12-25

Lk 22:14-38

Jn 13:18-30

Will Peter deny Jesus three times before the rooster crows as Matthew, Luke and John indicate or before the rooster crows twice as Mark states?

Mt 26:34

Mk 14:30

Lk 22:34

Jn13:31 – 38

Did Judas betray Jesus with a kiss as Matthew and Mark reveal, or does Jesus stop him before he lands a kiss, as Luke states? Or was there no kiss at all, as described in John?

Mt 26:49

Mk 14:44

Lk 22:47-48

Jn 18:3-11

Why does Matthew tell us that Judas hung himself, but Mark, Luke and John all overlook this event?

Mt 27:1-10

 

Was Jesus brought before Caiaphas as Matthew tells us or was he brought before Annas, the father-in-law of Caiaphas, as John reports?

Mt 26:57

Jn 18:12-14

Did Jesus go before King Herod as Luke says, or did this event not happen since it is not documented in Matthew, Mark or John?

Lk 23:6-12

 

What was the exchange of words between Pilate and Jesus (and how would any of the gospel writers actually know this)?

Mt 27:11-26

Mk 15:1-15

Lk 22:66 -23:4

Jn 18:28-37

Did both men crucified with Jesus hurl insults upon him as Matthew and Mark indicate or was it just one of them as Luke indicates?         

Mt 27:27-31

Mk 15:16-20

Lk 23:39 – 43

What was the inscription above Jesus’ head? Was it “This is Jesus, King of the Jews” as Matthew recalls, simply “The King of the Jews” as Mark tells us, “This is the King of the Jews” as written by Luke, or “Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews” written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek as John describes?

Mt 27:36

Mk 15:26

Lk 23:38

Jn 19:19-20

Were Jesus’ last words “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” as Matthew and Mark reveal, were they “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” as Luke explains, or were they “It is finished” as John reports?

Mt 27:46

Mk 15:34

Lk 23:46

Jn 19:30

Did the Temple curtain split in two after Jesus dies as Matthew and Mark tell us, or before Jesus dies, as Luke documents?     

Mt 27:51

Mk 15:38

Lk 23:44

Was there an earthquake at the death of Jesus as described in Matthew or was this event absent since it is not revealed in Mark, Luke or John?

Mt 27:51

 

Did the dead rise from the dead upon Jesus’ death as Matthew reveals or was this event absent since it is not revealed in Mark, Luke or John?

Mt 27:52-53

 

Was Jesus pierced as John describes or did this event not happen since it is not described in the other gospels?

Jn 19:34

 

Were guards placed before the tomb as Matthew states or were these guards absent as Mark, Luke and John fail to mention them?

Mt 27:62-65

 

Did those who visited the empty tomb visit at dawn and after the sun had risen as Matthew and Mark describe, or was it still dark and prior to dawn as John describes? (Luke claims it was “early morning” and therefore it could have been either before or after dawn).

Mt 28:1

Mk 16:2

Lk 24:1

Jn 20:1

Was it Mary Magdalene and the other Mary who were the first to visit the empty tomb as Matthew describes, or was it Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome as Mark describes, or was it Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James and the others with them as Luke explains, or was it just Mary Magdalene as John describes?

Mt 28:1

Mk 16:1

Lk 24:9

Jn 20:1

Was there one angel at the tomb who descended, rolled back the stone and sat upon it, as Matthew describes? Was the tomb already open when the women arrived and a man dressed in white within the tomb, as Mark describes? Was the tomb already open when the women arrived and two men suddenly appeared, as Luke claims? Or was the tomb simply empty with no appearances of angels or men as in John’s account?

Mt 28:2

Mk 16:5

Lk 24:4

Jn 20:1-9

How many days did Jesus remain on earth after his resurrection?

Mt 28:1-20

Mk 16:1-20

Lk 24:1-52

Jn 20:1– 21:25

Did Jesus ascend into heaven from the vicinity of Bethany as Luke declares or from an undisclosed location after speaking with the apostles as described in Mark? (John and Matthew do not mention the ascension.)       

Mk 16: 19

Lk 21:50

 

 

For more information see the book, “Doubt after Doubt: Doubting the Christian Faith” chapter 3 “Doubting Easter.”

 

6. There are two creation stories in Genesis. Here is the order of events in each chapter:

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Earth is a watery place, devoid of life

Earth is a dry place, devoid of water and life

God creates all of the world’s vegetation

God creates the first male human

God creates the birds of the air

God creates the world’s vegetation

God creates the animals

God creates all the animals

God creates mankind; male and female

God creates all the birds

God rests

God creates the first female

 

For more information see the book, “Doubt after Doubt: Doubting the Christian Faith” chapter 4 “Doubting the Creation Story.”

  

7. Marriage, as defined in the Bible, is not between one man and one woman.

In the Old Testament Solomon has 700 wives and 300 concubines (I Kings 11:3); King Rehohoam has 18 wives and 60 concubines (II Chronicles 11:21); and King Abigah has 14 wives (II Chronicles 11:21). The earliest account of polygamy is Lamech, an ancestor of Cain (or Seth depending on which genealogy you read) who had two wives (Genesis 4:19).

 

For more information see the book, “Doubt after Doubt: Doubting the Christian Faith” chapter 8 “Doubting God’s Gender and his Views on Sexuality.”

  

8. The gospel of Luke and the gospel of Matthew differ on the genealogy of Jesus.

 

Matthew

   Luke

King David

King David

(Luke Continued)

Solomon

Nathan

Mattathias

Rehoboam

Mattatha

Joseph

Abijah

Menna

Jannai

Asa

Melea

Melki

Jehoshaphat

Eliakim

Levi

Jehoram

Jonam

Matthat

Uzziah

Joseph

Heli

Jotham

Judah

Joseph

Ahaz

Simeon

Jesus

Hezekiah

Levi

 

Mansseh

Matthat

 

Amon

Jorim

 

Josiah

Eliezer

 

Jeconiah

Joshua

 

Shealtiel

Er

 

Zerubbabel

Elmadam

 

Abuid

Cosam

 

Eliakim

Addi

 

Azor

Melki

 

Zadok

Neri

 

Akim

Shealtiel

 

Eliud

Zerubbabel

 

Eleazar

Rhesa

 

Matthan

Joanan

 

Jacob

Joda

 

Joseph

Josech

 

Jesus

Semein

 

 

For more information see the book, “Doubt after Doubt: Doubting the Christian Faith” chapter 2 “Doubting Christmas.”

 

9. The Bible and Jesus declare we are all gods!

 

Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”

“We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods?’”  (John 10:31-34)

 

Jesus is quoting Psalm 82:6.

 

For more information see the book, “Doubt after Doubt: Doubting the Christian Faith” chapter 9 “Doubting the Word of God.”

 

10. Jesus did not fulfill prophecy

 

The Jews were expecting the return of a political leader, a king, who would unite the nation of Judah and Israel. Jesus did not fulfill this major prophecy. In fact he was mocked upon his death for declaring he was “King of the Jews.” Upon further review of all major prophecies, when placed into context, there is not one that Jesus unquestionably fulfills.

 

For more information see the book, “Doubt after Doubt: Doubting the Christian Faith” chapter 3 “Doubting Easter.”

 

 

 

 

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  1. #1 by josh on October 2, 2008 - 12:29 am

    I am curious if you have ever read the bible. At the bottom of each point that you are trying to make you say…..
    ….. “For more information see the book, “Doubt after Doubt: Doubting the Christian Faith”
    why not say; for more info check out the bible.
    I urge you to read the bible (or at least the the chapters that you are quoting, it will be quite enlightening.

  2. #2 by robjacik on October 2, 2008 - 12:58 am

    While I did provide links to my book for more information, I also provided dozens of Biblical references to make my point. If it was not clear from my post — I am quite familiar with the Bible and have read it in its entirety, some portions many, many times.

    As a result of my fully reading the Bible and studying the Christian faith I drew these conclusions and I encourage everyone to read the Bible for themselves. You may be surprised, like I was, to find what it truly says and truly teaches. This posting is just a sampling of what I discovered.

    Bright Blessings!

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