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Half of New Testament forged, Bible scholar says
May 13th, 2011
11:47 AM ET

Half of New Testament forged, Bible scholar says

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - A frail man sits in chains inside a dank, cold prison cell. He has escaped death before but now realizes that his execution is drawing near.

“I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come,” the man –the Apostle Paul - says in the Bible's 2 Timothy. “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”

The passage is one of the most dramatic scenes in the New Testament. Paul, the most prolific New Testament author, is saying goodbye from a Roman prison cell before being beheaded. His goodbye veers from loneliness to defiance and, finally, to joy.

There’s one just one problem - Paul didn’t write those words. In fact, virtually half the New Testament was written by impostors taking on the names of apostles like Paul. At least according to Bart D. Ehrman, a renowned biblical scholar, who makes the charges in his new book “Forged.

“There were a lot of people in the ancient world who thought that lying could serve a greater good,” says Ehrman, an expert on ancient biblical manuscripts.In “Forged,” Ehrman claims that:

* At least 11 of the 27 New Testament books are forgeries.

* The New Testament books attributed to Jesus’ disciples could not have been written by them because they were illiterate.

* Many of the New Testament’s forgeries were manufactured by early Christian leaders trying to settle theological feuds.

Were Jesus’ disciples ‘illiterate peasants?'

Ehrman’s book, like many of his previous ones, is already generating backlash. Ben Witherington, a New Testament scholar, has written a lengthy online critique of “Forged.”

Witherington calls Ehrman’s book “Gullible Travels, for it reveals over and over again the willingness of people to believe even outrageous things.”

All of the New Testament books, with the exception of 2 Peter, can be traced back to a very small group of literate Christians, some of whom were eyewitnesses to the lives of Jesus and Paul, Witherington says.

“Forged” also underestimates the considerable role scribes played in transcribing documents during the earliest days of Christianity, Witherington  says.

Even if Paul didn’t write the second book of Timothy, he would have dictated it to a scribe for posterity, he says.

“When you have a trusted colleague or co-worker who knows the mind of Paul, there was no problem in antiquity with that trusted co-worker hearing Paul’s last testimony in prison,” he says. “This is not forgery. This is the last will and testament of someone who is dying.”

Ehrman doesn’t confine his critique to Paul’s letters. He challenges the authenticity of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John. He says that none were written by Jesus' disciplies, citing two reasons.

He says none of the earliest gospels revealed the names of its authors, and that their current names were later added by scribes.

Ehrman also says that two of Jesus’ original disciples, John and Peter, could not have written the books attributed to them in the New Testament because they were illiterate.

“According to Acts 4:13, both Peter and his companion John, also a fisherman, were agrammatoi, a Greek word that literally means ‘unlettered,’ that is, ‘illiterate,’ ’’ he writes.

Will the real Paul stand up?

Ehrman reserves most of his scrutiny for the writings of Paul, which make up the bulk of the New Testament. He says that only about half of the New Testament letters attributed to Paul - 7 of 13 - were actually written by him.

Paul's remaining books are forgeries, Ehrman says. His proof: inconsistencies in the language, choice of words and blatant contradiction in doctrine.

For example, Ehrman says the book of Ephesians doesn’t conform to Paul’s distinctive Greek writing style. He says Paul wrote in short, pointed sentences while Ephesians is full of long Greek sentences (the opening sentence of thanksgiving in Ephesians unfurls a sentence that winds through 12 verses, he says).

“There’s nothing wrong with extremely long sentences in Greek; it just isn’t the way Paul wrote. It’s like Mark Twain and William Faulkner; they both wrote correctly, but you would never mistake the one for the other,” Ehrman writes.

The scholar also points to a famous passage in 1 Corinthians in which Paul is recorded as saying that women should be “silent” in churches and that “if they wish to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home.”

Only three chapters earlier, in the same book, Paul is urging women who pray and prophesy in church to cover their heads with veils, Ehrman says: “If they were allowed to speak in chapter 11, how could they be told not to speak in chapter 14?”

Why people forged

Forgers often did their work because they were trying to settle early church disputes, Ehrman says. The early church was embroiled in conflict - people argued over the treatment of women,  leadership and relations between masters and slaves, he says.

“There was competition among different groups of Christians about what to believe and each of these groups wanted to  have authority to back up their views,” he says. “If you were a nobody, you wouldn’t sign your own name to your treatise. You would sign Peter or John.”

So people claiming to be Peter and John - and all sorts of people who claimed to know Jesus - went into publishing overdrive. Ehrman estimates that there were about 100 forgeries created in the name of Jesus’ inner-circle during the first four centuries of the church.

Witherington concedes that fabrications and forgeries floated around the earliest Christian communities.

But he doesn’t accept the notion that Peter, for example, could not have been literate because he was a fisherman.

“Fisherman had to do business. Guess what? That involves writing, contracts and signed documents,” he said in an interview.

Witherington says people will gravitate toward Ehrman’s work because the media loves sensationalism.

“We live in a Jesus-haunted culture that’s biblically illiterate,” he says. “Almost anything can pass for historical information… A book liked ‘Forged’ can unsettle people who have no third or fourth opinions to draw upon.”

Ehrman, of course, has another point of view.

“Forged” will help people accept something that it took him a long time to accept, says the author, a former fundamentalist who is now an agnostic.

The New Testament wasn’t written by the finger of God, he says - it has human fingerprints all over its pages.

“I’m not saying people should throw it out or it’s not theologically fruitful,” Ehrman says. “I’m saying that by realizing it contains so many forgeries, it shows that it’s a very human book, down to the fact that some authors lied about who they were.”

- CNN Writer

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  1. Monica

    I agree with Witherington that "Almost anything can pass for historical information..." Just look at the History Channel. The deal is that this guys if anything want to sell books. Whether or not he really believes that what he is saying has any merit, I doubt he cares as long as he can sell some books. Honestly, the few reasons that were presented here really shows that he is full of bull!

    May 13, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  2. 1minionsopinion

    I wrote about this a couple weeks ago (albeit briefly). How did I beat CNN to a story?

    May 13, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  3. Wastrel

    My comment has nothing wrong with it, yet it awaits "moderation".

    May 13, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  4. Rooh

    Dr Bart's work is important because it made him lose his faith; and there are many in his situation. Every human knows its Creator and to have to lose faith in Him because someone plagirised his Word? Do you know how that feels? That feels like life has no purpose; that all your troubles have been in vain; there is nothing to hope for in the life after death. The Qur'an points to this very fact when it says it in so many words. There is no doubt the Qur'an is totally preserved and from God Almighty, who sent us Jesus, Abraham, Moses, Noah, David, Solomon, and Muhammad [peace be on them all]. for more on the subject call 1-877-WhyIslam toll free or visit http://www.whyislam.org

    May 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • PeterVN

      Nice linkspam there, not. Now provide some evidence to back up your thus far unsupported declarations.

      May 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • yoda

      The quaran is another version of mans faulty fruitiness. If it weren't for religion, we wouldn't have hate, racism, war and bigotry.

      May 13, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • Wastrel

      The Koran is a book of nonsense like most of the Bible, but it is worse, because it is a blueprint for a totalitarian political system disguised as a religion. Go AWAY!

      May 13, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
    • Wellllllll

      Surely Yoda you do not believe that if the bible didnt exist those things mention would not either. Even if you dont believe what is written in the bible and you have no faiith in God you must admit that a lot of our morality was formed by its teachings.

      May 13, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  5. PRISM 1234

    Ah, another dan brown one the scene, to get himself a name etched on the scroll of fools! If God created all there is, with all the marvels of the universe, if He holds past, present and the future in His hands, is He then limited in how, in what way, and by whom He will convey His Word? This world does NOT KNOW the power of the living God and the power of His Spirit who gives life even to the dead! And yet, puny little man like an tinny ant, sits on his ant hill, and thinks he has figured out God! What an irony, and oh, what a pitiful scene to behold!

    May 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • PeterVN

      Actually, we can know a lot about the characteristics that a god would need to have, and further, that those characteristics are not congruent with the set ascribed to the Christian god. You however, from your statement, would rather give up completely and not reason about god. That's just a wimpy cop-out on your part.

      May 13, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
    • Scott

      If god is so powerful why is there evil in the world

      May 13, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      Re:Peter
      Why don't you all just assemble yourself to vote on it, and make up a god you like.... Why, that's thing to do, everyone seems to be doing it nowdays! Just the way you like it!

      But there is a big surprise awaiting!........

      May 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • PeterVN

      Re your "big surprise" remark, read up on Pascal's Wager. Common fallacy.

      May 13, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      @Peter
      I have no need to read it... maybe you do....!
      My faith is not iffy, maybe, hope so, or hope it's not so. I know what I believe, because my faith comes from the source you obviously know nothing about.
      Your reason won't get you there, no amount of knowledge gathered will either, but only a humble, contrite heart that seeks God, and will not rest till it finds Him.
      Then, and ONLY then He will reveal Himself to you! And if that happens, then you will know that you were wrong, and will proclaim with your whole heart and without any hesitation, that Jesus Christ it the only way, the truth and life, and that HE is the Lamb of God who came to this world to bear your sin and the sin of all mankind, so that through Him mankind should be saved, that is , all those who put their faith and trust in Him.

      You see, friend, no man can know the things of God, unless it be revealed to Him, and what I wrote to you just here, is the WAY you can know.
      But there is one thing that prevents a man from finding that way: and it is his own pride, love of Self, and sin that is in his heart. If you are the kind of person that really wants to know the truth, then pray that God will remove those from you! Or else you will NEVER find it!
      But I hope and I pray that you do!

      May 14, 2011 at 12:26 am |
  6. Sid

    He's not claiming direct equivalence, just something critical. Here's one of at least 20 articles I find right away using cnn search that could reasonably taken as critical of Islam in some form:

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/05/11/afghanistan.madrassa/

    Surely that isn't hard for you to do yourself.

    May 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Wellllllll

    Most of the negative comments regarding God and christianity come from people that are unable to live by the bibles standards. Oprah did the same thing when she wrote the book "the secret". Now that she has come out of the closet it has become apparent why she bashed the bible and tried to start her own religion. She couldnt live by guideline layed down by the King James bible. Everyone has a choice, life is all about choices.

    May 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • yoda

      Oprah is awesome and has done more for the common good of people than any church of the last 30 years. The bible was written by people who didn't know Jesus, which wasn't his real name. The bible is a culmination of writings and big fish stories years after his death by people who never met the guy. Check out http://www.jesuspolice.com, and many other site that show priests and politicians sorted through hundreds of religious texts, altered them with supernatural pagan myths, and made them gospel. It's all a scam.

      May 13, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • Wellllllll

      Yoda when you look at Oprah as a role model I loose respect for you. Oprah does what she does for two things. MONEY AND RATINGS

      May 13, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
    • yoda

      Wow, that sounds like Christianity and the church...money, and ratings. Oprah has provided more support and charity than any Christian agenda'd organization could ever dream of. And, she's not in it to be an idol, neither was Jesus, he just got sucked up into mans own self interest. My my, would he frown now in what has been done with His name.

      May 14, 2011 at 1:46 am |
    • Pernic10us

      You got it! I can't, or don't want to live by the guidelines of the bible.
      I don't feel comfortable accusing and killing women for witchcraft, or sacrificing children to a War God, or claiming ownership of other people in the name of slavery! I refuse to!
      The bible was written in the Bronze Age! Very little of it is applicable to our lives now.

      May 14, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  8. Dorianmode

    Dr. Ehrman is a fantastic NT scholar. I especially like his book, "Jesus Interrupted".
    His faith journey parallels mine, in that he used to be a "fundie", and is now an agnostic.
    He knows more about the bible in his little finger, than everyone on these boards will ever know, combined.
    He has many friends who are believers, as well as friends who have other persuations. He is also a fantastic teacher. He is tollerant, and kind. I recommend to all his writings, which are very popular. If there were such a thing as the Bart Ehrman fan club, I would be signing up.
    Peace out.

    May 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  9. S. Durham

    Obviously this so called 'Bible Scholar' is one of many academics who aren't objective at all. They start off with the premise that the Bible and Christianity is nonsense. Therefore these people can't be taken seriously. It's even more disturbing when these people are also members of the clergy. Unfortunately heresy is alive and well.

    May 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • Luh

      I'd say it was rather refreshing to hear the clergy speaking truth for once... Ba dum tsk

      May 13, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • TimO

      How is that any different from how you've started out with the assumption that he has ulterior motives?

      May 13, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • Scott

      You obviously have not read any of Ehrman’s books

      May 13, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  10. SJArdent

    Bart Ehrman is a former Christian who has learned he can sell books and be popular by using his education to rehash old (and refuted) complaints regarding the Bible, destroying the faith of those who have never been exposed to the indepth history and complexity of the Bible. The man is a disgrace not only to Christianity, but to the ethical educational realm.

    May 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • London

      there is no such thing as a former christian. You either are one or are not one. If some idiot wants to write lies about the Bible, I don't want to read it. Shame on you for not believing it.

      May 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • yoda

      If someone wants to believe the bible was written by people who knew the historical Jesus, you are believing lies.

      May 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  11. Yup

    I reported abuse!

    May 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  12. frank

    Jesus dissed his own mom; I just can't respect a dude that would do that.

    May 13, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  13. Tom

    It doesn't matter. People's religious beliefs aren't based on facts, and facts won't change their beliefs. They believe what their parents told them and what the churches have told them. Facts are irrelevant.

    May 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  14. GiveMeABreak

    God hates you, that's why you're here.

    Jesus was at best, a nice guy that wanted you all to feel better about it.

    May 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  15. Townsend

    The comments I see are missing the point. This guy is certainly not registering a credible argument for anything here. Nobody seriously believes that a competent writer cannot change his style or alter the length of his sentences. If I remember correctly, we all learned in grade school the importance of changing our writing style when writing different kinds of letters with different addressees.

    May 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • ChicagoAnthro

      yeah, but grade school writing or even writing letters or giving a speech, etc. is different than scholarly work. Writers of high level theory or philosophy do not change their style once they get to a certain point. Its not an 'idea', it is quantifiable observation. And, if the author was trying to look critically at the writers of this theory/philosophy book (the bible), then this would be a technique he should have been using. The writers of a book like the bible would/should have been at a level where that was pretty much all they had been studying, thinking about, writing about, speaking about, etc...a consistent voice would be an organic outcome of such work.

      May 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  16. joesmith

    just a thought..the existance of God can be explained in a simple DNA marker..when God spit into the clay to create man..His DNA became a part of that new creation..that marker should be present in every human being since..surely threr must be an unexplained marker in all of us..

    May 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
    • Wah!

      Are you serious?!

      May 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • frank

      "just a thought..the existance of God can be explained in a simple DNA marker..when God spit into the clay to create man..His DNA became a part of that new creation..that marker should be present in every human being since..surely threr must be an unexplained marker in all of us.."

      lol.

      May 13, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • airwx

      Your concept has crossed my mind, but I found that the concept was flawed. If God invented clay (matter), then no part of Him was clay. If God invented time, then His molecular structure would be unaffected by time. If God invented space, He had to exsist outside of what we call space. If God invented DNA, He was not composed of DNA. This led me to understand why our feeble attempts to "empirically test" for God fail.

      May 13, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • Bio

      @joesmith
      Yes, there is a "marker" in all of "us"...and in chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, and all other living things (DNA/RNA). What that demonstrates is that all living things are "related". If we step away from dogma and look at the natural world with an open mind, things start to come into focus...yet our wonder and awe is not decreased, it intensifies.

      May 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • sue

      Brilliant idea !!! I've always thought this.

      May 13, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
    • blessedgeek

      The Creator has not and does not need human DNA. Only outer space USB (I mean UFO) believing freaqs believe in a Creator with DNA.

      May 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  17. C+

    Do we really need to analyze whether a book compiled over a span of several hundred years after the death of the subject is true or not??? The question isn't "Are parts of it forged?" The question is "How much of it could possibly be proven as historically accurate?"

    May 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • Dan McDermott

      The question is more "why is CNN wasting time on an article about a work of fiction being *gasp* fiction that cultists adhere to"?

      May 13, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  18. ChajiMogo

    Xtianity is a sham and a scam. Than you Mr. Ehrman for putting the truth out in your book!

    May 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • airwx

      I find it funny you abreviate the word Christianity by using a letter that is a Christmon!!!!!

      May 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  19. Jean

    Nothing new here. This has been common knowledge among theologians and clergy for years.

    May 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • Rodgerick Williams

      You are correct. I learned this years ago in a Junior College New Testament class for my Humanities requirement.

      May 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • Wilstar

      That is true, but Ehrman readily admits as much. He is just a popularizer of information that has long been known to scholars.

      May 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  20. HolyCow

    This article clearly misses what is important...regardless of author, the testaments are nothing but unsupported claims – fairy tales.

    May 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • Dan McDermott

      Baby steps! CNN is running an article that admits that just maybe "Teh Bibuhl" isn't the end-all, be-all word of "Gahd"

      Perhaps in another 20 years they'll be able to sit at the grownup table.

      May 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
    • crucified

      hey I can do that too.....I don't believe you...therefore, You don't exist/// hey i don't believe in atheist therfore they don't exist. That was easy/

      May 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • realist

      Yes Crucified, easy, and completely useless pap to the conversation. Thank you for absolutely nothing.

      May 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • crucified

      @realist actually I was applying a principle of realitivity and quatum physics. My point is this reality is an extention of a greater one.I actually thought there were smart people on this blog.. but, anyway, Quatum physics validates the Christian belief of a spiritual realm..and this is actually a created realm"holographic". This removes all randomness from equation..for images have purpose. You have put your belief in a hologram they have put their belief in reality..purposed by a Creator because things designed with purpose have function and design hence a designer. The sub atomic level two particle experiment in 1982 already proved this. All measuring sciences such as biology are deemed false measurings of a holographic existance. laymans terms could you create a eco system that was completely contained that a fish would believe was there from the beginning...? sure you could. however, that is not how it happened, you went to the fish store and made it ready and dropped his momma in the tank and removed mom at birth..he then believes always existed..or at least millions millions millions of years. case closed quatum physics mathmatically disproves applied sciences and proves the existance of a spiritual realm.we have relationship non locally exist as stated in schroeders model.

      May 13, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
    • Scott

      @ crucified: Time to start taking your medication again. Also try going to a junior college and taking a class in beginning quantum physics

      May 13, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
    • Anon

      In AD 90, John authored the Gospel of John, writing, "But when they came to Jesus, and saw he was dead already, they didn't break his legs; but one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and there immediately came out blood and water." Why is this significant, because I have a Friend in nursing school who just got done with her last anatomy and physiology class, as well as pathophysiology. According to his pathophysiology book, blood and water pour out from a ruptured heart. This means they pieced his heart with the spear! The second point is that, the "gnostic" gospels, which have been repeatedly introduced since the 3rd Century Anno Domini(Latin for "In the Day of Our Lord"), are nothing new and were written two to three generations later than the ones included in bibles today. If the Bible wasn't true, why can't they stop Christianity dead in it's tracks and prove it wrong completely. In fact we have more manuscrpits of the entire New Testament and Tanakh today than we have of Homer's most common and popular works. We have over 1,000 manuscripts of the New Testament from the time of the Roman Empire, and that doesn't doesn't include the amount we have of the entire bible. Last thought: the word "atheist" comes from the Latin word "ingoramus".

      May 13, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • Lee Grandmaison

      @anon
      //Last thought: the word "atheist" comes from the Latin word "ingoramus".//

      Atheist comes from the greek root word 'theist' which means, among several other translations, 'one with a belief in the divine' or 'one with a belief in god', among several other possible translations, with those two being the closest we have. The prefix 'a' means without, so it transforms the word's meaning into 'one without a belief in the divine' or 'one without a belief in god'.

      God was a word that was both singular, and plural, in that god could refrence one god, or every god in existance.

      So, please, before you attempt to look smart, at least know what the hell you're talking about.

      May 13, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      He doesn't need to know what he's talking about... he's got religion...

      May 13, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Anon

      There were no eyewitness accounts of Jesus. The Gospels were written by god knows who in the third person. The Gospels were written with an agenda i.e., Jesus was the Messiah and Son of God.

      We know virtually nothing about the persons who wrote the gospels we call Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
      -Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion at Princeton University, (The Gnostic Gospels)

      The bottom line is we really don't know for sure who wrote the Gospels.
      -Jerome Neyrey, of the Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass. in "The Four Gospels," (U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 10, 1990)

      Jesus is a mythical figure in the tradition of pagan mythology and almost nothing in all of ancient literature would lead one to believe otherwise. Anyone wanting to believe Jesus lived and walked as a real live human being must do so despite the evidence, not because of it.
      -C. Dennis McKinsey, Bible critic (The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy)

      There are no known secular writings about Jesus, that aren't forgeries, later insertions, or hearsay. NONE!

      Most of the supposed authors lived AFTER Jesus was dead. Can you say hearsay?

      We don't even have a wooden shelf that Jesus might have built. Or anything written by Jesus (He was probably illiterate).

      The Dead Sea Scrolls did not mention Jesus or have any New Testament scripture.

      Jesus, if he existed, was not considered important enough to write about by any contemporary person. The myth hadn't had a chance to flourish.

      Paul's writings were the first, about Jesus. But, Paul's writing was done 25 to 30 years after Jesus was dead. In a primitive, ultra-supersti_tious society, 25 years is a lot of time for a myth to grow. Paul never met Jesus.

      Some people feel that Paul, not Jesus, is the real father of what most Christians believe today (Pauline Christianity).

      Questions on the Crucifixion story:
      "Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save." Mark 15:31

      "Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe..." Mark 15:32

      It would appear, that the chief priests are admitting that Jesus "saved" others. If they knew this, then there is no reason for them to demand that Jesus descend from the cross, in order for them to believe. They already admitted to knowing of Jesus's "miracles".

      I'm sure you will apply Evangelical gymnastics to these verses, but taken literally it would seem that this is just an embellishment by Mark. A work of fiction.

      Here is some more:
      According to Luke 23:44-45, there occurred "about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour, and the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst."
      Yet not a single mention of a three hour ecliptic event got recorded by anyone. 'Cause it didn't happen!

      Mathew 27 51:53
      51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

      How come nobody wrote about zombies running through the cities? 'Cause it is all b.s.

      If Jesus was the Messiah and the Son of God, who died for man's redemption, then this would be the most important event in the history of man.
      Why wouldn't god have ensured there was tons of evidence that this was true? Multiple Writings by contemporary eyewitnesses – Jews and Romans.

      You are going to want to say that there IS lots of evidence, but look at reality:
      There are way more people, in the world, who are not Christians than who are. Obviously, the evidence is not adequate to convince most if not all people.

      Cheers!

      May 13, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
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