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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. brad

    On the other hand, some of the early authors were careful to verify what had been taught. Consider the first paragraph in Luke. "Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. "

    Also, the last sentences in 2 Peter acknowledge that Silas has written this epistle, and coroborated by Peter.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • El Kababa

      Except Luke didn't write that. Someone else wrote that decades after Luke was dead.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  2. dave

    idiots

    May 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  3. Deborah

    It is known that the bible was written by scribes and some portions dictated. Remember Paul was nearing the end of his life, vision poor, hands shaky and locked in a dungeon. But what the scoffer does not consider is who at the time would want to identify with the Christians. They were burned at the stalk, boiled in oil, skinned alive, sent to live in the cathacombs of Rome to escape the Romans, used as human candles by Nero. Who woul d want to side with them, only someone who truly believed what they spoke. The only thing that they spoke was Jesus loves you and paid the price for the sins of mankind. Who would go through all that unless they were fully convinced that Jesus Christ is Lord.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • dave

      dingbats

      May 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • dave

      let's just ask ourselves one little questioon, shall we? really what kind of people live in the Middle east today? and one follow up, what makes you think that the people that live there today are any different that the people that lived there 2000 years ago?

      May 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • dave

      dingbats and idiots

      May 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Hitch

      Deb,

      I am little surprised you make this case, as of today there are many known instances (Bo & Peep cult, Jones town cult, etc. ) in which people were basically told ‘this is it, this is the end, come w/ us & be saved or perish’. This same fear mongering tact worked more so then, but evidently it still works marginally. The point being is people are willing to do what the early Christians did, suffering all of it, if they think they’re the ones that in the end will be saved or something. The early disciples might have known such a jesus, but clearly by the time Christianity had spread to Rome it was many generations in the making, where none of the adherents were around during any resurrection. Where there wasn’t any formal cannon & Christianity itself was competing with similar faiths like the Gnostics & others which were contemporarily fighting for adherents.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  4. CW

    This is just another so called "sch-olar" as he would call himself trying to make some money by discrediting the Bible. As for his book....I like the name "Gullible Travels" much better because anyone that would believe that his research is credible...is truly gullible.

    I can't wait till one day "judgement day" to be exact to see what Mr. Ehrman is going to say when our Lord asks about this blasphemous book.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • BillR

      Amen CW you said that perfectly!!!

      May 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      He'll say nothing, because there will be no "judgment day."

      May 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Jon

      Thankfully we only have 8 days until judgement day, so we'll find out quickly who is right.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • Hitch

      CW,

      if he's worth his salt, like Betrand Russell, he'll say something like (english accent) 'but my lord, you didn't provide enough evidence'.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • Stevie7

      Why do so many Christians seem to take such delight in the eventual judgement and presumably eternal torture of others. Seems very un-Christian like.

      Here's a thought – instead of spending your life so obsessed with something that may or may not happen in the far distant future, why not actually live in the present?

      May 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • Nonimus

      "Here's a thought – instead of spending your life so obsessed with something that may or may not happen in the far distant future, why not actually live in the present?"
      Or at least let us do so, without seemingly constant threats/reminders of eternal damnation.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Rick

      Speaking of gullibility....what makes you think there will BE a judgement day?

      May 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Rick

      "Why do so many Christians seem to take such delight in the eventual judgement and presumably eternal torture of others"

      Because mean petty people find comfort in a mean petty god

      May 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  5. M.Shinny

    Can fiction be forged?

    May 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • P.Diddy

      Fo shizzle

      May 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  6. dave

    the Bible is a lie, front to back, cover to cover. the Jewish book called the Talmud, is a lie, front to back, cover to cover. The Quran is a lie, front to back, cover to cover. ALL RELIGIONS ARE A LIE! believing in religions of ANY kind is kinda like believing in the Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus, kinda cute, and everyone just smile or smirks especially when little kids are around. ALL religions presuppose one thing, and that is the existence of a human soul. NO SUCH THING EVER EXISTED. IF YOU HAVE A SOUL, WELL JUST DRAG IT OUT IN THE AIR AND LET ME SEE IT! I am from Missouri, so, show me! where is the evidence anywhere at ANY TIME of the existence of a soul? anybody out ther got one? let's see it! the truth is you can't and never will be able to prove that souls exist in ANY way shape or form. When you die, your "soul" doesn't go to heaven to see granma and granpa! It doesn't go anywhere, cause it doesn't exist! what happens when you die, is your dead. "." finito. done. over. no reincarnation. or friendly little visit with st. paul, no chat with jesus, no traveling to purgatory for a year, nothing, zilch, zero, not even a reset button cause you don't want to play this game anymore. When you die, you're just dead. stop. end. your LIFE is here on earth, use it wisely and GROW UP and take responsibility for your action AS you live, the way that you are remembered is ALL the after life that there is. oh and as far as justice? there is no such thing in OUR society as justice, there is only a small measure of revenge. Oh, and one more thing, everything that I have said can be proven, all you have to do is look up the experiments of Count Rumsford, and TAKE THE BLINDERS OFF! realize the SIGNIFICANCE of his experiments and it is very easy to show that the human brain is inventing the things that we call feelings, perception, reality. You may not like that reality, but is all that there is.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  7. Squirrel-Juggling Jesus

    Who cares if it was forged, or scribes invented it 1200 years later? I made them do it with my amazing Jesus brain-stuff, so it is the inspired word of God – even if it really really really looks like some dingbat made it up.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Jesus-Juggling Squirrel

      Two can play that game.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Juggling Squirrel-Jesus

      Squirrels need their savior too, ya know.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Squirrel-Jesus Has Arisen ! ! ! ! ! !

      Welcome back to Earth ! ! ! I kowtow before you, Juggling Squirrel-Jesus! Finally you have returned to earth to take us to your happy circus-like Juggling Heaven for Squirrels!

      Prepare yourselves, ye faithful ones! The rapture has come, and squirrels everywhere will fly up, up, and away as all those lousy humans who almost never stop to share peanuts or triscuits with us are left in their hell of polution and religions and fast food!

      Praise Squirrel-Jesus!

      May 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  8. Laura

    Wow! Big shock of more attacks on the Bible. The mockers and scoffers do not even realize they are in fact fulfilling the very prophecies they mock of what it will be like in the End Times. I suppose the Book of Revelation is merely forged too!
    Study the WORD see it transforming power and study Bible Prophecy then tell me if it forged.
    Sheeesh!!!

    May 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Artist

      Ar eyou serious Laura????
      .
      Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it difficult to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences, to think logically, to have normal emotional responses, and to behave normally in social situations.
      As the illness continues, psychotic symptoms develop:
      • False beliefs or thoughts that are not based in reality (delusions)
      • Hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are not there (hallucinations)

      May 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Oh the Irony!

      Um.....Forged by who exactly? If you think god wrote it, then yeah it's forged by man, not a specific person, just a bunch of people. I don't mean to mock the bible, really I don't. I'm a bible scholar myself because I find it fascinating how a book could trick so many people into believing crazy things and actually somehow communicate the need to kill and then pat the killers on the back (don't believe me? read about the crusades, or really any person who decides killing a doctor who performs abortion is just). My point is, when you read it side-by-side to say, Harry Potter, they both are basically saying the same thing, down to crazy magic shows and followers and all that. The difference? harry potter heads (like myself) know that book is a book of fiction and most christians truely believe that the bible must have happened.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Nonimus

      That would only be true if these are the "End Times."
      I will bet you my entire life savings that it will not happen in the next 10 years.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Hitch

      Of all the NT books, the book of revelation is waaaaay out there, like the author was on shrooms the while time.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • airwx

      @ Hitch.... I used to think of the Revelation like that...until I learned more about Jewish culture and symbology. Revelation was written to where a Jew could read it and decipher the symbols and metaphors, all from the OT, while a Roman would read it. laugh hysterically, and not block its being sent off the island.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  9. hecep

    Hoozz n elitrit pezint!!?

    May 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  10. Oh the Irony!

    The best part about this thread is the fake HeavenSent vs. HeavenSent dialogue and how the real one doesn't see the irony hitting him in the face. How can you tell there are two HeavenSent's writing and not one? Because the writing style, syntax, vocabulary everything is off right? I would reccomend HeavenSent going back through all of Paul's letters and checking out all those same reasons, then you might find yourself thinking, "Gosh! Paul not only is all over the place, but tone, themes and style are so completely different in each one of his letters!"

    I mean, lets get real here, of course the Bible was not only written by man, but had to have been written by people with a specific goal in mind and wishing to emulate a famous person to get that goal across. It's called op-ed and its been going on since there was the written word. If the mere fact that most of the stories in the bible were forged shakes the foundation of your faith, you might want to rethink what you actually believe in. For all of you who will say, "It's not who wrote it, but what is says!" then take another hard look at what it actually says and you might find that most of the time the bible is asking man to walk forwards and backwards at the same time.

    If there is a ominipotent man in the sky throwing books at his believers, its one of the greatest jokes ever told (ie The movie Dogma)

    I want to leave you all with a thought. If the Devil is this really evil guy, opposed to everything god does, is all about seducing people to do "evil" things, then why when you die would you go and be punished for living an evil life? Wouldn't the devil want to throw you a big party and congratulate you on not being a follower of god? Why is the devil god's enemy, but then also an extension of god to punish people at the same time?

    Think about it.....

    May 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Artist

      Actually there are 3 to 4 fake heavensents. lol

      May 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Oh the Irony!

      Even better, I bet there were probably close to 6 or 7 Paul's too

      May 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • .

      Are you saying that HeavenSent forged the gospels?
      I shocked, i say, shocked!

      May 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Artist

      The devil and god are very close friends. They even make wagers over our suffering (job). The devil and sin come from god. He created everything which means we are here for his entertainment. Humans are like the christians in the arena for the Romans.

      May 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • airwx

      @ Artist....have to burst your bubble on the Book of Job.....It isn't scripture. It is a Jewish morality play about being self-righteous. It may be the first example of a Jewish epic poem, and was penned before Genisis. There was no wager, Lucifer did not get back into God's presence, do not pass go, do not.....

      May 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Artist

      airwx

      @ Artist....have to burst your bubble on the Book of Job.....It isn't scripture. It is a Jewish morality play about being self-righteous. It may be the first example of a Jewish epic poem, and was penned before Genisis. There was no wager, Lucifer did not get back into God's presence, do not pass go, do not.....
      ----
      I thought for sure they wagered for a free day pass in heaven and unlimited rides???????? I am going to have to crack open the dusty bible again and refresh my memory. I am getting older you know.....41 😮

      May 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • airwx

      @ Artist... oh yeah, blame it on a senior moment!!!

      May 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  11. hecep

    Witherington calls Ehrman’s book “Gullible Travels, for it reveals over and over again the willingness of people to believe even outrageous things.” Funny. I feel the same way about the Bible.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Rick

      Seems that way to me, too. The spirit knocks up a virgin, so that the illegitimated child can get whacked because the rib woman at a piece of fruit because a snake talked her into it

      May 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  12. Simon Peter

    Hasn't this been common knowledge for 25-50 years or longer?

    May 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  13. Jonathan

    Criticism of Christianity is fine, but we'll NEVER see criticism of Islam on CNN. Wuss-bags, all of you.

    Keep enjoying the freedoms you have that were created under a JUDEO-CHRISTIAN ethos. We'll be here to mop up the mess after you're done.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • Artist

      Jonathan

      Criticism of Christianity is fine, but we'll NEVER see criticism of Islam on CNN. Wuss-bags, all of you.

      Keep enjoying the freedoms you have that were created under a JUDEO-CHRISTIAN ethos. We'll be here to mop up the mess after you're done.
      ----------
      Now the christians are going to save us from islam. *rolling eyes* The Christian Taliban is as dnagerous to us as Islam is to the middle east. You both ARE the problem here and the middle east. Hopefully we can cure this sickness before the both of you destroy us and the earth.

      May 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Stevie7

      CNN is a business. It's about viewship (or readership, in our case). Most Americans pretty much nothing about the koran. What good would a story on it do? But somewhere in the neighborhood of 75% of this country claims to be Christian. So a story on the bible is far more relevant and will attract more interest. There's no religious conspiracy – just follow the money.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Deborah

      Well said

      May 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  14. Artist

    Steve (the real one)

    As far as you last thought I must state in the case of SOME TV preachers, I agree with you!
    -------
    I don't prefer pop art but do it from time to time. Me and my wife did a collaboration series. One of them was Benny Hinn in front of $100 with his hand in the air. We called it God Inc. Tune in on Sunday to see God Inc in full swing making money.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  15. Paul

    The books have different timelines, and tell different stories set in different places. They obviously cannot all be factual. I think the key is to take the teachings from the books and try to apply them to your life in order to make it better and halp those around you.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • treetop

      Or, you could just do the same with common sense....

      May 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • W247

      Treetop – where do you think common sense comes from?

      May 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      @W247: Not where you think it comes from, apparently.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  16. HRPufnstuf

    Doesn't matter who wrote what. What does matter is that it was written by MEN, at a time in history when the earth was flat, and the sun revolved around it. Everybody knew those as facts.

    So to say it is the Word of God is a far reach. It is men's interpretation of the word of God, based on their best understanding, based on their knowledge at the time. Which obviously wasn't entirely good.

    Makes the whole thing suspect.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  17. Pat

    Why am I not seeing Christians clamoring for Ehrman to be killed for blasphemy?

    OOps, sorry, wrong Abrahamic tradition, nevermind...

    May 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • Stevie7

      Well, the early church did kill for heresy, so you're just off by a few centuries

      May 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • hecep

      In more contemporary times, what about the bible-thumpers who have called for the death (and killed) abortion docs?

      May 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  18. treetop

    It doesn't matter how fake it is – close-minded idiots will continue to believe whatever they're told to believe.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  19. Hell

    Why do we need to be saved by Faith? Why would a God who loves us test us in this way. Especially since he already knows who will fail! It's incredible people believe this. We do not have a choice poeple, it is entrapment! Think of this too about heaven's perfection. There are a whole race of "things" there, both Angels and Creatures that do not wholey believe what God is doing is right. So God cast them out. It seems there is a lot of agnst in that place. It's a drama folks...
    Also if we go up as spirits why are the streets lined with gold? "No wait what"? "We need streets"?? I wonder if the have pot holes and "heaven transporation workers"...

    May 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Hell

      This has been fun. Leaving work. one last thing, do you think the devil created American "Idol"!! Ah to glorify oneself....(PS go Haley, she's hot...)

      May 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Stevie7

      "Why do we need to be saved by Faith? Why would a God who loves us test us in this way. Especially since he already knows who will fail!"

      god is clearly a narcissist

      May 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Hell

      I agree.

      May 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • dave

      a god that loves us? so many things to say, so few fingers to type them with... look here's the deal, god as you see him is just a figment of your imagination, there is actually a specific area of the brain that has already been mapped where the concept of god resides, if you feel god's love for you it's just your own brain working overtime, physiology is what it's all about.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  20. JohnQuest

    Even if Jesus himself came back and said that the Bible might not be right in all things, the devout would not believe him. It seems to be that the idea of the Bible supersedes the idea of both religion and spirituality.

    The Devout think: No matter what you know to be the truth, if the Bible contradicts, then the Bible is right. For instance, we know that the world (and universe) is older than 6,000 years, however that conflicts with the Bible, which are you going to believe? Consider the following, if the Bible was forged or not it was still written by people that didn't know that earth was round.

    I wonder, in 4000 years are people going to look back at our folk lore and decide that it was "inspired" by God because some of it is true like. Imagine, Sonia Sanchez as a saint or the gospel according to Tupaq. That would be no more ridiculous than what we have today.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • jg

      Even if Jesus came back and said every word in the Bible were true and inspired by Him, the doubters would continue to doubt

      May 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • manyfaucets

      John, It would be exactly the same. The process of deification is very old and is still going on today. That is because people are still made of the same stuff. They are still prey to the same logical and emotional weakness. Those are the same weaknesses that are exploited by advertisers, politicians and other con artists.

      May 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Todd (another one)

      JG, if Jesus actually does that, then shall we murder: children who talk back, people with too long/too short hair, those who eat shrimp, those who work on the Sabbath, those who wear mixed fabrics, those who didn't marry a virgin, those who weren't virgins when they were married, those who ate pork or touched pig products?

      Seriously JG, have you EVER read the bible cover to cover?

      May 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • doctore0

      Half???? All religions are scams, tools of control, 100% human construct.

      May 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • W247

      Todd –

      Have you ever studied the bible? If you had, then you would know the reasoning behind your ridiculous accusations and why they do not apply now.

      May 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Mr. Bones

      Wait, wait...you tryin'a say 'Pac ain't gospel truth?

      Punk.

      May 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
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