After the last two columns on the verses handed to me by my Christian woman friend who wants me as a head-bobbing sycophant following her teaching and religious views, you might be curious about the verses that I tried to share with her.
I tried – unsuccessfully – to share with her eleven verses of the many dozens that I have on file. These of course are all from the Bible and all direct quotes from the Bible, from God or from Jesus.
Let’s go through these, with my notes on the content. Of course, you should also look these up in your Bible and go to the original source. But, for a summery, follow along here.
Luke 14:26 – This is the verse that describes that to properly follow Jesus, you must hate your parents, siblings and children. And “hate” is the exact word used in Luke for this passage. Sorry, I can’t do that. I loved my parents, had no siblings and love my son.
Matthew 10:37 – This is very similar to the above, with the same meaning.
Matthew 5:17-19 – So many Christians point out that the laws of the Old Testament do not apply anymore and were abolished with the coming of Jesus. That’s not what this verse says. In fact in a direct quote from Jesus, it says that he (Jesus) has not come to “abolish the law” but to fulfill it. It further explains that the law shall be changed without the whole law being fulfilled. Thus, all of the 613 laws of the Jews should still be in effect, along with the dietary laws and those on stoning or punishing those violating God’s laws.
Matthew 27:52 refers to the dead bursting forth from their graves and walking around the streets after the crucifixion of Christ. The point is that would one not think that with all these zombies walking around the streets of Jerusalem there should have been some Roman record or other writings of this remarkable phenomenon? Naturally there is nothing.
Mark 5:11 and Mark 11:12 – These note Jesus causing a fig tree to wither and 2,000 pigs to be infested with demons, running into a lake and drowning. In other words, Jesus was to fig trees and pigs what Michael Vick was to dogs.
Matthew 16:28, Mark 9:1 and Luke 9:27 – These all refer to Jesus referencing his second coming. In all three verses, Jesus notes that some of those listening to him would still be alive when Jesus returns to earth. Even though there could have been some very young people there, and Jesus was at the end of his life, this would mean that the second coming would be no later than about 100 CE. Sorry, Christians, that did not work out.
Deuteronomy 25:11 – This refers to a man in a struggle with a foe and getting help from his wife by the wife grabbing the foe by his privates. Her reward for helping her husband? She gets her hand cut off. Not nice!
I Kings 7:23 – Finally, this refers to constructing a cistern in which the mathematical constant pi is referenced as 3.00. No, it is not, it is 3.1416. I guess that God or his scribes failed mathematics.
There are dozens of more references of the mistakes, flaws, errors, evil and contradictions in the Bible. These are just a few starters.
Well, I think that skeptics won this round – let’s see what happens next.