What's so great about Jesus?

Jesus is supposed to be the Christian god in the flesh.  This means that he would also have to possess the same qualities as this god, such as omnipotence, omniscience, compassion, etc. Christians claim that Jesus was sinless, pure love, and the epitome of all that is moral; the ultimate role model.  But is Jesus actually as great as Christians make him out to be?

Did Jesus only teach love?

Luke 14:26  If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Matthew 10:35-36  I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

Matthew 10:34  Think not that I am come to send peace: I came not to send peace but a sword.

Luke 19:27  But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

Luke 22:36  He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

Was Jesus completely sinless?

Matthew 12:1-4 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.  But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?

Harvesting on the Sabbath was against God's law, but Jesus breaks that law by harvesting corn to eat. Here Jesus tries to justify his sin by pointing out that David also broke Sabbath laws.  Since David sinned, then it was OK for Jesus to sin, so therefore, he really didn't sin?

Mark 11:2 And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.

Here Jesus tells his disciples to go steal a colt.  Stealing is a sin.

Was Jesus a false prophet?

Matthew 16:28 There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

Matthew 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. (Speaking of signs that will be seen before his second coming.)

Well it's been 2,000 years; everyone of that time are long dead, and not all of those things were fulfilled.

Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

According to Jesus, he was to be buried for three days and three nights before he was to be resurrected.  But according to the Gospels, Jesus was buried right around sundown on a Friday, and was resurrected early Sunday morning.  That's only about 36 hours. 

Friday night (1 night)  Sundown to sunrise = 12 hours
Saturday day (1 day)  Sunrise to sundown = 12 hours
Saturday night (1 night)  Sundown to sunrise = 12 hours

No matter how you do the math, it only works out to be one day and two nights.  Some claim that Jesus was crucified on a Wednesday or a Thursday, in order to make the three days and three nights work.  However, the Bible clearly states that Jesus died just before the Sabbath.  His followers had to hurry and get his body off the cross before the Sabbath started or they wouldn't have been able to bury him.  Any work on the Sabbath was forbidden.  The Jewish Sabbath starts Friday night at sundown.

Jesus and God the same being?

Christians claim that Jesus and God are actually one and the same.  But these verses suggest otherwise.

Matthew 19:16-17 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  And he (Jesus) said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Here Jesus clearly states that he is not as good as God, unequal.  Even he says they are not the same person.

Matthew 26:39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Why would someone go pray to them self, for them self?

John 8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

Here Jesus says that he had to be taught by God.

Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Jesus is referring to the end of the world.  He admits that he does not know when that will happen, only God knows.

Jesus the hypocrite

Jesus spoke out against hypocrisy on many occasions.  These verses show that Jesus was as much a hypocrite as anyone.

Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.  (Words of Jesus)


Mark 3:5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

Matthew 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

Out of anger, Jesus curses a fig tree because it had no fruit.

Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Here Jesus says that if you're angry with your brother (fellow man), you are in danger of the judement.  Jesus often showed anger as pointed out.  He goes on to say that if you say to your brother (fellow man) Raca (worthless or good-for-nothing) you shall be in danger of the council. Then he says that if you call someone a fool, you will go to Hell.  Just a few chapters later, Jesus says...

Matthew 23:17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

1999 Derrick Miller


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