Problems With The Gospels

The gospels are the Christians most sacred doctrine, yet neither one of them can fully agree as to certain accounts, especially when speaking of the crucifixion and resurrection.  Because  the gospels were written many, many years after the said events, they are based on a lot of hearsay and stories being blown out of proportion.

See also problems with  MATTHEW   |  LUKE   |  JOHN

Mark 1:23-25  And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.  And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

Is God an unclean spirit?  According to 1 John 4:2 he is.

"Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God"

This verse says "every spirit", doesn't matter whether they are clean or unclean.  See also Mark 3:11.

Mark 7:24  And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.

Here it says that Jesus went to Tyre, but in Ezekiel it says that Tyre was completely destroyed, never to be built again.

Mark 8:4  And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?

Jesus' disciples should know by now that they can get enough food to feed thousands.  They've seen Jesus do it before.

Mark 9:1  And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

Jesus falsely prophesies that the end of the world will come within his listener's lifetimes.

Mark 9:43-49  And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.  And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.  And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.  For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

Jesus tells us to cut off our hands and feet, and pluck out our eyes to avoid going to hell.  If his followers actually abided by this rule, most every Christian would be blind and crippled, especially your televangelists.

Mark 10:17-18  And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Here Jesus says that he is neither good or God.

Mark 10:29-30  And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,  But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

If you abandon your wife and family, you will be greatly rewarded.

Mark 10:33-34  Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

Jesus explains to his disciples about his death and resurrection in throughout the gospels, but John 20:9 says:

"For as yet they knew NOT the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead."

Mark 11:7  And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.

The gospels can't agree on how Jesus rode into Jerusalem.  Matthew says he rode in on a ass and colt, Mark says a colt, Luke says an ass, John says a colt.  Which is it?  Matthew covers all bases, just to be sure.  He rides in on both at the same time.

Mark 11:13  And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.  And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

Jesus curses a fig tree and kills it, because it did not bear fruit.  Of course it beared no fruit, "for the time of figs was not yet", they weren't in season.

Mark 11:23-24  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

If you have no doubt in your heart, you can cast mountains into the seas and have anything you ask for.

Mark 12:29, 32  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

Those verses say that there is only one god, but the Bible references many times that there are more than one god.

Psalms 96:4
"For the Lord ... is to be feared above all gods."

Psalms 82:1
"God standeth in the congregation of the mighty, he judgeth among the gods."

Psalms 136:2
"O give thanks unto the God of gods."

Exodus 15:11
"Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods?"

Exodus 22:28
"Thou shalt not revile the gods."

1 Samuel 28:13
"And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth."

Zephaniah 2:11
"The Lord will be terrible to them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth."

Mark 13:17  But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

It's going to be really rough on pregnant women and nursing women in the last days.

Mark 13:30  Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

Again Jesus is wrong about his second coming, saying his generation will not pass.

Mark 14:57  And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.

This says that these were false witnesses, but Jesus did make this claim, so how can it be a "false witness"?

Mark 15:23  And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.

Matthew says they gave him "vinegar and gall".

Mark 15:25  And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

John says it was sometime after the "sixth hour".

Mark 15:32  Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

Luke says that only one of the theives reviled him, the other rebuked him.

Mark 16:17-18  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Do you know anyone that can drink a mixture of hydrofluoric acid, sulfuric acid and nitric acid, and not be harmed?

1998 Derrick Miller

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