Christianity: 12 Painful Facts

Christianity: 12 Painful Facts

Fact 1: The earliest official gospel (Mark) was written over a generation (40 years) after the alleged death of Jesus and subsequently, it fails the historical test of contemporaneity. (1)

Fact 2: 612 of the 662 verses in the Gospel of Mark can all be found in Matthew, and in largely the same order, thereby demonstrating that the anonymous author of “Matthew” copied heavily from the Gospel of Mark. (2)

Fact 3: The gospels were written by anonymous authors and later falsely attributed to authors who did not write them, nor were these anonymous authors eyewitnesses, with two of gospels, John (See John 21:24) and Luke, (See Luke 1:1-4) specifically stating that they were not eyewitnesses to Jesus. (3)

Fact 4: The gospels contain numerous forgeries, contradictions and errors. (4)

Fact 5: The four gospels were not selected as orthodox Scripture until 180 CE (approx.) (5)

Fact 6: There are no first century witnesses outside of the corrupt and biased gospels that attest to the earthly existence of Jesus Christ, but for a forged passage in the work of the Jewish Historian, Josephus (Testimonium Flavianum), and a second reference in that same compromised work, which is also suspect and in no way represents a specific reference to the Jesus of the gospels. (6)

Fact 7: Almost all of the myths and moral philosophies attributed to Jesus can be found in earlier mythologies and philosophies, held by people that were proximate to the lands in which the gospels first arose. (7)

Fact 8: Most of the earliest Christians believed that Jesus was either a phantom (non-human apparition), or a completely human Jewish rabbi. (8)

Fact 9: Christianity only rose to power due to its blatant disregard for its own Scripture – meaning, it aligned itself with a psychotic “pagan” emperor, Constantine, who boiled his wife in a hot tub, murdered his own son and executed his co-emperor, and he merely used Christianity to solidify his political ambitions (sole emperorship), evidenced by the fact that he continued to practice his pagan faith and mint his coins with Mithras (pagan sun-god), long after his alleged conversion. (9)

Fact 10: The sect of Christians that aligned themselves with Constantine became known as the Catholic (Universal) Church and their chief historian, Eusebius, re-wrote Christian history to present a false picture that favored his sect and made it look as if his group’s theology, found in the four official gospels, was always the dominant and original form, when such was not the case. (10)

Fact 11: For the majority of its history (4th Century ~ 19th Century), Christianity has been a violent religion, which, like a deadly virus, has taken over its hosts and killed in order to spread. (11)

Fact 12: When Christianity had temporal authority, it was just as brutal as Islam.  The only reason we see more psychotic behavior from religious nuts in Islamic countries today, versus Western countries, is because the West has become increasingly secularized. (12)

Sources

  1. Paul. J. Achtemeier. Harper-Collins Bible Dictionary Revised Edition. Harper Collins, (1989). p. 653; John Barton and John Muddiman. The Oxford Bible Commentary. Oxford University Press. (2001). p. 886.
  2. Graham N. Stanton. The Gospels and Jesus. Oxford University Press (1989), pp.63-64.
  3. Bart D Ehrman. Jesus Interrupted. Harper Collins Publishers. (2005) p. 111.
  4. Re: Story of woman taken in adultery in “John’s” Gospel; Paul. J. Achtemeier. Harper-Collins Bible Dictionary Revised Edition. Harper Collins, (1989). p. 535; Re: Final 12 verses of “Mark;” Bruce Metzger, A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament . Stuttgart, (1971). pp. 122-126. There are other examples.
  5. Bart D Ehrman. Jesus Interrupted. Harper Collins Publishers. (2005) p. 111.
  6. Re: No first century witnesses to earthly Jesus; Bart D Ehrman, Jesus Interrupted. HarperCollins. 2009. p. 158; Re: Josephus forgeries; John E Remsburg. The Christ: A Critical Review and Analysis of the Evidences of His Existence. The Truth Seeker Company. (1909) pp. 32-35.
  7. Joseph McCabe. Sources of Morality in the Gospels. Watts & Co. (1914). McCabe compiled many of the primary source pre-Christian references to the sources of Jesus’ alleged revelations, so you can go to those works and read them for yourself.
  8. Bart Ehrman Lost Christianities Oxford University Press (2003); Earl Doherty. The Jesus Puzzle: Did Christianity Begin with a Mythical Christ? Challenging the Existence of an Historical Jesus. Age of Reason Publications (2005).
  9. Helen Ellebre, The Dark Side of Christian History. Morningstar Books (1995); Phillip Schaff. History of the Christian Church, Volume 5: The Middle Ages. A.D. 1049-1294.Christian Classics Ethereal Library. (1882). p. 322; J.N. Hillgarth, The Conversion of Western Europe Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, (1969). p. 46; Frank Viola & George Barna. Pagan Christianity. Tyndale House Publishers. (2008).
  10. Bart Ehrman Lost Christianities Oxford University Press (2003); Joseph Wheless. Forgery in Christianity. .Psychiana. (1930); Bart D. Ehrman. Jesus, Interrupted(2009). New York: HarperCollins. P. 214.
  11. Helen Ellebre, The Dark Side of Christian History. Morningstar Books (1995); Rev. J.E. Riddle. The History of the Papacy, to the Reformation (Multiple volume series); Edward Gibbon. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (multiple volume series).
  12. Joseph McCabe. A History of the Popes. Watts and Co. (1939); Rev. Horace K. Mann. The Lives of the Popes in the Early Middle Ages. Vol. 4. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, & Co., LTD.(1910).; Rev. J.E. Riddle. The History of the Papacy, to the Reformation. Vol. 2. Richard Bentley. (1854); Helen Ellebre, The Dark Side of Christian History. Morningstar Books (1995); John N.D. Kelly. The Oxford Dictionary of Popes. Oxford University Press. (2005); Archibald Bower. The History of the Popes. Griffith and Simon. (1845); Johannes Janssen. The History of the German People at the Close of the Middle Ages Vol. 10. (Trans. A.M Christie). Kegan Paul. Trench. Trubner & Co. Ltd. (1906); Preserved Smith, PHD. History of Christian Theophagy. The Open Court Publishing Co. (1922); Jeremy Collier, M.A. An Ecclesiastical History of Great Britain. Vol. 6. William Straker. (1811); Carl Theophilus Odhner. Michael Servetus: His Life and Teachings. J.B. Lippincott Company. (1910); R. Willis, M.D. Servetus and Calvin: A Study of an Important Epoch in the History of the Reformation. Henry S. King and Co. (1877); Sam Harris. The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason. W.W Norton. New York (2005).

14 thoughts on “Christianity: 12 Painful Facts

  1. Everything you present (as nearly as my research can confirm) is acknowledged by unbiased scholars. I am an agnostic, nevertheless I take exception to the inflammatory way you present your facts.

  2. > “Fact 1: The earliest official gospel (Mark) was written over a generation (40 years) after the alleged death of Jesus and subsequently, it fails the historical test of contemporaneity. (1)”

    It’s just as valid to place it after the Bar Kochba revolt.

  3. The most painful fact of all is that Jesus was a Buddhist and he preached against churches and priests and taught meditation over public prayer. The Christians simply missed the point.

  4. An very interesting and very informative precise, but I would like to pick up on your reference to the Testimonium Flavianum in Fact 6. The phraseology used in Fact 6, suggest the Testimonium Flavianum passage is a total forgery. Granted John E Remsburg thought so back in 1909 but I draw your attention to the following two extracts taken from the Wikipedia entry “Josephus on Jesus” which can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus_on_Jesus

    “While early scholars considered the Testimonium to be a total forgery, the majority of modern scholars consider it partially authentic, despite some clear Christian interpolations in the text”.

    “The general scholarly view is that while the Testimonium Flavianum is most likely not authentic in its entirety, it originally consisted of an authentic nucleus with a reference to the execution of Jesus by Pilate which was then subject to interpolation.”

    No wish to appear contentious. Just clarifying things for the record.

    1. Actually, there’s no clear consensus on that. There are problems with correlation between the Antiquities and the Jewish War. Also, there’s the incongruous placement of the passage itself in the Antiquities. It makes on sense in the flow of the whole book.

      Just wanted to clarify a bit further.😀

  5. I have done a lot of research into the historicity of “Jesus,” and the material presented here corroborates my research. Indeed, I have used several of the sources listed myself. As for the tone, I saw nothing but the straight forward presentation of facts — no anger, no inflammatory rhetoric, no “axes to grind,” etc.

  6. Occam’s razor tells me there is NO reason to doubt the existence of Jesus “The Human.” These essays and articles which try to tell us he didn’t exist, are written with Religious Fervor. Sorry, I’m an Atheist and am WAY to old to adapt this new religion of yours.

  7. Would you please explain to me how miracles occur or are you suggesting they don’t..
    What a sorry excuse for a non believing Atheist..who cares what you think..

  8. The Development of the Canon of the New Testament or when the four canonical gospel came together was in 367 CE, with the festal letter of Athanasius (293-373) bishop of Alexandria, Egypt, a 180 or more year later than you state in Fact 5. http://www.ntcanon.org/Athanasius.shtml It was the first time in 367 that all the books of the present New Testament was recorded and had come together.
    Cofion (regards

    1. Thank you for your comment. If you read Irenaeus’ ‘Against the Heresies’ (180 CE approx), you’ll discover that he was the first to select the four gospels (Mark, Matthew, Luke and John) from the plethora of existing gospels.

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