Let us examine the miracles of Jesus to see if they were real miracles or not.
If Jesus really healed a blind man and it wasn't a hoax then this "blind" man should have recognized voiceprints. But this wasn't the case: He couldn't recognize voiceprints!
(Jn 9:1) As he passed by he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
If this beggar were really blind from birth, then he would have certainly relied on his hearing in order to identify people around him. As Jesus passed by the beggar he spoke about him to his disciples:
(Jn 9:4) … We have to do the works of the one who sent me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world’ 6 When he said this, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, 7 and said to him ‘Go wash in the pool of Siloam’…
‘When he said this, he spat on the ground’ which means Jesus spoke about the beggar near him and then later spoke directly to him. This beggar knows exactly the voiceprint of the man who put clay on his eyes. If this were really a blind beggar he would have spontaneously recognized that voiceprint again few hours later. But this was not the case:
(Jn 9:35) When Jesus heard that they had thrown him, he found him and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" 36 He answered and said, "Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?" 37 Jesus said to him, "You have seen him and the one speaking with you is he."…
Jesus spoke to the beggar but his voiceprint did not ring a bell at all. The beggar had no idea who was talking to him. Then Jesus had to introduce himself clearly to the beggar.
And all this happened in front of the Jews:
40 Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and said to him…
Jesus healed another blind man who could not have been born blind; this blind man already knew how things looked like:
(Mk 8:22-26) They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, "Do you see anything?" 24 He looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around." 25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 25 Jesus sent him home, saying, "Don't go into the village."
This incident is just a sample; Jesus did it many times but we are fortunate to have 'John' as a witness so that we know how Jesus did his fake miracles.
Some Christians say that the beggar indeed recognized the voiceprint of the man speaking to him as the one who put clay on his eyes, but he did not know what "Son of Man" meant. In the Old Testament, the term "Son of Man" always referred to prophets (and not to ordinary people). And the beggar knew about this because he used to go to the synagogue. If he did not know what “Son of Man” meant, then this means that he did not go to the synagogue. In this case both he and his parents lied about it (and the testimony of liars does not stand).
Actually he did admit that the man who put clay on his eyes was a prophet:
(Jn 9,17) So they said to the blind man again, "What do you have to say about him, since he opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet."
So the beggar acknowledged the man who put clay on his eyes was a prophet; and he also knew that a prophet is referred to as "Son of Man". This beggar knows that the one who put clay on his eyes was the "Son of Man".
Other Christians say that the beggar recognized his voiceprint but did not know that this prophet (Son of Man) was the Jewish long awaited Messiah. But those Christians keep forgetting what happened that day:
(Jn 9,22) His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone acknowledged him as the MESSIAH he would be expelled from the synagogue...
Which means that the subject of the day was already raging whether the one who put clay on his eyes was the long awaited Messiah or not. So if the beggar really recognized his voiceprint then he should have spontaneously asked him: 'Are you the Messiah?' (or at least 'Thank you for giving me vision'). But this was not the case; instead he asked him: 'Which one is the prophet so that I worship him?'. Which means that he still does not know that the one speaking with him is the one who gave him sight; the subject of the day (the Messiah or not). No, this beggar did not recognize the voiceprint of Jesus. He could not have been born blind.
This man was a beggar. Everybody knew him as a beggar and not a blind man. If he were really blind, his neighbors would have remembered his disability more than his financial status; but this was not the case:
(Jn 9,8) His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said, “Isn’t this the one who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some said, “It is”, but others said, “No, he just looks like him”. He said, “I am”.
So, everybody remembered him as the beggar. His biggest trait was his way of making a living and not any disability whatsoever. His neighbors suspected that he faked his blindness for begging purposes and/or to help do the hoax. This is why his neighbors did not believe that he was blind from birth and went on to investigate this matter further. The neighbors asked how his eyes were OPENED because they were CLOSED. Anyone can CLOSE his eyes (for a month or so for the hoax). They asked his parents because they didn't remember them CLOSED from birth.
According to Jesus himself:
(Jn 8:17) “Even in your law it is written that the testimony of two men can be verified”.
So to verify any claim, one needs two testimonies. But also according to Jesus:
(Jn 5:31) “If I testify on my own, my testimony cannot be verified”.
Therefore, according to Jesus, a person cannot testify for himself in order to prove his own claim. So to verify the beggar’s claim, that he was really blind and not staging a sham with Jesus, he needs at least two other testimonies to prove that he was really blind. For this reason his neighbors asked his parents:
(Jn 9:20-23) His parents answered and said “we know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 We do not know how he sees now, nor we know who opened his eyes. Ask him, he is of age, he can speak of himself”. 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone acknowledged him as the Messiah he would be expelled from the synagogue.23 For this reason his parents said “He is of age, question him”.
“His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews”, 'John' bluntly says that his parents are lying somewhere in their testimony. 'John' himself admits that they were lying somewhere in their testimony and were hiding something.
Some Christians believe that his parents did not lie to the neighbors that 'he was born blind', but that they only lied to the neighbors that ‘We do not know how he sees now, nor we know who opened his eyes’. Christians seem to keep forgetting that his parents were not direct eyewitnesses to the ‘miracle’ but only knew what their son had told them. Wouldn’t his parents be telling the truth when they say that they weren’t there to see who did what? They can only be telling the TRUTH about it either way (blind or fake). How can they testify who did what if they never saw who did what? Actually, if they gave any other answer they would be lying about it. They had to be telling the truth. This leaves only one part where they were lying and hiding something: 'he was born blind'.
Anyhow, no matter where they lied or what they were hiding, a lying testimony does not stand. So, the lying testimony of his parents does not stand. After the growing suspicions, that he was not blind from birth but just faked it later, the neighbors and those who saw him earlier as a beggar tried to interrogate his parents but couldn’t because his parents evaded. The beggars’ parents DID NOT testify for their son and evaded interrogation: “Ask him, he is of age, he can speak of himself”. This is why the neighbors and the Rabbis were only able to interrogate the beggar himself.
Accordingly, the beggar did not secure a single valid testimony to prove that he was really blind and not faking his blindness just to help Jesus do his ‘miracles’. The claims of the beggar remained uncorroborated. In the end, his own neighbors and the Rabbis who questioned him did not believe him, and then they threw him out:
(Jn 9:34) They answered and said to him “You were born totally in sin, and are you trying to teach us?” Then they threw him out.
If his own neighbors did not believe that he was blind from birth, why should we? Jesus was receiving donations (from which Judas was steeling, and Jesus who knows everything and is going to judge us, did not know this). The more donations Jesus received the more miracles he was able to finance. The beggars’ parents did not want to interfere, fearing the Rabbis from one side and fearing to lose the money from Jesus from the other side, after all, their son was a professional beggar. This is why they said ‘question him’ and won both sides.
(Jn 6:16) When it was evening, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 embarked in a boat, and across the sea to Capernaum. It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and began to be afraid. 20 But he said to them, ‘It is I. Do not be afraid.’ 21 They wanted to take him into the boat but the boat immediately arrived to the shore to which they were heading.
‘17 Embarked in a boat, and across the sea to Capernaum’ the disciples took the boat and headed to Capernaum. Their destination was Capernaum. After rowing three or four miles, they saw Jesus and then beached somewhere, which they thought was 'the shore to which they were heading' (that is Capernaum). If they were NOT disoriented then their boat should be beached at Capernaum. But this was not the case. The next day, the crowd came and saw that the boat was not beached at Capernaum at all, but beached somewhere between their departure point (where they ate the bread) and their destination (Capernaum).
(Jn 6,22) The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat, but only his disciples had left. 23 Other boats came from Tiberias near the place where they had eaten the bread when the Lord gave thanks. 24 And when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25 And when they found him across the sea they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you get here?’
'The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea saw that there had been only one boat there,' they saw one beached boat there. ‘and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat, but only his disciples had left.’ which means that this was indeed the disciples' abandoned boat.
Then other boats also came from the starting point where Jesus fed the 5000:
23 Other boats came from Tiberias near the place where they had eaten the bread when the Lord gave thanks.
This means that now they are NOT at the starting point.
24 And when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
Some Christians say that the crowd did not see the boat there, but saw that it had been there the day before but now it is not. If the boat were not there, then why did the crowd stop here? Did they see any traces of a beached boat? Logic says that all traces on the shore will be wiped away by the very first wave. Nothing will survive for the next day. Those Christians failed to explain what technology did the crowd use in order to see things in the past. Logic says that since the crowd had no means to look into the past, then the crowd witnessed the boat in front of them. 'John' says that the crowd ‘saw that there had been only one boat there’, not two boats, not three boats. The crowd saw one beached boat. There was no other boat, so they could not have mistaken it for any other boat.
25 And when they found him across the sea they said to him, ‘Rabbi, WHEN did you get here?’
The crowd weren’t amassed HOW he got here because they already saw the beached boat and knew that he came on foot. They asked him WHEN did he get here.
Christians claim that those were experienced fishermen, so they couldn’t have been disoriented. Those Christians seem to keep forgetting that even today’s best and most experienced aviators, with the best navigational instruments, occasionally do get disoriented, so how about simple fishermen at night, strong winds and high waves with no reference points at all…?
Once upon a time, in a dark windy night, there were people on a boat, in the dark, strong winds and high waves (poor visibility). They were near the shore but since they were in the dark with strong winds and high waves (no reference points), they got disoriented and thought that they were in the middle of the ocean.
And there was an innocent man walking on the shore towards them. As the man stepped into the shallow waters, he said ‘Hola’ (which is translated ‘Hello’). The people on the boat, who still thought that they were in the middle of the ocean, saw the man and thought that he was a ghost walking on water!
Suddenly the boat jerked. They thought that they hit a whale, but when they investigated they noticed that they ran aground. One of them said, “Thank Christ, we have reached the shore to which we were heading”. The innocent man knew that he was on shore all along but it was them who were disoriented. Accordingly, the innocent man did not walk on water and surely did not do any miracle.
Did Jesus secretly buy the food and trick the audience?
(Jn 6:5-10) When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” 6 He said this to test them, because he himself knew what he was going to do... 9 There is a boy here who has five barely loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many. 10 Jesus said, “Have the people recline.” Now there was a great deal of grass in that place. So the men reclined about five thousand in number.
'John' himself was amazed about the unusual amount of grass! Logically this was wild untrimmed grass that could grow high enough to obscure the vision of someone reclined. When the 5000 get reclined, they can’t see the ‘MIRACLE’. Jesus ‘himself knew what he was going to do’, so he told them to recline (so that they cannot see what he will do next). Jesus already chose the timing, location, scenario… They followed him to where he had already hid the pre-purchased food (amid the ‘great deal of grass’). Jesus simply tricked them that this bread that appeared amid the ‘great deal of grass’ was fresh from heaven… The innocent crowd fell for it.
Praise the Lord! Cheesecakes freshly backed in heaven!!!
Did Jesus really trick the audience? Didn’t anybody notice?
26 Jesus answered them and said, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
But they still insist to see a real miracle:
30 So they said to him “What sign can you do, that we may see and to believe in you? What can you do? 31 Our ancestors ate manna in the desert. As it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat’”
The crowds ask Jesus to show them any miracle for them to believe in him, affirming what he has just declared and asserting that they did not see him the previous day do any miracle. They didn’t see him do the ‘MIRACLE’ because they were laying amid the ‘great deal of grass’. On the contrary, they ask him to feed them by a miracle like Moses did when he fed them in the desert. If they saw the miracle the day before, they wouldn’t have asked him to show them the same miracle again. The people themselves never said that Jesus fed them by a miracle but that they are still waiting for a miracle for them to believe in him.
The crowds asked him to show them the same miracle again, but of course this time he was not prepared. This time he did not have any pre-purchased food, so he tries to evade:
32 So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
Now that he is exposed, he doesn’t want the story of ‘bread from heaven’ to stop circulating, so he tries to convince this unbelieving crowd with another type of ‘bread from heaven’:
33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst”.
“Sir, give us this bread always” referring to the ‘bread of life’. Jesus is convincing this crowd of another type of bread from heaven, the ‘bread of life’. Jesus won this crowd over with a promise, instead of a real miracle.
49 Your ancestors ate manna in the desert, but they died; 50 this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.
This crowd circulates the story of ‘bread of life’, and the first crowd circulates the story of ‘bread form heaven’.
It is easy to figure out how the five thousand fell for it. They ate pre-purchased bread while reclining amid ‘great deal of grass’ (and then were filled). Those who noticed that it was a hoax followed Jesus in disbelief. He himself admits their disbelief:
36 But I told you that although you have seen [me], you do not believe.
Then they asked him to show them a true miracle
or to feed them by a miracle like Moses did. Unable to do so, Jesus won them
over not with physical bread from heaven, but with a promise of
‘Bread of Life’. In the end, everybody
ate some sort of ‘bread from heaven’ and was filled.
Till this day, Christians still eat this
‘bread from heaven’ and get filled.
(Jn 12,27) “I am troubled now. Yet, what should I say? ‘Father save me from this hour’? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again”. 29 The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder, but others said, “An angel has spoken to him”.
“But others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him’”, the others who were never there still say so (like all Christians today), but what counts is the live testimony of the crowd there who heard it and said it was thunder. The crowd there did not believe that it was daddy; they said it was thunder.
Jesus was simply exploiting everything around him, even thunder. Knowingly or not, 'John' gave us the answers.
‘John’ illustrates in explicit detail the raising of a single man: Lazarus.
(Jn 11:43-44) And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go”.
Unlike Jesus, Lazarus was not buried according to Jewish burial customs:
(Jn 19:38-40) After this, Joseph of Arimathea, secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. And Pilate permitted it. So he came and took his body. 39 Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about one hundred pounds. 40 They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom.
Jesus’ body was bound with burial cloths along with the spices. The myrrh is a plant derivative that could be of several forms; one of them is oil (does not evaporate). The aloes are plant leaves (do not evaporate). Those leaves should have been smeared with myrrh. Those leaves should have been bound around the body with the burial cloth. And then the wrapped body should have been laid over even more leaves.
But Lazarus was not prepared for burial according to the Jewish burial custom. ‘The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth.’ The myrrh and aloes and the burial cloths allover the body were missing.
‘So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go”’ confirming that Lazarus was only ‘tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth’ but not his whole body.
Some Christians say that Lazarus was indeed wrapped allover his body according to Jewish burial customs, but God unwrapped him as part of the miracle. If that were the case, then why did God fall short of untying his hands and feet or at least unwrapping his face?
38 So Jesus perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
'John' testifies that Lazarus was in a CAVE (that can support life). Lazarus was NOT buried according to Jewish burial customs. ‘The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth.’ This is not Jewish burial custom. The burial cloths wrapped allover the body were missing. It is 'John' who witnessed and reported this. It is not that 'John' is lying; on the contrary, it is very fortunate for us to have 'John' as a witness so that we know how Jesus performed his fake ‘miracles’. Anyone can disappear for a while, tie himself up, wrap his face in a cloth, and then wait alive in a cave.
Some Christians say that Lazarus was not buried according to Jewish burial custom because his sisters were too poor and could not afford the burial cloths and the spices. But those Christians forgot that his sister, Mary, anointed the feet of Jesus with oil worth 300 days of wages. This proves that she had more than enough money for a Jewish burial. No, Lazarus was not buried according to Jewish burial customs.
The two sisters sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was ill. Later, Jesus arrived in Bethany and found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. Jesus called his name and Lazarus walked out of the tomb by himself.
But where was Jesus when they sent word to him that Lazarus was ill?
(Jn 10,40) He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained. 41 Many came to him and said, “John performed no sign, but everything John said about this man was true”. 42 And many there began to believe in him. (11,1) Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany…
'John' was divided into chapters and verses by the church and not by the original author. We have to follow his time frame. He links the successive events by using ‘then…’ or he mentions that it happened after so many days… When locating Jesus, the author says '42 And many there began to believe in him. (11,1) Now a man was ill…' which means not several days afterward. We cannot say that it happened in any other time. We have to stick to his time frame.
So Jesus remained where John first baptized. John the Baptist was baptizing throughout all of the Judean wilderness and along the Jordan River, but at the time of this particular incident where was he?
(Jn 1,26) John answered them, “I baptize with water, but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, 27 the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie”. 28 This happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
Therefore, John was baptizing in Bethany. And where was Bethany?
(Jn 11,18) Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away.
(Mk 11:1) As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples…
Bethany is situated on the Mount of Olives facing Jerusalem. Mount of Olives is still in the same place. It doesn’t move much. Bethany should remain on the Mount of Olives facing Jerusalem and two miles away. Those who try to place Jesus away from Lazarus are literally ‘moving mountains’. (There was no ‘other’ Bethany to the east. To Christian apologists see: Bethany beyond the Jordan). John the Baptist was baptizing everywhere throughout the Judean wilderness and along the Jordan River, but at the time of this particular incident, he was at Bethany at the Mount of Olives. So, when the sisters sent word to Jesus on day zero that Lazarus was ill, Jesus was already in Bethany at a walking distance from Lazarus. Halleluiah…
(Jn 11,1) Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary, and her sister Martha. 2 Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was ill. 3 So the sisters sent word to him saying, “Master the one you love is ill”. 4 When Jesus heard this he said, “This illness is not to end in death, but it is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it”. 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the place where he was.
Day two, Lazarus alive, Jesus still in Bethany at a walking distance from Lazarus.
7 Then after this he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea”. 8 The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and you want to go back there?”
Bethany is situated on the Mount of Olives. Mount of Olives had a small community of Bethpage and Bethany. It had a Sadducee majority (Sadducees, Pharisees, Essenes… are Jewish sects). The Sadducees did not persecute Jesus, so, he often found refuge at their Mount of Olives. Here he asked his disciples to leave their refuge at Bethany and go back to where the Pharisees tried to stone him.
9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in a day? If one walks during the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if one walks at night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him”.
Blah, blah, blah… Day three, they leave Bethany towards Judea with Lazarus still alive. Bethany is two miles east of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is only half an hour walking distance from Bethany. All of Judea proper is within thirty miles radius. They should reach any point in Judea within twelve walking hours. Logic says that they should reach any point in Judea within two days maximum.
11 He said this and then told them, “Our friend Lazarus is asleep, but I am going to awaken him”. 12 So the disciples said to him, “Master, if he is asleep, he will be saved”. 13 But Jesus was talking about his death, while they thought that he meant ordinary sleep.
The disciples believed that Lazarus was asleep as they last saw him in Bethany and not dead.
14 So then Jesus said to them clearly, “Lazarus has died. 15 And I am glad for you that I was not there, that you may believe. Let us go to him.”
Jesus wants to make his disciples believe that he could do real miracles and ‘RAISE THE DEAD’. So he leads them out of Bethany and makes clear to them that he was away from Lazarus when he ‘DIES’ so that they may believe that he really can raise the dead.
He starts heading back to Bethany, and at a maximum of twelve hours walking distance from Bethany. No matter what day it is, from any point in Judea they should arrive in Bethany within twelve walking hours, a maximum of two days.
16 So Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go to die with him”.
‘Yes, I am stupid’.
17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
Jesus arrives after declaring Lazarus dead the day before maximum, but the sisters have already declared Lazarus dead and in the tomb for four days.
18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away. 19 And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask God, God will give you”. 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day”. 25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” 28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying, “The teacher is here and is asking for you”. 29 As soon as she heard this, she rose quickly and went to him. 30 For Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still where Martha had met him. 31 So when the Jews who were with her in the house comforting her saw Mary get up quickly and go out, they followed her, presuming that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died”. 33 When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping, he became perturbed and deeply troubled,
Notice the exact words of Martha and Mary ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died’. Martha already told Jesus that Lazarus is dead, but he did not weep then because the Jews were not there. Only when the Jews are watching he weeps and shows emotions to beloved Lazarus.
34 and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Sir, come, and see”. 35 And Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.” 37 But some of them said, “Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man have done something so that this man would not have died?” 38 So Jesus perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone”. Martha, the dead mans’ sister, said to him, “Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days”. 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”
Christian apologists have a very curious slogan “Who moved the stone?”; as if it were a miracle.
41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me. 42 I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go”.
Jesus’ body was bound with burial cloths along with the spices. But Lazarus was not prepared for burial according to the Jewish burial custom. ‘The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth.’ The myrrh and aloes and the burial cloths allover the body were missing. There was no stench (although, the stench of a dead rat would have corrected the ambiance and made it a more realistic ‘resurrection’).
Do not try this at home:
This was a staged resurrection. The two sisters sent Jesus a word that Lazarus was ill so that he starts his plan. He remained for two days near Lazarus. Then he led his stupid disciples towards mainland Judea where the Pharisees tried to stone him. Then Jesus wasted time in order to let Lazarus do his part. Lazarus disappeared for a while and the sisters claimed that he was dead and already buried. At the planed time for his staged resurrection, Lazarus tied himself up and waited in the cave for Jesus to call him out. When Jesus returned, everybody played his part as planned, tears, even the exact words “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died”. They knew that Jesus was near Lazarus all along and lied about it in front of the Jews. Lazarus simply waited in the cave for Jesus to call him and led the Jews to believe that Jesus was the Messiah who can do real miracles and even raise the dead...
(Jn 11,5) Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
(Jn 12,1-11) Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him. 3 Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 4 Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples, and the one who would betray him, said, 5 "Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages and given to the poor?" 6 He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions. 7 So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial. 8 You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
‘They gave a dinner for him there (Bethany), and Martha served’ but we don’t know in whose house. ‘Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him.’ Mary anoints Jesus with very expensive perfumed oil and Judas complains about wasting the expensive oil that costs 300 days of wages. This exact incident is found in the gospel ‘Mark’. Maybe if we look into ‘Mark’ we can reach the whole story.
(Mk 14:3-7) When he was in Bethany reclining at table in the house of SIMON the leper, a woman came with alabaster jar of perfumed oil, costly genuine spikenard. She broke the alabaster jar and poured it on his head. 4 There were some who were indignant, “Why has there been this waste of perfumed oil? 5 It could have been sold for more than three hundred days’ wages and the money given to the poor.” They were infuriated with her 6 Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you make trouble for her? She has done good for me. 7 The poor will always have with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them, but you will not always have me…
It is the same incident in ‘John’ and ‘Mark’ since:
‘Mark’ says that it happened in the house of SIMON the leper. However the gospel ‘Luke’ uncovers that the woman who anoints Jesus’ feet at the house of SIMON is sinful and everybody knows her. Jesus forgives her sins in front of everybody and preaches about people repaying debts to each other:
(Lk 7:36-50) A Pharisee invited him to dine with him, and he entered the Pharisees’ house and reclined at table.
This Pharisee stood out in Bethany because Bethany had a Sadducee majority.
37 Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” 40 Jesus said to him in reply, “SIMON, I have something to say to you”. “Tell me teacher,” he said. 41 “Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred days’ wages and the other owed fifty. 42 Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more? 43 SIMON said in reply, “The one, I suppose, with the larger debt was forgiven”. He said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then he turned to the woman and said to SIMON, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. 47 So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one whom little is forgiven, loves little.” 48 He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven”. 49 The others at table said to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins? 50 But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.
Jesus preached for three years, which is roughly 1000 days. The Bible only records a total of 50 days out of those 1000 (less than two months out of three years). In those remaining 950 days, Jesus was going from village to village preaching. Jesus could have been anywhere. Unlike 'John' and 'Mark', 'Luke' inserts this story into his gospel without locating where or when this incident happened. But 'Luke' affirms that it was indeed at the house of Simon and that the woman anoints Jesus feet with ointment. (Note that 'Matthew' typically puts all his discourses together. This does not mean that Jesus actually said all these things at the same time, but 'Matthew' arranged them topically and so did 'Luke').
In ‘Mark’ and ‘Luke’ it is the same incident since:
In 'Luke' and 'John' it is the same incident since:
There is a very famous Christian argument that this leper in 'Mark' could not have been the same Pharisee in 'Luke', hence not the same Simon (hence different incident and different Mary):
First: The American Leprosy Missions is a good source for clearing the Christian myths about leprosy. Of the world's population, 95% have a natural immunity to leprosy. It is not necessary to isolate a person with leprosy at any time. Also, it is NOT transmitted through sexual contact or pregnancy. Most people will never develop the disease even if they are exposed to the bacteria:
LEPROSY FACTS AND MYTHS
1.3 Is leprosy in the Bible the same as it is today?
No. The Hebrew word for leprosy refers to many types of skin diseases.
The Bible never said that Jesus cured Simon the leper. Simon could have been infected with other type of bacteria that people thought was leprosy. Simon, a Pharisee, had a skin disease that was healed by time and then rejoined people again. This is why this leper did not believe that Jesus could do miracles. He did not even believe that Jesus was a prophet: “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.”
In all three accounts, when a woman anoints Jesus with very expensive ointment, he is invited at table… It doesn’t take much to see that 'John', 'Mark' and 'Luke' are talking about the same incident. It is also easy to deduce that Jesus raised the brother of a woman who was sinful. Later Jesus forgives her many sins in front of everybody. This incident happened after ‘resurrecting’ her brother Lazarus from the dead.
Therefore, Jesus raises the brother of sinful Mary and later Jesus forgives her many sins in front of everybody and preaches about people repaying debts to each other.
Jesus visits Martha and sinful Mary after the anointment incident (Lk 10: 38-42):
(Lk 10,41) The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.42 There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her”.
So Martha is worried about many things while sinful Mary wants to keep the better part. But when did Jesus first meet a sinful woman?
Jesus met a woman caught in adultery!!! (Jn 8:1-10):
(Jn 8,1) …while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 But early in the mourning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. 4 They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5 Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
Bethany, the village of adulteress Mary, is at the Mount of Olives and Jesus has just been there ‘(Jn 8,1)…while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives 2 But early in the mourning he arrived again in the temple area…’. This happened the very next morning. We cannot say that it happened in any other day. So Jesus was not faced with a stranger at all. Mount of Olives had a very small community of Bethany and Bethphage (Sadducee majority and practically everybody knew everybody). The Sadducees did not persecute Jesus, so he often found refuge at their Mount of Olives. Jesus spent enough time there and could have easily seen her before.
So Jesus bends down buying time and thinking how to exploit the situation. He has a doomed woman on his hands, who would owe him her life but only if he could save her now. “Bent down and began to write on the ground”??? Who bends down and writes on the ground?… A person in deep thought, plotting a scheme, in mood, or all!!! So, he bends down, buying time and thinking of a way to outsmart the Jews and save her life. Thinking…Thinking…
7 But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” 8 Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
9 And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him.
He outsmarts the Jews, saves the life of a doomed woman, and then gets alone with her. Now Jesus is alone with a sinful woman who owes him her life. There are no witnesses at all. Jesus can ask her anything to repay her debt to him. Jesus has the motive, opportunity to negotiate a deal with her, no witnesses, knows how to contact her later…
10 Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you? 11 She replied, “No one, sir”. Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”
Accordingly, the order of events becomes:
Now we have a much clearer and different picture of the whole story. It is very easy to put things together and deduce how Jesus saved the life of Mary when she was caught in adultery and was about to be stoned to death by the Jews. In return Jesus wanted her to do him a little favor. Jesus asked Mary to help him stage the death of her brother ‘Lazarus’ in order to convince his stupid disciples and the non-suspecting Jews that he is the Messiah, who can raise people from the dead… Mary conceded to the plan so that she can repay the large debt that they owed him. FOR she owed him her life.
Lazarus was simply repaying Jesus for saving his sister and cleansing her filthy reputation.
All people do get fever and then recover. People who get fever can live; Everybody knows this.
(Jn 4,50) Jesus said to him “You may go; your son will live” The man believed what Jesus said to him and left. 51 While he was on his way back, his slaves met him and told him that his boy will live. 52 He asked them when he began to recover. They told him, “The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon 53 The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him, ‘Your son will live’ and he and his whole household came to believe.
Even a nurse can tell that it was a coincidence and not a real miracle. People believed without any proof that Jesus was really doing anything.
(Jn 2,7) Jesus told them, “Fill the Jars with water”. So they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter”. So they took it. 9 And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.
If the water in the jars really turned into wine, then the servers should have drawn wine from the jars. But this was not the case. The servers drew water from the jars and not wine: “Although the servers who had drawn the water knew” asserting that the servers drew water (not wine) and knew that it came from the jars.
How could Christians claim that the jars contained wine if 'John' bluntly said that the servers drew water from them? Don’t Christians ever think about it? 'John' himself says that the servers drew water from the jars and not wine. Therefore, the jars there still contained water. No miracle in the jars.
If the servers FILLED the jars with WATER and later they DREW WATER from the jars, then it was water all along. This ‘miracle’ must have happened after the jars, in the cup of the headwaiter.
(Jn 5:2) Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep [Gate] a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes. 3 In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled. 5 One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
Out of all the sick, the blind, and the lame Jesus did not cure any of them. Jesus cured a man who was sick for so many years and not cured so many people.
7 The sick man answered him ‘Sir, I have no one to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me’.
“While I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me” which means that this man could move on his own but moves slower than the others, hence he was not paralyzed. 'John' never said that this man was paralytic, lame, or anything of the kind. But 'John' correctly refers to him as ‘sick man’.
14 After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him “Look, you are well, do not sin anymore so that nothing worse may happen to you”.
Moreover, Jesus knew about him before Jesus approached him:
6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be well?”
“Do you want to be well?” Son of God is telling you: “Rise, take up your mat, and walk”.
If curing a psychosomatic illness by words is a miracle, then miracles happen everyday.
Christians say that Jesus couldn't have known what a psychosomatic illness is. No, Jesus did not know what we call a psychosomatic illness, but he noticed the effects of persuasion on people. At the time of Jesus, people were not so ignorant as Christians portray them; the Romans built multi-story buildings and even used concrete (it is not a new invention). They knew HOW things worked but did not know WHY they worked. Jesus simply noticed the power of persuasion. Jesus only needed to be a good persuader in order to cure illnesses due to guilt from sin and claim to do real miracles.
If Jesus were really born of a virgin, by the Holy Spirit, everybody in such a small community would have known this and would have talked about it for the first thirty years. But this was not the case. Everybody knew that Jesus was the son of Joseph and not born from the Holy Spirit by a virgin:
(Jn 6:42) and they said, ‘Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his father and mother? Then how can he say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?
For the first thirty years, the Jews knew that this man was born from Mary and Joseph. Even his own disciples knew that Joseph was his father and that he was from Nazareth (hence not from Bethlehem):
(Jn 1:45) Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one whom Moses wrote about in the Law, and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth."
At the beginning, even his own disciples knew that he was the son of Joseph and from Nazareth. It was not until later when Jesus convinced his stupid disciples that those were true miracles that he was able to brainwash them with his virgin birth.
The ‘virginity’ story shocked the Jews when he was already thirty! Even his own brothers did not believe that their mother was a virgin nor believed his fake miracles:
(Jn 7:3-5) Jesus' brothers said to him, "Leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. 4 No one works in secret if he wants to become a public figure. If you do these things manifest yourself to the world." 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him.
Who would have known him more than his own brothers? His brothers knew him and knew their mother long enough to believe him or not. If he were really born of a virgin by the Holy Spirit, they would have believed him and believed his miracles. At least they would have believed the Holy Spirit, but still they didn’t believe him nor believed his Holy Spirit.
The Rabbis weren’t able to verify her virginity since she had already given birth to seven other ‘earthly conceived’ brothers (number of angel brothers unknown). Since the Rabbis were only able to ask his earthly brothers, and since they had no reason not to believe them, the Rabbis had no choice but to discard the ‘virginity’ story.
If his own
brothers did not believe him, why should we? But We are really fortunate to
have 'John' as a witness so that we know how Jesus established his fake
As for his birth was really in Bethlehem or not, those who knew Jesus and his parents confirmed that he was born in Galilee and not in Bethlehem:
(Jn 7:41-43) Others said, "He is the Messiah." Still others asked, "How can the Messiah come from Galilee? Does not the Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David's family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?" Thus the people were divided because of Jesus.
So the people knew that Jesus was from Galilee. Even worse, Jesus himself admits that their knowledge about him is correct:
(Jn 7:27-28) But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from." Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, "Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from..."
The people knew for certain that he was not from Bethlehem but that he was from Galilee. Jesus even admitted that their knowledge about him is true.
Also the priests were certain that he came form Galilee:
(Jn 7:52) They replied, "Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee."
Everybody knew for sure that Jesus came from Galilee, and not from Bethlehem. Jesus conceded to this and did not deny it. But what is most pathetic, is that even Saul, the founder of Christianity, never even mentioned in the NT the virgin birth, birth in Bethlehem, nor ever acknowledged Jesus do a single miracle.
Centuries before Jesus: According to Hindu literature, Krishna, the eighth incarnation of the god Vishnu, was born to the virgin Devaki in fulfillment of prophecy and was visited by wise men who had been guided to him by a star. Angels also announced the birth to herdsmen in the nearby countryside. When King Kansa heard about the miraculous birth of this child, he sent men to "kill all the infants in the neighboring places," but a "heavenly voice" whispered to the foster father of Krishna (who, incidentally, was a carpenter) and warned him to take the child and flee across the Jumna river... In this Hindu legend, we can recognize many parallels to the infancy of Jesus other than the virgin birth element.
Christians say that the witnesses saw the stone moved and the burial cloth as solid evidence for the resurrection. The angels talked to Mary and later Jesus himself talked to her too. He must have been resurrected!
Really? Maybe Jesus was dead all along and never resurrected. Maybe his beloved disciple planted the fake evidence for the resurrection. Let's have a quick check: Evidence Angels Stone Testimonies Empty Tomb
(Jn 20:1-18) On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it is still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him”. 3 So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. 4 They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; 5 he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. 6 When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, 7 and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. 8 Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. 9 For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned home. 11 But Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb. 12 and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. 13 And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him”. 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus, but did not know it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him”. 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni”, which means teacher. 17 Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”, and what he told her.
There were Peter and our beloved disciple:
4 They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster and arrived at the tomb first.
They were not necessarily the first at the tomb. Someone else could have been there first and surely that other disciple. Moreover, the followers of Jesus never kept the Sabbath, hence they were able to go to the tomb and implant the fake evidence anytime between Friday evening and Sunday morning; on the other hand, the Jews kept the Sabbath and were unaware of their movements.
7 and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloth but rolled up in a separate place.
“Rolled up in a separate place” Why? Did someone tamper with the evidence?
If Jesus were really buried there, what should have been missing thirty-six hours later?…
'John' himself gives us the answer:
(Jn 19:38-40) After this, Joseph of Arimathea, secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. And Pilate permitted it. So he came and took his body. 39 Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about one hundred pounds. 40 They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom.
Yes, the one hundred pounds of myrrh and aloes! The myrrh is a plant derivative that could be of several forms; one of them is oil (does not evaporate). The aloes are plant leaves (do not evaporate). Those leaves should have been smeared with myrrh. Those leaves should have been bound around the body with the burial cloth. And then the wrapped body should have been laid over even more leaves.
Don’t Christians ever question themselves what is the weight and volume of the burial cloths? What is the volume of the 100 pounds of myrrh and aloes?
100 pounds of plant leaves have a very large volume, larger than JESUS HIMSELF. It’s not a sprinkle of salt! Where did that go?
Just imagine how the scene should have been with those myrrh and aloes present.
'John' testifies to what they saw. They only saw the burial cloth. 'John' testifies that the 100 pounds of myrrh and aloes were missing from the grave. If Jesus were really buried there, those should be there too along with the burial cloth in the tomb. It is 'John' who witnessed that they were NOT there. Those who implanted the cloth as evidence, for the resurrection of the Son of God, forgot to implant the 100 pounds of myrrh and aloes.
Christians quickly claim that the myrrh and aloes were indeed present but 'John' did not include the trivial details. If that were the case, then why did 'John' mention the ‘great deal of grass’ when feeding the 5000? Is the field grass more important than the evidence for the resurrection?
But first, how credible were the witnesses? It was Mary of Magdala, whom everybody knew that she was possessed by demons:
11 But Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb.
Therefore, when this demon-possessed woman was alone with no witnesses (no witnesses = claim does not stand according to the Jewish Law or any other court of law), she wept, which means she had tears in her eyes.
Some Christians say that this happened before there were any sunrays and Mary wiped off her tears. But those Christians failed to explain how could the two disciples have run in such treacherous terrain in the dark without any source of light. Shouldn’t they have carried two torches with them (since they ran separately)? That they later left behind in the tomb? They needed at least some source of light, otherwise they would have walked very cautiously. It is absurd to assume that they ran in the dark in such treacherous terrain without any source of light at all.
Assuming she was never possessed by demons, science says that innocent Mary was emotionally battered and had tears in her eyes when she mistook the gardener for Jesus. She was still in her ‘Denial Stage’. In this stage, a person in loss will hold on to practically any idea that will take away his/her emotional pain. Mary found that idea when she heard the disciples speak about the resurrection. That’s why Mary thought that it must have been Jesus and not the gardener. Science says that Mary was still in her denial stage when she convinced herself that the gardener was actually Jesus and those two sparkling lights were angels. She went and told the disciples what she wanted to believe.
The gardener simply asked her twice “Woman, why are you weeping?” but she thought that it was the angels the first time and Jesus the second time:
13 And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him”. 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus, but did not know it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him”.
It was the gardener all along. If this man was really Jesus, she should have recognized him immediately. But this was not the case. When she turned around, she looked at him in the face, recognized him as the gardener, and talked to him as the gardener “Sir if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him”. Mary looked at this man straight in the face but did not recognize the looks of this man, not even his voice. The voice of this man and his looks did not resemble the voice nor the looks of Jesus. She even talked to him as the gardener and asked him where he laid Jesus and proposed that she would take his body.
Because she used to have demons, everybody in such a small community would have known her name. She had tears in her eyes and talked to him as the gardener who knew her name and asked her not to touch him because he was afraid of her demons... He tried to comfort her by telling her that the dead man she was looking for went to heaven (like all good guys)… She talked to him as the gardener and did not think that it was Jesus until later when she imagined that it must have been him 'For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead' and certainly she didn’t either at that time. And where is this scripture that says that the coming Messiah will die and rise again from the dead? It is certainly not in the Tenach (Old Testament). Where is it? (See: Psalm 16).
Joseph of Arimathea rolled it on:
(Mk 15:46) So Joseph bought some linen cloth… Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb…
If a single human was able to roll it on, why couldn’t a single human roll it off?
Moreover, if even a female (Mary) had to bend over in order to look into the tomb, then this means that the tomb’s opening was pretty low (unless she was 10 feet tall); Hence, it did not take a mountain to block this opening. A small stone disk would have done it (smaller than that of Lazarus).
Some Christians say that the stone was difficult to move because the tomb faced uphill. If the tomb really faced uphill, then rain water would have flown towards it. In this case rain water would have flooded the tomb (rendering it useless as a burial place). In order for the tomb to be suitable for a burial place, rain water should pass by and NOT PASS IN. This can only happen if the tomb faced downhill. So logically, the tomb had to face downhill and not face uphill. The stone would have been easier to roll downhill with the direction of the water (and away from the tombs' opening). No, the stone was easier to roll off than roll on. So if a single human was able to roll it on, why couldn’t a single human roll it off?
Christians believe in the ‘resurrection’ based on the testimonies of those who saw him resurrected. So, let’s examine one of those testimonies; the testimony of Paul:
(Acts 9:3-7) On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”… 7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, for they heard the voice but could see no one.
Later when Paul returns to Jerusalem he testifies about the same vision:
(Acts 22:9) My companions saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who spoke to me.
Once nobody saw anything and once nobody heard anything!!! If it really happened he would never get it wrong!
As you can see, Paul himself was their chief liar. Paul and the 500 claim that they saw Jesus while they were in trances. Don’t Christians ever question what is a trance? A trance is a dream; a vision while asleep. Anybody who thinks too much about practically anything might ‘see’ it in a dream. Dreams are natural phenomena. Paul and the 500 ‘saw’ Jesus only in dreams; and still several years after his death. They admit that they only saw him in dreams, so how real and physical is this resurrection?
After his death, the living Jesus never showed up. The Jews waited for him but he never showed up. When the followers of Jesus (who used to donate to this god) questioned the disciples, the disciples evaded and justified his absence by claiming that he appeared to them at night in the dark when the doors were locked (to justify why nobody else saw him).
(Jn 20:19) On the evening of the first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were for the fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them ‘Peace be with you’…
The disciples tried to evade by claiming that he visited them when the doors were locked. The believers waited for more than one month but still Jesus never showed up. The Sadducees (who accepted Jesus as a prophet but not divine) also waited for him but he never showed up. When the believers in Jesus started turning away in disbelief, and stopped their donations, the disciples came up with the story that they saw him lifted to heaven. Why didn’t anyone else see him?
At the time, nobody saw him. Even later, nobody physically saw him. Those who claim that they have been abducted by aliens far outnumber those who witnessed Jesus resurrected. Why are those ‘abductees’ lying and those witnesses are not? But people do lie simply because they can. Christians believe in the ‘resurrection’ based on testimonies similar to those of the ‘abductees’, with no proof at all. Why should we believe in the ‘resurrection’ but still not believe in ‘alien visitations’?
-The money is missing from the Bank’s vault. Where is it?
-Oh, it must have been transferred to heaven!!!
What does an empty tomb prove? How gullible do Christian apologists think we are?
How long would a body be preserved when it is it covered with wounds, blood and living water (from his pierced bladder)? How long do Christians suppose it could last? It will stink immediately, and it will start decaying the very next day. After one week, it will be consumed by worms and maggots... It would be utterly unrecognizable. How about 40 days later? The disciples started promoting the ascension saga later when the believers started turning away from this god (long after the 40 days have already passed and the donations stopped coming in). They claimed that Jesus is missing because he ascended alive to heaven 40 days after his resurrection. The Rabbis could have presented practically any decaying corps and said ‘This is him’. But why should they if the living Jesus was missing? The Jews waited for him but he never showed up. If Jesus were really alive, then where the hell was he?
NO, Jesus wasn’t resurrected. The whole story is a big fat lie!
Jesus was very smart indeed, unlike those statues that are being worshiped today in the Far East. They too performed miracles just like Jesus did; they even created the universe. You can ask more than a billion Chinese, another billion Hindus… they too died for their gods…
But when we examine their ‘miracles’, as well as the ‘Miracles of Jesus’, we discover that they were only hoaxes designed to fool the audience. Today many so-called ‘Magicians’ can do many great tricks that go far beyond the tricks that were performed centuries ago. They can make a whole person disappear and then reappear in another room split in half… but they admit that these are only tricks because they do not want to become contemporary gods. Jesus performed very simple tricks that can never qualify him to make a simple show. His stupid disciples and those who witnessed those events were fooled and really believed that those were genuine miracles by God. They believed what they saw and proclaimed him ‘God in Flesh’.
(All verses are from the New American Bible. Extra links are provided to other sources)