On the lineage of Christ
Suffice it to say that the lineage given in Matthew chapter 1 and that given in Luke chapter 3 do not match. Matthew wrote a contrived lineage omitting some ancestors (see Matthew 1:8 and Chronicles 3:10-12 for an example) in order to devise a list with 42 names from Abraham to Jesus. Luke has 57 names. The lineage from David to Joseph is different in both lists.
In Matthew’s lineage (1:11), he reported that Jechonias was an ancestor.
In Jeremiah 36:30, God said that none of his (Jechonias) kin could sit on the throne of David.
The lineage of Joseph is of no consequence because the father of Jesus was the Holy Spirit. It is clear that Mary was related to Elizabeth, who was from the Aaronic line. So, there was no lineage to the house of David.
Matthew’s account of the conception of Jesus as given in chapter 1
Verse 18 “When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost.” [So, Mary was pregnant, and she and Joseph were not yet married.]
Verse 19 “Whereupon Joseph, her husband [ fiancé, not her husband], being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately.” [So, Joseph decided to end the engagement.]
Verse 20 “But, while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David [descendant, not son], fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife [fiancé, not wife], for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” [Since the angel convinced Joseph that Mary's child was from the Holy Ghost, it is clear that prior to this point Joseph thought otherwise.]
Verse 24 “And Joseph, rising up from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife.” [Did the author mean to say “and took unto him Mary as his wife”?]
Verse 25 “And he knew her not till she brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.” [How did the author know that no intercourse occurred between Joseph and Mary until after the birth of Christ? The term “firstborn” implies other children, which Matthew mentions in chapter 13:55-56, thus ending the ‘only child’ myth, and the ‘brethren in Christ’ fabrication.]
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 1
In verse 23, it reads “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (KJV)
In verse 25, it reads “But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.” (KJV) [In spite of the instructions from the angel, Joseph and Mary chose a different name. How did the author know Joseph and Mary “… had no union …”?]
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 2
In verses 14-23 it was written that Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Egypt to avoid the death decree from Herod. Herod’s soldiers then killed all the male children under two years of age. [But, somehow, they missed John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus.]
In Luke 2:22-39 , it reads that Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem, and then they returned to Nazareth. No slaughter occurred.
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 2
After the birth of Jesus, Herod ordered the death of all males under the age of two, which is the reason Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Egypt. In verses 2:19-20, it reads “But when Herod was dead, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph in Egypt, saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel. For they are dead that sought the life of the child.”
In Luke 2:1 , it reads “And it came to pass, that in those days there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled.” In verse 3, it reads “And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city.” So Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem, where Christ was born. [Roman history recorded that Herod died in the year 4BC, and Caesar Augustus came to power in 6AD. These two accounts do not match. The decree that each person had to return to his birthplace would have been impossible to implement.]
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 4
After the baptism of Christ, in verses 1-2, it reads “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.” (NIV)
In the gospel of John 2:1 , three days after Christ was baptized, he went to the wedding feast at Cana.
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 5
In verse 32 (and in 19:9), it reads “But I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, excepting for fornication, maketh her to commit adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.”
In Mark 10:11, Luke 16:18, 1 Corinthians 7:10-16, the phrase “excepting for fornication” does not appear. Therefore, divorce is not permitted.
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 6
In verses 9-13, Christ told the Lord’s Prayer to the multitude who were present at the Sermon on the Mount.
In Luke 11:1-4 , it was reported that Christ taught the Lord’s Prayer privately to his disciples.
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 8Jesus encountered two men who were possessed by devils, and decided to cast the devils out of the men. In a bizarre story, the devils asked Jesus to cast them into a herd of pigs, and Jesus did so. It reads, “And behold they cried out, saying: What have we to do with thee, Jesus Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was, not far from them, an herd of many swine feeding. And the devils besought him, saying: If thou cast us out hence, send us into the herd of swine. And he said to them: Go. But they going out went into the swine, and behold the whole herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea: and they perished in the waters.” [In a land of Jews, it seems more than odd that pigs (an unclean animal) were being raised. What did the phrase “torment us before the time” mean? If devils are evil, why did Jesus accommodate the devils? Of all possible choices, was the only one to accommodate the devils and destroy a herd of swine? If there were only two men, why was it necessary to cast the devils (supposedly only two) into a “herd of many swine”? Did the devils perish when the pigs drowned? There is no mention of the farmer.]
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 9
In verse 18, it reads “As he was speaking these things unto them, behold a certain ruler came up, and adored him saying: Lord, my daughter is even now dead; but come, lay thy hand upon her, and she will live.”
In Mark 5:22-23 , it reads “And there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue named Jairus: and seeing him, falleth down at his feet. And he besought him much saying: My daughter is at the point of death, come, lay thy hand upon her, that she may be safe, and may live.”
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 10
In verses 2-4, it reads “And the names of the twelve apostles are these: the first, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the publican, and James the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.” (NIV)
The list in Luke 6:14-16 is “When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.” (NIV)
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 13 and Mark 4:30
In verses 31-32, it reads “He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches." [This statement is false. Mustard plants can grow to about 4 feet in height, but they are not trees, and have no branches.]
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 16
In verse 15-17, it reads “Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering said to him: Blessed art thou Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.”
In John 1:40-42 , it reads “And Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who had heard of John, and followed him. He findeth first his brother Simon and saith to him: We have found the Messiah, which is the Christ, and he brought him to Jesus.”
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 21
In verse 19, it reads “And seeing a certain fig tree by the way side, he came to it, and found nothing on it but leaves only, and he saith to it: May no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And immediately, the tree withered away.” [Since he wanted fruit, instead of causing the tree to wither, why didn't Christ bless the tree and make it produce?]
In Mark 11:13-20, the fig tree had only leaves because “For it was not the time for figs.” Then, Christ said “May no man hereafter eat fruit of thee any more.” Then, it reads “And when evening was come, he went forth out of the city.” Then, it reads “And when they passed by in the morning they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.”
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 21
In verses 21 and 22, it reads, " And Jesus answering, said to them: Amen, I say to you, if you shall have faith, and stagger not, not only this of the fig tree shall you do, but also if you shall say to this mountain, Take up and cast thyself into the sea, it shall be done. And in all things whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive. " [This statement is simply false. Similar statements occur in Mark 11:24, John 15:7, and John 13:23. They, too, are false. If this statement were true, it would not be necessary to study any subject, because Christ said "whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive". Thus, it would only be necessary to pray in order to know a subject, or acquire a skill. In fact, such a circumstance does not exist. ]
In John 9:30, it reads, " We know that God doth not hear sinners. " [By implication, God only hears the innocent, namely, children.]
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 24
Jesus made predictions which did not occur. In verse 29, it reads “the sun shall be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be moved.” In verse 31, it reads “And he shall send his angels with a trumpet, and a great voice.” Then, in verse 34, it reads “Amen I say to you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.” [None of those predictions occurred.]
In the gospel of Matthew chapter 26 and Mark 14:18-21
In verse 21, it reads “And while they were eating, he said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me." Then, in verse 25, it reads “Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?" Jesus answered, "Yes, it is you.” Then, in verse 26, it reads “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body." (NIV) [So Judas was told before they ate.]
In Luke 22:20-23, it reads “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him." They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.” (NIV) [So, Judas was not identified.]
In John 13:26-30, it reads “Jesus answered, "It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish." Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. What you are about to do, do quickly," Jesus told him, but no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the Feast, or to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out.” (NIV) [So, Judas was told during the meal.]Return to the index page