Traits of Jesus
What are the traits of a real prophet? At least he should prophesy correctly, should know scriptures, should not lie, and should not blaspheme. Is there anything simpler? Christians honestly believe that Jesus fulfilled all of these and more. Let’s have a quick check:
Jesus prophesied that the stars would fall and the sun would darken and that he would come in the clouds to establish his kingdom before that generation would pass:
Mark 13:24-30: The sun shall be darkened and the moon shall not give her light. And the stars of heaven will fall and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then they shall see the son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then he shall send his angels and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven… Verily I say to you, that this generation shall not pass till all these things be done. (See also Matthew 24:29-35 and Luke 21:25-33)
What is the time limit that he gave? ‘this generation shall not pass till all these things be done’. That generation passed away almost 2000 years ago, and still no one has seen him coming back on the clouds to establish his kingdom. No one has seen the sun darken and the stars fall...
Jesus also promised that he would come with the angels before some of the crowd standing there would die:
Matthew 16:27-28 For the son of man shall come in the glory of his father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, there be some standing here which shall not taste of death till they see the son of man coming in his kingdom. (See also Mark 9:1)
What is the time limit for this one? ‘some standing here which shall not taste of death till they see the son of man coming in his kingdom’. According to his prophecies, he should have come with his kingdom before some of the crowd standing there die. They all died 2000 years ago and none of his prophecies came true. There is no room for blind faith here. The time limit passed and his prophecies never came true.
Also, his prophecies concerning the three days and three nights did not come true:
Matthew 12:38-40 There shall no sign be given than the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Jesus clearly says that the only sign we should verify is him being in the grave for three days and three nights. At least he should get this one right. So we are checking: He was crucified on Friday afternoon, the day before the Sabbath (Mark 15:42) and then he was supposedly resurrected on Sunday morning (Mark 16:9).
Between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning there is 36 hours. Can anyone fit within those 36 hours three days and three nights?
Those prophecies never came true. If he could not even prophesy correctly, how could he be a god?
Jesus said that David entered the Temple (Tabernacle) in the days of Abiathar the high priest and ate the showbreads:
Mark 2:24-26 The Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?" He answered, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions."
But during this incident, Achimelech was high priest, and not his son Abiathar:
I Samuel 21:1-6 David went to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. Ahimelech trembled when he met him, and asked, "Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?"... So the priest gave him the consecrated bread...
See, during this incident, Achimelech was high priest, and not his son Abiathar. A high priest functions until the day he dies, and then his son takes over. So only after the death of Achimelech (I Samuel 22:18), did his son Abiathar succeed him:
I Samuel 30:7; And David said to Abiathar the priest, Achimelech's son, …
But this was not the only mistake of Jesus. Let us take a look at yet another one: Jesus said that Zacherias, who was slaughtered between the Temple and the altar, was the son of Berachia:
Matthew 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of the righteous Able unto the blood of Zacherias son of Berachias, whom you slaughtered between the Temple and the altar.
But Zacherias was the son of Jehoiada, and not the son of Berachia:
II Chronicles 24:20-21; And the spirit of God came upon Zacheriah son of Jehoiada the priest which stood above the people, and said to them … And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones, at the commandment of the King, in the house of the Lord.
Zacherias, who was slaughtered between the Temple and the altar, was the son of Jehoiada, and not the son of Berachia, as stated by Jesus. Jesus was mixing up two things: There was a prophet Zacherias son of Berachias, but he was not the one who was slain in the Temple courtyard. Zacherias son of Berachias was the prophet who gave us the Bible book Zacheriah.
Zecheriah 1:1; In the eight month in the second year of Darius came the word of the Lord to Zecheriah, son of Berechiah, son of Iddo the prophet…
This Zecheriah lived after the destruction of the first Temple, during the rebuilding of the second Temple. The killing of Zacherias son of Jehoiada in the Temple courtyard happened in the first Temple period, long before Zecheriah son of Berechiah. In case that in your Bible translation Zacheriah 1:1 says "Zecheriah, son of Iddo the prophet, …" then be assured of the fact that the Hebrew text says; "Zecheriah, son of Berachiah, son of Iddo the prophet, …" In some Bible translations the text is intentionally corrupted in order to cover up this mistake of Jesus.
Not only Jesus was ignorant of basic scriptures, he did not even know the prophets who wrote them. What does this tell us about Jesus?
Jesus lied to his brothers that he was not going up to the feast, but when they left, he secretly went up there:
(Jn 7,1) After this, Jesus moved about within Galilee; but he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him. 2 But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near. 3 So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. 4 No one works in secret if he wants to be known publicly. If you do these things, manifest yourself to the world”. 5 For even his brothers did not believe in him.
His own brothers did not believe that he was doing miracles and challenged him if he was really doing miracles let him do them publicly and not in secret.
6 So Jesus said to them, “My time is not yet here, but the time is always right for you. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me, because I testify to it that its works are evil. 8 You go up to the feast. I am not going up to the feast, because my time has not been fulfilled”. 9 After he had said this, he stayed on in Galilee. 10 But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but [as it were] in secret…
Jesus lied to them that he was not going up to the feast, but when they left, he secretly went up there.
Christians quickly say that Jesus simply changed his mind. But according to scriptures, God does not lie nor change his mind:
Nu 23:19 God is not man that he should speak falsely, nor human, that he should change his mind. Is he one to speak and not act, to decree and not fulfill?
How could Jesus be God in flesh if he either lied or changed his mind?
Deuteronomy 4:39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord, he is G.d in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath; there is no other.
Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I, even I, am He, and there is no god with me.
Isaiah 43:10 I am He, before Me no god was created, neither shall there be after Me.
Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the Lord, the King of Israel and his redeemer, the Lord of hosts, I am the first, and I am the last, and beside Me there is no god.
Isaiah 45:18 I am the Lord, and there is none else.
The first commandment says that people should worship none other than God. But Jesus claimed to be divine. Jesus even claimed that he replaced God altogether on Judgment Day!
Jn 5,21-22 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes. 22 Nor does the Father judge anyone, but he has given ALL judgment to his Son.
Jesus claimed that he will judge people on judgment day!!! If his simple prophecies never came true, why should we believe this one?
Jesus even went further to claim to be God himself:
Jn 10:30 The Father and I are one.
According to the Tenach, this is pure blasphemy; and the penalty for blasphemy is death.
(Jn 5,17) But Jesus answered them, “My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.” 18 For this reason the Jews tried all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God.
Jesus called God his own father making himself equal to God!!!
Jesus made a god and a savior out of himself... Mary the mother of God... according to the Tenach (Old Testament) this is idolatry and blasphemy. Even Moslems admit that they would have persecuted Jesus too if he really said and done those things written in the 'New Testament' (They believe that the Bible is fake and those things never happened; that is, Jesus claimed to be Son of Man not Son of God, raised the dead indeed but did not raise Lazarus, healed the blind but did not stage it with that sighted beggar...).
And what about saving people for the next world? According to the New Testament Jesus is the savior of mankind, without him no salvation is possible. What does the Old Testament say about this?
Isaiah 43:3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy one of Israel, thy saviour.
So the Old Testament clearly says that the one and only God is our savior.
Does God need another savior? Will there ever be any other savior?
Isaiah 43:10-11 Before Me there was no god formed, neither shall there be after me, even I, I am the Lord, and beside Me there is no saviour.
Isaiah 45:21-22 ... I the Lord, and there is no god else beside Me, a just god and a saviour, there is no saviour beside Me. Look unto Me and be you saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God and there is none else.
Hosea 13:4 Yet I am the Lord thy God, and thou shall know no god but Me, for there is no saviour beside Me.
The Old Testament says that God is god alone, man's only savior. This is what the Tenach (Old Testament) is all about. There cannot be anything clearer.
Jeremiah 17:5-7 Thus says the Lord: Cursed be the man that trusts in man… Blessed is the man that trusts in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
According to the Tenach, any claim of divinity to any other than God is blasphemy.
Jesus showed that he could not prophesy, did not know scriptures, lied, and blasphemed big time. If he failed to prove himself as a mere prophet, then how could Christians still proclaim him as a god?
(All verses are from the New American Bible. Extra links are provided to other sources)
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