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Bible Fails: The Paine of Poor Editing

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An atheist discusses Biblical errors and discrepancies pointed out by Thomas Paine in The Age Of Reason. Support my work via Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thatatheistguy Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-QFGBTiBess5bJPT57CBg Tumblr: http://rthompson1624.tumblr.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theatheistguy Twitter: https://twitter.com/that_atheistguy I recently finished Thomas Paine’s The Age Of Reason. In part two, Paine challenges the institutionalized religion of Christianity and focuses especially on the validity of the Bible in which it’s based. He brilliantly pinpoints critical discrepancies and fabrications in the Bible with a wit and fortitude that continues to resonate with readers today. Here’s a few of the problems that he points out. Dead Men Walking In Matthew 27:50-27:54 the writer details several noteworthy events that coincide with the resurrection of Jesus including an earthquake, rocks renting, and many dead men rising from their graves and walking around town. This is what the book of Matthew says about these events. The problem is that none of the writers of any of the other books that bear the names of the apostles mention any of this, not the veil of the temple, the rocks, the earthquake or even the dead bodies that crawled out of their boxes only to walked around town aimlessly. To me this seems like one man’s poor attempt at adding dramatic effect by conjuring up this story of Jesus’s holy army of saints also rising from the dead; as if a dead carpenter coming back to life isn’t dramatic enough on its own. As Paine says, if this had actually occurred it would have filled up whole chapters of these books and been the chosen theme and general chorus of all the writers; but instead of this, little and trivial things, and mere prattling conversation of ‘he said this’ and ‘she said that’ are often tediously detailed…” You would think that the Council of Nicaea or whoever was responsible for compiling these books would have noticed that these events were not documented or even hinted at by any other writers of that time and should have excluded them from the Bible as spurious. Copy and Paste In second Chronicles 36:22 through 36:23, it contains these verses and the last verse ends rather abruptly with “Who is among you of all His people? May the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up”! Following that, Ezra 1-1:3 contains these verses. Almost exactly the same until the word up, except now, we drop the inflection and continue on with an oddly specific verse. “May his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel (He is God), which is in Jerusalem”. I love how they had to add this part “he is God ya know just in case you haven’t gleaned that from the first 600 pages”. Since Paine puts it so succinctly, I’ll use his words. “For by what kind of cutting and shuffling has it been that the first three verses in Ezra should be the last to verses in 2 Chronicles, or that the last two in 2 Chronicles should be the first three in Ezra? Either the authors did not know their own works or the compilers did not know the authors”. Genealogy of Jesus If we look at Matthew 1:1, it gives a very detailed genealogy from Abraham all the way down to Joseph, husband of Mary, mother of Jesus. If we then turn to Luke 3:23-38 we can see a very detailed genealogy from Adam to Joseph and ultimately Jesus. If we were, as Paine does in his book to focus only on the genealogy of David to Jesus as detailed in Matthew and Luke, it would look like this. Okay, so they agree on Joseph and David which is great but they disagree on every single other person in the list. This of course doesn’t mean that one of them wasn’t correct, though it’s doubtful, but it does mean, however that one of them was almost entirely wrong. If we can’t even rely on the smallest degree of accuracy regarding the genealogy of their savior from...