"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

 Believable?

Let’s read from the King James Version of the New Testament (Matthew 27.45-53).

“Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.”

“And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and MANY bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”

The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, writing during the second half of the first century CE, produced two major works—History of the Jewish War and Antiquities of the Jews—had not one word to say about this most extraordinary occurrence.

Fifty days after the alleged event, Peter was giving a speech recorded in Acts 2, but said nothing about the saints rising from the dead, from their graves.

Paul, who spoke at great length (1 Corinthians 15) to convince his listeners that Jesus’ resurrection had occurred, had nothing to say about the dead rising and walking into the city. Surely his listeners would have quite readily accepted the resurrection of Jesus if the resurrection of saints “appearing to many” had actually happened.

The appearance of these bodies “unto many” would have been the sensation of a lifetime for the residents of Jerusalem. Any honest seeker of truth from the New Testament must ask himself, “If this remarkable event actually happened, why did only Matthew report it?” After all the gospel of Mark was written before any other work in the New Testament. Did Mark simply forget to include the greatest supernatural event in the history of mankind when he wrote his gospel?

About twenty percent of the gospels is repetition, so it is not as if New Testament writers did not like to repeat what others had written. Repetition of the most mundane events occurs everywhere. Ask yourself why didn’t Mark, Luke, John, James, Peter or Paul write about the dead bodies of the dead saints rising from their graves, marching through Jerusalem and appearing unto many?

Yes, continue to ask yourself questions. Why does Matthew not think that we should know the names of the saints, which rose from their graves? Why does he not tell us with whom the bodies of the saints met; or what they said—assuming they said anything; where they went after going into the city or to whom they appeared? Did the bodies of the saints dutifully return to their graves after a polite visit, or did they remain for years among the residents of Jerusalem? Were the families—husbands, wives and children—of the dead who “came out of the graves” overjoyed at having their loved ones return home?

The Conclusion

If you honestly have thought this through, the answer will not surprise you now. It never happened. The New Testament is a sham!

BoyntonStu
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Larry November 21, 2012 at 4:58 am

Amazing, since leaving Christianity its amazing how many things I never read. Thank you .

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Dave & Yvonne November 21, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Pleasure Larry – lots of info on this blog – dig in!!

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