Do gods exist? 35 Unjust Jesus in Matthew and Luke

Image: adapted from Raphael’s Transfiguration

Here are some examples of bad moral guidance given by the Jesus portrayed in the Gospels called Matthew and Luke.

They were written about 80-85 CE, as was the Book of Acts, some of which contradicts what Paul earlier wrote about himself.

The virgin birth and resurrection stories first appear in these Gospels.

They were the second and third Gospels to be written, about ten to twenty years after the Gospel called Mark.

In the Gospel called Matthew

Jesus explicitly endorses the barbaric laws of the Old Testament (5:17-18).

“5:17 Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”

Jesus says that most people will go to Hell (7:13-14) where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (8:11-12).

“7:13 Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

“8:11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Jesus says you should fear God who can destroy both body and soul in Hell (10:28).

“10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Jesus says that he did not come to bring peace to the earth, but a sword, and that he has come to turn family members against each other (10:34-36).

“10:34 Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.”

Jesus says that anyone who loves their parents or children more than they love him is not worthy of him (10:37).

“10:37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.”

Jesus says that God will tell people who are cursed to depart into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels (25:41) where they will be punished for eternity (25:46).

“25:41 Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

“25:46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

In the Gospel called Luke

Jesus repeats much of the above bad moral guidance.

He also tells his disciples, before the incident in the Garden of Gethsemane, to sell their clothes in order to buy swords (22:36, 38).

“22:36 Then He said to them, ‘But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.”

“22:38 So they said, Lord, look, here are two swords. And He said to them, It is enough.”

All of this puts aside the question of whether Jesus existed, and the question of how the Bible was written and by whom. This article focus only on examples of the bad moral guidance given by the Jesus portrayed in the Gospels called Mathew and Luke.

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