Far from being evidence of the divine, the Bible is a visibly human document. I could go on about hellfire in the New Testament or savagery in the Old, but instead here’s the simplest demonstration I know.
Get your Bible. The King James one, obviously. We don’t want any of your New English trash in here. Turn to Matthew Chapter 1 verses 1 to 17. It’s easy to find, it’s right at the beginning of the New Testament.
You’ll find a list of Jesus’ ancestors, stretching back to Abraham. They actually count the other way, each venerable patriarch begetting the next in the traditional manner. There are forty generations from Abraham to Jesus.
Now turn to Luke, Chapter 3 verses 23 to 38. You’ll see another genealogy from Jesus. This time it’s backwards, and stretches back beyond Abraham, another 20 generations back to Adam. Let’s just concentrate on the bit back to Abraham though.
It’s a very different list. Strange that. Still, maybe it’s the same people, but they’re giving their first name rather than their last name. Or something.
There’s more of them, though. 55 to be precise. Two thoroughly different lists, with a different number of male links in the chain.
So, far from being evidence of God’s divine perfection, the very first chapter of the New Testament actually gives clear evidence of the authors’ human fallibility.
And for this we’ve had to endure Crusades, Inquisitions and Cliff Richard. Bastards.
Posted: June 13th 2007
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