John 20:24-27 (KJV)
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve,
called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
This presents a few problems to Christianity:
1. Twelve disciples means that Matthew was there. Matthew, the one who supposedly wrote all the details about Jesus’ life, left out “doubting Thomas.” Luke was supposedly written to clean up Matthew’s errors, yet he too left out one of the important verifications of the Resurrection story, of Thomas putting his fingers into Jesus’ hole. WHY? Didn’t the unknown author of Matthew find these details important?
2. There is universal
agreement that no one was crucified with nails through the hands because it
simply would not support the weight of a body. This fact was proven by the group known as the “Biblical
Resources–Israel” located in
As Joe Wallack wrote; “It’s arguable that the underlying Greek word for “hands” can on rare occasion refer to a wider area around the hands including the wrists, but the dominant Christian understanding of the verse (including their prohibited graven images) has always been that “hands” meant “hands.”
3. John quoted Jesus telling Mary “Touch me not!”
16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. …17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. John 20:16-17 (KJV)
Could it be that Jesus did not like a woman touching him.
4. This brings up still another problem. Christians claim that Jesus was god incarnate. So just exactly when was he god?
a. When born, as a baby?
b. During his ministry?
b. When he died?
c. When he was resurrected? or
d. When he ascended in the clouds???
If, as Christians say, when Jesus was resurrected, who in the world (or out of the world, as the case may be) did Jesus the “god” mean, when he said he was going to ascend to himself? Or what did Jesus the “god” mean that he was going to ascend to his god? God has a god to talk to ― only in Mormonism with their generation of gods].
Must be a Christian thingy!
"Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it's the cyanide." -Thomas E. Robbins (1936-)