"Know, therefore, this day, and reflect in thy heart, that the
Lord he is God, in heaven above, and on the earth beneath,
there is none else."Deuteronomy 4:39
The Translator's Address to His Co-Religionists
Abstract From the Author's Preface
- Why do Jews refuse to believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah?
- Has the Almighty rejected the Israelitish Nation?
- Why does Israel no longer have a king?
- Rabbi Gamaliel's statement of the veracity of the Christian faith.
(Acts 5:34, 38, 39) "You know that in our gospel it is mentioned that Rabbi Gamaliel, a learned and distinguished man, addressed the bystanding Jews in the following terms: Refrain from these men, and let them alone, for if this counsel, or this work be of men, it will come to nought; but if it be of God ye cannot overthrow it, but it will continue firm, and ye must rebel against the intentions and the counsel of God."
- Prosperity said to be a great proof of the goodness of one's faith.
- Israel's present captivity and redemption.
- Arguments against restoration.
(Lev 26:38) "And ye shall be lost among the gentiles, and the land of your enemies shall consume you."
- How can you expect to be reinstated in the inheritance of your tribes seeing you are totally unaware of which tribe you are descended?
Explanation of Biblical Passages Assumed by Christians to Bear Reference to Certain Points of Their Faith
- Elohim, ending in a plural form evidence of plurality in the Deity.
(Gen 1:1) "In the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth."
- Plurality of divine persons in the words "We will make man."
(Gen 1:26) "And God said, We will make man in our image according to our likeness, and they shall rule over the fish of the sea..."
- The Fall of Adam.
(Gen 2:17) "And from the tree of knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat. For on the day thou shalt eat thereof thou shalt surely die."
- Jesus' defeat of Satan.
(Gen 3:15) "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed. It shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel."
- Abraham's seed.
(Gen 22:18) "And in thy seed shall the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou (Abraham) hast obeyed my voice."
- Jacob's prophesy of the coming of Shiloh.
(Gen 49:10) "The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a law-giver from between his feet, until Shiloh come, and unto him shall belong the gathering of the people."
- Eating of unclean animals.
(Deut 14:3) "Thou shalt not eat any abomination."
- The supposed cursed law of Moses.
(Deut 27:26) "Cursed is he who will not keep the words of this law to fulfil them; and all the people shall say Amen."
- No consolatory words as Israel is to have no restoration from this exile.
(Lev 26:42) "And I shall remember the covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham I shall remember, and I shall remember the land."
- Mosaic code gives no promise of future bliss, only temporal reward.
- Mosaic law not established permanently but only for a limited time.
- Does a future covenant revoke the Mosaic law?
(Isa 2:3) "And many nations shall go and say, Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, and He shall teach us in His ways, and we will walk in His paths, for out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem."
- The virgin birth.
(Isa 7:14) "Therefore, the Lord shall give unto you a sign; behold, the young woman is with child, and she will bear a son, and she will call his name Emmanuel" (God is with us).
- Who is the "suffering servant" of Isaiah 52-53?
- Is there not one man capable of observing all the commandments prescribed in the laws of Moses?
(Isa 64:6) "And we are all as an unclean man, and all our righteousnesses are as a rotten garment and as a leaf, and our iniquities take us away like a wind."
- Is the law of Moses at a future period to be annulled?
(Jer 3:16) "And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the Lord, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the Lord, neither shall it come to mind, neither shall they remember it, neither shall they visit it, neither shall that be done any more."
- Who is the Saviour in the time of trouble?
(Jer 14:8) "Hope of Israel, the Saviour in the time of trouble, why shouldst thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for the night?"
- Does Jeremiah predict everlasting captivity with no hope of redemption?
(Jer 17:4) "And I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not; for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever."
- Do Jews vainly expect fulfillment of promises which refer to a prosperous future?
(Jer 18:7) "In an instant I shall speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up and to pull down and to destroy it."
- Prophecy relating to the slaying of the children in Bethlehem decreed by King Herod.
(Jer 31:15) "Thus saith the Lord, A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel is weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted on account of her children, because they are not to be found."
- Was the Gospel of Jesus foretold?
(Jer 31:31) "Behold the days come, and I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah."
- Were the Sabbath, new moon and festival laws revoked?
(Hos 2:11) "And I will cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her Sabbaths, and all her solemn festivals."
- The fate of Jesus.
(Amos 2:6) "Thus saith the Lord, For three transgressions of Israel, and for four I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous and the poor for the value of a pair of shoes."
- Is the downfall of Israel determined for ever?
(Amos 5:2) "The virgin of Israel is fallen: she shall no more rise; she is forsaken upon her land; there are none to raise her up."
- Jesus' birth in Bethlehem.
(Micah 5:2) "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall come forth unto me a ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from everlasting."
- Does the existence of Jesus constitute the second temple's glory?
(Hagg 2:9) "The glory of this latter house shall be greater than that of the former, saith the Lord of Hosts, and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of Hosts."
- Entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem.
(Zech 9:9) "Rejoice very much, O daughter of Zion. Shout, daughter of Jerusalem. Behold thy king cometh unto thee; He is just and has been saved; He is poor and riding on an ass."
- Will Israel mourn for having pierced and slain Jesus?
(Zech 12:10) "And I will pour upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and supplications, and they shall look up to me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him as in the mourning for an only son, and be in bitterness for him, as is the bitterness for the firstborn."
- Who are referred to as the smitten shepherd and the scattered sheep?
(Zech 13:7) "Awake, sword, against my shepherd, and against the man who is my fellow, saith the Lord of Hosts; smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones."
- Christianity as a global phenomenon.
(Mal 1:11) "For from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, my name is great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense is offered up unto my name, and a pure offering, saith the Lord of Hosts."
- John the Baptist equated with Elijah.
(Mal 4:5) "Behold, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the coming of the great and awful day."
- Who sits at the right hand of the Almighty?
(Psa110:1) "The Lord said unto my lord, Sit thou at my right side, until I make thine enemies thy footstool."
- Who comes with the clouds of heaven?
(Dan 7:13) "I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him."
- Seventy weeks of Daniel.
(Dan 9:26) "And after threescore and two weeks shall an anointed man be cut off, and shall have nothing, and a noble people cometh that shall destroy the city and the sanctuary, and its end shall be in a flood, and until the end war is ordained to devastate."
- Disbelief of Apocryphal books.
- When the Messiah comes there will be one faith and one religion.
(Zeph 3:9) "For then shall I turn (restore) unto all the people a pure tongue, that they shall call upon the name of the Lord, and serve him with one accord."
- Whether Old Testament passages quoted in the Gospels are applicable or not.
- Gentiles chastised for persecution of Jews.
- Was Jesus crucified with his will or against it?
- Is the death of Jesus enough to save all believers?
- Discrepancy in teachings of Christians versus those of Jesus and his apostles.
- Do Christians add to or diminish the doctrines set forth in the Mosaic law?
- Genealogy of Jesus in Matthew and Luke.
- The virgin birth.
(Matt 1:22, 23) "Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
- Mary bore more children than one; the name Emmanuel was not given to Jesus by the virgin.
(Matt 1:25, 23) 25 "And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS."
23 "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
- Misapplication of Hosea 11:1 regarding departure of Joseph, Mary and Jesus into Egypt.
(Matt 2:14, 15) "When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son."
- Misapplication of Jeremiah 31:15.
(Matt 2:16, 17) "Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,"
- False claim that the Messiah shall be called a Nazarene.
(Matt 2:23) "And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene."
- Tempting of Jesus in the desert.
- Jesus dwelt in Capernaum.
(Matt 4:13-15) "And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;"
- Jesus calls some to be fishers of men.
(Matt 4:18, 19) "And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
- Direct opposition to the belief and assertion of Christians, that the law of Moses has been superseded by the coming of Jesus
(Matt 5:17-19) "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
- Matthew's imaginary commandment to 'hate thy enemy.'
(Matt 5:43) "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy."
- Claims of the divinity of Jesus.
(Matt 8:19, 20) "And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."
- The spirit of peace attached to the office of Messiah, not strife.
(Matt 10:34, 35) "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law."
- Jesus and his apostles are supposedly one.
(Matt 10:40) "He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me."
- Claim of the temporary objective of the law and the prophecies until its completion in John examined.
(Matt 11:13, 14) "For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come."
- Jesus and Holy Ghost not identical.
(Matt 12:32) "And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come."
- Mary's perpetual virginity questioned.
(Matt 13:55) "Is not this the carpenterís son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?"
- Clean and unclean foods and practices.
- Claims of how to attain eternal life examined.
(Matt 19:16, 17 ) "And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments."
- Are the Father and Son all one?
(Matt 20:23) "And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father."
- Question of the divinity of Jesus.
(Matt 20:28) "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
- Errors in the mouth of Jesus disprove divine inspiration attributed to him.
(Matt 23:35) "That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar."
- Discrepancies in several books of the New Testament regarding anointing with ointment.
(Matt 26:6, 7) "Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat."
- Jesus' hesitation and prayer for removal of trial shows discord between Father and Son.
(Matt 26:39) "And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."
- Thirty pieces of silver misconstrued.
(Matt 27:9, 10) "Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potterís field, as the Lord appointed me."
- Jesus announced he was not a God because he invoked God in the day of trouble.
(Matt 27:46) "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?"
- Power was given to Jesus whereas God needs have nothing be given to Him.
(Matt 28:18) "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."
- Discrepancy with regards to David and the shewbread.
(Mark 2:25, 26) "And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?"
- Discord within Jesus' family.
(Mark 3:31-35) "There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother."
- Cursing of the fig tree.
(Mark 11:12-14) "And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it."
- Jesus could not foretell events, therefore, he is no God.
(Mark 13:32) "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father."
- Examination of Gabriel's supposed message to Mary.
(Luke 1:26) "And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,"
- This chapter is omitted by the translator as unimportant in itself, and inapplicable to the general argument.
- Miraculous conception undermined by several New Testament passages.
(Luke 2:33) "And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him."
- Genealogy of Jesus questioned.
(Luke 3:23) "And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,"
- Jesus had no right to attribute to himself the glory of deeds he had not performed.
(Luke 4:17-21) "And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."
- Christian disregard of the maxim to 'love thy enemies.'
(Luke 6:27-29) "But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also."
- Illogical replies put into the mouth of the assumed Son of God.
(Luke 11:37-41) "And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner. And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also? But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you."
- Salvation wrought by Jesus questioned.
(Luke 16:22, 23) "And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abrahamís bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom."
- Jews do not lie under the punishment of the Almighty as Christians assert.
(Luke 23:34) "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots."
- Discrepancies regarding the role of John the Baptist.
(John 1:21) "And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No."
- How Jesus addressed his mother is questioned.
(John 2:4) "Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come."
- Unreasonable answer to Jews' question regarding a sign.
(John 2:18-20) "Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?"
- Jesus' acknowledgment of the all-important fact of his non-identity with the Godhead.
(John 6:38) "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me."
- Jesus' own contemporaries and brothers did not believe in him.
(John 7:5) "For neither did his brethren believe in him."
- Talmudical tradition informs us that Jesus had a teacher.
(John 7:15) "And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?"
- Laxity of the sentence against the adulteress.
(John 8:3-5, 7) 3 "And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?...7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."
- Jesus speaks of himself as the Son of Man, and not as God.
(John 8:40) "But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham."
- The union of faith was not accomplished by Jesus and will only take place at a future period.
(John 10:16) "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."
- Passages which refute Jesus' supposed perfect identity with the Godhead.
(John 10:30) "I and my Father are one."
- Jesus styles himself God yet argues more against than in favour of his claim.
(John 10:33-36) "The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?"
- The junction of Father and Son conferred also upon the twelve apostles and not just the "Trinity."
(John 10:38) "But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him."
- The assumption of Supreme dominion.
(John 13:3) "Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;"
- Commandment to love one another not a new one.
(John 13:34) "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."
- Jesus acknowledges himself to be merely a messenger.
(John 17:3) "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
- Differing accounts of Jesus' betrayal.
(John 18:3-5) "Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them."
- Did the Jews lose their independence on account of their putting Jesus to death?
(John 19:15) "But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar."
- Jesus clearly no God.
(John 20:17) "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."
- Jesus did not consider himself the restorer of the kingdom of the Jews.
(Acts 1:6, 7) "When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power."
- Duration of a sect does not constitute a proof of the veracity of their tenets.
(Acts 5:34, 35, 38, 39) 34 "Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; 35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men...38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: 39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God."
- Erroneous statement regarding Abraham's departure from Charran.
(Acts 7:4) "Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell."
- Disciples but superficially versed in biblical knowledge.
(Acts 7:7) "And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place."
- Six more errors in biblical knowledge.
(Acts 7:14-16) "Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls. So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers, And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem."
- Incorrect quotation from the prophecy of Amos.
(Acts 7:43) "Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon."
- Strange New Testament use of sorcery and superstition.
(Acts 8:9-11) "But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries."
- Clean and unclean foods.
(Acts 10:11-15) "And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common."
- Paul errs in assigning such a protracted reign to Saul.
(Acts 13:21) "And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years."
- Objection to the reference to Psalm 2.
(Acts 13:33) "God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee."
- Dispute regarding the word "corruption."
(Acts 13:35-37) "Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption."
- Peter contradicts the opinion held by Jesus.
- Dispute regarding a verse in Amos 9.
(Acts 15:17) "That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things."
- How Christians respect prohibitions.
(Acts 15:20, 29) 20 "But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood...29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well."
- Christianity did not dispense with the circumcision.
(Acts 16:1, 3) 1 "Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:...3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek."
- If circumcision were of no avail for Timothy, why did his master circumcise him?
(Acts 16:3) "Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek."
- Discrepancy between answer given by apostles and Jesus regarding salvation.
(Acts 16:30, 31) "And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."
- Ease with which a human being was deified in those days.
(Acts 28:3-6) "And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god."
- How could Jesus be considered the Saviour of mankind as per Romans 5:14?
(Rom 5:14) "Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adamís transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come."
- Paul's reference to Hosea 1 for a purpose which that prophet had not in view.
(Rom 9:24-26) "Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God."
- Incorrect quotations from Scripture.
(Rom 9:33) "As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed."
- Words of Moses misconstrued by Paul.
(Rom 10:6-9) "But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
- Isaiah 59:20 misconstrued.
(Rom 11:26) "And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:"
- Christians maintain the belief that the power of Satan was broken by the death of Jesus.
(Rom 16:20) "And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen."
- Were Christians dispensed from observing the Mosaic Law?
(1 Cor 5:1) "It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his fatherís wife."
- Paul's presumption that corporeal man should be the judge of incorporeal beings.
(1 Cor 6:3) "Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?"
- More questions regarding abandoning our holy faith and adopting their religious observances.
(1 Cor 7:18-20) "Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called."
- Inaccuracy when quoting Numbers 25.
(1 Cor 10:8) "Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand."
- Mixture of two unconnected verses.
(1 Cor 15:54, 55) "So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"
- Contradiction between Paul and John regarding Jesus' brother.
(Gal 1:18, 19) "Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lordís brother."
- The extraordinary conclusion that Jesus' death released his followers from their adherence to the law.
(Gal 3:13) "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:"
- Want of acquaintance with the genius of the Hebrew language leads to wrong conclusion regarding the word "seed."
(Gal 3:16) "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ."
- Quotation of Psalm 68 seems to be made from memory.
(Eph 4:8) "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men."
- Paul's peculiar mentioning of men before God appears unbecoming.
(1 Thess 2:10) "Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:"
- Good works vs mere faith.
- In the early days of Christianity the book of Hebrews was rejected as Apocryphal.
- The errors of the the author of this epistle are many.
(Heb 1:5-9) "For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows."
- Jesus, the inferior being, destined to be worshiped by the angels, his superiors.
(Heb 2:7) "Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:"
- Refutation of the interpretation given by Christians regarding Jeremiah 31:31.
(Heb 8:8) "For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:"
- Erroneous quotation of Psalm 40.
(Heb 10:5) "Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:"
- The omission of Dan in the list of tribes shows imperfect acquaintance with rudiments of Biblical history.
(Rev 7:5-8) "Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand."
- Christians venture to make changes to Scripture of a most glaring nature.
(Rev 22:18, 19) "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."
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