Did Jesus Lie under Oath?

God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of a man
that he should repent…
                        Numbers 23:19
 John’s Jesus:

Jesus answered, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret.    
                                                                                                                      John 18:20

Mark’s Jesus

He strictly ordered them that no one should know this.
                                                                                              Mark 5:43

Mark’s Jesus seems to ALWAYS be telling his disciples and those he heals to keep his deeds secret. John’s Jesus swears under oath in front of the Jewish Sanhedrin (high court) that he has said nothing in secret.

This is a blatant lie.

To Jews, God cannot lie, therefore this is absolute proof to them (and it should be to Christians) that Jesus was not God.



2 thoughts on “Did Jesus Lie under Oath?

  1. Hi Gary,

    I found you have a blog of your own and you made this post there as well. I'll reply in both places as you might not be subscribed to comments here.

    I noticed in 2014 you stopped being a fundamentalist Christian. What caused that?

    I want you to know before I answer that I do not judge you. I don't know why you are where you are faith wise, why you started a blog, why you commented on my post. I do pray that if there is anything the Holy Spirit can help me to reply here to draw you back into the healing, forgiving, strengthening embrace of Jesus, the Savior, Son of God, and lover of your soul, that he would do so.

    At first blush, without any resort to Biblical Commentary, I note that in Mark 5 – Jesus's hour had not yet come. In later chapters he is openly confrontational and insulting to the Pharisees. So in John when he says he has said nothing in secret—it is not blatantly false. It is completely true. He had been teaching openly in the Temple and had confronted the Pharisees publically. It is also true that in Jewish Law that a man could not testify against himself. The leaders of the Sanhedrin were actually going against Jewish law to ask Jesus directly. It was their obligation to ask for witnesses. Jesus is upholding the law here.

    Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He cannot lie. He has no need to repent of anything. I do, and if you are part of the “all” that Paul refers to in Romans, you do too.

    There is no Mark's Jesus nor John's Jesus. There are themes pertinent to one Gospel depending on the human writer, the Divine — God Breathed inspiration received by that writer, and then the context of the Gospel. When I do go to the commentary on Mark using the Ignatius Study Bible (Scott Hahn, Curtis Mitch) – there is a theme in Mark of the “secret Messiah” because there were many during Jesus's life and still today that are looking for a political, military Messiah in keeping with the legacy of King David. The light – the truth comes in the climatic confession of the Roman Centurion in Mark 15:39, “In truth, this man was the Son of God.”

    The theme in John from the outset is that Jesus is the I AM. We a people in darkness have seen a great light. We are called to communion with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There is no walking of people into the truth in John — it is right there in the first verse.

    God does not lie. God cannot lie. Jesus is God. Therefore Jesus cannot lie. Therefore Jesus did not lie.


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