My dear Christian friends, I am going to present to you the ONE passage from the Bible that PROVES that the Christian story is a tall tale (Addendum: If you are a liberal Christian and do not believe that the following story from the Bible is, without question, a real historical event, this post does not apply to your form of Christianity.)
Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
There are a couple of very odd things about this passage. First, if this was the third time that Jesus had appeared to these guys, why the concern about verifying who he was? Seems odd, to me. I mean, all but Thomas had seen him in the Upper Room where he sat down and ate a broiled fish lunch with them. And a week later, they had seen him again, this time with Thomas, and they had all gotten so close to him that they could touch his body and his wounds. But here they are sitting around the fire with him…and they are worried about verifying who he is. Hmm.
And now the whopper in this story.
Remember. The proverbial cat is out of the bag. Jesus is resurrected. Jesus has returned from the dead, verifying that not only is he the Messiah, the Son of God, but that he IS God. He is Yahweh. No further need of parables and riddles to hide his true identity. He is the Almighty, All-Knowing Creator of the Universe. I can just imagine the disciples asking Jesus, after the Resurrection, during the forty (or eight) days that they spent with him…
…Jesus, tell us how you created the entire universe in six days. What was it like before Creation?
…Jesus, tell us about the time in the Garden when you discovered that Adam and Eve had eaten from the Tree of Knowledge.
…Jesus, tell us about the Great Flood. Was it really of the entire world, or just the Euphrates River Valley? Were there really a male and a female of every one of the tens of thousands of species of animals on earth, all on that one boat? And how did the kangaroos make it to Australia without leaving any skeletons along the way from Mt. Arat?
…Tell us about the Exodus! Tell us about how you killed all the firstborn of Egypt! How did you do it? Poison gas or did you just smother the little Egyptian brats?
…Tell us how you brought the walls of Jericho crashing down.
And then the Creator of the Universe…cooks some fish.
The All-Powerful God of the universe cooks…on a wood fire?
The God of the Universe doesn’t need to cook. If he wanted his disciples to have a nice meal he could just speak the words and it would be so…like: Smorgasbord guys! Come and get it!
But he didn’t. He cooked his own fish.
This is a dumb story! This is a stupid story!
Open your eyes, folks. This is a tall tale!