In the video below, Rabbi Michael Skobac of Jews for Judaism gives a fascinating Jewish insight into the many discrepancies in the central story of Christianity: the alleged Resurrection of Jesus, the rabbi from Nazareth.
Here are just four of them:
1. If Jesus had truly appeared to his followers in a flesh and bones body, why didn’t early Christians memorialize this site? They memorialized practically every other site from the Gospel stories, including the location of his baptism, his birth, and some would allege, his grave. So why not the site of Jesus’ first post-resurrection appearance or of any of his alleged appearances? Why is there no shrine at any of these locations? Answer: These appearances were visionary! Only in later decades did the vision take on a flesh and bones body.
2. If Peter and James had told Paul about the appearance to them of a flesh and bones Jesus, why does Paul not record this fact anywhere in his writings? Instead, Paul infers in First Corinthians chapter 15 that all the appearances were similar to his experience: a vision.
3. When Jesus took three of the disciples up on the Mount of Transfiguration, and they “saw” Moses and Elijah, had these ancient prophets been resurrected? Did they have bodies of flesh and bones? If Christians say that they had flesh and bones bodies, what happened to these bodies? Did they hang out in Judea for a few years and then die again? Of course not. So when Paul says that he “saw” the Christ, it could have been the very same type of “seeing” that Matthew, James, and John experienced when they “saw” Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration? It was a visionary experience! And people have been having visions of Jesus and other saints appearing to them and talking to them for the last two thousand years!
4. When the Jewish authorities asked Jesus for a sign to prove his claim as the messiah, he responded: “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” In other words, just as Jonah was in the belly of a fish for three days, so Jesus would be in the belly of the earth…and would then rise from the dead and prove to the Jewish authorities his true identity and mission from God! But Jesus never appeared to the Sanhedrin after his resurrection. He never showed up in the Temple and said, “Hey guys, here I am, just as I promised!”. No, instead he (allegedly) only appeared to his followers. This is no different than Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism. If Smith had really wanted to prove that an angel had give him plates of gold he could have taken them to the Smithsonian or some other museum for confirmation. But, no, Smith’s confirmation came from members of his family and close friends! Just like Jesus!
This story is a legend that grew bigger and more exotic with each time it was retold. It is a myth.