The Gospel of John is a Work of Fiction

Jesus is the Son of God. Proof From the Gospel of John | Josh Weidmann

An excerpt from Debunking Christianity, former Methodist minister David Madison, author:

It’s not hard to figure out that [the Story of the Raising of Lazarus] was contrived to advance John’s [the anonymous author of the Gospel of John] theological agenda; he invented this stunt to provide the occasion for Jesus’ famous claim, “I am the resurrection and the life.”  

Resurrection—other than for Jesus himself—is glimpsed in the earlier gospels. In Matthew 10:8, Jesus sends his disciples out to preach, and to “cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons; in Mark 5 Jesus raises the daughter of Jairus—with parallels in Matthew and Luke. Matthew also includes the bizarre tale of lots of dead people coming alive in their tombs and walking around Jerusalem on Easter morning. Which makes it all the more puzzling that the other gospel authors didn’t include the dramatic Lazarus story. How could they have missed it?

Because it wasn’t part of Christian lore when the earlier gospels were written. Richard Carrier explains how this later author operated: 

“John’s Gospel contains long, implausible, never-before-imagined speeches of Jesus (and yet, no Sermon on the Mount, or indeed hardly any moral instruction of any sort), and entirely new characters and events also never heard of before (Nicodemus, Lazarus, Cana). John also changes everything around, such as moving Jesus’ clearing of the temple to the beginning rather than the end of his ministry, expanding his ministry from one to three years (with multiple trips to Judea and Jerusalem rather than only one), and moving the date (and thus even the year) of Jesus’ execution to make Jesus’ death correspond exactly with the slaughter of the Passover lambs … John has thus run wild with authorial gluttony, freely changing everything and inventing whatever he wants. By modern standards, John is lying.”  (Richard Carrier, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt, pp. 490-491)

Gary: How can modern, intelligent Christians not see that the author of the fourth Gospel was inventing his material??

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2 thoughts on “The Gospel of John is a Work of Fiction

  1. Because if they don’t believe this gospel of make-.believe they know they will be sent to that other make believe place called Hell.
    Shudder It’s enough to make me pretend to be scared out of my wits!

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