In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning 2 until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 While staying[a] with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. –Acts chapter 1:1-4
In this passage of the alleged “Word of God” we are told that after his miraculous bodily resurrection from the dead, Jesus spent forty days with his disciples “giving them instructions” and “speaking to them about the kingdom of God”.
But what specifically did Jesus tell his disciples during these forty days?
Remember, if the Gospels are correct, Jesus had come back from the dead in a supernatural (“heavenly”) body with supernatural powers, teleporting between cities and popping in and out of locked rooms. These displays of supernatural power convinced the disciples that Jesus was not just the Messiah, but God himself, at least according to the author of the Gospel of John:
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” –John 20:26-28
Wow! God himself, the Omniscient and All Powerful, spent FORTY days with twelve men, men who would be commissioned to take God’s Good News of eternal salvation to the entire world, teaching them about “the kingdom”. But sadly, none of Jesus’ disciples bothered to write down what Jesus said during these forty days, except for one short speech on the last day, right before he lifted off into the clouds! What a lost opportunity! Imagine how the last 2,000 years would have been different if Jesus had:
–taught the disciples how to follow proper hygiene and how to make antibiotics and vaccines.
–commanded the disciples to forbid Christians from owning slaves.
–explained that demon possession is actually epileptic seizures and provided the formulation for making anti-seizure medications.
–provided instructions for good agricultural techniques to increase harvest output and thereby decrease the world’s chronic, massive, shortage of food. The lives of millions would have been saved!
But, no. Jesus obviously did not have time during his forty days with his disciples to give any of these instructions. But why? Christians will tell us that Jesus’ focus while here on earth was our spiritual health not our physical health or social well-being.
Oh well, hand washing and antibiotics will just have to wait for two millennia.
Yet, if Jesus was only focused on our spiritual well-being, why didn’t he spend those forty days writing out a doctrinal statement, clarifying very concisely and clearly the doctrines of the Trinity, justification by faith alone, the purpose of baptism, the purpose of the Lord’s Supper, his preferred church government structure. The great schisms of the Church could have been avoided! The millions of Christians killed in the wars between Catholics and Orthodox and the wars between Catholics and Protestants could have been spared agonizing, horrific deaths. But obviously Jesus didn’t have time to discuss these issues, or at least he didn’t bother to have anyone write them down. It seems, Jesus only wanted to talk about “the kingdom”.
But if Jesus spent the entire forty days talking about “the kingdom” why is it that on the fortieth day, the day when he (allegedly) ascended into heaven, this was the final question put to him by his disciples:
“Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” –Acts 1:6
What??? The kingdom of Israel??? Jesus just spent forty days entirely focused on teaching the disciples about the kingdom and these twelve guys still think Jesus is going to establish an earthly kingdom??? Good grief. Either the Twelve were the dumbest, densest human beings ever to walk planet earth or this tall tale is pure FICTION!
The standard Christian response: “God’s ways are not our ways. God works in mysterious ways. Just because Jesus’ behavior makes no sense to you, Gary, does not mean that it doesn’t make sense to God.”
That excuse is used by every group of theists on the planet whenever their god or gods fail to perform or their holy book’s prophecies are proven false. Hindus use it. Mormons use it. Muslims use it. Christians use it. It is a bullshit excuse. Use your brain, folks. Don’t fall for that pathetic excuse.
The above discussion is just more evidence that the Gospels and the Book of Acts are NOT reliable sources of historical information. No one should believe in a once-in-history corpse reanimation based on the inconsistent, contradictory, preposterous tales found in these five ancient texts.
End of post.