April 26, 2011

The Easter Bunny was Late Again this Year

Warning:  This is a book
of fiction.  Do not take
 By Francis Nye

Easter is one of my favorite times of the year.  Not only is it spring and Mother Nature is waking up from her long winter slumber but it reminds me of how fallible the bible is.  God breathed and divinely inspired.  Not so.  Most of authors of the gospels are mistaken about the day Jesus rose from the dead.  In other words Easter did not take place on Sunday.

In Matthew, Mark and Luke the last supper takes place on the first day of the Passover (Matthew 26:17, Mark 14:12, Luke 22:7). In John’s gospel it takes place a day earlier and Jesus is crucified on the first day of the Passover (John 19:14).

Most scholars believe that John’s versions of events are correct.  The author of John, the last gospel of the bible to be written around 100 CE finally noticed the mistake made by the previous writers some 30 years earlier and corrected it.  However, all Christendom still mistakenly believes otherwise.

Christian tradition puts Jesus’ last meal with his disciples on Thursday evening and his crucifixion on Friday.  This is one day off.  Jesus’ last meal was Wednesday night, and he was crucified on Thursday, the 14th of the Jewish month Nisan.  The Passover meal itself was eaten Thursday night, at sundown, as the 15th of Nisan began.  So Jesus never ate the Passover meal because he died at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

The confusion arose because all the Gospels say that there was a rush to get his body off the cross and buried before sundown because the "Sabbath" was near.  Everyone who is not Jewish assumes the reference to the Sabbath had to be Saturday-so the crucifixion must have been on Friday.  However, as Jews know, the day of Passover itself is also a "Sabbath" or day of rest-no matter what weekday it falls on.  In the year 30 CE, Friday the 15th of Nisan was also a Sabbath-so two Sabbaths occurred back to back-Friday and Saturday.  Matthew seems to know this as he says that the women who visited Jesus' tomb came early Sunday morning, “after the Sabbaths"-the original Greek (sabbaton) is plural (Matthew 28:1).

As is often the case, the gospel John preserves a more accurate chronology of what went on.  John specifies that the Wednesday night’s "Last Supper" was "before the festival of Passover".  He also notes that when Jesus’ accusers delivered him to be crucified on Thursday morning they would not enter Pilate's courtyard because they would be defiled and would not be able to eat the Passover that evening (John 18:28).  John knows that the Jews would be eating their traditional Passover, or Seder meal, Thursday evening.

Reading the other three gospels one can get the impression that the "Last Supper" was the Passover meal.  Some have even argued that Jesus might have had the Passover meal a day early knowing ahead of time that he would be dead.  But the fact is, Jesus ate no Passover meal in 30 CE. The entire Last Supper scene is a product of someone’s poetic license. Suffice it to say that when the Passover meal began at sundown on Thursday, Jesus was dead.  He had been hastily put in the tomb until after the festival when a proper funeral could be arranged.

Finally, the reference to the day the women came to the tomb has been translated as "the first day of the week," but the original Greek that the text was written in does not say that; the original Greek is "mia ton sabbaton," which means ”First of Sabbaths."  This expression, which has been incorrectly translated as "Sunday" or "the first day of the week," actually refers to the wave sheaf offering.  The wave sheaf offering was a yearly offering made to God from the first grains of the harvest and it always falls on the first Sunday after Passover.  Again, this goes to show you how mistranslation over time and the authors’ true shortcomings are magnified when shown under the light of historical and archeological facts.  I think it is also further evidence that the authors of the Gospels were not eye witnesses to the life of Jesus as some tend to believe.

Why so much stock is put into this holy book leaves me nonplused to say the least.  It proves that the Bible is not “God Breathed” as many of the faithful proclaim but a poorly written and researched work of man that has been cobbled together with spit and bailing wire over time. If it was dictated by God then why would God make these silly mistakes in the first place?  There are many more such contradictions throughout all the books of the bible as well, but that is a topic for another post and too voluminous for this blog (see video).  There have been whole books written on just this subject.  Self-Contradictions of the Bible by William Henry Burry Pometheus Books (1987) and Biblical Nonsense: A Review of the Bible for Doubting Christians by Jason Long,  iUniverse, Inc. (2005) just to name a few.

So to recap; Good Friday should really be Good Thursday and, if Jesus was only dead for three days then Easter Sunday should really be Easter Saturday.  Hopefully someone will read this post and tell the Easter Bunny he is always a day late.  Ω TRT

What are your thoughts on this situation?  Please let me know below in the comment section.

Quiz Show (Bible Contradictions)

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