[G]ood Christian scholars of the Bible, including the top Protestant and Catholic scholars of America, will tell you that the Bible is full of lies, even if they refuse to use the term. And here is the truth: Many of the books of the New Testament were written by people who lied about their identity, claiming to be a famous apostle — Peter, Paul or James — knowing full well they were someone else. In modern parlance, that is a lie, and a book written by someone who lies about his identity is a forgery.
The words of Bart Ehrman, a notable Biblical scholar in nearly everyone’s book. (The books he’s not included in usually have the word “Evangelical” somewhere in the title.) In light of recent events, this truth is especially important. The Bible is a collection of lies. Not mistakes… outright lies. Oh, there are mistakes, too. But at its heart, many parts of the Bible were penned by people who claimed to be someone they were not.
[S]cholars use a different term for this phenomenon and call such books “pseudepigrapha.” … What the people who use the term do not tell you is that it literally means “writing that is inscribed with a lie.”
If you want to talk about conspiracies, leave 9/11 in the trash bin. This is a real conspiracy. Hundreds, thousands, maybe tens of thousands of scholars, all sugar coating and hand waving and deflecting from the scholarly truth. The Bible is a collection of lies.
But it’s not just the Bible, is it? What about the Shroud of Turin? That was a lie, too. Someone claimed it was the actual cloth used to bury Jesus. But it’s not. It’s a forgery.
And what about the idea of “hidden codes” in the Bible? Lies.
Back-masking as a tool of Satan? Lies.
The Jehoash Inscription? Lies.
The Ossuary of James? Lies.
Bleeding statues? Lies.
Josephus‘ confession? Lies.
And just recently, more lies. Another huckster has slithered out of his hidey-hole and claimed to have “authentic” ancient tablets authenticating the existence of Jesus. Only it’s all a pack of lies. They were written by someone who didn’t even know the language! Possibly within the last fifty years.
At some point, we need to start asking the tough questions. If the Bible was written by liars, and the relics are lies, and the “proofs” of Jesus’ existence are lies, and the miracle claims are lies…
Why would we be tempted to believe there’s truth underneath it all?
Returning to Ehrman’s piece:
It may be one of the greatest ironies of the Christian scriptures that some of them insist on truth, while telling a lie. For no author is truth more important than for the “Paul” of Ephesians. He refers to the gospel as “the word of truth” (1:13); he indicates that the “truth is in Jesus”; he tells his readers to “speak the truth” to their neighbors (4:24-25); and he instructs his readers to “fasten the belt of truth around your waist” (6:14). And yet he himself lied about who he was. He was not really Paul.
Let’s not sugar coat this. The holy book approved by the church for the entire history of the church was written by a liar encouraging truthfulness. It’s a lie. A bald faced lie. Written by a liar.
And what is the number one tenet of Christianity? We know it’s true because God never lies. He just let the folks who wrote his books lie. And didn’t provide any real proof of his existence. And made sure only the hucksters would ever get any air time. And he’s perfectly fine letting books full of lies written by liars be mistaken for truth. For two thousand years.
But other than the holy books, the relics, and the miracles… it’s all true.
Yeah, right. Got any bridges you want to sell me?