Thomas Paine, being an author, fully understands context and knew the context in the Bible. Paine even knew the dates when the writings came out, and how it was put together by votes with parts left out. Within the Old Testament and New Testament, Thomas Paine found many contradictions. Remember, the real truth doesn't contradict itself.
The contradiction that stuck out the most to me was the contradiction found within the four books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, where two of them give the lineage of Jesus. Each one gave more than 30 names, but only two names matched, casting severe doubt on Jesus's bloodline and providing evidence that Jesus had not existed.
Thomas Paine also noticed when he read the books of Moses and Abraham, that they were written in the third person and in the past tense. This means they could not have been written by Moses or Abraham, suggesting they did not exist. Also, no historical records of Moses , Abraham, or Jesus have been found, just forgeries the religious have laid claim to, but all proven to be false by carbon dating and facts.
Thomas Paine also pointed out that the Jewish people were in the area of Jesus, looking for the Messiah. They had detailed, dated history for 500 years before Jesus and well after the supposed time of Jesus, but no Jewish records mention Jesus. The Jewish people all agree today that Jesus never existed.
Paine argues that the two accounts of creation presented in Genesis contradict each other. The first account says humans were created after the animals (Genesis 1:25-27), while the second says Adam was created before the animals (Genesis 2:18-19).
Paine noted the inconsistency in the number and identity of the women who visited the tomb across the four gospels. Matthew mentions two, Mark mentions three, Luke mentions more than three, and John mentions only one.
Contradictory Accounts of Angelic Appearances. Paine would observe the varying accounts of angelic appearances. Matthew reports one angel, Mark refers to a young man, Luke describes two men in dazzling apparel, and John mentions two angels appearing only after Peter and the other disciple had left.
The sequence and nature of Jesus' appearances after his resurrection differ significantly across the gospels, such as Jesus appearing to the women after they leave the tomb in Matthew, but only appearing to Mary Magdalene after she returned to the tomb in John.
Differing Instructions and Reactions each gospel gives a different account of the instructions given by the angels (or Jesus himself), and how those receiving the instructions reacted. These range from the women telling the disciples promptly (Matthew, Luke, John) to them not saying anything to anyone out of fear (Mark).
The Ten Commandments Paine disputes the two different versions of the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:4-21. He asserts that if God had directly written these commandments, there would be no discrepancies between the two versions.
Death of Judas Paine points out the two different accounts of Judas Iscariot's death in the New Testament. According to Matthew 27:5, Judas hanged himself. But in Acts 1:18, Judas falls headlong, and his body bursts open.
Jesus' Last Words Paine notes that the Gospels report different last words of Jesus. According to Matthew and Mark, Jesus cries out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" In Luke, Jesus says, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." In John, Jesus' last words are, "It is finished."
The Census of Quirinius Paine argues against the historical accuracy of the Gospel of Luke, which states that Jesus was born during the time of a census ordered by the Roman governor Quirinius. This census took place in 6 AD, which contradicts Matthew's account of Jesus being born during the reign of Herod, who died in 4 BC.
Paine also criticizes Ezekiel's prophecy that the city of Tyre would be destroyed and never rebuilt (Ezekiel 26:14). However, Tyre still exists, which Paine uses to argue against the inerrancy of prophecies in the Bible.
Thomas Paine also pointed out that New Testament Christians love to refer to the Old Testament as evidence of Jesus's existence. So, of course, Thomas Paine went to the Old Testament and read all those spots. He found that none of the spots spoke of Jesus, and the Christians have been taking the Old Testament out of context the whole time.
The best example is the one they keep bringing up around Christmas. The story of Isaiah, where he mentions a son is needed to be born to save his kingdom. The Christians point at that and say, "That's Jesus." But what Thomas Paine noticed was that Jesus wasn't born until 800 years later, making it impossible for Jesus to help Isaiah. Secondly, when taken in context, Isaiah is speaking of his own son to be born, Isaiah Jr., who is to become heir to his throne. His own son is meant to save the kingdom, not Jesus.
Essentially, Thomas Paine concluded that Jesus never existed and that the Old and New Testaments are just scams. Paine figured it out by actually reading the two books and checking where and when the parts of the Bible came to be.
Thomas Paine mentioned in The Age of Reason that he thought maybe parts of the Bible were taken from an earlier religion. It turned out Thomas Paine was right. Thomas Paine died just 40 years before the Egyptian religion was dug up out of the sand along with the Sumerian religion. If Thomas Paine had seen what was discovered, he would tell you what I'm about to tell you now.
Essentially, the Old Testament is mostly plagiarized from the Sumerian religion, and the New Testament mostly comes from the Egyptian religion, with a hint of both in each, mostly because the Egyptians plagiarized the Sumerians.
The Sumerians were the first Bible-like religion, starting around 4,000 B.C., a full 3,500 years before the Old Testament was written. The Sumerians were the first to mention gods, male, female, husband, and wife. They had many gods different ones in each city attributed to everything from wind to rain. They had a main god, An, who later became just God. They also had winged humans, now called angels, coming down from the sky.
The Sumerians started the concept of the underworld that had a purgatory like state. The Sumerians underworld had crossing the rivers and getting through multiple gates in the afterlife. The Sumerians had the golden gates at the entrance to the underworld, and they were the first to describe bad humans as demons and demons running the underworld. They were the first to make the sun their main god. The Sumerians mentioned the soul, ghosts, and exorcism, all starting before all the other Bible-like religions. I should say Sumerian-like religions, but I have to say it the other way because that's how you understand it.
The Sumerians were the first to mention the Garden of Eden. The two rivers where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers meet is the Garden of Eden mentioned in the Bible, but located right where the Sumerians were founded.
The Bible says the Earth is 6,000 years old because that's when the Sumerians started their religion and said existence began.
The Sumerians were the first to say man was made out of clay.
The Sumerians also had a better written, longer version of the Great Flood story. The story had the dimensions of a boat roughly the same size as the Bible's Noah's Ark. The story had two of every animal on the boat. The story even had the release and return of the dove with a branch. Gilgamesh lived to be 900 years old, and that's where Noah got his age from. Also Adam lived to be 900 just trying to connect their Bible characters to the ancient gods.
All earlier religions were later plagiarized by the Bible. The Bible cherry-picked from earlier religions and philosophies of the past, just as the Sumerians combined all they knew of existing religions and philosophies that were around thousands of years before the Sumerians. I know it's true because history keeps repeating itself, and it'll become obvious by the time you finish reading this website.
So, look at how religion affects the world today. It was doing the same 6000 years ago. In many ways, people have been trying to be good with rules and fear of God but struggling the same way with crime and other bad things for longer than 6,000 years. Religion tried to bring order but went too far and became too strict, to the point it's causing more harm than good. It's unfortunate that people can't just be good for the sake of keeping peace and prosperity, but religious lies and fear tactics are not the answer.
Next came the Egyptians, who arose in 3200 BC, with their religion passed down by word of mouth and not written until hundreds of years later.
"Note that the Egyptians and Sumerians both date their written language to 3200 BC, which is not a coincidence. I firmly believe the Sumerians initiated the civilization of Egypt.
The ancient graves that were burned are claimed to be those of the first Egyptian kings, but I'm convinced they were Sumerian graves, burned to conceal that fact." The religion's date was proven by a carbon-dated painting of Osiris, Isis, and Horus, showing the religion existed through oral tradition right before the hieroglyphics appeared. Nonetheless, their religion was obviously plagiarized from the Sumerian religion, along with their building and war techniques.
The Egyptians, too, spoke of gods like the Sumerians. They had male and female gods, husband, wife, and many mini gods for everything from wind to rain, like the Sumerians. The Egyptians also said that man was made out of clay, like the Sumerians. They had images of humans with wings and other creatures similar to the Sumerians.
Then the Egyptians added a lot more to their religion, but I'm only going over some of what the Old and New Testaments later plagiarized. There is ten times more written Egyptian religion than there is written in the Bible. I'll go more into the similarities further down.
The Egyptians had demons like the Sumerians, but their exorcism ritual was more like the modern priests. The Egyptians had invented circumcision around 2000 BC, not Abraham, a made-up character proven by archaeologists and historians. The character Abraham links the Old and New Testaments, Christian and Muslim religions together.
The Egyptians also wrote the Ten Commandments first in the Book of the Dead. The book that tells you how to get past the trials while in a purgatory-like state in the underworld before you find the ladder to get up to the gates of heaven.
While in the waiting place a long dark cold cave, they had to repeat the Ten Commandments over and over: "I did not kill," "I did not steal," and the rest while be attacked by fabled creatures. The Bible just changed it to "Thou shall not steal," "Thou shall not kill," with their poetic form started by the Sumerians, carried to the Greeks with Hesiod, and straight into the poets of the Bible. The underworld became hell and purgatory became separate.
Once at the gates of heaven, Thoth judges you. So Thoth became Saint Peter, and the Books of Thoth later became the Books of Enoch. After Thoth checks his scroll of your life and passes judgment, if your heart is pure, you will pass the scales of justice and get your plot of land in the Egyptian heaven, your Field of Reeds. The Sumerians mentioned heaven, but only gods were allowed there. The Egyptians made it so good people could get into heaven with the gods if they were truly good.
The Egyptians were the first to have the Jesus story with Horus, but multiple versions of Horus make up Jesus. The later version of a Horus-God mix called Amun had his characteristics combined with Horus to make Jesus. I'll go over the many mixes in the lower part of the website after the gallery.
Both Horus and Jesus are born to divine or semi-divine mothers (Isis for Horus and Mary for Jesus) and have miraculous birth stories. Both figures serve as saviors or protectors in their respective religions. Horus protects the Egyptian people and the pharaoh, while Jesus is considered the Savior of humanity in Christianity. Both Horus and Jesus are involved in conflicts against evil figures in their respective mythologies. Horus struggles against Set, while Jesus resists the temptations of Satan.
Both Set and Satan serve as antagonistic figures in their respective religions. They represent chaos, disorder, and opposition to the main deities. Set is involved in a conflict with Osiris and Horus in Egyptian mythology, while Satan is in opposition to God and Jesus in Christianity.
The Egyptians also believed in the end-time story where the final battle of Set and Horus is to take place. Set and Horus had many battles that Horus always won. In one battle, Set took the form of a red hippo that straddled the Nile. That is where Satan got his red skin. It is red hippo skin, not a bodysuit.The oldest version of the Bible even shows Satan with a hippo head and snake's tongue.
In the Egyptian religion, they straight say Horus and Set still contend for souls today, building up souls for the final battle of good versus evil, where Horus is projected to defeat Set. After Set's defeat, Osiris will rise from the underworld with all of the faithful followers of Osiris and have heaven on Earth forever.
The same lie that Christians believe today is the same lie that Egyptians wasted their lives for, gave up all their money for, and then died waiting for that lie.
Both Osiris and the Christian God are deities. Osiris is the Egyptian god of the afterlife, while the Christian God is the ultimate judge of souls in the afterlife. Osiris' resurrection story symbolizes rebirth and renewal, which is where the Bible got the resurrection of Jesus from.
So to be clear, Horus later became Jesus, Set later became Satan, Osiris plus Lord Ptah became God, Isis became the mother Mary, Thoth became Saint Peter and Enoch.
The fact is the Sumerians started the first of the Bible-like religions. This religion, its beliefs, and traditions have carried on throughout history and serves as the foundation for modern-day Bible-like religions and governments that follow religious morals.
A quote from Thomas Paine The Age of reason.
“Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.”
To see the truth, you must seek the truth. If responsible people don't address these lies, then irresponsible people will continue to exploit them.
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The image below shows Isis holding Horus side by side with Mother Mary holding Jesus. I looked up Horus in the encyclopedia, and the writer mentioned and tried to disprove the Horus-Jesus connection there but admitted that the image of Mother Mary holding Jesus was likely plagiarized from the Isis and Horus image. The truth broke him on that, but not on all the other similarities.