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Contradictions and Omissions: And Jesus Lied

There are several occasions in the Christian scriptures where Jesus, supposedly perfect and righteous in every way, lies. Take the following examples:

John 7.8-10

[Jesus said] "Go to the festival yourselves. I am not going to this festival, for my time has not yet fully come." After saying this, he remained in Galilee; but after his brothers had gone to the festival, he went also, not openly, but in secret.

John 3.13

"...and no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the son of man which is in heaven."

Asside from the almost untintelligible nature of this statement, it is inaccurate. Assuming that Jesus was God, and therefore, infallible, if he made this statement he must have been lying:

2 Kings.11

...behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both apart; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

Another example where, by implication, Jesus must have been lying, unless he was fallible is:

Matthew 12.40:

[Jesus said] "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the fish, so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."

However, Mark 15.37 and 15.42 state that Jesus died on Friday; and Mark 16.9, as well as Matthew 28.1 contend that he rose from the dead on the following Saturday - only one day, not three.

A look at these passages might lead one to believe that, in fact, Jesus rose on Sunday - in as much as this is when the Gospels contend his tomb was found empty. Friday night, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning.  Two nights, and two mornings - one and a half Jewish calendar days (evening to evening). Seemingly, it would look like we have him being in the tomb longer than one day.  However, look again at what is mentioned in the Christian scriptures: a record of those who found the tomb of Jesus empty. If the tomb was already empty early on Sunday morning (Matthew contends it was as the sun was rising that those who discovered his absence went to the tomb) - then, logically, Jesus "rose" prior to the sunrise. It is impossible to determine by the Christian scriptures exactly when they contend this to be; however, either way, it doesn't make much difference: even if you say it was two days and nights - it definitely wasn't three.