If Jesus of Nazareth ever even really existed, it is highly unlikely that anything written about him in the New Testament Gospels is true and accurate.
The Gospels, beginning with Mark, were first written about half a century or more after Jesus allegedly lived and died. Until then several different versions of his life story and deeds were passed down by word of mouth, most of them wildly discrepant with tales of Jesus nearly unrecognizable from the accounts that have become the Gospels of the New Testament. Matthew's account used Mark's Gospel, adding to it and embellishing much. Luke's is very similar in all details to Matthew's, and John's is totally different from the other three. More than fifty discrepant accounts were recorded also that were rejected, such as the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Judas, and the Gospel of Philip.
Studies of human memory have shown that memory is very unreliable. Human memory has demonstrated the propensity to confuse the correct chronological order of things recalled, to embellish things remembered, and completely fabricate memories of things that had never occurred. And tests have shown that this can happen only an hour or less after an event had occurred or subjects were told something they were to remember later. This unreliability of memory is the reason that eyewitness testimony no longer count for much in court trials.
                                           How Are Memories Created and Re-created ?

Memory is actually a physical thing inside the brain. They are made of chains of proteins that connect neurons to one another. Every time a memory is formed these protein chains are put together in your brain associated with the event that occurred. Each time you recall that particular memory the protein chain is literally rebuilt and is subject to becoming more and more altered from the original memory created, partly due to re-interpretation in light of what else you have come to know over the passage of time.
Every act of memory recall physically rewrites that memory. The more times you recall a memory, the more times your brain rebuilds that protein chain, the more times that memory is rewritten and subject to alteration. What does this say for stories that were not recorded until after decades of oral transmission from memory ? The Gospels are very likely to be highly inaccurate accounts of what, if anything at all, actually transpired.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 26, 2014 at 10:54am

Thanks for that post Anthony.  If memory serves, I've heard most of those facts before, but it's good to be reminded.  Your post is one of the many reasons the bible cannot be trusted at all.

I've known that memory is unreliable for quite a few years.  That's why I never state dogmatically that my memories are correct.  I question my memories quite a bit.  Because of that, If I'm certain of a memory, I think it's more likely to be correct than the average person's "certain" memories.  

I think I do a reasonable job of deciding whether a memory is probably true, or not to be trusted.  Once in a while I'm surprised and pleased when one of my fuzzy memories are verified with facts.  

However, there are times when others tell me I'm wrong with a memory.  For example, I clearly remember hearing about a relative who was rich from selling steel storage sheds to farmers, but both my brother and mother (who is an excellent genealogist) say he doesn't exist.

Comment by Michael Penn on October 25, 2014 at 10:47am

On typos Daniel, sometimes I do a copy/paste, make corrections, hit the X button, and then re-post so it looks and sounds better. Other times I forget (like Tony's blog is about) and my lack of clear memory just has me post it anyway.  :)

Comment by Michael Penn on October 25, 2014 at 10:29am

Yes, this is true Tony. I remember things to find out they are different later. Even things in the last 5 days. Maybe they are not drastically different but enough to where I can see it. Enough to make a change.

I have many memories of places and events in the 1970's but today cannot remember how to get to a friend's home from that era. The reason is simple. That person and I have not remained in contact and we stopped visiting. I can get to a general area of the home but not an exact address. If another friend did stay in contact with this person and they take me there later, I remember but everything has changed. I recognize but yet everything is different also. Why did I remember the general area then? Continued activity around the general area might be commonplace and it reinforces the memory.

Now when we switch this into the bible, gospels, and god and religion we start putting the ancient writings together almost 300 years after the time of Jesus. Two things come to my mind. (1) These are not eyewitness accounts. (2) Even if they were how could they be accurate?

I went shopping yesterday and had a shopping list. Then I came home without one item. Events remembered even of 20 years ago are very much surrounded by myth. As Mindy says, "they made it all up." That's what we all do. Unless the paper is a scholarly approach we cannot even quote correctly, for example.



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