John 11:1-2 “Now a certain man named Lazarus was ill. He was of Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived. This Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair.”
The question then is whether there is truth in the proclaimer himself. If there is truth in Jesus, his claim that he is the way and the life might also be sustainable. If not, then by that very fact the utterance as a whole will go centrically disproved.
Let us consider some passages in the new testament that go to show that there is absolutely no truth in Jesus.
Matthew 17:10-13: “Then the disciples asked Jesus, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah has to come first?” “Elijah is indeed coming first,” answered Jesus, “and he will get everything ready. But I tell you that Elijah has already come and people did not recognise him, but treated him just as they pleased. In the same way they will also ill-treat the Son of Man.” “Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.”
That Jesus was in fact referring to baptist John when he spoke to the disciples is evident from his words to the crowd in Matthew 11:12-15: “From the time John preached his message until this very day the kingdom of heaven has suffered violent attacks, and violent men try to seize it. Until the time of John all the prophets and the law of Moses spoke about the kingdom; and if you are willing to believe their message, John is Elijah, whose coming was predicted. Listen, then, If you have ears!”
What does the baptist himself say about his identity? “The Jewish authorities in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to John, to ask him, ‘Who are you?’” “John did not refuse to answer, but spoke out openly and clearly. This is what he said, ‘I am not the messiah.’
“‘Who are you then?’ they asked. ‘Are you Elijah?’”
“‘No, I am not,’ John answered” (John 1:19-21).
Jesus says baptist John is Elijah. But the baptist himself spoke out openly and clearly that he was not Elijah. Thus Jesus’ assertion that John is Elijah is a palpable lie. John does not stand to gain anything by lying whereas Jesus does gain from lying. He says self-justifyingly that Elijah has already come to restore all things and people did not recognise him but did with him the things they wanted. When Jesus so identified the baptist with Elijah to the disciples, the baptist had been killed already. This served as a favourable opportunity for Jesus to lie about the baptist’s identity.
It is impossible to reconcile the detection of untruth with a person who simply claims to be truthful. But in the case of Jesus, he says he is truth embodied. Any untruth detected in him would necessarily make him falsehood embodied and consequently the Devil, “the father of lies.”
As for his two other claims of way and life, they merely signify when coming from him the necessary idioms for trap and doom. It is clear therefore that Jesus is neither the way nor the truth nor the life. On his part baptist John is the first one to assert that Jesus is son of god. The claim is untenable and groundless. The baptist’s own words too belie it.
In John 1:29 he says in respect of Jesus: “Here is the lamb of god who takes away the sin of the world.” In John 1:32 & 34 he added: “I saw the spirit come down like a dove from heaven and stay on him. I have seen it and I tell you that he is the son of god.”
Matthew 11:2-3, however, says: “When John heard in prison what christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?”
This shows that the spectacle reported by John did never occur. Had John seen such an extraordinary sight, he would not send his allies to enquire of the same Jesus whether they should “expect someone else.” Besides, how can John know for so certain that this spirit came from heaven?
Consider Matthew 24:36 on Jesus’ proprietary theme of end of the world: “No one knows the day or hour. The angels in the heaven don’t know, and the son himself doesn’t know. Only the Father knows.” Jesus here admits that he does not know when the world is going to end up. But his words in Matthew 24:44 are to the contrary: “The son of man will come at an hour when you are not expecting him.” If he does not know the when of it, he cannot in truth say at the same time that it will only occur at an unexpected hour. Since the two statements cannot be true at the same time, Jesus is lying in both instances.
Moreover, Jesus says in John 10:30 that he and his father are the same. If so, he should know everything that the father knows. How then can he say that the date and time of day when the world will come to a stop is known to his father but not to him? What Jesus says in Matthew 24:36 contradicts with what he says in John 10:30. Self contradiction is the hallmark of falsehood.
Since there is no truth in Jesus the words of Jesus in John 8:44 in respect of the devil supreme “He is a liar and the father of the lie” become meaningful in Jesus and alone in Jesus. One of christianity’s fundamental tenets is heaven for those who believe in Jesus the so-called one and only son of god and hell for those who do not so believe.
Says Jesus: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” But is it really heaven that Jesus means by that term?
Of the two others done to death along with Jesus, one declared his faith in Jesus. Jesus said to him then: “I tell you this: today you will be in paradise with me” (Luke 23:43). But in Matthew 12:40, this is what Jesus reveals about his own whereabouts after his death: “The son of man will spend three days and nights in the depths of the earth,” or hell. Just a few moments after he told the believer that he would be in paradise with him the same day, both were to die. Jesus, who turned in at the depths of the earth or hell, surfaced to the earth on the third day as he said before. So, by paradise Jesus signifies hell. This is what Jesus is really saying: “You will be with me today in hell”!
Later on in John 21:15-18 Jesus put to Peter an identical question three times. The question: “Do you love me?” Each time Peter answered in the affirmative. By the way, Peter had thrice denied Jesus. This is why Jesus makes him retract himself for three times. After the third time Jesus said to him:
“I tell you the truth: when you were young you used to fasten your belt and go anywhere you wanted to; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie them and take you where you don’t want to go.” Heaven is where Peter wanted to go and hell is where Peter did not wanted to go!
Breaking into our tongue at another time, Jesus the sworn enemy of man targeted man’s basic means of subsistence.
In John 6:51 Jesus glaringly said: “The bread that I will give him is my flesh, which I give so that the world may live.” But when someone actually takes the bread, it is Satan that enters into him. “So he took a piece of bread, dipped it, and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him” (John 13:26-27). Instead of Jesus, Satan drops in when a person actually receives the bread given to him by Jesus. This so happens for the reason that Jesus and Satan are the same.
As Jesus and Satan are identical, Satan automatically takes over without disguise when someone partakes of the bread materialised as his own body by Jesus by the use of his formula, “this is my body.”