We read in the gospel of john, of a very interesting passage which narrates the conversation between jesus and a woman of Samaria.. Now this story is often preached in churches to prove that jesus was a recognised messiah! However this paper is not to refute the fact jesus was the messiah, but to show problems that lie within the texts of this chapter.
Now Christians often defend the idea that God doesn't rest or get tired, yet explicit texts of such notions are found in the bible.. Such as :
"It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.'"
Back to the story of jesus and the woman of Samaria... Funny enough we read jesus was very tired he had to rest on the well of Jacob? Shows he is not a God that's if we accept that God does not get tired of needs to rest!
Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.( John 4:6)
Point two jesus speaks to the woman tells her to bring her husband she relies she doesn't have a husband, but tells her she has had 5 PREVIOUS HUSBANDS and the man she is with now is not her husband?
Jerusalem is the place of worship?
But if we read the context of the whole chapter before verse 19 nowhere did jesus say jerusalem is the place of worship, so where did she get that idea from? Was there a missing conversation that the author forgot to write?
The early manuscripts have some twenty different sayings about divorce. I list just a few of them. All of them are different versions of the same passage :- Matthew 19:9 They give different teachings about whether a man can remarry or whether a man can marry a divorced woman.
- Codex Sinaiticus, Codex Ephraemi, Codex Regius Whoever divorces his wife, except for fornication, and marries another commits adultery.
- Codex Purpureus Petropolitanus Whoever divorces his wife , except for fornication, makes her an adulteress and the person marrying a divorced woman commits adulteryHere there is no prohibition on a man remarrying, but there is a new prohibition about marrying a divorced woman.
- Freer Gospels, Koridethi Codex Whoever divorces his wife , except for fornication, and marries another commits adultery and the person marrying a divorced woman commits adulteryBoth prohibitions have been combined
- Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (Original Version) Whoever divorces his wife , except for fornication, and marries another makes her an adulteress and the person marrying a divorced woman commits adulteryThe prohibitions on a divorced man remarrying has been removed , but the part saying 'makes her an adulteress' has been added.
How does one rely upon Dubious texts!!!! The bible has never ending problems, where you read one passage or an entire chapter SHAME!!!!