Did the Gospels-Acts include self-embarrassing details in their reports?

“Yes, after all…
  • Gospel-depictions of Jesus were embarrassing

    The Gospels often depict Jesus in ways early Christians found embarrassing.

    Consider these 22 examples:

    • Jesus’s being a woodworker was embarrassing.
    • Jesus baptism was embarrassing.
    • Jesus looked like a failed Messiah.
    • Jesus being crucified was embarrassing.
    • Mk 3:21- “Jesus’s own family thinks he’s crazy”.
    • Jn 10:10- “Jews call Jesus insane”.
    • Mk & Jn- “Jews think Jesus is working with Satan”.
    • In Mk 10 Jesus implies he isn’t good!?
    • Jesus praises eunics!?
    • Jesus speaks harshly!?
    • Jesus says “hate your parents!?
    • Jesus cursed a fig tree!?
    • Mk 2 - “Jesus hangs w/ sinners”.
    • Jesus is very close to women.
    • Jesus’ blind-man healing seemed subpar.
    • Mk 6- “Jesus can’t do miracles at home!”.
    • Gospels depict Jesus' apostles as shameful.
    • Jesus’s being crucified was embarrassing.
    • “Why have you forsaken me?”
    • Gospels have Jesus being ignorant.
    • Synoptics don’t give Jesus a kingly burial.
    • Gospels have Jesus killed outside Jerusalem.

    This is relevant because the Gospels recording embarrassing things about their founder and Lord would constitute the quintessential humiliation for them.

  • Gospel-depictions of 12 apostles were embarrassing

    The Gospels and Acts record overtly embarrassing features and behaviors of their Christian leaders.

    Consider these examples:

    • E.g. Gospels portray Peter embarrassingly.
    • Gospels portray apostles as stupid.
    • Gospels portray apostles as cowardly.
    • Gospels portray apostles as sacrilegious.
    • Gospels portray apostles as boastful.
    • Gospels portray apostles as betrayers of Jesus.

    Of course it is all relevant because...

    • Peter Williams: “For the core texts of Christianity to contain so much material critical of the first Christian leaders is unusual when considered against other religious or political movements.” [Can we trust the Gospels (Crossway, 2018), 130.]
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