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

“Yes, after all…
  • 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.]

  • 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.

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