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Pious Fraud

Recently I took part in a discussion on an internet forum about Christianity. The specific topic of the Sermon on the mount came up and it was mentioned that the concepts were unique to the New Testament. I flippantly called them pious fraud as I was well aware of much writings before that had it written yet one person decided not to challenge me but to call me anti-Christianity and ignorant and proceeded to build strawmen to attempt to prove they were unique. This post is dedicated to him or her. Not only that but the authors of the New Testament were well aware of them yet they demonized the original writers and attributed the words to Jesus anyway. That is pious fraud by any definition.

I will just list the original and the reworded version that was attributed to Jesus at a later date.

Proverbs 29:23

…he who is lowly in spirit shall obtain honor.

Matthew 5:3

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom.

Psalms 147:3

He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Psalms 37:11

The meek shall inherit the earth, and delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Matthew 5:5

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Psalms 5:13

You do bless the righteous, O L–rd; You do encompass him with favor as with a shield.

Matthew 5:6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Talmud, Shabbath 151b

Rabbi Gamliel said: “Whoever has mercy upon creatures will be granted mercy from heaven….”

Matthew 5:7

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Psalms 24:3–4

Who shall ascend the mount of the L–rd, and who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart….

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see G–d.

Psalms 34:15

…seek peace and pursue it.

Matthew 5:9

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of G–d.

Talmud, Baba Kamma 93a

Rabbi Abbahu said: “A man should always try to be among the persecuted rather than the persecutors….”

Matthew 5:10–11

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

Aboth 5:14

…hard to anger and easily reconciled is a kindly man.

Matthew 5:24

…leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Talmud, Kallah, Chapter 1

He who regards a woman with an impure intention is as if he had already had relations with her.

Matthew 5:28

But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Talmud, Gittin 90a

The school of Shammai said: “A man should not divorce his wife unless he finds her guilty of an unseemly thing.”

Matthew 5:32

But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress….

Talmud, Baba Mezia 49

Rabbi Judah said: “…your `yes’ shall be true, and your `no’ shall be true.”

Matthew 5:37

Let what you say be simply “Yes” or “No”….

Lamentations 3:30

Let him offer his cheek to him who smites him….

Matthew 5:39

…but if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also….

Psalms 37:21

…the righteous deals graciously and gives.

Psalms 37:26

All day he deals graciously and lends….

Matthew 5:42

Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.

Proverbs 25:21

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink….

Matthew 5:44

But I say to you: “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you….”

Ecclesiastes 9:2

All things come alike to all; there is one event for the righteous and for the wicked….

Matthew 5:45

…so that you may be sons of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Talmud, Shabbath 133b

Abba Saul said: “Be like Him…just as He is gracious and compassionate, so you be gracious and compassionate.”

Matthew 5:48

You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Talmud, Baba Bathra 9b

Rabbi Eleazar said: “A man who gives charity in secret is greater…”

Matthew 6:3–4

But when you give charity, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your charity may be in secret….

Talmud, Berakoth 61a

Rabbi Huna said in the name of Rabbi Meir: “A man’s words should always be few in addressing G–d….”

Matthew 6:7

And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words.

Talmud, Rosh Hashanah 17a

Whose sin does He forgive? Him who forgives transgression….

Matthew 6:14–15

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Talmud, Baba Bathra 11a

After King Monbas’ family rebuked him for giving away all the family’s treasures, he answered: “My ancestors stored treasures here below, and I store treasures in heaven….My ancestors stored treasures in a place that could be reached by human hands, but I have stored [them] in a place that can be reached by no human hand….”

Matthew 6:19–20

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Proverbs 30:8–9

…give me neither poverty nor riches….Lest I become full and deny You, and say: “Who is the L–rd?”….

Matthew 6:24

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve G–d and mammon [riches].

Psalms 147:9

He gives to the beast his food, and to the young ravens that cry.

Matthew 6:26

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them….

Psalms 37:4

Delight yourself in the L–rd, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Matthew 6:33

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.

Talmud, Sotah 48b

Rabbi Eliezer said: “He who has only a morsel of bread in his basket, and asks: `What shall I eat tomorrow?’ is a man of little faith.”

Matthew 6:34

Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself….

Talmud, Berakoth 9b

Moses said to G–d: “L–rd of the universe, sufficient is the evil in its time!”

Matthew 6:34

…let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.

Talmud, Shabbath 127b

Our Rabbis taught: “He who judges his neighbor favorably is himself judged favorably.”

Talmud, Sotah 8b

Rabbi Meir said: “The way one measures others will be meted out for him.”

Matthew 7:1–2

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.

Talmud, Arakin 16b

Rabbi Tarfon said: “…for if one says to him: `Remove the speck from between your eyes,’ he would answer: `Remove the beam from between your eyes!’ ”

Matthew 7:3–5

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the beam that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother: “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when there is the beam in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Proverbs 23:9

Do not speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

Matthew 7:6

Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to attack you.

Jeremiah 29:13

You shall seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

Matthew 7:7

Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Talmud, Shabbath 31a

Rabbi Hillel said: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Law; the rest is its commentary. Go and learn it!”

Matthew 7:12

So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

Psalms 6:9

Depart from me, all you workers of evil….

Matthew 7:23

And then I will declare to them: “I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.”

These are 31 direct instances of pious fraud from Jewish sources that were attributed to Jesus. Many of these can be found in other writings from other cultures well before Jesus. So much for the uniqueness of the sermon on the mount.

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10 Responses

  1. Christ was himself a Rabbi and sat under Rabbis. Christ in fact practiced Judaism up until his ministry allowed him the freedom to reveal who he truly was, and even then no one but his disciples really understood he was the messiah that Judaism has been waiting for. You don’t have Christianity without the Old Testament. Christ is the continuation, and the complete understanding, of the Old Testament.

    Christ himself stated that he did not come to abolish the law, which Judaism holds so dear, but to fulfill it. He gave the understanding to the people that all Rabbi’s were trying to do. Some Rabbi’s got it and professed it, and others didn’t get it but still professed their understanding.

    It was stated here that ‘Many of these (instances of pious fraud in the New Testament) can be found in other writings from other cultures well before Jesus,’ though the only other culture I find here is Judaism and the Talmud, both of which are the same culture as that which Christianity sprang up from.

    What are the other cultures and writings?

    • Jesus was a rabbi according to Christians not according to Judaism. And no, as far as Judaism is concerned he was not nor will he be the messiah. Yes the only sayings I have written about are the ones from Judaism since those are the ones I am familiar with. I do find one point you raise curious, the culture Christianity sprang from is the same culture Judaism came from. So? They both sprang from the same culture as Paganism. Fact is all of the 31 frauds I listed have been authored by others and not Jesus. The writers of the New Testament were well aware of that yet they ignored that little bit of information in order to attribute them to Jesus? Sorry Steve, no way you can justify that type of fraud.

  2. All things were made by Him for Him and through Him. He even inspired the entire Old Testament. He said it before it was credited to Him.

  3. From the Christian’s position it seems that using the old testament quotes would be troublesome. Because a christian believes that Jesus was predicted in the OT, in their mind anything that it states would make their case.

    Now, I am not a believer, but if I were I would expect something outside the bible to dispute the words of Jesus, just as an atheist I do not accept bible verses as evidence, I don’t feel you can offer them as evidence the other way either.

    Just my 2 cents

  4. Well I see your point but think about the way the Christian thinks: The OT tells that Jesus is coming, that he is the son of god, actually god himself. So naturally he would know what is going to happen and even what is going to be said. It would not be fraud if he (Jesus) was only repeating what he (god) said he would say.

    Now you know I don’t buy any of that crap but I do see the point they are making. If one could produce a completely different source, something outside of “divine scripture” then it would be fair to call it fraud.

    • If they could show beyond any doubt that the Old Testament speaks about Jesus then they would have to explain why they demonize the Jews that said them both in the Old Testament and in the Talmud and why they attribute the sayings of demons to their mythological savior. Personally I don’t give a damn what their convoluted minds think.

    • BTW, look up what pious fraud is. It most certainly is pious fraud to attribute ones words to someone else. Or did Jesus write the Talmud?

      • I think what some of these people were trying to say, is that since Jesus was a Jew, it’s natural for him to rehash Jewish things in his sermon.

        Personally, I am an atheist and believe the bible to have been written by bronze age men with the intent and purpose of controlling the masses via the fear of god; so I would agree with you in that the writers of the New Testiment just went with what they already had and reworded it.

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