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Jesus foretold he would be buried in the heart of the earth for three days and nights, as jonah was in the fish
– Matt 12:40
According to all four gospels, he was buried for just one day and two nights
– Mark 15:42, 16:1-3, Luke 23:54, 24:1,
John 20:1, Matt 27:62, 28:1
March 16th, 2008 at
I used to get a lot of emails on this one. I think it was because many xians have a ready-made, though poorly thought out, response which is usually no more detailed than, "you know, the ancient Jewish people had a different calendar system than we do…"
I am well aware of this. However, they weren’t mentally retarded. A day and night put together was still one rotation of the Earth, approximately 24 hours. There is no way one modern day turns into three ancient ones, regardless of how creatively you "count".
These texts show the burial did not take place until Friday night and the tomb was empty before Sunday morning.
Imagine you book a weekend trip and are promised three days and three nights’ accomodation.
You check in Friday night, wake up and lounge around the pool and explore a little on Saturday afternoon, then party a little that evening.
Imagine too, how pissed off you’d be if your travel agent called you up in the middle of the night Saturday to let you know you’ve got to be out of the hotel room before the sun comes up!
I don’t think many christians would buy the travel agent’s argument that, "that’s how long j.c. was dead before he rose into heaven. Thanks for your money and have a nice day- god bless."
If god could create angels, why would he bother with men?
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