• Ten Things Christians Wish Jesus Hadn't Taught: And Other Reasons to Question His Words

  • By: David Madison
  • Narrated by: Seth Andrews
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (88 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For centuries the gospels have been cherished devotional literature, and under the guidance of preachers and priests, they’ve been understood as reliable depictions of Jesus. But even the most devout Christians stumble across sayings of Jesus that don’t sound quite right. In fact - if we’re honest - some of them are alarming. I discovered a few of these verses when I was a kid, but Jesus was our lord and savior, so I didn’t let it bother me too much.

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How can this not be food for thought? What are the implications of this major downside of the gospels? It takes a certain level of bravery - frankly, curiosity and courage are required - to examine everything that Jesus taught. This audiobook is designed to help with that adventure. (David Madison)

©2021 David Madison (P)2021 David Madison

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How dare you!

This book is heresy, blasphemy, the very work of the devil himself… And I loved every word of it. Great work!

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Thought provoking.

Good information and thought provoking. Most excellent choice for a narrator and on audiobook that’s huge. I could listen to Seth Andrews read a phone book.

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Great for the atheist book collection

I really enjoyed David’s work..and well Seth guided me to the dark side of the force with his book deconverted…David’s book thoroughly works through the Bible at a “in the trenches level” of those endless never ending Christian excuses and mis interpretations of the GOOD book…but I believe that holds true for ALL religions….in the sense all religious people make excuses for their own religion and GOOD books. Like the man said “religion poison’s everything “ ….this book is an excellent crash course in very effective verbal and knowledge judo.

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Wonderful exploration of my own problems

I live in a very red state where I am constantly assailed by exhortations to follow Jesus and be saved. The problem I saw first was that few of the sects of Christianity understand the idea of "being saved" as the same thing. I actually read Bible as a teen, and then and there, realized, "This stuff can't be true."
I've done some investigation since then and realized my first impression had been correct. This book puts succinctly both the contradictions I had noticed and explained many more.
If you're an atheist, this book will support and expand your beliefs, If you're a Christian, please read this book to better understand your faith. If it's strong it should hold up under scrutinization and if it doesn't, maybe you should rethink things.

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Very good! Very easy to listen to and understand!

This book is scholarly without being dense and dry. The author draws on many excellent sources and makes those sources understandable.

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Interesting book!

I loved how concise, and understandable David wrote; then having Seth read kept me focused.

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The mystical traditions might help with clarity

This author should study the mystical traditions. Then these quotes that he has a problem with would make sense to him. There are deep teachings under the literal meaning. Whether Jesus is historical or mystical does not matter. What matters is whether the tradition will deliver the desired end results.

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Recapitulation of established material

If you are just discovering what a mess Jesus alleged words are...good read. Other than that, like I said, recapitulation.

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Jesus the jerk

The author gently explores the myriad of problems and inconsistencies in the 4 texts that are the foundation of Christianity. He goes to great effort to encourage believers to reread their “sacred” screeds. John’s inventions as an example are compared to the oldest text Mark. Clearly this author infused a harsher and more vindictive Jesus with long stories with no historic background. He points out that anti semitism was given full voice by John.
There are references to the many authors who have questioned historicity of Jesus.
In the end he considers why the all knowing god would not have left us with a clear non contradictory story. Why forgiveness could not have been granted without a human sacrifice. And why this healer being all knowing wouldn’t have relieved suffering by explaining germ theory at some point?
This is a quick read with good references aimed I think at believers. It is always a pleasure to spend a couple hours with a scholar who is willing to highlight the hubris in the actual texts that two billion people cling to. If as a believer you are willing to take his challenge at the end I suspect you will at least be able to release the belief that every word is from God.

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wow things I did not know

easy to listen to and hard to swallow for a believer. be open minded and be able to except the results.

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  • 12-11-21

Blasphemous

I love to hear this kind of language that could not have been distributed not so long ago.

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  • 09-10-22

Excellent.

The book made many excellent points. It was well read as well.

A good book to listen to while out for a walk.

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  • Ken
  • 03-17-22

some inconvenient truths.

ouch! Wow, Christianity is a mess.
The book is just another hammer blow against the Christian faith, and shows just how far modern Christianity has strayed from its deities commands. Beautifully read as always by Seth Andrews, there is a lot of great information here, without dragging on forever. highly recommended for Christians who don't want to end up in hell with the rest of us.