The book we call ‘John’ was not written by the Disciple John.
How do we know? Many reasons..
Contradictions between John and the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew Mark Luke) cannot be reconciled.
1. The day Jesus Died is different in ‘John’ than in the Synoptics [Matthew, Mark, & Luke].
John 19.14 “Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” ”
The Gregorian Calendar is 4 years off. So in actuality ZERO AD, was actually 4BC. Because John has a 3 year ministry [ We know this because there are 3 passovers] unlike the Synoptics, this means Jesus would have died when he was 33. 33 – 4 = 29AD. In 29AD according to the US Navy Astronomical Department, and Judaism v. Christianity website Passover in was on a Monday. Some say our Calendar is 6 years off, if this is the case, and Jesus died when he was 33, then Jesus would have died Wednesday.
However, both Luke and Mark record Friday as the day he was crucified:
Luke 23:54 NLT “This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation, as the Sabbath was about to begin.”
Mark 15:42 NLT “This all happened on Friday, the day of preparation, the day before the Sabbath. As evening approached”
If we go by Mark and Luke, and his ministry was only 1 year, then he would have died on either 25AD or 27AD.
25AD Passover was on Sunday
27AD Passover was on Wednesday.
These dates were found using THIS CHART
[ I posted 3 sources, but I’d like a more ‘official’ source. If you find one please send us one. firstname.lastname@example.org .
2. In John, John the Baptist says he is not Elijah.
John 1.21 “And they asked him, ‘What then? Art thou Elijah?’ And he saith, ‘I am not.'”
In the Synoptics Jesus says he is Elijah.
The Angel, Quoting the Prophecy in Malachi said to John’s father concerning John:
“And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord“.
Jesus further makes it clear that the wicked killed Elijah when they killed John:
Mark 9:11 – 9:13
“And they asked him[Jesus], saying, ‘Why say the scribes that Elijah must come first?’
And he answered and told them, ‘Elijah verily comes first, and restores all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nothing.
But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they wanted, as it is written of him.‘”
“Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
“Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.’ Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.”
3. Jesus’ ministry in John was 3 years. We know this because there are 3 Passovers.
In the Synoptics his ministry is one year. This was prophesied long ago:
Luke 4.18 “The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to…preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” – Jesus
4. The Jesus in the book called ‘John’ is completely different. There is almost NO resemblance between the real Jesus in Matthew Mark and Luke, and in ‘John’.
Jesus said: “Why do you call me good? There is ONE who is good and that is God”. Mark 10.18
Mat thew 19:17 “So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one [is] good but One, [that is], God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Compare this humility to the Jesus in John and there is no comparison.
John 10:11, 14 “I am the shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. … 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine.
5. In John, believing alone saves you. In Matthew, believing without forgiving others means you won’t be forgiven.
6.. This may be a prophecy of Jesus of the type of Jesus we see in John. In John Jesus says “I am”, “I am”, “I am”. People say he was claiming to be God. In the Synoptics Jesus warned us of false Messiahs: Mark 13:6 “For many shall come in my name, saying, ‘I AM’ and will deceive many”.
7. In all the works attributed to the Disciple John, the word “Gospel” is never mentioned. This is ridiculous because Jesus’ calling from Yahweh was to “preach the Gospel to the Poor”. Luke 4.18 “The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised”.
8. If you ask a Christian today, “Is fear good?”, or “Does God want us to fear?”, they will likely pause in confusion because they know two seemingly contradictory ideas in the Bible:
“The fear of the LORD” is an essential and wonderful thing in every way. There are 31 verse on “the fear of God”, or “the fear of the Lord”:
Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the LORD [is] a fountain of life, To turn [one] away from the snares of death.
Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the LORD [is] the instruction of wisdom, And before honor [is] humility.
Proverbs 16:6 In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the LORD [one] departs from evil.
Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the LORD [leads] to life, And [he who has it] will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.
But what does 1st John say about fear?
1John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.