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And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. (Mark:9:14)


And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. (Mark:9:15)


And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them? (Mark:9:16)


And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; (Mark:9:17)


And where so ever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. (Mark:9:18)


He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. (Mark:9:19)


What’s up with that?!


The phrase, “He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation,” doesn’t make sense.


The character Jesus had been talking to one man; one: An individual, he answereth, “Him!”


Why would the author of the Gospel of Mark write that the character Jesus responded to one individual, “O faithless generation?”


And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. (Mark:9:20)


And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. (Mark:9:21)


And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. (Mark:9:22)


Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. (Mark:9:23)


And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. (Mark:9:24)


Really?!


When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. (Mark:9:25)


What does the phrase, “When Jesus saw that the people came running together,” have to do with the character Jesus rebuking the, “Foul Spirit?!”


The character Jesus rebuked the, “Foul” spirit, saying unto him, “Thou dumb and deaf spirit,” but:


And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; (Mark:9:17)


It’s not like the author of the Gospel of Mark to make this kind of mistake; adding the word, “Deaf.”


The phrase, “And enter no more into him,” doesn’t appear anywhere else in the New Testament of the Holy Bible and it doesn’t sound anything like the character Jesus.


And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. (Mark:9:26)


Again, the phrase, “He is dead,” only appears in the New Testament of the Holy Bible here, in the Gospel of Mark chapter nine verse twenty-six!


But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. (Mark:9:27)


And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? (Mark:9:28)


And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. (Mark:9:29)


Matthew


And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, (Matthew:17:14)


In the Gospel of Mark, the character Jesus noticed, “Scribes” talking to his disciples:


And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them? (Mark:9:16)


Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. (Matthew:17:15)


Lunatic - to be moon struck that is crazy: - be lunatic.


In the Gospel of Mark, the man’s son has a “Dumb Spirit:”


And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; (Mark:9:17)


And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. (Matthew:17:16)


In the Gospel of Mark, the author is a little more dramatic, which is not typical:


And where so ever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. (Mark:9:18)


Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. (Matthew:17:17)


In the above verse, the author of the Gospel of Matthew used the word, “Perverse,” which is typical.


He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. (Mark:9:19)


And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. (Matthew:17:18)


Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? (Matthew:17:19)


And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. (Matthew:17:20)


The author of the Gospel of Matthew put a “Guilt Trip” on the disciples of the character Jesus by having him say, “Because of your unbelief,” then went into a “Rant” about a grain of mustard seed, which is also, typical, but ends with a dull:


Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. (Matthew:17:21)


Luke


And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him. (Luke:9:37)


Whoever, “Fabricated” the Gospel of Luke, didn’t even bother to “Keep the facts straight.”


In the beginning of this account, chapter nine verse twenty-eight, “Whoever” wrote, that it was eight days when it was six days; they wrote, Peter, John and James, when it was; Peter, James and John and they wrote, “When they were come down from the hill,” when clearly, they went, “Up a mountain:”


And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. (Luke:9:28)


And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child. (Luke:9:38)


The author of the Gospel of Luke is the only one who wrote the phrase, “He is mine only son.”


And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him. (Luke:9:39)


And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not. (Luke:9:40)


And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither. (Luke:9:41)


The author of the Gospel of Luke went with the author of the Gospel of Matthew in that the word, “Perverse” remains in the alike verses.


And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father. (Luke:9:42)


In the Gospel of Mark:


And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. (Mark:9:26)


But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. (Mark:9:27)


In the Gospel of Matthew:


And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. (Matthew:17:18)


The author of the “Source,” that is, the author of the Gospel of Mark, who is known for “Brevity,” uncharacteristically added more, “Drama” than both, the authors of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke who, characteristically, add drama at every opportunity.


After carefully going over the same account in all three of the Gospels; Mark, Matthew and Luke, I’ve concluded, I hope you have also concluded, that verses fourteen through twenty-nine in chapter nine of the Gospel of Mark were added, “After” its original publication.


The actual account originated in the Gospel of Matthew.


The author, “Authors” or “Authorities” of the Gospel of Luke then copied some of their account from the Gospel of Matthew.


What strikes me most curious is verses twenty-six and twenty-seven of chapter nine of the Gospel of Mark:


And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. (Mark:9:26)


But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. (Mark:9:27)


I can’t wrap my head around the idea that the Gospel of Mark was the first Gospel written and the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, both, used the Gospel of Mark as a source, which is evident throughout the entire New Testament, yet neither the author of the Gospel of Matthew nor the author, “Authors” or “Authorities” who “Fabricated” the Gospel of Luke mentioned verses twenty-six and twenty-seven of chapter nine of the Gospel of Mark….


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