say Stephen was "full of the Holy Ghost"
(Acts 6:5) when he gave his famous speech before the high priest and others in
the synagogue and in the High Court (the Sanhedrin) during his famous trail (Acts
6:8-15 and 7:1-60). We are not here now
to debate whether Stephen was guilty or innocent, instead, whether or not he
was really under the influence of the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost. According to
Christian theology, doesn’t having the
Holy Ghost, the third part of the trinity (god/Invisible Man in the Sky) inside
you make you somehow different than the rest of the people ―
non-Christians? Or was this simply a figure of speech? If the Holy Ghost has taken over your mind
and body, wouldn’t what you say and do be according to god’s influence? Then
how could it be possible for Stephen, “full of the Holy Ghost,” to make so many
errors when he told about past events in the Hebrew bible? Let’s study this
claim in Acts to see if god, or god’s agent was influencing Stephen’s speech
begins his speech before the Sanhedrin by saying:
"The God of glory appeared
to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia before he lived in Haran and said leave your country and your
people and go to the land I will show you" (Acts 7:2-3).
Jews probably looked at him with disbelief because they knew that Abraham was
in Haran when the Hebrew God (Hashem, Adonai etc) called
to him and told him to leave to make a great nation:
“And Terah took Abram his son and Lot (and family) and they went
forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees to go into
the land of Canaan and they came unto Haran (Genesis 11:31) “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy
country and from thy kindred and from thy
father’s house unto a land that I will show thee” (Genesis 12:1).
states: "And Joseph sent and called
Jacob his father and all his relatives, seventy-five
souls" (Acts 7:14). The
Bible concordance says this is told in Genesis 46:27, but the Christian Bibles
(KJV, NIV Study, Catholic, the Jerusalem and the Living Bible) all say that the
number amounted to 70 "in all". Even the Torah agrees that Joseph
sent and called Jacob and all his relatives, 70 in all. When we examine the
Five Books of Moses (the Torah) what do we find, 70 or 75?
And the sons of Joseph, which
were born him in Egypt were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt,
were threescore and ten. (70) (Genesis 46:27 KJV)
And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy
souls: for Joseph was in Egypt
[already]. (70) (Exodus 1:5 KJV)
Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons;
and now the LORD thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude. (70) (Deuteronomy
that in the King James Version, relying on the Hebrew bible, each reference
gives a count of seventy individuals of the house of Jacob going down to Egypt.
However, the original Greek Septuagint has the number seventy-five at Genesis
46:27 and Exodus 1:5, but overlooked
Deuteronomy 10:22 which gave the count at 70. Because of the
differences of numbers, it appears that Stephen’s count was based on the
Septuagint, not Jewish writings. Wouldn’t the Holy Ghost have known that when
Stephen was talking to the Jewish leaders who had never read the Greek
Septuagint? Maybe this was another example why Stephen was laughed at and the
rabbis were angry.
continues by saying:
"So Jacob went down into
Egypt where he died and was carried over into Shechem,
and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a
sum of money of the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem.
(KJV – Acts 7:15-16).
Does the Old Testament back up this claim?
For his sons carried him into
the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpe’lah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a burying
place of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre. (Genesis 50:13
and most important, Jacob was not
buried in the city of Shechem, but in the cave of Machpelah, which is located in the city of Hebron which
Abraham bought from Ephron, the Hittite, for himself and his wife, Sarah
(Genesis 49:29-32 & 50:13). Second,
the city of Shechem, in Canaan, is where Jacob bought
a plot of ground from the sons of Hamor for a hundred
pieces of silver, not for a burial plot but a place where Jacob pitched his
tent and set up an altar to God (Genesis 33:19). Joseph, not Jacob was the one buried at Shechem as told in Joshua 24:32. Wouldn't you think the
Holy Ghost would have gotten these events straight while he was supposedly "in" Stephen?
finally ends by foolishly saying: "He
(Moses) was in the assembly in the desert with the angel who spoke to him on Mt. Sinai and
with our fathers and he received living words to pass on to us" (Acts
7:38). Stephen was saying that it was an
angel who come down to Mt. Sinai and talked with Moses and that the Jewish Laws
was given to Moses by angels. Jews claim it was God who spoke to Moses and it was God who gave Moses
is obvious that the Holy Ghost or Spirit was NOT in Stephen. IF this part of Stephen's Holy Ghost’s
story is doubtful, then the episode of him being stoned to death by Jews is
also doubtful. This theme of Jews being a blood-thirsty lot and the Romans and
followers of Jesus being passive is throughout the New Testament. Notice
how, in the Christian New Testament account, the Jews were furious and gnashed
their teeth at Stephen, then yelling at the top of their voices they rushed at
him and dragged him out of the city. (Acts 7:54-58). The NIV Study Bible describes the next scene;
"meanwhile, the witnesses laid their
clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul". It just isn't logical that this very angry
mob would stop dragging Stephen and lay their clothes at the feet of another,
and then continue dragging Stephen outside the city to be stoned to
author of Acts flavored his story when he wrote: "One day some of the men
from the Jewish cult started an argument with Stephen and were soon joined by other
Jews, but none of them were able to stand against Stephen's wisdom and
spirit." (Living Bible Acts 6:9-10). What wisdom? They must have laughed
did Stephen make so many errors? Answer,
because he did not know Hebrew bible! And the Christian Holy Ghost was not in him!
Stephen WAS full of something alright!
Citation of Hebrew scripture and
sources in articles or analyses is not in any way an acceptance, approval or
validation of the Jewish religion, its works or scriptures. The Hebrew bible, like the Christian New Testament, is
fictitious; From a 6-day creation
of the universe; a cunning, walking, talking snake; big fish tales; world flood
and an "Invisible Man in the Sky" ― it is all fiction, a bold sham perpetrated on mankind.