“The Gospel of Matthew is not a Bible story,” said David Barton, the president of the Family Research Council.
“The story of Matthew, like the Bible, is a history of events.”
Barton, who was a regular guest on Fox News’ The Five, also said the Gospel of Luke “has nothing to do with the story of Jesus.”
“Luke is a very good story, but it’s not a story of the resurrection,” he said.
“It’s not the story Jesus told, it’s a story about the destruction of Jerusalem.”
In a statement, Barton said the story was “ahistorical” and that it was “an effort to make Luke seem more historic.”
“For nearly 700 years, historians have looked to the Gospel as a primary source for historical accuracy, but this historical narrative is not biblical, and it has no connection to the events of Matthew,” the statement read.
“For centuries, scholars have tried to prove that the Gospel stories are not true.”
The Gospel story is not the history of Jesus, Barton wrote.
“Jesus never said, ‘Look, I’m going to come back to earth,’ and the gospel writers didn’t invent this story.”
The story of Luke is a “historical fiction” that “re-writes the Bible in a completely different manner,” Barton said.
The Bible does not teach that Jesus was crucified on the cross.
Rather, the story is about a “magnificent king” who became king after his wife died.
“Luke, like most of the early Christian gospels, contains many stories that are not stories,” Barton wrote in the statement.
“But none of these stories has any relationship to the actual events of the crucifixion of Jesus or his subsequent resurrection.”