When it comes to the Bible, an argument that has challenged its validity throughout the ages has been that altered throughout the ages. This is only half truth; the half that is true being what is often referred to the “old testament”. The dead sea scrolls show that this half of the book has remained consistent for thousands of years.
This leaves the other half, the “new testament“; it does not have the same measure of validity that the “old testament” does. It is full of contradictions; there was a dispute between two camps: the followers of the Messiah and the followers of Paul (also Saul of Tarsus).
The first problem with the “new testament” is the name of the Messiah. The book of Isaiah is very important to the existence of the Messiah. Without the “old testament”, especially the book Isaiah, the Messiah would have no meaning or place in the world. The book Isaiah says the Messiah will be called “Immanu El” (Isaiah 7:14), which means “God is with us” in Hebrew. In the “new testament” this name is mentioned once in Matthew 1:23 only to later be replaced by the name “Jesus“, as an insult to the Messiah. How could this have happened? It is well known that the actual name of God (that’s right god is not a name, it is a title indicating divinity) was removed from the Bible to prevent people from “using it in vain” and for many other political reasons; the substitution of the name “Jesus” is no exception.
The name aside, who was this Messiah and what did he say? Much of what the Messiah said directly contradicts what Christianity as an institution represents today. First, we are told to call no man “Father” (Matthew 23:9), this title was reserved for the Creator. Many Christian denominations, especially catholics, refer to the leader of their congregation in this manner. We are told how to pray and to whom in Matthew 6:5-18. The Messiah himself tells us that it is only acceptable to pray to the Creator; there is no mention of “praying for Jesus to live in your heart” or for “Jesus to save you”.
To further support that the Messiah had no desire to be praised, in Mark 10:17-18 the Messiah rebukes a man for calling him good.
It is by man made traditions (Matthew 15:7-9) that the Messiah has become an object of worship. The Messiah told countless amounts of people to never speak of his deeds (Mark 1:41-44 & Mark 8:27-30). His message was clear: anyone who wanted to listen to the Creator were his mothers, sisters, and brothers (Matthew 12:48-50, Mark 3:33-34, & Luke 8:21); few people would choose that responsibility. The responsibility is not that cumbersome, there are only two requirements: love the Creator and all the creations (Matthew 22:37-39). None of these responsibilities include telling people they will go to hell. For forgiveness, the requirements are quite simple: forgive others in order to receive forgiveness (James 2:13).
Where does that leave the “church”? The Bible describes a place that resembles a dining hall as a place of worship. People come to make offerings on an “altar” – a large table – and eat them (Leviticus 19:5-6 & Leviticus 23:14). The Messiah was upset with the leaders of the “church” in his time for being so miserly (Matthew 23:23) as they only brought herbs from their garden to share in the communal meal. As hard as it is to believe, the ceremonies to praise the creator involved bringing food to share with his children, if you were so blessed, and all were welcome at the table. The “leaders” of the “church” were there to guide people towards the Creator – to possess a desire to bestow – and to bless the offerings brought by the members of the congregation.
The Messiah reminded the members of the congregation that they had the power to forgive each other all along, and that this is what the Creator wanted (Hosea 6:6 & Matthew 12:7). He also came to remind the people that actions speak louder than words (Matthew 5:17-20, Matthew 15:7-9, Mark 7:6-9, John 5:45-47, James 2:12, & James 2:14-24).
As far as the “church” is concerned today, there has been no new information concerning it’s leaders (Matthew 23, 1 John 2:24-27, & Joshua 1:8). Each human must take the Bible and find what it offers that holds something of meaning to themselves; it is not up to any man to say what is or is not relevant in the book (that includes this blog). Each person will find their own meaning within. It would be a crime to say that this was the only book that was inspired by the Creator.
On that note let’s close with a prayer:
“Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.
‘I have come to set a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
Your enemies will be right in your own household!’ (Matthew 10:34-36)
The quarrel will be between those who wish to believe what they know to be true in their hearts and those who wish to take their beliefs as far as it is convenient or comfortable.
“If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it. But when God found fault with the people, he said:
‘The day is coming, says the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel and Judah.
This covenant will not be like the one
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
and led them out of the land of Egypt.
They did not remain faithful to my covenant,
so I turned my back on them, says the Lord.
But this is the new covenant I will make
with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their minds,
and I will write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
And they will not need to teach their neighbors,
nor will they need to teach their relatives,
saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’
For everyone, from the least to the greatest,
will know me already.
And I will forgive their wickedness,
and I will never again remember their sins.'” (Hebrews 8:7-12)
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