Who was Christ ?

I have been sitting here pondering that question.  First of all you have prosperity theology and then we have the theology of evangelicals to  turn your back on sin.  Then we have the new one I guess something called Enneagram as a tool for spirituality.  Seriously!  Christ did not preach spirituality but an adherence to the commandments. How you get spirituality out of the Word is beyond me.  We all want something to motivate us toward a certain plateau . I understand that . However that is not enmeshed in reality.

I come across a young lady a couple of days ago and she was talking about sin and quoted scripture ie, look at the plank in our own eye before we judge someone.  We are to turn our back on sin and not say anything to the person in sin.  Her premise was wrong in the context that , that particular scripture was talking to the Pharisees and not the gentile. Paul talks to the gentle.  She was equating that scripture to pertain to all gentiles and that is not the case.  For the most part Christ was talking to the Pharisees and not the gentiles.  Paul talks more to the gentile and thier walk with Christ.

When dealing on the internet and we ascribe to a certain belief.  We have to keep in mind that there are children in Christ trying to learn. If we bring light to darkness on the internet then we are wrong.  All judgements are regulated to a one on one conversation.

People miss the point in the Bible if you teach someone a wrong doctrine then the blood of their sins are on your shoulders and yours alone.  You have to be careful what you say and what you tell others.

American Churches have become pompous.  I would like to see any of these so called sheppards to cross the border in Mexico or any of the other poor countries and live there under these circumstances for years and explain how Christ is in their lives. All the churches do is build a better mousetrap to capture the hurting people out there.  Then they wonder why their membership is declining.  The only reason is that they lie about Christ.   I see the younger generation gravitating towards the latest appetizers that crosses their tongues. You ask any young person where Christ lives.  That cannot tell you. Who is Christ?  They cannot tell you.  But if you ask them what church is all about.  You are going to get a basic answer.. They have songs, then they want money, then they say something about the  scriptures.  Me I would be asking, tell me about Christ. Who is he ? Where does he Live?  The last time I asked a youngster where Christ lived he pointed to the heavens.  Sorry wrong answer.  This is why so many people do not understand that sins are forgiven.  The Holy Roman Church and the American Churches put Christ out of reach to the average person.  That is why they cannot comprehend that Christianity is simple, Love God as you love your neighbor, paraphrasing.  There is no spirituality in that commandment, nothing you have to do but treat others as you want them to treat you.

The American churches send you down a rabbit hole and everybody feels good.  Go down to Laredo and look across the Rio Grande and look at the housing situation.  Look at the government that has been corrupted for hundreds of years.  The poor cannot defend themselves they took away all the firearms. The murder rates are high and the innocent die every day.  People are starving in Mexico and America and around the  world.  Christ requires responsibility.  Nonetheless your paradise and freedom lies in Christ and that is what should be preached.

Is this righteous angry! Yes. Americas Christians the ones that know the Truth have keep silent.  America is like Christ the Pharisees have convicted America and are crucifying her the Cross and the blood is dripping.

So to the Evangelicals that believe turn your back on sin and to the prosperity believers and to the other forms of Christianity.  Your blood is dripping along with America because you sat in dumb silence and let it go.  Because you listen to the Church instead of the voice of your Lord.

Like I said all you pompous christians go down to Mexico and eat what they eat, use the bathroom like they do, wash like they do  and live in squalor.  Then come back to me with your pompous sayings and the ability to write scripture. Clothe yourself with there clothes.

I am not a progressive socialist christian.  I walk alone with Christ and understand the mechanisms of the devil.  I help whoever Christ puts in path and seek no recognition. I understand Christ and life for my sunset is coming soon.

Read your Bible and wash yourself in righteousness and dry yourself with the Truth.

 

 

Contradictions

We are going to look at Contradictions.  Does the Bible contradict itself?  There are basic kinds of contradictions.  The first is the synoptic contradictions.  How do you explain the contradictions between Matthew, Mark, and Luke as to the events of Christ.  How do you explain the contradictions or similarities?  There are differences in wording if you look at Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  In Matthew and Mark they are reviling Christ and in Luke one of them repents. There are also similarities in order of things, Christ had a ministry in Galilee, he has a traveling ministry and a ministry in Jerusalem.

There are also temptations in Matthew, turn the stone into bread and to jump off the temple. In Luke he turns the order to, turn the stone into bread, worship me, and jump off the temple.  How do you resolve the orders of things between both writers?

There are similarities in the events and the order of things. Still we have to resolve the differences.  Let’s look at Luke 1: 1-4

1: For as much as many have taken in hand to set forth (in order) a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
2: Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
3: It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
4: That thou mightiest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

What Luke is saying here is that I am going to research things and present everything in an orderly manner.  It is like doing a college paper.  Luke wanted Theophilus to know that these things really occurred.  So what you have here is selection and purpose.  You can see the same thing in John 20: 30 – 31.

30: And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
31: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

So what you see is that many things occurred in Christ but you see the writer’s selected events to convey the message of Christ to the world.  They might be out-of-order and the wording is different but the core message is the same.  What the learned scholars have left out is common sense, in regards that we are all individuals.  With our own perception of things in the world around us.  So the arguments on style and writing between the gospel writers becomes mute.  The core of the event is still there.

The other thing that occurs is harmonization of the gospels between each other.  We have to remember that in English we expect events to be in an orderly manner.  However when we translate to Greek, the same literary prose does not exist. You can have two witness to an event and ask them to tell what they saw.  You are going to get different accounts of what they say but both witnesses will be in harmony as to the essences of the event.  You have the same occurrences in the Bible.

If you look at the birth of Christ, Matthew starts with the genealogy of Christ and Luke starts with the angels visit.  Then they both come together and Jesus was born and the shepherds  came to visit them.  Then they both agree that Jesus ends up in Nazareth years later.  So you have a different beginning, the birth and the same ending then you have totally different things happening in between. When you look at Matthew you have the Magi coming , Herod killing the babies and the flight to Egypt.  Herod dies and Joseph comes back to Nazareth.  In Luke you have the circumcision, Jesus in the temple and then he is in Nazareth.  Circumcision occured after 8 days.  The Magi came a year later? How do you explain the time.?

So what you see here are the events of Christ’s birth, which are more interesting to the Jews instead of to the gentiles.  Gentiles where consider the heathens of the time.  So do all details have to coincide with each other?  No because we live in an imperfect world.  Scholars make their money off of creating doubt in the minds of Christians.  Harmonization will correct the contradictions in the synoptic gospels.

We can sit here all day all day and squabble about the syntax of the writers language but we forget the times they lived in and the education they received. These were men led by the Holy Spirit.  Why would Christ let them distort the Biblical events that occurred.  This would not have happened.

Look at the argument of two donkeys.  Matthew writes that Christ was riding on one colt and a fold going into Jerusalem and in Luke, Mark and John there was only one donkey.  In the overall scheme of things does it really matter. The core essence of the story he entered Jerusalem on a donkey.  Does it take away from the essence of the narrative?  No it does not.  We have an obsession with details but we have to remember we are dealing with individuals.

We look at another aspect of the Bible in the area of Hermeneutics the science of interpretation of the Bible.  How do we study our Bible?  We can see contradictions example; Christ says you are against me and in another place it says If you are with me.  At first glance that is the opposite.   The problem lays in the interpretation of the scriptures.  The first statement refers to the Pharisees and the second refers to the believer.  Interpretation of the scripture is paramount to the understanding of the Bible.

Then we cross the plateau of slavery.  I have seen the comments on slavery that the Bible is in concert with slavery.  All one has to do is look at the writings of Paul.

For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Definition of menstealers is someone who deals in slaves.

So then you look at the last commandment in  the Ten Commandments;

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.  Slavery is debunk in the last commandment.

Christians don’t keep anyone in slavery.   So the agnostics and the others ask questions about slavery go back to the ten commandments.  The truth resides there.  Science and Biblical history do not always align with each other. Perhaps secular science is wrong and Christ is correct.  That would be your decision not mine.
 We can sit here all day and argue the fundamentals of Christianity but the fact remains that all writings are true.  The cross between science does not hold up to scrutiny.  Science tries to disapprove of the gospels but after 2000 yrs, this does not  seem to be the case.

When people come together and say there are contradictions in the gospels, ask them can you show me one?  The vast majority of people will have a problem in answering that question.  The majority of the time the question becomes mute.  The person asking the question does not know what he is talking about.

The contradiction comes in the interpretations of the verses .  Sometimes Christ is talking to the Pharisees and then Paul is talking to us. People mimic others what they have heard they do not study the context of the Word.  They are just refusing to believe in Christ simple as that.  Like it says not everyone who says Lord ,Lord will enter the KIngdom of the Lord.  Again this why only a few will enter the Kingdom because the people have been led astray.

Pick up your Bible and immerse yourself in the waters of righteousness and dry yourself off in Truth and shed the darkness.

Did Christ Live

That has to be the foremost question in the belief for the existence of Christ.  Did he live? To defend your belief the first question is was He real, did He live where is the proof?  You have sat too long in the church not knowing what or why you believe only that someone with a college degree is telling you the truth.

Did Christ live I am going to give you 12 outside sources that attest to Christ life. The first one comes from Josephus Flavius a first century Jew that wrote for the the Roman Empire.

Quote;

About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man.  For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Messiah. And when, upon the accusation of the principal men among us, Pilate had condemned him to a cross, those who had  first come to love him did not cease.  He appeared to them spending a third day restored to life, for the prophets of God had foretold these things and a thousand other marvels about him.  And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared.

The next one; the Talmud

The Talmud contains passages that some scholars have concluded are references to Christian traditions about Jesus (through mentions of an individual called “Yeshu”, a derivative of Jesus’ Aramaic name Yeshua)

The next one is Tacitus

The Roman historian and senator Tacitus referred to Christ, his execution by Pontius Pilate, and the existence of early Christians in Rome in one page of his final work, Annals (written ca. AD 116), book 15, chapter 44.

The context of the passage is the six-day Great Fire of Rome that burned much of the city in AD 64 during the reign of Roman Emperor Nero. The passage is one of the earliest non-Christian references to the origins of Christianity, the execution of Christ described in the canonical gospels, and the presence and persecution of Christians in 1st-century Rome.

Scholars generally consider Tacitus’ reference to the execution of Jesus by Pontius Pilate to be both authentic, and of historical value as an independent Roman source.

Historian Ronald Mellor has stated that the Annals is “Tacitus’s crowning achievement” which represents the “pinnacle of Roman historical writing”.Scholars view it as establishing three separate facts about Rome around AD 60:  that there were a sizable number of Christians in Rome at the time,  that it was possible to distinguish between Christians and Jews in Rome, and  that at the time pagans made a connection between Christianity in Rome and its origin in Roman Judea.

The next one is  Thallus

  1. Jesus of Nazareth existed.
  2. Some people believed Him to be the Messiah.
  3. He had many disciples from both Jews and Gentiles.
  4. He was condemned to death by crucifixion under Pontius Pilate.
  5. His disciples testified that Jesus rose from the dead three days after His death.
  6. His disciples proclaimed the resurrection of Christ.

Thallus (c. A.D. 52)

The next one is Lucian of Samosata;

“The Christians, you know, worship a man to this day,–the distinguished personage who introduced their novel rites, and was crucified on that account…and then it was impressed on them by their original lawgiver that they are all brothers, from the moment that they are converted, and deny the gods of Greece, and worship the crucified sage, and live after his laws.”

The next one is

Pliny the Younger on Jesus Christ

They were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath, not to do any wicked deeds, but never to commit any fraud, theft or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of food—but food of an ordinary and innocent kind.

The next one is  Celsus;

Jesus had come from a village in Judea, and was the son of a poor Jewess who gained her living by the work of her own hands. His mother had been turned out of doors by her husband, who was a carpenter by trade, on being convicted of adultery [with a soldier named Panthéra (i.32)]. Being thus driven away by her husband, and wandering about in disgrace, she gave birth to Jesus, a bastard. Jesus, on account of his poverty, was hired out to go to Egypt. While there he acquired certain (magical) powers which Egyptians pride themselves on possessing. He returned home highly elated at possessing these powers, and on the strength of them gave himself out to be a god.

The next is Mara bar Serapion

What else can we say, when the wise are forcibly dragged off by tyrants, their wisdom is captured by insults, and their minds are oppressed and without defense? What advantage did the Athenians gain from murdering Socrates? Famine and plague came upon them as a punishment for their crime. What advantage did the men of Samos gain from burning Pythagoras? In a moment their land was covered with sand. What advantage did the Jews gain from executing their wise king? It was just after that their kingdom was abolished. God justly avenged these three wise men: the Athenians died of hunger; the Sumerians were overwhelmed by the sea and the Jews, desolate and driven from their own kingdom, live in complete dispersion. But Socrates is not dead, because of Plato; neither is Pythagoras, because of the statue of Juno; nor is the wise king, because of the “new law” he laid down.

These are 12 of the great historians  of the 1st thru the 2rd century folks who acknowledge  Christ this is why we believe but this is not the end of it. What are the other criteria. The oral traditions how was it passed down to the folks.  We already see that the historians of old conceded that Christ existed.  Christ is the only belief system that rose from the dead. We will see the oral traditions tomorrow.

Christ lives but not in the pulpits of the Church of today they denied the existence of Christ. They teach you garbage.

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Love you all

 

 

Can I Trust my Bible

Due to today’s secular attack on the Word one has to be able to defend the scripture against the onslaught of huminisam.   We are increasingly being ask to prove the trustworthiness of the Bible.  Can you answer that question?  Should we even begin to ask that question as Christians.  The answer should be a resounding yes.  Why do we believe the Bible.  The answer can not be because the pulpit says it is true.  That would be a wrong answer.  You have to be able to defend the Word.  Do you know why as an individual you believe the Word?

Let’s start first with the following question.  Can you prove the Bible is trustworthy?  The answer would be no.  Can you prove the existence of God ? Can you prove that God does not exist? Again the answer would be no. Just like creation and evolution you can not prove either one happened.  All belief systems are faith based and can not be proved  in the overall scheme of things.  However the flip-side of trustworthy is that the Bible is a rational coherent argument for the validity of Word that holds together.  We are going to look at cohesive arguments for the Bible. 

When we were younger our parents told us perhaps as children that the Bible was true. We took it for granted but as adults those days are over.  There are two many false teachers running around loose giving Christianity a bad name.  So it behoves each of us to be able to defend the Word with a rational argument.  It is one thing to believe but another thing to be able to defend that belief.

Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught,  that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. (Titus.1:9)

First we are going to see if Christ actually lived using historical accounts that are non-biblical.  We will be looking at those references  tomorrow.  So get your pens and paper ready to take notes to defend your position.

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Apostasy of the Church II

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The Apostle John is attributed to writing five books of the Bible and of course including Revelations.  He was one of Christ disciples and walked with Christ during His ministry.  So John was aware of the spiritual influences of gods and goddesses that influenced everyday life in the first century.  These same gods and goddesses made their way into the early Christian church corrupting the body of Christ.

The Roman Empire when they captured a new land like the the Kingdom of Israel.  They had a policy of letting the inhabitants worship their own gods or goddesses as long as they paid tribute to the Caesars.  No different with the Jewish people.  Your submission was to the Roman Empire.

The Holy Roman Church came along and created its own brand Christianity they incorporated a lot of the gods and goddesses into their temple and preached their deception to the masses.  Over the years you had to pay tribute to the church. The papacy assumed their supremacy as the only church by twisting one scripture.  The Protestant churches that came along in the 16th century are just a watered down version of the Catholic church.

They both celebrate the same pagan holidays with very little variance. They both allow celebrations in the country they occupy like the Day of the Dead in Mexico and South America. This was the goddesses of death practiced by the Aztecs thousand of years ago. The papacy calls this folk “Catholicism”.  The Protestants call it keep the coffers full.  The Holy Roman Catholic Church and as lot of American churches accept Islam but reject Israel.  You can see this in the current pope’s actions towards the muslims and his disdain for the Jewish people. Most American churches do not teach that we are to be grafted into the tree of Judea.  So who is anti-semitic ?

So during the time of great turmoil in the first century the Messiah comes back and pronounces His kingdom. Christ walked among us and the Apostles preached the great news.  The great news is simple it resides in the first and only commandment in the Bible;

 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
    By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

There are no gods or goddesses involved there is only one commandment to achieve in your lifetime. It is also the hardest to achieve with empathy. We however do this with faith that the Holy Spirit will guide us. Faith is all it takes.  That is the great message the Creator loves you as you are.  There are no hurdles to attain, no spirituality to attain just simple faith in one God.  Walk with Him one day at a time.

Love is the only commandment that we follow and the only one that has to be taught by the Holy Spirit.  Man made churches can not teach love and satan knows this.  We are taught to love by what we see in our parents , society and perhaps on the internet. That kind of love will lead to death in your spirit that is a given.  This is what John was talking about the Roman Catholic Church that lets the gods of old flow through the temple and desecrate the Love of Christ simple as that.

Turn your backs to man made religions and follow the voice in your heart.  Accept Christ by faith as the ultimate God, the King of Kings your Creator.

Faith in a Creator is all it takes and let the Holy Spirit guide you.  That is the good news, one God, one creator who loves His Children.  Come back to the fold before the darkness befalls you.

See you tomorrow.  Love Ron.