A. When we are talking about Faith the priests tell us Faith is something you can’t see. We are always told that no one can see the face of the Lord because He cannot be around man’s sin. However recent excavations by archeologist have uncovered proof positive by historical evidence the following picture below is the actual picture of Christ and the thieves on the Cross;
B. Let me change the Narrative; Morning all y,all know me, Dr. Thomas, Phd in theology, from the University of Texas, Austin ,Texas. Can I see a show of hands of the guests in the audience.———–Great to have all of y’all here today. Today we are going to talk about Faith.———Before we do, we are going to take this mornings offering.—————-We all know that Faith is something we can’t see. I have exciting news for you recent excavations by archeologist have uncovered proof positive by historical evidence the following picture below is the actual picture of Christ and the thieves on the Cross. Can you put up slide one;
We now know what Jesus looks like he is the one in the middle. The thief on the left is Barnabas and the one on the right is Roger. The lady kneeling close to Christ is Mary His mother. You see the guy in the robe that is the unidentified beloved disciple. The other woman in the picture are the ladies from Galilee, there,s Sue, Michelle and Karen.
This is exciting news to confirm our Faith we now know what Christ looked like remember he was a man. We already know what Mary looks like,
You remember last week, I talked about the virgin Mary that they found her picture just off the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Before we close this morning I would like to ask for a special offering for our missionary work in the South Pole. Ushers pass the plate, please and we will sing Faith in the Lord. Have a good day in the Lord.
Both narratives have a shade of truth to them. We will look at the first narrative and see if our Lord gave us proof of His existence.
A. Can you see the face of the Lord? Faith revolves around Truth. Just because we were not there to see it does not mean that it was seen by others.
- 500 hundred witnesses saw Christ after the Resurrection.
- Luke wrote in Lk 2: (26,(25)-30)—And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ— Here you see the Trinity. The Holy Spirit told Luke he would see Christ which is the face of our Lord before he died. The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost which John writes about.
- John who witness the Cruxcition wrote this, Jn.17:21——– That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
- The blank box is true I know for a fact back in the day no one knew what a camera was. You will never find a picture of Jesus or Mary they were common names in 33 AD as in the present.
- Paul wrote these words, Heb. 11:3—-Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. If you want to understand that faith was framed (structure) by the word of God; faith was seen (read the rest of the chapter) not made of things which do appear; simple analogy images of something or person ect.
B. Can you see the face of God in this narrative?
- I am the Lord thy God, thou shall not have any gods before me.
- You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything.
- Def; form is the visible appearance of something like a picture
- Like Paul wrote, Faith is not made of things which do appear (images).
- Def; Idol–an image or representation of a god (god is lowercase) used as an object of worship. Just for learning if god was upper-case then it is talking about the Lord. Keep that in mind when you read scripture between lowercase and upper-case words.
In narrative A ,it is corrected to the truth of Faith. Faith is framed and structures worlds, yours, theirs and you over there the worlds that believe in the Lord.
In narrative B, this is pretty close to what you hear and see in any of the major christian temples around the world. It is the word idol in the 2nd Commandment that is the kicker. If you take the stance you cannot see the face of God. Then you would to throw out the epistle of Luke ,John and Paul. If you do that you might as well throw out the 2nd commandment while your at it. Especially the verse John is talking about Jn.17:21 .
Father, art in me, (ron) and I(Father) in thee (ron), that they also may be one(Trinity) in us( Gen: 3:22) that the world may believe that thou hast sent me (Son).
And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever:
Father is first person, me is second person, I is first person, thee is second person and us refers to God. The word me is second person so it refers back to the Father because it came after the word us. So when you look in the mirror you or either looking at the face of God or you are looking at the face of Christ but you do not believe in the Resurrection that He rose.
FYI–When you look at the first word of the Bible Gen.1:1 God in the Hebrew language is always plural (upper case). However the use of the word created is used as a modifier in the first sentence as an adjective to the noun God. In the second verse you see the start of the Trinity and the spirit God moved upon the water. You see God and the Holy Spirit, Christ has not come yet. He does however appear in Gen 14: 18-22, Melchizedek regarded as the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High.
I will give you a course in Faith and the use of images in selling religion. Call this Marketing 101. The principal is that you create a goddess then create a narrative around it and convince the poor. In this case trading one myth for another or the 2nd commandment you are just trading one Idol with another Idol. There is no power in that.
Around the early 1521 the Spaniards entered Mexico city and conquer the city. The inhabitants at the time were of Aztec ancestry for the most part. It was the Imperial Court of Spain that mandated everyone would believe in Christianity. So they created missions that were run by Jesuit priest’s. What the Spaniards found when they arrived in Mexico city was that the Aztecs worship a mother goddesses, the mother of all gods.
Coatlicue the mother of all gods, the narrative—According to Aztec legend, she was once magically impregnated by a ball of feathers that fell on her while she was sweeping a temple, and subsequently gave birth to the god Huitzilopochtli. Her daughter Coyolxauhqui then rallied Coatlicue four hundred other children together and goaded them into attacking and decapitating their mother. The instant she was killed, the god Huitzilopochtli suddenly emerged from her womb fully grown and armed for battle. He killed many of his brothers and sisters, including Coyolxauhqui, whose head he cut off and threw into the sky to become the moon.
To change the minds of the poor to your mindset in this case Christianity, you create a narrative—-A poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego.
Juan was walking by a hill called Tepeyac when he heard beautiful music like the warbling of birds. A radiant cloud appeared, and within it stood an Indian maiden dressed like an Aztec princess. The lady spoke to him in his own language and sent him to the bishop of Mexico, a Franciscan named Juan de Zumarraga. The bishop was to build a chapel in the place where the lady appeared.
Eventually the bishop told Juan to have the lady give him a sign. About this same time Juan’s uncle became seriously ill. This led poor Juan to try to avoid the lady. Nevertheless the lady found Juan, assured him that his uncle would recover, and provided roses for Juan to carry to the bishop in his cape or tilma.
On December 12, 1931, when Juan Diego opened his tilma in the bishop’s presence, the roses fell to the ground, and the bishop sank to his knees. On the tilma where the roses had been appeared an image of Mary exactly as she had appeared at the hill of Tepeyac. So the bishop created the virgin of Guadalupe which is still venerated to this day in Mexico;
The Spaniards got accordingly 10 million Indians to convert to Christianity for their servitude to build the missions. Less than 10 yrs later 70 percent of the Indians died from smallpox and other diseases from the Spaniards. All they did was change one myth for another and they got free labor all they had to do was feed them and give them sleeping quarters.
As I wrote yesterday Christians will kill themselves and turn on others. King Herod was a Edomite and he beheaded John. so if you one of those Christians holding a Pair of Aces and a Pair of eights,” Dead Man’s Hand”. I would ask for a reshuffle while you can. Me I’m holding three Aces all Kings, The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. I do not need any cards at this time.
Get off the Via De Rosa and take the mile marker to Zion. Go through the gates come over to the Olive Tree with the rest of the gang. We are all waiting for the marriage supper of the Lamb.