Excerpt from “The Theology of Jesus Christ.”
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. For you are like whitened tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but inwardly are full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity” (Mat 23:27-28). The history of violence by the institution’s adherents is persistent. The cause of this is that they have placed an antithetical God in the other gospels advocating human earthly vengeance (exaltation and violations of the Great Commandment) alongside the message of Christ in the canonical gospels; the Old Testament God versus the New Testament God. As a result this causes confusion and misleads people to commit horrible acts. You cannot serve a God of vengeance and bigotry alongside a God of love and forgiveness. “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God (good) and Mammon (evil)” (Mat 6:24). This is what has resulted in the corruption and fracturing of Christ’s message into an infinite number of denominations. You can now be a follower of Christ as a Quaker or as the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?” (Mat 12:25-26). Of course, the common defense is that there will always be sinful people in the world and that these instances are just the result of “bad apples.” “Even so, every good tree produces good fruit; but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit. A good tree cannot produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not grow good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them” (Mat 7:17-20). Not all sinful people commit sins convinced that God has confirmed the supremacy of their ideas, which they then believe has permitted them to sin in name of God. The institution’s initial corruption of Christ’s commandments has resulted in many of these “houses of God” becoming dens for extremist supremacist hate groups. Even those who believe in the supremacy of their religion are participants in a supremacist group, and it often results in hateful behavior towards others who do not acknowledge the practitioner’s own self-perception of supremacy. No pure message of love can produce the opposite extreme without being corrupted, and the only reason that it continues is that well-meaning people have not clarified the actual truth, sufficiently acknowledged or recognized the corruption, renounced it or denounced it. The only way to correct those who do wrong is for those who are right to publicly stand opposed to it. Even the most righteous and well-meaning Christian who supports the claim that the entirety of the Bible is all equally important as “the word of God” is providing theological cover for those who do evil in the name of Jesus Christ, whether they realize it or not. They may convert someone with the best of intentions, but there is no way for them to guarantee that this convert will not then adopt one of the faiths many counterproductive and destructive denominations after the fact. To continue to claim that all the words within it are equally adhered to or of equal importance is a falsehood that permits others to use it as divine justification for their sins, thus Christ is again correct. The religion is corrupted by the nature of its structure and can now only continue to produce bad apples. Its tree is corrupt. “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good, or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit” (Mat 12:33). “Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks, for there will always be something to cause people to stumble, but woe to the man through whom the stumbling block comes” (Mat 18:7).
The following passages are the most cited by Christians as a justification for their ignoring the very core of the teaching of Christ, and are the only seemingly strong argument against all I have just covered. “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For truly, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one iota or one dot will pass from the Law, until all things are accomplished. (The law is still on paper.) Therefore, whoever will break one of these least commandments, and teach others to do so, will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever will do and teach them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mat 5:17-19). As we have already seen, the institution of the church itself has led others to violate the most important commandments taught by Christ. Naturally this makes any of their claims as a trustworthy theological source immediately suspect. “If [you] testify about [your]self, [your] witness is not valid” (John 5:31). “[…] Therefore they will be your judges” (Mat 12:27). Nonetheless, the citation of the passages to argue that the old religious law is still valid, all equal to the words of Jesus Christ is false, and it is not true for the following reasons.
First, Jesus Christ names himself the only authority, and so a disciple cannot come to God but by the words of Jesus Christ. He also teaches his disciples that they are not to hold any position of authority over his teaching. That Jesus is the only legitimate authority was made perfectly clear. Therefore, by the words of Christ, nobody was ever given the authority to place the other books alongside the teachings of Christ in the Bible, nor to call them all equally “the word of God.” Christ forbid it, and so all theology can only be based off the words of Christ. If Jesus, denouncing others for not practicing what they preached, does support the idea that Christians do not have to practice what he preached, then Jesus (God) is a hypocrite. He names himself the only authority in all the following passages. “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth” (Mat 28:18). (This passage appears at the end of the book of Matthew, thus on its own would technically nullify those passages regarding the law preceding it if one believes the events are in a correct historical order.) “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Only Christ is the Way, which is the path, to the God and Holy Spirit of Truth, which then leads to the Life of salvation. “It is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life” (John 6:63). “Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him” (John 5:23). “Remember the word that I said to you: A servant is not greater than his master” […] (John 15:20). “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his lord” (Mat 10:24). “Whoever receives me receives him who sent me” […] (Luke 9:48). “[…] Whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me” (Luke 10:16). “[…] You are from beneath. I am from above…” (John 8:23). “Truly, truly, I tell you, one who does not enter by the door into the sheep fold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But one who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep” (John 10:1-2). “Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:4-5). “…neither does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and he to whom the Son desires to reveal him” (Mat 11:27). “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:28). “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling place with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words” (John 14:23-24). “But whoever denies me before people, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven” (Mat 10:33). “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?” (Mat 7:15-16). “…everyone who hears these words of mine, and does not do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand. And the rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell, and great was its fall” (Mat 7:26-27). He forbids his disciples from holding any exalted position of authority in the following passages. We are to humble ourselves to be exalted. “But all their works they do to be seen by others. They make their tefillin broad and enlarge the fringe of their garments, and love the place of honor at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, the salutations in the marketplaces, and to be called Rabbi by men. But you are not to be called Rabbi, for one is your Teacher, and all of you are brothers. Call no man on the earth your father, for one is your Father, he who is in heaven. Neither be called masters, for one is your master, the Messiah. But he who is greatest among you will be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Mat 23:5-12). “Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: “God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.” But the tax collector, standing far away, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18:10-14). “When you are invited by anyone to a marriage feast, do not sit in the best seat, since perhaps someone more honorable than you might be invited by him, and he who invited both of you would come and tell you, “make room for this person.” Then you would begin, with shame, to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place so that when he who invited you comes he may tell you, “Friend, move up higher.” Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:8-11). “Truly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mat 18:3-4). “Truly I tell you, whoever will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it” (Mar 10:15). “You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It will not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you must be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you must be your bondservant, even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mat 20:25-28). “Lord, I’m not worthy for you to come under my roof. Just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am also a man under authority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, “Go,” and he goes; and tell another, “Come,” and he comes; and tell my servant, “Do this,” and he does it.” And when Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to those who followed, “Truly I tell you, I have not found so great a faith with anyone in Israel” (Mat 8:8-10). Jesus and his disciples “…came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them “What were you arguing on the way?” But they were silent, for they had disputed one with another on the way about who was the greatest. And he sat down, and called the twelve; and he said to them, “If any man wants to be first, he must be last of all, and servant of all” (Mark 9:33-35). “For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. He went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace. To them he said, “You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.” So they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. About the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing. He said to them, “Why do you stand here all day idle?” They said to him, “Because no one has hired us.” He said to them, “You also go into the vineyard.” When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, “Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.” When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius. When the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius. When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household, saying, “These last have spent one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.” But he answered one of them, “Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take that which is yours, and go your way. It is my desire to give to this last just as much as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?” So the last will be first, and the first last” (Mat 20:1-16). “For that which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). “[…] For whoever is least among you all, this one is great” (Luke 9:48). “[…] Look, those who are gorgeously dressed, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet” (Luke 7:25-26). Didn’t Christ deliver this message for a reason? He even tells us that swearing oaths to exalted earthly authorities comes from “the evil one.” “Again you have heard that it was said to them of old time, “Do not make false vows, but fulfill your vows to the Lord.” But I tell you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God; nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Neither should you swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your “Yes” be “Yes” and your “No” be “No.” Whatever is more than these is of the evil one” (Mat 5:33-37). Need we seriously attempt to cite these few passages about the old law in an attempt to invalidate this mountain of statements to the contrary? It should be clear what he was saying to us for anyone who has seriously studied the text.
Second, it is because of the ignoring of all this, the core of Christ’s teaching, that all the corruptions of his message have come about. It is why his message has been fractured into so many denominations, all competing with one another for members to their congregations. Christ never taught that there would be numerous competing factions under his name. It is now that these other gospels have since been cited to validate, justify and exalt the institution of the Catholic Church and their antithetical God of tyrannical barbarity in contradiction of the commandments of love delivered by Jesus Christ. All these books referred to equally as “the word of God,” even still after the appearance of Christ, even still after his words invalidate the authority of them, cause confusion and make it impossible for Christianity to uphold the Great Commandment. You cannot worship an authoritarian God of violent contradictions alongside the loving Christ. “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. […]” (Luke 16:13). “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God (good) and Mammon (evil)” (Mat 6:24). Please consider again all the hate filled denominations mentioned in the last paragraph, along with all the other fundamentalist cults that now operate under the name of Jesus Christ. The division that has resulted prevents the disciples of Christ from loving the neighbor as themselves. “…a certain Law scholar stood up and tested [Jesus], saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” He answered, “You are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” He said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live” (Luke 10:25-28). “[…] You are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. A second likewise is this, “You are to love your neighbor as yourself.” The whole Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments” (Mat 22:36-40). That the law is mentioned here does not invalidate the commandments telling us that upholding this Great Commandment is to be our most important moral obligation, and so the Law is not defended or upheld by the fact that it is mentioned here. The opposite is true. The disputes and corruptions that arise which prevent our collective fulfillment and upholding of this Great Commandment in fact require these corruptions to be corrected.
Third, by ignoring this reality this now makes Christianity itself the corrupt tree that brings forth evil fruit as long as it remains uncorrected. “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good, or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit” (Mat 12:33). “…every good tree produces good fruit; but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit. A good tree cannot produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not grow good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them” (Mat 7:17-20). Even a good fruit that defends the results of corruption is spoiled by their defense of it.
Forth, Christ told us he was establishing a new covenant. “[…] “This cup is the New Covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:20). Christ is even asked why he and his disciples are not observing the existing traditions in the gospels, and he explained this himself. “And no one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch would tear away from the garment, and a worse hole is made. Neither do people put new wine into old wineskins, or else the skins would burst, and the wine be spilled, and the skins ruined. No, they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved” (Mat 9:16-17). He is teaching outside of existing practice, shrinking the teachings of the disciples so they might best patch the recognition of a problem. He was placing this new wine into its new wineskin so that the message would be preserved and his changes best affected. “No one having torn a piece from a new garment puts it on an old garment, or else he will tear the new, and also the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins, or else the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. No man having drunk old wine desires new, for he says, “The old is good” (Luke 5:36-39).
Fifth, “these least commandments” in the Law are not in need of such defense that they become “weightier” (Mat 23:23) than the commandments of Christ which invalidate them. If Christianity cannot ensure the fullest advancement of the Great Commandment then they are failing in their mission according to the words of Christ. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the Law: justice, mercy, and faith. But you ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel” (Mat 23:23-24). It is not as though Christ invalidates the entirety of the old Law commandments by his teaching. The “weightier” are all still established. “[…] Do not murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not offer false testimony. Honor your father and mother. And, Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mat 19:18-19). “[…] Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not give false testimony, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother” (Mark 10:19). Christ does also mention his defense of the old law in the book of Luke, but this still does not alter anything I have already covered. “But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one tiny stroke of a pen in the Law to become void” (Luke 16:17). This passage in the book of Luke then leads into the story of a man named Lazarus, which then leads to the following passage. “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded if one rises from the dead” (Luke 16:31). Christ then also could not forcefully deny the existing Law and expect to be observed by these same standards, nor could he have announced forcefully and openly in public any intent to invalidate the old law because he would have been killed immediately for doing such a thing. His teachings would have never survived history had he done so, and so everything I have already stated is still valid even after looking at the parallel passage from the other gospel. Is this Christian theology, to ignore this mountain of evidence by the citation of one or two poorly read and misunderstood passages? In fact it is. Due to the perversions of Christ’s message Christianity is obligated by the words of Christ to remove all books from the Bible but the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. To be hostile to this idea only proves which master is preferred, and it can only be the result of an ignorance of the words which Christ actually spoke in the gospels and their implications on a follower’s moral obligations. Any who oppose these truths are opposed to removing corruptions to the teaching Jesus Christ, and they are renouncing his words by doing so. If you cannot defend your moral mission from corruption you are not forwarding a moral mission. One simple change to this following Woe and Christianity is clearly guilty of the same thing. “Woe to you, you blind guides, who say, “Whoever swears by [Christ], it is nothing; but whoever swears by the [Law or church], he is obligated.” You blind fools. For which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctified the gold?” (Mat 23:16-17). “Why do you also disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition?” (Mat 15:3). “For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, there is no way you will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mat 5:20).
Another passage used to discredit the core of Christ’s message is also dubious. The following is often cited as justification for the “binding” of all theology in contradiction of the teachings of Christ. “I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this Rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Mat 16:18-19). Apparently we are to believe that Christ spoke all his teachings against exaltation and then later, for some unknown reason, gave the church permission to discard all of it because he had some change of heart. Therefore, the teachings of Christ against exalting false powers and its potential to lead to humbling consequences is no longer relevant says the church. Often when this excuse is cited I’ve noticed the last portion of the passage is entirely excluded, “whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” This is a warning of consequences regarding what is bound. It is not a permission to bind the total destruction of Christ’s teachings. There is also no way to know what Aramaic word Christ actually spoke in place of the word church, as it could have been several different words. We do know that he didn’t say “church,” because Christ would have known no word for church in Aramaic, so nor then can we know exactly what he meant by the statement other than by making a judgment based off the rest of the teaching which we have in the gospels. But even this doesn’t fully illuminate the flaws in these passages being cited as the church’s defense. By the same conclusion being drawn by church theology to justify the discarding of the core of Christ’s teaching, Jesus Christ could also be cited to have approved of a group of devil worshipers binding their church under his name as well. After all, the passages are clearly there which tell them they can bind whatever they wish, discarding the entire core of his message, according to the church’s own standard theological defense of their own institutions standing in contradiction to the teachings of Christ. And, of course, we already see Aryan, Klan and other hate filled denominations towards Muslim’s and LGBT people, all professing Christ. This outcome makes collective Christianity incapable of upholding the Great Commandment. They preach one thing while also producing a different outcome. Why is this? It is not just because human beings can be evil. It is because Christianity has ignored or remained ignorant of the actual teachings of Christ that all this has come about. They gave positions of false power for ignorant and evil men to occupy by which they wield a false authority over the teachings of Jesus Christ. After the fact all simply became a socially conditioned and acceptable sophist ignorance. Who are any of us to question it? We happen to be among the least, who are in fact the greatest, dear priests, pastors, preachers and Popes.
The final commonly cited argument against all I have covered up to this point is also inaccurate. The following are passages commonly cited as proof of Christ’s alleged advocacy of paying political taxes, and it is often used to discredit the entirety of the rest of his teachings against exaltation which I have just covered. It is cited as an attempt to claim that Christ was in fact supportive of exalted earthly authorities. “Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how they might entrap him in his talk. They sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are honest, and teach the way of God in truth, no matter whom you teach, for you are not partial to anyone. Tell us therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test me, you hypocrites? Show me the tax money.” They brought to him a denarius. He asked them, “Whose is this image and inscription?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mat 22:15-21). This is not proof Christ was advocating these exalted false powers whatsoever, nor is it in any way proof he was advocating the legitimacy of paying taxes to them. He realizes the motive of entrapment. They are trying to entrap him by luring him into resisting the tax. Why would they think they could have attempted such a thing? He must have made it known in some way that he was opposed to it, which then led them to believe they could entrap him by it. This is precisely the case, because it is in fact shown to be the case earlier in the exact same gospel. “When they had come to Capernaum, those who collected the didrachma coins came to Peter, and said, “Does not your teacher pay the didrachma?” He said, “Yes.” When he came into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive toll or tribute? From their children, or from strangers?” And when he said, “From strangers,” Jesus said to him, “Therefore the sons are exempt. But, lest we cause them to stumble, […] give it to them for me and you” (Mat 17:24-27). Christ is saying that if the children of the earthly kingdoms are exempt from their tax then the children of the Kingdom of God most certainly should be exempt from the tax as well, but then says they should pay anyway because they do not want to cause those collecting the tax to commit the sin of persecuting others over the tax. They do not want to cause them to stumble. This reinforces what Christ has also already taught earlier in the same gospel regarding the non-resistance of evil with force. “But I tell you, do not set yourself against the one who is evil” (Mat 5:39). There are also parallel verses to these verses mentioning Caesar in the gospels of Mark and Luke, but they in no way alter this clarification.
The Jesus Christ that is represented in the gospels does not advocate the continuation of the old law alongside his new teaching, nor does he give anyone any authority over his new teaching. His apparent defense for such a position that is cited by the church is scant. There is significantly more evidence that he was actually speaking against such an understanding to prevent it and the corruption that would result from it. He was also disrupting the authorities of his day who were conducting themselves in that manner, the same manner as all corrupt exalted powers who refuse to admit the truth. The words that he spoke which do appear to defend it were spoken by a man apparently attempting to dance around the matter as he walked a very fine line to his own execution. That is what is represented in the gospels by the words of Jesus Christ. Any other understanding of this is simply false, and it is shown to be the case with the words of Jesus Christ. This is what accounts for widespread disputes over what are and what are not accurate and truthful readings, as well as the numerous resulting denominations. People are simply more attached to the institution of the church, its theology and its traditions than they are what is actually represented by the word of Jesus Christ in the Bible. They are socially conditioned to believe that these glaring contradictions between his support of the law and his clear invalidation of the law do not exist when it clearly does. Nor do they often care to acknowledge that this was a man walking that fine line to his own crucifixion who would’ve had to hold back the worst of his criticisms until he had at least gained some widespread support from the populace.
As there are sure to be objections to the literal reading of the words of Jesus Christ by many devout Christians, despite the fact that this is actually required if one is to actually have faith in them, as the definition of the word faith is, “complete confidence or trust in someone or something,” let us just assume that if those claiming the entirety of Bible is all the word of God of equal standing in need of equal defense truly believed this then they would take much of it more seriously considering the divine source and also stand against the consumption of shellfish. “All that do not have fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of all the living creatures that are in the waters, they are an abomination to you, and you detest them. You shall not eat of their flesh, and you shall detest their carcasses” (Lev 11:10-11). That they do not concern themselves with adherence of all equally is an admission that they recognize not all the words of the Bible hold equal standing. Any who truly believed this the case would not have the exalting audacity to discard it, yet in fact they do discard adherence to much more of the law than they actually practice. Such actions prove that it is in fact permissible by Christians to discard “these least commandments” which Christ said were not to be discarded, yet at the same time many fuss that this old law cannot be discarded when another shows it to be a corruption of the actual mission represented by Jesus Christ in the gospels in need of correction. This makes this an irrational and immoral theology of hypocrisy. No objection that can be raised alters the fact that permitting the continuation of contradictions to the commandments delivered by Jesus Christ results in the confusion and the corruption of Christianity’s own stated moral objectives. Christ told us the Great Commandment takes precedent. If this cannot be upheld the moral mission of Christianity is corrupted, as we see it is. One can still value Christian history while also accepting these truths and supporting that the corruptions to his message be relegated to their rightful place. Elevating and defending Jesus Christ is not a sin. To claim the entirety of the Bible as all words of God of equal standing warranting equal defense is false, and Jesus Christ himself even admits that this is the case, as clearly shown by his mention of “weightier matters.” “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the Law: justice, mercy, and faith. But you ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel” (Mat 23:23-24). If the opposite were true then it would all be adhered to equally, therefore I cannot support any claim that it is because it is untruth. “But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to be his worshipers” (John 4:23). “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). “For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice” (John 18:37). Again, the falsehood results in confusion, corruption and immoral outcomes, therefore I cannot support it for that reason. I cannot support that position because Christ said his purpose was Truth, and the opposite position is false. The words of Jesus Christ show it was his position to stand against the continuation of such corruptions, as he denounced the Pharisees for the exact same corruptions, therefore I also cannot support it for this reason. Recognizing that Catholicism, the largest Christian denomination on the planet, as well as other denominations, have structured their practice in an entirely opposite manner to what Christ instructed by their ignoring his warnings against exaltation, I also cannot support calling myself a Christian for this reason. As the overwhelming majority of Christianity is guilty of the same denunciations Jesus Christ directed at the Pharisees I cannot call myself Christian because this would be tantamount to calling myself a Pharisee. I cannot claim to be a member or a supporter because of that reason, because I recognize that the teaching of Jesus Christ could have literally in widespread practice theoretically saved humanity from destruction had we actually listened and lived in more humble balance with each other and the earth. Christianity is the corruption and the destruction of the message of Jesus Christ that could have saved humanity, and to name myself among them is a total renunciation of my faith in the words of Jesus Christ. I do not wish to be confused as something I am not, and so I do not call myself Christian. I follow the teaching of Jesus Christ, but I am not a Christian.
Truth is the perquisite of love. Any standing behind Truth are standing for what is morally right and morally just, not those who stand in defense of corruption. No believer needs anything but the words of Jesus Christ. To say otherwise is to say that standing solely with the words of Christ and on the side of Christ is wrong. Obviously any believer who claims such a thing must be incorrect. Christ is Lord. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Mat 24:35). “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Mark 13:31). “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away” (Luke 21:33). A corrupt and contradictory morality cannot be but a false morality, and defending immorality under the banner of righteousness is one of the worst sins that one can commit. This is why Jesus Christ denounced it himself. “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. Because you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men; for you do not enter in yourselves, neither do you allow those who are entering in to enter” (Mat 23:13). “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. For you travel around by sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much of a son of hell as yourselves” (Mat 23:15). “Why do you […] disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition?” (Mat 15:3). “[…] You have made the word of God void because of your tradition” (Mat 15:6). “For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men. Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition” (Mark 7:8-9). “These people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrine rules made by men” (Mat 15:8-9). Jesus Christ is denouncing conversion to a corrupted faith, and this is the same position Christianity finds itself in today. Morality is the mission. To believe that Jesus Christ would not be on my side of the argument when the defense of morality is the priority is a theology that claims Jesus Christ is a hypocrite. He cannot denounce others for not practicing what they preach and then support the position that others do not have to practice what he preached. “…but their works do not do, because they say, and do not do” (Mat 23:3). If believers are to honor the mission of Jesus Christ then only the canonical gospels should make up the Bible. The rest of the books have value, but they cannot exist alongside the words of Christ without obfuscating his message and producing corruptions to the moral mission of Jesus Christ. I know this is not the popular position, but I do know that it is the morally just position. I cannot defend the side that I know is responsible for giving birth to corruptions of the mission of Jesus Christ. A corrupt tree cannot produce good fruit. Even a good fruit that supports a corrupt tree spoils itself by making itself an accomplice to corruption. There is a reason Christianity is so divided and why Christians have produced so much evil in the world. It is because the vast majority uncompromisingly defend the roots of the corruption to the words of Jesus Christ. In a world that uncompromisingly stands for the corruption of moral Truth only those who stand uncompromisingly for what is morally Truthful will advance the cause of righteousness. The fact of the matter is that Christianity in its dominant form, nor the Bible, was personally advocated by Jesus Christ. His words indicate that he would have been strictly opposed to their methods of practice and worship. The fact of the matter is Christianity and the rest of the Bible, if we are to have faith in the words of Jesus Christ in the gospels, has corrupted the message of Jesus Christ that appears in the gospels. This is a fact, and it should be an obvious fact to those who have spent their lives studying this book. Defend the opposite position as anyone may, the words of Christ in the gospels allows for none to argue otherwise without also renouncing their faith in his words in the process. “Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him” (John 5:23).
Finally, anything that is the word of God cannot be used to justify evil. As soon as it is used to justify evil its legitimacy as “the words of God” should be invalidated. The words of Jesus Christ by themselves in actual practice invalidate the possibility of an evil outcome and any Biblical reading that is responsible for producing it. I cite as evidence just a few of the moderate “words of God” that have been cited to justify evil to prove my point. “Let as many as are bondservants under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and the doctrine not be blasphemed. Those who have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brothers, but rather let them serve them, because those who partake of the benefit are believing and beloved. Teach and exhort these things. If anyone teaches a different doctrine, and does not consent to sound words, the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, he is conceited, knowing nothing, but obsessed with arguments, disputes, and word battles, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, constant friction of people of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, so neither can we carry anything out. But having food and clothing, we will be content with that. (1 Tim 6:1-8). All this was used to justify American slavery. The fact that it is still permitted to remain inside the book after the fact and still called “the word of God” is beyond any understanding I have of reason and moral obligation. Jesus Christ said “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” God would not then also tell slaves to live content in slavery and also extol the virtue of “honor” to the slave owner. Anyone can deny Truth all they wish, but the denial of Truth is not, and it will never be, a moral position. Truth is a prerequisite for Love. Without Truth love cannot exist. Without the acknowledgement of Truth moral progress cannot be most effectively advanced, as a wider collective unity for the advancement of a moral cause cannot as effectively be accomplished when united behind untruth. This is why there are so many different denominations and theologies, all competing for members to their congregations with many varying degrees of false claims to Truth. Nowhere did Jesus say that his disciples would exist in competition with one another. Jesus Christ said love the neighbor as yourself. If we cannot admit and correct the sins carried out under the name of Jesus Christ then our spiritual mission is untruth and stagnation. If we cannot use the name of Jesus Christ to rid the world of sin and defend the moral integrity of the name of Jesus Christ then what is the mission? It can only be corrupted by exalted authorities that do not allow for these errors and sins to be corrected. We should stop using theology as nothing but a sophistry to deny these Truths. To any who would object to this Truth I have just covered and who might reflexively resort to calling me evil for doing so, what then might this make them? It is again exactly verbatim what Christ said to the Pharisees. “[…] “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if I by the Spirit of God cast out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can one enter into the house of the strong man, and carry off his possessions, unless he first bind the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters. Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven” (Mat 12:25-31). When Christ said, “For God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him,” we would be justified to assume that this included saving us from the corruption of Truth and all moral understanding of the message he delivered. (John 3:17).
But what about the matter of Paul? The writings of Paul may be the earliest gospels, but the spoken words of Jesus came before the writings of Paul. Paul may be a father of the church, but Jesus was the Son of the Father. Why didn’t Paul write the message of Jesus down himself? If one truly believed Jesus to be the Son of God wouldn’t they consider it of the utmost importance to actually write down what he said? If Jesus spoke to Paul, and as a result did permit a contradictory practice to the words he had already spoken to emerge, then Jesus decided to contradict the rest of what he had already said, and so why the sudden change of heart to discard the entire core of the teaching he had already delivered and been crucified for? Is God just indecisive? If God did change his mind then why keep the parts he decided to give us the authority to change inside the Bible? Can’t we expect that by keeping them there we’re just going to confuse people? Isn’t the inevitable result that people who might otherwise be converted, and their very souls saved, are instead being chased away from Jesus Christ because the church is confusing them into falsely believing that the church is full of hypocrites? And can Jesus appear to any of us? How are any of us to know if that person is telling the Truth or not? Wouldn’t it be safe for us to assume that Jesus will only return when he actually said that he would return, at the end? You see, if the precedent is allowed to be set, as it has been, that Jesus can appear to anyone, then anyone after the fact can say that Jesus appeared to them. What if I was to say that Jesus appeared to me and told me to write this book? Would more people believe me or would more people doubt me? Most people would surely doubt me. But what makes me any different than Paul, the guy who at first was persecuting the early disciples? Why would anyone believe his claims after he had done such a thing? Because Jesus appeared to him, of course. If you want to get those you have been persecuting to change their mind about you and then accept you as a head of their faith you better have a pretty good reason. Jesus appearing to you is all the credibility one needs. Who is to say otherwise? After all, they’re not Jesus. Once it is accepted that Jesus appears to one person anyone after the fact can claim that Jesus also appeared to them. Would God have not foreseen this dilemma and tried to prevent such an outcome, recognizing that it would only open a can of worms and result in confusion and charlatanry, thus resulting in a fractured message with many different denominations competing with one another instead of remaining unified to best carry forward his moral mission? Maybe we should all be Mormons. Jesus, after all, did appear to Joseph Smith as well. Finally, if I were to claim that Jesus appeared to me wouldn’t that qualify as exaltation? I would be placing myself above others, and by claiming Jesus appeared to me, thus insinuating that I was somehow different or more special than the rest of the followers of Jesus. So, for Jesus to even appear to anyone could only also result in that person violating the rest of teaching which he already delivered. Would God send his Son to deliver a message that was so important his Son had to be crucified only to then force others into the position of appearing to contradict it later when they told others that Jesus appeared to them? I think all this can be summed up with a short and easy answer. Christians do not actually have faith in the words of Jesus Christ. Has God given us all a brain that can reason only to command us not to use it? “Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?” (1 Corinthians 1:13).
The majority of Christianity exalts ecclesiastical positions behind podiums. They do not understand what Jesus in the gospels was teaching or why he warned against such behavior, and there is no logical excuse for such blatant contradictions between the public claims of faith in the words of Jesus Christ on one hand, yet then such obvious disregard for the words which he clearly spoke. Again, Christ denounces hypocrisy at all these points in the gospels. (Mat 6:2, 6:5, 6:16, 15:7, 16:3, 22:18, 23:13, 23:15, 23:23, 23:25, 23:27, 23:29, 24:51, Mark 7:6, Luke 12:56 and 15:13) “[…] “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy” (Luke 12:1). “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers did the same thing to the false prophets” (Luke 6:26). “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is justified by her actions” (Mat 11:18-19).
“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? Or perhaps, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, everyone who sees begins to mock him, saying, “This man began to build, and was not able to finish.” Or what king, as he goes to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an envoy, and asks for conditions of peace. So therefore whoever of you who does not renounce all that he has, he cannot be my disciple. Salt is good, but if the salt becomes flat and tasteless, with what do you season it? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Luke 14:28-35).
“Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing, they do not hear, neither do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says, “By hearing you will hear, and will in no way understand; Seeing you will see, and will in no way perceive: for this people’s heart has grown callous, and their ears are dull of hearing, and they have closed their eyes; or else perhaps they might perceive with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and should turn again; and I would heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear. For truly I tell you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things which you see, and did not see them; and to hear the things which you hear, and did not hear them” (Mat 13:13-17)
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