The Words of Jesus in the Gospels Delegitimize the Church and Its Theology

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 and oppression by the institution’s adherents is persistent.  The cause of this is that they continued to permit the 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.  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.  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).

Other passages to discredit the core of Christ’s message are 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, contradicted all of those teachings 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 invalid, so 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.  For all we know he may have said “…and on this Rock I will establish my teaching.”  But even this doesn’t fully illuminate the flaws in this defense.  By the same standard of church theology being used to justify such behavior Jesus Christ would approve of a group of devil worshipers binding their church under his name as well.  After all, the passages are clearly there that tells them they can by 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.  “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).

The following passages are also used as a defense against the actual teachings of Christ by church theology, 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 use of these statements to argue that the old religious law is still valid is false, and it is not true for the following reasons.  First, a disciple cannot come to God but by the words of Christ and so nobody ever had the authority to put those books alongside the teachings of Christ in the gospels, nor to call them all equally “the word of God.”  According to Christ he is the only authority.  “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 these passages regarding the law preceding it.)  “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 leads to the Life of salvation.  The other books should not be all called equally as the words of God, as this is a contradiction to the words of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ delivered this new message for a reason.  “Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him” (John 5:23).  “…neither does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and he to whom the Son desires to reveal him” (Mat 11:27).  “[…] No one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and he to whomever the Son desires to reveal him” (Luke 10:22).  “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).  “Beware of false [teachers] 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).  “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 23:8-12).  (Need we cite one passage to invalidate all these statements to the contrary?)  Second, by violation of this understanding of Christ as the only way to God they permitted Christ’s teachings alongside gospels illegitimately referred to equally as “the word of God.”  These gospels were then used to validate and exalt a contradictory practice to Jesus Christ advanced by the catholic church, as well as the antithetical God of bigotry and barbarity in contradiction of the loving Christ.  All these teachers elevated to the status of an equal to Jesus Christ, all called equally “the word of God,” 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).  No Truth nor any consistent practice can be agreed upon under such conditions.  Please consider again all the hate filled denominations mentioned in the last paragraph.  “…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).  Third, this is now the corrupt tree that brings forth evil fruit as long as it is 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).  Forth, Christ told us he was establishing a new covenant and a new teaching.  “[…] “This cup is the New Covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:20).  Christ is 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” than the commandments of Christ which invalidate them.  “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 Christianity cannot ensure the fullest advancement of the Great Commandment and the defense of the practice of Jesus Christ then they are failing in their mission according to the words of Christ.  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 mention his defense of the old law also in the book of Luke, but this also doesn’t change anything I have just 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 deny the existing Law and expect to be observed by these same standards, nor could he have announced any intent to invalidate the old law because he would have been killed immediately for such a thing.  His teachings would have never survived history had he done such a thing.  Everything already stated is still valid.  Christianity is obligated by the commandments of Christ to remove all books from the bible but the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  To be hostile to these ideas can only prove which master is preferred.  Any who oppose these truths are opposed to removing corruptions to the teaching Jesus Christ, and they are renouncing his words by doing so.  “Woe to you, you blind guides, who say, “Whoever swears by [Christ], it is nothing; but whoever swears by the [Law], he is obligated.”  You blind fools.  For which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctified the gold?” (Mat 23:16-17).  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.  They demand the opposite.  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 truthful interpretations and the numerous resulting denominations.

Furthermore, as there are sure to be objections to the words of Jesus Christ, let us 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 equal standing.  Any who truly believed this the case would not have the exalting audacity to discard it themselves, yet in fact they do discard adherence to much of the law.  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 by the words of Christ when another shows it to be a corruption to the mission of Jesus Christ 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 confusion and 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 support Jesus Christ’s history of origin while also supporting that the corruptions to his message be relegated to a secondary status.  Exalting 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.  The words of Jesus Christ even admit that this is the case, as shown by 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 that position because it is a hypocrisy and 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).  This falsehood also results in immoral outcomes and corruptions to the teaching of Jesus Christ, therefore I cannot support it for this reason.  The words of Jesus Christ show it would also be 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 themselves in an entirely opposite manner as what was taught by Jesus Christ, I also cannot support calling myself a Christian for this reason.  The overwhelming majority of Christianity is guilty of the same denunciations Jesus Christ directed at the Pharisees, and so to call myself Christian is tantamount to calling myself a Pharisee.  I cannot claim to be a member or a supporter because I recognize that the teaching of Jesus Christ could have literally 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.  Truth is required for 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.  An irrational and corrupt morality cannot be a moral position.  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.  “Woe to you, you blind guides, who say, “Whoever swears by the temple [Christ], it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple [church], he is obligated.”  You blind fools.  For which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctified the gold?” (Mat 23:16-17).  “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).  Jesus Christ is denouncing conversion to a corrupted faith, and this is the same position Christianity finds itself in today.  Morality is the mission.  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.  “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).  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.  Jesus Christ denounced moral 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 12:1, 12:56 and 15:13).  Without Truth love cannot exist.  Without understood Truth a unified mass cannot fully advance the collective moral mission.

“[…] “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. (John 3:17).

There are billions of Christians around the world.  Had all listened and followed the words of Jesus Christ this world would be a much different place.  The living example in such numbers would change the world, and it would have prevented the destruction of it. This is why Christianity is corrupted and we now see the end warned of by Jesus Christ is now fast approaching us. This is no longer a matter of merely a prophetic belief but can now be demonstrated with scientific evidence, the full severity of which can be opened to be viewed in a new window HERE.  The actual teaching of Jesus Christ is the only way (or was the only way) to convince enough people to address climate change in any meaningful way.  More can be found in my book, also linked to open in a new window, below.  

Please read my book.  In it I give a full explanation of the logic behind the teaching of Christ in the gospels.  BOOK LINK: The Theology of Jesus Christ The assembled and explained philosophy behind the parables of Jesus Christ.  

Copyright 2016 John Micah Bakies

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