10 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
The great day is upon us soon. It is the day that all American’s celebrate the honored tradition of Christmas. Christmas as the word originates from Christ is said to be focused on Christ and his time of birth and yet there is so much more that is focused on and many others who don’t even consider themselves Christ followers look on this day. Just like many other days celebrated throughout our country, it has its purpose in the economics. In fact, economics is the only reason why Christmas is still celebrated to this day. Did you know this is one of the biggest pushes for financial success and outcomes of business across America? It is during this time that companies make the biggest profit and sometimes can be the difference from a successful year to an unsuccessful year. So the birth and death of the most important person the world has ever witnessed aren’t enough to capitalize on. They know that being about him would lead others to see plainly that gifts don’t fit into his focus. After all Christ got gifts because he was the foretold King and our kids and love ones aren’t. So the gift reasons don’t fit that mold and therefore don’t bring money to companies. They needed something more, and”more” was accomplished with the Pagan traditions that the Catholic church allowed to infest and fornicate with Christianity. They made it apart of everyone’s lives. They forced beliefs and traditions into the public so long that just like other examples of manipulation, the people forced, they become dependent on it and even fight to remain with it even when they find out that it’s not true or wrong to do so. Such is the case even today. I can’t tell you how many people have been exposed to the common knowledge that Christ has NOTHING to do with Santa, reindeer, Christmas Tree’s, and or the Winter Solstice ( which is the only real celebration going on whether you know it or not). I have seen it first hand with family members and friends. It doesn’t matter what they see for themselves and read for themselves. They find a way to justify things over and over again with themselves because the alternate view is too much to deal with or sleep at night with. They will fight to hold onto things that God has declared to be wrong because it easier to continue in error. Jeremiah gives us a perfect example and warning. God tells us not to learn the ways of the Pagan’s and what do we do? We go ahead and do the very thing they did. We run out and get that tree and bring it into our homes and drape it with silver and gold just like the bible warned us not to do. Never mind the simple question to why. Just using common sense, if one is to be honest with themselves they will see something isn’t right even without scripture. In what way does a tree’s place need to be one’s home? What sense does it make to decorated a tree? And above all that, how does this bring glory to Christ who was born in the Spring far from Winter, snow, and the month of December? Spiritually, how does God feel about your splitting up your love and glory set aside for his son so that you can give it to another being called Santa? The same Santa that you have recited songs of God like powers over and over….” He see’s you when you sleeping, he knows when you are awake, and knows if you have been bad or good”. Do you not understand that you just described God and applied it to a dead man. Only God can see the hearts to know if someone is good or bad. Only God can see a person wherever they are, to know if they are sleep or awake, not Santa Claus. The world wants to act and pretend this is all cute and innocent but yet the first thing we want to teach our kids is not to lie, all while continuing to do so under the veil of fun and make-believe stories and tactics. If we claim Christ is so important to us, why can’t you let go of the things that stand next to him to remove the focus and glory that only he deserves? So ask yourself honestly, as a Christian, born again, delivered and blessed with the option to wake up immortal and eternal into his Kingdom, ….isn’t Christ enough?
God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory
THE ACTUAL TRANSLATION
For years this verse has been shown as some kinda proof of this Complex mystery that somehow God and Jesus was the exact same being and person and or that Jesus was actually equal to his Father. The problem was this thought was created and forced on people by the Council of Nicea and of course the rushed false translations of the King James version of the Bible. Although the King James did something we needed, it was not perfect nor always complete in its translation. “It’s better to marry than to Burn”(1 cor 7:9).. is translated but rushed as the text actually reads “burn with passion”. This is common practice in the King James Bible and as you see leaving it as Burn instead of Burn with passion creates the concepts of either go to Hell or Get married which is not at all what this scripture is saying. They added things or half translated words to produce their own beliefs instead of allowing the text to be translated all the way through or just allowing it to be translated the way it was giving. This could have been because of the rush job they had to do, some would say but when you add words to scriptures to change its true meaning then this takes more time than just translating what’s there, so I don’t buy that. A great example is above. Notice this is the same verse but what is the key word that changes everything about this passage? The very first word, God vs He. Let’s start off with the first fact that all Bible students and teachers have to know and accept. The Bible or should I say the letters that were wrote and the stories that were wrote had no chapter, no verse, not punctuations, and no capital letters. Every single one of these things were added by editors. These editors didn’t have nor will ever have any special insight like the disciples did through Holy Spirit power to write and see. These things cause us to read and interpret things differently. So context is very important in translation and understanding scripture. Throughout that so call chapter there were two subjects spoke about, Jesus and God. The theme is godliness. To the context of the verse reveals which subject it is referring to.
Because we assume and allow man to tell us theories about how he figure out God. We take a word like “godliness”and say that this stands for the mystery about who God is, so that it points back to Christ. But godliness does not refer to what makes you God(really I could end it here because once this is shown all other issue pass). Godliness refers to the quality in you that points to your salvation and how or what made that possible. So the mystery was which person the Savior would show up to be and once Christ showed up, why he included the Gentiles into the tree of salvation with the Jews. Salvation was never built on a secret about Christ being God. If that was the case it would have translated into “great is the mystery of the Godhead”. It didn’t, in fact the Greek word “Theos”(greek word for God) is not in this verse at all in any ancient manuscript in the world. It was added there to push this agenda of the Trinity. Most translations that translate word for word have already accepted this. This is the reason the verse above reads “HE” was manifested. The verse never says God was manifested in the original Greek text. This is just fact. Not denomination, but fact. We can not add words to a verse to push our own agenda. Further proof is that you know this verse isn’t talking about God is that the following refers strictly to the Son of God, the man, Christ Yeshua. God, even a trinity God, would never need vindication, would never need to be seen by angles as this is something obvious and yet this verse doesn’t refer to something that has always gone on but something that had just taken place recently, and believed upon by the world isn’t something God needs as he has told us before, even the rocks will praise him. Finally, taken up in glory, this isn’t something even a trinity God would need because he already has glory nor would he ever need to be taken up anywhere, this something he could do himself. Obviously this verse is talking about the “Son of” The God because the context clearly shows which subject is being talked about through this. It is not referring to some secret fact that Christ is actually God in order for you to have salvation. This is what the chruch wants you to believe because the forefathers felt that their theories about God made them important so it became apart of the religious thought and rules, til even today, one believes this has to be confessed and agreed for the Salvation of Christ to count. The only salvation you are we required to have is of Christ being the “Son of” The Living God, died for your sins, and was resurrected on the 3rd day to return as King and Lamb in heaven until his Father’s time to return all things back to himself. This is truth in scripture, not assumptions and made up theology. Christ asked Peter, “Who do you say that I am”..Peter said.. You are the Christ, “son of” the Living God”.. Not one time did he say “you are God” to Christ. Only the Father could have told Peter this and what was told to Peter only revealed him as the long awaited Messiah who would bring salvation, not a hidden God that gives salvation only to those who figured it out his secrect. If you can get this truth it will free you from a lot of false burdens place on you by men. Until the next time.
This is a nice little short video for you to watch or listen to on your break or lunch. This guy does a really good job of pointing key points in timeliness that will help you refresh your connecting knowledge of the OT. It’s one thing to have heard of the stories of Adam, Noah, or Moses, but to be able to connect it in time lines to what happened before and after them is another. Now, this video goes pretty quick to don’t feel bad if you have to watch it multiple times or take note. But I promise once this is applied it will go a long way of helping you see the beauty of the OT and how it relates to all events following there after.
Every now and again I hear this most common statement about everyone’s sin or falling short whenever one claims to the a Christian and yet proudly sins as though this is a get out of jail card. Well it’s not folks. While a guy looking at a girl’s butt as she walks and doesn’t turn away is guilty of lust, and the guy looking at porn is guilty of lust, this doesn’t mean that they would do this in church or in the sight of God and justify it as normal because everyone else does it. If I cut my hand and curse, I repent from it and look to eliminate that from me because I know it’s wrong. What I don’t do is pretend that my actions now are approved and justified because I like doing the act. No I hate sin, in myself or others. Today we proudly sin and try and justify it. We don’t try and change anything. And when others point out what we already know the scripture says about it we act like we can excuse it because others sin. We have to get over this. This is signs of a reprobate mind, which you don’t want because if you have this you will not be saved by God. This means he has removed himself from you to allow and help speed your actions towards judgement because he has tried to warn you over and over and you wouldn’t listen. Every single sin I have done I have felt and remorsed over, seeking absolution from them any time I messed up on anything. I don’t pretend that any lustful thing or thought is somehow OK. I don’t pretend that any evil thought and or action is excused for me to do because others do it. And most importantly, I don’t twist meanings of scriptures to help justify Sin to help me sleep better because I’m too addicted to it that give it up. But this is us. We continue to lie to ourselves and others that we approve of that do the same thing. So yes, if I lust over a movie scene with two girls kissing, it’s still homosexuality and wrong, just like it’s wrong for that guy to have sex with that other guy down the street. Both fall into the same range of sin, even if I am merely approving of the lifestyle. According to God’s word, even those who just approve of the act will be judged just like those who do said act. So I will never approve of anything that God has said he is against and everyone of you who think somehow that you can do it, places themselves against his kingdom. Love the person but never love the actions of anyone that is something that God has said he is against, even if those actions are yours.
As you read the Bible over and over you always will find different things. Some of this is because we read what we want to see in scripture and not allow the scripture to tell us what we should see. I know this because it has happened to me. It has happened to all of us, especially when it comes down to our denomination. We are really quick to quote and attach man made up concepts and preach them as required truth for Salvation when the Bible never requires such. We have some denominations out there that flat out believe and confess that the Bible’s direction about how to worship and what to believe only stands as a second voice after what they do and believe, not the source for the direction for them to follow. In other words they believe they set what is right and accepted first then th Bible(Catholics). To me, that’s scary, but not surprising. Everyone of us wants to keeps our views no matter how many times the Bible corrects that view. Tradition means more to us than the Bible. Tradition for most people creates our own version of God, while the Bible’s version of God remains pushed away or even unknown compared to the image we made up or preached about. The church will preach about the love of God but the Bible also tells us about the absolute soverity, control, and fury of God too. The Bible also shows clear distinct separation of God and his Son, The lamb , while man tries over and over again to ignore the hundreds of verses that separate them over and over again.
1. Jesus counted himself and his Father as two, not “one.” John 8:17 and 18: “In your own law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid. I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father.” Jesus confirmed this truth in John 14:1 when he said: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” There are literally hundreds of scriptures like these that set forth Jesus and God as separate and distinct beings. “Whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the son” (2 John 9). The Scripture clearly recognizes the Father and the Son, but not “both” of them as “one God.”
2. The Bible always portrays God and Christ as two separate beings. Examples are far too many to list, but a few are: When Stephen saw them just before his death, he saw “the son of man standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:56); the Church Epistles are authored by both God and Christ; God and Christ rule in the eternal city of Revelation (Chapter 21).
3. Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”John 20:17..Even Jesus tells others he has a God.. don’t you understand the weight of this statement. The risen Christ, with all power and authority “Given”to him tells Mary without doubt that she is to look at the Father as her God and even His. If you are to do this, truly do this for all that it means you can not believe in the Trinity or Oneness. If I can be condemned to Hell for believing Christ’s own words, then so be it. But last I checked Christ is the only one that determines this, not man,not even God, the Father, will judge, he has given that duty to his Son, the Christ and Lamb. And here again, the Bible clearly is making a clear separation of the two. Everything Christ has in power and authority is not his because he owned it , it’s only his because his father who is head over all things, including head of the Son, gave it to him temporarily. 1 Corinthian 15:24-28.
4. The Bible is clear that Jesus is the “image of God” (Col. 1:15; 2 Cor. 4:4). If Christ is the image of God, then he cannot be God, because you cannot be an image of someone and the real person at the same time. If you see a photograph of us, you see our image and you can learn a lot about us from it, but the image is not the real us. Christ is the image of God.
The list goes on and on and on. Even the disciples like Paul open up his letters with clear separation from Jesus and God. What we do is take scripture like John 1.1and create some kind of hidden code for Salvation. Not having a indefinite article means everything in this verse but more importantly what was Christ view?
Traditionally, things like the trinity and oneness have been shoved down our throats for so long that we defend it with great passion and anger, all without one willing ear to listen or true examination. Why? Because the church has lied to it’s members to make them believe that when man, hundreds of years after the day of Pentecost and thousands of people who didn’t even know about a trinity or oneness belief, started coming up with philosophical debates and concepts to make themselves feel better and important, that this actually has a say in your Salvation. The trinity concept is man’s theory, oneness is man’s theory, even Arianism are all just men needing to make up theories about God to feel important. None of these views must be present in your mind or heart for the Power of Christ’s blood to forgive you from your sins. None of this is needed for your acceptance of Christ sacrifice/resurrection, and the confession of him being the son of the Living God to work for righteousness. If you can ever really see this it will free you from a lot of fear and bondage. Allow good translated scripture to show you truth through the power of His Spirit. Quote from it and believe on it not man’s denominational rules for Salvation or the biased translated versions of the Bible to push denomination. You just have to really study and accept his word not assumptions. But once you see this for yourself the scripture words that you have read your whole life will be seen clearer and your eyes will forever be open and you will wonder how in the world you skipped over that simple truth that the Bible shows us over and over, that Jesus too has a God.
the study of the nature of God and religious belief.
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Is it possible? Can we have this world please? Do you remember when you were saved by Grace and faith? Before the Greek and Hebrew text studies? Before the definition and need to say and repeat phrases like ontological Trinity, Oneness, and Arianism belief systems. Before you went out to debate with Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses because you just thought you really had them trapped in the corner, all the while you still had bones in your closet that you still needed to uproot causing them to represent a better view of God than you did. Long before you needed to be up front or have a position of authority in the church. Way back when you confessed Christ as you Lord and Savior? When you accepted him into your heart and all you wanted to do was to be closer to God through his Son and live holy? Remembering what it felt like to help others that needed help without judgement or shaming. Before you signed up for biblical study classes and studied prophecy meanings. Before you ever knew that there was anything called a literal translation of bible. Or before you even knew there was so many different bibles at all. You see, if you are like me, then you do remember these things. And if you are like me, you might have forgotten about what it was like back then because we are so weighed down with theology and man’s allegorical interpretations of scriptures. Now, that which is pure, innocent, and loving has been tied into Man’s attempts to define the One being that can’t be defined. What we had prior is what initially saved us. It is what is pure from Him. I personally have never felt a stronger connection to God than before theology became the center piece. And the biggest fact is that God never once required theology from us to be saved or to be his children. I just don’t see the need for a “Religious belief” if God seeks a “Relationship” with us.