This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
Who or what is a Christian & Christianity?
This is almost an aside to Israel matters raised elsewhere.
Christianity has been in the forefront of the guilt industry as one of its more profitable performers and used by one and all ruling entities of the tribal, secular kind to keep the people placid and malleable, while ensuring their own survival.
That is perfectly in line with the Israel of Jesus' day. Someone had come to disturb their peace of the action*, who incidentally, had just resurrected Lazarus to the amazement of onlookers.
So, here is their leaders' response:
John 11:48 "If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."
Yes, their peace and profitable positions seemed in jeopardy.
* a pun, would you believe? You would? Wonderful!
However, and isn't there always a however, the positive impact of Christianity on the lives of individuals and Western thought has been a source of benefit and a measure of happiness and contentment to millions.
Christianity has spread the word of God, its ideas and expressions on an unprecedented scale around the earth, so that almost no one is completely unaware of words like Jesus, Christ, God, Jehovah, Israel, Christian and others sourced from the Bible.
Right from their final Messiah Jesus, great numbers have devoted themselves to the Judeo-Christian ideals and principles, often sacrificing their lives. Nations and Kingdoms have founded their constitutions on these values and the individual freedoms they engendered.
Alas, along with the bible in one hand and the gun in the other, along with commercial banditry, it did more harm than good to the global community.
Mahatma Gandhi hit the fail right on the head with:
' I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. your Christians are so unlike your Christ.'
For emphasis, here is another example of Gandhi's impressions of Christ and the positive outcomes his words could have on Humanity:
A reported conversation between the Hindu leader Mohandas K. Gandhi and the former
British Viceroy of India, Lord Irwin:
Lord Irwin asked Gandhi what he thought would solve the problems between Great Britain and India. Gandhi picked up a Bible and opened it to the fifth chapter of Matthew and said: "When your country and mine shall get together on the teachings laid down by Christ in this Sermon on the Mount, we shall have solved the problems not only of our countries but those of the whole world."
sourced from http://www.2006torino.org/sermon.htm
Since Christ means anointed all those ever anointed were/are Christs
–without the Apostrophe i.e. not belonging to the Christ, but individually being a Christ, while belonging to him collectively as his bride.
(Acts 11:26) . . .it was first in Antioch that the disciples were by divine providence called Christians.
It should be evident from Jehovah's word that He wishes no one to be a follower of any creature, whatever his/her/its rank. So rather than Christian identifying one to be Christ's follower in that sense, a Christian disciple follows the footsteps of the forerunner Christ all the way from being anointed (becoming a Christian or anointed one) to the heavenly realm.
(Hebrews 6:19-20) 19 This [hope] we have as an anchor for the soul, both sure and firm, and it enters in within the curtain, 20 where a forerunner has entered in our behalf, Jesus, who has become a high priest according to the manner of Melchizedek forever.. . .
(Hebrews 10:19-20) 19 Therefore, brothers, since we have boldness for the way of entry into the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 which he inaugurated for us as a new and living way through the curtain, that is, his flesh,. . .
(John 10:27-28) 27 My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 And I give them everlasting life, and they will by no means ever be destroyed, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.. . .
(John 13:36) 36 Simon Peter said to him: “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered: “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterwards.”. . .
The principal meaning however of the designating, identifying term Christian is its inherent connection with the verb to anoint or the state of being anointed and in effect identifies a person as one who has been appointed/anointed for a special and specific purpose.
Thus the name Christians simply means that they have been appointed to the higher universal office of kings and priests. This anointing is with Holy Spirit, which is given to them as an interim token of the future realization of their participation in the fulfilment of the promises made to their Israelite forefathers in Exodus 19:3-8 for them to become a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation. It would be inappropriate therefore for those not of the anointed to be designated Christians.
Christianity comprises roughly of 2.2 billion members who wear the label Christian primarily as a default while those who do so by choice represent only a small fraction.
According to the Christian manual, only a small specific number are actually chosen for the work, position or privilege that warrant an anointing. Just as the whole population of a country or nation do not constitute the government, though they may have been persuaded to believe that in democracies, only a small representative number are ultimately chosen to administer the nation; in democracies, an alleged people's choice government.
With God's special purpose administration for a 1000 years i.e. God's kingdom, the only difference is the means of choosing the individual Kings or administrators, which is the sole prerogative of the owner of the planet Jehovah, God, G-d, Yahweh, whatever.
Jesus, the one anointed to be King and High Priest relative to that administration, hence Christ, said that this administration was to comprise only a small number of the flock originally privy to that opportunity:
"Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
It is only at their baptism that aspirants to that heavenly position become true disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Although Israel as a nation had been forgiven their sins against the Law when Jesus died in their stead, individually they still need to repent of their inherited sins against the Law and become baptized as a public demonstration of that fact.
While they then receive forgiveness, the Holy Spirit token and associated gifts, they will still need to live up to the expectations commensurate with that appointment to their higher office and kingdom hope.–Romans 8:23; Rev 20:4
Christianity, the Israel of God* under a new testamental contract* and anti-christian outgrowth of the Bride of Christ is the harlot of Revelation 17, 18 . . . painful indeed.
* (Galatians 6:16)
* (Jeremiah 31:31-32)
In keeping with Jehovah's true justice and mercy, however, the God-fearing faithful
members of her manifold denominations are loved by Him just the same, even as he
loved individual, faithful Israelites in pre-messianic Israel after she had prostituted
– Please see Ezekiel 16 for the whole sorry story.
How do Christianity and her daughters respond when bad things happen?
Variously with: It's God's will! or His/Her time was up or isn't yet or whatever other stupid joke God seems to be playing on humanity.
Matters little on which side of the creation/evolution divide they're on.
It's all God's fault!
We sinned . . . therefore . . . ! and so the buck-passing continues . . .
It is all Adam's fault for sinning and bequeathing upon all of us sin, depravity and death AND it is all God's fault anyway for putting Adam there in the first place and making him sin according to most of Christian doctrine.
It's all God's will anyway isn't it?
It's all the atheists' fault why God is punishing us with too much rain after a drought, or a dry spell after floods.
Then again Christians must take the blame for floods, because they should not have prayed for rain. Then again praying for the rain to stop will invariably result in drought caused by God.
Its the other Christians who are the infidels, because God is with us and only we will lead you to salvation.
We are put here by God to be tested! Really?
Why? Couldn't God get it right the first time?
OK, OK, manufacturers of Cars and Air-planes and other assorted gizmos need testing grounds to try their wares to find faults and needs for improvement, but let's not create God in our own image, as one who still needs to learn.
He does not need to do a test run of the perfect human machine. There was never anything wrong with it in the first place. And no, it's not Adam's fault.
It is what we humans have done since then, with inbreeding to preserve tribe, property and culture as well as inappropriate education, as in rubbish in rubbish out, that are the principal reasons for the bad steer human society has been subjected to since.
And we are still doing it!
And so the blame-game continues amid ignorance about how to solve the global malaise.
No individual persons or organizations are to blame. Yet it is the organizational structures of human association amid fear of death, loss of possessions and loved/owned ones that has given power to the strong and/or intellectually powerful without a proper global perspective, that has lead us all to the puzzling dilemma we currently find ourselves confronting with seemingly no sane way out.
To go somewhere towards dealing with the issues confronting mankind we need to address the animosity generated by culture and religion as a matter of urgency, even if that means removing these by secular force, something clearly envisioned in the Bible book of Revelation. That will stop all wars and conflicts as well as terrorism.
Tribalism, the mother of religion, need to bury their hatchets -and razor blades- and forget where.
Two key principles run contrary to the two basic doctrines of Religion especially Christianity: that God has a religion here on earth to represent Him and that mankind has inherited sin, depravity and death from Adam:
Alas, it must be said straight from the manual:
1. That no religion is of God and
2. That human beings have not inherited Sin, Depravity and death from Adam.
NOW, you, the visitor might rightly exclaim:
Not another Religion Site! Enough already! No more bible bashing!
Quite justified really. There is just so much confusion out there in religion-land with everyone saying that it is the others who do the confusing, because:
We Got The Truth and don't you forget it. We are the road to your Salvation!
Well, I've got news for you. Good news. The best there is. As said above:
God has no religion representing Him anywhere in the universe let alone on earth.
As we gently peel off the layers of the veil Moses wore as he came off the mountain after having received the law of commandments for Israel, it will make your eyes water.
The genuinely historical personages and characters of God, Adam, Abraham and Jesus with everyone in between from Prophet to Poet and Disciple have been conscripted, nay, commandeered by religion, in cahoots with secular powers past and present, to render populations co-operatively submissive.
The whole of the manual given to Israel, with the Law merely the constitution for that new Kingdom of Israel that was to take God's promises to Abraham to bless all families of the earth to ultimate realization, has been conscripted to serve the religio-secular guilt industry.
That's OK. God holds no grudges. All humanity were given absolute autonomy in the regulating and plotting of their lives, completely independent from any interference from God.
After Adam rejected the first dietary advice, humanity was set free to making their own choices and wear all the consequences along the way.
Nevertheless, the absence of regulatory guidance from God did not mean freedom absolute, because acts consistently determine the nature of the consequence; adverse or beneficial. In the words of the Apostle Paul after the Law of Moses, including the wrongly labelled 10 Commandments*, had been terminated at the death of Jesus*:
(1 Corinthians 6:12) 12 All things are lawful for me; but not all things are advantageous. All things are lawful for me; but I will not let myself be brought under authority by anything.
(1 Corinthians 10:23-24) 23 All things are lawful; but not all things are advantageous. All things are lawful; but not all things build up. 24 Let each one keep seeking, not his own [advantage], but that of the other person.. . .NWT
* The original simply says 10 words in summary of the over 600 laws and regulations
given to Israel in their constitution
* Matthew 5:17; Romans 7:6; Romans 10:5; Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 2:14.
Christianity was founded on the remnant of faithful Israelites* who had come out of unfaithful adulterous Israel under the Law of Moses -their national constitution- when they became the virginal bride of Christ at Pentecost 33 CE.
It only took a couple of Centuries or so for her to also become an adulterous prostitute, as she endeared herself to all and sundry lovers, kings and rulers of the earth who decked her with gold, precious stones, prestige and power beyond anything disobedient Israel had ever experienced. Ezekiel 16 be a good read to set the scene.
* Good to note right at the outset, that members of all the tribes of Israel were
in Judea in Jesus' day.
No good messing around with the tribal names: Ephraim, Israel and Judah to somehow
justify someone's tribal religious place on earth and ostensibly with God, Yahweh, Jehovah
or to whatever name scholastic guesswork may take one. Members of all 13 tribes had
returned from their exile in Babylon and were present in what was left of their promised
land as foretold and made certain to occur by God the owner of the tribe of Jacob:
4 In those days, and in that time, saith Jehovah, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together; they shall go on their way weeping, and shall seek Jehovah their God. 5 They shall inquire concerning Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come ye, and join yourselves to Jehovah in an everlasting covenant that shall not be forgotten. 6 My people have been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray; they have turned them away on the mountains; they have gone from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting–place. 7 All that found them have devoured them; and their adversaries said, We are not guilty, because they have sinned against Jehovah, the habitation of righteousness, even Jehovah, the hope of their fathers. 8 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he–goats before the flocks. 9 For, lo, I will stir up and cause to come up against Babylon a company of great nations from the north country; and they shall set themselves in array against her; from thence she shall be taken: their arrows shall be as of an expert mighty man; none shall return in vain. -Jeremiah 50:4-9. ASV
Christianity are generally appalled at the sacrificial practices of some ancient South American civilizations where priests ripped hearts out of living individuals and offered them to the prevailing deity. Yet she offered millions of her best young men to the god of war; their living hearts ripped apart by machines of war blessed by priests and clergy, or stilled by poisons and other fiendish means and all for God and country.
Behold the killing fields of the mother of harlots, Christianity and her daughters
Who, dare I ask, was/is worse?
No wonder atheism is becoming he prevailing world religion. They are perfectly righteous in demanding an end to all theistic religion. Yet they are just as religious and will do equally horrid things to God-fearing humans as did atheistic communism and other dictatorial governments and even as religious denominations have done to each other in past centuries.
Hang on there, has not Religion inspired some of the greatest works of art?
Religion? No, but the works of the greatest artist and designer, the Creator of the universe have, as they impacted on the minds and hearts of those who echoed in response with superlative symphonies, paintings, structures and literary works, albeit frequently within the draconian setting of religion.
The promises to Abraham, the provision of Israel's Messiah who would pave the way for the grave to be but a choice rather than the default human condition, particularly inspired men to even greater superlative heights in their quest to express, however inadequately, their joy and appreciation of the maker of us all.
Religion had nothing to do with it, claim though they might.
What is the power that has kept the masses subservient to the religio-secular rulers?
The theory of inherited sin invented by apostate Christianity without any scriptural foundation. This is completely contrary to the sense of fair play, justice, morals and righteousness humanity inherently possesses as does their Creator who produced them in His image.
Western Civilization* generally followed the Westminster system of law/justice where one is innocent until proven guilty.
Religion, particularly Christianity, not only has it that one is guilty unless proven innocent, which would not be all that bad, but they go the whole yard in declaring that one is guilty without any opportunity to prove otherwise.
*Other civilizations may very well do likewise, but I do not have the time to check them all out. This discussion is about indicting Christian religion in their disrespect for human beings and God’s Justice.
Uh yes, they play with the idea of deemed or implied righteousness while continuing to enslave the masses on an endless guilt-trip that is to supposedly end at death or at the end of all things -the end-time debacle they have also invented. In the meantime the little victims need to serve and pay homage to God via those who enslave them and who get all the benefits, credits, prestige and yes, MONEY, because God doesn't need it.
Here is an echo from the pen or quill of 18th century poet Thomas Gray:
"Alas! regardless of their doom,
the little victims play!
No sense have they of ills to come
nor care beyond today."
Yes, the Bible does say something about giving glory to God but only in a context of not ascribing God-ship and Creatorship to plastic figurines, whether they’re stuck on a cross, hewn from a rock, a piece of wood, pottered, enshrined in a scientific journal, as well as any living, dead or supposedly resurrected creature.
If anyone is to be given credit for the whole glorious earth and everything in it, quite apart from the rest of the immeasurable universe -I thought I’d just casually pop that one in- it has to be given to that person about and by whom the manual was written The Creator Jehovah*. There is none other who deserves the credit. He left the signature of His genius right within all His works.
Painters may leave theirs on their works, while other artists, inventors and geniuses leave theirs in diverse places so that they can receive due credit and accolades.
Nothing wrong with hat. Most scientists (knowledgers), however, give credit to nothingness, worshipping the image of nought, while all they ever do and can do, is discover and make use of what is already there to be discovered and to be made use of and put there by someone whose genius exceeds theirs to the power of a billion or two*. Not only that, but science itself has become an object to be worshipped, because it promises to do everything that only God can do. But it cannot, because science is nothing but knowledge acquired from the discovery of everything on earth and the universe that had already been made.
They are still researching the human brain, for goodness sake, with many speciality departments set aside for that very purpose in universities and research institutes.
* Not going to bother myself here with the ridiculous and useless argument rampant in religio-land how that name is to be pronounced etc. etc. just to counter Jehovah’s Witnesses. Wonder what they would do if the JWs changed that to Yahweh’s Witnesses?
* Very rough estimate designed to grate on the nerves of those unable to effectively
copy what's already there.
Try to make an ant why don't you? Should not be too difficult for the well educated , intelligent scientist of our day, for they have the raw materials, the DNA even, intelligence and huge laboratories; much more than their chaotic big bang ever had.
The media panders to the purveyors of evolutionary fairytales in the most extraordinary fashion.
All the wonderful films about the earth, chaos and a variety of nature and science films on origins etc where the narrators' warm sonorous voices seem to lend credence to fictitious nonsense numbers and assertions injected into the natural reality of creation. One of these proudly conjured up 650 million year scenarios to deal with some discoveries coupled to atheism.
OK Christianity! After spending a few decades with one of your denominations, Jehovah's
Witnesses, which in your fervour you usually and disdainfully call a sect or cult,
that they also subscribe to the universally acclaimed theory of inherited sin, which is the most disgusting fraud ever committed and uploaded on mankind; the worst of plagues.
Though not found in the Bible, it is what I was taught and believed in, without ever becoming religious about that doctrine or any other, in the sense of having a mind-set of a set mind, something facts do not require.
Matters that will be explored in greater detail on this site may not interest atheists,
or anyone so inclined for at matter. Since this site is both irreligious AND theist,
they might as well stop reading. God is not religious, has never founded any religion
on earth, or on any other planet, and has no religion or organization representing
Him here on earth or any other planet.
-I thought I’d just chuck this planet bit in again for good measure.
Something that may whet the appetite of those in both camps is God's impeccable justice
which will ensure that all human beings that ever lived, live and yet shall, will
have the same opportunity Adam, the first human, had to extend their lives indefinitely.
-more in diverse places on this site.
From Eve and Cain to John he Baptist, from Stalin to Gandhi, from David to Mozart and every other human in between and since, will grace -or disgrace ever so briefly- this gorgeous planet to continue even forever if they make it their mission to yield in submission -the good version- to good advice, along the lines of the very first to Adam "Don't eat from that tree! It will kill you!", which will be enshrined in the benign global government’s constitution soon to commence its rule. The name of that government may be well known to all who use the name Christians to identify themselves, but the purpose of God's Kingdom escapes them as does the method of its installation.
No disasters, end-time mayhem or Armageddonnerwetters will befall the planet or the people on it, other than what those in the profusion of opposing camps may wish to inflict on each other and their fellows in the interim.
There is however no need to belong to any religious organization, church or whatever, to attain salvation, for Salvation is a fraudulent carrot dangled before beguiled humanity, whereas it was only for the people Israel, the tribe of Jacob, for them to continue to run with the Abrahamic promise of ultimately becoming a blessing to all families of the earth. This, however, seemed impossible due to their adulterous sins against their constitution generally known as the Law of Moses.
Mankind only needs to be saved from itself, it has no inherited sin. It is not what we are, but what we do that is the problem, and that is nothing less than the result of acquired learning. No output without input. Everybody knows that; still they mess about with this completely unjust, and, may I say, unscriptural nonsense of some inbuilt sinful depravity supposedly inherited from Adam.
All the points raised here will be expanded on at greater length on other pages, if I find the time, expertise and not kick the inevitable bucket in the meantime.
A few items here to confuse or enlighten religious Christians, especially those of my former association, the Witnesses -their choice:
Jesus died in place of adulterous Israel for their sin against the Mosaic Law only they had and could sin against.
Jesus did not come from heaven, just as the Manna did not, but was fashioned on earth just like that Manna.
Sacrificed sheep and goats never have nor will ever be restored to life. They were sacrificed AND eaten! Same goes for the sheep Jesus.
Jesus is/was not God’s only-begotten son. John 3:16 is about Jehovah’s heart-wrenching purpose to sacrifice His very first creation through whom all other things were made, His only begotten-son, to die in substitution for God's firstborn son Israel -Exodus 4:22.
This is exactly as depicted by the prophetic drama of Abraham's potential* sacrifice of Isaac, whose life was put on hold and saved by the sheep caught in the thicket.
* God does not believe in, condone or demand human sacrifice EVER!
In the case of Isaac, there were only two possible outcomes:
1 . Isaac lives because Abraham refuses to participate: or
2 . Isaac lives because Abraham complies, as it in fact happened;
Abraham was quite unaware that this was the only possible outcome.
Unfortunately, John 3:16 had been commandeered by the apostate congregation of the bride of Christ during the first three centuries of our common era in support of the false doctrine of inherited sin & depravity.
Reading the Bible (NWT) after many years of encouragement via JW talks and literature, I did, and coming across Hebrews 9:15:
So that is why he is a mediator of a new covenant, in order that, because a death has occurred for [their] release by ransom from the transgressions under the former covenant, the ones who have been called might receive the promise of the everlasting inheritance and Galatians 4:4-5: . . .But when the full limit of the time arrived, God sent forth his Son, who came to be out of a woman and who came to be under law, that he might release by purchase those under law, that we, in turn, might receive the adoption as sons.
I was absolutely shocked, confused yet exited, for first it clashed with what I was taught, but then fitted in with Jesus’ own words to a Phoenician woman who needed help:
“I was not sent forth to any but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.. (Matthew 15:24)
where cross-references lead me to Isaiah 53, which was only addressed to Israel, but routinely applied to mankind by the apostate bride of Christ including Jehovah’s Witnesses. That left me truly stunned.
Israel was released by ransom from the Mosaic Law and their accrued guilt for disobeying it.
Here is a translation that better reflects the inspired rendering of Hebrews 9:15-16:
15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of
death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament,
they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For
where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
–Authorized King James Version.
I deal with the matter of Testament here