'IF YOU LOVE ME YOU WILL OBEY MY COMMANDS: AND I WILL ASK THE FATHER, AND HE WILL GIVE YOU ANOTHER TO BE YOUR ADVOCATE, WHO WILL BE WITH YOU FOR EVER - THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH.' John 14/15-17.
Knowing evolution to be a lie the obvious next step is to look at the religions. As you have read to this point you must think that I am reasonably rational so you will accept that religions and beliefs other than Christianity were investigated. That this review is confined to Christianity means that Christianity was discovered to have that additional wisdom and insight that takes it out of the ordinary.
The most important statements of the Gospels are to do with truth.
In this age of false social science our culture has lost respect for social truth and is being bound ever more tightly to an outlook based on religion—what most people do not realize is that our religion is now pagan religion. Today's socially dominant belief structures are not based on Christian belief or science but on pagan belief and dogma.
As the pagan revival is based on the theory of creation by chance we now ask:
Is Religion all there is to Christianity?
My parents believed their children should be free to make up their own minds about what they believed. I had no problem with the concept of God but found it difficult to accept that what I read and heard represented intelligent thought on the subject. To satisfy myself and to decide my moral attitude to life, I began to research the literature for myself.
I will not bore you with details of a long independent search, the New Testament of the Christian Bible is all we need be concerned with here. Out of that we will concentrate on the 'Gospels' and out of the Gospels on just a few statements.
Understanding may be simple without being easy. We tend to confine ourselves to the concepts to which we are educated, and things, simple in themselves but marginally outside our preconceptions, may be completely overlooked.
Understanding is made difficult because both state and religion educate us to see things in a certain light. They distort the vision of those unfortunate enough to be consigned to their care. However we should also make careful note of the fact that the Christian revelation was not meant to be fully understood until long after it was given. The reason for this we need not go into now.
The Bible is a trap for fools, but rewards the sincere without enlightening them to its full meaning. Although Jesus warned that he spoke in riddles few people have the innocence to see the hidden picture; just how clearly He spoke will surprise many. I am using the New English translation. Let us start with Matthew 22/36-40:
"Master, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" He [Jesus] answered, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind." That is the greatest commandment. It comes first. The second is like it:'Love your neighbour as yourself.' Everything in the Law and the prophets hangs on these two commandments."
Jesus could even have left out the second comment. It and everything in the Bible is there to support the greatest commandment and help move us toward understanding.
We now know that the universe could not be created by chance, therefore it must have been created by intelligence. That intelligence is the something we call God. As the creation represents the will and desire of the Creator it follows then that to love the Creator must include the creation and that includes neighbours.
In the above quote 'heart' = compassion; 'soul' = faith; 'mind' = intelligence. It is important to see that each of these human attributes is separately mentioned, therefore each is necessary. Let us not fall into the trap of thinking faith or love is all that is needed; we need to balance these with INTELLIGENCE. Intelligence is the tool that collects knowledge. It allows us the possibility of becoming knowingly aware of the creation and able to separate (in useful degree) good from evil.
Knowledge of the creation is knowledge of the Creator. You cannot separate knowledge of the creation from knowledge of the Creator as the creation represents the will of the Creator.
Intelligence tells us that the Creator is represented by the Truth of the creation. What does Jesus say? John 14/6:
'I am the way; I am the truth and I am life; no one comes to the Father except through me.'
What does that mean? Let us suppose He is trying to tell us something we should understand to our benefit. Would not 'the way' . . .'life' . . . 'truth' be the key words in the message? This, more plainly in our language, means: God is Life; God is Truth; God is The Way. Or, the way to life is through Truth; no one comes to the complete life except by way of Truth.
Knowing the Creator is represented by truth makes a great difference when we come to read such passages as Revelations 7/11-12:
'And all the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, crying:
'Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honour, power and might, be to our God for ever and ever! Amen.'
An image of perpetual falling on faces and shouting praise to God must have disturbed many sensible people. But when we realize that the imagery refers to life and the truth of our creation it becomes clear. A perpetual deference (praise) to truth, is not only intelligent but essential if we are to live in the real meaning of life and find the ultimate reward that life has to offer.
An Extraordinary Person
It is quite possible for us to now understand that what Jesus called the greatest commandment encompasses all the meaning of the Gospels; all the meaning of the New Testament; all the meaning of the Holy Bible. The fact that Jesus was able to reveal fundamental truths (not understood from that time to the present) should satisfy us that He was an extraordinary person.
The fact that He said He would not be understood and did not intend that He be clearly understood, while at the same time making such clearly understandable statements, should give pause for thought.
Both evolution and the Gospels have been taught by blind teachers for no other reason than that they have worshipped their ego god, and defended this, rather than open their hearts and minds to love of Truth.
Today it seems common for Christian religions to despise or downgrade the importance of knowledge: their teaching leads us to fear knowledge as though it is something that may subvert our faith. Those of little faith are indeed poor servants. As we read from Luke 11/52:
'Alas for you lawyers! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not go in yourselves, and those who were on their way in, you stopped.'
The lawyers of that time would be the equivalent of today's religious law givers—the charge has regained its validity.
This question of knowledge is vital. Knowledge, the accumulations of intelligent observation, not only completes the Christian balance but is essential if we are to learn to know the Creator. However knowledge is a two-edged sword; it can be used for good or evil. Left without guidance mankind would destroy Itself with knowledge as is now becoming increasingly obvious for all to see. From the very beginning of human life we were warned about the deadly aspect of knowledge. It is not that knowledge is dangerous in itself but that it converts from a servant to a weapon when man seeks and adapts knowledge to serve his ego rather than himself, as a servant, seeking knowledge to serve Truth.
To learn the truth about the creation is a labour of love; to know truth requires worship of truth before self.
If Christian religions fail to teach the importance of intelligence then they equally over-emphasize reliance on faith. Let us look at Matthew 7/21:
'Not everyone who calls me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do the will of the heavenly Father.'
'...do the will of the heavenly Father' = serve the truth of the creation. How much value can we give the easy salvation preached so often today?
Or Matthew 4/6-7:
"If you are the Son of God, 'he [the devil] said, 'throw yourself down; for scripture says, 'He will put His angels in charge of you, and they will support you in their arms, for fear you should strike your foot against a stone." Jesus answered him, 'Scripture says again, 'You are not to put the Lord your God to the test."'
If we respect the laws of life we can see for ourselves that it is our behaviour that most truly reflects our beliefs, our values, our priorities. It is not what we say or promise or pretend. We may be completely sincere in a belief that wrong is right, but that does not make it so. We cannot escape responsibility merely by having faith, we have to make continual effort to know the truth of our faith because we can equally have faith in lies. If someone says, 'Throw yourself into life, trusting in blind faith in God; He will look after you', remember ... that is what the devil advocates. Jesus gave the good advice.
It only needs a little honest common sense to appreciate that the Christian revelation is a quite straightforward and logical statement. The amazing thing is that so many people, for so long, could fail to see the hidden treasure merely because of a misdirected attitude. This is a vital lesson to be learned by anyone who thinks we cannot be misled and blinded by false teaching.
There is obviously an intelligence beyond the 'merely human' and although we may not yet know the purpose of life it seems that the trials of past years are part of an ordeal designed to separate those willing to serve truth from those only self serving.
The New Testament makes plain it is a trap for fools, yet has presented the truth so simply that very few have appreciated it. At the same time it has presented a picture more acceptable to mankind and this has had such influence as to raise a new level of civilization and make possible a sufficient increase in the general level of knowledge that those so inclined may make the next giant leap forward.
John 8. 31-32 "IF YOU DWELL WITHIN THE REVELATION I HAVE BROUGHT, YOU ARE INDEED MY DISCIPLES; YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE."
'... and the truth will set you free.' Free of what? Free of enslavement to beliefs generated by those who worship the world as its own creation—the worldly.
We do not have to be religious to see the complete rationality of the Christian Revelation. What does the Revelation mean for Christian behaviour?
It has been shown that the new legislation makes Christian lifestyles and attitudes illegal. With the setting up of One World Government, these laws would be enforced.
Sincere Christians continue the struggle, but there are some who feel that waiting is their best effort. These people see community degeneracy as a godsend hastening the approach of the return of Christ who will put everything right for them.
That is an attitude encouraged by organized religion. How can such Christians give enthusiasm to the battle against evil. How do these people relate their actions to words of the Gospels such as:
'... he who does not gather with me scatters'... 'not everyone who calls me Lord will enter the kingdom '... 'you will recognize them by the fruits they bear' or, most important of all, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'
Although the date of the second coming of Christ may be a matter of legitimate interest, it is, at the same time, none of our business. What God does and when He does it is God's business. Our business is to live, so far as we can, in the truth and to do that means doing our Christian duty. We cannot turn a blind eye to evil because he who does not resist evil aids evil.
Denominations that do not put the teachings of Christ first are no longer Christian.
Most people go to Church just as most people go along to the polling booth, believing that our leaders are really trying to do the right thing by us. We are not ready to accept that they are selling us out to the enemy. We are too lazy to think for ourselves and take responsibility for our own actions, but if we do not take responsibility for our own behaviour then we are nothing more than slaves and robots in service to others.
A question for all:
Is what I worship the true God or do I worship only my chosen belief of what the true God is?
How many of us put our selfish desires ahead of truth? How many are afraid of challenge? How few are happy to put aside old beliefs to become like children to know Truth better?
In the final hour will we go forward without fear?
Will we be confident that we have honestly sought truth rather than reinforcement for dogma? Will we go forward confident that the God we worship is the true God and not an image created by the desires and bigotry of men? Will we go forward trembling in the knowledge that our ego has defended itself in stubborn loyalty to a god image kept immutable by fear to face the challenge of truth?
Life was not meant to be easy but it was meant to be profitable.
If the end days are near, as some believe, then the most important sign of it must be, in my opinion, the sign of the defeat of the Christian religions as forecast in The Revelation of John: 11/7-12. My interpretation of Rev. 11 is not religious. I claim no religious allegiance. The usual interpretations of Revelations seem generally parochial and to take little account of the nature of allegorical writing.
Quotations are from the New English Bible. No space for the complete quote, so get out your Bible. As usual, I expect people to use their own intelligence in judging the relevance of this writing. Here is the critical section from Revelations 11, 7-12:
'And I have two witnesses... dressed in sackcloth . . . But when they have completed their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will wage war upon them and will defeat and kill them. Their corpses will lie in the streets of the great city, whose name in allegory is Sodom, or Egypt, where also their lord was crucified. For three days and a half men from every people and tribe, of every language and nation, gaze upon their corpses and refuse them burial. All men on earth gloat over them, make merry. and exchange presents; for these two prophets were a torment to life from God came into them; and they stood up on their feet to the terror of all who saw it. Then a loud voice was heard speaking to them heaven, which said, 'Come up here!...'
The two witnesses referred to are the New and Old Testaments. Their proper dress is a black or earth brown cloth binding—this represents their dress of sackcloth. That Bibles today are dressed in colours shows that their authority is no longer respected. The Testaments are now dead in the eyes of the law and authorities.
'...die who seeks to do them harm.' Many who sought to disprove them were confounded.
'...shut up the sky so that no rain may fall': means no message from God will come to earth during the period of their prophesying.
'...power to turn water to blood': convert to Christianity.
'...every kind of plague': in taking up the battle between Christ and the anti-Christ the two books of the Bible cause all kinds of distress.
The two books of the Holy Bible are now defeated in the eyes of the scholar and the law. They have no authority in government (the people make merry and give presents at Christmas and Easter without respect) but no one is prepared to bury them, that is, dismiss them finally. The law asks people to swear on the Bible that neither law nor government believes in; the churches teach the message of the anti-Christ but they do not put the Bible away.
'...the great city, whose name in allegory is Sodom, or Egypt': is the city of commerce (the city based on usury) a city that has extended from Egypt and Sodom right up to that world-wide city of commercial usury as it exists today.
I have not the key to the time span of '...three days and a half' but at the end of this time the truth of the Holy Bible will be recognized and these books will then be withdrawn. At that time the world will understand that the creation itself is the Word and that the books of the Bible are no longer necessary.
As 'Word of God' the books of the Bible are imperfect. That is why they are defeated. Being imperfect in some ways does not make of them bad servants because we do not need perfect truth before we can benefit from truth any more than we need perfect food in order to grow. Even in death these servants still serve God's purpose.
But don't believe me when I say they are imperfect, take different Bibles and see for yourself that they differ. They cannot be perfect because they rely on the ability of human language and human ability to understand, interpret and mis-interpret over many generations and variations of understanding. But the Word as expressed in the Creation itself, is the actual physical rendition of the Word, and man has not yet succeeded in altering a word of the law of nature.
Is it true that the churches (to all intents and purposes) are now taken over by the anti-Christ?
Evidence 1: How many religions stand up against the teaching of chance evolution? It only needed one major Christian denomination to stand in science to expose the evolution myth. Chance evolution is directly opposed to creation by intelligence and a Christian must 'contend for' or defend the faith.
Those who take on the role of leaders say they know. Remember Jesus said something like this, 'If you are ignorant you may be forgiven but because you say you know then you are guilty'. If those who lead the flock lead them astray, what other indictment is needed?
Evidence 2: How many religions teach you should trust God to look after you and not be too concerned to take responsibility for your life and the welfare of future generations? Is that not the devil's advice? Matthew 4/7. Jesus said, 'YOU ARE NOT TO PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.'
Evidence 3: How many religions give FIRST prominence to the doing of good deeds directed to the poor; to political ideology, criminals, broken homes. But Jesus said we will have the poor with us always, and also that good works will not get us to heaven. What kind of person was it that the 'Good Samaritan' helped? How many religions teach 'peace' but Jesus said 'I bring not peace but a sword' (to defend ourselves against evil). What religion now encourages Its followers in the important lessons of Christian revelation rather than the values of worldly philosophy?
The first evidence is entirely sufficient to incriminate the greater part of Christian religion today. It is clearly expressed in the Bible and confirmed by the nature of the creation; those who do not defend the faith deny the faith.
It follows that we should not presume to assume anything of God, but we are justified in assuming that our intelligence was given to be used and we should, in every situation, assume that we are capable of influencing events to both our own benefit and the benefit of others.
No human situation is pre-ordained to the extent that we are unable to exercise an influence for better or worse.
Romans 2/13-16 'It is not by hearing the law, but by doing it, that men will be justified before God. When Gentiles who do not possess the law carry out its precepts by the light of nature, then, although they have no law, they are their own law, for they display the effect of the law inscribed on their hearts.' avoid21.htm
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