Friday, September 12, 2014

How could veneration of Jesus be considered idolatry?

“So do you think that those who reject Jesus are supernaturally blinded – how about those who accept him? How did their eyes “get opened”? And how about people who accept Jesus – but then come to the recognition that they were hoodwinked – and leave him – what “blinded” them?”

Isaiah 2:22
Many Christians have a difficult time understanding why it is that Jews view their faith in Jesus as idolatrous. Christians assert that Jesus is “one and the same” as the God of Israel. How could veneration of Jesus be considered idolatry?
It may come as a surprise to some Christians if they were to realize that many Jews have a difficult time understanding Christians. After everything is said and done, Christianity is pointing to a man, and calling him “god”. What else is there to discuss?
This article is written in an effort to help Christians see things from a Jewish perspective.
Imagine the following scenario.
The Messianic era is here. God is revealed to all mankind. Every human being clearly sees that the One Creator of heaven and earth is the only true power. Everyone understands that every facet of existence is just an expression of His will and His love. All the nations recognize that every bit of adoration that the human heart can generate belongs only to the Almighty God who called the universe into existence.
And Jesus is not there. The man from Nazareth is nowhere to be seen.
What will the Christian then feel about the relationship he shared with this man? How will they view all the adoration that they were persuaded to pour out towards that individual?
The fact that you could imagine this scenario, should tell you that Jesus is NOT one and the same with the Creator of heaven and earth. The fact that this scenario is hypothetically possible should help you separate between Jesus on the one hand and the God of Israel on the other.
This scenario is not just a hypothetical possibility. If you believe those God fearing Jews whose words are immortalized in the Jewish Scriptures, you will realize that this scenario was at the heart of their vision for the future.
I will provide a list of Scriptural references for you to study. Please bear in mind that when these words were originally written, no one had heard of Jesus. When the Jewish prophets penned their words, the concept: “trinity” – was not yet invented. Please realize that for a Jew who would have read these words before the advent of Christianity, the words “God”, “Lord”, and “Almighty” would mean one thing and one thing only – The One Creator of heaven and earth.
Deuteronomy 32:39, Ezekiel 37:28, 38:1-48:35, Isaiah 2:17, 24:23, 40:9, 52:7,10, 60:19,  Joel 4:16-17, Micah 7:15-18, Zephaniah 3:9, Zechariah 14:9, Psalm 47:3, 83:19, 86:10, 97:6-9, 102:16, 148:13,

"Has it occured to you that:
A) Nowhere in the Tanach does it say to believe in mashiach “or else”
B) Nowhere in the Tanach does it say that mashiach will be a hybrid god-man.
C) Nowhere in the Tanach does it say that mashiach will fulfill the law and replace it with a law of messiah.
D) Nowhere in Tanach does it say the mashiach will sacrifice himself for the sins of the world for all time.
E) Nowhere in Tanach does it say that a human sacrifice is permitted.
F) Nowhere in Tanach does it say that human vicarious atonement is permitted.
G) Nowhere in Tanach does it say that it is permissable to crown king mashiach prior to his fulfillment of ALL the messianic duties.
H) Nowhere in Tanach does it ever say that G-d has three personages or “Triune”

Had G-d chose to teach such things, He would have EXPLICTLY and plainly said so. Just as He explictly gave us details on what is a kosher animal, how to sacrifice an animal, matters of family purity etc…When Hashem gave the law at Sinai, he was silent on all matters that Christians claim, such as G-d’s nature, form and the personage of messiah.

Hashem isnt going to then, 1500 years into the future say, I told you could do the law (Deut 30) but you CANT! I told you I was alone….but I’m NOT! I actually have a son….and he is Me! and even though I told you NOT to sacrifice your sons and daughters, like the baal worhsipers….I am going to sacrifice my human son….who is really me.

I will kill him (myself) on a wooden stick by suffocation. He will not be required to be slaughtered per the Torah, his blood not sprinkled on the altar, his fat not burned and in fact, he will be placed in a tomb, alone and I will raise him (myself)…even though I never taught you any of this…you must accept it or be thrown into the pits of hell.

These are obviously BIG, HUGE concepts that had they been part of Hashems revelation to mankind, would have been given at Sinai. Otherwise, as Christians have done, they have made G-d a liar (G-d forbid) who decieves His people and who changes the paradigm midstream.

This is not the G-d of the Tanach. The Christian paradigm in the god of Rome….everyone of the new aspects of the Gospel can be found in Grecco-Roman paganism but NOT in Jewish doctrine.

Eating a god-man’s flesh and drinking his blood…pagan.
A hybrid god-man….pagan.
A virgin birth….pagan.
A resurrected savior…pagan.
Miracles by the god-man…pagan.

Only through eisegesis can you shoe-horn this paganism into the Tanach." ~

yitro


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Cult Leader Jesus

Cult Leader Jesus



Cult Leader Jesus


One of the things that fundamentalist Christians find disturbing about the world is the existence of cults.
Cult leaders are said to be self centered and egotistical because they require complete obedience and conformity to whatever agenda the leader has in mind. On top of this, cult leaders tend to divide people into two groups, those who are members of the cult and those who aren't. Those who don't accept the agenda and views of the cult leader are often vilified and declared enemies of the group.
Cult leaders also try to separate children from their parents and create a division between them which often results in total isolation and rejection of the parental influence. Cult leaders will also promise great rewards to their followers for their sacrifice to the cult service.

Christians can often be found issuing warnings about the evils of cult environments and the destructive influence they can have on the minds of emotionally and economically stressed people. Cults are said to create an atmosphere of extremely negative attitudes because the cult leader replaces God, parents, and the very mind of an individual with the personal agenda and views of the cult leader.
The cult mentality with all its ramifications is said to spawn horrible fanatical movements and produces petty, self-serving, egotistical and often power hungry leaders who wish to manipulate and control others.

All these points and observations about cults ring true in the minds of objective people.
However, what is ignored by Christians is that their Lord and Savior, Jesus, exhibited exactly the same traits that zealous cult leaders do. Christians will close their eyes to the same things they find so disturbing in other cult leaders.
This is understandable to some extent because Christianity is above all else, a religion that promotes itself through aggressive advertising and the unquestioning submission to a superficial God, a God of shine and little substance.
Believers are told to do the "will of God" and serve him totally.
After all, Jesus himself gave Christians their marching orders in the Gospel of Matthew.

Matt 28:18-20
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, 
All power(authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things 
whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

It should be noted that Jesus makes quite a claim here. Jesus claims, like all cult leaders do, that special "all power" has been given to him exclusively.
In other words, whatever the cult leader commands, the follower should do because the highest level of authority resides in the cult leader.
And of course, the follower wants to please his Master and will go out and attempt to coerce others to also obey the commands of their Master. As the cult evolves, Jesus the man becomes Jesus the God and his followers can go out and conquer the world for him knowing that they are doing their duty as good and faithful servants of their Master.
The world is full of sheep and if one falls into a ditch, the rest start jumping in.
In other words, there isn't any need to question these rules because they're found in the Holy Bible and whatever the Bible says must be true.

The disturbing cult leader characteristics of Jesus don't stop with this one example. The New Testament has many other examples which are always ignored by Christians because it spoils the fluffy image of Jesus that they so love to portray to the world. They will only quote the "nice" sayings of Jesus while ignoring the many ugly and self absorbed things he said.

Let's have a look at some of the other cult leader traits exhibited by Jesus, the alleged "Prince of Peace".
Jesus was a cult leader who wanted to bring division and disharmony.
It was all part of his ego based new world order.

Luke 12:49-53
I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but 
rather division:
For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.


And like most cult leaders, Jesus wanted people to leave their families and make him the centerpiece of their existence.

Matt 10:37
He that loveth father or mother more than me 
is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

And like most cult leaders, Jesus promised potential recruits to his new cult a great big reward for leaving their current responsibilities behind to serve him alone.

Matt 19:29
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, 
shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

And like many self-absorbed cult leaders, Jesus deemed anyone who didn't jump on his theological bandwagon to be an enemy.

Matt 12:30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

And like many cult leaders, Jesus won't tolerate anyone who doesn't want him to rule their lives.

Luke 19:27
But those mine enemies, 
which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

As other cult leaders proclaim, simple unbelief will merit punishment.

Mark 16:16
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but 
he that believeth not shall be damned.

And like many cult leaders, Jesus in his glorified Final Solution, will send out his army of drones to cleanse the world of anything that Jesus deems or defines as "wicked".
Naturally, unbelievers will be exterminated along with all the other unworthy human "weeds".

Matt 13:40-42
As therefore the tares(weeds) are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
The Son of man 
shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
And 
shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

The whole teaching foundation of Christianity is that anyone who doesn't declare and "confess" that Jesus is their Lord and Savior is doomed to eternal damnation.
The context is quite clear. It's an ultimatum designed to coerce and manipulate others into compliance with a religious agenda that seeks to dominate others to enhance its power and influence.

Oddly enough, the Hebrew scriptures, which Christians label as the "Old Testament", doesn't support Jesus and his attempt to usurp authority from Yahweh.
Yahweh, the God of the Old Testament, said quite clearly that he is not a man(Num 23:19) and will not
give his glory to another(Isa 42:8).
There is nothing in the Old Testament which states that people should worship a man, a Son of Man, or a Messiah as God and such a thing is abomination in the eyes of Yahweh.
All of these Old Testament scriptural facts are ignored by Christians however. Christians are far too entranced with their worship of a "God" who appeals to their need to feel "chosen" and "elect" by a God.

Christians will only recognize as the "Word of God", those parts of the Bible that they like the sound of and any parts which don't appeal to them they'll ignore or rationalize away as not pertaining to them.
Jesus demonstrated exactly the same traits that other cult leaders exhibit. Of course, since it was Jesus the disturbing similarities are deemed "holy" and the"will of God".
But let there be no mistake, the character called Jesus, as defined by the New Testament has the same egotistical, power hungry message that any other zealous cult leader or dictator has.
That message is…Obey me in all things or you will be punished.
Addendum:
Over the centuries and continuing today, Christianity has conducted a very successful advertising campaign that promotes "Jesus" as a paragon of love, higher wisdom, and selfless service to others. This version of Jesus can be found everywhere, from Christian enclaves to mainstream media programs, and is also commonly found in "new age" teachings.
The Bible itself undermines the fantasy image of Jesus that Christianity has worked so hard to create.
However, a popular cotton candy version of Jesus has been so systematically entrenched in the minds of people, that they will do just about anything to prop up and perpetuate this fantasy.

Christian position:
In Luke 19:27, where Jesus is telling a story in the form of a parable, he speaks of a ruler that demands the death of those that don't want to recognize him as king.
Luke 19:27
But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.
This is only a story, it doesn't mean that Jesus would ever approve of such actions.

Commentary:
Jesus showed signs of not only approving of such actions, he had plans to carry them out.
It's remarkable that Christians, who often tell unbelievers that the Hebrew scriptures foreshadowed, or indirectly pointed to Jesus, will deny an example of it when it's right in front of their face, from their own New Testament.
The story Jesus told in Luke 19:27 was just prior to his entry into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey and portraying himself as king, even though he planned on being an absent king, one who planned on ruling when he returned in his glorious second coming.
The story conveys the message that those people that work for the interests of the ruler, even in his absence, are given great rewards and find favor with the king when he returns. Those who offend the king, such as those that have no interest in having him rule over them, were to be brought before the king and killed.

Jesus told his disciples that any city that did not accept the gospel, in which Jesus becomes the their Lord, would be punished to an even greater extent than Sodom and Gomorrha were punished.
That implies a great deal of killing would take place(Gen 19:24-25).
Matt 10:14-15
And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.


Jesus stated that simple unbelief was enough to offend him. Unbelievers are damned by Jesus.
Mark 16:16
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.


Jesus stated quite clearly that he would conduct a great scourge of the earth when he returned to set up his kingdom.
Included in the list of people to be killed are those that offend him.
Matt 13:41-42
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom 
all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.


The theme of burning or killing off those that don't comply with what Jesus wants is repeated here:
John 15:6
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.


The killing spree that Jesus will conduct is also spelled out clearly in the Book of Revelation, where Jesus gives his
testimony of things that where to occur in the near future.
There's going to be a lot of killing going on when the aspiring king returns.
Rev 19:15
And out of his(Jesus) mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it 
he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Note that Jesus will treat the nations of the earth this way, he shall "rule them with a rod of iron".
That certainly doesn't bode well for any that don't want Jesus to be king over them.

Paul, who claimed that he was directly instructed by Jesus in Gal 1:12, echoed the message of mass killing that would take place when the wrathful Lord Jesus comes to rule the world.
Those that fail to obey Jesus will be punished with "everlasting destruction".
2 Thess 1:7-9
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire 
taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
Who shall be punished with 
everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

Attempting to dismiss Luke 19:27 as only a story that Jesus told, but would not approve of or actually do himself, is
a faith based adventure in self-delusion.
The doctrine is ugly, intolerant, and displays the leadership style of petty dictators or violent minded cult leaders, but there it is, right in the Holy Bible.
If that's too much reality for a believer to digest, then that's their problem.

Christian position:
Jesus is not a cult leader of a small cult because Jesus is God and because Christianity is a doctrine, not a cult.
Christianity is a world religion with millions of followers.
It is an ancient religion and will be around long after you and I are gone.
Christianity is a DOCTRINE. Not a cult.

Commentary:
According to the New Testament, around the time Jesus left earth, just prior to the Pentecost, the cult numbered about 120 believers. Jesus was the leader of a small cult, despite what this believer wants to think.
Acts 1:15
And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples,and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)


The fact that it's now a long-running popular cult, with millions of followers, is immaterial to the discussion.

Some definitions of the word CULT:
  • a system of religious beliefs and ritual
  • great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work
A cult leader is one that has commanding authority or influence, which is the very definition of Jesus.

Christianity has many doctrines just as cults do, and is centered around one figure, just as many cults are.
In this case the figure is a god-man that claimed all power and authority had been given to him.
Many egotistical cult figures share the same claim, along with claiming that they have superior "truth".
Jesus claimed to not only have superior truth, he claimed to be the only conduit to God.
John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.


Jesus, like many cult leaders, wasn't shy about proclaiming that he had been given ultimate authority, and in this case Jesus boasted to have power over the entire universe.
Matt 28:18-20
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, 
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to 
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Christian assertion:
You used these words to describe what Jesus said:
"Obey me in all things or you will be punished."
Jesus never said that nor did any of his phrases indicate that.

Commentary:
The evidence supporting an intolerant, demanding, and wrathful Jesus is rather clear, but it's often so unpleasant for some believers to digest that they deny it exists. The myth of an ever humble Jesus is heavily promoted in Christianity.
However, the Prince of Peace is only peaceful once he has killed off anything that offends his self proclaimed majesty.
Jesus indicated that there is very little middle ground with him, you're either for him or against him.
Matt 12:30
He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.


The New Testament exhibits the same dogmatic attitude in the following:
John 3:36
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and 
he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Jesus told his disciples to teach the world that they were to obey all the commands of Jesus.
Matt 28:19-20
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe 
all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Simple unbelief is offensive to Lord Jesus, as pointed out in Mark 16:16 and Matt 13:41-42.

The penalty for disobedience is punishment. It doesn't get much clearer than this.
2 Thess 1:8-9
In flaming fire 
taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall be 
punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

Since this believer thinks Jesus is God, Jesus said that he should be feared because he had the power to not only kill people but to cast them into hell after they were dead.
Luke 12:5
But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.


Some people that received a mark on themselves will be cruelly tortured in the presence of Jesus, the King of Kings.
This is the message from Jesus in that regard:
Rev 14:10-11
The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and 
in the presence of the Lamb:
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.


This belief system, which this apologist can't bring themselves to recognize as a form of cult, asserts that its followers are special because they're covered by the blood of a human sacrifice.
This cult leader also urged his followers to eat his flesh and drink his blood so they could live forever(John 6:53-55).
Then, according to cult teachings, these followers, who consider themselves to be vice-regents of God, will reign with the cult leader Jesus when he flies back to earth from his current perch in heaven.
These believers often say that they want to spend eternity in a place called "heaven" where they'll constantly be singing praises and giving glory to the cult leader.

Concerning the earlier claim that Jesus is God:
This must be real news to Jesus, who said that he has a God. Jesus said it no less than four times in one verse.
Rev 3:12
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of 
my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

The Jesus that said this wasn't the one that was speaking on earth, it was the glorified Jesus that was resurrected and had ascended to heaven.
Jesus clearly stated four times in one verse that he has a God, but that doesn't impede believers from peddling the "Jesus is God" myth as if it was some sort of universal fact.
An absurd Jesus fetish permeates society, where people are sold a bill of goods rooted in delusion and propaganda.

What would Moses do?


Talmudic Parallels to New Testament Teachings

Talmudic Parallels to New Testament Teachings
Talmudic Parallels to New Testament Teachings: decorative header.
TALMUDIC literature may be said to have commenced with Ezra's redaction of the Pentateuch, about five hundred years before the common era. Its main object was the interpretation and codification of The Law. It covers a vast field, embraces almost the whole range of religion and law of some eight hundred years, and engages almost every prominent Babylonian and Palestinian Jewish teacher of that entire period.
Its greatest creative activity was during the life-time of Jesus, and during a century or so after. Its subject-matter for the most part deals with the religious, ceremonial, civil, and criminal law, but it abounds also in ethical teachings, of which quite a number have found their way into the New Testament—somewhat altered in their expression by reason of the latter's use of the Greek tongue. Many an aphorism and parable of Jesus is in
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the very form and spirit of Talmud writings. The well known Golden Rule is a paraphrase of that of the famous President of the Sanhedrin, and head of the most celebrated academy of all Palestine, Rabbi Hillel, a forerunner of Jesus. The Lord's Prayer has the phrasing as well as the spirit of the prayers of the Talmudic Rabbis. The justly celebrated Sermon on the Mount of the New Testament contains many a parallel to the teachings of the Talmud. The following selections may serve as illustrations
NEW TESTAMENT.
TALMUD.
1. Blessed are the poor in spirit.1. More acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice is the humble spirit.
2. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.2. Whoso maketh peace among his fellow-men enjoyeth the fruit thereof here, and shall reap his reward also in the world to come.
3. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.3. Whoso is merciful toward his fellow creatures will be mercifully dealt with by his Father in Heaven.
4. Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.4. Be rather of the persecuted than of the persecutors.
Whoso is persecuted and reviled and does not persecute and revile in return will meet with his reward.
5. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, not one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.5. Even heaven and earth shall pass away, but the word of the Lord shall endure forever.
6. Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least6. The least of the commandments demands as much
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NEW TESTAMENT.
TALMUD.
commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.of thy observance as the greatest.
7. Whosoever is angry with his brother without cause shall be in danger of the Judgment.7. Whoso lifts his hand against his neighbor, even though he strike him not, is guilty of an offense, and is adjudged a sinner.
8. Leave thy guilt before the altar and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.8. Sins of man against God the Atonement Day expiates, but sins of man against man the Atonement Day does not expiate till he has become reconciled with his neighbor.
9. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.9. Even if all the people of the earth were to try to make the wing of a raven white, they would try in vain.
10. Let your communication be Yea, yea; Nay, nay.10. Let your Yea be yea, and your Nay nay.
Say not one thing with thy mouth and mean another thing with thine heart.
11. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away.11. Let thy house be open to the needy, and let the poor be inmates of thy house.
More righteous than he who gives what is asked is he who gives twice the amount asked.
It is more praiseworthy to lend to the poor than to give alms.
12. If any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.12. If any one take thy ass give him the saddle also.
13. Bless them that curse you.13. Be rather of the accursed than of those that curse.
14. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven, for he maketh14. The day on which it rains is preferable even to the day of resurrection, for this
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NEW TESTAMENT.
TALMUD.
his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.latter is profitable for the godly only; the rainy day, however, is profitable to the ungodly as well as to the godly.
15. Take heed that you do not your alms before men to be seen of them.15. Whoso gives alms in public had rather not give alms at all than shame his fellowman.
16. But thou, when thou grayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.16. "Whoso studies the Law in the secrecy of his home," saith the Lord, "I shall cause his goodly deeds to be known in public."
17. But when ye pray use not vain repetitions as the heathen do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.17. Let thy words be few when thou offerest them in prayer to God.
18. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.18. Let this be thy short form of prayer: Thy will be done in heaven, and may peace of heart be the reward of them that reverence Thee on earth.
19. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.19. Lead me not into sin, even from its temptations. deliver Thou me.
20. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth where moth and rust doth corrupt and where thieves break through and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.20. My fathers had their treasures below, and I lay them up above. My fathers had their treasures where the hands of men may lay hold of them, I where no hand can reach them. My fathers’ treasures yield no fruit, but I gather what bears harvest. My fathers gathered for others, I for myself. My fathers gathered them for tins life; I for the world to come.
21. Behold the fowls of the air,21. Neither beast nor bird follow
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NEW TESTAMENT.
TALMUD.
for they sow not neither do they reap.a trade, and yet they are fed without toil.
22. Therefore, take no thought, saying: What shall we eat? or what shall we drink?22. Whoso has bread in his basket, and yet asks: What shall I eat to-morrow? belongs to those of little faith.
23. Take therefore no thought of the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.23. Sufficient unto the hour is the sorrow thereof. Thou shalt find it heavy enough even then.
24. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged.24. Whoso judges his neighbor charitably, shall himself be charitably judged.
25. With what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again.25. With what measure man metes, it shall be measured to him in heaven.
26. How wilt thou say to thy brother, let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and behold a beam is in thine own eye.26. Do they say: Take the splinter out of thine eye? He will answer: Remove the beam out of thine own eye.
27. Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.27. Whoso would reprove others must himself be spotless.
28. All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do you even so to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.28. What is hateful unto thee, that do not unto another. This is the whole Law, all the rest is commentary.
29. Whoso heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.
And the rain descended and the floods came and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it fell and great was the fall of it.
29. He whose knowledge exceeds his good deeds may be likened to a tree with many branches and a scanty root—every wind shakes and uproots it. But he whose good deeds excel his knowledge may be likened to a tree with few branches and a strong root; even if all the hurricanes
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of the world were to come and rage against it, they would be powerless to move it from its place.
Whoso studies the Law and acts in accordance with its commandments is likened unto a man who builds a house, the foundation of which is made of stone and the superstructure of bricks. Neither storm nor flood can injure it. But whoso studies the Law, and yet is wanting in good deeds, is likened unto the man who builds the foundation of his house of brick and the superstructure of stone. The flood comes, and undermines and destroys the house.
30. The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.30. The day is short and the task is great, and the workmen are sluggish, and the reward is great, and the Master of the house is urgent.
31. Freely ye have received, freely give.31. As freely as God has taught you s o freely shall ye teach.
32. Whoso shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.32. Whoso humbles himself in this world shall be exalted in the next. Whoso makes himself like unto a slave, for the Law, in this world, shall be made free in the world to come.
33. For unto every one that hath shall be given and he shall have abundance, but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.33. To him that hath shall be given; from him that hath not shall be taken away.
34. Then shall the kingdom of34. A king invited his servants
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heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
And five of them were wise, and five werefoolish.
They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you,
I know you not.
to a banquet, but did not appoint the time. The wise among them adorned themselves, and waited at the entrance of the king's palace, saying: Can there be anything wanting at a king' s house to delay a banquet? But the foolish among them continued at their labor, saying: Can there be a banquet without preparation? Suddenly the king's summons came. The wise, being ready and adorned, entered. But the foolish, hurrying from their work, entered with the soil of their labor upon them. The king welcomed the wise, a n d bade them to partake of the feast. But he was angry at the foolish, and bade them to stand and look on.
35. The Sabbath was made for35. The Sabbath has been delivered
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man, not man for the Sabbath.into your power, not you into the power of the Sabbath.
36. When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room, lest a more honorable man than thou be bidden of him.36. When thou art bidden as a guest seat thyself in a place lower than that of which thou art deserving. Let others assign to thee the higher place, not thyself. Never strive after the highest place lest they say unto thee: "Descend!" Better that they say unto thee: "Ascend to the higher place," than that thou shouldst be obliged to descend to the lower.
37. But when thou makest a feast call the poor, the maimed, the lame and the blind.37. So build thy house that its entrance be toward the street and that the poor have free admission, and let them be welcome guests within.
38. And the Lord saith unto the servant, go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.38. Three things there are that bear fruit in this world and yield reward in the world to come: First, honor of parents and fellowmen; second, hospitality to strangers and wayfarers; third, the making of peace between contending parties.
39. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master.39. It is enough for the servant that he be as his master.
40. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing, and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.40. Unless God wills it, not even a bird falls from the sky. Unless God wills it, no evil can fall upon man.
41. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.41. "Do I not number the very hairs of your head?" saith the Lord.
42. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of42. With the destruction of the Temple the power of prophecy departed from the
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heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.prophets and entered the hearts of babes and simpletons.
43. Whoso, therefore, shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.43. Whoso humbles himself in this life in love for the Law of God shall he counted among the exalted in the world to come.
44. For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man who is a householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace. And said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the laborers and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour they received every man a penny. And when they had received it they murmured against the good man of the house. Saying, these last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.44. A king hired a number of laborers to work in his garden. Among them there was one whose labor was greatly pleasing in the eyes of the king. After observing him a while, he called him to his side, walked up and down with him, engaged in pleasant converse. In the evening the laborers came for their pay, and the king gave to each his day's wage. To him, whom he had called from his labor early in the day, he gave as much as to them who had toiled all the day. These were displeased, and complained of unfair treatment, inasmuch as they had labored all day long, and had received no more than he who had toiled but little.
When the king learned of their displeasure, he said, This laborer has labored in but a few hours as much as ye have accomplished in all the day.
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But he answered one of them and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong, didst thou not agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is and go thy way, I will give unto this last even as unto thee.
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil because I am good?
So the last shall be first and the first shall be last.
45. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.45. In the life to come there will be neither eating nor drinking, neither marrying nor following a trade, neither envy nor hatred. The heads of the pious will be adorned with crowns, and the godly will rejoice in the presence of the Lord.



Saturday, April 19, 2014

Because the Jews are blind to Christ?



The prevailing Christian mindset of the Jews being blind to the gospel and therefore unable to understand their own blindness is perhaps one of the greatest ironies of all time.

One of the most illogical and unjust concepts is the killing and torture of an innocent man (in this case Jesus) to pay for the crimes someone else committed. In light of the instructions of G-D (Torah) the killing of another to pay my debt is unbiblical and completely ridiculous to the point where even a small child would agree, it is unjust. G-D is a Just G-D and a merciful G-D, the whole idea is barbaric...it's insane, to take joy in the fact that an innocent man was executed for my sins. I'm responsible for my actions! I have to answer for my choices. Yet, it is the Jew who is blind according to the New Testament Christian, who never takes into consideration what G-D says about the subject in the Old Testament, the Tanach.

The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers; every man shall be put to death for his own sin. Deu 24:16

The further I get away from Christian brainwashing the clearer it becomes about the abuse this so called religion is to children. I watched a video my grandchildren made a few years ago singing about 'the precious blood of the lamb”, never mind the fact, a lamb has nothing to do with atonement during the festival of passover, you'll not be taught this in Sunday school.


WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO

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Video of a man in an Islamic country tortured and beaten to death on the streets was made public. Parents are leading their children by the scene, school bags on their backs, obviously on the way to school. No one seemed upset over the cruelty of such a scene... only to find Christian children acting out the torture and execution of Jesus as a Special Sunday Children's Program by the local church? There could not be a better example of Child abuse than to brainwash a child into believing this is what our creator wanted, and of all people, his own Son? There's nothing loving or merciful about this act or a god who would demand such a thing take place to pay for my crimes, only I can answer for my own sin, no one else. And they call the Jews “blind”.  


"I'm going to create man and woman with original sin. Then I'm going to impregnate a woman with myself so I can be born. Once alive I will kill myself as a sacrifice to myself, to save you from the sin I originally condemned you to."

Monday, March 17, 2014

JEWS DO NOT ACCEPT JESUS AS THE MESSIAH BECAUSE: What exactly is the Messiah?


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It is important to understand why Jews don’t believe in Jesus. The purpose is not to disparage other religions, but rather to clarify the Jewish position. The more data that’s available, the better-informed choices people can make about their spiritual path.

JEWS DO NOT ACCEPT JESUS AS THE MESSIAH BECAUSE:

What exactly is the Messiah?


The word “Messiah” is an English rendering of the Hebrew word “Mashiach”, which means “Anointed.” It usually refers to a person initiated into God’s service by being anointed with oil. (Exodus 29:7, I Kings 1:39, II Kings 9:3)
Since every King and High Priest was anointed with oil, each may be referred to as “an anointed one” (a Mashiach or a Messiah). For example: “God forbid that I [David] should stretch out my hand against the Lord’s Messiah [Saul]…” (I Samuel 26:11. Cf. II Samuel 23:1, Isaiah 45:1, Psalms 20:6)
Where does the Jewish concept of Messiah come from? One of the central themes of Biblical prophecy is the promise of a future age of perfection characterized by universal peace and recognition of God. (Isaiah 2:1-4; Zephaniah 3:9; Hosea 2:20-22; Amos 9:13-15; Isaiah 32:15-18, 60:15-18; Micah 4:1-4; Zechariah 8:23, 14:9; Jeremiah 31:33-34)
Many of these prophetic passages speak of a descendant of King David who will rule Israel during the age of perfection. (Isaiah 11:1-9; Jeremiah 23:5-6, 30:7-10, 33:14-16; Ezekiel 34:11-31, 37:21-28; Hosea 3:4-5)
Since every King is a Messiah, by convention, we refer to this future anointed king as The Messiah. The above is the only description in the Bible of a Davidic descendant who is to come in the future. We will recognize the Messiah by seeing who the King of Israel is at the time of complete universal perfection.


1) JESUS DID NOT FULFILL THE MESSIANIC PROPHECIES

What is the Messiah supposed to accomplish? The Bible says that he will:
A. Build the Third Temple (Ezekiel 37:26-28).
B. Gather all Jews back to the Land of Israel (Isaiah 43:5-6).
C. Usher in an era of world peace, and end all hatred, oppression, suffering and disease. As it says: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall man learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4)
D. Spread universal knowledge of the God of Israel, which will unite humanity as one. As it says: “God will be King over all the world—on that day, God will be One and His Name will be One” (Zechariah 14:9).
The historical fact is that Jesus fulfilled none of these messianic prophecies.
Christians counter that Jesus will fulfill these in the Second Coming, but Jewish sources show that the Messiah will fulfill the prophecies outright, and no concept of a second coming exists.


2) JESUS DID NOT EMBODY THE PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS OF MESSIAH


A. MESSIAH AS PROPHET


Jesus was not a prophet. Prophecy can only exist in Israel when the land is inhabited by a majority of world Jewry. During the time of Ezra (circa 300 BCE), when the majority of Jews refused to move from Babylon to Israel, prophecy ended upon the death of the last prophets—Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.
Jesus appeared on the scene approximately 350 years after prophecy had ended.

B. DESCENDENT OF DAVID


According to Jewish sources, the Messiah will be born of human parents and possess normal physical attributes like other people. He will not be a demi-god,(1) nor will he possess supernatural qualities.
The Messiah must be descended on his father’s side from King David (see Genesis 49:10 and Isaiah 11:1). According to the Christian claim that Jesus was the product of a virgin birth, he had no father—and thus could not have possibly fulfilled the messianic requirement of being descended on his father’s side from King David! (2)
 SEE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S RESPONSE TO THIS QUESTION

C. TORAH OBSERVANCE


The Messiah will lead the Jewish people to full Torah observance. The Torah states that all mitzvot (commandments) remain binding forever, and anyone coming to change the Torah is immediately identified as a false prophet. (Deut. 13:1-4)
Throughout the New Testament, Jesus contradicts the Torah and states that its commandments are no longer applicable. (see John 1:45 and 9:16, Acts 3:22 and 7:37)  For example, John 9:14 records that Jesus made a paste in violation of Shabbat, which caused the Pharisees to say (verse 16), “He does not observe Shabbat!”


3) MISTRANSLATED VERSES “REFERRING” TO JESUS


Biblical verses can only be understood by studying the original Hebrew text—which reveals many discrepancies in the Christian translation.

A. VIRGIN BIRTH


The Christian idea of a virgin birth is derived from the verse in Isaiah 7:14 describing an “alma” as giving birth. The word “alma” has always meant a young woman, but Christian theologians came centuries later and translated it as “virgin.” This accords Jesus’ birth with the first century pagan idea of mortals being impregnated by gods.

B. CRUCIFIXION


The verse in Psalms 22:17 reads: “Like a lion, they are at my hands and feet.” The Hebrew word ki-ari (like a lion) is grammatically similar to the word “gouged.” Thus Christianity reads the verse as a reference to crucifixion: “They pierced my hands and feet.”

C. SUFFERING SERVANT


Christianity claims that Isaiah chapter 53 refers to Jesus, as the “suffering servant.”
In actuality, Isaiah 53 directly follows the theme of chapter 52, describing the exile and redemption of the Jewish people. The prophecies are written in the singular form because the Jews (“Israel”) are regarded as one unit. The Torah is filled with examples of the Jewish nation referred to with a singular pronoun.
Ironically, Isaiah’s prophecies of persecution refer in part to the 11th century when Jews were tortured and killed by Crusaders who acted in the name of Jesus.
From where did these mistranslations stem? St. Gregory, 4th century Bishop of Nazianzus, wrote: “A little jargon is all that is necessary to impose on the people. The less they comprehend, the more they admire.”
For further reading on the “suffering servant”:
 jewsforjudaism.org/ss


4) JEWISH BELIEF IS BASED SOLELY ON NATIONAL REVELATION

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Of the 15,000 religions in human history, only Judaism bases its belief on national revelation—i.e. God speaking to the entire nation. If God is going to start a religion, it makes sense He’ll tell everyone, not just one person.
Throughout history, thousands of religions have been started by individuals, attempting to convince people that he or she is God’s true prophet. But personal revelation is an extremely weak basis for a religion because one can never know if it is indeed true. Since others did not hear God speak to this person, they have to take his word for it. Even if the individual claiming personal revelation performs miracles, there is still no verification that he is a genuine prophet. Miracles do not prove anything. All they show—assuming they are genuine—is that he has certain powers. It has nothing to do with his claim of prophecy.
Judaism, unique among all of the world’s major religions, does not rely on “claims of miracles” as the basis for its religion. In fact, the Bible says that God sometimes grants the power of “miracles” to charlatans, in order to test Jewish loyalty to the Torah (Deut. 13:4).
Maimonides states (Foundations of Torah, ch. 8):

The Jews did not believe in Moses, our teacher, because of the miracles he performed. Whenever anyone’s belief is based on seeing miracles, he has lingering doubts, because it is possible the miracles were performed through magic or sorcery. All of the miracles performed by Moses in the desert were because they were necessary, and not as proof of his prophecy.
What then was the basis of [Jewish] belief? The Revelation at Mount Sinai, which we saw with our own eyes and heard with our own ears, not dependent on the testimony of others… as it says, “Face to face, God spoke with you…” The Torah also states: “God did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us—who are all here alive today.” (Deut. 5:3)

Judaism is not miracles. It is the personal eyewitness experience of every man, woman and child, standing at Mount Sinai 3,300 years ago.

Errors, Contradictions and Falsehoods in the New Testament

Errors, Contradictions and Falsehoods in the New Testament …


If I gave you a book and said it was from G-d, if it had just one mistake in it you would hand it back to me and you wouldn’t waste a single minute more of your time on it. If I gave you a wonderful book about the twin towers and the first page talks about the twin towers being destroyed in Chicago you would never believe anything else written in the book even if it was true because of the such grave error you first read.

Now: Contradictions in the New Testament (does G-d not know what he said or wanted to say?)
The announcement of the special birth came before conception. Lk.1:26-31.
The announcement of the special birth came after conception. Mt.1:18-21.
Jesu’ parents were told of their son’s future greatness. Mt.1:18-21; Lk.1:28-35.
Jesu’ parents knew nothing of their son’s potential. Lk.2:48-50.
The angel told Joseph. Mt.1:20.
The angel told Mary. Lk.1:28.
There were 28 generations from David to Jesu. Mt.1:17.
There were 43 generations from David to Jesu. Lk.3:23-31.
If this were both parents then they would have lived about 100-200 years apart from
each other as well!
Jacob was Joseph’s father. Mt.1:16.
Heli was Joseph’s father. Lk.3:23.
Christians state because Heli was his Father-in-law, this has nothing to do with
bloodline and would not be listed in a bloodline tie to Kind David!
He was to be called Emmanuel. Mt.1:23.
He was called Jesu. Mt.1:25.
Joseph, Mary, and Jesu flee to Egypt while Herod slaughters all males under
2 years old. Mt.2:13-16. (Note: Jesu’ cousin, John, was also under 2 and
survived without having to flee.)
Joseph, Mary, and Jesu did not flee to Egypt, but remained for temple rituals.
No slaughter of infants is mentioned! Lk.2:21-39.
Jesu was tempted during the 40 days in the wilderness. Mk.1:13.
Jesu was tempted after the 40 days in the wilderness. Mt.4:2,3.
The devil first took Jesu to the pinnacle, then to the mountain top. Mt.4:5-8.
The devil first took Jesu to the mountain top, then to the pinnacle. Lk.4:5-9.
Satan tempted Jesu. Mt.4:1-10; Mk.1:13; Lk.4:1,2.
Satan had no interest in Jesu. Jn.14:30.
The baptism of Jesu was with the “Holy Ghost”. Mk.1:8; Jn.1:33.
Fire was also added to the baptism. Mt.3:11; Lu.3:16.
John knew of Jesu before he baptized him. Mt.3:11-13; Jn.1:28,29.
John knew nothing of Jesu at all. Mt.11:1-3.
Jesu begins his ministry after John’s arrest. Mk.1:13,14.
Jesu begins his ministry before John’s arrest. Jn.3:22-24.
It is recorded that Jesu saw the spirit descending. Mt.3:16; Mk.1:10.
It is recorded that John saw the spirit descending. Jn.1:32.
The heavenly voice addressed the gathering. Mt.3:17.
The heavenly voice addressed Jesu. Mk.1:11; Lk.3:22.
Immediately after the baptism, Jesu spent 40 days in the wilderness. Mt.4:1,2; Mk.1:12,13.
Three days after the baptism, Jesu was at the wedding in Cana. Jn.2:1.
Jesu went to Bethphage and the Mt. of Olives, then left for Bethany. Mt.21:1,17.
Jesu went to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mt. of Olives. Mk.11:1; Lk.19:29.
Jesu went to Bethany and then Jerusalem. Jn.12:1,12.
Jesu and his disciples taught in Capernaum. Mk.1:20,21.
Only Jesu taught in Capernaum. Lk.4:30,31.
Peter was chosen, with Andrew, by the Sea of Galilee. Mt.4:18-20; Mk.1:16-18.
Peter was chosen, with James and John, by the lake of Gennesaret. Lk.5:2-11.
Andrew chose Jesu and then got Peter to join. Jn.1:35-42.
Peter was to preach to the Jews. Mt.10:2,5,6; Gal.2:7.
Peter was to preach to the Gentiles. Acts 15:7.
Jesu cured Simon Peter’s mother-in-law after he cleansed the leper. Mt.8:1-15.
Jesu cured Simon Peter’s mother-in-law before he cleansed the leper. Mk.1:30-42; Lk.4:38 to 5:13.
Peter’s mother-in-law was healed before Peter was called to be a disciple. Lu.4:38,39; 5:10.
Peter’s mother-in-law was healed after Peter was called to be a disciple. Mt.4:18,19; 8:14,15; Mk.1:16,17,30,31.
James and John were with Jesu when he healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law. Mk.1:29-31.
James and John were not with Jesu when he healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law. Lu.4:38,39; 5:10,11.
Lebbaeus (Thaddaeus) was the name of an apostle – but no Judas, brother of James. Mt. 10:3.
Judas, the brother of James, was an apostle, but no Thaddaeus. Lk.6:16; Acts 1:13.
The centurion’s servant was healed in between the cleansing of the leper and the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law. Mt.8:2-15.
The centurion’s servant was healed after the cleansing of the leper and the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law. Lu.4:38,39; 5:12,13; 7:1-10.
The people were not impressed with the feeding of the multitude. Mk.6:52.
The people were very impressed with the feeding of the multitude. Jn.6:14.
After the feeding of the multitude, Jesu went to Gennesaret. Mk.6:53.
After the feeding of the multitude, Jesu went to Capernaum. Jn.6:14-17.
A demon cries out that Jesu is the Holy One of G-d. Mk.1:23,24.
Everyone who confesses that Jesu came in the flesh is of G-d. 1 Jn.4:2.
Jesu cursed the fig tree so that it would not bear fruit. Mt.21:19; Mk.11:14.
It wasn’t time for the fig tree to bear fruit. Mk.11:13.
(wouldn’t a man/G-d know that his tree wasn’t ready to bear fruit, or being G-d
make it produce fruit as another miracle?)
The fig tree withers immediately, and the disciples are amazed. Mt.21:19,20.
The disciples first notice the withered tree the next day. Mk.11:20,21.
Jesu is the mediator of the “Father”. 1 Tim.2:5; 1 Jn.2:1.
Jesu sits on “his” right hand. Mk. 16:19.
Jesu and the “Father” are one in the same. Jn.10:30.
There is one “G-d”. 1 Tim.2:5; Jms.2:19.
There are three. 1 Jn.5:7.
Jesu said to honor your father and mother. Mt.15:4; Mt.19:19; Mk.7:10; Mk.10:19; Lk.18:20.
Jesu said that he came to set people against their parents. Mt.10:35-37; Lk.12:51-53; Lk.14:26.
Jesu said to call no man father. Mt.23:9.
Jesu said, “You fool…”. Lk.12:20; Mt.23:17.
Paul calls people fools. 1 Cor.15:36.
Call someone a fool and you go to hell. Mt.5:22.
Anger by itself is a sin. Mt.5:22.
But not necessarily. Eph.4:26.
Ask and it shall be given. Seek and you will find. Knock and it will be opened to you. Mt.7:7,8; Lk.11:9,10.
Ask and you shall be refused. Seek and you won’t find. Knock and you will be refused entrance. Lk.13:24-27.
Do not judge. Mt.7:1,2.
Unless it is necessary, of course. 1 Jn.4:1-3.
Jesu is thankful that some things are hidden. Mt.11:25; Mk.4:11,12.
Jesu said that all things should be made known. Mk.4:22.
Jesu said that no sign would be given. Mk.8:12.
Jesu said that no sign would be given except for that of Jonas. Mt.12:39; Lk.11:29.
Jesu showed many signs. Jn.20:30; Acts 2:22.
Jesu stated that the law was until heaven and earth ended. Mt. 5:17-19.
Jesu stated that the law was only until the time of John. Lk.16:16.
The “Sermon on the Mount” took place on the mountain. Mt.5:1.
The “Sermon on the Mount” took place on a plain. Lu.6:17.
The “Lord’s Prayer” was taught to many during the “Sermon on the Mount”. Mt.6:9.
The “Lord’s Prayer” was taught only to the disciples at another time. Lu.11:1.
Jesu had his own house. Mk.2:15.
Jesu did not have his own house. Lu.9:58.
Good works should be seen. Mt.5:16.
Good works should not be seen. Mt.6:1-4.
Jesu said that Salvation was only for the Jews. Mt.15:24; Mt.10:5,6; Jn.4:22; Rom.11:26,27.
Paul said that salvation was also for the Gentiles. Acts 13:47,48.
Repentance is necessary. Acts 3:19; Lu.3:3.
Repentance is not necessary. Rom.11:29.
Non-believers obtain mercy. Rom.11:32.
Only believers obtain mercy. Jn.3:36; Rom.14:23.
Only baptized believers obtain mercy. Mk.16:16.
Mercy cannot be predetermined. Rom.9:18.
All who call on the “Lord” will be saved. Rom.10:13; Acts 2:21.
Only those predestined will be saved. Acts 13:48; Eph.1:4,5; 2 Thes.2:13; Acts 2:47.
Jesu said he would not cast aside any that come to him. Jn.6:37.
Jesu said that many that come to him will be cast aside. Mt.7:21-23.
Salvation comes by faith and not works. Eph.2:8,9; Rom.11:6; Gal.2:16; Rom.3:28.
Salvation comes by faith and works. Jms.2:14,17,20.
The righteous have eternal life. Mt.25:46.
The righteous are barely saved. 1 Pet.4:18.
There are no righteous. Rom.3:10.
Now just how are Christians saved?
Believe and be baptized to be saved. Mk.16:16.
Be baptized by water and the spirit to be saved. Jn.3:5.
Endure to the end to be saved. Mt.24:13.
Call on the name of the “Lord” to be saved. Acts 2:21; Rom.10:13.
Believe in Jesu to be saved. Acts 16:31.
Believe, then all your household will be saved. Acts 16:31.
Hope and you will be saved. Rom.8:24.
Believe in the resurrection to be saved. Rom.10:9.
By grace you are saved. Eph.2:5
By grace and faith you are saved. Eph.2:8.
Have the love of truth to be saved. 2 Thes.2:10.
Mercy saves. Titus 3:5.
Backsliders are condemned. 2 Pet.2:20.
Backsliders are saved regardless. Jn.10:27-29.
Forgive seventy times seven. Mt.18:22.
Forgiveness is not possible for renewed sin. Heb.6:4-6.
Divorce, except for unfaithfulness, is wrong. Mt.5:32.
Divorce for any reason is wrong. Mk.10:11,12.
Jesu approved of destroying enemies. Lk.19:27.
Jesu said to love your enemies. Mt.5:44.
G-d resides in heaven. Mt.5:45; Mt.6:9; Mt.7:21.
Angels reside in heaven. Mk.13:32.
Jesu is with G-d in heaven. Acts 7:55,56
Believers go to heaven. 1 Pet.1:3,4.
Heaven will pass away. Mt.24:35; Mk.13:31; Lk.21:33.
So…Do Christians believe in dying with G-d? (passing away)
Pray that you don’t enter temptation. Mt.26:41.
Temptation is a joy. Jms.1:2.
G-d leads you into temptation. Mt.6:13.
G-d tempts no one. Jms.1:13.
Take no thought for tomorrow. G-d will take care of you. Mt.6:25-34; Lk.12:22-31.
A man who does not provide for his family is worse than an infidel. 1 Tim.5:8.
Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Acts 2:21; Rom.10:13.
Not everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Mt.7:21.
Only those whom the Lord chooses will be saved. Acts 2:39.
Hey wait on here?, that is really unclear!
We are justified by works and not by faith. Mt.7:21; Rom.2:6,13; Jms.2:24.
We are justified by faith and not by works. Jn.3:16; Rom.3:27; Eph.2:8,9.; Gal.2:16.
Do not take sandals (shoes) or staves. Mt.10:10.
Take only sandals (shoes) and staves. Mk.6:8,9.
Jesu said that in him there was peace. Jn.16:33.
Jesu said that he did not come to bring peace. Mt.10:34; Lk.12:51.
Jesu said that John the Baptist was a prophet and Elijah. Mt.11:9; Mt.17:12,13.
John said that he was not a prophet nor was he Elijah. Jn.1:21.
Jesu said that he was meek and lowly. Mt.11:29.
Jesu makes whips and drives the moneychangers out from the temple. Mt. 21:12; Mk.11:15,16; Jn.2:15.
Jesu said, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees”. Lk.12:1.
Jesu said, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees”. Mt.16:6,11.
Jesu said, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Herod”. Mk.8:15.
Jesu founds his church on Peter. Mt.16:18.
Jesu calls Peter “Satan” and a hindrance. Mt.16:23.
Oh come on Jesu, make up your mind.
The mother of James and John asks Jesu to favor her sons. Mt.20:20,21.
They ask for themselves. Mk.10:35-37.
Jesu responds that this favor is not his to give. Mt.20:23; Mk.10:40.
Jesu said that all authority is given to him. Mt.28:18; Jn.3:35.
Jesu heals two unnamed blind men. Mt.20:29,30.
Jesu heals one named blind man. Mk.10:46-52.
Jesu healed all that were sick. Mt.8:16; Lk.4:40.
Jesu healed many that were sick – but not all. Mk.1:34.
The council asks Jesu if he is the Son of G-d. Lk.22:70.
The high priest asks Jesu if he is the Christ, the Son of G-d. Mt.26:63.
The high priest asks Jesu if he is the Christ the Son of the Blessed. Mk.14:61.
The high priest asks Jesu about his disciples and his doctrine. Jn.18:19.
Jesu answers to the effect of “You said it, not me”. Mt.26:64; Lk.22:70.
Jesu answers definitely, “I am”. Mk.14:62.
At the Mount of Olives, Jesu told Peter he would deny him three times. Mt.26:30-34.
At the Passover meal, Jesu told Peter he would deny him three times. Lu.22:13,14,34.
Peter was to deny Jesu before the cock crowed. Mt.26:34; Lk.22:34; Jn.13:38.
Peter was to deny Jesu before the cock crowed twice. Mk.14:30.
The cock crowed once. Mt.26:74.
The cock crowed twice. Mk.14:72.
Peter makes his first denial to a maid and some others. Mt.26:69,70.
It was only to the maid. Mk.14:66-68; Lk.22:56,57; Jn.18:17.
Peter’s second denial was to another maid. Mt.26:71,72.
It was to the same maid. Mk.14:69,70.
It was to a man and not a maid. Lk.22:58.
It was to more than one person. Jn.18:25.
Peter’s third denial was to several bystanders. Mt.26:73,74; Mk.14:69,70.
It was to one person. Lk.22:59,60.
It was to a servant. Jn.18:26,27.
Wow, what a mess. To whom and and how many times?
The chief priests bought the field. Mt.27:6,7.
Judas bought the field. Acts 1:16-19.
Judas threw down the money and left. Mt.27:5.
Judas used the coins to buy the field. Acts 1:18.
Judas hanged himself. Mt.27:5.
Judas fell headlong and burst his head open. Acts 1:18.
Very strange, which one?
Jesu did not answer any of the charges. Mt.27:12-14; Lk.23:9.
Jesu answered some of the charges. Mk.14:61,62.
Jesu answered all of the charges. Jn.18:33-37.
Jesu said that eternal life would be given to all that were given to him. Jn.11:27-29; Jn.17:12.
Jesu released Judas in order to keep this promise. Jn.18:5-9.
The chief priests and elders persuade the people. Mt.27:20.
Only the chief priests persuade the people. Mk.15:11.
The chief priests and the people persuade themselves. Lk.23:13-23.
Jesu is given a scarlet robe. Mt.27:28.
Jesu is given a purple robe. Mk.15:17; Jn.19:2.
Jesu is given a gorgeous robe. Lk.23:11.
The sign says, “This is Jesu the King of the Jews”. Mt.27:37.
The sign says, “The King of the Jews”. Mk.15:26.
In three languages, the sign says, “This is the King of the Jews”. Lk.23:38.
In the same three languages, the sign says, “Jesu of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”. Jn.19:19,20.
Jesu asks G-d, The Father, why he has forsaken him. Mt.27:46.
Jesu said that he and The Father were one in the same. Jn.10:30; Jn.17:11,21,22.
The centurion says, “Truly this was the son of G-d”. Mt.27:54.
The centurion says, “Truly this man was the son of G-d”. Mk.15:39.
The centurion says, “Certainly, this was a righteous man”. Lk.23:47.
There was no centurion. Jn.19:31-37.
Jesu was crucified at the third hour. Mk.15:25.
Jesu was still before Pilate at the sixth hour. Jn.19:13,14.
The women looked on from “afar”. Mt.27:55; Mk.15:40; Lk.23:49.
The women were very close. Jn.19:25.
The last recorded words of Jesu were:
Version 1: “Eli, Eli …My G-d, My G-d why have you forsaken me” Mt.27:46.
Version 2: “Eloi, Eloi…My G-d, My G-d why have you forsaken me” Mk.15:34.
Version 3: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”. Lk.23:46.
Version 4: “It is finished”. Jn.19:30.
A guard was placed at the tomb the day after the burial. Mt.27:65,66.
No guard is mentioned. Mk.15:44-47; Lk.23:52-56; Jn.19:38-42.
Only those keeping the words of Jesu will never see death. Jn.8:51.
Jesu’ disciples will be killed. Mt.24:3-9.
All men die once. Heb.9:27.
Upon their arrival, the stone was still in place. Mt.28:1 2.
Upon their arrival, the stone had been removed. Mk.16:4; Lk.24:2; Jn.20:1.
There was an earthquake. Mt.28:2.
There was no earthquake. Mk.16:5; Lk.24:2-4; Jn.20:12.
The visitors ran to tell the disciples. Mt.28:8.
The visitors told the eleven and all the rest. Lk.24:9.
The visitors said nothing to anyone. Mk.16:8.
Jesu first resurrection appearance was right at the tomb. Jn.20:12-14.
Jesu first resurrection appearance was fairly near the tomb. Mt.28:8,9.
Jesu first resurrection appearance was on the road to Emmaus. Lk.24:13-16.
One doubted. Jn.20:24.
Some doubted. Mt.28:17.
All doubted. Mk.16:11; Lk.24:11,14.
Jesu said that his blood was shed for many. Mk.14:24.
Jesu said his blood was shed for his disciples. Lu.22:20.
Simon of Cyrene was forced to bear the cross of Jesu. Mt.27:32; Mk.15:21; Lu.23:26.
Jesu bore his own cross. Jn.19:16,17.
Jesu was offered vinegar and gall to drink. Mt.27:34.
Jesu was offered vinegar to drink. Jn.19:29,30.
Jesu was offered wine and myrrh to drink. Mk.15:23.
Jesu refused the drink offered him. Mk.15:23.
Jesu tasted the drink offered and then refused. Mt.27:34.
Jesu accepted the drink offered him. Jn.19:30.
Both “thieves” mocked Jesu on the cross. Mt. 27:44; Mk.15:32.
One “thief” sided with Jesu on the cross. Lu.23:39-41.
Joseph of Arimathaea boldly asked for the body of Jesu. Mk.15:43.
Joseph of Arimathaea secretly asked for the body of Jesu. Jn.19:38.
Jesu was laid in a nearby tomb. Mk.15:46; Lu.23:53; Jn.19:41.
Jesu was laid in Joseph’s new tomb. Mt.27:59,60.
A great stone was rolled in front of the tomb. Mt.27:60; Mk.15:46.
There was nothing in front of the tomb. Lu.23:55; Jn.19:41.
Nicodemus prepared the body with spices. Jn.19:39,40.
Failing to notice this, the women bought spices to prepare the body later. Mk. 16:1; Lu.23:55,56.
The body was anointed. Jn.19:39,40.
The body was not anointed. Mk.15:46 to 16:1; Lk.23:55 to 24:1.
The women bought materials before the sabbath. Lu.23:56.
The women bought materials after the sabbath. Mk.16:1.
Jesu was first seen by Cephas, then the twelve. 1 Cor.15:5.
Jesu was first seen by the two Marys. Mt.28:1,8,9.
Jesu was first seen by Mary Magdalene. Mk.16:9; Jn.20:1,14,15.
Jesu was first seen by Cleopas and others. Lu.24:17,18.
Jesu was first seen by the disciples. Acts 10:40,41.
The two Marys went to the tomb. Mt.28:1.
The two Marys and Salome went to the tomb. Mk.16:1.
Several women went to the tomb. Lu.24:10.
Only Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. Jn.20:1.
It was dawn when Mary went to the tomb. Mt.28:1; Mk.16:2.
It was dark when Mary went to the tomb. Jn.20:1.
An angel sat on the stone at the door of the tomb. Mt.28:2.
A man was sitting inside the tomb. Mk.16:5.
Two men were standing inside the tomb. Lk.24:3,4.
Two angels were sitting inside the tomb. Jn.20:12.
Peter did not go into the tomb but stooped and looked inside. Lk.24:12.
Peter did go into the tomb, and another disciple stooped and looked inside. Jn.20:3-6.
After the resurrection, the disciples held Jesu by the feet. Mt.28:9.
After the resurrection, Jesu told Thomas to touch his side. John 20:27.
After the resurrection, Jesu said that he was not to be touched. Jn.20:17.
Mary first saw Jesu at the tomb. Jn.20:11-15.
Mary first saw Jesu on her way home. Mt.28:8-10.
The women entered the tomb. Mk.16:5; Lk.24:3.
The women stayed outside the tomb. Jn.20:11.
The disciples were frightened when they saw Jesu. Lk.24:36,37.
The disciples were glad when they first saw Jesu. Jn.20:20.
Twelve disciples saw Jesu. 1 Cor.15:5.
Eleven disciples saw Jesu. Thomas was not there. Mt.28:16,17; Jn.20:19-25.
The disciples doubted that Jesu had risen from the dead. Mt.28:17.
The Pharisees and chief priests believed it possible. Mt.27:62-66.
After the resurrection, the disciples held Jesu by the feet. Mt.28:9.
After the resurrection, Jesu told Thomas to touch his side. John 20:27.
After the resurrection, Jesu said that he was not to be touched. Jn.20:17.
At the time of the ascension, there were about 120 brethren. Acts 1:15.
At the time of the ascension, there were about 500 brethren. 1 Cor.15:6.
The moneychangers incident occurred at the end of Jesu’ career. Mt.21:11,12.
The moneychangers incident occurred at the beginning of Jesu’ career. Jn.2:11-15.
Zacharias was the son of Jehoida, the priest. 2 Chr.24:20.
Jesu said that Zacharias was the son of Barachias. Mt.23:35. (Note: The name Barachias or Barachiah does not appear in the OT.)
The coming of the kingdom will be accompanied by signs and miracles. Mt.24:29-33; Mk.13:24-29.
It will not be accompanied by signs and miracles since it occurs from within. Lk.17:20,21.
The kingdom was prepared from the beginning. Mt.25:34.
Jesu said that he was going to go and prepare the kingdom. Jn.14:2,3.
Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin. Mk.3:29.
All sins are forgivable. Acts 13:39; Col.2:13; 1 Jn.1:9.
The ascension took place while the disciples were seated together at a table. Mk.16:14-19.
The ascension took place outdoors at Bethany. Lk.24:50,51.
The ascension took place outdoors at Mt. Olivet. Acts 1:9-12.
The holy spirit was with John from before he was born. Lk.1:15,41.
The holy spirit was with Elizabeth before John’s birth. Lk.1:41.
The holy spirit was with Zechariah. Lk.1:67.
The holy spirit was with Simeon. Lk.2:25.
The holy spirit is obtained by asking. Lk.11:13.
The holy spirit did not come into the world until after Jesu had departed. Jn.7:39; Jn.16:7; Acts 1:3-8.
Sometimes G-d is responsible for unbelief. 2 Thes.2:11,12.
Sometimes Jesu is responsible for unbelief. Mk.4:11,12.
The devil causes unbelief. Lk.8:12.
WOW! they believe in a man/g-d/devil that causes unbelief?
Whoever hates his brother is a murderer. 1 Jn.3:15.
If anyone claims to love G-d but hates his brother, he is a liar. 1 Jn.4:20.
No one can be a disciple of Jesu unless he hates his brother. Lk.14:26.
Believers do not come into judgment. Jn.5:24.
All people come into judgment. Mt.12:36; 2 Cor.5:10; Heb.9:27; 1 Pet.1:17; Jude 14,15; Rev.20:12,13.
Jesu says that, if he bears witness to himself, his testimony is true. Jn.8:14.
Jesu says that, if he bears witness to himself, his testimony is not true. Jn.5:31.
Men can choose whether or not to believe. Jn.5:38-47.
Only G-d chooses who will believe. Jn.6:44.
None of Jesu’ followers would be lost. Jn.10:27-29.
Some of Jesu’ followers would be lost. 1 Tim.4:1.
Jesu is the ruling prince of this world. Rev.1:5.
The prince of this world will be cast out. Jn.12:31.
Jesu says all men will be saved. Jn.3:17.
Only 144,000 virgin men will be saved. Rev. 14:1-4.
(fuuny most Christians are married and not virgins)
G-d wants all men to be saved. 1 Tim.2:3,4; 2 Pet.3:9.
G-d does not want all men to be saved. Jn.12:40.
Peter asks Jesu where he is going. Jn.13:36.
Thomas asks Jesu where he is going. Jn.14:5.
Jesu said that no one asked where he was going. Jn.16:5.
Jesu lost only one disciple. Jn.17:12.
Jesu lost no disciples. Jn.18:9.
Jesu came into the world to bear witness to the truth. Jn.18:37.
The truth has always been evident. Rom.1:18-20.
During his first resurrection appearance, Jesu gave his disciples the holy spirit. Jn.20:22.
The holy spirit was given to the disciples after his ascension. Acts 1:3-8.
The world could not contain all that could be written of Jesu. Jn.21:25.
All was written. Acts.1:1.
Obey the laws of men for it is the will of G-d. 1 Pet.2:13-15.
The disciples disobey the council. Acts 5:40-42.
Obey G-d, not men. Acts 5:29.
Obey men. It is G-d’s will. Rom.13:1-4; 1 Pet.2:13-15.
G-d hated Esau and loved Jacob even before they were born. Rom.9:10-13.
G-d shows no partiality and treats all alike. Acts 10:34; Rom.2:11.
All who have sinned without the law will perish without the law. Rom.2:12.
Where there is no law there is no sin or transgression. Rom.4:15.
Doers of the law will be justified. Rom.2:13.
Doers of the law will not be justified. Rom.3:20; Gal.3:11.
The law has dominion. Rom.7:1.
The law does not have dominion. Rom.6:14.
The law was the result of sin. Gal.3:19.
Sin is the result of breaking the law. 1 Jn.3:4.
Those of “G-d” cannot sin. 1 Jn.3:9.
Those of “G-d” can sin. 1 Jn.1:7 8.
The anointing of Jesu teaches right from wrong. 1 Jn.2:27.
The law written on the heart and conscience teaches right from wrong. Rom.2:15.
Abraham was justified by faith. Heb.11:8.
Abraham was justified by works. Jms.2:21.
Abraham was not justified by works. Rom.4:2.
It is not good to eat or drink anything that might cause your brother to stumble or be offended. Rom.14:21.
Let no one pass judgment on you in matters of food or drink. Col.2:16.
It is better that widows should not remarry. 1 Cor.7:8.
It is better that young widows should remarry. 1 Tim.5:11-14.
The G-d of this world blinds people to the gospel. 2 Cor.4:4.
There is only one G-d. 1 Cor.8:4.
The powers of this world are wicked, so fight against them. Eph.6:11-13.
All powers are ordained of G-d and, if you resist, you are damned. Rom.13:1,2.
Bear one another’s burdens. Gal.6:2.
Bear your own burdens. Gal.6:5.
Anyone who even greets a non-believer shares his wicked work. 2 Jn.10,11.
Always be ready to answer any man concerning your faith. 1 Pet.3:15.
All of the grass on the earth is burned up. Rev.8:7.
The army of locusts are instructed not to harm the grass. Rev.9:4.
Only “The Father” knows. Mk.13:32.
“Jesu” and “The Father” are one. Jn.10:30; 17:11,21,22.
Jesu said that he would judge. Jn.5:22,27-30; Jn.9:39.
Jesu said that he would not judge. Jn.8:15; Jn.12:47.
Jesu said that The Father judges. Jn.12:48,49.
Jesu said that The Father does not judge. Jn.5:22.
Jesu said that his disciples would judge. Lk.22:30.
He that does not believe is damned. Mk.16:16.
Thomas did not believe and was not damned. Jn.20:27-29.
“When his branch is yet tender”. Mt.24:32.
“When her branch is yet tender”. Mk.13:28.
Jesu is G-d. Jn.10:30.
Jesu is the “image” of G-d. 2 Cor.4:4.
Jesu was a man approved by G-d. Acts 2:22.
Jesu and G-d are one in the same. Jn.1:1.
Jesu is beside himself. Mk.16:19; Acts 2:32,33; 7:55; Rom.8:34; etc.
Jesu is the Son of G-d. Jn.6:69; Jn.20:31.
Jesu is the Son of Man. Mt.18:11; Lk.21:27.
Oh come on now!
Paul states that he does not lie. Rom.9:1; 2 Cor.11:31; Gal.1:20; 1 Tim.2:7.
Paul states that he does lie. Rom.3:7.
Looks like Paul did lie, in his writings.
Paul said that he does not use trickery. 1 Thes.2:3.
Paul admits to using trickery. 2 Cor.12:16.
Paul says that circumcision is nothing. 1 Cor.7:19.
Paul says that circumcision is profitable. Rom.2:25; Rom.3:1,2.
Do not covet. Rom.7:7; Rom.13:9.
Paul says covet. 1 Cor.12:31; 1 Cor.14:39.
Paul teaches not to steal. Eph.4:28.
Paul admits to stealing. 2 Cor.11:8.
Paul was assured that he would not be hurt. Acts 18:9,10.
Paul was often physically abused. 2 Cor.11:23-27.
Paul states that the law is necessary. Rom.3:31.
Paul states that the law is not necessary. Rom.6:14.
Jesu said to go and baptize. Mt.28:19.
Paul said he was not sent to baptize. 1 Cor.1:17.
Paul said he was not sent to baptize but to preach. 1 Cor.1:17.
Paul baptized. 1 Cor.1:16.
Jesu said that he did not come to abolish the law. Mt.5:17-19.
Paul said otherwise. Eph.2:15.
Jesu said that G-d did not condemn the world. Jn. 3:17.
Paul said that G-d did condemn the world. Rom.5:18.
Those present at Paul’s conversion stood. Acts 9:7.
They fell to the ground. Acts 26:14.
Those present at Paul’s conversion heard a voice but saw nothing. Acts 9:7.
Those present at Paul’s conversion saw a light but heard nothing. Acts 22:9.
Shortly after his conversion, Paul went to Damascus where he spent some time with the apostles. Acts 9:19.
Paul went to Damascus three years later and saw only Peter and James. Gal.1:18,19.
Shortly after his conversion, Paul went to Damascus and then to Jerusalem. Acts 9:18-26.
Shortly after his conversion, Paul went to Arabia, then to Damascus, and then, 3 years later, to Jerusalem. Gal.1:17,18.
In Damascus, the governor attempts to seize Paul. 2 Cor.11:32.
In Damascus, the Jews attempt to seize Paul. Acts 9:22,23.
The holy spirit forbids preaching in Asia. Acts 16:6.
Paul preaches in Asia anyway. Acts 19:8-10.
Paul said he would not be a servant of Christ if he tried to please men. Gal.1:10.
Paul said that he tried to please men. 1 Cor.10:33.
Paul says that he was the chief of all sinners. 1 Tim.1:15.
He who commits sin is of the devil. Children of G-d cannot sin. 1 Jn.3:8-10.
Paul said that Jesu is the judge. 2 Tim.4:1.
Paul said that G-d is the judge. Heb.12:23.
Paul said that the saints would judge. 1 Cor.6:2.
Paul said that Jesu was the Son of G-d. Rom.1:3,4.
Paul said that Jesu was just a man. Heb.7:24.
Do not boast. Lk.18:14.
Do not be proud. Rom.11:20; 1 Pet. 5:5.
Paul proudly boasts. 2 Cor.11:16-18; Gal.2:9-11.
Jesu commends the church at Ephesus for discerning the lying apostles. Rev. 2:1,2.
Paul was the apostle to Ephesus. Eph.1:1.
Jesu to be buried for three days and nights – Matt 12:40
Jesu buried for one day and two nights – Mark 15:42,43, John 20:1
(These texts show the burial did not take place until Friday night and the tomb was empty before Sunday morning).
Jesu was therefore not in the tomb for “three days and three nights” – whether present-day or Jewish time-reckoning is used.

You do not need idols or false messiahs.

Jer 31:30  But every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man that eateth the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge. 
Jer 31:31  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah; 
Jer 31:32  not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; forasmuch as they broke My covenant, although I was a lord over them, saith the LORD. 
Jer 31:33  But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the LORD, I will put My law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people; 
Jer 31:34  and they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying: 'Know the LORD'; for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more. 

Deu 24:16  The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers; every man shall be put to death for his own sin. 

Eze 18:4  Behold, all souls are Mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is Mine; the soul that sinneth, it shall die. 

Eze 18:20  The soul that sinneth, it shall die; the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father with him, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son with him; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.


Jer 31:30  But every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man that eateth the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge. 



Every Jew is commanded to develop the recognition of Divine truth attained by Abraham: a recognition so absolute that it can, by the force of reason alone, dispel a universally entrenched doctrine and convince thousands to transform their lives.

The essence of Judaism is the belief in the One G-d.

by Chabad.org
The essence of Judaism is the belief in the One G-d. Indeed, all monotheistic faiths trace their origin to Abraham, the discoverer (or re-discoverer) of this truth.
The Jewish belief in G-d is expressed in the first two of the Ten Commandments. The first affirms the truth of His being. The second is the negative complement to the first–the disavowal of idolatry. Idolatry is not necessarily a lack of belief in G-d; indeed, the Second Commandment begins, “You shall have no other godsbefore Me…” Rather, idolatry also includes any denial of G-d’s oneness — his absolute singularity, unity and exclusiveness of being. To ascribe any divisions or compartmentalizations to the divine being, or to believe that G-d has any partners or intermediaries to His creation and sustenance of the universe, is to transgress the prohibition of idolatry.
The particulars of the laws of idolatry are spelled out by Maimonides in hisMishneh Torah, in a twelve-chapter section entitled Laws Concerning Idolatry and its Customs. Here Maimonides defines idolatry and examines the various forms of idol-worship and its accompanying practices, the penalties they carry, the status of an idolator, etc.
In the first chapter of Laws Concerning Idolatry, Maimonides outlines the history of man’s recognition of the truth of the One G-d. Originally, man knew his Maker; but “in the generation of Enosh (Adam’s grandson), humanity erred grievously, and the wisdom of that generations wise men was confused; Enosh himself was among those who erred. Their error lay in that they believed that it would be pleasing to G-d if they were to venerate the forces of nature which serve Him, as a king desires that his ministers and servants be venerated. Soon they were erecting temples and altars to the sun and the stars, offering sacrifices and hymns of praise to them, believing all this to be the will of G-d.”
In later generations, Maimonides continues, “there arose false prophets… and other charlatans who claimed to have received communications from the various heavenly bodies as to how they are to be served and which images are to represent them. As the years went by, the venerable and awesome name of G-d was forgotten from the lips and minds of humanity; no longer were they aware of Him at all. The common folk knew only the wood or stone image in its stone temple which they had been trained from childhood to bow down to and serve and swear by; the wiser ones among them believed in the stars and constellations that these images represented; but none recognized or even knew of the Creator except for rare individuals such as Enoch, Methuselah, Noah, Shem and Eber. And so the world turned until the pillar of the universe, our father Abraham, was born.
“No sooner was [Abraham] weaned — and he was but a small child — that his mind began to seek and wonder: How do the heavenly bodies orbit without a moving force? Who moves them? They cannot move themselves! Immersed amongst the foolish idol-worshippers of Ur Casdim, he had no one to teach him anything; his father, mother and countrymen, and he amongst them, all worshipped idols. But his heart sought, and came to know that there is one G-d… who created all and that in all existence there is none other than Him. He came to know that the entire world erred…
“At the age of forty, Abraham recognized his Creator… He began to debate with the people of Ur Casdim… He smashed the idols, and began to teach the people that it is only fitting to serve the one G-d… He continued to call in a great voice to the world, teaching them that there is one G-d for the entire universe, and that He alone is it fitting to serve. He carried his call from city to city and from kingdom to kingdom… Many gathered to ask about his words, and he would explain to each according to his understanding until he had shown him the path of truth. Thousands and then tens of thousands joined him…and he implanted this great principle in their heart and wrote many books on it. After Abraham’s passing, Isaac, and then Jacob, continued his work, until Jacob’s descendents, and those who joined them, formed a nation that knew G-d.
“However, when the people of Israel dwelled in Egypt for many years, they regressed to learn from the behavior of the Egyptians and to worship idols with them… just a little longer, and the great principle implanted by Abraham would have been uprooted, and the descendents of Jacob would have reverted to the error of humanity and their contorted ways. But out of G-d’s love to us, and His keeping of the oath He made to Abraham… G-d chose Israel as His, crowned them with mitzvot, and instructed them the way in which to serve Him, and the laws concerning idolatry and those who err with it.”
History as Law
Thus Maimonides concludes the first chapter of Laws Concerning Idolatry. In the next eleven chapters he proceeds to spell out the legal particulars of “idolatry and those who err with it.”
The Mishneh Torah is a purely Halachic, or legal, work. On the rare occasions on which Maimonides digresses with an historical fact or a philosophical insight, it is always revealed, upon closer examination, to be a legally instructive point. The same is true of the opening chapter of Laws Concerning Idolatry: every detail of this lengthy history is a Halachah, a crucial component of the Torah’s prohibition of idolatry. In this essay, we will dwell on two of the important points that Maimonides is making in this chapter.
Maimonides’ first point is that idolatry is not only a religious sin but also a rational error. Enosh’s generation “erred grievously and the wisdom of that generation’s wise men was confused”; humanity was deceived by false prophets and charlatans. Abraham arrived at the truth of G-d’s oneness not by Divine revelation or supernatural powers, but in a process by which “his mind began to seek and wander… until he comprehended the truth and understood the righteous path by his sound wisdom.” He gained adherents to his faith not by working wonders or prophesying in the name of G-d, but by explaining to each according to his understanding, until he had shown him the path of truth. Maimonides does not mention G-d’s many revelations to Abraham (see Genesis 12:1, 12:7 15:1-21, et al); he also makes no mention of the many prophecies and miracles that accompanied the development of the nation that knew G-d in its formative years. For even if none of this had come to pass, man could still have come to recognize the oneness of G-d, and would have been expected to do so. Idolatry is irrational; man, using nothing more than his capacity to reason, can discern its fallacy and discover the truth.
[This is also emphasized by Maimonides' statement that "At the age of forty, Abraham recognized his Creator." There exist several accounts as to the year of Abraham's discovery. The Talmud states that Abraham recognized his Creator at age three; other sources cite his age at the time as 4; other as 50. Maimonides' source seems to be a variant version of theMidrash that states that he was 48t. As many commentaries suggest, there is no contradiction between these accounts -- each represents another level of recognition achieved by Abraham; indeed, Maimonides himself informs us that his quest began "soon after he was weaned, and he was but a small child." Why, then, does Maimonides choose to speak particularly of the recognition Abraham attained at age forty? Indeed, of what Halachic significance is Abraham's age at all? But Maimonides wishes to again underscore that Abraham's refutation of idolatry was a rational one. Forty is described by our sages as "the age of understanding" -- the point at which a person's cognitive powers attain full maturity. Thus, the level of discovery Abraham achieved at age forty represents his ultimateunderstanding of the divine truth.]
On the other hand, near the end of the historical account, Maimonides makes the very opposite point: without Divine intervention, the faith founded by Abraham would not have survived.
Human reason is not enough. It can expose fallacies, discover truth, transform a life, convince thousands, found a nation. But it is only as strong as the human self of which it springs. It can be distorted and suppressed by the tribulations of life: break the person, and you have invalidated his or her ideas. The exile and hardship experienced by the Israelites in Egypt almost destroyed the nation that knew G-d. If G-d had not revealed Himself to us at Sinai, the great principle implanted by Abraham would have been uprooted.
Mind and More
In the first chapter of Laws Concerning Idolatry, Maimonides is instructing us how the mitzvah ”You shall have no other gods before Me” is to be observed.
It is not enough to say: “G-d revealed Himself to us at Sinai and told us that there are no other deities or forces that are partner to His being and His rulership of the universe. So I know that it is so. If He said so, that’s enough for me: the logic of this truth is irrelevant.” No, says Maimonides. The Second Commandment obligates the Jew that his mind, not only his convictions, should negate the possibility of other gods. He must not only accept that this is so, but also comprehend that, rationally, it cannot be otherwise. Every Jew is commanded to develop the recognition of Divine truth attained by Abraham: a recognition so absolute that it can, by the force of reason alone, dispel a universally entrenched doctrine and convince thousands to transform their lives.
On the other hand, a person might take this to the other extreme, and say: “The oneness of G-d is not a matter of faith, it’s a fact. The nature of reality attests to it–I can prove it to anyone. It is the revelation at Sinai that is irrelevant. Monotheism is a rational truth, supported by irrefutable arguments.”
That may be so, Maimonides is saying, but the Jew’s denial of alien gods is more than an irrefutable philosophy. It is a faith implanted in the core of our souls, which endures also when logic ceases to function and reason is rendered impotent. To truly believe one must comprehend, but comprehension alone is but the mortal shadow of immortal faith. The philosophy-faith of Abraham barely survived Egypt; the supra-rational faith we attained at Sinai, where G-d chose Israel as His, crowned them with mitzvot, and instructed them the way in which to serve Him, has survived a hundred Egypts and every madness of history.

Young Abraham

Young Abraham

Smashing Idols

The famous story from the Midrash about how Abraham destroyed the idols in his father's shop. An excerpt from the one-hour DVD "Young Abraham."