Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Was Jesus God?

Exodus 20:2-7: "I am Yehowah thy God, who hath brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of a house of servants. `Thou hast no other Gods before Me. `Thou dost not make to thyself a graven image, or any likeness which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth. Thou dost not bow thyself to them, nor serve them: for I, Yehowah thy God, am a zealous God, charging iniquity of fathers on sons, on the third generation , and on the fourth, of those hating Me, and doing kindness to thousands, of those loving Me and keeping My commands. `Thou dost not take up the name of Yehowah thy God for a vain thing, for Jehovah acquitteth not him who taketh up His name for a vain thing."

The first three commandments. I grew up as a Seven Commandment Adventist, I say that because Adventists believe that the 4th commandment is the most important, and ignore the first three commandments, however, the 4th commandment is not the most important, it is in fact, the 4th most important commandment...

But I regress, first lets establish how many God's there are...

Deut 6:4 "`Hear, O Israel, Yehowah is Ehohim, Yahowah is one."

Not two, Not three, One.

Now, what are some of the characteristics of Yahowah?

Numbers 23:19: "God is not a man--and lieth, And a son of man--and repenteth! Hath He said--and doth He not do it ? And spoken--and doth He not confirm it?"

1 Samuel 15:29, CEV: "Besides, the eternal God of Israel isn't a human being. He doesn't tell lies or change his mind."

Hosea 11:9, CEV: "Israel, I won't lose my temper and destroy you again. I am the Holy God-- not merely some human, and I won't stay angry."

So, He is not a man, not a human, and not the son of man.

So, Yahowah is not human and He is only One. Not two, not three.

Also, we know that Yahowah cannot die (see Genesis 3:22, among others).

So, what do we know about Jesus?

1. He was human. (Matthew 1:16, among others)
2. He was the son of man. (Matthew 8:20, among others)
3. He died. (Matthew 27:50, among others)

Therefore, by all counts, Jesus is not God, and to worship him, is to be a pagan idolater, and is breaking the first two commandments.

I challenge you to study this and see if what I have quoted here is true.

An additional item I would suggest for study is the genealogy of Joseph in Matthew and Luke. There is a significant difference between the two, and between the genealogy recorded in the Tanach (Old Testament), also, I would point out that the genealogy of Joseph has absolutely no bearing on the genealogy of Jesus, as he was not the son of Joseph, and a son cannot get a genealogy by adoption (Numbers 34:14, Numbers 1:18-44, Leviticus 24:10), and since the genealogy of Mary is not recorded, there is absolutely no proof that Jesus was from the line of David, much less, even a Jew.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The New Testament vs The Tanach, Episode 1

I was not going to get into the subject of Tanach vs New Testament, but seeing as how the subject has been brought up, and there are some people who are interested in knowing why I have taken the position that I have, I will begin sending out a series of e-mails addressing specific aspects and proofs. I will also be posting them to my blog here.  I have spent some years studying the subject and coming to the point I am at now, I did not take the words of others at face value, but I have looked into the matter for myself to see what is the truth?  If you are really interested in examining the evidence to find the truth and setting aside your pre-conceived ideas, I wish you all the best.  Otherwise, if you are really not interested in finding the truth, and don't want to hear anything that might shake your pre-conceived ideas, then you may wish to stop reading now.

Given the following:

Yahowah does not change  (Malachi 3:6)

The New Testament says that the Tanach (Old Testament) is not to be broken, (John 10:35)
and the source of authority for the New Testament is the Tanach, therefore, if the New Testament does not conform to the Tanach (Old Testament), it therefore has no authority.

Let us then examine what the New Testament says in relation to what the Tanach (Old Testament) says:

The New Testament:

Acts 16:30, 31: "and having brought them forth, said, `Sirs, what must I do--that I may be saved?'
 and they said, `Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved--thou and thy house;'"

The Tanach (Old Testament):

Isaiah 45:20-25  "Be gathered, and come in, Come nigh together, ye escaped of the nations, They have not known, Who are lifting up the wood of their graven image, And praying unto a god that saveth not. Declare ye, and bring near, Yea, they take counsel together, Who hath proclaimed this from of old? From that time hath declared it? Is it not I--Yehowah? And there is no other god besides Me, A God righteous and saving, there is none save Me. Turn to Me, and be saved, all ends of the earth, For I am God, and there is none else. By Myself I have sworn, Gone out from my mouth in righteousness hath a word, And it turneth not back, That to Me, bow doth every knee, every tongue swear. Only in Yehowah, said hath one, Have I righteousness and strength, Unto Him he cometh in, And ashamed are all those displeased with Him. In Yehowah are all the seed of Israel justified, And they boast themselves.'"

Isa 43:11-15  "I, even I, am Yahowah; and beside Me there is no saviour. I have declared, and I have saved, and I have announced, and there was no strange god among you; therefore ye are My witnesses, saith Yahowah, and I am God. Yea, since the day was, I am He, and there is none that can deliver out of My hand; I will work, and who can reverse it? Thus saith Yahowah, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and I will bring down all of them as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, in the ships of their shouting. I am Yahowah, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King."

Isa 45:17-25  "O Israel, that art saved by Yahowah with an everlasting salvation; ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. For thus saith Yahowah that created the heavens, He is God; that formed the earth and made it, He established it, He created it not a waste, He formed it to be inhabited: I am Yahowah, and there is none else. I have not spoken in secret, in a place of the land of darkness; I said not unto the seed of Jacob: 'Seek ye Me in vain'; I Yahowah speak righteousness, I declare things that are right. Assemble yourselves and come, draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations; they have no knowledge that carry the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. Declare ye, and bring them near, yea, let them take counsel together: Who hath announced this from ancient time, and declared it of old? Have not I Yahowah? And there is no God else beside Me, a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside Me. Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else. By Myself have I sworn, the word is gone forth from My mouth in righteousness, and shall not come back, that unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Only in Yahowah, shall one say of Me, is victory and strength; even to Him shall men come in confusion, all they that were incensed against Him. In Yahowah shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory."

Again, we have the New Testament saying:

Luk 24:46,47  "and he said to them--`Thus it hath been written, and thus it was behoving the Christ to suffer, and to rise out of the dead the third day, and reformation and remission of sins to be proclaimed in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem: "

Where is it written? (I've read the entire Tanach, and I haven't found it yet.)

Eph 1:6, 7  "to the praise of the glory of His grace, in which He did make us accepted in the beloved, in whom we have the redemption through his blood, the remission of the trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, "

But the Tanach (Old Testament) says:

2 Chron 7:14  "if My people, upon whom My name is called, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

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