- Formation of the Bible canon
- What is the word of God?
- On Bible Interpretation: Figurative and literal expressions in the Bible
- Is God really almighty
- Is God omniscient?
- God gave the domination of the world to Satan
- War in heaven
- Similarities between Christianity and ancient pagan religions
- Parallels of the Old Testament
- Ethical teachings
- The similarities between the Egyptian book Amenemope and the Bible
- The Evolution of Catholic Heresy: The Doctrine of the Trinity
- The creed of Athanasius
- Why don’t I believe in the Triune God? God is one.
- Jesus Christ the Son of God, man: The deity of Jesus
- The two natures of Jesus
- What does it mean that Jesus is a man in heaven too?
- A description of Jesus by Josephus Flavius
- How does Satan try to mess up the Word of God?
- Why has God tolerated Satan for so long?
- What will be the future of man?
- What if you believe wrong?
- Is the Bible concealed?
The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments is everlasting. (Psa 119:160)
Sanctify them in your truth. Your word is truth. (Joh 17:17)
The impetus for this writing was given to me by Professor V.T. Aaltonen’s paper “Christianity and Old Pagan Religions – Why Didn’t I Become a Christian?” Maybe I, too, wouldn’t have become a believer if I had once read that scripture. It presents facts – correct information for sure – that can be interpreted as meaning that Christianity is just a collection of copies of beautiful, religious, time-bound principles presented around the world. Here I am dealing with a matter on which I did not have any idea.
I once thought of the Bible as an utterly God-inspired word. Gradually, I began to suspect that not all of the Bible’s stories were the pure and infallible Word of God. Today, I cannot determine whether an individual book of the Bible is such a word of God. So, I have defined for myself, as the Word of God in the Old Testament, those books of the Bible in which the author says that “this word of God came unto me.” There are numerous such verses, one of many, for example, Eze 3:16″ It happened at the end of seven days, that the Word of Jehovah came to me, saying.”
Indeed, in my Bible studies, I have focused primarily on the New Testament. I believe it is, as a rule, entirely the Word of God conveyed by Jesus and his apostles. Of course, these also include – in relation to the whole – some questionable passages and some obvious addition, which a Catholic scribe has made with good intentions, apparently “to clarify the obscure message of the Bible.”
When copying Old Testament books, the scribes were extremely meticulous to ensure correctness. Copy errors are extremely rare. As for the New Testament, no one controlled the copying work in this way and none of the originals have been preserved. Manuscripts could have copying errors or additions, or other changes for a variety of reasons.
Then there is another important reason that causes Bible readers a headache: what is the proper translation, and how should it be interpreted? Immediately after the apostolic period, the Catholic Church sought to have a decisive position in defining the only correct and accepted content of the Bible. They claimed, and probably still claim, to be a descendant of the authority of Peter and the apostolic Church-approved by God. Indeed, for almost 1,500 years, the Catholic Church has been dominant in interpreting the Bible. Under the influence of Luther and other Reformers, the explanation of the Bible took on new features, but the actions of both were otherwise similar; both sought to make their perception available to the public by force. If you disagreed with the given understanding of the Bible, you were denied the opportunity to be saved, and on top of all that, you could lose your life as a heretic by burning.
Formation of the Bible canon
How are the scriptures in the Bible chosen? Are the Scriptures in the Bibles of all churches the same? Who has decided which scriptures will be accepted into the Bible? How do we know if the scriptures chosen in the Bible are the Word of God and accepted by God?
There is a greater consensus on the Old Testament than on the New Testament. I recently watched a TV show about Qumran’s findings. New writings from about 200 BC have been found and mentioned, e.g., a description of Abraham and his wife Sarah. These Qumran texts gave more detailed information than the brief description of the Old Testament to date.
As for the New Testament, the situation is more confusing. Someone argues that the first two chapters of Matthew are a later addition. Many of the writings of the NT are suspected of being written by some disciples of the apostles instead of the apostles themselves. Some people think that the Gospel of Thomas should have fit into the New Testament and so on.
The canon, that is, the scriptures accepted by the Roman Catholic Church, differs from those accepted in the Bible by the Protestants. The body of New Testament scriptures began to be formed as early as the second century. The writings that belonged to it were to be of apostolic origin, commonly used and accepted by the churches. It must have been carefully examined that there were no heresies in circulation in the writings. First, the four gospels and the epistles of Paul were qualified. After all, there was still controversy until the 4th century. The book of Revelation and the book of Hebrews were the subject of particular debate. As late as the 16th century, Luther did not want the Book of Revelation to belong to the Bible because he did not understand it.
Its own chapter is still the effect of different translations and interpretations of the Bible. In this writing, it is not my intention to address these different versions of the Bible and their correctness. I don’t have that kind of qualifications either. I will only say to Bible readers: always be cautious about what you read and believe. Compare different translations and their explanations using the translation versions available on the Internet.
What is the Word of God?
Let us consider the significance of different translations for the formation of biblical truth. I firmly believe that it is challenging to find a completely neutral and truth-seeking Bible translation. I have to check the wording of the translations from the different translation versions and the meanings of the words used in them, for example, from Strongs’ explanatory work. It does the job, but it is behind hard work.
Some books of the Old Testament may be the Word of God, so I believe if it says like this, “this word of God came to me,” etc. The purpose of the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) is likely to show that the similarity of the three gospels proves they are true.
Many believe that the Bible is even entirely written (dictated) by God Himself. As I began writing these “bibleconcealed” writings, I became familiar with the early 20th-century scientist Dr. Ivan Panin and his Bible analysis. There are articles about them at the beginning of my articles. Panin said he found a code repeated throughout all the scriptures, and that code proves the authenticity of the scriptures, i.e., their divine origin. Panin used about 50 years to calculate the numerical codes of words from the Hebrew and Greek scriptures. Many laugh at codes like this, and I can’t say I believe one hundred percent in Panin’s codes either. But: read what Panin wrote about the first words of the Bible “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” and what many codes can be found in it. So I can’t condemn outright this divine code.
Today, it seems fashionable to doubt all the truths and writings of the Bible. For example, the virgin birth of Jesus is a favorite destination for these skeptics.
As you read the Bible, I believe that the Holy Spirit of God will also reveal the truths of the Bible to you.
2 Tim 3:15″ From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to give you the wisdom you need for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture is God-breathed [inspired by God] and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
On Bible Interpretation: Figurative and literal expressions in the Bible
If a biblical expression is figurative, it can be as true as a literal expression. That is just not literally true. The problem is twofold: we do not always recognize a biblical expression, whether it is a literal or a figurative expression. Another problem is often before us after finding an expression figurative; it means how it is to be interpreted.
To clarify the difficulty of the matter, I present some expressions, both literal and figurative.
Examples of literal expressions:
1 Tim 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
However, when Timothy says that “God is one,” this passage is open to interpretation. The Unitarian says that this is what we have always said; there is no God but the Father, Jehovah. The believer in the Triune God explains: Just so, our God is one God, but he appears in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
“One mediator” does not cause interpretation problems. Sure, Catholics tear their hair and say that the author has forgotten another mediator, the Virgin Mary, who has also been elevated by the Pope to be the mother of God and who conveys believers’ requests to God. However, one is only one, and two mediators cannot be one!
What about the “man Jesus Christ“? Isn’t that a clear and undisputed expression? I would say yes, it is. However, one may ask, does this mean Jesus for the sake of his human nature according to the doctrine of two natures of Jesus?
The seeds of an interpretation dispute sprout almost anywhere.
Examples of figurative expressions:
Rom 13:14 Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and do not obey your flesh and its desires.
2 Joh 1:7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who don’t confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the Antichrist.
What does it mean to “clothe on”? Clothing on means receiving; receive Lord Jesus Christ. Or “believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.” And what does “do not obey your flesh” mean? I could translate it into modern language like this: Don’t think about your physical (or the needs of your body) needs so that lusts awaken.
What about “coming in the flesh”? This means they do not recognize Jesus as the Christ who was to be born a human.
There are an incredible amount of figurative expressions in the Bible. Take, for example, the word “lampstand.” It’s probably a lamp holder or a candle holder. No, it isn’t. The Bible, perhaps exceptionally, explains what it is all about: Rev 1:20″ The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands. The seven stars are the angels of the seven assemblies [or churches]. The seven lampstands are seven assemblies [churches].”
What could be “olive trees”? This is also explained in the Book of Revelation: 11:3 I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands, standing before the Lord of the earth.
Who might be the two end-time witnesses mentioned? I have written about it in a separate article.
The Bible is how it is read.
How do you read the following Bible verse? Mat 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, And shall bring forth a son. They shall call his name Immanuel; Which is, being interpreted, “God with us.” – I ask this because, in a Bible explanation blog, this is used as sure evidence of the deity of Jesus. Does it say that Jesus is God? Does “Immanuel” mean that Jesus is God and that he is with us?
Or, does the name given to Jesus mean that Jesus was born as a son of God and God, in giving his son into the world as its redeemer of sins, at the same time promised that God the Father would be with us in the name of Jesus Christ?
One should not be guilty of reading the Bible more than it reads. Nor should one ignore a word in the Bible without realizing that it says something very significant.
Is God really almighty?
I found 59 mentions of God’s omnipotence in the Bible with a quick search in eleven different books.
A few examples:
Joel 1:15″ Alas for the day! For the day of Yahweh is at hand, And it will come as destruction from the Almighty.“
– Even Joel prophesied of the Day of the Lord, saying it was near. The speed seems to be very relative. After all, also Christ promised to come back soon. Even the book of Revelation speaks of the coming war on a great day of the almighty, which thus means a time of great tribulation at the end of time. Rev 16:14 “for they are spirits of demons, performing signs; which go forth to the kings of the whole inhabited earth, to gather them together for the war of that great day of God, the Almighty.” – Almighty God primarily refers to God the Father, and the “great day of the Almighty” is the day of the war that will destroy God’s enemies in Harmaggedon.
The great day of Christ is the day when he physically comes to earth and rewards and punishes humanity.
So, is also Christ almighty? He is still a man in heaven. Could man be like God? God has given Christ all authority, both in heaven and on earth. The omnipotence of Christ is not the same as that of God the Father, who has always been omnipotent, but the omnipotence of Christ is acquired power, unlike the omnipotence of God; God has always been almighty. People will hardly ever become like Christ with all authority. While still on earth, however, Christ painted excellent prospects for the believing people.
However, some Bible accounts give rise to the question of why God does not use his omnipotent powers by resolving the situations presented in the Bible simply using His Word. Consider, for example, the use of force to overthrow the walls of Jericho and its intricacies needed. Or the story of winning reinforced chariots.
At the end of the book of Revelation is a characterization of Almighty God and Christ. 21:22,”And a sanctuary I did not see in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, is its sanctuary, and the Lamb.” Read carefully! It could be understood even like this: Almighty God is its temple. The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, is part of this temple with God.
Whereas until now the temple of God has meant a physical building, often still as fine and decorated as possible, now the temple takes on a new meaning; God himself and Christ are the temple of the people saved at the Last Judgment in the New World! What does it mean? It means that people have a direct connection to both God the Father and Jesus Christ. Today, God and his sons will hear when a man approaches them in prayer. However, neither God nor Christ responds in the way that man would want to. In the new world, however, God promises to respond as the man approaches him. Isaiah 65:24 “It shall happen that, before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”
Is God omniscient?
God has made wrong decisions. This can be said from the fact that God says he regrets certain decisions. The omniscience of God includes knowing all in advance; did not God know in advance that not everything went according to his plan?
Are the details of repentance reliable, and has the prophet writing about them received the information from God?
Genesis: 6:6 Jehovah repented that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him in his heart.
Exodus: 32:14 Jehovah repented of the evil which he said he would do to his people.
1 Samuel: 15:35 Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death; for Samuel mourned for Saul: and Yahweh repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.
2 Samuel: 24:16 When the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, Jehovah repented him of the evil, and said to the angel who destroyed the people, It is enough; now stay your hand. The angel of Jehovah was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
Jeremiah: 26:19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him to death? Didn’t he fear Jehovah, and entreat the favor of Jehovah, and Jehovah repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? Thus should we commit great evil against our own souls.”
Amos: 7:3 Jehovah has repented of this, `It shall not be,’ said Jehovah.
Jonah: 3:10 God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way. God repented of the evil which he said he would do to them, and he didn’t do it.
Deuteronomy: 4:19 and lest you lift up your eyes to the sky, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, even all the host of the sky, you are drawn away and worship them, and serve them, which Jehovah your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole sky.
This last verse tells what the Israelites knew; they were God’s chosen people and everyone else was allowed to worship the celestial bodies. God, too, must have repented of his choice because his people often rebelled and turned to serve idols. However, God has kept His Word, if not otherwise, but “for the sake of the fathers” (Rom 11:28).
God gave the world domination to Satan.
God punished Adam and Eve for disobedience in paradise and, as a punishment, drove them out of there and removed their immortality, making them ordinary mortals. Well, in that respect, not quite common because they still lived for hundreds of years outside of paradise.
God did not punish Satan, who had enticed Adam and Eve into sin in the form of a serpent. Their sin was that they ate from the tree that God had forbidden to eat. Adam and Eve were tempted by Satan’s promise that they would have the ability to distinguish between good and evil. Adam and Eve were thus utterly ignorant of such a thing. Perhaps they were so ignorant that they did not understand the consequences of their actions; what did it mean that they would surely die?
How do we know that God gave the domination of our world to Satan? Jesus Christ himself acknowledged that Satan had received the world. Who else could have given it to Satan other than God the Father himself? So I have asked, at the latest in this situation, shouldn’t God have destroyed Satan and his followers? Satan tried to seduce Christ himself by promising Christ the kingdom of the world, which means the place of the second man immediately after Satan. Jesus remained faithful and sent Satan in his way. Satan was angry and, according to Peter, traveles around the world mad like a lion looking for someone to swallow (1 Peter 5: 8).
The Bible verses that confirm what I have written are so unbelievable that many people know nothing about it. I have never heard any learned clergyman talk about it. If I had told this to my grandmother, she would have refused to believe it, saying, “Don’t you son talk crazy.” This is what my grandmother told me when I told her Jesus had brothers and sisters. People’s ignorance of Bible truths is incredibly great.
A believer should stay in his faith and resist the temptations of Satan. However, I ask: why has God made faith so difficult and the world so full of attractions of sin? Even at the end of the days, “For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie” (2 The 2:11). Is it not enough for Satan and his forces to mislead humanity? I would think that God sends people the Word of Truth to strengthen their faith – not send a delusion? I understand this so that God will test his own and thus sift the grains from the chaff.
Who now rules the world today, God or Satan?
Satan was a high-ranking angel of God in heaven.
Eze 28:14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers: and I set you, so that you were on the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.”
15 “You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, until unrighteousness was found in you.
16 By the abundance of your traffic they filled the midst of you with violence, and you have sinned: therefore I have cast you as profane out of the mountain of God; and I have destroyed you, covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you have corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness: I have cast you to the ground; I have laid you before kings, that they may see you.”
Ezekiel calls Satan a cherub who was anointed by God, anointed just like Jesus. Angels, especially the angelic princes of God, are called anointed by the Bible. There are only a small number of these anointed angels. They have the right to enter the face of God in heaven.
Satan was proud of his beauty. He was dressed in sparkling gems. This is a figurative expression of the splendor that surrounds him. After all, angels are spirit beings and do not wear garments adorned with precious stones. Satan’s destiny was to be proud of his own beauty, and his heart became full of violence.
Verse 17 tells how God threw Satan into the earth. This is a figurative prediction of the future. The expulsion of Satan from heaven to earth occurs when the war is fought in heaven. Until then, Satan will have access to God in heaven.
I ask this: why did God not immediately punish Satan when his transgression was discovered? Would this be an explanation for why God has been so long-suffering about Satan’s rebellion?
War in heaven
John records in the Book of Revelation a vision of the war in heaven between the hosts of heaven, led by angel Michael against the forces of Satan. This scripture was written at the end of the first century when Christ was resurrected in heaven for about 60 years.
Verse Rev 12:5 tells of the birth of a boy child who will “rule all nations with an iron scepter.” It is Mary’s mother, and her son is Jesus Christ himself. In the same verse, events progress rapidly: “her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.” This is how the Bible says it happened.
The Bible account does not proceed logically. Verse 6 goes back to the time of the birth of the child. “The wife fled into the wilderness.” This is what Joseph and Mary had to do. They fled the persecution of Herod into Egypt.
And then the story jumps to another time and new events in heaven: It is a great and decisive war between the angels of Michael and the angelic hosts of Satan. Verses 8 and 9 explain the outcome of the war: 8 “They [Satan’s forces] didn’t prevail, neither was a place found for him any more in heaven. 9 The great dragon was thrown down, the old serpent, he who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”
What can we conclude from this account? The events are described in a few verses. Significant events affecting all of humanity do not proceed straightforwardly in the report. Read the following verses. After that, I will comment further and share my own views on how to interpret the war.
Rev 12:3 “Then another sign appeared in the sky: a huge red dragon with seven heads, ten horns, and seven royal crowns on its heads.
4 Its tail swept away one-third of the stars in the sky and threw them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth so that it could devour her child when it was born.
5 She gave birth to a son, a boy, who is to rule all the nations with an iron scepter. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne.
6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where a place had been prepared for her by God so that she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
7 Then a war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels fought back.
8 But it was not strong enough, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
9 The huge dragon was thrown down. That ancient serpent, called devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world, was thrown down to the earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.
10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say, “Now the salvation, the power, the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ have come. For the one accusing our brothers, the one who accuses them day and night in the presence of our God, has been thrown out.”
The great dragon, or Satan, was cast onto the earth in John’s vision. Did this happen in real-time when John saw his vision? Or had it already happened before? Or was it a vision of the future?
When will there be a war in heaven? The above verses relate to this issue, which I have considered in a separate article. However, I will state here the result of my reflections.
I have interpreted the rest of the story, the throwing of Satan and his host on earth in the future, during the last days. We are now living these last days and waiting for the promise of verse 5 to be fulfilled. That means the Second Coming of Christ and the establishment of His Millennial Kingdom. Christ will rule the world with an iron scepter. However, that has not yet happened.
In my interpretation, I pay particular attention to the following promise: “Now is come the salvation, the power, and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ; (v. 10). 1) Now is come the salvation and power AND 2) Now is come the Kingdom of our God AND 3) the authority of his Christ.
What does it mean that salvation and power have come?
Where does it come to, or where has it come from? Hardly does the vision mean heaven and its angels. Salvation has come onto the earth. Whose power? He who comes to earth with his power is [the salvation and power of ] Christ. This has not taken place. We are still waiting for this to happen.
The kingdom of God has come and existed in heaven for ages and ages. There can be no question about that. The promise in verse 10 of the coming of the kingdom of God means the coming of the kingdom of God to earth. It will be realized when the power of God’s anointed one, Christ, is discovered on earth when He establishes the Millennial Kingdom and rules the Gentiles with the Iron Scepter (v.5)
All three principles, namely, salvation and power, as well as the kingdom of our God and the realization of the power of his anointed, must be fulfilled after Satan is cast out of heaven. All the conditions must therefore be met for the outcome of the war in heaven to be realized.
One who thinks differently can justify his view, for example, as follows: Verse 10 has already been fulfilled in such a way that the kingdom of God will rule in heaven without Satan being entangled there. The power of God’s anointed had come true at the moment when God gave Christ all power, both in heaven and on earth.
Similarities between Christianity and ancient pagan religions
The following comments are part of many similar ones included in the book written by Prof. V.T. Aaltonen in 1952.
“Beliefs such as the Holy Trinity, the Savior who became man, the virgin birth, the Second Coming, the sacraments, the communion of the saints, etc. are or have been widely accepted in the Gentile world, regardless of the influence of Christianity. And what do we say when we learn that the “Ten Commandments” have been known for a few millennia before God gave them to Moses. “
The Similarities of the Old Testaments with the pagan religions
As for the creation account, according to the Zend-Avesta of the Parish scriptures, Ormuzd created the world and man in six eras in the following order: heavens, waters, earth, trees and plants, animals, and man. After the Creator had done his work, he rested.
The Persian legend tells of the Fall after creation in much the same way as the Old Testament. The prince of the evil spirits sent Satan in the form of a serpent to offer the first people the fruit of the miraculous tree that guaranteed immortality, and they fell into temptation. The Babylonians knew the same legend about the creation and fall into sin at least 1,500 years earlier than the Hebrews.
The account of the great flood has also been widespread before it was known to the Hebrews.
The Old Testament account of the Tower of Babel is also a loan from the Chaldeans. The same fable was felt by Hindus, Mexicans, and others.
As for the tables of law that Moses received from God on Mount Sinai, there is an older legend about the sun god Bacchus, which also tells us that this God’s law was written on two stone tablets. The part of the Bible story about God on the mountain is borrowed from a Persian legend. Zoroaster is told that while he was praying on a high mountain one day, the Lord appeared to him in the thunder and the blazing of bolts of lightning and gave him the “book of the law.”
Three days in the belly of a fish. Among other things, a Hindu tale tells of a man named Saktideva, who fell into the sea when a large fish swallowed him. The fish caught the fishermen’s gear and when they opened its stomach, Saktideva came out unharmed. A Greek fairy tale tells us that a whale swallowed Hercules near Joppa and that Hercules was in the belly of a whale for three days.
Savior stories. Stories of gods who became human have been common in pagan religions in ancient times. These saviors have laid the foundation for the salvation of mankind and, having completed their work of salvation, ascended back to heaven. Many have been born from virgins and many have been crucified. The virgin birth of gods, saviors, etc., has long been a common phenomenon.
Stopping the Sun. The Greek Bacchus is said to have stopped the movement of the sun and moon, and the Buddha’s disciples are often mentioned to have performed this miracle. The same myth has been known among ancient Chinese and Mexicans.
In ancient Egypt, it is mentioned that the God Horus was born of a virgin. Other similarly born are Krishna, Buddha, Attis, Romulus, Hercules, Perseus, Eskulapius, Dionysus, Quetzalcoatl, Mithra, Zoroaster, Osiris, Confucius, Fo-Hi, Plato, Pythagoras, and Ptolemaeus.
Similar prophecies about the Messiah as in the Old Testament are found in many holy scriptures of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Mexican, and other peoples.
It is common for angels, shepherds, and sages to appear at the birth of saviors and for their stars to then appear in heaven. For example, at the birth of Confucius, “five wise men came from afar, heavenly music was heard from the clouds, and angels appeared.” – The ancient peoples had a common faith, and this faith has still not completely disappeared, that the celestial bodies or their inhabitants influenced the birth and life of men on earth. Man’s good or bad fortune was believed to depend on the presence of good or bad stars at the time of his birth. For example, Zoroaster informs “wise men” that “there will be a Savior, of whom the star will announce in the afternoon”.
Long before the birth of Jesus, December 25 was celebrated as the birthday of Gods and the Saviors of many Gentiles: Bacchus of Egypt, Bacchus of Greece, Adonis, Krishna, Changi, Horus, Osiris, Buddha, Mithra, Sakia, etc. These were born on that day, which was a universal Roman holiday, and from the fourth century onwards, this pagan holiday then gradually became the Christmas Day of the Christian Church. In 534, the Pope ordered Jesus to be born on December 25th.
Killing Baby boys to destroy the Savior has also been a common myth in many ancient peoples. For example, to have Krishna killed, the Indian King Kansa commanded: “Seek all the little children, and mercilessly kill every boy who shows some signs of greatness.” Just as Joseph and his family fled to Egypt, it is also said that, e.g., Krishna’s parents escaped to Gokul with their savior children.
Satan also tempted others than Jesus: he also tempted, e.g., Buddha, Zoroaster, and Quetzalcoatl of Mexico. Satan promised Buddha all the kingdoms of the world, but the Buddha told Satan like Jesus to “go away from me.” In other fables, Satan fails in the same way.
The dead have been raised by: Krishna, Horus, Marduk, Eskulapius, etc. The same gods have performed many other miracles, healed the sick, the blind, the deaf, etc. The Greek Bacchus turned water into wine. Dionysus likewise turned the water into wine and rode two donkeys to the temple of Dodona like Jesus to Jerusalem. Poseidon walked on the surface of the water, and the Buddha flew across a river. Pythagoras walked in the air and on the surface of the water, “threw out devils,” and raised a few dead. The Hindu Sakia (c. 600 BC) is said to have started teaching and healing the sick at 28. “The blind saw, the deaf heard, the dumb spoke, the paralyzed walked, and the lame healed,” just as Jesus did.
The “Savior” as the Atonement for human sins was a doctrine known in many ways before Jesus. The poet Ovid (43 BC – 17 AD) says, “If you are guilty, why should another die for you? How absurd is it to expect salvation from the death of another?” According to Alfred Loisy (The Birth of the Cristian Religion), the idea of having a son of God as the savior of the world is essentially Greek. The Levant Greeks had rooted in an old agricultural-based devotion to the renewal of life in the new year after the dead winter, and this renewal was understood as a person. It was the fruit of the marriage between earth and heaven through the spring sun and rain; son of God and earthly virgin; a child who becomes a king who, by disposing of the dead waste of the past, makes everything new.
Several natural phenomena and other events observed in connection with the crucifixion of Jesus are also said to have occurred during the death of the pagan gods. Thus, for example, when Krishna died, the sun darkened, and fire and ash rained from the sky. When the Buddha died, there was a massive earthquake and thunder rumbled in the sky. A solar eclipse accompanied the death of Osiris and Caesar and when Prometheus died the earth shook, the tombs opened, etc.
Many pagan gods are reported to have risen from the dead on the third day of death. Such are e.g. Horus, Osiris, Chris, Quirinus, Prometeus, Quetzalcoatl, Atys and Mithra. They went to hell, e.g. Krishna, Zoroaster, Osiris, Horus, Adonis, Bacchus, Hercules, and Quetzalcoatl. The more than 3,000 year-old holy Hindu book says that Krishna “went to hell to address those in the prison of darkness with a view to getting them converted and led back to heaven, and he wanted to shorten their punishment by his own suffering.” After all, Krishna was “glorified” like Jesus, and after his resurrection, he appeared to his disciples. In general, the stages of Krishna’s life, in particular, are astonishingly similar to those of Jesus.
At least Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Zechiah, Prometheus, Quetzalcoatl, Laozen, and Lao-Kiu are finally said to have “ascended into heaven.” The Greek historian Plutarch says that Romulus ascended to heaven in 713 BC.
The origin of the Lord’s Supper is pagan. Cicero mentions it and marvels at this, saying: “How can a man be so foolish to imagine what he eats is of God.
The teachings of Confucius (or Kung Fu, 551–479 BC)
The doctrine of Confucius is practical and entirely directed at this world. The main content is the requirement to love your closest ones by observing the so-called golden rule: “Don’t do to others what you don’t want them to do to yourself.”
When describing the merits of Christianity and especially about its stages of origin, Christianity is generally presented in an ethical relationship as a representative of a completely new view and as decisively nobler and higher religion as the old, so-called pagan religions. The fact is, however, that Christianity includes many influences and doctrines from pagan religions.
The spirit of the Confucian teachings is illuminated by e.g., the following quotations from ancient Chinese writings.
The ideas of Buddha are illuminated by e.g., the following excerpts from his teachings.
My doctrine makes no distinction between the high and the low, nor between the rich and the poor. It’s like heaven. It has space for everyone, and like waves, it washes everyone in the same way.
In whom love dwells, for him the whole world is but one family.
As a mother who cares for her only child, may your heart and soul be filled with boundless love for all creatures, large and small.
If there is anyone who wants to take care of me, let him go and take care of his sick friend.
A soldier who wins himself is nobler than one who wins thousands in a battle. (Comp. Prov. 16:32: “One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; One who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.”
The doctrine of Buddha knew no race, no gender, no caste, and no aristocratic clergy. It emphasized the equality of all people and the brotherhood of the human race. Buddhism has been called “Eastern Christianity.”
Krishna has said:
When the poor knock on your door, receive him and fulfill his request, for the poor are chosen by God.
Above all, have a love for your beloved ones. Do good for the sake of itself, without hoping for a reward.
Also interesting are e.g. the following similarities between the New Testament and the books of the Indian sacred Mahabharata and Manu.
Mat 7:3:” Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?” — Mahabharata: “A malicious man is quick to see defects in his neighbor, though they are as small as a mustard seed; but when he looks at himself, he does not see his own faults.”
Rom 12:21: “Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.” — Mahabharata: “Win with gifts a man who never gives anything; bend an unreliable person with confidence; tame an enraged person with gentleness; and overcome the evil man with good.”
Luk 6:35: “Rather, love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, for he is kind to ungrateful and evil people.” — Mahabharata: “Not to offend anyone by thoughts, words or deeds, give to others, and be kind to everyone. This is a lasting duty of a good person. Noble people enjoy doing good without thinking of their own interests; when they do good to others, they do not expect to get anything back.”
Mat 22:39:” You must love your neighbor as yourself.” Luk 6:31:” Whatever you want people to do for you, do the same for them.” — Mahabharata: “When agreeing to a request or rejecting a request, one’s best course of action is to treat one’s neighbor as oneself. The core of all righteousness is this: treat others as you would like to be treated. Do nothing to your neighbor that you would not want your neighbor to do to you afterwards.”
The similarities between the Egyptian book Amenemope and the Bible.
Amenemope: “Turn your ear to what I say. And turn your heart to understand it. It is useful to hide it in your heart.”— Bible (Prov 22:17–18): “Turn your ear, and listen to the words of the wise. Apply your heart to my teaching. For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you, If all of them are ready on your lips.”
Amenemope: “Don’t remove the landmark. Do not hoard one cubit of the land, and do not cross the border of a widow without permission.”— Bible: “Prov 22:28 Don’t move the ancient boundary stone, Which your fathers have set up. 23:10 Remove not a border of olden times, And into fields of the fatherless enter not,“
Amenemope: “Poverty is better in the hands of God than riches in the storehouse. Bread and a happy heart are better than riches and unrest.” – Bible: “It is better to have little fear of God than great riches with worries. It is better to have little food and love than a bull and hostility in a stable” (Apocrypha).
Amenemope: “How diverse are all your deeds! You created the world according to your wishes – people, cattle, everything on earth. You did the seasons. You have made a distant heaven shining from afar to ascend there and to return. The world is in your hands as you have done it. When you have risen, they live; when you adjust, they die. In you man lives.” Bible: Psa 104:24 “How many have been Thy works, O Jehovah, All of them in wisdom you have made, Full is the earth of your possessions. 19: He appointed the moon for seasons. The sun knows when to set. 27: These all wait for you, That you may give them their food in due season. 29: You hide your face: they are troubled; You take away their breath: they die, and return to the dust.”
About the ancient Egyptian religion, e.g. in his book “Prolegomena to Ancient History” (by Doane), Mahaffy states:
“There is hardly any significant idea in Judaism and Christianity that would not be matched by the faith of the ancient Egyptians. The evolution of one God into a trinity; the coming into the world of a caring god by being born virginally without a father; his struggle and his momentary defeat before the forces of darkness; his partial victory; his resurrection and reign in his eternal kingdom with the saints; his peculiarity, and yet his identity with the uncreated, incomprehensible father, whose form is hidden and who does not dwell in hand-made temples. All these theological concepts are included in the oldest religion in Egypt. The same is true of moral teachings and of the immortality of the soul and the final judgment, and so on. All this is contained in the rituals and morals of the Egyptians.”
“Even in ancient Mexico, a well-known land of human sacrifice, the doctrine of chastity was taught, which in many respects resembled the Christian doctrine of chastity. The clergy taught people to live in harmony, to bear their burdens with patience, to trust in God’s grace rather than their own merits, to appeal to adultery in the eyes and heart, and above all to feed the poor.
The creed said: Dress the naked and feed the hungry whatever it costs you, for remember that they are the same flesh as you and people like you, and care for the sick, for they are the image of God. But, at the same time, everyone was told to acquire a slave to be sacrificed to God!
“The Jewish historian Josefus (37–95 AD) mentions a Jewish sect when telling about the Essenes, that the idea of asceticism, as well as the proclamation of justice, peace and mercy, and other ideals of Christian chastity, was widespread in the ancient world long before the birth of Jesus.
The teachings of rabbinical chastity in the Jewish holy book of the Talmud show that there is nothing in the moral teachings of Jesus presented in the Gospels that were not known among the Jews before and that the parables of the Gospels are usually borrowed from rabbis, even in the moral and intellectual sense inferior of the Gospel writers.
The Jewish prayer Kadish, based, among other things, on the Babylonian prayer to the God Merodah, reads: “Our Father which art in heaven, be merciful unto us, O Lord our God. Hallowed be thy name, and blessed be thy remembrance above in heaven, and here in the earth beneath. Let your kingdom rule us, now and forever. The old holy men said, forgive all that they have broken against you. Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and thou shalt reign in thy glory forever.
“There are so many commonalities between Christianity and pagan religions in general that it can be said that Christianity, by its very essence, existed before Christ. This was once the conception of Augustine. He writes: Opera Augustini, I: “Such is the present Christianity, which is most blessed to know and follow, called by that name, but not because of the doctrine itself, which has that name; for the doctrine called Christianity has, in fact, been known since ancient times; it has existed from the earliest stages of the human race until Christ became in flesh, from which time that true religion that previously existed has come to be called Christianity.”
In the light of old pagan fables, the resurrection of Jesus feels like a very “natural” event. There was a common belief that the gods died and rose from the dead in the old days. A religion whose Savior had not risen from the dead would have had no say in competing with pagan religions, i.e., Jesus was “forced” to rise from the dead.
The evolution of Catholic heresy
The doctrine of the Trinity
The Christian doctrine of the Trinity is not originally a Catholic invention but is borrowed from pagan religions. In the oldest Brahmanism, the Trinity occurs in the form of Brahma (Father), the Word, and the Holy Spirit. Later the Trinity was formed by Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
The triune deity has also been worshiped by Chinese and Japanese Buddhists, ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Mexicans, Peruvians, and so on. Plato (c. 400 BC) also understood divinity as a trinity: Agathon (supreme God or Father), logos (Word), and psyche (soul or Spirit).
Consolidation and strengthening of the position of the doctrine of the Trinity
The Council of Nicaea in 325, or the First Ecumenical Council of Bishops, was held in 325 in Nicaea in what is now Turkey. At that time, the Christian doctrine of the Trinity was formulated: “God is threeune — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three persons, but only one God. “I have written a separate article on the doctrine of the Trinity.
The Athanasian creed
Bishop Athanasios (about 298–373) was one of the most famous great church fathers of the early Christian period, especially in the controversy against Arianism. He strongly defended the doctrine of the one essence of the Father and the Son.
Even then, at the beginning of the 4th century, the conference’s content included a solid effort to persuade the Catholic members of the Church to remain in the Church and follow the doctrine given to them by the Church. It was definitely expressed: “This is the catholic faith; which except a man believe truly and firmly, he cannot be saved.“
Since those times, the Catholic Church has kept its members in a tight grip through fear. If you reject the Catholic Church and its doctrine, you cannot be saved but will face eternal destruction, that is, the fire of hell.
However, there is no support for this doctrine in the Bible, so the Word of the Bible had to be interpreted and even directly falsified and verses added to the Bible.
1 John 5: 7 has previously been translated in this way (Young’s literal): “because three are who are testifying in the heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these the three are one. International standard translates this even today: 8 “the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and these three are one.” World English Bible, however: “the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and the three agree as one.”
1 Joh 5:20: The verse is difficult to interpret. Especially the end of the verse; who is the true God and what is the relation between eternal life and the true God? “We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know the true God. We are in union with the one who is true, his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” – Not a very good translation!
World English Bible translates: “We know that the Son of God has come, and has given us an understanding, that we know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” “This is the true God” cannot mean man; if it did, then it should continue, “he is.“
This verse is difficult to translate and quickly leads to misunderstanding. For translation, I break up the parts of the verse, and then we see what the ‘true God’ is all about. So: the Son of God has come; he has come to give us an understanding that we would know who the True is. – This part should not be unclear to anyone.
We can conclude that the Son of God does not speak of himself as true because he continues; We are in union with the true one, his Son Jesus Christ.
The last sentence “he” is not the best translation option: Some translations translate the pronoun as “this” is true God and eternal life. What does it mean when you say “this is…”?
I interpret the sentence so that the verse might as well read like this: “But we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true; [When we know] the true God and his son Jesus Christ, this is the knowledge of God and eternal life.
This Bible verse is easy to understand in two ways. Therefore, I would not take it as an example to prove the Son of God to be the true God.
I agree with the author of an article who says that “God is eternal, having life in himself”. What does the author mean by saying that “others have received life from God“? Does he perhaps refer to angels? Or Jesus Christ himself? After all, God gave eternal life to his Son. When only God has always had eternal life, Jesus cannot be God because he received eternal life from His Father. This is evidenced by John 5:26,” For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he has granted the Son to have life in himself.”
One more example: Mat 28:19 is an addition: “Therefore, as you go, disciple all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” How do I know this verse is an addition? First, the disciples did not obey Jesus, but soon after that, on Pentecost, thousands of new believers were baptized just in the name of the Lord Jesus. How very disobedient they were! Second: Jesus did not give such a commandment to his disciples. He said he had been sent solely because of the lost sheep of Israel. The disciples did not begin their mission to the Gentiles until a few years later when Peter received a heavenly vision three times before believing.
Why don’t I believe in the Triune God? God is one.
I would gladly be a Trinitarian if this doctrine could be read from the Bible. The Bible teaches that our God the Father is one. Does the Bible teach that the Son, Jesus Christ, is a God person like Father? What about the Holy Spirit? Does the Bible teach that the Holy Spirit, like the Father and the Son, is equal in divinity?
The concept of the Triune God is perhaps an essential doctrine explaining the attribute of God. Isn’t it weird that this most crucial doctrine is not found in the Bible? Only through interpretation can you somehow find comprehensible grounds for this doctrine.
Instead, there are lots of Bible verses against the Trinity. For some reason, the proponents of the doctrine of the Triune God do not appeal to these verses but are silent about them. By these verses I mean e.g. the following:
Mar 12:29 “Jesus answered, The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. Also, Deut 6:4 Hear, O Israel, Jehovah our God is one Jehovah.” Did you notice who recognized this? Jesus Christ Himself. This verse is from the creed and prayer of Israel. If God consisted of three, wouldn’t God have revealed this to Moses and the prophets?
Joh 5:44 “How can you believe when you accept each other’s praise and do not look for the praise that comes from the only God?”
Joh 17:3 “And this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent—Jesus Christ.”
1 Cor 8:6 “yet for us there is only one God, the Father, from whom everything came into being and for whom we live. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom everything came into being and through whom we live.”
Gal 3:20 “Now a mediator is not between one, but God is one.”
Eph 4:6 “one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in us all.”
1 Tim 2:5 “There is one God. There is also one mediator between God and human beings—a human, Christ Jesus.”
Jam 2:19 “You believe that there is one God. That’s fine! Even the demons believe that and tremble with fear.”
Deu 6:4 “Hear, O Israel, Jehovah our God is one Jehovah;”
2 Kin 19:15 “Hezekiah prayed before Yahweh and said, Yahweh, the God of Israel, who sit above the cherubim, you are the God, even you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.”
Mat 23:9 “And don’t call anyone on earth ‘Father,’ for you have only one Father, the one in heaven.” – Even in such a small matter, the Catholic Church does not obey the Word of the Bible. Priests are called fathers and the Pope is even the Holy Father.
According to the doctrine of the Trinity, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are all equal in divinity. I can accept Jesus as a God person, but he is not equal to God the Father. Isn’t this already evident from the Bible verses above? Jesus himself said that the Father is greater than he. Joh 14:28 “You have heard me tell you, ‘I am going away, but I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I am.”
The Catholic doctrine began to become steeled; in various ways, the rights of believers were restricted, their property confiscated, and they were persecuted for their doctrine. The Catholic Church, by its own decision, without any basis in the Bible, deprived the unbelievers of their property and even their lives.
Catholic and, since the 16th century, also Protestant movements have decided on the lives of believers. What could believers have done other than believe what the priests in the Church said? Ordinary people could not read and the Bible had specifically been hidden from them for almost 1,500 years. Printing and the translation of the Bible into the laymen’s language caused a stir, especially against Catholics. Martin Luther was an admired leading figure and is still at the forefront of the Protestant movement. Still, he, too, was fierce in nature and by no means right in every way. No wonder “Babylon the Great” survived.
The Bible says: Rev 18:4 “Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out of her, my people, so that you don’t participate in her sins and suffer from her plagues.” – From where should we leave? The city and Church judged by God that will be destroyed: Rev 8:16, “saying, How terrible, how terrible it is for the great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet and was adorned with gold, gems, and pearls! ”
The Catholic doctrine of the Triune God began to develop after the time of the apostles. Religion and the state merged into a Catholic state religion that held people in its iron grip. Already Paul warned of the times to come according to Act 20:29;”I know that when I’m gone savage wolves will come among you and not spare the flock.”
The dark period in human history began, to which I also count the Reformation. Although they attacked the papacy with Luther at the forefront, they did not see the ‘beam’ in their own eyes but shed the blood of Christians as brutally. Jesus’ command to love both the neighbor and the enemy did not get through.
The Holy Spirit as part of the Triune God: The Holy Spirit was and is the Spirit of God; God accomplishes his will by the power of his Word and Spirit. After all, God is said to have seven different spirits.
The Catholic Church held that the Holy Spirit is not only the Spirit of God, but a separate person of God who is equal to God the Father, the Creator of the world, and Jesus Christ. It took about 300 years of Jesus’ teaching that we have only one God, the Father, when Catholics who captured ecclesiastical power elevated the Holy Spirit to be one of the three persons of God.
According to my interpretation and belief, the Holy Spirit is “only” the power of God sent by God and by Jesus Christ to perform various tasks. The first task was to participate in creating the world. Gen 1:2 “Now the earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep. God’s Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3 God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”
Psa 33:6 “By the Word of Jehovah the heavens have been made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.”
Psa 148:5 “They do praise the name of Jehovah, For He commanded, and they were created.”
How could the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost be equal members of the Godhead? When the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and both the Father and the Son can give orders to the Spirit; it shows, in my view, that the recipient of the orders is not in the same position as the principal.
God was one, and God was alone when he created the world. There was no one but God, his Word, and his Spirit.
I have tried to find in the articles of the defenders of the Triune God a valid argument in favor of the doctrine of the Triune God. On a quick reading, they may seem justified, but when you have a closer look at the Bible verses to support them, one can only wonder how they see such grounds in them. There is no single verse that states that Jesus is God or even part of the Triune God. The same goes for the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ the Son of God, man
The deity of Jesus
God the Father has exalted his Son as Lord and Christ (Messiah) and given him all authority in heaven and earth. The concept of God includes that God is omnipotent; no one can give God power because he has always had it. The Son has all authority in heaven and on earth, which elevates him above all other spirits in heaven. It can be said that he has divine power. As proof of this, God the Father has placed the throne of his Son on the right side of his throne. The throne is a figurative expression. When the throne of Christ is to the right of God’s throne, it means that Christ is God’s “right hand.”
Paul described Jesus’ position in heaven: 1 Tim 2:5″ For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Where is the throne of the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit? The Bible does not say a word about it.
I have read many different explanations of the doctrine of the Trinity. What they have in common is that they are not directly based on the Bible. The doctrine is explained referring to the Bible, but how is it possible that the central doctrine of faith is not explicitly found in the Word of God? The same way as the Bible repeatedly says, “God is one.” Then some go on to explain, “Yes one, but three persons.” It should be said: yes, yes, three persons, but only one of these is our God – the Father. Someone still excites: if Christ has all power in heaven as on earth, and he exercises divine power, though given, doesn’t this make him God?
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The two natures of Jesus
The concept of the Triune God also includes a doctrine called dyophisitism, which means that two natures, divine and human, exist in the person of Jesus Christ. He is not only man but also God. Such a doctrine developed by Catholics was necessary to explain how God could die on the cross.
Was Jesus on earth both man and God always according to the situation? No, Jesus was merely a man, the son of God. We know this from Jesus’ own testimony; God the Father gave him instructions on what to speak and by the power of the Father, Jesus performed many miracles. Joh 14:10 “You believe, don’t you, that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own. It is the Father who dwells in me who does his works.”
God the Father and Jesus can come to dwell in you and me as well. This is not a question of any dichotomous personality disorder. John wrote: 14:23 “Jesus answered him, If anyone loves me, he will keep my Word. Then my Father will love him, and we will go to him and make our home within him.”
Many do not know the biblical phrase that proves Jesus to be human even after his ascension to heaven: 1 Tim 2: 5″ For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
What does it mean that Jesus is also a man in heaven?
All in heaven are spirits. There will also be spirits of people saved in the Last Judgment. These people are strong in their faith and will access the mighty powers that Jesus described while on earth (Mat 17:20 and Luk 17:6).
Until then, Jesus will act as a mediator in heaven (1 Tim 2: 5). Catholics pray to the mother of Jesus, Mary, for the same purpose. However, Mary is dead in her grave, waiting for the resurrection. The Bible does not tell of the resurrection of Mary, but the Pope defines the position of Mary in heaven. Catholics also pray to the saints because the Catholic Church has elevated them to this value. They, too, are dead in their graves, waiting for the resurrection. How do I know? John also answers this: “No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven.
Where is heaven? Many people imagine heaven to be somewhere on top of the clouds. From there, those who get to heaven look at their relatives left on earth. As I ponder this question, I have concluded that heaven is very close to us, but still very far away – in another dimension. This is hard to understand. I know it. The Bible is also guilty of giving a false impression when describing Jesus’ ascension to heaven. Similarly, Christ’s second coming with the angelic army will take place “from above the clouds.”
The book of Revelation describes God’s new world, the New Jerusalem. There are those who have been saved and received eternal life from God.
The book of Revelation tells how God himself descends from heaven down to men. There are the thrones of God and Christ: 22:3 “There will no longer be any curse. The throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city. His servants will worship him.” – Thus, people should not dream of entering heaven because God descends from heaven “to earth.” That is, to the dimension in which the spirits of the saved people are.
Rev 21:22″ I saw no temple in it, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” – Saved people do not worship God in a temple but have a direct connection to the Father and the Son.
A description of Jesus by Josephus Flavius
According to Professor Eisler, Flavius Josefus’ original text reads as follows:
“At that time, there was a man if it is at all appropriate to call him human. His nature and appearance were human, but his appearance was more than human: he performed amazing miracles. But again, when I think of his earthly nature, I would not call him an angel (divine messenger).
And whatever he accomplished through the invisible power, he accomplished by Word and command. Others said of him: Moses, our first legislator, has risen from the dead and presented many healings and skills. Others thought God sent Jesus. However, he opposed the Law in many respects and did not follow the Sabbath according to the old custom. But on the other hand, he did nothing shameful; and he did not work by his hands, but acquired everything by the Word (i.e., the ‘Shemin’, or power of Word).
And many people followed him and listened to his teaching. And many souls were enthusiastic, assuming that through him the Jewish tribes could be delivered from the hands of the Romans.
He used to stay mostly on the Mount of Olives opposite the city. And there he also distributed his healings to the people. And there gathered with him about one hundred and fifty supporters and many other people. But when they saw the power that he accomplished with his Word all that he wanted, and when they expressed to him that he would go into the city and let the Roman forces and Pilate lose their heads and rule over us, he did not mock us.
And then when the matter was told to the Jewish leaders, they gathered at the high priest and said, ‘We are powerless and too weak to oppose the Romans. But because the bow is tensed, we want to go and tell Pilate what we’ve heard, and so we’re safe; so that he will not hear from others, and we will be deprived of our possessions, and we will be beheaded, and our children will be scattered all over the world. And they went and told Pilate.
So he sent and struck down many of the people. And he arrested that miracle worker and having established the justice to examine him, and he pronounced his judgment: he is a criminal, a revolutionary, a seeker of the throne.
And they (the Romans) crucified him contrary to the manner inherited from the fathers.”
Josephus also has the following interesting description of the appearance of Jesus: “He was a simple-looking man, mature, dark-skinned, short-lived, three cubits high, stooped, face long, nose long, eyebrows grown together, so that those who looked at him might be frightened, sparse-haired, divided in the middle like the Nazirites, and immature beard.”
The above information is abbreviated from Prof V.T. Aaltonen’s writing in Finnish, “Why am I not a Christian?” (2nd edition, 1952)
Addition from the author of the Bibleconcealed article: [Palm width is an old measure of length. Initially, it has been the width of a man’s palm, a third of afoot, and a sixth of a cubit, about 9 centimeters.
6×9 cm =54 cm. Three cubits thus total 3 x 54 cm = 162 cm]
There is a prophecy of Jesus in the Bible: Isa 11:1 “Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. Isa 53:2 He grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry land, He has no form, nor honour, when we observe him, nor appearance, that we should desire him. Isa 52:14 As astonished at you have been many, (So marred by man his appearance, and his form by sons of men.)”
Even Isaiah once received in a vision a description of Jesus. How different Jesus is portrayed in the numerous altarpieces, tall and slender, with European facial features. What might people think of an altarpiece depicting Jesus as described by Flavius Josephus?
How does Satan try to mess up the Word of God?
Could it be thought that God would have “done missionary work” in these Gentiles as well? After all, Christianity will lose nothing if the same high principles become known among the Gentiles. Why would God have done this? After all, he was only the God of the tribes of Israel and had left the celestial bodies for the Gentiles to be worshiped. 2 Cor 4:3 “Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in those who perish, 4 in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn on them.” – “God of this world” is, of course, Satan. Satan does everything he can to blind people’s minds so that they do not see the light of the gospel of Christ, but seek worldly wealth and success.
Where have such Christian ideas widely accumulated in the pagan world? The Jews probably haven’t been on mission trips, that’s for sure. Could the explanation for these fables of different nations, which closely resemble the narratives of the Bible, be the work of Satan, that is, to create events like the history of the Bible to confuse the world of human thought? How does this idea fit in time, that is, has Satan been able to know about future events in order to carry them out in obscurity around the world?
Ernest Renan, a 19th-century biblical scholar born in France in 1823, writes of Mithraism, which was born in Persia and had spread throughout the Roman Empire in the early days of Christianity: “It had its mystical meetings and chapels like small churches. Its confessors were united by a strong sense of brotherhood; it had a supper, so similar to the supper of the Christian mysteries, that Justinus Martyr found no other explanation for it than that Satan, in order to deceive the people, chose to imitate Christian ceremonies and thus steal them.”
According to the Bible, Satan has been orbiting the earth and has had bases like Tire. Daniel also says:
10:13 “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; but, behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me: and I remained there with the kings of Persia.”
10:20 “Then he said, Do you know why I have come to you? Now I will return to fight with the prince of Persia. When I go forth, behold, the prince of Greece shall come.”
10:21 “But I will tell you that which is inscribed in the writing of truth: and there is none who holds with me against these, but Michael your prince. 12:1 At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who shall be found written in the book.”
Satan has long been part of a small “leadership team” of God’s angelic princes. He has been aware of God’s plans for the world. God once asked Satan where he was coming from. Satan answered: “From going back and forth in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” (Job 1:7 and 2:1).”
Did Satan just watch the scenery? Rather, I believe that Satan has sown in the world principles of other religions reminiscent of the sacred events of Christianity and in different pagan peoples. Who else could have provided with the Bible similar wise guidelines for several religions? In this way, Satan has created situations in which even scholars wonder how different religions have similar life guidelines to the Bible. Therefore, Satan not only wandered the earth but sought to create future-affecting deceptions to the Word of the Bible to eliminate the effect of Christ’s work of salvation. Is this Satan’s biggest delusion project?
I may also ask, how would the Old Testament prophets and apostles and other New Testament writers have been aware of ancient Greek or Indian and similar fables? In the present age of the Internet, all such information is available to all, but how in the time of the Old Testament and the Apostles would it have been possible to gather such diverse material from different religions consistent with the Bible and then present it as their own in a slightly modified way?
I start to lean on Ernest Renan, who originally put forward Justin Martyr’s idea that Satan is behind this deception. How many have abandoned their Christian faith after discovering these old “oriental wisdoms”?
Why has God tolerated Satan for so long?
I do not know. I really don’t know. The Holy Spirit of God has allowed me to understand many things, but not yet the answer to this question. Yes, God locked disobedient angels in chains. Are Satan and his angels who believe in him too numerous and powerful? That is probably not the question. God and Jesus Christ could destroy Satan “by the breath of his mouth.” 2 The 2:8 “Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nothing by the brightness of his coming;”
There will be a war for the kingdom of heaven. I speak as if it were a question of the future. Could Jesus Christ, to whom God has given all authority in heaven and on earth, tolerate a stubborn angel like Satan? Maybe not in God’s heaven, but according to the Bible, Satan will not be captured until Christ comes a second time. Has Satan already been cast down to earth, out of heaven? That is, he would not even have access to God. In any case, Satan’s main operating environment is on earth, seducing humanity to meet worldly needs.
I have written about this dilemma above and based on that, I say that this war between the forces of Christ and the forces of Satan will only take place in the same context when Christ comes to earth for the second time.
Why has Almighty God put up with Satan all these years, thousands of years? And after all, still, given the world domination to him?
Another piece of Bible information that is hard to understand: When Christ comes the second time, Satan will be imprisoned for a thousand years. The kingdom of Christ will endure this time, and it will come as a great surprise to the final events; Christ sets Satan free.
Another great surprising piece of information is this: although the world has been free from the influence of Satan for a thousand years, large forces are joining Satan with the intent of destroying the forces of Christ. The course of the battle is not described in detail in the Bible, but states that after Satan has besieged the forces of Christ — the camp of the saints and Jerusalem — “fire came down from heaven and consumed them.”
I have pondered the question, why does God do this, from the Fall in Paradise to the millennial rebellion of Satan and the final battle? There are many of these “why questions,” and I have brought them up in my writings. I hope to find an exhaustive answer, even though I’m already an old man.
First, remember that a thousand years is like one day in the chronology of our God. I came up with no explanation today other than that God wants to test his believers in this way; whose faith withstands the temptations of Satan? Who will fall into the snares of Satan when seeking the riches of the world?
What will be the future of man?
In general, people believe that good people get to heaven after they die. Evil people, of course, do not, but at the last judgment, they will be read the judgment of perdition, eternal hell. This is what people generally believe.
Jesus promised something incredible: Joh 14:12 “Most assuredly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these will he do; because I am going to my Father. Rev 3:21 “He who overcomes, I will give to him to sit down with me on my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father on his throne.“
Sitting on a throne is a figurative expression. It describes the power that God and Christ have, as well as Satan has – and man will have. What does ‘who wins’ mean? The victors are saved, that is, to whom Christ says “come here to my right.” To the left are the ‘losers’ who, at the final judgment, receive a negative judgment from Christ. The victors will enter the New Jerusalem and see how God descends to dwell among them. According to the Bible, Satan also has a ‘throne’ (Rev 2:13).
When will believers perform such mighty works (John 14:12)? And where? The answer is: In God’s New World.
What if you believe wrong?
Many fear the consequences of misbelieving. In this writing, too, I brought to light from history a means of pressure that emerged from early creeds: if you do not believe according to this creed, you cannot be saved. If you cannot be saved, you will face eternal hellfire. Really?
The Catholic Church began this intimidation and blackmail. It was easy to implement because no one could argue against it. People could not read or understand the speech of the priests, when these spoke “the language of God,” Latin. If someone rebelled against the Church, he was burned at the stake as an example for others.
Is the situation different today? Partly yes, partly not. One can resign from a mainstream Protestant Church with a simple announcement, and no one cares. For example, if you try to quit the Jehovah’s Witnesses after you have been baptized. My information comes from some cases reported in public; the separated person has had to experience harsh treatment. Friends have disappeared and turned to shun. The person who quit has become an outcast.
Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged (Mat 7:1).
Luke says the same thing more thoroughly: Luk 6:37 Stop judging, and you will never be judged. Stop condemning, and you will never be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
This verse has been forgotten by many. Its central message is that a person should not pass judgment on anyone. Throughout time, both the Catholic Church and the Protestant churches have formulated and accepted creeds in their organizations, which, in addition to the content of the creed itself, say: If one does not believe this, one cannot be saved. That is, if you do not believe, you will not be saved, but you will perish in the eternal fire of hell.
What did Luke say? Conversely, if you sentence someone to doom, you will be pronounced it for yourself!
Love of truth is absolutely essential. In the 2. Epistle to Thessalonians we read:
2:7 “For the secret of this lawlessness is already at work, but only until the person now holding it back gets out of the way,
8 Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will destroy with the breath of his mouth, rendering him powerless by the manifestation of his coming,
9 “The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the power of Satan. He will use every kind of power, including miraculous signs, lying wonders,
10 and in all deceitfulness of the unrighteousness in those perishing, because the love of the truth they did not receive for their being saved,
11 For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie.
12 that they all might be judged who didn’t believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
This is about the last days and the second coming of Christ. Christ destroys Satan’s helper the Antichrist with the breath of his mouth.
People, even believers, are tested; God himself sends a strong delusion. Those who believe a lie will be condemned because they have not believed the truth, but are pleased with iniquity (verses 11-12).
Salvation requires the love of truth (v. 10). If it is not possible for a person to decide what is the truth, he cannot be judged if he makes a mistake and makes a wrong choice. One cannot know which “sect” or doctrine the mainstream churches condemn as heresy. However, man must have a desire and a striving for the truth. It is a different matter from blindly obeying one’s own Church or religious community and believing and following its teachings.
Mat 7:7 “Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who keeps asking will receive, and the person who keeps searching will find, and the person who keeps knocking will have the door opened.”
Is the Bible concealed?
Luke 18:34 “They understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they didn’t understand the things that were said.”
Luke tells how Jesus revealed to his own apostles how things would happen to him; a cruel death at the hands of the Romans and then after three days his resurrection from the dead. The hearers did not understand the clear speech of Jesus but lived in their own desires — the deliverance of Israel from the yoke of Rome.
Many read the Bible and hear the word of the Bible in their churches, but do not properly understand what they have read or heard. The concealed word of the Bible only opens when you pray to God to open it. You must have a love for the truth in order to understand correctly.
2 Thes 2:10 “and with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn’t receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
In the end, at the Second Coming of Christ, God Himself sends a strong delusion so that they will believe a lie that has not accepted the love of the truth in order to be saved.
1 Cor 2: 7 “but we speak the hidden wisdom of God in a secret, that God foreordained before the ages to our glory,”
Is the wisdom of God hidden? How can you find God’s hidden wisdom? Reading the Bible, of course, but to find it you must have a love for the truth; to what God, Jesus, and the apostles taught. Not to what doctrines the synods developed and decided on, which the Bible uses to refer to as the traditions of men.
Mark 7:8 “For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men.”
The purpose of these “concealed” writings is to emphasize the love of truth and to make readers think about the kind of doctrines they follow in their lives.