Science of God 8 Narrative Bibliography Book

 

The Destruction of Heaven, the Resurrection of God on Earth, in

The Science of God

 

Vol. 8

 

Quotes from the Bible

Preachers, Churches

Don’t Want You to See;

The Quotes That Preachers “Whitewash” and “Twist”:

 

A NARRATIVE

BIBLIOGRAPHY,

Un”Veiling” The Real “Mystery” Of The Bible;

The Second Appearance or Coming of Jesus – in Science:

The Bible Telling Us There Are Always

Sins In Our Holiest Men and Angels;

Followed By a Second Coming, A

Resurrection of God, in Material Things

 

GOD WARNED THAT ALL PREACHERS, PRIESTS, CHURCHES,

LIE, AND DECEIVE YOU: PARTS OF THE BIBLE THAT
WARN THAT ALL HOLY MEN AND ANGELS PRIESTS, CHURCHES, ARE FALSE;

 

[Copyright, edited to p. 284, Dec. 30, 2010; 9/13/07 to END p. 161

CONTENTS: Part 1, Bad Things in Priests, Prophets, etc.; Part II The Better, Science of God; Part III From “Angels” to “Zealots”; an Alphabetical List of Bad Things in Religion, According to the Bible itself; APPENDICES p. 130 to END p.?]

 

By Dr. Woodbridge Goodman, Ph. D.

 

 

CONTENTS

 

Introduction – page 2-5

 

Part I: The Bible Warns About Evil Things in Everything in Christianity:

 

Priests, Ministers – page 4

Prophets – 6

Angels – 18

Heaven – 21

Miracles – 23

Saints – 36

Faith – 37

Believers – 40

Scripture – 45

Sermons – 56

Leaders –

Spirit – 60-

Church – 82

God –

 

Alphabetical Summary of Sins in These and Other Gifts

 

Part II:

Good Things in Science:

Science – 88-122

Mind, Knowledge, Reason, Logic

 

Part III:

From “Angels” to “Zealots”;

An Alphabetical Survey of Bad Things

The Bible Noted in Christianity

 

APPENDICES

 

The Bible Authorizes Metaphorical Readings -122

New – 129

Nature – 87 (cf. Spirit) 129

Liberal – 129

Work – 130 -133

Jesus: Does Not Say He is Christ – 145-164

Resurrection

 

 

Introduction:

 

 

One “day” or another, you are supposed to be introduced to a “second,” “fuller” vision of God. And this book is your introduction, initiation, to that. But as foretold of the apocalyptic, Second Coming, what you will see, is hard to believe; hard to “face” or “bear.” But you must face it; it is all in the Bible itself. But in parts of the Bible, that your preachers don’t want you to look at: the parts of the Bible that warned about massive sins and evils and deceit … in essentially “all” preachers and holy men. Sins and deceitfulness, in our holiest preachers and religious leaders … and in their holiest, most “inspired” sayings about God, too.

 

In church, as children or simple adults, most of us were taught essentially, something like this: our preachers and churches are the reliable voicepieces of God. So they told us, if you trust and believe and have faith in your priests, ministers, and their sermons and homilies, sayings about God, you will get a) “miracles,” b) or “spiritual” things, and c) immortality in heaven. But here we will take a look at some parts of the Bible that our preachers did not fully understand, or face; which show that the traditional Christianity we heard in church, is the religion of “children.” While the apostle Paul and others tell us that one day we are supposed to see that this religion has been too simple; and we are supposed to move on; to see a more “mature” understanding of God. Or indeed, you are supposed to come to see a “second appearance” to Christ; a Second Coming.

 

Indeed, the Bible is absolutely true; but true in a way that our priests did not tell you about. Precisely as foretold, you can come to see the first outlines here, of the Second coming of Christ. But to get there, you have to be willing to read the Bible yourself, carefully; and to pass through the destruction of much of what you heard in church. Through in fact, something you never heard about in church: the Destruction of Heaven (Isa. 34.4; 2 Peter 3; Rev. 21).

 

. . .

 

Here we will look at the Bible – and find it outlines a very, very different message than what you heard in church. But this will mean that essentially all our priests and ministers, our churches, have gotten the Bible wrong; or failed to tell you about something. But is that possible? Our preachers and churches have always assured us that they themselves, are the reliable voice of God. And they quote parts of the Bible, to try to prove that. But let’s look now, at the parts of the Bible they never told you about in church. Eventually, as we look at our Bibles more closely here, we find that the religion of “faith” in preachers or their vision of God, faith in “miracles” or even “spirituality,” was not what the Bible and God really wanted for you.

 

In fact, as we re-read our Bibles here, what we see is that 1) God warned over and over, that there have always been sins in errors in “all” … and particularly, sins in all saints, apostles, scriptures, prophets … and all priests and churches. As we will see there, Bible itself warned constantly, that there are always huge sins in holy men and churches; both before, and during, and within, Christianity itself. In a) preachers and angels personally – but b) sins too in many of their most “inspired” doctrines or sayings about God, too. God constantly warned that all our own Christian preachers are often bad and evil; so that 2), finally, God tells us not to have so much “faith,” in preachers, churches. But instead, we are told in the Bible 3) to follow a critical theology, the critical Science of God.

 

Christianity, we will find here, was never supposed to be faith-based; it is supposed to be science-based. Said the Bible itself. And if this seems to demolish our childhood idea of Christ, even the Heaven that we got in Church? Then actually, 4) one “day,” perhaps the day of “judgement” in particular, God is supposed to reveal to you, massive sins and errors in our holiest men and angels, So that, shockingly, shatteringly, 5) our heaven itself, and “all” in it, are supposed to “fall” (Isa. 34.5; Rev. 21; 2 Peter 2.1-4, 3.7-12). But 6) if this is hard to “face” or “bear,” good people, even priests, can now find the courage to face this; on finding out that all this does not destroy, but “fulfill”s the Bible itself, its prophesies. And furthermore, 7) all this is to the good; all this apocalyptic destruction, is in order to see after all, a “second” “fuller” “appearance”/”parousia” – a Second Coming – of Christ. Christ advocating, amazingly, not “faith”; but commanding us to learn, Science.

 

At first it seems impossible. But as we re-read our Bibles here, we find that, amazingly, one “day” of “judgement,” you are supposed to see sins and errors, in our highest holy men, priests and ministers, saints and angels. And on that “day,” your childhood “heaven” of “faith” in physical “miracles,” or “spirituality,” is, shatteringly, supposed to be destroyed, to “dissolve” (2 Peter 3.11). But as shattering as this loss of “faith” is, all this is in the Bible itself; and all this is to the good. All this is in order for you begin to see, a “second” and better appearance to Christ. Christ telling us that religion was never supposed to be based on faith; but was always supposed to be based on Science.

 

It seems incredible; it seems impossible; it seems heretical. And so we will definitely need to prove this to traditional believers and priests, very, very carefully. But this we will do – with seventy, a hundred or more quotes, from the Bible itself.

 

 

. . .What you are reading here and now, is not quite a book.; it is just a narrative bibliography, of some parts of the Bible they didn’t correctly present to you in church. Those who want to read a “real” book on this subject, are referred to our other books; we will have written several real books, to show all this at length. But in any case, a real believer, who really believes the God of the Bible, will want to read precisely what we have here: just dozens, hundreds of quotes from the Bible itself. Without much commentary. Just the Bible itself.

 

Here we are about to hear not the voice and editorialized voice that preachers gave you in church; instead, you are going to hear something much closer to just God, himself. And shocking, we will see the Bible itself … delivering a theology that is in many respects, even exactly opposite to what you heard in church.

 

Far from stressing “faith” in preachers, churches, actually the Bible itself warned constantly that there have always been huge errors, even in our highest holy men and angels. Even in their most holy and “inspired” doctrines. And one “day” of judgement, you are supposed to at last notice those sins. This day to be sure, is extremely painful and disillusioning; on that day, your heaven itself is supposed to seem to collapse. But as it does, that this is to the good; all this is in order for you to see at last, a second and better vision, Second Coming, of God.

 

And indeed, as we re-read our Bibles here, we do indeed see many things that directly contradict our preachers, our priests and ministers and churches. Precisely as prophesied, God shows us that “all have sinned”; even our priests and prophets and angels in heaven itself. And thus, our childhood Heaven of “faith” begins to collapse. But after all, that is all exactly as foretold, in the Bible itself. And all that is to the good. Since even as our Heaven of “faith” in “miracles” and “spirit”s begins to collapse, also as foretold, it collapses at the hands of a “second coming,” a second and better vision, appearance, of God. Who comes to us – even in preview, in the Bible itself – supporting not “faith,” but a “Science” of God. One which at last reveals the first “signs” of second and better, “full”er vision, of Christ.

 


 

 

Part 1

 

Quotes from the Bible, where

God Warns There are Bad Things, in Essentially “All”…

 

 

“ALL” HAVE SINNED

 

 

Our preachers and churches present themselves, with great pride, as the reliable spokesmen for God himself. But actually, the Bible warned that there will always be huge sins, in all aspects of religion, including Christianity. The Bible warned of huge sins, from the beginning of time, in every aspect of Christianity, from angels, to priests, to inspired doctrines.

 

Is there always evil, in “all” the churches? Amazingly, the Bible said that “all have sinned.” And that only God himself is good:

 

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3.23).

 

“If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar” (1 John 1.10. 1/8).\

 

“God did not spare the angels when they sinned” (2 Peter 2.4).

 

“No one is good but God” (Mark 10.18).

 

Priests and churches now and then confess to minor sins; but then they often hint that all their own sins were however, “washed away,” that they were made “righteous” at last; they were made good again, by this or that saving special element of religion; for example, some special “gift,” or “grace.” But here and now, we will show that the Bible itself always said that there are always problems, sins, which each and every element of Christianity; with each and every alleged grace or gift from God. From “anointing” to “angels,” to “wisdom” itself; all can sin. And all do sin, all the time.

 

In fact, we will be showing here, that even “all” those in Heaven itself, short of God himself, have sinned from the start. And “all” will be dissolved therefore, soon enough:

 

All the host of heaven shall rot away…. All their host shall fall… For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens…” (Isa. 34.4 ff).

 

 

 

 

 

PRIESTS

 

 

All have sinned therefore. Including especially, priests.

 

There are many, many warnings in the Bible, about priests. First, there were warnings about priests in the past. Like most warnings in the Bible about past problems, these warnings also turn be found to be eternally relevant; relevant to priests today, too.

 

Preachers today – priests and ministers – will often try to say that the biblical warnings about priests, are just about everybody else; all other priests or ministers, except they, themselves. Preachers today, will claim that God’s warnings about priests, are only about other priests: 1) priests of other religions than Christianity. Or 2) priests of the past. But note that many passages in the Bible itself, 3) warn of sins, even in ancient Judeo-Christian, Israeli holy men and priests. Furthermore, sins even in Christian preachers, will continue, throughout the Christian era. There are many warnings 4) in the New Testament, telling of bad priests, sins in even the “household of God,” even during the time of Jesus. The time when the New Testament was about to be written. While there are warnings too, that 5) bad priests would continue; that many
“will” come, even after Jesus.
While 6) there are warnings that there would be false religious things, offered even in the name of, Jesus and Christianity itself. While furthermore, 7) such evils will persist, until the end of time.

 

For example: here are some quotes from the Bible, warning about bad priests, even in Israel. First, Israel in the past. But second, not only did the priests of Israel sin; their sin was said to create a curse, that extends far beyond their own time; to their “offspring.” So that the sins of ancient priests in Israel and surrounds, were to have longstanding effects. While indeed, note, sinful priests, are to persist it seems, until the “end” of time. Sins persist, to the end of time it seems clear, even in the “household of God” itself; even in the innermost, most holy associates of God himself:

 

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Paul Rom. 3.23; cf. 1 Kings 8.46? RSV).

 

“Hear this, O priests, pay attention, O house of Israel, O household of the king, give ear! It is you who are called to judgement. For you have become a snare… and a net…. Now Ephraim has played the harlot, Israel is defiled. Their deeds do not allow them to return to their God…. The arrogance of Israel bears witness against him…. And Judah stumbles with them. With their flocks and their herds they shall go to seek the LORD, but they shall not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them. They have been untrue to the LORD, for they have begotten illegitimate children” (Hos. 5.1, 3-4, 5-7 NAB).

 

“And now, O priests, this command is for you. If you will not listen, if you will not lay it to heart … says the LORD of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings; indeed, I have already cursed them…. Behold, I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung upon your faces, the dung of your offerings…” (Mal. 2.1-3).

 

“The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, they are confused with wine…. They err in vision, they stumble in giving judgment” (Isa. 28.7-8).

 

“Even in his servants he puts no trust, and his angels he charges with error” (Job 4.18 RSV).

 

Priests and ministers in the past, often did bad things. And it seems that such things will persist, until the End of Time. When at last bad priests and so forth, are exposed:

 

“An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?” (Jer. 5.30-31).

 

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment; I will be swift witness against the sorcerers … against those who swear falsely… against those who thrust aside the sojourner… (Malachi 3.3-5).

 

“The fool will no more be called noble, nor the knave said to be honorable” (Isa. 32.5).

 

“For behold, the day comes, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise….” (Mal. 4.1-2).

 

 

“As for you, you whitewash with lies” (Job 13.4; Ezk 22.28).

 

“With you is my contention, O priest. You shall stumble by day; the prophet also shall stumble with you by night, and I will destroy your mother. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me” (Hos. 4.1-6).

 

 

In the Old Testament, bad things were often found in holy men. And this also holds for the New Testament, and Christianity too. Many bad things are found to be persisting in preachers, even in the very “household of God”; even with Jesus himself and the original apostles around to supervise. Again in fact, bad things were said to persist in essentially “all” holy men, including priests; even to the End of Time. Indeed, bad things are found even in the Jews, and even in the Christian “household of God,” in the time of Peter:

 

“The time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God…. It begins with us” (St. Peter, in 1 Peter 4.17, in The Holy Bible; New Testament, Gospel book of St. Mark; 13.31-32. Revised Standard Edition, or “RSV”).

 

“And the high priest Ananias [“Anan” = “White” or “cloud” in Hebrew?] – commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, ‘God shall strike you, you whitewashed wall!…. ‘” (Acts. 23.2-6 6).

 

“You … boast of your relation to God and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed…, and if you are sure that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of children,… then you who teach others, will you not teach yourself?” (Rom. 2.17-21).

 

“Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another?” (Rom. 14.1-5-10-13-14-22-23).

 

“The Spirit distinctly says that in later times some will turn away from the faith [note: “the” faith; that is religion; not faith itself] and will heed deceitful spirits and things taught by demons through plausible liars – men with seared consciences who forbid marriage, and require abstinence from foods which God created…. Everything God created is good; nothing is to be rejected…” (1 Tim. 4.1-4, NAB; note that priests do not marry, require abstinence from many foods, or require fasting).

 

“As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him…. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls…. One man esteems one day as better than another, while another man esteems all days alike. Let every one be fully convinced in his own mind…. Why do you pass judgment on your brother…? Then let us no more pass judgement on one another…. Nothing is unclean in itself … The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God…. But he who has doubts is condemned … for whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Rom. 14.1-5-10-13-14-22-23).

 

“He also told them a parable: ‘Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully taught will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?'” (Luke 6.39-41. See: call no one father … or teacher).

 

“God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false…” (2 Thess. 2.11).

 

“For he is like refiner’s fire…; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi [the hereditary tribe of priests in Israel] and refine them like gold and silver, till they present right offerings to the LORD….

 

“No prophesy of scripture, is a matter of one’s own interpretation…. But False prophets also rose among the people, just as there will be false teachers [“rabbis”? preachers] among you…” (2 Peter 1.20-2.1).

 

“So now many antichrists have come…. They went out from us….” (the apostle/preacher John, in 1 John 2.19).

 

 

Preachers are too proud and vain, to “face” or “bear” these things; they will misquote parts of John, to suggest that even if false things came out of even, “us” Christians – but then preachers will follow John to say that those people left “us,” and are a different group. But the problem is – who is “us”? Which people today, are the true, real, right descendants of the right group of true, early Christians? At one time every church asserted that it was itself, “the one true church”; the one that escaped all these priestly deceivers. But as it turns out, God warned of sins in “all,” even churches; and warned of so many longstanding sins in so many preachers, and in all of religion? That finally, no once should ever be sure that your own church, and its view of Christ, is the right one. If your priests or minister, assert that your church is the one true church? Then after all, perhaps however your preachers are the foretold false priests. So their assurances are not reliable.

 

We will see here that the fact is, God warned dozens, hundreds of times, about huge sins in essentially, “all.” Including therefore, all priests; those of the a) past, and those of the b) present, and those c) of the future as well. Then too, c) we were warned that basically, for all practical purposes, there will always be sins in essentially every aspect of religion, including Christianity. And since priests follow these aspects of religion – angels, anointing, baptism, faith, etc. – then, all the priests will have been mislead in turn.

 

This is course is extremely serious. It means that almost the whole world – which follows priests and ministers – has been following unreliable leaders.

 

This is serious. So let’s now finally pay closer attention to what the Bible said; as it warned about even God’s allegedly closest “priests,” “servants,” and “angels.” God warned about even the holiest men of Israel … and of what many call Christianity too:

 

“This was for the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests…. They wandered, blind, through the streets… (Lam. 4.13-14).

 

“Both prophet and priest ply their trade through the land, and have no knowledge” (Jer. 14.18).

 

“How can you say ‘… the law of the LORD is with us’? But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has made it into a lie….. From prophet to priest, every one deals falsely” (Jer. 8.8-10, italics mine).

 

“Even in his servants he puts no trust, and his angels he charges with error…” (Job 4. 18; 15.15, RSV).

 

“Though they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down” (Amos 9.2).

 

“God puts no trust even in his holy ones [“saints}], and the heavens are not clean in his sight” (Job 15.15 NRSV).

 

“Even his angels he charges with error” (Job 4.18 NRSV).

 

“Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” (2 Corin. 11.13-15 RSV). “Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness” (2 Corin. 11.14-15 KJE)>

 

“God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false…” (2 Thess. 2.11).

 

“And Jesus answered him … you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church…. But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get thee behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of man.'” (Mat. 16.18-23).

 

“Ministerial servants should … be serious, not double-tongued …” (1 Tim. 3.8 NWT).

 

“On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me you evildoers'” (Mat. 7.22-23).

 

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corin. 11.13-14 RSV).

 

“The Lord has scorned his altar, disowned his sanctuary” (Lam. 2.7).

 

“Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’s servant? Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not. The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable. But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes… Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?” (Isa. 42.19-23 KJE).

 

“They like the most prominent place at evening meals and the front seats in the churches [/’synagogues’], and the greetings in the marketplace and to be called ‘teacher’ – or rabbi or priest, minister – by men. But you, do not you be so called; for one is your teacher, whereas all you are brothers. Moreover, do not call anyone your father on earth, for one is your father, the heavenly one. Neither be called ‘leaders,’ for your Leader is one, the Christ. But the greatest one among you must be your minister. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” (Mat. 23.6-13, NWT, my variation).

 

“Concerning Judas…. ‘His office let another take'” (Acts 1.16, 20; including the office of traitor?).

 

“So now many antichrists have come…. They went out from us….” (1 John 2.7-18; italics mine).

 

“There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8.46 KJE).

 

“My people – children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, your leaders mislead you…” (Isa. 3.12).

 

“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Prov. 16.25, 14.12; Bible, Revised Standard Edition, “RSV”).

 

“In the new world … many that are first will be last, and the last first” (Mat. 19.16-24-26-28-30).

 

“And the chief priests … were seeking how to put him to death….” (Luke 22.4).

 

“‘Who is on the LORD’S side? Come to me.’ And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him. And he said to them, ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword on his side, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay very man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor. And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses; and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men. And Moses said, ‘Today you have ordained yourselves for the service of the LORD, each one at the cost of his son and of his brother, that he may bestow a blessing upon you this day'” (Ex. 32.26-29).

 

I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. I did not know it was against me they devised schemes, saying, ‘Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name be remembered no more'” (Jer. 11.19).

 

“Peter said to him, ‘Even though they all fall away, I will not.’ And Jesus said to him, “… before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times” (Mark. 14.29-30).

 

“For if he that cometh preacheth
another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles…. I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service. And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man…. But what I do, that I will do, but I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed….” (2 Corin. 11.4-15 KJE).

 

“The word of the LORD came to me: ‘Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel..., ‘Ho, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed…. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd…. The shepherds have fed themselves, and had not fed my sheep” (Ez. 34.2-9). Therefore … Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep” (Ez. 34.2; Zech. 13.7).

 

Who tends a flock without getting some of the milk…? If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits…? Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings?” (1 Corin. 9.7-13; italics mine).

 

“The word of the LORD came to me: ‘Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel…. Have you not seen a delusive vision, and uttered a lying divination, whenever you have said, Says the LORD’“… (Ez. 13.1-7).

 

 

Here we saw many warnings about “priests” specifically. And related warnings about false things, in many who say they speak for God, for “the LORD.”

 

Did Jesus later on, support priests? For that matter, note that it was in fact, the priests of his time – priests, and Pharisees – that attracted Jesus’ strongest criticism. Indeed, it was priests that had Jesus arrested (for heresy), and executed.

 

“The chief priests and the scribes were seeking to arrest him [Jesus] by stealth and kill him” (Mark 14.1; Luke 24.20; John 12.10; Acts ?).

 

God often called on people to be priests, to be a “holy priesthood”:

 

“Be a holy priesthood” (1 Peter 2.5, 2.9; Jos. 18.7).

 

But it is clear that God’s calls were often in vain; priests often sinned, even in spite of God’s continual calls for them to be good and holy. Priests are often even evil, in fact, the Bible warns; they are actually often (even always?) the agents, “ministers” of the devil, Satan himself.

 

And what specifically, was perhaps the main sin in priests? We will see that their major sins, are a) priests have a superficial, deceptive humility; but underneath we see their massive Vanity and Pride. In declaring themselves to be all but “perfect” or “holy”; or in presenting themselves as the reliable voicepieces of God. And then b) we will see, priests are evil, in their narrowness; their focus just on the “parts” of the Bible that flatter priests and their authority, that flatter their vanity. While c) priests always ignored and disobeyed, the parts of the Bible that we will be at last looking at here; the parts of the Bible where God warned about longstanding sins in essentially all priests and all holy men.

 

Though d) a very few preachers might be good, as it turns out, no one but God knows, which ones they are; which ones were protected from error. So for all practical purposes, we are supposed to examine all holy men, if not contentiously, then critically.

 

Eventually we will see, in particular, the limitation of priests is that they saw and obeyed and told us about, only “parts” of the Bible; they saw the parts that seemed at first, taken out of context, to support traditional “religious” things; but they ignored the hundreds of quotes in the Bible, that warned of longstanding, massive sins in essentially every aspect of Religion. While e) priests ignored parts of the Bible, that told us that for the good of mankind and God, we should not be so “spiritual” (James 2.14 ff); but should f) turn to Science; to uncover sins in holy men.

 

Indeed, f) priests always over-emphasized “sacrifice” to their traditional but always flawed religious ideas; they thought that religious sacrifice to God was everything. But they ignored the parts of the Bible, that warned about “religion”; too much sacrifice to priests; and that told us all to support things good for “man”:

 

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mat. 2.27).

 

“You load men with burdens hard to bear.… You yourselves do not touch the burdens” (Luke 11.26; Jer. 23.33; Rev. 2.24…).

 

“This man’s religion is vain” (James 1.26).

 

What’s wrong with priests? Ultimately, it is their vanity; in thinking of themselves as the main voicepieces of God. And their narrow, vain religiosity; and their lack of attention to the criticisms by God, of priests and ministers. Then too it is their failing to note the concern of God, for men and for practical knowledge.

 

Finally, because of their ignorance of the fuller outline of God, in the Bible, God’s concern with material life, for – as we will see – the science of God, that makes priests, deeply stupid and evil people. It is for this reason, that the Bible warned continuously, about priests. Jewish and Christian, both.

 

Because of these and other huge problems with priests, in the end finally, Jesus tells us that it is the only half-religious “Samaritan,” that is a better man, than a priest:

 

“Jesus replied, “a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by change a priest
was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levi,
when he came to the place and saw him, passing by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he say him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds… Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him ‘Go and do likewise'” (Luke 10.30-37).

 

Jesus here almost told us in effect, not to be a priest.

 

What is wrong with priests? In large part we suggest, their sin is that they see only 1/7 of the larger picture, of what God wanted; priests see only “religious” thins, and neglect to note that God warned of false things in religion; and ordered – as we will see – a balance between religion, and … practical knowledge and work, and science. The great sin of priests, is that they read and understand, and presented to us, only misleading “parts” of the Bible. A priest typically for instance, mis-reads and misrepresents, even one of the Ten Commandments. Telling us that one commandment tells us to “honor the Sabbath”:

 

“Observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Deut. 5.12; Ex. 16.29, 20.8).

 

But all our priests neglect to adequately note and stress, the other part of the commandment, where God actually, told us to devote 6/7 of the week – and our lives – not to Sunday and religious things, but to “do your work”; using practical sense to do practical work:

 

“Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath …; in it you shall not do any work (Deut. 5.14).

 

Surprisingly, the Bible here actually tells us to devote most of our time, 6/7 of the week, to practical work; and only 1/7 to the religious Sabbath. So that the actual balance of practicality to work, that the Lord wanted? Was one seventh religion, and six-sevenths, practical work.

 

Actually, we will therefore see here that God himself, the Bible itself, emphasized “religion” and priests and holy men, far, far less than priests led us to believe; actually the LORD wants us to have some of something like religion; but to spend most of our time, at practical jobs, making goods and services for the good of all.

 

While as for what kind of “knowledge” we are to pursue? What is true “knowledge” of God? As it turns out, when we look at our Bibles more closely, for a “second” time here, we see God and the Bible, finally delivering a much, much different message from what our preachers always told us in church. Far from stressing the authority of priests and prophets, God warned about even your priests; essentially “all” have sinned. While then too, God warned about sins, “false” things, in basically every single major element and aspect of Religion, even Christianity; from Jesus and Peter’s own “present” priests, to “prophets,” “saints,” “angels,” “gospels,” “spirits,” “apostles,” and their “dreams,” sayings attributed to the LORD; their “grace,” their “anointings,” their “blood,” and on and on.

 

Finally we will see here that priests and ministers, have radically mis-read or mis-represented the Bible to all of us. More properly read, the Bible 1) warned continuously that there are basically always huge sins in our holiest men and priests; and that 2) therefore, we were never supposed to have so much “faith” in them, or their ideas about God. Instead, 3) we are supposed to always, submit all their ideas, to a critical science; looking to see if following their sayings, brings real material “fruits,” or not. And 4) if when we apply this Science to priests, we find that nearly all of them were partially, false? That their promises of “miracles” were false for example? Then 5) one “day” after all, we are supposed to see … precisely that. And in that moment indeed, 6) our Heaven itself is supposed to collapse. But all in order to fulfill the Bible – and 7) to reveal a “second” and better, “fuller” vision, “appearance” of Christ (Rev. 21; Isa. 34.4; 2 Peter 3.4-10). A better appearance of Christ – advocating not blind or strong “faith” in priests and holy men, or their vision of God; but tells us to learn and employ, a critical Science of God. Which alone shows signs of guiding us to the promised prosperity, the “kingdom.”

 

 

One day, God is supposed to uncover massive sins in our holiest men and angels – and priests. And in that moment, our Heaven itself is supposed to collapse. But all in order for God to show you after all, a Second Coming of Christ. One whose outline, begins to emerge even in part, here and now. A second and better appearance to Christ; which finds him exposing longstanding sins in our holiest men; beginning with priests.

 

Here as usual, priests will mis-quote parts of the Bible, in defense of themselves. Priests will often claim that 1 Peter 4.17 says, that if this exposure “begins with us,” with priests or the very “household of God,” then surely, even more sins will be found in others; in lay people, in non-priests. But here as usual, priests mis-read their Bibles, in such a way as to flatter themselves. More properly speaking, the relevant text here did not say, but merely asked, “what” would be the fate or judgement on non-priests, after all. 1 Peter 4.17. While in any case, even if others are worse then priests … that does not make priests good. Perhaps indeed, priests are slightly better than say, Satan himself; but not as good as mass murderers. Say.

 

 

“Listen you that are deaf; and you that are blind, look up and see! Who is blind as my dedicated one, or blind as the servant of the LORD? He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear. The LORD was pleased, for the sake of his righteousness, to magnify his teaching and make it glorious. But this is a people robbed and plundered…. They have become a prey with no one to rescue, a soil with no one to say, ‘Restore!’ Who among you will give heed to this, who will attend and listen for the time to come?” (Isa. 42.18-23)

 

 

 

 

 

BAD THINGS IN

 

PROPHETS

 

 

In the end, God comes to expose massive evils, sins, in our holy men and priests; sins that were there even in the time of the Old Testament, and the New. So suppose we begin to expose those sins further, right now.

 

The Bible itself warned constantly, that there are almost always sins in just about every single element of religion and Christianity; even in those parts that we were taught, are absolutely holy and sacred, and that would “save” us from error. For example, here we will look at a few dozen warnings from God, about specifically … “prophets.”

 

In the Bible, there are dozens of warnings about false things in religion. And not just referring to false things in 1) other religions, or even just in 2) Old Testament, Jewish times; but 3) false things within the earliest Judeo-Christian traditions. Indeed, 4) false prophets, the Bible says, will persist near and even in Christianity, to the end of time.

 

How do we know? If you look in a Bible “concordance” or index, under the word “false” especially, you will there see many warnings about “false” things in. every aspect of religion and Christianity. Including of course, dozens of warnings, about specifically, false prophets. And furthermore, those prophets are not just in other religions; or not just in the past. Jesus for example, clearly warned that false prophets would be coming moreover, even after Jesus. Even in his name.

 

 

“For false Christs and false prophets will arise” (Mat. 24.24).

 

“False Christs and false prophets will arise” (Mark 13.22).

 

“Beware of false prophets…. You will know them by their fruits” (Mat. 7.15-16, 7.20, 12.33; Mark 13.22, etc.).

 

There will always be false prophets; even in our or “thy” own Judeo-Christian religion. The Bible warned of this, from ancient times:

 

“Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not delivered thine iniquity, (Zion), to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for the false burdens and causes of banishment…” (Lam 2.14).

 

“An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?” (Jer. 5.30-31).

 

“Even in his servants he puts no trust, and his angels he charges with error…” (Job 4. 18; 15.15, RSV).

 

“This was for the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests…. They wandered, blind, through the streets… (Lam. 4.13-14).

 

“Both prophet and priest ply their trade through the land, and have no knowledge” (Jer. 14.18).

 

“How can you say ‘… the law of the LORD is with us’? But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has made it into a lie…. From prophet to priest, every one deals falsely” (Jer. 8.8-10, italics mine)

 

“And you shall have no more soothsayers” (Mic. 5.12; Deut. 18.10-14; Isa. 2.6; Jr. 27.9).

 

“Do not listen to your prophets, your diviners…. For it is a lie which they are prophesying to you” (Jer. 27.9-10); cf. Mic. 3.7; Zech. 10.2; Jer. 50.36, 29.8, 27.9; 1 Sam. 6.2; Deut. 18.14).

 

“The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule as the prophets direct; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?” (Jer. 5.31).

 

“There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst of her … (Ez. 22.25 NWT).

 

“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me, says the LORD of hosts” (Zech. 13.7).

 

“This was for the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests…. They wandered, blind, through the streets…. (Lam. 4.13-14).

 

“Thus says the LORD …’kill your brother, your friend, and your neighbor.’ The sons of Levi did as Moses commanded, and about three thousand of the people fell on that day. Moses said, “today you have ordained yourselves…'” (Ex. 32.27-29).

 

“And the LORD said to me: ‘The prophets are prophesying lies in my name; I did not send them…'” (Jer. 14.14; also 23.23-30).

 

“Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the LORD. I have heard what the prophets have said in my name, saying, ‘I have dreams, I have dreamed!’ How long shall there be lies in the heart of the prophets…?” (Jer. 23.24-25).

 

“And her prophets have daubed for them with whitewash, seeing false vision and divining lies for them, saying, “Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD has not spoken. The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery; they have oppressed the poor and needy…'” (Ezek. 22.28-29).

 

“Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who steal my words from one another. Behold, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who use their tongues and say, ‘Says the LORD…’ When one of this people, or a prophet, or a priest asks you, ‘What is the burden [commands of] of the LORD?’ you shall say to them, ‘You are the burden, and I will cast you off…'” (Jer. 23.33).

 

“How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us’? But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has make it into a lie. The wise men shall be put to shame… from prophet to priest every one deals falsely….” (Jer. 8.8-10).

 

“I was like a gentle lamb lead to the slaughter” (Jer. 11.19).

 

“A fool multiplies words, though no man knows what is to be, and who can tell what will be after him?” (Ecc. 11.14).

 

 

There were many, many false things in our holy men, and even those who claimed to see and hear the LORD, God warned. So that therefore, finally, as we will see here, God told us not to have too much faith in them, but to carefully “test” them with science; to see if the things they promised, really come true in a timely way; really “come to pass,” as Deuteronomy was to say:

 

” ‘But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name which I have not commanded him to speak…, that same prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ – when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass
or come true, that is a word which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you need not be afraid of him” (Deut. 18.21-22).

 

“O Jehovah, prove yourself my helper” (Ps. 30.10 NWT). “The LORD your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground...” (Deut. 30.9 RSV). “…Like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it…. Now … the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test
what sort of work each has done. If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer…” (1 Corin. 3.10-15, NRSV).

 

 

Bad things are found not just in Old Testament prophets, but in all sorts of religious figures, even “you” Christians or those that read “scriptures,” even in New Testament times:

 

“You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life…” (John 5.39).

 

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Paul Rom. 3.23; cf. 1 Kings 8.46? RSV)

 

“God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false…” (2 Thess. 2.11).

 

“No prophesy of scripture, is a matter of one’s own interpretation…. But False prophets also rose among the people, just as there will be false teachers [“rabbis”?] among you…” (2 Peter 1.20-2.1).

 

“The time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God…” (1 Peter 4.17).

 

To be sure, there are a few good prophets, it seems at times. In one reading of the following (though it is not the only reading), Jesus seemed to chastise those who kill at least some (presumably good?) prophets:

 

“I send you prophets, sages, and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues” (Mat. 23.34 NRSV).

 

“They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God” (/churches; John 16.2).

 

But if there are any good prophets, or any whose death we might lament, then clearly God warned about “false prophets” too; even in the heart of Christianity. So how are we to find out which prophets are good, and which are false? We are supposed to test them, with science, as it turns out:

 

“Do not despise prophesying, but test everything” (1 Thess. 5.21; Deut. 18.20; Dan. 1.4-15; science)

 

Paul seems to think some prophets might be good. Other times though, it seems as if God was permanently condemning, all prophets altogether. The end of the Old Testament closes for example, with an apparent ban on seemingly all prophets:

 

“And if any one again appears as a prophet, his father and mother who bore him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the LORD; and his father and mother who bore him shall pierce him through when he prophesies. On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; he will not put on a hairy mantle in order to deceive, but he will say, ‘I am no prophet… ‘” (Zech. 13.3-5).

 

“Nobody is good, except one, God” (Mark 10.18 NWT; Luke 18.19).

 

In contrast to Paul, God here seems to say that there are no good prophets at all; and that all those who claim to be prophets after this, are supposed to be “pierced,” or even put to death, it seems.

 

It is not sure why Paul seemed to tell us later, not to “despise” prophesying. But in any case, even Paul seems to know that at least many prophets are false; and so even Paul was he tells us to “test” them carefully. To see if their predictions, their prophesies, are good. If the things they promised – as Deuteronomy said earlier – “come to pass.”

 

 

 

 

BAD THINGS IN

 

ANGELS;

 

EVEN IN HEAVEN

 

 

Angels? Should we trust them? Many, many Catholic priests told us to trust angels. But the Bible often warned about angels; and about all those in heaven except God himself in fact. (God being in any case, “above all heavens” too). Here are many warnings in the Bible, about angels; even specifically, about the angels that allegedly watch over churches:

 

 

To the angel of the churchI have not found your works perfect” (Rev. 3.1, .2).

 

“I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel … but he said to me, ‘You must not do that!'” (Rev. 22.9 RSV).

 

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corin. 11.13-14 RSV).

 

“Even in his servants he puts no trust, and his angels he charges with error…” (Job 4. 18; 15.15, RSV).

 

“Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight” (Job 15.15 KJE).

 

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus … I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear evil men but have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and found them to be false…. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first” (Rev. 2.1, .2, .4).

 

“To the angel of the church in Thyatira … I have this against you….” (Rev. 2.18, 20).

 

“And to the angel of the church in Pergamum … I know where you well, where Satan’s throne is…. Repent then… (Rev. 2.12, 13, 16).

 

“Strike, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stand next to me, says the LORD of hosts….” (Zech. 13.7).

 

“Neither death, nor life, nor angels … will be able to separate us from the love of God” (Rom. 8.38, 9).

 

“Do you not know that we are to judge angels?” (1 Corin. 6.3).

 

“Let no one disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, taking his stand on visions … and not holding fast to the Head” (Col. 2.18).

 

“Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corin. 11.14).

 

“To what angel has he ever said, ‘Sit at my right hand'” (Heb. 1.13).

 

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel – not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1.8).

 

“If God did not spare the angels when they sinned” (2 Peter. 2.4).

 

“It was not to angels that God subjected the world” (Heb. 2.5).

 

 

Angels too, are said to live often in Heaven. But finally, because of longstanding, continuous sins in “all” those in heaven, even especially the “angels,” one “day,” the angels and all of Heaven too, are supposed to fall, in fact:

 

“Though they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down” (Amos 9.2).

 

“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places…. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist…. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit ” (Eph. 6.12-17 NRSV).

 

“The LORD will punish the host of heaven, in heaven…” (Isa. 24.21 RSV).

 

“Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting…. And … that ancient serpent, 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. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God … have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down…” (Rev. 12.7-10, excerpts).

 

All the host of heaven shall rot away…. All their host shall fall… For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens…” (Isa. 34.4 ff).

 

“The world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, being kept until the day of judgement and destruction….” (2 Peter 3.7 RSV; italics, mine).

 

 

Even angels therefore – whose name means “messenger” from God – are not reliable therefore. Some say that there is one angel only – Michael – that is good; from Dan. 10.21: “There is none who contends by my side against these except Michael, your prince” (Dan. 10.21). Though at most that means only one angel; while likely, even Michael goes bad. Since “all” those hose of heaven itself is condemned:

 

All the host of heaven shall rot away…. All their host shall fall… For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens…” (Isa. 34.4 ff).

 

 

Traditionally, the Catholic Church in particular, stressed the usefulness of angels. But ultimately, that was obviously a very grave error.

 

 

 

BAD THINGS IN

 

HEAVEN –

 

SO THAT HEAVEN IS TO BE DESTROYED

 

 

 

Priests, prophets, angels, alive and dead, have always sinned mightily, God said. So that ultimately, shatteringly, we are supposed to find that Heaven itself, is full of bad things. If nothing impure gets to heaven, that must mean when the word “heaven” is used as a metaphor, for God himself. While in contrast, in any case, all have sinned … and all get kicked out of the heaven that is full of priests and prophets.

 

Shatteringly in fact, one of our main points is that so many bad things exist even in the heart of Christian tradition, that God said that finally show, Heaven itself is supposed to be destroyed.

 

Is it possible? Look at few of the many times the Bible spoke of the destruction of heaven itself:

 

“And Jesus began to say to them, ‘Take heed that no one leads you astray…. Heaven … will pass away…. Take heed, watch…” (Jesus, in Mark 13.5-37, excerpts).

 

“The heavens will be kindled and dissolved…” (2 Peter 3.12 RSV).

 

“The heavens and earth that now exist have been stored up for fire….” (2 Peter 3.7).

 

“The powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory…. Heaven and earth will pass away…. Take heed, watch….” (Jesus, Mark 13.14-32, excerpts).

 

“By the same word the present heavens … have been reserved for fire….” (2 Peter 3.7, NRSV).

 

“Though they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down” (Amos 9.2).

 

“Heaven … will pass away…. Take heed, watch…” (Jesus, or God; in The Holy Bible, New Testament, Gospel book of St. Mark; 13.31-32; Revised Standard Version, or RSV).

 

“The heavens will be kindled and dissolved” (2 Peter 3.12).

 

“Heaven and earth will pass away” (Jesus, in Mark 13.31).

 

“And another portent appeared in heaven; behold a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns…. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth” (Rev. 12.3-4).

 

“‘You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church…. And whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.’ Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ…. And Peter took him and began to rebuke him…. But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance [stumbling block] to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men'” (Mat. 16.18, 19, 20, 16.22-23).

 

“Draw near, O nations, to hear; O peoples, give heed! Let the earth hear, and all that fills it; the world, and all that comes from it…. All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall wither, like a leaf withering on a vine, or fruit withering on a fig tree. When my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens….” (Isa. 34.4-5 NRSV).

 

“The day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise….” (2 Peter 3.10).

 

“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away” (Rev. 20.11).

 

“The world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, being kept until the day of judgement and destruction….” (2 Peter 3.7 RSV; italics, mine).

 

“Though they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down” (Amos 9.2).

 

“The LORD will punish the host of heaven, in heaven….” (Isa. 24.21 RSV).

 

“The stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree shed its winder fruit when shaken by a gale” (Rev. 6.13).

 

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away” (Rev. 21.1).

 

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write; for these words are true and faithful” (Rev. 21.5).

 

“Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!” (Job. 22.12-14 KJE).

 

“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain thee; how much less this house…. The place of which thou hast said, ‘My name shall be there… ‘” (1 Kings 8.27-29).

 

“Thus says the LORD, who gave the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars…. ‘If this fixed order departs … then shall the descendants of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.’ Thus says the LORD: ‘If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all the descendants of Israel for all that they have done, says the LORD'” (Jer. 31.35-7).

 

“No man has ascended into heaven but he” (John 3.13).

 

“Far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things” (Eph. 4.10; see OT, n.p).

 

“It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us…?'” (Deut. 30. 30.11-12).

 

“The heavens will pass away with a loud noise…” (2 Peter 3.10).

 

“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places…. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist…. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit ” (Eph. 6.12-17 NRSV).

 

At first, it seems utterly impossible. But one “day” or another, the Bible itself says, you are supposed to notice at last, longstanding evils in all our priests and angels. And in that day, Heaven itself is supposed to be dissolved and destroyed:

 

 

“Listen to me…. Hear me…. The heavens will vanish like smoke” (Isa. 51.4-6 RSV).

 

 

While for many of us, we will see, today is that day.

 

 

 

FALSE

 

MIRACLES

Biblical Quotes, Promising, Describing

– Or Then Condemning –

Miracles:

 

 

There is no doubt that the Bible promises true believers, huge physical benefits:

 

“And if you obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all his commandments, which I command you this day, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD, your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground… the increase of your cattle, and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading-trough… The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you….” (Deut. 28.1-7; also 28.1ff).

 

God promised to bless our own practical work. Priests eventually asserted, that he was said to promise even miracles; the power to walk on water, and get bread out of thin air; the ability to get “all” the “works” that Jesus did, and “greater things than these”; “whatever” we “ask.” But while one level of the Bible seemed to suggest that, eventually, in another level, it inserted much fine print; putting conditions on such promises; telling that after all, not “all” work them.

 

First to be sure, there are many apparent promises of miracles. But note, at times, various conditions, caveats; things you need to do before the miracles arrive:

 

“If you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Mat. 21.21-22. Italics, mine).

 

“Ask, and it will given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Mat. 7.7-8; cf. 21.21, John 14.14, etc.).

 

“And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover …. While the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it (Mark 16.17-18, 20 NRSV).”

 

“‘Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these….‘” (John 14.12; cf. Mat. 21.21; Mark 16/17; Luke 10.17).

 

“The works that I do … bear witness to me….” (John 10.25).

 

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go the father. Whatever you ask in my name I will do it…..; if you ask anything in many name, I will do it” (John 14.12 ff).

 

“And my God will supply every need of yours….” (Phil. 4.19).

 

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on…. Your heavenly father knows that you need them all. But … all these things shall be yours as well” (Matt. 6.25-33).

 

“Again I say unto you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” (Mat. 18.19).

 

. . .

 

 

“Whatever you ask in my name I will do it…; if you ask anything in many name, I will do it” (John 14.12 ff).

 

“Whatsoever we ask, we receive of him” (1 John 3.22 KJE).

 

“We receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him” (1 John 3.22, italics, mine).

 

“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him?” (Rom. 8.32). “Everything?” (NRSV).

 

“What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion…? How much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Luke 11.11-13).

 

 

. . .

 

 

“And the dead man sat up and began to speak” (Luke 7.15).

 

“And behold, a leper came to him… And immediately his leprosy was cleansed” (Mat. 8.3).

 

“As he went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick…. They said to him, ‘We have only five loaves here and two fish.’ And he said, ‘bring them here to me….’ And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children” (Mat. 14.14-21).

 

“‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body… All these things shall be yours as well'” (Mat. 6.25-33).

 

“Let … people understand that what we say by letter when absent, we will also do when present” (2 Corin. 10.11).

 

“And behold, there was a man with a withered hand…. Then he said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, whole like the other” (Mat. 12.10-13).

 

“Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw” (Mat. 12.22).

 

“Saul, who is also Paul, becoming filled with the Holy Spirit … said: ‘O man full of every sort of fraud … you will be blind … for a period of time….’ Instantly a thick mist and darkness fell upon him….” (Acts 13.9-11).

 

“And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea…” (Mark 6.48).

 

“‘Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic…. And the demon came out of him, and the body was cured instantly” (Mat. 17.15-18).

 

 

 

Many statements in the Bible, were all-too-easy to read as promises of miracles. But now let us read more closely. First 1) at times, miracles were likened to “magic“; and 2) those who worked miracles, were often criticized. Or 3) told not to say anything. Finally, 4) those who claimed to produce them, were asked to prove their claims (with, we will see, Science):

 

‘Prove yourselves by working a miracle….’ Moses and Aaron …lifted up the rod and struck the water that was in the Nile, and all the water that was in the Nile turned to blood…. But the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts…” (Ex. 7.8-20-22. See also, “prove” that you are good or evil, by working a miracle; “behold, you are nothing” n.p.).

 

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4.1; see also ref. to “men of Spirit” deceived, n.s.).

 

“Beware of false prophets…. You will know them by their fruits” (Mat. 7.15).

 

“The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule as the prophets direct; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?” (Jer. 5.31 NRSV).

 

“God did not spare the angels … but cast them into hell….” (2 Peter 1.4).

 

“Call heaven and earth to witness” (Deut. 31.28; Italics, mine).

 

“Wisdom is proved righteous by its works” (Mat. 11.19 NWT; Luke 7.35).

 

“Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs declare to us the things to come…. That we may know that you are gods (Isa 1.21).”

 

“Behold, you are nothing, and your work is nought; an abomination is he who chooses you” (Isa. 1.21-24).

 

 

. . .

 

 

“We demolish sophistries” (2 Corin. 10.5 NAB)

 

“We destroy arguments” (2 Corin. 10.5 NRSV).

 

“…Wisdom is justified by its deeds” (Mat. 11.19).

 

“Prove yourselves by working a miracle” (Ex. 7.8).

 

. . .

 

Now in the city there was a certain man named Simon, who, prior to this, had been practicing magical arts and amazing the nation of Samaria, saying he himself was somebody great. And all of them, from the least to the greatest, would pay attention to him and say: ‘This man is the Power of God….’ So they would pay attention to him because of his having amazed them for quite a while by his magical arts. But … Simon himself also became a believer, and, after being baptized, he was in constant attendance upon Philip; and he was amazed at beholding signs and great powerful works taking place…. To get holy spirit … he offered them money…. But St. Peter said … Repent”” (Acts. 8.9-13-15-18-22, NWT).

 

“They met up with a certain man, a sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus…. Elymas the sorcerer (that, in fact, is the way his name is translated)…” (“Son of Jesus,” Acts. 13.6-7).

 

“And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David.’ … Then he touched their eyes, saying, ‘According to your faith be it done to you.’ And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, ‘See that no one knows it.’ But they went away and spread his fame through all that district” (Mat. 9.27-31)

 

“Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead…. But let us go to him.’…(John 11.14). “‘Did I not tell you that if you would believe that you would see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus … cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out.’ The dead man came out…..” (John 11.39-44, excerpted).

 

“And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and served him. That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.'” (Mat. 8.14-17).

 

“And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And he sternly charged him…, ‘see that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest … for a proof to the people.’ But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in the country…” (Mark. 1.42-45).

 

“‘Do you see anything?’ And he looked up and said, ‘I see men; but they look like trees, walking.’ Then again he laid his hands upon his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and saw everything clearly” (Mark 8.25).

 

“Thus the LORD gave to Israel all the land which he swore to give to their father…. Not one of all the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass” (Josh. 21.43-45).

 

 

. . .

 

“And it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. But the LORD said to Moses, ‘Put out your hand, and take it by the tail’ – so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand – ‘that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers … has appeared to you.'” (Ex. 4.3-5).

 

“When he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, as white as snow. Then God said, ‘Put your hand back into your bosom.’ So he put his hand back into his bosom; and when he took it out, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh. ‘If they will not believe you,’ God said, ‘or heed the first sign, they may believe the latter sign” (Ex. 4.6-8)

 

 

Sometimes Jesus even told his followers, not to tell others he was working wonders (though other times, he did allow it, it seems?). But in any case, we are supposed to not say anything about them, until they are verified, documented.

 

 

“And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And he sternly charged him, and sent him away at once, and said to him, ‘See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest … for a proof to the people.’ But he went out and began to talk freely about it…” (Mark 1.40-44-45).

 

“And whenever the unclean spirits beheld him, they fell down before him an cried out, ‘You are the Son of God.’ And he strictly ordered then not to make him known” (Mark 3.11-12).

 

“Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ” (Mat. 16.20).

 

[Cf: “But he said … ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you” (Mark 5.19).]

 

 

Eventually, there are criticisms of big promises of material benefits, and even miracles for the righteous. Because it seems to many that non-Jews and non-Christians, even the “wicked,” often do better than believers:

 

 

“O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and thou wilt not hear? … Why dost thou look on faithless men, and art silent when the wicked swallow up the man more righteous than he…? I will take my stand to watch, and station myself on the tower, and look forth to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. And the LORD answered me: ‘Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. Behold, he whose soul is not upright in him shall fail, but the righteous shall live by his faith [or “His faithfulness”?]. Moreover, wine is treacherous…. Drink, yourself, and stagger! The cup in the LORD’S right hand will come around to you, and shame will come upon your glory!” (Hab. 1.12,1.13, 2.2-5, 16).

 

Do all work miracles?.… But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way” (1 Corin. 12.29-31).

 

 

What is the best explanation why the “good” don’t get rewarded as much as the “bad”? In part, it is that the “good” are not so good; they are following a false idea of God:

 

“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Prov. 16.25, Bible, Revised Standard Edition, “RSV”).

 

“God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false…” (2 Thes. 2.11).

 

“Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers’” (Mat. 6.21-23).

 

Eventually, parts of the Bible began to question whether anyone at all gets miracles, much:

 

“Do all work miracles?… But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way” (1 Corin. 12.29-31).

 

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways” (1 Corin. 13.11).

 

“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs …” (Mat. 24.24).

 

“And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles…. Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues?… But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way… (1 Corn. 12.29-30).

 

Eventually, parts of the Bible began to suggest that apparent promises of miracles, should not be taken literally, but should be read as “figures” or metaphors for spiritual things:

 

“I have said this to you in figures…” (John 16.25).

 

“I have said this to you in metaphors” (John 16.25; my translation).

 

“He addressed them at length in parables…” (Mat. 133.3 NAPB).

 

“It is spiritual and not literal” (Rom 2.29).

 

Eventually, all those who made big promises, of wonderful things from prayers, prophets, our religious “shepherds,” are now and then criticized:

 

“If I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful” (14.13, italics mine). “In church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue. Brethren, do not be children in your thinking…” (1 Corin. 14.19-20).

 

“Do you not know that the priests share in the sacrifices? (Paul, Bible).

 

“Cursed are those shepherds who feed themselves. Who do not feed their flocks” (Bible, n.s.).

 

[“But what about Christianity? Has not Christ’s coming into the world made a difference in its politics…? The Roman Empire, because of the piety of its rulers, might ever reign in the world, together with the Church…. But then Alaric’s sack came … and such optimism was shaken to its very foundations. The city of Rome had not been violated by an enemy in almost eight hundred years of pagan rule, and now – see what befalls it under Christian emperors! Ubi est deus eorum? was the contemptuous cry…. It had been primarily to answer such questions that St. Augustine undertook to write at length concerning the rise and fall of earthly kingdoms.” (Introduction by Paolucci, to The Political Writings of St. Augustine, Paolucci, ed; Regnery Pub., Wash. D. C. 1962, p. xvii -xvi; see also viii. Citing St. Augustine, De civ., I, 29).]

 

“In the last days … men will be … holding the form of religion, but denying the power of it.” (2 Tim. 3.1-5. Or: incapable of understanding how it works. Or: making it work, here on earth.)

 

“By their fruits you shall know them” (Mat. 7.20).

 

“In amazement the whole earth followed…. And all the inhabitants of the earth will worship it…” (Rev. 13.3-8).

 

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the sprits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4.1 NRSV).

 

“Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh; any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist!” (2 John 7 NRSV).

 

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you…” (2 Peter 2.1).

 

“Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us….” (1 John 2.18-19).

 

Many promises have been made to us by priests; not just of “prosperity.” But even of huge, gigantic miracles But – undoubtedly because of problems actually getting as many miracles as promised – eventually, parts of the New Testament especially began suggesting we should read those promises, as being a) mere symbols or “figures” of speech, “allegories,” “parables.” Symbols for, many priests said, “spiritual” things. Though finally, we will see that “miracles” are better seen as misunderstood references – or in effect, figures of speech – for natural and technological “wonders.”

 

Or finally though, if the people don’t get as many miracles as holy men promised? There is b) one more solution, conclusion, the Bible authorized. But that our priests never consider: we might just say that our own miracle-promisers, “prophets,” “from us,” were actually, simply … “false prophets.” John tried to say that they had come from “us,” but left. But finally, how do we know which churches today are really from John? The right group?

 

There’s no doubt that though the Bible at times seemed to promise miracles, read more carefully, the Bible itself finally began to … cast some doubt on them. Finally it told us to scientifically examine those who claim to believe in them: demand that they produce them now, in front of you and expert witnesses, right now. If they cannot do that? Then far from continuing to have faith in them, we are to simply denounce them as the foretold false prophets, false religious leaders, bad priests.

 

As we will see here more fully, at the end.

 

 

[Then too, though all holy men should at least show signs – or miracles, if they insist – to prove they are good, there are even some false holy men, that do work “signs” … and yet are still false. So that visible signs, proofs, are in effect what is called in logic and science, a necessary but in itself not “sufficient” proof , of holy status. Though in any case, those preachers who cannot demonstrate any significant physical benefits at all, can be rejected. Or most of all: those who promise miracles, but do not deliver them regularly and reliably.]

 

Many priests deliver a common sermon or homily, that asserts that we cannot ask or “test” for miracles, or doubt them; that God slew who asked too much from Moses, or his god, in the wilderness. But we will show that actually, when people asked for wonders, God for a long time treated that as an honest request … and simply furnished the things asked for. It was only when they asked for, some say, far too much, that God grew angry at them. Only when they ask … even after seeing many proofs and “work”s. Ps. 95.9 confirms that at Massah, the sin was finally asking for … far too many miracles: “When your fathers tested me, and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work” (Though even then, how can one ask for too much? When God told Ahaz to ask for anything, etc..) Even at “Massah,” when the people question Moses, Moses simply complies: and makes water come from the rock (Ex. 17.2-7; Deut. 6.16, Ps. 78.18 vs. Dan. 1.12, 1 Thess. 5.21 etc. below on “test”ing). It was only when the people went ever further, at Kibroth hattaava, that God finally punishes them for asking too much. While we are allowed to ask for many, many giant miracles, for we ourselves, just like the people of Moses. The people asked for – and Moses worked – dozens of huge miracles, before God gets angry. And so indeed, we are each of us, entitled to “ask” for dozens of gigantic miracles, for “whatever we ask” in fact; and get many of them, dozens of such miracles reliably; before God thinks that we are asking for too much. And are no longer scientifically testing him, but are “test”ing or trying his patience, with sheer Greed.

 

As we will see in our section on the Science of God, those preachers who stand behind the reading of the Bible that promises miracles, can be required by each of us, to furnish many giant, timely ones, on demand, to prove that he is right, and from God. While all preachers must show some material fruits, prosperity, among those who follow him for a season or two. Even the preachers cannot do that? Then far from continuing to follow them with total “Faith,” instead we are supposed to simply deduce that they are the foretold false, bad, priests, following false prophets; following a false Christ; a false idea of Christ.

 

Those who stand behind traditional Christianity, should be asked to work a miracle, right now. If they cannot do that? Then just pronounce them false. Says God.

 

 

 

 

BAD THINGS IN

 

SAINTS;

 

INCLUDING

 

APOSTLES

 

 

Could major elements of traditional Christianity be false? Amazingly, the Bible itself constantly warned about bad, especially “false” things, in seemingly every element of religion; both in Israel, and in the heart of what people would call Christianity too. False things even in, we now add, “apostles.”

 

Preachers often assert that warnings about “false apostles” apply only to would-be apostles, that were never allowed in our Bibles. But the Bible found false and bad things, even in The Twelve Apostles, that Jesus himself had directly overseen, and that were credited with writing our Bibles. Like say, Peter, among others.

 

“From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem…. And Peter took him and began to rebuke him…. But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me…'” (Mat. 16. 22-23).

 

“James and St. Peter/Cephas, and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised…. But when St. Peter /Simon /Cephas came to Antioch I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he ate with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party/or Jews. And with him the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically…” (Gal. 2.9-12; partly my translation, of Peter’s name).

 

“Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I deliver him to you?'” (Mat. 26.14-15).

 

“When it was evening, he sat at table with the twelve disciples; and as they were eating, he said, ‘Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.’ And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to him one after another, ‘Is it I, Lord?'” (Mat. 26.20-22).

 

“Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, ‘I do not know the man.” And immediately the cock crowed. And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times” (Mat. 26.75); Mar 14.30).

 

“Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny” (Mat. 10.3; Luke 12.9; 2 Tim. 2.12)

 

“Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee [said to be St. John and one St. James, from Luke 5.10?] came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, ‘What do you want?’ She said to him, ‘Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one to your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’ but Jesus answered … this is not mine to grant’” (Mat. 20.20.23. Mother Salome? Cf. Mark 15.40).

 

“On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me you evildoers'” (Mat. 7.22-23).

 

“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear evil men but have tested those who called themselves apostles but are not, and found them to be false.…” (Rev. 2.2).

 

“And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, ‘Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?’ But he turned and rebuked them” (Luke 9.54-5; some authorities add “and he said, ‘You do not now what manner of spirit you are of; for the Son of man came not to destroy men’s lives but to save them”; RSV note f).

 

“And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying ‘This is my body. But behold the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table‘” (Luke 22.15-21).

 

“For we all make many mistakes” (James 3.2).

 

“Not that I am … already perfect” (Paul Php. 3.12).

 

“As for our knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect…. When I was a child, I spoke like a child…. For now we see in a mirror dimly but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (Paul 1 Corin. 13.12-12).

 

Not one of the apostles was sure, that he himself, would not betray the Lord; asking “is it I” when betrayal was mentioned. While several apostles were told off by Jesus. And then other apostles, noted sins in themselves … and in other apostles, above.

 

Many churches will try to say that our normally flawed apostles, with their own (“our own”) imperfect “knowledge” and “prophesy,” would be perfect at least for the second they spoke or wrote about God; thanks to the “inspiration” or protection of the Holy Spirit. And yet however, we will find here that spirits, and even the Holy Spirit, were not quite that reliable, either. So that finally none of even The Twelve apostles is all that reliable.

 

 

 

 

 

BAD THINGS IN

 

FAITHFUL BELIEVERS

 

 

Paul and John criticized many churches, earlier. Can there be bad things in churchgoers therefore too? And even believing Christians? Churchgoers of course are all-too familiar, with knowledge of their own sins; and with their preachers calling attention to alleged sins in them. But logically a) if the churches and apostles often err, then churchgoers – who follow these flawed leaders – will have erred, too. As the blind, following the blind.

 

Let us say here that b) furthermore, the Bible did often directly note sins in Christians, in believers, and congregations, churches.

 

In part to be sure though, Christians often err, largely because they had too much faith; because they followed their flawed priests and prophets, all-too-faithfully:

 

“An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land; the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do, when the end comes?” (Jer. 5.30-31).

 

“Listen you that are deaf; and you that are blind, look up and see! Who is blind as my dedicated one, or blind as the servant of the LORD? He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear. The LORD was pleased, for the sake of his righteousness, to magnify his teaching and make it glorious. But this is a people robbed and plundered…. They have become a prey with no one to rescue, a soil with no one to say, ‘Restore!’ Who among you will give heed to this, who will attend and listen for the time to come?” (Isa. 42.18-23)

 

“Our eyes failed…. The breath of our nostrils, the LORD’s anointed [“anointing”; “inspiration” of the Holy Ghost], was taken… “(Lam. 4.17-20).

 

“How can you say ‘… the law of the LORD is with us’? But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has made it into a lie…. From prophet to priest, every one deals falsely” (Jer. 8.8-10, italics mine).

 

“I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. I did not know it was against me they devised schemes, saying, ‘Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name be remembered no more'” (Jer. 11.19).

 

“You have no need than any one should teach you; as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie” (1 John 2.27).

 

“The ordinances of the LORD are true…. Moreover by them is your servant warned…. But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from the insolent” (Ps. 19.9, 11, 12 NRSV).

 

“Thus says the LORD, who gave the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars…. ‘If this fixed order departs … then shall the descendants of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.’ Thus says the LORD: ‘If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all the descendants of Israel for all that they have done, says the LORD'” (Jer. 31.35-7).

 

“We are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, and not by sight” (2 Corin. 5.7)

 

See here also, countless criticisms of many specific congregations, by Paul and John. Paul writing often critical letters, to the leaders and congregations, of churches, in Corinth (1 & 2 Corinthians), in Galatia (Galatians), in Ephesus (Ephesians), in Philippi (Philippians), in Collossae (Collasians), and in Thessalonika (1 & 2 Thessalonians; sp?). In Revelations, John added criticisms of not just the “angels” of many churches, but those in the congregation that followed those imperfect angels, too. Including 6 of 7 early Christian, some say Catholic or Othodox churches: Ephesus (Rev. 2.1-4); Pergamum (2.12-14 ff); Thyatira (Rev. 2.18-20 ff); Sardis ( 3.1-4); Philadelphia (3.7 ff); and Laodocia (3.14 ff). Essentially John found sins in all 7 of the church he wrote … except Smyrna, in what is now called Izmir, Turkey.

 

The Bible is in fact, full of hundreds more criticisms, of leaders and congregations of temples, and even the very first Christian churches.

 

So that there were sins in Christian churches, right from the very, very start. Even in those directly overseen or periodically reviewed, even by the original 11 “good” Apostles.

 

Then too, the Bible warned that there would be found to be sins, gross errors, in many, many followers, even those acknowledging the “name” of Christ, and calling “Lord, Lord.” While indeed, in the end, the whole earth is found to be “worship”ing a false religious leader, a “false Christ” (Rev. 13, etc.).

 

Neither priests nor congregations therefore, all that reliable. Indeed, they are all but totally unreliable. (See a concordance on also “lying” and false believers, “double-tongues” people, false “hearts,” “hypocrites,” the sins of the people, etc.)

 

 

 

FAITH?

 

 

 

When we begin to notice apparent sins in our holiest leaders, many of us begin to simply, leave our churches. But our churches and priests of course, want to prevent that. But what arguments could they possibly offer? There were a) a very few statements in the New Testament, that seemed to tell us to “honor” various leaders; like the “governors,” and other leaders, “fathers,” “authorities,” and our “masters.” Though just as often, even these were warned against; God telling us to “call no man on earth your father,” and so forth.

 

So as we begin to notice all these warnings about false things in our holiest men and angels, what is to keep us from simply … leaving our churches and Christianity behind, forever?

 

In fact, more and more people are doing that. Bu this of course, is something that our priests did not like. And so, our preachers have made up hundreds, thousands of different, clever sermons. To try to keep us in their churches. But among the most clever of all, was one that came in fact to dominate all of Christianity: for centuries we were assured by priests, that if our holy men often seemed false, and did not fully deliver all the miracles and wonders that they promised? Then we were told, we should ignore all signs of sin and error in our holy men and angels; and just have “faith.”

 

Over and over again, our preachers read parts of the Bible that – taken out of context – stressed “Faith”; just continuing to believe our holy men, even when they seemed wrong, time after time; even when they did not produce all the miracles they promised. Eventually, priests told us that that just ignoring “worldly” physical evidence, and just having “faith,” just continuing to believe, is to be the essence of our religion, and of our lives. But as it turns out, there are problems with, sins in, our priests strong emphasis on faith.

 

Surprisingly, there are biblical objections to “faith.” First: a) logically, deductively, if all our holy men and angels can often be wrong, then obviously we are not supposed to have too much “faith” in them; or in their vision of God.

 

Then too, b) the Bible also made many rather critical remarks, directly about faith by name. Speaking directly about “faith,” the Bible tells us there can be something “lacking in our faith.” And that does not mean usually, as priests thought, that we just need still more faith. Rather, we need different things, aside from faith: we need “love” and so forth.

 

And then too, the Bible tells us to always be ready to give a reason for our faith:

 

“Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3.15 NRSV).

 

Paul to be sure, seems at first to stress “faith”; especially over “law,” and “works.” In lines like these:

 

“God would justify the Gentiles by faith” (Gal. 3.8).

 

“You are all sons of God, through faith” (Gal. 3.26).

 

“We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corin. 5.7).

 

“Faith apart from works of law” (Rom. 3.28).

 

“Strong in his faith” (Rom. 4.20).

 

“Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Rom. 14.23).

 

“So faith, hope, love abide, these three” (1 Corin. 13.13; but see also the next part: “but the greatest of these is love).

 

“Be watchful, stand firm in your faith” (1 Corin. 16.13).

 

“The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith” (Gal. 2.20).

 

“The faith” (Eph. 4.13).

 

“Faith of the gospel” (Php. 1.27).

 

“Continue in the faith, stable and steadfast” (Col. 1.23).

 

“Without faith it is impossible to please him” Heb. 11.6).

 

“We might be justified by faith” (Gal. 3.24).

 

“The household of faith” (Gal. 6.10; cf. “household” and “fire”).

 

“My righteous one shall live by faith” (Heb. 10.38; cf. “righteous” above) however).

 

Here the apostle Paul to be sure, obviously stressed faith a great deal. In fact, Paul mentions faith literally hundreds of times, and discusses it for dozens of pages. Furthermore these – and hundreds more – quotes from Paul, emphasizing “faith,” were taken by generations of preachers; to tell us firmly, absolutely, that our religion, Christianity, is supposed to be firmly, “faith-based.” Yet the fact is, we will be finding out here, that actually, whatever parts of Paul said, a) the final message of the Bible overall, warned there will always be false things in holy men. So that logically, it did not stress faith. While then too, b) it began to note problems, lacks, in faith. And c) ultimately the Bible itself stressed Science; not faith.

 

Indeed, because of some practical problems with faith, even Paul at times began to back away from faith. Paul admitting first of all that he himself, was not totally reliable. And then noting problems, “lack”s and so forth, even in faith:

 

“Your faith is futile” (1 Corin. 16.13).

 

“Test everything” (1 Thess. 5.21).

 

“Not that I have obtained this, or am already perfect; but I press on” (Php. 3.12).

 

“Supply what is lacking in your faith?” (1 Thess. 3.10).

 

“The law does not rest on faith” (Gal. 3.12).

 

“So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corin. 13.13).

 

“Your faith is in vain” (1 Corin. 15.14).

 

Aside from Paul, other Biblical authors were far more critical of “faith.” While many, like Jesus we will see, finally stressed only, believing and following things for which physical evidence – fruits, works, signs, deeds, proofs – are offered:

 

Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead’ (James 2.17; 2.24).

 

“Faith apart from works is barren?” (James 2.20).

 

“This man’s religion is vain” (James 1.26).

 

Supplement your faith with virtue” (2 Peter. 1.5).

 

“The simple believes everything” (Prov. 14.15).

 

“Do not believe it” (Mat. 24.26).

 

“Unless you see … wonders you will not believe” (John 4.48).

 

“Do not believe” (Mat. 24.23, 6).

 

(See also “I believe; help me in my disbelief,” Mark 9, below).

 

Amazingly therefore, even “faith” is not so good. Finally we will see, what the Bible really supported, was a critical Science of God, in fact.

 

 

 

 

BAD THINGS IN

 

SCRIPTURES

 

 

Are even the scriptures reliable? Here, we treat the scriptures, the Bible, as being absolutely true. But if so, then note that a) the Bible itself often warned about sins and errors, in all those various parties (except God), like “apostles,” and “scribes,” involved in writing scripture, writing religious “law,” and so forth.

 

Then too, closer to home, b) God even noted sins in “gospels,” and other religious c) “letters” and d) even our “tongues” or languages, and so forth. Many priests would try to say that whatever things in writing that were spoken against, are only scriptures that were successful excluded from our Bibles, by the early church canons. But … should we take the word of priests about this? When priests and churches themselves are warned about? Note that e) as a matter of fact, the Protestants thought that about seven books of the Catholic Bible were false or “apocryphal,” and simply ripped those books out. So that the Protestant Bible has only about 63 books; most Protestants having taken out, as false or unreliable, the books of Baruch; Judith; 1 Maccabees and 2 Maccbees; Sirach; Tobit; and the Wisdom of Solomon.

 

What does the Bible itself say about itself, or “scripture”? Oddly, some say, the Bible never really mentions which books belong in it.

 

In any case, there are several statements in the Bible to be sure, that seem to support some kind of “scripture” strongly:

 

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable … that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3.16).

 

“Blessed is he who keeps the sayings of … this book” (Rev. 22.7).

 

“I have applied this to myself … that you may learn by us to live according to scripture….” (1 Corin. 4.6).

 

“That you may learn though us the meaning of the saying, ‘Nothing beyond what is written'” (NRSV).

 

“Attend to the public reading of scripture” (1 Tim. 4.13).

 

“I want every one who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if any one adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book” (Rev. 22.18).

 

But first of all, we don’t really know what “scriptures” the various books were talking about; looking at the sayings of the earliest church leaders, even bishops and popes, finds that different individuals, seemed to know different books, of the 63-70 we call holy or canonical today; but almost no one knew or referred to all of them.


Then too, some statements in the Bible, on writings, scripture, paint a rather different, negative view of even apparently core scriptures, even those said by God to be from himself:

 

 

The written code kills….” (2 Corin. 3.6).

 

“I gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not have life; and I defiled them through their very gifts in making them offer by fire all their first-born, that I might horrify them; I did it that they might know that I am the LORD” (Ez. 20.25-26; see also Isaiah, “behold, you are nothing”).

 

“A former commandment is set aside … for the law made nothing perfect” (Heb. 7.18-19).

 

“Now if the dispensation of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such splendor … will not the dispensation of the Spirit be attended with greater splendor?” (2 Corin. 3.6-8).

 

“We serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit” (Rom. 7.6).

 

“How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us’? But behold, the false pen of the scribes has made it into a lie” (Jer.8.8).

 

“There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, beware lest you be carried away with the error of lawless men….” (2 Peter 3.15-17).

 

“You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life, and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse to come to me that you many have life” (John 5.39).

 

“But the scripture has imprisoned all things under the power of sin” (Gal. 3.22; check double meaning).

 

Beware of false letters “purported to be from us” (Paul, 2 Thess. 2.2).

 

Beware of “another gospel” than the one Paul offered (Gal. 1.6-7; 2 Corin. 11.4; Rom. 2.16, Eph. 3.7 1 Thess. 1.5, 2.2).

 

“The word of the LORD came to me: ‘Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel…. Have you not seen a delusive vision, and uttered a lying divination, whenever you have said, Says the LORD’” (Ez. 13.1-7).

 

“Behold, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who steal my words from one another. Behold, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who us their tongues and say, ‘Says the LORD'” (Jer. 23.30).

 

“As for you, you whitewash with lies…. Will you speak falsely for God, and speak deceitfully for him?” (Job 13.4-7).

 

“But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (John 21.25).

 

“If that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no place for a second one. But God, finding fault with them, says, ‘Days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant…'”(Heb. 8.7-8).

 

When he says, ‘a new covenant,’ he declared the first one obsolete. And what had become obsolete and had grown old is close to disappearing” (Heb. 8.13).

 

“And her prophets have plastered for them with whitewash, visioning an unreality and divining for them a lie, saying: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said,’ when Jehovah himself has not spoken” (Ez. 22.28 NWT; also 13.11ff; & Job 13.4; Jer. “Prophets of peace,” etc.).

 

“Even if our gospel is veiled,” (2 Corin. 4.3).

 

“You accept a different gospel” (2 Corin. 11.4; Gal. 2.6-7).

 

“To pervert the gospel of Christ” (Gal. 1.7).

 

“Woe to you, scribes!” (Mat. 23.2, 13, 15, 23, 25, 27, 29, 34; Mark 1.22, 11.27, 12.38, Luke 20.46, 22.2).

 

Some would say that these warnings about bad things in written sources, “laws” and “gospels,” apply only to a) apocrypha, or rejected books of the Bible. Or to b) the writings of “The Jews.” But note that in effect, c) many of the “laws” referred to are in the Old Testament.

 

In any case, we have a clear warning here, among other things, that many who write about the “lord,” including “scribes” and even apostles, often lied, or got things wrong. To the point that … many things they wrote, were often literally, physically fatal: “the written code kills.”

 

While then too, Paul warned about false “letters” from him in his own time; and “another” bad “gospel too:

 

“We beg you brethren, not to be quickly shaken in mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by letter purported to be from us” (2 Thess. 2.2).

 

“If someone comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or it you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you accept it readily enough. I think that I am not in the least inferior to these….” (2 Corin. 11.4-5).

 

“Turning to a different gospel … not that there is another” (Gal. 1.6-7).

 

Then too, other warnings about bad things in religion -like “false prophets,” and false “teachers” – warned they would persist until the End of Time, and the Second Coming. Doubtless, even New Testament scripture is not an exception.

 

Then, too, remember that there are all those general warnings about, in effect, everyone involved in all stages of scripture writing. So that we are to trust not words, but empirical evidence only:

 

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Paul Rom. 3.23; cf. 1 Kings 8.46?).

 

With you is my contention, O priest. You shall stumble by day; the prophet also shall stumble with you by night, and I will destroy your mother. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me” (Hos. 4.1-6).

 

“Beware of false prophets…. You will know them by their fruits” (Mat. 7.15).

 

“Wisdom is proved righteous by its works” (Mat. 11.19 NWT; Luke 7.35).

 

 

Specifically, “scribes” and “scripture” are often attacked by name, in the Bible:

 

 

“How can you say ‘… the law of the LORD is with us’? But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has made it into a lie…. From prophet to priest, every one deals falsely.” (Jer. 8.8-10, italics mine)

 

“You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life, and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse to come to me that you many have life” (John 5.39).

 

“But the scripture has imprisoned all things under the power of sin” (Gal. 3.22; check double meaning)

 

“The word of the LORD came to me: ‘Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel…. Have you not seen a delusive vision, and uttered a lying divination, whenever you have said, Says the LORD'”…. (Ez. 13.1-7).

 

“Behold, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who steal my words from one another. Behold, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who use their tongues and say, ‘Says the LORD'” (Jer. 23.30).

 

“The scripture has imprisoned all things under the power of sin” (Gal. 3.22 NRSV).

 

“Men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad…. Have you understood all this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes.” And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who had been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasures what is new and what is old'” (Mat. 13.52).

 

“Beware of scribes” (q.v., Jesus).

 

 

We were told that priests would often be bad. And here we begin to see one major example: preachers therefore, were not entirely honest, when they read to us parts of the Bible, that seem to support scripture and the Bible, and written “law.” To be sure, there are some such parts:

 

All scripture is inspired by God and profitable … that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3.16).

 

“I have applied this to myself … that you may learn by us to live according to scripture…” (1 Corin. 4.6). “That you may learn though us the meaning of the saying, ‘Nothing beyond what is written'” (NRSV).

 

“Attend to the public reading of scripture” (1 Tim. 4.13).

 

“If ye shall despise my statutes … I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague … and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it” (Lev. 26.15-16 KJE).

 

“Do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you…. This book of the law shall not depart out your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous…” (Josh. 7-8; italics mine).

 

“Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them…. Till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called last in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mat. 5.17ff; italics, mine).

 

 

Yet if there are parts of the Bible that seem to support scripture, finally note all the other parts of the Bible that, surprisingly, seem to suggest there are bad things even in God’s holiest writings and “laws” and so forth:

 

“But the scripture has imprisoned all things under the power of sin” (Gal. 3.22 NRSV).

 

“I gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not have life; and I defiled them through their very gifts in making them offer by fire all their first-born, that I might horrify them; I did it that they might know that I am the LORD” (Ez. 20.25-26; see also Isaiah, “behold, you are nothing”).

 

“A former commandment is set aside … for the law made nothing perfect” (Heb. 7.18-19).

 

“We serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit” (Rom. 7.6).

 

“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; and having spoiled principalities and powers….” (Col. 2.14 KJE)

 

“There is necessarily a change in the law, as well” (Heb. 7.12 RSV).

 

Then too, many people err in their understanding, even “interpretation” of scripture some would say:

 

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers/rabbis among you…” (2 Peter 2.1). “So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you…. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. You therefore beloved, knowing this beforehand, beware lest you be carried away with the error of lawless men and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord….” (2 Peter 3.15-18).

 

Note too that when St. Peter warned about misinterpreting or “twisting” “Scripture,” he referred in part to St. Paul’s letters. So that at the time of warnings relating to scripture, some New Testament scripture existed. At the very least, parts of our New Testament likely, are “hard to understand”; and can be “twisted” in meaning too, as they were in fact twisted by all our preachers, false teachers.

 

Then too, there are parts of the Bible, many scholars say, that just do not seem true on their own; or that seem contradicted by other parts:

 

“If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14.26).

 

“Any one who hates his brother is a murderer….” (1 John 3.15).

 

“You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill…’ But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment….” (Mat. 5.17-22).

 

“Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment…. Yet I am writing you a new commandment…. (1 John 2.7-8).

 

“No one born of God commits sin; for God’s nature abides in him…. By this it may be seen who are the children [“seed” KJE] of God….” (1 John 3.9-10).

 

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us…. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1.7-10).

 

Jesus: “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John; and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come'” (Mat. 1.13-14).

 

“And this is the testimony of John…. ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not'” (John 1.19-21).

 

“Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued.” (Paul, 1 Tim. 3.8).

 

“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God…” (1 Peter 4.11 KJE; note ambiguity of oracles? Like Delphi).

 

“Answer not a fool according to his folly…. Answer a fool according to his folly” (Prov. 26.4).

 

. . .

 

 

“Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be sign of the covenant between me and you. He that is eight days old among you shall be circumcised; every male throughout your generations…. Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh … shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant” (Gen. 17.10).

 

“He is a Jew who is one inwardly, and real circumcision is spiritual and not literal” (Paul, Rom. 2.29).

 

“See to it no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit…. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of flesh … having canceled the bond which stood against us with its legal demands; this he set aside…” (Col. 2.11-14).

 

Some say the New Testament and Paul, often even attack written “law,” the Torah, the Old Testament, the “written code,” of God:

 

“For the law made nothing perfect” (Paul, n.s. paraphrased; vs. “For sin is the transgression of the law” 1 John 3.4, 5.17).

 

“Now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit” (Rom. 7.6).

 

“The very commandment that promised life proved to be death …” (Rom. 7.10; cf. “To die is gain” Phil. 1.21;”I was crafty, you say, and got the better of you by guile. Did I take advantage of you ….?” 2 Corin. 12.17. “And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!” 2 Corin. 11.11).

 

“Moses writes that that man who practices the righteousness which is based on the law shall live by it….” (Rom. 10.5). “The written code kills, but the Spirit gives life. Now if the dispensation of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such splendor … which should not the dispensation of the Spirit be attended with greater splendor?” (2 Corin. 3.6-8).

 

See also opposition to “interpretation” of prophesy, vs. the need for interpretation of “dreams,” “allegories,” “tongues.

 

Worse of all, essentially all religious writing, is in the charge of a class of people that Jesus particularly warned about: Scribes. The few people who were literate, and could read and write … and who performed those chores professionally, in ancient times. Scribes, note are normally hightly suspect to Jesus. Of all the people Jesus and God seemed to criticize, “scribes” were close to the top of the list. And if scribes are bad, then the words of God that they were in charge of, might be too:

 

“The false pen of scribes has made it into a lie” (Jer. 8.8).

 

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” (Mat. 22.13 et alia New Testament).

 

“Scribes and Pharisees” (Mat. 5.20; 7.29 ff).

 

“Beware of the scribes” (Mark 12.38).

 

What bad things might have been done by scribes, and others in charge of our Bibles over the years? At times to be sure, certain scribes seem authorized by Jesus; specifically even to add “new” things to the “old” … in scripture? (As the New Testament, added to the Old?) But if they are, there are problems with this, eventually. As new things don’t quite fit with old ones, always:

 

Every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old” (Mat. 13.52; see also Peter authorized to “bind” and “loose” things in heaven Mat. 16).

 

“‘My sons, your sins are forgiven.’ Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, ‘Why does this man speak thus? It is blasphemy! ….’ And immediately Jesus, perceiving in this spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them … The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; if he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins” (Mark 2.7-20-22).

 

“And her prophets have plastered for them with whitewash, visioning an unreality and divining for them a lie, saying: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said,’ when Jehovah himself has not spoken” (Ez. 22.28 NWT; also 13.11 ff; & Job 13.4; Jer. “Prophets of peace,” etc.).

 

“For the sin of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests…. They have wandered as blind men in the streets…. As for us, our eyes as yet failed…. Our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come. Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heavens…. The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the Lord, was taken…” (“Inspiration” taken; Lam. 4.13-19)

 

At times, furthermore, live people seem to be given higher authority than written scriptures?

 

“You yourselves are our letter or recommendation … you are a letter from Christ…” (2 Corin. 3.3).

 

“After this the Lord appointed seventy others….’ He who heard you heard me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.’ The seventy returned with joy, saying ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in you name!’ And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10.1-16-20).

 

(See also Peter “binding” things in heaven; Paul “as Christ”).

 

In any case, there are other, cosmic books, than the Bible, some might say:

 

“Before the throne, scrolls were opened” (Rev. 20.12 NWT).

 

“Written in the Lamb’s scroll of life” (Rev. 21.27, NWT).

 

“In that day, the deaf shall hear the words of a book” (Isa. 29.18).

 

While if Heaven itself is to be destroyed, possibly even heavenly books will not survive. Jesus said that he himself, his words would live on though, to be sure.

 

Here to be sure, we honor the Bible; every word so far as we know. But to be sure, we find that the Bible itself, read more fully, delivers a very different message, than what the priests have said.

 

Indeed, elements of the Bible, seem to attack, or seek a “new covenant,” different from even written “laws” from God. Then too, relating to possible problems with scripture in any case, not particularly here, next, the many biblical warnings about problems with language in general, “tongues,” in general; with empty “words,” and so forth. God himself told us that our languages, our “tongues,” had been “confused” at Babel. So that indeed in any case, at the very least we will have been finding here that the Bible is often, as Peter said of Paul, “hard to understand.” And if the Bible is true, its meaning is often extremely complex; with different layers of “allegory,” “parable,” and so forth. And in the end, very few people – even priests – ever really, adequately understand scripture at all.

 

In particular of course, the Bible is all too easy to mis-quote. Legions, millions of bad priests especially, have found it all too easy, to present only misleading “parts” of scripture, in their sermons. In particular, priests have quoted only parts that seem to flatter … priests and the holy men they follow. While they found it all too easy, to simply leave out – or “twist” with their “tongues” – the hundreds of warnings from God, that our preachers and holy men, were extremely unreliable, and even evil. The hundreds of warnings that one “day,” they are “all” to perish.

 

Parts of the Bible, to be sure, seemed to tell us that the “law” of God is good forever, or till “heaven and earth” are destroyed. But after all, this seeming bit of rhetorical flourish – the laws hold, till heaven is destroyed – are taken to be fine print; heaven and earth are to be destroyed after all. In a way rather like written “scrolls” being rolled shut forever in fact:

 

“It is easier for heaven and earth to be destroyed, than for one dot of the law to become void (Luke 16.17; Mat. 5.18; etc.).

 

“But … the heavens will pass away with a loud noise….” (2 Peter 3.10; italics mine).

 

“The heavens will vanish like smoke” (Isa. 51.6).

 

“All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll “(Isa. 34.4 RSV).

 

“How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us’? But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has made it into a lie” (Jer. 8.8).

 

“Then the voice which I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying ‘Go, take the scroll which is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.’ So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll; and he said to me, ‘Take it and eat; it will be bitter to your stomach…’ And I took the .. little scroll… ; when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter. And I was told, ‘You must again prophesy…'” (Rev. 10. 8-11).

 

“And the heaven departed as a scroll that is being rolled up…” (Rev. 6.14).

 

“By the same word the heavens and earth that now exist [in Christianity] have been stored up for fire….” (2 Peter 3.7; italics and comments, ours).

 

“What sort of persons ought you to be…, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved….!” (2 Peter 3.12).

 

Here we honor every word of the Bible, so far as we know. (While we can defend many apparent departures). But for that matter, among the words of the Bible, amazingly, were constant warnings about every aspect of traditional Christianity, from angels and baptism, to even prophets and even religious writings and laws. So that indeed, one day, our traditional “heaven” itself is supposed to dissolve … like an “scroll that is being rolled up,” perhaps forever.

 

Some indeed say that Christians do not live under any writings at all; but only under the “spirit.” Which seems to be as free and variable, as the “wind,” as Jesus once suggested (John 3.8 vs. Mark 4.39, Hos. 8.7 etc.), and not tied down to writings, or law it would sometimes seem:

 

“I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprise at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit’” (John 3.5-8 NIV’ recall that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit).

 

Here we follow the Bible, very carefully. Though we would be remiss, if we did not note that the Bible itself, at times, seems very self-critical; warning about many things even in itself; the “beam” in its own “eye.” To be sure though, the Bible will also rightly note problems with “spirits” or “pneuma,” “winds” as well. So that eventually we find here that God really stressed … over faith and spirit, a kind of critical religious science.

 

 

 

 

BAD THINGS IN

 

SERMONS

 

AND RELIGIOUS “WORD”S

 

 

Religious language, like language itself, is confusing. God told us that he deliberately confused our languages or “tongues,” at Babel (Gen. 11.7):

 

“And the LORD said, ‘Behold … let us go down, and there confuse their languag, that they may not understand one another’s speech.'”

 

Language itself is rather confused therefore. Then too, the language of priests and prophets, the Bible warned, can have many particular problems with it. Even religious language especially, the speech and writing of holy men, can be particularly a) not just “confused,” but also b) full of empty hot air or “wind” or false “spirit.” And religion c) can be even deliberately deceptive, full of “empty words,” and even “lies”:

 

“Then Job answered: ‘I have heard many such things; miserable comforters are you all. Shall windy words have an end? ‘” (Job 16.1).

 

“Let no one deceive you with empty words…” (Eph. 5.6; cf. “fruit of the light” 5.9).

 

Empty consolations” (Zech. 10.2).

 

“O my people, your leaders mislead you…” (Isa. 3.12).

 

Like the east wind I will scatter them” (Jer. 18.17?; Ezk. 17.10, 19.12; Jon. 4.8).

 

“By their fruits you will know them” (q.v.).

 

“Should the wise answer with windy knowledge, and fill themselves with the east
wind? [In Jerusalem, drying, desiccating African desert wind]. Should they argue in unprofitable talk, or in words with which they can do no good?” (Job 15.2-3 NRSV).

 

“What does it profit, my Brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘God in peace, be warned and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith, by itself, if it has not works, is dead” (James 2.14-17).

 

“Wind” (which means “spirit,” from pneuma).


“He who observes the wind [spirit?] will not sow; and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know how the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything” (Ecc. 11.4-5).

 

 

Some warnings about “prophets” would probably apply to preachers, and when their “tongues” are mentioned, especially their wordy sermons too:

 

“Behold, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who steal my words from one another. Behold, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who us their tongues and say, ‘Says the LORD'” (Jer. 23.30).

 

“In praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words” (Mat. 6.7). “Do not use vain repetitions” (KJV).

 

“As for you, you whitewash with lies…. Will you speak falsely for God, and speak deceitfully for him?” (Job 13.4-7).

 

(See also warnings about “repetitive” prayers, and other prayers too).

 

“The word of the LORD came to me: ‘Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel…. Have you not seen a delusive vision, and uttered a
lying divination, whenever you have said, Says the LORD’“… (Ez. 13.1-7).

 

And of course, who delivers sermons … but priests and churches? Which are both warned about over and over again, in the Bible itself. As noted above.

 

 

 

 

 

BAD THINGS IN

RELIGIOUS LEADERS

IN GENERAL

 

In effect, all our religious leaders – angels, apostles, priests, prophets, etc.. – have problems with them. Adding to that finding, are some warnings about “leaders” in general:

 

“Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for what his hands have done shall be done to him. My people – children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, your leaders mislead you, and confuse the course” (Isa. 3.10-12).

 

“I will punish the leaders” (Zech. 10.3).

 

“Many false prophets will arise and lead many astray” (Mat. 24.11, RSV).

 

“And authority was given it over every tribe and people and tongue and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, every one whose name had not been written….” (Rev. 13.2-8).

 

“‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!…. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!'” (Matt. 23.23-4).

 

{Cf. “Remember your leaders;… Obey your leaders…” Heb. 13.7, 17).

 

 

Preachers and churches and prophets, every day, cover up or whitewash thousands of historical sins of the churches, that they know about. But they should not do that: the Bible tells us that covering up or “whitewash”ing the sins, cosmetically covering over major structural faults of religious and other leaders, is itself, a grievous sin. For which God punishes even “prophets” and priests, in the end:

 

 

“Her priests have done violence to my law…. Her princes in the midst of her are like wolves tearing the prey, shedding blood, destroying lives to get dishonest gain. And her prophets have daubed for them with whitewash, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD has not spoken” (Ezk. 22.26-8; Job 13.4, Ezk 13.10-15; Mat. 23.27; Acts 23.3).

 

“Because you have uttered delusions and have seen lies, therefore behold, I am against you, says the LORD GOD. My hand will be against the prophets…. Because they have mislead my people, saying, ‘peace,’ when there is no peace; and because, when the people build a [bad, cracking] wall, these prophets daub it with whitewash; say to those who daub it with whitewash that it shall fall! … When it falls, you shall perish in the midst of it” (Ez. 13.10-14

 

 

 

BAD THINGS IN

 

SPIRIT,

SPIRITUALITY,

 

AND NEGLECT OF PRACTICAL “WORLDLY” THINGS

(Review also warnings about “empty words,” sermons).

 

 

Many preachers acknowledge privately, that there might indeed, be sins, errors, or things to be gotten beyond, in say, holy men of the past. In the 1) Jews; or even the 2) Old Testament and its “law; or 3) some even say, in even the New Testament. Or 4) some like the Catholic Church even admit that preachers in our own time, are human beings; and often “fall,” often commit sins in their private lives. But this does not mean that our preachers are at last confessing very, very serious errors in their predecessors or themselves. Rather, most churches today admit that individual Christians, even priests, or some might even say apostles, now and then sin and err; but they claim, God supernaturally protects some holy men from errors, all the time. Or at certain critical times; like when they were writing our Bibles, and/or defining key religious “doctrines.” This idea comes in part from the Bible; which says that related to God, as part of the Trinity, is a spirit from God; a “Holy Spirit.” An invisible spirit from God. And it is thought that when Jesus promised a “counselor” to assist us after Jesus’ death, he meant this Holy Spirit. So that it has long been asserted, that in ancient times, the prophets and apostles were protected by the “inspiration” of the Holy Spirit, from serious errors. And at times it is even said that many of us, even today, can also find direct inspiration from God; to get past old errors. And at times it is said that spirits, spirituality, and the Holy Spirit, are a major good in our religion; even correcting our wayward priests and prophets, above.

 

But are “inspiration” and spirits, always good? Is even the Holy Spirit that reliable? According the Old and New testaments both, there are problems even with “spirits” and “spirituality.”

 

First, not all spirits are good. Specifically, for example, there are in fact, 1) many very important warnings of “false” and even “evil spirits,” in the Bible:

 

“An evil spirit from God is tormenting you:” (1 Sam. 16.15).

 

“The LORD saw it … And he said … ‘ And I will heap evils upon them.'” (Deut. 32.19, 20, 23).

 

“The LORD will bring upon you all the evil things” (Jos. 23.16; 1 Sam. 20.9, 2 Sm. 12.11, cf. 24.16; 1 Kings 14.10, 21.29; 2 Kings 22.16-20?; 2 Chron. 18.22, 34.24-28; Job 42.11; Jer. 16.10, 19.3, etc.).

 

“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against … the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6.12 NRSV).

 

 

And 2) in effect, there are warnings that a spirit which seems to the Holy Spirit, guiding us, might often be a false spirit; a false spirit posing as the Holy Spirit. Posing as the very “angel of light.”

 

So those people, preachers who embrace the Holy Spirit, and/or “spirituality,” need to now discover that according to the Bible itself (and according to practical experience too, as we will find), there are problems, sins, even in spirits, and spirituality. And there are problems even with relying on the Holy Spirit. Even if the Holy Spirit is perfect, still, at times even a perfect God, chooses to let us sin, it seems.

 

3a) At times to be sure, it seems that very spiritual priests, can find many quotes to support their position; that the material world is evil; and that “spirit” is all you need in life:

 

 

Do not labor for the food that perishes…, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you…” (John 6.27). “I am the bread of life … I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh” (John 6.35-48-51).

 

“It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you that do not believe” [/are unbelievers? Gentiles?]” (John 6.63).

 

“He who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 12.25).

 

“Do not love the world or the things in the world” (1 John 2.15 RSV).

 

“And he said to them, ‘Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions…. ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.’ And he told his disciples, “therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your body, and what you shall put on. For life is more than food…. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell you possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches, and no moth destroys…” (Luke 12.15,2, 32-3).

 

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food…? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these…. Therefore do not be anxious, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘what shall we drink?’ or “What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well” (Matthew 6.25-33).

 

3b) However, one of the great sins of preachers, is that they quote only the parts of the Bible that seem to flatter their own authority; like the parts that stress the reliability of spirits. While they ignore however, the other parts.

 

Many other
parts of the Bible though, suggest that even if you have the right spirit, still, that might not be enough to save you; you need more things, other than spirit; particularly say, a more critical “mind”:

 

“My spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. What am I to do? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also” (1 Corin. 13.14-15).

 

“When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words of wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4 My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. 6 Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. 7 But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rules of this age understood this; for it they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him’ [Isa. 64.4] – 10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. 13 And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual. 14 Those who are unspiritual [“natural” KJ; or psychic? sentient?] do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and the are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny. ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?’ [Cf. KJE: “he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man]. But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corin. 2).

 

“The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a spirit,: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4.24 KJE).

 

4) It seems we need more in life than just “spirit” (see comment on “faith,” from James 2.14 above). And partly because of that, often, amazingly, the Bible seems to say that even the Holy Spirit of God is not always enough to help us. Paul himself remembers such a moment, when just having the spirit of God himself, nearby, failed to save the Jews in the wilderness. And this warning about a kind of lack in the Holy Spirit, is a warning, said Paul for “us,” for we Christians too:

 

All drank the same supernatural [“spiritual“] drink. For they drank from the supernatural/spiritual Rock which followed them, and the Rock was Christ [cf. Peter as rock, Peter, petroglyph; Cephas, boulder or gourd, or metaphorically … “head”]. Nevertheless with most of them God was not pleased; for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things are warnings for us” (1 Corin. 10.4-6, modified from RSV).

 

“Brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and the Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples…” (1 Corin. 10.1-6 KJV).

 

5) There are things that are not quite right in spirits and spirituality, therefore; things lacking in it. Most ominously, remember that the priests who give us only the “spirit” of “faith,” are fatally inadequate. Specifically, preachers who give us only kind spiritual words and “faith,” but not real material things as well, leave us literally in poverty, and starving to death, from lack of material food and so forth:

 

“What does it profit, my Brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warned and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith, by itself, if it has not works, is dead” (James 2.14-17).

 

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end therefore are the ways of death” (Prov. 14.23 KJE).

 

“Beloved, so not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4.1).

 

“As when a hungry man dreams he is eating and awakes with his hunger not satisfied, as when a thirsty man dreams he is drinking and awakes faint, with his thirst not quenched, so shall the multitude of all the nations be…. Stupefy yourself and be in a stupor, blind yourselves and be blind! … for the LORD has poured out upon you a spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes, the prophets, and covered your heads, the seers. And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed… You turn things upside down!… In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book” (Isa. 29. 8-10, 11, 16, 18).).

 

This in fact, is a very common, fatal flaw in focusing too much on spirits, and not enough on material reality: those who neglect material reality, often lead us to dead; from lack of material necessities.

 

6) For this reason, even very spiritual apostles like Paul, often eventually ask for material, physical help from others:

 

“Who tends a flock without getting some of the milk…? If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits…? Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings?” (1 Corin. 9.7-13; italics mine).

 

“If any one does not work let him not eat” (1 Thess. 3.10).

 

As we will see then, the next major sin of all preachers, is over-spirituality, asceticism. That is, those who rely too much on just “spiritual” things, usually neglect the physical, material side of life. And that is often literally, physically fatal for those who follow these priests, or for the priests themselves. As James 2.14 began to see; and as we see in the history of asceticism. Too much spirituality often leads to chronic neglect and even “hate” for physical life – and then this neglect of or dysfunctionality in, physical life, often to physical death. By the inability to deal with physical necessities.

 

7) Given so many problems with spirits, it should not be a surprise therefore, that the Bible often warned about bad “spirit”s and spirituality; among other things, the Bible noting that there are even many “false” and bad or “evil” spirits (or false ideas?) out there. Surprisingly, the Bible even said that God sends evil – evil spirits – to people, often. So that therefore, rather than trusting to the spirits, or a spirit we think is the Holy Spirit, rather instead, we are supposed to … submit the spirits to testing, to see if they are good or not:

 

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits
to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4.1; see also ref. to “men of Spirit” deceived, n.s.).

 

“Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corin. 11.14 RSV).

 

“Test everything” (1 Thess. 5.21).

 

“Understanding … science” (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE).

 

 

 

7) How many false spirits are there? How high and powerful are they? Amazingly, there are even false, evil spirits in heaven itself, it seems. Remember that a) God sent evil spirits to people at times, above. While b) Satan himself and his angels, are often in heaven itself. Indeed, c) here is another quote that confirms that there are false spiritual things in heaven, itself:

 

“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against … the spiritual
forces of evil in the heavenly places (Eph. 6.12 NRSV).

 

 

8) How widespread are false spirits? And how often and in how many ways, can spirits fail us? It is not certain. Though we just found out they exist even in the “heavenly places,” above. While God warned of bad spirits it seems, associated with false prophets, for instance:

 

“I will remove from the land the prophets and the unclean spirit. And if any one again appears as a prophet, his father and mother who bore him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the LORD’; and his father and mother who bore him shall pierce him through…. ‘Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me, says the LORD…” (Zech. 13.2-3, 7). “If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die…. but his blood I will require at your hand” (Ezek. 3.20).

 

9) Note that among the words that are most often translated “spirit” in the Bible, is the word “pneuma”; which really means “wind.” While the Bible often says many bad things about “wind,” and those who try to live on mere “wind”:

 

“If a man should go about and utter wind [cf. “breath”; “spirit“; also “East wind”] and lies, saying, ‘I will preach
to you of wine and strong drink,’ [cf. “spirits”] he would be the preacher to this people…. Hear, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel! Is it not for you to know justice? – You, you hate the good and love the evil, who tear the skin from off my people, and their flesh from off their bones; who eat the flesh of my people…. Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry ‘Peace’ when they have something to eat, but declare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths. Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision, and darkness to you, without divination. The sun shall go down upon the prophets, and the day shall be black over them; the seers shall be disgraced…” (Micah 2.11, 3.1-3, 5-7; see also shepherds who eat, prey on, their sheep; the fat).

 

Among other warnings about false spirits, “winds” on earth, is one in Ecclesiastes. Where Ecclesiastes, or “The Preacher,” confirmed St. James’ warning again. That those who spend too much time with “wind” or spirit, will be dysfunctional in physical reality … and will often starve to death, and suffer in physical reality, as a result. So that finally, even very spiritual holy men in particular, need to be warned against.:

 

“He who observes the wind [spirit?] will not sow; and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know how the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything” (Ecc. 11.4-5).

 

“All is vanity and a striving after wind” (Ecc. 2.17, et passim).

 

“The word of the LORD came to me: ‘Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel…, ‘Ho, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed…. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd…. The shepherds have fed themselves, and had not fed my sheep” (Ezek. 34.2-9). Therefore … Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep” (Ezek. 34.2).

 

“Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill himself with the east wind? Should he argue in unprofitable talk, or in words with which he can do not good?” (Eliphaz, in Job 15.2-3; partly confirmed by Job in 12.2, 16.2-3).

 

 

10) If “spirit” means in part, ideas or impressions we have in our mind or spirit? Then there are hundreds of warnings in the Bible, about people’s minds being hypnotized, fooled: “deceived,” “under a strong delusion,” “illusion,” “false dreams,” or especially, an “enchantment” by magic, “sorcerers,” and “magician”s. (While again, there were warnings specifically, about a rather hypnotic lie, delusion, that mere “words” or spirits, are all we need in life, “hope” and “spirit,” but no physical things like food; see “windy words,” etc., above). False spirits it seems, relating to enchantments and “delusions,” deceive the prophets especially, and deceive the whole world; as we will see one “day” (Isa. 28.5-13-18; Rev. 13).

 

 

11) There are already many false spirits, even specifically in the time of Jesus and Paul. False spirits intermixed in Christianity, like weeds or “tares” or “chaff,” in the wheat. At times, the New Testament to be sure, seemed to want to make us very spiritual. But countless other times, it turned and warned of problems with perhaps false spirits from “preachers” specifically. Spirits which would pose as holy, but which would perhaps be misleading us:

 

“I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be lead astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if some one comes and preaches
another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit
from the one you received, … you submit to it readily enough.” (2 Corin. 11.1-4).

 

“You are being built up a spiritual house…” (1 Pet. 2.5; also 1 Co. 15.44 NTW).

 

“The time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God…. It begins with us” (St. Peter, in 1 Peter 4.17, in The Holy Bible; New Testament, Gospel book of St. Mark; 13.31-32. Revised Standard Edition, or “RSV”)

 

 

12) False spirits in fact, are found all around – and it seems throughout –what was to come to be called Christianity. Curiously for example, if you look in the Bible, you find perhaps all of those persons who say that Jesus is God, are persons who are flawed in some way, with an evil spirit in them; even Peter for example, we found, was partially bad (Mat. 16.23). While then too, the ones who proclaim Jesus as son of “God,” are gentiles, Romans, bad apostles … or persons with “demons” or … “unclean spirits”:

 

“When ever the unclean spirits beheld him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.’ And he strictly ordered them not to make him known” (Mark 3.11-30)

 

“There met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit…. When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshipped him; and crying out with a loud voice, he said, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God'” (Mat. 5.2-8); Luke 4.33; 8.29, 11.24).

 

It seems there are always false spirits all around Christ; indeed at times it seems that all those who say he is the “son of God,” have something wrong with them; often they are enemy Romans, or … persons with an “unclean spirit” in them.

 

 

13) In the End Times particularly, (which the Church says began long ago, at Pentecost), there are many false spirits (see also magical enchantments, above):

 

“The Spirit distinctly says that in later times some will turn away from the faith [note: “the” faith; that is religion; not faith itself] and will heed deceitful spirits
and things taught by demons through plausible liars – men with seared consciences who forbid marriage, and require abstinence from foods which God created…. Everything God created is good; nothing is to be rejected…” (1 Tim. 4.1-4, NAB).

 

Many make spiritual errors; like taking in the spirit of Pride:

 

“Understand this, that in the last days there will come times of stress. For men will be believers of self…, proud, arrogant … holding the form of religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such people. For among them are those who make their way into households and capture weak women … who will listen to anybody and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 1.23- 3.1 – 3.5- 7).

 

Only eventually ” those who err in spirit will come to understanding” (Isa. 29.24).

 

14) Finally therefore, the Bible does not stress spirits as much as preachers do. Instead, it stresses physical material things.

 

a) To be sure, parts of the Bible seemed to tell us that materialism, desire for material things, is bad. And that we should be spiritual:

 

“If you wish to be perfect, go, sell you possessions, and given the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven…” (Mat. 19.21).

 

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God” (Mat. 19.24).

 

“Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.… Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear” (Luke 12.15, 22).

 

“Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder…. Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?” (James 4.1-4, NRSV).

 

“Come now, your rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you” (James 5.1 NRSV).

 

“Combine spiritual matters with spiritual words” (1 Co. 2.13 NTW).

 

“Conscious of their spiritual needs” (Mat 5.3 NWT; Luke 6.20, 1 Co 2.14).

 

b) But in other parts of the Bible, we were often clearly promised very material, physical rewards; and told us that mere sermons, words, thoughts, spirits, are not enough. As James noted above, those who give us only “spirits,” leave us starving to death. So that don’t try to live just on “spirits” alone. But we should also “work” with our “hands,” to make useful material goods:

 

“Let no one deceive you with empty words” (Eph. 5.6).

 

Note that the original word in the Bible, that is translated “spirit,” actually meant “wind” or “breath”; and we will find many, many remarks in the Bible noting problems with empty “wind” or “breath.” To quote just a minor one:

 

“Men of low estate are but a breath” (Ps. 62.9).

 

Related to this: some parts of the Bible to be sure, seem at first to say that the “spirit”ual is all we need in life; that specifically the spiritual attribute of “faith” is all we need. And that material physical “work” is unimportant:

 

“If Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness….’ (Rom. 4.2-3).

 

“We know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ” (Gal. 2.16).

 

[“But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness” (Rom. 4.5 NRSV?).?]

 

But other parts of the Bible suggest that more than faith is necessary in life; we need to do material “work,” “deeds,” too. And that means even labor in the fields, etc.:

 

“Work with your hands” (1 Thess. 4.11).

 

“Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work” (Ex. 20.9).

 

“Six days you shall do your work” (Ex. 23.13 RSV).

 

“And thou shalt eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread” (Gen. 3.19).

 

“Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was brought to completion by the works…. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2.21-24 NRSV. See also 2.14-28).

 

“Beware of empty words” (q.v.).

 

“He will repay according to each one’s deeds” (Rom. 2.7).

 

“For I know their works and their thoughts” (Isa. 66.18).

 

“And the dead were judged according to their works, as recorded in the books” (Rev. 20.12).

 

“We labor, working with our own hands” (1 Corin. 4.12).

 

[Don’t say] “Because I am a hand, I do not belong to the body (1 Corin. 12.15).

 

“I am writing to you with my own hand” (Gal. 6.11).

 

“Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy (Eph. 4.28).

 

“You yourselves have been taught by God to love one another…. But we urge you, beloved , to do so more and more, to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one.” (1 Thess. 4.9, 10, 11-12 NRSV).

 

 

Even Paul, who often stressed spirituality and faith, noted above, that the spirit of God failed us in the wilderness; and that spiritual people still need physical things, like food.

 

(Though we do not want to get into the infinitely divisive “faith vs. works” debate, we add here, that we might be saved by faith alone; but still, as it turns out, we cannot know if the spirit or idea of God we have faith in, is the right one … until we see it produce physical material proofs. Therefore, God might accept us without seeing our works; be we need to see works, before believing that a given thing really is from God, and not a false spirit, or false christ).

 

Jesus himself, seems to have worked with Jewish priests, as perhaps a sort of early rabbi; but he had trouble with priests (who eventually executed him), and did not very explicitly set up a separate Christian priesthood, by name; he only had followers or “apostles,” and “sheep.” At times, the Bible, especially Paul, seems to try to set up, allow for, the profession of a Christian priest. But there were issues about their not doing physical work: Priests typically do not do physical work, but who a) merely think, pray, deliver sermons, or at most write, for a living. So Paul tried to a) tried to attack “works”; or b) hint that preacherly activity was work enough “work.” But in any case, Paul therefore backed work, often with our hands:

 

“I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand” (Gal. 6.11).

 

“These very works which I am doing” (John 5.36).

 

“What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” (John 6.28).

 

“There are varieties of working” (1 Corin. 12.6).

 

“My work for God” (Rom. 15.17).

 

“I worked harder than any of them” (1 Corin. 15.10).

 

“Do the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim. 4.5).

 

“Work of faith and labor of love” (1 Th. 1.3). “Death is at work in us, but life in you” (2 Corin. 4.12!!?).

 

 

There is a tradition that Paul worked with his hands as a tent-maker too. (Source?).

 

Or in any case, some priests work in that they does works of charity; good works:

 

“She was full of good works and acts of charity” (Acts 9.36).

 

“Bearing fruit in every good work” (Col. 1.10).

 

But finally it is firmly material work, like farming, with the material food and prosperity it created above, that is important. As other parts of the Bible make it clear:

 

“Work with your hands, as we charged you” (1 Thess. 4.11).

 

In the end, Zechariah’s “prophet” admits he is not a prophet at all, but a farmer, a “tiller of the soil.”

 

Some might construe our work, to include say writing; writing with our own hands. But the more physical work of the laity, is important even to spiritual people, to priests

 

“Who tends a flock without getting some of the milk…? If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits…? Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings?” (1 Corin. 9.7-13; italics mine).

 

“Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead” (James 2.17 &36).

 

“Faith was completed by works” (James 2.22).

 

More than “dead,” faith by itself, with not works, is false; since things are proven good or false, from God or not, according to their material fruitfulness, works.

 

While finally a real preacher is supposed to produce real material prosperity ultimately, “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” “proofs,” “prosperity”:

 

Other times, it was clear that we need real material things to live (as James knew); … and real Christianity is supposed to deliver real, literal, eatable food, for example:

 

“The LORD your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground…” (Deut. 30.9).

 

Even spirit, to be found good, is supposed to deliver material things, like “healing.”

 

“Now concerning spiritual gifts … I do not want you to be uninformed…. Now there are varieties of gifts…; and there are varieties of services …; and there are varieties of activities…. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge,’ to another gifts of healing..., to another the working of miracles….” (1 Corin. 12.1, 4-9; cf. 1 Corin. 12.29 NRSV).

 

“The whole earth is full of his glory” (Isa. 6.3; Heb. “his glory is the fullness of the whole earth” says KJE; quoting Ps. 72.19).

 

(See also Paul asking for material goods from his followers, in exchange for his spiritual services).

 

In fact, if some spirits are good, note that we know of spiritual things … primarily through observation of the material world:

 

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made…” (Rom. 1.20).

 

“O LORD, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all (Ps. 104.24).

 

“For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over anew, serving its natural laws, that your children might be preserved unharmed…” (Wis. 19.6).

 

“When thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness” (Isa. 26.9).

 

“For the universe fights on behalf of the just” (Wis. 16.17).

 

 

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…” (Gal. 5.22; cf. Mat. 10.34).

 

“What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?… How much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Luke 11.11-13).

 

But were we promised only spirits? The above shows that God also emphasized material things.

 

 

16) Indeed, it seems that our material work, is commanded by God … and is necessary, to get the material “prosperity” that God promised. Or even to stay alive.

 

“If anyone does not want to work, neither let him eat” (2 Thess. 3.30).

 

 

“In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life…. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread…” (Gen. 3.17-19).

 

“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his hands...” (Eph. 4.28).

 

“Six days you shall labor, and do all your work” (Ex. 20.9).

 

“And the LORD will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground…” (Deut. 28.11; 30.9).

 

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: the honour of kings is to search out a matter. The heaven for height, and the earth for depth…” (Prov. 25.2-3).).

 

“Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates” (Prov. 31..31).

 

And God will reward you in the fruit of your hands (Bible, paraphrased, n.s.).

 

“There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God” (Ecc. 2.24; also 5.18 ff).

 

 

17) In fact, amazingly, finally we are to determine which prophets and holy men and spirits, really are from God, and which are not, not by just their minds or spirits, since minds and spirits can be just “illusions” and “delusions” and “enchantments,” “false dreams.” And especially, “empty wind“; while “wind” or “air” is the original word for “spirit” in the Bible (“pneuma”). Instead, we are to know which spirits are really from God and which are not … by observing their real material results: “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” “proofs,” “prosperity” (according to our Science of God):

 

“Beware of false prophets…. You will know them by their fruits” (Mat. 7.15-16-20).

 

“The LORD your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground...” (Deut. 30.9).

 

“Beware of empty words” (q.v., n.s.).

 

“Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge [Heb. “knowledge of wind” KJE), and fill himself with the east wind?” (Job 15.2).

 

“If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled’ [with faith, and spirit?], without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? ” (James 2.14-17; italics, mine. Cf. filling yourself with the “east wind,” etc.).

 

“Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth” (James 5.7).

 

“You may say to yourself, ‘How can we recognize a word that the LORD has not spoken?’ If a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD but the thing does not take place or prove true, it is a word that the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; do not be frightened by it” (Deut. 18.21-22).

 

“Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away…” (John 15.2).

 

“And the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned” (John 15.6).

 

“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit” (15.8).

 

“And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job … and … gave Job twice as much as he had before…. And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses” (Job 42.10, 12).

 

“The wicked man writhes in pain all his days …. He will not be rich, and his wealth will not endure, nor will he strike root in the earth; he will not escape from darkness; the flame will dry up his shoots, and his blossom will be swept away by the wind. Let him not trust in emptiness,
deceiving himself…. Shall windy words have an end?” (Job 15. 20, 29

 

 

17) Some put down the “flesh”; but finally, the NAB glossary says flesh must mean just our greedy self, but not our material body; it cannot mean the material body; since finally even a spiritual St. Paul acknowledged the usefulness of our material body:

 

“Christ will be exalted now as always in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, living in Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better, but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain….” (Phil. 1.20-23-25).

 

18) Likewise, there are parts of the Bible that “hate” our life in this “world”; but “world” they say, must mean only the “world” of Jesus’ time; and cannot mean this material world; since God created the material world and said it was “good,” etc.. And if the physical world was ever bad, it was “redeemed” in principle, by Jesus and the Flood, etc.:

 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3.16).

 

“World… I 1. the earthly state of human existence; this present life…. 2. The pursuits and interests of this present life; esp, in religious use, the least worthy of these; temporal or mundane affairs… 4. Secular (or lay) life and interests, as distinguished from religious (or clerical); ….5. An age or (long) period of time in earthly or human existence or history… II The earth or a region of it 10. The sphere in which one’s interests are bound up…. 17. Human society… (Oxford English Dictionary).

 

WORLD. This word has three main senses in the Bible: it can simply refer (1) to the created universe… (2) to the created universe and/or the human race as the object of God’s love and salvation in Jesus… or (3) to the world of beings hostile to the Father and his loving will… It is only in the last sense that a Christian may be ‘unworldly’; otherwise he is called to love and have deep concern for the world…” (NAB, Glossary p. {29}).

 

SPIRIT …. When ‘spirit’ is used in contrast with ‘flesh,’ as in Paul, the aim is not to distinguish a material from an immaterial part of man, but to distinguish man in union with God, united with God by love and obedience, from man against God, and hence against himself and the world (cf. Phil 3:3). ‘Spirit’ does not mean soul and ‘flesh’ does not mean body….” (New American Bible, Glossary p. {23}. See also “flesh” NAB).

 

“Now a bishop must be above reproach, married only once.… If I am delayed, you many know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth….

False Asceticism The Spirit distinctly says that in later times some will turn away from the faith [note: “the” faith; that is religion; not faith itself] and will heed deceitful spirits and things taught by demons through plausible liars – men with seared consciences who forbid marriage, and [“and/or”?] require abstinence from foods which God created…. Everything God created is good; nothing is to be rejected ……” (1 Tim. 3.2-4.1-4, NAB; italics, mostly mine).

 

“As for the rich in this world…. They are to do good, to be rich in good deeds, liberal and generous….” (1 Tim. 6.17-18; italics, mine).’

 

I spoke to you in prosperity, but you said, ‘I will not listen.‘ …. You have not obeyed my voice. The wind [breath; spirit; pneuma?] shall shepherd all your shepherds” (Jer. 22.21-22, NRSV !!!).

 

“Woe to the shepherds” (Jer. 23.1).

 

Or if the world ever lapses, it is supposed to redeemed, saved again, by God, heaven coming to earth in the second coming.

 

Indeed too, the perpetual tendency of priests to say that only “spiritual” things are good, and material things are bad, is a kind of hierarchical dualism, condemned in part, as Gnosticism was condemned.

 

No doubt, some over-spiritual priests will continue to say, or speak as if, spiritual things are all we need; and they will condemn Jesus when he returns again, in the “flesh.” But they will be mistaken, again, just like the Pharisees who made that mistake, the first time.

 

Finally the Bible, and not just St. James, began to warn that those who had only spirits, wind, would starve to death, for lack of material food:

 

“He who observes the wind [spirit?] will not sow; and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know how the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything” (Ecc. 11.4-5).

 

“Empty consolations” (Zech. 10.2).

 

“O my people, your leaders mislead you…” (Isa. 3.12).

 

“The east wind” (q.v.).

 

“By their fruits you will know them” (q.v.).

 

“Then Job answered: ‘I have heard many such things; miserable comforters are you all. Shall windy words have an end?'” (Job 16.1).

 

“Should the wise answer with windy knowledge, and fill themselves with the east
wind?” [In Jerusalem, desiccating African desert] “Should they argue in unprofitable talk, or in words with which they can do not good?” (Job 15.2-3 NRSV).

 

“What does it profit, my Brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘God in peace, be warned and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith, by itself, if it has not works, is dead” (James 2.14-17).

 

Finally Paul the very spiritual preacher, has to beg more materialistic people for physical food, in exchange for his spiritual acts. So that both spirit and matter are necessary for life.

 

 

19) While in fact, Jesus himself, was said to be spirit, God, “made flesh.”

 

 

20) And in the End Time especially, God judges us, not just by our thoughts or spirits, but just as much or more, by our works, deeds, real material fruits (and material “work”):

 

Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure and whether it be right. The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them. Love not sleep, lest though come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread” (Prov. 20.11-13 KJE).

 

“For I know their works and their thoughts” (Isa. 66.18).

 

“According to … your doings I will judge you” (Ezk. 24.14).

 

“And all were judged by what they had done” (Rev. 20.13).

 

 

This is not to take a position on the historical “faith vs. works” divide. Here we say that we might be saved in some way, by faith in God alone, or by itself; but we cannot be sure what we have faith in is really God, until we see works. While, since those who have faith in God, will believe his commands and follow them, then they will also obey his command to “work” 6/7 of the week, particularly with your “hands,” or in some physically efficacious way.

 

In the meantime, until the End Time? God warned that many “spirits” and much of spirituality therefore, is often bad, and false. There are many “false spirits.”

Then too we will find in our sections on the Holy Spirit – that even the Holy Spirit, and its “inspiration” as it is called, can often fail us. Just as Paul said it, or the spirit of God, failed the people of Moses in the wilderness, above.

 

It seems that false spirits, like Satan, often disguise themselves as holy things, even the “angel of light – and as the Holy Spirit. So that often, just when people think they are getting the “inspiration” of the Holy Spirit, they are actually getting … a false spirit. An evil spirit, that presents itself as all that is good and holy; as even the Holy Spirit itself. Because of so many false things in spirits, Jesus himself therefore warned us constantly about false things in spirituality, “false spirits.” And even John told us to “test the spirits,” to find out which ones are true and good, and which are not.

 

Therefore, just simply trusting to “spirit,” or “spirituality,” is not a good thing to do; there are clearly, evil things even in spirits themselves. Even in what many think is the Holy Spirit.

 

Those who support the tradition of our religious leaders, our saints in heaven, and their “spirituality,” would do well to always remember this quote from the Bible:

 

“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh,
but against … the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Eph. 6.12 NRSV).

 

 

 

 

 

BAD THINGS IN

 

CHURCHES

 

 

Given constant biblical warnings about evil in the apparently most holy things, is there therefore, anything at all in religion, in Christianity, we can fully trust? How about churches?

 

Most churches often insist that they, or their “inspired” “doctrines,” are all but “perfect,” “sacred,” “holy,” and so forth. But actually, the Bible itself warned constantly of bad and false things, not just in 1) the priests and prophets, and every aspect of churches. But also it warned explicitly and directly, about churches. Including not just a) temples of wholly other religions, or b) even in Jewish “temples.” But finally the Bible explicitly warned of evils, a) in our own Christian churches.

 

Even the very first Christian churches, those founded or overseen by Apostles like John and Paul, often sinned and erred. They erred, even in important, core beliefs or doctrines. Consider what God said to the first Christian churches, as reviewed by John and Paul:

 

“To the angel of the church in Sardis … I have not found your works perfect” (Rev. 3.1, .2).

 

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus … I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear evil men but have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and found them to be false…. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first” (Rev. 2.1, .2, .4).

 

“To the angel of the church in Thyatira … I have this against you…” (Rev. 2.18, 20).

 

“And to the angel of the church in Pergamum … I know where you well, where Satan’s throne is…. Repent then…. (Rev. 2.12, 13, 16).

 

“To the churches of Galatia: … I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel” (Gal. 1.6).

 

“I send you prophets, sages, and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues” (Mat. 23.34 NRSV).

 

“They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God” (/churches; John 16.2).

 

Who or what is a church? The people are important; they are the real church some say:

 

“You are the body of Christ” (1 Corin. 12.27).

 

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple” (1 Corin. 3.16).

 

“Do you not now that your body is a temple” (1 Corin. 6.19).

 

“Know that your bodies are members of Christ” (1 Corin. 6.15).

 

“As one body, we have many members” (Rom. 12.4).

 

Perhaps people are the real church. But then … people after all, can sin and err. As indeed the Bible notes here for example. Speaking about a church, as it is composed of people who come together (forming an “ekklesia” SP? or assembly of “called” persons):

 

I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse.
For, in the first place, when you assemble as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and I partially believe [allow?] it, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. [But] When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. For in eating each one goes ahead with his own meal, and one is hungry and another is drunk” (1 Corin. 11.17-21).

 

The Roman Catholic Church often tells us that it follows ancient “traditions” and “doctrines.” But which if any, of the many things that early Christian/Catholic churches did, was definitive or perfect? Here for example, a) Paul suggests that “there must be factions,” or different practices; we need diversity, in order to allow the truth to come out. While in any case, b) it seems clear that even our original Christian churches were not perfect, from the very, very start, the moment of their foundation. Even those directly overseen by the apostles themselves. And even in matters of liturgy and doctrine; the conduct of the Eucharist for example, above.

 

From these inauspicious beginnings, did our church later become perfect? As it turns out, any references to any perfect church, as it turns out – like Eph. 5.27?- refer to a church that merely “may be” in the future:

 

“That the church might be presented before him, in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5.26-27).

 

References to a perfect church, are an ideal prescription; but this statement above, does not imply that any such church had yet been achieved; or would ever be achieved, in reality. It merely presents a hopeful expectation, or an ideal goal. In any case, there are biblical reasons to suggest that a fully good church could only come, only after the Second Coming corrects countless errors in previous churches and holy men.

 

In the meantime, even Jesus himself found sins in the churches of his time. Priests like to say Jesus had “zeal” for his church. But there priests, with typical dishonesty and narrowness, note only a misleading “part” of the truth; and they fail to note the rest of the story. In this case, we should note that Jesus’ “zeal” for his Church, consisted not in assuring us that the church was perfect; instead, it consisted in a) locating sins in the church, and b) literally beating them out of the temple, with literally, a whip:

 

“And Jesus went to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers at their business. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, ‘Take these things away; you shall not make my Father’s house a house of trade.’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for thy house will consume me'” (John 2.12-17).

 

Priests and bishops, proudly love their status, standing in front of “congregations” (q.v., concordance); and they will do anything to maintain it. Many priests love to quote the parts of the Bible, that seemed to say that the Church, or its congregation, is the “household of God,” and the “pillar …of truth”:

 

“I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you so that, if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the Pillar and bulwark of the truth” (1 Tim. 3.14-15).

 

“I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God” (Rev. 3.12).

 

“And this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house” (Gen. 28.22).

 

But?

 

 

Erect no graven image or pillar (Lev. 26.1).

 

“Do not set up a pillar which the LORD your God hates” (Deut. 16.22; cf. 31.15; Sampson, in Judges 16).

 

“The pillars of the land will be crushed” (Isa. 19.10; Ezk. 26.11).

 

“Reputed to be pillars… But…” (Gal. 2.9, 11).

 

Not one stone will be left upon another (Mark 13.2; paraphrased).

 

By the way, many physical church buildings, are built around actual stone “pillars.”

 

But much of the Bible speaks strongly against “pillars,” both literal, and figurative it seems. St. Paul said that Cephas or Peter, for example, was “reputed” to be both a “pillar” and a “rock” of the church; but he concluded that Peter was a “hypocrite.” Peter was therefore merely a “reputed” pillar; and instead of a true rock, a mere “stumbling stone”:

 

“Cephas or Peter, and John … were reputed to be pillars…. But when Peter came to Antioch I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.… And with him the rest of the Jews acted insincerely” (Gal. 2.9. 11; my trans. revised from RSV).

 

The main pillar of the “Church of St. Peter,” was “condemned” by Paul. Because Peter made a major sin. One that was also a major doctrinal error: he did not allow Gentiles into full communion, table fellowship, in the new Christianity. Worse, because of Peter’s error, Peter mislead the congregations who so faithfully followed him, into similarly, acting “insincerely” or hypocritically.

 

The Roman Catholic Church likes to assert that it is the “Church of St. Peter”; and it named its main cathedral, in Rome, “St. Peter’s.” The Church likes to say over and over, that it owes its authority, to having descended directly, by “apostolic succession,” from St. Peter himself. Whom, it is constantly vociferated, was called the “Rock” by Jesus. Here is the misleading part of the Bible, continuously quoted by Catholic priests:

 

Jesus says: “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it'” [Note among other problems here, that “gates” are not offensive weapons; this only means you can break into Hell].” (Mat. 16.18).

 

But first of all, recall that above, Paul and God “condemned” Peter, for insincerity. But then too, far more shockingly, that priests here have always misquoted the Bible here.
As indeed the true successors of Peter, they have quoted God with great dishonest and hypocrisy, only a misleading part of the Bible. The part of the Bible above, that Catholic priests continually, dishonestly quote, seems, when taken just by itself, to say that Jesus voiced great confidence in Peter and his “church.” But now it is time to tell the fuller story. Note that Jesus’ fuller speech ends up revoking his apparent support for Peter and his church. In fact, far from ultimately endorsing Peter and his church, Jesus literally ends up by calling Peter “Satan”;

 

Jesus says: ” ‘You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it….'” And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him…. He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me…'” (Mat. 16.18, 22, 23).

 

“The helper will stumble” (Isa. 31.3).

 

“The proud one shall stumble and fall” (Jer 40.32).

 

At first, it seems impossible. But the Bible warned continuously about sins in our priests and churches, and their holiest founders. And here, we are beginning to realize prophesy: as foretold, we have begun here, to uncover one after another, great sins in our holy men and churches. In this case: priests and churches, repeatedly misquoted the Bible. They quoted only the parts they wanted to quote … and left out, or “twist”ed, the other parts. The quotes that we are beginning however, to talk about here, at last.

 

Priests and churches, were never good; for example, they constantly, Proudly quoted on misleading “parts” of the truth; the parts of the Bible, that seem to support … priests and churches. But here and now at last, we are beginning to unveil the true, “full”er story; here we are revealing the parts of the Bible, that your priests did not want to tell you about. Or that priests “twist” and “whitewash.”

 

The fact is, it is today time to look at the parts of the Bible that priests covered up and denied, that they “whitewashed” and “twist”ed. Today, it is finally time to note that much of the Bible warned about priests, churches, and congregations. In addition to the above for example, Solomon knew God was infinite, and lived in and even agove, “all” things (Jer.); and so Solomon openly wondered, whether God would really live just on earth. Or whether he needed a physical temple or church, on earth:

 

“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!” (1 Kings 8.27).

 

Indeed, given the many warnings about false things throughout religion, and in every element that makes up a church, from priests to scripture (all except God himself), finally, God eventually issued a statement that might serve as a general warning, about all churches, and their claim to represent God:

 

Do not trust in these deceptive words: ‘This is the temple [or church] of the LORD…'” (Jer. 7.4).

 

In addition to specific warnings about churches, too, of course, note the seventy and more times, above, that God warned about every aspect of churches; priests, scriptures, angels, apostles, and so forth. Thus we discover that all our priests and churches are partially false, but God himself is all around us. So that in the End finally, surprisingly, God tells us there should be no temples or churches, in the city of God. Because there is no need for them:

 

“And I saw no temple in the city” (Rev. 21.22).

 

The fact is, an objective and honest survey of the Bible – including especially the parts our priests left out, or could not “face” or “bear” to stress – finds that out of dozens of references to churches in the Bible there are only one or two popular ones, that seem actually, moderately positive. But even those, we will note, contain qualifications and caveats, regarding support for the churches. Like this statement, from Paul. Where Paul quoted the Bible on marriage – and twisted that into a statement of alleged support for the Church:

 

” ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the Church” (Eph. 5.31).

 

Paul takes a statement from God endorsing marriage, and manages to present it as a statement of support for Paul’s Christian church. But is Paul reliable or clear? Paul, the apostle who a) contradicted Peter, and found Peter “condemned,” and b) who himself said we was not “perfect”? Paul at times, c) seems to not care much, what is said in the name of Christ, even if it is only a “pretense,” as long as it mentions and supports his name:

 

“Whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in that I rejoice” (Philippians 1.18).

 

Worse, Paul – writing from prison by the way (Phil. 1.7) – after allowing any “pretense” in the name of Christ, goes on to advocate spirituality, even to the point of at times, advocating physical death, to leave our flesh and go to spiritual heaven it seems:

 

“Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If it is to be life in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better” [“But to remain in the flesh in more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I shall remain”; Phil. 1.20-24]

 

Paul, in a Roman prison – like the one where he has been sent, for heresy and insurrection – Paul who is writing from prison as a criminal it was said, a “lawbreaker” or “lawless” one, for speaking against Jewish “law” and so forth – this Paul helpfully tells us that speaking in “pretense” of Christ is fine. This, even though Jesus himself condemned hypocrites, and those who used his name, crying “Lord, Lord,” but who did not really understand his spirit. While next, Paul becomes spiritual enough, to equivocally embrace even physical death. Here Paul clearly uses “flesh” not to mean over-materialist or greedy spirit, but just our physical bodies; and he rightly embraces “labor” done in the physical body. But he is over-spiritual enough, to be equally attracted for a moment, to physical death, to “depart” and join Christ in sacrifice, and in Heaven. Thus Paul embraces death: “For me … to die is gain.”

 

How reliable was this apostle Paul – that often (if not always) differed so strongly with the other Apostles. Like Peter – who Paul found “insincere” and inconsistent. And even James and John – that Paul called only “alleged” “pillars”? Paul eventually asserts that they “extended the right hand of fellowship” to him (q.v.); but they gave him only the right to preach not to Jews, but only to Gentiles, outside of Jerusalem.

 

Peter, after speaking of Paul, mentioned those who “twist” scriptural meaning. This allegedly referred to the way others twisted Paul. But Paul himself, was quite explicit, about reading the old Testament holy books, as “allegories,” or mere symbols. Rather as Philo had advocated. So that finally, Paul is not above … turning statements from God, advocating a marriage between man and an woman, into allegories; asserting that these statements are really about God endorsing Paul’s church:

 

” “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'” (Eph. 5.31; Paul quoting Gen. 2.24, Mat. 19.5, Mark 10.7).

 

These a) in the original references, in Genesis, Matthew, and Mark, are solely about men, women, and marriage. But b) here, Paul manages to turn this into an alleged allegorical endorsement by God of the Church. Indeed, Paul mentions the Church first, as if it was the original statement by God, from which marriage appears secondarily:

 

“As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loves the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that the church might be presented before him in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish…. For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one.’ This is a great mystery, and I take it to mean Christ and the church; however, let each one of you love his wife….” (Eph. 5.24-27-32).

 

The fact is, God originally spoke in Genesis, about men, women, and marriage; and Paul is clearly straining things, to see that as an allegory supporting his church. Paul himself is not too reliable here. Nor are the priests in churches, that follow him. Specifically of course, the part of this passage that gets quoting continually, by our dishonest priests, is of course the part that seems to tell us that “Christ loves the church, and gave himself up for her … that the church might be presented before him … with spot or wrinkle.” Here once again though, our priests have been dishonest. Note indeed, the following objections, to using this single quote, as proof that Jesus fully approved modern churches:

 

  1. The original, central subject matter above, was really from Genesis. Where this was simply a command from God, to love wives and husbands.

 

  1. The status of the church was not originally mentioned in this connection in Genesies, by God.

 

  1. Paul therefore, is interjecting his own analogy, not earlier accepted by God himself, at least in the original quotes. Thus Paul’s thinking here, having God support churches, is a best, and only remotely, analogical; not a direct quote from God.

 

  1. Even if God supported churches, just which church
    today, is the church of Jesus spoken of, that is “Jesus’ church,” is hard to tell: the Catholic Church says it is; but then there is the Orthodox Church which says the same thing. While in any case, from what we have seen here and elsewhere, we cannot trust the word of any church, that it is itself, good.

 

  1. Indeed, we found that even the earliest churches – those reviewed by John and Paul, above – were already making mistakes.

 

  1. Even if the relationship between Jesus and church, is like husband and wife, then note that relationship, is therefore often strained, and not perfect.

 

  1. Even if Jesus cleansed the Church of his time, we cannot be sure that it didn’t get dirty right after, again; since God allows holy things to err.

 

  1. Indeed, the church of his time, was the major cause of the execution of Jesus. It was the priests of his time, that led the people, in condemning Jesus. Jesus was arrested in part on religious charges from the church of his day: on charges of heresy, or going against the Old Testament God, as defined by the Jewish temple or church of the day.

 

  1. Therefore, the larger context of the whole Bible, suggests that Paul’s analogical addition to the Bible, was strained, even “twist”ing the original intent of God. Therefore, indeed, let’s look a little deeper into the internal structure, of this alleged statement of support by God, for a church. As it turns out, reflecting the genuinely problematic nature of Paul’s point, the specific text here, is full of .. doubts, and qualifiers. There in fact, many, many hedging remarks in Philippians especially. Particularly there are many statements even from Paul, that indicate uncertainty about his statements, and the status of the church, and so forth:

 

aa) Jesus “loves” his church – but Jesus loves sinners. So the love of Jesus for even “his” church, does not prove that church is good.

 

bb) Jesus “might” sanctify the church; so that the church “might be” presented without spot or wrinkle, like a well-laundered shirt. But there is no guarantee here that whatever Christ did for his church, would repair it successful; or beyond all possibility of error. Indeed, the whole rest of the Bible warned that the church would often err, even after Jesus helped it. Jesus helps many of us; yet we still sin now and then.

 

cc) Here too, the above statement by Paul, himself notes that his writing here is less than entirely certain. Here, Paul admits that this is his mere opinion, or interpretation. That is, he says that “I take it to mean” Christ and his church. See also the rest of the next letter, Philippians; where Paul, in prison, begins to admit some subjectivity; noting that some things he says are true “for me” (Ph. 1.21-24). While Paul even goes so far as to say that he does not mind whether false-spirited things are said in the name of Christ; so long as Christ is proclaimed (Ph. 1.15-18). While in this very gospel finally, Paul confesses that he is not “already perfect” (Ph. 3.12). Here more than any other part of the Bible perhaps, the authors begin to admit and call attention to, their subjective, non-objective nature. So that this statement of alleged support for the church, is delivered in the midst of … many red flags.

 

Further indicating that this statement is authoritatively non-authoritative, definitely non-definitive, that it is just a personal opinion, Paul added in Ephesians itself, that all this is a “mystery” to him (Eph. 5.32). While a “mystery” is something that is not completely certain. Indeed, the church acknowledges many “mysteries”; it thereby acknowledges that it is not certain about many, many things.

 

This apparent statement on the Church from Jesus therefore, was based not on a very direct statement to that effect by Jesus; but on a remote analogy, surmised by others, after Jesus died. This whole statement of Jesus’ alleged support for “his” Church, was a mere, rather strained projection. One based on an original statement by Jesus – that really was just about wife and husband; not about churches at all. Paul therefore is obviously straining. To construe a statement from Jesus about wife and husband, as an endorsement of churches, is a bit remote, and very questionable. Indeed, the problems with this attempt, its possible subjectivity, are so severe, that they are even duly suggested in the text itself. The alleged support by Jesus, for a church is advanced as based on a rather remote analogy. And one that is advanced moreover, merely as Paul’s opinion: as “I take it to mean the church.” But that was a personal opinion, offered by an apostle who himself will admit that he was “not yet … perfect” (q.v.).

 

h) Note later in any case, God warning of evil, even in our highest holy heroes. In:

 

“The spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6.12).

 

i) In fact, remember the other moment that Jesus allegedly endorsed the Church: the moment when he called Peter the Rock, and said his church would be based on Peter. But remember the final outcome of that (Mat. 16.23)? Where Peter, the first Pope, turned on Jesus and said Jesus was wrong; and where Jesus in turn called Peter, “Satan”? It is clear that Jesus, the Bible, never issued any very strong support for this church at all. When Peter turned on Jesus himself, and Jesus called Peter “Satan,” that revoked any apparent endorsement of Peter … and of the church Peter was to help found.

 

 

j) A closer reading of the Bible, finds it did not say what the churches often allege. In effect, the whole world has been dominated by false churches, delivering a false idea of Christ.

 

k) Anticipating this, the Bible said that one “day,” we are supposed to be such “children,” so “blind”ly trusting allegedly holy things (Eph. 4. 14). Like churches.

 

j) To be sure, your own church may tell you that what we say here, is wrong. And it will offer clever arguments to support that. But should you believe them? Stop and think: God said that churches, are deceitful.

 

Are you sure you want to follow your traditional church on this, therefore?

 

 

 

Footnote on the Catholic Catechism

 

 

l) Are all the churches bad? Many churches will at times properly admit that God warned about many churches – but then they will say that these warnings from God, are about everyone else’s church; everyone but themselves. Other churches, other than their own. But here finally we find so many sins, in so many, even Christian churches, sins in their holiest doctrines too, that finally we must say this: that even if there is a good church somewhere, no one can ever be sure, which one it is.

 

m) In particular, the Roman Catholic Church has often seemed to say that granted, many churches were false … but was itself, the “one true Church.” Yet while the Church often supported its own “perfect”ion and so forth, in the past, the current, universal “Cathechism of the Catholic Church” (CCC, 2nd ed c. 2000 AD; revised in accord with 1997 Latin cat.), says something different. The Catechism now admits that the Church itself is not perfect, is not “full”y sacred; and it will not be perfect, until the second coming (cat. sec. 670, 769, 825, etc.):

 

“The Church … will receive its perfection only the glory of heaven,’ at the time of Christ’s glorious return. Until that day” (769).

“Until everything is subject to him, ‘until there be realized new heavens and a new earth in which justice dwells, the pilgrim church, in her sacraments and institutions, which belong to this present age, carries the mark of this world which will pass, and she herself takes her place among the creatures which groan and travail'” (670; from Lumen Gentium 48 Sec. 3).

 

“The Church on earth is endowed already with a sanctity that is real but imperfect” (670; 825).

 

“The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the ‘mystery of iniquity’ in the form of
a religious deception” (675).

 

The Catechism is aware of a potential differentiation, between the church and its “members”; but ultimately it notes that the “The Church on earth is endowed already with a sanctity that is real though imperfect” (825; 27). A church is composed of its congregation, its members; though its “members” might carry this infection, they carry it into deep the Church itself. So that indeed, the Catholic Church has long differentiated between the a) flawed Church “on earth,” versus b) the ideal visionary, good Church, “in heaven.” And it finally seems to follow the Bible, in suggesting that the church, the kingdom, is not fully good, not fully realized, until the Second Coming demolishes sins in our religious institutions; and brings the “new heaven” fully to this earth (Rev. 21, etc.). Meanwhile? “The Church on earth is … imperfect.” Just as indeed, in the Bible, God in effect told the first Christian (/Catholic) churches:

 

“I know your works…; I have not found your works perfect” (Rev. 3.2)

 

Churches therefore, are not totally reliable. “All have sinned” said God; and that definitely includes churches. Particularly, they sinned when they constantly mis-quoted the Bible. Finally, there is only one popular statement from the Bible, quoted above, that seems to even remotely support a Christian church or temple. While that statement, under closer inspection, proves quite tentative, qualified, and self-doubting.

 

To get the larger, fuller, more complete vision of God, the one or two very vague and qualified, alleged endorsements, should be closely examined in themselves … and then balanced against the hundreds of other quotes on this and related subjects. Quotes that warned constantly of sins and errors in all holy things; even especially, churches. Even especially, the very first apostles and churches, on which all churches today, are based.EVEN

 

GOD

 

BRINGS EVIL?

 

 

Is the “God” offered by churches, really good? No doubt God himself, is good. But…

 

1) Is the picture or idea of Christ and God, that is offered by our churches, really God? As God really is? Is what they worship, the right idea of God and Christ? The Bible warned that even in the days of Jesus, there were many “false Christs” around; and false, hypocritical followers of Jesus, even leading the Church. Like Peter. So … we cannot be sure that the vision of God that we have from the churches, is really God, as he really is.

 

2) Oddly enough, there are indications that God is somehow, beyond “good”; and that God can even direct, create, Evil it seems. Note for example that since God created all things, then he must have created or allowed evil, too. Some say that there are parts of the universe that are apart from God, and that therefore are beyond Him. Yet the Bible said God “fills all things.”

 

3) Surprisingly, the Bible often pictures God himself, actively directing evil; calling “evil” down on people, and so forth:

 

“And an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him” (1 Sam. 16.14).

 

“I will heap evils upon them” (God, in Deut. 32.23).

 

“I gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not have life; and I defiled them through their very gifts in making them offer by fire all their first-born, that I might horrify them; I did it that they might know that I am the LORD” (says God in Ez. 20.25-26; see also Isaiah, “behold, you are nothing”).

 

“The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: ‘Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.’ So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the world of the LORD came to me: ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? says the LORD. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel…. And if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will repent of the good which I had intended to do to it. Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, ‘Thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I am shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you; Return, every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your doings…. Like the east wind I will scatter them ” (Jer. 18.1-11, 17). “Amend your ways and your doings” (Jer. 18.11).

 

I will bring evil upon the house” (1 Kings. 14.10).

 

“Behold, I will bring evil upon you” (1 Kings 21.21).

 

“The LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; the LORD has spoken evil concerning you” (1 Kings 22.23).

 

“I will bring evil upon this place” (2 Kings 22.16).

 

“The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone three not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makes thyself God. Jesus answered them, “is it not written in your law, I say, Yet are gods?” (John 10.33-34 KJ).

 

 

4) The question here, is a famous one: why a good God, would create and allow evil, why bad things happen to good people that follow God – has occupied many sermons (see our Sermons on Miracles as False though). Sometimes it is said we need the possibility of sinning, in order to have “free will,” and thus come to God of our own free will, not coerced. But who needs or wants free will, in this case? Do we get all the suffering on earth, just so we can thank God for that?

 

5) Does the Bible offer a consistent God? There are many words in the original Hebrew and Greek, that are translated “God”; are they really the same God exactly? “Elohim,” technically means “gods” plural (“El” meaning god’ “im” being plural form); some say this plural was used conventionally for God; but is it? Then “Jahweh”; then the “LORD” and “Jesus” and so forth. Are all the same? Parts of the Torah suggest they are; but the names are somewhat different; and some scholars suggest the ideas attached to them are different. Most biblical scholars acknowledge a significant difference between the God of the Old Testament, and Jesus of the New. For many years (c. early debate on “Trinity”, and then 1950-60) one of the main subjects of sermons, was to try to prove that the Old and New Testaments were absolutely consistent with each other; but finally we find many significant differences today, after all (see “scripture,” “law,” etc.).

 

6) Indeed, in the end, Paul attached himself and Christianity, “to an unknown God”; to a sort of variable. One that did not inhabit “shines” – or churches?. One that did not even need our service, it seems:

 

“‘To an unknown God.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines [“temples”; churches; Gk. “cheiropoietois naois”?] made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything” (Acts 17.23-25).

 

 

7) Given so many problems with getting a consistent Christianity, finally it seems as if we were allowed a certain amount of personal discretion:

 

“For freedom Christ has set us free” (Gal. 5.1).

 

 

8) It is often said that God is the “God of love”; though other parts of the Bible make his a “jealous” God after all:

 

 

“For I the LORD your God am a jealous God” (Ex. 20.5; 34.14; Deut. 4.24, 5.9, 6.15; Jos. 24.19; Job 36.33; Ezk. 36.6, 39.25; Nah. 1.2, Zech. 1.14, 8.2).

 

“The LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Ex. 34.14).

 

“Who is jealous with anger against iniquity” (Job 36.33; by unreliable Elihu though: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” Job 36.2, by God).

 

“Jealous for my holy name” (Ezk. 39.25).

 

“Jealous for Jerusalem” (Zech. 1.14).

 

There are many problems in coming up with a consistent view of God. Especially, trying to reconcile a view of God as “good,” with the knowledge that God created or allows evil. The dualism and Manicheanism, inherent in the popular idea of God vs. Devil, does not quite seem satisfactory; it seems unlikely that the God that created, or that is, the universe, could have a real adversary.

 

For these reasons, many people prefer to see the Universe in agnostic or even non-deistic terms; we live in a slightly benign universe, which is slightly favorable to rather neutral, regarding man and his existence. We live in a universe that is reasonably benign to us, but that also contains things in it that ignore- or even work against – Man. Whether we are as good as we can be, or not. Though some rules, seem to help us. Others, not.

 

Finally, more and more people today, believe in “God” to be sure; some force for the Good of man, in the universe. But given all the sins and errors of past religions, Christianities; more and more people are rather agnostic; they believe that the full and adequate outline of what God and ultimate, infinite reality are really like, will always elude our all-too-finite minds. And therefore, agnostics believe that no one, no preacher, should ever be quite so dogmatic, firm, about what is “God” or “good.” No one really knows:

 

 

“Yet … he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end” (Ecc. 3.11).

 

“All was vanity and a striving after wind” (Ecc. 2.11).

 

“Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down to the earth?” (Ecc. 3.21).

 

“Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your words be few, for a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words” (Ecc. 5.2).

 

“There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is wicked man who prolongs his life in his evil-doing. Be not righteous overmuch, and do not make yourself otherwise; why should you destroy yourself?” (Ecc. 7.15-16).

 

“The dead know nothing, and they have no more reward…. Enjoy life…. For there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going” (Ecc. 9.5, 9, 10).

 

“A fool multiplies words, though no man knows what is to be, and who can tell him what will be after him?” (Ecc. 11.14).

 

“Woe to you, O land, when our king is a child…. Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of free men” (Ecc. 10.16).

 

No man has ever seen God” (1 John 4.12; 4.20. Cf. however claims that Moses saw god “face to face,” etc.? Though finally: “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar; for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” 1 John 4.20 KJV; cf. Luke 14.26).

 

If “no man has ever seen God,” then perhaps after all, no one should ever be entirely sure he or she really knows him fully. In any case, all of should always be aware, that no one who presumes to speak about God therefore, is ever that reliable.

 

 

Part II

 

THE GOOD THING IN CHRISTIANITY?

 

GOD BACKS NOT RELIGION, BUT …

SCIENCE

 

 

The Bible warned that “all have sinned.” Surprisingly, it even spoke of sins, in every element of religion and Christianity; from “angels” and “anointing” and “apostles,” to “faith” and “priests,” and “worship.”

 

Amazingly, the Bible warned constantly, that there have always been huge sins in our holiest things. But of course, very few priests have every learned to really face those warnings, those parts of the Bible. If our priests at times will admit they themselves are human, and make mistakes, at the same time, most priests try to assert that however, they or their church, also have some alleged special gift or grace from God; one that (“assured”ly, as they sometimes say), still insures that when they preach about God, they are temporarily protected from sin and error; and for once, speak the full, straight, holy truth. In particular, priests and churchs like to admit superficial human errors; but they claim, the “inspiration” or indwelling protection of the Holy Spirit especially, protects them from uttering false things, at least in sermons and religious writings.

 

Preachers at times therefore, will often appear superficially humble; and will “confess” to minor and even major human shortcomings, now and then. But then, to keep us following them and their Tradition, they assert that however, though even St. Peter might now and then have personally done something bad, still they claim, God sent preachers special gifts, powers, protections; that at least allow our preachers to present the word of God, reliably enough. And yet however, is this claim really true? Are preachers and popes, ever really, totally protected from error, ever? The fact is, we will have just looked at a few dozen of the elements of Christianity, that our holy men have alleged, specially protect or save us. And indeed, we have found that our religious leader in the Bible often mentioned getting occasional aid from many different agents, like “angels” and “anointings,” “baptism”s and religious “righteous”ness, and “wisdsom” and “zeal. Yet still, at the same time, we also showed that while the Bible mentioned many special things that can help us … the Bible at the same time, also warned of inadequacies, failures, in each and every one of these alleged salvific phenomena. Even the help or “inspiration” of the Holy Spirit itself, we found earlier, did not in actual practice, protect angels, priests, prophets, and the very first foundational Christian churches, from error. The Apostle St. John, reviewing the very first Christian churches on which Orthodoxy and Catholicism are based, criticized even the “angels” of even our original church; and warned essentially of one and then all, that he had “not found your works perfect” (Rev. 2 & 3).

 

Earlier we found seventy or a hundred quotes or more, from the Bible itself; quotes where God himself warned, that there will always be sins and errors, even in our holiest men and angels in heaven itself. Perhaps this or that special helper – Jesus or the Holy Spirit or the Eucharist – might wash away our sins away for a moment. But we can always lose that spirit quickly enough. The Bible shows that even after receiving the real, authenticated Holy Spirit, even holy men like Moses and Peter, still sinned and erred. Even we will see, when they were outlining by their words and deeds, major holy doctrines and sayings.

 

Or, far more importantly – the error preachers never notice – we can never be entirely sure, that the spirit, the “inspiration” that we or holy men feel, was really the authentic Holy Spirit, from God – and not one of the many “false spirits” that the Bible warned about. Here is what every priest and minister needs to hear: the fact is, just when you think you are being very, very good, just when you think you are speaking the straight truth from God himself, speaking from the very Holy Spirit of God … you are all too often, simply Vain and Proud; and accepting a false spirit, posing as the Holy Spirit. You may think that you have humbly emptied yourself, of your own human “desires,” in order to let a larger spirit speak through you. But at the same time, you have a secret pride at being the voice or vehicle for that Power; and so there is a good measure of the sins of Vanity and Pride, there, just to start. While for that matter, there is the really serious problem with preachers: the spirit they accept as absolutely Holy, more often than not, is actually one of the “false spirits” the Bible warned about.

 

Probably all churches historically, have been extremely, massively Proud and Vain; most of assured us, that they were the voice of God on earth. And that they are all but “perfect,” “sacred,” and “holy”; so that, they constantly assured us, we should follow them, and their sermons about God, the God they describe – with total, unquestioning, even blind, “faith.” But here and now, we have come to clearly note at last, that obviously, the doctrine of our preachers’ sacred commission, must itself be, one of the forewarned false doctrines, from false spirits. The fact is, 1) the Bible warned constantly of shortcomings in each and every element of religion, of Christianity. So that 2) when our preachers assure us that they themselves are holy and good, and when they insist we are supposed to follow them – and/or their vision of God – with very strong “faith,” they are speaking falsely for the Bible; they have been speaking falsely for the LORD.

For centuries, our preachers have loved to present themselves proudly, standing in front of congregations, enjoying the prestige of being a spokesman for God himself (Mat. 6.5). Many (if not all) have secretly loved to be accepted as authorities and leaders of the community; and they assured us, every week, for centuries, that the essence of religion is “faith” in them, or in their vision of “Christ.” But those few churchgoers that go on to actually read their Bibles themselves – over and above priestly warnings not to do that – will be amazed. Amazed to find that actually, the Bible itself constantly warned us, about bad things in our holiest men and nearly all their holiest gifts. So that the Bible warned in effect, against having much faith at all.

 

The Bible, amazingly, warned us continually, that there are always false things in our holiest men and angels; so that finally, the Bible finally tells us, not to have much faith in holy men, or their words. Instead, we will now show here, actually the Bible finally told us to trust more to “science.” Since our holy men are always unreliable, we are supposed to constantly employ a critical Science of God. To find out which allegedly “holy” things are really Good or from God – and which are not. By, largely, looking to see which sayings are materially fruitful – and which are not. In this way, we attain “judge”ment; and can begin to separate the “sheep” from the “goats”; the “wheat” from the “chaff”; the good spirits, from the false ones; the real “Christ,” from the “False Christ.”

 

Amazingly, the Bible itself warned continuously of false things in basically “all” our holiest men and angels. But if our holiest men and churches are not entirely reliable? If “all have sinned” … and no alleged special gift was ever enough, to reliably wash away those sins and errors, even in their allegedly holiest moments? Then how do we find the truth, and God? If at all? No doubt in fact, no one should ever again, in the future, be so Vain and Proud, as to assert that they know God perfectly, or even well enough; or to present himself ever again, as a very reliable authority, on ultimate truth and God. If anyone stands up in the future, as a prophet, we should perhaps follow the final advice, the final chapters of the Old Testament; in say Zechariah 13. Where invokes today; the “day” when, note, God especially comes in the End, to correct the sins of especially, priests and prophets:

 

“I will remove from the land the prophets and the unclean spirit. And if any one again appears as a prophet, his father and mother who bore him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the LORD’; and his father and mother who bore him shall pierce him through when he prophesies. On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; he will not put on a hairy mantle in order to deceive, but he will say, ‘I am no prophet, I am a tiller of the soil…’ ‘Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me,’ Say the LORD of hosts…. And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested” (Zech. 13.1-9; note that when the “sons of Levi” are to be purified in Malachi, “Levites” are the hereditary tribe of everyday priests).

 

“Says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. You Say, ‘How have we despised thy name?’ By offering polluted food upon my altar… When you offer blind animals in sacrifice…. And now, O priests, this command is for you. If you will not listen, if you will not lay it to heart to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings; indeed I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart. Behold, I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung upon your faces, the dung of your offerings, and I will put you out of my presence…. A priest should guard knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. But you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble…. And so I make you despised” (Mal. 1.6-8, 2.1-3-8-9).

 

“Behold, I send my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come o his temple … But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them … till they present right offerings to the LORD” (Mal. 3.1-3).

 

Preachers – essentially all priests and ministers and religious leaders, Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, Protestant, etc. – have proudly presented themselves, in front of every congregation, in front of the whole “world,” as the very voicepieces of God himself. And yet however, as we will have begun to show here, all of them have always spoken falsely for the LORD. Especially, preachers have always proudly, hugely over-stressed any mere fragment of the Bible, that might seem to support their own authority and ability; the authority of priests. But they ignored – or “whitewash”ed and “twist”ed like pretzels – the many parts of the Bible, that warned about priests. And about the prophets they follow. But here and now we will have at last begun to look at the parts, the quotes of the Bible and of God, that preachers deny, and twist. And to warn the people again at last: that after all it was the priests, more than anyone, who insisted that Jesus be arrested and killed. While God and Jesus often warned about priests in general – and even specifically about those who presented themselves in the name of “Christ,” calling “Lord, Lord.” And their churches, their “temple”s.

 

The fact is, preachers and churches are unreliable. And so we will need to go far, far beyond all our priests and prophets and churches, to get to the truth about God. But where should we find the truth therefore? Looking around, we find surprisingly, a solution in the Bible itself. One that matches what experience has seems to teach us. Specifically, we have here and now found in the Bible, 1) constant warnings that our holiest men often sin and err. So that we have seen in effect 2) that God himself was warning us all, not to have very much “faith” in preachers, churches, or their ideas about God. While finally in fact, instead of basing ourselves primarily on “faith” in holy men and angels, instead the Bible will be found here to tell us that we should all along, have learned a far more critical attitude toward holy men and angels; we should have learned in fact, a Science of God.

 

This may seem hard, even impossible, for believers to face. But if all our holy men, turn out to have feet of clay? If all have often sinned, and failed us? If they are simply not reliable? If even the Holy Spirit and its “inspiration” have failed our churches, and their holiest doctrines, over and over? Then however, 3) still, there is something found in experience – and now we add, in the Bible itself – that seems to help us. Something better than the all-too-simple “faith” we were taught in churches. Far, far beyond our very vain preachers, in the quotes of the Bible preachers could not honestly “face” or “bear,” we will have here found another, better theology; another, “second,” “fuller” vision of Christ and God. And of what they really, more fully, actually said.

 

And what is this second, better appearance of Christ telling us here? Against essentially “all” our preachers, against all the churches, that dominate the whole world with their partially false “worship,” what was it, that the Bible itself really, actually said? Our main points here, are to show that Bible actually said this: 1) the Bible warned constantly, of severe, crippling shortcomings in each and every element of religion, and specifically of Christianity. So that 2) the Bible did not want Christianity to be based on “faith“; it did not want us to follow churches and priests, too “faith”fully. Instead, 3) the Bible itself finally told us to always be critical of false churches – and to use a kind of critical “science,” to find God.

 

Christianity is not supposed to be “faith-based” as they say; it is supposed to be science-based. Far from following our preachers and angels so faithfully, instead we are supposed to use real, empirical Science; to find out which things the churches and holy men have said, are true – and which ones are false (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE; 1 Kings 18.20 ff; Deut. 18.22; Mal. 3; 1 Thess. 5.21; etc.). To really follow God, we are supposed to evaluate all holy things, according to their “observ”able, visible, physical, “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” “proofs,” “prosperity”; as observable and “test”able, with real “Science.”

 

Therefore, we here and now come to this amazing, shattering conclusion: Christianity is not really supposed to be based on “faith”; it is supposed to be based on Science. According to the Bible, itself.

 

The Bible to be sure, offered two major readings: 1) a reading that spoke to “child”ren, and that seems to have told them to follow authorities, with an apparently simple, all-but-blind, “faith.” But here we will show here that ultimately, 2) the Bible also offered to the more “mature,” another, “second,” reading; one which began to offer the first outline of the “second,” better vision, a second “appearance,” a Second “Coming,” of Christ.

 

What is the second, better, “full”er “appearance” or “coming” of Christ? It is in part, the vision of God and Christ that we now see here and now. The vision of Christ warning, admitting, that “all have sinned,” even our holiest men and angels. The Christ that told all of us – or probably most of us over the age of four or so – to learn a second and better methodology; to learn to “see” a second and better “appearance” of Christ. Christ stressing not blind or strong “faith”; but stressing instead, a more critical and intelligence; Christ now commanding us all to learn, beyond blind faith, a critical, Science of God.

 

 

 

“Test”ing Christianity and Christians

 

 

For centuries, our priests and ministers told us firmly, that Christianity is supposed to be based on “faith.” But we will being showing here, that was not right; even our religion, our Christianity, is supposed to actually be based on science and testing.

 

To try to refute this, many priests assure us, constantly, that the Bible warned us not to “test” God as the Jews did in Masada; priests falsely told us this means, not to test God specifically, with religion with science (Deut. 6.16; Ps. 78.18; Mat. 4.10). But the passage that tells us not to “test” God, is better translated to mean merely, we should not test – or better translated, “tempt” – God’s patience, with immoralities, or totally excessive demands (as translated in the RSV):

 

“It is written, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God'” (Math. 4.7)

The command not “test” – or better translated, not “tempt” – God, as the people did at Masada, meant merely, that we can ask for ourselves, the equivalent of the dozens of huge, gigantic miracles experienced personally by the followers of Moses; but we should not “test” or “tempt” God’s patience, by greedily asking for more than personally, ourselves, receiving more than a dozen or so, of such huge miracles. When God finally told the people in the wilderness not to ask for more material wonders at that time, he had already furnished Moses and the people, a dozen or so gigantic miracles; from turning staffs into snakes; parting the seas; making water appear out of a rock; and so forth. So that finally, we are each entitled to seeing miracles for us, personally, in our own time, of that scale. Before we are required to believe. And we are entitled to ask for a dozen or so of them, before we are consisted to be asking for good much, and are “test”ing or tempting, God’s patience with our Greed. Preachers will often imply, topspin this, by saying that this meant, we should not even ask for these miracles in our own lives today; but be satisfied with what was done in Moses’ time. But in fact we will show here, each of us should ask for such huge things in our own lives, for ourselves, today. And if preachers don’t give them to us? Then, far from continuing to believe and follow our preachers, instead, we are supposed to begin to simply suspect that our holy men after all, are just partially false. Especially, their traditional promises of miracles.

 

The Bible therefore, never told us not to scientifically test Christianity; in fact we will show, God commanded us to learn science, and to apply science to our religion. Finally, here is what the Bible really, finally said, on the subject of “test”ing religion and God:

 

“Test everything” (1 Thess. 5.21).

 

“Put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts” (Mal. 3.10).

 

The Bible supported “Science,” by full description, and even by name. In say, the King James Edition. God there championing even “children,” who learned science:

 

“Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and … knowledge, and understanding science, and such had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace…” (Dan. 1.4, KJE; italics, mine).

 

The King James Version here not only mentions “science” by name; but in every Bible, God also independently supported the various core concepts of science – in hundreds of parts of the Bible. Particularly, 1) the Bible in effect called for a critical attitude, toward even holy things – when the Bible warned that many holy men are false. While next 2) told us explicitly that, because of huge sins in our holiest things, we should always look carefully at them; and in particular, we are to use “science,” use physical, material evidence. Then the Bible 3) stressed science in effect, in hundreds of other ways; when we were told to look at and evaluate, holy men and angels and doctrines, by their “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” “proofs,” and so forth. Then too, the Bible often told us to “test” our religion, specifically:

 

“Beware of false prophets…. You will know them by their fruits” (Mat. 7. 15-16). Or: by their fruits you shall know them.

 

“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear evil men but have tested those who called themselves apostles but are not, and found them to be false…” (Rev. 2.2).

 

Many priests have assured us, that God firmly tells us not to apply “test”ing or science, to Christianity. To try to prove their point, preachers constantly quote the part of the Bible, that seemed to tell us that we should not “put the lord your God to the test.” But that quote, we will find, is better translated in some Bibles. As telling us instead, merely not to “tempt” God. Or “test” his patience. With immoralities:

 

“Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test'” (Mat. 4.7 – Revised Standard Version).

 

“Jesus said to him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (Mat. 4.7 – King James Edition).

 

The fact is, the Bible only commanded us not to “test” God, in the sense of not “tempt”ing him with immortalities. Not only is the better translation, “tempt” found in many Bibles; but it is logically supported as well. God could not be telling us not to scientifically test Christianity; since otherwise, that statement would directly conflict, with many, many other parts of the Bible. Like the part above; where God told us even to “put me to the test, says the Lord.” And Dan. 1.4; where God congratulates those who use “science,” to test the precepts of Judeo-Christianity.

 

What kind of “test”s are they, that we are supposed to follow? Here we note that finally, they are 1) real, scientific tests: those who are good, must prove it, by producing real, physical fruits. To be sure, some might try to suggest that by “test”ing, God means, that 2) testing God means that priests or someone will give us something like a written exam, to see if we know what God wants. Or they will say that 3) “test”ing means that God will “test our faith,” by withholding his promised material benefits from us now and then; so that God will test or “try” us, to see if we are really faithful; if we will follow him even when he is not giving us the material wonders he so often promised. But as it turns out here, clearly the main meaning of “test”ing, is scientific testing.

 

To be sure, many preachers will stress another, different kind of test, which is false, red herring or mere distraction: many priests have always stressed what they call God’s “test of faith.” This is when people are good, but still do not get the physical wonders that God promised; and when good people often even get physical illness and suffering, instead. In such cases, priests have assured us that the Bible told us that this is, as they call it, the famous “test of faith.” But priests and perhaps even apostles, have done several wrong things in preaching this test. In particular, they have correctly noticed that the idea of a test of faith to be sure is in the Bible; but they have incorrectly neglected to note that there, the test of faith is an idea proposed not by God, but literally, by Satan himself.

 

If was the devil himself, that suggested to God, that God test the faith of even good people; by withholding his promised rewards from them. The whole idea of a “test of faith” was proposed by Satan himself, in the book of Job:

 

“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright…. He had seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, and give hundred she-asses, and very many servants…. And the LORD said to Satan, “have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man…?’ Then Satan answered the LORD: ‘Does Job fear God for nought? Hast though not put a hedge about him and his house and all that he had, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But put forth thy hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse thee to thy face.'” (Job 1.1-11).

 

God 1) originally promised that those who were good, who followed him, would get physical material prosperity. So the fact is, the whole idea of the “test of faith” as preachers came to call it, is wrong for this reason, among others. To be sure, 2) the concept is found marginally, in the Old Testament; but there, it is presented there as an idea literally, from Satan himself. So that the whole idea that “test”ing, has mainly to do with God withholding his promised miracles and wonders, to test our faith, is really just wrong. Instead, we will see, by and large the old formula holds: those who are really good, can expect material rewards. This holds almost to the extent that is someone cannot demonstrate material success, we can be sure he is not really good. Or as good as he claimed to be. The idea that God would even temporarily withhold material benefits from “blameless” people like Job, was extremely opposed in the Old Testament; so opposed, that if it was introduced as an idea there, it was introduced with a huge red flag on it: as an idea that came literally, not from God, but from Satan himself, in person.

 

The fact is, the God of the Bible constantly promised physical rewards to those who were good; so that even Job, who suffered materially for a while, eventually got his prosperity back, redoubled: in the end Job had “twice as much” as he had in the beginning (Job 42.10-12). So that the old promise of God – to materially, not just spiritually but physically – “prosper” those who followed him, even with “riches,” held strongly. So strongly, that it could be used in a test, to see who was really following God, and who was not: those who really followed God, would produce and get, real material “fruits.” To be sure, sometimes bad people temporarily had fruits too; but that was only short term. Eventually, they and their descendants would come up short.

 

Related to this, in ancient times, the local “Lords,” who owned or controlled the land, allowed local herdsmen and others to work the land, as tenant farmers in effect; while in exchange for this, the subjects were expected to give the Lord a portion of their agricultural produce … or in many cases, literal “fruits.” As tribute, payment, tax, or “sacrifice,” to the “lord.” Those who had not many fruits for themselves and for the local Lord, were often assumed noted to have been following the “Lords” commands and rules; and to have not been productive, fruitful. And so on special “day”s, especially around the times of harvest, if they could not give good fruits to the local lord, they were punished. (See 2 Corin. 13.5-7; from Mal. 3.10 ff). Even if Paul and others might suggest, in some readings, that our “faith” was “test”ed, in the end we find that the really important “test,” was when … we are to “test” alleged holy men, by looking to see if they at least, are fruitful. If they produce the physical wonders God promised; and if the holy man holds to promises of “miracles” specifically? Then he should be required to produce them, regularly and reliably, as it turns out, in front of you yourself and reliable witnesses, as verifiable by real science. If they cannot do that? Then far from continuing to follow them, instead we are simply to pronounce them “false.” Finally, if the Bible mentioned “faith,” it means … “faith” in this that have proven themselves by physical results.

 

Throughout most of the Bible, the same master idea was always in the background: 1) God promised that those who followed his rules, would be materially, physically fruitful, materially prosperous. And 2) those who followed him therefore, should give back to the Lord, in exchange for his guidance and help, a “sacrifice”: a portion of their fruits or agricultural or other product. While 3) those who did not deliver regular fruits, sacrifices, were to be assumed to have been bad. And 4) were punished on special accounting “day”s. Even if they honestly, simply, had bad crops, in spite of their hard work. In part 5) they were punished, becauseif they had bad fruits, they were assumed to have been simply, disloyal to God..

 

To 6) be sure, this biblical model, some philosophers would say, was only a crude, materialistic Utilitarianism, functionalism. One that would indeed, need countless qualifications and “refine”ments, in latter day philosophy, to be more defensible. For example; the above formula did not quite hold in reverse; those who were rich, could not always be assumed to be good. Since sometimes dishonest people stole things, and so forth; so that bad people flourished over the short term. And then too, it now seems there were many other factors – like random bad luck, and so forth; that could hurt the good, and help the bad. But all other factors, other variables constant, those who followed the rules, should see the rules work for them. In more cases than not. Here one major refinement needed, is one well-known by Science: correct for random variables, like luck.

 

In any case, like it or not, this simple, at first imperfect science, was one of the major lessons, the major orientations, of the Bible itself; of God, himself. And furthermore, this initially crude idea, was developed into an increasingly, more and more defensible Science, strictly within the Bible itself. So that, like it or not, it is the word of God. While gradually, a more sophisticated science based on this, is even now being refined in economic and philosophical and religious theory, etc.. Indeed, all science in effect could be said to work on the idea, that you have proven you understand the laws of Nature, if you can accurately predict empirical, physical results, from this or that situation or action. While ideally, many new social theories might say that you have proven you understand the nature and “will” of Nature, its laws, if using your ideas about nature, can produce physically useful things; things good for all of humanity (insofar as that is possible). To be sure, many refinements to this simple science are needed; yet many are being made even now in the annals of philosophy. While we add a few ourselves, here and now.

 

In any case, there is no doubt about this: God originally promised constantly, that if you followed him, you would get physical wonders; many said, even giant physical miracles. If “blameless” Job got physical suffering instead, for a time, eventually he got “twice as much” as he had before. While any notion of God withholding the promised benefits, to test our faith, was presented in the Bible, but not as an idea from God, but literally, from Satan. Himself.

 

The Bible itself claimed constantly, to value empirical evidence. It claimed constantly, to be presenting real, physical wonders – as proof that its God was real. If Paul often seemed to stress “faith,” God himself, asserted continually that our holiest men often sinned and even lied; so that that real physical evidence should be demanded, before we believe or “have faith” in them, or anything they claimed about God. While we will see here that Christ, God himself constantly tells us to examine, “observ”e, “test everything” in religion, in Christianity; commanding us to try out the things of religion. And then observe the real material, physical outcome, the results produced by following this or that saying that has been attributed to God. Ultimately, we see Christ telling us to become at least in part, scientists; not really believing or following even holy men, until we “observe,” with “science,” real, physical, “visible,” material “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” “proofs,” “prosperity,” here on this material “earth.” As verified by “science” – and even “test”ing.

 

Again:

 

“Put me to the test, says the LORD” (Mal. 3.10).

 

Against the millions of preachers, who told us in a million sermons, worldwide, not to “Test” God, by asking for visible, material “signs” therefore? Finally, God himself is actually “weary” – and eventually very angry – with such people, who insist that they should not “test” God:

 

“Again the Lord spoke…, ‘ask a sign of the LORD your God….’ But Ahaz said, ‘I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.’…. ‘And he said, ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also?” (Isa. 7. 12-13).

 

“Examine yourselves…. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed. But we pray God that you many not do wrong – not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed” (Paul, in 2 Corin. 13.5-7).

 

Preachers have taught the whole world, a false idea of Christ. They have taught that we are instructed by Christ to follow preachers, or their idea of God, with simple, total “faith.” Preachers and churches have continually claimed, that we should ignore “visible,” physical, material things, physical evidence, things seen with our “eyes.” So, if our priests are not producing all the material miracles the Bible promised, then a) we should just ignore that, or what our physical “eyes” tell us; to continue to follow our preachers blindly. To b) concentrate more on say, invisible spirits. While c) we are told constantly that we should “walk by faith and not by sight.” But actually, finally, the fuller quote here said that those who “walk by faith and not by sight,” do so because they are “far from the Lord.” (2 Corin. 5.7). If we are to have “faith” at all – as Paul suggests at times, even in 2 Corin. 13 – then after all, we will find, finally Jesus meant by that, not total faith in things never seen or “witnesses” by ourselves; but faith in things reasonably well proven by our own empirical experience. As we will see.

 

Ultimately, God himself said that b) our physical vision (and the physical evidence it observes), is extremely important. The fact is, Jesus constantly healed the physically blind, as if physical sight was valuable. Then too c) the Bible tells us finally, that even invisible spirits, are known by visible things we see. So that indeed, those who walk by faith, do so because they are “far from God,” and have not yet really, fully seen him, face to face.

 

Observing physical evidence, is extremely important to God. Note that the Bible itself constantly spoke as if, physical, visible proofs of what holy men said, were necessary, before we should believe in them. And the Bible often claimed that it was itself (in many readings) presenting such empirical evidence, before asking us to have faith:

 

 

“We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, of the word of life” (1 John 1.1).

 

“But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life…” (Deut. 4.9).

 

“Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made” (Rom. 1.20 RSV).

 

 

Our preachers have often told us to ignore visible, physical, material evidence, and to just blindly, faithfully trust in what preachers told us. But in reality, those who do not use their physical eyes, the blind, are disadvantaged; and one day they are supposed to be fixed, healed. So that they are able to see and evaluate physical things again:

 

“We are away [far] from God, for we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corin. 5.7).

 

“Open your eyes, and be not blind, but seeing” (Jesus?, paraphrased, Bible, n.p.).

 

“You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel!” (Mat. 23.24).

 

“Blind guides is what they are” (Mat. 15.14 NWT).

 

“Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped” (Isa. 35.5 RSV).

 

“Blind men followed him.… Then he touched their eyes and … their eyes were opened” (Mat. 9.27-30).

 

 

Perhaps in fact, the eyes of many readers, will be opened today in fact; to the importance of what we physically see. Indeed, the real, “full”er nature of God, we will say, is best known, only by adding to the words of holy men or priests, even more, observation of physical material nature:

 

“For from the greatness and the beauty of created things their original author, by analogy, is seen” (Wis. 13.5).

 

“For in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities; all things were created through him, and for him. He is before all things, in him all things hold together…. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things … on earth…” (Col. 1.16-20).

 

Millions of preachers to be sure, have opposed this idea. Over-spiritual preachers continually insisted to us, that Christianity is only supposed to produce non-visible, “spiritual” things; or results in “heaven.” But we will show here, that the Bible itself actually delivered, a very different message than what we heard in church. God himself told us that we are not supposed to have so much blind faith, in our flawed religious leaders, and their invisible spirits. Instead, God said that we are supposed to continually re-examine essentially “all” holy men, and alleged sayings from God, with Science. And only if their sayings come true or “come to pass” (Deut. 18.22), should we continue to believe they are from God, and continue to follow them. Only if following a saying or bit of sacred writing, produces visible, material, physical results, “signs,” in real, material life, here on this physical earth, and in a timely way (“soon”; “at hand”; “presently”; within a “generation”; or within two or three years) should we believe in it. Only if following a given saying, produces physical, material fruits, should we even begin to suspect, that the saying really was from God. And not just from the false priests and the false “worship” of Christ that, the Bible warned, would dominate the whole world (Rev. 13).

 

Over and over, the Bible warned that “all have sinned”; including our holiest men. And including in effect, nearly all their most sacred oaths and doctrines, as it turns out. So that the Bible obviously logically implied, first of all, that we should not have too much faith in holy men or angels. Rather, we should always be on the lookout, for false things, even in the heart of our religion. Like “false prophets,” “false apostles”; bad “gospels”; and “another Jesus” than the right one. Using science, especially, to spot such false things.

 

The support for science in the Bible, was explicit in say, Dan. 1.4-15 KJE. But that support moreover, was repeated, and verified over and over, in dozens, hundreds of ways, in many different phrases and constructions. So that finally, there is no doubt: God wants us to learn Science. Here in Deuteronomy for example, God describes one of the constituent parts of Science, and tells us to adopt it. Specifically, we are to look to see if the events predicted by prophets, really come true, in material reality:

 

“If you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’…. If the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you need not be afraid of him” (Deut. 18.21-22; Jer. 28.9; Dan. 1.4-15 KJE).

 

Over the centuries, preachers have deliver to millions, billions of people, many, many sermons and homilies, to try to prove that Christianity is not supposed to be based on science, or “test”ing. But preachers have not fully and honestly presented to us in churches, in un-“twist”ed form, the many quotes in the Bible, that we will be at last presenting more fully, here. The quotes that warned that there have always been false things in our holy men; to that among other things, we are not to believe …sermons, homilies, religious lectures, or apologetics.

 

 

 

The Core Sin in Priests, their Christianity: Doubleness,

Or OverSpirituality

 

 

Preachers have told us many things. But the fact is the Bible itself warned that mere words, are all too easy to issue; and that they are often lying, and empty:

 

“Let no one deceive you with empty words” (Eph. 5.6).

 

“False dreams, and … empty consolation” (Zech. 10.2).

 

At times, it seems that God allows evil to exist; and allows people to lie, even about religion; at times (though not always) lie, deceive, even in the name of Jesus and God. In particular, it seems that our holy men and others, are speaking a “double” “tongue”; double entendres; phrases with two or more meanings. As in “parables,” “figures” of speech, “allegories,” and various “confused” “tongues.” And simply terms with two or more different, even opposite meanings. At times especially, the Bible seemed to hint the two meanings were materialistic, vs. spiritual; the Bible at times seeming – to priests at least – to hint that the spiritual “message” was better. Yet other times, it turns out to be a rather physical life. In any case, the language or “tongue” of holy men, is usually confusing … and deceitful. Seeming to say one thing, while actually delivering an entirely different message, on a different level. No doubt, the “precepts of the LORD are right”; but given the ambiguity of religious language, which reading is right? The churches say their own reading is the correct one; but a closer reading of the Bible shows that God told us not to trust churches.

 

Contrary to what the churches told us, the Bible seems to warn constantly of sly, dishonest argumentation from holy men, priests. Sly polysemic language, which at one level offers dishonest arguments or “precepts,” that take many people in, and “snares” them:

 

“The precepts of the LORD are right” (Ps. 19.8); “Thou hast commanded thy precepts to be kept” (Ps. 119.4); BUT “The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, they are confused with wine, they stagger with strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in giving judgement…. Whom will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from the milk, those taken from the breast?” (Isa. 28.7-9). “Nay, but by men of strange lips and with an alien tongue the LORD will speak to this people…. Therefore the word of the LORD will be to them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little; that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken…. It will take you; … and it will be sheer terror to understand the message. For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on it…. Strange is his deed! And … alien is his work” (Isa. 28.10-13-20-22) and Mat. 15.9 “teaching as doctrines the precepts of men” (Mark 7.7).

 

Many people, the Bible said, are to be taken in, “snared,” by words, precepts, even from the LORD himself, speaking to them. In a language, a message that is worded in language rather like the polysemic language of our Bibles and priests today. While deep inside that strange “tongue,” people are to find a “message” that is even a horror, a “terror.”

 

The Bible itself as we have it today indeed, was originally written in strange “alien” tongues, Hebrew and Greek; “by men of strange lips.” While it was translated into English, into the even-stranger language, of poetic double and triple meanings. Those who read it, find it presents a series of statements, “precepts,” that seem to lead different types of people, to different conclusions. The language of the Bible was more or less open, to the common reading, that we commonly get from priests and churches: to the reading that most people think of, as Christianity. The reading which historically lead the masses to first, 1) believe that the Bible and God, were telling us to have all but total “faith” in religious authority; in the expectation that if we did that, if we were “good” and had “faith,” we would get amazing rewards; like giant physical “miracles.” But to be sure, in actual life, there are always many who come to suspect this message; since they see many that are very good, and yet they do not get all the huge miracles that seemed to be promised; no one at all is literally walking on water, or getting “all” and “whatever” we “ask” for, as promised in the first level of the text. But then amazingly, 2) for those who were dissatisfied with the “first,” simple religion that we were offered – the religion of miracles – then surprisingly, we find here that the Bible, specifically the New testament, offered a “second” level, a second reading, with a slightly different message: the second priestly, “spiritual” religion.

 

On one level, one common reading, the Bible tells us to be good; and if we are, we are to get lots of physical rewards; miracles. And this reading is often reinforced in many churches, by many priests and ministers, telling us tales of saints working huge miracles. Yet experience teaches some of us, that such wonders are rare today, if they ever happen at all; it almost seems as if our priests were simply, false. And surprisingly, those people who read a little better, those who understanding how language and poetry work, have often begun to hear, a sympathetic voice even in the Bible itself. Looking more carefully at the language of the Bible, they have found it to use an extremely complex kind of tongue; one that can be taken several different ways. It is written like poetry: its complex tongue delivers punning, poetic, polysemic, double entendre undertones, that make is possible to read yet another, major, different meaning or two, into the text. So that well beyond apparent simple promises of physical miracles, more carefully read, the language seems to suggest that those old promises, are a lie; or can be taken as just metaphors, “figures” of speech, “parables,” for more “spiritual” things. For example, if God was sometimes pictured delivering real, actual, eatable food or “bread” to us by spectacular miracle, that is opened up to be read as a metaphor, even by Jesus himself it seemed; who suggested that a) the sacrifice of his own “body,” or even b) some would suggest, his giving us Christian ideas, (John 6.31-58; cf. Mat. 4.4, 7.9, 16.5 ff, 26.26; Mark 8.4-1714.20 ff; Luke 4.3, 6.4, 11.3, 14.15, 24.30-35). In fact, the exact nature of the “bread” we are to get from religion, became dispersed; we cannot tell if it is a) real physical food, literal bread … or b) the sacrificed body of Jesus, and/or c) the little wafer in communion; or d) the ideas or spirit we get from Jesus, that are said to be “bread indeed” (John 6.55). Finally the Bible’s tongue becomes so elusive, indirect, complex, or poetic, so polysemic, so loaded with symbolism and double entendres, that it is seemingly impossible to really pin it down, and say that it is definitely, saying just this, or that single thing. Rather it – the New Testament that is – is rather clearly, almost always saying at least two things at once; so that saying two things, the entire New Testament is in effect, a “double entendre,” or a double language, offering at least two understandings. Mainly the 1) rather literal-seeming promise of physical miracles, if we have faith; or 2) the symbolic, metaphorical, meaning, that at first seems to promise us just good ideas, nice words, or “spirit.”

 

Which of these two readings do you hear in church? And which one do preachers think is the best one today? For many centuries, it seems, 1) the most popular way even preachers read the Bible, was to read it as a rather magical text, promising us huge physical miracles. As promising us real, literal, eatable bread to eat, often appearing out of thin air. And indeed, many parts of the Bible seemed to say that at first; perhaps the “manna” that came to Moses; or certainly, the miracle of Jesus, that came to be popularly known in countless sermons and Catholic homilies, as the “miracle of the loaves and fishes”; where, it was said, Jesus did not have enough food to feed thousands of followers. But then Jesus managed to make bread and fishes appear, as if by miracle, in nearly-empty baskets. To “feed the multitudes,” as it was popularly announced, in massively popular sermons. Though 2) without quite explicitly denying physical wonders, more intellectual preachers, began to sermonize that such mere physical things as food and drink were not so important anyway; all physical things, even our own bodies, are fated to get old and die, or “perish,” as Paul often noted. But it was asserted, by many priests, that fortunately, man is not just a physical body, but he has two different natures; he is a body … but one that has a non-material, “spirit” or “soul.” And it came to be said in much of the more intellectual circles of Christianity that we should not bother or “care” too much about the care of our physical “body,” with its physical needs of the “flesh”; or with material “riches,” and the “lusts” and passions of the “flesh”; or with the physical “world.” Because all such things, being physical, are fated to “rust” or age, and die. Therefore, following this language from the Bible itself, it was said by our new “higher,” “spiritual” Christian leaders, that we should just all but ignore the physical side of life; and tend to our “immortal spirit” instead, as a million sermons told us.

 

And so for centuries, Christianity was based on a dualistic or “double” vision; on two rather conflicting messages: 1) promises of physical things; even promising spectacular physical miracles. Even “all” and “whatever” we “ask”; all the wonders that Jesus did, and “greater things than these.” In the name of God, most preachers firmly promised us the power to move real, literal physical “mountains,” to walk on water, to make bread appear in empty baskets; with just faith and a prayer. But this vision was often offered simultaneously with another religion entirely; with 2) the very different, even opposite assertion: that such physical things were unimportant, and all but evil; and that religion should be concentrated on just mental or spiritual things.

 

Thus Christianity has almost always, been split in half. Or has been rather self-contradictory or “double”; it offered, said, two very, very different things, two opposite things, simultaneously. On the one hand it 1) promised us lots of big physical miracles; but 2) then it turned around and said that such things were unimportant; and that we should be “spiritual” instead. But of course, 3) this inner conflict, this self-contradictory side of Christianity, did not seem good, to many thinkers. It seemed that our holy men, were saying opposite things; sending out two very, very different messages. And even parts of the Bible, began to speak about problems, apparent sins, in our holy men and their prophesies or messages. Or to 4) complain or warn about, some strange things in the language or “tongue” of “false prophets.” While 5) parts of the Bible began to warn about things that are dualistic, or “double.” To be sure, when they become aware of the two sides of the Bible – physical, vs. spiritual – most preachers come to assert that the Bible firmly said, that the spiritual side, was the most important one. Thus, most preachers long ago became what philosophers would call “dualists”; holding that all of existence is divided into dual – or two – things: physical things, and spirits. Like our body, vs. our soul; or heaven, vs. the “earth” or “world.” But more specifically, since they believe the spiritual side is the more important, “higher” side, preachers are mostly what is called “hierarchical dualists” or even say, “Idealists.” Or here we call them, “Spiritualists.” Since they believe that all of existence is divided into two kinds of things – matter, vs. spirit. But of these two, they say, the spirit is the higher and better thing; in part since only the spirit is immortal, and good. Our bodies die, we were constantly told in church, but fortunately, our immortal spirit goes on to live forever with the Father, in spiritual Heaven.

 

And so much of religion has become “spiritual.” But to be sure though, Christianity could not quite just openly say, that the old promises of physical things, were just, wrong. For several reasons. Especially 1) because as it turns out, the Old Testament God made promises of physical things, rather firmly. As we see here, God made the material world and said it was “Good,” not evil. And God promised us physical prosperity and so forth too. Even Jesus was said to have healed the physically blind, so they could physically see. So the first big problem with – or sin in – spirituality, is that it contradicted or went against God; the God of the Old Testament, but also of much of the New as well.

 

Spirituality goes against God. And there is another big, big problem with spirituality. One would expect that anything, that went against God, would incur some severe penalities; and spirituality does. In this case, we found that, though he was somewhat spiritual at times himself, the apostle James, in his part of the Bible, began to see, and warn about, some literally fatal problems, in the new spirituality. Many have discovered – from hard experience with trying to live on drug illusions, or living in mental or spiritual fantasies too long – that trying to live just on ideas, spirits, can be literally fatal. A spirit, and idea, can feel nice to think; but it can be a lie, or a delusion, a daydream; one makes us feel good in our minds, or heads – but it does not give us real physical support or life. Specifically, this is the great sin in spirituality: when we think in our mind or spirit, that we feel fine, often we begin are neglecting our physical body; even to the point, that we become physically dysfunctional. Or even starve to death (as James began to see)? From lack of taking care of the physical side of life.

 

“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2.14-17 NIV).,

 

In our present books here, we are coming to this apocalyptic, shattering discovery: that the Bible was actually, open to two – or three or more – readings; and our preachers picked out and delivered to the world, a wrong, incomplete meaning. Exactly as the Bible foretold, preachers taught to and “entranced” themselves and the whole world, the wrong messages; the wrong image of Christ; the wrong, false Christ. Preachers taught us all, faith in 1) physical miracles, and/or 2) spirituality. But as it turns out, neither of these two major theologies, were good and true to the Bible itself, or to reality. Both of them were false. So that we need now to go beyond both; to a “second” vision, or a “third” heaven perhaps: to a 3) the Science of God.

 

For many centuries, it seemed that many preachers believed that 1) the Bible taught that we must have total faith in holy men; and 2) that meant faith in what they read as, promises of physical miracles perhaps. But 3) our preachers also thought that in addition to physical miracles, the Bible also stressed spiritual things; while many of our more intellectual priests thought that spiritual things, were more important. So that for centuries, the main content of Christianity, has been 1) stress on “faith”; faith in 2) physical miracles, but also – rather contradictorily – faith in 3) spiritual things. Yet in our books here, we will have begun to show that these two or three and more, major elements of traditional Christianity, were largely false. First, 1) God did not stress “faith” as much as preachers taught: actually God warned constantly that there are always massive sins in holy men; so we are not supposed to have much faith in them, or their ideas about God. Indeed, 2) since our holy men are unreliable, rather than having faith in them or their sermons, we are supposed to constantly apply a critical “science” of God to them, to expose their untruths and errors. While 3) science in turn suggests there are no “miracles,” but there are natural and technological “wonders.” While as for 4) spirituality? We find that it goes against the larger message of the Bible; and 5) spirituality is furthermore, literally debilitating, literally fatal, in real life. As St. James the ascetics, the Gnostics, began to incompletely, show us.

 

In particular, preachers are “spiritual”; but in particular, that is where they departed from truth, in an exaggerated way. The fact is, the new Christian fathers, the new Christian priesthoods, were all, over-spiritual. To a literally, physically fatal degree. Their false, “double”ness, their dualism, was not true to the Bible itself; and in actual practice, it was at best rhetorically exaggerated (to counterbalance the, to-be-sure, sometimes over-materialistic side of secular culture); but as rhetorical over-statement, it was not the straight, holy truth therefore. So that those who followed it too closely, too faithfully … were often lead to increasing degrees of physical mistakes, and even finally to disease, poverty, and death. Though the ascetic monks tried to even explicitly make out “chastity,” “poverty,” and even “death,” to be good things, finally, they were not such great virtues or wonders, after all.

 

What specifically, is wrong with our preachers’ “spirit”uality? As it turns out here, there are two great sins in preachers, and their over-emphasis on spirituality. First, 1) even this allegedly “higher,” allegedly “second,” “spiritual” “message” of the text, was never quite true, to God; his material side, and his science. Then too, 2) in actual practice, the over-spirituality that is endemic in preachers, is also, in actual practice, physically crippling, and often literally fatal, to those who were compelled by preachers and churches, to believe and have faith in it. First a) there is James’ objection to it: spirituality causes people to neglect physical reality … to the point that they do not help others, satisfy simple physical necessities; and leave physically starving people, to starve to death. While beyond that we will show, b) it not only leaves the already-destitute to starve; but actively leads otherwise productive people, into greater errors, physical neglect, than they would otherwise have had, left to their own devices. Billions of people who otherwise would have had common sense, and would have used their own “arms” to farm, and feed themselves, were persuaded, to subtle degrees, by over-spiritual preachers, not to put so much effort into practical work; into learning better farming and medicine. And in the end, that made millions, billions of people subtly … dysfunctional in real life. Farming not quite as well; not looking for better medicines, quite a effectively. And that in the end, deprived millions of technologies, that would otherwise have actually, physically saved their lives. Whereas in contrast, the very priests that proudly, vainly presented themselves and their “worship,” to themselves, and to the whole earth, as the very voice of God and Christ? As the guides to “good” and long “life” and “prosperity”? Those priests were actually … leading the whole world to the precise opposite of what was promised.

 

Spiritual priests especially, have been quite vain and proud, or their vaunted spirituality. But….

 

Incidentally: how do spiritual priests deal with the physical promises, of the Bible and other priests? Some metaphoricalize them. Others seem to think that such physical promises were made by may; though they think of them as being “harm”less over-statements, or “white lies.” Promises of miracles are false; but they are justified in the mind of some priests, because they think such promised simply offer us comforting ideas. Promises of miracles, might even be lies; but they are allegedly, “white” lies; in that they make us feel good in our minds. Or “spirits.” Promises of miracles, even if false, make us feel good for a moment in our minds; they help give us “hope.” And “rest,” “rest to the weary.” With pleasant day-“dreams” or fantasies about future wonders, miracles. But here we will show that ultimately, there are no totally white or harmless lies. The fact is, lies trap the minds of people in false, delusions realities. And in the end, people pay a very real, physical and spiritual penalty for that; as St. James began to only dimly, incompletely see.

 

Are promises of future miracles, just “harm”less, “white” lies? Are they good, whether they are true or not, because at least they give our minds pleasant images, “hopes,” of future rewards? Here, people should recall biblical warnings about false “images”; “false hopes”; “false prophe”sies; “false dreams”; “enchatmentment”s; and “delusions,” from magicians, and sorcerers. The Bible warned over and over, about falling into false dreams, believing in things that “do not come to pass” (Deut. 18.22). The problem as we will clarify it here, is that people will often follow false ideas, false dreams too far, they neglect physical reality to a literally fatal degree. (As we note in our writing on The Harm Done by “white” religious lies). As James began to suggest, the “tongue” is a “great evil”; and there are many problems with, evils in, irresponsible words, language; including inaccurate sermons, and apologetics, and even false scriptures, from priests.

 

What were the sins of our preachers, and their “tongue”s? Among the huge sins and errors of our preachers, was 1) the “double” language of most holy men. Which is first of all, a) lying; the deception of the masses, by using language with deliberate double meanings. Language that seemed to promise physical things … but they secretly yanked that away. Then too; b) those lies, as it now turns out, are not “white,” but are often literally, physically fatal. For example, c) even the “higher” “spiritual”ness to which we are next led, the seemingly “harm”less day “dream” of hope, is itself in turn, also a literally, physically fatal, black lie.

 

So we will we will need to go past our holy men; who have sinned very, very greatly. We will need to go beyond their first two, all-too-common levels of biblical explication: beyond the sermons that made 1) promises of physical miracles; but also sermons that supported an allegedly 2) “higher” spirituality too. And fortunately, the Bible itself allows that 3) there is, particularly but not solely in the end, a sort of third reading, or a “Second Coming” of God. Another view of God and Christ. One that combines both physicality, and spirituality; that ends dualism, and priestly duplicity. By joining spirit and matter, heaven and earth, back together: into a “spiritual body” or some such, as even Paul began to vaguely see. Or more exactly, we find here? A combination of religion, and physical sense; word and world; heaven and earth. And it is Godly Science, the Science of God, that begins to do that. Though at last, puts together the pieces of the puzzle, and to see how heaven, meets earth again at last. That sees the physical sense in “spiritual” ideas.

 

Preachers have been far too proud and vain; in spite of big avowals and displays of Humility, they have not really ever been able, shake a deep, nagging Vanity and Pride. Like their true predecessors, the Pharisees, most preachers have deep down, loved to “stand in front of” congregations; and to present themselves, as the very voice of God himself. If they have seemingly not been vain about themselves, they have been vain about their religion; the thoughts of other priests. So that today we will need to go far, far beyond priests, to see the truth of God. We will need some real theology; and a fairly advanced method.

 

And what do we see? Here are our four or five major points. We here and now see exactly what the Bible foretold: 1) “all have sinned,” including especially our holy men and angels; 2) therefore, the great stress on “faith,” the “worship,” of the vision of “Christ” they used to successfully capture the whole “world,” was not correct; it was a “deceit”ful; a “magic”al or “sorcerers” “illusion,” “delusion,” “false dream,” or “enchantment.” Against our preachers therefore, 3) God told us not to have too much “faith”; but to base ourselves instead, on a far more critical “science” of God. Looking far, far more critically and carefully a) at “all” our holy men; to examine their “words,” their promises and dreams and prophesies. And then b) according to science, we are supposed to look to see if the wonders promised in so many sermons and writings, actually “come to pass,” in physical reality (Deut. 18.22). Or not. And 4) if, when we apply critical thinking and science to our priests, we find that the things they promised, did not come true? If we thus find that our priests and prophets have deceived themselves, and the whole world? And if therefore, their traditional Heaven itself begins to appear to “dissolve” in front of our very eyes? Then after all, the dissolving of our traditional Heaven itself, is allowed, even commanded. By the Bible itself; by God himself (Isa. 34.4; Rev. 21; 2 Peter 3). One “day” heaven itself, incredibly, is supposed to dissolve. Says the Bible itself. While furthermore, even preachers should be able to at last face the sins in their tradition; on discovering that after all, all this is to the good. Since the discovery of massive sins in Christian holy men and doctrines, does not destroy the Bible, the word of Jesus, but actually confirms, fulfills, the Bible. While then too, 5) uncovering longstanding sins in Heaven itself, means that our traditional heaven is at last, as foretold, being purged, cleansed, “refine”ed, with “fire” – in order to give us the fuller “new heaven” that was promised. Something far better than the “new” spirituality that our churches have offered us in the past; a newer and far better “appearance” of heaven and God. One which begins to fulfill prophesy. Since it specifically, assists heaven and God in returning to, physical things, and this physical “earth” or “world,” once again. Indeed, thanks to the Science of God – which re-links spiritual things to physical realities – we even here and now begin to see, the first glimmerings of the foretold “second Coming” of God; returning, exactly as foretold, from allegedly pure spirit, to this physical earth and flesh. As we will see, here. Thus ending the schizophrenic, dishonest dualism, of physical miracles, vs. spirits. With the science of God, “spirit” at last finds its foretold home, here on this material earth.

 

And in fact, beginning to fulfill biblical prophesy.

 

In the past, many churches proudly proclaimed that since they were physical entities on earth, therefore their own painted statues of Mary and the Saints, or their own buildings, their own denomination, their own bishops and popes or other religious leaders, were the promised second coming of God to earth. And yet History, what has “come to pass,” has shown that no church was ever fully as good, as the ideal pictured in the Bible (Rev. 21 for example). Whereas however, Science is at once far, far more productive and better; showing far more “signs” of being able to produce the promised prosperity. Even as it is still more “humble” too. In that Science is never really entirely dogmatic or certain about itself, or even its doctrines and “laws”; but is always open to correction and revision. So that a Science of God is at once a) far more fruitful, but also b) far more humble, than our historical priests and churches. The Science of God – as found in part, in many aspects of contemporary scholarly Theology and Religious Studies say – being therefore, far closer to what God and Bible called for, than preachers, and churches have been.

 

 

 

The Science of God

 

 

Many spectacular promises of giant miracles, have been made by preachers and churches; they have 1) often, historically, promised us all, that if we just trust and have faith in them, or their vision of God – or perhaps, if we just put enough money in their collection plates – we will get huge, miraculous powers. If we just trust and believe, our churches once told us constantly, then we will be like Jesus; we will be able to to “all” the “works” that he did, and “greater things than these”; “whatever” we “ask.” If we just follow our preachers, they insisted, we will be able to literally walk on water; make “mountain”s move; make real eatable “bread” appear in empty baskets. Rather like spiritual magicians. These were the promises made to millions, billions of people, over the last 2,000 years. And furthermore, we were told these gigantic promises, are absolutely true and holy and reliable. Or indeed, some people didn’t believe these gigantic promises, and asserted that such things don’t come to pass in real life today, then often, our preachers and religious crowds saw to it, that those who protested, were very severely punished; even tortured, even burned alive at the stake. For “heresy.”

 

Our churches historically made gigantic, proud promises. And if anyone protested, the churches issued dozens of apologetics sermons; or finally, if their sermons did not convince, they resorted to physical violence to impose their will on others. Indeed, when millions disagreed with this church or that one, many were arrested, tortured, and killed; as “heretics.” Or if there were too many of them to arrest and kill individually, then protesters were attacked by armies in the service of the churches; in religious-based wars like the Crusades. Or they were murdered in religious pogroms, and other mass killings. Priests and ministers and churches therefore, killed millions directly, in the name of God and Good. And yet however, were these preachers, and their promises, their doctrines, and their followers, really fully as good, as Godly, as they constantly assured us? Were we really supposed to follow them, with such total “faith”? We will have begun to show here that actually, our churches did not really follow the Bible itself. The Bible itself, did not tell us to trust or have so much “faith” in these holy men, or in their doctrines about, their pictures of, Christ. In fact, God himself finally told us 1) all our holy men often sinned; even in their “inspired” moments, when they defined doctrines. So 2) that, rather than trusting to their mere deceptive “word”s – even allegedly holy words; especially preachers’ sermons, and their merely fragmentary picture of God – instead, we are supposed to believe and follow, only the words, that are “prove”n to be true; proven by empirical, physical, evidence. We are to trust only prophesies and promises, that are proven true, by “coming to pass” in a timely way (“soon”; “at hand,” in little more than a year), in real, visible, tangible, physical results. By physical goods produced. Or, in the vocabulary of the Bible and the real “word”s of Jesus, we are to follow only promises that produce, and in a timely way, real physical “fruits,” “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” and “proofs.” Many preachers, the Bible warned, lie, and issue “empty promises” and “empty words,” that they think are from God, but are not really from God at all. Therefore, rather than trusting and believing in preachers, instead, we are supposed to believe only in those things, that bring visible material results, rewards; only sayings that bring that, said the Bible, are words that were really from the LORD (Deut. 18.20-39).

 

Amazingly therefore, we here come to a vision of Christ that is at once, in one sense, dramatically “new”; but on the other hand is not really new at all. But rather, like Jesus’ “new commandment,” it is merely a new-appearing condensation, summary, of what the Bible said before. In a sense therefore it is startlingly new. But our finding is also as old as the Bible, as old as God himself. Because after all, we are finding all this, just in the Bible itself. This is not even a “strange new doctrine” therefore; it was always in the Bible itself. (And for that matter, has for a very, very long time, been advocated. Gy the serious religious scholars, that preachers never read, or understood).

 

To be sure, this “new” “appearance” to Christ, is startling: here, you will suddenly see that Christianity, religion, was never supposed to be “faith-based,” as they said. Rather than just “faith”fully trusting the words of holy men, priests and prophets, or faithfully following the picture of “God” they painted in countless sermons and homilies and liturgies, instead, we now suddenly find that we were actually told, by the Bible itself, to be far more critical thinkers. We are to ask all holy men, for far more, than just words, promises, and “spirit.” The Bible warned constantly, that it is all too easy to get lost in tangles of “tongues,” empty words, false promises. And the only way to sort it out … is to look to see which sayings, are materially, empirically fruitful. Insofar as any human being today can know what God commands, it seems clear here, that we are all commanded by God himself, to ask each and every holy man, every priest and prophet and religious leader, for real material, physical goods; real physical evidence. Rather than follow our holy men based on blind “faith,” faith in their many “word”s, even their alleged presentation of Christ as holy “word,” before we believe them, before we believe their “word” really is from God, we are told to demand of our preachers, empirically-provable wonders. As “proof” that they, and their sayings, are really words from God. The fact is, God warned constantly, our languages or “tongues” are confused; and furthermore, many people use language dishonestly. So that we are not supposed to ever trust, mere verbal promises, or prophesies, or sermons. Since they may be “empty words,” “empty consolations,” “false spirits.” Or simply, “lies” and “delusions,” “false dreams,” and “enchantments.”

 

Far from stressing the authority of holy men, or their “faith” or “spirit,” ultimately we will show, the Bible warned us continually, that “all have sinned,” especially essentially all holy men and angels. Therefore we are not supposed to blindly, “faith”fully follow them; especially based just on their mere verbal arguments, their sermons and homilies. Instead, we were finally commanded by God himself, to firmly and continually demand, that each and every holy man and priest,
“prove” that he is good. Every alleged holy man or preacher, must prove that he really is from God. By working real, physical wonders, when we ask him to:

 

“The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, ‘When Pharaoh says to you, Prove yourself by working a miracle, then you shall….'” (Ex. 7.8-9 RSV; cf. NRSV).

 

“And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover …. While the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it (Mark 16.17-18, 20 NRSV).”

 

Against the million sermons, that assured everyone that we cannot “test” God with science, here we will find that actually, ultimately, the Bible supports “test”ing of everything in religion, and even God himself. Indeed, 1) God commands us to ask for visible “signs” from God. And 2) then not only allows, but God is even “weary” with – and as we find elsewhere, even angry at – those who do not learn scientific method, and who do not begin testing religion and God, by asking for visible physical signs and proofs:

 

“Again the Lord spoke…, ‘ask a sign of the LORD your God….’ But Ahaz said, ‘I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test’… ‘And he said, ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also?” (Isa. 7. 12-13).

 

“O Jehovah, prove yourself my helper” (Ps. 30.10 NWT).

 

So here suddenly, we will begin to see a “second,” very different “appearance” to God and Christ. As here we begin to see God, Christ, stressing not blind “faith” in holy men, but on the contrary, stressing the scientific examination of all religious claims; to see if they are true, or false.

 

This is to be sure, a heaven-shattering moment. Traditionally, our many false preachers have opposed it. Preachers don’t like this standard, this testing – because they know they can’t meet it. They know a) they have promised physical miracles … but can’t actually work them as fully, as reliably, as their sacred traditions once firmly promised. Or they know that b) then too, their “higher” spirituality, often simply abandons material things altogether; and so in this way simply opposes the basis of the science that God wanted them to have.

 

To try to cover up, “whitewash” their inadequacies, preachers often act as if, all they need to do in life, their profession’s job, is to merely issue words: sermons. Or related to this, they have often asserted that they are not responsible for the physical side of life; but only for “spiritual” things; words and thoughts. Material things, building better factories, are not their business or responsibility, priests and theologians mistakenly think. Yet we will show here that the Bible itself, warned about problems with those who claim to speak adequately for God – but have given up on, do not listen to, half of his reality. In the end God is against most preachers; since they merely deliver 1) mostly, mere words. Or 2) mere ideas or “spirit”s. But not the full spectrum of physical deeds and goods, that we need in a culture. And that men from God are also supposed to deliver (moving beyond James 2.14 ff). In fact, 1) James warned that those who spiritual parsons, who deliver just words, but not actula material food, often leave the people physically starving to death. (Even as, worse, they tell us dying is good; cf. Philippians, “to die is gain.” So that preachers become the real “culture of death”).

 

So that even a priesthood that gives us good spirits, but only gives us that, is inadequate. While there is another problem in the priests who focus just on Spirituality: 2) the Bible even warned that many of the spirits or ideas that we get from words – the feelings or “spirit”s we get – are “deceitful,” “false,” and bad, or “evil.” Many spirits, are “false”; and they give us bad ideas, that lead us not to life, but to death. Indeed, the spirit that told preachers that “spirituality” was good, was itself, a false spirit.

 

Many preachers and theologians therefore, have mistakenly thought, that spirituality, was the last and best version of Christianity; that the rejection of all material goods, material things, is the highest good. But here we find that they were wrong. Ultimately, the Bible itself did not consider “spirituality” to be the last word in religion; not at all. Instead, it told us over and over again, that those things that are really from God, are supposed to bring us real, physical, material goods. As, from the Book of Genesis on, God stressed the “good”ness of the physical, material things, of the “earth.”

 

The very idea of “spirituality” therefore, is not quite true to the Bible itself. Spirits are not enough to live on. If man does not live by bread “alone,” he does live on bread, in part. Nor can man live on spirits – words, sermons – alone, either. Mere hot air, kind words, spirits, and sermons, are less than half of what a preacher should furnish us. Their words are only good, are to be judged to be truly from the LORD, only if they lead us to material prosperity.

 

Many preachers have said different things. But after all, the Bible warned constantly, that there will always be many false things – and “false spirits” – out there, posing as holy things. Indeed the Bible warned specifically and often, about many false things, particularly, in “spirit”s and spirituality:

 

“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places…. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist…. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit ” (Eph. 6.12-17 NRSV).

 

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4.1-2).

 

“You shall not bear false witness” (Exd. 20.16).

 

“Giving heed to deceitful spirits” (1 Thess. 4.1).

 

“You shall not utter a false report” (Ex. 23.1).

 

“To make them believe [have faith in] what is false” (2 Thess. 2.11).

 

“They will exploit you with false words” (2 Peter 2.3).

 

“The LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth” (2 Ch. 18.22).

 

God warned there are many false things among “spirits” and spirituality; therefore, rather than just trusting “spirit” and “spirituality” – even the most pleasant mental or spiritual feelings, of “faith” and “hope” – instead, the Bible often warned that many “hopes” are “false hopes” based on “false promises,” “false prophe”ts. And therefore, far from telling us to trusting to spirits, or spirituality, as priests mistakenly do, God told us instead, to critically question and examine, all “spirit” and “spirituality.” Indeed, even “test the spirits”:

 

Test the spirits, to see if they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out…” (1 John 4.1).

 

St. John’s test to be sure, was not quite the full test the Bible ultimately required. Mere words, oaths of allegiance even to Jesus, often count for only so much. Because a) many people who claim to be good, simply lie; lie with their tongues, their mouths, their words. Many too b) if they are not simply lying outright, make irresponsible promises, of huge miracles and so forth. So God warned, that many people, even prophets, are issuing only “false dreams,” and “illusions,” hot air, or “wind.” They are not delivering the material things God promised; instead their deliver mere words, mere “empty promises,” false “dreams.” Even c) if their words, their empty promises and “empty consolations,” make us feel good over the short run – make us feel “hope” say, over the short run – often, in the longer run, we suffer. Because our hopes were not realistic; and in fact, made us more dysfunctional, by giving us delusions. We were made to absolutely rely on something … that was not reliable. Like a man who absolutely trusts to a car with bad brakes … and gets smashed in traffic.

 

Just words, are not enough. The people should always insist therefore, on far, far more from preachers, from really holy men of leaders, than just words, or sermons. The fact is, people can’t live on mere words; they also need physical food. Then too, d) when preachers promise us future material rewards, miracles? Note that the Bible says that those rewards, should be timely: “soon,” “at hand,” “quickly,” in a year or two. Indeed, the proof is in the pudding, as they say; we should ask those people who promise they are from God, to actually produce real, physical results – or shut up. Since God himself tells us to value material things, material evidence.

 

Essentially all preachers today, are the bad preachers in James 2.14 ff; they deliver mostly sermons, speeches, spirits – but that is all. They do not remotely take care of the physical side of life, as well as secular people do; as well as those with practical jobs producing goods and services. Nor are their words proven eventually fruitful, even remotely, in any realistic time frame. So that essentially all preaches are always, far, far too “spiritual,” and anti-materialistic. And in this, essentially all preachers disobey and oppose, God. God told us that empty words are not good; and are not even surely from God; unless or until they demonstrate real, physical good (and not harm) coming out of them.

 

God was quite materialistic, often, in fact. His promises were of physical things, often. God in fact was far less spiritual than preachers, and far more materialistic than their mistaken vision of him. God indeed, living not just as or in, spirit, but also in physical material things. God in fact, may be a spirit – but he is a spirit found in “all” things, in heaven but also in material things like the “earth,” and so forth:

 

“For the earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it.'” (1 Corin. 10.26).

 

“Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the LORD” (Jer. 23.34; Ps. 139.7; 1 Kin. 8.23-9.2; & St. Paul; italics, mine. For the importance of using evidence from the “earth,” as science does, to discover what is good, see also Isa. 6.3, 29.4, 42.1-5; Ps. 89.11, Ps. 104.24; Ps. 115.6; Ps. 115.16; Job 28.2-25; John 12.25 vs. 12.47 & 3.16; 1 Corin 1.28, 10.26; Col. 1.16-20, Col. 1.19-20; Isa. 65.16; Isa. 26.9; Ps. 37.3; Gen. 1.10; Rom. 1.20; Ps. 37.11; Matt. 8.3-4, 6.33; Isa. 1.18, 1.21-24. For more on the importance of observation of nature, and specifically “science,” Prov. 1.22; Dan. 1.4-15 KJE; Mal. 3.10; 1 Thess. 4.21; Mat. 7.20; Deut. 18.21-22; Prov. 25.2-3; 1 John 4.1; Job 28.2-25; Jer. 31.35-7; John 10.17-18 NAB, John 14.10-12; Mark 2.10-12; Rom. 14.1, Rom. 8.28 NWT, ref. Ps. 145.17; John 9.3; Isa. 7.10-14, Isa. 1.21-24; Rev. 2.2, 11.1; Titus 2.16. And technology and practical knowledge, in Catholic Bibles: Wis. Sol. 1.1-7; 7.16-17; 8.5-17 vs. 13.1-14.7; 16.17; 19.11-21. Also 1 Kings 4.29-33; Dan. 2.60-81. For a more complete survey, see our entire chapters on Science, Asceticism, and latter, Matter).

 

“It is the glory of God to conceal things, but it is the glory of kings to search things out. As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth…” Prov. 25.2-3).

 

 

“Solomon made a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt…” (1 Kings 3.1). “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and largeness of mind…. He spoke of trees...; he spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and reptiles, and of fish (1 Kings 4.29-33. Cf. “Now the LORD … has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor misfortune. And so I propose to build a house for the name of the LORD…” 1 Kings 5.4-5).

 

“For his glory is manifest in the things he has made (Rom. 1.20; Ps. 19).

 

” … In the earth” (Isa. 26.9; 42.1-5; 65.16ff. Gen. 1.1-10. Ps. 37.3-11; 1 Corin. 1.28; Rev. 21.2-11; Rom. 1.20; Wis. Sol. 14).

 

 

Perhaps as very, very young “child”ren, before we understand life – at the latest, the age of four or so – we should mostly trust – and have a spiritual or mental faith in – authority, adults, “lord”s. And believe in their mere words, rules, as they are offered to us at first: as mere memorized, but not understood lessons, or ideas; offered without physical evidence. But while a certain amount of faith in authority might be necessary – for a literal child – while we might provisionally accept sayings, rules, that we don’t understand, just on faith, as children, eventually the things we accepted, should be proven to be materially useful, functional … or else they should be thrown out. As not fruitful. A certain amount of faith, confidence in authority, in adults, is useful for children. But of course, even adults often make mistakes. So that even children, should be curious – and demand proofs that the rules they are told to obey, are materially functional.

 

Curiously in fact, many scholars have noted that much of the Bible is directed to “child”ren. And they suggest that the Bible suggested that there would be a higher theology, a better vision of God, than a childlike faith presented eventually; a more “mature” vision, beyond “milk.” Indeed, even the very apostles who talked the most, who talked endlessly, about spiritual goods, like faith – like Paul – now and then also told us, that one “day,” their “prophesy,” their “knowledge,” was supposed to change, and even disappear. One “day,” to start, we are supposed to “mature,” and be “changed” (1 Corin. 15.51-53). In the past, preachers assured us this process of “maturing” meant maturing in your faith, as they said; meant the transition, from a) belief in materiality and physical miracles, to b) belief in spirits, and being spiritual. But here and elsewhere we will show, becoming “mature” in our religion, in Christianity, is something different, than what preachers taught. It does not means not just maturing “in” our faith, by becoming “spiritual.” Rather c) instead, just as much “maturing” in Christianity we will show here means, maturing beyond blind; beyond childlike faith, and faith in “spirits” and so forth. Actually, finally, being “mature” means moving on beyond blind childlike, spiritual faith … to the Science of God.

 

Advancing beyond a) miracles, and then b) an allegedly “higher” and “mature” “spirituality,” is not the last step in understanding the Bible. Because we will have seen here that there is c) finally another layer of meaning in the text, that recognizes both if these, and then puts them together in a better, fuller vision. That puts together a) simple physicality, with b) simple spirituality, into a science; that finds how spirit, merges with flesh. And furthermore, this vision corresponds not only to the Science the Bible outlined; but also progressing to this Science, matches what the Bible said particularly (but not solely) of The End. In the End, even Paul say, our spirit somehow finds a material “body” again, it seems.

 

At first, Paul tried to suggest the typical priestly view: that we simply leave the “first” physicality, for a final, higher, better, “spiritual” existence (1 Corin. 15.42-50). But in the end, he offers a “myster”ious view, that rather seems to offer instead, our perishable body “put”ting on, spirituality. So that we would have BOTH the physical, and the spiritual, at once:

 

“I tell you this, brethren: flesh and flood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. [But] Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sounded, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be hanged. For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality” (1 Corin. 50-53).

 

 

How do physical things, “put on” immortality? Much of all this, was still a “mystery,” even in the sense of being unclear, a “darkly” “shadow,” even to Paul (cf. 1 Corin. 14.20-37-15.54.) Paul seemed at times to think that “flesh and blood” alone cannot “inherit the kingdom.” But speaking of it as an admitted “mystery,” Paul then suggested a sort of meeting of spirit and matter; the “perishable” flesh, “put”ting on, spirit and “immortality.” So that in the end we have both spirit … and physical matter. Both. (See also the “third heaven,” where material status is in question, but not closed: “whether in the body or out of the body I do not know”). Paul to be sure, admitted elsewhere that “our” – and therefore, his – “own” “knowledge” and “prophesy” were “imperfect,” and were but a “shadow” of the final reality. So that simply, Paul himself at times says that he is not absolutely reliable, and does not fully know the final truth. (Sometimes he “boasts” of his greatness and certainty it might seem; while however alluding to problems, by using the word “boast”-ing).

 

The fact is, God often promised us physical things. So, in spite of a very heavy dose of spirit-fetishism in the apostles, no apostle could ever really, totally abandon materialism, revile the whole material world … without obviously going against God. Especially the God of the Old Testament – who made the whole material “world” and said it was “good.” Historically in fact, even the Church noted the problems that extreme spirituality causes; the Gnostic movement showing everyone that those alleged holy men who tried to all but totally abandon the material world – like the Gnostics – were quickly led to reject therefore, the Old Testament God. Indeed, Gnosticism called the Old Testament God, evil. Since, if God created all material things, and material things are evil? Then … God must be evil. Coming to this obviously heretical conclusion, Gnosticism therefore foregrounded one of the severe problems with spirituality; it obviously went against the God of the Old Testament (and actually, much of Jesus too). So that its extreme spirituality and anti-materialism, was obviously, a heresy.

 

Paul and John’s thoughts to be sure, have many extremely spiritual aspects in them; and no doubt they partially inspired the extreme, heretical over-spirituality of the Gnostics. But to be sure, many early thinkers even in the Church, noticed problems with that extreme view. So that even the most spiritual apostles came to suggest that if religion had somehow floated off the planet, into spirituality, still one day, somehow, God and spirit, must return to “flesh.” And to the “world.” There was even something wrong, with the old, rather too-spiritual Heaven; so that it would have to “dissolve”; and a “new heaven” would appear. One that would come down, to be a physical thing, visible on this material “earth,” once again (Rev. 21). Just as the Old Testament had promised (Isa. 65.16-25; then Rev. 21):

 

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling of God is with me. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passes away…. Behold, I make all things new'” (Rev. 21.1-5).

 

Our old heaven is to dissolve. And a new heaven is to come down to earth. To finally give us real, physical things, here on this earth (Rev. 21.15 ff). To be sure, a) many churches and kingdoms have proudly declared that they themselves, were long since tha ideal kingdom. But from the many promises made, we find that the kingdom meant far, far more, than b) what was achieved in Jesus’ time. In part since Jesus was physically killed, and did not reign therefore in person, “with men.” And because there was still pain, suffering, even after him. Nor did c) any mere material church or Church, or a mere Religion, completely fulfill the old promises either. Nor does d) spirituality quite deliver on the full scale of what was promised, of the “kingdom,” in Isa. 65 and Rev. 21, etc.. While furthermore, e) there is evidence it happens in a “day,” an “instant.”

 

So what is the final vision of God, the “day” of the Second Coming, really supposed to look like? It is not just spiritual. It is not just having a church. To answer this, we need the science of God – which more closely explores the physical meaning of the old texts; as for example, what did God coming back to this physical earth, mean? In part we will find it means, or necessitates… transforming your understanding of religion, of the spirit, by relating it to physical life, through Science. Finally, you “mature” by coming to understand how apparently arbitrary, rootless “rules” and “ideas” and moods or “spirits,” finally relate to, are tied to, empirical realities. (As most of scholarly religious studies, are today. Particularly in their natural understanding of “miracles” say; as natural and technological wonders. But also in their general realism, etc..).

 

Material things therefore, are far more important to God than spiritual preachers said. We should therefore all learn how to, with some measure of independence, investigate visible, material life, and nature. With not only, as Jesus told us, empiricism; “observ”ing visible “fruits,” works, signs, deeds, proofs; but also with “reason” and science. Even science, uses some immaterial things, like “ideas” and “reason” and the “mind.” And even bits of old moral ideas or “spirits” too. Following the Bible, using “whatever,” “all” kinds of useful or good, true, productive “knowledge,” and even “thinking,” that there are out there:

 

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD”

(Isa. 1.18, RSV).

 

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Phil. 4.8).

 

“I can do all things in him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4.13).

 

“I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also” (1 Corin. 14.15).

 

“My reason returned to me” (Dan. 4.36).

 

“Be babes in evil, but in thinking be mature” (1 Corin. 14.20; also 13.11. Revised Standard Version or “RSV”).

 

 

Endless sermons have tried to entirely put down the “mind,” and thinking. Countless priests have tried to reject all human “knowledge,” all practical science. By asserting that the Bible condemned them, when it called attention to an occasional “vanity” of the “mind.” When it noted some problems in some
human “knowledge” and “wisdom,” and in the “doctrines of men.” But we will find that only some things in seemingly human wisdom and mind, are bad. While many other things in our human culture, our minds, our “knowledge,” are really, from God. (See here a biblical concordance, on “mind,” “knowledge,” “wisdom,” etc.). Finally especially we are showing, God endorsed especially, Science. As being (properly used) not from men, but from God himself.

 

God actually commended the physical world or earth, far, far more than priests allow. God told us to always evaluate alleged holy men, by physical results. While for that matter, that happens at the End of Time particularly. In the End, the “Day” of “judgement,” we are supposed to be evaluated, not so much just by our “thoughts,” our “faith,” or our “spirit.” But just as much or more, we are finally judged by God, from … the physical material good things, the “work,” that we produced. Indeed, even our churches especially, are in the end to be evaluated by how much good they have done us all physically. As we will see here.

 

“Like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it…. Now … the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer…” (1 Corin. 3.10-15, NRSV).

 

We are judged in the End, not just by our spirits, or ideas, but by our works.

 

So, anticipating this End, what kind of people should we be? More than what some apostles taught. Rather than just be filled with trust and faith in holy men, we must mke sure their ideas are fruitful. So that, anticipating the judgement of God, we are to “test” and “measure” our holy men’s actual physical “works”; even with literal “fire.” And furthermore, as it turned out elsewhere, we are expected to find many – in fact “all” – allegedly holy, religious people, wanting: “all” have sinned; “all” in heaven itself fall (Isa. 34.4).

 

So that ultimately, we and God are to finally “test” and find wanting, test and then cast of, nearly all of our preachers and angels; nearly all those persons, that in presenting them as the voices of God, secretly thought that they were “first” with God. In our own lives every one of us should very often, examine or “test” all holy men. Test even alleged “founders” and foundations of our churches. By looking to see if they can demonstrate good, solid, material works. In doing this, we not only follow the hundreds of parts of the Bible that tell us to adopt this science; for that matter, we also anticipate – or even help to bring into reality – things foretold, of the final “Day” when “judgement” comes.

 

How well will conventional Christians do, in the End? Most Christians and priests think that, by following the Judeo-Christian tradition as they understand it, they will have followed the right idea. So that they themselves will of course, be found to have been the only people on earth, who were not “deceived”; who were faithfully holding on to the right idea. But that isn’t what the Bible said. First, a) “all have sinned.” Then too, b) even right after the time of Jesus, many who thought they were Christians, are already found to have been following a “False Christ,” a false idea of Jesus. So that even the most ancient traditions were exposed to a false Christ.

 

Then too for that matter, c) amazingly, even the authentic “descendants of Israel” – perhaps Jews, but perhaps even “Christians,” and even “apostles” – can be “cast off” by God. If and when, specifically, “measur”ment of their physical “work”s finds that they are not as good as promised:

 

“Thus says the LORD, who gave the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars…. ‘If this fixed order departs … then shall the descendants of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.’ Thus says the LORD: ‘If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all the descendants of Israel for all that they have done, says the LORD'” (Jer. 31.35-7).

 

“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear evil men but have tested
those who called themselves apostles but are not, and found them to be false…” (Rev. 2.2).

 

Preachers often say that they or Christianity, are only required to get invisible, “spiritual” results, fruits “of the spirit.” But while the Bible – or mainly Paul – often stressed mental wonders or spirit – even the New Testament also often promised very, very physical material results. Here on this material earth. And in a timely way; in this lifetime:

 

“The LORD your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground...” (Deut. 30.9 RSV).

 

“For behold, I will extend prosperity to her like a river” (Isa. 66.15).

 

“And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friend; and the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before…. And he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses” (Job. 42.10, 12 RSV).

 

Jesus himself at times spoke of spirit; but then was also pictured working lots of very, very physical, material wonders too. Generations of preachers pictured his miracles as real, physical. While it strains language well past the breakdown point, to read all of those, as mere allegories of spiritual things.

 

But probably the main argument against a simply “spiritual” reading of the Bible, is that it is actually, literally, physically fatal. An argument found in the writings of James the apostle. Following James, we will show, the Bible finally said that a religion – like that of essentially all our preachers, priests – that gives us primarily kind “words,” and “spirit”s, is actually a bad, evil, false, and literally fatal, religion.

 

The fact is, the Bible often warned that religious “teachers” (“rabbis”?), will err in this way especially: by giving us too many spirits, and not enough material help. In this way they cause us to neglect physical necessities, like food and drink. And indeed, very spiritual preachers lead us to physical death. From neglect of physical necessities and so forth:

 

“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man…. Although … the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts…. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil …[;] no man can tame the tongue” (James 3.1-2, 5-6, 8 NIV).

 

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has not deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2.14-17 NIV).,

 

Here, the apostle James, even began to see a literally, physically fatal side to the over-spirituality, that is always typical of preachers: those millions of preachers who give us primarily preachings, sermons, kind thoughts and “spirit” – but not the physical material things we need to live – actually a) left starving people, physically starving to death. Above, the spiritual man gives starving people a few kind, spiritual words … but no actual food. So that the spiritual man, who tends only to spiritual things and not to physical ones, leaves his brother, to physically die. From lack of physical food and shelter and so forth.

 

And indeed, the outcome of spirituality, is even worse than that: we will see that, b) beyond James, our holiest men have not just merely left, the already-starving to die. But even more, spiritual priests taught millions of people, disdain and even “hate”; hate for for material things. When they picked up and taught, primarily the parts of the Bible that seemed to love spirit, and “hate” material things, like the material “world.” But when they did that, priests did not merely leave already-starving people to die of further neglect; they often actively lead millions, billions of people, thereby, to a neglect of physical things, that would make millions dysfunctional; and lead them to
even premature physical death. That is: take the average man, who might have devoted much effort to farming his land, to provide food for his family. What might happen to that man, if you tell him firmly, repeatedly, that physical food is not important? If he believes you to any extent at all, he might devote less time to farming. But in ancient times, that could mean … starvation. And if we multiply the effect of 2,000 years of rather spiritual preachers, all over the world, often attacking and weakening material sense? Then who knows, how many millions of disasters, our over-spiritual preachers will have caused. (In addition to fairly well-documented disasters, in communities of ascetic monks.)

 

And so “O priests,” what do we now say to you? We here follow God’s warnings, against the preachers; especially their over-spiritual side. Here, we will show that actually, God himself was far more concerned with the material side of life than preachers taught. God often promised physical “prosperity” to those who really understand him. And our seeing to it, that we all do well not just in our minds or spirits, but even more, in physical, material reality, was extremely important to God. Indeed, God even finally told us, that we can even (at least begin to) tell which aspects of Christianity are true, and which are false, by … evaluating their physical, material usefulness. Said God himself; in God’s utilitarian functionalism; in his Science of God.

 

God not only firmly 1) warned about false things in holy men; he also 2) promises of many physical wonders. Then God 3) tells us that many material things are “good”; as when he made the earth and said in was good, in Genesis. And then 4) God commands for us all, to learn the many separate aspects of Science – “observ”ing material, empirical results. Or, as was said in Biblical language, we are commanded by God to begin a) “observe”ing b) “fruits,” c) “works,” d) “signs,” e) “deeds,” f) “proofs,” and so forth. Though Paul and others tried to suggest these are perhaps “spiritual fruits,” or “fruits of the spirit,” finally, from the mass of evidence, it becomes clear that God really means, mostly, real, material, physical goods: real “fruit” that you can eat. Or at its more metaphorical, real material goods. Keeping in mind especially, that the Bible warned us that failing to honor the physical side of life, leads to literally, physical death.

 

After warning about spiritual men, and then promising many material things, after supporting the goodness of physical things, and then commanding us to continually make empirical observations, finally 5) God even explicitly advocated the supreme art of material things: God told us to learn “science,” even by name, in the book of Daniel (Dan. 1.4-15 KJE). Amazingly finally, tells us to learn science by name; and just to make sure there is no mistake, God then describes science, with a rather full description (for the time) of the empirical method (Dan. 1.4-15).

 

At first, it seems impossible; it is so different from what your preachers will tell you. But God in fact begins to command us all, to based Christianity on science. In the Book of Daniel especially, in the King James Version of the Holy Bible, God congratulates even smart “children,” who know Science. God explicitly endorses Daniel, note, as a young man …

 

“… Understanding … science” (Dan. 1.4 KJE).

 

Supporting Daniel, and describing him and supporting him specifically as a young man “understanding … science,” God in effect endorses “science,” even by name, in the King James Bible. Furthermore, there is no doubt what God means by “science”: in the book of Daniel, God next shows us all, at length, how to set up a simple scientific experiment, to scientifically test things in our religion. Essentially, Daniel sets up a simple, early version of a scientific experiment. Setting up two essentially similar groups; but which are to be different, in one respect: one group is not exposed to a new diet, and another that is exposed to. Then, after ten days of different diets, these two groups are compared. To find out whether the new diet helped, or not:

 

“The king assigned them a daily portion of the royal rations.… But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the royal rations…. ‘Please test
your servants for ten days. Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. You can then compare our appearance
with the appearance of the young men who eat the royal rations, and deal with your servants according to what you observe.’ So he agreed to this proposal and tested them for ten days.” (Dan. 1.5, 8, 12-14).

 

There is no doubt therefore: God wants us to learn real, Science. This is about as clear a description of the scientific or experimental method, as one can expect in ancient times; and furthermore, it is explicitly and rightly described by the word, “science,” in the King James version.

 

Can there be any doubt? God’s command to follow science, furthermore, is found not just in Daniel – but also in hundreds of other parts of the Bible. Especially though, in the story about Elijah, in 1 Kings. Where we are finally told by God, very firmly, to believe, and follow, or have faith in, words said to be from God – only if they get amazing, visible, physical results. In 1 Kings by the way,
Elijah is telling us how to get past dualism; get past worshipping two different kinds of Gods. In this case, the people are worshipping “Baal,” and “God” at the same time. So how do we end this dualism? This doubleness? Against our very spiritual preachers, note that Elijah is definitely not telling us to follow anyone with just “faith.” Instead, God is very definitely telling us once more, to follow only those holy men that can scientifically demonstrate real empirical results:

 

“Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, ‘How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him… You call on the name of your god and I will call on the name of the LORD; the god who answers by fire is indeed God.‘ All the people answered, ‘Well spoken…!’ The prophets of Baal … called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, crying, ‘O Baal, answer us!’ But there was no voice…. At noon Elijah mocked them…. Then Elijah said … ‘O LORD … answer me, so that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back. Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and even licked up the water that was in the trench. When the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, ‘The LORD indeed is God.'” (1 Kings 18.21, 24, 26, 30, 36ff. NRSV; see also 2 Kings 1.10-11; probably something like Greek fire, or volatile alcohol, etc., many known at the time, and used to pour over enemies from castles).

 

“Let no one deceive you with empty words…” (Eph. 5.6; cf. “fruit of the light” 5.9).

 

Preachers have told us, for two thousand years, that Christianity is supposed to be “faith-based” as they say. But here we are showing that God actually commanded us over and over, not to have much faith in any alleged holy man or god … unless and until they can produce real material, physical results, real works, here on this material earth. And indeed, when our minds, our loyalties are split between two competing goods or gods? Then we are to use at least simple scientific experiments, to find out, which one brings the best empirical results. Then we are to follow that one.

 

Many preachers might try to say that this science was described and advocated, only in the works of “the Jews”; or just in the “old covenant” of the Old Testament. But even Jesus himself, in the New Testament, went so far as to issue statements, that can be read as insisting that we should not even consider following even Jesus himself. We should not follow even Jesus … unless and until, following him is shown to produce real, concrete results. Or here, “works.” Like the material wonders he is said to have performed.

 

Amazingly, Jesus is even telling us to not have much faith even in Jesus himself – unless he and his followers, show real material proofs of their abilities. Even more, Jesus is even defining “faith” in a way that says we should only have faith in things proven by empirical results:

 

 

“I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? If I do not perform my Father’s works, put no faith in me. But if I do perform them, even though you put no faith in me, put faith in these works...” (John 10.37-38 NAB).

 

“For they say, ‘His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.’ Let such people understand that what we say by letter when absent, we do when present” (2 Corin. 10.10-11).

 

“By their fruits you shall know them” (Jesus, paraphrased, n.p.).

 

“With the best gifts of the earth and its fullness” (Deut. 33.16).

 

“My child, test yourself while you live; see what is bad for you and do not give in to it. For not everything is good for everyone…” (Sirach 37.27-8).

 

“Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in unfruitful works” (Eph. 5.10-11 NRSV).

 

 

Amazingly, we here begin to see another, “second,” entirely different Jesus Christ. One amazingly different, from what our preachers told us to follow.

 

What have our spiritual holy men made of such scientific, anti-authoritarian passages in the past? They have said hundreds of things; but none of them hold up to closer inspection (as we see in our writings on Sermons as Excuses for the Lack of Miracles). At times, a) even in the Bible itself, apostles like Paul and others, seemed to hint that if Jesus and God ever promised any physical things at all, then those promises, are best read as being just metaphors. Or as Paul might have suggested, “allegories.” Allegories or symbols, for mental or spiritual sensations; the “fruits of the spirit.” For instance, spiritual clerics still assure us, that physical wonders don’t matter; and any apparent promises of say “water,” just means say, communion wine. Or the invigoration we get, from hearing “hope”ful messages of spirituality (and/or remote physical rewards, some day in the future). But we will have been showing here and elsewhere, that actually, a) God often seems rather resolutely and massively physical, in constantly repeated promises of physical things; and b) positive descriptions of the virtues of physical things. While then too, c) St. James confirms, what d) real life shows us too: that in practical reality, neglect of physical things, is often literally, physically fatal.

 

Surel, God does not want to guide us to premature physical death. Therefore, we must conclude that the Bible is genuinely concerned that those who read and understand and follow him, all do well in physical reality. Furthermore, God is particularly concerned that we do not accept mere mental or “spiritual” fruits, as sufficient fulfillment, of his promises. Indeed, those preachers and holy men who do not deliver real material results, are to be simply rejected, and publicly exposed, as being … false priests.

 

And if nearly all priests today and in the past, are found to be false by this standard? Then one day after all, that is precisely what we are supposed to discover (Isa. 34.4 ff; Rev. 13; etc.). That “all have sinned”; that even “all the host of heaven” are to fall. In order for us to see something better.

 

 

 

More:

The Physical, the “Earth,” God Says, is “Good”

 

 

It seems clear that Judaism, Christianity, originally promised at least normal physical prosperity to us. And most churches have interpreted the Bible to also promise even, giant physical miracles. But often people complain, that our preachers are not delivering “full”y all that they promised: today, we don’t seem to see anyone at all, literally walking on water. Or making bread appear out of thin air; miracles that we were told, were firmly promised in the holy books. So what did preachers say, next? After their first series of promises of miracles, failed? And seemed false? In the past, whenever our preachers could not perform all the physical miracles they promised – when priests could not walk on water, or made water into wine; when they could not do “all” the “works” “that Jesus did” and “greater things than these,” what did our preachers then say? Rather than just honestly “facing” this as evidence, as physical “signs,” of false things in their religion, rather than deducing that either their tradition, or certainly they themselves, were just partially false? Instead of that, our holy men it seems, began to make up numerous verbal excuses/explanations. As to why they might have promised so many things, but did not deliver. Rather than simply deducing that they themselves or their tradition, were simply false, instead, preachers have traditionally made up dozens, hundreds of “sophist”ical or simply dishonest, excuse-sermons, and homilies. Some of their excuses to be sure, were hinted at by people in the Bible itself. But then we will see, those hints were rejected, even within the Bible itself. As we will show (in our writings on Sermons as Excuses).

 

The great elephant in the living room of religion, that preachers never talk about, is the lack of all the wonderful miracles that nearly all the churches had promised earlier. But without mentioning this catastrophic, fundamental failure in the heart of their religion, our preachers however did deliver, over 2,000 years and more, probably hundreds of billions of sermon, to billions of people; sermons that often did not really mention the problem of the lack of material proofs, results; but that nevertheless supplied a series of possible answers, to those who had noticed the problem, and were looking for an answer. And there were hundreds of such attempted answers; and indeed our preachers have propagandized, harangued, hypnotized the whole world, with their weekly sophistries and brain-washing “answers.” Indeed, there are far too many of them to refute one by one here (see however Miracles as Excuses). But we do have time to refute one or two of the most popular sermons of all; the sermons that became the very core of Christianity. To try to hide their own mistakes, their own lack of miracles, to and fool everyone, among the hundreds of excuses that preachers have constantly delivered, to explain away their own lack of physical results, miracles, has been the idea of “spiritual“ity: the argument that even if our preachers do not give us the material things, miracles they promised, then they assert, that doesn’t matter. Because they say next … physical things, material “possessions” and “riches” and so forth, are unimportant. Paradoxically, inconsistently, after promising one physical miracle after another, when that failed, our preachers simply, baldly reverse their tune; and they assure us, for example, that they and God, a) never promised any such thing as material things; what we thought were-physicall promises, were just metaphors for spiritual things. Or they say, b) physical things will not come “soon”; but will come later; maybe at the end of time. Or they say that c) we don’t really want material things anyway; because material things are even bad and evil, anyway. People’s lives are destroyed by “lust” and “greed” for “money” or “Mammon,” and “riches,” and “possessions,” as they say, quoting from the more spiritual parts of the Bible. While they suggest, dualistically – often from Paul – all material things are fated to get old and die; so that we should concentrate our attention on the mind or “spirit”; which can live on in heaven, they say, even after our physical body dies.

 

For whatever reason, today, the idea that we are supposed to be “spiritual,” has taken over most of religion; so that to be “spiritual” and to be religious, are thought to be just different words, for the same thing. No doubt, priests have not been able to work all the physical miracles that they have historically promised us; so next, what did our many priests say? They changed their message totally. In a sly idea that came to dominate and define half of Christianity, we are now often told, that the Bible never really promised physical things; and/or that we should not care about physical, material things; but only about our spirit, or spirituality. While it is thought that even if our priests cannot bring us physical things, they can at least use words, sermons, to create a positive feeling in our minds or hearts; in our “spirits.” And so eventually the profession of the priest, was defined: as a role that is to give us not so much material things, but mental or “spiritual” sensations or qualities (1 Corin. 9.12); like “faith” and “hope” and “love.” But finally, is this “spiritual” Christianity, really what God himself really wanted? Here we have been seeing that while parts of the New Testament and Paul especially, seemed to stress spirit, in other parts, even Paul noted the importance, of practical physical “work”; and of physical things. Indeed, even as he spoke of the profession of the priest as giving spiritual things, Paul nearly had to ask for material things from his subjects; so he would have a material living after all:

 

“If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits? … Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and … the sacrificial offerings?” (1 Corin. 9.11-13).

 

Paul and other apostles often stressed spiritual things; but then they asked others, lay people, for the material things they in turn needed. If many does not “live by bread alone,” he lives by bread, in part. So that any complete theology or credo, has to take care of not just the spiritual side of life, but the physical side too.

 

Indeed, those parts of the Bible that seemed to at times flirt with becoming entirely spiritual, and giving up on material life, were always modified, sooner or later – with a line or two, or a few pages of text; by a more balanced consideration of the need for material things, after all. While Paul and John often flirted with very strong – almost Gnostic – asceticism, finally even Paul began to hint at the need for physical food; and John suggested that Jesus had not come just to “hate” the world, but to save it (in John 3.16).

 

Indeed, the New Testament could not flirt too much with spirituality … without directly contradicting God himself. From the beginning, in Genesis, from the moment that God created the physical world, God had said it was “good,” and not evil. Indeed, God himself is not just a “spirit” found just in “heaven”; but rather he fills heaven “and earth.” So that God himself, is in the physical universe. Not just in heaven. Therefore, any theology that reviled “nature” or the “earth” (or the “world”?) too much, was putting down something God himself had often said was good; and was putting down the places where God in part, resides. Indeed, it had been said that part of the great accomplishment of Jesus, was to be “God made flesh,” God finding a physical body here on this earth again. Therefore, whenever biblical spirituality “hates” the “world,” in the sense of hating “riches,” “possessions,” our “body” or “flesh,” it was always on the edge of … simply contradicting God himself. So that therefore, we need to correct, re-read those anti-materialistic passages; and get them to fit the larger message of God.

 

God actually told us that he lives in part, in material things. And for this reason in part, the scientific/empirical observation of the physical universe, of that “Nature,” is extremely important; it tells us about who God is, and what he wants. If nature or the earth was ever cursed by God because of the sins of Adam, that curse was a) removed by the Flood; and b) “redeemed” again, once more, by Jesus. So that c) nature is now good enough once again. Nature is testimony to the will of God; and reflects his true will. In fact we will show, the physical universe reflects the will and nature of God, even better than scripture … according to even scripture, itself. Where the testimony of Nature and scripture differ, amazingly, often it is scripture that bows to nature, rather than vice versa. As noted above, anyone, any false prophet, can claim God said this or that; said anything. But since the “tongue” and mere words are unreliable, finally, what is the ultimate test or proof that something is from God? It is to ask a preacher to prove he is from God, by working a material wonder, or miracle. We consult nature, to confirm – or dis-confirm – prophets and priests. Said God, himself.

 

So first of all, God often explicitly told us that God was very concerned with physical things, like the physical earth. And God even said they were “good”:

 

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And God saw that it was good” (Gen. 1.1-25).

 

But especially, God “fills all things,” heaven “and earth.” So that observing physical nature, tells us about God (cf. the “Argument From Design”; a similar but not identical idea). In fact, the material things and entities of nature, “teach” us about God:

 

“Ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or the plants of this earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12.7-13; my translation; cf. RSV “beasts” for “animals”).

 

“Every shower and dew, bless the Lord…. All you winds, bless the Lord…. Cold and chill, bless the Lord…. Dew and rain… Ice and snow…. Nights and days…. Lightnings and clouds…. The earth…. Mountains and hills…. Everything growing from the earth… You springs…. Seas and rivers…. You dolphins and all water creatures…. All you birds of the air…. All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord; … You sons of men, bless the Lord (Dan. 3.64-82 NAB; Catholic version).

 

Countless “Christian” sermons have tried to prove, by sly and specious and rather anti-Semitic arguments, that it was the religion of “the Jews” only, was very materialistic; and we can safely ignore the Jews and their materialism in our own churches. But note here that much of what Jews believe – including a moderate materialism – is not just in the works of “the Jews,” but is also in the Old Testament. So that the above passages, telling us that God honors the material earth, are still to be deeply respected. Though it means the ruin of all spiritual priests altogether.

 

To be sure, historically our Christian holy men subtly tried to get around the Old Testament and its materialism, without making it obvious. Paul for example, spoke against the “law” of “Moses”; and suggested that though no one would change an “iota” of the old laws, still, Christians were given a new “dispensation,” a “new covenant,” a new agreement with God. So that perhaps – in this apologetic – Christian preachers would not be held to the old laws … or promises of material things either? This idea complemented spirituality, and metaphoricalization, and “faith” too.

 

Elements of the New Testament to be sure – even pieces of Jesus – seem to become very ascetic, idealistic, and to all but “hate” the “world” and say, our natural families (Luke 14.26; especially 1 John 2.15-19, 4.1-5):

 

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me….” (Luke 14.26).

 

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides for ever. Children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so many antichrists have come; therefore we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us ” (“but,” allegedly, “they were not of us”; 1 John 2.15-19. Though “all have sinned” including John).

 

The Bible contains two major, and very different, even opposite, voices: the voice of a 1) world-, physical-hating spirituality; vs. 1) love of the world, or love of physical things. Here Jesus and others, tell us to “hate” say, our worldly family. But the way the Bible is written, is to equivocate, or waffle, between these two main readings: between 1) an extreme, priestly, ascetic, hierarchical dualist reading, that all but “hate”s secular people and the world; vs. 2) and a more natural, balanced message, that allows that life in this physical world, at least, is OK. And so of course, the Jesus who told us to “hate” our biological family in Luke 14.26, and the John of 1 John, who attacked the “world,” were effectively withdrawn or countered, by 1 John 2.9, 3.17-18, 4.1, etc:

 

“Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning…. Yet I am writing you a new commandment, which is true in him and in you…. He who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in the darkness still. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and in it there is not cause for stumbling. But he who hats his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. I am writing to you, little children…” (1 John 2.7, 9-12).

 

1 John is often arguably the most “world-hating, over-spiritual/ascetic/priestly, of all the books of the Bible. But even 1 John began to pull back its guns a bit. Even agreeing with James, that those holy men who give us mere “word” or “spirit,” but not physical material things, are in trouble, on two grounds. First that a) many spirits are false. And b) those holy men who try to live on spirits, live on air; and lead themselves and others to starve to death. So that more involvement with the physical, material world is necessary:

 

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4.1).

 

“If any one has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or speech but in deed and truth” (1 John 3.17-18).

 

The main problem, the great evil, in traditional religion, is this problem with, this evil in, nearly all priests who went before us: their over-spirituality. It is probably the main innovation of Christianity, over Judaism, the main characteristic of the New Testament vs. the Old, is that it “subtly” twists the Old Testament, into a more ascetic, spiritual document. Yet, the New Testament, and the often very, very spiritual, priestly writers, like the authors of 1 John and Paul’s works, could not in this way, so totally turn their back on materiality … without turning their backs all too obviously, on the Old Testament, and God. God himself had made the material world, and had said it was “good,” and so forth. And so therefore, the new, Hellenistic/Platonistic, ascetic anti-materialistic spirituality of the New Testament, was written in … in very, very equivocal, tricky language. God himself had often said the material world was good. So our “new” priests, could not attack materialism too obviously, without obviously going against God himself. Therefore, their writings on this subject were extremely indirect, equivocal, or “veil”ed as Paul seemed to admit (2 Corin. 4.3; in a concordance see also “curtain”s, “revealed,” “hidden,” and “mystery”). The “new” spirituality of the New Testament, was delivered subtly, in a very confusing, polysemic, double entendre tongue. But it had two main levels; on the one hand, it offered, at one level, statements that were designed to supposed spiritual priests; a level that seemed to stress more spiritual things. But we will have begun to show here that finally, the priests’ spiritual reading, was not the final or best reading, of the Bible. Since all along, alongside and under and over the spiritual Bible, were comments that warned that the over-spirituality that is always typical of preachers, was evil and literally fatal; and that therefore, God commanded us to pay far more respect than priests do, to the material, physical side of life.

 

The way the Bible’s language did this, was often complex; often, a) the same passage can be read in two different ways; to stress spirit, or stress material things. Or then too, b) more simply, often a very, very spiritual remark was preceded or followed, with a few lines or a page or so, by a more materialistic statement. At times Jesus for example, stressed “spiritual” things (especially in John; the speech to Nicodemus, in John 3.5-15); but then right after Jesus said that, he is said to have issued another more pro-“world” statement. This was inserted to balance things out, between the extreme, world-hating spirituality of priests or monks, and the over-materialism of practical people of the “world.” It is not the priestly view, spirituality, but this balance, as it turns out here, that is the general pattern throughout the Bible. Or indeed we will see, finally the Bible tips the balance, not toward the spiritual side, but toward the physical.

 

The following is a typical example, of how the balancing act works. In the following, Jesus issues very spiritual statements, to flatter priests. But then next, to balance and counter that over-spirituality, Jesus in the next sentence or two, taught that the material “world” or the “world” of ordinary people, was nevertheless important:

 

” ‘Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.… The wind [spirit] blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it does; so it is with every one who is of the Spirit.’ [Yet] For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved” (John 3.5-16-17),

 

The main difference between Judaism and Christianity, the Old and the New Testaments, might well be that Judaism and the Old Testament are far more materialistic; Christianity and the New Testament, tried to “spiritual”ize all that. To “twist” the old promises of material things, to make them seem as if they might have been talking just about mental or spiritual goods, not physical goods at all. But the scribes and apostles who wrote our New Testament, could add such “new” things, could “twist” the word of God, just so far … without obviously becoming heretics. Jesus himself, could not be made to seem all that spiritual; not without crossing God himself. And so, the new spiritual religion, had to be worded very, very carefully; it had to be balanced in such a way as to be open to after all, the physicality of God. Therefore for example, right after seeming to be quite, quite spiritual, Jesus above, is made to suggest that however, though he seems to stress a free “spirit,” at the same time, Jesus gave his life, to save the “world.” (John 3.5-17). While “world” was often understood, to mean this physical existence. (John 3.16 etc.).

 

Our final message here, is that though the New Testament flirted for a while with the extreme over-spirituality we hear from essentially all our preachers, finally, it indicated that our preachers were always far too extreme, rhetorical; that the view God himself wanted us to have, was far more physical than what we hear from essentially all our preachers.

 

The fact is, God often supported this physical, material life. For example, among many other indications of this, Jesus worked physical miracles constantly. Jesus for example constantly healed the physically blind; for all the world as if being physically well, and especially being able to physically see with our literal physical eyes, was a good and important thing.

 

Then too, Jesus often told us that observing nature was important:

 

Consider [look at; observe] the lilies” (Luke 12.27).

 

“Consider the ravens” (Luke 12.24)

 

Look at the fig tree and all the trees” (Luke 21.29; Mat. 24.32).

 

 

If God had ever cursed the earth or the “world,” for the sin of Adam, in effect, Christ did not however, as many spiritual priests claimed, negate the whole physical world, in favor of pure spirit. Instead it seems, Jesus began to simply begin to re-make, or re-birth, re-baptize, material things a-new; making material things
better. And thus he made the world all right; by “reconciling the world to himself.” As even the very, very spiritual, and faithful Paul knew, or finally saw:

 

“If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corin. 5.17-19-21).

 

“With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth (Eph. 1.9-10; Phil. 2.9-10; Col. 1.20; Mat. 28.18; Rom. 14.11; Rev. 5.13; cf. Eph. 1.22 “all things for the church, which is the body, the fullness”; Cf. in Jesus, God “reconciled” himself to the “world,” Rom. 5.11, 11.15, especially 2 Cor. 5.18-19).

 

 

God is in physical things. Scientific “obser”vation of the physical things of nature therefore, scripture said, tells us much about God. While nature often seems good, in itself. As one of the blessings of God.

 

Technology too, is at its best based on nature, and therefore God’s laws. And technology is extremely important. While technology moreover, is associated with the real spirit of God; against priests, the predominant spirit of God, is his championing of material prosperity and power and ability:

 

“And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with all knowledge and craftsmanship” (Ex. 31.3).

 

Iron is taken out of the earth, and copper is smelted from the ore. Men put an end to darkness, and search out to the farthest bound the ore…. As for the earth, out of it comes bread…. But where shall wisdom be found…? Man does not know the way to it, and it is not found in the land of the living…. God understood the way to it…. For he looks to the end of the earth, and sees everything under the heavens. When he gave to the wind its weight, and meted out the water by measure…” (Job 28.2-25, excerpts).

 

“For both we and our works are in his hand, as well as all prudence and knowledge of crafts. For he gave me sound knowledge of existing things, that I might know the organization of the universe and the force of its elements … the change in the sun’s course and the variation of the seasons. Cycles of years, positions of the stars, natures of animals, tempers of beasts, powers of the wind and thoughts of men, uses of plants and virtues of roots – such things as are hidden I learned, and such as are plain; for Wisdom, the artificer of all, taught me. For in her is a spirit…” (Wis. Sol. 7.10-23; also in regular Bible, on Solomon below; 1 Kings 4.35 etc.).

 

“But you will that the products of your Wisdom be not idle; therefore men trust their lives even to frailest wood, and have been safe crossing the surge on a raft” (Wis. 14. 5; ref. to Noah’s ark).

 

“For he spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall; he spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish. And men came from all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth…” (1 Kings 4.35).

 

“Nothing is common” [“unclean,” “evil,” “dirty,” “contagious”] “through itself, except to the one counting” (Rom. 14.14, from The New Greek English Interlinear New Testament, Robert K. Brown & Phil. Comfort, trans.; J. D. Douglas, ed; Tyndale House Publ., Wheaton, Ill., 4th ed., 1966-1993. Same text as Novum Testamntum Grace, 26th ed.).

 

“For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will … as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth(Eph. 1.9-10 RSV).

 

(See also a hundred references in the Bible, to farming and other technologies and materially-involved professions.)

 

Whatever “world” it was that the Bible at times condemned, it must have been just say, the “world” of Jesus’ time or era, only. (The etymologial meaning of “secular” for example, refers to something like the French “ceicle,” the time or “century” of Jesus we suppose). Indeed the current Catholic church defines the “world” as referring only to the world of over-greedy persons, not to this entire physical existence (see “world,” and “flesh,” and “spirit,” in the NAB glossary).

 

Preachers have often mistakenly thought – with their typically false, schizophrenic, “double,” hierarchical dualism – that this entire physical universe and world, were condemned. But the physical, material world and our behavior in it, God actually said, are extremely important. In fact, in the End of Time and Judgement Day, we are judged by God, not by just our thoughts or spirits … but by our material “works” and deeds:

 

“For I know their works, and their thoughts, and I am coming….” (Isa. 66.18).

 

“And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they had done” (Rev. 20.12).

 

So if God is sometimes thought to be partially a spirit, by Paul and others? Note that nevertheless, he is a spirit that often becomes “flesh,” on this material earth or world. In fact, the embodiment of God, was even in traditional theologies, said to be the great past – and present, and future – accomplishment of Jesus:

 

“And the word became flesh” (John 1.14).

 

Yet to be sure, in a sense God was always in the flesh; and our perception of him as “becoming” material, was just our belated perception. God might be partially a spirit – but he was always, in fact, a spirit that “fills” “all things,” in heaven “and earth” (q.v.):

 

Do I not fill heaven and earth? Says the LORD” (Jer. 23.24).

 

Amazingly therefore, the picture or “appearance” (/ “parousis”/ “coming”) of God and Christ, that we are deduce here, just from reading the Bible (and elsewhere, from observation of the “earth”), is of a Christ that is far, far more embodied in material things, than priests thought. The Christ we are coming to see here and now, tells us that God actually, is far, far less spiritual than our priests have been.

 

Therefore, we come to this apocalyptic conclusion: the God and Jesus that was pictured to us constantly in church by priests, was even usually, a lie. Or to put it plainly: the very spiritual Christ that preachers followed, and then taught the whole world, was the foretold false Christ. The priests vaunted “spirit”s were actually, the foretold false spirits, mere “dreams” and “lies.” Then too, the promises of “miracles” were false too. Because our preachers had no real science deep in their theology, they mis-read, they misunderstood, the physical promises of the Bible. Because they don’t know how material reality works, they think of it in vague, and finally magical terms, only. In their vanity, about their own spirituality, most of our preachers fell into the false ideas of magic,
mentalism, or conjuring. Believing that all that was needed to make material things happen, was to pray, and have good ideas, or spirits … and then the material things that we needed, would simply pop into existence, out of thin air, by direction action of the spirit. But their vision, was a false idea; one that fatally underestimated the importance of intermediary agencies, like our hard work and practical knowledge. No doubt we should not trust to our own “arm” too much; but on the other hand, Christ, God made “flesh,” the “arm” of God, and our own material work, was far more important than priests ever thought.

 

Preachers therefore, mislead themselves – and as foretold, the whole world (Rev. 13) – for thousands of years. With – as foretold – a false, largely magical, sorcerers’ idea of Christ.

 

We should have known. It was precisely to forewarn us of this kind of massive failure, this massive sin, in our holiest men, that God warned over and over – in Jeremiah for example – of seriously false things, “lies” and “delusions,” in “prophets” and priests:

 

“Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the LORD. I have heard what the prophets have said in my name, saying, ‘I have dreams, I have dreamed!’ How long shall there be lies in the heart of the prophets…?” (Jer. 23.24-25; link this to warnings about false prophets, above).

 

“The prophet is a fool, the man of the spirit is mad” (Hos. 9.7. Cf. “Your great learning is turning you mad” of a Lord to Paul, in Acts 26.24 ff).

 

“With you is my contention O priests” (Hos. 4.4; Mal. 1-2).

 

“From prophet to priest, every one deals falsely” (Jer. 6.13; 5.31).

 

“He leads priests away stripped” (Job 12.19).

 

“I reject you from being a priest to me” (Hos. 4.6).

 

 

Given all this, this is our final, core message: what God really wanted us to have, was not the spiritual religion that priests have presented as holy for 2,000 years; but is instead, the more material, Science of God. As already practiced in part, by many religious scholars. While in contrast, preachers, priests and ministers, have almost always followed and taught, more often than not, an unbalanced, false Christ.

 

But while all our priests deceived themselves and the whole world and its “worship,” then after all – exactly as foretold – we have come to expose this; to-“day.”

 

Our final point: over and above the pronouncements of priests, the careful observation of the laws of nature, better evidences the real, fuller will of God. So that in the future, there should perhaps be no “priests” or angels at all; but only say, “counselors.” Counselors who always combine and even override traditional religion, with real empirical science.

 

And to be sure, only classic, very well-established science; not the latest half-baked atomic theories and speculations. Which is enough however, to disprove promises of miracles. And to prove that all our priests, all over the world, c. 33 AD to today, 2010, have been following a False Christ.

 

As foretold, the whole world – and all our priests – were “worship”ing a false Christ, now at last we are coming here and now, to see a “second” and better coming, “appearance,” of Christ. Christ advocating Science, after all.

 

 

 

Believe, Have Faith in, Only Physical Evidence

 

 

Preachers have a false, superficial, misleading humility. But 1) by proudly presenting themselves as the spokesmen of God, all preachers have committed the sin, first, of Vanity and Pride. Our preachers 2) should have read their Bibles better, more humbly still. And 3) especially, they should read the many warnings about holy men. Then they should have 4) read the parts of the Bible, that warned of false things especially in “spirits”; and the parts that told us that 5) our preachers should have finally, developed, far more respect for the physical world.

 

Essentially, “all” our preachers were bad, and especially, they were vain. And because our preachers were bad, they did not really read their Bibles correctly; or adequately perceive God and Christ. So that in effect, all our preachers have always presented a false Christ to the whole world; thus deceiving the whole world, with a false “worship.” Exactly as the Bible warned (Rev. 13). But now it is time for our preachers to at last, learn to see, to “face” and learn to “bear,” the parts of the Bible that offended their vanity; the parts that warned about false things in our holiest men and angels.

 

Priests should have been more humble still; or more honest. If they had been a little more humble, or more honest, they would have
read and heeded, quotes like the following. Where God warned that all our holiest men and angels, have failed us, constantly; and where we were warned that therefore, the pictures we have from priests, of the Lord himself, the many sayings we have heard from the “lord,” are not reliable. So that we are supposed to “cast off” priests as a “burden”:

 

“And her prophets have daubed for them with whitewash, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, “Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD has not spoken. The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery; they have oppressed the poor and needy…'” (Ezek. 22.28-29).

 

“Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who steal my words from one another. Behold, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who use their tongues and say, ‘Says the LORD….’ When one of this people, or a prophet, or a priest asks you, ‘What is the burden [commands of] of the LORD?’ you shall say to them, ‘You are the burden, and I will cast you off…'” (Jer. 23.33).

 

“How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us’? But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has make it into a lie. The wise men shall be put to shame… from prophet to priest every one deals falsely….” (Jer. 8.8-10).

 

“An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?” (Jer. 5.30-31).

 

“I was like a gentle lamb lead to the slaughter” (Jer. 11.19).

 

“You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life…” (John 5.39).

 

The Bible warned of false things in our holy men. But how then can we know the truth? Don’t trust to what your preachers told you: read the Bible instead. Which told us how to find the truth and God. Using .. Science. The observation of physical outcomes:

 

“Beware of false prophets…. You will know them by their fruits” (Mat. 7.15-16-20 RSV).

 

“And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ – when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you need not be afraid of him” (Deut. 18.21-22, paraphrased?).

 

“O Jehovah, prove yourself my helper” (Ps. 30.10 NWT).

 

Ultimately, the real foundation of Judeo-Christianity, was not priests and spirituality. Instead, it was the serious of various “covenant”s or contracts that God made with the people. And those contracts stipulated that if we were good, and followed the rules that are really from God, that would bring us, material prosperity, fruits and vegetables:

 

“I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land … And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase…” (Ez. 34.25-27). “I am about to act” (Ez. 36.22).

 

“By their fruits you shall know them” (Mat. 7.20 KJE?).

 

But which laws of God should we follow, especially, to get those fruits? Not only experience, but also a closer examination of the Bible, suggests that the important, productive thing was not prayer and faith. You can pray all day for bread to appear out of thin air … and nothing will happen. Experience, History, Science, the record of what really “comes to pass” in real life, shows us that the really fruitful thing, was not priestly prayer and faith. But was actually, practical material work. As indeed even the Bible often suggested:

 

“Have you beheld a man skillful in his work? Before kings is where he will station himself” (Prov. 22.29 NWT).

 

“Now there are varieties of gifts…(1 Corin. 12.4).

 

“There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God” (Ecc. 2.24; also 5.18ff).

 

All our preachers have been blind. They have only seen “part” of the Bible and of God. And because of that, they have incorrectly described God. Indeed, they have even wrongly described, the Ten Commandments. Preachers saw and constantly stressed, the apparently spiritual part of the commandment, that seemed to stress religion, spirituality, and specifically the “Sabbath”:

 

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Ex. 20.8; Deut. 5.12; Num. 15.32; cf. Mat. 12.10 ff)

 

But all our preachers failed to notice the real stress in the commandment. Which told us to keep one seventh of the week a Sabbath … but to devote the rest of the week, devote 6/7 of our life, to practical work, jobs:

 

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath.”

 

Due to their over-spirituality, priests have always totally misrepresented even the Ten Commandments. More specifically, they misrepresented the proper proportion, of traditional spiritual things like faith and religion, to practical work and science. They saw and spoke of, constantly, only a small misreprestative “part” of God. So finally, it is time to go past our priests. It is not by the typical acts of priests – faith in spirit, prayer, and so forth – that we are saved. Actually, our preachers never really understood God well at all. Our preachers have always been blind to the greater importance of … practical work, and science. The allegedly “secular” or “world”ly things; which in fact, we are now showing, are the primary demands of God. The main elements of a Godly life.

 

Will preachers ever see this? Will they ever really see God and Good? In their pride and vanity, they are unwilling to really see and admit their own massive sin. Even when confronted with some of the seventy or a hundred quotes from the Bible, that would correct them, that would give them a second and better vision of God, instead of learning to humbly face them, instead their sermons proudly “twist” and whitewash them. Even when told that God says to open your “eyes” and “see,” they think that all that, all references to “eyes” and “see”ing, are just metaphors for acquiring spiritual vision.

 

So will preachers ever open up their literal, actual eyes, one day? To see? To see God warning especially about the blindness of particularly, the “servant”s of God themselves?

 

“Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see! Who is blind but my servant” (Isa. 42.18-19).

 

“For both prophet and priest ply their trade through the land, and have no knowledge” (Jer. 14.18).

 

“The prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die. And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ – when a prophet speaks is in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you need not be afraid of him” (Deut.18.20-22).

 

“Call heaven and earth to witness” (Deut. 31.28; Italics, mine).

 

“Lift up your eyes, and see…” (Gen. 31.2).

 

“The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness to me…” (John 10.25).

 

“The blind receive their sight…” (Luke 7.22).

 

“In an abundance of counselors there is safety” (Pr. 11.14).

 

“With many advisors they succeed” (Pr. 15.22).

 

“Neither let us put Jehovah to the test, as some of them put him to the test, only to perish by the serpents” (1 Corin. 10.9 NWT; ref. Num 21.5-6).

 

“Put me to the test, says the LORD” (Mal. 3.10).

 

“‘Ask for a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.’ But Ahaz said, ‘I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.’ And he said, ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign” (RSV, Isa. 7.10-14).

 

 

 

 

Miracles

 

 

Why have all priests turned away from God? From his material side? In part it is because 1) they were vain. And therefore, 2) they did not read their Bibles well, humbly enough. They 3) read and followed the parts that seemed to stress priests, holy men, and their wonders. While 4) they did not read and follow the other, balancing entries. That warned constantly of false things in holy men and angels. And 5) then, once they were “seeing” and obeying, only the 1/7 of God that they liked? Then of course, they taught a False Christ. One that 6) was unhealthy – even literally fatal – to themselves, and to others.

 

In particular, 7) priests have always paid far too much attention to “religious,” “spiritual” things; so they did not really understand, the physical side of God, and of life. Out of that in turn, 8) preachers either fatally rejected the material side of life altogether. Or 9) if they tried to deal with the physical side of life, they never dealt with it well. They thought that physical things, come about solely through religious virtues, like prayer and faith. They thought in magical terms: have faith, pray, and things appear out of thin air, by miracle. In this way, a) they fatally misunderstood God and life. And then they b) made far, far too many exaggerated physical promises; they constantly assured us that if we merely pray and have faith, things would indeed magically – or as they said, “miraculously” – appear out of thin air. A vision which was not only wrong; but worse, was literally fatal. Since those who depended on it, became physically dysfunctional (as we see in The Harm Done).

 

Our priests were all but totally clumsy, and dangerous to themselves and others, in the physical side of life. In response, either they replied – heretically – that the whole material “world” was evil. Or they simply made false, proud assertions; false assurances that any material things we needed would appear out of thin air, if only we prayed and so forth. But today, if we really at last truly hear God, we will find that the Bible is true; its wonders are true. But priests have mis-read them. In particular, the Bible did not stress “faith,” as much as practical “work.” Indeed, we should not believe that what holy men say, is true, or wise, or from the LORD … until we see empirical results from it:

 

Wisdom is proved righteous by its works” (Mat. 11.19 NWT; Luke 7.35).

 

“They will say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you'” (Ex. 4.1).

 

“Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs…[;] declare to us the things to come… That we may know that you are gods (Isa 41.21).”

 

Prove yourself by working a miracle” (Ex. 7.9).

 

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil…. The tempter came to him and said to him, “If you are the son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’ Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels … so that you will not dash your foot against the stone.” Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test‘” (Mat. 4.1-6 NRSV).

 

“Put me to the test, says the Lord” (Mal. 3.10).

 

 

Clearly, religion, Christianity, is supposed to be based on real material results. And rather than continuing to faithfully follow those who don’t get them? Instead, we are supposed to simply denounce them publicly and firmly and loudly. We are to labels such priests false, and move on:

 

“Listen to me in silence…; let us together draw near for judgement…. Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs…. Behold, you are nothing, and your work is naught; an abomination is he who chooses you” (Isa. 41.1, 41.21-24). “If first have declared it to Zion, and I give to Jerusalem a herald of good tidings. But when I look there is no one; and among these there is no counselor…. Behold, they are all delusion; their works are nothing; their … images are empty wind” (Isa. 41.27-29)

 

Even those who follow “Jerusalem,” are to be found lacking. Because their “images” were false; they neglected to look for real “works.” For that reason, we must now say, to all our priests, in the time of “judgement”? That “an abomination is he who chooses you.”

 

For centuries, preachers have heard complaints, that they are not delivering all the wonders they promised. Or that they are not really following the Bible. But for centuries, they have proudly failed to acknowledge and fix, their sins. Instead, they have proudly, vainly, simply, generated millions of false sermons, apologetics. To launder – to “twist” and “whitewash” – their many huge sins. But now it is time to firmly say to any surviving apologists, to all those priests and ministers who issue endless apologetics or excuses for their lack of physical results, what God himself said about apologists too. That no matter how good they thought they were, they are actually evil, and are all to fall. Beginning, now:

 

 

“You are all whitewashed tombs” (Mat. 23.37).

 

“God shall strike you, you whitewashed wall!” (Acts. 23.3).

 

“As for you, you whitewash with lies” (Job 13.4).

 

“Those prophets daub it with whitewash” (Ezk. 13.10).

 

“Say to those plastering with whitewash that it will fall…. And I will tear down the wall that you men have plastered with whitewash and bring it into contact with the earth, and its foundation must be exposed. And she will certainly fall, and you must come to an end…” (Ez. 13.11-14).

 

“Elders, clad in white garments” (Rev. 4.4).

 

“There will be false teachers [“rabbis”?] among you…” (2 Peter 1.20-2.1).

 

“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stand next to me,’ says the LORD of hosts.” (Zech. 13.7).

 

 

God often warned that “priests” and “prophets” will always have done bad things. In particular, they will try to “whitewash” their own sins. But finally, God told us how to expose their sins, to themselves and others. By submitting their claims, to empirical tests. Those who really know what “faith” is – faith in things well proven – will be able to evidence real, physical proof of that. Even, some say, giant wonders:

 

 

“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move hence to yonder place,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you'” (Mat. 17.20; “the kingdom … grew,” Luke 13.19).

 

“Test everything” (1 Thess. 5.21).

 

Priests in the past, sometimes realized that they were not being as fruitful as promised. But they mistakenly assumed that this meant that they should simply have, still more faith, and still more prayers and offerings. But that isn’t what the Bible actually said. Actually, it told them to deduce that they were therefore, themselves, simply, false priests:

 

“And now, O priests, this command is for you. If you will not listen, if you will not lay it to heart to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings; indeed, I have already cursed them; because you do not lay it to heart. Behold, I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung upon your faces, the dung of your offerings, and I will put you out of my presence” (Mal. 2.1-3).

 

“How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us’? But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has make it into a lie. The wise men shall be put to shame… from prophet to priest every one deals falsely…” (Jer. 8.8-10).

 

“Let us together draw near for judgement…. Behold, you are nothing, and your work is nought; an abomination is he who chooses you” (Isa. 41.1, 41.21-24).

 

 

 

 

The Second Appearance of Christ

 

 

Until today, religion has been based on faithfully following preachers, churches, and their vision, sermons, words, on God. But that is not right. “All have sinned,” God said: especially our preachers and churches. Will preachers and churches, ever be able to get over their pride and vanity, in thinking they are holy or perfect? Will they even actually attain good “judgement”? And confess their inadequacies and sins? Only those who at last learn to see the sins of holy men, can come, to-“day,” to begin to “see” at last, even in a second, what was promised for us, on the Day when “Judgement” comes. But this is a positive thing; those who at last “face” the part of God that said all churches sin, and that all holy things need to be constantly questioned, can begin to see the first glimpses, of the foretold Second and better, fuller, more mature “appearance” (“parousia”), the promised Second Coming, of God.

 

Specifically, what we are beginning to see here and now, is Christ advocating not much prayer, or blind faith … as advocating, a Science of God. One based not on subjective and often deceived, mental or spiritual sensations; but on objective, physical, empirical evidence.

 

Jesus himself, constantly cited the importance of this own material works. And in fact, he did not really ask us to believe or have faith in him, or in anything; unless or until he we see real, empirical wonders. Indeed, the real, predominant message or theology of the Bible, the theology that God himself advocated, was not the simple faith of preachers. Instead, what God wants us all to do, is not believe preachers at all, but to have “faith” only in things that are at least reasonably proven by what we see “come to pass” on this material earth.

 

Indeed, this is the way Jesus normally, more typically, acted: first he produced material wonders. And only after that, did Jesus ask for us to “believe” or have “faith” in him. In general, Jesus was said to have worked many physical wonders – like turning water into wine; healing the sick – well before, Jesus began asking many, for “faith.”

 

And indeed, Jesus at times, makes the pattern explicit: in order for people to believe, and to “know” he is a great person of authority, Jesus says, he will first, work physical wonders:

 

“‘But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins’ – he said to the paralytic – ‘I say to you, rise, and take up your pallet and go home.’ And he rose…” (Mark 2.10-12).

 

“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me, or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these….; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14.10-12).

 

Here, Jesus followed the pattern, set in the examples of the Science of God, in the Old Testament. From Dan. 1.4-15, 1 Kings 18.20-39; Deut. 18.22; Mal. 3. And a hundred other parts of the earlier, Old Testament. Where God told us that God was in material things; and that we are to be evaluated in the end of our lives, on the Day of Judgement especially, not even so much by our thoughts or dreams, our hopes or even faith; but by our “ways,” our deeds, our “fruits”:

 

“I the LORD search the mind and try the heart, to give to every man according to this ways, according to the fruit of his doing” (Jer. 17.10).

 

“How you are fallen from heaven, O day Star, son of Dawn!” (Isa. 14.12).

 

“The whole earth is full of his glory” (Isa. 6.3).

 

“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things whether on earth or in heaven…” (Col. 1.19-20).

 

Preachers often cite the story of Doubting Thomas, to try to prove that Jesus congratulates those who follow, without seeing evidence. But here as usual, priests quote a mere, misleading fragment of the Bible. Quoting from the non-synoptic gospel of John; and quoting a mere misrepresentative fragment of that gospel, at that. This misleading fragment or “part” of the gospel, is all our faithful preachers could see or face:

 

“Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe” (John 20.29).

 

 

 

 

But here as usual, preachers have not been honest or good. They did not really quote all the relevant material, even in the Thomas example. They left out the parts, where Jesus stressed physical evidence, and “signs”; preachers dishonestly left out the parts where Jesus actually approved of doubting Thomas, as he asked for real material proofs; Jesus even ordering Thomas to medically probe his wounds. And ONLY AFTER THAT, only after seeing empirical evidence, is he told to have “faith,” and then believe:

 

“Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in is side, I will not believe.’ Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came” (John 20.26).

 

“Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out our hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing'” (John 20.27).

 

“Now Jesus did many other signs” (John 20.30).

 

It is perhaps not an accident, that Thomas is called the “twin”; because his view, is the hidden twin message, within the entire Bible. The New Testament especially, was written in an “allegorical,” “double” “tongue.” On the surface, it appeared to support priests, and their effectively “blind” “faith” in holy men and prophets. But that apparent part of the Bible, under the part that appeared to the blind, to stress blind “faith,” there was another, twin message. Sometimes even the very same words, have two very different, twinned messages. What appears to be one thing, is actually two.

 

Doubting Thomas, for example, is often pictured by priests, as telling us that those who believe holy men, without seeing physical evidence, are “blessed.” But now it is time to note the second, other message within this one appearance. Thomas note more fully now, actually does not believe, until he sees physical evidence.
And not just rumors from others of such evidence, or wonders or miracles, in the past: Thomas demands that he himself, personally, physically see for example, with his own literal physical eyes, the resurrected Jesus himself, live and in person, walking in front of he, Thomas, himself. What is more, Christ not only allows this – but Christ himself actually commands us, to scientifically, medically examine the most intimate and central claims of Christianity; even examining the physical body of Christ himself, if available. And if his actual, original body is not available, to ask for physical wonders – or if they are supported, miracles – from his supporters. Asking for massive physical evidence, before having faith. So that in effect, whenever he asked for “faith,” God and Christ meant … faith in empirical evidence. (And if Christ seemed to have “bless”ed those who had not seen proofs, but still believed? Note that to be “blessed” has two meanings: it does not always – 1 – connote approval; because – 2 – we “bless” those who burp and sneeze. Indeed, he Bible tells us to “bless” those who curse or “prosecute” us; in Rom. 12.14., 1 Corin. 4.12 . To “bless” something therefore often meant, not to approve whatever behavior we “bless.” But rather it often meant, we hope that those who act or believe in a given way, will be more blessed, then their behavior evidences to date; that they will get real blessings, and better judgement, than what they have so far shown. Arguably for example, the Bible says “blessed are you poor,” Luke 6.20, not because poverty itself is necessarily good; but because those poor who truly learn to follow God at last, will know how to become more prosperous, materially, and have a material “kingdom”; and food.)

 

And so the fact is, the Bible did not really, finally, support the faith of preachers. If the Bible ever supported “faith” at all, it really meant, faith or confidence in what the empirical evidence tells us; as assessed by real Science. What God really wanted us to have is not faith, but the Science of God.

 

This complements many theological traditions, that began to note that God returns to earth the second time; and returns not as just a spiritual priest, but as a more practical, materially involved, “king.” Indeed, many theologians and commentators like Harold Bloom and others note that the model for our “LORD God” appears to resemble a very human, earthly king. While the return of God to earth, the coming of the “day” of “fire” and “judgement,” presents us with a ruler, a deity, that is often said in the Bible to be not so much a priest, with their windy words and spirit, but a “king” in fact. One who allows “fire” to destroy useless things; and straightens out the “wind”y, twisting language or “tongues,” and so forth.

 

A few adjacent passages from Isaiah especially – including parts said to be part of coronation ceremonies for kings – might well summarize much of our position. Describing a “day” when after all, we acquire “judgement”; when our “heaven” dissolves. And when we see not a priest or those with twisting tongues, as our rulers. But see our LORD as a much straighter, still holy but far more practical, “king”:

 

“Turn to him from whom you have deeply revolted, O people of Israel. For in that day every one shall cast away his idols….” (Isa. 31.6).

 

“Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice. Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a covert from the tempest…. The eyes of those who see will not b closed, and the hearts of those who hear will hearken. The mind of the rash will have good judgement, and the tongue of the stammerers will speak readily and distinctly. The fool will no more be called noble, nor the knave said to be honorable … to ruin the poor with lying….” (Isa. 32.1-5; said to be part of a coronation formula for kings). ” ‘Now I will arise,’ says the LORD, ‘Now I will lift myself up; now I will be exalted. You conceive chaff, you bring forth stubble; your breath is a fire that will consume you…. The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling has seized the godless: Who among us can dwell with the devouring fire? ….. He who walks righteousness and speaks uprightly…. He will well in the heights; his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks; his bread will be given him, his water will be sure. Your eyes will see the kind in his beauty …. You will see no more the insolent people, the people of an obscure speech which you cannot comprehend, stammering in a tongue which you cannot understand. Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts! You eyes will see Jerusalem, a quiet habitation, an immovable tent, whose stakes will never be plucked up….'” (Isa. 32.10-111, 14-16-19-20).

 

“Draw near, O nations, to hear, and hearken, O peoples! Let the earth listen, and all that fills it; the world, and all that comes from it…. All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree. For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; behold, it descends for judgement…” (Isa. 34.1, 4-5).

 

 

 

The Great Vanity of Priests;

Too Much “Faith,” Not Enough “Mind” and “Science”;

In the End, Things like “Faith,” Thought to be “First” With God,

Are “Last”

 

 

 

So what finally, must we now say, today, about all priests, and all holy men, and their windy “spirits” – as opposed to the more practical, well-rounded, holy king, and so forth? What should we all say, about those millions of preachers, who in their obscure, “wind”y,
“tongue”-“twist”ing tricks of language, stressed “faith”? And who often explicitly attacked the practical knowledge of kings, the “science” of God? Who attacked it all as say, mere human “knowledge”? Regarding preachers and all holy men, we should firmly follow the LORD – and say that “all” have sinned. And we must find to-“day,” that all of them now turn out to be far, far less important, even to God, than they so proudly thought and proclaimed.

 

Holy men like Paul especially, often issued statements that could be taken by some, to stress “faith.” But now it is time to note the parts of Paul and of God, that priests could not “bear” to “face.” To be modest and humble. And then to look at the parts, the quotes from the Bible, where even Paul began to warn that in addition to “faith,” we need prophesy it seems; we need to giving physical “serving”s, “liberal”ly contributing material goods:

 

“I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him. For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophesy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching …; he who contributes, in liberality.…” (Rom. 12.4-8; Italics, mine).

 

“Be of service to them in material blessings” (Rom. 15.27).

 

“David provided materials in great quantity” (1 Corin. 22.5).

 

“Our enemies are the spiritual forces of evil in high places” (Eph. 6.12-13; part of the Bible left out of even some concordances’ listings on “spiritual” for example; Whitaker’s Eerdsmans RSV).

 

Who tends a flock without getting some of the milk…? If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits…? Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings?” (1 Corin. 9.7-13; italics mine).

 

 

The rather spiritual, faithful St. Paul, not Jesus, was the most voluminous spokesman for faith. But even the very over-spiritual Paul, began to see problems in too much stress just on spiritual things, like even faith. So that even Paul, began to suggest trading his spiritual services, for physical food and goods, literal “food.” While Paul, even the midst of statements that seemed to stress faith, finally said, we are to welcome persons who are weak in faith:

 

“As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him….” (Rom. 14.1).

 

Priests, ministers, often condemn money … and then immediately hold out the collection plate at the church service, and ask for some money for themselves. Obviously, they are stupid (or half-sly) and hypocritical people. They are the foretold “fools,” that were called “noble.”

 

As foretold of the “day” when “judgement” “comes,” when we see a “second” “appearance” to “Christ,” in fact therefore, even here and now today, ancient biblical prophesy, begins to be fulfilled. As foretold of the “day” when “judgement” comes, today, in the end, we are even right here and now, finding that the priests and prophets and saints we thought were “noble,” and “first” with God, are turning out to be “last.” Exactly as foretold of the End, nearly all holy men and angels, preachers and saints, are now falling, in our sight. Exactly in fulfillment of the Bible, and its prophesy, in fact:

 

“Draw near, O nations to hear, and hearken, O peoples! Let the earth listen, and all that fills it; the world, and all that comes from it…. All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, likes leaves falling from the fig tree. For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; behold, it descends for judgement….” (Isa. 34.4-5).

 

“The fool will no more be called noble, nor the knave said to be honorable” (Isa. 32.5).

 

“On that day the LORD will punish the host of heaven, in heaven, and the kings of the earth, on the earth. They will be gathered together as prisoners in a pit…” (Isa. 24.21-2).

 

“We are like dead men” (Isa. 59.10).

 

“I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name…” (Jer. 23.25).

 

“From prophet to priest, every one deals falsely” (Jer. 8.10)

 

“Behold, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who use their tongue and say, ‘Says the LORD.’” (Jer. 23.30; Ex. 13.7).

 

“The heavens will vanish like smoke” (Isa. 51.6).

 

“Every spirit which does not confess Jesus, is not of God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you heard that it was coming, and now it is in the world already” (1 John 4.1-3; also 2.18ff).

 

“When he opened the sixth seal…, the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winder fruit when shaken by a gale; the sky vanished like a scroll that is rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place…” (Rev. 6.12-13).

 

“Worthy are those to take the scroll and open its seals” (Rev. 5.9).

 

“Then I saw another mighty angel…. He had a little scroll open in his hand…” (Rev. 10.1-2). “Then the voice which I have heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, ‘Go, take the scroll…. Take it, and eat…. It will be bitter…. Then I was given a measuring rod…'” (Rev. 10.8-11.1).

 

“Then deep from the earth you shall speak, from low in the dust your words shall come…” (Isa. 29.4).

 

“And in an instant, suddenly, you will be visited by the LORD of hosts…” [or armies?] (Is. 29.6).

 

“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war…” (Rev. 19.11)

 

“The eyes of the blind shall see…. And those who err in spirit will come to understanding, and those who murmur will accept instruction” (Isa. 29.18-24).

 

“And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire…” (Rev. 20.10).

 

“And books were opened. Also another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the book, by what they had done… and if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20.12-15).

 

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth” (Rev. 21.1).

 

“And now, O priests, this command is for you” (Mal. 2.1).

 

Today, as foretold of the end, things are often found to be, rather exactly the opposite to what we were told in church, by prophets and angels. Priests it now seems, have always been proud and vain; and they always presumed to speak as if God comes in the end, merely to congratulate priests and their followers, on a job well done.

 

But on the contrary: God comes to punish essentially all priests, for having been bad. And today, here and now, we are seeing that happen.

 

And furthermore, as part of this, as part of the reversal of priestly expectations, many of the things preachers reviled – “reason” and “logic,” and “knowledge,” and “wisdom,” and other things related to “science” – are found to be far more important than angels, prophets. As indeed the Bible itself warned:

 

“I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel … but he said to me, ‘You must not do that!'” (Rev. 22.9 RSV).

 

“My reason returned to me” (q.v.).

 

“Come now, let us reason together” (Isa. 1.18).

 

“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do wrong…” (1 Peter 2.18).

 

“In the beginning was the Logic of things, and the Logic was with God, and the Reason was God” (John 1.1; translating “Logos” more correctly as its closest cognate, “logic”; or reason; as correct word or characterization, or the logic of things).

 

Christ and God therefore, want us to have not so much faith, as, amazingly … practical sense, logic, science, and practical “knowledge.”

 

No doubt – as so many bad priests told us endlessly in church – there are many forms of false “knowledge, so-called,” and bad “worldly wisdom.” But as it turns out, if there are bad forms of knowledge, there are good forms too. While finally, the Science of God is a form of higher, better knowledge, over faith, that the Bible ultimately requires of us. A form of thinking, where we no longer rely on “blind” faith; but develop our rational “minds” too. To learn to see life, God, whole at last. To join morality and science, word and world.

 

There are many, many preachers who have falsely thought that specifically, “mind,” “reason,” “intelligence,” practical “knowledge” and secular “wisdom” and “logic” and so forth – related to science – are incompatible with religion. To support their false opinions, preachers have always mis-quoted, one or two parts of the Bible. Like these:

 

“Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Corin. 1.19, Revised Standard Version of The Holy Bible, pub. Thomas Nelson & Son, New York, 1952).

 

“Following the desires of body and mind” (Eph. 2.3 RSV).

 

“In the futility of their minds” (Eph. 4.17).

 

But while some
forms of “knowledge” and “worldly wisdom” and thinking, the “mind,” that might be bad, there are some good forms. There might be some bad “desires” and “futile” things in some false forms of wisdom. But the Bible, as will be seen, did not mean to condemn all wisdom. Furthermore, as it turns out, not all bad or false wisdom is to be found in practical knowledge and science; the Bible warns that even much religious “wisdom” turns out to be fake. There are many, many cases of false “wisdom,” even in religion, the Bible warned; even in St. Paul’s own “knowledge” (1 Corin. 13. 9ff).

 

Preachers at times, are aware that science is saying that there are some false things in preachers. Therefore preachers, sensing things in the “mind” reason, logic, antagonistic to their won blind faith, often stressed in sermons and homilies, the parts of the Bible that seemed to say that there are sometimes “vanit”ies, and false things in the “mind.” Preachers using these quotes, to suggest that thinking, intelligence, science, everything in the “mind,” is bad. While on faith is good. Preachers misusing quotes like the following, to “prove” the Bible said that:

 

“Look, you have some evil purpose in mind” (Ex. 10.10).

 

“The mind of the wicked is of little worth” (Prov. 10.20).

 

“Divination, and the deceit of their own minds” (Jer. 14.14).

 

“Prophesy out of their own minds” (Ezk. 13.12).

 

“A beast’s mind be given to him” (Dan. 4.16).

 

“Your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray” (Isa. 47.10).

 

Foolish preachers indeed, have loved to attack “knowledge” especially, as vanity and so forth. And they used parts of the Bible to allegedly “prove” this:

 

“Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” (1 Corin. 8.1).

 

“As for knowledge, it will pass away” (1 Corin. 13.8).

 

“For our knowledge is imperfect” (1 Corin. 13.9).

 

“Unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge” (1 Corin. 14.6).

 

“What is falsely called knowledge” (1 Ti. 6.20).

 

Finally though, if the “knowledge” of Paul was “imperfect,” then after all, there were errors in religion, in effect.

 

No doubt, there are occasionally errors in human ideas, in the mind. But at the same time, the Bible makes it plain that however, there are many of the things of the “mind” and “knowledge,” that are good, and even irreplaceable. And not just in “religious” knowledge; many elements of what appear to be “secular” knowledge are also good, and actually from God. As indeed finally, Science is.

 

For that matter, the Bible warned just as much or more, about false things in religion, and faith, and its “knowledge” and “prophesy” and so forth; even with especially its “spirit”s. Indeed, those with “spirits” do not have enough. Indeed, “spirit”s and “hearts” can be “deceived” and “false”; so that therefore, we also need a critical mind. To discern which spirits and feelings are really from God, and which are not. Otherwise:

 

“My spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful” (1 Corin. 14.14).

 

And so, not all of our “mind” is bad. We can have bad ideas – or good ones. And no one should think that all our religious ideas, our idea of “Christ,” are the good ones; God often warned about false things in religious ideas, especially. While having no mind at all, is merely to be the “unintelligent,” the “fool” that the Bible warned about.

 

And so indeed, finally, the millions of mindlessly faithful people, desperately need knowledge, minds, intelligence. And those priests and ministers who attacked all “knowledge,” asserting that it all belonged to the false traditions of men? All those priests were wrong. They would have done better to have read these parts of the Bible:

 

Fools hate knowledge” (Prov. 1.22).

 

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4.6).

 

“Every man is stupid and without knowledge” (Jer. 10.14).

 

“The prudent are crowned with knowledge” (Prov. 14.18).

 

“Supplement … virtue with knowledge” (2 Peter 1.5).

 

“Filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct” (Rom. 15.14).

 

“Teach me good judgement and knowledge” (Ps. 119.66).

 

“My people go into exile for want of knowledge” (Isa. 5.13).

 

“Filled him with … ability and intelligence” (Ex. 31.3, 35.31, 36.1).

 

“An intelligent mind acquires knowledge” (Prov. 18.15).

 

“Be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Rom. 12.2).

 

I serve the law of God with my mind” (Rom. 7.25; “But with my flesh I serve the law of sin”).

 

“With all your soul, and with all your mind” (Mat. 22.37).

 

“We have the mind of Christ” (1 Corin. 2.16).

 

“The wisdom of God” (1 Corin. 1.24).

 

“I will pray with the mind also” (1 Corin. 14.15).

 

I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue (1 Corin. 14.19; “Tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers”).

 

Have this mind among yourselves” (Php. 2.5).

 

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully…” (1 Corin. 13.11).

 

“Complete my joy by being of the same mind” (Php. 2.2).

 

“An intelligent mind acquires knowledge” (Prov. 18.15).

 

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4.6).

 

“Fools despise wisdom” (Prov. 1.7).

 

The “LORD by wisdom founded the earth” (Prov. 3.19).

 

“I am with you, as is your mind so is mine” (armour-bearer to king; 1 Sam. 14.7).

 

Preachers constantly tried to say that whatever “knowledge” it is that God supports, means just knowledge of God. And therefore, means religious knowledge, only; not science, or the crafts, science of technology. But finally we find here, God supports knowledge of nature; science. (Which is also knowledge of God, since his will is manifest through nature):

 

“Come, let us reason together (Isa. 1.18).

 

“The Lord is a God of knowledge” (1 Sam. 2.3).

 

“There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit” (1 Corin. 12.4).

 

“And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and largeness of mind like the sand on the seashore.… He also uttered three thousand proverbs; and his songs were a thousand and five. He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall; he spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish” (1 Kings 4.29-33).

 

No doubt, Solomon – and practical wisdom – occasionally made mistakes. But so do priests and spirituality, make mistakes. And it is not the case, as preachers often asserted, that only their own, religious knowledge was good; whereas scientific knowledge was bad. On the contrary: most of science is good. And we can and should look to practical knowledge, for good and God:

 

“He has made know to us in all wisdom and insight … the manifold wisdom of God” (Eph. 1.190-3.10).

 

“With knowledge and all craftsmanship” (Ex. 31.3).

 

“Filled with all knowledge” (Rom. 15.14).

 

“Children in whom was no blemish … and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace” (Dan. 1.4 King James Edition).

 

“Understanding … science” (Dan. 1.4 KJE).

 

The great mistake – or indeed the great, Satanic sin – of nearly all priests and churches, was this: to over-stress spiritual things like faith and prayer; and to attack or ignore, or fail to adequately teach, practical knowledge and science. The great sin of priests, was to look at and obey, only the “part”s of the Bible that seemed to stress faith; and thus to ignore or even actively attack the importance, even to the Bible itself, of farming and milling, housebuilding and medicine, and so forth. The forms of practical “knowledge” which actually, we now see, were not only not bad, but are in fact the primary means by which God’s plans were fulfilled; the “work of our hands” now prove to be far more important than prayer and so forth, as the means by which we get the prosperity and other things, that God promised.

 

How finally, does religion, Christianity, really work? Priests knew just “part” of the picture: they knew we learn to 1) “love your neighbor as yourself.” But they didn’t see the rest of the picture; the “full”er vision of God. They did not realize that merely “loving your neighbor as yourself,” was not all that we needed to fulfill God’s plan. Instead rather, 2) once we had thus learned get along with each other, then we can also work together; working together cooperatively in 3) the larger enterprises – families, companies, countries. Working in the larger cooperative groups that, far more effectively than prayer, create the complex economies, that 4) have probably delivered, complex consumer goods … and finally, deliver the prosperity, that God promised. To those who truly understand and follow him.

 

To be sure, traditional, almost priestly morality, is part of the process. But what we heard in church, was only a small – and in itself, even misrepresentative – part of God’s larger, “full”er appearance, his larger plan. Though learning to “love” others was important, in addition to that, and even over and above that, God commanded us to learn practical knowledge and science, for example.

 

While as for those many millions, billions of “Christians,” even particularly those millions of priests, prophets, who did not see or obey this part of God? Those many priests, who proudly presented themselves, as the reliable voices of God himself, were all too proud and all too vain, and even evil. To be sure, they knew part of God; they know spirituality and (an abortive) morality. But our religions, our religious “leaders,” always overstated their own virtues, out of pride and vanity and rhetorical overstatement; and so, our religious leaders were always partially wrong, incomplete, and even – to use their own language – evil. The fact is, preachers never quite had, or presented, the “full” vision of God. They presented only their own, false “visions.” Priests, “religious” writers, almost never had – and therefore never correctly taught the masses – the fuller range of knowledge, that all of us need to know, to truly, follow God. And then to experience at last the fuller range of things that he promised. To those who truly see, understand, and really follow him.

 

But here and last, some of us are beginning to actually, see God more fully; see a “second” and “full” “appearance” to Christ. And – exactly as foretold in the Bible itself – now, in the end, we see that God himself 1) returns to this material “earth” and “flesh.” And not merely as a priest. But 2) with many other titles and roles; as a “lord,” and “king,” and a son of “man.” But especially, he returns as someone not just in heaven … but also, now more fully than ever, on this physical earth. And now that we see him? As foretold, 3) this new appearance, finds huge sins in our holiest men and angels. Especially, their effective assertion that we must follow holy men with blind faith, was a massive error, and sin. So that 4) as foretold, our traditional religious, “Christ”ian Heaven, is found largely false; and begins to be emptied of “all” his angels; and to “dissolve.”

 

But also – exactly as foretold in the Bible itself – even as the traditional Heaven that we learned as children in church, collapses, dissolves, at the same moment we are also seeing prophesy fulfilled; seeing a “second” and better, “full”er “appearance” – a Second Coming – of Christ. One that – exactly as foretold – returns to this physical, material, physical “earth.” And shows us how to get real, empirically provable results, wonders, on earth, as it was in heaven.

 

As foretold. As authorized. As commanded, by the Bible itself. By God, himself.

 

So in fact, our progression, from the essentially blind “faith” of “child”ren and many priests, to the Science of God, is in effect, at least partial fulfillment of a neglected but central Biblical prophesies; from Isa. 34.4, Rev. 21, 2 Peter 3, etc…

 

Again, what great series of prophesies is thus fulfilled? That one “day” or another, 1) God is supposed to come to this physical earth again, in a “second” “appearance,” or Second Coming. And in that appearance, he 2) reveals to us that all our holiest men and angels, have sinned. And furthermore, 3) in that moment, our Heaven itself is supposed to dissolve. But also in that moment, 4) we are supposed to see a “new” and better heaven. One that comes down from spiritual, dualistic heaven; to get real material results here on this material earth, at last. While indeed, moving from blind faith, to the science of God, shows the best “signs” of being able to do all that. Given the “pro”ven, immense material fruitfulness of Science and technology, to date.

 

And so it is: prophesy is beginning to be fulfilled. Even here and now.

 

The Bible is true. But it is true in a way that our preachers have not understood. Until now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOD –

SUPPORTING THE

METAPHORICAL

AND SYMBOLIC INTERPRETATION

OF THE BIBLE

 

 

But to be sure, if we are commanded by God to support science, then a problem soon surfaces: science really says there are no miracles. People can pray all day; but things do not appear out of thin air, as many claimed. But his then leads to a problem that seems incompatible with the Bible: do we now have to say that the Bible is false?

 

Even if science says there are no miracles, this does not mean the Bible’s apparent promises of them, are entirely false; the Bible itself suggested, that we could take apparent promises of miracles, as being primarily just symbols; like “figures” of speech, or metaphors.

 

Indeed, the Bible is full of instructions from God, that we can take much of all the Bible, as symbolic, not “literal”; as “figure” of speech or metaphor; as “allegory”; as “parable,” etc.. As fgures of speech for “spiritual or other things:

 

“This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand… ” (John 10.6, see my translation from RSV).

 

“I have said this to you in figures of speech” (John 16.25 NRSV).

 

“I have said this to you in metaphors” (John 16.25; my translation).

 

“Figure: … 21….b… A metaphor or metaphorical mode of expression; an image, similitude” (The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary).

 

“He addressed them at length in parables…” (Mat. 13.3 NAB).

 

“All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed he said nothing to them without a parable” (Mat. 13.24).

 

“Do all work miracles? … But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way” (1 Corin. 12.29-31).

 

“It is spiritual and not literal” (Rom. 2.29).

 

“That prudence may be given to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth – the wise man also may hear and increase in learning, and the man of understanding acquire skill, to understand a proverb and a figure of speech, a metaphor…” (Prov. 1.4-6; my translation, from RSV).

 

“Now this is an allegory….” (Gal. 4.24).

 

“He considered that God was able to rise men even from the dead; hence, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Essau…” (Heb. 11.19).

 

“And the word of the LORD came to me: ‘Son of man, set your face toward the south, preach against the south, and prophesy against the forest land in the Negeb; say to the forest of the Negeb, Hear the word of the LORD: Thus said the Lord God, Behold, I will kindle a fire in you, and it shall devour every green tree in you and every dry tree; the blazing flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from south to north shall be scorched by it. All flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it; it shall not be quenched.’ Then I said, ‘Ah Lord GOD! They are saying of me, ‘Is he not a maker of allegories‘? The word of the LORD came to me: ‘Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem and preach against the sanctuaries … and say to the land of Israel, Thus said the LORD: Behold, I am against you, and will draw forth my sword out of its sheath …'” (Ez. 20.45-21.3). “Because you have all become dross … I will gather you and blow upon you with the fire of my wrath… As silver is melted in a furnace, so you …” (Ez 22.19-22).

 

“Of these things we cannot speak now in detail. Such preparations having been made, the priests go continually into the first tent to carry out their ritual duties; but only the high priest goes into the second…. This is a symbol of the present time….” (Heb. 9.5-6-9 NRSV).

 

Often, some preachers do not want to face the metaphorical side of the Bible. And even Bible translators, have hidden or left out parts of this. Like this part:

 

Now these things, brothers, I made into a figure [of speech]” (“Tayta de, adelphol, meteochematioa” – ? “metaphor” – found in original Greek, 1 Corin. 4.6, but edited out, disappeared, in most English translations; see The Greek English Interlinear New Testament, Trans. Robert . Brown and Philip W. Comfort; Ref. to Apollo in Acts c. 24? Also “I have in a figure transferred to myself”; Strong’s Authorized and Revised versions and American Variations; Metamorphosed? “Transformed” or “changed” or “disguised” in 3345, Strong’s. IN the NRSV, 1 Corin. 4.6 says merely, “I have applied all this to Apolloos and myself for you benefit, bothers and sisters…” “Christ”ian translators being unable to face Paul telling us that he turned the Old Testament into metaphors).

 

 

But not only does 1) the Bible constantly tell us to learn metaphors, and 2) that much of it is metaphors or figures of speech, 3) allegory, 4) figure of speech; in addition to that, 5) we can indeed see many clear figures, in the Bible:

 

“I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth in me shall never thirst” (John 6.35).

 

“Their minds were blinded” (2 Corin. 3.14).

 

“You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on your hearts” (2 Corin. 3.2; example of metaphor).

 

“‘Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life…. ‘ Many of his disciples, when they hard it, said, ‘This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?’ But Jesus … said to them, ‘Do you take offense at it? …. It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life'” (John 6.53-4, 61, 63. It is the “spirit” of the saying, not its literal meaning, that is important).

 

“Tend my sheep…. Feed my sheep…” (John 21.16-17; as Jesus repeated the command to eat his flesh, he repeats “sheep” many times … but obviously, does not thereby mean these words to be taken literally).

 

“As a sheep led to the slaughter” (Acts 8.22).

 

“We are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered” (Rom. 8.26).

 

“You mother was like a vine” (Ezk. 19.10).

 

“I am the true vine” (John 15.1).

 

 

Ultimately, there are so many metaphors in the Bible, that we cannot be sure any part of it at all is plainly factual.

 

Why did God speak metaphorically? Why were our tongues, languages, so confused? Didn’t Jesus said he would speak “plain”? The Bible partially explains, offering two or three possible explanations:

 

“Now the whole earth had one language and the same words…. Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens…. And the LORD said, ‘Look, they are one people, and they have all one language … nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there…. Therefore it was called Babel, because the LORD confused the language of all the earth…” (Gen. 11.1-9)

 

Above it was said that God himself deliberately confused human language, to prevent us from achieving much in life.

 

This does not seem like a good, positive reason; just to confuse men. But that is what the Bible said above. While other reasons, seem to say similar things: God speaks in a confused way, deliberately, so some people he doesn’t seem to like, will not understand. So that men will not be as good as he is:

 

“Then the disciples came and said to him, ‘Why do you speak to them in parables?’ And he answered them, ‘to you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it had not been given. For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. That is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. With them indeed is fulfilled the prophesy of Isaiah which says: ‘You shall indeed hear but never understand…'” (Mat. 13.10-14).

 

“Therefore, God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false….” (2 Thes. 2.11).

 

“Then the LORD God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and are also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever’ – therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life” (Gen. 3.22-24).

 

“And the Lord said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and … nothing that they propose to do will not be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand on another’s speech” (Gen. 11.6-7).

 

At times it seems God hates some men, or does not want any of them to have much power. And even that God does not want them to understand, and then be forgiven:

 

“And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables. And he said to them, ‘To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables; so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand; lest they should turn again, and be forgiven” (Mark 4.10-12-33).

 

To be sure, these explanations for God using confused language, do not seem to fit the image of a forgiving God, given to us by priests. But it seems hard to get around so many quotes.

 

Still, if God even deliberately made our language confused, and if he often spoke elliptically, symbolically, in obscure to us, still one day, in the End particularly, he is supposed to lift the confusion of tongues. And speak more “plain”ly:

 

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything” (Mark 4.33).

 

The hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures but tell you plainly of the Father. In that day you will ask in my name; and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you….” (John 16.25-26).

 

Pray for the gift of interpretation…. In church I would rather say five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue. Brothers, do not be childish in your outlook. Be like children as far as evil is concerned, but in mind be mature. It is written in the law, ‘in strange tongues and in alien speech I will speak to this people, and even so they will not heed me, says he Lord.’ The gift of tongues is a sign, not for those who believe but for those who do not believe…” (1 Corin. 14.13-21-22 NAB). ” (1 Corin. 14.19).

 

“On that day … I will remove from your midst your proudly exultant ones…” (Zeph. 3.11).

 

“Yea, I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes,’ says the LORD.” (Zph. 3.20).

 

“For I know their works and their thoughts, and I am coming to gather all nations and tongues…. As the new heaven and the new earth…” (Isa. 66.18-22).

 

“Yea, at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech” (Zeph. 3.9).

 

 

God and the angels in heaven deliberately confused our language or “tongues,” it appears. In order in fact to confuse us. But if this does not seem worthy of God, God also leads some of us, to understand anyway; sooner or later. Particularly, in the End. Among other things, God told us that much was written in symbols, metaphors, allegories, parables. Those who know this, can begin to “interpret.” (Many preachers claim the Bible said that nothing in the Bible is “interpretation.” But actually it often supported “interpretation”; it only said that prophesies were not one’s own interpretations, but were simply honest predictions of the Holy Spirit; in 2 Peter 1.20; vs. Gen. 40.8-18; Judges 7.15; Dan. 2.4-45, 4.6-24, 5.7-16; 1 Corin. 12.10, 14.26. While Peter adds that however, there were many false prophets and false teachers, that misinterpret things it seems 2 Peter. 2.1. So that likely, we add, errors of interpretation are possible in all alleged holy men).

 

At one time, evangelical Fundamentalists, asserted that the whole Bible – including promises of miracles – had to be taken as word-for-word true, or “literally.” But this seems to go against not only the parts that told us about symbols; but also those that told us to avoid the “letter of the law.”

 

Eventually, by the time of Paul, even many holy men were coming to ask “do all work miracles” as Paul asked. Suspecting that the promises of miracles were either false … or were being somehow, misread, misunderstood, even by preachers themselves. So that indeed, just before Jesus came to Egypt, Philo of Alexandria Egypt, began to real the holy books metaphorically. So that Jesus himself, about 20 years younger than Philo (and possibly Philo’s student, in Alexandria Egypt?) began to offer metaphors, and “parables.”

 

Most religious persons to be sure, thought that many Bible sayings, and promises of miracles, should be interpreted as metaphors .. but as metaphors for spiritual things only. And indeed, the New Testament interprets almost every apparent physical miracle, as a metaphor for some spiritual thing. If Moses and Jesus were said to have brought real eatable “bread” from heaven, Jesus was said to have brought his thought or spirit, which was a kind of “bread,” for example. And so indeed, every miracle in the Bible can finally be read as a metaphor for something spiritual. And Paul even at least once, explicitly read at least one saying, as a “spiritual” metaphor, by name:

 

“Real cirumcmcision is a mater of the heart, spiritual and not literal” (Paul, Rom. 2.29; see also above ).

 

Now these things, brothers, I made into a figure [of speech]” (“Tayta de, adelphol, meteochematioa” – ? “metaphor” – found in original Greek, 1 Corin. 4.6, but edited out, disappeared, in most English translations; see The Greek English Interlinear New Testament, Trans. Robert . Brown and Philip W. Comfort; Ref. to Apollo in Acts c. 24? Also “I have in a figure transferred to myself”; Strong’s Authorized and Revised versions and American Variations; Metamorphosed? “Transformed” or “changed” or “disguised” in 3345, Strong’s).

 

Paul especially like spiritual readings of wonders. But Paul admitted he was not “perfect.” And in some readings suggested he himself was a “fool,” and even the “greatest of sinners.” Though some of these have two meanings, they are open to reading Paul as confessing sins and inadequacies in he himself. While we and James. have noted sins in spirituality; which often causes poverty and starvation. For lack of taking care of material necessities (James 2.14-26). So that we find it better to read the wonders, as being garbled – or in effect, metaphorical – accounts, of natural and technological wonders.

 

In any case the Bible itself, God himself, warned that language – even his own language – was often deliberate “veiled,” “confused,” “figurative,” and so forth. Though it was said that one “day” he would come again, and God speak, “plainly.” Again:

 

“I have said this to you in figures; the hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures but tell you plainly of the Father. In that day you will ask in my name; and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you….” (John 16.25-26; his disciples assume – but without unequivocal verification by Jesus – that “Ah, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figures!” John 16.29. But Jesus’ response is ambiguous: “Do you now believe?” etc.. 16.31).

 

What “day” does this sort of thing happen; when the Lord comes to earth, to destroy enemies … and an ideal kingdom is realized? Some suggested that a) the destructive “day” of the Lord, had come long ago, in Lamentations 2.16-4.22. Others b) spoke of it yet to come. Some around Jesus, and parts of the New Testament, are open to a reading that assumed that some such “day,” and an ideal kingdom, had “already” as theologians say, fully happened, with the first coming of Jesus. Though c) most others feel that the full kingdom of Rev. 21 and Isa. 65-6 and so forth have, as they say, “not yet” arrived in the 2,000 years of Christianity; so that most believe that though Jesus was the son of God, still, not all of what was foretold of God or his Son was achieved by the first coming of Jesus; and therefore most of the religious world is waiting for yet another, “Second” Coming of Christ.

 

While indeed, we are beginning to see the first outlines of a “second” appearance to Jesus, just from re-reading our Bibles one more, here and now. And furthermore, this second appearance of Jesus or Second Coming of Jesus, here at last, begins to make straight or plain or open or transparent (“orthos,” Mark 7.23; esp. “parresia” Mark. 8.32, John 10.23-24, 11.14, 16.25-29 cf. “parousia” or “a-ppearance”), use some old and some new linguistic methods, an understanding of “figures” and so forth, to cut through ambiguities and double language. So this “second” coming of Jesus … begins to make many of the words of God far more nuanced, but also finally more “plain,” “straight,” less “double,” than earlier readings. Here specifically, we find that the New Testament especially, was written in a parabolic, symbolic, equivocal “tongue.” One that vacillated between two or three major readings: 1) the promises of apparent physical miracles; the 2) spiritual reading. But then finally? To 3) revolve these two, this double meaning text? God told us to learn to use a) better understanding of language, “tongues,” “figures” …but even more, to b) learn real, Science.

 

When you follow this, and at last hear, see, and follow Jesus more “full”y, what happens next? First, what do we now more “plain”ly hear God saying, at last?

 

Against the first simple Jesus you heard in church, God does not express huge confidence in holy men or churches. On the contrary: 1) God constantly warned us, over and over, in hundreds of quotes in the Bible, about tricks, deceits, confusions, in each and every aspect of religion, including “all” those who say they are following Christ; the “Lord, Lord.” There are sins, double meanings, in everything, from “angels” and “baptism,” to “churches” and “zealots.” Finally, even our very language, and words and sayings said to be from God, have problems in them, said the Bible itself. So 2) therefore, it seems, God told us that we should be prudent, practical. Telling us that we should not have had so much blind “faith” in religious things; even in alleged holy words, sermons spirits. Since words for example, are often “empty words,” and “deceit”ful, full of “illusions” and “false spirits.” For that reason, Christ as we now see him, told us should not have too much “faith” or confidence in mere words and sayings; even those attributed to the LORD himself, as something “thus says the LORD.” Indeed, 3) instead of trusting to mere words, even holy words, (even “The word”?), we are supposed to ask for real, physical, scientific, material evidence: “fruits.” Since words are often empty are false – including even words claiming to represent Christ himself, the “lord,” “the word” – therefore, we are not to have too much confidence at all in mere authoritative words. We should always seek to critically examine all allegedly holy words; looking to see if they are mere empty promises, hot air or “wind,” or the real thing. By looking to see if when we follow them, the things God was said to have promised, actually come about. We are to look to see if following words alleged to have come from God, actually produce real, physical, material results. As verifiable by real, Science. As we began to see from quotes like the following, regarding the unreliability of “words” and sermons for example:

 

“Let no one deceive you with empty words...” (Eph. 5.6; cf. “fruit of the light” 5.9).

 

“Beware of false prophets…. You will know them by their fruits” (Mat. 7.15).

 

“Wisdom is proved righteous by its works” (Mat. 11.19 NWT; Luke 7.35).

 

“If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,‘ without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?” (James 2.15-16).

 

“There has been no day like it before or since, when the LORD hearkened to the voice of a man” (Josh. 10.14).

 

“And something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight” (Acts 9.18).

 

“Feed my sheep” (q.v.).

 

It now appears, that God “confused” our language, our “tongues,” from the beginning of time. While even Jesus himself seemed to tell us that he spoke in confusing “parables” and metaphors; in part so that some undeserving people would not understand. That being the case, clearly we should not trust too much to any mere words or language at all. Rather than trust to even words of holy men – who after all themselves sometimes even told us they use confusing language deliberately – instead, we are supposed to try to learn to read better; to learn what a “parable” is. And then we are to learn Science. In order to make the convoluted things in religion, at last, “plain.” If we do that, then we see another, rather different coming of Christ; who begins – as foretold – to partially lift the confusion of tongues.

 

Here we have re-read our Bibles more closely, using various linguistic techniques; as suggested by the Bible itself. But as we have done that, then what kind of message, what “plain”er kind of Christ, do we see the Bible finally presenting, at last? At “second” glance? Here we followed what is written. Finding that the Bible itself however, tells us that we can read the Bible as “metaphors.” But then too, since the Bible also tells us to verify everything by science, therefore, we must read the wonders of the Bible, not as just or primarily as metaphors for “spiritual” things. Since God tells us to use Science, we must translate or more plainly read the “miracles” or wonders offered by the Bible, into physical things that actually “come to pass,” provably, in this physical life (Deut. 18.22 ff).
Here therefore, we should read the wonders of the Bible as metaphors. But not as metaphors for “spirit”ual things. Rather, we read them as metaphors for things in nature and technology. As metaphors for things that science can confirm, and that we can work with. So for example: if “fire” comes from heaven, then after all, that is a metaphor for … 1) meteors; or 2) burning oil poured from high places; or 3) volcanic eruptions; and so forth. If Moses seemed to part the seas? Then after all, the Bible itself told of a “wind” that pushed back the waves (as an be confirmed, by the Aqua Alto in nearby Venice). If Moses’ people were lead by a “fire” by night and “smoke” by day; they were lead by signal fires ordered by the “lord.” Thus we and many others, will have found that without changing a single word of the Bible (in the say, RSV version), we can read every single alleged “miracle” in the Bible, as being a metaphor; and most often a metaphor for … verifiable things in nature, and technology.

 

At last we have readings, that should be acceptable to believers and even priests. Since our Science of God finally does not “disprove” or “debunk” the Bible; but verifies it. Proves that it is even scientifically true. Though true in a way that our preachers have not, until now, been able to “see.”

 

Just exactly, as the Bible itself foretold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX 2

 

QUOTES AUTHORIZING

NEW and BETTER THINGS,

GROWTH

IN RELIGION

 

Christianity needs to change; to advance to become a Science. But can it change? Preachers often assure us 1) that our heaven is “eternal,” or that 2) God does not change. But actually, heaven itself is supposed to be destroyed, and totally remade. For that matter, if God himself does not change, still, our understanding of him does change. While the way God manifests himself, makes himself known, also changes from one era and people, to another. (cf. Dispensationalism). In one era or moment, God appears as a “dove”; in another, as Jesus. In another, yet another way.

 

But especially indeed, one “day” our old Christian era – and amazingly, even our heaven of spirituality and faith – is to close, and fall. And be replaced by something “new”:

 

“So will it be at the close of the age” (Mat. 13.40; 13.49).

 

“Heavens will vanish like smoke” (Isa. 51).

 

“But according to his promise we wait for a new heaven and a new earth…. So also our blessed brother Paul wrote to you” (2 Peter 3.13-15).

 

“For behold, I create new heaven and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing…. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping …; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit…. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox” (Isa. 65.17-22; from Ez. 36-7, etc.; revised Rev. 21).

 

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write; for these words are true and faithful” (Rev. 21.5).

 

 

Then too, our own perception of God can “mature,” and change … as we grow up. Indeed, we are even commanded by God to see things differently, in this way. In particular, things we once saw only in “part,” we are to understand more “fully”:

 

“…Do not be children in your thinking; be babes in evil, but in thinking be mature” (St. Paul; Bible, RSV – Revised Standard Edition – 1 Corin. 14.20).

 

“When he says, ‘a new covenant,’ he declares the first one obsolete. And what has become obsolete and has grown old is close to disappearing” (Heb. 8. 13).

 

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully” (Cor. 13.11-12).

 

 


 

APPENDIX 3

 

GOOD THINGS,

GOD,

IN NATURE

 

 

Much of St. Paul especially, appeared often to split the universe into 1) spirit, and 2) matter; and to say that only spirit was good. But eventually even Paul saw our spirit finding a “body” in the end it seems. While Paul himself admitted that he himself was not yet “perfect,” and was even “the greatest of sinners,” even as he was writing his half of the New Testament.

 

At times, Paul seemed to be condemning the whole material world, and “nature,” in favor of spirit:

 

“But the natural man receiveth not the thing of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal…” (1 Corin. 2.14-3.3 KJE; cf. NAB etc.: “unspiritual” man).

 

But Paul eventually changed his message. Even on “nature” it seems:

 

“And base things of the world … hath God chosen, yea …” (Corin 1.28).

 

“When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires … they show that what the law requires is written on their hearts….” (Rom. 2.14-15).

 

“I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise” (Rom. 1.14 KJE).

 

While any case, above Paul, God himself said material, physical things, often have good in them. And are evidence of God, and what he is like. Indeed, even his invisible spirits, are known primarily by visible, physical things they effect. Indeed, God himself even lives partly in material things:

 

 

“And the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world” (Ps. 19.1-4).

 

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made…” (Rom. 1.20).

 

“‘Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the LORD'” (Jer. 23.24 RSV).

 

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1.1). “The earth brought forth vegetation…. And God saw that it was good” (Gen. 1.12).

 

“For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over anew, serving its natural laws, that your children might be preserved unharmed…” (Wis. 19.6).

 

“The LORD your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground...” (Deut. 30.9).

 

“In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself” (2 Corin. 5.19 NRSV).

 

“He who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth….” (Isa. 65.16-).

 

“When thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness” (Isa. 26.9).

 

“The whole earth is full of his glory” (Isa. 6.3; Heb. “his glory is the fullness of the whole earth” says KJE; quoting Ps. 72.19).

 

“For the universe fights on behalf of the just” (Wis. 16.17).

 

“Every shower and dew, bless the Lord…. All you winds, bless the Lord…. Cold and chill, bless the Lord…. Dew and rain…. Ice and snow…. Nights and days…. Lightnings and clouds…. The earth.… Mountains and hills…. Everything growing from the earth…. You springs…. Seas and rivers…. You dolphins and all water creatures…. All you birds of the air…. All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord; … You sons of men, bless the Lord (Dan. 3.64-82 NAB; Catholic version).

 

“O LORD, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all (Ps. 104.24).

 

Sometimes it appears that Paul and 1 John thought that the old ways of “nature” and the “world” might be partially bad; but that there would come a new and better, improved nature after all, after Jesus:

 

“In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself” (2 Corin. 5.17-19-21).

 

“Put on the new nature…” (Col 3.2-5-8-10; Eph. 4).

 

“For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree” (Rom 11.24).

 

“Be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature” (Eph. 4.24).

 

“With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Eph. 1.9-10; Phil. 2.9-10; Col. 1.20; Mat. 28.18; Rom. 14.11; Rev. 5.13; cf. Eph. 1.22 “all things for the church, which is the body, the fullnes”; Cf. in Jesus, God “reconciled” himself to the “world,” Rom. 5.11, 11.15, especially 2 Cor. 5.18-19).

 

“He had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things” (Eph. 4.9-10).

 

“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his hands...” (Eph. 4.28).

 

“For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church…” (Eph. 5.29). Cf: “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Rom. 8.6).

 

“For of him and through him, and to him, are all things…” (Rom. 11.36).

 

“Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest … if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things…. I can do all things…” (Phil. 4.8-13).

 

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: immorality; impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness…. But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander…. Do not lie to one another… put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge…” (Col 3.2-5-8-10).

 

“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth...” (Col. 1.20).

 

“He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 12.25).

 

“If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14.26).

 

But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment...” (Mat. 5.22).

 

“Any one who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1 John 3.15).

 

“He who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in the darkness still” (1 John 2.9).

 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son … not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3.16-17).

 

“Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?'” (John 18.38; Mat. 27.24; Luke 23.4). (Or: “What is the truth?”)

 

“I will pour out my spirit on all flesh” (Jol. 2.28; Acts 2.17).

 

Various apocryphal or Catholic books, mention the importance and even acceptability of “nature” and the earth. And though some Christians reject nature at first … eventually they give it more respect. Particularly, they accept something like a more defensible version of the Argument from Design; arguing, like Psalms above, that since God made the material universe, observing the material universe, therefore tells us about God and his spirits, and what he wants:

 

“The luminaries of heaven, the governors of the world, they considered gods. Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them gods, let them know how far more excellent is the LORD than these; for the original source of beauty fashioned them. Or if they were struck by their might and energy, let them from these things realize how much more powerful is he who made them. For from the greatness and the beauty of created things their original author, by analogy, is seen” (Wis. 13.3-4).

 

“For all men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God, and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is, and from studying the world did not discern the artisan…” (Sol 13.1).

 

But yet, for these the blame is less…. They seek God and wish to find him. For they search busily among his works, but are distracted by what they see” (13.6-7). “But again not even these are pardonable. For if they so far succeeded in knowledge that that could speculate about the world, how did they not more quickly find its Lord?” (Sol. 13.9).

 

“…The hope of the universe … took refuge on a raft….. For blest is the wood through which justice comes about; but the handmade idol is accursed, and its maker as well: he for having produced it, and it, because thought corruptible, it was termed a god” (Wis.14.6-7).

 

“For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over anew, serving its natural laws, that your children might be preserved unharmed… And later they saw a new kind of bird…. They justly suffered for their own misdeeds, since indeed they treated their guests with the more grievous hatred. For those others did not receive unfamiliar visitors… And they were struck with blindness…. Each sought the entrance of his own gate. For the elements, in variable harmony among themselves, like striking of the harp, produce new melody…” (19.6 -11-18).

 

“And God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.’ So God created …. every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the water swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. Gold blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth….’ And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.’ …. And God saw that it was good” (Gen. 1.20-25).

 

Thus says God, the LORD, who … spread forth the earth and what comes from it…” (Isa. 42.1-5; italics, mine).

 

“For both we and our words are in his hand, as well as all prudence and knowledge of crafts. For he gave me sound knowledge of existing things, that I might know the organization of the universe and the force of its elements…,. cycles of years, positions of the stars, natures of animals … uses of plants…. For Wisdom, the artificer of all, taught me” (Wis. 7.16-17).

 

“And he said to me, “Son of man, stand upon your feet, and I will speak with you'” (God, to Ezekiel, in Ez. 2.1. See reliance on visual evidence? “Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.’ And Elisha said, ‘I pray you, let me inherit a double share of your spirit.’ And he said, ‘You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if you do not see me, it shall not be so.’ And as they still went on and talked, behold, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of the. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it and he cried, ‘My father, my father! … And he saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and rent them in two pieces… And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other….” 2 Kings 2.9-12-14).

 

“Nature is the will of God” – St. Augustine. (Dei voluntas rerum natura est.” Also “Portentum ergo fit non contra naturam, sed contra quam est nota natura; De Civitate Dei, XXI, 8. Cited by Antony Flew, “Miracles,” Ency. Phil., 1967, v. 5, p. 348. See also “Augustine,” Ency. Phil. v. 1, p. 205)

 

“‘A portent is not contrary to nature, but contrary to our knowledge of nature’ – St. Augustine. (Portentum ergo fit non contra naturam, sed contra quam est nota natura; De Civitate Dei, XXI, 8. Cited by Antony Flew, “Miracles,” Ency. Phil., 1967, v. 5, p. 348. See also “Augustine,” Ency. Phil. v. 1, p. 205).

 

“An interesting early case… is provided by Spinoza in his Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, in which he tried to reconcile his vision of a natural order (Deus sive natura) with an acceptance of the Bible as in some sense a privileged document. He did this partly by admitting the limitation of observatory powers of the men of Biblical days, but mainly by urging that conventional interpreters of the Bible read far more miracles into it than it contains, because they constantly read poetic Hebrew idioms literally. Today, more and more theologians seem to be noticing the exact words used by the New Testament writers in describing the sorts of alleged events which, in more scientific ages, have been characterized (and perhaps dismissed) as miraculous. These words are … ‘wonders,’ or ‘prodigies,’… ‘powers,’ ‘signs’; and particularly in St. Paul…’graces of healing’ … and ‘effects of powers’…. None of these words seems to carry any entailments about the overriding of a natural order” (Antony Flew, “Miracles,” Ency. Phil. v. 5 p. 347; ref. to Spinoza, Tractatus, v. VI).

 

nature ….. 1 a : the inherent character or basic constitutions of a person or thing : ESSENCE b : DISPOSITION, TEMPERAMENT 2 a : a creative and controlling force in the universe b : an innner force or the sum of such forces in an individual 3 : general character : KIND [acts of a ceremonial nature] 4 : the physical constitution or drives of an organism 5 : a spontaneous attitude (as of generosity) 6 : the external world in its entirety 7 a : man’s original or natural condition b : a simplified mode of life resembling this condition 8 : natural scenery Syn see TYPE” (Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary).

 

“natural theology n : theology deriving its knowledge of God from the study of nature independent of special revelation” (Webster’s).

 

natural law n : a body of law or a specific principle held to be derived from nature and binding upon human society in the absence of or in addition to positive law” (Webster’s).

 

“FLESH. In the Bible, flesh generally refers to man as a living body, a bodily being, but not to ‘body’ as opposed to ‘soul,’ a concept alien to the Hebrew mind. In Paul, especially, ‘flesh’ take son negative connotations … but the contrast here is not between man as material (‘flesh’) and man as ‘sprit’ (soul), but between man in a relationship of enmity and disobedience towards God (flesh) and man at one with God and his brothers in peace (spirit)” (“Biblical Theology Terms,” New American Bible, Biblical Theology Terms, 1968 ed., glossary, p. 19).

 

“WORLD. This word has three main senses in the Bible: it can simply refer (1) to the created universe (Jn 1:10), (2) to the created universe and/or the human race as the object of God’s love and salvation in Jesus (cf. Jn 1:9, 2:16, 8:12; Col. 1:15-30), or (3) to the world of beings hostile to the Father and his loving will (Jn 17:9; Jas 1:27). It is only in the last sense that a Christian may be ‘unworldly’; otherwise he is called to love and have deep concern for the world (cf. 1 Corin. 3:12; Jn 3:16)” (NAB glossary p. 29. See also “Spirit,” and “Body”).

 

 

The “hate” for the “world” that is often heard from the pulpit therefore, needs to be very strongly qualified, and probably even eliminated. Since overall, it holds far, far more narrowly than anyone really thought; if at all.

 

Indeed, God himself constantly tells us to honor physical nature, the physical “world”; indeed, the best way to learn about God, his invisible things, is by observing physical nature, we will see.

 

And if some “world” was condemned by God? Then that world was said to have been “redeemed” by Jesus; while a “new world,” a better world, is to come, with the Second Coming. When by the way, we see God “appearing” (“parousia”) … here, on this material earth, again. So to condemn material things especially at this point (as well as many others), would condemn part of God.

 

 

APPENDIX 4

 

God Commands Us to Be Liberal

 

 

“Be Liberal” is commanded in the Bible. Conservative religious politicians tell us that “liberals” are bad, and some tell us we must vote for candidates only on the basis of their stand on abortion. But indeed, the Bible never used the world “liberal” except in a positive way; tells us to “be liberal” in giving gifts to the poor; as Democratic social programs seek to do systematically and as a matter of law (and not through sporadic and inconsistent acts of religious charity); and indeed, the Bible mentions the poor, and helping them, more than two thousand times in the Bible:

 

“Be rich in good deeds, liberal and generous” (1 Tim. 6.18).

 

“A liberal man will be enriched” (Prov. 11.25).

 

“He… gave gifts with royal liberality” (Est. 2.18).

 

“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them; … he who contributes, in liberality” (Rom. 12.8).

 

“In the churches … their abundance of joy … have overflowed in a wealth of liberality on their part” (2 Corin. 8.2).

 

“You shall furnish him liberally out of your flock” (Deut. 15.14)

 

“Gave alms liberally to the people” (Act 10.2.

 

[“The myriad affairs liberally entrusted to them” (3 Mc. 3.21).

 

“Men will praise the one who is liberal with food” (Sir. 31.23).]

 

Conservative religious Ayatollahs in America, like Pat Robertson, condemn those who are “liberal”; God on the other hand, praises them. And the word “liberal” means in the Bible, roughly what it means today: those who want to help the poor, the minorities, with money, taxes. Who should we believe, then: Pat Robertson … or God?

 

The world “liberal” is used only in a positive way in the Bible!

 

The other component of liberalism, is being open to many different points of view; being broad-minded. And that concept too is often embraced in the Bible:

 

“In an abundance of counselors there is safety” (Prov. 11.14).

 

“There are many parts, yet one body” (1 corin. 12.20).

 

“Now I now in part; then I shall understand fully” (1 Corin. 13.12).

 

“In a wealth of liberality on their part” (2 Corin. 8.2)

 

 

The last component of liberalism, is love of peace; tolerance for others, even your enemy:

 

“Love your enemy”

 

“Turn the Other cheek”

 

“Thou shalt not kill”

 

 

 

APPENDIX 5

 

Non-Biblical Quotes on The Goodness of

Work

 

 

 

 

“By natural reason man can know God with certainty, on the basis of his works…. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994-2000 Ed., para. 50; 36).

 

“Though Faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason” (Catechism, 158; cf. 2292-94).

 

. . .

 

 

“Now man is ashamed of himself; he skulks and sneaks through the world” (Emerson, Harvard, 495). “Men have come to speak of the revelation as somewhat long ago given and done, as if God were dead” (Emerson, Harvard Divinity, p. 493). “Rather let the breath of new life be breathed by you through the forms already existing” (499). “The divine nature is attributed to one or two persons, and denied to all the rest, and denied with fury. The doctrine of inspiration is lost….” (491). “Jesus Christ … say that God incarnates himself in man, and evermore goes forth anew to take possession of his World.” (491).

 

“Man is not a farmer, or a professor, or an engineer, but he is all. Man is priest, and scholar, and statesman, and producer, and soldier. In the divided or social state these functions are parceled out to individuals…. The state of society is one in which the members have suffered amputation from the trunk, and trust about so many walking monsters – a good finger, a neck, a stomach, an elbow, but never a man” (Emerson, The American Scholar, 477).

 

“Salvation…. The primary meaning of the Hebrew and Greek words translated ‘salvation’ is non-religious…. In fact when God is the source of ‘salvation’ in the Hebrew Bible the meaning is overwhelmingly physical rather than spiritual, and in this life rather than in some afterlife (Exod. 14.30; 2 Sam. 8.6; Ps. 44.3; 144.10; Isa. 59.16; Zeph. 3.17). It is difficult to stress this too much…” (Michael D. Coogan, “Salvation,” Ox. Comp., pgs. 669-70).

 

APPENDIX 6

 

JESUS:

 

DOUBTS HIS OWN STATUS;

Only Bad People, Not Jesus Himself,

Say Jesus is God

 

 

Here we follow the Bible, and of course, Jesus. But what finally was Jesus really like? Here we will have been finding that he was rather different than priests told us. And further investigation will reveal even greater differences.

 

Thanks to what they always heard in church, Christians today usually assume that Jesus firmly knew he was God; and firmly told us that he was Christ, or God. But he didn’t. In fact, 1) normally, Jesus did not say he was God or Christ; he mostly only asked others who they thought he was. Surprisingly, out of hundreds of places where you might think that Jesus was telling us he was God, only one or two of them might be taken to say that – and even the occasional apparent reference, is actually, questionable, for various reasons.

 

So Jesus rarely if ever actually claimed explicitly to be God, or even Christ. Indeed, 2) too, of his references to a “son of Man” for example, stressed that “son” as a “man” or “mortal,” after all; while 3) then too, those references from Jesus, were seemingly mostly in third person; leaving open the possibility that Jesus was not meaning there, to refer to himself; but to another.

 

Then too, 4) some scholars even claim, that Jesus made statements that implied he was sometimes mistaken; as when he assumed that he had been abandoned by God, on the cross. While if Jesus at times did things that appear to be wrong, some would say, then that would endanger his status as God, or son of God, or Christ. While indeed we will find that actually, amazingly, Jesus himself, doubted himself. And did not really command us to believe in him as son of God. But merely asked us who we thought he was. 5) As to those who seemed to say he was Christ, like Peter? We find that all those who said that, were people considered doubtful witnesses in ancient Jewish culture: like a) Roman centurions; b) women; c) apostles like Peter that Jesus called “Satan” (Mat. 16.23); d) gentiles or Samaritans; and e) especially many crazy people with “unclean spirits.” Indeed, e) Jesus himself often explicitly told his followers not to say he was the Christ. Whether because of a “Messianic Secret” as some said; or out of genuine self-doubt and humility.

 

So surprisingly, we find that a closer look at the Bible itself, finds that it is far from certain, that Jesus himself, wanted us to view him as the Christ. Instead, f) Jesus most often kept that an open question. One to be determined not by him, but by History; the record of his “works.”

 

 

 

Jesus Merely Asks Others Who They Say He is;

He Does Not Normally Tell Them He Is God, or Son of God

 

 

Here are some of the places where it was thought or taught by priests, that Jesus was telling us he was God. But look at those passages more closely: note that Jesus asks what others say about him; or tells others that they say he is Son of God. But he himself does not say it:

 

 

“And they all say, ‘Are you the Son of God, then?’ And he said to them, You say that I am. And they said, ‘What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.’ Then the whole company of them arose, and brought him before Pilate” (Luke 22.70-23.1).

 

‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?’ Pilate answered, ‘Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me; what have you done?’ Jesus answered, ‘My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.’ Pilate said to him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king….’ Pilate said to him, ‘What is [the?] truth?'” (John 18.33-38).

 

“‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ And he answered him, You have said so.’ And the chief priests accused him of many things. And Pilate again asked him, ‘Have you no answer to make?…’ But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate wondered” (Mark 15.2-5).

 

Who do you say I am” (Mat. 16.15).

 

“‘Are you King of the Jews?’ And he answered him, ‘You have said so’….” (Mark 15.2).

 

Who do men say the Son of man is?” (Mat. 15.13).

 

 

“‘I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have said so‘ Mat. 26.64)

 

‘Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?’ So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king….’ ” (John 18.33-38).

 

” ‘Who do men say that the Son of man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ … Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.” (Mat. 16.23-20. There Jesus seemed for a minute to “bless” Peter for Peter saying Jesus was the Christ; but then Peter turned on Jesus – and Jesus in turn called Peter “Satan”; thus revoking any acceptance by Jesus, of Peter and his ideas; in Mat. 16.23).

 

 

 

Miracles?

 

 

Did Jesus work miracles? Jesus is often pictured by others, as working miracles. But what does Jesus himself say? In fact, if anything, Jesus himself often tells his followers 1) not to say he is God or Son of God; or 2) is working miracles (though he is clearly pictured in the gospels, as working them). At best, 3) he merely asks others, what they think. While more often, he tells them not to say he is God, or is working miracles:

 

“‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?'” (Mat. 9. 28).

 

“And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, ‘See that no one knows it.‘ But they went away and spread his fame through all that district” (Mat. 9.30).

 

“And many followed him, and he healed them all, and ordered them not to make him known” (Mat. 12.16).

 

 

 

Those Who Say Jesus Is God,

Or Son of the Most High…

Are “Demons” and “Unclean” Persons,

“Satan,” or Gentiles

 

 

Of course, our priests will want to say firmly that Jesus is the Son of God, and the Christ. But preachers are not reading their Bibles well enough. In the Bible note, Jesus himself hardly ever – if ever – says that. And indeed, Jesus often explicitly tells others not to say it either.

 

Then too, note now: those who say he is son of God, are practically always “unclean” people; Gentiles or persons with “unclean spirits.” Even St. Peter:

 

 

“But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God…. But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me Satan! You are a hindrance to me….'” (Mat. 16.15, 23).

 

“And whenever the unclean spirits beheld him, they fell down before him and cried out, ‘You are the Son of God.’ And he strictly ordered them not to make him known” (Mark 3.11-12).

 

“And when he had come out of the boat, there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who lived among the tombs; and no one could bind him…. And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshipped him; and crying out with a loud voice, he said, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.’ For he had said to him, ‘Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!’ And Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He replied, ‘My name is Legion; for we are many.’ And he begged him eagerly not to send them out of the country. Now a great heard of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged him, ‘Send us to the swine, let us enter them.'” (Mark 5.2-3, 6-12; Luke 8.27-28; cf. however, “Tell them how much the Lord has done for you,” Mark 5.19).

 

“And he sent him away to his home, saying, ‘Do not even enter the village'” (Mark 8.26).

 

“Peter answered him, ‘You are the Christ.’ And he charged them to tell no one about him…. ‘Get behind me Satan!'” (Mark 8.2, 32).

 

“‘One of you will betray me….’ They began to be sorrowful, and to say to him one after another, ‘Is it I?'” (Mark 14.19).

 

“Son, (as was supposed) of Joseph” (Luke 3.23).

 

“… Tempted by the devil…. ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread” (Luke 4.3; and Jesus declines).

 

“And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Ah! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!'” (Luke 4.33-35).

 

“Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. [all?]. And demons also came out of many, crying, ‘You are the Son of God!’ But he rebuked them, and would not allow them to speak, because they knew [/thought] he was the Christ” (Luke 4.40-41).

 

The Bible, strangely therefore, notes that often – and perhaps always – those who call him God, or Son of God or so forth, are bad; persons with demons. When even St. Peter calls him this, Jesus blesses him, but calls him “Satan.” And he also “rebukes” those who call him that. If a voice from heaven itself seems to call Jesus his “son,” there are after all bad angels like Satan in heaven; and that voice was never specified to be God.

 

This might seem like a strange or idiosyncratic reading of the Bible; but other scholars have long noted it. And it it is so massively consistent, that finally, this reluctance to call Jesus the Christ, must have been deliberate. Ultimately, there is perhaps only one place where Jesus seemed to call himself Christ, son of God; where a priest is pressing him to say that. But that passage after all, differs from identical or similar incidents; where the text supposed that others were assuming that of him. But overwhelmingly, Jesus was only asking about his status; not asserting it.

 

“Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to him, ‘I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have said so. But I tell you, hereafter you wills see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.’ Then the high priests tore his robes, and said, ‘He had uttered blasphemy'” (Mat. 26.63-65).

 

Obviously this is the very same incident recorded also in Mark. But note that Mark reports it differently in one curious, crucial detail: in Mark, Jesus does not ask, or suggest that only others say he is Christ; rather Mark accepts that Jesus himself affirmed it:

 

Mark 15.62: “The high priest asked him, ‘Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?’ And Jesus said, ‘I am; and you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.’ And the high priest tore his garments and said, ‘Why do we still need witnesses? You have heart his blasphemy'”

 

Amazingly, the very same incident it seems, is narrated with a crucial difference or contradiction, in two different parts of the Bible. In Mat. 26, Jesus merely suggests that the priests are saying he is Christ – but he declines to say that himself. While in Mark 15, Jesus himself seemed to affirm it; even though he even forbade others to say that, 99% of the time.

 

So what should we say? What should we think, when Jesus said the very same thing 99% of the time – with possibly only one apparent exception? And when regarding that one exception, two different apostles, in two different parts of the Bible, tell the same incident, in two very significantly different ways. What should we say? How can we follow the Bible, when it says two opposite things?

 

It would see at the very least, that the text, and apparently even Jesus himself, did not finally attain certainty and consistency, on this absolutely critical question to Christianity: on whether Jesus was the promised Christ. Or not. Nearly every time, Jesus did not say this; but merely asked others what they thought. While indeed, Jesus often forbade it. In this one example in 99, where Jesus himself seemed to affirm it? That single example, was narrated the opposite way, in another gospel.

 

Moreover by the way, since Jesus and God often warned about priests; and especially warned specifically, that priests would often misrepresent the word of the “LORD” and of Jesus? Perhaps it would be useful to recall this – and then note that our Bible was finally, in the hands of priests for 2,000 years, after the death of Jesus. While indeed, here we have a contradiction specifically, in what Jesus was alleged to say … while actually a mere priest was merely projecting that statement, onto Jesus, in a hundred other examples.

 

 

 

Jesus Himself,

Does Not Call Himself

“Son of Man”?

Or Son of Man not Always A Reference to Him?

 

 

What is more, when Jesus refers to “the Son of Man” – which is usually thought to be a reference to himself – it is actually, in the third person; and may not be a reference to Jesus himself at all.

 

Look at this example; a) Jesus refers to “the Son of Man” in the third person; and b) in past tense; as if he was someone other than Jesus. While again, the text is full of questions, and is often in question form; c) asking “who” can do this. So that it is not ever quite sure he refers to himself. Or that it is he who is say, working miracles in the name of the “son of Man”:

 

“And the scribes and Pharisees began to question, saying, ‘Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?’ When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, ‘Why do you question in your hearts…? But that you may know that the Son of man had authority on earth to forgive sin,’ – he said to the many who was paralyzed – ‘I say to you, rise, take up you bed and go home'” (Luke 5.21-22-24).

 

“Why do you call me Good” (q.v.).

 

Son of man might just be a metaphor for “mortal,” too.

 

Amazingly too, when Jesus is on the cross, dying, Jesus clearly issued a remark that in the context, assumed that he had been abandoned or “forsaken” by God (q.v.:

 

“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me” (Jesus, dying on the cross, in Mat. 27.46).

 

Here scholars note there are really only two possibilities: either 1) Jesus was wrong; he had not been abandoned by God. But if Jesus was wrong, then he could not be the son of God. Or 2) Jesus was right; God had abandoned him. But in that case again, having been abandoned by God, Jesus could not be the Son of God. (Some try to say that Jesus was not intending to really say anything; he was just quoting other parts of the Bible, where David said the same thing in Ps. 22.1; without intending that statement to be relevant to Jesus own present situation, being crucified. And yet that violates the main principle on which Biblical explication depends: earlier parts of the Bible are constantly referenced, quoted by other parts; and whenever earlier parts of the Bible are invoked, that means that it is thought that the earlier situation is indeed, germane. While in the case of David, some might say that David had been indeed, temporarily forsaken. And God was sometimes not hearing him Ps. 22.2; since David was not the son of God after . But was a sinner who sent the husband of a woman he wanted, to certain death in battle, deliberately).

 

 

 

Conclusions?

 

 

All this additional information or speculation, leads some scholars, to a totally, totally different vision of Jesus than the one you met in church: as the “Son of God.” What many scholars now see in fact, in the Bible itself, is that Jesus did not tell others he was God, or Son of God; nor was it clear that he referred to himself, when he referred to the “son of Man.” While furthermore, Jesus actually often condemned those who called him Son of God. As unclean persons, with demons.

 

He also instructed many, not to tell anyone he was working miracles; or that he was the Son of God. Yet many reported that he was both. Against Jesus’ own wishes, apparently.

 

So that indeed, we come to a shocking conclusion: all those in the Bible, and today, those who report Jesus as 1) working miracles, and 2) being the Son of God, might actually be disobeying Jesus. Who himself, wanted to draw a very different picture of himself.

 

 

 

“I Am” Means?

 

The One Time

Jesus Says He

Is God, Or Son of God?

 

 

Only once perhaps, in the entire New Testament, in fact, does Jesus himself seem to actually want to frankly say he was God, or Son of God. (Or the “most high” Lord or God; perhaps the king? By “noblesse oblige”). Only in Mark 14.61?:

 

“Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?’ And Jesus said, “I am; and you will see the son of man…'” (Mark 14.61-62).

 

Here, for once, Jesus might seem to be actually telling us, not asking us; saying at last that the is Son of God. But now more closely consider even this one possible, single exception to the rule, as versus dozens of other contrary parts – this one place where Jesus seems to just say, whether than ask whether others think, that he is God or Son of God. Note first that here the statement is still put mostly again, in other’s mouths; others say it, more than Jesus. It is a priest that articulates the key terms; “Christ,” “Son”; not Jesus. This in fact is the way this type incident is accounted in other gospels (q.v.).

 

Most important, 1) Jesus himself is pictured agreeing with a priest, by a bare “I am.” Significantly, this is phrase that is short, and might easily be mistranslated. Especially since “I am” is one of the names of God; Jahweh” or Jehovah, means “I am” in Hebrew.

 

So? Jesus might merely be saying “God” here, as an exclamation; rather than declaring that he was God. Something like this:

 

“‘Are you the son of God?’ “God help me! [Jahweh]. What a question!’

 

 

Sometimes, priests try to say that Jesus somewhere else, confirmed that he was God or son of God, in John 8.58; since he said this:

 

“I tell you, before Abraham was, I am”

 

There are several ways to read this however. One is a) Jesus is saying he existed before Abraham. Yet, though this is typically taken as saying he must be God, note that Jer. 1.8 has God telling us, that he knew us all perhaps, before he formed us in the womb. God seemed to suggest that those of us who later were born to become persons, were in the mind of God as future humans, right from the start:

 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jer. 1.5).

 

So that all of us – not just Jesus – existed before Abraham. There is therefore, no claim to divinity here. (Though Jews of the time could have taken offense at this; particularly without knowing its reference.)

 

Or b) note that “I am” is one name of Jehovah; so that Jesus might be saying here, merely, “before Abraham: God.”

 

Then too, c) the Greek here for “I am,” is “elo eimi”; which looks like a Greek version of “Elohim”; indeed, another name for God or “gods”; meaning powerful ones. So once again, Jesus might again merely be saying that he honored God, over Abraham.

 

The language here, therefore, does not have Jesus unambiguously claiming divinity for himself.

 

 

 

Mark 14.61 Again:

 

“Are Your the Christ?… -‘I Am”

 

Actually, in fact, only once perhaps, in the entire New Testament, does Jesus himself seem to actually want to frankly say he was God, or Son of God. (Or the “most high” Lord or God; perhaps the king? By “noblesse oblige”). Only in Mark 14.61?:

 

Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?’ And Jesus said, “I am; and you will see the son of man…'” (Mark 14.61-62).

 

Here, Jesus at last might seem to be just telling us, not asking us; saying at last that the is Son of God.

 

But now closely consider even this one possible, single exception to the rule, as versus dozens of other contrary parts. Remember from the above that first, 1) this the one place in the Bible, where Jesus seems to just say, whether than ask whether others think, that he is God or Son of God. Note next that 2) here the statement is still put mostly again, in other’s mouths; others say it, more than Jesus. It is the priest that articulates the key terms; “Christ,” “Son”; not Jesus.

 

But especially note this: 3) Jesus here clearly suggests he is the “Christ”; but that merely meant, a christened person; not necessarily a “son of God.” Normal kings are christened, to this very day. While further, 4) major concern here is Jesus’ alleged connections to “God,” specifically, and “Son of God”; but here Jesus is not quite claiming, in most translations, to be “son of God.” Instead, he admits it seems to being “son of the Blessed.” Whoever that is. Here too, many might qualify; and the text does not make it clear that “God” was meant; not at all.

 

So indeed, Jesus seems to admit to be a son of the “Blessed” – but again, this is not quite the same as saying he is son of God. Then too, 5) as is typical, Jesus says that after him, in the future, “will” come a son of “Man”; but once again, as is typical, this is not clearly a reference to then-present Jesus himself.

 

So that amazingly, even here, even in his most apparently adamant confirmation of his own status as an important person, Jesus is not quite, even here, saying he is God, or even Son of God. Or the “son of Man.” Though he might admit to being a “Christ,” that is a lesser term, referring merely to princes and others christened.

 

Note next, that 6) even here, Jesus himself is pictured, seeming to agree with a priest, by a bare “I am.” Significntly, this is phrase that is short, and might easily be mistranslated – especially since “I am” is one of the names of God; “Jahweh” or Jehovah, means “I am” in Hebrew. Here the Greek again, is “elo eimi”; which could be a Greek version of the name of God “Jahweh”; or even a phonetic Greek version of “Elohim,” another name for God or gods.

 

That is, here Jesus might not be saying “I am” here; but might merely be saying “God” here, as an exclamation; rather than declaring that he was God. He might be saying something like this:

 

“‘Are you the son of God?’ “God help me! [Jahweh]!. What a question!'”

 

Further, remember (# 1 above) if you know the larger context of the statement, not only is it not Jesus himself, that sets up the terms, but a priest; and 7) in addition, the priest that sets this up, that names all the important titles … is a bad and false priest, at that. One of the many priests who are trying to frame Jesus for heresy; so that he can have Jesus executed. To make Jesus say something heretical, so they can execute him. So that the whole sequence of questioning, of determining Jesus’ status – as “Son of God” or not, say – is motivated by an attempt to destroy Jesus. And the sequence therefore might be unreliable.

 

Indeed, 8) remember that the rest of the Bible, has Jesus asking, not telling, others, who he is.

 

While indeed, in fact, 9) not only does Jesus normally say something quite different; even this one incident, where he appears to affirm some kind of status, is reported differently in the other gospels. As asking, rather than telling. Compare this short version here, for example, to the longer versions of the same incident, or same type of incident; where Jesus more clearly merely asks others – like priests – who they thought or said he was:

 

Who do you say I am” (Mat. 16.15).

 

“‘Are you King of the Jews?’ And he answered him, ‘You have said so’….” (Mark 15.2).

 

Who do men say the Son of man is?” (Mat. 15.13).

 

“‘I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have said so‘ Mat. 26.64)

 

‘Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?’ So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king…’ ” (John 18.33-38).

 

So that even here, even in this single quote from – from Mark 14.61-2, above – which is perhaps the only part of the New Testament where Jesus might really seem to have called himself Son of God, even this single incident, does not hold up to a closer inspection. It might be in effect, a misleading abbreviation of the fuller incident.

 

Then too, 10) note that declaring one’s self to be God, or a Son of God, was thought to be a heresy, by the Jews of Jesus’ time; and so Jesus is likely most of the time, intending to evade any flat statement of his own deity, or sonship. Which is also clear in the text as a whole.

 

So that finally, the vast bulk of the New Testament, 99% of the time, does not have Jesus affirming his status as Christ. And indeed, Jesus often strongly tells others to say no such thing. So then finally, the one or two rare cases where Jesus might be taken as confirming his status, are found to be anomalous. While even here, the phraseology is at best, ambiguous; Jesus even here is not really openly declaring himself to be “Son of God” (or “God,” or “son of Man” either?). Jesus might accept the term “Christ” for himself; but that is actually a lesser term, that can refer to any christened person; almost any christened heir to any secular king.

 

Therefore, what should we say? Many scholars have suggested that Jesus himself, when he was alive, for whatever reasons, overwhelmingly did not want anyone to say he was the “Son of God.” At best he was only very, very reluctantly accepting of the title of “Christ,” say; and then only once or twice, in the most ambiguous and questionable examples (Mark 14.61; cf. 25.4, Mark 15.2-26-32. Cf. however Luke 9.20-22 and Peter; Luke 20.41 ff). Perhaps Jesus was willing to be called a “prophet.” Still he has some issues even with a term like “Lord” (Luke 6.46; others apply it to him, but do not honor it).

 

Two thousand years of priests of course, implicitly or explicitly assured the whole world, billions of human beings, that Jesus absolutely was, specifically, the “Son of God,” and was Jesus “Christ.” But finally many closer readers of their Bibles, find that Jesus himself almost never firmly, unambiguously told us that, himself. You can look at numerous references throughout the New Testament; and you will mostly not find Jesus calling himself that at all. As it turns out, there are many others who call him this, or similar things. But as it turns out from a closer look at the Bible itself, seemingly all of those that we have found, who called Jesus “Christ” or “God,” are specified in the Bible itself, to be flawed, sinful, bad – and therefore unreliable – people; people with “unclean spirits” in them, and so forth. While …Jesus himself seemingly almost never firmly claims any such title. Jesus never firmly tells us he is God, or Son of God, especially. At times, Jesus seems more accepting of lesser titles; like the “Christ”; but even there, finally, Jesus will not really articulate such things, or firmly claim such titles.

 

Which leads some to an amazing conclusion:
Jesus himself did not really want us to call him, or even think of him definitely, as Christ, and/or Son of God.

 

Over and over, when asked who he is, Jesus does not want to say he is Christ, or son of God. Jesus is evasive on this crucial subject; he will not pin anything down. Or especially, he will not say he is the “Son of God” specifically. He merely asks others “who do you say I am?” And as it turns out, those who do say he is son of God, or “son of the “Most High,” are condemned in the text, as persons with bad, false spirits, demons, in them. So that ironically, the Bible says that those who call Jesus son of God, are unclean, and bad.

 

For that matter, note that the priest that sets this up this statement from Jesus, that names all the important titles … is a bad and false priest, at that. One who is trying to frame Jesus for heresy; so that he can have Jesus executed. So that his whole sequence of questioning, is motivated by an attempt to destroy Jesus. And the sequence therefore, might be unreliable. If the Bible reported it as fact, perhaps a false witness even crept into the Bible. Though here, we merely suggest … a bad translation of “I am”; which was better translated as “Jehovah,” or “Help me God!” (Mat. 26.63-66; cf. 666. Same with Luke 22.69).

 

It appears therefore, that we cannot be sure Jesus – even once, even a single time – when asked, ever himself said, that he was a) God. Or b) even or son of God. Or c) Christ. [Or even perhaps some would say, or Son of Man, etc.].

 

Certainly, the vast percentage of the times the issue of his status was raised, Jesus himself merely asked things, but asserted little. Or indeed, Jesus flatly told others not to say he was the Christ, etc.. Finally therefore it seems that overwhelmingly, ironically for “Christ”ians, 1) Jesus himself did not want to say to anyone, that he was God, or Son of God, or some such. So that 2) therefore, those who say Jesus was God, or the Son of God – as our Christian priests do – are in effect, disobeying Jesus.

 

While further, if Jesus ever seemed to say he was the Son of Man, he was very modest about himself, or the “Son of man”; telling us that we could blaspheme the Son of man; but the only thing we should not “blaspheme,” is the Holy Spirit:

 

“Every one who speaks a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven (Luke 12.10; cf. Mark 3.29).

 

So what should we say? Some priests tell us we must “have faith” in Jesus; and therefore, that would lead us to believe he is the Christ – even if Jesus himself tells everyone constantly, not to say that. But surely, if we have faith in Jesus, we should do and follow what he says. Yet unfortunately, Jesus himself told everyone constantly, that those who called him such things, were unclean persons with demons; and then Jesus told people not to say that. Surely, we might say, it would not be following or having faith in Jesus, to do the opposite of what he told people to do and say.

 

Indeed therefore, many would say, those who call Jesus God, or Son of God, or Son of man, or was working miracles, are ironically, not following Jesus. Instead, they are doing the opposite of what he told us to do. They are saying only what only bad persons with demons say. So that once again, we seem to find that “all” those who claim and think they are following “Christ,” are actually … deceived and wrong. They are not understanding, and are not following him, at all. But are following a false image, generated by false, deceived or deceitful priests.

 

What should we finally do or accept? Note that Jesus himself finally, told us not to have so much faith, even in Jesus. Even telling us at times, not to believe not in he himself, necessarily. But rather, for the “sake” of him at most. Or even, just believe whatever works are done in his name; for the sake not even of Jesus himself, but for the sake of good “works” (John 14.11):

 

“Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me? …. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves”

 

“Beware of false prophets; by their fruits you shall know them” (n.s., paraphrased).

 

Today of course, we can’t observe or verify, Jesus own personal works; they are far too far, in the past. So we should today, just observe the works, of his followers; to see if they are bearing the fruits that were promised in the name of Jesus. But here note, science and experience tell us, that no one today is actually getting miracles like those promised in the name of Jesus. So that we not only cannot confirm that Jesus said he was Christ or God; we also cannot confirm even the works of Jesus, many would say.

 

So what should we say, finally? Some might even ask: was Jesus even really, the Christ? Or as he even, the foretold False Christ? Since he himself, never really said he was these things. While seeking to verify his status, by observing the fruits of his followers, many find them lacking. So what should we conclude? The Bible warned there would be a false Christ, “another Jesus” than the right one; a false or “antichrist” (1 John), that would dominate the whole world. So the fact that Judeo-Christian-Islamic religion, said Jesus was Christ, and dominated the whole world with that vision or image or dogma, is no proof that this image was true. Or that Jesus was the real, foretold Christ.

 

In any case, Jesus referred to yet another arrival of another “counselor,” who would guide us to “all” truth.

 

And many understand today from other parts of the Bible, that the “full” “kingdom” and the definitive word from God, does not come, until the “Second Coming” as they call it. Until yet another arrival of a Christ on earth.

 

 

 

 

Keeping it a Secret?

 

 

Why would Jesus not be clear, about whether he was the promised Christ or Messiah? There are a few theories. According to one massively popular theological theory, 1) Jesus was not clear himself, whether he was God or Son of God, or not
(cf. Harald Riesenfeld, “Messianic Secret,” Ox. Comp. 514).

 

2) More notoriously, the theologian Wilhelm Wrede, speculated in his book on the “Messianic Secret,” that Jesus’ strange unwillingness to say he was God or Son of God, even his constantly telling his apostles not to tell others that, was because perhaps … Jesus wanted to keep his status, a “secret.”

 

But why? Why did Jesus want it not to be said, by everyone, that he was God, etc.? It was said by some that Jesus had ordered others not to tell anyone that he was God or Son, until Jesus had risen from the dead. Though it is not easily explained, why Jesus would order such a thing. Though perhaps, in general terms, Jesus might have wanted to keep his status secret … because a) the Roman occupiers of Jerusalem, would have pursued him, and tried to kill him. At the time of Jesus, Jerusalem was occupied by Romans … who did not want any local Jews, to try to set up their own rival, Jewish state, homeland, or “kingdom of God.” So that Romans were probably looking to execute anyone talking about anything like that; about bringing a “kingdom”; as Jesus often did. Indeed, the Jews who went to the Romans to have Jesus arrested, explicitly made that argument; that by saying he was a “king” of the Jews, Jesus would undercut the authority of the Roman governor (q.v.).

 

Or perhaps after all Jesus was uncertain himself, about his own status. And he left it merely to History, the record of his “fruits,” to make that determination. Though subsequent History many would say, determined against that: Jesus did not really do all the things a Christ was supposed to do; did not really furnish the full “kingdom” and “prosperity” and so forth, as promised in say, Isa. 11, 65-6. He did not tell us he was Christ therefore because he was not sure himself – and invited us to evaluate him ourselves, according to his actual material fruits. Without telling us in any way they we must say, that he was the Christ. While to be sure, some would even say that events, history that came after him, proved that he was not yet fully, yet, the promised Christ; in that he did not yet fully deliver all that was promised.

 

So that at the very least, yet another, “second” coming of Jesus would be required, before Jesus could fully furnish all that had been promised, of the “Christ”; to permanently save Israel from all future invaders and slavery, vassalage, and so forth. Things that still plagued Israel and Christianity, even after following Jesus religiously.

 

Indeed, it seems that Jesus left it to others, to history, to what “came to pass” after him, to pronounce “judgement” on him; as true, or false. As the savior – or not. Whereas in fact, the history of Israel before and after Jesus, shows that no one ever, to this day, permanently freed the Jews: Israel being overrun and occupied by one empire after another for nearly all of its 3,000 year history; by Babylonia, Assyria, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Turkey, England, etc.; all its history in fact, except for the brief reign of Solomon, and David, and modern times 1946-the present. And if the gentile adaptation of Judaism – Christianity – was quite successful, still, no place on earth was ever quite “full”y as good as the ideal “kingdom” of perfect “prosperity” promised.

 

So that indeed, while all Christians want to say that Jesus was the promised Christ, still, they at the same time expect that somehow, yet another, “second” coming of God will be necessary. Before the old promises – of God and a perfect kingdom on earth – are (if ever) fully fulfilled.

 

While we are picturing indeed, a second coming of Jesus, even here and now; a vision of a Jesus, a Christ, who at last combines the “power” of traditional religion, with the real “power” of Science and technology.

 

 

 

 

What Was Said By Jesus?

 

 

To be sure, priests and apostles, said he was son of God – but the priests and apostles in the Bible, after all, are often unreliable.

 

So what did Jesus say? Or who was he really? Or what did the Bible finally say?

 

1) Note also that Jesus is often called a “prophet,” but not “son,” of the Most High: “called prophet of the Most High” (Luke 1.76).

 

2) Then too, St. John – not one of the synoptic gospels – has John the Baptist – but not Jesus himself – saying that Jesus was God (John 1.34); but John the Baptist had an affair with a bad woman … and was unclean.

 

3) Then St. John himself might (or might not) call Jesus the “Son” (John 3.16) … but note that this is a statement by John, not by Jesus himself.

 

4) Then too typically: a “woman” says she believes Jesus is Son of God in John 11.27; but Jesus himself had not asked her to believe that; instead, Jesus asked her to believe that “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11.25); not to believe in him as Christ, or the “Son of God.” And again he asks here what she believes, rather than telling her.

 

5) Indeed in fact, Jesus himself, is constantly telling others not to call him the son of God and so forth (see 9, above). Indeed, when St. Peter himself once calls Jesus Son of God (Mat. 16.16), Jesus “blesses” Peter; but blessings are often given to bad people, to help make them good; while next, Jesus calls Peter “Satan” (Mat. 16.23).

 

6) Indeed, when Jesus himself is asked who he is, he most often answers only with a question: “Who do you say I am?” (Mat. 16.15, 26.64); “who do men say I am” (Mark 8.27-33; Luke 22.67, 23.3 ff; John 10.24-27. John 11.26).

 

7) The voice that says Jesus is his son, in fact, comes out of a “cloud” only (Mat. 17.5; Mark 9.7; Luke 3.22 spirit or dove, 9.34 ff). That voice note, is a) not from Jesus himself. And b) may or may not be God himself; but might be the other “father” in heaven, Abraham, say. Or anyone in heaven; where Satan himself is at times. Then too, c) such “voices” may be merely in people’s minds, or “by revelation.” Again though, it is not Jesus himself who says it. Indeed, a “cloud” usually symbolizes uncertainty.

 

Indeed, Jesus says “you have one Father, who is in heaven” (Mat. 23.9). Suggesting at the very least, that he himself, was not God, in the sense of being God the Father.

 

8) Many have said Jesus was God or Son. But Jesus added that “Many will come in my name, saying [“?] I am the Christ [“?], and will lead many astray” (Mat. 24.5). Note that the original Greek usually does not have punctuation or quotations marks; so that the meaning of this warning, cuts two ways. Again, it is others who say this in any case.

 

9) Once, in fact, when called “Good,” Jesus responded “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone” (Mark 10.18). This is assumed to mean that if Jesus is good, then he must be God. Though still, Jesus continues to ask, not say. He here continues the strikingly consistent patter: he asks rather than says.

 

10) And Jesus usually speaks of God, as a being somewhat separate from, different, from he himself. As his “Father.” At times they are “one”; but still that must be understood in light of his other normal language.

 

11) And when asked where did he get his “authority,” he at least once simply says “neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things” (Mark 11.33; Luke 20.2-8).

 

12) While his name was “Jesus,” (Luke 1.31 – 32 ff), not the foretold “Messiah”; though he was given that as an honorary title, it was not his name. Not even to this day: we call him “Jesus,” far more than “Messiah.”

 

13) And many say he did not completely deliver the “full” “kingdom” promised.

 

 

 

“Christ”?

 

 

So who was Jesus, then? Who did he tell us to think or believe he was? Amazingly, it seems, though many preachers have rushed in to assure us that Jesus was God, it seems that … Jesus himself did not say. And perhaps, if we really follow Jesus, then we should not say either; as he told followers not to tell who he was, or that he was working miracles either.

 

14) Ironically, all those who proclaim Jesus a miracle-worker and Son of God … are disobeying Jesus.

 

Jesus himself, when he was alive, overwhelmingly did not want anyone to say he was the “Son of God,” it seems.

 

15) Though he might have been more accepting of the title of “Christ,” say (Mark 14.61; cf. 25.4, Mark 15.2-26-32. Cf. however Luke 9.20-22 and Peter; Luke 20.41 ff). Or “prophet.”

 

16) Though he has some issues even with “Lord” (Luke 6.46); others apply it to him, but do not honor it.

 

So Jesus himself, while alive, either never, or almost never, referred to himself, as “Son of God,” particularly. It is only after he is dead, that visions of Jesus are said to appear, by others. These others claimed Jesus gave himself – and then, these others – full authority to them; as much as God, or his son (Mat. 28.18). But remember that a) Jesus said many false persons would come after him; including false apostles. Whereas, we might add, b) we are finding here that a close review of the Bible itself, finds that indeed, those many others who have said that Jesus was God or Son of God … are not reliable; are not really telling us what God himself said, in the Bible itself.

 

Jesus himself, did not call himself, “Son of God,” in his normal lifetime.

 

17) As for accepting that he is, on “faith”? Surely, being faithful to Jesus, means we are supposed to follow Jesus faithfully; and that would mean here, noting that Jesus himself, overwhelmingly, did not tell us he was the Son of God, or the Son of Man either. Further, he left it up to the evidence of the “works” and “deeds” of his followers (today, we would say), to prove or disprove his status.

 

18) Indeed, Jesus said, the most sacred thing was not he himself (though he and his father were “one,” as he said elsewhere), or the “Son of man,” whoever that might be. But rather, the only really sacred thing, Jesus told us, is apparently only the Holy Spirit itself (and the Father?):

 

“And every one who speaks a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven” (Luke 12.10).

 

No doubt, he says, “Do you not believe,” that “I am in the Father and the Father in me” (John 14.10-20). But note, strictly speaking, Jesus here is not making a statement; but rather, asking a question. Asking others what they believe. And at most, looking only to a future resolution of that problem (John 13.36; 14.19-26); thanks to a “Counselor,” that was to come after Jesus.

 

Jesus might have said this:

 

“I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him” (John 14.6).

 

This may be read as a typical kind of legal statement: of full power of Attorney, or plenipotentiary powers, typically given to a son. But it is not necessarily a statement of simple, full identity of Son and Father. Likewise being “in” the Father, still assumes a difference. Even being at “one” does too; since you might say that you and your wife are “one” on a given issue; but that does not mean you are the same person, exactly.

 

There are some very complicated discussions in Theology on the exact relation of the various elements of the Trinity. But we will just note a) all the above; and then note, that the word “trinity” is not found in the Bible itself. While c) Jesus normally speaks of God the father, as a different entity, apart from himself. If they are ever “one,” it could be in the sense that you and your fellows are “one” on a given matter; you have unanimity, only.

 

Nor does Jesus often, if ever, say he is the “son of God” in many cases.

 

19) Rather, he is often the “way.” (Cf. the right “path” in other religions; Buddhism and Hinduism, etc..).

 

 

 

Jesus Does Bad Things?

 

 

In fact too, beyond the striking discovery, the internal evidence that, even in the Bible itself, Jesus himself did not say he was God or Son of God? Consider also the internal evidence that Jesus was often even, bad.

 

20) Consider for example, the moment that Jesus told us to “hate” our own family, our own father and mother:

 

“Whoever does not hate his own father and mother and wife … he cannot be my disciple (Luke 14.26).

 

This would seem rather bad in itself.

 

21) This “hate” seems worse yet, when we find that Jesus’ command to “hate” our family, seems condemned by other parts of the Bible:

 

“For no man ever hates his own flesh” (Eph. 5.29);

 

“Anyone one who hates his brother is a murderer” (1 John 3.15);

 

“He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother is in the darkness still” (1 John 2.9).

 

22) Then consider the time that at first, Jesus says he is not going to do something … but then he does it:

 

“Jesus said … ‘I am not going to this festival….’ But … then he also went, not publicly but as it were in secret…. Some were saying … ‘No, he is deceiving the crowd.’ Yet none would speak openly about him for fear…” (John 7.6, 8, 10, 12, 13).

 

 

23) Then consider another of the times, even Jesus seems to nearly contradict himself:

 

“Judge not, that you be not judged” (Mat. 7.1). “I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true” (John 8.16).

 

 

24) And consider the times John, on Jesus, rather contradicts himself:

 

“A new commandment I give you” (John 13.34). “Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment…. yet I am writing you a new commandment” (1 John 2.7, 8).

 

 

And there are other times when it seems, Jesus does things that most people would think are bad, or un-christlike. For example:

 

25) Consider the moment Jesus tells us he has not come to change an “iota” of the old laws … but then, Jesus drops the requirement in effect, to meet, and not work, on the Sabbath, or Saturday (q.v.).

 

 

 

a) Jesus at times said he had not come to change an “iota” of the law ... but then, apparently changed the rules on the Sabbath; allowing people to work on that days. Allowing his disciples to pick “corn” on a Sunday to pick food, and eat; though that was forbidden, under pain of death, in the Old Testament laws on Sabbath.

 

b) At times in connection with this, he told his followers to do as the Pharisees said, but not as they did; but then he himself went against what they had said, on the Sabbath.

 

c) Then Jesus turned around, and, to justify his and his apostles working on a Sunday or Sabbath, he said we should do as others do, and not as they said; aa) because “who among you” would not save a lost sheep on a Sabbath”; telling us to follow common practice, what people do, instead of what they say. Thus reversing his earlier opinion.

 

While also, bb) telling us in effect, that something is OK to do since everyone else does it. To be sure, this is allowed in common law; but contradicts the idea that most preachers have of Jesus. Thus cc) also exactly reversing his command earlier to do what the Pharisees say, and not what they do.

 

26) Then, at times Jesus told us that “those who are not against us, are with us”; then exactly reversed this by saying “those who not for us, are against us.”

 

27) Jesus also at times seems to treat women badly;

 

28) And to – at times – deny salvation to Gentiles; sending his Apostles to the “lost sheep of Israel” only;

 

29) And though he later reverses some of this, this correction suggests his earlier positions were wrong.

 

30) Indeed, Jesus was widely accused by Jews, of being bad, and heretical. And above, it seems he did break the law about the Sabbath;

 

31) While when asked “which” commandments one should follow, he did not list them all; all Ten Commandments.

 

So that indeed, Jesus himself was finally executed by Jews, in part, on charages of heresy.

 

32) Then too Jesus was arrested, tortured, executed: whereas in fact, a) when God really came to earth, he was not supposed to be executed. Only b) bad, false prophets are supposed to be “pierced” and killed (Zech.?).

 

33) While Jesus himself, for a moment, on the cross, assumed that he had been abandoned by God “My God, my God; why have you abandoned me?” But analyze this logically. Jesus here assumed he had been abandoned by God. And so there are only two possibilities here: either a) God had not abandoned Jesus, and Jesus here was wrong; in which case, Jesus was not God, since he was wrong once. Or b) Jesus was right; he had been abandoned by God; in which case, God at least temporarily abandoned Jesus. In either case, when Jesus spoke in a way that assumed that God had abandoned him, Jesus must be found to have erred.

 

34) Other times, Jesus at times made false logical inferences. When accused of being a devil, he argued that since he was healing people, he could not be a devil; since by doing good deeds, he would be working against his evil purposes; and “house divided against itself cannot stand.” However, actually, in real life, often people do minor good deeds to mislead others … so that then once many trust them, they can take advantage of them in an even bigger way. It is like a form of fraud, called “salting the mine”: a prospector with a bad mine, that wants to see it to another as good one, will put or “salt” pieces of real gold, in the mine, to make it appear good. In this way, the prospector loses a certain small amount of real gold … but all in order to get it all back and much more, when he sells the mine for much, much more than it is worth.

 

So Jesus did many things, that appear to be wrong, to many. In addition though, more important?

 

35) And then we found above, that most often, by far – 99 times out of 100 – whenever Jesus himself was asked, whether he was God, or Son of God, Jesus did not answer; but instead merely asked others “who” they thought or said he was. So that against those who assume Jesus was God, note that Jesus himself overwhelmingly avoided plainly saying that.

 

36) Many think Jesus spoke of himself as God, and as coming again, in a Second Coming, when he spoke of a “Son of Man” coming. Yet though Jesus often refers to a “son of Man,” it is not sure at all, that he is talking about himself; since a) Ezekiel was often called son of Man (see Ez., 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, passim). And b) Jesus himself often referred to the son of man in third person; as if he was something other than he himself. (At best, himself in a future, second coming). Then too, c) “son of man” might just be a metaphor for “mortal.”

 

So that the end to which Jesus referred? The moment when we see the “Son of man”? Might merely be the moment, some might say, when we see that Jesus himself, was just … a mortal man.

 

37) In the meantime, what did Jesus actually say?:

 

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you…” (John 16.7).

 

Was Jesus the promised Christ? Jesus himself probably never clearly, unambiguously, said that he was, in the Bible. While often tell believers not to say that, for whatever reason. Ironically then, those who say that he is Christ, are not obeying him, it seems.

 

38) Finally, many scholars have noted therefore, in addition, that there were hints in the Bible itself, that a given “Christ,” a “son” of a “LORD,” that we thought was absolutely Good and true, might be found to be false in the end; a “false” or “Anti-Christ”; “another Jesus” than the right one.

 

39) Among many other cases of this kind of warning or prophesy, consider the story of “Absalom,” a son of king David; this seems to foreshadow, prophesy, prefigure, the story of Jesus. As a “son” who was riding on a donkey or mule, taken to have actually, while appearing to be loyal, rebelled against his “father,” his God. And who was therefore, exposed, even on an offer of “silver,” hanging between heaven and earth … but then killed. But note here, in the original: this bad son was not killed just by the people, but in effect, was killed by God. For turning against God, and going against his laws. Killing in any case, by hanging, then being pierced, on a bit of wood; then “trumpets” are blown (2 Sam. 18.9-21). So consider the story of Absalom, as a negative prefiguration of the coming of Jesus: about a false “son” of God, that the Bible firmly said, should have been executed. Absalom was rebelling against Solomon, his father; and was being pursued therefore, by his own father’s soldiers and others. Though many are still reluctant of course, to stop even an apparently wayward son of the lord:

 

“And Absalom chanced to meet the servants of David. Absalom [whose name means, “father of peace”] was riding upon his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak, and his head caught fast in the oak, and he was left hanging between heaven and earth....’What, you saw him! Why then did you not strike him there to the ground? I would have been glad to give you ten pieces of silver and a girdle.’ But the man said to Joab, ‘Even if I felt in my hand the weight of a thousand pieces of silver, I would not put forth my hand against the king’s son; for in our hearing the king commanded you and Abisha and Ittai, ‘For my sake protect the young man Absalom.’ On the other had, if I had dealt treacherously against his life (and there is nothing hidden from the king), then you yourself would have stood aloof.’ Joab said, ‘I will not waste time like this with you.’ And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them into the heart of Absalom, while he was still alive in the oak…. Then Joab blew the trumpet…. Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and set up for himself the pillar which is in the King’s Valley, for he said, ‘I have no son to keep my name in remembrance’: he called the pillar after his own name…. [But] ‘The king’s son is dead.”

 

 

In some ways, this story is quite like the story of Jesus; and perhaps was in the people’s mind, when they had him executed, or related the similar story of Jesus’ end; a “son” of God who however, was not accepted by all; and who was therefore betrayed, with promises of silver, so that he was hung up on a bit of wood, to be “pierced” and thereby killed.

 

Related to this, see also especially the command by God to strike the “shepherd” standing next to the Lord, even in heaven itself; while God commands us to even “pierce” this shepherd, even the one standing next to God himself (Zech. 13.2 – 14.1). And of course, many have commented on the fall of the man, from the house of David, on the famous “peg,” that “falls” (Isa. 22.21-25).

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:

So Did Jesus Himself, Actually Ever Say

He Was God

 

 

So – amazingly, shatteringly – there is a great deal of biblical evidence that Jesus himself did not want to say he way God, or Son of God. By far, most of the time, 1) Jesus did not say he was God; 99 times out of 100 – or perhaps even 100 out of 100. Most of the time, Jesus merely asked others, “what” or “who” they “said” he was; without saying it himself; except perhaps only once.

 

2) While as for all those references to the “son of Man”? Jesus often referred to the deeds of the “son of Man”; but that term a) originally applied to Ezekiel (Ezek. 2.3, 2.6, 2.8, 3.1, etc.) While b) since Jesus did not bring a full earthly kingdom as the old prophesies promised (Isa. 5-6), b) his references to the “son of Man” coming to do all these things, if they are to Jesus at all, might not be to this first appearance … but to the Second Coming.

 

Overwhelmingly, then, 99% of the time, Jesus does not tell us he is God or Son of God or son of Man either; he merely asks others what they say.

 

3) In fact, there are only one or two places where, when asked if he was great, he said “I am.” And a) as it turns out, this is recounted differently in other gospel accounts; it b) might have been the error of a priest; while c) he might have meant to merely say the word “God,” or “Jahweh”; which translated to “I am.”

 

And 4) furthermore indeed, in the Bible itself, those other who say he is God, by the way, are always persons who are “unclean” in some way; they are persons with an “unclean spirit,” or they are gentiles, or people with “demons” (all much the same thing, to Jews). While the voice from a “cloud” or even heaven, is not necessarily God; since Satan and others are often in heaven it seems.

 

While 5) Jesus often explicitly tells others not to tell anyone he is working miracles, or is the Son of God or Man.

 

While 6) if he “blessed” Peter, who had just called him a wonder, one often blesses bad people (Mat. 16.23).

 

 

So in conclusion, if you really want to follow Jesus as described in the Bible, then you should not call him Son of God, or God. Note that Jesus himself, in the Bible itself, does not seem to have called himself the “Son of God”; only demons did that.

 

And even if legions of people – the whole world – are found to be inhabited by, dominated by, those demons who say Jesus was God, then we were told that indeed, one day some were to discover that the world planet was following a false Christ (Rev. 13). If the whole world believes and follows this Christ, this idea of Christ, this Jesus, or this idea of Religion, perhaps after all, it is time for the people to remember that one “day,” their old vision of heaven is to be found wanting, deceptive – and, to be dissolved. At that time, a new, “second coming” or second appearance of Jesus or Christ, is supposed to arrive. One which you are beginning to pick up, now.

 

While noting that Jesus himself, overwhelmingly, did not refer to himself either as 1) the Son of God; nor 2) the son of Man; nor the 3) Christ; nor 4) the Messiah. He merely asked others “who” they thought he was; or who they “say” he was. While he normally referred to both the “Son of Man” and “God,” in third person; as an entity different from him. Finally there are only one or two instances in the New Testament where Jesus appears to himself, say that he was God, or Son of God, or some such – and that case can be doubtful. And in any case, is outweighed by the other references; which suggest, 99 to 1 – or perhaps even 100 to 0 – that Jesus himself did not think of himself as, or normally did not refer to himself as, any of those august titles. Especially, it seems, Jesus overwhelmingly, in the vast majority of references, spoke of all these high titles, as belonging to someone other than he, himself.

 

So if you want to follow Jesus, you should not call him 1) God, or 2) Son of God, 3) Christ, 4) Messiah, or 5) Son of Man, or 6) a miracle-worker either; only deluded, bad, “unclean” persons, with demons, did that.

 

While real followers of Jesus, will know he was so humble, as to not to regard (or ever publicly speak of) himself, as any of these great things, at all. Indeed, Jesus himself referred rather more glowingly, not to himself, but to yet another, “second,” later appearance of a “son of Man” and God and so forth. As the final, fuller, definitive, arrival of God on earth. A “second” and fuller, better, more complete – and more definitive – coming of a Christ, and/or of God. For which many are waiting, even now.

 

 

 

 

 

Addendum: Jesus, on Mary,

 

 

Therefore, there are hundreds of quotes from the Bible itself, that lead to a very, very different theology than what you heard from preachers in church. Surprisingly, at times even Jesus seemed to confess weakness, and even seemed to confess that even he, Jesus himself could make apparent errors. Jesus for example, noted that he himself, chose his own twelve disciples; and yet at least one of his choices was suicidal. Since at least one disciple, hand-picked by Jesus himself, was “a devil” who would give Jesus over to be executed:

 

“‘Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?’ He spoke of Judas” (Jesus, in John 6.70).

 

Why did Jesus often pick even “devil”s as his closest associates? (See Jesus calling Peter “Satan” in Mat. 16.23 too). Apparently Jesus himself, questioned not only everyone else, but even himself, and his own judgement, at times. Jesus wondering how he himself might chose the “devil” himself, as his companion and assistant. No doubt, all men are sinners; but surely not all are fully, such traitorous devils, that Jesus had no choice in the matter. And indeed, it was at this point that many of disciples left him (John 6.66!).

 

Many people looking closer at Jesus, would likely even begin to genuinely wonder if he was the foretold, real Christ, or whether Jesus himself was actually a False Christ. While some later scholars, were to begin to outline what they considered the “sins of Jesus.” For example, the Ten Commandments told us to “honor your father and mother.” And the Catholic Church attempts to revere Jesus’ mother, Mary. And yet however, Jesus at times, seemed to try to ignore that. Or even change, twist the definition of “father” and “mother,” and so forth:

 

“Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!'” (Elizabeth, at Mary with the embryo of the future Jesus; Luke 1.42).

 

“A woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!‘ But he said, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it…! This generation is an evil generation'” (Luke 11.27-28, 29).

 

“Then his mother and his brother came to him, but they could not reach him for the crowd. And he was told, ‘Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.’ But he said to them, ‘My mother and my brothers are those who heard the word of God and do it'” (Luke 8.19-21).

 

“‘The mother of Jesus aid to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, what have you to do with me?'” (John 2.4. Conflict between ascetic priesthood, and family-orientation).

 

“The son (as was supposed) of Joseph” (Luke 3.23).

 

“And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem…. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions…. ‘Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously…. Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2.49; the call to priesthood).

 

“Have we not all one father?” (Mal. 2.10).

 

“Say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father'” (Mt. 3.9).

 

Call no man your father on earth…. You have one Father, who is heaven” (Mat. 23.9).

 

“If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and sister and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14.26).

 

“Honor your father and your mother” (10 Commandments).

 

 

At some point – especially in the non-synoptic gospel of John, and letters like 1 John – Jesus seemed to become extremely ascetic, priestly, spiritual … and thereby rather in conflict with the Old Testament God, many seemed to feel. When Jesus began turning against his own biological mother it seemed, and changing the definition of “mother” and “father,” and telling us to even “hate” our father and mother, and to hate even “life”? Even if this was in the interest of a higher loyalty, still, at that point, no doubt many conventional Jews turned away from Jesus, because they felt he was turning his back on God and the Old Testament, and material sense, too completely. Indeed, John 6 particularly, is where Jesus changed the definition of “bread,” to mean Jesus’ own body (John 6.52-55 ff), and then Jesus insisted that others eat his body to be saved? At that point indeed, precisely, many began to leave him (in John 6.66 in fact).

 

To be sure, in subsequent years, many accepted these sayings in rituals, as part of the Eucharist or communion, the Lord’s Supper. But for Jesus, after Philo, to begin to so metaphorically, “spiritually” change or twist or change the definitions of even “father” and “mother,” and to end up saying things that, taken literally, meant cannibalism? Eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking his blood? At that point, even many of his more intimate disciples, “drew back” in disgust, and left Jesus. Not only had Jesus apparently turned his own back on his real mother and father, but even on the God of the Old Testament. Who told us a) to honor our apparently real father and mother, in the Ten Commandments; the God who told us b) not to eat meat from which the blood had not been drained (Deut. 12.23-25); and c) the God who spoke of cannibalism, as an awful curse.

 

And Jesus did other things against the Old god; he healed or worked, and allowed his disciples to pick corn, on a Sabbath; even though God had firmly stipulated that we should “honor the Sabbath,” and do no work at all on that day. God even stipulating that those who collected even a few “sticks” of wood to cook a meal on the Sabbath, would be put to death (Num. 15.32). Jesus argued that he could work, on many grounds; arguing that priests in effect worked or preached on a Sabbath; and he argued that everyone else did it too. Arguing that anyone who had lost a sheep on a Sabbath, would work to recover it. But finally, arguing that everyone else violated the Sabbath, was not quite good enough for most of those around him; combined with Jesus’ apparent embrace of cannibalism, and “hate”ing his own father and mother. And at that point, even his closest associates turned into “devils,” so far as Jesus was concerned; and turned Jesus in, to be executed as a heretic, against God.

 

In later years, many more accepted these startling statements by Jesus; telling us to “hate” our father and mother. Yet even the writings of his disciples in the Bible itself, at times suggested that when Jesus told us to “hate” our father and mother, Jesus had gone too far, and was no longer following God:

 

“Any one who hates his brother is a murderer” (1 John 3.15).

 

“He who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in the darkness still…. He who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes” (1 John 2.9-11 RSV).

 

Here, Jesus’ apostles began to note in the New Testament itself, that those who followed spirituality so far that they “hate”d their own actual, physical, biological brothers, they hinted, gone too far. Specifically even Jesus’ own disciples began to hint that such persons, were too opposed to material things, to material life. So that though they claimed to be in “light” and “spirit,” they were far too “blind” to material things. And therefore, as 1 John began to say, even such a very spiritual leader, would also be blind, to an invisible God as well:


“If any one says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.” (1 John 4.20).

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

 

So who or what is the true, full Christ? One plausible position on Jesus, might be that he realized many prophesies; but that the world needs – and has been waiting for – a second and better “appearance” of Christ, before all is proven, all is fulfilled. While the vision of Christ that best fits the entire Bible – not just the parts read in church by preachers, but the entire Bible, including the many neglected quotes noted here – is our present reading. Where we now suddenly see Christ, as advocating not so much blind “faith” and spirituality; but at most, faith or “confidence” in things at least reasonably well proven, by empirical evidence, to be physically fruitful. And since science is the best method we know to date, of evaluating physical material evidence? And since the Bible itself in effect, advocated science, by name and in adequate descriptive detail, over and over, in hundreds of ways? Therefore we conclude, that God and Christ finally, more fully seen, advocate not blind faith or spirituality; but only a tiny, tentative bit of faith; only as much faith as it takes to believe in … science; in the Science of God. Only as much as it takes to believe things reasonably well proven by physical evidence.

 

Ultimately the Bible and God, told us that Christianity is supposed to be based not so much on “faith,” as on Science; a Science of God. And this science, furthermore, is to be applied to every single aspect of religion and Christianity; even to scripture. And even to the sayings that have defined “Christ” for so many years. And indeed, as we begin here, a close re-reading of the Bible, particularly paying attention to the parts of the Bible that preachers like to leave out or twist – highlighting its 1) warnings about holy men and priests; 2) warnings about faith; its 3) stress on science – as foretold, we began here to “see” a significantly different, “full”er vision of, an “appearance” of, Christ. A Christ who is a) at once far more humble than our priests every thought; humble even as to his own status, as “Christ” or “God.” But a b) Christ who was also, at the very same time, leading us to an understanding, that is far more effective, than the grand, self-proclaiming Christ loved by preachers; than the Christ who proudly proclaims himself God, and asks for blind faith in himself. What we see now, is a Christ who is far more modest about even his own abilities; who does not proudly proclaim himself as God, with mere words and self-proclamations; but who asks others who they think he is. And ar more? Who waits for works, proven deeds, to speak for themselves; to determine and say, prove, who he really was. For better, or for worse.

 

And so we are coming even here and now, to see a second appearance to Jesus. And as foretold, this Christ corrects the whole world; Christ was not quite what everyone thought, and worshipped. Here at last, we see more of the real, fuller Christ; advocating not so much blind or very strong “faith,” especially in individuals; but urging instead, greater confidence in things materially proven fruitful; “prove”n to result in good “works,” “signs,” “deeds,” by the broader discipline, of the Science of God.

 

This science by the way, like all Science, is greater than any individual; it is to be composed of hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands of people. All working together cooperatively, but with some independence, to outline a collectively-, scientifically verifiable Christ. One that is true to every word of the Bible – including however, the parts, the seventy or a hundred or more quotes from the Bible, that priests have to date, not been able to publicly “face” or “bear” to admit.

 

Here we have begun to see finally in fact, through the Apocalypse; to the positive second coming of Christ. And if as foretold, it exposes huge sins in “all” our holiest men and angels? And if it seems to dissolve our traditional, “child”hood heaven of childlike faith in miracles and spirit? Then after all, that is in complete, loyal, dutiful obedience to the Bible itself; all that is exactly as foretold, as prophesied, in the Bible itself; by God, himself. If we can only enter the kingdom of heaven, as children, then after we are there, we are supposed, one day, to “mature” or grow up. To see another, second, better vision of God and Christ and truth. While many of us are no doubt beginning to do that even here and now. As we now see the neglected, denied, but better side of Christ; as he leads Christianity and the whole world, into a full merger with, real empirical Science. Clarifying, a growing new branch of Science; to be called perhaps, the Science of God. The Science of Religion. (Or the science, the Second coming, of Christ).

 

As we have begun to see it, even here and now.

 

And who in contrast to what we see here, are the deceivers? Here as always, it is those who see Jesus only as a spirit; who will not acknowledge the coming of Jesus Christ and of good, “in the flesh.” Or that is to say, in physical, material things (2 John 7). As evaluated and confirmed, by real science.

 

 

Some Quotes Explaining

Resurrection

 

 

It might seem to some, that we are trying to demolish the whole of traditional Christianity; and to demolish even heaven itself. But even if that is so, then exactly that, was authorized, even commanded, by the Bible itself. One day or another, God is supposed to reveal sins, in “all” in our Heaven itself; and our Heaven is supposed to “dissolve” (2 Peter 3; Rev. 21; Isa. 34.4 ff, Isa. 51). And now furthermore, on the more positive side: just as the Bible also said, if our traditional heaven is collapsing … that is all to the good. The old Heaven is to be dissolved by God and his agents … all in order for us to see a better Heaven; and to see the return, the resurrection of Christ and God, on this physical earth, again. Scary as it is therefore, the location of countless sins in our holiest traditions, even the collapse of the “Heaven” we learned in church, therefore, will finally be a very positive development.

 

Can we begin to present a more positive vision, here and now? Here and now in fact, a “second” and better “appearance” or coming of Christ and God, is beginning; in part, just from our re-reading of the Bible, itself. Foregrounding the parts of the Bible, the parts of God, that priests have been unwilling to publicly face or bear, or the parts they habitually “twist”ed. Just that at-first seemingly negative orientation, ultimately offers a fresh understanding, a better, fuller appearance, to God and Christ.

 

In fact, our series of neglected quotes from the Bible, finally offers up a positive, better appearance of Christ. Here and now suddenly, we can begin to see a Christ that has some common sense, as well as uncommon sense. Here we can begin to see Christ anew; as being far, far more involved with, caring about, our physical existence, than our over-spiritual priests traditionally thought. So that in this end, this appearance of Christ is far, far better, than what we had from our preachers, and traditional churches. Specifically? Our re-presentation of Christ, finally offers up an appearance of Christ … which is a) fully, absolutely consistent with both the Bible itself (so far as we know. Though to be sure we “all make mistakes” as St. James admitted, if given the opportunity to verbally correct them, the author feels confident he can answer all objections, in subsequent discussion. Indeed, our assertions here are supported by a huge mass of Biblical material; while we will have here and elsewhere, addressed countless objections to our view. So that finally, the sheer bulk of material, should be enough, to counter one or two minor objections to this or that detail.) But b) one the greatest features of what we are doing here, of the Science of God, is to present a manifestation of God and Christ that is amazingly, for the first time, fully consistent with Science, and common physical sense. Here and now, we will have begun to see a Christ who is truly “humble”; even as however he leads us to a merger of the full strengths of religion, with the full practical energies and truths of all of Science. A combination that logically, given its enormous energies, should be enough to at last make the ideal “kingdom” possible.

 

To be sure, the traditional reader or preacher, has to be prepared to face the possibility that some of his own most cherished religious ideas, were simply wrong; were the “illusions” and “delusions” of “false prophets.” The a) all too common idea that preachers and b) our churches, and c) even our angels and prophets, are infallible, or even at least very reliable, has to fall. On closer inspection of the Bible itself. Then too d) the sacrosanct idea, that our religion is supposed to be based on “faith,” or e) the “heart,” or f) “sprituality,” all begin to collapse here too. They are only tiny, secondary parts, of what God was finally pointing to: telling us that our religion was never supposed to be “faith-based” as they say, but science-based instead.

 

To be sure, the whole “world” believed these things; including the whole religious world, and its “worship.” But we were told after all, that nearly everyone (except about 140,000 individuals) would be found following a false idea of religion, a false “worship,” one day, after all (Rev. 13). So the reader should have been prepared to discover that he himself, and the vast bulk of religion, of “believers,” should be found to have been “deceived,” “under a strong delusion” or “illusion” or “enchantment” or “lie,” of “false spirits,” of a “false Christ”; “another Jesus” than the best one.

 

We were warned in countless ways throughout the entire Bible, in seventy or a hundred or more quotes, that one day God is to show us that even our holiest men, even our “Christ,” were partially false; and materially unproductive or un”fruit”ful; and will need to be purged, burned off with “fire,” before even priests are “refined.” So let us, following God, begin to look for some of those errors: what other false, un”fruit”ful “branches,” chaff, must also be painfully “burned” or “purged” from the alleged body of Christ, before it is truly good? Note that we were actually told not to be too faithful, but to adopt real science. While real Science among other things, g) pretty much rejects “miracles” in the sense that most priests spoke of them. That is, science rejects the traditional priestly idea that praying makes things appear out of thin air. Thanks to the direct and simple action of the mind or spirit, in prayer. Like the common portrayal the what is often called in countless sermons, the “miracle of the loaves and fishes”; where it was asserted, Jesus took mostly empty baskets, and managed to conjure into them, enough bread and fish, to “feed the multitudes,” as they say; to feed thousands of followers.

 

So indeed, we will see in our various books, the traditional cleric’s idea of “miracles,” conjuring, was wrong. In fact more specifically, we will show, that belief, was actually faith and belief, not in God; but in Magic and sorcery. Because a) we will have shown here, the Bible wanted us to following things proven by science – while science has effectively, massively proven that large objects like bread and fish, do not appear out of thin air. So that b) even many ordinary preachers, have privately – if not publicly – rejected the pray-and-get-miracles sermons, and theology. While then too, c) many scholars have shown that , if we read the alleged supernatural “miracles” of the Bible, we find that actually, they are described in ways that can be better translated as natural and technological “wonders.” The “miracles” of the Bible can be re-read, without changing a single word of the Bible, in a way that sees them as being events, wonders, that are quite, quite real. But they were not what priests read them as. The descriptions of “miracles” actually, more closely read, are consistent with various things we now know, from technology and nature. So that there is nothing “supernatural” about them.

 

The Bible did not present many (if any at all) “supernatural” things, or miracles? Can we really say this? The Bible itself we will see, wrote up most “wonders” in a way that we could recover a conventional physical reality underneath. And then too, it even attacked the concept of the “supernatural.” Amazingly, aa) the whole Bible in most translations, only used the word “supernatural” in just one passage. What is more, in that single passage, Paul noted the failure of the supernatural. Paul noting that the “supernatural” by name (or for that matter, even the “spirit”; even the “rock”; and even “Christ” Paul said), failed to prevent the people of Moses, from coming to grief in the wilderness (1 Corin. 10.3-5):

 

“I want you to know, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same supernatural [/”spiritual”] food and all drank the same supernatural drink. For they drank from the supernatural Rock which followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless with most of them God was not pleased; for they were overthrown in the wilderness” (1 Corin. 10.3-5; to see Paul’s occasional theme of support for material realism, link to 1 Corin. 9.8-14).

 

Amazingly therefore, as we re-read it here for a “second” time, the Bible itself did not support most of the things we were told to revere in church; even including the “supernatural.” And the over-spirituality of preachers. Instead, our holiest book often warned that most “spirits,” and their “inspiration,” were false; even those we thought were the Holy Spirit itself. It even warned that even the real “Rock,” even the real “Christ,” might not save us at times; we all, every one of us, the whole world and our “worship” in fact, can still be “overthrown.” Therefore what should we do? What can we trust? Ultimately, there is probably nothing whatsoever that we should trust totally, or absolutely; since everything we have is always in the hands of fallible human beings; our religion, and even our science too. We should trust God … but how do we know which of the many ideas of God is the right one? Almost every preacher and church insists they have the right one: but finally, we should never trust that our preachers really have it right. Therefore indeed, insofar as God commanded us to trust or have faith in anything, the Bible said, we should trust in effect, to a critical Science of God; not to “blind” “faith.” Not to simply believing whatever preachers and churches tell you.

 

But what about miracles then? Science tells us there are no “miracles”; not in the sense that the vast bulk of ordinary sermons and paintings presented them for 2,000 years. Science and practical experience tell us that you can pray all day for years; you can follow all the many commands of preachers, and be good; and yet no matter how good you are, no matter what you do … no one whatsoever, is getting all the huge miracles that were promised to us by preachers; “all” and “whatever” we “ask”; all the “works” that Jesus did, and “greater things than these.” No one whatsoever, today, is getting exactly the specific miracles we were promised: the ability to walk on water and make actual “mountains” move, just by a word.

 

Many might think we are contradicting the Bible itself here, finally. But finding that miracles do not exist, amazingly, does not also find that our Bibles themselves are wrong; only that the old holy books are true in a different way, than what all our priests and ministers thought. Amazingly, as it turns out, as we re-read the old “miracles” more carefully, we find they are all written in language that can be read, in a way consistent with Science.

 

Ultimately we will show elsewhere, all the “wonders” or alleged “miracles” of the Bible are true; but only if we re-read them as being in effect, metaphors or “figures,” “parables,” and “allegories,” as the Bible called them. As being symbols. But symbols not even for just “spiritual” things; but as metaphors for … real physical things, in Nature and technology. So that for example, if Moses seemed to strike the sea with his staff, and part it? Better said, Moses had plumbed the shallows of the sea, with his staff, looking for a fording place. While the Bible itself said that a “wind” also pushed the sea back; enough no doubt that Moses could plumb it with his staff … and find a fording place that at times, in the right wind, might even become quite dry. So that all the people of Moses were able to cross a shallow part of the sea; while the sea reversed itself (according to tides?) in time to cut off the pursuing Egyptians.

 

Was every apparent “miracle” in the Bible, actually a natural or technological thing, that priests did not understand, because they did not know enough about science, an God’s Nature? Quite likely. For example: if the people of Moses were lead by a mysterious “column” of smoke by day, and a fire by night? Probably that describes signal fires, from advance scouts, set out by the Lord and Moses, to scout the terrain ahead … and signal safe vs. unsafe passages. Such things would have seemed magical, mysterious, miraculous works of the Lord Moses, to his less technologically advanced followers. And indeed, they were “wonders” for the time; it took a well-educated person like Moses, overseer of practical “works” for the Pharaoh himself, to know how to do these things; and to save his people.

 

This kind of reading of miracles, of course, has long been known; and most preachers have rejected them. Finally though, these are the only readings, that are fully compatible with a) the entire Bible itself; including b) especially, the Science it mandated that we honor. While furthermore, there is at last a considerable reward, for those who learn to read things this way: those who at last see this vision of miracles, and of God, will as foretold, become far more “fruit”ful, realistic, productive citizens. They will learn to merge, combine at last, their religion, with the hugely productive material science and technology, that have proven hugely fruitful, over the last two thousand years. At last, those who have been crippled by illusions, can learn the far, far more productive tradition of God; learn practical science and technology. So that they can become far, far more fruitful, than the millions of persons, trained to the opposite vision; to belief in magic, and sorcery, and conjuring things out of thin air; an idea that unfortunately, never worked. And that in effect guided millions, billions, into unfruitful lives.

 

Even today, millions of citizens – including especially, women and priests – who believe in miracles, and spirits, and know little or nothing about practical thinking, or common sense science, are far, far less materially productive, than those who know and follow, at least a little, practical science. Indeed, trained to absolute belief, in things that don’t work – praying for miracles – training them never to think realistically, has reduced much of humankind, especially religious ethnic women, to serious dysfunctionality. So that one is left wondering who in religion, is functional; in religion, probably only the occasional, very rare scientist-priest, or a few nuns who work in hospitals, have actually escaped being ensnared by magical thinking; and only a few who work in medical settings, have been effective. Because they left the convents, and were exposed to science.

 

At first, to be sure, our more commonsensical, scientific view of wonders, seems disappointing to many; it is far less spectacular and wonderful than the things most churchgoers imagined in their day-“dreams.” But on the other had, a) things that seem ordinary today – like flying in airplanes – would have seemed like spectacular miracles, in ancient times. The too, b) this scientific vision, has the very, very considerable advantage … in that its promises are not false. The things that it promises actually are proven to be real, and come true in real life. And so, our vision of wonders, finally passes the “test” of God: when we promise “wonders,” we know from experience those promises are true, and often “come to pass” (Deut. 18.22 ff). Whereas, in contrast, the traditional priestly version of religion – praying, and waiting for bread to appear out of thin air; or worse, giving up on material things, physical food altogether – have proven not only false, to not be reliable predictions of what we see actually coming to pass. But worse than that, these promises have proven to be literally, physically, fatal.

 

Our more natural/scientific readings of the Bible’s wonders, therefore, pass the test of God; while preachers’ “miracles” do not. While then too, remember c) the Bible itself, ordered us in fact to use this science. And more than that, d) the Bible allow this reading specifically of “miracles” or “wonders”; as we find looking more closely at the way they were actually described. While then too, e) the Bible allows some fairly wide latitude in reading its pages; in that God warned that our languages will be “confused” until the end of time; in that most New Testament passages are written in language allowing for two or more different understandings; while the Bible also specifically told us to learn to read many things as “metaphors” or “figures” of speech, “allegories,” and “parables.” These commands in the Bible itself, finally allow us all more than enough leeway, for this kind of reading of every single “miracle” of the Bible. Reading them as being in effect, metaphors for natural and technological wonders.

 

And so, in denying “miracles,” we do not have to say, ever, that even a single word of the Bible itself is not true. The fact is, we are honoring every single word (insofar as we know) of the Bible.

 

And indeed, we are here finding that essentially, the whole Bible (in say the RSV version) – including every miracle in the Bible – is true enough; but true in a way that priests, who have faith in the “supernatural,” did not see or accept. And furthermore, once we get over the sense of dis “illuision”ment, there are some enormously positive things, about at last learning to see the Bible, its wonders, in ways consistent with science. Because at last, we can put the two warring halves of human knowledge back together; religion, with science and common sense; word, with world; spirit, with body. Indeed suddenly, in the scientific reading of miracles, wonders, we see something like our old “Heaven,” merging with this material “world” again; with what we see on this earth. Here in effect therefore, a great thing is happening; we are seeing religion again, as physically, provably real. We are not “debunking” religion, but proving it at last to be physically, scientifically real. We are proving religion to be, scientifically, true. And once we do this, we can work far more effectively with it – and make it even more real, again.

 

Or indeed finally, we are fulfilling prophesy in part: we are assisting God, good, to return here, to this material earth, to material things, again.

 

 

 

The Resurrection, Return, of God, to Earth

And Material Things; the End of Dualism

 

 

In the past, our best life was normally thought to be “spiritual” by many priests. So that spirituality was posed as our best value; and was opposed to allegedly inferior material things. But if that was ever true, then one “day” that is supposed to change; and our spiritual heaven, our God, is supposed to return, to be here, visibly, to this physical earth or world. While for that matter, there are many Biblical pictures of the End Time and Resurrection, that see to suggest we are all resurrected here, and find our immortality not just in heaven – which is to be destroyed in fact – but here, on this material earth. How fully, therefore, does God return to physicality? Consider: 1) one day God, even “spirit” is supposed to return to this material “flesh” or earth. Or indeed some say, we are to 2) find a physical afterlife, rebirth, here on earth; our spirits find new “bodies,” here on this material earth; 3) in a material “kingdom” (Revelation). So there are many parts of the Bible that suggest that somehow, “spirit,” God, are to return to physical things. Thus in effect, ending the violently hierarchical dualism that has dominated religion for so long. And re-establishing religion as something with a physical arm, and real “power” again. Whereas it was lacking power to do physical things, physical good, in the recent past.

 

For some time, preachers have misconceptualized religion; most thought that it for all practical purposes, only spoke about immaterial, spiritual things. But note here that 4) if God is partly a spirit, he is a spirit that “fills all things,” in heaven “and earth”; God often lived in material things in the past. And if Jesus ever died and his spirit “went up to heaven,” as they say, and disappeared from this physical existence? Then one “day” he is supposed to return. Indeed, there are many parts of the ancient holy books that suggest that not only is God himself supposed to return physically, to this earth, not only is Christ supposed to return to “flesh” again, and not only is heaven supposed to come down to be a place here in this material earth … but also God’s spirit is supposed to be “poured” onto “all” flesh:

 

 

“And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them'” (Rev. 21.1-3).

 

“I will pour out my spirit on all flesh” (Jol. 2.28; Acts 2.17).

 

“This mortal nature must put on immortality” (1 Corin. 15.53).

 

But if the ancient spirits, are to again find concrete embodiment here on earth, then how does that happen? In part, it happens metaphorically we suggest here, when readers begin to see the materiality of the Bible again. We at least mentally see how heaven comes to earth again – indeed this long foretold event begins to happen – when we at last mentally see, through the Science of God, how spiritual things, relate to, are found in, material things here on earth.

 

And so our very books here, outlining the Science of God, are partial fulfillment of the old promises of specifically, heaven coming to earth; spirit re-joining flesh. But just seeing the bare bones of the Science of God, is only the start of a larger process; there is more to this. Since, among other things we need to see the physical side of everything in the Bible; including its apparently ”supernatural” miracles. Including say, the scientifically, empirically, physically-verifiable side of a miracle like say, Resurrection. Which by the way, a major example of how “spirit,” indeed “returns,” to the world, animating physical bodies.

 

 

 

Immortality; Resurrection

 

 

As we begin to understand the science of God, we begin to see the pathway by which heaven ties to earth again. More specifically, as we see miracles, today, as things science can verify, already see, here on earth, our formerly disembodied sense of God, begins to become more and more concrete. And in fact, even “miracles” like immortality and resurrection, are coming to be seen by scholars, as being far more physically real, than most preachers thought. Surprisingly, a rationally- and ultimately scientifically-defensible immortality, one that takes place in part in Heaven, but also here on material earth, was advanced long ago. By especially, Plato. . So that, starting with Plato in 350 BC, we might begin to look for elements of immortals, immortality, around us in the physical world.

 

Nearly 400 years before Jesus began to speak, Plato began to hint at two related kinds of immortality. Two kinds of immortality, that are rationally, and even empirically-defensible kinds. The first form of rationally-defensible immortality being that 1) our nature, our reputation, our “renown” – or as the Bible says, our “name” – can live on after we die. Our “name” or “memory,” memories of what we said and did, often live on in the culture, in the memories, of mankind.

 

So that here is one kind of immortality … for at least some of our thoughts, and deeds. While next, Plato (and the Greeks, in myths like that of Persephone, of vegetative rebirth, plants coming back to life in the Spring) also ultimately indicated another rational, empirical form of immortality as well. Specifically, many ancient cultures said that 2) a bit of our biological nature, our genes, are carried on, by biological reproduction. From one “generation” to another.

 

Thus Plato begins to address a “natural” immortality, here; two ways that we can get immortality, through the physical things, people, of this earth. First 1) Plato began to speak of the immortality of “renown” and having a “name” live on after us:

 

“There is a sense in which mankind naturally partakes of immortality, a prize our nature makes desirable to all of us in its every form; for to win renown and not lie in our graves without a name is a desire of this.”

 

Here Plato perhaps alluded to a form of afterlife or “immortality,” well known even to ancient authors: our “name,” living on in the memory of others, in our culture, allows parts of us to live on. But then too, 2) there is another kind of immortality Plato mentions too: in “procreation.”

 

What is Plato talking about next, when he suggests there is a kind of immortality in “procreation” or biological reproduction? Ultimately, it means that our biological nature, our genes, our seed, our race, is carried on from one “generation” to another, when we reproduce ourselves:

 

“Thus the race of man is times’ equal twin and companion, bound up with him in a union never to be broken, and the manner of their immortality is in this wise: by succession of generations the race abides one and same, partaking in immortality through procreation.” (Plato, Laws 4.721.c, In Plato, Collected Dialogues, Edith Hamilton and Huntington Cairns, ed, Princeton University Press, 1961; fourteenth printing, Nov. 1989. Italics, mine).

 

We ourselves might physically die therefore; but our children, our culture, carry on some of our ideas, our sayings, by way of culture; carrying on our “name” or “reputation,” or as the Bible says, our “memory.” While then too, our children carry on some of our genes too; the genes that partially made us what we are. To be sure, as it turns out, this is in some arguments an only partial immortality; in that we ourselves do not survive absolutely whole and entire, since we survive only in reproduction as it were, at the same time we will find, 1) the Bible itself at times, seems to accept a “corporate identity” or identification between an individual and his people, his descendants; speaking of them as almost one. (In Gen. 12 for example, the Lord promised to Abram, the following remark, that assumes that the successors, the nations that come from us, are an extension of ourselves:

 

“I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great” (Gen. 12.2).

 

This and other passages, begin to suggest that God himself considered that our descendants, to be an extension of our own will, even of our selves. A form of afterlife for us. Certainly, Plato began to suggest this too, right after the Old Testament era, c. 350 BC. Particularly the Greeks, seemed to have noticed from plants for example, that a plant might die in the winter, but then essentially come back, might be reborn – from roots or “seed”s – in the spring. Some scholars suggest that this “vegetative rebirth” of plants, is the origin of many legends of especially, the form of immortality known as resurrection. And though today, scholars argue that being carried on by reproduction, is not a perfect immortality, still, ordinary language often (if not always) speaks of good reproductions of things as being the same as the original; we say for example, that we read “the book” of an author; even though we do not read the original, but perhaps the millionth reproduction of it. There are cases, where the reproduction, is regarded as pretty much the same as, the original. And furthermore, it is possible to imagine a person who would, through biology and education, very much resemble, reproduce, some great man from the past. In any case, whether we are totally satisfied with this form of afterlife or not, this clearly was what Plato meant at times, by our immortality. And there are indications that this rather earthly form, was perhaps what the Bible meant as well. (Especially see later notes on regarding others, our “neighbors,” as “ourselves.”).

 

In any case, more that 2,350 years ago, philosophers like Plato, were already pretty clear, that there were at least two forms of partial immortality: bits of what we are, can “live on,” through biological and cultural reproduction. Furthermore, note, these two forms of immortality, in spite of their problems, still, are real and physical enough. Certainly more real or verifiable, than spiritual immortality. They are not just spiritual; they are not about vague rumors about going to heaven as a “spirit.” Rather instead, these are forms of immortality that can be enjoyed here, on this physical earth. Here, parts of what we are, can live on after our death. Through two means: first again, 1) parts of what we said and did in life, live on … in the memories of others; in our surviving reputation. Then second, 2) parts of what we are, some of our biological nature, lives on, when we have children; who partially “reproduce” us, or carry us on, biologically. Here we have two rather physical, verifiable forms of at least a partial afterlife. And surprisingly furthermore, these two kinds of immortality, might even ultimately explain the meaning, of what the Bible itself meant, by immortality; and particularly what it meant by immortality, immortal spirit, being realized on this material earth, or immortal spirit, coming to the “flesh.” Since here, we begin to mentally understand or see, how an immortality that was just an idea or spirit in our minds … can at last relate to, be realized in, the physical, material things we see around us.

 

Could the Bible have been depending in part, on Plato? For that matter, 1) Plato, writing in 350 BC, could have been borrowing on elements of Jewish traditions, in part; even carrying them on and clarifying them. While next, in turn, 2) later, New Testament writers like Paul could have taken elements of both direct Hebrew tradition, but also that tradition as clarified by Plato. Paul undoubtedly knew Plato’s writings. The apostle Paul claimed to be a Roman citizen; so likely he was imbued in Greco-Roman culture. And we will have shown, Paul quotes Plato’s Theory of Forms, and the allegory of the cave, for example; Paul writing in the New Testament of how things here on earth, are imperfect “copies” or “dark” “shadows” of the “perfect” forms or “models” (“paradigms”?) in “heaven. While indeed, the Catholic Church recognizes that the Greeks had at least a “partial revelation” even before Jesus. So it should not be too surprising if some of the ideas of the Hebrews are found in the Greeks; and then are clarified and returned by Greeks like Plato, back into the Christian tradition of the New Testament especially.

 

Specifically, is the kind of immortality mentioned by Plato, found in the Bible? First of course, the Bible often spoke of 1) the importance of our “name” or reputation. Or our “memory.” Here indeed, the Bible seems to have followed the general idea, often found in ancient cultures, that at least part of who we are is preserved. In a) the memories others have of us. Thus traces of what we have been, live on in those living persons who survive us. But for that matter too, traces live on in those b) various books and so forth, that we wrote, or that other write about us. While indeed, the Bible often spoke of important various kinds of “books” of “remembrance” and so forth, that record, remember, important bits of who we are. So that it seems that the Bible itself, we will see, indeed began to allude to an afterlife, on in Plato’s sense; first, in the sense of our name living on, thanks to other bio-cultural descendants, their living memories. But then also do to elements of material culture, which preserve a record of us: especially, writings, books . Traces, memories, imprints of us, our ideas and nature, survive in our “name,” as they remain in our culture, and in many people around us. Indeed, the importance of our 1) “name” is stressed over and over in the Bible. And furthermore, it is mentioned in connection with an “everlasting” or immortal quality. While the importance of 2) our biological children, descendants, as carrying on our legacy, is stressed over and over, too:

 

“Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, The LORD will surely separate me from his people’; … I will given them an everlasting
name” (Isa. 56.5 RSV & henceforth).

 

“‘I shall surely bless you and I shall surely multiply your seed like the stars of the heavens and like the grains of sand that are on the seashore; and your seed will take possession of the gate of his enemies. And by means of your seed [“descendants”] all nations of the earth will certainly bless themselves due to the fact that you have listened to my voice.’ After that Abraham returned to his attendants…” (Gen. 22.17-18; italics, mine. See also wording of parts of the Bible, where it assumes that Abraham’s biological descendants are carrying he himself, on).

 

“So shall your seed and your name remain(Isa. 66.22 KJE).

 

“For as the new heaven and the new earth which I will make shall remain before me, says the LORD; so shall your descendants and your name remain” (Isa. 66.22 RSV).

 

“This mortal nature must put on immortality” (1 Corin. 15.53).

 

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10.20; from Acts 28.3-6?; italics, mine. Note that at times immortality is in “heaven”; but then it comes down to earth, we are seeing here).

 

“The things that I have given them shall pass away from them” (Jer. 8.13).

 

[“What would this seed-pecker say?” (My trans.; vs.”babbler” in RSV, Acts 17.18; seed-pecker in Greek?).]

 

“I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the barbarians; both to the wise, and the unwise” (Rom. 1.14).

 

“Man’s body is a fleeting thing, but a virtuous name will never be annihilated. Have a care for your name, for it will stand by you better than precious treasures in the thousands; the boon of life is for limited days, but a good name, for days without number” (Sir. 41.11-13)

 

Are these, the two major kinds of immortality offered by both Plato, and then the Bible, substantial? Are they “just spiritual” or “just metaphors”? Some say that God allowed that many things in the Bible, were metaphorical; though others suggest he was apparently offended, some say, when we call some things “just” metaphors, as it seemed at times (with Jeremiah? Ezekiel?). Our position here, might be that many things in religion, at first seem 1) surreally, miraculously physical; and 2) then disembodied, surreal, immaterial – or “spiritual.” But finally, 3) as we come to know more and more about this life, as we understand things more fully, we can see how various surreal and spiritual things, finally tie to material life. To the physical things we see around us; like the plants and rocks, and to material culture. Which is a cognitive, “mature”ing process, corresponding to the biblical figure of spirit returning to flesh; of God returning to earth.

 

. . .

 

3) Is immortality, “going to heaven” as they often said? In the past, many preachers secretly saw the surreal and unbelievable side of physical “miracles.” And since miracles seemed so unbelievable, they secretly all but gave up on the physical side of religion, and became “spiritual”; they decided that promises of wonders for example, must be taken to be just stories, allegories, of mental or spiritual things. When they spoke of immortality, they spoke to millions of us, vaguely, spiritually. About our “soul” or spirit, at death, allegedly leaving our physical bodies; to go up to a spiritual, non material “heaven” to live forever. But while this was often the prevailing preacherly “wisdom,” and was indeed the major message of Christianity for long periods, likely … this promise of an afterlife, immortality in “heaven,” was rather vague after all. And unsubstantiated. At times, ancient paintings and later Hollywood movies, would try to picture this in some concrete terms; as we becoming like angels, winged persons in white robes, floating up to the clouds. But while millions roughly accepted this, it was always indeed, hard or impossible to make much concrete sense of it. Indeed, it only seemed to make sense if on absolutely, entirely rejected all of physical reality, as the “world.” As many preachers and theologians often explicitly did, therefore. But when a person totally denounces all of physical reality, all material things like physical food, that causes many problems; as we will have been showing here.

 

4) To be sure, at times, even many people in the Bible itself seems to have considered suggesting that our afterlife, is entirely spiritual; and not physical at all. Or indeed, there were parts of Paul and others, that suggested a very, very, very weak, very metaphorical form of “rebirth” and afterlife. And indeed, this very, very, very weak, paltry, metaphorical, spiritual form, dominated much of Christianity for some time. Though it is even less substantial, than anything mentioned here so far. As parts of the Bible began to speak of a very weak form of resurrection or immortality; one that might seem at first to turn the whole idea of afterlife and resurrection, into a) just a “figure” of speech or a metaphor. And what is more, just a metaphor for b) for just a kind of change in our minds. Though it was advanced by preachers as a great moment; as a kind of spiritual transformation. More specifically, many preachers hinted in many sermons, that resurrection, rebirth, might be a metaphor, for … people having been sinful, and absent from, even dead to, God. But then, people learning to be good. And thus being “reborn.” “Born again.” That is, the whole idea of rebirth, resurrection, was read by millions of sermons, as being merely about …becoming a spiritual Christian; or becoming another, “new” kind of person. Being “reborn” or “born again,” was read by evangelicals and others, as being just the moment that you decide to become their idea of a Christian. The moment you made up your mind to follow and emulate, Christ. Which might be an important moment to be sure. But which would reduce the whole idea of resurrection, returning from the dead, to a very, very metaphorical state indeed; one with almost no physical reality, at all. Thus rejecting God’s material side, entirely.

 

This kind of idea of resurrection, reducing it to mental revival or “transformation,” to be sure, can be found hinted at, in parts of the New Testament itself. In the story of the Prodigal Son, especially. Here, the whole idea of being “dead” and then coming to “life,” was turned entirely into an allegory of spirituality. The story was of a spendthrift son, who departed from the moral life for a while; and therefore was said to be “dead” or lost, to his own father. But who eventually is said to have returned to the honest life; to be accepted finally by his father; being seen as “alive” once again therefore. But if preachers complain that the notion of afterlife and rebirth through bio-cultural descendants is vague or partial, this is even far, far more vague yet. Here, there is, for the moment, no physical reality at all. It is just about the mind or spirit.

 

Here’s the story of the Prodigal Son. First, a) a son who likes to spend money, wastefully takes all the money due to him as his inheritance, and apparently spends it all on partying; on the pleasures of the flesh. Then b) when he is out of money, he is forced to live in poverty and shame, living in a pig sty. But c) finally, the prodigal son realizes his error. And he confesses his sin. In that moment, well beloved of Evangelists everywhere, his life or spirit is reformed, transformed. His old, evil life or spirit, is restored, to a new life, a new spirit, by his confession of sin. And he is accepted, welcoming back, by his “father.” As a new and better person. Living the more productive, durable life. Here’s the crux of story, where we can see the whole idea of resurrection, of being “dead” and coming to “life,” being presented to us herein. As being only about mental or spiritual transformation only:

 

“‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son…. Now his elder son was in the field…. And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive… ‘” (Luke 15.18-32).

 

“This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand … ” (John 10.6, my transl. from RSV).

 

Just before Jesus was born, perhaps 20 years older than Jesus, there lived a Jewish thinker in Alexandria, Egypt; known as “Philo of Alexandria.” Who some say, began to speak of the Bible as being almost a spiritual allegory, entirely. Perhaps when Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, fled to Egypt to avoid Herod, Jesus had met Philo, or been educated as a child, in a school influenced by him. Because indeed, here we see the whole promise of “death,” then resurrection, being presented as being nothing much more, than an allegory, a symbol. For a mental or spiritual change.

 

A spiritual, metaphorical reading of Jewish tradition, of resurrection, was to be repeated in the New Testament, over and over. In passages like these:

 

“She who is self-indulgent is dead even as she lives. Command this” (1 Tim. 5.6-7).

 

You were dead though the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world…. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God who is rich in mercy … even when we were dead through our trespasses, and us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us…” (Eph. 2.1-7).

 

“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life” (John 5.24; Rom. 8.10-12).

 

In an ascetic variation, on a) the idea that those who live a passionate or greedy life are already bad or “dead,” we are b) also told to even kill off our animal passions, emotions, lusts – hate and envy and greed and so forth; to kill them “dead.” So our old passionate nature, our “body might be destroyed.” So as to free up ourselves, to a new life in Jesus, a new spirit:

 

 

“For if we have been united with him in a death like his we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him, so that the sinful body might be destroyed…. So that you also must consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 6.5-11).

 

“Likewise my brethren, you have died to the law though the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who had been raised from the dead…. But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the old written code, but in the new life of spirit” (Rom. 7.4-6).

 

Therefore we suggest that perhaps the main change that the New Testament made to the Old Testament, the great difference between Judaism and Christianity, that made Christianity a different religion from Judaism, was that the New Testament repeated the old promises of physical wonders; but it also introduced phrases that could be read as tentatively allowing us to, at times, begin to read much of the old physical promises of God, as being perhaps, in part, mere metaphors; metaphors for mental or mental or spiritual things. Which seems to be in fact, the approach developed by many Jews who were raised in Greco-Roman areas, like Alexandria Egypt. Like Jesus’ slightly older contemporary, Philo, of Alexandria, Egypt. In the present case, the whole notion of a physical resurrection, bones coming together in the desert, people becoming dead, but then their bodies coming to life, was re-presented at times in the New Testament, as a mere metaphor, for a spiritual transformation. For escaping the fated, or essentially “dead” life of profligacy, devotion to the physical life; to take on the allegedly greater “life” of the embrace of Plato’s immortal ideas from Heaven; or in the Christian variation, the embrace of Jesus’ ideas.

 

 

Problems With, Evils in, Preachers’ Spirituality

 

 

In examples like this, scholars see language tricks, metaphoricalization, and specifically spiritualization, as one major difference between the Old Testament and Judaism, and the New Testament, of Christianity. Yet to be sure, we are beginning to note here that 1) the New Testament did not totally transform or deny, the physicality of the Old Testament, but offered spirituality and metaphoricalization, only as one of two major options, one of two major ways to understand God. While 2) eventually in fact, the New Testament knew that many of the promises of God were rather resolutely physical, not just spiritual; and that indeed, 3) the one-sided spirituality that became typical of preachers, was often literally, physically fatal (James 2.14 ff.; see Paul acknowledging that those who did not physical work, shall “not eat”). So that surprisingly, 4) the Bible as a whole, and even the New Testament, did not finally reject physicality, did not become “spiritual,” as much as the apostles occasionally did; or as the vast majority of “Christian” preachers that came later, did. While especially, 5) one day or another – in the End Times especially – God is supposed to emerge out of a rather one-sidedly spiritual status; to realize himself in the “flesh,” he himself, and a physical new Jerusalem, a “kingdom,” here, in a very physical way, on this physical earth (Rev. 21, etc.). In order to deliver not just “windy words” or “spirits,” but to deliver at last on the physical side of God, as well.

 

Unfortunately to be sure, for a very long time, nearly all preachers have become “spiritual”; to the point that to be “spiritual” and to be religious, are synonyms; they are accepted as different words for the same thing. Thus, essentially all preachers (excepting only missionaries with practical works, delivering medical assistance and food, etc.), effectively abandoned, disobeyed, the physical side of God. At most, they thought of it unrealistically; as a magical “miracle”; a miracle that almost never happened. So that they retreated into the illusions and delusions of the mind, and spirit.

 

And as for promises say, of dead bodies like Lazarus, rising to physical life? About half of our ordinary preachers, and their sermons, a) presented it as an incomprehensibly, confused, surreal physical “miracle.” Long-dead bodies coming to life. Not much better than this, b) the allegedly “higher,” more spiritual preachers came to speak of the old rumors of “death” and then resurrection to a new “life,” as if their only meaning, the meaning of promises of rebirth, and resurrection, had no physical reality at all; but was just about the mere spiritual change, just noted above. Some suggested the whole notion of death, followed by rebirth, refers to a process of mere spiritual transformation in this lifetime. Or c) in one more also predominant variation, it was suggested that at most, if we were “good” and spiritual, that would lead to our spirit or soul leaving our body when we physically die; to float out into an afterlife to be sure. But one not a physical one, on this earth; not in a physical “kingdom” really; but to our spirit leaving our body, and floating up to a probably equally spiritual “heaven.” But d) here at last, we have come to note that even if the Bible itself at times tentatively, ambiguously offered phrases that might allow one or more of these readings, ultimately, the Old Testament had also promised real physical things; and even empirically-, scientifically-verifiable material rewards. So that, even the ambivalent New Testament, was at least systematically and consistently open, in nearly every single page, to not just preachers’ spirituality, but also to a scientific physicality. While e) indeed, the last book of the Bible, Revelation, for all its scurrility and symbolism, ultimately held to the physical side of God, and suggested a return of it, in fact. Indeed, it reaffirmed a prophesy found throughout the entire Bible; that the preachers’ immaterial spiritual “heaven” would be “dissolved”; and that the “new heaven” and God himself, or Christ, would come down, to this physical, material earth (Rev. 21.1 ff.). So that spirit, would return to physicality, again. While our present books work to describe and begin to realize that movement, in part here and now.

 

To be sure though, the great sin in religion has been that for many centuries, Biblical writers and preachers, did not know enough about physicality, about Science, about Nature, to really clearly see and understand, the physical side of God, and of Life. And they did not clearly see, the physical side say, to resurrection. Either rebirth was a bizarre, exceptional, physical but surreal event: a miraculous body rising from the grave, like Lazarus. Or our holy men twisted words about rebirth, into picturing it as a totally immaterial, spiritual event only. In particular, biblical writers like Paul – who seemed influenced by Plato and other Greeks’ occasionally, seeming idealistic, spiritual moments, especially – all but totally “Platonized,” or metaphoricalized, or spiritualized, the old promised wonders. The often (if not always; 1 Corin. 9.11-10.5) spiritual Paul, at times seemed to have offered the thesis, that ancient promises of immortality, resurrection, escape from death, were best taken as (cf. “twist”ed into) just a metaphor. A metaphor for a “spiritual” thing, only. Specifically, the passages just noted above, represented God’s promise of life, rebirth, as a mere metaphor for over-materialistic ordinary people, at last learning to become spiritual monks; for giving up on material “possessions” and “riches” and the pleasures of the “flesh,” in order to emphasize our mind or “spirit.” To take on what priests continually asserted was the “immortal spirit”; to acquire the ideas, the quality, the state of mind or spirit, of ascetic monks. The spirit that was asserted to alone be good, and durable; immortal. The idea or spirit that was deified by preachers, as being the only good and Holy Spirit; the spirit that alone was better than all material things. The spirit that alone, would survive the death of our bodies, to live forever, in spiritual “heaven.” While preachers constantly assured us the “world” would come to an end one day, in fire. Preachers not noticing the key to it all however: that their “heaven” too, was fated.

 

Nearly all Preachers and religious leaders in effect, we are saying, read only one reading of, one part of, their Bibles; the spiritual reading. In order to justify their over-spirituality, their “hate” for the God who also made physical things, over the centuries, from the days of the Apostles, our holy men built up a sort of implied, hierarchically dualist theory of life. A rather Buddhist, Egyptian, or monkish theory; according to which,
all material physical things, are no good anyway; partially since all material things get old and die. And since too much attachment to money and physical things, makes people Greedy, and sets them at war with each other, for more “possessions.” But, if attachment to physical things is bad, it was claimed that, fortunately for us all, all the universe seemingly included not 1) just material things. It was said that the universe including essentially two kinds of things: not just matter, physical things; but also 2) invisible spirit. And it was said human beings have a spirit or soul; and that was fortunate. Since spiritual things are far, far better, as it was claimed. It was continually said by spiritual persons like Paul, that all material things were fated to get old, to “rust” and die; whereas spirits, being not material, could be immortal, and immune to physical laws. Therefore, as it came to be said in one, dualist level of the New Testament, we should work not on acquiring physical things; since they are fated to rust, wither, “perish,” or die. Instead, we should work on making sure our “immortal spirit,” as preachers called it, was developed; was even “perfect.” So our “eternal spirit” would be good enough … to float up after our death; to live forever in Heaven. (And not in Hell.) Which was the underlying message behind most sermons it seems, in for example, c. 1950-1983. And probably for centuries before. This spirituality, was especially attractive, when people were having problems with physical reality; poverty, defeat in battles, and so forth. But since people are to some extent always having problems getting all the physical things they need or want, spirituality falsely presented itself as a permanently attractive credo.

 

Indeed, what we are calling over-spirituality, or a hierarchical metaphysical dualism, what was sometimes called “Platonism” or “idealism,” long ago, took over parts of Judaism, and created Christianity; in the time of Philo, and then Jesus and the Twelve Apostles; c. 30 BC-100 AD. In this period, the physical promises of God were in doubt. Because Jerusalem was physically occupied not by a Jewish “king,” and the Jewish god, but by a Roman governor, Pontius Pilate. Then too, by the time of the Romans, practical sense, engineering, early science, was developed enough, to doubt physical miracles; and to pose science, engineering, as an infinitely more effective way, to work the vast bulk of physical tasks. But the problem was, that in spite of the manifest success of science and engineering, the failure of many apparent old religious promises, many old-fashioned believers, religious believers, did not want to altogether give up on their religion. So how could religion, reconcile itself to the evidence; that the material promises of religion, were not meeting expectations; that the material promises, were being bested by practical science and engineering? Rather than at last, noticing the advocacy and embrace of science in the Bible, thinkers like Philo and his successors, went the other way; they began to “twist” the language of the old books. To suggest that the language that described many physical wonders, should be taken to be mere symbols, “figures” of speech, metaphors, “allegories,” “parables,” for mental and spiritual things, mostly (if not solely?). In brief, spirituality developed … as a way of excusing material failures. It was said that if the Jewish God had seemingly not delivered on all the physical wonders promised? On a full material Jewish “kingdom” and so forth? If it did not regularly preserve Jewish lives, and even resurrect them every day? Then, rather than just deduce the old promises were simply false, clever Jewish thinkers of a rather Platonistic bent, suggested the old promises of physical things, could be twisted into, taken as, mere symbols or metaphors. For especially, more do-able, mental or spiritual events. Indeed, physical promises, the physical side of life, was all but abandoned by preachers and religion; who became “spiritual.”

 

And what, in this era, happened to, specifically, old, apparently very physical promises of long physical “life”? For a while, it was said that if good people died, then they would be resurrected. But when the apologetic idea of resurrection, did not seem entirely reliable, in turn? If promises of dead bodies rising from graves, were found by practical men not to be very regular, or reliable? Then, our many priestly apologists, the scribes that wrote the New Testament, did not entirely just simply, obviously, contradict the old God, and simply cancel the old apparent physical promises. Instead, the New Testament pictured Jesus, in one reading, as making real, physical “bread” appear, for example. But at the same time, to those who were coming to doubt whether “all” worked material miracles (as Paul seems to have doubted; 1 Corin. 12.29, “do all work miracles”)? If evidence seemed to suggest that the old religious promises were false? Or more likely, that our latest preachers in any case were not good; not good enough to deliver them? Then rather than “face” and “confess” these “signs” of failure in our clerics and religious leaders? (As urged in say Zech. 11.15-14.1; or Mal. 1.6- 2.1-9). Instead of simply confessing their sins, their inability to produce the physical things promised, our clever/sly clerics (“sly as snakes”/ “wise as serpents”), began to spin and “twist” the ever-unreliable language or “tongue” of even the Bible. In the time of Philo especially, educated and foreign-influenced Jews began to re-interpret and translate the old holy books; and with the New Testament, they began to introduce an alternative, “spiritual” reading of the old language, the old promises of physical things. To be sure, the old physical promises were often apparently duly repeated: Jesus might be giving us real physical food, read actual eatable bread. But other times, he might be sacrificing his material body, to give us “bread indeed”; perhaps God was just giving us his saving thoughts, or spirit only; not material things at all. And by this sly twist of the tongue, by metaphoricalization, spiritualization, one by one, the old physical promises, of the Old Testament and its god, if they were not outright canceled, were given at least an optional, metaphorical, “spiritual” reading. While many preachers today, present the spiritual reading, the spiritual life, as the only viable, good way to read the Bible, and life. But to correct this massive mistake and evil, is the goal of our books, here.

 

Specifically what became of promises of physical immortality, and rebirth? What happened in the spiritualizing environment of the new priesthood? What happened was what we just saw in the Prodigal Son example; it was all re-presented, interpreted, as being just an allegory for a mental or spiritual event. In the case of the Prodigal Son? We are “dead” when we are too attached to material things, riches; which sooner or later pass away. We are “dead” because we are attached to things that will eventually get old and die. Indeed, even our own material body and life, are fated; when we materially die. Therefore, the moral was constantly drawn, we should get away from this fated living, this living death, which is attachment to physical things, physical “desires” and “lusts,” and “possessions” and “riches.”

 

How is it therefore, that one might be said to have been “dead,” but then return to “life”? Or go from mortality, to immortality? It was now seen, in the Spiritual, Platonistic side of the New Testament, as a metaphor. A metaphor for the way that we often begin in life, as children: beginning with 1) our short-sighted fleshly attachment to our toys; to the riches, possessions, of this physical life, and world. But indeed, preachers began to note, even from the days of Ecclesiastes, or “the Preacher,” that this material life is always doomed, and in “vain.” Because even if we get rich … then one day, we will physically die, and all we are and have is in effect, taken away from us. So that our material life, seemed to be in vain; seemed to be always the way merely, of “death.”

 

Following the philosophical/religious arguments of Paul and others, many philosophical idealists and religionists became extremely Spiritual. They claimed that experience teaches us that all physical, material things, possessions, even our material body – get old, and tarnish, or rust, and even die, or “perish” (Paul). So that, it was claimed, attachment to, living for, material things, was silly. Or it was even in effect, attachment to death. But, it was now hinted by Paul and others – at times – that, however, fortunately for us, the universe is not just composed of physical, material things. Instead, they began to claim, it is divided into two things: a) matter; but then also, b) invisible, spirits. While it was also said that while all matter, all physical things, get old and die, somehow there were invisible spirits however too; like our own minds or spirits in part. Or the “wind.” And it was claimed, that such invisible things, our spirits, it was said, could somehow, not being physical, could be immortal. Physical things get old and “rust” or are eaten by “moths,” as even Jesus noted. But it was implied, we have a spirit, or hope of “Heaven”; which were immortal, “eternal” in the heavens. Or, we had a spirit or soul, that – as some Egyptians had apparently pictured – could leave our bodies, like little men on wings, at our deaths. And go up into the clouds, the heavens. To live there forever. Outliving the death of our bodies. Either by “going to Heaven,” as most thought of it. Or living on by some other means, that was still a “mystery” to Paul.

 

The whole universe therefore, was said in effect, to be dual, or split into two different things. That is: a) physical matter, and b) invisible spirits. And it was said that physical things were not so good; because they obviously, get old and die. But, more specifically, it was asserted by parts of Paul, and bits of Greek and Egyptian philosophy and religion, that however, though all material things, like our physical bodies, get old and die or “perish,” it was rightly asserted, in part, that intellectual traditions, ideas, live on; our “name” and ideas can live on say. Or as was less clearly or less perfectly said by various provincial persons, our “spirit” could live on somehow. Even after our body died. So that the truly “wise” person, our preachers assured us, would devote their time to learning about the spirit. Rather than bothering to try to be rich.

 

But finally, there were always problems with the explanations offered by our preachers. We might ask, how exactly, by what process, does this happen? Where exactly is “Heaven”? What is life like there? Many even questioned whether there are any “spirits” at all; how can we know, if they are invisible? And philosophers asked: if spirits are totally non-material … then how can they move or affect, material things? There is nothing in them, to “push” a material thing in any direction, in any way.

 

The fact is, spiritualists, preachers and holy men, have often had a few useful insights; but they have never had an entirely complete or satisfactory account of things. While furthermore, possibly our major point here, is that their one-sidedly spiritual account of things, never entirely matched … not only what we see in real life; they do not match even the Bible itself. Since even the Bible itself, often emphasized this material, physical life; and even the Bible itself in fact began to note some evil, physically fatal things about over-spirituality. And specifically here, we will show that their account of specifically, resurrection, only saw one “part” of the larger, fuller picture.

 

About half of all preachers, we are saying here and elsewhere, falsely promised “miracles.” While the other, allegedly “higher” half, have been Spiritualists; hierarchical dualists. But neither side was very good; not even the Spiritual preachers. Deep down, they believed the universe was composed of two things: matter, and spirit. And that of these two things, only spirit was good, and immortal. But there will have been many, deadly problems with over-spiritual preachers … as James 2.14 ff. began to note. And as we are more fully outlining, in our books, here and now.

 

So how finally, do we get to a better, fuller vision of truth and life and God? Simply in part by commonsense realism, some would say. But since many reject common sense? And insist only on what the Bible says? To those, our books are addressed: as we note that even just re-reading our Bibles more closely – will rediscover their materialistic side eventually; as partial counterbalance to the one-sided, narrowly, fatally over-spiritual vision of preachers.

 

The fact is, spirituality is at most half of life; the other half is about visible material evidence, even according to the Bible itself; even according to God, himself. And therefore, our millions of preachers, with their one-sidedly spiritual account of life, were never able to really, fully convince the masses, of their point of view; because indeed, they never really offered a really, fully, adequate explanation, either of God, or of life. They spoke vaguely of going to a spiritual “heaven,” based on spiritual merits. But they offered few concrete particulars, or real empirical proofs. Indeed, all the physical evidence went against them. So that their response was to … simply reject all of physical life. But that was a literally fatal move.

 

And so how do we fix that? How do we fix, the literally fatal over-spirituality of preachers? Indeed, it is part of the great importance of a closer look at say, Plato, that it begins to show that even Plato was not quite as spiritual or “Platonic” or “Platonistic,” as spiritual people thought. The fact is that even the rather spiritual/Idealistic Plat, was at least a bit more specific, more realistic, than our preachers. And Plato began to show exactly how, in what material way, our allegedly, completely non-material minds and selves and spirits, might live on.

 

Most importantly, for millions of Christians, we now add here, Plato’s better, more realistic empirical ideas … are also found, in the Bible itself. Which confirms Plato. In that first of all, 1) our words and ideas, our “name” or reputation, can live on – in culture; in books; in the memory of others. While then too, 2) bits of what we were like, live on as our genes are carried on through biological reproduction, to our heirs, our “children.” Or as the Bible often said, in our “seed.”

 

This view is confirmed not only in the language the Bible applied specifically to the immortality; to the scenarios that had physical bodies involved, after all. But finally, the moment when we come to see this new material vision, is itself, verified by, supported by, a partial fulfillment of, a major Biblical prophesy.

 

As foretold? As of the moment that you begin to see all this, your
spirit is no longer, just floating, perpetually detached from and disdainful of, all material reality. As of the very “day” you begin to see the physical links to spirit, you have an account of religion, even immortality, that can re-tie your spirit, even its immortality, to physical life – physical culture; biological bodies. In fact, they were tied all along … but many did not see it. And if their spirit therefore ever seemed to many, to be wholly different in kind, to be wholly detached from, this physical “world” and this physical life? Then … after all, their spirit should now change. As many come to see the too-spiritual “heaven”ly vision “dissolv”ing, as foretold; as a misunderstanding. As some come to at last conceptually “see” how even spirit, even immortality, now begin to re-link themselves to … this material world, and to physical bodies, and flesh.

 

 

 

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Living on in “Heaven” Only;

An Bad Idea, From Reading Only Parts of Plato

 

 

For many centuries, priests have been very, very, Spiritual. Or hierarchically dualistic. And they have thought in terms of a dualist/spiritualist idea of life, and immortality. Their idea of God and life, was that all the universe, was divided into two absolutely different kinds of things: matter, vs. spirit. While between those two, the physical, material side of life, was almost entirely bad and evil, and fated to perish. Whereas, it was constantly said, human beings don’t just have bodies, but also have an non-material “spirit”; while spirit moreover, can live on somehow. And be immortal.

 

But how did that happen? How did spirits live on? And related to that, how are dead people “resurrected” from the dead? Preachers were rather vague about this. Or they could not really, explain exactly how. Indeed, it was still a “mystery,” and not clearly explained, even by say, the Paul that wrote half of the New Testament. But in general, it was constantly suggested by many priests and ministers, that we should just give up on the materialistic side of life; to take vows of “poverty, chastity, and obedience” to become poor monks, in effect. To forget about material “possessions”; to try to be as “spiritual” as we can be. In that way we would somehow, it was constantly said, strengthen our “spirit”; and thus prepare it for eternal life, in spiritual Heaven.

 

And so, preachers have always been mostly (if not entirely) all about championing “spirit.” Spirituality being constantly presented as the essence of Christianity, and as the highest insight into truth, and God. Preachers habitually think of their work, their job, as addressing just mental or emotional or “spiritual” things; while the material world of business and engineering and farming and medicine, preserving our physical lives, is simply, not their concern. Or indeed, preachers have thought of material life, as being even evil; since all material things are corrupted they say, and fated to perish. As Plato we will find, suggested. And then too, preachers thought that while material things are fated to get old and rot or die, our “spirit” however, was thought to be immortal. So that once again, they thought, here was another reason to emphasize spirit, over “flesh” and “world,” which were understand by some, to mean material things. The reason to value spirit, over flesh, was that all flesh got old and rotted and died: whereas it was constantly asserted, our minds or spirits or ideas, live on.

 

And yet our present books are devoted to showing, that this, a major pillar of the traditional priestly view of life, that we heard in a billion sermons, all over the world, is wrong. Their idea is more from some of the less attractive parts of Plato, than from God.

 

This to be sure, is the massively popular idea, of immortality, as living on in a spiritual “heaven,” as countless preachers taught. Basically, the idea was that when we learn the spirit of Jesus, and “die to” physical things, we are however, developing a spirit that is immortal; and it will live on after we die, in heaven:

 

“Since, then, we have such a hope … not like Moses…. But we have this treasure in clay jars…. We are afflicted … but not crushed… so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be make visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. But just as we have the same spirit of faith … Lord Jesus will raise us … into his presence…. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed…. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling – if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not be found naked…. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee” (2 Corin. 3.12-13-4.7-5.5. Cf. the folk tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” and Solomon on our “hope” living on).

 

Paul is entertaining many ideas; but the idea of us giving up on physical life ultimately, to develop a “spirit” that will live on in “heaven,” can be found in parts of the above.

 

Most likely though, the idea that we live on in spirit, or in a spiritual heaven, was really not so much from the Jews, (who believed mostly in “Sheol,” not afterlife in heaven; see “heaven” Ox. Comp.); but Paul got it from Plato. Especially Plato’s Theory of Forms. The idea being that the only things that are stable and eternal, the real models of life, are things, “forms” of “models,” discovered by reason and intelligence. Which are said to be rather in Heaven or something. Such things, being basic to the universe, are said to be immortal. Whereas things here on earth are only inferior, perishable “copies,” of those eternal forms, in “heaven”:

 

“First then, in my judgment, we must make a distinction and ask, What is that which always is and had not becoming, and what is that which is always becoming and never is? That which is apprehended by intelligence and reason is always in the same state, but that which is conceived by opinion with the help of sensation and without reason is always in a process of becoming and perishing and never really is…. The work of the creator, whenever he looks to the unchangeable and fashions the form and nature of his work after an unchangeable pattern, must necessarily be made fair and perfect, but when he looks to the created only and uses a created pattern, it is not fair or perfect. Was the heaven then or the world … always in existence and without beginning, or created….? (Plato, Tim. 27.d-28.b).

 

“Which of the patterns had the artificer in view when he made it – the pattern of the unchangeable or of that which is created?… Everyone will see that he must have looked at the eternal…. And having been created in this way, the world has been framed in the likeness of that which is apprehended by reason [“logos”?] and mind and is unchangeable, and must therefore of necessity, if this is admitted, be a copy of something…. Let me tell you then why the creator made this world of generation….” (Plato’s Collected Dialogues, Timaeus 29.a-b-e).

 

“All equal objects of sense are desirous of being like it, but are only imperfect copies” (Phaedo 75.b; see also “shadows” in the “cave”).

 

As many scholars have claimed, Plato therefore, would seem, even more than the Old Testament, to be the really clear source of Christian, idealistic ideas about an afterlife, in or thanks to, “heaven.” Clearly Paul – who defended Greeks explicitly, and who as a Roman citizen was imbued in Greco-Roman culture, including the thoughts of Plato – used the language of Plato’s theory of forms, in much of the Bible’s writings on immortality, especially. As did James too at times:

 

“Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites”; (“But the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these”; Heb. 9.23).

 

“Now we see in a mirror dimly” (1 Corin. 13.12).

 

“The form of this world is passing away” (1 Corin. 7.31).

 

“Holding the form of religion but denying the power of it” (2 Tim. 3.5).

 

Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1.17).

 

It seems clear from these and dozens of other examples, that when Paul especially, as a Greco-Roman citizen, learned Greek, and spent years in Ephesus talking to Greeks, he got many ideas from them. Especially Platonic ideas. That suggested that what many of us know on earth – even what our alleged holy men know – are just “dark” or “dim” “shadows,” of higher truths, eternal “forms” or gods, in “heaven.” So that it is only when we are better educated, that our “soul,” encased in a mortal body, gains intelligence at last. And divine truths return to a body, a natural form. And here at last, we are more “full” and whole, and more nearly “perfect.”

 

So that Plato gives us the better understanding, at long last. Plato clarifying the key part of the root meaning of Paul, and of Christianity. Specially the notion of a “soul” in a “body” … allowing the “body” to however, “put on” immortality, as Paul was to say, in 1 Corin. 15.35-51-55. In order to be “full”:

 

“And by reason of all these affections, the soul, when encased in a mortal body, now … is at first without intelligence, but when the flood of growth … abates … then … return to their natural form…. And … he attains
the fullness and health of the perfect man…. But if he neglected education he walks lame to the end of his life…. (Plato, Tim. 44.b-c).

 

“Not that I am already perfect” (Paul, Bible).

 

“Yet is their hope full of immortality” (Wis. Sol. 3.4, etc.. Cf. “He who despises wisdom and instruction is doomed. Vain is their hope, fruitless are their labors” Wis. 3.11).

Paul was undoubtedly thinking of Plato’s account, when Paul began with dualism; but then suggested that it was still a “mystery” to him. And suggested that still somehow, it was said that our mortal lives, even our bodies, were not always extinguished; but put on immortality eventually, somehow:

 

“But some one will ask, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?’ …. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable… It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body…. It is not the spiritual which is first but the physical, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven… Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. [But] Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of any eye, at the last trump. For the trumped will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality….” (1 Corin. 15.35, 42, 46-53).

 

Most preachers have insisted that in the end, physical life is simply extinguished, and we become just spiritual beings. But that isn’t quite what even Paul himself said. Paul at times definitely flirted with spirituality, a hierarchical dualism that rejected all of physical reality; and that was soon to be distilled in Gnosticism (rejected by the Church_. And into an ascetic, world-hating “Christian” priesthood. But all along the Bible itself – even Paul – continued to speak of spirit, residing in apparently physical “bodies.”

 

Even the Bible retained the physical. And here furthermore, we have noted that Christianity was essentially, Greco-Roman influenced, or “Hellenized” – specially, Plato-influenced – Judaism. (Which is in turn ultimately, deified serfdom, or a defied social contract, between tenant farmers and land “lord”s). And indeed, it is Plato’s passage above, that best explains Paul, on resurrection. While in that reference, we find that, as many scholars rightly noted, Plato was not quite as spiritual or “Platonic” as “Platonism” took him. Indeed, even Plato speaks of immortal spirits finding a home at times, in physical bodies, here on this physical earth.

 

Today of course, just as in Jesus’ time, many religious conservatives may object to the idea that the ideas of a gentile Greek, like Plato, were partially responsible for forming Christianity. Many might object today – just as many religious conservatives of Jesus’ and Paul’s day – the Pharisees – objected to any apparent adulteration of Hebrew tradition, with even a tiny amount of allegedly foreign, non-Jewish, non-Godly, knowledge. Especially in fact, Jewish conservatives, the “circumcision party” and others, scribes and Pharisees, objected to Paul allowing “Greeks,” specifically, to come into the Hebrew holy places or temples:

 

“This [Paul?] is the man who is teaching men everywhere against the people and the law and this place; moreover he also brought Greeks into the temple, and he has defiled this holy place” (Acts 21.28).

 

Religious conservatives will object to anything that does not seem to match the traditional idea of Christianity. But is the traditional view, always right? Here we simply find that the spiritual and other ideas that dominated Christian “tradition” for centuries, was often simply, wrong; it was not even in full accordance with the Bible itself. Finally a) the Bible itself accepted Paul of course, largely (albeit with reservations?). And note, Paul acknowledged “debts” to Greeks (q.v.), like Stephen. And Paul often supported “Greeks” specifically, by name:

 

“Both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to the wise and to the unintelligent, I am a debtor” (Rom. 1.14; from the Greek. See also KJV).

 

“I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians…: so I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome” (Rom. 1.14 RSV).

 

“There is no distinction between Jew and Greek” (Rom. 10.12, Gal. 3.28, Col. 3.21 RSV).

 

“Jews or Greeks, slaves or free” (1 Corin. 12.13).

 

Paul often spoke favorably of Greeks; and in many translations acknowledged a “debt” to them (and to “fools” for that matter). While b) Paul went to a Greek city, Ephesus, to debate there for years. And c) his whole vision of our dual lives, and an afterlife, is clearly from Plato’s Theory of Forms; the idea of things on earth being mere “perish”able “copies” or “dark” “shadows,” of “immortal” “form”s or paradigms in “heaven.” But finding physical “bodies” here on earth after all, to live in, too. As we essentially lend our bodies, to be vehicles for the spirit of Christ; so that Christ’s spirit is “in” us; in our bodies. Thus giving us a link to an immortal spirit.

 

For that matter, d) perhaps Greek culture contained some earlier Hebrew wisdom too; it was asserted by some scholars, that some “Greek” traditions after all, seemed structurally matched to Hebrew, Old Testament ones, in many ways, as well. Indeed, e) in spite of many local provincial loyalties and cultures, many ideas were exchanged back and forth, between many cultures, in the fluid and mobile environment of the maritime Mediterranean. So that today, many speak of not just local cultures, but also a general “ANE” or “Ancient Middle East” sense as well. While especially of course, after Alexander the Great conquered most of the Mediterranean – including most Hebrew lands – Greek thoughts especially, like the thoughts of Plato and Aristotle, were widely spread everywhere. So that f) even the Roman Catholic Church at times, acknowledged that God himself gave even Greeks, some kind of partially valid revelation, even before Christianity.

 

To be sure, sometimes Greeks, sometimes even Plato, made mistakes. And Plato’s occasional over-spirituality, over-idealism, was specifically and rightly criticized, by his eventual, more science-based successor: by Aristotle. Plato and Socrates though, in spite of their disinterest in material reality, were useful. And we have found that their vaunted “ideas,” or Ideal Forms, and their immortality, can be found at times to have been tied, even in Plato himself, to physical things, physical phenomena, that we see here, on this material earth. Ideal forms, often descend in part to earth. And our own immortality, is achieved in part through material culture, and biological DNA.

 

To be sure, Aristotle or others rightly criticized Plato, for dualism in effect; for speaking as if ideas, forms, didn’t need material bodies at all, and existed in a totally different sort of land, or heaven. And that unfortunate aspect of Plato, was to dominate – and fatally deform – religion, and Christianity, for 2,000 years it seems. But early on, Aristotle and others had begun trying to fixing that. While we will have finally begun to finish that up, here and now.

 

Incidentally, though? If we are to for a moment emphasize just floating, disembodied ideas? Then note that, for those who insist on being simply intellectuals, focused on ideas in themselves, or spiritualists focused just on spirit, that for that matter, Plato seems to have supposed that the things – the spirits or ideas – that were immortal, the ideas that reflected the basic armature or structures, truths, on which the universe and truth were based … were not so much religious, as rational “ideas” or forms or spirits (as noted above). A language which in fact, even Paul reflected. When Paul told us, “come let us reason together” (q.v., Bible).

 

In any case though, while abstract “reason” is undoubtedly extremely useful, Aristotle rightly criticized Plato, for speaking as if ideas, spirits, could exist, just floating; independently of nature and empirical facts. Indeed, common sense might well ask … where exactly are these ideal forms, ideas, models, said to be? Since they, ideas, models, goods and god, were not clearly seen around us? Because such essences, could not be clearly seen, since they were best apprehended only in the mind or imagination, it was hard to say where they were. And so, they were conventionally located in folk traditions, in some remote, unseen realm: often “clouds.” Or “heaven.” Or in our minds. So that is how we got the idea of ideal forms in heaven; good or gods, in heaven, or in spirit only. As opposed to animism (and in Christianity, immanentism); which suggested that spirits, essences, lived deep within material things, here on earth in part.

 

Plato though to be sure, often seemed to many ancient readers, as if he indeed, spoke of floating, disembodied abstractions; that had an insufficient to concrete reality. And that gave the impression that most great ideas, models, thoughts, Forms, were wholly different and all but totally detached, from the physical things that we see around us from day to day. And that very detachment, we suggest, created countless problems. Indeed, it helped to create the physically fatal focus on spirits just in themselves, the fatal over-spirituality, divorced from the “world.” That was to dominate religion, clerics, Christianity, priests, for centuries. So that we now need to fix that over-abstraction, that over-spirituality. To do that, we will have had to go back to Plato himself for a moment; to point out both his over-spiritual moments … but then, to also recover his more physical referents, too. In order to try to … tie all our old philosophical, religious, and rational “ideas,” constructions, models . to materially observable things, once again.

 

So that heaven comes back to earth, conceptually, first of all.

 

For that matter though, to those who insist on learning abstract ideas without concrete examples or referents? It is worth noting to religious spiritualists, that even if at times, just ideas or spirits in themselves, ever attracted Plato’s attention purely in themselves? Still, most often, the aspect of any such disembodied forms, that the great thinkers from Plato to Aquinas say, focused on, was often not blind “faith” in tradition. Rather, the intellectual thing that Plato himself focuses on was “Reason.” Which is a major element, in turn, of empirical Science. So that, even if one must at times occupy one’s self, with disembodied thinking, abstractions? Then thinking about, or in terms of, faith, would not be quite as useful, as thinking by way of Reason and Logic. Even religious thinkers like Paul, would sometimes call for “reason” by name, after all.

 

Then too, to be sure, all abstract, non-empirical thinkers, from spiritualists to those who love pure Reason, thinking, philosophy, just in itself … will often fail. Because of the narrowness of their focus; just on mind or spirit, while they ignore too much, Empricisim. And the testimony of material things. In particular, “pure” thinkers, will often be clumsy in physical reality; Thales the philosopher, they say, looking at the stars, fell down a well. Those who look only at high abstractions therefore, will often be lacking many necessary virtues. In particular, they will often be nerdy, and ineffectual, in taking care of physical needs; they will be dysfunctional in physical reality. And then too, they will tend to fail to see the practical ties and application – the “power” – of their ideas, their formulas, their “spirits,” after all. So we all need to go beyond the purely abstract “thinkers” and prayers; beyond the mathematicians, are the physicists … and engineers. Beyond the clerks or clerics, learning intellectual “form”ulas by rote, learning them merely as ideas, or spirits, is the … king. Who knows both abstract ideas, shapes and models or forms; but also knows how the “form”ulas apply – or don’t apply – to real, physical life. But for some time, religion has been ruled by mere clerics or clerks, with no real king as the effective head. And so we have had the bad, false religion, the Bible foretold; a religion that follows the abstract “form” of religion, the abstractions … but which does not understand, and does not have, the physical sense and application of it all. And which therefore, does not have the “power” – of it (2 Tim. 3.5).

 

 

 

Summary of Problems with Spirituality in General

 

 

Therefore, there are many, huge problems with “pure,” priestly, disembodied Spirituality, (and related to that, very abstract formal thinking in philosophy and math). Abstractions are useful to a degree … but, a person lost in abstractions, who does not understand how they apply to this physical existence, is lost, indeed. Thales, looking at the stars, falls down a well. Ascetics, despising the flesh, fail to feed others, leading us all to starvation (James 2.14). Mathematicians, failing to heed physical life, become clumsy nerds. And priests, giving up on the physical “world,” are lead to “hate” a physical universe that we all need to know; that God himself said was “good.” Nor do such people understand the derivation of, and application of, their abstract thoughts, to reality. So that they understand only a tiny, abstracted “part” of God, and the Truth. Failing to understand that their many disembodied abstractions, were derived from observation of physical things (Rom. 1.20).

 

Therefore, our clerics’ typical spirituality, radically, heretically, fatally underestimates the value of the physical, material side of life. Indeed, it ignores the value that God himself put on material life, as well. So that ironically, the spirituality of preachers, that was thought by many preachers to be the highest water mark, of a religious man, was actually at best, a mere part of the elephant. It was at best a mere step, on a stairway to a higher and better, “full”er understanding of God. The preachers by fixating just on spirit, spirituality, failed to move on to a spirit …. that rediscovers the importance of physical, material things. A rediscovery that, we now suggest, will not doubt be finally partially experienced, “seen,” by over-spiritual or dualistically split people – as a “return” of god or spirit, to this material earth. Or that will be experienced by over-spiritual persons, in other words, as the Second Coming. Or as the “resurrection” or reappearance of spirit, on this material earth again. The return to spirit, to physical “bodies.” But if so, then our intellectual rebinding of spirit to flesh, religion to physicality … in part accomplishes, fulfills, Biblical prophesy. Of spirit, god, returning to bodies, and to physical reality.

 

The fact is, if God himself is a spirit in some sense, he is a spirit that lives largely in material things. In the beginning, God made the material earth, and said it was “good,” not evil. While God fills “all things,” in heaven “and earth.” Indeed, God even promises us lots of physical, material rewards, if we follow him. Therefore, we conclude, amazingly, the traditional preacherly, spiritual view of God – or specifically in this case, of our resurrection, our immortality – as being just about the spirit, all but totally rejecting this physical life and world, is incomplete. Or even in effect, simply, wrong.

 

But as it turns out now, re-examining the science of God, helps reverse the great sin of priests. And specifically, examining the material nature of immortality, resurrection, helps clarify, and achieve, some of the goals which were still goals, even of very spiritual preachers: the return to God and good, to this material earth. First of all, looking for material correlates of abstractions, helps us learn to conceptually see God as working with spirit, but spirit in a material, physical world. To be sure, most very religious people have thought, for example, that the only kind of immortality there is, is through becoming one with, invisible “spirit” – and rejecting and leaving this material world, altogether. But as it turns out, that “spiritual” vision, isn’t what God really wanted; that is not the real kind of immortality. Instead, the Bible itself – and Plato too – suggest an afterlife, that takes place by way of physical things, like the material bodies and DNA of our successors, and their material culture, books.

 

Therefore, the fact is, spiritual preachers were horribly wrong and evil, to reject God’s material universe. When they did that, they ceased to understand or follow God rightly. And among other things, they have not understood the real nature of immortality, either. Which involves both “spirits” or ideas, but also material “bodies” and even “flesh.” They failed to see the fuller, accurate outline of our God; who fills “all” things, heaven and “earth.” And more seriously, essentially all our preachers therefore, have failed to truly, adequately follow God. They understood and followed much of his spiritual side; but they failed to respect and follow, his physical side.

 

The fact is, we are showing here that our traditional preachers have been incomplete, and evil. Whenever apostles like Paul began to over-emphasize the spirit, and to temporarily put down this material, physical “earth” or “world,” that extreme position, committed many theological and practical sins. Among other things, the spirituality that is typical of preachers, has a dark flip side. Which was theologically wrong, and often literally fatal. When priests carried – as they always do – too far. First of all, a) spirituality goes against much of the Bible: the spirituality of preachers, the related rejection of material things, first of all, has always conflicted with much the Old Testament; and indeed, it denied, it opposed, a major part of God, and of Life. It opposed the side of God who, after all, often promised very, very physical, material things to those who followed him. The God who filled “all things,” not just heaven, but also this material “earth.” The God who, from the beginning of Genesis, made all the material universe -and said it was “good,” not evil. Then too, b) to hate our own bodies and their material needs, and therefore to neglect our physical needs, as St. James began to see, is often physically fatal. While then too c) spirituality is full of a radical “hate”; a hate for this material “world,” and even for our own material bodies.

 

The very doctrines that presented themselves to us all, with great Pride, as the very heart and quintessence of all that was good holy – traditional spirituality of priests and ministers – was actually therefore, we now find here, a massive deceit, and a massive evil. Priestly spirituality is essentially, evil; it has always actually, secretly opposed most of God himself. And furthermore, it was not a harmless error or sin at all; since this sin mislead millions, billions of people. Indeed, it misguided the whole world; leading us all in to a false idea of God; leading us to follow a False Christ. While furthermore, there were real physical penalties for this. The millions of women especially, who followed the preachers’ False Christ, were lead into “foolish”ness, “delusions,” and then into becoming helpless and even dangerous to themselves, in physical reality.

 

Finally therefore, the monistically or hierarchically “spiritual” view of life that has mostly dominated all priesthoods, all ministers, all of “Christ”ianity, the massively popular religion, that all but rejects the entire physical world, the view that dominated about half the priesthoods, for the last 4,000 years … has been very, very seriously exaggerated, and wrong. First, it is not what the Bible really called for. While next, its false vision of Christ, lead to two or three, literally physically, fatal results; to bad empirical results that, we will show elsewhere, resulted in the premature deaths of millions, billions of human beings. First a) remember St. James writing in James 2.14 ff, of holy men, who believed they only had to give other people, kind words, consolations, hope and faith and spirit … neglected our physical, material side of life. And left many literally, physically, starving to death (James 2.14 ff).

 

So that, exactly as foretold, there were many evil, “false spirits” in the world; evil spirits even in religion, and in alleged holy men, and even in the holy men of Israel and Judah. Or indeed, the very spirituality of holy men has been in fact, one of the foretold evil spirits.
And the evil done by the over-spirituality of preachers, was extreme: since it posed as the very essence of “life” and all that was good; promising us eternal life … even as it failed to help the physically dying; and left them to die. But then far worse, the spirituality of preachers did not just leave the already-starving, to physically die; by actively teaching a false spirit, to millions, billions, by actively teaching millions to deny physical needs, preachers actively lead millions, billions of people who would otherwise have learned to take care of themselves, to a fatal neglect. To a learned, acquired dysfunctionality. Billions of people that left to their own devices, would otherwise have taken care of physical things, out of common sense, were discouraged from doing so. Millions would have taken care of farming and milling, learning science and developing better medicines, that would have saved the lives of billions … if over-spiritual preachers had not systematically and often explicitly, attacked common sense. And prevented people who otherwise would have taken care of things, from taking care of physical necessities.

 

James therefore, only began to see the mere tip of the iceberg; as it turns out, the sin of spirituality, was far, far, far worse than what James saw.

 

What is more, just as bad – or in most ways, far worse – than the massively, obviously over-spiritual priests, who totally neglected the physical side of God and of life, were the spiritual, but slightly less spiritual, ministers. The ones who thought that to be sure, some physical things in life might be important. But who thought that all that was required to get them, was to pray, and be spiritual – and then the material things we needed, would appear out of thin air. But by some poorly understood physical process; by a surreal “miracle.” Here, millions of preachers did partially see the importance of physical reality. But the problem was that they did not know enough about it. And so they thought of it as a surreal, magical sphere.

 

The problem was that even most of those preachers who promised physical things, were still too spiritual, to understand how physical life really works.

 

The problem was that priests are historically, clerks; the clerks of the kings and “lord”s. They are the people who know how to read and write; and to keep the books for the king. But they know things mainly from words, books; not from real life. They see things as “word”s, abstractions; and do not know how to link what they learned from books, to thins seen around us, here on this physical earth. And so they remain all too spiritual, and disoriented… even when they promise material things. In their remaining, still vaunted spirituality, in their residual very, very proud disdain for the physical side of life, even the more moderately spiritual priests, neglect to learn enough about physical reality. While they still, massively over-valued spirit. So that even the more “moderate” priests, who still spoke of physical things, did not however, know how it all worked. They a) still thought that intellectual, spiritual things, like reading and praying, were the most important things. And they thought that b) if physical things, like physical food or bread, were important at all, then such things as we needed to sustain our material bodies, would simply pop into existence, would be conjured into existence. By direct action of the mind or spirit. They constantly delivered sermons, that assumed that all we need to so is follow the Bible to reform our minds or spirits. And then, if our spirits were “good”? If they especially, had lots of “faith” and “love”? Then all we needed, was that; and not our own “work” of our “hands.” Or if we needed physical things at all – like breakfast, lunch, or dinner – then they thought that whatever we needed, would appear, y by direct action of our spirit. We would be simply good, or just pray … and whatever physical things we needed, would then simply appear, by popping into existence, out of thin air. By “miracles.” Like – as we were constantly told, in a million sermons – the “bread and fishes” that appeared in the mostly empty baskets of the disciples.

 

And so unfortunately, if the very “spiritual” ministers were obviously bad, just as bad or worse, were the preachers who acknowledged some importance to physical needs; but whose knowledge of physical things was so sketchy, and incomplete, that these ministers thought – or at any rate constantly spoke as it – whatever physical things we needed, would appear by direct action of our spirit; without practical work; and out of thin air. Mainly by “miracles.” But the problem here, was that science and hard experience, what actually “comes to pass” in real life, taught us that this simple idea of simple preachers, did not work. Did not really understand the fuller picture of how God worked.

 

Through the 1950’s and later, preachers commonly sermonized, constantly spoke as if, all we need to do to get through life, is be “good” as they defined it, in our spirit, and pray, in our spirits. Perhaps they thought, as some ascetics did, that if our spirits were strong, we would not even need, even physical food. That somehow how spirits would sustain us. Or, if we physically died, then after all, dying and going to heaven, was good (Philippians 1.20-2.3). Or, if we did need some physical things, then “whatever” material things you want or need, will simply … appear out of thin air. By a sort of magical, conjuring; “miracles.” Like loaves and fishes, appearing “miraculously,” in empty baskets. But as it has turned out here, God told us even in the Bible itself, to honor and “observe” the material side of life. And when we do that, we find that in actual experience, the priestly vision, was extremely naïve, underinformed, and was in fact, seriously evil. Priests have not really understood or followed the Bible rightly. And because of that, all our preachers long ago, thousands of years ago perhaps, fell into a mistaken view that was in effect, without their realizing it, belief in not in God; but was belief in magic; specifically, belief in conjuring. Making things appear out of thin air, by means of ritual “words,” formulas, spirits, prayers. A vision of life and God, that was a lie. That was in fact, the very delusion of sorcerers, that, as God warned, would deceive all the world, and its “worship” (Rev. 13, etc.).

 

And so the old warning of “false prophets,” “false spirits,” “deceiving,” “enchanting” the world “world,” were long ago realized … by traditional Christianity. Which actually misread the Bible, as a magical or spiritual text.

 

Therefore, the whole world has been mislead for some time, in its worship, its Christ. And was given a magical view of life … which did not work, and was not true. So that first, the millions of priests that taught this view, were themselves mislead. Worse though, when these false priests began preaching their false view of God to the world, these false priests, eventually mislead the entire world; even, fatally. The vision of priests, was not true; and in real life, it often lead to disaster. So that all those who were lead by priests to any degree, all those who were lead to expect that material things appear by miracle, were in effect, taught a vision of life that did not really follow the Bible; and did not work in real life. And when you follow a vision of life that does not work? Then of course, disasters often follow.

 

By now, nearly everyone in the whole world, has been taught a false vision of Christ, to one degree or another. By priests, speaking and writing in hundreds of languages, visiting and broadcasting to essentially, every nation in the whole world. Especially the major industrial powers, c. 1776-1976; who in turn ruled the world. So that the whole world, has been to some degree, in the grip of the false vision, of priests. Yet not only was this vision false in the abstract; but it also lead to huge – if as-yet largely undocumented, unnoticed – disasters in real life. Essentially, spirituality taught people to neglect learning practical, “worldly” knowledge; and to neglect practical “work” of our “arms” and “hands.” Such things, we were constantly told in sermons, put too much “confidence” in our own fallible human ideas; the “traditions,” the “doctrines,” of “men.” But here we will have shown that practical science and hard work, were actually supported by the Bible itself. And we project as a reasonable hypothesis, that those spiritual persons who did not continue to honor practical knowledge, science, and hard work – who neglected say, working at farming; who did not work at developing new and better medicines, and housing, for example – would have not been as fruitful as they otherwise would have been. Indeed, those who prayed constantly, who did not work, and who just waited for food to appear magically, out of thin air – would either be taken care of by other, more practical people, giving them handouts and “contributions.” Or they would starve to death; or freeze to death; or would die of unnecessary diseases. To be sure, since few people really followed the extreme spirituality that preachers rhetorically, hypocritically pretended to believe, most could avoid the extreme and obvious problems, of extreme spirituality: like simply ceasing to eat at all, and then obviously starving to death. But more likely, millions were lead by more “moderate” degrees of spirituality, to at least neglect practicality to a subtle, hard-to-spot degree. So that millions would have had a subtle, hard-to-spot, but very real … spot of dysfunctionality, of evil, in them. Which was all the more evil, in not being obvious; being hidden. Here the disaster would have been greater … in being harder to spot. Whole peoples, would have found themselves not as productive, as they would have been otherwise; the number of deaths from disease and starvation, would have been statistically evident, but not entirely obvious to everyone. While the exact cause of these subtle disasters – being cloaked, whitewashed, in “hair shirts” and cassocks and robes of holiness – would be all but impossible to spot.

 

Millions, billions were systematically taught by priests, not to “worry” much about practical things; not to care much about the physical, material side of life, and “possessions; or do much “work” to take care of those things. It seems reasonable to suppose that therefore, the native over-materialism of ordinary folks, was not only moderated, but then too, even a moderate, productive materialism, common sense, was also all but destroyed, or was subtly, secretly disabled to some extent. Discouraged by priests from doing so, millions probably did not “work” as hard as they might have otherwise, with practical “knowledge,” to develop practical things, like better crops, and better medicines. And because of that, undoubtedly, many unnecessarily froze and starved to death. Many hundreds of millions, undoubtedly died of diseases, that their own practical work and knowledge, would might otherwise have prevented. Died because they did not work as hard. Or died waiting for things to appear out of thin air; by “miracle.” Or, as we now know it, by Magic. Indeed, millions or billions, were to some subtle degree or another, hypnotized by magic; by magicians, who believed themselves to be “priests.” Hypnotizing millions, enchanting the whole world, with their constantly, hypnotically repeated formulas – or as they were called, prayers. Many people were told to repeat prayers dozens, even hundreds of times a day. Even though Paul warned of “vain repetitions.”

 

Lead by spiritualists, to neglect, to some degree, practical material sense, we suggest here that it seems likely that while ultimately, millions, billions of human beings have been helped by religion; but millions, billions, have been subtly disabled, and finally killed by what has traditionally presented itself as “Christ”ianity, as well. Billions of over-materialistic, short-term gainers, to be sure, have been helped by a very mild, anti-materialist spirituality; some have been well lead, to think less of their own immediate material gain, and to think more of the long-term interests of their children, and humanity. But on the other hand, it is a matter of moderation. And those many millions who were discouraged too much, from learning common-sense materialism, or from doing any practical material work, would just as often have been mislead. Those who prayed all day, but did not learn practical “knowledge,” of how to farm, and how to build better houses, those who did no material “work,” those who proudly, spiritually disdained such things … would often, lack better crops, and shelter; and would often die prematurely. From bad, false religious leaders. Who had led them down a false path. With a false “vision,” of Christ.

 

 

The Solution:

Ending the Over-Spirituality, the

Hierarchical Dualism, of

Preachers

 

The Apostle St. James, began to see the tip of the iceberg, the horror. But James did not live long enough, to see it all. So that today, we need to expand past James, noting very spiritual holy men, who were merely passively evil. Those who merely did not extend physical help to the physically starving, in James 2.14. Expanding on what James began to note early on, we are here and now noting that spiritual priests did not merely leave already-starving people to starve; far worse than that, priests actually, actively lead millions, billions of those who otherwise would have taken care of themselves, to starvation or various subtle degrees of silly but often fatal behavior. By attacking common sense, and science, by encouraging the illusions of magical thinking, preachers have mislead billions; billions who would otherwise, have taken better care of their material needs, by using more common sense and science. Millions of women especially, were mislead by preachers, to neglect these genuinely effective measures; millions of women especially were lead to exchange effective ideas, for essentially, magical beliefs; for superstitions that manifestly did not work. They were lead to believe that our own practical work had no bearing whatsoever, on obtaining the “prosperity” and long “life” that God promised. So that many millions of people, who might otherwise have devoted themselves to farming, or to more productive things that did work, neglected these practical things …for something the Bible warned about: vain, “false hopes,” “empty promises,” false “illusions,” “delusions,” “lies,” “enchantment”s, “false dreams,” empty “wind” or “false spirits,” empty words, imaginings, false promises, “empty consolations.” They were told that promises of miracles were good; but if miracles did not arrive, then the “hope” of them at least made us feel good. Even if the promise was essentially false; so that the hope was a false hope, a false dream, a false spiritual moment. As foretold therefore, millions were thus lead, by “false spirits,” the “false dreams” of “false prophets” and bad priests. Into taking the things of the mind, the spirit, as being as good as material reality; as if the mere promise of good feelings, a few kind words, was enough … even as our bodies were dying for lack of real bread. Thus millions were lead, to one degree or another, into opium dreams, Lotus Land, mental fantasy, false hopes, delusions … and then, premature physical death. From neglect of material sense. (Even though finally, even the very spiritual Paul, was to admit that”those who do not work, shall not eat.).

 

Here we have at last however, begun to expose this heretofore largely unappreciated problem: the problem of over-spiritual priests. We suggest that the spirituality of priests, contradicts the Bible itself. And out of that priestly denial of the physical side of God, there has been a massive but hidden series of disasters, throughout history. Which most people have not yet clearly noticed; but which we might now begin to see at last: the millions of subtle disasters that undoubtedly occurred, when priests attacked material sense too strongly. When spiritual priests caused millions, to some degree or another, to abandon effective practical knowledge. For delusions and illusions.

 

No doubt, civilization has been hindered, even crippled, by the exaggerated spirituality of preachers. Specifically, to a seemingly-simple theological error on their part. The problem has been, in large part, their false theology; their “spirituality.” The problem has been, that our preachers read and understood, parts of their Bibles … but not all of them.

 

The problem? The problem was that many Jews in the time of Philo, Jesus, and especially St. Paul, were beginning to have problems no doubt, delivering on the physical, material promises of their tradition. Thoughout much of its history, Israel, Judah, Palestine, was essentially a vassal or tribute state, paying payments to one or another nation or empire; Israel, a small state, had been overrun dozens of times, by larger empires. To the point that Israel was destroyed by Assyria, c. 722 BC; and Judah, by Babylon, in 586 BC. Around the time of the New Testament, since about 64 BC, Jerusalem had been in the control of Pompey, and of Rome. And in these eras, no doubt, many subjugated Jews, found it difficult to make good on the promises of the old books; to deliver as many material goods, as once had been promised. Indeed, the shortfall in material performance of even very good Jews, would have been particularly evident in the time of Jesus. When instead of delivering the ideal kingdom promised, Jesus – said by some to be the “king” of the Jews, or even the Son of God, and the foretold Messiah, or Christ – was himself, captured and executed. While many of his followers did not find long life or prosperity or riches here on earth as promised, either; but instead were captured and tortured to death; martyred. And while a few “miracles” were now and then reported, still, Jerusalem was in the control of foreign enemies, a Roman governor Pontius Pilate. While finally in 70 AD, due to Jewish rebellions … Jerusalem itself was almost entirely burned to the ground by Rome; with only a few towers left for Roman garrisons. While from the time of Hadrian or so, Jews were forbidden to live in the partially rebuilt city. So that in the time of Jesus especially, the physical promises of Judaism and the Old Testament, would have been especially in doubt.

 

So with the physical promises of Judaism and Christianity in doubt, what did loyal Jews and Christians, priests, do? They generated dozens, hundreds of apologetics arguments to excuse that. And among others, many like Paul began to hint at simply declaring that physical things are not important anyway. With taking on, adopt, a rather Egyptian or Greek, hierarchically dualistic view of the universe. The idea of this dualism being essentially that a) all the universe, was divided into just two basic kinds of things: physical, matter vs. invisible spirits. And b) it was usually said that of these two types of things, matter was not very good; since all physical things get old and – as indeed, spiritual parts of the Bible itself said – “rot,” “rust,” and die or “perish.” While in contrast, c) it was asserted that many spirits however, were from God, and were good; and even immortal. So that d) even if religion was not delivering material rewards, it didn’t matter. It was often implied, or even vociferously said, that physical things were unimportant. That accumulating physical “riches” and “possessions” was “vain”; because all physical things – including our own physical “body,” and our physical life – are fated in the end, to get old and die. For these and other reasons, e) writers like Paul began to suggest – at times, and in parts of the Bible – that only spirit was good; while physical matter was all but evil. Therefore, rather than emphasizing the physical promise of Judaism, instead, it was implied in a million sermons, we should all but forget about material things; and concentrate just on our “immortal spirit,” as it was called.

 

Spirituality has seemed to priests to be a good answer to any lack of physical prosperity. But we have been noting here that the problem has been, that this “spiritual” view of life and of God – which came to utterly dominate the Christian priesthoods, priests and ministers and monks; and through them, came to dominate much of the world – was actually a) not true to the Bible, or to God himself. And b) worse, in actual practice, this new spirituality of preachers was literally, physically, fatal. To be sure, the hierarchical dualism that we here call “spirituality,” was raised hypothetically in many apostolic writings; and it was raised – for a moment – in some of the writings of St. Paul. But finally we are showing here that any very strong spirituality, was not fully consistent with the rest of the Bible, or with God. And with practical life (as James 2.14 began to note). So that, rather consistently, the Bible itself always advanced spiritual ideas, with countering cautions of dangers in spirituality; and countering emphases on practical, physical “work” and physically efficacious “science.”

 

Following the Bible, here we will have been trying to indeed, let the public see this at last; see how the Bible itself tried to balance out the too-extreme spirituality that is typical of priests, by noting, in the Bible itself, God’s own greater stress, on material sense, and science. In fact, we will have begun to note that even the very spiritual Paul himself, had to revise his own, Hellenistic, neo-Platonistic, hierarchical dualist “spirituality”; to note for instance that often mere “supernatural” “spirits” did not save us. And to point out that one day our spirit, in any case, is supposed to be re-united with “flesh,” or our “body.”

 

The fact is, God, had often promised big, physical, material rewards to those who really follow him. So that, if our priests could not deliver on the physical side of religion, still, the physical side of Christianity could not be realistically so entirely dropped, as it was dropped in effect, by about half of our preachers or more. Who sometimes gave lip service to the old physical promises; but whose sermons overwhelmingly stressed merely mental sensations, like “hope” and “faith,” as if that was all God promised, or that preachers were responsible for.

 

Preachers to be sure, were feeling guilty no doubt; and were trying to whitewash, twist their shortfall, in physical performance. The fact was, God had made many promises of physical wonders; but the problem was, then where were they? Especially when Jesus was said to have worked physical miracles … but then was physically executed himself. And when Christians were killed, martyred. And then Jerusalem was burned to the ground in 70 AD. While the whole region remained under the control of Rome and other nations, throughout most of its history. Faced with these and other physical shortfalls, preachers, clerics, tried to simply explain away the failures of their system; among dozens of other things, eventually it came to be said by them, that the material things promised, would show up later in life; as they showed up later in the life of Job, say. But if some then complained that they or others, did follow priests, but got no material rewards at all, even by the end of their lives? If your good grandfather, was very good, but still died in poverty and disease? Then preachers simply developed still more “answers” to this dilemma, this appearance of falsehood in their religion, and its promises. And among the many “answers” hinted at (if not firmly, unequivocally endorsed), in the Bible itself, was the suggestion that, given the variability of language and “tongues,” the old promises of physical wonders, could be taken to be, “twist”ed into, mere metaphors; metaphors for spiritual things.

 

Finally though, none of the many dozens of apologetics for the lack of physical wonders, really holds up to closer inspection. Elsewhere we examine and reject, a few dozen of the most common excuses. While here, we reject in detail, in effect, one of the most prominent apologetics: the assertion that physical wonders and results don’t matter anyway; that all we need are spiritual, not physical, things. But here we found that this massively popular “spirituality,” is not true to the Bible itself; and is even often physically fatal in real life. So that finally, we suggest that the part of the Bible that seems to finally emerge as strongest and truest, or true in the end? Is this neglected Biblical prophesy: that a) one apocalyptic “day” or another, we are supposed to b) note huge sins, in all our holy men and spirits; while c) we are to see that whatever good “Spirit” there is, is supposed to return to, be reunited with, our material life; God and spirit, are to come down from Heaven; to be reunited against with “flesh” and the “world.” While the heavenly city, New Jerusalem, comes down to be a place … here, on this physical, material earth (Rev. 21). Though this moment, the full outline of this prophesy, has been neglected, denied, by preachers, this prophesy is in fact, the absolutely central moment in the Bible: the moment when we see the “dissolv”ing in “fire,” even of our spiritual “heaven.” And then see the re-union of the new heaven, and God, with this physical earth and flesh again.

 

What is this absolutely decisive moment in Christianity, like? It is a moment which can be read for once, for spiritual readers, as a metaphor. But if it is, it is a metaphor for the moment when over-spiritual preachers at last, see the value of material things. When they learn how to re-relate disembodied ideas again, to this physical life and physical referents. Thereby becoming far more aware of the a) the larger, “full”er message of the Bible; b) more aware of the fuller outline of Truth; and c) far more capable therefore, of doing good. Meaning at last, delivering not just empty words, or even true spirits … but also, the real material prosperity that God promised to those who really understand him. Which is the metaphorical message and meaning no doubt, of the Second Coming: the meaning of “spirit,” returning to “earth.” To deliver the material things that God promised; not just often illusory “spirit” and mere “hope.” In philosophical terms, it is basically about – as many religious scholars have said – the ending of schizophrenic “doubleness,” of dualism, in our priesthoods. At last priests should be able to see both of the two major aspects of God and Good … and learn to create the wholer, “full”er minds, that can at last deal effectively with all of “life.” And out of that, with the rest of the other more practical population, more effectively create real prosperity, fruits, at last.

 

 

 

Traditionally in fact, most ordinary, good but also practical working people, have always made the necessary adjustments, adding religion to practicality, their day jobs. But how finally, do we get our far more unbalanced, one-sidedly spiritual preachers, to at last see this more balanced theology, this fuller vision of God and of life?

 

Normally, preachers and very religious folks, only pay attention to almost, seemingly, just one authority: their holy books. Especially, the Bible. Even the Catholic Church hierarchy, acknowledges the authority of the Bible (Catechism of the Cat