IF I SEEK US
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Christianity's Fundamental Mistakes
Way too much has been made of Hebrew Scriptures and prophecy as the context for the J-person's revelation message. There are reasons as to why the J-person came when and where to do his public ministry—in Israel and primarily Judea—but they have less to do with this culture's expectations and prophecies than has been assumed. Every other culture had their mythology and their prophecies. If the J-person had come to the Greeks, Gauls, Latins, Mayas, etc., there would have been similar prophetic connections made to authenticate him as belonging in a special way to their culture, and to their being in a special privileged relationship to God.
As other scholars have noted, Jesus' life was patterned after the Egyptian warrior-hero god Horus as much or more than it was patterned upon the expected Hebrew Messiah. Most Christians would be astounded and nonplussed by the extent of the parallels. Of course, some that have a discrediting agenda use this pattern to try to show that the life of the J-person was fabricated.
Far more important than the context of mythology and its prophecy is the context
of the "human condition". Why should Jesus, his actions and his message NOT
be framed BY THE ULTIMATE ISSUES that we face being in the "human
condition" under a sentence of death, instead of by Old Testament law and prophets?
I certainly care much more about the first instead of the second
Spiritually and theologically, Christianity has been founded by unbelievers. There is no
evidence except for John and Thomas, that any of the disciples or
"apostles" including Paul, actually understood correctly and thus believed much of what the J-person
said to his followers during his public ministry. One of his most emphatic
pleas to his listeners was to understand God through him, and he literally
equated this with salvation. Yet it is incontrovertible that they did not
even overcome the foundational falsity they the could not, much less proceed
to do so. Instead they clung to their "tethering stake", their traditions and
religion. We should be able to see that they profoundly missed understanding his
message, and included too much of their religious baggage.
"Today the greatest single deterrent to knowledge
Other Major Mistakes
Without being defined as a motivation for doing something effective, hope is a dirty, four letter word symbolizing something which Christianity has used as a substitute for doing something that brings the reality of fulfillment. This kind of hope is what people do when they don't know what to believe and don't know what to do. "Hope springs eternal to the human breast." That is too bad because there IS no efficacy to this kind of hoping, and it is little better than mooning. The alternative is choosing to believe and responding in the right way. Jesus didn't teach hope and didn't even use the word!
The Bible is not the word of God, never has been, never will or can be. The Old Testament is valuable only in setting the stage for Jesus and substantiating him as "the coming one". The New Testament, except for the Gospels, is largely worthless except as a record for wrong ideas that do not work and as a track record for failure. Neither Jesus nor the Father ever authorized the writing of the documents or their selection in the New Testament, nor had anything to do with it; nor has time or history validated it's concept of God.
A major part of a valid theology concerns sin and the proper definition, understanding and usage that Jesus gave to us. The concept that sin is a misunderstanding of the character and purpose of God is foundational. Instead of fostering this crucial piece, Christendom has mis-defined sin in terms of legalism and behavior, as a transgression of the law, and consequently has missed the underlying message that was delivered and demonstrated for us. According to J the Father is continually dismissing our failings, but he came to completely rid us of sin.
Christianity generally teaches that we should pray to God for
forgiveness of our sins even though Jesus did NOT teach this. He taught
that we should ACCEPT the forgiveness of God, not pray or beg for it.
Don't disagree on the basis of the Lord's prayer, for this passage is
almost never translated properly, because it is an acknowledgement and
not a plea. And even in the extant translations of Matthew the
word used is debts or obligations. Luke substitutes the word "sins" but
gets it right in the second phrase.
In the Old Testament and in the New Testament the Ten Commandment terminology was not used. They were called the ten WORDS or Decalogue, NOT commandments. At best these ten words were meant to be promises, not commandments or demands that were directed toward men by God. The value to us of the Ten Words is that they elucidate some fundamental principles which we can incorporate into our lives to the extent that they do not interfere with the sustenance and/or the enhancement of life.
Jesus never talked directly about morality because it should be self-evident that the sustenance and enhancement of life—within the boundary of humane values—should define and determine morality, not some written code of morality determining life and behavior. In his conversations about morality, Jesus only scorned the current morality of the Jews. This literally means that whatever sustains and/or enhances life is moral, or to put it another way, whatever increases morale—again within the boundary of humane values—is moral. This means that in this world no specific rules can be absolutely valid. The most immoral thing that can be done is to impose rules of morality upon humans that God created to live free and use their own feelings and emotions to live by. Man was made to live by inspiration, not obligation or law.
Marriage is only sanctified or validated by romantic love, not by any
formal rite or vows or priestly blessing. Marriage as a legal contract is
strictly a human institution and was never ordained, instituted, or
authorized by God. The prevailing mentality of marriage as it has
evolved in the world is largely one of ownership, obligation, and forced
commitment, or at best a form of trading instead of sharing, completely
opposite to the ideal way to live.
Christianity has fostered spiritual defeatism by its mysticism, by its intractable clinging to a false, enigmatic God, and finally by misappropriating quotes from the Old Testament such as: "Who can know the ways of God?" and "Thy ways are past understanding." Even worse, they have failed to see the humanity of God, have declaimed it as anthropomorphism, and set up a false contrast between humanity and divinity. With their terrible doctrines of Hell and oblivion, and their false and arbitrary conceptions of perfection, who could or would even want to identify with or understand such a person, one capable of "doing his strange act", the literal eternal burning in hell of the lost? We are told that we should try but can never measure up to the standard and that we always have to rely on God's grace in order for him to put up with us. In contrast, Jesus is saying that we now have no excuse for not understanding all the truth about God.
The most virulent form of fundamentalism does not feel good about itself unless it makes itself "peculiar" and is persecuted. By teaching people that they are sons of God when they are not, Christianity fosters the concept of a very capricious father who sometimes can be counted on but most times can not, a father who allows his children to experience devastating trauma, intense suffering, and savage destruction, a father who promises and then does not deliver, a harsh, stern father interested in rigorous discipline, a father who will even literally throw them to the lions or have them burned at the stake for His own glory.
Christianity has trivialized the Sabbath by insisting on sacralizing a special day of the week instead of understanding this as a symbol of our freedom from burdens, works and legalism. It has trivialized Jesus washing the disciples feet by making it an "ordinance of humility" instead of realizing it to be merely a symbol of service and helping each other to finish cleaning up our belief system. It has trivialized the wine and unleavened bread as a sacrament instead of accepting them as symbols of understanding the true meaning of Jesus' words and deeds. It has trivialized the "language with fervor" of Acts 2:3 as literal tongues of fire dancing on the people's heads. It has replaced the reality of understanding the message of Jesus about God with the sacrament of literal baptism of water. It has mysticized understanding all the truth by thinking of being "possessed" by the Holy Spirit and then indulging in "charismatic" escapades.
Christianity has misapplied so much of what Jesus said, causing us to shift our emphasis away from accepting ourselves as we really are and concentrating on understanding what he said. Instead, it has shifted the emphasis to being concerned with remanufacturing ourselves to fit someone else's arbitrary, artificial standard. Christianity has totally misapplied his words about sin and sinning, the Parousia, marriage, divorce, denying him, loving him, the Holy Spirit, the Kingship of the heavens, righteousness, the scriptures and the law, etc., ad nauseam.
In the allegory of the
Garden of Eden the disenchantment of the universe began for humanity
when Adam chose to be afraid, afraid of meeting and talking with God (Adam's
Sin).. Probably, it really began a long
time ago when our forefathers failed to choose equality and began to
resent their falsely accepted inferiority, and inaugurated the downward spiral for our
family of human beings.
Because they are so powerful, and therefore dangerous in this world when misguided and misused, our God-given dimensions of sensuality and eroticism have been frontally attacked by Christianity in the same way it has approached other areas of human life; that is, it applies a set of restrictive rules. Only for these aspects the rules have tended to be more harsh and negative, usually designed to shut down these qualities or deny the legitimacy of experiencing these dimensions. In the realm of sexual behavior and feeling the large part of Christianity has purposed to put part of the range of human experience off limits, to narrow the full spectrum of the piano keyboard, i.e. to play music with the notes only around and above middle C with the lower notes considered to be perversion, base instead of bass.
When they are properly translated the Gospels contain no reference to Jesus even suggesting or implying martyrdom for his true believers. The martyr complex is a serious sickness of the psyche. The truth is that there is no truth that demands the sacrifice of a human life. For us to die for the truth is to make of no effect the death of Jesus and to deny the truth he died to emphasize. All martyrs to this point in time have died in defending error and violating the advice given by Jesus. The belief in a God who will resort to the ultimate violence has caused Christianity to kill more non-Christian martyrs than the ones it has suffered.
The one understanding the truth about the character of God and the nature and imminence of the "Kingship of the heavens", and supporting unity is not called upon by Jesus to be persecuted any more than Jesus was during his public ministry. The one understanding these truths is not trying to solve the world's problems with mundane methods, is not concerned with military, political, social or "moral" issues, and does not need to take a stand that will subject himself to more than the incidental and psychological persecution he is willing to endure. There is persecution enough in being alienated and in the frustration of being out of harmony with others as to purpose and values.
The whole doctrine
devised or at least adopted by Paul and given primary emphasis by him,
sometimes called Righteousness by Faith, sometimes called Justification,
sometimes referred to as Imputed Righteousness, is the idea that the
merits and virtues of Jesus are totally given or transferred to us by
our acceptance of, or faith or belief in the transaction, and thereby we
are sinless in the eyes of God. This conceptual package is a false
construction based in an ever false framework of legalism and fiat law
given by God. The idea of this Substitution is implied or based in the
Old Testament scriptures. Fiat law and the sacrificial system were never
valid, never more than cultural mythology. Jesus never put his stamp of
approval on this line of thinking.
Rather than see that Jesus gave us a new paradigm, a fundamentally different picture of God and that understanding this truth and following his instructions would lead us into a true, substantive atonement with God, Christianity treats what LOGOS did as some kind of transaction that helps God change his mind about us, which is backwards.
Perhaps the most profound or fundamental mistake that Christianity fosters is the idea that God is transcendent, greater than human, composed of some mind-bending triune structure—three gods in one or three different faces of God—and cannot be completely understood as a human being. This idea IS the Diabolos, the great divider, the original lie, THE ORIGINAL SIN. This is foundational.
We are to be as sons and daughters of God, and we are not to demean ourselves. Sons and daughters don't kneel or prostrate themselves when they talk to their parents. If my son ever did such a thing I would be apoplectic. Upon recovery of speech I would request that he stand up and talk to me like a man, which is what even the Old Testament has God saying to Moses and Job. We are children of God; it doesn't go any higher than this, and we bow to no one. Jesus NEVER suggested nor fostered such a practice, and to do so hardens us in Sin.
See: The Twin Pillars