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Lynne was my angel, the person God brought into my life to help lift me up and restore me at a time of life when it seemed many things were trying to destroy my love for God, family and even myself.  We met at a divorce recovery workshop in Stockton, Ca., and were introduced by a friend from work that Lynne stayed with when activities ran late – and she loved to stay late and make new friends.  One evening she accepted my invitation to see my antique organ collection, but fell asleep on the couch as I played some Disney music on a French harmonium.  It was late, so I slept on the other part of the sectional couch and woke up holding her foot and realized she was the angel of my recurring dream of someone who was going to help me up as I laid flat on my back and unable to get up – the feeling was one of supernatural peace and wholeness – a recurring dream I’d had many times before, for at least a decade, and was always a mystery to me – but at last I felt as though the dream was given as a sign from God.  We went on our first date on Valentines Day, and were married December 15th of that year.

As I look back on our life together and God’s providence to lead us here to Ohio, and her support to me when wrestling through many issues of faith.  In fact, the greatest trial of my life before her passing was due to PTSS when some childhood memories sent me down a seemingly endless well of despair. Lynne approached her Ward and got me help through and LDS councilor in Lodi who specialized in this.  It was her insight that led me to study the teachings of Jesus more closely, as I had to totally reform my heart, mind and soul to what I trusted and believed to be right – Jesus was the only way I felt I could hold tightly to for such a task – and for years I would get up early to study each and every teaching that he said his disciples would observe to believe and do – to learn of him and of the faith of Jesus that all disciples were invited to live and trust in.

It was my growing trust in his teachings from the Father that has also led me to the Dead Sea Scrolls to know what the Scripture of Jesus day said – as no one has ever been authorized by God to alter His word, which Jesus said to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

She believed in priesthood blessings and prayer and was as faithful a person as I’ve ever met.  She loved her family and her friends faithfully and was always making new friends and offering wisdom and insight to younger mothers she met while shopping.  It was not unusual for a short trip to the store to take 3 hours since she made new friends while shopping.  Her love and care for others was boundless for those who accepted her friendship – and if they didn’t – it was their loss, not hers, and she didn’t hold grudges.

I still recall attending the Trump rally in Canton last year, and the obvious man wandering the main floor who was wearing a T-shirt that said “Undecided Voter”.  Of the thousands present, she took it upon herself to go down and talk to him at least half an hour – discussing why she supported Donald and listening to his concerns.  She ended the discussion on asking him to promise that before he voted he would pray about it.  Never mind he looked a lot like Michael Moore to me – she was open, honest, caring, and able to talk heart to heart with anyone.  Of all the thousands there, she was the only one to step forward to offer her aid to an undecided voter.  That was so much like her. 

Lynne having helped me up in life, it was my privilege to love and care for her during the time she was unable to get up – being by her side several times when she was at the doorstep of death and God answering prayers to sustain her life.  She made so much progress at home and loved it when the Missionary girls came by to help her exercise – and the best she ever did to stand up was with their assistance  on one of their visits – she was so happy.

I want to thank each of you for your love shown to her, your heartfelt prayers on her behalf, and for allowing her to share her life with you.  She treasured each prayer, each Get Well card, every word of encouragement, each visit – whether in the Hospital, Rehab Facility, or at home.  I’d like to especially thank those from my Church who visited, her home teachers, the missionaries, and certainly not least, Bishop Matt, who came to bring her Sacrament and was with her on her last Lord’s Day.

God was with us from the start, and God was with us to the end.  She asked me recently if I heard the men singing – and there wasn’t any music being played in the house – it was quiet.  “What are they singing?”, I asked her.  She was without words to express what it was.  This went on more than a day and I told her that maybe the angels were singing to her, and wanted her to know of their presence.

So when she couldn’t hold a glass to take her pill that last morning – and had been steadily losing the strength she had gained since starting some new medication – I was drawn to speak to God about how long she had been struggling in hope, yet ready to go, and that I wanted what was best for her – that if the medication wasn’t working, that her suffering not be prolonged – and of our trust in His providence to have been with us all along – and only wanting what was best for her – that she was in His hands to do as He knew best for her current condition – physically and spiritually – and of my trust in Him to do what was best for her.   She returned to the Father that very day – God the Father answered the prayer within the hour – so I know, and you can also know – that she is truly in His presence if ever a person lived that we can know is in the care of the Father in Heaven.

These things are true, and God is faithful to those who live by His instructions in righteousness.  His faithfulness and blessings are towards those who love Him indeed and according to His Eternal words of life.

“The LORD bless you and keep you,

The LORD make His face to shine upon you,

And be gracious to you;

The LORD life up His countenance upon you,

And give you peace.”

“The King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

“..for I am Jehovah, your God – a jealous God, who visits the sin of fathers upon children to the third and fourth generations, for My enemies; but Who shows kindness for thousands of generations to those who love Me and observe My commandments.”

 

Richard Epler

 

12/06/2017

In her last days she also said she visited my apartment in heaven and saw what I'd written and ask me to also write about her - so this is what we came to know - and how we came to know it.  If you find it helpful - share it with others.

 

Losing Religion to Know the Truth

Discovering truth has been as difficult a task as untying the proverbial Gordian Knot.  The truth.  Some say it doesn’t exist – but Jesus and God said it does.   Lynne and I were both deluded from it because of being taught to trust those who looked to the wrong sources for it.  We were both introduced to Jesus from birth and both loved him since before we could remember.  What we were taught prevented both of us from being able to clearly see the common thread between the teachings of Jesus and the declarations of God.  The common golden thread that binds, the one that links from Genesis through Revelation, is that love is a verb and is known by its actions being in alignment to do the will of God, as He defined love, not as the majority have defined the love of God.  In fact, God defined love in the first of the Ten Declarations.   I’ve been as guilty as anyone else, and all I can do is present truth found to date so others might reconsider if they believe God and Jesus -  or not.  It could well be that this is the real meaning behind the epistle of Jesus in Revelation that warns to “return to your first love.”  Love is a verb; it is clearly defined and observable actions, not just words or feelings.  Love is known by what it does – not merely by what someone says.

Exodus 20: 1-7; Stone Edition; “‘God spoke all these statements, saying: “I the LORD am your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage:  You shall have no other gods besides Me.  You shall not make yourself a sculptured image nor any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or on the earth below or in the water beneath the earth.  You shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I the LORD your God  am an impassioned God, visiting the guilt of the parents upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generations, of those that reject Me; but showing kindness to the thousandth generation to those who love Me and keep My commandments.  You shall not swear falsely by the name of the LORD your God;  for the LORD will not clear one who swears falsely by His name.”( from ETZ HAYIM edition of the Torah – which has  many helpful footnotes)

Where in Scripture did God say He loves those who reject Him? Jesus taught to do good to others and pray for your enemies.  Jesus also said to love those who don’t love us – else what are we doing that others don’t do?  Jesus commanded reconciling ourselves to a brother, and others as possible, but where does God command us to love those who reject Him?  He sends the rain on the just and the unjust, but love and rain are two different things. God was clear to define and teach how we can know the difference.  The unaltered Torah, Prophets, Psalms and Testimony of Jesus clearly show the pathway of life that is lived by those whose love for God is true and faithful – to those who take His instruction to be their manner of living a reasonable, just and upright life before God and man.

At first glance our marriage seemed an odd parring.  Two people who strongly believed their Church was the only "correct" one.  Mormons have long been seen by others as a cult – as the entire premise of their Church is upon the truth of the Book of Mormon and the words of their successive prophets from Joseph Smith Jr. till today.  There have been a few divisions, but they all share this premise.  Divisions are the result of who was following which prophet after Joseph was murdered.  They were more open to investigation by members in the 60’s and 70’s, but then virtually shut the doors to investigation when leadership was fooled by some forgeries, as well as historical accounts were written that weren’t “faith building.”  One discovery is that the native Americans are not descended from the lost tribes of Israel – a huge foundation stone of the Book of Mormon.  Others sometimes look down their noses at Mormons – ridicule their “added Scripture” and don’t treat them as they would other “Christian” brethren of the Protestant camp.  Charges could be made with the Church I was raised in, and obviously everyone would be going to the same Church if there weren’t substantial doctrinal issues between them.  I have yet to find a Church that doesn’t think they are doing the best they can to be Christians and follow the Scriptures we’ve inherited.  Each has some view of “Scripture” that is distinctive to themselves. 

It's been reported that 90% of those who say they are Jewish have not a trace of Jewish blood if the science of DNA is believed.  It’s a claim worth looking into for anyone who believes they are of Jewish descent.  Their claim to be “My people” to be primarily based on genealogy.  What if they are overstepping the bounds of the Torah instruction that was specifically for the seed of Abraham?  What if they were not really Jewish at all, and their only hope of God was to be found in their faithfulness to the Instruction of God, rather than their Rabbi’s and Tanach writings?  God found no favor with Israel based on disobedience or false testimony to the others of His pathway.

Many top scholars have a view of Scripture that is realistic to the evidence that proves Scripture has been manipulated over time – and certainly well before King James ordered his own translation be made.  Mormons do possess belief in a key principle though – that the Christian duty to the Covenant is keeping the Commandments of Jesus – and this would require the Torah and Teachings of Jesus in Matthew – but they are hung up on following their Book of Mormon prophets and presidents instead of discovering the depth and breadth of the Teachings in Matthew.   A simple re-visit to the gospel of Matthew and the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew would cure their ills if they would trust in the correctly translated words of God and Jesus.  Their Sacrament prayer is good, but that’s about all I found true.

Can Christians cope with doing what they expect Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses or Seventh Day Adventists to do?  They expect them to abandon their Scriptures and Prophets writings – but what if it were just as provable that the Christian accounts based from the Greek and Latin have altered the texts – altered by those who hi-jacked Christianity from the original disciples of Jesus?  What if Jesus taught keeping the commandments of God is required to know the truth or be found faithful?  What if Jesus didn’t teach salvation by grace alone, or faith alone?  What if Jesus never claimed to be God, or co-creator of the heavens and earth?  What if Jesus didn’t claim his blood was a sacrifice to pay for other’s sins?  What if Jesus taught his righteousness is not imputed to others?  

What if Jesus taught repentance and living a reasonable life according to Gods’ gracious instructions in righteousness and faith in God  that must be alive to doing the will of the Father in Heaven?  What if there is no Trinity or Immaculate Conception?  What if Jesus never taught others to speak in tongues?  What if Paul was not an apostle of Jesus Christ as he said he was?  What if Luke, Mark, John and Hebrews can be proven to testify against the truth Jesus taught in Matthew? What would Christians do if the only reliable book about being a disciple of Jesus is the gospel of Mathew?  What should be done about the records in Matthew  that are proven to be alterations or additions?

If truth is known by the unaltered word of God and observation of doing as He commanded by those whose love for Him is true – shouldn’t we dig down to the bedrock of the words of God and “that prophet” to rid ourselves of the doctrines of men to build upon the sure and eternal words of God Almighty?  Today we have the opportunity and responsibility to rid ourselves of the tares sown into the Holy Scripture by those who desired to destroy the message God desired all nations to hear – the gospel of the kingdom as originally taught by Jesus (Yeshua).  Jesus clearly taught the truth is known by the words of God and that we are to be sanctified by His truth – not by believing in those who have testified against His instructions.  The life that pleases God is about living justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with Him – and towards our fellow men, because man was created in the image of God.

It’s a paradox that the final lesson about life is death, and the given fact is that death is not the time to change your mind about how you should have lived.  During the moments facing the unseen – there is no time to change how you lived your life, but only the certainty that your book of life has reached its final page – the end. 

Some may wonder at my focus on Matthew – but death is certain for all, and the final account of Jesus’ testimony between Matthew, Mark. Luke and John tell different accounts.  Consider the account of the thieves on the crosses beside him.  Matthew only notes they cursed and mocked Jesus.  Had Jesus forgiven one of them as recorded by Luke (the personal biographer of Saul), surely Matthew would have testified to this vital message of death bed conversion/salvation.  I’d much rather face that final moment knowing I did the best I could to live my life the best I knew how and to have shared my life with others in the pathways that are in accord with the justice and mercy of God.  I cringe to think of the lies people are told in the name of God – and Jesus warned that during the end times the love of many would grow cold because of abandoning the word of God in the Torah.

God, from the beginning, told the truth that He alone is God.  and will be totally faithful to His Instruction in Righteousness. The Psalms say God will laugh at those who rejected Him in life and that He will not hear their prayers.  Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm, but it is also about the wisdom of God as proclaimed in the Torah being able to give understanding and wisdom to those who observe and regard His instruction – that they might do them – that they attain the blessing and kindness of God.

By now I tend toward reflection of life through the filter of the teachings of Jesus in Matthew, especially as they relate to the previously given words of God.  The Golden Rule – the most universally accepted teaching of Jesus for all Christians is centered on living by the word of God – which is to love God, and to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”   The Decalogue is best understood to first outline our relationship towards God, then to relate how this is reflected in our life towards others.

Most Christians celebrate Christmas with a spirit of love and good will towards their fellow men, sharing their love for God and His provision for mankind of all things good, and the age-old ties that bind our hearts together in Christian love.  If we love Jesus we should learn to appreciate the grace that God has always had towards anyone who will turn to believe in Him. Our belief and humility toward God is known by doing His instructions for living justly and loving mercy.  Must we celebrate only if we don’t deserve His kindness?  Who is the better parent – one who gives his children just rewards, or the one who only gives rewards that are undeserved?  How can a child learn right from wrong if they have no indication from their father by his actions towards them of whether they are doing well, or lashing out in unjust anger towards his children that are doing as he instructed them to do?  That would make no sense for any man to do so, and it would make no sense to believe God would do likewise.  Jesus taught living by the word of God, especially the Torah, and the Sermon on the Mount is totally substantiated by the Hebrew Holy Scripture of his day.  Why did Paul teach a different message than Jesus and claim those who are weak in faith keep the commandments of God?  Why did he teach those who keep the commandments of God have fallen from the grace of God and returned to beggarly elements, or that they keep the commandments of God because they are not as “spiritual”? Why is the gospel of Paul known “spiritually”, rather than by the clarity Jesus gave to the instructions of God?

It’s fact that God gave instruction to know His will  God also gave instruction so we can know who is a true prophet or false prophet to be based on observation to be faithful to His instructions, not by “Spiritual” discernment, but by observation of whether what they teach to do is according to what God said the manner of life is that “My people” will live and do. (Deut. 4, 12, 13, 18 and 34)  Where did God say His words of life are only known by the spirit, not by careful observation to do them and note the distinctions He gave in His word?  “Knowing” they are reliable and true is known by His faithfulness to His word, promise and covenants when we believe and do His good will indeed – living by His words of life – not the doctrine and commandments of men.  As Jesus said of God:  “In vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

We should reinvestigate our Greek based Christian Matthew account to the ancient Aramaic and the Hebrew account preserved by Rabbi Shem-Tob in a book written to study Christianity.  Shem-Tob had no need to alter Matthew – he was basing comments on what the Christians had written in Hebrew, and the only book universally accepted for the first two or three centuries was the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew.  Writers from Papias to Jerome (100-300 CE) acknowledged its existence in Hebrew.  The Translator of the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew, George Howard, is careful to note that we have no proof that it is an exact copy of the original Matthew, but there are good reasons to observe that it is likely closer to the original and contains fewer alterations, since it was the Jewish account that he used to formulate his defense of the Jewish faith to Jews considering Christianity – he didn’t take their texts from his day to debate or reprove – he took the more original Hebrew text – which shows anyone who reads and studies it where it was altered.  The key to discernment is contained in the Hebrew Holy Scripture and where any author or text defied or didn’t uprightly uphold the word of God Almighty.  “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

My mother’s belief that Baptists worship John the Baptist might be a loose example of what religion has become.  Lynne and I met at a Divorce Recovery Workshop at a First Baptist Church in Stockton, California.  I used to call my mother regularly to see how she was doing and talk about things.  The Church of Christ have some members, as were my family at the time, who believed their Church to be the only true one.  Their claims were to be “first century Christians”, but largely based what they believed upon the writings of Paul, which were not universally accepted for at least 300 years.  It wasn’t a topic I wanted to breech with her, but I finally told her of attending the classes at the Baptist Church.  As expected – she was aghast that I’d gone to a Baptist Church for anything!  “They don’t love the Lord!  Why they’re ashamed of the name of Jesus!  They don’t even have his name over the door!  They worship John the Baptist!” – this may be a loose  quote, as the conversation took place about twenty years ago.  I know of no one who worships John the Baptist – and likely there has never been such a group in 2000 years – but this is what she was told, so this is what she believed.  Had she ever visited a Baptist Church she would have known better, but rather than ensuring if what she was told was true, she continued in this false perception well into her 70’s.  I was able to assure her this was not the case and that they also believe in  Jesus and were named “Baptist” because they didn’t practice infant baptism and were named for their belief as the “again baptizers” because they didn’t approve of infant baptism. I’ll guess it was her father that told her this, but I don’t know.  My dad was a Church of Christ minister, and perhaps they both had some beliefs that had no sound basis in Scripture or reality. 

The fact is that after 1900 years of divisions between Churches there has not been a movement to return to do the will of God by living as Jesus taught in Matthew, which includes living as God had instructed in the Holy Scripture of his day. 

All the Protestant Reformers, Restoration movement founders, as well as latter day prophets (such as Joseph Smith Jr., or Ellen White) based their doctrines on the poor translations in the Greek LXX and errors existing in the New Testament, rather than the Hebrew Holy Scripture and its teachings aligning with the Teachings of Jesus in Matthew.  Why not trust the same words of God that Jesus did?  Why do we continue to trust the Greek when we can now know the Hebrew translation to English and further evidence of the Dead Sea Scrolls?  This is a much larger problem than scholars have been willing to tell, and I honestly believe they fear that their memberships cannot handle the truth.  Since I’m retired and have no vested interest to pretend the problem doesn’t exist – I’m going to speak up about it and hope that others will respond to the unadulterated truth of God and stop pretending in the imaginations of others – particularly to expose the truth of God because Jesus said “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached to the world as a testimony to them, and then the end will come.” (paraphrase from Matthew 24)

As I came to discover just one of the alterations I asked my dad if he knew of anyone who has gone back and double checked if the Greek translation is compatible with the Hebrew Holy Scripture and the Dead Sea Scrolls?  “No, and I wouldn’t do that if I were you.”  Since discovery that the teachings of Jesus are aligned with and supported by the Hebrew Holy Scripture, this shows he was teaching nothing new.

 I was compelled to start double-checking every quote of the Scripture in the New Testament – and this shown me that the Protestant Reformation of “Sola Scriptura” has derailed itself wherever it defies or rejects what God said in the Hebrew Holy Scripture and the Dead Sea Scrolls. It’s one thing to have unknowingly believed things that aren’t completely true or adequate – as the example of the world not being flat, but the upright pathway requires returning to God and elevating ourselves through observing His word, as did Israel when a generation discovered the Torah at the Temple, which read it and repented of not living by the word of God.  God gave instruction, and we draw nearer to Him as we align our will with His.  He has said who those are that He will bless and show kindness towards.

If we believe Jesus taught the truth, shouldn’t we believe what he taught is our responsibility to make reality in our own lives?  Jesus taught his disciples to abide in his word and example, that their pathway in life align with his instruction of the words of God and thus be yoked to him through keeping his teachings and working alongside of him - being his disciples indeed – doing the will of the Father in Heaven- to the end of the age.  Being yoked together in a burden, or work, is not that he said to ride on his back because he did it all – he was calling for making disciples of him who live according to the words of God that lead to life eternal.

His first teaching in Matthew is that man is to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, that His word is truth, and he was teaching the manner of life God would require since the Temple was soon to be destroyed and worship of God would no longer be performed at the Temple.  Jesus said his disciples are to be salt and light in the world through their works being seen by others as good.  They were to testify of the reliability and goodness of God and His Instruction.  It has always been that whoever does the will of God, as He declared, has the promise of the kindness of God towards them. Look in your Bible – did Jesus say this was to be through others seeing their works as good, so they would give praise to the goodness of God and His instructions to those who love Him indeed?  This has nothing to do with those whose love is in word only, and who have pretended they are saved by faith alone or grace alone – regardless of works done or if they make the Torah instructions of God and the Teachings of Jesus to be their manner of life.

It was encouraging to both Lynne and I to discover this viewpoint was shared by some of the greatest thinkers in history, such as Tolstoy. This is trom: http://jesuswordsonly.com/recommendedreading/184-tolstoy-on-paulinism.html

“In My Religion (1884), Tolstoy explains Christianity went off the rails initially with Paul who knew nothing of Jesus's ethical teachings:

"The separation between the doctrine of life and the explanation of life began with the preaching of Paul who knew not the ethical teachings set forth in the Gospel of Matthew, and who preached a metaphisico-cabalistic theory entirely foreign to Christ; and this separation was perfected in the time of Constantine, when it was found possible to clothe the whole pagan organization of life in a Christian dress, and without changing it to call it Christianity." (Leo Tolstoy, My Religion (1884) at 219.)

Later Tolstoy will explain what happened by an analogy to an original pilot who had rules replaced by a new pilot who has no rules but only dogma to accept:

"Imagine a number of men rowing a boat, a pilot steering. The men rely upon the pilot, and the pilot steers well; but after a time the good pilot is replaced by another, who does not steer at all. The boat moves along rapidly and easily. At first the men do not notice the negligence of the new pilot; they are only pleased to find that the boat goes along so easily. Then they discover that the new pilot is utterly useless, and they mock at him, and drive him from his place." Id., at 225.

Tolstoy perceives the church led by the new pilot (i.e., Paul) is now recognized as useless to give meaning to life. Regardless, men who do know about Jesus and even hate his name are still drawn to Jesus' principles that they have unconsciously absorbed. In this time when people might be prepared to call back the first pilot (Jesus), the church is afraid to call upon Him to return to restore the right principles of living. Instead, the majority of society and the church as a whole are clinging onto the belief that the only rules for life come from government. In the modern world, most think it is not important to return to Jesus and His principles. Instead, most believe the state must be obeyed as ministers of God (as Paul taught in Romans 13:1). As a result, life has now become devoid of meaning to the great masses:

"The distinctive trait of civilized man is to obey what the majority of men regard as iniquitous, contrary to conscience. I seek in vain in civilized society as it exists to-day for any clearly formulated moral bases of life. There are none. No perception of their necessity exists. On the contrary, we find the extraordinary conviction that they are superfluous; that religion is nothing more than a few words about God and a future life, and a few ceremonies very useful for the salvation of the soul according to some, and good for nothing according to others; but that life happens of itself and has no need of any fundamental rule, and that we have only to do what we are told to do." Id., at 233.

Tolstoy says the solution is now to go back to the original pilot - Jesus. We need to restore the church to Jesus-Words-Only (to use my phrase), and leave the old dogma-laden church to its dissolution:

"The truth of the doctrine of Jesus, once unconsciously absorbed by humanity through the organism of the Church, must now be consciously recognized; for in the truth of this doctrine humanity has always obtained its vital force. Men must lift up the torch of truth, which has so long remained concealed, and carry it before them, guiding their actions by its light.

"The doctrine of Jesus, as a religion that governs the actions of men and explains to them the meaning of life, is now before the world just as it was eighteen hundred years ago. Formerly the world had the explanations of the Church which, in concealing the doctrine, seemed in itself to offer a satisfactory interpretation of life; but now the time is come when the Church has lost its usefulness, and the world, having no other means for sustaining its true existence, can only feel its helplessness and go for aid directly to the doctrine of Jesus." Id., at 238.

Tolstoy concludes with an exaltation of Jesus' doctrine as shining forth still boldy if anyone would but read it:

"The doctrine of Jesus is the light. The light shines forth, and the darkness cannot conceal it. Men cannot deny it, men cannot refuse to accept its guidance. They must depend on the doctrine of Jesus, which penetrates among all the errors with which the life of men is surrounded. Like the insensible ether filling universal space, enveloping all created things, so the doctrine of Jesus is inevitable for every man in whatever situation he may be found. Men cannot refuse to recognize the doctrine of Jesus; they may deny the metaphysical explanation of life which it gives (we may deny everything), but the doctrine of Jesus alone offers rules for the conduct of life without which humanity has never lived, and never will be able to live; without which no human being has lived or can live, if he would live as man should live, — a reasonable life. The power of the doctrine of Jesus is not in its explanation of the meaning of life, but in the rules that it gives for the conduct of life." Id., at 239.

 

Tolstoy concludes the chapter with this simple principle: "The faith that triumphs over the doctrines of the world is faith in the doctrine of Jesus." Id., at 244.”

 

What if the Church at the time of the Council of Nicaea looked to the teachings of Jesus in Matthew and the Hebrew Holy Scripture to note the commandments of God to determine which books were in accord with the word of God,  and which were not? At that time the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew was still accepted by many to have been the oldest account and most universally accepted account from the beginning of the Jesus movement.   Would it have been needful for them to follow the instruction and commandment of God to know who spoke, or wrote, on His behalf?  I found no record that Jerome made any such consideration.  What about the Protestant Reformers?  Should they have based the Protestant reformation on the teachings of Jesus and the Holy Scriptures of Jesus’ day?   Church history proves that Rome destroyed many of the early Church and Jewish writings.  It’s a fabulous blessing that significant scrolls were preserved in caves for future generations benefit.  Dare we say it seems to be the providence of God to do so, that we might be able to reconsider and believe what God and Jesus (Y’shua) said is “the truth” that leads to life eternal and sets men free from false beliefs and unreasonable lives that Isaiah 42 calls prison houses?  The “truth” is about living justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with God, and the Torah is the express Instruction of God that we must be careful to note the distinctions God gave to mankind – as given to those He said are “My people.”  God never annulled His promise to the seed of Abraham and His distinctions remain in effect.  It's also evident in the account that God spoke to all He brought to Mount Sinai – INCLUDING those of "a multitude of nations." This could be what was meant by the words of the prophet in Malichi 3:16 - 18, Dead Sea Scrolls Bible:

“Then those who feared the LORD spoke one to another, and the LORD listened, and heard, and a book of remembrance was written before him, for those who feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  So that they shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, even my own possession, in the day that I make; and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son that serves him.  Then you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and the one who serves him not.”

Who dares to know the distinctions God made to know the wicked from the righteous?  The gospel of Jesus is to repent and do the will of God – not that we can now pretend to ignore the judgment between righteousness and wickedness – and certainly not that “all things are lawful” – which ripped the truth God gave out of consideration.  The lack of conscience that agrees with God has torn all the Abrahamic faiths apart! There can be no better time than now to reconsider who we actually serve and if we believe God – or not.

Before the printing press, most were illiterate and unable to read.  No such condition exists today.  We also have significant portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls translated into English.  Most any lay-person can see if what I found can be substantiated.   Anyone who can read and has a Bible can note Old Testament (OT) passages quoted in the New Testament (NT) and then go back to the Old Testament and see where some of the New Testament misquotes the Old Testament and further identify who spoke against any word or promise of God.  Anyone can also get a copy of the Hebrew Holy Scripture and verify that some are altered in Christian Bibles.  Anyone can also get a copy of the Dead Sea Scrolls Bible (DSSB) and the Qumran Scrolls (QS).  The alterations took place long ago, but largely between 100 to 300 CE, centuries before the King James Bible was first printed.  The main facts found before my study of the Jewish Scripture and DSSB were from the KJV and NKJV, but I didn’t notice them until undertaking a study to know everything Jesus taught his disciples to believe and do, particularly the reference quotes to the OT from the footnotes in the AENT.   After going back to check the facts of the Testimony records as received in our New Testament it was obvious that the accounts were not totally compatible.  If what I discovered agreed with what we’ve all been told to believe I wouldn’t bother to write this, as it would only have confirmed what we’ve all heard before.  However, that was not the case.  This study also concluded that due to many evidences the only reliable account to know Jesus' teachings is Matthew.

I now sincerely believe that the findings clearly show we have not heard the unadulterated Good News of the Kingdom that Jesus said must be preached to the nations before the end will come.  This could well be “This gospel” that he spoke of in Matthew 24:14 is not the same message told by any Church – from Catholic to Messianic and Baptist to Mormon or Seventh Day Adventists to Pentecostal – I fear we’ve all missed some vital elements of the truth of God because of mistranslations and alterations of the original records.  The key is the fact that God is faithful to His word and the Jews didn’t alter it as much in the MT as some early Christians did.   

The truth is far simpler than we’ve been told, and perhaps the most succinct passage of its outline is Micha 6:7-8; “What does God require of thee, O man, but to live justly, love mercy and walk humbly with thy God?”  The issue is to recognize His instruction, not the imaginations of men.  Another key passage is God telling Isaac why He loved Abraham and found him faithful; Genesis 18:17-19;26:4-5 ETZ HYIM;

“Now the LORD had said, ‘Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, since Abraham is to become a great and populous nation and all the nations of the earth are to bless themselves by him?  For I have singled him out, that he may instruct his children and his posterity (household JPS) after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is just and right (righteousness and justice JPS), in order that the LORD may bring about for Abraham what He has promised him.”

“I will make your heirs as numerous as the stars of heaven, and assign to your heirs all these lands, so that all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your heirs – inasmuch as Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge: My commandments, My laws, and My teachings.”

The matter divides on accepting the instruction (word) of God to be the standard for justice and righteousness – not what we think “expedient.” (1 Cor. 10:23)

Some alterations brought in pagan beliefs to the newly formed “Christian” faith by Rome and Syria – but the evidence left largely unaltered – the teachings of Jesus in Matthew – easily expose the perversions to the words of God and continue to show the truth Jesus (Yeshua) taught of the hope of the Kingdom of God.  These things became evident after time and study of Jesus’ teaching that knowing the “truth” comes from abiding in his teachings from God.  The “Talents” given by the king to his servants were not  using gifts of their personal abilities (talents).  The Talents of Gold are the proper interpretation and application of the Instructions of God as given by the greatest known Jewish Prophet of all time – Jesus (Yeshua), who may not have been declared to be the coming Messiah until after his resurrection and ascension to “the Ancient of Days”, which is the prophecy he identified himself to during his trial before his death on the cross.  He was declared to be the unique son of man spoken of in the Hebrew Scripture, as well as “that prophet” spoken of by Moses, but we must look to the Hebrew Scripture and DSSB and know that God spoke truth, and no one – not even Jesus – had the right or authority to alter the words of God Almighty.  I have no doubt that Jesus’ words in Matthew are a pointed prophecy for our day.  The works of wickedness and believing in lies near their time of fulfillment; anyone with eyes to see can see their ripeness if they only look to observe.  Jesus said “this” good news of the kingdom of God will be told as a witness and testimony of the Truth of God given by Jesus (Yeshua) to be preached to the world – and then the end will come:

Matthew 24:1-14 (AENT); ‘And Y’shua went out of the temple to depart, and his disciples drew near and were showing him the construction of the temple.  But he said to them, “Behold, don’t you see all these things? Truly I say to you, nothing will be spared.  Not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.” And while Y’shua was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples drew near and were saying among themselves and to him, “Tell us when these things will be and what is the sign of the end of the world.”  Y’shua answered and said to them, “Beware, let no man deceive you.  For many will come in my name and will say that I am the Messiah.  And many they will deceive.  For you are bound to hear of revolutions and rumors of wars.  Watch out and do not be disturbed, for it is necessary that all these things happen, but it is not yet the end.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines and plagues and earthquakes in different places.  But all these things are only the beginning of sorrows.  Then they will deliver to afflictions and they will kill you and you will be hated by all nations because of my name.  Then many will stumble and will hate one another and will betray one another.  And many false prophets will rise and deceive many.  And because of the growth of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold.  But whoever has patience until the end, he will have life. 14.  And this Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”’

As told in the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew, translated by George Howard:

14; “And this gospel, that is, evungili, will be preached in all the earth for a witness concerning me to all the nations and then the end will come.”

Angels are messengers.  Many messages are sent via the internet and global communications are relayed around the globe to men of all nations – thereby proclaiming the Testimony of Y’shua to the entire earth at one time.  I would hope that some turn to believe Jesus (Yeshua) spoke the truth of God, and that God is still calling men to repent – to turn back from disbelief to then do as God commands of those who hear and obey “that prophet” foretold by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:15,  to do His will indeed and prepare for what is to soon come upon the earth and be prepared to face the judgment of God – as He decreed. As  told by Jesus, to repent, for the kingdom of God is near.  The prophet was to be like Moses – God was obviously with Moses in word and deed, and likewise, the works of Jesus were even greater than those of Moses – which proves he is the prophet who was like Moses in that regard, and as Isaiah 42 prophesy said, he would make the Torah honorable for gentiles to also observe as good.  It was Paul that defied the Torah to be the everlasting standard of truth and righteousness from God.

This has been foretold since Sinai in the first commandment – wherein God defined what love for Him does and who are His enemies.  God has not left us ignorant.  Our problem resides upon trusting in those who said the Old was done away with on the cross.  God is faithful to uphold His Decree.  God is faithful to have kindness  towards whoever will repent and do as He instructed.  The first of the Ten Decrees and His words to Cain directly contradict the cornerstone of the doctrine of the depravity of fallen man and I Corinthians 10:23.  It’s no small wonder that many thinking people have said Christianity is nonsense.  Who dares to reclaim their right to believe the word of God?  Who dares to say, “Give it back!” (or Restore!) – as foretold in Isaiah 42?

The only Gospel account with an orderly outline for becoming a disciple of Jesus is Matthew.  I was driven to know what Jesus taught and made a list of every teaching in the NT that Jesus said his disciples will believe and do.  I carefully noted the NKJV accounts from Matthew through to the end of Revelation and checking the accounts of every book in-between.  It became obvious in studying those accounts that either Jesus taught against himself, or the different records were not all truth, as we’ve been told.  Further study led me to realize that Matthew held the record that was most consistent to the words of God, but it had absolutely been altered by the same sect of Christians that deliberately altered it and the Hebrew Scriptures.  The key appears to be that commonly accepted guides to all the major Abrahamic faiths have been listening to those that God said to ignore, and that someone had obviously sown tares amongst the wheat. 

To know “the truth” we must know who God said to hear, as well as who He said to ignore.  There is a common thread given in the Bible that we can apply to our lives to transform us and then KNOW we are abiding in the Truth of God that He gave to elevate us, bless us, sustain us, and that will withstand the greatest storms life can possibly bring our way.  Through all the trials of life and death that Lynne and I faced – God has proven His words of life fully reliable when they are discerned, observed and put into action (obeyed).  It’s time to repent and believe God – not those who altered His word, and not those who do not live or teach according to it.  God sustained Lynne’s life on earth for several more years after her first bout with cancer.  Each of us has a time of life appointed by God – and I’m extremely thankful God sustained her life as He did.  We learned much more about Him through the trials we faced together than we had in her first trial with cancer.  I am always amazed at her love and strength – even after losing five years of her memory – her love for God and love for me was unaltered – it was an amazing testimony to me of her love and of the faithfulness of God to His promises.  It was with this knowledge that I have confidence that she is with the Father and of her telling me things she saw, and her asking me to also write about her – as this is our testimony of the love, truth and faithfulness of YHVH – God Almighty – the great “I AM”.

Unpacking the Sermon on the Mount to observe the Doctrine of God taught by Jesus is the key to being able to observe and do the will of God and thereby reside in His everlasting kindness.  Therefore, Jesus said those who are wise will pay close attention to “these words” to believe and do them.  God has always counted disobedience to be unbelief.  This is obvious in the Garden of Eden account, Noah’s flood account, and most clearly in the Exodus account.  Even John 3 tells the same message if one only reads to the end of the chapter instead of stopping at verse 16.  The end of that chapter says those who believe will be saved, but those who do not obey will not.  This is because God said those who love Him will obey Him, as He also said those who reject His instructions in righteousness are His enemies. 

Don’t take my word for it.  Here are two key passages from the Hebrew Scripture; one shows God said man is expected and able to overcome sin himself, the other tells us how to identify those God loves from those He decreed to be His enemies.  Jesus (Yeshua) knew what God had said and was taught His pathways all his life, not to mention that he was uniquely inspired by the Spirit of God to speak His word in ways to call not just Israel, but all men, to return to God by doing His will.  Proof that he was speaking the words of God can be observed by anyone willing to go back to His word and see the context of the Scripture that relate to what he was teaching.  These passages will be given to substantiate that Jesus (Yeshua) spoke according to the words of God in the Hebrew Scripture, which can also identify which passages in our current editions to have been altered.  We are able today to “restore” the truth, that we then be his disciples indeed, and that we are living as God said to live – and thereby reject the untruths we’ve been told in the NAME of God and Jesus.

Genesis 4 – what God told Cain: “Why are you distressed, and why is your face fallen?  Surely, if you do right, there is uplift.  But if you do not do right sin couches at the door; its urge is toward you, yet you can be its master.” (ETZ HYIM) 

“Why are you annoyed, and why has your countenance fallen?  Surely, if you improve yourself, you will be forgiven.  But if you do not improve yourself, sin rests at the door.  Its desire is toward you, yet you can conquer it.” (Stone Edition)

Exodus 20 – what God told Israel and the multitude of nations He led to Mount Sinai:

“I the LORD am your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, the house of bondage: You shall have no other gods besides Me.  You shall not make for yourself a sculptured image, or any likeness of what is in the heaves above, or on the earth below, or in the waters under the earth.  You shall not bow down to them or serve them.  For I the LORD your God am an impassioned God, visiting the guilt of the parents upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generations of those who reject Me, but showing kindness to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. (ETZ HYIM)

“I am HASHEM (the NAME – used in place of YHWH), your God, Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.  You shall not recognize the gods of others in My presence.  You shall not make yourself a carved image nor any likeness of that which is in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the water beneath the earth.  You shall not prostrate yourself to them nor worship them, for I am HASHEM, your God – a jealous God, Who visits the sin of fathers upon children to the third and fourth generations, for My enemies; but Who shows kindness for thousands (of generations) to those who love Me and observe My commandments.” (Stone Edition)

 

The story of the short time that Lynne and I shared together is only one of billions, and God is no respecter of persons, aside from His love towards those who love Him by living according to His Instruction in righteousness.  God hasn’t been silent, and proof that both Jews and Christians through their generations have altered the words of God can be observed by checking quotes of the Words of God to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Scriptures of Jesus’ day.  If the word of God was altered from the Scriptures of Jesus’ day, should we continue to trust in perversions of His words of life?  Dare we observe that alterations have been made from what God said and then return to believe and do what God said before the alteration?  The grace of God has always been towards those who love Him enough to live according to His reliable words of life – which should be easily seen to be the foundation of the faith of Jesus.  Jesus said the time of NOT worshiping God at the Temple was soon to come upon Israel, and taught of the time coming when God will seek those who worship Him in spirit and truth – as Jesus said: “Thy word is truth.” 

What Christian, Jew or Muslim would defy this to be the case?  It would appear to me that division is the result of those who dared to change the word He spoke or disregarded the distinctions He gave or who have failed to “hear whatever that prophet shall say unto you.”  God established the bounds of the nations and the oceans; when the ancient markers are moved from their place, strife is given birth.  Strife leads to divisions, and we should be able to see the ultimate result of the fruits of poisoning the waters of life.  God gave clear instruction to know how to live a life He will bless and who He said to believe and who He said to ignore.  Isn’t it about time we started paying close attention to His words and cease false testimony in the NAME of God?

Mistranslations and alterations of His word have caused untold suffering.  This is clearly shown to be the cause of problems from the beginning.  In the Garden of Eden, the source of their problem was to doubt what God told them and to presume upon subtle alterations to His word.  His instruction was clear, but they dabbled to do what He warned them not to do.  In effect, doubting the reliability of His Instruction has led to problems ever since.  We can also look to the same ancient account and see that God told Cain – after the “fall” – that by “improving himself” he would be accepted by God – that sin desired to possess him, and it was was within his capacity and responsibility to overcome sin that it not possess him.  So, it remains to this day – God expects us to correct our errant ways and turn back to believe and do what He said is living justly. loving mercy and walking humbly with our God – who created man in His image.  The grace of God has always been with those who will turn back and do as He instructed or commanded.  This is how God said we know those who claim to speak on His behalf – to know the liars or self-deluded from those who tell His truth.  We have those Instructions in Deuteronomy 18.  (Deut. 4, 12, 13, 18, 34) The same issue remained in the Exodus when they doubted His instruction and faithfulness to it – and our life is His test of us – whether we will believe and obey Him - or not. 

The Instructions of God are reliable and true. One lesson from Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness shows that some accusers try to twist the word of God against itself, but by careful observation of His word we will be careful to reject those who would tempt God to keep His word.  Disciples of Jesus never try to twist His Instruction against itself – “The sum of Thy word is truth”, and God will be faithful to uphold it and bless those who are faithful to trust in it as did Abraham, Noah, Moses and Jesus (Yeshua).  God knows we were created of the dust of the earth, but there remains a steadfast hope because He is the God of the living – “I AM the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”  God is faithful to His promises as He is faithful to His word, and God has declared from the beginning why mankind was created and what the purpose of life is.  He has also declared that trials will come our way to see whether we will do as He said - or not.  It isn’t that He can know – but that we may know of His faithfulness to those who love Him and trust Him enough to believe and live  as He instructed “My people.”  He continues to this day to bless those He declared to be “My people.”  This is the truth: God is faithful to His word and desires to bless those whose love for Him is faithful to the end in their trials of life.  Our hope is based on the reliability of the word of God and His promises to those who love and obey Him.  As Jesus’ model for prayer tells: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” How can we know we are doing the will of God except we are taught it?  God gave instruction; God has not left mankind without His Testimony and Declaration of Truth and Righteousness.

The accuser of our souls will do anything to cast doubt on our belief of the Instructions of God, and it has been hijacked and altered in the Christian Holy Scriptures, but God has given instruction that we can be enabled to know those that told the truth, and it is known by going back to His word and seeing who correctly gave His word – which includes to rightly divide the words we have and know which of them are of God, and also be able to identify those that we can know He declared to be untrue – not according to the pathway of life as He instructed. Passages of Matthew that altered, or invented supporting text, must be set aside or corrected if they are not supported by the Holy Scripture of Jesus’ day.  The Church Doctrine of “Sola Scriptura” was founded on belief of altered Scripture and ignoring the Teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.   The truth will be known by the words of God, as well as His kindness and blessings towards those who are His people – those who walk according to His pathway of life.  This life is a test – an open book test – and our answers are not solely known by what we say – they are mainly known and observed by what we do.  Love is a verb, and God gave us the definition of those who love Him in the very first commandment from Sinai, if we believe what He said in the Ten Declarations.

As I write this on what would have been the 19th anniversary of our marriage – and Lynne passed on to the Father and her mother and Heidi, I was wondering how I would face today.  How can I tell her another “Happy Anniversary Lynne”, when waves of grief still burst over my soul?  I can honestly thank God for Lynne blessing my life and of His blessing us in the time we had together.  I can trust that He was with us to the end, and of our mutual love of God and knowing of His faithfulness, goodness and blessings. 

Therefore, I thank the Father for bringing her into my life and sharing my journey to find “The Truth” and pray that He tell her “Thank you” for her love towards me, her unfailing support to walk by my side,  and of His blessing our marriage until parting at her death – and for my reason to continue in hope, and to continue to write about our mutual faith and trust in Him.  He remains God of all – even though we are separated by death in this world, we are both alive to Him. 

This will not be a book to declare God has peace towards those who defy His reliability or faithfulness to His word, but it is our testimony of His faithfulness to His word and that Jesus was teaching the pathway that is of God – “To who else can we go, you alone teach the words that lead to life eternal.”
Prophets wrote of times when false prophets were telling the people of God; “Peace!  Peace”, but there was no “Peace” for those who trusted in blood sacrifices and defied living according to the word of God.  So, it remains to this day – and God continues to bless those that fear Him and are careful to not be casual with distinctions He gave in the Torah.   I fear for those that have long told non-Jews they only need to obey the Laws of Noah.  God gave the Ten Declarations to all present that day; they are for men of all nations.

In the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus cautions to base our lives upon the rock of the words of God given in that lesson.  Over time the indivisible rock has undergone cracking and division of acceptance and most simply cut and paste a few of his teachings as they ignore those that disagree with their interpretation of the teachings of Paul.  According to Jesus, failing to do as he instructed therein would result in the destruction of the “house.”  As prophecy said, whoever doesn’t hear whatever that prophet has to say will be “cut off” from the brethren.

Matthew 7:13-29 AENT; ‘“Enter by the straight door, for wide is the door and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many are they, those that go in it.  How narrow the door and straight the road that leads to life, and few are they, those that find it.  Beware of false prophets that come among you in the clothing of lambs, but from within are ravenous wolves.  But you will know them by their fruits.  Why do men pick grapes from thorns or figs from thistles?  Like this every good tree bears pleasing fruit, but an evil tree bears evil fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut and thrown in the fire.  Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.  It will not be that just anyone who says to me “My master, my master!” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, “My master, my master! By your name have we not prophesied?  And by your name have we cast out demons?  And by your name have done many miracles?”  And then I will profess to them that from everlasting I have not known you.  Depart from me, you workers of iniquity!  Anyone, therefore, who hears my words, these, and does them, will be likened to a wise man who built his house upon a stone (bedrock).  And descended the rain, and came the rivers, and blew the winds, and they beat on the house and it did not fall, for its foundation was laid upon a stone (bedrock).  And anyone who hears my words, these, and does them not, will be likened to a foolish man that built his house upon sand.  And descended the rain, and came the rivers, and blew the winds, and they beat on the house and it fell, and its fall was great.”  And it happened that when Yeshua finished these words, the crowds marveled at his teaching.  He would teach them as an authority, and not as their scribes and the Pharisees.’”

If we want to withstand the storms life brings our way, we abide in his word, and we can also go back to the words of God given beforehand and see that Jesus was teaching the Doctrine of God – the Teachings of God as given from the beginning and as clarified further at Sinai by YHVH Himself.  Also note that he said “house”, not just an individual.  Families live in a house.  One might even see each of the separate faith families as a “house” – and those who are in the house face great peril if they are in it when storms and landslides destroy it – all in it are in danger of perishing – “and its fall was great.”

 

 

 

 

Did God really say that?

Truth is known by the unaltered word of God.  Lies are known by those who would dare alter His word. When it can be shown that someone altered His word, it should give us pause to consider the reliability of anything they are saying.  Jesus taught so we should see and know the truth from God, not Church doctrines of men, or as a supplement to Jewish Rabbi’s. God revealed His Teachings though him with the purpose to call us to return and do His will indeed – to call men of all nations away from iniquity to then do the will of God..   Given some nasty things said about Jesus in the Talmud, it was shocking to me when some at a local Synagogue told me they already knew Jesus was teaching his interpretation and application of the Instructions of God in the Torah, Psalms, Prophets and Writings.  In my opinion, based on the writings of Rabbi Tovia Singer, the charges the Talmud has against Jesus are largely formulated on the false doctrines Christians believe that have no basis in the teachings of Jesus in Matthew, but stem from alterations in Christian Scripture of the what the Hebrew said – particularly misquotes of the Prophets and twisted greatly by some authors in the current Christian Bibles (Paul, Luke, Hebrews).

What do the Jewish Holy Scripture say about the need to keep the Law of God?  Did God say to break the least of the commandments is to guilty of breaking them all?  If this is the case, then how could He clearly say, “And so he shall be forgiven” repeatedly throughout the Law (Leviticus)?  How could He have said those who won’t forgive according to His just standards are to be “cut-off” because they refused His gracious and righteous judgement on various sins of omission and commission?  The plain upright truth is that He decreed what is just and good, as He decreed what He says is sin and what He says is just retribution or restitution.  He decreed not to add to or take away from His instruction.  His “rod” and “staff” are to guide and comfort us to the green pastures – they are for our good, not to curse us.  His instruction has two purposes: to know right from wrong, and to know If we will do what He said - or not.  When we look the passage up that is supposed to support the “Christian” teaching, it is easily seen that whoever doesn’t accept the Instructions of God to be the standard to live by are to be “cut-off” – as they have rejected God and His Instruction to be their guide and manner of life.  So much for that misunderstanding of His word. 

Jesus taught the same thing – to live by every word that God gave.  Jesus gave clarity when teaching there are weightier matters of the Law that should not be neglected to then major in minor matters; which is at odds with the teaching that to trespass in one minor matter to be equal to breaking the greatest commandment.  Jesus’ was careful to point this out for his disciples.  Unfortunately, as told in one of his parables, his enemies sowed tares in the wheat field, whose fruits are now evident today.  The Christian Bible, as it currently exists, has a long history and was “set in stone” by the Nicene Council era of about 300 – 400 CE and further codified by the printing press and the King James Bible.  Thousands of scholars have wrestled with the historical and Scriptural accounts.  Much has come to light in the last two centuries that prove many early writings were considerably varied in matters of faith and doctrines attributed by both Jesus and the chosen disciples. 

Many spurious books were written and the “Church” suffered from those who failed the tests God commanded to be used – but the gentiles generally had no knowledge of this matter.  Jerome did a reasonably good job to identify spurious texts and not allowing them into the canon of the “Bible”, but he failed to note reason to cast others aside that testify against the Holy Scripture.  Again – this goes right back to the Commandment of God in Deut. 4, 12, 13 and 18.  The crisis of faith is nothing new, and the fact is that the varied texts we have remain the cause of division to this day.  The Christian Bible can be shown to be less than perfect – in fact it can be shown to teach contradicting faiths, facts, and testimony.  Most importantly, it can be shown to teach against the Instructions in Righteousness given by God and it also changed some of the words of God from what existed in the Scripture of Jesus’ day.  The words of God were recorded by His chosen witness – Moses.  The words of Jesus were recorded by his chosen witnesses in Matthew.

Direct evidence is found in the Hebrew Scripture and the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Do be cautioned that the Dead Sea Scrolls Bible is not without fault, as it maintains continuation of some error in the Greek translation. To date, when matters are not in the Dead Sea Scrolls, I choose to believe the account of the Hebrew Scripture to be superior to the existing Christian accounts.   Scholars with more knowledge of the ancient Hebrew and Aracaic and textual history need to carefully observe the need to uphold His word and let us know where some passages have been altered and provide the most faithful account possible.  Those who know the ancient languages and who are faithful to the DSS and Hebrew Scripture account of the words of YHWH and Yeshua’s testimony in Matthew are the only ones I’d trust to make needed corrections.  I will address some of the obvious errors noted to date.

Some have a better internal truth compass than others.  Lynne was raised to believe in Jesus from earliest childhood.  After her passing I began the needful task to go through her things to make sure her wishes were done as she’d noted.  With four family’s heirlooms to coordinate, her oldest son and his family came to assist.  It was easy to follow her list, as she’d contacted them all about what went to whom.  But what of the things she saved and treasured as important to her that weren’t on the list?  To my joy, in a secretary desk bookcase were baby books from both her mother and grandmother. The details of her birth and earliest days were well documented and photographed.  Also found was her first book – “Tell Me About Jesus” – that was filled with love and insight of a mother teaching her child lessons that led Lynne to love him and to pay attention to what he taught and did, and of his example and love for others was given that we might also follow him all our life.  I have no doubt that her mother read it often when she was bedridden for a year with Scarlet Fever.  I have no doubt of the hope she had in Jesus’ love for her at that difficult time of her young life.  Trials of life toughened her, and she may have been very opinionated, but she always did what she believed was the right thing to do.  She was a fearless defender of her children, and fearless to tell them what she believed to be right.  She became a strong woman, and her life reflected her love for God and doing the best she knew to do.

Lynne had a difficult childhood.  Her father traveled for his job and was not around much.  She contracted Scarlet Fever when she was about six years old and was confined to her bed for a year and traveled every month from Dayton, Ohio to a medical facility in Pennsylvania to have her blood “purified” in hopes to rid the decease.  She almost died then, and I’m sure God answered prayers on her behalf.  Because of the illness she was weakened, but still had as normal a childhood as possible.  She loved Nancy Drew Mystery books, building forts and spying on the boys… by her own accounts to me.  She also had two younger brothers that her mother and father were not able to control, nor were the teachers and schools.  They were sent to Military School in attempt to get them straightened up.  One had his picture taken with Eisenhower as “the littlest cadet” in a newspaper photo.  Both her brothers were smaller in stature, but huge in attitude and worldly matters.  They fought their mother and Lynne, and no one was able to control them.  One died before I met Lynne, from excess of alcohol, and I only meet the younger brother, William.  His story was colorful.  From youth he was busy making money – then on to be an inventor and making perhaps a million or more – lavish lifestyle on the beach with a beautiful house, wife and young daughter and matching his and hers exotic sports cars – to loosing most all he had with “sure stock bets” – but he always remained king of his life and lifestyle, fitting of his last name – Kingman.  To my shock and surprise, one of his greatest tales of intelligence was to entrap a prosecutor with a huge bribe and have attempted murder charges against him dropped.  Maybe I have some of this story wrong – but he had a newspaper clipping saved to substantiate his account.  So how did someone like Lynne – as faithful and caring person as I’ve ever met – come from the same family as this rascal?  Surely it had to do with her response in opening her heart, mind and soul to Jesus as a toddler and young girl who was taught about Jesus by her mother and grandmother. Even with growing up in the turmoil of her two brothers and a largely absentee father – Jesus remained there all along – at her very core of being.  I can’t express how much I enjoyed reading the same book that introduced Lynne to Jesus.  It also told me worlds about her mother and grandmother.  In her fathers’ defense – story was that his father died when he was very young and that he was very spoiled by those who raised him.  How children are raised in their youth makes a difference.  But as Jesus taught, all must become as little children who desire to enter the Kingdom of God – even adults.  Not that we become ignorant – but that we learn to fully trust in the words God and those of Jesus that lead to life eternal.  A Bible fact is that God loved Abraham because he taught his children and household to keep the ways of God. (Genesis 26:5)

I would be remiss to make it sound like Willy was all bad.  Few such people exist, but when they do they often cover their evil with an air of righteousness that conceals their true heart.  Jesus taught about those who were whitewashed tombs full of decomposing bones and to beware of them, as no good will come to those who follow their ways.  Willy’s ways were largely softened by the time we met.  He loved his sister and daughter the best he knew how.  He owned a discount tool store in Lake Havasu, CA.  Lynne and I were completing work on a house she moved from Lodi to Valley Springs and Willy gave us some great deals on tools for the work.  He also had a passion for fast cars and I was one of the few that he gave a ride in “The Booze Runner”, a lightly chopped and hugely modified panel truck that was maxed out with custom upgrades and chrome – it was his prized big-boy toy.  He also cared deeply for his daughter.  Only she will be able to tell that side of Willy, but I think he loved her deeply and as best as he knew how.

Such is the value of conscience in our lives – as we live what we believe – or not.  As God told Israel and the multitude of nations that left Egypt to serve Him – trials are to know if we will do as He instructed – or not.  It’s that simple, and only we can make that decision for ourselves.  According to God, love is a verb – it is actions done, not just claiming His NAME, but also to do as He said.  With most who claim to be Christians, love is defined to be what God has for all men of all nations and is unconditional, and this is largely based from I Corinthians 13.  Let’s recall Exodus 20 as He gave the Ten Declarations; God said those who are His enemies don’t observe His decrees, and those who love Him do them, which is why He has kindness towards them – love for God desires to live by His words of life and thereby trust in His kindness, promises and blessing towards them.  But this is not the only benefit of living by the declarations God gave.  Trust in His guidelines will also free us from belief in the imaginations of men, to then be able to understand the value of each declaration – as Moses said, they bring a higher level of understanding and reality, and were given to elevate us – as God told Cain, there is uplift of life and spirit to repent and do what God said is good.  When we know the will of God, this will aid us in not being mired down and imprisoned by vain imaginations or false judgement of others.  I’ve only been at this a limited time and have yet to find one application of this to prove otherwise.

Jesus said being his disciple would not be without persecution or trouble.  He did say there would be trials and persecution, but that we will also know the reality of the faith of Jesus and the twelve apostles – and we will also come to know all the faithful characters in the Bible on a more intimate level. The basis of being in the family of God was told by Jesus in his pointing out that those who come to learn of him are his mother, brothers and sisters.  Iniquity is lawlessness, and lawlessness is to reject the pathway to live as given by God – and the Torah and words of God from Sinai are the foundation of His Instruction in righteousness given to mankind.

Returning to Lynne’s story, she married her first husband, Charles and she said both were raised in the Episcopal Church.  He had a variety of jobs and was well educated.  “Chaz” was very outgoing and had infectious humor and joy of life about him.  She told me of their owning bars and stories of working in the bar and having men “hit” on her that didn’t know her husband owned the bar.  She hated it when married men tried to hit on her and could easily spot them.  Before getting married she lived in San Francisco and started hanging out with the homosexual football players from Stanford because she knew they wouldn’t be “hitting” on her.  I think that was an odd thing, but it was her way of coping, and she used the opportunity to discover what she believed was the root cause of their sexual identity: dysfunctional parental role models of either an overbearing mother and a milk-toast father, or an overbearing father and a milk-toast mother – or – that they had been molested as children.  That was her observation, and it seems to match conventional psychiatry of the 50’s.  It was San Francisco in the early 60’s, but she wasn’t a “flower child” – she wore dresses and worked for a large corporation where her uncle helped her get a job after she graduated from Clairmont High in Southern California.  Lynne was a lady – and this is what her mother taught her to be.

Charlie and Lynne had two children: Richard (Rick) and Heidi.  It was Heidi’s death that prompted Lynne to re-discover what had already been planted in her heart.  They had returned to California from Texas and were looking for a home and rented an apartment that accepted children.  In retrospect, Lynne recalled noticing the pool didn’t have a fence around it and was concerned for their children’s safety.  I’m sure she always regretted having brushed the feeling aside, as there were others around, and evidently it would be OK.  It was a fateful day when Lynne was very ill and washing dishes at the sink when a panic hit her – HEIDI!!!  As she looked around for her – she was nowhere to be seen.  She ran to the pool, and there she was – on the bottom of the deep end. Immediately she dove in and retrieved her now lifeless body – the precious little girl who had just been by her side with a cup of water and whose last words were of her love for her mommy.  I can only imagine her pain and horror of the moment, and I know it remained with her when we went to Heidi’s grave site in Erie decades later – some wounds never completely heal in this lifetime – and she longed for the time when she and Heidi would be restored together in heaven.  King David also spoke of the son he lost – one of the Psalms of David speaks to the heart of such a loss, but which also gives hope for that which is yet to come (2 Samuel 12: 14-31; Psalms 32 and 51).  One of my last words to Lynne was to go and be with Heidi again – and as God said, and Jesus taught – God is not the God of the dead, but of the living, along with the blessing Moses gave to the people of God; “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face to shine upon you and give you peace.”  As God told Moses, when we die, we return to those who have passed on before us: “I AM the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”  I also trust in His goodness to one day be reunited with them.  Charlie came to her memorial service, and we agreed that Lynne had been a blessing to both our lives.  That’s the way it should be, and I’m thankful he came to share a time to honor Lynne on her passing.

Lynne had told me of a time Rick was looking out the window of an airplane and asking if Heidi was in the clouds with God now.  It had been years since she’d paid much attention to her faith and knowing who God is, or where God is.  She’d taught children in Sunday School and now realized how much she didn’t know. Now she needed to know the answers.  Lynne was devastated by the loss and was medicated for almost a year to cope with it.  Eventually Lynne and Charlie divorced, and Lynne continued to do her best to raise Rick and maintain the roof over their heads.  From what she said their parting was mutually agreed upon for the good of all.  Charlie remained a good dad to Rick and remained faithful to his commitment to help support and raise him.  I consider him an honorable man – and unlike many divorcee’s, I never heard him spoke ill of her.  They just didn’t survive the blow of Heidi’s death. 

Lynne was on a search to find answers to the question of life and death – who God is and the hope we can have in the hereafter.  By her accounts they went to things such as Billy Graham revivals and all manner of Churches – but nothing seemed right.  Everyone was saying Jesus is God, but how could this be if the Father spoke from heaven when he was baptized, and again at his transfiguration?  How could he have prayed to himself in the Lord’s Prayer and said, “Our Father, who art in heaven”?  She didn’t believe Jesus was speaking to himself.  How could he claim he wasn’t himself?  She didn’t tell me how long she searched, or every Church she was drawn to enter and pray, but she did finally find one that didn’t teach Jesus was God Himself.

Lynne’s dad had helped with the down payment on a house in Livermore.  After the divorce she struggled to make ends meet financially and worked several jobs and rented the extra bedroom in the home.  Rick told me of when he went to school and of his wanting new clothes because his had obvious mending and sewn patches.  Lynne told him they could afford new clothes, but then they would have to live in an apartment – not their home – and asked him if he wanted new clothes or living in their home?  Rick chose to live in their home and accepted the patches and mends to be what he wanted.  I’d count that Lynne was a very wise mother.  Most everything she did was very practical and resourceful.

One of her jobs was being the first female bartender in Livermore, CA.  Many of the patrons worked at Laurence Livermore Nuclear Lab – so the clients weren’t low-life’s, and the job helped her pay the bills and keep a roof over their head.  The hours were also compatible to maintain time for raising Rick, as she worked while he was in school.  Her parents weren’t particularly happy about it.  One of the customers was a fireman who came in to get a beer and lingered for hours to drink it – he came to watch her, not to get drunk or forget his troubles.  One day he asked if she’d like to take a motorcycle trip to see his parents, and it wasn’t long before they were married, and Rick had a step-father.  Hollis was a Viet Nam veteran, fireman, Army Reservist, lover of his Galaxy 500 427, and a jack-Mormon.  He had drifted from the Church of his roots before going to Viet Nam, but after their marriage the Mormon missionaries started coming over and giving Lynne their “gospel lessons.”  She didn’t read the book of Mormon before joining and was drawn to the Church because of their friendship outreach to her, the simplicity of their account of the gospel not being confusing, but to have their lives testify of the Savior through keeping his commandments and serving others – and she could also see that they didn’t believe Jesus and God were the same person, and that God was the Father.  The Mormon (LDS) Church gave her and her family much support in faith, family, community, and helping to develop her young family on basically sound principles of living a good life and spurning evil to do the good.  Some years back the theme for youth was CTR (choose the right). The LDS young men attended Boy Scouts on Wednesday evenings to develop their character and life skills. 

Hollis and Lynne had three children together and Hollis returned to the LDS Church and eventually became a Temple Worker.  Their last son, Eric, had Cerebral Palsy.  I don’t want to speak beyond what I know – and it seems to me that having a handicapped child, and the attention Lynne expended for his care and development was more of a strain than their marriage could endure.  According to Lynne, Hollis wasn’t around as much as he should have been and wasn’t the partner she needed to help her with their family.  Lynne was also doing daycare and paper routes to supplement their income to pay for Eric attending Montessori School.  Lynne worked hard so Eric would have every advantage possible to be “mainstreamed”, rather than set aside as unfit or incapable – some experts had judged him poorly at 2 years old and she believed better of him – and she was right.  I attended Eric’s graduation from Middle-School and witnessed a standing ovation from the entire crowd as he used his walker to go to the stage and receive his diploma.  We were also there when he graduated from Highschool.  He was more than just a mainstreamed student – he also worked on the school paper and wrote some for the local newspaper.  One of Lynne’s proudest moments was when Eric became an Eagle Scout.  Her vehicles always sported a “I’m Proud of My Eagle Scout” sticker.  She was proud of all her children and loved them equally.  She was also a dedicated mother; once she made up her mind what the right thing to do would be – it would be useless to stand in her way!

Their other two children are both beautiful people.  The oldest grew to have a love for horses and riding them in competitions.  Jennifer learned to be a hard worker to achieve her goals from her mother.  And she also inherited her love for beauty and color coordination for painting and decorating.   My recollection was she had worked to buy her own horse, which is why Lynne bought a tract to move a house to in the largest ranchette development in Northern California, so Jennifer would have a place to keep and ride her horse.  By that time Hollis and Lynne had become adversaries – she’d hoped their marriage would end mutually, but after filing, Hollis took a completely different pathway than her previous husband Chaz.  Even before their divorce he said things that Mormons would consider spiteful.  They believe in being sealed for eternity to their mate in the Mormon Temple, and Hollis told her he didn’t want to be with her in this life or the one to come – so they did their Temple work separately – which is not the LDS norm.   I don’t think it had any less impact on her than telling her to burn in hell because he said so.  Many LDS make far too much of their “restored priesthood authority” and are unaware that the Mormons who stayed behind in Missouri have no such belief, and there is ample evidence that Joseph Smith taught no such thing, and it was added by those who succeeded him – as were the Temple rites and endowments, including baptism for the dead.  Maybe I’ll write about what I’ve discovered in my research into Mormonism – later – but the point is that their relationship had turned adversarial because of his beliefs about priesthood authority and he was constantly going to court and trying to break her financially, along with her relationship with her children – which put the children in the middle of an unwinnable court war. 

The day after Lynne and I were married was spent in Court as Hollis was working to battle Lynne with Eric’s visitation “decree.”  I looked at their situation and vowed to let my ex have all the rights she wanted.  There was no way I was going to do battle with my children, especially as I witnessed there.  I’m sure God did not make children to be used as tools of revenge or control over someone you are divorced from.  My lesson that day was to hope for a relationship with my children as possible and that when they grew up they would not be marred by court wars and hopefully discover that my love for them has always been there.  At least I won’t have that regret, nor them that scar.  No wonder David offered to “cut the child in two” so he could know who the real mother was.

Lynne and I both loved Jesus and God the best we knew how, and we alternated which Church we attended.  Lynne was uncomfortable at mine because the preacher was specifically critical of other Churches in sermons – and the LDS were not exempt from his preaching.  In her Church converts gave their testimonies of conversion to be LDS from other faiths, including Judaism.  A close friend and fatherly figure to Lynne was born Jewish and converted much later in life.  It took some time for Sol to retell his story for me, and I have no doubt he was telling me what he experienced.  In the Book of Mormon, it declares the truth of the book can be known by a “burning in the bosom” as a proof from God.  He’d read the book many times, always asking for this sign – but it wasn’t until decades later that he said he had this experience – after having read the book at least ten times. 

Having been ripped out of Ohio at four years old so my dad could “minister” to LDS in Utah of their errors, I was raised to know some LDS things before knowing 4+4=8.  However, my dad didn’t teach me about the common roots the LDS Church has to the Church of Christ.  It took a few years of study and discourse with LDS and anti-LDS to understand the how, why, who, when and where’s involved.  As it turns out, the preacher in my Church was overstating his case and was believing some false history.  The same should be said for LDS scholarship.  When facts are altered, and unsupported claims are made – how can the conclusion or sum of the matter be rock solid?  According to God and Jesus, truth is known by observation to do the word of God indeed, not by a feeling we get when we read a book.

The missionaries started on me as they had Lynne, the brethren were also very friendly and accepting towards both me and my son John who lived with us at the time.  Prior to our marriage I had a severe concussion and I was having trouble thinking well logically, but my feelings were fully intact.  Things didn’t add up, so it took much study to know what was true and what was not.  To a large degree I had to learn how to rethink and develop solutions to problems.  Both our Churches taught conservative values, believed in baptism for the remission of sins and took Sacrament weekly.  The prayer LDS use for Sacrament had good content for all I could tell, but it was almost viewed as an incantation – if one word was not recited correctly they had to start it over until they got it right.  I’ve seen times when it had to be said five times before it was “correct”, and this was a “red flag” in my mind.  Jesus taught how to pray, but he never gave a prayer to be a recital before God would hear it.

It wasn’t very long before I had many other questions, as I was also recalling things long forgotten because I was no longer the preachers kid and it had been a long time since thinking about Mormonism.  At first questions the missionaries couldn’t answer were bumped up the chain of command locally, then up to their highest local “Scriptorian” who taught at a nearby “Institute”.  They weren’t giving what I considered adequate answers either, so they decided that the young missionaries were gifted by the Holy Spirit to answer questions and the circle was complete – and no one was able to adequately answer my questions.  In fact, some told me that if I didn’t believe their answers it was because I was “unteachable.”

Their standard writings tell that preachers of all Churches are in it for the money and are ministers of Satan.  Well, my dad, grandfather and brothers were among those preachers.  I knew they weren’t in it for the money.  We didn’t have any extra money and I’d lived all my life seeing many preachers struggling to make ends meet.  Their view of the relationship of Jesus and Satan to the Father was also curious, that they are brothers who had competing plans to bring salvation to mankind.  Next is the claim of Joseph Smith to have been gifted by God to give the correct “translation” of the King James Bible.  Their writings cast doubt on the Scripture and claimed it to only be correct as it was correctly translated, and Joseph Smith gave them his “inspired translation.”  Oddly, one of these translations added a prophecy of himself to the end of Genesis.  The largest red-flag was a claim that God was a man before he became God, and that we too can become a God as He now is (the gospel of eternal progression).  It isn’t openly taught – but this has not been completely denied.  One of their prophets claimed they didn’t teach it anymore, but soon after the public denial he taught within the Church that it wasn’t denied.

Along the way I was reading and studying almost anything I could get my hands on.  It seemed the anti-Mormons had more answers than the LDS did.  However, their claims against Mormons were mainly that Mormons taught works related salvation VS being saved by grace (no works salvation).

For those interested, these are a few interesting books to read:

“No Man Knows My History” by Fawn Brodey.

“Mormonism Unveiled” by E.D. Howe.

“The Mormon Wars” as recorded by Governor Ford of Illinois Memoirs.

“Mormonism Unveiled” by John D. Lee.

“Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon? – The Spaulding Enigma” by Wayne L. Cowdrey.

“Blood of the Prophets” by Bagley.

“One Nation Under Gods” by Richard Abanes.   +++++ well documented.

Historical records by “Utah Lighthouse Ministries”

Copies of critical Mormon newspapers can be obtained at the RLDS bookstore in Navoo, Illinois.

Alexander Campbell’s review of the Book of Mormon in 1831 (associate of Sidney Rigdon in early restoration movement) can be found on line at:

http://www.thywordistruth.com/Questions_Class/tpq/Review_of_Book_of_Mormon.html#.Wobnl4JaTyU

Evidence of early pretensions can be found in “The Seer” by Orson Pratt – reprint, although Brigham Young himself ordered Pratt to destroy all the books because they did not represent Mormon Doctrine or teachings – some survived.

Cutting a long story short – the conclusion of the matter was that neither was telling the complete truth of history, the truth of God, the truth taught by Jesus in Matthew, or the truth of God taught in the entire Old Testament, but they were correct in one point of their sacrament prayer – that their duty to the Covenant is to do the commandments of Jesus to have His (God) Spirit be with them.  Simply taking the Sermon on the Mount and noting what is different in their Book of Mormon will prove or disprove their claims.  They’ve had all the evidence needed all along, as has everyone else!  All who claim to belong to God need to repent and do what Jesus taught as much as anyone else.  I was banned from an LDS discussion site for posing that they list their commandments of Jesus from the Book of Mormon and I’d make my list of the commandments of Jesus from the gospels and we could then compare them to see which had the account that was greatest, or “the most correct testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” as they phrased it.  Any Church that won’t face up to the Testimony of Jesus in Matthew should be left along the road to return to living as instructed by God – therein is truth, life, hope and doctrine.

If the issue is to live as God instructed, it would be an error to follow any other, but this is exactly where all error in doctrines reside today, and it easily happens when we presume too much on an author or speaker.   We should have been looking to the very words of God.  If God has said there is no peace for those who spurn His commandments, it would be a gross error to believe someone who said the commandments of God no longer apply to Christians.  Had Jesus said the Law (Torah) of God was done away with on the cross – this would have proven him a false prophet according to the word of God.  Had Peter said the Law was done away with – that would have proven him false as well.  Had Paul, or any other teacher, taught against the truth and reliability of the words of God – this also would show them to be teaching falsely, which, according to God, would require us to ignore them and not hear them.  But this is exactly where we are – and our fathers, and their fathers, and so on, and so on. A casual review of Galatians and Romans will show this is what Paul was teaching, and since all the Orthodox, Reformers and Protestants teach Paul to be an authority whose words nullify the commandments of God, there is not a shred of doubt in my mind at this time to say the writings of Paul are the cause of all the different Christian Churches that have opposing doctrines of men and which also oppose what God declared.

Therefore, the Dead Sea Scrolls and Hebrew Scriptures are important to us today and why our generation needs to repent to turn back and observe what the Scripture of Jesus’ day said – as our records have been corrupted and have even altered the words of God!  God commanded not taking away from His Law as He also said to not add to it either.  He also cautioned not to get casual with it, but to carefully consider the distinctions He gave in it.  This is where many have lost their sight.  Jews invented the “613 Laws of God” by one called “Rambam” about 1300 CE, and they’ve been carrying on about it so long that Christians haven’t looked carefully at it either, especially considering the need to keep 613 Laws VS “The Golden Rule”. One can even note through searching the internet that “Judaism” was founded about 300 BC – which makes me wonder about their separation from what came before when God gave the Ten Declarations and the rest of His instruction through Moses’ writings.   One is an overcomplication as much as the latter is an oversimplification.  The Commandments of God for all men – Jew and Gentile alike - are clearly the commandments given at Sinai to all present who heard Him.  Have we have been so deluded from the Law of God that most have no understanding of how the first five relate to the second five as a method to know how God expects us to live?  Jesus taught this when noting the greatest commandment and how it relates to our treatment of others.  This can be shown to be how the commandments should be understood and used as our guide for life as much as it is for anyone else who seeks to do the will of God indeed.  One simple example, one who is not faithful to their mate is not faithful to God either. Another example is that God said man has rights and freedoms – property rights – that are not to be violated – in the last of the Ten Commandments – as well as the right to marriage.  It seems very odd that those who promoted Communism at the start were Jews – have they lost sight of the God given rights to mankind in His Law?

Despite various beliefs Lynne and I had regarding the gospel and Jesus Christ, we both believed the teachings of Jesus and the commandments of God are still valid today as they were given.  We grew in our understanding in doing the will of God and were both blessed for doing so.  One of the best classes we attended was a seminar on Revelation by the Seventh Day Adventists.  I had never realized the importance of those the Dragon makes war on are those who keep the commandments of God and the Testimony of Jesus.  They also made a powerful case to substantiate God never changed the Sabbath to Sunday and the source of this doctrine being totally based on Roman Catholic Papal Decree.  The incompatible teachings of both our Churches led to a few conflicts, but thankfully we had grace towards each other to live long enough to repent to do what is right in the eyes of God as we also let go of what wasn’t according to His word and promises.  We should all agree that what God said through Moses must not be denied, nor the teachings of Jesus that can be proven true by the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  Lynne’s help proof reading “One Disciple to Another, The Original Jesus” was invaluable, as was her unfailing support for me when first promoting the book and being rejected by those of my own Church who trusted more in Paul than Jesus or God.  Even after the Elders and Preacher lied to me of their word to discuss anything they might have issue with – they instead gave a special presentation to tell everyone to NOT read the book.  God will judge between us, of that I’m sure.  Their word to me was nothing but a lie – so let the dead bury the dead.  They didn’t reject me – they rejected the unadulterated words of God and Jesus Christ.

In one of the gospel accounts Jesus said the coming Comforter was to lead us to the truth, not to twist the truth of God into something it cannot be uprightly handled to show – such as God was a man before becoming God or that Jesus is God Himself manifest in human flesh, or that Jesus was co-Creator with God.  There are many LDS claims that are not held or believed by the Church that stayed behind in Missouri, but many unsubstantiated claims are held by Protestants and Catholic as well.  We learned about this when going to the Independence Temple Museum and a gentleman working there mailed me a few interesting books to prove the matter.  I’m thankful Lynne was there with me to hear another side of LDS History and see historical evidence.  My quest to dig for the bedrock as Jesus taught was a journey she never asked for, but she accepted it in our partnership, as we both believed God brought us together with the purpose to bless us.  We cannot know the truth until we are willing to cast aside whatever we were taught that is not according to the words of God and Jesus. 

Truth matters, and Jesus taught much about truth and how to know it, if we would but hear and believe him.  If the Bible does contain mistranslations and alterations,  “truth” can still be known by the words of God and observing who speaks according to His word.  Also recall that in the gospel of John, Jesus said: “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 

The most ancient records found to date will show us where the Scriptures we have today were altered from those of Jesus’ days on earth.  How can we not believe what was good enough for Jesus is good enough for me?  Why trust the word of the old song, “It was good for Paul and Silus, It’s good enough for me”?

Let’s understand the faith of Jesus, then we can properly judge anything from Paul and Silus (or anyone else).

 

Because Rome called it “Scripture”, Does that make it so?

People go to classes to learn, and what we learn and accept to be true is what forms our conscience and beliefs that we trust to guide our faith, manner of life, activities, careers, or religious beliefs.  If science proves what was previously believed to be incorrect, the community should adopt the new discoveries into practice to modify designs or their model of how things work.  A few examples would be useful to consider.  One is the earth is flat and the center of the universe – vs – the earth is a sphere and orbits the Sun, which orbits the center of our galaxy.  The problem wasn’t the earth is a sphere – the problem was that the earth isn’t flat, and the universe doesn’t revolve around the earth.  When religious beliefs defy reality, or our perception of reality, those who have vested interests, such as  authority, power, or money, will do all manner of things to attempt to preserve the status-quo in defiance of a better understanding that would benefit all but themselves.  The same principle can be seen in secular history, Democratic VS Republican politics, or even the bias of MSN reporting for the last year, and even the last century. Those with control issues deceive the common man from reality and common sense. Facts matter, as do observation of linear historical events when compared to a pre-existing historical narrative that can be shown to be  a retelling of history by the victor. Another example is the San Francisco earthquake that caused the Nimitz Freeway to collapse.  Weaknesses were obvious, and the State expended great sums to retrofit existing structures to better withstand earthquakes and changed design standards for future projects.  No one went around denying the fact that major structures had collapsed and changes needed to be made for what was to replace the defective structures. I’m not aware that anyone claimed what was good enough for bridges in 1950 was good enough when it had obviously failed to withstand the trials of reality.  Everyone worked together for the common good and safety of the community.

Some things presented here will similarly challenge us regarding what we believe and what our Bible says.  Lynne and I were raised to consider the current editions of our Bibles to be Scripture, as other Christians are.  As mentioned, the study of what Jesus taught in the NT record was the focus of my study.  This led to the conclusion that all the NT cannot be Scripture if what Jesus taught in Matthew is true.  This may seem like a wild claim, but checking the quotes of the Hebrew Scripture to the NT account shows alterations and additions were made since written.  Comparison of all the books in the NT can it be easily observe that all are  not in according to the words of God in the Hebrew Scripture – thereby confusing Jesus’ teaching to live by every word of God.  Careful review of the account given as the gospel of  Matthew seems to be the best place to start.  If what Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount is the foundation given by God so that we are reflecting His truth and light for walking in the pathway God said to live by, then all the rest of the NT must reflect, or find agreement, with the Teachings given in Matthew and the Hebrew Holy Scripture.

Since many have been led away from the foundational words of God in the Torah about sin – the point is going to be re-enforced one more time, so that it will not be misunderstood or forgotten because others have told a completely false norm.

Truth is the word of the One True God. We need to be led by His word and carefully note when people say things that don’t align with His words recorded by Moses, the unaltered words of true Prophets and the teachings of Jesus that find agreement with them.  The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible has notations to show where the record differs with Christian Scripture and to a far lesser extent the current Hebrew Scriptures that are based on the 900 CE Masoretic Text.  God said the Spirit would write His instruction on our heart that we would then do them from our heart (Ez. 37) – not just a rule written on stone at Sinai, but from a living heart that loves God and wants to do what He declared just, holy, righteous and good.  His instruction was to “do no evil,” improve ourselves in what we do, and trust in the reliability of His instruction.  What God said good or evil MUST be the standard used – His word – not the word of any pretended prophet or authority.  His standard is not perfection – but that we do no wickedness (evil).  We would all do well to believe God and not participate in pretending we are better than others because we go beyond His decrees or ignore His decrees.  We must rely on the God-given standard of truth and justice – living justly, loving mercy, doing good to others, and walking humbly with God.

Prophecy in the Bible is first found in Genesis.  However, the Christian Bible has perverted what was said.  Because we are cautioned to note the distinctions God made, it is of utmost importance to re-investigate the founding prophecies we’ve held dear for centuries and determine which have been mistranslated and what impact these have on our understanding – if our understanding of the word of God is to be found firmly based on His word from the beginning.  If someone misrepresented something I said, I would appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight and hopefully find a blessing to be rid of misunderstandings or false statements made on my behalf, or of false claims someone has made of what I said.  Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to set the record straight? 

The light of the true word of the Almighty God is still able to do that for which it was given.  God gave His word so we might know what living justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with our God.  His word will enable us to know that which is true so we can then be enabled to be set free of the prisons of false doctrine and believe in the One True God.  That which was altered by others and was foisted upon us has prevented our seeing the actual words of God.  Truth matters.  Some try to keep people ignorant of truth.  I think we will see why – it’s not hard to see.

Fact is that the best source document we currently have are the Dead Sea Scrolls, second is the Hebrew Scripture account, third would be the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew, next would be the Aramaic English New Testament – less valuable accounts are the Latin Vulgate, the Greek LXX, and then subsequent translations and versions since the King James Version have further clouded the matters based on their faithfulness to the oldest records.  There are comparatively minor differences between the DSS and the current Hebrew Scripture – not nearly as variant as the Christian Bible accounts.  It’s very possible – if not most likely – that the Christian account was altered to match the writings, theology, and viewpoints that Paul and his followers developed which were based on the writings of Paul and not the teachings of Jesus or the Holy Scripture that Jesus fully trusted to be his manner of life and faith.

No original account of the Hebrew LXX exists, and it only translated the five books of Moses, so set that fake straw-man aside – as translated by Jewish scholarship and is lost to history by their own accounts. Contrary to Christian reporting, it was a poor translation and was not accepted by Jewish Synagogues that remained faithful to those in Jerusalem.  There is no doubt that some in an early branch of the Church inserted the Greek texts.  There is historical account from a Babylonian Orthodox Church admitting to two revisions of the Hebrew Scripture and three revisions to the New Testament accounts by about 150 CE, so this indicates that the account of the AENT of 160 CE is not superior to the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew.   Some Jews fast in repentance to this day because the LXX was so poorly done.  A recent discovery is that an Orthodox Babylonian Christian sect claims ownership of translating the Hebrew Scripture into Syriac in the early first centuries, and it appears this may have been the basis for what we now consider the Greek translations.  Whether this is rock solid fact I cannot say, but they seem to make the claim on their web site.  I discovered this by looking for places my dad preached on the internet and seeing how things have changed since my childhood – and thankfully some useful information is learned – we never know when we are about the find a gem – but we should always be on the lookout, “watchmen on the wall.”  In the early 60’s we lived at 270 Whippany Road, Whippany, NJ.  The Church of Christ sold the property and it is now property of the Orthodox sect that makes this claim within their web site:  http://www.malankara.com/sitemap

As a first proof we will look at Genesis to see the difference between the Hebrew Scripture and the Christian Old Testament, which will be critical information to know the truth or unreliability of our New and Old Testament accounts.  Are they as reliable as we’ve been told by the Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant or Reformed Churched?  If we don’t believe the word of God in the DSS, is our faith true to God?  This principle will also prove if any of the “prophets” of recent history were telling the truth or not.  This simple test will save countless hours of time, effort and money wasted on what cannot be proven true and according to the words of God.  Much can be traced back to the Dead Sea Scrolls, but not every word.  What God has allowed to be preserved should be adequate for knowing who spoke according to His Instruction and who has not.  If one is a disciple of Jesus – the first teaching is to be living by the word of God – not setting it aside as passed away, fulfilled, or nailed to the cross of Jesus.

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[The prophecy of the “Seed” to come – as told to Adam, Eve and the Serpent: is the seed singular, or plural?  According to Jewish scholarship, there was no word in Hebrew for singular seed, and it was always considered plural.  A Jewish Rabbi, Tovia Singer, has a ministry to bring Jews out of Messianic Churches.  His primary tool is the Hebrew Holy Scripture and discussion of false Christian translations and gross misunderstandings taught by Paul, as well as gospel accounts that testify against each other – thereby casting doubt on the Christian faith validity and calling the Jews back home to the Synagogue from the Messianic Churches.  Singer’s videos can be found on YouTube and the title of his two books called “Let’s Get Biblical, Volumes 1 and 2.”  He proved the “apostle” Paul was a biblical ignoramus – and if we would just return to believe the unaltered words of God, we should also be able to know Paul could not have been telling the truth because he mishandled the very words of God.  Neither can we see anywhere in all of Paul’s writings any appeal to the teachings of Jesus found in Matthew – the most complete account of Jesus’ teachings in the New Testament.  Every time Paul retold his “conversion” story it was not in total accord with what he told others beforehand.  Paul’s teachings are utter nonsense when compared to the Teachings of Jesus in the account of Matthew and the Holy Scripture.  Paul was only accepted by those who knew little about the word of God or Judaism.  Paul  was thus aimed to those who knew nothing of the Hebrew Scripture account of the words of God – the ignorant leading the ignorant, and if the Word of God is a light to our pathway, then Paul was blind and leading others who were blind to follow after him.  Having been taught lies in the name of God all my life – I despise those who dare lie against God, the Word of God, or the good news of the Kingdom that Jesus (Yeshua) did teach.  Let’s look at the word of God before it was altered by those who don’t want you to know what God said.

[Genesis 3:15, ETZ HAYIM; “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; they shall strike at your head, and you shall strike at their heel.”

[Genesis 3:15, NKJV, KJV and others quote God as saying a singular person – “he” shall crush the head of the Serpent, to support the Christian doctrine of Jesus having done the work to overcome the one being cursed by God.   NKJV; “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you\ shall bruise His heel.”

If God made no such claim of one singular offspring of Eve to destroy Satan, but instead that He was identifying “offspring” of both would be at enmity with each other.  This is founded on the Hebrew word “seed” to be plural, not singular as it is in English.  For an example, God told Abraham his “seed” would be as numerous as the stars seen in the night sky.  The application necessary for disciples of Jesus is that they have personal obligation to do their part in the earthly battle of good (those who believe and obey God) and evil (those who God said are His enemies are those who don’t do as He instructed – thereby hating Him and His word).  Proper understanding of the teachings of Jesus is that his disciples live as he did – doing the will of God and keeping the Commandments of God and the Testimony of Jesus. Therefore be advised to question passages that refer to a false telling of what God said, according to Moses. (John 8:44, Isaiah 7:14 and Romans 16:20).  Also consider if the plural understanding provides better understanding of the passages noted.  Since Isaiah 7:14 is referenced to Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14 is the next passage to be addressed.

Was God foretelling the birth of Jesus in Isaiah 7:14?  According to the Hebrew Scripture and the DSS, God said no such thing.  The first reference is found in an addition to Matthew, that chapter 1 ended at verse 17 – the quote from Isaiah is from an addition and not original.  Let’s view the passage from the current NKJV and then the Stone Edition of the Hebrew Scripture, the Dead Sea Scrolls Bible will show what the record was in Jesus’ days.

Isaiah 7:14, NKJV; “Therefore the LORD Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”

Isaiah 7:14, Stone Edition; “Therefore, my Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the maiden will become pregnant and bear a son, and she will name him Immanuel.”

Isaiah 7:14, DSSB; “Therefore the LORD himself will give you a sign.  Look, the young woman has conceived and is bearing a son, and his name will be Immanuel.”

Here we are faced with a problem.  Which account are we to believe?  The matter of fact that cannot be denied in any of the accounts is that the sign was not the birth or that a young woman conceived.  It was most likely the wife of Isaiah, the name was to foretell of the victory God would soon accomplish for Israel, and that this was the work of God to accomplish and the timing was to be soon – not some far nebulous prophecy of a future virgin conception or victory over sin or all the enemies of Israel.  The fact is the main premise of the story line of the birth of Jesus that was added later and incorporated a mistranslation or alteration of Isaiah – not what Isaiah said in the account that existed in Jesus’ days.  It only proves our New Testament records have been altered – but it does not take away from the prophecies Jesus did fulfill, or the value of any of his teachings, or that his teachings can be shown to be the very words of God – just as he claimed they were.  We can still know the teachings are of God because of the alignment they have with the Instruction of God in the Hebrew Scripture (Old Testament).  Nothing is lost from a disciple of Jesus (Yeshua).  All we have done is to go back and see if a claim is so – or not – to ensure what we believe is based on the word of God as Jesus taught.  The points of these two Scriptures disprove Galatians 3:19 to show it should be tossed by anyone that believes God.

The first change noted when comparing the New Testament record to the pre-existing Hebrew Scripture and oldest manuscripts  is that Matthew 1 ended at verse 17.  This is not to say there was no virgin birth, but that the source of this prophecy was not from the words of God in Isaiah 7:14.  The words of God in Isaiah 7:14 do not say what the current Christian Bible says.  Noting passages that testify against the words of God are the first priority if we are to purge the altered texts and believe what God has said, rather than the alterations of men.  If Jesus taught to live by the declared words of God, we should observe the words of God according to the passages of Jesus’ day to identify added false claims.  What is true remains so because it is based on the word of God in the Torah, Prophets and Psalms – which can be matched and parred to the Holy Scriptures of Jesus’ life, teachings and ministry. (DSS)  The first commandment recorded from Jesus is: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  It is indeed fitting and revealing that the very first commandment of Jesus and the first of the Ten Declarations of God both provide us with clear instruction we can use to  restore/recover that which is currently lost or obscured to those who have looked to Paul instead of the Testimony of Jesus and the word of God Almighty.

If a court case were to rest on unsubstantiated or false charges, which can be proven to have been false and/or unsubstantiated – who uses fake evidence to decide a case? Denial is not a river in Egypt, and God is not a Judge that can be bribed. How long must we pretend testimony against the words of God are true?  No matter how many generations perpetuate a lie against the word of God, He is the one who will uphold His word to be true and reliable – and every man a liar who defied or denied His truth.  Does that sound familiar to anyone?  “May every man be found a liar, but God be true”?  If God gave the Ten Declarations to men of all nations from the beginning – and it can be proven that He did – then those who foist the pretended Noahide Law upon Gentiles (non-Jews) are proven liars – proven by the very words of God they claimed for themselves alone!  These charges will be proven true because they reside squarely upon the very words of God from the days when Jesus walked the earth – per the Ancient Holy Scripture and the teachings of Jesus (Yeshua) in Matthew.  “That Prophet” (Deut. 18; Is. 42) spoke the words of God so  that men of all nations might love God and observe the Torah as good and bring honor and praise to the One True God for the reliability and truth of His Instruction, and the graciousness, goodness and mercy He has towards all who turn back to carefully observe and do as He instructed.  

I studied what I was told to believe.  I tried to live by the words of Paul, and I’ve tried to live by the words of YHWH and Yeshua, and Paul was proven deficient – not by me, but by the very word of God.  Neither is there any “Trinity”, but as God said through Moses, as God said through the true prophets of Israel, and as God spoke through the unique “son of man” upon whom He spoke directly by His Spirit given him without measure – there is no God but YHWH.  As Yeshua/Jesus prayed: “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy NAME.”  The circular reasoning that repeatedly defies the words of God came from one certain pretended apostle and his disciples – and this false apostle and his disciples of record need to be consigned to the pit of the abyss, where they belong for deceiving men from believing God and saying His gracious instruction in righteousness are a curse and not even given by God.  If we believe it was good for the Bereans to double check what Paul taught and see if what the Scripture said agreed with what he told them, it can be no more wrong to do the same thing today.  The commandment of God requires that we test those we hear so that we can know if God said to hear them or ignore them.  It’s time to wake up and turn back to hear what God did declare.

The premise of the Protestant Reformation erred because it failed to base the reformation on the word of God and the proven Testimony of Jesus in the first book of the New Testament.  The reformers all based their understanding of the gospel upon the words of Paul – not God and Jesus.  Now the time is come to turn back to the One True God and believe “that prophet” spoken of by Moses.  Jesus’ first teaching is “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  Surely it is as Yeshua foretold: “And this Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Mt 24:14 AENT)  The whole earth has not had the truth of the hope of the Kingdom of God proclaimed to It by Catholics, Protestants, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, Baptists, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons – and from what I’ve been able to observe, neither have Jews or Muslims. What God declared required of all men is found in Micah 5:6-7, but the Instruction and Teachings of God that He desires all men to know and live by were given and exampled by the unique Prophet and coming King.  He foretold these days, as also did the Jewish Holy Scripture.  God still seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and truth – not the pretentions and alterations of false prophets or rabbi’s who failed to recognize the words of “that prophet” (Deut. 18:15). If I could look at the records and see where the alterations exist – are they any less capable to have done so?  I’m not the smartest man who ever lived; however, I do my best to understand the will of God as He enables me and I remain focused to see that His word has been altered and that many believe in the alterations instead of God.  “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added to you” – to this day God remains true.

I would like to give credit where credit is due.  Back when I was listing each teaching of Jesus in the entire New Testament that should be taken as a commandment or instruction to his disciples, a poster at one of the Christian/Mormon web site discussion boards asked if I’d read or heard of the book “Jesus Words Only.”  I had not, but the title certainly caught my attention.  After getting the book it was soon noted that the book was not as focused on Jesus words as I’d hoped, but it was written to prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that Paul was a false apostle – which caught my attention because I was having trouble substantiating the teachings from Paul from the teachings of Jesus, and was also noticing the disharmony of testimony in the four gospel accounts and nothing was adding up as expected.  I trusted the words of Jesus and God, but had been glossing over the words of Paul to try to make them fit.  No wonder there are so many Churches with so many contradictions!  I studied that book for a year – intensive study and double-checking facts of the case, as it was written by a Lawyer who was certainly making a skilled case!  I also studied some of the books referenced in “Jesus Words Only” and for the first time in my life the contradictions between Churches started to make perfect sense – or should I say the contradictions were based on the nonsense of Paul?  The case against Paul is overwhelming. 

I started asking others about points made.  I even bought one of my brothers a copy of the book to see if he was able to see any flaw in the cases made against Paul.  My own dad was unable to refute it.  My oldest brother tried to make some replies, but each and every reply he made pitted the testimony of Paul to be the sole source of justification of commonly held beliefs.  His final reply was a quote from Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:36-37; “Or did the word of God come originally from you?  Or was it you only that it reached?  If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.”  The trouble with this is that God never said His words are known only to “prophets”, or that one has to be “spiritual” to know what God said.  The stark fact is that God gave instructions about how to know who His spokespersons are in Deuteronomy 4, 12, 13 and 18.  Nothing in the word of God gave any such instruction as Paul declared, and those commandments of God easily show the teachings of Paul to be imaginations taught in the NAME of God.  This is how I came to see that all the Churches that claim to be founded by a new “Prophet” or “Prophetess” are imaginations at best – as NONE of them were capable to identify the false apostle Saul.  How could they be a “true prophet” and not recognize a false prophet/apostle?  Jesus told us how to identify them.  The prophets of the Hebrew Scripture were able to identify false prophets.  God said how to identify who He said to ignore.  So don’t believe for a minute that you have to first believe a pretender to know the truth of God.  The Ten Declarations tell us of the love of God and Psalm 1 tells us the value to believe and observe  the true words of God:

Psalm 1 (SE); “Praiseworthy is the man who walked not in the council of the wicked, and stood not in the path of the sinful, and sat not in the session of the scorners.  But his desire is in the Torah of JEHOVAH, and in His Torah he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree deeply rooted alongside brooks of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and whose leaf never withers; and everything that he does will succeed.  Not so the wicked; rather (they are) like the chaff that the wind drives away.  Therefore the wicked shall not be vindicated in judgment, nor the sinful in the assembly of the righteous – for JEHOVAH attends the way of the righteous, while the way of the wicked will perish.”

As I was writing the first draft of “One Disciple to Another; The Original Jesus” and submitted it to Westbow Press, they refused to publish it because it was not according to the Nicene Creed.  It was open to expose the false teachings of Paul that can be easily observed by his own errors and contradictions to himself, the teachings of Jesus, and the Old Testament.  I proposed removal of anti-Paul texts and basing the book on the teachings of Jesus and the Scripture of his day.  Westbow agreed they could publish that.  Further studies have uncovered the fact that the Christian Old Testament was altered in the Greek translation and there are many errors in the New Testament texts that use them for support. 

This is what we have inherited through those before our time, but our generation has been lax to accept greater alterations in the “paraphrased” translations of the “Living Bible”, and many sects have published their own “Versions” that are not even “translations.”  Neither do much but to support divisions between believers if they alter the Scripture to support what they want to believe – rather than the best translation of the Holy Scripture as possible, that the words of God, the Holy Prophets and Apostles and maintain the Doctrine of God taught by Jesus to his original disciples (Apostles).  It would be all too easy to write scathing words of condemnation to those who have treated the words of God with dishonor to believe those God said to ignore.  I know from personal experience and observation that general memberships in various fellowships want to “love the Lord” and honor him, but the fact remains that there are those who teach lies in the name of God.  One of the viewpoints about the epistles of Jesus contained in Revelation is that they are prophecy of the seven stages of Church history – from the first Church till the last – Jesus knew their works.  The first two Epistles of Jesus tell of those who were congratulated for finding a false apostle to be a liar, and the second mentions further fruits of the lies.  It has been shown in “Jesus Words Only” that Paul is that one who claimed to be an apostle, but was only a liar, and this was also proven in the 1800’s by Jeremy Bentham in “Not Paul, but Jesus.”

 Who defies God, but those who reject His Instruction in Righteousness?  Should I be blunt?  Should I be gentle?  To what extent is it possible to present the cases involved to the matter at hand – that we have been given a Bible that has suffered from mistranslation, alteration, and direct perversion that has lead people away from the pathway that God said must be traveled in life to be blessed by Him and is according to His words through Moses, the Prophets, Pslams and “That Prophet”?  Is it possible to “strengthen that which remains” by continuing to believe what  is against any foundational “Truth” of God or “That Prophet” whose words are at least as authoritative as those given through Moses?  Given the charges those make who defy accepting to the Torah and Matthew as given by God – I will be gentle towards those whose manner it would be right to treat gently, and give the cold hard facts to those who most openly defy the word of God Almighty in favor of those in Christian “scripture” that have been proven liars.  If the shoe fit’s the words of God, we should be wearing them in our walking on the Pathway to life eternal.

Calvinism

Let this arrow go to the heart of the man-made “TULIP,” which is refuted by the word of God and the Testimony of Jesus.  The primary faith group is Baptist, and most offensive are those in “Bible Baptist” fellowships that believe the word of God is only unaltered in the King James Version – affectionately known among homosexuals as the “Queen James Bible.”  Was man created good?  Upon man’s creation God declared the creation “very good.”  Man was placed on earth with purpose, but disbelief of God resulted in the first error to partake of that which God said not to.  They were told the consequences.  After the “fall,” did God still have favor or kindness towards men?  Did God say they were now totally depraved and incapable to do good?  Or, do we see that God said just the opposite?  What are His words to Cain in Genesis 4: 6-7?  It’s appropriate to look at these again.

“And God said to Cain, “Why are you annoyed, and why has your countenance fallen?  Surely, if you improve yourself, you will be forgiven.  But if you do not improve yourself, sin rests at the door.  Its desire is toward you, yet you can conquer it.” (Stone Edition)

Most Evangelical Churches believe the doctrine of Calvinism, which is one step removed from the Protestant Reformation by Luther, which was based primarily from the writings of Paul as found in the book of Romans and salvation by faith apart from works. TULIP is generally the basis for their faith; look carefully for support of this doctrine by the teachings of Jesus in Matthew:  It’s nonexistent.

The Five Points of Calvinism

There are two mains camps of theology within Christianity in America today: Arminianism and Calvinism. Calvinism is a system of biblical interpretation taught by John Calvin. Calvin lived in France in the 1500's at the time of Martin Luther who sparked the Reformation.

The system of Calvinism adheres to a very high view of scripture and seeks to derive its theological formulations based solely on God’s word. It focuses on God’s sovereignty, stating that God is able and willing by virtue of His omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence, to do whatever He desires with His creation. It also maintains that within the Bible are the following teachings: That God, by His sovereign grace predestines people into salvation; that Jesus died only for those predestined; that God regenerates the individual where he is then able and wants to choose God; and that it is impossible for those who are redeemed to lose their salvation.

Arminianism, on the other hand, maintains that God predestined, but not in an absolute sense. Rather, He looked into the future to see who would pick him and then He chose them. Jesus died for all peoples' sins who have ever lived and ever will live, not just the Christians. Each person is the one who decides if he wants to be saved or not. And finally, it is possible to lose your salvation (some arminians believe you cannot lose your salvation).

Basically, Calvinism is known by an acronym: T.U.L.I.P.

T-otal Depravity (also known as Total Inability and Original Sin)

U-nconditional election.

L-imited Atonement (also known as Particular Atonement)

I-rresistible Grace

P-erseverance of the Saints (also known as Once Saved, Always Saved)

These five categories do not comprise Calvinism in totality. They simply represent some of its main points.

Total Depravity:

Sin has affected all parts of man. The heart, emotions, will, mind, and body are all affected by sin. We are completely sinful. We are not as sinful as we could be, but we are completely affected by sin.

The doctrine of Total Depravity is derived from scriptures that reveal human character: Man’s heart is evil (Mark 7:21-23) and sick Jer. 17:9). Man is a slave of sin (Rom. 6:20). He does not seek for God (Rom. 3:10-12). He cannot understand spiritual things (1 Cor. 2:14). He is at enmity with God (Eph. 2:15). And, is by nature a child of wrath (Eph. 2:3). The Calvinist asks the question, "In light of the scriptures that declare man’s true nature as being utterly lost and incapable, how is it possible for anyone to choose or desire God?" The answer is, "He cannot. Therefore God must predestine."

[This belief defies the words of God, and therefore cannot be true. Casual observation will show the belief is founded on the words of Paul and defies the word of God.  God gave instruction in the Torah through Moses, and in Matthew through Jesus, that clearly says we are able, and in fact responsible to overcome sin in our own life so that we are not possessed and overcome by it – that man is capable to overcome sin, and must overcome sin on his own – by observing and doing what God said is just, right and reflecting the mercy He has shown us towards others – and carefully doing what is just in judgment – as He has instructed – not as we imagine.  This includes knowing what God said is Holy or secular, as well as knowing the differences between righteousness, sin, wickedness and abominations… all according to what He declared – not the imaginations of men.]

Calvinism also maintains that because of our fallen nature we are born again not by our own will but God’s will (John 1:12-13); God grants that we believe (Phil. 1:29); faith is the work of God (John 6:28-29); God appoints people to believe (Acts 13:48); and God predestines (Eph. 1:1-11; Rom. 8:29; 9:9-23).

[John 6 mentions it is our work to believe Jesus – not that faith is the work of God.  John 3 ends to say those who believe obey, and those who don’t believe will not obey and thereby be condemned – condemnation for those who do not what “that prophet” said to observe and do.  Faith and belief are to do the will of God.]

Unconditional Election:
God does not base His election on anything He sees in the individual. He chooses the elect according to the kind intention of His will (Eph. 1:4-8; Rom. 9:11) without any consideration of merit within the individual. Nor does God look into the future to see who would pick Him. Also, as some are elected into salvation, others are not (Rom. 9:15, 21).

[This defies the first Declaration of God, who gave His instructions to see who does them – and who does not.  God said those who love Him will do as He commanded them, and those who do not are His enemies.  God’s mercy and patience are not unlimited or unconditional.  This is where the teachings of Paul defy the word of God given throughout all the Hebrew Scripture and the teachings of Jesus.  The “golden thread” is to know the love of God and abiding in His conditions, and God is true to His word as given and that He will uphold His word above His NAME.]

Limited Atonement:
Jesus died only for the elect. Though Jesus’ sacrifice was sufficient for all, it was not efficacious for all. Jesus only bore the sins of the elect. Support for this position is drawn from such scriptures as Matt. 26:28 where Jesus died for ‘many'; John 10:11, 15 which say that Jesus died for the sheep (not the goats, per Matt. 25:32-33); John 17:9 where Jesus in prayer interceded for the ones given Him, not those of the entire world; Acts 20:28 and Eph. 5:25-27 which state that the Church was purchased by Christ, not all people; and Isaiah 53:12 which is a prophecy of Jesus’ crucifixion where he would bore the sins of many (not all).

[In Matthew, Jesus said his blood was a ransom for many.  It appears there is a difference between a ransom and a blood sacrifice for sin.  God also declared it was evil for men to “offer the fruit of their body for the sin of their soul” – as those who worshiped Baal offered their children to their idols (false gods).  God said He will not hold the righteous man accountable or responsible for the sins of evil men.  If such a thought had never entered the mind of God (to offer children as a sacrifice), why do men believe this is why God required His Son to be sacrificed on a tree to forgive those who don’t do what He declared just and right?  God already declared acceptance and forgiveness towards those who repent and do His will.  Although Hebrews claims there is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood, this defies the instruction of God in the Torah.  Carefully read it all.  He clearly said there is forgiveness without bloodshed – Hebrews is proven false testimony, and Hebrews was obviously written by a disciple of Paul who didn’t know the Hebrew Holy Scripture.  In fact, God declared through the Prophets that Israel had trusted too much in their blood sacrifices, as they were but a stench in His nose because they were not living as He had instructed them – their blood sacrifices were useless.

Ransom is that which is given to set men free from captivity or imprisonment.  God ransomed Israel and the multitude of nations from Egypt – and the slain lamb was not said to be the “ransom”.  The Passover lamb was offered for the Temple – not the people.  The sins of the people were placed on the living goat and it was led off into the wilderness to Azazel.  As God told Cain – He accepts/forgives when we turn in repentance to DO His will with a whole heart.  Read to the end of Isaiah 53, it was by his wisdom – which is the Doctrine of God he taught as “that prophet.”  He was not “cut-off” due to his iniquity, but the iniquity of others – he was condemned unjustly and “we” (Israel) esteemed him not.  They rejected him and had him crucified by Romans – are “we” trusting in “blood sacrifice” to the end of not living justly by the Declarations and Teachings of God – do we believe God or Jesus if we don’t do what God declared living justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God?  Do we do as Israel if we reject “whatever that prophet shall say unto you” and don’t make our manner of life by the Torah and the Teachings of Jesus?]

Irresistable-Grace:
When God calls his elect into salvation, they cannot resist. God offers to all people the gospel message. This is called the external call. But to the elect, God extends an internal call and it cannot be resisted. This call is by the Holy Spirit who works in the hearts and minds of the elect to bring them to repentance and regeneration whereby they willingly and freely come to God. Some of the verses used in support of this teaching are Romans 9:16 where it says that "it is not of him who wills nor of him who runs, but of God who has mercy"; Philippians 2:12-13 where God is said to be the one working salvation in the individual; John 6:28-29 where faith is declared to be the work of God; Acts 13:48 where God appoints people to believe; and John 1:12-13 where being born again is not by man’s will, but by God’s. 
“All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out," (John 6:37).

[John was not accepted as Scripture or authoritative by the Church in Jerusalem – it was added later]

Perseverance of the Saints:
You cannot lose your salvation. Because the Father has elected, the Son has redeemed, and the Holy Spirit has applied salvation, those thus saved are eternally secure. They are eternally secure in Christ. Some of the verses for this position are John 10:27-28 where Jesus said His sheep will never perish; John 6:47 where salvation is described as everlasting life; Romans 8:1 where it is said we have passed out of judgment; 1 Corinthians 10:13 where God promises to never let us be tempted beyond what we can handle; and Phil. 1:6 where God is the one being faithful to perfect us until the day of Jesus’ return.

[Paul lied.  If God promised we won’t be tempted beyond what we can handle – why did Jesus say to pray ‘and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”?  I believed Paul and endured many things in false hope – until I broke and snapped.  Had I not trusted in Paul, but relied on the Teachings and Declarations of God, I would have long before divorced the unfaithful wife and would have been blessed for doing so.  The same thing can be said for denial of the Torah and then saying God instead requires us to obey the government as His agent and authority.  In the sermon on the mount Jesus upheld every letter of the Torah to be in effect for his disciples.  Paul defied this as a theme throughout his writings: Ephesians 2:15; Col. 2:14; Rom. 14:5-6; I Tim. 4:4; 2 Cor. 3:6-17; Rom. 7: 1-2; Gal. 3:9; 4:8-9; Romans 13:1,4]

[Jesus clearly taught truth in Matthew – see the parable of the wheat that fell on the rocky areas or thorny areas.  Also see that God has differing ends for those who are wicked, but repent to do righteousness to the end of their days; and the righteous who then turn to do wickedly – it is the state of faithfulness to Him at the end of our lives that matters – not justification by a one time profession of our mouths.  Those who love God will faithfully do as He declared good and just.  As exampled in David’s life, growth and repentance are required – he made many mistakes, but the Psalms show his repentance and praise, as well as the mercy and love of God towards those who love Him and His Torah – Psalm 119.]

Lynne and I met at a Divorce Recovery Workshop hosted by the First Baptist Church in Stockton, California.  She was attending in hopes to find a man, as her daughter Jennifer told her that God was not going to drop one through the roof on the hill they lived on in Valley Springs.  She’d gone to many activities the LDS Church had for singles, but with no luck.  I was attending because I was devastated when realizing I had to file for divorce because of problems with my own disfunctional marriage – one person cannot do it all, and it became more than apparent that divorce was the only solution.  When mulling over a recurring feeling that this is what I had to do, I asked God for a sign if this was His will or not, as it didn’t fit what I believed true – mainly from the teachings of Paul.  It was as though God was trying to give me a sign – believe it or not!  So I pulled out a nickel from my pocket and flipped it the five times – each was a heads – then the sixth was tails – which is what I “heard” to do.  After doing the math, the odds still didn’t seem strong enough to defy what I believed right.  Then I asked that it be proven beyond any doubt if the sign was from Him.  Taking the same nickel, even trying to affect the outcome to vary as I bounced it off the ceiling and walls, it came up eight times in a row heads, then tails.  Doing the math again – what were the odds?  It seemed only thousands to one, but I couldn’t get it out of my mind if it were a message to me or not – sort of like Gideon asking for a sign.  My work at that time was centered with professional Civil Engineers, and I had a high regard for their understanding of mathematics. Walking through the office one day the mathematical calculation was submitted to one who was familiar with statistical analysis.  They agreed the odds of it happening were one in thousands, but then added that the odds of it coming up the first time would require multiplying the odds by themselves, which would result in the odds coming up the first time to be one in millions.  So it was that I decided it had to have been a sign given as requested, and it fit other indicators – and I ended up at the same divorce recovery workshop with Lynne.  The providence of God bringing us together was beyond anything I could imagine – considering where our pathway in life led.

(5 + 1+ 8 +1) = 15 times in a row. 32,768 x 32,768 = 1,073,741,124?  I didn’t keep the calculation at the time it happened, and this is the best I can get from it doing longhand multiplication – if it is not exactly correct, the point still remains that it was sufficient to have put us along side each other at a pivotal moment in our lives.

Classes were divided into group sizes that allowed for conversation of the materials being studied.  One of the first classes was on Romans, and since the classes were made up from those going through divorce, the teachings in the other books of Paul were often cited for reference of what we are to believe.  It was inevitable that the topic of divorce as taught by Jesus and Paul came up.  It was noted that I Corinthians said one thing and then II Corinthians seemed to say another, which focused on those of differing beliefs.  A dear lady brought up that Lynne was a Mormon, and that from what she’d heard, Mormons weren’t really Christians.  Lynne and I were becoming friends at the activities, but she was attending her church on Sunday, while I was going to the First Baptist Church.  I had some old familiarity with Mormonism, but those days were long passed.  If I were to continue to consider Lynne as a mate, the issues between our beliefs might introduce problems no couple should have.  We were attending activities together and another couple invited us to dinner with another couple.  Ken was a retired minister, and I can’t help but believe he set this entire scenario up.  As dinner was being prepared we were asked what we wanted to drink: wine, coke, tea, or water.  Knowing Mormons in California believe the “Word of Wisdom”, the only option without caffine or alcohol was water, so when Lynne requested water.  Ken used this as a time to ask why and then try to point out how this wasn’t in the “rules” given in the New Testament for Christians – which was a side step - hoping I’d see how “wrong” Mormons are.  Lynne was very kind in her reply, even admitting the Mormon “word of wisdom”, but that she always drank water anyways, which left Ken in an akward position.

But the charges were made, and many who attended the workshop also read “Kingdom of the Cults” to know how wrong many Churches are in their beliefs.  If truth is known by the word of God, it is a curious situation all of our Churches have gotten themselves into – and it’s only out of sheer ignorance of the word of God that such claims could be made.  Most carry on in their sects that the Bible as we have it has always been so and has undergone no alterations.  Second is casting doubt on those who have added to the records they hold dear as though they existed from time immemorial. Third are those who add to the Scripture with new revelations that are not substantiated as God commanded.  All the confusion looks to be based on adding to the words of God and ignoring something He said beforehand.  God isn’t the author of confusion.

The only other time I believe God prompted me that I brushed it aside was when attending David Lipscomb College and learning they had a special section in the Library on early Church writings.  I felt drawn to investigate it, but was distracted with making friends.  Had I followed that prompting back then I may have discovered evidence found recently of altered Scripture – but I doubt that I would have been mature enough to handle it then as I am now. I’m not surprised that many Divinity students that learn about how the New Testament developed through history never filled a pulpit.  As one who turned Atheist said, had he taught what he had learned, he would likely have been out of a job in within a week.

The fact of New Testament history and development can be denied – but at what peril?  By now the fruits of inserted errors should be obvious to anyone who goes to Church or watches Christian broadcasting – but since most are casual with their faith, they continue to “cut-and-paste” what they want to believe and don’t give it a second thought.  The facts of history bears out that Matthew is the original gospel account – and it has also been altered.  There are Atheist sites that poke fun at a variety of Christian beliefs.  The fact is that Paul’s writings were rejected by the original disciples of Jesus and those who followed after them until 140 AD.  That’s over a hundred years since Jesus died.  The original disciples were preaching and Paul was going to the Gentiles teaching against what Jesus taught.  The evidence of this is most clear in Acts 20-21.  The writings of Paul became were accepted by hnis converts in the Gentile world.  They were never accepted by any faithful Jew who knew the Holy Scriptures, as Paul’s letters defy the words of God found therein.  Marcion, who rejected Matthew and only accepted a modified version of Luke, was the primary promoter of Paul after Luke died, and it was the teaching of Marcion that created the “New Testament.”  The issues with Marcion were considered heresy at the time, and Tertullian wrote about him in “Against Heresies” in the 300’s. Established “church fathers” spent about 350 years attempting to purge the idea of Paul’s pretended authority.  I’ve heard there is still a sect of Christians that continue to reject all the writings of Paul.  It wasn’t until the controversy of Scripture was taken up at a Church Council that the writings of Paul were added – and this was only done after hundreds of years of persecution, and destruction of extant records by the developing Roman Church.  I’ll try to insert a historical chart that shows historical record of what books were accepted or rejected at various dates and by the records of which figure in Church history in the Appendex for your consideration and understanding that things have not been so from the beginning.  Adding to the Scripture is not the solution – the solution is to restore the truth of the word of God – to “Give it back!” Another point that can be made is that the entire “Church/State” was the invention of Paul, and is obviously why Roman Church promoted his writings as “Scripture.”

This is a letter sent to another seeker of the Truth about the subject of identifying who may have altered the Scripture, and they are quite proud of their efforts:

Dear Mark: 

The passages noted on Steven’s speech identify one of the issues with Acts, but as mentioned before, there are much larger issues to also identify that we might be as faithful as possible to know and understand the Scripture.

The premise of Scriptural inerrancy is not as sound as we’ve been told, and in effect, we have become inclined to defend the indefensible… to our loss, and to our children, and to all we tell, or all who ask us about what Jesus taught. The errors in the texts show how long scribal error has ruled – when we should be believing and living by every word of God as the first lesson of Jesus from God.  It’s easily proven in the Hebrew account that the Torah was given for men of all nations from the start.  Jesus took his message to the lost sheep of Israel, and commanded it go to all nations – the same standards of righteousness, grace and truth God said “My people” will live by if they love Him indeed – which must be reflected in how they live towards others when they believe Him.  The standard of God was never what Christians have been told – perfection – never has God ever said that – nor any true prophet, or the Anointed One.

As noted, one argument is based on whether there were “seventy” or “seventy-five” – and yet no mention was made of Steven saying the law was given by angels – not YHWH Himself, which could be why his speech might have been considered blasphemy by those who believe God gave the Torah and Declarations?

Judgment of the man aside – as this report has no substantiation aside from Luke, the author of Acts, and that it was based, as the gospel of Luke claims, on second hand testimony - it is not useful to solve any issue of truth taught anywhere else in the Holy Scriptures.  However, we can observe that Paul taught likewise to the Acts claim of Steven – as did the author of Hebrews. 

Have you ever noticed these accounts that say the Torah (Law) was given by angels, who are no God?  Who gave the Torah to Moses?  This is what it really comes down to – and it’s impossible to be true to God and claim anyone but YHWH Himself gave it – and if we don’t believe He did – we are not believing what Moses said – and if we do that, Jesus said if we don’t believe Moses, we can’t believe him either.  Did Jesus actually say that?  Could it be true?

Note those Jesus said he would deny knowing – even though they believed otherwise – were “workers of iniquity.” The ancient texts say they were not living according to the Torah. What is the Torah?  God said children are to be taught His instruction from youth – as did Abraham for his family and those who worked for him.  All were taught the pathway of life that God gave.

Using the criteria given by God to know who He said to hear (Deut. 4, 12, 13, 18, 34),  Luke and Acts should be rejected if they can be proven unreliable to the words of God or Jesus Christ – IF God is true.  At best – Luke’s writings prove to diminish the Doctrine of God taught by Jesus (compare Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount to the account by Luke), and although obviously written to promote Paul – the book of Acts  only provides ample evidence that Paul was considered to be teaching against God (Acts 21) – and that Paul couldn’t tell the story of his own conversion without changing detail and fact (see and compare each account of Paul’s conversion through to the end of Acts).  Each account was tailored to his audience, and also show how he became increasingly self-promoting and aggrandizing.  Which is the true account? This is not to be dismissed lightly, as it is the root cause of why the Truth of God is dead in the street today – Christians haven’t been teaching it as given by God and Jesus.  Jews have leaned to their Rabbi’s and Talmud, and Christians to their Saul/Paul and the alterations to the texts by the Syriac Church prior to 160 CE (both old and new). 

I’ll try to copy some of Rabbi Tovia Singer’s comments to the issue noted in what you gave me.  The guy who wrote it should stop deceiving people.  See the attached – if you can disprove it, I’d love to hear – as truth has no fear of investigation or debate – cracks in the pottery that were sealed over with wax can be seen through only when exposed to the light – light being the very words of God VS those who claim they spoke His words, but are proven liars.

 

(copied email to another  author recently)

Looking at the Jewish and Christian versions of who translated the OT into Greek, I wasn't aware of who claimed ownership of the Greek translations of the Hebrew and Aramaic Jewish Holy Scripture.  Looking into the quotes in the NT it's becoming evident that whoever did the translation played fast and loose and had no issue to alter the OT to match doctrines that were added or different than what Jesus taught in Matthew.  So far the overwhelming evidence FOR the teachings of Jesus is the Hebrew and Aramaic.

 

The site referenced is the best early Church accounting I've found to date that identifies who claimed to do the translations of the Hebrew to Syriac and mentions the  Greek.  There are also a few alterations in the Jewish Publication Society if the DSS are considered as I believe we must if we are to understand Jesus per the Scripture of his day.  The site discusses the Syriac - but maybe I presume too much to think it directly ties to the Greek?  Maybe so?  I wonder if the Syriac has the same errors?  If it does - there is the proof.  Judging from their similar beliefs to Roman Christianity - and knowing they weren't based from what Jesus taught - it just looks too interesting to ignore.  You've written much on the history of Matthew - so it may be old news to you.  I think this evidence substantiates why Orthodox claim the Greek LXX as their authoritative source - even Romanian Orthodox locally.

 

This is cut and paste from their link "Brief History of the Church."  (last paragraph notes my observation)

 

History

 

Throughout Syria and Mesopotamia, Aramaic, in its many dialectical forms, was the language of the land, and Syriac, originally the Aramaic dialect of Edessa in Northern Mesopotamia, must have been the most influential literary form of Aramaic. When we speak of Syriac Christianity, we refer to Christians whose native tongue was Syriac and those who employed Syriac as their liturgical language.

 

Syriac Christianity was not centered just in Antioch, the Roman capital of Syria. In fact, Syriac Christianity can be traced further East in Mesopotamia. As local tradition tells us, Christianity was received in Edessa during the time of the Apostles. This is reported in a number of documents including Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History. He gives us the text of a correspondence between the city's king, Abgar Ukomo, and none other than Jesus Himself:

 

“Abgar Ukomo, the toparch, to Jesus the good Savior who has appeared in the district of Jerusalem, greetings. I have heard concerning you and your cures, how they are accomplished by you without drugs and herbs ... And when I heard of all these things concerning you I decided that it is one of two things, either that you are God and came down from Heaven to do these things, or are the Son of God for doing these things. For this reason I write to beg you to hasten to me and to heal the suffering which I have ...”

 

The reply from Jesus to King Abgar, according to the same tradition, was carried by a certain Ananias and read:

 

“Blessed are you who believed in me, not having seen me ... Now concerning what you wrote to me, to come to you, I must first complete here all for which I was sent, and after thus completing it be taken up to Him who sent me; and when I have been taken up, I will send to you one of my disciples to heal your suffering and give life to you and those with you. “

 

The story continues to describe how one of the Seventy Disciples, named Adai, was sent to King Abgar to heal his disease.

 

Historical literary sources tell us that by the second half of the second century there was an established church in Edessa, though probably most of the inhabitants remained pagan. The Chronicle of Edessa tells us that in the year 201, a disastrous flood destroyed the church of the Christians in the city. However, it took only about a century until most of the city was under the umbrella of Christianity. Edessa, home of the Syriac form of Aramaic, indeed prides itself as the first kingdom that officially accepted the new faith.

 

Syriac Christianity has had a long history in India. According to tradition, Christianity in India was established by St. Thomas who arrived in Malankara (Kerala) from Edessa in A.D. 52. The close ties between the Church in Malankara and the Near East go back to at least the fourth century when a certain Joseph of Edessa traveled to India and met Christians there. The church in India today is an integral part of the Syriac Orthodox Church with the Patriarch of Antioch as its supreme spiritual head. The local head of the church in Inda is the Catholicos of the India, consecrated by and accountable to the Patriarch of Antioch.

 

Syriac Christianity spread rapidly in the East. The Bible was translated into Syriac to serve as the main source of teaching as early as the second century. Till our day, the antiquity of the Syriac biblical versions is upheld with high esteem by modern scholars. In the words of Dr. Arthur Vööbus, “In our search for the oldest translation of the Greek original [of the New Testament] we must go back to the Syriac idiom” (Studies in the History of the Gospel Text in Syriac, p. 1). The Syriac Church Fathers made no less than six translations and revisions of the New Testament and at least two of the Old Testament. Their scholarship in this domain has no equal in Church history.



According to Rabbi Tovia Singer, there is no original LXX, and the Jewish translation of Hebrew to Greek was only the books of Moses, and the LXX was not universally accepted by the Jews in Greek, as it was so poorly done - per Singer...his claim is that it wasn't the Jews who translated it, but Christians altered it.  The statement by the Syriac Church Fathers seems to agree with Singer.

 

Have a blessed day!

 

Richard

 

There are three books every preacher or Bible student  needs to purchase to double check the Scripture they are using from Christian sources: ETZ HAYIM – books of Moses from Hebrew to English with footnotes; Stone Edition of the  Hebrew Holy Scripture; and The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible.

One can jump to “go” by careful review of “Let’s Get Biblical” volumes 1,2; by Tovia Singer and keeping the Teachings of Jesus in Matthew front and center to the Hebrew Scripture and Dead Sea Scrolls Bible.

The term “New Testament” was invented by Marcion (100CE) – not Jesus or the Apostles or first century Church that was faithful to God and the anointed one. Paul’s books were rejected early on, and Paul himself testifies in II Timothy 4 that nearly everyone abandoned him at his first defense. Per known scholarship at the highest levels found to date, the only book known to have been accepted by the EARLY church with the Twelve Apostles in the lead is “The Hebrew Gospel of Matthew.”  It was found in recent history and translated by George Howard and Mercer University Press in 1995.

Should we repent and read it as the king who discovered the scrolls of the Torah in the OT?  - or not?  What would God expect those He said are “My people” to do?  And what of the proven errors in the Christian OT?   Dare we restore the words of God Himself?  Even the 160 AD Aramaic English New Testament shows heavy favor to the Torah.

Genesis 46:27 ETZ HAYIM; “And Joseph’s sons who were born to him in Egypt were two in number.  Thus the total of Jacob’s household who came to Egypt was seventy persons.”

Choose whatever Christian Bible you like.

RSV says “seventy”.  Which ones say “seventy-five”? 

Stone Edition of the Hebrew Scripture says “seventy”.

1917 Jewish Publication Society says “three score and ten”.

The Dead Sea Scrolls is missing chapter 46: 11 to the end. (see “THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS BIBLE – THE OLDEST KNOWN BIBLE TRANSLATED FOR THE FIRST TIME INTO ENGLISH – MARTIN ABEGG, JR., PETER FLINT A &EUGENE ULRICH.”

See attached copy of page from one of Singer’s books.

I wish my dad would have discovered the truth, but he believed those who taught him to reject the Torah because Paul said so.  It’s impossible to reject it if one is a student who desires to do the will of God as taught by Jesus.  It isn’t “613” LAWS – the focus is on learning and doing the will of God – by HIS word – which Moses said was given to bless and elevate us, not as a curse.  The word of God is that we “do no evil” – which is a far cry from what all the Churches I’ve studied with claimed His standard is.  We also have to know what He declared “evil” and accept it as the true – not adding to it or taking away from it.

Bible!  Bible! Whose Got A Bible?

A Jewish Rabbi of the 13th century, Rambam, listed 613 commandments in the “Jewish Bible.”  Many have to do with ritual, and fewer have to do with the manner of life God commanded of “My people.”  Of the moral commandments, Christians believe about 70% of them, but usually deny the basis to keep them is the Torah. Many of the “613 commandments” had to do with ritual matters regarding Temple service. It's curious why the Jews, since the 13th century placed so much credibility to their Rabbi’s. God obviously knew the Temple would be destroyed and that matters specific to the Temple rituals could not be kept without the Temple and the dispersion of the nation of Israel to the far reaches of the earth because of their unfaithfulness and their unlawful condemnation  of Jesus. 

In the later prophets God told them what they were to do in exile to return to His favor and kindness.  Jesus warned them the time was soon coming for the Temple to be destroyed, as he also called them to return to God by repenting to do His will in honoring and keeping His Instructions in Righteousness.  They rejected him, crucified him, and to this day their Talmud judges Jesus as worthy of vile torments in hell.  It is no mystery to me that Jews have had significant part in giving us the World Bank, Communism, Pornography, professional sports and Fake News; not to mention the atomic bomb and Psychology.  This is not said lightly or with prejudice – it’s plainly visible to anyone with eyes to see.  If you can, refute the historical record and evidence outlined in “The Bad War” by M.S. King, and especially note goals stated in “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.”  Are we so dull of mind that we cannot spot trouble makes and liars?  Are we so stupid as to believe those who hate us and seek to destroy us from the earth – as they also did to Jesus?  Are we so stupid as to not ask how 6 million Jews were murdered in the “holocost”, when the census of Europe didn’t show them suddenly missing?  Are we so stupid as to be ignorant of who owns not only the banks, but the major news and entertainment media?  It’s about time Christians wake up and look at facts and stop believing liars.  Truth has never been known by who makes you feel good.  Jesus said to be careful who you hear – it’s obvious who wasn’t listening to him.  Jesus warned of the leaven on the Pharisees.  Anyone alive today with eyes to see should be able to see why.

Jesus warned Israel about the “leaven” of the Pharisees – and Rambam is certainly an example of why.  It was also interesting to discover the history of Judaism claiming it started about 200 – 300 BC.  Why not with Abraham?  Or Moses?  Or Adam? The Quamran community had separated themselves from Jerusalem community about the same time (200-300BC) because they believed in the need to be called out from the evils there and to separate themselves as righteous, faithful and holy to God in preparation for the coming Teacher of Righteousness.  There is good reason to see that the DSS at Quamran could well be the library of a  sect of Jews who desired to remain faithful to YHWH.  There is good reason to believe this is the sect that John the Baptist belonged to, and it is located near the spring that would have supplied water for baptisms.  This is likely the area where John baptized Jesus – not the Jordon River, but the Jordon Valley near the wilderness.

Jesus’ doctrine focused on repenting to do righteousness as commanded by God to all men, not excluding commanded rituals or any element of the Law specific to the children of Israel or the Temple in Jerusalem.  There is no wonder why John recognized Jesus to be “that prophet”, and that the miracles were signs that showed God was with him – that John must decrease and Jesus increase.  Study of the Quamran Rules of the Community to the Teachings of Jesus show a marked focus from the “rules of the community” as compared to the manner of life God commanded men to know and live, as the Teachings of Yeshua do.  But what has all this to do with the start of the Church? 

God was beginning His work, yet as with the Garden, those who would try to destroy the work of God were already at work in Jerusalem to deceive and foist man made and burdensome commandments upon those God called “My people.”  History was repeating itself because of ignorance of the pathways God commanded from the beginning.  As Jesus put it, they were teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.  Their imaginations had long since left them open and vulnerable to those God considered His enemies, as they spurned the Law of God for teachings of “Peace”, when the time had come upon them of their visitation.  It is equally evident today that “Churches” have spurned His good news of the Kingdom of God and have now spurned the Truth of God to follow the lies of the false apostles and false prophets and the lying Scribes.

It took me a long time to see this clearly, but fact is fact, just as truth is truth.  If someone can disprove this – please do so – but stop trying to say the gorilla is not in the room, as Lee Strobel did when speaking of the work of Bart Ehrman.  When Mr. Strobel denied reality in favor of continuing in lies – that ended any respect I had for his writings or mental ability or sincerity and honesty.  All it showed me is his denial of the teachings of Jesus to believe the gospel of “cheap grace” taught by Paul.

It’s as hard today to find a genuine Christian that wants to follow Jesus as it is to find an honest journalist or news program.  Denial of what Jesus taught is nothing but unbelief as practiced by the self-righteous Pharisees and Scribes of Jesus’ days.  Even the Church of Christ has abandoned the premise of seeking to be “first century Christians” as they have adopted all their unique beliefs from altered Scripture and turning to follow the false apostle’s writings that were inserted by Pagan Romanists. Evidence exists that the writings of Paul were considered heretical by the apostles and all Jewish Christians for at least 300 years after Jesus.  So much for being “First Century Christians.”  Why work so hard to be “first century heretics?”

We can observe history by the reports that remain of historical records, just as we can observe the words of God by the Jewish Holy Scripture and the Dead Sea Scrolls – neither of which were altered by Rome or Babylon. We can also consider the Hebrew Matthew as it existed in later centuries by the Jews to be uncontaminated by any indication of the “Trinity.”

God called Abraham out from his land, to the land that God would show him and promised to his descendants.  God called the children of Israel and those who came to believe in Him, the “multitude of nations”, out of Egypt.  He gave His Torah with distinctions between those of the seed of Abraham and those of other nations who believed and served Him alone as their God.  To prove alterations of the Instructions and Decrees of God in the New Testament as compared to the Scriptures of Jesus’ days (DSS) will only matter to those who desire to do the will of God – and only they will be able to repent of lies.  Truth is not against truth, Truth is not against itself.  God gave us Truth to know whether we will walk in His pathway – or not.  Those who refuse His pathway of instruction and knowing good from evil are those God Himself declared His “enemies.”  That’s the in-your-face message of the First Commandment.  God does not have grace or kindness in store for His enemies.  Who dares to believe God today?  Who is focusing on the words of God and doing the works of God as taught by Yeshua in Matthew?  Most know so little that they don’t know “Jesus” is not his name – and their preaching proves how incapacitating the words of the false apostle Paul have been.  Sometimes I wonder if Saul/Paul was the invention of the Flavian Jews to destroy Gentiles by their rejection of  the Torah of God – His gracious instruction in righteousness that was given for all men who desire life and kindness from God Almighty by doing His good will indeed.  If God alone is God, and there is no other, then to call Jesus God is to put the face of Jesus on the face of God Almighty – a direct violation of the First of the Ten Declarations of God.  This was not accepted Christian belief until the Council of Nicea – 300 years after Jesus, and promoted by Rome and Paul – not YHWH, the prophets or “that prophet” foretold by Moses.

God said man must overcome sin that it not possess him – that man must do it himself.  This is why Jesus taught the need for severe repentance, not that men were to trust that since he did the will of God, they don’t need to bother.  What did Jesus say?  If the Holy Scriptures and the Gospel of the Hebrews (Matthew) have been altered many times – how can we know what he taught?  How can we know what we should believe and do?  Are the Jews who deny Jesus correct to say Jesus has nothing to offer?  How can we untangle the mess we’ve inherited and rediscover the message of Truth from the lies sown within it?  What must we repent of if we sincerely desire to do the will of our God? 

I had a very curious meeting a few years back when working on the first edition of “One Disciple to Another – The Original Jesus.”  It is a reported experience of someone being groomed for one of the Illuminati affiliated groups who was attending a meeting.  His report was the “Hall”, for lack of a better word, had statues of many of the greatest thinkers in human history.  Upon going to one location, however, there were two busts – one on either side of the entranceway or staircase.   One specifically caught his attention because it was so different from the others.  It was the bust of a man wearing a hat who was holding a large book in his hands.  Curious as to what the “book” said – it appeared to be a Bible, and the open page simply said:  “Cut-and-Paste.”  Evidently much support is given to anyone who is willing to “cut and paste” the words of Almighty God – rather than purging the mistranslations and lies from the text and pointing the pathway to live by as given by the One True God.  I have no doubt this is why Rome kept their members from the Scriptures and why Rome was so busy at destroying the records of Scripture from Jesus’ days and the original account of the gospel we know as Mathew.  No wonder so many books were added, historical accounts destroyed, and the original disciples and their disciples were hunted down and killed – all so you won’t be able to be set free from their lies about the Teachings of Yeshua and the Holy Scripture of his day.

It seems the time has come full circle and that God is seeking those who will return to Him to know the difference between His Truth and the lies of the Accuser of mankind.  Anyone who has read the first book of the Bible knows the story – all it took was questioning the decree of God from the beginning – confusion reigned through unbelief, but God never said man was incapable to do rightly – only Satan would desire you believe that in his effort to destroy what God created in His image of the dust of the earth.  This goes back to I Enoch and when God decreed there was no option to be forgiven to the fallen angels – not that God said that to mankind.  God desires those who will turn to His word to know the difference between evil and good and choose to do good as He instructed to live – that we “improve ourselves” in observing His word.

We have God given brains that we need to use in conjunction to His Instruction to know what He said – and Jesus obviously taught these things in Matthew – and it is by the same principle – double checking quotes of the Hebrew Scripture claimed in Matthew – to identify where it was altered.  Now that I’ve located the least altered text of Matthew available for review from non-Christian sources, it should further aid to know of alterations.  God gave instruction in Deut. 4, 12, 13 and 18 so we can know how to know who God said we can trust – and we can know who He said to refuse to hear – how we can know who speaks on His behalf and is speaking His truth.

Those who altered the Christian Scriptures surely had an agenda to accomplish – a purpose in mind. It is necessary to hold passages in question to do as the Berean account in Acts notes – they went back to the Scripture to see if what Paul had preached to them was so – or not.  Those willing to brave the waters of life and to know truth from lies – must become 21st Century Bereans – and willing to cast aside all the lies so they can then KNOW the word of God finds a friend in the Jesus (Yeshua) of Matthew.  Perhaps the two most malicious books in the New Testament are Romans and Galatians – followed closely by Hebrews.  They either speak according to God and “that prophet”, or they are found to be liars that God commanded be ignored.

The first book of Paul in the New Testament is Romans – used extensively by all the Protestant Reformers and the Church of Christ.  As has been noted amply within my writing to this point – it has been shown that every word of God is true and reliable and everlasting for the purpose which God gave it.  How much accord does Romans have with whatever God or Yeshua had given?  Perhaps the focal point of Paul’s doctrines all reflect from a single premise found in Romans 3.  Paul gives many twisted perceptions in this chapter.  Consider first and foremost that God gave the Law to all present at Sinai – Jew and Gentile alike – not Jews only.  Circumcision was part of the Law and is proof that the pre-existing conditions of God were carried into the conditions of the Everlasting Covenant – circumcision being but one item. 

Rather than question the word of God, why not take Him at His word?  For anyone who has given any study to the Hebrew records, there is no question about circumcision, or if there are any specific instructions from God about who of the Gentiles (cohorts or sojourners) that He commanded to be circumcised – no doubt at all.  And what of the claim that there is no sin apart from the Law?  Another direct lie.  Then what of the statement of “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”?  Does no one ask: “Where did God ever require that?!”  Since none are asking – let’s ask now!  Where has God ever made such a requirement of ANY man, woman or child?  Sure, Paul quotes Isaiah – but is the quote giving proper context to the passage and living by every word of God?  Isaiah was speaking to the wayward of his days.  Isaiah also says God doesn’t give His glory to another.  Isaiah is most careful of all the prophets to point out there is but One True God – YHWH.  If Paul’s statement is true – how can God and the Psalmist speak such eloquence to the beauty and value of the Torah to the lives of all men – whoever will observe His will to do it – thereby being able to make wise even the simple?

Historical records from the Ebionites (first century Church in Jerusalem) include account of the trial of Paul and their findings.  Among those findings is that Paul was not a Jew by birth and that he was a liar and defied the apostles in Jerusalem.  Then who put Paul in our Bible if he was rejected by the Church at Jerusalem and Asia (Turkey), as he told on himself in II Timothy 4 that all but Luke abandoned him at his “first defense”?  Also found was a text discussing the false doctrine of “the just” being saved by faith and examination of the proof text of Paul to be grossly misrepresented in his teachings. 

The word of God can make the simple wise, but the word of Paul can make the wise to become as simpletons because he leads them to reject the Instruction of God Almighty.  Paul’s writings are deception at its best.

Don’t be afraid to re-examine Paul or Hebrews.  Knowing the Torah of God and the Teachings of Yeshua in Matthew can set anyone free from prisons of false doctrines to see the light of truth, justice and mercy that are of God.  Should you need to have ample reason to know Paul was a liar – simply read “Jesus Words Only” to see the vast amount of evidence against him and his claim to be believed.

Although it should be considered useless for doctrine – Luke and Acts are useful for reproof when we recognize internal evidences that prove Paul a liar.  The easiest test is trying to figure out which of his accounts of his own conversion is the true account – each telling was tailored to the audience and was ever increasing in grandeur and self-promotion.  If it were true as given from the start of Acts, why are differing accounts recorded later?  This alone proves Saul or Luke is a liar; which leads to the statements of Jesus in Revelation 2 about a false apostle promoting himself to the Church at Ephesus – which Jesus called a liar.  Even more important than this carefully obscured fact is that Paul taught against the Law of God and what God said about it, as well as who gave the Law – since Paul said it was not given by God Himself, but merely lowly angels – and that they were no “god”, but that it was given by lowly angels as a curse to Israel.  For those who can’t repent of Paul – you should read and disprove the numerous cases against Paul that are documented in “Jesus’ Words Only”, which also has further proofs in the web-site:  http://jesuswordsonly.com

By Jesus’ days the unbelieving and unfaithful Jewish priesthood had sold out to the Romans.  The church at Rome was contaminated by Paul’s teachings.  It is impossible to know truth by the imagined “spirit” as taught by Paul – God said the way to know the truth of His instruction is to do them – which is also how Jesus said we can “know the truth”:  “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”  That, my dear friends, is the truth – “The Truth,” and the only way to know truth.  It is only when you know the truth that you will know the lies are lies, as they are not according to “THE TRUTH.”  However – focus on doing what he taught – not the inserted claims he didn’t make.  One such claim is “No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”  If this is true – how did all those faithful to God reside in His kindness and promises when Jesus hadn’t been born yet?  Or, why did Jesus say he came to call sinners to repentance, not the righteous?

In order to judge by the words of God, we must first know what He said – what His instructions are – then we can easily compare His word to the words from another and recognize whether they are in accord to His word – or against His word.  If it can be proven they are against His word – do we need any further proofs to ignore them?  One needs go no further than knowing what God said in the Torah to show that Paul was a rank liar against God – and if Jesus taught the instructions of God as no other prophet in Jewish history – it is easily shown Paul also taught against the Truth and Light Jesus gave to us in Matthew to be the Doctrine of God – as given to him by God and recorded by his disciples so we might also believe and trust in God and His promises to those He declares  to be “My people.”

Both the Jewish Torah and Christian Bible say God Himself gave the Ten Commandments to Moses for all God had called out from Egypt that were present at Mount Sinai.  Reading either account will say the same thing.  So how is it that Christians would put a book into their “Bible” that says differently?  Reading through the entire Christian Old Testament – did God also decree that He would not go back on His word?  Doesn’t God also declare His faithfulness to His word to be above His NAME?  If a man is shown unfaithful or unreliable by not keeping his word – is God any less?  Did Paul ever claim against what God declared?  That is the question that must be addressed if we are to repent of lies and start believing God, Moses and Jesus.  If it can be proven by the Instruction of God that Paul was a liar – we need to also recognize others that claimed to be prophets were nothing but liars if they failed the same tests Paul failed.  If  it can be proven that Jesus failed the same tests, we should repent of believing him also?  Are the Jews correct to have condemned Jesus?  It can be shown Jesus did teach according to the words of God when we practice due process to rid the alterations from his teachings – and our accounts have been altered, but can be restored if we allow the Word of God to be our standard of measure.

To Jews, it should be obvious that if the “multitude of nations” was also present at Sinai, and the Law included provisions for them that clarified matters between the children of Israel and “sojourners” and “cohorts” or “stranger who dwells amongst you” – this is proof that your rabbil’s who say non-Jews only need to keep the Laws of Noah (of which there really isn’t an accounting), have testified against the Commandments of God, which shows why Jesus was so angry that those of his day denied the purpose of the Temple being a house of prayer for all the nations.  Respect or regard from God is towards those who honor His Instruction and Commandment – towards those who observe and do them indeed – faithfully teaching them to their children and household because of their love for God.  The “Protocols” show nothing but hatred for those who believe Jesus.  Where did Jesus teach against any commandment of God or pathway of life that God said He will find favor with?  If God is no respecter of persons, and His regard is towards those who faithfully do His will, we’d best repent of our prayers that God only honors Israel and stop telling the lie of the “seven laws of Noah” or that God only loves the Jews.  Where have the Jews been in the 2000 year history of the “Church” to have been standing up for the word of God by warning Christians their account was altered from what God really said?????

Now that we should have some idea of the problems facing Jesus as he taught at the Temple and from town to town – we can grasp why he taught the time had come to repent and return to doing the will of God in preparation of the coming Kingdom of God prophesied by God from the time of Enoch, and to be the Heavenly City that Abraham also longed to enter.  This also explains why Jews and Christians no longer have Enoch in their “Bible” – it explains to much of what was to come, and both Jesus and Jude refer to it.

Any non-Jewish disciple of Jesus can also see that the ETZ HAYIM edition of the Torah is replete to teach via the footnotes of the need for Jews to follow the Torah or God, but not so those who are not Jews.  How is the righteousness of God to be revealed to the whole earth if they are in denial that He gave His Instruction to bless those of all the nations???  I’m very thankful to see their faithfulness to preserve His instructions – but significant alterations appear to exist in their Masoretic Text of 900 CE, as noted in the Dead Sea Scrolls Bible – especially in Isaiah.