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
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
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,
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.”
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 a bit of what we came to know - and how we came to know it. If it helps you understand the will of God,
share it with others.
Losing Religion to Find 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. 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.”
Nowhere in Scripture did God say He loves those
who are His enemies. He was clear to define and teach how we can know the difference, as also 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 undefiled.
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 was my family at the time, who believed
their Church to be the only true one. 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!” – that may be a loose transcript
interpretation, 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 worship Jesus and were named “Baptist” because they didn’t believe in infant
baptism and were named for their belief as the “again baptizers”, that infant baptism was not accepted to be a
valid baptism for their group. 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 false beliefs that had no sound basis in Scripture
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 and 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. 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 (about 1900), and
further evidence of the Dead Sea Scrolls? This is a much larger problem than scholars have been willing to face, 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 in all his
60 plus years of preaching 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 and he was teaching
nothing new – I was compelled to start double-checking every quote of the Scripture in the New Testament – and
this totally proves the Protestant Reformation of “Only Scripture” to have derailed itself wherever it defies
what God said in the Hebrew Holy Scripture and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
If we believe Jesus taught the truth, why don’t we believe what he taught
is our duty to make reality in our own lives – to be disciples who abide in his word and example, to make our pathway
align with his instruction of the words of God and thus be yoked to his teachings and working alongside of him? To be his
disciples indeed? 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. They were to testify of the goodness of God and His Instruction. It has always been that whoever does
the will of God, as He decreed or instructed, 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 their faith – regardless of works done.
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 quote can be found at:
In My Religion (1884), Tolstoy explains Christianity
went off the rails initially with Paul who knew nothing of Jesus's ethical teachings:
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:
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.,
Tolstoy concludes with an exaltation
of Jesus' doctrine as shining forth still boldy if anyone would but read it:
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,
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.
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 account of the books of Moses (Torah)
to note the commandments of God to determine which books were in accord with the words of God, and which were not?
Would it have been needful for them to follow the instruction and commandment of God to know who spoke, or wrote, on His behalf?
What about the Protestant Reformers? Should they have based the Protestant reformation on the teachings of Jesus and
the proofs of the unaltered words of the Holy Scriptures of Jesus’ day? Church history proves that Rome
destroyed many of the early Church and Jewish Scriptures. It’s no wonder that significant scrolls were preserved
in caves for future generations benefit. 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.
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 the word and promises
of God. Anyone can also get a copy of the Hebrew Scriptures and verify that some are altered in the 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 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 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.
I now sincerely believe that the findings clearly show none of us has yet 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, and is not as 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 being the fact that God
is faithful to His word and the Jews didn’t dare alter it 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 5:6-7; “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
“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 was not just using gifts of their 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.” 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
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 believing half-truth to then seek to 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.
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 – those who have said the
Old was done away with on the cross did not speak the truth of God. God is faithful to uphold His Decree, as well as
His words of blessing towards whoever will repent and do as He instructed or know who He said are His enemies. The first
of the Ten Decrees proves I Corinthians 10:23 to be deceitful, just as His words to Cain prove the cornerstone of the depravity
of fallen man is nothing but a lie against the word of God. 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 to be 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
know “the truth” we also need to 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 YHWH – 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 the 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 don’t obey Him 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, but God is no respecter of persons, aside from His love towards those who love Him 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
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 do as He said.
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
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 us instruction that we can be enabled to know those that told
the truth, and thereby be able to go back to His word – which is 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. Passages of Matthew that
altered or invented supporting text must be set aside if they are not supported by the Holy Scripture. The Church Doctrine
of “Sola Scriptura” was founded on belief of false 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
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 my testimony of His faithfulness
to His word and that Jesus was indeed 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 His word and are careful to never be casual to note the distinctions He gave. Failing to note His distinctions
could lead anyone off the pathway to life eternal. I fear for those that have long told non-Jews they only need to obey
the Laws of Noah. If 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. According to Jesus,
failing to do as he instructed therein would result in the destruction of the “house.”
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 YHWH Himself. Also
note that he said “house”, not just an individual. Most 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
Did God really say that?
Truth is known by the unaltered words of God. When it can be shown that someone altered His word, it should give
us pause to consider the reliability of their teachings, reports or faithfulness to His word. 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. 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.
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 Torah? 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. If we dare look the passage up that is supposed to support the “Christian” teaching, it is easily
seen to be that whoever doesn’t accept the Laws 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. Those who claim to be Bible scholars should be alarmed they didn’t see this before.
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. 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 proves
the early writings were considerably varied in matters of faith and doctrines attributed by both Jesus and the chosen disciples.
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.
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 languages and textual history need to carefully observe the need to uphold His word and let us know where some passages
are not as sure as those before us have pretended. Those who know the ancient languages and who are faithful to YHWH and Yeshua’s
testimony in Matthew are the only ones I’d trust to make needed corrections, and I will address some of the obvious
errors noted to date.
Some people 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 surprise and 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.
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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 do 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 never promised our life lived
by the words of God and the Teachings of Jesus to be without persecution or trouble from those who don’t believe or
understand. He did say there would be trials, but that we will also know the reality of the faith of Jesus and the twelve
apostles – and dare I add 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 from beginning to end – from everlasting, in the sense of the Aramaic
gospel account of Matthew. It was those who rejected doing the words of God that Jesus declared he knew them not.
Iniquity is lawlessness, and lawlessness is to reject the whole of 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 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 – as 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 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.” 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.
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. I’m in no position
to be their judge.
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 went to 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 time. 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.
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
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:
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 any such claims that are unsubstantiated are held by Protestants
and Catholic and Protestants 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 had been taught that was 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 – the “truth” can
still be known by the words of God and observing who speaks according to His word. Do recall 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, then the community adopts
the new discoveries into practice to modify designs or their model of how things work. Two examples would be that 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 (authority/power/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. 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 changes needed to be made. I’m not aware that anyone claimed what was good
enough 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 most all 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 the various books in the NT can be shown to not be according to the words of God in the Hebrew Scripture.
Careful review of the account 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. Truth
being 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 as 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 – not just a rule written on stone, but a living
heart that loves God and wants to do what He declared just, holy and good. He has also given standards of justice and
knowing the difference between ritual purity, sin, wickedness and abominations. His standard is not perfection –
but that we do no wickedness. We would all do well to believe 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 lied about 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,
and that which was altered by others and foisted upon us to prevent our seeing the actual words of God. Truth matters.
Liars are trying 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 Aramaic English
New Testament – next would be 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 – and 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 – it was made by
Jews 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, and there is historical account by a Babylonian Orthodox Church admitting to
two revisions of the Hebrew Scripture and three revisions to the New Testament accounts by about 150 CE. 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
support, 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 Testament accounts. Are they as reliable as we’ve been told by all
the Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant or Reformed Churches claim? 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.
1. 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.”
b. 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.
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
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:
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
Calvinism is known by an acronym: T.U.L.I.P.
T-otal Depravity (also known as Total Inability and Original Sin)
L-imited Atonement (also known as Particular Atonement)
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
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
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.]
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.]
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?]
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,"
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’
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.
A passing thought to share with LDS – the promised result of
the word of wisdom is like to those the old testament prophet said would benefit “those who wait upon the LORD”
– being faithful to live as He commanded, in spite of whatever trials one was going through. If “The
sum of Thy word is truth,”, then the latter does not exclude the previous, neither can adding to the word of God by
a prophet who is not proven to be a prophet by the commandment of God cannot be true.