Friday, April 15, 2011

Denying Jesus Knowingly

I think what I'm about to post now have been mentioned by others. I guess I'm just repeating some of it here. But, as they say, repetition is one of the elements in a knowledge acquisition process, and for that let us challenge our logic. I can't wait to have the Malay Bible in my hands. How would it sound like in Malay, the language of the skeptical and the inquisitive, in describing these verses of the Bible.

I've taken them verbatim from the Bible, not based on memory or any non-Christian writings. Without any distortions, editions and manipulations. And I don't think they are from Gnostic's Bible. Correct me if I'm wrong and they are actually considered as part of Gnostic's  Bible by certain Christian's domination.

1. The Bible tells that God is not human, so how can he cloth Himself or a part of Himself in human's skin and preach His mere slaves Himself, asking them to believe in Him? Has God been doing that all the time? What are the humans for? Can't any of them be His messenger and prophet to call them to their Creator? Even we ourselves, do not do all the work by ourselves. We let our assistance do them for us. What more God the Almighty?

Numbers 23:19 (New International Version, ©2011)

19 God is not human, that he should lie,
   not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
   Does he promise and not fulfill?

2. No one can deny Jesus since God is with him, supporting him with the truth. That  is what I understood from these next verses. And he was referring to himself in the first person - "The works I do in my Father's name". How obvious can it get?

John 10:25-30 (New International Version, ©2011)

 25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

3. In the next verses below, Jesus is telling that his teaching is not his own. It comes from the One who sent him. 

John 7 (New International Version, ©2011)

 16 Jesus answered, My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. 18 Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”

4. In Joshua 22:5, Jesus is reminding the Israelites to remember the law of Moses r.a., who was also like him, a servant to the true one God, for their salvation, to love the Lord their God.

Joshua 22:5 (New International Version, ©2011)

5 But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

5. In Matthew 22: 37-38, Jesus is telling the Israelites to love their God with all their hearts. He was not asking them to love him with all their hearts. Some say that Jesus was talking about himself in the third person. Well, find one man  in the real world that does so. He was delivering a very important message to the Israelites. Can he afford being not specific about those message? As with the other verses.

Matthew 22:37-38 (New International Version, ©2011)

 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.

Mark 12:28-30 (New International Version, ©2011)

 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
   29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

My emphasis, "The Lord our God". He didn't say "The Lord and me your god".

John 20:16-17 (New International Version, ©2011)

 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
   She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
 17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

My emphasis, "to my God and your God". He spoke in the first person, not the third. Not unless we can twist it upside down as we pleased.

6. Jesus prophesied about his second coming to uphold the truth he was denied of. Muslims are waiting for him. And they were not Christians and yes, this is the same Jesus in the Koran and the Bible. The Muslims believed in him even though his Injeel was gone and little fragments of it were found in the Bible written by thousands of unknown men on the run. The Torah was corrupted since it was dominated exclusively by the Rabbi. It was not read in mass or on daily occasion like the Koran. Everyone reads the Koran daily. No one could ever alter them. Most Muslims began to read and memorise the Koran when they were four years old. And that would be the Opening or Al Fatihah. They would continue to read the verses of the Koran until they die, in 5-time-a-day prayers, mass readings or in solitude. They are just ordinary Muslims. The Koran is not exclusive to certain members of the society. It belongs to all.

John 7:6-8 (New International Version, ©2011)

 6 Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. 8 You go to the festival. I am not[a] going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.”

7. And if you still don't believe him, it is really up to you. It is after all your call. We have to live with our decisions. It is a risky business but I guess we are born risk-takers. Hope we can endure our decisions.

John 14:6 (New International Version, ©2011)

 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

8. Even Jesus himself praised God, not himself. Should a god be praising other god?

Matthew 11:25 (New International Version, ©2011)

 25 At that time Jesus said, I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.

9. Even Jesus himself prayed to God, and we all know what pray means. Should a god be praying to other god?

Matthew 14:23 (New International Version, ©2011)

23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,

10. Jesus asked the Israelites to not call anyone as 'father', a reference to god in the Greek Bible. Why should we disobey him and call him, a man on earth as god?

Matthew 23:9 (New International Version, ©2011)

9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.

11. Some say God called Jesus as his son, as a proof that he is a god or part of god. If we look at  the Bible, almost everyone is also god's son.

Exodus 4:22 (New International Version, ©2011)

22 Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son,

Jeremiah 31:9 (New International Version, ©2011)

9 They will come with weeping;
   they will pray as I bring them back.
I will lead them beside streams of water
   on a level path where they will not stumble,
because I am Israel’s father,
   and Ephraim is my firstborn son.

Genesis 6:2 (New International Version, ©2011)

2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.

Psalm 82:6-7 (New International Version, ©2011)

 6 “I said, ‘You are “gods”;
   you are all sons of the Most High.’
7 But you will die like mere mortals;
   you will fall like every other ruler.”

Luke 3:38 (New International Version, ©2011)

38 the son of Enosh,
   the son of Seth, the son of Adam,
   the son of God.

Adam is more unique than Jesus. He was created without a father and a mother. Jesus was created without a father.

May we find the truth. But, we can only see what we wanted  to see. Only an open mind and an open heart can cure our blindness to the light of truth. We can't if we do not have a grain of sincerity in our hearts. We can't either if we have a grain of arrogance in our hearts. Pride is blinding.

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