EXPOSING FALSE CLAIMS

Dr Ravi Zacharias wrote – “A worldview basically offers answers to four necessary questions: origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. In turn, these answers must be correspondingly true on particular questions and, as a whole, all the answers put together must be coherent.

Taking it a step further, the three tests for truth must be applied to any worldview: logical consistency, empirical adequacy, and experiential relevance. When submitted to these tests, the Christian message is utterly unique and meets the demand for truth.”

 

MY EXPOSE:

“Nothing can impose better on the people than verbiage. The least they understand, the more they admire”. – Saint Gregory 540-604 AD.

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Dear Sir, when you say “all the answers put together must be coherent” you allude that Christians have all the answers, and they are all coherent. How can you give such an impression when every Bible teacher agrees that there are many questions for which they currently do not have the answers, but would receive them only in eternity, till which time the status-quo of (blind) faith on generally accepted answers is demanded to be maintained?!! How can you say that, when Christians run away from questions that shake the basis of their faith and punish those who ask such questions?? (I am a humble victim of such punishment, Your Honour)!

THE UNIQUENESS OF THE CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW IS NOTHING BUT A PERCEPTION THAT IS FORCE FED DAILY INTO THE MINDS OF ITS BELIEVERS WITH HYPED UP PROOFS AND FALSIFIED CLAIMS.

Even otherwise, what is the basis of your belief that what you believe is unique? The heavily edited religious texts you have received from vested interests who were eager to impose on the world their newly acquired worldview, but whose practices do not form a part of your present belief system which you claim is superior to theirs’ based on those very texts??!!!

THE UNBELIEVABLE PROOF OF YOUR SHAMELESS SMUGNESS is in the fact that you so smartly point to those heavily edited books of the Bible and claim a higher coherent ground!!!!!! How could you have defended your claim, had the teaching of ‘praying for the dead’, found in the deleted books of Apocrypha, been a part of your “Holy Bible”? How could you defend your claims of Jesus, as God, if the Testaments that mention about his disturbed childhood were part of your present set of books? Wouldn’t the inclusion of those books strike at the very base of your claim for “coherence” in your answer about Meaning and Destiny?? Just analyse your defence for the non-inclusion of those books. Don’t you say that they were rejected because they contradicted with the remaining books? Well, who then decided on finality and acceptability of the “remaining books” that you now pledge your allegiance to? On what criteria was that decision based, and on what authority was it made, that other books are rejected on its basis??!!!

WHAT CHRISTIANS DO NOT REALISE IS THAT BY SUCH DEFENSE THEY SEEM TO ACCEPT THAT MAJORITY IS THE PROOF FOR CORRECTNESS AND DIVINITY. They seem to say that if majority of manuscripts agree with each other, then what it conveys should be right!!! What if 9 out of 10 writers deliberately wrote falsehood and God actually had conveyed the ‘Truth’ through that one writer who was rejected???!!!

Christians insist on “Divine Inspiration” of the original writings of the religious texts THEY HAVE CHOSEN FOR THEMSELVES, inspite of the fact that the “Holy Bible” they hold on to now is the result of planned instances of human interventions in accepting many books that were rejected earlier as heresy, and rejecting many books that were accepted earlier as ‘divine’, thus rendering the very text that claims ‘divinity’ for itself, as highly questionable!! So when a Christian claims that his beliefs are “Utterly Unique” because of its “Logical Coherence”, it not only sounds as silly as a small kid trying to prove to other kids that his dad is the greatest, based on the convenient facts he has managed to collaborate, but it also proves that a Christian is smug enough to shove verbiage on to the ignorant, to cover up the ‘lies’ in his ‘ultimate truth’!!!

There are hundreds of different answers for Origin, Meaning and Destiny, and almost all of them are based on beliefs that are derived from religious texts, legends or myths. (Just like how the creation story of Genesis was a legend for more than 2000 years before it was written down as part of a religious text!), and each of these “answers” are considered true and valid by those who hold on to them. When there aren’t sufficient proofs to substantiate existing claims, BLIND FAITH is brought in to compensate!! Questioning it becomes a “sin” in itself (Its like getting arrested for cracking a joke on an elected representative of a Secular, Democratic country)! With each trying hard to justify its flaws to establish themselves as the better option, how can one find a universally acceptable answer for Meaning and Destiny??

This urge for a universally acceptable ‘answer’ is the need of a Monotheistic belief system. Because, the logic is that, if there is only one God, there should only be one Way. But, a polytheistic belief system is tolerant to non-coherence because, their belief system is like the Linux open software. You can develop it in different ways. And as long as it lets you function efficiently, its fine! Hence, their focus is only to live as well as possible in this life and move on to the next by pleasing one or the other of the Gods that possess different powers, without bothering much about what others think or do. Since they are taught to focus on their Present, answers about Origin and Destiny are not considered imperative for their task at hand. Life, for them, endlessly continues in different forms and stages until it finally merges with God – a concept (the final part thereof) that Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 15:28. This reality, for them, will not alter because of contradictions or in-coherence in their religious texts because their beliefs are not purely based on them.

Just like meaning of life, definitions of morality also changes with the accepted worldview. According to Christian teachings, polygamy is a sin called “adultery”. There can only be one husband for one wife and any other relationship would be sinful, because it was instituted thus, only to reflect the relationship between Christ and the Church.  But when asked how the holy men of God of old were able to marry many wives, Christians say in defence that it is not considered a sin because it was an accepted morality in the prevailing culture. With that logic, God will have to accept homosexuality as sinless (which the Christians consider as sin, based on some misinterpretations) when practised in a “culture” that accepts it as a norm!! Wouldn’t it then mean that morality and sin can be decided based on existing cultural norms and not on a set godly standard??!

WHEN Logic is based on acquired knowledge, IT is relative. For example, according to modern science, its illogical to believe in God. But for many educated religious people, it makes complete sense without any tangible evidence. The functions of Homeopathy or Rekhi are completely illogical for an English medical practitioner, but are completely logical for those who have mastered it. Hence, the basis on which you have arrived on your “logical” conclusions, based on which you try and derive a consistency for what you believe, may not be acceptable to a person who has acquired a different worldview.

Swapan Dasgupta, a senior journalist and Rajya Sabha MP, during a debate said, “Hinduism has a certain lack of certitude; a celebration of ‘greyness’… (an acceptance) that everything cannot be in black and white”. While the Monotheistic teachings like that of the Christians, portray a “do-or-die”, “doomsday” scenario, hence their desperateness to get it all right before the ‘final call’. SO MUCH SO THAT a Christian has ‘strait-jacketed’ God into his accepted doctrines and would rather dethrone him from ‘godship’, if he tries to impart anything apart, than compromise on their dogma!!! But why should the Christian “do-or-die” worldview DICTATE “answers” to those who, based on what they are taught, believe in an endless cycle of good and bad, birth and rebirth???

Experiential Relevance” is no different. Many non-Christians confidently share instances of how their Gods miraculously answered their prayers. But you, as a Christian who believes in One God, would say that it was your God who helped them, right? You would even say the same when a Muslim, who also believes in One God, claims that his God answered him, because there exists no other God but yours, right?? And yet, at the same time, you wouldn’t accept that they are calling on the same God in different names, because you believe that they are calling on “other gods”, right?!!

No religious person on earth holds on to a belief knowing it is wrong. Those that are confused and dissatisfied, end up searching for more or accepting other beliefs. If Christians claim that people from other religions have converted to Christianity, they should also not forget that there many who have converted to other religions from Christianity, too. So number of conversions cannot make any particular religion the ultimate truth on earth.

Empirical Evidence is a vast open field! Sikhs believe that their founder Guru Nanak disappeared while bathing in a river and appeared after three days as a totally different person. You as a person who believes in the uniqueness of Jesus’ death and resurrection are certainly not going to accept that as an empirical evidence for an eternal truth, right? Hindus believe that Krishna actually lived in Mathura. You wouldnt accept that “empirical evidence’ as truth, would you?!! Ancient Hindu texts mention ‘flying objects’, ‘laser fires’, ‘atomic destructions’, etc, which modern science learnt just few centuries ago. You wouldn’t accept those as an evidence for the credibility of those texts, would you? Because you believe what you believe is “unique”, purely based on what is written in your Texts… right?!

What audacity do Christian scholars have to refer to other beliefs as “myths” and their own as “facts” when they hardly have any unique physical evidences to provide? Try and contrast Your ‘evidences’ with those that Hindus now produce, to prove what they believe is right and try and understand how one is called a myth and the other a fact. (It is just that Hindus were not pro-evangelical through the ages, hence they were passive with their apologetics. They never felt the need to defend or IMPOSE their faith for any reason).

If you analyse you would realise that HOW you believe what you believe is not very different from how others believe what they believe. You claim what you believe is right because you believe that those who wrote them down for you were righteous and hence right. But that is how everyone believes what they believe!!!! They believe that their religious texts were written by godly people, under godly guidance and were handed down to them over generations to be believed and accepted as true! They would not need any greater proof than the fact that it was thus believed by their forefathers who interacted with those men!!

Christians are no saints when it comes to defending their flaws. As is said, “We are good Judges of others and good Lawyers for ourselves”! The same logic which a Christian scholar uses to prove divine inspiration of John the disciple to write the book of Revelations, is somehow used to reject similar claims of divine inspiration of Prophet Mohammed to write the Quran, as mere drug-induced hallucinations. If the rumour about Prophet Mohammed’s addiction is right, then we should also believe in the rumours that Jesus was a pot-smoking hippie, wandering the town with weird teachings. Jesus himself agreed that people called him a drunkard (was that smoke without any fire?)! Now how can one prove the other wrong when the knowledge on which such logic is derived is based on the acceptance of the reliability of the respective religious texts, in pure faith??!!

The only advantage Christians had over others was that they had initial access to mass printing, which they used smartly to promote their beliefs as unique. Otherwise, what unique “historical evidence” do they claim to have to prove that Jesus was real? Isnt their most important piece of physical evidence two open tombs vying to be considered as “the one”, with neither of them holding any proof whatsoever to link Jesus directly to them, but mere hearsay?? Arent there serious doubts about the true existence of the one place – Nazareth – that Jesus’ name was always associated with?

The proofs for the historicity of Jesus, inspite of how strong they are, can NEVER prove his divinity – it can only be alluded to and hence be accepted in faith! I am sorry, but the addition of real dates AND original names of people and places does not necessarily prove the truthfulness of any story.

Dear brother, You can do scholarly justice only if you stop studying other beliefs to criticise them and start criticising your beliefs as if you are totally against it. But then your eyes will open and you will realise that there is nothing much that separates you from other ‘believers’!

So please stop fooling vulnerable people with false claims and proofs!!! But if you are adamant about the uniqueness of what you believe and you are getting wealth and fame by preaching it, then don’t bother rocking your boat! SAIL ON; FOOL ON!! :-/

Mr Abraham Jos Maliyekal.

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WHY W(h)INE?

Growing up as a Christian in the early 70s and 80s you often get to hear personal testimonies in the churches, of individuals who became Christians and overcame their three worst sins – smoking, drinking and seeing films! I know that since mid-90s there is a change in the list. Seeing films is no more part of the top sins one need to overcome as a sincere Christian, because unlike in those days when you had to go to a theatre to watch a movie (where the chances of you getting caught in sin were high), these days you have it played in your house. So its no more a top sin. (Poor God! We just re-wrote His list of sins)! 🙂

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I’m sick and tired of this wide-spread pseudo-spirituality that often glorifies the inconsequential and nullifies the essential! We are taught to live a life of lie – full of needless guilt, fear and shame. And what angers me the most is the fact that most of the time it is based on foolish interpretations and false teachings.

As the title suggests, in this article I am going to discuss one such “man-made sin” – the ‘sin’ of DRINKING. Like with other issues that I have dealt, I am going to expose here how some careless interpretations of the Bible have resulted in portraying “drinking” as a devilish act! The knowledge of truth will really set you free!! I know that many will criticize me for coming out with this. But I had to find the truth and expose it! I invite you to join me as I pass through The Book wine-hunting and party-hopping!

 

DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN WINE AND GRAPE JUICE

I have seen preachers standing on their heads trying to convince their listeners that the “wine” Jesus provided for the wedding in Cana, was a non-alcoholic grape juice. And most of their listeners shake their empty heads in united agreement. But, since the Bible itself says that knowledge will increase in the last days, it is important that what is taught from it makes sense.

For the kind information of those preachers, the word used in John 2, is “wine” and not “grape juice”. Oh, you think they are the same? Wait. Let me distinguish them for you. Please read these two verses:

1) Gen 40:11 – Fresh grape juice served to Pharaoh by the Chief Butler.

2) Neh 2:1 – Wine served to Artaxerxes by Nehemiah.

The Oxford Dictionary classifies “wine” as an alcoholic drink made from fermented grape juice. And for those of you who do not know, “fermentation” is a process by which sugar is converted into ethyl alcohol as a result of chemical breakdown of micro-organisms in beers, wines and spirits.

Since the Oxford Dictionary is not “God-inspired” and since the Bible-centered, Greek-seeking saints wouldnt settle for anything less, let me go Greek: the Greek word used there for “wine” is ‘oinos’ – A primary word (or perhaps of Hebrew origin); “wine” (literally or figuratively): – wine. The Hebrew origin word is ‘yayin’, which means “effervesce; wine (as fermented); by implication intoxication: – banqueting, wine”. (Hope you have ignored the word “intoxication” found inbetween, because it means to cause (someone) to lose control of their faculties)! 🙂

The same word “yayin” is used in the below verse where the Lord is compared to a drunken man awaking from his sleep, shouting with joy: Psa 78:65 – “Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine”. The Hebrew word used here for “shouteth” is ‘ranan’ which generally means to ‘shout joyfully’. So if “wine” was just a grape juice then isn’t God’s reaction compared to someone’s who is very clearly overacting??!!!! 😀

When Jesus was on this earth, he was called a “winebibber” – ‘drunkard’ of wine. And there seems to be some fire behind that smoke as the below verses would prove! When it came to “wine”, Jesus was not naïve. He made it amply clear that he knew a thing or two about wine when he said, “No man also having drunk OLD WINE straightaway desireth new. For he saith, The old is better” (Luke 5:39). The term “old wine” is the key. It very clearly distinguishes itself from the normal “grape juice wine” concept the preachers are desperately trying to portray – because there is nothing called ‘old grape juice’ :-p :-D!! And what did Jesus mean by “the old is better”?? Oh, unless you drink it you won’t have a clue!!

At the wedding in Cana, after tasting the newly served wine, the MC said, “Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have WELL DRUNK, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now” (John 2:10). These words convey a lot… We can understand that the wine that Jesus provided was of a better quality than the “good wine” that was served first. We can also understand that people usually get “WELL DRUNK” by the “good wine” served initially, and they then go on to drink “that which is worse”, served later (and this was obviously done by the hosts to take advantage of the guests’ altered state of mind). And more importantly, the Greek word used there for “drunk” is ‘methuo’, which means – to drink to intoxication, that is, get drunk: – drink well, make (be) drunk (-en). If you missed it, ‘methuo’ means to drink till you are intoxicated. And, come on, you know what intoxication means, don’t you?!!

SO, THE VERDICT IS OUT AND CLEAR: IT WAS NOT AN ORDINARY GRAPE JUICE, BUT A FERMENTED “ALCOHOLIC DRINK” THAT JESUS PROVIDED FOR THE WEDDING AT CANA – WHICH WAS BETTER THAN THE “GOOD” ONE SERVED EARLIER!!

If I were in Jesus’ place and I knew that drinking was a sin then I wouldn’t have been attending any such weddings in the first place (Infact, I know there are many holier saints who wouldn’t attend such parties or functions even today)! Even if I had to, I would have left much before people started drinking. But look at Jesus! He not only stayed back while others were getting drunk, but he provided more wine to those who were already drunk (Something you wont do if you believed in moderate drinking)!!

I would have asked the servants of the house to fill those empty pots with water and have it poured over the heads of all those drunkards! Infact, Jesus could have used the whip here. Lo, he didn’t! Compared to the high standards of spirituality set by his saints, he seems to be way off the mark!! Way off…! Poor Jesus!!!

Isn’t it interesting to note that the first recorded miracle of Jesus happens to be the provision of “good wine” at a wedding party and that he signs off his last and most important earthly task (the death on the cross) with some “strong wine”?!!

 

WHAT DRINK DID JESUS DENY BEFORE HIS CRUCIFIXION, AND WHY?

In Matthew 27:34, before Jesus was crucified – “They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink”. And in John 19:30, we see: “When Jesus thereof had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished”. (When he said “It is finished”, he was obviously referring to the “Mission Accomplished” and not the vinegar that was served!). “Vinegar” or “sour wine” (‘oxos’ in Greek), is a sour-tasting liquid containing acetic acid, obtained by fermenting dilute alcoholic liquids, typically wine, cider, or beer. IT IS STRONGER THAN WINE. And “gall”, is believed to be a narcotic substance called Opium, derived from Poppy plants, found in abundance in Arabic countries and used as an analgesic (pain reliever).

When “gall” is mixed with “vinegar” (it is narcotic drugs mixed with alcohol), it becomes a heady mixture of highly intoxicating cocktail that effects the nervous system in such a way that the person does not feel much pain. During those days, this ‘heady cocktail’ was usually given to a person who was about to be crucified. Jesus refused to take this drink just before his crucifixion because he wanted to experience every bit of the pain that came his way! And as we see in John 19:30, he took the vinegar (without the gall), only moments before he died. And it was more out of thirst (vr 28) than anything else.

When Paul was dealing with the problems in Corinth regarding the ‘Agape Feast’, he said, “one is hungry, and another is drunken” (1 Cor 11:21). The Greek word used here for “drunken” is ‘methuo’. The same word used in John 2, mentioned above. YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW GREEK TO UNDERSTAND THAT ONE CANNOT GET “METHUO” BY GRAPE JUICE. So what was it that the believers drank in the church during the ‘Agape Feast’ that left some of them drunk? Intoxicating Wine?!! God forbid!!!

 

EATING, DRINKING AND BEING MERRY

The Bible very clearly portrays wine as a drink that makes the heart glad (Ps 104:15/ Ecc 10:19). A normal grape juice would not produce that result. And based on Prov 17:22“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” – we can conclude that WINE IS A SUPERB HEALTH DRINK…!!!

On 16th Jan 2010, Times of India’s Bangalore Times, carried a NewsAd (Pg 6) titled “Wine for health”. In it they have quoted researchers at Britain’s Reading University suggesting that blue grapes are the best variety of fruit that can be consumed as wine as it (believe it or not) reduces cholesterol in the body and keeps the human heart healthy by facilitating blood circulation!!!

There is no better verse than Judges 9:13, that portrays the value and purpose of this health drink – “And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my vine, which cheereth God and man…?”. This ofcourse is a figurative speech used here by a desperate Jotham, but it is based on facts he has known from the life around him. Is it possible for us to know what he has known? We just need to study the drinking and feasting habits of men and women mentioned in the Bible.

In the three ‘lost and found’ parables that Jesus said in Luke 15, the first two he started by saying “who among you…?” and then added “likewise” to compare our joy with the joy in heaven. The man who found one lost sheep invited his friends to enjoy with him and the woman who found one lost penny did likewise. It seems as if they were just waiting for an excuse to share their joy with others (atleast that’s how Jesus liked to convey that situation)!!

But in the third parable, he neither said “who among you…?” nor “likewise”, clearly portraying that he is directly referring to God’s love and care towards us. If so, then that parable reveals God’s heart.  When the Prodigal Son came back, his father said to the elder son: “It was meet that we should MAKE MERRY, AND BE GLAD: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again” (Luke 15:32). The father was so eager to “make merry and be glad” that he did not even wait for his elder son to come home!

 

CHECK OUT THE BIBLE “PARTIES”

BACHELOR PARTY: Judges 14:10“So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do”.

BIRTHDAY PARTY: Job 1:4“And his sons went and feasted in their houses, everyone his day”. The last phrase makes it more likely a birth day than any other day. (Yes, for a child of God every day is equally important, but its just that some days are more special – like the “birthday” or “wedding anniversary”)!!

COMING OF AGE PARTY: Genesis 21:8“And the child grew and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast”.

FRIENDSHIP PARTY: Genesis 26:30“And he (Isaac) made them a feast, and they did eat and drink”.  2Samuel 3:20: “So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast”.

WEDDING PARTY: Genesis 29:21“And Jacob said unto Laban, give me my wife… 22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast”.

ROYAL PARTY: 1 Kings 3:15“And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem… and made a feast to all his servants”.

 

HAPPY FEASTING

I always used to wonder why the modern day saints find it difficult to just have a good time until I read Prov 15:15“He that is of a MERRY HEART hath a CONTINUAL FEAST!!! It’s just not everyone’s ‘glass of wine’. You need to have a happy disposition to enjoy special moments!! 🙂

According to Oxford Dictionary, a Feast means a large celebratory meal, an annual religious celebration or a DEDICATED DAY. From Exodus 23:14, we can understand that it was the Lord who taught the Israelites to feast. He says: “Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in a year”. And what did he want them to do in a feast? He said: “And thou shalt rejoice in my feast” (Deut 16:14). Why? Because “A feast is made for laughter” (Ecc 10:19).

 

CHECK OUT THESE MEN OF GOD MAKING MERRY:

JOSEPH – Genesis 43:34“And THEY DRANK, and were merry with”.

A LEVITEJudges 19:21“So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet, and DID EAT AND DRINK. 22 Now AS THEY WERE MAKING THEIR HEARTS MERRY…”.                                               

BOAZ Ruth 3:7“And when Boaz had EATEN AND DRUNK, and his HEART WAS MERRY”.

DANIELDaniel 10:3“I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor WINE IN MY MOUTH, neither did I anoint myself at all, TILL THREE WHOLE weeks were fulfilled”. Daniel had stopped having bread, meat and wine for three weeks. This obviously means that he did have them the other times. Note: bread and meat were also avoided – not just the wine.

NEHEMIAH Nehemiah 8:10“Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and DRINK THE SWEET, for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry”. 12 “And all the people went their way to EAT, AND TO DRINK, and to send portions, and TO MAKE GREAT MIRTH, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them”.

JEREMIAH Jeremiah 35:2“Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and bring them INTO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD, into one of the chambers, and GIVE THEM WINE to drink”. 5 “And I, set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites POTS FULL OF WINE, AND CUPS, and I said unto them, DRINK YE WINE”. This is very interesting. The Lord wanted Jeremiah to call the Rechabites for a drink in “the house of the Lord” not to highlight their abstinence from drinking, but to show how dedicated they were to their father’s command! Based on my spiritual upbringing… God’s choice of place was very wrong!!

In 1 Kings 4:20, we see written: “Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry”. This verse portrays the blessedness of Israel under the reign of Solomon. The Lord seems to have taught the Israelites all the wrong things. “Eating and drinking and making merry”??!!  If we were to re-write this verse according to our holy standards, it would have been, “Brethren and Baptist were few, as water in a parched dessert, teaching and preaching, and always grumpy”!!!

In the book of Esther we see the introduction of a feast called Adar to commemorate the redemption of Jews from their enemies and their turning of sorrow into joy. Esther 9:22“As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor”. It was a day of rest, feasting, happiness and giving gifts. Much like the festival of Diwali in India!

Unlike our church picnics, where we have church-like gatherings, the Israelites enjoyed themselves during their feasts. They just made merry because that was what the lord wanted them to do! (Based on my Christian upbringing, God does not seem to be spiritual at all – He wants His children to drink and enjoy?? I feel so much holier)!!!

 

LADIES TOO, PLEASE! 

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Even in today’s secular standards, a woman who drinks has to be a devil woman. And based on the high spiritual standards of latter day saints, such woman should surely be put to death! But the incidents mentioned in the verses below prove that such was not the case during Biblical times. Even the so-called spiritual women of the Bible are shown to have drunk wine and strong drinks!

SAMSON’S MOTHERJudges 13:7“But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and NOW DRINK NO WINE NOR STRONG DRINK, neither eat any unclean thing”.

RUTHRuth 2:14“And Boaz said unto her… eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the VINEGAR …and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left”

HANNAH1 Samuel 1:9“So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had DRUNK”. Her response in vr 15 seems to be contradicting this fact. Hence, open for debate. But that does not take away the fact that Elkanah’s wife Peninnah would have drunk.

JOB’S DAUGHTERSJob 1:13“And there was a day when his SONS AND DAUGHTERS were eating and DRINKING WINE in their eldest brother’s house”.  That’s nice. Brothers and sisters drinking wine together!                                            

AGED WOMENTitus 2:3“The aged women likewise …not given to MUCH WINE”. (Women drank even in the ‘NT’ period)!

In Judges 13, we see an angel of the Lord telling Manoah’s wife that she should abstain from wine and strong drink as she was going to have a Nazarite child. Nazarites are those who dedicate a period of their lives in abstinence from basic pleasures of life for various reasons. (People from south India can easily identify with their practices as the “Aiyyappa devotees” indulge in almost very similar practices every year).  One of the main abstinence was of drinking wine: Numbers 6:3“He shall SEPARATE HIMSELF FROM WINE AND STRONG DRINK”.   As if that was the most important abstinence, the verse where it talks about how a Nazarite can break his vow, the first thing mentioned there is wine: Numbers 6:20“and after that the Nazarite MAY DRINK WINE”.                    

 

EVEN THE PRIESTS!! 

THE LORD HAD ALLOWED EVEN THE LEVITES TO DRINK WINE OR STRONG DRINKS. But there was only one restriction – no drinking while on duty! A Levite could not have wine or strong drink when he enters into the tabernacle. Leviticus 10:9“Do not drink WINE nor STRONG DRINK, thou, nor thy sons with thee, WHEN ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die”. Ezekiel 44:21“Neither shall any priest drink wine, WHEN they enter into the inner court”. The “when” makes it very clear that they were otherwise free to have wine or strong drink.

 

GIFT ME A BOTTLE OF WINE PLEASE

In today’s corporate world, executives often gift each other wine bottles. Discussion made over a drink often ends with a positive result. But imagine that a man of God is coming to see you and he opens his bag telling you that he has brought a gift for you and then he pulls out a bottle of wine and gives it to you. What would your impression about this man’s godliness be? Well, the Bible foolishly reveals that some Men of God did gift wine bottles!!

ABRAHAM TO MELCHIZEDEK Genesis 14:18“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and WINE: and he was the priest of the most high God”.

HANNAH TO ELI1 Samuel 1:24“And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, AND A BOTTLE OF WINE, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was young”.

JESSE TO SAUL1 Samuel 16:20“And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and A BOTTLE OF WINE, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul.

ISRAELITES TO LORDNumbers 28:7“in the HOLY PLACE shalt thou cause the STRONG WINE to be poured unto the LORD for a DRINK OFFERING”. This is an ultimate verse! The Lord wanted a “strong wine” to be offered unto him in the holy place as an offering! Ordinary wine wont do?!!

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WINE A BLESSING

Wine was not only a good gift to give, it was also a good blessing to give! Please don’t forget, this was done because Wine was considered as a drink that makes the heart of God and men glad!

Genesis 27:28“Therefore God gave thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and PLENTY OF corn and WINE”.        

Genesis 49:12“His eyes shall be RED WITH WINE, and his teeth white with milk”.

Isaiah 62:9“But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that have brought it together SHALL DRINK IT IN THE COURTS OF MY HOLINESS”.

Ecclesiastes 8:15“Then I COMMENDED MIRTH, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to EAT, AND TO DRINK, AND TO BE MERRY: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun”. (also 2:243:135:18).

 

CAFFEINE AND NICOTINE VERSES BARLEY AND GRAPES

It may be hard for the Saints of God to accept this at first, but the fact is that a limited measure of Beer and Wine is healthy for the body, but the same measure of tea or coffee does more harm to the body! Now this is a scientifically proven fact. A study has found that both nicotine and caffeine, found in tea, coffee, colas and some chocolates are intoxicants that constrict the blood vessels and thus inhibit the blood flow in our bodies. Caffeine is a crystalline compound found in tea and coffee plants and is a stimulant of the central nervous system, while Nicotine is a toxic (poisonous) oily liquid.

On 6th Dec 2009, The Hindu supplement carried an article with the tag line: “Unwitting addictions to seemingly harmless substances like tea and coffee can make our life a roller coaster ride”. The writer, Nutrition & Health researcher, Meeta Lal, says that the inherent appeal of the most popular “pick-me-ups”, candies, chocolates and sugar, is that it supplies “happy messengers” to the brain, albeit temporarily. The second most widely used “pick-me-up”, Caffeine, is a brain-active drug found not only in coffee, but also in chocolate, sodas and teas. Chocolates contain both sugar and caffeine.

She says, “Most of the time, we are not aware that we are ‘stressed’ and use sugar, caffeine, alcohol, etc to restore balance to our overstressed brain”. According to her, the urge to eat more chocolate and drink more cups of tea and coffee are similar to the urge to drink more alcohol. In other words, THE ADDICTION IS THE SAME! And just like how excessive alcohol can cause liver failures, excessive caffeine can affect the heart’s rhythm. She then concludes saying, “Continued use of pick-me-ups, even seemingly innocent ones like tea and coffee, makes our life a roller coaster ride: steep, fast and wild with rapid ups and downs!”

 

CAFFEINE-ADDICTED, WINE-HATTING SAINTS OF GOD

I used to wonder, if drinking tea or coffee is something that does more harm to the body than good and if people are drinking it more because they are addicted to it than because of its nutritional values, then how come they are thanking God before having it?! Infact, if drinking a limited amount of beer or wine was good for health, then why doesn’t anyone thank God before drinking them?!!

I started looking at 1 Cor 10:31 in a different light, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God”! So, one day I decided to act on this new enlightenment. Once a few of us youngsters were about to start a session of drinking. Just before saying “Cheers” I said, Guys why don’t we say grace? Everyone paused in whatever positions they were and looked at me as if I had just said something very vulgar! Words like “What?”, “Seriously?”, “You kidding?”, “What ‘excreta’?”, etc., dropped out of their stunned mouths! They could not fathom the fact that you could actually thank God for a drink you are about to enjoy! I said, “If we can’t praise God for it then we shouldn’t be drinking it”.

I have known many Saints of God who are so addicted to tea and coffee that they get headaches or constipation if they don’t drink it on time! Yet, I have heard no one having a problem thanking their good Lord for it!! WHAT HYPOCRITES!!! They can thank God for that which “intoxicates” them and makes them addicted to it, but they hate those who drink Wine which according to the Bible even cheers up God!

This then prompts me to ask, “Is addiction wrong?”. If addiction is sin then we all are guilty…! According to the dictionary, addiction is one’s physical dependence on a particular substance, or mental devotion to a particular interest. This in itself cannot be construed as negative or wrong as we all are physically addicted to food and spiritually addicted to doing good (atleast we are supposed to). SO ADDICTION IN ITSELF IS NOT WRONG. IT IS WHAT YOU ARE ADDICTED TO, THAT MAKES IT RIGHT OR WRONG.

 

DRAWING THE LINE

So, if spiritually and scientifically drinking is not a ‘sin’, and if men and women of God did not have a problem with drinking or even gifting wine bottles to each other then what else could be a problem? The problem, if any, is in knowing how much is too much?

In Isaiah 5:11, we see God giving the strongest and probably the most direct warning against excessive drinking, “Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may FOLLOW strong drink; that CONTINUE TILL NIGHT, till wine inflame them!”. In vr 12, He goes on to tell the Israelites the problem He has with their drinking: vr 12 “And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, AND WINE, are in their feasts: BUT they regard not the work of the LORD”. As we can see, God did not have a problem with His children enjoying their feasts with music and wine, but with the fact that they did not regard His works while doing so.

As if to reiterate the warning given in Prov 23:29&30, the Public Health Minister, Mr Gillian Merron, in a survey conducted by the British Dept of Health, said, “Damage from REGULARLY DRINKING TOO MUCH can slowly creep up and you won’t see it until its too late” (courtesy BBC Online).

In the book titled “Foods that Harm Foods that Heal – An A-Z guide to safe and healthy eating”, published by Reader’s Digest, the authors have differentiated between heavy drinking and alcoholism. According to them, only 5 out of 100 heavy drinkers are alcoholics (!!!!). But, effects of prolonged misuse are the same for both. There is a constant reference to “prolonged abuse” and “excessive consumption” as reasons for various alcohol-related health hazards. SURPRISINGLY, ALL THROUGH THE BOOK, TEA, COFFEE AND COLAS ARE MENTIONED AS ITEMS THAT NEED TO BE CUT DOWN OR AVOIDED FOR MOST ILLNESSES!

On 7th Dec 2009, in Bangalore Times (supplement of Times of India), nutritionist, Lisa Sarah John, wrote that 60ml of whisky, rum, vodka or beer, roughly contains 150 calories (equal to 8 teaspoons of sugar!). While wine, which is relatively safer, contains 120 calories in 100ml. SHE GOES ON TO WRITE THAT RESEARCH HAS PROVED THAT A LITTLE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL CONSUMED EVERYDAY IS GOOD FOR HEALTH AND THAT IT HELPS TO RELAX OR DE-STRESS, EVEN HELPING LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE. (The same though cannot be said about tea, coffee, colas and chocolates!). But, according to her, the biggest danger of alcohol is that very few people can have just one drink and stop at that. We can thus conclude that it is not the addiction to wine or strong drinks but the uncontrolled consumption of it that is sinful!

Many Caffeine-addicted Saints of God do not know this but the Bible is full of verses that very clearly states the above mentioned (Oh, yes. Even verses from the NT)!!

Deutronomy 21:20“And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and A DRUNKARD”. A child who was disobedient, a glutton and a drunkard was to be stoned to death because he is not only a burden to his family, but a negative influence in the society. (This verse also tells us that we have to teach our kids not to be gluttonous).

1 Samuel 1:14“And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be DRUNKEN? Put away thy wine from thee”.

Proverbs 20:1“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is DECEIVED thereby is not wise”. The Hebrew word for “Deceived” is ‘shagah’ which means to be LEAD ASTRAY through ignorance.

Proverbs 23:20“Be not among WINEBIBBERS; amoung riotous eaters of flesh: 21 For the DRUNKARD and the glutton shall come to poverty”.

Proverbs 23:29-35“They that TARRY LONG at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine”.

Ecclesiastes 2:3“I sought in mine heart to GIVE MYSELF UNTO WINE, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom”.

Isaiah 28:7“But they also have erred through wine, and strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are SWALLOWED UP of wine, they are OUT OF THE WAY through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment”. The priests could take wine and strong drinks when they were not on duty. But here we see that they crossed all their limits.

Matthew 24:49“and to eat and drink with the DRUNKEN”.

1 Corinthians 5:11“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a …DRUNKARD …; with such a one not to eat”.

Ephesians 5:18“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is EXCESS”.

1 Timothy 3:3“Not GIVEN to wine”.

1 Timothy 3:8“Likewise must the deacons…, not given to MUCH WINE”.

1 Peter 4:3“For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles …EXCESS OF WINE”.

All these verses very clearly mark the “laxmanna rekha” – EXCESSIVE DRINKING!

 

EATING WELL IS NOT GLUTTONY

Unlike today’s listless preachers, Jesus knew what he was talking about when he said, “The son of man came eating and drinking” (Matt 11:19). In that same verse we see him confessing that his enemies called him a “glutton” and a “winebibber”. No one is called a “winebibber” for drinking water or grape juice. Jesus came “eating”*, but he was NOT a glutton. He came “drinking”, but he was NOT a drunkard (*compare with Prov 13:25)! THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PERSON WHO DRINKS AND A DRUNKARD IS AS DISTINCT AS THE ONE BETWEEN A PERSON WHO EATS AND A GLUTTON!!!

In Ruth 3:7, we read: “And when Boaz had eaten and DRUNK, and his HEART WAS MERRY…” (Have you Saints ever noticed that just the previous day, while dating Ruth, Boaz had offered her bread dipped in STRONG WINE??!!). When we compare it with 1 Samuel 25:26“And Nabal’s HEART WAS MERRY within him, for he was VERY DRUNKEN”, we get a better picture. Boaz and Nabal, both drank wine and their hearts were merry and they both slept. The only difference being: while Boaz was drunk, Nabal was “very drunk”. He did not come to his senses till the next morning (1 Samuel 25:37), while Boaz awoke in his senses in the middle of the night (Ruth 3:8-13)!

So, here’s the philosophy (let those who have brains understand): WHEN A MAN WHO EATS AND A MAN WHO DRINKS, CROSSES OVER FROM A LEVEL OF A SELF-CONTROLLED, NEED-BASED SATISFACTION, TO THAT OF AN UNCONTROLLED, GREED-BASED SATISFACTION, THEY BECOME A GLUTTON AND A DRUNKARD RESPECTIVELY. OTHERWISE NOT!

Dear friends, if you are not aspiring to become holier than God then I would like to point out a couple of verses to you that shows the heart of the Lord: Deutronomy 14:23-26“And thou shalt EAT BEFORE THE LORD thy God… the TITHE OF THY corn, of thy WINE… And thou shalt bestow that money FOR WHATSOEVER THY SOUL LUSTETH AFTER …for WINE, or for STRONG DRINK … and thou shalt rejoice, thou and thine household”. Like an old man longing to sit and enjoy watching his children and grandchildren have a good time in his house, the Lord wanted the children of Israel along with their families to drink wine and strong drink, and rejoice in his presence!!!

Emphasizing the fact that He does not change, God has revealed that he has similar desires concerning us in the coming world, too! In Isaiah 25:6&8 he says: “On this mountain (Zion) the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for ALL PEOPLES, a banquet of AGED WINE – the best of meats and the finest of wines. 8 The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces… The Lord has spoken” (NIV). We can get more insight on this when we compare it with what Jesus said in Matthew 26:20/Luke 22:30. THE WINE SURE DOES CHEER GOD AND MAN AND IT SEEMS THAT GOD WOULD LIKE TO KEEP IT THAT WAY THROUGHOUT ETERNITY!

You may ask me: Isn’t it anyway better not to touch these things? Why take a chance? I would like to ask in return: When you walk down the road, an out of control vehicle could hit and kill you. So, would you just sit at home and not take a chance going out? Oh, but what if you are sitting inside your house, and the earth quakes and the roof of your house falls on you and kills you? So, would you start living in a tent? No?? You mean your life is not that important for you? And you want me to believe that you can takes such risks with your life daily but you have a problem with drinking wine because you think its sinful?

A simple, everyday routine of eating can become a sin if done without self-control! So, should we stop eating then? “Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and DRINK THY WINE WITH A MERRY HEART; for God now accepteth thy works” (Ecc 9:7). “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink” (Col 2:16)!!!

With AMEN and CHEERS!

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Soberly Yours

Abraham Jos

Modern Science is a Religion!

“Modern Science is a Religion that has its roots in Greek Mythology; Camouflaged as anti-religious, only to entrap the blind and the gullible” – Abraham Jos.

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THE FLAT EARTH LOGIC

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN BLIND!

If your first reaction is to ‘Laugh Out Loud’ when someone refers to the “FLAT EARTH” then you are nothing but a BLIND BELIEVER of “science”!

Just imagine this: the same scientists who make you believe that massive amounts of water can hold itself up below a globe earth with the help of some mysterious energy called “Gravity”, makes you wonder in disbelief how water would not fall off of a flat earth!!!! Just ask any kid if IT IS EASIER TO BELIEVE THAT A FLAT DISC COULD HOLD WATER ON IT OR A ROUND BALL COULD HOLD WATER UNDER IT – that mysterious ‘ENERGY’ notwithstanding??????!!!!!!!!!

The difference between a “true” scientist and a pretentious one is that, when a true scientist is presented with a claim contrary to his existing conclusions, he would consider it seriously and research it sincerely, because a true scientist knows that there is a whole lot out there that he really does not know!  But a pretentious ‘scientist’ will immediately pounce on you, abuse you verbally and attack you personally, trying to belittle you in the hope that your message is also belittled in the process, without realizing that he is actually showcasing the same insecurities showcased by a blind follower of religion!

I need to keep repeating this: “LACK OF PROOF FOR SOMETHING IS NOT A PROOF IN ITSELF FOR ANYTHING”! So when a ‘scientist’ tells you “Its not scientifically proved”, it does not mean “it is not true” (though that is what he expects you to conclude). It only means that it has not been researched or studied yet!! So unless you want to continue as a blind follower of science, open your eyes and start using your brains!

 

THE SPHERICAL EARTH (Data source: Wikipedia):

“The earliest reliably documented mention of the spherical Earth concept dates from around the 6th century BC when it appeared in ancient Greek philosophy but remained a matter of speculation until the 3rd century BC, when Hellenistic astronomy established the spherical shape of the Earth as a physical given.

Though the earliest written mention of a spherical Earth comes from ancient Greek sources, there is no account of how the sphericity of the Earth was discovered.  A plausible explanation is that it was “the experience of travellers that suggested such an explanation for the variation in the observable altitude and the change in the area of circumpolar stars. A practical demonstration of Earth’s sphericity was achieved by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastián Elcano‘s expedition’s circumnavigation (1519−1522).

Early Greek philosophers alluded to a spherical Earth, though with some ambiguity. Pythagoras (6th century BC) was among those said to have originated the idea. Plato (427–347 BC) also taught his students that Earth was a sphere though he offered no justifications. “My conviction is that the Earth is a round body in the centre of the heavens, and therefore has no need of air or of any similar force to be a support”, he wrote.

Aristotle (384–322 BC) was Plato’s prize student and “the mind of the school”. Aristotle observed “there are stars seen in Egypt and […] Cyprus which are not seen in the northerly regions”. Since this could only happen on a curved surface, he too ‘believed’ Earth was a sphere “of no great size”.  It was Eratosthenes, a Greek astronomer from Hellenistic Libya (276–194 BC), who estimated Earth‘s circumference around 240 BC.

From its Greek origins, the idea of a spherical earth, along with much of Greek astronomical thought, slowly spread across the globe and ultimately became the adopted view in all major astronomical traditions. In the West, the idea came to the Romans through the lengthy process of cross-fertilization with Hellenistic civilization”.

 

WHAT THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO THINK:

1) The launch of the first human-made object to orbit Earth was by the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1, on 4 October 1957, and the first claim to Moon landing was by the American Apollo 11 mission on 20 July 1969!

2) The earliest known working telescopes appeared in the Netherlands in 1608. Galileo used one of these in 1609. The Ritchey-Chretien variant of Cassegrain reflector was invented around 1910, and widely adopted only after 1950; many modern telescopes including the Hubble Space Telescope use this design.  (I don’t need to mention here that you cannot see the shape of earth with a telescope on the earth)!!!

Compare these with the fact that the earliest mention of a spherical Earth dates back to the 6th century BC, and the first attempts to ‘scientifically’ prove Earth’s sphericity were made way back in 1519−1522!

How can any attempt to establish the shape of the earth, before someone or something could actually fly out of the earth’s atmosphere, far enough to turn around and see the whole earth, be asserted as a “scientific fact” when it is very clearly nothing more than an assumption??!!! Where is the “science” behind such assumptions??? What ‘holier’ ground do these ‘globe-al’ scientists claim to have to enforce their blind beliefs on others as irrefutable “fact”??!!

 

DEAR BLIND FOLLOWERS OF SCIENCE:

The Heliocentric belief of the Solar System was NOT based on any ‘scientific’ evidences, but was purported by the Greeks who worshipped the sun god HELIO and wanted to make people accept the Sun as the centre of it all, with everything else just revolving around it! This belief was embraced by the Romans and propagated through their Empire and later integrated into their official religion, Christianity, and taught around the world through their educational institutes!

 

DEAR BELIEVERS OF THE BIBLE:

In the book of Job 38:11-14, it is written that the dayspring is caused to know its place so it can take hold of the ends of the earth and that the ends of the earth, is turned as clay to the seal! The Hebrew word “chotham” used there for “seal” means “signature seal” or “signet” used by kings or authorities.

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Pic 1 – A Signet Seal (Courtesy: workersforjesus.com)

In the book of Isaiah 40:22 it says, “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth”. The Hebrew word used here for “circle” is “chûg” and means “a circle, circuit, compassive”. This is not the same word used to refer a globe or a ball. In chapter 22:18 of the same book it is written, “He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball”. The Hebrew word for “ball” here is “dûr” and means “a circle, ball or pile: –  turn, round about”.

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Pic 2 – A Flat Earth model (Courtesy: aplanetruth.info)

NOW DECIDE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ACCEPT ILLOGICAL BELIEFS BASED ON HELIO WORSHIP THAT ARE ONLY FEW CENTURIES OLD OR GO BACK TO THE MORE LOGICAL ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE THAT EXISTED FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS TILL SUBTLY SUPPRESSED!

Yours Flat

Abraham Jos

 

A very good explanation of the FLAT EARTH by ERIC DUBEY (1:37hrs Video):

 

Another useful site: http://barnabasnagy.com/blog/flat-earth-a-circle-flat-disk-not-a-globe-bible-verses-empirical-evidence

 

 

EARTH SHATTERING – retelling the ‘Creation’ Story as Never Before!

I am going to agree here (for the sake of argument) that God actually dictated EVERY word in the original Scriptures. I am even willing to agree (if you don’t mind) that God physically held the hands of those who COPIED the original manuscripts so they could do it without missing even a single punctuation… (See, I am willing to agree what most of you wouldn’t)!

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But … (now, this is one big BUT!), since most Hebrew words have more than one meaning attached to it, how could those who translated from the copy-scripts decide which one of those words would have been the author’s original choice??? For example: the Hebrew word “Ruach” (translated as “Spirit”) can mean wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, spirit: – air, blast, courage, mind, side, spiritual, tempest, vain, whirlwind…! With such variety of words at my disposal I could interpret Gen 1:2 – And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters, as: And the ‘anger’ of God moved over the face of the waters!! Or Gen 6:3 – And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man as: And the Lord said, My ‘air’ shall not always strive with man…!!

Some words like “alah” in Hebrew, found in Gen 2:6 and is translated as “went up”, can even have opposite meanings: ascend, climb up or fall! HENCE NO ONE – EXCEPT GOD HIMSELF AND THE ORIGINAL WRITERS – CAN AUTHORITATIVELY ESTABLISH THE TRANSLATOR’S CHOICE OF A WORD AS RIGHT OR WRONG!!!!! “What about the ‘context’?”, you may ask. Well, isnt the context also made up of the choice of more such words, isnt it?!!

Another example (not just to rub it in, but also to get you into a nice ‘groove’ before giving you the jolt!): Gen 2:1– Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. With the variety of meanings each Hebrew word provides, I am going to translate this verse differently: Thus the “lofty” “nations” were “destroyed”, and all their “army”. And the seventh “time” God made “clean riddance” of his “cattle” which he “had become”; and he “celebrated” on the seventh “day” “over” all his work which he had “bruised”…!!!! 😀 Why Not?!

 

Got it…?! So Lets Get Down to Business

On the basis of what I have shown above and the backing of what I have learnt over the past few years, I am going to translate the Creation Story mentioned in Genesis in a way that it brings out what I feel is more likely what had happened. This has nothing to do with Judaist teachings. Infact, even the Jews will be “jolted” to see this! What you are going to read below is radical in the light of both Jewish and Christian teachings. Some of it is probably brought out for the first time within this group!! How then do I insist on this being a truer interpretation? Because, as you will realise when you read through, it straightens out almost all of the grey areas – those previously unanswerable questions! Let me remind you, I have only chosen words and meanings available in the lexicons. So, here we go….!

Lets start with Gen 1:1It is translated into English as: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. But in Hebrew it is: rê’shı̂yth – bârâ’ – ‘ĕlôhı̂ym – ‘êth – shâmayim – ‘êth – ‘erets.  And with the available Hebrew meanings for each word, this is how I translate it:

Gen 1:1-The gods first chose their heavenly places and their nations.

I’ve given below a break-up of the Hebrew words and its available meanings for this verse so that you know how I arrived at this translation:

rê’shı̂ythfirst, in place, time, order or rank (specifically a firstfruit): – beginning, chief (-est), first (-fruits, part, time), principal thing.

bârâ’ – (absolutely) to create; (qualified) to cut down (a wood), select, feed (as formative processes): – choose, create (creator), cut down, dispatch, do, make (fat).

 ‘ĕlôhı̂ymgods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative: – angels, X exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty.

‘êth – in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely): – (As such unrepresented in English.)

shâmayim – from an unused root meaning to be lofty; the sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve): – air, X astrologer, heaven (-s).

‘êth – in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely) : – (As such unrepresented in English).

‘erets – From an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land): –  X common, country, earth, field, ground, land, X nations, way, + wilderness, world.

The word “Elohiym”, according to the lexicon normally means “gods” – not “God”! Up until Gen 2:4, the word Elohiym is used without any accompanying title or article. As you can see above, Elohiym can also mean judge, angel, mighty men or gods. When used alone, it can NEVER refer to the Almighty God. For example: Exo 18:11 – Now I know that the LORD (yehôvâh) is greater than all other gods (‘ĕlôhı̂ym).  Exo 12:12 – “and I will bring judgment on all the gods (‘ĕlôhı̂ym) of Egypt. I am the LORD (yehôvâh)”. Jos 22:22– The LORD (yehôvâh) God (‘êl) of gods (‘ĕlôhı̂ym).

If, as is commonly taught, the plurality of the word Elohiym refers to the Trinity of the Godhead, then Ex 18:11 should mean: Yehovah is greater than the Triune God! HENCE THE CLAIM THAT THE WORD “ELOHIYM”, BY ITS PLURALITY, REFERS TO THE “TRIUNE” GOD, IS SIMPLY ABSURD, TOTALLY NONSENSICAL AND AGAINST THE BASIC SENSE OF THE WORD! But, like in the verse below, when a specific title is used along with it, its meaning changes: Gen 2:4 – in the day that the LORD (yehôvâh) God (‘ĕlôhı̂ym) made the earth and the heavens…And this usage changes the creation story, too! (Keep reading).

But, isn’t it unscriptural to consider that “gods”, and not “Yehovah” as being instrumental in the creation event in Gen 1? Firstly, you need to understand who the Scriptures refer to as “gods”.  Just to help you in your thinking: HOW CAN GOD (YEHOVAH) BE A “GOD OF GODS” IF THERE REALLY ARE NO OTHER “GODS”??!! Its like claiming to be a “father” of many children without really having any children; Or a Director of a company which does not have any employees…!! God is not that cheap that He has to claim false titles for Himself. SO WHO ARE THESE “ELOHIYM” (GODS) WHOSE “EL” (GOD) IS “YEHOVAH” (ETERNAL ONE)? (I am writing about this in another write up, but for now read: “Deciphering G-O-D”, below).

Secondly, as you would have noted in my translation above, GEN 1:1 DOES NOT TALK ABOUT ANY CREATION ACTIVITY!!! It only talks about a selection process. Gods selected their lands! In this light, the Hindu belief that different planets are ruled by different gods does not seem farfetched. (Now, only if you keep reading you will understand it fully)!

Let me repeat:

Gen 1:1-The gods first chose their heavenly places and their nations.

2 -The land existed as desolate, devoid and dark for a long time because of a catastrophe. And the spirit gods shook over its face their semen.

(Oh, I know…! Just go to the lexicons and search out these words for yourselves. No spoon-feeding). Just as there are similarities between the Sanskrit and Hebrew languages, there are a lot of similarities between Jewish religious thoughts and Hinduism (things even Jewish teachers are not fully aware of!). According to some Hindu teachings, living beings were created when gods shook their semen onto the earth. The Hebrew word “mayim” used there for “water”, though commonly used to refer to drinking water, by euphemism can also mean – urine, semen: –  + piss, wasting.

Since there is no reason to conclude that Gen 1 mentions about the first creation of the earth we now live in, we can safely conclude that gods (elohyim), after first choosing their spaces, started their creation process in the places they selected for themselves. That way it is not hard to understand why intellectuals belonging to Hinduism can believe that Parashuram created Kerala by throwing his spade (Now, only if you keep reading you will understand it fully)!

3– And gods commanded light to come forth and light came forth.

This does not refer to any universal light, but is very clearly the light that came out of the darkness that covered the “land” (solar system?) at that time.

4 – The gods, they perceived that the light was truly precious: and so gods made a separation between the light and the darkness.

5 – The gods pronounced light as life and darkness as a misfortune. Came dusk and came dawn – the first time.

Please note: the Hebrew word “Yom”, translated as “day”, is mentioned only now (in vr 5), not before! In Hebrew, vr 5 ends as: hayah ereb hayah boqer yom echad. Since “Yom” also means a “process of time” or a period, the verse can be translated as: came dusk came dawn time first! The NIV is more accurate with its translation:“And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day”. Unlike the KJV, which translates it as:  “And the evening and the morning were the first day”. The use of “were” is not there in the Hebrew text and is used there by KJV to give it a different meaning.

We should also note here that the words “ereb” and “boqer” specifically means “dusk” and “dawn” and not “day” and “night”. The verse below makes it clear: Gen 8:22 – While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day (yôm) and night (layil  lêyl) shall not cease. So KJV has got its basics wrong here. I always used to wonder why “dusk” is mentioned as the start of a day in Genesis and not the “dawn”… now I know – its all just a big misinterpretation based on how Yom is translated!

In vr 5 the “dusk” follows the emergence of light and its separation from darkness, and then “dawn” follows dusk, after which a new time or day is born, in which a new work is done! In other words, AFTER an act of creation, there was dusk which was followed by dawn and then a new day and a new creation!!! So that gives us the freedom to conclude that the day starts at dawn, when the first rays of sun starts driving the night away – and that makes more sense! NOW, THE JEWS WILL BE SHATTERED TO KNOW THAT THE PHRASE USED THERE DOES NOT IN ANY WAY REFER TO THE START OF A NEW DAY AT DUSK!! The Jews and the Muslims count the start of the day at dusk, and Christians, most absurdly, count it from the middle of the night. But, interestingly, Hinduism counts the start of a day from the dawn!

From vr 1-4, we see the gods choosing their own spaces and then creating the light before starting off with their creational activities. From the way vr 5 ends (and with a good mix of some common sense) we can understand that THE FIRST DAY COMES ONLY AFTER THE CREATION OF THE LIGHT, BECAUSE HOW CAN THERE BE A “DAY” WITHOUT “LIGHT”?! Hence, the first day starts only in vr 5, AFTER the creation of light!

 

THIS CALLS FOR A RE-ARRANGEMENT OF THE CREATION TIMETABLE (!!!!):

– 1st Day (vr 5) – making of the firmament (vrs 6-8).

– 2nd Day (vr 8) – dry land and plants (vrs 9-12).

– 3rd Day (vr 13) – great and small lights in heaven for signs and seasons (vrs 14-18).

– 4th Day (vr 19) – fish and fowl emerge from water (vrs 20-22)*. Very Scientific!

– 5th Day (vr 23) – cattle and creatures emerge from the earth (24,25). Hinduism-like.

– 6th Day (vr  ?) – man was designed (vrs 26-30).

– 7th Day (vr  ?) – The day each creation was designated its role.

*This is how vrs 20-23 should have been translated: The gods commanded: let the waters bring out moving creatures that has life. And the waters brought forth fish and fowl in abundance. Those who know science would know how much more likelier it is for this to have happened this way than any other!

Except for after the creation of the firmament on the first day and the creation of ‘man’ on the 6th day (the first and the last creations mentioned in Ge 1), the word “good” is used to describe every creation. And each time, after the mention of “good”, we see the start of a new day and a new creation. Hence, it is surprising, that inspite of the use of the word “good” after the creation of cattle and creatures on the 5th day (vr 25), there is no mention of the start of another new day!

Gen 1:31 ends by saying: came dusk came dawn sixth day. Yet, we see Gen 2:2 starting with the mention of the activities of the 7th day. AND, UNLESS WE ACCEPT THAT THE FIRST “DAY” COULD EXIST EVEN BEFORE THE CREATION OF “LIGHT”, WE CANNOT FALL BACK TO THE OLD CREATION ORDER BASED ON WHICH WE ASSUME THAT GEN 1:31 TALKS ABOUT THE END OF 6TH DAY.

The solution: had the “hayah ereb hayah boqer” of vr 31 been mentioned at the end of vr 25 (keeping up with the order till then), and the one in vr 31 ended with “hayah ereb hayah boqer – yom shebiyiy (day seven)”, then the whole ‘schedule’ would have fallen right in place – with a lot more sense! Unless someone insists that God physically held the hands of every manuscript copiers and controlled their every thought while they were on it, I am willing to give some leeway for human error – deliberate or otherwise – to have crept in right from the first copy-writing to the final translation! As long as it is not a case of direct divine dictation at every stage – original writing, copy writing, and translation, there is bound to be mistakes. Haven’t you played “Chinese Whisper”?!

26 – And gods said, let us make a ruddy image that resembles us, to rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, beasts of the whole earth and every reptile that moves on the earth.

Reference        Word used     Heb               Mean                                                                                – Gen 1:26      – “man”          – adam          – ruddy.

– Lam 4:7        – “ruddy”       – adam          – reddish.

– Songs 5:10   – “ruddy”       – adom           – rosy.

– 1Sam 17:42  – “ruddy”      – admoniy     – reddish.

WE HAVE TO NOTE A VERY IMPORTANT POINT HERE: IT IS NOT CLAIMED ANYWHERE IN THE CREATION STORY OF GEN 1 THAT THE CREATION OF “MAN” MENTIONED IN VR 26 IS THE FIRST EVER CREATION OF A MAN – OR THE LAST!!

27 – So gods designed a ruddy image in their resemblance. The image gods designed in their resemblance, were divided into male and female selves.

According to some ancient beliefs, gods consist of both the sexes. Those who know biology knows that it is possible for both the sexes to be present in one body. Hence a person who is a bisexual is considered to have a god-like, dual spirited soul (not necessarily “body”). Here we see that when gods created human beings, they separated the sexes and gave them a different body.

28 – And gods blessed the images and said: O gods! Take up authority on thyself and completely subdue the nations. Rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air and every living being that moves on the earth.

The ruddy beings were given ‘complete’ authority to rule over “the nations” and “every living being that moves”, which would include the non-ruddy human beings – the black race (who probably survived the previous “catastrophe”, after which this new creation process started).  No wonder excavations keep throwing up human bones that are ages old! And life in Africa is said to have been the oldest!  This explains Cain’s fear of being attacked and the special protection he got from God!  It also explains what Cain meant when he said to Yehovah that he will be hidden from His face.

This also explains why Yehovah was upset with the SONS of gods (Elohyim) mingling with the daughters of ‘men’ (Adam, whom He created).The “Sons of God” in Gen 6 and Job 1 are literally sons of gods – the human representation of Elohiym – the ruddy beings. Compare with Job 38:7. According to Gen 6:4, giants were already there and children born to sons of gods and daughters of men were also mighty men from eternity past (or, from the previous life)…!!

Gen 2:-

1– Thus the heaven and the earth were completed with all its people.

2 – And the seventh day the gods finished deputing all that they had made.

3 – And gods congratulated each other on the seventh day and dedicated it for celebration because of all the work they had planned and executed.

Here we see that the gods are done with their creations and they celebrate their achievement by giving themselves a “weekly off” and a ‘party’!

 

The 2nd Creation Story!

Ge 2:4 – This is the detail of the heavens and the earth as they were created when Yehovah Elohim created them.

This verse draws a line between the creation acts of the gods (Elohim) in Gen 1 and that of Yehovah God. It doesn’t mean that what the gods created was destroyed by Yehovah.  The gods created the ‘ruddy’ men – the whites, but Yehovah moulded man from the clay of the ground – the brownish men. Compare it with Gen 6:6,7- Yehovah repented that He made men on the earth and He (Yehovah) vowed to destroy the men He had made (vr7) – not the whole world!

FROM GEN 2:4, YEHOVAH ELOHIYM COMES INTO THE PICTURE AND A DIFFERENT CREATION STORY BEGINS. Here is the table of comparison of both the creations:

Genesis 1                                                                               Genesis 2 (vr4 on)

1) Creation by Elohyim                                                    – Creation by Yehovah Elohyim

2) Elohyim designed male and female images           – Yehovah moulded a male out of the                                                                                                   ground

3) Human images designed after the creation of      – Man moulded before the creation of plants (vr5)*                                                                         of plants

4) Animals created before man                                     – Animals created out of the ground                                                                                                     after the creation of man.

5) Elohyim designed men in their likeness and        – Yehovah moulds man out of the   they were living beings (Ge 1:27)                                 ground and gives him life by                                                                                                                breathing into him (Ge 2:7).

*In Ge 2:5, we see an empty, dry earth – with no rain and no man to work on it – when Yehovah created Adam! (– There came up fog over the earth and moistened the whole soil). But in Ge 1, we see an earth already teeming with life when Elohyim made their images!

 

Deciphering G-O-D

Verses where different names of “GOD” first appear:

Ge 1:1 – In the beginning Elohim created; 26 – Then Elohim said, “Let us make man…”

Ge 2:4 – When the Yehovah Elohim made the earth and the heavens

Ge 12:1 – The Lord Yehovah had said to Abram

Ge 15:1 – After this the word of Yehovah came to Abram in a vision….

Vr 2 – But Abram said, Adonay Yehovih

Vr 7 – He also said to him, I am the Yehovah who brought you out of Ur

Ge 17:1 – When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, I am EL Shaddai

Almost none of the major world religions have given a first name for the Only Almighty God. “Om” in Hinduism just means “an all-encompassing one” who is both the creator and the destroyer. The word “Shaddai” in Hebrew also means “the nurturer and the destroyer”. Even the name “Yehovah”, is not a Noun! It is an amalgamation of the first letters of a sentence (read more below).

Many world religions have this concept of gods having appeared in different forms (avatars), but none of these gods are considered THE ultimate, all-powerful God. But many times such avatars are referred to as God almighty more because of whom they represent.

In that sense, the saying that God is one and everyone calls on Him with different names, makes some sense. Because everyone who believes in a God believes that there is ONE Almighty God who is above all other gods (including Hindus who worship the ONE Almighty God through His different avatars! Thus, Hinduism is NOT a polytheist religion!!!).

IF WE BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE ALMIGHTY GOD THEN HOW CAN WE BE WORRIED ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE BELIEVING IN ANOTHER ALMIGHTY GOD?! AND IF THAT OTHER PERSON ALSO BELIEVES THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE ALMIGHTY GOD THEN HOW CAN BOTH BE TALKING ABOUT DIFFERENT GODS??!!

 

EL of EL-ohim

We have to keep in mind that EL (God) is a title and Shaddai (Almighty) is the adjective given to the title – THEY ARE NOT NAMES! Likewise, YHWH (Yehovah), though used commonly as a noun (introduced so by Moses) is in reality, a Tetragrammaton.  As I had revealed in one of my previous write-ups, “I am that I am” (of Ex 3:14) is NOT revealed there as God’s name! God was revealing His state of being. As a verb it means “to be” or “to exist”, and so the sentence can mean “I am my own cause” or “I self-exist”. Thus the word YHWH actually means “the eternally self-existent One”. So, we have an Almighty (Shaddai) God (EL), who is Eternally Existent (YHWH – YeHoVaH ).

Then there is Elohim (gods).EL means God and EL-ohim means gods. So there’s no way both EL and Elohim means the same – one is singular and the other plural. EL cannot be Elohim also because Yehovah is said to be the EL (God) of Elohim (gods): Jos 22:22 – אלאלהיםיהוה – Yehovah, EL of Elohim (Self-existent, God of gods). As I said, just like how I cannot claim to be a king of a kingdom without having a kingdom in the first place, God cannot claim to be the God of gods if there are no gods, in the first place. So, who does this Elohim (gods) refer to?

 

Wicked EL-ohim

Let me introduce to you the bad ones first. There are naughty, disobedient, and even wicked gods (Elohim). Righteous men who lead an exemplary life are elevated to be righteous or holy Elohim. As inheritors of god-like image, they are given the responsibility to spread godly knowledge to likely candidates (like with Enoch). Similarly, wicked men through their wicked influences are elevated to being revered as gods by men. And they go about causing trouble in God’s creations, leading them to rebellion and destruction. The first of whom is said to be Nimrod – grandson of Noah.

Deu 32:17 – They sacrificed unto devils, not to God (Eloha); to gods (Elohim) whom they knew not, to new gods (Elohim) that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

God here is talking about evil men (devils) who are elevated to be wicked Elohim, and are worshipped by men. The later part of the verse also means that the patriarchs of Israel feared other Elohim…!! Now, eat that! (The verses below will help you in digesting it…!!!):

 

EL-ohim of Fathers

Ge 5:24 – Enoch moved along with gods (Elohim) – and he was unsearchable because Elohyim took (lâqach) him away. Enoch had a constant relation with gods and he got his wisdom from them. He was so liked by Elohyim that they carried him away without letting him pass through the process of physical death. For us, lesser mortals, we too can hope for a carrying away – after death, as sons of Korah wrote: Psa 49:15 – But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive (lâqach) me.

I believe that Enoch was elevated to being an Elohim. So can human beings become gods? Psa 82:6– I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. 7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Also Isa 41:23…!!!

You will also be pleased to know this: Gen 32:28 – And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God (Elohim) and with men, and hast prevailed. 30 – And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God (Elohim) face to face, and my life is preserved. Here, Jacob is not fighting with the Almighty Yehovah but with an Elohyim! But, if you insist that Elohyim by its plurality refers to the Triune God and that Jacob was not fighting any ‘god’, then it should mean that Jacob was fighting God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, all at the same time and all three together could not defeat a cowardly, hairless man, inspite of fighting with him the whole night!!!!! (You wont get me to believe that nonsense. I can assure you that!!).

 

Mythically Yours

Abraham Jos

THE TROUNCING OF TRINITY

After having heard and read about the doctrine of Trinity from the time that I could understand, I can very matter-of-factly say on the onset that it is probably THE most absurd doctrine that is taught. (The Roman Catholic effect is clear and understandable)! So, let me start off by ‘knocking down’ the term “Trinity” (this is going to psych you out!). According to the Trinity doctrine there are three persons in the Godhead and all three are one. But, how can anyone prove from the Bible that there are ONLY three persons in the Godhead? (Ha, ha, ha!! You read it right)! What if God has only revealed three and based on Deut 29:29, there are more?

How then can the term “Trinity” hold water? I mean…, How can a duet have three performers? How can a millionaire be called a billionaire? How can a four-wheeler be called a three-wheeler…? So without your unkind permission, I hereby shred the term “Trinity” into three equal pieces and burn it till the ‘white smoke’ disappears into the white clouds!!! PRAISE BE TO GOD!!

Now lets clean up the ashes…

Are the three revealed personalities ONE? THE UNITY IN DIVERSITY OF THE TRINITY, they say, is something so complex that we cannot comprehend it. I remember when I was in school, whenever there was a free time, the main topic of discussion amoungst us (sp after the weekends) would be the latest film. Most often, before anyone starts to narrate the story they would ask everyone present, “Have you seen this film?” And if the answer is “No”, then the “story-teller” ends up telling a new and improved, logic-defying version of the story! When it becomes unbearably unbelievable (!), some would start to protest. But, since no one has seen the film the story-teller boldly holds his ground with “mother promises” and “god promises”…! SO IS THE DOCTRINE OF TRINITY. SINCE NO ONE CAN COMPREHEND IT, LOGIC CAN BE DEFIED TO ANY EXTENT!!

It is said that the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit (HS), are three different personalities with three different responsibilities… Then how in heaven are they one? It is like taking a glass of water and claiming that it is liquid, gas and solid all at the same time! If you say the oneness is in the office of Godship more than in the personalities, then it is like three different managers sharing the same office room. But since the essence of an individual is his personality, it is more rationale to say that God has multiple personalities, than to say that three different individuals together make one person, which is not just irrational, but… (I can hear you say, “See, we told you its complex”)! By acting so stupid, we are humiliating our maker! Father, forgive them for they forget who made them and how?!! If we claim that what is revealed is for our conception then it shouldn’t be beyond our comprehension. And if it was not meant for our conception, then it shouldn’t be an issue… EITHER WAY!!!

If all three persons in the Godhead are the same then a decision taken has to be mutual. NO ONE can COMMAND the other. The moment one commands the other, THE HIERARCHY CHANGES. Jesus once said: “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50 …whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak” (John 12:49). It is said that Jesus obeyed God because he became God’s son. (Please take your seats and buckle up as you are about to go through a barrage of queries…)! In eternity past, what was ‘Jesus’ the God before he became the Son? (God the, what?) What was this God2’s identity? Why did he have to become God’s son to die on the cross? Couldn’t he, as God, himself do it, based on mutual consent than direct obedience? In eternity present, what is his relationship with God the HS? Why is he only subject to God the Father and not God the HS?? And in eternity future, how long will he remain as God the Son, and why?! Would that mean that he never was and will never be fully and only God, but always the Son?! How could you possibly differentiate between a God who is a spirit and a Spirit who is a God?!(Ha, haaaa..! Ok, Ok. You can inhale now)!!

Did you know that: EVEN HOLY SPIRIT THE GOD CANNOT DECIDE ANYTHING ON HIS OWN?!! John 14:16“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter”, and John 14:26“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”, WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS NOT BECOME GOD’S SON, WHY SHOULD HE WAIT FOR GOD THE FATHER’S COMMAND TO MOVE?! In Romans 8:27&34 Paul writes: “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God”. 34“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.IN JOHN WE SEE JESUS THE GOD HAVING TO “PRAY” TO GOD THE FATHER TO SEND GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT TO US!! AND IN ROMANS WE SEE GOD THE HS (along with JESUS THE GOD) INTERCEDING FOR US TO GOD THE FATHER ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD THE FATHER!!

According to the Dictionary, to Intercede means intervene on behalf of another. To Intervene means, regarding matters of Law (as is the textual context), interpose in a lawsuit as a third party. To Interpose means intervene between parties… (That kind of completes the circle)! To put it in simple words: Intercede means to represent the pleading party before the judging party. NEVER EVER CAN A MEDIATOR BE A JUDGE OR A PARTY OF THE JUDGE. If you know how the system works (Why is there a Judge? Why should someone intercede before him for others? Why should someone approach the judge for justice and not the mediator?), you can understand the Protocol of the Trinity that the NT writers are actually trying to convey. NOW TRY AND UNDERSTAND WHY JESUS AND THE HS HAVE TO INTERCEDE FOR US BEFORE GOD THE FATHER WHEN THEY THEMSELVES ARE GODS?!!Representation is done by a Lawyer before the Judge. A Judge NEVER represents anyone before another Judge!! Can you digest that? (Atleast some part of it?)!! The hierarchy is clearly laid out!!SO, when it says that Jesus is sitting on the right hand of God mediating for us with the Father, it means that even the post-resurrected Jesus is NOT EQUAL TO the Father before whom he represents the sinful man!!!

The HS seems to be only a “silent partner” in the Godhead! A shy-guy who (almost exudes a feminist side), though being an Omniscient God himself, waits humbly to be told what next to be done! More surprisingly, he has to be told what exactly to speak (John 16:13) – “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all the truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak”)!!! GOD THE HS HAS TO BE TRAINED BY GOD THE FATHER!! I do not know why these things are never noticed…! There is not a single instance where we see Jesus or the Holy Spirit commanding God the Father! All the commands originate from the Father God. And he is not portrayed as if he is ever going to take one. Do I need to ask “Why”? Do I??

When complexity claims are made on the one side, on the other it is said that the term “Father and Son” is used so that the complex relationship between two persons in the Godhead can be properly conveyed to the silly humans (I do not know who is fooling whom, here)!! Because, if the husband-wife relation symbolizes the Christ-church relation, and the parent-child relationship symbolizes the God-man relation, HOW THEN CAN A FATHER-SON RELATION SYMBOLISE A GOD-GOD RELATION?…!! RIDICULOUS! It makes you feel that the HS should have atleast completed his Graduation in Literature before taking up such a great literary work!!

When we read 2Kings 2:12 and 2Kings 5:13, we see the word “father” being used there with a meaning similar to that of a “guru” or a “master”. With this cultural context, when we see Jesus constantly referring to God as his “father”, he was either sending out a clear message to his listeners or he was being totally senseless!!

It is claimed that Jesus the God and Jesus the man dwelt (mysteriously) together, throughout his stay on earth. On the one hand they say that GOD BECAME MAN, but on the other they say that HE WAS COMPLETE GOD and complete man. Both CANNOT be true, obviously! Well, if the 2nd claim is true then Jesus the man was the 4th entity that was attached to God2. And if the 1st claim is true then once God2 BECOMES man then God2 ceases to exist! Because when ice becomes water then there’s no more ice. When a child becomes an adult, then there’s no more a child (but that’s only when logic is not defied)!!

Keeping aside what I just said, I am ready to accept the logic-defying fact that Jesus was both, complete God and man at the same time, IF someone showed me Jesus the God in action (in words or deeds)! DON’T PICK UP THOSE STONES YET!  Yes, I’ve read John 2:11“This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory”. But, when compared to the miracles done by Elijah, Elisha and the others (leprosy was healed, plenteous provisions were made from scarcity, dead were raised…), WHAT WAS SPECIAL IN JESUS’ MIRACLES THAT REVEALED A GREATER GLORY? HE JUST DID THE DONE! Those who point out to John 1:48“Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee”, to prove that Jesus is God, may not have read 2 Kings 5:26“And he (Elisha) said unto him (Gehazi), Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee?”  Was Elisha God? NO!

If Jesus is God and it is said that we’ll be conformed into his image (Romans 8:29) and to his likeness (Romans 6:5), THEN WONT WE BE GODS, TOO? If he is the “firstborn” and we are his “brethren” then how can he be our God? “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). Paul here portrays Jesus an heir to God. If Jesus is our joint-heir then either we are also Gods or he is NOT one! HOW CAN MY BROTHER EVER BE MY FATHER??!!! Jesus said, “I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you” (John 14:20). Logically (please excuse me for taking you back to the world of logic every now and then), if A=B and B=C, then A=C. ie: IF GOD IS EQUAL TO JESUS AND JESUS IS EQUAL TO US THEN WE ARE EQUAL TO GOD! But that is if you don’t defy logic. Otherwise, it is: A=B & B=C, but A≠C! Paul writes in Colossians 2:9“For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”. If Jesus was God (and Paul knew it) then the verse should simply have been: “For he was a complete God”, and NOTHING ELSE. Even otherwise, if Jesus is God because the fullness of the Godhead dwells in him then we are also Gods because we too have the fullness of God in us! Ephesians 3:19“that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God”.

Let me ask you: In the garden of Gethsemane, whose will was it that Jesus was referring to when he said “not my will” (Luke 22:42), the will of Jesus the complete man or Jesus the complete God? I know, I know… it has to be the will of Jesus the complete man! (What a silly question that was, right?)!! But then, what would have been the will of Jesus the God at that point? Before you say, “we can’t say” let me tell you, there can only be two possibilities: 1) Jesus the God and God the Father had the same will; 2) Jesus the God and Jesus the man had the same will… (That’s all for now your honor)!!

Nicodemus, who was part of the Sanhedrin and so was either a priest or an elder, and was knowledgeable in what the scriptures really taught (because he recognized Christ), had this to say about Jesus: John 3:2 –“Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Nicodemus realized that Jesus came from God and that he could do all those miracles not because he was God, but because God was with him!! If Jesus was God, then, with the kind of knowledge Nicodemus had, what he said was absolute nonsense (Its like a geologist stating that the earth is flat)!! Yet Jesus did not correct Nicodemus.

WELL, WHY WOULD HE WHEN HE HIMSELF ACCEPTS THE FACT THAT WHATEVER HE DOES, HE DOES WITH THE HELP OF GOD! He says in Luke 4:18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,  because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised”. Do you understand that?! Jesus had to be anointed by God to preach and had to be sent by him to heal, and that he needed the Spirit of the Lord upon him to carry out his responsibilities!!! Just before bringing his friend Lazarus back to life, Jesus prayed: “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42 And I knew that thou hearest me always”. Jesus prayed to God “always” and God answered him always (note that the context is performance of a miracle) and this time Jesus let the people around him hear it because he wanted them to  know that he did all those miracles, not because he WAS God but because he was SENT BY God!

Jesus NEVER said that he was God. In John 10:30 he says “I and my Father are one”. Even this statement does not make him THE ONLY true God (as in John 17:3)!!! For example: if I were to tell you that I and my father are one, what would you make out of it? What would you think I meant? Given below are a few verses that would make you understand it better:     Genesis 2:24 “and they shall be one flesh”. Genesis 34:16 “and we will become one people”. Acts 4:32“And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul”. Exodus 24:3“and all the people answered with one voice”. Romans 15:6 –“That they may with one mind and one mouth glorify God”. If all this doesn’t light a bulb somewhere in your head…, then here’s the lightning bolt! :-

 JESUS THE GOD IS SO VERY CLEARLY A NON-EXISTENT ENTITY that Jesus the Man needed the help of the Holy Spirit (the 3rd person in the Godhead) to be born into this world!! He needed the angels to guard him from danger and minister to him when weak. (Jesus the Omnipotent God did not as much as move his little finger)!!! He had to be led by the Spirit into the wilderness. He had to pray to God the Father for guidance. (Jesus the Omniscient God did not want to burn his “brain cells” to help Jesus the man)!!! He glorified God the Father through his life and did only what his Father told him to do! He performed his miracles with the help of God the Father. He commended his spirit to God the Father. (Jesus the Omnipresent God was “not reachable”)!!! He rose again with the power given to him by the Father. He had to request the Father to send the Holy Spirit to us. He is mediating for us with God the Father. And whats more… in the end he is going to give his kingdom to God the Father after defeating all his enemies and remain subject unto him forever (I Corinthians 15:28 – “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all”)…!!! JESUS THE GOD BEING SUBJECT TO GOD THE FATHER FOR THE REST OF THE ETERNITY!!! What in the ‘world’ is he doing?? Is he taking a permanent retirement from Godship?!! How can an omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent God be subject to anyone? How can I be subject to myself??!! …CHECKMATE, my dear friend!! I don’t really have to discuss this any further, but, Oh! How I love to drive all those nails onto the coffin after ‘RIP’ing the ‘body’!!! So please, allow me to do it as smoothly as possible…!!!

By Abraham Jos

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