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Understanding Salvation: How We Find the Real Gods & The Irrelevance of Titles

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Here’s a scenario which baffles many Christians.  Suppose there’s a tribe deep in the Amazon jungle.  This tribe is so remote that they have no contact with the outside world.  All they know is each other and a couple of the small tribes around them.  None of us “civilized” folk even know that this tribe exists, so the Church has never attempted to send missionaries in to reach them.  With no access to the Bible or jungle savvy evangelists, how can our remote tribe of pagans ever get saved? In their tribe, they worship gods of nature—tree gods, monkey gods, and a sun god.  But they’ve never been told about the real Gods.  So how should we view these people?  Are they beyond all hope of salvation because they don’t have any Bible quoting Christians to tell them the Gospel message?  According to the arrogant apostle Paul, yes, these souls are as good as damned.  Paul liked to tell himself that Yahweh is simply too limited to work without the help of us humans. This is why Paul says:

But before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in Him; and before they can believe in Him, they must hear about Him; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them; and before someone can go and tell them, that person must be sent. (Rom. 10:14-15)

Wow, talk about pompous.  But now let’s set aside the massive ego of Paul and get back to truth. What do our Gods say about Their ability to introduce Themselves to people without our help?  They say that They are more than up to the task.  So you see, jungle natives really don’t need to be preached at by some title touting human before they can understand who the real Gods are.  They just need those Gods to speak up.

Today we have a bad habit of listening to the apostle Paul more than we do our Gods.  And while we’re busy quoting Paul’s arrogant claims to be a critical cog in the Divine plan, we forget about how many accounts there are in the Bible of our Gods revealing truth to people without the help of any preachers.  The man Abraham grew up in a pagan home worshiping false gods.  Abraham wasn’t looking for Yahweh—Yahweh came to him.  It was the same with Moses: he wasn’t looking for a burning bush encounter, nor did he understand Who was talking to him until Yahweh helped him out.  Here’s an important thing to realize about our Gods: They totally control the process of spiritual illumination.  This means that if They want you to know who They are, you won’t be able to stop Them from downloading that understanding into your soul. But if They don’t want you to know who They are, then no amount of human preaching will open your eyes.

The only reason Christians stress over the idea of souls dying without understanding is because they grossly exaggerate their own abilities while totally limiting the abilities of the true Gods.  It is utterly impossible for you to make anyone understand who the real Gods are.  As a human, you simply do not have the power to control another soul’s ability to learn.  You can’t even control your own soul’s abilities.  All you can do is choose how you’re going to react when God places some kernel of truth in front of you. Until He does, you won’t even know what you don’t know.  But while you are such a limited, impotent thing, the Gods who created you are not limited at all.  It is an extremely simple thing for Them to give any soul understanding on any subject.  Unlike you, They are not hindered by dense foliage, extreme temperatures, and a lack of navigation tools.  You see, by the time the Church is done pumping your ego up to the stars while she makes the real Gods out to be pathetically inept, you start fretting over problems that don’t really exist.

Here’s a vicious little mind game that some Christian denominations like to inflict on their members.  Sit down and picture the faces of all of the people that you currently love who you know are not saved.  Then imagine them burning in Hell. The goal of this exercise is to make you feel like pond scum for not trying to ram the Gospel message down people’s throats often enough.  Usually there’s a leader who assists you in feeling awful by providing graphic verbal descriptions of souls writhing in anguish.  The exercise is usually dragged out until most of the group members are either crying or feeling sick with guilt.  Then the leader makes them all promise to do a better job of witnessing and sends them out feeling totally traumatized.  It’s a nasty little game which is used especially on Christian teens in youth groups and youth camps.  But the theology behind it is all wrong, for the bottom line is that it’s on you to save Granny from roasting in Hell.  The assumption is that God is just sitting on His hands doing nothing while Granny goes through life oblivious to the fact that her time is running out.  If you don’t rush in to save Granny by making her listen to you rambling on about Jesus, then not only will Granny slip into that fiery lake, but God will blame you for not trying to save her (see Debunking the Great Guilt Trip: It’s Not Your Job to Save the World).

So what does God say?  God says that you’re quite mistaken to think that you love any human more than He does. God says that no one ends up in Hell due to a lack of education. God also says that you’re out of line to try to lead Him in the process of illuminating other souls with truth. God says He’ll introduce Himself to souls when He’s good and ready to do so, and that He’s not about to share His master plan with you because it’s none of your business.  God says that you need to keep your focus on your own walk with Him and stop letting other humans define what His will for you is.  God says that when He wants to use you to speak to someone, He’ll give you clear instructions, but in the meantime, you need to stop focusing on what other souls are doing with Him and focus on your own soul instead.  God says that when He does choose to speak through you, you will merely act as His microphone.  Can a microphone take the credit for what a speaker says through it?  No, and in the same way, you can’t possibly take the credit for how some soul responds to God speaking through you.

We humans do not save each other.  God saves us.  We humans don’t illuminate each other. God illuminates us.  A site like ours, for example, has no power on its own. It’s just useless clutter on the internet unless God decides to do something productive with it.  It doesn’t matter how many articles we write—words on a screen will never help anyone unless God decides to give those words meaning to a particular soul.  If we were to say, “Our site is critical to helping souls know the truth,” we’d be talking like pompous fools.  Our site isn’t critical to anything.  We could delete the whole thing tomorrow and God wouldn’t be hampered in the least.

We Christians need to get an accurate view of our role in spiritual matters.  “God alone deserves the glory,” has become such an overused cliché in Christendom that we don’t even understand what it means anymore.  We say that we’re giving God the glory while we stand on stage taking the bows for whatever it is He has done.  But no, we humans can take credit for nothing because we can do nothing apart from God.

Suppose someone reads one of our articles, has an aha moment, and surrenders themselves to the true Gods.  Is the Holy Spirit then going to say to us, “Hey, thanks for writing that article—I would have been lost without it”?  Of course not, but if you check out the verbiage used on the junk mail Christian ministries bombard you with, you’ll find many of them claiming to be indispensable to God’s work.  It is their own importance which they use to guilt you into sending them money, for they try to convince you that if their ministry was to be snuffed out, the whole world would get darker and somehow God would be rendered less capable of helping people.  Such talk is nothing more than human egos run amuck, and once a ministry goes down this heady path, it’s a blessing to us all when it finally croaks.

There’s nothing uglier than Christians standing around boasting of the epic difference they’re making in expanding God’s Kingdom.  When we talk like this, we just show how blind and immature we are, for there’s nothing more foolish than to try and claim that God Almighty depends on us for anything.

So now that we understand how expendable we are to God’s program, let’s return to our remote jungle tribe.  Because Christians are so married to their Bibles, they often can’t fathom how Jesus could possibly explain who He is to someone without quoting chapter and verse.  Once again, our confusion here stems from viewing our Gods as incompetent Bumblers instead of acknowledging how capable They are.

How is it that we can look around at the universe God has made, speak the languages that He has taught us to speak, and then view Him as being an inept Communicator?  Who is going to be more proficient at using a cell phone: the fellow who built one, or the fellow who bought the finished product off a rack in a store?  Clearly the builder understands his own invention far better than the buyer, and we humans are the inventions of Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  To ask “How can Jesus possibly explain who He is without the aid of the Bible?” is an insane question. As the Co-Creator of our brains, Jesus is more than capable of causing us to understand anything He wants.

Now over time, our Gods have changed the way that They present Themselves to us.  Moses, for example, never knew Jesus during his earthly lifetime.  Neither did David, Abraham, Noah, or anyone else we read about in the Old Testament.  And yet despite not knowing Jesus, plenty of souls ended up in Heaven.  How?  Because when they were introduced to a true God, they submitted to Him as the true God and rejected all other gods as false.  This is how salvation has worked since the beginning of time.  Our Creators only hold us accountable for how we respond to the truth which They reveal to us, and They reveal a different measure of truth to each soul.  David didn’t know about Jesus, but he did know about Yahweh.  So he was judged by how he responded to Yahweh.  Today we Christians have been introduced to three real Gods: Yahweh, Jesus and the magnificent Holy Spirit.  Once we understand that these Three are the only true Gods, we are judged by how we respond to Them.

Here’s an important point to grasp: once you know a real God, you are required to submit to that real God as the Supreme Authority over all things.  But if you then go on to meet a second and third real God, then you must also submit to those Gods as well.  If, for example, you act like modern day followers of Judaism and submit to Yahweh while rejecting the Divinity of Christ, you’re going to end up in Hell.  Yahweh is going to tell you to submit to Christ, and when you refuse to do so, you’re refusing to submit to the Authority of Yahweh.  But until Yahweh tells you about Christ, He doesn’t condemn you for not acknowledging Christ because He knows that you don’t know any better.  This is how it worked in Jesus’ time.  In the Gospel books, we find Jesus preaching to Jews who already knew about Yahweh.  A sincere Yahweh follower would be on his way to Heaven until Jesus showed up.  Once that follower started feeling convicted by Yahweh to accept Jesus as a second God who was equal to Yahweh, then the game changed.  Our sincere believer who was on his way to Heaven is now going to end up in Hell if he refuses to submit to Jesus.  This is why spiritual illumination is such a serious thing: because we are judged by what we know.

Now because Christians obsess over the specific Name of Jesus and because they misunderstand what the true requirements of salvation are, they think that no one can possibly get saved unless they understand the story of how Jesus died on a cross for our sins.  Well, no, this simply isn’t true.  Salvation has always been acquired through reverential submission to the true Gods.  Jesus didn’t change how salvation works by dying on a cross.  We only think He did because we listen to dingdongs like the apostle Paul.

No one is going to acquire salvation by believing in the historical event of Jesus dying on a cross.  Believing that Jesus died is not the same as submitting to Jesus as God. Today plenty of false religions will acknowledge the execution of Jesus—but they then go on to say that Jesus was merely a human or an angel and they will totally reject His Divinity.  This is what guys like Paul and the author of Hebrews do: they teach that Jesus was really a created being whose execution was a voluntary act of martyrdom (see Who is Jesus?).  They teach that  Yahweh is the only true God, while Jesus was just a created being who earned Yahweh’s favor by being so obedient.  Well, no, this is total rot.  Once you understand that Jesus claimed to be God—and the New Testament Jews did understand this—then you are judged by how you respond to that information.  We find a stubborn rejection of Jesus’ Divinity among the New Testament writers, which is why we delude ourselves by calling those men true Christians.  A true CHRISTian is one who is submitting to Christ, Yahweh, and the Holy Spirit as the only true Gods.  This is what Christ taught us to do, so once we know about Christ, we’re judged by how we respond to His demands.

But what about our remote jungle tribe?  How will they acquire salvation?  They aren’t any different than the rest of us: they will be judged by what they know.  Once any one of our little jungle dwellers meets one of the true Gods, he will be judged by how he responds to that God.  If the God he meets then tells him about the existence of two other Gods, then he’ll be judged by how he responds to those Gods as well.  Once he meets a true God, he will have to submit to that God as the Supreme Authority and abandon his other false gods.  We can’t get saved by treating the true Gods like three more spices in our extensive spice rack.  Once we know Them, we must submit ourselves to Them exclusively.

Now let’s say that Jesus introduces Himself to Jungle Jake.  Will Jesus call Himself by the Name Jesus?  Probably not.  Yeshua and Yahweh are Hebrew Names.  Jesus comes from Latin.  The Holy Spirit is an English title.  Jungle Jake doesn’t speak Hebrew, Latin, or English.  He speaks his own tribal dialect. Jesus is going to talk to Jake using language and metaphors that Jake can understand.  Jesus couldn’t care less what title Jake refers to Him by.  What Jesus cares about is how Jake’s soul is responding to Him.

Now because we Christians are always reducing our Gods, we tend to freak out over the idea of someone submitting to Jesus without using the J-Name that we are so obsessed with.  Well, how many of you refer to God the Father as Yahweh?  Yahweh is the title we use for God the Father in our material, but it’s not a super popular title among Christians.  Many simply refer to Yahweh as God, Lord, or Father.  Some use the title of Jehovah (which should not be confused with the false god who the Jehovah’s Witnesses worship).  Does Yahweh get confused by us calling Him by different titles?  Not hardly.  If you, as a mere speck of a human can carry multiple names in life, why do you think your Creators can’t manage to sort out when They are and aren’t being addressed?

To understand how this name business works out, let’s talk about Dr. Mary Magdalene Sanchez.  Mary answers to many different names.  Her English speaking friends call her Mary or Maggie.  Her Spanish speaking friends call her Maria. Her patients call her Doc or Dr. Sanchez.  Her husband calls her Honey, Baby, and Sweetheart.  Her best friend calls her by the joking nickname of Petunia.  Since the publication of her first book, her coworkers have been calling her Author.  Does Mary get confused by having all of these different titles?  No, she finds it fun. Ah, but Mary is a very common name, and when Mary is out in public, she often hears other women around her being called Mary.  Does this confuse her?  Not at all.  It’s quite obvious to Mary when she is being addressed by someone and when she isn’t.

Mary’s situation helps us understand how things work with our Gods.  When an individual soul prays to God, it is quite obvious to the true Gods which being that soul is trying to address.  Perhaps that soul is praying to the fictitious god Allah or to the false Jehovah or to the Mormon “God the Father.”  Many religions use the same titles for divine beings—does this confuse the true Gods?  Of course not.  Just as Mary knows when someone is talking to her specifically, the true Gods know when a soul is trying to find Them.

Now let’s go back to Jungle Jake.  After worshiping tree gods and monkey gods his whole life, Jake is starting to get a nagging feeling that his gods aren’t the only gods in existence.  That nagging feeling is coming from the true Gods, of course, but Jake doesn’t understand this yet.  He just finds himself starting to wonder if he’s missing some information. One day, Jake goes off to a secluded spot and calls out for any unknown god to communicate with him.  What Jake is really looking for is clarification regarding whether he’s missing some important spiritual concept.  He’s been taught that he was created by a great monkey god in the sky.  If that’s how it really is, he’s fine with that.  But if he’s missing something, he wants to know because he just can’t shake the feeling that there’s more.

So what do the true Gods see when Jake sneaks off to have this private moment of soul searching? They see Jake responding well to Their convictions.  Is Jake clearly articulating his search for truth?  No, but the desires of his soul are quite clear to the real Gods.  They don’t need verbal explanations.  So when Jake calls out for some guidance, the Holy Spirit answers him.  Speaking in Jake’s tribal dialect, the Holy Spirit introduces Himself as The True Creator—a title which really grabs Jake’s attention.  Jake has already been suspecting that the monkey god in the sky story was a bit off, and now he’s quite eager to talk more with this Being who is calling Himself The True Creator.  From then on, Jake starts addressing all of his prayers to The True Creator, because in his mind, this title identifies a Being who is more Supreme than all others.  Does the Holy Spirit have an issue with Jake not using the title Holy Spirit?  Of course not.  The Holy Spirit is intentionally using a title with Jake that will help Jake clearly identify the true Gods.

Now because Jake is so eager to please the real God, he fully devotes himself to The True Creator and decides that this Being is the only God he’ll worship.  But then one day Jesus shows up and introduces Himself to Jake as The True Creator’s Brother.  By using this title, Jesus helps Jake understand that Jesus is equal to the Supreme God who Jake has already met.  Now Jake understands that there are two Supreme Beings and he eagerly accepts Jesus as his second God.  Does Jesus have an issue with Jake never using the Name Jesus?  Of course not.  Jesus doesn’t care how Jake refers to Him, He just cares about Jake’s soul attitude.

Now after going along happily worshiping The True Creator and The True Creator’s Brother, Jake is astonished when a third God suddenly shows up and introduces Himself as The True Creator’s Other Brother. This is the God who we Christians call God the Father or Yahweh, but these titles mean nothing to Jake.  The true Gods are using different titles with Jake than They used with the ancient Jews because Jake is in a different cultural context.  For Jake, these True Creator titles really help him distinguish between real Gods and fables that his tribe has made up.

Now it’s been quite shocking to Jake to meet a second and third Creator God.  Each time a new God presents Himself to Jake, Jake turns to the first God He met for verification. When Jesus showed up, Jake was very anxious, and he went off to pray alone to The True Creator.  Jake asked The True Creator if it was true that He had a brother.  When The True Creator affirmed that, yes, He did indeed have a Brother who was equal to Him, then Jake accepted The True Creator’s Brother as a second God in his life.  Later on when Yahweh showed up, Jake did the same thing—he checked with the Gods he was sure about before accepting the new God.  This was good discernment on Jake’s part, and it’s how the Jews should have handled the Jesus situation.  Always check with the God you know.  Jews who sincerely sought Yahweh’s opinion on Jesus found Yahweh telling them that yes, Jesus really was who He claimed to be.  Only then could sincere Yahweh followers feel comfortable worshiping Jesus as a second God.

So what do we now have in the jungle?  We have one soul sincerely submitting to the three real Gods.  He’s using different titles than we Christians use, but he’s still talking to the same Gods that we are, and he understands the difference between the true Gods and the mythical gods that his tribe invented.  Jake’s story demonstrates how our Gods are quite capable of introducing Themselves to souls without human assistance.  Jake’s story also helps us understand that titles and the order in which our Gods introduce Themselves are not what’s important.  Jake has never heard of Jesus dying on a cross.  He’s never seen a Christian Bible.  He doesn’t use words like atonement or salvation.  But Jake knows that his three Gods are the only real Gods, and his devotion to Them is quite sincere.  Jake is going to end up on the right side of eternity because he responded well to the true Gods when They introduced Themselves to him.

Now today many people like to say that we can just pick any god we want, be zealous in our devotion to that god, and it will be good enough.  Well, no, it won’t.  If Mary sees her husband passionately kissing some other Mary on the lips, is Mary going to be pleased?  Is she going to say, “It’s just like he kissed me”?  No, she’s going to be very upset and accuse her husband of infidelity.  In the same way, the true Gods don’t look at a soul fervently worshiping Allah or Krishna and say, “It’s like he’s worshiping Us.”  The true Gods know the difference between us worshiping Them and us worshiping someone else.  The true Gods demand that we submit specifically to Them in life, and once They start introducing Themselves to us, we’re going to get in big trouble for rejecting Them.

Salvation can only be acquired through reverential submission to the true Gods.  Submitting to false gods will land us in Hell.  It doesn’t matter what titles we use to refer to the true Gods—what matters is that we are in fact worshiping the true Gods.  In the world today, the true Gods are being referred to by countless different titles.  Father.  God.  Lord.  Jesus.  Messiah. Yeshua. Adonai.  Elohim.  Yahweh. Jehovah. Holy Spirit. Holy Ghost.  Almighty Creator.  Savior.  The list goes on and on.  Every language uses different titles. Every soul uses different terms of endearment.  But no matter what words we’re saying, our souls are quite clear about which specific Beings they are addressing, and it is our souls’ response to the true Gods that we are judged by.

FURTHER READING:
The Names of God
Salvation: How do you know when you’ve met God’s requirements?
Salvation Concerns: Why does God block some souls from coming to Him?

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