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Biblical Backup: Why does it matter?

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Of all of the gods being talked about, worshiped, and defended in this world, only three of them are real: Yahweh, Jesus and the magnificent Holy Spirit.  It was these three glorious, uncreated Beings who brought everything that is into existence.  It is these three Beings who we humans are totally dependent on, and it is these three Beings who we will be judged by.

Now if you want to be an idiot, you totally ignore whatever the real Gods tell you and you end up eternally paying for your defiance.  But if you want to be wise, then you listen good when the real Gods pipe up with some bit of instruction about how They want you to treat Them.  And while we’re all on our own individual journeys with our Makers, there are certain commands that are given to us all.  One of those commands is that we humans must reverentially submit to the real Gods as the Supreme Authorities that They are.

So what is a Supreme Authority?  A Supreme Authority is Someone who cannot be outranked.  It’s the top Guy.  The Highest Boss.  The King over all other kings.  The three real Gods demand that you recognize that They are the Supreme Authorities over you personally, as well as over everything else that exists.  So do you?  Well, if you’re like most Christians, then the answer is no. Most Christians reject the idea that the real Gods are Supreme Authorities.  Most Christians have decided that there is actually in existence another god which outranks the three real Gods.  That fourth deity who Christians worship with far more devotion than they do the real Gods is nothing more than some cheesy collection of historical documents.  Yes, we are talking about the Christian Bible.  Yes, we are being intentionally derogatory by referring to the Bible as cheesy, because do you have any idea how insulting it is to the real Gods that you are exalting some lifeless OBJECT as a higher authority than Them?

Here’s a typical dialogue between two Christians who are talking like idolatrous fools:

JOE: “Hey, Fred, I felt like God was speaking to me last night.”
FRED: “Really?  Well, you’d better see if it lines up with what the Bible says—then you’ll know if you should listen or not.”

Whoa.  Stop.  Back up.  Let’s reattach our brains and figure out what on earth just happened here.  So God Almighty spoke, but no one’s going to pay attention until they go get permission from some BOOK??  Really?!  “Hold on, God, I can’t find biblical backup for what You just said.  So I’m sorry, but You can hardly expect me to do what You want if You’re not going to stick with what my book god says.” Now there’s a reverent way to talk to the Creator of all things.  “Shove it God, I only listen to a book, not You.”  Wow.  Does Hell take reservations?  Because if you’re going to spend your life exalting some stupid book over God Himself, then you might as well sign up for eternal damnation now, because that’s where you’re heading.

Now in case you’re struggling to grasp how offensive it is that God provided you with a book to help you, and you went and turned that book into an idol to replace Him, let’s look at this another way to help you grasp how totally obnoxious you’re being by obsessing over the Bible.

Take a quick glance over this post so far and what don’t you see?  Bible verses.  Unlike scores of Bible worshipers out there, we don’t pepper our material with Bible verses.  This causes some Christians to conclude that we don’t have biblical backup for what we’re saying.

Whoa.  Stop the universe.  We are daring to talk about something that THE BOOK doesn’t address.  What kind of crazy are we?  Who is this God we talk to who has so many original thoughts?  Who knew that the same Jesus who cranked out the entire universe could actually come up with something to say that isn’t already written in THE BOOK.  To hear Christians tell it, the Holy Spirit is some nitwit with a pea sized brain who can only sit around quoting morons like the apostle Paul.  Apparently the Holy Spirit goes mute if you should ever ask Him a question involving something that the Bible doesn’t specifically talk about.  Take your cell phone, for example.  There were no cell phones in Bible times.  Guess God has nothing to say on that subject.  Oh, and computers—can’t get any help there, either.  Gee, should you get a Facebook account or not?  Is there any value in socializing online?  Can’t ask God, because everything He ever wants to say to you has already been written down in that book.  Apparently your God is a moron who ran out of ideas 2,000 years ago—no wonder you chucked Him aside so you could go worship paper and ink instead.

Our site is called THE PURSUIT OF GOD.  And then we have the audacity to say that the Bible is a manmade conglomeration of truth and lies which is riddled with horrible theology and terrible spiritual role models.  Well, what kind of sense does this make?  How can Christians claim to be promoting God if they’re not promoting the Bible?  Do you know why it irks Christians so much that we don’t constantly quote chapter and verse?  Because to them, the Bible is God.  To them, you can’t teach people about God unless you’re quoting the Bible every two seconds because hellooo, the BOOK is the God.  See how it works?  And the craziest part is that Christians actually think they’re going to be admitted into Heaven after they live their lives steeped in this kind of idolatrous rebellion.

So why don’t we waste our time trying to prove to you that everything we say can be backed up by something in your precious Bible?  Because we’re teaching you how to please the real Gods, and when the real Gods give you a command, They don’t give a flip whether or not what They just said neatly lines up with the words you read in some book.  You see, if we keep saying to you, “This is true because, look here: the BIBLE says so,” what are we doing?  We’re teaching you to treat the Bible as a higher authority than the real Gods.  Well, no, this is total garbage.  If you were to actually read the book instead of just worshiping it, you’d discover that God’s intensely jealous Nature and His intense hatred of idolatry is one of the most prominent themes from Genesis to Revelation.  So not only are you being an idolatrous twerp by acting like nothing God says has any merit until you can find some stupid verse to back it up, but you’re also a raging hypocrite for claiming to “live by the Word” when the Word says over and over again that GOD HATES IDOLATRY.

Christians are so incredibly blind on this Bible issue.  It’s like we’ve all breathed in some mind-altering gas and we can’t even recognize what we’re doing as we worship the book 24/7.  Who even cares what the Bible says?  It’s a BOOK!  It’s not a God!  The next time God convicts you about something, and some Christian asks you for biblical backup, stop and ask yourself, “Why am I suddenly feeling like it’s not good enough that God Almighty has just spoken to me?  Why do I need a Bible verse to feel valid?  When did a material object become the highest authority in my life?”

Plenty of the stuff we teach can be biblically supported, but we intentionally do not pepper our articles with verses because 1) we know you’re not going to look up those verses yourself, and 2) we know that you already think much too highly of the Bible.  So if we pepper you with verses, we’re only going to encourage you to 1) practice bad discernment by just blindly trusting whatever we say and 2) keep pressing on in your idolatry of a material thing.  It doesn’t matter what a book says. It matters what GOD says.

But alas, some of you still aren’t convinced.  Well, fine.  If you want to play biblical backup games, then let’s play.

The Bible says that Jesus Christ is not God. Want back up?  Here it is:

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind: the man Christ Jesus who gave Himself as a ransom for all people. (1 Tim. 2:6)

Paul says there is only one God (Yahweh), and one human mediator (Christ).  So if you’re worshiping Jesus as God, stop it.  It’s not biblical (see The Great Offense of Paul: Rejecting the Divinity of Christ).

You see, Yahweh says it’s totally unacceptable for you to worship Jesus as God.  In fact, centuries before anyone ever heard of Christ, Yahweh said that He was the only Savior and that there would never be any other Savior but Him.

“I, even I, am Yahweh. And there is no savior besides Me.” (Isa. 43:11)

Oh, but there you are calling Jesus your Savior.  Well, stop it.  It’s not biblical.

As for your theory that some Triune God created the universe—that’s a load of hooey.  The Bible clearly states that Yahweh alone created the heavens and the earth.

“I, Yahweh, am the Maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself and spreading out the earth all alone.” (Isa. 44:24)

Stop trying to hide behind that ridiculous LORD substitution for the Name of Yahweh and face up to what the text actually says.  It says Yahweh created both the world and us.  According to the Bible, Jesus and the Holy Spirit had nothing to do with it.

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that Yahweh God made earth and heaven. (Gen. 2:4)

Since you pride yourself on being biblical, why don’t you kick off your shoes and go walk on some snakes and scorpions?  And why don’t we all take turns shooting at you?  It won’t matter, because in the Bible, that non-God named Jesus says that no harm will come to His followers.

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.” (Lk. 10:19)

Speaking of things that Jesus said, He makes it quite clear that true believers will crank out the good works on earth, and that’s how you’ll know who you can trust and who is just out to deceive you.

“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.” (Matt. 7:15-20)

Hmm…perhaps we’re a group of ravaging wolves.  After all, we’re writing slanderous posts about the Bible.  We’re not revering some material object.  We’re refusing to treat a THING like a GOD, so obviously we must be false prophets.  We’re not passing this test for true believers, because we’re putting out bad, rotten fruits.  We’re not like those other, good Christian teachers who are always exalting Jesus and doing charitable deeds.  Some of them even do miracles and cast out demons—wow, talk about impressive fruits.  Obviously those people must be legit.  But then again, according to the Bible…

“On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your Name, drive out demons in Your Name, and do many miracles in Your Name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Away from Me, you evil doers!’” (Matt. 7:22-23)

Now wait a minute, what’s with the doubletalk?  One minute the Bible says that good works prove who is trustworthy, the next minute it says that a bunch of folks who promoted Jesus on earth and did miracles in His Name are going to end up eternally damned (see Recognizing Wolves: By Their Fruits You Won’t Know Them).  So what’s true?  And how come we’re all so afraid of treading on snakes and scorpions if we really believe that the Bible is so infallible and inerrant?  How come we’re promoting Jesus as a God when the Bible says He’s just a man?  What kind of sense does it make for Christians who worship Christ to hang up a list of the Ten Commandments in their home when the second command is Yahweh saying: “Do not have other gods besides Me” (Ex. 20:3)?

We Christians have other two other Gods besides Yahweh.  We sing songs to the God Jesus and then we sing songs like “Holy Spirit, Fall Afresh,” to yet another Being who isn’t Yahweh.  Sometimes we talk about God the Father—but He’s hardly at the top of our list, which is why we don’t ever bother to highlight His words in red in the Bible.  No, we’re far more interested in what the Man Jesus has to say, and then we shamelessly worship Jesus as a God when that’s just what the Bible says not to do (see Applying the Ten Commandments: Guidance for Christians).

We could go on and on, but the point we want you to grasp is this: biblical backup isn’t worth a hill of beans, because the Bible can be easily used to support both truth and lies.   It’s a polluted product, and as such, we can find plenty of bad theology in it which we can use to support all kinds of wrong ideas about who the real Gods are and how They operate.  The apostle Paul says that Yahweh never gave a flip about Gentiles until Christ came (see More Lies from Paul: God Loves Jews More Than Gentiles).  The apostle John says that Satan is the ruler of this world (see The Ruler of Our World: Is it God or Satan?).  The apostle John also says that if we want to know what truth is, we need to just blindly accept whatever he and his fellow apostles say, since they’re obviously incapable of error (see Spiritual Discernment According to John). The apostle James says that we all have the chops to control the weather because, hey, the prophet Elijah could and he was just a man (see The Laying On of Hands).  In Revelation we learn that every Jewish tribe except for the tribe of Dan is going to have at least 12,000 folks end up in Heaven.  As for the Danites—well, they just didn’t make the cut (see Applying Revelation 7: The 144,000).  But it’s okay, because according to Psalm 91, our lives are perfect thanks to our guardian angels looking out for us all the time (see Psalm 91: Life is Perfect & God Always Does What We Want).  And of course the real Gods love it when we get more excited about angels and demons than we do about Them—oh wait, no They don’t.  The real Gods actually hate idolatry, and They hate created beings exalting other created beings or things as being more fabulous than the real Gods.  It doesn’t matter if your precious Bible says this or not.  It’s a fact.

Here’s how we help you break out of the idolatrous mindset that the Church teaches you to embrace: we don’t make a bunch of non-committal, vague statements about who the real Gods are and what They demand of you.  We don’t try to be everyone’s friend by using diplomatic language and we don’t waste your time by waxing on about our personal thoughts in life.  Instead, we make bold, unapologetic declarations about who the real Gods are and what They want from you.  We start sentences with the words GOD SAYS, and when you see words like that, there should be little alarms sounding in your mind as you realize that we—a bunch of created, non-wise beings—are daring to put words in God’s mouth.  Did He say them or not?  Are we quoting Him correctly or just making up a bunch of guff?  Are you going to find the answer by cracking open some irrelevant book that can’t even get the Divinity of Christ right?  Not hardly.  We’re not quoting the Bible when we say GOD SAYS.  We’re quoting God Himself.  If you want to know if we’re quoting Him correctly, then put the distractions away and ask God Himself if what we’re saying is right.  Don’t ask some book in which God is being constantly insulted by spiritual morons who didn’t know better than to act like it was some great privilege to “entertain angels” who were disguised as humans (see Applying Hebrews 13: Concluding Remarks).  No, it’s really not okay to exalt the created above the Creators, but you won’t learn that critical truth from the fools who wrote the New Testament documents.  How far gone are we to not be bothered by the fact that the apostle Paul so openly rejects the Divinity of Christ?  While we name our churches and schools after him and exalt his words as “infallible”, whose side are we on?  Obviously not the right one, and our pathetic lack of devotion to our Creators is partly due to our incessant idolizing of the Christian Bible.

So then, when people ask us for biblical backup, our answer is simple. If you want to know the truth, go to God, not a book.  We absolutely will not exalt the created over the Creators, because we know how much They hate that kind of attitude.  We don’t live by a book, because the book is not who we will be answering to in eternity.  We follow God.  As a Christian, you also claim to be following God.  Now would be a good time to start walking your talk.

FURTHER READING:
God Told Me: The Only Valid Basis for Faith
How We Got the Bible: A Reality Check for Christians
Understanding Idolatry: The Problem & the Cure
The Bible Isn’t Perfect: Now what?
Present Convictions vs. Past Commands

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