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Misapplying David: How Psalm 8 is Used to Insult Christ

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If you are serious about pursuing God, then at some point all of the things you’re using as substitutes for God in your life need to be cleared away.  For many Christians, the Bible and its highly exalted human authors are being used as stand-ins for God.  Rather than pray directly to God when you have a question, you turn to a book—a book which you’ve been taught is infallible.  Well, once we are placing material objects and the ramblings of mere mortals on the same level as our three glorious Creators, we have a major problem.  Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit detest idolatry and They are very jealous by Nature.  And yet even though our Gods hammer this point from Genesis to Revelation, and even though we are taught to obsess over the Bible, somehow we’re failing to see what is right in front of our faces.  No, it is really not okay to act like a book is God.  And it’s not okay to take the idiotic ramblings of humans who were so obviously not listening to God and exalt their lies as “God-breathed.”  As a Christian who really wants to get closer to God, you really need to stop worshiping the book.  To help you get there, we have written many articles which point out specific examples of some terrible teaching and straight up lies that exist in the Bible. 

Now the occasional misstep by some human author should be expected.  But what happens in the New Testament epistles is not occasional.  The theology we find there is loaded with very destructive lies about who our Gods are and how They operate.  So when you’re in the epistles, you need to be extremely guarded, and you need to be asking God for discernment.  It doesn’t matter whether you turn to Yahweh, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit—but you need to be talking to a real God, not some fool of a human.  If you’re used to relying on Bible commentaries, you need to realize that much of what is in those commentaries is total hooey.  The Church puts enormous pressure on Christian teachers to keep recycling the same lies over and over again.  So the fact that someone has “Dr.” before his name does not at all mean that he knows what he’s talking about.  In fact, when Christian teachers boast of having a bunch of formal education in theology or in Scriptures, all they’re really saying is that they’ve clocked years being brainwashed by some denomination’s school.  The more you let humans cram your head full of lies, the harder it is for you to see the truth.  All of this means that you need to put the help books away and start going directly to God.

The articles we write are not intended to be a substitute for God in your life.  Instead, our goal is to help you hear God better by adjusting your expectations about the kinds of things He might want to say to you.  If you sit down with the Bible and tell God, “Teach me something,” yet in your mind you’re holding on to a long list of things that God can’t say to you, are you going to learn very much?  No.  Once you decide up front that God would never say that the apostle Paul is a spiritual dingdong who is spewing lies all throughout his letters, then all you’ve done is closed your mind to God.  He’s God.  He’s the wise One.  We humans don’t know jack. As long as you come to God with a long list of inflexible beliefs, then you’re going to constantly fight Him every time He tries to show you something that challenges one of your current views.  Don’t ask God to teach you until you’re ready to admit that you don’t know anything apart from Him.  And then don’t make up a bunch of ridiculous rules about what He can and can’t say to you.  Everything has to be wide open.  All of your beliefs have to be available for revision.  You should never take this kind of totally open stance with humans, but you must take it with God if you ever want to get past the basics.

Now the purpose of this post is to make you uncomfortable by pointing out to you a clear example of New Testament authors blatantly lying to you about the meaning of an Old Testament psalm.  Why do we want to make you uncomfortable?  Because we want to create opportunities for you to practice going to God whenever you’re confronted with teaching that makes you squirm.  Most Christians don’t do this, which is one of the reasons the Church is the sad mess of delusions that she is.

The Church teaches you not to go to God when you’re uncomfortable.  Instead, she teaches you that you’re delusional if you think that God Almighty would actually bother to speak to you when He’s already handed you a book to serve as His substitute in your life.  The Church teaches you to resolve any theological crisis by falling back on what other humans have taught you in the past.  Don’t believe that bit of teaching, because it conflicts with what Pastor John said. That theory is obviously wrong because it goes against what the apostle Paul said.  Always you’re being cattle prodded back to humans for truth—the elders at your church, your spiritual mentor, your home group, your pastor, some anointed windbag on YouTube or some dead guys who wrote stuff down in the Bible.  Well, this system of running to humans—dead or alive—is garbage.  Humans do not have wisdom.  God has wisdom.  If you want to really know the truth, you have to go to God, and you need to learn how to do this without someone holding your hand and telling you what to pray.  This is why our site is helpful to you: we’re going to provoke you, challenge you, and poke holes in a ton of your core beliefs.  We’re going to push you to seriously question why you believe what you believe and then we’re going to keep telling you to go directly to God for answers.  You’re going to have a very hard time finding other Christians who bug you to the degree that we do.  Most of them are just going to keep regurgitating the same baloney over and over while making you feel like you’re being rebellious if you dare to disagree with them.  Well, we don’t care if you agree with us or not.  We want you to learn how to become confident in relying directly on God in your life, because that is the only way your soul is going to thrive.

Folks who aren’t serious about growing run from our material and go find some cesspool of lies that they can comfortably stagnate in.  Folks who are serious about growing hang around, get seriously bothered by our material, turn to God in frustration, and then have a fabulous aha moment that, yes, God really is willing to speak to them.  This is the connection that we want you to make: we want you to stop confusing false shepherds with your real Shepherds in life, and the only Shepherds you should be depending on are Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  Maybe you’ll decide in the end that we’re totally delusional with the stuff we write.  Fine.  As long as you have learned how to go to God directly for answers, you’re going to be alright.  You see, this is what the true goal of Christian leaders is supposed to be: to teach you skills that will help your soul in the long-term, not just turn you into one of their fans. Whether you personally like us or not is totally irrelevant.  But how much you are relying on God alone to teach you in life is going to have an enormous impact on your eternal future.

PSALM 8

Now let’s get into it.  In this post, we’re going to examine Psalm 8, which is one of several psalms that gets quoted by New Testament authors.  All of the New Testament writers were Jews, and the only Scriptures they had at the time they wrote their letters were what we Christians call the Old Testament.  At the time Paul was writing to the church he’d planted in Corinth, he had no idea that his letters would be preserved for centuries and labeled as infallible Scriptures.  No doubt his ego would have relished the thought, but the point is that the New Testament writers weren’t trying to create long lasting documents for us all to obsess over.  Each epistle was written to a specific audience in an attempt to deal with specific issues.  But what’s interesting is that we find the New Testament authors playing the same games that we Christians play today: if you want to convince your audience that you’re right, quote Scriptures.  It doesn’t matter if you quote them correctly or not: teachers know that the folks they’re teaching are not going to be well-equipped to catch errors in their applications.  The apostle Paul was a Pharisee, which meant he had received formal training in Scriptures.  So all Paul has to do is say, “As it is written,” and everyone he’s talking to will immediately assume that Paul is correctly applying the line of Scripture he’s about to quote.  But is he?

Back in New Testament times, no one dared to challenge a learned guy like Paul.  In the Church today, Christian leaders work hard to keep you afraid to challenge them as well, and it is this mindset that we want to break you out of.  You need to start questioning everything and everyone. But you need to question in productive ways.  Arguing with humans is not productive.  Going fifty rounds in some war of comments on the internet is a waste of time, because there you’re still arguing with humans.  Forget about humans: you need to go to God.  You need to run everything past Him and say, “Is there any truth to this?  What do You think?  How do You want me to respond to this material?”  If you haven’t already prayed something like this as you’re reading this article, then you need to do so now.  If you’re not consciously relying on God to lead you in life, then how do you think you’re going to ever learn the truth?

Now Psalm 8 is a great example of New Testament writers taking some well-meaning praise song and using it to totally slam Christ.  As a Christian, should you be okay with the Church calling Christ-bashing comments “infallible” and “Divinely inspired”?  No, you shouldn’t.  You need to stop trusting in the Church’s lousy discernment skills.  You also need to stop siding with rebellious fools who openly rip on one of your glorious Creators.  As a Christian, you’re supposed to be fully devoted to Christ, and that means you don’t go around exalting teaching which portrays Him as being anything less than the magnificent, uncreated, all-powerful, glorious God that He is.

Now Psalm 8 was written by David.  No human is perfect, and David wrote a lot of psalms that displayed some pretty lousy attitudes.  But Psalm 8 is one of his good ones, and here we find a sincere exaltation of the glorious Yahweh.  This psalm has nothing to do with Christ, because David had never heard of Christ.  Unlike guys like Moses and Samuel, David never functioned as a prophet.  But of course today the Church tells you that David was a prophet, and that he’s intentionally dropping hints about Christ in his psalms.  But, no, he’s really not.

David was a dedicated monotheist, and Yahweh was the only God he worshiped.  This is exactly what Yahweh wanted His followers to do under the Old Covenant, so David is doing 100% right to act like Yahweh is the only true God.  When you then come along and try to pretend that David’s references to “Lord” and “God” are referring to a Triune God, you’re being ridiculous and totally ignoring what David was actually saying.  We can’t get to truth by ignoring the original author’s intent, so whenever you find Scripture being quoted in the New Testament, you need to go back and look at the original passage in its Old Testament context and figure out what the original author was trying to say. It’s only after you give the original author a chance to speak for himself that you can then determine if the New Testament authors are quoting him correctly.  So now let’s go through Psalm 8 and figure out what David is trying to say.

Yahweh, our Lord, how magnificent is Your Name throughout the earth! You have covered the heavens with Your majesty.  You have taught children and infants to tell of Your strength, silencing Your enemies and all who oppose You. (Ps. 8:1-2)

David begins this praise song by exalting Yahweh as having a global reputation for being awesome.  Of course he’s being exaggeratory when he says infants are telling of Yahweh’s great strength, because infants can’t even talk. But this imagery is meant to emphasize just how impressive Yahweh is, and make the point that the whole world is in awe of Him.  Is this actually true?  No.  In David’s world, there were plenty of folks who mocked God.  But at the time David wrote this psalm, his personal soul was obviously overflowing with awe for God, and he is projecting his own feelings onto everyone else.

When I observe Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You set in place, what is man that You remember him, the son of man that You look after him? You made him little less than God and crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him lord over the works of Your hands; You put everything under his feet: all the sheep and oxen, as well as the animals in the wild, the birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea that pass through the currents of the seas. Yahweh, our Lord, how magnificent is Your Name throughout the earth! (Ps. 8:3-9)

This is the end of this short little psalm, and to correctly interpret what David’s saying, you need to understand that these are the words of a man who had true humility.  David is not at all trying to minimize the difference between himself and Yahweh by saying that Yahweh made humans “a little less than God.”  Instead, he is saying, “Hey, I don’t regard it as a trivial thing that God Almighty is actually taking personal interest in dots like us.  Why should He think of us at all when we’re nothing compared to Him?  Yahweh, it is such an awesome privilege to be human, because You treat human beings with such great favor.  You treat us like we’re the most important part of this creation to You.  You give us special attention.  You honor us with Your love and care.  Wow, I’m speechless, Yahweh.  There is no one as awesome as You.”

David is quite correct to recognize that Yahweh has elevated humans as being more important to Him than the other elements of this world.  David is also modeling right soul attitudes by viewing Yahweh’s attention as a glorious honor which should be greatly cherished instead of taken for granted.  By marveling at how Yahweh takes any interest humans, David is greatly exalting how magnificent and far above humans Yahweh is.  David is also complimenting Yahweh by talking as though Yahweh’s attention is such a priceless treasure, and once you understand David’s humble soul attitude, you can see how this psalm has very God-pleasing sentiments.

PSALM 8 IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

David’s original intentions in writing Psalm 8 makes the thing come across like a loving kiss being planted on Yahweh’s cheek.  But when the New Testament writers get a hold of this psalm, that loving kiss gets turned into a slap in the face, and Christ is the One getting slapped.  David’s very positive intentions get completely ignored and what we find instead are Paul and the author of Hebrews grossly mangling what David was saying and using his sincere praise of Yahweh as an excuse to argue that Christ cannot be God.

PAUL’S USE OF PSALM 8 IN 1 CORINTHIANS

Let’s start by examining how the apostle Paul applies this psalm.  In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul is passionately arguing against the Jewish belief that there is no resurrection from the dead.  Pharisees like Paul did believe in the concept of an afterlife, but their competitors, the Sadducees, did not.  Common Jews were influenced by both Pharisees and Sadducees, so there ended up being very different views of what to expect after death.  Do we just die like dogs or is there more?  If we die like dogs and there is nothing more, than what does it matter if we obey God or not in this life?  Belief in an afterlife is quite essential when you’re trying to get people to care about eternal matters.  The folks in Corinth are obviously waffling about the resurrection issue, and Paul is quite exasperated by this.  So in 1 Corinthians 15, he is saying, “People, think about it: Christ was raised from the dead by Yahweh, right?  Of course He was!  And if He was, then we will be as well!  The very fact that Christ came back from the dead proves that there is more after this life so stop doubting this basic fact about how things work!”

Is this argument sound?  Well, Christ was hardly the first resurrection story the Jews had ever heard of.  Lazarus came back to life—as did a host of others before him.  But in all of these cases, all that the Jews really saw was evidence that a soul reentered its physical earthsuit.  Christ returned from the grave in the same body He had died in—not in some new, heavenly body.  We know this by the way He pointed out His crucifixion wounds to Thomas.  Well, to try and use this fact to say that we will drag our earthly bodies on to eternity simply doesn’t work.  In this world, souls use earthsuits to get around in.  Christ simply didn’t give us a glimpse of what our eternal situation would be like when He showed up in the same earthsuit He’d been crucified in.  The real point of Christ using the same body was to leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that He was fully resurrected from the grave.

The Jews believed that soul and body separated after death, with the soul going down to the underworld and the body staying in its earthly grave.  They believed that only the true God had the power to pull a soul back from the underworld and reunite it with its earthly corpse.  Jesus claimed to raise Himself, thus proving that, like Yahweh, He was a true God.  Jesus’ resurrection was meant to flaunt the truth of His claim that He was a Divine Being (see Who raised Jesus from the dead?).  But is a diehard monotheist like the apostle Paul going to accept that anyone could be equal to the mighty Yahweh? Not in a million years.  Paul totally rejects the notion that Jesus raised Himself, and instead he says that Yahweh raised Jesus.  This might sound like a small detail, but it has enormous theological implications, for by denying that Jesus has the ability to raise Himself back to life, Paul is denying that Jesus is God.

Now reading through Paul’s letters gets confusing because he keeps flipping backing and forth between references to Christ and references to Yahweh, and this isn’t very clear when Bible publishers just keep using the generic pronoun of “He.”  To help you understand how much Paul distinguishes between Yahweh and Christ, we replace generic titles like God, Lord and He with specific Names, and this is what we get:

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; afterward, at Christ’s coming, those who belong to Christ. (1 Cor. 15:20-22)

Paul does not believe Christ is God, which is why he says that Christ “has been raised” from the dead. It was Yahweh who did the raising—Paul says this many times throughout his epistles.  Next, notice how Paul refers to Christ as a man when he says that the resurrection of the dead came through a man.  That line about death coming through a man is part of Paul’s ridiculous teaching that death came to the human race through Adam.  It’s in Romans that Paul really lays out his personal views on death and sin and, wow, what a load of idolatrous rot (see Romans 5: Paul Leads Us Astray on Sin & the Character of Yahweh).  Paul basically deifies Death and Sin as two powerful beings who pinned Yahweh into some helpless corner, therefore Yahweh had to come up with Christ as a way to get His own Creation back.  Paul makes Yahweh out to be quite the incompetent Oaf in his letters, but we should expect as much from a man who was so clearly rejecting so many of God’s truths.

Now here in 1 Corinthians 15, Paul is saying that before Christ came, no one had ever experienced an afterlife.  You will find that Paul says Christ’s coming has greatly changed the way Yahweh operates.  For example, according to Paul, Yahweh never cared about the Gentiles until Christ came.  It was only at the coming of Christ that Yahweh finally decided to deal with all non-Jewish yucks, but He’s really only enduring Gentiles for the sake of getting more Jews to follow Him.  This is what Paul teaches in Romans 11, and if you think he’s correct in saying that Yahweh had been ignoring the vast majority of the human race until Christ showed up, you need to do some serious praying (see More Lies from Paul: God Loves Jews More Than Gentiles).

It’s more than a little absurd for Paul to say that Christ was the first time anyone has ever experienced an afterlife—especially when he knows of accounts like Elijah being caught up to Heaven.  Where did Lazarus return from if there was nothing beyond death until Christ?  How did Moses and Elijah show up at the Transfiguration if we’re all just lying in the dirt waiting for Christ to resurrect before we can experience anything after death?  No, Paul’s entire view of the afterlife is seriously flawed, and yet he’s had a major impact on what you personally believe because the Church is just repeating Paul when she teaches you about what to expect in eternity.

Then comes the end, when Christ hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He abolishes all rule and all authority and power.  For Christ must reign until He puts all His enemies under His feet.  The last enemy to be abolished is death.  For Yahweh has put everything under Christ’s  feet. But when it says “everything” is put under Christ, it is obvious that Yahweh who puts everything under Christ is the exception. (1 Cor. 15:24-27)

Here’s how Paul lays it out.  Christ has already resurrected, but He’s the first human to do so.  The rest of us won’t resurrect until Christ returns to the earth—that famous Second Coming.  But what is Christ doing between now and then?  Well, Paul says that this world Yahweh made is in a major mess.  It’s become overrun by powers who are apparently smarter than Yahweh—fictitious deities which Paul calls Sin and Death.  Plus, there is Satan and all of his evil henchmen in the spiritual realm.  In Paul’s mind, this world has been totally taken over by a bunch of other authorities and powers who have found a way to rip Yahweh’s sovereignty away from Him (wow).  Being the Halfwit that He is, Yahweh can’t figure out how to wrest His own world back from the grip of all His mighty foes.  So Yahweh created Christ to fix Yahweh’s problems for Him.  Paul says that Christ has been installed as a kind of temporary Manager over this world, and His job is to get Yahweh’s kingdom back for Him and find a way to conquer all of Yahweh’s clever foes.  Once Christ manages to do this, He is then going to resign from His role as a temporary Ruler, and hand everything back to Yahweh again.  Notice how Paul says Christ’s reign will only be temporary.

For Christ must reign until He puts all His enemies under His feet. (1 Cor. 15:25)

Wow, no.   When you’re talking about God Almighty reigning, there is no room for using the word “until.”  There is no time limit on how long our Gods reign.  They always reign.  They don’t just reign a little while until someone demotes Them and fires Them.  And yet this is exactly what Paul says will happen to Christ.

And when everything is subject to Christ, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Yahweh who subjected everything to Christ, so that Yahweh may be all in all. (1 Cor. 15:28)

This is what we mean about Paul slapping Christ in the face.  He just said that Christ is going to be made “subject” to Yahweh.  A true God is not subject to anyone, and Christ is a true God, so no, Paul’s teaching is total garbage.  Notice also how Paul says that it was Yahweh who subjected everything to Christ—meaning that Yahweh had to give Christ some authority, since as a mere created bumpkin, Christ obviously didn’t have any of His own.  How do you think Christ feels about being presented as less than God?  And how do you think He likes this business of Him only ruling temporarily as He struggles to try and figure out a way to conquer enemies who He obviously feels threatened by?

Back in Psalm 8, David was exalting Yahweh as being super magnificent.  That is a God honoring sentiment.  But here in 1 Corinthians 15, we have Paul slamming Christ as being a mere mortal who will only reign temporarily before He is made to bow down to Yahweh as Yahweh’s Subordinate.  David exalted God, whereas Paul is insulting God.  And yet Paul actually has the nerve to claim that it was David who first taught this nonsense about Christ being nothing more than a temporary Ruler.  Listen for the phrase “But when it says” in this excerpt from 1 Corinthians, because that’s where Paul is going to allude to Psalm 8.

For Yahweh has put everything under Christ feet. But when it says “everything” is put under Christ, it is obvious that Yahweh who puts everything under Christ is the exception. (1 Cor. 15:27)

What does it really say?  Here’s David’s actual comments from Psalm 8:

When I observe Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You set in place, what is man that You remember him, the son of man that You look after him? You made him little less than God and crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him lord over the works of Your hands; You put everything under his feet… (Ps. 8:3-6)

Who is David talking about here? Just one individual?  No, he’s talking about all human beings.  He says: “What is man that You remember him?”  The ancient Jews lived in a male dominated society, and they used male pronouns even when referring to all people.  They also used the term “lord” the way English speakers in America use the term “boss” or “sir.”  Sarah called Abraham “lord.”  Slaves called their masters “lord.”  So when David says that Yahweh has made humans “lord” over the works of His hands, he is just talking about how Yahweh has declared humans to have the highest value in His eyes compared to the other elements of this Creation. God isn’t going to take your dog and horse on to eternity, but He is going to take you on to Heaven or Hell.  Even though we humans are just impotent dots, we have been set apart by God for special handling and special attention, and that’s a big deal.  So David rightly says, “Wow, Yahweh, You’re so amazing. How can mere human beings even be worthy of Your attention?”   David is talking about general humanity here, and yet Paul tries to say that David is speaking specifically about Yahweh’s personal relationship with Christ.  It is more than a little absurd for Paul to suggest that David was referring to a Being who he’d never even heard of.  But the lies continue, for Paul then suggests that when David said that Yahweh has put “everything” under people’s feet, David was referring to more than just the elements of Creation.

Now did David really believe that Yahweh gave humans the authority over everything?  Of course not.  David was a Jew, and the Jews were extremely exaggeratory in their language.  David is not trying to claim Divine powers in Psalm 8—he’s just acknowledging that Yahweh has elevated human beings as the most important element of this Creation.  And yes, Yahweh has done this.  But notice how David actually defines his idea of “everything” in Psalm 8:

You put everything under his feet: all the sheep and oxen, as well as the animals in the wild, the birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea that pass through the currents of the seas. (Ps. 8:6-8)

Even in his exaggeratory mood, David doesn’t try to say that humans have been given power to control the wind or move the stars.  Yet when Paul quotes David in 1 Corinthians, he totally changes what David meant by “everything.”  When Paul says that Yahweh has put “everything” under Christ’s feet—he really means everything—everything except Yahweh of course, because as God, Yahweh bows to no one.

For Yahweh has put everything under Christ feet. But when it says “everything” is put under Christ, it is obvious that Yahweh who puts everything under Christ is the exception. (1 Cor. 15:27)

It’s also obvious that Paul is grossly misquoting David, but you won’t know this until you look up Psalm 8 for yourself and take the time to appreciate what David really meant.  David was a reverent, sincere Yahweh follower who Yahweh said was very pleasing in His sight.  Yet here Paul is turning David’s sincere praise of Yahweh into ammunition that he can use to bash on Christ with.  How do you think Yahweh feels about this?  What do you think David would say if he heard how Paul was twisting his words?  Are you losing respect for Paul’s teaching style yet?  You should be, because the man is intentionally misusing Scriptures to try and support lies about who Christ is.  And don’t forget that Paul claimed that Christ Himself taught Paul about who He is.  So we’re supposed to believe that Christ told Paul to teach others that Christ was nothing more than some temporary Ruler who would have all authority torn away from Him as soon as He finished cleaning up the mess that Yahweh’s Creation had turned into?  No, that just doesn’t work.

PSALM 8 IN HEBREWS

Now that we’ve seen how Paul butchered Psalm 8, let’s go over to Hebrews.  The unnamed author of this book was clearly a Jewish man who is also refusing to accept that Christ is more than just a created being.  The Hebrews guy is way too impressed with angels, so he thinks he’s doing Christ a big favor by saying that He started off as some kind of being who outranked angels.  But then the Hebrews guy says that Christ morphed into a mere human in order to do what Yahweh couldn’t do: conquer that great foe named death.  This is the same moron who tells us that Christ had to learn what obedience to God even looks like—because apparently Christ was a rebel in His early years??

Though Christ was Yahweh’s Son, Christ learned obedience through what He suffered. (Heb. 5:8)

No, it’s really not okay for you to suggest that any one of your all-wise Creators needs to learn anything ever.  You’re the one who has a ton to learn about what it means to obey God.  Being God, Christ defines what He calls obedience.  But, as we said before, the New Testament epistles are loaded with bad theology and Christ bashing statements.  Like Paul, the author of Hebrews finds many ways to insult both Christ and Yahweh in the course of his letter, and of course the Church calls everything he says “inerrant” because the Church has less spiritual discernment than a chair.

So when does the author of Hebrews talk about Psalm 8?  Turn to Hebrews 2—a chapter which starts with this ironic statement:

We must, therefore, pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away. (Heb. 2:1)

Actually, you’d be a lot better off ignoring much of what you’ve heard and read when it comes to the Bible and the Church.  Then you wouldn’t go around promoting Christ as half-human, you wouldn’t be viewing Yahweh as being bested by demons, and you would stop glorifying Satan as the ruler of this world when in reality he doesn’t rule over anything.  It’s always ironic when a guy who is as delusional as the author of Hebrews warns us about the danger of going astray as he simultaneously shoves people away from truth.

Now if we skip down to Verse 5 in this chapter, our Hebrews guy suddenly whips out a passage of Psalm 8.  Bear in mind that this guy is obsessed with angels—which is why he tells people to be nice to each other in case they’re really dealing with angels disguised as humans.  That’s right—let’s not offend angels—let’s just bash on Christ.  Such is the reasoning of Hebrews.  But understanding that this author is personally enamored with angels will help you understand why he spends Chapter 1 waxing on about how Christ is higher than angels, and why here in Chapter 2, he’s comparing humans with angels.  Even though angels don’t have bumpkus to do with your personal relationship with God, this author is going to encourage you to relate all things back to angels like they’re some kind of standard.  How do we rank compared to angels?  Is there any area in which we can best them?  This is the egotistical question he’s trying to answer in this excerpt from Chapter 2:

And furthermore, it is not angels who Yahweh will have control the future world we are talking about.  For in one place the Scriptures say,

What is man that You remember him, or the son of man that You care for him? You made him lower than the angels for a short time; You crowned him with glory and honor and subjected everything under his feet. [Ps. 8:4-6]

Now when it says “everything,” it means nothing is left out. But we have not yet seen all things put under man’s authority. What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because Jesus suffered death for us, He is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by Yahweh’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. Yahweh, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that Yahweh should make the Source of their salvation—that is, Jesus—perfect through suffering. (Heb. 2:5-10)

Like Paul, the author of Hebrews rejects the Divinity of Christ.  And while Paul is careful to emphasize that Yahweh will always outrank Christ by saying that Yahweh will never be subject to Christ, the author of Hebrews makes the ridiculous argument that Psalm 8 is describing a sequence of events in Christ’s life.  He says that according to Psalm 8, Yahweh first made Christ lower than the angels.  Then, after flawed Christ became perfected through suffering and got a clue as to what it means to obey Yahweh, Yahweh raised Christ from the grave, brought Him up to Heaven and crowned Him with glory and honor.  But wait—David wasn’t even talking about Christ in Psalm 8, and our author knows this because he starts off by saying “We have not yet seen all things put under man’s authority.”  Clearly he understands that David was referring to all of humanity, not just one individual, when he wrote Psalm 8.  Yet while David was being exaggeratory with his language and not at all trying to suggest that human beings run the universe, the author of Hebrews tries to say David was being literal when he said that Yahweh subjected everything to humans.  Well, no, David was merely acknowledging and appreciating the special treatment Yahweh gives human beings in this world.  But the author of Hebrews is on a power trip and he wants to believe we humans are destined to reign like little demigods on the other side.

Just as Paul points to Christ’s resurrection as evidence that we’ll all someday be resurrected from the grave as well, the Hebrews guy points to Christ getting showered with glory in Heaven as evidence that we can look forward to that same kind of exaltation.  It’s all about personal glory for these two men.  We’re not being encouraged to worship Christ, but rather to greedily hunger after all that Christ has.  Both Paul and the author of Hebrews teach that if we just schmooze over Christ enough in this world, Christ will share His power and glory with us on the other side.  And if you think that you’re God’s gift to the universe, then you’re not going to think anything is wrong with the idea of you being put on Christ’s level in eternity.  And yet is this kind of attitude pleasing to our Gods?

In The Parable of the Unworthy Servant, Jesus told His followers not to think they would ever be treated as His equals, but to accept their place as His eternal subordinates.  He also gave stern warnings that those who try to aim for places of honor with God should expect to be publicly humiliated by Him (see Understanding Jesus: All who Exalt Themselves will be Humbled).  So how are we pleasing our Gods by saying: “One day, Yahweh is going to exalt me and glorify me and fuss over me just like He did over Christ.  I’m a co-heir with Christ. I’m on His level. I’m just as worthy as He is”?  No, we certainly are not on Christ’s level.  Christ is God Almighty.  We’re created flecks.  There is nothing glorious or worthy about us.

When David wrote Psalm 8, he was expressing God-honoring attitudes of gratitude and awe.  He was marveling over Yahweh’s care of him and rightly owning that we humans cannot in any way say that we “deserve” to be so cared for by our Creators.  But when we flip over to Hebrews, we find this greedy guy complaining, “Well, we’ve been waiting all of this time for Yahweh to make everything subject to us.  We’re supposed to reign in the next life, darn it, not the angels, so where is our power?  Ah, but finally Christ has come, and now He’s showing us the way.  We can all sit back and look forward to being exalted like He is. It’s sure going to be great when we’re all being glorified.  But of course, that’s why Yahweh came up with Christ in the first place—to ‘bring many children to glory.’”

Now the author of Hebrews says that Christ is our Source of salvation.  The problem with this statement is that it clearly implies that there was no salvation for anyone before Christ came.  You’ll find Paul putting forth this same absurd idea: that Christ’s coming was the first time Yahweh offered salvation to anyone.  Well, no, this is total rot.  Salvation has always been available to anyone who reverentially submitted to the true Gods.  Christ didn’t make salvation easier or more available, and it’s quite a slam on Yahweh to suggest that He’s been impossible to please until Christ showed up.  But this is what you have to say if you’re going to try and say that Christ is introducing us all to salvation like it’s some kind of new concept.

Now here in Hebrews 2, our author is really bashing on Christ, but you have to slow down and really think about what he’s saying in order to appreciate just how irreverent he’s being.  For example, he says:

What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because Jesus suffered death for us, He is now “crowned with glory and honor.”  (Heb. 2:9)

Notice how Jesus was “given a position” that was lower than the angels.  Other translations say He was “made” lower.  It is Yahweh who is supposedly doing the demoting here, and yet if Christ is lower than the angels, is He a true God?  No, because a true God infinitely outranks all created beings.

You see, you can’t say Christ is lower than created beings and at the same time say He is God.  A true God by definition is not created and is a Supreme Authority over all created beings.  Do you know why the Church today is so insistent that Christ is “fully God and fully man”?  Because she’s trying to say that Paul and the author of Hebrews are perfect, flawless teachers.  Well, if you’re going to say that a man is speaking the very words of God while that same man is teaching that God is not God, you’re going to find yourself in quite the theological pickle.  You simply can’t defend the irreverent garbage that you find in the New Testament epistles without grossly insulting God.  And yet the Church is so married to the Bible, that she refuses to admit what a polluted product it is, so instead she constantly slanders both Christ and Yahweh by defending teaching which totally demeans Them.  She says that Christ is “fully God and fully man”—which is the same as calling Him a created being.  If you’re created at all, then you’re no longer a true God.  Then she comes up with this baloney about a Triune God so she can pretend that all references to a singular God in the Bible can somehow include Christ.  Well, no, they can’t, because when Paul talks about God, he means Yahweh and only Yahweh.  It’s the same with the author of Hebrews.  These men don’t refer to Christ as God because they don’t accept that Christ is God. Well, where do you end up if you reject the Divinity of Christ under the New Covenant?  That’s right: Hell.

Is Paul sufficiently submitting to his Creators while he refuses to acknowledge that Jesus is Yahweh’s equal and not just Yahweh’s subordinate?  No, he’s not.  And if you agree with the author of Hebrews that Jesus only became crowned with glory and honor after He died on a cross, and that He was such a spiritual doofus that He had to “learn obedience,” and that He couldn’t even outrank the angels when He was on earth casting out demons and raising people from the dead, then who the heck are you worshiping?  Certainly not a true God, and if you’re worshiping something other than a true God, then you’re committing idolatry.  See how it works?

There’s no room for waffling on the Divinity of Christ. If He’s God, then He’s God all the way, and that means He’s perfect, all-knowing, supreme, and subordinate to no one.  If He’s not God, then you’re getting in big trouble with Yahweh for worshiping and praying to Him.  The Church teaches you that you can remain in a fog about who Jesus is and still please the Gods who control the populations of Heaven and Hell.  Well, no, you can’t.  Jesus says that He is God Almighty, not some created dolt.  Jesus says that He doesn’t have to obey anyone, but you had better darn well obey Him or you’re going to end up on the wrong side of His wrath in eternity.  If you want to listen to idiots like Paul and the author of Hebrews, you’re going to end up in a major mess because these guys are teaching you to lust after Christ’s power without submitting to Christ as a true God.

CONCLUSION

So let’s recap.  Thousands of years ago, a well-meaning David wrote a peppy little praise song in which he marveled over how magnificent and generous Yahweh is to pay special attention to human dots.  Centuries later, the apostle Paul yanked David’s words out of context and twisted them into a speech about Christ.  The author of Hebrews did the same thing, and by the time those two men were done mangling what David meant, they made Psalm 8 sound like Christ bashing rot.  Well, lying about what someone meant doesn’t change the facts.  David was pleasing Yahweh with his little praise poem.  Paul and the author of Hebrews were only getting themselves into trouble with both Yahweh and Christ.  How do you avoid following their bad example? You ask Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to help you cultivate soul attitudes which please Them.  You ask Them to teach you Their unadulterated truth and you stop trying to say that insulting Christ is okay as long as it’s being done in the Bible.  When He was walking around Israel as fully God and only God, Jesus had very grim things to say about folks with divided loyalties.  So if you’re going to follow Him, you need to be all in, and that means you stand with Him even if it means you have to cut ties with Christendom’s greatest heroes.  For all of the endless exalting we do of the apostle Paul, the fact remains that the man grossly demeans both Christ and Yahweh in his writings and he encourages others to do the same.  And since there is nothing more foolish than to rebel against the very Gods who hold your molecules together and control the fate of your soul, we say without apology that Paul was a spiritual moron.

FURTHER READING:
The Great Offense of Paul: Rejecting the Divinity of Christ
Debunking Messianic Psalms: The Real Meaning of Psalm 110
Psalm 118: The Cornerstone Who Isn’t Christ
Soul Attitudes That Please God: What They Are & How We Develop Them
The Bible Isn’t Perfect: Now what?
Rethinking Your Christmas Theology: Who is Jesus?

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