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Taking Moses Off The Pedestal (Jude 1:9)

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The short little epistle of Jude has a lot of issues.  One of our discerning readers came across this strange little reference in Verse 9 and wisely questioned what was going on:

But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1:9)

So what is Jude referring to here?  Is it really true that Michael and Satan got into a tussle over who ought to get jurisdiction over Moses’ earthsuit?  No, it’s not.  This legend about Moses is complete hooey.  In fact, Jude’s epistle has a lot of hooey in it, which makes you wonder what was wrong with the folks who voted to include Jude’s letter in our sacred Scriptures.  But since we’re now stuck living with their choices, we might as well use Jude’s silly book for discernment practice. Read more of this post

How the NT Epistles Define Christ: Not God, Just Another Flawed Human


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Our Gods are obsessed with variation, and because of this, we find Them relating to us in different ways.  Today the Holy Spirit relates to you in a different way than He does with your neighbors, friends, and family members. But why?  Why does God talk to some people in dreams but not others?  Why do some people see God while others never see Him?  And of all the people who have seen God at one time or another, why aren’t they all seeing the same image?  To some, Jesus shows up wearing a tunic and sandals, but to others He looks very different.  To some, Jesus never shows up in any visual form, but instead He communicates to them in non-visual ways.  Some people say they talk to God all the time, while others feel God never speaks to them.  Everywhere we look, we see endless variation in the way that our Creators interact with us, and this has been true from the very beginning. Read more of this post

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.  Read more of this post

Who raised Jesus from the dead?


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Who raised Jesus from the dead? Jesus said He raised Himself. But read through Acts and those New Testament epistles, and guess what? Jesus’ disciples say that Yahweh was the One who brought Jesus back to life. Is this a problem? It’s an enormous problem. Read more of this post

The Real Immanuel (Isaiah 7-8)


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“Therefore Yahweh Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)

When you hear this verse, who do you think of?  Jesus, of course.  Jesus is Immanuel.  Everyone knows this, which is why we stand around singing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” at Christmastime.  And yet in real life, trying to say that Jesus has anything to do with this Immanuel prophecy is utterly absurd.   Immanuel was a God given nickname for another little boy whose legal name was Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. You’ve never heard of that child, have you?  This is how sad things have gotten in the Church today, for there’s nothing vague about the fact that the Immanuel prophecy was fulfilled in the lifetime of the prophet Isaiah, who lived about 700 years before the birth of Christ.  Yahweh Himself confirms that Immanuel and little Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz are the same person, and the original context of this prophecy doesn’t leave any room whatsoever for a Messianic association. Read more of this post

The Power of a Righteous Man’s Prayer


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The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (Jam. 5:16)

What makes this verse such a favorite among Christians? The wording. Notice the reference to power: that always perks the ears of our little egos. And then notice who is wielding that power: a human being, not God. And here is where we should be slamming on the brakes and saying, “Wait a minute—something’s wrong. Humans don’t have power.” But this is not what we say, is it?

Humans don’t have power. Humans aren’t potent little sorcerers who can go around zapping God into action with their universe altering utterances. So whenever someone starts trying to pump you up about YOUR power, you need to look to the Holy Spirit for help. Whether that person is a dead apostle like James or a living leader in the Church today, anyone who tries to make you view YOURSELF as a powerful entity is leading you astray. GOD has power, and He doesn’t take orders from you. Read more of this post

Applying Hebrews 9: Refusing to Let Go


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This is a continuation of Applying Hebrews 8: Yahweh Speaks.

As we start Hebrews 9, the author of Hebrews (who we’re calling Rabbi) launches into a comparison of the earthly Tabernacle that was built under the leadership of Moses and the heavenly Tabernacle that Rabbi has invented in his mind. Before we get into his detailed description of how the earthly Tabernacle functioned, let’s look at some pictures so we can understand what he’s going to be describing. Read more of this post

Applying Hebrews 7: Melchizedek Madness


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This is a continuation of Applying Hebrews 6: To Doubt is to be Damned.

Hebrews 7 is the most absurd chapter in this letter. The logic used here is not logical at all. It’s downright nutty. And yet despite chapters like this, the Church today continues to uphold this book as Divinely inspired. Go figure.

Now at the end of Chapter 6, our author (who we’re calling Rabbi) said that Christ “has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek” (Heb. 6:20). What does he mean by this? Well, he’s about to explain. Read more of this post

Applying Hebrews 5: More Lies About Christ


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This is a continuation of Applying Hebrews 4: Stretching a Metaphor.

When He was first introducing His Old Covenant to Israel, Yahweh ordered the Ark of the Covenant to be built. The Ark was a gold covered box that had two angels or cherubim standing on top of it. The lid of the box was called the mercy seat and Yahweh was envisioned as sitting on that seat, between the two golden angels. Listen to how one Jewish writer describes the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament: Read more of this post

Applying Hebrews 4: Stretching a Metaphor


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This is a continuation of Applying Hebrews 3: Yahweh’s Rest.

In our last lesson, we learned about how the Jews back in Moses’ day got themselves cursed by Yahweh to die in the wilderness because they wouldn’t stop treating Him with contempt. We also learned how entering the Promised Land is referred to in the Old Testament as entering “Yahweh’s rest.” If the Israelites were faithful to Yahweh, He promised them an abundant, blessed life in the Promised Land. But of course they weren’t faithful, so He filled their lives with hardships. Our author (who we’re calling Rabbi) is now borrowing this well-known concept of “Yahweh’s rest”, and turning it into a metaphor for Heaven. A joyful life in Heaven becomes the Christian’s parallel to the ancient Jews entering some lush land where life was going to be nothing but bliss. Read more of this post