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Imitating the Idolatry of NT Jews: All Scripture is God-Breathed

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Why do Christians today say that the entire Bible is God-breathed or Divinely inspired?  Where do we get that idea from?  We get it from the apostle Paul.  Paul once said to Timothy:

All Scripture is Divinely inspired and is useful for teaching, for showing people what is wrong in their lives, for correcting faults, and for teaching how to live right. (2 Tim. 3:16)

Of course when Paul said this, he was only talking about the Old Testament, because that was the only “Scripture” that he knew.  But today when we quote Paul’s words, we pretend that he was referring to both the Old and New Testaments, even though the New Testament that you know today wasn’t compiled until long after Paul’s death.  It simply doesn’t matter to you that the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, Hebrews, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and Revelation were all written after Paul had died.  You still insist that when Paul said all Scripture was Divinely inspired, he was including documents that he’d never personally heard of.  Are you starting to get a feel for how ludicrous the modern day application of Paul’s words is? Read more of this post

Taking Christ Out of Psalm 2: David Exults in Having Yahweh’s Favor

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The book of Psalms is a collection of very emotional Jewish poetry.  It doesn’t contain any prophecy, nor does it contain any references to Christ.  But today you’re told that it does.  Why?  Well, just as Christian teachers today show very little regard for context as they rip lines out of the Bible to make it sound like God is saying what they want Him to say, it was the same back in New Testament times.  In the Gospels, Acts, and the New Testament epistles, you will find many misapplications of Old Testament passages, and many of those passages will be pulled from the book of Psalms.  It is due to the ridiculous lies of New Testament writers that today you think there are a bunch of psalms which speak about Christ.  But, no, there are not.

No one in the Old Testament knew who Christ was, and you won’t find any clear Messianic prophecies about Him being spoken until Isaiah’s time, and even then those prophecies are far from clear.  Our Gods simply don’t feel the need to spell out the future for us, and Yahweh’s predictions of Christ contained both contradictions and deceptions.  A guy can’t rule forever in Jerusalem if He’s also going to be slaughtered for people’s sins, yet this is what Yahweh predicted.  The ruling in Jerusalem bit was a lie, because Jesus never sat down on a throne in Jerusalem, nor did He free Israel from political oppression and turn her into a world power—all of which were things that Yahweh said He would do.  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

Debunking Messianic Psalms: The Real Meaning of Psalm 110

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The book of Psalms is a collection of emotive Hebrew poetry, not a collection of prophecy.  And yet you will find Jewish leaders in the New Testament treating certain passages of Psalms as prophetic.  How do you find a prophecy where none exists?  By lying about what the original author meant, and this is what several of our New Testament authors do.  Instead of pointing this out to you, modern day Christian leaders are just perpetuating the lies.  Every time a non-prophetic psalm is turned into a Messianic prophecy by some fool in the New Testament, Bible translators go back to the original psalm and adjust the language to try and force the psalm to match what the New Testament author is saying.  In other words, we’re trying to hide how absurd our New Testament authors are being by covering for them.  Read more of this post

Know Your Bible Lesson 69: Understanding the Cross

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Crucifixion is primarily a means of sadistic torture. The goal is to keep someone in a horrific state of pain for as long as you possibly can, while simultaneously showcasing his personal agony for all to watch. Because victims had their limbs pinned down, they were incapable of defending themselves from any person who wanted to come along and add to their misery. They were also unable to ward off birds of prey and any other creatures who wanted to start eating them before they were dead. This was an extremely horrific situation which makes the sadistic American tradition of publicly electrocuting criminals to death seem docile by comparison. It wasn’t the loss of blood which crucifixion victims died from, but rather the inability to breathe. The nails that were hammered through their limbs were intentionally positioned to cause horrific nerve pain when pulled or pressed on. Victims had to try and push their bodies up in order to take a breath. This resulted in excruciating pain, and eventually victims no longer had the strength to endure the pain, so they suffocated to death. But death could take days, for the self-preservation instinct is very strong within us. Victims were essentially placed in a position where they had to assist in their own torture by inflicting pain on themselves in order to try and breathe. Such is the sadism of human beings: we all have a dark side which finds perverse delight in the suffering of others. Read more of this post

Rethinking the Creation Account: Who is Elohim?

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Whenever you find people tenaciously clinging to a blatant lie, it’s because that lie is protecting them from a truth that they aren’t ready to deal with. Take the girlfriend who keeps clinging to the delusion that her guy is committed to her as she watches him flirt with other women right in front of her. What’s going on here? Well, to face the truth about what a heel her man is being would undoubtedly result in a break-up, and that break-up is something the girl doesn’t feel like she can handle. So she keeps clinging to lies, even to the point of shunning friends who are really trying to help her see the light because they care about her welfare. 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

Rethinking Ishmael

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In Christian circles, the birth of Ishmael is often referred to as the result of a big mess up on the part of Abraham and Sarah. Ishmael is the child that was never supposed to be born. He’s the major whoops, the big blemish on Abraham’s record of obedience. And yet is that how Yahweh saw him? Where does God ever say that Abraham was wrong to sleep with Hagar? He doesn’t. Not only does God not express any anger over the Ishmael event, He actually promises great blessings for Ishmael. Even more surprising, God never so much as hints that Abraham and Sarah are in trouble with Him for cooking up the Hagar plan. In fact, God intentionally withheld some critical information from Abraham to ensure that Ishmael would be born. Clearly it was God’s desire from the beginning that Abraham sleep with Hagar. If we have a correct understanding of God’s sovereignty, this should be obvious to us, for God tells us that nothing happens in His own Creation apart from His approval and help. But God also holds us accountable for the times when our souls willfully defy Him—the times when we intentionally disobey Him and try to force our own carnal agenda to happen. This is often what we accuse Abraham and Sarah of doing when we talk about Ishmael. And yet this isn’t at all what they did. There was nothing immoral or disobedient about the Hagar plan. Let’s find out why.   Read more of this post

Generational Curses

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Under the New Covenant, there is no such thing as a generational curse. God does not punish children for the sins of their fathers. Even under the Old Covenant, when God did threaten to use generational curses, you’ll find that they never worked out in the way Satan tries to tell you. Read more of this post

Did Jesus spend three days in Hell?

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After Jesus died on a cross, three days passed before He rose again from the grave. What happened during those three days? One popular theory is that He went to Hell. In fact this has been so widely accepted that we’ve worked it into the Apostle’s Creed:

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended into Hell. On the third day He rose again; He ascended into Heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will come again to judge the living and the dead. Read more of this post