A Brief History of Christianity

Christianity started by Jesus Christ and has spread throughout the world.
False.
Christianity is a cult started by the guy who tried to destroy it. Saul a.k.a. Paul invented Christianity to compete with and destroy the true teachings of Jesus Christ.
Jesus or Yahshua taught the importance of keeping the Law.
Paul taught the law is not important, that faith in Jesus’ sacrifice was all that was necessary.
Yahshua cleansed the temple of the sacrifices and taught that those sacrifices would come to an end, and he succeeded, however Paul taught that Jesus’ death, (that Paul was directly responsible for) was somehow beneficial.
You see the irony of all this is that Paul convinced Caiaphas and many of the Jewish leaders that Jesus must be killed because he was claiming to be the King of the Jews, and the Romans occupying the country believed only Caesar and his governors in Judea were in charge.
Then Later Paul accuses the Jews of killing Christ, when it was really him (a roman citizen).
The truth is we must follow the laws of God.

  1. Love God with all of your heart.
    1. Do not create or worship Idols
    2. Remember the Sabbath (creation)
    3. Honor your mother and father
  2. Love your Neighbor as yourself.
    1. Do not commit murder
    2. Do not desire (covet) anything of your neighbor
      1. do not steal
      2. do not commit adultery
    3. Do not commit Sexual Immorality
      1. Do not have sex out of wedlock
      2. Do not commit Homosexuality
    4. Do not lie
  3. Establish Courts for the administration of Justice

If you obey God’s laws, at the Resurrection you will receive eternal life in paradise.

If you do not obey God’s laws you will suffer judgement and the second death.

Debunking Sacrifice

The New Testament teaches that there is a new way to salvation, and the old way is less profitable. (Faith vs Law) However the fact is the use of sacrifices to ‘take away ones sins’ had been a common topic of pagan religions since antiquity.

sacrificeMany of these teachings made their way into the old testament as the Jews had become corrupted by their captivity in Egypt, and later surrounding pagan neighbors.

According to Peter, Moses allowed the Jews to sacrifice, but only to God because they would not cease from doing these things after leaving Egypt. He also foretold that Prophet would come later to end those sacrifices. (Cle Rec. 36). Jesus was the Prophet Moses spoke of. He cleansed the temple from sacrificing, and instituted Baptism to replace sacrifice. (Cle Rec. 39)

But Jesus is more than a prophet. He is the “Christ” or our King! An eternal king, who will come back to rule the world.

The teachings that Jesus’ sacrifice is all that is necessary to make one blameless and that one must have faith in the work of Jesus to be saved is known as the doctrines put forth by Paul of Tarsus.

Paul of Tarsus, the self proclaimed apostle to the Gentiles, as he describes as coming from his revelation of Jesus Christ, (Gal 1:12) is similar in nature to the other cults such as the Mormon Religion. When certain people claim special knowledge coming from God, how can one challenge it? Certainly those who do are simply branded as evil persons. The fact is according to the Bible truth must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses Deu. 19:15, Heb 10:28.

Paul never provided examples of others who shared in his visions. On the way to Damascus Paul saw and heard Jesus speaking to him, but his companions did not share in the visions. (Acts 9, 22, 26.)

The difference between Paul and his followers are contrasted by Jesus and His Apostles. Here you have 12 disciples who witnessed many miracles and actions by Jesus. Not simply 2 or 3 witnesses, but 12. Jesus states that Peter is the foundation of his church (Mat 16:18). He did not go and make Paul the foundation. Paul’s teaching was based on Gnosticism, and Mithraism, because he was raised as a Greek Jew. The Greek or Hellenized Jews would be considered liberals in their day, and had a compromise of belief systems that included the pagan gods as well as Jewish traditions.

So Paul restarted what Jesus himself ended. But instead of animal sacrifice, Paul instituted God Sacrifice. You see according to Paul Sacrificing God is much more profitable than simple animals.

The problem is that those who “claim” the blood of the lamb (Jesus) are actually making themselves a part of Jesus’ Murder!

They bring condemnation upon themselves rather than salvation. Jesus was murdered, and claiming his death as beneficial condemns ones soul to eternal punishment rather than life as they have been led to believe. No when Jesus returns many Christians will be in for a rude awakening when they find they are being judged for his murder.

Instead we should grieve for Jesus’ death, and pray for his swift return to enact judgement upon those who ignore his decrees and celebrate his death.

The Causes of Ignorance

According to Peter in the Clementine Recognitions 1:15

Chapter XV.—Peter’s First Instruction:  Causes of Ignorance.

“The will and counsel of God has for many reasons been concealed from men; first, indeed, through bad instruction, wicked associations, evil habits, unprofitable conversation, and unrighteous presumptions.  On account of all these, I say, first error, then contempt, then infidelity and malice, covetousness also, and vain boasting, and other such like evils, have filled the whole house of this world, like some enormous smoke, and preventing those who dwell in it from seeing its Founder aright, and from perceiving what things are pleasing to Him.  What, then, is fitting for those who are within, excepting with a cry brought forth from their inmost hearts to invoke His aid, who alone is not shut up in the smoke-filled house, that He would approach and open the door of the house, so that the smoke may be dissipated which is within, and the light of the sun which shines without may be admitted.”

Many people obtain their knowledge of God from their training in Bible Studies and through their Church. But if those teachings are incorrect then men are brought astray through Ignorance.

It is my prayer that all men will come to the truth by studying the true Teachings of Jesus found in the Clementine Recognitions.

Spiritual Adultery

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The Israelites and the Golden Calf

Spiritual Adultery is when we commit adultery against God. That means we are unfaithful to him. The bible gives us an examples in

Hosea 4:12
They consult their wooden idols, and their diviner’s staff answers with an oracle. The wind of prostitution blows them astray; they commit spiritual adultery against their God. NET Bible (©2006)

 

Judges 8:33

Later on, as soon as Gideon was dead, the Israelis again committed spiritual adultery with various Canaanite deities and appointed Baal-berith to be their god. International Standard Version (©2012)

Worshiping Idols, seeking a Psychic, Reading Horoscopes, Praying to the Dead are ways you commit Spiritual Adultery.

There is only One God, and He is holy. But many Christians today are oblivious that they are engaging in the Spiritual Adultery in their Christian Faith.

Exodus 20:23 Do not make any gods to be alongside me;

Idolatry is the act of taking something that is created and Making it into God.The Doctrine of the Trinity violates this verse. Making the Jesus, into God and placing him alongside God as part of the trinity is a violation of the first commandment.

Did Jesus teach the trinity?  If the original Apostles did not believe in the trinity, where did the doctrine come from?

The concept of the Trinity was first written about by Tertullian of Carthage ((140-230 A.D.) a Roman Montanist heretic and the son of a Roman Centurion) at the end of the second century, his ideas being taken from Greek and Hindu ideologies, but was not formally adopted into Christianity until the first Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. which was overseen by Emperor Constantine I. (Arian Catholicism)

Tertullian is credited with coining the word “trinity”. His Trinitarian views were considered Heresy by the Christians at the time. (Wikipedia)

At the council of Nicea in 325 AD Constantine, in his attempt to unify the various believing Christians, (in order to strengthen his kingdom) decided to establish a uniform doctrine. There were two predominant versions of Christianity at that time. In the Roman and Egyptian areas Pauline Christianity dominated, whereas in the homeland of Jesus the Petrine version of Christianity Dominated. The Petrine or “true version” of Christianity taught that Jesus was a man, and prophet of God, and that he is also “the Christ” which means he is the King. The Pauline version twisted this belief into Jesus being “God” as many pagans believed their kings were gods. Further the Pauline version was based on Paul of Tarsus’ teachings which included the virgin birth, his efforts to malign Peter, the new gospel of faith instead of obedience to God, etc.

Pauline Christianity was a cult that competed with true Christianity. At the council the majority view favored Pauline Christianity and so won out over the true faith. They used the Gnostic teaching of “homoousios” or that God and Jesus were of the same substance. The portion of the Christian Church at that time that opposed this view was dubbed “Arianism” which was represented by Arias. Arias who had been born in syria and studied under Lucias of Antioch, taught the Petrine view of Christianity and that the nature of Jesus had always been the view that was taught in Judea and Turkey from the times of Jesus and the Apostles. Because many of the Pauline Christians were converts from many of the pagan religions, they found Pauline Christianity acceptable.

Although the Councel of Nicea only mentions Jesus as being the “Same substance” as God, the Niceen Creed was silent about the Holy Spirit. The third person of the trinity was added later.

When Arias came to Constantinople to debate with the Paulines he was murdered by a Catholic beleiver. The church said that “God” had done it, and that it was a miracle. Constantine knew better and after seeing how the orthodox church was full of lies, he repented. On his Deathbed Constantine became a true believer and was baptized into Petrine Christianity. Unfortunately the church continued in its errors to this day. Every Christian group today comes from erroneous Pauline Christianity.

The teaching of the trinity is one of those teachings of Christianity that the adherents defend as a necessary doctrine, but ignore the reality that the doctrine was not taught by Jesus and the Apostles, but came into being over time, long after they were dead.

The Trinity is not a necessary doctrine, but is in fact blasphemy, because it is a lie about God. The Jewish view of God is strict Monotheism. There is only One God, and believing in any other God is being unfaithful to our God.

Committing spiritual adultery is also known as blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. The one sin that is unforgivable. So if you got duped into believing in the Trinity, I hope and pray you will seek God, do your own research and when convinced of the truth, repent.

Remember the Sabbath and Keep it Holy

The Ten Commandments

Remember the Sabbath and Keep it Holy.

This commandment of God seems to be the forgotten commandment. Of the various Christian religions, the Seventh Day Adventists place an emphasis on this day “Saturday”. But why do Catholics, and other Christians not bother to follow this commandment? Or they redefine the Sabbath day from Saturday to Sunday?

It is imperative if you want to be a “Chosen One” of God that you also obey this commandment and remember the Sabbath day as Saturday. But what exactly must one do to “Remember the Sabbath”?

Remembering the Sabbath means you do no work on this day. And the second part is remembering God created the Heavens and the earth in 6 days and rested on the seventh. As a result, you affirm your belief in God the Creator, and by resting, you refresh your body as well. This commandment is both good for your mind and body.

How did the church change its view on this commandment? It seems to have happened incrementally over time.

The first example for gathering together on “Sunday” can be found in Acts 20:7.  The First Day is Sunday. The purpose was to break bread together and Paul took this opportunity to preach to them until midnight. So the act of getting together on Sunday started by Paul and further continued as a tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. Sunday was also the day which the pagans worshiped the sun god Sol Invictus. And as the custom of Christians to hold worship services in competition with pagan services, it continued. We see a similar thing today when Christians hold services on Halloween. Easter and Christmas services are also done for the same reason to counter pagan holy days.

But Jesus did not have “church” on Sunday. When Jesus was correcting the Pharisees over what was and what wasn’t allowed on the Sabbath, (Mat 12:1-14Mark 2:27) Jesus would go to the Synagogue on the Sabbath (Saturday) to read the Torah. (Luke 4:16Mat. 4:23) As a Jew, he followed the Jewish tradition of going to the Synagogue and reading from the Law and the Prophets on Saturday or the Sabbath.

We are warned in Daniel 7:25 that the Anti-Christ will change the times and the laws, and the Holy People will be delivered to him for a time. That means that he who changes the Laws of God from worshiping on Saturday to Sunday is in fact the Anti-Christ. We know that it was started by Paul of Tarsus, and left to continue by Christianity as a whole.

If you are anti-law, you are anti-christ. For Christ taught it was necessary to observe the Law and the Prophets to be the Chosen Ones of God. Remember God chooses us, not we choosing him. In order to be the Chosen One of God you must obey his law, and that means start taking the Commandment to “Remember the Sabbath and Keep it Holy” seriously. Remember its not a suggestion, its the Law.

The Gospel According to the Hebrews

There appeared a certain man named Jesus of about thirty years of age, who chose us. And when he came to Capernaum, he entered into the house of Simon whose surname is Peter, and opened his mouth and said: “As I passed the Lake of Tiberias, I chose John and James the sons of Zebedee, and Simon and Andrew and Thaddeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the Iscariot, and you, Matthew, I called as you sat at the receipt of custom, and you followed me. You, therefore, I will to be twelve apostles for a testimony unto Israel.”

It came to pass that John was baptizing; and there went out to him Pharisees and were baptized, and all of Jerusalem. And John had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather girdle about his loins, and his food, as it is said, was wild honey, the taste if which was that of manna, as a cake dipped in oil.

It came to pass in the days of Herod the king of Judaea, when Caiaphas was high priest, that there came one, John by name, and baptized with the baptism of repentance in the river Jordan. It was said of him that he was of the lineage of Aaron the priest, a son of Zacharias and Elisabeth : and all went out to him.

When the people were baptized, Jesus also came and was baptized by John. And as he came up from the water,  the heavens was opened and he saw the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove that descended and entered into him. And a voice sounded from Heaven that said: “You are my beloved Son, in you I am well pleased. ” And again: ” I have this day begotten you”. And immediately a great light shone round about the place. When John saw this, it is said, he said unto him : “Who are you, Lord?” And again a voice from Heaven rang out to him: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” And then, it is said, John fell down before him and said: “I beseech you, Lord, baptize me.” But he prevented him and said: “Suffer it; for thus it is fitting that everything should be fulfilled.”

“Behold, your mother and your brethren stand without.” namely: “Who is my mother and who are my brethren?” And he stretched his hand towards his disciples and said: “These are my brethren and mother and sisters, who do the will of my Father.”

“I am come to do away with sacrifices, and if you cease not sacrificing, the wrath of God will not cease from you.”

“Where will you have us prepare the passover?” And him to answer to that: “Do I desire with desire at this Passover to eat flesh with you?”

The Great Falling Away

The_number_of_the_beast_is_666_Philadelphia,_Rosenbach_Museum_and_LibraryMany in the Church today believe that the Great Falling away, as defined by Paul in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 is yet to come. Who wouldn’t look at the degradation of our society today, and believe that we are witnessing that great falling away. In verses 1 through 3 Paul says:

Events prior to the Lord’s Second Coming

2 Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him. 2 Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. 3 Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction. (New Living Translation (NLT))

Apparently 2 events are tied together the “Great Rebellion” or “Great Falling Away”, and the Man of Lawlessness is revealed. This is important because apparently the Man of Lawlessness is hidden some how. Everyone knows that “he” who stands for sin and lawlessness is Satan, or the Devil, so this Man of Lawlessness or the “Anti-Christ” in Thessalonians refers to another, someone who appears to be good, but is really not, and his identity is hidden.

Some have speculated that the Nero or the Pope was the Anti-Christ. In fact the Man of Lawlessness is someone else. Paul, who wrote Thessalonians, intentionally leads us to believe that the Man of Lawlessness is someone in the future. And he made great effort to try to keep people from doubting it.

There was a feud that was brewing within the early church. Paul referred to those he disagreed with as “Judaizers”. These were the Jewish believers including the 12 Apostles, and Christian Church in Jerusalem who believed that the Law and prophets still applied. Then there were the Gentile believers who Paul was exhorting to ignore the law. Even going as far as to say that those who follow the law are under a curse. (Gal. 3:10)

Galatians 3:9-11
New Living Translation (NLT)
9 So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.

10 But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.”[a] 11 So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”[b]

Footnotes:

a. Deut 27:26.
b. Hab 2:4.

This same teaching is found in Romans 1:17. It is important to note that Paul’s argument that we are to live by Faith, he is quoting Hab 2:4.

4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith. ( 21st Century King James Version (KJ21))

 

However the New Living Translation (NLT) version of Hab. 2:4 transtates the following:

4 “Look at the proud!
They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked.
But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.

The NLV, NIV, NET and many others render it “Faithfulness” to God. Even the scriptures that render it “Faith” also have the footnotes saying “Faithfulness”.

The actual word “אֱמוּנָה” or “emuwnah” or Strong’s H530 can be found here

It is not obedience to the law that puts you under a curse, but rather disobedience. Paul is assuming that it is impossible to be obedient to God, therefore you need to have Faith in Christ to be justified. The Faith he is quoting in Hab. 2:4 is actually Faithfulness, or rather obedience to God and his Law.

The reason this teaching is dangerous, is it leads Christians into having a false sense of security, and Christians don’t bother following the law, not by ignorance but rather by belief that it is not necessary. This is the poison that leads to disobedience to God. The idea that we are saved by Grace, and not by obedience to the law is what I call a License to Sin. This idea that we can live like the devil Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday, ask God to forgive us is damaging. Christians, who live like this are like lambs being led to the slaughter. It is vital that we need to pay attention to God and His Law in order to be saved.

When is the Anti-Christ to come?  In Matthew 24 Jesus says this:

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times

24 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

Jesus told them in verse 4:

4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

Jesus said in verse 24, that even the “Chosen of God” will be deceived.

24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

When will this all occur?

34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Verse 34 is quite disturbing if you believe that the Anti-Christ hasn’t come yet. Jesus told his disciples that the Anti-Christ would come in “their” Generation, and in their lifetime. So the only true interpretation is that the disciples would see the great falling away and the anti-Christ in their lifetime. Paul of Tarsus came in their lifetime, he taught a different Gospel than the Apostles and Jesus. All those who follow him make up the Great Falling Away. That means that if you are a Christian, you are part of it (even the elect). Paul taught against the law or the lawless gospel of the Anti-Christ. And Pauline Christianity includes most of the Christian Denominations today.

So now the Anti-Christ has been revealed to you. What are you going to do about it?

Repent for the Kingdom of God is near

“The Kingdom of God is at hand.”

  • God will set up a new kingdom, and it will crush the kingdoms of this world, and it will never end. (Daniel 2:44)
  • God will bring about his Kingdom and the saints will be given authority to rule over the earth. (Dan 7:13-27)
  • We must repent of our sins (Mat 4:17)
  • Jesus is our King (Mat 16:16)
  • We are to pray that God’s Kingdom will come to earth. (Mat 6:10)

Pauline Christianity Part Two

Artist Rendition of the Man Jesus Christ

The New Testament is almost completely written by Paul of Tarsus. Its is a set of scriptures that originate from one man, who calls himself the Apostle to the Gentiles. But is it possible that his credentials are lacking?

According to Paul’s own writings the requirements of being an apostle was that they had to have to have been with Jesus from the Baptism through the resurrection. (Act 1:21-22). When Judas Killed himself The apostles chose Matthias to replace him. There are only 12 Disciples (Rev 21:14) Paul was not one of them.

But what does Paul say about this?  Paul refers to himself as an Apostle. Paul claims that he is the Apostle to the Gentiles. Essentially his message is different from the True Apostles, and his religion which is the basis of so called Orthodox Christianity competes with the true Christianity, and has over the centuries all but wiped it out.

I like to compare Paul to another Cult Leader “Joseph Smith”. Both men claimed they had a life changing supernatural event. Paul claimed he spoke to the risen Lord filled with Light on the road to Damascus, and Joseph Smith claimed that Jesus and God the Father appeared similarly to him as persons. Both claimed that their religion was the only way to salvation. Both claim that because of their experience that we cannot question or seek proof because there are no other witnesses.

There is no way to verify their claims because THEY are the only witness to the event. In Israel it was very import to establish truth, such as in convicting anyone of wrong doing. It was required that the testimony of two or more witnesses were necessary to establish any fact. See Deuteronomy 19:15. If there was only one witness it was not sufficient to establish facts.

When God revealed himself to Jesus and the 12 Apostles this is a group of 12 witnesses. They preached not a new religion, but a reformed Judaism. They were all in agreement about what was required to become a Christian. First of all if you were a Gentile and wanted to become a Christian, you were required to be circumcised, and then fast for 3 days before you could be baptized “In the name of Jesus”. Christians would not eat with non-Christians during this time. You were expected to follow the Law and Prophets, and if you could keep your faith for 5 years, then you were considered a true follower of Christ.

Pauline Christianity said that there was no longer a requirement to be circumcised, that you were no longer prohibited from eating pork, or even from following the Law. He further opined that following the law put you under a curse. (Gal. 3:10) The fact that Jesus himself preached that following the law was necessary for salvation proves that Pauline Christianity Contradicts the Lord Himself directly. (Mat 19:16-21, Mar 10:17-27)

What other teachings does Paul teach that contradicts Jesus and the Apostles?

  • Sacrifice

Peter taught that in order to become a follower of Jesus, you must convert to Judaism. But Judaism today is not the Judaism of Jesus. Just as Judaism of the Old Testament is not the Judaism of today.To be a chosen one of God, you must be obedient to his commandments.

The sacrifices by the people to atone for their sins was permitted by Moses, but it was not the correct path, it was so ingrained into the peoples minds, that no amount of wandering in the desert would free them from these practices. Jesus when he came fulfilled the prophecy that another would end the sacrifices, and he turned over the carts and the merchants who were selling animals to be sacrificed in the temple. He and the prophets have all been in agreement that “Obedience to God” is better than “Sacrifice”.

However Paul teaches that Jesus is the Ultimate Sacrifice. What better sacrifice than God himself? he asks. This is really sad, that Jesus labored to end sacrifice, and Paul brings it back using Jesus himself. Sacrifice of animals or the scapegoating is in itself an injustice. To blame one animal or Jesus for the sins of another is just not right. God says the we will have to give an account for our own sin, and a just God will not allow for an injustice of blaming another for our sin.

  • Idolatry

The major problem Paul creates for believers, is he takes a created being, and makes him God. This is called Idolatry. If you believe in the trinity and your worship Jesus as God, you are violating the First and Second Commandments. You will be going to hell for this alone.

Some Christians don’t believe in the Trinity, but you haven’t escaped God’s wrath yet. By claiming the blood of Jesus as beneficial for you as a sacrifice, you are joining in with the murder of an innocent man. You will be going to hell for this one because you are violating the commandment “You shall not Kill”. But some of you may say; “Well I didn’t kill him”. But if you go along with a murder, and claim to benefit by it, you are an accessory to that murder. You see you foolish Christians are signing your own damnation by following Paul’s teachings.

There is a better way. Its Called True Christianity. The teaching of Jesus and the 12 Apostles. Only by following the true teachings of Jesus, can we be the chosen ones of God.

What is Pauline Christianity?

When I became saved, you know that time in your Christian life when you start sharing your faith with everyone you know? Your zeal is real, your enthusiasm spreads, and people you know starting being affected?  I went through this “phase” as I’ll call it.

I had started a new sales job, and the other new sales person my age and I hit it off pretty good. I was sharing with him my Christian Faith. He wasn’t a Christian but he asked me this question, that sort of stumped me. He said, “If Christianity is real, why are there so many Denominations?” I didn’t have a pat answer for this, and later I found out how much I hated rejection and ended up leaving the company without giving him an answer.

The question stayed with me for some time though. Then I met Bob Enyart, when he came to Hawaii to talk about his book the “Plot of the Bible”. And he put forth the fact that there are contradictions in the bible, and his approach at reconciling them. Now up to this point I had not critically looked at the bible, I said what I heard from many a pastor, “there are no contradictions in the bible”, and “scripture is used to interpret scripture”, etc. So the idea that some believed there were contradictions, even those whose faith was strong made this study all the more important to me. I soon realized that because there are different denominations was because people were dividing over different doctrines of the bible. I had considered myself a Born Again Christian, and wanted to do everything, including my business from a Christian Perspective. So I set about studying the ancient Christian Church. I knew there were problems with the current church because the evidence was there were so many different denominations, therefore I wanted to find out in history where it went astray.

One of the things I was very interested in was trying to find out what the first Christians believed. As I mentioned in my last post if anyone has played the game telephone, that the story changes over time, if you want to get the true version, you need to go to the source. So I went to the library and began searching, and on the internet for anything written by the first century Christians. I found out about books that were preserved in the Ante-Nicene Fathers, and voraciously read everything I could find. I found a set of books survived that detailed Peter’s message. It is in the Clementine Recognitions. I realized this was the mother load of teachings of Jesus, that most Christians were not given.

I was also interested in books that were considered Gospel, but weren’t included in our Bible today. One of those books is the Gospel of Barnabas. The Codex Sianiticus is the oldest existing bible with us. It was written in Greek on skins, rather than parchment. It includes all of the books of the New Testament including the Gospel of Barnabas. So I wondered why does a bible that was written over 1600 years ago have books that the modern bible doesn’t have?

The answer is the Bible as we call it has been changed over the years. Most people don’t know this but the Macabees were removed from the Protestant bible as recently as a 100 years ago. There have been many changes over the centuries. So I asked myself, why are books being removed from the bible if the bible is really the inspired word of God?

The fact is the bible is a compilation of Books that “Men” judged as being worthy of being the Bible. Some Men wrote the books, and some men judged what was canon and what wasn’t. There are many other books that have been considered scripture, that have been part of the Christian Tradition, only to fall out of favor and removed.

For example the first book that was considered legit Christian Material was the book written by the Apostle Matthew. Matthew wrote a book in Aramaic, that was entitled “The Hebrew Gospel”.  No other book in the new testament would exist for at least 10 years, because at this time Saul (Later Paul) was on a mission to kill and destroy the work of the Apostles. Now the Hebrew Gospel was what The Apostles used as the teachings of Jesus Christ. They were Jewish Christians, who believed that Jesus was a Man, a Prophet, and King of the Jews. This book was eventually destroyed by the Pauline Christians who claimed it was heretical. Even those who were found in possession of it, it was a capital offense. I believe the reason for this was because it was the truth, and the versions that lasted such as the synoptic gospels we have today are derived from it, and have been corrupted.

But if you try to destroy an organization from the outside, they will band together in unity. The most effective way to destroy a group is to do it from the inside. And conveniently Saul had a Vision on his way to Damascus, and he was now a Christian. Now Barnabas was also an Apostle, who had taken the place of Judas Iscariot. He initially received the new believer Paul. He even tried to convince Peter that Paul had really changed, but the evidence is that the apostles rejected him. As Paul began his missionary journeys it became clear to Barnabas and others that Paul was teaching a different message than Jesus had given them to preach. The issue came to a head when Paul was summoned to Jerusalem to lay out his case before Jesus’ Brother James the Just, who was the Pope or religious leader of the Christians in Jerusalem. The out come of that meeting which became known as the Council of Jerusalem shows the difference of opinion existed between the early Christian Church, which was essentially Jewish, and this new religion Paul was teaching that was considered Anti-nomian, Hellenistic in nature, and failed to require the new Gentile Converts to adhere to Circumcision, or the Law.

In the epistle of James, James wrote about faith and works to try to counteract the false teachings of Paul. Paul claimed it was not by works that we are saved. James was almost removed from the bible, but because there was so much evidence that it was accepted as authentic to the early Christians, it survived.

Essentially Paul was teaching a different doctrine, which became more anti-law later in his career. You could say he was the first great cult leader, who led many away from the truth. Even the story of Paul’s conversion in the three accounts in the book of Luke have minor contradictions when compared side by side. Paul’s version of Christianity differed from the original teachings by Peter and the Apostles. I define these different set of teachings as Pauline Christianity. Peter’s version which was from a Jewish perspective would be True Christianity.

Based one these definitions, the contradictions are seen for what they are. Different teachings by either True Christianity – Jesus and the Apostles in one group, and Paul and the Pauline teachings in another group. The funny thing, is when I started sharing my findings with my Christian Relatives, they immediately assumed I was in some cult. The Irony, is their beliefs are the cult, not mine.

So the conclusion is that most religions that consider themselves “Christian” and “Catholic” are denominations that come from Pauline Christianity. And because Paul teaches doctrines that contradict those of Jesus and the Apostles, that is why we have so many denominations today.