xmlns:og='http://ogp.me/ns#'UA-81427306-1 Wisdom and Folly: February 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

It is Folly to Impart Our Ways on the Creator

In Exodus 33:13 we find an often overlooked concept.  Moses is speaking to God.  "And now, if I have indeed found favor in Your eyes, pray let me know Your ways, so that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your eyes; and consider that this nation is Your people."    This simple plea is one of the most powerful statements in the Bible.  In it, we find an answer to what far too many people miss.  How can I know God?  Moses, our teacher, knew the answer to this question.  He knew that learning God's ways was the path to knowing Him.  

There will soon be 50,000 different denominations of Christians on this earth.  Billions of people are searching for a relationship with the Creator.  Some move from one denomination to the next, in hopes of finding that relationship.  They never really do.  What they find is an emotional experience which is a replacement for a relationship with God.  Rivers of tears before an altar made with tools does not make a relationship.  Knowing God is not an emotional experience.  It transcends emotions.  Moses stood in the presence of the Most High at Sinai.  Does it say that he cried?  It doesn't describe his emotions at all.  Do you know why?  It is because they were irrelevant at that moment.  The word "awe" comes to mind.  When you are truly in a state of awe you are neither happy nor sad.  We toss that word around a lot these days.  Everything is "awesome".  It really is a misuse of the word.  It has come to mean something we like instead of something we can't comprehend.

How do people impart their ways upon the Creator?  In many things.  We learned from the incident of the golden calf a good example of this.  The people who were trying to worship God were doing it in such a way that was not appropriate.  ( see The Second Golden Calf for more information). Churches are still doing this today.  With so many different denominations practicing various forms of Christianity, is there any doubt that at least some of them are doing something wrong?  The truth is they are all doing something wrong.  They are imparting their ways on the Creator.

Earlier we learned that Moses wanted to learn God's ways in order to know Him.  God revealed His ways in the Torah.  If you had nothing but the five books of Moses, you would have enough to learn His ways.  But today, Christians don't study the Torah.  They study the New Testament which says the covenant outlined in the Torah is void.  How can something which teaches God's ways become void? This is the greatest folly of them all.  In ignoring God's ways they are saying they don't want to know Him.

Ask a Christian if they know God and they will say yes.  But they never take the time to learn His ways.  Moses gave us the answer plainly so that anyone could understand.  It is not some complex idea set aside only for scholars.  What has happened is that people, in their rebellion, didn't want to follow God's ways.  They were lured away by following their heart and their emotions.  This is the reason God warns us against following our heart.  Instead, we are told to control our heart and use it to love the Lord our God with all of it.  In other words, don't allow room in your heart for those things which, on the surface, look and make you feel good.  The emotional experience you feel by following Jesus is the very thing which leads you away from God.  Most, if not all Christians are always willing to tell us how Jesus makes them feel.  While I don't think God wants us to feel bad, I think, and scripture seems to back this up, that it is more important to follow His ways than it is to get a warm fuzzy feeling.

How is it that people impart their ways upon the Creator?  There are two things that come to mind. First, is the corruption of His instructions.  For instance, we know that He said to keep the Sabbath holy.  So why does Christianity ignore the Sabbath and keep Sunday as The Lord's Day?  This is a corruption or a changing of the instructions.  The second is to ignore the instructions completely. One great example is eating unclean animals.  To their own detriment, Christians completely ignore this. They will say that because Peter had his famous dream, it is okay to eat any animals.  That's not what the dream was even about, but that's beside the point.  The point is, who should you be listening to, Peter or God?  If the answer to this question is hard for you, you should consider more study of God's word.

The church has done everything it can to impart its ways upon the Creator.  Pick any denomination you wish and you will see it.  The taking of communion symbolized eating Jesus' flesh and drinking his blood.  People are certainly not considered kosher.  Praying to saints is equating mortals with God, even if it is to a lesser extent.  Putting a table in front of the church and calling it an altar is another way.  For starters, the altar can only go where God chooses to put His name.  That is the Temple in Jerusalem.  Collecting money and calling it a tithe is a complete corruption of the system of tithing outlined in scripture.  Here is one of the big ones.  Claiming that Jesus is God is actually considered idolatry.  Claiming to speak prophesy when God has not given you instruction to do so would get you killed in Deuteronomy, but Charismatic Christians do it every day.  Early Christian leaders changed the Holy Scriptures in order to make them fit their own beliefs.  The Isaiah scroll found among the Dead Sea Scrolls predated Christianity by some three hundred years but it is the same as the book of Isaiah found in the Tanakh.  The book of Isaiah in the Christian Bible is very different.  They changed it to say what they needed it to say.

There are many more ways in which the church imparts its ways on the Creator.  I have shown you a few.  But there are more.  The scope of this piece is not sufficient to expound on all of them.  The point I hope you will get is that if you are doing these things and think doing them will get you a relationship with God, you are mistaken.  You will have to look beyond what you have been told and find out for yourself.  Ask yourself if what you are doing can be found in what Moses taught.  We know that Moses found favor in God's eyes.  We know that Moses learned and taught God's ways. You can do yourself a tremendous favor and read the five books of Moses in the Tanakh.  Or, you can continue on as you are going and never really know the truth.  Do you believe the way you do because it is what you were told?  Now is the time to be honest with yourself.  The things the church teaches and does are an abomination in the eyes of God.  Are you following His ways or are you imparting your ways on Him?  Only you can answer this.              

Copyright 2016 by:
William Bouker

Monday, February 22, 2016

One Cannot be a Christian and Follow the Word of God

The Christian bible teaches that Jesus died as a sin sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins.  It further teaches that we cannot be forgiven unless we accept Jesus as our lord.  Paul taught that if we do sin, we have a mediator to go to God on our behalf.  The problem with these claims is that they don't hold up to scriptural scrutiny.  In fact, when one studies scripture they find the exact opposite to be true. We do not need a mediator.  We can go to God directly.  We do not need to believe in Jesus in order to be forgiven.  All that is required is repentance.  As for Jesus dying as a sin sacrifice, this is simply not possible.  Human sacrifice is forbidden in scripture.  One cannot be a Christian and follow the word of God.

Let's take a look at these three claims.  First we'll look at Jesus dying as a sin sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins.  All Christians believe this basic tenet of their religion.  Leviticus 18: 21 forbids human sacrifice.  "21 And you shall not give any of your offspring to pass through for Molech. And you shall not profane the Name of your God. I am the Lord."  The worship of Molech included passing one's children through the fire as a sacrifice.  Leviticus 20: 2-5 2 And to the children of Israel, you shall say: Any man of the children of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn among Israel, who gives any of his offspring to Molech, shall surely be put to death; the people of the land shall pelt him with stones.  3 And I will set My attention upon that man, and I will cut him off from amidst his people, because he gave of his offspring to Molech in order to defile My holy ones and to profane My holy Name. 4 But if the people of the land ignore that man when he gives of his offspring to Molech, not putting him to death 5 I will set My attention upon that man, and upon his family, and I will cut him off, and all who stray after him to stray after Molech, from amidst their people.  Here God repeats the prohibition and goes on to say what should happen to such a person.  These examples show not only human sacrifice but the sacrifice of one's children.  Jeremiah 7:30 tells us that God finds this detestable.  Christianity teaches that Jesus was the only son of God.  Knowing what we have found here, why would God offer His son as a sacrifice.  Would God do that which He detests? Wouldn't that make Him a hypocrite?  If God is holy, how can He do that which is unholy?  It is simply not possible.  So where does this idea come from, Jesus as a human sacrifice?  It comes from the worship of Molech.  The verses above show this.  The Christian idea of the cross comes from the worship of idols and false gods.  It is not found anywhere in the Hebrew Scriptures.

The Hebrew Bible does speak of a sin sacrifice.  The sin sacrifice was for sins committed inadvertently.  There is a sin sacrifice for the entire congregation and one for the individual.  (see Number 15: 20-29)  This is only for someone who sins by mistake.  Intentional sin is a different matter and cannot be forgiven through sacrifice.  In such a case, one must humble himself, acknowledge his sin, and resolve to turn away from it.  The word repent means to turn away.  You must make the effort to restore your relationship with God.  2 Chronicles 7  outlines this.

The church teaches that one must accept Jesus as their lord and savior to be forgiven of their sins. What about the righteous people who lived prior to Jesus?  Moses was the greatest of all the prophets. He never accepted Jesus as his savior.  On the contrary, if Jesus would have approached Moses with this concept, he would have been stoned to death.  Isaiah 43: 10- 14 teaches us who is the only savior. 10 "You are My witnesses," says the Lord, "and My servant whom I chose," in order that you know and believe Me, and understand that I am He; before Me no god was formed and after Me none shall be.  11 I, I am the Lord, and besides Me there is no Savior.  12 I told and I saved, and I made heard and there was no stranger among you, and you are My witnesses," says the Lord, "and I am God.  13 Even before the day I am He, and there is no saving from My hand; I do, and who retracts it?"  14 So said the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "Because of you, I sent [you] to Babylon, and I lowered, them all with oars, and Chaldees in the ships of their rejoicing."  Jesus cannot be the savior. God is the only savior.  This was known centuries before Jesus ever lived.  So what can one do to receive forgiveness for their sins?  Only repentance is required for the forgiveness of sins.

Paul's idea of a mediator is not found in the Hebrew Scriptures.  It may come from the idea of bringing the sacrifice [ for unintentional sins], to the priest who would offer it on the altar.  The priest was not a mediator.  The priest didn't pray that God would forgive the sinner.  His job was to offer the sacrifice on the altar, nothing more.  Only the priest was allowed to do this.  But it was not his job to intercede in any way. The only way to be forgiven is to repent.  Paul got this wrong.  But Paul got everything wrong.  None of his theories can be found in scripture.  If you are basing your faith on anything Paul said, you will find yourself without a place in the world to come.

If you are reading this as a Christian, you may find it hard to believe.  It's not your fault.  You were taught to believe the way you do.  Many of you come from Christian families and believe Jesus has done things for you.  None of it holds up to Scripture.  I urge you to read the Hebrew Scriptures and discover the truth. As a Christian, you are guilty of the sin of idolatry.  But now you know how to be forgiven.  You must repent, that is turn away, from the life you have been living.  I urge you to look into what is called Noahide.  Noahides are people who follow the seven laws of Noah.  There are Noahide communities all over the world.  For more information on Noahides please visit Netiv.net .  Here you will find video lessons on this and many other Biblical subjects.

Since leaving Christianity, I have discovered a real relationship with God.  Please read the scriptures I linked here.  Don't simply take my word for any of this.  You are the only one who can make this decision.  Study His word.                          

Copyright 2016 by
William Bouker

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Are You One of the 33,000

With over 33,000 denominations worldwide, Christianity is by far the most diverse religion in the world.  That number comes from "World Christian Encyclopedia" by Barrett, Kurian, Johnson (Oxford Univ Press, 2nd edition, 2001). If this number seems high to you think for a minute about the other religions of the world.  No other religion is quite as divided.  One would think that the purpose of a religion is to bring people together.  In Christianity, this simply is not the case.  Protestants are by far the most divisive, although they might have you believe otherwise.  Ask a protestant what they think about Catholics and see what kind of answer you get.  The sad fact that none of them realise is that they came directly from the Catholic church.

The reformation is credited to Martin Luther but earlier reformations did take place.  The corruption of the Catholic church was one of the primary reasons for the reformation.  By the end of the reformation, there were three main denominations of Christianity: Catholic, Lutheran, and Calvinist. After the reformation, each of these three denominations began to split.  As time went by, the new churches split, and split, and split.  So today we have over 33,000 unique denomination, all of which claim to be the "right" path.    

A closer look at the numbers is surprising.  For instance, there are 322 different denominations of Baptists.  There are 300 Presbyterian denominations and 253 Lutheran denominations.  The biggest surprise to me was the 242 Roman Catholic denominations.  There is an estimate that by the year 2025 there will be more than 55,000 separate Christian denominations.  What is going on with these people?  Why can't they get along?  How is it that so many people, who supposedly believe the same thing, are so divided?  To find the answers to these questions, there is only one place to look, The Bible.  For those of you who have not read my blog, when I refer to the Bible I am referring to the Hebrew Scriptures.  I don't accept the New Testament as scripture.  With the formation of so many denominations all using that text, can you blame me?  The New Testament is riddled with inconsistencies.  I think this has something to do with the large number of denominations within the religion.  I don't believe any of these denominations has been able to figure it out and as a result, schisms have occurred at various times.  For instance, one denomination may believe as it says in Acts 2:21, that "everyone who calls on the name of the lord will be saved".  So, when these people come to Matthew 7: 21 and find out that "not everyone who calls me lord, will enter the kingdom". This inconsistency becomes a huge problem for some people. They can't accept both concepts, so they cling to the one they like the best and voila, a new denomination is formed.

The Book of Daniel holds the secrets of the end times.  The book goes into great detail.  Chapter 2 gives a description of the various kingdoms that will be in power at various times.  The book is set in the early part of the sixth century BCE, beginning in the time of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. At that time, Babylon was what we would call today a "super- power".  Daniel describes the kingdom thusly, "2:38And wherever people, wild beasts, and birds of the sky dwell, He has given into your hand and has given you dominion over them all. You are the head of gold."  Twenty-two years after Nebuchadnezzar's death, Babylon fell to Cyrus the Great of Persia.  The Persian kingdom is represented by the silver (v 32).  Two- hundred and eight years later the Persians under King  Darius III, were defeated by Alexander the Great of Macedon, ushering in the Hellenistic Period and represented by copper.  In 168 BCE, Rome conquered Macedonia.  Later, in 146 BCE Rome sacked Corinth, thus finishing the Greek period.

Rome is the key to understanding Daniel chapter 2.  The image of Nebuchadnezzar's dream had a head of fine gold (Babylon), a breast and arms of silver (Persia), the belly and thighs of copper (Greece), and it's legs were iron and it's feet partly iron and clay (Rome).  So let's take a look at verse "34 You were watching until one stone was hewn without hands, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay and crumbled them.  35 Then the iron, the clay, the copper, the silver, and the gold crumbled together, and they were like chaff from the threshing floors of the summer, and the wind carried them off, and no place was found for them, and the stone that struck the image became a huge mountain and filled the entire earth."  The Christian interpretation of this is that the rock is Jesus who destroys the other kingdoms.  The problem with this interpretation is that it doesn't fit with the rest of the chapter.

In verses 36- 45, Daniel explains the dream for Nebuchadnezzar.  When we get to verse 41 we see that Rome will be divided.  "And what you saw, the feet and the toes-which were partly of potter's clay and partly of iron-so it will be a divided kingdom, and in it will be some of the strength of iron, in view of what you saw iron mixed with clay."  Verse 42 shows us that one part will be broken "42And the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, for part of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be broken."  The part of the Roman Empire that was broken is gone.  The reason the Christian interpretation is wrong is because Rome was not divided until the year 285 CE.  Jesus live some 250 years earlier.  In verse 43 we see that the remaining part of the empire will mix with the seed of men.  43 "And what you saw, iron mixed with clay, [connotes] that they will mingle with the seed of men, but they will not cleave one to the other, as iron does not mix with clay".  

In verse 44 we find that the remaining part of the Roman Empire will be destroyed after the eternal kingdom of G-d is set up.  We know that the eternal kingdom has not been set up yet.  So where is the Roman Empire today?  Rome is the Christian Church.  Rome has always represented Christianity.
All of this can be summed up by verse 45.  "45 Just as you saw that from the mountain a stone was hewn without hands, and it crumbled the iron, the copper, the clay, the silver, and the gold. The great God has let the king know what will be after this, and the dream is true, and its interpretation is reliable."

If Jesus was the rock he would have destroyed these kingdoms.  He did not do this.  Rome actually killed him.  He also would have had to come after Rome was divided.  He did not.  If you say he will do it when he returns, then you must deny that the church is Rome.  If the church is not Rome, where is the remainder of the Roman Empire?  There is no interpretation where Jesus fits as the rock which destroys Rome.

So what does any of this have to do with the 33.00+ Christian denominations in existence today?  It is simple.  If we say that Rome is the church, verse 43 makes perfect sense.  "they will mingle with the seed of men, but they will not cleave one to the other, as iron does not mix with clay."  Let me explain. They will mingle with the seed of men.  Christianity is the largest religion on the planet.  In order to mingle with the seed of men, the church had to go to all the nations and convert people to Christianity.  (the great commission)  "But they will not cleave one to another," indicates that even though the church has gone throughout the earth and converted so many people, none of them cleave together.  Do you think it is a coincidence that there are 33,000+ denominations and growing?  Has G-d's word ever worked through coincidence?  Not to my knowledge, it hasn't.

In the end, we see that Rome will finally be completely destroyed.  I cannot urge you strongly enough to get out while you still can.

Update:  as of 5-1-2016    Your Total "Christian Denominations" Count for today is 47074
Update:  as of 6-10-2016   Your Total "Christian Denominations" Count for today is 47174
Copyright 2016 by:
William Bouker