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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