Five Myths of Christianity

Five Myths of Christianity

He died “for us”? To take away “our sins”?         

He came to be a “sacrifice” for humanity?       

His “virgin birth” and “immaculate conception”?

He was “resurrected” in his physical body?

He will “return” to be the eternal mediator and judge The World?

 

  1.  He died “for us”. To take away “our sins”?

There is obviously no doubt that Jesus died because of us! But the unshakeable belief of many that He died “for us” being sufficient to secure “a place in heaven” for ‘them’, logically ensures that the perfect and inviolable outworking of The Law of Sowing and Reaping cannot possibly extend its Grace and Blessings to such believers – if – it is works that are demanded by Jesus, and thus by The Divine Laws!

“By their works you shall know them.”

It is correct, to say that for the sake of ‘the sin’ which led to mankind’s ‘fall’, Jesus came, suffered and was crucified, but that irrefutable fact is not a blessing for Christians or mankind in any shape or form. Those who had the chance to save Him from a terrible end – the once-chosen and blessed Jewish race – agitated for Barabbas over The Son of God. To Pilate, they shouted: ‘Crucify Him’. Standing as an indictment against all of mankind from that singularly-dark moment of far-reaching portent, it was and still is an especially damning indictment against the Jewish race. For even today, they still refuse to recognise that The One sent to them at their petition, really was their Awaited One at that time.

The evil happening two thousand years ago was a most unfortunate outcome for all of mankind. Christ was killed because of the jealousy, fear and hatred of the priests of that time. Most Christians, however, would like to see in this a higher guiding Hand driving those events in order to provide for mankind a propitiatory sacrifice for the forgiveness of all sins. However, such beliefs contradict the natural Law of Sowing and Reaping, “What a man sows, that shall he reap”, which is also the Law of Love and strictest Justice. Therefore, it is illogical and foolish to believe such a thing.

Even the words of The Bible – that especial Work which you hold up to the world as The Living Word Of God – condemns that terrible act in no uncertain terms. Peter, the Apostle designated by Jesus as “the rock” upon which His Teachings could be built, “tells it like it is”. After receiving “Power from On High” at Pentecost and speaking in the various dialects of the region, the crowd that had gathered accused the Apostles of being drunk. Peter countered with the following:

“Men of Israel! Listen to these statements: Jesus the Nazarene, a Man pointed out as from God by powers, and wonders, and signs, which God did through Him amongst you, as you yourselves know; having betrayed, you murdered Him by crucifixion through lawless hands...”  

(Acts 2:22-23, Fenton. All emphases mine.)

The very words of the following prayer – His prayerFor us – stands in rightful accusation against such an evil distortion of the great and incomprehensible Love of The Creator.

“Father forgive them, for they know not what they do!

  1. He came to be a “sacrifice” for humanity

The final act of the crucifixion that played out both on Golgotha [the crucifixion site] and also for those in the Sanhedrin [assembly of rabbi] who actively plotted to bring about His death, was wrought by a powerful earthquake.  Sufficiently strong to shatter the floor of the Temple of Jerusalem, the convulsive transfer of energy from the Earth to the great building also tore asunder the heavy curtain that protected The Holy of Holies [the Arc of The Covenant containing the tablets on which Moses inscribed The Ten Commandments].

The odds of that particular earth-tremor occurring with such precise convergence to, ostensibly, ‘coincide’ with the exact moment Jesus died, would surely be in the order of millions to one. That natural event should be proof enough of how terribly wrong His execution was, for even the Forces of Nature vented their anger and fury at the murder of The Son Of God: He Who once Commanded the same Forces of Nature to cease their ‘storm-work’ activity on the Sea of Galilee with the admonition: “Peace. Be still!”

As we have often stressed, such an injustice is not even accepted in earthly courts of law. If it were, imagine the outcry – from all of you especially. So why and how can human beings who proudly call themselves Christians [i.e., followers of, and believers in, Christ] accept a notion that such a thing would be acceptable to The Creator Himself: He Who is Perfect Love but also Perfect Justice?

If you yet still seriously believe such a thing, then do not hide behind 2,000 years of Earth-time to shield you from that most insidiously-evil event. Instead, have the inner courage to put yourselves in the place of the small group of executioners at His Crucifixion and actively take part in the murder of The One Whom you profess to believe in. Be part of that Roman squad on that terrible day that you nauseously commemorate so wrongly: Black Friday.

Help to lay the cruelly-tortured and bleeding body of The Son of God on that rough and splintered “cross of death”. Feel His blood spattering on your skin – for there are no niceties such as rubber gloves to protect your delicate hands. Next, take up the hammer. And with it, drive the nails through His hands into the wood of the crossbeam. Ensure, however, that you do it correctly so that the weight of His especial body will not tear His once-healing hands away from those terrible spikes when that dark, death-cross is raised.

And as you ‘drive those nails home’, remember to look into His dying, pain-wracked eyes and say to Him:

“I nail you to this cross because in my deed I prove my great Christian love for you because you came to die for me and my sins. Even though you have already suffered so much, I offer you yet more pain and torture. I know you will understand and will one day welcome me into your Kingdom because I have now proved my faith to you by helping you to die on this cross.”

How foolish a belief. How utterly absurd.

Such a belief is tantamount to idolatry of the worst kind, but self-idolatry – of human beings – and not of reverence and worship of The Most High or of He Who was and is a Part out of Him.

JESUS: The SON OF GOD; designated as both The Word Of God and The Love Of God; that is who you symbolically murder each time you tremulously “…thank ‘Him’ for dying for your sins”.

In necessary reinforcement it should be pointed out once again that the words of The Bible condemn that terrible act in no uncertain terms. Peter, the Apostle “tells it like it is”:

“Men of Israel! Listen to these statements: Jesus the Nazarene, a Man pointed out as from God by powers, and wonders, and signs, which God did through Him amongst you, as you yourselves know; having betrayed, you murdered Him by crucifixion through lawless hands...”  

(Acts 2:22-23, Fenton. All emphases mine.)

Jesus himself gave the clearest and simplest indication of how this event should be viewed.  His noble prayer thus stands as an indictment against those who murdered Him then, and against those today who still very wrongly believe that His painful and brutal death on that Cross could somehow be sanctified and Divinely Blessed by An Almighty God as some kind of loving act of propitiatory sacrifice to cleanse the evil and sin of an undeserving humanity.

 “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do!

Thus: They did the wrong thing.

 

  1. He will “return” to be the eternal mediator and judge The World?

The quandary for the global Christian community of if/should/when of the return of Jesus and not any thought for the Coming of The Other, presupposes the probability that Christianity/humankind, in general disbelief, will ignore it and continue to embrace, instead, totally different and therefore wrong concepts. The end result will surely not then be as Christians, particularly, might hope or imagine.

The answer to that quandary lies in the following Scriptures given by Jesus in reply to questions from His Disciples regarding the end-time. The singularly-strong aspect here is the clear statement that The One to come would instruct in all the Truth, meaning that Jesus had not done so. In other words, what He was able to give for that particular point in human spiritual evolution and have it at least basically understood, was just a part of the whole, not the complete thing.

This is so stated in John 16:12:

“I have still much more to tell you; but you are not able to bear it.”

In other words, even though instructed by The Son of God Himself to a far deeper level of knowledge than certainly any other human beings to that time, the greater degree of understanding that humankind still required could not be imparted to the Disciples then. It was simply too much for them to understand or assimilate.

Therefore another, The Other, would have to come and bring all The Truth.

“…because if I do not depart, the Helper will certainly not come to you; but when I depart, I will send Him to you. He, on His coming, will bring conviction to the world…”

— — And also:

“When, however, the Spirit of Truth Himself comes, He will instruct you in all the truth He Himself will honour Me…”

(John 16:7-8 & 13-14, Fenton. Emphases mine.)

The clear inference in all of these Scriptures is that the use of the personal pronoun, He, denotes an actual person in the same way that Jesus was an actual person. And, moreover, would be The One Whom Jesus would send, but only after His [Jesus’s] own departure.

Matthew describes the key sign which will reveal the fact that The Eternal Mediator is – or has already been – on Earth. The following Scriptures not only add more Biblical weight to our premise, but they further illustrate the fact that Jesus does not refer to Himself in the first person but clearly infers that there really is Another.

“…and then will appear the signal of the Son of Man in the sky. And He will send out His messengers – and they will collect all His chosen…”

(Matthew 24:30-31, Fenton.)

Matthew, in 25:31, offers another powerful statement from Jesus in support of the Other. Again, He does not say “I” will do this or that, but that the Other One He, The Son of Man – will fulfil it!

“But when the Son of Man appears in His Majesty, and all His angels with Him, then He will take His seat upon the throne of His Majesty; and collect all nations before Himself.”

In that particular Scripture, as in many others, we would at least expect Jesus to say, “I will collect all Nations before Me.”  – if He Himself was to fulfil that role at the End-time. Yet that is not what He says, even though instructing and enlightening His Disciples as to what to expect then! Further Scriptural quotes clarify our premise:

“…but the helper, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send… He will teach you Everything”.

(John 14:26)

“When the Son of Man comes, however, will He find this faith upon the earth?”

(Luke 18:8)

Further examples from The Jerusalem Bible provide more anchorage for our premise: “…proved by my going to the Father and your seeing Me no more”.

“I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I leave the world to go to the Father.”

(John 16:10 and 16:28)

“Blessing and peace to you from the One Who Is, Who Was and Who comes; and

from the seven Spirits which are before His throne; — and from Jesus Christ.”

(Revelation 1:4-5, Fenton. Emphases mine.)

It is patently clear from the above Scripture that there is more than just one “One”. Moreover, the strongly denoted separative-conjunction “and” draws a clear line of demarcation between Jesus and The Other The One — “Who Is, Who Was and Who Comes”!

 

  1. He was “resurrected” in his physical body?

“Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have not come to abolish but to complete them.”

(Matthew 5:17, Fenton. All emphases mine.)

The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus must surely rank as one of the most religiously contentious issues ever. Science, by virtue of its empiricist base, would quite rightly reject notions of the physical resurrection of a very dead body. Science would probably also reject the whole idea of Ascension, physical or otherwise. In bygone days, any opposition to the once all-powerful Church position that Jesus was resurrected physically, would certainly have bought an immediate death sentence and execution. Yet the very Scripture we use as the introduction to this particular Chapter clearly states that precise rules hold unequivocal sway for all, including The Son of God Himself Whose words we accept they are.

An event such as a physical resurrection and ascension, which radically departs from “natural” processes, cannot be held up as being logical in any way whatsoever. Correct clarification, therefore, must inherently rely on the truth and outworking of the very Laws that Jesus Himself stated could not be overthrown. And which He, according to the lawful parameters thus contained within them, also had to submit to at His death.

We must now seriously question and challenge the second crucial part of this particular essay i.e., the strong, entrenched belief within probably most Christian communities that a physical resurrection and ascension is somehow valid. To this end a key question needs to be asked with regard to the “resurrection” of Jesus. Can a man, any man, in a flesh and blood physical body weighing somewhere around 70 to 80 kilograms and very surely pronounced dead, realistically rise from that dead state to then live some kind of physical reality, eternally?

Whilst we certainly accept that Jesus was able to call the dead to life, it was done so under the strictest aegis of the Living Law, of Which He Himself Was and Is a Living Part. If we therefore employ the knowledge of Spiritual Law to apply the processes of death to the fate of Jesus, we are left with His irrefutable statement – that we must often reiterate – that He had not come “to overthrow The Law, but to fulfil it”. Not just to fulfil it to a somehow convenient earthly-belief level, but to fulfil it completely. He, therefore, was also subject to all the natural and lawful processes that mark earthly death. As it must be in every single case, those processes for Him, too, called for the normal exit of His “inner animating core” from the mortal cloak He was obliged to take upon being born of a woman on Earth.

So, if we now track to the end of Jesus’ life, the extremely tenuous rationale offered to ostensibly support a “physical resurrection” has always been that He had to have risen in a physical body simply because His own was not in the tomb in which He was placed. In its supposed “reasoning” such a one-dimensional view is akin to medieval superstition. Quite clearly, Jesus had no choice but to vacate His tortured, bleeding and dying body on that “cross of death” when His time of exit thereupon arrived. Jesus died a physical death, as all who are born onto the Earth must.

The Perfection of The Laws of God simply cannot allow for anything other than complete naturalness in all things, so a death-process for Jesus different from the norm is simply out of the question. Perfect Laws represent the ultimate level of naturalness, so aberrant scenarios are impossible.

We know that after His death Jesus was taken down from the cross and buried in a tomb owned by Joseph of Arimathea. What do we read post-Crucifixion, however? That even those closest to Him did not recognise Him when He appeared before them. Mary did not recognise Him to begin with. Mary Magdalene, too, did not recognise Him immediately. Even two of His Disciples on their way to Emmaus did not recognise Him for hours even though He walked and spoke with them for that length of time. How could it be possible that after a short interval of just days, those closest to Him did not recognise Him immediately? What does this clearly infer?

It unequivocally infers that had He been in His physical body, recognition would have been immediate. Therefore, and in concert with the lawful outworking of the earthly death process, it is obvious that it must have been another and different body they saw.

The theological idea that it was His “transmuted physical body” they saw does not hold water, for The Laws of Creation do not permit the “transmutation” of a physical body for anyone; not even in a “one-off” situation for The Son of God. “The Laws” are quite clear on this. The exit of the “inner being” from the “physical-body part” means that that part is then irrevocably subject to the normal and natural disintegrating process.

Spiritual Law informs us that a less dense envelope or body is able to penetrate denser objects. His sudden appearances inside locked rooms in which the Disciples regularly gathered thus testifies to the fact that He could not have been in a physical body. It is not lawfully possible to “rarefy” a physical body. Physical bodies cannot penetrate material doors or walls. Not His physical body, therefore, but one that we all possess too.

A non-physical Ethereal body of the consistency of that Realm through which we journeyed to incarnate on Earth. And, unless through our own aspiritual deeds we remain trapped in “the world”, the same Realm through which we all must journey again – ‘if we wish to return home’. It is a body, moreover, that can exist on the Earth – hence the millions of Earth-bound souls.

This “other-body” reality thus answers the question of how Thomas could feel the wounds of Jesus. It is simply a matter of the same kind of body within Thomas i.e., of the same consistency, bearing witness to the world of this lawful event. Thomas was invited to “touch” and “feel” purely because he was “Thomas the doubter”.

An obvious question begs an answer here. ‘What really did happen to the physical body of Jesus?’ We know that guards were posted outside the tomb to prevent the theft of it. Therefore, the story goes, it could not possibly have been stolen, for thieves would have been seen. So, the only possibility left is that we all meekly submit to the belief that Jesus did rise from the dead in His physical body. And that apparently seems to satisfy the majority of Christians in their various Churches.

Of course, the other logical possibility must not ever be entertained lest the whole, carefully nurtured structure totters and comes crashing down. For the reality is that soldiers on sentry duty do fall asleep, or they can be bribed to turn a blind eye. Or perhaps the sentries, in strict concert with The Law under The Will of The Almighty, were rendered unconscious for a time to thereby graciously permit a few especially chosen ones to quietly remove the earthly body of Jesus so that it might be placed where it would never ever fall into unbelieving hands.

Thankfully a small but steadily growing body of religious scholars now subscribe to this “probability”, and that His resurrection and ascension was thus a “spiritual” event, not a physical one. Deriving their ideas from historical narrative and ancient texts quite recently discovered but ignored by mainstream Christian Churches, this newly-emerging and correct view is exactly that which we state in the previous paragraph – that Jesus was moved from His temporary burial chamber and placed in a secret, permanent vault.

For if that particular scenario is regarded as impossible, as blasphemy or heresy even, then we have a major and insurmountable problem with the fact that Jesus had to subsequently return to The Father. To thus levitate and ascend in that same supposedly physical body to a Realm that is obviously non-physical. To a level, therefore, immeasurably higher and thus far beyond the incomprehensible reaches of the farthest universes even. Such an idea simply beggars description, for it is implausible in the extreme. In fact, it is patently impossible!

  1. His “virgin birth” and “immaculate conception”?

Just as the physical death of Jesus at the end of His life marked His exit from earthly life, so did His birth as a baby herald His physical arrival onto the Earth and into earthly existence. For in accordance with the inviolability of The Divine Laws He came to fulfil, The Son of God could not circumvent The Law that to be born of woman on Earth, the seed must first be placed within the womb by a natural procreative event. Subsequent to impregnation, a lawful gestation period of nine months in that especially-chosen and thus especial womb.

Here, however, a singularly contentious question arises with the inescapable truth that in the twin realities of physical birth and physical death, one must obviously always follow the other. Yet for a large number of people, that reality is conveniently discarded in the case of Jesus.

Since we cannot deny the fact of Mary’s earthly pregnancy or the earthly birth of Jesus as a baby, should we dare to believe that those earthly processes might just have been preceded by an earthly conception too? Or is that going too far? Or is it simply a matter of religious fear masquerading as “the ostensible guardian of religious righteousness” standing ready to condemn any attempt to delve logically into what was clearly a completely natural event? For Jesus issued, and was thus delivered, from Mary’s womb. Even though a perfectly natural birth, it was, nonetheless, one of stupendous import; an incarnation ordained and sanctified by Divinity Itself.

Now, because every human spirit incarnating on Earth requires a physical vessel in which to dwell and through which to work, Jesus, too, needed a physical body to carry out His Work. However, all such bodies must come on to the Earth in the form of a baby from a birth-mother. This is only possible with an earthly conception to begin with.

Does the idea of an earthly conception, then, denigrate the greatness or purity of the person of Jesus or His inherent Divinity? No, of course not. What about the purity of Mary herself, or her especial Calling? Would we regard her as being somehow soiled or impure if a conception was necessary before Jesus could be born onto the Earth? Here, again, of course not. If we did, it would be very difficult, indeed, to reconcile the birth of The Son of God from out of a woman of the Earth whose necessary purity for that purpose was somehow compromised through a natural act of copulation.

So, would a possible father for the purposes of a necessary conception debase the body of Mary who would carry to full term the earthly vessel that Jesus, in His Divine reality, would inhabit and work through? For such a high and purely ordained purpose, moreover, might not such a man/father be similarly chosen from Above? And would such a union for that highest possible purpose not therefore constitute an “immaculate conception” in the truest sense? If not, why not? If not, would it be because The Bible appears to state otherwise?

A clue to the reason for the wide Christian acceptance of the “virgin birth” as truth may lie in the interpretation by Matthew of the title, the “Holy Spirit”. For he reports:

“…the origin of Jesus the Messiah was thus: Mary, His mother, was promised in marriage to Joseph; but before their union, she was found to have conceived from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, however, was a righteous man; and not wishing to degrade her, felt inclined to divorce her privately. But while reflecting about it, he saw a messenger from the Lord appear to him during a vision, saying”: “Joseph, son of David, you need not be afraid to accept your wife Mary; for what is conceived in her was produced by the Holy Spirit:”

(Matthew 1:20, Fenton. Emphases mine.)

Because it was so stated by one of the Disciples, it is now forever regarded as sacrosanct in its apparent meaning. That is; that the egg – from which the physical foetus would grow to become the physical vessel, the body, of Jesus inside the womb of Mary – was somehow literally impregnated by “The Holy Spirit” simply to produce just the mortal or physical cloak.

What needs to be fully understood here once more is that the mortal cloak of Jesus was not Him solely and completely. It was simply the body that housed His Divine Core. We should further understand that the ordained path of every physical cloak is to return to the Earth out of which it is ultimately constituted.

“And man goes to the earth that he was,

And his Soul will return to the GOD Who gave it!”

(Ecclesiastes 12:6-7, Fenton. Emphases mine.)

It was His Divine Core – which at the same time was He personally – which returned to become One With the Father. The forming of His physical body did not require the Power of The Holy Spirit to produce it. Physical bodies by the score are produced every day of week on Earth.

If we now revisit Matthew’s narration, we have the phrase, “conceived from The Holy Spirit”; and a second, “produced by The Holy Spirit”. Yes, it could be seen to be “playing with words”. But what actually was conceived from and produced by The Holy Spirit here? Other Bibles use slightly different phrasing, but all must ultimately mean the same thing, simply because Jesus was born to Mary – under the aegis of the Grace of The Almighty and His Inviolable Laws!

Thus, to form in the mind, to formulate, to devise, to conceive – a plan, whereby Jesus, The Son of God, would incarnate on Earth in a human body. That was what was conceived from, and produced by, The Holy Spirit.

It was an Immaculate Conception, conceived in Plan and Ordination, and thus

produced by The Holy Spirit!

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