| The New Testament and Godly Propaganda-Part 2
Used by permission, from the Agnostic Review of Christianity website
...Continued from Part 1
The New Testament character called "Jesus" was depicted by the New Testament writers as having performed many miracles. However, as the instructions from God in the Old Testament (Deut 13:1-18) make clear, the performance of miracles doesn't validate anyone as being approved of by God or sent in his name. Jesus also exhibits the symptoms of being a false prophet and false teacher.
The blood drinking salvation ritual is an obvious violation of God's law. Jesus also gave a prophecy that he would return in his kingdom(with rewards and angels) within the lifetimes of some of his immediate associates (Matt 16:27-28, also Matt 24:34 and Matt 26:64). This qualifies as false prophecy. The much trumpeted return of Jesus has never happened at all, despite the fervent prayers of Christians over the last two thousand years.
In the Book of Revelation, this promise by Jesus is repeated and is phrased in terms of absolute certainty:
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
The return of Jesus was to be very soon, not thousands of years after he was dead.
How do I know? The Bible tells me so. Again and again it reiterates the promise.
And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
Behold, I(Jesus) come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Under the stipulations of the Old Testament, a valid king Messiah would usher in the messianic era during his lifetime. There is no qualifier for a second coming being needed by a Messiah to do in a second attempt that which he was supposed to have done the first time.
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.
Note: In his lifetime, although he claimed under oath that he was the expected Messiah (Matt 26:63-64), Jesus never sat on the throne of David, nor did he rule and prosper, nor did he unify Israel and Judah, nor did he bring people into great compliance with the law as Ezek 37:24 requires. While I have no doubt that fundamentalist Christian apologists can rationalize the messianic failure of Jesus along with his failed prophecy for a quick return into glowing success stories, the credibility and quality of such rationalizations must be determined by the reader.
The New Testament writer Paul also felt the return of Jesus would occur within the lifetimes of people that were alive in that era.
1 Thess 4:16-17
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (also see Rom 13:11)
Paul not only engaged in false prophecy, but compounded his sin by attempting to turn people away from God's law, claiming that faith in a human sacrifice had replaced the law.
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Contrary to Paul's claims, the law was not to be tampered with and all of God's statutes were to be kept diligently, as they were the source of righteousness. God's true followers were not to add or subtract from the law.
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
Paul also claimed that the arrival of a king Messiah would be the end of God's law.
For Christ (or Messiah) is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth
This also directly contradicts the Old Testament teaching, which declares that the messianic era would be a time of great compliance with the law. The law would not be ended at all.
And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.
It should be noted that Paul never met Jesus before or after his alleged resurrection and his spiritual experience was comprised of a vision and a dreamlike trance(Acts 22:6-18).
In 1 Cor 9:20-22, Paul says that he will wear many masks as part of his effort to convince people that they should convert to the new religion. The prophet Isaiah wrote a warning about those who wanted to dismiss God's law:
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
Paul certainly fits the description of the type of dark false teacher, and "a dreamer of dreams", that God told his people to watch out for in Deut 13:1-18
Another Christian "dreamer of dreams" was Peter, who was convinced that God's food laws (Lev 11) were no longer binding on the people.
And he(Peter) became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
Contrary to Peter's dream teaching, God's law states that all foods are not clean:
This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth:
To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.
Peter also implicates himself as a false prophet as he claimed the world would end soon, a claim that was made to accommodate and support the Christian expectation of a quick return trip to earth by Jesus.
1 Peter 4:7
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
However, none of these false prophecies or contradictory teachings on the part of the New Testament character called "Jesus", and on the part of the writers, stopped them from vilifying any Jews who rejected the Christian claims and teachings. Often lost in the all the demonizing of the Jewish authorities, who didn't jump on board the Christian doctrinal ship, is the point that they were doing exactly what God told them to do in Deut 13:1-18. Jesus is portrayed as verbally abusing the Jewish scribes and Pharisees in Matt 23:13-39, making them the perfect whipping boys for the new religion to bash and set up as straw men enemies of God.
Examples of New Testament vilification of the Jews who did not jump on the Christian bandwagon follow: Paul, a Jewish apostate, calls the Jews Jesus killers and claimed that Jews did not please God.
1 Thess 2:14-16
For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:
Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:
Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
Note: It's rather hard to imagine how God would be pleased with Paul, the man who declared God's laws a curse (Gal 3:13) and that the laws were done away with by Jesus (Rom 10:4).
Paul again shows off his Christian love for his fellow man in the following expose of hate speech:
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision (Jews):
Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Note: Anyone who disagreed with Paul was in danger of being called a "deceiver" and much worse. One also has to wonder if any of the "Jewish fables" that Paul warned people about made their way into the modern Bible! In the following case, Paul defines an unbeliever(and religious competitor) as a child of the Devil and one who perverts the ways of the Lord.
Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.
And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
Note: Naturally, Paul who got his gospel as the result of a dreamlike trance, didn't pervert the right ways of the Lord when he told people they didn't have to obey the law anymore. In other words, Paul, who had no problem perverting God's law into a relic that people no longer needed to obey, deems himself so pious that he can accuse others of perversion of the word. A more modern analogy useful in describing Paul would be: A blackened pot that sits in the fire looks at the kettle sitting beside it and labels the kettle as tarnished by black smoke.
Paul doesn't tolerate any other gospel being preached if it isn't what he approves of.
As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Paul again warns about false teachers. In modern corporate culture this is called trashing your competition.
2 Cor 11:12-15
But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Note: Paul claimed that Satan is an angel of light, and he ought to know. Ironically, this sounds very much like what Paul saw in his vision. Paul wrote that he saw a shining faceless light and heard a voice. Of course, the God inspired Paul assumed it must have really been Jesus rather than Satan playing games with him.
In the next example, Paul claims to be a type of soldier for God, who trashes the religious competition and brings every stray or independent thought into the Christian new world order.
2 Cor 10:5-6
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Note: Christian revenge on "disobedience" is also stressed here. In other words, love thy neighbor as long as they fall into line with what you tell them to think. This is the very essence of a repressive and totalitarian dogma.
The Gospel of John portrays a pious, truth telling Jesus, and has him defining the hapless Jews who dare to question him and his teachings as being children of the Devil, their Father.
But now ye(Jews) seek to kill me(Jesus), a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Note: Jesus certainly wasn't telling the truth about his blood being real drink, approved of by God for human consumption. Just because someone says they represent God doesn't mean they really do. Of course, the evil, wicked Jews who didn't swallow these new doctrines must be portrayed by Christians as villians and Godly rejects if the New Testament is to justify itself in the eyes of potential converts. This is all part of the expand and dominate agenda.
In the Book of Revelation, the Jews who don't accept Christian teachings are equated with Satan.
I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
The New Testament scripture vilifying Jews and unbelievers who didn't accept the teachings of the new religion is little different than modern day advertising smear campaigns, where an enemy is targeted and defined as inferior or of dubious quality. The New Testament also replaced the Hebrew God as the official savior and gave that title and status to a new character named "Jesus".
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name (Jesus) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
The New Testament claim that there is no name other than "Jesus" in which salvation can be claimed is certainly not consistent with Old Testament teaching. According to the Old Testament, God will not give his glory to others (that includes the Christian man/god called Jesus).
I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
God makes it clear that he is a singular being (not a three headed Trinity) and there is no savior apart from him.
Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.
The Old Testament again confirms that God is a singular being and is the only savior. There are no others.
Declare and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath caused this to be heard from ancient time? who hath declared it long ago? Is it not I, Jehovah?
And there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour, there is none besides me.
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
The Christian attempt to insert Jesus into the salvation equation and give him all the glory makes a mockery of God's proclamations about himself. Further evidence of the Christian attempt to usurp power and authority from the Old Testament God and give it to Jesus can be found in Matt 28:18-20, where Jesus claims that all authority in heaven and earth has been given to him. Jesus also issues the "great commission" where he instructs his followers to go out and convert the world to the new religion. This provides a wonderful rationalization for aggressive proselytizers, as they can always justify the use of Godly threats of hellfire and in your face style preaching by saying that their God commands them to be dogmatic fundamentalists. After all, the Bible says it, so it must be true.
Despite all the claims by fundamentalist Christians that the New Testament represents 100% God inspired doctrine and totally accurate history, the blatant inconsistencies with Old Testament teachings that are observed in the New Testament do not support such an absolutist assertion. The scriptural evidence also indicates a concerted effort to vilify anything that disagrees with cult doctrine. Far from being one large harmonious text that Christian fundamentalists would like people to believe, the Bible cannot be said to represent the consistent word of a universal creator or deity.