The King of kings
Your Own Personal Jesus Christ
I have beams in my eyes, so I don't expect many to read and agree with me on all this. But I'll say it nevertheless, as these jungles have many tall walls in our ways to Jesus, therefore warnings are never enough.
Anyway, wouldn't be just great if we could make your own Jesus Christ, with our own set of rules? Well, considering we are extremely flawed, I don't personally think so, no it wouldn't be that nice!
Although it does provide some temporary peace of mind, it is not a final solution by any means. Some even believe this can be the way to His Kingdom! I personally don't think it will help. I think that way because the Bible says it won't help, and there are plenty examples about it in the Bible.
But how is it done? It is very simple, it is done by ignoring what we know to be true, what is written about Him and His mighty teachings — all this is very clear in the Bible — and simply inputing your own two cents in vacuum that was created by the "cherry picking" of teachings.
One can hide behind many of these "walls" that are created by mental exercise, but in the end of the day the truth is singular, and absolute. That means that we cannot will our wishes into God's plan, instead we have to let His wishes drive us into His plans, after all the plans are His, not ours. His universe, not ours. His kingdom, not ours.
In truth the Holy Bible is written like a garment, a piece of interwoven cloth. And that is how we need to read it if we wish to understand it. So how the foundation of these mental walls are build?
How is it done?
By cherry-picking Only the verses we excel at it are important! We forget about the ones that relate with our wickedest moments.
By Interpretation - The follower can simply say that a certain teaching is open to interpretation, and moved by his/her own bias interpret that teaching his/her own way, of course the way will almost always favors his/her wishes.
Is my belief that the vast majority of the do's/dont's of the Bible are not meant to be interpreted, but instead to be executed with the most sobriety of mind and transparency of heart. It is what it is, what is written. Black on white. These are no secrets, and most of the teachings are clear as air.
Consider John 4:16-18
John 4:16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
John 4:17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
John 4:18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that case thou truly.
Is there any room for interpretation? I don't think there is!! But there is more, so let's read more!
The will of God: Mark 10:7
Mark 10:7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
Mark 10:8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
Mark 10:8 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
After reading this above things can become quite enigmatic about this subject, indeed! But if we read on other verses about it, by no other than Jesus Himself, things get clearer.
The Command Explained: Matthew 5:31
Matthew 5:31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
Matthew 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
Here is "game over" for those that wish to go against His law. There is absolutely no room for interpretation anymore. And Jesus made His wishes very very clear. What is Jesus saying? He is saying: I accept no divorces, save for one exception only. That's it, the rhetoric is over! Accept it or not, read as it is or create your own fantasy jesus.
I am NOT saying by any means that if someone divorces they wouldn't be saved, no. About that I do not know. I am no judge of men, only The Judge of men can judge men.
Want to be Jesus' friend? Wanna hide under His mighty wings when dark storms are closing in? Well to be His friend we must obey, He is our friend (and Master and Father), and to make Him happy we should simply obey Him.
Surrender our will, and accept His will. The key word is SURRENDER which is the opposite of REBEL.
You mighty think this is a bit radical, I do too. But once you understand (by reading the Bible) that God IS a radical God and understand the consequences of the rebellion you'll come to realize that there is no room for compromises. We must try as hard as we can not to rebel.
The Old Testament
"It is deprecated, old", "not to be used anymore", "of no value", "It's teachings where supplanted by Jesus' teachings".
Is that true?
Let's look what He, Jesus, has to say about what it is written in the Old Testament:
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Easy to understand His mindset here, right? He is basically saying that IF you break any of the old laws (given by the old prophets), then there will be a judgment for it, and nothing will pass from these laws without it. He also said that if you break any of these laws and teach men to do the same, then you shall be called the least in His kingdom.
So just by saying that "the Old Testament is not to be taken seriously" you are inserting yourself into that least category. After all, it is what is been said by Him that is the cornerstone. There is ABSOLUTELY no room for interpretation, unless one fools himself or herself to the very ends of their minds, and it happens, more often than not.
But why do we fear these laws of the old testament given to us by the old prophets? Because they are harsh and hard to follow if your mind is not renewed, that's why.
Renewing of the mind to fit His will is one of the most extreme forms of surrender. But we don't enjoy surrendering very much do we? We don't enjoy doing the bid of others, even when the "other" is God and that is called rebellion, or treason, as He is King and we are His subjects!
Doesn't matter what we want or what we think, what matters is what He wants and what He thinks and above is what He wants and what He thinks. It is simple and easy to see it when we remove bias out of our way, when we remove ourselves out of this equation. We need to have "ears to hear"!
One of these laws is this:
Exodus 20:4 Not to make a graven image; neither to make it oneself nor to have it made by others.
Some denominations fade away from the law into wild unknown dark waters, like this one.
There is no room for interpretation here. There is ONLY one way to God, and the way is called Jesus. No need for statues or saints or angels. In fact we should ONLY pray to and request from Jesus and His Father. And for no other! He is the monarch, as His Father, and they are jealous monarchs. He Jesus is our ONLY intercessor, no other saints or angels have this power nor the power to intervene on our behalf. Period!
Can we find more about this subject? For sure we can, for instance, when John was taken to witness the Day of the Lord, an angel let him know the Perfect and Good Will of God about this:
Revelation 22:8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me.
Revelation 22:9 But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”
So there is the angel of the Lord, a servant, like us, servants, rejecting any worship from men, and commanding him to pray ONLY TO GOD. Is there ANY room for interpretation here? Should we be praying to saint John or saint Peter or Mary? No! The angel of the Lord, that knows way more about God than we do right now said to us not to do it. So we shall not.
And what Jesus had to say about it? Well we can find many things He said about this, but the following should suffice:
Luke 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
He did not mention any saints, prophets or angels. He taught us to pray to GOD.
God Himself also say something about this issue:
Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
So, the angel said not to do it, Jesus said the way we should do it, and God Himself said NOT TO DO IT! How can we puny servants then "interpret" this in a way that allow us to do it?
What kind of mental exercise one has to go through to have piece of mind when praying to a saint, or for Mary? I personally can't, there is no way I can fool my mind into doing this, not anymore!
But many do. They are "inventing" their own personal jesus christ. A figure of their own imagination, that satisfies their own needs, not the will of the Father.
The Mary Issue
Is Mary REALLY the mother of Jesus? Did He saw her as his Mother, the deity? Or as His mother the sweet saint she was? Well, again, looking into the scriptures we can find out:
Matthew 12:47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
Matthew 12:47 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
Matthew 12:47 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
Was she His mother? Yes, she carried Him in her indeed. But to Him His kin are those that carry crosses along with Him. those are His mothers and brothers. And so did she. Mary was his mother, his sister, indeed!
Did Mary glorify herself in ANY way? Not that we know of, and probably not! She was a saint, chosen by God (I dare to suspect because of her bloodline and purity) to be the carrier of the Son of Men, His only Son.
Was Mary sinless? No! The scriptures have something to say about that? Well, this:
Romans 3:23 All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
I don't know much about measurements and quantification , but to me all means ALL; Mary, John the baptist, David, his son Solomon, Jacob, Peter, Lazarus, me, you, your mother, my mother... ALL mothers that ever existed! There is more to read about this subject:
Luke 1:46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
Luke 1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Has Jesus ever said "God the Lord, my saviour"? Why does "sinless Mary" needs a saviour if she is sinless, thus blameless? This is a clear indication that she knew she was not sinless and perfect but in need of a saviour.
Also to whom we should run towards to receive blessings and salvation? To Mary that runs to God for her salvation or to God Himself that granted that salvation to Mary? Funny irony, Jesus said something similar to this here:
Matthew 23:17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
Do we know Mary better than Mary knew herself? I think not.
Undoubtedly she was one of the noblest ladies ever to grace this planet, nevertheless, she was not without sin.
What about Mary's virginity? Why say "Virgin Mary" when she was not one when all these events passed?
Yet another falsehood implemented by Romans and their mixed biased beliefs. Jesus' father was The Father, God, and Mary was impregnated by God, and up to this point she was indeed a virgin.
But after Jesus was born she and Joseph had at least four more sons and daughters. How then Joseph could do what God can, that is, to impregnate Mary without copulation? Easy to answer: he couldn't! The only other options is the regular way to do things. Thus she was no longer a virgin. Of course, not to mention Jesus' birth. Below is a mention of Jesus' bothers reported by two different sources:
Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
Matthew 13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
So Mary was a noble and graceful lady, a true saint. But not a deity, not a virgin, and definitely not worth of worshiping. But indeed worth of being an example for us all! Be like Mary was, and He will probably rejoice about you, as He did about her.
Do what Jesus and His angel commanded and what Mary herself implied: worship the saviour, God and God only! No one else has the power to save you!
How to Dress?
Well the scriptures are very clear about this. And the old wise prophets knew better, way better than we do today. Women (and men) should dress modestly, in such a way not to arouse lust on others.
I don't mean to convey the idea that we should dress with potato sacks, altho John the baptists (the greatest of all men) did. Modesty is not anti-fashion! It means you should not be wondering around showing your legs to strangers. It means sensitivity to sin, cultural discretion.
And most do exactly the opposite. People dress like christmas trees, with chains and decorations hanging from all over them, with immodest clothes, with faces painted in such way that would make Michelangelo blush. Exactly to entice what the teachings are there to avoid: lust on others.
1 Timothy 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Romans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
The motto "times have changed" simply won't do it! God's will doesn't change, nor does His laws or ways! He is immutable! So whatever He wanted before the world even existed, it is what He wants now. And making use of "times have changed" won't help you when you find yourself right in front of Him. We behave like children, this is probably why He called us that.
Also ages may have passed between then and now, but men and women did not changed! We are the very same! We lust at the very same things, we desire the same things, we fight for the same reasons we once fought. We are exactly like those people 2, 3, 4 thousands years ago. The only diferences are the "toys" we build and make use of. But make no mistake, we are the same as those people, we think the same way and we behave the same way. In our core we are truly the same!
So, "times have changed" is the most childish excuse one can make up. And it is a very common one, sadly.
Ladies, guys, do you think Jesus is pleased when we, by dressing immodestly, plant the seeds of lust around others hearts? Does that please the Lord?
Ladies, what is sensual? Define sensual! Is sensual really Godly and good?
I beg of you, do not let the love Christ has for us fool you into thinking He'll just wave His judgement of all wrong doing away. Saying "God is all loving" won't help much in court! Remember what He said; "one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law". And that's scary! Extremely scary! And how about this:
Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Again, the measurements... "many". Many is the very opposite of few, I believe. Many will say that, and my guess is that amoung those "many" some will be those that think that the love He has for us will somehow null His mighty justice and the hate He has for evil things. And He is the one who decides what is evil and what is not, not us, what we think is irrelevant. What is written in the Bible is absolute and relevant!
Above all, He is a just God. And to the just, love won't get in the way of the law. He loves you and wishes you to be at His side, but if you break the law, you can be in danger of judgement for it. I rather settle out of court!
If Jesus forgives your trespasses without a judgment or some sort of settlement, then He won't be just anymore. He could be a loving God, but not just. This is why Solomon, the wise, said:
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
If you fear judgment you'll start to second guess yourself in the tiniest things, and that will eventually lead you to the understanding of God's ways, wishes and laws. And it will eventually bring you closer to Him. And it is true! I said that based on personal experience. I fear Him, that can destroy both, body and soul!
Your Personal Yahweh and Jesus
After reading all these, as well as other "limitations" of the Christ's doutrine, many "interpret" these very clear facts differently, so they can go on with their worldly lives of sin.
What did Jesus said to that young man that wanted to follow Him as a perfect disciple? He said this:
Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
And what did Paul said to us all about this issue? He said:
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Now, did he? In other words, do we dress modestly? Do we stopped worshiping other gods? Did he abandon the love for mammon? No he did not, he chose mammon over the Christ.
I cannot say for sure as I was not there and nothing else is said about this person, but he was a strong candidate to be a "god inventor", creating his own god and jesus to satisfy his lack of will to carry a cross.
This is what "born again" means. Born again is not something that happens when you embrace Jesus' doctrines in your mind, it is not something it happens when you are baptized, no. That is the path to be born again. Born again means to evolve, to change your mind set from sin, towards Him, in the mind and with actions. Born again is to walk here on this planet as He once did: for others, meekly, gentle, wise, fearing and obeying the Father's will.
That is what being born again is. Born again into a renewed creature, one that completely surrendered his or her wishes in favor of the Father's ones.
Carrying your Cross
We invent gods and other jesuses in our childish minds in order to flee from our true crosses and avoid carrying them! Make no mistake, He will come, and when He does these mind games won't matter much, they won't be an excuse.
Don't get fooled by your own aspirations. We can practically will anything out of our lives, but not the will and justice of God, that will come whether we want it or not, whether we believe in it or not. And there will be no excuses:
John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
In other words, the age of ignorance is over! Now we know, and we must choose, by direct action, or inaction. But we will choose a side.
You either follow Yahweh and His loving and sweet and meek team. Or you go by the "do what thy wilt" disgusting and dirty jungle law of the enemy. Because that's what he preaches and that is abundant in this world.
But fear not, that won't last long in the grand scheme of this universe, and we shall be freed of him and his dirty and dark influence. That is, as long as we serve the true Master, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
To be a follower of Christ, and thus a follower of the Father WE MUST SURRENDER! Steven Lawson hit the bullseye in this sermon below. As it will REALLY cost you everything, but this "everything" are trinkets when compared to the reward He will give us. Jesus is no liar, if He said "you will not thirst anymore" then you will not thirst anymore! If He said "your reward shall be great" then your reward shall be great!
We tend to look down on the native indians for exchanging mirrors for gold, but by accepting this world, I dare to say, we do infinitely worse than that.
Here is Lawson sermon. Watch it, it might change your life!