DO CHRISTIANS BELIEVE JESUS?
That's right, the question is whether or not Christians believe WHAT Jesus supposedly said. The claim that Christians believe IN Jesus doesn't interest us; believing IN someone is meaningless if that person's alleged teachings are not obeyed, or made of no effect by some later doctrine. Do Christians believe Jesus when he says; "Why callest thou ME good? There is NONE good but one - GOD!" (Matthew 19:17)? Note that Jesus says "GOD", and not "The Father". Jesus states unequivocally that he is NOT the Deity, not a deity, not to be called "good". Even if the term "GOD" implies a father - son - holy ghost combination, Jesus plainly states that he has NO share in the "divine partnership"! Do Christians believe Jesus when he says: "If thou wilt enter life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17)? Do Christians keep the commandments? There can be no doubt that Jesus was referring to the Law of Moses, since there were no other commandments. Jesus did NOT say that one can enter life by believing IN HIM! One must KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS! Do Christians believe Jesus when he says: "Whosoever therefore SHALL break one of these LEAST commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be LEAST in the kingdom of heaven!" (Matthew 5:19)? Did the author (or authors) of the Pauline epistles believe this, when he wrote that man can get by without keeping the commandments (Galatians 2:16; 5:1-4; Romans 8:2-3 etc. etc.)? Do Christians believe Jesus when he says: "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be THY name. THY kingdom come. THY will be done etc." (Matthew 6:9-10)? Jesus mentions no trinity! He instructs his followers to pray to "the Father" only! The name of the "Father" alone is to be hallowed! The will of the "Father" is to be done! There is NO MENTION of a "son" or "holy ghost" in this archetype of "Christian" prayer! It may be claimed that Jesus said that he and the Father are "one", but John 17:21-23 proves beyond doubt that this is a figure of speech and no more; or we would be forced to conclude that the Godhead includes not three but fifteen persons (father - son - holy ghost, plus twelve disciples!). Do Christians believe Jesus when he says: "the scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. ALL therefore whatsoever THEY bid you observe, THAT observe and do! (Matthew 23:2-3)? If they did, they would ALL be Orthodox Rabbinical Jews today!
Don't get us wrong! WE do NOT agree that the Rabbis have the authority of Moses! To us, both Rabbinical Judaism AND ALL FORMS of Christianity are in definite contradiction to the basic, pristine teachings of the Hebrew Scriptures, which alone, to us, are Divine writ. We DO NOT accept Christianity's claim that Jesus was a Messiah or a prophet. His contemporaries rejected his credentials. The very Rabbis who invented the whole idea of a "Messiah" (Scripture nowhere specifically mentions a "Messiah", in the sense of a "redeemer"!) refused to accept him as such. The world today is certainly NOT in a very "messianic" condition. We do NOT base our arguments upon the authority of any passage in the so-called "new testament" (not to be confused with the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31!) because that work is NOT Scripture, but an interpretation of Scripture. However, we would like to point out that there is little connection between Christianity and Jesus. Jesus (if he ever lived!) preached Rabbinical Judaism. Christianity, with its incarnation, trinity, salvation through faith, etc. preaches pagan gnosticism. We would just like to keep the records straight. We would also like to suggest to all those who believe they are being faithful to the Word of YHVH, as contained in the Hebrew Scriptures, by being members of some Christian sect or church, that they re-read that Scripture objectively, without removing passages from their context. We suggest that they examine similarly all those passages used as proof texts by the new testament writers in order to see what they actually refer to. We then suggest that these sincere seekers reject ALL false doctrine, leave their error, and come to YHVH, the ONLY Saviour, Lord and King, TODAY!
Submitted by: M. Alfandari