May 7, 2016
I had mentioned before, i think it was yesterday, that sometimes i have to change my fundamental beliefs in God to keep up with my understanding. Well, today is one of those days. I have better understanding, and i have to make a large adjustment to my fundamental beliefs. It’s a big change, in fact in some ways it is 180 degrees out from my previous teachings! It’s completely opposite of what i thought i understood in some cases! I say this to gently prepare you for a fundamental change, as well.
Sometimes i overlook somewhat obvious things. I mentioned before that there is much confusion. Well there is too much confusion. The reason is because of too many bad teachings. We learned before that we can’t believe everything that is in the Bible. Scriptures that say we should subject women we cast out, because they are not in keeping with God’s teachings to love our neighbor as ourselves. This error i got right out of the Bible! So what am i to do? How can i discern the errors in the Bible? I already noted that we are to test everything, and keep only that which is good. So thats what we do. We give everything the “good” test. Is it good? Then it may have come from God. If it is not good, then it definitely did not come from God. Also we must use the common sense test. Does it make common sense? Then it probably came from God. Is it senseless, or does it cause confusion? Then it definitely did not come from God.
I noticed too many errors written in Scripture by Paul. Who wrote them, i have no idea. But some writings say such things as we need to subject women below men, they need to keep quiet and a sack on their heads and obey the men. Some writings say it is a sin to have long hair! This is not Scriptural. Jesus did not teach any of this, nor did He teach suppression of anyone. These things don’t have anything to do with being righteous. So i decided that i need to align my message with Jesus, so that i preach the same teachings as Jesus. Now I only use the words of Jesus as Scripture, not Paul or John or anyone else, only Jesus words. I only want to study the word of God. But since i don’t keep all the words of all the authors, i can’t keep everything that Jesus supposedly said either, because the Bible has obviously been tampered with. So again we use the good test, the common sense test, and compare it to Jesus teachings, and then we can come up with the true Gospel of Jesus.
So, as of understanding that, i have now thrown out nearly the entire New Testament, and am teaching from Jesus words only. I have to teach the same thing as Jesus, otherwise i would be teaching something different. Mind you, i’m not throwing out everything entirely, but i am only keeping that which is good, and only keeping Jesus words which i can verify. So now that we’ve discarded all the chaff, lets see exactly what Jesus says for us to be saved and have eternal life.
St. Luke Chapter 10
25 ¶ And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
This is very concise and very clear. Love God and thy neighbor and thou shalt live. It’s very simple, and easy to understand. That’s it. There are no stipulations attached. Now, lets go back to the beginning of time when God created man. I missed this before, but now i see the first commandment God gave to man.
Genesis Chapter 1
26 ¶ And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
The first commandment God gives man in the Bible is to be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the Earth. God tells man to get busy! Multiply! Be fruitful! This is God’s commandment to us, and we need to keep it! This is also somewhat of a natural law that man is subject to. Using our common sense test, since we know that God made us subject to this natural law of reproduction, do you think God would make it a sin if we use it? Of course not. God does not make laws apply to man, and then make man a sinner because he is subject to the laws. That would not make sense. Does God apply any additions to this law, or stipulations? No. He just says “get busy and multiply”.
Now, comparing this commandment with Jesus commandment to keep the two main commandments, then being fruitful and multiplying is not a sin. Since we are no longer keeping the teachings of men such as Paul and a few others, suddenly we see that by God’s word, sex and reproduction are not a sin. It’s a commandment given to us by God, and we are subject unto it by natural law. So under the common sense analysis, sex is not a sin. Being fruitful and multiplying is not a sin. Nothing about it is. I don’t think that there is anything that a man and woman can do together that is a sin, unless they are hurting each other. But if they are consensually hurting each other, then that is not a sin either. Because, we only do what we would have done unto us. To him that is holy, nothing is unclean. We don’t want our woman to commit adultery, so we don’t commit adultery either. We wouldn’t sleep with our neighbors wife, unless we would let our neighbor sleep with our wife. So i believe that when it comes to sex there is nothing sinful about it at all. It’s a natural law we are subject to and we shouldn’t feel dirty or guilty about it. It’s not a sin. In fact, under Jesus teachings to keep the two main commandments, there are no stipulations that in order to go to Heaven you must only be heterosexual, or any indication whatsoever. So it doesn’t seem that it is a sin for people to be homosexual. Jesus does not state that. Jesus doesn’t say that we will get kicked out of Heaven for homosexuality, but He does say we will if we don’t love our neighbors. God tells us, replenish the Earth! Multiply and fill the EArth!
What about marriage? Jesus does not say anywhere that men and women have to be married to have sex or it is a sin. Maybe, when He talks to the Samaritan lady at the well. But again, i have to study all Jesus words to see what to keep. Again, i read the Scriptures that i know have been tampered with by men, and it appears to me that men have changed the Bible to their advantage. Meaning that according to what men wrote, women can’t leave their husbands, ever. They must remain married and subject to their husbands, no matter what, or else they will be condemned to hell. That i don’t necessarily believe is true. I have to study more. But again, if we use Jesus two main commandments, then we will be saved and go to Heaven whether we are married or not or having sex or not, or masturbating, or not, or being gay, or not. These things are not described by Jesus as sins. And since i have to align my message with Jesus teachings, then neither can i say that these things are a sin, and will keep people out of Heaven. I don’t believe they will, or else Jesus would have told us. And i am not going to add anything on to the words of Jesus.
St. Matthew Chapter 7
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Again Jesus tells us to keep the Golden Rule, everything comes down to the Golden Rule. There aren’t any stipulations or other requirements or forbidden acts mentioned. Anything outside of this teaching of Jesus would be the teachings of men. And of course, along with our testing things to see if they are good, and if they pass the common sense test, we test them to see if the agree with what Jesus taught us.
As i said, these are fundamental changes. I had to make sure that they were correct, before i made changes. I thought, how can this be, that i now do a complete turnaround? It’s because i didn’t understand before. I thought Am i doing the right thing, teaching the right thing? Since i am making my teachings align exactly to Jesus teachings, then my teachings have be more correct than they were before. This eliminates all the false teachings of men and eliminates a lot of confusion right away.
I have more understanding yet to do. For example, in Matthew 5, Jesus says that whoever looks at a woman lusts after her and commits adultery in his heart.
St. Matthew Chapter 5
27 ¶ Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
In other words, if you look at a beautiful woman and are overcome by her beauty, then it’s too late for you! Busted! You lusted after her in your heart.But God programmed men to be overwhelmed by women. Men can’t help it. In other words, the traditions of men that was taught in old time are impossible to keep. God made women so beautiful that men are overcome by them. God made women so beautiful that angels saw them and came down from Heaven to see them! God made women so beautiful that when men see a beautiful women they start talking like Stephen Hawking blah bluh blah blah and start handing over all their money. They can’t help it, because they are subject to the natural laws that God made, and the natural awe and beauty of women.
As i said, i have to understand more. But if we want to know if something is a sin, we can look at St. LUke Chapter 10 verse 25 and see what Jesus tells us. For verification we can look at St. Matthew Chapter 7 verse 12. God is not going to command men to go forth and procreate, then say “Look at those men procreating! It is a sin! Condemn them!” That does not pass the common sense test, the good test, and it does not keep with Jesus teachings. Along with the common sense test and the goodness test, we also use our conscience as our guide. If our conscience tells us that homosexuality is wrong, then it is for us. Or if it tells us anything is wrong, then it is wrong for us. And again, for verification we can read St. Matthew Chapter 25, and read the parable about who was saved and went to Heaven. The people who were saved were the ones who fed and clothed and cared for and loved their neighbors. Jesus does not mention whether they were married, or bi, or straight or any of their sexual habits, because our natural bodily functions are not a “sin”. That doesn’t have anything to do with being righteous or not. Being righteous is loving God and loving your neighbor. Being fruitful and multiplying is a commandment God gave us, not something sinful and dirty. But of course for our own sake and our children’s sake, we should be wise and responsible with all of our responsibilities. Because it would be a sin to love ourselves more than others.