Friday, August 3, 2018

Jesus is a farce? Paul is a liar? The NT is a myth?

Counter-missionaries (those who actively teach that "Jesus" is a farce and that the "New Testament" is a myth, etc) do their level best to cause you to think you have totally misunderstood Scripture all your life, and that God has put them in your life to teach you the TRUTH!.

Case in point, there is one such counter-missionary who attempts to use Romans 14:10-12 and Philippians 2:10 to “prove” that Paul is a liar who supposedly removed the Creator from certain verses to suit his own agenda - something that supposedly directly contradicts Isaiah 45:22-24.

But, let’s use some common sense to put this assertion into its proper context:

Isaiah 45: 22 Look to me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God; there is no other. 23 In the name of myself I have sworn, from my mouth has rightly gone out, a word that will not return - that to me every knee will bow and every tongue will swear 24 about me that only in ADONAI are justice and strength." All who rage against him will come to him ashamed, 25 but all the descendants of Isra'el will find justice and glory in ADONAI. (CJB)

So far, so good! It’s true - we only have ONE Creator and His Name is יהוה...

Now, let’s take a look at Romans 14:9-12:

Romans 14: 9. Moreover, for this cause Mashiyach died and revived and arose; that he might be Master YHWH of the dead and of the living.[1] 10. But you, why do you judge your brother? Or, why do you despise your brother? For we must all stand before the judgment seat of Mashiyach! 11. As it is written: As I live, says Master YHWH, to me every knee will bow; and to me every tongue will give praise. 12. So then, every one of us must give account of himself to Elohim. (AENT)

[1] By rising from the dead and ascending into heaven, Y’shua becomes the Word that is with Elohim and is Elohim (John 1:1-5). Y’shua is the exact reflection of YHWH’s nature (Hebrews 1:1-5) and will bear the name, “Word of Elohim” when he comes out of heaven again at the second coming (Revelation 19:13).

As for Philippians 2:10, let’s back up to Philippians 2:5 and go through verse 11, because Philippians 2:5-11 reveals Yeshua IS divine ONLY BECAUSE the Ruach of YHWH is encased in the flesh of the Son, and it is that FLESH that was pierced!

It is important to remember that God Himself cannot be born or die, but Yeshua, the human with a divine Nature COULD and DID – and there is NO law against martyring one’s self! (And for those who insist that Torah says mere men cannot atone for the sins of others, here’s proof that that is NOT true, please read our blog article.

Philippians 5. And think you so in yourselves, as Y'shua the Mashiyach also thought; 6. who, as he was in the likeness of Elohim, did not regard it sinful to be the coequal of Elohim; 7. yet disinherited himself and assumed the likeness of a servant, and was in the likeness of men and was found in fashion as a man; 8. and he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the stake. 9. Wherefore, also, Elohim has highly exalted him and given him a name which is more excellent than all names; 10. that at the name of Y'shua every knee should bow, of (beings) in heaven and on earth and under the earth; 11. and that every tongue should confess that Y'shua the Mashiyach is YHWH, to the glory of Elohim his Father. (AENT)

As everyone knows, ADONAI is constantly referred to as an ECHAD (plural form of “one”; never by the singular “yachid”….Deuteronomy 6:4). (Be aware, they'll argue that point, too. They'll argue with everything and anything you say.) Yeshua is an aspect of ADONAI. He was formed in Miriam’s womb supernaturally to serve YHWH’s purpose on earth. He is divine, having the nature, character, mission and capacity of God in every respect. When he was crucified, he returned to the Father – the Echad. Paul constantly demonstrates this principle (Romans 1:7, 2 Thessalonians 1:1, 2:16, Philemon 1:3).

We must remember that we cannot possibly know the concept of “God” while we are in our earth suits with limited, human mindsets; and therefore it is blasphemy to suggest YHWH doesn’t know what He is doing and could not possibly have sent a Messiah named Y’shua.

And, by the way, Paul's writings WERE canonized! So, the counter-missionaries can counter and hoop and holler all they want, but the New Testament writings perfectly align with the "Old Testament." The only thing that's a "lie" or a "myth" is what some people attempt to get you to believe!

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