Men Have Come Between "Christians" and Their God.
words, it would appear that the Christian faith has been hijacked, by
men under the influence of Satan.
of concentrating on the most important part of our short human life -
growing in the character of God, as Jesus did (and thereby showing God
that we do indeed want to become part of His spiritual family) - we
have been given a
false hope to follow, by the truth of the original Bible becoming
put it another way, most Christians have been taught a mixture of truth
and lies, and instead of knowing exactly why God has given "life" to
men, they have been diverted into the "broad" way that misses the main
Mat 7:13 NET. "Enter through
the narrow gate, because the gate is wide
and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through
What is a Christian?
up, let us look at the definitions of two words from WordWeb.
- "A monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old
Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament
and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior"
"Following the teachings or manifesting the qualities or spirit of
As we read these definitions, I think
that all Christians would agree that they are well expressed
as you look around the world in this twenty first century,
are many, many, groups who each claim to be following the Bible, and
are many different understandings of what it means to be
In other words, there is no unity in
the Christian faith at this point in time.
leaves us with a very broad definition of a "Christian" - basically
anyone who feels somewhat attached to a Christian church or group.
did this "watered down" definition of a "Christian" come about?
answer includes a number of points.
before we get into the specific points that I feel have contributed to
the problem of Christianity losing its way, we need to keep in mind the
Who is presently in control?
nothing happens on earth without God's knowledge and consent ,
(Mat 10:29 NET Aren't two
sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not
one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will.)
not mean that God approves of all that is done.
has "backed off" from "forcing" things to happen in ways to suit Him.
Act 14:16 NLT In the past He permitted all the nations to go their
In other words, men, under the sway of Satan, have the "freedom" to try
to sort out the problems caused by human nature, using their own ideas.
In other words, following the model set by Adam and Eve.
has told us that obeying His Ten Commandments will bring an abundant
and happy life for all. (Deut 28:1-9). Mankind in general, has
rejected that plan, and
is trying to come up with a way men can sin (break God's Laws - 1 John
avoid the penalty that those broken Laws incur. A law that is
upheld by penalties, is no longer a law - it is just a suggestion.
situation - of men trying to change God's Commandments to just
- suits Satan, because he knows that by men moving away from
obeying God, it will stop them from becoming part of God's spiritual
family (Mat 19:16,17) . Satan is the "adversary" because he is against
what God wants to do. Also, Satan wants people to worship him
(Mat 4:9, Rev 13:4) so anything that moves people's
loyalties away from God, is a positive to him.
time, God and Christ have not taken up the reins of power (Rev 11:17),
so the "control" of the earth has been left to the influence of Satan
and men using their human reasoning (a deadly cocktail that is sure to
bring down the wrath of God in the end). That said, God still has
overall control, and will
intervene when the time is right, and certainly does intervene in our
personal lives if we invite Him to.
We have been warned to be on the look-out for false teachers.
In the Themes List - "Watch out for
- there are around 40 verses (from both the OT and NT) that warn us
that false teachers (teaching a mixture of truth and error) are going
to be active.
How has Christianity been hijacked?
one - a faulty source
large, men have taken every verse of our English Bibles as directly
inspired by God (because of an inaccurate translation of 2 Tim 3:16),
when the reality is
that today's English Bibles are a mixture of truth (all the words of
God) and error (some of the words of men).
The lies men have inserted into the Bible
have, to a large extent, been put there by men to suit men. The
following generations of
men are drawn to these lies like bees to a honey pot. Then, to
further compound the problem, men give more weight to one corrupt verse
than dozens of verses that contain conflicting truth.
example: Men use around 20 verses to "prove" that there are more than
one "God" - and there are around 150 verses that prove - or support the
concept - that there was, and is, only one
God. See the article "One or
understanding of what it means to be a "Christian" would be much better
if we had access to Bibles with all the errors either corrected or
removed. That said, the Bible in its present form, presents us
with a test. Do we look for the verses that show us God's will,
or do we look for verses that water down God's instructions?
two - faulty church government.
Bishops of 1611 must have felt empowered with the support of King
James, and started to "insert" thoughts and ideas that they felt should
be in the Bible, rather than just giving the world a correct
translation. We must remember that the Christian religion in England -
up to this time - had been greatly influenced by the Latin Vulgate and
the Roman Catholic Church. Men were drawn to the "power" the hierarchy
structure that the church gave to the priests. As I understand
it, the hierarchy system wanted by the Bishops of 1611 was
based on the Roman Catholic Church which was in turn based on the Roman
Empire method of government, and has little to do
with original Biblical instructions.
Jesus certainly did not endorse the hierarchy/bureaucracy form of
government that existed in His day.
10:42-44 NET. Jesus called them and said to them, "You know that
those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and those in high positions use their
authority over them. (43) But it is not this way among you.
Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant,
(44) and whoever wants to be
first among you must be the slave of
The Apostle Peter also
1Pe 5:3 NET. And do not lord it over those entrusted to you,
but be examples to the flock.
To better understand how this
of the original Scriptures took place to bring in the
"hierarchy/bureaucracy" form of government, see the article "The Great
I read the Bible, it allows for some structure within groups, but NOT
for the purpose of
controlling people. If a group of believers is large enough, they can
elect a deacon to take care of the physical details (hall setup, and so
an Overseer to look after organizing the spiritual details (speaking
schedule, and so on). The positions are not "for life", and the
be changed by either party as conditions change.
churches/groups that use a hierarchy/
church government, become
"locked in" to any errors they might have. Usually people who want to
"address" errors (false teachings) are belittled or forced to leave.
people lower down the hierarchy will usually not object to the
those above them (because that may stop their upward movement in the
three - not looking for the most important words.
One badly translated verse in our current English Bibles, has done a
lot of damage.
2Ti 3:16 NET. Every scripture is inspired by God
and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training
are quick to jump on this verse, as it allows them to claim that the
lies and bad translations inserted by men, are still "inspired by God".
others go even further, and use this verse and it's incorrect concept,
to say that every individual verse carries equal weight. Therefore, if
they find just one or two verses that say what they want (proof texts),
then they can ignore all the other verses that might say something
correct translation does not allow for either thought. The original
Greek uses the expression "God breathed". Since we can not speak
without breathing, it points to the words coming from deep-down inside.
As I understand it, 2 Tim 3:16 should say something like -
Every word spoken by
God is useful for teaching,
for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
verse is telling us to put more weight on the words spoken by God, than
the words of men just recording history, or giving their current
understanding of events. I have no doubt that the Apostle Paul had Deut
8:3 in mind when he wrote v16 - and Jesus confirmed (in Mat 4:4) that
the words spoken by God are the important ones.
puts the first five books of the
Bible - the Law - above the rest, because they contain the most words
directly spoken by God. The Prophets (passing on God's instructions)
are next (Jesus was a Prophet) followed by the Apostles (taught by the
prophet Jesus, and sent out as a witness), and then, the words of wise
men, and last, men in general..
four - not understanding our need for immortality.
week during the evening news, you hear of someone dying, and then they
are spoken of as "twinkling stars" or "looking down from heaven" or
some other phase that implys they did not really die - they just
In other words, the majority of Christians believe that they are
The truth of the Bible is that we are not
Eze 18:20 NET The person who sins is the one who will die.[the rest of the verse shows that death
at judgment time is what is being talked about = spiritual/permanent
A son will not suffer for his father's iniquity, and a father will not
suffer for his son's iniquity; the righteous person will be judged
according to his righteousness, and the wicked person according to his
of the major reasons that God gives us physical life - is that we need
to come to the conclusion that we NEED immortality - because we don't
it. God can give it, but why would He "waste" such a special gift on
someone who doesn't want it.
teachers, who teach that man is already immortal, destroy man's
understanding of the plan of God - the "logos". People should be
making an all out effort to show God that they really do want to keep
all His laws. God will not give the gift of immortality to someone who
rejects His laws as a way of life.
15:30-31 NET " 'But the person who acts defiantly, whether
native-born or a resident foreigner, insults the LORD. That person must
be cut off from among his people. (31) Because he has despised the word of the
LORD and has broken his commandment, that person must be completely cut
off. His iniquity will be on him.' "
and groups who are
trying to water-down or do away with God's laws, or turn God's
Commandments into suggestions, are in effect saying
that they would rather have a short mortal life, and then die forever,
than put in the effort to be able to receive immortality as a gift from
five - not understanding the Sabbath and God's Holy Days.
weekly Sabbath from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset, and annual Holy
Days (Lev 23) are important anchors of the Christian faith.
Sabbath (if correctly kept) causes us to step aside from our worldly
pursuits for a day, and refocus our minds on God, what He expects from
us, and the people He is working with.
keeping the annual Holy Days, we step through the seven major parts of
God's plan each year, and the process required to turn "mortal clay"
"immortal spirit" - the reason He has created humanity.
True Christianity swapped for a counterfeit Christianity.
Mat 19:17 NET " ... if you want to enter into life, keep the
rejecting God's clear statements (the Ten Commandments must be
), and inserting lies into the Bible that are designed to
support man's ideas, men
have successfully hijacked the Christian cause.
The fate of those who reject God's instructions.
the Bible, God has prophesied and then brought to pass, the destruction
of many nations and empires, that have rejected His instructions on how
to live (in obedience to His Laws). For example, the Canaanites, Egypt,
Tyre, Israel (twice), Ammorites, Sodom, the Roman Empire (six
the Persian Empire, Sodom and Gomorrah, and so on.
Today, the majority of people on earth are not keeping God's
Commandments the way He intended us to do (see "The
"). For those who don't repent and change, they can look
forward to experiencing the heavy hand of God on them and the world.
Mat 24:21-22 NET. For then there will be great suffering
unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until
now, or ever will happen. (22) And if those days had
not been cut short, no one would be
saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut
Men have set up counterfeit systems in every part of our society, and
even a counterfeit Christianity.
counterfeit systems are going to be destroyed, and the people who
should have been setting the standard for the rest of the world to
follow (the descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel), will go into
captivity - which will give them time to think about returning to God
Much more to the story.
This article is just an overview, and there is a lot more information
available about each point raised.
Some of the points are covered in other articles on this site, others
will require you to research them to get the answers.
the bottom line is - because religious leaders have rejected true
(obeying all God's Laws as Christ did), and instead have taught people
counterfeit "Christianity" (one with truth and error mixed), they have
bear their responsibility for the death and destruction that is coming
on the world.
God gives the world - and people - time to repent, change, and obey.
If we do - fine.
If we don't - then we must look forward to God's correction.
will use all the forces of nature (for example:- earthquakes, famine,
wild animals, upsets in the weather) and also the forces of men (for
example:- war, atomic
bombs, torture and slavery) to bring about that correction. (Mat 24,
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