However, to begin the process, we first have to be taught something about the Bible and the plan of God it contains.
Rom 10:13-15 NET. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (14) How are they to call on one they have not believed in? And how are they to believe in one they have not heard of? And how are they to hear without someone preaching to them ? (15) And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news."
It is believed that after reading the information presented on this site ("sent" via the Internet) you will be able to "call on the one [you] have not believed in", or better able to call on the God you may already have started to know.
I am presenting the information that I have found to be helpful, in the hope it will help you too. It is done with no pressure on you "to do" anything, or provide support in any way.
It is our gift to you.
The new way of reading the Bible.
Mat 4:4 NET. But he answered, "It is written, 'Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.' "
8:3 NET So he humbled you by making you hungry and then feeding
you with unfamiliar manna. He did this to teach you that humankind
cannot live by bread alone, but also by everything that comes from the LORD's mouth.
A little understood fact is that men and women do not automatically have a love of God.
Rom 8:7 NET. because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so.
This means, that until they are taught and trained how to love God, men and women will try, with all their might, to find a way around "living by every word spoken by God". Notice, Jesus said the words spoken by God - he did not say the words written by men. Our English Bibles of today contain both - so some sorting out has to be done.
To correctly understand the Bible, we must "zero in" on the words spoken by God, and always give them the highest authority, as the First Commandment tells us to do.
The second rule is:- instead of taking each verse at face value, we need to look for themes running through the Bible. Because copying was done by hand, if a copy error was made in one place, it did not alter the other places the topic is mentioned. Thus, the verses that do not fit into a "theme" are the ones most likely to have become corrupted. I know, hearing that some verses in the Bible can not be relied on, sounds very serious - and it is. In fact, the errors that are in the Bible is the major cause, I believe, for so many different "Christian" churches.All the Christian churches or groups that I know of at this point in time , break the two rules mentioned above, and end up teaching their followers a mixture of truth and error.
want to know more about how to separate the truth from the errors -
then this site is for you.
If you are happy with the "errors" you hold as truth, and don't want to "complicate" your life by searching for the truth, then this site is not for you.
Many people in the Western World – at some point in their lives – have tried “religion”, or had contact with people who have, and many have ended up being hurt, disillusioned, or like ourselves, asked to leave a particular group. Others attend a church group, but do not feel satisfied with the experience. Our purpose is to try to bring you a new way of looking at the Bible for your spiritual guidance through life. While we feel that it will have appeal for the “scattered sheep” - those that have tried religion but without great success – it will also give people just starting out in their search for truth, some important points to think about.
We hope to give you a fresh perspective on many religious traditions, and show you how you can have a close and loving relationship with our Father and His Son, without men and the mistakes of men, coming between you and the greatest power of the universe.
Some of the material – such as Christ's shed blood being able to atone (or cover) our past sins – will be very familiar to many, but other points will be new concepts. Please accept the fact that it will take time, study, prayer and meditation before you will be in a position to make a decision about these different points.
One of the main reasons for the differences between the material presented here and mainstream Christianity, comes about because we have found that the English translations of the Bible are not 100% accurate. Satan – who deceives the whole world (Rev 12:9) – has been able to tempt men into changing the original Scriptures in key places. See "The Great Deception" in the Miscellaneous Index. Also, we must remember that the majority of Bible translations have been made by men who do not keep God's Sabbath day, or keep the Lev 23 Holy Days, and so do not have detailed knowledge of God's master plan, and therefore mistranslate some of the more subtle points.
In some places, the translators have had to “guess” because the old text is not clear, and have not always - in our view - got it right. In other places we feel their bias has pushed the translation in the wrong direction. When we can begin to identify the verses that are not in agreement with God's instructions, and put them to one side for a while, we find that the remainder of the Bible has more than enough truth to give us our direction in life.
Remember, while 2 Tim 3:16 is usually translated to indicate that "all Scripture" is inspired, it can also be translated (see Jamieson Fausset and Brown Commentary) that only the "God breathed" (or spoken) Scriptures are the ones that are profitable (see Murdock and RV translations). In the KJV the word "is" in italics - indicating it has been provided by the translators - and does change the intended meaning of the original. I have no doubt that the Apostle Paul, being brought up a Pharisee, would have had the following verse in mind.
[word] [spoken (and then written down)] by God [is] useful for
teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in
This latter translation has to be the correct one as there are many examples of where Scriptures are in conflict, and thus could not be inspired by the same person (God). The Gospel of Luke brings this out in a big way with over 70 places where either the words spoken by Christ are different, or the sequence of events are different from the other eye-witness accounts. Remember, Luke 1:2 is telling us that Luke is writing about what people had told him that had been "passed on" (v2 NET) - he was not an eye-witness to the events - so there are times when what Luke was told (and then he recorded) was not the truth - but was in fact what people "remembered" (gossip).
Luke was written about 30 years after the events he was recording had taken place. If, in 30 years of telling and retelling the story of Jesus's ministry, details and the order of events had become confused, we must conclude that things have only gotten worse since then. For a quick example, read the Sermon on the Mount in Mat 5 and Luke 6. Luke 6:20 has the "poor" being blessed, Matthew has the "poor in spirit". Dropping the words "in spirit" over the years, has given an entirely different meaning. Matthew has "those who hunger and thirst for righteousness" - Luke just has those who are "hungry". Clearly Luke's gospel is not "God breathed (or inspired)", but is instead an accurate record of what was being talked about, at the time that Luke wrote it. It is history, and passes on to us much detail about what was remembered 30+ years later, but portions are definitely not "inspired Scripture".
We need to find the "God spoken" words that have been left uncorrupted, and put more weight on them, rather than trying to give equal value to every word.
Hence, we need a new Biblical understanding. A new way of reading the Bible.
I understand that the material presented here will not be to everyone's liking. Can I suggest the advice Dr Phil gives his viewers if they don't like the show - “Use the remote, and turn it off”. In this case it is click on the “back” arrow or cancel the “tab”. If you are happy with your current church situation and it is “working for you”, or having your belief structure challenged would upset you, then may we suggest that you might like to back out now.
As I see it, all Christian Churches of today, have taken many of the corrupt Scriptures as part of their "doctrine structure". This site is all about ignoring the corrupt Scriptures for formulating doctrine, and putting far more emphasis on the words spoken by God. Thus the truth and current "Christianity" will not mix. It is an "either/or" situation. You cannot be a "member in good standing" in one of todays churches that accept at least some of the "errors" as truth, and at the same time fully embrace the truth of the words spoken by God in the Bible. You can attend as a casual member, but if you try to "blend in" you will come to the point of either being a hypocrite (which God hates), or breaking the First Commandment and stop putting God first, which is a quick way to put yourself "off-side" with God.
Let me try and put it another way.
If you are fully committed to your current church situation, and would not consider leaving it because it provides all your social and friendship needs, and the sermons give you a lift, then this site is NOT for you. I like the line out of an email that a friend sent us - "Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet".
You either take seriously what God is saying - as He is quoted in the Bible - or you are better off leaving it alone. Of course, as in all things, the final decision is yours. I can only advise that searching for the truth and then rejecting it, is worse than not searching for it in the first place.
2 Pet 2:21 NET "For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than, having known it, to turn back from the holy commandment that had been delivered to them".
If you like your present Church situation, and don't want to go looking for the truth, then please back out now, or at least after reading to the end of this introduction, and then give yourself a few days to think on what it would mean to turn your back on all your friends and your current church peers. It could end up being something that drastic if you truly put God first. One possible exception would be for people who have had contact with WCG. As well as the Introduction, you might like to read the article "Hindsight" and "The Great Deception" (in which I show how Mr Herbert W. Armstrong and Ellen G. White both used errors in the KJV).
On the positive side, if you read the Bible and put the words of God first, then you will want to keep His Holy Days, and this gives you the details of His plan - His "logos" - or Grand Design. You will learn your purpose for living, why God will punish this evil world, and how to overcome our human nature, the world, and Satan.
For those people who are not fully committed to a particular church, then you have everything to gain and not much to lose by checking out this site. However, you should realize that the type of religion described for the New Covenant is very personal - how you treat God and your fellow man (the two Great Commandments Mat 22:27-40) - and has little to do with "organizations".
The information given on this site is not designed to be the final word on anything. We have found that it "works" (we can see the hand of God working in our lives) and want to pass it on so that others might have a closer relationship with their spiritual Father. It is not intended to be a "here's absolute proof" document, but rather a report on our experiences and what we have found out about the Bible and religion. In other words, you need to see this as a “work in progress” and an insight into our thoughts, and while we have tried hard to be totally accurate in what we say, the responsibility is yours to check things out and do further research. We mention some resources that will help to get you started with the checking up, but it is a big world and there is much material to sort through and a lot more printed material is available for reading than we have had a chance to look at. By bringing up new ways of looking at old concepts, we hope to light a fire in your mind that will spur you on to check things out a lot more thoroughly than you might have done in the past.
This site is presented in an attempt to help the “scattered sheep” of the world. Those people who find themselves isolated, either by location or personal circumstances, yet still desire to have a meaningful relationship with their spiritual Father. I would included in the "scattered sheep", those people who feel unsettled about their religious life, or have had bad experiences in some of todays churches, or just lack confidence in their understanding of who and what God is, and why we were born.
Eze 34:6b (NET) My sheep were scattered over the entire face of the earth with no one looking or searching for them.
Hopefully, this Internet site will be the small beginning of a search, and certainly an attempt to show that any "hurts" they may have felt in their previous religious experiences, have come from men following the corrupt verses instead of the original writings. The "pure" version of the Bible (the words spoken by God) gives no authority to men to take a position where they "hurt" another person. That said, someone who is a disruption to the group, can be asked by the group to leave (1 Cor 5:2) - but even this action should be done in love, and in an open and honest way. There is another type of person we need to be on the lookout for too. The Apostle Paul warns us that some people will deliberately distort the truth in order to create a following.
Act 20:30 NET. "Even from among your own group men will arise, teaching perversions of the truth to draw the disciples away after them."
Today there are so many “experts” in things religious, so many books have been written, and so many churches saying that they have all the answers, I can certainly understand the “scattered sheep” thinking - “How can I do better than all these people, at understanding the truth of God”?
The answer to that question, very much depends on how you go about searching for the truth, and also helps to illustrate why “scattered sheep” can do better at figuring out the truth than religious organizations.
It all comes down to attitude. In Luke 11:34, Jesus is explaining that our eye is the lamp of our body. If we think of our eye representing our attitude, then it is clear that a good attitude will give us a healthy spiritual life. A bad attitude will hold us back. As individuals, and with good attitudes (that is we are searching for the truth and when we find it, are willing to accept it) when we find a point and prove it to be truth, then we can incorporate it into our life. Mat 13:12 is saying in effect, if we accept truth (“who has”) more will be given, but if we reject truth, even what we think we have will be taken away.
As individuals with good a attitude and not under the control of an organization, we are free to make many changes to our understanding and as often as we have the need. It is our experience, that as we make changes to bring us into line with what God the Father is trying to tell us, more truth will open up.
However, organizations, and individuals committed to organizations, find it very difficult to make changes. My experience has been that when you try to point out where organizations could make changes, they will either discipline you, or ignore your communication. It is my guess that the need to have stability in the group is considered to be more important than growing into a closer relationship with our Father, or those in charge are not willing to admit that they have taught "error" in the past.
YES! It is possible for Scattered Sheep (anyone not putting a group before their personal growth) to do much better at understanding the truth in the original Bible, than University trained religious experts who are constrained by a large organization. It all depends on our attitude and our willingness to obey and to make the changes where they are required.
I would like to quote a paragraph from the book, “One God and One Lord” by Graeser, Lynn and Schoenheit, page 258. They too are talking about this “connection” we can have with Christ if we stay connected to the vine.
“Although we have fullness in Christ and all spiritual blessings, we will be able to enjoy this privilege only to the extent that we “hold fast” to him, the Head. If we are men-pleasers or subjugated to denominational politics or serving Christian tradition instead of having a living relationship with the Head, we will have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof (2 Tim 3:5 – KJV). If we live in disobedience, either by committing acts contrary to his wishes or by refusing to do what he commands because it makes us uncomfortable, then we will likely not experience the presence of the Lord in our lives. Christ is the Head, Lord and Master, but he still allows us to exercise our freedom of will. It is our choice to walk or not walk in the fullness and blessing he has given us. If we do, he promises that he will take an active roll in our lives.”
As of November 2007, we don't know of any group in the world that encourages their members to have a stronger relationship with the Head of the Church – Christ – than with the group or individuals running the group. Since this means that there is possibly no group/church that you can “join” right now, so if you want to pursue this material, you are going to have to do your spiritual growing and overcoming without a group to attend (we are willing to help via emails). I think that this can be a blessing in disguise. Being forced to establish our own working relationship with the Lord - rather than just "fitting in" with a group - is just what we need to get things started. It is human to want and expect to have someone to stand between us and God – just look at the Israelites at Mount Sinai (Exodus 20:18-21) – and most of the churches are quite willing to provide this service. However, a more careful reading of the words from God's mouth and His prophets will show that our “chain of command” is direct to our Father, through Christ, and not through another man. In fact, men claiming to stand between the people and God are usurping - as I see it - Christ's position.
I think that I should point out here that the leadership structure Moses put in place for Israel (Ex18:21), worked well when religion and state were the same thing, but was not intended to be continued into the New Covenant were Christians are living under many different states. The New Testament leadership structure that we read about in our English Bibles today (men being "ordained" to a "position") has been put there by men, and was not present in the original writings. The original New Testament has just two positions that men can be appointed to - deacon and shepherd - and they are positions of responsibility and service, but not power and authority.
I can also see a time in the future when upsets in the weather, high fuel prices and the general breakdown of society, will stop groups getting together. If we have learnt to do our own study, if we have learnt to look to the Lord for instruction, then not being able to get together with a group will not stop individuals in the spiritual Church of God from growing.
As I read the Scriptures, they are not against us visiting, joining or forming groups. However, you should be careful of joining any group that tries to control your thinking, or regulates what you can believe, or lays down rules as to what you can say to others in the group, or requires loyalty to men in positions of church "authority".
Mat 23:8-11 NET. But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have one Teacher and you are all brothers. (9) And call no one your 'father' on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. (10) Nor are you to be called 'teacher,' for you have one teacher, the Christ. (11) The greatest among you will be your servant.
Mar 10:42-45 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 all. (45) For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
We have no doubt that today the Father and Christ are dealing with many members of the spiritual Church of God, scattered around the world. Only God and Christ are in a position to know who the members are, and we should refrain from speculation. However, as more individuals are called, there could come the time when there will be enough people in one location, to form a “house group” as they did in the early New Testament church (Rom 16:5). Then in time, when enough “house groups” can get together, there will be meetings where our singing praises to God can “lift the roof”. But for now, we have to accept the fact that we are going to have to “go it alone” for a while. Of course, if other members of your family or friends are with you, that will make things a bit easier.
The Christian churches of this world appear to have a lot of the truth that is presented in the Bible. However, they also hold on to some traditions, as though they were truth. In fact, some churches are quite open about their traditions being on a par with the Bible, or even supersede it. Part of our job, as concerned Christians, as we go looking for the truth, is to be able to sort through things and determine what is the truth that is backed up by all of the words spoken by God in the Bible, and what is "tradition", and what is error that people support with “proof texts”. By “proof texts” I mean verses in the Bible that appear to support their point of view, but may be corrupt, a mistranslation, or may be in conflict with the words spoken by God.
Let me give you a simple example. Many churches baptize people in the name of “the Father, Son and Holy Spirit”, based on the “proof text” of Mat 28:19. If you examine all the cases of people being baptized in the New Testament, you will find six Scriptures that state or support that we should be just baptized in Christ [with Christ's authority]. In their mind it would appear that one “proof text” - a Scripture that supports their point of view – holds more weight than six other Scriptures that agree with Christ. If we accept the Bible theme (baptized in Christ), then we have to put to one side the verse that is "different".
This is another example of how a “lost Sheep” who believe in putting God first, and look for themes rather than a single verse, will grow in the truth faster than established religious groups. To get the churches to change their wording at a baptism would seem to be an almost insurmountable problem. An individual can change their mind after a few hours of intensive study. While I can't prove it, I feel Mat 28:19 was “got at” by someone who wanted to push the Trinity thinking. By putting it to one side, the truth becomes clear, and also reinforces the point that we work with Christ in serving God. There are books around that show that when Mat 28:19 was quoted in the early years it simply ended ".... in my name".
I have no doubt that people who promote a particular group's understanding of the Scriptures, are sincere in their endeavors. However, if you accept that every verse of our English Bible translations is true – when clearly they are not – then each group has to come up with a way to get around the contradictions caused by the errors. This helps to give rise to the many differing beliefs of religious groups. For instance, some believe in just one God, others believe in two Gods, and then others believe in three Gods - compacted into one.
Eze 34:18 “Is it not enough for you [the shepherds] to feed on the good pasture, that you must trample the rest of your pastures with your feet? When you drink clean water, must you muddy the rest of the water by trampling it with your feet?”
Many ministers have made a lot of money out of religion. Just look at the life-style of the Tele-evangelists of today. Making television shows and selling books or CD's/DVD's is big business. However, while they were able to “feed on good pasture”, they have also “muddied the water” by promoting concepts that do not stand up after closer examination.
Understanding how the religious leaders – with Satan's help I suspect – have “muddied the waters” is a very real part of getting over our past “bad experience” (or connecting with our Creator in the first place), and getting back to a more basic relationship with “Abba” - our Father. Later, we will go into more detail about the “differing” concepts used by Christian religions today. But I will mention a few of the current teachings that are not found in the "words from God's mouth".
The Bible does not support the keeping of Christmas or Easter (the word “Easter” in any English translation is a mistranslation of the Greek word for Passover). By focusing on these festivals that were originally pagan in origin , but have since been adapted to “Christianity”, the water has become muddied for many people. I feel the correct Holy Days for Christians to keep are found in Leviticus 23, but in the year of writing (2007) very few Christians either know about these days, or if they do, consistently keep them on the proper days.
Men have devised and promoted the “Trinity” concept, which was never supported by the words spoken by God or His prophets. When you read the Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi (looking for themes), there is only one God. In fact, you can find over 100 Scriptures in the Old Testament that in some way support the concept that God the Father was the creator, and is the sustainer of the universe, and that He acted alone to bring the current world into being. This is confirmed in the New Testament in a number of places, but one that holds interest is in Mark 12. All bold and underlining in Scripture quotes are ours.
Mar 12:32-34 (NET) The expert in the law said to him, "That is true, Teacher; you are right to say that he is one, and there is no one else besides him. (33) And to love him with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." (34) When Jesus saw that he had answered thoughtfully, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." Then no one dared any longer to question him."
The “expert in the law” knew that the Old Testament Scriptures state that there is only one God, and Jesus supported his conclusion by giving him a “pat on the back”. The reason I think that people believe in the Trinity is because they use a few “proof texts” (mainly in the New Testament) that are in conflict with the over 100 clear Scriptures in the Old Testament.
Another two concepts introduced by religious leaders in the past that have helped “muddy the water” are the concepts of immortal soul, and going to heaven when we die. We hope to discuss these in later articles, but Ecclesiastes gives the flavour of what is really the case.
Ecc 9:10 Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might, because there is neither work nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom in the grave, the place where you will eventually go.
Also notice how the resurrection is spoken about in Isaiah.
Isa 26:19 Your dead will come back to life;
The Apostles also understood that people do not go to heaven when they die.
Act 2:29 NET. "Brothers, I can speak confidently to you about our forefather David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.”
As we understand it, when we die our life is suspended until our resurrection. We "sleep" in the grave. Our memory and other essential details that are required for our resurrection are retained with the help of the “spirit of man” (Job 32:8, Zec 12:1, Luke 23:46 NKJV). This spirit in man is different from the Holy Spirit (but still part of God) and is the component that lifts the human brain above that of animals, and allows us to think, plan, create and have emotion.
Having given you some pointers as to what we are trying to present, we will now look at giving you an insight as to how the Bible – once you put the words spoken by God first, and the corrupt Scriptures are isolated – is simple in its message, and easy to understand. When we get back to the purity of the Bible - without the mistakes, and lies inserted under Satan's influence - it is a beautiful story that is filled with love and explains how we get rewarded for obedience and punished for disobedience. It can give us great hope for the future.
The coming Kingdom of God – the Good News that Christ preached while He was on earth – will restore God to His rightful position, and enable all people to be taught His laws (Heb 8:7-12). The beauty and productive lives produced under Christ as King, will be in direct contrast to the poverty and heartache that most people experience in this current world. Today, if we are willing to obey, if we are prepared to work at finding the truth, then later we can be a part of God's family forever, and be there at the very beginning of the Kingdom, to teach and lead others into God's way of love.
If we are not prepared to take action now, then we must wait for the second resurrection, which comes at the end of the 1000 year rule of God and His Christ. Obviously the first resurrection (1 Tim 4:13-18 when God and Christ come down to earth) is a "better resurrection" (Heb 11:35).
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