Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Why Jesus Is Christ, And No One Else Gets Him

Here's an exercise. Go to a good bible search site and look up the word faith in the Kings James Version of the New Testament. Now, I found it interesting that in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the word faith used by Jesus indicates a power so vast that one can levitate crops (Luke 17:6 KJV), move mountains into the sea (Matt. 21:21 KJV), do anything with nothing being impossible (Matt. 17:20 KJV), and do anything that is according to their faith (Matt. 9:29 KJV). However, when you look at the uses of the word faith from Acts on, it is used very differently. It becomes faith in the church, faith in the Lord, faith in Jesus... in a way that is more a loyalty and trust in an establishment or object of worship. Faith becomes transformed from a secret power of the universe into joining a fraternity. Say that you have faith in Jesus. Say you believe he's the son of God. But Jesus never taught faith in social or organizational applications. He taught that faith was that power of all of us to be okay in the now despite our condition. He also taught that the smallest amount of faith could completely warp the laws of physics.

Here is a very comprehensive, if not exceedingly detailed, history of the Catholic Church. Keep in mind that the original Christian churches were Jews, and there were violent conflicts between the jewish christians and the pagan christians out of the Roman Empire and surrounding pagan localities. Christianity was first adopted by the Greeks, who carried the torch for a while. However, nowhere in the Bible did Jesus give authority of the church to the Greeks. Then Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. The Catholic Church was born. However, their only doctrine tying them to Jesus was Peter, and the claim that its popes were the reincarnation of Peter.

Now, when the Protestant Reformation occured, a lot of the traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church changed. Much for the better in my opinion. However, they lacked a direct lineage of teaching that went back to Peter. The Catholic Church had been using its religious power for political and financial gain and control. This was part of the reasoning for the Catholic Reformation.

Now, look at the uses of the word faith in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These documents were created when Christianity was still in the hands of the Jews. Still under the influence of Peter's church and his lineage. However, Acts was written as a series of Christian propoganda to spread Christianity to the Romans, Greeks, and barbarians. Pagans. This is the lineage that all Western Christian churches have inherited. Without that unbroken lineage from Peter, no Christian can know exactly for sure what Christ exactly meant.

There is a solution. Read over the links on our navbar. Read their translations. These documents were made before Christianity was adopted by the Greek or Romans. While none of them may come from the lineage of Peter, they are closer to that lineage. In addition, if you cross reference material that is supposedly a direct quote from Jesus, look for the commonalities, and follow your own heart, you can derive wisdom that The Bible alone will never give you.

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