DO ALL RELIGIONS LEAD TO HEAVEN?
DO ALL ROADS LEAD TO HEAVEN?
For the sake of UNITY some Christians Churches are merging with other faiths or religions of the world. The Pope of the Roman Catholic church is trying to unify Christianity with all the religions of the world. Chris lam is trying to unite Christians and Muslims. And the emerging church movement accepts all faiths serving the same God.
But is this this what the Bible ITSELF teaches us as Christians or believers in Jesus as the CHRIST, the SON OF the one true and ONLY LIVING God to merge together with all the different religions and faiths of the world?
Before we go to the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible let us take a moment to use simple LOGIC. We do NOT have to GUESS which religion or faith is the ONE TRUE FAITH. Below I list some undeniable FACTS that one must consider closely in order to KNOW which God is the ONE TRUE God and which religion or FAITH is the ONE TRUE FAITH. Will YOU put your ETERNAL LIFE just on a GUESS when you can KNOW WITHOUT a DOUBT which faith is the ONE TRUE FAITH? Here are some FACTS to closely consider for YOUR very ETERNAL LIFE is at stake! Make the WRONG choice and NO ETERNAL LIFE, but rather you will face the ONE TRUE God on the day of JUDGMENT having NO EXCUSE for making the WRONG CHOICE!
#1. THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE TRUE GOD!
Most all faiths and religions of the world sincerely believe that the God, god and or gods that they worship and serve is the ONE TRUE God. But seeing that each and every religion and faith of the world teaches something DIFFERENT this proves that we do not all worship and follow the teachings the SAME God.
So WHICH God is the ONE TRUE God seeing that all religions and faith worship their God differently and teach DIFFERENT things? This brings us to FACT number two.
#2. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE TRUE BOOK!
Seeing that there can only be ONE TRUE book authored by the ONE TRUE God HIMSELF, then WHICH book is the TRUE book?seeing that they all teach something different?
#3. ALL TEACHINGS MUST AGREE!
IF SO BE that all religions and faiths of the world worship the SAME one true God, then all teaching MUST AGREE and yet they do NOT agree. In fact some are completely contrary to Christianity.
#4 PRODUCE PROOF OF BEING THE TRUE FAITH?
Once the ONE TRUE book is PROVEN to BE the ONE TRUE book, then ALL TEACHINGS MUST AGREE with the ONE TRUE book without COMPROMISE. In other words, if ANY religion or faith that does NOT agree with the ONE TRUE BOOK, then those religions and faiths do NOT worship the ONE TRUE and ONLY LIVING living God.
So then, HOW do we PROVE which religion of faith is the ONE TRUE FAITH? Below I again list some FACTS, which is EVIDENCE used as PROOF that the ONE TRUE God is the only LIVING God of the Holy Bible and thus the ONE TRUE FAITH is Christianity or being a true born again believer is Jesus as the Christ, the SON OF the one true and only LIVING God, who suffered and died on the cross for the sins of the WHOLE world so that WHOSOEVER in the whole world who BELIEVES on Jesus as the Son of the ONE TRUE God whom God raised from the dead after three days and three nights.
Proof #1. COMPLETE ABSOLUTE ASSURANCE!
Christianity is the ONLY religion or FAITH in the entire world that gives the believer complete absolute ASSURANCE that the ONE TRUE God LOVES them, that God has FORGIVEN them of all their sins, that they ARE SAVED, and that the WILL without fail be given ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come if the continue in the ONE TRUE FAITH taught in the ONLY word of TRUTH.
Please read 1 John 5:9-15.
“If we receive the witness of MEN, the witness of God is GREATER: for THIS is the WITNESS of God which he has testified OF his SON.
10. He that believes on the SON OF God has the WITNESS IN HIMSELF: he that believes not God has made him a liar (meaning that ALL the other religions of the world who do NOT BELIEVE that Jesus IS the SON OF God has made the ONE TRUE God out to be a LIAR for DENYING and NOT believing the very written WORD of Almighty God himself, the HOLY BIBLE. And WHY in the Holy Bible the ONLY word of TRUTH that is NOT believed by any other faith except Christianity?); BECAUSE he believes NOT the RECORD that God gave OF his SON. (This means that all other religions and faiths of the world do NOT believe that RECORD of the Old Testament PROPHECIES foretelling the coming of the SON OF the ONE TRUE God beginning some 4000 years BEFORE the virgin birth of his SON Jesus or Yashua. NOR does any other religion or faith believe the New Testament of the Bible, which is the RECORD written by the WITNESSES of the SON OF the one true God whereby ALL must be saved. Please read the study “HOW CAN I BE SAVED for all the scriptures that will lead you the salvation and give you COMPLETE FULL ASSURANCE of inheriting ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come.)
11. And this is the RECORD, that God has given to us ETERNAL LIFE, and this LIFE is IN his Son.
12. He that HAS the SON has LIFE; and he that has NOT the SON OF God has NOT life.
13. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God (speaking to those of us who ALREADY do indeed BELIEVE on Jesus as the SON OF the ONE TRUE God); THAT (or so that) you may KNOW that you have eternal life, AND THAT (or AND so that) you may believe on the name of the Son of God.(as in CONTINUE to believe in the ONE TRUE FAITH unto the end where the end is speaking of the end of our physical life or until Jesus returns in power and glory to rule and reign on the earth for a 1000 years. This verse is also referring to YOU who may not yet BELIEVE on Jesus being the CHRIST, the SON OF the one true and only LIVING God revealed to us only through the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible and his SON Jesus. In other words, IF SO BE that YOU do NOT believe in Jesus as the SON OF the one true God then YOU do NOT have eternal life abiding in you and you are NOT saved and you are NOT on the ONE TRUE ROAD that leads to ETERNAL LIFE. If this is YOU, then I implore you to read all the studies here at AMatterOfTruth.com beginning at the very beginning reading then in the order that they are listed so that you will KNOW that you KNOW that you KNOW you ARE save and that you have the WITNESS of the SURE promise of eternal life abiding IN you)
14 And this is the CONFIDENCE that we have in him, that, if we ask ANY THING according to HIS WILL, he HEARS:
15. And if we KNOW that he HEARS us, whatsoever we ask, we KNOW that we HAVE the petitions that we desired of him.”
No other religion or faith in the entire world gives their followers the PEACE and the ASSURANCE the the one true God LOVES them, the God is FOR them and not against them, and that they are saved, forgiven of all their sins and given a promise of eternal life in the world to come if the continue unto the end believing and following the words of Jesus.
The Muslims, the followers of Muhammad and Islam have no peace and absolute assurance of eternal life or that their god Allah loves them.
The followers of Hinduism have no peace or assurance of eternal life always being driven by the fear of not pleasing “karma” only to be reincarnated in the next life again and again UNTIL they finally get it right.
Another reason that the Holy Bible alone gives us this absolute ASSURANCE that we will without fail inherit eternal life in the world to come is that the Holy Bible the very written word of Almighty God himself as I explain in proof number two.
The followers of Spiritualism and the New Age movement are taught SELF as being god where the focus is to attain the high level of consciousness have no peace and assurance, because when one fails SELF they have no higher power which to turn for help.
Buddhism is not truly a religion which worships the ONE TRUE God or many different gods, but rather is a lifestyle similar to the New Age movement where their followers are seeking a high enlightenment, but they DIFFER in that SELF is denied and suppressed like many other faiths. Buddhist also being in a type of reincarnations called rebirths always being reborn as a human being where as Hindus can be reincarnated as an animal such as a cow.
Even Judaism has no peace and assurance of eternal life always wondering if they have done ENOUGH the please the ONE TRUE God.
ALL these religions and faiths EXCEPT for Christianity all FOCUS on one's OWN good works of righteousness of doing ENOUGH to earn a higher level of consciousness in the next life, which can NEVER bring the follower PEACE and ASSURANCE or ever doing ENOUGH, because their holy book never tells them what is ENOUGH. Yet Christianity tell us EXACTLY what God REQUIRES of us to do and not to do and HIS commandments are NOT grievous. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30,
“ Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you REST.
29. Take my yoke upon you, and LEARN of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find REST unto your souls.
30. For my yoke is EASY, and my burden is LIGHT.”
Proof #2. THE HOLY BIBLE IS INSPIRED BY GOD!
The religious and holy books of religions and faiths of the world were written by ONE man. Hinduism does not follow any particular holy man and they do believe in ONE God as being the SOURCE of all creation as do all most religions and faiths of the world. But the Hindus believe their God manifests himself in many different forms even as an idol or an animal so in truth they worship many gods and goddesses.
Islam follows many prophets, but revere Muhammad as being the LAST and GREATEST prophet, who himself WONDERED in himself if he was hearing from Satan telling his wife his concerns that a demon was speaking to him.
Buddhist follow Buddha who was a MAN never claiming any revelation from the divine.
Judaism follows Moses and Abraham and the prophets, who were indeed chosen by the ONE TRUE God, but for a time God has partially blinded the eyes of his chosen people Israel, because of the REJECTING his SON Jesus as being the CHRIST. So the Jews do indeed believe in the ONE TRUE God, but they do not OBEY and FOLLOW him is SPIRIT and in TRUTH as the one true and only living God commands in his word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible both Old Testament AND the New Testament.
So then, the Holy Bible differs from the religions of the world in that the Bible was written by many different men from many different periods of time who were INSPIRED by the ONE TRUE God and yet all their writings AGREE with each other without contradicting one another.
Please read Job 32:8,9 ; 2 Timothy 3:16,17 and 2 Peter
“But there is a spirit in man: and the INSPIRATION of the Almighty GIVES them UNDERSTANDING.
9. Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.”
1 Timothy 3:16,17.
“All scripture is given by INSPIRATION of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
2 Peter 1:16-21
“ For WE have NOT followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (speaking of eyewitnesses of the SON OF Almighty God being raised from the death never more to die. Jesus was the FIRST human being to ever have been given eternal life by the ONE TRUE God to give US the PROMISE of eternal life in the world to come IF we follow and obey HIS teaching from the Holy BIBLE the ONLY word of TRUTH.)
17. For he (Jesus, the SON OF the ONE TRUE God) received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18. And this voice which came from heaven we heard (speaking of the EYEWITNESSES seeing the same vision and hearing the same from coming down out of heaven), when we were with him in the holy mount.
19. WE have also a MORE SURE word of prophecy; where unto YOU (all who hear or read the Holy Bible) do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20. Knowing this first, that NO prophecy of the scripture is of ANY PRIVATE interpretation.
21. For the prophecy CAME NOT in old time by the WILL of MAN: but holy MEN of God spoke as they were moved (or INSPIRED) by the Holy Ghost.”
This brings us to proof number three where the Holy Bible is actually MANY books written by MANY different writers over MANY years, but yet having ONE AUTHOR who is Almighty God HIMSELF who has INSPIRED many different MEN of old to RECORD what the ONE TRUE God was showing them or telling them to write.
Proof #3. MANY WRITERS BUT ONLY ONE AUTHOR!
The Holy Bible was written over a 1600 year period of time by 40 different men all of whom were directly INSPIRED to write down or RECORD as a RECORD of what the ONE TRUE God desires to REVEAL to all of mankind.
Bible scholars tell us that this one thousand six hundred year span of the writing down the words of God being spoken to men of old began around 1500 years BEFORE the virgin BIRTH of our Lord Jesus the Christ to around 150 years AFTER the death and resurrection of the SON OF the ONE TRUE God and his ASCENSION up into heaven to be seated at the right hand of his God and Father to await his soon coming return to the earth o rule and reign for 1000 years on the earth where WE who believe on God's SON NOW in this present world will be given ETERNAL LIFE and rule and reign WITH him over all those who have remained alive after the WRATH of Almighty God is poured out on ALL NON BELIEVERS in the SON OF the ONE TRUE God.
Bible scholars also tell us that there were about 30 different authors of the 39 widely accepted books of the Old Testament and about 10 different authors of the New Testament over this long period of time written by all these different MEN and yet without any CONTRADICTIONS to each other. In other word,s they all point to the ONE MAN Jesus and being the chosen one of Almighty God the be HIS savior to save mankind from their sins so that WHOSOEVER of all of mankind who BELIEVES on Jesus as the SON OF God shall be saved. Please read John 3:14-18.
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: (This is speaking of Jesus suffer and dying on the CROSS for the sins of the WHOLE world where the serpent was place on a pole and lifted up by Moses in the Old testament as a type of shadow PROPHESYING the coming of the CHRIST where Jesus fulfilled this and many other prophecies. Please read the studies “THE PROPHECIES OF JESUS BEING THE MESSIAH!”)
15. That WHOSOEVER believes in him should NOT perish, but have eternal life.
16. For God SO LOVED the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in him should NOT perish, but have everlasting life.
17. For God sent not his Son into the world to CONDEMN the world; but that the world through him might be SAVED.
18. He that BELIEVES on him is NOT condemned: BUT he that believes NOT is condemned already, because he hath NOT believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
The Bibles says in 1 Corinthians 1:27 where God uses the meek, the lowly, and the uneducated to confound the wise.
“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to CONFOUND the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to CONFOUND the things which are mighty;”
So many times Christians are called fools by atheists and no believers, but one day if they do not repent God in heaven shall laugh when he speaks to all non believers in his WRATH. But my point right now is that not many of those men were men of reputation. For example Matthew was a tax collector, Luke was a doctor, but most every other inspired writer by God of a book or books of the Holy Bible were common uneducated people like being a fisherman, a farmer, a tent maker, or a sheep herder.
Proof #4. THE BIBLE IS THE BEST SELLING BOOK!
The Holy Bible has maintained it's BEST selling status over all over books in the entire world. The statistics of today estimates that the Holy Bible has sold more than five BILLION copies since it's first printing. The ENTIRE Bible both Old and New Testaments have been translated into 349 different languages of the world and some 2,123 different languages and dialect have at least one book of the Holy Bible translated into their language. NO other religious book ever even come close to the BEST selling book of all times, the Holy Bible.
Also the Holy Bible is translated into more different languages than any other book in the world. What other religion in the world can make this claim?
Proof #5. WHO is the CENTER of the world CALENDAR?
What MAN does the calendar of the entire world HINGE upon? This evidence alone should stimulate the minds of those SEEKING the ONE TRUE FAITH. You see my dear readers and seekers of the TRUTH there is NO other religion or Faith other that Christianity that believes and teaches that JESUS is the SON OF the ONE TRUE and ONLY LIVING God who was BORN of a woman, the virgin Mary. And the entire world CALENDAR hinges on the DATE of HIS BIRTH to separate the years BEFORE his BIRTH and the years AFTER his BIRTH.
The Gregorian calendar, which is now used worldwide, began as the Roman Catholic calendar. It reckons years as A.D. Which is the abbreviation for the Latin words “Anno Domini” that means “in the year of the Lord” or B.C., which is the abbreviation of “Before Christ” or before the year of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Now it is true that many non-Christian religions retain their own calendars for religious purposes. For example, the Hebrews reckon years from the Creation, Zoroastrians reckon from the birth of Zoroaster, and Muslims reckon from the flight of Mohammed from Mecca, which is similar to the Nephites reckoning from the flight of Lehi from Jerusalem. But NONE of these calendars of any other religion in the world is accept by the entire world as the world calendar.
Now those who calculated the birth of Jesus when the calendar of the world was changed and accepted as the universal calendar of the world were a few years off, but none the less what other religion or faith in the entire world can make this claim that their calendar is accepted word wide?
So virtually the entire world uses the Gregorian calendar for commercial or trade purposes. But order to remove the Christian implications from the calendar, the designations C.E., which in the abbreviation of the “Common Era”, and B.C.E., which is the abbreviation of “Before the Common Era are sometimes used to replace A.D. and B.C. But this does NOT change the FACT that the Virgin BIRTH our Lord Jesus Christ separates these two Eras.
So HOW do WE as Christians or believers on the SON OF God KNOW that Jesus is the SON OF God who was ordained by the one true God to be the savior of the world? This brings us to the ANSWER to point #2 above where THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE TRUE BOOK, which we discussed at the beginning of this study in God's word! And the ONE true book of TRUTH is the Holy Bible, which brings us to proof or FACT number six or the Bible being a PROPHETIC book!
Proof #6. The Holy Bible is a PROPHETIC book!
The Holy Bible is the ONLY book that PROPHETICALLY points to the MESSIAH or SAVIOR who was ordained by the ONE TRUE God! There is NO other religious book of any other religion of the world where THEIR holy book PROPHESIES of the SAVIOR who was ordained by the ONE TRUE God to save the world from their sin, except for Judaism, which REJECTED their MESSIAH not recognizing JESUS or Yashua as their MESSIAH, who was foretold in the Holy Scripture to come over 400 years before Jesus was born.
Please read the studies “PROPHECIES OF JESUS BEING THE MESSIAH!”, “365 PROPHECIES OF JESUS!”, HISTORICAL EVIDENCE OF JESUS!, and “IS MASHIACH COMING?”, but for now please read Isaiah 9:6,7 and Isaiah 7:14, which is a PROPHECY of Jesus being BORN of a virgin and then God's SON to be GIVEN to suffer and die on the cross for the sins of mankind.
“For unto us a CHILD is BORN, unto us a SON is GIVEN (in other words a child is BORN first who shall be called the SON OF God, and THEN the SON OF God shall be GIVEN to suffer and die for the sins of the WHOLE world. The first part of this verse prophesies of the FIRST coming of Jesus and the rest that follows is prophesying the SECOND coming of Jesus to rule and reign over the world as the King of kings and the Lord of lords for 1000 years): and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7. f the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this....
….Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord HIMSELF shall give you a SIGN (or PROOF or EVIDENCE to KNOW that I am the ONE TRUE God); Behold, a VIRGIN shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. ”
Now please read in the NEW Testament of the Bible where Jesus FULFILLED this prophecy speaking of him.
Luke 1:19, -45.
“19. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that STAND in the PRESENCE of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings....
….Luke 1:26. And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was SENT FROM God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, (In other words, Almighty God SENT down his SPOKEN word or SAYING by way of his MESSENGER Gabriel who stands in the PRESENCE of God TO the VIRGIN Mary to SPEAK his LOGOS to the virgin Mary)
27. To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28. And the angel came in unto her, and SAID (or Gabriel SPOKE forth God's LOGOS his SAYING or his SPOKEN WORD saying), Hail, you that are highly favored, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women.
29. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his SAYING, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30. And the angel SAID unto her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God.(speaking forth God's LOGOS, or God's word SAYING)
31. And, behold, you shall CONCEIVE in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS.
32. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest (yet future): and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35. And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be BORN OF YOU shall be called the Son of God.(yet future)
36. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37. For with God nothing shall be impossible.(once Mary understood that a child would be MIRACULOUSLY CONCEIVED in her womb BY the Spirit of THE ONE TRUE God and that NOTHING was impossible with God she BELIEVED and then)
38. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; BE IT unto me ACCORDING to your word. (knowing that the angel was SENT BY God and this was Almighty God speaking to her by his angel Gabriel) And the angel departed from her.
39. And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah;
40. And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
41. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
42. And she spoke out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. (This teaches us that God's SPOKEN WORD was CONCEIVED in the womb of the virgin Mary the every moment she BELIEVED and said be it DONE unto me according to your SPOKEN WORD)
43. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44. For, lo, as soon as the voice of your salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
45. And blessed is she THAT BELIEVED: for there (or fore therein your BELIEVING Gods' SPOKEN WORD) shall be a performance of those things which were TOLD her from the Lord.”
So then, the ONE TRUE God is PROVING to mankind that he ALONE is the one true and ONLY ALMIGHTY God by bringing a SON into existence through or by his very own SPOKEN WORD, which would be awesome enough, but the ONE TRUE God chose to PROPHESY his yet coming SON into being hundreds of years BEFORE his spoken word was CONCEIVED in the womb of the virgin woman Mary to be BORN as a human being.
God chosen the name Immauel as his PROPHETIC name written as Emmanuel in the New Testament, which means God WITH us, because Almighty God HIMSELF would come and DWELT IN his human Son Jesus to empower his Son to do all his God and Father's will even to suffer and die on the cross for the sins of the WHOLE world and thus becomes Yahweh's salvation or the salvation OF Yahweh, which is what the NAME Yashua or Jesus means.
“Therefore the Lord HIMSELF shall give you a SIGN (or I Almighty God the ONE TRUE God shall give you PROOF or EVIDENCE to KNOW that I am the ONE TRUE God ALONE); Behold, a VIRGIN shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. ”
Proof #7. THUS SAYS THE LORD GOD!
As you may know that are many Religions a faiths in the world where all have their own religious or holy books, but only the Holy Bible actually states that it is THE WORD from THE ONE TRUE God.
The Bible states more the 3000 times “THUS SAYS THE LORD”, which emphatically means without a doubt as being a direct quote from Almighty God himself.
And among some of these direct quotes from God himself in the Holy God he emphatically states that he ALONE is Almighty God and there is no other. Please read the studies “THERE IS BUT ONE GOD!” and “OUR GOD IS ONE!”, but for now please read Isaiah 45:1-6.
“Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
2. I will go before you, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:
3. And I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, which call you by your name, am the God of Israel.
4. For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called you by your name: I have surnamed you, though you have not known me.
5. I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded you, though you hast not known me:
6. That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.”
And again the rest of God's word was indeed INSPIRED by God to be written down to show his glory. The ONE TRUE God who created ALL things is the owner and possessor of ALL and he ALONE is SOVEREIGN the God OF all other gods.
Proof #8. HISTORICAL EVIDENCE!
FIRST and foremost HISTORY proves Jesus!
History proves that Jesus not only existed, but also that Jesus FULFILLED what the Holy Bible PROPHESIED. You see the Messiah or Savior, whom the ONE TRUE God ordained and foretold to come in WRITTEN form over 400 years before his birth, and SPOKEN by the prophets of old some 4000 years before his birth FULFILLED all the PROPHECIES relating to his FIRST coming and HISTORY bears witness to these FACTS. Also HISTORY confirms that Jesus is the ONLY mortal man to suffer and die on the cross FOR the sins of the world AND to be raised from the dead after three days and three nights by his God and Father NEVER MORE TO DIE. And secular history bears witness to the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, that Jesus was raised from the dead and was the beginning of the WAY, which has become to be called Christianity. Please read the study “HISTORICAL EVIDENCE FOR JESUS!”.
ALSO the Holy Bible is the ONLY PROPHETIC book that has foretold the RISE and the FALL of the empires of this world years and even centuries before they rose and fell. In other words, the Bible is backed up or supported by HISTORY proving what was prophesied many decades or even centuries before it was fulfilled. To say this another way the Medo-Persian empire was foretold to come next after the Babylonia empire and the Grecian empire would come next after the Medo-Persian empire and so forth all the way to the everlasting empire of Jesus in the world to come, which is NOT YET HISTORY. BUT as I will explain later HISTORY shows us MORE than just the kingdoms PROPHESIED in the Bible. For now just know that God is showing us a CERTAIN AREA of the entire world surrounding the land of Israel.
In Daniel chapter 1:1-26 the king of the great Babylonian empire was given a dream by God which troubled Nebuchadnezzar so much that he would not tell the dream to his magicians, but rather gave them a command to both tell the dream AND then give it's meaning. When they could not do this the king ordered the execution of all the wise men in his kingdom of which Daniel a Hebrew was one of these wise men who then asked the king for some time and he would both tell the king the dream he had and it's interpretation.
Please read Daniel 2:27-45 where
“Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
28. But there is a God in heaven (the ONE TRUE God) that reveals secrets, and makes known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, are these;
29. As for you, O king, your thoughts came into your mind upon your bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that reveals secrets makes known to thee what shall come to pass.
30. But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes (speaking of you o king sparing the lives of all the wise men) that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that you might know the thoughts of your heart. (then by the revelation of THE ONE TRUE God to his servant Daniel the king's dream is told to him with it's interpretation.)
31. You, O king, SAW, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before you; and the form thereof was terrible.
32. This image's head was of fine gold,(representing the then PRESENT world empire, the Babylonian kingdom) his breast and his arms of silver,(representing the next world empire, the Medo-Persian kingdom) his belly and his thighs of brass,(representing the Grecian empire)
33. His legs of iron, (representing the OTTOMAN empire and NOT the Roman empire, which again I will explain briefly in a moment) his feet part of iron and part of clay.(representing the RISING AGAIN of the ISLAMIC Ottoman empire rising and falling then rising again)
34. You saw till that a stone was cut out without hands,(speaking of Jesus being the chief corner stone) which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.(speaking of Jesus executing the WRATH of THE ONE TRUE God upon the final ISLAMIC empire in the last days at the second coming of Jesus.)
35. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. (speaking of all the kingdoms of this world becoming the kingdom of God and his Son Jesus. The STONE referring to Jesus become the RULE, King of kings and Lord of lords of the great MOUNTAIN which refers to KINGDOM in Bible prophecy. So the great mountain is referring to the 1000 year reign of Jesus in the world to come.)
36. This is the dream; AND we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
37. You, O king, are a king of kings: for the God of heaven has GIVEN you a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
38. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven has he given into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all. You are this head of gold. (so the interpretation of the head of gold is given to us as being the Babylonian empire or kingdom)
39. And after YOU shall arise another kingdom inferior to you, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
40. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: for as much as iron breaks in pieces and subdues all things: and as iron that breaks all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. (Please notice that the kingdom represented by the legs of IRON will break in pieces ALL THESE speaking of the THREE PREVIOUS kingdoms. In other words, the AREA, as in, the COMBINE AREA that THESE THREE previous kingdoms controlled of rules over will be the SAME AREA conquered by the FOURTH kingdom. To say this another way God is FOCUSING on a CERTAIN AREA of the world and does not mention any world kingdoms that do NOT rule in the AREA of the known world at that time surrounding the land of ISRAEL.)
41. And whereas you saw the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength OF THE IRON, for as much as you saw the iron mixed with miry clay.
42. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
43. And whereas you saw iron mixed with miry clay, they shall MINGLE themselves with the seed of men:(which is exactly what Muslims are doing in the world today as their PEACEFUL strategy to dominate the whole world) BUT they shall NOT cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. (In other words their devious plan will NOT succeed to take over the ENTIRE world)
44. And in the days of these kings (speaking of the ten toes being ten Islamic kings) shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. (again speaking of Jesus executing the WRATH of God destroying all the kingdoms of this present world to set up the kingdom of God upon the year where Jesus with rule with a rod of iron for 1000 years.)
45. For as much as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God has made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.”
So then, the ONE TRUE God REVEALED to us in the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible has prophesied there to be FOUR world empires after the Babylonian empire, which we know from HISTORY to be the Medo-Persian empire being TWO kingdoms joined together like the TWO arms of SILVER join to the breast of SILVER where SILVER is inferior to GOLD. Also it is interesting to note that all taxes in the Medo-Persian empire were paid in SILVER.
Then in Daniel 8:20-22 the prophet Daniel is given the interpretation of the dream that God gave to him concerning the kingdoms that would follow the Babylonian empire.
“The ram which you saw having TWO horns ARE the kings of Media and Persia. (So like the TWO arms of SILVER we are now told the interpretation of the rise of the kingdom of Medo-Persian conquering the head of gold, the Babylonian kingdom.)
21. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. (In Daniels vision he sees the rough goat which we now know is GREECE conquer the Medo-Persian empire.)
22. Now that (the Medo-Persian kingdom) being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.”
The four kingdoms are the four Grecian generals, who we know from history are conquered by the Roman empire, BUT the Roman empire did NOT actually conquer ALL the territories or regions of the three previous world empires as Daniel 2:40 says that this FOURTH kingdom would conquer. The Roman empire did NOT conquer ALL of the Grecian empire, which was conquered by Alexander the great and the FOURTH kingdom that is PROPHESIED here in Daniel is PROPHESIED to conquers ALL THESE speaking of ALL the COMBINED AREAS of THESE THREE previous empires.
“And the FOURTH kingdom shall be strong as IRON: for as much as iron breaks in pieces and subdues ALL things: and as iron that breaks ALL THESE, shall it break in pieces and bruise.”
The LITERAL translation reads that the FOURTH kingdom shall shall smash ALL OF THESE referring to all the AREAS COMBINED that were under the control of each of these previous THREE kingdoms. Well the Roman empire did NOT succeed in conquering ALL these areas that were ruled by these three previous kingdoms, BUT the ISLAMIC Ottoman kingdom did indeed break of conquer ALL OF THESE areas controlled collectively by these three previous kingdoms.
Now some may say, but the Roman empire came after the Grecian empire so why wouldn't the Roman empire be the FOURTH kingdom? The answer to this is that God wants us to see the END of DAYS and which KINGDOM will RULE in the end of the LAST days in THAT AREA of the world. Some Christians are so fearful that the Muslims are going to take over the ENTIRE world, but I myself do NOT see this happening. Mainly because in Bible PROPHECY the world was the AREA in what we call today as the Middle East and the area around the Mediterranean Sea. Now I will go out on the limb so to speak and say that seeing what is happening in the world today with the Muslims moving in PEACEABLY and then taking over that the rising AGAIN or the resurrected BEAST kingdom with LIKELY conquer not only what the ISLAMIC Ottoman empire conquered, BUT ALSO include ALL of what the ROMAN empire conquered, which will not be good for parts of Europe and the United Kingdom.
AGAIN most importantly HISTORY proves Jesus!
The Messiah or Savior who the ONE TRUE God ordained and foretold to come in WRITTEN form over 400 years before his birth, and SPOKEN by the prophets of old some 4000 years before his birth. Also Jesus is the ONLY mortal man to suffer and die on the cross FOR the sins of the world AND be raised from the dead after three days and three nights by his god and Father NEVER MORE TO DIE. And secular history bears witness to the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, that Jesus was raised from the dead and was the beginning of the WAY, which has become to be called Christianity. Please read the study “HISTORICAL EVIDENCE FOR JESUS!”.
Proof #9. SCIENTIFIC evidence that support the BIBLE!
The early scientist believed and taught that the world was FLAT, but yet the Holy Bible has always taught the the world is ROUND. Please read Isaiah 40:21,22.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22. It is he that sits upon the CIRCLE of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretches out the heavens as a curtain, and spreads them out as a tent to dwell in:”
History does not teach us that gravity was discover until Sir Isaac Newton, but yet the Holy Bible tells us that the earth hangs upon NOTHING in Job 26:7.
“He (the ONE TRUE God) stretches out the north over the empty place, and hangs the earth upon NOTHING”
The literal translation says that he hangs the earth on WITHOUT WHAT?, as in it APPEARS as IF? The earth hangs upon nothing. But yet HISTORY teaches us that science PROGRESSES and LEARNS. In other words, early wise men of science were NOT so wise in that they did not YET understand GRAVITY as science does today. Therefore science of TODAY calls all the known knowledge of the past as being MYTHS and not true science. But non the less back THEN it was considered WISDOM of wise men or the science of that day. In other words, the science of long ago was FALSELY SO CALLED science just like the Bible teaches us as all of science, because science in general does NOT give glory to the CREATOR of ALL things. So then, long ago what some call science was actually the RELIGIONS and faiths of the world.
The Greek THINKERS who believed in many gods and goddesses said that the earth rested on the back of Atlas and the globe of the earth as well as a flat map of the earth is still to this day referred to as the “ATLAS”.
The Hinduism, which believes in one primary being who manifested himself in many forms including creator ANIMALS said long ago that the earth was carried on a turtles back. They also use the symbol of the elephant and one of their creator gods.
The Quran of Islam says that the SKY over the earth is held up or raised up by PILLARS which cannot be SEEN. Originally the early Arabs believed that the earth was flat and at each end were a mountain that held up the sky. But when the Quran came Muslims say that Allah corrected their wrong thinking seeing that the sky is above the tops of the mountains. But yet a FLAT earth is still pictured.
However, the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible describes the earth as being CIRCULAR, as in, being a sphere which hand on what APPEARS to be nothing. In the New Testament God tells us that the worlds are held together by the WORD of his POWER, which SCIENCE of today NAMES and being gravity. No matter what name science calls this invisible POWER of the ONE TRUE God the word of TRUTH made this gravitational force known some 3,500 years BEFORE Sir Isaac Newton discover gravity.
My point is that science CHANGES as it LEARNS, but the word of TRUTH had it right all along. For example the Bible says that the STARS are WITHOUT numbers, but yet science and astronomers taught that the stars could be number teaching at different times a different NUMBER of stars and this is confirmed by HISTORY. Now again science of today my say that those in the past were NOT true scientist, but yet today astronomers are considers scientist even though they keep changing their data updating it as new knowledge is discovered about the stars. But AGAIN the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible had it right all along!
Please read Jeremiah 33:22 along with Genesis 22:17 and Hebrews 11:12.
“Genesis 22:17. That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your seed as the STARS of the heaven, AND as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;”
“Hebrews 11:12. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the STARS of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore INNUMERABLE.”
“Jeremiah 33:22. As the HOST of heaven CANNOT be numbered, NEITHER the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.”
Today science KNOWS that even the galaxies are so many that they cannot tell if they can be numbers and the are an INNUMERABLE number of STARS is EACH of these galaxies, which were created by the ONE TRUE and only Almighty God of the Holy Bible.
Also please consider that no other religious or holy book tells us that the seas hand MOUNTAINS and SPRINGS, but the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible does. And this scientific FACT was NOT know to science UNTIL this century.
Please read Job 38:16 and
“Job 38:16. Have you entered into the SPRINGS of the sea? Or have you walked in the search of the depth?”
“Psalms 104:5. Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
“Psalms 104:6. You covered it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood ABOVE the MOUNTAINS.”
Some other things that science did NOT KNOW until this century was that Light dwells in a WAY or in MOTION never stopping, but yet the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible told us this scientific FACT some 3,500 years ago in Job 38:19.
“ Where is the WAY where light dwells (or abides of exists)? And as for darkness, where is the PLACE thereof,”
Light TRAVELS in a wave and is in the WAY always being in motion, but darkness remains in one PLACE.
Also science, which is still yet and UNPROVEN THEORY teaches us as THEORY not yet proven that space can be BENT to create a wormhole by which TRAVEL from one point in space to another point in space can be accomplish almost instantly by BENDING space. But yet the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible has taught us this over 2,000 years ago in Psalm 144:5, which says,
“BOW (or bend) your heavens, O LORD, and COME DOWN: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.”
In other words, Almighty God will FOLD or BEND SPACE and He and his SON Jesus TRAVEL through the wormhole created by BOWING the heavens or space down to earth to pour out your WRATH upon the wicked O LORD.
Proof #10. ARCHAEOLOGICAL evidence AGREES!
More and more archaeological evidence being discovered PROVES only to support the teachings of the Holy Bible, which science stated as being FACT as NEVER existing. Now this study in God's word is not particularly directed at science minded atheist, but rather the focus of the study is to PROVE which RELIGION or FAITH is the ONE TRUE FAITH. God only KNOWS that there will be many ATHEIST cast into the lake of fire on the day of JUDGMENT because UNBELIEF will NOT be allowed to enter into the kingdom of God.
In truth, the ONLY evidence an atheist will believe is something that can be PROVEN by EXPERIMENT, and the only EXPERIMENT to PROVE that the ONLY word of TRUTH, is the Holy Bible is for atheist to PROVE IT for THEMSELVES by being a DOER of the word rather than a MOCKER of the word. Only THEN will the ONE TRUE God GIVEN them PROOF by placing the SAME WITNESS in them as he has is US as true born again believers on the SON OF the one true and only LIVING God. So UNTIL all you atheist do the EXPERIMENT by BELIEVING God's word to prove it either right or wrong you will never know the TRUTH.
With that being said let us get back to those who DO INDEED believe in a higher power who created all things, but are not SURE which religion or faith to believe and follow.
What other religious holy book other than the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible is ARCHAEOLOGICALLY accurate?
While many other non Biblical source support the FLOOD in the days of Noah with striking similarities, other religious books do not tell of events or places related SPECIFICALLY to the HEBREW people, who were God's CHOSEN people. Only the Holy Bible tells us of the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea, which has been mocked by skeptics for centuries.
Yet in these last days a man name Ron Wyatt has dedicated his life to pursue proving that these Biblical accounts were indeed true and accurate. Here is a link to his website
RONWYATT.COMON, which you can read now or later, but here in this study I will only point out that Ron Wyatt has taken photographs of the Egyptian chariot wheels on the floor of the Red Sea along with the rock that Moses struck with a stick, which split from top to bottom and out gush water like a river enough to quench the thirst of all the people and all the cattle.
Please read Numbers 20:9-12.
“And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying,
8. Take the rod, and gather you the assembly together, you, and Aaron your brother, and SPEAK you UNTO the ROCK before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so you shall give the congregation and their beasts drink.
9. And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.
10. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, you rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?
11. And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice:(disobeying God's command to SPEAK to the rock) and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.
12. And the LORD spoke unto Moses and Aaron, Because you believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.(Now Moses disobedience may have been his not giving God the glory)”
Here is a link to the IMAGES of the red sea crossing.
There are many more resources proving much more evidence to point to Christianity as the ONE TRUE FAITH which ALONE leads believers to ETERNAL LIFE.
But yet even among Christians there are many different sects and denominations, which teach different things. So now the question becomes, WHAT is the ONE TRUE CHURCH?
So then, the focus of this section of this study in God's word will be on IDENTIFYING the ONE TRUE CHURCH.
THE TRUE SOUND BIBLICAL IDENTITY
ONE TRUE CHURCH!
What does the Bible ITSELF teach us as to WHAT is the ONE TRUE CHURCH? Let us begin this study in God's word by reading Colossians chapter 1 where the church is identified as the BODY of Jesus Christ.
" And he (Jesus, the SON OF Almighty God the Father) is the head of the BODY, the CHURCH: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;
20. And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
21. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled
22. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
23. IF you CONTINUE in the FAITH grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
24. Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his BODY'S sake, WHICH IS the CHURCH:"
So then, the Bible ITSELF clearly identifies the CHURCH as being the BODY of BELIEVERS IN Jesus Christ. And we have ALL been BAPTIZED into the ONE BODY of BELIEVERS IN Jesus Christ. Please read 1 Corinthians 12:12-14.
"For as the body is ONE, and has many members, and ALL the members of that ONE body, being many, are ONE BODY (WHICH IS THE OE TRUE CHURCH): so also is Christ.
13. For by one Spirit are we ALL BAPTIZED into ONE BODY (or we were ALL baptized into the ONE TRUE CHURCH), whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14. For the BODY is not one member, but many."
In other words, though there be MANY MEMBERS of the ONE BODY of believers in Jesus Christ we are ALL ONE BODY of BELIEVERS in Jesus Christ. And therefore ewe are ALL MEMBERS of the ONE TRUE CHURCH. So the problem is NOT which is the ONE TRUE CHURCH, but rather WHICH church DENOMINATION is teaching the ONE TRUE FAITH?
Please read 1 Corinthians 1:23 again.
" IF you CONTINUE in the FAITH grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;"
So the WHAT is the FAITH, the ONE TRUE FAITH that way taught by Jesus to his disciples? You see dear child of God though there be MANY DIFFERENT church denominations we ALL believe in JESUS, but yet all these different denomination in the one true church teach DIFFERENTLY about Jesus. So WHICH TEACHING about Jesus should we BELIEVE? Acts 17:11 teaches us that we are to search the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible the SEE fro ourselves if what we are being TAUGHT is indeed the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God.
"These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they RECEIVED the word with all readiness of mind, and SEARCHED the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
So then, the ONLY way that you are going to KNOW whether YOUR church denomination is teaching you the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God is to SEARCH the scriptures for YOURSELF to SEE if what you are being taught AGREES with the WHOLE word of God, because there can only be ONE TRUE FAITH! So I implore you dear child of God to SEARCH the scripture to PROVE to yourself that what I am teaching you is indeed the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God, which does NOT contradict any other part of God's word as so many man made church doctrines being taught in the many different church denominations. But before we get into any of these contradictory teaching in many different church denominations let us see WHAT REVEALED TEACHING from Almighty God the Father that Jesus would build his ONE TRUE CHURCH upon. Please read Matthew 16:11-20 where Jesus asked his disciple two questions:first WHO do the people say that I am? And second WHO do YOU say that I am? In other words, the question Jesus is asking is WHO do YOU BELIEVE is Jesus, the SON OF MAN? Please read the in depth study "WHO IS JESUS?" for all the verses giving you a sound Biblical teaching based upon the WHOLE word of God, but for now let us focus on the very BASIC teaching of Jesus being the CHRIST.
"How is it that you do not understand that I spoke it not to you concerning bread, that you should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
12. Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the DOCTRINE (or the TEACHING) of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
13. When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of MAN am?
14. And they said, Some say that you are John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15. He said unto them, But whom say YOU that I am?
16. And Simon Peter answered and said, YOU are THE CHRIST, the SON OF the living God.
17. And Jesus answered and said unto him, BLESSED are YOU, Simon Barjona (WHY? Why did Jesus called Peter BLESSED?): FOR (or BECAUSE) flesh and blood has NOT revealed it unto you, BUT my Father which is in heaven. (HE has REVEALED this TRUTH to you. In other words, Jesus is teaching us here that we are truly BLESSED when Almighty God the Father HIMSELF REVEALS the TRUTH of his word to us. Hold this thought while you continue reading and you will see WHY REVEALED TRUTH is such a blessing from God.)
18 And I say also unto you, That you are Peter, and upon this ROCK (speaking of the REVEALED knowledge of the TRUTH taught to us directly from the Holy Spirit of Almighty God himself, which is in this case is the ROCK solid TRUTH that Jesus is the CHRIST is the ROCK Jesus is saying) I will build my CHURCH; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19. And I will give unto you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Now the Roman Catholic church incorrectly interpret this passage of scripture as Peter being the rock upon which Jesus would build his church. Please see the study "WAS PETER THE FIRST POPE?" for all the verses exposing the error of this Roman Catholic man made church denominational DOCTRINE. But for now please understand that Jesus was speaking to ALL of his DISCIPLES and not to just Peter alone. Yes the name Peter means stone or rock, but it means LITTLE rock or small stone whereas the Greek word translated as "ROCK" means a HUGE stone as is a FOUNDATION stone. To say this another way, the ROCK is the REVEALED TRUTH that Jesus is the CHRIST, the ANOINTED one and the KEYS of the kingdom to be able to bind and loose like Jesus did is in the POWER and the AUTHORITY of the ANOINTING of the Holy Spirit, which is made available to EVERY disciple or believer in Jesus being the CHRIST, the SON OF the living God.)
20. Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the CHRIST."
So then, the FOUNDATION ROCK solid REVEALED TRUTH of our Christian FAITH is that Jesus is the CHRIST, the SON OF the one true and only LIVING God upon which Jesus himself said that he would build his CHURCH upon. Now please read what Paul says about us as Christians having NO OTHER FOUNDATION upon which we should build or add BELIEVERS to the one true church with the ONE TRUE FAITH. Please read 1 Corinthians 3:1-23.
"And I, brethren, could NOT speak unto you as unto SPIRITUAL, but as unto CARNAL, even as unto BABES in Christ.
2. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto you were not able to bear it, neither yet now are you able.
3. FOR (or BECAUSE) ye are YET CARNAL (WHY? Why is Paul saying that these believers in Jesus Christ are BABES in Christ and are yet CARNAL Christians?): for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and DIVISIONS, are you not carnal, and walk as men.
4. For while one says, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are you not carnal? (In other words, some Christians say that they are Catholic, and another say they are Baptists, while others say that they are Lutheran, or Methodist, or Presbyterian, or a Calvinist or any of the other vast number of different church DENOMINATIONS. Paul is teaching us that by DIVIDING the ONE BODY of Jesus up into many DIFFERENT church DENOMINATIONS.)
5. Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers BY whom you BELIEVED (Believed WHAT? Believed the GOSPEL of Jesus being the CHRIST, the SON OF the living God.), even as the Lord gave to every man?
6. I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7. So then NEITHER is he that plants any thing, NEITHER he that waters; but God that gives the increase. (In other words, ALL the glory should go to Almighty God the Father, who teaches us his word by his very own Holy Spirit dwelling in us)
8. Now he that plants and he that waters are ONE (meaning different members of the SAME BODY of believers in the ONE TRUE FAITH): and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.
9. For we are laborers together with God: you are God's husbandry, you are God's building. (meaning that each and every believer is the WORK OF Almighty God and his Son Jesus building HIS CHURCH)
10. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the FOUNDATION (there is only ONE foundation to any building upon which that building is built. And the FOUNDATION of the ONE TRUE CHURCH is the REVEALED knowledge of the TRUTH that Jesus is the CHRIST, the SON OF the living God), and another builds thereon. But let every man take HEED HOW he builds thereupon.
11. For other foundation can NO man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones (meaning building up believer by good sound BIBLICAL teaching that will root and ground them in the word of TRUTH so that they will NOT be tossed to and fro by every wind of FALSE doctrine), wood, hay, stubble;(speaking of FALSE teaching that will NOT benefit the believer to produce good fruit that leads to eternal life in the world to come)
13. Every man's WORK shall be made manifest (The word manifest means to make known or to be clearly shown or made known. And the WORK here is speaking of BUILDING the CHURCH or adding BELIEVERS to the BODY of Jesus Christ and BUILDING them up to become strong mature believers in Jesus Christ bearing much fruit unto eternal life in the world to come. This passage of scripture is NOT speaking of our OWN god works of righteousness as some wrong INTERPRET these verses to mean being taken OUT of their CONTEXT, which is clearly speaking of BUILDERS building the CHURCH upon the ONE FOUNDATION of Jesus being the CHRIST, the SON OF the living God): for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's WORK of what sort it is. (In other words, when a believers preachers or teaches the GOSPEL or the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ to others and they receive and BELIEVE the word of TRUTH then God ADDS a new MEMBER to the BODY of Jesus Christ, which is the ONE TRUE CHURCH. Then DEPENDING on the TEACHING that one BUILDS upon this one true FOUNDATION will either HELP this new believer REMAIN in teh ONE TUE FAITH or it will cause this new believer to NOT bear god fruit which will cause this new believer to be judged UNRIGHTEOUS on the day of judgment ad be cast into the lake of fire to be burnt and destroyed. This is why Paul WARNS us to take HEED HOW we build new believers upon this one true foundation of Jesus Christ.)
14. If any man's WORK ABIDE (or REMAIN faithful unto the end) which he has BUILT thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15. If any man's WORK shall be burned,(or NOT REMAIN FAITHFUL to be cast into the lake of FIRE on the day of judgment) he shall suffer loss (by NOT receiving a REWARD for helping that new believer REMAIN FAITHFUL unto the end): but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.(meaning that the teacher or minister of the gospel will go through the same kind of TRIALS that will try our FAITH and therefore we will ALL face the SAME judgment of the lake of FIRE IF SO BE we do NOT abide or REMAIN FAITHFUL unto the END. Jesus said Mathew 24:13 that only those of us who ENDURE UNTO THE END shall be saved.)
16. Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
17. If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (So then, the WORK or WORKS that God shall DESTROY in the lake of FIRE on the day of judgment are PEOPLE, who do not OBEY the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. Paul is saying to US as BELIEVERS do you not KNOW that Almighty God HIMSELF DWELLS IN YOU? Do you not know that if you DEFILE your own body that you defile God and that you will burn in the lake of fire on the day of judgment IF SO BE that you do NOT CONTINUE in the ONE TRUE FAITH to NOT defile your body?)
18. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness.
20. And again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
21. Therefore let no man glory in MEN.(So as for ME and my house we will NOT place a church DENOMINATIONAL name upon ourselves. Therefore when my readers ask me what denomination I am, then I tell them that I ATTEND a certain church, but NO one single church DENOMINATION is the ONE TRUE CHURCH. I am often asked which church do I RECOMMEND. And I answer by saying that if I HAD to choose only ONE church, then I myself would recommend the Assemblies of God church for they are a FULL gospel church, meaning that they do NOT wrongly teach that healing and the gifts of the Holy Spirit have ceased and are n longer fro the church of today. But again it is NOT the church denomination that saves a person, but rather what they TEACH. So once again you should be asking yourself and God WHAT is the ONE TRUE FAITH as opposed to WHICH church DENOMINATION is the ONE TRUE CHURCH.) For all things are yours;
22. Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
23. And you are Christ's; and Christ is God's."
Let us now go back to Ephesians 2: to see what more we can learn about the FOUNDATION of our FAITH.
"But now IN Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made nigh BY the blood of Christ.
14. For he is our peace, who has made both ONE, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15. Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make IN himself of twain ONE NEW MAN (or ONE BODY, which is the ONE TRUE CHURCH teaching the ONE TRUE FAITH), so making peace;(no more DIVISIONS)
16. And that he might reconcile both unto God in ONE BODY by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17. And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
18. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19. Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20. And are built upon the FOUNDATION of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; (In other words, the FOUNDATION upon which the ONE TRUE CHURCH is BUILT upon is the CHIEF CORNER stone, which is Jesus being the CHRIST, the SON OF the living God. And the prophets of the Old Testament along with the apostles and disciples of Jesus in the New Testament all point to JESUS or YASHUA and the FOUNDATION of the ONE TRUE FAITH that leads to eternal life in the world to come.)
21. In whom all the BUILDING fitly framed together GROWS unto an HOLY temple in the Lord:
22. In whom YOU ALSO are BUILT together for an habitation of God through the Spirit."
So then, once again EVERY SINGLE BELIEVER IN Jesus as being the CHRIST, the SON OF the living God are BUILT together into the ONE BODY of Jesus Christ, which IS the ONE TRUE CHURCH.
But this does NOT mean that every single believer TEACHES the ONE TRUE FAITH, but rather that every single believer in Jesus was baptized into the ONE BODY of Jesus Christ by the ONE true FOUNDATION of the one true FAITH.
So now that the FOUNDATION of the ONE TRUE FAITH has been laid let us move on to BUILD upon this ONE true foundation of Jesus being the CHRIST, the SON OF the living God taking HEED HOW we build by carefully searching the word of TRUTH daily to SEE if what we are teaching and or being taught is indeed the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God.
Let us go back to the day of Pentecost when the FIRST sermon of the GOOD NEWS or the gospel of Jesus Christ was preached and God ADDED to the CHURCH that day 3000 BELIEVERS on Jesus. Please read Acts 2:1-47.
"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (So all the followers of Jesus where waiting in Jerusalem just as Jesus had told them in Acts chapter 1. They were all gathered together in the upper room where Jesus appeared to them after his resurrection from the dead to show himself alive never more to die. And they were all in one accord believing the words of Jesus to send the PROMISE of being endued with power from on high as Jesus commanded them to wait upon before they went out to be witnesses of him)
2. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4. And they were all FILLED with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (So then my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, what we see in the early church we are to see as well in the church of TODAY. And these early believers in Jesus were ALL FILLED with the Holy Spirit and BEGAN to speak in other tongues. Jesus said in Mark 16:17 that one of the SIGNS of a BELIEVER will be that he or she shall speak with NEW TONGUES)
5. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7. And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8. And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9. Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10. Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11. Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What means this?
13. Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, You men of Judaea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15. For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17. And it shall come to pass in the last days, said God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18. And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19. And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke:
20. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
21. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
22. You men of Israel (or no matter WHO you are I implore YOU to), hear these WORDS; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as you yourselves also know:
23. Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God (meaning that Almighty God HIMSELF foreordain before the foundation of the world that SALVATION be IN hi SON Jesus the CHRIST, the ANOINTED one of God who foreordain a CHILD to e BORN an his SON the be GIVEN as the ransom or the atonement for the sins of the world so the WHOSOEVER BELIEVES on the SON OF God should not perish by have eternal life), you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
24. Whom God has raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
25. For David speaks concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
26. Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
27. Because you wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither will you suffer your Holy One to see corruption.
28. You have made known to me the ways of life; you shalt make me full of joy with your countenance.
29. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day.
30. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ (the ANOINTED ONE prophesied to come) to sit on his throne;
31. He seeing this before spoke of the resurrection of Christ (the ANOINTED ONE), that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
32. This Jesus has God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he has shed forth this, which you now see and hear.
34. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
35. Until I make your foes your footstool.
36. Therefore let all the house of Israel KNOW ASSUREDLY, that God has MADE that same Jesus, whom you have crucified, BOTH LORD and CHRIST.
37. Now when they HEARD this (or when the HEARD these WORDS being preached to them), they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, WHAT SHALL WE DO? (or what shall we do to be SAVED?)
38. Then Peter said unto them, REPENT, AND BE BAPTIZED every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you SHALL RECEIVE the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39. For the PROMISE is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall CALL. (whosoever HEARS the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ is being CALLED by God to be saved by the GOSPEL. And we answer that cal of God to be saved BY RECEIVING and BELIEVING the word of TRUTH. The Bible says many are CALLED, but few are CHOSEN, which means not many will BELIEVE the gospel unto the end to be saved, as in, receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come.)
40. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. (HOW to we save ourselves? BY believing and obeying the WORDS of Jesus unto the end, where the end is speaking of the end of our physical life or when Jesus returns which ever comes first. EVERY single person is given the CHOICE or either to BELIEVE the WORD of TRUTH or to REJECT the word of TRUTH. Those who answer the CALL of God by BELIEVING and obeying the word of truth unto the end shall be saved and those who do NOT believe shall remain in theirs sins condemned already unto destruction in the lake of fire. O then, do YOU BELIEVE that Jesus is the CHRIST, the SON OF the living God? Do you BELIEVE that Jesus, the SON OF Almighty God the Father suffered ad died on the cross for YOUR sins and that God raised his Son Jesus from the dead never more to die? If so, then OBEY the teaching of Jesus and his disciples by being BAPTIZED by submersion under water in the NAME of Jesus.)
41. Then they that GLADLY RECEIVED his WORD were baptized:(in other words, true believers SHOW their FAITH by their OBEDIENCE to the teaching s of Jesus and his disciples) and the same day there were ADDED unto them about three thousand souls.
42. And they CONTINUED steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine (or TEACHINGS written down for US in the NEW Testament) and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44. And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45. And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47. Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord ADDED to the CHURCH daily such as should be saved (the LITERAL translation reads,...And the Lord added the ONES BEING SAVED to the out called ones. You see the CHURCH is the many CALLED OUT ONES from sin to BE BEING SAVED. And the ONLY called out ones who will be saved or more precisely the only believers in Jesus who will RECEIVE the END of their salvation will be those of us who ENDURE unto the END, by CONTINUING and REMAINING in the ONE TRUE FAITH) ."
So then, in order to remain in the ONE TRUE FAITH we must warn others of false teaching, encourage one another, and teach others the errors of those who have erred from the one true faith. Please read 1 Timothy 4:1-16.
"Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from THE FAITH, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2. Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3. Forbidding to marry (the Catholic church has erred from the ONE TRUE FAITH by forbidding their priest to marry), and commanding to abstain from meats, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the TRUTH. (there is a movement in these last days back to the keeping of ALL the law of Moses called the Hebrew Roots Movement SEDUCING Christians to DEPART from THE FAITH that was delivered to the early church and to us who have believed the words of Jesus and his disciples. They have erred from the truth to wrongly teach that Christians must keep all the DIETARY laws under the OLD COVENANT not KNOWING the TRUTH of the NEW covenant that God has cleansed all)
4. For EVERY creature of God is good, and NOTHING to be refused, IF it be received with thanksgiving:
5. For it is sanctified by the WORD of God and prayer.
6. IF YOU put the brethren in REMEMBRANCE of these things, YOU shall be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of GOOD DOCTRINE, where unto you have attained.
7. But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself rather unto godliness.
8. For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
9. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
10. For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially(the LITERAL reads RATHER) of those that believe.
11. These things command and teach.
12. Let no man despise your youth; but be you an EXAMPLE of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
13. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
14. Neglect not the gift that is in you, which was given you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
15. Meditate upon these things; give yourself wholly to them; that YOUR profiting may appear to all. (Other will see YOUR FAITH, your peace, your joy, your victories, and desire what you have. It has been said that your are the only Bible some will ever read)
16. Take heed unto yourself, AND unto the doctrine (the ONE doctrine, the ONE teaching, the ONE TRUE FAITH); CONTINUE in them (speaking of taking heed unto yourself to live godly AND to remain in the ONE TRUE FAITH): for in doing this you shall both save yourself, and them that HEAR you."
It is not hard to show Christians the ERRORS of false teaching, who have been DECEIVED by false teaching, but the problem comes in getting them to HEAR the word of TRUTH. You see dear child of God, the one true faith will always increase us in GODLINESS. Please read Titus 1:1-3.
"Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to THE FAITH of God's elect, and the ACKNOWLEDGING of the TRUTH which is AFTER GODLINESS;
2. In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
3. But has in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Savior;"
Then we read in 1 Timothy to WITHDRAW from those who teach otherwise. Please read 1 Timothy 6:3-17.
"If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4. He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strife of words, whereof comes envy, strife, railings, evil surmising,(which means to infer WITHOUT conclusive evidence. conjecture, speculation, opinion)
5. Perverse disputing of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself.
6. But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11. But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, where unto you are also called, and have professed a good profession before many witnesses.
13. I give you CHARGE in the sight of God, WHO quickens all things (or who is the SOURCE of all LIFE), AND before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
14. That you keep THIS COMMANDMENT (or that you KEEP THIS TEACHING) without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
15. Which in his times (speaking of both the first and second comings of Jesus) he (speaking of Jesus, the SON OF the living God) shall SHOW, who is the blessed and ONLY Potentate (The word "POTENTATE" mean Sovereign over ALL or the MOST HIGH, or the ALMIGHTY. Jesus came to SHOW us the FATHER), the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
16. Who ONLY has immortality, dwelling in the light which NO man can approach unto; whom NO man has seen, NOR CAN SEE: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen."
So then, the FOUNDATION of the ONE TRUE FAITH is to believe that Jesus is the CHRIST, the SON OF Almighty God the Father, to believe that Jesus, the Son of MAN suffered and died on the cross for YOUR SINS and not for your sins only, but ALSO for the sins of the WHOLE world so that WHOSOEVER BELIEVES on the SON OF God will not perish but be given eternal life in the world to come. In other words, this is the CORE faith whereby we MUST be saved and all OTHER teachings are BUILT UPON this ONE FOUNDATION of TRUTH.
Therefore take HEED HOW you build upon this CORE FOUNDATION of TRUTH!
Now most every Christian who has been a believer in Jesus even only for a short time has come to realize that there are many many different teachings among Christians and it can become confusing at time what to believe and what not to believe. I know I have been there myself. There are some church denominations that dogmatically demand that if you are not a part of THEIR church denomination, then you are NOT saved, nor can you be saved until you join their church denomination or Christian organization.
Let me just tell you right now that ANY church denomination or organization that says that they ALONE are the ONE TRUE CHURCH and unless you are a part of THEIR organization or church denomination then you are not saved, then this a RED FLAG to you warning you that there is FALSE teaching in that church denomination or organization on some level. Please read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, which clearly teaches us that we should never judge another Christian and say that they are NOT a part of the BODY of Jesus Christ.
" For as the body is ONE, and has many members, and ALL the members of that ONE body, being many, are ONE BODY: so also is Christ. (In other words, 'For as the CHURCH is ONE, and has many members, and ALL the members of the ONE CHURCH, being many, are ONE CHURCH: so also is Christ.')
13. For by one Spirit are we ALL baptized into ONE BODY (which is the ONE TRUE CHURCH), whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14. For the body is not one member, but many.
15. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16. And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17. If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18. But now has God set the members every one of them in the body, as it has pleased him.
19. And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20. But now are they many members, yet but ONE BODY.
21. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of you: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. (Or one church denomination should never say to another church denomination you are not saved until you become a part of OUR church. And this other church denomination should never say to that church denomination you are a CULT and are NOT a true Christian church. But rather we should be apt the TEACH and instruct those who oppose themselves by their teaching false doctrine so that they can recover themselves out of the snare of the devil.)
22. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23. And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24. For our comely parts have no need: but God has tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked:
25. That there should be NO SCHISM in the body (or there should be NO DIVISION in the church); but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.
27. Now YOU are the BODY of Christ, and members in particular."
Let us go to 2 Timothy chapter 2 to see how the early church handled FALSE teachings cropping up within the ONE TRUE CHURCH. You see dear child of God, the early church had their share of FALSE teaching within the church as well. So Please read 2 Timothy 2:7-26 to learn how to deal with false teaching within the ONE BODY of believers in Jesus Christ.
"Consider what I say; and the Lord give you understanding in all things.
8. Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: (Paul keeps pointing us back to THE FAITH taught to us in the beginning, which is written down for us in the NEW Testament of the Holy Bible.)
9. Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the WORD of God is not bound. (Paul is not saying that he is an evil doer who is rightfully punished for ding evil, but rather Paul is saying that he suffers and has suffered being thrown in jail just LIKE a common criminal simply for speaking the TRUTH. Then he goes on to say they while some may PREVENT him from teaching the TRUTH the WORD of Almighty God is NOT nor cannot be restrained. In other words, the TRUTH will always prevail in the end, so let God's WORD speak for ITSELF dear child of God.)
10. Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sake, that they may also OBTAIN the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. (whenever you see the word "elect" or "elect's" it is speaking of BELIEVERS in Jesus Christ who have en called OUT of darkness into the light. In other words, no one actually becomes one of the elect UNTIL the answer the CALL of the gospel by receiving and BELIEVING the WORD of God. Then and only then do we become the CHOSEN of God. To say this another way only those who CHOOSE God's WAY of righteousness will become the CHOSEN of God. So Paul is saying that he suffers persecution FOR those who BELIEVE so that they may OBTAIN eternal life in he world to come. Then in the verses the follow he teaches us HOW to make sure we who believe will obtain eternal life in the world to come.)
11. It is a faithful saying: For if we be DEAD with him, we shall also LIVE with him: (Paul is speaking of dying to SELF, being dead to SIN or crucifying our FLESH daily)
12. If we SUFFER (with Jesus, meaning that Jesus suffered being TEMPTED to SIN so IF we also SUFFER temptation to NOT give into sin just like Jesus did NOT give into any temptation to SIN THEN), we shall ALSO REIGN with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: (BUT if we DENY Jesus and his teachings by living in INIQUITY or SIN, then he must DENY us just as if he has never known us.)
13. If we believe not (Or whether you believe the teachings of Jesus or not), yet he abides faithful: he cannot deny himself.(meaning that Jesus must judge us by his WORDS he has spoken to us. Jesus said the we have one that judges us the WORDS that he has spoken to us shall judge us.)
14. Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive NOT about words to NO profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.(This means that there are some teachings that do NOT profit or benefit us in GROWING in the Lord. In other words, Paul is teaching us here to NOT argue over points of doctrine that do NOT contribute to OBTAINING eternal life in the world to come. He is saying that these kind of teaching only serve to SUBVERT those who receive them, and they do NOT add godliness and righteous living
16. But shun profane and vain babbling (this means NOT to receive and believe any teaching that CONTRADICTS what the WHOLE word of God clearly and plainly teaches us in SIMPLICITY with absolutely NO interpretation needed): for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
17. And their word will eat as does a canker (their word is speaking of false teaching in general, but then Paul goes on to give us an example of those who have ERRED from the one true faith by wrongly teaching that the resurrection has already past): of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
18. Who concerning the truth have ERRED, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow THE FAITH of some.
19. Nevertheless the FOUNDATION of God stands SURE, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity. (Here Paul is CORRECTING the ERROR of this false teaching, which he does in more detail in other places, but please notice that he say NEVER THE LESS despite their false teaching the FOUNDATION o our faith stands sure. And then he points back to the core foundation of DEPARTING from iniquity or sin. In other words, Paul is saying let every BELIEVER in Jesus even those who have ERRED from the TRUTH must never depart from the FOUNDATION of the ONE TRUE FAITH. Keep in mind that Paul is NOT putting his sap of approval on those believers who are teaching ERROR, but rather for us NOT to
21. If a man therefore purge himself from THESE (meaning those Christians who teach ERROR), he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master's USE, and prepared unto every good work.
22. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender STRIFE. (avoid getting into heat debates. YOU know that you are a true born again Christian so avoid those who try and tell you that you are NOT save UNLESS you join THEIR church, because they do not know what they are talking about. They are ignorant of God's WORD of TRUTH so do NOT argue with them. But RATHER)
24. And the servant of the Lord MUST NOT STRIVE; but be GENTLE unto all men, APT to TEACH, patient,
25. In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26. And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will."
Jesus said IF you CONTINUE in his WORD you shall know the TRUTH and the truth will make you free. The gates of hell shall NOT prevail against the REVEALED knowledge of the TRUTH. And ONLY God can open the EYES of your understanding so YOU have to STUDY God's WORD for YOURSELF. I and others can teach only what God has REVEALED to us. In other words, if it is NOT REVEALED truth, then it is merely teachings of MEN or man made doctrines that have NO PROFIT toward godliness.
So then, the FOCUS of church doctrine that is BUILT upon the one true FOUNDATION of or one true FAITH should be on obtaining the END of our salvation, which is our REWARD or our INHERITANCE of ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. In other word's any church doctrine the does NOT PROFIT toward this goal of obtaining eternal life in the world to come is merely a MAN MADE doctrine that is NOT found being taught to us by the early church in the NEW Testament.
And in truth I have to say that it is these very UNPROFITABLE church doctrines which have become to most CONTROVERSIAL of all false teachings. I will explain what I mean by this in a moment, but first let us lay the FOUNDATION once again, which is the ONE TRUE FAITH of ALL believers no matter which church denomination they call THEIR church.
So then, first of all ANY church denomination that NAMES the name of our Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior is a PART of the BODY of Jesus Christ.
Secondly I personally do not know of one single church denomination that does not teach SOME ERROR in one or more of their church doctrines. So simply having a church doctrine that CONTRADICTS what the Bible ITSELF teaches does not automatically disqualify all those who are a part of that church denomination as being saved. They may bring DISHONOR to the rest of the body of Jesus Christ, but that does not mean that they are NOT SAVED. Now depending on the ERROR of what they are teaching, then that particular false teaching may lead Christians AWAY from God rather than TOWARD God.
So again this is WHY we all must take HEED HOW we build upon the ONE TRUE FOUNDATION of our ONE TRUE FAITH!
In other words, never dogmatically demand that one must without fail believe ANY OTHER teaching in order to be SAVED.
This brings us to the next section of this study in God's word, which is to show you the reader and seeker of the TRUTH the ERRORS of man made church doctrines, which CONTRADICT what the Bible ITSELF teaches us in SIMPLICITY.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE ITSELF TEACH US?
What I mean by this is that there are TWO MAIN stream church denominations that dogmatically demand that they alone have the TRUTH and unless you believe THEIR teachings you are NOT saved, but yet BOTH of these main stream church denominations teach that Jesus is the SON OF God who died for their sins and that God raised his Son Jesus from the dead just as the word of TRUTH clearly teaches us. To say this another way BOTH of these main stream church denomination teach the SAME CORE FOUNDATION of the ONE TRUE FAITH, but yet in other teachings they not only OPPOSE each other, they also CONTRADICT what the Bible ITSELF teaches us in SIMPLICITY.
Now the two main stream church denominations that I am speaking of are the ONENESS believers and the TRINITARIAN believers. And most every other church denomination teaches either one or the other of these two main stream church denomination's teachings.
The ONENESS believers teach that God is ONE. So when they see verses in the Bible that say the Jesus is GOD, they SURMISE or infer without sufficient evidence that Jesus must without fail be one and the selfsame divine eternal being as Almighty God the FATHER HIMSELF. The Oneness believers teach that Jesus is a manifestation of the Father, or the Almighty God the Father manifest himself to be the Son. And this is HOW they try to explain the apparent CONTRADICTION in God word of the Father being God and Jesus being God to the Old Testament verses that SEEM to teach that there is just ONE God.
Now the TRINITARIAN believers teach that there is just ONE God as well. So when they see verses in the Bible that say that Jesus is GOD, the SURMISE. or infer without sufficient evidence that there are THREE SEPARATE divine eternal being in the ONE God. And this is HOW they try and reconcile the apparent contradiction of Almighty God the Father being God and his SON Jesus being God to the Old Testament verses that SEEM to say that there is but ONE God.
And then Bible scholars lead us who are seeking the TRUTH of the whole word of God that these TWO main stream church teachings are the ONLY CHOICES from which we have to pick. So obviously most every church even the NON denominational church teach one or there other of the TWO main stream church doctrines, BOTH of which CONTRADICT what the Bible ITSELF teaches us. There is a third main stream teaching taught by BOTH of these main stream church denomination, which is the doctrine of the deity of Jesus. The doctrine of the deity of Jesus states that Jesus is God, but not just God like the Bible ITSELF teaches us, but rather BOTH main stream church denominations teach that Jesus is fully THE ONE TRUE and ONLY ALMIGHTY God HIMSELF while being fully a human being at the SAME time having TWO natures one DIVINE and one human. And they ALWAYS FOCUS on the DIVINE nature of Jesus as to the HOW Jesus did the works men saw him do.
Now I will say that there is a LITTLE truth in each of the three man made church doctrines and I do mean a LITTLE truth, but the rest of what these three main stream church doctrines teach DIRECTLY CONTRADICT what the Bible itself teaches us.
And it is the UNWILLINGNESS of Christians both learned and unlearned to HEAR all the evidence of the WHOLE matter before they conclude what they believe. Many will say things like, well that is not what MY church teaches so it cannot possibly be the truth. So they just merely parrot what THEIR particular denomination teaches never searching the word of TRUTH to see if what they are being taught is the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God.
Yes they may look up the verses used by their particular denomination to support what they teach THINKING that that is STUDYING The word of God to show themselves approved unto God and a workman that needs no to be ashamed or NON reprehensible in what the believe and teach. You see dear child of God in order to become NON reprehensible in what we as Christians SHOULD be teaching, then what we teach MUST NOT have any CONTRADICTIONS to what the clear, plain, and simple word of God teaches us in SIMPLICITY with absolutely NO interpretation needed to understand what the CLEAR word of TRUTH is teaching us.
For example are we taught ANYWHERE in the CLEAR, PLAIN, and SIMPLE word of God that we MUST without fail believe that Jesus is THE ONE TRUE and ONLY ALMIGHTY God HIMSELF being fully God and fully a man at the same time having two natures on divine and one human?
NO we are NOT!
But we are taught in SIMPLICITY where every one can understand without any one INTERPRETING the word of God FOR us that Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God the FATHER. Please read John 3:14-18.
"And AS Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, EVEN SO must the Son of MAN be lifted up: (meaning that Moses lifting up the serpent on the pole to heal whoever looked upon it was a type or shadow prophesying that the Son of MAN must be crucified on the cross for the redemption of those who look to Jesus for
16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER (or any person on earth who) BELIEVES in him should NOT perish, but have everlasting life.
17. FOR (or because) God sent NOT his Son into the world to CONDEMN the world; but (rather God sent his Son into the world to suffer and die on the cross for the sins of the whole world) THAT (or so that) the world THROUGH HIM might be SAVED.
18. He that BELIEVES on him is NOT condemned: BUT he that believes NOT (on Jesus as the SON OF God) is condemned already,(WHY? Why are those who do NOT believe on Jesus condemned already so that they REMAIN in their sins and are NOT forgiven of their sins?) BECAUSE he has NOT believed in the NAME of the only begotten SON OF God."
Please notice that the word of TRUTH clearly and plain says the SON OF God and NOT that we must without fail believe that Jesus IS Almighty God HIMSELF in order to be saved. Please read 1 John 5:1-15.
" WHOSOEVER BELIEVES that Jesus is THE CHRIST is born of God: and every one that loves him that begat loves him also that is begotten of him.
2. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
4. For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.
5. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the SON OF God?
6. This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
9. If we receive the witness of MEN, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he has testified of his SON.
10. He that believes on the SON OF God has the witness in himself: he that believes NOT God made him LIAR; because he believes NOT the RECORD (the NEW Testament RECORD recorded and written down by the EYEWITNESSES of Jesus suffering and dying of the cross and God raising his SON from the dead. And clearly the New Testament RECORD plainly states) that God gave of his SON. (and NOT that Almighty God the FATHER gave HIMSELF, but rather God gave his SON to suffer and die on the cross for the sins of the whole world so the whosoever believes on the SON OF God shall be forgiven of their sins.)
11. And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his SON.
12. He that has the SON has LIFE; and he that has NOT the SON OF God has NOT LIFE.
13. These things have I written unto you that believe on the NAME of the SON OF God; (please notice that John is writing to Christians who ALREADY do indeed BELIEVE on the NAME of the SON OF God. WHY?) THAT (or s that) you may KNOW that you have eternal life, AND that you may BELIEVE on the NAME of the SON OF God. (in other words, John is teaching us that we MUST CONTINUE to BELIEVE unto the end in order to obtain or receive the PROMISE abiding in us now of eternal life in the world to come.)
14. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us:
15. And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."
Then we read in 2 John 1:2-11 that when we believe correctly that Jesus is the CHRIST the anointed one of or by Almighty God the Father, then we have BOTH the Father AND his SON Jesus.
"For the TRUTH'S SAKE, which dwells in us, and shall be with us for ever.
3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, AND from the Lord Jesus Christ, the SON OF the Father, in truth and love.
4. I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
5. And now I beseech you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto you, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
6. And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.
7. For many DECEIVERS are entered into the world, who confess NOT that Jesus Christ (Or Jesus ANOINTED) is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (Or those who wrongly teach that the ANOINTING did NOT come and dwell in the FLESH of Jesus is ANTI ANOINTING or against the word of TRUTH that teaches us that Jesus was ANOINTED by his God and Father who came and DWELT IN his SON Jesus to empower his SON to do all his God and Father's will even to suffer and die on the cross for the sins of the whole world.)
8. Look to yourselves, that we lose NOT those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a FULL REWARD. (you see dear child of God if so be that YOU are teaching false doctrine and that false doctrine leads a person away fro God then you lose your reward for leading that person TO the Lord but then leading that person away from God by your false teaching. This is why John is warning us to look to ourselves to make SURE we are indeed teaching that Jesus is the CHRIST the ANOINTED one of his God and Father.)
9. Whosoever transgresses (this commandment or this teaching), and abides NOT in the doctrine of CHRIST (or who does not KEEP or REMAIN in the ONE TRUE FAITH of the ANOINTING come to DWELL IN the flesh of Jesus), has NOT God. He that abides in the doctrine of CHRIST, he has BOTH the Father AND the SON.
10. If there come any unto you, and bring NOT this doctrine, receive him NOT into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11. For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."
In other words, we as Christians are being taught by the Bible ITSELF that Jesus is THE CHRIST, the ANOINTED one by or of Almighty God the Father. And it is THIS doctrine of CHRIST meaning that ANOINTING coming to dwell IN the FLESH that we as Christians are to believe and teach and if ANY one tries to teach you differently, then they are ANTICHRIST or against the ANOINTING coming to dwell in Jesus.
Now what does the Bible itself teach us? If we DENY HIM then he will DENY us. And whether we believe or do NOT believe the words of Jesus he must remain faithful to his words because Jesus cannot deny himself and what he has taught us as being the TRUTH. Please read John 5:14-30.
" Afterward Jesus finds him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, you are made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
15. The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.
16. And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
17. But Jesus answered them, My Father works hitherto, and I work.
18. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
19. Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily (Or TRULY TRULY), I say unto you, The SON CAN DO NOTHING OF HIMSELF, but what he sees the Father do: for what things soever he does, these also do the Son likewise. (In other words, Jesus is DEFENDING himself saying I am NOT making myself equal with my God and Father as you have wrongly accused me of doing by simple saying that God is my Father. But truly truly The SON of God can do NOTHING in and of himself, and all that you see me do is being done BY my God
21. For as the Father raises up the dead, and quickens them; EVEN SO the SON quickens whom he will.
22. FOR (or BECAUSE) the Father judges NO man, but has COMMITTED ALL judgment unto the SON:
23. That all men should honor the Son, EVEN AS they honor the Father. He that honors NOT the SON honors NOT Father which has sent him.
24. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
25. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the SON OF God: and they that hear shall live.
26. FOR (or BECAUSE) AS the Father HAS LIFE IN HIMSELF (being the ONLY invisible eternal Spirit who ALONE has always has IMMORTALITY just like 1 Timothy 6:14-16 clearly teaches us); so has he GIVEN to the SON to (now) HAVE life in himself;
27. AND has GIVEN him authority to execute judgment ALSO (WHY? Why did Almighty God the Father GIVE his SON Jesus authority to execute JUDGMENT?), BECAUSE he is the Son of MAN. (NOT because Jesus is Almighty God HIMSELF, and NOT because Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God, but rather it is BECAUSE Jesus was FULLY and completely the Son of MAN a HUMAN being who was tempted in all points the same as every other human being YET he did NOT SIN. WHY? or HOW did Jesus being a HUMAN BEING overcome SIN? Hebrews 9:14 teaches us that Jesus over came sin THROUGH the ETERNAL SPIRIT who DWELT IN him. And we just learned in verse that in was the FATHER IN Jesus who did the WORKS men saw Jesus doing.)
28. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
30. I can of MINE OWN SELF DO NOTHING: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."
Here in John chapter 5 we have learned that Almighty God the Father judges NO man, but has COMMITTED ALL judgment to his SON Jesus. Then Jesus tells us in John chapter 12 that he judges NO man, but rather they shall be judged by his WORDS or his TEACHINGS. Please read John 12:43-50 where some Jews who did indeed believe on the words of Jesus, but they did NOT confess what they believed, because they feared being kicked out of the synagogue. There are many Christians in the church today who KNOW the TRUTH, but they are afraid to let anyone else know the truth for fear that they will be kicked out of the church. Now your church DENOMINATION may kick you out of THEIR DENOMINATION but NO MAN can kick any one out of the ONE TRUE CHURCH the BODY of Jesus Christ. So be bold to defend the TRUTH not fearing MAN.
"Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
43. For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
44. Jesus cried and said, He that believes on me, believes not on me, but on him that sent me.
45. And he that sees me sees him that sent me.
46. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believes on me should not abide in darkness.
47. And if any man HEAR my WORDS, and believe NOT, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
48. He that rejects me, and receives NOT my WORDS, has one that judges him: the WORD that I have spoken, the SAME shall judge him in the last day.
49. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
50. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak."
So then, every person on earth in the entire world who REJECTS Jesus or Yashua as being the CHRIST, the SON OF Almighty God the Father rejects Almighty God HIMSELF, because it is Almighty God HIMSELF who sent his SON and
So I implore you to BELIEVE the WORDS of Jesus written in the NEW Testament for you ETERNAL LIFE is in the hands of the WORDS of Jesus, the SON OF the living God. For a deeper understanding of WHY neither the doctrine of Oneness NOR the doctrine of the trinity are SOUND BIBLICAL teachings please read all the related studies on this subject listed in the study "WHO IS JESUS?"
Thanks for reading. May God bless you richly as you continue to seek the truth of the whole word of God.
Your brother in our Lord Jesus THE CHRIST,
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