You probably think that the title for this article is absolutely silly because you believe you have Yeshua' bible already. Well you don't! You are not reading the same scriptures in your churches that were read in the churches and synagogues of the first century. I always thought that Christianity used the same Bible as Yeshua until I began to study for myself. I had a rude awakening. It is time for you to awake also!
Answer for yourself: Which Bible should be used as the ultimate authority for modern Christianity...the Jewish, the Catholic, or the Protestant?
I believe that the Religious Belief System of every Christian should be as close as possible to the Religious Belief System of Yeshua.
Answer for yourself: Can you agree with that statement?
Answer for yourself: Wouldn't it be absolutely insane for a Christian to have a Religious Belief System that was not only in opposition to, but also an insult to everything that Yeshua believed and taught?
I ask you as a Christian to face reality as it is laid open to you and make whatever changes are necessary. God would have you do so. Let's us examine the issues together.
The first step in assuring ourselves that we have the same Religious Belief System of Yeshua is to agree as to the same Bible Yeshua used for the authority for his beliefs. The Bible of the Jew in the first century A.D. consisted of 12-20 scrolls of varying lengths. None of the scrolls contained the writings which are now called the Catholic New Testament. Most of the writings found in the Catholic New Testament would not be written, depending on whom you believe, for another twenty to sixty years to well over one hundred years and then constantly altered and changed and added to after that. For example Galatians chapter 3 was not "in" Paul's Galatians until after 180 A.D. and this is fact!
Answer for yourself: Why did the writers of the Gospels, for instance, decide to wait over 40 to 100 years to record the words of Yeshua?
Answer for yourself: Even more important, why were Yeshua' words not considered on the same level as "scripture-Old Testament" at that time?
Answer for yourself: If they had been then why were they not recorded immediately by his hearers?
It might surprise you but it would be almost another fifteen years or so before Paul would write his first epistle. That means he began to write about 50-55 A.D. which is around twenty-five years after the death of Yeshua and then Paul only mentions "two" teachings of Jesus and both references are just one sentence.
Answer for yourself: What did the new fledgling Messianic Community use for their Bibles during this time period?
Answer for yourself: What Bible did the Apostles carry with them, as well as others, as they went into all the world to preach the Gospel?
The Early Christian Church had no New Testament. After Paul's epistles were in circulation for about ten to twenty years the authors of Luke and Mark decided to write their Gospels. This would be around 70 C.E., the time that the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans. Again, this might surprise you, but it would be another 70 years before anyone would decide that a collection of writings from the Messianic Community should be gathered together as a rival authority for the Old Testament. Marcion, the heretic, would combine (most probably) the Gospel of Luke with some of Paul's writings which would become the replacement for Yeshua' Bible.
We now have a new canon and authority that would eventually replace the authority of Yeshua' Bible for the Messianic Community.
It is a documented fact that a religion cannot exist without a revelation. The Bible is a book that contains "revelations" which are authoritative for a religious community. There are many religious communities, thus there are many Bibles. It is through these revelations that a religious community develops its understanding of God and God's requirements for man.
Man is limited in his knowledge of God, and it is by the vehicle of revelation that man received knowledge of God that is outside of his natural ability to know or discern. The major obstacle confronting man in his search for God is that the reality of God is beyond discernment through man's senses. Man's knowledge is limited to the information that he receives from his sensory organs: hear, taste, touch, feel, see. But when we talk of the supernatural realm and not the natural realm, then everything changes. Man does not have the capability to penetrate into God's dimension at will. What we know of God is because God desired to reveal it to man. We must wait for God to break into our dimension and show Himself first. Since it is God, and not man, who determines when and where and how contact is to be made with His creation, then our knowledge about God is limited to the information that God chooses to reveal about Himself. After God makes contact with the natural realm and imparts His message, the resultant message is called a "revelation." The accumulation of "revelations" over time becomes the cornerstone of what a community or group of people come to understand about God. Such a group of revelations is called the community's "canon" or "Bible". It is my personal opinion that today we receive no new revelations from God; only illumination from the Holy Spirit concerning past revelations.
It is easy to see that the canon or Bible of such a community becomes the most important document they possess and is cherished as the ultimate authority for the communities' religious beliefs. Given enough time teachings & interpretations concerning the "received revelations" will accumulate around one's canon. It is from these interpretations and teachings that the community will gradually build and produce its "Religious Belief System." This simple process is best explained as follows:
This newly formed Religious Belief System (as seen in our canons and Bibles) quickly becomes the standard which will be used exclusively to test and evaluate all other religious beliefs. If statements agree with the "Standard" they are considered correct and true. If they conflict or disagree with the "Standard" they are considered incorrect and false. There is only one major problem:
Answer for yourself: Who determines the "Standard?"
Unfortunately since the death and resurrection of Yeshua the Catholic Church has for the most part determined the "Standard" to be used in evaluating revelation, both past and present. Little consideration is given to Yeshua and his teachings as the "Standard". Few seem to realize that he is the "Standard" and his Religious Belief System (his teachings and interpretations which happen to be Jewish) make for the correct canon and Bible, both yesterday and today!
You can easily see that such a "Standard" becomes a potential source of enormous power for those who control it (organized religions). Such "Standards" have been used by priests, preachers, ministers, translators, evangelists, rabbis, etc., to control and manipulate people to do their (the organization's) bidding and not God's.
Often such "Standards" are challenged in one or more of the following methods:
History will give the details concerning how the above four methods of challenging & eventually replacing the canon (the previous authoritative Religious Belief System of the Jewish Church). It would be this Jewish Messianic Belief System which served as the foundation for the new move of God at Pentecost as God began to bring all men together in one body through His Messiah. This Jewish Religious Belief System for both Jew & Gentile would, in the span of three hundred years, be completely replaced with a totally Gentile, Hellenized (Greek influenced) replacement faith which would serve as the new Religious Belief System which would serve as the replacement foundation for the Church of Yeshua even up until today.
As we look at Yeshua's canon (Bible), we must examine its foundation first through the study of history, culture, & language. Jesus did not intend to create a new religion. Yet we have one. In fact, we have thousands of different sects all claiming "authority" by his name. Let us examine undeniable facts that will go a long way in proving this point:
Today we have three canons or Bibles that are in existence: Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant. Each Bible consists of a group of books, which have been selected as authoritative by "the powers that be". The books that are found in Bibles, whether Jewish, Catholic, or Protestant), all fall into 3 basic categories:
From this you can quickly see that there are three levels of authority to be recognized today: Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant.
Answer for yourself: Which does God stand behind?
Answer for yourself: Does He condone all three?
Answer for yourself: If so, how do we account for the differences, conflicts, and contradictions?
Answer for yourself: Is God schizophrenic?
Answer for yourself: If God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow; then why can't He make up His mind?
The Jewish canon has existed for over 1900 years. This is the Bible Jesus used! It is called the "Tanakh" and consists of three major groups which consist of 39 books.
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.
Joshua, Judges, I & II Samuel, I & II Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zachariah, and Malachi.
Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ruth, Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, Esther, Daniel, Nehemiah, and I & II Chronicles.
It is important to note that the Jewish Religious Belief System gives different levels of authority to each of these three divisions. The Torah is the most authoritative, followed by the Nevi'im (Prophets) which are followed by the Ketuvim (Writings). Whenever there are two possible courses of action for a particular situation and one is found in the Torah and the other in one of the lesser two divisions, the one in the Torah is considered as the most authoritative. The Torah is the focus of the Tanakh.
Marcion is the first person known to us who published a fixed collection of what we would call New Testament books. Others may have done so before him; if so, we have no knowledge of them. He rejected the Old Testament totally, as having no relevance or authority for Christians; his collection was therefore designed to be the "first Bible". I wonder what Yeshua thought of Marcion's endeavors since Marcion threw out the Bible Yeshua (Jesus) used. It is amazing that before Marcion we find no evidence of the "church" using or even having a need for any writings other than the Jewish Bible of Jesus. Think about that for a minute. The Messianic community did not have a need for a new canon for over 110 years.
Answer for yourself: How did they manage?
To counteract the authority of Marcion and his canon the proto-Catholic Church (in its infancy) responded with a canon of their own to validate their own Religious Belief System and refute Marcion's Religious Belief System.
The Catholic Canon consisted of two major divisions which contain 75 books instead of the original 39 of Yeshua's Bible. Notice very carefully that those who were in charge of creating the Catholic canon chose to alter the Bible of Jesus:
Ask yourself these questions:
Answer for yourself: Who gave them (the Roman Catholic Church) the right to decide what books should be added to Jesus' Bible?
Answer for yourself: Did they benefit from making such changes to Yeshua's Bible?
Answer for yourself: Who decided which books were to be added or deleted?
Answer for yourself: Was their Religious Belief System the same as Yeshua's?
Answer for yourself: Why was there a need for new books anyway?
After all, the Great Commission was fulfilled and the whole world heard the "Word" when using only Yeshua's Bible (The Old Testament).
Answer for yourself: Could Yeshua's disciples adequately preach "salvation" to the world using Yeshua's Bible? Well, they did!
Answer for yourself: Why was it necessary to rename Yeshua's Bible the "Old" Bible? Why call the additional books the "New" Bible?
Answer for yourself: What was the rationale behind forming a new canon?
Answer for yourself: Ask yourself why there was a need for Marcion or the Roman Catholic Church to create a new canon?
Remember a canon gives a group authority for their revelations & sanctions whatever they wish to do. How else could you "replace" something with something else unless you had the authority to do so?
Answer for yourself: And what gave them the authority?
You guessed it, a new revelation.
It would be this "new revelation", based upon the old revelation, that would be added to, deleted, changed, & reinterpreted into the replacement canon of the Catholic Church which would give them power and authority to replace the religion of Jesus with the religion of Jeroboam (which God hates). It is this religion of Jerobaom which has come down to us today as a mixture of Gentile Paganism and Judaism. Literally it is contemporary "calf-worship" and we worship what we know not most often (John 4).
Jesus most assuredly taught that the Jewish Bible was his Bible and that the words of that Bible should not be changed (Matt. 5:17). Read it for yourself! From the time of Yeshua's crucifixion, around 33 C.E. (A.D.), through the lifetime of the last Apostle (John in 96 C.E.), Yeshua's followers and disciples continued to use the Jewish Bible as their canon. This continued for another 44 years until approximately 140 C.E. when Marcion set about to set in motion the stirrings for replacing the religion of Jesus with the religion of Gentiles. Marcion desired to complete the work of Paul of divorcing the emerging Gentile Church (proto-Roman Catholic Church) from Judaism the religion of Jesus). Think for a moment, it was the Roman Catholic Church that should be built upon the teachings of Jesus the Jew, not replacing Yeshua's foundations of Judaism with Gentile paganism. Marcion's attempt to replace Yeshua's religion was the first known attempt of the proto-Roman Catholic Church as a fully Gentile institution to create a canon to replace the Jewish Bible & the Jewish Church. This new canon, as stated above, eliminated all of Yeshua's Bible. Marcion's canon included only Paul's epistles and selected portions of what is today called Luke's Gospel. Marcion was in the middle of a grown anti-Jewish movement which was sweeping through the Roman Empire in the second century.
Although the Roman Catholic Church rejected Marcion's canon, they quickly adopted the idea; they decided to draft their own canon (Bible) to help support and give authority to their further separation as a Gentile organization from their Jewish Roots and the religion of Jesus. If they were to stand apart as a replacement faith & avoid the persecutions coming upon the Jews by Rome, then they had to show they had the authority to do so, and what could be better authority for such a "revelation" but a new canon. Around 180 C.E., forty years after Marcion and 150 years after Jesus we see the emergence of a new canon for the Roman Catholic Church.
Thus began an ongoing struggle that would last over 1000 years over which books should be included in the new Catholic Canon. There were at least 19 additional writings that the Roman Catholic leadership refused to include. Thomas was one of the original 12 Apostles whose Gospel of Thomas was accepted by some and was rejected by others. A book entitled Third Corinthians appeared in an early Armenian canon. See my previous hand-out for a comparison of books and their acceptance and rejection throughout the years. By the year 200 C.E. numerous new canons were in use. Some were fairly well defined, while others were much more informal. What we find upon examination is that each canon which was accepted in different regions reflected local beliefs and traditions unique to that region. Different canons reflected different beliefs in other areas. Thus we find great diversity.
Answer for yourself: What does this have to say for inspiration in the gathering of a universal canon believed as given by God in the New Testament? Inspiration in gathering the canon of the New Testament was non-existent!
The many variations in canons produced very erratic religious practices and inconsistencies. The Roman Catholic leaders felt they had better quickly take action concerning such diversity. They quickly went to work to decide & identify which writings were sacred or inspired. This confusion and chaos continued in Christianity for over 300 years. Finally, the official canon of the Roman Catholic Church was agreed upon in 380 C.E., over 240 years after Marcion and 350 years after Jesus. Stop & think about this for a moment. It was 350 years after the death of Jesus before the need arose for a new revelation to replace the revelation given to men by God at Sinai! Wow! Even after the Catholic canon was officially closed, new writings continued to appear. The last two books to be admitted to the Catholic canon were Hebrews and Revelation. The debate over inclusion of Revelation lasted over 600 years. The newly created Catholic canon provided the authority for the Catholic Church to propagate their anti-Jesus & anti-Jewish doctrines and dogmas. The power of the Roman government gave the Roman Church the power to deal with those who opposed them. At last the embarrassment could stop; there was a single Catholic canon and it would remain the sole authority for the next 700 years. Important questions should be asked:
Answer for yourself: Why didn't God protect the canonization of His Word in the New Testament?
Answer for yourself: Where was the inspiration in selecting books, deleting books, and re-including books hundreds of years later?
Answer for yourself: Why the conflicts?
Answer for yourself: Doesn't God know what He wants to do?
Answer for yourself: What about the people who lived and died during these times?
Answer for yourself: Are they "saved" even though they did not have a New Testament?
Answer for yourself: Were believers deprived of the Word of God by organized religion, or worse, given the word of men instead and lead astray in their worship of God as they followed a canon given to them by Roman Catholic Theology which believed in purgatory, infant baptism for salvation, the mediatorship of the Virgin Mary, Papal infallibility, prayers to the dead, etc.?
Answer for yourself: What happened to the religion God gave us through Jesus?
Answer for yourself: How close to the "faith once given to the saints" is your religious beliefs?
Answer for yourself: Whose Religious Belief System do we have today in our churches? A Jewish or Gentile?
The anti-Jewish Roman Catholic Church had achieved its goal; it established itself as "The Absolute Authority" over a Jewish movement whose origins, canon, and beliefs were Hebraic. Idolatrous Gentiles now interpreted for all men a "Jewish Religious Belief System". The long awaited and prophesied Jewish Messianic Movement had now become A Gentile replacement faith based on a mixture of truth and lies (see John 4 for a mixture religion and notice the response toward it by Jesus). The Jewish Messianic Movement of Jesus was totally recreated into a new Catholic Religious Belief System that was, and still is, in direct opposition to the original Jewish Belief System of Jesus. Just because you are a Protestant or non-denominational believer you have no right to feel comfortable & insulated from such a tragedy, because you are nothing more than a quasi-Catholic yourself. You have adopted the Roman Catholic replacement Bible as well as their modified Religious Belief System which is a false religious system of the age. How did we get here? There is nothing new under the sun. Let's reiterate:
Upon a little understanding of what I have shared with you in this, as well as past articles, a blind man could see the tragic results of such gross errors in judgment and practice of the faith once given to the saints. Just look realistically at modern Christianity today (Catholic or Protestant). Just look at the conditions of most Christian communities in the world or America. It should not take you long to notice that something is desperately wrong with the fruit of such religious folly.
The United States of America is known as the Christian center of the world. In the United States of America there are more Christians, more churches, more priests & preachers, and more money spent promoting Christianity, than any other place in the world. We like Jesus, should expect to find good fruit when we examine our "olive tree". What do we find? The USA is known not for its righteousness, but rather for its huge consumption of illegal and legal mood altering drugs, alcoholism, suicides, greed, fraud, immorality, exploding divorce rates, terrific numbers of fatherless children, governmental and political corruption, child abuse, homosexuality, incest, murder, theft, rape, etc.
Answer for yourself: Why does America today look like Sodom yet there is a church on every corner and the message of the Gentile Church fills the airways of our televisions?
I thought that God overlooks His Word to fulfill it doesnt He? There sure is a lot of His Word being broadcast (or is it really His Word?).
Answer for yourself: Maybe instead of it being God's Word as found in the Bible Jesus used, can you see that it is instead a collection of words that took 1000 years to be established by the Roman Catholic Church which was intended to function as a "replacement word" & "another Gospel" to nullify the Bible Jesus used?
Answer for yourself: Could this possibly be a contributing factor to the mess we finds ourselves in today?
I strongly feel that our current state of affairs is directly linked to the canon used as the "Standard" for our lives today.
Let's get real for a moment. You can tell if the "Standard" you have been given by the Gentile Church is working or not by taking a look at your relationship with your spouse, your children; the quality of life in your family, the quality of life that other believers have with whom you fellowship, and the quality of life in your community.
Answer for yourself: If Christianity returned to the canon of Jesus, would the faith and teachings of Jesus in his canon affect the moral and ethical conditions of America and of the world more than a man-made canon of the Roman Catholic Church?
Answer for yourself: Or do we continue to hear messages of grace instead of obedience to Law, getting more faith in order to get more from God, give to get, or God wants you rich sermons? Where is the beef? It has been, and always will be in the Bible Jesus used.
Answer for yourself: Do We Throw Out Our New Testaments? Absolutely not!
Contained within the pages of our New Testaments are living words given to us by God. However, along with much "life" is "death" from man's additions, deletions, changes, and hidden agendas intended to remove us not only from the Bible Jesus used but his religion as well. Every Gentile who came to Christ in the first centuries were called God-Fearers and accepted the yoke of the Torah, was immersed into Yeshua, and obeyed the Law of Noah as given by the Apostle James (who headed up the Messianic Movement of Jesus) in Jerusalem. I believe that divorcing the church from its Jewish heritage has caused a great many of the problems facing us today. I believe that if every Christian would return to the original teachings and Religious Belief System of Jesus that many of our problems, both individually and corporately, would be corrected. We need to return to our Jewish Roots of the Christian faith and discern those parts of our New Testaments which are placed there with the intent of removing us from the faith (Sinai Religion) of Jesus. We need our New Testaments to accomplish this monumental task. But, we must constantly remember that the words in our New Testament were copied, transmitted, edited, translated, and defined by people who had very specific agendas and beliefs; namely to replace the Hebraic Messianic version of Christianity with a purely separated Gentile mixed paganism. Let us never forget that the Roman Catholic model for Protestantism today is a creation of Romans and Gentiles and not of a Jew named Jesus! Let us never forget that our churches of today, unless following a return to the true religion of Jesus, are far off the track. Please consider joining God and people like those of Bet Emet who have dedicated their lives to rediscovering the Jewish Jesus so that we can look at his words and the words of the Bible through Jewish eyes and truly then have "the mind of Christ". If you haven't thought about it, to have the "mind of Christ" is to have the same mind, will, emotions, attitudes, concepts, conduct, and beliefs of the Jewish man named Jesus. It is a Jewish mindset, not a Greek pagan mindset.
It is not too late if we seriously confront the issues addressed by Bet Emet and others and repent when shown and proven of our errors and mistakes.
As stated above, we provide a "study plan" for the student and give detailed instructions as how to study these websites "in proper order" to facilitate one's study. Please inquire for the CD for such thorough study will take you some time if you ever hope of cracking the "Jesus Puzzle" and coming to the answer of the question: "Who do men say I am?" Hidden in this study is the manner by which you, a Christian, can come to the point in your life where the true power and demonstration of God in your life can be found and experienced, where you can "say" to the mountains in your life "be gone" and they really flee. Just ask my wife who raised the Christ to life in her life, in a few short months, in time to reverse a disease process going on in her body and is alive today when medical science said otherwise. A mistaken literal and historical understanding of the sacred Scriptures "killeth," but a "mystical" and "metaphysical" understanding of the true indwelling Christ in you, as the real St. Paul teaches, raises you from the dead in this Earthly life and gives you the demonstration of the Power of God in your life. No tricks here, but just truth, truth kept from us by a less than truthful group of men that changed the original understanding of the Ancient Wisdom to keep humanity ignorant and in fear, thus selfishly controlling them when they no longer had enough swords to do so. Don't let this ignorance of the truth continue in your life. It is time to experience the resurrection of Christ from the dead in you NOW!