I am not the first to say this and i suspect not the last…:( Sadly and reprehensibly, as evidenced by their lack of sweet-ripe (but rotting-sour) fruit, Christendom… has NOT courageously upheld the “Truth” of God’s Word found in the Holy/Sacred Scriptures/the Bible, but instead have cowardly propagated and promulgated the popular ideologies, fallible philosophies of the day/the century and outright (i mean out “WRONG”) LIES…e.g., Immortality of the Soul (plat-o-didn’t-know, a-mortal-soul), Purgatory, Trinity, Hellfire, etc., etc., etc.!!
A Super-Brilliant-Book and A Super-Brilliant-Mind (aka Creator, Designer, Author, Artist, Almighty-True-God-of-Agape-Love-Compassion-Yahweh) needs to be defended from the bogus-blockbuster-blood-stained-breakable-glass-false-religious-movies and boring-reruns played and replayed for centuries… I’ve found, in my personal experience, and years of Bible study/research of “Pure-Primitive-Christianity”…a regular and varied approach is crucial to clearer, progressive understanding/acquisition of accuracy (i.e. cover to cover, book by book, verse by verse, chapter by chapter, Old Testament v. New Testament, Mosaic Law v. Law of the Christ, covenant by covenant, sacrifice by sacrifice, translation(s) comparison(s), Science v. Bible, Archaeology v. Bible, Analyses of topic by topic/subject by subject, prophecy by prophecy, minor and major prophets, Revelation alone (and symbols)–WHEW!, Psalms and Proverbs, Individual prominent characters of the Bible: Male/Female/young/old, Individual inconspicuous characters: male/female/young, old, Modern-day relevancy v. cultural contextual comparisons, what Secular and Biblical scholars/supporters have said about the canonicity/authenticity v. critics and higher criticism, the gospels, the apostles, Jesus life and ministry, as well as various Bible study resources and aids, and what the Bible says about the past, present, future, history v. Bible, hidden gems, sacred secrets, religious doctrine v. Bible, etc., etc., … this is not an exhaustive list and not an exhausting undertaking… 😉 obviously! “Bible Truth” is an obsession of mine!;) Have been reading/studying it “seriously” since childhood and am 49 tomorrow… Yeah, i read/study other stuff, but nothing nourishes my mind quite like it!:)… and believe You:) me I AM STILL LEARNING and HAVE A LOT TO LEARN YET!!;) The self-help found in the Bible REALLY WORKS!!:) Personal application of the wisdom therein has helped my life tremendously… beyond (my) words!
(Plus, it helps to put any preconceived “human” ideas aside and not heavily lean on any skewed-prejudiced filters/prisms-of-opinions nor my own imperfect/limited perspective/understanding of things)…The Bible eloquently speaks for itself (much better) than I can clumsily explain here!!.. it interprets itself!!
False-religious-dogma aka the chaff… needs to be carefully/distinctly separated/abandoned and weeded out from (Biblical)
T-R-U-T-H…consisting of consonants and vowels…aeio-you-sometimes-why
Incredible!… You’re still here Reader:) Appreciate Your Patience…PLEASE…check the following readings/excerpts out…(my highlights) “Should You Believe the Trinity?” AWAKE! August, 2013
THE Bible was completed in the first century C.E. Teachings that led to the development of the Trinity began to be officially formulated in 325 C.E.—more than two centuries later—at a council in the city of Nicaea in Asia Minor, now Iznik, Turkey. According to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, the creed attributed to the Council of Nicaea set out the first official definition of ‘Christian orthodoxy,’ including the definition of God and Christ. Why, though, was it deemed necessary to define God and Christ centuries after the Bible was completed? Is the Bible unclear on these important topics?
“To us there is but one God, the Father.”—1 Corinthians 8:6, King James Version
Jesus said that “the true worshipers will worship the Father with . . . truth.” (John 4:23) That truth has been recorded in the Bible. (John 17:17 “Sanctify them by means of the truth; your word is truth.”) Does the Bible teach that the Father, the Son, and the holy spirit are three persons in one God?
For one thing, the Bible does not mention the word “Trinity.” For another, Jesus never claimed to be equal to God. Instead, Jesus worshipped God. (Luke 22:41-44 “And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw away, and he bent his knees and began to pray, 42 saying: “Father, if you want to, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, let, not my will, but yours take place.”43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 But he was in such agony that he kept praying more earnestly; and his sweat became as drops of blood falling to the ground.” ) A third line of evidence concerns Jesus’ relationship with his followers. Even after he was raised from the dead to the spirit realm, Jesus called his followers “my brothers.”(Matthew 28:10 “Then Jesus said to them: “Have no fear! Go, report to my brothers so that they may go to Galʹi·lee, and there they will see me.” ) Were they brothers of Almighty God? Of course not! But through their faith in Christ—God’s preeminent Son—they too became sons of the one Father. (Galatians 3:26 “You are all, in fact, sons of God through your faith in Christ Jesus.” ) Compare some additional scriptures with the following statement from the creed attributed to the Council of Nicaea.
What the Nicene Creed says:
“We believe . . . in one Lord Jesus Christ . . . that is of the substance of the Father, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God.”
What the Bible says: (please note all quotes King James Version)
“My Father is greater than I [Jesus].”— John 14:28
“I [Jesus] ascend unto my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and your God.”— John 20:17
“To us there is but one God, the Father.”—1 Corinthians 8:6
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—1 Peter 1:3
“These things saith the Amen [Jesus], . . . the beginning of the creation of God.”— Revelation 3:14
Check it out:
“The Nicene Creed is actually not the product of the First Council of Nicea (325) . . . but of the First Council of Constantinople (381),” says The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History.
“The Council of Nicea in 325 stated the crucial formula for [the yet future Trinity] doctrine in its confession that the Son is ‘of the same substance . . . as the Father.’”—Encyclopædia Britannica.
“The Christian Bible, including the New Testament, has no trinitarian statements or speculations concerning a trinitary deity.”—Encyclopædia Britannica.
“The doctrine of the trinity . . . is not a product of the earliest Christian period, and we do not find it carefully expressed before the end of the second century.”—Library of Early Christianity—Gods and the One God.
“In order to articulate the dogma of the Trinity, the [Catholic] Church had to develop her own terminology with the help of certain notions of philosophical origin.”—Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Personally, I cannot support (a/any “so-called” Christian) and/or aka “false” religion that usurps “Almighty” God, the Father, takes His supreme authority/power away by not teaching the Truth … and then supports/puts power in the hands of Hitler…
Guenter Lewy writes: “Had German Catholicism from the start adhered to a policy of resolute opposition to the Nazi regime, world history might well have taken a different course. Even if this struggle had ultimately failed to defeat Hitler and prevent all of his many crimes, it would in this view have raised the moral prestige of the Church immeasurably. The human cost of such resistance would undeniably have been great, but these sacrifices would have been made for the greatest of all causes. With the home front unreliable, Hitler might not have dared going to war and literally millions of lives would have been saved…When thousands of German anti-Nazis were tortured to death in Hitler’s concentration camps, when the Polish intelligentsia was slaughtered, when hundreds of thousands of Russians died as a result of being treated as Slavic Untermenschen [subhumans], and when 6,000,000 human beings were murdered for being ‘non-Aryan,’ Catholic Church officials in Germany bolstered the regime perpetrating these crimes. The Pope in Rome, the spiritual head and supreme moral teacher of the Roman Catholic Church, remained silent.” ~ The Catholic Church and Nazi Germany pages 320, 341.
Silence can be deadly, huh?! 🙁 What does it say about the “trustworthiness” or “competency” of a church or religion that “refuses” (or doesn’t know when) to speak up or shut up?!… (especially, in important matters of Truth, Morality, Life and Death!!)
3/24/18 @ 9:40 p.m.