The Truth Message – Part – 6: The Corrupted Concepts of current Christianity – detailed
‘Strange times are these in which we live; when old and young are taught falsehoods in school. And the person that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool.’ Plato had said this in 427 BC: How truly it matches to our current times too.
Religious beliefs are just growing more nonsense with time and it’s almost horrible to imagine what could they become a couple of decades from today. I know… This is definitely like an overdose of Truth, but I just couldn’t wait more.
But all the same, this isn’t a surprise, is it?
Now you would be wondering when and how did the new concepts come in? Allow me to explain please, thank you.
According to Prof Bart Ehrman:
“First two centuries were particularly rich in theological diversity among the early Christians. In fact, the theological diversity was so extensive that groups calling themselves Christian adhered to beliefs and practices that most Christians today would insist were not Christian at all—
There were Christians who believed that there was only one God, the Creator of all;
Other people who called themselves Christian insisted that there were two different gods–one of the Old Testament and one of the New Testament;
Gnostic Christians insisted that there were not just two gods, but twelve;
Others Christians said there are actually thirty Gods;
Few others insisted that there are 365 Gods;
All these groups claimed to be Christian.” …
Aren’t all the above examples enough to understand that the real teachings of Jesus vanished or may I say just remained in the old original books and new concepts were used to weave the current Christianity?
Wanna know more reasons? Read the ‘The first six Ecumenical Councils and their making in the current Christianity’ from the booklet ‘The First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea and the Doctrine of Trinity’ by Dr. Amtul Quddus Farhat.
Who Changed the Bible and why and when and where?
The earliest surviving manuscripts of the New Testament go back to only the fourth century. The surviving manuscripts from the second century are incomplete. Among the 5500 ancient manuscripts discovered so far – no two are alike! Scholars have pointed to more than 30,000 deficiencies in just 100 of these manuscripts. Now if we consider all 5500 manuscripts, there could be perhaps more than 300,000 mistakes! Or at least more mistakes in them than there are words in the New Testament.
Commentators who have made researches into these books admit that the books of the New Testament have two parts: (1) the spiritual instruction received by the disciples from Jesus (peace be on him) which is the essence of the teachings of the Gospel; (2) historical events — like the genealogy of Jesus; his arrest and his being beaten; the existence in his time of a miraculous pond, etc. These, the writers recorded by themselves; they were not revealed; rather, they were set down in accordance with the writer’s own ideas. In some places there are undue exaggerations, as where it is stated that if all the miracles and works of Jesus were recorded in books, the earth would not be able to accommodate these books. How exaggerated is this statement!
Admittedly the Christian world seems to have undergone a dramatic change today. Old moral values have lost their traditional meaning. Lines drawn by the old Biblical teachings between right and wrong, good and bad, virtue or vice have become increasingly blurred. Several modern theologians have observed that while on the one hand, there has been a discernible interest in spirituality in the last decade, there has also been, on the other hand, a distinct feeling that the Bible, as available at present, does not adequately convey the original concepts of Christianity. Consequently several reputable and prestigious groups of outstanding Christian scholars have been simultaneously engaged in preparing new versions of the Bible.
I have something to present from my research – Worth consideration
D’u know? The Jewish Bible comprises the 39 books of the pre-Christian era from approximately 2000 BC, starting with the book of Genesis and finishing with the prophecy of Malachi, (these books are referred to by Christians as the Old Testament); there are several other writings including the I5 sacred writings which are peculiar to Jews and Christians in what is called the Apocrypha.
There are also sacred writings for the Jews only, such as the Mishna and Talmud which are not given the same priority as for example the others. Christians have a collection of 28 sacred writings, not received nor recognised by Jews, including the four gospel records of the ministry of Jesus the Christ, plus a history of the time immediately after Jesus’ ascension, then letters and other scriptures finishing with a poetic vision of ‘beginnings and endings’ in a book called ‘Revelation’. These form the core of evidence for the Christian faith known as the New Testament.
Although it is commonly assumed that the New Testament was written in Greek, there is not a single version which is generally accepted by all Christians alike. The fact of the matter is that the New Testament that is presented to us today is compiled from the hand written manuscripts of pre printing days. These manuscripts were written down in various regions and in various languages on different types of papers and in disparate writing styles. There are thousands upon thousands of discrepancies among these manuscripts that number in their hundreds. Keeping these manuscripts in view, attempts are made to find out as to what the original scribes wrote. This has been turned into and is known as ‘Textual Criticism’.
‘It may be thought in the case of the Bible there is no need for textual investigation; that God would not allow textual errors to creep into it during the years it has been handed down. But that is simply not true. God did not choose to exercise such a miraculous providence over the books of the Bible.’ (The Dead Sea Scrolls and The Bible by Ronald E. Murphy, O. Cram. P37-38)
Which considering the condition of the manuscripts, mutual contradictions, flaws in writing, deliberate rearrangements and additions it should be borne in mind that not only do these manuscripts contain mutual contradictions and flaws in writing, rather they also include deliberate rearrangements and additions.
A well-known example of this is the last verse of Mark that is 16:8-20. The foundation of the current day Christianity depended on Jesus (on whom be peace) ascending to heaven. However, as this is not mentioned in the ancient writings, in order to catalogue this unfounded creed, alteration and addition have been employed and the last verses of Mark that constitute Jesus’ (on whom be peace) ascending to heaven have been inserted. The traditional Christian beliefs have been defended most craftily in a renowned American Biblical commentary Interpreters Bible.
Having admitted the fact that the last verses of Mark, 9-20, were not in the original book, a cover up is being attempted in that it is maintained that this subject was taken from another gospel or that the author was 2nd century Bishop Aristion. In any case, even if both these matters are acknowledged, the question remains, does the original Mark now contain an amendment and insertion or not? If so, then not much remains of the revealed status of this book and should not Rev. The translations are not entirely correct.
There are many contradictions and inconsistencies of various current editions of the New Testament.
An example of inconsistencies is that the gospels of Mark and Matthew clearly state that Jesus (on whom be peace) declared his divine commission after John was arrested. (Matthew 4:12-17 Mark 1:14) However the gospel of John clearly details that Jesus (on whom be peace) had announced his divine commission a while before John’s arrest and that he had started taking pledges of allegiance.
In the same way the second coming of Jesus is made up anew and misrepresented by Paul in Thessalonians 4:14-18 which is world-wise trusted today. It doesn’t match with the prophecies of second coming of Jesus in Matthew and Mark!
The authors of the New Testament have made the prophecy of Jesus returning (on whom be peace) to be a conclusive prophecy. However this did not happen and now even after two thousand years having elapsed, this prophecy has still remains fulfilled. Now this clearly proves that the corruption of ‘Bible’ has already happened.
So we have seen how Bible underwent many changes in the leadership of Paul and how many of the Pauline thoughts and beliefs were mixed with the authentic teachings of Jesus. These later developments left it all corrupted!
More importantly commandments which might have never crosses Jesus’ mind were included in His name in the times after his death and were promoted in his name… getting me?
Current Bible Itself Stands To Support for its Lost Books
In ‘Numbers 21:14’, ‘Joshua 10:13’, and ‘2 Samuel 1:18’, two books, namely, “the Book of the Wars of the Lord” and “the Book of Jasher” are mentioned which are not found either in the Jewish Tanakh or the Christian Old Testament.
Numbers 21:14(NKJV): 14 Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the LORD:
Joshua 10 (NKJV): 12 Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”13 So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.
2 Samuel 1 (NKJV): 17 Then David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son, 18 and he told them to teach the children of Judah the Song of the Bow; indeed it is written in the Book of Jasher:
So we see: Encyclopedia Judaica and the Interpreter’s One Volume Commentary on the Bible confirms that these two books were part of earlier sacred texts but were lost and could not found their place in the canonized scriptures.
Encyclopedia Judaica – under the word “Bible” Vol-3 P-575: “It is clear that the books that make up the Bible cannot possibly have contained the entire literary production of ancient Israel. The Scriptures themselves bear testimony to the existence of an extensive literature which is now lost. The “*Book of the Wars of the Lord” (Num. 21:14) and the “*Book of Jashar” (Josh. 10:13; II Sam. 1:18) are certainly very ancient.”
The Interpreter’s One Volume Commentary on the Bible P-94 says: “This very ancient fragment of a poem…The poem is said to come from the Book of the Wars of the Lord, like the Book of Jashar (Josh 10:13, II Sam. 1:18), this must have been an ancient collection of poetry. The wars of Yehweh were sacral affairs for the tribal league (cf. Deut. 20; Judge 5; 1 Sam 18:17; 25;28), and this collection must have been a sacred book of premonarchic Israel”
Dr Joseph Priestly (1733–1804), was a British Scientist, Natural Philosopher and Theologian who first discovered Oxygen gas. As a Unitarian Theologian, Dr Priestley wanted to return Christianity to its “primitive” or “pure” form by eliminating the “corruptions” which had accumulated over many centuries.
One of his major works the Institutes of Natural and Revealed Religions first published in 1771 shocked and appalled many readers, primarily because it challenged basic Christian orthodoxies such as the divinity of Christ.
The two volume book has various sections tracing history of distortions and corruptions in all the major doctrines of Christianity such as Trinity, Atonement, Baptism, Grace, Original Sin, Veneration of saints, angles and relics, State of Dead and the Lord’s Supper to its origins. Dr Priestly retrieves the sequential details of history as to how the corruptions were gradually incorporated in to a monotheistic religion of Jesus; both unintentionally and intentionally. The work is original and the evidence has been taken either from New Testament or from the writings of scholars and theologians of the apostolic age and around 500 years after that. It contains more than 1800 original quotes regarding unity of God alone.
Different versions of Bible: Let’s compare.
English is a very controversial language, isn’t it?
To explain the point, allow me please to present an example:
Read these two sentences:
- Let’s eat Grandma!
- Let’s eat, Grandma!
Punctuation saves life, isn’t it?!
To explain my dear: The punctuation present in the second sentence saved the life of our Grandma. Well, I presented it only to prove as how a small comma or a period [full stop] or a dot by mistake can change the meaning of a sentence entirely. Now imagine if different synonyms are used to say the same point by different people and include altered moods to write a single story by 3 different people and you’ll see the scene of the story completely changed! This is what happened with Bible. I could have presented a hundred more such to prove my point a little more better but let me straightly head to topic and prove it there.
The inaccuracies, contradictions and inconsistencies in the New Testament cast a great shadow of doubt on its reliability and accuracy.
Scene at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Mark 16:1-2 says: Mary Magdalene, Mary (another follower), Mother of James and Salome, take spices to anoint the body and arrived at the tomb when the sun had risen.
Luke 24:10: Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James, Joanna, and other women took spices which they had prepared the night before to anoint Jesus (as) body and they arrived at early dawn.
Mathew 28:1 says: Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the grave as it began to dawn.
John 20:1 says only Mary Magdalene went to the tomb when it was still dark.
When is the Tomb Stone Rolled Away… Who is at the Tomb?
Matthew 28:1-2 says: The women arrive at the tomb, there is an earthquake, then an angel appears, removes the tomb stone and sits on it.
Mark 16:3-4,5, tell us that: The women arrive at the tomb, the tombstone is already rolled away and one angel is sitting on the right side, inside the tomb.
Luke 24:2, 4 puts that: When they arrived, the stone had already been removed and two angels are standing by the women, inside the tomb.
John 20:1-2, 12 says: when Mary arrived, the stone had already been taken away, she sees the missing body, runs out and when she comes back the second time then she sees two angels one at the head and the other at the feet where Jesus (as) was laid.
The Reaction of the Women after Discovering the Missing Body, and the First Appearance of Jesus (as)
In Luke’s story (24:5-11) the women are terrified, the two angels tell them that Jesus (as) had risen.
Luke’s account of the first appearance of Jesus (as) is different to Matthew and Mark.
Luke mentions that on their way home about 7 miles away from Jerusalem in Emmaus, Cleopas and another (not Mary Magdalene) met Jesus (as) who accompanied them on their way, but they do not recognize him. When they reached the village they asked him to stay, and they recognised Jesus (as) when he sits to eat with them, but after that, he disappears.
John 20:11-18 gives a completely contradictory account in comparison to the synoptics (Mark, Matthew and Luke). The angels ask Mary why she was crying. As Mary was about to respond, she turned around and saw Jesus (as), disguised as gardener, standing there. There are no angels giving instructions to Mary in John’s story. On the contrary, in the Fourth Gospel, it is Jesus (as) who appears to Mary in person, not the two angels, telling her that he has risen. John’s account also does not mention the Roman soldiers, whom Matthew places at the tomb. Without the presence of the guards at the tomb, John’s Mary believed that Jesus (as)’ body had been removed from the tomb.
Point of Note: In Bible there are 3 Mary bonded with the name of Jesus.
Jesus’ (as) Other Appearances after Leaving the Tomb
According to John 20:19-30: In the evening on the same day, Jesus (as) met his disciples behind closed doors for fear of the Jews, and he showed them his hands, feet and his side.
According to Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus (as) made this appearance to all the eleven surviving Disciples. Paul’s version mentions the presence of all twelve Apostles (1 Corinthians 15:5), although Judas had long since died (Matthew 27:5, Acts 1:18). Contrary to all this, John’s story places only ten disciples at the scene, Thomas being absent! (John 20:24).
The Resurrection and Ascension
Many scholars, including Constantine Von Tischendorf—the noted German Biblical scholar and author of Critical Edition of the New Testament—generally agree that the author of Mark purposely stopped at verse 16:8. This means that the original version of the Gospel did not describe any post-resurrection appearances of Jesus (as).
More Proofs of distortion:
“From the history of Israel we learn that in the time of Nebuchadnezzar the books of Israel were burnt and destroyed. They were re-written by the Prophet Ezra, and of Ezra we read in the Jewish literature: ‘It was forgotten but Ezra restored it.’” (Jewish Encyclopedia Vol 5, P 322)
“Ezra re-established the text of the Pentateuch, introducing therein the Assyrian or square characters.” (Jew. Enc. Vol 5, p 322)
He showed his doubts concerning the correctness of some words of the text by placing points over them. Should Elijah, said he, approve the text, the points will be disregarded; should he disapprove, the doubtful words will be removed from the text. (Jew. Enc. Vol 5, P 322) There are numerous contradictions in the Old Testament, it contains savage and irrational teachings and Prophets are defamed by it, which cannot be attributed to God, and so must have been incorporated by the writers.
The books other than the four Gospels of New Testament were mostly written by Paul who was neither a disciple of Jesus, nor had ever met him physically. Even the four Gospels were neither written by Jesus himself, nor written by his principal disciples. The Gospels were written many decades after the event of Crucifixion and so were not authorized or approved by Jesus. The writers of the Gospels are obscure persons and their narrations pertained to only about three years of Jesus’ life. Some Gospels written by Barnabas, Thomas and Hermas, who were disciples of Jesus, have been discovered. They contradict some of the basic teachings of the current Gospels.
What we possess today is only the translations of the translations; and the translations cannot be believed as word of God. The Christian scholars themselves regard the Gospels as accounts of the life of Jesus narrated by others and not the words of God.
Contradictions in the New Testament
There are many contradictions in the New Testament, which are not possible in the words of God. A few examples are stated below:
(1) How man is justified, by works or faith? James 2: 14 & 2:26 says, “By works man is justified and not by faith alone.” But according to Galatians, “A man is notjustified by the works of law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 2:16)
(2) Can the Law of the Old Testament (Shariah) be changed or not? Luke says the Law cannot change, but Hebrew says that since now the priesthood has been changed, the change in Mosaic Law has also become necessary.
“And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to change (Luke 16:17) “For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.” (Hebrew 7:12)
(3) Should the law be followed in order to enter the kingdom of heaven or the law is a curse? Matthew says the law must be followed, but Galatian says the law is a curse. “Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of the least commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.”
(Matthew 5:17-19) “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree.”(Galatians 3:13)
(4) There is contradiction in the name of Joseph’s father (husband of Mary). Matthew (1:16) states his name as Jacob and Luke (3:23) as Heli.
(5) Matthew 1:16 states that Jesus was the 40th descendant of Abraham, but Luke (3:23-31) says that he was the 55th descendant.
(6) Matthew (1:7-16) states that Joseph was the 26th descendant of David, but Luke (3:23-31) says that he was the 41st descendant of David. As God is free from such weaknesses, the above quotations cannot be attributed to Him. These are human errors which were introduced in the Books by their writers. Obviously the Qur’an cannot attest to the contradictory statements.
Now, dear reader, you please go and compare the rest of versions yourself my dear. I take leave for other topics; please excuse me, thank you.
And yes: Today the believing and the disbelieving textual critics of the New Testament and their Christian fans keep debating each other about the Bible and are not paying attention to the Holy Quran, wherein God prophesied its eternal preservation saying: “Indeed, We (Allah) Ourself have sent down this Exhortation, and most surely We will be its Guardian (Al Quran 15:10)”.
One wonders, when will the Christians start reading the Holy Quran? Prof. Phillip Cary, professor of Christian theology, in his lecture series for the Teaching Company course on the Christian theology, stated that Christianity is an obsession with the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Perhaps, it is not easy to give up obsessions especially if they come with a free ticket to heaven. I believe they need strong intellectual jolt to bring them out of their fog and slumber. When the Christian apologists debate atheists regarding the Bible or other topics, the Muslims are seldom invited. So, here is a strategy to wake up our Christian brethren and sisters from their slumber. Muslim women, with their Hijab should picket such debates with displays of one-liners about the Holy Quran and related topics.
A Christian, on condition of anonymity, said, “Biblical prayers, that we grew up reciting, are now being altered. Amendments are being made and they are being modified to motivate Christians to consider Muslims and Hindus inferior.”
It’s high time we go back to truth… However, centuries of reading the assumptions of the corrupted Bible won’t be easy for us to shake off. It’s become so ingrained, so indoctrinated into our religious imagination that it seems almost self-evident to us now. Therefore, we will need to take a fresh look at Scripture in order to recognize that the model of restorative justice is indeed at the heart of the biblical narrative.
You don’t need to accept an understanding of the cross that seems hurtful and unjust because “the Bible says so” because guess what? …the Bible doesn’t say this at all. You don’t have to adopt a schizophrenic view that pits God against Jesus. You don’t need to accept a doctrine that flies in the face of the grace and love you have experienced. There is a better way: one that is both fully in line with the teachings of Jesus and the New Testament, and at the same time grace-focused and life-giving. That really is good news.
And whoso honors the sacred things of Allah, it will be good for him with his Lord. And cattle are made lawful to you but not that which has been announced to you. Shun therefore the abomination of idols, and shun all words of untruth, remaining ever inclined to Allah, not associating anything with Him. And whoso associates anything with Allah, falls, as it were, from a height, and the birds snatch him up, or the wind blows him away to a distant place. That is so. And whoso respects the sacred Signs of Allah — that indeed proceeds from the righteousness of hearts. (Al Quran 22:31-33)
‘…no compulsion in religion’. (Ch. 2 V.257) and ‘And say: It is the truth from your Lord, where fore let him who will believe and let him who will disbelieve.’ (Ch.18: V.30)
Did you know?
The Resurrection was not on Easter Sunday!
For 1600 years we have been led to suppose the word “Easter” means “resurrection of Christ”. We have been taught that Christ rose from the dead on Sunday morning whereas the resurrection did not occur on Sunday at all!
To tell you the real background: Easter is not at all a Christian name, but the title of the idolatrous “queen of heaven”- A Pagan Goddess!
The name “Easter,” which is the slightly changed English spelling of the name of the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian goddess Ishtar, comes to us from old Teutonic mythology where it is known as Ostern. The Phoenician name of this goddess was Astarte, consort of Baal, the sun god, whose worship is denounced by the Almighty in the Bible as the most abominable of all pagan idolatry. Look up the word “Easter” in Webster’s dictionary: You will find it clearly reveals the pagan origin of the name.
To detail: See its connection to Chaldean Origin
Easter, as Alexander Hislop says (The Two Babylons, p. 103), “bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven ….” The ancient gods of the pagans had many different names. While this goddess was called Astarte by the Phoenicians, it appears on Assyrian monuments found by Layard in excavations at Nineveh as Ishtar (Austen H. Layard, Nineveh and Babylon, Vol. II, p. 629). Both were pronounced “Easter.”
Likewise, Bel (referred to in the Old Testament), also was called Molech. It was for sacrificing to Molech (I Kings 11:1-11, especially verse 7, where Molech is called an abomination) and other pagan gods that the Eternal condemned Solomon, and rended away the Kingdom of Israel from his son. In the ancient Chaldean idolatrous sun-worship, as practiced by the Phoenicians, Baal was the sun god; Astarte, his consort or wife. And Astarte is the same as Ishtar, or the English “Easter.”
Says Hislop: “The festival, of which we read in Church history, under the name of Easter, in the third or fourth centuries, was quite a different festival from that now observed in the Romish [and Protestant] Church, and at that time was not known by any such name as Easter. It was called Pascha, or the Passover, and … was very early observed by many professing Christians …. That festival agreed originally with the time of the Jewish Passover, when Christ was crucified …. That festival was not idolatrous, and it was preceded by no Lent” (The Two Babylons, p. 104).
Easter Sunrise Services
You think Easter sunrise services are beautiful? Do you know why is it that you do them?
Listen! God was showing the Prophet Ezekiel the sins of His people in a vision — a prophecy for today!
“Turn thee yet again,” said God, “and thou shalt see greater abominations than these [Ezekiel had just been shown, in vision, idol worship among professing people of God]. And he brought me [in vision] into the inner court of the Eternal’s house, and behold … between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with … their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing … that they commit the abominations which they commit here? … Therefore will I deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them”! (Ezek. 8:15-18.)
Do you grasp what this most abominable thing is? It is the identical thing millions are doing every Easter Sunday morning — the sunrise service — standing with their faces toward the east, as the sun is rising, in a service of worship which honors the sun god and his mythical idolatrous consort, goddess Easter. Yes, deceived into believing this is Christian, millions practice every Easter the identical form of the ancient sun worship of the sun god Baal! Throughout the Bible this is revealed as the most abominable of all idolatry in the sight of the Eternal Creator!
Shall we see some history of the Dyed Eggs then?
But did you know that dyed Easter eggs also figured in the ancient Babylonian mystery rites, just as they do in Easter observance today? Yes, these are pagan, too. It is recorded in Edward Davies’ “The Mythology and Rites of the British Druids,” page 210, that the ancient Druids bore an egg as the sacred emblem of their idolatrous order. Eggs were sacred to many ancient civilizations and formed an integral part of the religious ceremonies in Egypt and in the Orient. Dyed eggs were sacred Easter offerings in Egypt, as they are still in China and Europe. Easter, or spring, was the season of birth, terrestrial and celestial” (Egyptian Belief and Modern Thought, pp. 211-212).
Why do people who call themselves Christians dye eggs at Easter? Do they suppose the Bible ordained, or commands, this heathen custom? There is not a word of it in the New Testament. Certainly Christ did not start it, and the apostles and early Christians did none of it! Then why should you do it today?
Why follow heathenism and try to convince yourself you are a Christian? God calls such things as abomination!
Let’s peek into the History of our beloved Santa Claus now, shall we? Come:
Santa Claus, the Father Christmas and simply “Santa”, is a figure with legendary, mythical, historical and folkloric origins who, in many western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24.
This mythical Santa Claus is none else but one Mr. Saint Nicholas, a 4th-century Christian saint who used to gift Children on the occasion of Christ’s birthday. Ha! We are all surrounded by myths and myths, no reality!
But, Santa has been real for millions over the centuries and continues to be real for millions more, isn’t it?
The modern figure was derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, was part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of Christian bishop and gift giver Saint Nicholas. A nearly identical story is attributed by Greek Orthodox and Byzantine Christian folklore to Saint Basil of Caesarea. Basil’s feast day on January 1 is considered the time of exchanging gifts in Greece. The current depiction of Santa Claus is based on images drawn by cartoonist Thomas Nast for Harper’s Weekly beginning in 1863.
Concluding Questions to my dear Christians:
People! WHY do you believe the things you believe? And why do you do the things you do? Why don’t you ask questions? You never stopped to ask yourself these questions, did you? You have been taught since childhood to accept Easter as the chief of the Christian holidays. You have supposed it is part of the true Christian religion to observe Lent, “Holy Week,” “Good Friday,” to buy hot cross buns at the bakery, to have colored Easter eggs, to dress up and go to church Easter Sunday — perhaps to attend an Easter sunrise service too!
To tell you the truth people, this “sheep” instinct in us humans makes the most of us to believe a lot of things that are not true. Most of us do a lot of things that are wrong, supposing these things to be right, or even sacred!
[By Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986) 1957, 1973 edition]
… Did you know that in-depth study of Scriptures was not allowed during the early years of Christianity? The common perception was that many meanings were beyond human comprehension, and therefore Christians must not question the Scriptures. Let alone in-depth analysis or studying, the earlier people were not allowed even to just read religious books (scriptures) as they were supposed to be complex and highly spiritual in nature. Only high-priests or selected authorities were allowed access to them and all of those as natural it may seem understood it in his own way to lead his tribe. And as far as the common people are concerned they were forcibly made to accept the terms else were liable for persecution.
However history records that there were few even in those times who disregarded these laws and studied scriptures. They not only read but did an in-depth studying and even analyzed them; they found the different versions available around them and compared them to know the common truth or the lineage of events along Jesus’ life – Origen being one among them.
Origen was born into a devoted Christian family in 185 CE in Alexandria (modern northern Egypt) in the second century of Christianity. It was during his time that the official date of Easter was first set. Also, the term ‘catholic’ was first coined. More importantly, the New Testament Canon (Orthodox books) was fixed for the first time. As Christianity sought to distance itself from its Jewish roots, it also became more of a threat to the Roman Empire.
As a part of persecution his father Leonides was arrested and imprisoned by Emperor Severus. Origen then wrote to his father saying:
‘Mind you don’t change your mind on our account.’ (Eusebius VI, p.180)
This illustrates the passion that Origen had from a very young age for his faith. His father Leonides was beheaded in 203 CE.
Origen studied under the theologian and philosopher Ammonius Saccas who also taught Plotinus. He learned Hebrew to study the Old Testament in its original form. Sources suggest he wrote as many as 2000 books which included commentaries on the books of the Bible. When we refer to the Bible here, we mean that collection of Gospels and letters which is today accepted as the New Testament; however at the time of Origen, few books were held as authentic and few others as not by groups across the Church. Origen was studying his faith at a time when the Canonical Books of the Church were still disputed.
In studying the Bible, he was not content to accept the standard line, or to view texts as perfect. He knew that he was dealing with variations of the Bible both in terms of translation and actual content.
Eusebius writes about him:
‘Moreover, he (Origen) hunted out the published translations of Holy Writ other than the Septuagint … he discovered several alternative translations. These had been lost for many years … he hunted them out of their hiding places and brought them to light. These were wrapped in mystery …the only thing he could say was that he found one at Nicopolis near Actium and the other at some similar place.’ (Eusebius, VI, 16)
Living in Alexandria, he is highly likely to have come across Gnostic texts, and possibly even some of the Dead Sea Scrolls. At a guess, he was looking at Gospels which are now considered to be Apocryphal or unauthentic, such as the Gospel of Thomas, because they deviate from the accepted norms of (new concepts of) Christianity; few of them were not even taught by Jesus (pbuh) and were only the conclusions derived by guesswork and imagination.
Origen recognized the variances between different versions of the Old Testament. So he decided to lay out six versions side by side in what came to be known as his Hexapla (sixfold). He laid down the versions of the Hebrew text, a Greek transliteration, Aquila’s literal version, the Septuagint, Symachus’ Greek version and Theodotion’s revision. This allowed discrepancies to become more apparent. In particular, he used this approach to look for a deeper meaning within the text.
(Sources: Written by Eusebius, 4th century (Book VI: Severus to Decius: The work of Origen: widespread persecution)
Let me conclude by putting down Few Examples of Trinity in other faiths:
The Pagan traditions of Trinity included a Creator, a guide/leader and a third member.
The Mexican Trinity had: Y Zona was the Father, Bascal the Word, and Echvah was the Holy Ghost.
When Sesostris invoked the oracle, to know who could subjugate all things before him, the answer was, “First God, then the Word, and then the Spirit.”
Ancient Greek inscription on the great obelisk at Rome shows The Mighty God, The Begotten of God and Apollo the Spirit.
The Chinese Bible states, “God pronounced the primeval Word, and his own eternal and glorious abode sprang into existence.”
The Zend-Avesta says that it was the Word, more ancient than the world, that Ormuzd created the universe.
In Hindu Mythology Brahma (god), Vishnu (the leader) and Siva (the Holy Breath) were the three components.
The ancient Greek writer Amelias, speaking of the god Mercury or Hermes said “And this plainly was the Logos (Greek for ‘word’), by whom all things were made.
Egyptians believed in many gods and incarnation of the Holy Spirit was known to them.
Plato taught a Trinity of the soul pointing to a higher form of the doctrine.
Don’t you agree now that the current concepts of Christianity are all corrupted? Blindly accepting the inherited history Christians have been ignoring truth over the last 20 centuries and have become comfortable with many a strange dogma of Christianity…
I want to bring the attention of world population towards religion – Wake up people! Wake up to religion-ism.
I really want Christians to finally awaken to the fullest consequences of the facts of the One Lord only then will they stop believing in nonsensical concepts. And it will only be after a fuller understanding that every commonsensical Christian will give up the irrational parts of his faith, namely, Trinity, Original Sin, Atonement, death of Jesus on the cross and his supposed resurrection, etc.
A note from me, the writer:
Forgive me if I have offended you in anyway… forgive me if I’ve hurt you… I would never want to hurt anybody.
I’m nobody to judge you faith; I’m nobody to judge your character, nobody else either is! Only you know what you are & God knows it, so trust God, trust yourself & choose your way. I’m only here to tell you right from wrong from your own rel scriptures & from the point of view of being a human. These days most people are lost. They are not sure why they were made? What are they supposed to do? And wh y do they actualy exist? And again, what’s the surprise in waiting in the hereafter… We do not know!
A message of peace to every soul, especially to those who have lost hope and are wishing for an end to come swiftly to their suffering. God says:
‘O My servants who have committed excesses against their own souls! Despair not of the mercy of your Lord, surely, your Lord forgives all sins. Verily, He is Most forgiving, Merciful.
God alone is immortal: the blessed and only potentate, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords; who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach, whom no man hath seen, nor can see, to whom be honour and power everlasting. (Ch. 6:V. 15-16)
For respecting the high-status of Jesus I have used abbreviations ‘(as)’ after his name; it means ‘Peace be upon him’ or ‘Pbuh’.
Jews: So now we know that the Jews were wrong in their belief (that Jesus died on the cross and therefore was not a true prophet because according to the Bible one who is crucified is accursed by God) – Jesus never died on the cross and so He was a True Prophet… cleared of all charges.
The Christian View: So we know that the Christian belief (that Jesus died for them, was resurrected and after some time, ascended to heaven later and is alive up there) are all wrong as well… we’ll discuss this in detail in coming chapters.
Muslim View: Few Muslims believe that Jesus was a great prophet from God; a prophet can’t die an accursed death so they believe he was taken away from the cross after being crucified (during the storm) and was placed on the fourth or perhaps fifth heaven or sky to be saved. The traditional belief of the majority of Muslims is different however: They believe that original Jesus was never crucified at all, and that someone else resembling Jesus was crucified in his place. Jesus, instead, is supposed to have been raised to heaven, body and soul by the lord – These Muslims are too wrong in their beliefs: Please check the latter part of this message for ‘Death of Jesus Proved by Quran-e-Majeed for my Muslim family’.