If God exists and He wants human's to know Him so He can help us and so we can know what He wants of us, would it not be of primary importance to know how to accomplish that?
Most Christians (and all Biblians) claim that a person needs "the bible" as the source of knowledge to know God. They are only partially correct and their understanding of the bible is wholly incorrect. They are partially correct because the Light we need to know God has been placed/hidden in the bible in four small books. They are wholly incorrect in thinking that the authors of the other 62 books of the protestant bible had correct insight and understanding of God. The simple truth is that all the authors of the bible's books did NOT have a full or correct understanding of our Creator Father...we can know that because the Messenger of God tells us so.
It is also a simple truth that there was One Man who did have a full and correct understanding of God, and he is the subject of the four 'gospel' books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. He was not the author of the books, but rather the authors were with him and saw him and knew him - or knew those who were with him and knew him - and wrote down what he said and did in those four books.
Many Biblians and Christians are very offended when a disciple of the Light says that we only listen to the Light to understand our Father. They are offended because our belief contradicts their belief about a very important thing - how we can know God and what God wants.
The basic error of Biblians (and most Christians are Biblians) is to believe that the sixty-six AUTHORS of the 'protestant bible' and their writings, views, statements and opinions about God were all equally truthful and revealing about God as the Person and words of Joshua/Jesus of Nazareth. They believe this because Biblians believe Paul's scripture beliefs and thus they look to Paul to understand how to know God instead of to Jesus/Joshua of Nazareth. In contrast and contradiction to Paul, Jesus/Joshua says look to HIM and HIM ALONE to know and understand God. The quotes below will verify this claim. In other words, the Biblians/Christians use Paul's teaching to nullify the plain teachings of the Light of the world (Ironically, Paul's saying in 2 Tim. 3 - "All scripture is inspired by God..."- does not address what would later be called 'the new testament' but is constrained to the Hebrew scripture - see The Bible Conversation).
Please note that Joshua/Jesus could certainly have told his original disciples that a book would be compiled one day that would reveal and represent God. The fact is not only did he NOT say that, but he said many things contrary to that as we shall see below.
It is very clever to hide the four eyewitness recordings of Joshua's life and teachings (the four books that contain Joshua's words/teachings/truths) in a large book, which book contains many statements that contradict Joshua's statements. To then say THAT BOOK is "God's Word" to mankind completes the clever deception. If is difficult for people to distinguish between 'the book/bible' at this point, and the SUBJECT of the four gospels books, which books have been placed in the larger book, the bible. However, as I try and remind people regularly, Joshua/Jesus is not 'the bible' and his Words Alone - not all the other authors of the bible books - are the Words that lead to Life!
Biblians and Christians looking to defend their bible belief against the Person and words of Joshua of Nazareth often ask, 'But where to you read Jesus' words from?'. Of course they want me to say, 'the bible'. The simple truth is that I have access to the words and deeds of the historical Person of Joshua of Nazareth from the four gospel books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, which four books were placed in the compiled book people call 'the bible'. To make the distinction clear to a Biblian I make the following argument:
1. I inform the Biblian that I recently published a book that just contains the four gospel books ( http://www.amazon.com/Light-World-Teachings-Jesus-Nazareth/dp/0692300481 );
2. I ask the Biblian, "If I hand my book to someone (or just the four gospels for that matter), are they able to get to know Jesus of Nazareth by reading that book which contains the four gospels?" The answer of course is "Yes".
3. My final question is, "Are the four gospels 'the bible'?" The answer of course is "No" thus proving that "the bible" is not necessary to hear from and get to know the One who says, "I am the way, the truth and the life".
Therefore, one does not need 'the bible' in order to get to know the historical person of Jesus or Joshua of Nazareth! (For further clarification on this matter, please see Perhaps the Parables of the Millennia .)
Of course, you could also rip the four gospel books out of the bible to prove the point, but that is too much for most who revere 'the holy bible' to consider.
So, for you Biblians and most Christians, I ask that instead of condemning me, you use reason well to answer the following questions in a simple, straightforward manner.
Joshua says, "If you continue in MY word (teachings, truths), then you are my disciple; and then you shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:31-32
1. Whose words? Paul's? Moses'? Contemporary Preachers? Bible college professors? Popular author or theologians? 'The scriptures'? 'The bible'?
2. By definition, to be a disciple/student/pupil of Joshua of Nazareth means he his our Master and thus he alone defines what is true and real regarding God, spiritual things and human nature. He says IF we continue in HIS words (no one else's) ONLY then are we his disciple/student/pupil which makes perfect sense; and by continuing in only HIS words, a person will be set free. Thus, if we listen to others teachings and continue in other's teachings, why would we think we will be set free?
3. All the truth someone needs to be set free is contained in the words of Joshua of Nazareth, so why would you be looking to others if you want to be set free? Stated another way, who or what else can set you free? "The bible" with all the God-justified fear/hatred and violence? How exactly can a book containing hundreds of core-level contradictions about God set a person free?
4. His word includes, "love your enemies"", a clear principle for ordering our lives. So, for all you Biblians, when you say, "oh, but the bible says..." and you turn to some other author/voice to try and convince a disciple that Jesus' Father (or if you are a Trinitarian, that Jesus himself) really does "kill his enemies" using the hundreds of examples from the Hebrew scripture to back you up (passages like 1 Sam. 15:1-3), we ask you to please be set free from rejecting the Light and ignoring or nullifying the Light's teaching of "love your enemies".
Joshua says, "I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through ME." John 14:6
1. Who or what is the way? Paul's? Moses'? Contemporary Preachers? Bible college professors? Popular author or theologians? 'The scriptures'? 'The bible'?
2. Who or what is the truth? Paul's? Moses'? Contemporary Preachers? Bible college professors? Popular author or theologians? 'The scriptures'? 'The bible'?
3. Who or what is the life? Paul's? Moses'? Contemporary Preachers? Bible college professors? Popular author or theologians? 'The scriptures'? 'The bible'?
4. So, if Joshua plainly says that HE (faith in HIM as HE reveals HIMSELF by HIS OWN WORDS in the four gospels) is the sure way Home, all the Truth that matters, and Life everlasting, then why would you look to other sources for God understanding?
5. So, when you stand before the King and he asks, 'Why did you listen to all those other voices, many of which nullified or contradicted my voice?'' What are you going to say? 'Oh, Lord, they did not nullify or contradict your voice.' So, you are going to rebuke the King about his wrong understanding on this matter? Or, 'Well, Lord, where is Paul, he will explain it all to you'. Poor 'lord jesus' needs Paul to explain God understandings to him...
Joshua says, "Everyone who is of the truth hears MY voice." John 18:37
1. Hears whose voice? Paul's? Moses'? Contemporary Preachers? Bible college professors? Popular author or theologians? 'The scriptures'? 'The bible'?
2. If I am not "of the truth" (or don't care about what is true) regarding God-things, perhaps I will want to listen to other voices? And if I don't hear his voice, then am I "of the truth"? And if I listen to other voices, then am I not at risk for being deceived, for he does say, "Many will come in my name and deceive many"?
3. If a disciple repeats a word/teaching/truth of the Light and the person who hears it reacts negatively to it and rejects it because it contradicts one of their religious beliefs, is that person "of the truth"?
Joshua says, "I am the Light of the world; he who follows ME will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life." John 8:12
1. Follows who? Paul? Moses? Contemporary Preachers? Bible college professors? Popular author or theologians? 'The scriptures'? 'The bible'?
2. Who is the Light of the world? Paul? Moses? Contemporary Preachers? Bible college professors? Popular author or theologians? 'The scriptures'? 'The bible'?
3. If I follow Paul (for he does say "imitate me" - 1 Cor. 4:16; Phil. 3:17) for example - or anyone else - then will I not walk in the darkness?
4. Does Joshua teach that we should follow others instead of, or in addition to, himself? No, he does not.
5. If in "following Joshua" we make him our Master, how many masters can a man have in one domain? Joshua says, "No one can serve two masters..." (Matt. 6:24) and the context is God-understanding or the God domain.
6. If I am following the Light as he reveals himself by his own words, am I not doing well? And if I am doing well in that regard, why would you want to condemn me?
7. Would "following him" include believing that the Father that Jesus reveals kills people, including thousands of "women, children and babies" (1 Sam. 15:1-3) when Jesus plainly teaches "love your enemies" and "God so loved the people of the earth..."? Does not Jesus speak for the Father? Is not a person believing that Jesus' Father murders people proof that they "walk in the darkness"?
Joshua says, "He who rejects me and does not receive my sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day." John 12:48
1. The word who spoke? Paul? Moses? Contemporary Preacher? Bible college professor? Popular author or theologian?
2. Does not receive whose sayings? Paul's? Moses? Contemporary Preacher? Popular 'pastor'? 'The bible's'?
3. Will Paul or Moses or anyone else's words judge us at the last day? If not, why listen to them regarding what it takes to pass judgment? Are they fit to correct the sinless One's teachings? Are their sayings superior to Joshua's sayings?
4. Joshua says, "love your enemies" and Joshua says that he is speaking the Father's words, and logic proves that perfect beings do not change. When you believe the author of 1 Samuel who says Jesus' Father said... "Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he set himself against him on the way while he was coming up from Egypt. 3 Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” 1 Sam. 15:1-3 ... are you not rejecting Joshua's plain saying of "love your enemies"? Or are you going to do the 'theological dance' and deceive yourself into believing there is no contradiction?
Joshua says, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but MY words will not pass away." Matt. 24:35
1. Whose words?? Paul's? Moses'? Contemporary Preachers? Bible college professors? Popular author or theologians? 'The scriptures'? 'The bible'?
2. So if "my words" mean the words of Joshua of Nazareth, which it surely does, then why would you think that other's words will not pass away?
3. Who else in the bible makes that claim? And even if they made it, who else defeated death to prove what they said and did was true?
4. If I listen to, memorize, take to heart, etc. words of people other than Joshua of Nazareth, then am I not hanging onto that which will pass away? How will that which will pass away help those who do not pass away?
Joshua says, "Blessed are the meek and humble". Matt. 5:3, 5
Paul says, "Since many boast according to the flesh, I will boast also...But in whatever respect anyone else is bold—I speak in foolishness—I am just as bold myself. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they servants of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death."
So, it doesn't make sense that an admission to speaking (or writing) foolishly takes away the wrongness of speaking (or writing) foolishly.
1. Can I boast and at the same time be meek and humble?
2. Would God 'inspire' words of boasting, conceit, arrogance or other such words/teachings?
3. Would speaking or writing "foolishness" be inspired by God?
The Father says, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased - listen to HIM." Matt. 17:5
1. So, the heavenly Father will be upset or displeased with a person because they do this...they only listen to Joshua? Are you aware of the Father ever speaking audibly from His realm at any other time in history to tell us to listen to anyone else?
2. Can you explain to me why our Father would be upset or displeased with a person because they have made His Son their sole/soul standard for knowing Him? Why God would be upset by having made Joshua one's Master, and Master by definition means we don't look to anyone else to teach us about God? Please try and keep the sayings of the Light above in mind when answering this.
3. Also, can you explain why if a person listens only to "the Way, Truth and Life" they would be displeasing to our Father?
4. Can you provide me a quote by Joshua to the effect of, "Listen to or look to others to know and understand my Father"?
5. If our Father would not be upset or displeased with a person who listens only to Joshua to understand Him, why are disciples like myself condemned by Biblians and Christians as "heretics", "cultists" and the like?
6. Would heeding this saying, "Many will come in my name and deceive many" be consistent with listening only to Joshua who elsewhere says, "I am the Way, truth and life"; or would it be consistent with listening to MANY voices who claim to represent Joshua, like Paul or the authors of the Hebrew scripture or the millions of religious leaders and people who are like Paul?
7. For those who still cling to the bible and "the scripture" other than Joshua's words, please provide me with one quote from Joshua where he says something to the effect of, "listen to the Hebrew prophets in order to understand and know me and my Father". If you cannot do that, then your position is clearly and undeniably wrong.
I look forward to your thoughtful responses!
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