The Human Jesus and Christian Deism
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… In his parable of the “talents” (Matthew 25:14-30),
Jesus taught that we show our love to God by how we use the life
that God has entrusted to us. In his parable of the “good
Samaritan” (Luke 10:30-37), Jesus taught that we fail to love
others when we cause human suffering or when we do not try to relieve
human suffering when we can do so.
...Unfortunately, soon after Jesus’ lifetime, a man named
Paul of Tarsus began proclaiming a very different message. Paul
never claimed to have seen or heard Jesus during Jesus’ lifetime,
but claimed that Jesus had appeared later to Paul in some kind of
vision after the death of Jesus. Paul began preaching that Jesus
“was in the form of God, . . . . but emptied himself, taking
the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being
found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient unto
death, even death of the cross” (Philippians 2:6-7).
Paul viewed the crucifixion of Jesus as a sacrifice to God to atone
for the sins of humankind. Paul wrote, “But God shows his
love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ (Jesus) died
for us. Since therefore we are now justified by his blood, much
more shall we be saved from the wrath of God” (Romans 5:8-9).
According to Jesus, we are forgiven by God if we repent of our sins
and we are
willing to forgive others who sin against
us, but Paul taught that Jesus had to die as a human sacrifice to
obtain God’s forgiveness and save us “from the wrath
of God.” Paul’s teaching, or “gospel,” was
very different from Jesus’ gospel.
Paul claimed that his “gospel” was revealed directly
to Paul by Jesus after the death of Jesus. Paul wrote, “For
I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached
by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from man,
nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ”
It is clear that Paul replaced Jesus’ natural religion with
a so-called “revealed” religion. In all of his letters
found in the New Testament, Paul never quotes the teachings of Jesus.
Jesus’ gospel calling for people to repent of their failures
to love, and to forgive each other, was replaced with Paul’s
“gospel” of blood sacrifice to appease an angry God.
A series of church councils in the fourth century compounded the
errors of Paul by making Jesus equal to God and institutionalizing
Paul’s “substitutionary theory” of atonement.
[Ed.’s note: This article is based on excerpts
from the original article which is much longer. The original article
and other related articles of the author can be accessed at http://www.onr.com/user/bejo/index.htm]
A Voice from Ukraine
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