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The problem with Luke-Acts

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  The author of Luke-Acts was either a companion of Paul or someone that followed his teachings closely. Paul came from a strong religious background and that had an influence on his teachings. As we have seen in the article ' Paul's words are not God's words ' - Paul was not taught by Jesus and had very little contact with the apostles. There were some fundamental flaws in the teachings of Paul and the author of Luke-Acts took some of these flaws to the next level. Before you continue with this article, if you haven't already, you must first read the following articles for some background: The Lie about the Bible - The Bible is not inerrant and infallible - and that is not a bad thing. Not every verse in the Bible is the Word of God - If you want to discover what Jesus really taught you must be willing to look for the truth. Paul's words are not God's words - Paul and great wisdom but was only human and made mistakes. The problem with the Gospel of Matth

The Gospel of Thomas

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  The Gospel of Thomas is mostly rejected by mainstream Christianity. The reason is simple - if the Gospel of Thomas was indeed found to be reliable, it would turn Christianity on its head as it portrays a Jesus that is clearly against organized religion.  It was discovered near Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in December 1945 among a group of books known as the Nag Hammadi library. The reason it was only discovered in 1945 is that the early church destroyed all copies of the gospel because they didn't like what it was saying.  When was the Gospel of Thomas written? Scholars have proposed dates of composition as early as AD 60 and as late as AD 250. Most scholars however agree that it is between AD 60 to AD 140. Even a later date is not that late seeing that the Gospel of John was only written around AD 90 – 100. The date is important. An early date would be a big problem for mainstream Christianity because it would mean that the gospels in the New Testament dependent on the Gospel of Thomas,

God is not in the crowd

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  When people look for God, or when they need His help, they go to church. They believe that is where they will find God. They believe that is where their prayers will be answered. They are mostly disappointed. They are faced with more judgement than love and understanding. Instead of finding God they find an organization where it is more about the 'church' (business) than about the people.  Nothing wrong with going to church. God did not create us to be alone and the church is a good place to meet other believers. But that is not where you will truly find God - or yourself.  People think it is better to pray with others because of Matthew 18.  Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” - Matthew 18:19-20 But what does this really mean?   If you really think about this verse, it basically means you have to pray with others be

The Problem with the Gospel of Matthew

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  The Gospel of Matthew has a lot of information about Jesus that is not in any other of the gospels - but there is a problem you need to be aware of. There are a couple of serious mistakes in the Gospel of Matthew that follows a specific pattern.  The Old Testament did prophecy about Jesus, but in an attempt to make Jesus more likeable or believable to Jewish Christians, the Gospel of Matthew goes to far when linking Jesus to Old Testament. There are also things that Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew, that are not in any of the other gospels, and that clearly could not have been something that Jesus have said. We will see a clear pattern of when something was added to what was likely the original message of Jesus.   The Gospel of Matthew was not written by the apostle Matthew. The author is unknown but it is very unlikely that the author was an apostle. An eyewitness to the ministry of Jesus would not have relied so heavily on the Gospel of Mark as a source. It was written between A

Paul's words are not God's words

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  Paul has written most of the New Testament. What he has written is very important and we can learn a lot from it. But what Paul has written is not the Word of God.  What Jesus taught and what Paul has said (or written) is not on the same level - not even close. Jesus and His teachings are the Word of God. The teachings of Jesus and Paul are fundamentally different and Paul sometimes contradicts Jesus.  In my previous articles we looked at the lie about the Bible and that not every verse in the Bible are the word of God . We will now be looking at Paul and the books/letters that he wrote in the New Testament.  Paul was not taught by Jesus Paul never met Jesus in person. But wait - didn't Jesus reveal Himself to Paul? Yes, but He also revealed Himself to me and to most other children of God. Most of us can tell a story of how Jesus revealed Himself to us as our saviour - the day we decided to become born again children of God. Maybe your experience was so deep and powerful, it wa

Not every verse in the Bible is the Word Of God

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  Jesus did not believe that every verse in the Bible is the Word of God. Obviously, at the time Jesus was teaching His disciples, the New Testament did not yet exist. We can however look at what Jesus thought of the Old Testament scriptures. We are busy with a series where we expose the lie that the Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of God .  Jesus referred to the Old Testament as 'scripture', sometimes as 'Moses said' and sometimes as the 'commandments of God'.  Only once did he refer to scripture as 'The Word of God' – but lets have a look at how he did it. He was referring to one of the ten commandments – 'Honor your father and your mother'. Even though it was one of the ten commandments, Jesus said 'Moses said' (Mark 7:10), not 'God said'. He then talks about what Moses said, links it to the law of love (the new commandment), and then ends with you are disregarding the 'Word of God' (Mark 7:13). See what He did t

The lie about the Bible

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  There is a lie that has been told for over 2000 years. A lie that is so deeply rooted in how we think that most Christians will never accept the truth. The lie is that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God. It means that people believe every single verse in the Bible is the word (or the words) of God. That every verse can be quoted as 'This is what God says'.  I can list a lot of Bible verses that is a real problem if you believe that - some of those are shocking and others just embarrassing to try and justify as something God would have said. But that is not the reason you should change how you see the Bible.  How we see the Bible makes all the difference The Bible 'contains' the Word of God - if you study it and God's 'Word' is revealed to you through the Holy Spirit. But not every verse in the Bible is the Word of God (I will give you proof of this in the next article). The Word of God is not limited to the Bible. We will be looking at other