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The Truth

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Most Christians claim to believe that the Bible is the true word of God. The Bible makes clear statements about what God expects from us and what will happen if we ignore Him. These statements are God's Truth. However, in their discussions with each other, it becomes apparent that these same people believe obvious lies. These lies contradict the Bible. People who believe them are believing lies.

FACT



Most people who claim to be Christians, including their pastors, also claim to seek the truth. They claim to believe the Bible.


BLUE VIEWPOINT



Most who believe in God believe that the Bible tells the truth.

Whether that truth is about morals, culture, or how we are to live our lives, most Christian people believe that what the Bible says is what we should follow. So why don't we?

Seriously. The Bible is very clear on most subjects, but there are a few to which very few pay attention. This page is dedicated to identifying some of those subjects.

Holy day set aside by God

When God blesses something, should we honor that something, whatever it is? No, really. The reason I ask is that most pastors and churches do not honor what God has made holy. This is not an accident caused by their not knowing what the Bible says, but something to which they will admit. Worse, they reject God's deignation of Holy Days without any justification beyond their own desires.

In a book by John MacArthur, I found this passage about how we should view the word of God:

When God established the nation Israel, He built into the Israelite's daily living the principle of separation from the world. Their religious observances throughout the year served as safeguards to prevent them, as a unique people (Deut. 14:2
2 for you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession.

), from intermingling with pagans.

Likewise, God calls all His people to be separate from the world (1 Pet. 2:9
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

). Whenever we are tempted to compromise, we need only remind ourselves that God never compromises His absolute truths and principles for expediency. He always lives according to His Word. Psalm 138:2
2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. (KJV)

says, "Thou hast magnified Thy word according to all Thy name." God is committed to His Word, and as His children, we are to be also.

                 - excerpt from The Power of Integrity, by John MacArthur, page ix

Well! Sounds like Mr. MacArthur is 100% behind the word of God and being committed to what it says. No equivocation, no wiggle room. Right? Then, in another of his books, The Quest for Character, he says this:

That means there ultimately can be no real peace for those who despise holiness. " 'There is no peace' says my God, 'for the wicked' " (Isaiah 57:21). Naturally, then, anyone who genuinely loves holiness will spurn the false, worldly "peace" of blithe tolerance for all evil things.

                -excerpt from The Quest For Character, by John MacArthur, page 40

Absolutely. Rock solid. Right? Well, look through the Bible and find any passage where God made Sunday holy. Go ahead, I'll wait here. Not there? Now, do the same search for when He made any day holy. (Hint, Genesis 2:3
3Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

). The definition of "despise" from the Oxford Languages dictionary I found on Google says this:

de-spise
'di-spiz'

verb: despise; 3rd person present: despises; past tense: despised; past participle: despised; gerund or present participle: despising

feel contempt or a deep repugnance for
. "he despised himself for being selfish"

Now, if you were going to choose to not "despise" something God made holy, and decide to give reverence to something He made holy, would you keep God's holy Sabbath day or Sunday?

Most churches meet on Sunday. While there is nothing wrong with meeting on Sunday, or Tuesday, or Wednesday, there is a day that God set aside as holy. However, most people who "go to church" on Sunday consider that their "holy day", and do not honor any other day. In fact, they despise even the mention of the word Sabbath when it is in reference to "Saturday", the seventh day of the week. God never blessed Sunday. He never made it holy. So, how did it get to be "holy"?

"God, our way is better!"

Men determined that Sunday should be "holy". While there are many Feast days that God told us to use for holy convocations, they fall on different days of the week each year - some even on Sunday. However, most (a vast majority) of Christians despise the idea of keeping any of the days made holy by the God they claim to "Love". They claim that those special days of God are not for the Gentile Christians. Pentecost was set up by God to fall on the first day of the week, once a year, every year. That makes "Sunday" holy at least once a year, but not every week. There is only one single day of the week that He blessed and made holy, and it is the same day every week. What day was that?

The Sabbath. Not "my sabbath" or "your sabbath", but the Sabbath, God's Sabbath. Why do very few, including fewer and fewer Jews, keep it? (see Jews and the Sabbath for more on this) One of the most common answers is that modern life is getting so complicated that it is just too difficult to do what God commanded. As a result, they interpret Scripture to mean that God's rules are no longer rules for us because it is just too hard in today's society. Believing a lie does not make it true.

When did He make the Sabbath holy?

Before there were any Israelites, almost before there were any people at all, God set aside the seventh day, sanctified it, and made it holy (Genesis 2:3
Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

). This is a Biblical Truth.

How long does a Biblical Truth last?

According to most Biblical "scholars", this Biblical Truth lasted for about 4000 years. Then something happened to make it appear that this is no longer a Biblical Truth for the general Christian population. Many of these scholars claim that when Jesus came the first time, it automatically stopped all the laws and changed the Truth of God. You know, those laws and Truth that Jesus (God) Himself made for all mankind (Ecclesiastes 12:13
13Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.

), but suddenly disappeared in such a way that no one really knows when, or if, it really happened. Go ahead, find a verse in the Bible where God says not to keep His Sabbath. Oh, your pastor can interpret some verse in such a way to make it sound like it is no longer important to obey God's command, but neither God nor Jesus, the original Authors of the day, ever made it less important.

So, when did God change it?

Supposedly, we only know this because some of our "scholars" have determined a special way to interpret some of Jesus', Paul's, and Peter's statements that the simple, lowly layman just wouldn't understand. Suddenly, according to them, this holy day was determined to no longer be a holy day, though neither the Father, the Son, or an angel came to tell anyone. A thorough search of the Bible will not reveal any actions by God that made the Truth a non-Truth or any of the laws no longer apply to everyone.

Some say that the books of Galatians and Hebrews prove that this change did happen, but others interpret the same words to prove that it didn't happen. Is it a matter of faith? Again, believing in a lie, no matter how zealously, does not make it true. We need to be sure before we believe something that Satan wants us to believe.

In the book of Acts, well after the death of Christ, Gentiles went to the synagogues on the Sabbath to learn of God (Acts 17:17
17So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.

, and Acts 18:4
4Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.

).

No Sunday worship day then...

Let's see. Paul was in the synagogue on the Sabbath with the rest of the Jews, and with the Gentiles (God-fearing Greeks). Some say that this was only because that's where his target audience was. If that is so, why were they all there in the synagogue if Sunday was supposedly the new worship day? And, this supposed change had happened despite a lack of any notification to do so from the Blesser of the Sabbath day?

The Truth is, they all were honoring the day that God had made holy at creation and reminded the Israelites about in the desert at Mt. Sinai. Even the Gentiles got the message. They had been doing it for centuries, and were still doing it. Nothing had changed then and nothing is different now. When God says something, it stays valid until He changes it.

Still no Sunday worship day

If the Gentiles in Paul's day, after the death of Jesus, were going to God's house on God's day, why don't we do it today? Well, the answer to that is as simple as people not wanting to seek out the Truth and follow it. It's not that they ignore it, but that they are not informed of the existence of that Truth, or that they were threatened with persecution if they kept God's day instead of the "venerable day of the Sun" kept by the Romans (see Early Christians and Sunday).

There are two ways to be informed - learn for yourself or have someone tell you. People who call themselves Christians, even pastors, today have fallen into a rut set by dissenters almost 2000 years ago. They will not read the Bible for what it says, and accept that as Truth. Today's pastors have to twist the words to match their tradition, and then persuade their congregations that God's actual words no longer matter. If the Bible tells the Truth, and people are persuaded to do something else, then they are following a lie (2 Timothy 4:2-4
2Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

). You can close your ears, eyes and mind to this Truth, but the deception is happening today in YOUR CHURCH! And, no, this is not paranoia, read the Bible and look around.

Another Truth ignored by Christians?

This one will be hard for today's deluded Christians. No, don't look away. I mean you. There are statements given in Deuternonomy 12:2-4, 31-32
2Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains, on the hills and under every spreading tree, where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. 3Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places.

4You must not worship the Lord your God in their way.

and

31You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.

32 See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.
, Deuteronomy 18:9
9When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.

, and Jeremiah 10:2
2 This is what the LORD says: "Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the heavens, though the nations are terrified by them.

that warn people away from things done by the pagans (the nations) that God detests. Sure, you can say this is Old Testament and was given only to the Israelites. But, that means that you don't mind doing things that God detests. It gets even worse when you mix these detestable things into your worship of Him. That's the very thing He does not want you to do.

To what does this refer? Take a look at Deuteronomy 12:3
3Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places. (emphasis added)

. Though most people don't realize this, they have a day that they claim is Christian but is pagan, is never called a holy day in the Bible, we are never told to celebrate, but they name it after a pagan fertility goddess and use all the fertility symbols of the pagan rituals. And, they celebrate it every year. Easter.

"What? That's silly..."

Yeah, I know, the whole world celebrates it. So? That alone should show you that it is not Christian. Most of the world hates Christianity - but they keep Easter. The other example is really going to turn your head. The only other major "Christian" holiday is also a pagan holiday adopted into Christianity. It is never celebrated in the Bible, never mentioned as a holy day, has a huge list of pagan symbols that are not Biblical, is celebrated on the day of the birth of the son of a Sun god, and is also celebrated around the world by people who do not believe in God. Guessed it yet? Christmas.

What's our point?

If you were a drug addict and made the decision to get free of whatever drugs have you hooked, what is the first thing you would do? Well, recognizing the problem is the first hurdle. Once you do that, then you can take step 2. GET RID OF THE DRUGS! This will remove temptation and let you concentrate on the most important thing - getting your life back on track. Ignoring the Truths of the Bible is the same as being hooked on drugs. You are getting a daily infusion of false information (called lies) in your life that is putting you on the wrong path. You must GET RID OF THOSE LIES!

Dump the lies and seek Truth

To replace that infusion with the right information (called Truth), you must go to the source of Truth that everyone recognizes. However, you must read it with fresh eyes and listen to your informers with fresh ears. We are not trying to tell you what to believe. We just want you to know where some of the obvious issues are and have you see the Truth as it is written.

Be careful where you seek

Your pastor is not your friend unless he is guiding you into the Truth. If your routine includes mixing paganism with your worship of the Lord, you are not living Biblical Truth. If your weekly routine does not include honoring God's Holy Day, then you are not honoring Him by following His commandments. Notice I did not say the Israelite or Jewish Holy Day - it is God's Holy Day as He initiated it for all mankind (Ecclesiastes 12:13
13Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.

).

He created it, blessed it, and made it a commandment to keep it

Why would He ever change it? Oh, that's right, He didn't. Man did that. Since Jesus created everything that was created (John 1:1-3
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

), and He Who created the heavens and the earth rested on the seventh day, blessed it, and made it holy, why would Jesus discard it later? If He said something was detestable in Deuteronomy, why would He supposedly make it OK later for Gentiles, but not for His chosen people? That doesn't make sense. The typical church membership is being fed a steady diet of lies mixed in with the truth. This is usually more truth mixed in than lies, but that just makes the lies seem more palatable. But, a lie is against the teachings of God.

An institution of lies

If your pastor is not leading you down a path to Truth, you should find a new pastor. If he is following a standard "church" line of faith and teachings, you should find a new denomination. But be advised, most of them are following the same path that he is, and some of them are even aware of that fact, but find it too hard to change now.

Get back on the right path

If you don't follow the Truth, you are not following the real God or Jesus. The Truth is out there, but not many seek it and even less find it (Matthew 7:13-14
13Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

, Matthew 7:21
21"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."

). Are you a seeker of the kingdom of heaven or are you satisfied with just following the crowd on the wide path?







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