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MUSLIM’S SAY, “PAUL, NOT JESUS, FOUNDED CHRISTIANITY”
“Paul corrupted the [Muslim] message of Jesus and also invented continual sinning. Jesus never taught His blood-atonement, Paul thought it up. So, which gospel do you believe - the gospel of Jesus, or the gospel of Paul?”
Undoubtedly, only the Lord Jesus Christ can be the Author and Foundation of the New Testament Gospel, as this Gospel in Christ is the New Covenant in which all true believers now stand. Heb. 8:13, “By calling it a ‘New Covenant’ He made the first [Old Testament Covenant] obsolete…” The entire context and ‘unfolding’ of this New Covenant Gospel are described in the Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – and in the epistles of Paul, Peter, James, Jude, and John.
During the 2,000 years since Jesus Christ walked the earth, the Salvation-Message of all four Gospels, as well as the epistles, remained exactly the same. It was prophesied in the Old Testament dispensation, and was manifested by Jesus in the New Testament dispensation. The essence of Jesus’ New Covenant Gospel is as follows, “God so loved the whole world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that everyone who [personally] believes in Him, will not perish, but have eternal life,” (Jn. 3:16-17; Rom. 5:8-9.) The Lord Jesus Christ became flesh, became a mere human being, to atone for the sin of all humankind through His own broken body and blood, (Isa. 53:10-11; Mt. 20:28; Eph. 1:7.) Everyone who chooses to accept Him as his or her personal Lord and Savior, “to them He gave the power/authority to become the [born again] children of God…” (Jn. 1:12-13; Jn. 3:3-5; Gal. 3:26-29; 1 Jn. 4:7; 5:1-4.)
Contrary to the god of religion, The Lord Jesus did not merely love us from afar without making a way to deliver us from Eden’s cursed, sinful state. Jesus Himself said in Mt. 20:28, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Sadly, the Catholic Church deified Peter, Paul, and some of the other disciples to the status of godfathers and ‘popes,’ calling them “infallible apostles.” To this day, even Protestant churches disseminate the infallible-apostle heresy, (just note how the King James Version of the Bible still refers to these disciples as Catholic (godfather) ‘saints’ in ‘The Gospel according to Saint Matthew…’ etc.)
However, none of Jesus’ true disciples ever laid claim to such blasphemy; they knew very well that only God Himself is infallible. Paul suffered tremendously for the truth of Jesus’ Gospel until that evil emperor Nero martyred him by beheading. As Jesus’ born again disciple, Paul waged a full-out spiritual war to keep the non-legalistic teaching of Jesus pure. He fiercely opposed false teachers and the lack of Scriptural knowledge, which infiltrated Jesus’ early assemblies. Paul neither invented nor condoned any form of moral sin either. Just like Jesus, Paul and the other disciples preached God’s judgment against unrepentant sinners and unrepentant believers alike. The writers of the New Testament epistles merely became God’s instruments to bring a better understanding of Jesus’ Gospel truth, as well as to define the form and function of the body of Christ or the ecclesia, that called-out assembly of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“YOU CHRISTIANS WORSHIP THREE GODS IN THE TRINITY”
Muslims do not know Allah as a father and Allah has no son. Allah never presented himself as the savior of this lost and broken world; nor did he come in the flesh to atone for humankinds sinful state, neither does he know anything about the Holy Spirit, Who indwells all sincere disciples of Christ as His New Covenant, spiritual temple, (1 Cor. 3:16.)
Surah 5.72, “They do blaspheme who say: ‘God is Christ the son of Mary.’ But Christ said: ‘O Children of Israel, worship [Allah,] my Lord and your Lord.’ Whoever joins other gods with Allah, Allah will forbid him the Garden, and the Fire will be his abode…”
Muslims know something about the Godhead of the Bible and the Roman Catholic, Protestant doctrine of the trinity and they understand that as the worship of many gods or polytheism. Surah 5:73, “They do blaspheme who say: ‘God is one of three in a trinity:’ for there is no god except one God, Allah. If they do not desist from their word of blasphemy, verily a grievous penalty will befall… them.”
Þ Truly born again disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ do not believe in three gods in a trinity. The real “Godhead” or “Godliness” of the Bible, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is never called ‘a three divine persons trinity’ in Scripture, (Col. 1:19; 2:9; Acts 17:29; Rom. 1:20; Phil. 2:6-11; Rom. 9:5.) The 3-god or “divine persons” trinity, concocted from paganism by the Roman Catholic Church, actually consists of that happy Roman Catholic family - god the father, his ‘wife’ Mary, (the Queen of Heaven or the goddess Isis, who actually replaced the Holy Spirit in the Roman Catholic Church,) and little Baby Jesus.
Þ Teaching on the absolute inseparability between the One God of Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself commanded, (and this is not Jesus-Only teaching, Modulism, or Unitarianism,) “The First of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God, The Lord is One God. And you shall love the Lord your God [singular] with all your heart [or human spirit,] with all your soul [or mind,] and with all your [bodily] strength…” (Mark 12:29.)
Þ Jesus Himself also stated that He Himself Was and Is, (Rev. 1:8,) in the form of a human being, God Incarnate, “In the beginning was the Word… and the Word [Jesus] was God… I, [Jesus God] and the Father are One… I am the Son of God… Before Abraham was, I Am… Baptize My disciples in the Name of [the Godhead of both the Old and New Testaments:] the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… ” - (Jn. 1:1-3; 10:30-36; 8:58; 14:16-17, Mt. 29:19; Acts 2:38.)
These declarations of Jesus accurately describe the Scriptural “Godhead” of the Bible, (Jn. 4:21-24.) The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Who is One Inseparable God.
Þ How can mere human beings grasp such “Mystery of the Godhead?” We cannot. But we can form some understanding of the Godhead by looking at how Jesus described a human being, created in the “image of God,” as an inseparable tri-part being, consisting of a human spirit, a soul or mind, and a body; (Mark 12:29; 1 Ths. 5:23.) This does not mean that three separate people live inside one human body, as that would be ridiculous. Nevertheless, we do not think it presumptuous to believe that the inward human spirit of man is not a mangled mess of spiritual matter but a ‘spiritual body,’ (1 Cor. 15:44.) Although invisible to the human eye, the human spirit body does resemble the outward form of the physical body, as described in 1 Cor. 15:44b. Hence, every human being has two unseen human ‘parts,’ (a spiritual body and a soul or mind,) which live inside a physical body, (1 Ths. 5:23.)
I am not, through this allegory, suggesting in any way that human beings are gods or that they can be compared to the One, true God of the Bible. This attempted explanation is a limited understanding from a human mind that only ‘knows in part.’ The Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit remains incomprehensible to humanity, and I will not attempt to dissect the unexplainable Being of the Most High God.
John tried to explain, “There are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are One…. [The One and Only Godhead of the Bible.] He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; He who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son,” 1 Jn. 5:5-12.
Paul made it logical in Col. 2:9, explaining that the Man Jesus was/is and always will be Almighty God Himself, (Rev. 1:7-8.) He wrote, “In Him [Jesus] dwells [present tense] all the fullness of the Godhead bodily…” Col. 1:17-19, “He is before all things, and in Him, [the Creator God and the Eternal Word of God, Heb. 1:1-7; Jn. 1:1-3,] all things consist. And He is the Head of the [New Covenant] body [of believers…] In Him all the fullness [of the Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] dwells…”
Paul tried to define The Godhead as follows, “Great is the mystery of godliness, [the Godhead;] God [the Father] was manifested in the flesh, [as Jesus,] justified in the [Holy] Spirit, seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.” – (1 Tim. 3:16.) Although The Godhead remains humanly unfathomable, those who choose to accept The Godhead by faith will get to know the One True God of the Bible as a sure reality.
“ONLY A CRUEL FATHER WOULD GIVE HIS OWN SON TO BE TORTURED AND KILLED FOR THE SINS OF UNDESERVING BLASPHEMERS”
One cannot define The Godhead in human terms
We know that, since time immemorial, foreign gods have been shedding the blood of the innocent, (the blood of humans and countless of helpless animals,) but these gods have never, and will never give a single drop of their own blood to save anyone else. To think, therefore, that God the Father sat securely enthroned in heaven while His innocent Son suffered and died in the place of unworthy humankind, is the Roman Catholic concept of the happy-family trinity, which consists of ‘multiple divine people or gods in agreement — which makes them one.’
One cannot relate God the Father’s involvement in Jesus’ torment on the cross to the distress of a human father and his human son, as a human father and his human son will always remain two separate or individual people. Although a human father can endure psychological misery because of his son’s agony, he can never really share his son’s torture directly on either a physical or a psychological level.
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are inseparably omnipresent
People interpret the Name and Descriptive Title, “Jesus Christ,” as God’s Name (Jesus,) and ‘Surname’ (Christ,) and do not know how to interpret His Biblical Title and Name, “Christ Jesus.” The Title, “Christ,” describes Jesus’ Divinity and His heavenly position in The [Biblical] Godhead, (1 Tim. 3:16; Rom. 1:20; Col. 2:9.) The word “trinity” and the Roman Catholic dogma that defined it, are not found in Scripture.
“Christ” actually means “The Anointed” not “Savior.” In terms of Jesus being God Himself, “Christ” or “The Anointed” relates to “God, from Whom all power flows. “The Anointed” is the basis for the description of Jesus’ Divinity in Heb. 1:1-13, “God, Who at various times and ways spoke in time past to the [Old Testament Hebrew] fathers by the prophets, has in these last [New Testament/Covenant] days spoken to us by His Son, [we have the Scriptures, the New Testament/Covenant especially, God’s Word, that contain everything God wanted to reveal to us,] Who He has appointed Heir [as the essence of all anointing or power,] through Whom also He [Creator God] made the worlds; [physical and spirit worlds.] Who, being the brightness of His glory and the express Image of His Person, [when the disciples saw Jesus they saw the Father, Jn. 14:9,] and upholding all things by the Word of His power [as The Anointed God Himself… ] To the Son He says, Your Thorne O God is forever and ever… Therefore God, [You Yourself Is the Anointed] Who, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth and [made] the heavens… They shall all be changed.. [destroyed at His return 2 Pt. 3:10-14,] but You are [forever] the same...”
The Name Jesus actually means “Savior.” So, “Christ Jesus” means ‘God the Anointed Savior.’ To us, it means ‘The Divine Son of God, Jesus,’ “God Jesus,” “Creator Jesus,” “Redeemer Jesus,” “Blessor Jesus,” “King Jesus,” “High Priest Jesus…”
However, the Name and title, “Jesus Christ,” relates directly to Jesus’ position in The Godhead while He, (being forever inseparably and omnipresent [everywhere at the same time] God Himself,) was on earth in the body of a mortal man for the sake of humanity’s salvation and redemption. This Scriptural concept is described as, “Jesus, the son of man”, “Jesus the man,” “Jesus, Who became flesh,” etc.
God the Omnipresent Father Himself was, and always will be ‘One’ “in” Jesus Christ, Who suffered, and died in our place. Yet, Omnipresent Father God remained seated in heaven while Jesus suffered on the cross. The omnipresent Holy Spirit of God didn’t ‘brood’ around Jesus’ ‘empty’ throne while the body of Jesus Christ, (the Son of man,) was in the grave either. The Spirit was with Jesus at the cross and in death; it was the Holy Spirit Who raised Jesus’ human body from the dead. Yet, the Spirit remained on earth and in heaven with God the Father at the same time. Jesus promised that, after His ascension, He and the Father will send the Holy Spirit from heaven to indwell His sincere believers to lead them into all truth and to teach them all things, (Rom. 8:11; Lu. 24:49; Acts 1:8; Jn. 14:26; 16:7.)
These incredible mysteries can only be understood in terms of the omnipresence of the Inseparable Godhead.
The Godhead is everywhere in heaven and on earth at the same time.
Jesus always was, is, and will be God Himself, although He came into this world in the body of a mere man. God the Father is God Himself; He was ‘in’ Jesus and ‘with’ Jesus, and yet He remained seated in heaven. The Holy Spirit is God Himself; He was ‘with’ Jesus and ‘in’ Jesus,’ yet He remained in heaven with the Father. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit IS One God. The One God always was, and always will be omnipresent, ubiquitous, or ever-present and everywhere at the same time.
How do we ‘understand’ the Inseparable, Omnipresent Godhead of Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
It is audacious to thing that we, as human beings, can comprehend the “Great Mystery of Godliness,” (1 Tim. 3:16.) But looking at man who was created in His ‘image,’ might give us an idea of “The Godhead” of the Bible: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
As a human being is a tri-part being, my spirit and soul or mind are two separate entities, but truly one with my body, (1 Cor. 15:44b.)
Apart from my soul or mind and human spirit, my body will feel nothing, (1 Ths. 5:23; Eccl. 11:10.) I will be dead. My body cannot exist without my human spirit and soul or mind.
So, when I gave my spirit and soul to God the Father, I also gave my body, (1 Cor. 6:13b.)
That is why, when I surrender my soul or mind and body to the futile pleasures of sin, I am also giving my spirit; myself; me, to the control of the evil one, (Rom. 6:13-16.)
We can therefore see that when Jesus, “in Whom the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily,” hung on that cross, atoning in full for all the lostness, brokenness, sin, shame and cursedness of all humanity, it was God Incarnate that hung there.
Although these human comparisons inadequately describe The Inseparable Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (not so-called divine persons, or separate gods,) it is Scriptural to believe that similarly, Jesus did not suffer and die for our sins apart from, or completely separated from the Father and the Holy Spirit. [And I am not Pentecostal Oneness, Jesus Only, Modulism, or Unitarian. I only believe and follow only the True Godhead of Biblical Scripture!] Jesus declared in Jn. 14:11-13, “I Am in the Father and the Father in Me… If you have seen Me you have seen the Father...”
God the Father did not give His only begotten [not created] Son as complete atonement for the sinful state of all humankind as if He gave another person, a separate individual or another god, to whom He had no “bodily” connection! On the contrary; eternally inseparable from The Godhead, the Man Jesus suffered and died in our place, while simultaneously, remaining completely God Himself. The humanity and Divinity of the man Jesus Christ too, are undividable.
Paul explained in Phil. 2:5-8, “… [Jesus,] Who, being in the form of God… [as God Himself] made Himself of no reputation [among men,] taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the likeness of men, [or in the flesh of men.] And being found in appearance as a man, [while still being God,] He became obedient to… the death of the cross.”
“YOU BLASPHEME TO SAY THAT GOD ‘BECAME’ SIN AND ‘BECAME’ A CURSE ON THE CROSS!”
These Scriptural statements are definitely not blasphemous. At the fall in Eden, sinful humanity also came under the general curse of all those who live without God, (Deuteronomy Chapter 28; Rom. Chapter 2 & 3.) Acts like lying, stealing, fornicating, etc., are mere “symptoms” of the terminal spiritual disease called “sin.” Similarly, spiritual cursedness is a state, position or spiritual place without God and thus without the blessedness of God. Physically and emotionally, one might be superrich, happy and healthy, but without a sincere relationship with Jesus, one is still spiritually lost and “cursed with a curse.”
That is why humanity, through personal faith in and acceptance of Christ, must be spiritually “born again” out of darkness into God’s Light, (1 Pt. 2:9-10; Jn. 3:3-5.) Then, they are actually spiritually born again out of lostness into salvation, and out of cursedness into a place or spiritual position of blessedness, (Gal. 3:10-14.)
Just like sin itself, the ‘curse of the Law’ is a spiritual place or position without Jesus, not just a once-off thing. When Jesus atoned for our sinful state without Him, He also atoned for our state of cursedness. Jesus actually had to spiritually ‘take our place of cursedness’ or carry our cursedness for us, so that we could ‘inherit’ or ‘freely regain’ the lost spiritual state of blessedness in Him, (Gal. 3:10-14.)
However, some Christian leaders also misinterpret the truth of Scripture by adding and/or subtracting from the Truth of God’s Word by confusing and twisting the Scriptures! Let us look at real ungodly blasphemy from the mouth of charismatic leaders such as Kenneth Hagen, Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn and others. They actually make the Biblical truth that Jesus ‘became a curse’ into terribly false doctrines, which deceive thousands of gullible Christians.
Jesus did not “take on the nature of Satan” when He “became sin and a curse for us,” neither did He “suffer in hell” as profane men dare teach!
Jesus did not actually “become” sin as if He Himself became vile and most evil like the devil, as Charismatic teaches say. Spirit Filled Bible footnote, “This statement (2 Cor. 5:21) means that God does not impute [charge, assign, ascribe] our trespasses to us. He imputed them instead to Christ, Who was sinless in every respect, (Heb. 4:15; 1 Pt. 2:22-25; 1 Jn. 3:5.)”
The sacrilegious Hagen/Copeland/Hinn doctrine which teaches that Jesus “died spiritually on the cross, took on the demonic nature of Satan, [as He ‘became’ sin,] was tortured by Satan and born again in hell,” [as He ‘became a curse’ and descended into the ‘lower’ parts of the earth to lead righteous captives to heaven,] is satanic blasphemy!
Repeatedly, such evil doctrines prove what horrible fallacies can be derived from verses that are taken out of Scriptural context! The man Jesus Christ died literally or physically that day on the cross, not spiritually as they allege! His body was literally in the grave for 3 nights and 3 days. However, Christ Jesus, or The Anointed Savior, said to the man on the cross next to His, “Assuredly, I say to you, today, [on this same day; as soon as we die physically,] you will be with Me in paradise” not “hell!” (Lu. 23:43; Rev. 2:7; 3:7.)
ON THIS PAGE:
· Muslims say, “Paul, not Jesus, founded Christianity”
· ‘Christians worship three gods in a trinity’
· “Only a Cruel Father would give His own Son for undeserving blasphemers”
· God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is omnipresent
· You blaspheme to say God ‘became’ a curse and sin on the cross