Some very intellectual Scribes and Pharisees approached Jesus one day and said, “Why is it that your followers…your band of apostles, don’t follow the traditions of Israel’s forefathers and wash their hands before they eat”?
Jesus replied, in Matthew 15:2 –“ Why do you yourselves transgress the Laws of God for the sake of your tradition…your precepts taught by men, and not taught by God’s Word?.” Jesus told them how they failed to honor their mothers and fathers – and He called them hypocrites.
Matthew 15:7-9 “You hypocritical people claim to honor God, but Isaiah was right - you honor God only with lip service, but your actions tell God that you are far from Him. You worship God in vain….you teach the PRECEPTS OF MEN as though they are doctrines from God’s Word.”
A “religion” is defined as “a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.”
A “religion”, therefore is any system of beliefs, including atheist, agnostic, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Mormonism….you name it. How then, does one discover the “right religion” that will ensure them a passport into heaven?
“Religion” will save no one. If "religion" saved people from hell, then all of the above “religions” must be going to heaven, right?
One might wish to find out what God says about how to get into heaven.
The oldest Book in the Bible is Genesis, and Genesis is the same writings that are found in the Jewish, Muslim and Gentile “Bibles”.
If any books came along after Genesis (or the Old Testament or Torah or Quaran), they would be suspect. One might want to find out if those writings agree that God declared Himself to be more than one entity.
Some say that God is one entity. Others believe that God is made up of God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God the Son.
If we can find clarity and agreement on who God is, and is He one or three entities, we might have a starting place for discovering the TRUTH.
Let's discover - from the God of all three Old Testament Holy Books exactly who He says He is.
In Genesis 1:26, God said, “Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness.” Clearly, God told the world that He is made up of more than one entity, but we need clairification.
Later, after Adam and Eve sinned, God declared this in Genesis 3:22, “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of US.”
This demonstrates that God didn’t just have a slip of His divine tongue back in Genesis 1:26. He repeats that He is made up of more than one part.
Of all of the “religions” listed above, do any members of that religion believe that God is made up of more than one entity? If so, you are on the right track. If, however, you are being taught that God is one entity (or three), YOU are responsible to God to find out for yourself whether the PRECEPTS (teachings) of MEN match the DOCTRINES of God.
One need only to visit the second verse in Genesis 1 to determine that God also is a spirit. “The earth was without form and empty, with darkness on the face of the depths, but God's SPIRIT moved on the water’s surface. This verse was taken from the JEWISH Book equivalent to Genesis – the Book of Bereshith 1:2.
Therefore, we now know that God is Holy God, and He is Holy Spirit as well.
There are hundreds of verses in the earliest recordings of Scripture to demonstrate that God is God, and He is Spirit.
The Jewish Book of Bereshith (6:3) was recorded after the flood of Noah’s time when God said that man would only live for an average of 120 years - rather than 969 years like they did before the flood. (Methuseleh).
From Bereshith 6:3 we read,“And YAHWEH said, My spirit shall not always strive with Adam (man), for that he (man) also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”
Clearly, YAHWEH said, “My Spirit” when He was having that verse recorded in the OLD Holy Books of the Jews, the Gentiles or the Muslims.
If WE, made up of body, soul and spirit, spoke to someone and said, “My spirit is vexed”, would it not be declaring that OUR body is comprised of at least the body and a vexed spirit? We would be declaring that we are made up of at least two entities…..body and spirit.
We now look to God to ask if He has a Son. If He agrees that He has a Son, then we must believe He is stating - for the record -that He is more than one entity...and more than God and Spirit.
We can look in the Gentile Book of Psalms or in the Hebrew Book of Tehillim - or in the Muslim Book of Zabur and arrive at the same concrete conclusion.
Psalm 2 or Tehillim 2 - or Zabur 2: God asks, Verse 1 -"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2-The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3-Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4-He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. 5-Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure. 6-Yet have I set MY KING upon my holy hill of Zion.”
Did God just say that He will set HIS KING upon Mt. Zion in Jerusalem? Who would be God's KING?
Is God referring to King of the Jews? King of Islam? King of the Gentiles?
In Tehillim, there is a break between verse 6 and 7.
These words are found: “Promise To Messiah As The Head Of This Kingdom.”
Therefore, let us discover if YAHWEH and His Holy Spirit have a third entity…a SON whom GOD and the Holy Spirit planned to introduce to the world as Messiah.
I refer to the Jewish Holy Book of Tehillim (Psalms) now, and in verse 7 - for clarity from a Holy Book other than the Gentile Bible known as The Old Testament.
Tehillim 2:7 -“I will declare the statutes: YAHWEH has said to ME, You are MY Son; this day have I begotten You.”
The ME is the MEssiah - a SON of God declares that His Holy Father will someday beget a Son…a Messiah who shall be called Emmanuel…”God with us.”
Verse 8 – God said this to His SON - “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.”.
9-”Thou (my SON) shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”
10-"Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11 -Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling."
Verse 12 of Tehillim – 12 - Kiss THE SON, lest HE be angry, and ye perish from the way, when HIS wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in HIM.”
We must visit the Islamic Holy Book of Zabur, Chapter 2, and read the similar passages: Zabur is the Islamic equivalent of the Book of David - Psalms.
Verse 1 – “Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot a vain thing?"
2-"The kings of the earth take a stand, and the rulers take counsel together, Against Allah, and against his Masih, saying, 3 - "Let's break their bonds apart, and cast away their cords from us."
“Masih” is the Arabic word for Messiah. They call their Messiah “al Mhadi or the 12th Imam.
4-"He who sits in the heavens will laugh. The Lord will have them in derision.5 -Then He will speak to them in His anger, and terrify them in His wrath: 6-Yet I have set MY KING in Al-Quds, my holy hill."
Here, in the Islamic Book of Zabur, we find the same language spoken of by this SUPREME BEING. I have set MY KING on my Holy Hill -Al-Quds...which is the same Holy Mountain referred to by Jews and Gentiles alike - Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
Zabur -7-"I will tell of the decree. Allah said to ME, "You are MY SON. Today I have become your Father. 8 -Ask of me, and I will give the nations for your inheritance, the ends of the earth for your possession. 9-You shall break them with a rod of iron. You shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."
All of the oldest of manuscripts point to a Supreme Being. The Supreme Being tells the inhabitants of the earth that He is also a Holy Spirit, and He will also beget a Son.
To have a Son, one must then be revered as a Holy Father. Therefore, any intelligent soul must come to the conclusion that there is a God and He is made up of God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God the Son.
The question to ponder then becomes, “Do I believe that Jesus is the Son of God?”
History tells us that one called Jesus came to the earth. Our calendars reflect B.C. - Before Christ, or A.D. - "Anno Domini" - "Year of Our Lord" Everything revolves around the birth of Jesus. You have to now agree that this Jesus was significant, at the very least. Was He, however, God's Son that God Himself said He would beget?
We have read that this Jesus died on a cross, and everything about his birth, death, burial and resurrection…the place of His birth…everything…was prophesied in the Books of Old…regardless of “religion”.
This same God said, “Kiss THE SON, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. BLESSED ARE ALL THEY THAT PUT THEIR TRUST IN HIM".
“BLESSED ARE ALL THEY THAT PUT THEIR TRUST IN HIM".
That, my friend, is where YOU must choose. You must ask God – YOUR GOD, to help you to discover WHO His Son is. “If ye seek, ye shall find.”
Then, it is YOUR CHOICE to put your trust in God’s Son - or “perish from the way”.
I must go back to the beginning of this article to wrap up this invitation to find THE SON.
Each “religion” must have an origin. Each likely can go back in genealogy to Isiah.
Isaiah said, “You honor God only with lip service, but your actions tell God that you are far from Him. You worship God in vain….you teach the PRECEPTS OF MEN as though they are DOCTRINES from God’s Word.”
God told us “The knowledge of God is written on the hearts of ALL MEN."
Therefore, God has allowed every man and woman on the planet to be able to search for the truth. WE ALL HAVE THAT OBLIGATION TO OURSELVES.
One day, ALL MEN will find God. He will be the judge who will tell ALL MEN (and women) that His Son was available for them to accept or reject.
If YOU believe that YOUR Holy Book tells YOU that God is God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God the Son, but men are teaching you otherwise, then it is incumbent upon YOU to search YOUR Holy Book and PRAY to ask God to lead you to the truth.
God promises that if we SEEK the TRUTH…we WILL find it. God will not turn you down in your search for the TRUTH.
When you face God…and you WILL, you will have to answer His one question, “Why should I let you into my heaven?”
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