My Beliefs

There is only one true and living God who is the same God in both the Old and New Testaments (Isaiah 45:22; Eph. 4:5,6).

God, who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, created the heavens and the earth in six 24-hour days (Genesis 1).

The word of God, as recorded in the Textus Receptus and manuscripts that support it, is a true account of events from Genesis to Revelation.  Therefore, true believers can place total trust in what it says and should look to God’s word for guidance in how we should conduct ourselves individually, corporately, publicly, and privately.

God manifests himself in three persons–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit–and these three are one (1 John 5:7).

All human beings are sinful from the moment of conception–a trait we inherited from the first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve.

Because of our sinful nature, we are in need of salvation from our sins since it is our inherent wickedness that keeps us separated from God.

Jesus Christ is God who appeared in the form of a man by birth to a virgin named Mary.  This Jesus of Nazareth was conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit.  Therefore, this Jesus, who is Christ (the Messiah, the anointed one) was without a sinful nature (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:14, 15).

Jesus Christ is the only way to get to God, for he said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

Jesus was crucified to death, laid in a tomb, and rose from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Jesus came to earth from heaven to die for our sins so we could be saved from our sins by believing in him (1 Corinthians 15:3).  We are saved by grace (unmerited favor) through faith in Christ, not by works such as baptism, communion, or any other good work (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Good works are a result of our salvation, not a means to obtain it or keep it.

113 thoughts on “My Beliefs

  1. Hello Harry,

    my friend claims we should call Jesus by name of Joshua or Yeshua only, since that was His original Hebrew name, that the name of Jesus came to be only in 15th century when they wrote the KJV. And that the name Jesus is Greek, and it has pagan origins?

    What do you think about this?

    Joe D

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  2. True, Jesus is a Greek name, but all of our names are different in other languages. If Jesus had a problem with it, he would have told the Greeks and Romans to address him differently. Besides, didn’t He create all the languages?

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  3. Hello Harry,

    to what extent is my responsibility to my mother? She is 83 and her health is failing. She needs some home care, shopping, dr’s appointments, cooking, cleaning, and help using rest room and shower at times. She can barley walk, her knees are shot. She is widowed.

    I am 42 and single, no kids, but have my own life and a high pressure business to run. My older brother lives 3 hours away, he is the POA and contols all her affairs and finances and medical issues. He wants me and my twin brother to just help when needed. My twin brother is married with 3 kids, so he is limited with his assistance to her as well.

    My older brother won’t work with us to devise a plan for regular paid care, etc. Bottom line, he and my mom don’t want to pay. They expect us to visit, sleep over, do shopping, and be regularly involved in her life, preferable on a daily basis! I live about 20 minutes away from her.

    My mom refuses to sell the house and go into assisted living,etc. She is determined to spend her last days at home, (which is burdening all of us). She is very stubborn, difficult to deal with and most times unhappy and miserable. She is catholic and not saved. She could live another 10 years! We don’t have the closest relationship, no one does in our family.

    I can see if I was her daughter, it’s easier to care for her, etc. But as a man her demands are getting frustrating to me. I tell her I will hire someone to sleep over and to do shopping etc. She fights that, as she wants me to do it. I do understand a lot of this is for her to get my attention as I try to make myself scarce as much as possible, I am driven away by her and her situation. But even when I do do things for her and try to set plans in place, etc, it’s never good enough. She’s never satisfied.

    Women have told me if they were married to me they’d never tolerate my mom’s actions. Some have told me mother controls me. She does try to manipulate me for her own good. But on other side of coin I am trying to not to neglect her. She has always been difficult my whole life, now it’s worse as she now needs care. And she just calls me and expects me to drop my life, business, enjoyment, etc to go cater to her? I mean I know I’m her son and I have to be there for her, but at what point do you draw the line? When is it control?

    And if I try to give her advice about what she needs to do as far as moving to Asst Living, downsizing, etc, she doesn’t listen to me. She only listens to my older brother, she respects him more. But, he wants to give her her wishes, but he lives 3 hours away and is here sporadically, and therefore the final responsibilty for her is being dumped on me!

    For some reason, this still does not make sense to me. I feel I do need to help her, but I have my own life, is she controlling me? Honestly, I have no desire to help her due to her demands, expectations, and disrespect towards me. It’s all duty and no love. I just don’t know what I’m supposed to do.

    Could I ask you your advice on what you think I should do or how to handle this? I would appreciate anything at this point! Thank you so much!
    Joe

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  4. Joe,

    I’ll start off by saying I hesitate to try to give advice on such an emotional matter as this one because there may be a whole lot of things going on in this situation I’m not aware of. I was told once that there are at least 3 sides to every story–the side of each opposing view and the truth.

    But based on what you’ve said here, I would say that what you should do should be based on what is commanded or suggested in God’s word. That is your first obligation as a Christian regardless of what your family or friends say or do. You should read 1 Timothy 5 for what Paul commands with regard to widows. Throughout the Bible, we are commanded to honor our parents, which includes taking care of their needs in their old age. That’s why Christ strongly rebuked the religious leaders in the gospels when they, by their traditions, compelled people to give money to the “church” instead of helping out their aging parents.

    Paul says clearly that believers who don’t take care of their widows are worse than unbelievers (1 Tim. 5:8). Paul states that it is the widow’s saved relatives that have the primary responsibility for seeing to their needs, not the church’s or by implication any other institution (1 Tim. 5:4, 8, 16).

    This belief runs contrary to American culture because we are so preoccupied with ourselves and getting more things and being independent. That’s why we have so many elderly people in nursing homes instead of living with their families. In other cultures, such as Latin America, Africa, parts of Europe, and Asia, it is customary for several generations to live under one roof so they can take care of each other. This is actually more normal and more in line with what God wants than what we see in America.

    It sounds like part of your problem may be your own selfishness, but I’m saying this out of love, not to slam you in any way. However, this doesn’t mean you should have to spend all of your spare time with your mother. You’re an individual who has your own life to live. So you have to ask God for wisdom and advice from the word and the Holy Spirit to guide you on some kind of compromise with your mother. But, of course, I would warn you that doing what pleases God may not be in line with how you feel. You are commanded to love your mother no matter how she has treated you, yet at the same time you don’t have to take whatever she dishes out. There’s a delicate balance to this situation and I’m sure God will lead you in the right direction if you let him.

    It’s not just a coincidence that you live only 20 minutes away from her. People all over America drive longer than that to get to their jobs everyday to provide for their families. Maybe you can designate a certain amount of days or hours to be physically there for her every week and keep it a strict schedule that resists anyone’s manipulations or excuses, including your own. Then on the days you’re not there, you can call her at least once a day for a few minutes or less to make sure she’s alright. Doing this may avoid you both from driving each other crazy.

    When you were a child did your mother ever make sacrifices for you, such as nursing you back to health when you got sick and had to stay home from school or attending a school function for you? If you have your own business, a decent place to live, and your basic needs taken care of, then my guess is that she had some type of positive influence on how you got where you are. If nothing else, she carried you to full term during her pregnancy and went through labor so you could walk this earth. Many babies nowadays are not given that opportunity, so maybe you should count your blessings.

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  5. Harry,
    That is so wonderful! Joe’s problem is not just his; we all face this dilemma some time in our lives.
    Thank you Harry for the great work.
    -Rup

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  6. I feel great sorrow for you and those who think like you. I am a pagan of many years and your information is in no way correct. We do not worship or acknowledge what you refer to as the devil, satan, lucifer or any other such thing. These are all inventions of the christian community! We are a nature based religion that existed long before christianity. To put the record straight, please note sir that the true purpose of life is that we should love our fellow man and the wonderful earth that the creator provided for us.
    We are all personally responsible for what we do, you cannot excuse your actions by inventing a separate entity to blame, regardless of what name you care to give it. We are all on this earth to fulfil a purpose and pagans believe if you mess up this time you will re incarnate until you experience all you need to do on earth until you can become one with the creator. Please, please, stop spreading hatred in the name of your religion. Open your eyes each day and look around and see the miracle of divinity all around you in everything you see. All life is a miracle and we are on this earth to love each other, not hate!
    Please feel free to contact me anytime.
    ps. The pentagram I wear as a symbol of my faith stands for earth, fire, air, water and spirit and no other rubbish! My eye amulet is quite simply an amulet of protection against those who would wish me harm and actually has a basis in a rather lovely old legend about someone who showed great compassion to a fellow human being! Blessed Be!

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    1. “The pentagram I wear as a symbol of my faith stands for earth, fire, air, water and spirit and no other rubbish! ” I’m a former satanist and I promise you this, you are worshiping the devil by default, you have no idea what you are playing with. It’s all idolatry.

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  7. this is just by way of a word of support to the guy joe d and his dilemma over his mother? I am in England and in a similar situation with my own mother who is also in her eighties and in need of similar help.
    Also, I too have an older brother who has far more influenze over our mother than I but expects others to do the actual hands on assisting!
    My advise? Make sure your mothers basic needs are catered for according to your own perception not what anyone else says including employing outside help if necessary but also be quite firm about the fact that you also need time to yourself as well and make sure you take it without feeling guilty.

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  8. rozene,

    No need for you to pity me concerning my views on paganism. It’s not hate speech as you claim, but is LOVE speech. Like my Lord Jesus, I love people enough to tell them the truth about their sin and God’s way of escape from sin to salvation through the sinless sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who died to save mankind and rose from the dead with power over death and hell. Any other form of worship, including yours, can only provide the eternal death sentence of hell for a person, so I choose to warn people about the danger that lies ahead for them if they keep going down the wrong road. That’s definitely not hate.

    Your claim of setting the record straight only made it crooked. The greatest commandment for mankind is to love the Lord God (who is Jehovah, the only true god) with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Then after that we are to love our neighbors (fellow humans) as ourselves.

    I know what wiccans (pagans, white witches) believe and your statements only verify what I said, so thank you for that much. If you believe that the god and goddess you serve are non-Satanic, you are greatly deceived. Satan has blinded you to the truth and you have made it all too easy for him to deceive you by your disbelief that he exists. That makes you such an easy target for him, whether or not you acknowledge it. So if anyone needs their eyes opened, it’s you.

    All of us are indeed responsible for our decisions and that includes our decisions to accept and follow God’s truths or to accept and follow Satan’s lies. In the end, we are the only ones who will have to answer to Jesus Christ for our decisions, so no one can blame Satan for their choices and I never stated they could blame Satan, as you implied.

    You’re in for a very rude awakening when your present life ends. If you hold to the false belief that you’ll get a reincarnation to try to fix your screw-ups, you’re wrong. We are only given one life to live, and after that comes God’s judgment. That’s the whole truth and nothing but the truth as it pertains to life.

    Your continuing arguments against the truth as found in God’s word, the Bible, will not in any way change the truth one iota. I hope and pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that you will accept the truth before it’s too late for you.

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    1. It’s not for Christians to judge others and tell them about their sin…”get the plank out of your own eye first”…We are to show love toward one another – even the unbelievers, and lift them up in prayer. Plant seeds by showing love and let God change them from the inside out. God is the only one who can change anyone and God is the one who will judge each of us. Let the light/love of God shine through you and your example will do much more than your words ever could.

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      1. Lex,

        [It’s not for Christians to judge others and tell them about their sin]

        You’re mistaken and the opinion you hold is part of the reason why many in the church are unrepentant about the evil things they do regularly. It’s part of the reason why many churches allow & promote false doctrines.

        Jesus said, “3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye,” Matthew 7.

        Jesus gave us permission to point out the mote in our brother’s eye AFTER we get ourselves right by casting the beam out of our own eye. I cast out the beam when I repented and confessed Jesus as Lord and I do it daily when I ask his forgiveness for stupid things I do. By humbling myself before the Lord, I can see things clearly that the Holy Spirit points out to me and I have permission from the Lord to point out things people are doing wrong. So does any Christian who follows Christ’s instructions.

        If Christians followed your faulty beliefs about judging others, the apostles never would have written the New Testament because they often pointed out others’ sins. No one wants to be told when they’re wrong any more and that is why the world is headed to hell in a handbasket. Furthermore, your statement is contradictory since you have made the judgment about me that I shouldn’t judge others. When a statement is contradictory like yours, that means it isn’t true.

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  9. In response to Joe D – You have done the right thing in helping with your mother, having read harryagaylord’s reply – he is right. (not sure Harry wether you have a problem of an elderely relative – but if you have, trust me it is a huge and hard responsibility). My father used to beat me on many occasions – I was his whipping post for the frustations in his life and I would be lying to say that I loved him – I hated him.

    If you had told me when I was young that I would end up looking after him in his old age (90) I would have laughed in your face. But hey, the Lord changes things – and he lives with us that is my husband and son. He is totally dependant on us – and it is the work of my Jesus.

    My father has apologised for way he used to hit me – and though I do not respect him as he was a bully. I respect the fact that I have to honor him and look after him.

    My father is also a Christian and he does realise the damage he has done. My younger brother was not hit at all.

    Not easy Joe, but since when were promised an easy ride. One promise that most of us do not want to acknowledge is the one about tribulation.
    Act 14:2 … and that we must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God.

    So every blessing to you in your commitment to your mother. And know that other know how you feel.

    Just for the record – I have 4 children – first one at 17 last 35 – and my latter years I feel are ‘me’ years. I and my husband would love to be free and to be able to travel and not have the responiblility of an old and difficult man. However God knows what He is doing. And many lessons to be learned.

    Every blessing to everyone who is in this position. You are not alone.

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  10. Meant to tick the e-mail box – if anyone wants encouragment please free to contact me.

    I did not mention that I have been looking after my father for 11 years. He has survived one massive heart attack – cancer 3 times reoccurring and he is stooped with old age.

    ylb@culla.co.uk

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  11. I seek clarification…

    When you say,

    “There is only one true and living God who is the same God in both the Old and New Testaments”, “God, who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent”, and “God manifests himself in three persons–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit–and these three are one”

    which of the following scenarios would best fit with your belief set:

    1: God, which is YHWH, is Jesus, is the Holy Spirit, i.e. God(YHWH) = Jesus = Holy Spirit .

    or

    2: What we call God is comprised of, YHWH, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. God = YHWH + Jesus + Holy Spirit.

    (I hope you can see the difference between the two scenarios…)

    Thanks.

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  12. penultima,

    I would say God is the Trinity. He is the Father. He is the Son. He is the Holy Spirit. He can reveal himself as all three separately and as one together. Those of the Apostolic denomination (like T.D. Jakes) deny the Trinity and claim God is Jesus only. I am very opposed to their concept of who God is.

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      1. I believe scripture bears out the fact that the Godhead is more than just Jesus Christ. For instance, during the creation God refers to himself in the plural–“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” [Genesis 1:26].

        Even God’s name in this passage–“Elohim”–is plural. Although it is referring to the one true God, it means “gods” or “divine ones.” Jesus even said, “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.” [John 5:26-27]. Jesus says they can exist separately, but are equal and one.

        It is because of the many complex aspects of our God that it is difficult for our human minds to fully understand how this can be, so instead of accepting it, some people in ages past came along and decided that it would be easier if we overlook such scriptures and state that God is Jesus only or that there is no Trinity.

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  13. There seems to be confusion on the sacred names. First YAHWEH named Himself and His Son . It is in the bible. Now the word jesus is only 350yrs old and was never heard or written during YAHUSHUA’s life time. He never heard the word. The name HE gave to be saved by was not jesus . people do not have a right to change the names YAHWEH gave to Himself and His Son. There is no verse for it. Churches just do not want to use Hebrew names even tho we use foreign leaders names all the time and we don’t change them. The Savior was a Hebrew , HE will come back as a circumcised Hebrew Man to YAHWEH’s chosen city Jerusalem and His chosen land Israel. Hebrew are the chosen people .

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    1. Hebrews are the chosen people, indeed, since the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. However, because the Hebrews have rejected the Messiah, all Gentiles who have accepted Jesus Christ have been grafted into God’s kingdom. The Bible does not require us to use God’s name as it is in Hebrew. God is concerned about us acknowledging who he is. When we call out to him in his Hebrew name or the English translation of his name, he knows who we’re talking to based on what is in our hearts. So you’ve made a mountain out of a molehill with your statement. Next, you’ll be telling us we have to be physically circumcised to be saved.

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  14. Hi Harry,

    I couldn’t really decide which topic to ask this question, but I guess it really doesn’t matter.
    I am researching a different church to attend here in my city, and after looking into a particular one of the Baptist faith, (only because that is what I grew up going to, however I consider myself simply a Christian at this point), I saw a picture of the front of it and it has a huge Ankh as the cross in front. I have also seen this in a few pictures of other Christian churches, and I must admit I find it a little disturbing. Now maybe I am not getting something, but isn’t that a pagan Egyptian symbol? I was just wondering why Christian churches are using this ancient pagan symbol as a sign of Christianity.

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    1. The ankh is a pagan Egyptian symbol. Sometimes Christians use symbols without realizing the pagan ideas behind them because they see other Christians using them so they never question why. Then, on the other hand, a lot of churches have also incorporated pagan ideas and doctrines into their teaching thinking that it’s no big deal. But I can’t speak to the churches you’ve seen. I have personally never been in a church that uses the ankh as a symbol.

      The symbol stands for eternal life and androgyny. Egyptians believed their gods held the key to eternal life which is why the ancient Egyptians showed all of their gods either holding it or in a scene with the ankh. It is pagan tradition that Lucifer holds the key to eternal life and, of course, he and his fallen angels are the persons behind all false gods.

      And in all pagan traditions there is the promotion of androgyny to blur the lines of gender that God established from the beginning. This false doctrine has spawned the sexual perversions we see promoted in our society today.

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  15. Harry, Have you ever considered that Christianity is a pagan religion and that the Jesus you follow is a false god which is forbidden by the one true God of Israel?

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    1. I have been asked that question several times before, but when one takes a close look at the writings of Moses, the prophets, the psalms and the other books of the Old Testament, and then takes a look at the life of Jesus, the evidence is indisputable that Jesus is truly the Lord. He fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament, with the exception of the prophecies about the Messiah’s return to Earth to reign in the future.

      And if one would be doubtful about the truth of the Bible, but looked at all the scientific evidence and historical evidence that exists to prove the Bible is truthful, that would also knock out all doubts. So the only thing that would stand in the way of a person seeing the obvious about Jesus would be their lack of faith in God.

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  16. YOUR QUOTE “So the only thing that would stand in the way of a person seeing the obvious about Jesus would be their lack of faith in God”.
    You see Harry I do see the obvious and it certainly is not lack of faith in the true Hashem of Israel. What I do see very clearly is that the lie that Jesus saves is the best PR that Catholicism ever invented. One of biggest deceptions that Christians swallow is that of ‘ORIGINAL SIN ‘ ….. No original sin, no JC is required. When you see the truth you wonder how you never saw it before!!

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  17. [When you see the truth you wonder how you never saw it before!!]

    Ah, there’s the rub. When people like you hold to lies that they deem as true, then they in their pride become blind to the truth as you have been.

    First off, I’m not Catholic so I don’t hold to their doctrines. Christianity was established centuries in advance of Catholicism, so you should probably argue with me from that standpoint. The fact is that the true Bible as found in the manuscripts of the Textus Receptus and all manuscripts in agreement with the Textus Receptus give a very accurate account of history.

    Scientists have discovered that Earth and the universe had a beginning centuries after the Bible said it. Previously the accepted thought was that the universe had always existed. Now we know that the energy in the universe is finite and is running out slowly–it is corrupting and weakening, just as stated in the Old & New Testaments. Scientists have also discovered the universe is expanding, just as stated in Psalms and Isaiah.

    Scientists also have found there is remnant heat that was left over from when the universe came to be and in this remnant heat there exists energy to form galaxies. Einstein even found that space, matter, and time had a beginning. So the logical conclusion from the Nobel Prize winning scientists who made & confirmed all of this research proves that the Bible is the most accurate document on Earth regarding the start of the universe and Earth’s creation. So you can look up the scientists Arno Penzias, Robert Wilson, George Smoot, and Robert Jastrow, who all attest in their writings the accuracy of the Bible.

    Archaeological evidence also proves the accuracy of the Bible. For example, evidence that a Hebrew named Joseph ruled in Egypt has been discovered, evidence that Jesus was worshipped as God centuries before Constantine established Catholicism and prior to the first council of Nicaea has been discovered in Megiddo, and the writings of ancient historians of the latter part of the 1st century to the first half of the 2nd century AD show that the New Testament is 100% accurate when it names even the most obscure rulers to the more popular rulers and when they reigned. But my belief in Jesus is based on his fulfillment of prophecies and my faith is in God because of what he says in the Bible and his proving that what he says is trustworthy and true every time.

    Now, to your argument of original sin. How do you define original sin?

    My belief is that Adam and Eve, the very first humans, disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden and sinned. Then all mankind inherited the sin nature from them. Sin is in our spiritual DNA. We may not commit the very same type of sin as they did, but we are sinners nonetheless. Therefore, since we are evil, we do not have the power to save ourselves, according to the scriptures. We see time & again by the sacrifices in the Old Testament, that God wants man to be free of his sin and that a sacrifice has to be made.

    Since we know the Bible is very accurate in its history and science and since it has been accurate in what it predicts years before something occurs, we can certainly trust it on matters of spirituality in dealing with the problem of inherent evil in humankind. That’s where Jesus Christ comes in. Through him, God devised a way where a sinless sacrifice could die to save the whole world from sin.
    He, God, came to Earth in the form of a sinless man to save us if we have faith in his Son.

    God, who is Elohim (which is a plural word meaning “divine ones”) is three persons in one–a trinity. And Elohim, who said “Let US make man in OUR image and after OUR likeness” sent one person of the Godhead to Earth for the salvation of man. And just because you fail to believe this truth does not diminish it in any way from being the truth.

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    1. And, of course, I failed to mention all of the lives that have been improved because of people accepting Jesus. People who have been alcohol & drug abusers have been changed because of Jesus. People who used to sleep around have been changed by Jesus. People who doctors have told would die from their diseases have been miraculously healed by Jesus. I have experienced God’s grace through Jesus in my own life and have found that no one has ever been as faithful to me and stood by me as much as he has, even when I’ve acted like a fool. I’ve also experienced his physical healing power in my life.

      I believe, therefore have I spoken about the fact that Jesus is God.

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  18. I will add to that as well Harry.

    Since it stands to reason if evil exists, therefore so does the goodly and divine, my personal testimony surely proves without a doubt that our Lord is indeed not only the creator of Heaven and Earth, but indeed our savior and redeemer in the flesh and in the spirit. For it was after I discovered in my research the reality of pure evil in our society, government, and world, in utter fear and desperation, I cried out to the Lord and in that instant he came to me, and I heard a voice clearly speak to me, showing me my long discarded Bible, and saying “This is the word of God”! As you know my entire life was transformed in that moment, and I have been reborn and renewed in my faith ever since. Only a true and living God can transform someone’s entire life in a single moment!
    I threw away a 38 year marijuana habit in 1 day after receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit in answer to my prayer. I have been receiving clear blessings from my Lord ever since. When I came up out of the water at age 7 after taking Jesus Christ as my savior, I was baptized and the Holy Spirit filled my entire body! yes yhon I felt it and knew it even at that young age. It was not a false pagan god who did that to me, It was Jesus Christ, Yeshua, The Son of man, or the son of David, whatever name you choose to call him by, he alone is Lord of Lords, King of Kings. He is calling his people back to him in these last days. It is said in the Gospels, ” the natural man cannot hear the voice of God for to him it is foolishness” the Holy Bible is Gods gift to us, our roadmap to salvation, given directly to his most trusted servants to be written down for us to embrace with all our heart and soul. I praise him and thank him everyday for that chance and gift to me. I read mine everyday to help me in my personal relationship with the Father. I am no longer afraid of what is to come, I have peace and joy living in the light of the Holy Spirit! Whosoever shall believeth in him shall have eternal life. As for the Ankh being used as a cross, I believe there is a lot of false doctrine out there, and many will follow the wrong path, such as Catholic doctrine. I often wonder if these good people ever really read the Bible, for it clearly shows this religion as one that practices idolatry. Everything about it is clearly written as what God does not want. I pray for these misguided people all the time, because I do fear for their salvation. They even changed the Lords Prayer given to us, they cut off the last part entirely. I think this false church is going to show itself as Satan’s throne in the end, and I feel empathy and sorrow for so many who will be fooled by it. We must read the Holy word of God to know him and receive his blessing. Praise Jesus for living a perfect life in the flesh, and giving it up for our salvation!

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  19. Hi put another post asking for your help, hears deeper detail on what is trying to currupt my mind

    The Dead See Scrolls exposes knowledge concealed by westerns False
    Christianity. They prove that Christianity was an outgrowth of
    Essenism. In The Dead Sea Scrolls & the Life of the Ancient Essenes, Dr.
    R. Bernard writes “These scrolls reveal knowledge hidden from the world
    ever since the Alexandrian library was burnt by the Toman churchmen in
    order to purposely destroy it, because they considered it dangerous to
    the existence and survival of the new religion (False Christianity) which
    they eleaborated by alteraion of the original doctrines taught by the
    Essenes centuries previously.”

    COMPARABLE BIBLE STORIES STOLEN FROM KEMET (Great site; Please see links lower part of the page)
    home.austarnet.com.au/calum/egypt.html

    I can go book by book of the bible and the Book of the Dead and show it was stolen from Kemet.

    the Pert em Hru of Kemet (Ancient Black Egypt)

    The Pert em Hru is the oldest book of Scripture in the world. [it’s where the Bible, Qur’an and Torah comes from]

    The Pert is popularly, but erroneously known as the Egyptian Book of the Dead because Arab tomb raiders called the copies they found “kitaabi-m-mayyit” (books of the dead men). Like some corpses today are buried with Bibles, ancient Egyptians were often buried with scrolls of the Pert em Hru.

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    1. This information is just a bunch of smoke and mirrors, it’s an illusion made to look real. Notice how whoever wrote it did not give you the specifics of where to find the actual texts or stories in either the Bible or the book of the dead. They just took phrases from both and linked them arbitrarily without the specifics. Anyone can do that! I’ll bet that if you were given the information of where these are found in both books and were to read both books, you would probably find they have nothing to do with each other.

      In order to believe what this author claims, you have to take his word by blind faith because he gives opinions without giving specific examples or the specific sources or the place in any source to check what he says. So why get upset over something like this and why even bother wasting your time with it? It is only when someone presents something more concrete than this that it may become necessary to try to show how they fall short of the truth.

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      1. ya your right brother i was in fear & became weak, but as i prayed god revealed to me about his prophecies & how history gives so much proof on many events of the bible. & that the kjv has never been proved wrong. i also think the hebrew book was made a century or 2 b4 the book of the dead. when i asked the guy what century the book of the dead was discovered he said the 2nd? I know thats gota be way off becuase people did not even know how to write in that century. So now you are so c orrect i shud have never allowed these remarks to turn my head. i guess that was god jus showing me how strong my faith is. but ive learned today to stand firm. Thank you man of god. I will come to you with many other questions tho. but plz pray 4 me & i will most certainly pray & thank god for you!

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  20. i looked at those guys you showed me & they where great until i got to another topic! They say that the fire of hell is not a physical but spiritual, which i guess kinda make sense since satan and his angels are spirit beings, but then he goes further to argue that morally good god would not actually tortue these souls even tho the bible says it will be like gnashing of teeth? he failed to bring that scripture, as well as the scripture that talks about brimstone, darkness & worms! even if the fire of hell could not burn spirit beings the bible declares that this is an eternal punishment. Which he did agree but he was clear on if he was saying that hell itself was an actual place that sinners are seperated and canst too. or if it was just a state of mind becuase if he is saying its just a state of mind according to my bible this cannot be correct! So my question is what are your thoughts on hell, the lake of fire & it being an eternal punishment. & what do you think of the statemet this guy made in his articles?

    http://www.thebereancall.org/node/6618nts
    http://www.thebereancall.org/node/6691

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  21. never mind about this hell issue i have a more important question! theres a debate going on! Do u have to have to be baptized to receive the holyghost? or do you just accept that jesus died on the cross? Sum pastors argue baptism is just an outward expression of an inward expression

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    1. Allison has spoken truthfully on heaven and hell. Dave Hunt is truly a man of God, but like him all of us can miss the mark on some points in the scriptures since our knowledge isn’t complete yet. But for the topic I gave you where Hunt discusses the Bible’s origins, he was correct.
      Both heaven and hell have physical and spiritual aspects to them. The majority of humans have to bodily die to get to either place, meaning their spirits and souls are in either place. Yet there are places in scripture where we are told people go to both places without dying bodily–e.g. Enoch and Elijah were caught up to heaven while physically alive. In Revelation 19:20, the Antichrist and his false prophet were cast alive into the lake of fire. So this is where Dave Hunt was slightly off.

      Now about the Holy Ghost and baptism. One does NOT have to be baptized before receiving the Holy Ghost. This is proven in Acts 10 where the Holy Ghost fell on Cornelius and his household as Peter was preaching to them. They were baptized afterwards. Peter tells us “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” [1 Peter 3:21].

      He was talking about how Noah’s being saved with his family in the flood was a symbol of salvation in the same way as our baptism is a symbol. Peter says baptism saves us, then clarifies what he means. It does not cleanse us of the sins of our fleshly nature, but is our answer of a good conscience toward God. In other words, since we believe in Jesus’ payment for our sins to cleanse us of sin which has saved us, we show that our conscience is clear with God on this matter by being physically baptized. It is a work that results from our salvation and does not bring about our salvation from sin.

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      1. yes this is what i beleive yet in bible school aka wed bible study they told us that acts 2:38 was saying that we have to do both to receive the holyghost. I couldnt think of any scripture of my head 2 counter this, & neither did i want to emberass the teachers of the class. but they said that all the preachers who called people up 2 b saved & accept jesus in the heart but didnt baptize that moment where basicly deceiving people into beleiving they have the holyghost. if i flip through my bible i can find some scripture myself to help clear the teachers confusion. & you did give one but are there any other important scriptures that u think i could go over with them? also this another thing that crossed my mind some people say that we where all born with the holyghost but it remains dorment i guess in a sense until we accept jesus christ, i havent found scripture to support this. As far as i knew the comforter never could be received till you took faith in the blood covenant of jesus. but there has been times in the bible where the holyspirited empowered people like samson & david i beleive.

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      2. People who quote Mark 16:16 & Acts 2:38 to back up their mistaken belief that baptism brings salvation or the Holy Ghost are omitting the context of scripture. You can look @ Paul’s take on baptism in 1 Corinthians 1. In v. 17 of the chapter Paul says “Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel.” If this was his calling from the Lord himself, why didn’t Jesus command him to baptize? Didn’t Jesus want all believers to have the Holy Ghost? Of course! So apparently baptism had nothing to do with receiving the Holy Ghost.

        And for those who claim that everyone is born with the Holy Ghost dormant inside of them–the next time someone tells you that, ask them where in the scriptures is it found. They won’t be able to tell you anything valid because it isn’t there.

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  22. Heaven and Hell are both real and both eternal.
    Heaven is where we in Christ will dwell eternally with our Father forever.
    Hell is where those who choose not to repent for sin will spend eternity in the lake of fire. It would definitely be eternal punishment in the lake of fire, especially knowing others were in heaven!

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  23. Very good plz forgive me if you feel burdoned by my continuos questioning but as you can see by my questions i dont have many mentors & often using to being THE mentor! i am only 20 years old & i study the word myself not just becuase i should but because where im from there are not many people like me. People call my lifestyle extreme, and often persecute for speaking up against carnal minded things. i beleive you are a gift from god. MY questions are about the sabbath. people often argue about the sabbath some say that the sabbath is everyday becuase of hebrews, sum demand the sabbath must be kept every saturday to maintain your salvation. This troubled me becuase i did have to work on saturdays and often could not get the day off. but i do remember when jesus said the sabbath was made for man not man for sabbath. So what do you think? does god demand us to rest every 7th day? My 2nd question is the rapture, i know the word means transport in enlish, so we must transport to heaven eventualy. the thing is some beleive it will b b4 the rapture, sum during and sum after? what do you beleive?

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    1. Lee, I’m not burdened by your questions. We as Christians are called to minister to each other’s needs with the love of Christ so ask away.

      Keeping the sabbath is a work. In the same way works do not save us, works do not keep us saved either. I think Paul said it so eloquently–“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? …He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” [Galatians 3:2-3, 5]

      Disputes over sabbaths are like disputes about physical circumcision. The apostles and elders addressed such disputes about Mosaic law in the first century of the church in a letter that appears in Acts 15:23-31 where they said “For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.”

      Paul said in Colossians 2 that since Christ fulfilled the law for you and blotted out the written ordinances that were against you (including your failure to fulfill the law), you should “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ,” [Colossians 2:16-17].

      He also said “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks,” [Romans 14:4-6].

      The time of tribulation will be the time where God will carry out his final wrath on the earth. It will be a time of God’s severe judgment. Nahum 1:2 tells us “God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.” Paul also tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:9 “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 2 talks about the Lord coming for his church AFTER there is a falling away in the church and around the time when the man of sin (Antichrist) is revealed or about to be revealed.

      Isaiah prophesied about a pre-tribulation rapture in Isaiah 26:19-21 which is probably where Paul got his explanation from about the Lord’s coming for the saints in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17. I discuss the passage from Isaiah in more depth in my post “Isaiah’s vision of resurrection and rapture.” If you want to read it you can put those words in the search box for this blog. I also believe in a pre-trib rapture because of the examples we have of what God did in the past by rescuing Noah and rescuing Lot.

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      1. thnk you i have 2 more question, its the trinity argument, Do you beleive there is one God in 3 persons or one God in 3 manifestations?

        Also in the bible the desciples where able to heal the sick & do many great works. Why do you think this is not as popular now? Sometimes i get sick and i wonder why i cannot just instantly heal my self? I wonder if its becuase of my faith, or maturity in christ, or if god just doesnt trust me these supernatural abilities yet! I still have faith he will one day tho.

        Also if heaven doesnt have sickness to give out, do i get sick becuase of my sin? A preacher named creftlo dollar said something like that. He says sickness is not of god so basicly sickness comes from sin. But as of now i feel i have been a faithful servant 2 christ, i do make some mistakes & i know that kno one can be sinless! but i do not walk in darkness for that i am certain. So this teaching confuses me!

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      2. I’m trinitarian in my beliefs as I stated in my list of beliefs above. I don’t completely understand it but he is three distinct persons who are separate, yet they are one. This concept is reflected in his name “Elohim” which is both singular and plural at the same time. It means “gods” but is used for the singular word “God.”

        This concept of three being one is reflected in his creation and we are the major example since we are body, soul, and spirit. They are separate but one person. And the Bible presents this concept in the beginning where God said, “Let us make man in our image after our likeness.” And all three were present when John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

        The Bible never gives us a 100% guarantee that Christians will never get sick or that they will always be healed. Sickness comes from living in a fallen world full of sin, but this doesn’t mean getting sick or being sick is because we personally did something specific to displease God. Nor does it mean those who never seem to get sick are in right standing with God. If you read Philippians 2:25-30 about what happened to Epaphroditus who was devoted to Christian ministry, this becomes clear. He got sick and nearly died because of the work of Christ he was doing.

        Creflo Dollar is someone whose teachings you should be very careful about. He often preaches that gain (material wealth) is godliness when in fact godliness with contentment is great gain according to the scriptures.

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  24. Yes Lee be careful of television evangelists. Most of them are all about material wealth. They have mega churches, and mega dollars, and are mixing scripture with their own spin on things to their own benefit. Remember you will know them by their fruits. Don’t lose heart, it is a difficult journey a new Christian has. You are right to ask questions, and this is an excellent place to get answers. Many of the questions you have, I have asked Harry myself, and he has always clarified things for me. You keep reading Gods word, and I promise you it gets easier to understand because God will help you. Pray to the Father for help and guidance in these matters. I have always felt like God led me to this Site. Harry uses only God’s word and does not change it or put his own spin on it, and he is very knowledgeable in scripture. That is what God wants. He doesn’t want his word added to nor taken away from to suit anyones own ideas.
    As for others and how they see you, this will never change. They cannot understand, and many never will. they are following the World at large, and we are following Christ. Jesus taught that we will be hated for loving him and following him, because he is hated. Remember Satan has this world, and his influence is round about us always. Pray for guidance and strength in these matters and you will receive it. Jesus has plans for you, that is why you hear him. God bless you Lee, keep reading you will grow to understanding more and more.
    Oh the healers. You know God does allow good people to become ill.
    I am not saying he doesn’t heal, but God has his own plan for each of us. We need to accept and worship him for we cannot ever understand his motives, that is for him to do. But know this, he has a reason and purpose for everything he does in your life, good and bad. We will suffer on this earth, in this flesh. We have to. Many of life’s most important lessons are learned through pain.
    I believe the season for healing by laying on of hands was predominantly taking place when Jesus walked the earth. Thousands were healed, multitudes of people the Bible tells us. Gods purpose was as such. The word has lasted for centuries after Jesus ascended into heaven because real people had these experiences and passed the word on. It could not be refuted. But for everything there is a season. These modern day faith healers are taking biblical license, I don’t believe most of it. Now that part is strictly my opinion, but I think if God wants to heal you, he simply will do it.

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  25. hey harry how u doing. im back to ask for advice & maybie even correction, ive been in this debate as u can see here if ud like?

    http://viklife.com/forum/topics/did-jesus-die-for-everyone-or?page=1&commentId=2076538%3AComment%3A25994&x=1#2076538Comment25994

    Ive responded best i could some of it might be off, but i beleive my arguement is legit for the most part any way we are debating over this?

    DID JESUS DIE FOR EVERYONE?! OR SOME WHO WERE PREDESTINED TO BELIEVE?

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    1. Lee, I’m happy to hear from you again. I’m doing well and I hope you are also. Did Jesus die for everyone? The scriptures say–

      My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation [appeasement, atonement] for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. [1 John 2:1-2]

      For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. [Romans 5:6] Last I checked, everyone who has ever lived on Earth, except Christ, has been ungodly.

      Therefore as by the offence of one [Adam] judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [Jesus Christ] the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. [Romans 5:18-19]

      But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. [Hebrews 2:9]

      And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. [1 John 4:14]

      The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. [2 Peter 3:9] God wishes everyone would be saved. But he knows everyone will not be.

      For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [John 3:17-18] The “world” means every human–past, present, and future. He came to offer salvation to the whole world but realized the whole world would not believe in him. Everyone would not accept his free gift.

      From the parts of your discussion that I read, I would say you’re correct Lee. Stay true to God’s word and his Holy Spirit and he’ll continue to teach you everything you need to know as he has done already, my brother. May God continue to bless you with his knowledge, grace, and love.

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      1. Lee & Harry, I love you guys are brothers in Christ. That is why I feel I must explain something that you may not see in scripture that is there. I have learned much from you and I hope to impart a new texture to the word of God that is there.
        I want to address:
        1. Free Will
        2. Jesus Dying for Everyone.

        God created Adam and Eve with no sin. They were neutral. They had no inclination to either do good or to sin in that there was no one before them to slant them in one direction or another. They literally had “free will” in the sense that many use the term today: meaning one can choose to do a sin or a good act with no bias. The fact is our neutral representatives chose to sin and disobey God. From that one sin brought death into the world of a spiritual nature (Romans 5) as well as physical death. Now because we are born in Adam literally we are spiritually dead, deaf, blind and dumb to God. We have a fallen will that is predisposed to sin. We learn in scripture that anything done apart from faith in God is sin (Romans 14:23), no matter how great the act in human eyes it is coming from a soiled condemned soul with evil selfish motives (Isaiah 64:6). From henceforth if anyone was to recieve eternal life they would need a resurrection of the spiritual nature or put another way a spiritual rebirth from the Holy Spirit or a second birth from above. (Let me stop here and ask the question that is posed from the implication of a birth. Did you choose to be born? Does anyone choose to be born? Just in general not talking theologically, Can something choose to be born? John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God, James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Now stop and ask the question of a resurection: Did Lazarus arise and then hear Jesus tell him to come forth? Or was Lazarus brought to life so he could hear Jesus say come forth from the tomb. The timing of life giving is not an issue of which came first in time or temporal but a logical one. They might as well be simaltenous in time but logically the life must be made alive in order to hear. The dead cannot hear unless they are alive. That is why Jesus said what he said several times in the Gospel according to John in chapter 6 or when he mentioned that in Matthew 16:17 that only The Father in Heaven could reveal that Jesus was indeed the Christ)

        Our perfectly neutral representative Adam with no bias towards sin, sinned, and brought death into the world. From his one sin brought condemnation and many made sinners. From Adam did not come the freedom to choose right or wrong. The freedom to choose right or wrong was given to Adam and he chose wrong. Now we are dealing with that decision he made for us as our representative. Now a pagan would say “That is not fair, I would have chose to not sin,” or “how can I be punished for what someone else did?” First it is actually more fair because Adam was not predisposed to sin and had a neutral nature, so he had a better opportunity from a neutral position to resist temptation than that of a fallen man who is predisposed to choose sin to satisfy our evil flesh. So Adam actually is a better representative than myself or anyone else because now we are wrought with sin. Second, the first answer fulfills this question. Also who are we to judge God and tell Him what is fair. He never consulted me when He decided to create the world either or to suffer God’s wrath on the cross for me, etc. It was not “fair” when he died unjustly on the cross which is the whole point of grace and the gospel itself. He gives life to the unsaveable, not by their actions but by His nature. He saves us and loves us because of His nature and character not ours. We are not walking along the road and see God and choose to follow Him. We are walking along the road to death and he grabs us from our own condemnation and saves us. The opposite of that is the hardening of the heart, see romans 1. He hands people over to themselves and their own sin as a form of judgement. The hardening of the heart is no action by God but His inaction on the sinners behalf. He allows them to continue on a path to ruin. Were it not that God chose some then we all would perish willingly under our own “free” will. Woe unto anyone who God does not intercede for. I pray that God does not count my sins against me but sees Jesus Christ rigteouesness.

        The only will that is truly free is that of a will that cannot even choose sin. Sin is death and slavery. Sin is bondage and therefore the opposite of free. To say ” I am free to choose sin” is akin to saying “I am free to be in bondage to my flesh, the world and satan”. That is not freedom. Freedom is only choosing to do rigtheousness for the glory of God. True liberty is found only in the Holy Spirit and in keeping the commandments. One last point on free will. The only true free will is a will that is not constrained by anything (I choose to crush the world in my hands or I choose create life) To suggest that you can do whatever you want is to say God has no control outside of Himself or to constrain God. This is the neutering of The Almighty Himself. God is not constrained by my choice, I am constrained by His and praise God for this grace of His to choose things that I never would choose on my own, namely Jesus Christ. (Paul the apostle did not choose Jesus Christ. He was chosen to be a preacher of the good news to the gentiles. Paul wanted nothing to do with God. It was not until Jesus revealed himself to Paul and quickened him in the Spirit that he loved Jesus.) Only God himself who is omnipotent has true free will. He has the power to do anything *(and notice that anything God can do is never evil or sinful therefore true “free will” would never sin, thus any human free will is no free will at all but leading to death) including his ability to save evil sinners who hate him from birth. He can take a rich man and even save him (which you know is as hard as getting a camel through the eye of a needle.)

        Read and meditate in Ezekiel 36:22-37. God removes our hearts of stone, God cleanses us, and why, so we would stop profaning His name. He does not do this because of us. He does it for Him. If he left us to our “free will” after the fall we would choose exactly what we would want: and that is sin and death. The only thing that can conquer sin and death is God Himself. I on my own cannot stop sinning and choose to obey. I need the Holy Spirit. The only way I get the Holy Spirit is not by my cajolling Him into me by my faith, but by Him granting me faith to want Jesus!

        2. Jesus died for everyone. I absolutely agree with every scripture posted. That is not the thrust of the arguement though. The thrust is who actually is saved by Christ’s death and his atonement on the cross. From reading scripture it is clear God does not want or wish people to die nor does he take pleasure in the death of the wicker (Ezekiel 18) but he wants us to repent and live. We also know from scripture that hell was originally created for the devil and his angels but Jesus tells us that the goats will be thrown into that same judgement arena. So Jesus’ atonement could not have been for everyone, clearly. If so then why would anyone be thrown into hell? If Christ did atone for their sins then God the Father wrath would be satisfied and would have no need of this judgement. Now God can do this and I am not saying he should not or will not, but scripture teaches that there is a final seperation of the sheep and the goats. Christ died for the sheep in an effective way. They are the ones he came for and will not let leave his hand because he and the Father are one John 10. Everyone is commanded to repent and believe in Jesus. that is a command from the new testament. So it is a sin not to recieve jesus. Fact is they cannot be drawn to Jesus except through the Father and the Holy Spirit. Judgement is in God’s hands not ours. I do not want him to deal with me or anyone else justly, but strictly but his mercy and grace.

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  26. I wanted to thank you for the clear, concise and simple statement regarding your beliefs. I have recently been discussing deity of Christ, Jesus’ apperances in the old testament and redemption, with my peers at work, one is a Mormon and the other a Catholic. Stubborn in their beliefs to say the least.

    I have used your reference many times. Thank you.

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  27. do you have any associates that do deliverance ministry in the Boston MA area? need a fast referral for a family there, in deep crisis with MASONRY fall out— father side up to 800’s in scotland- was the Grand ________ of the Masons. & on mothers side- her own father was 32 till he passed. this 50 yr old father is in GREAT crisis– any ideas?

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  28. Jacqué, I don’t know anyone personally in the Boston area who does that. However, there’s a ministry link on the right of the screen of this website called “Ex-Masons for Jesus” that may be able to help you out with finding someone. I would encourage you to click on the link and contact them.

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  29. This is not correct – the G-d of the incorrect NT is NOT the G-d of Israel. And all who worship it and Allah are idolaters. The only people who G-d revealed Himself to is the Hebrews – and it was to a whole nation – not crackpot individuals who think they are god. The NT which should be called the Greek Testament is a book of lies, deceit and utter falsehoods and a creation of Rome.There is only ONE set of scripture and that is the Hebrew Scriptures, there is no NEW Testament because there is NO OT. God’s Laws were given for all time to all peoples – the Torah is not just for the Jews it is for non-Jews too. God states the Torah is eternal – man thinks otherwise to his eternal loss.

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    1. The fact that you contradict yourself in your statement proves how wrong you are, not to mention history and the Old Testament prove you wrong. You said “The only people who G-d revealed Himself to is the Hebrews.” Then you said “God’s Laws were given for all time to all peoples – the Torah is not just for the Jews it is for non-Jews too.” If God only revealed himself to the Hebrews, then they are not for all peoples and non-Jews too. You contradicted yourself.

      And if the NT were lies as you claim, then it would have been impossible for Jesus to have fulfilled all the prophecies about the Messiah. The fact that he fulfilled them has been historically proven by sources outside the NT. If the Torah is the only correct scripture, why is it that not even you fulfill it. Do you sacrifice calves, goats, pigeons, etc. every day and on the holy days? If not, you have broken the whole law.

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  30. No I have not contradicted my self at all – your JC did NOT fullfill one of the Messianic prophecies because there are NONE about him. I would love to see your proof that JC exists outside the NT because there are none! Apart from one to two historians of that time and it is debatable that it is true! I will forgive your ignorance because you follow the mind control of xtianity. However your ignorance is not acceptable and your leading others astray with your untruths is concerning.

    James is talking utter rubbish when he foolishly states in 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point he is guilty of all” – this is one of the many inconsistencies and lies of the NT and believe me there are many!! Having a relationship with God does not need your Jesus or any other false deity.

    I am quite happy to have an open debate with you on this!

    The Laws of God have been with man since Adam, and then reiterated to Noah which are known as the 7 laws of Noah, and then when God gave the Torah to the Hebrews the 7 Laws were incorporated into the Torah. Gentiles are not under the 613 Laws however the 7 Laws are binding on all men – all men are in fact Noahides due to the fact that Noah and his family were the only survivors after the flood! The difference between you and me is that I am an observant Noahide. You as a christian are an idolater. Of which I was once!

    When God chose Abraham the world was in a deplorable state (it is not much better now) – the Noahide laws were not being kept such as Nineveh in later history – one would have thought the flood would have been a lesson for all mankind! And God then chose that the Jews would be the nation to be a kingdom of priests and be a light to the nations. The Torah is the blue print and the Tree of Life. It is amazing that people think xtianity is born out of Judaism yet it is a bastard religion as is Islam. The sad truth is that nothing will let see you the truth unless your seeking! Islam and Xtianity have in truth nothing in common with Judaism at all. The God of both man-made religions is NOT the God of Israel.

    My blog is http://www.noahide-ancient-path.co.uk

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    1. You make a lot of statements but you provide no proof yourself. The fact that Jesus Christ walked the Earth and that he did what the Bible says is historical, indisputable fact. You conveniently sidestepped the question I presented to you, so I’ll give you another chance–if you are so committed to the Torah, do you make your daily sacrifices of animals for your sins and do you sacrifice animals on the holy days such as Passover & the feast of tabernacles? If you don’t, you have broken the law. And I wasn’t quoting James–

      Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen. Deuteronomy 27:26

      And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 32:46

      Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee… Joshua 1:7

      Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left… Joshua 23:6

      Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets. 2 Kings 17:13

      So everyone who does not fulfill every word of the law is cursed, including you. And those are the words of the Torah that you claim to uphold. You claim to believe in the Torah, but you don’t. Anyone who truly believes in the words of Moses and the prophets will see that they point to the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Jews, Savior of the world, and Master of the universe.

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    2. Yvonne, you claim Christianity has nothing in common with Judaism, but here’s proof that it does using Moses and the prophets & comparing them to Jesus Christ and his disciples:

      Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. Jeremiah 31:15

      Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. Matthew 2:16-18

      And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. Deuteronomy 8:3

      And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:3-4

      The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. Isaiah 61:1

      The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised… Luke 4:18

      Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you. Habakkuk 1:5

      Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you. Acts 13:40-41

      I believed, therefore have I spoken… Psalm 116:10

      We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak. 2 Corinthians 4:13

      The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. Psalm 118:22

      And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Isaiah 8:14

      Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 1 Peter 2:7-8

      And here’s a link that lists prophecies about the Messiah that Jesus fulfilled– http://www.godonthe.net/evidence/messiah.htm

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  31. Harry – I don’t need to make statements the Torah is the statement you should take notice of – what I say is not important – these are not my thoughts…

    Nobody makes sacrifices daily or otherwise any more because there is no temple – that is obvious surely even to you?

    From the time that Cain and Abel made the first sacrifice to God, Jews, including Noah and Abraham, made animal sacrifices to God in many places.

    When the Jews received the Ten Commandmens on Mount Sinai, one of the new laws stipulated that Jews were no longer allowed to bring sacrifices to God just anywhere.

    The Torah says, “You may not worship God in such a manner. This you may do only on the site that God will choose from among all your tribes to place His Name there. You must seek His Presence, and you must go there. You will bring there your elevated offerings, your eaten sacrifices, your tithes, your hand-delivered elevated gifts, your general and specific pledges, the first born of your cattle and flocks….” (Deut. 12:4-6).

    Thus, once King Solomon completed and dedicated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, animal sacrifices were offered only in the Temple. It would be a sin to offer sacrifices in any other place. And once the Temple was destroyed in 70 CE, no more animal sacrifices were offered.

    Biblical historian Richard Friedman says, “Modern readers often think that sacrifice is the unnecessary taking of animal life, or that the person offering the sacrifice was giving up something to compensate for some sin or to win God’s favor. But in the biblical world, the most common type of sacrifice was for meals. The apparent rationale was that if people wanted to eat meat, they must recognize that they were taking life….

    Second, sacrifices were not merely for forgiveness of sins. Worship and celebration and thanksgiving and petition were the far more important reasons for sacrifice. …

    The Hebrew prophets denounced the idea that ritual sacrifice could atone for intentional deeds.

    Expiatory sacrifices were also required from the priests or leaders of the people who commit errors or offences. There is considerable ritual involved…

    The first real challenge to the sacrifice system came from the Prophets… Max Dimont writes, “What they said was remarkable for their time: that ritual and cult in themselves were of no value to God. Humanity, justice, and morality were superior to any cult. They said God did not want rituals; He wanted higher moral standards from mankind. They said that God abhorred sacrifice [without heartfelt repentance], that it was no sin not to offer sacrifice, that the sin was corruption and the perversion of justice. These were fantastic and daring notions in those days when sacrifice and ritual were religion itself.”

    This new doctrine of the prophets slowly but surely paved the transition from sacrifice to prayer, and led to replacing the priest as a performer of ritual with the rabbi as a teacher.

    As a reminder, mere sacrifice or prayer cannot expiate a sin that involved loss to others. The loss must be made whole.

    …The rabbis extended the pharisaic concept that the experience of God was not contingent on the Temple.

    …Prayer replaced sacrifice, and the local synagogue replaced the centralized Temple.

    Clearly, prayer was not new. The earliest parts of the Hebrew Bible give examples of prayer. …

    What was new was the formalization of prayer by rabbis and the recognition that sacrifice was no longer needed. …

    The Christians concluded, therefore, that the destruction of the Temple and the loss of sacrifice were irrelevant–Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice had supplanted all others, so that future sacrifices were unnecessary. Expiation of sins came from simply believing in Jesus.

    The rabbis’ response was that the covenant was indeed eternal, and that they would neither give up Judaism nor deny the real-world changes to their religion. …

    How does a Jew or Gentile obtain atonement or forgiveness from God?

    According to the Hebrew Bible, atonement may be accomplished in several ways. It may come through suffering or death, through sacrifice, or through repentance. Repentance is not merely prayer, although prayer is an important element; there must also be a change of conduct. If a wrong was done to another, the wrongdoer must seek that person’s forgiveness. .

    For the modern Jew, atonement comes from prayer and repentance. …

    Perhaps Harry if you read this thoroughly you might just realise what a stupid question you asked and learn something …

    Before you start quoting about keeping the Law you should really research and find out more about it!

    Your Jesus died on a cross a disgraceful death according to the Torah – his was deserving – he was a law breaker, an insubordinate and a liar. Moses DID NOT point to Jesus in any shape or form – Your Jesus did nothing for the world expect bring heartache to the Jews …Your Jesus did NOT fullfill one criteria of the Messiah – to believe this is rank idolatry and puts you in a very dangerous place with the God of Israel! The NT god is a NT creation and has no bearing on any Hebrew truth whatsoever.

    There is nothing personal in this at all Harry – you or uncle tom Cobbly – if you place JC in the centre of your life you commit idolatry 100 percent.

    I shall address your second comments later.

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    1. Yvonne, you should try being terse instead of verbose in your comments. I had to edit out parts where you just kept repeating yourself and the comment is still too long.

      But here you are again contradicting yourself. Your first comment said “The only people who G-d revealed Himself to is the Hebrews…” Then you said “the Torah is not just for the Jews it is for non-Jews too.” If God reveals himself & does it through the Torah and the Torah is for all people, then God has not revealed himself only to Hebrews.

      Then in this comment you said “I don’t need to make statements the Torah is the statement you should take notice of” but you then proceed to interject your own comments and comments of other people like Friedman & Dimont alongside the Torah. Contradictory indeed! As if that weren’t enough contradiction, you go on to state “what I say is not important – these are not my thoughts” but you interject your thoughts right down to the last paragraph and you have basically told me to dismiss your statements by telling me up front they are not important. So I’ll follow that advice and consider that what you say is not important and now I’ll show you why even though your heart is hardened against the God you claim to follow, but really don’t. It’s obvious you don’t know whether you’re coming or going with some of the statements you’ve made.

      The word Hebrew is first used of Abram in Genesis 14:13. You stated “From the time that Cain and Abel made the first sacrifice to God, Jews, including Noah…” but Cain, Abel, and Noah weren’t Jews or Hebrews. The word “Jew” is derived from the name of Judah the patriarch and was not used until a long time after Noah when Judah became the southern kingdom. They were called Hebrews from Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob & his 12 sons & their descendants.

      Then you made the mistake of injecting Richard Friedman’s erroneous statement that “in the biblical world, the most common type of sacrifice was for meals.” When you take into account that the high priest had to “offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement” [Exodus 29:36] and on the 10th day of the feast of trumpets “there shall be a day of atonement” [Leviticus 23:27], in addition to burnt offerings to atone for sin [Leviticus 1:4], other sin offerings to atone for sin [Leviticus 4:20], peace offerings to atone for sin [Leviticus 4:26], trespass offerings to atone for sin [Leviticus 5:18], and atonement money to atone for one’s soul [Exodus 30:16], it means that the most common type of sacrifice was for sin, not for meals. Friedman was wrong based on what the Torah says. And that makes you wrong for buying into what he said.

      You accused me of not thoroughly studying scripture, when in fact it is you that is in error. The fact that you deny Jesus fulfilled the Messianic prophecies just means you were unwilling to look at all the facts that are in the link I gave in my previous comment. You have hardened your heart against God and have allowed Satan to blind your eyes. You even go so far as to claim that salvation from sin is obtained by your works. So you are truly indeed under a curse based on what Moses & the prophets have said as I pointed out in the scriptures about fulfilling the whole law. You have received several witnesses now that you are full of wickedness and the path you are on leads straight to hell. I am not obligated any more to interact with you in your foolishness.

      And you have been duped into believing revisionist history as far as your belief Christians have hurt Jews. The Church of Rome and their crusades weren’t Christian. They were false Christians in the same way you are a false Jew. The Bible clearly says that those who commit murder have no part with the Lord Jesus Christ [1 John 3:15] and that all murderers, liars, and unbelievers like you shall have their part in the lake of fire [Revelation 21:8]. The fact that Jesus is the Lord is proven by the fact that he is risen from the dead. A historical fact proven by the fact that his tomb was guarded by Roman soldiers and sealed by the Roman prelate Pontius Pilate. None of his disciples could have gotten past them to take his body since they all hid in fear when he was killed. The accounts in the New Testament have been verified by historians like Josephus, Tacitus, Suetonius, Julius Africanus, Thallus, Pliny the Younger, Lucian of Samosata, Mara Bar-Serapion, and Celsus. All witnesses who have been confirmed as reliable. And the Torah says that by the mouth of two or three reliable witnesses shall a matter be established. But of course you wouldn’t know since you don’t really believe the Torah.

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  32. Hey Harry I got a question can a Christian lose there salvation? I don’t beleieve so but this guy tells me if you fall in a repobate mind your in danger of hell. His defense Matthew 7:22 KJV

    Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

    He points out that the people God is sending to hell in this scripture are saved and says that you can lose gods blood covering if you begin to become repobate and sin without conviction. I would agree it would be foolish to do so but I beleive once you allow God in your life and confess that’s it, however I’ve been disputing with many people over this. Also you said in your opinion you dont like tattoos but I’m being told it is a sin to get one, i would like clarity on that, if you would be so kind.

    He also has this beleive that the perfect Christians will make it heaven but the sinners and back sliders will be left behind. Then he went on about keeping sabbaths and feast that creat a passover for us in the Times of tribulations but of course i thought this was legalstic talk

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  33. Wonderful arguments and rebuttals it was very enlightened. However its that one scripture Mathew 7:22 i would also like to have clarity on, so there would be no defence for my brother to believe in this false doctrine. He believes that only people with salvation can prophecy, cast out devils, and perform many miracles in his name. Thus for he questions me how then is Jesus able to say this? And im not sure how to reply . Also I hear many disputes about if tatooes are sin please give me your take on that.

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    1. Lee, the reason the guy only quotes that one verse, Matthew 7:22, is because if he quoted several verses before & several verses after it we get the whole context of what Matthew 7:22 means. Jesus is only saying that unbelievers will be thrown into hell. Here’s the whole passage:

      15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

      16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

      17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

      18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

      19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

      20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

      21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

      22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

      23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

      24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

      25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

      26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

      27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

      I placed in bold the key phrases. Unbelievers are false prophets, wolves in sheep’s clothing, ravening wolves, evil trees that bear evil fruit, and claim they know Jesus when they use religious speech like “Lord, Lord” but they don’t do what he commands. Like Judas Iscariot, who had the power to work miracles like the other disciples (but he wasn’t saved), these false believers may prophesy, cast out demons, etc. but they don’t have a relationship with Jesus as their Lord. That’s why Jesus told us to determine a good tree (believer) vs. a bad tree (unbeliever) by its fruit (i.e. love, joy, peace, longsuffering, etc. from Galatians 5:22-23) & not by its gifts. The Lord also wants us to judge a person by their fruit & not their gifts because Revelation tells us the Antichrist & his false prophet will have gifts to work miracles so they can deceive people into thinking they’re good. Jesus told the people he was throwing into hell “I never knew you.” If a person is saved, they know Jesus & Jesus knows them because being saved means you have a relationship with the Lord. If he said “I NEVER knew you,” it means he never had a relationship with them. They were never saved. If a person got saved, then lost their salvation, Jesus would be lying by saying that he NEVER knew them and our Lord has never lied. That’s where the guy you were talking to went way off. That’s why he only quotes that one verse.

      Hope this helps your understanding, Lee.

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    1. Yeah, I forgot you had the tattoo question at the end of your last comment, Lee. If you read Leviticus 19, it gives the answer. It says:

      26 Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.

      27 Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.

      28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.

      29 Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.

      30 Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.

      I gave the surrounding verses to Lev. 19:28 to get the context. God was basically telling Israel, his people, that he didn’t want them to be like the heathens. All these practices he told them NOT to do were done by the pagan cultures Israel encountered and they did them in honor of their false gods, which were devils. The practice of tattooing and cutting originated as pagan practices to honor false gods and/or ancestral (familiar) spirits. Even today, some people get tattoos in honor of dead loved ones and sometimes you will hear them talk about how that dead loved one is still with them to watch over them. One recent example of that thinking was expressed by Whitney Houston’s daughter when she was interviewed by Oprah. When loved ones die, they’re either in heaven or hell, not roaming around nearby.

      Tattooing & cutting seem to go hand-in-hand in ancient pagan cultures. A Smithsonian article from a few years back bears this out. Christians wanting tattoos is a very recent occurrence. When I consider how carnal the church is nowadays in that they want to do what the world does so they can fit in, it makes me question why Christians would want tattoos. Personally I believe tattoos are popular because the world is moving toward accepting the ultimate mark–the mark of the beast predicted in Revelation. It would all depend on why they’re getting a tattoo to determine if it’s a sin.

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  34. Dear Harry and Lee

    Having a tattoo is as much of a sin as being circumcised. In other words, it is not a sin. Nor is it a sin to be circumcised or to be tattooed as a Christian. Thinking otherwise makes a mockery of the New Testament, for the whole of the Law is summed up in the command to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these. (Paraphrased – Mark 12: 28-31).

    Lee, Harry is off base here. I respect his lucid thinking and wisdom most of the time, but he has based his answer on an Old Testament command. Sorry Harry, you are wrong brother. Just as the text you quoted continues along the notion to respect the Sabbath is completely overturned in the New Testament. Jesus Christ overturned it by his example (the Sabbath is made for man not man for the Sabbath) and Paul expanded on this teaching later.

    Lee, you are jumping all over the place trying to find answers and defend yourself against detractors. Why? Relax Christian! Take a deep breath and thank God for his love, patience and mercy. Then, take another breath and be loving, patient and merciful to yourself. Why? Because until you do this, you can’t fulfill the second greatest commandment, which is to love your neighbour as yourself.

    In God’s love
    Deano

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    1. @Dean,

      [Lee, you are jumping all over the place trying to find answers and defend yourself against detractors. Why? Relax Christian!]

      It is because of this attitude of not being defenders of the faith that has led to Christianity being seen as a hypocritical joke by those who hate Christianity. The Holy Spirit has placed the desire within Lee (like he has in me) to be able to defend the faith whenever he needs to. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

      Jude 3-4 says, “…it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jude was correct. There are people who come in the church who have turned the grace of God to promote false doctrines like “it’s okay to have sex outside of marriage,” or “it’s okay to be gay,” or “it’s okay to cuss.” Now we have a whole bunch of weak churches putting out weak Christians and false Christians because they believe they should just relax. But God is moving some of us to follow what was commanded and to hone our skills in apologetics (defense) of the faith.

      I’m sure Lee has realized he doesn’t have all the answers he would like to have for his detractors. Neither do I. Neither do most Christians. And that’s perfectly fine. But I think it’s admirable that he is following the inquisitive mind and desire to defend the gospel that God has given him. So Dean, maybe you should cut him some slack & thank God for what Lee is doing. We need a lot more believers like him.

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  35. Many thanks, Harry, but you are still wrong. My answer to you and Lee was not to discourage, but to encourage him. He is asking and you have not shown the door of God’s grace. There are many people, cut, scarred and tattooed, following Christ. I am both scarred and tattooed and thankful for the saving love of God.

    However, you did not answer Lee in the love of God when he asked you about tattoos being a sin. Lee is obviously a young person and searching what is important and what is not.

    Asking me to cut him some slack is sleight of hand I did not expect from you. I am not quite sure what to make of that.

    Let me make it perfectly clear. Tattoos are not an abomination to God when Christ is your Saviour.

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    1. Dean,

      You misunderstood my previous response to you. I wasn’t addressing the tattooing part of your comment. I was addressing specifically your comment about being relaxed and your questioning Lee about why he was so gung ho about answering his detractors. That’s the only thing I was talking about. I’ve already given my opinion and a history on tattoos, so I’d really rather not get involved in a back & forth on that subject. Like I said before, I think Lee’s spirit is admirable to want to address those who question the Bible & Christianity. And I’m grateful for Christians like you who are willing to express their opinions even if they don’t agree with mine.

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  36. Harry, I just stumbled across your site and I have to say what a welcome and refreshing experience it has been to read through your works. You truly have words from God.

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  37. Harry, It’s a blessing to all that you’re here. The church needs about 1000 more sites like this one. Your personal answers to each of your respondents is also encouraging. I’m happy too, that you’ve chosen to cast your lot with the authorized version of the Bible. Having studied the KJV bible-translation controversy, I can only conclude that I don’t really know who’s right. There are sound arguments on both sides. For my part, I have no trouble understanding the “archaic” English of the KJV. No one on either side can deny that it’s a masterpiece of English literature, and has had an influence on the English language comparable to that of Luther’s Bible on the German language. If words show up in some verses in the KJV that no longer have the same meaning that they did for the translators, then all one needs to do is make a little effort to find out what they mean. There are many resources available to do this. After all, nowadays computer geeks master an entire vocabulary of terms that 20 years ago would have been unintelligible. So, is reading and understanding the Bible worth the effort or not? This being said, I must conclude that while other translations may have merit, is there really any need for them? If so, I find it hard to imagine what that need could be.

    My main concern, however, for Christian apologetics, is that for an outsider looking in, biblical Christianity really doesn’t seem to have its act together. There are real differences, even on fundamental points of doctrine, particularly regarding soteriology. If someone comes to Christianity as a result of exercising critical thought (as I did), then, having arrived, there is no reason why critical thought should stop, and one should simply rest on one’s laurels. I find that many of the responses by Christians to critics, as well as representatives of other religions, are ill-informed at best, and often disingenuous, and bespeak intellectual indolence, if not dishonesty. To reply to a Hindu or a Buddhist that the only way to salvation is through Jesus Christ is not very convincing, especially when the Christian who’s saying that is obviously uninformed about Hinduism or Buddhism, or summarily dismisses these other faiths as “works of darkness.” Both have been around longer than Christianity, and their faithful could make the same claim about Christianity. Both can boast thinkers and teachers that are the intellectual peers of anyone in the Christian tradition. And, having hands-on experience with both Hinduism and Buddhism, I can say that there are in both traditions, believers whose lives attest to the value of what they profess to believe. It’s time then, is it not, for a more robust Christian apologetics, one whose practitioners know how to listen, and are willing to inform themselves about the religious traditions which they seemingly stand ready to condemn or dismiss.

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    1. @tostrader,

      [To reply to a Hindu or a Buddhist that the only way to salvation is through Jesus Christ is not very convincing, especially when the Christian who’s saying that is obviously uninformed about Hinduism or Buddhism…]

      As I have said to previous commenters @ this website about such statements, knowing pagan traditions is not a pre-requisite for sharing the fact that Jesus is the only way to salvation. A Christians’ job is to learn well the facts that support the truth of Christianity so we can defend the faith well using God’s word. When Christians learn the history, science, and spiritual truths that back up the Bible, then we can proclaim it boldly. The fact that the Bible gave prophecies centuries ago that are playing out today is one of the strongest arguments we have. We can quote from Daniel and Revelation about how they predict that the world would move toward a one world government, one world economic system, and one world religion, then point to today’s headlines to prove those prophecies true. This is one of the many conversations that opens doors about the truth of who Jesus is and pointing to him as the only hope for salvation from sin and God’s judgment.

      [Both have been around longer than Christianity…]

      What is Christianity? Answering this accurately can tear down such an argument. Christianity is essentially the worship of Jehovah, God of the universe. It is recognizing that Jehovah gave the Old Testament to show us what sin is and to show us we deserve to be severely punished for our sins, then shows us the New Testament established by Jesus Christ as the one who fulfilled God’s law for us & was punished in our place so that faith in him gives us God’s salvation by God’s grace toward us. The worship of Jehovah & God’s plan of salvation pre-date all religions. The Bible states nations, people groups, and city-states that only someone living in ancient times as an eyewitness could have known. This is one proof we have that it pre-dates Hinduism & Buddhism.

      No one really knows for sure how old the Vedas are in Hinduism, which causes the age of the religion to be in question. The Vedas have been written then edited and rewritten to change what had been previously written. This is one of the dirty little secrets kept quiet about Hindu scripture history. The Bible on the other hand is based on about 5800 manuscripts (and counting) with the most reliable manuscripts (Textus Receptus or Majority Text) showing no erasures or strikeouts to change the words in an attempt to change its narrative.

      [And, having hands-on experience with both Hinduism and Buddhism, I can say that there are in both traditions, believers whose lives attest to the value of what they profess to believe.]

      This is not the true test of spiritual truth. When someone can say that they were changed from a murderer, thief, drug addict, drunkard, homosexual, adulterer, or some other type of sinner to living a totally different life without those sins, then that is the test of truth. Only someone who accepted Jesus into their lives experiences this.

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      1. Hey Harry question my pastors says Mathew 24:1-12 is parable about the lukewarm saint losing salvation is this true can you break this down I cant figure it out

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      2. Hi, Lee.

        Matthew 24 is speaking of literal things that will actually happen in the last days in the run up to Christ’s return. There will be times of betrayal, mistrust, wars, and callous behavior, which will lead many people to have no feelings of mercy or wellbeing towards other people. Jesus then says that those who endure to the end (they remain faithful to Jesus through thick & thin in good times & bad) will be saved. This means if anyone doesn’t endure to the end, they aren’t really saved. This scripture has nothing to do with anyone losing their salvation since that’s impossible. Once saved, always saved. That’s why salvation is called “eternal life” or “everlasting life.” If you could lose it, it wouldn’t be eternal.

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  38. Wow …good blog ! Sound beliefs! Harry A. Gaylord….thank you for much wisdom………… On the topic of caring for your parents. I took care of my very sick Mom for two years . Though she chose to live with my daughter for a very long time, which hurt me sometimes. I always took to heart the commandment with promise. “Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)…Eph 6:2. When my Mom went to be with the Lord, I had no regrets. I did what God commanded me to do. It was really hard work. But in that time I developed even more love for my mother than I could ever imagine . I grieve over her departure almost everyday of my life. I am comforted however,that we will meet again. ………..”9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Gal 6:9.

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    1. Myriam,

      Thanks much for your encouraging comments. It’s so great that you were afforded the opportunity to be such a blessing to your mother in her final years. I imagine that not only will you encounter a whole bunch of blessings to come in this life, but also in heaven. God bless you.

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  39. Please pray for a complete creative healing miracle and total restoration of my dad. Ted. In the Holy name of Jesus. Please pray he is touched by the healing hand of God and set free from suffering and made whole! and lives the rest of his life in peace and full health. In the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ, by who’s stripes we are healed. Hallelujah. Amen

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  40. My brother I love you website, anyone teaching sound doctrine is rare these days… I have something precious that I would love to share with you.

    My brother…
    this is great that you understand the great importance of this scripture in Hebrews 6. I wanted to show you some loving correction. As the number of completeness in The Lord is seven. There are 7 elementary principals ! You missed the first and most important one, “the doctrine of Christ”. These 7 principals line up with the 7 pieces of armor in Ephesians 6. Also with the seven gifts of the spirit… And much more I could even show you, it is very consistent and precious… This must be included, if you don’t have a solid understanding of the doctrine of Christ and what he’s done for us then repentance from dead works doesn’t mean much. I hope you receive this correction with love and if you have any questions please contact me I would love to teach and share deeper these truths with you as it had been so very fruitful and opened up the word so clearly as I seek and knock in spirit and truth !!

    .luke

    Sent from my iPhone

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  41. Thank you for your site, Harry. I would encourage you to check out the Peshitta, the Aramaic NT scriptures, which I believe to be the closest we have to the Scripture in their original form. The Textus Receptus is good, but its goodness derives from its translation from the original Aramaic.

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  42. Hi Harry, I have enjoyed reading your posts.
    I have several relatives who have converted to the Hebrew Roots Movement . Do you know much about this? We have not had a close relationship with them since the conversion. They have told us the name Jesus is false and he will not hear us unless he is called on by His proper name. They celebrate the sabbath on Saturday and believe it is a sin if you do not. They’ve told us that God does not see our hearts motive until we are obedient to His laws.
    I know from a life spent discovering Christ that this is false. However, the most troubling aspect of this, which makes it hard to defend Christianity, is that they always point to the fact that our translation of the bible is corrupt and false. That the gospels and particular Paul’s words were screwed by bias translators and that we do not have the correct scriptures.
    I’ve done my own research on this but am having a hard time finding anything concrete to cling to.
    I really am not questioning my faith through this, but it has made me desire as acurate a translation as possible.
    I would love your thoughts and suggestions.
    Thanks.

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    1. Hi, Laura.

      Thanks for sharing. The Hebrew Roots Movement is very legalistic in its teachings. You can pretty much dismiss everything they say since they believe in a works-based salvation that requires one to fulfill the law to get to heaven.

      To find out about God’s word, the Bible, you can read these posts I wrote:

      https://sunandshield.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/war-of-words-the-bibles-manuscripts/

      https://sunandshield.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/war-of-words-saints-scribes/

      https://sunandshield.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/manuscript-evidence-the-new-testaments-firm-reliability/

      https://sunandshield.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/war-of-words-comparing-bible-versions/

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    2. Hi Laura, I know this question wasn’t directed to me but perhaps I can help. The King James Bible is the best translation of the Bible and is the inerrant word of God. In Psalms 12:6-7 God promises to preserve his word and as Christians we ought to believe that God stays true to his word. Furthermore, other verses such as Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” and Isaiah 40:7 ” The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”. The problem with modern Bibles is not that people can’t get saved from them, people can and do get saved from reading modern Bibles. However, when it comes to growth as a Christian, you want to use something that you are confident has no errors and is inspired by God. The new versions can be traced back to two manuscripts, the Vaticanus and the Sinaiticus, these two manuscripts contradict one other and Westcott and Hort (German rationalists) somehow put them together and made one Greek text which the majority of modern Bibles are made from. So these new Bibles have got problems however they do have the Gospel so people can still be saved from them however they mess up in some places which lead to some misunderstandings. That is why I stopped using the NIV and started using the KJV. Because the new testament of the KJV was coined from a manuscript called the Textus Receptus, this text unlike the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus was not tainted by the Alexandrian mindset and it agrees with around 95% of the Bible Manuscripts in Koine (common) Greek. The Textus Receptus agrees wih the vast majority of the 86,000+ citations from scripture by the early church fathers. The Textus Receptus strongly upholds the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith: the creation account in Genesis, the divinity of Jesus Christ, the virgin birth, the Saviour’s miracles, his bodily resurrection, his literal return and the cleansing power of his blood! So yeah as you can see, there are really only two Bibles, one is changed and added to make it “better” and the other is preserved, unchanged and believes that God’s word is perfect and cannot be added to or improved. If you don’t already, read the KJV and do some research on it like you have done already, you’ll find theres a lot of information out there which will support the KJV but then again, they’ll be a lot of resistance too because people think it’s ‘close minded’ to believe that the KJV is the only perfect Bible out there. I don’t know about you but, I’d rather be close minded and have the truth, than care about what people think about my faith in God preserving his word and being called close minded! Have a look on my blog if you want more information about the Bible version issue, thanks for reading!

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  43. Hey harry I’m back again 3 years later. I remember you answered my questions well last time we spoke. The first thing is I have a couple friends. My friend is thinking about giving up his faith, his brother is teaching him things. I spoke with his older brother and this is what he said, the bible is just a book of symbols and metaphors, and a source of numerology. He also suggested the new test Is made up by the Romans. The real New Testament that was found in similarity to the Dead Sea scrolls, he says was rejected from being out in the bible. He claims all religions tell the same story in diff ways. He says the there’s ages, in the beginning of the age stuff starts off good then at the end the human race is destroyed with the exception of those with secret knowledge of how to survive. Then they start a new age and repeat the process. He explains this where the story of Noah comes from. He says the story of Noah was around centuries in diff forms by other religions, before the Old Testament was created. Then he says Jesus and other saviors were created to comfort the people, before they are destroyed at the end if the age to prevent kaos. He also says there’s no proof Romans ever crucified ppl, only Christian articles and books suggest otherwise. The younger brother claims there is no lucifer, lucifer just means sun of the morning, and that in the first bible Jesus used to be called lucifer. The older brother claims when we die our energy goes back to God and is sent back into the world. Because God created the world from energy. He also claims there are ppl who possess knowledge of everything and only give ppl a little truth through religion to prevent chaos, and bring a little order. Are you aware of these philosophies or how to answer to them?

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    1. Hi, Lee.

      It sounds like your friends are getting a lot of their information from the Jesus Seminar, other pagan sources, and Zeitgeist, which I covered in this post –> https://sunandshield.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/zeitgeist-should-be-iced-since-its-lies-cant-suffice/

      A lot of times people like your friends just pick up information and assume it’s true without questioning it, so their sources are not even reliable. They probably could not tell you their sources. As you know from the previous times you contacted me, the Bible has all kinds of verifiable historical, scientific, and spiritual evidence to prove it as I’ve pointed out in many posts here on my blog. If the Bible was just made up, why have so many predictions been fulfilled that it makes–even in our times?

      The bottom line with your friends is that they love their sins (fornication? pornography?) and don’t want to give them up for the Lord so they conjure up every type of shaky excuse to dismiss the Bible and God. That’s what’s really going on.

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  44. @ Lee – Hi Lee, your friend’s brother is misleading him. Firstly, the bible is history. Even non-believing archaeologists have benefited from the data. Professor Nelson Glueck said, ‘I have excavated for 30 years with a Bible in one hand and a trowel in the other, and in matters of historical perspective, I have never yet found the Bible to be in error’( http://creation.com/archaeologist-confirms-creation-and-the-bible).

    Obviously, he was referring to the old testament, but Dr. Gary Habermas is a new testament scholar and his research into the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus establishes new testament documents, especially those of the Apostle Paul, to be better than any other historical sources accepted by modern historians, believers and non-believers alike, because of the proximity of the writing to actual events.

    More information can be found at (http://www.garyhabermas.com).

    Symbols and metaphors are part of any language, so to say the bible is just a book of symbols is to miss the point completely. Symbols make up the alphabet, so “A,B,C” and the concept “Good” etc are all symbols. Language is necessarily symbolic or we would never be able to understand each other. When we make words, sentences, etc, the combination and arrangement of letters points to something concrete in the real world beyond the actual vowels and consonants comprising the language. That’s just the way it is. Science and mathematics is also a symbolic system of communication, so don’t let these friends fool you.

    In the same way, metaphors convey information. If someone says, “He found himself in a sea of grief,” you wouldn’t automatically think the person was in a literal, watery sea, but that he was in a lot of trouble. Similarly, “saved by the skin of his teeth,” doesn’t mean someone was literally saved by the skin of his teeth (teeth don’t have skin but enamel); instead, you would understand that the person had a narrow escape from severe or life-threatening danger. Interestingly, the latter example found its way into the common language via the same phrase which first appeared in English in the Geneva Bible, 1560, in Job 19:20, which provides a literal translation of the original Hebrew: “I haue escaped with the skinne of my tethe.”

    As for numerology, numbers did have some importance for the ancients and still do today, probably due to the book of Genesis. For example, the number 7 signaled perfection – God completed creation in 6 days and rested on the 7th. But, it’s worth noticing that the ancients never took the importance of numbers to Gnostic – or secret – special meanings beyond the context. The seven day week is widely recognized because it is a revelation from God, not a secret or powerful number. The bible is not about secret and powerful numbers, but about the revealed work of God in Jesus Christ. As the physical manifestation of God on Earth, he is the True Word or Logos and the Good News. Numerology is not how God communicates with us – he talks to us through the teaching, life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

    The repetitive rounds of life-welling and decaying dissolution are Indian in source. It’s a belief called Jainism. Unlike Christianity,it has absolutely no connection with the real world or modern science. To believe this teaching you would have to disbelieve the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which is a natural law that operates in real, observable time. You might say, well you believe in miracles, so why can’t Jainism be true? The answer is simple, Jainism has never been observed or documented, while the life, teachings, crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has been very closely documented. (See the link to Habermas above).

    As for the Romans never crucifying anyone, that’s just a blatant lie. The Romans were quite committed to this torturous death sentence and its documentation is uncontested by any source – Christian or otherwise. A documented archaeological crucifixion find can be found here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehohanan

    Your friend’s brother is confusing his own sibling with syncrestic and Gnostic beliefs that have no basis in reality. God created a perfect world, our first parents sinned and plunged the entire cosmos into futility. In his compassion, the Logos, Christ entered our sinful estate and provided the only way back to God. That’s the Good News. God created us and he loves us enough to take our penalty of death away by death on a cross and reconcile us to him. Examine these other pagan nightmares closely and make your decision: choose life not despair and death. Jesus Christ is the only Way, the only Truth and the only Life.

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  45. Hey harry I’ve been learning about meditating in the form of visualization, asking God for vision, sighns and symbols through meditation. Which I believe is ok. However some girl tells me she does sun gazing and star gazing that sounds pagan, is it? What about lucid dreamer I’ve heard some Christians say lucid dreaming isn’t bad?

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    1. Hi, Lee.

      To piggyback on what Dean said, visualization is part of the “contemplative prayer” movement which springs from Eastern mysticism of Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, and Taoism. It is totally different than the meditation on God’s word that we are commanded to do. Basically, the visualization you’re running after is no different than the sun gazing and star gazing that the girl does that you talked to.

      If you read and study God’s word, then obey him by putting it into practice with prayer because of your love for him and for your neighbor, that is all that you need to do. God will take care of the rest as he sees fit. 1 Corinthians 12 says the Spirit will give believers spiritual gifts according to his own will, not according to our attempts to manipulate God through pagan visualization. God is close at hand, not afar off (Jeremiah 23:23), so it’s unnecessary to try to make him give us signs and visions. Paul also mentions in Romans 10:6-8 that discovering the Father’s righteous will through Christ is not a matter of acquiring it by human works, including visualization–

      6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

      7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

      8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach…

      Search the scriptures and you will find in every case where God gave his prophets and apostles visions and signs, God himself was the one who approached them in his own time with the visions. They were just going about their business and didn’t initiate them by any visualization.

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  46. Hi Lee,

    You need to differentiate the meditation practiced by Eastern religions from the meditations, for example, of King David who meditated on God’s laws all the time. In other words, he thought about them and he wondered – or was in total awe – of their implications and their timeless wisdom. This is actually a kind of
    worship, unlike empty, esoteric meditation. David’s meditations were often expressed in songs of deep longing and powerful praise and exultation. Read The Psalms and you will recognize the difference.

    David didn’t ask for personal signs or wonders, he exulted or gushed praise on the signs and wonders that God had ALREADY provided – including the creation of the heavens and the earth. Do you see the difference?

    Christianity does not pull you into selfish or internal, meditative and esoteric meanderings, rather it forces you outwards. The Gospel asks you to be like Jesus; to love and to take care of others. To do practical things in the world because you love God! This is not a difficult teaching, but a practical one. Jesus asks us to do good in the world, to be perfect like God is perfect (Matthew 5:48)

    In John 14:23 Jesus said: “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (John 14:23)

    So, what are the teachings of Jesus? If you are really sincere about serving God, you will read the 4 Gospels and underline all the things that Jesus says. Those are his teachings; if you love Him, you will do them. If you love Him and do them FOR him, He will come and make His home with you – no meditation or brain games required.

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  47. Oh wow I don’t know it was pagan! I was taught by a guy that you should ask God what’s your next step to your purpose and wait for his response through sighns. However I’m not going to do it if it’s bad. Is it bad to visualize yourself being where you want to be in life though?

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  48. Hey Harry I have a question. I was talking to my friends brother. & he made some hard claims for me. He says there is no devil. I found this claim to be idiotic. That is until he showed Isaiah 14:12. In the Jewish bible translated from the original txt. In the bible he claims lucifer is Latin for morning star. The Jewish bible is consistent with this. He claims the morning star was often referred to Venus. And how it falls in alignment with sun. So now he claims the bible was talking about a planet not a demon. & the rest of the bible makes up these claims. He says the bible never points out the origin of where demons came from. & that this verse was stolen from the book of Enoch. He also claims the book of Enoch was around way before the bible. And the date does say it is as I googled it. How can I respond to this. What evidence is there to refute this claim?

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    1. Hi, Lee.

      It’s always a pleasure to hear from you. With all due respect to your friend’s brother, but his facts are out of whack with the truth. His claim that the book of Enoch pre-dated the Bible is a trick. The book of Enoch may have come before the completed Bible, but there are several books in the Bible that are older than Enoch. Enoch dates to from 300 BC to the 1st century BC. The book of Job is given the date of being from the 7th century BC or most likely the 6th century BC by “scholars” but it is probably even older than that, which puts it way before the book of Enoch. And it mentions Satan, aka Lucifer, aka the devil.

      No offense to your friend’s brother, but if he looks at the context of Isaiah 14:12 and draws the conclusion its talking about a planet, his reading comprehension skills are severely lacking. The Bible is so accurate scientifically, as I’ve pointed out to you many times before, that it would not then turn around and become stupid by attributing the following traits in Isaiah 14 to a planet instead of an actual person:

      Lucifer is cut down to the ground (Isaiah 14:12).
      Lucifer weakened the nations (Isaiah 14:12), I’ve never known a planet to do that.
      Lucifer speaks to himself from his evil heart (Isaiah 14:13). Since when do planets have a heart?
      Lucifer sought to exalt himself above the stars (i.e. a figurative term for angels). Venus is physically not above any physical star and its path of movement does not place it above any star.
      Lucifer can look like a man to human eyes (Isaiah 14:16). Venus doesn’t.
      Lucifer can shake kingdoms and destroy cities and keep people prisoner (Isaiah 14:16, 17). Venus doesn’t.

      And like I said before, the book of Enoch is dated 300 BC to the 1st century BC. The book of Isaiah’s first 39 chapters are given the date of the 6th century BC (which is before 300 BC) by “scholars.” Although Isaiah is really older than that. Isaiah is only given that date to deny that it is God’s prophecies. Nevertheless, it’s still dated by unbelievers as being older than Enoch. So your friend’s brother is way off.

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      1. Thanks man I came to that conclusion as well. How ever it’s the dates that trip me up. I also said how do we know those dates are real? He responded how do we know the Christian dates are real? I argued that the events of the bible are real historical events and hold historical evidence. He claimed our history was tainted with no evidence of course. Claiming the New Testament was written by Romans after or during the council of necia. I argued that we have an artifact of John that Was dated before that event. About 20AD I believe but then the place where it’s held argues with the scholars that the carbon test I think it’s called dated it hundreds of years later. Which again as you said I think the dates are being manipulated.

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  49. If the Torah is recognized as divine both by Christians and Jews, and it was here first, then it has primacy over the New Testament. Among other things, the New Testament requires on to pray through an intermediary and to recognize a man as G-d. These are forms of idolatry and cannot be merged with G-d’s Torah. Moreover, the errors in the New Testament require one’s voluntary ignorance, at least from anyone who has taken an honest look at the errors and contradictions without fear of going to hell for denying JC. Christianity is wrong. www,kiruvnow.com

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