Jesus Never Said That!
I attended the funeral service of a very close relative this week. It was held in a Roman Catholic church, a religious organization that I was brought up in, and which most of my relatives continue to follow, but which I personally have had absolutely nothing to do with in over 25 years - beginning, not coincidentally, not long after I began basing my Christian beliefs and practices on the actual Word of God, the Holy Bible, rather than the interpretations of imperfect (even though they claim to be "infallible") and corrupt (legally, morally and religiously - as the daily news makes plain) men. During the service, in his sermon, the priest, in a very authoritative and confident tone, told those in attendance that, in the Bible, Jesus Christ said something that, in reality, He never said. Not only is there no record of Jesus ever saying such a thing, but based on what is recorded of what He said, He never would have said that - it would have been a blatant contradiction of Himself. In making that totally false statement, that priest is either grossly ignorant of the Holy Scriptures, or is a bold-faced liar.
The tragedy is that most people who were there apparently believed what that priest said. Many smiled, or nodded their heads in agreement, to that totally fraudulent and misleading "quotation." The far greater tragedy is that, throughout the world, the Church of Rome has over a billion members - in most cases, good, decent, well-meaning people, who are deceived and misled by the same sorts of lies and incompetence, week after week, throughout their entire lives. Those dear people are being led away from God's Truth, away from salvation.
I believe that this ministry, Daily Bible Study, has a responsibility to do its part, not just to teach the Truth, but to expose and oppose religious fraud and deception, wherever it is, whatever it is, however big and powerful it is - a responsibility which I believe now needs to be dramatically increased, boldly and vigorously. That part of the "beast" needs not to be again "wounded" as it was over 400 years ago in the days of Martin Luther; it needs to be brought down, from which it will never rise again.
Don't Let Anyone Deceive You
"Let no one deceive you with empty words, for it is because of these things that the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not associate with them, for once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light." (Ephesians 5:6-8 RSV)
"See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ." (Colossians 2:8 RSV)
"Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me; in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.' You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men." (Mark 7:6-8 RSV)
"Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits. Not every one who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the Kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and do many mighty works in Your Name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you evildoers.' Every one then who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And every one who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it." (Matthew 7:19-27 RSV)
Fact Finder: How did Jesus Christ define "truth"?
See also The Way