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What Did Jesus Preach?

Posted in The Christian Faith by ephebophile on January 28, 2010

I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.

–Napoleon Bonaparte

As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene….No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.

-Albert Einstein

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.

-Mahatma Gandhi

Nuts and bolts stuff…

Jesus Christ came to earth as a messenger from God the Father:

Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:1)

Jesus did not speak His own words, but the words that the Father gave Him (John 8:38-42; 12:49-50; 14:24).

His message was not, I repeat, not primarily about Himself, but rather the good news that the Father ordered to be announced on earth.

While Jesus Christ was categorically the most important individual ever to walk this earth, the Bible shows clearly that the gospel that Jesus taught was not simply about Himself:

  • And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. (Matthew 4:23)
  • And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Matthew 9:35)
  • Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)
  • [Jesus] said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.” (Luke 4:43)
  • Now it came to pass, afterward, that [Jesus] went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings [gospel] of the kingdom of God. (Luke 8:1)
  • The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail. (Luke 16:16-17)

The inspired Word of God makes it abundantly plain:

The “good news” that Jesus Christ brought was about the Kingdom of God!

The “gospel of Jesus Christ” is simply the message of good news that Jesus preached.

Its not a message about Jesus.

It is *not* primarily a message about the events in His life and of His becoming the Savior of the world.

Although it most certainly does include all that,

But if the events of His life are not seen in the proper context, the resulting “faith” will be full of error and ultimately disastrous!

His announcement of “good news”:

what is the very best news that could be heard today?

The good news which the Father gave through Jesus Christ, was about His Kingdom. But what is a kingdom? It is essentially a nation, with all of its citizens, land, and laws, ruled by a government.

In biblical usage, a kingdom can also mean a family from a single parent grown into a nation.

A kingdom has four basic elements:

1) a king, supreme ruler, or governing agent;

2) territory, with its specific location and definite boundary lines;

3) subjects or citizens within that territorial jurisdiction;

4) and laws and a form of government through which the will of the ruler is exercised.

If we ignore any one of these essential elements, we will have a distorted faith & one that will not bring salvation.

If we as believers, hold anything to be dear, its His message from the Father, Prepare yourself for the Kingdom for it is Coming.

We say over and over that Jesus is coming soon… but how many of us are ready, to enter into the kingdom that He will be bringing shortly thereafter?

The Whore, and the Porn Star

Posted in The Christian Faith by ephebophile on January 25, 2010

“Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless they are married to them.”

-JERRY FALWELL, Crossfire, May 17, 1997

Pornographers in the United States have often said that while the act of prostitution is illegal, adding a camera to the event gives them the protection of the First Amendment. They have been given carte blanc to operate the business of prostitution by another name. The non-crime has multitudes of virtual “Johns” who vicariously fulfill their decadent behavior, through the “actors and actresses”.

The pornographers however fail to understand something very critical. The First Amendment is God given right, and not derived from the government. It is first, Inalienable (cannot be taken away), for them to claim it, and be in denial about the existence of God is to undermine their very claim to protection. If they are correct <which of course they are not> then what the State has given, the State can, and shall take away. But understand that God bestowed it. Secondly, because it was in fact, God who granted it; it follows that His standard of judgment for the use or misuse of the gift remains in full effect.

How then does the God of the bible view pornography?

While camera’s didn’t exist when the new testament was being written…. the very word porn comes from that era. Its sourced from a greek word. πόρνη    ( pornē) and it’s primary meaning is whore. Its closely tied to porneo which is “all manor of sexual acts”, outside of the confines of a wife and husband relationship.

Translations from this Greek word into other languages use the term “sexual immorality”

For example:

Ephesians 5:1

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.”

Eh?  So what is the conclusion, where was the author of Ephesians going with this?

For of this you can be sure: No sexually immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.”

Where would porn consumers, pornographers, porn stars and whores go, if the don’t stop practicing their activities?

Its quite clear that it is someplace other then heaven.

Are you suggesting that the bible says that Sex is bad?

Not in the least, only that the bible makes the following distinction:

Sexual activities that God approves of are those that do not defile the marriage bed. Remember that the bible says: He gave His blessing to humanity and said “Be fruitful & multiply…”

There is only one way to receive that blessing, and it requires using the sexual body parts.

But wasn’t Jesus friends with whores?

As a matter of fact he was, and he said: “I assure you, Tax Collectors and Whores will enter the Kingdom before you” while addressing the Priests, Preachers, and Religious Lawyers.

He said it to their face! But lets also remember the fact, that He on separate occasions, told a whore: “I forgive you, Now stop sinning unless you want something worse to happen to you”

There is a way to say all of that with just one word.

In fact, Jesus used that one word alot.

“Repent”