The inability to understand Jesus lies in failure to know that Jesus represented the Pre-Adamic Civilization—comprising the original nature of humanity. Through Adam, humanity lost their relationship with God. The civilization emanating from Adam, became delineated for humanity as follows:
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:17-19) (ESV).
Hard work is viewed as an acceptable virtue by most people. But this passage of scripture shows that hard work was, necessitated by a curse befalling humanity. The reversal of that curse would come through the miracle of Jesus—for those truly accepting Him as personal Saviour. Humanity is not a product of the soil, necessarily. But a product of God who created humanity in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27). See [The Seventh Day Sabbath is a sign of God’s Kingdom].
This article deals with the endemic falsehood, since time immemorial. Scholars hold to the suggestion that Jesus was fully God and fully human. However, this statement is false, as Jesus was fully human and not fully God. In God we have the Alpha and the Omega, whose attributes were adequately described to the Israelites of old (Deuteronomy 6:4).
This statement attracts provocation against those assuming to be Authorities in Christian religion. Yet, to some, this should be eye-opening, as long as willing to “test all things, holding fast to that which is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
Jesus was fully human, but in Jesus, existed the Almighty God (Isaiah 9:6). This is just as all Christians are fully human, but in true Christians exists the Almighty God. In other words, the only difference between true Christians and Jesus is that Jesus was first-born, among all Sons of the Living God. To fully understand this, we have to take it from Jesus Himself:
“Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Matthew 11:11) (ESV). The reader is encouraged to also read [Where is the Church that Jesus founded], without fail.
Jesus was born of a woman. Clearly, John was greater than Jesus, before the voice came from Heaven, declaring that Jesus was the Son of the living God, after Jesus had been baptized. The aspect of Jesus being baptized by John, instead of the other way round, shows that John had, all along, held a rank that was greater than that of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17).
Before baptism, Jesus was as ordinary as all of us are ordinary—until after baptism (Acts 2:37-39). What all this means, is that after baptism, Jesus was no longer ordinary. This is just as a convert is no longer ordinary after baptism—as implied by Jesus (Matthew 11:11). The scandal of all time, has always been the tradition of idolizing Jesus, assuming that as being a sign of piety:
“And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, ‘Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:16-17) (KJV).
There is, of course, no doubt that testifying about the goodness of Jesus is considered as portraying one’s reverence of Him. And this appears innocent. But Jesus clearly disapproves the consideration of Him being regarded as good—where others are considered as inferior to Him.
Obviously, what Jesus says does not conform to the current civilization. But, Jesus needs to be taken seriously, as long as regarded as the way, the truth and the Life (John 14:6). Regardless of the fact that humanity cannot easily accept it, there is truth in that no one is good—but one that is God. In His human capacity, Jesus was not God—hence, rejecting the accolade of being regarded as good.
If Jesus did not deserve to be called good, in this world, who then qualifies to be regarded as good? However, John clarifies the futility in making comparisons among fellow human beings. In other words, in Jesus’ teaching, no-one deserves to be regarded as better as or worse than others.
“If anyone says, ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother” (1 John 4:20-21) (ESV).
When being more knowledgeable than others, one has a responsibility to help the ignorant. This is done without seeking honour. This is why even Jesus could not accept the commendation that He was a good Master. The goodness of Jesus ought to have been portrayed in the goodness of humanity.
This is the reason why Jesus had to die on the cross. Yet, obviously there could not be any sin found in Jesus. However, an ignorant person needs humility—seeking to acquire knowledge from those considered knowledgeable.
The ignorant person ought to reject the tag of ignorance—as long as surrounded by the knowledgeable people, from whom he/she can learn. The fact that there would be knowledgeable people in his/her surrounding, the person would not be ignorant. Jesus showed that no-one should claim to be better than another person, on account of having obtained knowledge ahead of others.
This comes from the fact that a human being was created in God’s image. What currently prevails of humanity is not what was created in God’s image. Viewing another person as inferior, is not coming from the civilization introduced by Jesus. Also, viewing another fellow human being as though more superior to one, is not represented in the civilization introduced by Jesus.
Here are maxims of paradox: How possible can it be to love someone you regard as a nonentity? And how possible can it be—when regarding another person as superior—to cherish oneself as also created in God’s image? The apostle John, therefore, exposes the futility existing in such falsehood.
This is the falsehood that characterizes the current civilization. People are categorized and graded according to class, race or stature. Sadly, this is also practiced among Christian Churches—yet professing to be following Jesus’ teachings. This makes Christianity an object of misrepresentation of what Jesus taught. See [True Christianity is defined in one word: Altruism].
The idea of uplifting Jesus onto the so-called Triune God formula, was designed to enforce the tradition of respecting other people ahead of others. This is another scheme by the deceiver to take away humanity from the teachings of Christ. For instance, how marketable can the idea of respecting those considered inferior be acceptable to all and sundry?
Leadership—enjoying comfort in positions of authority—can obviously not tolerate anyone seeking to reverse their comfort. Those bringing such teachings are regarded as discordant. But that is not new, as Jesus Himself was rejected on that score—leading to His crucifixion. This is why, generally, preachers avoid Scriptures like Matthew 23:8-12:
“But you are not to be called Rabbi by others, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called instructors for you have one instructor, the Christs. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (ESV)
Most people would rather prefer Paul’s teachings, rather than what Jesus taught. Yet such people unashamedly continue to prefer calling themselves “Christians.” Paul’s teachings make a lot of sense—as identifying with the Pharisaic order—though most of it is what was vehemently rejected by Jesus. See [The only time a Christian should be depressed].
Paul was a Pharisee, before conversion—hence projecting his views from his religious background. Paul loved Jesus and sacrificed a lot for Him. But that does not make Him to be a vicar of Jesus. This is why it is only the name of Jesus, through whom all are served. This is why Paul also despised those who sought to give Him glory (Acts 14:11-18) and (1 Corinthians 1:10-17).
Jesus taught that leadership meant servant-hood, rather than being served. This does not imply projecting fake humility—as often observed in some Christian Churches. It means that a person with knowledge carries heavier responsibility to help others out of chute, even if that means dying for them (1 John 3:16).
In other words, being knowledgeable is not a privilege, or something inducing pride and honour. But being knowledgeable invites consideration of how much others can benefit from the individual’s knowledge. Leadership requires sacrifice, more than salivating in anticipation of tithes from the incomes of those preached to.
A new civilization cannot be stuck in what happened after the incident at the Garden of Eden. In the new Civilization, slothful ones, are not necessarily, condemned, for instance. Yet the diligent ones are not to be honoured, either. See [The enigmatic Sons of Peace represent Truth].
Jesus came to show us the way to the New Civilization, regarding all humans as created in God’s image. This projects a new way of looking at life, so that one focuses on adding other people’s values, more than one’s own value. The maximum significance of one’s existence being to bring people to the author of the New Civilization. See [Works bring the opposite of what is intended].
Unfortunately, the pre-Adamic Civilization cannot be marketable to those obsessed in categorizing people according to class, race, religion or any other concept, designed to divide. It focuses on oneness, as promoted by co-operation and sacrifice for the benefit of other fellow human beings, ahead of self.
In a new civilization we live for other people, just as other people ought to live for us. As projected in human body, the limbs exist for the benefit of others, rather than self. An eye is there to serve the other parts of the human body, not necessarily on what benefits the eye. The eye enjoys benefit, so far as the other parts of the body benefit from the visual services of the eye. See [The Oneness of God, as opposed to Trinity].
Recently, someone told me that the things I write about are too Utopian, to be considered as normal, among human beings. I totally agree with that viewpoint. This is why Jesus—as the author of this concept—declared that it was impossible for anyone to accept it, unless willing to forsake everything (Luke 14:26-33).
There will always be sweetness in lies, as compared to the unpalatable truth that caused one aspirant of God’s Kingdom to walk out on Jesus (Matthew 19:16-22). But I am glad to say that I am encouraged, as always taking comfort in Jesus’ assurance (Matthew 16:18). The words of Jesus shall always stand.
Andrew Masuku is the author of Dimensions of a New Civilization, laying down standards for uplifting Zimbabwe from current state of economic depression into a model for other nations worldwide. A decaying tree provides an opportunity for a blossoming sprout. Written from a Christian perspective, the book is a product of inspiration, bringing reliefs to those having witnessed strings of unworkable solutions––leading to the current economic and social decay. In a simple conversational tone, most Zimbabweans should find the book as a long awaited providential oasis of hope.
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