A human being is the only species whose category signifies God. The other species survive on automaticity and it is impossible for them to appreciate the existence of God. The behavior of any created species—other than humans—is classified in the pattern of their distinct respective pedigrees.
In other words it is not possible for a beaver, or a shark to behave differently from the condition in which each was created. The comparable survival value—as observed through each of those different species—cannot be possible. Those species rely, only, on individual behavioral pattern as crafted to fend for their respective survival.
They cannot improve or produce new ideas—except to instinctively apply what was attached to their respective natural capabilities. For instance, a tortoise cannot admire flying like birds. A bird cannot admire shielding itself like a tortoise. The birds won’t even question why other species cannot fly—or survive on what the birds survive on.
The automaticity—characterized in the individual respective behavior of each of those other created species—can be studied and understood by humans. But it is impossible for those species to understand humans—created in God’s image. This is just as it is impossible for ordinary humans to know God.
The ordinary humans—as known today—are not only at variance—but are also alienated against God. They neither know God—nor do they know the cause of alienation against God. Yet the same humans were created in God’s image. Naturally, this requires confronting the truth about the existence of God—in whose image humans were created.
The irregularity of not knowing God started after the Garden of Eden incident. The story of humanity can be narrated in accordance with the behavior, codified in the erroneous conduct of Adam and Eve. There is only one condition—leading humanity to revert to their original Godly standard.
This was established through a man called Jesus—following the precisely fulfilled prophecies, since Adam. Those prophecies were designed to reveal the testimony of Jesus as the only Messiah to bring deliverance to humanity.
If created in God’s image, humanity cannot be like the other created species—whose behavior is fixated on automaticity. Humans have to behave like God. But they cannot behave like God—without knowing God’s nature. This brings us to the need to confront the reality of Godly existence.
This information cannot come from other humans—also being of Adam’s pedigree. All humans carry the sinful wedge that separates humanity from God. This is why Jesus had to be prophetically set aside—so as to fulfil the role of delivering humanity from sinfulness.
Jesus started off, as being the only begotten Son of God. Bear in mind that, having lost the privilege, humanity had long ceased to be identified as God’s Children. They were created in God’s image, but they had since lost that privilege. They no longer had any relationship with the one who created them in His own image.
This information cannot be revealed through theological studies. It is revealed through the one and only Son of the Living God—declaring Himself as, the way, the truth and the life. The Theological studies are not necessary—just as even the early disciples did not need to be educationally equipped to understand Jesus.
The requirement is fixated on believing in Jesus—without the need to follow the pattern of this world’s educational system. When attempting to understand according to the world’s educational system, the person becomes irritated. Consider how the simplicity of Jesus’ healing of a man born blind caused commotion among the Pharisees:
“They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them ‘He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.’ Some of the Pharisees said ‘This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.’ But others said ‘How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?’ And there was a division among them. So they said again to the blind man, ‘What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?’ He said ‘He is a prophet.’
“The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, ‘Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?’ His parents answered, ‘We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself’” (John 9:13-21) (ESV).
The Pharisees did not believe or know Jesus, as they similarly did not know God. But from their religiosity—as adopted from Moses—they assumed knowing God—yet having not seen God. They ended up casting out the formerly blind man out of their midst. This explains how difficult it is to know God, through the theological studies, or any other educational system of this world.
“Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ He answered, ‘And who is he, Sir, that I may believe in him?’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.’ He said, ‘Lord, I believe,’ and he worshiped him. Jesus said ‘For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.’ Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, ‘Are we also blind?’ Jesus said to them, ‘If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, “We see,” your guilt remains’” (John 9:35-41) (ESV).
What Jesus said is as true as it remains true even today. The greatest obstacle to learning is the idea that one knows. It is impossible to help a person who sits in the comfort of assuming to know. The Pharisees could not come out of their ignorance, because they assumed that they knew everything about God.
The same applies to our Theologians, even today. They cannot pay attention to anyone not coming from their ranks—thereby, remaining blind. Jesus said; “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, “We see,” your guilt remains” (John 9:41) (ESV).
Jesus is the only authority with the truth needed by the lost humanity—to connect with their Creator. To know God, one needs to first recognize Jesus—born of Mary—in fulfilment of, hitherto, dependable prophesies, about Him.
Jesus was the only Son of God, having been with His Father, since creation. Our Theologians cannot comprehend this statement. To start with, they do not understand the nature of the Man created in God’s image. Therefore, there is need to first understand what the term; “image of God,” implies.
This is the starting point—necessary to then understand Jesus—the only express image of God (Hebrews 1:3). There is no other way to appreciate that reality—except through Jesus. Because we were also created in God’s image, Jesus calls us his brothers—although we remain muddled in sinfulness.
That which was created in God’s image, has got no beginning or the end. Jesus said anyone having seen him had seen His Father (John 14:9). But, talking of ordinary humanity, John also confirmed what is described of Jesus—revealing humanity’s similarity with God:
“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).
If Jesus knew God, as His Father, humanity ought to have known God as their Father. However, it is impossible to know God, before knowing Jesus. This was the serious challenge confronting the Jews—eagerly desiring to know God—yet rejecting Jesus—the way the truth and the life.
After Jesus had ascended to Heaven, one of the Pharisees, Paul, zealously sought to exterminate all those advancing Jesus’ cause. But the same Jesus confronted Paul—on Paul’s mission towards causing havoc in Damascus (Acts 9:1-9).
That story reveals Paul as, actually, having persecuted Jesus—even though Paul had not seen Jesus, personally. The same applies today. Many people similarly persecute Jesus—who uses those advancing His cause. Our Theologians seem to have succeeded in removing the concept of Jesus from humanity—through the doctrine of Trinity.
The doctrine of Trinity was never initiated by Jesus. It came from the imposters of Christianity. Humanity continue to speak about Jesus, in the twenty-first century. But, they have lost track—through the doctrine of Trinity—thereby, losing Jesus’ message. The Doctrine of Trinity makes it impossible to understand Jesus—thereby, compounding the ability to know God.
This website is one of those designed to help those desiring to understand. But, the exercise appears unachievable, due to the confusion—as characterized in Christianity today. Although, this cannot be as difficult as it was, in Jesus’ time—against the established religious authorities in Jerusalem.
There are those who avoid this website, not because they find the teachings untrue. They avoid it because they find the teachings too intimidating—as not conforming to the common teachings in Christianity. It has never been easy for ordinary humans to individually come out of the crowd, confronting what is new.
But, coming out of the group—as identifying with Abraham—can be the only way out of the muddle (Galatians 3:29). The courageous ones—desiring the truth—than taking comfort in unproven doctrines—can take advantage of Jesus’ undiluted teachings, from the Bible.
I do not expect people to subscribe in their great numbers—appreciating what is advanced. God reveals His truth, only to those—to whom the truth is supposed to reach. The rest will, undoubtedly, continue in their soothing deceptions.
The formidable question that lingers in most people’s minds is: Where does the author get the confidence—in assuming that the things written on this website are true? Understandably, this is the same skepticism that enveloped those of Jesus’ time. It has got nothing to do with what others say, except the person’s own analytical conviction to understand what is true or false.
Reading these articles is one thing. But to consider whether what is written is true or false—depends on the person’s own evaluation. This has got nothing to do with the author, just as it had nothing to do with the personality of Jesus, or His apostles. It requires God’s revelation, only as individually granted by God—in accordance with what Jesus said to Peter:
“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:17-19) (ESV).
There were many Biblical Scholars in Jesus’ time. Those people could not see what was revealed to Peter—as flesh and blood could not reveal it to them. Therefore, it is not possible for those sitting in the comfort of having done much in Theological studies, to appreciate the simplicity of God’s revelations.
Jesus said; “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, “We see,” your guilt remains” (John 9:41) (ESV). The guiltiness that Jesus was referring to, is the sin that blinds humanity—since Adam.
One has to be poor in spirit, to understand God’s truths (Matthew 5:3). But to be poor in spirit cannot be possible to those having acquired ostentatious degrees in Theology. These are the ones influencing others to remain ignorant—making it extremely difficult for most people to come out of the trap. Except for the few—to whom God chooses to reveal.
A human being, created in God’s image, is Spirit—and God is Spirit—having no beginning or the end. What we see in physical humans is not, necessarily, what was created in God’s image. That—which was created in God’s image—can be recovered, through Jesus—when following and applying Jesus’ teachings.
This requires confronting—and digesting the significance of everything Jesus said. This sounds like going back to Theology? But, examining on the basis of Jesus’ teachings is different from studying to acquire certification.
The latter, suggests receiving commendation from the educational authorities, while the former cannot invite certification or commendation. Jesus and His disciples were never awarded any recognition for bringing up this knowledge.
In other words, there is no need to trust other people’s opinions. There is no need to even consider the profiles of those appearing as teaching truth. It is advisable to consider what other people say—but in comparison with what Jesus taught. There is no exception. All are answerable to Jesus.
Others can help one to understand God’s truth. But such people would be God’s instruments—as long as used by God (Matthew 16:17). Having been led by God, the person becomes willing to even behave strangely. Like Abraham, the person moves out of his kinsmen, in pursuit of where God would direct—regardless of other people’s opinions.
God uses other fellow humans. The challenge lies in ability to construe those used by God, against the imposters. Many people profess being used by God, even when untrue. However, this is not a big challenge when using Jesus’ teachings as stable datum. Anyone is free to say anything.
The question to ask is: Does what the person says agree with Jesus? If the answer is yes; then the rest is fable. Jesus said only the truth would set people free. Another curse of humanity is in inability to deduce truth from error.
Out of cowardice, most people adopt falsehood, in place of truth—often rejected, in place of falsehood. But cowardice stems from the inherent sin of humanity. This is the confusion that caused the Jews to reject their own Messiah.
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