More Conjecture

Conjecture means to form an opinion or supposition based on incomplete information.  Some common synonyms include guesswork, hunch, and theory.  One I like is shot in the dark.  If you are serious about learning where the church gets its doctrine,  you would do well to keep these terms in mind. For the most part, Christian doctrine comes from three main sources; Greek mythology, Babylonian Mythology, and Egyptian mythology.  The New Testament writers would have us believe that their concepts come from the Hebrew Scriptures.  However, none of the tenets of Christianity can be found anywhere in the Hebrew Scriptures.

The church asserts that Jesus was the son of the G-d of Abraham. But in the book of Exodus 4:22-23 it says, “22 And you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘So said the Lord, “My firstborn son is Israel.” 23 So I say to you, ‘Send out My son so that he will worship Me, but if you refuse to send him out, behold, I am going to slay your firstborn son.’ “I once quoted this to a Christian friend and all they could say was, “I don’t know what that means.” To their credit, they didn’t try to make something up to justify their belief.  The simple meaning seems to negate the church’s claim that Jesus is the first-born son.  There is a deeper meaning here which will make itself known later. That is that Israel is to be the light to the nations. In Isaiah 49: 3 we learn, “3 And He said to me, “You are My servant, Israel, about whom I will boast.” It goes on to say in verse 6, And He said, “It is too light for you to be My servant, to establish the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the besieged of Israel, but I will make you a light of nations, so that My salvation shall be until the end of the earth.”  Here we learn that Israel is to be a light to the nations, a teacher, much like the eldest son teaches his younger brothers.  That is the deeper meaning.  It doesn’t mean that G-d has a physical son.  We are all His children but Israel is the eldest.  

Another Christian concept is that Jesus, as the Messiah, is divine. This is a Greek idea much like Heracles (or Hercules in Roman mythology).  Most people don’t realize that the Greeks had a huge impact of Judea.  They ruled over the Jews for over three hundred years.  The Jews who adopted the Greek ways were termed Hellenists. Over the course of three hundred years, such Greek ideas became common and were eventually accepted by many Jews.  So by the time the New Testament writers used these Greek ideas, it was nothing new.  It made sense to the Hellenists like Paul.  The Hebrew Scriptures do not say that the messiah will be divine.  On the contrary, scripture tells us that the messiah will be a man, the anointed king of Israel.  So why do so many people believe that the messiah will be divine?  The simple answer is because they were told it was so.  Anyone who reads the Hebrew Scriptures, even the English translations, can see that the messiah will not be divine.

Since I started studying the Torah, I have found that the things the church teaches are nothing more than conjecture.  In our day, there are numerous different denominations.  What I find is that most of them are simply putting their own spin on the Bible.  What they do is to guess at what the Bible says.  They don’t encourage their people to study.  They tell them what to believe based solely on what that particular church says.  There is no scripture supporting their beliefs.  This is nothing more than a shot in the dark.

There is so much in the Torah that condemns the beliefs of the church.  I encourage everyone to read it for themselves.  That is the best way to start understanding what it is all about.  Once you begin to understand, many of the questions you’ve always wondered about will be answered.  But know this.  The study of the Bible takes an entire lifetime.  It doesn’t matter your age.  It still takes a lifetime.  Why not start today.  Here is a good place to begin.

Copyright 2016 by:

William Bouker

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