The Church has a Problem: An in depth look

You can see plainly that the things which the church has been teaching for two thousand years do not stand up the Scriptural scrutiny.

If you are a Christian, you have been taught a set of principles by which you live your life. However, there are some very serious problems with those principles. You were taught, maybe from childhood, that Jesus died for your sins.  This is wrong.  Not only did he not die for your sins, he wasn’t the only son of G-d.  He wasn’t the messiah either.  There are many proof texts I can cite to prove these points beyond the shadow of a doubt.  We’ll get to that later.  Many of these can be found in my other blog posts as well. I would like to examine some of these principles for you. These are things you have heard about already but you may not have looked at them in depth.

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What the New Testament Doesn’t Say

Have you ever wondered why the church does what Paul says and not what the gospels say? According to the gospels, Jesus said to follow the Law of Moses and to do everything the Pharisees say. Paul says the Law of Moses can’t be followed and it seems, means very little to him in his teachings. The Christian church is essentially the church of Paul and not the church of Jesus.

There are a few phrases that are not found in the New Testament. They include: thus says the L-rd; G-d said; the word of the L-rd came to …  These phrases are not found anywhere in the New Testament for a very good reason.  It is not from HaShem.  There is no true prophecy in any of those books.  The books of the prophets are alluded to in many places by the New Testament writers. Most are misquotes, some are not quotes from the prophets at all, the rest are just wrong.

Prophecy is a peculiar and often misunderstood thing.  Most people think it is something like fortune-telling, that it is a way of telling the future.  We know that during the time of the Bible, there were many prophets.  King David had Nathan the Prophet who would come to him and tell him what G-d had said.  Such was the job of the prophet, to relay what G-d had said regarding something that had happened, was happening, or was/is going to happen.  Out of the thousands of prophets who lived, only a few left any documentation as to what HaShem said to them.  The last of the prophets was Malachi, thought by many to have actually been Ezra the Scribe. After the time of the Book of Malachi, there was no more prophecy in the world.  The reason so many prophets were left out of the Bible is because what they had to say didn’t pertain to us.  It wasn’t necessarily about the future.

The Bible instructs us how to identify a false prophet.  Deuteronomy 13 gives plain, easy to follow instructions.  Take a moment and read the text for yourself.  Know that it is not giving you permission to stone anyone.  The death penalty can only be imposed by the Sanhedrin, that is the central rabbinical supreme court of ancient Israel, composed of 71 sages.  There are many signs and wonders outlined in the New Testament.  But the central theme is that of doing away with the Law of Moses and following the teachings of Paul. This is in direct violation of Deuteronomy 13.  The last verse sums it up. 19 For you shall hearken to the voice of the Lord your God, to keep all His commandments which I command you this day, to do that which is proper in the eyes of the Lord, your God.  Does this really sound like the words of Paul?   If Paul agreed with this scripture, there would be Christians all over the world keeping kosher and observing the Sabbath.  Obviously, Paul wanted something different for his church.

We know from church history that the gospel writers are unknown. The names were assigned many years later.  Searching the Catholic Church’s online encyclopedia proves this. (I do not link to their site because their policies don’t allow it).  We know from reading the gospels that they are not attributed in any way to being divinely inspired. They are riddled with inconsistencies from one to the other.  These are not prophetic works. That is to say, they are not the word of G-d.  In fact, G-d is barely mentioned in the New Testament, other than to say that He sent Jesus.  Isaiah 42: 6-10 tell us that HaShem will not share is glory with another.  The church would have you believe He shares His glory with both Jesus and the holy spirit.  That is a complete contradiction.  6 I am the Lord; I called you with righteousness and I will strengthen your hand; and I formed you, and I made you for a people’s covenant, for a light to nations. 7 To open blind eyes, to bring prisoners out of a dungeon, those who sit in darkness out of a prison. 8 I am the Lord, that is My Name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to the graven images. 9 The former things, behold they have come to pass, and the new things I tell; before they sprout I will let you hear. 10 Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise from the end of the earth, those who go down to the sea and those therein, the islands and their inhabitants.  Notice verse 9.  “the new things I tell; before they sprout I will let you hear.”  If the New Testament was actually from HaShem, He would have let us hear about it.  How does HaShem let us hear?  Through prophecy.  This never happened.

Isaiah 42 poses a huge problem for the church.  There are only two ways to interpret this problem. Either Isaiah is lying or the church is lying.  If we say that Isaiah is lying, then everything else in the Book of Isaiah is suspect.  Since the church uses Isaiah to justify itself, if he is lying, the church ceases to exist.  If we say that the church is lying, then everything else it says is suspect.  To rectify this question we will look at Isaiah 1.  In the beginning of the book, he identifies himself as well as his father and the reigns of the kings during which he prophesied.  This lends credence to what he is saying.  The gospel writers don’t do this. We have no idea who is writing or even when.  All we have is what the church tells us.  So without knowing the authors, all four gospels become suspect. They have no validity.  Their authors won’t even put their own names to what they are writing.

Paul, on the other hand, has no problem identifying himself in his books.  Have you ever wondered why the church does what Paul says and not what the gospels say?  According to the gospels, Jesus said to follow the Law of Moses and to do everything the Pharisees say. Paul says the Law of Moses can’t be followed and it seems, means very little to him in his teachings.  The Christian church is essentially the church of Paul and not the church of Jesus.  The teachings of Jesus in the gospels mean absolutely nothing to Paul or the church.   I will prove it to you.  If you are still a Christian and part of a church, go to your pastor or a teacher, or an elder and ask them this question.  “Why don’t we follow the Law of Moses as Jesus instructs us in Matthew 5:17-19?”  See if they don’t refer you to something Paul said.  This is one of the issues I had with the church.  The church claims that Jesus died for us.  Doesn’t it stand to reason that they should be following his teachings?  But they don’t.  They follow only Paul.  It is his church.

If you are a Christian I urge you to ask that question.  If you are not  Christian but know someone who is, please get them this information.  There is truth to be found in the Holy Scriptures, the Tanakh.  The inconsistent ramblings of the gospel writers combined with inconsistent ramblings of Paul can never contain truth.  They contradict each other.  You know there is no truth in contradictions.

Copyright 2016 by:

William Bouker

Turning Evil into Good: The Conclusion

There is plenty of talk about all of the evil in the world today. Murder, rape, violent crime, and terrorism are just a few examples. When we take a deeper look at the evil in the world, we find domestic violence, child abuse, robbery, corruption, even animal abuse. All of these are good examples of some of the evils in the world today. As a society, we like to think that our generation faces more evils than the world has ever seen. If we look at the Bible we find this to be false. Genesis 6: 5-6 tell us that there was so much evil in the world before the flood that HaShem regretted having created us. 5 And the Lord saw that the evil of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of his heart was only evil all the time.6 And the Lord regretted that He had made man upon the earth, and He became grieved in His heart. It says that every imagination of his [man’s] heart was only evil. That’s a lot of evil. It is foolish to think that the evil we face today is any worse than the evil they faced in those days. Ecclesiastes 1:9 teaches us that 9 What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

What do we know about evil? One of the major breakthroughs of the information age is research. There have been countless studies into what makes people commit evil acts. Any of us can go online and look up these studies and learn for ourselves what science tells us are the reasons for these acts. What science cannot tell us is the source of evil in the world. Again, I turn to the Bible for the answer. Isaiah 45:6-8 tells us the source. 6 In order that they know from the shining of the sun and from the west that there is no one besides Me; I am the Lord and there is no other. 7 Who forms light and creates darkness, Who makes peace and creates evil; I am the Lord, Who makes all these. 8 Cause the heavens above to drip, and let the skies pour down righteousness; let the earth open, and let salvation and righteousness be fruitful; let it cause them to sprout together; I, the Lord, have created it. Also in Amos 3:6 Will a shophar be sounded in the city and the people not quake? Will there be evil in the city if the Lord has not done it? Yes, you read that correctly. Evil comes from the Lord. In Deuteronomy 30: 15-16 it says, 15 Behold, I have set before you today life and good, and death and evil, 16 inasmuch as I command you this day to love the Lord, your God, to walk in His ways, and to observe His commandments, His statutes, and His ordinances, so that you will live and increase, and the Lord, your God, will bless you in the land to which you are coming to take possession of it. Why has HaShem put evil in the world? The reason is very simple. It is in order to give us the ability to choose Him. Without giving us this choice, we don’t have free will. Without evil, we could not know hatred. Without hatred, we could not know love. Can you imagine the world without love?

Throughout the Bible, we find stories where G-d turns something evil into something good. Joseph was sold into slavery, spent years in an Egyptian prison, and later became second only Pharoh. Within this same story, we find that G-d sent a famine into the land of Cannan where Jacob and his family lived. They were forced to go to Egypt looking for food and as a result, Jacob was reunited with the son he thought was dead. There are many stories just like this. All of these stories have an underlying theme. G-d can take something which we perceive as evil and make it good. Not only does He make it good. He makes it extremely good; so much so that it could only be His will that makes it happen. Could the children of Israel have simply walked away from over two hundred years of bondage without divine intervention? Could Abraham have survived when Nimrod had him thrown into a furnace? Likewise with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego? Daniel was thrown into a den of lions, survived without a scratch and was made Viceroy. Moses fled Egypt, running for his life and later returned as the greatest prophet of all time. Elijah fled for his life. David fled for his life. Jacob fled for his life. In all of these stories, they faced an evil which HaShem used to perform miracles.

After the times of the Bible, Israel would face some of the most evil times in its history. The Romans devastated the people. They flayed the flesh from the great Rabbi Akiva for the crime of teaching Torah. The Roman Empire would later spilt, with the remnants becoming the Roman Catholic Church. These later Romans spent centuries killing Jews who refused to convert to Christianity. They were forced out of Spain at the hands of the Inquisition. Many submitted to conversion. Others fled to Portugal. Part of the deal made with Queen Isabella to finance the journeys of Columbus included running the Jews out of Portugal. Many Jews from this period were received by the Muslim-controlled Ottoman Empire where they were allowed to live freely. Antisemitism later reached a climax in twentieth century Germany where at least six million Jews were savagely murdered. Some estimates put that number at close to nine million Jews whose only crime was being Jewish. Civilized people of today don’t understand how this could have happened. Many are now denying that it did happen. This is a foolish claim since much of it was filmed at the time. After two thousand years of hatred, forced conversions, killings, and varying degrees of rampant antisemitism, we were blessed with the reformation of the state of Israel in 1948.

The title of this article is “Turning Evil into Good: the Conclusion”. I chose this title because we are approaching the conclusion of this age. The biggest evil in the world which the Jewish people have faced since the time of the Bible has been Christianity. While it is true that the Holocaust saw the murder of the largest number of Jews in recorded history, it too had its roots in Christianity. Hitler was a fan of Martin Luther who also supported, even called for the mass killing of the Jewish people. It is no doubt that Christianity has been the leading cause of death among Jewish people since the time of Jesus, who ironically, was a Jew.

Christianity, of course, has its roots in Judaism. The early Christians were Jews who were misled by a false prophet. By the end of the first century, however, Christianity was its own entity.  It was no longer made up of Jews. It was made up of Romans and Greeks, both of whom hated the Jews. What happened all those years ago set the stage for the final and biggest example of HaShem turning something evil into something amazing for the Jewish people; the Messianic Age. Isaiah 53 explains that the Jewish people, after having been despised and rejected (vs 3-4), will be used by G-d to vindicate the just (v11). You see, G-d has always used the little guy to further His purpose. Look back at the stories we discussed earlier. Joseph, Jacob, Moses, David, Daniel, and Elijah were all the little guy. G-d uses the small and weak to show His glory to the big and the strong. This is exactly what will happen in the final story.

Look at the Jewish people. Compared to other religions of the world they are the smallest. Christianity is the biggest by far. Christianity is the Goliath that will be destroyed by a son of David. Like Egypt, Christianity has been allowed to become grand. In their grandiosity, they have oppressed the Jewish people. They are like Esau, who could have supported his brother Jacob, but decided to stand aside and let His brother be destroyed (Obadiah 1). They are the fourth kingdom of Daniel chapter 2 that will be destroyed when G-d sets up the kingdom that will not be destroyed.  The question is, on which side do you want to be?

Copyright 2016 by:
William Bouker

The Final Redemption is Here

The world in which we live is currently going through its biggest change since the flood and it’s happening right under the noses of those whom we thought should be expecting it.  It’s called the Redemption or Geulah.  I heard Rabbi Tovia Singer speaking about the Redemption.  He said that it will happen in stages, similar to the redemption from Egypt. There were ten plagues which, according to Rabbi Singer, spanned a period of eleven months.  Today The Redemption is happening in stages in order to give the greatest number of people the opportunity to return to HaShem.  Which stage we are in right now is hard to say.  I am of the opinion that the stages have been going on throughout history.

It could have started in 1948 when Israel became a country again. That would be a good starting point.  But it could have also started in 70 CE with the fall of Israel.  This could also be a good place to start seeing the beginnings of the Redemption.  The final Redemption could also have started at Mount Sinai with G-d revealing Himself to the children of Israel.  This is a really good place to start in that G-d, at that time, created the Nation of Israel to be a light to the nations.  That light can be seen as the trigger mechanism to the final Redemption. Wherever you look to find the beginning is less relevant than when it will be completed.  That completion and ultimate Redemption of the world is getting very close.  The end of this age is drawing near.

In a recent episode of Beyond the Matrix (Israel NewsTalk Radio), host Ira Michaelson is heard to say that there are thousands upon thousands of people leaving other religions and turning to the truth of Torah.[Paraphrased]  This is an astounding estimate.  We are seeing the Redemption happening now.  At no other time in history have so many turned to the Jewish People to find truth.  In fact, quite the opposite has been true since the time of Solomon.  The prophet Zechariah said in chapter 8: 23 So said the Lord of Hosts: In those days, when ten men of all the languages of the nations shall take hold of the skirt of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” This is exactly what we are seeing.  I would go as far as to say that the reason it has been the way it has been for so many centuries (antisemitism) is so that when we see this happening now, we can know for certain the Redemption is upon us.

Ezekiel 36 gives us some insight into the final Redemption.  36: 34 …And they shall say: This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited. 36Then the nations that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD have builded the ruined places, and planted that which was desolate; I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.37 Thus saith the Lord GOD: I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.  38 As the flock for sacrifice, as the flock of Jerusalem in her appointed seasons, so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men; and they shall know that I am the LORD .  These things are happening now.  The land of Israel was a desolate wasteland not so many years ago.  If you seek proof, you have but to do an internet search for old photos of the land of Israel.  Once you get a feel for the barrenness. look up some current photos of Israel.  The once deserted areas are awash with green.  In verse 37 it says “I will increase them with men like a flock.”  In other words, there will be a great inpouring into the House of Israel as we are seeing today.

Most of these people are coming out of Christianity, with the largest portion, like myself, coming from the Baptist denomination according to Rabbi Zalman Weiss, author of Adon Olam: A Search for Meaning. The Christian bible contains what they call the old testament. It is an adulterated version of the Hebrew Tanakh.  Even with all of the changes put in place by early church fathers, there is still enough evidence that Christianity is a false religion.  I like to equate Christianity to the story of the golden calf in Exodus.  In the story, the Israelites attempt to worship HaShem through the golden calf; in a way which He forbids. Christians also attempt to worship HaShem through Jesus.  This is the reason why Jews consider Christianity a form of idolatry.

The Final Redemption is happening now.  Yes, it is coming in stages, but we don’t know when it will be complete.  The prophets only give a small amount of information concerning this and yet there have been volumes written about it.  For at least two millennia, the Jewish sages and scholars have studied it.  People have hoped and prayed to be fortunate enough to witness it.  Countless millions have wanted to be a part of it and prayed these words, “I believe with complete faith in the coming of Moshiach, and although he may tarry, nevertheless, I wait every day for him to come.” (Ani Maamin) Every day for thousands of years people have waited to see what you are seeing right now.

But know this,  there is no place for idolators in the world to come. Fortunately for you, there is still time.  The true religion, Judaism, is the only religion that does not require you to join it in order to be a part of the Redemption.  That’s right.  Righteous Gentiles will have a place in the world to come. You must only adhere to the seven laws of Noah.   Follow the link for more information or visit Netiv,net for in-depth Torah learning on the subject.  I can only hope and pray that you make the right decision.


Copyright 2016 by:

William Bouker

Is There Forgiveness Without Blood

There are numerous places in the Bible where it speaks of forgiveness.  Many believe that forgiveness can only come from the shedding of innocent blood.  This is not a Biblical concept.  But many people believe it to be so.  Where do they get this idea? Throughout history, many religions have adopted this concept.  These ideas come from the ancient pagan religions which were deemed idolatrous.  So then, the shedding of innocent blood for the forgiveness of sins comes from idolatry.  Many of you will argue, the Israelites used animal sacrifices for forgiveness. This is a misconception. The sin sacrifice was to make atonement for unintentional sins.  Atonement and forgiveness are two different things. Atonement is what we do once we have asked for forgiveness. The Hebrew word for atonement is kaparah  which literally means wiping up. This word is derived from the word kofer (ransom).   With the sin sacrifice, the priest actually made the atonement for the person who had sinned.  A modern term which  I think fits is restitution.  You see, the sin is forgiven by G-d, not by or through the blood.  Think of it like this.  If I break something of yours, I will ask for forgiveness and tell you I’m sorry.  Even if you forgive me, the item is still broken.  If I buy you a new one, I have atoned for what I did.  It is the same when we break a commandment.  It remains broken even after we have been forgiven. The blood is for the atonement and not for forgiveness.

Now that you know what atonement is and more importantly, is not, we can look at forgiveness. When HaShem forgives us, the slate is wiped clean.  Here is a good definition from the Tanach.   Ezekiel 18:21 And if the wicked man repent of all his sins that he has committed and keeps all My laws and executes justice and righteousness, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he has committed shall not be remembered regarding him: through his righteousness that he has done he shall live.  This is forgiveness without a blood sacrifice.  This is the forgiveness for the intentional sins committed by the wicked man.  I would say that what this man offers as his atonement  is his turning away from his wickedness.  It really is that simple.  And why shouldn’t it be? What do you think is more important to G-d, a blood sacrifice or a repentant sinner?  Hosea 6:6 says. For I desire loving-kindness, and not sacrifices, and knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. Isaiah 1:11-12 says 11 Of what use are your many sacrifices to Me? says the Lord. I am sated with the burnt-offerings of rams and the fat of fattened cattle; and the blood of bulls and sheep and hegoats I do not want. 12 When you come to appear before Me, who requested this of you, to trample My courts?  It is plain to see that He desires repentance.

You may have been told, as I was, that there is no forgiveness without a blood sacrifice. This is the very foundation of the church.  As you can see from scripture, this is a false doctrine. The sacrificial system outlined in the Torah is very different from the sacrificial system of the church.  The former system was not only for atonement.  There are many different sacrifices, all of which are very specific and require certain animals.  The church’s idea is that of human sacrifice.  They will tell you that Jesus died as a sin sacrifice. They will also tell you that he was the sacrificial lamb or Passover offering.  These are two very different things.  Nowhere in the Torah does it describe a single sacrifice for two different purposes.  The church is rooted in pagan idolatry and has nothing in common with Judaism.  While it is true that Christianity had its beginnings among the Jews of Galilee, those same Jews forsook their beliefs and turned to idolatry.

If you truly want to be forgiven for the sins you have committed, you must repent.  Repent means to turn away from those things.  It means to make a definite change in how you live your life.  The sin of idolatry is one of the worst things you can do.  When you worship an idol, such as Jesus, you are insulting the creator of the universe.  The church has many idols which they worship; the cross, Mary, Paul, the blood of Jesus.  They incorporate these things into their worship.  They pray to saints.  They place the devil on the same level as G-d.  They say he is G-d’s adversary.  To be an adversary, one must be on the same level or else they could not be an adversary at all.  They call him the god of this world.

Below are some passages from the Hebrew Bible that deal with forgiveness.  If you’ve never read these before, please do so. Forgiveness is a wonderful gift which HaShem wants to give to everyone.

Psalm 25:7. Do not recall the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; remember me in accordance with Your kindness, because of Your goodness, O Lord.  8. Good and upright is the Lord, therefore He directs sinners along the way.  9. He guides the humble with justice, and teaches the humble His way.  10. All the paths of the Lord are kindness and truth for those who observe His covenant and testimonies.  11. For the sake of Your Name, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great.  12. Whoever is a God-fearing man, him will He teach the path that he should choose.  13. His soul will abide in well-being, and his descendants will inherit the earth.

Psalm 32:3 When I was silent, my bones decayed with my moaning all day long.  4 For [both] day and night Your hand is heavy upon me; my freshness was transformed as in the droughts of summer, forever.  5 I would inform You of my sin, and I did not conceal my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin forever.  6 For this let every pious man pray to You at the time that You are found, only about a flood of vast waters [that] should not reach him. 

Ezekiel 33:8 When I say of a wicked man, Wicked one, you shall surely die! and you did not speak to warn the wicked man from his way-he is wicked and for his iniquity he will die, but his blood I shall require of your hand.  9 But you-if you warned a wicked man from his way, to repent thereof, and he did not repent of his way-he will die for his iniquity, and you have saved your soul.  10 Now you, son of man, say to the house of Israel; So have you spoken, saying: For our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and because of them we are melting away, so how can we live?  11 Say to them: As I live, says the Lord God, I do not wish for the death of the wicked, but for the wicked to repent of his way so that he may live. Repent, repent of your evil ways, for why should you die, O house of Israel!12 And you, son of man, say to the members of your people: The righteousness of the righteous will not save him on the day of his transgression, and the wickedness of the wicked-he will not stumble upon it on the day of his repentance of his wickedness, and a righteous man cannot live with it on the day of his sinning. 

Joel 2: 12  And even now, says the Lord, return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting and with weeping and with lamentation.  13 And rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and He repents of the evil.  14 Whoever knows shall repent and regret, and it shall leave after it a blessing, a meal offering and a libation to the Lord your God.

Copyright 2016 by:

William Bouker

Bible Knowledge: 10 Things Your Pastor Should Know

There is a difference between asking questions and questioning something. Most people don’t mind if you ask them a question. Many are happy to answer. But If you question something they say, however, they are usually not happy at all. They get mad at you. Churches are famous for this. Most preachers and teachers are very nice people who will happily answer your questions. But there are questions to which they have no answer since the teachings of the church are actually contrary to the original scriptures. When they have no answer, they become uncomfortable. Many will launch a counter attack. They will question your beliefs. Some may even tell you not to ask such questions. My question for you, at that point, is don’t you deserve to know? If they can’t answer your questions, you have no choice but to look them up for yourself. Here are a few questions about the Bible which every church leader should be able to answer. Test their knowledge. I will give you the answers I found. But, in order that you understand them, you must read them for yourself. Here is a link for your convenience. The Complete Jewish Bible.

1. Where does it say that someone can die for the forgiveness of sin?
2. Where does it say we need a mediator in order to talk to the Creator?
3. Where does it say there is a trinity?
4. Where does it say that G-d’s law will change?
5. When are we told the Messiah will come?
6. Where does it say that the devil is the adversary of the Creator?
7. Where does it say the Messiah will be G-d incarnate?
8. Can we choose how to worship the Creator?
9. Is human sacrifice permissible?
10. What is idolatry?

1. Nowhere. This concept is contrary to scripture. There is not one example of one dying for themselves or anyone else in order to be forgiven. This is interesting to me because if someone could be forgiven by death, wouldn’t anyone who died be forgiven? What about those who died because of their sin? Also, if one could die in order for someone else to be forgiven, why couldn’t they die for their own forgiveness? None of this makes any sense. This is why we are told that the wicked person will die [ or be punished] for their own sins. If the wicked person repents, then his sins will be remembered no more. It is as though it never happened. (Ezekiel 18: 20- 24)

2. It does not. The idea of needing a mediator to talk to G-d on our behalf is foreign to Judaism. It is not in the scriptures anywhere. That being said, there are many places where people did pray for others. We are expected to pray for each other. But we don’t need anyone to pray in our place. We are actually commanded to pray.

3. The trinity comes from pagan religions. Many of the pagan religions employ the concept of the trinity. Not being like other religions is what has set Judaism apart from them since the beginning.

4. Some people believe that the law was fulfilled and thus does not need to be followed. However, the Torah teaches us that His law will never change. Deuteronomy 13 teaches us that we are not to change the laws either by adding to them or taking away from them.

5. It is written that the Messiah will come sometime after the fourth kingdom in Daniel 2 is divided in two. Rome, the fourth kingdom, was divided in the year 285 of the common era. While it is true that the Messiah has not yet come. It is impossible that he came prior to 285 CE.

6. The church has used the devil as a means to scare people into following them. There is the one known as the satan but he is in no way an adversary. He is called the accuser The word satan is Hebrew for ‘prosecutor’. Here is a great article which describes his roles in-depth. Link

7. This is another myth of the church. The word messiah means anointed. Prophecy teaches us that the messiah will be a man. He will be anointed by the prophet Elijah as king of Israel. The idea of the Creator becoming a man has its roots in pagan religions. The church didn’t incorporate this idea into its doctrine until the year 325 at the council of Nicaea. This idea is also not in the Hebrew scriptures.

8. The story of the golden calf in the Book of Exodus teaches us that our Creator only wants to be worshiped in a specific way. The Torah teaches us how we are to worship Him. Worshiping Him in a different way always proved catastrophic for the Children of Israel. In my article The Second Golden Calf, I describe this in more detail.

9. The rules for sacrifices are outlined in the Torah. While there are several different types, none of them include human. In addition, the sacrificial animals were required to be unblemished in any way. The church’s idea of the sacrifice on the cross does not adhere to any of the requirements in the Torah. Human sacrifice is also contrary to scripture and is thus forbidden. We have already determined that we can’t alter the Law in any way.

10. This question is a bit different than the others but it is possibly the most important. The Torah teaches us that we are to worship only the Creator. When we worship anything else we are insulting the Creator. The church will tell you that anything can become an idol. This is true. They give examples like cell phones, televisions, entertainers, your car, etc. When you look back through these questions you will find several clues as to what idolatry really is. An idol is any person or thing that is worshiped. We are commanded not to make any image of anything that has been created and not to bow down to it. Their definition is lacking. It’s okay to like your cell phone, a lot even. That isn’t worshiping it. We know that Jesus was a man and that man was created. Worshiping him is idolatry. There is no other way to explain that away. We know that G-d is not a man. If you are worshiping him, you are guilty of the sin of idolatry. Fortunately for you, you read this far. Back in number 1, I showed you that you can repent of this sin of idolatry and it will be forgotten. You must repent, which means to turn away, from worshiping your idol. You also must not return to it. I urge you to take a serious look back through these questions and answers and repent of your sins. Talk to the Creator, not in the name of anyone else. Talk to Him like you’d talk to your best friend. He wants to be your best friend.

Copyright 2016 by:
William Bouker

Where Does it Say We Need a Mediator

A mediator is someone who stands between two parties which are at some variance. In this sense, a mediator cannot be on either side. A true mediator should not receive benefit from either side. If they do receive benefit, it must be from both sides in equal proportion. That is the only way a mediator can remain impartial. A mediator can make suggestions to both sides in an effort find a solution. Both sides can then agree or not. They might make a counter offer of some kind. The mediator is only there to make suggestions to both parties and in some disputes, get the ball rolling towards an agreement. This is the job of the mediator.

So the church teaches, and it is written in their bible, that Jesus was a mediator between man and G-d. Let’s take a look at what their bible says. 1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 “Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.” The way this is written gives the impression that there are three distinctly different beings; G-d, the mediator, and man. This fits with the definition above. On a side note, I find it odd that Paul goes out of his way to tell us he isn’t lying. It has been my experience that when someone goes out of their way to say they aren’t lying, that is exactly what they are doing. In 1 John 2:1-2 we are told, “…And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” This concept is among the most basic tenets of the church.

The idea of a mediator contradicts both the Hebrew Scriptures as well as other church doctrines. The church teaches that Jesus is G-d, that he and the father are one. If this is so, how can he be a mediator between G-d and man? By definition, a mediator is someone who stands between two parties which are at some variance. The church may tell you that he is fulfilling his role as a part of the trinity, The problem with this argument is that the trinity is not even mentioned anywhere in their bible. The idea of the trinity was not believed by many of the early church and did not take its current form until the fourth century.

As far as the Hebrew Scriptures are concerned, the idea of needing a mediator between G-d and man is completely foreign. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 we are told, “14 And My people, upon whom My name is called, humble themselves and pray and seek My presence and repent of their evil ways, I shall hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.” There is no mention of a mediator here. If this were the only passage in the Hebrew Scriptures to contradict the idea of needing a mediator, that should be sufficient proof. If something contradicts one passage of scripture, then it does not line up with any of it. But there are many places in the Hebrew Scriptures that contradict the mediator theology of the church. Psalms 5:2-4, “2 Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my meditation.3 Hearken to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for I will pray to You.4 O Lord, in the morning You shall hearken to my voice; in the morning I shall arrange [my prayer] to You, and I shall look forward.” Psalms 16:2-4, ” 2 You should say to the Lord, “You are my Master; my good is not incumbent upon You. 3 For the holy ones who are in the earth, and the mighty ones in whom is all my delight. 4 May the sorrows of those who hasten after another [deity] increase; I will not pour their libations of blood, nor will I take their names upon my lips.”

All through the book of Psalms, we see the Psalmist talking directly to G-d. There is no reason for anyone to think they need a mediator to go to G-d on their behalf. In fact, we are commanded to pray in Exodus 20:25. Your soul yearns for you to connect with its creator. This is impossible to do through someone else. It is impossible to do in someone else’s name. You can call out to Him. You can cry to Him. You can meditate on Him. You can pour your heart out to Him. You can know Him. But you must pray directly to Him.
Copyright 2016 by:
William Bouker