What is there about God that allows Christendom to have so many conflicting notions concerning Biblical doctrines. Crusades had been fought costing millions of lives, So that a particular Christian doctrinal ideology may be deemed as having its origin from Almighty God Himself.
It amounts to this, with a particular mortal announcing the God gave him or her a particular message for a particular ism. Bingo! A new denominational church comes into existence. And, it’s safe to say God had nothing to do with it.
Murderous conflicts between Christian sects caused civilized countries to pass laws forbidding certain behaviors that were contrary to civility as being criminal. Now that’s a terrible history for any tent that has such a legacy. Especially when Jesus declared, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled or be afraid.” (cp. John 14:27). There is simply no violence of any kind tolerable from or among those who name Christ as their Redeemer.
Christendom today must be seen as an entrepreneur of rivalries between competing businesses. The products they sell are various religious paraphernalia. At a cost to the congregants sometimes beyond their means. They do so because they are told in some incidences, that a 10% tithe of ones gross income is a Biblical requirement. And in various ways, some are told, you don’t want to get on the bad side of God. Not so! Though it was so under the law of Moses. Right through until this current epoch in history. Today the emphasis is on cheerful giving. Though cheerful giving sometimes amounts to skillful blackmail. It’s an doctrine introduced by the Apostle Paul. No matter how its accomplished the most successful of those chief operating officers, called clergy, living extremely plush lifestyles.
By now it might seem strange to some that this Padre is a devout Christian. But it’s so! There is no exploitation for personal power, social status or economic gain.
Here are a few Christian doctrines that are irrelevant today. Prayer, speaking in tongues, Sabbath observation, end of this age transition into the next historical epoch.
For example, Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, they who believes in Me, the works that I do, they will do also, and greater works than these, they will do because I go to the Father. And whatsoever they ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (cp. John 12-14). Doesn’t work today!
Various similarities occurred during the age previous to ours. Which, included the four Gospels, with modern Christendom still stuck in the notion that prayers must offered to God in the name of Jesus. Is prayer relevant today? Yes! But! No promises are made. (cp. Philippians 4:6-7).
Next: Speaking in tongues a modern day an errant phenomenon practiced by evangelical fundamentalist Pentecostals. They collectively utter on with indistinguishable babbling. Again, Paul wrote. “Those who speak in a tongue edifies themselves. If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.” (cp.1 Corinthians 14:4a; 27-28).
Sabbath observation by certain denominations is also an errant practice. Though all of Christendom should respect, but not observe Saturday as God’s Sabbath day of rest. (cp. Exodus 20:8-11). Why respect and not practice God’s Sabbath? Again, it was instituted by God through Moses as a part of the age of law. The law condemned, and proved that humans were forever alienated from God. Christendom today honors Sunday as the Lord’s day. Because His life, death and resurrection did what the Sabbath day observation couldn’t. Abolished the law of death through Christ. (cp. Romans 6:3 -10).
History moves on, and as it does, new scenarios confront humanity. They are all the handy work of Divine Providence. The prophet Isaiah recorded it this way for us. “Remember the former things of old. For I am God, and there is no other. I am God, and there is none like Me. Declaring the end from the beginning. And from ancient times, things not yet come.” Saying My counsel shall stand, ‘I will do all My pleasures.'” (cp. Isaiah 46:9-10). His counsel, and pleasures are all contained in what we call the Bible.
History, as we know, and experience it, is due for a sudden change. Biblical scholars refer to this present age, as the age of grace. Better known as the church age. Suddenly, Christ will return and close out this age. And instigate, His day of wrath upon humanity. Better known as the Lord’s day
What shouldn’t be surprising is that, the so called men of God, do not stand united concerning the details of such a historic and horrific event. But each holder of the Lord’s day, declares that their interpretation is a God given to them revelation.
Basically, it’s a seven year period known as the great tribulation. Some argue that just prior to that event Christ returns and raptures (Latin for remove) believers. So that they will not experience God’s wrath upon a Christ denying world.
Others argue that the rapture will occur after believers experiencing 3 1/2 years of unfathomable anguish.
That third group of pompous theologians, say not so fast! Believers, or the church will experience all seven years of the Great Tribulation. Then Christ will return to exit His believers. What will follow will be His 1,000 year reign upon this earth. With a peace unknown to humanity since before the fall of Adam and Eve.
In closing, return and review the opening paragraph. There is an answer, but it requires setting aside every thing held truthful about Christendom. The less one knows, or holds, as accurate Christian doctrines the better! The Bible is a dependable truth teller. All that is required is a sincere heart and an open mind with no ulterior motives. There is one prerequisite. All seekers of divine truth must have a relationship with Jesus. It’s a merciful uplifting experience. See, and apply Romans 10:9-10, for the beauty of the experience absorb verses 11-13.
Some last suggestion do no not join a church. You are a church. John calls us Lampstands. With Christ Himself and His angels serving as our guardians. See Revelation 1:12-20; Hebrew 1:14; Psalms 91:11-12. It’s exhilarating to experience angelic occurrences. The greater the entanglement one has with this world the greater the difficulty one has experiencing the fullness of Divine Providence. (cp James 4:4; Psalms 1:1-3).
Carefully study Romans through Philemon because they focus on what we must know about this current epoch of history. That doesn’t mean you are to exclude the other books from your study. The entire Bible contains vital information. But if our epoch in history is not clearly understood, it’ll be impossible to fully grasp the massive writings within our holy writ.
Here’s a tip: The past is just that, the past. The future can be understood by observing the presence. It’s the complete doorway to the future of Biblical history. Amounting to end of civilization as we know it! An eventual make over of the earth and heaven. And the scoffers laughed, but it’s said, they who laugh first, don’t get the last laugh.
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