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"This man [Yeshua] has not been a failure yet; for nobody has
ever been sane enough to try his way."
 - George Bernard Shaw

Christianity's Fundamental Mistakes
Updated: 04/26/2021

Way too much has been made of Hebrew Scriptures and prophecy as the context for the J-person's revelation message. There are reasons as to why the J-person came when and where to do his public ministry–in Israel and primarily Judea–but they have less to do with this culture's expectations and prophecies than has been assumed. Every other culture had their mythology and their prophecies. If the J-person had come to the Greeks, Gauls, Latins, Mayas, etc., there would have been similar prophetic connections made to authenticate him as belonging in a special way to their culture, and to their being in a special privileged relationship to God.

As other scholars have noted, Yeshua's life was patterned after the Egyptian warrior-hero god Horus as much or more than it was patterned upon the expected Hebrew Messiah. Most Christians would be astounded and nonplussed by the extent of the parallels. Of course, some that have a discrediting agenda use this pattern to try to show that the life of the J-person was fabricated.

Yeshua has been mis-framed

Far more important than the context of mythology and its prophecy is the context of the "human condition". Why should Yeshua, his actions and his message NOT be framed  BY THE ULTIMATE ISSUES that we face being in the "human condition" under a sentence of death, instead of by Old Testament law and prophets? I certainly care much more about the first instead of the second
     Intellectually,  has not Christianity made a huge mistake by tying Yeshua to Judaism? As if being born and raised in that culture and religion puts the stamp of God's approval on those two aspects in ANY way! Why should we let ancient writings and mythology tell us what God is like when Yeshua came to do that in person with not just words but a three year public life capped with the ultimate demonstration? Why isn't it clear that so much of what Yeshua did and said clearly clashed with Judaic religious culture?

Yeshua as Christ or Messiah

Yeshua obviously was not really what was expected by that culture in their Messiah or Christ. The expected Messiah was to be a human savior-king, not divine but divinely appointed. He was expected to set things right through his influence and might like king David; restore order and good behavior through the rule of law, rule with wisdom and establish the proper worship of God, regain Israel's lost territory, and lift Israel to preeminence among the world nations like Solomon.
     It is absurd to think, not of Yeshua as being the coming Savior, but to think of him as being the Messiah. Not only did he NOT fill that role, but he cautioned his Disciples not to tell that to others. If he HAD been the Messiah, he would not have disappeared after his triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the people wouldn't have chosen the insurgent Barabbas to be released instead of him..

Christianity founded by unbelievers

Spiritually and theologically, Christianity has been founded by unbelievers as defined by Yeshua. There is no evidence except for John and Thomas, that any of the disciples or "apostles" including Paul, actually understood correctly and thus believed much of what the J-person said to his followers during his public ministry. One of his most emphatic pleas to his listeners was to understand God through him, and he literally equated this with salvation. Yet it is incontrovertible that they did not even overcome the foundational falsity in which  they were steeped. The could not fathom this to be necessary, much less proceed to do so. Instead they clung to their "tethering stake", their traditions and religion. We should be able to see that they profoundly missed understanding his message, and included too much of their religious baggage.
     Bottom line? ALL of Christendom has incorporated the Old Testament paradigm of God as its foundation, and that is why it is called JUDEO-Christianity! SHOULDN'T the paradigm be founded on the actions, words and message of the J-person instead of being shoehorned into the Old Testament paradigm? Shouldn't Yeshua, his words, his life, his deeds, be framed by the ultimate issues?

"Today the greatest single deterrent to knowledge
of Yeshua is his familiarity. Because we think we
know him, we pass him by."
- Winifred Kirkland

Other Major Mistakes

Hope as Mistake

Without being defined as a motivation for doing something effective, hope is a dirty, four letter word symbolizing something which Christianity has used as a substitute for doing something that brings the reality of fulfillment.  This kind of hope is what people do when they don't know what to believe and don't know what to do.  "Hope springs eternal to the human breast."  That is too bad because there IS no efficacy to this kind of hoping, and it is little better than mooning. The alternative is choosing to believe, and then responding in the right way.  Yeshua didn't teach hope and didn't even use the word!

Bible as Word of God

The Bible is not the word of God, never has been, never will or can be.  The Old Testament is valuable only in setting the stage for Yeshua and substantiating him as "the coming one".  The New Testament, except for the Gospels, is largely worthless except as a record for wrong ideas that do not work and as a track record for failure.  Neither Yeshua nor the Father ever authorized the writing of the documents or their selection in the New Testament, nor had anything to do with it; nor has time or history validated it's concept of God.

Sin as Violation of Law

A major part of a valid theology concerns sin and the proper definition, understanding and usage that Yeshua gave to us. The concept that sin is a misunderstanding of the character and purpose of God is foundational. Instead of fostering this crucial piece, Christendom has mis-defined sin in terms of legalism and behavior, as a transgression of the law, and consequently has missed the underlying message that was delivered and demonstrated for us. According to J the Father is continually dismissing our failings, but he came to completely rid us of sin.

Asking Forgiveness of Sins

Christianity generally teaches that we should pray to God for forgiveness of our sins even though Yeshua did NOT teach this. He taught that we should ACCEPT the forgiveness of God, not pray or beg for it. Don't disagree on the basis of the Lord's prayer, for this passage is almost never translated properly, because it is an acknowledgement and not a plea.  And even in the extant translations of Matthew the word used is debts or obligations. Luke substitutes the word "sins" but gets it right in the second phrase.
     It can be proper for us to acknowledge our sins, but NOT in an abject confession or shameful way.

Ten Words as Commandments

In the Old Testament and in the New Testament the Ten Commandment terminology was not used. They were called the ten WORDS or Decalogue, NOT commandments. At best these ten words were meant to be promises, not commandments or demands that were directed toward men by God.  The value to us of the Ten Words is that they elucidate some fundamental principles which we can incorporate into our lives to the extent that they do not interfere with the sustenance and/or the enhancement of life.

Morality Confused with Ethics

Yeshua never talked directly about morality because it should be self-evident that the sustenance and enhancement of life–within the boundary of humane values–should define and determine morality, not some written code of morality determining life and behavior.  In his conversations about morality, Yeshua only scorned the current morality of the Jews.  This literally means that whatever sustains and/or enhances life is moral, or to put it another way, whatever increases morale–again within the boundary of humane values and ethics–is moral.  This means that in this world no specific rules can be absolutely valid.  The most immoral thing that can be done is to impose rules of morality upon humans that God created to live free and use their own feelings and emotions to live by. Man was made to live by inspiration, not obligation or law.

Marriage as Formal Contract

Marriage is only sanctified or validated by romantic love, not by any formal rite or vows or priestly blessing.  Marriage as a legal contract is strictly a human institution and was never ordained, instituted, or authorized by God.  The prevailing mentality of marriage as it has evolved in the world is largely one of ownership, obligation, and forced commitment, or at best a form of trading instead of sharing, completely opposite to the ideal way to live.
     The only possible efficacy of a legal marriage contract between two people who are romantically involved is strictly the benefit of having ANY written legal contract as a form of an agreement between people in this world when there is a dispute.  Since the essence of a good contract is specificity, this means that the legal marriage contract as constituted in the general society of the United States is the worst possible kind of contract! It is vague, nebulous or silent as to specifics and terms of abrogation, and is subject to a different interpretation in every state, county and federal courtroom in the USA.

Defeatism Fostered

Christianity has fostered spiritual defeatism by its mysticism">mysticism, by its intractable clinging to a false, enigmatic God, and finally by misappropriating quotes from the Old Testament such as: "Who can know the ways of God?" and "Thy ways are past understanding."  Even worse, they have failed to see the humanity of God, have declaimed it as anthropomorphism, and set up a false contrast between humanity and divinity.  With their terrible doctrines of Hell and oblivion, and their false and arbitrary conceptions of perfection, who could or would even want to identify with or understand such a person, one capable of "doing his strange act", the literal eternal burning in hell of the lost?  We are told that we should try but can never measure up to the standard and that we always have to rely on God's grace in order for him to put up with us.  In contrast, Yeshua is saying that we now have no excuse for not understanding all the truth about God.

Paranoia Fostered

The most virulent form of fundamentalism does not feel good about itself unless it makes itself "peculiar" and is persecuted.  By teaching people that they are sons of God when they are not, Christianity fosters the concept of a very capricious father who sometimes can be counted on but most times can not, a father who allows his children to experience devastating trauma, intense suffering, and savage destruction, a father who promises and then does not deliver, a harsh, stern father interested in rigorous discipline, a father who will even literally throw them to the lions or have them burned at the stake for His own glory.

Trivialization Fostered

Christianity has trivialized the Sabbath by insisting on sacralizing a special day of the week instead of understanding this as a symbol of our freedom from burdens, works and legalism.  It has trivialized Yeshua washing the disciples feet by making it an "ordinance of humility" instead of realizing it to be merely a symbol of service and helping each other to finish cleaning up our belief system.  It has trivialized the wine and unleavened bread as sacraments instead of accepting them as symbols of understanding the true meaning of Yeshua's words and deeds.  It has trivialized and misconstrued the "language with fervor" of Acts 2:3 as literal tongues of fire dancing on the people's heads.  It has replaced the reality of understanding the message of Yeshua about God with the sacrament of literal baptism of water.  It has mysticized understanding all the truth by thinking of being "possessed" by the Holy Spirit and then indulging in "charismatic" escapades.

Misapplication Fostered

Christianity has misapplied so much of what Yeshua said, causing us to shift our emphasis away from accepting ourselves as we really are and concentrating on understanding what he said. Instead, it has shifted the emphasis to being concerned with remanufacturing ourselves to fit someone else's arbitrary, artificial standard.  Christianity has totally misapplied his words about sin and sinning, the Parousia, marriage, divorce, denying him, loving him, the Holy Spirit, the Kingship of the heavens, righteousness, the scriptures and the law, etc., ad nauseam.

Disenchantment Fostered

In the allegory of the Garden of Eden the disenchantment of the universe began for humanity when Adam chose to be afraid, afraid of meeting and talking with God (Adam's Sin)..  Probably, it really began a long time before the habitation of the earth when our distant forefathers failed to choose equality and began to resent their falsely accepted inferiority, and inaugurated the downward spiral for our family of human beings.
     A disenchanted universe is, at the same time, a universe or world vulnerable to control and power manipulation.  Any theology that conceives of the universe as being governed by a set detailed plan or chronological agenda that reduces its various riches to the drab application of general laws thereby becomes an instrument of domination.  And certain men, intended to be enchanted dwellers and adventurers in the world, in the name of Christianity have set themselves up as dominators of it and rulers of other men.

Sensuality/Eroticism Suppressed

Because they are so powerful, and therefore dangerous in this world when misguided and misused, our God-given dimensions of sensuality and eroticism have been frontally attacked by Christianity in the same way it has approached other areas of human life; that is, it applies a set of restrictive rules.  Only for these aspects the rules have tended to be more harsh and negative, usually designed to shut down these qualities or deny the legitimacy of experiencing these dimensions.  In the realm of sexual behavior and feeling the large part of Christianity has purposed to put part of the range of human experience off limits, to narrow the full spectrum of the piano keyboard, i.e. to play music with the notes only around and above middle C with the lower notes considered to be perversion, base instead of bass.

Martyrdom Fostered

When they are properly translated the Gospels contain no reference to Yeshua even suggesting or implying martyrdom for his true believers.  The martyr complex is a serious sickness of the psyche.  The truth is that there is no truth that demands the sacrifice of a human life.  For us to die for the truth is to make of no effect the death of Yeshua and to deny the truth he died to emphasize.  All martyrs to this point in time have died in defending error and violating the advice given by Yeshua.  The belief in a God who will resort to the ultimate violence has caused Christianity to kill more non-Christian martyrs than the ones it has suffered.

Persecution Fostered

The one understanding the truth about the character of God and the nature and imminence of the "Kingship of the heavens", and supporting unity is not called upon by Yeshua to be persecuted any more than Yeshua was during his public ministry.  The one understanding these truths is not trying to solve the world's problems with mundane methods, is not concerned with military, political, social or "moral" issues, and does not need to take a stand that will subject himself to more than the incidental and psychological persecution he is willing to endure.  There is persecution enough in being alienated and in the frustration of being out of harmony with others as to purpose and values.

Righteousness Misunderstood

The whole doctrine devised or at least adopted by Paul and given primary emphasis by him, sometimes called Righteousness by Faith, sometimes called Justification, sometimes referred to as Imputed Righteousness, is the idea that the merits and virtues of Yeshua are totally given or transferred to us by our acceptance of, or faith or belief in the transaction, and thereby we are sinless in the eyes of God. This conceptual package is a false construction based in an ever false framework of legalism and fiat law given by God. The idea of this Substitution is implied or based in the Old Testament scriptures. Fiat law and the sacrificial system were never valid, never more than cultural mythology. Yeshua never put his stamp of approval on this line of thinking.
     What IS valid is that true righteousness was ever and always REASONABLENESS within the context of knowing the truth. True Righteousness is not some amorphous or mystical condition which can be imposed upon us but was/is always and ever a synonym for ultimate reasonableness. The "right" thing to do is always the most reason-supported thing to do when the reasons are valid.

Atonement Backwards

Rather than see that Yeshua gave us a new paradigm, a fundamentally different picture of God and that understanding this truth and following his instructions would lead us into a true, substantive atonement with God, Christianity treats what LOGOS did as some kind of transaction that helps God change his mind about us, which is backwards to the true intent and meaning.

Sacrificial Lamb of God

Christianity thinks of Yeshua as the sacrificial "Lamb of God", but Yeshua never referred to himself in this way. It was John the Baptist thinking in the old paradigm that twice referred to Yeshua thusly, not Yeshua himself, and neither John nor Thomas, the Gospel eyewitness writers, endorsed this concept. Yeshua didn't come to die as a "sacrifice", but only wanted to change our minds and eliminate sin. Lambs don't sacrifice themselves! Yeshua set himself up to be crucified only as a last resort to lay the foundation in an ultimate demonstration–when properly understood and appreciated–that would stand against sin throughout all eternity.

Mysticism Fostered

Perhaps the most profound or fundamental mistake that Christianity fosters is the idea that God is transcendent, greater than human, composed of some mind-bending triune structure–three gods in one or three different faces of God–and cannot be completely understood as a human being. This idea IS the Diabolos, the great divider, the original lie, THE ORIGINAL SIN. This is foundational.

Kneeling in Prayer Fostered

We are to be as sons and daughters of God, and we are not to demean ourselves. Sons and daughters don't kneel or prostrate themselves when they talk to their parents. If my son ever did such a thing I would be apoplectic. Upon recovery of speech I would request that he stand up and talk to me like a man, which is what even the Old Testament has God saying to Moses and Job. We are children of God; it doesn't go any higher than this, and we need bow to no one. Yeshua NEVER suggested nor fostered such a practice, and to do so hardens us in Sin.

See: What Went Wrong & The Twin Pillars

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