Shalom John H. Adams:
With respect to your article at http://www.layman.org/layman/news/2006-news/pcusa-publishing-arm.htm
on the book entitled Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action
-- which was thoroughly investigated by experts who spoke on the O'Reilly Factor -- and quoting the article it is the claim of the author that "...the Bush administration planned the events of September 11 so they could provide justification for going to war with Afghanistan and Iraq. He writes that although Christianity began as a specifically anti-empire gospel, the church has been silent about an imperialistic America --which he compares to the Roman Empire."
In our present time there are really important spiritual issues that the Presbyterian Church should see as paramount in their role as a shepherd for the people. I don't understand your priorities? As an example: Quoting the Ebionite web site ( http://Ebionite.com
): Long before the Da Vinci Code controversy, biblical scholars such as A. Powell Davies warned the Christian world that discoveries such as the Dead Sea Scrolls had confirmed what they had believed all along -- that the Roman Church created the divinity of Yeshua/Jesus -- i.e., “Biblical scholars were not disturbed by what they found in the Dead Sea Scrolls because they had known all along that the origin of Christianity was not what was commonly supposed to have been” (quoted by Millar Burrows in More Light on the Dead Sea Scrolls). Worse yet, Edmund Wilson, an expert who worked on the Dead Sea Scrolls further raised the question as to what difference it makes if “Jesus... had been trained in the discipline and imbued with the thought of a certain Jewish sect, and that he had learned from it the role that he afterwards lived...” (The Scrolls From The Dead Sea). To the uninformed and unknowing believer, it made all the difference in the world! If Yeshua was an Essene who lived a holy and consecrated life, fulfilling the Law within himself so completely, that he became One with the Logos/Son of God at his baptism as stated by all Church Authorities prior to the fourth century Nicene Council held by the Roman Emperor Constantine (see The Ten Words), then the Adam Clark Bible Commentary is correct when it states that "...the whole Christian system is vain and baseless"!!! When Prof. John Allegro was quoted as saying that what has been revealed in the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls is a great amount of overwhelming evidence that “...may upset a great many basic teachings of the Christian Church. This in turn would greatly upset many Christian Theologians and believers. The heart of the matter is, in fact, the source and originality of Christian doctrine” (August 1966 issue of Harpers Magazine); what he was in fact stating is that, everything that we now know about Christian beginnings demonstrate that the Essene/Ebionites were not the heretics, as they were falsely portrayed by the later Gentile church, but were in fact the body of genuine believers that held fast to the authentic teachings of Yeshua/Jesus and the New Covenant... While it is true that the Da Vinci Codes are fictionalized speculation based upon the fact that the Dead Sea Scrolls and other discoveries all confirm the Ebionite witness that Yeshua/Jesus was a true Holy Man and Prophet who so completely fulfilled the Royal Law within himself, that he overcame the inner division and barrier between him and God, and became One with the Indwelling Logos/Son of God. Those who condemn the Ebionites as heretics, in effect condemn Yeshua who taught that he was our brother -- i.e., "Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God'" (John 20:17 NIV). And this is what he taught -- i.e., and that if we pick up our own cross and follow in TheWay, and fulfill the Royal Law within ourselves in the manner that Yeshua accomplished within himself, we will ourselves move into Oneness with the Logos/Son of God. Those who are One with God, will know all that Yeshua knew, and would do even greater works and miracles than he did. He said these words because he was a true Holy Man who himself became One with God -- which is the ultimate destiny of all souls as they evolve from the Alpha of immaturity, to the Omega of Completion and the fulfillment of the Command: "You must be Perfect, as your Heavenly Father is Perfect" (Mt. 5:48). But more importantly, these facts confirm the manner in which the believer is saved, and achieves salvation, as they imitate the pattern of Yeshua/Jesus, and themselves fulfill the portrayal of the Prodigal Son/Daughter who returns to the Kingdom within (see Gate Of Eden).
What will you accept as proof of the above? In the time that Yeshua/Jesus walked the earth, myself and the others witnessed to the religious leaders at the time that if they consecrate their live, turn the scriptures within self to use as the Key of Knowledge, that they will find the inner narrow gate within them opening, and they will be taught directly from the One Teacher that Yeshua/Jesus said was the Only Source of Truth. Shouldn't the Church be concerned with ridding itself of the remnant doctrines of Pagan Rome that is obstructing the path of the flock from picking up their own cross and travailing in TheWay? And if a witness such as myself and others have come forth, and will assist others in proving the Truth within themselves, shouldn't this be of a higher priority than the printing of such books as those published by David Ray Griffin who was thoroughly discredited by experts on FoxNews The O'Reilly Factor?
The Church was told to preach the Gospel that the Kingdom is at hand. And if Matt 3:2 is interpreted properly, it would read: “Open and unloose the mind, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”
). In view of the fact that while I was born into the Presbyerian Church, I have never once ever heard it taught that every believer in Jesus has the potential to prove the Truth, by living the necessary Life ordained by Jesus, and seeking the Kingdom within? When the time of accountability for this life has arrived, how will the Presbyterian Church justify publishing the above book that is worthless speculation from a Gospel perspective, and yet the Church remains quiet on truly important spiritual matters that is does not inform the congregation about? And when asked about why the Church remained lost, when so much important knowledge was given unto it? What will the answer be? Will the leaders of the Church reply: We didn't know what to believe. And when it is presented to you that you were sent a witness who declared that if you seek Truth over doctrine -- and live that Truth with a purified heart and a Consecrated Life -- that you will experience the Kingdom Come within you -- how will you respond? Will you say: This was too difficult a thing to ask of us -- having to live in the world but not of it. Will you say that living the Life that Yeshua/Jesus prescribed, was just too difficult a thing in our present time.
Prepare yourself, because these very same questions will be posed to you in the future.