The Lost Prodigal Son, And The Christian Diaspora
In a recent Renew American article by the Rev. Mark Creech entitled: Dead Sea Scroll Exhibit Testifies The Bible Is True, we are provided first hand insight into why the Christian prodigal sons and daughters not only remain lost, but have been banished to a Spiritual Diaspora where they continue to suffer under the control of what Jesus portrayed as the Citizen of the Far Country. And while the Christians should be the Light of the world, this Light has been snuffed out, because of the long series of lies and deceptions that they embrace, when the fourth century Church embraced the doctrines of the Pagan Emperor of Rome. And while they dwell under the grave misconception that they broke the shackles of paganism during the Reformation, because the Catholic priest Martin Luther never had a very clear understanding of the original teachings of Jesus and TheWay (see The Legacy Of Martin Luther), they merely broke free of one variety of shackles, only to be subdued by another variety which continues to enslave the Christian world to this very day.
It is not that Jesus is not true -- but rather, the manmade pagan doctrines of belief that the Christian world continues to cling to, has inhibited the flock of believers from understanding the original objectives and destiny that these important teachings were intended to bring about in the lives of the congregations. And no finer example of this fact, is demonstrated in the grave doctrinal misconceptions that are presented in the Rev. Creech's article on the Dead Sea Scrolls. To which I responded in a letter:
Shalom Rev. Mark Creech:
I was sent the below column that you authored -- and in light of the facts -- it is difficult to understand how you can lie to the people in the manner that you have. Take the example where it is written in the below article: Also (2) extensive quotations of the New Testament occur in the writings of the early Church Fathers, as further proof that the New Testament writings were known to them, possessing the same content as we have today -- what is being stated is that such quotations as found in The Ten Words ( http://TheTenWords.com ) which are drawn directly from the Church Fathers which are being made reference to, are the same as what is found in the Bible today. No doubt, since your readers take your word for it, and no one actually looks these quotations up, they never know that they are being lied to. If The Ten Words which are attested to by both the Church Fathers, as well as the more ancient texts of the New Testament, represent the original message Gospels, then the Ebionites (see http://Ebionite.com ) who knew Jesus -- walked with him -- learned from him -- and knew his family -- and were condemned by the Church as heretics -- it means that the Ebionites are correct, and the modern Church is in grave error. Does it matter? Yes! In ways that the faithful flock of believers can never even begin to imagine. Moreover, as can be plainly seen in the article ( http://TheTenWords.com ), the congregation that has put their faith in the clergy, are being lied to.
Quoting Prof. Millar Burrows in More Light on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Prof. Burrows writes: “There are those who believe or assume that the Greek and Hebrew texts from which our translations are made are infallible. No person who has studied textual criticism at all could believe that. The most conservative scholars in the most conservative churches recognize that the text has become corrupt at many points in the course of its transmission. If that were not already well known and universally admitted, the Dead Sea Scrolls would demonstrate it conclusively.”
There is extensive documentation in the article on Bible Corruption at http://BibleCorruption.com , which demonstrates the outlandish deception of the article you authored. Quoting this article: The truth and the facts to the matter is very clearly expressed in the words of Prof. Bart D. Ehrman in his book, The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, where he warns us that: "...theological disputes, specifically disputes over Christology, prompted Christian scribes to alter the words of scripture in order to make them more serviceable for the polemical task. Scribes modified their manuscripts to make them more patently ‘orthodox’ and less susceptible to ‘abuse’ by the opponents of orthodoxy" -- which orthodoxy was to bring the text of the Bible into conformity with the doctrines and tenets of the Church of the Roman Emperor Constantine.
While you are correct with respect to the absolute need for people in our present morally challenged culture to embrace the teachings of the Gospel, even more important is for the Gospel message to be restored to its original spiritual essence prior to being corrupted by the Pagan Church of Rome. In view of the fact that like you, I live in North Carolina, if you would like to discuss the facts, I would be glad to meet with you.
GodSpeed in TheWay,
PO Box 780
Graham, NC 27253
In truth, to even suggest that what is portrayed as The Ten Words "...possesses the same content as we have today" in the modern Bibles used by the Church, is such a deception, that it would have to be seen as an outlandish lie!!! To the degree that one Christian Bible Commentary states that if these words represent the original teachings, that the modern doctrinal positions embraced by the Church, would be “vain and baseless”. And thus, because the words spoken to Jesus at his baptism in the Jordan were altered by the later scribes in order to make the biblical text reflect the doctrines of the Church of Rome, the Christian world has become lost and self-banished to a Spiritual Diaspora that has caused them to become spiritually impotent. To the degree that Dead Sea Scroll expert A. Powell Davies professed: “Biblical scholars”, he writes, "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). And the essence of the grave differences in what Christians believe about Jesus based upon Church doctrine, and what Jesus actually taught and what the Bible itself originally stated prior to being corrupted, is so far removed from the original spiritual objectives of the New Covenant Teachings, that the Christian lost prodigal sons and daughters remain imprisoned and unable to escape the shackles of what Paul portrayed as the god of this world.
Brother of Yeshua