If I were to make a list of things that I am absolutely sure of???
Number one on the list would be that religious scholars teach one misconception that has caused all of the confusion that exists concerning scripture.
That misconception is .. "Ya don't have to believe what Jesus said".
"Can't you see" ? "He didn't mean that that way"!
"He had to really mean something else". We have to interpret what he said this way , and that way and then back that other way and if ya stand on one foot and squint your eyes this way , you can then see that I am right. Wrong!
We have to remember that all of the prophesy written in the old testament was written to that Hebrew Nation that ceased to exist around 135 to 138 AD.
The prophesy written in the book of Isiah are approx. 2700 years old. and was written for the benefit for those Hebrew people. If they were foretelling things that were to come to pass yet in our future, they would have been of NO use to those that they were given to . Worthless for the next 2700 years. The same can be said for the messages that were given to EZEKIEL, and Daniel.
Christians say that Gods timing is perfect. The Lord is not going to give a message to me that is intended for some unknown person that will be born long after I am gone.
Here it is ! What I have been talking about. Read it very carefully and do not change the meaning of his words! Don't take away from or add to his words. And remember the words of second Peter 1:20. "Knowing this first, that no prophesy of the scripture is of any private interpretation". Yet , theologians have been doing just that sense the beginning of the church age! Why ?.
" VERILY VERILY I say unto you,... THIS generation shall not pass away til ALL these things be fulfilled"
He was talking about THAT generation that he was standing in front of. He was talking about THAT generation that he was talking to.
Not to some other generation 2000 years in the future.
When we change the meaning to this message to mean something else ... THE WHOLE STORY GeTs ScRamBled aLl uP anD yA
cAn'T mAKe MucH SenSE ouT of it, afTeR thAT
And this was done on purpose. Why ?
It does not matter how many times that scripture is translated from the original texts, when we change the meanings of the most simple statements such as this one, we loose all understanding.
Scripture also says that Jesus spoke in front of a crowd and said "Some of you standing here shall not taste of death until you have seen the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, sitting at the right hand of Power." If we are to believe what Jesus actually said; The second coming of Christ was fulfilled in the first century. About the time that John received the Revelation while on the Isle of Patmos. Why would the church change the meaning of Jesus' message when they are at the center of their doctrine?
The answer to this question will answer a host of other questions that people have been searching for. Jesus is the rock that we should be standing on. Not anyone else.
Use your logic and not your interpretive skills. Or the interpretation of others.
Misinformed theologians were taught what to teach by misinformed theologians.
That is my story and I'm sticking to it.