New Testament Discussions
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About the New Testament
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Dear readers, in our last article we have talked about the Bible and The Old Testament, being the Hebrew history and a religious book as well. In this article, we will discuss about the New Testament.
As we know, religions are complex and sometime hard to understand, so, we need to discuss those religious issues, if we want to understand them properly, for this reason, today we want to discuss The New Testament, just to see what we think about some issues that happen there. We know that religious issues are complex, and they take a long time to understand, for example here we are working to find ways: how to survive the atheist attacks; how to stop pedophilia in the religious orders and how to stop extremists to use religions for their own violent acts, which is absurd the way that religions are being used from these extremists.
These religious issues seem to have a link to the way religions have been formatted in the past, yes religions have been man-made mainly for the purposes of controlling the people, but at the same time we need to say that today they are not as good as they were supposed to be; of course, we accept that God and other spiritual entities exist, for this reason we should continue to believe in God and religions.
Anyhow, because we believe in God and religions, we have looked at religious issues and written articles about it; in the last post we have written about the Old Testament, which is the religious book that tells us how this religion was made from the very beginning; of course, it all depends how people understand the Bible, because people see it in different ways, but that does not matter, because it is still the most read religious book in the world. Anyhow, we are studying religions, in the hope of finding ways that can help religion survive, the attacks of the atheists and the attacks that the extremist groups produce against religions today.
Because of the actions of these groups, the rest of the religious community needs to start asking, whether it is wise to continue to believe in religions the way they are today, or we should look if there is a better way. So, let us look together with our religious friends where we stand today; for this reason I have asked my friend Mark to say something about it, keeping in mind what we have talked about in our last article, I have asked Mark to comment on the New Testament, since we have written about the Old Testament in our last article. Anyhow, let us see what Mark is going to say about the, New Testament and the religions that exist today.
Book of the New Testament
Comments on the New Testament
Dear readers, my name is Mark and I believe that we have met already, as I have had some religious discussions before
I must say that today I have been asked from Frank to comment on the New Testament and the existing religions, so that he can include my comments in his religious articles, as we know, every one of us sees religions in a slightly different way, I suppose that these differences also apply to me, since I have been asked to comment on religions, you see, that is the reason why I have been asked to comment, it is just to see the way that I see religions today. Now that I have said that let me start my comment on religions.
Since I have been following Frank’s religious posts, I know what he wants me to comment about. So, let us start from Frank’s last article, where there were comments about the Old Testament, and this is what Frank wants me to talk about. You see Frank wants me to talk about the reasons why we switched from the Old Testament to the New Testament, Frank also wants to know my views if the New Testament is going to last forever, so to speak. But I am going to say a bit more than that, as I want to start to talk about other religions as well, because we need to compare.
If we try to look back in time, we will see that there were religions that were practiced for a period of time, and then they were modified or abandoned for another religion, but religions have always existed, as far back as any human record can be found, therefore, religions are necessary to humanity, if they were not necessary humanity would not have invented them or followed religions for so long.
Now don’t get me wrong, because I have said that religions were invented from us people; therefore, you start thinking that I am an atheist. No, I am not an atheist, but I believe that God exists, and the spiritual world exists, even if we must find it in another dimension. Now this spiritual world might be different form the way that most people believe it is today, but that is something that remains to be seen.
Perhaps I have taken you too far away from what my friend wants me to comment on, which is about the New Testament, how it was connected to the Old Testament and how could it be connected to future religious beliefs, so, let me start to connect spiritual thing together, since I believe that everything in the world would be a link of the chain that goes around and connect everything together and this includes religions also.
For a start, all religions are so made that they try to give the people something back when they follow religions, most of them promises future benefits even if these benefits are to be found after we die in the spiritual world, but people see these benefits as being important to them and follow religions, these is how religions are made, and they survive for as long as their follower see these benefits.
Now, since with the passing of time things change, also the value of the benefit might change, perhaps not the afterlife benefit because nobody knows if they exist, Since nobody can come back from the dead and tell us; but other benefit that are more down to earth may change, and for this reason one day the follower of religions might be looking for something else.
For this reason, religions need to change to fit the needs of the people, what I have said may sound a crazy thing to say, but the reality is that this is how it all happens, when we think about it. Now let us see why the change occurred from the Old Testament to the New Testament, as written in the Bible; anyhow this reason is not really explained anywhere, but if we read between the lines, there is something like the explanation below.
Explaining the New Testament
To explain why the New Testament came about, we must look at religious history, where we will see that old religions gave way to new religions, during religious changes that occur from time to time; in the Old Testament Yahweh was the Hebraic God that the Hebrew people worshipped, this was achieved by Yahweh freeing the Israelites from the Egyptian Pharaoh who was keeping them as slaves, so, it is said the Yahweh did many things to achieve that; but Yahweh was a very tough god to deal with, and there are good reasons for Yahweh God being so tough, it was because the Jews needed a tough God.
The reason why Yahweh was a tough God to deal with, it was because the Israelites were also tough people to deal with; in other words, I believe that people get the god that they deserve according to their behavior. Just think what the Hebrew were doing or wanted to do, when Yahweh was leading them to the Promised Land. People in those times were very tough and violent; therefore, they needed a tough god and tough laws to guide them in the right direction, that is the reason why the Old Testament was violent. This type of religion lasted for a very long time, as it was needed until things would change.
Now to give a description of what happens next, let us say that God saw that this was not the best way to lead his people as the people had become more tame, then God thought to bring a new religious way, and this is when Our Lord Jesus Christ came down to earth to show us how to live peacefully on earth with this new religious way, which today is known as Christianity; so, let us talk about The New Testament and Christianity.
The New Testament is about Christianity
Today, Christianity is the largest religion in the world, even if it has many denominations and some of them are different, they all derive from the change of religions that our lord Jesus Christ brought with his coming on earth, and what he taught us in words and examples. Jesus was able to change the Ten Commandments without losing any of their meaning, by saying that we should love God our Father and should love our neighbors as ourselves. This is approximately what I believe he wanted to say, even if he used different ways or words.
Our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the greatest prayer that the world has ever known, when he was asked how we should pray our Father in heaven, Jesus gave us 2000 years ago; The lord’s prayer, which is the prayer that we pray even today, starting with: Our Father who art in heaven; and so on. I hope you see what I mean.
So, we know the New Testament is about the life of Jesus Christ and his religious teachings, these new religious teachings of Jesus formed the New Testament, which has lasted for 2000 years, and we will be using them in the future.
Jesus Christ teaching were followed by many people, so, a new religion was formed, which we call today Christianity, which is near one third of the world population, if we group the different denominations together.
Here I want to point out that the teaching of Jesus Christ was all about love and humbleness, like you should love your Father God, and love your neighbor and don’t do anything to others that you would hate if anyone did it to you. We can add that Jesus Christ taught us to be merciful. So, Jesus Christ was a very loving person and taught only about love. So, the New Testament is about love your God, and the Old Testament about fear your God.
Now as we have said above, our Lord Jesus Christ was a very loving person, he taught about loving more than anything else, this is what we understand when we read the four gospels of ‘The New Testament’, so, I believe that if we use the teaching of our lord Jesus Christ we are on the right path and going in the right direction even today, in this mixed up world of religions.
Now, let me point this out, because something odd happens at the end of the Christian Bible, I find that at the end of the Bible suddenly Jesus Christ personality has changed, but why?
The only way that we can describe this, is that there is something strange written at the end of the Bible in The New Testament, which is out of place with the rest of Jesus Christ teachings, this last book is called Revelations, where the end of the existing system is forecast; we are saying this because, we suddenly find the Lord Jesus Christ behaving like Yahweh in the Old Testament, therefore, we are suspicious whether it is our Lord Jesus Christ that dictate Revelation through this angel.
Anyhow, Revelation is written in a dramatic way that to me it seems that it has nothing to do with the New Testament and the way that our lord Jesus Christ was teaching us.
Now, let me just say briefly something else, Christianity achieved two major things, one was that it split the old Jewish religion, one part of this religion is today Judaism, and they still uses most of the old Bible, in their religious book called the Torah, and the other one was that the pagan religion came to an end, after a few century, when Christianity took over under Emperor Constantine. That is all for now, let somebody like Gino have their say.
The imaginary Revelation beast with seven heads and horns
Our friend Gino speech
Hello dear readers, I have been asked to say something, as our friend Mark has pointed out; I am willing to say something, but I will try to be as brief as possible.
Anyhow, I believe that I have said something on this subject a while ago, so, I am continuing to tell you, how I see this last chapter in the Bible called Revelation. My personal beliefs are that Revelation is a separate issue from Jesus Christ teaching in New Testament. If we look at the way it has been written, revelation is another violent episode that the whole world is going to be subjected to, if and when it happens, therefore, it is as if we are going back to the Old Testament, where the fear of God was the main driving force, I am sure that it has been written for that intention in mind, in other words to control the people through fear. Of course, there must be another explanation for it, and I am still trying to understand.
But, today the only other thing that I want to point out, is that the intentions of Jesus Christ and the New Testament, is all about wanting to guide the believers through love and understanding and not through fear, therefore, the book of Revelation at the end of the New Testament, seems to be out of place. I hope you see what I mean.
See you later.
My comment and conclusion
Having seen what Mark has said about our Lord Jesus Christ, who taught love and humbleness and also what Gino has said; we cannot avoid to become suspicious of the reasons why Revelation has been written like that, because it seems to me that when we add everything together it does not add up the way it should; therefore, we must search for the reason why and then explain it; for this reason we believe that today religions and religious meanings need to be modified.
When we talk about modifying religious meanings, we are talking about what is hidden behind those meanings that we see at first sight, and the reasons why they are like that. Here I may suggest that Revelation has been written like that, because there was no other way to keep the Christian people together in those troubled times.
Anyhow, we must assume, that because these religious problems exist. If we want religions to survive, we must modify them, and if modifying religions is not going to be enough, then religions need to be changed in such a way that they have to survive, because man needs God and religions, it has been so, since the beginning of the world.
Therefore, let us try to change religion, or at least suggest that religions need to be changed, for them to survive. Of course, at this point of time, we know that religions need a new religious theory, made in such a way that it can work and be as close as possible to today way of living, so that people may think that religions can still be followed without an extra effort.
Therefore, we want to suggest that a modern religious way needs to be brought about with a modern method, which has got to take in all particulars of each and every religion that exist today, once we have done that we have to try to fit all the pieces together, as we do with a jigsaw puzzle. In other words, we must try to find the way of how life and religions complement each other, and there is no difference if one belongs to another religious group.
We need to show religious people that they can be together, they can stay together because the life energies of the universe and the spiritual energies of the universe are together, and we are all connected to them, also life and spiritual things form a never ending life cycle of the universe, this is what we are going to put forward in our last part of our religious writings that we call, Reconciliation of the universe.
Now, if we are able to do that, then with this new theory, it is possible to explain how everything including spiritual things may exist in the universe and how religions can co-exist together in the future to serve humanity, as it has done in the past, I know that this may not be easy, but we must try, it is the only way to find out. You see, we believe that religions need to continue.
I think we have said enough in this article, so, see you in our next article, Religions need to continue.
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