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Questions Traditional Christians Will Never Answer
The Word Of God
In Deuteronomy 18 Moses talking to the Israelites says, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren.” God said to Moses, “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.” It will be that whoever does not listen to my words that He speaks, I will require of Him.”
In John 12 Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.”
This is repeated by Jesus multiple times in the Gospels affirming His relationship with humanity as prescribed by Moses.
“Why would anyone place the words of others above those of God by accepting that the Bible is the inspired word of God, the traditional standard for Bible interpretation?”
“If I want to learn from God why not go directly to God in the Gospels, accordingly that is His purpose?”
Parable Or Traditional
In Matthew 13 the value of a parable and its application to daily life is explained. The author of Matthew states, “All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, saying:
“I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.”
“Since Jesus spoke in parables that reflect life, don’t we have a responsibility to interpret them as parables of life?
When any sentence is interpreted as a parable to life it takes on an individual meaning representing a personal relationship between Jesus and each person learning about its application. Unlike a traditional understanding that demands everyone see and believe the same solution, parables create a brainstorm of different ideas and applications providing a buffet of solutions. This allows for one parable to provide many different solutions without being bound to one specific traditional belief.
In Matthew 15 Jesus answers a question with a question when He was asked, “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”
He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, “Honor your father and your mother; and, He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.” But you say, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God” then you need not honor your father or mother. Thus you have made this commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.
Well did Isaiah say,
- These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
- And honor Me with lips,
- But their heart is far from Me.
- And in vain they worship Me,
- Teaching as doctrines of God the commandments of men.
When understanding the Bible as a parable as taught in Matthew 13 it becomes clear that God and Isaiah both are talking about more than the one tradition referred to by Jesus. Traditions are healthy and required in order to navigate our way through life. But all traditions are created by humanity. Traditions separate and segregate all religions to defend its members.
Is the Church willing to openly discuss their own traditions and use as a parable to the teachings of God through Jesus Christ?
Without learning what traditions do to individuals and society there will be no changes. Each church or organization becomes embedded with their own blinders, unable to see any solutions that do not agree with their own definitions. Our own self gratification becomes our prison.
New creations require open discussions, traditions require no discussion just enforcement in a patient and kind way.
Disciples And Apostles
Every word has an action or spirit that represents itself. Some people just read words without considering the action while others actually see the spirit of the word and create a visualization. For instances in the Gospels, Jesus refers to His followers as disciples. Only in Luke is the word Apostle used once. Paul refers to the Disciples as Apostles. This might be appropriate for Gentiles but not for a believer in the God of Moses.
The word Disciple means student whereas the word Apostle means messenger the action of these two words are very different. Being a student we are engaging in what we want to learn by asking questions and then looking for answers. In our relationship with life God is always Supreme, it is impossible for us to be anything but a student. Reading the same parable at different stages of life will produce different results. Once we decide that we know anything specific about God we violate the first commandment by placing ourselves as an equal to God. This is what Adam and Eve did in the Garden Of Eden. All learning stops, it is like isolating ourselves to a room with no way out. This is the importance of being a disciple, we are not confined by our own beliefs. All traditions are of humanity the only question is, do they reflect the will of God or the will of its creators.
The word Apostle means messenger. His original disciples are considered to be Apostles by 2000 year old traditional definition. At the forefront is the Apostles Creed recited millions of times everyday. The media attention to be an Apostle is unprecedented. The spirit of evangelism or Apostleship is within everyone, the action is having others believe what you are saying is true without asking questions. We are inundated with the action of Apostle. The action of the word is an imposition of our own will on others. We see this in daily life when we are told what to do in all phases of life through Doctors, Corporations, family and friends.
We see discipleship when people genuinely seek to learn about each other and the things in the worlds we live. Apostles do not engage as students but dictate to each other through the message that has been programmed. When this is related to God we are placing ourselves as an equal to God. It is impossible to learn when we are a messenger because we have to believe in the message. The spirit of an Apostle is great for governments but self destructive in a relationship with God or the enjoyment of life.
Does the Apostles Creed reflect a disciple relationship as portrayed by the word of God through Jesus Christ?
The way we define any word depends on how we face challenges in our daily life. When someone is telling another what to do they are representing the action of Apostle or Evangelism. When the action is engaging with questions to learn and help each other it is of a disciple. All new technologies, inventions and strong relationships are created by disciples, all legislation of new and old creations are of Apostles. In everyday life we need both legislation and creation. Tradition is legislation that restricts individuals to its own content.
I created a Disciples Creed for students since there is an Apostles Creed For Evangelist?
- I believe In The Hebrew God of Moses
- I believe in the Prophecy Of Jesus Christ as Recorded By Moses
- I believe Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of this prophecy
- I believe Each Person Has an individual relationship with God
- I believe the message of God is a parable to life
- I believe a literal understanding of God’s message isolates and segregates
- I believe traditions are established by mankind not of God.