Run, Forest, Run! New Testament Forgeries and Their Rotten Harvest!

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A wonderful Christian brother whom I met in Oregon once said this to me,

“Brother, I just got mugged by a Christian.  I had a kind of a run in with a pastor a couple of days ago.  I thought the conversation started out as two Christians talking, but looking back on it now he was using a kind of mask to reel me in like a fish because he needed to find something to convict me with.   I am very conflicted about how I should feel about it because I started out with an open heart and happy to speak with another Believer, but then I realized I was actually on a rooftop looking at a Christian with a kind of switchblade.”

One of the ways that we can tell that Titus is a complete and utter, even insidious forgery is by its harvest.   We can remember the people we have met: that insanely judgmental pastor, that minister who was secretly brewing a batch of power-lust, and that priest who was so far above everybody else that his spiritual ego was bumping into satellites.   Jesus banned a clergy, so that is one reason why 1 Timothy was forged and insidiously slipped into the New Testament in the early 4th century.

1 Timothy had to be forged so that they could spit their venom in somewhere else.   That is where Titus comes in.   Titus 2:15, NASB, says this:

 “These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority.  Let no one disregard you.”

That is odd.  Where in the Gospels did Jesus ever say that his disciples had “all authority” “over” people and their lives?   What he did say was Matthew 9:13, “I want compassion, not ritual sacrifices.”     

An authentic letter of Paul is Galatians, and in Galatians 5:22-23 Paul lists the Fruits of the Spirit:

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Forbearance
  5. Kindness
  6. Goodness
  7. Faithfulness
  8. Gentleness
  9. Self-Control

Still, there is always that “ordained pastor” and career minister who will point out when you call them on their hubris and their tone, “Oh, but in addition to that it is my job to ‘admonish.’ ”   One, they made up that job and forged the documents to do it, and two, “authority to admonish in all things” is not on Paul’s list of Spiritual Fruits in his letter of Galatians which he actually wrote.

However, if you read the transcription of the inquisition of Joan of Arc in 1431, what you will see page, after page, after question, after question that Titus 2:15 is surreptitiously behind every word of their interrogation.

So when you meet one of these people and a list of 101 bitter things that you are not doing correctly, and the 01 is always that you are not going to their temple, comes flying out of his or her mouth, remember that today they can only point their finger and yell “Heretic!”  

Today they just use the forged letter of Titus to coerce and scold.  In 1431, however, they used Titus 2:25 to set Joan of Arc on fire alive.   After all, rather than use Jesus’ compassion in Matthew 9:13, they used the forged phase “all authority” and thus applied it to its intended maximum application.  Using Titus, the precedent was laid hundreds of years before that.  In 785 Charlemagne decreed that anyone who would not be baptised should be executed.   That is the ultimate meaning of “all authority.”  Titus has never been removed from the Bible, thus rather than a stake, today this same crowd just uses words and social pressure.   

The next time you meet a person who calls him or herself a Christian, and you do not smell the fresh fruit of Galatians 5:22-23, you might simply tell them that, but get ready to run because they might start stacking the wood.  Ultimately, that is what they accused Joan of doing, – disrespecting their authority.

“I have a problem with the Sexism in the Bible”

A very dear friend of mine said that to me one evening.   We were sitting by a lake in a desert.   She knew that I was one of “those people,” but we were good enough friends that she could tell me what she was really thinking.   She covered everything that she really thought about Christianity in one single sentence saying, “I have a problem with the sexism in the Bible.”   Then she looked at me with those eyes of anticipation waiting for me to defend “the faith.”   She was not expecting my reply,

“Well then if that is the case, and if you are curious about what the New Testament says with that issue aside, you could always read it in Classical Armenian.   The first Bible ever translated from the Greek into another language was neither Latin nor English.   It was Armenian.   The Armenians of the 5th century who worked on the project were bilingual in Greek.  They knew the language extremely well.  They had first-hand knowledge of Greek as a trade language.   In old Armenian, biblical Armenian, grammatical gender was removed by the 5th century.   Matthew 5: 29, “If your right eye offends you remove it.”   It is a very unique experience reading the Lord’s Prayer in a Indo-European language that was written down in the 5th century that had no grammatical gender.   It is like going back 1600 years in the past so that you can turn around and look back 2500 years into the future.  In a 5th century sort of way, some people might call that uniquely progressive, if not some kind of weird space travel.”

Armenian Priests

Matt 6:9, “Հայր մեր որ յերկինս ես … ”

(Hayr mer vor herkins yes … )
(Father our in heaven is.)

It is very unique.  It places Father at the front and “exists” at the end of the sentence, making the “be” emphatic.   It is almost as if they felt they needed to “clean up” the Greek.

 

 

 

What Did He Actually Change the Water into?

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I was sitting in a coffee shop doing my thing.  There is one that I like because it has a huge table where you can lay out a copy of a whole page of a Byzantine manuscript.  It is handy.  For the price of a cup of coffee you can rent a scriptorium.   A woman noticed that the letters looked a little “out-of-townish” and I could see that there was a question about to come out rather Mt. Vesuvius like.

Her name was Karen and she said and then asked me this, “My church is having a rather heated discussion.   When Jesus turned the water into wine, was that ‘grape juice’ or wine?”    I opened to John 2:9 in Greek which I carry with me in a more manageable format.  It reads:

John 2:9, “ὡς δὲ ἐγεύσατο ὁ ἀρχιτρίκλινος τὸ ὕδωρ οἶνον γεγενημένον, καὶ οὐκ ᾔδει πόθεν ἐστίν, οἱ δὲ διάκονοι ᾔδεισαν οἱ ἠντληκότες τὸ ὕδωρ, φωνεῖ τὸν νυμφίον ὁ ἀρχιτρίκλινος.”

There it is, “….  ὕδωρ οἶνον γεγενημένον.”   The water to wine part is this, “ὕδωρ οἶνον.”   The water word there is “ὕδωρ,” while the ” … to wine part is, “οἶνον.”

That word there for “… to wine” is the standard Greek word for wine. 

Yes, individual people have problems with wine.  We also live in a world with factories and mechanized vineyards, so we can over produce, and the body is weak to it, but the actual word there means real wine.   According to John 2:9, Jesus turned a small swimming pool sized amount of water into real wine.

The Fellowship at Antioch

 

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Ekkleisia, the Greek word that traditionally English translators have been translating as church, actually references a gathering of people.   Rendering ekkleisia as a building is a rudimentary error, a miss translation.   The gathering of Believers were first called “Christians” in Antioch, Acts 11:26,

καὶ εὑρὼν ἤγαγεν εἰς Ἀντιόχειαν. ἐγένετο δὲ αὐτοῖς καὶ ἐνιαυτὸν ὅλον συναχθῆναι ἐν τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ καὶ διδάξαι ὄχλον ἱκανόν, χρηματίσαι τε πρώτως ἐν Ἀντιοχείᾳ τοὺς μαθητὰς “Χριστιανούς.