APrayer of Jesus I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
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WHAT YOU WILL AND WILL NOT FIND HERE
Jesus has spoken to me from the gospels since July of 1947. He speaks of many things including the kingdom of God, the one flock and the One Shepherd, eternal life, sin and salvation, God my Father, the will of God, the future of the world, why his servants do not fight and of my duty as a disciple. But first I made a great mistake by joining a church. Twenty years later, chastened and repentant, I yielded to his voice and followed him out of the dark church and into his bright Truth and Freedom. He is the Web Lord and I am his witness. Our task is to proclaim his Gospel of the Kingdom to all nations. I must emphasize that I am not a teacher or instructor. I am only a witness to what the Lord has taught. He is our only authorized teacher.
Christendom is bound to error by the ecclesiastical obfuscation of the Truth. That fact is the only justification for this site because the message of Jesus as expressed in his words is exceeding simple and straightforward were it not veiled by the churchmen. It is no exaggeration to say that billions of men and women have been and are being deceived.
Through a lifetime spent listening carefully to the the words spoken by Jesus of Nazareth, I have learned that the True Gospel According to Jesus has seldom been heard in the world. There are two simple reasons for this:
The modern church evolved from Paul and his false gospel, while the followers of Jesus have remained so few as to be overlooked by history. Therefore, those who truly follow Jesus have been and remain very few. Yet every person is without excuse because the precious words of Jesus spring out at us from the gospels. They are simple and easy to understand, but they are hard to hear! So, you will not read Pauline doctrine here. You will read of the Way, the Truth and the Life introduced into the world by Jesus of Nazareth.
- 1. The Gospel According to Jesus meets with hatred from nearly all human beings because it directly challenges their greatest love, which is the love of life in this world.
- 2. Paul and his associates came behind Jesus with a false gospel that is very appealing to human beings in that it caters to the love of life. It became and remains the basic doctrine of Christianity. It is powerfully deceptive in that Paul ascribed it to Jesus and preached it in the name of Jesus so that all who hear Paul are persuaded that they have Jesus, and they do not seek him further.
Here are two examples of radical differences between the teaching of Jesus and Paul:Here is a brief synopsis of the Gospel According to Jesus:
Jesus said, "Call no man your father on earth for you have one Father, who is in heaven." (Matthew 23:9)
Paul called himself the father of his converts, and they his children: "I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment." (Philemon 1:10) See also I Corinthians 4:15.
Jesus said that God does not require sacrifice, but rather desires mercy. (Matthew 9:13, 12:7) He also said, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7)
Paul taught that God requires sacrifice for the expiation of sins, and that the death of Jesus was the sacrifice God requires. ". . . whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith." (Romans 3:25) "Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed." (I Corinthians 5:7)The sole authority for the views expressed here is the body of the utterances of Jesus as recorded in the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They are uniquely the words of the Father. This position is fully justified by the wonderful message his words convey -- ideologically complete, internally consistent, science compatible and true Bread for hungering souls. The other scriptures are the words of human beings like ourselves who were sometimes inspired, sometimes not. We learn much from them provided we are wary and prove all things by reference to Jesus of Nazareth. The scriptures themselves bear witness to this position. The Epistle to the Hebrews begins as follows:
When Jesus uttered the words quoted above, "Call no man on earth father, for you have one Father, even God," he revealed that God wants to be our Father, and wants us to be his children, but he does not accept us while we call some else by that name or title. His Gospel is a family thing -- the good news of how human beings may become children in the Family of the Father.
God wants to share his kingdom and glory with his children, but we must also want the same above all things, therefore Jesus designated as the First Commandment, "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.'" (Mark 12:29,30) In this love, we can want nothing more than to join our Father in his glory.
Everything with regard to personal salvation depends now only on the will of us human beings. Do we truly love God as our Father and want to go to him in heaven, or do we want to remain here, in this world, in the company of our earthly fathers, family, and children? Therefore Jesus said, "Whoever loves his life loses it, but he who hates his life in this world will keep it for life eternal." (John 12:25) Therefore Jesus also said, "If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple." (Luke 14:26) This is what I have designated his Great Principle.
In his infinite love and mercy, the Father readily forgives all the sins of his children while they remain in this world provided only that they repent and confess them, and forgive the offenses of others against them. We know from Jesus' emphasis of the Great Principle that the love of life is the essence of sin, from which all sin springs. If we do not repent of it, we can never receive either forgiveness or eternal life. It is vain to trust in a bloody sacrifice.
Jesus came to lead us to his Father. That is why he lived as he did in this world, and that is why he died as he did on the cross -- to lead the children to the Father. Jesus said, "And now, Father, I am coming to you." (John 17:11, 13) Then he went to the cross to show all human beings what he meant. We must follow his example, therefore he said, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." (Luke 9:23) He was crucified ahead of us, not instead of us.
The kingdom of God has come where God's will is done. The will of God is that his children come to him through the resurrection. Jesus said, "For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day." (John 6:38-40) Therefore Jesus did the will of God on earth by going to his cross so as to rise to the Father. God's will was done on earth as it is in heaven, and therefore his kingdom has come on earth as it is in heaven.
Jesus told a parable of a lost son, commonly called the Parable of the Prodigal Son, to illustrate all of this in a simple story about an errant son and a father who never ceased to love him. If we do not repent and if we do not desire from the heart to go to our Father as did the lost son, then like him before his repentance, we remain both lost and dead. But when only a single one of us repents and rises to the Father, there is joy in heaven, as Jesus said, "more than for ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance." (Luke 15:7) The Father does not require either atonement or a bloody sacrifice -- never has and never will. He wants only to hold us to himself for eternity and he will do so if we repent, desire in our hearts to rise to him, and show similar mercy toward others while we remain in this world.In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.But the prophets were only servants, a position explicitly stated, of Moses, for example:And he said, "Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the LORD make myself known to him in a vision, I speak with him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses; he is entrusted with all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in dark speech; and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?" (Numbers 12:6-8)But Jesus said:No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)By his own testimony, Moses was only a servant, although one very close to God. But Jesus testifies that a servant does not know what his master is doing, whereas Jesus, the
Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise. (John 5:19)
Son, does only what he sees the Father doing and makes known what he has heard from the Father.
One of the more heinous doctrines ever foisted on the human race is that of the verbal inspiration of the entire Bible -- the doctrine of biblical inerrancy. The "servants," not knowing what their master is doing, erred much throughout the Bible. It is only the Son who reveals the Truth according to his promise:If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. (John 8:31, 32)Edgar Jones
Revised April, 2002
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