GOD SEARCH - MY WELTANSCHAUUNG - A Perspective on Christianity!
(weltanschauung) (p. ˈveltˌänˌSHouəNG')
History confirms Jesus of Nazareth, the one called the Christ or Messiah, walked the Earth and performed powerful signs in front of countless witnesses. It was he that the "Old Testament" (properly known as the Hebrew Scriptures) spoke of and that the apostle in his letter to the Christians in Galatia said:
23 Before this faith came, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. 24 So the law became our guardian to lead us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.… (Galatians 3:23-25)
The Jewish leaders of the time were not happy with the arrival of this troublemaker who called himself "The Son of God." If you know anything of His history, many times he proved the Jewish leaders to be hypocrites, unable to follow the laws they preached so avidly to others, and like many today, they flatly deny that he is the One, the Messiah or savior of humanity. Some would prefer oblivion over owing their lives to a Creator and Savior.
The Jewish leaders wanted to rule the world, and "their messiah" would make that happen. So in their hatred for this true Messiah, they turned him over to the Romans to be executed despite the Roman leadership finding no fault with him (Luke 23:4). Then, for more than three decades after Jesus Christ was murdered, the Romans went on a killing spree murdering others who accepted Christ as the Messiah.
Severe persecutions and executions began in 64 CE with Nero, a short-lived period that drew attention away from the Jews and made the Romans realize that the Christians were a completely different part of the Jewish communities. So, not only did they murder Christ, they perverted everything he taught. By the year 325 CE, when Roman Emporer Constantine became deeply involved in settling issues among the disruptive and problematic Christian schisms, he converted the entire Roman Empire, in fact, most of the world, to a perverse form of Christianity that later became the official Church of Rome.
Constantine's Corruption of Christianity (Click arrow to read more.)
The alliance between church and empire
Constantine the Great, declared emperor at York, Britain (306), converted to Christianity, convened the Council of Arles (314), became sole emperor (324), virtually presided over the ecumenical Council of Nicaea (325), founded the city of Constantinople (330), and died in 337. In the 4th century, he was regarded as the great revolutionary, especially in religion. He did not make Christianity the religion of the empire, but he granted important concessions to the church and its bishops, and his conversion encouraged other Roman citizens to become Christian. His foundation of Constantinople (conceived to be the new Rome) as a Christian city untainted by pagan religion profoundly affected the future political and ecclesiastical structure of the empire and the church. Relations with old Rome, whether in matters of church or of state, were not to be cordial
"Christianity is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Its adherents, known as Christians, believe that Jesus is the Christ, whose coming as the Messiah was prophesied in the Hebrew Bible, called the Old Testament in Christianity, and chronicled in the New Testament. It is the world's largest religion..." (https//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity)
Now, whereas there are TENS OF THOUSANDS of sects, schisms, and cults that call themselves "Christian," the primary question to ask is:
"Does any one of these, individually, represent something that people would call "TRUE" Christianity, i.e., as specifically approved of and sanctioned by God...YHWH... Yahweh... Jehovah, the Creator and Father of Jesus Christ? (Psalm 83:18)
Therein lays the rub.
THE THEME OF THE BIBLE (Click the arrow.)
You probably know of the "resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous." i.e., at some future time, every individual will have the opportunity to either acknowledge or deny Jesus Christ as King. You recognize, of course, that God's Kingdom under Christ Jesus and the redemption of humanity is the theme of the Bible.
DARE I CALL MYSELF A CHRISTIAN?
On November 16, 1965, I was baptized by Jehovah's Witnesses. For forty-plus years, I tried to convince myself that these people were the solely sanctified representatives of the Heavenly kingdom here on Earth.
Whereas they are Christians (and probably follow Christian teaching more closely than any other group calling themselves such), they remain fallible human creatures. They are followers of a human-made, human-led organization whose leaders are just as benign and fallible as any others on Earth. Despite their perspective on the Bible and its teachings being far removed from the mainstream religions and most other schisms and sects, they, too, remain but another sect, indeed, a cult.
FALSE CHRISTIANITY AND THE ANTICHRIST
**So, are Jehovah's Witnesses, as they call themselves (*See God Search | A Prophet Without Credentials), to be set among the prominent yet falsely called "Christian organizations" such as the Roman Catholics and those of their ilk, of whom Jesus spoke saying:
"Many will come basis on my name declaring I am the Christ, and will mislead many." Likely, as well, it is they to whom Jesus referred when he said, "Many will say to me in that day, "Lord, have we not prophesied in your name and done powerful works in your name, and I will say to them; get away from me you workers of lawlessness." (Mark 13:6 / Matthew 7:21-23)
The so-called "Holy Roman Empire" is the same people that MURDERED Jesus Christ and all of his followers and apostles. In turn, in 523-AD, through the "Council of Nicaea," Rome openly declared that The Kingdom of God belonged to them. Calling their corrupted version of God's Kingdom, Catholicism, or The Universal Church, Satan set into motion the false priesthood and false prophets that would bring about the DARK AGES in which we still find ourselves living today. (That darkness, of course, is Spiritual Darkness.) (See John 9:4)
**The answer to that question is flatly, NO!
BEYOND THE ANTICHRIST
However, among such grossly false, corrupted organizations such as the Roman church, those trapped within their religious dementia still devoutly recognize that Jesus is the Messiah and savior of humanity. Regardless of the false rituals and pagan practices, they do their utmost to follow Jesus' teachings, expressing unwavering love for Christ and humanity. Although duped by Satan and his antichrist, it is those whom I recognize as the very ones for whom Jesus most specifically sacrificed his life so that he might rescue them. (i.e., "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" ), and whereas Jehovah's Witnesses recognize this dilemma, it does not make them the "chosen of God."
Recall that Jesus said, "I do not come for the sake of those righteous, but to bring the sinner to repentance" (or substance). Also, again, "There will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous," and so much more! According to JW's, however, only those who join their throng of Bible-toating, door-to-door evangelizers will be recognized by God as Christians: something that I tried for decades to convince myself of but found that all evidence (i.e., their founder, their leadership, their behavior, and the repeatedly false predictions, etc. convinced me to believe otherwise.)
Jesus' did not sacrifice himself so that someone might declare themselves righteous but that HE, by His sacrifice, could bringback to that condition.
We have no power, deeds, or sacrifice to offer that will change what we are personally. Consequently, any righteousness we might claim is not because of anything or any deeds personally performed by us. By faith in Christ alone, can we make the humble plea, "Forgive me, Lord, and allow your mercy to apply to me?"
How can anyone possibly walk about with a Bible tucked under their arm, so to speak, declaring "we have THE TRUTH" and that everyone else should be honoring us; when their's is nothing more than ANOTHER translation and interpretation of what was ended more than two-thousand years ago when Christ ascended to heaven. Nowhere in the Bible says, "I have come to save the Catholic," or the Baptist, the Methodist, the Jew, or the *Witness.
How can anyone be doing so 'without' looking down upon and judging others as lesser ones than themselves? As though that group and the individual are favored by Christ and his Father above all others? It is a mundane notion that smacks of egoism, false humility, pretentiousness, and a self-righteous declaration.
That which God declares holy will be made holy, and not because one 'believes' they understand the word and claim themselves to be such but strictly because of the sacrifice of the Messiah...Jesus Christ.
Perhaps those like them should consider themselves as those referred to in the letter to Timothy: "Having a form of Godly devotion, yet proving false to its power." Monks have attempted for thousands of years, as have others who have taken to calling themselves 'Reverend' and 'Father' and 'brother' and 'sister,' etc., to be God's chosen, and yet prove themselves to be nothing more than humans depending upon God's salvation just like all others.
EVERY RELIGION CALLING ITSELF CHRISTIAN obviously takes that sacred record of God's words, and as Satan would have them do, pluck and pull it to pieces to make their own sweet puzzle of it. They HAMMER those pieces together to paint their own false images of Christ and God's Kingdom! This will not change until we recognize that the PRINCIPLES apply to us, and not the prophecies and ownership of God and Christ!
The Bible Is Not Written For Us
The apostles died off or were murdered like their Messiah, Jesus Christ. He told them, "If they hate me, they will hate you also. You will be persecuted and killed for the sake of my name. The world will reject you" (or substance). From those, God selected those anointed who established true Christianity and the Kingdom of God. Consequently, we pray, "Our Father in Heaven, Let Your Kingdom come, and let Your will be done..."
But...then...300 or so years after Jesus was murdered, to reiterate:
"Satan, through the Roman clergy, corrupted Christianity and proclaimed the Kingdom of God to be theirs!" Are you that blind that you cannot see this fact? In 523 AD, the Nicean Counsel perverted and corrupted the teachings of Christ by blending and torturing Jesus teachings to fit and to promote their own false image and hideous grandiloquence. Man-made "holy-days," masses, prayer to "saints" like Mary, Christopher, and countless others. ALL CONTRARY TO BIBLICAL TEACHING!
Read the credo; observe the phony pomp and regalia. Nobody has displayed such a vicious history as the Roman Church!
Jesus told his apostles and disciples, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me." He also said, "No one comes to me unless the Father who sent me draws that one to me"
Billions are drawn to Christ Jesus, including those who are of no particular group or denomination. So you, of whatever "group" you belong, CAN YOU audaciously declare that Jehovah (YHWH—Psalms 83:18) has not drawn them to His Son?
Have YOU heard God's voice so clearly that you can condemn others that express their love for Christ simply because they do not follow your credo, your passion, or your set of retuals? CHRISTIANITY IS A FAITH, NOT A PRACTICED SET OF RITUALS.
Satan wants you to believe that Christianity is all lies and deceptions. Just as he told Eve at the creation of man and woman:
"You positively will NOT die, because God knows that in the day of your eating (from the tree of knowledge) you are bound to become like God, knowing good and bad for yourselves." BUT...look now at the consequences of her having followed that advice! The world belongs to Satan; isn't it wonderful!?
The apostle told all disciples of Christ:
"For you to seek God, and grope for him, although, in fact, he is not far off from any one of us." (Reference that from your Bible.)
So then, when will our Creator bring about the needed changes? When will these New Heavens and New Earth be delivered? That is the decision of The Only True God. Jehovah (Psalm 83:18) God, alone, knows the timeframe. We know nothing of it; not even Jesus knows of it. We, however, are in the midst of the Great Tribulation that Jesus foretold. (Spiritual) Darkness covers the Earth and blinds all of us. The stars have fallen, the moon is covered with blood, and we are as blind as we can be.
We are not awaiting the Great Tribulation...We are in it!
You should also note that we cannot "rightly" say that the world's conditions indicate its nearness. Why? Because situations like these have existed repeatedly over the thousands of years since the time of Christ's death and resurrection.
Final thought: do I fear death? Not in the slightest. NO TRUE CHRISTIAN SHOULD. Why? Because we know that 'IF' God judges us as 'unworthy,' we will simply cease to exist. Conversely, if we are found worthy, we will awaken to (what seems like) a new morning, but we will be on a new paradisaic Earth where we will meet all those loved ones who are, essentially, already there waiting for us.
Throw off your doubt, your ego, and selfishness, and accept that "All those calling upon the name of Jehovah will be saved," according to God's will and the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ.