Introduction – The method of manipulation
They do it almost every time they are going to try to convince someone, to “convict a person’s conscience,” towards christianity. They’ll bring up the 10 commandments which people see as a universal code of righteousness, even though it isn’t … not exactly, but it is what these guys, the “evangelists,” use to get some christian converts. After agreeing with their intended targets that the Bible has a moral code call the “10 commandments”, the evangelist will then proceed in a way similar to the following example:
EVANLELIST: Do you think you’re a good person?
Target: Sure I think I’m good person. I try to treat people with respect and not hurt anyone.
EVANGELIST: OK, do you think God thinks you’re a good person? If he were to judge you, would you go to heaven or hell?
Target: Oh, that’s something else, but I think I’d be ok. I think I’d go to heaven.
EVANGELIST: OK, so let’s go through the 10 commandments. Have you ever lied?
Target: Yeah I’ve lied.
EVANGELIST: What do you call someone who lies?
Target: Errr … a liar?
EVANGELIST: Have you ever stolen anything at all, taken something that wasn’t yours?
EVANGELIST: What do you call someone who steals?
Target: A thief.
EVANGELIST: Jesus said that if you look at any one [of the opposite sex] with lust that means you’ve committed adultery. Have you ever look at any one with lust?
EVANGELIST: What do you call someone who commits adultery?
Target: An adulterer?
EVANGELIST: Have you ever taken the Lord’s name in vain? Have you used the word “God” or “Lord” or “Jesus” lightly when you’re cursing?
EVANGELIST: That’s called blasphemy. Do you know what they call someone who blasphemes?
Target: A blasphemer.
EVANGELIST: So you have just admitted that you are a lying, thieving, blaspheming adulterer. Do you reckon that God could ever pronounce you innocent when you yourself have admitted that you’ve broken his law? Do you still consider yourself a good person? If you were to be judged according to the 10 commandments would you be sent to heaven or hell?
Target: I guess I’m not a good person. I’d go to hell.
EVANGELIST: And God is perfect. He demands perfection. The bible says [quotes some new testament verses that say that people who do these things will go to hell and not make it into the kingdom of heaven]. So if God were to judge you, and you admit you’ve done the crimes, then you’re in trouble, aren’t you?
Target: I guess so.
EVANGELIST: So imagine you’re in court, and you’ve been fined [a high amount of any currency]. You don’t have any money, or you don’t have enough. You can only go to prison. But then some stranger [or the judge himself in some versions] chooses to pay your fine. In your case, God chose to pay your fine by sending Jesus to take your punishment. Jesus died for you. You can’t get to heaven (be right with God) by lying on a bed of nails, fasting or praying. The bible says all our righteousness is as filthy rags. So no other religion can give you forgiveness. None of our deeds can save us. But if you repent of your sin and trust in Jesus to save you, then you’ll get eternal life not just because you’re sorry but because Jesus pay the price for you and now God can let you go free. It’s a free gift of God.
And so, potentially, another soul is guilt-tripped into submission to Jesus.
The manipulators and their teacher
The title of this article was inspired by the methods of a christian programme known as “Way of the Master,” the hosts of which are Kirk Cameron, Ray Comfort and Todd Friel. But you’ll notice, in the title, that I didn’t attribute their methods to themselves, but to their main teacher, Paul of the new testament. Let’s judge their method. What exactly are they doing?
They are normally talking to non-Jews, gentiles, and saying that the 10 commandments applies to them. We won’t go into the problems with that right now because that isn’t directly relevant to the problem with the method. What they then do next is point out any mistake in the target’s past, mistakes that are very much linked with our immature nature which makes this weapon so effective on so many. This mistake could seem relatively small, but they still point out the mistake. They then imply that all mistakes stick to you for all of the your days and there is no way of getting them off your record. Knowing that all humans make mistakes, they then compare human fallibility with divine infallibility, saying that God demands his own standards of humanity and it can be seen that they cannot match up, a human will fail. Once a person has been duped into going this far, then the rest is relatively easy. The evangelist then shows them that God can only be satisfied with blood sacrifices which the modern-day Joe on the street has little meaningful concept of other than a payment for a wrong that involves blood. And then the evangelist finishes things off by putting forward Jesus as the only one who could pay the price. The target knows of no other sacrifice that is possible, and belief in this Jesus-guy can potentially be the answer, the only answer offered, so there is little choice left for the unsuspecting target.
By this, a person is basically suckered into christianity.
What does this have to do with Paul of Tarsus?
Paul’s fingerprints are all over this method. Just look at passages that he’s written or influenced such as the following.
Therefore, in God’s sight, no flesh shall be declared righteous by the deeds of the law [good deeds], because [only] knowledge of sin comes from the law.
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God!
… we conclude that a man is made righteous by believing, no part of the deeds of the law [good deeds].
… in due time, Christ died for the ungodly.
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is [God’s] law.
Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
If you read the last half of Romans chapter 7, then you’ll see Paul’s notion about the futility of human good or human action, since he sees the good he does as evil. Whenever Paul tries to do good, evil presents itself. He wants to do a spiritual law, but he is just carnal (fleshy), there’s a different evil law in his body parts that makes him do the wrong things! Christians put that sort of psychosis on all of humanity as if Paul is speaking for everyone or his words can be applied to each individual.
Paul’s only way out of this “wretched body of death” is to believe on Jesus and his sacrifice. Trying to do good, to obey the law, in Paul’s eyes, only bring failure and death. But Jesus’ death makes everything better …
So where does Paul and his minions get it wrong?
You must understand that in order for someone to be convinced of a lie, it has to be mixed in with truth. The fact is that the missionaries, the minions of Paul’s “christ,” do have facts mingled in what they say, but it’s how they present it that makes it convincing but also very misleading. A person who doesn’t know the Bible, or more specifically the “old testament,” the Jewish Bible, as is the case with a great many (even christians) in this day and age, is primed for this sort of reasoning because they don’t know the clear words of the Hebrew Bible. Why else do you think christians and their missionaries are ok with giving out bibles that only contain the “new testament” or the book of John? Do you think it’s to educate their targets? I’m not saying that they all do it all of the time, but it is an accepted and acceptable practice in christianity to give what they consider to be the latter fraction of their christian bible.
So in the next part of this series, I’ll begin to highlight how they mingle truth with lies to teach the unknowing, biblically-ignorant target to join their faith. Now to stop myself from writing a book, I have to make every part of of this concise, short and to the point.
To be continued