The way of the master manipulator: Paul – Part 2: Justifying the wicked

The one that justifies the wicked; and the one who condemns the righteous: an abomination to God, even both of them! (Proverbs 17:15)

So we are going through the deception performed by a certain type of missionary following the teachings of Paul of the new testament. If you want to see how they try to convince their target to accept Jesus into their lives, just look at the previous post to see the potential or general conversation.

Always note the tactic of the missionary: it is to find anything … anything … that you’ve done wrong in your life, and then label you with it as if with unremovable ink. It’s as if any mistake in your life that you do, you can never get rid of or move on from. “Have you ever taken anything not yours?” they’ll ask. “Have you ever told a lie?” And any person must answer “yes.” Even if you did this before the age of maturity!!! Understand that you could have done everything good under the sun, but one mistake in their eyes means an eternal torment in the fires of hell.

What’s worse than this is that, because of Paul, in the eyes of the missionary, you are and will always be a sinner – wicked – unless you get to Jesus or get some sort of blood sacrifice to atone for your sins. All the good you do cannot erase your past. Paul misinterprets a verse “there is none good, no not one” to make it seem like there is not a good person on the planet.

But why is this wrong?

The fact is that the weakness of the missionary is the place from which they get their standard. The 10 commandments, whoever it was meant for, is part of the Jewish Bible, what christians mistakenly called the “old testament.” The question should be asked: according to that Jewish Bible, is it true that unless you have a sacrifice you are doomed as a sinner? Does one mistake make you a sinner? Are there no righteous, good people in the world?

Let me show you a few passages that show the spirit of the Jewish Bible when it comes to sin and forgiveness.

Iniquity is atoned by kindness and truth, and one departs from evil by the fear of God. (Proverbs 16:6)

Doing righteousness and justice is more preferable to God than sacrifices. (Proverbs 21:3)

If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sins and heal their lands. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

How shall I approach God and bow before Deity on high? Shall I approach him with ascent offerings, with calves a year old? Does God delight in thousands of rams, in a multitude of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression? The fruit of my womb for the sin of my soul?
It has been made conspicuous to you, oh man, what is good and what God requires of you: only to do judgment, love kindness, and to walk humbly before your God. (Micah 6:6-8)

And the wicked person, when he shall turn from all his sins which he has done, and keeps all My statutes and does justice and righteousness, he will definitely live and not die. None of his transgressions that he has done will be remembered against him. He will live because of the righteousness he has done. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? says the Lord God; and not rather that he should return from his ways, and live? (Ezekiel 18:21-23)

These verses don’t exhaust the amount of verses in the Jewish Bible which shows that God isn’t bloodthirsty where only death can satiate and pacify him. He just wants people to live right!

But these verses also show that repentance was an acceptable “offering” to the Lord in order to get forgiveness. It is not the case that a person’s sins are forever stuck to their souls. In the last verses given from Ezekiel mentioned above, it says that God will no longer remember a person’s sin against once they turn from their wrong-doing. This is the message of the Jewish Bible and it’s different from the christian one.

But I’ve only dealt with part of the issue. Are we all sinners? Is everyone wicked in the eyes of God? Does he expect perfection from his imperfect creations in order to be righteous? All a person has to do is read books like Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes to see the message plastered all over that there is a group of wicked people but there are also the righteous. Within the first seven chapters of the first book of the Jewish Bible, Genesis, says:

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was in his generations a man righteous and whole-hearted; Noah walked with God. (Genesis 6:9)

And the Lord said to Noah: ‘You and all your house, come into the ark; for you I have seen righteous before Me in this generation. (Genesis 7:1)

These two quotes are important for numerous reasons. Firstly because Paul claims that no one can be righteous before God (Romans 3:20) but here Noah is righteous before God. And also, despite Paul condemning every human in existence as wicked – that there is no one good – in Romans chapter 3, God Himself calls Noah, a human being, righteous, discrediting Paul right there! You have other examples in the bible of upright men like Job, Moses, the patriarchs, Samuel. Although christians like to fault-find to show that everyone is evil, these men are held up by God in the scriptures as upright persons.

The fact that the Jewish Bible speaks of righteous people means that there are righteous people. The two following verses shows that perfection is not the same as righteousness for a human being.

For a righteous man falls seven times and then gets up … (Proverbs 24:16)

There is not a righteous man in the earth that does good and doesn’t sin. (Ecclesiastes 7:20)

Now someone’s gonna ask: David, you’re trying to show that there are righteous people on the planet, but how can you use a verse that christians use – that verse in Ecclesiastes – to say that no one is righteous? And I will say to you I can use this verse because it in fact states the total opposite of what christians use it for. Why? Because christians use this passage is if it said the following:

“There is not a righteous man in the earth.”

A biblical statement like that would prove the case for the christians. But this is not a biblical statement, not exactly anyway. It’s a broken shard, something ripped from its context to make an invalid statement. The whole statement say that there is no righteous man who does good and doesn’t sin. Basically it’s saying that there is no righteous man that’s absolutely perfect in deed. But note what is is actually saying: there are righteous men, but you should not expect perfection from these people. Righteous people aren’t perfect. It’s exactly what Proverbs says as well: righteous people fall but they get up; righteous people make mistakes, but they rectify that mistake. And you know that righteous people exist according to the whole Jewish Bible and particularly in these books (Proverbs and Ecclesiastes) because they are plastered on almost every chapter.

So let me make this plain for you, dear reader. The Jewish Bible vouches for the existence of righteous people. According to the Jewish Bible, people can be righteous and it’s not too hard or beyond anyone.

(24) And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. (25) And it shall be righteousness for us, if we observe to do all this commandment before the LORD our God, as He has commanded us. (Deuteronomy 6:24-25)

(11) For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not too hard for you, neither is it far off… (14) 14 But the word is very close to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it. (Deuteronomy 30:11,14)

It’s just a choice that God gives to humans who have the ability to make such a choice, a right choice and a right action made over and over again. God knows us that we are limited. That’s why there is so much room in the Jewish Bible for repentance: a sorrowful regret for wrongdoing; a turning a way from wrong actions to do the right actions.

But just remember: for a human to be righteous in the Jewish Bible does not mean perfection! And a person’s sins don’t become an indelible, unremovable stain on one’s life. Turning away from such wrong and doing right is what truly erases those sins.

The source of the madness

The inconsistency of the missionary is that they have to quote the “old testament” and then retain the mindset of the “new testament.” Basically, their real basis of faith is Paul and the new testament, not the foundational Jewish Bible. The Jewish Bible must bow to anything the new testament says.

It is the business of the missionary and Paul to find good people and call them bad or wicked. It is the business of the new testament and Paul to find wicked people and call them good. This is apparent by phrases such as “But to one who doesn’t work, but believes on Him [God] who justifies the wicked…” (Romans 4:5) and Paul’s interpretation of “no one is righteous/good” in Romans 3. So for the modern christian, the Pauline christian, you could do good consistently and you are still wicked. For that same christian, God calls right those who are wicked.

But this is the total reverse of the Law of God and the Jewish Bible which states that God doesn’t justify the wicked (Exodus 23:7), that the sacrifice of sinners or ungodly people is not accepted (Proverbs 15:8; 21:27), and that there are righteous people (Proverbs 15:8; Psalms 1:6). The missionary also overturns God’s acceptance of repentance (Ezekiel 18) and the ability of humans to live righteously before God (Micah 6:6-8). Yet for that christian, for that missionary, these clear passages are nullified to a faith where the death of God is needed for powerless man to be anything at all apart from desparately and hopelessly wicked.

The missionary twists righteousness into the undo-able. They make the righteous into sinners and try to paint sinners as righteous. They make sin – any single mistake – a permanent stain that cannot be erased by a concerted effort to do right. Thankfully, the Jewish Bible paints a totally different picture!

OK, enough with that. Let’s move to the next part of this.

Advertisements

About hesedyahu

I'm a gentile living in UK, a person who has chosen to take upon himself the responsibility God has given to all gentiles. God is the greatest aspect of my life and He has blessed me with a family. I used to be a christian, but I learnt the errors of my ways. I love music. I love to play it on the instruments I can play, I love to close my eyes and feel the groove of it. I wrote my songs when I was single and not so happy and since I've been married, I haven't written as much. I guess that shows how happy and blessed I am. What else is there?
This entry was posted in General, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to The way of the master manipulator: Paul – Part 2: Justifying the wicked

  1. Pingback: The way of the master manipulator: Paul – Part 4 Pointless sacrifice « Leaving Jesus

  2. Di Wang says:

    to turn them back from the pit, that the light of life may shine on them.
    Job 33:30

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s