An essay donated by Arthur Trafford
Christians’ varied interpretations of the Word of God
Most evangelical Christians embrace the idea that their denominational Bible is inerrant, infallible and the “Perfect” Word of God. My assertion is that there is nothing perfect in this fallen, sinful world, especially language. Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Spanish and English etc. all communicate human but flawed thoughts. In Heaven, God and the angels speak to each other in a “Heavenly language”. Words spoken in Heaven have precise and exact meaning. Human words are “ambiguous;” they are open to multiple interpretations.
When God speaks to us using human speech, He is simply sharing with us His “Baby talk” that we can partially understand. But we are not getting the “Full Counsel” of God, because we haven’t been made perfect (yet). You can talk to a group of Christians who state that only their King James, Catholic, Jehovah's Witness or Mormon Bible etc. is the inerrant, infallible Word of God. Non-Christians observe the contradictions that Christians teach and are confused at how illogical some of their beliefs are. The King James Version of the Bible has fewer books than the Catholic Bible. So did the Protestants delete some of God’s Word, or did the Catholics add to God’s Word? Other groups of Christians teach that they have a “New and improved” version of the Bible; “We have corrected the errors that crept into the other Bibles; you can trust us.” L.O.L.
Christians couldn’t agree on what writings should be canonized in the early Church and I assure you that Christian leaders in this 21st Century A.D. would find it impossible to agree on what books should be included in our Christian Bible. We can agree to disagree on Christian theology; but no one knows Truth, like God the Father, Son, Holy Spirit and His angels!
Most Christians believe in and should spread the message: about the Deity of Jesus Christ; His blood atonement for our sins; His resurrection from the dead and that He is coming back. Christians and other religious individuals should be painfully aware that we are mostly guessing at “What is Truth”! We all go to “Spiritual salad bars” and pick and choose what we perceive will add meaning to our lives; heal our broken hearts; and appropriate forgiveness of sins committed against others, self, and God.
Is the Christian God the author of confusion! I find it easier to believe that Christians have embraced religious traditions handed down to them, and they have woven these ideas into the tapestry of God’s Word. Once error is in the Bible or our minds, Christians will then feel obligated to protect this new message and proclaim it to the ends of the Earth.
When we willfully disobey a Christian precept, we are symbolically tearing out those Bible verses that are written in our hearts. We omit acts that we should commit in our daily lives (that we claim to believe in); and we commit acts that we should omit and be ashamed of.
Do you realize that the virgin birth concept in Christianity was also taught in ancient pagan religions and by Greek philosophers, long before Jesus was born? Why is this birth concept so captivating for these diverse groups of people. What would motivate individuals to embrace thoughts that would appear to be fictional, like those found in a book or Hollywood movie? Why and how would Christians transition from what Jesus and the Apostles taught, and believe differently in the 4th Century? Do you really think that people becoming Christian will disavow or renounce all their pagan religious beliefs when they commit their life to Jesus The Christ?
Jesus is no longer on Earth. All of His Apostles, their children, and grandchildren are dead. If a Christian becomes convinced that Joseph is the biological father of Jesus, they may conclude that Jesus is a sinner (just like they are). Their beliefs may be devastated. If He is the product of human sexual reproduction, then they may feel that He is not worthy or perfect enough to be their Savior.
Throughout history humans have believed that God puts a “Created human spirit” in every child. Without exception, they are born with a sin nature. I believe that Jesus is different from everyone else. He doesn’t have a created spirit in Him. Rather, God put His own Spirit in the body that Joseph and Mary gave Him. Thus, Jesus can be tempted just like us, but the Spirit of God gives Jesus the desire, the will and the strength to do what is right.
You can see the pagan mind set alluded to in the phrase “And he (Joseph) knew her not, until Mary brought forth her first born child, Jesus." You do realize that my parents and your parents had sex hundreds of times before we were born. The pagans presupposed that the sex organ of Mary’s husband would somehow contaminate Jesus in the womb (a very pagan superstition). Think about it this way, Christians say the Spirit of God indwells their body (the temple of God). Christians sin against God, but we Christians can’t contaminate Gods Spirit in us. In the same way, the Spirit of God living in Jesus can’t be touched by human sin, because God won’t let sin contaminate Jesus in body or Spirit!!! In other words, there is no need to worry if Jesus is fathered by Joseph; this will make Jesus 100% human (like us), and not like the false Gods created in the hearts of men.
Do you realize that if all Christians were Jewish proselytes only and no gentiles came to Christ, there would have been no virgin birth in the Christian Bible? No Jewish person is looking for a virgin born Messiah!!! This is a main reason why few Jews embrace Christianity. Their (our) Jewish Messiah is a blood relative of the Davidic Covenant. Joseph and Mary are “Both” genetically related to King David and all his descendants. If you gave a DNA test to Joseph and Mary you would find that they both are related to King David and they both are needed to fulfill the Promise of Gods Covenant with King David. But if Joseph isn’t the father of Jesus then Jesus is only HALF related to King David; and Jesus is only a 50% fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant.
Christians are always saying that Jesus is human just like us (and He is). We will allow Jesus to work, eat, sleep, take a permanent vow of celibacy and maybe go to the bathroom L.O.L.; but we can’t imagine Him dating, getting married, having sex and children. Somehow being “Just like me” seems a very ludicrous analogy for Jesus and me. And remember, if the virgin birth is true, then Jesus would only have a family tree on Mary’s side. His heritage goes back to Adam and Eve; but Jesus’ male side of the tree would start at His conception, if Joseph is His step-father.
Sarah being naïve and pretending that her being the “Step-mother” to Abraham's first child by Hagar is going to make that child “The child of Promise” was at worst a lie of Satan and at best a desperate and vain attempt to fulfill Gods Promise. Ishmael was a child of passion and Isaac is the “Child of Promise”. In the same way, Joseph being the “Step-father” to Jesus would keep Jesus from completing or fulfilling the “Davidic Covenant.
There are about 1 billion Catholics and 1 billion other Christians on planet Earth. This means there are billions of Bibles, since most Christians have more than one Bible. In this 21st Century, neither Satan nor any humans have the opportunity or the power to destroy what Christians consider Gods Word. If you go back to the 4th Century, the only individuals who had or could read the Christian Words of God are the religious leaders and their scribes. If a prominent pagan became a Christian and rose to ecclesiastical power and influence, there would have been no Apostles to challenge Him and his pagan superstitions in the 4th Century. Thus, he could have hired the scribes who embrace his ideology. He can promote leaders and stack the committees to adopt his values when a vote comes up. Since most Christians came out of pagan worship, they already believed in the virgin birth. When leaning on human logic, most Christians will agree that all children born of a human father become sinners. People completely ignore the fact that a human mother also gives her child a sin nature. In Luke 1:46-47, Mary referred to Jesus as her Savior; only sinners need a Savior!
Christianity almost died in the 4th Century simply because fewer pagans were becoming Christians. God has a message to proclaim about the Messiah, and He isn’t going to let human pagan trivia concerns derail the Gospel Message over faulty human reasoning. God loved the heathens so much that He overlooked their belief systems. This eliminated their stumbling block, and they came to Christ. Jesus will correct their theology in Heaven. Christians who loved their family and friends in the 4th Century were very happy that the latter had their names written in the “Lambs' book of Life”. Later Jesus will introduce them to His earthly parents, Joseph and Mary. And they all will laugh at the notions that a virgin birth or Jesus staying single is needed in order for Jesus to remain holy, pure and righteous.
The human birth of this author and of everyone else is just as miraculous as a virgin birth. Everything that God does is easy, for His miracles pose no difficulty to Him. And a Christian's salvation is sealed when a person puts their faith and trust in God's Messiah Jesus The Christ. There is no Bible verse that says “Believe on the virgin birth and thou shalt be saved”. There is no song that says “What can wash away my sins, nothing but the virgin birth”, or “What can make me whole again, nothing but the virgin birth” L.O.L.
A “Spiritual birth” is miraculous. A virgin birth is unnecessary. Further, it makes Jesus unlike us. The virgin birth dogma keeps the modern-day Jews from accepting the Christian Jewish Messiah. God could have brought Jesus into this world “full grown” just like Adam and Eve. But since God had already created the institution of marriage and the institution of the family, then it is logical that Jesus should be born just like us.
This verse applies to a person getting married. “Flee from youthful lust and pursue righteous, faith, love and peace; with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart”. The time we are single is to prove to a future mate that we have self-control; and celibacy is a stage to experience and not a destination of misery to embrace or desire. From age 18 through age 29 Jesus had every right to get married (and be like us). If Jesus was married, His marriage bed would be “undefiled” because even the Apostles all agreed that they could “take a wife” and still be righteous.
Every male and female (including Jesus) is motivated by God to marry. God created sexual pleasure and Jesus would be a perfect example of how to be a better child-of-God, mate, and parent if He gets married. Some Christian leaders are encouraged or required to stay single because the Church would have to pay them 2 to 3 times more money if they had a mate and three or four children. If they take a vow of poverty, they won’t even ask for a pay-raise. Piety (self-righteous) getting married to celibacy (moral purity) is a very unholy marriage; simply because “There is none righteous, no not one”. The best way to resist sexual temptation and flee youthful lust is to GET MARRIED. What is unique about marriage is that a person is experiencing the same sexual pleasure in marriage that they felt while single (but without the guilt, regrets or shame) AMEN TO THAT!!!
Even if Christians had a perfect translation of God’s Word in their language, we still wouldn’t have a perfect understanding of its meaning, and we certainly don’t have a perfect desire to do God’s Will. 2 Timothy states: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and instruction in righteousness” (This doesn’t apply to what has been deleted, added or changed in the Bible!) God uses English to communicate with me, but His Holy Spirit is a better guide to lead me to Truth; for human words, human wisdom, and human intellect are so distracting even when God communicates to us in the language we know; for sin has permeated the whole universe, so we continually find ourselves asking “What is Truth”?
P.S. Publish this letter in local newspapers, and on religious and personal web-sites.
Latest update: 2012-AUG-22
Author: Arthur Trafford