This short but powerful audio book is packed with historical and insightful information on the true teachings of Lord Jesus of the Christ. Throughout the ages the original teachings of Jesus have been changed and misinterpreted, these facts, obscured from history are herein well documented and the reader can clearly see how they have shaped modern christianity. A must read for all followers of Lord Jesus of the Christ and any one that would simply like a better understanding of the world’s most widespread religion.
WARNING: This book may shatter many rampant misconceptions.
From the introduction:
Both read the Bible day and night. But thou read’st black where I read white.
– William Blake
Everyone has some conception of Christianity, whether one is a believer or not. The Christian doctrine is amenable to many different interpretations and indeed, many have taken advantage of this amenability. As early as sixty-five years after the time of Jesus, for instance, Paul, who had never met Jesus, debated with the original Apostles in regard to Jesus’ teaching: Paul taught that Jesus’ advent freed the people from following the Old Law, that faith alone was required. Meanwhile, the Apostles taught that Jesus came to enforce the Old Law, and that faith without works is dead.
The faith/works polemic has been going on for centuries. And countless forms of “Christianity” have emerged as variations on this theme. The subject became so confused that by the time of Martin Luther (1483-1546) both faith and works were hard to find.
The Popes of the Renaissance epitomize this confusion. The deMedici Popes are considered the most debauched men in the history of religion. The original Pope John XXIII was deposed for “notorious incest, adultery, defilement, and homicide.” In 1415, while still a chamberlain, he openly kept his brother’s wife as a mistress. In an effort to squash the scandal, his superiors promoted him to cardinal and sent him to Bologna, where “two hundred maids, matrons and widows, including a few nuns, fell victim to his brutal lust.” In 1484, Pope Innocent VIII was elected. He was nicknamed “the Honest” because he was the first Pope to acknowledge his illegitimate children publicly. This whole farce reached an unquestionable peak when, in 1724, the Roman Catholic Church banned the confessional requirement that men name their partners in fornication when it was discovered that priests were actually making carnal use of the information.
Seeing the iniquities of the Papacy, Martin Luther proposed an egalitarian solution: “Each man should have his own divine right to interpret holy scripture.” While this new version of Christianity released many believers from the dictates of insincere leaders, a new problem arose. Many would interpret the scriptures with some ulterior motive (both consciously and unconsciously). And this is the problem that exists today. Many are using the scriptures to rationalize baser habits, activities that God would never ordain.
Readers of this pamphlet – Christian and non-Christian – are advised to view the following with an open mind, possibly achieving a fresh outlook. The distinct feature of this work is that it is not beleaguered by vague or popular translations of the Bible. All Bible verses are rendered with reference to Reuben Alcalay’s Complete Hebrew/English Dictionary for the Old Testament, and to Nestle’s Greek/ English Interlinear for the New Testament. The importance of a word-for-word translation should not be underestimated. Ambiguous and aesthetically pleasing – but inaccurate – translations are at the heart of Biblical interpretive problems.
We are, of course, working with the premise that the Bible has not been drastically changed (this is obviously an important assumption when delivering textual criticism). Otherwise, all Biblical texts become meaningless. An opinion that is not uncommon.
Still, America is basically a Christian country, and all Christians base their conception of Christianity on the Bible. For such persons, this pamphlet should prove useful; with the exception of a few editorial notes, we will allow the Bible to speak for itself.
The ultimate purpose of this work, however, is to show the harmony that exists between the Bible and the more-ancient Vedic texts of India. The essential message of the Bible and the Vedas is one: to love the Lord with all of one’s heart, soul, and mind. This message is revealed to different people according to time, place, and circumstance; based on these considerations, specifics may vary. Still, the essence remains the same – it is simply delivered according to the capacity of the audience.