Part 8 intro: God left his plan to a crew I probably would not trust with a potato gun [UP_TO_TODAY]



TRUTH’S

STORY:

Without writing down one instruction, Jesus left human’s hope of eternal life with three sets of brothers who grew up in a small fishing village, (and six friends).

THEY HAD AT LEAST ONE FULL YEAR OF FOLLOWING THIS TEACHER AND HEALER (WHO NEVER SEEMED TO ANSWER A QUESTION DIRECTLY)… HOW COULD THIS PLAN NOT WORK?

At his trial after he told stories in response to everyone’s questions, he was silent.

  • When high priest says, “I formally ask you by the living God, that you tell us whether you are the Christ, the Son of God”

  • Jesus replies, “If I tell you, you won’t believe, and if I ask, you will in no way answer me or let me go. You have said it. Nevertheless, I tell you, after this you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the power of God, and coming on the clouds of the sky.”

  • They all said, “Are you then the Son of God?”

  • He said to them, “You say it, because… I-AM”

Seed splitting openThat’s when everyone knew… he was going to die. In that moment; the seed of Truth began to split open.

However, it wasn’t until Steven’s murder (the first martyr) that everyone realized how crazy “The Way” of Christianity really is. A core doctrine of our belief is that we cannot lie about knowing Christ, or he will disown us before God. While Christianity’s first martyr was being murdered,

That’s when everyone knew… he was going to die too. As he knelt down, being peppered with stones,

 


There are pieces of Christianity which are easy to imitate, but love’s core of selfless service and forgiveness is impossible to fake.

Nicene Creed old copy in latinA few centuries later (when power was really starting to get into bed with the church), over 1,500 church leaders representing over 300 church communities met in a town called Nicea, to come up with a commonly held and clear baseline of belief across Christian communities. (We call it the Nicene Creed).


This Creed still stands today:

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Maker of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Ruler, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally born of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, fathered, not made, consubstantial of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us humans and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his standard will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Owner, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy universal and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

 


Long before that gathering at Nicea, Paul wrote a shorter (but brilliant) description of the fruit that will grow out of the Spirit of Truth – offering:

  • saint paul teaching in public square“The fruit of the spirit is love.
  • Joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control have no laws written against them.”

 

 


The best foundation of this community of Truth was spoken by Christ in the temple:

  • pharisees question jesus in the temple.jpgA priest asked, “which is the greatest commandment?”
  • Jesus answered him,”The greatest is, ‘listen my people; the Lord our God is one. You are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first and greatest commandment
  • A second is like this; you are to love your neighbor like you love yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”

 


If we have love for each other, everyone will know that we are Christ’s disciples.

It is simple enough for a child to understand, but so difficult that after a long life – we can still only hope to be beginning to reflect this pattern of perfection.

 



TIMELINE OF CHRISTIAN HISTORY?



313+ AD stories ⊕

ROME CLAIMS CONTROL OF CHRISTIANITY (WITH THE “IF YOU CAN’T BEAT THEM; JOIN THEM” LEADERSHIP MODEL)… AND CHRISTIANS ALLOW EXTERNAL RULE TO GOD’S RULE.


313+ AD WRITERS TURN FROM “POLITICAL POWER” TO “HOW OUR SPIRITUAL IDENTITY AND PHYSICAL IDENTITY LIVE TOGETHER – AND WORK TOGETHER”:

632+ AD story ⊕

WAR BEGINS BETWEEN ANCIENT POLITICAL ENEMIES – ALL NOW CLAIMING THE IDENTITY OF “THE PEOPLE OF THE ONE GOD OF ABRAHAM”.


JULY, 8 632+ AD MOHAMMAD (THE FOUNDER OF ISLAM; WHO TAUGHT OF THE QUR’AN) …DIED.

1054+ AD stories ⊕

POLITICS AND CHRISTIANITY ARE SO INTERTWINED AND POLLUTED THAT THE CHURCH SPLITS. 


THE COMMUNITY BASED ON BELIEF BUILT ON A MAN WHO SAID HIS KINGDOM WAS NOT OF THIS WORLD, AND THAT HIS COMMUNITY IS TO BE ONE... SPLITS INTO TWO.

1517+ AD story ⊕

CHRISTIAN’S COMMON BELIEF (ONCE SPLIT) IS SHATTERED INTO A SEGREGATION OF BELIEVERS.  “US” AND “THEM” IS BASED ON DETAILS PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED OVER A DRINK OR A MEAL.


1517+ AD WRITERS FOLLOW THE CHURCH SEGMENTING INTO “DENOMINATIONS”, IDENTIFYING THE BIBLE AS CHRISTIANITY’S IDOL, AND SCIENTIFIC / MATHEMATICAL OBSERVATION COMING INTO CLEAR CONTRADICTION WITH THAT IDOL.


SCIENCE AND RELIGION BEGIN CENTURIES OF FIGHTING THAT THEY EACH OWN TRUTH.

1833+ AD stories ⊕

THE MOST POWERFUL NATION IN THE WORLD MAKES IT ILLEGAL TO OWN ANOTHER HUMAN. AT THE SAME TIME; THE FINAL CONTINENTS WITH INDEPENDENT PEOPLES ARE ASSIMILATED (OR BETRAYED, CONQUERED AND/OR DESTROYED).


1833+ AD WRITERS FRAME TWO ENDS OF CHRISTIANITY BEGINNING ON A CRASH COURSE. ONE WORLD POWER MAKING IT ILLEGAL TO OWN A HUMAN, AND ANOTHER CLAIMING “MANIFEST DESTINY” GIVES THEM THE RIGHT TO KILL OFF THOUSANDS OF RACES (FOR THEIR LAND):

1945+ AD story ⊕

THE WORLD JOINS TO FIGHT AND DEFEAT ASSUMED SUPERIORITY (WHICH LIFTS ONE GROUP OF HUMANS OVER ANOTHER AS A BIRTHRIGHT) WHICH IS IMPLEMENTED THROUGH FORCE AND SUBJECTION OF ALL CLASSIFIED AS “LESS THAN”.


1945+ AD WRITERS TRACK THE END OF BLOOD BASED ARISTOCRACY, AND FORCE BASED CONQUEST... HIGHLIGHTING THE WORLD GROWING TOGETHER, AND INDIVIDUALS SEPARATING – OPINIONS HARDEN, AND LUXURIES BEGIN TO TAKE THE FORM OF EXPECTATIONS.

1989+ AD stories ⊕

KNOWLEDGE IS OPENED TO EVERYONE (ONLY TO BE SHARED AROUND THE WORLD AT LIGHT SPEED). THIS COMPLETE EXPOSURE OF THE UNRECOGNIZED MEMBERS OF SOCIETY SPEAK UP, AND ASSUMED VS. RIGHT MEASURES OF SUPERIORITY ARE VISIBLE (LIFTING ONE HUMAN OVER ANOTHER).


1989+ AD WRITERS AND INFORMATION EXPONENTIALLY EXPLODE. STARTING WITH TEXT THAT LINKS TO ANOTHER COMPUTER WITH A CLICK, AND HANDHELD ABILITY TO BROADCAST VIDEO FROM ALMOST ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

 


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Bible References: Matthew 26, Luke 22, Acts 7, John 13

Wikipedia: Nicene Creed,

 

 



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