THE CLAY JESUS

There is, and has been, an epidemic of people desiring to make Jesus out to be some piece of clay where they can mold Him into whatever they want Him to be. The issues and methods are as wide as the horizon because people love to think their sins are okay in His eyes. It is much easier to mold Jesus and turn Him into something He is not than confronting their desire to sin. If they confront their desire to sin, then they might stop doing something they like to do, no matter how sinful it is. Some know it is wrong, but keep doing it, like I did. Some try to turn a sinful act into something that isn’t sinful because Jesus didn’t directly confront that particular sin, but there is no way that in their heart of hearts that they think their sins are anything but sins.

Jesus was not here to condemn, but to be merciful. He knew the nature of people to sin, but wanted people to confront their sins and sin no more. A woman about to be stoned for adultery was saved by Jesus from those whose sins would also be punishable by death, which is why He said “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Did Jesus say to her “It’s okay what you did”? No, He said “Go and sin no more.” Men Jesus healed were told by Him to not sin anymore and they have been forgiven. Forgiven for what? In today’s world those men just might ask Him that because they might have turned Him into a piece of clay too. It would be interesting to see His response. It wouldn’t be pretty.

Of the Old Testament laws, Jesus said expressly that He didn’t come to destroy, but fulfill. His life, death, and resurrection did not obliterate those laws. The harsh punishments for those laws, except those of the violent variety would be changed. Because of His sacrifice, it was time to forgive the sinner.

The apostle Paul reiterated those old laws, saying those who do not abide by them have no place in heaven. 1st Corinthians 6:9-10 “Do you not know that the UNRIGHTEOUS shall not inherit the kingdom of God? BE NOT DECEIVED: neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,” “nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor violent, nor extortioners shall inherit the kingdom of heaven.” The words “abusers of themselves with mankind” in the KJV was the Greek word “αρσενοκοίτης” (ar-sen-ok-OY-teece), which are two Greek words put together, meaning “male cohabitation”. This meant in a sexual way, as the word “αρσενοκοίτης” means a male homosexual in the Greek.

I heard rdiculous notions that Jesus was fine with homosexuality because He never spoke out against it. I even heard one person on some socialist radio program bring up the centurion Jesus spoke with was a homosexual, and Jesus didn’t condemn him. He brought up that the servant that was ill the centurion asked Jesus to heal was “λαίς” (pah-EECE) in the Greek, which means “servant boy”. The centurion showed great faith by saying to Jesus that He can heal his servant without visiting him. He didn’t want Jesus to go too far out of His way. Jesus saw that this centurion displayed great faith in Him, so He was impressed enough to say He hasn’t seen such great faith in Israel as his. The radio show guy said it was common for centurions to have these servant boys basically as sex toys, and this is true because Rome was an ultra-permissive society. That was part of their downfall, but that’s neither here nor there. While it was common, it was not a rule. Not every centurion had a young male sex slave. Here is something that this radio show guy or anyone else spreading this garbage can’t explain away though: that aforementioned adulteress woman Jesus said to sin no more- why didn’t He say the same of the centurion? Whether it is homosexual or simple fornication, it would be a sin if the centurion was having sex with his servant boy, right? So why didn’t Jesus, who knows the hearts of all men, say to the centurion “Sin no more?” Because he wasn’t having sex with his servant. That is the only explanation.

There are sadly going to be many who will be condemned after this life who accept Jesus was the Christ. Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone that says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. But He that does the will of My Father which is in heaven.” “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name? And in Your name have cast out devils? And in Your name done many wonderful works?'” “And then I will profess to them, ‘I never accepted you: depart from Me, YOU THAT WORK INIQUITY.'” Iniquity is sin. The will of our Father is not to sin, among other things. These will be those who swear up and down they are Christians, but will be condemned forever. Why?

All of these sins listed in the Old Testament and in 1st Corinthians by Paul are forgiveable. In order to be forgiven for them, one must admit to them. If one thinks their sins are not sins at all because they molded Jesus into how they want Him to be, then there can’t be forgiveness. They will wear their sins until they either humble themselves, or they will wear them forever. Jesus is not your piece of clay.

HOW DOES ONE TAKE GOD’S NAME IN VAIN?

The commandment which says “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain”, is broken by some basically everyday. It’s hard to avoid seeing it on television also. Taking His name in vain simply means saying His name for no real reason. Some will say that God isn’t His name, but His title as God is also a name. When you say “God this” or “God that”, without talking to Him or about Him, you are taking His name in vanity. Our Lord Jesus Christ is also our God, so the same is true about His name.

When you say their names, you are drawing their attention. If you draw it for no reason, then you take their attention away from those who might need their help. The Lord God mentioned on at least a few occasions about hearing the cries of people and then acting on their behalf, from the Israelites as slaves in Egypt to oppressed widows and fatherless children (Exodus 22:22-24).

This is also a matter of reverence to not use their names for any flippant expression. It’s very disrespectful to do so. Show them the respect they deserve and do not say their names in vain expressions. You exist by God, and you are saved by Jesus Christ. Show them the respect they deserve.

PROOF JESUS WAS THE CHRIST- OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES

Of the many prophecies of the Christ throughout the Old Testament, Psalm 22 is the most conclusive prophecy pointing towards Jesus being the Messiah. I have written about Psalm 22 often here, including my post “Psalm 22-David’s Prophecy of the Christ”. When Jesus said on the cross “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”, He wasn’t speaking to God. In fact, He was quoting the first verse of Psalm 22, which are those very same words. He was pointing out to those with eyes and ears that what was happening to Him was Psalm 22 being fulfilled. The psalms were written around 1000BC mostly by King David. In this psalm, it speaks not just of the crucifixion (verse16), but how those who would mock Him. Verses 7-8 say “All they that see Me laugh at Me with scorn: they portrude the lip, they shake the head, saying” “He trusted on the Lord that He would deliver Him: let Him deliver Him, seeing He delighted in Him.” In Matthew 27:42-43, the scribes and elders said mockingly “He saved others, Himself He cannot save. If He be the King of Israel, let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe Him.” “He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now, if He will have Him, for He said ‘I am the Son of God.'” Back in verse 39, it says people shook their heads as they passed by Him. As I have put forth here, Satan’s wish wasn’t to have Jesus die there. He would have loved to keep the Christ from being born or killed as a baby, but not there on the cross. Satan’s plan was to have Christ’s last hours to be so brutal, and to use those who were of him to mock Him so hopefully Jesus would get to a point where He couldn’t take it and call on the angels to save Him. If He did call on the angels to save Him, they would have, but Satan would have gotten what he wanted, which was that no one would die for the sins of this creation. It could only be His life to be laid down, since He was sinless. There can be no one else to come after to pay the price. There was not one moment Jesus couldn’t have gotten out of that brutal death, but He didn’t. God did not forsake Him, nor was He accusing God of doing so. He was quoting Psalm 22, which began with those words so the Messiah would repeat them on the cross to make people ask “Why wasn’t that a sin?” Psalm 22 is the answer.

The prophet Isaiah gave a few prophecies of the Christ also, especially in chapter 53. Verse 3 says that He will be despised by men. Verses 4 and 5 speak about Him being offered for our sins and iniquities. Verse 7 says that He will be silent as He is brought like a lamb for the slaughter. Verse 10 says His soul will be an offering for sin. In verse 12 Isaiah says He will bare the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors. This prophecy shows the Messiah must die as an offering for our sins. Those who looked to Jesus to bring about an eternal kingdom for Israel did not know the scriptures. The Messiah must first die.

Another prophecy of the Christ given by David was Psalm 110, with the first verse saying “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool.” This also shows that the Messiah will die in order to be in heaven with God.

Psalm 16 was another prophecy, with verse 10 saying “For You will not leave My soul in hell; neither will You make Your Holy One to see corruption.” The word “corruption” meant “decay”. Jesus’ body rose on the third day, so it didn’t decay. Another prophecy showing the Messiah would die. When did this happen?

There are other prophecies of the Messiah, but these are the most convincing ones. I call Psalm 22 the most important chapter in all of the Bible because it proves quite conclusively that Jesus was the Messiah, thus proving God also exists. If you read what the apostles were up against in an effort to spread the Gospel that Christ lived, died for our sins, and lives again, you will see that this message had help spreading all over the world. Only God could have saw to that against all the elements.

DID THE WINE JESUS DRANK HAVE ALCOHOL?

Yes it did. This is conclusive if you take into account scripture and the original Greek version of it. In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus spoke about what the scribes and Pharisees said about Him and John the Baptist in an effort to marginilize them. John didn’t eat or drink, because he only ate locusts and honey. Saying he didn’t eat meant he didn’t indulge himself with food. They said of him that he had a devil, telling the people “This is why you shouldn’t listen to him.” Continuing in Matthew 11:19, Jesus said “The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.’ But wisdom is judged of her children.” If the wine Jesus drank did not have alcohol, why would they call Him a winebibber? The original Greek word there for “drinking” was “πίνω” (PEE-no), which means to “imbibe”.

Jesus drank wine with alcohol, so it is lawful to drink alcoholic beverages. It is a great sin to be a drunkard. It’s a hard way to find yourself back. If you have problems controlling alcohol, don’t put it to your lips.

DOES THE BIBLE SAY IT IS WRONG FOR WOMEN TO WEAR PANTS?

This rule comes from Deuteronomy 22:5, which states “The woman shall not wear what pertains to a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination to the Lord your God.” The problem with the interpretation by many of this law is that they didn’t take into account that men and women both wore dresses in that day. God warned men through His servants the prophets that He will raise up their skirts and expose the nakedness of the iniquities they committed they thought were not noticed by God. If one took into account what men and women both wore in that day, then perhaps they would think of the meaning.

What this law meant was that women should not play the role of men and men should not play the role of women. This covers things all along the spectrum. This does not include women working, sports, or anything like that. Women made clothes and other materials to sell them, which would qualify as a job. If a man wears a skirt, stockings, and stilettos, then that is wrong. It is a man being effeminate, which is also written in 1st Corinthians 6:9. Sex change operations and taking hormones to change genders are an abomination to the Lord. To those of you who did such things, but say “Can’t God make mistakes?”, implying God put them in the wrong gendered body, it is not God that made the mistake, but you did.