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"In Pursuit of Truth, Only": Reality, Not Religion
What do you believe about God, religion? Everyone believes something.
Where did it come from? From humans; parents, siblings, teachers, pastors, friends, enemy's, the media, etc.; and maybe as an after-thought, the bible, the koran, or other books written by men.
How do you know if what you believe is true? You Don't! But you can.
Did You Receive Everything You Believe From Yehvah God,
or from Man? Are You Diligently Seeking Truth, or Religion?
Matthew 4:4; Jesus said, "It is written, mankind is not meant to live by food only, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of Yehvah". (Deut. 8:3)
In order to fulfill this command, one must understand Yehvah's Word. One cannot put their faith, trust, complete reliance on something they do not understand. And, that understanding must be true, for it to have Yehvah's desired results. Faith in anything false will be an obstacle to this end. To diligently seek truth, which is Yehvah God, which is His Word, one must first recognize the source of what they currently believe. Is it from Yehvah God, or Lucifer through man; it's one or the other. In Yehvah there is no false. I have yet to meet someone that didn't believe something false. False is from Lucifer, meant to steal, kill and destroy every Godly effort, growth and accomplishment. The degree of truth we possess, determines how much we are used by Lucifer as pawns in his fight against Yehvah, or how much we can be used by Yehvah as kings and rulers over all the earth (Gen. 1:26). The battle is now, and victory is rooted in truth.
So then, are you diligently seeking reality or religion (man's interpretations and rules)? If I can show you that there is something, anything, that you believe that is not true, would you be able to acknowledge; fact one, that everything that you believe did not come from Yehvah; and fact two, of all you believe, you now don't know, for absolute certainty, what is true and what isn't? Only those that are genuinely seeking truth should continue. I am about to reveal to you a theological belief that almost every Christian believes, and non-Christians have heard, yet it is not true.
The belief is; that in the beginning, God created one man, Adam, and one woman, Eve; and that all other persons came from these two, the first two being Cain and Able, there then being the first four people upon the earth. I've yet to meet anyone that was not taught that this is what the bible says.
The truth is; that is not what the bible says! Let's look at Genesis, chapter 4. I believe most everyone is familiar with this story; the births of Cain and Able, to the death of Able and subsequent punishment of Cain. Up to that point, it is believed that there is now only three persons existing on the planet, since Able has been murdered. But that is not so, in light of Yehvah's Word. In verses 9-13, God has discovered what Cain has done and has declared his punishment. In verse 14 Cain responds; "Behold, you have cast me out, this day, of my homeland;... and I will be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth; and it will come to pass, that everyone that finds me will try to slay me". Who's everyone? He most definitely is not referring to his parents. How about verse 17; "And Cain knew his wife..." Wife, what wife? Is he talking about his mother? I think not. Clearly, these two scriptures reveal that Adam and Eve were not the only people that God created, "in the beginning". A deeper study of the first four chapters, regarding the creation of humans, is required to fully understand this truth, and to fully understand Yehvah's intended message of these chapters.
This is but one example of many things that we have all been raised to believe, that simply are not true. It is why so many believers are confused about what they believe, and why so many that are not believers, don't know what to believe. But, "Be not afraid". There is a way to ascertain the truth from the very source, as the Apostles did.
If you are one that previously believed this false teaching about the beginning of humans, then what else might you believe that is false? Do you have the courage to set aside everything that you believe, and learn how to test it against the truth of Yehvah's Word, before believing it. Your response will demonstrate whether you are genuinely seeking truth, or just seeking to be comfortable in your religion. Ahead is the answer for those who are genuine disciples, "In Pursuit of the Truth, Only".
Proper Interpretation Required
Galatian 1:11,12; "I certify to you brethren, that the gospel that was preached by me, I did not receive it from man, neither was I taught it, except by the revelation of Yehshua Mashiach (Jesus Christ)."
That is a very powerful testimony. He says that nothing he believes came from a man. As it was for Paul, it is my testimony as well, and it is supposed to be yours. Yet, I have found it to be nearly nonexistent among Christians, especially professional ones. I've yet to meet one that I couldn't prove believed something false. Like us, Paul did not walk with Yehshua, yet received revelation from Him. That is the way it was from the beginning. The Godly men of old received revelation from God, not men, before the scriptures were ever written. From Adam, to Noah, to Abraham, to Moses, all received revelation from God's Holy Spirit. The bible teaches that we are to do the same. Yet, most have never received a revelation from Yehvah for what they believe, not knowing they can. If one cannot give this verse as their personal testimony, having first tested whether their beliefs be of humans or Yehvah God, then they have no business in leadership or teaching capacity in the body. Otherwise, "the blind are leading the blind" (Mt. 15:14), and they both will fall into the ditch of lack, sickness and potentially, eternal death. We are given dozens of warnings to beware the teachings of humans for this very reason. Yehvah knew that humankind could not be trusted to accurately and honestly convey His Word, therefore He provided the imparting of the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:20-2:2; "Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any personal interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of Yehvah spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. But, there were false prophets also among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will subtlety bring in damnable heresies... And man will follow their destructive ways..."
1John 2:26,27; "These things I have written you concerning them that deceive you. The anointing (of the Holy Spirit) which you have received from Him (Yehovah) lives in you, so that you need no man to teach you, because the same anointing teaches you of all things, it is truth and no lies, and what it teaches you, you shall live it in Him."
John 14:26; "But the comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things..."
James 1:5-7; "If any of you lack wisdom, ask God, that gives to all liberally(fully) and not upbraided (without scolding; anger or condemnation), and it will be given them. But, they must ask in faith..."
Eph. 1:17; Paul said, "...making mention of you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ... may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation knowledge of Him".
So, clearly we are to trust in God, to teach us all things by the Holy Spirit, and not man. How come then, that everyone that possesses the Holy Spirit, doesn't know all truth; believing different things? We are told to be like minded. 1Cor. 1:10 says, "Now, I beseech you brethren (fellow Christians), by the name of Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, that there be no divisions among you, that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgements." Why then are we all not in perfect alignment in our beliefs? Because of humans interpretation, in place of Yehvah's revelation. We've been indoctrinated by humans into believing what they believe, and then imposing those beliefs upon the scriptures. This is due to the deception that Lucifer has spread over the last 1800 years, that pastors are supposed to attend theological cemeteries (seminary's) to learn about God, then impose it upon us in church. This concept conflicts with the Word of God as illustrated in the scriptures below; it is not what Yehvah intended. If it was, He would have started a school. It is why thousands of humans read the same scriptures and come to different conclusions, creating a multitude of denominations, fracturing the body of Christ.
Yehvah is a God of law and order, and there is a legal method (principles) to receiving from the Holy Spirit that the majority of Christians are unaware of. There are seven principles that must be followed in order to enable the Holy Spirit to impart revelation of Yehvah's Word. They are as follows:
The Seven Principles to Properly Interpret Scripture
Covenant Principles: One must enter into covenant, making a promise to God and keeping it until it comes to pass, to be heard by, and to hear from, God.
1) Invite and Promise: One must invite, ask, inquire of God, and make a covenant promise to Him and keep it. God tells us that He is not in charge in this universe, but that we are, therefore we must ask. I recommend a prayer like this: "Father, I am going to open the bible and read something at least once a week (the more the better, but make the promise easily acheivable) and you do the rest. I don't want to think or feel anything, I only want to know the truth, regardless of where it leads or what I have to give up." Repeat that prayer each time you read, and keep that promise and don't stop. You will reap in due season. If you do miss to do it at some point (breaking covenant), don't fret, just repent, say "I'm sorry", and recommit. Repentence reconciles you back to covenant. (Gen. 1:26; Josh. 1:7-8; Prov. 2:1(3)-6; Jms. 1:5-8; 4:2-3; Mat. 6:8; Gal. 6:9) (Prayer: Hb.; t'phillah (tef-il-law); meaning ask, request, supply, intercede, perform) I reccommend ceasing listening to or confiding in others on this matter, and from reading any other persons writings until God leads you to do so, relying totally on the Holy Spirit of Yeh to reveal the truth of His Word.
2) Sincere Pursuit: One must be willing to come to God's Word uncommitted to all previously held beliefs, giving God a clean slate surrendered to His will, asking God to reveal the truth regarding each one before again believing anything as truth. Otherwise, they will impose those beliefs upon His Word. Again, avoid discussing your thoughts and this matter with others, keep it as a personal relationship between you and God, as Jesus did (Mk. 1:35). (Prov. 3:5; Gal. 1:11-12; Hb. 11:6; Mt. 18:3-4; 1Jn. 4:1; 1Thes. 5:21)
3) Obedience Required: God cannot hear from, nor speak to, those that are wilfully practicing known disobedience to His Word. One must confess their sin and repent (Homologio; GRK.: sorrowfully recognizing and confessing their mistake, and turning from, reversing the behaviour) from it to enter into covenant fellowship with God in order to receive anything from Him. (Prov. 2:7; Is. 59:2; Mt. 3:6-8; 2Cor. 7:9,10; 2Tm. 2:25; 1Jn. 1:9 (confess = homologio); 3:4-10)
4) Times and Intent: One must study the bible, as with any historical document, within the context of the times in which it was written, and within the intent of the one who wrote it. Otherwise, they will impose their will upon it.
5) Who to? One must determine who is being spoken to, or about.
6) Define and Translate: One must read slowly, properly defining and re-translating certain "key words" back into the original.
7) Let Scripture Interpret scripture: One must study scripture within proper context to surrounding scripture, and comparative to entirety of scripture. Truth will be revealed by a preponderance of evidence, and certainty through resolution of seemingly adverse scripture.
These are seven principles that every person needs to know and follow, whether Christian or not, to be assured that everything they believe, is indeed the truth; to be assured of salvation of eternal spiritual life, and to be empowered to live the abundant life of love that Yehvah intended they live now; victorious in every area of life, blessed, having Galatians 1: 11,12 as their personal testimony. This I teach in the series; "In Pursuit of Truth Only". If you believed the popular religious story of humans creation being one man and one woman, or if you've ever been confused about any part of Yehvah's Word, and you have a sincere desire and commitment to diligently seeking truth, only, becoming a genuine disciple, then you need this teaching. Paul said, "...because Yehvah is not the author of confusion" (1Cor. 14:33). And Peter said, "...be ready always to give an answer to everyone that asks you a reason (able to prove what you believe) of the hope (faith, certainty, expectation) that is in you, with humility and fear (caution)" (1Pt. 3:15). All of Yehvah's Word is meant to be understood (2Tm. 2:7).
After completing Lesson one; "Bible Truth", we'll know what the bible is, and what the Holy Scriptures are. We will come to know that we can place our absolute faith and confidence in every word of the Holy Scriptures, and that they are exactly what they claim to be; the very words of Yehvah God, meant as instructions to fulfill God's plan and our purpose; and having learned how to properly interpret scripture by using Yehvah's seven principles, we can now discover what His Word truly says about all things.
"After all that, why should I believe you", you might ask? First, I read the bible for over 35 years, and couldn't understand it. Oh, I could tell you stories, and I thought I understood certain things, but I came to find out that I truly understood little to nothing. I had information, not revelation. It wasn't until I inadvertently came into covenant with God, that allowed Him to begin to give me revelation of His Word. (See "About" section). Second, I teach from the bottom of my heart, what I know has been revealed to me by Yehvah's Holy Spirit through Yehshua; absolute truth, undeniable, unequivocal; nothing having come from man. And third, don't you believe a word I say. I will teach you how to receive, as I and Paul, and the men of old have, from Yehvah Himself. "Yehvah is no respector of persons" (Acts 10:34). What He has done for us, he will do for you.
This series and complete teaching on "The Seven Principles to Properly Interpret Scripture" is available for individual, group or assembly teaching. Pray and ask God for His will in this matter. I look forward to meeting you and, or, your group or assembly.
Yehoshua Shalom 9-10