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God’s Own Summary of the Bible

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I read a summary of the bible in God’s own words on Mountainman’s fascinating website, but I think it missed the most important point, and that is that both of the commandments that Christ gave are the same one. I explain it here (http://www.askwhy.co.uk/truth/b11fscollins.php) in a criticism of a book by F S Collins:

We will see that Christ gave two answers when asked for the most important commandment, and the reason is that the two commandments he gave are the same one, to Love God and to love your neighbour. It is a clear indication that God, in practical terms, is your neighbour, your fellow human being on this planet. Just in case anyone should doubt it, let them read Christ’s description of the Last Judgement in Matthew 25:33-46. God says to the sheep at his right hand whom He has blessed:

“I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you made me welcome, naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.

The virtuous say to him in reply:

Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and gave you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome, naked and clothe you, sick or in prison and go to see you?

And God replies:

In so far as you did it to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me.

To the goats gathered at His left hand God says:

Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you never gave me food. I was thirsty and you never gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, naked and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me.

And they too will ask:

Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or naked, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help.

And again God will answer:

In so far as you neglected to do this this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.”

If you are a Christian and consider Christ to speak with the authority of God, because he is God, then just what could be clearer than this description of how to be saved. And what could be clearer than that God considered any human being, even the least of them, as being Himself. To abuse or fail to help any human being is to do the same to God, and only by helping your fellow human beings are you displaying your love of God.

So, to get the full meaning of God’s shortest bible, a little more needs to be read, but I cannot see how Christians can miss the interpretation. It shows clearly that most “Christians” are nothing of the kind, particularly those who are most demonstrative of their beliefs like Bush and Blair, the Constantines of the modern day, maybe.

God incarnated as Christ has nothing to say about attending mass, or saying prayers, or having faith, or lighting candles to be saved. It is altogether more moral than all the mumbo jumbo. God is Everyman! You cannot separately love God, you can only love Him through loving people!! He says thou shalt. It is an order. Faith and all the rest might help, but it cannot replace what Christians must do to be saved. They have to love others. Full Stop! Why do Christians confuse this simple message with all the mumbo jumbo?

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Written by mikemagee

17 February, 2009 at 3:06 am

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  1. I just stumbled across this blog on accident but I wanted to tell you how great it was to see someone speaking the truth. So many confuse the issues with faith, belief, virtue, piety, arrogance, rudeness, self importance, and many more troubling attitudes, when the most important attitude is to simply care for your fellow man and/or woman ( your neighbors/ all those you encounter during the day )

    T. McMullen

    4 February, 2010 at 4:31 am

  2. Pretty close … however an issue of repentance, obedience and keeping the TORAH is required. Yahushua never came to bring another religion eg Christianity. He came to bring Truth, his whole life was dedicated to doing his Father Yahuwah will. Just as we are required to do. And loving ones’ neighbour and doing good as we would like done to us – is a huge requirement. The Kingdom message is not one of death and atonement it is one of obedience of Yahuwah’s commandments just to enter life.

    Red Johnson

    15 February, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    • Does not matter

      the Torah is nonsense and keeping the laws therein idiotic

      it is a hate book based in bigotry

      Philo Beddoe

      2 November, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    • Matthew 22:36-40-Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? He said to him: You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. The second, like it, is this, You must love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments the whole Law hangs, and the Prophets. At no time, and anywhere in the Bible did Jesus ever admit to being God. Whenever questioned about anything he always said to give praise and glory to your God and “My God. He even went as far as saying he couldn’t do anything of his own initiative but only what he beholds the Father doing. John 5:19. Thank You, Mr. Johnson it was a pleasure speaking with someone who knows there Bible.

      • And why then, Camille, did Christ give two answers when asked for the greatest commandment? It is because the two are the same. You cite it yourself. “The second, like it, is this…”! The two commandments are alike! The Torah is the Jewish law, that most Christians think Jesus came to abrogate in favour of love which replaces the whole complications of Jewish legalism. Admittedly many Christians do not get it, but this explains it for those who have ears to hear. Of course, if you deny that Christ was God, you are not a Christian, and so the Jewish scriptures are probably the ones you should be following, as a Jew. But the New Testament is no part of Judaism, so is irrelevant to you, properly speaking. Matthew 25:33-46 could not be clearer for any Christian, but it is too hard for Christians so-called to comprehend.

    • 42 PRINCIPLES OF MAAT 2000 YEARS BEFORE THE 10 COMMANDMENTS

      The Ten Commandments, eight of them at least, were taken from the Egyptian Principles of Ma’at written at least 2000 years earlier.

      Written at least 2,000 years before the Ten Commandments of Moses, the 42 Principles of Ma’at are one the world’s oldest sources of moral and spiritual instruction. Ma’at, the Ancient Egyptian divine Principle of Truth, Justice, and Righteousness, is the foundation of natural and social order and unity.

      One aspect of ancient Egyptian funerary literature which often is mistaken for a codified ethic of Ma’at is Chapter 125 of the Book of the Dead, often called the 42 Declarations of Purity or the Negative Confession. These declarations varied somewhat from tomb to tomb, and so can not be considered a canonical definition of Ma’at. Rather, they appear to express each tomb owner’s individual conception of Ma’at, as well as working as a magical absolution (misdeeds or mistakes made by the tomb owner in life could be declared as not having been done, and through the power of the written word, wipe that particular misdeed from the afterlife record of the deceased).

      Many of the lines are similar, however, and they can help to give the student a “flavor” for the sorts of things which Ma’at governed—essentially everything from the most formal to the most mundane aspect of life.

      luckylarrysilverstein

      18 April, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      • As far as I can see, Moses never existed and was invented as a legendary figure around the time of the Egyptian Greek kings, say 250 BC. So when was “2000 thousand years before Moses”? I am not disputing what you say about Ma’at, LLS, just wondering when more precisely these original commandments were written.

      • YO BRO,

        THE ‘JEWISH GOD’–CRUEL & SADISTIC, MORE LIKE THE DEVIL THAN THE FATHER SPOKEN OF BY JESUS OF NAZARETH

        After years of honest intellectual introspection and sincere soul searching – I have come to a crossroads where I must choose one of 2 paths if I am to move forward.
        As such, using the same mental faculties afforded me by the same Creator responsible for all the laws of science, reason, physics, and decency, I cannot conclude anything other than that the Jewish Torah/Talmud is indeed part and parcel of the same twisted mentality responsible for so much suffering and evil today, and is in effect a mere extension of the same Talmudic Jewish mindset that created–carved if you will–a tin god out of the basest inclinations attributable to mankind that serves as a facilitator/enabler of a depraved, arrogant, self-serving evil, and greedy agenda.

        If it were not for the fact that I still find it—the Torah/Talmud–useful for research purposes, I would put it where it belongs – in the garbage.

        If this Talmudic Jew god described within the pages of this ‘book’ is in fact authentic – I could NEVER in good conscience ‘worship’ an entity so vicious, mean, cruel, sadistic, uncompassionate, unforgiving, and hypocritical. What the Jewish god teaches me within the pages of this depraved book is the exact antithesis of what I have learned about the nature of Jesus of Nazareth.

        Having accepted and embraced the version of God the father taught by Jesus of Nazareth I cannot but reject the Talmudic Jewish god and therefore view him/her/it as a total fraud created by the sick, psychopathic, twisted, wicked nature of Talmudic Jews themselves. Karl Marx – the most wicked of all Talmudic Jewish demons openly admitted that “he who serves MAMMON pleases god” – because- of course – the REAL ‘god’ of Talmudic Judaism IS Mammon – the monster we see created by Talmudic Jews.
        Talmudic Jewish ‘religion’ is the most evil of all street gutter trash. ‘By their fruits you shall know them’ as Jesus taught, and in judging the bitter fruit of Talmudic Judaism one cannot conclude anything other than that it is nothing more than the ‘wrapping up’ of sharp business practices in a religious garment! Everything holy to followers of Jesus of Nazareth is UNHOLY to the precepts of Talmudic Judaism and its followers. Their written religious practices are simply manuals for deeds considered deadly sins against the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.

        If you have the stomach for it – read in its entirety the Book of Leviticus. It is a cross between endless plots for horror movies unsuitable for ANY child and most adults and a compendium of morbidly disgusting, demoralizing, cruel, bloody minutiae totally VOID of ANY teachings of anything REMOTELY moral, wise, insightful, loving, kind or meaningful to anyone but a psychopath trapped in an insane asylum. It is FILLED with EXACTLY the kind of hypocrisy and sickening ritualistic barbarisms that had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with goodness or love of God, the same senseless garbage that incited Jesus of Nazareth to violent anger against the disgusting conduct of Talmudic Jews in the Temple.

        Jesus taught that we should be kind, forgiving, truthful, and compassionate, self-sacrificing, and respectful of life (I have yet to meet even ONE person who is cruel to dumb animals who was not a bully). Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, defending the defenseless and giving hope to those amongst us who have lost all hope—these are the qualities Jesus embodied which I strive to imitate with my finite abilities.
        Lest you think to accuse me of blasphemy – take a LONG HARD CLOSE LOOK at the ‘Yahweh of the Jewish Torah for yourself and tell me that you cannot see what a HORRID, SADISTIC, HATE-FILLED figure who is total anathema to the image of Jesus. I will NOT LIVE A LIE! I am NOT a Talmudic JEW nor do I embrace Talmudic Jewish ‘values’! I AM A FOLLOWER OF JESUS OF NAZARETH AND UNDERSTAND THAT NO ONE CAN SERVE 2 MASTERS.

        In his book of laws of the Torah – the Talmudic Jew-created god ‘Yahweh’ mandates his people to COMMIT GENOCIDE (1-Samuel 15;-3) — then to COMMIT FRATRICIDE (Exodus 32:27-28) — then suggests CANNIBALISM (Leviticus 26: 29) — ROBBERY AND THEFT (Exodus 3:22)— to KEEP SLAVES of neighboring nations (Leviticus 25: 44-46).

        It only gets worse…

        The god of Talmudic Judaism teaches us to DISCRIMINATE AGAINST WOMEN and DESPISE CHILDREN (Leviticus 27: 2-8) —- He demands ALL GOLD BE DELIVERED COVETOUSLY TO HIMSELF (Exodus 25:3 33: 5) —-TORTURE OF ANIMALS (Exodus: 29:20 29:36) — Yahweh admits his JEALOUSY (Exodus 20:-5)

        AND EVEN MORE WICKED VIOLENT SICK AND TWISTED!

        God caused sibling rivalry by favoring Abel over Cain, with absolutely no attempt at justification. This act of favoritism led to Abel’s death–Genesis 4:3-5

        Genesis 7:23 He intentionally kills every man, woman, and child on the planet save eight of them.
        God commands Hagar to return to servanthood and bear children for her master though she does not want to. Genesis 16:7-9

        Genesis 19:23-25 God burns down a whole city (women and children included) simply because they were supposedly homosexual.

        Er, Judah’s firstborn, was “wicked in the sight of the Lord” and the Lord slew him. How was Er wicked? The Bible doesn’t give us this bit of information, only that Er was wicked in the sight of the Lord. Genesis 38:7
        Genesis 38:10 God murders Onan for refusing to commit incest with his sister in law.
        Exodus 12:29–Yahweh repeatedly tells Moses exactly what calamity he will next visit upon the Egyptians if the Pharaoh does not allow the Israelites to be set free from slavery. He then tells Moses (repeatedly) that he will ‘harden’ Pharaoh’s heart, so that he—Pharaoh–will refuse to allow the Israelites to go, thus bringing a calamity upon his own people, as well as showing him the awesome power of the Talmudic Jewish god. This occurs over and over, bringing calamity upon calamity upon the Egyptian people. What is troubling about this verse is that when god “hardens the pharaoh’s heart” he is interfering with the Pharaoh’s free will and ultimately brings punishment on the Egyptians for something they are not responsible for. As a final punishment god decides to kill all the first born of Egypt. The lord reduced himself to murdering innocent kids when he could have simply freed the Israelites himself with his “omnipotent” power.

        God punishes children for the sins of their fathers, unto the third and fourth generations. Exodus 20:5&34:7
        God endorses slavery. He even set up laws as to how slavery was to be carried out, and goes as far as Okaying beating them. Exodus 21:2-6

        God sanctions the selling of one’s daughter. (Exodus 21:7) How can any being tell another to literally sell their child into slavery?

        Exodus 22:18–God orders the death of witches, sorceresses and anyone who practices magic. Sadly enough, this verse was justification for the Inquisition and countless innocent deaths.

        Exodus 32:27 God ordered to be killed, 3,000 Israelites for no greater crime than worshipping a golden calf. (Not to mention that Yahweh obviously KNEW that his precious Jews had STOLEN the gold. Stealing OK – but don’t injure my pride.

        Leviticus 20:9-10 God commands death for cursing out one’s parents and death for adultery. Gee, with these types of laws the population should be almost nil by now.
        Leviticus 27:28-29 God ordered and allowed human sacrifices.
        Numbers 16:27 God buries alive Korah and his family.

        Numbers 16:35 God killed 250 Levite princes who disagreed with Moses’ leadership. He was so bloodthirsty that he wanted to slay more until he was talked out of it. Later he put a plague upon 14,700 Jews who thought there was something wrong in killing 250 princes.

        Numbers 21:1-3 God utterly destroyed the Canaanites at Hormah as a favor to the Jews.
        Numbers 21:27-35 God abetted Moses in utterly destroying the Amorites at Heshbon – “…the men, the women, and the little ones.”

        Numbers 31:17-18 God commands Moses to kill all the Medianite people including children and women. To top it off he commands that the virgins be saved for later raping by Moses’ soldiers.
        Deuteronomy 3:3-7 God ordered Moses’ army to “utterly destroy” 60 cities, killing all the women and children within!

        Deuteronomy 7:12 God ordered the Israelites to kill all the people of seven nations. He even adds, “show no mercy unto them”. (WAR, WAR, WAR, KILLING KILLING, KILLING, – BLESSED ARE THE WAR MONGERS?)

        Deuteronomy 20:16 God orders that the Jews kill everything that breathes in the cities that he gives them for an inheritance

        Deuteronomy 23:2–A bastard can’t attend “religious service “even to his tenth generation.” As if denying an innocent child rights to worship isn’t cruel.

        Deuteronomy 7:16-24 “You must destroy all the nations the LORD your God hands over to you. Show them no mercy and do not worship their gods. If you do, they will trap you. Perhaps you will think to yourselves, ‘How can we ever conquer these nations that are so much more powerful than we are?’ But don’t be afraid of them! Just remember what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all the land of Egypt. Remember the great terrors the LORD your God sent against them. You saw it all with your own eyes! And remember the miraculous signs and wonders, and the amazing power he used when he brought you out of Egypt. The LORD your God will use this same power against the people you fear. And then the LORD your God will send hornets to drive out the few survivors still hiding from you! “No, do not be afraid of those nations, for the LORD your God is among you, and he is a great and awesome God. The LORD your God will drive those nations out ahead of you little by little. You will not clear them away all at once, for if you did, the wild animals would multiply too quickly for you. But the LORD your God will hand them over to you. He will throw them into complete confusion until they are destroyed. He will put their kings in your power, and you will erase their names from the face of the earth. No one will be able to stand against you, and you will destroy them all.”

        Nahum 2:2-10 For the land of Israel lies empty and broken after your attacks, but the LORD will restore its honor and power again. Shields flash red in the sunlight! The attack begins! See their scarlet uniforms! Watch as their glittering chariots move into position, with a forest of spears waving above them. The chariots race recklessly along the streets and through the squares, swift as lightning, flickering like torches. The king shouts to his officers; they stumble in their haste, rushing to the walls to set up their defenses. But too late! The river gates are open! The enemy has entered! The palace is about to collapse! Nineveh’s exile has been decreed, and all the servant girls mourn its capture. Listen to them moan like doves; watch them beat their breasts in sorrow. Nineveh is like a leaking water reservoir! The people are slipping away. “Stop, stop!” someone shouts, but the people just keep on running. Loot the silver! Plunder the gold! There seems no end to Nineveh’s many treasures – its vast, uncounted wealth. Soon the city is an empty shambles, stripped of its wealth. Hearts melt in horror, and knees shake. The people stand aghast, their faces pale and trembling.

        Numbers 31:7-18 The Jews attack Midian just as the LORD had commanded Moses, and they killed all the men. All five of the Midianite kings – Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba – died in the battle. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. Then the Israelite army captured the Midianite women and children and seized their cattle and flocks and all their wealth as plunder. They burned all the towns and villages where the Midianites had lived. After they had gathered the plunder and captives, both people and animals, they brought them all to Moses and Eleazar the priest, and to the whole community of Israel, which was camped on the plains of Moab beside the Jordan River, across from Jericho.

        Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the people went to meet them outside the camp. But Moses was furious with all the military commanders who had returned from the battle. “Why have you let all the women live?” he demanded. “These are the very ones who followed Balaam’s advice and caused the people of Israel to rebel against the LORD at Mount Peor. They are the ones who caused the plague to strike the LORD’s people. Now kill all the boys and all the women who have slept with a man. Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves.

        Exodus 21:7-11 When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment.

        Judges 11:29-40 “At that time the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he went throughout the land of Gilead and Manasseh, including Mizpah in Gilead, and led an army against the Ammonites. And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD. He said, “If you give me victory over the Ammonites, I will give to the LORD the first thing coming out of my house to greet me when I return in triumph. I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.”

        “So Jephthah led his army against the Ammonites, and the LORD gave him victory. He thoroughly defeated the Ammonites from Aroer to an area near Minnith – twenty towns – and as far away as Abel-keramim. Thus Israel subdued the Ammonites. When Jephthah returned home to Mizpah, his daughter – his only child – ran out to meet him, playing on a tambourine and dancing for joy. When he saw her, he tore his clothes in anguish. “My daughter!” he cried out. “My heart is breaking! What a tragedy that you came out to greet me. For I have made a vow to the LORD and cannot take it back.” And she said, “Father, you have made a promise to the LORD. You must do to me what you have promised, for the LORD has given you a great victory over your enemies, the Ammonites. But first let me go up and roam in the hills and weep with my friends for two months, because I will die a virgin.” “You may go,” Jephthah said. And he let her go away for two months. She and her friends went into the hills and wept because she would never have children. When she returned home, her father kept his vow, and she died a virgin. So it has become a custom in Israel for young Israelite women to go away for four days each year to lament the fate of Jephthah’s daughter.”

        Deuteronomy 13:13-19 “Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors. “The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him.”

        Read them ALL for yourselves in your OWN Bible.

        NOW – do we see ANY resemblance to the words and actions of Jesus of Nazareth to those of the Torah/Talmud Jew Yahweh?

        The Torah/Talmud IS the JEW ‘bible’ – filled with terror hate murder greed envy perversions cruelty sadism war destruction and fear! Did I mention LOTS AND LOTS of war and killing and hatred?
        The Teaching of Jesus of Nazareth IS true Scripture – a compendium of love, hope, compassion, charity, truth, modesty, tolerance, patience, courage, diligence, and wisdom as exemplified by Jesus.
        The decision to investigate these horrors has set my mind free and has not weakened my love of my Creator one iota.

        SUMMARY OF THE TEACHING OF JESUS OF NAZARETH

        “THOU SHALT LOVE
        the Lord thy God
        with all thy heart
        and with all the soul
        and with all thy mind.
        This is the first and great commandment.
        And the second is like unto it:
        THOU SHALT LOVE
        thy neighbour as thyself.
        On these two commandments hang all the law and prophets.”

        BEWARE THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES!

        THIS IS THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS:
        Matthew 7:21-29
        I Never Knew You
        21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

        Build Your House on the Rock
        24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

        The Authority of Jesus
        28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

        John 8:31-32

        The Truth Will Set You Free
        31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

        CHRISTENDOM IS NOT CHRISTIANITY!

        JESUS AND THE MONEY-CHANGERS
        Undergirding the theory that it was the cheating money-changers whom Jesus targeted as the culprits in the system of animal sacrifice, is the claim that the whole process had become “too commercial.” This is akin to claiming that the institution of slavery had to be dismantled because it had became too commercial. Although both Temple sacrifices and human slavery had a firm economic foundation, it was the inherent immorality of those systems that brought together the historical forces which finally led to their collapse.
        Several hundred years after prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, and Hosea had denounced the sacrificial slaughter of animals, Jesus carried out what is euphemistically called the Cleansing of the Temple. It was just before Passover and he disrupted the buying and selling of animals that were being purchased for slaughter. And because Christian scholars and religious leaders continue to ignore biblical denunciations of that bloody worship, they also try to obscure the reason for Christ’s assault on the system.
        They have done this by focusing on the money-changers, although they were only minor players in the drama that took place. It was the cult of sacrifice that Jesus tried to dismantle, not the system of monetary exchange. In all three gospel accounts of the event, those who provided the animals for sacrifice are mentioned first: they were the primary focus of Christ’s outrage.

        The Gospel of John gives the most detailed account of the event.

        “When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the Temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords and drove all from the Temple, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said: ‘Get out of here.’ (John 2:13-16)

        Matthew’s gospel does not detail the kind of animals that were being sold for slaughter, but it gives the same order of events.

        “Jesus entered the Temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. ‘It is written,’ he said to them, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer but you are making it a den of robbers.’” (Matthew 21:12-13)
        The same account is given in the gospel of Mark who, like Matthew, also reports that Jesus accused those at the Temple of making God’s house into a “den of robbers.” And there is universal acknowledgement that in both gospels, when Jesus said this, he was quoting from the prophet Jeremiah (7:11). That prophet had hurled the same accusation at the people of his own time, almost six hundred years earlier. He said it while standing at the Temple entrance, after he had already warned the people “do not shed innocent blood in this place.” And when Jeremiah said God’s house had been turned into a den of robbers it could not have had anything to do with money-changers–they did not exist in his time.

        In the time of Jeremiah, as in the time of Jesus, there was a great distinction made between “robbers” and “thieves.” In contemporary times that distinction can best be understood by comparing the crime of petty theft with crimes of armed robbery by those who violently attack/kill their victims. But in ancient Israel there was an even greater distinction. A thief could be anyone who succumbed to a momentary impulse to steal something, but a robber was someone for whom violent crime and killing was a lifestyle.
        Both Jesus and Jeremiah were indignant about the violence of sacrificial worship, not the possibility of petty theft by money-changers. When they said God’s house had become a den of “robbers” the Hebrew word that was used (here, transliterated) was “per-eets’” defined as “violent, i.e., a tyrant–destroyer, ravenous, robber.” It was the violence of the system, the killing of innocent victims in the name of God, that they were condemning. The money changers operating in the time of Jesus were driven out of the Temple because they were taking part in the process of sacrificial religion, not because they may have been cheating the pilgrims.

        The gospel of Mark correlates Christ’s attempt to dismantle the sacrificial system with the plot to kill him. Like Matthew’s gospel, Mark’s account of the Temple Cleansing starts by saying that Jesus “began driving out those who were buying and selling there.” It goes on to relate how he explained to the people why he was doing this, by quoting Jeremiah’s opposition to animal sacrifice: “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. But you have made it a ‘den of robbers.’” And in the verse of scripture immediately following that statement, Mark reports that “The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard about this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him because the whole crowd was amazed at his teachings.”(Mark 11:18)

        It is ridiculous to claim that the religious leaders of Christ’s time would have plotted his death because he undermined the function of the money-changers. Nor would the crowd have been “amazed at his teachings” if Jesus was simply telling them to make sure they were not short-changed when they purchased Temple coins. What the people were amazed at was his condemnation of animal sacrifice; it had been hundreds of years since that kind of condemnation had been heard in Jerusalem. And it would not be allowed. A few days after he tried to overthrow the cult of animal sacrifice, Jesus was crucified. The religious leaders of his time were determined to preserve the belief that it had been ordained by God, who demanded its continuance.

        That determination is echoed in the teachings of contemporary Christian leaders. In spite of Jesus, and in spite of the many biblical denunciations of animal sacrifice (*see endnote) they continue to maintain the ancient fiction that it was God who demanded His creatures be killed and butchered as an act of worship.
        It is understandable that in the time of Jesus the religious leaders were committed to upholding the system of Temple sacrifice at all costs: it was the center around which their lives revolved and their livelihood depended. And in biblical times, most people were illiterate and dependent on what their religious leaders taught them concerning the scriptures. But it is not easy to understand why contemporary Christians uphold the validity of the cult of animal sacrifice. In an age of widespread literacy, there is a choice to be made. The bible clearly presents an ongoing conflict between those forces that demanded sacrificial victims in the name of God, and those forces that opposed it as a man-made perversion.
        And because there is a choice to be made, it is deeply disturbing to see Christian leaders joining hands across the centuries with their ancient counterparts, in order to validate a system of worship in which the house of God became a giant slaughterhouse, awash in the blood of its victims.

        *Partial list of scriptures opposing animal sacrifice.
        Psalm 40:6
        Isaiah 1:11-17;
        Jeremiah 7:3-7,11,21-25
        Hosea 8:11-13,
        Amos 5:21-25
        Micah 6:6-8

        luckylarrysilverstein

        19 April, 2014 at 9:47 am

  3. I have looked through the entire new testament and I have yet to see the names of the psychopathic demons jehovah or yaweh.
    Jesus Christ referred to Our Father, not a mass murderer god.

    Buff

    28 March, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    • The old tesstament God, and Jesus’s God are two different Gods

      jeffrey dicke

      1 November, 2012 at 10:47 pm

  4. As a summary of the Bible my favorite is Ecc. 12:13:
    The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.

    Robert Schmid

    28 October, 2010 at 4:49 am

    • On the face of it, saying “keep God’s commandments” is too vague, certainly for most modern Christians at any rate. Christ’s point is that every man is God, and should be treated appropriately, that is compassionately or with lovingkindness as the bible has it (love!). In fact, with a more literal translation of the final phrase of this passage of Ecclesiates, it is clearer — for “this is the whole duty of man” is literally “this is every man”!

      Mike Magee

      28 October, 2010 at 1:17 pm

  5. Well, you can arrange words so that you can keep saying that every human is God according to your arrangement of words.

    But you cannot arrange words so that every human can put back his nose into his face and keep it there as before, by sheer will power, should he suffer an accident by which his nose gets completely severed from his face.

    I grant you are one great juggler of words and a great believer in your juggling of words to come to any conclusion by which you feel that you are so wise and so full of insights.

    Gerardo Ty Veloso

    Gerardo Ty Veloso

    30 October, 2010 at 7:14 am

    • Not my arranging or juggling of words, but the man whom Christians consider to be God, Jesus Christ. If that is so, you had better watch out for a far worse punishment than threatening to rearrange people’s noses. Try reading the Christian gospels. They say Christ had no time for gangsters, even if they pretended to be Christian ones.

      Mike Magee

      30 October, 2010 at 2:09 pm

  6. Thats because there WERE NO psychpathic demons by those names. Duh!

    Magni

    14 May, 2011 at 1:21 pm

  7. It is absurd for the author to use the bible to “prove” their is no God other than your neighbor. In the very text he uses, God sits at the end of time judging mankind and weather they will go to heaven or hell. Jesus was an historical fact. He gives us his body to join with his as he is the head of the body. The bible and Jesus also speaks plenty of faith for salvation and prayers, so when the author says it doesn’t, he is lying. We also know from the bible that Satan is the father of lies. Satan knows the bible well, just doesn’t want anyone to truly believe in salvation through Jesus, so he is constantly twisting it and lying.

    Nancy

    8 October, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    • I suggest you read a little rather than listening to your get rich quick pastors, assuming that you are not one, as I have only the name “Nancy” to go by. I have shown to you from your own supposedly holy book that there can be no way of misunderstanding what God incarnated–Jesus Christ–said. If tou believe this Jesus was God, then you believe what He said, not what Paul, the first crooked pastor, said. In fact, if you are right, and Christ is God, then you not I are following Satan, the father of lies. Paul, the Antichrist if Christ is God, was the father of lies, and you have chosen to worship him. The good news for you, is that Christ said you have time to repent and be forgiven, but from here on in you must do as Christ told you not what Paul did!

      Mike Magee

      8 October, 2011 at 2:35 pm

  8. Judaism was originally oral; Ezra the bigoted, racist Jew wrote the New Judaism, which the world has hated & still hates to this day!

    The Book of Esther & the Book of Ezra make Mein Kampf read like a COMIC!

    The god of Ezra is a sadistic, psychotic monster!

    Bob

    28 May, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    • I need forgiveness. What has this to do with God’s summary of the bible?

      mikemagee

      12 August, 2012 at 11:33 pm

  9. The bible was written not just as a way to live but to also prove a point that no man can live his entire life without sinning. Sin equals death in the end. Jesus provided the way to eternal life. Its not to say we have a free pass to freely sin our whole lives but through being forgiven we grow closer and more appreciative of christs love for us. True repentance is makeing a complete 180 turn from the sin we just did. That is true repentance. As far as love. Yes we are to love one another but not as gods. Thats foolishness. We are to love because we are all creations and true love is about sacraficeing. Putting our own emotions to the side and forgiving. It is harder to forgive an known enemy than your close brother. Not easy at all. Were all guilty of holding grudges. But we work at it til our time is up. As far as Paul is concerned. He is a great account of gods mercy for mankind. Heres a man that murdered christians and got off on it as he was doing it. When he was finally shown his errors of his ways and given mercy he was all in. It is one of many accounts of gods mercy and christs grace because without christs grace there is no other life. As far as using love to get to heaven. That would fall under using lifes works to get to heaven and christ made that very clear. That works alone wont get you into the next life. There is no skating around and just choosing what we like to do and claim heaven as destiny. Love is the greatest because it sums up all the commandments. Example adultery… If you truely loved your spouse you wouldnt got cheat on them or allow yourself to be in an unusal situation.. stealing… If you truley loved you would think about the harm you would be causing with your act..you get the jist..But with that said we still fall and stumble.. We will always stumble but when we get back up we learn from it and move on..Thank god for forgiveness.

    Les

    12 August, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    • You try to avoid God’s direct instructions as reported in a book you consider to be holy, with a melange of your own composition, your own mixture of sermonized drivel. But, given that you are a Christian, Christ said to you exactly what you should do to be saved. I quoted above precisely what your God said from His own lips. You illustrate the whole reason that Christianity has failed. You do just as you like by ignoring Christ’s clear words, Christ your own God, and you seem to think that this God will not notice. Perhaps He will not because He is merely a figment of your imagination, or is an idiot God, but, as a believer in God, you had better read what He actually says. You can read it for yourself without your phony clergyman telling you what to read or what it means.

      He does not say love one another “as gods”, as you say. How could He when He is supposed to be the one and only God. Read it again! In the passage cited above, He tells you to love other people as God! As if everyone you meet were God Himself, and if God can appear incarnated as Jesus, you have no idea whichever other man or woman he might choose to be incarnated as. You are right that you are supposed “to work at it” until you die. You are to be perfect as God is perfect. God said so, so as a Christian that is your aim. I persist in imagining that Christians cannot really think God is an idiot, even though they act as if they do, so God cannot expect a human being whom He knows is flawed to be perfect literally. To be perfect is your task, your aim, and you must therefore be judged on how well you have achieved that aim. You obviously fail when you spend your life making excuses for why you cannot do as Christ, God, requires.

      Paul is a man whose account of himself is all you have in the bible to go on. He spent his career demolishing what God, had told you from his own mouth. If you believe in a wicked spirit, then logically, anyone who teaches other than what God taught must have been one of Satan’s devils.

      You say that works will not get you to heaven, denying that love has any purpose at all. That was Paul’s evident intention, even though he pays a degree of lip service to love. Paul’s central message was that faith alone was sufficient, and in that he denies the teaching of God incarnate. You are again correct that “works alone” will not get you into heaven, but that is simply because God is the ultimate judge. He decides. He cannot be bound by any commitment for then He immediately ceases to be almighty, and presumably you accept that God is almighty. So, God can refuse to admit you into heaven on the least infringement or none at all but simply on a whim. Nevertheless the point of the passage cited above is that you will not even be considered unless you have done what God requires as a minimum, and that is to love your fellow human beings as if they were God Himself.

      “…skating around and just choosing what we like to do and claim heaven as destiny” is just what you are arguing, like most of your co-religionists. You will beat around every possible bush you can find to avoid the simple truths uttered by God through Christ. The examples you give at the end are examples of works, which according to you will not get you to heaven. True, but not doing God’s works will certainly keep you out of it, according to what He has told you. And the Brother of Christ, James, had quite a different view of works from Paul. I am more willing to believe God’s earthly brother than an opportunist and fantasist like Paul, who destroyed Christ’s message in its infancy with dire consequences for the Christian world since.

      mikemagee

      12 August, 2012 at 11:27 pm

  10. Mike, your thinking is not without merit. But I think you oversimplify the relationship of the personalities and the teachings of the Bible. It seems to me that you are foremost a logician in respect to your critique of the Bible. You appear to me to miss the spiritual nuance, if I may so call it, because you have not experienced a spiritual re-birth of heart and intent. The purpose of Christ’s messianic mission was to be the Perfect Israelite, the man who would satisfy God’s requirement for the atonement of sin, thus the Old Covenant history of the old testament pages. Scripture teaches that the law was given to identify what sin was, not what virtue was. Jesus shows us what true virtue is, and he can do so because he is a perfect man. Of course as perfect man he would expound perfect virtue. But you and I are not perfect, and yes we are to emulate Christ–but we aren’t saved by emulating his perfect works, but by believing that they atone for our inability to properly do so. Thus we must believe on Him, and count Him as our Righteousness. There’s more to say on this, but I do think you are unable, Mike, to properly understand this side of it because of the condition of your heart just now.

    Ken Stack

    15 November, 2012 at 9:21 pm

  11. I am confident that you know nothing about the state of my heart, Ken, so what you say about it is irrelevant. As for being a logician, I try to be rational, as we all should, but reason and fancies about spirituality and supernatural powers do not mix. I do not need any metaphors to see that you either do not get the very simple truth I am demonstrating that Jesus taught, or you do not want to. My guess would be the latter. You introduce the ancient excuse that Christ is perfect and so cannot be emulated, ergo, we should not bother. Instead, he has done it all for us. You do not have to try. You are a Paulist, not a follower of Christ, because the atonement argument is a cop out.

    Christ, God, if you wish, tells you that you have to treat your fellow humans as if they were God. That is the way to salvation, explicitly. That means you have to try to be a perfect human being like Christ, and he actually said, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect!” (Mt 5;48), so you have to emulate God Himself. Have you the gall to say that the Christian God is wrong, and still claim to be a Christian? If you prefer the God of the Jewish scriptures, as many Christians so-called do, He told the people through Moses that they had to be holy! That must be harder than being perfect.

    So you are quite wrong, as all the Christians who have bandied about these excuses since the time of Paul, and from what Christ said about the Day of Judgement, you have little chance of being saved. Instead of making excuses about why you cannot be perfect, you should be doing your utmost to be it. God is forgiving, Christ said, and as long as you tried your best, He will doubtless forgive you the occasions when you fell short of perfection. Without even trying, you must necessarily be falling short constantly.

    Mike Magee

    15 November, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    • OK, Mike. So I see you are the only one who gets it, and the rest of us do not. But now may I ask you a question? Since you claim to more accurately understand what the scriptures mean to convey, what do you personally think of Christ? By way of reference, the Jewish leaders thought him to be claiming equality with God (John 5:17-18) And Jesus as the incarnate Logos (do you know the meaning of this designation from John 1:1-2?) did not deny that it was so. But for Jesus to be who I believe He was as revealed in the scriptures, he needed, as it were, to be as much man as if not God, and as much God as if not man. That kind of reality cannot be understood or explained rationally. You actually cannot rightly understand the scriptures from a rational basis. I know that must sound so strange to you. But as a materialist you believe everything works and can be explained according to rational rules (notwithstanding the lofty thoughts of your non-chemical, immaterial mind). Paul is your convenient scriptural straw man, though you turn a blind eye toward the fact that his commission from the risen Christ was to explain how Christianity could also and primarily include the unconsidered gentile population (Acts 9:15). But if the scripture is true, Mike, you too will give an accounting of yourself before God for your life. I’m afraid, Mike, I’ve got to put you with the group Jesus corrected in Mark 12:24–“Your problem is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.”

      Ken Stack

      16 November, 2012 at 2:49 am

      • I know, Ken, that Christians are the only people that know anything about God, and they always know everything they need to know about Him, even though it is often quite different from what other Christians claim to know. It seems that the scriptures are so mysterious that only Christians can understand them, presumably with the power of God behind them to do it, but they each have a different power. It never occurs to them that they may be deluded or that, given that there are supernatural beings, that the power they are receiving is the power of the Devil and not God.

        My problem then is that I don’t “know the scriptures” and, of course, that I “do not know the power of God”. Well, I still prefer to stick with what I know, and not to believe what I fancy, for the latter is merely a scratch away from insanity. You think God is an idiot incapable, despite being almighty, of explaining what he means in understandable language. Instead, he tells you precisely what he means in words that can only, with some determination, be misunderstood, and you or your personal Devil decide it is all too difficult and make it a whole lot easier by inventing code and mysteries that only you can comprehend. That way you can, indeed, make it mean just what you want, and you do!

        The passage you throw at me, for example, is actually part of a passage telling us that we do not go to any heaven in which we meet our wives and best friends and live in a supernatural but familiar world albeit blissful. We do not have any such experience because in heaven we are angels, and angels are sexless beings, so our whole sexual life on earth is irrelevant in heaven. Tell that to the people you are converting, and most of them will leave Christianity and invent a religion in which they can meet up with their wives and best friends again, as they’d always expected.

        Just before that is a passage which you all, with your spiritual power to guide you, always get wrong, showing your power is corrupt. The interpretation you put on “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesars and unto God the things that are God’s” is not that the material world is Caesar’s and the spiritual world is God’s, for the things that are God’s in the context of Caesar ruling the Holy Land is that the land and its people are God’s. He is saying quite plainly in that context that Caesar and his armies had no right to be in Israel at all. That is God’s, the land and the people. In fact, it was the duty of God’s people to stick with their God and reclaim the land and the sovereignty of God. He was in fact being defiant, not being coy.

        If God is responsible in some way for the gospels, they must be rational enough for ordinary human beings to comprehend, as otherwise, God is condemning those flawed enough not to be able to comprehend–to you, not having your ability to see what is not there–to eternal damnation. That God does not match the one you all otherwise describe to us, so maybe that God is your God, the Devil. Given that God is loving and forgiving, as you say, and is able to communicate perfectly effectively by common or garden words (the incarnated God is the Word, you say, presumably for a reason!) then what he is saying makes sufficient sense on its own.

        Regarding what I think about Christ personally, I thought I had said it. He is telling humans how they should behave in practice, ultimately so that they will make heaven on earth. He is explaining morality. That is assuredly something that few Christians get.

        Mike Magee

        17 November, 2012 at 2:24 am

      • I thought I’d be done with you, Mike, but you keep the thing going with misunderstanding heaped on misunderstanding. If I can use an analogy, you’re like the man who only talked about marriage but never got married. A sincere Christian is one who at some point decides to leave the argumentation and self-serving critique behind and follow the lordship of this God and man Jesus as best he knows how. And now before you begin to destroy by dissection this approach as well, consider also the “Nike approach”–just do it. And if you won’t do it, then deal with your own motives accordingly. If there’s no afterlife and no God and no accountability, then I guess you’re just having a fun time with your blogging hobby, but if the opposite is true, then it’s important to decide once and for all–and not at the expense of others to cover up your own dissatisfaction. We who call ourselves disciples or followers of Jesus Christ are not one-dimensional simpletons, but we do not have all the answers either. In most areas of life, we end up having to decide things for ourselves, alone in a room, as it were. And we live with our own choices. It’s the same for spiritual things. Maybe you’ve made your choice. Maybe it’s to attack what you see as nominal Christianity. But, and you know this as well as I do, it’s ultimately not what we’re against as much as what we’re for. This will be my last post, Mike. I hope you don’t give up on God; He hasn’t given up on you.

        Ken Stack

        17 November, 2012 at 4:03 pm

  12. There was no need to tell us it is your last post. You have obviously said all you have to say, and you no more comprehend Christ’s morality than you did at the outset. I have to be married to understand marriage, where you mean marriage to stand for being Christian. Well I have been both married and not married, and while married and not married I have experienced love. Now, if I may escape the analogy, I understand the meaning of God and Christ’s love as the original article explains it, but you do not, preferring to swath yourself in muddle and excuses. Loving a phantom is not loving God.

    Mike Magee

    17 November, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    • Sounds like Ken said…if you wanna get that deep, why haven’t you just
      spent some time in Seminary and get a mesters or doctorate in Hebrew and Greek?
      Bit preturbed, you can rationaize like you do…reading between lines…
      (i.e. maybe Sarah was barren..but I never read anything that said they didn’t or couldn’t have a realtionship involving sex…) I’ve yet to get this feeling that man was some dumb primate that had no wisdom and had to progress through millions of years. I’m a literalist…”Not one jot nor tittle shall pass from the Law” (you know those vowel tics you see in Hebrrew..those!) So far, so good and archaelogy
      finds same documents verbatim…hmm? I’d say a bit blessed to have had the New Testament written in Greek…leaves a bit less doubt on meanings since it was a
      written language of the day, not spoken…(i.e. except a man be born of water AND
      of the spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God…study that AND word and you’ll find equality not necessarily a “physical” dowsing…maybe much why Baptists feel its needed and not as much a outward testimony testament to their faith.
      Also…Corinthians…”When that which is complete is done, then that which is in part will be done away” I believe this was in reference and foreseeing the Bible being cannonized…Seems following all this, the Jews gave up aniamal sacrifce too…

      rjohnson

      11 January, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      • We are discussing practical Christian morality, not theoretically supernatural mysteries introduced to fog out what is important for human living in Christ’s teaching. Note that Paul was mainly sabotaging Christ’s teaching, and John was a late book that has little of Christ’s original words in it because it too was aiming to detract from practical morality. Read the original piece again. Doing as Christ said is too hard for most Christians, so they do not do it, but instead mystify the message to make it all together easier to do, namely to ritually worship God instead of doing it by acting the way he said–loving others including your enemies.

        Mike Magee

        11 January, 2013 at 7:15 pm

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    Grant Talabay

    2 May, 2013 at 6:11 pm

  14. YO MY MAN,

    Evangelicals follow Paul’s gospel -SAVED BY FAITH & LIVE LIKE DEMONS!

    BEWARE THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES!

    THIS IS THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS:

    Matthew 7:21-29

    I Never Knew You

    21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

    Build Your House on the Rock

    24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

    The Authority of Jesus

    28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

    John 8:31-32

    The Truth Will Set You Free

    31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

    CHRISTENDOM IS NOT CHRISTIANITY!

    JESUS AND THE MONEY-CHANGERS

    Undergirding the theory that it was the cheating money-changers whom Jesus targeted as the culprits in the system of animal sacrifice, is the claim that the whole process had become “too commercial.” This is akin to claiming that the institution of slavery had to be dismantled because it had became too commercial. Although both Temple sacrifices and human slavery had a firm economic foundation, it was the inherent immorality of those systems that brought together the historical forces which finally led to their collapse.

    Several hundred years after prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, and Hosea had denounced the sacrificial slaughter of animals, Jesus carried out what is euphemistically called the Cleansing of the Temple. It was just before Passover and he disrupted the buying and selling of animals that were being purchased for slaughter. And because Christian scholars and religious leaders continue to ignore biblical denunciations of that bloody worship, they also try to obscure the reason for Christ’s assault on the system.

    They have done this by focusing on the money-changers, although they were only minor players in the drama that took place. It was the cult of sacrifice that Jesus tried to dismantle, not the system of monetary exchange. In all three gospel accounts of the event, those who provided the animals for sacrifice are mentioned first: they were the primary focus of Christ’s outrage.

    The Gospel of John gives the most detailed account of the event.

    “When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the Temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords and drove all from the Temple, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said: ‘Get out of here.’ (John 2:13-16)

    Matthew’s gospel does not detail the kind of animals that were being sold for slaughter, but it gives the same order of events.

    “Jesus entered the Temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. ‘It is written,’ he said to them, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer but you are making it a den of robbers.'” (Matthew 21:12-13)
    The same account is given in the gospel of Mark who, like Matthew, also reports that Jesus accused those at the Temple of making God’s house into a “den of robbers.” And there is universal acknowledgement that in both gospels, when Jesus said this, he was quoting from the prophet Jeremiah (7:11). That prophet had hurled the same accusation at the people of his own time, almost six hundred years earlier. He said it while standing at the Temple entrance, after he had already warned the people “do not shed innocent blood in this place.” And when Jeremiah said God’s house had been turned into a den of robbers it could not have had anything to do with money-changers–they did not exist in his time.
    In the time of Jeremiah, as in the time of Jesus, there was a great distinction made between “robbers” and “thieves.” In contemporary times that distinction can best be understood by comparing the crime of petty theft with crimes of armed robbery by those who violently attack/kill their victims. But in ancient Israel there was an even greater distinction. A thief could be anyone who succumbed to a momentary impulse to steal something, but a robber was someone for whom violent crime and killing was a lifestyle.

    Both Jesus and Jeremiah were indignant about the violence of sacrificial worship, not the possibility of petty theft by money-changers. When they said God’s house had become a den of “robbers” the Hebrew word that was used (here, transliterated) was “per-eets'” defined as “violent, i.e., a tyrant–destroyer, ravenous, robber.” It was the violence of the system, the killing of innocent victims in the name of God, that they were condemning. The money changers operating in the time of Jesus were driven out of the Temple because they were taking part in the process of sacrificial religion, not because they may have been cheating the pilgrims.

    The gospel of Mark correlates Christ’s attempt to dismantle the sacrificial system with the plot to kill him. Like Matthew’s gospel, Mark’s account of the Temple Cleansing starts by saying that Jesus “began driving out those who were buying and selling there.” It goes on to relate how he explained to the people why he was doing this, by quoting Jeremiah’s opposition to animal sacrifice: “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. But you have made it a ‘den of robbers.'” And in the verse of scripture immediately following that statement, Mark reports that “The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard about this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him because the whole crowd was amazed at his teachings.”(Mark 11:18)

    It is ridiculous to claim that the religious leaders of Christ’s time would have plotted his death because he undermined the function of the money-changers. Nor would the crowd have been “amazed at his teachings” if Jesus was simply telling them to make sure they were not short-changed when they purchased Temple coins. What the people were amazed at was his condemnation of animal sacrifice; it had been hundreds of years since that kind of condemnation had been heard in Jerusalem. And it would not be allowed. A few days after he tried to overthrow the cult of animal sacrifice, Jesus was crucified. The religious leaders of his time were determined to preserve the belief that it had been ordained by God, who demanded its continuance.

    That determination is echoed in the teachings of contemporary Christian leaders. In spite of Jesus, and in spite of the many biblical denunciations of animal sacrifice (*see endnote) they continue to maintain the ancient fiction that it was God who demanded His creatures be killed and butchered as an act of worship.
    It is understandable that in the time of Jesus the religious leaders were committed to upholding the system of Temple sacrifice at all costs: it was the center around which their lives revolved and their livelihood depended. And in biblical times, most people were illiterate and dependent on what their religious leaders taught them concerning the scriptures. But it is not easy to understand why contemporary Christians uphold the validity of the cult of animal sacrifice. In an age of widespread literacy, there is a choice to be made. The bible clearly presents an ongoing conflict between those forces that demanded sacrificial victims in the name of God, and those forces that opposed it as a man-made perversion.

    And because there is a choice to be made, it is deeply disturbing to see Christian leaders joining hands across the centuries with their ancient counterparts, in order to validate a system of worship in which the house of God became a giant slaughterhouse, awash in the blood of its victims.

    *Partial list of scriptures opposing animal sacrifice.
    Psalm 40:6
    Isaiah 1:11-17;
    Jeremiah 7:3-7,11,21-25
    Hosea 8:11-13,
    Amos 5:21-25
    Micah 6:6-8

  15. i just read your article about Paul’s change of the word (also your quotes reminded me some of my reading on Nietzsche long ago which I have almost forgotten!) and I say to you thank you. You seem a good person, that shows how misleading christianity and other major religions have gone, but also showing us how the original word and commandement is “love thy neighbour as thyself”. Is not about being a christian, or a catholic or a new ager, only to know love (and of course showing it, not only “hoping it”) is to know God.
    Greetings from spain.

    luiskrl

    28 August, 2013 at 4:13 pm

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