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Things All Christians Should Know
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  • Jesus' real name was Yeshua. Yeshua is a form of Joshua. Iesous is the Greek translation of Yeshua. Jesus is the Latin transliteration of Iesous.

  • Christianity was not founded by Christ.

    Saul of Tarsus was a Pharisee who spent several years hunting the men and women who followed Christ's teachings (Acts 8:1-3). Saul disappeared for three years and when he resurfaced, he had changed his name to Paul. Paul claimed that an angel of light who claimed to be Christ visited him and entrusted him with the truth about Christ (Galations 1:11-20). Paul publicly opposed Peter (Galatians 2:11-14), the man Jesus personally chose to lead his disciples in his absence. While Peter and the apostles focused on teaching their Jewish communities about Christ, Paul took it upon himself to travel the Mediterranean teaching his gospels and doctrines to the Gentiles. Paul completed three missionary voyages. Paul's disciples were first called Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:25-26). Paul was shipwrecked on his fourth voyage, but he eventually made it to Rome. Paul was imprisoned and beheaded. From his time spent in prisons, Paul wrote letters instructing his followers. Paul is the only figure in the New Testament who advocated celibacy (1 Corinthians 7:8-9). Paul was the only figure in the New Testament who claimed to remain unmarried (1 Corinthians 7:8-9). Paul demanded that women not be allowed to speak in his churches (1 Corinthians 14:34-35). Paul is the only figure in the New Testament who dehumanized homosexuality (1 Corinthians 6:9). Paul is the only figure in the New Testament that preached intolerance (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Paul dismissed the reputations of the original disciples (Galatians 2:1-9). Paul never met the man whose name and reputation he used to establish a religion.

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    Now, I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ - I who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! ~ 2 Corinthians 10:1


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    Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. / Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.’ ~ Matthew 7:15-23



  • Mark and Luke never met the man they wrote gospels about. Paul enlisted the services of Mark and Luke and provided them with written materials (2 Timothy 4:9-13).

  • Matthew and John actually lived and traveled with Jesus but their gospels were not circulated until after Paul was dead.

  • The author of the gospel of John is identified only as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” (John 21:20-24) Jesus loved everyone so the use of the phrase draws attention to itself. After Jesus was arrested, the men went into hiding out of fear of being crucified. Only women were present at his crucifixion. The disciple whom Jesus loved was present at his crucifixion. Mary Magdalene stood next to Jesus' mother. Jesus said “Behold your mother.” (John 19:25-27) Mother-in-laws are called mothers. The only gospel to include the wedding at Cana is the gospel of John (John 2:1). Cana was directly between Nazareth and Magdala. A pseudonym is sometimes used to conceal the identity of an author. Paul of Tarsus declared that women had no voice in Christianity (1 Corinthians 14:34-35).

  • In 382 A.D., the Church of Rome commissioned Jerome of Stridon to revise their old Latin translations of the Bible. The Latin Vulgate became the Church of Rome’s official translation of the Bible. For over one-thousand years, the Church of Rome executed anyone found in possession of a Bible other than the Latin Vulgate. In 1509, Thomas Linacre was appointed physician to King Henry VIII. He was one of the first English scholars to learn Greek. Upon reading the Gospels in their original Greek, he wrote in his journal, “Either this is not the Gospel… or we are not Christians.” William Tyndale was the first person to translate the original Hebrew Torah and original Greek Gospels into English. Tyndale was burned at the stake for heresy in 1535. In 1532, King Henry VIII annulled his marriage to Queen Catherine and married Anne Boleyn. Pope Clement VII did not approve the annulment nor recognize the new marriage. The Pope excommunicated King Henry. King Henry took England out from under Rome’s religious control, seized the Church’s land and wealth in England, created a new church and declared himself the Supreme King of the Church of England. King Henry authorized the Great Bible (an English translation of the Bible) to be read during Anglican Church services. In 1553, King Henry’s daughter, Mary Tudor became Queen of England. Determined to restore the Roman Catholic Church’s religious control in England, Queen Mary earned the nickname “Bloody Mary” by burning hundreds of reformers at the stake. John Rogers was a colleague of William Tyndale and became the first person to print a complete English Bible translated from the original Hebrew and Greek texts. John Rogers was burned at the stake on February 4, 1555 for heresy. The New American Standard Bible, completed in 1971, is considered to be the most accurate word-for-word English translation of the original Hebrew and Greek.

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By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. ~ 1st Letter of John 1:6





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Re: Things All Christians Should Know
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OK, so what do you suggest?
Should all Christians become Pagans, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists or Muslims because they have more reliable material to work with and are more flexible in their interpretation thereof?


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Re: Things All Christians Should Know
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I was raised Christian and I was not taught any of this. I had to find the truth for myself.

Jesus was raised Jewish but he didn't stay that way. He didn't become a Christian either. He let go of all attachment to religion.

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In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing. ~ Mark Twain



I suggest everyone read: The Torah, The Gospels, The Letters of Paul, The Qur'an, The Bhagavad Gita, The Tao Te Ching and The Threefold Lotus Sutra. Determine the integrity of the authors by scrutinizing what they wrote. Judge on your own whose spiritual guidance you will accept and whose example you will follow.

If one wants to "become" something, become love. Become what Christ chose to become. Become what Buddha chose to become.

Practice meditation.

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When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. ~ Matthew 6:5-8





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Re: Things All Christians Should Know
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