OUR CONTRACT WITH GOD
The God of our Bible is the Supreme Being who relates to His creatures through laws and contracts. The laws of NATURE reveal the Designer behind them. The laws of nature are comprehensive, applying to all creatures, and there are natural consequences for violations of those laws. Those natural laws are not defined or stated anywhere; they are merely the natural rules which all human creatures can easily learn, whereby we can choose to be constructive or destructive with our lives. Natural laws apply equally to everyone and every creature.
But the Bible defines a special relationship of God to one special group of people, and for them specific laws are spelled out as part of a Contract (Covenant). Our God does not deal with us capriciously, nor has he left us to flounder in a world hostile to us, but He gave one specific group a set of rules which set us apart from all others. Those rules were part of a unique contract between God and His children. There were several contracts prior to the ten commandments. The first one was with Adam, when Adam, being immortal, was charged with obeying God's rule or die, losing that immortality. Adam broke that contract, and death was passed on from him to his genetic descendants. Then, with Abraham the contract is quite one-sided: God defines what He will do for Abraham's descendants, to make of them a great nation and to bless them. But the major contract of the Old Testament is that with the Israelites, through their agent Moses, which became known thereafter as "The Covenant," or as "The Law." That contract obligated the twelve tribes of Israel to obey ten laws. That was not a contract with all people of the world, but with the "house of Israel" only. God said to Moses: 3"These things you shall say to the house of Jacob, and you shall report them to the children of Israel. 4You have seen all that I have done to the Egyptians, and I took you up as upon eagles' wings, and I brought you near to myself. 5And now if you will hear my voice, and keep my covenant, you shall be to me a special people above all nations; for the whole earth is mine. 6And you shall be to me a royal priesthood and a holy nation (§θvoς/ethnos=ethnic group, tribe); these words you shall speak to the children of Israel." (Exodus 19:3ff) Here, God clearly designates the second party to the contract as the "children of Israel," and goes on to specify the ten commandments as their obligation. To violate that contract means death. And God defined how He would fulfill His part of that contract: to keep those special people near to Himself, and to make of them a royal priesthood and a holy tribe/clan.
No high-school graduate would have any problem understanding that a contract is applicable only to the signatory parties of that contract. Only those who agree to a contract are under obligation to perform requirements stated in the contract! How on earth has Christianity failed to understand this simple fundamental principle? If God's contract was only with the "children of Israel," then why did Christians race frantically to all other races of the world to tell them they, too, are under this "Law" of God? At no time did God ever rewrite the contract to place all people under it. Simply, those other races cannot be charged with violating a law which does not apply to them. Only the "children of Israel" could be guilty of breaching that contract, which, of course, they did. This Covenant was set up to be everlasting, meaning that it would be valid as long as it wasn=t broken. Of course, as we know, this one was broken.
A breach-of-contract demands appropriate compensation. This is a basic fundamental of law, and is fundamental to the system of God=s law over us. The compensation for breaching this contract would have to be paid by the death of an unblemished child of Israel, which would be Jesus, an Israelite.
So, that contract was broken by the children of Israel, for which Jesus made compensation. Once broken, God is also freed from further obligation to it. If the contract was to be renewed, it would need another agreement between both parties, but there never was a renewal of it. That contract had failed; it had been breached; it was no longer valid.
The book of Hebrews is the best New Testament legal statement regarding the Covenants. Chapter 7:18: "For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, for the law made nothing perfect." Chapter 8:7, "if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. 8Because finding fault with them, He says: 'Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah S not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them,' says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." In that He says, 'A new covenant,' He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away." Note that God specifies the "the house of Israel" as the other party of the New Covenant He would establish.
It is very puzzling that Christians, the very "the house of Israel" and specific party to this contract, have failed to consider the simple legal point regarding these contracts with God: that they only apply to the specified parties named in the contracts. In the Old Testament, God's covenant was only with the "house of Israel," and in the New Testament it is still only the "house of Israel." Jesus, Himself, stated in clear words: "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Mat. 15:24) How much more clear and explicit could He be? Who cannot understand this simple concept? Do Christian theologians imply that Jesus was lying, or that He changed His mind later and decided to include everybody? There is no scriptural hint of such a thing.
But, some confusion has been introduced by translators who have mistranslated a couple Greek words, and by doing so make Jesus promote a "Great Commission" to go forth into all the world, for everyone, something that Jesus did not do.
The first word I want to deal with is in John 3:3, where English versions have Jesus saying, "unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." The Greek word which is here translated as "again," is –vωθεv (anothen) which does not mean "again" but means "from above." This Greek word is used twice more in this same chapter of John 3, in verses 7 & 31. Some English versions do translate it as "from above" in verse 7, and all versions translate is as "from above" in verse 31. So, it is not that translators did not understand what they were doing; they intentionally mislead readers to interpret 3:3 in a way that implies anyone can be born "again." Jesus is actually stating that only those who came from God as spiritual beings can return to Him, no others. And He goes on to explain to Nicodemus, who misunderstands Jesus, that He isn't talking about "again," but that which is born of flesh is flesh and that which is born of spirit is spirit, and that's just the way it is. There are children of God who are divine spiritual beings, and children of this world who are flesh-beings; as they are born, so shall they always be: the potter makes the pots according to His will.
The second word I want to mention is mistranslated in the New Testament far more frequently, and has caused far more confusion. It is the Greek word usually translated as "gentile," namely §θvoς (ethnos). I have done an extensive study, and a chapter on this word and its usage (See GENTILES), referring to Greek Lexicons and Kittel's ten volume word-study set of The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, which devotes eight pages to this very word. This word is the root for our English word "ethnic," and means "ethnic group," like a tribe. In most places where the word is used in the New Testament, it should be translated as "our ethnic group," or "tribe," being the Israelites, or sometimes as "that ethnic group," or sometimes as "nation."
When the early English versions were translated, around 1600 A.D., the word "gentile," meant "race" or "ethnic group," coming from the Latin word "gens" and the Greek word γεvoς (genos), both of which mean "race." During the past century and a half, the word "gentile" has been redefined to mean "all who are not Jews." Now modern English readers get the exact opposite meaning from what the original was saying. This is a quite recent corruption, and we can only look back, puzzled, and wonder how this happened. Christian scholars are not so stupid that this kind of corruption could happen without them seeing it! But then, we must wonder how they could also miss God's clear statements about who are the parties to His contracts. They seem able to see only that which agrees with their predetermined agenda.
The Great Commission of Matthew 28 should read: "Going therefore, disciple ye all (§θvη ethne) our ethnic people..."
Part of the reason this confusion has been possible is the genuine good-heartedness of God's children. We are born with different instincts than other races, which is obvious if one looks objectively at our white Israelite race of Europe and America. We have deep soul instincts of generosity, benevolence, tolerance, forgiveness, compassion, a helping hand to any who need it, honesty, integrity, innocence, and a general love as Jesus told us to love one another. Compare our race/nation with the other races of the world who don't have these virtues. Regarding judging people, Jesus said, "by their fruits ye shall know them." We, the twelve tribes of Israel, the European white race, have these instincts because of the New Covenant/Contract that God would put His laws in our hearts and minds. This is who we are, in essence and nature, as the true Israelites. By our fruits we can recognize who we are, distinctly different from all others!
Only the Israelites had such contracts with God. Only the Israelites breached the contract of Moses. Therefore, only the Israelites needed a Jesus to heal the breach-of-contract. No other people needed Him, for they didn't violate any contract. And that includes the so-called "Jews," who are descendants from Esau (Edom), being the natural enemy of Jacob/Israel. Their terrible penalty will come upon them because of the injustices they have committed against God's chosen race of Israel. But. those fraudulent "Jews" (Edomites/Khazars) are not guilty of violating the Ten Commandments because they were not part of that contract, so are not obligated to it. Nor do the black or yellow races need Jesus; they aren't guilty of breach-of-contract.
Non-Israelite races are entirely separate from us, and the Bible is not their history, except as they appear incidentally. The truth is that the descendants of Jacob are the body of Christ, as Jesus said, while the descendants of Jacob's brother, Esau, are the body of Satan, as Jesus said in John 8, when He told them God was not their father, but they were "out of the devil." Jesus went each year to the Jerusalem temple to expose the Edomite frauds who had taken over the city and the Temple, and who called themselves "Judeans" from which the word "Jew" later came. Then in Revelation 2:9 and 3:9, Jesus called those who say they are Jews but lie, the "synagogue of Satan." Once one understands the big picture, and sees the play on the world stage as a battle between good and evil, being played by the Israelites and the Edomite Jews, then it becomes clear why Jesus did not come to any other people than the "lost sheep of Israel:" the white race diasporans of Greece, Europe and Britain, to whom the disciples went. The disciples knew exactly to whom they must carry the good news of Jesus' remedy of the breach-of-contract and of the wonderful New Contract which replaced the failed one. Peter writes his letter, I Peter, "to the chosen sojourners of the dispersion." James begins his epistle with "to the twelve tribes in the dispersion." Never did they reach out to other races, and why should they? God=s contracts were only with the "house of Israel."
Yet, in spite of the clarity of all the evidence, I know that good Christians will be extremely reluctant to accept this. We have been taught from childhood to be compassionate and generous to those who have less, and many will see this idea as a repudiation of their parents' teachings. But, it is not! God gave us instincts to be innocent and compassionate and honest, and we should continue to reach out with love, but we should know the truth about who we really are. We can benefit other races without letting them destroy us, and without groveling before them; and they can share in great blessings by recognizing the true God and Jesus Christ as Lord. We should NOT MIX with other races, which God warns against so strongly, but we need not hate them. And we should open our eyes to the efforts of the evil race of Jews to destroy us, which their writings admit is their goal. Esau is still trying to kill Jacob; Isaac did promise him a period of dominion over Jacob: that period is now, but will soon end with the annihilation of Edom/Beast/Babylon as promised by God through His prophets. For the time being, we are innocent sheep, being slaughtered by the wolves in our midst, whom we mistakenly believe to be "God=s chosen." Our innocence is good; our ignorance is not so good. Jesus said to be innocent and wise!
We are in the end-times now, and it is time to awaken from our long sleep. Our enemy has us "on the mat," and is anxious to finish us off. If we can awaken, then we can stand up against evil, and like David, "show them there is a God over Israel!"
Well, that was the easy part of "contract" to explain; now, let's look at the specific clauses in this contract. God tells what He will do, and there is one main clause stating what we shall not do. God promises to instill in our hearts and minds His laws; in other words, He gives us an instinct to know right from wrong. And He promises to be merciful to our unrighteousness, and to remember our sins no more. So, God isn't saying that we will suddenly be perfect, but that our wrongdoings won't be held against us; the idea of sin becomes irrelevant!
So, what then is our obligation in this contract? Dear reader, and I address you with sincere affection, as I propose to restate the Bible words which are so radical that you have likely never considered them, even though you've read them many times. The clause in the contract which states our obligation would dramatically change the entire Christian religion, if we hear what God is actually saying! If you consider this clause, if you ponder it and meditate on it, then your entire religion will undergo a cataclysmic transformation. Here it is: our obligation in the Contract of the New Covenant is stated in Hebrews 8:11, and in Jeremia 31;34 as follows: "And they shall not teach, every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying >Know the Lord:'"
Well, that=s it. We are not to teach anyone to know the Lord. I, Roger, didn't make this up, and I didn't twist the scripture passage, and I didn=t translate it wrongly; you can read it for yourself; get out your own Bible and check it out. I told you on the first page of the Prologue to this book that we are being informed of a brand new relationship with our Father, and that God rather bluntly tells us he wants no more teachers. When you read that, it might have jarred you a little, but you probably went right on, thinking that it sounded a little radical, but that I wouldn't really be suggesting such a crazy thing as that.
I=ve led you through chapter after chapter telling you who you are, where you fit in the long-term historical plan, what your special divine nature is, who your enemy is, what the future "kingdom of God" is, and what your contract is with God. But, I have not tried to explain our Lord, as theologians have tried to do over the centuries, arguing over the dual natures of Christ, the ousia or hypostases of God=s being, or the trinity. I can=t explain those things, and neither could they, as their bickering caused great divisions and hatreds between God's children. I don=t need to teach you to know the Lord, for you already do, whether or not you are a member of a church or even consider yourself a Christian. I believe many, if not most, of God=s children are not members of sectarian churches because they have rejected the infernal berating and insults and guilt and being beat with the Jesus-stick with which preachers practice their trade. They rejected the churches because they already felt the New Covenant in their hearts and minds, by instinct, and not by creeds and doctrines.
If God has obligated us to refrain from teaching anyone to know the Lord, then where does that leave the countless evangelists? Isn=t that exactly what they claim they are doing? I=m not going to address that topic in this book, but will leave it to be pondered by those for whom it is meaningful.
Many will think right away, that Christ=s Great Commission of Matthew 28 contradicts this contract clause by sending disciples out to evangelize. Wasn't that, in fact, Jesus' purpose, or even the very Gospel? Jesus said, "Going therefore, disciple (μαθητεύσατε = matheteusate) ye all the ethnic group (§θvη = ethne/house of Israel), baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatever I commanded you." (literal transl.) Clearly, Jesus was telling his disciples to teach something. But, what? If we acknowledge the New Covenant, then we must strike any teaching regarding knowing the Lord, and since the whole idea of New Covenant is the writing of God=s law on our hearts and minds, then it isn=t law that we can teach, so what else is there? He says, "all things whatever I commanded you." Well, doesn=t "command" mean law? Sure, but it must be different than the old "law" contract for which the penalty was condemnation, because Jesus never hinted at such a penalty relative to his commands. Aren=t his commands just the advice of a caring brother? And what did He command? Perhaps the most prominent commandment to come to mind is: "to love one another." (Mat. 5:43-48). He also said, "follow me." Then there is the Golden Rule of Mat. 7:12. A few other commands are to pray or fast privately (Mat. 6:5ff); don't worry about tomorrow; don't condemn another; ask, seek, knock; beware of false prophets; go the the lost sheep of the house of Israel, "and as you go, preach, saying, >The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.'" (Mat. 10:7). Just look through the Gospels, and you can find many "commands" which Jesus stated. So, these are the counsels which we can share with each other, lovingly. It's a very different kind of law from the Old Covenant!
Something that impresses me greatly is this: that we should be looking at the things which Jesus actually said, rather than at doctrines, theologies, philosophical exercises, intellectual treatises (of which, this book is just one more babbling), and even St. Paul's theology. Many scholars have complained that Pauline theology is the basis of Christian religion rather than what Jesus actually said. Some have even dared suggest that St. Paul may be "leaven of the Pharisees" against which Jesus warned. Personally, I have always loved and valued Paul's words most highly. And, I'm not completely comfortable with the idea that perhaps I've overvalued Paul, at the expense of Jesus' words.
At any rate, I think this new contract, secured by Jesus, effectively throws a monkey-wrench into the gears of the great machine of religion! I hear God saying to preachers, "stand aside, these are My children, not yours; I'll take over; they are My sheep, and I=m their shepherd, so step away!" Where were those early 4th century church-leaders' minds when they instituted a political institution called "Christian Church?" Jesus never suggested such a thing; He said we should pray and fast privately, and that excludes public gatherings (which is exactly what the Greek word, "synagogue," means). We don't need to review the crimes against God's children that the church has committed over the ages, but it might be helpful to keep some of this in mind. Lest a reader misunderstand, I'm not promoting NO-gatherings, but would rejoice to see gatherings of friends in homes, with exciting discussions (no arguments), Scripture readings, hymns, and some simple-from-the-heart worship. No eloquence or lengthy sermons, and no priests or preachers needed!
In closing this chapter, I'd like to refer to a passage in Luke 4, where Jesus read from the book of Esaias (Isaiah), defining what His life purpose would be. This might give us some clue regarding what we might teach one another: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord."
What I would pray for those who read this, is that you might be set free from the dictates of religion, that your consciences might be clear of any guilt over past events, for God says He remembers your sins no more, and that you might read for yourself and think for yourself and pray for yourself and find a relationship with your Father for yourself. Each child is different, and relates to his/her Father differently, uniquely, often quite strangely. That is exactly the way it should be, and every person can find the ecstasy of that personal, unique relationship, without being guided to God by any teacher. Your Father will fill you and guide you and bless you; and you will be his child and He your God. That is His promise in His contract with you!
It just occurred to me that if any others, during the past two thousand years have recognized this clause against teachers, perhaps we don't know of it because they disposed of their work and became solitaires. The great theologian, Thomas Aquinas, at the end of his life, made the statement that everything he had written was nothing but straw. Only that in your own heart has real value!
Evangelism is touted as the primary function of Christians, but I disagree. It is true that Jesus commissioned His disciples to spread the good message, but before anyone can spread the good news he must know what it is. Clearly, most Christians since about 300 AD have been spreading a false message. Christians spout a Sunday School level message that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, and anyone who believes in Him will be "saved." The true good message was that Jesus repaired the breach-of-contract and relieved Israelites from the punishment due them. Israel had been indicted, found guilty, and sentenced; Jesus paid the punishment for all Israel who make up His body. The good news applies to no one else. The second part of the good message was that a new contract had been secured for Israel (only Israel), promising that God would instill in them a special instinct by which they will walk toward Him; and that there should be no more teachers because God will teach His children; and that their sins are remembered no more. The first evangels went to Israeltes telling them something that they understood. People of the world today don't even know what Jesus did, or for whom it was done. God's family, Israel, has now been fully reached. The Spirit of God lives in every one of us. We don't need missionaries; we need to understand that a personal relationship with our Father is available to each of us, and that it is our personal responsibility to seek Him. We don=t need authoritative teachers anymore; we just need the genuine encouragement of each other to pursue the spiritual path toward Him who beckons us. We can do that by gathering together in small groups to discuss the Scriptures, and to listen for that whisper of Spirit within to lead us. That would be true evangelism, something quite different from the missionary outreach to the world.
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