David's Response to Romans 3.4-5
How fascinating that again the Old Testament scripture that Paul misquoted while aiming to sucker his Christians into believing that it's okay to lie comes from Psalm 51. The psalm is again one of David's writings in which David is saying the exact opposite of what Paul was promoting. In this psalm, David was not only repenting from his sins, but showing us how to repent. Hear what David really said.
Psalm 51.1 "Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your loving kindness. According to the multitude of your tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity. Cleanse me from my sin, 3for I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, God, have I sinned, and done evil in your sight -- that you might be justified when you speak, and be clear when you judge.
5 Behold, I was shaped in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6Behold, you desire truth / honesty in the inward parts.
We are not to go around lying to ourselves. Even when speaking honestly is too risky, and would show a lack of discretion, we should nevertheless seek to always be honest with ourselves. When we see a sin in ourselves that we feel we cannot talk about with other humans, we should talk to God about it, and ask Him to set us free from it. When we cough up the guts to talk about it to other people, however, that sin loses its power over us, and often the sin doesn't look as big as it once did after all.
You shall expose the Truth to me in the parts of your scriptures that are hidden from others. You will make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8Make me to hear joy and gladness that the bones which you have broken may rejoice in good health. 9Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 10Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with your free Spirit. 13Then will I teach transgressors your ways, and sinners shall be converted unto you.
Hyssop is a highly aromatic European mint plant used in purificatory sprinkling rites by the ancient Hebrews. It's the plant used to offer Jesus vinegar in a sponge while He was being crucified as is cited in John 19.28-29. In the context of offering Jesus vinegar, the hyssop represents Christianity's holding to the belief that offering Jesus the highly souped-up, acid-tongued gall of Paul while crucifying Jesus is the right way to be. Suey!
David's use of hyssop, however, says, "High soap," a description of what we feel when God forgives us of our sins and cleanses our soul. The past loses its power to dominate our lives. Nevertheless, salvation is a cooperative effort requiring that we confess our wrongdoing, work our amends, and believe that God really does forgive sins even as grave as our own. Our acceptance of God's forgiveness is such an important part of recovery that I personally include "Accepted God's love and forgiveness" in the 12 Steps.
Now consider the seriousness of the sins from which David was repenting. David had an adulterous affair with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. Bathsheba got pregnant with David's child. David then became embroiled in a self-serving cover-up. First David tried to force Uriah to have sex with Bathsheba so her husband would be deceived into believing that the child was his, but he refused. Because Uriah was a military man, David then ordered him to be sent up to the front of the lines, thereby seeking to have Uriah killed in battle. And it worked. Uriah was killed.
How easy it was for David to be sucked into sin. It all began with an adulterous affair that turned into a horrible nightmare. Throughout the fiasco, David appears to have operated from somewhat subconscious motives. Only when confronted by another prophet did David fully realize the seriousness of his sins. And boom, he went right into repentance begging for God's forgiveness.
While to this day Christians continue to condemn David for his sins, God does not. As bizarre as this may sound on the surface, David's great sins provide a marvelous service for us. Through David God proves to us that He forgives sin -- even sins that are as serious as adultery and murder. God's forgiveness is readily identified in that David continued writing awesome psalms after he received forgiveness for those sins.
The point is that when we own our behavior, confess our sins, beg God for forgiveness, work our amends, clean up our act, seek to sin no more, and accept God's forgiveness, God forgives us for real. But no stiff-necked, unrealistic, self-promoting, lying person who willfully remains in denial and delusion ignoring the evidence of the harm that he himself has done can receive God's forgiveness. Such a person won't even know what he is supposed to be repenting from.
Psalm 51.14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, you God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness. 15O Lord, open you my lips, and my mouth shall show forth your praise, 16for you desire not the sacrifice. If you did, I would give it. You delight not in burnt offering. 17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken spirit and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 Do good in your good pleasure unto Zion. Build you the walls of Jerusalem, (the Kingdom of God on earth wherein the Son of man, He rules a lamb). 19Then shall you be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings. Then shall they offer bullocks upon your altar.
Jerusalem (from the Hebrew word Yeruwshalayim) "a dual" in allusion to the two main hills of the city of Jerusalem, means "founded, peaceful" representative of the duality of spirituality: God versus Satan, good versus evil. We humans experience great peace inside ourselves when we are solidly well-founded in the Gospel; i.e., we perceive, believe, obey, and experience Jesus' Doctrine, Spirit, and example, and side with Him in His duel / conflict with Paul's dogma and evil spirits.
The two primary Hebrew root words from which Jerusalem / Yeruwshalayim stem are yara and shalam.
Yara means "to flow as water, to rain. In that context, Yara / Jeru is symbolic of:
- God's children experiencing the baptism of the Comforter, the blood of the Lamb of God raining inside our soul to reward our righteous thoughts and behaviors, and
- the Doctrine, Spirit, and example of the Son of God reigning over our beliefs, thoughts, feelings, emotions, attitudes, motivations, and behaviors.
The Hebrew word yara is extended to mean "to lay or throw, especially an arrow, to shoot, to point out as if aiming the finger, to teach, cast, direct, inform, instruct, lay, show, archer, through." In that context, yara refers to the dualistic actions of the Savior.
- To the cast of Spirit-led people, Jesus is our Teacher, Master, Director, Informer, Instructer who lays down God's Law to perfection, shows us how to gain salvation, casts out our sins, points out the sins, errors, and false beliefs held by religious people, and whose sword of Truth / arrow pricks our conscience when we err to discipline us, further educate us about right and wrong, and compel us to clean up our act.
- To the cast of religious people, however, Jesus is the Archer who shoots down their dogmanures, throws them into derision, shoots through their wicked hearts with the Sword of Truth, and casts them into Hell.
Shalam means "to be safe in mind, body or estate, completed, to be friendly, to reciprocate, make amends, make an end, finish, full, give again, make good, repay, repay again, make to be at peace, make perfect, perform, make to prosper and be prosperous, recompense, render, requite, make restitution, restore, reward, and to do so surely." And who does all that? Jesus, of course.
- To be inhabitants of the city of Jerusalem is to be a child of Isreal--a person to whom God is real due to our becoming down-to-earth and realistic and our believing and obeying the Master. We are full / filled with Spirit from on High, and are safely out of harm's way due to our having gained salvation through God's amazing grace. We have been restored to sanity due to our loyalty to the Savior, we work our amends to the people we have harmed, and Jesus surely renders, rewards, and rewards us again and again with all the blessings cited in the definition. Our primary form of prosperity, however, is that of our doing good works and being successful at helping to draw people into redemption and showing them how to work recovery.
- Jesus also renders judgment, repays / recompenses Paul, Paul's Christians, and all wicked people for their evil ways, and finishes off, makes an end of Paul, Christianity, and the world's religions.
The reader may be wondering why David first states that sacrifices, burnt offerings, and bullocks are going to please God when he previously stated that God hates sacrifices. The answer is that to sacrifice something is to kill it, destroy it. The sacrifices, burnt offerings, and bullocks that people place on God's altar are each repentant person's own willingness to knock off the bull inside himself. No more lies. No more deception. No more bullying other people. No more adhering to the writings of the great bull Paul. Some even willfully choose to rip out the pages of Paul's letters from our Bibles and burn those pages as a sign of our own repentance and commitment to studying and serving God and His Son -- and only God and His Son -- forevermore.
Paul, Christian theologians, the world's great pauliticians, etc. are beheaded as gods. Those of us who make those kinds of sacrifices no longer let phony leaders control our beliefs. Thus, such beheadings are spiritual and intellectual, not the physical beheadings of other humans. When we simply stop adhering to the lies taught to us about God, and instead seek to know Him One-on-one for ourselves, the bad guy's guys are beheaded.
We sacrifice the name "Christian" when we stop referring to ourselves as Christians, too. As more and more people do the same, the name Christian, Christianity, etc. will be remembered no more except as it is referred to in a very negative sense by the person who utters it.
Christian crosses, statues of saints that ain't, icons, etc. are also sacrificed/smashed and trashed. The proceeds resulting from melting down the gold and silver and extracting the precious gems in former idols are put to good use helping one another. Providing the best chemical dependency/codependency treatment programs inside prisons is but one of the many good uses made from the proceeds.
Through it all, the sacrifices made will be no sacrifices at all. After all, where is the sacrifice in our killing sin, the dis-eases of addiction and codependency... inside of ourselves? That's why God will have mercy, and not sacrifice.
Know that these are not acts performed by non-Christians in attempts to get even with Christianity. That I can see, there won't be any more book burnings like the Christians have carried on in the past. Our studying to see just how far Christianity stooped in promoting rotten beliefs is important. Spirit-led people do not physically attack Christians or their property, either. Rather, the acts of sacrificing sin are performed by choice on the part of each repentant person with each person willfully choosing for himself to destroy his own sinful personal property.
Now let's return to Psalm 51, verse 4, to look again at the scripture that Paul misquoted and misapplied.
Against you, God, you only have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight: that you might be justified when you speak, and be clear when you judge.
For starters, I disagree with David. When we sin, we almost always sin against God, ourselves, and at least one other human being. Nevertheless, David was making a very important point, and validating what Spirit-led people experience.
When we sin, God disciplines us harshly. The greater the sin, the greater the punishment. And the greatest punishment of all is when God removes His Spirit from within us.
David is telling us that he knew--he had already been informed by God--that what he, David, was writing were prophecies of future events. David knew that the Son of man would repeat the Doctrine contained within the psalms when the Master came in His own flesh. David also knew that God and His Son would use David's writings during Judgment Day to teach us about themselves, to explain God's wisdom, the why's behind God's choices, and to disarm Satan. With all his heart, David wanted to help God achieve His goals.
The problem that developed, however, was that David could only think, hear, and write clearly when his own will and behavior were in line with the will of God. When David sinned, God and His Son removed themselves from within David so that David no longer experienced peace and joy, enlivenment and enlightenment inside himself. In fact, the Spirit of the Son of man stopped communicating with David at all. And for that, David was in extreme grief. David also knew that he himself had been among the most Spirit-led of all people, and that God needed for David's writings to be as clearly understood by us future humans as is possible in order for God to explain Himself and disarm Satan in Judgment Day. Thus, when David sinned and was cast out as God's helper for awhile, David knew that the greatest one against whom he had sinned was God Himself.
Now look again at how Paul twisted David's scripture into a huge lie. David wrote:
"Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done evil in your sight -- that you might be justified when you speak, and clear when you judge."
Paul totally twisted what David was saying. Paul interpreted the scripture as telling people that it's okay to lie, because David's scripture supposedly had said, "that you might be justified in your saying, and might overcome when YOU ARE JUDGED." And in making that claim, Paul is asserting that in Judgment Day, God, not people, is going to be judged! Oh, I can just see it now -- Paul by his own God-spiel commanding, "Bring out the uncircumcised penes! It's time to judge God!"
On the other hand, let us suppose that Paul was telling the Romans, the Jews, and all Christians that they are the ones who are going to be judged during Judgment Day. So tell me, how are their lies going to justify the liars during Judgment Day? Oh, I get it. Paul is saying that the intelligence developed by liars is superior to God's intelligence. Therefore, when humans are judged by God, their ability to lie will outwit God's ability to judge them correctly, so they'll get to lie themselves into Heaven. And you still think Paul's not a super asp-hole? (The Spirit of the Son of man Himself gave me the "asp-hole" expression. He has such an awesome sense of humor.)
Or how about this. Paul is portraying God as someone who just loves to be flattered. Because Christian lies will compliment God/Truth, their amplification of His attributes will please Him so much that He won't send liars to Hell. Suey!
Do you see all the ways Paul's dogmanure can be interpreted? Are you now catching on as to why so many Christian demon-in-nations exist, and why Christians war against one another fighting over the interpretations and applications of Paul's dogma?
Now turn inward, and let's try a dose of inward reality. When you yourself knew or sensed that a Christian was lying to you, did you ever think that person's lies made God look good? A major reason why people turned away from God is because they found Christian behavior to be so idiotic, mean, revolting, and hypocritical. The turned-aways had a right to their feelings about Christianity. They had no right to blame God and His Son for Christian hypocrisy, however, for:
"The fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and ALL LIARS shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone which is the second death." Revelation 21.8
"Blessed are they they do the Lord's commandments that they may have the right to enter the Tree of Life, the Gospel, and perceive it, and that they may enter in through the gates into the city. For without / outside the city are human dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, AND WHOSOEVER LOVES AND MAKES A LIE." Revelation 22.14-15.
That is the Spirit of the Son of man speaking through His disciple and prophet John. Can you feel His power?
Finally, consider again what David said in Psalm 51. David specifically stated that God desires truth in the inward, innermost part of us humans.
- That Paul misquoted that specific scripture in an attempt to deceive people into believing that telling lies is okay is absurd.
- That so many Christians are such super intellectuals, and yet not one of them picked up on Paul's blasphemies is even MORE absurd.