Romans 4.16 - 5.5
4.16 Righteousness is achieved by having faith in anything EXCEPT God's commandments. God worked it that way just so that He might be able to make full use of His grace. God's grace lets Him label disgraceful people righteous. And in the end God wants His promise to be fulfilled in all the descendants of Abraham -- not just to the people who obey God's law, but also to those us who have the faithless faith that Abraham had. Therefore, Abraham is the father of us all, and we all get to enjoy God's grace without doing anything to deserve it.
Get you behind us and cough soot, Satan, because the Lord answers you:
"I know that you are Abraham's seed, but you seek to kill me because my Word has no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father, while you do that which you have seen with your father, the devil... If you were Abraham's spiritual children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill me, my Word, the Word of God, and my Spirit, the Spirit of the Son of man who dwells within God's children -- a man who has told you the Truth which I have heard of God. This Abraham did not do.
You do the deeds of your father, the devil.... If God were your Father, you would love me, for I proceed forth and came from God. I did not come of myself. God sent me.
Why do you not understand my speech, Christian? It is because you cannot hear my Word. And you cannot hear my Word because you are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father Paul you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the Truth, because there is no Truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own, for he is a liar and the father of it. And because I tell you the Truth, you do not believe me.
Which of you Christians convinces me of sin? If I say the Truth, why do you not believe me? He that is of God hears God's words. You, therefore, hear them not because you are not of God.... I have not a devil. I honor my Father. It is you Christians who dishonor me. I seek not my own glory. There is one that seeks and judges.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, 'If a man keeps my sayings, he shall never see death....' If I honor myself, my honor is nothing. My Father is He who honors me, of whom you say that He is your God, yet you have not known Him. And if I should say, 'I know Him not,' I shall be a liar like you are, but I do know Him and keep His saying.
Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it, and was glad.... Verily, verily, I say unto you, 'Before Abraham was, I am.'" John 8.37-58
Again the Master is telling us that the Spirit within Himself is the Spirit of the Son of man, that He has co-existed with God from the creation of the universe, and that He is the One who spoke to, and appeared to, Abraham. He is also telling us that visions were given to Abraham that enabled Abraham to see the future including the coming of Jesus in the flesh, too.
While so many Christians would claim that when Jesus spoke these words in the Gospel, He was only talking to the Jews who lived back then, they are wrong.
"What I say unto you, I say to all." Mark 13.37
The Master's Doctrine is meant to be obeyed by ALL people. The Gospel is "Mankind's Handbook for Appropriate Behavior" period. As we study the Bible, the Spirit within those of us who have repented has us honing in on the behaviors that God loves and despises. He does so to:
- stroke us for our compliance with a given good work,
- prick our conscience to show us what we are doing wrong, and
- show us which humans in today's world obey Him, and which do not.
And what we come to see in others is that the people who behave the same way as did the dis-Spirited, non-believing religious people to whom the Master was speaking back then are the Christians, religious Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists... of today. That they behave so terribly is because they follow in the footsteps of the great heads of Satan: Paul, Ezra, Muhammad, Krishna, Siddhartha Gautama, Lao Tsi...
4.17 Hssssssssst! Don't believe that! You Roman brothers know I am the one who is telling the truth, don't you? Sure you do, because somewhere in the Old Testament it says that God told Abraham, "I have made you a father of many nations." Therefore, Abraham was our biological father even before God became our Spiritual father. Abraham believed God. God quickens the dead. God is the one who first either labels nonexistent things "things," or else He calls out to those nonexistent things. Then dumb old God pretends that those non-existent things really do exist.
Oh, so God lives in La-La Land pretending that non-existent things really do exist, eh, Christian? Well, if you are so sure that Paul is right, then P-L-E-A-S-E tell us what God labels those non-existent things?
Reality check! God's children are reality-seekers. Our desire to see things the way they really are comes from God. By contrast, a religious person is one who wastes his life away believing any stupid thing he wants to believe, and his "faith" certainly includes believing that non-existent things like purgatory and reincarnation exist.
- Just because Hindus and Satanists WANT to believe in reincarnation does not mean that reincarnation occurs.
- Just because Catholics WANT to believe that purgatory exists and that they can pay to have their dead loved ones shoot up out of purgatory into Heaven does NOT make their beliefs true.
- Just because Muslim terrorists WANT to believe that they will get to shoot up to Heaven if they die while murdering other people does NOT make their beliefs true.
- Just because Satanists WANT to believe that Satan will give them power to control other people in a heavenly hell does not make their beliefs true.
- Just because Jews WANT to believe that Jesus is not the Messiah does not make their beliefs true.
- And just because Christians WANT to believe that Jesus died on the cross to save them from having to suffer the consequences of Hell for their sins DOES NOT MAKE THEIR BELIEFS TRUE.
Every person who sins suffers consequences.
One of the reasons Christians could not perceive all of Paul's vicious attacks on God's Truth is because they assumed their head honcho was so intelligent and spiritually superior to themselves. Too bad they didn't recognize that one of their symbols, a fish, is really a red herring.
- A red herring is such a smelly fish that criminals use it to cover their scent, thereby tricking hound dogs into losing track of the criminals.
- The red herring is also a political (Paulitical) technique used by a speaker who intentionally babbles on and on so the audience cannot perceive what he is really saying. Then at the end of his speech, he suddenly draws the audience into listening to him by hitting them hard with an erroneous conclusion.
Paul was THE master of the red herring. Not only was he embroiled in a huge cover-up of his crimes, but the conclusions drawn by old Babble-on were not just erroneous, but felonious asSAULts on God, God's children, and all of humanity.
If the reader doesn't like the way I deciphered Romans 4.16-17, I'll rewrite it as it is given in the King James version, and you can have at it. The only requirement is that you put forth your best effort to accurately, honestly decode what Paul was saying in a detached, scientific, quest-for-the-truth manner. The two verses are given in the Bible as forming one sentence:
4.16-17 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (as it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickens the dead, and calls those things which be not as though they were.
If you don't like the King James version of what Paul said, try deciphering the New Oxford Annotated Bible's version of Romans 4.16-17.
That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants--not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, for he is the father of us all, as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations"--in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
How are you doing? Are you having any luck making sense of that babble?
Again and again Christians attempt to justify Paul's madness by claiming, "Now we know that Paul didn't really mean that, because back here he says...". Then they quote something else he wrote that was totally different from what he said initially, but which is just as insane, like this:
4.18 Against all hope Abraham believed in hope. Abraham believed in hope so that he might become the father of many nations. Abraham believed in hope because of what was spoken to him by God. What God spoke was this: "So shall your seed be."
Oh, so "So shall your seed be," proves Paul's premise, eh? Wow! What a great philosopher you were, Babble-on.
Here comes another reality check. What God really said to Abraham is given in Genesis 15.4-5 and Genesis 22.18.
"He that shall come forth out of your own bowels shall be your heir.... Look now toward heaven, and tell me the number of stars, if you are able to number them.... So shall your seed be just as numerous.... And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed BECAUSE YOU HAVE OBEYED MY VOICE."
God is telling both Abraham and us that the children of Abraham will be as numerous as are the stars in the heavens, and that we will become the children of Abraham because, like Abraham, we obey God. Although it hasn't happened yet, we are on the verge of that promise being fulfilled. Let yourself be a fulfillment of the promise. Make it happen!
4.19 Hey! I told you guys to not go back and read that stuff because it'll force you to sin! Have faith in Me instead, because I say that when God told Abraham that he and Sarah were going to be the biological parents of a son, Abraham didn't even consider his own 100 year-old dead body, nor did he think about the deadness of Sarah's 90 year-old womb.
As if first labeling Abraham "the father of circumcision" weren't vulgar enough, here Paul's reference to Abraham's "dead body" is an obvious reference to Abraham's "dead penis." Not only does the book of Genesis tell us that Abraham sired a son named Ishmael by a woman named Hagar and that Abraham's wife Sarah then gave birth to Isaac, but that after Sarah died years later, Abraham fathered six children with Keturah and more sons by concubines. Abraham's "dead body" wasn't so dead after all, was it?
4.20-22 Abraham did not stagger in disbelief when he heard God's promise that he was going to sire a child. No sirree. Abraham was strong in faith. Abraham believed God, and chalked up God's promise to the glory of God before it ever even happened. In fact, Abraham was immediately persuaded to believe that God would deliver on His promise that He would bless Sarah and give Abraham a son with her. Therefore, Abraham's strong faith in hope was imputed unto him as righteousness.
Wrongo, Babble-on. When the Lord told Abraham that he and Sarah were going to have a child, Abraham not only considered his and Sarah's old ages, but he "fell flat on his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, 'Shall a child be born to him that is a hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old bear a child?'" Genesis 17.17
What is the matter, Christian? Can you not read? In the New Oxford Annotated Bible (with Apocrypha, Expanded Edition, Revised Standard Version. Edited by Herbert G. May and Bruce M. Metzger. New York. Oxford University Press. 1962, 1973, 1977) noticeably missing from the annotations at the bottom of the page containing Romans 4.20-22 are any comments that refute Paul's lies. The scholars merely tell the reader to go back to Romans 4.3 to reread where Paul said, "For what does the scripture say? 'Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.'" Prior to that, however, the Oxford boys tell the reader that chapters 15, 17, 18, and 22 of Genesis are the original scriptures to which Paul is referring. Therefore, it's not like the Oxford boys hadn't read the story of Abraham and what really happened back then, and how what really happened is the opposite of what Paul was saying happened. Thereby do some of Christianity's greatest mental giants prove their own continued collusion with Paul's skullduggery. Christians are not Truth-seekers at all. Their efforts are geared towards hiding and disguising Paul's lunacy.
4.23-24 Now it was not just written for the sake of Abraham alone that righteousness was imputed unto him for his having had faith in hope. No sirree. It was written for us, too. Righteousness shall also be imputed on us if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead.
Hold it, Satan. How can anybody believe ON God and not believe Him?
4.25-5.1-2 Hisssssst! That's easy. Just believe ME instead, because I make it so much easier for you all to have faith in the hope that you'll make it to Heaven. See, I say Jesus our Lord was delivered to death on behalf of our sins. I also say that He was raised again from death to justify us. Therefore, your faith in ME lets you disobey God and keep on sinning. So from now on, our sins glorify God, and God makes His Son take the rap for all our murderous offences. Whee! Isn't this fun? Therefore, since we are being justified by our faith in these beliefs, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, our faith in the resurrected Jesus Christ in ME is the means by which we have access to God's grace.
In reality, Christianity's faith in Paul tells you Christians to believe that Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected just so He could justify your wickedness. Your faith in Paul also tells you to believe that there is nothing a person can do to earn his own salvation. In fact, if what Paul said were true, the only thing that Hitler would have had to do was say, "I believe Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins," and zacka! Hitler would have been saved from having to suffer the torment of Hell for his role in the senseless slaughter of millions of people. Therefore, your faith in Paul suckers you into believing that the only real sin is stupidity on the part of any person who doesn't say, "I believe Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins so that I could keep on sinning and not suffer the consequences for my actions." And you still think you're not insane?
No! We are NOT insane. In fact, we who say that stuff stand in God's grace.
We even rejoice in the HOPE that we shall receive God's glory. (We have to glory behind God's back, though. Yeah, don't you remember? I already told you that it is NOT okay to glory in front God. Heh-heh.)
5.3-5 Not only that, but when God is not looking, we glory in tribulations, too, because we sadomasochistic Christians know that God is the one who sends us through tribulations, and our being tribulated works patience in us. Then when we gain patience, we gain experience. As we gain experience, we gain hope. And hope does not make us ashamed. No siree. See, we LOVE hope, because God gives the Holy Spirit to us hopefuls. Then the Holy Ghost sheds the love of God abroad. The Holy Ghost even sheds the love of God that is in our hearts overseas while we are still sitting here glorying behind God's back.
So tell me, Christian, to whom do you believe the Spirit of the Son of man is speaking when He says the following through Zechariah in about 500 B.C.?
"Turn to the stronghold of obedience to the Word of God, you prisoners of hope, because even today, do I declare that I will render double the trouble onto you that you have caused to others." Zechariah 9.12
When God grants us salvation, He breaks us from our sins and addictions over which we, of our own volition, are powerless to control.
- The moment we conceive the Spirit of the Son of man is an event, and is only the beginning of the process of gaining redemption.
- Thereafter, salvation is an evolutionary growth and learning process filled with events.
- Much must be learned and adhered to before we gain salvation / control over our own behavior.
- If we willfully choose to disobey God, we can abort the Spirit and lose our salvation at any time.
Christians do not believe that our being broken from committing sins is necessary to the process of gaining salvation. When they go around bragging about being "born again," they are merely clinging to the HOPE that what Paul says is true -- even though Paul already admitted that he was a liar! They cling to the hope that someday they will get to go to Heaven, even though they themselves have not experienced salvation, the Kingdom of Heaven inside themselves, and even though they themselves have done nothing of value to deserve entrance to Heaven. That they continue to sin is pugnaciously obvious in their beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, especially in their worship of the death of our Lord. How could anybody worship the death of someone they claimed to love?