Prior to returning to Paul's letter to the Romans, part of what Jesus says is first quoted. Then we'll watch Paul war against Him.
John 10.10 "The thief (Paul) comes not but for to steal, kill, and destroy. I am come that they might have Life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep, 12but he that is a hireling and not the shepherd -- whose own the sheep are not -- sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees. And the wolf catches them, and scatters the sheep. 13The hireling flees because he is a hireling, and cares not for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd and know my sheep, and am known of mine."
Included in those scriptures is the Spiritual commandment, "If you will be a good shepherd / Spiritual leader, you too will be willing to lay down your life for the sheep; i.e., the people who follow and adhere to my Doctrine."
John 12.24 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, 'Except a corn of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone. But if it dies, it brings forth much fruit.' 25He that loves his life shall lose it, and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26If any man serves me, let him follow me, and where I am, there shall also my servant be. If any man serves me, him will my Father honor."
To be a corn of wheat that falls to the ground and dies out is to be a child of God who has learned how to let go of self will so that we can honor God's commandments completely. And our obedience to God's commandments certainly includes taking the risks of being murdered while speaking up for Him.
John 15.12 "This is my commandment -- that you love one another as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do whatsoever I command you."
And since Jesus is the friend of God's children, we are being commanded to be willing to lay down our lives for Jesus, too.
Now watch Paul war against laying down our lives for Jesus.
Romans 5.6-8 Christ died for us ungodly people. He died just at the right time, too -- back when we didn't have any strength yet. After all, haven't you noticed that a person will hardly ever die for a righteous man? Yet possibly some people would dare to die for a good man -- even.
Such intellectuality, Bullwrinkle. So tell me, Christian, what is the difference between the moral adjectives "righteous" and "good"?
These interwoven verses in Romans are such a messy web of spurious lies that they are difficult to untangle. Therefore, what Paul wrote according to the King James version shall first be written out minus the verse separations. Capitalization is also added to see if the reader can untangle the mess for himself.
5.6-11 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commends his love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Perceiving what the gall of Paul was actually claiming sometimes requires moving the verses around to a different order. Since I am about to do that, the reader can keep returning to Romans 5.6-11 for himself to see if this deciphering is the essence of Paul's assertions.
We Christians should refuse to lay down our lives for God's Son, because God honors us sinners with His love anyway.
See, God's Son was righteous. God had His righteous Son die on the cross for us ungodly sinners. Since God's Son died on the cross for us ungodly sinners, we ungodly sinners do not have to become willing to lay down our lives for God and His righteous Son anymore.
Christ died for us back when we were still sinners. By making Christ, a righteous person, die for us sinners, God proves that He loves us ungodly sinners way more than He loves His Son and righteous people.
God justifies us by the blood of Jesus that was shed when He was crucified. Therefore, from now on we are justified by God no matter what we do just so long as we remain sinners.
Since the people who crucified Jesus were sinners, and Jesus was crucified to save sinners, those people who actually crucified the Lord were made righteous and gained salvation by the blood Jesus shed on them when they tortured and murdered Him. Therefore, from now on, the greater the sins we commit, the greater God's justification of our behavior, and the more God saves us from having to suffer the consequences of His wrath.
See, we sinners were saved by the blood of Jesus back when we sinners were still Jesus' enemies. Now we sinners are reconciled to Jesus just because we say that we love Him. God likes that. He doesn't care if we are being a phony when we claim to love Him when we don't even know Him. Instead, God wants us ungodly Christian sinners to be reconciled to His Son like that. Therefore, God grants us sinners alot more latitude. He grants alot more justification of our sins now than He granted to the sinners who came before us just so long as we ungodly sinners label ourselves Christians.
Stated another way, consider that Jesus' executioners received salvation by having Jesus' blood shed all over them. Now that Jesus has been resurrected to life, we sinners receive lots more justification for our sins as a result of the Son's coming to life and chipping in His share of Spiritual justification of our sins, too.
Not only that, but we sinners also rejoice in God through our worship of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. We worship the Son's crucifixion because His death is the means by which we have now received the atonement, and are free to sin away to our wicked heart's content without suffering any consequences. We are careful to not rejoice in front of God, though, because, as I said, it is not okay to glory in front of God.
Pssssst! Do NOT let yourself feel your feelings that empathize with the Lord when you perceive the excruciating pain that He endured. When those blood-thirsty Romans crucified the Lord, they were really just carrying out God's will back then. And they were doing us all the big favor of restoring us to friendship and harmony with God. Ain't that great?
So psssssssst! Keep on sinning. Keep feeding off self will run riot! You have nothing to fear, because God does not punish sinners anymore just so long as the sinners sin in the Lord's name as CHRISTians. And they'll be Christians just as long as they have hope in ME -- that what I am telling you is the Truth. And what I am telling you is, "LET ANARCHY REIGN SUPREME!" Heh-heh.
One of the ways we know that the preceding was what Paul was really saying is because of what Christians teach and do in the here and now. They teach that there is no way a person can earn his own salvation. The minute they say that, they seduce people into committing more sin. After all, who would bother to go through the pain of redemption if he didn't have to? And the minute the Christians say that there is nothing a person can do to earn his own salvation, they war against the Word of God. Again and again the Master tells us that in order to gain salvation, each of us MUST do the works that God tells us to do.
What the unrepentant Christians obviously do not know is that a person who has been a terrible sinner like me, and then makes direct, conscious contact with God, and experiences His saving grace WANTS to go to work for God. We want to do something -- anything -- to help so that we can express our gratitude to God for His love and forgiveness.
That so many Christians are also fueled by Paul's evil spirits is witnessed in how angry they become when they are told that Jesus says we must do the works God commands in order to gain salvation. Doing nothing is BORING. How would Heaven be heavenly if we had nothing to do for eternity but sit around and say, "Praise God." Doing nothing is not how it works. God puts us into action immediately following our Spiritual Awakening/Conception. And the work goes on and on. I personally see no end to the work that needs to be done on earth.
The difference between doing God's work and the work that humans perform to earn money is that doing God's work feels like child's play. So much of it is so easy and enjoyable. It keeps stimulating our curiosity, and compliance is so rewarding from within ourselves. Watching other people do good works also makes us feel great joy inside ourselves. No longer locked in self-hatred, we come to perceive that we really do matter to God, and that each of us can help tremendously to make a difference for the good of all.
How could you Christians be so shallow as to think that the messes planet Earth is in could ever be cleaned up without mankind's doing good works? What a mark of your own exceedingly unrealistic, insane thinking. I reckon you're just too lazy to clean up your own messes, eh?
Back to Paul. Romans 5.12-21 is a continuation of the same line of outrageous thinking. What putrid Paul offers is a claim that when the Son was crucified, God changed from the way He used to be. Paul also offers a hideous explanation of how and why God supposedly changed.
5.12 See, sin entered the world through the first human being who ever lived. That person was Adam. Adam committed a sin. God commanded that all people who committed sin would be put to death. Because all people are biologically related to Adam, all people inherited Adam's sin. Therefore, God put all people to death.
(Oops. I already told them that studying and teaching God's law is the only thing that causes people to sin. When the Christians study the scriptures and realize that God's Law and commandments were not in existence at the time of Adam according to my interpretation of the Creation, and the 10 Commandments were only given later through Moses, they might catch me telling another whopping big lie. Hmm. How can I fix it? Let's see. I've got it! Ahem.)
5.13 See, what I really meant to say was that until God's law came along, sin was in the world. Therefore, Adam didn't really sin because there was no law for Adam to study and obey that would compel him to sin.
Oops, I didn't really mean to say that, either, did I? No. Okay, let's try this. What I really meant to say is that God DOES convict people for their sins when there is no law for them to obey. No, I didn't mean to say that either. Ahem. What I really meant to say is that God does NOT convict man of sin when there is no law to obey. Oh, what the hell. I don't know what I meant to say.
5.14 Nevertheless, death reigned over all of humanity from the time of Adam to the time when Moses came along to give us God's commandments. Death even reigned over all those people back then who committed sins that were not as severe as Adam's transgression. See how mean God is? Heh-heh.
Therefore, since Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob lived between the time of Adam and Moses, God damned them to Hell too, eh? Is that what you believe, Christian? If so, do you not spit on the following?
"And I say unto you that many shall come from the East and the West, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 8.11
And if you believe that all human beings biologically inherit the sin of Adam, do you not spit on the following, ChristYIN?
"I say unto you that more joy shall be in Heaven over one sinner that repents than over ninety-nine just persons which need no repentance." Luke 15.7
After all, the Lord is informing us that just people who are in no need of repentance do exist.
How could anybody claim out of one side of his mouth that God loves justice, but out of the other side of his mouth claim that God punishes all people for one person's sin? In reality, I am responsible for my behavior; you are responsible for yours. God holds each of us responsible for our own actions.
One of the most blatant ways that Christians blame innocent people for the actions of guilty people is expressed in people of color. Some of my great, great... grandparents were slave-owners. I despise what my ancestors did, and would not perform that behavior myself. Nevertheless, so many black Christians are so consumed with rage over slavery that they take their rage out on innocent white people who despise slavery every bit as much as they do. Such black discriminators also totally malign the genuine heroism of all the white people who fought during the Civil War seeking to free black people from slavery. What those black rage-aholic Christians do is a horrible sin. They are just as guilty of practicing prejudice, racism, discrimination /iniquity as is a white racist pig. For a person to know experientially how painful and evil racism is, but then turn right around to commit the very same behavior himself, is despicable!
5...14 NO! Go ahead and blame all white people for the actions of a few. After all, we know that what the original Christ-in-Jesus said is not true and that what I am telling you is the real truth because Adam is the original figure of him that was to come. The "him" that was to come is Christ Jesus. Yes siree, that is what I am saying. Adam is the original Christ.
5.15 See, when Christ came the second time around, He did not come as the offense to man like He did when He came to earth in the form of Adam. No sirree. The second time He came here, He came as a free gift of God.
See, Christ first came as Adam. Christ-in-Adam committed an offense. Back then God decided that every human being was going to inherit Christ-in-Adam's offensive sin, and that all the humans who lived after Him were going to suffer death because of His sin. See how mean God is? Heh-heh.
Then God changed His mind. He must have been getting pretty weary of putting everybody to death. Therefore, He decided to let His Son come back to earth a second time as a good guy. The second time His Son came was when He came in the form of Jesus, not Adam. God's purpose for letting His Son come back the second time as Jesus Christ was just so God could let His own grace abound on us humans. By doing so, God figured that He could make up for His own terrible sins of murdering everybody who came between the time of Christ-in-Adam and Christ-in-Jesus. Therefore, God offered up His Son Jesus on a silver platter to be crucified as a free gift to all of us. By that I mean that God had His Son tortured and murdered so that He could let all the humans who came afterwards receive the free gift of grace and eternal life in Heaven without any strings attached. See how smart God is? He doesn't care how sinful we humans become anymore. The more we sin, the more grace we receive. So go ahead. Sin some more, you suckers! Heh-heh.
Have you had enough, Satan?
5.16 No, no, no! This is fun! See, when Christ came the second time as Jesus, He didn't sin. He only sinned when He came the first time as Adam. Just think about how many people were condemned to death by God because they inherited the poor judgment expressed by Christ when He came the first time as Adam. Therefore, God decided to make up for it by providing mankind with the free gift of grace. The free gift of grace would be given to justify all the offensive behavior of people who came after Jesus was crucified. God justifies us because this time around, God's Son was murdered for not committing any sin. Since Christ-in-Jesus was murdered for free, from now on God's gift of grace is freely given to everybody. God's new policy of "Justification by Many Offences" is a free gift that God gives to every offensive person.
Are you done yet?
5.17 No, no, no! Just look at how stupid these Christians are. They actually believe me. Wow! I love the intoxication I feel when I blaspheme God, so I am going to say it again! See, Christ-in-Adam's one sin caused all the humans who dwelled on earth between the time of Adam and the time of Jesus to be put to death. Therefore, many more people are going to live after the time of Christ-in-Jesus' death. Their sins are going to increase in severity, too. Therefore, God gets to make up for all His condemning other people to death for Christ-in-Adam's sin. He makes up for it by letting everybody get away with committing whatever sins we want to commit from now on. Now that we can get away with murder, God gets to give away the abundance of His grace. He gets to give away His gift of righteousness which shall reign in our lives regardless of how sinful we are, too. That gift of God's labeling us righteous is given to us because Christ-in-Jesus committed no sin, and was crucified for committing no sin. Therefore, His second coming as Christ-in-Jesus and His not committing any sin this time around is how we receive God's abundant grace and free gift of Heaven without having to earn it.
5.18 Therefore, as by Christ-in-Adam's offense caused God to condemn all men to hell, the righteousness of Christ-in-Jesus justifies all men to be worthy of Heaven no matter what they do.
5.19 Christ-in-Adam's disobedience to God condemned lots of other people to go to hell because of His sin. See God used to judge innocent people as sinners, and condemned them all to hell to pay for Christ-in-Adam's sin. Therefore, Christ-in-Jesus' obedience to God provides the gift of God's judging many people to be righteous regardless of how sinful they are.
5.20 Moreover, God was so angry that Christ-in-Adam sinned that He gave His commandments to Moses so that people could study and learn and teach them, so that the people who studied God's law would be forced to sin against God law, so that their offences against God would abound even more, so that old blood and guts God could have an even greater time condemning people to hell. From now on, however, wherever sin abounds God's grace abounds even more. So the more we sin, the more grace we receive from God.
5.21 Christ-in-Adam sinned. As a result, His sin reigned over all the people who lived thereafter until now. Christ-in-Jesus did not sin. As a result, His righteousness reigns over all Christians from now on. The grace we receive through His righteousness is that we get eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven by means of the righteousness of Jesus Christ our Lord. We don't have to perform even one righteous action in order to earn the right to enter Heaven, either. So there!
If what Paul said were true, then Christianity's papa Urban III was wrong. Those barbarian hordes of Crusaders didn't have to go down to Jerusalem to massacre Jews, Muslims, and other Christians on his behalf in order to have their sins forgiven. Since they were born after the death and resurrection of the Son of God, God had already labeled them righteous. Also, any murdering slimeball you'd care to name is labeled "RIGHTEOUS" by God and gets the free gift of Heaven. Isn't that swell? Wouldn't you just love to spend eternity with all those devils breathing down your neck?
Although I have never heard of even one Christian ever picking up on Paul's accusation against the Lord claiming that He was Adam, they do indeed believe Paul's pig-slop. They war and war against scientific proof that all of humanity could not have stemmed from Adam and Eve. They war and war against scientific proof that our planet is billions of years old. They war and war period. And regardless of the sect or denomination, the Christian scenario of God's plan for man runs like this:
- Adam and Eve were the first human beings to inhabit planet Earth. Adam and Eve sinned. All human beings are biological descendents of Adam and Eve. Therefore, all human beings inherited Adam and Eve's sin.
- From the time of Adam and Eve to the time that Jesus came in the flesh, God kept teaching people the right way to be through His prophets. But people just couldn't learn how to act right, so God kept sending people to hell.
- God got tired of sending everybody to hell. Therefore, He decided to send His Son in the flesh so that people would murder His Son. Then the physical blood that Jesus shed when He was crucified served to save every person who labels himself a Christian. Thus, we humans are so stupid that we still cannot learn how to act right. Therefore, Jesus' death saves Christians only in that it enables them to shoot straight up to Heaven when they die just because they labeled themselves Christians, not because they did anything right.
Can they not see the insanity in what they teach and preach? And then they have the gall to gasp when I tell them that they make God sound like He does not have a lick of good sense.
Snap out of it, people. I tell you again, the story of Adam and Eve is a prophesy told in the form of an analogy. The Garden of Eden is the Garden of Eating; i.e., the Bible. The serpent represents Paul. Adam and Eve represent all human beings who have entered the realm of Spirituality, began studying the Bible, and then got deceived by Satan/Paul into disobeying God's commandments. As a result, they were cast out of the Garden of Eating, the Bible, in that they lost their Spirituality and the ability to perceive God's Doctrine. In other words, they lost out on salvation period.
The tree of knowledge of good and evil represents Paul's dogmanure. The Tree of Life represents the Gospel. Every person who will recover from having been beguiled and smitten by the asphole PssssssstSaul must swallow, digest, and live by the Gospel, the Tree of Life. Only by doing so can any person return to the Garden of Eating, the whole Bible, and gain perception of God's genuine Doctrine contained within the Bible. And only by tasting, savoring, swallowing, digesting, and living by the Gospel, the Tree of Life, can anybody gain eternal life in Heaven. Period.
And don't even try to war against that interpretation of the story of Adam and Eve, Christian. You know intuitively that this interpretation makes sense, is true, and is genuinely of God. Don't think for one moment that you're going to get away with warring against God anymore. It's done. It's over. Get with the Program.
I'll tell you another way that the Christians are nuts. I recently read about their fear that the planet is going to shift on its axis. Yes, it is. People all over the world are going to shift from being centered around having faith in false gods. Their false gods are Paul, Ezra, Krishna, Muhammad, Siddhartha Gautama, etc. People are going to shift to being centered in the Gospel, the Son of God, and God. That's it. What is there to fear about that? After all, anybody with his head screwed on straight knows that when everybody repents, believes, and follows the Son, planet Earth is going to be a magnificent place in which to live. Da-dah!
I'll tell you who is scared of that: religious leaders -- people who make their living off of misrepresenting God. They are scared because they know that when people become truly Spirit-led, those people will not listen to what the phony priests, preachers, etc. have to say anymore. Thus, the religious leaders will be out of a job. That is how religious leaders of today are just like the Jewish religious leaders who sought the death of the Master those many years ago.