12.1 By the mercies of God granted unto me, I beg you Christian brothers to present your bodies as a living sacrifice to God, for only then shall you be holy and an acceptable person to God. After all, sacrificing your body is a reasonable service for you to perform to God. Heh-heh.
To sacrifice something is to kill it. Therefore, presenting oneself as a living sacrifice to God is impossible except in the sense of committing self-mutilation and/or suicide. Too bad you Christians did not believe:
"I will have mercy and not sacrifice, for I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance." Matthew 9.13
After blaspheming on and on in Romans warring against mankind's obedience to God's commandments, old Babble-on sneakily switched to issuing Satan's commandments for Christians to follow.
2 Thou shalt not be conformed to this world. Instead, thou shalt be transformed by the renewing of your mind by studying and believing MY gospel. Heh-heh. That way, you will be able to prove to the world which beliefs, attitudes, motivations and behaviors are good, acceptable to God, and the expression of the perfect will of God.
1) Note that just 4 to 5 verses ago Paul claimed that knowing God's wisdom, knowledge, judgments, way, and mind is impossible for us humans. Now he was claiming that if a person stops conforming to the world, that person will know the perfect will of God, however. Would you Christians like to explain to us how can a person come to know the will of God without having a basic understanding of God's great wisdom, judgment, way and mind?
2) Even though Paul's commanding people to not be conformed to this world appears on the surface to be an extension of the will of God, Paul is actually locking Christians into conformity / codependency. How? Because typically, Christians interpret Paul's commandment, "Thou shalt not be conformed to the world," to mean, "Thou shalt conform to the will of your Christian church instead!" which merely seduces them into conforming with all the ethnocentric snobbery / iniquity promoted by their church. Then the more walled off from society they become, the sicker they become. The control Jim Jones gained over his Christian cult, for example, rendered hundreds of people so insane that they actually murdered their own children, one another, and themselves!
3) Even though our beliefs and behaviors can be the expression of the perfect will of God, the audience must tap into their own little kid gut feelings, intuitions, conscience, experiences, and common sense in order to accept the proof provided. I can assure you that the many mean-spirited e-mail responses I receive to this web site inform me loud and clear that thus far, the majority of Christians do not accept the proof provided. Instead, they continue to accuse me of being demon-possessed, crazy, in need of being slapped, etc. I have also encountered a multitude of attempts to crash my hard drive with computer viruses. If the Lord Himself willfully chose to not make people believe the proof He provided, how on earth are we humans supposed to make people believe Him?
3 Through the grace of God given to me, I say to every man that is among you, "Thou shalt not think of yourself more highly than you ought to think. Instead, thou shalt think soberly according to the measure of faith that God has dealt to each man."
1) Therein does Satan Paul attempt to seduce humans into believing that we have no control over the amount of faith we have in God, but rather that God determines how much faith each person has in Him. And that is pure bull.
"If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, 'Remove hence to yonder place,' and it shall remove. And nothing shall be impossible unto you." Matthew 17.20
To have faith as a grain of mustard seed is to have a small amount of faith in God. Whatever measure of faith -- trust and belief in, loyalty and obedience to, God -- we have is totally dependent upon our good works, because only by doing the good works do we experience God. The more (both in number and variety) good works we do, the more rewards we receive from God, and the more our faith in Him grows.
2) Paul's "Thou shalt be sober!" commandments served at least two primary evil purposes.
a) Paul wanted his teetotaling Christians to attack all people who ever drink any amount of alcohol thereby greatly offending social drinkers and blaspheming the Lord.
"John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a devil!' The Son of man is come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Behold a gluttonous man and a winebibber -- a friend of publicans and sinners!' But wisdom is justified of all her children. Luke 7.31-35
Now you teetotaling fundamentalist Christians can scream, "We do NOT accuse the Lord of being a sinner!" until you are blue in the face, but all you prove is that you live in denial and delusion. Any one of you who claims that anybody who drinks any amount of alcohol is a terrible sinner who is damned to Hell IS accusing Jesus of having been a horrible sinner who was damned to Hell. And when you claim that anybody who smokes cigarettes is damned to Hell, you blaspheme the power of God in me because I smoke cigarettes. If smoking cigarettes were a sin that damned people to Hell, God would not be guiding me into all Truth, so you can stuff it, you rigid, intolerant asps!
b) Paul was not merely telling Christians to refrain from indulging in any amount of alcohol, but calling for his Christians to be stern, joyless and humorless so they would stuff their feelings and be cheated out of salvation by trying to conform with the feigned piety and pomposity of their particular brand of Christianity.
c) At the same time, Paul was seeking to make his Christyins so stern and offensive to sensible people that the sensible people who interpreted the Christian grumps as expressing the will of God would not turn to the Gospel for instruction in righteousness. All the while, God's children are happy, joyous, and free, and so many have an awesome sense of humor. In fact, I heard a joke at an A.A. round-up about somebody who had gone to Heaven and was being escorted around by Saint Peter. When they got to one huge room, the person asked Peter, "Who are all these people sitting around drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes, and laughing?" Peter answered, "I don't know. They won't say."
Hear the Savior.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you that you shall weep and lament (while you are in the process of repentance), but the world shall rejoice (having so much fun mocking and reviling you) and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail has sorrow because her hour is come. But as soon as she is delivered of the child (the Spirit of the Son of man), she remembers no more the anguish for joy that a man (the Spirit of the Son of man) is born into the world (inside her). And you now therefore have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man takes from you." John 16.20-22
"Blessed are you when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you and cast out your name as evil for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice you in that day, and leap for joy for behold, your reward is great in Heaven, for in like manner did their fathers to the prophets." Luke 6.22
Just in case you cannot hear it, "Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy!" is a commandment. When I have been hurting due to my being verbally attacked and/or shunned and all that by other humans, I rejoice the only way I know how; i.e., by saying, "Ta-dah!" in my thoughts, and whoom! Here comes the joy. So great has been the joy that I have felt like I had to hide my feelings from my persecutors for fear that they would lose it and physically attack me if they could sense that I was experiencing such great joy.
"These things I speak in the world that they (God's children) might have my joy fulfilled in themselves." John 17.13
"These things have I spoken unto you that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." John 15.11
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, 'The servant is not greater than his Lord; neither is He (Jesus) that is sent greater than He (God) who sent Him.' If you know these things, happy are you if you do them." John 13.17
But the Christians' mean-spirited, grumpy old fart-god says:
4 We Christians have many members in our religion. Collectively, however, we form one body. The body we form is that of Christ Jesus.
Ooh, but you still think Paul wasn't deliberately seducing you Christians into exalting yourselves some more, eh? His issuing the commandment in Romans 12.3 that you not think more highly of yourselves than you ought to think was merely a cover-up -- an attempt to make it look on the surface like he was teaching Jesus' Doctrine, "Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased, and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." Matthew 23.12. All the while, you Christians exalt yourselves every time you repeat Paul's babble claiming to collectively form the body Christ. And in so doing, you are abased and cheated out of experiencing the great happiness and joy that comes from being exalted by God.
4 Not all members of our Christian religion hold the same office, however. 5Instead, because our many members collectively form the body of Christ, every Christian member is a person who forms a body member of all other Christians.
And you believe that, do you, Christian? So which of your body members does the pope, the patriarch, your priest or preacher form? (We already know the answer to that, don't we, equal rights activists?)
6 Each of you Christian body members then has been given gifts that are different from one another according to the amount of grace that God has given to us.
Paul was asserting that God pre-determines by birth how much grace He bestows on us humans, when in reality God's children EARN God's grace by doing good works. The more good works we perform, the more of His amazing grace (peace, joy, enlivenment, freedom, being comforted by the Comforter, Truth, tickles...) we receive.
If your gift is the gift of prophecy, thou shalt prophesy according to the proportion of faith that you have in me and in your ability to prophesy.
- 7 If you have the gift to minister, however, thou shalt sit around glued to the pew keeping your mouth shut instead of ministering to others.
- If you have the gift to teach others about God, thou shalt sit around with your finger up your nose refusing to teach.
- 8 And if you have been given the gift to exhort others to get into action doing the will of God, thou shalt shut your mouth and refuse to exhort others to do the works. So shut up! Shut up! SHUT UP!
How mind boggling that the Christians could not pick up on Paul's war against God. Hear the Savior.
"A certain man (Jesus) made a great supper (formed of the Doctrine of the Son of God -- the Gospel -- which is tasted, savored, swallowed, digested, and lived by God's children), and bade many and sent His servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, 'Come, for all things are now ready.' But they all with one consent began to make excuses. The first said unto him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it. I pray you to have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them. I pray that you have me excused.' And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.'
So that servant came and showed his Lord these things. Then the Master of the House being angry said to His servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, the maimed, the halt, and the blind.' And the servant said, 'Lord, it is done as you have commanded, and yet there is room.'
And the Lord said unto the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in so that my House may be filled,' for I say unto you that none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper;" i.e., they will not be given the ability to perceive the Lord's Doctrine. Luke 14.16-24
The Doctrine is amplified in the 12-Step programs when we say, "Use it or lose it," "You have to give it away in order to keep it," and "Do the works." When we gain Spirituality, we MUST take the risks of offending other people and use our talents to carry the message of salvation / recovery to others, or else God removes His blessings from us. And the more we give, the more blessings He bestows on us. For additional proof, try this.
"(Jesus) is as a man traveling into a far country (Heaven) who called His own servants and delivered unto them His goods. Unto one He gave five talents, to another two, and to another one. To every man according to his several abilities, and straightway took His journey.
Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same and made another five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained another two. But he that had received one talent went and dug in the earth and hid his Lord's money.
After a long time the Lord of those servants came and reckoned with them, so he that had received five talents came and brought another five talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered unto me five talents. Behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.' His Lord said to him, 'Well done, you good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things; I will make you ruler over many things. Enter you into the joy of your Lord.'
He also that had received two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered unto me two talents. Behold, I have gained two other talents besides them.' His Lord said unto him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things; I will make you ruler over many things. Enter you into the joy of your Lord.'
Then he which had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew that you are a hard man reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not strawed' (symbolic of the Master's appearance in the Middle East, but His saving humans all over the world.) 'And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the earth. Lo, there you have that which is yours.'
His Lord answered and said unto him, 'You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I sowed not and gather where I have not strawed. You ought therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received my own with usury / interest. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it to him which has ten talents,' for unto every one that has shall be given and he shall have abundance, but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he has, 'and cast you the unprofitable servant into outer darkness!' There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 25.14-30
Did you Christians actually believe that Jesus was only referring to money? No, He is also referring to our using our talents, gifts, abilities, skills to spread the Word of God. When we use them, the talents/skills are improved and we are given the ability to continue learning more and more Truth. When a person fails to use his talents -- whether it be verbal, musical, artistic, athletic, etc. -- to carry the message of salvation to others, God takes away that person's ability to perceive His Doctrine and casts the unprofitable servant into Hell, for Luke adds the following to the parable:
"But those my enemies which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither and slay them before me." Luke 19.27
As best I know so far, God's children only slay by verbal means, however. Acts 5.1-11 which tells us about Ananias and Sapphira dying after Peter confronted them verbally provides our example to follow.
The very format of the anonymous 12-Step programs automatically makes it superior to religion. Everybody in the Program is expected to minister, teach and exhort. It isn't like Christian church services wherein only one person -- the priest or preacher -- does most of the talking all the time. Instead, even in open speaker's meetings where one person shares through an entire meeting, that speaker changes week to week so that we can hear and learn a wide variety of recovery tools and experiences from a wide variety of recovering people. Just opening up and talking honestly in meetings improves our own critical thinking, problem-solving, and appropriate self-expression skills so essential to salvation -- skills which are so seldom allowed in Christian churches.
8 If you have been given the gift to give, however, thou shalt GIVE, GIVE, GIVE out the wazoo! I am going to attempt to cover up my coveting your money by adding, "Thou shalt give until it hurts to others with simplicity!" though so that on the surface it looks like my edicts are in compliance with the Lord's commandment, "Give in secret." Heh-heh.
In direct contrast to Paul's and Christianity's greed, the anonymous 12-Step programs only ask members to contribute $1.00 per meeting. If a person doesn't have it, that's fine. And what is so interesting is that so many groups end up having more than enough money to pay the rent, purchase literature, etc. God blesses the Program BIG time.
If you have been given the gift to rule over others, thou shalt rule with all diligence and a heavy hand! Be a control freak and a tyrant! Heh-heh.
If you have been given the gift to show mercy on others, thou shalt express your mercy with cheerfulness. Yes, thou shalt stuff and fake your feelings! Constant joyousness is especially the rule and ruse of my Franciscan game, you know! Heh-heh.
9 Thou shalt love one another without dissimulation; i.e., without hiding your love under a false appearance.
Thou shalt abhor that which is evil! Go slaughter those Jews! Go bomb that abortion clinic! Go bash the queers! Heh-heh.
That was merely one more attempt by Paul to seduce Catholics into separating from Protestants and vice versa, and fundamentalist Christians into hating people whom they judge as being sinners like social drinkers and us smokers. Listen to what the Savior has to say, however.
"Follow me. (Obey my Doctrine. Do what I do. Do what my Spirit compels you to do,) and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4.19
Now watch what He does.
And one of the Pharisees desired Him that He would eat with him. And He went into the Pharisee's house and sat down to meat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears and wipe them with the hair of her head, and kissed His feet and anointed them with the ointment.
Now when the Pharisee which had bidden Him saw it, he spoke within himself saying, "If this man were a prophet, He would have known who and what manner of woman is she who touches Him, for she is a sinner."
Jesus (who can hear our thoughts) answering said unto him, "Simon, I have somewhat to say unto you." And he said, "Master, say on."
"There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. The one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?" Simon answered and said, "I suppose he to whom he forgave most." And He said unto him, "You have rightly judged."
And He turned to the woman and said to Simon, "See you this woman? I entered into your house. You gave me no water for my feet, but she has washed my feet with tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave me no kiss, but this woman since the time I came in has not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil you did not anoint, but this woman has anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto you, 'Her sins which are many are forgiven, for she loved much, but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little."
And He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven," (because He knew that God's forgiveness for her sins is what she was seeking). And they that sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves, "Who is this that forgives sins also? (Hmmph! Who does He think He is to have the power to forgive sins? What a wacko!)" But He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace." Luke 7.36-50
And it came to pass that as Jesus sat at meat in Simon the leper's house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and His disciples, for there were many and they followed Him. When the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eat with publicans and sinners, they said to His disciples, "How is it that He eats and drinks with publicans and sinners?" When Jesus heard it, He said to them, "They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick." (Are you listening, you bombastic Christian Scientists?) "I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance." Mark 2.15-17
Do you not understand that when you wall yourself off from sinners, fundamentalist and Amish-type Christian Pharisees, you are cheating yourselves out of salvation? You think that you are not the sinner, but your isolation renders you ignorant and disobedient to the will and Word of God who commands us:
"Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven." Matthew 6.16
Your isolation and attire sends the message loud and clear, "Ha-ha ha-ha HA ha! I'm better than you are 'cause I make myself look ugly and you-u-u don't, and I don't hang around with the likes of you-u, so ha-ha ha-ha HA ha!" thereby exalting yourselves just to be abased. And in your efforts to glorify yourselves, you are doing anything BUT glorifying God. Your offensive behaviors also cast you into the darkness / ignorance of God's Word. That's why Jesus is talking to you, too, when He says:
"Verily I say unto you that the publicans and harlots go into the Kingdom of God before you do." Matthew 21.31
12.9 Thou shalt cling to that which is good: Me. Heh-heh.
10 Thou shalt be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love.
"If you love them which love you, what thanks have you? For sinners also love those that love them." Luke 6.32
"You shall be hated of all men for my name's sake, and they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentile asps be fulfilled." Luke 21.17 & 24
"If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own. But because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the Word that I said unto you, 'The servant is not greater than his Lord.' If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. He that hates me hates my Father also." John 15.18-20 and 23
When Jesus issued the commandment telling His disciples to love one another, He was talking directly to and about God's children. Even though it is issued as a commandment, for me personally loving God's children is an automatic reponse in the gaining of redemption. I cannot help but feel great love for anybody and everybody I see and hear doing good works.
Paul was very sneakily perverting Jesus' commandment to again seduce Christians into faking their feelings, living a lie and lying like Hell by PRETENDING to love all other Christians in their church when so many of the Christians they pretended to love were among the most mean-spirited, phony, obnoxious, back-stabbing hypocrites on planet Earth, and in reality they hated one another!
Romans 12.10 Thou shalt honor other Christians by kowtowing to them and choosing to socialize with them rather than socializing with people outside your particular Christian sect.
"How can you believe which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from God only?" John 5.21
And again there's the prophet Elihu saying:
"Let me not, I pray you, respect any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles to man, for I know not to give flattering titles. In so doing, my Maker would soon take me away." Job 32.21-22
God's children are commanded to socialize with sinners and as many different people as we can so that they can see and hear our good works and come to want the blessings of our Holy Father that we are privileged to enjoy.