Saturday, August 18, 2012

Contradictory Statements of Jesus?

Mat 7:1 KJV - Judge not, that ye be not judged.
JWET You must not separate-judge in that point that you might not be separated-judged.
Jhn 7:24 KJV - Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
JWET You must not separate-judge concerning dignity/position, on the other hand of the keeping of the laws, a separation-judgment you must separate-judge.

Is Jesus contradicting himself? If He is, does this bring everything he has to say into disrepute? How is this to be synchronized?

Most of the discussions concerning “judge not” are centered around the idea that someone else does not have the “right” to judge me. If you do judge me then you are evil. Or you will be judged and you don't want that do you? This actually is a “self-defense” strategy to divert negative judgment away from the culprit and redirect it towards the “prosecution.”  So what is Jesus saying?

Matthew records Jesus as saying, “Judge not, that ye be not judged” or “You must not judge in that point, so that you might not be judged in that point.” The chapter divisions lead some to believe that Jesus is beginning a new subject on judging, when in fact he is wrapping up and summarizing the preceding two chapters' points.

Chapters 5&6 are how to make proper judgments!  Matthew 5:3, “Those blessed poor with the Spirit, that theirs is the kingdom of heaven.JWET” Jesus is instructing his listeners to make a proper separation between those who are happy and inheritors of kingdom of heaven and those who make that claim but are not blessed.  5:4 “Those blessed mourners, in that they will be called alongside.JWET”  Jesus continues in this same fashion drawing a sharp contrast between the erroneously accepted judgements of the day and those that should be made.  5:13 Jesus now says that you, the persecuted ones, are salt. It is not those living in relaxed affluence that are to be regarded as influencers of this world, instead the poor mourning persecuted prophets are the salt.

5:21&22 begin a series of contrasting statements, “You have heard that...” and “But I say to you...” We have learned what some have taught as truth but Jesus corrects that untruth with a proper judgement. Make Jesus' type of  judgment and you won't go wrong.

5:48 Be a grown up, just like God.

Chapter 6 Jesus is saying don't take your lead from hypocrites who give alms publicly, pray loudly, amass earthly fortunes, try to serve the world and God at the same time, and seek after their own kingdoms before God's.   Then Jesus gets to the conclusion: You must not judge in that point, that you might not be judged JWET.  If you judge like a hypocrite you will be judged like the hypocrite.  If you judge like Jesus, you will be making proper judgments.

So we see that John 7:24 You must not judge concerning dignity/position, on the other hand of the keeping of the laws, this judgment you must judge JWET is not a contradiction but the restatement of Matthew 7:1. Jesus doesn't contradict himself but he does contradict those who say, “You can't judge me.”

I can certainly make a judgment of how well you and I are keeping God's requirements.  In doing so I rightly separate between good and bad, false teacher and true teacher, false teaching and true teaching, a false holiness and true holiness, and the list goes on.  

Don't be confused, there are false judgments and true judgments.  Grown up and be like God!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Is Adam our Federal Head?

 “Theology” is obviously driven by translation. In the following translation you will see that I chose to translate μαρτία, κόσμον and θάνατος in ways that I believe more accurately reflect what Paul wrote to the Romans. Remembering that Rome was equivalent to our own hyper-political and corrupt Washington, D. C., those three words would have been understood as “legal technicalities.”

  •  μαρτία hamartia—failure

  •  κόσμον kosmon—world-order [either legalities and/or customs]

  • θάνατος thanatos—death penalty pronounced by a judge

Romans 5:12 because of this, as it were, because of one human, the failure, in regards to the world order, came before the court, and because of the failure, the death-penalty also in this manner to all humanity, the death penalty, went abroad, upon this thing, everyone has failed. JWET
This verse, as can be seen does not speak of a “federal head” or even a “corporate head.” But as a result of Adam and Eve the world-order that had been established by God was disrupted. The miscreants were judged and pronounced guilty. Following the judgment came the penalty phase where “death” was pronounced. Therefore it can be seen that anyone who “fails” is under the death penalty. This is validated by Scripture itself—each person will judged for what they do—Romans 2:6.  As a final thought, Theology also influences translation.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


The issue is the difference between salvation and faithfulness.
Once a person is condemned as a sinner–he has sinned–he falls under the penalty of the law which is the death penalty. How are they then saved from that penalty?
The answer is that it is only by the grace of God–the favor of God–that we are saved. The condition of that grace being extended is by the “pistis” “assurance of good faith” that the supplicant makes to the court of God.
If we had been completely faithful in the beginning, there would have been no need for grace or favor of God. We would not have needed a Savior. However, as St. Paul states, “none has lived up to God’s expectations of faithfulness.” Therefore we need a savior.
Having sinned we cannot “unsin” ourselves by good works. We remain under the original death penalty until it is taken care of.
God taking care of the penalty by His grace–takes our pledge of fealty–faithfulness–to Him as a guarantee. If we fail in our faithfulness to His expectation again, “I would that you sin not,” we are once again in danger of coming under the penalty. Jesus told the woman in adultery to go and stop sinning unless another bad thing comes on her.
Our faithfulness in keeping God’s expectation is wrongly call salvation by works. Once we have had our position with God reestablished (saved), we are expected to keep the King’s law.
No salvation by works, just faithfully keeping the will of God after His mercy is given to us.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Romans 2:21-24

…the one declaring not to steal, you are stealing.  22The one saying not to worship idolatrously you are worshipping idolatrously, the one feeling a loathing towards those images you are stealing sacred property.  23 In that law you are boasting, because of the illusion of the Law of God, you are disfranchising.  24For because of you the name of God is slandered by the peoples…Romans 2:21-24 JWET  

Aristotle deals with the same issue 400 years before Paul in Rhetoric …But since a man, while admitting the fact, 
often denies the description of the charge or the point on which it turns—for instance, admits that he took something, but did not steal it; that he was the first to strike, but committed no outrage; that he had relations, but did not commit adultery, with a woman; or that he stole something but was not guilty of sacrilege, since the object in question was not consecrated…

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Burning the Koran

The advantage of commenting this far down the line is that I get to synthesize and remark on what has been said. 
1.     I want to ask what would have been communicated if a Koran had been burned. 
2.     And secondly, what has been communicated now that it wasn’t burned by Pastor?
It would have shown that Pastor and his congregation had a power over and a contempt for the Koran and the Muslim people.  In some circles this is called a “power encounter.”  In his mind this would have demonstrated the ascendancy of Christianity and the U.S. bill of rights and the inferiority of Sharia Law and Islam.  
The answer to the second question should now be evident.  Sharia Law and Islam have won the encounter and Christianity along with the bill of rights has been shown to be weak and morally inferior.
From the Western prospective this might not be obvious.  But Islam defined the confrontation in such a way that with either outcome they had a “recruiting tool.”  
  • If the Koran was burned it would be a tool to show that the “infidels” were waging war on Islam.  
  • When it wasn’t burned, it proved the divine favor of Allah and validated the call to “jihad.”

I am not able to comment on the mental acuity of Pastor, but I’m sure he had no idea that this would garner such attention.  I do think that he was used as a dupe.  My proof?  This past week in East Lansing, Michigan a Koran was burnt and thrown into the yard of an Islamic center.  Where is the worldwide Muslim outrage?  It doesn’t suit their purposes.  For the moment they have gained what they want.  They caused the “Great Satan” to back down.  This coup will be exploited, have no doubt.
In my years of living in a predominantly Islamic country in West Africa, I have seen that a “radical Islamist” is easily created from “nominal Muslims” through intimidation.  Even the most casual practitioner becomes violent when threatened in some way by the a radical Muslim extremists promising to harm them or their families.
However, take a Christian acting radically and the casual practitioner of Christianity will turn on him and eat him for lunch.