What happened to the “Word”? Is it vague or was it rendered not understandable by teachers and their followers?
In the beginning The Word already existed: The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2From the very beginning The Word was with God. 3Through him God made all things, not one thing in all creation was made without him. 4The Word was the source of life and this life brought light to people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out. (John 1:1-5,TEV)
14The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father’s only Son. (John 1:14, TEV)
“The Word” had been given various meanings depending on the doctrines and practices of a particular sect. All three faiths, e.g, Judaism, Christianity and Islamic Faith, profess to follow the same One God in public but are distant apart in terms of worshiping or dealing with the true God. Judaism has Torah, Islam has Qur’an and Christianity has Bible.
Differences in name of the “Word” is fine and tolerable. But differences in belief system among them while invoking the same origin of the “Word” is catastrophic. In effect, logically, one is accusing another of lying in public, as it is not logical for One God to promote opposing teachings. In fact, either one or all of them maybe found lying to the prejudice of “The Word”.
The differences in doctrines and practices will also incite one to conclude that they may have separate One God, opposing One Gods at that. Even within these three major faiths, differences in practices and belief systems can be observed. Worst, it is so even within some believers of a sub-sect of these three faiths. Thus, in reality, above religious faiths and believers are obedient to separate and numerous One Gods.
Completeness and Purity Requirements
“The Word” tells that the faith of believers can be conclusively seen through the fruits or practices. Applying a parable on the issue, it states, as follows:
33To have good fruit, you must have a healthy tree; if you have poor tree, you will have bad fruit. A tree is known by the fruit it bears. 34You snakes-how can you say good things when you are evil. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35A good person brings good things out of a treasure of good things; a bad person brings bad things out of treasure of bad things.
36You can be sure that on the Judgment Day, you will have to give account for every useless word that you have ever spoken. 37Your words will be used to judge you -to declare you either innocent or guilty.(Matthew 12:33-37,TEV)
The parable speaks of “every useless word that you have ever spoken”. Does it specifically refer to the “false teachings” that we hear from pastors, priests, imams, ministers and other preachers of The Word?
Even in the mind of the believer himself, the opposing and differences in belief and reaction system exist. It would follow that multiplicity of One God is also present in him. This would allow him to decide on who to obey- either a true One God or the opposite false One or More Gods, such as money, etc. Thus, relying too much on the alleged faith of particular religious group is futile as judgment will not be primarily based on religious faith but based on the “fruit”.
Consequently, believers need to have a good tree to bear good fruit. And to have a good tree, it is a must for believers to consider the completeness and purity, that is-free from contamination, of the “Word” in it. Otherwise, the result are lies and followers will only be subjected to deception.
Why are completeness and purity in the use of the “Word” required? Because the “Word” was completed when Christ came 2000 years ago and the origin of the “Word” is pure and eternally consistent. Christ return is execution of judgement and enforcement of the “Word”, with transitory biblical passages, to be discussed in this site.
More specifically, the word of God is characterized as follows:
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow, as it judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart. 13 No creature can hide from him, but everyone is exposed and helpless before the eyes of the one to whom we must give a word of explanation. (Hebrews 4:12, ISV)
Application of the Requirements
Let us apply the above requirements: In Judaism, which talks of a Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12):Is the “Word” complete and free of contamination if the suffering servant (Christ) is not being considered for acceptance despite being the ultimate fulfillment of the “Word”?
In Roman Catholicism, which used the name of Christ who taught “Our Father” Prayer (Lord’s Prayer) only: Is its use of the “Word” pure or free from contamination when it doctrinally used the name of Christ to teach also the “Our Mother” Prayer (Holy Rosary)? Is the “Word” being used in something else?
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