| How To Invent A New Savior
Used by permission, from the Agnostic Review of Christianity website
Christians will usually refer a new believer to the writings of Paul in the book of Romans to learn the "basics" of their new walk with God.
Yet, it would be hard to find a worse example than Paul in regard to honest writing.
Not only does Paul contradict the Old Testament (OT) teachings but Paul had no problem distorting any scripture that could be used to further his agenda and religion.
Romans chapter 10 is an excellent example of how Paul accomplished his goals by applying out of context partial quotes to his writing to lend it credibility.
Here is how Paul operates:
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
It's interesting that Paul would claim the Jews who follow the law aren't basing their zeal on knowledge as his claim contradicts Proverbs 2:6 which states:
For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
Since the Lord God gave the law from his mouth to Moses, knowledge goes right along with following that very law.
Another verse which states that knowledge is found in obeying the commands of God is Psa 119:66 which states:
Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
Paul's claim has no foundation since knowledge is found in the law and commands of God. Those who don't follow the law are the ones without knowledge.
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.
Here Paul attempts to discredit those who follow the Law of God.
However, his assertion that those who follow the law are not submitting to God's righteousness is completely bogus. God gave his laws so that people could establish righteousness.
And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.
Behold, I have longed after thy precepts (laws): quicken (preserve) me in thy righteousness.
Obviously people could know righteousness because doing what the law instructed was righteousness. Paul's claim that people who follow the law aren't submitting to God is without basis.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Paul drops his doctrinal bomb here!
According to Paul, Christ (or Messiah) is the END OF THE LAW.
However, the law was declared perfect in Psa 19:7 and eternal in Psa 119:152, 160.
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
Concerning thy testimonies (statutes), I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments (laws) endureth for ever (are eternal).
Since there is nothing in the Old Testament which states that a king messiah would abolish the Law, Paul has invented his own doctrine in Rom 10:4 and in the process makes a liar out of God, who declared that the Christ (or Messiah) would usher in an era where all God's people would keep the Law and not be given license to ignore it.
And David my servant (the Christ/Messiah) shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes (laws), and do them.
Paul's new doctrine is completely unfounded and contradicts what God declared in the OT.
It also contradicts what Jesus said in Matt 5:18-19. This is the unsound and invented doctrine that Christianity has adopted to escape the requirements of observing all the complicated laws God laid down in the OT.
Paul was looking for Gentile converts to the new religion. Greeks and other non-Jews couldn't be bothered with all the complicated laws that the Jewish God Yahweh set down in the Old Testament.
The Law of God was Paul's competition and stood as an obstacle to gaining new converts.
Paul voided the Law with his pen, declaring that Jesus the Christ or Messiah did away with all those complicated regulations by becoming a human sacrifice.
The irony is that Christians will go around proclaiming how they believe the whole Bible and want to serve God, worship God, and do the "will" of God. Christians follow Paul, not God.
This is the shallow pool of deception that Christianity swims in and tries to lure others into with threats of hellfire.
For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: "The man who does these things will live by them." Paul only partially quotes Lev 18:5 here.
The fuller context is:
Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.
Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.
The law is to be obeyed if one wants to find favor with God.
But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
Paul now attempts to establish a new form of righteousness which is simply by faith alone with no compliance to the law being needed. In attempting this subterfuge, Paul partially quotes Deut 30:12 to suit his needs.
The full quote is:
It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
Deut 30:12 has nothing to do with Christ.
The law was given to the people and they don't need to be in any suspense regarding what to do to find favor with God. Simply have faith in God and obey his laws. Paul wants to claim that Christ was needed to complete the "picture" for the people when there is no need for a Christ to do anything.
Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
There is no need to bring Christ up from the dead. The law was already given and serves to provide righteousness to the people.
But what saith it? The word is nigh (near) thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
Paul distorts Deut 30 even more this time as he attempts to retrofit Jesus into Deut 30.
In attempting to do this, Paul dishonestly half quotes Deut 30:14 and omits Deut 30:9-11 as well. Deut 30:10-11 throws such a huge wrench into Paul's theology it's no wonder he had no use for it.
First, Deut 30:14 actually states:
But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
Paul's altered quote of Deut 30:14: the word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart
Notice that Paul leaves off of his quote "that thou mayest do it". Paul has twisted Deut 30:14 by chopping off the part he wanted to get rid off. That omitted part is the instruction to obey the law.
Paul already claimed in verse Rom 10:4 that Christ was the end of the law and can't have people thinking the law should still be observed so he chops off the last part of Deut 30:14 to suit his need. Replacing the law with faith in Jesus is his agenda and Paul has no trouble misapplying and taking out of context any OT verse that suits his needs. The fuller context of Deut 30 reveals why Paul couldn't quote the verses honestly.
Deut 30: 9-11 declares:
And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:
If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off (not too difficult to obey).
Little wonder Paul couldn't quote these verses. Not only does it state that obeying the law with all your heart and soul would make people prosper, it further states that the law was not too difficult to follow or beyond the reach of the people.
There is no need for Jesus anywhere here and Paul simply couldn't tolerate that as it ruined his plans to require that a new savior named Jesus be the savior for mankind.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
This (confessing "Jesus is Lord") is the word of faith that Paul claims Deut 30:14 is really about.
As already shown, Deut 30:14 has nothing to do with Christ and says nothing about confessing "Jesus is Lord".
God declared in Isa 45:21-22 that he ALONE was the ultimate savior. To be saved you must have faith in God, follow his laws, and recognize NO other savior.
Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
Paul has invented a new savior named Jesus who people are supposed to turn to in order to find salvation.
The notions of Paul are contradicted by the Old Testament in many places. Some examples are:
I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.
At no time in the Old Testament are people instructed to worship a man as the sole source of salvation nor are they ever instructed to worship a man as God.
Christians will often attempt to get around this glaring problem by simply claiming that Jesus is God. But as already shown, that claim contradicts the Old Testament.
In addition to the fact that Jesus is never mentioned anywhere in the OT, basic logic discredits this attempt to dance around the problem. A son of God by definition can't be God himself and he who is supposed to be sitting at the right hand of God can't be God himself. Part man, part god, hybrids like Jesus have no basis in the OT and are pagan in origin.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
In Rom 10:11 Paul misquotes Isa 28:16 as he again twists the scripture to suit his needs.
Isa 28:16 states:
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
There is no reference to trusting Jesus in Isa 28:16.The verse is referring to the trusting God's word and the Lord. The Lord is not a man/god hybrid called Jesus.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
In Rom 10:13 Paul now quotes a piece of Joel 2:32.
Joel 2:32 states:
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
Notice that Joel 2:32 says nothing about calling on Jesus. God already made it clear that he ALONE is the ultimate savior. There is no God called Jesus.
Looking at Joel 2:27 further exposes Paul's misuse of the Old Testament scripture.
And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
Jesus is not the Lord God. That concept is a New Testament invention.
Paul's style was to twist pieces of the OT scripture, insert them into his story line, and manufacture his theology around out of context quotes.
It's interesting to note that Paul's deceptive use of the OT scriptures wasn't limited to his writings in the book of Romans.
He practiced the same dishonesty in the following example:
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
This is an another attempt to make Jesus the God everyone should worship. Once again it steals a concept from the OT and distorts it to fit the savior mold Paul was advertising. Here's what the OT verses actually say about which God people are supposed to worship:
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
According to the OT, God ALONE is the savior. There is NO other.
Isa 45:22-23 says nothing about God exalting a man/god named Jesus to the highest place and says nothing about having to confess Jesus is the Lord. Nor does it say anything about God giving his glory to him.
God already stated in Isa 45:21
...and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
And God stated in Isa 42:8
I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
Once again Paul twisted the OT verses to suit his needs. Christians constantly claim Paul's writings are the word of God yet they completely ignore the fact that Paul deliberately twisted the OT "word of God" into a pretzel in the process of inventing a new savior called Jesus.
Why should any honest thinking person accept these types of deceptive writing techniques used by Paul as the word of God?
It should also be noted that Paul had no problem using threats to silence any opposition of his concocted teachings. The use of threats can be quite effective in discouraging critical and objective thinking. Threats can keep believers in line and unquestioning.
As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
2 Cor 10:6
And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Christianity can be distilled down into two basic elements…deceptive teachings and threats of punishment.
There is no man/god called Jesus in the Old Testament. There is no Son of God who will have to be worshipped to join God's fold. There is no Christ (Messiah) that will cancel the Law and who people must confess as their God and savior.
That new doctrine was invented by the New Testament writers, Paul in particular.
This is the type of dishonest fabrication and twisting of the Old Testament that Christianity hangs it's hat on. It's a man-made, manufactured belief system which uses some very slick tactics to suck people into it's net.