Sometimes we as humans, make things so difficult, we end up confused and tired. I am guilty of this I know, and I am guessing that the vast majority of us are as well. This blog is inspired by a conversation that I am having with a friend, about the validity of the New Testament. Is the New Testament valid? Is it Scripture? How do we know what Scripture is, and how do we apply our lives to Scripture? These are questions that are very important when we are TRULY seeking TRUTH. We must study to show ourselves approved.
WHAT IS HISTORY?
History is simply events that happened in the past. In other words, history is a witness to the things that have happened. The more witness, the more accurate the accounts are, and the more valid the historical account. It is important to remember that history is NOT evil. It is just a witness to what has happened.
When we study the Scriptures, we have to understand the history and context of the portion we are studying. If not, we are only speculating at best, which leaves holes for major error in the outcome of our beliefs. We must take everything and put it on the table, test it to the Scriptures, and only then will we be able to find the Truth. Yeshua rebuked the pharisees saying,
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. “I do not receive glory from men; but I know you, that you do not have the love of Elohim in yourselves. “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only Elohim? “Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. “But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:39-47)
The pharisees were so caught in their own understanding that they were ignoring the “history” taking place right before their eyes…
The New Testament was canonized as “Scripture” during the counsel of Nicaea. There were other things established during this counsel, which the christian church holds dear to this day. Things like doing away with the Biblical Sabbath. Changing the holidays from the Feasts of Yehovah, to pagan mithraic sun festivals. All of which are a direct description of the Anti Messiah. Do we honestly think that the Canon of “Scripture” was for our good and well being?
This leads us to another topic for a second. The Anti Messiah. What does that term mean?
It is important to note, that the definition does not say it is “opposite” but it says, “of same kind, but situated opposite,“. This is VERY important to understanding the Anti Messiah. He is of the SAME KIND, or you could say, he will look IDENTICAL to the TRUE Messiah, but oppose TRUTH. I can’t emphasize the importance of this enough. Discernment is not being able to tell right from wrong, it is being able to tell right from almost right. If the enemy presented himself as the blood-thirsty red devil that our culture pictures him as, few people would be following him. But, if he comes as the WORD says, in the guise of LIGHT, then would not the masses follow him? This is an important topic that you must understand before you can see the truth of the Scriptures with clarity and resolve. There are a lot of people out there who think that Yehovah has given them their job even though that job requires them to work on the Feast days and Shabbat. Is that job from Yehovah? YES! Is it a blessing from Him? NO!!!! It is a TEST (Deuteronomy 13) to see if you are wiling to follow Yehovah with all your heart and soul, or if you will run to man’s provision. Does your help come from lawless corporate America, or THE CREATOR OF ALL THINGS? Hopefully you understand the seriousness of this rabbit trail. If you are failing the simple test described above, you CAN NOT SEE CLEARLY, nor will you see clearly, until you pass the test.
Ok. Back to the New Testament. Is it scripture because Constantine said so? I would say NO! Does that mean that the accounts are invalid and should be thrown out into the fire? Again, I would say NO!! This blog is not Scripture, but a testimony of what Yehovah is teaching me in this very moment. It is up to you to take this testimony, and test it. The fact is, and history proves, that I did write this article, and that I am believing the things in which I write. Again, history is just the account of something that has happened. The New Testament is just that! It is an accurate account, proven to be true by MANY reputable scholars, of what took place in the time of Yeshua. If we choose to throw it out, we have not only shot ourselves in the foot,, but we are choosing to ignore EVIDENCE of what took place in history, which is EXACTLY what the adversary has tried to force you to do. He has tried to destroy EVIDENCE that proves TRUTH for thousands of years. If he can change history, he can control what you believe about the future. Don’t fall for that lie! Show yourself approved.
So, that leads us to the next question…
Just because it actually took place, does this mean that it was righteous?
No! History is full of lawlessness! The bible is full of lawlessness! Just because it is fact that something took place, does not mean it is ok for you to repeat it. This is where Torah comes in to play. Many people get hung up right here. They think that because the festival of Purim is in the bible, that it must be ok to observe. We must test that thought according to Torah. Torah tells us to not add to, or take away from the PERFECT WORD! Are His feasts in Leviticus 23 not enough, that we should add more in order to worship Him in a “better” way? ABSURDITY! His WORD is enough. These things are all tests to see what we will do with our lives. This is why we have history preserved for our searching! When we search the facts, will we choose to follow man’s ways, or follow Yehovah’s perfect instruction?
So, to wrap this all up, let’s review… Is history bad? NO! It helps us understand what has happened before us, and testifies to the validity of the Torah. When men act lawlessly, we have proof that Torah is true, because they are cursed. When me act righteously, we have proof that Torah is true, because they are blessed. Is the New Testament scripture? NO! It is an accurate historical account of what took place in the first century CE, and is the testimony that we talked about above. Why do we need it? Well, because it helps our finite minds understand the importance of obedience, because without testimony, we falter. Can we see clearly if we are not obeying? NO! We must walk in the revelation that He has given us, then and ONLY then, will he reveal more to us. When we fail the test of Deuteronomy 13, we are showing that we do not fully trust Him. Why then would he reveal His truth to us? HE WON’T! We must wake up and realize that we are lawless, and run to obedience. In repentance and rest we will be saved.
So don’t believe the lies, that the New Testament is inaccurate. It has been time tested and proven as an accurate historical account. That being said, it has MANY textual errors, and is nothing more than a historical account! Constantine called it Scripture, and just like his Anti Messiah character, his followers (christians) hold it in place of the TRUE Scriptures of Yehovah. We must take all the evidence, and make our judgements wisely.