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By Thy Words
Thou shalt be justified, and..
-- by thy words
(thou shalt be condemned)
By understanding this we can now trace the links of anti-Semitism
from Paul through Martin Luther, which produced the holocaust:
1. That the Jews murdered Christ and scheme to force Christians to be circumcised and to obey the Law of Moses [a false accusation with reference to the judgment set in Acts 21.21-24, Maravot's_Homepage_2.html, 15.19-21 ed. note].
About 58 A.D. Paul, Galatians 6.12 said:
As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they
[the Jews] constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should
suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
6.13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
With Paul was Barnabas, whose General Epistle said:
2.20..therefore he has shewn these things to all of us,
that we should not run as proselytes to the Jewish Law.
3.16 Consider this also: although you have seen so great signs and wonders done among the people of the Jews, yet this notwithstanding
the Lord hath forsaken them.
The Lord has forsaken the Jews, argued Paul and Barnabas, and adopted the Christians through Christ, being ingrafted (see Romans 11) to the original inheritance promised to Abraham. Paul alledged through his gospel that the Holy Scriptures are types and shadows of Christ, old and passed away [Hebrews 8.13-15] (sic. The Old Testament), and judment will be according to Paul's gospel:
Romans 2.16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ
(according to my gospel)
Though early church fathers thought that "my gospel" referred to one of the four gospels, it is clear that the teachings in Paul's Gospel, as reflected in his epistles, ignore entirely most of the arguments Jesus made in the Gospel of John, that he had not come to change the law but to confirm it. The gospel of Paul was preached over Christ's Teachings:
Galatians 1.15..when it pleased God, who separated me from
my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
1.16 to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen..
I Corinthians 4.15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
4.16 Wherefore I beseech you,
be ye followers of me.
Romans 3.23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory
3.24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
3.25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
3.26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
3.27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by
the law of faith.
3.28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Paul used Christ to promote a New Covenant, which
was founded upon deriding and replacing the Old Covenant
(Holy Scriptures-Law of Moses). Jesus never gave a New Covenant,
nor could He, since the New Covenant is linked to the time
when Israel is restored to the Holy Land after its diaspora.
This is evident in Deuteronomy 28, 30 and the following scriptures
among many, which we offer here as
Jeremiah 31.10 Hear the word of the LORD O yea nations, and declare it in the isles far off, and say, he that scattered Israel will gather him and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
33.11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the House of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.
33.14 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the House of Israel and to the House of Judah.
33.15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of Righteousness to grow up unto David; and He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
33.16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness.
31.31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a New Covenant with the House of Israel, and with the House of Judah.
31.32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
31.33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the House of Israel;
saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write
it in their hearts: and will be their God, and they shall be my
31.34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them, unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sins no more.
Ezekiel 34.12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
34.13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
34.15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.
34.22 Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.
34.23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.
34.24 And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.
34.25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
34.26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.
34.28 And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen...
Isaiah 4.2 In that day shall the BRANCH of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.
4.3 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem.
4.4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning.
4.5 And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.
4.6 And there shall be a Tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.
Isaiah 33.17 Thine eyes shall see the King in His Beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.
33.20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
Zechariah 8.7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;
8.8 And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.
8.3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.
6.12..Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is the BRANCH; he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
6.13 Even He shall build the temple of the LORD and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne..
6.15 And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the LORD, and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God.
Zechariah 12.8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem and He that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.
Exodus 23.20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.
23.21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for
These are just a few of the many scriptures which deal with the time when Isreal is returned from its captivity midst the nations and, not to exclude, the return being through the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning (which we all know too well). Now Paul need not have preached to the heathen [nations] using the name of the LORD whilst casting dispersions on the LORD's Scriptures, even those noted above, and defaming the LORD's people. Furthermore, Paul presumed upon the LORD to bring a New Covenant, pre-empting the epiphany of the New Covenant promised in Christ's Second Coming. Paul attempted, through his law of faith, to abrogate the LORD's ability to restore His Temple and His Tabernacle, and through this he tempted the LORD.
Now faith without works leads to death (which is what we saw through the holocaust). There were many professing faith in God but nevertheless watched millions of Jews being deprived of their livlihood, homes, the right to beg, and finally shuttled into cattle cars to be slaughtered. Then the Gentile faith without works presumption resulted in death.
Let us walk together, searching out the course of the indignity and root it out forever. For now is the axe laid against the roots of the tree, so saith the LORD GOD.
Barnabas, General Epistle, 5.24 But forasmuch as this we
have not now, he tells us when we shall have it; namely, when
we shall become perfect, that we may be made the inheritors of
the covenant of the Lord.
12.11 Let us therefore now inquire whether God has fulfilled the covenant, which he sware to our fathers, that he would give this People? Yes, verily, he gave it: but they were not worthy to receive it by reason of their sins.
Romans 2.23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God.
2.24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you [the Jews; ed. note] as it is written.
Tertullian (c. 155-220 A.D.), On Idolatry, 7.0 said: ...The Jews laid their hand upon Christ once only, these men [who kneel before idols of Christ] harass his Body every day.
The sentiment reflects an early Christian perception that the Jews murdered Christ. According to Isaiah 53.10, however, the LORD assumes responsibility for the sacrifice of the Messiah. Isaiah 53 is the proof text which connects Jesus as the Suffering Messiah who dies for the atonement of sins.
Isa. 53.10 ..for it
(pleased the Lord to bruise him)
2. That those who attempt to force Christians to obey the Law of Moses (the circumcised) are called Judaizers, a term used to deride the Circumcised Church (Jews and Jewish Christians such as St. Peter, St. James, and the others of Christ's eleven apostles presiding in the Apostolic Council). Judge now whether you would enjoy having this said of you if you were St. Peter and the other members of Christ's original Apostolic Council:
Titus 1.10 ..for there are many unruly and vain talkers
and deceivers specially they of the circumcision:
1.11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
1.12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
1.13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
1.14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
1.15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
1.16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
3.9..avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
1 Timothy 1.4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions rather than godly edifying which in faith: so do.
1.5 Now the end of the commandments is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
1.6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
1.7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
1.8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
1.9 Knowing this, that the
(the law is not made for a righteous man)
but for the lawless and disobedient,
for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
1.10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind,
for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there
be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
1.11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
Galatians 4.13 You know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.
4.14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but
received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
Romans 16.17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause
divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have
learned; and avoid them.
II Thessalonians 2.14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
II Corinthians 11.4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
II Corinthians 3.21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Galatians 2.16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall not flesh be justified.
Romans 7.6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
Galatians 3.24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
3.25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
II Timothy 4.14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works..
From references built upon Paul's thesis, of being in effect Christ and the angel of God himself who had come to abrogate the Law of Moses and replace it with his own law of faith, calling it the faith of Christ, we have the following early examples promoting anti-Semitism [many of these men, though cited for anti-Semitism, have written on the faith on a level of intellectual discernment much to be admired; the anti-Semitism coming from Paul is what we object to with regard to these mens' insights; ed. note].
St. Ignatius (99-135 A.D.) Epistle to the Philadelphians
2.6...if any one shall preach the Jewish law unto you, hearken
not unto him..
Epistle to the Magnesians 3.8 Wherefore being become his disciples, let us learn to live according to the rules of Christianity; for whosoever is called by any other name besides this, he is not of God.
3.9 Lay aside therefore the old and sour and evil leaven; and be ye changed into the new leaven, which is Jesus Christ.
3.10 Be ye salted in him, lest any one among you should be corrupted; for by your savour ye shall be judged.
3.11 It is absurd to name Jesus Christ, and to Judaize. For the Christian religion did not embrace the Jewish, but the Jewish the Christian; that so every tongue that believed might be gathered together unto God.
Origen (185-253 A.D.) First Principles 2.11.2....And to speak briefly, they desire that all things which they look for in the promises should correspond in every detail with the course of this life, that is, that what exists now should exist again. Such are the thoughts of men who believe indeed in Christ, but because they understand the divine scriptures in a Judaistic sense, extract from them nothing that is worthy of the divine promises.
3. The Jews who murdered Christ are further vilified as damned of God because of their denial of Christ. St. Ambrose (c. 340-397 A.D.), ordained Bishop of Milan 1 December 373 A.D., though not then baptized, wrote the following defense of a synagogue which was burned down:
Letter # 40 to Emperor Theodosiaus Augustus 8.0...You have
the offender before you, confessing his guilt. I declare that
I set fire to the synagogue, at least that I instructed them to
do it, that there might be no place in which Christ is denied.
14.0 The burning of a single building, I submit, does not warrant so great a disturbance as the severe punishment of the whole people, and the less so when it was a synagogue that was burnt, a place of unbelief, a home of impiety, a refuge of insanity,
(damned by God himself)
17.0 What could a fire take from those scheming Jews? These
are tricks of the Jews, trying to bring a false charge.
19.0 One can imagine how far they will go with their false charges, when they accused even Christ on false evidence. If they can lie with regard to God, there will be no limit to their calumnies. They will accuse anyone they please of causing sedition, they will aim even at people they do not know. What they want is to see row upon row of Christians in chains, the faithful with their necks under the yoke, the servants of God confined in dark prisons, beheaded with the axe, given to the flames, or sent to the mines to prolong their pains.
26.0..It is a serious thing to hazard your faith for the sake of the Jews..Who is to avenge the synagogue? Christ, whom they slew, whom they denied? Will God the Father avenge those who do not even accept the Father, in that they did not accept the Son?
3. Merged with the above came the idea that destroying the
flesh of the damned is justified. This comes through:
Paul, I Corinthians 5.5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for
the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in
the day of the Lord Jesus.
St. Jerome (c. 347-420 A.D.), letter #14, to Heliodorus 8.0..But, as I have before hinted, the case of monks is different from that to the clergy. The clergy feed the sheep; I am fed by them...I may not sit in the presence of a presbyter; he, if I sin, may deliver me to Satan, for the destruction of the flesh that the spirit may be saved.
St. Augustine (c. 354-430 A.D.), Confessions, 12.14 How hateful to me are the enemies of your Scripture! How I wish that you would slay them with your two-edged sword, so that there should be none to oppose your word! Gladly would I have them die to themselves and live to you!
Many of the precepts above noted, particularly those of
St. Ambrose, can be found in the foundations of
and even recent Vatican documents. In all respect to Paul's objective, it might have been a bit more forthcoming of him to teach Jesus' teachings as they are recorded in the Gopels. There you will find some disagreement in Christ in Paul's approach,
(for Jesus said)
John 5.39 Search the scriptures for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
5.40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
8.42 If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
8.43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
8.46..because I tell you the truth you believe me not.
5.43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
5.45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
5.46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
5.47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
Matthew 5.18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
John 8.19 ..ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also..
8.23..Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
8.28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
8.29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone;
for I do always those things that please him.
8.30..If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
8.32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth
(shall make you free!)
8.42 ..If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but He sent me.
10.30 I and my Father are one.
14.7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also..
10.38..though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
4.24 God is spirit. Worship Him in spirit and truth.
12.48 ..he that rejected me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
14.15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
15.10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as
and abide in his love.
17.4 ..[Jesus' prayer] I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
17.11..Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
17.17 Sanctify them through thy truth:
(thy word is Truth)
17.21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and
I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that
the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
6.45 It is written in the prophets, "and they shall be all taught of God". [Isaiah 54.13-17: And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children..In righteousness shalt thou be established..whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake..every tongue which shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD; ed. note]; Everyman therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
18.37..To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Jesus neither separated Himself from the Holy Scriptures--Law
of Moses--nor changed the law. For to do so would have separated
Him from the very thing He glorified, which created Him, and which
in the Second Coming will be glorified again. Some of that
glorification we listed in our rebuttal above.
Now to close the book on this matter, we must also show you how Paul, being brought first to the Apostolic Council, judged and condemned, for preaching against the Jews and the Law (Acts 21.24), was later arraigned before King Agrippa on the same charges. In answer to the charges of tempting the Jews away from the law, etc., Paul denied he had done such and thus
(Paul lied to King Agrippa)
This is Paul's lie, as mentioned on Maravot's welcome.html:
Acts 26.21 For these causes the Jews caught me in
the temple, and went about to kill me.
26.22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come..
Now this simply was not true. From the small testimony above we know that Paul went well out of his way to challenge all of the Holy Scriptures, particularly Deuteronomy 30.7, which pronounces against those who tempt the Jews to abandon the law; and he far exceeded the bounds of reason by implicating Jesus in that abrogation of the law.
Pope John Paul II is invited to clear all of this by obeying this decree.
For those of you who scanned the text and digested bits and pieces, I hope that you can understand that with most of the Pope's writings those of which I have read I am in agreement. Many of Paul's writings I also agree with. What I have taken exception to is the condemnation of others, or their sacred scriptures, whom you do not know nor have taken the time to investigate.
In both the Pope's and Paul's cases, the condemnation (judgment) was without knowledge and against the very principles of Christ and the Holy Scriptures in which He is dressed.
I have been taught to be discrete and have attempted to handle this matter with discretion. What I have done is what a husbandman would do in tending his fields. The plowman looks over his field and sees the high weeds above the tops of the wheat. Removing the weeds gives the wheat a chance to grow.
Likewise, when he tends his orchards and vineyards, he prunes them more than one--who does not know much about pruning-- might think necessary. But I was taught by an old man to take off more than you think is required, for the more light, the better and more abundant the fruit. Here we are just letting in a little light. Those who are not afraid of the light enjoy; those afraid of light do not come to it lest their sins be revealed. Such is the lamentation of the servant.
If anyone should tamper with Maravot's homepage God shall transfer unto him and his family the plagues I am attempting to mitigate through this word.
St. Matthew says, 2.23, "...that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene."
The word "Nazarene" should be changed to read "Nazarite," as the reference scripture is of Samson the Nazarite, Judges 13.5-25. A Nazarite is one who is completely separated unto God and is defined in Numbers chapter 6. I made the same mistake in creating one of my early books, thinking the name Nazarite but writing Nazarene, which led to my observation of St. Matthew's mistake. I was fortunate to have discovered and corrected my mistake in my book and take this opportunity to correct St. Matthew's typo here in his stead.
Also in the same chapter, where the Wise men/Shepherds bring gold, frankincense, and myrrh, these presents are explained in the book of Adam and Eve and Enoch which Jesus referred to (see also Jude 14), when speaking of being laid under a rock for three days, and "my Father has many mansions". Also, the blood and water issuing from His side is explained in these books, as well as the motive for the sacrifice. The books, which also refer to His Second Coming, shed light on an issue which is too often misunderstood: how the restoration of Israel is significant in God's Promise to restore the children of Adam to the Garden and return them their bodies of light; how the epiphany is as an opening of the Gate which has long been closed. I lament that I may not be able to mitigate the birth pain in opening the Gate. Watchmen, open ye the Gate...
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