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The Truth Concerning the Validity of the Bible
today's "Christianity" the Bible is looked upon as the
"word of God", as the truth which God has revealed.
All so-called Christian denominations have made it an act of faith that
their members believe that the books of the Old and the New Testament teach that
the so-called "Holy Ghost" not only impelled the authors of those
books to write them, but imparted the contents to them in strict accordance with
the truth, and also guarded the writers against any error in writing them down.
Many of these false churches even go so far as to maintain that not only
the contents in general terms, but also the very words themselves were inspired
by this fabricated "Holy Ghost" or "Holy Spirit".
This doctrine is an expression of the belief that the truth can have only
one source, namely God, and that only those things that are derived from a
divine revelation can be true. As
for the "truths" that are taught by the Christian denominations, these
are based mostly upon the writings of the New Testament.
Therefore, flawless and unassailable evidence must be produced to prove
that the contents of these texts were revealed by God.
There are various ways in which God can manifest Himself.
It may be that one of His spirits speaks to a human being, who then and
there writes down the message word for word.
Such were the messages from God that were received by Moses.
He heard the voice of one of God's spirits speaking to him in the sacred
tabernacle out of the cloud that overhung the Ark of the Covenant, and wrote
down the words. One of God's spirits
may also bring the message not in spoken words, but in the form of the letters
of the alphabet. In such a case one
letter after another is spelled out, and in this way words and sentences are
formed. So it was with the messages
that were sent by means of the high priest's Breastplate.
Also, one of God's spirits may make use of a mortal's vocal organs in
order to speak, or his hand in order to write.
This was often the case with the prophets of the Old Testament.
Then also, a spirit of God may so thoroughly fill a man or a woman with
thoughts to be expressed in speech or in writing, that this person's own
thoughts are totally eliminated, and he speaks or writes only as the spirit
prompts. This is called
"inspiration". Many of
God's messages were delivered through the prophets of the Old Testament in this
We must distinguish between two kinds of "inspiration".
In one case, only the thoughts are inspired in a person by a spirit of
God, and these thoughts are written down in the person's own words and in his
own human style of expression. In
the case of the other kind of "inspiration" not only the thoughts are
imparted, but the very words in which these thoughts are to be spoken.
This is nothing more or less than "dictation" on the part of
one of God's spirits. "Inspiration"
of this kind is known as "literal" or "verbal" inspiration.
There are in addition a great many other ways in which God may make His
Nothing further is needed to prove that manifestations of God which are
accomplished by one or another of the methods mentioned, contain the pure truth
and must be accepted as "the word of God".
Now, into which group do the writings of the New Testament fall?
All Christian churches teach that the narratives and epistles of the New
Testament were imparted to their respective authors by the "Holy
Ghost" through inspiration. Many
churches even contend that it was through "verbal" inspiration, that
is to say, by way of dictation. What
proof have these churches for this doctrine?
There are only two ways in which it could be proved, one being a clear
and specific statement on the part of the authors of the New Testament to the
effect that the contents of their records and epistles had been imparted, or in
fact dictated to them, by God or one of His spirits.
The only other proof that we could consider would be a clear assertion,
made at any time or in any place by God or one of His spirits, to the effect
that the books of the New Testament are "inspired" writings.
No other possible method of proof exists.
Do the authors themselves say that their writings were imparted to them
by the "Holy Ghost"? They,
if anyone, must have known whether they were writing the story of their personal
experiences and observations freely and of their own accord, or whether they
were only being employed as "instruments" by God.
If they wrote their accounts on their own impulse in a purely human
style, they would, quite naturally, make no special mention of that fact.
If, however, they acted merely as "instruments of God", they
were in duty bound to acknowledge that fact and give the credit to God.
They were obliged to do what the writers of the Old Testament had done.
Whenever these announced or recorded a revelation from God, they
repeatedly emphasized the fact that it was a divine revelation.
So often that it becomes the usual instead of the unusual, we read,
"thus says Jehovah", or "God spoke".
Of the books of the New Testament, only one, The
Revelation of John, was communicated by an angel and the spirit of Immanuel.
What is more, John stresses this fact in the very opening sentence of his
authors of all the other books of the New Testament say nothing about the
operation of any supernatural influence upon the writing of their reports!
on the contrary, clearly and specifically states in the first few lines of his
gospel that he has compiled his story in quite the ordinary human way.
He writes, "Many before me have undertaken to write the story of the
well established events that happened among us.
Their accounts agree with what we are told by those who were eyewitnesses
from the beginning, and who appeared in public to proclaim the truth.
Having looked carefully into all the facts from the very outset, I have
also decided to write them down in historical order and to send my account to
you, most noble Theophilus, in order that you may convince yourself of the truth
of that which you have learned by word of mouth."
As you can clearly see, his
account contains the things that were told to him by eyewitnesses, and not
those that were imparted to him by the fabricated "Holy Ghost".
He tells the same story that many others before him had written down.
He is familiar with their writings. He
re-examines these one by one and arranges everything in its chronological order,
having looked carefully into all of the facts from the very outset; only then
does he write his own account. He is
doing merely what any conscientious historian would do.
If, on the other hand, he had been engaged only in setting down the
knowledge imparted to him by the "Holy Ghost", what need would there
have been for any painstaking research or for arrangement in chronological
sequence or for a careful investigation of all of the facts from the very
outset? In that case he would have
been spared the duty of making any personal investigation.
The same is true of his Acts of the
Apostles. It would be foolish,
incorrect and even absurd to speak of these two writings of Luke as
"inspired" by the "Holy Ghost".
Also, the Apostle John declares that
he himself witnessed the events that he relates, and that for this reason
his story is authentic. In the
introduction to his First Epistle he
writes, "I am writing to you to tell you of Him Who is the Word of Life; of
the events in His career from the beginning; of that which we ourselves heard
from Him; of that which we saw with our own eyes; of that which we observed in
Him, and which was so close to us that we could touch it with our hands.
In this way we learned beyond doubt that in Him the true life was made
manifest. We saw it before our eyes
and so we can bear witness to it." He
also by this statement denies any kind of "inspiration" by the
"Holy Ghost" in connection with his gospel and his epistles.
The same thing is true of the gospels of Matthew and Mark, and of the
various epistles. All of these
epistles deal with contemporary matters, and were caused to be written by
inquiries and reports that were sent in by Christian congregations.
The teachings, explanations, exhortations, and warnings contained in
these epistles are such as would be addressed by any pastor to distant flocks.
The foregoing implies no denial of the fact that a spirit from God
carried to the Apostles those Christian truths that appear here and there in
their epistles. But there is nothing
to prove that these truths were withheld from them until they were actually
engaged in committing their epistles to writing.
On the contrary, the members of the Christian congregations are
specifically reminded in some of these passages that these truths have already
been proclaimed to them in the past by word of mouth.
Not in any writing do the Apostles say that their epistles were inspired
by the invented "Holy Ghost".
Therefore, it is obvious to every
honest student of the Bible that the authors of the books of the New Testament
say nothing about having received their writings through inspiration by the
so-called Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit. As
for the gospels and epistles of Luke and John, the proof that they were written
without any supernatural aid or intervention is their own statement to that
It follows that the false churches
cannot produce from the New Testament itself any proof of their doctrine of
Neither has God nor any of His
spirits at any time declared the books of the New Testament to be "inspired
writing". The only two ways
by which the New Testament could possibly be proved to be inspired, are
eliminated from consideration.
Therefore, only this fact remains; the authors of the New Testament
writings wrote of their own choice and on the basis of their purely human
knowledge, with the exception of The
Revelation of John. Some wrote
as eye and ear witnesses of that which they describe; others had made careful
investigation among such as had been eye and ear witnesses of the facts that
Their accounts justly laid claim to trustworthiness as long as the
reports of their own hands were in existence.
They contained the truth. Whether
a truth is obtained by purely human ways, or by inspiration from God, or one of
His spirits, does not in any way affect the truth; because truth remains truth,
regardless of the manner by which it comes to us.
One very weighty reason for believing that the books of the New
Testament, as we have them today, do not owe their existence to any divine
inspiration, is found in the following fact; if, as the Christian churches
contend, the New Testament as an inspired work is the source of the divine
truth, that same source would naturally contain all of the truths that Immanuel
wished to reveal to mankind. The
fact is, however, that Immanuel while He was on Earth had many important truths
that He could not reveal to His disciples because they were unable to understand
them. Had He disclosed them, His
disciples would have lost faith in Him; but it was His intention that the
spirits of truth, whom He meant to send to them later, should initiate them into
all these truths. If then, it was
the "Holy Ghost" who as the spirit of truth promised by Immanuel to
His disciples, inspired the authors of the New Testament, he would also have
revealed to them those important truths that were to follow.
Those truths which at an earlier date had been beyond the Apostles'
strength to bear. Because according
to what is taught by all Christian denominations except the Catholic, there are
no sources other than the New Testament from which we can learn those truths
that Immanuel promised.
Does the New Testament contain a single one of those mighty truths that
Immanuel never revealed because they were too weighty to be understood?
Not one! And yet, according
to Immanuel, many such truths existed. As
for the four gospels, the truths not revealed by Immanuel cannot be found there,
if only for the reason that these gospels deal merely with the things that
Immanuel did and taught while He was on Earth.
Let us for a moment admit as a fact the unproved and unable to prove
"inspired nature of the New Testament", a statement that could apply
only to the text as originally written down.
Even if this was true, which it clearly isn't, we
no longer possess a single such original manuscript of the New Testament.
What we have today consists of about three thousand incomplete copies
and fragments of copies, no two of which agree!
In fact, each individual manuscript can be read in more ways than one,
many of its words having been altered by marks subsequently superimposed on
them. Often one and the same word
has been repeatedly changed. Consequently,
no one can say what part of the copies agrees with the original manuscripts of
the authors of the New Testament.
It is an actual fact that no other book on Earth has undergone so many
changes and falsifications at the hands of the copyists as has the Bible, both
the Old Testament and the New! With
respect to falsifications of the Old Testament, God Himself announces through
the prophet Jeremiah, "You think yourselves wise and believe that you are
in possession of the truth. Yes,
but the pen of the falsifying
copyists has turned the truth into a lie."
The same thing can be said of the text of the New Testament.
Even the well versed scholar cannot say for certain, with reference to
those three thousand copies, which are the words, sentences, or chapters that
have been intentionally or accidentally left out, overlooked, misread,
misinterpreted, capriciously altered, or deliberately falsified by the copyists.
Furthermore, not one of the scribes who made the copies that we have
today had access to the original text, but only to copies of still earlier
The discrepancies in the documents
available to us are not by any means confined to matters of little importance,
but in many cases touch the very
foundations of the various Christian denominations of today.
Also, there are many passages in which the gospels contradict each
other even when reporting the same facts!
As though it were not enough that the old copies available to us conflict
in matters of the greatest importance to the doctrines held by the creeds of
today, the situation is made worse by the translations of the text into our
modern languages. Often the
translators have failed to understand the Greek text and have assigned to its
words, sentences or phrases a meaning which they either do not have at all, or
at least not in their context. Faulty
translation is responsible, for instance, for the doctrine of eternal damnation,
for the term "the Holy Ghost" as a divine personage, and for the whole
doctrine of a Holy Trinity.
I am certain that I am right when I say that many of you who are
acquainted only with your standardized New Testament would never suspect that
there are many thousand different
versions in existence. Competent
judges estimate that the number of discrepancies exceeds the number of words in
the New Testament! Under these
facts, the Christian churches of today would be embarrassed and bewildered if
called upon to uphold the doctrine of "inspiration".
Any unprejudiced observer of the situation must ask with Pilate,
"What is the truth?" Because
if the copies of the New Testament in our possession essentially differ from
each other in matters of the utmost importance to the creed of the Christian
churches, and if in addition they have been incorrectly translated into modern
speech, no dogma remains in support of which we could refer to the Bible with a
feeling of certainty.
This view is confirmed by no less an authority than Jerome.
Around the year 370 A.D. he translated the entire Bible into Latin.
Damasus, who was Pope at that time, had asked him to make this
translation, and Jerome, in a letter to Damasus, reports on his work in
connection with the new version. He
writes that it would be a dangerous presumption to attempt to issue a Bible
which would reproduce the correct text, since the existing copies of the
original documents were scattered all over the world and no two of them were
alike. He was now called upon to
judge between them. If he were to
produce a Bible at this time, it would be unlike any of the others that had
preceded it! As a result he would be
called an irreverent forger for having altered words and sentences, or having
omitted something here, inserted something there, or tried to improve on the
original elsewhere. And then he adds
a remark that strikes a fatal blow at all who hold the Bible as we have it today
to be the unadulterated word of God. He
says, "Even those who condemn me as an impious forger must admit that we
can no longer speak of such a thing as "truth" where there are
variations in that which is said to be true."
What he means to say is this, if the writings which are supposed to
contain the truth contradict one another as to the truth, no one can call me a
"perverter of the truth", because in my case one can no longer speak
of "truth", nor of any "perversion" of it.
In his letter Jerome goes on to state how the many discrepancies between
the copies of the original text can be explained.
Some copyists, he says, were deliberate, criminal forgers.
Others were conceited enough to attempt to improve on the text, but in
their inexperience merely succeeded in impairing it.
Still others dozed while they copied, and so left out, misread, or
misplaced words and passages.
What Jerome says of copying in general, and of copyists, is quite true of
his own version of the Bible, because he himself did exactly what all other
translators and copyists had done before him!
He too, following his own personal opinion, added material in his new
Bible, altered passages and words, and made omissions, as he himself admits.
We may be sure that such changes as he made were not unfavorable to the
doctrines being taught by the papacy at that time.
Subsequently, still further changes were introduced into Jerome's
translation, which is known as the "Vulgate", and then, by decree of
the Council of Trent, it was declared that the Vulgate contained the
"inspired word of God". We
are not told to whom the inspiration of the Vulgate with all of its additions,
omissions, and subsequent alterations was granted, whether to Jerome himself, or
to someone else. Because of this,
for example, Jerome's Vulgate does not contain the passage which is of such
importance to the Catholic Trinitarian doctrine and which appears in the
falsified first Epistle of John, "There are three in Heaven to bear witness
. . . " because not a single manuscript to which he had access contained
this passage! Nevertheless, it was
inserted in the Vulgate that was examined by the Council of Trent, and
consequently this spurious falsification is held to be inspired, even
though it does not occur in a single manuscript that antedates the fifteenth
century. Since even Catholic
theologians regarded the passage as spurious, the Index Congregation on
The opinion is often expressed by people in general that God decided to
preserve the original documents of the New Testament unaltered and to protect
them against falsification. The fact
that God did not do so has been established above.
As a matter of fact, God does not forcibly intervene in any course of
action upon which men, even forgers, may decide to embark.
He did not prevent the gross falsification of the writings of the Old
Testament, and He likewise left those of the New Testament to their fate at the
hands of mankind.
I will now go a step further and assert that it was not Immanuel's
intention that His teachings should be written down at all, except for one
secret document, or that public documents of any sort should be looked upon as
the source of the truth. Had He
intended His teachings to be publicly recorded in writing He would have clearly
said so. A written record of this
kind, according to the belief of most denominations, would have been of supreme
importance to all succeeding generations as the sole source of the truth.
Are we asked to believe that Immanuel remained silent concerning a matter
on which the diffusion of His gospel would depend for all time to come?
The truth is that He did not say one word publicly about setting down His
doctrines in writing, neither in His sermons nor in His talks with His
disciples. He sends them forth to
teach, to heal the sick, to drive out evil spirits, but not to write books.
In addition, He would certainly not have openly entrusted the task of
recording His teachings to His disciples, but would have performed it Himself.
Besides, it would have been an easy matter for Him to dictate His
doctrine publicly in full to a scribe, because in His day there were many men
who made their living by writing; and even in those times shorthand writing for
taking down dictation had been invented. He
thought it would serve no purpose to publicly record His doctrine in writings,
because He knew the vicissitudes to which all writings are subject.
He too, recognized the force of the eternally true saying, "Written
matter is the sport of fate." It
may be destroyed or falsified, and later generations will be in no position to
judge whether that which they have before them is the original text of a
manuscript, or a forgery. Also,
writings on behalf of a good cause may be falsified to serve an evil one, and
untruths can be circulated under the disguise of truth.
If, according to God's own word, truth
was turned into lies in the Old Testament by the pen of the falsifying copyists,
is it not certain that the same fate would
have befallen Immanuel's writings? Have
we not seen what was done with the text of the New Testament in the course of
the centuries? It has become a book
in which every one seeks and finds evidence to support his own particular
many as ten thousand different Christian sects have been counted, each
differing from the rest in one tenet or another, yet each of them citing the New
Testament to prove that its own creed is the true one.
Could an all-loving perfect God have willed that a book, in which every
man can find substantiation for his erroneous contentions, should serve as the
source of unquestioned truth? The
very thought is sacrilege, implying as it does, that God gave to mankind,
starving for the truth, a stone instead of bread!
Where then can we find the unpolluted fountain of truth, from which no
error can flow?
It has been plainly indicated by Immanuel.
The words in which He directs us to that source are the same in all the
manuscripts of the New Testament.
They are the words that Immanuel spoke a few hours before He departed
from this Earth, "And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you other
helpers to be with you forever, the spirits of the truth; and they will teach
you all things."
God's spirits of truth as the sole
source of the truth;
that is the legacy that
Immanuel bequeathed to us in His last hours.
In speaking as He did, Immanuel proclaimed no new doctrine.
His doctrine is as old as mankind. As
long as humans have been on Earth, God's spirit messengers have been the only
bearers of the truth. Such
messengers spoke with Cain, Abel, and Enoch.
Abraham constantly communicated with them.
Three of them, materialized as human beings, came to him with messages
from God. They went into
Later there were a great number of so-called "prophets" through
whom God transmitted His messages.
At the beginning of the New Testament we again find God's messengers.
An angel from God appears to Zacharias, to Mary, and to Joseph, and
delivers God's messages to them. John
the Baptist is commanded by one of God's envoys to administer baptism.
The same messenger tells him of the sign by which he may recognize the
Messiah. While Immanuel is being
baptized in the
Immanuel's life on Earth is an unbroken communion with God's world of
spirits. With the aid of a spirit
sent by God, Immanuel exorcises evil spirits and heals the sick.
Through his contact with God's messengers He learns from His Father the
doctrines that He must preach to the people.
Again and again He confesses that He is not speaking on His own
authority, but is proclaiming only that which was imparted to Him by His Father.
As far as there was need, His Father instructed Him through spirit
messengers who were constantly descending and rising above the Son of Man.
"You will see God's messengers ascending and descending above the
Son of Man." "The things
that I have heard from Him, I speak to all the world."
It was His wish that all who preached the gospel should draw from the
same source from which He Himself had drawn.
First and foremost, His Apostles, they were not merely to repeat their
own conception of what they had heard from Immanuel, because people are prone to
be inaccurate when repeating the words of others.
For that reason even the Apostles were to be instructed again by the
spirits of truth concerning the things which they had learned from the human
discourse of Immanuel, in order that they might be guarded against errors
arising from misunderstanding. Through
God's spirits they were to receive confirmation of the gospel that Immanuel had
preached, and also to be taught the new truths that Immanuel had been
constrained to withhold because the Apostles were not yet ready to receive them.
The correctness of this conclusion we find confirmed by Immanuel's own
words, "And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you other helpers
to be with you forever, the spirits of the truth."
"I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
But when these spirits of truth come, they will guide you into all the
truth." "But the helpers,
the holy spirits whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things
and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you."
According to these words the spirits of truth had a twofold task to
perform. First they were to keep the
faithful in clear understanding of that which Immanuel had taught them and to
confirm their belief in the same. After
that, however, their duty was to continue the instruction begun by Immanuel and
to reveal those things that, for the reasons already given, He had withheld from
His disciples. Also,
God's spirits were to remain with them for all time, since the danger of
error was a constant menace because of the powers of evil and human weakness.
In short, it was not Immanuel's wish that later generations should be
dependent on the religious traditions handed down to them by their forefathers,
because such traditions, after having passed through human agencies, could not
be warranted as true. There could be
no way of knowing what part of them came from the divine fountain of truth, and
what part from human error.
True to the promise of Immanuel, God's messengers were constantly coming
as spirits of truth after His Earthly "death".
It is they whom the Apostles invoke when they call upon men to believe
their teachings. In Paul's writings
we continually find references to these bearers of the truth.
"The things that I said and preached I did not lay before you in
fascinating words of human wisdom, but it was God's spirits and God's power that
spoke through me. For your faith was
not to be based on human wisdom, but on a divine power."
And, "But to us God has revealed them through His spirit
world." And, "Now we have
not received one of the evil spirits that rule the world, but a spirit that
comes from God."
Also, "We preached about this, not with words taught by human
wisdom, but in such words as a spirit of God teaches us.
True, a worldly minded man does not accept what comes from a spirit of
God, for he looks upon communication with God's spirit world as madness."
And, "You are an epistle of Immanuel, written now with ink but with
a spirit of the living God." Also,
"For I make known to you, brothers, as touching the gospel which was
preached by me, that it is not the work of man.
I neither received it from man nor was it taught to me by man, but it
came to me through a revelation of Immanuel."
It was not only the Apostles who were taught by God's spirits, but also
the early Christian communities as well, inasmuch as messengers from God spoke
to them through so-called "prophets".
The word "prophet" means the same as an "instrument"
of God. Such instruments were to be
found in all of the Christian congregations of early times.
Paul writes that the "mysteries of Immanuel have now been revealed
to His holy Apostles and to the prophets, by a spirit of God."
Through these "mediums" or instruments of the good spirits the
faithful could at all times ascertain whether a doctrine was true and how it was
to be interpreted. For this reason
Paul writes to the Philippians, "And if in any matter you are of a
different opinion, God will make it clear to you."
They were free to inquire of God when they were gathered for worship, and
they received their answer from God's spirits who spoke through mediums.
Again, such prophets or mediums are frequently mentioned in the Acts
of the Apostles as transmitting messages from God brought by His spirits.
In the Old Testament God calls upon men to come to Him in their search
for the truth, "Inquire of Me", He said, and through His spirit
messengers He revealed the truth. By
His own admission, Immanuel, as a mortal, learned the truth from God's spirits.
He promises His Apostles to initiate them into the whole truth through
spirits of truth. The Apostles bear
witness that this promise was fulfilled in their case and in that of the
Christian congregations, that they received their doctrine from God's spirits.
From what source does so-called
Christianity of today draw the truth? Can
the Christian "divines" of the various sects say of themselves that a
spirit of God is speaking through them? Can
they like Paul contend that they did not learn their doctrine from men and
acquire it by human instruction, but by a revelation of Immanuel?
They cannot! They are in the
employ of their respective churches. They have learned the
creed of those churches through human instruction in schools, seminaries and
universities. What they have
absorbed is human wisdom, professional wisdom, together with all of its errors,
and this is what they teach their congregations!
Of spirits as envoys of God and as bearers of the truth they know
nothing. They too think it
foolishness, as Paul says, to believe that in this day any doctrine should be
taught by a spirit of God, when there are so many learned theologians, doctors
It is as though Immanuel had said, "I will send you high priests,
popes, bishops, clergymen, professors, and doctors of divinity."
A man like Moses had to communicate with God's world of spirits and to
"inquire of God" in order to find the truth.
The same was true of the great prophets and even of Immanuel, as well as
the Apostles and the Christians of the early centuries of the era, but today
such a thing is considered antiquated and outmoded.
As a matter of fact it was
precisely the learned clergymen and the professors of "sacred
theology" who introduced the doctrines against which Paul warns us when he
says, "Let no man beguile you with the wisdom and the vain deceit that
belongs to men and to the powers of the spirits of the world, but not to
Christ." Also, "Some of
the men have lost sight of this goal and are beating the air with their
interpretations, wishing to be regarded as versed in the truth although they do
not understand the meaning of the terms which they use nor the things of which
they speak with so much assurance." And,
"They are the men who cause divisions; worldly minded men who have not
received a holy spirit."
For sixteen hundred years the world of God's spirits has been excluded
from the Christian churches. The
leaders of the churches have extinguished the holy spirits, but wherever God's
spirits are forced to give ground, others appear, the very ones of which Paul
writes to Timothy, "God's spirits expressly declare that in times to come
many will fall away from the faith and turn to spirits and doctrines of
Therefore, from the time which communion with the world of God's spirits
as the only road to the truth was abandoned, the most diverse and far-reaching
errors crept into the Christian religion. Century
by century matters grew worse. Truth
after truth was tainted and rendered unpalatable by error.
And what was the result? Today
you have a Christianity split asunder by countless sects, each preaching things
that are not true, and each believing its own creed to be the one and true
gospel of Immanuel, or as they erroneously called Him "Jesus", and yet
many of you wonder that a religion so adulterated and frayed should have ceased
to exert any influence on mankind. Give
back to the people the religion of the early Christians.
Take from their shoulders the spiritual burdens that have been imposed by
man made teachings and the craving for power, and restore to them their freedom
to commune with God's bearers of the truth.
Then you will see how great an influence the teachings of Immanuel can
exert on the people of today also, because it is only the truth, not falsehood
that creates true power.
The Catholic Church tries to explain the division into sects on the
ground that all of the other Christian creeds seceded from her, whose faith
alone was the true one, but it was precisely that church which drove God's
spirit world from the Christian faith! It
was that church, which together with the temporal powers, who many times
murdered all who believed otherwise than was prescribed by the authority of the
current pope. In the name of
Catholic Christianity, the blood of ten of millions has flowed!
It is true that the Catholic Church has succeeded in creating a human
substitute for the divine spirits which were active in the early days of the
Christian era. It has instituted an
office vested with "infallibility".
That was the simplest way of solving the problem of providing an
authentic source of the truth. Now,
according to this false doctrine, Immanuel was spared the task of sending
spirits of truth to groping humanity, as He had promised to do.
Also, there was no longer any need of the fulfillment of His promise to
be with the faithful always, "even to the end of the world".
Was there not a pope, a "Vicar of Christ" on Earth?
Where there is a vicar, he whom that vicar represents surely need not
Thanks to the doctrine of "infallible vicar of Christ on
Earth", the dispensation of the truth was placed wholly in the hands of
erring, sinful men, to the exclusion of God's messengers of truth and the gates
were thrown open to human caprice and worldly ambition.
True, the Catholic Church maintains that the "Holy Spirit" also
acts through the papal office, but if we study the procedure of selecting the
popes, and the history of the papacy, we shall soon realize that God's spirits
can have little voice in the matter. Were
not some of the popes instruments of Hell rather than vicars of Immanuel in
their deeds and in their whole manner of living?
To surmount this objection, however, a curious explanation has been
devised. A distinction is drawn
between the pope as a man and the pope as a Vicar of Christ.
It is maintained that even the worst of men, as soon as he becomes pope,
may represent Immanuel and acquire infallibility.
In other words, he might be an instrument of Lucifer and at the same time
the Vicar of Christ! Could
a man speak a greater blasphemy? Are
we to believe that God entrusts His precious gifts, such as those on which
salvation depends, to a servant of the evil one?
Ordinary common sense should teach anyone that this is unthinkable.
God's spirits are sent only to the God-fearing, and remain with them only
so long as they keep their faith. This
is illustrated by the story of King Saul. As
long as that king obeyed God, he was in daily communion with the world of God's
spirits and could inquire of God whenever he wished to be enlightened on any
matter. God always answered him
through His spirits. But when Saul
broke faith with God, further access to the world of God's spirits was denied
him. Answers were no longer given to
the questions that he addressed to God.
Instead of divine messengers, evil spirits took possession of Saul.
The gifts with which he had been endowed were taken from him.
No man, who is evil, not even if he is the pope, can ever be the bearer
of God's sacred gifts. Consequently,
the evil popes, at least, never possessed the gift of infallibility, and so the
whole dogma of papal infallibility collapses of its own weight.
Only God chooses those to whom He sends the spirits of truth.
No human choice can make any man the channel through which the truth is
conveyed. Not even Immanuel chose
His Apostles at His own discretion, because the Acts
of the Apostles clearly states that He made His choice through a holy
spirit. It follows that God would
certainly not invest a human office, such as the papacy, with infallibility.
God alone is infallible, even His
holy spirits are not. They are
infallible only when they bring a message from God.
Whoever, then, seeks to know what is true and what is untrue in the Bible
as we have it today, can find out only in the way in which all God-fearing
people in the past have sought the truth, namely by communicating with God's
He must accept the invitation that God extends to each one of us through
the prophet Jeremiah, "Ask Me and I will answer you and show you great and
mighty things, which you did not know before."
God's answer will come through His spirits, because "God's spirits
are His servants, sent to serve all who earnestly desire salvation."
The assurance that God will send us His messengers in answer to our
prayers was given to us by Immanuel when He said, "If you, then, being
evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will our
Father in Heaven give a holy spirit to those who ask Him for it."
If you are a Catholic priest or a Protestant minister, and until now you
had never so much as believed in the possibility of communication with the world
of God's spirits, the day can still come when you will voluntarily take your
first step toward such communication, and experience things that will shake you
to the depths of your soul, not because of fear, but because of the power of
truth. After you have taken the
first step, if you are a sincere seeker of truth, you will not stop.
You will say to yourself, "I must go forward, I must have
enlightenment." You will go
forward, treading carefully, and bearing in mind the words of the apostle Paul,
"Test all things, and keep that which is good."
It will be only the good that you will seek.
You will want the truth. But
you must be ready to accept it, come what might.
You know that God does not desert an earnest, interested seeker, and that
in the words of Immanuel, He will not offer a humble suppliant a stone instead
of bread. You will also realize the
grave consequences of your step.
Your position as a clergyman, your entire material existence, your whole
future in the worldly sense will be threatened with ruin if you proceed further.
You will know that you are bound to undergo abuse, ridicule, persecution
and suffering to excess, but the truth will mean more to you, and on the path
that you will follow you will find the truth!
I made use of this contact with the source of truth to seek enlightenment
above all in regard to the text of the Bible as we know it today, because on the
occasion of my first experience with the world of divine spirits my attention
had been called to the fact that the books of both the Old and the New Testament
contained a great deal of spurious material which had given rise to the many
erroneous ideas prevailing in the Christian churches of today.
Subsequently, I learned about these falsifications in detail.
It is my daily prayer that this explanation of the Bible, as well as all
my writings of truth deliver many from the burden of error and guide them to the
road that leads to God. Immanuel
says, "The truth will set you free."
It delivers us from everything in the way of man-made ordinances and
human error that has crept into religion and the truth concerning God and
Creation; it frees us from all the burdens and false steps on the road to God of
a man-made Christianity and takes us back to the true teachings of Immanuel.
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