Christianity has taught us that the entirety of the bible centers on the promise to Abraham. If we “believe and accept Christ”, we are told, then we will become the heirs of the promise made to Abraham.
Wrong! Paul never taught it, and Jesus never taught it!
Two scriptures dovetail in regard to this idea of “choosing Christ”, one from Jesus, and the other from Paul.
John 6:44: “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him…”
Romans 8:29: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate, to be conformed to the image of his son…”
Add this to Matthew 13:11 and John 14:17, and you see that truth is not a “given” which we can simply accept or reject. As Jesus pointed out in Matthew 7:14, “because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it”
Not choose it. Find it.
A number of mathematical proofs have shown this to be the case regarding truth. Godel’s theorem, Turing’s halting problem, Chaitin’s Algorithm Information Theory, and the Church-Turing Thesis, which tells us that the brain is nothing more than the composition of the physical laws of the universe, which tells us it can be mathematically modelled.
If there is an ALGORITHM, if there exists a decision procedure to get from “here” to “God”, then such a procedure can be programmed into a computer, and a computer can possess every attribute necessary to become a “son of God”!
There is no such decision procedure, and both Paul and Jesus have plainly stated it! If there is a God, and if a decision procedure exists, that procedure would have to be controlled by God, and not by humans, and that is what both Paul and Jesus tell us!
Paul himself, in Romans chapters 8 and 9, has pointed out first of all that the natural mind is enmity against God and cannot be subject to God, and that there simply exists no decision procedure by which we can show any special relationship to God.
That is fully consistent with anything we can prove by the facts of reality!
We can only conclude, therefore, that the idea of “freewill” choice as a means to salvation, is necessary for the development of human religions to exercise power and control over other men!
Whoever controls your allegiance controls the powers of both church and state!
It stands to reason, therefore, that God would not choose his children in a fashion consistent with the powers of this world! If the churches taught John 6:44 and Romans 8:29-30 exactly as stated, they would all be out of business!
So who are these “seed of Abraham” so important to christian doctrine?
They are NOT what the christian religions of the world would have you believe!
Paul stated it in Galatians 3:29: “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise”.
Can you become “Abraham’s seed’ by your own choice? Paul says definitely not!
What is this “promise’ to which Paul refers? Romans 9:9: “For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son”.
Simply look back at Genesis 21:1-2: “And the Lord visited Sarah, as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
“For Sarah conceived and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him”.
This son, named Isaac, was born as a result of the promise made to Abraham. Through the birth of this son, Abraham’s “seed” were to inherit the world.
Through the nation of Israel and the Jews today? Through the religions of christianity?
Not according to Paul!
Notice the distinction plainly made by Paul, in separating the physical nation of Israel from those who are born of promise:
Romans 9:7: “Neither, because they are the (physical) seed of Abraham, are they all children: but ‘in Isaac shall thy seed be called’.”
Notice also that Isaac was foreknown, predestined, and called for this special purpose, in exact parallel with Romans 8:29-30!
Once Isaac was born, a plan was set in motion which no person can change!
Romans 9:8: “That is, they which are the children of the flesh(Israel) these are not the children of God. But the children of the promise are counted for the seed”.
Now if we jump to Romans 9:11, we see this: “For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to the election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth”.
Skip back to Romans 8:29-30. These children of the promise are foreknown(like Isaac), predestined(like Isaac) and called(like Isaac).
Why won’t any christian religions teach this simple fact? because it will put them all out of business! From the popes to any christian professing religion, none of them can claim proven authority as representatives of God!
This leads us to the undeniable truth taught by Jesus himself in Matthew 24:23: “Then if any man says to you, Lo, here is Christ, or there, believe it not“!
2 Peter 2:18-19 tells us about these people who tell you that you must obey this or that doctrine, submit to a human set of rules or dogma.
“For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
“While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage“.
The RSV says that whatever overcomes a man, to that he is enslaved.
Verse 20: For if after they have escaped the pollutions of this world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.”
How do you become “entangled”? Look around you, and you will see an estimated 38,000 versions of christianity, none of which can prove the authority of their beliefs, but still they ask you to enter this confusing mess and “believe”, because that, they tell you, is the only way of escape!
Yet Jesus himself, in Matthew 24:23, pointed out the only logically correct solution: don’t follow any of them, because all they can do is confuse you on rules, dogma, doctrine, and systems that can NEVER lead you to complete truth!
The plain and simple truth taught by both Paul and Jesus is exactly the opposite of what ALL the “christian” religions teach!