The Failure of the Bible And the Jewish Nature of Christianity

There are quite a few reasons why we never actually needed a Bible in the first place, given that the light of nature was created by God as sufficient for what we need to know about the Lord and about our duties both to him and to each other.  All traditions that recognize the authority of the Bible in some fashion or other acknowledge that the light of nature was sufficient from the outset.  They just never ask WHY it was sufficient originally.  Had they answered the question adequately — Because God is sufficient (by way of his sovereignty and total wisdom and power), and because the effect is like the cause (you know a tree by its fruit), we know that the creation’s light would have to suffice for us since it speaks for God to us.  Here is the overlooked caveat — God is “one,” meaning that He is a fully-integrated Being with no parts.  God is like what we call a “package deal” in this regard.

This means that what possesses what are traditionally called His “incommunicable attributes” (infallibility, immutability, eternality, omniscience, etc) — you can find these listed in the chapter on “Theology Proper” in any Christian “Systematic theology” — has the entire set of these attributes, or else none at all.  This makes nature’s light ETERNALLY and IMMUTABLY sufficient.  And that fact precludes the possibility of any general or cosmic “Fall.”  1 Corinthians 15 agrees with this by creating an analogy between redeemed (glorified) saints and the stars.  Since glorified saints are not fallen in Christian theology, this comparison implies that the stars are not presently fallen, and these make up over 99% of the cosmos for terrain.

Thus, given Christian systematic theologies since Thomas Aquainas (1223 – 1275), the light of nature must remain eternally sufficient, as it is this day.  This means that we have never needed a Bible, given the systematic theology of the Bible.  Yet that very theology indicates that the Word of God is necessary, so that if the Bible is unnecessary (and it is), then it cannot be the Word of God, or of divine origin.  It is instead — for those who speak relatively fluent Scottish — chicanery, skullduggery, tomfoolery, and SHENNANIGANS.

There are many other good reasons to distrust any “magic book” approach to religion. Consider these:

  1.     The Bible is simply far too “merely Jewish” (meaning “mono-culturally limited” in scope) to function as a source for universal religion and the love of God
  • The NT is entirely based on the fulfillment motif — meaning the fulfillment of prophecies found only in Jewish books (OT).
  • Its “kingdom of God” that Jesus sought to bring about is a decisively DAVIDIC kingdom, whose story and stock are Jewish only.  In this dream-world of the future, all the Gentile nations go up to worship the Lord at Jerusalem.
  • Jerusalem is alone the HOLY CITY in the sermon on the mount, the capitol of the world in the future final state of affairs in 1st century Judaism.
  • Israel alone is THE holy land, and no other was promised to the patriarchs.  This is yet true in the NT.  Christianity is the New Jerusalem, which in the end has a restored Temple.
  • Although the Hebrew Bible is that of the original OT, the Jewish translation of it into Greek as the Septuagint (or LXX for short) from the years 250 to 100 (before Pontius Pilate), forms the language basis for the Greek New Testament.  This NT Greek still follows the Jewish (Alexandrian) First Testament, which follows the Hebrew Bible (most of the time — that is, minus about 2000 usually small corrections in the Torah, and about 4000 thereafter).
  • The Jewish canon of the OT was adopted wholesale by Christians, and slightly rearranged.
  •   The NT “miracles” are almost exclusively the kind found in the tradition(s) of the Jewish (OT) prophets.
  • The very concept of the “Messiah”  (or “Christ”) is uniquely (only) Jewish.  There are no Roman Messiahs.
  • The NT has a book entitled “Hebrews” that is unique to the Christian canon, not the Jewish canon.
  • The NT is dotted with Aramaisms and place-names that have a meaning, sometimes not translated (Gabbatha, Golgotha, Talitha Koum, Gethsemane, etc).
  • The only catholic or ecumenical council in the NT is that of Jerusalem.

These points combine to show that Christianity is, in a very real sense, amounts to little more than a Jewish heresy.

2.     The Bible begins to exist much too late to help all humanity if the fall transpired within 500 years or so of the creation.  Moses (allegedly) did not begin the project until at least around 1450 BPP or so.

3. Its languages (Hebrew and Greek) are not known to very many people, leaving them unable to access the true meaning of the originals.  And the presence of so many conflicted (helpful?) translations does not really help.

4.  The God of the NT is the God of the First Testament, whose chosen people were the Jews alone, not the whole world.  And baptism does not really include all, given the bulleted points noted above.

5.  The relevance of an agrarian legal code (with extremely harsh penalties in some instances) to the modern, technological world in very questionable at the least.

Christianity as a Catalogue of Prophecy and Miracles

The Gospels and Acts quote the prophets often and with gusto.  Phrases like, “This happened that it might be fulfilled ….” dot its literary landscape.  Luke’s prologue to his Gospel says “Epeidaeper polloi epecheiraesan anataxasthai diagaesin peri ton peplaeraophoraemenon en haemin …”  [Roughly — “In the same way as many others have taken in hand to set forth in order an account of the things [prophecies] fulfilled in our [the Jewish people] midst …” ].

This indicates that “Set in order” means according to a specific and well-known “master-list” of prophecies that would characterize the Messiah’s arrival.  He was “the one who was to come into the world” (Ho erchomenos).  But when he arrived, how would we know who he was?  The prophets, taken selectively and carefully, provide a list of prophecies that all (or nearly all) the Rabbis had agreed would together create what we would today call a “biographical profile” of the Messiah.  For all Israel was “in expectation” (Luke 2) of the Messiah — see also Nathaniel.  To be a righteous Jew you had to be on the lookout for the Messiah (in expectation of the Messiah). Luke uses the same language of Elizabeth’s pregnancy.

This shows us what the Gospels are — prophetic and Messianic profiles fulfilled in one person.  This would be proof to the Jewish people only if this profile had been well-known among the Jewish people prior to AD 70.  Just as the sayings of Jesus not found in Mark that are both found in Matthew and Luke comprise “Q” — the [sayings] source document — so also the periscopes of the Gospels can be used to create a reversion text of the prophetic texts behind each NT “periscope” that called it into existence, since it was demanded now by this, or now by that prophecy from the master-list (“P”).

In other words, Jesus speaks in parables because the prophets require this — both in the Psalms and in Isaiah.  See the book of Hebrews for a use of the Psalms “as prophecies” fulfilled.  In fact, the NT uses almost every aspect of the OT as prophecy fulfilled, either in the more literal and typical way, or else by announcing an event-periscope of the OT a “typology” (e.g. Jude’s handling of Sodom and Gomorrah account of Genesis).  The entire OT  – for the NT — is a prophetic catalogue. And even the sayings of Jesus in parable are fulfillments of prophecy, just as the Lukan prologue indicates — peplaerophoraemenon en haemin.

The other predominant feature of the NT is the miraculous.