Here is another response to the false prophet known as... Well the title of this article tells you. And I hope by God's grace that I may respond to the lies and deception propagated by this man.
Erano's first claim is that the apostles answered Jesus' question wrongly and thus were mistaken and Jesus is guilty of a most grievous sin committed by letting address him as the Son of God, rather than the Son of Man:
"Remember, the question is about who the "son of Man" is, not about the "son of God:"
They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others,
Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
Matthew 16:14 (NIV)
By their answers the apostles don't really know Jesus, for they have answered that the "son of Man" might be one of the prophets. What Jesus wanted from his disciples was for them to say that he is "son of Man" or the "son of David". They were the ones who will give witness to him being the "son of Man" or the "son of David." And he asked them again...
"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"
Matthew 16:15 (NIV)
Now, Jesus was asking them again, and who would answer him...
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
The question was about “who is the son of man” not about the "son of God". It was Peter who answered that Jesus was the"son of God," but his answer was far from the truth! It was a wrong answer to the question posed by Jesus. What did Jesus say to Peter regarding his answer; did he rebuke Peter for his answer?"
Firstly, let's what Son of God means in certain contexts, it can refer to someone who is a servant. In the case of Christians, they are sons of God by adoption. Israel is called God's firstborn Son in Exodus 4:22. So what way is Jesus Son of God?
Jesus is the Son of God in a unique sense. When he is called Son of God, it refers to him being Deity.
Furthermore, let us actually read what Jesus said:
"13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[b] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[c] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[d] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[e] loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah."
Jesus was actually confirming Peter's conclusion is correct. He asks them who the people are saying the Son of Man is, then he asks WHO DO YOU SAY I AM? Jesus is questioning them on who they believe he is and what the people have been saying who the Son of Man is. Peter is not detracting from the question as Erano erroneously assumes. As for Isaiah 7:13-15, Jesus consistently chose to do what was right, he even claimed and demonstrated by his actions that he does nothing independently from the Father. He can only do what the Father does, which is a claim to deity in case Erano didn't know.
Now Erano tries to say that since Jesus was born of a virgin, thus he was a "bastard" child and an outcast condemned by Deuteronomy 23:2
"2 No one born of a forbidden marriage[b] nor any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, not even in the tenth generation."
It's amazing how such a person claims to be a prophet yet can't even red the text properly. The virgin birth is not a violation of the text in Deuteronomy 23:2, it is speaking of those who are born as a result of whoredom or through illegitimate means. Mary is not guilty of Mosaic Violation by conceiving a child by the Holy Spirit.
Erano believes that Jesus was born of a virgin in Isaiah 7:14, so why is he claiming that Jesus would be an outcast because of Deuteronomy 23:2? It is a ridiculous assertion not supported by the biblical text.
Now he whines about Jesus not showing his sign of his virgin birth to the people. There was no need to, besides, the majority of the Jews rejected Jesus and Jesus knew what was in their hearts, the people were not going to accept him immediately because their hearts were hard. I would also like to know where Jesus lacked humility or was even remotely arrogant, no text was cited.
While he mentions the humble beginnings of David and Gideon and they were raised up by God for a purpose, Erano then claims that Jesus was arrogant from his youth and his mother Mary believing that Jesus would fail and wonder astray.
Let us actually read what Luke 2:42-52 ACTUALLY SAYS:
"41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they travelled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn't you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”[f] 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."
If this man actually did some studying rather than immerse himself in what is more like smoking spiritual crack than revelations, he would know that Jesus as a Jew would be considered a man by the age of 12, which is the case when Jews undergo the Bar Mitzvah. For that matter, Jesus was too young to begin his ministry, he had to wait until he was 30 before he could be our high priest for our redemption and before he could minister to the people for the purpose the Father gave him. He is not displaying an arrogant complex, he was saying "Mother, did you not no where I have been, I have been working in my Father's house". He was speaking about his mission to which he had been assigned by the Father in heaven. While Mary didn't understood what Jesus meant, she held the things he said in her heart and thought about them often.
Rather than straying from his mission, Jesus is being PREPARED for his mission. Also, even in the text of Matthew 12:44-50, I already address this in my article which can be found here and I may Lord Willing address barry umansky's points in the future: http://answering-judaism.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/interesting-objections-from-rabbinic.html
Jesus did not curse or revile his family and he even chastised the Pharisees for not taking care of their parents, which has already been addressed here: http://answering-judaism.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/the-true-authority-and-true-glory-of.html
Next we come to Matthew 16:16-20 where Jesus utters the famous statement of building his church on a rock and the gates of Hell overcoming it and that he sinned for creating the church and abandoning his mission. (it's Erano's claim Jesus sinned.)
The text regarding 2 Samuel 7:12-14 as to whether Jesus violates that text is already answered here: http://answering-judaism.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/how-erano-evangelista-deceived-humanity.html
"When Jesus was crucified and flogged, he was not guilty of sin, rather he was accused falsely of sin. Jesus did not receive the punishment that was due in 2 Samuel 7:14-16 at all. In fact the very NT which Erano quotes says he was SINLESS. Even Jesus testifies of this fact. Not even his butchery of Psalm 89 proves that Jesus ever sinned. Just because Psalm 89:28 applies to Jesus, that doesn't mean the apostles were claiming or the Bible is claiming Jesus sinned. Jesus does not fall under the condemnation of 2 Samuel 7:14-16. Jesus himself ALSO SAID he came to GIVE HIS LIFE AS A RANSOM FOR MANY I.E, DIE FOR OUR SINS!!!!"
As for the house that is mentioned, in the context of Jesus it would be the body of Christ who is the house built by Christ, A SPIRITUAL TEMPLE, i.e the body of Christ. and I encourage people to judge the following commentaries for themselves: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/2_samuel/7-13.htm.
This time I want to look at his points one by one and address his points the best I can.
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And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
Matthew 16:18 (NIV)
This was Jesus' second offense; he had set up his own church and had abandoned the mission given to him by God.
This was the blunder of the religions; they have taken the statement of Jesus as the foundation of their faith, when in fact this was Jesus' iniquity. The religions read only the answer of Peter, but never read the question asked by Jesus. They could have seen the discrepancy. Jesus said that even hell will not overcome it. What other things did he say to Peter?
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
Matthew 16:19 (NIV)
These are the promises made by Jesus to Peter, since Peter flattered Jesus; Jesus also flattered Peter in return. This is where the popes of the Vatican derive their authority, from the empty promises of Jesus to Peter."
The papacy is not even found in the context of this passage. Jesus is saying to Peter that he would be the one, and the disciples too, to open the door to the kingdom of heaven to the Gentiles. They were given the keys to admit Gentiles into the kingdom of God and the privilege of partaking of the New Covenant that would be made with the Jews in Jeremiah 31:31. YHWH in the book of Jeremiah speaks of this new covenant. It was the Father who sent the Son who appointed the apostles to build the church. There is NO flattery from either side, Peter concludes rightly who Jesus is and Jesus BLESSES the confession.
"Did Jesus realize that he had committed a very serious offence? What did he tell his disciples?
Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.
Matthew 16:20 (NIV)
This is one proof that Jesus knew he had done a very serious offense. If he was the real "son of God," why would he have to order his disciples not to tell everyone about him, being the "son of God”?
From the time he pretended to be the “son of God” and had built his own church, did he know that he will receive the heavy punishment according to the prophecy?
From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
Matthew 16:21 (NIV)"
What this clown fails to mention in the same Gospel and I have to remind him that Jesus in the same book later on that he came to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28), that was why he was to die and be raised to life. It was also his mission that he would die on the cross for our sins and it was the Father's plan for Christ to take our sin and give us his righteousness. He was not ordering his disciples not to tell anyone he is the Son of God, he is telling them not to tell anyone he is the Christ, since it was not his time to go to the cross yet.
"It has been determined in the prophecy that he was to receive punishment for his iniquity, and Jesus knew it. When his disciples heard him say this; who will again come to console him on this matter?
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
"Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!"
Matthew 16:22 (NIV)
The one who flattered Jesus and made him commit an offense is again trying to assure Jesus that the punishment will not happen to him.
How did Jesus answer Peter?
Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling
block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
Matthew 16:23 (NIV)
Earlier, he was elated with the idea suggested by Peter that he was the "son of God". Now that Jesus was telling them that he was to suffer the consequences of pretending to be the "son of God," he tells Peter that he is Satan. This means that all the while, Peter was already under the influence of Satan, especially when he flattered Jesus."
Peter was not under the influence of Satan the whole time Jesus was speaking, he only reacted to Jesus saying he was going to die at the hands of his enemies and didn't want Jesus to do that. Jesus was essence saying that Peter was the one to impede his mission, hence why he says what he calls Peter a stumbling block. Jesus again praises Peter for his confession as the Son of God and rebukes Peter for preventing his mission conferred on him by the Father from happening. Peter was not infallible or impeccable.
Jesus' mission was to die on the cross for our redemption despite what Erano claims in his writings and of course I have already refuted his misuse of Revelation 22:16 here: http://answering-judaism.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/how-erano-evangelista-deceived-humanity.html
Now the last point Erano says:
"If the religions compel us to believe in their teaching that Jesus is the “son of God” and we compare it with Jesus’ admission, (that he was the root and offspring of David), it would mean that David is a god and we know that David was not!"
Jesus being the Root and Offspring of David is NOT synonymous with him being the Son of God in terms of deity. David is Son of God by adoption whereas Jesus is Son of God from eternity. Christians NEVER claimed that David is God at all. Know the context. Jesus being the Son of God from eternity doesn't refute him being the offspring of David and vice versa. Jesus is both GOD AND MAN.
Now if this Erano is a true prophet, then I am Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
Addendum: I previously said that "Jesus being the Root and Offspring of David is NOT synonymous with him being the Son of God in terms of deity". That was a mistake which I have corrected.