Tuesday 17 June 2014

Response to Erano: A look at the END OF LAWLESSNESS AND EVIL

More arguments once again we'll be dealing with more articles being written by the infamous yet not well known false prophet Maestro M. Erano Evangelista. Let as continue.

Firstly, the subject of 2 Samuel 7:14, Jesus being the Son of God, the identity of the Comforter, Who Jesus is in the book of Revelation are already addressed in these articles here:
However one of the objections I need to cover here is as to the supposed conspiracy that the disciples stole the body, a very common argument that has often been made.

"-That to hide this truth, his body was stolen by his apostles, who made false writings about him to make it appear that he resurrected from the dead.  Worse, they twisted God’s words in the prophecy to make it also appear that Jesus ‘brutal death was God’s sacrifice (of His only begotten son) to save mankind from its sins’. Thus, perpetrating the greatest deception of humanity!"

This common falsehood is not anything new and has been an objection that has been refuted over and over again. Even Matthew records this falsehood being perpetuated by many.
"Matthew 28:11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day."

The problem with the objection is that for what reason would the disciples ever lie about the resurrection of Jesus? The disciples were terrified after Jesus' death, but when they saw him, they proclaimed his death and resurrection with a courageous streak. What changed men who were abject cowards into brave spiritual warriors? and no hallucinations do not do decent justice to the passage itself.

Read also the points on Genesis 3:15 which Erano raised which I have addressed, as well as his false claim that Christians teach a weak god:
The first article addresses Isaiah 7:14.

This article here tackles the topic of Jesus being Son of God and Son of David at the same time: http://answering-judaism.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/the-true-authority-and-true-glory-of.html

His abuse of Jeremiah 44 and Luke 4 have already been addressed in the following articles:

""For it is written" - since Jesus answered the Devil using passages in the Holy Bible (Luke 4:3, Luke 4:8) the Devil, in turn, used passages to challenge him… what was Jesus’ answer?

Jesus answered, "It says: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' "
Luke 4:12 (NIV)

Why did Jesus answer him in this manner?  Was the passage used by the Devil written in the Holy Bible?

For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.' "
Psalm 91:10-11 (NIV)

True, but what is written here is different from what the Devil was saying to him.  The Devil said “throw yourself down...,” meaning to fall intentionally.  In the passage, he will be saved from falling “that you will not strike your foot against a stone” – which means, if he accidentally stumbles.  The Devil was saying differently from what was written in the Holy Bible.  This is the secret of temptation or deception – to say or mean what is different from what is written.

To learn if Jesus did not make us worship the devil (Satan) and disobey God, he should not imitate the way Satan (devil) explains the scriptures."

And the fact that Jesus overcame Satan's temptation proves all the more that he wasn't mislead by the devil or taken into worshipping him. Both War On Truth or War on Error as I call him and Erano and others don't take this into consideration.

"Let us read the following:

While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
"What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?"
"The son of David," they replied.
Matthew 22:41-42 (NIV)                  

All knew that the coming Christ or “Anointed” will come from the house of David and that the descendant was to be called the "son of David."

He said to them, "How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit,
calls him 'Lord'? For he says, " 'The Lord said to my Lord:
"Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet." '
Matthew 22:43-44 (NIV)

Jesus cited a Psalm of David and claims that in the Psalm, King David speaks about him

If then David calls him 'Lord,' how can he be his son?"
Matthew 22:45 (NIV)

The Pharisees were caught in Jesus’ trap, and were not able to refute him.  It is from this instance that Jesus was making them believe that David mentioned him in his songs, that he is a “son of God.”

No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on
no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Matthew 22:46 (NIV)

No one answered him, because during his time, it was only Jesus who knew about the prophecy, and the true teachings.  He should have explained it to his people; it was his mission.  However, he had used it for his own personal advantage, since he didn’t want to be called the "son of David," but wanted to be the "son of God.""

Jesus whole point about using Psalm 110 was to show that the Messiah was David's Lord and that he (Jesus) was the Messiah of the Jews. He was not denying anything about being called the Son of David or Son of God, because BOTH were true. Besides being the Son of God wasn't relevant to the point that Jesus was making in the first place.

"No one was able to answer Jesus' question, but Maestro Evangelista says, that was during his time.

However the one who made David write the Psalms was God Himself and God is the one who showed Maestro Evangelista who is the “lord “mentioned by David in the said Psalm. See for yourself if Jesus was right in saying that he is the “lord” mentioned by David

When Jesus asked them regarding the passage “The LORD said unto my Lord,” is it really written in the Holy Bible?

The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."
Psalm 110:1 (NIV)

It is written, that is why no one, in his time, had the courage and the understanding to refute him. 

Now read what God showed to Maestro Evangelista about who is the lord mentioned by David

Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing."
Psalm 16:1-2 (NIV)

Again in another version, in the King James Version, it also written:

Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord:
my goodness extendeth not to thee;
Psalm 16:1-2 (King James Version)

“O my soul” – It is specifically mentioned here that David was speaking of himself when he talked to God and said "You are my Lord..."

David did speak about it, and the reason why David called himself “Lord” when he speaks with the LORD God, is that he was also a king and therefore respects the authority given to him by God as a king over His people Israel!

Is it really true that David refers to himself in this manner when he speaks to God?

Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said:
"Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?  And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant. Is this your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign LORD?
"What more can David say to you?  For you know your servant, O Sovereign LORD.
II Samuel 7:18-20 (NIV)

"What more can David say to you?" – When David speaks with God, he refers to himself in the third person; indirectly, is how David humbles himself in the presence of God.  David was a shepherd who became a king because of God.  Humility is a sign of great respect.

So, Maestro Evangelista says, when David said "The LORD says to my Lord..." it was David speaking indirectly of himself in the passage, not that David was referring to another, which Jesus claimed was the "son of God," as himself, in the passage."

I won't dispute that Psalm 110 can refer to David's own lordship, but it is not limited to his own lordship and can refer to Jesus being the Lord whom the Father says to sit at his right hand until his enemies are made a footstool. Again Jesus wasn't making a point about being the Son of God in the passage.

More objections shall be addressed in another article.

Answering Judaism.

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