Section 4: Key Beliefs Re-examined, Article 4

New Testament--Truth or Myth?

“Bind up the testimony,
seal the law among My disciples. . . .
To the law and to the testimony:
if they speak not according to this word,
it is because there is no light in them.” 
Isaiah 8:16-20.

s most Christians recognize, the New Testament is the source of their belief in Messiah Yehoshua—
Jesus Christ
. To question the reliability of these foundational documents appears to be most violating! How could there be any doubt of the beauty, importance or personal value of these cherished sources?
       Yet, under this polished veneer lies some serious issues which every honest truth-seeker must face. Thus, the first issue that must be addressed is how honestly we desire truth. Only if our constant earnest prayer is, “Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me,” will we be led there. If we are content with  the “lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit” which we have “inherited” we may be allowed to remain in these errors and lies. However, during this last week of the time allotted to Daniel’s people, Yehuveh is confirming “the covenant with many” and appealing to many hearts. If Solomon, who “was wiser than all men,” had to pray, “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart, . . . that I may discern between good and bad,” how much more should this be our prayer! Psalms 25:5; Jeremiah 16:19; Daniel 9:27; 1 Kings 4:31; 3:9.
        Every organized church body believes they have “the truth,” yet beliefs vary widely from church to church. When we honestly seek truth, how can we know we when have found it?
Scriptures gives but one measure: “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Christians are taught that “the law and . . . the testimony” include both Old and New Testaments, but a deeper study will clearly reveal their divergent philosophies and doctrines. Thus it will become apparent that the original writings of the Old Testament alone constitute the appointed measuring tool. Anything not confirmed therein, by the very statement of Yehuveh, is darkness! Isaiah 8:19-20.
        How do you know what to believe? I offer you a single, simple test: Take any belief you cherish and, using a good concordance, find every Scripture which supports it. Then take a look at what you have. If the belief is taken solely from the
New Testament without a solid base in the Old Testament, measure it against the Isaiah 8:20 standard! 

Sole Source of Christianity
New Testament is the Christian’s basis of salvation. Its internal consistency appears to present a reliable and integrated picture. Because we are taught early to trust these documents, few either question or closely examine their content. Very few realize the true history of their origin or purpose—that these writings were effectively developed, not by the disciples, but by later church and political leaders for controlling the masses. The true source of these writings has been so cleverly concealed that exposing this history becomes extremely offensive to most Christians.

Gael Bataman         
Originally Written:       6 July 2007
Latest Update:           13 May 2010

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