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Isaiah is an OT book that was wrote somewhere between the sixth and eighth century BC. I say the sixth to eighth because liberal critics of the Word date the book at two different time periods by two different men. However there is no justification for this in the text, and no copies of Isaiah 1-39 have been found separate from 40-66.

No scholars, no matter how liberal, date Isaiah past the 6th century, and this is very important for several reasons. The book of Isaiah prophesies about the coming of a Messiah who is born of a virgin.

Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

We now know (as Christians) this virgin to be Mary, and this Messiah to be Jesus Christ, but the Jews are still waiting on this messiah. To the Jews, Jesus was just a rabbi, a teacher, or perhaps a bad man for leading people astray.

Most Jews know the Torah very well, and the OT, but they miss Jesus in the text.

Martin Luther said that there are two aspects of the Word; Law and Gospel.

We all have the law. That is why is almost every culture we know that murder is wrong; stealing is wrong, and so on. How is it that we all have this universal way of telling right from wrong? I’ll tell you, we are made in God’s image, and even though we have fallen very far, we still have the knowledge of right and wrong.

That is what Luther called Law. That is something we all have, whether we want to or not, and that is something you can read about in the Bible.

Gospel, however, is when we encounter Jesus in the text. Luther said that the reason why the Bible was so perfect and so infallible, was not because the church picked out what books went into it, but because it was Jesus Christ. John 1 says that the Word is God, and Luther claimed that if you did not encounter Jesus in the text, you really were just reading the Law. You missed the whole point of the Bible.

The point is to illuminate Jesus Christ.

And so we have this one prophesy about Jesus that the Jews miss. They miss the point; they miss Jesus.

Is 9:6-7
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Once again a text written 6-800 years before Christ prophesies that a ruler will be born that will forever sit on the throne of David. We know that Jesus is the offspring of David, because Joseph was in the bloodline of David. The book of Luke shows us this when we read all the sons of.

Isaiah says that there would be no end to the rule of the Messiah, and there is none. He reigns over all, He rules over all, He controls all.

Isaiah is a good witness for the Lord, but how about Moses. Moses wrote the first 5 books of the Torah. Moses wrote these books sometime between 1200 and 1330 BC, most likely, although there are those who say that Moses did not write them, that someone later wrote them around 400-600 BC.

So these writings are around 1300 years before Christ came, and look at what God says right after the fall. (Explain the fall to them)

Gen 3:15 I will put hostility between you and the woman, 
and between your seed and her seed. 
He will strike your head, 
and you will strike his heel.

This is the first prophesy of Jesus Christ. You will strike his heel means that they will crucify Jesus, like they did. He will strike your head means that Jesus will defeat Satan, and he did.

Satan has been defeated with the cross, but he has not yet been destroyed.

Jesus was prophesied about over a century before He came to earth! These are just three verses I picked, there are many more. The only way that we cannot see Jesus in the scriptures is if we suppress the truth.

Rom 1:18
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth

Don’t suppress the truth. Don’t be like the atheist who denies God, or the Jehovah’s Witness who denies the deity of Jesus Christ, or the Mormon who claims that Jesus was born of a virgin goddess, or anyone who denies the fact that Jesus Christ came, died and rose again in the flesh.

We have enough scriptures to back our Christological theories that we know them to be true.

John 21:24 This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.

God bless,
Dan Fogarty.

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A verse that is commonly taken out of context is Colossians 1:15. Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons use the scripture Colossians 1:15 and Revelations 3:14 to drive their point home that Jesus was a created being. Colossians 1:15 in the King James Version says, “(He) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” Because this verse says firstborn, the organizations that want Jesus to be created say that “firstborn” refers to Jesus as a creation, the first being God created. Jehovah’s Witness teach that God simply created Jesus, but Mormons teach that God had relations with his heavenly wife to birth Jesus as the first spirit creature. Mormons also believe that Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer, and that both Lucifer and Jesus at one point presented a plan of salvation to Father God. When Father God accepted Jesus’ plan over Lucifer’s, Lucifer became angry and decided that he would rebel. Lucifer took one third of the spirit beings with him in his rebellion and became Satan. Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that only Jehovah God is to be praised, and they teach that Jesus is not the greatest God, but only a god. Jehovah’s Witnesses also tell us that Jesus, is now and was before, Michael the Archangel.

The teachings of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormon’s are both false for several obvious reasons. First, the Greek word for firstborn is prōtotokos. The word prōtotokos is referring to Christ in this context. The literal translation means ‘first begotten’ and is only used in this context in one other verse, Revelations 1:5. Revelation 1:5 reads, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten (prōtotokos) of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood…” Clearly in Revelation 1:5 prōtotokos is referring to Jesus as the first person to rise from the dead. We see that in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we know that His resurrection ensures our future resurrection. Also notice that in Revelation 1:5 Jesus is given three titles; (1) the faithful witness, (2) the first begotten and (3) the prince of the kings of the earth.

Second, another indicator that Colossians 1:15 is not referring to Jesus Christ as a created being is the Greek word archē in Colossians 1:18. Colossians 1:18 reads, “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning (archē), the firstborn from the dead; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.” The Greek word archē means beginning and once again is referring to a title. Jesus is given three titles in Colossians 1:18 which are (1) the head of the body, (2) the beginning (archē) and (3) the firstborn from the dead. The firstborn from the dead does not mean that Jesus was the first created being, since the title given to Him in the exact same verse says that He is the absolute beginning, but once again is referring to Jesus as the first one to rise from the dead. Revelation 3:14 also refers to Jesus as the absolute beginning in one of three titles which are: (1) the Amen (2) the faithful and true witness and (3) the beginning (archē) of the creation of God. Looking at these verses and reading the Greek as it lies, it is clear that Jesus is, was, and always will be. He was not created in a spirit relationship or by any other means.

Third, teaching that Colossians 1:15 (or any other verse) refers to Jesus as a created being contradicts multiple Old Testament and New Testament passages. Take Isaiah 43:10-11. The ESV says, “You are my witnesses, declares the Lord… Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior.” Is God a liar? Certainly not. God does not contradict Himself, nor can He. God is perfect, and He does not lie. Or how about our man John, certainly he must have been confused when he wrote John 1 and 1 John 1 referring to Jesus Christ’s eternal existence. John said that Jesus always existed and that He is the only God.

Fourth, the Jews were monotheists, meaning they believed in one God and only one God. To them, Jesus claimed to be this God in John 10. John 10:22-39 is a great example of Jesus’ deity. When Jesus says that He and the Father are one, the Jew’s knew He was saying that He was God, and they thought that was preposterous. John 10:33 says, The Jews answered him (Jesus), “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” They knew what Jesus was saying, He was saying that He was God, the only God, and they had no concept of the Godhead (Trinity). If Jesus were to say that He was some other god, the Jew’s would have dismissed Him and told Him to go to the pagans who had multiple god’s. Also, if Jesus were to say he was a pagan god or some created god, the Jew’s would not have said that He was blaspheming, and they would not have crucified Him later on. They would not have given a rip if Jesus were claiming to be some other god, because to them (the monotheist Jews), there were no other gods. The concept of Jesus as a created being does not make sense, because it would not have made sense to the Jew’s, the people who crucified Him for claiming to be their one and only God.

I hope this helps the reader in his or her studies to see the truth of the scriptures. Jesus was not created, nor could He have been created, or else God is a liar and the whole Bible collapses on itself like a deck of cards. We have to have the right Jesus, not some created one. Only God could pay for our sins, not a god with a little g.

God bless,
Dan Fogarty.

No other name pisses so many people off than the name of Jesus Christ.

For example, Tim Tebow, a now famous NFL quarterback (who is not exactly the greatest quarterback in the world, yet still manages to win football games) talks about Jesus all the time… so much that his own teammates tell him to tone it down. Tone it down… really?

Have you ever read the lips of an NFL player after they do something good? Or something bad? It usually looks like they are saying FU*& or SH^% or DA%$ or some other swear word over and over and over.

But that’s ok… lets just get Tim to stop talking about Jesus… We want him to tone it down, but trying to get the team to tone the cussing, forget it.

It’s ridiculous. If he were talking about Muhammad or Buddha or any other religious figure they would not give a rip, but the name of Jesus offends people, and they don’t want to hear it.

Why do you think that is?

There are multiple answers to that question, but most of the people who don’t want to hear about Jesus have not taken the 3 L’s quiz. They have not decided if Jesus is Lord, Liar or Lunatic (and He can only be one of those three).

If they had, they would say it.

They would say, “Stop talking about Jesus, he was mentally disturbed,” or “Jesus was a liar, I don’t want to hear about a liar.”

Instead, most people sound pretty… stupid.

The usual response I get is, “Jesus was a good man, I just don’t want to hear about Him.”

Let me tell you, that the ones, who do not want to hear about Him, cannot even tell you why they do not want to hear about Him.

If I want to talk about cars, trucks, motorcycles, beer, women, you name it, I will be welcomed with open arms.

I can drink beer with my military buddies every day, and no one is ever going to say, “hey quite talking about beer will ya.”

No one ever says that. No one ever says, “Hey stop talking about hot girls,” or sex, or anything else.

We understand earthly things, but not heavenly things.

When we start to talk about something that we do not understand, that is when we are confused, and usually refuse to hear or talk about it.

That’s where we are with Jesus Christ (or where many people are).

Lord, Liar or Lunatic, those are your choices with Jesus Christ.

1) Jesus is Lord

No one ever spoke like Jesus Christ.

Take the example from Matthew on the issue of forgiving sins.

Matthew 9:1-7
So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own town. Just then some men brought to Him a paralytic lying on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Have courage, son, your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the scribes said among themselves, “He’s blaspheming!”
 But perceiving their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why are you thinking evil things in your hearts? For which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”-then He told the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your mat, and go home.” And he got up and went home.

C.S. Lewis said, “a man who says something like this (if He is not God) is so preposterous it is actually comic. Surely a man can forgive someone who sins against him personally, you tread on my toes I forgive you and so forth… but what do we make of a man who forgives the sins that are done to other men? (i.e. I forgive you for wronging Tommy, ext)… Asinine fatuity is the only way to explain this if the person forgiving the sins is not God.”

Asinine fatuity by the way is not a curse word, it means something really, really, really, really stupid!

Jesus said He could forgive Sins? He is either telling the truth, or lying.

Which brings us to option number 2…

2) Liar

Was Jesus lying when He said He could forgive sins?

Was Jesus lying when He claimed to be God?

John 10:24-33
Then the Jews surrounded Him and asked, “How long are You going to keep us in suspense? If You are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
 “I did tell you and you don’t believe,” Jesus answered them. “The works that I do in My Father’s name testify about Me. But you don’t believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish-ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” Again the Jews picked up rocks to stone Him. Jesus replied, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. Which of these works are you stoning Me for?” “We aren’t stoning You for a good work,” the Jews answered, “but for blasphemy, because You-being a man-make Yourself God.”

Some of you have maybe heard that Jesus never said He was God, but that is not true. This is just one of the times He either calls Himself God, or lets others call Him God and does not rebuke them.

Jesus tells the Jews that He is the Messiah, and then He calls Himself God! Do you believe Him? Or do you think He was a Liar?

He certainly is not a good man if He is telling people He is God and He is not…

Do you think a good man leads millions and billions of people to follow a lie? How good could He be?

Does a good man tell people that He is the only way to Heaven when He is not? John 14:6 I am the way, truth, and life, no one comes to the Father except through me… Would a good man say this?

HES NOT GOOD IF HES NOT GOD! He’s a horrible sinner, or a devil if He is not God.

So He is either telling the truth, or He is lying. Do you think that He is lying?

3) Lunatic

The only escape for Jesus if He is not God is that He must have been crazy. Only a lunatic would tell people He could forgive sins when He could not… Only a lunatic would claim to be God and not be God…

It is possible for someone to be sincere and also wrong, so maybe Jesus just thought He was God.

Some have suggested that possibly Jesus was a schizophrenic, someone who wants to escape the reality of the world. They say that Jesus could have been under the impression that He was God and did not realize He was not because Jesus wanted to escape reality.

But there is a problem with that…

Jesus gave the most profound sermons on earth. 2000 years later, we base our calendar on the death of Jesus Christ. He was able to keep a small following, have conversations with religious leaders, and so on.

Somewhere along the line, someone would have stopped and said, “this man is obviously crazy, lets go home.”

But no one did that did they?

Jesus never gave any indication that He was a crazy person. He answered confidently and didn’t flinch.

A man who acted the way that Jesus did could not have been a crazed man.

So you must make your decision.

He is either Lord (yours or someone else’s), Liar or Lunatic.

But we must not say that He was a good man, or a prophet, or just a carpenter, because He has not left that option open for us.

The most important choice of your eternity is the answer to the question: who is Jesus Christ to you?

God bless,
Dan Fogarty.

Recently in my area, I have run into several cults. These cults such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Church of God are teaching to worship on Sunday is a sin, and this sin is punishable by Hellfire. They say that we must keep the Sabbath, and failure to do so means we are part of the great whores church. I tell you this as someone who has had several 2-3 hour debates with a Jehovah Witness and have had no success changing their minds. To them, we are not part of the Lord’s church, and one of the reasons is because we are not keeping the Sabbath.

The Church of God also teaches this, but they do not like to come right out and tell you. On one occasion I was in a heated debate and I kept asking if the couple attempting to convert another fellow if they thought I was going to Hell for not keeping their Saturday Sabbath. After saying the same question 4 or 5 times, I told them I would no longer listen to them unless they gave me an answer. They reluctantly told me I was Hell bound for worshipping on the wrong day.

But who are you to tell me that if I worship on a Sunday I am going to Hell? Only the authority of the Bible could tell me that, so to the Bible we will go.

Rev 1:10 I (John) was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day

John, the early church leader, one of the 12 disciples, received the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ on what day? A Sunday! Sunday is the Lord’s Day. Why would Jesus come to John on a Sunday, when the Holy day is on a Saturday? Because it is not the Holy day any longer? Or is Jesus confused as to which day He should have came? Or is John confused as to which day it is?

So you say that this is not evidence of church on Sunday, and that Constantine was the one who switched the Holy day in the fourth century? Ok, Let’s look into church services in the New Testament after the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week, we assembled to break bread. Paul spoke to them, and since he was about to depart the next day, he extended his message until midnight.

On what day? Sunday! They assembled to have communion and Paul taught a sermon until midnight because he was leaving soon. Sounds like a church service to me! Here’s another one.

1 Cor 16:2 On the first day of the week, each of you is to set something aside and save in keeping with how he prospers, so that no collections will need to be made when I come.

On what day? Sunday! When were they meeting together? Sunday! When were they collecting an offering for Paul? Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Was the writer of half the NT sinning by holding a service and worshiping and praying and teaching on a Sunday? Certainly not. We can meet on any day of the week, but the early church meet on a Sunday.

Ok, you say that there is no proof outside of the Bible until Constantine switched the date, and your sticking with that eh? Well let me tell you friend, that Constantine, or any other Pope for that matter, does not have the right to switch God’s laws, or change anything. He is a mere man who is claiming to be perfect, and that right there is a sin. I do not give a rip that Constantine said we ought to change the date from Saturday to Sunday. Nor do I care that Gregory invented Purgatory along with Augustine, nor do I care that the Papacy thinks they are infallible, nor do I care that they teach the Virgin Mary is divine, nor do I care that they added the Apocrypha to their cannon of scripture, nor do I care that they invented the doctrine of free will, nor do I care about anything they do, I do not give a crap what they teach. I care about what the Bible says, and about what history bears witness to, and history bears witness to the fact that long before Constantine took office, the early church was celebrating their church services on Sunday.

Pliny the younger (61-113 AD) was a Roman historian who wrote a letter to the emperor. In his letter (that is severely slanted against the Christians by the way) he wrote some of the things he observed about the early Christians, one of which was the fact that they worshipped and had a service on the Lord’s day, Sunday. This is 200+ years before Constantine “switched” the “Sabbath” which by the way as I have already said who cares, he does not have authority to switch anything.

Justin Martry (105-165 AD) was a Christian apologist who wrote his now famous First Apology. Here’s what he wrote about when they held a church service:

On the day commonly called Sunday all the believers… gather in their meetings… (and) read the memoirs of the apostles and the prophets (OT and NT)… after this we stand as one and pray…take communion… and take up offerings. We hold this meeting on Sunday because it is the first day in which God created the world, and also the day which Jesus, our Savior, rose from the Dead.

It is obvious, from the three examples provided in scripture and the two examples of early church formation, that the early church worshipped on a Sunday.

Having said that, there is no need to only worship on Sunday, you can worship any day you like. Sunday was just the day they had service. Let no one tell you otherwise, the early church, right after Jesus left and in the Bible, worshipped corporately on Sunday.

I might add that if you truly believe that those who worship on Sunday are Hell bound, you do not believe that Jesus died for every sin. If Jesus died for every sin (and he did) and we are under the new covenant of grace (which we are) and grace forgives trespasses (which it does) then even if we were all deceived and worshipping on the wrong day (which were not) then Jesus would forgive us anyways. We could worship on the wrong day our whole life and Jesus would forgive us. Jesus forgives sins, past present and future. He died for every sin right? So the people who are worshipping on the “wrong day” are not forgiven? Well did not our Lord Jesus Christ die for all sins? Then how can we say these “wrong” worshippers are Hell bound? Clearly using this logic Jesus could not have died for all sins, if there is a sin in which He cannot forgive right?

But there is no wrong day friends. We can worship on ANY old day of the week.

Col 2:8-17 Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ. For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority. You were also circumcised in Him with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, in the circumcision of the Messiah. Having been buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him.
 Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is the Messiah.

Rom 14:5-10 One person considers one day to be above another day. Someone else considers every day to be the same. Each one must be fully convinced in his own mind. Whoever observes the day, observes it for the honor of the Lord. Whoever eats, eats for the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; and whoever does not eat, it is for the Lord that he does not eat [it], yet he thanks God. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Christ died and came to life for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living. But you, why do you criticize your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before the tribunal of God.

There is no set day to keep a Sabbath, in fact Jesus, nor Paul, nor Peter, nor any of the apostles tell us we have to keep a Sabbath. Jesus reintegrated all of the commandments, except the Sabbath day commandment! I dare you to find me a scripture that tells us we have to keep the Sabbath in the NT… I double dog dare you!

Whatever day you worship, whatever day you want to hold as Holy, do it to the Lord, and leave these old practices behind you. We might as well begin reciting food laws and sacrificing pigs if we really want to be under the Old Covenant. Jesus freed us from that, we can now Live a free life in Christ. Not to abuse this great gift, but to live for Him daily and not get so wrapped up in what someone thinks about a Sabbath or a Holy Day.

God bless,
Dan Fogarty.

What will you do with Jesus?

Luke 6:6-10 NLT
On another Sabbath day, a man with a deformed right hand was in the synagogue while Jesus was teaching.
The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees watched Jesus closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.
 But Jesus knew their thoughts. He said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” So the man came forward. Then Jesus said to his critics, “I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” He looked around at them one by one and then said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! At this, the enemies of Jesus were wild with rage and began to discuss what to do with him.

Think about that, they What would they do with Jesus?…

Jesus is a lot of things to a lot of people.

To a Jew, Jesus was a false Messiah, someone who claimed to be divine, but was not.

To the Mormon’s, Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer. He had multiple wives and was created by God the Father. They also believe that Jesus failed His earthly mission and that Joseph Smith (the founder of Mormonism) picked it up and finished it… YIKES

To an agnostic, they cannot know if Jesus was God or not (for an agnostic believes Deity is not something we can grasp).

To an atheist, God does not exist, so Jesus couldn’t have been God, because there is no God to them.

To a Muslim, Jesus was a prophet, but not the son of God, and not even the last prophet (Muhammad was the last).

To a Hindu, Jesus shared a message of love and was in no way divine.

To a Jehovah’s Witness, Jesus is a god, but not almighty God… He is a spirit creature and is also, somehow Michael the Archangel… if you can work that one out.

To a Buddhist, Jesus was a great person, but not God.

Only to a Christian (a true Christian) is Jesus Christ the Son of God, King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s.

And to the rest of the world, we are crazy to say that.

My first question to you is this: who is Jesus to you?

Not who is He to your parents, not who is he to your family, who is Jesus to you?

The second question is this, what will you do with Jesus?

While you think of your answer, keep in mind that for any theory (or concept) taken from a book, writing or idea to be legitimate, it has to make sense from the time we are taking it from.

You cannot just say that now you believe the Jews had several gods when through all of history, every document you can find (biblical or not) refers to only one God for the Jewish people.

If you find my book 2000 years from now, and the language is different for some reason, now everyone speaks in Klingon, and you say, “oh look. This fellow was referring to Jesus as a lesser god,” but the English text clearly says that Jesus was the one and only true God, it would not make sense.

I’ll give you another example.

The book of Mormon
Wrote by Joseph Smith from what he said was a revelation to him from an angel. This angel came to him and told him that Jesus failed his mission on earth, and that he had to pick up the torch and finish the job.

The book of Mormon was wrote from golden plates that were buried (supposedly) by the tribe of Native Americans around 325 AD. Smith said that the templates were the “reformed Egyptian Hieroglyphics.”

The problem:
1. The book refers to horses in North America prior to the year 400 AD, which we now know that no horses were in North America at that time.
2. Recent DNA evidence has proved that the tribe that made the tablets were, in fact, not JEWISH
3. And the text has been altered at different times and different places over 4,000 times.

It does not make sense. It was not what the original authors wrote or intended to say.

Here’s another example:
Joseph Smith purchased a document (that he claimed) containing writings from Abraham.
This would have been a huge discovery, however it’s not true.
No one was able to translate the document when Smith found it, however now we can translate it with the finding of the Rosetta Stone, and the book has nothing to do with Abraham… its an Egyptian book of the dead referring to the afterlife of their dead pharos.

It does not make sense. It was not what the original authors wrote or intended to say.

I tell you this because we cannot pick up the Bible today and say whatever we want about it, if it was not what the original authors wrote, meant or intended to say. Putting a new age twist on something that never meant what we now claim it means is plain foolishness.

With that said, lets look at what Jesus said about Himself from a book that has been so well preserved, that the critics who say that man altered the text have absolutely no proof to found that claim; the Bible.

#1 Jesus claimed He was God

Some of you have heard otherwise… some of you are under the false assumption that Jesus never said He was God.

But He did say He was God not just a god.

John 14:7-11
If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

Here’s Jesus, claiming to be God. He does this all through the Gospels.

Lets look at what made the Jew’s so mad that they crucified Him.

Jesus could have came and said he was any pagan god and the Jews would have cared less, but that’s not what happened, He said he was God almighty.

Some never translations of the Bible have perverted the Greek and Hebrew to say things like Jesus was a god, but you have to understand that once again, this would not make sense in the time Jesus lived.

Keep in mind that the people who persecuted Jesus were monotheists, meaning they had only one God.

They were not like the pagan nations who had several hundred gods; they had one according to the first commandment, “YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.”

Jesus could have came and said he was any pagan god and the Jews would have cared less, but that’s not what happened. What happened was Jesus came and said he was God, and it pissed off the Pharisees to the point where they were ready to stone Him and ultimately crucified him!

John 10:30-33
Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God (Theos in Greek).”

Theos in the Greek in this verse is referring to the one and only true God.

That bring me to #2; other people called him God, and worshipped Him as God.

It’s one thing to say you are God, it’s another to accept worship as God, as it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’ (Luke 4:8)

Matt 8:2 behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, Lord (Kyrios=God the Messiah), if You are willing, You can make me clean.

Why didn’t Jesus rebuke the leper for worshiping Him… because He is God.

An example of someone calling him God

John 20:28 Thomas said, “My Lord and My God (Theos).”

Thomas called him God, (Theos, the one and only true God) and Jesus did not rebuke him.
People worshipped Jesus, and He did not rebuke them

Notice Jesus never said to Thomas, “now, now… you mustn’t call me God…” He never said that…

Still more evidence that the disciples were convinced of who He was (and this is only scratching the surface).

10 of the 11 (faithful) disciples (with the exception of John, of course they tried to kill him he just would not die) died a martyr’s death. They were all killed for believing in Jesus and never recanted their testimony to death.

These Jewish monotheists were absolutely sure that Jesus was God.

It’s one thing to believe something, but to be willing to die for it, now that’s another story.

An example in the scriptures is when Peter and John were thrown in jail and while on trial they said to their persecutors, “for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:1-15)

That brings me to #3 Jesus said that he is the only way to heaven.

If we say there is another way to heaven, then Jesus is a liar.

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Jesus here once again is claiming to be God when we look at the Old Testament scriptures.

Isaiah 45:21, 43:11
There is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me.
I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior.

So if you wrote on your card that you though Jesus was a moral teacher but not God, he could not possibly be moral. He is a gigantic liar if He’s not God.

The second question is what will you do with Jesus.

If He truly is Lord like he said, will you accept Him or reject Him?

Only you can make that choice

No one can make it for you.

And let me say this, that there are people who go to church that do not know Him.

You can spend a lot of time in a garage that does not make you a car. (I stole this from somewhere)

And someone will say at this time, “well I don’t believe in Hell or Heaven,” to which I would reply that just because you do not believe in something does not mean it’s not 100% true.

Let me go out here on Sewell’s Point (a local road) and drive 100 mph, and when I get pulled over I’ll tell the cop that I don’t believe there’s a speed limit… how do you think that would work for me?

Better yet I’ll do something illegal, say parking in an area I didn’t know I couldn’t park. When they tow my car, just because I go tell them I didn’t know about the law does not mean I will not have to pay the price.

Saying I do not know or I don’t believe doesn’t mean anything when it comes to the judgment we all have to face one day.

Jesus Christ is either your Lord, or someone else’s Lord.

We either accept Him as Savior or not.

Rom 6:23, 10:9
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord….
AND if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

You have to be the one to confess Christ.

Not your grandma, or your family… you.

What will you do with Jesus?

God Bless,

Dan Fogarty.