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Lie #2: Theology

(Authors note: I am planning to write an ebook entitled “The 10 Lies Of Religious Christianity”. In this book, I plan to allow free viewing of the introduction and the first 2 chapters. I have completed the draft for the second chapter posted below. I welcome suggestions on improvements.)

One of the main characteristics of religious churches is their obsession with theology. The religious minds, theology is another word for spiritual truth. Theology is always right and can never be wrong. The words of theologians are no different from the words of God. Theology is so important to them that the highest rank in religious churches must be theologically trained.

What exactly is theology? The dictionary defines it this way:

–noun, plural -gies.
1. the field of study and analysis that treats of God and of God’s attributes and relations to the universe; study of divine things or religious truth; divinity.
2. a particular form, system, branch, or course of this study.

Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/theology

Based on the definition from the dictionary, it sounds harmless but I am going to show you the unpleasant reality of this field. Read the definition again. It says theology is a field of study and analysis. Does this make theologians a type of researchers, scholars or scientists?

Let me explain this by comparing the difference between scientists and theologians. Scientists are people who have deep interest in the laws of nature. They work hard in their chosen field. They are dedicated and passionate on their pet theories. It is not uncommon for scientists working in the same institution debating each other passionately over their preferred theories and after that they can meet each other for coffee. Scientists do not face the risk of losing their jobs based on whether they support or reject certain theories.

Theologians are the opposite. Theologians in the same institutions, usually seminaries must obey the same doctrines that are determined by their employer. For example, if you are a theologian working in a institution funded by traditional churches, you must obey the traditional doctrines. If the institution is charismatic, then all its theologians in it must also be charismatic. Any theologian who does not obey the approved doctrines of his employer will lose his job.

Like the scientists, theologians like to debate. However, the difference is the theologians will sink to any level to degrade their opponents. All theologians think that only their theology is true and every one who does not agree with them is of the devil. They are very intolerant to different opinions.

In comparison, scientists have open minds but theologians have closed minds. Equating theologians with scientists is an insult to all scientists.

In addition, theology has zero practical use. Modern science can be trace back to a man named Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) who is known as the father of modern science. He was killed by the theologians under the charge of heresy. According to theology, science in heresy.

When Galileo began his scientific works, science was practically unknown and theology was firmly established. So, theology has the advantage of early head-start compared to science. Let us look at the world today.

Through the early works of Galileo Galilei, we have advanced to the level that seems magical to the ancient people. Human beings have set their foot on the moon. We can fly faster than the speed of sound. We have ships that are as large as ancient towns. We can communicate easily through satellites. We have discovered cures for diseases that were once incurable and many other breakthroughs that were once unbelievable. Science has propelled us to a far greater level than before.

Since theology has a better head-start than science, it should achieve at least the same if not better than science right? The answer is no. Theology has achieved nothing apart from some holy wars that involved murders, rapes, plunders, tortures and other violations of human rights. Theology has no practical use. This means all theologians are nothing more than parasites to our civilization. I am not going to compare theologians with prostitutes because even prostitutes have some contributions. Therefore, it is not a surprise that the field of theology can only attract the good-for-nothings who are only interested in getting paid for doing nothing constructive.

So far, I have explained to practical reality of theology. Let me proceed on the subject on morality. Do theologians have morals? Let me begin by quoting Jesus opinion on theologians from the Bible.

13″Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.

15″Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.

16″Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’

17You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?

18You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.’

19You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?

20Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.

21And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it.

22And he who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it.

23″Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

24You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

25″Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.

26Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

27″Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean.

28In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

29″Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous.

30And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’

31So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets.

32Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers!

33″You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?

34Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town.

35And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.

36I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation.

Matthew 23:13-36 (NIV)

The term “Pharisees” and “teachers of the law” were used on theologians in Jesus’ time. It seems that unlike the religious churches, Jesus did not have a very high opinion on the theologians. The Bible has made it clear that God and theologians are at the opposite ends of the holiness spectrum. You can only choose one of the two. If you choose to worship God, you have to reject theology and vice versa. The Bible has made it clear that theologians are heretics.

What does this tells us about the religious churches that are led by preachers that are theologically trained? They have rejected Jesus in their churches. This is the truth that they are trying very hard to hide.

Wait, some may say. Those are Non Christian theologians. Christian theologians are different. Is that so? Let us dig up some historical records to see how good Christian theologians were.

Theologians created the Inquisition and Crusaders.

Pope Innocent III believed that Bible believing dissidents were worse than infidels (Saracens, Moslems, and Turks), for they threatened the unity of … Europe. So Innocent III sponsored 4 “crusades” to exterminate the Albigenses. Innocent (what a name!) called upon Louis VII to do his killing for him, and he also enjoined Raymond VI to assist him.

The Cistercian order of Catholic monks were then commissioned to preach all over France, Flanders, and Germany for the purpose of raising an army sufficient to kill the Bible believers. All who volunteered to take part in these mass murders were promised that they would receive the same reward as those who had sallied forth against the Moslems (i.e., forgiveness of sins and eternal life).

The Albigenses were referred to in Pope Innocent’s Sunday morning messages as “servants of the old serpent”. Innocent promised the killers a heavenly kingdom if they took up their swords against unarmed populaces.

In July of 1209 A.D. an army of orthodox Catholics attacked Beziers and murdered 60,000 unarmed civilians, killing men, women, and children. The whole city was sacked, and when someone complained that Catholics were being killed as well as “heretics”, the papal legates told them to go on killing and not to worry about it for “the Lord knows His own.”

At Minerve, 14,000 Christians were put to death in the flames, and ears, noses, and lips of the “heretics” were cut off by the “faithful.”

Source: http://www.mtc.org/inquis.html

The Inquisitors are the equivalent of religious police, the ancient version of Talibans. The only exception is the Talibans and the al-Qaeda members will look like doves compared to the Inquisitors and Crusaders. Do the theologians have any morals? History can tell us what happened when theologians were in control. We can expect inquisitions and crusades to terrorize us if we allow the theologians to have power over us.

Some theologians in the Protestant camp will want to push all these sins to the Catholics but the truth is the Protestant theologians are no different from their Catholic counterparts. In the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648), Protestant and Catholic warlords were killing each other on behalf of their theologians. The real victims were the ordinary people who just wanted to live in peace. Protestant theologians were in no way more merciful.

All the realities around us, the Bible and history tells us very clearly that all the theologians regardless of denominations are evil. The moment they get into power, there will be chaos.

Today, the theologians seemed peaceful only because they have no power. Let us keep them this way. Of course, I prefer them to repent from theology and do some real work for a change.

In conclusion, I have proven conclusively that theology is pure evil. Why do religious churches prostitute themselves to it? It is very clear that religious churches are a part of the theology. So, the second clue to identify a religious church is it in infested with theologically trained preachers.

New Creation In Christ

14For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:14-17 (NIV)

The above passage explains why Christians are the new creations. We are no longer our old selves. We are created as a new product. In other parts of the Bible the phrase, “born again” are used to describe our new position with God. In this article, I shall explain deeper on the entire context of new creation stated in the above verses. Of course, knowing what the Bible says is useless unless we can use it for our prosperity. Here we go.

Verse 14 starts with, Christ’s love compels us. We are compelled by the Christ’s love. Compel is neither a threat nor a blackmail. When we obey God, we are doing it willingly out of the abundance of love God has poured into our hearts. So, we do it joyfully. We do not obey God out of fear that if we defy him, he might do perverted things to us like giving us some thorns in the flesh to show us his sufficient grace. This is the truth that no theologians or doctrine worshippers can understand.

We do not need some theological preachers to threaten or blackmail us to live holy lives. We live holy lives because holiness is our nature. This is why you can never hear any threats or blackmails in churches that preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What does Christ love compels is in? The answer is in the subsequent part of the same verse.

“because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.”

The crucial point here is “one died for all, and therefore all died.” Who is the “one” who died for all? Jesus is the one. At the Cross, Jesus dies for all our sins. His work is complete. He knows how to do his job properly. This means we do not have to die for our sins. We do not have to do anything else to pay for the penalty of our sins.

The last part says “therefore all died.” After we have become Christians, we are as good as died for all our sins. Therefore, we are holy in the eyes of God. Our holiness is a result of what Jesus has done and not by our own actions.

All our sins, may they be the past, present or future, are all accounted for at the Cross. Therefore, we can commit all the sins we want and still go to heaven when we die. It is only by believing in this truth that we can live truly holy lives.

This is also the reason why theologically infested churches are so obsessed in persecuting people who proclaim this truth. They do not mind using this truth in their evangelistic activities to recruit more members but at the same time, they are also quick to slander others to make this truth a part of their lives. This is an example of religious hypocrisy. Why do they resort to such hypocrisy? Their master, the Theologian (also known as Satan) does not want Christians to live holy lives.

Verse 15 tells us that since Christ has died for us, we should not live for ourselves but for him. This is another verse that is highly abused by religious churches. They will tell you that you must live for Jesus. This means you must obey everything Jesus said (through the preachers, of course) like serve in the church, go for missions and give money to the church. Is this what the writer of the verse means?

Verse 16 tells us the answer.

“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.”

The phrase “living for Christ” refers strictly on seeing the world on a different perspective. What perspective should we adopt. Throughout the Bible, we can read that we are always reminded to see things from a positive perspective because our God is a very positive person. He knows how to do his job. He never gives up, he is always on our side and he always keep all his promises including promises on politically incorrect things like health and wealth.

This is what the Bible means by new creation.

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

As the new creation, we live by faith and not by fear. No matter how big the problem is, we believe deep in our hearts that our God has the answer for it. We live with great expectation that we can overcome every problem, trial and temptation. He who is in us is greater than he who is in this world. Our God is both able and willing to help us to triumph over every difficulty in our lives.

We may face setbacks or defeats from time to time but we will never give up. No matter how many times we have fallen, we shall always get up again. We are confident that we can never lose. We are like the heros in the action movies. As long as the hero has not won, the movie must continue. The only way the movie is allowed to end is for the hero to win. This is how movie of life is played.

Have you triumphed over all your difficulties? Do you have more money than you can spend? Do you have perfect health? Do you enjoy great family relationships? Have you receive everything you desire? If you have a “no” in any of the above, you have not reach the end of your movie. Everything you desire is just ahead of you. Get up and take it.

This is the life of a new creation.