RE: Praying Through Jesus Is Idol Worshipping

A REPLY TO MZBEL’S CLAIM THAT PRAYING THROUGH JESUS IS IDOL WORSHIPING

Dear Mzbel,

RE: Praying Through Jesus Is Idol Worshipping

I greet you in the name of our dear Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross, rose on the third day and ascended into heaven and sits at the right side of God, the Father Almighty. I was extremely happy when I read your post on www.peacefmonline.com about a claim that “Praying through Jesus is idol worshipingon the 18th January, 2017.

Mzbel, I am always happy when people ask questions about deity of Jesus Christ and try their best to seek for the truth. I do not side with Christians who say we are not supposed to question the Christian faith. I always tell people, our eternal life is so precious that we cannot afford to make the wrong decision whiles on earth now. It is, therefore, very important to question every faith to determine which is true and reasonable to put your trust in. Do not allow anyone to intimidate you on your quest to find out the truth. Ask all the questions you wish but be modest in your words. I will try my possible best to give reasonable answers to questions raised in your post. 

In your post you stated, Sorry to disappoint you but when I mention G-d, I mean "Hashem" the G-d of Israel, the only true G-d I know, not Jesus. I believe solely in the Torah (The Old Testament) because it is self-explanatory and accurate.

Mzbel, I am glad to inform you that there is only one true God as the Shema states in Deut. 6:4 (also in 1 Cor 8:4 & Mk 12:29). He is the God of Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Elijah and Elisha and so on. And is this same God that Christians worship. We do not worship any other God apart from Him. Christians believe the revelations about God in the Old Testament (OT), which manifested in the New Testament (NT), suggest that God is not a Person (Unitarian) but Three Persons (Trinitarian). Before I say anything, I wish to bring one thing to your attention that nobody on earth can explain God to you. God is extremely unexplainable, unimaginable, unthinkable, infinite and an indescribable being. Humans do not have the appropriate words to define or describe Him. An all knowing, all powerful, all loving, and an omniscience being should be extremely difficult to explain by any finite being. That is why it seems there is always some kind of confusion as to who is worshiping the true God. But in all things we should allow SCRIPTURES to speak to us and direct us as to what God has revealed to us about himself.

When a Christian calls God, he/she is referring to Three Persons (ie. The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit). This is where the concept of the Trinity (Tri-unity: Three but One) came from. It is very interesting to know that, the blue prints of God (The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit) are found at several places in the OT. Since you dont believe the NT, I will not try to explain to you why the authors used the Greek names Ha Theosand Ha Kyriosto distinguish between God, the Father and God, The Son respectively. I believe by now you would have done some exegesis on some scriptures, suggesting God is not Unitarian. Some of these scriptures include Gen 1:26 and Gen 11:7 (where God used a plural pronoun usto refer to himself). Some people think these scriptures are not strong enough to prove the Christian claim about the personhood of God being more than one.

In addition to those scriptures, Gen 19:24 reads Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah--from the LORD out of the heavens”. This verse suggests that there were two LORDS, one in heaven and the other on earth and the Lord on earth commanded burning sulphur from the Lord above or in heaven.

It is also fascinating when you read Psalm 110:1&5: The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. This is a revelation King David had about a Lord who sits at the right hand of another Lord.

Amos 4:10-11 also reads, I sent among you a plague after the manner of Egypt; Your young men I killed with a sword, Along with your captive horses; I made the stench of your camps come up into your nostrils; Yet you have not returned to Me,” Says the LORD. “I overthrew some of you, As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, And you were like a firebrand plucked from the burning; Yet you have not returned to Me,” Says the LORD. Mzbel, reading Amos carefully one may ask, who overthrew these people just as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah? Can another person act in the likeness and manner as God? And who made these revelations known to Amos? Everyone knows that it was God who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah but then why does this scripture suggest someone else as powerful as God called Lord did exactly what God did to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah?

In summary, the question anyone would ask, after reading these scriptures, is how many Lords or Adonais or Yawehs do we have? As Deut 6:4 suggested, there is only one God or one Lord but then why are these scriptures suggesting there are more than one? I can confidently tell you that there was something God hid and progressively revealed to his people. And He will continue to do this until His Kingdom comes just as a teacher will do to his kids; teach from the known to the unknown.

You also stated in your post that, I don't believe in the New Testament because it has too many human errors and contradictions. For example: the New Testament says Jesus is the Messiah because he's the son of Joseph who is a descendant of David. Same New Testament says Joseph did not impregnate Mary, the Holy Spirit did, so how exactly is Jesus the Messiah if he doesn't have Joseph's DNA?

Mzbel, based on this you suggesting there are no human errors and contradictions in the OT. You only found human errors and contradictions in the NT. I would be very glad if you could come out with a list of these supposed errors and contradictions for us (Christians) to help you with reasonable answers. I believe the bible is inerrant and infallible. Men of God spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. On these supposed errors, you gave one example concerning the genealogy of Jesus Christ. You wanted to find out how can Jesus be the Messiah if he is not of the seed of Joseph.

One fundamental mistake of this question is, you have combined the Messiahship of Jesus Christ to his legal right to be the heir of the throne of David. There are two distinct reasons for his Messiahship and his legal right to be the heir.

It should be noted that no one impregnated Mary, there was no intercourse. In fact, let me be blank here, no one had sex with Mary to have baby Jesus. In case someone did, then, the birth would no longer be a virgin birth. The seed was placed in Virgin Mary’s womb (as prophesied in Isaiah 7:14).

You are very right, when you ask this question because, Joseph was not Jesusbiological father in any understanding since Mary conceived by a miraculous intervention of the Holy Spirit before she was joined to Joseph. But then don’t forget that the moment Joseph accepted to take Mary as his wife, he also claimed Jesus as his son. Therefore, in the eyes of the Jewish law of the time, Joseph was the legal father. Do not forget that Joseph himself is of the line of David and this makes Jesus the rightful legal heir to the throne of David even though he wasn’t biologically related to this earthly father. The culture at that time perfectly understood this that was why Jesus was called the ‘Carpenter’s son’ by the people of Nazareth (Matthew 13:55-56). You can bear with me that Mary was not the carpenter.

Again, let’s assume Jesus is not the Messiah or all the prophecies in the OT doesn’t point to him, will he still be the rightful heir to the throne of David knowing well that (his legal, not biological, father) Joseph had accepted him as his son? According to their tradition, YES, Jesus would still be the heir to the throne. You should also note that, it is not only being heir to the throne that made Jesus Christ the messiah. There are hundreds of prophecies in the OT (fulfilled in the NT) about Jesus Christ being the messiah. I will advise that when interpreting the bible you need to consider the context of its literary style, culture and history.

Let me add this, do you remember John the Baptist? Yeah, the one who baptised Jesus Christ. Did you know he was prophesied in the OT to be the one to prepare a way for Jesus Christ? Malachi 3:1 reads “BEHOLD, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming," Says the LORD of hosts”. It is interesting for the Lord of hosts himself to say someone will prepare a way for him in order to do the work of his father. This was fulfilled in Matthew 11 and was also narrated in Luke 7.

Why do Christians pray through Jesus Christ?

Anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour is a Christian. The underlining word is BELIEVE. There are a lot of people in churches who do not BELIEVE. Most are in church not because of Jesus but because of their individual (selfish) interest. People who have come to realise that since there is life after death, they will need some kind of eternal security and are therefore ready to carry their cross and follow Jesus Christ are those I call Christians. Christians are not perfect in terms of their righteousness. It is only Jesus Christ who can make them righteous in order for them to get close to God. When one becomes a (true) Christian that individual gets JUSTIFIED (by only Jesus Christ at moment of their salvation) and then gets SANCTIFIED (achieved by you with the help of Jesus) and later will be GLORIFIED (done by only Jesus Christ after his second coming).

Isaiah 53 prophesied a lot about Jesus Christ including his suffering and death. Isaiah clearly stated that He (Jesus Christ) was wounded for our transgressions (wrongdoings, disobediences etc), He (Jesus Christ) was bruised for our iniquities (immoralities, sins etc); the chastisement for our peace was upon Him (Jesus Christ), and by His (Jesus Christ’s) stripes we are healed (ie. spiritually making us pure or righteous). We were all like sheep that have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him (Jesus Christ) the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:12 was very clear on why we pray through Jesus Christ. It reads “Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.As you read He (Jesus Christ) bore the sin of many, and made intercession (mediation) for the transgressors (those who see themselves as such). Christians believe that it is only Jesus Christ who can mediate between mankind and God, the Father. 1 Timothy 2:5 says For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. Definitely, no one can go directly to the Father except His Son. The reason for this is because as it stands now we are not fit to have a direct encounter with the Father until we are given glorified (sinless/uncorrupted) bodies when Jesus Christ comes for the second time.

The Gospel in Genesis (Specifically the first book of Moses)

A senior colleague of mine, Chuck Missler, pointed a hidden message in the OT. According to him there is an integrated messaging system in the bible. The bible is not just 66

books penned by 40 authors over thousands of years, the bible is an integrated whole which bears evidence of supernatural engineering in every details. Genesis chapter 5 has the genealogy of Adam through Noah which I never taught had significant meaning when reading. I always skip it in order to read more of the historical records in Genesis.

After listening to Chuck, I was so surprised to know that the whole concept of the Gospel or Good news (Jesus’ death & resurrection) first appeared in Genesis chapter 5. And this was not written in the content of Genesis 5 but this hidden message (about the Gospel) was in the meanings of the names in the genealogy from Adam to Noah. In our bible, I always read the Hebrew names but I have never taught of finding their meanings in English. The names and their meanings are at follows;

Hebrew (Names) Adam
Seth
Enosh

Kenan Mahalalel Jared Enoch Methuselah Lamech Noah

English (Meanings) Man
Appointed
Mortal

Sorrow;
The Blessed God Shall come down Teaching
His death shall bring The Despairing Rest, or comfort

The Gospel hidden within the genealogy in Genesis 5 reads, Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest or comfort.

Mzbel, it will be extremely difficult for anyone to tell me that a group of Jewish rabbis conspired to hide the Christian Gospel right here in a genealogy within their venerated Torah. Chuck, concluded “it demonstrates that in the earliest chapters of the Book of Genesis, God had already laid out His plan of redemption for the predicament of mankind. It is a love story, written in blood on a wooden cross which was erected in Judea almost 2,000 years ago.

I have a feeling God wants to use you for something wonderful. I understand the struggle you find yourself in. Only those who have been there will understand what you going through. There are several things we can discuss about the deity of Jesus Christ and his purpose of redeeming mankind from eternal damnation. Do not restrain yourself. Jesus Christ loves you and I also love you.

Waiting to hear your thoughts on these scriptural data about our triune God and also why we pray through Jesus Christ.

Your new friend in Christ,
Kwakye Ransford.
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