A MEDITATION BY MESSIAN DREAD
WWW, September 2007 - When Jah says that mankind has changed worship of Creator into worship of creation, did He also refer to the "bible-believing" Christians?
In the first verse of the Gospel according to John we can read: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with JAH, and the Word was JAH". Reading on just a little bit more will reveal without the shadow of a doubt, that John refers to Yesus Kristos when he speaks about the "Word of Jah".
It's a deep, profound teaching that John gives there. A teaching of which the implications unfortunately have gone lost to a large portion within what is generally kown as "Christianity" For they will identify the Word of Jah as... The Bible!
People can debate without end about topics, putting scripture against scripture in attempts to "convince" their opponents. People will "expose" "false teachings" just by quoting a few Bible scriptures. People will even study the Bible in order to get themselves some name and fame and power over others!
Never mind the fact, that there is no original manuscript left. Never mind the fact, that the (per)versions contradict each other and themselves. Never mind the fact, that the canon itself isn't even mentioned in the Bible and nobody can really explain just why "the Bible" is "right".
People who criticize "Christianity" will often refer to the fact that with a little bit of intelligence, you can make the Bible say just about anything you want the Bible to say. And it's true, especially when you realize that there are countless of (per)versions that will help everyone to read what they want to read.
But even if we would have the original scrolls, it would not better. The apostle Petrus wrote, that people were twisting the writings of Paulus as well as the other scriptures, and he was referring to the original manuscripts there.
We are give a wonderful example within this very same scripture. We all know about the Pharisees, how they knew their Bibles inside-out and how they loved to use that knowledge to get power over other people. How they even fooled themselves!
When Yesus faced the Pharisees, he told them: "You study the scriptures because you think there is eternal life in there, and you don't recognize Me and don't want to come to Me" (John 5:38 ).
We see this very same mentality within what is commonly known as Christianity. It can be recognized in the phrase: "The Word Of God says...", followed by some quote. A quote from a (per)version, that is. For the original manuscripts are lost.
We see, how many try to put Jah in a book, subsequently study that book, and somehow think that this the key to eternal life, the key to God, yes... God!
We see, that when John writes how the Word is Jah and became flesh, many will de facto believe that this is about the Bible rather than about Yesus Kristos Himself.
Now, why is that?
Why do people need a book, even if it is a translation or (per)version of a manuscript, of which the originals have long been lost? Why do people... need something in this creation and treat it as if this is God Himself?
Asking the question, is answering it.
Oh yes, we all know about the critique from the "bible-believing Christians" about the believe of many of my Rasta brothers and sisters that the Ethiopian Emperor is JAH. But they themselves believe in a book and call it the Word of Jah, Which we know is JAH Himself!
So why do people need that book? Why do people use that book as their Gateway to God? Yes: as God?
Obviously, it has everything to do that we are -in our natural state- unable to reach Jah. Since the fall, we are cut from direct contact with our Creator and all we had left was our place within Creation.
Still, the Creator maintains His Creation. He reveals Himself through Creation too. Jah even steps in His Creation and shows Himself to us many times.
He does so, through the Bible and through the Ethiopian emperor. He does so, by revealing Himself all over creation!
In the last verse of the gospel according to John, the apostle states that Yesus did so many things that if they would all have to be described, the world itself could not contain the books.
So we know, yes, the Creator has really done a lot of things to reveal Himself. But as soon as Jah reveals Himself, a particular law of nature comes into action.
It is the law of decay, that came into place when Adam and Eve ate from the fruit and became initiated in the mystery of iniquity. It is the law that dictates, how nothing in this creation is eternal. How nothing in this creation can last forever. How nothing in this creation is perfect.
It is, if you will: the law of sin.
It is, if you will: to have the knowledge of good and evil, which means nothing else than to have only a partial knowledge of good rather to have something on top of "knowledge of good". (SEE: "TO KNOW GOOD AND EVIL")
Our partial (dis)ability to "see good", which obviously means nothing else but to "see JAH", requires us to initially be confronted with some thing in creation which will refer us to the Creator Himself, Yesus Kristos!
We need something in this creation to show us The Way.
We need a witness.
We need a tangible witness.
We need a tangible witness in this creation in order to find the Way to the Creator. And as a matter of fact, we have a multitude of witnesses around us. From the Bible to the Ethiopian Emperor, from Spirit People to -in fact- the whole of Creation itself.
And this is exactly where many, many people stop. They hear the voice of the Creator clearly through the mouths of His many witnesses. Tangible, audible, visible, you name it. There is no speech or language where His voice is not heard!
Creation itself is a witness. Creation itself is a messenger.
But in some sick variation on the theme, many people are tricked and believe that the messenger is in fact the sender. Many people are tricked into believing, how creation is in fact the Creator.
The mere fact that we need something in this creation to point us out to the Creator, has been transformed by the forces of evil into the very worship of that creation itself!
Our partial disability to see Jah, to "know good", makes us worship that which we do see as if it is JAH!
It makes us worship creation rather than the Creator, even if that creation itself is conscious witness of the Creator and points out to the fact that it is only a witness.
For example: The Bible.
For example: The Ethiopian Emperor
But none of these witnesses are perfect, none of these witnesses in themselves are able to bring us in contact with the Creator.
None of these witnesses ARE Jah!
They can only... show us the Way!
So, then, what is that Way?
Obviously, here we have another question which has the Answer contained in itself. Obviously, there can not be a Way to the Creator if this Way is not the Creator Himself.
Obviously, that Way is Yesus Kristos, JAH manifested in the Flesh.
HE is perfect. HE is without sin. Whether you know it or not, Yesus Kristos is (the Way to) JAH. Whether you know it or not, you can only be in contact with your Creator though (the Door, that Door Which is) the Creator Himself!
Let us therefore know, that we live in a fallen creation. We need a witness, Jah uses witness to speak through, but a witness is a witness.
The Bible is such a witness. It's an imperfect witness, and can also be used to teach false doctrines. It can be used, to manipulate people and is used by Babylon System as the ultimate propaganda tool in what is called the "Judeo-Christian Civilization".
The Bible points out to Yesus Kristos, quite specific. The Bible says of itself, that there is no eternal life in it. The Bible witnesses of itself, that it contains only a description of an aspect of what Yesus Kristos really is doing.
It's not the Bible, that teaches me anything. It's not the Bible, that saved me. It's not the Bible that dictates what is true or not. This is all reserved for the Word of God Himself, and:
The Bible... is not the Word of God!
Yesus Kristos is the Word Of God!
This simple truth opens up the whole Bible, all of a sudden.
When you read stuff like: "Your Word Is A Lamp For My Foot", this really means "Yesus Is The Light".
When you read stuff like: "The Word Of God Is A Two-Edged Sword", and "The Sword Of The Spirit Is The Word Of God", this really means that "Yesus is a two-edged Sword", that "Yesus is the Sword of the Spirit".
Yes, some people really claim that the Sword of the Spirit is the bible. They claim that the Bible is a two-edged sword and a light for our foot. They really think that the devil is afraid for a few Bible Scriptures and that reading the Bible will give us eternal life.
Therefore, when you would use the words "Word of God" and "Bible" interchangeably, I would say that my Bible is JAH.
It is JAH, Who teaches me. He teaches me through the Bible, through creation, through revelation and experience. It is JAH, Yesus Kristos, Who is my Weapon. It is JAH, Yesus Kristos, Who is the Lamp for my foot. It is JAH, Yesus Kristos, Whose teachings are written in my heart.
One Love, Give Thanks,