…that the Bible is GOD's Word, inspired in the original text
throughout many Gospels, which has been changed, omitted, and
edited by man to support their own worldly political goals, and that it is - rightly
divided and interpreted - an important document in matters of faith and conduct, but it is not the only text in
which GOD speaks to us. There are many Gospels that did not find
their way into the Bible that was compiled under the presiding Roman
Emperor Caesar Flavius Constantine at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325,
with Bishops who were eager to please the supreme ruler of Rome, and
support his political goals, while at the same time distorting the idea
of GOD and the message Jesus brought us. By the way, in rightly dividing the Bible [2Ti
2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.]
and with careful analysis of related Gospels,
it finally makes sense!
…that there is one GOD, a
higher power, a creator.
...that all religions are from GOD and
have to be respected as such.
...that GOD is not a flawed entity.
A jealous, devious, hateful GOD does NOT exist. GOD is LOVE!
…in GOD, infinite in
wisdom, measureless in power. That He hears and answers prayers,
and that He saves all who follow the
commandments and Jesus Christ's teachings - no matter
what else they believe in.
…in Jesus Christ, the Son
of GOD, who we accept as our savior and wayshower - which means to also accept his
message of LOVE to the world - and with this be baptized.
...that believing in GOD entails to
believe in the message of LOVE, brought by Jesus Christ as told to us
Gentiles by Paul, and denounce all
hate and war, killing, lies and deception, brought to us by man.
...that Jesus Christ
symbolically died on the
cross for the sins of the world, so we are NOT born in sin. We will
commit our own sins and repent for them. Only GOD can forgive our sins,
and we have to communicate with Him.
we should celebrate the living GOD in Jesus - and in us - by remembering him in the last
supper on very special occasions and remember that we are a part of the
The cup of blessing
which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread
which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all
partakers of that one bread.
[1 Corinthians 11:23-29]
For I have received of
the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the
same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given
thanks, he brake it, and said,
Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken
[broken as in the
meaning of breaking bread, not a broken body] for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took
the cup, when he had supped, saying,
this cup is the new testament in my
blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew
the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore
whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord,
unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a
man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that
cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily,
eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
…that it is not
possible to receive absolution from a priest or a church. The only
authority a sinner has to confess to is GOD and it is up to him to forgive
you. [The Catholic Church made nice money in selling
forgiveness in the Middle Ages and still controls the “flock” today with
information obtained in confessions.] No one can sin purposely
and then be forgiven by man in the name of GOD. In this case sin would
not be sin. The confession to a priest or a church is not mentioned in the
[1 Timothy 2:5]
…that a church shall guide
people how to engage in conversations with GOD and teach the message of
…in the Holy Spirit, that
he is one of GOD's means to to convince the world of righteousness
and bless his people.
which are constantly being broken by most politicians who claim GOD as
their advisor. And they are being broken by churches in preaching lies and
deception. Jesus Christ's message is simple: Love and peace. So,
whoever preaches war, fear and hate, can NOT do so in GOD's or Jesus
Christ's name or they are blasphemers.
…that color of skin does
not matter in any way, that all men are created equal
and that all deserve the same respect.
...and actually we know, that GOD created the world through
Evolution. This is a scientific fact. There is no doubt
either, that GOD created the world (NOT intelligent design, please). But not as some try to make us believe
merely 6,000 years ago, but over
many Millions of years. We have the gift
of spirituality as well as education. So we know that the world is
not as simple as the minds of Neo-Cons, and they won't be able to lower
God's bar so far that they can understand the truth. A famous movie
director said in 2006: "Even
though I am a Christian, I cannot relate to this fundamental way of
Christianity. In the last years it was almost as if they hijacked
Christianity and turned it into their own religion, called America.
That is sad, because what is Christianity based on if not: Love thy
neighbor, solidarity with the poor, the love of truth, and peace? If you
look at current US politics, there has been that much lying in the past
The Neo-Cons (Neo Con-artists or New conservatives,
which is pretty much the same thing) will have
to hope for God's infinite grace and we as Americans for the forgiveness
of the civilized world.
…in the Body of Christ -
the living spiritual body of which all people who accept the message of Jesus Christ as
their salvation are members. We believe that the Lord laid upon the Apostle
Paul the task of taking the message unto all the world as a witness,
giving a warning message of impending judgment to all, and the
message of salvation through Jesus Christ for the body of Christ.
Apostle Paul preached the Gospel for the Gentiles [non
Jews] and the other Apostles were sent exclusively to
the Jewish community. So the Pope, who claims to be the successor of
Peter - who, like Jesus before his crucifixion, was preaching to the Jews
only - basically claims to be head of a Jewish community. According to
Mark Jesus did not consider Greeks (the word Greek was used, just as the
broader word Gentiles, for people who were not Jewish) and Gentiles as being human, but as
dogs. Paul was the apostle who changed this idea and spread the Gospel
to the world of the Gentiles.
The woman was a Greek, a
Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth
the devil out of her daughter. But Jesus said unto her,
Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the
children's bread, and to cast it
unto the dogs.
And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet
the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs. And he said unto
her, For this saying go thy
way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
Jesus reluctantly helped this woman, even
though she was not Jewish. And here another Bible passage from the
New Testament, that also clearly shows that the apostles were sent only
to the Jewish Community:
And when he had called unto
him his twelve disciples, he gave
them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal
all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Now the names of the
twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and
Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his
brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican;
James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was
Thaddaeus; Simon the
Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. These twelve Jesus
sent forth, and commanded them, saying,
Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and
city of the Samaritans enter ye
go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers,
raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
...that the successor of Paul is the true
Pope of the Body of Christ which our church is a part of. It is also
a fact, that the Epistles of Paul were written many years before the
Gospels. Paul, who was traveling with the other Apostles and heard
their reports first hand when their memory was still fresh, was the
closest to the living Jesus Christ with his writings. Paul's epistles focused on the
spiritual meaning of Jesus Christ's death and his resurrection. He started
to write his Epistles about 20 years after Jesus Christ's crucifixion.
But there are more unedited versions of Gospels that used to be just as
important in the early Christian Church.
The Gospel of
, which was found 1945, could not be altered or hidden by
the churches to distort the meaning and the message of Jesus Christ.
Surprisingly it has not found its way into the Bible yet.
It was written in a time overlapping with the Epistles of Paul and is the
most believable and true Gospel, and in time and in it's meaning the
closest one to Jesus Christ. Many Experts nowadays share the opinion
- also with our church - that the Gospel of Thomas was the starting
point for all other Gospels, basically like a collection of Jesus
Christ's sayings and teachings the other authors weaved their
stories around. Mark was next with his Gospel, about 40
years after Jesus Christ's crucifixion (70 CE), drawing heavily on oral
records and legends about Jesus' life in Palestine. Matthew and Luke
wrote in the 80's and John's Gospel was written about 100 CE, 70 years
after Jesus Christ. Please bear in mind, that all the Gospels were
written for the Jews, not for the Gentiles, and that we have to be very
careful - even within the Epistles of Paul, who preached the message of
the Kingdom to
the Jews, to converted Jews, and in the next session the Salvation through Jesus Christ to the
Body of Christ - with the determination which parts apply to the Body of
If you click here you will find some examples that mostly speak for themselves. Where they
needed comments, I added them.
...that "accepting Jesus Christ" in your
heart as your savior also entails to live your life according to his
teachings of love and the
Not to live according to Jesus Christ's commandments and standards is as
if you never accepted him in your heart as your savior.
…that all Christians are
ordained by the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel with whatever gift they
are given from GOD. Not all are to be Pastors but all are to use their
Gift of GOD to present the Gospel.
[1 Corinthians 12:28-31]
…that LOVE is the most
important message of GOD to the world. We shall love our neighbor as
13:8 -11] Owe no man any thing,
but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the
law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou
shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet;
and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this
saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love
worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the
law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is
high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when
…that it is up to GOD whom
he lets each one of us fall in love with.
…that GOD’s intended method of
baptism is by water for his chosen people, the Jews, by fire for the
Gentiles, and by accepting Jesus Christ in your heart as your Savior you
are baptized by the Spirit into the “Body of Christ”.
[1 Corinthians 12:13]
…that there is no
Hell is not mentioned in the Bible. In the King James Version and also in
the NASB it has been mistranslated and actually has the meaning of Ditch,
Grave, or Underworld (Hades). In the Greek Originals, Hell
is the place of the future punishment called "Gehenna" or "Gehenna of
fire". This was originally the valley of Hinnom, south of Jerusalem, where
the filth and dead animals of the city were cast out and burned; at the
time a fit symbol of the wicked and their assumed future fate.
There is no hell except the one man creates for himself.
…that we shall respect and
honor all other beliefs in GOD. Even if we do not share their belief
system, many others believe in the same GOD (we believe there is only
ONE GOD), no matter what they call him. If we disrespect our
He is being worshiped under a different name and in a different way, we
should not be surprised if others do the same to us. And above all, we would
disrespect our own GOD.
Rev. Dr. Alexander Hast