How to Be True Christians
True Christianity God's Way
Who Is Leading the Church in The True-Christian Mode?
What Must One Do To Become & Stay Saved?
Gather or Connect-remotely with your Family and Friends on Sundays
If Your Church Refuses to Preach the Truth Then Leave Them
Guidelines for Reading the Bible
Guidelines for Researching on the Internet
Guidelines to Bible Mobile-Apps and Versions
How to Tithe in the True-Christian Mode?
Many Christians have no interest in reading the Bible; they just go to church and that's sufficient!
Of Course Church Ministers, Priests, & Theology Professors Don't Want You to Do This!
First, depending on which denomination you come from:
Catholics and Orthodox - The sinless person cannot enter heaven. The person whose sins are forgiven will! All true Christians are saints!
Protestants - “By faith alone” doesn't mean "do nothing", it means "no added works of the flesh". So, we still need to learn Jesus’ commands and keep them.
Calvinists - There’s no before and after for God. What you do now in your life determines your predestination status.
The Sinless Cannot Enter Heaven
That's right I said "sinless"! Actually, Jesus said it, in Matthew 5:20 below. This is because our perception of sinless does not meet God's requirement for righteousness. Jesus is the only true sinless that ever walked the earth.
Yes we are called not to sin, but God does not use this as a measure of our righteousness!! The Bible says the "righteousness" required by God can only be achieved through forgiveness of sins, by being renewed day by day - If we fall, we should repent, humble ourselves, and ask God for forgiveness as in the Lord's Prayer.
But trying hard to live sinless by keeping all our focus on it as the way to righteousness, or trying to minimize our sins to maximize our chances to get into heaven, is not the Christian way. Jesus said our view of sinless does not meet God's requirements for "righteous". Because our human perception of sinless is lacking in comparison to God's Holiness. Therefore, true "righteousness" can only be achieved by having our sins forgiven! All people on earth are bad sinners, including the saints canonized by the Vatican, because only God knows our inner sins.
Jesus said that, not me:
Matthew 5:20 Jesus: "For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
The Jewish scribes and Pharisees were the role models in perfection and living sinless all their lives. But Jesus told them it's not good enough!! He said we need to exceed that level of sinless perfection in order to enter heaven! How do we achieve that? We do, by getting our righteousness renewed daily through praying the Lord's Prayer.
And in Revelation:
Revelation 22:14-15 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.
The "righteousness" achieved by receiving the Bread of life daily, is impossible to achieve any other way!!
God is not interested in counting our sins; he's interested in those who know the way to righteousness, aka "robe washing". The majority of Christians today do not know how to become "righteous"!!!
"Lip-service faith" is not the way to righteousness. "Sit back relax God already decided" is not the way to righteousness. And praying to Mary and saints is not the way. Look at the next section to learn how.
Note, this is not to be misunderstood as "we have a license to sin!" If you do not sincerely repent, then your whole faith becomes invalid!! God knows the hearts.
1. True Christianity God's Way
1.1 Become Righteous by Getting Renewed Day by Day
The Lord's Prayer Daily - To remain righteous, we "should" pray the Lord's Prayer once a day to receive the Bread of life for forgiveness as Jesus commanded, and Paul re-iterated in 2 Corinthians 4:16 ...our inner person is being renewed day by day. "Inner Person" = "Holy Spirit"! Important clarification here: The Lord's Prayer is Severely Misunderstood.
Forgive - Remember the other key part of the prayer, to always forgive others so God forgives you your sins. Jesus kept stressing this several times in the New Testament and had a dedicated parable on it in Matthew 18:23-35.
Repent & Humble Yourself - Repent is not a complicated word: feel or express sincere regret about our sin.
Humbling ourselves before God by praying the Lord's Prayer on our knees in private, is an act of worship. God is alive; He sees all this, and He does appreciate it, as evident throughout the Bible.
Matthew 6:6 Jesus: But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Jesus knelt when praying: Matthew 26:39 "And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible...".
For those who want to call kneeling and fasting "works of the flesh", let me remind you (1) no one said they are required for salvation, and (2) they are completely optional - we are to be cheerfully and lovingly kneeling or fasting!! For those who love God, these things spring from within, not requirements. And must be done in private.
1.2 Gather One or Many to Study the Bible
A weekly group session, or as often as you feel dedicated to the Lord. It can be weekly, daily, or even monthly. It is your call as to how dedicated you want to be.
This can be either one person or many. Don't worry if studying the Bible by yourself and researching on the internet. This is equivalent to a gathering of more than one person as you read other people's opinions. Jesus will be with you.
Start with the Lord's Prayer. It's ok if already prayed individually for that day; pray it again at the start of the group gathering in case someone didn't. So, our session of seeking God and His righteousness becomes fruitful - He'll hear us, and we'll hear Him, much better.
1.3 Study the Whole Bible over Time Then Start Over
Beginners, see section below for guidelines on how to read the Bible.
I suggest one or two chapters per session on average. No rush to finish reading. Take your time, meditate on the meanings, connect to other parts of the Bible, and ask God for wisdom.
Pick a chapter in the Bible and start reading it with your group. Everybody contributes to the interpretations. Keeping in mind that when you meet again the following week, some people may have meditated over some verses, and guided by the Holy Spirit may have found more meaningful answers.
For help interpreting difficult verses, follow the guidelines below for searching various sources on the internet.
No arguing, it is not about who is the smartest or the best at this; if can't agree, move on to the next chapter. God reveals things in His timing, so be patient.
Keep your focus on the objective - It is about maturing spiritually and growing our knowledge of God. So, we really get to know how awesome, loving, and magnificent He is. Which will result in a meaningful relationship with Him. Hosea 6:6 I don’t want your sacrifices - I want your love; I don’t want your offerings - I want you to know me.
Keep notes for future reference - I use my smart-phone to keep notes, so I can easily search it in the same way I search the internet.
Closing your session: If you like, you can sing hymns, or your own choice of praising God music. This is completely optional; each of us can glorify God in their own way. Then you can close the session with your own prayer words.
2. Who Is Leading the Church in The True-Christian Mode?
Jesus Christ is leading through the Holy Spirit within us.
For Jesus, the "church" is the Christian body of genuine believers, led by Jesus Himself through the Holy Spirit within us.
When He told Peter he was the rock to build His church on, Jesus meant Peter was the role-model He intended for Christians to follow. So, we don't need an earthly church leader, because Jesus Himself is the leader of the church consisting of genuine Christian believers filled with the Holy Spirit.
Here's why I say this:
Jesus knows very well how inefficient humans are - all humans, including Peter. Recall at one point Jesus called Peter "Satan", "a stumbling block", and "thinking earthly not spiritually". And also told him he'll deny Him in public later. Matthew 16:23 But Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me. For you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
Jesus would never hand His church-leadership to humans!! Knowing Peter inside out, He still saw him as "well-intentioned and 'about as good as it gets with humans'". And declared him a role model for us to follow. Because Jesus knew that when Peter, and us, receive the Holy Spirit later, then renewed daily we become true disciples. Jesus certainly did not want this whole hierarchy of life-time serving popes, cardinals, bishops, and priests, running it like a dictatorship and reviving the Jewish temple style, which was already rejected by Jesus!
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Notes: Jesus told His disciples, including Peter, "go and make disciples of all nations". Why do we ignore this? Jesus is the Head, we're all His disciples. Those disciples that followed Him then, did their part to fulfil Jesus' command. They wrote the Gospel in the Bible for all of us to read, learn, believe, and become disciples ourselves. And in turn we keep it going by properly explaining the sole interpretation of the same Gospel to the people around us, in today's world, that has become callous and has no clue how to be true Christians.
"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” means He's the leader of the church through the Holy Spirit within us forever, not earthly leaders. And certainly not the Vatican people, who are filled with everything except the Holy Spirit. In the early days of Christianity, the disciples tried to lead the church themselves to keep the momentum going, to grow the knowledge of the one true word of God. But today?!! we're in a hodgepodge of loud and confused contradicting multitudes.
Also note what Jesus said here:
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."
Another strong evidence that no need for earthly church leaders. Jesus Himself is the leader of the church today. He is alive in the flesh and can be with us and guide us through the Holy Spirit if we choose. This is only possible when you pray the Lord's Prayer daily to receive the Holy Spirit.
For genuine Christian believers, there is one truth in the Bible - One interpretation, not many. So, Jesus leads the church through His teachings in the Bible and we see His teachings clearly with the help of the Holy Spirit.
You say well that's going to be a very small church. Sadly yes, which fulfils these Jesus verses:
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
3. What Must One Do To Become & Stay Saved?
The answer to this question is 2-part:
1. Believe in Jesus as the Son of God, and be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
2. After making the above declaration, you need to continue to be renewed day by day and maturing in the knowledge of God, by following Jesus' commands. Or risk becoming unsaved over time. This is what the Bible teaches, but many churches missed it.
The 2nd part was always implied whenever the 1st part was stated, but no one today knows this! The Bible clearly explains this in many parts, but most churches missed the 2nd part:
The 1st part:
Is a wholehearted genuine declaration of belief in Jesus as the Son of God who died for our sins. And be baptized with the Holy Spirit by praying the Lord's Prayer as explained in my page: The Lord's Prayer Severely Misunderstood. Although the term baptism means water, in this case as Jesus commanded, this baptism is by the Holy Spirit.
In biblical times, some of the early Christians received the Holy Spirit when disciples or apostles who were filled with the Holy Spirit put their hands on them. Today, for the lack of such people, we receive the Holy Spirit through the prayer Jesus taught us.
The 2nd part:
- Learn everything Jesus said, because if we believe in Him, then we love Him, and we'll automatically want to know about everything He said.
- Jesus said, "if you love me keep my commands". What are His commands? They are scattered throughout the New Testament; mostly in parables and in the Sermon on the Mount. Notably things like, mature spiritually, seek God always, and pray the Lord's Prayer.
- The Lord's Prayer prayed daily with the proper meaning of every word, is what renews us day by day.
Back in the days of the Apostle Paul, this part was already understood as "read and learn" everything Jesus said and commanded. This was their interpretation by default. Today most Protestant churches don't even know about this part; they just ran with the 1st part, which pleases people. And somehow managed to pull the 10% tithing out of Leviticus and convinced people with that. I am baffled and sad at how duped people are.
- You'll find more details and clear Bible references in my pages What Does "believe In Jesus" Mean? and By Faith Alone?
If you're basing your salvation on the example reference of the thief on the cross that Jesus saved simply based on his belief at the moment? Look again, this man had minutes to live - so only the 1st part applies to him. We who live a lifetime after declaring belief, face both the 1st and 2nd parts! I highly recommend taking some time to thoroughly read the links above in details. Guaranteed it'll be worth your while if you really care about the true message of God in the Bible.
4. Gather or Connect-remotely with your Family and Friends on Sundays
If you need the social interaction and fellowshipping with others when seeking God, gather with friends and family at any home or venue. Use some of the money that would have been church tithing to fund any venue for your group. Example, a meeting/banquet room in a hotel, or if good weather outdoor setting, etc.. Some or all of you may even be remotely connected via audio/video conferencing apps. If you're genuinely interested in seeking God by studying His scripture, this is all you need to do. This is exactly what I do with my family every Sunday, and some of my adult children join in remotely from other states. We use a Bible app with audio, as explained in the Guidelines section below.
Remember to keep the main objective in mind. What is the main objective? It is to truly grow in the knowledge of God, mature spiritually, receive His blessings here on earth, and spend eternity with Him. Everything else you previously did on Sundays, fades in comparison!
4.1 Do You Have Loved-Ones That Became Atheist?
Recognizing the churches fiasco and for lack of convincing answers to their good questions, young generations are losing interest and leaving in droves, to become atheist 😢. If you have loved ones that became atheist, I have the perfect link for you: Atheism - A Different Perspective. Young generations have already started losing interest in churches. Have you checked the news lately? Take a look at recent statistics. We're losing the young generations, because atheism is so appealing, and all their friends are doing it. Social media and peer influence is luring them in droves to atheism. If you're concerned about giving up your current tradition of going to church on Sundays, it is already on its way out. In some number of years this generation will die out and the new generation becomes it. Let's think forward for them and for God! Note, your children may not admit it to you, and continue to play along by going to church to please you. But I have college-age children, and they tell me how things are out there. They are alarmingly desolate! Not yet properly captured in statistics, as many don't want their parents to know. The explosion of social media, tik-tok, and influencers, have strongly pushed atheism. And it is strongly becoming accepted.
If you have loved ones who became atheist, I have the perfect link for you that answers the most difficult atheist questions, and is filled with convincing information in a new never before seen perspective: Atheism - A Different Perspective. It is the only way to get them interested again. This, combined with your new attitude about true Christianity and churches, and starting to gather with family and friends as described above, is the best way to get them back on the right path with God. I have done something similar in my environment, and it was widely received positively; it is the way of the future.
5. If Your Church Refuses to Preach the Truth Then Leave Them
Show them this website. If they ignore you and remain in their ways, then you have no choice but leave them. Concerned about the consequences of Leaving the Church? Here's my view on these concerns:
Thousands of years of church debates on Christian subjects become thrown out? They were already worthless and invalid, because the people debating them were not filled with the Holy Spirit, for the reasons noted in my page Are We True Christians? So really these debates were nothing more than social / political activities; nothing spiritual about them.
Where will we go to do our christenings and weddings? Any venue; doesn't have to be a church. And have someone from the family read a few related paragraphs from the Bible. Then celebrate. This is all you need to do from a Biblical perspective. No need for any ordained people. Who ordained them? Certainly not God. Read my page on Are We True Christians? I understand this will be a major change for people, socially. We can be creative with these. Anyone in the family can read from the Bible during any of these events. And you can do your own creative setup for each. I assure you God will be among you and will accept it. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:19–20.
Catholic confessions and first-communions? Not needed. Both are unbiblical; they were invented by the Catholic church to generate more donations. God did not say to confess to a priest. The Bible says confess your sins to God in your heart and pray the Lord's Prayer once a day to receive the Bread of life for forgiveness. A priest giving you a penalty for your sins to pray many times, is against the Bible teaching. The Bible specifically says not to keep rattling-on with the same prayer (Matthew 6:7-8), especially not repeating the hail Mary prayer as in the rosary. And you don't need first communions. You can start teaching your kids to pray the Lord's Prayer at an early age. You can use that accomplishment to celebrate with family and friends instead of first communion.
Where will we go for our funerals? Any Funeral Home. Then one of you will read some verses from the Bible. Trust me, priests and ministers are not adding anything to where your loved one is going after death. See my page on What Happens to Us When We Die?
What becomes our position on controversial subjects? Use the wisdom you gain from the Bible. Do you really need to have a position defined? Just keep genuinely seeking God, and He'll reveal things to you in His time.
Is Baptism required? Baptism by water is not required. Baptism by the Holy Spirit is required for salvation. Jesus changed it from water-baptism to "Holy Spirit"-baptism - Matthew 3:11-17 [John the Baptist:] I baptize you with water... He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. If you know someone truly filled with the Holy Spirit (not a church minister because we know none are), ask him to put his hand on you. This is how the Apostle Paul baptized. If no Holy Spirit filled person around, we are baptized by the Holy Spirit when we pray the Lord's Prayer with the proper word meanings - "Your kingdom come" means "give us the Holy Spirit to reside within us". See my page The Lord's Prayer Misunderstood. Water baptism is not required for salvation - It is a baptism of repentance and a public declaration of belief.
Jesus: Acts 1:4-5 John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
Focus more on God in the Bible, and less on worldly traditions. God will bless you beyond your imaginations. Did you know these Bible verses even existed? Is any church teaching them?
I don’t want your sacrifices—I want your love; I don’t want your offerings—I want you to know me.
You unfaithful people! Don’t you know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the world's friend becomes God's enemy.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
6. Guidelines for Reading the Bible
First note, I highly recommend starting with my website before starting to read the Bible, or at least in parallel with. Repairing the damage done by churches for hundreds of years is not an easy task. But this is exactly what I've done in my website. All the links on my homepage are loaded with Bible references plus my notes. Pointing out many of the misunderstood parts of the Bible. Everybody needs to know at least this much before embarking on the Bible. I do the same with my own family and point my college-age children to these links before reading the Bible.
Acknowledging that people are at different levels of Bible reading maturity, I will focus this section on beginners. My recommendation is to start reading in the New Testament, from the 4 Gospels to Acts and Letters, but excluding Revelations at first. You can also include some good simple-to-follow stories from the Old Testament like, Genesis, Exodus, Noah, Jonah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Kings David and Solomon, Elijah & Jezebel. You can easily find these parts of the Bible by doing a simple keyword internet search. Always start your search with the word "bible" or "Jesus" for example, then the search engine usually takes you to the right places.
Also see my page Bible Summary for Beginners.
Spend some time reading / researching these at first, and of course daily praying the Lord's Prayer and asking God for wisdom. You see, when you genuinely ask God for wisdom and more knowledge about Him, He will do it. I know this first-hand! And because of verses like these:
Come near to God and he will come near to you.
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
Some churches ignore the Old Testament as irrelevant. Jesus referenced the Old Testament many times. And therefore, it is very relevant. God's personality shines through both the Old and New testaments. You'll find that God's ways are consistent throughout. Keeping both testaments in focus, is key in our learning of God and our spiritual maturity. Note that the Old Testament is mainly the same as the Jewish Book of Torah, which is still being used by the Jews today. The main difference between Christians and Jews is that the Jews are still waiting for the Messiah. Christians are a combination of Jews and non-Jews who believed Jesus is the Messiah. Today's remaining Jews are basing their beliefs on their ancestors' choices. It was those that did not accept Jesus at the time as the Messiah and are still waiting. This is why there are so many speculations out there that when the antichrist shows up performing his wonders, the Jews will be the first to follow him as the messiah. That time is yet to come. Jesus warned about it here, Matthew 24:4-5 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
Remember to keep coming back here to this website (homepage). I have many links that provide good clarifications on misinterpreted and misunderstood parts, complete with Bible references - a true Christianity from a different perspective uninfluenced by church denominations. And you don't have to put up with ads or donations.
Don't be discouraged when you run into difficulty understanding some parts of the Bible. Do your best and continue on without fully understanding them. When you come back to them on the next round after starting over reading the Bible, you'll find they make more sense. This is exactly how i do it. And this is how we grow in the knowledge of God. He keeps revealing more of Himself as we diligently seek Him.
Then at some point as you mature in the knowledge of God, you can start including other parts from the Old Testament like, Psalms and Proverbs. And later move into the rest of the Old Testament. I recommend leaving the book of Revelation till last when solidly mature and older in age. The book of Revelation is full of symbolic terms that require understanding the whole Bible first as a pre-requisite. Example symbolic terms in Revelation: "The dragon that rises from the sea", the most likely interpretation is a worldly satanic figure person making a rise from unbelieving parts of the world. Another fact about Revelation terminology is, that most of the time we don't know what things mean, so we speculate on the translation. If you lookup 10 internet search-results on a Revelations part, you'll find 10 different interpretations. This is why we keep seeking God in the Bible. He will reveal things to us in His timing.
7. Guidelines for Researching on the Internet
First a Word of Caution: It is key for us to remember, that all, I mean ALL internet "Christian" sources are basing their explanations on today's churches' inefficient theologies and doctrines. So, approach the internet with caution. You can still learn bits and pieces from their explanations but make your own conclusions. Careful not to get sucked into the various denominations' views! It is easy for that to happen; be on your guard! Compare to your Bible studying and search my site in case I pointed it out.
If you're wholeheartedly seeking God in the scriptures, He will guide you to the right places and away from the wrong places. Obviously, it is important to recognize the fluff and the nasty material on the internet, and veer away from. So there is a ramping up in how-to knowledge if you're not internet savvy already. Then after weeding out the bad stuff, you still have the job of weeding out those websites that appear good but in reality they have an agenda they're trying to push - you know, the usual kind trying to drum-up their denomination beliefs, not the Bible's. Pray that God gives you wisdom to discern internet sources for your study.
Always look at 2 or 3 internet sources and compare to your knowledge from the Bible. Never go by one internet source.
Keeping in mind that no one internet site has all the right answers. Just as no Christian internet site is completely free of ads, donations, or selling something. We are called to be "shrewd as snakes" so that we are not easily duped - Matthew 10:16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
And of course, remember to keep coming back here to this website for good guidance on many subjects (homepage). I'm not saying my site is perfect; there may be errors here. Please email me when you see them. I do listen and correct any errors or misunderstandings of scripture!
7.1 Stay Away From Online "Christian Forums"
Stay away from the so called "Christian Forums". I have experienced a bunch of them first-hand. They are money generating schemes. They prey on the vulnerable Christian, who is usually in some kind of a pain. They entice people to donate in return for consulting and prayer. Which is the usual inefficient answers and teaching of the churches. They are controlled by the usual variety of denominations and their beliefs. And each will try to guide you into their church agenda. They're filled with retired church ministers still trying to generate income, and seminary college dropouts!
Most of these websites focus on generating revenues in a variety of ways (registration fees, fees for using the texting feature, donations, selling gold coins with the head of a certain president, etc.), including from ads of inappropriate products - example selling bathing suits, showing pictures of half-naked women etc.. They'll generate profits any which way they can. They are businesses. If Jesus was here, he would have walked in on them and call them a "...den of thieves, and overturn their tables".
Stick to the Bible, and find some trusted Bible-study websites. God will guide you to the right places.
8. Guidelines to Bible Mobile-Apps and Versions
There are some nice free Bible apps today that offer audio. You can install one on your smart device. And listen to the Bible, anytime. (Helpful app trick: I set the audio speed to 0.75. It gives me more time to absorb). Available in many versions. My favorite is CSB or NIV. Because (1) it is in plain English so we can easily understand, and (2) the interpretation is good, for example, when the term "righteous in the eyes of God" is used, the wrong interpretation would say something like "did good things in the eyes of God". But the correct meaning is, "a righteous person" is one who's sins are forgiven, because the requirement for "righteous" is to be perfectly good all their life, which is impossible to achieve. This is why when our sins are forgiven is when we truly achieve that "righteous" status. This is why this particular word meaning is very important not to be misinterpreted by a Bible version. This was one example; there are more like this that can be misinterpreted by a Bible version. We have to be cautious with this; not to be taken lightly. How do we discern things for ourselves? The wisdom comes from God as we mature in the scriptures.
9. How to Tithe in this True-Christian Mode?
If you left the churches and started the alternatives as described here, then you can tithe as you see fit to pay for expenses to make it work in this new mode of true Christianity (example, share the cost of using a hotel conference room). Then give the rest of your donations to charity. But if you're still tithing to the churches, the 10% of income mandate was meant only for the Jews. But churches, Protestants mainly, abused this and shamed you into becoming a "cheerful giver". Don't be duped by the churches! Paul modified it later in the New Testament to: "Any gift is good" Philippians 4:14-17. But of course Protestant churches cleverly missed it!
10. Many Christians have no interest in reading the Bible; they just go to church and that's sufficient!
Most people are too lazy to read the Bible. Of course they're willing to read whatever is needed to make a few Dollars, or for entertainment. But read the Bible? "I don't have time..." Some people read books daily, but not the Bible! Most think they're so smart they'll just watch a movie about the Bible and basically "get the gist of it". I personally avoid watching any movies or shows about the Bible to keep from poisoning what I learned from the Bible. We're human, our brains can get mixed up with the different information. My advice in today's world: tithe 10% of your time by reading the Bible in that time. Trust me, God will love you much more for it. So many are not realizing the significance of this! The value of our relationship with God, which leads to eternal life, is priceless. How do we seek God? He is in the Bible.
God will not excuse you for not knowing to do the right thing to mature spiritually. Using the excuse of "the church did not teach us this" on judgement day, will not be accepted by God. The Bible teaches we are individually responsible for our spiritual decisions.
Back in the early days of the Christian church, when literacy was very low, people had to rely on the church for their spiritual needs. But today we have all the resources in front of us. Literacy near 100%, social media, internet, etc. All provide answers to our spiritual questions.
I encourage you to get your Bible facts from the Bible, not from other books or movies about the Bible, and not from the contradicting church-denominations. They all have their agendas, modifying the scripture to fit their plan. All it takes is a small modification in a movie you watched, and you're going down a completely different path than God intended. Do your own Bible reading; get it from the source. This is how we seek God.
11. Of Course Church Ministers, Priests, & Theology Professors Don't Want You to Do This!
If you ask your church minister or priest if it's ok to go off studying the Bible in groups at other venues outside the church, of course they'll be all against it! It'll put them out of business! They're not looking at it from God's perspective.
I checked a seminary college website recently. I thought I'd send an email to a few theology professors about revisiting their teachings in light of what I have here. Here's what happened:
1. As I started looking around on that college website, I found hundreds and hundreds of theology professors. Each with a different focus: "spirituality", "business development", other focus-names I could not even understand, etc. My goodness! All Jesus wanted was 2 or 3 gathering in His name. What is all this? Professors making high salaries off of the word of God, which is supposed to be free. And not even giving students sound Bible teaching. Robbing people both financially and spiritually.
2. I sent a few emails, but no replies. They ignored me completely. My email was very friendly asking to take a look at some new truths from the Bible.
My guess is if any of them replied, and even hinted at agreeing with my points, they'd be fired by their denomination! So basically, it changes their way of life - High income, and respected by people etc. Does this ring a bell? The Pharisees and teachers of the law all clashed with Jesus. And drove His crucifixion despite knowing He was the Messiah, mostly because He was a threat to their way of life!!! And here we are, 2,000 years later. A new breed (or should I say "brood"?) of teachers of the law repeating history by rejecting the true teachings of Jesus.