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Christianity is Codswollop

05 November 2013, 11:53
I used the title as an example of what's not hate speech in an article titled Religion deserves respect?, Two challenges were raised in the comments section so I will be dealing with them in this epistle. The argument that Paul's words and those of Jesus are irreconcilable and contradict one another was briefly touched on in "Is it Christianity",, but let's delve into that in more depth today.

Paul's teachings are irreconcilable with those of Jesus Christ. 

Christ said in Matthew 5:18 New International Version"For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished."
Let's put this in Context 5:17 - 19 
17"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18"For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19"Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.…"
Jesus is pretty specific in his statement that The Law remains unchanged, unaltered and valid untill the end of time. He does not make any claim that the Law is changed, changable or no longer holds sway over the people that followed him. These are the words of Christ himself attributed by Matthew,
Luke Confirms this in Luke 16:16 - 17"16"The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. 17"But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail."
There are no ifs or buts The Law is unchanging, not one stroke of a letter will change. Two of the Disciples that travelled with Christ made this very clear. 
Now What does Paul the most quoted of the Gospel writers say about this. 

Paul’s Eleven-Fold Cancellation of the Law

Galatians 3:10— All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”Galatians 3:13—Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us,Galatians 3:25—Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.Galatians 5:1—It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.Galatians 5:18—But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.Romans 2:12—All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.Romans 4:15—The law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.Romans 5: 13—Before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law.Romans 6:14—Sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.Romans 7:8b—Apart from law, sin is dead.Colossians 2:13b-14—He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 
This directly contradicts Jesus Christ. Jesus proclaimed that the law shall not change and Paul proclaims that Christians are not under the law, but under grace. 

Christianity is Codswollop

Now back to my assertion that Christianity is codswollop. Paul contradicts Jesus directly, so the religion that is followed by those living under grace cannot be Christianity because it directly contradicts the "founder" Jesus Christ.
Let's look at one more issue, The return of Christ, This has been discussed by me more than once but sadly repetition is the cornerstone of education. Christ himself proclaimed that he would return BEFORE THOSE THAT HE WAS SPEAKING TO WOULD TASTE DEATH, as in within that generation, He did not, This is confirmed by the statement he made to his disciples that they would be persecuted while spreading the word, but not to worry, thay should pack up and move on to the next town of Israel, because they would not finish all the towns of ISRAEL BEFORE HIS RETURN. 
Matthew 16:28"Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."
Matthew 10:23 "When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes."
Neither of the prophecies are valid, Every TOWN OF ISRAEL has heard the words of Jesus repeatedly in the last 2000 years, If anyone in ISRAEL had not heard of Christ in the crusades they may have been concealed in a cave somewhere.
As there are no 2000 year old people that have not yet tasted death, and there are no TOWNS IN ISRAEL that have not been exposed to CHRISTIANITY we can safely say that Christianity is codswollop. 
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