“Then they that feared the LORD / YHVH / Creator spake often one to another: and the LORD / YHVH hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD / YHVH, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD / YHVH of hosts / armies, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God / Elohim and him that serveth him not.” (Malachi 3:16-18)
It’s really very bad that Christianity has locked down salvation into English at the cost of understanding the meanings of the words.
If we stick with a hermeneutical analysis of the Bible we see that there has always been just one way of being saved from sin and its consequences from the time of the first generation of humans – putting faith in the word of the LORD YHVH that he would provide a Savior, to whatever extent he has been revealed throughout the course of human space-time.
- “we know that the Son of God is come,
- and hath given us an understanding,
- that we may know him that is true,
- and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. (I John 5:20)
This letter was written in time, in a particular context, to a particular group of people experiencing doubts because “many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (I John 4:1)
When we apply the different Greek tenses, which the English translation simplifies into uniformity as one present tense, we get a better grasp of the objective of the letter.
- “These things have I written unto you [who have completed the action of] believing / pisteu-ousin / πιστεύ-ουσιν on the name of the Son of God;
- that ye may know that ye have eternal life,
- and that ye may continue to in [future] believe / pisteu-ēte on the name of the Son of God.” (I John 5:13)
- “That which was from the beginning – the Singularity Creator,
- which we bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us…
- we have heard,
- which we have seen with our eyes,
- which we have looked upon,
- and our hands have handled, of the Word of life…
- declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship / unity / be connected with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (I John 1:1-3)
Hermeneutically, these statements in one document cannot be applied exclusively to the recipients, or even future readers, of this letter. There is overwhelming evidence in the entire Word of God that the promise of salvation
- from eternal separation from the source of Life
- by a Redeemer defeating sin – defined as willfully separating from YHVH the Singularity
was made to only two humans whose loss of eternal life was caused by breaking the only law in existence at the time – “don’t eat the fruit.”
As the account progresses, additional laws are added to explicitly define sin in other ways that oppose the Singularity’s control over creation. This allows us to understand the definition of sin.
Sin is anything that results in harm, destruction, chaos, entropy of energy.
The opposite is right-ness.
Righteousness is choosing to maintain order allowing for positive growth and development.
In other words, identifying with / uniting with / connecting with the Singularity / Creator.
This way of salvation predates not only Christianity but Judaism and all other isms.
The biblical way of salvation is incontrovertibly grounded (that’s a deliberate reference from dust to dust) in recognizing, respecting, honoring, and conforming one’s life on earth to the plan of an Intelligent Designer to keep the system running properly without undo damage and destruction.
This is spelled out in the part of the Bible claimed by Christianity’s narrow depiction of salvation.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things…Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections…even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” (Romans 1:18-32)
Christianity likes to apply this to non-Christians, but hasn’t the Religious Right disconnected from God’s righteousness when it allies with evil despots like Hitler and Donald Trump?
“If you can defend this, you can defend anything,” wrote…the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), in an excoriating editorial to his felow evangelicals about the breach of the Capitol. The intruders displayed Jesus Saves signs next to those calling for the hanging of Vice President Mike Pence and, once in the building, thanked God for the opportunity “to get rid of the communists, the globalists and the traitors” within the U.S. government. “If you can wave this away with ‘Well, what about …’” added Moore, “then where, at long last, is your limit?…”
he laid the blame squarely at the feet of a man many evangelicals believe to be their hero: President Trump. “This week we watched an insurrection of domestic terrorists,” Moore wrote, “incited and fomented by the President of the United States…He called them to the rally. He told them that the future of our country was at stake, that the election had been stolen from him and that weakness could not be an answer,” Moore says. “And after the attack took place with our Vice President under siege, with people calling for him to be executed, the President continued to attack the Vice President on Twitter. It’s indefensible.”
The behaviors exhibited by the American Religious Right is in sharp contrast to the last-ditch effort by the last witness of YHVH’s Savior to explain exactly what salvation is, and what it looks like.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (I John 2:15-16)
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die [because their righteousness is so annoying]: yet peradventure for a good man [we like because they benefit us] some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ / God’s Anointed One died for us.” (Romans 5:7-8)
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
“Ought” in this context is not an option, like “you really ought to clean your room, it’s such a mess.” It is a declaration of reality, gently stating here but expressly and forcefully stating as John’s explanation proceeds, that the proof of our salvation from death is the manifestation of the life of God in us.
If we love one another, God dwelleth in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.” (I John 4:11-13)
- and every one that loveth him that begat – God
- loveth him also that is begotten of him – humanity
- By this we know that we love the children of God that were scattered abroad.
- when we love God, and keep his commandments.
- For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments:” I John 5:1-3)
Updated language – we are connected to the source of life and power over destructive forces.
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
That generation saw the incarnation of the Word / Sound Energy that converted energy to mass and delegated dominion to the human image and likeness of himself. This does not in any logical sense mean that only those people who were witnesses, or were privy to the witness, of this generation who personally encountered YHVH’s Anointed Savior are the ones who achieve the salvation promised to the first two human beings on earth.
Whosoever shall confess that YHVH’s Savior is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God / is connected to the Singularity source of infinite life.
This statement unquestionably contrasts this individual to Caesar and hordes of alternative unholy-spirit filled self-proclaimed Saviors of that day or any era of history who lie, and provide only temporary hyper dimensional power for the purpose of stealing a human’s life energy.
God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him…There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment [which is non-existent in a state of peace with God]. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
What is this about love and fear? Ahh, go back to the beginning of John’s exposition. God’s love is expressed by giving our life for the benefit of others. Any true Son of God lives out the love of God by willingness to die to self to meet the needs of others.
Herein is love…he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
This is an entirely different concept of love from heightened pleasurable feelings of romantic love, or calculated give-and-take of marriage. It is only made possible by having confidence – faith – in God’s ability to restore everything lost in one’s sense of self, station in society, quality of physical life, and eternal destiny as promised, and proven by past actions reliably witnessed and documented for our learning.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” (I John 4)