May 19, 2024

You better believe it …or else

Someone recently asked me whether there was anywhere other than Revelations 22:18-19 that talks about having to believe the whole Bible in order to get into Heaven.  Right there in the last chapter, it says not to add anything to the Bible nor take anything away from it.  But there are several other places where the Bible says that too.  It even says that in the Old Testament! (Deuteronomy 4:2 & 12:32, Psalms 119:160, Proverbs 30:6) because “every word of God” is supposed to be “true from the beginning” (Psalms 119:160, Proverbs 30:6).  So the whole New Testament is a forbidden addition!

There are also a host of books that were removed from that collection!

Removed from the Old Testament
1.  The book of the Covenant (Exodus 24:7)
2.  The Wars of the Lord, (Numbers 21:14)
3.  The book of Jasher, (Joshua 10:13:2 & Samuell 1:18)
4.  The book of Statutes, (1st Samuell 10:25)
5.  The book of the Acts of Solomon, (1st Kings, 11:41)
6.  The book of Nathan, (1st Chron 29:29 & 2nd Chron 9:29)
7.  The book of Gad, (1st Chronicles 29:29)
8.  The Prophesy of Ahijah and Visions of Iddo (2nd Chron 9:29, 12:15, & 13:22)
9.  The book of Shemaiah, (2nd Chronicles 12:15)
10. The book of Jehu, (2nd Chronicles 20:34)
11. The Acts of Uzziah, written by Isaiah (2nd Chronicles 26:22)
12. The sayings of the seers, (2nd Chronicles 33:19)

Removed from the New Testament
1.  An Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians (1st Corinthians 5:9)
2.  An Epistle of Paul to the Ephisians, (Ephesians 3:3)
3.  An Epistle of Paul to the Laodicians, (Collassians 4:16)
4.  The Prophesies of Enoch (Jude 14)
5.  The Prophesy that Christ should be a Nazarene, (Matthew 2:23)
6.  The Predictions known to the scribes in Jesus’ day that Elias must restore all things before the coming of Christ, (Matthew 17:10)

Some of these have since been lost forever, but are still referenced in other books which the editors chose to leave in. What was or wasn’t included all came down to the whim of men anyway.  As I said in the 2nd Foundational Falsehood of Creationism, why would God’s word refer us to other books which were some human’s word, and/or are no longer available?  Who were the real editors here? The Bible often names human authors, but how could it make such an admission if God were the real author and editor of this haphazard jumble of fables, parables, and psalm lyrics?

In answer to the question, Psalms 119:160, Proverbs 30:5-6, and Matthew 5:18 all say you’re supposed to believe the whole damned thing, even the bits that contradict other passages, and the parts that you know can’t be true.  All the old horrific Hebrew laws about ritual sacrifice and prohibitions against eating shellfish and all that still apply.  Jesus said that if you don’t follow every “jot and tittle” of those 613 barbaric Jewish commandments, that you’ll be called “least” in Heaven, but at least you’ll still get in.  Remember, it doesn’t matter how good or bad you are.  All sins can be forgiven if you just believe,

Mark 16:16,
John 3:18 & 36, 5:24, 6:40, 47, & 11:25-26,
Acts 10:43,
Romans 4:5, & 10:4.

But if you don’t believe, then it doesn’t matter how good you are, because the only sin that will be not forgiven is the sin of disbelief.

Deuteronomy 17:2 & 7,
Isaiah 64:6,
Mark 3:28-30,
Revelations 21:8,
Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 2:13).

So you’re not judged over your actions, whether you’re moral or immoral.  Instead you’re judged only for what you believe.  It’s the stick and the carrot.  You’re supposed to swallow all these incredible absurdities, atrocities, inconsistencies and contradictions on faith.  “Blessed is he who has NOT seen and yet believed!”  If you do, then they offer an impossible reward that they’ll never have to pay because you don’t get it til you’re dead.  But if you don’t believe, then they threaten you with a fate worse than death, an eternal damnation.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re good or bad.  All that matters is whether you believe impossible nonsense for no good reason.  Gullability is the sole criteria for redemption.

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