Paul took his new religion farther from Judaism as he imparted the concept of "mystery" into his preaching. As stated in the previous article Paul introduced the idea of grace, as the unmerited love and favor of God toward man when it is never unmerited as you have seen, but always merited through obedience. According to Paul grace is granted only to those who have faith alone, but we say in the last article that such Pauline theology is wrong. According to Paul good works and observance of the Law will not bring one grace (Rom. 11:5-6). Either Paul is wrong or the Old Testament is wrong. I would hate to tell God that He made a mistake in the revelation he imparted through Moses, the Prophets, as well as Yeshua who agreed with the Old Testament in his ministry from start to finish. Maybe you have the nerve to tell God that He needed to check with Paul before He spoke at Sinai, but I don't. I stand before you as a previous Christian who has had the knees cut out from under me through in-depth study whereby things I once cherished were exposed to be falsehoods under intense investigation. It is called repentance. If I had to look for a name I guess I am a God-Fearer who follows the God of Israel and the Torah today, because the Paul I once believed in and accepted has been revealed to me by God to be less than a role-model upon 15 years of investigation.
Paul would have you believe that grace is mutually exclusive of works. In prior articles I have proved him wrong; wrong that is if you believe Moses and the Prophets are right. Both cannot be right. Either Paul came to correct 4000 years of error, or else he was in error himself. What is so sad is that all most of you have ever read is the New Testament which paints Paul in a rather positive light. But dear brothers and sisters, much has been written about Paul by the Jews as well as the early Ebionite believers, not to mention Peter and James, which never made it into your Bibles which reveal Paul as the enemy of the early church because of the doctrines he taught. Remember Paul was hounded literally by Jews who followed him everywhere in hops of correcting him and his theology before he could do any more damage to the Torah. These Jews who beat him were none other than those of the Messianic community which were zealous to undo the errors Paul was preaching in Yeshua's name. I could go on, but I have other articles dealing with this aspect of the Paul problem. Now back to Paul's subversion of the Jewish Bible in the creation of new religion which opposed the religion and faith of Yeshua.
Answer for yourself: Having now come to understand that Gods grace is conditional and not unconditional, no matter what Paul says, how ready are you to receive Pauls personal opinions upon grace when they are contradicted by the very words of the Bible Yeshua used?
Answer for yourself: I am aware that Paul wrote such statements, but does that make them correct when other passages from Moses, the Prophets, and Yeshua correct him?
Thus, according to Paul, despite its seeking, Israel could not find grace .Pauline grace apart from the Law. Paul called on Isaiah and Psalms to prove his case, again we find Paul changing their words to his suit his needs and agenda.
In Rom. 11:8 Paul or a Pauline writer later ostensibly quoted Isaiah 29:10. There are words and even fewer ideas which coincide between Isaiahs passage and Paul's version of it.
Answer for yourself: Does Paul use a quote from Isaiah 29:10 referring to a peoples lack of obedience to live morally and superimpose another meaning upon it entirely in the New Testament?
Let us examine and contrast the two passages.
10 For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. (KJV)
Answer for yourself: What is the context of the Isaiah quote used by Paul?
Isaiah here condemned the people's moral blindness and their disobedience to God and His Torah which resulted in their refusal to pay attention to his warnings.
Answer for yourself: When Paul quotes this verse does he change the "context"? Let us examine the text to find out shall we?
Here is Paul's citation of the above verse from Rom. 11:8::
8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. (KJV)
Answer for yourself: Does Paul link the spirit of slumber to the peoples moral failures as did Isaiah, or does he connect it to the rejection by the Jewish people of his unique gospel of faith alone in Christ and Paul's gospel for justification?
Think dear child of God before you answer. It is one thing to quote Isaiah and borrow Prophetic authority, but it is entirely another thing to quote Isaiah "out of context" as Paul does to justify his unique message which in reality is a contradiction of 4000 years of Biblical revelation since Moses.
Now listen up dear believer. Paul would have us believe that this "spirit of slumber" has been given by God in order for the Jews not to recognize nor receive his unique gospel of "justification apart from the Law". Not only that but it can be said, and is said so often today, that the Jews don't receive Yeshua because God has blinded them to the simple truths other non-Jews see so easily. Such is not the case. The context from which Paul quotes dealt with failure to see one's moral responsibilities, not the failure of a people to "recognize" a truth but their failure to obey them. This passage is taken out of context and applied to the Jewish failure to recognize Jesus as the Messiah in the wake of the rejection of Paul's gospel and the failure of the Jewish Prophecies to be fulfilled as contained in the Jewish Bible. It has nothing to do with failing to recognize Paul's understanding of the Messiah or failure to see justification apart from the Law because such a concept never existed! Paul again twists and distorts the prophetic message for his own agenda. And we never knew. I bet you have read that Romans 11 passage hundreds of times in your life and justified to yourself why the Jews never accepted your witness of Jesus. I maintain that the Jews know their Bible better than we, and for sure never bothered with a corrupted and slanted document like the New Testament designed by Paul and Rome to undo the Torah. May God forgive both Paul and pro-Pauline Roman writers and authorities that added to and took away from the true Word of God. They took the truth from you by substituting a new document full of mistranslations, misquotations, and misapplication of passages repeatedly taken out of context in order to promote an anti-Torah agenda. The faith of Yeshua was replaced by a faith "in Yeshua" and more than likely you fell for it. I did, and remained in it for most of my life until I had an encounter with God and began a serious study of the Word of God. That was over 15 years ago, and you are the beneficiaries of my research. May God be praised for His truth is not hidden for the eyes of the upright.
Paul would have us believe that his special "mystery of grace" is connected to faith alone in Christ. But the Jews knew quite well what we dont, that grace and justification has always and will always be conditional to mans obedience! This brings to our mind a rather puzzling problem, as we have repeatedly seen how Paul was wrong about the Torah.
Answer for yourself: Are you aware that this very damaging passages concerning the blindness of the Jewish people was not in the first New Testament collected by Marcion in 150 A.D. and was to appear in and around 200 A.D? It is understood by scholars today to have been written by a Paulinist much later and you never knew but this passage has done great harm to the Jewish people due to the Anti-Semitism of the writers of the New Testament and that includes Paul the supposed "Pharisee of Pharisees."
Answer for yourself: Ask yourself this question: How could Paul make so many glaring errors in translation of the Torah, misquotation of the Torah, and misapplication of Old Testament passages by taking them out of context if he was really a Pharisee and studied at the feet of Gamileal? That's a good one. I will give you a hint we have extra-biblical evidence that Paul was a Sadducee, who when spurned in his love attempt of the Chief Priest's daughter, changed to become a Pharisee. But more than that, we also have evidence that Paul was a non-Jew who converted to Biblical Judaism. No wonder he was against circumcision as an adult and taught a mixture of Pagan Mystery religions and Gnosticism along with Judaism. Troas, his home base, was the capital of Mithra worship. If you want to know more email me and I will see you get the information you desire. Now let us finish up on this article.
Answer for yourself: Does Paul take great liberty with the quoted text from Isaiah and apply it to meanings other than what God intended we understand? Yes, most assuredly. You should see that for yourself by now.
Answer for yourself: Did you notice that Paul added "unto this day" to the Isaiah quote? I highlighted in order to make it stand out. Go back and look at it.
Answer for yourself: Why would Paul think to add "unto this day" to the Isaiah passage?
By adding the last line, unto this day, Paul created the impression that Isaiah was telling the people that they were "blind and deaf" to this very day, meaning until Paul's day and to his message of grace and justification without the Law. Paul would have us believe that Isaiah preached the same message as himself which is utterly preposterous. But to the unsuspecting that is what they see when reading Paul. Paul would have us believe that he stand in a long line of prophets which are called of God to chastise the people because they reject "justification apart from the law". This is an incredible lie!
Answer for yourself: If someone came up to you and told you that God said that you could be justified by God by faith alone, apart from the Law, and that you did not have to do anything but believe mentally a set of doctrines, and that you no longer had to submit yourself to regulations and laws in conduct and behavior, can you thing of one reason why you would not accept such a proposal? It sure would be easier would it not? Well the Jews have said "no" to this since the beginning because their Scriptures have been safegarded against corruption unlike the Gentile's which are been altered constantly!
The reason it was not accepted is the same reason I have been telling you over and over. These people knew God. They were of a people who saw God at Sinai and heard His voice. They knew what God had said and were not confused. They were a people to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the Law, and the service of God, and the promises. They had the fathers, and of whom concerning the flesh Messiah will come. They belong to a people who are over all, may God be blessed for ever. But since we were New Testament believer, not studied and competent in the Jewish Old Testament, it was easy for us to read the New Testament and the Pauline passages and not be aware that we are reading misquotations, mistranslations, and misapplications of passages grossly taken out of context. For after all, it sure sounded spiritual when I read it. But facts are facts, and I have shown you the errors we read for years and accepted as fact. May God forgive our lethargy that prevented our serious study of His Word.
Answer for yourself: Do you see that Paul added to the Isaiah quote in order to justify his position that God had not given the Jews the grace to understand his replacement message and teachings of "justification apart from the Law, or his message about Yeshua and his identity"?
Answer for yourself: Having read this, as well as the previous articles, can you continue to believe that God withheld from the Jewish people grace, thus closing their minds to the concepts Paul preached; faith in the Pauls identity of Yeshua and Pauls idea of Yeshua's mission which was to preach justification apart from the Law? I would hope not.
Answer for yourself: Do you see that Paul added to the Isaiah quote in order to justify his position that God had not given the Jews the grace to understand his message and teachings, but rather withheld from them grace by closing their minds to the concepts and gospel he preached; namely that Paul preached faith in the identity and death, burial, and resurrection of Yeshua alone without obedience to the commandments of God as justification before God?
Answer for yourself: Can you begin to see that Paul is on his very own personal mission and cares not to quote the passages correctly or see that his Gentile readers be given the original meaning message God intended when He anointed the Prophets to write what they did?
Answer for yourself: This may be a little premature at this stage, but can you begin to see Pauls new doctrines contradict the Law and the Prophets and lay the foundation for a new religion what is opposite to what Yeshua, Moses, and the Prophets both believed and taught?
Answer for yourself: To what extent was Pauls rejection by James and the Jerusalem church contribute to his creation of new doctrines intended to solidify his own personal following among Gentiles, themselves who were not conversant with the Old Testament and who would not know the difference if Paul misquoted or misused Old Testament passages? Better think about that again!!!!!
Answer for yourself: It is any wonder that Paul could only preach and write such things in Asia Minor and not in Jerusalem where he would be quickly corrected by those who knew the Bible better than he?
Back to the point, Isaiah was not speaking of grace. In the above verse he was addressing the citizens of Jerusalem with a dire warning: shape up or ship out. In other words, heed my message from God--to observe the moral requisites of the Torah--or you'll suffer exile.
Answer for yourself: If Isaiah had believed, as Paul taught, and as Paul would have us believe Isaiah did since Paul misquoted Isaiah out of context to prove his point, that the people could be justified before God by faith alone, without obedience to the Laws and Commandments of God, many of which regulate moral conduct between man and men, then why Isaiah's warning in the first place, and why Isaiah's message of correction and repentance to the Jewish people? I rest my case. Again Paul is found to be teaching lies in the Prophets' name.