Almost anything I write to you seems so unworthy when I think that God has read it before I have even typed these words; but He will have me do my best. I learned of a book that is getting much media attention, and pushing it into the literary center arena. An author by the name of Resa Azlan has written a book about Jesus entitled, Zealot. This man has proven himself to be a liar by way of what he says he teaches, and regarding his 4 college degrees. I will leave the vetting of such things to Glenn Beck whom has done a good job of outing Azlan as a liar. http://www.video.theblaze.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=29303315&topic_id=&tcid=vpp_copy_29303315&v=3
What I would like to address is a quote from Resa Azlan, “I do not believe that Jesus is God; nor do I believe that he ever thought that he was God; or that he ever said he was God.” This man claims to be an expert on the New Testament. He is a Muslim who was a Christian before college. I believe Mr. Azlan is the Zealot – as a fanatical anti-Christian. One of his degrees has to do with fiction writing, and another degree on political delivery through film and literature – and, based on this quote, I contend that his expertize on the New Testament is twisted fiction with a nefarious purpose. He is intentionally feeding luke-warm Christians – milk Christians – and secular Christians false information to turn them from their Christian faith. As if many of Americas Christians need much of a push into believing fiction to feel better about the sins in their lives that have lead so many to depression, failed marriages, and harmful addictions . . . any myriad of avenues to pain and false hope.
You may be currently absent from reading the Bible, and have previously known it well. You may never have read the Bible (if many polls of Christians are accurate they have revealed that a majority of Christians have not read most of the Bible). Before you are duped by one more fictional literary fad, believed to be true, I would like very much to share with you the scriptures that follow here. I prayed for guidance in selecting the scriptures that would be most helpful in this situation. Eight pages of scripture, as a choice sampling of The New Testament Gospels, is a small investment of your time, and I pray you will take the few minutes it will take to read them.
I talk to God all the time . . . I feel the Holy Spirit helping me every day. When Jesus left us over 2,000 years ago, He left us with His Holy Spirit – everyone is connected to His Holy Spirit; and all Christian believers are aware of it within them. If I could give it to you wrapped in a package I could hand you as a gift, I would . . . but, each of us has to come to the Lord of our own choice / free will. God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit are three aspects of our one Christian God.
I offer the following scriptures – FIRST in hopes every reader will be spiritually uplifted in them – and, SECOND as a direct rebuttal to Azlan’s fictional book presented as truth regarding Jesus. Unfortunately, many read fictional books all the time and believe every word in them is true. As for me, I spent today re-reading the gospels, and I am uplifted once again as if I read them for the first time every time. I pray for you to feel what I feel, and for you to know what I know. Enjoy . . .
[[ ]] Indicates where I added a note.
[ ] Notation is already there in the King James Version of The Holy Bible. The King James Version of the Holy Bible is counted among Biblical experts to be an excellent translation – the same cannot be said of some newer translations. I have done some comparative reading, and it is my experience that some newer translations have twisted the meaning of many scriptures by changing the words. These scriptures are all from The King James Version of The Holy Bible.
MATTHEW 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
MATTHEW 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
MATTHEW 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona [[Peter]]: for flesh and blood hath not revealed [it] unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
MATTHEW 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive [[1st sign of His coming]] you.
MATTHEW 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many [[Rev6]].
MATTHEW 26:32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
MATTHEW 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
MARK 8:29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.
MARK 8:30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.
MARK 8:31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and [of] the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
MARK 8:32 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.
MARK 8:33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
MARK 8:34 And when he had called the people [unto him] with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
MARK 8:35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
MARK 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
MARK 8:37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
MARK 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
LUKE 9:20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.
LUKE 9:21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded [them] to tell no man that thing;
LUKE 9:22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.
LUKE 9:23 And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
LUKE 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
LUKE 9:25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
LUKE 9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and [in his] Father’s, and of the holy angels.
LUKE 22:66 And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying,
LUKE 22:67 Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe:
LUKE 22:68 And if I also ask [you], ye will not answer me, nor let [me] go.
LUKE 22:69 Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.
LUKE 22:70 Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.
LUKE 22:71 And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.
JOHN 5:43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
JOHN 5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that [cometh] from God only?
JOHN 5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is [one] that accuseth you, [even] Moses, in whom ye trust.
JOHN 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
JOHN 5:47 But if ye believe not his writings [[First 5 books of the Bible]], how shall ye believe my words?
JOHN 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
JOHN 6:36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
JOHN 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
JOHN 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
JOHN 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
JOHN 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
JOHN 6:41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
JOHN 6:42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?
JOHN 6:43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
JOHN 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
JOHN 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
JOHN 6:46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
JOHN 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
JOHN 6:48 I am that bread of life.
JOHN 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
JOHN 6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
JOHN 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
JOHN 6:52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat?
JOHN 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
JOHN 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
JOHN 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
JOHN 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
JOHN 6:57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
JOHN 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
JOHN 6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
JOHN 6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard [this], said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
JOHN 6:61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
JOHN 6:62 [What] and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
JOHN 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.
[[ Remember what He already said: JOHN 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. Because of Old Testament Prophecy, they should have known Him – He fulfilled prophecy that they should have known.]]
JOHN 6:64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
JOHN 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
JOHN 6:66 From that [time] many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
JOHN 6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
JOHN 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
JOHN 6:69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
JOHN 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
JOHN 6:71 He spake of Judas Iscariot [the son] of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.
JOHN 7:28 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not.
JOHN 7:29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.
JOHN 7:30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.
JOHN 7:31 And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this [man] hath done?
JOHN 7:32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.
JOHN 7:33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and [then] I go unto him that sent me.
JOHN 7:34 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find [me]: and where I am, [thither] ye cannot come.
JOHN 7:35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?
JOHN 7:36 What [manner of] saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find [me]: and where I am, [thither] ye cannot come?
JOHN 7:37 In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
JOHN 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
JOHN 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
JOHN 7:40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
JOHN 7:41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?
JOHN 7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
[See my prior commentary re-posted yesterday regarding Jesus lineage back through Joseph and Mary – both lineage is traced back to David. https://texasladyjuanita.com/2013/08/01/last-years-easter-treat-because-tomorrow-i-will-reference-this-in-a-new-commentary/ (Double Click on link.)]
JOHN 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
JOHN 8:13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.
JOHN 8:14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, [yet] my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.
JOHN 8:15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.
JOHN 8:16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.
JOHN 8:17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.
JOHN 8:18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.
JOHN 8:19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.
JOHN 8:20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.
JOHN 8:21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.
JOHN 8:22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.
JOHN 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
JOHN 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am [he], ye shall die in your sins.
JOHN 8:25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even [the same] that I said unto you from the beginning.
JOHN 8:26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.
JOHN 8:27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.
JOHN 8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am [he], and [that] I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
JOHN 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
JOHN 8:30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.
JOHN 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed;
JOHN 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
JOHN 8:33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
JOHN 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
JOHN 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: [but] the Son abideth ever.
JOHN 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
JOHN 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
JOHN 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
JOHN 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. [[They didn’t understand that God is their father.]] Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
JOHN 8:40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
JOHN 8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, [even] God.
JOHN 8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
JOHN 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? [even] because ye cannot hear my word.
JOHN 8:44 Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
JOHN 8:45 And because I tell [you] the truth, ye believe me not.
JOHN 8:46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
JOHN 8:47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear [them] not, because ye are not of God.
JOHN 8:48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?
JOHN 8:49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.
JOHN 8:50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.
JOHN 8:51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
JOHN 8:52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.
JOHN 8:53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?
JOHN 8:54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:
JOHN 8:55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.
JOHN 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw [it], and was glad.
JOHN 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
JOHN 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
JOHN 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
JOHN 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
JOHN 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
JOHN 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
JOHN 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
JOHN 10:4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
JOHN 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
JOHN 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
JOHN 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
JOHN 10:8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
JOHN 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
JOHN 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.
JOHN 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
JOHN 10:12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
JOHN 10:13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. [[We have known many of these.]]
JOHN 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine.
JOHN 10:15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
JOHN 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, [and] one shepherd. [[Remember the gospels were written for the Jew (Just as the Pauline Epistles were written for the Christian). Here the Lord is telling them that there are others – Gentiles – Christians.]]
JOHN 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
JOHN 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
JOHN 10:19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.
JOHN 10:20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?
JOHN 10:21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?
JOHN 10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
JOHN 10:23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.
JOHN 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
JOHN 10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
JOHN 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
JOHN 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
JOHN 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.
JOHN 10:29 My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand.
JOHN 10:30 I and [my] Father are one.
JOHN 10:31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
JOHN 10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
JOHN 10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
JOHN 10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? [[Psalm 82:6]]
JOHN 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
JOHN 10:36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
JOHN 10:37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
JOHN 10:38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father [is] in me, and I in him.
JOHN 10:39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,
JOHN 10:40 And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where JOHN at first baptized; and there he abode.
JOHN 10:41 And many resorted unto him, and said, JOHN did no miracle: but all things that JOHN spake of this man were true.
JOHN 10:42 And many believed on him there.
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