A Faith Journey of a Common Man
Author: faith soldier

Chapter 6
-Skepticism-

Deuteronomy 18:18-22

 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.  But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death." You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?"  If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.

1 John 4:1
 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

The world is filled with non believers and skeptics wanting physical evidence of what the factual truth is.    To a certain point this is a good thing, but when you are playing with your eternal salvation, you cannot be so one sided.  We need to keep an open mind about things.  You have heard the term “We need to see to believe.”  If one says that, does this mean that the simple blowing of the wind does not exist?  We cannot “see” it but we “know” it is there.  We “feel” the wind, just like a true believer we “feel” faith.

John 20:28-29 - Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

Two thousand years ago a man came to the world and fulfilled all the prophesies of Old Testament of the coming of the Messiah.  He came into the world from a virgin birth bringing nothing but love, performed miracles, healing the sick, raising the dead, feeding thousands with only a few fish on two separate accounts, walked on water, calms a terrible storm, makes the blind see, lets the deaf hear, heals leprosy, drives demons out of the possessed, puts money inside fish, predicts large catches of fish on two accounts, turns water into wine, speaks with authority, teaches parables and the wonders of God and love, predicts his own death, is publicly beaten, tortured, crucified, dies, is resurrected,  and then is seen by people on thirteen recorded separate accounts.

During his life on Earth, many still did not believe in him, even if they were eye witnesses or second hand accounts. Some of his faithful disciples didn’t even have a firm conviction that he had been resurrected.  They needed to “see to believe.”

 

John 20:24-27 - 24Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it." 26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" 27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."

What does this say about human kind?  We need to doubt everything that we are told?  Without a base of physical evidence for everything, we need not believe it?  Does this mean when I tell my daughter or wife that I love them, they should not believe it? You cannot say you love me Daddy, because I cannot see it, my daughter would say. You cannot see the physical act of love, therefore it does not exist?  Sure I can show all kinds of “loving acts”, but it is not necessarily love.  Love is a feeling of strong or constant regard for and dedication to someone.  Faith can be defined as a firm belief in something for which there is no proof.  Both of these words there can be no physical evidence, but exist in your heart.

Take a moment and be a skeptic about Jesus like so many others out there do. Picture from the start of his life until the very end, some of his recorded events. From there, keep a one sided mind about it, and do not believe any of it.  Everything was just an illusion and what a quick possible solution is of how he did what he did:

 Mary’s Immaculate Conception:

Illusion:  Mary was not a virgin and Joseph was his blood father.

Turning water into wine:

Illusion:  Everyone was already intoxicated.  The people at the party would not have known the difference between water and wine.

Healing of a nobleman's son:

Illusion:  Father and son team were actors.  Child was never sick.  The event was staged.

Delivering a man in the synagogue from demonic spirits:

Illusion:  The man was not possessed.  He was an actor.  The event was staged too.

Healing Peter's mother-in-law:

Illusion:  Jesus could have had some medical experience and knew how to bring a fever down.

The first of two nets of fish and the calling of His first disciples:

Illusion:  It was a mere coincidence that Jesus knew where the abundance of fish was, or had an extensive knowledge of how to fish, and knew where they were at that time of day.

 

Cleansing a leper:

Illusion:  Man was an actor with make up on, it appeared that he leprosy.  The event was staged.

Healing a paralytic:

Illusion:  The man was not paralyzed.  He was an actor.  The event was staged.

Healing of the man at Bethesda:

Illusion:  The man could walk.  He was an actor.  The event was staged.

Healing a man with a withered hand:

Illusion:  The shriveled hand was mere make-up and part of a magic act.  The man was an actor.  The event was staged.

Healing the Centurion's servant:

Illusion:  The servant was sick, but Jesus had a medical background and healed him or the servant was an actor.  This was a staged event.

Raising the widow's son:

Illusion:  The boy was not dead.  The boy was an actor.  This was a staged event.

Casting out a dumb and blind spirit:

Illusion:  The man was an actor.  This was a staged event.

Calming a storm:

Illusion:  His disciples were in on the story.  This never happened.  It is just a made-up story.

Healing a man possessed by demons at Gadara:

Illusion:  Jesus is an exorcist and drove the spirit out.  Or the man was an actor, and this was a staged event.

Healing a woman with an issue of blood:

Illusion:  She is just a gifted actress.  She never bleed for 12 years and had doctors look at her!  This is just another staged event.

Raising Jairus' daughter:

Illusion:  Jairus and his daughter were actors and in on the scheme.  She was not dead.  This was a staged event. 

Healing of two blind men:

Illusion:  The two men were actors and not blind.  This was a staged event.

 

Casting out a spirit:

Illusion:  The man was never mute or possessed.  He was just an actor.  This was a staged event.  Or Jesus was an exorcist and drove the spirit out.

Feeding 5,000 with five loaves and two fish:

Illusion:  This is just an error or exaggerated emphasis on numbers by the writer for this story.  He probably meant to write 5 fish instead of 5000.  It is not that hard to feed 5 people with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. 

Walking on water:

Illusion:  Some of the disciples were in on it, not all.  Jesus was not walking on the water it was shallow where he was walking, it just appeared that way.  When Peter came out and walked on the water to Jesus, there was a shallow spot & then a deep part, this is where he fell in.  Not from lack of faith.  This was a staged event.

Delivering the Syrophoenician's daughter:

Illusion:  The mother and daughter were actresses.  There was no demon possession.  This was a staged event.

Healing a deaf and dumb man:

Illusion:  This man was an actor.  This was a staged event.

Feeding another 4,000-plus:

Illusion:  This is just another error of numbers by the writer for this story.  Jesus did not feed 4000, he fed 4 people.

Healing the blind man of Bethsaida:

Illusion:  This man was an actor.  This was a staged event.

Casting demons out of a lunatic boy:

Illusion:  The father and son were an actor duo.  This was a staged event.

Pulling a coin from the mouth of a fish:

Illusion:  This was part of a magic act.  Jesus was a gifted magician.

Healing a man born blind:

Illusion:  Just another hired actor.  This man was not blind.  This was a staged event.

Healing a woman with an 18-year infirmity:

Illusion:  This woman was a hired actress.  She walked around crunched over for a few days and told stories to people that she was like that.  This was a well planned staged event.

Healing a man with dropsy (or edema):

Illusion:  Just another hired actor.  This man did not have dropsy or edema.  This was a staged event.

Raising Lazarus:

Illusion:  Jesus, Lazarus, and his sisters had this planned.  He was not dead.  He was in the tomb for 4 days with enough water and food to get by.

Cleansing of ten lepers:

Illusion:  10 more hired actors. They all had make-up on, it appeared they had leprosy.  The event was staged.

Healing blind Bartimeaus:

Illusion:  Bartimeaus was never blind.  He was paid off to act like he was.  The event was staged.

Cursing the fig tree:

Illusion:  When Jesus cursed the fig tree the following day it was withered.  One of his disciples went out the night before and poured poison on it.

Healing of Malchus' ear:

Illusion:  The servant of high priest and the disciple with the sword were in on the scheme.  It was a magic trick cutting the ear off.

A second net of fish:

Illusion:  It was a well planned magic trick.  Jesus and some others planted the fish on the right side of the boat, that way when the net went down; it was ready for the big catch.

Jesus spoke with authority, teaching wondrous parables.

Illusion:  He was just a gifted speaker.  Some of his disciples that were in on the scheme wrote the parables.  He just memorized them.

Jesus predicts his own death, was humiliated and beaten, dies on the cross publicly, is resurrected, and then is seen by people on thirteen recorded separate accounts:

Illusion:  It was all an upscale magic trick.  Many people were in on it, that is how it got pulled off.  He did not die.  Details are unknown, but well put together.

In conclusion, concerning Jesus Christ’s life,  and so called “miracles”, if we view it this way, then I guess we can sum up by saying that he was a fake, a liar, a physician, an expert fisherman, and a one of a kind magician.  The Gospel is filled with all kinds of miscalculations, and there were many people that worked together to pull off the biggest cover up in history.  Everything that Jesus talked about is filled with erroneous promises and he can be considered a false prophet.  All the people who contributed to this “cover up” have stayed quiet, and not one person leaked it out.  I ask you then, what was the point to doing this?  What was the goal to mislead and lie to so many people with so many good intentions?

This is pretty amazing for boy from a poor family in Nazareth.  Maybe in his missing years he was being schooled in all of these arts and trades, while also being taught to tell the world to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, and to Love your neighbor as yourself.”

If you truly love with all your heart, mind, and soul, you do not lie.  Do we see a problem with this?  Do we see the holes in a thought process like this?

I have heard people say that Jesus was a good man.  I do not “believe everything” he did or said though…  He was not the coming Messiah that the Old Testament was talking about.  The Messiah has not come yet.

Could you imagine that if the coming Messiah did not come yet?  In this day and age who would ever believe if he did come tomorrow or the next day?  He would be worse off criticized then Jesus was.  He would be considered a phony, a fake, and a false prophet.  He would not be able to fulfill any prophesies, because they have already been fulfilled.  Why would any of this need to be done again?

 God planned the coming of Christ Jesus perfectly in history. We need to have faith that Jesus is the Messiah and the savior of the world from sin.  This separates Christians from the rest of the world religions.

Some people tend to pick and choose what they want to believe, because it makes them feel more comfortable.  We do this because we do not understand; therefore we do not want to accept it, even if it is the truth.  This is similar to breaking the 2nd Commandment, by creating yourself a false idol.  You are creating your own belief system, therefore you are playing God.

We need to accept the fact that some things are left better not to understand.  I can look back on certain areas of my life and say to myself when I found some information out “I wish I did not know that.”  We also do not have all the answers to everything.  We are mere mortals.  Physicians have been studying medicine for a long time.  They still have not come up with a cure for the common cold.   This is where faith comes in.  We will have all the answers to all of our questions, but the time has not come yet.  We need to be patient. 

Revelation 3:10 - Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.

 

Once we accept Jesus as our Savior, commit to him whole heartedly, we will avoid the trial and judgment of God, enter his heavenly kingdom, and we will know all.

Mark 16:16 - Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

 

John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
 

John 3:18 - Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

 

John 3:36 - Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."

 

1 John 5:10 - Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.

I do not have all the answers, but I do have faith. I have strong faith.  This is what keeps me going day to day, as the new me unfolds.  I cannot prove or disprove Jesus Christ’s testimony, but there is one thing that is a fact.  Once I accepted Jesus into my heart, repented and confessed of my sins, I became a new person inside.  Whether you believe this or not, that is your choice.  God knows, as well as I do, that it is the truth.

John 8:31-33 -  To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

This is all that counts.  What am I gaining for myself by telling you about this?  Money?  Fame? The only goal for me is for you and I to be saved. To glorify God and the Lord Jesus Christ, tell the good news to all that have not heard it, and to let the Holy Spirit do the rest.

Psalm 19:7-10

7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
       reviving the soul.
       The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
       making wise the simple.

8 The precepts of the LORD are right,
       giving joy to the heart.
       The commands of the LORD are radiant,
       giving light to the eyes.

9 The fear of the LORD is pure,
       enduring forever.
       The ordinances of the LORD are sure
       and altogether righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
       than much pure gold;
       they are sweeter than honey,
       than honey from the comb.

 

 

We then will have eternal life and enjoy the blessings and riches of Heaven together.

 

For those that believe that the Bible is a fairly tale & that there is no God, atheists, doubters, skeptics, and other groups or individuals that think they have it all figured out, it is time for you to rethink things.  Because if you go on thinking the way that you do and there is a God, where will you be placed when it is time for judgment day?  When you die and leave the physical life, it is too late to change your mind –

Isaiah 38:18

 For the grave cannot praise you,

death cannot sing your praise;

those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.

 

Are you willing take the ultimate gamble for you & convincing others that there is no God?  You will be personally responsible for your actions in this life, and pay for it for eternity.

Trust in Jesus, He is coming back a second time.  The first time was as the savior, but the second time will be only for those who believed in Him:

Isaiah 25:8-9

He will swallow up death forever.
       The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears
       from all faces;
       he will remove the disgrace of his people
       from all the earth.
       The LORD has spoken.

In that day they will say,
       "Surely this is our God;
       we trusted in him, and he saved us.
       This is the LORD, we trusted in him;
       let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."

 

 

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