Image
Serving an international readership with the Old Jerusalem Gospel via the Internet.
Home | Current Issue | Archives | Lauds | Links | churches of Christ
Plan of Salvation | Correspondence Course | Daily Bible Reading | Contact Us

 Vol. 6, No. 9 

September 2004

~ Page 9 ~

Another Testament of Jesus Christ--Truth or Fiction?

By Ernest S. Underwood

Image Some questions: Do you believe in the Almighty God of the Bible? Do you believe in Jesus Christ as the Incarnate Son of God? Do you believe that the Bible is word for word and plenary (completely) inspired by the Holy Spirit of God? Do you believe that God ever lies, or that he ever inspired the writers of the Bible to lie? If you give a "Yes" answer to the first three questions and a "No" to the last two questions, then there is no way that you can believe in and accept the television advertisement of a rather popular religion that proclaims that their book is "Another Testament Of Jesus Christ."

First of all, this so-called testament did not come into existence until less than two hundred years ago, and it was written by a person with a less than desirable character. Before it was "streamlined" by later editors, it contained so many grammatical errors as to show that it was written by a person who had very little knowledge of the Word of God, but one with a lot of silly imagination. When its author wanted another wife, he conveniently had a "word from God" to his number one wife telling her in essence to keep her mouth shut and accept that other wife.

However, aside from these and other ridiculous things that are found in the book, the book itself is an abomination to God. Read the following Scriptures from the King James Version of the Bible: "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed" (Galatians 1:6-9). Does this sound like God intended to give "another testament?"

Again: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16-17). More than eighteen hundred years before the "another testament" was penned, God said that his inspired Word would completely equip man for every good work, whether it was doctrine, instruction, reproof or correction. Did God make a mistake, or did he lie? If his Word is inspired as the text claims, then if he centuries later gave "another testament," he misled and deceived those to whom the above passage was written.

Notice again: "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue" (2 Peter 1:3). Question: Did God really give us "all things" or did he not? Does one today need, or can he accept the words of a person known as a pope, or must one accept some so-called "another testament," when God has declared in no uncertain terms nearly two thousand years ago that he has already provided man with all things that pertain to life and godliness? If these words are true, how say some that this "another testament" will help one have a closer relationship with Christ?

One last passage to examine: "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book" (Revelation 22:18-19). Let those who wish to, wrest and twist this passage, but it still says what it says, namely, those who add to or take away from God's Word as given in his Book, the Holy Bible, will suffer the punishment of God.

The admission and/or claim that "another testament" has been written, is a statement of the denial of the Bible. How can it be otherwise?

We believe that there are many good moral people who have been "hood-winked" into accepting this false religion, and have become adherents to its cultic doctrine. However, those of us who believe the Bible must understand that these people do not believe in the God of the Bible. They believe in a god that was once a man, but evolved into a god. They, themselves, have been taught that they one day will become gods. They do not believe in the Christ of the Bible. How could they, yet accuse him of deception and lying in giving "another testament."

Do not be deceived by well-orchestrated television advertisements. Do not accept that for which there is absolutely no biblical authority, but as the apostle Paul wrote, "Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you" (2 Corinthians 6:17).Image

Go to Page: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20

Conditions of Use