Q: How can you tell which religion is right? They all say the same thing and have the same truths, don’t they? And besides, Christianity is not as old a religion as others, so anything Christians have to say is borrowed from those that came before. No , different, just doing it differently, right?
A: What is it that makes the Christian religion different? We need to get a couple of things out of the way first. The name used by Christianity is wrong, and actually, a new name, not the Savior of our New Covenants Name. Knowing His true Name and the true Name of our Creator need to be recognized, especially if we are going to decide which of the religions came first, like, which taught the truth first, which of the religions are really stealing from the others, or, from the ONE. Bear with me as we unravel this accusation
The originator of the Christian religion is a man named YaHshua that is His Birth Name – most know Him as Jesus, a name, invented by men some 400 years ago. This may not matter to some and to others it should be alarming, that the name by which all must come under and confess by your own mouth, has been changed from His Birth Name, YaHshua, to something completely different – to a name some pronounce as HeyZeus.
Out of the Christian persecutions, first by the Jews and then by the Gentiles/Romans, some 200-300 years later a new form of Christianity emerged – a Christianity that had blended with the paganism of the Gentile nations. This, some assume, is the beginning of the religion we know as Christianity, and even then, this supposed new religion, while holding the Book in one hand held a sword in the other, even killing its own, is identified with the Savior and His Apostles in the Gospel accounts and the New Covenant writings.
This religion that appears to be formulated at the behest of Constantine, Emperor of the Roman Empire, around 384AD (CE). This is information that is easy to confirm, so I will not go into all of the detail here. The point is, the religion identified as Christian that appeared after the persecutions, by both Jew and Gentile, is declared the religion of the Empire, and that religion goes to war with itself. The Roman seat of Christian power went to war with the Christian power seated at Constantinople, the city Emperor Constantine had chosen as the Holy City. This city is in Turkey, a Muslim country. Christianity of the world became tied to the religion of Rome. Even the name, Christians, comes from a pagan source. First time his followers are called Christian (Christos) is in Antioch – Acts 11:26.
This word, christos, is the Greek for the anointed. Followers of the Anointed, the Greek term became a part of the name they gave Him, Jesus Christ. The actual title, however, is YaHshua the anointed. The Christian religion is being and has been shaped by another force seeking world domination, carrying the sword of steel in unholy war against all who would deny her image of their savior. The Apostle of YaHshua never raised a hand against any man or woman, and yet we find the church that emerges from the ashes of persecution to be very much into the shedding the blood of others. Today the Christianity of Rome has been subdued, and most Christian pat themselves on the back as being peaceful and hating war. But what would happen if unrestrained? Unrestrained religion of the world, is bloody, just as modern day religion of Islam is proving.
This religion of Christianity is not a new religion, it is the same old religion in disguise – introducing pagan customs and traditions and thought into the worship of the God they say is in the Book they claim to represent. Just by the traditions of the Christian Churches alone, we can see the pattern of the original Babylonian religion.
The irony of this Church and Churches (groups, congregations) claiming various things about themselves, while following in the footsteps of the mother religion out of Babylon is that these groups and churches all claim to be following the Book. The Book, is a collection of writings handed down from the people calling themselves Israelis and Judeans (people of Israel and people of Judah). Modern Israel is a composite of all the tribes, both Israelis and Jews. These writings, called Hebrew writings, is composed of the Torah, or book of Laws, the Prophets and the Writings and known to all in the Christian communities as the Old Testament – in the modern vernacular it would be best known as, The Old Covenant.
From this springs the Messiah, YaHshua, the One the Old Covenant mentions in the Prophets – Isaiah (IsaYaH) . Denied by the people of the Book, Old Covenant but accepted by the Christians, but not in that name. The vast majority of Christian groups preach and teach and baptize in the false name, JESUS. Before this name was introduced, sometime in the 16th century, it was IESVS and this has its origin in the Latin, the old language of Rome. Before that, however, the Greeks had reproduced a name pleasing to them, Inous, or Iesous. These are transliterations, of course, but we notice that neither the Latin nor the Greek are equivalents of the name He was given at birth – YaHshua.
Why do you need to know this? Because, the connection the Christian religion has with the religion of Babylon makes it one of the oldest religion in the World. Disguised and dressed up in different names it is essentially the same. There is even a god among the Babylonians that was called Marduk, and the images of this Marduk are strikingly similar to the images of the Chrisitian god, JESUS. This does not take a great deal of research, especially in this day and age of the computer, to discover all of this is true.
When I first started the website www.yahshuaservant.com (the late 90s)and later, www.servantsofyahshua.com (early 2000) the Birth Name of our Savior was hardly known. Over the years we begin to see preachers, a few, using the name JESUS and Yeshua interchangeably. While Yeshua is closer and much improvement over the totally false name Jesus, it still is not correct. Now, today, we do not have any problem finding websites and various small groups promoting the Sacred Name of our Savior, YaHshua. Of course, and wouldn’t you know it, even these groups promoting His Holy Name, the Name by with you must be saved, is argued over – does it have a U or not, is there and O or an E instead of an A? However, even in these minor variations the truth is found – His name is not JESUS, period. And why is this important? I already gave the answer, but here it is in the words of His Apostles.
(Act 4:12) There is salvation in none other, for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, by which we must be saved!"
This takes no interpretation, it says what it says. Many an argument flies up in attempts to discredit what this is saying, and this from a lead Apostle, who just days before stood side by side with the Resurrected Savior. In the book of Acts, first chapters we are told that our Savior, the resurrected YaHshua stood with a number of people, teaching them about the Kingdom for 40 days. The number of people was somewhere around 500 – 500 eye witnesses, and then His Apostle Peter said what he said in presenting this Messiah, this Savior to others. Now, lets hear what Peter had to say before he made such a nailed down, firm, non-retractable statement –
(Act 4:8-13) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, if we are examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the Name of YaHshua the messiah of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom the FATHER raised from the dead, in Him does this man stand here before you whole. He is 'the stone which was regarded as worthless by you, the builders, which has become the head of the corner. (1 Pet 4:2-8 -- Ps 118:22-23) There is salvation in none other, for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, by which we must be saved!
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled. They recognized that they had been with YaHshua.
Powerful words and words that should be heard. Make no mistake, Peter and John knew exactly whom they represented. No interpretation needed. The question is, what is the Name they said you had to confesses, the name by which all must be saved? It certainly was not JESUS, a name that never came into being until some 400 years ago. Peter and John would not even know who you were talking about if they were to come back today. Imagine, Peter and John, in a congregations listening to a preacher talking about JESUS as if this were their Messiah and Savior, what do you suppose they would do or say? They would do just what they did then, they stood up among the religious authorities and corrected them. Of course, I would imagine the results would be similar, to those whom YaHshua confronted, most would want to stone, literally or spiritually those bringing such accusations suggesting that the name JESUS is a false name, a name not of their savior -- perhaps that is true, perhaps they are not talking about or preaching about the same Savior?
As for other religions, in all sorts of names and images and ages, not one offers the forgiveness of sin, by their god’s own blood. The other gods, old and new, all require you sacrifice your blood or life and to work hard for your salvation, but only YaHshua forgives sin and by His own Blood give you the right to life. And what must you do? What? Bow to the East or the West five or even ten times a day? Clean and re-clean yourself multiple times? Honor this day or that day above other? Kill those who do not agree with you? Maybe blow yourself up as some kind of imagined martyr? NO! He offers Salivation and asks for nothing more than a sacrifice of the lips, a confessing that He and He alone is our Salvation. No other god offers this. Satan, for one, is called the god of this world, and his offer is death, not life, and he forgives nothing because he does not have the power to give life, nor to forgive. Yes, there are other gods, all false, some of stone and wood some imagined in our minds and then those others that will accept worship but offer nothing they can fulfill.
Isa 12:4 In that day you will say: "Give thanks to YaHWeH, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His Name is exalted.
(Joel 2:32) It will happen that whoever will call on the name of YaHWeH shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem (YaHshalayim) there will be those who escape, as YaHWeH has said, and among the remnant, those whom YaHWeH calls.
(Act 2:21) It will be, that whoever will call on the Name of the Lord will be saved.'
(Rom 10:9) that if you will confess with your mouth that YaHshua is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
(Rom 10:13) For, "Whoever will call on the Name of the Lord will be saved."
(Php 2:11) and that every tongue should confess that YaHshua the messiah is Lord, to the glory of God the FATHER.
(Rom 5:9) Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we will be saved from the FATHER 's wrath through Him.
It is important to understand this. Names do matter. Which god you call on does matter. Salvation is not in the Name but by the Name for it is by the Name you admit and recognize just who the real Savior and God is.
No, all religions are not the same, and are not all seeking the Creator God just in different ways. Only one religion sets itself apart from all others. YaHWeH of the Old covenant demanded, and commanded only He be worshiped. He declared all other gods as false. The Old Covenant had flaws and so a New Covenant was promised, one that would even cover the flaws of the people that would accept it. Enter the Messiah and Savior, offered to any that would confess Him as the Son of the Living God.
(Jer 31:31) Behold, the days come, says YaHWeH, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
(Heb 8:6) But now he has obtained a more excellent ministry, by so much as he is also the mediator of a better covenant, which on better promises has been given as law.
(Heb 8:7) For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.
(Heb 8:8) For finding fault with them, he said, "Behold, the days come," says YaHWeH, "that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah;
Israel and Judah pretty much refused this New offering, this New Covenant. Not all, as we read in Acts 15, there were Jewish Elders and Pharisees among the original believers. Connecting this New Covenant with the Old Covenant and what you have, again, is one of the Oldest of Religions in the world. The New Covenant offering is not new as in the sense of never having existed, and it is not a continuation of the First, not at all. The First covenant came to its end by its Testator dying, bringing an end to the First. This New Covenant, though it is called New is a continuation of the Covenant made with Abraham and this dates before the Old Covenant made with Israel.
The New Covenant is connected to the Old Covenant made with Abraham and this makes it one of the oldest religions of the world. Remember, Abraham and his family were only a couple of generations this side of the Great Flood. Some calculate that Abraham was only 500 years from the time of the Flood, and may have even known Noah. By the time Abraham left his home land, after the death of his father Terah, right after or around the time of the Tower of Babel confusion, right after the dispersion of the people. Abraham, of course, migrated to the land of Canaan. YaHWeH called Abraham out to separate him away from the growing religion of idolatry, founded by Nimrod and spread through the nations, each putting their own cultural spin as the people spread out over the earth. Abraham was called out to preserve the Worship of the True God, the Creator, YaHWeH. A lot of religions are old but only the religion of Babylon and that of YaHWeH are the oldest. If anyone, in all the other religons, are copying anyone they are either copying the religion of Nimrod, or Babylonian religion – but, the religion Abraham was called to existed before them all, just as we read in the pre-flood times of Enoch.
(Gen 4:26) There was also born a son to Seth, and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on YaHWeH's name.
To call on or to worship -- to make such a statement would be correct, otherwise why is this even mentioned? It is thought that men and women so close to the Creation source would naturally worship their Creator, but this does not seem to be the case, as we are told that at a specific time the "calling on His Name" happened, not as people left the Garden of Eden and not naturally at the beginning of mankinds creation, but here, at this time, at the birth of Enosh, son of Seth. This makes this the oldest religion, the worship of YaHWeH, older than any other. This worship of YaHWeH would be the oldest of religion recorded. A worship begun long before the Great Flood. A religion dating from the beginning of the Creation of the earth. Of course the story from that point on does not go well.
The connection this Worship of YaHWeH and YaHshua goes all the way back to the near beginning of Creation. This is best understood by the restoring of His Holy Name to both the Old Covenant and New Covenant writings -- it becomes obvious when that is done. This would mean that all other religions are copying from the Worship of YaHWeH, all the truths of any relgions are hijacked from this Worship of YaHWeH, and remember, YaHshua said this is the Name He came in, then and now. The false worship of mother and child, something we see in so many of the pagan religions, is an attempt at representing the prophetic word already written. The Gospel, you see, was preached to the sons of Adam, so they knew this story and turning to the worship of their own hands and ideas, incorporated this prophetic message into their own religions of the flesh.
Jud 1:14 And Enoch (Enosh, of Genesis) also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
The seventh from Adam, that makes this message about the coming of our Lord with His Saints, the coming, literally, of the Kingdom of God, the very Gospel preached and taught by YaHshua and His Apostles.