New Testament Veracity

There are ostensibly eight writers of the various New Testament "books". Seven are consistent with, and faithful to, the Torah, God's instructions for living. The eighth will have his own section. But this section is about the message of our savior, Jesus, the Lamb of God.

And Moses said:

15YHVH your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.

16 This is according to all that you asked of YHVH your God in Horeb on the day of the assembly, saying,

"Let me not hear again the voice of YHVH my God, let me not see this great fire anymore, or I will die."

17 YHVH said to me, "They have spoken well.

18 I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you (Moses),

and I will put My words in his mouth,

and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

19 It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name,

I Myself will require it of him." Deuteronomy 18:15-19 (NIV) Name corrected

The Jews, during the time of Jesus, were waiting for two, well really three, agents of God to arrive. The first was an incarnation of Elijah. Elijah will arrive on earth and prepare the way for the Messiah to rule and reign.

The second was the Messiah himself. He will arrive as the conquering King. He will defeat all of the kingdoms and nations of the world and rule as the mighty King over all the earth.

The third was The Prophet. This is the messenger from God that everyone MUST listen to . He will (has) explain(ed) how to live the Torah. And if you disobey him, God the Father himself will punish you.

Of course a manifestation of Elijah did arrive, "a voice of one crying out in the wilderness". It was John the Baptist. Son of Zechariah, the Levitical Priest of the line of Aaron.

Let's see in the Bible where the Jewish Priests were looking for "The Prophet". Here they are questioning John the Baptist.

20 And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, I am not the Christ. 21 They asked him, What then? Are you Elijah? And he said, I am not. Are you the Prophet? And he answered, No." John 1:20-22 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

So who is this Prophet that the Jews were looking for? The standard "Christian" answer is that it is Jesus.

There is a good scholarly argument to be made that King David was the main fulfillment of this promise. That not only the Jews, but we are missing that gift. There is no better way to understand the character and personality of God than to read the Psalms of David. The Proverbs of David give us the best advise on how to live our lives in a peaceful and productive manor. But then, who was Jesus?

Unfortunately, even a simple study of the history of the "New Testament" will reveal a convoluted and contested origin.
The core of the Gospels aren't the oldest "New Testament" books. Paul's epistles are dated to be written much earlier. Even then, the fact is that there are whole sections of "the Gospels" that don't appear to exist until hundreds of years after the core stories had been documented and discussed.

Some of our favorite sections don't appear to have existed until a Roman Emperor organized a religious bureaucracy that then commissioned committees to publish the "official scriptures". Many scholars and theologians who dig deep into the creation and preservation of the "New Testament" become dismayed at the mess and end up atheists or agnostics. This fate is easily avoidable by realizing that God has documented a dependable testimony before the events of the "New Testament" started taking place. That what "Jesus" did for us was not only promised and predicted, but described in detail already in the "Old Testament".

It is then with the faithful witness of the "Old Testament" that we can sort out the truth from the "tales" stirred into our "New Testament".

Who "Jesus" is, and what he did becomes a puzzle because of all of the added "help" that the religious have added into the mix throughout the ages. So let's start by listening to what Jesus had to say about himself, while making sure each section agrees with God's previous testimony.

So let's learn about the:

Ministry of Jesus

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