After all, Jesus supposedly said: The 6th century BC scribe who wrote Jonah used the name of a prophet mentioned in 2 Kings to make a point about the worthiness of evangelising to the heathen. He has his reluctant hero sail from Joppa and encounter a storm.
Cast overboard somewhere out at sea, the big fish is a literary device to get Jonah back to Joppa, from where, more enthusiastically, he can set out again for the big, bad city of Nineveh. Simple folk of course would start to take the entertaining story as a literal truth. Thus by small steps a complex weave of fantasy is woven. As indeed the Church Fathers cheerfully admit: He, then, if anyone, ought to be calumniated; we should speak thus to him: We see passages taken captive by your pen and pressed into service to win you a victory, which in volumes from which they are taken have no controversial bearing at all Was Saint Paul an unabashed liar?
From this verse in Romans it would appear so: However in context Paul is actually censuring other Christians who say "Let us do evil, that good may come" that is, from God's judgement. But like Paul we can "take the passage captive" to make a point. Jerome is not alone in his candour. Bishop Eusebius, the official propagandist for Constantine, entitles the 32nd Chapter of his 12th Book of Evangelical Preparation: Clement of Alexandria was one of the earliest of the Church Fathers to draw a distinction between "mere human truth" and the higher truth of faith: John Chrysostom , 5th century theologian and erstwhile bishop of Constantinople, is another: For great is the value of deceit, provided it be not introduced with a mischievous intention.
In fact action of this kind ought not to be called deceit, but rather a kind of good management , cleverness and skill, capable of finding out ways where resources fail, and making up for the defects of the mind And often it is necessary to deceive , and to do the greatest benefits by means of this device, whereas he who has gone by a straight course has done great mischief to the person whom he has not deceived.
And this all before they became the custodians of power and had real reasons for lies, inventions and counterfeits. The 5th and 6th centuries was the 'golden age' of Christian forgery. In a moment of shocking candour, the Manichean bishop and opponent of Augustine Faustus said: In the ferocious battle for adherents, the propagandists sought to outdo each other at every turn.
Codex Bobiensis ends Mark at verse Once the Church had grabbed mastery of much of Europe and the middle-east, its forgery engine went into overdrive. The Reformation may have swept away some abuses perpetrated by the priesthood but lying was not one of them. Martin Luther , in private correspondence, argued: Notable Christian forgeries include: In the 'Confessio' Constantine thanks Sylvester for his Christian instruction and baptism and consequent cure of leprosy!
In his 'Donatio' Constantine confers on the pope and his successors primacy over all other bishops, including the eastern patriarchs, senatorial privileges for the clergy, imperial palaces and regalia, Rome itself and the western empire!! In truth, this monstrous 8th century forgery peppered with anachronisms was almost certainly written by the future Pope Paul I while his equally ambitious brother Stephen II sat on the papal throne. Now attributed either to 'Isodore Mercator' , a supposed 9th century master forger and papal aide, or to a group of Gallic forgers trading on the name and reputation of Isodore of Seville.
Like the Donation , the Decretals conferred rights and privileges on the papacy. Dionysius provided the papacy with Latin translation of the canons the Eastern Church. This ripe collection included fifty canons from the very Apostles themselves. The emperor is said to have accorded the Twelfth Legion the suffix fulminata or fulminea , that is, 'thundering.
The stoic Marcus Aurelius had nothing but contempt for the Christians. He has the pious 2nd century pagan forbid 'tumults against the Christians.
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They alluded to fires in Rome and to the persecution of Jews and Christians. Acts of Paul and Thecla — "Love for Paul" was the justification for this particular compendium of fable. None other than Tertullian condemned his rival's handiwork. Whereas whole libraries of antiquity were torched by the Christians, curiously, this testimony of a Jew made it through the centuries. A subsequent work by Josephus, The Antiquity of the Jews , which iterated and extended his story of the 'chosen people' also survived.
The survival of these two overlapping works was no coincidence because they rather too well 'confirm' from a 'non-Christian source' the existence of the godman. The authentic pen of lying Christian scribes! The freethinker Leonardo da Vinci had the last laugh on the Church when he put his own face on a fake so clever that it remained 'authentic' for five hundred years!
Other verses show the apostles giving praise, glory and honor to the Father and Son without mentioning the Spirit Romans 1: If it were part of the Godhead, this would be a grave omission. Many of the Spirit's attributes can be shown to originate in the Father or the Son. For example, the Spirit is named "Comforter" in John Other examples include making intercession: In addition, the Spirit has no familial relationship to Christians.
God is our Father and Christ is our Elder Brother. Paul says "Jerusalem above.
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The Spirit, though, is not a person but a gift of God, the mind and power of God working in and through us II Timothy 1: Finally, the history of the trinity doctrine is open knowledge. The true church never accepted the idea, and even the false church did not embrace it until three centuries after Christ! Even then, it was only accepted as a political concession to the Roman emperor, Constantine.
Add these facts to its absence in the Scripture, and it is no wonder the Catholics and Protestants call it a mystery! The Lesson of Acts 5: Peter is not the only one who mentions sinning against the Spirit. Stephen seems to be referring to this verse in Acts 7: Clearly, it is possible to sin against the Holy Spirit.
Ananias and Sapphira lied to it, or more correctly "attempted to deceive by falsehood," as some lexicons read. What does this mean? How did they lie to the Spirit? For starters, they were hypocritically appearing to do good while committing a very selfish act. They wanted the members of the church to see how concerned and generous they were—and on the sly make a bit of a profit.
Jesus strongly condemned this kind of hypocritical behavior in the Pharisees Matthew They also tried to deceive God. Did they think He was so much like them that He would not notice they were trying "to pull the wool over" His eyes?
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As the omniscient Judge of all Ecclesiastes Almost as if he were thinking of this couple's sin, Paul writes,. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. God must have considered their sin to be of such a heinous nature that He immediately took their lives.
He may have made such a tragic example of Ananias and Sapphira to stun the young church into thinking about how serious the Christian calling is Acts 5: Christianity is not for those who are unwilling to commit their whole lives to overcoming human nature and growing to the high standard of Jesus Christ. The stakes are too high for us to treat His calling lightly.
Lying Bible Verses
It records an event that made a lasting, sobering impression on the church of God. In one sense all lies are lies to God. However, as the passage below shows, there is a particular type of lie that qualifies specifically as lying to God. This is where the greatest danger lies for children raised in Christian homes.
That is why your parenting must go beyond addressing behavior. Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God. Each day you challenge your children to obey God.
In each home this challenge comes with the promise of some kind of negative consequence for not obeying and some type of reward for obedience.
Even when you neglect to follow through with the consequences of disobedience, the specter of accountability hangs in the air. Given their sinful nature, the tendency of children is to find ways to avoid these consequences. At the same time, there is also the promise of reward attached to requests for obedience. So again, even when the reward is not consistent or even not biblical , human nature desires the reward, whether it is deserved or not. For example, one sibling sees that his sister is rewarded for cleaning.
So, he is careful to mention that he too, helped, even if he did not actually do anything. This child realizes that he can achieve what he wants if his parents perceive that he is doing good things. Thus, he might participate by appearing to be busy, but only when mom is looking.