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|Thursday, March 6th, 2008|
IN Romans 8, Paul starts out okay:
1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
But then, being a Pharisee, he backtracks and goes "but," and "except," and so forth.
The "Leaven of the Pharisees" that Jesus warned us about IS the continuation of rules and regulations and laws, flying in the face of the fact that Jesus tossed out ALL the old Law, stated that we will be saved by FAITH alone, then instituted the "new" commandment, "Love one another."
THAT is the only rule. Anything
one can do can be tested by that rule to see if it is something one should do or not.
Thus, although there is no law anymore which states "Thou shalt not commit adultery," if one is considering such a course, one must weigh whether anyone will be hurt by it. If so, then we don't want to do that. BUT, if all the involved parties are okay with it, (truly, deeply okay) then it would be allright, since it would not be going against the Rule.
You see? It is Love that counts. God said, "I require mercy, not sacrifice."
We do not wish to harm others, nor cause them emotional pain. That is what this Love is about, considering the well-being of others.
How would one feel if someone else did the same to them? Yet these are no longer "laws," in the sense that on must be punished for breaking the law. That is the problem with law, there is always a prescribed punishment. Being constrained by Faith instead of Law, one is requested to forgive
those who cause one problems, rather than taking punitive action against them.
Attempting to retain the rule of Law is akin to being anti-Christ, since it was Christ's purpose to do away with punishment in favor of forgiveness.
Also one is requested to not "try to help" their brethren (or sistren) by telling them they should do differently than they do. Criticism. Griping. Complaining.
"Why do you try to get the speck (of sawdust) out of your brother's eye? First remove the log (entire, whole piece of wood) from your own eye, so that you can see clearly to help your brother."
The implication is that if you are attempting to correct "your brother," then you are 'way off base. Making a big mistake. No one is perfect. No one can entirely remove the log from their own eyes. If one imagines one *is* perfect enough to be able to correct others, that is an excellent sign that one deceives oneself.
Thus *I* must learn to avoid criticism and attempting to correct people. I have been working toward this end for some time. It is a very difficult habit to break.
If one wishes to know what one must do in order to be considered acceptable (good), one can read the first eight verses of second Peter. Peter was the disciple whom Jesus told three times, "Feed my sheep."
But ONLY the first eight verses, because after that, it appears that someone has added stuff from the leaven of the Pharisees. Griping and complaining. And we know that can't be from Peter.
That's right, The Book is *not* "The Word of God." We must not worship the book. We must pay attention to what Jesus said, only. It was members of the first Catholic priesthood who decided what should go into the New Testament, and they were followers of Paul, not Christ. Paulians. They had "itching ears." Hatefulness causes one to want to correct and punish others. Jesus said don't do that.
Yes, it's a difficult transition from believing that Christians can "go to hell" if they don't behave properly, to the idea that we must leave people to God to judge, and only worry about ourselves.
|Thursday, August 30th, 2007|
This has gone on long enough, and it's got to stop.
I mean, you shouldn't go around sassin' God.
The whole idea that there's something evil about the human body, when God created it, created it naked, and SAID it was "good," is just wrong.
God does not make mistakes.
For people to say they don't like what God created is really askin' for it.
It is a COMPLETE wrong idea that permeates our entire society the world over. The idea that what God created is intrinsically evil. It is a schizophrenic thing that makes our entire society schitzoprenic, with the idea that people NEED to be perfect and that we can make them that way by punishing them.
Jesus said you don't have to be perfect, and that you should not expect other people to be. And then He died on the cross to do away with the law, which was the OLD testament, and establish the NEW testament, which is simply that people should love one another and forgive them for whatever we don't like about them. There are no laws other than that: "Love one another." Which means EVERYONE, 'cause He also said, "Love your enemies."
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Don't you prefer to not be punished when you mess up? Then don't punish people. It is not required, in fact, the opposite is required, that you forgive people.
The human body is not evil. It was created by God and INTENDED to be nude. Perverted people say otherwise. Sex is not evil. God said, "Go forth and multiply." Tell me how you're going to multiply without sex? People are not evil. God created them in His own image. If people are evil, then God is evil. Which doesn't make any sense. PEOPLE don't make any sense. We have to forgive them for that, and love them anyway.
God wants us to be nude. People argue with that. That doesn't make any sense.
|Sunday, December 18th, 2005|
There was one disciple in particular that Jesus asked to "Feed my sheep."
In fact, He told him three times.
And in these six verses, Peter tells us everything
we need to do to be good:
3 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:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 ¶ And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If one looks these up in The Living Bible,
it will be more clear.
(I do not have a computerized copy of the living bible, only the rsv.)
|Monday, November 21st, 2005|
There was a researcher who said that the Hebrew letters that correspond to the number of the Beast could be interpreted as representing "prosperity."
Possibly making a profit? Possibly capitalism?
It is possible that Babylon instituted capitalism. Unrestrained capitalism will charge "all the market will bear" for goods and services.
Jesus said, "You cannot serve both God and Mammon." Mammon representing money, or making profits. It should be obvious that when you love someone, you do not sell things to them for a profit. Selling things to people for a profit over and above what it costs to do business plus your "cost of living" is not in the least loving. Making a profit from people who make far less than you do is not at all loving.
Thus Jesus said, "It is more difficult for a rich person to enter the Kingdom (where one does what God wills) than for a camel to go through a gate built just for sheep." ("eye of a needle")
People currently, as of this writing, in control of much of the wealth of the world would like to see to it that everyone else has to do as they say. They would be King of the World. It is not sufficient for them to simply be wealthier than Croesius, they want to also control the entire world, so that socialism will never have the capacity to take their wealth from them to redistribute to the poor. These people are very much against Christ (antichrist). Capitalism, which allows them to steal from the poor, is also very much antichrist. Those people do not care in the least about others, except possibly for those who keep them in power (the military generals).
It is written in Revelation that there will be a time when those who are not willing to submit to capitalism (the beast) will not be allowed to buy or sell, will be starved to death. Yet we are advised to not submit to the beast.
There will come a time when the beast shall be destroyed. Jesus and a mighty host of angels will come to do battle with the beast, and subdue it, and it shall be cast into the bottomless pit.
For, you see, all anyone needs
is enough to purchase food, and a place to live. Anything more is bought with the blood of the poor. To allow people to starve to death simply so that one may have more comfort than the average person is vastly selfish. Selfishness is what evil is. And vice-versa, evil is selfishness. Plain and simple.
One cannot be selfish toward one you truly love, and we must love everyone, for no one is any different than we are.
If we count ourselves better or more worthy than anyone
else, we lie to ourselves.
|Saturday, October 15th, 2005|
Lending a helping hand
One of the things I am very lax (lazy) at is lending a helping hand.
In Jesus' example of the Good Samaritan, it is shown that failing to help people you see that are in need is indeed a failing.
It is not always help in material things that people need, sometimes it's just a smile or a shoulder to cry on, or someone to fix something for them. But yes, there are so many in the world that are starving, and so often it is because their government wants them to starve, it is such an inhuman thing.
But those who have a tremendous amount of wealth who spend part of it to kill off a whole lot of people to see that countries do not become "Communist," just so they don't have to worry about losing their wealth, that is so extremely despicable. The military-industrial "complex." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military-industrial_complexhttp://www.cdi.org/issues/usmi/complex/
Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon, Northrop-Grumman, Halliburton, United Technologies Corporation, The Carlyle Grouphttp://www.buzzflash.com/interviews/03/06/23_briody.htmlhttp://www.harpers.org/MilitaryIndustrialComplex.html
David J. Lasar
Growth Fund of America
VAN KAMPEN COMSTOCK FUND
FIDELITY BLUE CHIP GROWTH FUND
LORD ABBETT MID CAP VALUE FUND
FIDELITY MAGELLAN FUND INC
CAPITAL RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT COMPANY
WELLINGTON MANAGEMENT COMPANY, LLP
BARCLAYS BANK PLC
MONTAG & CALDWELL, INC.
FMR CORPORATION (FIDELITY MANAGEMENT & RESEARCH CORP)
The above company is a major-major stockholder in Halliburton, and controls many other companies as well. Directv, Dish Network, News Corporation, and fox news are in there somewhere.http://www.dldewey.com/jun04.htm
Contains an interesting bit about Preston Bush, GW's grandfather. It appears that he may have been helping supply steel to Germany during WWII. Hey, these people don't care, as long as they make money off of war! That's what war is for!
Hey, see, it's all the "best" people. Apparently in some circles you're nobody unless you own half the world. But I get the impression that they think they're better than people who don't own anything. Yet they foment war and profit from it. Their God is the bottom line.
We don't want to be like that. So, if *somebody* has to own stuff, let them do it, I don't want to.
They are empty shells, containing nothing of substance for humanity at large. Leeches. Murderers. Liars. Thieves. They are worse than Satan, because they believe there *is no* Satan, or God either, for that matter. Illuminati. Yet they are children of Satan, The Destroyer, the Father of All Liars. And I firmly believe that they pay the preachers to not bad-mouth the rich, although Jesus was fond of doing that.
So, you see, judging from its actions, the government is being run by these people, because the common people believe their lies. They somehow believe that they're actually Christian. I know my wife does.
Yes, the world is still run by the warlords. The only difference is that they have diversified. They now appear to be investment funds.
(Be ye not yoked together with unbelievers) You can either obey money, or you can obey God. You cannot do both at the same time, because God requires that you give away your money. Most people in the USA don't want to hear this.
Yet I myself am condemned by this, since I don't want to give what little extra I have (say, ten dollars a week) to help those who are even poorer than I. They say it's the thought that counts. So all I am saying, apparently, is that there are worse people than I, since I am not a saint. We are fervently hoping that God will forgive us all.
|Tuesday, July 5th, 2005|
New Community-- Prayer For India!
Greetings one and all,
This community is being established for those who desire to pray for
India, have a heart for India, who are Indian (living anywhere), are
missionaries in India, or just want to check out what God is doing in
that large region.
The purpose of this community will be cultural exchange between regions
of India (anything from Divali to Desi food recipes to
religious/cultural study to Bollywood), understanding, keeping up with
news and needs of India, and correspondences between all affiliated
with India in some way.
I look forwards to seeing what God will accomplish as we all gather together with one purpose.
--- all welcome to join ---
++will be cross-posted++
|Tuesday, March 15th, 2005|
I have mentioned before that I think people who ally themselves with the republican party should not call themselves Christians.
Well, this is because I think that a "Christian" should be a person who "follows" Christ.
Christ was a liberal.
Republicans tend to be mostly conservative.
Jesus said that if you loan something to somebody, don't expect to get it back. Whoa! Look at that! Not only don't charge any interest, but don't even expect to get it back! See, Republicans tend to not be able to do that. Interest is just about their stock in trade.
Jesus was big on not punishing people. I mean, that was His main thrust in coming to Earth and sacrificing Himself on the cross, you know. So that people would not be punished for their sins. He said if someone steals something from you, don't try to get it back.
He said to not be trying to "get the speck out" of your brother's eye. Means don't try to get someone to be perfect. Don't try to correct people. See? Not only do not punish people, but also don't even try to correct them! The only person we're allowed to correct is our own selves.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. (Matt. 5: 38-42, NIV)
Retaliation and revenge are not permitted. War is not permitted. You see, if you stick to the one commandment given by Jesus, "Love one another," (which means love other people; all
other people) then you cannot cause them harm in any way.
"Do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you." Recall what Jesus said also about borrowing: do not lend
things to people, give
them what they ask to borrow. Do not expect to get it back.
Republicans are forever complaining about having to pay taxes that go to help support other people. That, plain and simple, is not how Christians behave.
To me, people who claim to be both Republicans and Christians don't seem to have read what Jesus said.
Jesus was the most liberal of liberals.
|Monday, March 14th, 2005|
What you say?
What was it Jesus said should be "preached" among all nations?
It is necessary to know a bit of the history of Jesus. He was born a Jew. His parents were Jewish. The Jews have this "Law," or set of laws, that they feel that if anyone disobeys any one of them, then that person has to offer a sacrifice to God in order to be "saved" from the consequence of their misdeed or transgression.
Jesus said, "Believe in me" (that He is the Son of God) and you shall be saved.
That is basically the sum total of "the Gospel" that Jesus said should be preached among all nations.
And then He said, "I give unto you a new commandment," (implying that it replaced *all* the old ones) "to Love one Another."
Since He at another time also said, "Love your enemies," He meant we should love everyone.
That is the goal. That we should love, and not harbor hatred or grudges, because if you love someone, you will not hate them nor hold grudges against them, nor seek to punish them.
In fact, you won't even criticize them.
"Love is blind." You will ignore the faults of others, because God is ignoring *our* faults in accepting us as we are, through our belief that Jesus is the Son of God.
Since we are "saved" from punishment for our faults, we have no business attempting to punish anyone else for their faults.
All is love, and love is all. Jesus sacrificed Himself by allowing Himself to be crucified as a one-time-for-all sacrifice to pay for all our transgressions. Since He was the only human who was ever perfect, it was a perfect sacrifice. Only a perfect sacrifice could pay for all sin for all time.
Those who would take away that great gift and sacrifice He made try to tell us that we still have to be perfect in order to be accepted by God. We call them "antichrists."
We can only be as perfect as God is willing to allow. To obey the commandment "Love one another" (all people), as much as we can, is as perfect as we're likely to get.
And, you know, we get mad at people once in awhile, but we have to be able to control what we do when we're angry, so that we can wait and get over it.
|Thursday, March 3rd, 2005|
To me, the word Christian should mean someone who follows the teachings of Christ.
Under that meaning of the word, I must note that a Christian is not permitted to engage in nor promote the punishment of anyone who they feel is disobedient.
Jesus noted that God said, "Punishment (vengeance) belongs to me only."
Therefore people who cry out loudly for the punishment of people are not in actuality following the teachings of Jesus Christ. They cry out in hatred, and hatred is disallowed.
We are to do good to our enemies. Punishing them is not doing good to them.
Just because you don't like homosexuality is no reason to punish or otherwise harass homosexuals. Your reasoning that God only created male and female is flawed, for He also created hermaphrodites. Jesus Christ said not one word about homosexuality, but He did say to the Pharisees, "You teach as commandment the traditions of men." The taboo on homosexuality is merely a Jewish tradition.
If you look at the sad state of overpopulation of the world, you should be happy there are homosexuals, otherwise the situation would be worse.
Please try to go by what Jesus Christ Himself said, and stop trying to find evidence in the rest of the Bible to support your hatreds.
sorry, but when you try to say that the Bible is the Word of God, you err. Most of it is the word of man. Jesus said so. And Paul was a Pharisee, and Jesus warned you about them.
"Beware the leaven of the Pharisees..."
They liked to criticize and punish people.
Jesus said, "Love..."
|Thursday, February 24th, 2005|
So what do you imagine you'll be doing when Eternity rolls around? (When you "get to Heaven; reach the "afterlife")
Positive thinking. Y'know.
|Saturday, March 6th, 2004|
Top o' th' mornin'
Grittings, y'all, top o' th' marnin' to ya!
I hope all is going well with you?
|Sunday, February 15th, 2004|
The only people Jesus ever took a whip to were merchants.
I am bothered by some people's idea that capitalism is somehow sanctioned by God.
That some people's work is worth more than other people's work.
That the workers do all the work while the owner gets all the profits.
That credit card companies make a killing off of poor people.
Jesus was a socialist, it is capitalism that is evil. (selfish)
Selfishness is the opposite of love.
"But the Bible is The Word of God!"
No, it's not. Immawnooale said, "You teach as commandment the traditions of men."
Jesus' Purpose was to free us from Jewish tradition, the idea that one has to be perfect to be acceptable.
We follow only the words of Immawnooale. (Immanuel: Jesus)
So many do not understand that it is Immawnooale who is King, *not* "The Bible."
The King's domain.
The Kingdom of Heaven is not necessarily a place. Yet it is wherever Heaven is King. If Immawnooale is your King, then you are in the Kingdom of Heaven.
One swears obedience to one's King.
The King says, "Love one another." "Love your enemies." "If anyone asks you for any thing, give it to them."
|Friday, January 9th, 2004|
Prayer Request for Tonight at 9pm
I am a member of the seekinghisface
community and tonight is the big election night for a new head leader. God has given us a very dynamic leadership staff and an annointed ministry. Day to day we face spiritual attacks on all sides, but that does not throw off the plans of God. Hallelujah!
This is to be the first night that almost all the leadership have met together. Tonight at 9pm we seek more than God's chosen for leadership, we seek the Spirit's pouring upon our ministry. We seek a unified one accord Body of Leaders. We seek God's will.
I am praying for God to act upon our ministry like He did in Acts 2.
The Fellowship of the Believers
42They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
We need prayer for spiritual protection by the Blood of Jesus, the Spirit's annointing power, and for discernment. Anything God places on your heart to pray for, please do. You will be serving more than just our leadership Body and the Lord. You'll be serving the entire Body of Seeking His Face Ministries and everyone they interact with.
If you are led, fast on our behalf.
God Bless you and may you seek his face daily.
Love in Christ,
|Monday, October 20th, 2003|
LJ COMMUNITY INVITE... Seeking His Face
I have created this community primarily for those who wish to seek God with all their heart, mind, and soul together in one accord. The exact aim of this community varies with the vast array of unique children of God that will be brought here. Prayer requests shared. Godly insight passed. A poem of exhortation lifted up-- devoid of pride and selfishness.
We come here to jointly commit to giving God our all and decide to strive to do so together by whatever means He calls us to.
Thinking outside the box of the temporal led by the direction of He who knows the eternal.
|Tuesday, August 12th, 2003|
Exactly What Is It That Jesus Requires From Us
Exactly What Is It That Jesus Requires From Us
By Gary Droit
Are you annoyed by the ritualistic feel of most churches today?
Are you tired of people who insinuate that if you're not perfect, then you aren't a good Christian?
Doesn't it annoy you when people equate drinking and smoking with sin?
Yes, you know that the Bible does not command people to not drink. You know that Jesus changed the water into wine. You know that Christians are not perfect, they're just forgiven. Nowhere does Jesus tell people they should try to stay healthy and take care of their body. In fact, He says the opposite, that you should not worry about such things. When people try to say that cigarette smoking defiles the temple of the Holy Ghost, you know that Jesus said it is not what goes in by the mouth that defiles a person.
Odd, isn't it, how some people try to make their prejudices into commandments from God? Especially when Jesus complained about the Pharisees "teaching as commandment the doctrines of men." But this seems to be the habit of those who wish to control others.
A "divining rod," or "rule of thumb," if you wish, for determining whether something is good or bad is the Love commandments. When asked which was the most important commandment, Jesus replied, "Love God with all your hearts... and the second most important is similar to it, love your neighbor as yourself." Later on, Jesus gave as a "new" commandment: "Love one another." When taken together with His assertion to "Love your enemies," it can be seen that, by "one another," He meant everyone, not just fellow Christians. Thus, as Paul said in Romans, "The law and the prophets are summed up in the one commandment, to love one another." Unconditional altruistic love is how Jesus wants us to treat each other. Can love be faulted? It cannot. Anything done out of love is good. Understand that, by "love," we are not talking about infatuation or sexual attraction. Those are different things altogether.
What is meant by "altruistic love" is caring about the feelings and well-being of the one loved. Jesus gave us an example when He said, "Greater love has no man than... to lay down his life for someone else." Then He put his life on the block as a sacrifice for our sins. He paid it all, folks, paid for everyone, everywhere, once, for all time.
Why was His sacrifice able to wipe out the sin of all people? He was the only perfect person ever to live upon the earth. As a perfect person, His sacrifice was the perfect sacrifice. He had no sin that needed paying for, thus giving up His life was an act of purest love, utmost unselfishness. It was the perfect sacrifice, the only thing which could cleanse all sin forever.
It is not by our "being good" that we are saved from punishment. It is simply not possible for us to be that good, that we would not suffer punishment. Every human being save the Savior has been selfish at some time in their life. When you play a sport and attempt to win, you are being selfish. I'm sorry, but it's true. When you have food and eat it, knowing there are people in the world who have no food, you are being selfish. It is sad, I know. How, then, can anyone be saved? Jesus said, "Believe on me, and ye shall be saved." What does this mean? Simply that if you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, who gave His life to save us from punishment, that is faith, and that is all that is required.
Knowing that someone gave up their life to save yours, doesn't this make you care about the one who gave up their life? Jesus said, "If you love me, then obey me." What does He want us to obey? He gave us a "new" commandment, (meaning it replaces all the old ones) to "Love one another." He cares about each and every one of us, and He wants us to care about each other in the same way. No parent wants their children hurting each other.
Love does not envy; love does not desire to control; love gives all it has, even gives up its life for the sake of the one loved; love is patient; love is kind; love is not proud; love does not punish, love praises; love is happy when it sees happiness, sad when it sees sadness; love nourishes; love encourages; love builds the other up; love desires to be always with the one loved; love heals; love does not destroy; love is not selfish; love does not ignore the one loved, but waits on them "hand and foot."
That can be a tall order, folks. But love also gives strength to the one who loves.
Gary Droit is a (mainly) self-educated "Renaissance Man", being interested in science, art, anthropology, literature, people, Christianity, and most all things. He has been supporting himself and his family by repairing business machines (NCR corporation 1966-1990) and computers, building computers, installing and maintaining networks, and doing web design and graphics. He is presently interested in retiring.
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Ladies and Yentlemen
And ye kids also:
I went to a church last Sunday (because that's when they have "church," is on Sunday) and one of the leaders was complaining and ranting that people want to sit home and don't want to come to church.
I said, "Did you know there is no commandment in the Bible to go to church?"
They started in with "Well, how are people going to hear about Jesus?"
I didn't get a chance to go any further, they just couldn't imagine how you could be "a Christian" without going to church.
How did people in Jesus' time hear about Jesus? Jesus and the apostles went around speaking in public. It's called "Word of mouth."
They did not rent a building nor set up a tent. The apostles were sent out as travelling spreaders of good news. What was the message they told people?
"The Jewish Law has said that you have to be perfect in order to be acceptable to God. But now God has sent His only Son as a sacrifice, so that you will be acceptable if you just simply believe. His message to us is that we should love one another, just as He loves us."
If you accept this good news, believing that Jesus is the Son of God, then you have no further need of Jewish Law.
The Law was, and by the Law people could not be "made perfect in God's eyes." Jesus did not come to Earth to try to get people to be more perfect. He came so that in spite of the fact that people can not be perfect, they still may be considered perfect by God.
"For God so loved the world, that He sent his only Son so that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life."
That is the Message. The Good News. That and "Love one another." Not just other Christians, because He also said, "Love your enemy."
Being a Christian is about loving people.
It is not about knowing all the laws.
It is not about "going to church."
It is not about trying to get other people to be more perfect.
It is about Love.
|Sunday, July 27th, 2003|
What do you need
You must think about this very carefully: The Bible is not necessary to salvation.
What did Immawnooale say? He said, "Believe in me, and you shall have eternal life."
Show me where He says "Believe in the Bible..." He never says that.
What was it Immawnooale told his disciples to preach? "The Gospel." The Gospel is not the Bible. The Gospel is: "Believe in Jesus Christ, Immawnooale, and you shall have eternal life.
Think. Did they have the New Testament scriptures in Jesus' time? No, they weren't written yet. Yet thousands were "saved." Thousands believed. Even people who couldn't read. (Most
people couldn't read back then.) So they didn't even read the Old Testament.
The Old Testament is the Jewish Law. We do not need that. We are under the one commandment, "Love everyone."
The person we are supposed to be following the teachings of is Jesus, or Immawnooale. (They shall call His name Immanuel)
Nowhere does it say to follow the teachings of Paul. Or John. Or Peter. Or Mary. Jesus said, "Preach the Gospel."
What is the Gospel? "Believe in Jesus (Immawnooale) and you shall be saved." Believe that Jesus is the Son of God and has the power to do this.
Even more than good works, God requires faith. Believing without evidence. God will not provide evidence to unbelievers that He exists. Yet to believers, there is ample evidence of His existence.
Once you believe, then you will Know. And you will know that you are free from the burdens of the Law. "Love everyone" encompasses the entire spirit of the Law anyway, so you don't need it.
When there are Laws, so many people become so concerned over the letter of the Law that they lose sight of the Spirit of the Law. The Spirit of the Law is Love, because God is Love.
Jesus said to the Pharisees and Doctors of the Law, "You teach as commandments the traditions of men." In other words, some of the Law wasn't really God's Law, but was merely traditions of men. This makes the entire Old Testament suspect. Invalidates it.
Then Jesus said, "Beware of the leaven of the pharisees (Doctors of the Law, rulemakers), because a little leaven leavens the whole batch."
Be done with lawmaking, and repeating of rules other than the one Jesus gave, "Love one another," lest you tell a falsehood, repeating one of the traditions of men.
The Book is not a prerequisite to becoming saved, or being a follower of Jesus (Immawnooale).
Beware the leaven...