225 – PARADOXES 2
Theology insists in uniting the two testaments, that is, the Old Testament, whose author is Jehovah, whose inheritance is earthly, and the New Testament, whose author is Jesus Christ, and whose inheritance is not earthly, but heavenly, that is, in heaven, for Jesus said, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). Let us take the apostle Peter’s statement: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you” (1 Pet. 1:3-4).Let us look now at what the apostle Paul says, “For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Cor 5:1). And Paul further says, “The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom” (2 Tim. 4:18). It is not possible to mix the things of heaven with the things of earth, that is, the things of this world. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). And said to the Jews, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world; I am not of this world” (John 17:14). The things of the earth are things of the physical and material world, and the things of heaven are things of the invisible and spiritual world. They are two dimensions. To enter the celestial dimension, man has to leave the sensible and corruptible flesh, and so Paulo says, “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Gal. 5:24). It also says, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). It is so painful to leave the flesh, because of its appetites, that Paul compares it to a crucifixion; the ones who accomplishes this feat change dimensions. Paul makes the following reference to the giants of faith: “I f you then have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1). Paul, who left the earthly dimension, was taken to the celestial dimension. He tells us himself: “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven. And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows—was caught up into Paradise. And heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak” (2 Cor. 12:2-4).
Now, the Old Testament is of this world; the heritage of Jehovah to Israel is of this world, the people chosen of Jehovah was of this world, and the very Jehovah declares that he is the god of all flesh (Jer. 32:27). Combining the two testaments is complicated. As the things of this world are tactical and perceptible, and as they produce perceptible pleasure, and the ones of heaven are future and invisible, it is obvious that, by combining the two testaments, the people of God begin to love this world and the things of this temporal dimension, and in this way will be deprived of the eternal life. We will show an unending series of paradoxes and contradictions between the Old and the New Testaments, in order to try and open the eyes of those who have eyes.
- If the kingdom of Jesus Christ is not of this world (John 18:36), why is Jehovah the king of this world? “For Jehovah Most High is to be feared, a great King over all the earth” (Ps. 47:2). “God reigns over all the nations. God sits on His holy throne” (Ps. 47:8). Jeremiah addresses Jehovah with the following words: “Who would not fear Thee, O king of the nations?” (Jer. 10:7). And David, “For the kingdom is Jehovah’s, and He rules over the nations” (Ps. 22:28).
- If the kingdom of God, the Father, came through Jesus Christ only, “And after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel’” (Mark 1:14-15), and Luke says, “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since then the gospel of the kingdom of God is preached” (Luke 16:16), this text makes it clear that the kingdom of God is not part of the Old Testament. Why did Jehovah, declaring himself to be god, establish his kingdom earlier than the kingdom of God? (Ex. 19:6; Is. 43:15).
- If God, the Father of Jesus Christ, is God of the living and not of the dead (Matt. 22:32; Luke 20:38), and the Bible affirms that before the coming of Jesus all were dead, “For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:17), and when a disciple said to him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father,” Jesus said to him, “Follow Me; and allow the dead to bury their own dead” (Matt. 8:21-22), if to Jesus and his Father there is no difference between dead and living, and dead and dead, why did Jehovah establish his kingdom among the dead (Ex. 19:6), and why did he call himself a god to a people that, to Jesus, were dead? (Is. 43:15).
- If Satan is the king of this world, for he declared this to Jesus in Luke 4:5-8, if the very Jesus declared that Satan is the king of this world, when the Pharisees accused him of expelling demons by Beelzebub, prince of the demons, saying, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself shall not stand, and if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself how then shall this kingdom stand?” (Matt. 12:24-26), the kingdom of Satan is called empire of death (Heb. 2:14), how is it possible that, calling himself god, Jehovah founded his kingdom together with the kingdom of Satan, even though, the men who formed his kingdom were not born again, and were all dead men? (John 3:3). Jehovah ruled and rules over the dead, just like Satan!
- If Satan is the king of this world and rules over all the nations, as in Luke 4:5-8; 1John 5:19; Matt. 12:24-26, how is it possible that Jehovah declares himself the king of the nations? “Jehovah reigns, let the peoples tremble (Ps. 99:1) “For the kingdom is Jehovah’s, and He rules over the nations” (Ps. 22:28; 47:8). “Say among the nations, ‘Jehovah reigns” (Ps. 96:10). “Forthe kingdom is Jehovah’s and He rules over the nations” (Ps. 22:28; 47:8).
- If the eternal kingdom of God, the Father of Jesus, did not exist in the Old Testament, and was first announced in the New Testament, after the Law and the Prophets ceased, according to Luke 16:16, why did Jehovah founded a kingdom, when there was the kingdom of God? Therefore, the kingdom of Jehovah was not the kingdom of God.
If the kingdom of God the Father is established where the demons are expelled, for Jesus says, “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Matt. 12:28),how is it possible that Jehovah, the king of this world and of the nations, sent evil spirits into people? He put a malignant spirit into King Saul to torment him (1 Sam. 16:14-15). He put a lying spirit in the mouths of his own prophets, because he wanted to kill Ahab (1 Kings 22:23). Jehovah poured an evil spirit in the Egyptian people in order that they would make mistakes in all that they did, as drunken men(Is. 19:13-14). The spirit of harlotry that dominated Israel was placed in them for Jehovah (Hos. 5:3-4).
By PASTOR OLAVO SILVEIRA PEREIRA