Truth on Trial

Apr 23, 2015 | False Doctrines & Inaccuracies |

The Weight of Evidence?

The trial has begun. The defendant stands accused of a heinous crime. A young child was brutally attacked and murdered, and the case is now being presented before the court. You are a member of the jury and must decide the fate of the man now sitting before the court surrounded by defense attorneys. What will be the means by which you determine his guilt or innocence? Clearly you will decide based upon the evidence presented.

Or will you..?

For an entire week you hear the testimony of 50 witnesses, all of whom are equally legitimate. Out of the 50 who are summoned all but two present unambiguous testimony that strongly indicates the defendant is clearly guilty. The evidence for the prosecution is overwhelming. Only two of the witnesses testify of his innocence. So, when all the testimony is presented you have a decision. Will you take the testimony of the 48, or the two?

You and your fellow jurors retire to the jury room to decide the verdict. The judge expects a quick decision and ponders the case. There is truly no argument. Who in their right mind would throw out sworn, convincing testimony from 48 witnesses just because two others testified to the contrary? There was no evidence presented to discount the testimony of any of the witnesses; therefore, it all comes down to a 24:1 weight of evidence against the accused.

The evidence is simply devastating for the defense. If there was ever an “open and shut” case, this is it. The entire courtroom can tell the defense, who actually recognizes that justice requires a guilty verdict despite their efforts for acquittal, considers it a certain defeat.  The prosecution is already preparing for the punishment phase of the trial as they prepare to put forth the argument, and probable acceptance, for the death penalty to be imposed.

Within an hour you and your fellow jurors return with the verdict. The judge asks for the verdict to be read, and you, as the jury foreman, stand to read the brief wording of the decision arrived at by yourself and your fellow jurors.

“We, the jury, find the defendant not guilty.”

WHAT?! The courtroom erupts in disbelief! The mother of the dead child bursts into tears. The father leaps from his chair enraged, and is restrained by guards who, if they followed their true desires, would love to loan the father their own firearm to dispatch the man that clearly did kill his precious child. The defendant simply smiles wickedly, shakes his attorney’s hand, nods at the jurors, and walks away to freedom.

News reporters swarm to the jurors eager to find out how they could possibly allow the defendant to go free despite the overwhelming evidence that clearly showed he committed the crime. Since you are the selected representative of the jurors you are the first one assaulted by the hungry reporters.

“Sir, Jenny Spencer with the Nightly News. I’m sure we all have the same question: How could you possibly have arrived at a verdict of not guilty?”

“Well, you see, we liked the guy and wanted him to be innocent; therefore, we didn’t even consider the 48 witnesses that testified. There really was no reason for witnesses because we had made up our minds even before the trial began. Anyway, there were the two witnesses that said he didn’t do it. So that helped.”

The reporter continues. “But, Sir, you had mountains of documents proving his guilt! How could you ignore it? How could you take the testimony of two, yet throw out the other 48 whose testimony was shown to be accurate?”

“Like I said, we wanted him to be innocent. What do you need documents for? We only looked at them in passing. No, we’d made up our minds before the trial even began. Anyway, we felt in our hearts he was innocent and a couple of the fellow jurors that happen to be Christians even felt the Spirit had told them he wasn’t guilty. They said they prayed and had a strong feeling he was innocent. What good is evidence when you’re up against the spirit?”

“Sir? Are you telling us the jury ignored the clear weight of the evidence purely because you had a ‘feeling’ he was innocent and because some of them felt the ‘Spirit’ was telling them something the evidence clearly does not show? Why would a ‘Spirit’ of truth present what contradicts the actual Truth – what the clear evidence fails to show?”

“Yep.  It was truly a ‘Spirit-led’ jury, praise G-d. That and the fact we didn’t want to really look at the evidence because we felt the guy was just too charming to have done what they claim he did. If you’re not led by the Spirit, you can’t understand. Just trust me. The Spirit confirmed our bias. We don’t need evidence; witnesses; Heck, we don’t even need a judge or lawyers! We know we are right and no amount of evidence will change our minds!

A similar scenario is precisely the situation confronting us as we debate the questions of the deity of Yeshua (Jesus) and the relevance of Torah (Law). The Scriptural evidence is devastating to those proclaiming that Yeshua is G-d and death to the True G-d’s Eternal teachings (Torah). The odds are far weightier than 24:1.

Yet despite the “open and shut” nature of the case virtually all Christians are convinced of the deity of Yeshua (Jesus) and the abolishment of Torah because that is what they have always been told, what they want to believe, and what they feel is correct. With few exceptions, no amount of evidence will convince them otherwise, and usually they will not even consider the evidence. They have been conditioned (indoctrinated) to believe it and present all manner of “mysteries”, Scriptural distortions, and verbal gymnastics to “prove” their case while at the same time discarding – often without even looking at it – the mountain of evidence proving otherwise. Their minds are made up before any evidence is even presented.

For a look at what causes humans to react in such strong and often irrational ways when their beliefs are challenged, see our blog The Biology of Belief.

Those of us who strenuously attempt to consider the evidence from an unbiased perspective are perpetually amazed at the complete lack of respect given the only evidence permissible in the case – the Holy Scriptures and the general understanding of those Scriptures at the time of Yeshua (Jesus). We are aghast at how Scriptural evidence so crystal clear can be so universally opposed and so flippantly discarded based upon one’s feelings. The Holy Spirit never contradicts Scripture, and if your feelings do, what does that say? Throughout the course of the day, you can feel happy, sad, depressed, euphoric, excited, and every feeling in between. Are you willing to go against Scripture based upon something so fickle as your feelings?

We have a simple request. All we ask is that you please consider the only admissible evidence (Scripture) and do not allow inadmissible evidence such as the following to effect your deliberations:

  • Bias
  • Unsubstantiated “mystery” theories
  • Extra-biblical mystical teachings like distorted versions of otherwise legitimate Kabbalah
  • Church creeds
  • Verse isolation (presenting Bible verses without also presenting their context)
  • Spiritualizing and allegorizing of Scripture to fit your established bias
  • And especially: feelings

Sadly, Christians often have the attitude expressed by a past co-worker of mine whom I thought was sincerely seeking the truth. I will first point out that this man is truly serious about his faith and tries, to the best of his ability, to live a life he feels is pleasing to G-d. He struggles daily to perfect himself and possesses a kind and loving heart. Recognizing this, I surmised that he was someone who is open to adapting his faith to what he discovers in a never ending search for the truth. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out to be so.

During an email discussion with the gentleman the subject of Easter arose. Easter is a perfect opportunity to present an example of a typical error in contemporary Christianity which illustrates how Christianity is largely based on ancient Roman pagan sun-god religions instead of Biblical truth. Easter, as well as other Christian holy days such as Christmas, can be used to educate people about how Christianity – as it is practiced today – is actually a mixture of various pagan religions popular in Rome in the early centuries. The pagan, unscriptural origin of “Easter” is extremely easy to prove. During a brief back-and-forth email correspondence he made the following statement. Please take special note of what I show in bold letters.

“… But with all due respect, and with Yeshua (Jesus) as my witness, I will not be seeking deeper understanding of theology or seeking more knowledge of the truth ever again. These gifts of G-d must come to me and be received by me as I seek to experience Love (as I have come to know Love). …”

As Messiah as his witness, he directly stated that he had no intention of seeking truth. Wow! That is an exceedingly dreadful mind set, especially when he stated it in the name of Messiah. Though I will not quote his entire correspondence, he also belittled and mocked those like myself who actually do possess a hunger for truth and the humility to change if we find ourselves to be engaged in religious practices or beliefs contrary to the truths we discover. I realize not everyone has, but haven’t you ever changed churches before? Isn’t it similar to that, only on a much larger scale?

Anyone who is not willing to continually seek truth and adapt their faith to the truths discovered is – in a spiritual sense – as far away from “humility” as one can get and has no real desire to become “like Christ.”

I was stunned and deeply saddened. Yet tragically, his mind set is the rule rather than the exception among Christians and represents a perfect example of an “unwise juror” who refuses to even look at the evidence. A man I viewed as a humble sincere seeker of the truth flagrantly declared in his statement that knowing Biblical truth was of little importance.

When those statements are made, even by a person as sincere about his faith as that man, the real meaning is that the individual stating them is going to believe whatever he or she wishes to believe then claim the “Spirit” revealed it. It amazes me how many totally contradictory faith practices the “Spirit” has allegedly revealed to folks. Such people usually consider themselves as pious and self-effacing; however, they are actually among the most spiritually arrogant in the religious world.

One man can be told by the “Spirit” that women need to cover their heads. His friend can be told by the same “Spirit” that women do not need to cover their heads. These are two polar opposite viewpoints given by the same “Spirit” – allegedly. Whose “Spirit” is correct?

Though it may not necessarily apply in this example, generally those who utilize such arguments are implicitly saying,

“Unlike you, I am so spiritually exalted and in touch with the Spirit of G-d that I don’t need to worry about the trivialities of truth versus error. Of course, I am not practicing error anyway since, if I was, the Spirit with whom I am so closely connected would reveal it to me without my having to bother with studying history or Scripture. I’m too spiritually-minded for details, and only those who do not have the guidance of the Spirit focus on such things.”

Sadly, people who feel this way are actually among the most deceived among us and the least likely to ever humble themselves to discover that the “Spirit” they are following is likely the devil “masquerading as an angel of light” or a “deluding influence”, which is commonly known as a “spirit” of delusion.

2 Corinthians 11:13-14 (NASB)
13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 (NASB)
7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; … 9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. 11 For this reason G-d will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, 12 in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

What a person is actually following is determined by whether or not they are sincerely seeking and loving Truth.

Another common belief the aforementioned individual possessed is the belief that “love” is of far greater importance than “truth.” People need to realize that what you believe is important. Having a heart of love is crucial, but practicing a true Scriptural faith is also crucial. In fact, striving to correct a person’s severely unscriptural faith practices constitutes a primary means of showing love! Scripture commands us to exert ourselves to insure good for our fellow man by correcting those we see believing or practicing error.

The Bible makes it clear that G-d is not pleased with idolatrous or unscriptural faith practices, and it is actually very unloving to not attempt to awaken them to the truth. Additionally, refusing to seek the truth or considering it to be of little importance shows one to have very little love for G-d.

What makes the “love” argument particularly conceited is the fact that those who use it have a faith system or ideology they embrace anyway. Therefore, the argument that “love” matters more than ensuring that your faith system is truly Scriptural is a hypocritical position since those who make such arguments are, themselves, practicing a faith system in which they are firmly entrenched and which they refuse to change. Even their distorted focus on “love” is, itself, a faith system. So, obviously they do consider what and how a person believes to be important – they simply have no intention of scrutinizing their faith. It is just one of many tactics people utilize to avoid scrutiny of their faith.

And lest we forget, the disproportionate focus on “love” is nothing new. “Love” was the catch phrase of the 1960s, and many of those who were most ardent in promoting it led us into the “sexual revolution”: drugs, new age religion, radical feminism, abortion rights, social liberalism, rampant secularism, and a whole host of other godless and lawless (anti-Torah) ideologies. Obviously, “love” alone is not enough. Their “love” focused approach resulted in what is perhaps the single most spiritually and morally destructive decade in American history due to its lingering effects. The repercussions of their “love” focused attitude without combining it with Scriptural truth has permanently scarred America with the stain of a multitude of ongoing and growing sins. The majority of America’s moral woes today can be largely traced to the mindset of the “love” revolution of the ‘60s.

Am I asserting to be able to refute every single claim within Christianity that suggests Yeshua (Jesus) is The Eternal Creator and the Torah abolished? Not necessarily. However, I will be able to present conclusive evidence that will leave only a tiny number of potential passages that appear to support the traditionally accepted views. When the irrefutable proof of widespread scribal manipulation of the New Testament manuscripts (thousands) by those who wished the “Bible” to indicate that Yeshua (Jesus) is G-d and that Torah is abolished is taken into consideration the number of verses supporting the standard Christian positions effectively disappears.

The word “Bible” is in quotations to indicate that I do not count the New Testament as Scripture, though I absolutely study and revere it. For those that contest this position, I ask: Which Scriptures Did Yeshua (Jesus) Study?

One of the strongest proofs that Yeshua (Jesus) is NOT G-d is the fact that, despite the efforts of [probably] well-meaning scribes who sought to “clarify” the manuscripts to say what they “knew” they “actually” said, the New Testament still overwhelmingly shows Yeshua (Jesus) is not G-d and that Torah is still in force.

Additionally, if we wish to apply the proper context of the passages, the context Yeshua (Jesus) and all authors of the New Testament utilized, we must apply a Hebraic context. That context is impossible to apply unless a person has a grasp of the foundation of that context – the Torah.  For further reading please consider: Is the Bible Hebrew?

When that proper Torah-centric context combined with the original language of Scripture is consulted, there is literally no proof whatsoever that Yeshua (Jesus) is G-d or that the Torah is abolished. Indeed, when the New Testament, particularly the epistles of Paul, is correctly interpreted from the Hebraic perspective of the authors, the notion that the eternal Torah has been superseded or rendered void is proven to be wrong.

The more realistic question is for you. Will you follow the example of the unwise juror in the story presented in Part 1 of this discussion; or, will you allow common sense, reason, and – above all – the lopsided weight of New Testament and Tanakh (Older Testament) Scripture be considered as evidence? We humbly, lovingly, and sincerely pray you do this as you consider the most important question in all religion – indeed in all of time. A question that truly has eternal consequences.

What does the weight of evidence prove regarding Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah and his relationship with the One he obeyed and worshiped as his G-d?

We await your verdict (free-will choice).  More importantly, so does The Eternal G-d, since your choices will be used as evidence He will employ in considering how eternal justice will be applied to you.  Bias and “feelings” are inadmissible by the defense in the Divine Court if the client rejected opportunities to be corrected while in this life.  The Eternal Creator is the ultimate Judge, and in His court justice is administered based solely on the actual Truth.