The first verse of the Gospel of John in
the World English Bible
says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God." (1). It is a powerful
verse, but there is something missing from Christian
theology, and that something missing is of cardinal
If the 'Word' is God, and by all accounts the 'Word' in the verse above is Yeshua himself — Yeshua is the Aramaic version of the name which is Yeshu in Hebrew and Jesus in Greek —, then why bother with reading the rest of the Bible? If Yeshua is God, and I'm aware of only one Christian sect that does not believe that is the literal truth, then his words alone would more than suffice, and one could read Yeshua's very words in red in special editions of the Bible. Actually, one wouldn't even need the full Bible to read all of Yeshua's words, because they are all contained within the 27 books of the New Testament, so even a New Testament with Yeshua's words in red would be more than sufficient. After all, if Yeshua is the Word, and the Word is God, then what else do we need to read?
While that is what the great majority of Christians believe, they don't behave in a way that truly suggests that Yeshua is the Word, or even the Final Word of God. Christians really believe that the entire Bible is holier than Yeshua, or holier than God, and behave accordingly.
Besides the 27 books of the New Testament, the entire Bible includes another 39 Old Testament books according to the Protestant canon. The Catholic canon then adds another 7 books to the list — Tobit, Judith, First and Second Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach, and Baruch —, as well as parts of books — Esther 10:4-16:24, and Daniel 3:24-90; 13:1-14:42 — which were available in the Septuagint in Yeshua's time, but which are not found in the Jewish canon today. Some bright scholars have very good reasons to call the Gospel of Thomas a Fifth Gospel — fifth after the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John —, while others have equally valid reasons to consider the Gospel of the Nazarenes a Sixth Gospel, but no standard edition of the Bible has included any of these books of New Testament apocrypha so far.
From careful observation, it would appear that Christians don't really believe that Yeshua is the Word of God! They may say Yeshua is the Word of God, but in fact they idolise the 66- or 73-book Bible far above him. As idolaters worshiped golden calves, Christians today really worship the book of books that is the Bible, and/or the Pope.
This belief carries negative theological and non-theological consequences. If Yeshua is not the Final Word of God, then any Pope's words in theory, any Minister's interpretation, any Bible version one deems kosher, could in fact supersede Yeshua in divinity. This, in the end, could actually cause the denial of the Salvation the majority of Christians seek when Yeshua finally reappears. Since Yeshua is in fact the Way, and no one can come to God except through Yeshua (John 14:6), Christians are then no better off than the Jews, since the former failed to acknowledge the First Coming, while the latter could very well fail to acknowledge the even more fundamental Second Coming.
The non-theological consequences of the Christian sola scriptura dogma are no less destructive. If Yeshua alone is not the Final Word of God, then this only reinforces the need for more Bible printing, the need to cut down more and more trees in order to continue what is essentially the dogma of the Industrial Revolution, and other environmentally-destructive practices of that age. Prior to the Gutenberg press, in fact, the sola scriptura dogma would have been at the very least impractical. This fact also seems to suggest that without the printing press God would be either impossible, or extremely difficult to reach. Even the non-theological consequences of the sola scriptura dogma could make Christians no better off than anyone else, since the book of Revelation even seems to suggest that the 'destroyers of the earth' shall they themselves be one day destroyed (Revelation 11:18).
If Christianity prior to the Protestant Reformation had the defect of depending too much on less than infallible Papal authority, after the Reformation it became dependent more on Industrial Age methods of mass printing than on Yeshua.
Cesidianism is a new religion, and it seeks truths that are less Papal and medieval, less manufactured and industrial, and more genuinely eternal and about Yeshua. Cesidianism depends more on reason than faith, more on mathematics and geometry than on scripture. In a way, Cesidianism has more in common with science than it does with religion. In other ways, Cesidianism is actually superior to even the best science of today, because science cannot save mankind, while Cesidianism has already begun to.
To a Cesidian, Yeshua was, is, and shall be the Word of God. The Bible, on the other hand, was, is, and shall be never more than just a bunch of words. To a Cesidian, Yeshua is the divine Living Bible, while the paperback or hardcover Bible is just a book, and probably not the smartest or greatest book that was ever written.
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