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What became of God's commandments?

In the Koran, the believers are repeatedly ordered to obey Allah and His Messenger pbuh (peace be upon him), such as in the following verse:

He who obeyeth Allah and His messenger, and feareth Allah, and keepeth duty [unto Him]: such indeed are the victorious. [An-Nur 52]

Also the God of the Old Testament threatens with terrible consequences if the faithful do not keep His laws:

I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright. But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you. And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits... (Leviticus 26: 13-20)

Etc. etc. etc. ... there are still many more consequences mentioned. Therefore the term, "to read one of the Levites".

How comes that today's Christians, except from a few Christian sects, seem to ignore the commandments of the Old Testament so completely?

Muslims believe that only God can revise His commandments. No one may contradict the commandments of God. Otherwise man would stand higher than God himself. Only Prophets sent by God have the authority to proclaim God's instructions. In order that people can recognize their special status, God gives them signs that identify them as Messengers of God.

Undoubtedly Jesus was such an envoy, whom have been given many signs, like healing the sick, raising the dead and multiply bread. Was it him, therefore, who revised the commandments of God, communicated through the Prophet Moses, and revoked a large part?

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled, Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." [Matthew 5: 17-19]

According to Jesus himself, he had not come to revise the law, but on the contrary, he confirmed it. How can it be that today's Christians, who refer to Jesus, disregard the Law of Moses?

It was the Apostle Paul who abandoned the law, the same Paul who fiercely persecuted the early Christians and put to death many of them. Then there was his "conversion", by nobody witnessed than Paul himself, and hence he claimed to strive for the cause of Jesus and God.

But Paul was not a prophet. To him no signs were given by God that would have qualified him as somebody who had the authority to change the laws of God. Unlike the other apostles, Paul did not even know Jesus. The teachings of Paul contradict the teachings of Jesus and the other apostles significantly.

Therefore it is not surprising that his teachings were accepted predominantly by the Greek and Roman pagans, who already followed a very similar doctrine, but not by the Jewish Christians who, on the contrary, were very angry with him:

When Paul came to Jerusalem in 58 AD., there was a great commotion in the city, and the crowd wanted to lynch him. He barely escaped with his life, because Roman soldiers rescued and captured him (see Acts 21: 28, 31-33; 22: 22).

Paul commented unfavourably of Moses, the law bringer, and the Law brought by him carved in stone (see 2 Corinthians 3: 7 and Gal 4: 24-25). He urged his followers not to perform the circumcision, even though Jesus himself was circumcised:

And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS... [Luke 2: 21]

Paul wrote to the Galatians:

"Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." [Galatians 5, 2: 4]

Whoever adheres to the law of God, according to Paul, falls from grace. Imagine. You have to break the law of God to find mercy according to Paul's opinion. He therefore unsurprisingly does not care about the laws for food either. He wrote to the Corinthians:

"All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. Whatsoever is sold in the shambles that eat, asking no question for conscience sake. If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. " [1 Corinthians 10: 23; 25; 27]

Finally, he obliterated the Law of Moses entirely. He even said that a curse would be on it.

He wrote to the Galatians:

"Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law , being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree." [Galatians 3: 13]

What Paul says here, completely contradicts Jesus himself who said:

And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments . [Matthew 19: 17]

Here Jesus points out first, that he is not God, and secondly, that we should keep the commandments (of Moses).

James, the Just, according to the Bible, was the brother of Jesus and his disciple, at the same time the head of the early church in Jerusalem and a law-abiding man. He writes:

"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." [James 2: 10]

"Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." [James 2: 24, 26]

Paul on the other hand writes:

"Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law." [Romans 3: 28]

Paul preached to the people the opposite of what Jesus and the original apostles taught. He wrote that the other apostles would proclaim another Jesus and another gospel than he (see 2 Corinthians 11: 3-5)

And he has insulted the missionaries of the first apostles and warned his followers they should not believe them (see Galatians 5: 12; Philippians 3: 2). These missionaries were active in the areas of Paul and doubted his teachings. Paul says of them:

"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ." [2 Corinthians 11: 13]

But obviously, the false apostle is Paul himself, who was supported by the Roman authorities. Those who still clung to the laws of God were finally driven out of Jerusalem:

The early church of Jerusalem under the leadership of the monotheistic Jewish Christians ended after the destruction of the Jewish revolt led by Bar-Kokhba and the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman army in the year 135. Thereafter the Roman Emperor Hadrian expelled all circumcised believers from Jerusalem. Entering Jerusalem was punishable by death for anybody circumcised. From then on, the city was inhabited by gentiles. This affected not only the Jews but also all circumcised Christians. That is why a large number of them settled in Transjordan and Syria, and they remained a minority. After the expulsion of the Christians of the Jerusalem church. their place was taken by Paul-Christians (Gentile Christians), and they continued to lead the local church, but according to their own faith.

It is therefore right to say that today's Christianity should be actually called Paulianity. Not Jesus, but Paul was the "inventor of Christianity," as Nietzsche had noted correctly.

For the Church it still applies to today: All writings and books that deny the crucifixion of Jesus and his divinity, are referred to as heretical or as a forgery, including the Koran. It is impossible for the Christian church to accept a book that supports the monotheistic faith, as it has forbidden the monotheistic Christianity (Arianism and other) with the help of the Roman state, and indeed since the reign of Emperor Theodosius I (for more than 16 centuries).

Today only the Pauline branch of Christianity exists with all its variants. The other branch ceased to exist because it merged into Islam. The monotheistic Christians who followed the other apostles like James and Barnabas and who were situated mainly in the Middle East and North Africa, have accepted Muhammad pbuh as their expected Prophet and followed him.

Paulus altered the foundation of Christianity and made it compliant with the faith of the Greeks and Romans. Over the centuries their belief systems and traditions united even more.

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Index

Preface

What does the Koran say about Jesus?

Jesus, Son of God?

What became of God's commandments?

Where does Christmas come from?

The Sons of God

Original sin and crucifixion

Human sacrifice

Isaac and Ishmael

Bible & Koran - a revelation of God?