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1» Was Jesus a Christian?

Jesus was a Jew thru and thru who believed and practiced the Old Testament in
compliance with the Prophets and the various covenants; most especially the one
that Moses' people agreed upon with God per Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and
Deuteronomy. (Gal 4:4)
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49» Is 2Macc 12:48-46 A Useful Example?

The story tells of a Jewish military commander's attempt to atone for his dead soldiers' pagan amulets which he believed is a crime against God for Jews to wear. So Judas Maccabeus passed the hat among his surviving men and collected about 2,000 silver drachmas which were sent to Jerusalem intended for a sacrifice to expiate his dead men's sin so that it wouldn't jeopardize their resurrection.

The covenant that Mose's people agreed upon with God as per Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy is very narrow. There are no sacrifices stipulated in it for expiating the unforgiven sins that people take with them over to the afterlife; ergo: the very Law that Judas sought to appease makes it a crime to either amend, embellish, add to, revise, edit, upgrade, update, or subtract from the covenant.


Deut 4:2 . .You shall not add anything to what I command you or take anything away from it, but keep the commandments of The Lord your God that I enjoin upon you.

Deut 5:32-33 . . Be careful, therefore, to do as The Lord, your God, has commanded you, not turning aside to the right or to the left, but following exactly the way prescribed for you by The Lord, your God,

Deut 26:16 . . This day The Lord, your God, commands you to observe these statutes and decrees. Be careful, then, to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.

Bottom line: What Judas did was just as pagan as the amulets that his men were wearing when they died.


NOTE: Just because somebody's personal beliefs are recorded in the Bible does not make their personal beliefs eo ipso truth. Judas believed it was possible for living Jews to offer sacrifices for the unforgiven sins of deceased Jews. Is it? No; absolutely not! Were it possible, then a procedure for that purpose would be stipulated in the covenant.

Atonements for the dead fall into the category of sins of presumption; viz: unauthorized behavior.

If 2Mcc 12:38-46 teaches anything at all it’s that the Israel of Judas Maccabeus’ day was spiritually decadent-- just as decadent as it was in the days of the Judges when every man did that which was right in his own eyes rather than the eyes of The Lord their God.
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