The Problem with Christianity - Part 1
The Idolatry of Christianity
& All New Testament Beliefs
Over the years, YAHUAH led us out from the world of Christianity to the set-apart Hebrew belief.
YAHUAH led us on a journey learning about Him, His Torah, and the origins and history of Christianity. We learned that there are many aspects of Christianity that are false, pagan, or simply not YAH’s way.
We spent years trying to weed out each pagan part of the religion one-by-one until we came to the realization that the entire package needed to be uprooted.
It became clear that all New Testament-based religions and belief systems are against Torah.
These New Testament beliefs have many issues, but there is one overall problem that makes them profane in the eyes of YAHUAH and unlawful according to the Torah.
The problem is idolatry.
Any belief system that follows the New Testament and worships the one presented in the gospels as the "son of god" is idolatry.
This applies to Christianity, Messianic Judaism, and any other faith that believes in the New Testament "son of god," including some that call on the Name of YAHUAH.
Many people use a “cleaned up” version of the New Testament calling it the Brit Chadasha, New or Renewed Covenant, Messianic Writings, The Besorah, etc. and use alternate names for Jesus, such as Yeshua or Yahusha, and "messiah" instead of "christ."
However, using different words and names do not change the fundamental doctrine of the writings.
The fundamental belief system of the New Testament writings is idolatrous.
(For simplification purposes, in this article, we will use the terms “New Testament” and “J.C.” to refer to all variations of the name and writings.)
WHAT IS IDOLATRY?
First, let’s define idolatry. Idolatry is:
Serving (worshiping) anyone or anything other than YAHUAH, the Almighty Creator of the universe.
Serving a creation rather than the Creator, such as a human, messenger, spirit, power, stone, tree, sun, star, etc.
Attributing the powers of YAHUAH to any other entity or being.
Attributing unlimited powers to a limited being.
Serving another one in a manner that we serve YAHUAH.
HOW IS CHRISTIANITY & THE NEW TESTAMENT IDOLATRY?
Serving Anyone Other than YAHUAH
New Testament believers worship J.C. Even though they worship the Almighty, worshiping J.C. in addition to the Almighty One is idolatry.
The first two of the Ten Commandments instruct us to worship YAHUAH and NOT to worship any other. Worshiping J.C. is a violation of the second commandment:
“You have no other mighty ones against My face." (Shem/Ex. 20:3)
New Testament religions try to get around this issue by teaching that J.C. is "God." They consider him to be not only equal with the Almighty but also that he IS the Almighty. This is the doctrine of the trinity - father, son, and holy spirit as one - which originated in paganism.
There are many who know that the Trinity is pagan and, therefore, denounce it; yet, they still believe in its fundamental concept - that "J.C." is the Almighty. Believing this is idolatry, even if you don't say the word "trinity."
The concept of "separate entities being one" is an attempt to rationalize the sin of idolatry, because a person is not truly guilty of idolatry if they say that the one they worship is the Almighty.
However, having three different (separate, distinct) entities that are worshiped is polytheism. Calling on another name in addition to YAHUAH is polytheism. It is having another against His Face, and therefore, it's idolatry.
YAHUAH alone is the Almighty Creator, Possessor of the heavens and earth. He alone has the Absolute, Ultimate Power and Authority over all the universe. His Being, His Essence, is not joined with any other. He is the only One Who is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent.
Teh/Ps. 86:10 "For You are great, and are doing wonders; You are Elohim, You alone."
Neh. 9:6 “You are יהוה, You alone. You have made the heavens, the heavens of the heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that are on it, the seas and all that are in them, and You give life to them all. And the host of the heavens are bowing themselves to You."
When we say that Elohim is One, we are saying that all His powers act as one force, not that the essential Being of YAHUAH is made up of separate entities joined together. He is not a plurality of persons. YAHUAH is One.
“Hear, O Yisra’ĕl: יהוה our Elohim, יהוה is one!" (Deb/Deut. 6:4)
Use of the words El and Eloah in singular tense further prove that YAHUAH Himself is One, singular, not a plurality.
Yesh/Is. 40:18 "And to whom would you liken El? And what likeness would you compare to Him?"
The Almighty is not joined with J.C. The plurality taught by New Testament beliefs (even if they deny saying the "trinity") is a false representation of Who YAHUAH is. It is not true to His nature, His attributes. Therefore, worshiping a false depiction of Elohim is idolatry.
Calling J.C. "God" in reference to him being the Almighty Creator is idolatry. It is putting another entity in YAHUAH's place and worshiping it.
YAHUAH is One, and He is the Only One.
Yesh/Is. 45:5-6 ‘I am יהוה, and there is none else – there is no Elohim besides Me. I gird you, though you have not known Me, (6) so that they know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none but Me. I am יהוה, and there is none else,"
Deb/Deut. 4:35 “You have been shown it, to know that יהוה Himself is Elohim; there is no one beside Him."
Yesh/Is. 44:6 “Thus said יהוה, Sovereign of Yisra’ĕl, and his Redeemer, יהוה of hosts, ‘I am the First and I am the Last, besides Me there is no Elohim."
Dibr. Alef/1Chron. 17:20 “O יהוה, there is none like You, nor is there any Elohim besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears."
Serving a Creation Rather than the Creator
New Testament religions worship a human, a creation. Whether they say he was born of a virgin or a maiden, J.C. was human nonetheless. Worshiping a created being rather than the Creator is idolatry.
YAHUAH alone is the First and the Last. Before Him, there was none. He brought all things into being.
Even the true Mashiach is not to be worshiped. The true Mashiach is NOT the one spoken about in the New Testament. The true Mashiach is the one who was brought-forth by YAHUAH in the beginning:
Ber/Gen. 1:1-3 "In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth. (2) And the earth came to be formless and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Elohim was moving on the face of the waters. (3) And Elohim said, “Let light come to be,” and light came to be."
The true Mashiach was brought forth (i.e. “created”) by Elohim to carry out His plans of salvation and deliverance. He delivers us by carrying out YAH’s decree to save us, and he teaches us and leads us to YAHUAH.
The true Mashiach does the will of YAHUAH, but he is not the Almighty Himself. Therefore, worshiping him is idolatry.
Mashiach is not one to be worshiped or prayed to. The only One we serve is YAHUAH.
Mel. Bet/2 Kings 17:35-36 "with whom יהוה had made a covenant and commanded them, saying, “Do not fear other mighty ones, nor bow down to them nor serve them nor slaughter to them; (36) but יהוה, who brought you up from the land of Mitsrayim with great power and with an outstretched arm, Him you shall fear, and to Him you shall bow yourselves, and to Him you shall slaughter."
Attributing Powers of Elohim to Any Other Entity or Being
Yesh/Is. 48:5 "therefore I declared it to you long ago. Before it came I made you hear, lest you should say, ‘My idol has done them, and my carved image and my moulded image commanded them.’"
New Testament religions teach that one called the "son of god" is the savior and redeemer of the world. They teach that this one forgives sins, and they attribute their salvation and all their blessings to him.
YAHUAH Alone is Savior.
“I, I am יהוה, and besides Me there is no saviour." (Yesh/Is. 43:11)
"But I am יהוה your Elohim since the land of Mitsrayim, and an Elohim besides Me you shall not know, for there is no Saviour besides Me." (Hos. 13:4)
YAHUAH Alone is Redeemer.
"Our Redeemer, יהוה of hosts is His Name, the Set-apart One of Yisra’el." (Yesh/Is. 47:4)
"But Elohim does redeem my being From the power of the grave, For He does receive me. Selah." (Teh/Ps. 49:15)
YAHUAH Alone Forgives Sins.
"I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake, and remember your sins no more.” (Yesh/Is. 43:25)
YAHUAH Alone is Sovereign.
"[YAHUAH] יהוה is Sovereign forever and ever; The gentiles shall perish from His land." (Teh/Ps. 10:16)
"Who is this Sovereign of esteem? יהוה strong and mighty, יהוה mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Even lift up, you everlasting doors! And let the Sovereign of esteem come in. Who is this Sovereign of esteem? יהוה of hosts, He is the Sovereign of esteem! Selah." (Teh/Ps. 24:8-10)
"[YAHUAH] יהוה sat enthroned at the Flood, And יהוה sits as Sovereign forever." (Teh/Ps. 29:10)
"For יהוה is a great El, And a great Sovereign above all mighty ones." (Teh/Ps. 95:3)
YAHUAH is Sovereign. All strength, power, and might belong to Him. He does not share power with anyone. The messengers and the entire host of heaven are under His command and authority alone. They and every other created being receive their power and strength from Elohim.
If we believe that anything or anyone has any power in and of themselves, then it is idolatry.
If we look to any other entity for anything - salvation, redemption, forgiveness, provisions, healing, or whatever - we are guilty of idolatry.
All our blessings come from YAHUAH. We ask Him alone for what we need, and all blessings are credited to Him and no other.
Attributing Unlimited Powers to a Limited Being
New Testament beliefs elevate a man to the level of a deity. They believe J.C. was both man and god. This too derives from paganism. Ancient pagan and mythological beliefs had demigods, humans with the powers of a deity.
Human beings are limited. Only YAHUAH is unlimited. Attributing the quality of limitlessness to a limited being is idolatry.
Serving Another in the Manner We Serve YAHUAH
In New Testament beliefs, not only is “J.C.” worshiped, but he's worshiped in a manner that only YAHUAH should be worshiped. People pray to J.C., sing praises to him, give thanks to him, and pledge their allegiance to him. They make him the center of their life, worship, and belief system.
The only One we are to serve is YAHUAH. The only One we pray to, sing praises to, bow to, give thanks to, and commit our lives to is YAHUAH. No other being or entity should receive prayers, praises, or songs of worship.
“I am יהוה, that is My Name, and My esteem I do not give to another, nor My praise to idols." (Yesh/Is. 42:8)
“For My own sake, for My own sake, I do it. For how is it profaned? And My esteem I do not give to another." (Yesh/Is. 48:11)
“And now, Yisra’el, what is יהוה your Elohim asking of you, but to fear יהוה your Elohim, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, and to serve יהוה your Elohim with all your heart and with all your being, (13) to guard the commands of יהוה and His laws which I command you today for your good?" (Deb/Deut. 10:12-13)
“All the earth bow to You, They sing praises to You, They praise Your Name.” Selah." (Teh/Ps. 66:4)
"Sing to יהוה! Praise יהוה! For He has delivered the being of the poor from the hand of evil ones." (Yirm/Jer. 20:13)
"Praise Yah, for יהוה is good; Sing praises to His Name, for it is pleasant." (Teh/Ps. 135:3)
"You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth, (5) you do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, יהוה your Elohim am a jealous El, visiting the crookedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, (6) but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My commands." (Shem/Ex. 20:4-6)
Christianity and all New Testament beliefs are idolatry because:
Another being ("J.C.") is worshiped
A creation (J.C.) rather than the Creator is worshiped
Another being (J.C.) is attributed the powers of YAHUAH
A man (J.C.) is elevated to a deity and attributed unlimited power
Another being (J.C.) is worshiped in a way only YAHUAH should be worshiped
One can try and circumvent all of the above points by saying that the one they worship is YAHUAH, but revisit the first point and you’ll see that the New Testament one is NOT YAHUAH, the Almighty Creator of the universe.
There is no other one. YAHUAH is Elohim, there is none else. He commanded us to worship Him and Him alone. If we follow the New Testament, then we are guilty of idolatry.
If we are guilty of idolatry, then how can we be saved?
We are not saved by believing in J.C. Our salvation is only in YAHUAH. He alone is Savior and Redeemer.
YAHUAH is Savior of the world! Turn to Him and be saved!
“Declare and bring near, let them even take counsel together.
Who has announced this from of old? Who has declared it from that time?
Is it not I, יהוה?
And there is no mighty one besides Me,
a righteous El and a Saviour, there is none besides Me.
Turn to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth!
For I am El, and there is none else.
I have sworn by Myself, a word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness,
and shall not return, so that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue swear."