corruption of the word
I am not writing this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
1 Cor. 4:14
So I write these things while I am away from you, so that when I come, I may not have to be severe in using the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.
2 Cor. 13:10
It is my view that in today’s world many scriptural writings are corrupted. Words today have lost their meanings. Two years ago, I wrote to Cardinal Ratzinger about my fears of how words that were used in our catholic lives and our daily lives have changed. The meaning of romance today makes it commonplace, insipid and more or less a ‘one night stand’. Love means a temporary sexual attraction. Class no longer mean a higher form of character, of style and behavior. I could go on with many more. These new meanings of words show up in scriptures and coupled with the corruption of linguistic pride in today’s interpreters Christ and Paul quote an Old testament that never existed in their times. Let me explain.
The Apostle Paul is hard to understand and perhaps we can claim that Paul as his words were divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit he may have had trouble with comprehending them himself.
We have made the problem even more incomprehensible today by using the Jewish Masoretic text of the middle centuries, changing the Septuagint and therefore misquoting Paul and Christ. St Justin Martyr wrote in his “A Letter to Typho the Jew”. “You have already changed your teachings to remove the prophecies of Christ from your books.” Today man’s pride in his intellect and dismissing the learnings of many of the early church as inferior to those of today, even to the point of claiming we understand colloquialisms better than those who used them daily all those years ago. I say Paul’s words are changed into an incomprehensible jumble of words which men pick over promoting their egos and beliefs.
We can neither know Paul nor understand his teachings unless we understand Paul as a man of those early times that came at the start of the age of the Holy Spirit. Saul the pre-Pauline Jew was a doctor of the Jewish scriptures and used the Septuagint, the Jewish Old Testament to justify to the Jews and to the Gentiles the reasons for the advent of Christ. To understand Paul best is to look upon his writings in the words of Ezekiel 18:4 “Know that all souls are mine; the soul of the parent as well as the soul of the child is mine: it is only the soul who sins that shall die”. Seeking a meaning in this quotation tells us what Paul meant by the words Resurrection, Dying and Living when the Spiritual Life or Holiness is contemplated.
We must put aside our personal desires the egotistical need to show our greatness and knowledge. This may be mistaken as a driven desire to be right, causing us to dismiss or consider facts without an open mind. There seems to be in the Apostolic Christian Church today a great desire for the esteem of others, to be seen as spiritual, thus forgetting holiness. Reading Paul’s quotation of Ezechiel we can say we are only spiritual when we have a soul quickened by the Holy Spirit, the supernatural Love and sanctifying grace of God. It would be better if we desired the Holiness of Perfection. I hold myself to equally prideful in this way. We or I should not write to tell others we know our truths are correct; and to say yours are a dreadful error and are wrong. It is only the Church, who from the beginning of the Age of the Promised Paraclete can confirm, authenticate and reveal the truth in what we see is the Word of God.
It is allowable to reproach others and to claim so many do not understand Paul and never see his horror at those who he is bringing and brought to the new Church, the community of the New Law. A law founded in and taught by Christ. Paul was scandalized by many of his converts strange beliefs which they retained. He was lost for words at times on how to defend his teachings, contradicted by the personal animus of others. His agitation is noticeable at the adopted teachings of his newly converted flock. These teachings, which Paul did not see in Christ’s words nor in the Old Law, were taught by charismatic newcomers to Christianity. We must see that Apollo for example taught but had to be corrected Acts:18:26: This man therefore began to speak boldly in the synagogue. Whom when Priscilla and Aquila had heard, they took him to them and expounded to him the way of the Lord more diligently. (DRV)
This Apollo was baptized by the Baptist in a baptism of penance and had not received the Holy Spirit. Like many today he is an example of those who eloquently comment on the scriptures without the authority of the Holy Spirit. Are his or their comments acceptable?
End of Part One
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