We are sharing this e-mail with you because it came from a gentile Christian who believes he has been called to reach out to the people in Israel.
In his words:
“(Name omitted), I appreciate your desire to know truth and your diligence on digging into scripture, but it is basically not my desire to hassle over such trivial stuff that you bring up. It really does not make that much difference to me.
“I first of all disagree with you on what you call the Word. The bible is not the word of God. It certainly came from God and I believe every bit of it, but in truth you can not show me where it is called the Word of God. John 1 tells us that Jesus is the Word. Big difference. Jesus tells us about people that think they can find life in searching the scripture and fail to come to Him. John 5:39-40
“I simply do not have time to argue over how long He stayed in the grave. Praise God He came out and is alive forever more. That is what counts to me.”
Below is the e-mail that prompted the above response:
“(Name omitted), the information on Passover was sent as a friend, not trying to impress you with theology. In fact, theology and I are not on speaking terms, since it comes from man-made religions, not Scripture. It is just that my friends and I try to help each other by pointing out when something does not match Scripture, for Scripture is our only check list to make sure we stay on the pathway that has been laid out for our good.
“And it really is extremely important on whether or not the Messiah was in the grave three days and three nights, for He said that no sign would be given except the sign of Jonah. And if He did not fulfill this prophecy about being in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights (Matthew 38-40), then He lied and is not who He said He was. And we both know that He never failed to fulfill one single prophecy about Himself.
“Also, you hit on one of the most important words in all of Scripture, which is our obedience. That’s why we study so much, so that we can be sure, to the very best of our ability, that we are following the Word and not man-made traditions that are in opposition to the Scriptures. But we have to know what the Word says in order to obey it. And as we learn to follow the very same instructions that the Messiah obeyed, they teach us how to walk in His footsteps, one step at a time. And there is no greater joy in all the world than this!”
COMMENT: In Matthew 4:4, the Messiah told the Adversary, “. . .It has been written: Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every Word going out of (the) mouth of YHVH.” How clear can it be?