16 September 2012

The Truth About Forgiveness

This simple Truth will change your entire world. If you don't get this, nothing Jesus did will make any sense.
It's time we see others (and ourselves) in pure Light.

Understand that my goal is to share with you how beautiful you already are and that you don't have to do anything else to make yourself more right with him. I want to open your eyes and show you a different perspective: God's perspective. When you know who you are in Christ, I'm confident that you'll start viewing yourself, and the people around you, in natural Light.

Honestly, Christians don't understand why the gospel they preach stinks. Why would anyone want anything to do with a God that would only forgive people of their wrongs until they accepted him as Lord? But, this is what almost every Christian believes and it's being preached in churches all over the world. However, this couldn't be further from the Truth (John 19:28-30).

Christians believe that Jesus died for only a select few - that his blood sacrifice was only good enough for those that actively call Christ their Savior.

Every person who's attended any kind of church knows they're all trying to get people saved. But, I'm so confused about this. Why are all Christians desperately trying to save people? How can we save others if we can't even save ourselves?? The reason they do this is because they don't believe anyone is saved from their sins until they make a conscience decision to receive Jesus. They don't believe forgiveness is yours until you "receive the gift of forgiveness." However, this is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. And, I used to be one of these idiots that believed and preached this stuff.

I had a guy in my small group actually argue with me on this. He said, "We don't call anyone 'unforgiven' or 'sinners.'" Most Christians think that just because they don't call people "unforgiven sinners" to their faces, that they don't view non-Christians this way. If you don't believe all sin was washed on Calvary, then how can you not view unbelievers as scumbag sinners?

Honestly, this is a very sick elitist perspective. I know someone else who didn't believe who he was and still thinks he and his followers deserve special treatment - Satan. And, anyone schooling others in these lies about "receiving forgiveness" has a different message from a different father (John 8:31-59). It's quite obvious that anyone who's spent any real one-on-one time with Jesus, would have had this revelation long ago. Instead, it's been preached for decades, even centuries, that no one is forgiven unless they receive Jesus, first. And, no, I'm not going to sit idly by while so many preach these lies from the pulpit.

Christians make fun of me for saying such blasphemous things. I've been labeled a heretic, Universalist, demon possessed, and a false prophet for simply believing what Jesus did. When someone asks what's wrong with me, the typical reply is, "Dathan's crazy. He actually believes Jesus died for all sin." I know...this is totally out of left field, isn't it (1 Cor 15:1-3)?

Let me give you an example of how subtle the differences are. It's so subtle that it's hard to detect. For example:
1) Christians say, "All sin has been forgiven if you believe in Jesus."
2) Jesus says, "All sin has been forgiven."  
One of these two examples is the Truth and the other is a half truth (or lie) (Gen 12:10-20). One of these statements gives life, and the other leads to death. Just because something looks and sounds right doesn't mean it is right. Let me help you understand the difference.

The first statement says, "We're all scumbag sinners that desperately need Jesus to make us right. No one is good without him." This theology starts you off at the bottom of the ocean, only to have Jesus rescue you from drowning by placing you on the moon.

The second statement states, "You're all spotless and beautiful. You're already forgiven, now don't be convinced otherwise." This type of thinking starts you off on the moon, only to be left with the freedom to explore the wonders of the Universe. However, the church is trying to convince you otherwise. They want you to believe you're not yet on the moon, but if you really mean business, you can get there.

It's no different than the Garden of Eden. Eve sees the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, then says to herself, "Well, it does look good to eat. And, that animal over there assures me that I'll be more like God if I eat it. You know what?! I think I will take a bite!" However, things didn't end so well for her and Adam. Just because someone tells you something that sounds good and looks delicious, doesn't mean it doesn't lead to death. The problem with Adam and Eve is they didn't believe they were already like God and perfect in his sight. They were naked (which was evil), but God never said anything about that, did he? Why didn't he say anything? Well, he never wanted them to know what was right or wrong. This wasn't important. He only wanted a close relationship with them in complete bliss and paradise forever (Gen 3).

Having the knowledge of good and evil is what places us in bondage. Jesus didn't want us to struggle with trying to do it all "right." So, to fix everything, he sent his Son to set us free (John 8:36). He wants us to choose to believe his Son's sacrifice was good enough. He wants us to believe that we're already glorious in his sight (1 Pet 2:9-10).

The apostles had no clue what to call this new found awareness. So, they just flat out called it, "Good News" (Acts 13:32-43). Yeah, so good that even Christians still don't believe it (Rom 2:17-24).
The fact is, Jesus did wash away all sin (2 Cor 5:13-21).

Besides that, what if not believing all have been forgiven is true unbelief? I believe true unbelief is not trusting all have been washed by the blood of the Lamb. In other words, you don't believe Jesus nailed all sin to the cross (Col 2:13-15).

Don't let anyone put you back in a cocoon.

Finally, being "born again" is not the act of you accepting Jesus into your life. Becoming born again just means you've finally awaken to the Truth that you're already beautiful and spotless. It's like time stops and everything changes. Next thing you know you're screaming, "OH  MY GOD!!! You mean Jesus already died and forgave all my sin?!!! And, there's nothing left to be done?! Seriously, all I have to do is just trust that I'm good enough, already...because of Jesus?! But, that's so easy!" Yes, that's exactly what I'm trying to say. It goes against everything you've been taught and it almost seems too hard (and too good) to believe.

Now, once you begin to see yourself and everyone else in this Light, everything begins to change from the inside out (1 John 1:7). You'll no longer try to make yourself "right" by reading the Bible, praying, getting baptized, having quiet time, and all that other trash that religious leaders teach you. None of this performance-based work will make you right with God.

From now on, simply trust that Jesus was enough. Trust that his blood washed you and everyone else clean from all sin and wrong-doing (1 Cor 1:30). All Jesus wants you to do is enjoy the fruit of his labor and get to know his heart.

Don't let anyone try to bring you down from where you first started.


Allison said...

Wonderful blog! And I love the cocoon references too!

Daniel Botwin said...

Awesome as usual bro!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing.