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#61 MUSHROOMS?                                                                              August 3, 2007

One of the more basic keys to rightly dividing God’s Word is to: READ WHAT IS WRITTEN.  Another  is to: THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE READING OR HAVE READ.  Perhaps you have heard someone say that you must simply “take the Bible on faith”.  This foundational tenet of modern Christianity means that you should accept something as being true even though that belief contradicts clear Scriptures regarding that belief or the entirety of the Scriptures as a whole.

Many times over the years people who have been the victims of this religious philosophy have said to me things like, “I can’t believe that’s what it really says, I never saw that, I was taught the Bible said just the opposite”.  I’ve also had a few people say as well, “I don’t care what the Bible says.”

A while ago, I heard again, a variation of the religious doctrine of Transubstantiation. This is the belief that some religious groups hold that when they drink wine and eat bread administered by the proper official within their religious group who recites the appropriate incantation, then the wine actually becomes the blood of Jesus Christ and the bread actually becomes his flesh and then supposedly his blood and flesh are consumed.

The variation of Transubstantiation that was being explained to me was that which supposedly occurred on the Tree during the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  This particular religious doctrine holds that Jesus Christ was turned into sin, changed into sin, transformed into sin, or became sin just before he died.  The Scripture reference used to promote this error is II Corinthians 5: 21:
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Note carefully that it doesn’t say that Jesus Christ was turned into sin or that Jesus Christ became sin. It says, “For he hath made him to be sin for us,” and there is a vast difference between made and becameMade indicates a designation, became indicates a change. 
The verse goes on to say:
who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 
God designated Jesus Christ as the one who atoned for man’s sin.  Why?  One of the reasons was because he knew no sin.  If he was turned into sin or became sin while he was alive, before he died, then who became sin for him?  Who atoned for him? Of course this error is supported rather nicely by the gross mistranslation of the Aramaic words found in Matthew 27:46:
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Being for the most part ignorant of Aramaic, the KJV translators back in 1611 simply rendered those Aramaic words according to this variation of Transubstantiation.  They believed Jesus Christ was turned into sin.  They believed God hated sin.  Therefore God had to have forsaken the Lord Jesus Christ.  With that logic, but with no support from God’s Word, Jesus had to have therefore screamed in agony, frustration and defeat as if all this was news to him: 
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” The noted Aramaic scholar Dr. George M. Lamsa wrote:
“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani in Aramaic means; My God, My God, for this I was kept.  This was my destiny.  I was born and brought up for this hour”.

Dr. Lamsa also wrote concerning this passage:
“It is incredible that Jesus should have doubted the wisdom and power of God at this supreme moment, after having proclaimed throughout his career that he was in the closest harmony with the Divine will. This was not a confession that God had forsaken him as the popular versions imply.”

Another religious concept used to support the idea that Jesus Christ was turned into sin on the Tree is that he gave up the holy spirit that he had.  Luke 23:46 is generally used to support this.  
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

To claim that the word spirit here translated from the Greek word pneuma refers to holy spirit is as absurd as claiming that every time we use the English word “life” it means being alive.  The English word “life” may mean physical life at times, but it can also be used to mean lifestyle, occupation, activities, etc. The Greek word pneuma has a variety of meanings as it is used in God’s Word, as well.  Consider the record of what occurred with Jairus’ daughter who had died.
Luke 8: 54,55:
And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.
And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.
Did her holy spirit return or did her physical life return?

Luke 23:46 is just as obvious. 
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
Being at one with God in God’s purpose that he was carrying out, Jesus Christ said, “Father into thy hands I commit my spirit”, meaning life.  What happened next?  He died.  He gave up his physical life, “he gave up the ghost”.  Jesus Christ said on a number of occasions that he was going to lay down his life.  At no time did he claim that he was going to lay down the holy spirit.  There are many Scriptures that explain how Jesus Christ willingly sacrificed himself according to God’s Will for man’s redemption.  There are no Scriptures that speak of him becoming sin or being turned into sin. There was nothing mystical or Transubstantive about the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It was the single greatest free will act of a man in all of human history.  The fact that people don’t recognize the Truth of what our lord did is only temporary.  There’s a day coming when there won’t be any doubt.  Until then, we who adore him can enjoy the benefits of the sacrifice and the work he completed according to God’s Will for all mankind.

Mushrooms thrive in an environment where they are kept in the dark and fed manure.  Christians don’t! 

Learning remains an exciting adventure.

©  Stephen A. Harrison,  The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc.  4415 Yank Road  Wilson, NC 27893