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I am finding Mr Verhoeven's book to be a most enjoyable, and highly informative, read. I especially appreciate the fact that he translates certain words and phrases of the quasi-Elizabethan English of the King James Bible to the original Greek, which clears up alot of former incongruities for me. However, sadly he ultimately misses the all-important point; the Jesus Christ was/is the Only begotten Son of Almighty God. He was either this or a pathological liar and deluded Himself, and His countless followers, both in His time and long after, into believing that He truly was born of divine birth as well as God's appoint Messiah to the Jewish people and Lord and Savior, when His Chosen People ultimately rejected Him, because He was not the warrior-king it was expected that He would be upon His appearing. And if it so happened that The Christ was not divine, then my faith in Him which is supposed to save me from God's Wrath is completely baseless and i am doomed to eternal damnation, even as Mr Verhoeven himself is....Against all the "evidence" that the author has provided herein, i just don't believe that. In studying this athiest's "evidence" my own Christian faith is renewed and i can almost (though not quite) pity the author, when he misses the very things that he himself dug up in his theological studies, that a "casual reader" of the Bible like myself can see as plain as daylight! Yeshua (Jesus's actual Hebrew name) did not impart to Himself the role of God, though i believe He was truly born of a divine birth He never ascribed to himself the power to perform any of the miracles he performed. He told His followers that the things He did, He did only because He was the conduit thru the which God the Father had chosen to act, and to speak And this is where i believe Christians today and for hundred, perhaps thousands of years have gotten it wrong. Yeshua didn't tell his followers to pray, "Lord Jesus" He told his followers to pray to the Father in My Name, thereby they that do are signifying that they are represented by Him, thru the spilling of His perfectly innocent blood When they (we) do this they are signifying their belief in His works and in the words He spoke. Mr Verhoeven clearly doesn't. In fact, he blasphemes The Christ in either saying he did not say the things or do all that He was recorded by his frail human followers as have having said or done. Perhaps not word for word or in the exact sequence, but i believe my God is perfectly capable of preserving the words that He would have read by those His Only Begotten Son ( and by extension) Himself had chosen at the foundation of the earth. It appears that Mr Verhoeven was not one of those predestined to enter into the Kingdom of God, but his studies and his words can still lead God's Chosen in the right direction. Some of the points the author makes, verify what i already always thought (if not believed) and that is, that Yeshua was a revolutionist and that his words and actions were considered by many to be incredibly inflammatory and or accusatory. He wasn't accusing the average man of the streets, but the appointed religious leadership of the day, pointing out the fact that what God had appointed to be of a help to His people, a source of hope and inspiration, unto not only momentary hope and freedom, but eternal salvation to their own greedy and selfish advantage Yeshua shed unwanted light on their evil doings and upon their very collaboration with the servitors of the Enemy in fear of losing their wealthy livelihoods and or lives, when it was their own eternal souls and those of the thousands over whom they'd been set up to serve as watchmen! Of course Yeshua was angry at this traitorous act. No man (or woman) with any real sense of righteous indignation would not had been so. And yet and still He knew it was all a part of His appointment. All the words spoken of Him and to Him and all the terrible things said of Him and to Him had to be said and done It all had to be because it had been prophesied hundreds of years before, because there were those watching and listening for these words to be spoken and for these deeds to be done, so that they might know, afterwards and feel their shame and be enlightened to their own wickedness and be shown their very real need for a very real and absolute salvation. I don't for the life of me understand how the author can have put in that much time and effort to come to know the true Jesus Christ and missed Him! But Thank God he did put in all that time and effort; Thank God, indeed! But i digress. One very telling part of the book, and one that Mr Verhoeven referenced a few times himself, is when Yeshua turns to his follower Peter and in rebuke says, "Get you behind me, Satan!" Now then, Jesus/Yeshua was not refuting the claim made that he, indeed, was the looked-for Messiah, as the author postulates. Rather, in emotional turmoil and trepidation, he is thinking on his own impending gruesome and unspeakably cruel flagellation at the hands of the Romans followed a torturous death of the cross at Golgatha that awaits Him. I imagine (or rather i believe) that when he is confronted by Peter's heartfelt words and suggestion that God's Plan of Eternal Salvation can be brought to fruition by another, easier and less personally painful route, Yeshua's mind harkens back to the moment before he set out in earnest on his path as a homeless itinerant evangelist and teacher, Satan, whom He must have known quite well, tempted Him to take the easy route to His much prophesized Ascension. But had he done so, He'd have been succumbing to the temptation to commit sin (to disobey the Father and upset His plan for Man's Eternal Habitation in His Kingdom) and had He done so, He cannot have been counted blameless and thus full and proper propitiation for the Sins of the World He'd have undercut the whole reason for our very existence, whatsoever, and all in one fell swoop. Even as Satan had tried to do in the Garden of Eden, making necessary the sacrifice of Yeshua in the first place. How unspeakably tragic that Mr Verhoeven and those countless souls, who adhere to his atheistic ideologies, don't get that! But this is only one point that the author makes that will help reiterate the truth of God's word and help point, "those who have an ear to hear" the words that Mr Verhoeven is try to communicate (or rather that God is using to communicate thru his writings) in the right direction. All in all an highly enlightening and incredibly educational read for any serious student of Christian theology. Yeshua/Jesus Himself said, " Seek and ye shall find, knock (actively seek entry into the Kingdom of God) and it shall be opened unto you...."As a Christian, who often struggles with his own lack of faith, i highly recommend this book. In it i found a portrait of the Christ i always have known (believed) existed, and i was not dissuaded by the author's , sometimes, very convincing arguments. I thank the Holy Spirit for His guidance, for i read (am still reading, actually) this book in the hope and belief that He would help keep me vigilant and steer me clear of error.
An interesting read, it was well researched. " Miriam's Secret"and" Miriam's Garden" are mysteries that also bring up similar theories that are found in this book.