I feel impelled to share what I have learned, and that is that certain misguided people on the "Christian Right," many of whom are known as "Fundamentalists" and/or "Evangelicals," do not realize that the dogma and doctrines of men that they believe in are the ones that the Christ Jesus warned us about, because they are erroneous, and they are, in effect, egocentric and imperialistic.
Those erroneous doctrines are egocentric because they lead gullible people to believe they are "holier" than all the "godless" people who do not believe as they do, because they believe that Jesus was "God Himself," and will come again in person, this time as "King of the World."
That’s part of the false doctrine of preeminence and superiority, and it’s false prophecy. It leads people to believe that Jesus is God and is on "their side" and against all others. It appeals to the ego, and is not of the Spirit.
Those erroneous doctrines are also imperialistic, because they not only led to the Dark Ages of theocratic oppression and tyranny in Europe, but they’ve led to many centuries of military imperialism, colonialism, and even genocide all over the world, all in the name of "spreading Christianity."
That’s probably why hypocritical people who claim to be Christian love to quote New Testament scripture that suits their purposes, when in other words they are saying: "If you don’t become a true believer like me, you’re going to hell!"
I’m not surprised that they would rather not consider that the Christ Jesus said: "Hypocrites will pray for the ears of men and claim to do many wonderful works in the name of the Lord, when they are an abomination in the sight of God."
I’m not surprised that they would rather not consider that Jesus warned against false prophets and hypocrites who would preach the doctrines of men and ignore the fact that Jesus said we should judge not, resist not evil (if we are tempted to judge), overcome evil with good, overcome hate with love, love even our enemy, and live not by the sword, and that he willingly sacrificed himself and was crucified to set a perfect example of a loving and forgiving martyr and pacifist.
The fact is that false, man-made doctrines that those on the Christian Right cling to are not supported by Judaic Hebrew Scriptures, not when they are taken in context and not when they are accurately understood. And they are not even supported by the words of the Christ Jesus himself.
To fulfill the prophecies of Jesus, the messenger for the Spirit of truth now glorifies the Christ Jesus for what he really was, not as an idol for worship, not as "the only begotten son of God," and not as "God Himself," but as a son of man, a Master Teacher, a sacrificial lamb of God, and the Avatar for the passing age, who said God is OUR spiritual parent.
God is the Lord of Hosts, not a host or person as such. God is the eternal, omnipresent Great Spirit, the very Supreme Consciousness, the Divine Light-Energy-Source of our existence, and the primordial "Word" that was in the beginning and is made flesh in all of us.
Christian fundamentalists, especially those on the Christian Right, have bought into the misguided theology of "Christian Apologetics," which has for centuries been concerned with the defense of man-made "Christian" doctrine that has long been and still is questioned and refuted by Jewish Rabbinical scholars and even by many truly Christian scholars, like Karen Armstrong, Reverend Marcus Borg and other members of the respected Jesus Seminar, Bishop John Shelby Spong, John Dominic Crossan, William Sloan Coffin, Robert Boston, Robert Fuller, and Michael Barkun, among many others modern religious scholars.
They know that only God is the Holy One, and only God is worthy of worship, as Jesus himself said.
As Joseph J. Adamson has pointed out in the message he delivers, in the Jewish Torah (Old Testament) Moses wrote that: "God is not a mortal, nor a man, nor a son of man" (Numbers 23:19). The prophet Isaiah wrote: "besides God there is no Savior" (Isaiah 43:10-11), and David wrote: "Do not rely on princes nor in the son of man, for he holds no salvation." (Psalms 146:3)
Christian Apologetics, the Nicene Creed and certain phrases in the "New Testament" upon which it is based, erroneously maintains that Jesus was (to paraphrase): "the only-begotten Son of God, God of God, being of one substance with the Father; who, for our salvation, came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified for us, and on the third day rose again and ascended into heaven, and shall come again."
Those notions are not supported by the Torah (Old Testament), nor by the actual teachings of the Christ Jesus himself. Many people throughout history have come to the same conclusion about such things, about what the birth, life, teachings and death of the Christ Jesus was really about. Many good, progressive Christians understand the truth, and many have understood it. In fact, many of the American founding fathers did.
For example, Thomas Jefferson stated that the Christian Bible contains "many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence," others contain "so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being."