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3 Secrets To Finally Understand (& Obey) Yeshua’s “Sermon On The Mount”

Christians assume that they “follow Christ,” yet if pressed, each must admit that they simply do not understand much of Christ's teachings needed to follow him. This includes the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus' manifesto for the masses that Martin Luther considered impossibly demanding. Find out why Christianity does not teach it, why it is so offensive (on purpose), and how Jesus is like Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid—only harsher. With the three insights below, you can finally understand and obey the teaching of Jesus to no longer refer to him as "my Lord" without making him lord.

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41 comments
time - January 4, 2017

Nice work Tim. Reminds me of all the little tests women put us blokes through before they choose to accept us as their partner. It’s a challenge, but best not to give up!

On the matter of adultery which you briefly touched on, there used to be an interesting website which suggested the modern definition is based on mis-translations from the Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament), and that cheating, as opposed to sex outside of marriage, is the sin. http://counterfeitsin.tumblr.com/ Very unfortunately that website has been taken down, so you can’t view the research on it, but I’ll be interested to read your findings. It could be tricky research given ingrained modern beliefs, and that many different English terms are used for various sexual acts (‘knew’ ‘came in unto’, ‘adultery’, ‘fornication’, ‘covetousness’ ‘uncleanness’ ‘lasciviousness’ etc…), but if that article was correct and some translations are false, than no wonder Yeshua’s Sermon can be difficult to grasp!

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    Tim McHyde - January 4, 2017

    Tim, Yes, Yeshua said if you “lust after a woman then you have already committed adultery[not fornication] in your heart.” Adultery requires that either she or you are married. It’s not about sex outside marriage or so-called “fornication” but someone violating the marriage bond which is the defintion of adultery. The realm of errors of Christianity also includes its extra-biblical definition of sexual sin. They paint with too broad of a brush.

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      time - January 5, 2017

      Thanks for the reply Tim. Pleased to hear you agree, as it is not a stance you hear followers of Christ take often. In fact, that website and your reply now are the only two instances I have ever come across it. Mistranslations (or misinterpretations) of the original text certainly spread many incorrect teachings.

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      Jim Peterson - February 3, 2017

      I have asked my Pastor about the same thing, and I get references to Paul said—–. When I ask to reference in the Law (very specific on who you cannot), or red letters it becomes more difficult. I asked someone who claims to understand the Greek , he claims Fornication implies intent.

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        Tim McHyde - February 3, 2017

        Jim, I think fornication implies not just intent, but action, yes? Thanks for commenting.

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Sue W - January 5, 2017

Great start to the article, Tim, and thanks for your testimony of having difficulty with Jesus’ hard words.
I have done quite a bit of skimming over difficult scripture. Your perspective is helping me to stop, take a breath and consider all things literally, in context, especially with regard to audience.
I have no doubt that part 2 will help open my eyes and develop techniques for greater understanding. God bless you both with a great measure of His spirit.

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Tina Black - January 8, 2017

I havent gotten past the name: Jesus, Yeshua, also heard it was pronounced Eashoa?

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Tina Black - January 9, 2017

thanks for the links great videos, so I’m still working on the pronunciation
Yeshua …. does it sound like Joshua only with the y sound?

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    Tim McHyde - January 9, 2017

    Tina, Good to hear it. Yes, close but the accent is on the second syllable (YeSHUa) not on the first like in JOshua.

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Sarah Hindmon - January 12, 2017

I love tough Jesus. 🙂

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    Tim McHyde - January 12, 2017

    Sarah, We can all say that, because it was in love, but didn’t his hard statements confound or trouble you?

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Linda van der Vyver - January 18, 2017

Wow Tim … I have never thought about these statements of Jesus to be offensive in the light that you explained it! Now they are starting to fall into place at last. The video is excellent and I so enjoyed listening to it. I want to share it on fb (what is the link please?) Not that I think there will be more than 1 or 2 people who would want to watch anyway, but still.

Something stood out for me: When we are obedient, God will take care of our families. Great comfort to me; as you know, I have great sadness because my only child and her family does not believe in God anymore 🙁 What is this obedience? Love to God and to others?

When can we get secret # 3? Or have I overlooked it? Cant wait to read more of this article.

Gods blessings to you and your family
Love, Linda NZ

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    Tim McHyde - January 18, 2017

    Linda, it changes everything doesn’t it? When you realize Yeshua was using offense on purpose, as a loving tool.

    Yes like my other article teaches, that’s the actual Gospel or “Good News” of the Kingdom: when you seek God’s kingdom he will take care of your needs (Mt 6:33=Mt 7:12). Yes by deciding to treat others as you would like to be treated (Mt 7:12) because God said so you are seeking the Kingdom and loving God by your obedience. It’s that simple, but, of course, not easy to overcome years of habits, ingrained biases and prejudices, hurts and inertia.

    Yes, the video is great by John Bevere, but unfortunately it’s a private upload not to be shared. People have to buy it. I’ll put the link up.

    Secrets 2 and 3 are almost rough-written and I need to go back and finish it up. Hope to do it this week. Stay tuned and thanks for your support!

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      Linda van der Vyver - January 20, 2017

      Tim,
      I have been badly treated by my manager (female) for the past 5 months at work; could not take it any longer (I am conflict avoiding) but spoke up for once (she swept important matters under the carpet and did not even acknowledge the efforts I made to work in peace with her!) Now I have made a complaint through Head Office, spilling the beans of all her wrong-doings.

      I refer to this: “Yes by deciding to treat others as you would like to be treated” …. how do I now justify my actions because I feel so wronged and not valued, she treated me wrong and I reacted in anger and hurt. Is it wrong to have lodged the complaints? I am surely not turning the other cheek any more ….

      So hard! Please help as I am confused.

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        Tim McHyde - January 22, 2017

        Linda, you did nothing wrong. You were in your right to report abuse especially at work. It sounds like you were exercising patience for a long time, too. We all have a breaking point. You did well!

        Now this is not about perfection or performance but learning from our experiences to do better in the future. That attitude leads us to ask, could this have been handled even better? Sure, since you’re not perfect yet…

        For example, maybe in the future you can deal with the negative emotions before you come to a decision. Like Dr. Phil says, don’t get a divorce until you’re no longer angry with your spouse. Settle the emotions first rather than make an emotional decision. It’s wise.

        As far as the Sermon on the Mount teaching of Yeshua, it goes way beyond what love as defined staying within your rights or justifiable actions to a love where you get the biggest reward for the kingdom. Usually this means not exercising your right or making sure people get what they deserve like your boss. In that scenario, you would put up with your boss’ abuse without complaining and use it to learn to control your emotions when your mistreated, praying for your enemies, etc. God can use this to refine you. Think of David under Saul and how abused he was because he could not life a finger against God’s anointed king, even if he goes rogue. God refined David through this.

        But as he once said about another difficult route for the most righteousness, “not everyone can receive this saying” (Mt 19:11). You can grow into it and until you do, you’re not wrong. It’s all about what’s going to give you the most overcoming and most reward in the kingdom and how much reward you are willing to sacrifice comfort and control in this life now for.

        Make sense?

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Linda van der Vyver - January 23, 2017

Thanks Tim. Yes, it all makes perfectly clear sense! I guess I still have to go a long way and grow more patience… I often tried to get through to my boss, but maybe I was too diplomatic, too vague, so she never knew the depth and all the frustration I went through daily. But I did give her a polite letter explaining my hurt and frustration and why I felt offended so often. She chose not to even acknowledge the letter or to at least discuss my concerns. My nature is to be totally conflict avoiding. But it also create (in the long run) a lot of supressed anger building up which one day explodes; which is then so intense (like what happened) that I did not even want to go back. With the result that I now have to work in another town, stay over with people, and drive a lot more with a lot more expenses till I can find another suitable job in my home town …. that’s why I know I have to work harder at this problem of not addressing things as they happen, but instead I wait till they become out of hand 🙁

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    Tim McHyde - January 24, 2017

    Linda, I think we can all relate to putting off dealing with our issues until it becomes too painful or miserable not to, such as your fear of confrontation causing you more misery and pain and time. Or we just don’t know we have a problem that or if we do that the problem has a solution (“that’s the way I am, I guess”). So we just ignore it. But I’m learning as God brings my own long-time inner-child fear issues up for healing, there is a way to reverse even decades long held dysfunctional belief systems.

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Katrina McHyde - January 25, 2017

Hi Linda, I think what you have brought up about confrontation is important and many of us struggle with when to confront and even what kind of confrontation if of God and not of God. I will try and give the simplest, most clear answer of what I know so far on this topic.

In the churches and societal circles I have been in, most of what is taught is really learning how to tolerate and hold in when someone does something offensive to us. That is taught as being patient and forgiving. But what happens is we hold it in and it becomes stressful (pulling down our health) and then sometimes explode it out, many times on other people who were not the ones who originally offended us.

Toleration seems to be trying to hold a belief that you, or the people you care for are being unrightfully mistreated, but the socially acceptable thing to do is ‘tolerate’ it because Christ ‘tolerated’ so much more. Toleration might be the focus on the offense and its consequences.

Patience, on the other hand, may be more like a pause, to take inventory of what is happening and what to do about it, and there is always something(s) to do about it. I think the patience of God may be more on focusing on how God would like you to share His love in this situation, and how you can hold on to His love and let it heal you even if others choose not to be healed from the situation. As you can see, tolerance and patience might have different motives.

If you get stuck on looking at the offense, then you get stuck in tolerance. If you focus on the love of God and wanting to accept it for yourself so much that only then you act out IN LOVE as your motivation to deal with the situation appropriately, I believe you have patience. You may or may not be called to confront. But, you will not be held back by fear of hurting someone or yourself from offense and toleration, and instead be empowered with Love as your motivation to make the choice of what to do.

Love given with patience verses tolerance of an offense may be two of the major choices we have of dealing with inappropriate behaviors.

Does this help?

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    Linda van der Vyver - January 30, 2017

    Hi Katrina and Tim,

    Thanks so much for your responses. It seems that I was stuck in tolerance, rather than patience. I think what was happening is this: As I was sexually abused for over 2 years as a child, and I tolerated it because of fear, I did not speak up for myself or did anything to end it; until at the end of that period. I was so edgy and nervous by them, that when the man approached me again – he was the family hero at that time – (in front of my mother!) I pushed him away and finally spoke up to his and my mother’s shock and surprise! I ran away and was trembling and in tears, but also relieved.

    With this current situation where I broke it off so finally with my job and my boss, I subconsciously knew I had to speak up for myself and end the abuse, otherwise I would be stuck in that “puppet” situation! So I did, and I felt relieved on the one hand, but also now I am paying the consequences with sacrifices and a very uncomfortable work situation for a few months 🙁

    I want to refer to this:

    For example, when someone slights you, offends you or outright hurts you, do you do what you have always done, let them know, and demand they make it right, as justice and common sense dictates? Or do you “go the extra mile” not only restraining your impulse to retaliate, but also not complaining and not informing them about your thoughts on their inconsideration. Each slight is an opportunity to shine a different light in this way. Even if this person is your spouse or best friend who cares about you and normally receives feedback from you, you can choose differently. If you want the most credit with God, you can resist the urge to tell your spouse you felt forgotten the other day.

    So I have not done this! I could not restrain the impulse to retaliate as I felt “victim” again, as 45 years ago. I must admit that I did not pray about the issue fervently over time; just a few times I prayed for her and about the situation. I reacted in anger which has built up of tolerance over time.

    Katrina:
    I think the patience of God may be more on focusing on how God would like you to share His love in this situation, and how you can hold on to His love and let it heal you even if others choose not to be healed from the situation. As you can see, tolerance and patience might have different motives.

    I have never thought about tolerance and patience before (in this regard) but I clearly see now that I had to proof to myself that I can end abuse and be courageous (not that it brought me a better situation though ….) I will learn from this to focus on patience more in future.

    Love, Linda

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      Katrina McHyde - January 30, 2017

      Dearest Linda, first I would just like to send you a smile and a breath for a moment at how beautiful you are in trying to figure out how God wants you to deal with very difficult experiences in your life. Your willingness to stay engaged and learn from tough atrocities is such a great example to us all. You are not running away from God, or yourself, or what value you can get out of what you cannot change- which is past events. This world ‘touches’ us in very uncomfortable ways whether we are Believers or not. Maybe there exists someone on this planet where it hasn’t, but I have never met one. Elijah sure could relate to being ‘touched’ in an uncomfortable way: All his prophet friends had been killed by Jezebel while he was away. He came back to find them all dead. Elijah was led to stand up to Jezebel’s prophets and the people of Israel under the evil government control of Ahab, Jezebel’s husband (I am making Ahab intentionally Jezebel’s husband because even though Ahab was the king, he let his wife lead him and the people in whatever evil she wanted). Elijah challenged them with seeing if they could get fire to come down from heaven and consume a sacrifice. King Ahab and the people thought Elijah was the one who was going to be put to shame and put in his place. Instead, Elijah’s direct challenge of those prophets of Jezebel (their god, Baal) showed the power of the One True God. Then Elijah told the people to go kill all the prophets of Baal. It must have felt good to have Ahab and the people of Israel on his side for a small moment and be so surprised by God consuming the sacrifice where their prophets failed, and then Elijah feels the retaliation of telling them to kill the Baal prophets just like the true prophets of God had been killed by Jezebel. This feeling lasted for a very short time. Yes, those prophets were killed on the spot, but when Jezebel was told, she said that one day would not pass before Elijah was dead. Now, Elijah had the power of God him and yet he was afraid of Jezebel and ran into the wilderness to hide from her and seek God! That tells you how powerful Jezebel was, that witch.

      Here are the points I am trying to make by sharing this story:
      1) It is impossible to not get ‘touched’ inappropriately in one way or another when you are a true Believer because we live in a fallen, evil world and they hate us who are their enemies. Hey, they touched our Lord inappropriately in so many ways and even killed him. Expect the same treatment.

      2) Even with the power of God with us to fight, it is still a war down here that we fight in (although the war is rigged because God already proclaimed we win the war before the war is even finished- We fight with faith that God always gets what He says). In the battles, we are gonna get hurt every once in a while as we learn to use the war tools God has given us and get better at using them. This does not mean God has left you or forsaken you. It means God is there with you to help you learn to fight with Him and His power, and never leave you or forsake you. And it is okay to be learning and not get it right all the time. Actually, whether you get it right or not, suffering will come. That is just what a war brings with it-suffering.

      3) There is a time to fight and a time to run in a war. I would suggest deciding to do either of these things while holding on to the belief that God is either holding ground with you, or running with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Each technique has its own benefits and necessities in the middle of the war. They both can be misused and they both can be used advantageously. The huge question we all have as we are fighting is (and I see it in your questions), “When is it time to hold ’em and when is it time to fold ’em”, as the old Kenny Rogers song goes? Well, I think we each personally have to learn how to fight this spiritual war by just taking each battle at a time, practicing, making mistakes, learning lessons, and not giving up. YOU ARE GOING TO SOMETIMES NOT GET IT RIGHT. That is OKAY. Just have a heart to keep wanting to try and fight with God.

      What a warrior you are, Linda! You are growing so much and you don’t give up. Your fight to continue to go forward in faith is an inspiration to the rest of us soldiers. For the moment, I still see tolerance as trying to handle a terrible situation by yourself, which leads to emotional turmoil and fatigue. It seems to me that tolerance grows in to patience when the ingredient of knowing God is helping you at all times is injected into the circumstances you face, whether you are fighting or running. Our faith in God helping is our invisible shield that helps us win the wars. The thing about invisible shields is that we might think they don’t exist because we cannot see them or feel them. We get to learn that we believe in them whether we can see them or feel them- that makes it FAITH (Eph 6).

      Hope this helps dear Sister Linda,

      Katrina

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        Linda van der Vyver - February 4, 2017

        Hi Katrina,

        As always, your reply has given me much to think about …. I am so grateful for Gods grace in leading me by His spirit, to learn, to grow. And for people like you and Tim who has opened my spiritual eyes 8 years ago, to see the truth of the Bible!

        You are amazing as a life coach and I have learnt so much from you.
        Love and prayers, Linda

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Sue W - January 27, 2017

I am enjoying this 3 part article Tim, with responses to comments from you and Katrina.
Looking forward to the 3rd part.
It’s uplifting to discover a new perspective.
This has given me some things to work on that perhaps my previous readings rendered too hard.
Thank you!

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    Tim McHyde - January 27, 2017

    Sue, glad to hear you’re enjoying it. I’m very excited about these insights on the SOTM.

    Part 3 is coming soon and then part 4 will be a new article in Feb.

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time - February 1, 2017

Just finished reading the new parts Tim. I love your writing, thank you.

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    Tim McHyde - February 1, 2017

    Tim, thanks, I appreciate the love. But did this article teach you anything new or change the way you view Yeshua’s words? I’d appreciate more feedback if you can.

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      time - February 2, 2017

      Yes, definitely. To summarise the whole Bible in one clear sentence is very helpful, as otherwise there is a lot to try and juggle in your mind! In times of confusion I can now simply recall the single most important sentence in the Bible, and it’s certain to help give peace and improve my decision making.

      I don’t have a religious background, but I too was uncertain about the grace/faith/works debate, as it seemed the Bible was saying different things at different times. But your ability to hone in on that word ‘reward’ and discover its true meaning makes things much clearer.

      I’d like to take a guess at Matthew 6:22-23 as well. Assuming the word light refers to spiritual (and/or physical) goodness, and the word dark refers to spiritual/physical indecency, then perhaps he is suggesting the health of a person (spiritual and/or physical) can be seen when you look into their eyes? I believe you can sense a lot about a person by looking in their eyes. A person with shifty eyes often has a shifty personality, one with bright eyes a bright personality, etc… its a guide you can use to get a sense of character. Just a guess…

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Sue W - February 3, 2017

Well, Tim, that was an interesting article!
I haven’t studied Jesus’ sermon – just read it a couple of times.
When faced with a difficult or unpleasant situation, I have often silently wondered “What would Jesus do in this instance?”
Now I know: take the opportunity to demonstrate radical love!
What a habit that is to start cultivating!
Increasingly, as I read your articles, I find myself looking for the literal meaning in scripture (as long as it’s not obviously symbolic).
“Audience” trips me up though.
Determining what scripture is directed at we “future” folk as opposed to those around at the time.

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William Trinh - February 18, 2017

Hi Tim,
Thanks for the teaching. It’s going to take some time for it all to sink in. There are some very radical elements in there:

“And that’s “therefore” how God judges who gets into the kingdom and who doesn’t. It’s not about knowing Yeshua or “accepting Yeshua as Savior” because, again, I remind you that not all of humanity can meet that requirement.”

So just to clarify, are you saying that everyone who “treats others as they would like to be treated” will gain access to eternal life in God’s Kingdom regardless of whether they believe in Yeshua or not? And belief in and acceptance of Yeshua as the Son of God, as well as our savior is no longer the criteria for salvation? Rather, belief in and obedience to Yeshua will guarantee that our good works will maximize our rewards in the Kingdom of God.

I think that is what you are saying, which is a radical departure from what I’ve believed all of this time.

I completely follow your logic, but will have to unlearn all of the stuff I learned in church before I can truly internalize what you say the Word of God is saying to us.

I’m not challenging or disagreeing with you, just wanted to make sure that I understand you correctly before I set about overhauling my belief system.

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    Tim McHyde - February 18, 2017

    William, yes radical teachings like this take time to assimilate.

    What I’m saying is actually what a Biblical scholar would confirm (or a good commentary) as the teaching of the Bible, and different from what lay Christians think. That, yes, salvation does not depend on hearing about or receiving Jesus.

    Paul says the same thing in Romans 2:13-16 that people who do what the law says (love God, neighbor) even without hearing it are saved by their acts because it’s not about hearing, it’s about doing. But there has to be faith involved somehow. This is hard to describe how it works, such as in the case of an ancient person who never heard Scripture. What do they have to know or think about God in doing mercy towards other. I can’t answer that yet.

    But I’m sure a Jew without the NT who accepts God and obeys his Word is indeed saved without accepting Yeshua. One day they will find out that Yeshua paid the price for their sins so that their righteousness and faith could get their sins covered.

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      William Trinh - February 18, 2017

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for your very frank and honest response. You are right, it will take some time to assimilate, but I must say that for the last 14 years of my Christianity, I have suspected that something in the traditional salvation equation didn’t add up. There’s too much personal entitlement in the doctrine and lack of accountability which is contradicted in so many places in the Scripture.

      It certainly makes more sense that God wants us to do good things for others, especially wicked people who despise us, without their knowledge – because that way we can understand how God Himself has done the ultimate good for all of mankind, most of whom despise Him and will never know what He did. This gives me a much better picture of God’s selfless, radically generous heart in a way the traditional salvation doctrine derived from John 3:16-36 never fully could.

      It always bothered me how the traditional salvation doctrine sets up Yeshua as a stumbling block for all except the select few who go through the motions of professing to believe. I saw how teachings like this led to much elitism, entitlement, condemnation, and even laziness in the church.

      All of that said, I still find myself uncomfortable with your teaching because if John 3:16-18, 36 is no longer the foundation of Christian faith, then every other belief built upon it falls apart. “Salvation” IS the central doctrine of at least modern Christianity if I understood it correctly – so if it suddenly isn’t as you suggest, what is?

      The modern day Church taught me that grace, mercy, and eternal life were extended only to those who professed a belief in Yeshua. Now you are saying that grace, mercy, and eternal life were extended to all of mankind as a result of Yeshua’s death and resurrection regardless of what they believe. Plausible. I can see where Scripture supports this doctrine, but what a radical departure from the widely accepted norm in the Church!

      My question then, what benefit is there in knowing Christ now if many (if not most) people in the world today are capable of living according to the “golden rule” without any help from the Judeo-Christian Scriptures?

      Is there any purpose in sharing the knowledge of Christ with others if they are doing perfectly fine on their own, and would be entirely satisfied to discover that THERE IS a life after death and that their good deeds in this life did matter? With these people (which is most people I believe), would the promise of rewards, position, and authority in the Kingdom be enough of an incentive to become a follower of Christ?

      If the answer is, there is no benefit, no purpose in knowing Christ if all one cares about is living a good enough life here on earth to live again in eternity with their family and friends who too have passed – I’m ok with that.

      If the answer is, knowing or not knowing Christ does make a difference now and in the afterlife, I would like to know if that benefit goes beyond what you mentioned in your blog – i.e. divine provision now, position, and authority in the Kingdom.

      Please forgive me if my questions sound ignorant. I haven’t read enough of your blogs to get a full understanding of your theological foundation. Most of the stuff I consume of yours deals with eschatological topics which I enjoy very much.

      If you’ve already addressed these questions in your writings, please kindly point me to the article. Otherwise I look forward to your response.

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        William Trinh - February 19, 2017

        Hi Tim,

        I just read your blog entitled, “Why Jesus Will Tell Christians, “Depart From Me! I Never Knew You.”.

        I think I get it now. As a matter of fact, I believe it was my struggle with this scripture verse that led me to find out about your teachings five years ago.

        Wow! Alot to digest. Liberating, challenging, and frightening truth you conveyed.

        Not sure how I would have reacted to that information had I come across it during my early, zealous, born-again Christian years. I probably would have labeled you a heretic or a false teacher. But now that I have separated myself from mainstream church life your article is somewhat of a confirmation. A confirmation of what I suspected long ago, that mainstream Christianity’s doctrine of salvation is an unwitting deception spread by mostly well-intentioned, but nonetheless deceived people.

        I always knew deep down that Yeshua’s words in Matt 7:21-23 were aimed at most if not all modern Christians but was too fearful of the spiritual dilemma I would be in if I accepted that to be true – because I would be a part of that “but Lord, Lord” group.

        But arriving at this conclusion about Christians and this verse made it very difficult for me to continue on in in the mainstream church. What was I supposed to do now that I realized that everything being preached in church was probably based on fundamentally false doctrines?

        Knowing what I know about church people, if I tried to have honest conversations about the problems I found with many of the core doctrines Christians hold dear, I would have been ostracized. So, instead of sticking around, I drifted away from mainstream Christianity and for a long time felt rudderless, jaded, and even resentful over the entire experience

        The sum of your teaching on this topic has confirmed and clarified what I believed all along. I can finally without remorse reject all forms of modern Christianity and instead put my faith in the Word of God that led me to discover the same truth you discovered before me.

        I really liked the “Christian vs Servant of God” chart you made. The part you said about “reputation” was particularly powerful in explaining why this mainstream, politicized, right-wing, Evangelical Christianity cannot be what Yeshua intended. Those people are certainly NOT recognized by the world to be followers of Yeshua because of their love for one another.

        So much to consider and set about changing in my life. Daunting and exhilarating.

        Thanks again for faithfully fighting the good fight. People are still seeking God out there and you just connected with one more.

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      William Trinh - February 19, 2017

      Tim,

      On a different but similar topic – what are your thoughts on the Didache?

      I came across it a couple of years ago and found it to be a fascinating document with an even more fascinating history.

      It seems that your conclusion on the Sermon on the Mount is summarized in the first few paragraphs of this ancient document that allegedly was in circulation among the believers of Acts 2.

      Did you ever do a blog on this?

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        Tim McHyde - February 21, 2017

        William, I have not studied the Didache, but I remember it was very similar to what the Sermon on the Mount says. Seems worthy of study. I’ll keep it in mind, thanks.

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          William Trinh - February 21, 2017

          I look forward to your thoughts on this topic in the future. I hope it blesses you as much as it’s blessing me.

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Tina Black - February 20, 2017

Made it through part 1, AMEN!!!!!!! very exciting!!!

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Greg Schultz - February 21, 2017

Took me a couple times reading this to fully grasp it. Makes perfect sense once you see it broken down and explained. Thanks for doing this Tim and sharing so I can benefit too!

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Thomas Burke - February 27, 2017

Comment on Tim’s Comment: Tim McHyde – February 18, 2017

“…Paul says the same thing in Romans 2:13-16 that people who do what the law says (love God, neighbor) even without hearing it are saved by their acts because it’s not about hearing, it’s about doing. But there has to be faith involved somehow. This is hard to describe how it works, such as in the case of an ancient person who never heard Scripture. What do they have to know or think about God in doing mercy towards other. I can’t answer that yet….

From Tomburkecr: Hello Tim, Since you asked for feedback further above, I will share these thoughts that come to me, not knowing whether they are at all original:

Take for instance the emphasis of true Buddhists on “Practicing Compassion” as preached by the Dalai Lama which sounds a lot like “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” of the Sermon on the Mount. Many make a good case that most sincere and time tested religions preach a something similar, this is easy to check out on Google.

Let’s take for granted that many seek to follow this Second Commandment, yet not the First Commandment unto which it is like, which means similar but not “equal to”. True Buddhists for instance do not believe in a God with a personality like we do, at all. So they could fulfill the second Commandment but not the First which refers how one should love God.

As to the relationship of “faith and works” in our spiritual like, Tim states “This is hard to describe how it works,…”. I think this is not necessarily a problem to be solved, but rather a mystery to accept as such, somewhat like the relationship of “predestination and free will” in which both exist and yet do not annul the other. These are spiritual concepts that we can only for a fleeting moment “see as through a glass darkly” when we are conscious in our spiritual minds, whereas mysterious to our limited physical logical minds and difficult to put in words that are also limited symbols. John Bevere came close to explaining the “faith and works” mystery in his wonderful teaching videos, that Tim so graciously shared with us in this article, in that he made plain that “believing” as in “believing on the Lord” must be understood as including “obeying” as in “obeying the Lord”, bringing faith and works together as concepts that are actually related. Hate to say it this way, but we are familiar with the riddle “Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?”, that refers to a mystery not answerable with the two concepts involved. One way to accept that we are not called to understand all mysteries, but to accept them as highly useful and comforting once accepted, is to understand that they refer to a creation or an attribute of our all knowing, all mighty, always present God, whom we accept as such but do not fully comprehend.

Just as faith without works is dead, so are works without faith, thus requiring belief with obedience in such a mysterious and powerful “symbiosis” that Yeshua proclaimed: “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. … I never knew you: depart from me, …” Implying the that our faith/works must penetrate the spiritual dimension and put us in close personal contact with Him to enter the kingdom of God. (I haven’t read Tim’s article on this verse yet.)

Another categorical proclamation by Yeshua that I want to bring forward to this comment, before landing with a question for Tim, is: “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

Which is my answer as to whether a person can be saved without the express written Word of God, that is, a person not hearing the Gospel must nonetheless be born of the Spirit, which in my opinion involves the mystery of free will/predestination. In other words a person not hearing the Word of God would nonetheless have to reach out to God and He would have to accept his faith as righteousness and birth him in the Spirit.

Is this possible? Yeshua alluded to this as quite possible when He proclaimed: “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” It would seem from this translation that Yeshua accepts the existence of “righteous” independently of His mission.

The difference to hearing the Gospel, as in knowing Yeshua by it, is that if you have seen Yeshua, you have seen the Father. In other words, there is no easier, more direct way to know God and his personality than by knowing the life and words of the Messiah, although granted, that does not exclude others from being drawn to the Spirit of God and obeying Him in faith to righteousness as Tim well expounds. So to William Trinh, do not despair, but rather rejoice in the years you have been able to walk in His knowledge by virtue of the Gospel. Remember the Centurion whose faith impressed Yeshua beyond any he found in Israel, who beseeched for healing not for himself, but rather for his servant, an act of love to another in faith in God. Yeshua remarked how rare this faith was. without the express Word of God. So, no, it is not the same to hear and by hearing to receive faith, as to dimly assume by works of creation and calls of conscience that our Lord is merciful to all who call upon Him.

So now to my theological question for Tim who has my deepest respect for his decades of formal and personal Bible study with the most sincere dedication I am aware of: “Is there a biblical difference between “entering into the kingdom of heaven” and “salvation as in eternal life”? In other words can one miss out on the bliss of living eternally in the kingdom of God and yet live eternally outside of the gates of the New Jerusalem and not be condemned to destruction?

(Again, I haven’t read Tim’s “I never knew you: depart from me” article. If I am jumping ahead then all the better, as it shows that this article by Tim has stirred up thoughts and provoked feedback as he intended. Ahh! I see from William Trinh last comment that I am on the trail to the answer to my question and must read this article next!

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    Linda van der Vyver - March 6, 2017

    William Trinh and Thomas Burke, I so enjoyed your posts above! I have also been wondering about the same questions; and now you 2 have addressed it. Cant wait for Tim to answer those questions!

    God bless
    Linda

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    Tim McHyde - March 6, 2017

    Thomas, Entering the kingdom and receiving eternal life are the same thing as you can see by how the terms used interchangeably by Jesus (Lk 18:18 = Lk 18:25).

    As for whether Buddhists are saved, it’s clear to me that if you are good (love neighbor) of yourself without fear/submission to God (which requires saving FAITH because you have never seen him) then you’re not saved. God needs to everyone to not just by chance adopt his law but also submit to his authority for there to be peace throughout eternity among all he lets into the kingdom. If you just love because Buddhism taught you, you have not done it for God yet and get no credit to submitting to God in things you may not agree with yet, things that take faith. “For Without faith it’s impossible to please God” (Heb 11:6) is a key verse in this regard.

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      Thomas Burke - March 10, 2017

      Thanks Teacher Tim for your Scripture-based clarifications!

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