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Jesus Indeed
Joseph Torie

There are many shades and versions of Christianity, born of different interpretations by disciples, followers, and evangelists. One could argue endlessly about who is right or wrong, and which way believers should embrace.

Jesus Indeed
Redefining Christianity according to
the Words of Jesus and the Gospels



There are many shades and versions of Christianity, born of different interpretations by disciples, followers, and evangelists. One could argue endlessly about who is right or wrong, and which way believers should embrace.

  • A matter of fact is that even the most committed believers have made mistakes in following Jesus, undoubtedly because of the human factor involved. Therefore, one could ask what path should a Christian follow.
  • In this thoroughly documented book based on over 40 years of extensive and dedicated study of the Gospels, Joseph Torie claims the answer is in Jesus’ own words as recorded in the Gospels. In Jesus Indeed, Torie:
    • Defines what a Christian is according to the words of Christ and points out where even some of the early ‘followers’ missed the path of Jesus’ words;
    • places the Lord’s words in the Gospels above the claims of the New and Old Testaments as well as above the teaching of the most ardent disciples, apostles, and followers;
    • Helps the reader rediscover the treasures of the words of Jesus in the Gospels, the Way, the Truth and the Life.
  • Praise for Jesus Indeed:
    • “A book that disturbs… then, makes you ponder and wonder…”
    • “There comes a book like this once in a lifetime…”
    • “An account that every True Seeker should read.”
Jesus Indeed: Redefining Christianity according to the Words of Jesus and the Gospels, Joseph Torie
Jesus Indeed: Redefining Christianity according to the Words of Jesus and the Gospels, Joseph Torie


Table of Contents

Chapter One

  • Jesus, The Foundation
  • Commitments and Dedication
  • Come to Jesus!
  • Build on The Rock Foundation
  • The Writers of the four Gospels, and the particular Focus of their Accounts
  • The objective and unprejudiced Records of the Gospels
  • The existing minor Discrepancies between the Gospels show that the Records have not been tampered with, but that the Originals have been preserved faithfully
  • The gospel Writers did exercise a measure of Self-censure in what they said plainly and what they only suggested, without giving too many Details
  • Jesus spent two Days in a ‘Samaritan’ Town in which the whole population believed He is the Messiah, but there is little Record of what Jesus said
    and did during those two Days
  • Relevance of the Gospels of John and Matthew
  • Luke
  • Luke quotes the great Rabbi Gamaliel, who was also mentioned in the Talmud
  • Mark
  • The Reliability of ‘The Gospels’, also known as ‘The Good News’

Chapter Two

  • The Eternal and the Temporal; The Universal and the Individual
  • Keep in Mind the Different Contexts in the Words of Jesus
  • The eternal and universal Contexts
  • The temporal and individual Contexts
  • Sometimes the eternal Context Passages seem to contradict the temporal Context ones
  • Where is Heaven? Up There, Down Here, and is Within You
  • Heaven is everywhere and it is also placed in an eternal, universal and imperceptible Context outside of Time and Space
  • Who was Jesus talking to?
  • Answers Jesus offered in an individual Context may apply also to the Eternal One
  • Read carefully!
  • In Heaven there are Rewards much greater than being the King of one of the Tribes of Israel
  • No Need to classify every Passage in the Gospels as to whether they are part of the Temporal or Eternal Contexts, but it is important to be aware of the existence of this Difference
  • The sum of Jesus’ Teaching as recorded in the Gospels provides a safe guide to understand His individual Messages

Chapter Three

  • Marriage, Divorce and Adultery; are we all at fault?
  • “An evil and adulterous Generation”
  • Spiritual adultery in the eternal and universal Context
  • Jesus taught about Marriage in the eternal and in the temporal Contexts
  • Moses allowed the Hebrews to divorce because of the hardness of their Hearts
  • Why did Jesus say that whether we marry or not, or divorce or not, we might all be at fault?
  • Does Jesus expect that we pluck out our Eyes, so that we could be saved from Hell?
  • Or did He mean that none of us is ‘good’ and that we all need to receive the Gift of Salvation by Grace that God is offering us?
  • Why didn’t Jesus condemn the Woman caught in adultery, but instead forgave her?
  • Our only Hope
  • There is neither Marriage, nor Divorce in Heaven

Chapter Four

  • The Church and “Don’t be a ‘judge’ and you will not be judged”
  • Jesus is the Only Way to God
  • Jesus, the Word of God
  • Jesus provided through His words and actions the Blueprint for the Church from the time of His departure until the time that He will return
  • Christians follow the Blueprint of the Gospels not to lose the Way
  • But shouldn’t I belong to a Church if I believe in Jesus, and to which One?
  • What is the meaning of the word ‘Church’?
  • Jesus is the Rock and the Cornerstone of the Church and those that believe in Him are the Living Stones that make up His spiritual House
  • Peter, A Stone [John 1:42] and a Doorkeeper
  • Jesus is the Vine, the different Individuals and Churches are His Branches, and God is the Keeper of the Vine
  • To Judge’ in this Study means ‘to assess’, rather than ‘to condemn’
  • Would the Lord slay the Righteous also when He rightfully slays the Wicked?
  • If the Theories, Doctrines, or Practices of a Group of Christians contradict or deviate from the Teaching of Jesus, we should stick to the Words of Jesus, as revealed in the Gospels
  • Let’s Mind our own Steps and Decisions, and not judge others, as all sensible and wise pardoned Convicts should do
  • Wise and Loving Judgment
  • By the way, who are the Blessed?
  • If we don’t forgive other People, we might not be forgiven
  • Could the Lord still make us pay our Debts, once we have been pardoned those Debts?
  • God assesses people individually, according to their Faith, Circumstances and Decisions
  • God’s General Amnesty -Salvation by Grace- simplified the Process of assessing and judging the Actions of the Saved, as all their Sins were forgiven!

Chapter Five

  • The difference between Believers and Followers
  • Understanding the Difference between Believing and Following
  • Believers
  • To believe in Jesus, the Savior, is the only Condition to be saved
  • As Sheep having no earthly Shepherd
  • The Lord doesn’t forsake His ‘Sheep’ even if they leave their former Churches
  • Salvation and being a Believer is a Pure Gift from God, through Jesus
  • Being a Believer is not a Service to God or to anybody else
  • The Path of ‘Minimum’ Service
  • “Go Home to your Friends, and tell them how great Things the Lord has done for you”
  • Difference between ‘doing a minimum Service’ and ‘attending a Service’
  • Then, what is being a Follower?
  • Serving others… and being ‘unprofitable’ Servants to Jesus
  • Jesus loves, cares for and rewards His Servants
  • Followers and Disciples of Jesus are in a completely different Category than ‘mere’ Believers in Jesus
  • “If any Man come to me, and hate not his Father, and Mother, and Wife, and Children, and Brethren, and Sisters, yea, and his own Life also, he cannot be my Disciple” [Luke 14:26]
  • Jesus didn’t love His life on Earth, and probably He hated it also, or He wouldn’t had asked the same from His Followers
  • “He that doesn’t take his Cross, and follows after Me, is not worthy of Me” [Matthew 10:38]
  • Jesus called His first Followers to become “Fishers of Men”
  • Jesus’ Disciples almost stopped following Him because they didn’t have ‘Spirit Power’
  • Jesus told Peter, “Feed my Lambs”
  • If you don’t have it yet, Grab the Power… of God’s Spirit!
  • Peter told the Followers, years later, “Feed the Flock of God, which is among you”
  • How to become one of Jesus’ own Brethren?
  • The smartest Thing a Follower of Jesus can do is to follow Jesus’ Words and Sample

Chapter Six

  • Follow The Lord, and the dangers of following Followers
  • “My sheep hear my voice… and they follow Me” [John 10:27]
  • “If you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed” [John 8:31]
  • Do you follow Jesus, or are you a follower of Moses, or Paul, or Peter, or someone else?
  • “Is Jesus divided? Was Paul crucified for you?” [1 Corinthians 1:13]
  • If Paul demanded unconditional and blind Faith in his Leadership, he was wrong
  • “Jesus is become of no effect unto you, whoever of you are (trying to be) justified by the law (of Moses); you are fallen from grace” [Galatians 5:4]
  • However, Paul went astray and compromised denying the Gospel of Jesus in his last Visit to Jerusalem
  • Formerly Paul had rightly taught that Salvation is a Gift received by Grace alone, without having to keep any Old Testament religious Laws or Commandments
  • Paul’s Disobedience to the Spirit had been one of the Factors misleading Generations of Christians ever since
  • ‘Paul was running well; who did hinder him that he should not obey the Truth?’ [Galatians 5:7, paraphrased]
  • In the end, Paul died as a “Transgressor” [Galatians 2:18] … his own Words condemn him
  • Saint Paul’s Transgression proves that we should follow Jesus and His Words, as recorded in the Gospels, above the Words of even the most revered and passionate Christian Leaders
  • In defense of Saint Paul
  • “No one is Good, except One, that is God”, Jesus taught so!
  • If neither Paul, nor Peter, nor Moses, nor you, nor I are good, let us follow Jesus!
  • The Hebrew Christian Church in Jerusalem imposed the Law of Moses above God’s Grace and Truth
  • Dear Paul’s sad End: “the Dog is turned to his own Vomit”
  • Let’s follow Jesus, the only One that Never fails

Chapter Seven

  • Two different Testaments for two different Types of People
  • What applies from Scripture to Believers and Followers of Jesus and what it doesn’t!
  • Differences between the Lord’s Relationship with Abraham and His Relationship with many of the Descendants of Abraham, the children of Israel
  • The Relationship between the Lord and Believers is based on pure Faith
  • The Covenant of the Old Testament was based on Flesh and Blood
  • The Difference between Abraham’s Faith and the Unbelief of the children of Israel
  • The Covenant of the New Testament in Jesus’ Blood is based on the Spirit and Faith
  • Abraham had an unusual and outstanding Faith in the Lord
  • The lack of Faith of most of the Children of Israel and Hebrew Descendants of Abraham
  • The Law was given for the Lawless and Disobedient
  • The Old Testament offers plenty of Evidence of why the Children of Israel were put ‘under the Law’
  • The Law of Moses included both a Curse and a Promise; Blessings to the Believers and Curses to the Unbelievers
  • There is no religious Law that can save, and that’s why God had promised a Savior
  • ‘Tokens’ of Covenants
  • The above are historical Facts
  • Let’s not get too critical of the Children of Israel, look at Adam and Eve who were given only one Rule to keep, but they couldn’t keep it
  • This is the Reason why God offered the New Testament in Jesus’ Blood
  • A confusing use of the Terms Old and New Testament
  • Believers in Jesus have many Things in common with Abraham and the Patriarchs, specifically with their faith, but little in common with the unbelieving Children of Israel
  • The Nation of Israel resembled many other Nations who struggle for material Possessions, while using their Religion to justify their Conquests, claiming them as their divine Right

Chapter Eight

  • You can’t follow Jesus and Moses: Choose One!
  • Two different People who were given two different Testaments and Covenants
  • The New Testament in Jesus is as different from the Law of Moses as ‘an Eye for an Eye’ is different from ‘turn the other Cheek’, or as ‘hate your Enemies’ is from ‘Love your Enemies’
  • Jesus fulfilled the Law of Moses, the Prophecies and the Promises given to Abraham
  • The illogical and contradictory Views of some conservative born again Christians
  • Jesus didn’t promise the Land of Canaan to those that believe in Him, but Something much greater and truly eternal: the Kingdom of Heaven
  • If you want to live in the Past, go back pass the Law of Moses and all the way to the Faith of Abraham; but you would be losing much, as the Savior hadn’t given His life for us yet
  • Why did the Lord get rid of the religious Laws and offered Salvation as a Gift, received only through the Righteousness of Faith
  • The New Testament in the Blood of Jesus, unlike the Law of Moses, doesn’t include any Curse
  • Why did the Lord allow King David to break the Laws of Moses and held him blameless
  • Those who believe in Jesus live under God’s Laws of Mercy and Love, not under the Laws of Moses, and God is much greater than Moses
  • “I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” [Matthew 9:13]
  • Forget the religious Laws; the Only Way to be saved is by Faith in God’s Grace through Jesus!
  • Why did Jesus say that He didn’t “come to destroy the law, or the prophets: but to fulfill”
  • This is why Jesus had to fulfill the Law of Moses! And why we don’t have to and anyway, we couldn’t even if we’d try to!
  • God’s Grace and Love for those that believe in Jesus’ Words
  • Don’t be Dumb, and accept the Gift God is offering!

Chapter Nine

  • A brief History of the Children of Israel and their Relationship with the Lord
  • A mostly one-sided love Relationship
  • Abraham, Isaac, and Israel (Jacob) didn’t build any Temple to the Lord and didn’t have any earthly King over them, and they did just fine
  • The Lord loved and blessed the Patriarchs for their straightforward Faith in Him
  • In Egypt, the Lord multiplied the Descendants of Israel from seventy people to millions in four hundred Years
  • A Horror of great Darkness
  • As the Children of Israel grew in Numbers, they also grew apart from the Lord
  • The Exodus from Egypt and the further Distancing between the Lord and the Children of Israel
  • The GOD of Israel wanted to be their King, but the Children of Israel asked for a man to be their King
  • The Children of Israel “have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them” [1 Samuel 8:7]
  • The children of Israel kept adding more Barriers between the Lord and them
  • The purpose of the Laws of Moses
  • An Example of People who believed in the Lord, just because of what He said
  • God is not a Homeless God
  • The Temple in Jerusalem added yet another Layer of separation between the Lord and the People of Israel
  • “In My Father’s House… where I am, there you may be also.” [John 14:2 and 3]
  • Temporal Jerusalem, ‘the City of Peace’, has seldom known Peace

Chapter Ten

  • The Temple Itch and the eternal Failure of temporal Wisdom
  • The Purpose of the above and the following Sections
  • Some Consequences of the building of one of the biggest Christian Churches
  • The Temple Itch
  • The Lord definitely didn’t want for the Children of Israel to build Him a Temple
  • The Lord is not interested in keeping up with the Joneses and in keeping up with the Temples of other Nations or other Religions
  • How could a Man of War build a Temple to the Prince of Peace?
  • At the insistence of David, the Lord allowed David’s son, Solomon, to build Him a ‘House’, on a Trial basis
  • The Lord appeared to Solomon twice
  • The Lord’s great Promises to Solomon and to the Children of Israel, and the Conditions to receive them
  • The Lord graciously put His Light in the first Temple of Solomon symbolizing His Presence
  • Solomon asked for Wisdom ‘to be a good King’, a type of Wisdom in the temporal Context
  • The beginning of the eternal Wisdom is…
  • ‘Do this’ and ‘Don’t do that’ versus ‘God forgives you because He loves you and He offers you His Son, do you want Him?’
  • What went wrong with Solomon, assuming that he was the wisest King of Israel?
  • Solomon offered the greatest Proof that his Wisdom was of the temporal Context kind
  • In the eternal Context only a Fool would think he can build a ‘House’ for the Living God of Heaven and Earth
  • What does Scripture say about Solomon forsaking the Lord?

Chapter Eleven

  • Could a Temple where God lived have been destroyed two Times?
  • Differences between the eternal and infinite Wisdom of God and the temporal kind of Wisdom
  • Even a wild Flower on a Field is dressed more lavishly than Solomon ever did
  • Where is now the fruit of Solomon’s earthly and temporal Wisdom?
  • The kingdom of Israel was divided right after Solomon’s death
  • Could a Temple where God lived have been destroyed two Times?
  • How to make a false god, according to the Prophet Isaiah
  • King Herod the Great built the final Temple
  • How could have Herod the Great (Murderer), build ‘a Temple for the Lord’, when He even tried to kill the Lord?
  • The Generation that claimed the responsibility of the Blood of Jesus over themselves and over their Children
  • The Lord’s views on Temples built for Him, religious Ceremonies and Sacrifices
  • What matters to the Lord?
  • Why should Believers and Followers of Jesus build any more earthly Temples of which, like the Great Temple in Jerusalem, there might not be left one Stone left upon another?
  • We cannot build a House for God, but He has built an eternal House and Kingdom for all who believe in His Son, Jesus, and in His Words
  • ‘God Is’ and doesn’t Need We build Him anything
  • Those that believe in the Lord are the Lord’s Temple… on Earth
  • God is a Spirit and wants People who worship Him in the Temple of their Hearts
  • In Heaven the ‘Temple Table’ is turned around

Chapter Twelve

  • “He that comes from Heaven is above all” [John 3:31]
  • The Word of God made Human Flesh
  • “He that comes from Heaven is above all” [John 3:31]
  • John the Baptist neither ate Meat, nor drunk Wine, but Jesus drunk Wine and ate with the worst ‘Sinners’ in Town
  • Jesus said John the Baptist was the greatest Prophet born of woman, but that while John was on Earth, the least in Heaven was greater than him
  • The Words of Jesus, the Son and the Word of God, are above the Teachings of any of His Followers of all Time, including the Apostles and the Prophets
  • “Blessed is he, whoever shall not be offended in Me” [Matthew 11:6]
  • Some had put the Words of Jesus on equal footing with the Words of Followers, Apostles and Prophets
  • John the Baptist still has a number of Followers today
  • The Words of Jesus are the Standard to measure the Words of all His Messengers and Followers of all Time; it is not the other way around 177
  • Putting the Cart in front of the Horse
  • “Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead” [Matthew 8:22]
  • The Epistles included in the ‘New Testament’ are only helpful ‘Explanations, Views and Commentaries of the Gospels written by early Followers’
  • The Writers of the Epistles gave mostly temporal Advice to their ‘flocks’ but they have been elevated to the eternal and universal Context and imposed on everybody since
  • “Teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” [Matthew 15:9]
  • Paul forbade Women to speak in Christian Meetings, quoting the Law of Moses, while claiming that those were ‘the Commandment of the Lord’ to Believers
  • Believers are one an equal to each other, regardless of gender!
  • Maybe what Paul wrote about the Corinthian Women was right…for the Corinthians
  • “They bind heavy Burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on (wo)men’s Shoulders; but they (men) will not move them with one of their Fingers” [Matthew 23:4]
  • There is always a Risk that Freedoms can be misused, but Jesus makes us Free anyway
  • The Christian Church doesn’t have any ‘Fathers’, except God, and no ‘Masters’, except Jesus Christ!
  • The greatest possible Righteousness is to believe in God’s Mercy and in the Lord’s Words; and the greatest possible Unrighteousness is not to believe in them

Chapter Thirteen

  • Religious Dogma breeds Self-righteousness
  • Why was Jesus often merciful and understanding with ‘Sinners’, but blunt and curt with the ‘good’ religious People?
  • Jesus’ Enemies weren’t worse ‘Sinners’ than some of the People who believed in Jesus and were forgiven! We are all bad! Their Problem was that they thought they were good!
  • Let’s not do the same
  • We all are Sinners and no Good!
  • The Parable of the Religious Man and of the Sinner
  • Word of advice to the Over-religious, and to the ‘very’ Righteous… from Jesus
  • “You don’t know what manner of Spirit you are of. For the Son of Man is not come to destroy Men’s lives, but to save them” [Luke 9:55 and 56]
  • Jesus’ Compassion towards the Downtrodden and outright Sinners
  • The Circumcision of the Heart [Romans 2:29]: Ouch! A Process painful to our Pride, but worth the Trouble
  • Paul’s greatest Transgression
  • Contrast between Saint Paul and King David, two of the Lord’s Men of force
  • In his last Visit to Jerusalem, Paul reversed his own Letter to the Galatians by compromising the Truth of the Gospel
  • James, the Lord’s Brother, a false Brother, brought in unaware, who came in privily to bring them back into the bondage of the Law of Moses
  • James, the Lord’s Brother became the Leader of the Hebrew Christian Church based on Blood and Flesh, and according to the Hebrew Traditions

Chapter Fourteen

  • “Be therefore Merciful, as your Father also is Merciful” [Luke 6:36]
  • If the Lord had blessed Sinners with Salvation by Grace, why couldn’t He forgive other Sinners and bless them also?
  • “Is your Eye evil because I am Good” [Matthew 20:16]
  • Many will be blessed even if they were not Believers
  • Some would say, “…but he that believes not shall be damned” [Mark 16:16]
  • Would the Lord ‘damn’ all those which were never told about Salvation during the last two thousand Years?
  • What about the People that chose not to believe, because they were ‘preached’ at the point of the Sword, or at the point of the Gun?
  • “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the World; but that the World through Him might be saved.” [John 3:17]
  • Blessed are the Poor in Spirit… and they that mourn… and the Meek… and those that hunger and thirst for Righteousness… and the Merciful… and the Peacemakers…
  • “This people draw close to me with their Mouth, and honor me  with their Lips; but their Heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me…” [Matthew 15:7 to 9]
  • “I send you forth as Sheep in the midst of Wolves: be therefore wise as Serpents and harmless as Doves” [Matthew 10:16]
  • The Lord will bless the Missionaries and the ones that strove to show His Love to others, even to their ‘Enemies’
  • The Lord will give the Earth to the Meek and Merciful not to the Warmongers
  • God is the God of Love above all, but also He is the God of Justice

Chapter Fifteen

  • What is Eternal Life?
  • Blinded by their Religiosity some people believe that the Lord is a harsh Judge that wouldn’t have Mercy on anyone who isn’t saved
  • “Then shall the King say unto them, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”
  • Millions of the Unsaved from all Nations and from all Time, will be blessed with eternal Life and with a Kingdom on Earth
  • The King of Kings, obviously, has many Kingdoms and One is earmarked for those who were Merciful to the least of His Brethren
  • Don’t you want to help and save those you love? God also, but infinitely more so!
  • Heaven is the Home of the Saved; and the New Earth will be the Home of the Meek and others whom the Lord will bless, although they were not saved
  • The Book of Revelation describes Nations which will live on the New Earth and have their own Kings
  • Common Misunderstanding about Salvation and Eternal Life
  • Salvation and Eternal Life are two different Things, although they have come to be viewed as One and the Same
  • Get a Life… ETERNAL that is!
  • Why do we quote the Book of Revelation in this Study of the Gospels?
  • LIFE + Eternal is Awesome
  • A short and necessary Detour into the Field of Prophecy
  • The First Resurrection, the Resurrection of the saved

Chapter Sixteen

  • Why Salvation is even greater than Eternal Life?
  • Is to have one’s Name ‘written in the Book of Life’ the same as ‘being saved’?
  • The ‘Rest of the Dead’ will be judged, each one according to their Works, and some will be blessed and some damned
  • Salvation is even greater than Eternal Life, here it is why
  • “I said, ‘You are Gods’” [John 10:34]
  • “What therefore God had joined together, let not man put asunder” [Matthew 19:6]
  • The Lamb of God, Jesus, gets married to His Bride, the Bride of the Lamb
  • If we believe in Jesus God wipes away all our Sins and makes us fit for His Kingdom!
  • The New Jerusalem, the City of God
  • I, John, saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem
  • Time to say goodbye, for a while

Chapter One: Jesus, The Foundation

Commitments and Dedication

This book is dedicated to the people that want to know Jesus, to those that already love and believe in Him, and to those that want to follow Him, by giving their lives to Him. The book doesn’t mean to either attack or defend religious Christian organizations, orders, groups or denominations, or anybody else, although it speaks candidly on many subjects related to the central matter of this study. It only strives to uphold and promote Jesus and His words, as the main foundation of the Christian faith, regardless of which group or Christian branch believers may belong to. Therefore these pages focus on the Words and Life of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospels and bases any claims on the authority of the words of Jesus. In that context, if any of the propositions of this book contradicts the Words of Jesus, the proposition should be considered invalid and nothing more than another guess or assumption. I apologize in advance if any such statements manage to creep into this text, due to my ignorance, or lack of understanding or perspective. In addition, if I present a personal opinion or interpretation of the words of Jesus, I am committed to make the fact plenty clear and to offer support and potential proofs of the assumptions based solely on the Words and deeds of Jesus, as recorded in the gospels.

However, this book is not meant to initiate long discussions about who is right and who is wrong, or to start more denominational or religious bellicose arguments. If you agree to check out this study, you do so at your own risk, it is offered as is, and without any guarantees of perfection. The author assumes you have the maturity of judgment to check out and read someone else’s opinions and benefit from the good and discard the not-so-good, without starting any contentions and divisions. Enjoy!

Come to Jesus!

Ultimately, the aim of this book is to point people to Jesus, not to the author of the book and not to any particular organization or association. If you are a member of one such organization, or if you are not, but you claim to believe in Jesus it is your individual responsibility to make sure you know Who you believe in. Jesus said to ‘come unto Me (Jesus)’. This study aims to bring people closer to Him, the Savior, and it doesn’t aim to replace the words of Jesus, or to defend any particular ism or institution. “Come unto me, all you that toil and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my burden upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” [Matthew 11:28 to 30]. Jesus is the Savior and only He can save us. Let’s focus on His words and on His life as we grow closer to Him!

The comments in this book, sometimes controversial, don’t pretend to reform Christian institutions in any way, as those same institutions are responsible for their own affairs and decisions before the Lord, but the comments are offered to further assist those that may wonder how they could benefit from the experiences and successes of organized Christian institutions while minimizing their pitfalls and disadvantages. The study also may provide insight in how to navigate the fleeting, temporal kingdoms of humankind, while being loyal to the Kingdom of God and its eternal ways.

Build on The Rock Foundation

As mentioned, the main focus of the study is on the Gospels, as they are the most authoritative Source and Foundation on which a wise believer or follower of Jesus could build. A word of advice on hearing Jesus’ Words, as recorded in the gospels: do what they say also, and not just hear them. As Jesus said, “…whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a Rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a Rock. And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” [Matthew 7:24 to 28]. Thus, read and do what Jesus said and you will do fine through the storms of life and in your voyage into life eternal.

The Writers of the four Gospels, and the particular Focus of their Accounts

The gospels writers, in the order their books appear in the New Testament are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The gospel writers did a very good job of recording the different types of answers and comments Jesus made, often by simply recording verbatim what they heard and what they experienced while being with the Lord. They simply recorded the things they witnessed, whether they were able to grasp the real meaning of what Jesus was saying and doing or not. They did that because their faith in Jesus was greater than even their understanding of what He was saying or doing. In other words, they recorded the message He gave whether they could understand what the Master was taking about or couldn’t, or even when Jesus’ message contradicted their deeply held traditions and views of God, His ways, and His Kingdom. An example of this is when Jesus stated to a multitude of people and sympathizers that “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood; you have no life in you. Who eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day” [John 6:53 and 54].

The objective and unprejudiced Records of the Gospels

This saying of Jesus was extremely offensive and almost repugnant to the Jews and even to many of His “followers”, as the Mosaic Laws forbade eating any blood of any creature and those that did were cut off from the people of Israel, and needlessly to say, the Law opposed any form of cannibalism or eating of human flesh. It is stated in the Law of Moses, “And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel… that eats any manner of blood… I will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul” [Leviticus 17:10 to 12]. So according to the Hebrew traditions what Jesus was saying was a total heresy. Notice, that the Law in that passage stated that “it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul”, meaning that it pays the price for the forgiveness of the sins of the people. That was a clear reference to Jesus’ blood, the Lamb of God, which was going to be offered many centuries later, for the salvation of all humankind, and for our atonement. Obviously, the blood of any animal couldn’t cleanse from sins and God knew that all along; otherwise there wouldn’t have been any need to send the Savior and “the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world” [John 1:29].

However, when Jesus’ said that people should drink His blood and eat His flesh, “many of His disciples went back and walked no more with him” [John 6:66]. Afterward, Jesus asked the twelve disciples whether they “Will also go away?” [John 6:67], but they stayed with Him, proving that they believed that Jesus was right even when it looked like His words and actions contradicted their most venerated traditions and religious beliefs. It is that faith they had in Him that made them into such true witnesses and keepers of the Words. Their accounts, especially those of John and Matthew who were among those twelve disciples, record what Jesus said and did ‘no matter what’ and offer an unfiltered and unbiased record of Who He is. The gospels of John and Matthew offer the perfect environment for the readers to “come and see” for themselves [John 1:46].

By the way, we don’t have to drink any ‘physical’ blood or eat any ‘physical’ flesh, as Jesus clarified to the remaining disciples after His shocking “eat my flesh and drink my blood” message that, “It is the spirit that quickens (that gives life); the flesh (His flesh or the blood of His flesh) profits nothing: the ‘Words that I speak unto you’, they are Spirit (Jesus’ Spirit), and they are Life (Jesus’ Life)” [John 6:63]. That’s precisely what the gospels give us, Jesus’ words unadulterated, and as they were delivered by the Lord.

The existing minor Discrepancies between the Gospels show that the Records have not been tampered with, but that the Originals have been preserved faithfully

Some critics of the accuracy of the gospels have claimed and pointed to the minor discrepancies found in the records of the four gospels as a ‘proof’ that it is not possible to trust in their reliability. They claim that if there is a ‘mistake’ or discrepancy found, that’s a proof that the testimony is not valid. However, that’s exactly the same that happens in the great majority of the records of history, and it is often taken as a mark of their authenticity, as records are written by different individuals, often separated by distance, time lapses and viewpoints. In the case of the gospels, the minor discrepancies are also a proof that they were written by different witnesses and recorders at different locations and that their testimony is not ‘exactly’ the same, and that therefore there has not been a ‘doctoring’ of the original texts to try to make them jive, or to make them picture perfect, or politically correct.

Another point often brought up by critics is that while the three synoptic gospels [Matthew, Mark and Luke] often refer to the same events and in a similar order, John includes passages that the others don’t, mentioning places and people that the other gospels don’t mention. To understand the reason for this, it is important to keep in mind that John, along with Peter and James, John’s older brother, were present in a number of events that the other disciples weren’t, as Jesus would ask the other disciples and many of His other followers not to come along, such as when Jesus resurrected the young daughter of “… a man named Jairus,… a ruler of the synagogue” [Luke 8:41]. Jesus went to Jairus house, where the young girl lay dead “And when he came into the house, he suffered (allowed) no one to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden” [Luke 8:51]. Another example is when “Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him” [Matthew 17:1 to 3]. “And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead” [Matthew 17:9]. So, it is obvious that John reported a number of things and events that the other disciples didn’t witness, although they must have heard about them in due time. Peter never wrote a gospel, although he instructed Mark who did write a gospel; and James, John’s older brother, was martyred not long after Jesus’ resurrection, and never wrote a gospel either.

In addition, John didn’t write his gospel for the converted Hebrews and Jews, as for example Matthew did, who also wrote his gospel while in Palestine, but John wrote for all humankind and for the gentiles, and he boldly reported a number of Jesus’ visits to Jerusalem and to Judah that the other gospels didn’t record. John includes many heated and antagonistic encounters and exchanges Jesus had with the chief priests and Jewish rabbis there, as well as many of the miracles Jesus performed while in Jerusalem. Before meeting Jesus, John had been a close follower of John the Baptist, and also recorded John the Baptist’s dialogue with messengers of the priests from Jerusalem who wanted to inquiry about his work and his authority to baptize. John, the disciple, was quite young when he followed Jesus and decided to become His disciple, and he referred to himself sometimes, as the disciple that Jesus loved, as he was almost like ‘the baby disciple’. Moreover, John’s gospel is the only one to record Jesus’ meeting and conversation with Nicodemus, a ruler and master of Israel, who came to speak with Jesus and to ask Him questions, “during the night” [John 3:2] for fear of being seen by other Jews, who would have disapproved of the meeting. John was also “known of the Jewish high priest” in Jerusalem, which gave John a sort of an ‘insider’ status, when it came to knowing information about the society of Jerusalem and its reactions to the ‘New Prophet in Town’, Jesus. After Jesus was apprehended in Jerusalem by emissaries of the Jewish elders and while He was pending ‘judgment’ and condemnation by the elders and by the high priest, and was waiting for His eventual execution, John was instrumental in arranging that Peter could enter the house of the high priest with him, where Jesus was kept captive [John 18:15 and 16]. Also, His gospel has a number of other events that only John reported, including some of Jesus’ most controversial encounters with friends and enemies. Obviously, the views of some critics that the gospel of John is ‘different’ and therefore should be doubted is a very poor argument, as John no doubt recorded events that either the other gospel writers didn’t witness first hand, or were not in a position to report about authoritatively.

The gospel Writers did exercise a measure of Self—censure in what they said plainly and what they only suggested, without giving too many Details

In that sense, while the gospel writers didn’t alter, added to, or change Jesus’ words or actions, they did choose what to write about from among the innumerable things they have heard or have seen, as they directed their writing to specific audiences, and to highlight and focus on the major points of His teaching. By the same token, some of them omitted certain parts of His teachings or words while others didn’t report them at all for different reasons, such as to avoid adding additional and unnecessary opposition to the already highly controversial message of Jesus. In a few instances they only suggested some facts, without giving too many details about it.

An example of the latter is found in the gospel of John chapter four, which records an occasion in which Jesus and His disciples spent two days in a Samaritan village, where the whole population readily accepted Him as the promised Messiah and Savior promised in Old Testament Scripture. It is important to keep in mind that Samaritans were highly disliked by the Hebrew and the Jewish people, and that religious Jews neither would have spent any time in Samaria, nor would have stayed in a Samaritan house, much less would have they eaten their food or eaten with them; as the Samaritans were virtual untouchables to the Jews. So, although John records that after the people of that village believed that Jesus is the Savior, they spent two full days and nights in their village, he doesn’t record any of the things that Jesus taught, said or did among the Samaritans, after accepting their offer to stay for a while in their village. Jesus would most certainly have performed healings among people with such a strong faith and belief on Him, and would have taught remarkable lessons about God’s love for the Gentiles and for all mankind; however, John didn’t offer any insight into it.

Jesus spent two Days in a ‘Samaritan’ Town in which the whole population believed He is the Messiah, but there is little Record of what Jesus said and did during those two Days

John’s lack of offering more details is noteworthy, especially when that is the only town in which the whole population is recorded to have received the Savior as such [John 4:42], and to have believed in Him, even much earlier than what Jesus would have agreed for His disciples to tell people in Israel that He was the Messiah. As it is recorded in Matthew, Jesus “charged… His disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ” [Matthew 16:20], and that was much later than the time when the whole Samaritan village had received Him and believed that He was the Messiah.

Considering that the Samaritans had a religion that the Hebrews considered a fake imitation of their Hebrew religion and a heresy, the omission of any additional facts about their stay at their town is no surprise. The Samaritan village were Jesus and His disciples stayed for two days was known to the Jews of that day as Sychar, but it was actually the ancient spot known as Shechem, which was the final burying place of the bones of the Patriarch Joseph and a place where Jacob (also known as the Patriarch Israel) had dug a well [John 4:5 and 12], still in use in Jesus’ days. Near the village there was a mountain that was the place where the Samaritans would perform their religious ceremonies, instead of going to the temple in Jerusalem. So, that particular town, Shechem, (also called, Sychar, in a derogatory way) although intimately related to the history of the Hebrews, it was by the time Jesus spent a couple days there a completely ‘heretical’ place for religious Jews, who wouldn’t have dared to go there or wouldn’t have approved of any self-respecting Jew of doing so.

Relevance of the Gospels of John and Matthew

As mentioned, the gospels of Matthew and of John are given special relevance in this book as both of these men, as disciples of Jesus, were direct witnesses for the space of more than three years of the public and private life of Jesus, when He was among humans and in the flesh. John was present and close to the Lord from the beginning of His public life, and had been aware of the Messiah’s imminent arrival even before that, as John had been previously a follower of John the Baptist, as it was also mentioned. John the Baptist’s main message and mission as a prophet had been to announce the coming of the Messiah and to prepare the way for Him [John 1:19 to 23]. After leaving John the Baptist, to follow Jesus and become His disciple, John, the gospel writer, continued to be close to the Lord to the very end, and as mentioned, he was one of the three disciples closest to the Lord. John was even present at the crucifixion, close to the foot of the cross, at which time Jesus commended the future care of His mother, Mary, to John. As John recorded in his own gospel, “When Jesus (while hanging in the cross) therefore saw his mother, and the disciple (John) standing by, whom He loved, He said unto his mother, Woman, behold your son! Then said He to the disciple (to John), Behold your mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home” [John 19:26 and 27]. He was also one of the first witnesses, along with Peter, of His resurrection, although the first person to meet and talk with Jesus after His resurrection was Mary Magdalene.

In contrast, Matthew joined and followed Jesus somewhat later [Matthew 9:9] and wasn’t part of Jesus’ inner circle of three disciples, which included Peter, James (the brother of John) and John. Notice that whenever the twelve disciples are named in the gospels their names are given in a certain order, and John is always mentioned with the first four leading disciples, but Matthew appears down the line in the seventh or eighth position [Matthew 10:2; Mark 3:17; Luke 6:14]. (Notice also that Judas Iscariot is always mentioned last, as the twelfth, with the added explanation that he was the traitor).

Matthew, however, was a Levite, and as such had been trained from an early age to be a recorder and transcriber of Scripture and he would have applied those skills passed from generation to generation of Levites, to record the words and deeds of Jesus, accurately and with remarkable insight. In addition, he would have also been very familiar with the writings of the prophets, as that was the Levites’ profession, we could say, to transcribe Scripture. Matthew wrote his gospel to help the Hebrew people to understand that Jesus had fulfilled the Law of Moses and the prophecies about the Coming Messiah; while, as mentioned, the gospel of John is more universal and even have a more eternal focus, directed to all humankind and to people of all times, not only to the Jewish people. That’s the reason why John often explains facts that any Hebrew or Jew would have known, such as the comment he wrote saying that “the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was approaching” [John 6:4]. The Passover is one of the most important celebrations in the Hebrew calendar and obviously John didn’t have to inform any Jew or Hebrew that the Passover is one of their feasts. That would be the equivalent of writing a book for a Christian audience and state that, ‘Christmas, a feast celebrated by Christians, was approaching’. More about these two gospels, Matthew’s and John’s, soon!


Luke, the author of the third gospel included in the canon of the New Testament, was not a Jew or Hebrew at all and he dedicated his gospel to a certain Theophilus, apparently a high-ranking or influential Gentile (a non-Jew or non-Hebrew) whom Luke had been teaching about Jesus. Luke wrote his gospel and the accompanying Book of the Acts of the Apostles to provide an historical and chronological account of Jesus life and of the beginning of the Christian faith throughout the Roman Empire to the said Theophilus. Still, although Luke wasn’t one of Jesus’ disciples and apostles, like Matthew and John have been, he got to travel and live with Paul in a number of occasions and for long periods of time, including traveling along with Paul in a fateful trip to Jerusalem, in which Paul compromised and reversed the things he had been teaching about Jesus, just to please the Hebrew Christians. The Hebrew Christians mostly quartered in and around Jerusalem and were Jews who had converted to Christianity, and who had tried to preserve and import into the Christian faith the religious regulations and traditions of their former Jewish religion. More on this later!

As mentioned, in addition to Luke’s gospel, you could read Luke’s Book of Acts of the Apostle, which offers detailed accounts of those times he spent with Paul while they were traveling, establishing and visiting groups of Christians throughout Asia Minor and eastern and southern Europe, including during Paul’s captivity under Rome. Luke was a physician and as such was quite educated and cultured, in contrast to many of the early disciples. As Luke wrote about Peter and John, “Now when they (the educated religious leaders) saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were ‘unlearned and ignorant men’, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus” [Acts 4:13].

Luke quotes the great Rabbi Gamaliel, who was also mentioned in The Talmud

However, although Luke was quite educated, being a Greek he wouldn’t have been educated in the Hebrew Scriptures so much. Paul in the other hand, who as mentioned instructed Luke in the Christian faith, had a very strong background of the Hebrew culture, being a Jew and having been a zealous Pharisee, and having learned the scriptures at the “feet of Gamaliel”. Gamaliel was a renowned Hebrew Rabbi and teacher mentioned in The Talmud, the body of Jewish civil and ceremonial law and traditions and who was also the grandson of the prominent Rabbi Hillel. Gamaliel was later considered to be one of the foremost authorities of all time in the Hebrew religion and Scriptures. Paul’s background would have amply compensated for any lack in Luke’s own knowledge of the Hebrew Scriptures, traditions and history. It is noteworthy, that Gamaliel is mentioned in Luke’s Acts of the Apostles, as defending the disciples’ right to believe and preach what they did, long before Paul switched from a being an enemy of the Christians to being one of its flaming apostles. In that instance, Luke wrote that the disciples, not long after Jesus’ resurrection, were taken captive also and taken in front of the same council who had condemned Jesus to death. To say the least, they were in for trouble there, but “Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space… And said unto them (to the Council), Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do as touching these men… And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to naught: But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest haply you be found even to fight against God” [Acts 5:34 and 35; 38].

Luke wrote directly in Greek, unlike Matthew whose gospel was originally written in the language of Palestine and was later translated to the Greek language. Luke’s Greek style and language is considered by many scholars to be very precise and highly educated, on par almost with Classical Greek language. In addition, he was in a position to research, inquire and double-check information, as he often visited and met different groups of Christians scattered through Asia Minor and Greece, where he would have met many of the direct witnesses and a number of the early leaders of the Christian Church, who would have been a rich source of detailed information about Jesus’ life. He wrote to Theophilus in the mentioned introduction to his gospel, “It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto you in order, most excellent Theophilus, that you might know the certainty of those things, wherein you had been instructed.” [Luke 1:3 and 4]. He claims to have a perfect understanding from the beginning of the things related to Jesus and to be writing them in the proper order, apparently referring to the chronological one.


The fourth gospel is Mark’s. He had been a teen when Jesus taught in Israel and had probably heard many things about Him from first hand witnesses and perhaps personally. His uncle Barnabas went to become one of the early leaders of Christianity, traveling and establishing groups of believers with Paul, through Asia Minor and the Mediterranean coasts. In fact, Mark joined Paul and Barnabas in some of those hazardous early trips, later traveled and worked with Peter, to then again rejoin Paul once again. He would have had access to firsthand information from many different sources and hundreds of witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection, of which Paul claimed in one of his letters there were about five hundred still alive in his day [1 Corinthians 15:6]. Some scholars claim that the gospel of Mark somehow resembles and follows the writing of some of Peter’s letters and epistles who as mentioned also had been his mentor. So, the gospels of Luke and Mark, while not on par with John’s and Matthew’s, in their category of first hand witnesses, are choke full of inside information and are sometimes quoted in this study. The sum of these four gospels is the most detailed and faithful source of information known to us about the life of Jesus, the Messiah. It is important to keep in mind that the bulk of Jesus’ message was meant for the billions to whom God was offering a gift of Salvation by grace and mercy, and not only for the people of Palestine and Israel. Salvation is a pure gift offered by God because it is not based on what we were supposed to do or pay to obtain it, but on what God was doing and paying to secure our eternal life and freedom from ‘prosecution’. Obviously, if we would have to pay anything to receive Salvation, it wouldn’t be a gift, but it would be something we buy. However, it is a gift because God paid the price for us. The price God paid for our salvation was the very Life of Jesus that was offered in love and as a ransom payment for our lives. Nobody could have ever paid that price for us, other than God and His only Son, Jesus, the Messiah and Savior. That universal message of the gospels answers the questions of life and death, both temporal and eternal.

The Reliability of ‘The Gospels’, also known as ‘The Good News’

The word ‘Gospel’ means ‘Good News’ and the good news were given for all humankind, past, present and future irrespective of ethnic groups, nations, gender, age or even regardless of the amount of debt owed by any of the individual parties to God. The gift of salvation was neither conditional on people fulfilling and keeping religious laws, nor regulations, nor attending ceremonies or temples, but in God’s infinite grace. “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” [John 1:17]. To be sure and absolutely clear, the Good News can be summarized in John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world (collectively and each one of us), that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in Him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life” in Heaven and forever and as an absolutely free gift.

Notice that as the main proposition of this book is that to understand Jesus is primordial to understand what He said and did, as they are preserved and encapsulated in the gospels, this work aims to exclude most arguments that may be based either on the records of Old Testament scriptures; the commentary and letters of the New Testament and; and the teaching of generations of believers, followers, religious leaders, scholars and apologists since then. So, although this study mentions and offers plenty of information about all of those sources and Old and New Testament scriptures, its history and background, it aims to only offer conclusions based on the words of Jesus as recorded in the gospels.


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When I was a young adult Jesus called me to follow Him. I left everything behind and launched into an exciting journey following the guidance of His words. The journey took me to live in several continents to share the love and life I have found in Jesus. The more I shared, the more I learned and the more I found a great spiritual freedom and zest for life.