Jesus anticipates manmade teachings and pre-responds with the truth. Many say they follow Jesus yet continue to follow manmade doctrines of their favorite religion. When obeying Jesus' teachings, "THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE" [Jn 8:32 GN] from sin and also from "MAN-MADE" [Mt 15:9 TL] teachings. At times it appears Jesus knew the teachings people would make up as His teachings contradict some popular manmade teachings of our day.

First many believe you can be angry and not sin however Jesus teaches "WHOEVER IS ANGRY WITH HIS BROTHER WITHOUT A CAUSE SHALL BE IN DANGER OF THE JUDGMENT" [Mt 5:22 NKJ]. Better to avoid anger and not risk sinning, especially as it may affect our eternal life.

Our second example is many believe a teaching that if you confess your sins you will be forgiven. Certainly it is good to confess our sins to God but we must not neglect to also forgive others as Jesus teaches "IF YOU FORGIVE MEN WHEN THEY SIN AGAINST YOU, YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER WILL ALSO FORGIVE YOU" Mt 6:14 NI. Yes, it is a lot easier to just confess your sins than to forgive others but obedience to Jesus is important. To reinforce the teaching Jesus clarifies, "IF YOU DO NOT FORGIVE MEN THEIR SINS, YOUR FATHER WILL NOT FORGIVE YOUR SINS" Mt 6:15 NI. To confess our sins and consider ourselves forgiven while neglecting to forgive others would be a serious mistake.

Our third example is many believe a teaching that Jesus will return secretly to get certain people. Jesus tells us "WHEN THE SON OF MAN COMES, HE WILL BE SEEN BY EVERYONE. IT WILL BE LIKE LIGHTNING FLASHING IN THE SKY THAT CAN BE SEEN EVERYWHERE" [Mt 24:27 IC]. Jesus' return is not a secret. God's messengers told Jesus followers after Jesus ascended to heaven, "JESUS … WILL COME BACK IN THE SAME WAY YOU SAW HIM GO" [Ac 1:11 IC]. Many years later Jesus revealed to John that Jesus "IS COMING ON THE CLOUDS! EVERYONE WILL SEE HIM, INCLUDING THOSE WHO PIERCED HIM" [Rev 1:7 GN]. Jesus "WILL COME AGAIN" [Mt 16:27 IC] and it will not be a secret!

Our fourth example is many believe a teaching that if you call Jesus "Lord" you will be saved but Jesus says, "NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS TO ME, `LORD, LORD,' WILL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, BUT ONLY HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN" Mt 7:21 NI. Obeying God or doing God's will is a key theme in Jesus' ministry who tells us to pray daily to God "THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN" Mt 6:10 KJ. Jesus our role model not only teaches it, He lived it as He told God one time, "NOT MY WILL, BUT YOURS, BE DONE" Lk 22:42 NKJ. A follower of Jesus will do what God wants or seek to know and do God's will.

Our final example is many believe we are no longer under the law. Jesus clearly states "DON'T THINK THAT I HAVE COME TO DESTROY THE LAW OF MOSES OR THE TEACHING OF THE PROPHETS. I HAVE NOT COME TO DESTROY THEIR TEACHINGS BUT TO DO WHAT THEY SAID. I TELL YOU THE TRUTH. NOTHING WILL DISAPPEAR FROM THE LAW UNTIL HEAVEN AND EARTH ARE GONE. THE LAW WILL NOT LOSE EVEN THE SMALLEST LETTER OR THE SMALLEST PART OF A LETTER UNTIL ALL HAS HAPPENED" [Mt 5:17-18 IC]. Yes, the ideas of not having any laws and just relying on grace is appealing but have no doubt "EARTH" is not "GONE". One time a man came to Jesus and asked what he should do to have "eternal life?" Jesus first response was "OBEY THE COMMANDMENTS" [Mt 19:16-19 NI] and then mentioned some of the Ten Commandments. Anyone who thinks they can have eternal life without making an effort to obey God's law, the Ten Commandments, is deceiving themselves.

Yes, many manmade teachings have support of statements recorded in the bible by men other than Jesus or His Father. Some religions have even developed manmade teachings to try to make all words written in the bible equal to the words of Jesus and God. We need to remember the statement about people who "examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true" [Ac 17:11 NI]. There is only one "GOD" who "GAVE HIS ONLY SON" [Jn 3:16] Jesus to the world. Jesus is the only person who tells the complete "TRUTH" [Jn 14:6] as He followed God's guidance on what to "SAY" [Jn 12:49].

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