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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
How
did, and does, Satan deceive, move, and sway human–
ity? The amazing answer will be given later.
Christ's Gospel Rejected
Notice why and how the rejection ofChrist's gospel happened.
In the eighth chapter of John, verses 30 through 46, you will
read: "As he spake these words, mahy believed on him. Then said
Jesus to
those Jews which believed on him,
lf ye continue in
my
word,
[His message] then are ye my disciples indeed; ... but ye seek
to kili me, because
my word [His gospel message] hath no place in
you.
...
But now ye seek to kili me, a man that hath told you the
truth, which 1 have heard of God ... for 1 proceeded forth and
carne from God; neither carne 1of myself, but
he sent me.
...
And
because 1 tell you the truth,
ye believe me not.
...
And if 1 say the
truth,
why do ye not
believe me?"
In due time, the Romans crucified Jesus. But He rose from
the dead and ascended into heaven. From there, He sent God's
Holy Spirit for His disciples.
Christ's apostles went out, as He commissioned them, to pro–
claim His message to the world. God's Church was raised up
(A.D.
31) to back the proclaiming ofthe message. The Church be–
gan to grow, then "caught tire," and multiplied.
But Satan connived to set up a powerful Gentile religious
leader with a counterfeit religion - the ancient Babylonian mys–
tery religioil. He hatched a counterfeit "gospel." He even appro–
priated the name of Christ, calling that religion "Christianity."
That, I know, is a breathtaking revelation, difficult today,
1900 years later, to believe. But nonetheless, it is true!
The Counteñeit "Gospel" Is Set Up
In Samaria, north of Jerusalem, lived a Gentile people whom the
Jews of Christ's day spurned, calling them "dogs." They had been
moved there from areas of the Babylonian Empire about 700 B.C.
by various kings, including Shalmaneser of Assyria (11 Kings
17:18, 21-24, etc.). They had brought with them into the land of
Samaria their own Babylonian mystery religion. In the eighth
chapter of Acts you'll read of their religious leader in the time of
Christ, Simon Magus the Sorcerer.