LISTEN TO REASONS! Why I quit Christianity by Marc Di Leone
I was born a Roman Catholic, but when I was nine years old my parents left the "Church" and became members of the "Assemblies of God" denomination. What they didn't realize was that they had only changed the outer, superficial aspects of their religion while retaining inwardly the doctrines and errors of Rome. They were still placing their faith in a book which had been in the hands of Rome and her priesthood for centuries, the so-called "New Testament". What good is it for a man to change his outer garments, if his body is still filthy and unwashed?
Marc Di Leone
By the time I was inducted into the armed forces, I was active in "witnessing for Christ", and thus came into contact with men of all faiths, including Jews. I had always wondered why the Jews, Jesus' own people, had valiantly resisted all efforts of the Church to convert them for centuries! Fire and force couldn't break them. Aside from a handful of renegades and neurotics who had deserted now and then, Israel has said "NO!" to Christianity unflinchingly, down through the ages! Praise YHVH, the Holy one of Israel. I now understand why!
One day, after trying to convince an acquaintance that he should read the New Testament, I finally admitted to myself that a book is no substitute for reality! You can't prove that someone is, or was, a "messiah" who has saved the world, by ramming a book down peoples' throats! Has the world been saved by Jesus? Can our sins be forgiven just by believing they have been forgiven? Can faith replace "good works"? I began seriously re-examining Christianity's doctrines and claims in the light of the so-called "Old Testament" (neither "old" in the sense of being void and discarded, nor a "testament"). I began to scrutinize the basic tenets of the "New Testament" as they appear, minus the explanations of some sect or church. This can be both revealing and shocking! For example, we read in John 3:16; "for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life!" Some may think that it was mighty nice of God to permit his "only son" to die for you and me, but what are the real implications of this statement? First of all, it means that God approves of human sacrifice, an ideal incompatible with what is written in the Law and Prophets. Secondly, it means that God so hated and deceived the Israelites that he automatically condemned them to damnation by giving them a law they couldn't possibly obey! Thus, all the generations between Moses and John the Baptist "went to hell" as a divine whim! Thirdly, it means that God wasn't capable of forgiving our sins without shedding someone's blood (despite what God Himself says in Isaiah 43:25). If God had "loved" the wicked, sinning world, He could have forgiven all sin without having His "son" murdered! Here's another theological gem by Pail, the apostate Jew who later became a "saint": "where there is no law, there is no transgression!" (Romans 4:15)---- "I had not known sin but by the law: for I had not known lust except the law had said, 'thou shalt not covet'!" (Romans 7:7)---- "For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died, and the commandment which was ordained to life, I (Paul) found to be unto death! For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me" etc. etc. etc. (ibid., verses 9-11).
Poor Paul had a sin-obsession. All he had to do was read the Mosaic laws against coveting, adultery, murder, etc. and immediately he felt an irrepressible urge to covet, commit adultery, murder etc. So he invented a gimmick whereby the law was "eliminated". Since dead men are no longer under the law (?), we must all "die" (by believing in Christ crucified) be buried (symbolized by baptism) and resurrected to a new life without the old "carnal" Mosaic law to pester us and make us want to sin! (see Romans, chap. 6). We are now "free from sin" because there's no law against sinning! - no law to sin against!
After having seen the true light of YHVH's Word in the Hebrew Scriptures, I no longer have to accept all these absurd teachings. I no longer have to "believe" that a man in whom "all the fullness of the Godhead dwelleth bodily" (Colossians 2:9) could be taken up onto a mountain by Satan (Satan wasn't that dumb!) and offered dominion over the earth (Luke 4:6)! I no linger have to believe that a man "equal to God" (Philippians 2:5-6) would be forsaken by God and would have to cry to God to save him 9Matthew 27:46)! I no longer have to believe that one third of the Almighty Creator had to become a "man", just to find out how tough it is to be a man, in order to have mercy on mankind! You can be sure that our Merciful Father knows our frailties and temptations without dying on a cross Himself.
I now know that the whole concept of a god-man who is killed, buried and resurrected is a pagan doctrine common to the cults of baal, adonis, and mithra of Canaan and Hellas, and NOT a doctrine of YHVH's true Scripture! I now know that if I sincerely repent and DO what YHVH wants me to do, I am saved from sin (Ezekiel 33:14-19)! And I know that it is YHVH our Redeemer who is the ONLY TRUE SAVIOUR (Isaiah 43:11) and it is He that forgives our sins (ibid., verse 25). I also know just what YHVH requires of me - no blood-letting or human sacrifices; only to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with my Saviour, YHVH (Micah 6:6-8)!
In conclusion, to my Christian brethren I say, get rid of all the pagan doctrines of Canaan, Hellas and Babylon-Rome, and come to YHVH (spelled YEHOVAH in the massoretic text; some prefer YAHWEH) the One and Only, today!
To my new found brethren of Israel I say: proclaim the name of YHVH, free yourselves of the traditions and superstitions of men and return to the principles of your true ancient faith contained in the "Tanach, the Hebrew Bible, bear witness to these truths, bring light to all mankind, fulfill your destiny!
Sincerely, Marc Di Leone
This testimony is reprinted by the "Light of Israel" Tract Centre,
M. Alfandari, Director