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Who Are The True Christians ??



Dr. Adel Elsaie


http://www.usislam.org/pdf/History-of-Truth3.pdf, Page 55





Lost Christianities - Bart Ehrman



I don't believe that Christians today are the true and the original Christians. The original Christians were the Ebionites. Their first leader was St. James, the half brother of Jesus. Read The Epistle ( letter in the Bible) of James. I feel if I give a link, you will not read it. So I give it to you here:

There are a number of distinct characteristics that set the Epistle (letter in the Bible)) of James apart from the other New Testament Epistles:

Jesus is mentioned only twice in James 1:1 and James 2:1. There is not a single verse of his death, his resurrection, and Paul salvation theology. This indicates that James and his group, the Ebionites, did not believe in these items. James gives us the pure teachings of Jesus rather than teachings about Jesus.

In James 5.10-11 it was Job and not Jesus who serves as an example of endurance and willingness to suffer for the purpose of God. This is totally against Pauline Christianity which is based upon the ultimate suffering and crucifixion of Jesus for the human sins.

The Epistle emphasizes that faith has to be accompanied with wisdom (1:2-8), and declares that faith without works is dead (2:14-26). This is totally against Paul in his epistles to the Roman and Galatians that stress on belief in Jesus, born again, Jesus loves you, Jesus dies for you and all the other nice slogans that do not require even believing in the Ten Commandments. James was not merely talking about the importance of works; he was making his case by asserting it against Paul�s view that faith alone, without works, is sufficient.

The Epistle portrays a deep sympathy for the poor and persecuted (2:1-9, 5:1-6), while at the same time criticizing the rich (4:13-17, 5:1-6). This is again strongly reminiscent of what we know about the original Jewish-Christian community in Jerusalem, where the term the poor was commonly used as an honorable title to describe the community there - either the whole group or a large part of it.

There is no mention of Gentiles within the church. In fact, James does not mention Gentiles at all, and the Letter was addressed to the twelve Jewish tribes in the Dispersion. It is likely that this Epistle was written before the Jerusalem Council of Acts 15 and that Gentiles had not yet been accepted into the church.

Christianity is not presented in contrast with Judaism. There is no �us versus them� mentality. Instead Christianity is presented as a fulfillment of the Jewish faith. The only distinction is that Jesus is recognized as the Messiah, and the emphasis on the spirit of the Jewish Law.

Can you explain the above points?? Or you don't believe St. James?

References:

The Ebionites and the Nazarenes, http://www.usislam.org/pdf/Please-Revise-the-Bible.pdf  Chapter 2, Page 62