When arriving at the knowledge of the truth, especially if one has a judeochristian background, there are certain 'hurdles' we must overcome; 'hurdles' of error. It is sometimes hard to believe we've been taught so many lies. From the whole 'gentile' thing to 'Jesus was a jew,' it's difficult to gauge where the lies begin and end.
The next 'hurdle' we must deal with is of a dual nature, found in the Gospel of John chapter 3. We'll be considering the idea of being 'born again' along with the popular interpretation of John 3:16. We would all agree that across the board, throughout all the denominations, these 'two pillars' stand in support of their doctrines of salvation. Our question is upon what foundation do these pillars stand?
The passage used to support the 'born again' premise actually establishes the context for John 3:16. So in this first study, through carefully examining the 'born again' passage, we will have a much clearer understanding of the facts, leading up to our second study of John 3:16.
A most common phrase many use to describe themselves is 'born again' Christian or believer. Presidential candidates during their campaigns such as Jimmy Carter, even as recent as Donald Trump, claim to have had the 'born again' experience. Many songs have been written, bumper stickers have been printed... but what is the basis for this idea? We will explore the roots of this and assess it's validity.
Sometimes a major issue with many of our people is having a traditional loyalty to a particular Bible translation. While it is evident one translation may not be as good as another, that does not mean that any English translation is completely perfect. Understand, a translation is only as reliable as the manuscripts it is based on (and there are various manuscripts and fragments, along with different 'families' of manuscripts), and only as honest as the individuals who did the actual translating.
In addition, we are talking about processes of copying and re-copying, along with translating from language to language, and that being by hundreds of people, spanning many centuries, around the globe. Also, what must be understood is that many translators were employed by particular denominations and in some cases, kingdoms or governments, which means there were certain 'agendas' that had to be considered and met.
Therefore, while it may seem to feel more 'conservative' to use a particular English translation of the Bible such as the King James Version, in reality, the main objective for any honest Christian must be to go to whatever lengths necessary to come to the knowledge of the truth. For no one should want their lives to be based on translations and interpreatations that do not reflect the true meaning of what Yahweh God intended for His people to receive from His Word.
Therefore you must decide for yourself what is the higher priority: traditions, familiarity, and feelings, or coming to the knowledge of the truth based on the most reliable Scriptural evidence available? It's up to you.
First off we must affirm there are absolutely no contradictions in the Scriptures. Any seeming contradiction we think we may have discovered, is either within our own misunderstanding, or in faulty translation or interpratation; it is never in the Scriptures. This is a reliable safeguard once you have established the surity of certain truths found clearly in the Scriptures.
One of those truths is God's Law of Kind after Kind. This is repeatedly evident in the opening chapters of the Book of Genesis and throughout the Scriptures. Yahweh God designed for all His creation to only reproduce itself, kind after kind. This of course pertains as well to the race of people Yahweh God originally created thru Adam: that a white/Adamic man is to only have sexual relations with a white/Adamic woman, producing white/Adamic children; kind after kind.
Anything that is taught that runs contrary to God's Law of Kind After Kind is nothing more than a corruption of the Scriptures and must be rejected. The racial message of the Gospel of Christ is clear and well established throughout the Scriptures. Therefore our concern must be, as we see so many white people and even non-whites claiming to be 'born again': does this idea fit with the Scriptures? For if this idea is true, it must bear out. Yet if it is found to conflict with the Scriptures, no matter how much sentiment and emotions we may have invested in it, we must be willing to humble ourselves and come to the knowledge of the truth of God.
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
It's obvious, Nicodemus wanted to meet with Yahshua Christ secretly. Nicodemus was a man of both religious and political position. He would've been considered a staunch conservative in his day, as opposed to the Saducees who would have been considered the liberals. Due to the miracles He had performed and the authority with which He spoke, Christ was seen as a controversial figure; as a threat to the power structure of the edomite jews. Though this was a late night encounter, Nicodemus was doing nothing wrong or else Christ would've never met him in this manner. Plus, with the multitudes constantly surrounding this Teacher from Galilee, it was probably the only way Nicodemus could speak to Christ without interruption.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Here begins our area of consideration. In the King James Version and in some other English versions of the Bible, the Greek word (anothen) is mistranslated as "born again" in this verse. Remember, it was the original manuscripts of the Old and New Testaments that were God-breathed or inspired by God. To say that the King James Version translators were inspired, is to suggest that God failed, and had to 'clean up His mess' by re-inspiring a translation. The Almighty doesn't operate that way.
Again, no English translation of the Bible is perfect including the King James Version. Therefore when necessary, we must go back to the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek manuscripts which are available, in order to do more intent word and lingustic studies.
When consulting for instance, the Nestle-Aland NOVUM TESTAMENTUM GRAECE (Greek New Testament) 28th Edition, we find this verse should read: "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born FROM ABOVE, he cannot see the kingdom of God." The use of the word "again" rather than "from above" is not an accurate translation. Furthermore, we must not go very far in order to show how this bears out. For later IN THIS SAME CHAPTER, right here in John 3, even in the King James Version, we have this same Greek word (anothen) correctly translated as " from above" in verse 31:
31 He that cometh from above (Greek: anothen)is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
As you can see, it makes no sense whatsoever to translate this word as 'again' here in verse 31. It also makes no sense, and has created tremendous confusion to translate anothen as "again" in John 3:3.
The reason for some (not all) to mistranslate this word in this way, is because they have an agenda to do so. That agenda is to twist this and other 'necessary' Scriptures in order to fit their denominational teachings, particularly in this case, Universalism and Personal Salvation. Though we may or may not recommend any of the following English versions, here are some examples of John 3:3 being better translated:
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
3 Jesus replied, "I tell you for certain that you must be born from above before you can see God’s kingdom!"
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
3 Jesus answered him, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above."
Young's Literal Translation (YLT)
3 Jesus answered and said to him, `Verily, verily, I say to thee, If any one may not be born from above, he is not able to see the reign of God;'
There is a huge difference between the implications of being 'born again' and being "born from above." The only conclusion is that this idea of being 'born again' is a man-made doctrine based on a wrong translation. Therefore since 'born again' should have never been in the Scriptures to begin with, the whole idea and denominational teachings surrounding it, must not only be questioned, but rejected.
Nicodemus' response reveals he knew Christ was only referring to something that had to do with physical birth:
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
Nicodemus understood Christ was talking about physical birth, speaking in reference to "his mother's womb." Then Christ clarifies to Nicodemus what the birth from above involves:
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
All people are physically born of water, even some animals. According to Christ, to be "born from above" is to "be born of water and of the Spirit." Christ is pointing out that not all people are physically born of water and of the Spirit of God, otherwise, why would He be bringing this out?!
Notice after Christ makes His first statement and Nicodemus responds, Christ doesn't go into any description of some secondary experience he must seek or how to be 'born again.' He's simply saying one "cannot see" or "enter into the kingdom of God" "except he be born from above," "except a man be born of water and of the Spirit" of God.
The context here is physical birth. Christ is describing the way our Creator designed for His children to be brought into existence: thru physical birth with His Spirit. Not only is the whole idea of a 'born again' experience false, but since we are "born from above," any additional experience is completely unnecessary since we are born with the Spirit of God at our physical birth.
Think about it, if Christ was trying to help Nicodemus understand the need for a secondary experience, the last thing Christ would want to use to illustrate it is physical birth! We have absolutely nothing to do with our own birth. Yet it is taught constantly that there is something additional we must do or seek to experience in order to be 'born again.' All Christ was telling Nicodemus was that if you're not born from above, born of water and of the Spirit, you cannot enter God's kingdom, much less see it.
The paid professional Bible 'experts' of today are therefore teaching the opposite of what Christ was teaching here. Christ was teaching that the descendants of the man God formed, are born with the Spirit of God at physical birth. What would have been the point in God breathing His Spirit into Adam when He created him, if His Spirit wasn't going to be passed down thru him to his own descendants thru their physical birth?
As the 'denominational scales' fall from your eyes, it will become more evident, that being born "from above" speaks of us being born with the Spirit of God. The Scriptures clearly proclaim that Yahweh God came from above, created Adam from the ground, and breathed His Spirit into him (Genesis 2:7). Therefore those who are Adam's offspring are also "born from above" when they are born from two Adamic parents.
Understand, Christ never came to teach anything new or contrary to that which was already taught in the Old Testament.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
JOHN 5:19, 30
19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
What is the expressed will of God up until the earthly ministry of Christ? The Old Testament Scriptures. Everything Yahshua Christ taught and performed in the New Testament was to interpret, explain, and fulfill the Old Testament. Yahshua was having this conversation with a supposed expert of the law of God, Nicodemus. Christ is speaking here of the Law of Kind after Kind from the first Book of Genesis, not something new.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Christ is teaching how kind begets kind in regards to God's children. That which is born of Adamic flesh is Adamic flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit of God is the Spirit of God; the Law of Kind after Kind. God personally formed Adam's flesh, but He didn't stop there, He breathed into Adam the Spirit. And the way Adam's children produce kind after kind is thru physical birth.
That which is born of two parents with Adamic flesh, is born with Adamic flesh. And that which is born of two Adamic parents with the Spirit of God, is born with the Spirit of God. Christ is merely teaching how the process of the Law of Kind after Kind operates.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again (from above).
As the prior two verses leading into this conversation attest (John 2:24-25), Christ, Who was Yahweh in the flesh "knew all...for he knew what was in men"- all people Christ came in contact with, He knew where they came from; He knew their genetics!
Christ knew Nicodemus was an Israelite, an Adamite, who had inherited the birth from above thru his parents. He told Nicodemus not to marvel at this, because Yahshua knew Nicodemus was born from above. All Adamites therefore, all Israelites, when they are physically born into this world, are born from above with the Spirit of God. If you are white and maybe don't fully understand this quite yet, don't marvel, just rejoice in it!
Notice also Christ is not saying "Ye must be born from above" in the sense of it being something one needs to seek for. But "Ye must be born from above" in order to see and enter the kingdom of God. In other words, when you were born, if you did not have two white parents who possess the kind of flesh and the Spirit, that God, Who came from above, gave to Adam, you cannot see or enter the kingdom of God.
But again, if you don't quite understand this fully, don't let it throw you; you're in 'the same boat' as good ole' Nicodemus. Just because we don't completely understand something, doesn't make it any less true. And when it comes to our birth, we never had any say so or choice in it anyway. Rest assured, as Nicodemus continued on in learning after Christ throughout his life, he came to a better understanding of this, and so will you.
Christ goes on to show that our knowledge of this or the lack thereof, does not impact the reality of this birth from above one bit:
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Though the translation of the King James Version here is sufficient, the language here is somewhat hard to follow.
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.
We physically experience the wind thru our senses, but we have no control over it. We were born from above and we had no control over it! Who controls the wind? The same God from above Who breathed His Spirit into Adam's nostrils and reproduces the race He created thru the Law of Kind After Kind. And if you are a white person, you have Adam's genetics, you've been born from above, of water and of the Spirit of God, therefore, you can see and enter into the kingdom of God.
Christ is teaching Nicodemus, you must be born from above or you CANNOT enter, or even SEE the kingdom or rule of God.
Everything the Apostles wrote, supplemental to the Gospels in the New Testament, is built upon and to expound only upon the foundation Christ laid in His earthly ministry. Therefore there must be something more in relation to this birth from above in the New Testament, and indeed there is. The Apostle John elaborates on this much more in:
I JOHN 2:29
29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
I JOHN 3:9-12
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
All of this is in similiar language Christ used in reference to physical birth, even as it pertains to those not born from above "the children of the devil."
The following verses are not talking about disembodied "spirits," but embodied "spirits." Disembodied spirits cannot claim to be "prophets" or teachers of the Scriptures:
I JOHN 4:1-3
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
As the Apostle John continues, he compares and contrasts between those who are the children born from above of God, and those who are not, who are born of this world:
I JOHN 4:4-6
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Only those born of God from above have this quality of faith:
I JOHN 5:4, 18
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
The Spirit within those born from above, never commits sin:
18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
There is no mention of being 'born again' in any of these verses, but being born of God which is the same as being born from above, just like what Christ taught in John 3. Everyone else is born of the world or of that wicked one.
What about the great Apostle Paul:
I CORINTHIANS 15:35-58
35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
This is all in God's hands: its pleased Him to breathe the Spirit into Adam and it pleased Him to pass It on to us thru physical birth. Our physical Adamic body is not the "body that it shall be," or our spiritual body, but like a seed, it contains it:
39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
Paul here is teaching the Law of Kind After Kind:
40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
That which is flesh is flesh, that which is Spirit is Spirit. One must be born of water and on the Spirit:
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
We come forth from our mother's womb in our physical body with the "seed" to someday come forth in resurrection in a spritual body:
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
How is that? Because we were born of water and of the Spirit by our birth from the God from heaven above:
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
This explains exactly why we must be born from above. Their must be more to one's birth than just water or a physical body. You must be born of the water and of the Spirit as Christ said. Those born only of water (non-Adamite, non-whites) cannot see, enter into or inherit the kingdom of God because they have no potential or capacity for resurrection; they have not the Spirit of God. But thanks be to God, as Christ explained it to Nicodemus, Ye must be born again, of the water (physical birth) and of the Spirit! Only those born with an Adamic physical body can be resurrected in a spiritual body to see, enter into and inherit the kingdom of God.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
The Apostle Paul does not mention anything about being 'born again,' why? Because Christ never did. But if you were born with the Adamic body, you will be raised up with a spiritual body. Paul merely expands upon what Christ was teaching to Nicodemus.
According to Christ, John, and Paul, except you be born of God, born from above you cannot see, enter into or inherit the kingdom of God. That is the point of what the Scriptures are teaching. Not this 'born again' merchandising campaign that has those who do not have the birth from above 'gettin saved' left and right.
This is the only way these Scriptures are consistent with one another and make sense. They are all in context and are all teaching the same thing Christ was teaching the Israelite Nicodemus: "Marvel not that I say unto thee, Ye must be born again."
The opposite is true however for all those who were not born from above. We're talking about all those who are corruptions of the Law of Kind After KInd not having two white Adamic parents. Though denominational churches teach otherwise, throughout the entirety of Scriptures it is proven and explained why they cannot see or enter into the kingdom of God. These verses prove they were not born of water and the Spirit, because they have no capacity for the Spirit. They were born from what Jude calls "strange flesh" not "the flesh" or the Adamic (white) flesh Christ spoke of. The following Scriptures are all in the context of racemixing and/or the corruptions of God's Law of Kind After Kind:
7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication (racemixing), and going after strange (different) flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. 8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. 10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. 12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
Non-whites have no capacity for the Spirit of God, just like a broken well or cistern can't hold water:
13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
Since they were not born from above and have no capacity for the Spirit of God, they have no life inside:
27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres (tombs), which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
The only plan God has for them is destruction:
22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
II PETER 2:12
12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
God allowed them to be made and the end result for the "twice dead" is, the second death:
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Teaching the born again doctrine, attracting non-whites into somehow 'becoming' Christians thru kneeling at an altar, making a profession, being baptized, speaking in tongues, or whatever, is nothing more than opening the door for the goats and wolves to gather among the sheep. This fits the exact context for Christ's teaching on blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, which is unforgivable. This we will be covered in "FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, Part 2: John 3:16."
Nowhere in Scripture do we see goats being 'born again' into sheep, tares being 'born again' into wheat, bastards being 'born again' into sons; only in the vain imaginations of men.
All of this has tremendous impact on the context of John 3:16.
Do not allow your emotions to turn you away from the truth. If you are a white Christian, recognizing the absurdity of the 'born again' doctrine or finding out you were "born from above," does not deny that you are a child of God; it deepens and further confirms it. It clarifies Scripturally that we are children of God because Almighty God made it so and not us.
We are not suggesting that God's people do not need to have an awakening, times of repentance or changes that should take place in your lives. Yet what the Words of Christ here express is how the doctrine of salvation taught in the New Testament harmonizes with the Old Testament, and God's original Law of Kind After Kind. Yahweh God in Christ indeed is the Author and Finisher of the Faith.