Modern American Churches Compared to the Original Bible: Why There Is No Comparison
by Rev. Paul J. Bern
Part of the meaning of the Social Gospel is the examination of the Bible in its original context without all the trappings and fallacies of organized religion. For this week’s message, I want to talk and write about when Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000, but I’m going to be expounding on this in a way you may have not seen or heard before. How come, you ask? It’s because most churches are teaching this incorrectly. Why is that? Because that’s what our seminaries are teaching their graduates. Your pastor, minister, bishop or priest is teaching it wrong because they were taught this way. And yet if the majority of Christians, and especially the church leaders, would take the time to read this using at least two different translations of the Bible, they would see the true meaning for themselves. And now, so help me God, I will explain this miracle of Christ’s to the very best of my ability.
First, we need to understand the context of this story. So after careful consideration I will be using the gospel of the apostle Luke as a backdrop for this explanation and because this is near where we’re at during the weekly Biblical study series. So let’s go to Luke chapter 9 for our story. King Herod of Jerusalem had just had John the Baptist beheaded. Since John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin (see Luke chapter 1, verses 57–66), Jesus found out about John’s execution very soon afterwards, and Jesus and the apostles with him had withdrawn from that area to avoid contact with any of King Herod’s many henchmen.
So allow me to take up the narrative at this point in Luke chapter nine, beginning with the latter part of verse 10. “Then he (Jesus) took them (the apostles) with him (parentheses mine — PB) and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, but the crowds heard about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.” Nasty old King Herod had the equivalent of modern-day SWAT teams out searching for Jesus and the apostles because King Herod considered them to be threats to his power, political influence, and his relationship…