the books of the Apocrypha and the Bible.
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- Jeff Massey The Apocrypha Not Inspired (June 12, 2005)
• Use of witchcraft (v.4-8): Scripture condemns all forms of occult practice (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).
• The alleged "angel" Azarias is teaching this practice (ref. II Corinthians 11:14-15).
...(1)And as they went on their journey, they came in the evening to the river Tigris, and they lodged there. (2)And when the young man went down to wash himself, a fish leaped out of the river, and would have devoured him. (3)Then the angel said unto him, Take the fish. And the young man laid hold of the fish, and drew it to land. (4)To whom the angel said, Open the fish, and take the heart and the liver and the gall, and put them up safely. (5)So the young man did as the angel commanded him; and when they had roasted the fish, they did eat it: then they both went on their way, till they drew near to Ecbatane.
(6)Then the young man said to the angel, Brother Azarias, to what use is the heart and the liver and the gal of the fish? (7)And he said unto him, Touching the heart and the liver, if a devil or an evil spirit trouble any, we must make a smoke thereof before the man or the woman, and the party shall be no more vexed. (8)As for the gall, it is good to anoint a man that hath whiteness in his eyes, and he shall be healed. (9)And when they were come near to Rages, (10)The angel said to the young man, Brother, to day we shall lodge with Raguel, who is thy cousin; he also hath one only daughter, named Sara; I will speak for her, that she may be given thee for a wife. (11)For to thee doth the right of her appertain, seeing thou only art of her kindred. (12)And the maid is fair and wise: now therefore hear me, and I will speak to her father; and when we return from Rages we will celebrate the marriage: for I know that Raguel cannot marry her to another according to the law of Moses, but he shall be guilty of death, because the right of inheritance doth rather appertain to thee than to any other...
Tobit 12:1-11; 15
• Salvation by works (v.8-9): Scripture testifies that salvation is by grace through faith (ref. Ephesians 2:8-9)
• Contrary to verse 9 also, Scripture only testifies of the remission of sins via Christ's shed blood (ref. Matthew 26:28)
• The alleged "holy angel" Raphael is teaching these doctrines (ref. II Corinthians 11:14-15).
...(1)Then Tobit called his son Tobias, and said unto him, My son, see that the man have his wages, which went with thee, and thou must give him more. (2)And Tobias said unto him, O father, it is no harm to me to give him half of those things which I have brought: (3)For he hath brought me again to thee in safety, and made whole my wife, and brought me the money, and likewise healed thee. (4)Then the old man said, It is due unto him. (5)So he called the angel, and he said unto him, Take half of all that ye have brought and go away in safety.
(6)Then he took them both apart, and said unto them, Bless God, praise him, and magnify him, and praise him for the things which he hath done unto you in the sight of all that live. It is good to praise God, and exalt his name, and honourably to shew forth the works of God; therefore be not slack to praise him. (7)It is good to keep close the secret of a king, but it is honourable to reveal the works of God. Do that which is good, and no evil shall touch you. (8)Prayer is good with fasting and alms and righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than much with unrighteousness. It is better to give alms than to lay up gold: (9)For alms doth deliver from death, and shall purge away all sin. Those that exercise alms and righteousness shall be filled with life: (10)But they that sin are enemies to their own life. (11)Surely I will keep close nothing from you. For I said, It was good to keep close the secret of a king, but that it was honourable to reveal the works of God...
...(15)I am Raphael, one of the seven holy angels, which present the prayers of the saints, and which go in and out before the glory of the Holy One...
• Contradicting testimony (v.1): Compare with Nebuchadnezzar
• Specifically, king Nebuchadnezzar reigned in Babylon, not Nineveh. Also, there is no Biblical testimony of Nebuchadnezzar ever making war with a king Arphaxad (v.5)
...(1)In the twelfth year of the reign of Nabuchodonosor, who reigned in Nineve, the great city; in the days of Arphaxad, which reigned over the Medes in Ecbatane, (2)And built in Ecbatane walls round about of stones hewn three cubits broad and six cubits long, and made the height of the wall seventy cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty cubits: (3)And set the towers thereof upon the gates of it an hundred cubits high, and the breadth thereof in the foundation threescore cubits: (4)And he made the gates thereof, even gates that were raised to the height of seventy cubits, and the breadth of them was forty cubits, for the going forth of his mighty armies, and for the setting in array of his footmen: (5)Even in those days king Nabuchodonosor made war with king Arphaxad in the great plain, which is the plain in the borders of Ragau.
(6)And there came unto him all they that dwelt in the hill country, and all that dwelt by Euphrates, and Tigris and Hydaspes, and the plain of Arioch the king of the Elymeans, and very many nations of the sons of Chelod, assembled themselves to the battle...
• Contradicting testimony (v.2-5): Compare with Genesis 34
• Specifically, Jacob condemned his sons, Levi & Simeon, for dealing with Shechem and Hamor deceitfully (Gen. 34:13), and for slaying both them and all the males of the city (Gen. 34:25-30). In addition for this wicked act, God (through Israel) pronounced a prophetic judgment upon Levi & Simeon's bloodline (Gen. 49:5-7).
...(1)Judith fell upon her face, and put ashes upon her head, and uncovered the sackcloth wherewith she was clothed; and about the time that the incense of that evening was offered in Jerusalem in the house of the Lord Judith cried with a loud voice, and said, (2)O Lord God of my father Simeon, to whom thou gavest a sword to take vengeance of the strangers, who loosened the girdle of a maid to defile her, and discovered the thigh to her shame, and polluted her virginity to her reproach; for thou saidst, It shall not be so; and yet they did so: (3)Wherefore thou gavest their rulers to be slain, so that they dyed their bed in blood, being deceived, and smotest the servants with their lords, and the lords upon their thrones; (4)And hast given their wives for a prey, and their daughters to be captives, and all their spoils to be divided among thy dear children; which were moved with thy zeal, and abhorred the pollution of their blood, and called upon thee for aid: O God, O my God, hear me also a widow. (5)For thou hast wrought not only those things, but also the things which fell out before, and which ensued after; thou hast thought upon the things which are now, and which are to come. (6)Yea, what things thou didst determine were ready at hand, and said, Lo, we are here: for all thy ways are prepared, and thy judgments are in thy foreknowledge...
• Salvation by works (v.30): Scripture testifies that salvation is by grace through faith (ref. Ephesians 2:8-9)
...(23)Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are shewed unto thee than men understand. (24)For many are deceived by their own vain opinion; and an evil suspicion hath overthrown their judgment. (25)Without eyes thou shalt want light: profess not the knowledge therefore that thou hast not.
(26)A stubborn heart shall fare evil at the last; and he that loveth danger shall perish therein. (27)An obstinate heart shall be laden with sorrows; and the wicked man shall heap sin upon sin. (28)In the punishment of the proud there is no remedy; for the plant of wickedness hath taken root in him. (29)The heart of the prudent will understand a parable; and an attentive ear is the desire of a wise man. (30)Water will quench a flaming fire; and alms maketh an atonement for sins. (31)And he that requiteth good turns is mindful of that which may come hereafter; and when he falleth, he shall find a stay...
• Praying to the dead (v.4): Scripture condemns necromancy (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).
...(1)O Lord Almighty, God of Israel, the soul in anguish the troubled spirit, crieth unto thee.
(2)Hear, O Lord, and have mercy; for thou art merciful: and have pity upon us, because we have sinned before thee. (3)For thou endurest for ever, and we perish utterly.
(4)O Lord Almighty, thou God of Israel, hear now the prayers of the dead Israelites, and of their children, which have sinned before thee, and not hearkened unto the voice of thee their God: for the which cause these plagues cleave unto us. (5)Remember not the iniquities of our forefathers: but think upon thy power and thy name now at this time. (6)For thou art the Lord our God, and thee, O Lord, will we praise...
I Maccabees 1:51-58
• False prophecy (v.54): The "abomination of desolation" is an end-time prophetic event which has yet to occur (ref. Matthew 24:15-34) (Mark 13:14-30)
...(51)In the selfsame manner wrote he to his whole kingdom, and appointed overseers over all the people, commanding the cities of Juda to sacrifice, city by city. (52)Then many of the people were gathered unto them, to wit every one that forsook the law; and so they committed evils in the land; (53)And drove the Israelites into secret places, even wheresoever they could flee for succour.
(54)Now the fifteenth day of the month Casleu, in the hundred forty and fifth year, they set up the abomination of desolation upon the altar, and builded idol altars throughout the cities of Juda on every side; (55)And burnt incense at the doors of their houses, and in the streets. (56)And when they had rent in pieces the books of the law which they found, they burnt them with fire. (57)And whosoever was found with any the book of the testament, or if any committed to the law, the king's commandment was, that they should put him to death.
(58)Thus did they by their authority unto the Israelites every month, to as many as were found in the cities...
II Maccabees 6:17-23
• Exaggerated testimony (v.18-22): Compare with Leviticus 11
• Specifically, the penalty for eating swine's flesh (or any other unclean animal) was to only be unclean until the evening; whereas this passage describes it in rather deriding dramatic terms: such as "torment", "wicked feast", and "delivered from death [in consuming it]"
...(17)But let this that we at spoken be for a warning unto us. And now will we come to the declaring of the matter in a few words.
(18)Eleazar, one of the principal scribes, an aged man, and of a well favoured countenance, was constrained to open his mouth, and to eat swine's flesh. (19)But he, choosing rather to die gloriously, than to live stained with such an abomination, spit it forth, and came of his own accord to the torment, (20)As it behoved them to come, that are resolute to stand out against such things, as are not lawful for love of life to be tasted. (21)But they that had the charge of that wicked feast, for the old acquaintance they had with the man, taking him aside, besought him to bring flesh of his own provision, such as was lawful for him to use, and make as if he did eat of the flesh taken from the sacrifice commanded by the king; (22)That in so doing he might be delivered from death, and for the old friendship with them find favour.
(23)But he began to consider discreetly, and as became his age, and the excellency of his ancient years, and the honour of his gray head, whereon was come, and his most honest education from a child, or rather the holy law made and given by God: therefore he answered accordingly, and willed them straightways to send him to the grave...
II Maccabees 12:39-45
• Praying to the dead (v.44-45): Scripture condemns necromancy (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).
• Doctrine of "Purgatory" (v.45): Scriptures asserts there is only Heaven and Hell (Matthew 25:46).
...(39)And upon the day following, as the use had been, Judas and his company came to take up the bodies of them that were slain, and to bury them with their kinsmen in their fathers' graves. (40)Now under the coats of every one that was slain they found things consecrated to the idols of the Jamnites, which is forbidden the Jews by the law. Then every man saw that this was the cause wherefore they were slain. (41)All men therefore praising the Lord, the righteous Judge, who had opened the things that were hid, (42)Betook themselves unto prayer, and besought him that the sin committed might wholly be put out of remembrance. Besides, that noble Judas exhorted the people to keep themselves from sin, forsomuch as they saw before their eyes the things that came to pass for the sins of those that were slain.
(43)And when he had made a gathering throughout the company to the sum of two thousand drachms of silver, he sent it to Jerusalem to offer a sin offering, doing therein very well and honestly, in that he was mindful of the resurrection: (44)For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should have risen again, it had been superfluous and vain to pray for the dead. (45)And also in that he perceived that there was great favour laid up for those that died godly, it was an holy and good thought. Whereupon he made a reconciliation for the dead, that they might be delivered from sin...
II Maccabees 14:37-46
• Glorification of suicide (v.41-42): Compare with I Corinthians 3:16-17 & I Corinthians 6:19-20
• Specifically, Scripture does not glorify suicide as a "manly" way to die (contra I Samuel 31:4 & I Chronicles 10:4, regarding king Saul)
• Depiction of evident demonization (v.45-46). Nowhere in Scripture is there testimony of a man physically remaining alive after all of his blood has left him -- nor does the vile act of throwing one's bowels upon their enemies glorify God, in any fashion.
...(37)Now was there accused unto Nicanor one Razis, one of the elders of Jerusalem, a lover of his countrymen, and a man of very good report, who for his kindness was called a father of the Jews. (38)For in the former times, when they mingled not themselves with the Gentiles, he had been accused of Judaism, and did boldly jeopard his body and life with all vehemency for the religion of the Jews. (39)So Nicanor, willing to declare the hate that he bare unto the Jews, sent above five hundred men of war to take him: (40)For he thought by taking him to do the Jews much hurt.
(41)Now when the multitude would have taken the tower, and violently broken into the outer door, and bade that fire should be brought to burn it, he being ready to be taken on every side fell upon his sword; (42)Choosing rather to die manfully, than to come into the hands of the wicked, to be abused otherwise than beseemed his noble birth: (43)But missing his stroke through haste, the multitude also rushing within the doors, he ran boldly up to the wall, and cast himself down manfully among the thickest of them.
(44)But they quickly giving back, and a space being made, he fell down into the midst of the void place. (45)Nevertheless, while there was yet breath within him, being inflamed with anger, he rose up; and though his blood gushed out like spouts of water, and his wounds were grievous, yet he ran through the midst of the throng; and standing upon a steep rock, (46)When as his blood was now quite gone, he plucked out his bowels, and taking them in both his hands, he cast them upon the throng, and calling upon the Lord of life and spirit to restore him those again, he thus died...