The ongoing crimes of the dictator “Patriarch Abune” Paulos against the Ethiopian Orthodox Church – Ze Debrezeit Kidus Rufael

October 25th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

When ever the history of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church is raised, one finds the archbishops and patriarchs who contribute a lot for the expansion, growth and glorification of the Church. (more…)

When ever the history of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church is raised, one finds the archbishops and patriarchs who contribute a lot for the expansion, growth and glorification of the Church.Abune Fremnatos the first Patriarch of Ethiopia has accomplished his apostolic duty by preaching the nation and translating religious and other canonical books to the Ethiopic language Geez. His effort to spread Christianity in Ethiopia has been intensified by the nine saints who introduced and expand monastic life for the church. The 13th century archbishops of Ethiopia Archbishops Abune Michael and Abune Gabriel, who played significant role in reconciling administrative and theological split between Bete Tekle Haymanot and Bete Ewstatitos and protected the church from the herestic teaching of Estifanos, can never be forgotten1. During the reign of Susnyos, Archbishop Selama died defending his faith from Jesuits missionary plot2 .The recent past 20 th century story also tells us how Archbishop Petros, Archbishop Michael, Patriarch Baslious and Patriarch Teweflos died for their religion and beloved country .The third Patriarch of Ethiopian Orthodox church, His Holiness, Abune Tekle Haymanot died for the same reason .He preferred to die of hunger than handing over the historic church right and pride to the atheist Communist Junta3. Though Ethiopian Orthodox Church history is full of such martyrs and committed church fathers act, Patriarch Paulos, the fifth Ethiopian Patriarch, is exercising a strange and odd behavior like nepotism, dictatorship, xenophobia, ethnocentrism and the likes which have never been exercise before, in the millennium old history of the apostolic church.4

The rise of the dictator Patriarch Paulos

The author of the memoirs of the journalist, Tesfaye Gebre Ab, who was very close to the key intelligence officers of the state, in his book argues that Patriarch Paulos enthronement and Patriarch Merkorios dethronement was engineered by the ruling government. I don’t want to get deep down to this issue since there are many controversies being raised from different sides. But let us examine how this patriarch, step by step, became a tyrant.

The first “apostolic duty” Patriarch Paulos did, soon after his enthronement, was to change the 1,600 years old different traditions of the church. Unlike his predecessor, he declared that the dress for a Patriarch should be white and for the first time in the history of the church he ordered this costly new dress and publicize that this should be the dress of a Patriarch. During that time it was fascinating for the faithful when they observe that the new Patriarch first task was to worry for his dress design and color. Though many scholars of the church were against his new dress style for violating the age old tradition, some took it for granted considering his relatively young age and the cultural influence he may have faced from his stay in United States of America while studying for his masters and PhD. He then changed the previous title of Patriarch and came up with new and long title: Patriarch Paulos, head of all Archbishops of Ethiopia, Ichege of the see of Tekle Haymanot and archbishop of Axum. It was fascinating for every follower of the church, again, why this patriarch was so hungry of power and authority this much. The reason why he singled out and took the title of Axum Archbishop was also a puzzle for many.

No Patriarch before him has claimed such centrality of power. But his thirst for power and authority doesn’t stop there. After some years he claimed that the Holly synod shall be accountable to him. The Holly synod, for the last 1,600 years, was accountable for The Holly Ghost. But Patriarch Paulos, shockingly, claimed this power. Surprisingly surprising!

His dangerous and meaning less reformation act initiated huge resistance from everywhere. Archbishops who are members of the Holly synod like the late Abune Selama, Abune Kerlos and etc expressed their serious opposition. Aleka Ayalew Teamiru, the foremost scholar of the church zealously criticized and rejected his proposal.5

Different monks, priests, hermits did the same. The faithful protested strongly against him. But the response from his side was militaristic. Hermit who used to critically oppose him was gunned down by his entourage pistol 6. The vocal critic of him, Aleka Ayalew, was fired out of his job, as simple as garbage, with no recognition for his 50 year of service in various positions and passed away eventually7. For the reasons, which historians may decode it in the future; his major opponents like Abune Selama were pronounced dead in various occasions. The opposition of the public in many churches, for the newly emerged ill administration in the church, was crushed by police forces.8

The patriarch who was supposed to protect the followers of Ethiopian Orthodox church from spiritual crisis became source of crises for the church and the followers. Since his anointment, the church lost millions of dollars through corruption9. Promotion by merit, for the key administrative position of the church, was changed to promotion by blood ties and kinship. The spiritual father who was anointed to be the father of all the 47, million followers became the source of xenophobia10 All this unethical, dictatorial and visionless management of the patriarch for the last 17 years costed the church a lot. As per the report of the recent census, 2007, the church lost millions of its followers. This is the first time in the history when the church lost this much followers since the invasion of Ahmad Ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi, commonly called Gragn Ahmed11. Members of the Holly Synod Archbishops exactly depicted the situation of the church under Patriarch Paulos like this,” Patriarch Paulos killed the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, we the other archbishops buried the church killed by his holiness by failing not to oppose him(the Patriarch )” 12

The Current Challenge the Church faced the Patriarch’s response

Recently the three big religious movements: Judaism, Christianity (different denominations) and Wahabiyism , backed by huge finance and powerful states are in competition for the soul of the country. Israel has shown its commitment to immigrate Falashmura i.e “Christians who are apparently the descendants of Jews who accepted Christianity under the influence of European or Ethiopian Church missionaries during the second half of the 19th century.”13 Parliament members are expressing the plan to airlift thousands of Christians from the strong hold of Ethiopian orthodox Christian city, Gondar, to Israel. No question these new immigrants will convert their religion to Judaism which is another loss for the church 14

Muslim fundamentalists are also working so hard to Wahabiyaze Ethiopia as fast as possible. United States, British, Germany and many other countries elites, politicians, reporters and religious leaders have exposed this fact and are advising for the church to wake up. The German Newspaper paper 15, “Bund Freier Evangelischer” Gemeinden Kdor had reported that the Arab countries were spending multi millions of petro dollars to completely transform Ethiopia into a Muslim country within twenty years.( it is
quoted by Admas, Amharic periodical published in Zurich, May 1992. The London based Islamic Watch October/November 1992 alleges Libya’s huge and secret plan of Wahabiyasing Ethiopia like this: “Col. Ghadafi is reported to be financing a plan to turn Ethiopia into an exclusively Islamic country by the end of the century”16. Many more Arab countries are fueling billions of dollars to change the nation to their Wahabiy camp soon.17 Here I am not talking against Islam but the fundamentalist wehabiya movement which never allows social mix and tolerance with Orthodox Christians and others. The Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council (EIASC) have also genuinely and responsibly announced the danger of the expansion of these fundamentalist again and again like this

“. Members of the EIASC state that the Wahhabists believe in supremacy and do not tolerate a mix of Muslims and Christians. The majority of Ethiopian Muslims continued to enjoy collegial relationships with their neighbors, attending cross cultural and religious ceremonies such as weddings and funerals. The Wahhabists within the country shun this type of social mixing.” 18

Different non orthodox Christian denominations have also huge projects to attract Ethiopian population to their respective camp.Vatican have started new operation to Catholicize Africa, Ethiopia included19. Different protestant denominations, being backed up by westerns, are also busy of hunting souls of Ethiopia. The followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido church are the pray and the target be it for the Jewish, fundamentalist, Catholic or protestant movement since a huge segment of the population of Ethiopia is follower orthodox religion still and for the inefficient leadership Abune Paulos is exercising in maintaining its flocks .

It was definitely clear that the church cannot keep its ground and accomplish its pastoral service under the existing leadership as a result concerned and committed archbishops like Abune Matios, Abune Samuel, Abune Kerlos and other confronted the Patriarch. They strongly criticized the Patriarch for his visionless leadership and even requested to limit the power of the Patriarch and conduct a new administrative reform which can make the church conduct its apostolic mission effectively. 20

The shocking response

The response for the quest, raised by members of the holly synod, was one and the same. “Unknown gangs” raided the compound of the Bete Kihnet, broke the residence of the opposing archbishops who confronted the patriarch for administrative reform and gave strict warning and intimidation.21 On this coordinated raid, even police was not allowed to enter the compound of Bete kihnet and save the archbishops from the gangs, despite the continuous plea they made to Federal police by phone. These “unknown gangs” also attempted a murder trail to the journalist (he was seriously beaten with angle iron) of the reputed newspaper Addis Neger for extensively reporting the oppositions of the archbishops against the patriarch. It is also good to bear in mind that all these crimes were being done with in few meters from the national presidential palace of Arat kilo On the long awaited synod meeting of October 2009, which was expected to resolve this problem, it was exposed that those archbishops who were asking for visionary leadership and freedom of the church were told not to raise any issue about such things and Mahibere Kidusan by EPRDF government officials22. With in that day, the government owned Ethiopian News Agency reported that “the Church fathers have resolved their difference”. Funnily enough the news came before the end of the synod meeting.23

The Patriarch game still has continued. By the time when multi millions are reported to have converted their religion from orthodox to other religion, EOTC church Patriarch Abune Paulos gave an award for high performance of the church.24

He further expressed that he strongly support the recent expansion of Catholics in Africa (Ethiopia) like this

“I am really very happy to participate to this Synod of the Catholic Church on Africa. …I carry my support as a friend and a brother to this endeavor of the Catholic Church for Africa. I thank His Holiness for the invitation and I wish to him a long life and a fruitful ministry.”25

I am not questioning the constitutional right of every religion. But Catholics have committed a significant atrocities and crime in Africa. When the fascist Italy invaded Ethiopia, Catholics bishops have blessed the poison gas and other weapons which were used to kill Ethiopian Orthodox Monks and priests and other citizens. They even gave their golden cross as a support to the invading army. To that end concerned Ethiopians were asking, time and again, Vatican to apologize for that dark history. But his holiness has zero courage to confront such issues. Rather to warmly welcome them.

By the time when the church needs more supporting man power, Patriarch Paulos responded by giving warning and intimidation to Mahibere Kidusan , an association under Sunday school department which is strongly fighting to defend Tewahido church and its tradition.

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church is under pressure and danger. The visionless, irresponsible and ethnocentric leadership of Patriarch Paulos and the unnecessary huge negative interference of EPRDF government on the issue of the church are threatening the legacy of the church.

In a nut shell His Holiness has became a shame and a spiritual parasite to the church. If the church is needed to exist in the coming centuries, avoiding him is an imperative task. Orthodox Tewahido Church is in danger. The followers of the church and others concerned Ethiopians should think now, before the time is over.

1. Church in Africa: 1450-1950 by Adrian Hastings. Oxford history of Christian Church
2. The History of Ethiopian Orthodox church by his Holiness Abune Gorgorios
3. The History of Ethiopian Orthodox church from the birth of Christ up to the
millennium. A special book published for the Millennium celebration
4. VOA Amharic service interview with Abune Matiwos archbishop of Jerusalem,
14. ibid.
15. Bund Freier Evangelischer” Gemeinden Kdor
16. The London based Islamic Watch October/November 1992
17. International Religious Freedom Report 2004, Ethiopia
20. Addis neger Newspaper Meskerem 16, 2001
22. ibid.


  1. Anonymous
    | #1

    There is no substance to your writing. It is a garbage based on lie and hearsay.My friend youn are mor divisive than the abune. If you attack judaism Christianity and islam then I think you are advocating for a dying relegion which was an instrument of oppression for centuries.

  2. Anonymous
    | #2

    I dont thin the writer wrote things which are wrong. all these are the manners we observe from Aba Gebremedhin( whom u call it patriarche) for the last 18 years.

  3. Ethiopian Jew
    | #3


    LET ME START WITH HONESTY: I did not read the article since anything that display two personalities in such pictorial display mkes me laugh and, when I laugh I do not concenterate on the substance. In other word, I do not know what the first commentator was saying “GARBAGE”. But my garbage is Christian’s acceptance of the OLD TESTAMENT as a source of its religion and its riged or mechanized stand whenever inconsistancies exist. For example, the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) unequvically asserted that GOD is ONE and have no other Gods before him and after him (ISAIAH 43:10) But Christians said God is three in name and one in substance. God has no blood, flesh or bone but spirit. Jesus is a man with flesh, blood and bone. He eat, drink, go to the bathroom like myself and all other human acts. The Holy Spirit is undefinable but a mental picture of divine power. How, then these personalities can be one with the Creator, Sustainer and Distroyer of the Univers. In yhis respect, Believing Jesus as GOD is an original sin for the christians. But In the Hebrew Bible, there is no so-called original sin that is rooted from ancesterial sin. ISKEAL 18:20 or 20:18 not shure of which) said “the sin of a father will not pass to the son and no sin of the son will pass to the father..) This is one garbage of christian theology as far as I am concerned. I could have debated in detail on religion but this is enough for now. However if any one beleieve that he/she is worthy of intellectual caliber, please show me in the Bible where Jesus said “I AM GOD AND WORSHIP ME”. iF YOU PROVE IT i WILL PAY YOU $1.000. tHANK YOU.

  4. Ye Ewnet Misikir
    | #4

    The Ethiopian Jew,

    @Ethiopian Jew
    Response to the Ethiopian Jew,

    Go to new Testament The Gospel according to John says like this
    “I and my Father are one.”It means i ( Jesus) and my father are one. do you something about trinity. It means three personalities and one GOD. The FATHER, THE SON( JESUS) and The HOLLY SPIRIT

    let me add one more for you
    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1
    The Word was Jesus, the Word was with God, and that Word ( Jesus ) was God.
    I would have written many more. But we both know the problem of writting to much on such blogs .

    Have the money for your self. I dont want any pay from you. If you know the thruth and turn your face to Our Savious, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, that is my pay.
    By the way my reference is King James Version Bible.
    Thank you mt Jew brother. Ethiopian Orthodox Church welcomes you. come back man!!!!!

  5. re- Ethiopian Jew
    | #5

    Hey my dear “Ethiopian Jew” you have made this once more about your f**** religion in whose name the world has no peace for centuries!! Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, they all stand for one thing, to tell others they are superiors and no one but they are right! That is B. s**t and you guys must learn that gone are days when you used to herd the majority in the name of whatever religion you are following. People are conscious today and they have their eyes on you so don’t just try to B. s**t’em like you used to do!! If you are stupid enough to die and kill others for a religion that’s devoid of faith, then you go ahead, hang yourself upside down, but don’t try to take anyone with you.

  6. Anonymous
    | #6

    The Holy Books relate Truth to A Doubled Sword that Cuts Left and Right and of being as bitter as gual…truth is an offence, but not a crime…

  7. peace
    | #7

    Of course, that is the plan. I don’t understand why people are surprised by since TPLF took over good things will come. Because they resent the past power that represented Amara, they want to destroy that by any means. This means they are trying to destroy what holds Ethiopia so that Ethiopia can break up. The reason they favor other religions is that for instance Oromia which are the most muslims will be ready to break up with completely different interest from the rest of Ethiopia, through religion, culutre and langauge. The same for other regions they are trying to break why do the Seltes are now saying they are Yemen descendants? The West is not going to help in this matter because they are too busy trying to spread their religion. The good thing would be to help to oust the current regime before it is too late. This means Ethiopians who believe in pro Ethiopia inside and outside should sacrifice themselves like the era of Mohammed Gragn. That is the only way to stablize Ethiopia.

  8. anonymous
    | #8

    The bible says that Dawit punished the man who killed Saul and Yonathan for the reason that the culprit shouldn’t have dared raise a hand against one anointed by God. I think in all of these discussions we shouldn’t carelessly neglect the will of God which will always forever more be with our true and holy Tewahido Church. Should Abune Paulos continue his “undoings against Church” as claimed so far we should in all our powers do otherwise than to contempt his see, whether we like it or not he is God’s anoint and we should be very careful to the extent of our manner of speech. Let our works be faithful and Church centric, God will give strength to the faithful few to victor all the ills God wills removed. he would have saved Sodom if there were 50 righteous men and we claim to be 47 million strong and I think with faith we can sum up more than that number to do his works, pray for our holy father and do good to our church. He shall give us strength if we wish to fight it the christian way “But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.” Daniel 10:21

  9. Assta B. Gettu
    | #9

    The everyday headache of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church:

    From its severe headache – Aba Paulos – the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church has not yet dead; life can still be detected in her pulse even though, as the article indicates, the Catholics, the Protestants, the Jews, and the Arab Muslims are hovering like hungry candors over the head of this dying Church to get some pieces of meat – the members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church.

    Candors are well-known birds in detecting from a long distance if something has died or on the process of dying. First, one candor examines the place on which the victim is lying dead or dying. Then, the candor in his mysterious message invites the other candors to come quickly and feast on the dead animal. Within a minute hundreds of candors have landed and consumed the dead animal, blood and flesh, sometimes fighting among themselves over the leftover piece of meat or bone.

    It is disgusting and shameful to see some Catholics, Protestants, Jews, and Arab Muslims coming from distant countries and feasting on, and stealing, the flocks of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church to boost their own memberships, degrading the members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church.

    The truth is this: The Arabs are buying the boys and the girls of our country in a big number and taking them home and abusing them by raping and sodomizing them without the wills and intentions of these innocent Ethiopian children. Child rape or child molestation is a well established tradition in the Arab-Muslim world; it goes back to the false prophet Muhammad, who raped a nine-year-old girl, Aisha as the Muslim Hadis tells the facts vividly.

    The Catholics, the Protestants, and the Jews are fighting among themselves, like the candors, on the members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church to convert them to Catholicism, Protestantism, and Judaism, respectively, as if their religions are the only true religions on earth approved by the Almighty God, and they think the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians are pagans or Muslims.

    Once the Ethiopian Orthodox Church gets rid off its tormenting diseases – Meles Seitanawi (Zenawi) and his appointee, Aba Paulos, the narcissist – it will restore its departed glory by anointing another holy man to bring back the lost sheep and drive out the predatory wolves – the Catholics, the protestants, and the human traffickers – the Arab Muslims.

    The Jews and the Muhammadans have an everlasting enmity between themselves that goes back to the biblical time and their enmity will continue forever since both faiths reject the divinity of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, the Son of God, and the only savior of the world; therefore, the Jews and the Muslims who are still at war with each other will not be a great danger to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church.

    However, the eminent dangers and the alarming disasters to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church in all its long Christian history are the two formidable evils of our time –the Woyanne regime and the Satanic Patriarchate of Aba Gebre-Medhin (Aba Paulos). Especially, Aba Paulos has sinned against the Lord by destroying the Church of God and by imposing upon the clergies, the deacons, the debtras, and upon the members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church unacceptable rule – to post his photograph in every Ethiopian Orthodox Church so that the members of the Church should venerate it as they venerate the pictures of the Holy Trinity or the picture of St. Mary, the mother of God (woladite-Amlak), Jesus Christ.

    In doing this, Aba Paulos has committed not a peccadillo but a great sin against the Almighty God by prostituting his authority and indulging like one of the Old Catholic Popes, Pope Alexander VI, the most corrupt Pope ever lived on this earth, and no wander why Aba Paulos is angling toward the Roman Catholics so that he could find a friend there like Pope Alexander VI. It is a good move for such a sinner and a worldly man, Aba Paulos.

    That 90-year-old man, Eli, warning his two corrupt sons, Hophni and Phinehas, priests at Shiloh, had once said: “If a man sins against another man, God may meditate for him; but if a man sins against the Lord, who will intercede for him?” (1st Samuel 2:25)

    Under the Patriarchate of Aba Paulos, who sinned against the Lord, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church will never survive unless, one day, the good Lord calls a young boy like the boy Samuel from the members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church to be the leader of his Church and to restore the confidence of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians on their new leader.

    | #10




    This is an RESPONSE to an Ethiopian Religious man (or someone who simply is/was interested in religious or Biblical matter who had invited me to convert to Christianity as we exchanged debate in this website. While I appreciate Mr. Ye Ewnet Misikir (this must have been his pen name, I suppose) for his invitation, I must inform him and others for that matter, that converting to Christianity from Judaism is unthinkable as such act constitute irreparable damage both to faith in God and his commandments. In other word, FOR THE JEW TO CONVERT TO CHRISTIANITY AND WORSHIPPING JESUS IS IDOLATRY AND THE PENALITY IS KORAS … SEPARATION FROM GOD IN THE WORLD TO COME. For this reason, I shall maintain my Jewish religious tradition for more of the additional reasons described here below.

    First, let me put my short opinion as to Aba Gebremedhin, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Ethiopia. All the points put forwarded by the writer of the main article is correct in all respect because the Patriarch is NOT in the services of God but his Ethnic based government. Nothing made him similar of his character than the dictators in power. In this connection, I must add some critic on Commentator no 8, who was not identified by any other pen name but as “Anonymous” s he is. In a conciliatory tone, he said God had anointed the patriarch and, therefore, let him serve as he is presently serving. My critic is therefore, is about the claim that the patriarch’s anointment was by God. This is completely nonsense since let alone an earthly man with no divine power, Jesus Christ who claimed that “all power is given unto me in heaven and earth..” (Matthew 28:18) was not anointed by God, or by any other priests as dictated in the Law of Moses but by Martha, the sister of Alazar, whom Jesus raised him from his death after four days. See the bible at John 11:1-3. Martha’s washing of Jesus’ feet by her hair after pouring fragrance of oil doesn’t constitute the proper anointment for the service of God because Martha was not a High Priest to perform such priestly work nor was touch/rub forehead of Jesus but on his feet. The other proof we had in the bible as to Jesus’ washing of his feet (not anointment) is unidentified sinner woman that the Bible tell us in the book of Luke 7 : 37-39, Matthew 26: 6-13 Mark 14; 3-9 and John 12:1-8. This too is senseless for a sinner to anointed the holy person in the religious culture.

    Mr. Anonyms (or commentator no.8): Please be careful for yourself for putting baseless facts that is short of verifiability since, whatever you write as you please won’t pass unchecked by the eyes of those who are not blind enough and/or ignorant. Your Patriarch as well as your God, Jesus of Nazareth were not anointed by no one but by a fabricated biblical fictions writers including John, the cousin of Jesus. This does not mean that there are no people in the history of the Bible that were anointed by God or other high priests, however. For example, God anointed David (2 Samuel 23) also by Samuel (1 Sam.16:30) Saul was anointed by God (1 Sam. 24:6,10: 26:9)


    Brother Ye Ewnet Misikir (as a commentator No 4), had attempted to answer my question : “Where Did Jesus said I am God and Worship me”?

    Your answer(s) were based on John 10:30 and John 1:1. I will show you herebelow how you was wrong on both verses either because you have some problem in understanding the secret saying of Jesus in teaching the Jews including his disciples of Pslam 82:6 or you are unfamiliar with the Jewish theology of Jesus’ time. Nevertheless, let me clarify for you as simply as possible what Jesus meant “I and the Father are one” in the Christian Bible of John 10 : 30 -38.


    Generally the gospel of John 10:30-38 present the story designed to support the Christian claim that Jesus is “god”. According this story, “the Jews” were arguing over the identity of Jesus and one of them criticized him saying, “he had a demon and is mad”. (John 10:19-24). Then “the Jews” asked him if he was the “Christ”- the anointed one” and Jesus Responded by saying: “I and my Father are one”. Those Jews then took up stones to hit him for blasphemy, and because you, being a man, make yourself God. Jesus answered them ‘Is it not written in your law, I said, you are Gods.’ If He called them Gods, to whom the works God came [and Scripture cannot be broken] …… though you do not believe me, believe the works that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me and I am in Him. John 10:30-38 quoting Psalm 82:6). By quoting this verse, Jesus was assuring that his claim to be the son of God does not mean a deity but just the son (creature of his father as all Israelites were also the creature of that same God. That is Why Jesus empathically questioned the FERISAWIAN “for what reason are you going to stone me?…… for saying that I am in oneness with God? To assure that he was not equal with God, Jesus said that “My Father is Greater than I.” (John 14:28 )

    The above conversation between Jews and Jesus, therefore, confirm that Jesus was not claiming that he is a deity figure (or God) but that he is one with God on purpose i.e., to save his Jewish people from sinful act. The best way to understand this issue is by analyzing the very word(s) of Christ which he emphasized “…. IS IT NOT WRITTEN IN YOUR LAW, I SAID, YOU ARE GODS. IF HE CALLED THEM GODSTO WHICH THE WORKS OF GOD COME [AND SCRIPTURE CAN NOT BE BROKEN….] JOHN 10:35.

    For Bible scholars worthy of the name, the above explanation is sufficient proof to persuade that Jesus is not a deity. For the unfortunate majority and unlearned, however, let me add few examples that Jesus is ONLY a man who share the character of man including good and bad as exemplified below. (Please Note that I have wrote it in the shortest way possible but you can compare the points with your Bible)


    • Jesus is the last Adam. (1 Corinthians 15:45). /meaning that Jesus is not God but the manifest of Man)
    • Adam which was the son of God. (Luke 3:38) Meaning that he was the first creation by God.
    • I believe that you are the Christ, the son of God (John 11:27) / Meaning that he is God’s creation, not the creator.
    • Israel is My Son, even my firstborn (Exodus 4:22) ) / Meaning Christ is not the only son of God but the nation and people as well )
    • Jesus is a mediator between man and God. (1 Themothy 2:5). /Meaning that God is superior than Jesus)
    • My Father is Greater than I. (John 14::28) / Meaning Jesus is not equal with God) but for Christians “greater means equal “ KkK….
    • There is no God but One (1 Corinthians. 8 :4) /Meaning that there is no other Gods be it Holy Ghost or Jesus) “(unchanged verse)
    • He who believe in Me is not believing in me but by the One who sent me (John 12:44 ) But Christians believe the Messenger than
    • All power is given unto me in Heaven and in Earth (Matthew 28:18) / Meaning Jesus is powerless unless god borrowed him power..
    • I Can of mine own self do nothing ( John 5:30) This also means that Jesus is powerless without God’s help.
    • God raised him from the dead (Acts2:24,32; 3:15,26; 4:10; 5:30; 10:40: 13:30, 34;Roman 4:24;6;4; 1Corenthia1512-21; 2Corenthia4;14; Galatians 1;1; 1Peter1:21) //ALL THESE BIBLICAL VERSES TELLS US THAT JESUS HAS NOT DEFEAT DEATH BY HIS OWN POWE BUT BY THE POWER OF GOD//
    • God is one and there is no other but him. (Mark12: 32) (Note: This is the other unchanged verse by mistake for 2009 years)
    • The Lord hath said unto me (David): Thou are my son: this day I have I have begotten you (Psalms 2:7 ) *****
    ***** NOTE: John applied the Old Testament word “begotten” that God spoken to David for Jesus as indicated at John 3:16 and, this is the way how John plagiarized the first Chapter and the First verse of John 1:1 written by an earlier Jewish philosopher, Philo of Alexandria. What a shame for a holy man !!!!!


    Being a MAN not God, Jesus had problematic character as he said (insulted people as follow)

    ■Woe ! you hypocrites (Mathew 23: 13-15, 25); ■ You are like whitewashed tombs, (Mathew 23: 29), ■You snakes!! You brood of vipers (Mathew 23:33); ■ He called a Canaanite (then a Greek but non-Jewish woman) “dog” (Matthew 15:23-26) ■ Even he had disrespected his mother at the wedding ceremony by saying “woman !! what does your concern have to do with me, my hour has not come (John 2:4)

    TO HIS OWN PERSON AND THE LAWS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT WHICH HE CLAIMED THAT HE CAME TO THIS WORLD TO FULFIL, See for example: He came to preach the discarded teaching of the Torah, Matthew 5: 17-20):

    ■Love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 19:19, 22:39: Mark 12:31: Luke 10:27)
    ■Do not resist an evil person. If some one strikes you on the right cheek turn to him the other also. Matthew 5:39.
    ■If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat (Proverb 25:11)


    ►Jesus: “Take my enemies who would not have me rule over them, bring them here and kill them before me” ( Luke 19:27)
    ►Jesus also violated the Torah law which dictated mankind to “Honor your Father and Mother”…(Deuteronomy 5:16) But refused one of his followers not to go to burry his father who died hour before the folloer of Jesus asked him permission. (see Matthew 8:21-23)
    ►Jesus declared that he come to this world to divide people and to set fire but not for peace (Matthew 10:34-35)


    Because it is generally understood that in the Hebrew Bible and Jewish Religion God is always ONE, there is no need to mention any proof as to God’s power be it as a creator, sustained and destroyer of this world.

    PART TWO:2


    In a boastful and adventurist manner Mr. Ye Ewnet Miskir had cited the Gospel of John 1:1 as a proof that Jesus was part of a tri-union God. WRONG !! The Biblical verse that you cited from John 1:1 which says “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD” was not the work of Jesus or John even though John or someone else had plagiarized (i.e., copied illegally) to raise Jesus’ status from man to Godhead. Acknowledged by every erudite Christian Scholar of the Bibles being the words of another Jew philosopher, namely Philo of Alexandria, who had written them even before John and Jesus were born. And Philo claimed no divine inspiration for them.

    As to the Philo’s philosophical writing, however, the most learned societies in the and adherent of Judaism and Islam do agree on the fact described above. I will not go in detail on this but for anyone interested to learn about the facts, a great wealth of information id found from two web sources as indicated below:



    Good Luck and see to the truth than being a captive of man inspired religion tented by mechanized and rigid culture.


    Without addressing any opinion of a sort, you have come quickly to insult me with rudeness and in an reprehensible manner the act of which is a manifest of your character. This might have been the way how your parents grow you and it is too bad. In an unambiguous term you have told me to let “ I hang myself up-side-down….” And you have no reason or authority to judge any from above as you please. But know this: I am not your God who was hanged on a tree as your Bible teach us in Acts 5:30 and Acts 10:39. Whether hanged or crucified, that same fate is awaiting you since you are a pagan who is worshiping “other god” contrary to the law of God as indicated in Exodus 20 and Isaiah 43:10. If you worship “other gods” – i.e., the Holy Ghost and the Son of God as Jesus commanded his disciples to do so, (see Matthew 28:19) you will be judged as Israelites and the Romans Judge your God (Jesus) according to the law of God or Torah See Deuteronomy 13:2-6.

  11. Assta B. Gettu
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    Dear Ethiopian Jew,

    May I ask your permission to participate in this religious discussion and perhaps learn something I have never heard before; so far the assertion you have boldly made about the deity and anointment of Jesus Christ (the anointed) and the Son of God is not new to me, and I have heard it several times before but never from an Ethiopian Jew.

    However, your statement “…converting to Christianity from Judaism is unthinkable as such act constitutes irreparable damage both to faith in God and his Commandments” seems you are not denying the conversions of thousands of Jews, most of them well versed in Judaic doctrine, to Christianity at some point in time.

    For example, St. Paul was a zealous and ardent Jew who persecuted and imprisoned the followers of the New Way – Jesus Christ, but finally without someone’s influence, Paul denounced Judaism and accepted Jesus Christ as the true Messiah, and later on he continued preaching the Gospel despite the severe attacks he received from the Jews of that time and he strengthened the Christian Church by converting some Jews and many gentiles to Christianity until he was finally killed by the Romans. Paul was not one of the disciples of Jesus and never met Jesus personally but he was convinced that Jesus was the Son of God. Before him, Peter and the other disciples who got their instructions directly from Jesus, the great teacher of all the times, were all Jews prior to their conversions to Christianity. Generally, the Christian Church is the product of those Jews who were converted from Judaism to Christianity. So to say “converting to Christianity from Judaism is unthinkable” is a little bit unrealistic, especially in our time where every person has the right to choose any religion he/she likes.

    It is true though Judaism does not recognize Jesus Christ as the Son of God; in fact, Judaism hates Jesus Christ and has persecuted and tormented the Christians. Before St. Paul became a Christian, he described what kind of a Jew he was: “For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the Church of God and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.” (Galatians 1:13-14)

    As to the persecution of the Christians by the Jews, we have many evidences to this fact; for instance, the Gospel of St. John says: “After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life.” (7:1)

    St. Justin, martyr (116 A.D) also testified: “The Jews were behind all the persecutions of the Christians. They wandered through the country everywhere hating and undermining the Christian faith.”

    Before he died on February 1546, Rev. Martin Luther said: “Besides, you also have many Jews living in the country, who do much harm…you should know the Jews blaspheme and violate the name of our Savior day for day…for that reason you,…men of authority should not tolerate but expel them. They are our public enemies and incessantly blaspheme our Lord Jesus Christ, they call our Blessed Virgin Mary a harlot and her Holy Son a bastard and to us they give the epithet of changelings and abortions.” One of the 16th century British writer and politician, Francis Bacon in his The New Atlantis remarked that the Jews “hate the name of Christ and have a secret and innate rancor against the people among whom they live.”

    Whether the Jews hate Jesus Christ or refuse to recognize him as a true God, there are over billions of people who believe in him as their personal savior.

    Long time ago, David himself recognized that Jesus is his God, and this fact has been confirmed by Jesus’ question to the Pharisees: ‘What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is he?’ ‘The Son of David,’ “they replied.” “He said to them,” ‘How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him “Lord”? For he says, ‘The Lord said to my Lord: sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet”’ “If then David calls him “Lord,” how can he be his son?” (Matthew 22:41-43)

    As John testifies, Jesus Christ is God: “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true—even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” (1st John 5:20) Also, St. Paul warns us this way: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” (Colossians 2:8-9)

    Here, we see St. Paul denouncing the Jewish tradition – the Talmud – and the Universal Jewish Encyclopedia also states that “The Talmud is the real ‘bible’ of the Jews and that it supersedes the Old Testament. This volume has been condemned down through the ages for preaching hatred for Christ and all Christians.” (Read “The Talmud Unmasked” for shocking details.)

    Jesus is God: “For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father, who sent him.” (John 5:21-23) In the same way, St. Paul also tells us “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord, the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11)

    The anointment of Jesus Christ by a certain woman is simply an expression of love and honor the woman is giving to Jesus so that he could forgive her sins; it has no connection to the anointments of kings with oil by some prophets of God, and we know that the anointments of kings by the prophets of God give power to the anointed kings; however, Jesus Christ is anointed not with oil but the Holy Spirit: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.” (Luke 4:18)

    Christ in Geez language means kiristos, which means the anointed one, not with the oil but by the Holy Spirit as I said earlier.

    Of course, it has been difficult not only for Ato Ethiopian Jew but for many other Jews to understand Jesus’ teaching and his Divinity, and that is why Jesus condemned the Jews with strong words: “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carryout your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell you the truth, you do not believe me! Can anyone prove me guilty of sin?” (John 8:44-46)

    For further understandings of the Deity of Jesus Christ in both the Old and the New Testaments, you can study the following passages:

    Old Testament Passages
    Isaiah 7:14-”Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Immanuel literally means “God with us”).
    Isaiah 9:6-”For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end….”
    Jeremiah 23:5-6-”Behold, the days come, smith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” Christ’s name in Hebrew is YHWH Tsidkenu, Jehovah Our Righteousness.
    Micah 5:2-”But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Christ has always existed because He is not a created being; He is God Almighty who has existed from everlasting.
    Malachi 3:1-2-”Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap.” God’s temple is Christ’s temple. Christ comes as an all-powerful judge.
    Psalm 45:1, 6-7-”I speak of the things which I have made touching the king…. Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee….” The Hebrew word translated “anointed” is the verb form of the noun “Messiah.”
    Psalm 110:1-3-”The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power….” The LORD (Jehovah) will subdue all Christ’s enemies. Yet Christ’s rod and Christ’s power will subdue all enemies. Christ’s rule and power are clearly equal to God’s. See Psalm 2 where a similar theme is discussed: “Serve the LORD [Jehovah] with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way…” (vv. 11-12). Note how “the Son” is set poetically in parallel with “Jehovah.”
    New Testament Passages
    Matthew 1:23-”Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
    John 1:1-3, 14-”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made…. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
    “The late New Testament Greek scholar Colwell formulated a rule which clearly states that a definite predicate nominative (in this case theos meaning ‘God’) never takes an article when it precedes the verb (‘was’) as we find in John 1:1. It is therefore easy to see that no article is needed for theos (God), and to translate it ‘a god’ is both incorrect grammar and poor Greek, since theos is a predicate nominative of ‘was’ in the third sentence-clause of the verse and must refer back to the subject, ‘Word’ (logos). Christ, then, if He is the Word “made flesh” (Jn. 1:14), can be no one else except God, unless the Greek text, and consequently God’s Word, be denied.” [2]
    John 1:18-”No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
    John 20:27-28-”Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”
    Romans 9:5-”…Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen” (NKJV).
    Philippians 2:5-8-”Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
    “‘Who was in the form of God’ are his [the Apostle Paul's] words: and they are words than which no others could be chosen which would more explicitly or with more directness assert the deity of…Jesus Christ…. Let us remember that the phraseology which Paul here employs was the popular usage of his day, though first given general vogue by the Aristotelian philosophy: and that it was accordingly the most natural language for strongly asserting the deity of Christ which could suggest itself to him…. ‘Form,’ in a word, is equivalent to our phrase ‘specific character.’… With God…the ‘form’ is that body of qualities which distinguish Him from all other spiritual beings, which constitute Him God, and without which He would not be God. What Paul asserts, then, when he says that Christ Jesus existed in the ‘form of God,’ is that He had all those characterizing qualities which make God God, the presence of which constitutes God, and in the absence of which God does not exist. He who is ‘in the form of God’ is God.”
    Colossians 1:15-16-”Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible….”
    When the Apostle Paul says that Christ is the firstborn over all creation, he does not mean that Christ is the first created being. For he goes on to explain that Jesus Christ created everything in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. Jesus Christ could not create Himself. The idea among various cults that Christ is the first created being is an impossible absurdity.
    Colossians 2:8-10-”Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.”
    1 Timothy 1:16-17-”Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
    1 Timothy 2:3-4-”For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
    1 Timothy 3:16-”And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
    1 Timothy 6:14-16-”…the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.”
    Titus 1:3-”But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour.”
    Titus 2:10-”…showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.”
    Titus 2:13-”Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (NKJV).
    Hebrews 1:1-3-”God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
    Hebrews 1:8-”But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.”
    Jude 25-”To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen.”
    Jesus Christ Clearly Taught His Own Divinity
    Revelation 21:6-7-”And he [Jesus Christ] said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”
    John 8:57-59-”Then the Jews said to Him, ‘You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.’ Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple…” (NKJV).
    John 5:17-26-”But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.’ Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God. Then Jesus answered and said to them,… ‘For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will…. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself’” (NKJV).
    John 10:28-39-”And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them,… If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand.”
    Mark 2:5-11-”When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?… [Jesus] said unto them, But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house” (cf. Lk. 5:20-24).
    The scribes’ theology was correct: “Who can forgive sins but God only?” Jesus didn’t disagree with their conclusion; rather, through the miraculous healing He proved that He in fact was God and had the authority to forgive sins.
    The Spirit-inspired writers of the New Testament applied Old Testament passages which specifically refer God-Jehovah to Jesus Christ; therefore, Jesus must be God-Jehovah.
    To the question of “…you are gods…,” gods here refer to those people in high position; for example, when God sent Moses to Pharaoh, as the messenger of God, he said, “See I have made you like God to Pharaoh.” (Exodus 21:6 and 22:8, 9, and 28) Therefore, Jesus is saying here if those who hold a divinely designated office can be regarded as “gods,” how much more can the One whom God has chosen and sent?

    My dear friend, Ethiopian Jew, Jesus Christ is a living God and the only savior of the whole world.

  12. Aklilu
    | #12

    I have readen all about EOC on this website that money of them are suprising to hear & to see.As EOC we say that GOD IS ONE

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    Mr. ASSTA. B. GETTU:


    I have read your comment concerning the Biblical Issues in which I and one YE EMNET MISIKIRhad had debated. I was unable to respond in like manner because, for emergency reason I left my home state and travelled to other city where I could not have all means to write my reply. However, now I have one day available to respond to your comment after this sabbath passed safely by God’s will. From the outset I learned that your comment has no new issue left worthy of discussion but I will adress some points that deserve discussion in a coherent and cohesive way. Because this web site gave us ample time and opportunity to teach the general public rather than to boast our limited knowledge of God or his word in the Bible. Therefore, my forthcoming article would concentrate on many “OTHER RELATED” issues that, in my opinion, would benefit the public as such explanation can clarify many biblical misconception even by those whom they believed that they are superior in the field of theology. For this reason, My writing in detail has been found necessary, and if this page is not sufficient, please visit other category of posted file within this website and review at your convenient time.

  14. Assta B. Gettu
    | #14

    My dear Ethiopian Jew,

    I’m glad you have read my comment about your misunderstanding of the Word of God – Jesus Christ – and I pray the emergency that forced you to leave your home state and travel to another city may not be a serious one.

    However, how could you say that you have only one day left to respond to my comment since you have totally failed to respond within 2000 years to the calling of our Lord Jesus Christ: ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him’? (John 7:37-38)

    It is amazing how slow a Jewish mind is to recognize Jesus Christ as the Messiah and the true Son of God.

    If you think my comment “has no new issue left worthy of discussing,” then don’t comment. On the other hand, you believe your “forthcoming article…would benefit the public….” How do you know it would since you do not convince the public that Jesus is not the Son of God?

    Also, I see a little bit boasting in you when you said: “For this reason, my writing in detail has been found necessary….” So far, no one has testified that your writing against the Deity of Jesus Christ is productive.

    I want you to remember St. Paul’s advice (even though you hate Paul as one of your worst enemies) to the Corinthians: “So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall.” (1st Corinthians 10:12) The Jews have fallen several times, but in Jesus Christ they will be saved in the last day because of God’s promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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    An response to Mr. Assta B. Gettu’s article was posted today but not seen on this page. I wonder why this happen?. I will see if you can put in the next couple days. If there is any technical reason that caused this problem, I will try once again to send it so that it will be avaible for any one interested to read it.

    | #16



    To the readers: – This article is not a single piece of opinion but the product of other view points exchanged between Ethiopians for several times . This document is the FINAL & CLOSING argument on the part of the Judaic opinion even though my Ethiopian Christians are free to respond in like manner or differently. To give some clue to the readers who may not have seen how the debate started on October 26,2006, 2009, one need to revisit the October 25, 2009 main article written under the Title “THE ONGOING CRIMES OF THE DICTATOR “PATRIARCH ABUNE” PAULOS AGAINST THE ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH Z-DEBREZEIT KIDUS RUFAEL” and see our respective arguments at comment No. no.3, 4, 9, 10 and 11.. This is the continuation of the comments referred by the numbers and this present one is an response to Mr. Assta B. Gettu.

    Click here to read more :

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    Mr.Assta B. Gettu

    I am happy that my article was finally posted. As I said earlier, I just typed on the computer screen IN ONLY ONE DAY AND HALF A NIGHT and has not used paper to draft, make correction on the draft and then, send when the corrected one looks ok. Because this was not the case how it was prpared, I noticed that countless spelling errors filled most of the pages. If you want a corrected copy which I can make it in the near future, I am willing to submit to you if I know your e-mail, P.O.Box no.
    or any other means of sending the corrected copy to you. Good Luck, B.A. KASSA

  18. Anonymous
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    I agree on your points. However, it is/was not me who jumped into such endless theological debate. An individual by his pen name YE EWINET MISIKER was the one who debated with me but as you can see at Comment # 11, Mr. Assta B. Gettu asked to participate and entered such treacherous water. Therefore let us not deprive him to answer my 19 pages argument in any way he can. In my part, I will not go furthe but I am happy that people are still reading whic I was not expected because every time new issue exist in this web page and people focus on new issue than the old as this case. Thank you to your comment and God blee you and all who read our debate.

  20. Assta B. Gettu
    | #20

    My dear Ethiopian Jew,

    I have carefully read your article and examined thoroughly its substance, its close ties with Islam as you have vividly explained Islam is the true religion, and because it is so true it is growing in number. According to your logic, Judaism has very few followers compared to Christianity and Islam because it is not a valid religion. This kind of thinking of yours and your fellow Jews is misleading.

    You have tried hard to refute the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the virginity of Mary, the Mother of God, and the true service of St. Paul to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    In Amharic, we say: “yeferi sew betiru bizu new,” which means a coward person’s sticks are too many; in this case, you have amassed quotations upon quotations in order to convince me and my other Christian brothers and sisters that Christ is not God, and Mary is not virgin, and St. Paul is a liar apostle, and all Christ’s followers are worshipers of many gods or idols. Your evidences to prove your cases are mostly based on Talmud, Torah, the Quran, the Greek mythology, Egyptology, Buddhism, and other Eastern and Western comparative religions; we Christians, however, reject those witnesses you have brought to your defense and consider them “yebaltet teret.” You could have saved your readers time and energy if you have brought witnesses from the Old and the New Testaments only rather than from the Talmud and other man-made traditions and mythologies.

    Before I go to the Old and the New Testaments’ evidences that Jesus is God, let me briefly say what some of the Church Fathers have to witness about the deity of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

    Ignatius, Polycarp, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and Tertullian have said: ‘For our God Jesus Christ was conceived in the womb; believe on our Lord and God Jesus Christ, for Christ is our King and Priest and God and Lord; so God became man and the Lord Himself saved us, and in His birth GOD AND MAN united’ respectively.

    In the Old Testament, we find such irrefutable testimonies that Jesus Christ is God: “You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” (Psalm 45:7)
    God alone possesses Glory:
    “I am the Lord that is my name; and my glory I will not give to another” (Isaiah 42:8)
    Jesus possessed this glory with the Father:
    “And now O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself with the glory I had with You before the world was.” (John 17:5)

    “All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:3)
    “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were made through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16)
    “To the Son He says, ‘…You O Lord, in the beginning, laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of your hands.” (Hebrews 1:10)

    The Father says of the Son:
    “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” (Hebrews 1:6)

    Jesus accepted the worship of others:
    “And Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” (John 20:28-29)
    The terms “Alpha” and “Omega” are the first and last letter of the Greek alphabet. In Jewish thought the “First and Last” was a title reserved for Jehovah alone:
    “Who has performed and accomplished it, Calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD, am the first, and with the last. I AM He” (Isa. 41:4; emphasis added).
    “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel And his Redeemer, the LORD of host: I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.”
    “Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel whom I called: I am He, I am the first, I am the last. . . .”
    This title indicated that the LORD is eternal. This title of Deity was appropriately applied to Jesus Christ in the book of Revelation:
    “BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, AND EVERY EYE WILL SEE Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:7-8)
    “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet, like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. . . .”
    “The first and the last, who was dead and has come to life. . . .”
    “‘Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me to render to every man according to what he has done.’I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end…’ ‘I Jesus have sent my angel to testify to you these things for the churches. . . .”
    Clearly Jesus is presented as the “first and the last,” and the “Alpha and Omega.” And in verses 7, 8 Jesus is also called the Lord Almighty. Again, when Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us,’ Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?’ (John 14:8-9)
    It is only through Jesus Christ that we can see and understand God the Father: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.” (John 14:6-7) Jesus is God eternal: ‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’ (John 8:58)
    In his humanity,
    Jesus knew:
    Physical growth Luke 2:52
    Weariness John 4:6
    Hunger Matthew 4:2; 21:18 Luke 4:2
    Thirst John 19:28
    Emotion Matthew 26:37

    Astonishment Mark 6:6 Luke 7:9
    Grief John 11:33
    Being Troubled John 12:27
    Agony Luke 22:44
    Loneliness & Abandonment Matthew 26:38; Mark 15:34
    “He groaned in the spirit” John 11:33
    “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” Luke 23:46
    “My soul is troubled” John 12:27
    The fundamental reason we Christians believe that Jesus is truly God and truly human
    is not because of a Church doctrine or a Church command; rather it is the clear and direct understanding of the true meanings of both the Old and the New Testaments.
    Ato B. A. Kassa, the Ethiopian Jew, accuses Jesus for violating the Torah; yes, the Torah says: “eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise” (Exodus 21:24-25); however, Jesus says: “…I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.” Matthew 5:39-41)
    Of course the Jews thought Jesus was breaking the Jewish law for comforting the sick and for healing them and for performing many miracles during and before the Sabbath; they couldn’t comprehend that the Sabbath was created for the sake of man, not man for the sake of the Sabbath.
    Lord of the Sabbath
    One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grain fields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
    He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar, the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”
    Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:23-28) It is for such good works of Jesus Christ that the Jews accused our Lord Jesus Christ and finally murdered him. In the same way, they persecuted the Apostles and tried to completely destroy the Church, but the Jews were completely defeated, and the Christian Church is still shining while Judaism is going down and down.
    Stephen the Martyr testified against the Jews: “Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him–you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it.” (Acts7:52-5)
    The Existence of Jesus
    Mr. B. A. Kassa doubts that Jesus Christ has ever existed on this earth; however, besides the testimonies of the Gospel writers, there are many historians who witnessed the existence of Our Lord Jesus Christ on this earth.
    For example, “the existence of Jesus is recorded by the Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus, who was born in A.D. 37, “Now there was about this time, Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works–a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles.
    “He was (the) Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those who loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day” (Antiquities, XVIII, III).
    Another person, “Cornelius Tacitus (A.D. 112), a Roman historian, writing about the reign of Nero, refers to Jesus Christ and the existence “of Christians in Rome (Annals, XV, 44), Tacitus, elsewhere in his Histories, refers to Christianity when alluding to the burning of the temple of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. This has been preserved by Sulpicius Severus (Chronicles 30:6).
    “There are other references to Jesus or His followers, such as the Roman historian, Seutonius (A.D. 120) in Life of Claudius, 25.4, and Lives of the Caesars, 26.2, and Pliny the younger (A.D. 112) in his Epistles, X. 96.”
    Mr. B. A. Kassa believes there are “many Jesus,” but we Christians believe that there is only one Jesus, the Son of the living God; of course, Jesus himself has predicted: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ’, and will deceive many.” (Matthew 24:4-5)

    Jesus has promised us that he would come again: “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.” (Matthew 24:30)

    The Virginity of Mary, the Mother of God
    Before and after the birth of Jesus Christ, Mary always remained a virgin, and her virginity is perpetual as supported by many Church Fathers such as Athanasius, Augustine, Jerome and Origen. The second Council of Constantinople (553 AD) affirms twice that Mary was always virgin and condemns those who reject her perpetual virginity. James, Joses, Simon, and Judas – and all these are his brethren according to Matthew 13:55-56. Before she gave birth to Jesus, no doubt in my mind that Mary was a virgin because Isaiah the prophet has said: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Emanuel,” (7:14) and after she gave birth, she also remained a virgin, and this is my own view; no one else’s. Whether the Catholic Church admits or denies the virginity of Mary is not my great concern; I do not represent the Catholic Church; however, the Catholic Church has had brilliant theologians who can firmly defend the virginity of Mary, the Mother of God. Also, it is not a great concern to me if Mary had children after she gave birth to her first Child, Jesus Christ, and her marriage to Joseph must have been a blessed one.
    When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the prophecy of Isaiah that a virgin girl will give birth to a son was fulfilled at the right time.
    To support their own views, the Jews prefer to use “young woman” in stead of using the Greek word “partenos,” which means “virgin.” Are the Jews telling us the Hebrew Bible is more accurate than the Greek or the Geez Bible?
    The history of the Jewish idol-worshiper King Ahaziah is unnecessary to discuss it here, and we know a prophecy will be always fulfilled later, not right away; however, I do not understand the intention of Mr. B. A. Kassa when he boldly attests that Jesus was not from the house of David. Without doubt, Jesus was indeed from the house of David. The genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David is valid evidence that Jesus was from the house of David (Matthew 1:1-17).
    Mr. B. A. Kasha’s article is generally full of Egyptian mythology, Talmudic teachings and legends; therefore its credibility about Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and the apostle Paul is doubtful.
    Yes, some of the old prophets and most of the Apostles had performed wonders through the word of Jesus Christ while they were on this earth, and any person can do the same if that person has the kind of faith the prophets, the patriarchs, and the apostles had had. Our Lord Jesus says: “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.” (Matthew 21:21)
    On the subject of faith, St. Paul has extensively written to the Hebrews, and I invite you to read Hebrews, Chapter 11 – the entire Chapter. Generally, Jesus Christ loves people who believe in him without seeing him or without asking him to perform miracles so that they could believe in him. Jesus said to Thomas, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” (John 20:29)
    In fact, Jesus denounces those who seek miracles: “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” (Matthew 12:39)
    According to the Jewish myth, one of the criteria of the coming of Messiah is that he should build the Temple that was destroyed in 70 AD by the Roman general Titus. The Temple that Solomon had built was destroyed by fire in 586 B.C. Then the Temple that Herod built was also destroyed, and the destruction of this magnificent Temple shows that the presence of God has departed from the Jews because of their stubbornness of heart to accept Jesus Christ as their God.
    Jesus, however, was not concerned about the building of the man-made Temple at Jerusalem; if the Jews want to build their temple, they could build it with their own hands, but Jesus main concern here is about the building of human body and to make it the temple of God as St. Paul questions: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (1st Corinthians 6:19-20)
    Mr. B. A. Kassa declares that the Apostle Paul is a liar and a heretic, which is not correct because throughout his extensive writings, St. Paul confirms that Jesus is the Messiah, and this is not a lie: “In him there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, or free person. Instead, the Messiah is all and in all.” (Colossians 3:11) When Paul says: “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority,” (Colossians 2:9) he is not mocking or joking or telling a lie.
    Finally when Paul says, “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize,” (Colossians 2:16-18) he is telling the truth from his heart of hearts.
    In conclusion, Mr. B. A. Kassa, an Ethiopian Jew, asserts that the Christians and the Mohammedans declared endless war against the Jews. The fact is, however, it is the Jews who waged war against the Christians and the Muslims. Going back to the Biblical time, one can find how many men, women, children, and old people the Jews had slaughtered and possessed the territories of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, and all in all they had destroyed 31 kings (Joshua 12:8-24) This was indeed the first genocide the Hebrews ever committed on this planet earth. These same Jews also in our modern times slaughtered the prophets, the Apostles, and their Christian followers, and now they are destroying the Palestinian Christians and Arab Muslims and driving them out of their homeland and occupying their inherited territories and preventing them to have an effective communication with the outside world by erecting a massive wall between the Palestinians and the other Jews.
    Throughout human history, the Jews have been trouble makers in business, in education in religion, and in many other issues. So, to say that Christians and Muslims in the name of God have been waging war against the Jews is a meritless argument or complaint.
    Contrary to Ato B. A. Kasas’s views, all wars were not carried out in the name of Christ, but all persecutions against the Christians were carried out in the name of Judaism – Talmud – a man-made tradition.
    Mr. B. A. Kassa further asserts that the Christian Church is divided in many ways on Jesus, and he gives, as examples, the Jehovah Witness, The Unitarian Church, and the Anglican Church, but he has failed to see the divisions of his Judaism into many factions such as the Karait Judaism, the Humanistic Judaism, the Orthodox Judaism, the Ultra Orthodox Judaism, and the Samaritans Judaism; therefore, Jesus statement according to St. Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 12, verses 25 includes the Jewish religion, not only the Christian religion.
    In short, the Jews are the only responsible people for the killing of Jesus, the innocent person, not the Romans. The Romans tried to save Jesus from being executed; however, when Pilate asked: ‘What shall I do, then with Jesus who is called Christ?’ They all responded in one voice: ‘Crucify him!’ Finally, when Pilate said: ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood,’ and ‘it is your responsibility,’ “All the people answered, ‘Let his blood be on us and on our children!’ (Matthew 27:22-25)
    Indeed, my dear friend, Mr. B. A. Kassa, there is blood in your hand and in the hands of all the Jews of this world, except the Ethiopian Black Jews whom you discriminate by preventing them from riding the public bus and learning in one of the best Jewish schools and denying them those high-paying jobs.
    Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus soon!
    Assta B. Gettu
    “If God is on our side, who is against us? Romans 8:10

    | #21

    Mr.Assta B. Gettu:

    As I told you in one of my previous comment, I have said taht I will not respond anymore to your comment because debate in religion has no end. Thank you for responding, however, and the record is in its proper place so that any interested party may read it at present or in the future.

  22. Assta B. Gettu
    | #22

    Dear Ethiopian Jew,

    Of course, religious discussion, as you said, has no end; however, Jesus is the end of everything, and no one has fulfilled the Torah until Jesus Christ came and ended the Law (Romans 10:4) by obeying the Law completely (Leviticus18:5) and by dying on the cross for the sake of us, the sinners. “Therefore,” says the Apostle Peter, “let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36)

    | #23

    The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

  24. Assta B. Gettu
    | #24

    Dear Ethiopian Jew,

    I know you are done with anything religious, but what do “quick brown fox” and “lazy dog” represent? Would you please explain them?

    | #25

    MR. Assta B. Gettu

    I came to realize that you are exceedingly obsessed with quarrelsome and sounds that you are with a breath of threat just as much as Paul was conferonted Peter in like manner. In other word, you involve in matters that is not (a) concern to you, such as (accusing me without facts)about Ethiopian Jews in Israel for (1)allegedly “preventing them not to use public transportation and denying them a highly-paid job”(No.20, and (2) attempted to provoke me on your questioning of November 24, 2009 (NO.24).

    FIRST ON YOUR COMMENT AT NO.20:- You have accused me as an official of the Israeli government who deny Ethiopian school childrens the right to use public transportation. First of all I do not live in Israel and all Ethiopian Jews do not live in Israel. I lived in the United States for the last 26 years and has never saw a land called “ISRAEL” In America I assisted Ethiopians who had legal problems and never charged them even one ($1) dollar. This is because in America many ethiopians who encounter legal problem are poor and can not affored to pay #300-500/per hour legal fee for an attorney. I have no blood in my hand, my brother, but you who accused the innocent. If my conversion to Judaism is your problem, then it is impossible to help you because my conversion is not the result of immotional or political but the deepest understanding of the fallacy of christianity and the truth that Judaism had. To understand Judaism, it did not take a rocket science but “Advanced Degree in any field but preferrably in Philosophy and familiarity with ancient history of the Israelite together with the Torah, Talmud and other related studies is sufficient.(This also means knowing about the christian base of belief- Jesus and the Christian Bible, which (without exception)all Jews viewd as “dirty rug” and nothing else.

    ON COMMENT NO 23:- my one line stateemnt “The quick brown for jumps over the lazy dog” was not addressed to you but to someone who follow our debate and waste his time than ourselves, the debators. The nine words were representatives of numbers to which my cousin used to pick an item which I purchased for him by credit card. In terms of number the nine words would have been 84274-42527-69636-95867-76837-84352-99364 and I have engineered the code from the telephone keybord so that he can remember the words than the numbers. The statement therefore, were not addressed to you. If I have all reason to write an article, I put the name of the addressee as I have did on comment nos.21, 18,17,16,13. In all these nos, I have mentioned your name because the article I wrote was intended to reach you, but not on comment 23. So what is your proof that I have send the message to you as you erroneously assumed? Would you assume and act likewise if other people wrote any comment below your comment and without addressing to your name and/or attention. I hope you can understand this point but I shouldn’t write to you to justify your error but I did so, however, because it didnt took me to know who you are and from what region. Without naming the region, let me mentioned some of churchs you are familiar with: D/T Eyesus, Lejetu Mariam, Enatitu Mariam, Medahenialem, Tesgur Michael, Ajibar, 7th Day Adventist Mission,Sebeseba Meda, Theodros II school, Segno (Manday)Gebeya,….”. Few personalities include: Hogambic, Vesilimay, Arvid, Teshome Wagaw, Kebede Mera, Abegaz Mera, Mollalign Misganaw…. If you want to know about me E-Mail me at:

    | #26

    ASSTA B. Gettu

    Correction of error on the e-mail address:disregard the above as it was mistakinly typed THE CORRECT E-MAIL ADDRESS IS:

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