The only doctrine preached by Jesus and the apostles was love - love of God and love of humanity. Not a weak, sentimental love but the love which is the sign of a truly great character, the only kind of love whereby it is possible to 'love your enemies.' It was the outward manifestation of this inner depth of character which demonstrated that the Kingdom of God "cometh not with observation...for, lo, the Kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21)
The simplicity and purity of this teaching did not prove sufficient to the Hellenist-Latin church 'fathers' and still does not prove sufficient today. The minds of the said 'fathers' were set in the key of a different structure to that of the Israelite apostles and the doctrines and teachings centering around the person of Jesus are a reflection of their own non-Israelite theology.
The Virgin Birth, the Miraculous Incarnation and the Trinity teachings focus completely upon the personality of Jesus and the effect which it is assumed he produced upon his contemporaries. To accept this, is to accept that the issues for which he lived and died were issues applicable only to that time and only in those circumstances.
Many preachers and theologians reason that because these doctrines have been taught for so many years, they are somehow thus endowed with weight, with truth. The only truth in this view is that they have been taught long enough to become 'traditional'. Jesus himself told the Pharisees that they made 'void the word of God' by their tradition. (Mark 7:13). Those who rely on 'tradition' to bolster their arguments stand in precisely the same position as their intellectual ancestors.
The expectancy and hope of the Israelites was that, some day, one would arise who would restore the fortunes of Israel and usher in the permanent peace of the Kingdom of God on earth. The Israelite had very definite ideas about this man and these were recorded in the books of the Hebrew Scriptures. Many Christians are unaware of what exactly the Israelites did expect and this ignorance has facilitated the building up of the erroneous doctrines of the Christian Churches.
When the fervent hope of a 'messiah' transitioned to a practical reality in Jesus, it moved John to write:
"All things came into existence through him, and apart from him, not even one thing came into existence. What has come into existence by means of him was Life, and the Life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkness but the darkness comprehended it not." (John 1:3-5. See also Acts 26:18)
Thus did John express his philosophy concerning the ultimate resurrection of those who lived endeavouring to emulate the righteousness of Jesus.
For would-be citizens of the Kingdom of God, the New Testament identifies the one road to follow - the "way, the truth, and the life." That road is love. As Jesus said: " A new commandment I give to you...love one another as I have loved you..." (John 13:34)
John's words in 1:3-5 - "...what has come into existence by means of him was Life..." - are the Keys to the Kingdom, so to speak. Stay tuned for "The New Creation of Life."