R: Miles, thanks for taking the time to do a short interview for us.
R: It seems that on your latest album you had more blatant Christian references than usual. Would you consider Christianity to be the one true religion?
R: Really. I’m sure that will surprise a lot of our listeners. So, I’m guessing you’re one of these philosophical types that see all religions as having the same purpose, leading to the same place, and you just try to be devout with the one you’re raised in?
M: Not really. I’m actually anti-religion altogether.
R: Wow. ‘Cause all your lyrics appear to point to a consistent, conservative religious background. So I guess it’s more of just an artistic form for you, whereas in reality you’re agnostic?
M: No, I’m not agnostic. I believe there is one truth, and the same reality for everybody on Earth, and anyone who doesn’t believe that truth is deceived.
R: But there isn’t one true religion?
M: No, there is.
R: [Laughs] Okay, now you’re just messing with me!
M: No, I’m being serious. There is one true religion.
R: Okay, you just said there wasn’t!
M: No, I didn’t.
R: Then which one is it?!
M: This may surprise a lot of people but Judaism is actually the one true religion.
R: I would have never guessed you’re Jewish!
M: I’m not.
R: …….. Okay, enough with the questions. I guess I should just let you explain. What is it exactly that you do you believe?
M: So I believe in one God who created man, then man rebelled against God, forever separating God’s presence from Earth with man. God then set up a system to atone for man’s sins so he could once again dwell with man. This system for atoning man’s sins is what’s known as Judaism, and it’s the one true set of laws that God created to allow man to atone for his sins. But it still wasn’t anything like the perfect relationship God had with man in the beginning, and depraved mankind continued breaking God’s covenant, thus incurring God’s judgement. This system of obedience and sin, blessings and curses was frustrating to God, so he told his prophet Jeremiah he wasn’t satisfied with the current covenant and he was going to establish a new covenant and a new law, this time written on man’s heart. This new covenant would be so much better and easier than the old one that all the world could easily take part in it and have that perfect relationship with God again. And so God told the prophets that a man would rise up from among them to establish this new covenant, as the Jewish prophet Isaiah said: “A child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on his shoulders.” But what’s interesting about this man whom the prophets refer to as “The Chosen One”, is what Isaiah says next: “The government will rest on his shoulders; and his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father.” So what child is this that will be called God, Eternal Father? What they were prophesying is that this Chosen One would be God himself, born as a man! God himself enacts the first covenant, God himself enacts the 2nd! Of course this Chosen One already came in the person which the world knows as Jesus, and he established God’s new covenant.
R: Aha! So Christianity is the one true religion!
M: No, I already told you it’s not!
M: See, that just goes to show that most people don’t understand what Christianity really is, including many people who label themselves as Christian.
R: Alright, alright. I’m sorry for interrupting you in this interview. Keep on going.
M: Most people think Jesus came to start a new religion, but in reality he did just the exact opposite! Being God, he lived a perfect life, fulfilling every law in the Old Covenant, and though he was perfect and didn’t need to atone for personal sin, he took all the sins of the world upon himself and sacrificed his perfect body as one final sacrifice, atoning for sin once and for all. This is the New Covenant God mentioned through the prophets, and so all people need to do now is simply believe that God did this and accept this final atonement for their sins. Then God will see them as having the perfect righteousness of Jesus, and with no sin separating them from God anymore he will once again live among all believers of this covenant, as he did in the beginning, only this time inside of them.
R: Okay, hold on a sec. So you said you believe Judaism is the true religion, yet it seems you believe Judaism is obsolete. How do you reconcile this?
M: Yes, Judaism has been made obsolete, but it also remains the only true religion established by God, because it was never replaced with another one. Now the Old Covenant was replaced by the New Covenant, but unlike the Old Covenant, the new one wasn’t a religion of rules you have to follow to be made right with God. Just like Jeremiah prophesied that the New Covenant would be written on our hearts, when we believe in Jesus’ sacrifice our sins are instantly atoned for, and in our perfection God begins a relationship with us; there’s no need for religion anymore. And interestingly enough, secular history even verifies this because only a few years after fulfilling Judaism, God affirmed its obsoletion by destroying the Jewish Temple, making it so the Jews were incapable of trying to atone for their sins anymore through the Old Covenant.
R: Okay, before you go any further we’ve got to start wrapping it up here. So to recap, it seems to me in the course of this interview you said, 1. You’re not a Christian, 2. Judaism is the one true religion, but 3. You’re not Jewish, in fact you’re anti-religion. And then you go on some spiel that makes you sound like you’re a devout Christian after all. Do you have one consistent world-view, or are you changing your mind as we speak?
M: Yes, I have one consistent world-view. No, I’m not changing my mind as we speak. [Laughs] But you only got 2 of the 3 right.
R: [Laughs] Alright! At this point I’ll take what I can get. Which one was wrong?
M: I actually am a Christian…
R: But you just…!
M: Hold on, hold on. Let me try to clarify myself and wrap all this up in a way that people can understand.
R: Please, by all means!
M: So Judaism is the one true religion, but it was fulfilled and made obsolete by Christianity. However, Christianity is not a religion, in fact it is the freedom from religion. Jesus kept every Jewish commandment for us and then with one final atonement God traded his righteousness for our sin, making us righteous simply by our faith in him, so that we no longer have to keep the Jewish laws. Essentially Jesus abolished religion. Therefore, to be pro-Jesus is essentially saying you’re pro-abolition-of-religion and thus anti-religion. The end.
R: Wow, okay, well, that’s not the direction I thought this interview was going to go, and it seems that took all of our time. But you left us enough to chew on for a while, so I guess that’s it for now. Thanks for taking the time to have this monologue…uh… interview.
M: Anytime. [Laughs] Sorry about that. But it is the most important thing to me and there’s nothing else I’d rather talk about. Thanks everyone for taking the time to listen!
R: Miles, thanks for taking the time to do a short interview for us.