Give It A Rest

Reblogged from Exploring Judaism/Give It A Rest
11059955_835511339860027_1184495492234181171_n-300x300“…the earth shall rest a Sabbath to Hashem.” (Leviticus 25:2)

This passage refers to the Sabbatical year in Israel where the land was left and not worked every seventh year.

The Baal Shem Tov saw here a cue for us – to give earthiness (the physical and material aspects of life) a rest and to focus on spirituality and holiness.

 

A general emphasis in Torah is that we should prioritize spiritual over materialistic pursuits in life. In a famous Midrash, the letter Aleph (first letter in the alphabet) complained to God because the Torah begins its account of the creation of the world with the letter Bet (second letter of the alphabet) in the word Bereshis – in the beginning. God comforted the Aleph by telling it that the Ten Commandments would begin with an Aleph. Indeed, the first word of the Ten Commandments – Anochi, begins with the letter Aleph.

Rav Zalman Sorotzkin notes that the first letter of the alphabet is associated with the spiritual teachings of the Ten Commandments revealed at Mt.Sinai while the second letter is associated with the creation of the physical world. He suggests that the lesson here is that the Aleph, first place of our lives should be in the realm of spirituality while the Bet or secondary focus of our lives should be in the earthly/worldly realm.

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Choose Good, Feel Great

Choose Good, Feel Great
Secrets to Living Your Best Life

By Rabbi David Aaron

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I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that you may live, you and your seed ——Deut. 30:19

Goodness that isn’t chosen is not complete goodness. If we didn’t choose goodness—if we were just naturally good, or if goodness was the only option available—how could that be the highest expression of goodness?

I know a fellow that has dozens of guests over at his home every weekend. When I complimented him on his hospitality, he said, “What are you talking about? It comes naturally to me. It’s not a struggle for me. I love to do this!”

Is he really choosing goodness? If it comes naturally, is it complete goodness? Goodness that wasn’t chosen is not the greatest good. Only after you struggle with evil and chose goodness will you accomplish true and complete goodness.

Does God struggle with evil? Can God experience complete goodness through overcoming evil and choosing the good?

Yes, through you and me. God participates in complete goodness through our choices. Our service to God is to choose goodness. That’s why we’re in a world so full of allurements to do evil—so that we can rise to the challenge and choose good. That’s our service to God. For there to be choice, evil has to be pretty attractive. There is no choice if we’re not interested in one of the alternatives. In other words, if somebody puts in front of me a gorgeous, delicious meal, and next to it a plate of (forgive me) vomit, would it be a tremendous choice that I opted for the meal and not the vomit?

Therefore, in order for there to be the optimal opportunity to choose goodness, evil has to be extremely attractive. People think the Devil is an independent character who has a red ugly face, horns on his head, and a pitchfork in his hand. Kabbalah teaches that the forces of evil were created by God and the strongest ones are a counterfeit of good. They look just like goodness. That’s why they present such a great challenge. Evil and good are not always like black and white. High- grade, super classy evil looks just like good, but it’s counterfeit nevertheless. Counterfeit means that it looks like the real thing but isn’t.

I walk into a store. I hand the cashier a bill. The cashier says, “Thank you, sir. Oh, wait a second! … Sir, I’m sorry, this hundred-dollar bill is worthless; it’s counterfeit.” I then begin to argue, “What are you talking about? This is a hundred-dollar bill! Do you see the number 100 in the corner?”

The cashier shrugs. “No, I’m sorry, sir, this bill is a worthless piece of paper. President Washington’s right eyeball is slightly off.”

“No, no, this is one hundred dollars. What’s an eyeball got to do with it?”

“Sir, just because it looks, smells, and feels like a hundred-dollar bill doesn’t make it a hundred-dollar bill. Unless it’s printed at the U.S. Mint, it’s worthless.”

So, too, the choices for goodness in real life are often much more subtle than most people recognize. There is a subtle but real difference between “looking good” and “being good.”

Torah and Kabbalah teach that God created the world in order to facilitate the possibility for ultimate goodness, which means goodness that has been chosen. Our service to God is to choose goodness. Life is all about choices. There are always choices to be made. Every day we are all handed choices. Every day we all get different challenges. No one can expect life to be a piece of cake in a world of choices.

But don’t worry. Try your best, and if you make a mistake, you can do teshuvah. You can be forgiven. Remember, God knew the stakes were high, and God is with you in your pain and struggle.

In fact, the Talmud tells us that before God created the world, He created the power of teshuvah, because the likelihood of our making mistakes was so great that we couldn’t even last a moment without the possibility of teshuvah already available.

Teshuvah is amazing. The Talmud teaches that if we transgress but later on change because we fear punishment, then our offense is considered null and void. But if we transgress but later on mend our ways because of our love for God, then our offense is counted as a merit in the spiritual realm.

Imagine a person who spent their whole life choosing evil and darkness. But moments before they die, they do teshuvah for the love of God. They are able to take all their offenses and turn them into merits and light. How is this possible?

When we do teshuvah out of fear, it means we’re afraid of the pain that is the likely consequence of our choices. When fear motivates our personal transformation, it is because we want to protect ourselves. And that’s a noble move.

However, when we do teshuvah out of our love for God, the underlying motivation is that we acknowledge the pain and disappointment we have caused God. We realize that God was counting on us to beat evil and choose good, and we failed Him. And we are so sorry for the missed opportunity to reveal this great goodness born out of choice.

Teshuvah done out of love arises from the realization that we are here on earth to perform a divine service—to choose goodness for God’s sake. God wants to participate in complete goodness through our struggle against evil and our choice to do the good, but we have failed Him. We do teshuvah not because we fear punishment but because we love God and know that we have, so to speak, let God down. This realization itself brings us closer to God, even closer than we were before we made the mistakes. Therefore, all our offenses turn into merits. The darkness is converted into light.

If God is absolutely good, why did He create a world that has so much evil? Ultimate goodness, which is the goodness achieved through choice, requires the possibility for evil. Once you understand this, you will appreciate how central a role evil plays in this world. What’s so good about this world is the evil in it. This world offers the opportunity to beat evil and choose good.

In other words, Kabbalah is teaching that the main feature and advantage of this world is the evil in it. This world was not created for what is already good in it. This world was created to be a forum for a new and higher kind of goodness—the goodness born out of overcoming evil and choosing to do good.

Imagine you walk into a factory and you see them trucking in tons and tons of garbage. You then find out that they actually buy this garbage and that it is their most valued raw material. This all sounds crazy to you until you find out that this factory is actually a recycling plant. They take garbage and turn it into usable products. Welcome to World, Inc.!

Yes, this world is really a recycling plant. This is why it is filled with so much garbage. All the trash around us and within us is here for us to recycle into usable products—lessons and realizations, growth and accomplishments. Before I learned this lesson from Kabbalah, I always wondered why there was so much evil in the world. However, after this secret was revealed to me, I asked: Why isn’t there more evil in this world? The answer, of course, is that there is less evil because we are working so hard and succeeding in our mission on earth to choose good.

Source: Sparks – Choose Good, Feel Great

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Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme

“Hell hath no fury like a vested interest masquerading as a moral principle.”

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by  Paul McHugh 

June 10th, 2015

The idea that one’s sex is a feeling, not a fact, has permeated our culture and is leaving casualties in its wake. Gender dysphoria should be treated with psychotherapy, not surgery.

For forty years as the University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School—twenty-six of which were also spent as Psychiatrist in Chief of Johns Hopkins Hospital—I’ve been studying people who claim to be transgender. Over that time, I’ve watched the phenomenon change and expand in remarkable ways.

A rare issue of a few men—both homosexual and heterosexual men, including some who sought sex-change surgery because they were erotically aroused by the thought or image of themselves as women—has spread to include women as well as men. Even young boys and girls have begun to present themselves as of the opposite sex. Over the last ten or fifteen years…

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Revival of the Hebrew language

If you are a Christian and are unsure why the Language of Hebrew is important, you should consider researching it.
Just a thought to consider… ~ wil’Liam Scott Hall

For a religion who loves the Bible so much, it is very telling that the study of the Bible/Tanach in it’s original Hebrew is avoided and not promoted in any way. The reason xtians don’t study the Tanach/Bible in Hebrew is that many of the so-called “prophecies” of the NT would fall apart if examined in the original Hebrew. ~ Akiva Goldberg

Zephaniah 3:9 For then will I turn to the peoples a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one consent.

Revival of the Hebrew language
By DANIEL BENSADOUN
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The process of the Hebrew language revival began on October 13th 1881, as Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and his friends agreed to exclusively speak Hebrew in their conversations. As a result, the language, which had not been spoken as a mother tongue since the second century CE, once again became the national language of Israel.

Some three thousand years earlier, when the Jewish people first arrived in Israel with Joshua, Hebrew was established as the national language and lasted for more than a millennium, until the Bar Kohba war in 135 CE. From that point on, Hebrew was exclusively used for literature and prayer, until late in the 19th century with the first aliya and Ben-Yehuda.

Born in 1858, Ben-Yehuda grew up in Belarus, formerly part of the Russian Empire, where he started studying the Bible. At the age of three, he started learning in a cheder, a Yeshiva for young children, where he learned ancient Hebrew. By the time he was twelve, Ben-Yehuda was familiar with large portions of Torah, Mishna and Talmud. Hoping he would become a rabbi, his parents sent him to a Yeshiva where he continued studying Torah and ancient Hebrew.

In the following years, he learned French, German, and Russian and traveled to Dunaburg, Latvia for further education. With the rise of Jewish nationalism in 19th century Europe, Ben-Yehuda was captivated by the innovative ideas of Zionism. While reading the Hebrew language newspaper HaShahar, he became acquainted with Zionism and concluded that the reviving the Hebrew language in the Land of Israel would unite all Jews worldwide. And so, in 1881, Ben-Yehuda made aliya and came to live in Jerusalem. At that time, it was believed that one of the criteria needed to define a nation worthy of national rights was its use of a common language spoken by both the society and the individual. In fact, Ben-Yehuda regarded Hebrew and Zionism as one and the same, writing that, “The Hebrew language can live only if we revive the nation and return it to the fatherland.” According to researchers, it appears that in the fifty years preceding the start of the revival process, a version of spoken Hebrew already existed in the markets of Jerusalem. The Sephardic Jews who spoke Ladino or Arabic and the Ashkenazi Jews who spoke Yiddish needed a common language for commercial purposes, and the most obvious choice was Hebrew. It should be noted that it was not a native mother tongue as such, but more of a pidgin.

As part of his vision of reviving Hebrew, Ben-Yehuda raised his son, Ben-Zion Ben-Yehuda (the first name meaning “son of Zion”) speaking entirely in Hebrew. He refused to let his son be exposed to other languages during childhood. It is said he once reprimanded his wife for singing a Russian lullaby to the child. As a result, his son Ben-Zion became the first native speaker of Modern Hebrew.

Ben-Yehuda was a major figure in the establishment of the Committee of the Hebrew Language (Va’ad HaLaschon), later the Academy of the Hebrew Language, an organization that still exists today. He wrote the first Modern Hebrew dictionary and became known as the “reviver” of the Hebrew language.

However, while he worked tirelessly to raise awareness and fought its opponents, what finally brought about the revitalization of Hebrew were not Ben-Yehuda’s activities in Jerusalem, but developments in the communities of the First Aliya (1881-1903) and the Second Aliya (1904-1914). The first Hebrew schools were established in these communities; Hebrew increasingly became a spoken language of daily affairs, and finally became a systematic and national language. Yet Ben Yehuda’s fame and notoriety stems from his initiation and symbolic leadership of the Hebrew revival. In fact, Cecil Roth summed up Ben-Yehuda’s contribution to the Hebrew language: “Before Ben-Yehuda, Jews could speak Hebrew; after him, they did.” Ultimately, the process of Hebrew’s return to regular usage was unique; there are no other examples of a sacred language becoming a national language with millions of first language speakers.

In 1922, Ben-Yehuda died from tuberculosis at the age of 64.The house he built in the Talpiot neighborhood of Jerusalem was later transferred to the local municipality and is today a conference center and guesthouse run by the German organization Action Reconciliation Service for Peace, which organizes workshops, seminars and Hebrew language ulpan programs.

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While Hebrew had remained the language of study and prayer, it had not been a spoken language for centuries. Few believed it could again become a tongue of everyday speech, but one man did, and dedicated his life to reviving Hebrew. His name was Eliezer Ben-Yehuda.

Source: This week in history: Revival of the Hebrew language

http://m.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/This-week-in-history-Revival-of-the-Hebrew-language

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Heidi, Ted, the birth of the Illuminati?

 

Heidi Cruz the wife of Senator Ted Cruz is affiliated with an organization that’s trying to build an EU style government right here in North America and take away our sovereignty. So how is it that she’s so actively involved in her husband’s campaign when he vehemently opposes her views. Well I’m going to expose some truths about this organization and the Cruz’s relationship.

In 2004, Heidi became a member of the Independent Task Force on the Future of North America sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations. The Task Force advocates a greater economic and social integration between Canada, Mexico, and the United States as a North American region. Or what Lou Dobbs called the North American Union. The council on foreign relations, the CFR promotes globalization, free trade, the reduction of financial regulations on transnational corporations and economic consolidation into regional blocks such as NAFTA and the European Union. That’s right, these are the same guys that promoted NAFTA.

In 2005, the CFR published a document called Building a North American Community. Within the report the task force proposes the creation of a North American community to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity. The Report recommends the development of a North American border pass and action plan allowing citizens of the three countries to expedite passage through customs, immigration, and airport security within the region. They want to quote “Lay the groundwork for the freer flow of people within North America. They say the three governments should commit themselves to the long-term goal of dramatically diminishing the need for the current intensity of the government’s’ physical control of cross-border traffic, travel, and trade within North America. Yeah uh in English this means let’s let all the Mexicans freely cross the border into the United States.

It’s very interesting, right? Ted Cruz is on the complete opposite side of his wife’s view and her participation in The Council of Foreign Relations. In fact during his run for the senate he was asked about the CFR and he’s quoted as saying they are a pernicious nest of snakes that is working to undermine our sovereignty.

But Heidi Cruz, has relentlessly been campaigning for her husband. And we’re not just talking about event appearances. She’s quoted as saying she’s made over 600 phone calls to potential donors in the first quarter of the campaign alone. No other candidate’s partner has ever stumped for their husband or wife like Heidi Cruz has for Ted. So what is it? What does Heidi Cruz get out of Ted Cruz winning the election, when it goes against her very own political ideologies?

You have to start asking yourself what’s the agenda here. Ted Cruz wants to deport all the migrants but his wife wants an open door policy and free travel between countries. At some point you have to ask is Ted Cruz a secret advocate for the North American Union? How can two people who share the same bed, are diametrically opposed to each other’s stance on immigration, be so single mindedly focused on getting into the White House.

You know years ago Bill Clinton let it slip that he and Hillary made a pact that she would support his presidential run which would pave the road for her to run in the future. In fact they even discussed which one of them should run first. This Cruz relationship sounds all too familiar and I’m predicting right now that if Ted Cruz does get into office and lord have mercy on us all if that happens but if it does I believe he’ll switch to support her initiative and we’ll be looking at four years of our sovereignty being dissolved.”- Jonathan Edward Goodman (The Johno Show)

 

Cruz on The Council on Foreign Relations: My wife is part of a ‘pernicious nest of snakes’ ‘working to undermine our sovereignty’

 

THE NEW WORLD ORDER – A 6000 Year History  

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To catch a ride to the CFR go to the 52:17 minute mark on the video below:

The Illuminati, The Bilderberg Group, The Club of Rome and The C.F.R.

Now presenting a detailed and complete 6000 year history of the New World Order and the Illuminati. Includes the history of the Secret Societies, Ancient Beliefs and the Matrix of Control that has shaped human history for thousands of years. Also includes for the first time, a documented history of the true birth of the Illuminati and finally, its affect on the world today.

 

Hillary Clinton Brags about Getting Her Marching Orders from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

While Clinton herself is not an official member of the CFR, her affiliations with the organization are abundantly clear as she herself admits. On July 15, 2009, Clinton spoke to the Washington DC satellite facility of the CFR where she stated,

I am delighted to be here in these new headquarters. I have been often to, I guess, the mother ship in New York City, but it’s good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department.

We get a lot of advice from the Council, so this will mean I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future.

Cheney admitting he was a director of the CFR.”I never mentioned that when I was campaigning for reelection back home in Wyoming.”

 

Hispanic Patriots founder, Dahlys Hamilton bashed both Ted and Heidi Cruz’s connections to the globalists, especially the North American Union:

Big news in the Hispanic community – Hispanic Patriots founder
[Dah-leeth] Dahlys Hamilton – a very well known and respected Hispanic leader has finally given up on Ted Cruz:
“I’M GETTING OFF “LYIN’ TED’S” CRUZ SHIP AND BOARDING THE TRUMP TRAIN! After spending several months researching, and asking the Lord to reveal the truth to me about this election, when the revelations started coming, I really did not want to believe what I was uncovering. Ultimately, I had no choice but to admit I have been deceived–and so have many of you.”
Hamilton organized an event in Georgia last year for Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael. Hamilton bashed both Ted and Heidi Cruz’s connections to the globalists, especially the North American Union:
“Keep in mind that “North America” does not refer to just the United States. North America includes the U.S., Mexico AND Canada. The North America Union (NAU) will strip us of our sovereignty!
“When Cruz talks about securing our borders, he is not referring to protecting the U.S. from our Mexican and Canadian borders, he is referring to the North American Union borders–around the perimeter of the newly formed union!
“Trump was right about LYIN’ TED!
“If you want to know the truth about how the globalist puppet masters are positioning Ted & Heidi Cruz for a diabolical plot to open our borders to Mexico and Canada, please watch these videos. If you think we have problems now with our economy, liberty, illegals, and terrorism, and other threats to our nation, imagine the ensuing chaos!”
Heidi Cruz: First Lady of the North American Union? (Interview with Art Thompson, CEO, John Birch Society)
http://youtu.be/NOx5WhDD75c
Ted Cruz: First President of the North American Union?
http://youtu.be/lNhp9H3yCsI
I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day.

 

The limits of debate are established in this country before the debate even begins. Everybody else is marginalized, made to seem like Communists or some other disloyal person. Kook, there’s a word! Now it’s conspiracy. They’ve made that something that can’t even be entertained for a minute – that powerful people might get together and have a plan? Doesn’t happen! You’re a kook, you’re a conspiracy buff! – George Carlin

large-george-carlin-tm“Do I believe in conspiracies? Nah. Do I believe powerful people would get together and plan certain outcomes? Nah. Do I believe powerful interests would operate outside the law, maybe even kill people? Nah. Do I believe that secret government agencies might feel the need to assassinate a person and cover it up. Nah. I think everything in America is open, clean, and above board, and powerful people always play by the rules.” – George Carlin

“Hillary Clinton Admits The CFR Gives The Orders.” Youtube. Posted by FreeThinker2012.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba9wxl1Dmas Accessed on September 3, 2015.

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King Hezekiah’s Seal Impression Found in the Ophel Excavations, Jerusalem

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Dr. Eilat Mazar has unearthed a new discovery from her latest archaeological excavation in Jerusalem: the bulla of King Hezekiah of Judah. The clay seal stamped with Hezekiah’s name was found in the royal quarter of the Ophel and marks Mazar’s newest biblically related find.

The inscription on the bulla reads: “Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz, King of Judah.”

Mazar’s archaeological team discovered the private seal of the king during a recent phase of excavations by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The Bible records that Hezekiah, son of Ahaz, ruled the kingdom of Judah from its capital, Jerusalem, 14 generations after King David during a major military conflict with Assyria. 2 Kings 18:5 notes his historical significance by recording: “[A]fter him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.”

Mazar’s other discoveries in Jerusalem include King David’s palace, Nehemiah’s wall, bullae belonging to princes who persecuted the Prophet Jeremiah, a Davidic-era secret tunnel, and a Solomonic-era wall. She plans to publish Volume 1 of her final report on her recent Ophel excavations later this month.

Archaeologists deciphered a seal impression bearing the name of the 8th century BCE biblical King Hezekiah recently found during excavations next to the Old City of Jerusalem, the Hebrew University announced. Read More: 

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NEVER…NOT ONCE…been ANY salvation from sin…there can be no salvation from Hell.

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Christians attacking Christians. “Isn’t that special!” As The Church Lady would say.

I’m asking anyone that has came out of Christianity and began following the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to leave a comment below. Be the light.

Thanks

Crucified Beyond The Narrow Gate by Stephen Rau

If the early Christians version or brand of love (tolerance) was to agree, condone and encourage those around them in every conceivable practice, desire or sin; I wonder why they were hated, ridiculed and killed? But this is exactly what modern church-goers do. To win the world, they condone mass sins. But the thing they condone, is the very thing they need deliverance from.

If Christ and the early church preached the same message the modern church preaches, they would’ve never been crucified and martyred!

I wonder what tolerance to sin Peter’s protégé Clement was permitting when He was tied to a boat anchor and disposed of in the Black Sea? Or Apostle John’s protégé Polycarp: What act of love and dismissal of sin caused Him to be burned at the stake? The same for Paul: Beheaded. Peter: Crucified upside-down with His wife. Justin Martyr: Decapitated. Ignatius: Killed in the Roman Coliseum.

Since the early church is so often cited by modernist-evangelicals, for teaching the same “love and tolerance” message that has given us our tinker bell churches and idol ridden prosperity preachers: Why on earth were they ALL martyred?!? The Romans should have loved them!

If your version of love is to promote grace so sin can abound & be openly, proudly and arrogantly flaunted about in grand flippancy: you are preaching a false gospel.

True Salvation isn’t just salvation from Hell (that’s only half of it). True Salvation saves you from both Hell AND the sins that were once sending you there.

If your version of Godly love is to preach Christ, so the darkness of sin may be exposed in the light of Christ; the recipient of such a Gospel will repent under such exposure and experience Christ unto Salvation. And it is then, they will truly see God’s love and tolerance to have saved such a wretch like them, while they were still in their sins. To see, comprehend and understand the true love of God; you must first have a revelation from the Spirit of God, just what it is you have been forgiven of. If you know nothing of sin…you know nothing of forgiveness. And if you’ve seen your own sin, you will preach a gospel of love that reveals the sin of others, that leads them unto salvation.

Once you see the length, depth, width and breadth of what you’ve been forgiven of…you will then bless God for the sin you’ve been saved from.

Preaching love isn’t “trying to please everyone”. You can never please everyone. And in trying, you trash the truth of God, make it a mockery and destroy it for a lie, all in the name of a false gospel that refuses to be set free of its sin. The Truth of God’s Word has been flushed and disposed of in most churches who bear His name. These modernists apostates destroy the true Gospel for a fake one they’ve concocted in their laboratory of sin. They call this gospel the “Love Gospel”.

It’s love alright: Love of Sin. And it didn’t exist in the first and second century Church of The Living Christ.

The so-called “Love-Gospel” is actually the “Hate-Gospel”. It is the bastardization of Christianity that abandons its adherents to the very elements of what was and is destroying them.

If your Christianity is based upon a little prayer once uttered (to save you from hell) but completely lacks the freedom to live apart from the things that were sending you to hell…your Christianity is a “Hate-Gospel” that lacks the outward evidence of an inward condition….of an authentic salvation. Where there has NEVER been ANY salvation from sin…what makes you think there can be ANY salvation fro hell? Where there has NEVER…NOT ONCE…been ANY salvation from sin…there can be no salvation from Hell.

Where there is smoke there is fire. The smoke (holiness in daily conduct) is the billowing evidence that points to an inwardly raging fire (authentic salvation). If you are embodied with the literal fire of Christ…smoke will naturally billow forth…giving irrefutable evidence of an inwardly raging condition.

If salvation to you, is just a “get out of hell free card” without any commitment unto the deliverance of the sins that were at one time sending you there…you’re NOT His disciple. Therefore, a great urgency should arise to examine yourself to see if you are even in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).

Does your salvation consist of a mere escape from hell…or is it complimented by an escape from sin as well?

The answer and reality to that question will echo on into eternity…

Most church-goers nowadays are content with being told that God has made peace with their sin. That He no longer has ANY problem with it. That the reason He died on the cross was so we could be free to commit sin all we want. Even though it was for this very sin that he was mangled, disfigured, beaten, forsaken of God and nailed to a piece of wood to suffocate under the weight of the world and die..

Would you allow yourself to be mangled, disfigured, beaten, forsaken of God and nailed to a piece of wood to suffocate, JUST so you could commit sin?

NO………?

Then what makes you think He approves of you saying these things about Him?

People such as this are a reproach to the Gospel and an embarrassment to real Christians.

It’s not good enough to them that they are lawless. They feel the need to make Christ lawless as well by making it appear He died so we could be free to sin. If He’s going to cast away the lawless ones (Matthew 7:23) how much more so those who have tried to make His sacrifice an excuse to be lawless?

They are a reproach to the unsaved because they make Christ’s sacrifice a cheap, un-sacred pile of trash. One day the fans of heaven will be turned on full boar…and all of this crap is gonna hit it with a running jump.

Sorry for the strong words—but somebody’s gotta say it.

Actually, the more I think of it; No, I’m not sorry for the strong words. I’m sorry for the so-called Christians in our day and age that have prompted the strong words.

I’m sorry this generation hasn’t a hope in hell (literally) of obtaining any real, genuine salvation from a real, genuine hell; when a false gospel such as this is taught in the majority of our churches.

I’m sorry for the amount of “church-goers” who enable and empower “ministers” such as this by filling their pews week in and week out; and by sending millions of dollars annually so they can be told what they want to hear (lies).

I’m sorry when you try and help people ensnared in these groups, they lash out like a dog who has inadvertently hung itself from it’s own leash.. what was meant to keep them within the bounds of safety…now has a stranglehold on them. And when you use the Word of God to point this out, they call you legalistic and become overly-defensive to the notion of you saving their life. They become enraged at the thought of themselves enduring sound doctrine and they become equally enraged at the fact you had the audacity (love) to point it out. So, like a seed that has fallen on a rock…they die.

For THAT I’m sorry and have come to be embarrassed to even share the name “Christian” in and among these reproachable lovers of sin. Because I don’t want a mere name or label to associate me with the Copeland, Osteen, Bell or Warren-esque crowd. They’re an embarrassment to a Holy Church and surely an embarrassment to a Holy God.

Source:The ministry of Crucified Beyond The Narrow Gate

 

Stephen Rau said; “The Roman Church is certainly the Whore of Babylon…the Mother of Harlots as described in Revelation 17:1-5. Allow me to explain in great detail:

“We are NOT anti-Catholic….we’re Pro-Truth. If being Pro-Truth makes us appear to be anti-Catholic…so be it. But that is not our intent. Our intent is to allow Truth to lead us where it will…even to the uncomfortable realization that Roman Catholicism is the Mother of Harlots” – Stephen Rau

Who canonized these as official Church dogma?

To begin with, as the Roman Catholic Church was establishing the official doctrines of the Nicean Christian Religion they included the teaching of Hell as a place of eternal, fiery torment

Much of the imagery of the Nicean Christian conception of Hell is identical with the Pagan underworld known as Hades — even the word Hades is used 11 times in the New Testament to identify Hell, so there is no question about the origins of the doctrine.

Where did the teaching of “Hellfire and damnation” come from?

As the Nicene Church was establishing its official doctrines and replacing biblical Judaism with Catholicism (“Universalism”), it is a well known and easily established fact that they incorporated the teachings of many different religious systems. These early “church fathers” were attempting to establish a new and global political and religious authority in order to control every aspect of human life. Whatever their motives, the Vatican created dogma of eternal torture as a powerful stick to wield against its opponents. “extra Ecclesiam nulla salus means: “outside the Church there is no salvation”

To this end the Catholic Bishops incorporated the Roman Pagan teaching of Hades: A subterranean place of eternal fiery torment and damnation. Never mind that the dogma has no biblical basis, the Magisterium of the Church declared it so. The threat of eternal damnation made their subjects docile and the collection plates rang with tithes, offerings and indulgences as deceived people sought to purchase their salvation.

The imagery of the Nicene Hell is largely taken from the underworld abode of the god Hades and his part time lover Persephone.

#1. NOWHERE in the Bible does it claim that the New Testament is God’s word or infallible. Fallible imperfect human beings did!

Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Proverbs Chapter 30:5-6 Every word of God is tried; He is a shield unto them that take refuge in Him.

Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Deutronomy 13.1 All this word which I command you, that shall ye observe to do; thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

2 If there arise in the midst of thee a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams–and he give thee a sign or a wonder, 3 and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spoke unto thee–saying: ‘Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them’; 4 thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or unto that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God putteth you to proof, to know whether ye do love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

#2. Paul in his letter 2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV) 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: Is NOT talking about a New Testament, it has not been written yet nor compiled by the Catholic Church. The scripture he is talking about is the Tanach.#3. It’s this simple, as James Wood said;

You have to make up your mind to believe Torah (which is not to be changed) or The New Testament that changes it…

Hell, The Facts

  • There is no biblical basis for this teaching.
  • No Believers from the Abrahamic traditions living in the first century C.E. conceived of such a post-life torture.
  • Many Pagans did believe in such horrors and they were viewed as savages because it.
  • Not a single person in the Gospel accounts ever challenge Jesus as to the origins of this non-Jewish teaching he allegedly taught.
  • The doctrine directly challenges the Torah claims that God is Loving and Just
  • Many “Bible believing Christians” believe many unbiblical heresies. The near universality of the belief does not make it biblical.

I have to wonder how many lives would be saved if it were not for this despicable church doctrine that people are never good enough. We are born sinners and can never be righteous in the eyes of a vengeful warrior god. Even a child knows there is something wrong with having an innocent person pay for some else’s crimes, but that is exactly what the Nicene Roman Church (Catholic and Protestant) teaches. The Word of God, the scriptures, say otherwise.

“The Bible is clear, and it is consistent: one person cannot die for the sins of another. In other words, the sins committed by one person cannot be wiped out by the punishment given to another. In Exodus 32:30-35, Moses asks Gd to punish him for the sin committed by the people in regards to the Golden Calf. Gd tells Moses that the person who committed the sin is the one who must receive the punishment. Then, in Deuteronomy 24:16, Gd simply states this as a basic principle, ‘Every man shall be put to death for his own sin.’ This concept is repeated in the Prophets, in Ezekiel 18: ‘The soul that sinneth, it shall die… the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.’ The prophet Jeremiah looks to the day when the mistaken belief that one man’s death atones for another man’s sins shall no longer be held by anyone: in Jeremiah 31:29-30, the prophet says: ‘In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.’

Sources: http://allfaith.com/Jesus/JewChristian.html

http://www.whatjewsbelieve.org/explanation1.html

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How Did They Decide?

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How Did They Decide?

Christianity stands on the words of a few men. If the disciples of Jesus would have ignored him as did most of the Jews of his day, no one would have ever heard of him. It is only because these men believed he was the Messiah that the world knows of the existence of Jesus of Nazareth.

How did these people come to their conclusion? How did these followers of Jesus decide that he was the Messiah prophesied by the Jewish Bible? What was the motivation behind their decision? Was it a deep loyalty to the words of the prophets or was it some other factor that induced them to come to this conclusion?

It is not easy to determine if someone arrived at their conclusion on the basis of intellectual searching or if the conclusions were generated by some external factor and it is not…

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Is christanity Idolatry

Is christanity Idolatry

by Gutman Locks

 

Why does Judaism regard your professed beliefs as hostile to the God of Israel? There is no greater sin than idolatry. Your worship of a man as God violates the very first of the Ten Commandments:

Maimonides, Responsa

Is Christianity Avodah Zara?

 

 

 

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Global Pentecostalism: Children and Revival

“From a market perspective, Pentecostalism is outperforming the competition.”

Evangelical Christians around the globe are increasingly holding large children’s revivals where they practice a disturbing ritual called “anointing by the holy spirit,” “being slain by the holy spirit,” “catching the holy ghost,” or “falling out.”

“Never permit spiritual expressions to become your barometer for truth. Your foundation must be the Jewish Scriptures alone.”

How Global Pentecostalism is Changing the World

By Heather Wax—Special Contributor

Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative
Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative

A few years ago, social scientists started noticing a trend that religious observers had seen for some time: Membership in Pentecostal churches was growing rapidly, especially in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Russia. Hoping to find out why this was happening—and how this growth was transforming these regions culturally and socially—the Center for Religion & Civic Culture at the University of Southern California launched the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative, headed by religion professor Donald Miller and funded by a $7 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation. In 2010, the initiative awarded grants to 21 two-year social science projects. This past May, it invited all of the principal investigators to meet in Quito, Ecuador, to discuss their preliminary findings.

Thus far, the projects have revealed that overall, the growth of Pentecostalism, especially in the Global South, remains phenomenal—and for reasons that have as much to do with sociology as theology.

“From a market perspective, Pentecostalism is outperforming the competition, with contemporary music that attracts young people, an emphasis on supernatural healing, loving and caring cell groups in large congregations, and for migrants from rural areas who are living in urban settings, Pentecostal churches are re-creating intimate social relations that resemble the extended family setting that they left,” says Miller. “Also, Pentecostal churches generate hope in the teaching of the pastors and their vibrant worship, which is a precious commodity in today’s world, but especially in many developing countries.”

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Photo: Donald Miller

As the number of Pentecostals and charismatic Christians rises, so does their potential political and social impact. A recent Templeton-funded survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life showed that Pentecostals (considered for survey purposes as a subset of Evangelicals) are as likely as other Christians to support religious involvement in public life. Miller points out that in “areas like Central America, in Guatemala, El Salvador, maybe a third to a half of the population is either Pentecostal or charismatic, so the idea of Pentecostalism being a small sectarian group, that just isn’t true anymore.”

“Pentecostalism, in its origin, was very much a sectarian religion,” he continues, “oftentimes otherworldly rather than connected with issues within their own society, and within our research projects we’ve seen many, many examples of Pentecostals engaging the world in terms of social ministries.”

Discussions at the meeting focused, in large part, on themes that cut across the various research projects, such as religious freedom and discrimination.

“There are Pentecostal and charismatic Christians living under all kinds of political regimes and, although the climate may be favorable at the moment, there are those who have scars on them from discrimination inflicted by totalitarian regimes,” explains William Kay, a Glyndŵr University theologian who is studying Asian Pentecostal-style church growth.

“We did try to talk about the conditions of religious freedom and the way in which Christians might contribute to political dialogue as a way of ensuring that freedom is constantly maintained. Historically, it is very difficult to see how freedom can be guaranteed in the future because political conditions can and do change, especially in societies that are open to influence from outside.”

The John Templeton Foundation supports social science research on the growth and impact of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity because it advances Sir John Templeton’s interest in assessing the significance of concepts like worship, spiritual capital, and religious entrepreneurship in contemporary life. What’s more, says Kimon Sargeant, Templeton’s vice president for human sciences, “we know that the Foundation needs to follow Sir John’s example of being a global investor, so this project presented us with a great opportunity to focus on global trends.”

Gathering the investigators in Quito underscored the fact that the project is designed to encourage research partnerships between anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, and economists around the world.

“It’s rare that any discipline has all the answers to questions about the nature of prayer or worship or religious change or entrepreneurship,” says Sargeant. “Our experience is that, at their best, interdisciplinary projects increase the likelihood of innovative research and the possibility of genuine breakthrough discoveries.”

What’s the Harm In It?
By Thomas G. Shafer, M.D.

I grew up a Gentile. Thirty five years ago I was “saved” at a Baptist youth rally run by the Billy Graham organization. Within a few months, I began to have doubts about my new found faith, based mainly on the Christian Fundamentalist teachings disregarding modern scientific principles such as Creationism and Biblical literacy in general. (I was quite the budding young scientist in those days.)

Time for the big save. I expressed my doubts and was soon “pounced” by a youth minister sent to keep me in the fold. And what was his most powerful argument?

“What’s the harm in it?”, he asked. He went on to argue that, even if every statement in the New Testament were untrue, how could being a Christian do me anything but good? I’d lead a moral life, associate with nice folk, etc., etc. We’re talking your basic no brainer here. Since the results of believing his doctrine couldn’t possibly do me any harm, why not give it a try and hang in there a little longer to see what good would come my way. And, if he was right, I’d be savng myself a tr[p to Hell.

So, he was a pretty good salesman. I hung in there for almost thirty more years. But now I have converted to Judaism and I finally have an answer to his question… There is a lot of harm in it.

The most harmful thing that accepting this man’s doctrine did was that it totally destroyed any chance I had of developing self esteem. Think about it. Basic Christian doctrine teaches we are all miserable sinners who deserve the death penalty for our crimes against God and humanity. We are so rotten that God had to prepare a flaming Hell in which to roast us forever. Nothing short of this punishment would do.

Great place to start, eh? As if your average adolescent doesn’t have enough problems.

And look at the remedy for this condition. Since the Baptist God was totally inflexible, He couldn’t just forgive me for being such a misbegotten and miserable specimen. No. The death sentence had been passed long before my birth and somebody had to pay the price. So I had to make a public statement claiming the death by torture by someone who purported to be God’s son to escape my own eternal torture.

And where did this leave me? Where does this leave anybody? Totally cut off from God.

Consider for a moment what sort of God we are presenting here. What would people say if an earthly Judge pronounced a death sentence and then decided to pardon the criminal? What would they say if this Judge refused to grant a pardon but, instead, sent his own son to the gallows instead of the criminal because death sentences always have to be carried out and the law is the law? (I don’t think I would vote for said Judge next election.)

So this leaves us trying top relate to a God who is the ultimate sadist. And how do we relate to such a Being? Through fear and lots of it.

I’ve been a Psychiatrist for nearly 20 years, many of them in the Southern Bible Belt. And I’ve seen the results of this fear many times and in many ways. I’ve seen many suicidally depressed people who cannot reach out to the God they desperately need because the basis of their religious beliefs gives them no conception of true Divine love and forgiveness. And I’ve seen many people terrified by obsessions that they have somehow lost their salvation or committed some sort of unforgivable sin. They know “the fear of the Lord” all too well.

And, sadly, these poor people can’t even die in peace. I’ve talked to several people who have been dying or seriously ill who all had the same dream. They dreamt they had left their bodies and were flying through space. But no happy ending this time. Instead, they ended up hovering between Heaven and Hell terrified because they didn’t know where they were going to go.

And there are other consequences. Consider the other response when a person is repetitively told they are worthless and can do nothing to save themselves or even better themselves. That’s right, we are talking anger here, even rage. If I am so worthless even God can’t love me and can never do anything right, why don’t I just lash out at anyone who gets in my way? I am hopeless mess of a sinner anyway, so what’s one more sin on the list? And this other person (especially if they are of a different religion or color) is a worthless piece of human garbage anyway so what does it matter what I do to them?

So, if you are floating around that Fundamental Christian camp, come on back. If you are being besieged by missionaries and thinking of caving in, don’t leave. There’s a loving God waiting, One who is careful to love and forgive and not make any demands on us unless He is sure we can keep them. Forget all those half baked truths and arguments and listen to a moment to the words of our Prophet Moses from the 30th chapter of Deuteronomy:

“Surely this Instruction which I enjoin upon you this day is not too baffling for you, nor is it beyond reach… No, the thing is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to observe it.”

So God really loves us and He has given us a simple and attainable set of instructions to live our life by. And where is the harm in believing that?

 

Source: http://www.templeton.org/templeton

: http://noahide-ancient-path.co.uk/index.php/judaism-articles/2014/02/whats-the-harm-in-it/

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