Why I am a Christian: The briefest and most correct testimony

Henry, a Christian – How did you come to Christ?
ODJ – Don’t you know?
Henry – What do you mean?
ODJ – “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (Jesus in John 3).

Is Iran the leader of world terrorism? Ask an Israeli Prime Minister

For many Christian Z1onists (and to those Jewish Zionists who remain in the dark), Iran is the leader in world terror1sm. Not so, according to Menachem Begin, 1sraeli prime minister of yesteryear. Here is a quote from an interview between Russell Warren Howe and and Menachem Begin:
“In January 1974, while covering “what the history books call ”Kissinger’s first Sinai Disengagement Shuttle,”� Howe conducted a television interview with former terror1st, then-opposition leader and future Prime Minister Menachem Begin. As he recalled in his “Seeing the Light”� column:

 
“The red light had come on, under the lens. Without preamble, I turned my shoulder to the camera, stared straight into Beg1n’s eyes, and asked: ”How does it feel, in the light of all that’s going on, to be the father of terror1sm in the Middle East?”
 
“In the M1ddle East?” he bellowed, in his thick, cartoon accent. ”In all the world!”
 

Zionism, Tommy Robinson, Trump and controlled opposition

Tommy Robinson is a Zionist and against mass Islamic immigration into his country. But it is Zionism (Jewish and Christian) – the irony of it all – that is the main cause of the mayhem in Europe and other parts of the world. Is Tommy Robinson, (un)wittingly,   Zionist controlled opposition. Perhaps Donald Trump is a US version written large of Tommy.

When the “very” in “very good” (Genesis 1), means “evil.”

Jason Lisle (“Creation in evangelism”), point out, which should be a truism: when God says in after his creation that it was “good,” – the surface meaning of the word, he means what it says. “Surface” is not synonymous with superficial. If they were synonymous, then every time I were to read “And God saw all that He had made, and found it very good (Genesis 1:31), I could justifiably exclaim, “how superficial! And ask, “surely there’s more to “very good” than “very good,” surely there’s something deeper than “very good” – “very very good,” for example.

If, though, one wished to penetrate the deepest secret of all, one would discover – according to the rabbinical Midrash – something so deep that it would defy the laws of contradiction. I would find that when God says “very good,” he means “very good” only for the hoi poloi. But if you’re Jewish and have also devoted decades to Torah, Talmud and Kabbalah, then, and only then, will you understand that when God says “very good,” he really means “very bad”; indeed, worse than “very bad”; He means the evil inclination itself, the yetser harah. Let the Midrash speak for itself:

“And God saw all that He had made, and found it very good. And there was evening, and there was morning, the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:31)—Midrash: Rabbi Nahman said in Rabbi Samuel’s name: “Behold, it was good” refers to the Good Desire; “And behold, it was very good” refers to the Evil Desire. (It only says “very good” after man was created with both the good and bad inclinations, in all other cases it only says “and God saw that it was good”) Can then the Evil Desire be very good? That would be extraordinary! But without the Evil Desire, however, no man would build a house, take a wife and beget children; and thus said Solomon: “Again, I considered all labour and all excelling in work, that it is a man’s rivalry with his neighbour.” (Kohelet [Eclesiastes] IV, 4) (Genesis Rabbah 9:7, translation from Soncino Publications)

Trump: a better world?

Here is a letter (with permission) written by someone close to a person who believes that Donald Trump’s administration is going to change the world for the very much better. One of this person’s examples is that a drastic overhaul of the world money system is on the cards where a distribution of wealth will lead to the end of world poverty – and peace.

The letter

You are right, what is happening in the world today is a very great evil, of Biblical proportions in fact, and one can not enter into the devil’s realm and strongholds unless one is properly protected. Otherwise those demons that pass as men could say to you, as the demons in the book of Acts said:

Acts 19
13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.

So, how do you protect yourself? Paul says we need the full armor of God:

Ephesians 6

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

You have to trust in Jesus as the savior of your soul and the forgiver of your sins. And of course, all the other pieces of armor as well, like the breastplate of righteousness, but only the true righteousness that is bestowed on you by Jesus, not our own little puny righteousness that is full of holes.

And finally, I am afraid the Bible does not predict this man-made Utopia that you envision, where if poverty were only eradicated everyone would be nice to each other. Mankind is fallen, Utopias have been tried before, look at communism for instance. What could be a better system? Everyone pools their resources and shares them out, a doctor earns no more than a laborer, etc, etc. But they were all doomed to crash and burn, because of that fatal flaw in the human creature, sin. The only result that came from all these idealistic schemes was that the evil bastards rose to the top like scum and the poor were as oppressed as ever. The only time there will be that kind of happy, perfect world again is when Jesus returns and establishes his kingdom again. Meanwhile, look what Jesus himself predicts the world will look like before he comes:

Matthew 24

3 “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.
22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.25 See, I have told you ahead of time.
26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
29 “Immediately after the distress of those days
“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[c] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

“Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Who is “them?”

Father forgive them for they do not know what they do (Luke 23:24a).

In good translations of the Bible, a note is attached to the above words of Jesus suggesting that the saying is a textual variant because it does not appear in the early manuscripts of Luke. Alan Kirschner presents a strong argument to support this suggestion.

In the light of the rest of Jesus’s words and the New Testament as a whole, I suggest that these are either not the words of Jesus or that Jesus is referring not to all those involved in his crucifixion but only to a select few’ or more accurately an “elect” few (a scriptural concept/term – 41 verses in the Bible ).

I was in conversation with a pastor friend on Wednesday about the crucifixion, specifically about Colossians 2:13-14. Verse 13: “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins…” When did Jesus forgive us all our sins? When we were made alive (and believed)? Most Christians will say when we first believed. This may come as a shock but nope; it was forgiven before you were born. That may be news to you; it is news to me- very good news. We continue with our passage, Colossians 2:14: “having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.” So, all our sins (past, present and future) have been taken away and nailed to the cross before we were born, and after those who crucified Christ were born.

For my pastor friend and most Christians (namely, who believe they came to Jesus on their own gas – in their natural state), Jesus nailed every human being’s sin to the cross; it’s one’s choice to decide whether one wants to accept this redemption. This means that Jesus shed his blood for every human being without exception, that is, was punished in their place and forgiven; and it’s up to “whosoever” to decide to follow Jesus. Where is the most famous “who(so)ever” in many English translations of the Bible (for example, the King James Version)? John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

My pastor friend says that “whosoever” means “whosoever decides to believe…” There is nothing in the text about choosing/deciding. The problem lies not in what the text means, but what most readers mean by “whosoever,” because 1. that is how it is used in English, and 2. the verse must “surely mean whoever decides,” because that is the preconception readers bring to the next – after all, the Holy Spirit is a gentleman, they say, and won’t force Himself upon you. (Have you ever heard in your church during prayer time from the preacher’s lips, “Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal your sins to you.” This is nonsensical. He blows where he wills – John 3:8).

We return to John 3:16: the literal Greek of John 3:16 says: “ For God did so love the world, that His Son — the only begotten — He gave, that every one who is believing (or, “the believing ones”) in him may not perish, but may have life age-during.” There’s nothing in the text about deciding anything, silly.

En passant, If most men and women who fall in love, do not force themselves on one another (happy that force) no one would get married, or, if you prefer, partnered.

Crazy flight path from Sao Paolo to Johannesburg solved. Thank you dear UN

In a recent post I registered surprise at the flight path of a Sao Paolo – Johannesburg flight.  Guess what, I found a great answer to the conundrum on the United Nations flag – their map of the world.

Here’s the flag (“false?”:  why doubt the UN, the only organisation we have left to bring world peace?).

The black line indicates route from Sao Paolo (left) to Johannesburg (right).

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sao paolo to johannesburg

As the UN tells us, that globe map must be false. If you can’t trust the UN, life is not worth living. N’est-ce pas?

Matt Slick. Non-damnable heresies: No big deal?

With regard to the gifts of the Spirit such as tongues, prophecy, and miracles, you should take very seriously your position on whether you are a cessationist or a continuist of these gifts, says Jason Mullet (minute 33 ff), a cessationist. He continues: “If I am wrong as a cessationist, then I would be saying that true gifts from the Spirit of God have ceased. I would be saying to those who genuinely have the gift of prophesying, of miracles and the gift of tongues, that this was not from God. I would be at best quenching the Spirit, at worst, blaspheming the Spirit.”

Now to Matt Slick (his real name). I love almost all of his apologetics. Slick says that after deep study of the scriptures, he is a continuationist. As we see above, Jason Mullet gives good reasons to assert that  to be wrong about continuationism-cessationism is a serious matter: at worst blasphemy. Yet for Matt Slick, it’s “no big deal,” for him it isn’t  a primary part of the Gospel.

 I don ‘t think Slick would consider wrong beliefs about the gifts a heresy. He distinguishes between damnable and non-damnable heresy. His example of the former is the rejection of the incarnation ( the Word made flesh); his example of the latter is the rejection of hell. 

Consider the five points of Calvinism. Slick like moi, is “Reformed” (“calvinist”): a five -point-Calvinist. Here are the five points in logical order:

  1. Total Depravity (comprising radical corruption, total inability and original sin).
  2. Unconditional Election: God chooses those to be saved based on his wisdom and will, not on how good we are or our will. So, salvation“depends not on human will or exertion,but on God, who has mercy (Romans 9:16).
  3. Limited Atonement (also known as Particular Atonement): Christ shed his blood (paid the price) only for those the Father gave Him: “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all those He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day” (John 6:39).
  4. Irresistible Grace: a dead person when raised to life, cannot resist the pull  and say I wanna stay dead.” I once saved a wanna-be suicide from death (in Tel Aviv, drug overdose). Later, he tried again; he did it.) When it comes to Christ raising you, you are no longer the same person, you’re a new creation, filled with joy. Irresistible joy (not same as “happy”).
  5. Perseverance of the Saints (Once Saved Always Saved).

The sovereignty of God shimmers through all the five points – as well as through the whole Bible: God ordains everything: Isaiah 46 – 8 “Remember this, and be assured; Recall it to mind, you transgressors. 9 “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’.

Slick says that “it’s no big deal” to disbelieve in the above five points because, he says, it’s not an essential of the “Gospel.” He bases his view, firstly, on what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,”

Secondly, the second person of the trinity (“indeed”) took on flesh: “I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins” (John 8:24).

And thirdly, justifcation (salvation) by faith alone (without works). “For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law” (Romans 3:28).Good works are the fruit of faith. This is what James means when he says “As you can see, a man is justified by his deeds and not by faith alone” (James 2:24). There is no contradiction between Paul and James, by implication no contradition between God and Himself, who inspired ( or better “expired” breathed out) the scriptures; every word of it. Slick’s favourite example of why he thinks the five points are “no big deal” is that when he married his wife, he never asked her whether she was “reformed.” He says he only found out (if I remember his words well) ten years later.

How do I see these two topics of the cessation-continuation of the gifts and Reformed theology (God’s sovereignty so well described in the five points): I agree with Matt that your belief in the gifts of tongues, prophecy and miracles is not essential (Mullett gives good reason to mull over this one again) but I disagree that the five points are non-essential. Now, if the five points are essential to the Gospel, to reject them or any of them would, it seems, be heresy. A damnable heresy? I’m not sure.

I love Matt Slick. No big deal?


 

The  untrackable, untraceable riches of Christ and Deconstruction

Christ

“Here is the happiness of those who seek and find their blessing in Christ, who have Him and everything that is in Him. Ours are the spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ. Those riches are unsearchable, but how sweet it is to search them! They are untraceable, but how lovely it is to trace them! They are untrackable, but how delightful it is to track them through the pages of Scripture and experience. They are without footprint, but what a glorious journey of unending exploration! And all of them are stored up in Christ Jesus our Lord. He is the storehouse, and His are the treasures stored within. When you have Him, you have all good things in and with Him. If you have any of them, it is only because you have Him first.”

Life in Christ” by Jeremiah Walker.

Deconstruction

In deconstruction, language – the sediment of the desire to mean, to communicate – has no locatable centre nor retrievable origin; its existence is a network of differences between signifiers, each tracing and tracking the other. In deconstruction there is no necessary connection between the desire to signify (to mean) and the signifiers that evoke that desire. Desire for such a connection results in nostalgia; the return (nostos) of suffering (algos):

Babel: Can Derrida’s Tour (Surprisingly) Translate Us Anywhere? by Raphael Gamaroff

https://grammargraph.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/babel-can-derridas-tour-surprisingly-translate-us-anywhere/

The Pope and Monsanto Santo santo: the “healthguy” misses the clincher.

What a great clincher was missed in the argument of this video. The Pope won’t allow non-gluten communion wafers but wafers made of GMO flour is OK. The “Healthguy” finds the Pope’s decision bizarre. There is, however, a good religious reason why the Pope loves GMO. For starters he has canonized Monsanto –  Mysaint. Now, there’s the amusing irony.  Santo, Santo, Santo – Holy, Holy, Holy, the earth is full of your glory, GMO in the highest.

Spurgeon: Hezekiah’s Pride

This is a wonderful analysis.

Scripture Thoughts

I always appreciate Spurgeon’s sermons, as they always provide good material for devotion and meditation.  Yet Spurgeon, as with all of us, had his high marks, better sermons—though this is somewhat subjective; we all have our favorite sermons.  Spurgeon’s textual preaching often shows itself in heavily allegorical sermons, in which Spurgeon makes great points, all biblically correct—yet what does it have to do with this particular passage of scripture?  Thus, Spurgeon’s best sermons, for me at least, are the ones that most relate to the actual text, a more expository style of considering the content of the text itself.  In previous posts I have noted a few of these, such as one about King David and his wife Michal’s scorn. I recently read another good, on-topic sermon, from the 1866 volume:  sermon #704, about the last recorded incident in Hezekiah’s life—his visit with the Babylonian ambassadors.

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“Hey kids: Christmas is all about you.” You wish!

If you went to church on Christmas day, it is very possible the small children were invited to come forward and sit in front  of the nativity scene. (Every time I see those little figurines  – sheep, a cow, a donkey, the manger, Mary, Joseph  etc., I’m reminded of Jethro pursuing Moses in search of his “stolen” idol).

After which the pastor/priest says something to this effect:

“Children, Christmas is all about you.”

Yes, if Santa is you saviour .

At your wits end? Let God: The message of the pregnancy of Mary

​Did you know God can change any desperate situation, any insoluble problem, into success? Here is a good example from scripture:

Matthew 1:18-21

Christ Born of Mary

18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”

LIsten to  God (Father and Son)  intervene in an impossible situation:

Father – Joseph is at his wits end. Being a  compassionate man, he doesn’t want to  get Mary stoned. 

Son  – Sticky one.

Father – I know what we can do: why don’t you become a baby in Mary’s womb, and carry out that idea we’ve been toying over forever. 

Son – Kinda like kill two birds with one stone; the big ‘un, getting Joseph out of his pickle, the other, me becoming man, suffering, being crucified, rising again, and the rest of it.

End of dialogue

The gist of the sermon (yes, that is what it was -dialogue added):

“When all seems lost, are you prepared to let God?”

MERRY CHRISTMAS.

“Holy Serpent of the Jews ~ Texe Marrs”

Much of what Texe Marrs says in this video is correct. One statement needs correction: He says that the EIN (AYN) in EIN (AYN) SOF means “eye.” Texe you are confusing EIN (AYN) with AYIN (eye). AYN means “no” – AYN SOF “No End” (the “Endless One” – God).

It’s true, of course, that God is also the “All-seeing Eye.”

Save me from the time of trial: Wrap me in a warm blanky

The Anglican version of “Lead me not into temptation” is “Save me from the time of trial.” Since when does God save us FROM the time of trial. The Bible is bursting with verses that say that trials are the name of the game. For example, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation (troubles, trials, sorrows), but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

“Save us IN the time of trial” would be better. “Trial,” however, is not the correct translation; “temptation” is the correct translation. You might say that the latter cannot be the correct translation, because it says in James 1:13, “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.”

What is going on? I’m a bit stumped. Charles Spurgeon’s sermon on “Lead us not into temptation” – I listened to it twice – did not help. John Calvin sheds more light:

“And lead us not into temptation Matthew 6:13 – Some people have split this petition into two. This is wrong: for the nature of the subject makes it manifest, that it is one and the same petition. The connection of the words also shows it: for the word but, which is placed between, connects the two clauses together, as Augustine judiciously explains. The sentence ought to be resolved thus, That we may not be led into temptation, deliver us from evil The meaning is: “We are conscious Of our own weakness, and desire to enjoy the protection of God, that we may remain impregnable against all the assaults of Satan.” We showed from the former petition, that no man can be reckoned a Christian, who does not acknowledge himself to be a sinner; and in the same manner, we conclude from this petition, that we have no strength for living a holy life, except so far as we obtain it from God. Whoever implores the assistance of God to overcome temptations, acknowledges that, unless God deliver him, he will be constantly falling that he may not reel at every blow.

The word temptation is often used generally for any kind of trial. In this sense God is said to have tempted Abraham, (Genesis 22:1) when he tried his faith. We are tempted both by adversity and by prosperity: because each of them is an occasion of bringing to light feelings which were formerly concealed. But here it denotes inward temptation, which may be fitly called the scourge of the devil, for exciting our lust. It would be foolish to ask, that God would keep us free from every thing which makes trial of our faith. All wicked emotions, which excite us to sin, are included under the name of temptation Though it is not impossible that we may feel such pricks in our minds, (for, during the whole course of our life, we have a constant warfare with the flesh) yet we ask that the Lord would not cause us to be thrown down, or suffer us to be overwhelmed, by temptations.

In order to express this truth more clearly, that we are liable to constant stumbling and ruinous falls, if God does not uphold us with his hand, Christ used this form of expression, (μὴ εἰσενέγκὟς,) Lead us not into temptation: or, as some render it, Bring us not into temptation It is certainly true, that “every man is tempted,” as the Apostle James says, (1:14 ) “by his own lust:” yet, as God not only gives us up to the will of Satan, to kindle the flame of lust, but employs him as the agent of his wrath, when he chooses to drive men headlong to destruction, he may be also said, in a way peculiar to himself, to lead them into temptation In the same sense, “an evil spirit from the Lord” is said to have “seized or troubled Saul,” (1 Samuel 16:14 🙂 and there are many passages of Scripture to the same purpose. And yet we will not therefore say, that God is the author of evil: because, by giving men over to a reprobate mind,” (Romans 1:28) he does not exercise a confused tyranny, but executes his just, though secret judgments, though the reason of them may be unknown to us.” (End of Calvin).

References

Charles Spurgeon “Lead us not into temptation” 1. Audio
2. Text PDF .

John Calvin – Text

The blood of our Shepherd

From “Blood Work” by Carter, Anthony – On this good Friday, I think of those who have abandoned Christ for Noahidism (The Seven Laws of Noah; see http://www.noahide.net).

“All things seem to go against you, and it seems that your punishment awaits you every morning. There is “depression” in the land, and in vain do you walk the streets of the city to find employment that you may provide for your family. Whatever savings you were able to lay up for such times are soon consumed. You lose your home. You are forced to live on “relief,” or on charity. What is your only comfort? That soon the evil days may be over and prosperity will return to the land? No, but that you belong to Christ! Sickness attacks your frame and day after day, week after week, month after month, you travel a way of suffering. What is your only comfort? That there are physicians and means to alleviate your suffering; or that you may look forward to recovery? No, but your consolation is that you belong to Christ! Death enters your home and takes away a dear child, tearing it from your very heart. And again, your only, mark you well, emphatically your only comfort is that you are not your own, but belong to your faithful Saviour Jesus Christ!…Your relationship to Christ is always sufficient.” Start reading this book for free: http://amzn.to/1Rklh2X

For fear of the Jews (Jewish leaders?): off the hook?

I examined four verses of 24 English translations of John’s Gospel: the New International Version (NIV), New Living Translation (NLT), International Standard Version (ISV) and Net Bible. In these four translations the Greek Ἰουδαῖος Ioudaios “Jews” is translated Jewish leaders. I use the four verses of the NIV as an example:

John 1:19
Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.

John 7:1
After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him.

John 7:13
But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear (phobia, Greek phobon φόβον) of the Jewish leaders.

John 20:19
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

To repeat: the original Greek in all these verses is “Jews,” (Ἰουδαῖος Ioudaios) not “Jewish leaders.

These translations add “leaders” for at least three reasons:

  1. Political correctness – We don’t want to offend anybody, in this instance, the Jews. We don’t want to be accused of hate speech, so let’s botch what the original text really says.
  2. The people (the led) should not be blamed for what their leaders do. After all, many Christians argue, the Jews remain the apple of God’s eye, so if you want to be blessed. you’d better bless the Jew; and so, it doesn’t matter to God if they despise Jesus Christ. Don’t you know they want to destroy Christianity, indeed, destroy or subjugate the Goyim (Gentiles), which the Jews (Jewish leaders?) are doing in the US of A. God, as some of the recent popes have said, doesn’t care if Jews skip or skirt Christ; your brief as Christians or Gentiles is to hang, ten at a time, onto the skirt of a single Jew, as he chaperones you towards the truth and the light.
  3. For fear of the Jews. Question: How do we infer from the original text that the people (the led) in the context of, for example, “for fear of the Jews,” were not fearsome? “Jews” in all these verses could mean 1. only the Jewish leaders or 2. many Jews, or 3. most Jews. (We discount “all” Jews). As we can never know which option this side of eternity, we have no right to change the original.

There is one verse in the New Testament where it is indeed clear that only the Jewish leaders are implied:

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” “Jerusalem” refers to the Jewish leaders, and “your children” to those they lead.

In sum, in the New Testament, when the Greek original says “Jews,” should we read “the Jewish leaders” (usually a negative connotation in the NT) instead of “Jews?” Not unless you want to whitewash Jewish non-leaders for one or more of the three reasons mentioned above.


Ashkenazi Jews are not Khazar converts to Judaism

There are many who would say the people running the world – Ashkenazis – are not of my Jewish race but are descendents of the Khazars of Eastern Europe, who converted to Judaism centuries ago.

Julio C writes:
“I don’t think that the jews that run the media, the banks, the government, the corporations, and the world are real biblical jews. It just doesn’t add up. Biblical jews love the laws of God. However, the jews who run the world only promote abominations: rampant sexual perversions, homosexual marriage, pornography, and all sorts of immortality [sic] condemned in the Mosaic Law. If real biblical jews ran the world, then the values of the word of God would be promoted everywhere, not immortality. These jews who run the world call themselves jews yet they are really the ‘synagogue of satan’.”

No, Julio, the Ashkenazis (like moi) are  indeed Jews; and like ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or under another name, Israel Secret Intelligence Service – are out to destroy Christianity. Christian Zionists, dear people, how you’ve been deceived! – “for fear of the Jews?”

John 20:19

“So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews,….”

You say, God blesses those who bless (the Modern “State of) Israel. That’s rich. Look at the cesspool of depravity that is the click running the US of A: Israel and the American Jewish lobby (AIPAC – American Israel Public Affairs Committee), who are the pawns of the (Jewish) bankers.

I can’t be an anti-Semite (a bizarre term – the Arab race are Semites too), ’cause I’m Jewish. “Well, you’re a self-hating Jew, then!”  Like the Apostles, like Christ?

 

God’s justice: Why did my priest friend wince?

Christians agree that God’s glory is revealed in his justice. God’s justice comprises blessing the one who obeys Him and cursing the one who disobeys Him, both of which have eternal consequences: heaven for the former,  hell for the latter. Why then did my friend wince when I said,  “Everything God does is for his glory. So when   he sends people to hell, he is glorified.”

Where in our modern seeker-driven churches will you hear that? That is one reason why many of them are thriving.

God is not wringing his hands at the thought of so many souls going to hell, which so many Christians believe. They avoid or refuse to accept:

Romans 9
22 What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?

You can’t have the God of the Bible’s justice, without his wrath, and without it being prepared in advance, that is from eternity – part of his decree,  which by its nature is before creation, before time.

Atheists avoid the problem of God’ s justice altogether, by rejecting the very notion:

“In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”

(Dawkins, Richard. “God’s Utility Function,” Scientific American, November, 1995, p. 85)

“Oh, you’re into conspiracy theories, then?” You bet; I’m a Christian. And hooray for Bernie Sanders

Lucifer does not only deceive us in theology; he has a claw in every pie. Yes, 9/11 was an inside job, and if you balk, even after studying the facts, so be it. Yes, Sandy Hook, for sure, was also a false flag; and on and on. Your government is conspiring against you to control and enslave you. That’s what governments do, all of which are controlled by the Deceiver. And your country is the most deceived.

“After forty years of patient study of the crises which faces humanity, I arrived at a very simple conclusion-all conspiracies are Satanic! In retrospect, this conclusion should surprise no one. I admit that it came as something of a surprise to me. I had never anticipated that my decades of work would lead to such an all-encompassing and unchallengeable solution. This answer had eluded me through the years, not because I was on the wrong track, but because I had not yet consulted the ultimate source of knowledge-the Bible. To trace the machinations of the materialist conspiracy, I had deliberately limited myself to materialist sources-reference material on banking, politics, economics, and the biographies of those who were most deeply involved in these affairs.”

“When at last I did decide to look up some references in the Bible, a task which was greatly simplified by a number of excellent Concordances, such and Nelson’s and Strong’s, I was overwhelmed by its immediacy, by its directness, and by the applicability of its words to present-day happenings. As the months went by and I continued this research, I was not overwhelmed by a sense of deja vu, but by an overpowering conviction that very little had changed in the last three thousand years. My first revelation was that “God has no secrets from man.” It is Satan who must confine his work to stealthy conspiracies to deception, and to promises which will never be kept. “And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world” (Rev. 12:9)”

“It is for this reason that politicians, of necessity, must become followers of Satan in the rebellion against God. Politicians must deceive the people in order to gain power over them, just as Satan must deceive the whole world if he is to continue his rebellion against God. Satan takes you to the top of the mountain and offers you all the kingdoms of the earth (Martin Luther King proclaimed, “I have been to the top of the mountain,” but he never revealed what had taken place there); the politician offers you free food, free lodging, free medical care –everything will become “free at last!” [Hooray for Bernie Sanders). The politician offers to defend you against your enemies, so that he can deliver you to the ultimate enemy– Satan.”

(Eustace Mullins – The Curse of Canaan: A Demonology of History, 1987, p.3)

“Because Lucifer, Satan, the Devil — call him what you may — is the father of lies, it would appear that those spiritual forces of darkness deceive as many as possible so called intellectuals into doing their will here as they did in heaven. Without getting into controversy it should be easy for the average Christian to realize that there are two supernatural powers. One we refer to as God to whom the Scriptures give many names; and the other, the Devil, who also seems to have many names. The important thing to remember is that according to Revelations there is to be a final judgement. Satan will break or be released from the bonds with which he is bound for a thousand years. He will again create chaos on this earth. Then Christ will intervene on behalf of the elect and God will divide the Sheep from the Goats. We are told that those who defect from God will be ruled in utter chaos and confusion by Lucifer, Satan, or the Devil, for all eternity and will hate their ruler, themselves, and each other because they will realize they were deceived into defecting from God and losing his love and friendship for ever.”

(Zionism – Brandon Martinez)

Crimes of zionism

Eustace Mullins says the US population are generally so ignorant you can sell them the Brooklyn Bridge 25 times over. I think this is true for most English-speaking countries because they are controlled by the US. That’s not the end of it; the US is controlled by Israel. That’s not the end of it; Israel is controlled, as is most countries in the world, by Jewish atheist bankers. Not only Gentiles are their slaves; many ethnic – and ethic – Jews, like me, as well.

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Mossad: masters of deception and the world

 

Definitions

Jews – a racial/ethnic appellation.

Talmudists – Jews who follow the “Oral Torah” – all the writings of the rabbis.

Zionists – Jews who believe Israel is their birthright, which for the majority of Jews has nothing to do with God because they believe the Bible and the rabbinical literature (the Talmud and other writings) are human creations.

Talmudists – 1. Those who believe that the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud are divine revelations, and 2. humanists/atheists, who venerate the literature of their ancestors. Most modern Talmudists are also Zionists, which was the opposite situation with Jewry before WW1, where most rabbis opposed Zionism.

Karaites – A small group of Jews who believe that they are “true Torah” Jews. They believe that only the Hebrew Bible (sola scriptura) is divine revelation. They oppose the rabbis and are generally not Zionists. “

“My opinion is that Rabbinate Judaism is the true plague. You may think this is harsh but you need to consider the bigger picture. I feel that Rabbinate Judaism is the cause of the Jews’ hardships. Shabbatai Tsvi, the liberal Rabbinate movements, Zionism and Marxism are all the result of the sins of Rabbinate Judaism. Additionally, Karaism was provoked by Rabbinate Judaism- thank God” (Abraham Collier, “Do not equate Karaism with Zionism”).

To my main topic:

What Jesus said about the Pharisees – which is why Judaism despises him and one of the reasons the Pharisees demanded he be crucified – reminds us that the core of human nature is deception:

John 8

37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”

You Are of Your Father the Devil

39 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, 40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41 You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. [The Talmud says Jesus was the son of a prostitute] We have one Father—even God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. 43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

In the Qur’an we read:

Qur’an (2:225) – “Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts” The context of this remark is marriage, which explains why Sharia allows spouses to lie to each other for the greater good.

Qur’an (3:54) – “And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers.” The Arabic word used here for scheme (or plot) is makara, which literally means ‘deceit’. If Allah is supremely deceitful toward unbelievers, then there is little basis for denying that Muslims are allowed to do the same. (See also 8:30 and 10:21)

In the world of espionage, deception is the rule – if not the motto as it is with Mossad (Israeli intelligence – Hebrew mossad “institution”). Here is Mossad’s motto: “By way of deception, you will do war.” There’s nothing amiss with using deception to defeat your enemy; indeed, it always remains an indispensable strategy in war. So then, what is the problem if Mossad wants to deceive its enemies? The problem lies in its strategy to foment wars between countries. The Zionists/Talmudists believe that as long as the world (Gentiles) remain free of its control, it needs to be to be destroyed by all means possible. The Talmud teaches that the whole Gentile world will end up as the servants of the Jews. De facto Judaism (Chabad) teaches that the human soul is a piece of God. Only the Jewish soul is a piece of God, and, therefore human. The Talmud teaches that Gentiles are cattle. (The Qur’an was not to be outdone; it calls Jews pigs and monkeys).

In the second chapter of the Tanya: “The uniquely Jewish, soul is truly “a part of G-d above.” The Tanya claims that “A piece of G-d above is a quotation from Scripture.” (Job 31:2):

“‘A part of G-d above’ is a quotation from Scripture (Iyov 31:2). The Alter Rebbe adds the word “truly” to stress the literal meaning of these words. For, as is known,1 some verses employ hyperbolic language. For example, the verse2 describing “great and fortified cities reaching into the heavens” is clearly meant to be taken figuratively, not literally. In order that we should not interpret the phrase “a part of G-d above” in a similar manner, the Alter Rebbe adds the word “truly”, thus emphasizing that the Jewish soul is quite literally a part of G-d above.” (See Chabad and Abraham: Humanism in Judaism).

Victor Ostrovsky, a very courageous Jew who worked as a Mossad officer wrote “By way of deception: “The making and unmaking of a Mossad officer” (Victor Ostrovsky and Claire Hoy (free ebook). He describes the inner workings of Mossad.

If you don’t have time to the read Ostrovsky’s long book, you may want to read an abridged version here. Here is an excerpt from the abridged version:

Mossad, he says, provoked America’s air strike on Libya in 1986 by making it appear that terrorist orders were being transmitted from the Libyan government to its embassies around the world. But the messages originated in Israel and were re-transmitted by a special communication device – a “Trojan horse” – Mossad had placed inside Libya.

Mossad next moved against Saddam, drawing the United States to make war against him.”

I mentioned Mohammed/Allah’s deceptions. Next to Mossad, Mohammed is small cheese, which is the reason why the US government does not fear Islam (bad move). In contrast, the US and many other countries are at the beck and call of Mossad, who are perhaps already masters of the world.

“The other Israel,” a critique of “Zionism.”

Ted Pike’s “The other Israel,” a critique of “Zionism.”

http://www.google.co.za/search?q=pike+the+other+israel&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari

The Video Norman Lear Doesn’t Want You To See!

Most Americans are now aware that the Hollywood TV and movie industries are intent on pushing sex and violence on the American people. Scholarly studies such as the famous Lichter-Rothmann polls have shown conclusively that the great majority of media producers and directors favor the left wing, humanistic agenda and oppose Christian values.
When most Americans think of the one producer who has done more to “push the limits” of anti-Christian and anti-patriotic television, the name Norman Lear first comes to mind. Through such TV sitcoms as “Soap” Norman Lear has thrust profanity, adultery, even homosexuality into the living rooms of Americans as never before.

Yet Lear is not content merely to broadcast his smut. Nearly a decade ago he founded a political organization called “People for the American Way” (PAW) to help beat back the forces of decency which oppose him. PAW, with 275,000 members has become the most outspoken antagonist of Christian patriotic values this nation has ever seen, rivaled only by the ACLU.

As an ultra liberal “civil liberties” group, PAW stands up for gays, abortionists, and the right to burn the flag. It ridicules Christian, conservative values like prayer in the schools, Biblical creationism, and a baby’s right to be born without first encountering a suction tube or forceps.
PAW has attacked many “new right” televangelists including Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, videotaping the TV programs of such Christian leaders in hopes of ruining their ministries.
But now “People for the American Way” has a new enemy, an enemy so threatening that on May 11, 1989 they issued a special 3-page press release from Washington, D.C. alerting Americans to beware of the enticements of its message.

New Enemy For Norman Lear

That enemy is Ted Pike and his 60-minute video, “The Other Israel”, which PAW describes as “particularly dangerous.” Why so dangerous? Because “The Other Israel” exposes the real masters behind communism, liberalism, and media control in such a devastating manner that PAW also feels threatened. For the last year, while thousands of copies of “The Other Israel” have sold, opening the eyes of tens of thousands, PAW has given it the “silent treatment,” hoping it would fade away. To the contrary, it continues to sell rapidly, largely through word of mouth. This video flourishes because it confirms with irrefutable documentation what thinking Americans already suspect. That an elite of “insiders” in the mass media are consciously working to move America away from its Christian roots toward the humanistic values of a “new order.”
This is why PAW is determined to prejudice you against seeing this video. To do that it is taking drastic measures to ruin the reputation of Christian author and filmmaker, Ted Pike. In PAW’s recent press release it brought out its big guns by calling Pike “anti-Semitic” – an accusation which is the “kiss of death” to the career of any public person.
Is it “anti-Semitic” to protest Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians?

No Quarrel with the Jewish People

Yet Ted Pike rejects their smear tactics: “I have no quarrel with the Jewish people, a gifted race which has contributed to human progress in countless ways. I am concerned with the behavior of certain Jews in high places.
“I condemn the behavior of Israeli leadership which has encouraged the breaking of bones of Palestinian youths. I protest the behavior of the Jewish owners of MCA-Universal who blaspheme my Savior through the movie The Last Temptation of Christ. I object to the behavior of a monopoly of Jews who have founded and controlled the big three television networks, manipulating the news and polluting the American mind through sex and violence.
“And I object to the behavior of certain Jewish groups which smear me as “anti-Semitic” merely for quoting in context from Judaism’s most authoritative religious, cultural, and historical sources. I have spent many years studying the three major Jewish encyclopedias of this century, as well as the vast, rambling Talmud, and the mystical Zohar or Kabbalah. Both my book and video are compendiums of such Jewish sources, simply relaying to the outside world what many Jews believe privately.”

Your Right to Know

Pike continues: “Since Israel receives an average of three billion dollars annually from American taxpayers, and since the behavior of Israel in the Middle East could trigger a mid-East war, I believe that Americans have a right to know all the facts concerning Jewish attitudes and ambitions. Israel is in the public domain. And Americans have a right to know every fact relevant to their investment in the cause of Israel without being hysterically smeared “anti-Semitic” as soon as their quest for truth goes a little deeper than the Jews feel comfortable with.
“Such inquiry is the task of my researches, undertaken in a spirit of moderation and respect for much that is good in Jewish thought and culture. As a Christian, I bear only good will toward individual Jews, most of whom are innocent of the misdeeds of a minority. Because my concern is primarily against evil systems, and not individuals, I utterly reject the notion that I have anything against my fellow human being, the Jew.”

Who Is Right?

Is “People for the American Way” accurate in its description of Pike and his video as “blatantly and repugnantly anti-Semitic”? Most Americans who see the video have the opposite response. A recent letter to the National Prayer Network from a professor at one of America’s largest and most prestigious universities is typical: “I have just viewed “The Other Israel” – a most impressive and professional work. I want to commend you on your sublime treatment of an issue, which could easily become heated with emotion. I am now anxious to read Ted Pike’s book, which I understand contains full documentation for the video.’

The book this professor refers to is Israel: Our Duty… Our Dilemma, Ted Pike’s easy-to-read, yet exhaustively documented paperback on the history of Israel, past, present and future. Now ordered by more than 18,000 pastors in America, Dr. Everett Sileven, defender of liberty in Nebraska, sums up what thousands have felt: “This is the one book every Christian should read.”
Don’t let Norman Lear and “People for the American Way” make up your mind on this crucial issue. Discover for yourself why Ted Pike’s video and book have become “too hot to handle” for those who would like to control what you read and see.

(Source https://www.truthtellers.org/israel/lear.html)

See a critique of Pike’s premillennialism here.

And John MacArthur’s defense of premillennialism here.

Can someone who genuinely loves the God of Israel, prays to Him and trusts him go to hell? The New Testament says…

In A Jew does not have to believe in Jesus; love for the God of Israel is enough: one “Messianic Jewish” view, I quoted Michael Schiffman:

(“Messianic Jews” believe that Jesus, whom they call “Yeshua,” is the Messiah, and that the New Testament is the inerrant word of God).

Michael Schiffman a prominent Messianic Jewish leader, says that he knows “plenty of people who believe Yeshua is Lord, savior, etc, etc, who treat people badly and exhibit none of the marks of a true Yeshua follower. All they have is a verbal confession. I don’t necessarily think they will receive salvation. It is not a verbal confession that brings salvation, but a life lived in faith and the love of God. I do believe that people who genuinely love God (the God of Israel), pray to Him and trust him don’t go to hell because God doesn’t send people to hell who genuinely love Him … in short, I think questions of who “receives salvation,” are best left to God, who is the one true judge.”

Dr Schiffman commented:

I really don’t appreciate being misread. I never said Jewish people don’t need Yeshua. I said I don’t believe God sends people to hell who love him. If you believe He does, explain what sense that makes. I guess my answer didn’t fit your catechism. Tell me, did you decide in advance that this was what you were going to read into my remarks. Taking them further than I intended them is not honest. Why would you do that? Is that your agenda? I answered you in good faith. Do you have any scruples at all? I have no issue with what the New Testament teaches, but I think your understanding is a bit narrow regarding its meaning. You throw verses out there as if that answers the question, but you don’t bother to state what you think they mean. Do you think faith and confession are the same thing? They are not. Many people are taught doctrine but if they don’t live it, and only carry it around in their heads and not their hearts, its no better than quoting the US constitution. What makes the difference is having it in their hearts, which I believe will manifest itself in their actions. I see no grace in yours.

I responded:

Dr Schiffman, you say I have misread you.

John 3:18 is clear. If you reject Jesus/Yeshua, you are condemned. To press the point home, you must be familiar with Ephesians 2, whose key verses in our discussion are:

Ephesians 2:8 for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not of works, that no man should glory. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.

And

Ephesians 2:17 and he came and preached peace to you that were far off [Gentiles] and peace to them that were nigh [Jews]: 18 for through him we BOTH have our access in one Spirit unto the Father.

You say that it is enough for a Jew (and Gentiles?) to love the Holy One of Israel. It seems you distinguish between the Holy One of Israel and Jesus/Yeshua. If so, you must reject the trinity. Even if you are a Unitarian, Ephesians 2 and hundreds of other passages make it clear that without faith in Christ, that is, without being in Christ there is no salvation.

You talk of the love of God; it is inseparable, according to the NT, from faith in Christ.
You end with:

Many people are taught doctrine but if they don’t live it, and only carry it around in their heads and not their hearts, its no better than quoting the US constitution. What makes the difference is having it in their hearts, which I believe will manifest itself in their actions. I see no grace in yours.”

In my post, I pre-empted (pre-emptied the force of?) your “mantra” about faith and works with my “Before I get to my main point, let me just say – trite but very true – faith without works is dead.”

Faith without works is dead” is very important to you, and so it should be to all believers, but that fact should not detract from the central emphasis that Jesus/Yeshua and the Apostles put on “faith” – in Jesus/Yeshua. The natural man, in contrast, thinks it more rational and (therefore?) more godly to put the main emphasis on works (of love). Yet, without faith (in Christ/Messiah), we remain dead in sin, as Ephesians 2 says unequivocally.

I say something briefly about “grace.” You said, “What makes the difference is having it (faith) in their hearts, which I believe will manifest itself in their actions. I see no grace in yours.”

I have already dealt with the first sentence. You say you see no “grace” in my “actions.”

First, you use “grace” here in the secondary sense of “being gentle and kind.” I wish you would also emphasise that it is by grace that firstly we have faith and secondly, as a consequence of faith, we are saved (not forgetting that faith without works is dead, and also being aware that works without faith are also dead).

By “actions” you must mean my words (unless you’ve been reading my autobiography or have inside info on my life). You say my words lack “grace;” and I say you are either stumbling, as Paul (Romans 9) describes every Jew who does not believe in Jesus/Yeshua/Saviour, or you are, in your effort to be as rabbinical as you can, a stone over which your fellow Jews – and ignorant roots-aspiring Gentiles – stumble, but hopefully don’t fall.

It is you who are misreading the NT – and thus (unwittingly, possibly) it is you who are misleading/misled.

Here are our verses in fuller context:

Ephesians 2:1-10

1 And you did he make alive, when ye were dead through your trespasses and sins, 2 wherein ye once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the powers of the air, of the spirit that now worketh in the sons of disobedience; 3 among whom we also all once lived in the lust of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest:–
4 but God, being rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved), 6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus: 7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus: 8 for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not of works, that no man should glory. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.

Paul is talking to Gentile believers. We read on:

Ephesians 2:11-18
Wherefore remember, that once ye, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called Circumcision, in the flesh, made by hands; 12 that ye were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye that once were far off are made nigh in the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who made both one, and brake down the middle wall of partition, 15 having abolished in the flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; that he might create in himself of the two one new man, so making peace; 16 and might reconcile them both in one body unto God through the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 and he came and preached peace to you that were far off, and peace to them that were nigh: 18 for through him we both have our access in one Spirit unto the Father.

I didn’t hear further from Michael Schiffman.

So, Can someone who genuinely loves the God of Israel, prays to Him and trusts him go to hell? YES, according to the Holy One of Israel, if for that someone the Holy One of Israel must exclude the Son. Let’s hear directly the glorious and very disturbing truth from the Holy One of Israel:

(John 8:19-24)

They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”

(John 8:39-59)

They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

(John 14:1-9, ESV).

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

(John 14:21)

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

(John 15:4-5)

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

(John 15:18-23)

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also.

In conclusion, the words of Jesus are so plain, you’d have to be flying high above the clouds not to grasp them. But that’s what we do for those we love: we (believers in Jesus/Yeshua) want to save them from hell, no matter what the cost. That’s in God’s hands. Our job is to believe, understand and tell the truth.

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