Anti-Christ, Religion, Atheist, Agnostic, Free Man, Servant

  • Religions which came after Mount Sinai are free from paganism but not idolatry.
  • Moses is praised by God to initiate the beginning of true faith.
  • Freedom can never be separated forever from God and religion, it is written in the scriptures.

Idolatry is believing in something physical– a nation or a person– and making it your God. In this world there is good and evil. Good is the way of peace and love. Evil is hate and the desire to destroy and kill. National religion denies that they are idolatry. Christianity claims Jesus is God the trinity. There are two national religions at war, Islam and Israel. Christianity today stands in the background, the Pope in the Vatican.

The Ten Commandments appear twice in the Hebrew Bible: in the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy.

Before the revelation of God on Mount Sinai many people made evil into a God. On Mount Sinai was revealed the ultimate good for several moments without any idolatry Exodus:20, the giving of the Ten Commandments. This revelation of God the ultimate good free of idolatry lasted several minutes maybe several seconds. Moses carried with him Tablets written by God containing instructions for the ultimate good, free of idolatry. People on the bottom of the mountain built the Golden Calf.  Moses broke the first set of tablets containing the highest level of Godliness which today remains unknown.

Moses replaced the first tablets with a new set of tablets similar to the wording on the first tablets the Ten Commandments. The second tablets were on a lower level of good then the first tablets. The first tablets were free from idolatry. The second tablets revealed idolatry in a holy way for people to live and be happy.  Judaism became the religion of the second tablets. Religion is not free of idolatry but it is permitted by God. The idolatries of evil before Mount Sinai God destroyed when he brought Judaism into the world. The world was only completely free from idolatry for one moment at Mount Sinai. Idolatry returned again but in vessels of good life.

Judaism is the religion of the children of three saints that sacrificed their lives to fight against evil.  Abraham, Isaac and Jacob prepared the world for the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai through Moses the prophet. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had families. Abraham and Sarah gave birth to Isaac. Abraham and Hagar gave birth to Ishmael. Isaac and Rebecca gave birth to twins Jacob and Esau. Esau had red hair which connected him to Edom the people who are called red necks. Jacob had twelve sons who became the twelve tribes of Israel. Ishmael became a great nation called Islam through the prophet Mohammed.

Judaism is theocracy nationalism based on race.  Islam is theocracy nationalism based on doctrine. Esau became religious nationalism called Christianity. All these religions worship the One God revealed at Mount Sinai. The idolatry of Christianity is that they worship a man who they call God. The Idolatry of Islam is that they worship God with their nation which is Islam that they are in essence servants of Islam. The idolatry of Judaism is that Jews worship God who freed the Jewish people from Egypt but are in essence servants of the biblical nation of Israel and its king. All three religions are idolatry in different ways. God gives you freedom which you surrender to be servants to your nation, its religion and its king.

God who was revealed at Mount Sinai was completely free from idolatry not connected to any religion. The three religions which came after Mount Sinai were not free from idolatry but were given by God to give to mankind guidance and direction to build for God his kingship.

Saint Catherine’s Monastery lies on the Sinai Peninsula, at the mouth of a gorge at the foot of Mount Sinai, near the town of Saint Catherine, Egypt. The monastery is named after Catherine of Alexandria.

Judaism was established in the land of Israel according to the Law of Moses. It was a Jewish theocracy, the people were not free which made it idolatrous. However the nation of Israel worships the One God. Even though idolatry in the way of Judaism is different from idolatry before Mount Sinai, it still has in it a blemish of idolatry. The Talmud admits that Judaism was not a perfect religion but calls it more perfect and holy than the other ways of spirituality and for sure more holy than the evil idolatry before Mount Sinai. The blemish in Judaism is that the Jewish mother worships her children and her family the Jewish people before all of mankind. This natural attachment is a weakness but maintains the health and welfare of her children. Judaism cares for the welfare of the Jewish people more than the whole world.

The blemish of idolatry of family attachment in Judaism was attacked by Jesus in the New Testament in Mathew 10.  Christianity became a religion which preached celibacy as the highest good. Jewish thought argues that Christianity neglects the commandment of to be fruitful and multiply which is necessary for procreation of the species. In the beginning of history, it was first and most important the procreation of the species. Christianity came when procreation was no longer the priority. Christianity was not intended to replace Judaism but to become a new testament. Christianity also became idolatry when their scriptures made Jesus who is a man God the trinity, and made Christianity into a theocracy.

The idolatry of Islam is similar to the idolatry of Judaism, a different family and nation in the world. Religion is idolatry but not paganism like was in the world before Mount Sinai. The goal of each person is to find freedom from idolatry completely like was revealed at Mount Sinai for several moments. This means to go above religion but for sure not to become an atheist, or anti-religion. Religion is necessary but is not the ultimate purpose of creation. The ultimate purpose of creation is to find freedom the essence of God and unite it with religion to leave idolatry completely.

Abraham went to sacrifice his son Isaac at the request of God.  Abraham and Isaac accepted this difficult request from God which would remove from them idolatry completely. God forgave Abraham and Isaac for idolatry and substituted for them a ram to be sacrificed by Abraham in the place of his beloved son. Abraham remained a family man and had more children in his later years.

Moses brought the Jewish people out of Egypt with ten plagues.  They crossed the Red Sea when it was split for them by God.  He wanted to remove idolatry completely from the world. He succeeded for a moment but idolatry returned through religion without paganism.

Paganism (from classical Latin pāgānus “rural, rustic”, later “civilian”) is a term first used in the fourth century by early Christians for people in the Roman Empire who practiced polytheism. This was either because they were increasingly rural and provincial relative to the Christian population, or because they were not milites Christi (soldiers of Christ). Alternate terms in Christian texts for the same group were hellene, gentile, and heathen. Ritual sacrifice was an integral part of ancient Graeco-Roman religion and was regarded as an indication of whether a person was pagan or Christian.

Jesus had to make this correction to Judaism to free it from the idolatry of family religion.  He succeeded but he himself was made into a symbol of idolatry which is worshiped in the church. The two religions Judaism and Christianity clash.  Judaism and Islam clash each claiming to be the chosen son of Abraham. Jews are anti-Christ who opposed the racism of national family religion. Jesus became an idol for worship which was not his intention but became necessary for all of mankind to remember his sacrifice for freedom from idolatry, to be the Messiah of freedom and mercy.

Paganism never completely left the world and has returned in a new movement called Secular liberalism. Secular liberalism has two sides. One side is agnostic; the other side is atheist. Agnostic can understand intellectually the concept of religion described in the Bible the Old Testament and the New Testament or even in the Koran. Agnostic believes secular values are more important for him than religious values. He respects religious values but he is an agnostic secularist or he may believe in God secretly. He does not believe in one religion the Orthodox religious way. The Agnostic is progressive or even progressive spiritual. When is revealed idolatry in religion, is revealed the need for the secular humanitarian.

Atheists are anti-Christ and anti- religion. They feel it is their purpose to disagree publicly with the doctrines of religion.  These three religions complement each other.  According to Baha’i faith and Progressive Jewish Spirituality there is divine providence in the development of world faith.

When you are born into a religion Islam, Christianity, or Judaism or you have decided to accept or convert if eventually you become disappointed with religion and feel you are trapped; there is a remedy which is Baha”i faith or Progressive Jewish Spirituality. No one is a prisoner of God; on the contrary God is your savior and redeemer.

Religions are nations.  Each nation has a law which is enforced by its police. If you break the law you are guilty of an offense. A nation has the right to defend its citizens and a religion has the right to defend its constituents.  Nations sometimes have to defend themselves when there is a danger to national security. Religions defend God according to their doctrine against missionaries from other religions and from civil war from within. There is a place for non-violence, people who are against war whose whole life is for the sake of peace.  The Levites in the times of Moses in Jewish history were against making a strictly Jewish State. They couldn’t prevent the rebellion against Moses at the time of the Golden Calf who was also a Levite. Israel became a Nation with a law and an army. They conquered the land of Israel. All of the twelve tribes were given a portion in the land except for the Levites. The Levites were exempt from military service. Their work was in the holy temple. The same objection is made by the Charedi Ultra-Orthodox who refuse to serve in the Israeli army. A person has the right to be a monk, a Catholic priest or nun, or a Levite in today’s world.  They should be given respect if they are true objectors. In the same way in a free society you can object to the injustice in religion by becoming Progressive Spiritual. Freedom was important and will always be important. There is a proper way of adding freedom to life which starts with religion. God told to Moses Deuteronomy 3:24, You have initiated the beginning. Judaism is the beginning of religion.

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David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

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