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.
What or who is a Christian? That is a question that would take many more words than I can write, but I will attempt to explain. I heard a message from our Pastor tonight titled “Suffer and Sanctify” and it gave me an idea of what a real Christian is.
First, we need to truly believe that Jesus Christ was God’s Son as well as being God. This is confusing but I will try to explain that God is a trinity. God the Father who always was, always is, and always will be. He is also God the Son, who always was and always is, and always will be. He is also God The Holy Spirit who always was, always is, and always will be. God in three persons but one God.
There is a book on the market available through the internet written by a former minister “Jesus was not a Christian.” Without reading the book the title and introduction hits my heart because it is true. Most people accept religion as truth. There is truth which is hidden by religions.
Judaism does not emphasize truth. Most important in Judaism is accepting the law given by Moses to the Jewish people. The Law of Moses is divided into two parts the Oral law and the written law.
Most people are innocent witnesses of the conflicts in today’s life between democracy and theocracy. In common folk language we are Jehovah witnesses seeing history revealed. Sunday morning in Brooklyn, we would wake up late and about noon time would come to our doors two very lovely ladies to give us some help. They were carrying a Bible and some pamphlets which said on them “Jehovah Witnesses.” We were not Orthodox Jewish but maintained in our house Jewish Tradition. My mother was respectful to these missionaries. Not interested was our answer and they tried to accept it.
A 40 foot World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public ground in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important 7-2 decision about the use of religious symbols in American life.
The judges said preserving a long-standing religious monument is very different from building a new one. The court said that this doesn’t violate the constitutional prohibition on the government favoring one religion over others.
Sing to God a new song, sing to God the whole earth (Psalms 97:1)
Israel this year has hosted Eurovision which is the world’s most foremost alliance of public service media representing 117 member organizations in 56 countries and an additional 34 Associates in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. There is beauty in song. There is freedom in song.
Song without lyrics is universal. When we add to song lyrics is made its connection to intellect; but song is from the heart. On Mount Sinai God spoke to the Jewish people and gave to them the Torah.
The world was created in six days and on the seventh day God rested. The seventh day God sanctified and blessed. The seventh day is the beginning of the next week which begins with Sunday. The seventh day is the end of the week and continues forever without end. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The direction of heaven is upward; the direction of earth gravity is downward. Through the Sabbath heaven and earth become connected the unity described in the Zohar the book of Splendor, One with One, God is One and his name is One.
Universal faith means that religions of the world were revealed in order of progressive revelation. This means that God sent each religious founder prophet to progressively advance religious teachings. The Bha”i faith in Haifa is a Universal faith. Unlike other universal religions, the Bha”i writings do not state that the human race is a whole but celebrates the variety of religions and the differences among peoples. The Bha”i faith was founded in the mid-nineteenth century by Bahuulah who claimed to be a prophet. He was persecuted and spent over a decade in prison in Ottoman Palestine.
A recent article about iconoclasm and the power of religious objects got me thinking about Kashmir. In the world today there are two sides in conflict claiming that the other side is idolatry. These two sides are from the side of the Abrahamic religion and the side of Christianity and Hinduism. In the middle of this conflict are innocent human beings who become the victims of terrorism.
In Kashmir there is a long time dispute both political, ethnic and religious between Pakistan Muslims and India Hindus. Muslim religion prohibits building any statues of deities. In Muslim temples there are also no forms or images. The Koran is very strict to prohibit connecting to anything but an empty formless space who is Allah hidden and revered.
Enclosed is a list of targeted attacks on civilians, churches, honor killings or Sharia executions by extreme Islamic terrorists over the last week. This week’s major news story and largest attack was Sri Lanka, with 358 dead and 800 injured.
Of course this should be headline news. What seems to be missing in the news is that their was a total of 23 terrorist attacks in only seven days. That means over three attacks occurred per day, and over 90 people were killed (not including Sri Lanka), again in a weeks time period. These multiple, smaller fundamentalist terror attacks are hardly covered in the news. Many people claim these terrorist attacks are part of an overarching religious war on Christianity. Others claim that calling these killings a ‘Christian-based religious war’ is a false and extreme narrative.
About at the same time when is being celebrated the holiday of Passover, Christians are celebrating the Easter festival. Passover is the time when the Jewish people exited the land of Egypt where they had been slaves for 210 years. The redemption of the Jewish people from Egypt began when Moses while doing his work as a shepherd witnessed a bush which was burning with a fire which would not extinquish called in Genesis 2:4 “the burning bush.”
Two Jewish woman both millionaires and billionaires have donated 122 million Euro for the restoration of Notre Dame.
One is the widow of the Sephardic banker Safra bank of Geneve and Brazil. Her husband Edmond Safra was killed in a strange fire in their home in Monaco in 1999. She has pledged 20 million from her estate. The other Jewish woman is the wife of the billionaire Morris Betanker from the cosmetic company Loriel. Forbes estimates their estate to be as much as $50 billion.
Jesus said in Mathew 10:34-36, Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter in law against her mother in law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. In other places in scripture Jesus is described as a man of peace which seems to contradict this passage.
Looking at various social media outlets we can attest that the answer to the question is an absolute “yes.” However, the answer to “why” is in the scriptures of the Bible, and unless the leaders of the country know their Bible, in more detail than currently is seen of them, then the nation as a whole will continue to fail God. That should be a given.
The Pope visited Arabia and made prayers for peace in Yemen. The solution is on the table. The Lubavitcher Rebbe in Brooklyn N.Y. declared in 1992 that the world has changed, the way to peace has arrived.
Old Testament times have passed, but philosophies live on. Some philosophies are good, and others are not. Every country in history typically has some leaders who are godly and others who are corrupt. At least, a lot of countries do. King Ahab and Queen Jezebel of Israel, of course, were the worst kind of leaders.
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov a Chassidic master who lived from 1772-1810 in the Ukraine taught, The world is a narrow bridge to cross over, most important is not to fear to complete the journey. There is no such thing as hopelessness. The World is in turmoil. With faith in God mankind can cross the river to World Unity and Peace walking on water.
The word Karma today is part of Western Culture Vocabulary. In my opinion the Hindu word Karma refers to obligation. Free from obligation is called Moksha spiritual liberation, Nirvana spiritual bliss. Secularists accept Karma, call Nirvana – vacation, moksha – freedom. However these terminologies need explanation.
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden were free from Karma. They lived in Moksha and Nirvana. They were coaxed by the snake to experiment touching a forbidden tree and when Eve ate from the forbidden tree it tasted good. She gave her husband Adam to eat and they ate together. As a result their life changed. They had obligation to their family and their children. When they were single Adam and Eve were free of obligations. They could enjoy the light of God day and night without a baby waking them up in the middle of the night. Once they entered the real world, they could not get back to the garden, their children kept them busy.
I send to the world a message of World Peace and Unity consisting of all the main religions of the world united together in resurrection Moses, Jesus and Mohammed. Although all of these religions conflict and their scriptures may conflict, Moses in his resurrection unites them. They are united also in his Torah, the five books by Adam the father of all mankind. I call for an end of hatred and the beginning of true love and respect between all the families of the earth. My message is combined with the New Years Message of all the secular and spiritual leaders of the world.
Vladmir Putin spoke beautifully in his New Year Message. As the leader of his country one the great powers in the world he called for the unity of Russians and the improvement of the conditions of life in Russia. He emphasized Russian family life. He also showed his desire for world peace. He did not mention God in his speech but prayed for good luck and success. He showed that he is a humanitarian. He seems to be happy with the stability of his nation as a democracy. He didn’t mention any specific problems in foreign affairs like Ukraine, Syria, or Turkey.
In the picture of me I am wearing Mirrored Glasses used in my clinic for healing trauma. In this article I relate healing through interaction of mirrors with the eternal healing of the Messiah.
God is called the One Infinite Light in many Jewish Mystical texts. He has also other names like compassionate one, merciful one, just one, sustainer, creator, the unity, God of love, the fearful God, Jesus, Allah, Brahma, Beautiful One, the giver of life, omnipotent, eternal God etc.
All the names of God are attempt to pinpoint his greatness. They are all attributes of God but none of these names can approach his essence. The name used most in Jewish Mystical texts is The One Infinite Light.
There are two aspects of Infinite God using the aspect of light, The One Infinite Light. God is by definition One God so there may be a conflict to suggest that there are two aspects of Infinite light. This conflict exists between the concept of God in Islamic religion and in Christianity. Christianity came from Judaism which is believing in God the Infinite One, the infinite light. Also Islam worships God the Infinite Omnipotent One, the Infinite light. Both oppose Christianity. However Christianity immerged from Judaism and Islam followed Christianity so there must be a connection somewhere between these three religions.
The name of God peace Shalom is the most important revelation of God in the world. It is difficult to believe when you look at the religious conflicts which plague the world everyday. In the Middle East is the political conflict between Israel and the Arabs, Muslim – Jewish conflict, Muslim Shiites conflict with the Sunni, Catholics conflict with Protestant, Judaism clashes with Christianity, Islam clashes with Christianity, Hindu with Muslim. What is the source of these conflicts from a Biblical eye?
In order to answer this question it is important first to separate religion and politics; political conflicts from religious conflicts. Politics all the time interfere with peace. Politics is defined by Wikipedia as the process of making decisions by members of a group. Groups conflicts exist in their interests and within groups when there are conflicting interests. The goal of politics is to make peace like the goal of religion. Whereas politics is connected to group interaction religion is divided into group and individual. Religion has a place for the individual and for the group.
Six million Jews were slaughtered in the Holocaust by the Fascist Nazi Regime of Hitler and over forty million human beings. According to Wikipedia Fascism is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and control of industry and commerce. Fascists believe that liberal democracy is obsolete and they believe in a complete mobilization society under a totalitarian one party state. Such a state is led by a strong leader a dictator and a martial government composed of members of his governing party to forge national unity and maintain a stable orderly society. Fascism rejects assertions that violence is automatically negative in nature and views political violence, war, and imperialism as a means that can achieve national rejuvenation. German Fascism was also racial. Hitler claimed that the German people the Aryan race were supreme. The Holocaust came to teach a lesson to Jews and to mankind.
In the history of the world there have been many dictators who have used their power like Hitler. Hitler may be considered the worst of these evil leaders. In the history of the world there have been political and religious racists that used the type of idealism used by Hitler for the sake of National Unity. There are still movements in the world using this type of racism for the sake of national unity. There are two major types of governments which are dictatorship and democratic.
It is good for mankind to attempt to solve the dilemma of today’s times. After the last two World Wars people are beginning to take more interest in their future. War teaches mankind the importance of peace.
We are after the tragedy and horror of the Second World War in which was killed over forty million people including the slaughter of six million Jews. Nationalism has always given an answer for specific communities of man religious and secular to create peace within the borders of their nation. The Nation of Israel which was established three thousand years ago became an example for all other nations of the importance of the establishment of courts of justice enforcing the commandments of God not to kill, not to steal, not to commit adultery, being innocent before proven guilty, etc. The Nation of Israel survived the pressures of other nations in their environment for eight hundred years until it was conquered by the Romans. During that time came the Assyrians, Baylonians, Greeks finally the Romans to confront the Nation of Israel until its destruction. Jewish Nationalism continued after the destruction of its holy temple through its religion even until today.
There are many reasons to hate Jews and Muslims for people living in a Free World and who love freedom because Judaism and Muslim religions are against freedom. Even Orthodox Christianity or Protestantism are also against freedom even though Jesus their God was the champion for freedom. In all religions there is racism. Judaism was the first of these religions and made a Jewish religious state in an age when the whole world was filled with paganism and lawlessness. There wasn’t in those days another choice for the leaders of the Jewish people other than to make a dictatorship with a King. All the other Pagan nations living in the world at that time were dictatorships with a King . The Jewish people under the leadership of Moses and Joshua made also a dictatorship with a King but the nation of Israel was governed according to justice the law of God which influenced other nations in the Modern World to adopt laws not to kill, not to steal. not to commit adultery people are considered innocent until proven guilty. However Jewish law did not include in it freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of speech like in democracy. The nation had to protect their people from the evil influences of the pagan cultures around them.
When you have an encounter with God, a difference occurs in your life. Look, you can’t meet with God and remain the same! Something somewhere somehow must change for the better. Meeting God is full of impacts.
As a form of testimony, what God did that marvel us in those days when we were young in the lord as Christians; we kept heralding the news about the goodness of Jesus.
Your life can be one of the best if you find something positive done about it if you are still alive, things can be made better for you by God-the creator of heaven and earth. There is a big hope for the living!
The world that we all lived inside today was made better when God did something spectacular about it. The earth at the beginning was worse than imagine.
Understanding Sex Scandals in the Church Today
Sex conflicts in life exist from the time of Adam and Eve and are not new. Today there is a controversy about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is not new but in the past was covered up. There are two ways of building a spiritual life with marriage and without marriage.