When people are asks, who is the “Prince of the World”, most will answer Jesus Christ, including many Christians. Random House Dictionary defines Satan: “the chief evil spirit: the great adversary of man: the devil.” Satan is man’s number one enemy as he seeks to destroy our relationship with God/Jesus. Jesus referees to Satan as a thief that comes to destroy whereas Jesus comes to give man eternal life! John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Not just in this life, but for eternity!
The Corona virus is spreading through China. There still is no cure. China is closed down. Until a cure can be found, the answer is through prayer and good deeds. Judaism has a segula – a spiritual remedy. The letter of Rabbi Nachman. A segula is a spiritual remedy for all types of dangers to life and happiness. In the language of Wikipedia a segula is a protective or benevolent charm or ritual in Kabballistic or Talmudic tradition. Depending completely on segulot or Kabballistic remedies is not recommended but Kabballistic remedies may come in handy when there is no sure answer to these problems which threaten life.
In the light of the death of Aba Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world has become aware of the danger of religious extremism. It still is not over but the problem of extremism in religion has become more public. It is not only a Muslim problem. It is also Christian and Jewish problem. There has been terrorism from all sides.
Before asking yourself the question: Do I need the Messiah, first ask yourself the question Do I need God? Do I need to study the Bible? President Trump is pictured carrying a Bible.
There are atheists in the world who refuse to believe in God. They may have suffered in the holocaust or have witnessed great tragedies in life which have made them atheists. Atheists live their whole life without faith in God performing their duties to humanity as doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers etc. Most atheists did believe in God once but lost it. Their faith is compared to a lost object which has disappeared and the hope of finding it has been given up. Every day they witness another tragedy reinforcing their atheism.
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.
Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel is celebrated a week before Israel Independence Day. This year it falls out on Thursday, May 2. Every Human being suffered from the wrath of Hitler. Six million Jews were killed in concentration camps in Europe and over forty million people died in World War II.
In and around 1941 Hitler officially declared his desire to exterminate all the Jews. He already had this plan many years before.