The Development of Technology; The Development of Religion

  • Religion although it is spiritual is more connected to the physical world than faith.
  • Faith is new. Freedom is new.

Technology grows each day with new discoveries, a new patent, a new invention whether in the field of medicine or in the field of telecommunications and physics. Most anthropologists agree that the first discoveries in science was to make a fire by rubbing together two stones. After the discovery of fire came technology to utilize this discovery. We see in the development of technology two stages which are the discovery and its application. Religion has also developed in two stages which are the revelation of the prophet and the instructions of the prophet to his followers which is a new religion.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe in one of his last discources instructed his followers to go out into the world to unite the two spiritual worlds of faith and religion. There is a difference between faith and religion but they are both spiritual worlds. Religion is the spiritual world which is on the earth. Faith is the spiritual world which is in heaven. The first passage of the Torah is “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” These are two realms of spirituality, the realm of earth living in the world and building for God a dwelling place on earth. Religion accomplishes this task through practicing the teachings which are in scriptures of the prophet, his Oral teachings and written teachings. In this way Judaism began with the revelation of God on Mount Sinai which was a revelation of faith and then the giving of the Torah by Moses containing in it the laws and commandments of God. Religion then becomes primary and faith secondary. However religion and faith are two realms of spirituality.

The difference between religion and faith is that religion becomes old aged like wine and faith is always new like water. Religion although it is spiritual is more connected to the physical world than faith. Christianity is the revelation of God brought into the world by the prophet Jesus. After Jesus passed away and was buried his students developed from his teachings the religion called Christianity. Jesus is source of the faith which became the religion of Christianity. It is based on the faith in Jesus. Religion develops in stages just like technology from the book of Saint Paul to Saint Mathew and until today. Jesus the prophet is the faith which is followed and developed by the saints. Today the church is being attacked by opponents because of sexual abuse. Religion becomes old. It is a battle for religious leaders to keep it new and protect it.

Mohammed attacked the foundations of Christianity and established the religion of Islam. The religion of Islam like Christianity was received in the world. Judaism came before Islam and is the foundation of Islam. Islam and Judaism both believe in a deity who has no physical form abstract and unknowable. Judaism is a religion which was established by Moses after the revelation of God at Mount Sinai. First came Judaism. Then came Christianity and afterward Islam. All three religions are based upon scripture. The scriptures become old and the sages continue in each generation to keep it new without changing it.

The development of world faith has come in stages like the development of technology. In the beginning the religion is new and through the generations it becomes old established on the foundations of faith which is always new. Unlike technology religion is eternal. Technology survives as long as man survives on earth. Technology is the science of natural survival. A new technology improves physical life for the sake of the survival of mankind on earth. Nuclear energy was discovered before the Atom bomb. The original intention in discovering nuclear energy was not to build a bomb. Bombs are built by nations for self-defence. The first application of Nuclear energy was to build an atom bomb tested and used by America to end the second world war. America and Russia don’t trust each other and have broken their nuclear peace treaty. Trust is only in God.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe a specialist in spirituality considered by many of his followers to be the Jewish Messiah sent his messengers into the world to combine religion and faith. Religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam were already old but functioning being revitalized by their religious leaders in every generation. The Pope is fighting for Christianity in the sex abuse scandal. Representatives of Islam are defending Mohammed and his teachings against their opponents accusing their religion for being filled with violence and hate. In Judaism the Orthodox are defending authentic Judaism against the reformed and conservative movements including Zionism. The Lubavitcher Rebbe had many opponents to his Messianic ideals which were new. The Rebbe proclaimed “We want the Messiah now” which is not Jewish. The Rebbe proclaimed “Behold the messiah has arrived”. This created great confusion even amongst his students, so much more so outside the Lubavitcher headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Religion fights to stay old to protect its foundations that they should never change. All the religions have a clause in their scriptures against changing the word of the prophet and against accepting a new word from a new prophet. In Judaism there were once prophets and their scriptures are included in the Jewish Bible and Christian Bibles and accepted by Islam. The Lubavitcher Rebbe said in one of his last discourses that prophesy has been reborn and that he himself is a prophet. This is a dangerous statement to make in Judaism where it is written that prophesy will not return until will come the messiah. Many of the students of the Rebbe declared him to be the Messiah even after his death in 1994. Many of his students still proclaim him to be the messiah even today and deny that he has died.

Elijah went up into heaven on a cloud and never died. This is recorded in the book of Kings accepted by Jews and Christians. Christians claim that Jesus died was buried and resurrected. The faith in Jesus has become old even though their scripture is called New. There were doubts about the resurrection of Jesus in his own times. The Jewish religious leaders called the Pharisees did not accept his resurrection. His Christian followers accepted his resurrection as recorded in Mathew, Mark, Luke, John and Acts. Each person has free choice to believe in the resurrection Jesus. The Kabbalist Rabbi Isaac Luria writes in his work “The Gateway to Reincarnation” that Jesus is buried in a Christian cemetery in the city of Zefat in the Galillee. Resurrection made Jesus the messiah to Christians.

The funeral of the Lubavitcher Rebbe was publicized to the whole world. There are video footages of his funeral and burial. There is a monument with his name inscribed on it in the place of his burial in Montefore Cemetary in Jamaica New York. Nevertheless there are followers of the Rebbe that claim that he is still alive and never died. A new leader was never accepted in Lubavitch after the passing of the Rebbe. The Rebbe was perfect in all his teachings in a way where people considered his actions superhuman. How could have the Rebbe allowed for his followers to make themselves fools in the eyes of the world?

The Rebbe for sure did not make a mistake. In his life he was completely accurate about every word he spoke. He spoke for hours on Torah without looking into a book without pausing for one moment. Scriptures used in religion are studied to understand and to practice the teachings of the prophet. When you believe in God and your religion you accept its instructions and obligations. The scriptures came through miracles and revelations of a holy prophet Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Krishna, Bhudda which ever one you believe in. All that is necessary is to begin to practice a way of service of God is to believe in the prophet and his scriptures. The religion and scriptures are old and living.

The Rebbe was not satisfied only with religion like most Jewish Rabbis. He asked his students to unite religion and faith. He declared that the messiah has arrived and the redemption of the messiah has begun. He said this during the Persian Gulf War. Religion is old and faith is new. Christianity was new in its beginning and a New testament was written but today it has aged and is being attacked by atheists. The Rebbe renewed Judaism which has renewed all of world faith. He did this through his students who believe in him as the messiah.

Moses is called the first redeemer. He redeemed the Jewish people from slavery to Pharaoh and gave to the Jewish people their religion. Jesus made a new religion when times were becoming darker and darker for Judaism, the holy temple was near destruction for the second time. The world today lives in darkness and fear after the Second World War. Jesus resurrected and Moses died at the end of the last of the five books of the Bible. His place of burial is unknown like it says Deuteronomy 34:6, And his burial place is unknown until today. The Rebbe placed a spark of faith in the world to believe in the resurrection of Moses to reignite the belief in the resurrection of Jesus and even to believe in the resurrection of Mohammed. His students are called fools because they believe he still alive when nature has declared him dead.

Judaism claims to be the only religion. It came before the other religions Christianity and Islam. Judaism is the source of world faith. The Rebbe is the captain of the ship of world faith. Unlike other Jewish religious leaders he is a champion of faith as well as a Torah scholar. Believing in the resurrection is the beginning of religion which is revealed in Christianity. It is also a hidden secret in Judaism connected to Moses. The Jewish people at Mount Sinai were confused waiting for Moses to come down from the mountain. They said in Exodus32:1, Moses the man that took us out of Egypt we don’t know where he is. They lost faith in Moses and built the Golden Calf. Moses appeared suddenly with the Ten Commandments in his hands and broke the tablets in anger and disgust. Today Jews and Christians don’t know where is Moses, where is Jesus? They are giving up their faith in their religions. Also the Muslims are disgusted with their scriptures as they fight between each other.

The Rebbe has ignited faith in the world. Don’t be afraid to be called fools. You have freedom to believe in the resurrection of Moses, Jesus and Mohammed. You have freedom to believe that the Rebbe is alive and never died like Elijah the prophet. Freedom has ignited a new spark of faith to include all world faith. In the speeches of the Rebbe he praised freedom. He said freedom is above all.

Technology is still developing from one invention to the other. Religion is old and fighting change. Faith is new. Freedom is new.

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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