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Man’s Religion (Legalism) Vs The Way that Leads to Life

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Messiah, (Anointed of God) is the end/culmination/outcome, (Telos #5056) of the Law, (Nomos #3551) Righteousness to All the Faithful. Romans 10:4

Are You Worshiping Your Religion or Seeking Your Creator?

“I Was Born This Religion and I’ll Die This Religion.”  I’ve heard this statement come from the mouths of Catholics, Protestants, Jewish, Muslims, Hindus…Lets say God does decide which religious division you are to be born into, but God is not divided, God is One, Deuteronomy 6:4

Refusing to seek God beyond ones religion, or non-religion, is not seeking.

  “But from there you will seek the LORD, (YHVH) your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29; Jeremiah 29:13 Matthew 7:7

Bad Translations Misrepresent God’s Word, Torah

When we read the word Law, in our English Bible translations, it can have up to three very different meanings.  Law can refer to Legalism, (man-made laws), Galatians 2:16; sometimes it refers to, The Curse of Sin and Death, Romans 8:2; and sometimes it’s referring to TorahMatthew 5:17.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legalism_(theology)

The Hebrew word “Torah” can not be translated by one English word, and the word “Law” is a bad translation.  Torah is Spiritual/Lasting/Eternal/Forever… (Olam #5769).

We know that the Law (Torah) is Spiritual…” Romans 7:14; Isaiah 40:8…

Torah has a three letter root, YRH, meaning to flow, throw, show, or point in a Direction.  Torah #8451, is best translated as Teaching/Instruction.  Like a Loving Father to a child, shining a Light, (Or #216) in the Way/Direction of Truth and (Lasting) Life.

“For the commandment, (mitzvah #4687) is a lamp and the Teaching, (Torah #8451) is Light; And reproofs for discipline are the Way of Life.” Proverbs 6:23

Y’shua (Jesus) is Torah, and The Torah Became Flesh…

Over two thousand years ago Y’shua repeatedly denounced the religious leaders for adding heavy burdens to the True meaning of Torah.

“They (Religious experts) tie up heavy, burdensome loads and lay them on men’s shoulders…” Matthew 23:4 

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28… 

The Essence of Torah is Summed up by Love

“In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you.  For this is the essence of the Law (Torah) and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12

All the Law (Torah) and the Prophets” depend on these two commandments;”  Matthew 22:40(quoting from Torah…)

1.)  “You shall love the LORD (YHVH) your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5 

2.)  “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD, (YHVH).” Leviticus 19:18

Man-Made Religions Add Their Own Traditions/Righteousness

“They worship Me in vain; they teach as doctrine the traditions of men.’” Matthew 15:9

“Then the LORD, (YHVH) said, “… And their reverence for Me is taught by the commands/traditions, (mitzvah #4687) of men, (rote/repitions)” Isaiah 29:13

God’s Righteousness, (not Man’s) Leads to Life, 

“In the Way of Righteousness is Life, And in its Pathway there is no death.” Proverbs 12:28

“For this is the Love of God, that we keep His Commandments. And His Commandments are not burdensome,” 1 John 5:3

 We are All called out of the divisions of the world, to simple walk in the only Way that leads to Life.

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Why All These Religious Divisions?

“God is One,”  Moses put it in writing, and every Torah observant person on earth knew this phrase was referring to the entire “Shema,” (hear and obey).  The Shema was on their heart, (memorized), and taught diligently to every child, while sitting in the house, when walking outside, before bed and upon rising.

The Shema

Hear, O Israel, (The Assembly of YHVH), YHVH is our God, (YHVH) is One!  “You shall love YHVH your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mightDeuteronomy 6:4

“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up…Deuteronomy 6:5; Deuteronomy 6:6Deuteronomy 6:7

Y’shua, (Jesus) Declares The Shema as The Greatest Commandment 

Y’shua, (Jesus) declared, “‘Love the Lord, (YHVH) your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, (might).’ Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:29
“This is the First and Greatest Commandment.” Matthew 22:38

Judaism, Christianity and Islam Agree God is One

All agree the Creator of the universe is the One and only true God.  All believe they are worshiping the Creator and not the things He created, Romans 1:25.  So when did all these, man-made, religious divisions originate?

The Religion of Judaism Claims to Be Synonymous With Israel

Y’shua came from the line of Judah, as prophesied in Scripture, Micah 5:2; Hebrews 7:14.

Judah is where the religious terms Jewish and Judaism come from, but when did the religion of Judaism originate?

Most ethno-religious Jewish sects began during the Hellenistic period, (323 BCE – 31 BCE), others with the addition of the Talmud, 400 A.D. but the Hasidics, (Pious) as recently as the 1800’s.

True Israel has always comprised a mixed multitude, and the Assembly of our Creator has always been All inclusive; Exodus 12:38Genesis 12:3 

In the 1st Century A.D. Y’shua spoke against the religious experts of Torah for adding their own man-made laws, (legalism).

You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD, (YHvH) your God which I command you.”  Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32; Proverbs 30:6

“Woe to you as well, experts in the law, (Torah)!” He replied. “You weigh men down with heavy burdens, but you yourselves will not lift a finger to lighten their load.” Luke 11:46; Matthew 23:3; Matthew 23:4

Y’shua Did Not Found Chrisitianity

The only Scriptures Y’shua ever quoted from or expounded on, were The Torah, and the Prophets and Writings that matched its plum-line.

1st Century writings of the Apostles had not yet been compiled into the “New Testament.”

Y’shua definitely did not add nor take away anything from The Torah, on the contrary, He said this to those who do:

I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law, (Torah) until everything is accomplished. Matthew 5:18  

“So then, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do likewise will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:19

Islam Claims Monopoly

Islam (Submission) originated in the 7th Century A.D.  Claiming to be the true religion of Allah, (God), it originates with Muhammad’s Quran, (The Recitation).  The religion claims, it is not a new religion but the only true religion.  Like the two previous religions, it begins with Adam, and asserts the Quran has re-expressed truth in it’s final form.

  A Muslim is one who follows the teachings of Islam.  Muslims are taught the Torah Was for the Jews and the New Testament for the Christians.  So I hope the previous verse already cleared up that fallacy.  But here’s a new one, the Scriptures have been corrupted.

Can The Living, Unchanging, Perfect Word of our Creator be Corrupted?

The law, (Torah) of the LORD, (YHVH) is Perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD, (YHVH) is sure, making Wise the simple.” Psalm 19:7

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the Living and Enduring Word of God, (Torah).” 1 Peter 1:23

“the Word of God, (Torah) is Living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,..Hebrews 4:12 

Nope, Not according to the Bible or the Quran Either:

The word of thy Lord doth find its fulfilment in truth and in justice: None can change His words: for He is the one who heareth and knoweth all. Surah 6:115 Al-An‘am (Cattle)

Rejected were the apostles before thee: with patience and constancy they bore their rejection and their wrongs, until Our aid did reach them: there is none that can alter the words (and decrees) of Allah. Already hast thou received some account of those apostles. Surah 6:34 Al-An‘am (Cattle)

For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present and in the Hereafter; no change can there be in the words of Allah. This is indeed the supreme felicity. Surah 10:64 Yunus (Jonah)

And recite (and teach) what has been revealed to thee of the Book of thy Lord: none can change His Words, Surah 18:27 Al-Kahf (The Cave)

Say: “O People of the Book! ye have no ground to stand upon unless ye stand fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that has come to you from your Lord.” It is the revelation that cometh to thee from thy Lord, that increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. Surah 5:68 Maida (The Table) (See also 4:136)

If thou art in doubt as to what We have revealed unto thee, then ask those who have been reading the Book from before thee: the Truth hath indeed come to thee from thy Lord: so be in no wise of those in doubt. Surah 10:94 Yunus (Jonah)

“Lo! We did reveal the Torah, wherein is guidance and a light” (Sura 5:44-46).

We gave Moses the Book and followed him up with a succession of messengers,” (Sura 2:87).

And before thee also the apostles We sent were but men, to whom We granted inspiration: if ye realize this not, ask of those who possess the Message. Surah 16:43 An-Nahl (the Bee)

Before thee, also, the apostles We sent were but men, to whom We granted inspiration: If ye realise this not, ask of those who possess the Message. Surah 21:7 Al-Anbiya’ (The Prophets)

We have sent thee inspiration, as We sent it to Noah and the Messengers after him: we sent inspiration to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes, to Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and solomon, and to David We gave the Psalms,” (4:163)

It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (of judgment between right and wrong), (3:3).

In conclusion, the reason we have so many religions is not because our Creator’s Truth has been corrupted, it’s because man has corrupted the Truth with his religions.  

Yet All These Divisive Religions Believe God is One?

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“They exchanged the Truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator, who is forever worthy of praise! Amen.” Romans 1:25

“O LORD, (YHVH) my strength and my stronghold, And my refuge in the day of distress, To You the nations will come From the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers have inherited nothing but falsehood/deception/lies, futility/vanity and things of no profit.” Jeremiah 16:19

Seeking the Only One who gives Spiritual/Lasting Life, is the One Way to find Him, Deuteronomy 4:29; Jeremiah 29:13; Proverbs 8:17Matthew 7:7…

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Our Creator’s Truth vs Man’s Religion

What do we do when our firmly rooted beliefs do not match up to God’s Original Word? Setting aside our emotional attachments and candidly holding up every belief to our Creator’s Perfect, Unchanging, Eternal/Spiritual/True Word, (Torah), Psalm 19:7;  Psalm 119:160Psalm 93:2: Romans 7:14, is life changing.

This was my experience as I began testing my own beliefs to Our Creator’s Way of Truth and Life, (Torah).  Still it would take years before I could clearly see just how much I believed was based on what I was taught.  Elevating religious leaders had kept me from searching for myself.

“But from there you will seek YHVH (He Is, Was and Always Will Be) your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29;  Jeremiah 29:12-14Psalm 119:2;  Matthew 7:7

Why had I believed everything without testing it to the (Torah)?  I had heard the insinuations that the Torah was Old, Abolished on the cross and even Corrupted.

Doubt was all it took to keep me from testing everything I heard, the way the Bereans did, Acts 17:11.

The Torah, Prophets and Writings, (TaNaK) were all they had to test if what they were hearing about Jesus (Yehoshua) was true.

Every 1st Century believer, was or converted to the religion of Judaism.  They knew  the Torah and how to spot a false teaching.  No true prophet would add anything to or take away from The Torah, Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:6.

At the council of Jerusalem, Acts 15, Paul, Barnabas and many others, including Simon Peter, saw the fulfillment of Amos 9;11, 12.  The nations were turning to God!  Still some of the religious leaders were causing difficulty saying they needed to be circumcised in the custom of Moses, Leviticus 12:3, in order to be saved.

The council agreed unanimously with Simon’s suggestion in verses 19, 20, to keep from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, meat that has been strangled meat and from blood.  For the Torah of Moses is preached each week in the synagogues.

By the end of the 1st Century the gentiles/nations separated from the religion of Judaism forming their own, Torahless, religion, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_Christianity).

Taking away the Holy, (Set Apart) 7th day and adding Sunday.  Taking away Passover and adding Easter.  Taking away the 7 Festivals and adding Christmas.  Taking away Torah and adding their own doctrines.

Without Torah we have no Way or Truth to test a false prophet:  Jeremiah 14:14; Jeremiah 23:16; Matthew 7:15; Galatians 1:8,9; Romans 16:17; 2 Corinthians 11:13; 1 John 4:1

The Original Torah and matching Bible verses say The Creator’s Word will never change:

“You shall not add to the Word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of Y’hovah your God which I command you.” Deuteronomy 4:2Deuteronomy 12:32Proverbs 30:6

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them. 18  For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.  Matthew 5:18,43…

“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away.”  Matthew 24:35; Luke 16:17

Y’hovah (He Is, Was and Will Be) Tests Us.

 

Deuteronomy 8:2

 

He Has Shown Us How To Test a Prophet

“you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for Y’hovah your God is testing you to find out if you love Y’hovah your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”  Deuteronomy 13:3

If we don’t know our Creator’s Living Torah, Jesus, (Y’hoshua meaning, Y’hovah’s Salvation), we won’t know Man’s countless Religious Divisions are full of lies.

 

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