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Have you ever wondered why some people seem to go ahead in life, gaining more and more money? Have you ever wondered why there is a smaller and smaller piece of the pie left over for you and your family? For many of us we pay our tithes, we go to Church faithfully, we do all the things we should do as Christians, yet we still lack a lot of things especially true happiness, contentment, and prosperity. God wants us to have an abundance but for some reason money eludes us. The more we run towards it, the faster it runs away from us. Why is this? If we are doing all that we can to have money, why isn’t it coming to us? In his book, The Wealthy Christian, Paul C Moore goes into depth about proper tithing, accessing God for an abundant life, and learning the Laws that will bring us true prosperity. The Wealthy Christian was written for those of us who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. We know there must be more and we want more. The Wealthy Christian shows us how to have more, to have an abundance and never feel lack again. It’s time to get off the hamster wheel and get to the one who holds the combination to God’s treasure chest and start living the life you only dreamed of. You can have it all if you follow the what is presented in this book. You don’t need to have a fancy job or career, just a desire to open your heart to God and let him teach you the truth from The Wealthy Christian. The book costs $4.99 or less in some markets which is a pittance for the valuable knowledge found within its pages. You owe it to yourself to purchase this wonderful resource to enable you to have the prosperity and abundance you so desperately deserve.
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As the last millennia comes to an end, never has there been such a time as this. God wants his people prepared, at peace and prosperous. We need to be out of debt and we need to experience the abundance of God and have a true abundance of wealth in our lives. We can’t live without money and we can’t truly experience an abundant life until we read The Wealthy Christian.
God Bless you,
Paul C Moore
This book is a story of my life thus far. It includes excerpts of what happened to me during the twenty-eight years I spent in organized religion. In that time, I met some nice, well-meaning people, but I also met some very sick people. Some of these people were laity others were leaders. I met some very toxic leaders in some of the Messianic circles and Christian Churches I attended. I concluded that most in this system of religion have little or no desire to actually follow God, much less have a relationship with him.
I met people who would have taken the eyes out of my sockets and come back for the holes. Their behavior was evil, mean and cruel. They had no heart for God but only desired to suck money and time out of their faithful followers. Many people were destroyed in the swath of their ministry and to date, many people don’t recognize these wolves in sheep’s clothing.
I include what happened in the formative years of my life and how toxic religion and the people in it became. I really thought the Church served to heal the broken and raise up those who were slated for death. In my experience with Churches and Church people is that their behavior only aggravated the situation. You either sink or swim and what I saw was a lot of sinking people.
I also offer hope at the end of the book by sharing with the reader some of the lessons I have learned from my life of fifty-five years. If you are looking for a different perspective on God, and want to see first hand what it was like for me to go to Church, and eventually come out of it as a true believer, then this book is for you. God Bless you and may you learn what is really going on down here on Earth and how toxic is the system of religion.
The book is available on the Amazon Kindle Platform. If you don’t have a Kindle reader, that is okay, you can download the free Kindle app which enables you to read This Boy Can’t Help It on any device. You can read it on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, and desktop. You can also read other books like This Boy Can’t Help It or any book on the Amazon Kindle platform. Pick up a copy of the book when you are able. I think you will find it a very good read. To download the free Kindle Reader App, click on the following link Amazon Free Kindle Reader App If you enjoy, This Boy Can’t Help It, look for more books like that from me. You can order this book This Boy Can’t Help It on Amazon
Awakening Vs Revival
Awakening vs Revival is my latest work. It contrasts the difference between the personal experience of an awakening vs the corporate experience of a revival. In the book, I explain that many revivals that have occurred over the years simply end and for no reason. Could an awakening be greater than a revival? See and read for yourself.
Many in the Church have prided themselves on their previous revivals with great fondness. The sad reality is that there are currently no revivals in North America. Many believe that there will be a great revival that will happen that will bring many into the fold. I have not seen that in the scriptures. The Bible talks about a remnant of people who will be saved from this current time period. They will be people from all walks of life. Former Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists and anyone who is willing to have a relationship with God.
The sad reality for most people, Jews and Christians alike, is that we are caught in a web of lies and traditions which blocks us from having a true and intimate relationship with God. Christians will tell you that they know all there is to know about God because they have the Messiah, Jesus. Jews will tell you they know all there is to know about God because they have the Torah. The truth is neither people groups have a true relationship with God. The Christians have said God did away with the Torah (Book of Instructions) when he nailed Jesus to the cross. The Jews have added so many traditions and man-made commands to the Torah that they have made it of no effect. So, neither Jews nor Christians have the true Messiah, Yeshua (his Hebrew name which means ‘salvation’ in English) and neither follow the true Torah.
What will happen to such people at the time of Messiah’s appearing? I truly believe they will end up in a place that will make them very unhappy. The book goes into the final resting place of those who neither follow Torah or Messiah, Yeshua.
Why do I use the term, ‘Unknown God’? It’s because most of us in this day and age truly do not know God, who he is, or what he is like. Christians have made the Messiah and God out to be Christians. Jews hold fast that he is a Jewish God. The truth is, he is neither Christian nor a Jewish God in terms of present-day Judaism. Both people groups have sinned against God either by adding to his words or taking away from them. Christians cannot expect Jesus to bring them to salvation, nor can Jews expect that their keeping of copious amounts of tradition will give them salvation.
An awakening as stated is a very personal experience. It’s between you and God. A revival comes and goes leaving little or no positive effect on current day believers. A revival appeals to a person’s desire to have fun at a Church or other assembly. Whereas an awakening will take a person off the beaten path and allow God to revive their spirit and put them on the narrow path to life. If you never experience an awakening and seek only for revival, you will miss what God wants to do with you. Like I said, revivals are temporary. An awakening will last a lifetime.
The cost of the book will be about $2.99 and will be about fifty pages long. It will be available in the next month, probably somewhere near the end of February or early March. If everything works out, I may have it available sooner.
The book will be available on the Amazon Kindle Platform. If you don’t have a Kindle reader, that is okay, you can download the free Kindle app which enables you to read Awakening Vs Revival on any device. You can read it on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, and desktop. You can also read other books like Awakening Vs Revival or any book on the Amazon Kindle platform. Pick up a copy of the book when you are able and it is available. I think you will find it a very good read. To download the free Kindle Reader App, click on the following link Amazon Free Kindle Reader App If you enjoy Awakening Vs Revival, stay tuned for more books like that from me.
There is another book I have written that gives a look into who I am and some of the experiences I have gone through in my life. The book is called, This Boy Can’t Help It and is also available from Amazon. If you would like to view all of my written work you can go to my Amazon Author Page to view all of my books and stories.
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I hope my books will help you to understand where we have come from and where we are going. To experience an awakening, one must be empty of pride and be willing to be taught. God Bless you.
Have you ever wondered why things have gotten so bad on this planet? At the time of this writing, President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-Un are bantering back and forth about a button on their desk. We have many Rohingya Muslims who have been suffering from a possible genocide attack in their home country, and we have many refugees from Syria who have been displaced and are suffering. We have many people in our home countries here in Canada and the United States who are suffering from addictions, bankruptcy, disease, sex trafficking, human trafficking, organ harvesting, prostitution, sexual perversion, and, if the truth be told, there are many other curses that many of us are living. The question begs to be asked, why? Why are things so desperate for us? Why is there so much suffering? I really don’t believe that these issues are limited to non-believers or people who express no affiliation with God. I think those in Churches, Mosques and Synagogues are suffering greatly as well. But why? If believers are the salt of the earth, why are we suffering so much? Many of us work in dead end jobs, have little or no savings for the future, we are broke, hungry, tired and depressed. It seems like so many are making money from us. Big pharma, the medical society, the prison system, the religious systems, it seems like everyone wants our money, yet few, if any want to help us.
The question remains then, why? In this post I am going to do my best to explain why I think this world is spiralling downwards and unless something happens very soon, we will bring this planet and its people to a place where we can no longer exist.
First, let me say that I love my God very much. I refer to him as the ‘Unknown God’ as spoken of in the book of Acts. What do I mean by an unknown god? What I am about to explain is that neither Christians, Jews, or Muslims follow the true God. They do not know him, hence that is why I call him the unknown God. If you don’t know someone and their ways, how can you say you follow them?
Let’s look at the Jews, since they were descendants of the people who were first entrusted with the Commandments of God. God gave them his instructions from through his servant Moses. God foretold the Hebrews that they would eventually turn their backs on him and desert his precious and Holy Commandments. Because of their disobedience, ten of the twelve tribes were lost, leaving only Judah and Benjamin. These two tribes assimilated and are what make up the present day Jewish people in Israel and other parts of the world.
These people struggle with many things their forefathers struggled with at the time of Messiah’s appearing. They are heavily inundated with non-working, man-made commandments which were added to their belief system, along with a myriad of traditions. The sad reality is that most Jews identify more with the man-made commandments and traditions than their actual following of God’s commands. They have added so much to God’s word in the form of their commands which aren’t commands at all, but burdensome rules that make it hard to have a true relationship with God. So, this is the Jews, a people who are aloof from God’s Holy Commandments and instead follow the commands of the sages. The Jews call the Book of Instructions, the Torah. Based on their behavior, they don’t have the Torah, just a whole bunch of thoughts and erroneous beliefs based on man made notions and ideologies. There is no way that the Jewish people could ever lead a person into a deep and personal relationship with God, because they don’t know God, or his Torah.
The next people to address are the Christians. Christianity is a religion that was solemnized by the Roman Emperor, Constantine. From him we get the Sabbath day changed from Saturday to Sunday, the omission of the dietary laws, and the institution of Christmas and Easter which are two pagan holidays. The messiah the Romans promulgated had no Hebrew heritage although he was a Jew born of two Jewish parents, Miriam and Yosef. The Romans stripped him of his Jewish heritage by saying he advocated the change of the Sabbath day, the abolishment of the dietary laws, the doctrine of the trinity, Christmas and Easter, and whole host of other pagan and ungodly beliefs.
Much like the Jews added unholy commandments to God’s word, by adding traditions and rituals that have nothing to do with God’s Holy Commandments, Christians changed God’s Holy and Appointed Times, to pagan, man-made holidays, they said it’s OK to eat whatever you want, that God is a trinity, and in later years advocated that the Book of Instructions is no longer valid, as their messiah nailed it to the cross. The person they will tell you who stands for these changes and beliefs is their savior, Jesus.
Do you see it? The Jews don’t have the true Torah and the Christians don’t have the true Messiah. The enemy has used religion to polarize both people groups and has rendered them powerless by sending both groups a powerful delusion. What is the delusion? Jews have a false Torah and Christians worship a false messiah.
That is the reason why this world is spiralling down to anarchy and chaos. People have forgotten about God’s Holy Commandments and they have forsaken the Hebrew/Jewish Messiah, Yeshua. (Yeshua is the Messiah’s Hebrew name which means ‘Salvation’ in English.)
Didn’t God say a few things about this issue in the Gospel of John Chapter one verse one, In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. Who or what is that word? The word is comprised of the Commandments God taught us through Moses. They are the words that God said he would write on our hearts as part of the New Covenant. The Book of Instructions or Law was never done away with. Jesus nailed the law of sin and death to the cross, because he bore our sins and if we follow him and obey his Commandments, we are no longer under law but under grace. Grace here is God’s ability through the blood of Messiah to forgive our transgression of his Holy Laws.
The Gospel of John has another statement, the word became flesh and dwelt among us. Another scripture, He sent his word and healed them. This word is the Commandments from the Book of Instructions which are synonymous with the Messiah. If you have the true Torah, you have the Messiah, if you have the true Messiah, you have the Torah. If you have a false Torah, you have a false messiah. If you have a false messiah, you have a false Torah.
This is my humble explanation of why this world is going to hell in a hand basket. We have no handle on God’s Book of Instructions, Torah and no handle on God’s Messiah, Yeshua. Both Jews and Christians have no idea what they do and why they do it. Tradition! Lies! Deceit! Manipulation! Control! These words are all associated with these two camps of non-working ideologies. If you belong to these institutions, you will never break free from the mire and muck associated with them. You will never attain a successful life in God. You will never come to know him in a personal and intimate way.
Satan owns Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Many people have said to me that if you accept Jesus you’ll go to Heaven. That too, is a lie or powerful delusion. How can you accept a pagan entity into your heart and believe that he will take you to be with the Father?
Father, wake us from our slumber, restore our minds to sanity, heal our broken hearts and give us a passion for Messiah Yeshua who is your Torah that became flesh.
Our Jewish Messiah made many prophecies, and foretold the future so accurately that many of the things he spoke about are coming true before our very eyes, two thousand years later. An interesting thing that Messiah stated was that people needed to be like new wineskins holding the teachings of the new wine. As the man said to him at the wedding feast, “You saved the best till last.” Messiah’s wine was fresh, new, and so good. It refreshed one’s soul and made the person feel good, literally! The parallel is that is what the Messiah did that for the Israelites. He wanted them to go back to the Torah and learn the Commandments without all of the tradition and man-made commandments which aren’t commandments at all.
I really believe that the early, first century congregants had a passion for the Commandments of God as found in the first five books of the Bible. The Jews call these five books the ‘Torah’. I am going to refer to the Torah as the book of instructions. Some Jews shortly after the ascension of Messiah were eager to look into the Instructions God had written. They had a zeal for the word which became flesh. You see, Yeshua is the Book of Instructions in the flesh. He sent his word and healed them. What word is that? It’s the word from his Book of Instructions. The Book of Instructions and the Messiah are one and the same thing. It’s like the old saying about love and marriage, you can’t have one without the other. If you have the Book of Instructions, you have the Messiah, if you have the Messiah, you have the Book of Instructions. They are one in the same thing.
Now here is where the Jews lost it. Many years ago, the sages of the Jewish people who had many opinions, so much so, that Jews still uphold their teachings all over the world. They chronicled their teaching in a volume of books called the Talmud, or what is commonly called in Jewish culture, the ‘Oral Law’. It is from these books that the Jews derive many, if not all, of their traditions. Along with these traditions, the sages felt that, because they loved the Book of Instructions so much, that they made up more rules so that one wouldn’t even go near the Commandment. It was to them like an added measure of protection. The sad thing is that over the years, people in the Jewish faith started to uphold these rules and regard them as Commandments equal to, or sometimes, greater than God’s original Commandments. Therein lies the problem. These rules, which many Jews live by to some degree or another, have become the mainstay of Jewish culture. They pride themselves in upholding man-made commandments over the Commandments of the Living God. There are hundreds of traditions in the Jewish faith and there are many of these rules that Jews try to live by and to teach others to do so. In teaching others to observe man-made commandments, we are in essence, breaking the Commandments of God. He told us to not add to the Book of Instructions, or take away from it. This Commandment has been broken both by Jews and Christians. Jews have added to the Book of Instructions with their man-made commandments and many Christians believe that these Book of Instructions were nailed to the Messiah’s execution stake, thus making them null and void. The question remains then, “Where do people like this go after they die?”
Messiah stated, “Whoever breaks the least of these Commandments and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven. Does that mean that those who break the Commandments and teach others to do so will be in the Kingdom of Heaven? I’ve often thought, “Well, it doesn’t matter if I’m the least, as long as I am in Heaven.” Let me tell you my thoughts on that line of thinking and this is only my opinion and I’m not saying that it is thus saith the Lord, but here is my take on where the least of these abide when it comes to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Let me say that I don’t believe that humans go to Heaven when they die, they go to sleep, and at the blast of the trumpet we will all rise from the dead. So, how can we be in Heaven if we are dead in our graves? Does God thrust us back into the earth only to rise us again? I believe that is faulty thinking. Here is what I have discovered about the fate of the ‘least of these’ and so many other people. We’ll go to the last book of the bible, the book of Revelation, last chapter, the sixth last verse of the bible.
For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. Revelation 22:15
To uphold a man-made rule as a Commandment of God and trusting in the rule as a Commandment from God is believing a lie. There should be no added, or subtracted Commandments in God’s book of Instructions.
So, where are these people? It says, ‘For without’ what does that mean? In other translations without is replaced by a different word which may make it easier for the reader to understand. Without can also be read as ‘outside’. So the scripture would read,
For outside are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. Revelation 22:15
But, where is this place referring to, outside?
Here is where things get very, very interesting. So interesting, that if you catch a glimpse of what I am saying here, it may make your hair stand up on your arms. Let’s see what happens to four people groups after they die. First we have some people who will go to the Lake of Fire and burn up until they are stubble. This is very different from the notion of Hell where it is assumed that people burn forever in heat and torment. If people existed in Hell for eternity, burning and burning isn’t that a form of eternal life? I don’t think God gives people like that any form of eternal life, they burn up until they are stubble in the Lake of Fire.
Next we have two other groups, the bride and the friends of the bride. These people will be with God forever, eternally eating by his side, having fun with him, no eye has seen, no mind can perceive what God has in store for those who love him. Where are these people found? They’re in the holy city of God, the New Jerusalem. A walled city made up of fourteen hundred miles of walls reaching upwards fourteen hundred miles and length and width, fourteen hundred miles. The walls themselves are two hundred feet thick.
Finally, we have the fourth group of people. Here are the people who loved to be lied to by their pastors or rabbis. They never looked into the bible themselves and maintained the status quo all their lives. They taught their opinions and traditions to others with little or no regard to find out what God was actually saying to them from his Book of Instructions. Where are such people found? OUTSIDE of the city. What does this mean for such people? It means that they will never behold God in all his glory. They will never share in his friendship. Yes, they may have made a life changing decision to follow Messiah, but they never went deeper. They never allowed the fullness of Messiah to enter their lives. The never listened to the Father and learned from him. (See John Chapter 6) I can think of no greater pain to have to endure for all of eternity than to never be able to look on the face of God or share in his glory. That is the greatest fear I have, to never be with God. No, if you accept Jesus into your heart, you won’t go to the Lake of Fire, his salvation is a free gift, but if all you do is rest on your laurels and don’t give God the time of day. There is a place waiting for you and it is outside the city.
This post is just my thoughts on the subject. It seems to make sense to me, but everything I know is subject to evolve.
Keep asking questions and don’t settle for an answer that you haven’t researched yourself.
I spent twenty years going to Churches, looking for someone to love me. What I found was a bunch of busy people. Busy with their families, their jobs, their businesses, their bible studies, their Church services, keeping up with the Joneses, wearing facades, competing for positions, judging, condemning, ridiculing, mocking others and the list goes on and on. This rhetoric has nothing to do with having a relationship with God at all. We have all fallen for the strong delusion as spoken about in the New Testament,
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2 Thessalonians 2:11 KJV
The problem with Christianity, Judaism, and Messianic Judaism, is that there are so many lies circulating that it’s hard to know any particular, or single delusion. This is what I mean, Jews say they keep the Torah, and that the Torah is the lifespring of God from which the blueprint for successful societies are laid out. Point noted and yes, that is true. The problem with the Jews is that, for the most part they have made the Torah null and void by placing man-made commandments around God’s Commandments in an attempt to help one further abstain from breaking God’s Commandments, sort of a double dose of goodwill so one will keep God’s Commandments. The problem with this reasoning is that the advocates and writers of these precautionary steps have elevated such steps above the word of God and his Commandments. The Messiah dealt with this when he was on the earth. He was challenged about eating food with unwashed hands by the scribes and Pharisees of his day. Consider,
Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matthew 15:1-9 KJV
Jewish sages, Rabbis and many others have built man-made fences around God’s Holy Commandments in an effort to please God. Instead all they have served to do is put heavy burdens on people and nullify the Word of God. The have so many man-made rules and laws and none of them are worth mentioning, none of them. One of the worst examples of how the Jews have made a mockery out of God’s Commandments is from Exodus,
The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk. Exodus 23:19 KJV.
Not only have the Jews added rules to this commandment, they’ve added a ton of man-made rules. First, this is a commandment based on common sense and mercy. It’s just wrong to boil a baby goat in its mother’s milk. That’s just wrong and God commanded the people to refrain from doing that. The problem is with the Jews they have made the commandment a dietary law, which it is not, and never will be. Because God is merciful he would not want this to be practiced, however, it was a common pagan practice of the day to boil a young goat in its mother’s milk. God, for these reasons did not want his people to follow the pagan traditions of the Canaanite’s who were about to be vomited out of the land.
The Jews, in their misguided, self-righteous zeal for God have taken the commandment to mean that you can’t eat milk with dairy. That means you are commanded to never eat a cheeseburger, eat beef stroganoff, can’t have beef macaroni and cheese. But it gets worse! You have to have two sinks in your home. One to wash the meat dishes and one to wash the dairy dishes, one refrigerator for meat and another for diary, separate plates for meat and separate plates for dairy, separate utensils for meat and separate utensils for dairy. I can’t say this any other way. Doesn’t that sound like absolute nonsense? Indeed it is. All God said was not to boil a young goat in its mother’s milk. Period. That is one of the main reasons Jews do not have a clue when it comes to having a relationship with God, none whatsoever. All they have is an empty set of rules that mean little or nothing to God. I will go with the latter on that one.
I have heard of young men in Jewish assemblies speeding through the reading of certain prayers to make a show. What does speed have to do with anything? Is that how you like to be talked to. Someone spitting out a new word every second which has nothing to do with connecting to the one who made him? This too is absurd. It’s all absurd. Modern Day Judaism is nothing more than a stench in God’s nostrils. A religion based on opinions and man-made rules. No wonder they have such a hard time in life with their enemies. Doesn’t the bible say in proverbs that if a man (country?) pleases the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him?
Now, let’s look at the business of Christianity. First, let me say that Christianity is a man-made religion that never had its origin in God. It came from a political ideology of an insane Roman Emperor who was trying to bolster his failing reign over a divided kingdom. What God intended was to have the Hebrew/Jewish people go out into all nations with their Hebrew/Jewish Messiah and His Torah and change the world from inside out. This did not happen. All Christians have is a very small part of the picture which is the New Testament. The New Testament was Messiah’s commentary on the Old Testament. He brought it out as one would with salt and a pot of stew. He made the Torah savory again and a delight to study and enjoy. A light burden and an easy yoke. The early congregations had a zeal for Torah and for Messiah who was the Torah (Word) that became flesh.
So, what have most Christians done with the Torah? They’ve thrown it out. Don’t need it anymore. Christ died and he took the Torah with him. It’s dead. Null. No good. Fools and blind guides! Don’t you know that these commandments that Messiah talked about were to bring us healing and life. Look around the world today. There are still a ton of Christian ministries and millions of Churches, but why is the world growing darker? It’s not that the devil is now a bigger bogey man than he was before was he? No, all he can do is lie and it looks to me that most Christians and Jews are eating man-made tradition out of his hand in exchange for what could be the greatest relationship they have ever known.
Another thing is that because Christians have thrown out the Torah, how could they ever be considered to be in Covenant with God? God is a covenant keeping God. If you are married, look at the ring on your finger. If you’re a man, what does that tell another woman who sees the ring on your hand? It tells them that you have entered into a marriage covenant with your wife. That ring is the sign that you are in covenant with your wife. So, what is the sign that a person is in covenant with God? Well, I can assure you that most Christians have no idea what the answer is to this question, none whatsoever. And for that reason, I’m not going to tell you. Write to me if you want an answer.
What I’m saying is that most, if not all, Christians are not in covenant with God, nor do they even consider wanting to be in covenant with him. All they want to do is delight in airing their own opinions, much like the Jews. Empty.
So, we see that there is absolutely no way the involvement in any one of these religions will ever bring a person close to God. It might get you close to your Pastor, Priest, or Rabbi, but attending services in any of these religions will never bring you to the place where you walk and talk with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Never. You will have to do things a lot differently if you want to have a relationship with God. Think about it. Don’t you think he has the ability to converse with you? Or is he mute, blind and dumb, like the God of Judaism, and Christianity? That god will never talk to you as he doesn’t exist.
Who is God? God is the Creator who fashioned everything we see and cannot see. He holds the world in his hand and at his choice, he raises and disposes leaders who will or will not do his bidding. He doesn’t need us, we need him. He is full of love and mercy, but with that love and mercy comes responsibility. We just can’t say, “Oh God loves me.” And then have no regard for his Torah who is the Messiah. Jews have a passion for man-made rules, Christians say there are no rules, “Well just stay here and love on Jesus, until he gives us the Kingdom. After all, we’re the bride of Christ, right?”
We’ve got a mess on our hands. Jews and Christians are so bent on having their religion as the focal point of accessing God when in reality, neither way could ever suffice to bring one to God.
So how do you access God? It’s really very simple. You have the answer in your bible. Read it. Pray to God to show you how to have a relationship with Him. One where he talks with you throughout the day. “Is that even possible?” You may ask. Yes, it is very possible, but keep in mind you will never achieve this without first leaving your religion behind. It’s time to grow up. We’ve been playing games with God. No more games. If you have read this and you are sincerely interested in having God talk to you on a daily basis, email me and I will tell you what has worked for me. Thank you and God bless you. One hint: God does not reveal himself to casual inquirers.
A Message to my LGBTQ brothers and sisters.
I do not truly understand all of the perils a person faces in being a part of the LGBTQ community. I know that I personally used to lambaste homosexuals in my workplace years ago and I had an air of superiority when it came to individuals with a different sexual orientation. I worked at a restaurant where one of my co-workers was Gay and things did not go well for us. I was very judgmental and critical of him. At the time, I called myself a Christian and was filled with spiritual pride. In my mind, he was going to Hell and I was on the road to Heaven.
Looking back, I think that had I died in that state, I would not have made it to Heaven. I was pompous, arrogant, a know-it-all and I really thought I had an ‘in’ with God because I went to a Pentecostal Church, paid tithes and thought I had arrived when it came to having what I thought was a relationship with God. This particular co-worker, Robert (not his real name) and I fought continuously. I hated him and wished he was dead. After all, I was the Christian, to me, Robert knew nothing about God and I was the authority, or so I thought. That all happened in 1987. Going ahead to 2013, I was working at another restaurant and it was there that I had the opportunity to serve Robert and his boyfriend. I offered my apologies for being such an asshole back in the day and asked if he would forgive me for the hurtful way I treated him. I remember after he finished his meal, he came up to me and put out his hand. I shook it and he put his other hand over my hand and said, “Paul, everything is okay, it’s all in the past.” I was very grateful to hear those words and felt I had made a friend.
Again, looking back to that time with Robert, I didn’t realize how thin the ice was on which I was skating. To me, Robert was real and I was a fake, a phony and a person that most people, outside of church would not want to associate with. If I was me, I wouldn’t wanted to have associated with me either. I was such a jerk. I looked down on and judged everyone I came in contact with. So, today, I am offering up a HUGE apology to members of the LGBTQ community and hope that anyone I have hurt by my words could forgive me. My greatest desire is to see everyone on this planet happy and enjoying life and that includes my LGBTQ friends.
Life can be hard and so many of my former Christian friends, of which I used to be a part of, looked down on anyone who was different or didn’t seem to measure up to the standard of what people thought a Christian should be. In my travels through Christianity, I found several men who struggled with their sexual identity and these men would have wished that I shared that same persuasion. They called themselves Christians and desired to be intimate with me. I was very indignant with them, but in later years, I had struggles of my own.
Today, I desire that all people, and that includes my friends in the LGBTQ community, that we enter into a true relationship with God whereby we forsake the ideologies of Christianity, Judaism and Islam to promote love and harmony with each other. If the truth be told, there are major issues with every religion on this planet. The greatest being the reality that religion has served to keep us separated from each other. Meaning that if I am of a different denomination, chances are I would not associate with you and you won’t associate with me. I think I am beginning to truly grasp the old saying, birds of a feather flock together. And there are many strange birds out there, all claiming to be the one and to hell with all the rest.
This type of thinking leads only to more separation and judgment. No one can claim rights to God and I am beginning to realize he truly loves us all, LGBTQ, straight and everyone else. If the truth be told he doesn’t bear a grudge against anyone. All he desires is that we come to him and ask for his friendship in our own words and way and to begin to cultivate that relationship with him. I know that God’s words appears to condemn certain members of the LGBTQ community, but I really believe that my brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community are going to experience an awakening as to who God really is and when they get even a glimpse of him, he will change their lives forever. Does this mean that my brothers and sisters will stop being LGBTQ? That’s none of my business. God wants us all happy and enjoying life and that enjoyment comes with having a father/son father/daughter relationship with him. A relationship with God is a very personal thing and no one has the right to tell another person what they think that person should or should not do. That’s the problem with most people in religion, they think they have the right to dictate to others what they can and cannot do. If the truth be told, life is like flying on an airplane that loses altitude and the little masks fall from the ceiling. We’re told to put the mask on ourselves before trying to help another person. The problem I see in religion is that we have tried to change everyone else while we ourselves are in a comatose state and are completely unable to do anything. We don’t see the bigger picture and we certainly do not know God who is the BIGGER picture.
God loves us all and that includes ALL members of the LGBTQ community.
God desires that all people would come to him for friendship and love.
God desires that ALL men and women would eradicate religion from their lives and truly embrace a relationship with Him, OUTSIDE the box of religion.
Yom Kippur and Affliction
I came across a post on a website that had the following title: ‘4 Little-Known Rules For Observing Yom Kippur.’ The post went on to identify the rules that the writer said should be followed in observing this Holy Day. They stated to wear white as a sign of purity, abstain from sex, abstain from wearing leather shoes, abstain from eating and drinking among other things. The question begs to be asked, are these rules of men or God? I believe the answer is men. Messiah dealt with this when he challenged the leaders of his day about elevating man made rules to be equal or greater than the Commandments of God.
I searched the meaning of ‘afflict’ on a website called www.blueletterbible.org which gave the Hebrew definition of afflict. Among other things, the definition included humbling ourselves, and submitting. I see this as two fold, humbling ourselves before others by asking them to forgive us. And if after searching our hearts over the past year, we submit to God’s Commandment to forgive others who have sinned, or violated Torah against us. This is referenced by Messiah twice, first when he gives us the Lord’s Prayer.
Forgive us when we sin against others
As we forgive those who sin against us
Messiah breaks the whole issue down further when he makes the following statement from Matthew.
For if you forgive men their sins against you
They are forgiven.
But if you do not forgive men their sins,
Neither will your Father forgive your sins.
These are very strong words and they are Commandments of God. These two verses sum up the essence of Yom Kippur. It is a time to reflect on my treatment of God and others for the past year and seek God and others to find out if I am guilty of sinning against anyone. If it is brought to my attention that I am indeed guilty of sin, then I must reconcile and make restitution for my wrongdoing. This process, to me, makes much more sense than an outward expression of fasting or any other physical act.
Today, I compiled my list and approached a neighbor of mine to ask their forgiveness for something I said to her. I apologized to her for my comment to her that was sinful and very disrespectful. If we want to observe Yom Kippur in the Spirit of the Day, then we have to look at its deeper meaning. A white shirt or a fast of food and water does nothing to suffice for any wrongdoing to others or forgiving others for wrongdoing against us.