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.
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.
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.
After several months I have come to the place where I no longer desire to keep my Facebook account. Had a lot of heated debates on there which accomplished very little. I grew tired of of the many horrible sights I saw and the many people who simply use the site for business. I do not like what social media has become and to me, many of the ‘social’ sites we have only foster anti-social behavior. Have you ever gone into a restaurant and watch two people who should be talking and enjoying each other’s company and instead they both have their eyes glued to their accursed cell phones? I think social media serves to keep people addicted to getting likes, loves, sad, angry and whatever else social sites use to engage their followers.
I grew up without social sites and I look forward to living life without them. They are just like drugs or alcohol or any other addiction. We get the ‘high’ of using the sites and feed off the interaction between people we don’t even know. I really thought that social sites would unite us closer together, but, if anything, I feel they are keeping us farther apart. I’ve lost a good part of my life by plugging into social media sites, only to find that they have left me high and dry. I look forward to living a more sane and sensible life without worrying what is trending or the latest meme that is supposed to change my life. It’s empty, more empty than a wine bottle in an alleyway. I’m done.
I have everything a man could ever want. A beautiful wife, a wonderful place to live, a great job, fantastic friends, all the money I need, all the food I could eat, yet there is one thing gnawing at me and it has been for the past fifty-four years. Where is the love of God that is talked about by people who say they are believers?
When I was young, I saw my father physically assault my mother and when I was a little older, he physically assaulted me. He was a very violent man, and an alcoholic and gambler. I was so afraid of him that I would walk on tiptoes so I wouldn’t upset him. There was a deep-seated fear associated with this man and later, with my oldest sibling, who took over with the abuse when my father left. I was ten years old. When I was twenty-one, I had a Christian salvation experience and started to follow God as a Christian, going to Church every week to hear a message that I thought or felt was going to help me in my walk with God and heal the deep hurt I had experienced in my life.
I think there is one thing that no Church, Mosque or Synagogue could do for me and that was to help me really know in my heart how much God loved me and wanted to heal me. I ascribed a lot of my understanding toward God as though he were some hard-nosed task-master who would hit me, like my father would, when I did something wrong.
I have been told that he accepts me just the way I am, yet in most assemblies I was in, I felt like a social outcast. I had a very close friend in a Church I went to and he stopped being my friend because he didn’t approve of the woman I married.
I reached out to a retired Pastor, when I was in my early to mid twenties and asked him if he could spare an hour a week of his time, because I was confused about a lot of things and had a lot of questions. He answered me by saying he was too busy for that and walked away from me.
I don’t hold anything against these people, but I think they left an indelible mark on me and that mark was, “You’re not worth it, Paul.” I have had so many give up on me and close the door to me, and, yes, I was quite a handful and still am today. I ask the question: Does love still exist today? And if it does, what does it look like?
I was told by a new believer, at the time of my conversion to Christianity, that God is much like a yo yo. You can get so close to him, but the cord can always be cut. This is how I lived my life for thirty years. Uh oh if I do that, God is going to dump me for it, or uh oh, if I don’t do that, God is going to forsake me for it.
In recent years, I have noticed severe discrepancies with the Christian God, the Muslim God and the Jewish God. To be honest, I don’t want to follow any of them. I want the real God. The one that Apostle Paul said was the ‘UNKNOWN’ God. Many of us don’t know if God loves us because we DON’T KNOW GOD!!!!! What I realize, now is that no one knows the real God, if they did, they would be the most sought after person in the world.
This is what I have learned from the three false gods of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
In Christianity, their God is all about the money and making a show. God goes broke every weekend and needs a whole pile of cash to support his needs. He tells us to do whatever we feel is right and we’ll all make it in the end!
In Islam, their God tells you to impose your religion on other people and if they don’t follow you, tax them, or cut their heads off, or do some other terrible thing to them.
In Judaism, their God tells you that you must live with an ever-growing amount of tradition. They have added so many commandments to following God that aren’t commandments at all.
So… will the real God please stand up? I’m tired of the fake and phony gods. I’m tired of the fake and phony people who follow the fake and phony gods. I’m so sick of religion and the lies that goes along with it. I’m done. In the twenty-eight years I spent in religion, no Pastor, Priest, Rabbi, or Imam could put Paul back together again. Why? Because no Pastor, Priest, Rabbi, or Imam cared to do so.
Am I angry? It’s more sadness than anger now. How can I reach out to a hurt and dying world and tell them, “Yeah, come to God…he loves you?!!! When many of his people don’t have the time of day for you and could care less about what happened to you. If they feel that way about you, how do they truly feel about God? I mean do they really have a relationship at all?
How does a fatherless generation recognize the love from a father, from God or anyone else, for that matter? Many of us grew up with abusive and violent fathers who beat us, yelled at us, hit us, in some cases sexually abused us. How can we ever think that God the father is on our side and won’t hurt us? The sad reality is that he IS on our side and wants us so desperately to come to him, but because of misrepresentation from Pastors, Priests, Rabbis and Imams, and fellow congregants, we tend run from him. This unnatural fear of God leads us down many wrong paths, making the wrong choices over, and over again and reaping the fruit of those choices.
How can I tell a thirteen-year-old girl who has been raped repeatedly by her father, that God loves her? How can I tell a man that was beaten by his father that God loves him? Who is this God that loves everybody? What does his love look like? Where does one cross the line when God says to them, enough is enough, you’re done, I don’t love you anymore. You may say that the real God is not like that, but that is what many have been taught about him and have experienced the same treatment at the hands of his followers.
For a person who has been abused sexually, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and financially, how long does it take before you know that God truly loves you? How long?
Listen to me: I know you may like to go to Church, Mosque or Synagogue, but let me ask you a question. Is your religion doing anything to help the world or is it just maintaining the status quo? If we really looked deep into this matter I think we would find that all religious institutions have failed miserably in truly bringing people into oneness with God. Islam is empty, Judaism is empty, and so is Christianity very empty. You might not like me saying that, but it is true. These three religions are responsible for millions and millions of unnecessary deaths. Wars, fighting, torture, beheadings, rape, pillaging, and the list goes on, and on. Yes, I know God promulgated a lot of death in his day as well, but most of the people he wanted dead practiced terrible rituals like burying their first born under the door step or burning them in fire. The Hebrew people also adopted many of these pagan practices and were driven out of the land of Israel, just like the people who preceded them.
If the truth be told,
God does not want your money,
God does not want your Pastors or other religious leaders teaching you about him.
God will teach you all that you need to know about him.
God is not impressed with the size of your building or your congregation’s financial status.
God does not like, and in some cases, hates, your tradition.
God would much rather a couple stay home and congregate as a family then to go to an assembly where gossip, backbiting, flaunting and carousing are the norm. Sorry, but that is what I saw in some of the assemblies I attended. Such assemblies are emptier than a wine bottle in an alley way.
If you truly want a relationship with God, you will eventually have to leave religion behind. You’ll have to shake off all the traditions associated with your religion and start the process of seeking God on your own. You will go through very arid and lonely times and many will choose to mock you and make fun of you. You will leave the beaten path, or what is called the ‘wide road’ that leads to destruction and follow the path that leads to life. Not many people travel this path. They, instead, want to pad the pockets of their Pastors, or other religious leaders in exchange for some pithy sermon, or message that will never change anyone who hears it. You can’t buy your way into the Kingdom of God. God is not moved by money, regardless of the amount. He is after an honest and true relationship with you. Your money will perish, your job will perish, your cars, homes and other material things will perish, the only thing that you will take to the other side is your relationship with God. Depending on how much effort you put into that, you may find yourself in front of a very angry person, who has little or no rewards for you. Believe me, living for eternity empty-handed doesn’t sound very good for anyone.
This is not, “Thus saith the Lord,” or anything like that, but I have come to the conclusion that in 25 years, Islam will be the religion of the majority. I used to fear the notion, but now I think I understand what our father in Heaven is doing. He is judging the world’s religions, just like he did to Israel for the crimes they committed against him by whoring after other Gods.
Most of us who have been in mainstream Christianity have idolized our Pastors, we have had high-minded thoughts about our denominations, we’ve looked down our noses at other denominations, and we’ve thought that we are the chosen ones and have arrived. These behaviors are nothing more than spiritual pride and God says that pride comes before a fall and a haughty spirit before destruction. It is this haughty, nose-in-the-air attitude that God is judging us for. When the judgment is finished, he will judge Islam. Messiah will not come in September of 2017, nor will he come before all religions and their denominations have been judged. This includes, but is not limited to:
The Catholic Church,
The Anglican Church
The Lutheran Church
The Pentecostal Denomination
The Baptist Denomination
The Seventh Day Adventist Denomination
The Presbyterian Denomination
The Mormon Church
The Wesleyan Denomination
The Apostolic Church
There are many, many more people groups who will be judged because of their arrogance and rebelliousness.
When the Jews were living in Israel and living in rebellion towards God’s Commandments, He sent them people to warn them to turn back to his ways. Time and time again, they killed these people who were sent to them. He foretold of a nation he was raising up to destroy the nation of Israel, the Chaldeans. This would not be an eternal destruction, but a temporary one. Nevertheless, it would happen, as God’s temper was blazing.
I believe his temper is blazing once again, we have corrupted ourselves. We worship money, women, sex, pleasures, children, jobs/careers, Churches, denominations, we have turned a blind eye to the cry of the poor as spoken about in Ezekiel when it was said that the reason why God judged Sodom and Gomorrah was because they stopped caring for the poor and oppressed.
Today, there is no distinction between people who say the follow God and those who don’t. I realize now, that we have gone past the point of no return. We’ve aborted our children, and none of us have lifted a finger to stop the murder of the innocents. Just like no one stopped the murders and torture committed by the Catholic Church when, in the early years, it tortured and killed over 50 million people.
So, where will it end? We will be forced to worship a false god, allah, under the penalty of death. They will put us to forced labor, just like the Nazis did to those they imprisoned in WWII. There will be great bloodshed, like we have never known. NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO STOP THIS, AS THE DIRECTIVE IS FROM GOD HIMSELF.
Many will blame the devil, but he will be judged soon, as well. Don’t think you can stand on the coattails of your Pastor, he is a blind guide who has no power to save. The Christian Church has been created as a business model and a way to perpetuate segregation and division. In its true form, it serves to control the masses. It does not want its people to come to the knowledge of the truth, it wants them to remain in darkness. And darkness shall they remain, video games, music, movies, addictions, greedy appetites, lust, perversion, etc. It will all be judged and that by God, through the members of Islam.
God told the Israelites that the Chaldeans would have no pity or mercy on the young or old. We see this happening in Islam with the beheading of Christians of all ages. We will not be able to escape the wrath of God as put forth through the religion of Islam. It’s coming and there is nothing we can do about it. Donald J Trump can’t save you, nor can any man.
Here are the options I see for anyone reading this. Make your life right with God. Learn his Commandments from the first five books of the Bible. Learn and do them. This is why God has turned us over to the darkness of Islam. We have forsaken his Commandments, his Covenants, his precepts, ordinances and rules. We want to hear what our itching ears want to hear. We could care less about what God wants us to do. Everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes.
There is no way to escape the coming wrath on this planet. I see it coming, and no one can stop it, no one. Be prepared to die. Your choice will be to worship allah or lose your head. Give us the grace dear father to stand firm in our faith until the end. To lose our life is not the end, it is just the beginning.