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Is it disrespectful to not support another person’s way to God?

Many people think that believers in Yeshua (Jesus) are judgmental of other religions or other ways to God. This might seem disrespectful to some. The truth is that there is either one way to God or many ways to God – Both cannot be true at the same time!

Since Yeshua (Jesus) is the only teacher who ever claimed to be “The Only Way”, believers in Yeshua can come across as judgmental and condescending of other religions. This can seem disrespectful and intolerant of other ways and probably is a “turn off” to a lot of people seeking tolerance, “oneness” & “harmony” among people and in the world. As a believer in Yeshua, who said “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me John 3:16,  I cannot support another way that contradicts what Yeshua said. That does not mean that I do not have respect for people as they are – Let me explain:

I always wanted the “real deal” – in every thing in my life – I never wanted the fake… Sometimes I had to compromise on the fake because the “real” was too expensive or out of reach, but I still hoped to have the “real deal”. The fake is never as good as the real. How do you know if it’s “real”? It’s “real” when it comes from the original, right? So when it comes to the questions about God, the universe, what it’s all about, etc., it comes down to the only real deal around; where it all started – GOD – The Creator – The original!

Because that’s how I see it and understand it, I want every thing in my life to be real and to come from the original. – Since God is the ultimate “original”, I want every thing in my life to come from God and to be of God and for God.

The character of God does not lie, does not contradict it self – it is always true. I know it because HIS story is laid out for me in the Bible and I believe with all my heart that the Bible is not “men made”, but “God made”. I believe God laid it down for us so we can get to know HIM, so we can know what HE wants from us and why, so we can come to HIM. From all the stories and ideas I have heard about, the story of the Bible is the only one that does not come short with answering the big questions of life.

There are plenty of great teachers out there, teachers who spoke of positive changes, harmony, love, peace, unity etc. It all seems like great teachings, but when you get to the bottom of it, when you get to the essence of what they teach, they all come short of the Bible and of the teachings of God. I don’t undermine any of it but I am also looking for the full picture, for the source of it all – for the original. – I can only find it in God and in His word – The one who created me and the world – The one it all came from – The only one with all the answers.

People tend to pick and chose what they like when it comes to a certain way or religion, but ignore or push aside the rest. Take Buddhism for example – Buddhism leaves God out of the picture. It teaches that we do not need God but that we can do it on our own… Here are some quotes for example (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_in_Buddhism)

“In Buddhism, there is no Supreme creator. Yet thoughts (or mind, perceptions, etc.; Pali manas, mano in combined form) are the causes and conditions of the way we view the world.”

“In Buddhism there is no “designer” who is outside of the design.”

“In early Buddhism, the Buddha clearly states that “reliance and belief” in creation by a supreme being leads to lack of effort and inaction”

My point is, that this is completely contradicts and goes against with what I believe about God. The good teachings that Siddhartha (Buddha) taught about love and positive thinking etc., he did not come up with on his own. Those teachings were there long before his time, and originated in God! And the same is with all those teachers and Gurus out there! On the other hand, the teachings Siddhartha did come up with on his own and is in the essence of Buddhism – has no God in it, no light in it, it is dark and I believe it to be false teachings. Because of that, I can not support a path that I believe is dark and false! Yet, this does not mean I can not support the people on a false path and respect them as people for who they are, love them and support them in finding the truth.

To illustrate farther – If someone is a smoker and I believe smoking is bad – Should I offer them another cigarette? Should I buy them a pack? Should I smoke with them to show them my support??? No, but I can support them by allowing them do what they want to do, I can support them by respecting and accepting that this is where they are in their understanding and I can love them for the people that they are. I can farther support them, by showing them that it is much better for them not to smoke… I can support the person, while I can not support their way! Can you see the difference???

I do believe that all the positive teachings out there, those that do not contradict with God’s word, are in essence from God. People who think they can do it on their own, can get there on their own, while following men made ideas – To these people I say: “You are missing out on the essence and on God! I really believe there is one way to God and once you come to that belief, there is just no way to “sugar coat” what it means – The other ways must be wrong… well, or we are all wrong… right?

You may say, “who are you to say that other ways are wrong?” What people need to understand is that, it is not Christians that are saying that, but it is GOD who said it – HE gave clear instructions and clear warnings throughout the Bible about these kind of false teachings and false teachers – the kind that contradicts His Word, so Take it up with God (-:

“How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame ? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods ? Selah” Psalms 4:2

“Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud,  to those who turn aside to false gods.” Psalms 40:4

“Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.” Jeremiah 14:14

For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.” Matthew 24:24

We all fall short of the glory of God and that is why we all need a savior. That is why Yeshua came: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (Yeshua’s words, John 10:10)

One big difference between Christianity and other religions is that all other religion gives you a “To Do” list of all that you need to do in order to find that “peace” everyone want… In Christianity – It was already done for you! That is just AWESOME!!! Knowing that I don’t have to do it on my own, I don’t have to figure it out on my own! It was already done. God takes my hand and walks with me all the way through, showing me His Way to eternal life and peace with Him!

 

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If Jesus was the Messiah, why there is no peace on earth?

Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

The Messiah was supposed to bring peace and since Jesus came there is war and suffering in the world… Our rabbis tell us that when Messiah comes, he will establish peace on earth. When the real Savior comes, he will even bring change to the physical world.

A Savior who changes the physical world without first changing us is really no savior at all. And a Messiah who establishes peace on earth without first establishing peace in our hearts is really no Messiah at all. The Messiah had to die. The Messiah had to take our place. There was no other way. No other substitute was found. No one else could pay the price. Nothing else could heal our wounds, for sin requires death.

The Bible clearly speak about two comings of the Messiah: One – as a Suffering Messiah (fulfilled in Yeshua) and one as the Prince of Peace (yet to come…) (See Isaiah 52-53).

Here are some helpful articles on this question:

http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/issues/5_8/firstthings

http://www.jewsforjesus.org/answers/jesus/changed

http://www.messianicassociation.org/a-sn-peace.htm

http://www.jewsforjesus.org/publications/issues/5_8/twopictures

http://www.carm.org/apologetics/evidence-and-answers/if-god-all-powerful-and-loving-why-there-suffering-world

We live in fallen world… but there is hope in Yeshua who came to first and foremost, restore our hearts to a real relationship with God.

Biblically speaking, pain and suffering are the results of sin in the world. Adam, who represented all humanity as well as creation, rebelled against God and brought suffering into the world. This sin is more than simple rebellion and breaking of God’s law. It is an offense against a holy God. Sin is permeating throughout all of God’s creation bringing imbalance, famine, earthquakes, disease, etc. This is not how God created things but it is God who is allowing them to continue for his divine plan. Ultimately, we can’t know all the reasons why God allows suffering, we just know that He does.

There is war and suffering throughout the world but there are also miracles and healing and lots of love throughout the world – What do you chose to focus on? The works of satan or the works of God?

Yeshua paid the price. It was his death that brought us life. He alone was the Substitute for a sinful human race, and he alone can offer us redemption.” Michael L. Brown (Read this full article here: http://realmessiah.askdrbrown.org/read/jesus-yeshua-who-he)

Here is another passionate Israeli Believer speaking on this subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtUl16766Fo

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Why do Christians try to impose what they know on others?

Do Christians try to impose what they know on others? Well, when you come to that conviction – to that “knowing” place, you want to share it with everyone in your life. I guess I can chose not to care about others… that wouldn’t be “Jesus like” so I do care… It is important for me to help people know the truth. The question is, HOW do we know we “know”? How do we KNOW the truth?

The Bible say that Jesus will be back and when He does, all believers in Him will all go to be with Him – with God. There is an urgency to save all people. True followers of Jesus want to help as many people to be with the one true God forever in Heaven (Eternal life). Jesus will be back and it could happen any day! Those who did not believe will be without God forever (eternal death)! So, are you sure about the path you are on and what you “know” about what this life is all about? Who is God? The Bible says there is only one way to God  and it’s through Jesus – Yeshua Ha’madhiach!

I respect spiritual experiences that other people have or had, other saints and Gurus out there, rabbis etc. I think their experiences are real and valid for them, but again, if the experience or realization they have is contradicting to God’s Word, then I don’t believe that experience is all from or of God. In one way or another – we all experience God, but we tend to interpret it in ways that comfortably “fit” into our lives which takes us away from God.

Satan is real and he manifest himself in many shapes and forms. In anyway that will move someone away from God.

“How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame”? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods ?” Psalm 4:2

“Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust,
who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.” Psalm 40:4

“O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress, to you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good.”” Jeremiah 16:19

“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist (satan), which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.” 1 John 4:1

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.” 1 John 1:4

Christians should not “impose” but they should continue to share the truth of Yeshua with others. It is not our “job” to “save” others. Only God can save, and only God is the ultimate judge. Let’s approach others with love, respect and acceptance. Let God do the saving or the judging…

 

 

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Is truth absolute or relative?

Elephant Story

Elephant Story

“I like the story of the blind people, each standing at a different part of an elephant, describing the elephant by the part of the elephant they touch. One describes the trunk, one the ear, one the leg. Each is a different and seemingly contradictory description of “elephant”, yet together the descriptions begin to approach the truth. God is immense and All-Knowing, and yes, God’s Truth is absolute, but we limited humans grasp it in bits and pieces. Sometimes those bits and pieces look very different from each other.”

Yes, only God is all knowing, able to see the full picture of what was, is and yet to come. He is able to see the full “elephant” and He knew it was an elephant all along! Therefore, I don’t think that for Him there is a “relative truth” – I think that for God, truth can only be absolute and that is the truth that I want to know – God’s truth. Since God is always true, always knowing, always loving, consistent and reliable – Unchanging – it makes no sense that He will reveal His truth to us in ways that contradict each other. God never contradict Himself – This is just a part of His nature that I am learning to know and trust. That is one reason why I believe that God revealed His truth to us through the Bible. No other scripture or book out there comes close to be as reliable, consistent, historically accurate and true to the nature of God.

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for our health. No one will agree with me if I said, “smoking is bad for me but is good for you” – It’s bad and everyone absolutely agree with that – It’s an absolute truth. There are many areas in our lives that we have absolute truths like this example, but when it comes to “spiritual truth”, to God and what it is really all about, people expect tolerance, “oneness”, “openness” – “Relative Truth”- “What true for you is not true for me”, etc…

If I know that smoking is bad, I will not encourage a friend to have another cigarette but instead, I will encourage them to quit and take on a path toward health… a path toward the truth.

Everyone believe something, but what we believe does not make something true or false. Many years ago people believed with all their hearts that the earth is flat. Was the earth flat? No! The earth was always round, but people did not know that at the time and they believed something that was false. We can believe what we want, but our belief does not change THE truth. The truth is out there… always was and always will be. We choose what we believe based on the information we have at the time. I choose to believe that Yeshua is the Messiah and that the Bible (including the New Testament) is true. Am I right? Well, based on all the evidence supporting this believe, I believe so… Can you support your belief with concrete evidence? Why do you believe what you believe?

In the end, we will all know THE truth and if what I believe is right, if Christianity is right, If Yeshua IS the ONLY way to God, than all other ways are false and leads to eternal death… I think that for anyone who cares about their eternity, it’s worth looking into it and choose the path with the most answers, with the most concrete evidences and with the most consistency. I found it through Yeshua.

Check out these short videos on the subject:

http://www.str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=7512

http://www.str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=7520

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPnrkP1zoaE&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXsRE2yldL0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA42ojvSJs0&feature=related

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Did Jesus go to India between age 12 to 30?

Jesus in India?

Jesus in India?

Why would Jesus go to India? Do you really think that God needed to go look for answers anywhere??? Yes, there is no account on the 18 years of Jesus from age 12 to 30 but it doesn’t mean we can just make it up… God revealed everything we need to know – It’s all in the Bible…

If Jesus went to India, don’t you think there would have been some mentioning of it in the Gospels like “When Jesus came back from India he went to see John the Baptist…” or something like that?? And why do people need to place Him in India any way?? Just so He “fits” into their plan or idea of what life is all about? Why can’t people Let God tell His story to us rather then us telling it to God! After all, it’s God’s story, not ours!!!

“It’s not so important whether Jesus was in India or not. What’s important is that we experience the truth underlying each faith — this truth that Jesus lived and preached, this truth that lies at the heart of all the world’s great Scriptures.”

Yes, where He was between age 12 and 30 may not be as important as long that we can focus on the information that we have rather then make up stories to compensate for the information that we don’t have and take the entire gospel out of context (India). The important thing is that Jesus (Yeshua) WAS and IS and YET to come… What’s important is to know the truth about God, who He is and how we can have a Real relationship with Him.

Here is some more info on the idea of “Jesus in India”:

http://www.str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5357