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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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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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How can you say that Jesus is the ONLY way?

One Way

One Way

Is Jesus is the only way to God? Some people wants everyone to agree that there are many ways to God and for them to respect that, but the ones who don’t agree with them are “disrespectful”. So who is really disrespectful here? Isn’t it true that people like that are being disrespectful to Christianity as a whole by resenting their belief that Yeshua, Jesus is the only way to God?

As for the question if there are many ways to God or only one way – Two things that contradicts each other cannot both be true. There is either one way or many ways to God – There is only one answer to this that is the ultimate truth. For a believer in Yeshua, the Bible is The Word of God – The Word of the creator and the designer of it all – The one who really “runs the show”. If He said there is one way to get to Him (and He did…) – I, as a believer, trust His Word! Besides, where did the idea of many ways to God come from??? Could it be from our need to “control” our lives, control the universe, feel that we are in-charge, that we “run the show” ? Could it be from our ancient resistant to God’s Word??? Could it be because of our sinful nature?

Yeshua said he is the ONLY way to God (John 3:16) and I choose to believe Him, as I choose to believe the rest of God’s Word. This life time is the only chance we have to make the right choices. What do you choose?

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I am Jewish and I Believe in Yeshua – Jesus!

I am Jewish and I Believe in Yeshua

Watch my personal story and testimony of how I came to believe in Y’eshua (Jesus) as the Jewish Messiah…

NEW! I MET MESSIAH!
Recorded in September, 2014 (05:53 min.)

 

I AM JEWISH AND I BELIEVE IN YESHUA – JESUS!
Recorded in August, 2008 (09:55 min.)

My name is Ayelet which is Hebrew for the “Doe of the Dawn” (Psalm 22:1). I am Jewish, was born and raised in Israel and like the majority of people in Israel, my family was not religious.

Since I was a kid I had a sense of what I used to call “the Inner voice”. I believed that was God’s attempts to communicate with me. I used this “inner guide” often in my life but many times I completely ignored it. It did not provide a way for me to communicate with God. Although I always believed in the existence of God, praying was something for the Jewish orthodox not for me. I never really prayed and never really knew how to communicate with God.

Growing up in Israel, Jesus is not someone people are encouraged to learn about…to the contrary! It is considered a sin or betrayal in the Jewish people to have anything to do with Jesus. Jewish people who do choose to follow Jesus are considered like Gentiles in the eyes of the orthodox Jews. Honestly, growing up, I didn’t even know that there are Jewish people who believe in Jesus.

When I was 23, I left Israel for the first time and came to America. All of a sudden I was in a new country, new culture, new everything but for some bizarre reason, from the moment I set my feet here in America, I felt very much at home.

I had come to a small spiritual community based on the teachings of Yoga in which I lived for about 12 years but still, I was not able to connect on a spiritual level and after all, it was a spiritual community. Something was missing for me and became even more evident to me there.

My husband and I were married in a Jewish Ceremony in 2000. Soon after that we had a beautiful son & daughter. I was a stay at home mom in a little house in the woods. Many times, the only adult I would see during the day was my husband. I wasn’t happy. I lived in a SPIRITUAL community and was not able to connect spiritually, it just didn’t do it for me – Something was still missing and I didn’t know how to find it!

To tell a long story short, our life directed us to move to the city. All of a sudden it seemed there is a church around every corner, crosses everywhere and it is just screaming “Jesus” all around. It wasn’t for me….(well, that’s what I thought…) after all I was Jewish and was taught that Jesus is for the Gentiles only. I felt a big need to get re-connected to my Jewish origins and my heritage especially now that my son was starting to understand more. I wanted him to be able to learn about his heritage as well.

So, like a good Jewish girl I started to attend the synagogue. I thought it will fill that spiritual hole in me. I thought I will be able to get connected with God through the synagogue. But as much as it was all familiar, it still did not do it for me. I was thirsty for a spiritual connection, I was thirsty for God and nothing seemed to fulfill that thirst!

I started to notice the churches everywhere more and more and I found myself wondering how come SO many people around me and all over the world believe in Jesus? Could they all be wrong?

I had a big urge to investigate into it, to know what is the story of Jesus and why Christianity is the biggest religion in the world? I started to search the internet, read, watch movies and documentaries. The more I found out, the more amazed I was at how much sense it all made!

One big point that was made clear to me early in my “quest” was that Jesus was born in Israel, his Hebrew name was Y’eshua, he was Jewish in all ways, he celebrated the Jewish holidays, kept kosher and kept the Sabbath as the holy day. All of his disciples were 100% Jewish – so what happened??? Why did the Jewish bible stop where it stopped? I did not believe that God lost interest in us at the end of the Old Testament. I had to find out for myself!

I went and bought a copy of the New Testament – a book that is considered a curse to have in an orthodox Jewish home! I started reading and loved every moment of it! I have literally become obsessed in my “quest”. My focus, for the most part, was in comparing Judaism and Christianity with a great deal of apologetic material. I spent many hours talking to Christians, a rabbi as well as Messianic Jews about it all and the more I found out, the more amazed I was. I couldn’t believe it! My views of the world, life and people started to change. Things I thought I once believed where replaced with the word of God. From the beginning of my “quest” it became very clear to me and I felt very strong that the bible IS the word of God. I have no doubt in that today!

In the course of a few months I have grown closer and closer to God. God has opened my eyes and my heart to know for the first time in my life His full story. I believe in all my heart that God was with me since day one, he led me to America, to the spiritual community and to where I am today for me to re-connect with Him. I believe it would have been so much harder to make this happen if I was still living in Israel.

But still, although everything made total sense, I was not quite ready to let go and surrender.

On April 2008 a friend introduced me to her church. I met with the Pastor ready to ask him a lot more questions and he made two recommendations for me: first, he said it is OK to have questions, and second, that I will always have more questions, but sometimes it’s good to leave some room for faith. He also encouraged me to read the Gospel of John which I had not read at that time.

I took his advice seriously… went home and started to read the Gospel of John. I also decided to let go of some of those questions… at least for now, and just try to let go…think less…and feel more of what is happening IN me.

I finished reading John and all of a sudden it was all clear to me! I believed! I believed it all! I went down on my knees and asked Jesus into my life! I even did it a few times…in Hebrew, in English, in Hebrew again…just to make sure… There wasn’t any thunder and lightning and nothing changed on the outside but my heart has changed from that moment on in a way that I have never felt before! NOTHING was missing anymore! I re-connected with God and I had no doubt about it!

My family in Israel, naturally having a hard time with the whole idea. I’ve been praying to God to help me and them through it, and to give me the strength and support I need in the process. I have no doubt He is with me, helping me and guiding me through it all. I am finding that life challenges are so much easier to go through with God on my side then without! I have discovered the power of prayer! It is UNBELIEVABLE – Highly recommended!

I have a new identity now – I am Jewish and I believe in Jesus. I did not convert to another religion but by believing in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah I am now a “Completed Jew”. This is a very important point to understand especially for my immediate family and friends in Israel.

This has been, and is still, an amazing journey for me. Up until a few months before I came to faith I would have never thought that I will ever believe in Jesus! And here I am! Getting Baptized, is the most natural next step for me in this journey and in my new life with Y’eshua, with Jesus.

I am thankful for all the beautiful people that I have met in my “quest”. For all the new friends that came my way and for all the prayers and support I received from everyone.

My “quest” is far from being over…in many ways it is just beginning… I am looking forward to every moment of it and to find out what God has in store for me.

And most of all I thank God for showing me the way, the one and only truth, for loving me as much… and for Y’eshua!

Amen!