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CULTS/NEW AGE MOVEMENT:

Do these modes of belief and thought represent THE truth?

                For those who were not raised in a faith-based family or became disenchanted with traditional religion or were influenced into agnosticism, atheism, anti-theism and evolution by our education system any number of cults or the new age movement may appeal to them as a new form of enlightenment. Some folks while claiming to be Christian also dab in cultic practices and belief. One thing all cults have in common is a variant point of view on the person of Jesus as described in the Bible. This does not include Judaism since Christians and Jews claim the same book as Holy Writ but differ in its interpretation. Below are some of the cult’s views on Jesus.

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AGNOSTICISM, ATHEISM, ANTI-THEISM AND EVOLUTION:

Do any of the terms listed above represent THE truth?

Before any Christian can make a case that Jesus is the Son of God; Christians must address that God in fact exists. Agnostics claim that they are not sure God exists and are looking for more proof. Atheists don’t believe in the existence of God but recognize that others do. A true atheist isn’t bothered by others mention of God they just don’t want to be forced or belittled for not believing. Anti-theists hate what they say they don’t believe in. They want God removed from the public square and are ideologues who want others to reject faith as they have. Most evolutionists believe they have a theory that explains life on earth without the intercession of a causal agent. They are usually emphatic that creation science is not science but rather the creation myth repackaged. Since an alternative explanation of origins is vehemently opposed by most evolutionists, many in their ranks have elevated evolution from theory to fact. There are people who definitely believe in God, but are Evolutionists. Many Rabbinical Jews fall into this category. They say that God worked out Creation through evolution, and that the word “yom” or “day” in the Creation account can also mean “period of time”.

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The impact of being raised an Italian Catholic

 

Last week, I mentioned some of the Christian anti-Semitism that I encountered growing up, most, if not all, based on ignorance of what the Bible says about the Jewish people. It is also important to understand how I understood other Christians. Eastern Orthodox and Protestants were understood as being different religions, not different expressions, of the same faith. There was very little sense of other Christians who chose to worship differently. As for the Jewish people, they rejected Gesu plus they didn’t eat what we ate; a porchetta sandwich; prosciutto and provolone on Italian bread; sopressata; capicola; mortadella; Genoa salami; sausage and pepper sandwich, and pasta with crab sauce. Admittedly I was a bit confused that pastrami was theirs.  It sounded like it should have been ours.

While browsing in 2005, I found myself attracted to the book “Why the Jews rejected Jesus.” I saw that it was written from a traditional Jewish point of view for a Jewish audience. After reading the book it became apparent to me that Jewish people were not encouraged to look at both sides of this issue.  I then started to read the Talmud and other Jewish books to try to understand the Talmudic influence on the Jewish point of view. They were being told what to think by post-Temple rabbis, sages who lived during the Middle Ages and modern rabbinical scholars. Yeshua and the New Covenant scriptures were not to be considered or explored; They were to be outwardly rejected.

A traditional Jew who wanted to personally explore this issue could be guilty of idolatry and accepting Yeshua meant forfeiting one’s Jewishness. With this in mind I started to observe Jewish people in airports and on flights. I thought it quite interesting that they were never reading from the Tenakh (Old Testament). They carried and read from the Talmud or other Jewish prayer books. With all of this information in mind, I was fortunate enough to meet reform Jews who had their own misgivings concerning the ultra-conservative Jews and Messianic Jews who stood firm to their Jewishness while simultaneously accepting Yeshua as the Messiah. It was at this point that I decided to write this book.

 

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