Saturday, May 14, 2011

One INTJ's view of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus)

I grew up in a mainstream "church" that followed the traditions of man and the man-made "christian holidays such as christmas and easter.  Even as a young child, I knew something was wrong with santa claus and easter bunnies celebrating the birth and resurrection of Jesus.  I was also bothered about eating ham to celebrate christmas and easter since Jesus is Jewish and eating ham / pork is against what Judaism teaches.  Even at a young age, eating pork to celebrate a Jewish Lord and Savior seemed very wrong.

It was not until I went away to college that I read the bible straight through for the first time.  Yes, I read the bible but I read it jumping from passage to passage just like the pastor taught.  Once I read the bible through, I realized the reason the pastors skipped around to selected passages was so they can get around the false doctrine they teach every sunday from the pulpit.

For example:  There is no place in the bible that teaches the Sabbath is no longer to be kept.  In fact, Yeshua (Jesus) and all of His disciples kept the Sabbath.  The only disagreements they had about keeping it is whether or not they should keep all the man made rules the rabbis put on the people.  Yeshua taught it was to be kept as a day of rest but not as a curse of having to obey all the extra traditions and customs.  Even after Messiah's resurrection and ascension His disciples continued to observe the Sabbath as He had taught them.

Mainstream "christians" love to say that "God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow".  Since God commanded the Jewish people to keep the Sabbath (in fact, it was kept before the Ten Commandments were given to Moses) [yesterday] and since during the Millennium Reign of Messiah Yeshua the Sabbath will be kept [tomorrow] does it not stand to reason that the Sabbath is for today as well?  Or is God only the same yesterday and tomorrow but changed for today?

Another item I noticed is that Yeshua spoke against the hand washing ritual the rabbis placed on the people.  Some bible versions end with the verse "thus He declared all meats clean".  Mainstream Christians use this as a justification for them to eat pork and shellfish ("Jesus said we can when He declared all meats clean")  yet they fail to see that as a Jew living in Israel, Messiah would never have considered pork or shellfish to be a meat just as we, in the United States, do not consider cats, dogs, or lions to be meat.  In the old testament God said eating pork and shellfish was an abomination to Him.  If he is the same "Yesterday, today, and tomorrow" then obviously it is still an abomination to Him today.

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