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Inventing God(s)

There is Yah’s truth, and then there are man’s inventions that pretend to be truth; man’s doctrines, presented to other men and woman as Gods truth, but wrapped in a fabric of deceit, for whatever reason, and claiming to be either God’s truth or to ‘enhance’ Yah’s truth.

In the beginning Yah created, and what He created was TRUTH.   Everything else is a lie.

Adam invented his own truth the moment Yah challenged him – “she did it, the woman that You gave me”

We are not told how the woman got the idea that she could not even touch the tree, but there were not very many players at the time who could have done it, and one stands out as the most likely.    The consequences of this misinformation were, of course, tragic, and mankind still suffers the consequences.

Adam invented a lie about Yah, that Yah in some way conspired to get the man himself, Adam, that is, to eat of the forbidden fruit, and this was the first act of religion.   Adam projected blame onto the woman, and onto Yah Himself, thus leaving Adams puny self-righteousness intact.

How many times have I done exactly the same – please do not even try to count.

And Satan giggled all the way to his snakepit.

So now all religion embroiders Yah off the scene and substitutes gurus and rabbis and pastors in his place.

Religion is not Yah’s truth, all religion is man’s fabrication, sometimes ably assisted by serpents.   Both Yah and his truth, were, are and always will be the same, and it is up to us as individuals to seek it.

Yah intended Himself to be the only purveyor of all truth, and that if we want to know truth then we should seek it only from Him in a personal relationship.

Yes, I can write about Yah’s truths but it is up to you to do the fact checking for yourself, when you come before Yah, I will not be there for reference, I will be explaining my own faults and fallacies to Him.

Do I personnally invent religion and throw it in Yah’s face?   I hope I do not, but I always run the risk, and so do you if you accept what I write at face value.   The moment you see a ‘Donate’ button, be afraid, be very afraid, because it means that I have been bought.

Yah has always made sure that I have enough, I don’t need to rent out Yah’s word for a fee.   That way, it matters not to me whether You the reader approve or not, and my computer NEVER answers me back!  But Yah sometimes does……

 

The Vagaries of Yah

To continue on a theme mentioned in the previous article, the idea that Yah purposely makes things a bit vague, I had a conversation with an orthodox Jew a while ago, he justified the Rabbinate solely on the basis that the scriptures are vague and need to be interpreted for the likes of us, the ignorati, by the astute MEN of the community who have studied the words of both men and of hashem.

I did not get a word in edgeways during the monologue and Yah was not mentioned even once.

To most religious Jews, Yah is kept securely locked in a cupboard, obviously to keep Him out of mischief and to stop Him from upsetting the existing comfortable apple cart.   Only to be brought out when needed, the rest of the time He is mostly not needed, the ritual and the community (and its Rabbi) providing for all one’s needs for parading around, looking holy and virtue signalling one’s righteousness and usefulness.

They have been given rope, and they hang themselves to a Rabbi.

Yah gives me a rope too, and also room to hang myself, but by making His yoke easy and its burdens light, He makes my choice easy, but only if I go looking for His truth does my cup runneth over; my Sabbath was made for me as a day of rest, meditation and for meeting of others who also keep Yah’s Sabbath.   But within those guidelines I am free to do almost as I please, as long as it is not my normal work (of the six other days),

I am sure that a family play day meets Yah’s full approval, as does fixing bikes for a bike ride.

It is left up to me to fill in the gaps as I see fit, but only within Yah’s framework (yoke).   This applies to all of my life as a seeker after Yah’s truths.   Those things He communicates to me, through scripture or through revelation, I must keep to very carefully; but mostly I am free to enjoy life and be fruitful.

Living in synergy with Yah’s Creation is not difficult, and it is not rule-bound, it is full of the ‘new creation’ that a personal relationship with my Creator can bring.   Yah delights in those of His creation who can leave the pig-sty and begin the journey home, HOME!     Just think of it, the place where I can really belong, the place where I can be ME, the me that my Father created and nurtured, the me surrounded and swaddled in truth.

That is not to say that the journey home will not be uneventful, but I will be met from afar, and the servants of Yah will guide me and point out the way.    But I must keep moving forwards.

The ‘religions’ seek to keep me in their particular porcine mud-bath, whether it be up to my knees or up to my neck.    The mud may be warm and comfortable, but it is there to entrap me and to suck the life out of me, starving me of Yah’s sustenance that is the difference between life and death.

My body will go through death, but what happens to my consciousness is up for grabs, I can give it to Satan and join in his fate, or I can invest it in the world and religion (political or humanist/hedonist as well as conventional religion) and have nothing at the end of it except judgement and death, or I can invest in a relationship with the Creator and trust and rely on Him to provide for my future.

I have a choice, to explore this Creation and seek out its truths, or to ignore the Creation and its Creator and live as if I too was a god, knowing good from evil.

I am remiss, I have not ventured near the website for weeks, recovery from the heart attack has been tough, and the drugs do not help, but that is a different story.

Last week I was thinking again about that situation in the Garden of Eden, and particularly the two trees and their effects on mankind.

If the tree of life meant that we could use the tree of knowledge the way Yah uses it, but eating of the fruit meant that Adam was able to use knowledge the way he, himself, interpreted it, then it would explain a lot about man’s subsequent behaviour.

Let me explain. If the tree of life allowed pre-fall Adam to see ‘knowledge’ through Yah’s eyes then Adam would always be seeing Yah’s truths, but if upon eating the forbidden fruit he came to see ‘knowledge’ according to his own fancy; out of context and subject to human interpretation (fantasy), then what we see consequently would make a lot of sense.

Adam was created in perfection, and was the crowning glory of Yah’s creation, he was the ‘tov’ in ‘tov mehod’ but he chose to eat of the forbidden fruit (the woman was tricked, whilst Adam knew exactly what he was doing).

Adam immediately starts ‘interpreting’ Yah’s truths and putting in his own spin (“she did it, the woman that you gave me”) and man has been interpreting and editing Yah’s truths ever since.   This process we call religion; Yah’s truth needs to be embellished and prettied up to increase it’s appeal (and provide a living for the priests and rabbis).

But Yah’s will is that we have a personal relationship with Himself, not one where our behaviour is prescribed by the sages.

The priests of Mosaic law were responsible for the nitty-gritty of the temple ritual, but if the Children of Israel had not rejected a personal relationship with Yah on mount Horeb then none of it would have been required.

Many times Yah had to deal with the anomalies that man’s knowledge produced, whether in the choosing of a king or in reminding the people that they were going to be punished if they worshipped other gods.

So the most difficult part of living a Toraic life, the most difficult part of living in synergy with Yah’s creation is not throwing my godship in Yah’s face.

We ‘spin’ Yah’s words to try and mitigate their impact, Yah is almost vague in some of His instructions, purposely so, because He wants us to purposely seek His truths direct from the source, but our tendency is to let other men ‘interpret’ and fill in the ‘gaps’, allowing us to shirk our duty to seek His face and turn from our wicked ways.

It is the serpent who is at the back of religion, as the most subtle of the created entities, the fall was his brainchild and he has remained as the inspiration behind man’s use of his view of ‘knowledge’ ever since, and there he is whispering in our ear, telling us that there are alternatives, telling us that we too can ‘touch’ the tree and we will not die.

That we too can meddle with powers and principalities of the earth and of darkness and not get burnt.   That if we keep ourselves ignorant of Yah’s word, then we too can blame someone else.

The world is quirky because mankind is screwy, and if we live in a quirky, screwy environment without our hearts and minds firmly fixed on Yah and His Knowledge, then we become part of the problem.

When we start seeking Yah’s truths not man’s opinions, then we enter into a journey of discovery, Yah reveals Himself to all who seek him!

Sacrifice

We need to ask the question “By what authority have we ceased sacrificing to Yah?”

And the answer – By man’s authority.

We know that Abel sacrificed to Yah, we know that Noah sacrificed to Yah, we know that Abraham sacrificed to Yah, but who authorised me to not sacrifice?

At Mount Horeb the children of Israel rejected a one-to-one relationship with Yah preferring instead a group relationship centred upon a tabernacle in the wilderness which evolved into a temple.

Upon the demise of the temple, did the people revert back to the single sacrifice of Abel, Noah and Abraham?

No!

Rabbi Jonatan Zakkai, a Pharisee, redefined Judaism rehashed the religion of Yah around rabbi worship and decided that because of the demise of the temple, personal sacrifice should stop.

In Acts 23, we find Paul making a sacrifice, if Yahushua was the final sacrifice, then why is Paul sacrificing?

Readers, we need to get some clarity on this, have we stopped making sacrifice by Yah’s authority of by man’s authority.

This question came up in our group when one of the members pointed out that my recent heart attack should not have happened if we were keeping the Mosaic Torah, and he was right, at the time I pointed out that we could not keep the Mosaic Torah in full – because the temple was destroyed. But then it dawned on us that the sacrifice pre-dates Horeb and that the Patriarchs sacrificed for themselves.

As with all of Yah’s feasts and celebrations, Yah leaves much to our discernment, we can decide the what, the where and the how subject to His guidelines, and those we will have to work out as they are scattered throughout the scriptures but we can make a start.

For most of us, sacrificing a whole lamb is going to be difficult, if not illegal, we just do not have the freedoms of Abel and Noah, but we can sacrifice birds easily enough, it was good enough for Yahushua!

Yah gives us room to manoeuvre, He expects us to be creative!

I was shocked at this revelation, but please search the scriptures and find out for yourselves, by whose authority did we stop sacrificing? by Yah’s or by man’s?

 

Are you a first fruit?

The third moed of the spring cluster is ‘first fruits’ and upon this day the priest waves a sheaf of barley as a victory celebration.

We have passed through death, come out of Egypt and now we have a relationship with Yah based solely upon the unleavened word of Yah.

There is only one creation, and only one creator, and to be compliant with that creation we must be single minded about sticking to the Creator’s  purpose as described in the Mosaic Torah.    Only by doing things Yah’s way do we reap the synergy that comes from living in harmony with His creation.

Torah is the very words by which Yah spoke creation into existence, and we have but one real choice in life, keep Torah or reject it.    When we keep Talmud we are listening to how men have interpreted Torah, often for their own benefit, there are no Rabbis in Torah.

Christianity assumes that Yah changed Torah a few times over before He got it right, and curiously, men have had to spin Torah to justify the changes.

The result of ‘interpreting’ Torah is religion, a system where, instead of having a personal relationship with our Creator, we have a group relationship centred around a charismatic leader.

All religions are cults, enticing people away from the truth of Yah, and all religious leaders will be the least in the Kingdom of Yah (if at all).    One cannot be a leader, an ‘elevated one’ and teach Torah withou hypocracy.

The real man of Yah is out there waving the sheaf of barley saying “prepare ye the way of Yahovah”.

Soon comes Shavuot where we wave the leavened loaves, leavened by the word of Yah not the word of man.

Mankind got its opinion (knowledge of good and evil) from the serpent, and those who preach according to their own opinions are a “brood of vipers”.    Don’t listen to them, go to the source; the scriptures, if it is not in Torah it is wrong!

We meet together for firstfruits, we give thanks and we eat and drink as we live Torah, nothing exciting, just a day off to party with Yah.

Hot Air

Continuing on the subject of the Feasts of Yah, the Spring Feasts are encompassed by the Feast of matzos, that is ‘Unleavened Bread’ which runs for the 8 days of the Spring Feast.

Yahushua bid us “beware the leaven of the Pharisees” and the symbolism is there before us.    The unleavened bread is Yah’s truth as revealed in Tanach (Bible old testament) and especially in Torah.    But for our ‘leaders’ this is not enough, they feel the need to add their own dogma over and above that which was created by Yah.

Yeast (leaven) puffs up the dough to many times its size, it fills the bread with ‘hot air’ which has no value whatsoever, and so we must be very careful not to puff up the simple truth of Yah with man made ‘hot air’.

Here in Israel, they keep ‘meat and milk’ as a ritual.    This is based on a scripture “thou shalt not seethe a kid in its mother’s milk”.   This statement appears 3 times in Torah and is a reference to a particular pagan fertility rite.   Then the Rabbi’s get hold of it, and add their ‘hot air’ to create a ritual which makes it impossible to get a decent cheeseburger or coffee with milk, based upon the assumption that because it appears 3 times it has an occult Kabbalah ‘hidden’ meaning.

Worse, this is then enforced such that any restaurant violating the edict loses its ‘kosher certificate’.    This religious ‘mafia’ style enforcement is attributed to Yah, but it is really done in the name of ‘Ha Shem’, a man made deity that is the focus of rabinic ritual.   But I would not like to be in the rabbinical shoes when he has to account for this ‘leaven’ before Yah.   Yahushua rightly called the pharisees a brood of vipers because they are deceiving Yah’s people in exactly the same way that the serpent deceived the woman in the garden of Eden, the punishment for which is having one’s head crushed.

So beware those who add to, or take away from Yah’s word as embodied in His Torah; for they have no place in Eden.   Those who say that there is no need to keep the Feasts of Yah, and instead keep the midwinter solstice of the Sol Invictus, or the pagan blood rite of Ishtar (easter), they too will join Yah’s head banging ceremony as victims.   Those too, who keep SUNday instead of Shabbat as their day of rest, they too had better think again.

Yah says “If you love me, keep my commandments” the first of which is to “love Yahovah your Elohim with all your Heart, all your mind, and all your strength” which means not throwing our own godship (knowledge of good and bad) in His face.

We are part of the Creation, but we are not the creator, the Creation was perfect and our duty before Yah is to obey His perfect law and not to improvise new edicts and enhancements.   We must be humble and not try to insert ourselves and our opinions into his perfection, Yah does not lie, but mankind lies and deceives all the time.

 

Passover

Passover is NOT easter, easter is a pagan festival full of earth worship fertility symbols whilst Passover holds a serious message from Yah.

To Yah, mankind died when Adam ate of the forbidden fruit, and Passover is all about death passing over those who obey Yah’s instructions (keep Yah’s TORAH).

In order for the angel of death to pass over a household, certain precautions had to be taken:

  • Stay inside for the doorway is guarded
  • Paint the lintels of the doorway with the blood of a sacrificed lamb.

We are also instructed to remember the passing over of the angel of death by basically having a barbeque of Lamb cooked with the specified herbs and eaten with unleavened bread as if one was about to leave on a long journey.

Passover is a mind picture of that point in our lives when we first acknowledge that “in the beginning Yah created”, and when we prepare to leave ‘Egypt’ in order to set out for ‘Israel’.    Hence we leave death behind us; the death as a result of our eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge too.   Because believe me, until we understand that we too have worshiped our own knowledge of good and bad, at the expense of accepting Yah’s Knowledge of Good and Bad (TORAH), we are in big, big trouble.

We come out of the slavery and death in Goshen, and we start our journey to a new life in the Kingdom of Yah as obedient subjects who live according to His law.

So every year we celebrate our rebirth on the moed of Passover.

Folks, Passover  is party time, the family and fellow journeymen (and women) gather together and barbeque the lamb (whole or in part) and celebrate together our new life courtesy of that Lamb of Yah slain for us and whose blood guards our doorway, the doorway upon which we can knock and the door will always be opened.    We celebrate our release from the bondage of death and the new start of our life journey.

We do not have to embellish the feast, there is no ritual ‘seder’ that drones on and on about what rabbi wotsit said.   As long as we keep the basics we are free to enjoy ourselved, it’s a party, a celebration, it is something we should look forwards to for the whole year.

Passover is the first of the spring feasts, covered by the umbrella which is the feast of unleavened bread.   Unleavened bread is bread without yeast, and in our picture language, yeast is what ‘religion’ adds to the basic word of Yah, it is the ritual and tradition that afflicts every religion and obscures the truth of Yah by blanketing it with the traditions of men.   “beware the leaven of the pharissees’.