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The Journey of the Soul – Its Mission and the Afterlife

It has been one year since my mother, Fayga bas Tzvi Hirsch, passed away and we commemorate her first Yahrzeit on January 6, 2019, the 29th of Teves. In her honor, I would like to share some thoughts about the mission of the soul and what happens after a person passes away. What is the [Read More]

Who Sent The Wagons?

In the story of Yoseph’s descent to Egypt and his rise to leadership, we read that during the famine wagons full of supplies were sent to Yaacov in the land of Canaan. The issue of who sent the wagons to Yaacov is especially relevant since Yaacov says that when he “saw the wagons Joseph sent” [Read More]

An Embarrassing Distortion – Messianic Rabbi Dishonors Pittsburg Victims

When a “rabbi” who preaches Jesus as the messiah, offered prayers to honor the victims of the Pittsburg synagogue he outraged the Jewish community. Most disturbing is the revelation that it was a Jewish congressional nominee who invited Messianic Rabbi Loren Jacobs to offer the offensive prayers.

Nominee Lena Epstein justified her decision in the name of “embracing our religious differences.” How ironic, since Messianic Jews confuse and distort religious differences. Messianic leader Jacobs, said his prayer while wearing a traditional Jewish prayer shawl know as a “tallit” but without his head covered with a Yarmulke – the Jewish sign of reverence for God.

Biblical Sources for the 7 Noachide laws

Waterfalls at Yosemite Park by C.L.Five of the Noahide Commandments are explicitly found in different verses in the Book of Genesis, and one is found in Leviticus. The remaining one (and in fact all them) can be inferred from a single verse in Genesis. [1]

90 Seconds for Life – Pursuing Wealth Without Resentment

 For many years my wife and I struggled financially. Sometimes we didn’t have enough money to buy groceries. We could have become depressed, or resentful of others who had more than us. However, we survived these challenges with the help of the ancient wisdom of Judaism. Our situation was not unique. Today the cost [Read More]

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The Ultimate Question If Jesus Was Truly God

Continued from Part 34

Is the Trinity Doctrine a New Testament teaching?
Paul, speaking of Jesus says, “for in him all the fullness of deity dwells in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9).  Whether Paul is teaching a form of dualism or that this supposed supernatural power that has indwelled Jesus has become God’s unique representative to mankind is a dispute for Christian commentators to ponder.  

Explanation of How The Holy Spirit Is A Part of The Trinity

Continued from Part 33

Leaving out reference to the holy sprit
In the opening salutation of Paul’s letters to various churches (Romans through Thessalonians) he sends personal greetings from “God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  If “the Holy Spirit” were an integral and personal part of a triune deity, then why does He not send His personal greetings as well? 

How The Spirit Terms Is Used Improperly In The Gospels

Continued from Part 32

   Paul writes that “The spirit intercedes for us” (Romans 8:26), but also identifies who this spirit is in the context of this passage:  “Christ Jesus . . . intercedes for us” (Romans 8:34).  

The Meaning of Pneuma and Its Role In The Gospels

Continued from Part 31

Pneuma, “spirit” and parakletos, “helper”
The Greek word for spirit (pneuma) has many different meanings, the correct one being determined only from the context of each occurrence.  In Greek pneuma, is neuter, as are all pronouns referring to the spirit, making them necessarily impersonal.  Those New Testament translations which render the “spirit” as “He” instead of “it” do so because of trinitarian beliefs (e.g., John 14:17). 

Proof Or Not About The True Nature of The Trinity

Continued from Part 30

The problem with 1 John 5:7-8
It would seem that one of the best New Testament proofs for the Christian doctrine of a triune deity is found in 1 John 5:7-8.  However, this conclusion depends on which translation of the New Testament you are using.  Many modern translations do not include this supposed proof of a trinitarian deity.