Sunday, September 8, 2019

Redemption and the True Enemy

Bottom line, redemption looks like universal monotheism. It looks like the end of distinct religions and a single shared awareness and worship in brotherhood. It looks like an end to debilitating disease and hunger and homelessness. And no need 4 military.

All of these things will happen anyway, but we will not work together as humanity unless we acknowledge the uncomfortable facts that keep us locked in tribal mindsets. 
Nobody is saying to abandon your religion and merge into a globalist one. Rather the PROGRESSION is going to be from individual faiths to a shared CONSCIOUSNESS.

Reclaiming Jesus as a master teacher *for all* is part of that.

We can choose to unify and work together thus avoiding needless catastrophe. Understanding the meaning of his life properly helps us understand that we are theologically friends and not enemies with dueling views of salvation. 
Ok so that is all theoretical. On a practical level, the Jewish sage Maimonides codified Jewish law with respect to Messianic times. 
According to Maimonides, the Messiah “will then improve the entire world, motivating all the nations to serve God together.” 
Maimonides cites the prophet Tzephaniah 3:9: “I will transform the peoples to a purer language that they all will call upon the name of God and serve Him with one purpose.” 

“If he did not succeed to this degree or was killed, he surely is not the redeemer promised by the Torah.” /
TThen there is this long passage where Maimonides claims Jesus asserted that he was Messiah (Mashiach). He did not.

He claims Jesus was executed for this. He was not.

He then cites Daniel 11:14 incorrectly.

mentions #1 That Jesus never called himself God OR the Messiah.

“This is not an unusual view amongst scholars; it's simply the view that the Gospel of John is providing a theological understanding of Jesus that is not what was historically accurate.” /

 “Right at the same time that Christians were calling Jesus "God" is exactly when Romans started calling their emperors "God." So these Christians were not doing this in a vacuum; they were actually doing it in a context.” /
SSo by calling Jesus "God," in fact, it was a competition between your God, the emperor, and our God, Jesus.” 
 Jesus of course was not executed for *calling himself* God or the Messiah.

“Romans viewed Jesus as a threat to the peace and killed him because he was gaining adherents who saw him as a messianic figure.”

The people believed in him. 

mentions Jesus was not “children of the violent” (Daniel 11:14)

“14 And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south; also the children of the violent among thy people shall lift themselves up to establish the vision; but they shall stumble.” 
mentions Finally, Jesus did not create Christianity, but rather his followers did, so it is inaccurate to blame him for their characterizations.

“During his lifetime, Jesus himself didn't call himself God and didn't consider himself God.”

mentions This would explain why there was no such term as “false messiah” in the rabbinic literature until the 600s. 

If Jesus was indeed falsely anointing himself as messiah why wouldn’t they mention it for 600 years???…
mentions And even if Jesus was incorrectly considered the messiah by others - so what? Bar Kochba (died 135) and the Lubavitcher Rebbe (20th century) are BOTH revered by Orthodox Jews despite this mistake. 
mentions The fundamental error with Redemption theology among Jews is to fail to understand what “liberation from exile” means.

It doesn’t mean liberation from Christian rule, but rather liberation from the existence of evil. 
mentions Orthodox Jews, being heavily Talmud-centric, are stuck in the mindset of religious persecution that occurred centuries ago. They also can’t admit their mistakes. They overfocus on Jesus who didn’t claim to be God/messiah and underfocus on Sabbateans/Frankists who did. 
W What this means is that Orthodox Jews have a blind spot when it comes to confronting the demonic. Christians do not have this blind spot - you get it - and we need to learn from you to fight the true enemy.