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Connecting with the Heart and Not One's Mind

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Aug 4, 2020 at 20:03

Coming back to a question to be answered in the Peshitta:

This forum has searched and has been searched far and wide to bring a sense of understanding the complexities of mankind's role in a world that seems engrossed with searching for meaning and, not for the lack of myriad attempts to answer even a basic inquiry, is found to be no closer to an answer than when first tried, even after hundreds, nay, thousands of year later. This observer spent the better part of the adult lifetime in an individual search, only to realize that this endeavor is one fraught with similar narratives that have reached similar conclusions, after which time the realization of being no closer than others, the frustration of the search began to wear heavily.
Then, a revelation (not the Biblical one, though it might have seemed to be), came from our discussion of the ancient languages (definitively not English); how were questions of believing disciples answered thousands of years ago, forming the basis of their beliefs in the ancient tomes of the societies of those times. Your positing the Peshitta was initially confusing, since its relation to the Semitic languages did not necessarily make sense to one of the goyim like this reader, that is until recently a key passage provided a clue.

For instance, in the Syriac/Aramaic/Peshitta, around the Gospel of Matthew in what is now the chapter/verse portion of 22, verses 30 through 39, how does this look in the ancient language (It has been alluded more than once that Matthew was originally written in Aramaic). If this matches anything close to the same in an Arabic translation, a clue is potentially provided for closing a gap in understanding how the message of the Jewish Messiah became less and less understood and faithless Christianity has been allowed to escape into its apostasy, a sign of the times in trying to answer the question; 'how does Western 'Civ' fare?.'

A comparison in the Peshitta is sought for:

فَقَالَ لَهُ يَسُوعُ:«تُحِبُّ الرَّبَّ إِلهَكَ مِنْ كُلِّ قَلْبِكَ، وَمِنْ كُلِّ نَفْسِكَ، وَمِنْ كُلِّ فِكْرِكَ.

Religion, as it is practiced in these modern times, is really not all that different from the ancients, the ability (or inability)to relate to the deities of each era having been misunderstood for the lack of being able to get past the main reason that humanity has always been shackled in the mortality of terminal mankind. In mortal terms, what the Creator of the universe has been trying to get mankind to grasp in the issue of being subject to Him in love; that is the message of love that the Creator desires of His creation. Religion, even in its more intellectual persuasions of ritual pursuits, does not provide this message and mortal humanity will never find the intelligent answer to that question: it is a matter of the heart; the same heart that is called out as the basis for the human image. It is the same heart that wept at Lazarus's tomb.

If you could find that parallel script as referenced above in the Peshitta, it would be greatly appreciated.

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