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According to His Holy WORD, I do.

Reader comment on item: Niqabs and Burqas - The Veiled Threat Continues
in response to reader comment: I do not need a book to know G-D

Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Dec 28, 2009 at 16:22

First of all, where in any of our exchanges did I ever, EVER, say that I was an authority over your life, or anybody else's, for that matter? Have I not said that my testimony is a witness of the power of Almighty God in my life, and that there is no authority over such matters except as stated in the WORD of Almighty God? And the church (though I have no official affiliation), I have it on His authority that I have been redeemed into HIS established church (not any of the denominational entities that claim allegiance, but deny the power of it).

As for any perceived inconsistencies in the written word, that is an age old argument that comes from before the original appearance of Yeshua, was argued while He was among His people, and is the same argument today, whether one is Catholic, in the Jewish faith, or more vehemently, as a Muslim that prefers the Quran over the original WORD of the LORD.

Now, initially, I purposely withheld answering this, from a respect of our earlier exchanges in which each of us let our views be known, yet coming to a realization that in your exposition here, the challenge is not for my beliefs (which cannot be shaken since the authority by which I believe has enough proofs of His Truth that I cannot deny them), but for the truth you have revealed in your disdain of the written word of the Holy Bible.

A true Christian does not need the approval of any man, woman or child to have validation of his/her belief in faith in Yeshua, that by the authority of the WORD of the LORD, our salvation comes by His approval, and by His promise of grace and mercy in the face of our sinfulness. In the passage you have opened, we do read of an exclusive exchange between the Roman Procurator and Yeshua, and one might wonder why it is so exclusive.

Could it be that those of an opposing perspective do not want that exchange made public, since in its validation by open declaration, the sufficiency of exonerating Yeshua might have allowed the Procurator to set Yeshua free instead of having Him put to the cross as others wanted? A person can walk today to the place of the cross from the Temple Mount: so it is a place of reality just as the act of the Roman Procurator is a fact of history. Those that accused Yeshua of blasphemy without the sufficient proof of it are the ones that perpetrated the lies that are used today to obscure the Truth, the truth of their guilt, and of the guilt of any who deny that Yeshua is who He said He is in the absence of His authority.

But, in this we read also, of the sensitivity that many would have, of being blamed for the crucifixion of Yeshua, singularly the most divisive act in the history of humankind. Should anyone, even of Jewish beliefs, be cautious for accepting the blame of the crucifixion? Where, independent of the Brit Hadassah, would anyone find a reason to blame the Jewish people for denying the claim that Yeshua was, indeed, the Messiah, let alone being a prophet amongst a nation of prophets. In reality, the Old Testament (the entirety of the Tanach) is replete with such references: they must be sought out and studied in faith, or there is no revelation.

The problem is, at its core, faith in any part of the Holy Bible, whether one holds merely to the Tanach, or in the broader context of the fact that Christianity gets its beginning from Judaism, the New Testament (Brit Hadassah) as well, all of which is required to have any relationship with Almighty God. To deny the Divine authority, as it is written, is something each individual must deal with on an individual basis, yet dealing with it in truth.

Matthew 27, or any part of the Holy Bible that points a finger at the religious authority that accused Yeshua before the Romans, does so, not of its own testimony, but as a confirmation of the myriad Scriptures that prophesied the activities and circumstances of the Holy One of Israel, and of the events that led to His being made the sacrifice for His people Israel (one example, Isaiah 53), and of those outside the Jewish belief system that believed as well. But again, faith is required, to understand that no Christian, whether of a Jewish (Messianic) or of the goyim (Gentile) as I am, put the sins of mankind on the Savior for the collective salvation of believers, but the LORD Himself did so because of His love for humankind. And that is the basis of my belief; that a loving Almighty God sent His Son to die on the cross for my sins (and those of my brother/sister believers), and His written WORD is my authority for my faith and obedience in Him.


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