The turning away
We are all influenced by the experiences we have lived through in our lives. Good and bad they have shaped and molded us into the person we are today. This experience is the foundation of who we are, what we think, and how we perceive the events that happen to us, and around us each day. We have all been lied to, cheated, humiliated, and experienced other negative events. We look to our past to give us insights on how to deal with the situations we encounter today.
Imagine yourself living in a town, a really strange backwater village. The town consists of innumerable people, has a multitude of religious organizations, a candy shop, and a bar. The only work in town is at a coal mine. That’s all there is to do. One person owns all of the businesses in the town. An extremely rich man he must be, because everything in this town is given freely. Needless to say, all of the churches are full, people gathering to socialize many times during the week. The bar is usually full of people. The candy shop is the big hit though.
What a variety of religious organizations there are, Catholic, Protestant, Judaic, You name it, the town has it. The people gather together in fellowship learning, sharing gossip and food. What a wonderful time to be had by all. The only real drawback is when the congregation leader plays the violin and requests more money for the cause. Pass the plate! Man that preacher gets around, I bet you could have sworn you saw him at a different organization here in town. The message is pretty much the same in any case.
The customers at the bar are having a wonderful time telling jokes, drowning their misery in shallow conversation. What a life, all the booze they can drink. They can’t wait to get off work from the drudgery of the coal mine, so they can get drunk and meet with their friends. The bartender sure looks familiar, isn’t he the candy storeowner too?
The wonderful thing about the candy shop is that these treats are free, gratis, no charge. What a great way to keep your customers coming back for more. Like kids in a candy store the people run about looking for tastier treats, never satisfied, always searching for something better. Do they stop to really look at the candy storeowner? If they would pause from their self-satisfying binges and glutton hunting, and really look at this evil “deliverer of the goods” they would probably think about what they were doing.
Do you remember when you were in the candy store, the bar, or the religious organizations? Did you eat so much candy it made you sick, so sick you didn’t want to eat any more? Or did you drink so much liquor that you finally figured out that drowning yourself in alcohol wasn’t making your problems go away? Or did you finally come to the realization that all of these religious leaders were teaching things that didn’t make sense and you were tired of hearing the same old call for money?
Finally you called your Father in the next state and he sent your big brother to come and get you. He chastised you for your lack of good sense and gave you a love filled lecture and asked you to pick up that dusty old book that has been lying around the house and actually read it. Dad explained what some of it meant and your older Brother helped you understand some of it too. The book gave you the name of the owner of the town and showed you how evil he is. It showed the futility of constantly searching for the better candy. It showed that all the candy does is cause laziness, obesity, and blindness. It showed that drinking problems away doesn’t make your life better. It also showed that the religious institutes were creating doctrines to bring in the masses, and teaching man made rituals and laws. You see all of this and know you don’t want to go back to that miserable existence. Dad was right, we should listen to him and his advise and study the book.
Look back to the time when your eyes were opened to truth. Through fervent study and a sincere longing for truth The Eternal allowed you to see through the fog that has been cast upon the world. The illusions and delusions that power, greed, and vanity are the keys to attaining happiness. How fortunate we are to be allowed the knowledge of the existence of The Almighty Yah’weh Creator of all that was, all that is, and all that shall be. While most of civilization rides the roller coaster that the god of this world has created. We are able to see there is more to life than simple pleasures which are fleeting, here one moment gone the next.
Remember the first falsities that were exposed to our eyes? X-mass, Easter. What a shock it was to learn that these holidays were pagan and had nothing to do with honoring our Heavenly Father or his Son. Or maybe it was Sabbath and Commandment keeping that The Eternal showed us was being abused. He showed us how The First Born of the Father kept the Sabbath and all of the rest of The Commandments. And he let us see how his Son taught that man-made traditions were polluting The Almighty’s Commands. What a shock it was to find out that the Babylonian Mystery Religion was alive and well today and how it has survived for thousands of years using murder, treachery, and deceit to maintain its hold on millions of people’s lives and money. We were shown how modern Christian congregations in all of their forms, are just daughters of the Mother Church. Our eyes were opened to the Babel mystery of the trinity and how ludicrous and unscriptural it is. And now our eyes are opened to more truth.
The Scriptures we once thought were the inspired and infallible word of The Eternal are CORRUPT! What????? How can this be? It can’t be! Why would The Almighty Creator allow tampering with his Word?
What are we to do now that we know this? I know! We read about what others have to say about the apostolic writings. We find out that the authors of these books are unknown, fragmented, and virtually undateable.
What do we do now? We are at a crossroads; do we find the whole dilemna overwhelming and come to the conclusion that there is no Creator and that we have been living a huge fantastic lie? Do we accept the Tanakh as our one and only source for our beliefs and throw out the apostolic writings and all that Yah’shua came to teach? Or do we accept the fact that the Scriptures have been tampered with and separate the wheat from the chaff?
Lets look at this from the Adversarys perspective.
You have been led by The Eternal to his truth; this has got to be aggravating to the adversary. He knows that you are outside his grasp unless you deny the faith you have in The Almighty. Hmmmm lets look at his nasty little trap for us.
We are in training here on Earth for future roles in the coming Kingdom Of Yah’weh, we are required to have faith far beyond what we would ever have thought possible. We are required to Love our Creator, and all mankind. We are required to study and pray fervently and often, to prove ourselves worthy of the positions we may be granted in the future Kingdom. Lets look at these and figure out which is the easiest prey for the evil ones.
Love is a wonderful state of being. Love can turn aside so much evil, our Scriptures tell us how absolutely good Love is. The adversary doesn’t stand a chance here. He knows the more you love The Eternal the harder his job is.
Prayer is a precious gift. The more often and fervently we pray, the stronger we become as disciples of Yah’weh.
Study is a must. Without study of Scriptures we have nothing. Study also includes outside sources of information. Historical writings, religious writings, commentaries, etc. are what we use to help us determine fact from fiction, truth from lie. Unfortunately much of this information is based upon biased interpretations of events and writings. We have to use our good judgment when we read these sources of information.
Let’s ask the question again, which of these is the weakest link. Study appears to be the most obvious choice. Though we like to think of ourselves as unbiased and unopinionated, this just isnt reality. We all have our opinions on subjects and as a rule use past experience as our guide. We also can fall victim to well written; yet biased and flawed material. How difficult is it for the adversary to cast doubt, speculation, and negativity into our minds as we read articles, and study materials?
Without Love, Prayer, and Study we will slip back into the world that the adversary has created. If we are lax in any of these three virtues our Faith is lessened. When our Faith slips, then doubts, misgivings, and other foul thoughts and feelings take the place of what is good. Like a cancer this negativity grows and grows. Unfortunately many fall prey to this tactic. Only the strong in Faith survive. The rest rejoin the world, another unwilling victim of the god of this world.
Faith keeps us on the straight and narrow path. When we lose faith we begin to stray to the left or to the right. As we know this is not a good thing.
Let’s ask the question again. What do we do now? We use faith of course! We separate the wheat from the chaff, we accept that the Scriptures have been altered and we are always watchful for errors and additions. We know that the vast majority of the Scriptures are intact and supremely valuable to helping us grow in Yah’wehs way of Love. We also know that this being said Yah’shua is our Redeemer and that the majority of the apostolic writings are real and valid for us today.
Yah’weh is one, Yah’weh is the true Savior. Yah’shua is his created and begotten son sent to teach the true meaning of our wonderful Fathers commands. And to give his lifes blood as a sacrifice for our sins.