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Is religion the truth? — October 26, 2017

Is religion the truth?

Is religion the truth?

I have been wondering as of late whether or not religion is actually the truth. I live with a family that is very devoted to their faith in the catholic church and now I wonder if religion in general is the truth. I have the slightest idea that the United States is founded on a religious background but now I don’t believe that most religions are the truth. Are they good? I don’t know that either. Coming up as a very devoted catholic individual, I really had quite a lot of thoughts and ideas on the figure, Jesus. Now I often find that I disagree with the logic of the Christianity in that it portrays a messiah that died but didn’t really accomplish much. From the knowledge that I have on the new testament, I only find that Jesus accomplished very little in setting up or keeping a Jewish temple and liberating the Jewish people in Israel and around the earth. When I think of the messiah figure I think more that the messiah’s purpose as God’s anointed is or was to liberate the Jewish people and also maintain the Jewish temple. However, the only reason that Christianity is really strong is the idea that Jesus defeated a figure known as Satan whom in Christianity was the adversary of God.

There are a lot of different religions out there so how are any of them leading to any truth? Christianity maintains that the old testament is true but with the spin that everything in the old testament leads to the death of Jesus. I know right, you just don’t get it – Everything from OT leads to Jesus dying but also rising from the dead. Judaism believes in the Holy Scriptures – starting from Genesis all the way to Ezekiel and Isaiah and Jeremiah to more but does not maintain the new testament. And there are other religions out there too that have figures just like Jesus and even ancient alien shows that portray gods as aliens. Right…like aliens really built the pyramids and great temples – I just found out that the ancients built quarries and streams and carried the limestone pyramid blocks through canals. In any form, I have been learning that much of what I read of the Holy Jewish Scriptures take a historical approach to the LORD giving prophecy through someone to let everyone know things are getting tough because of the many nations. Judaism takes spirituality and sets it apart but with a realistic way of looking at turmoil in ancient times. And I don’t know if you know, but Judaism is also awaiting the messiah – but the messiah could come in 1000s of years.

And then, again, there are a bunch of other religions. So where is the truth? Most religions believe in a spiritual god and probably some new ones believe in something else. I just have to say that I don’t really want to take part in following Jesus if I only I am only told that I have to believe because of this or that. Jesus was alright with me or is alright with me – however you want to phrase it, but I don’t want to put a belief out there that might not be realistic.

Hobby — October 8, 2017

Hobby

Now my hobby has been to read the Bible and then write about the different chapters that I read. For example, I recently wrote two paragraphs on Ezekiel chapters 1-23 where I go into more depth on Ezekiel chapter 8 in which there is a description of the different things that were going on at God’s temple in Jerusalem in ancient days. Now when I read the Bible I really don’t find that there is anywhere pointing to Jesus and I don’t want to believe that either. When I see a crucifix with Jesus hanging dead on the cross, I have thought before saying, wow, how can one man be the savior of everyone in the world – it doesn’t seem logical and it doesn’t seem realistic. But maybe that is how God planned things. According to scripture, however, there is more of a mutual punishment in which sword, famine, or disease was the culprit that destroyed people. Sword being the lands like the Babylonians that overtook Jerusalem way back in days of old and famine and disease from around cities and deserts. Although mass might be full of devotion and rituals, I don’t go. It seems like the Jewish Bible is more of works that lead to the disruption of wickedness in ancient times. It seems more like there is God who often times disrupted the flow of pagan practices and also disrupted the flow of abominations throughout the land rather than there being any word on Jesus. However, there are certain passages in the scriptures that do detail the terrible outcome of certain characters such as the messiah, King Cyrus, where Cyrus is crushed and looked terrible for a moment. God can punish but God also did release the Israelites from bondage out of Egypt.

When I read the Bible, I get so interested in each separate chapter of each book that I read. I haven’t really read the entire Bible [still would like to read Samuel] but I read noteworthy books such as Isaiah and Jeremiah and I am still working on finishing the book of Ezekiel. I find in these books the history of the Jewish homeland [Israel] and the outcomes of the Mid Eastern lands from their ancient days. I find punishments for adultery and idolatry – I imagine that there were far more abominable things going on at the temple from the works in Ezekiel where Ezekiel sees that the elders are burning incense to beasts and creeping things among others. I find that the ancient world was filled with pagan practices like sun worship and even dreadful acts. I never knew that during those ancient times of days of old, people would eat one another because of famine.

But, hopefully I find hope.

Idolatry — September 16, 2017

Idolatry

Countless times, there is an issue that is brought up throughout the Tenakh. The issue is idolatry to include bowing to wood and stone. There is the strife in which people in the Tenakh bow to wood and stone and also create the idols of wood and stone which again, is called idolatry. The issue comes in the form of desiring to serve a different god instead of God which is forbidden accordingly. So what is the peoblem with that? For one, it causes issues of people serving gods that were not known and also the controversy of not serving the actual true God. Idolatry leads to other known defying of the commandnents in that while taking away service to the true God you are serving idols such as wood and stone or gods that might be adversarial and create problems for you or others leading to other controversies…
Work in progress

Messiah and three predominant Religions — August 20, 2017

Messiah and three predominant Religions

Religion is an interesting phenomenon. Two religions out of the Middle East have different ways of going about their business. These religions are Judaism and Islam. Judaism is founded on the Torah [the first five books of the Bible] and their entire work is called the Tenakh. Islam believes in a man named Muhammad who was a prophet and their book is called the Qur’an. The next main religion with over a billion people is Christianity and is based out of Rome but stems from Judaism. Christianity has the book called the New Testament. Finally, a branch of Judaism called messianic Judaism is basically a run off of Christianity but instead is mostly practiced by some Jewish people rather than non-Jew. All three religions believe that there will be a messiah that will be around one day.

The interesting thing about Christianity and Judaism is the unequal ideas about a messiah or anointed person. Christianity believes that Jesus was The messiah and will come to Israel again. Judaism believes in a messiah figure that, in my opinion, will usher in an age of peace and get all Jewish people back to the land of Israel. King Cyrus of ancient Babylon was considered God’s anointed and he brought Jewish people back to the land of Israel and also helped usher in the age of a temple kingdom in Jerusalem. So I have learned that a messiah is anyone anointed by an established group and who rules as a king or assists the Jewish people. King David was also anointed and was King of Judah in ancient times.

The word messiah means to pour and if you do a search on Google then you will find that messiah is the deliverer of the Jewish nation. If you search pour then the word pour can mean 1. To prepare and serve 2. Flow rapidly in a steady stream and 3. To flow from a vessel by holding the vessel at an angle. So in my opinion, the messiah will be there to prepare and serve the Jewish people even if the messiah is a non-Jew and to establish the Kingdom of God.

Genealogy — August 12, 2017

Genealogy

Three women and the genealogy of Adam and God

In the genealogies’ of Cain and Adam, it is interesting that only three women are mentioned in the lineage and genealogies’ of the people. The three women are mentioned as two wives and one sister of the men that are mentioned. The two wives are Adah and Zillah whom were married to Lamech from the lineage of Cain. Naamah is mentioned as the sister of Tubal-Cain.

The most compelling part of the genealogies’ is that they are from two different fathers. The first genealogy mentioned is that of the LORD’s of whom Eve mothered Cain’s descendants. The second genealogy is of Adam’s lineage. Adam knew his wife again is what Genesis states to which in place of Abel, God had given her a male son of whom they called Seth.

This leads to the difference between Adam and God. Adam was called Man while God is called the LORD. If you can just think about this for a second, then if there was the serpent in the garden and the LORD God said that the man has become like one of us now, then you can either make the assumption that the man is the Serpent or the man is Adam of which the LORD God was speaking about. Most likely, the LORD God was speaking with the Serpent when LORD God said that the man has become like one of us – knowing good and bad. Hence, the knowledge that the Serpent had when he asked if God really said not to eat from the tree of good and bad. So then the LORD God must be a mix between Man and Serpent – Lol, are you with me. Hence, the LORD [serpent] God [Adam] who has a mixture between Man and Serpent. Finally, when Adam knew his wife again, it was stated that she conceived a male son with the help of God.

This brings me to Isaiah chapters 49:14 – 51:3. In those chapters, it was stated to look back to the rock that you were hewn from and to ponder upon the patriarch and matriarch, Abraham and Sarah, the father of many nations. So part of that topic would include finding out about where you originate from – from what land did your first forefather come from. Since there are misunderstandings to where Cain met his wife and where the wives came from in the genealogies’ of Adam and Cain, it might be safe to assume that there were people other than Adam that were in the world to include one that many religions don’t consider a man – the Serpent [Holy One]. Adam was taken to the garden of God in Genesis and the Serpent was also created but there is room for imagination about where the Serpent originated and whether or not the Serpent was already in the world and in other places besides the garden. So one might say to find the place that one originated in ancient times. There are differences between the two characters – Adam and Serpent.

 

לֹ֣א אִ֥ישׁ אֵל֙ וִֽיכַזֵּ֔ב וּבֶן־אָדָ֖ם וְיִתְנֶחָ֑ם הַה֤וּא אָמַר֙ וְלֹ֣א יַעֲשֶׂ֔ה וְדִבֶּ֖ר וְלֹ֥א יְקִימֶֽנָּה׃ God is not man to be capricious, Or mortal to change His mind. Would He speak and not act, Promise and not fulfill? [Numbers 23:19]

וְהָ֣אָדָ֔ם יָדַ֖ע אֶת־חַוָּ֣ה אִשְׁתּ֑וֹ וַתַּ֙הַר֙ וַתֵּ֣לֶד אֶת־קַ֔יִן וַתֹּ֕אמֶר קָנִ֥יתִי אִ֖ישׁ אֶת־יְהוָֽה׃ Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gained a male child with the help of the LORD.” [Genesis 4:1]

וַיֵּ֨דַע אָדָ֥ם עוֹד֙ אֶת־אִשְׁתּ֔וֹ וַתֵּ֣לֶד בֵּ֔ן וַתִּקְרָ֥א אֶת־שְׁמ֖וֹ שֵׁ֑ת כִּ֣י שָֽׁת־לִ֤י אֱלֹהִים֙ זֶ֣רַע אַחֵ֔ר תַּ֣חַת הֶ֔בֶל כִּ֥י הֲרָג֖וֹ קָֽיִן׃ Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, meaning, “God has provided me with another offspring in place of Abel,” for Cain had killed him. [Genesis 4:25]

Finally, Adam and the Woman were like Gods – knowing good and bad.

The Unknown Force – Is G-d out there or far from there? —

The Unknown Force – Is G-d out there or far from there?

The Unknown Force – Is G-d out there or far from there?

So I overheard a conversation the other day between some people. Well, it was as if it were right out of a science fiction or fantasy book or movie. The conversation had to do with “us” being vulnerable to an unknown force. My automatic process had me informed about an unknown force that was dominant and might be contrary to them. Really, it was like it was right out of a fantasy movie or book. Since I don’t remember the exact words that were spoken, it went something like, “We have to be aware of what is out there,” “I know, what do we do about the ‘unknown force,’” and “It is a risk.”

It was somewhat interesting that the conversation kept saying we have to or we need to. Although there was nothing spoken by me, it was interesting because you might say that G-d allowed a banding together of men and women to discuss something.

Now I once heard a Rabbi tell a story about a man who was taken to a garden. There was also a statue of a righteous man in the middle of the garden. As the man ventured away from the statue he was struck with fear and thought that he was being chased by demons. Every time that the man would come back and get closer to the statue, the Rabbi said, the man would become at ease again and not feel that he was being chased and not feel like there was an unknown presence that was near him.

I don’t know if that related to the conversation that I heard but it did make me think of that story that the Rabbi told. In real-time reality, now the United States is worrying about North Korea having and using nuclear weapons. If North Korean citizens had infiltrated the United States, what would the people do? The country makes their people go to prison labor camps, the people have starved before, and now there is the back and forth threats between President Trump and dictator Kim Jong Un about making fire and also the disarmament of nuclear weapons.

There has got to be one out there that really rules over the heavens and the earth. Based on the conversation that I heard while walking in Monterey, Ca, if there was a war between DPRK and the United States then hopefully it will turn out to be where DPRK citizens and United States citizens can assimilate and all conflicts be reasonably resolved along with the adaptation of peoples to places. Who knows? Maybe there is an unknown force that DPRK and the United States have to worry about instead of the back and forth rhetoric of disarmament and possible escalating controversies. Maybe G-d is out there.

Jeremiah 2 – The inhabitants forsake the LORD — July 17, 2017

Jeremiah 2 – The inhabitants forsake the LORD

Jeremiah 2 – The inhabitants forsake the LORD

 

The LORD strikes at the inhabitants of the land with a sound of appall. In Jeremiah 2, the LORD vents that the inhabitants of the land are forsaking the LORD and abandoning the LORD. The LORD spoke that the inhabitants were deluded and went after delusion. It is always good to seek out the LORD while the LORD might be found. Instead of the inhabitants of the land seeking to enjoy the fruits that the LORD might provide, the LORD makes the claim that the land is full of loathing and is abhorrent. G-d states to the people of the land that they go after Baalim even whilst the LORD says that there is a wickedness and that they follow what can do no good. The LORD there spoke forth that the inhabitants turned away from the LORD and the LORD was probably appalled and possibly angered by that. In essence, they “followed what can do no good” [Jeremiah 2 verse 8]. The statements put forth are statements of upsetting conditions in which the LORD makes claim and in which the LORD also places a grasp on the inhabitants. Finally, G-d makes the claim that by forsaking the LORD, the inhabitants had to handle affliction.

The LORD in Jeremiah chapter 2 is letting the inhabitants know that they have abandoned the LORD and went after delusion. Additionally, the LORD makes the statement that nobody is asking about the LORD who brought the Israelites out of Egypt. The LORD also makes the claim that the inhabitants are making the LORD’s possession abhorrent or repugnant. Finally the people were prophecying by Baal and followed “what can do no good.” G-d finally makes the claim that misfortune and affliction is from forsaking the LORD and that since there is no awe of the G-d. G-d also makes the claim that the guilt of going after the baalim is ingrained in the inhabitants but G-d also makes the claim that “none grow weary who seek her out – in her season, they’ll find her.” Oh gosh, the inhabitants are going after the baalim and G-d says so. So where is G-d when any inhabitant needs saving. The LORD speaks that even whilst inhabitants go after the baalim, when things get hectic, the inhabitants cry save please and the LORD made claim.

Covenant between God and all that is living — July 14, 2017

Covenant between God and all that is living

Genesis – God and Noah

Genesis 6 begins with the statement that the divine ones took wives from among the daughters that pleased them. In this chapter, you also have the reference to H’Nfilim [Nephilim] who appeared on earth during that time and later – they appeared on earth when the divine ones were cohabitating with those daughters of men. The Nephilim were considered heroes.

During that time, Noah found favor with God and is told to stay in the ark while the floodgates open and the creatures on earth “perish” due to the rain and flood. Noah had three sons [Shem, Ham, and Japheth] that were given the task to also stay in the ark during the flood. Noah is also given the task from God to shut all the beasts of the earth inside the ark – the creatures ranged from birds, cattle, and two of every kind that had the breath of life within them and were clean.

If you are ever in the situation where a storm comes, you are not alone. During Noah’s flood that Noah stayed in the ark for…it is stated that the rain and floodgates opened for 40 days and 40 nights. The Holy One then makes the statement that never again will the creatures of earth be destroyed through a flood nor will mankind and creatures of God be completely destroyed. God makes the covenant with Noah and all living creatures that never again will there be a flood to destroy all flesh and that God’s bow is set in the clouds as a sign to remember the covenant between God and all flesh.

Parsha Numbers 1:48 51 — May 28, 2017
Home — May 16, 2017

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Nicholas Jakubowski’s blog. I am going over Torah and Tanach, or in other words, the Bible. Let us explore the Bible here. I will start by posting from Genesis and work my way through interesting points and key points in the Bible. Here you might find scripture and the ancient, or maybe just old, form of the creation of G-d through the Bible.