Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.Psalm 139:23-24 King James Version
When I was about ten years old, I recall reading how chickens evolved from dinosaurs in some publication for children telling me about “science” to help improve my reading skills. At a party I told my aunt all I knew about it which wasn’t much. She thought I was funny, but played along. My uncle with more concern over what I was reading corrected me, but he didn’t have the authority in my child’s mind that the publication I could now read did.
Today, decades later, I still have to trust authorities, but I am more skeptical realizing these authorities serve an underlying set of presuppositions. They explain observational data to support their presuppositions. That is really what “explanation” means. Given a set of presuppositions and some facts come up with some rationalization so that the presuppositions do not have to be falsified. Then try to convince others that those explanations are plausible.
If one’s presuppositions are true, there is nothing wrong with that. So one has to be careful not to throw out true presuppositions for false ones. One would be deceived in rejecting one’s original presuppositions if they were true.
For a Christian, the Bible should be the way to test one’s presuppositions and one understands the Bible through the Holy Spirit. Realizing this I am wary of any argument that attempts to undermine either the Holy Spirit or the Bible. As I’ve come to realize, they are more consistent, more coherent, and in line with more operational science than evolutionary alternatives.
So, what about those chickens that allegedly evolved from dinosaurs?
The evolutionist presupposition is that species evolved from non-living chemicals building up their genetic diversity over hundreds of millions of years. This allows them to either reject a creator God entirely or assign God a role of guiding this evolutionary story. They believe that mutations and adaptation, not creation, are the mechanisms allowing life to build up its genetic information.
The biblical creationist presupposition, based on Genesis, is that God created mature baramin. These baramin, or created kinds, can be seen as loaded with genetic diversity at the time of creation. Adaptation allows them to diversify into the various species we see today. These adaptive changes occurred within each baramin, not across baramins. In contrast to the evolutionist view, mutations drive a species to extinction by eroding away genetic information. They do not increase it.
To justify the speculation that the chicken evolved from the dinosaur, the evolutionist needs to find intermediate fossils showing creatures that look like both birds and dinosaurs. They have tried to describe some fossil data, such as Archaeopteryx, Scansoriopteryx, and Microraptor, as “feathered dinosaurs”. However, not even all evolutionists find those explanations plausible.
From a creationist perspective Jonathan Sarfati and Robert Carter remarked, “Scripture explicitly teaches that God made birds (and other air creatures) and sea creatures on Day 5 of Creation Week. He made land animals and man on Day 6. Since dinosaurs were land animals, they have a different origin from birds, and indeed came after birds. Therefore the Bible contradicts dino-to-bird evolution.” Any “feathered dinosaur” would be interpreted as a bird or a land animal, not some mixture of both.
As I see now my uncle was right. I regret I did not realize that when I was ten years old. I could try to excuse myself pointing out that I was still young, but I am tired of making excuses. Besides, it is repentance, rejection of the “wicked way”, that leads to the “way everlasting” of Psalm 139.
Weekly Bible Reading: Haggai and Zechariah
David Pawson, Haggai, Part 56, and Zechariah, Part 57, Unlocking the Bible
Bible Project, Haggai and Zechariah
Weekly Torah Readings
30 Kislev, 5782, Mikeitz: Parashat Genesis 41:1-44:17; Haftarat I Kings 3:15-4:1
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Exceptional story from your youth. If only we knew then what we know now. Thanks for the insight into the dangerous assumptions of evolution. I always learn a lot.
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I fell for those dangerous assumptions very early without realizing it. Thank you, Michael, and blessings to you.
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8th Day of חנוכה. A summation and re-write of previous editions on the subject of Hanukkah this year.
מאי חנוכה? What is Hanukkah?
Chag חנוכה celebrates the restoration of avodat HaShem within the Temple. Specifically where the Written Torah functions, so to speak, as the Menorah while the Oral Torah shines as the lights of חנוכה. The name of this Chag comes from חנוך\education. Talmud means learning. The restoration of avodat HaShem, relying solely upon the “lights” of the Oral Torah logic format to interpret the k’vanna of the Written Torah as the definition of avodat HaShem. Education quite often expressed through the logic format of משל\נמשל. The Talmud designates this Chag as the miracle of tohor Hanukkah oil by which the House of Aaron lights the lights of Hanukkah, within the Temple itself.
The Torah centers upon the eternal responsibility to rule the oath sworn land with righteous justice, not offering sacrifices in a Grand Building made of wood and stone which the Goyim can burn down and utterly abolish. What causes the anguish and sorrow of the din of g’lut upon the House of Israel? When our Courts fail to serve HaShem and the People of the brit alliance, by protecting and maintaining the Torah obligation to impose fair compensation for damages; where an Israel damages another Israel’s person, property, or goods. Restoration of the original value and worth of cattle, land, or persons – damaged through either intention or neglect, defines the Torah command: an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
Righteous justice defines the k’vanna, purpose, and intent of Israel leaving Egyptian bondage, redeemed from oppressive slavery to rule the lands of Canaan through Lateral Common Law Courts; whose “diplomacy” shines, whenever Israel disputes with Israel over damages inflicted, and the Sages achieve justice through fair Courtroom decisions. The lighting of the lights of חנוכה dedicates the loyalty of Israel to honor the oath brit acceptance of the Torah at Sinai, specifically not to assimilate to the logic formats, foreign cultures and customs of the ancient Greeks – whose Courts gave but mere lip service to achieve righteous justice, and fair compensation for damages. Based upon the interpretation of the Torah negative commandment, not to follow after the ways of Egypt or Canaan. This Torah Commandment applies to all non Cohen societies logic formats, cultures and/or customs practiced by Goyim Courtrooms – whose Justices never accepted the Torah at Sinai.
The חנוך\education dedicated by this Chag centers upon swearing 3 oath blessings on the 1st day of the Chag, and the 7 remaining days swearing 2 oath blessings. Yaacov swore to Yitzak: at the time when Yitzak blessed Yaacov as his Cohen first-born; Yaacov dedicated unto HaShem that he would command his children to this specific oath blessing avodat HaShem — swearing blessings, a Torah obligation inherited by all – O’lam Ha’bah born generations – born unto the future. Swearing blessings defines avodat HaShem, the k’vanna of dedicating korbanot upon the altar within the Mishkan\Tabernacle, this חנוך teaches the משל\נמשל learning sh’itta\technique.
Swearing blessing resembles, yet differentiates itself from reading praises from Tehillem\Psalms. The Talmud defines “understanding” as the discipline whereby persons develop the skills by which they can discern and distinguish between like and like. Swearing blessings, shares the burden of direct responsibility which swearing oaths – obligates bnai brit allies to keep and maintain peace among their personal relationship together. A man never cut an oath brit of shalom with an enemy. The consequences of swearing oaths, the Gemara of Sanhedrin learns from the false oaths sworn by the generations of Adam in the days of Noach. Tohor Hanukkah oils function as a סוד\concealed kabbala of the interpretation of doing avodat HaShem while in a tohor condition; similar to the tefillen oath brit sworn at Sh’Cem which limits doing avodat HaShem – restricted to tohor spiritual conditions.
The First Commandment of Sinai: I am HaShem who took you out of Egypt. This defining commandment defines all other Torah commandments; does Israel – judged in each and every generation – truly Moshiach themselves (translated as dedicate) to keep and do the Torah לשמה? The Torah and Talmud of the Sages defines avodat HaShem לשמה as the practice of social behavior practiced among and between bnai brit allies. How does a Jew behave toward other Jews? Does the heart within each and every Jew express tohor middot (translated as attributes) or tuma middot in their social interactions with one another?
The Written Torah, at the revelation of the Oral Torah at Horev\Sinai reveals 13 tohor middot. Rabbinic literature, especially in both Talmud Midrashim and Siddur amplifies many other rabbinic tohor middot. Torah observant Jews, they dedicate their life walk before HaShem to express tohor middot in our social interactions within and among our bnai brit allied Cohen nation. The NaCH teaches many stories wherein Israel pursued after their tuma middot that “burned” (think tuma oils) within their hearts. Murder, rape, violence, theft, oppression, slander, betrayal, greed, evil eye etc — all these tuma middot express themselves likewise through social interactions and relationships.
Tuma avoda zara employs as its signature style guilt trip methodologies. Fallen Man needs the messiah to save humanity from original sin. The long history of crude barbarism practiced by European imperialism testifies to the destructive criminal nature of permitting tuma middot; to burn tuma “oils” within the hearts of man kind.By the terms of a tohor, כרת precondition, the Torah threatens the oath alliance brit wherein HaShem swore – that the seed of the chosen Avram\Cohen would compare to the number of the stars of the Heavens. Avram who at the time of the brit sworn between the pieces – had no living children, not from Sara, the mother of Yitzak, nor from Hagar, the mother of Yishmael.
The mitzva of קידושין\kiddushin (translated as: marriage)/ learns this identical Torah obligation whereby an Israel acquires a wife, based upon the pre-condition that the Baal (translated as husband), obligates himself to educate his future born children to do and heed the נעשה ומשמע Sinai oath responsibility; this most basic of Torah obligations defines the mitzva of קידושין, that a Torah observant Israel has to educate his House. The Torah mitzva of marriage, refers to a woman acquired through קידושין by the elevated term of: בית\house. This term בית, refers to the נמשל of a man who does קידושין with a woman, and thereby actively “acquires” her nefesh O’lam Ha’Bah soul – children born in the future from such a union. Just as women have no Torah obligation to bear children, in like manner the Torah does not obligate women to interpret the Written Torah by learning the Oral Torah, commonly known as the Talmud & Midrashim.
Man has a Torah obligation to produce children. Women have no such Torah obligation. The interpretation of having children: the burden of responsibility to educate – these future born children – to keep the eternal obligation of righteous justice, the Sinai oath brit נעשה ונשמע, wherein Israel accepted the revelation of the Torah at both Sinai and Horev. נעשה – Israel accepts the opening first 2 Commandments of Sinai together with the 611 Commandments commanded by Moshe, who learned the k’vanna of the opening first two Commandments, based upon the revelation of the Oral Torah. And נשמע – that Israel would learn the halachot\rabbinic commandments based upon the exact same Oral Torah logic system which Moshe the prophet interpreted – the 611 Commandments.
The חנוך/learning\education which Moshe the prophet initiated to instruct the Torah revelation at Sinai, the rabbinic sages employ this precise/identical logic wisdom whereby the Talmud sages learn all rabbinic halachot – as codified within the Talmud. The full revelation of the Torah at Sinai and Horev, which the House of Israel originally demanded from Aaron, the Nasi of the Great Sanhedrin, during the disgrace of the Golden Calf.
What marks a Great Sanhedrin from religious codifications of Halacha, like the Rambam’s Yad HaChazakah? The Sages rely upon Oral Torah logic to derive halachot woven together with Prophetic mussar commandments. The framers and final redactors of the Talmud defined the “loom” of Talmud & Midrashim – through its warp/weft halachic\aggadita relationship. Just as halacha shares a קידושין relationship with aggadita, the union of this בית produced Talmud and Midrashim; aggadita shares a קידושין relationship with prophetic mussar.
Observance of ritual halachot, divorced from aggadita, prophet mussar p’shat – as defined through the kabbala of Rabbi Akiva’s פרדס Divine Chariot kabbalah. Contrast this tohor against the absurd tumah avoda zara mythical virgin birth story – Jesus/Hercules son of Zeus; or the Apostle Paul’s declaration wherein he invalidated the mitzva of circumcision as a Torah commandment. Avoda zara boasts that it has replaced the brit obligation to keep the commandments of Torat Moshe, the sworn oath which Israel obligated all our future born generations through the mitzva of קידושין, to keep and listen, after Moshe descended Horev, the revelation of the Oral Torah.The mitzva of lighting the Hanukkah Oral Torah lights learns from: ראש השנה ג:ח
והיה, כאשר ירים משה ידו–וגבר ישראל . . . (שמות יז:יא), וכי ידיו של משה עושות מלחמה או ידיו שוברות מלחמה: אלא כל זמן שהיו ישראל מסתכלין כלפי מעלן, ומכוונין את ליבם לאביהם שבשמיים–היו מתגברין; ואם לאו, היו נופלים. כיוצא בדבר אתה אומר “ויאמר ה’ אל משה, עשה לך שרף . . .” (במדבר כא:ח), וכי הנחש ממית ומחיה: אלא כל זמן שישראל מסתכלין כלפי מעלן, ומשעבדין את ליבם לאביהם שבשמיים–היו מתרפאין; ואם לאו, היו נימוקים. חירש שוטה וקטן, אין מוציאין את הרבים ידי חובתן. זה הכלל–כל שאינו חייב בדבר,אינו מוציא את הרבים ידי חובתן.
Upon the recapture of the Temple from the Syrian Greeks and assimilated Tzeddukim Cohonim, the sages found only enough “tohor oil” to light the menorah lights for one day. The Talmud teaches through a משל\נמשל learning technique. The נמשל of tohor Hanukkah oil, the Oral Torah. The “oil” of the Oral Torah caused the menorah of the Written Torah to burn all 8 days of the Chag. Just as the raised hand of Moshe did not fight the war with Amelek, so too the Sages forbade to use the lights of Hanukkah for any purpose other than the menorah light itself.
Prohibits declaring a public fast day on the new month, on Hanukkah and on Purim. This ruling compares to ראש השנה ג:ח. It serves to separate and sanctify the k’vanna of the Yom Tov. The Mishna compares Hanukkah to the Yom Tov of Sukkot. As a person swears blessings over the 4 species all 7 days of that Chag, so too Hanukkah. Likewise the Gemara of Shabbot, which juxtaposes lighting the lights of Hanukkah to the oils permitted to light the Shabbat lights. Just as Shabbat candles separate and sanctify Shabbot – so too the lights of Hanukkah elevates this rabbinic mitzva unto a positive time oriented commandment from the Torah. Positive time oriented commandments from the Torah require k’vanna.
Chag Hanukkah stands upon the יסוד kabbalah of מעשה בראשית. The ger tzeddek who emerges from the tohor waters of the mikveh, that person lives as a “new creation”. The morning da’avening opens with פסוקי דזמרה which learns from saying the הלל on the Yom Tov. Both this and that base themselves from the precedent established by the joy remembered and felt by our people, when we left the bondage of Egyptian slavery. The switch from slave to free person, from this great event – the Torah learns gere tzeddik\persons who convert and become Jews. The kabbalah of מעשה בראשית has the k’vanna to arouse the Will to do avodat HaShem with tremendous joy.
Both on Hanukkah and Purim, Jews sing songs and give gifts to one another. Accomplishment of avodat HaShem, feeling depths of joy, this strong precedent serves to define the purpose and k’vanna of saying the פסוקי דזמרה prior to accepting the yoke of the kingdom as expressed through the דאורייתא mitzva of kre’a shma. All Torah mitzvot serve to define the k’vanna of acceptance of the 1st two Commandment revelations at Sinai, which the kre’a shma concludes with ONE.
The mitzva to love HaShem, the k’vanna of kre’a shma, as defined through the repeated acceptance of the yoke of blessings\geulah and curses\g’lut of the Torah oath brit – include under this “Tabernacle Tent”, all the commandments, mitzvot, and halachot as ONE commandment. The whole of the Torah and Talmud function as ONE positive time oriented Commandment wherein Israel worships avodat HaShem לשמה. Herein defines how Israel obeys the first Commandment of Sinai, and its דאורייתא relationship to both Chag Hanukkah and Purim and lighting Shabbot candles.
חנוכה Third Day.
The Torah has 5 Books. בראשית, the Book of stories. The Shas Bavli replicates in resemblance the ratio of 4:1 weaving within the loom of פרדס halachah:aggaditah. The Gra taught that בראשית contains the whole of the Torah. Did he refer to Parshat בראשית or the Book of בראשית? This judge rules the latter opinion. The word בראשית holds a רמז gematria – words within words. ראש בית, ב’ ראשית, ברית אש. The Book בראשית resembles the sh’itta of stories within the Aggaditah. דרוש ופשט sanctify through קידושין, translated as marriage, the דרוש mussar of NaCH sanctified to the פשט stories told through aggaditah. This mussar פשט of the Aggaditah defines the k’vanna of all halachot learned within any given Mishna.This sh’itta of חנוך\education serves as the root of חנוכה; the expression of Rabbi Akiva’s פרדס kabbala. The warp and weft of the loom, פרדס ומעשה בראשית.
This 2nd ancient kabbala serves as the יסוד by which the Prophets taught tefilla as organized by the swear oath blessings within the Shemone Esrei. This warp\weft kabbalot, whereas פרדס gives k’vanna to all the halachot within the Shas, מעשה בראשית takes the expression as joy. Joy learned from slaves becoming free men. The kabbalah “take” of מעשה בראשית, compares to birth of the first born Cohen child. Wow such Joy.
Women enjoy a double portion, they did not participate in the disgrace of the Golden Calf. Women have a primary Torah obligation to keep and honor positive and negative commandments.
Rabbi Yechuda HaNasi teaches positive time oriented Commandments only an Torah obligation upon Men. The classic Reshonim lists of Torah commandments, and even the B’hag’s organization of the 613 Commandments, organized to include only positive and negative commandments. The Rambam’s Book of Commandments too lists Positive and negative commandments.
Both the B’hag and the Rambam include tefilla as part of the תרי”ג commandments. Tefilla requires, as do all positive time oriented commandments – k’vanna.
The warp\weft loom of פרדס opposed by מעשה בראשית weave a garment of k’vanna that through פרדס the דרוש of prophetic mussar through לשמה – טהור מידות דאורייתא ודרבנן as the פשט k’vanna of the aggaditah. The study of tohor middot affixes a middah to a specific Parshah.
The Shemone Esrei has 13 swear blessings as the revelation of the Oral Torah logic sh’iita has 13 tohor middot דאורייתא. This loom with its contrasting warp and weft kabbalah threads produces a tallit of “tzitzits” – remember all the commandments includes actively remembering the prophetic mussar commandments affixed by רמז וסוד to all the precedent halachot employed by the sages within the Talmud, that these halachic precedents – they define the parameters to understand the intent of Rabbi Yechuda’s Mishna, on par with how the Prophetic mussar defines the substance of k’vanna which elevates all the halachot unto the sanctity of positive time oriented commandments from the Torah.
The 5th day of Hanukkah
Recently a non Jew rebuked me. The reference repeatedly made by myself unto Goyim, offended him; he considered such language as racist. Comparable to the black racial reference “cracker”. The Goyim did not accept the revelation of the Torah at Sinai and Horev. This refusal makes Goyim “strangers” or hagar — strange alien people to the chosen Cohen nation. Which term of reference reflects pardon? Goy or Ha’ger.
ואיש איש מבני ישראל ומן הגר הגר בתוכם אשר יצוד ציד חיה או עוף אשר יאכל ושפך את דמו וכסהו בעפר
Hagar betrayed the dignity and modesty of Sarah our mother. My response to that rebuke: the Hebrew for goy remembers “nation”. Zionism remembers “goy”. The shabbot minchah tefilla identifies Yaacov as “goy”; the Cohen goy chosen to walk through tohor middot. during social interactions, among and between bnai brit.Goy far preferrable than tumah Hagar…
הגר הגר בתוכם? חנוכה………יום חמש בחנוכה?
Story or tale, the Torah does not limit itself to 3 physical dimensions. Both the 5th axium of Euclid’s geometry and the “scientific method” limit reality of the Gods to 3 physical diemensions – death.Moshe commands mussar to Israel on the day he passed from this earth: life or death, therefore choose life. Remember the Cohen chosen, first born. Only Israel accepted the revelation of the Torah at Sinai and Horev. Upon the יסוד of this Preamble let’s examine the opening second chapter, Mishna Shabbot and its relationship to the mitzva to light the Hanukkah lights.
מסכת שבת פרק ב
ב,א במה מדליקין, ובמה אין מדליקין: אין מדליקין לא בלכש, ולא בחוסן, ולא בכלך, ולא בפתילת האידן, ולא בפתילת המדבר, ולא בירוקה שעל פני המים. לא בזפת, ולא בשעווה, ולא בשמן קיק, ולא בשמן שריפה, ולא באליה, ולא בחלב. נחום המדי אומר, מדליקין בחלב מבושל; וחכמים אומרים, אחד מבושל ואחד שאינו מבושל, אין מדליקין בו.
Tohor or Tuma middots\attributes who struggle – think Esau and Yaacov who struggled and fought a Civil War even while growing within the womb of רבקה אמנו. HaShem chooses the first born, birth order does not determine the first born. Cohen Israel … Chosen Nation\goy. The name goy, merits respect. Not so Hagar a stranger within bnai brit society. This distinction, the sages ruled in the favor the interpretation of “Hagar” as the hidden ערב רב within us.The Prosecution, בית שמאי versus בית הלל, the Defense. Two of the Three Judges who sit as Judges on the Court. These two judges, they serve as Prosecutor and Defense, and argue the Case before the third Judge of the Court. Lateral common law courtroom, none of the 3 Justices who hear and adjudicate cases, do not receive any State paid reimbursement for their public services.
Contrast vertical courtrooms, all other courtrooms in every country in the world throughout history. Both the Judge(s) and the Prosecuting attorney, receive a paid State salary. The American revolutionary leaders organized a Rebellion against continued British rule over the American colonies. All the American colonies together united in alliance. At least till the explosion of the American Civil War. United against the injustice and corruption and evil reputation of the British Star Courts.
When King George, (remember diplomacy), he rejected the American precondition,,, to remain part of the British Empire,,, King George rejected. Taxation without Representation — how the kingdoms of Germany, one and all, prior to the American revolution, unilaterally imposed crushing, unjustifiable all by rules of law, criminal taxation – restricted only upon stateless refugee Jewish populations. Taxation without Representation offered two choices; by close comparison, when the Nazis marched Jews to death camps – they too employed the same type of torture. Life or Death – maybe this question defines the “jewish question”.
The Xtian church continually debated this “jewish question”. Late in the war, the Pope surrendered all the jews of Rome to the SS. The defense of the Pope? or The prosecution of the Pope? The Allies, refused; they rejected the need to bomb the rail lines leading to the death camps,,, throughout the entire War.
Not the place of this opinion to argue the case of the prosecution of Pope Pius. This judge argues for his Defense. Not fair to isolate this specific Pope, like the church isolated their Jewish refugee populations. Without trial the church and secular European governments condemned Jews living in Western Europe, to either flee unto Eastern Europe or live within ghetto prisons. The defense therefore argues that the din of Hagar falls upon the Allied victors of the 2nd European and Russian Civil Wars during the 20th Century.
Russia, subjugated under the feet of Stalin, fought and won that 2nd European Civil War. The 300 year Czarist regime of Autocracy lost the first European Civil War. Had Czar Nicolas not surrendered, [“Leader” de Gaulle likewise argued concerning France – despite the Vichi Nazi collaboration], Russia would have ruled all of Ottoman Turkey… comparable to French “rule” over Lebanon and Syria; and British “mandate” over Iraq, Jordan, and Israel; as designated by the secret terms of the Sykes-Picot treaty.
The post First European Civil War established – League of Nations; established by the victor Allies — compare the post 2nd European Civil War established – the United Nations. The League of Nations honored the Balfour Declaration as the basis for awarding to the British, the British Mandate unilaterally called: Palestine; land that included both Jordan and Iraq.
The British government separated Trans-Jordan from Palestine at the Jordan river. In 1950 all members except two nations – Britain and Pakistan, both refused to condemn the unilateral decision taken by the king of Jordan, to Nationalize the territories of Samaria and East Jerusalem within the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan. All other member States within the UN in 1948 condemned as illegal the nationalization of “occupied” Samaria and East Jerusalem nationalized and incorporated within the borders of the kingdom of Jordan.
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Yet the UN as a body of Nations has, especially since the Israeli victory in its 2nd War of Independence. \Europe 0 & 2, Israel 2 & 0/. Starting with UN Resolution 242, most UN member states reject the victory of Israel over the Arabs in 1967. Euopean Hager nations together with the Hager Russia empire, both demand that Israel must most certainly surrender its victory in June 1967; their final final solution.
That World Peace hinges upon forcing Israel to (first) surrender the 2nd Israeli War of Independence. דיוק \The inference learned/ the EU share an alliance with Russia to destroy and uproot the Israeli victory 1948 Independence War. Both the EU and Russian governments share the identical strategic interest — on this single issue.
This alliance, proved by the repeated UN condemnations, exposes the allies Strategic Interest hostility against the Jewish people as stands with the Independent State of Israel. These “Allies” ,,, What if a man like President Trump rejects EU and Russian hatred of an Independent Jewish nation within the Middle East. This suspicion stands not only upon the ashes of the Shoah; a leopard cannot change its spots any more that Cain can remove the mark of his curse. Over 3 years, even when proven wrong, the Democrats condemned President Trump as a Putin stooge. Slander. Character Assassination. Lies.Israeli strategic foreign policy interests? Define and know your Enemy. Subterfuge defines foreign relations. Discern between the feigned thrust and the actual attack, substance from blow up dummies. The army of Patton prior to the Normandy invasion. The Arab and Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa and also Turkey. NOT an easy choice. Israel has a long history with Persia. Should this Judge argue in favor of a Sunni tilt in Israeli priority relations? Y\N?
Should Israel hope to restore the positive relationship enjoyed with Turkey prior to the current dictator. Turkey has a Sunni majority population. For Turkey to embrace Shiite, would it not provoke, which the current dictator encountered, a coo rebellion attempt made against the continued rule of the government under his leadership?
The risks threaten disaster – applicable to both Y\N answers. The Cohen nation requires leadership. Leaders of our nation decide these issues – NOT Judges. Judges learn from the Sanhedrin. The Sanhedrin jurisdiction, limited only within the borders of the Cohen Republic of States.International issues fall outside the purview of the Justices of these lateral common law courtrooms. The determination which orders the set of priorities of strategic Israeli Foreign Policy, Judges of these Courts have absolutely no say in the matter.
Who merits the name Goy? Who demerits the name Hagar? Which of the two has a ‘””good name”””? Does ‘fear of heaven’ mean ‘baal shem tov”? This judge emphatically defines a good name by baal shem tov. Which of the two possible names applies to Y\N? A Judge writes opinions, leaders decide which opinion they choose to heed. The Torah & NaCH repeatedly tell stories of choices different leaders\kings of Yechuda and Israel made.
Clearly the Torah blesses an oath blessing that Yechuda and Israel live by proper Divine brit blessing, when the leaders of the government obey and heed the council opinions voiced or expressed by prophets. All T’NaCH prophets command mussar – the command of HaShem for ever.The Chanukkah lights shine prophetic mussar, as does the reading of the Megillah of Ester, the Shabbat candles, and all the halachot learned from the T’NaCH Shas Siddur Midrash sealed masoret. The kabbala of Torah faith does not begin on the 10th Floor of medieval Jewish mysticism – known as Cabbalah.
This sugia begins on דף כא,page 2 tractate Shabbot. The Talmud forbids benefit from the Hanukkah lights, but not the odor of the burnt oil, the fuel for the lights. Hanukkah, a time of great joy. With this introduction, commit to דרוש … learn prophetic mussar and affix this prophet mussar to both a דאורייאת middah – affixed to a specific ברכה within the 13 middle blessings within the Shemone Esrei.
The scholarship of both Aggadita and Midrashim making a דרוש back to the Torah and NaCH prophets. The mussar which these prophets command, the k’vanna פשט learned by both the Aggadic or Midrash Primary Source. This דרוש linkage, employs aggadic or midrashic stories to teach Prophetic mussar commandments.
As the precedent halachot define the legal mandate of each and and every Mishna, so too and how much more so, the defined Prophetic mussar commandments determine the k’vanna of all halachot precedents which define the scope of all Mishnaic rulings which Rabbi Yechuda’s Mishna makes. Herein defines the chariot mysticism of Rabbi Akiva, his warp: פרדס definition for the Torah sh’Baal Peh.Positive time oriented commandments “fulfilled” primarily and decisively through the dedication of defined tohor middot affixed to specific blessings within the language of the Shemone Esrei.The Siddur stands upon the “loom”, weft kabbalah recognized as מעשה בראשית. The act of new Creation stands as the יסוד of Joyfull avodat HaShem – obeying the prophetic mussar commandments of the prophets. Defining a mussar commandment requires פרדס. This and that kabbala, these opposing stands, they weave the fabric of Torah faith.
Parech אחרי מות פרק יז:א – טז, what prophetic mussar does it command? Just as the codification of the Oral Torah stands upon the יסוד which requires comparison of a legal case to precedent court ruling made prior to the current case before the Court; in like and equal manner to interpret the mussar commandment of the Torah requires learning the Torah based upon comparing the mussar commandments of a specific NaCH prophet.
This judge interprets this Parech of Torah to define the halachot: making blessings before eating a meal as equal to the obligation to make an after meal blessing, learned from the דאורייתא commandment concerning bread eaten as a meal. The Talmud opens with ברכות as the Torah starts with בראשית.
The kabbalah of learning, this discipline entails comparing the case of the Torah to a similar case or cases within the mussar of the NaCH prophets. This prophetic mussar defines the פשט of either Aggaditah or Midrashic primary sources.
What distinguishes Aggaditah scholarship from Midrashic scholarship? Aggaditah affixes prophetic mussar commandments unto a designated Mishna. Midrash affixes Midrashic stories\פשט, made affixed to a specific designated ברכה within the Shemone Esrei tefillah.
The warp\weft פרדס\מעשה בראשית kabbalot raise prophetic mussar unto Torah commandments; this discipline requires learning by way of precedents. The sh’itta of the study of both Talmud and T’NaCH literature —– one shitta. Comparable to the word One, in the opening p’suk\verse of the mitzva of kre’a shma. Hear Israel Halacha Aggaditah Tefilla – ONE. The Torah commandment to sanctify the נעשה ונשמע oath, by which Cohen Israel accepted the revelation of the Written Torah at Sinai and the Oral Torah at Horev. The יסוד commandment that unites in קידושין this and that לשמה – the 1st Commandment at Sinai. לשם טהור מידות.Both tohor and tuma middot, they shape how a person socially behaves and interacts with the allied cohen people of the Chosen first-born Republic,,, shalom or hatred, honor or disgrace, life or death. Avodat HaShem, expressed through the Torah commandment of tefilla, dedicates as holy to HaShem, through making sworn blessings, tohor middot. The defined mitzva of Moshiach/from the Torah\; tefilla calls upon HaShem to judge the God(s) worshiped by the Yatzir HaRah. Upon this brit, Yehoshua lead the invasion of Canaan. The order of Rashi tefillen, based upon the sworn oath Israel cut a brit alliance with HaShem at Gilgal. Herein defines the k’vanna of HaShem commanding Moshe to bring Israel out of Egypt.
The minor prophet עמוס ה:ד – כז compares and learns the mussar commandment ויקרא פרק יז:א – טז. The mussar commandment, failure to bless our people (A “how much more so” logical argument. If the Torah commands to bless before and after eating a meal, how much more so, a Torah obligation to bless our people before and after legal disputes and conflicts of interest).Yosef failed to bless his brothers before he died, and Israel experienced the Torah curse of g’lut; Moshe blessed the 12 Tribes of the nation before he passed from this World, and Yehoshua brought Israel and conquered Canaanite kings.This prophetic mussar affixes to the Neshama of the Rosh HaShanna judgment – the blessing:
סלח לנו אבינו כי חטאנו, מחל לנו מלכנו כי פשענו, כי אל טוב וסלח אתה. ברוך אתה ה’ חנון המרבה לסלח.
Blessing our people defines the mitzva of סלחה. As long as we eat food, Israel has the Torah obligation to bless our people. We bless our people, and even if confronted by Giants during war, Israel prevails victorious – as happened in both 1948 and 1967. HaShem separates the Cohen nation from all other Goyim through the Cohen blessing of our people. The Cohen blessing learns from the Torah obligation to bless food before and after consumption.
The spirituality of Goyim religions places a lower priority obligation of Goyim blessing Goyim, starting with the negative commandment not to curse the leaders of ones’ people. Goyim societies openly curse and despise the leaders of their people. Like did the Pelosi Democrats curse President Trump, #45. Herein defines the mussar of עמוס as the פשט of the ילקוט שמעוני midrash on this 3 sugiot making up ה:ד -כז.
Prophets command mussar. Torat Moshe commands all generations of bnai brit Israel to listen and obey prophetic mussar while living and ruling the oath sworn lands. Herein defines the k’vanna of the mitzva דאורייתא to light the Hanukkah lights. Noach cursed Ham. Therefore the Torah obligation to pursue graciousness and pardon our people – the expression of a good eye and good heart. The halachot of Hanukkah learned by the Gemara on this opening Mishna of the 2nd chapter of Shabbot, the dedication of these halachot affixed to the 3rd blessing of סלח לנו, achieve raising them to positive time oriented commandments from the Torah לשמה.
As a summation, the learning how to raise rabbinic commandments to positive time oriented commandments from the Torah. Torat Moshe compares eating meats not slaughtered in front of the altar, dedicated to HaShem, unto blood shed. Torat Moshe – eating living blood דאורייתא carries the din of כרת.Jump to the halachic commandment to make a blessing over (before and after eating) foods. Hanukkah remembers the Jewish Civil Wars fought between the P’rushim and the Tzeddukim assimilated care taker 2% fabulously rich Jews who manage the wealth of the banana republic for the benefit of the colonial over lords.After defeating the Syrian Greeks, the Hashmonaim kings broke their alliance with the P’rushim and cut an alliance with the Hagar T’zeddukim assimilated Jews. This betrayal by the Hashmonaim kings provoked a huge Civil War which defined the Hashmonaim kingdom throughout its blood shed history ruling over the Jewish people as an Independent nation. Therefore the mussar of סלח לנו teaches that to bless a pardon to our People directly compares to making blessings over foods, before and after eating – that rabbinic commandment learns from the Torah prohibition of murder and not eating blood and the mussar obligation to סלח לנו to our people.
Shabbot Chanukkah – Avodat HaShem – the duty to pardon our people expressed as the k’vanna of the 3rd Middle Blessing of the Shemone Esrei: סלח לנואבינו כי חטאנו …
[[[“””Rabbinic courts are permitted, according to Jewish law, to beat a man or imprison him, take away his driver’s license and professional license (as they are authorized to do in Israel) until he “willingly” gives his wife a Get, and this type of inducement is not deemed by Jewish law, to be “coercive.” However, if a civil court imposes an order on a husband to give his wife a Get and impliedly threatens him with jail or monetary sanction if he disobeys that order, the Get is deemed to be “coercive” and therefore invalid.”””]]]
((( https://familylawyermagazine.com/articles/jewish-divorce-and-family-law-the-ketubah-and-the-get/ ))).
An improper reading, exposing flawed Talmudic scholarship. The required דיוק learns that Rabbinic courts posses an even greater more terrible and powerful kabbalah – judicial authority. The name – כרת – defines this awesome judicial power. The decree ruling כרת defines the oath brit faith that: A) HaShem dwells within the hearts of the bnai brit chosen cohen people. B) HaShem ceases to dwell and judge between the Yatzirot — tohor vs. tuma. The letter “h” does not spell within “Yatzirot”. But does spell within tumah. Therefore by a דיוק reading: … the Yatzirot,,, tohor vs. tumah, HaShem ceases to dwell & Judge there-in the Divine court of the bnai brit heart.
This כרת situation likewise defines the relationship between non bnai brit Goyim and HaShem. Goyim have no oath brit portion in the world to come. Meaning: the Goyim have no oath brit with HaShem as their God. Therefore HaShem does not dwell within the hearts of Goyim. Neither the Bible nor Koran ever once bring the Name of HaShem. Goyim has no oath brit that their future born seed shall not go extinct. Massive empires offer no assurances that those empires shall forever rule throughout eternity.
The rabbinic decree: כרת separates the criminal convict, the case of a man who forces his wife unto the disgrace of agunah, of the Avram oath brit. By the power of a Jewish beit din, the Court possesses the power of כרת נידוי; meaning the oath brit sworn between the two Yatzirot, this brit ceases to apply to that נידוי כרת “new Goy creation”… the power of the “מעשה בראשית” kabbalah. The courts has far greater authority than just ‘”impliedly threatens him”‘. The children of this man, irregardless of the Jewish status of the mother, no longer Jewish. This נידוי כרת din, stands upon the din of mamzer. If the courts have the kabbalah of מעשה בראשית with all Gere Tzeddik. Then equally so the courts have the kabbalah of מעשה בראשית with a מחלל שם השם ברבים, a man who refuses to give his ex-wife her Get. This kabbalah learns from the כרת din of death to the man who publicly gathered sticks on shabbot in the days of Moshe the prophet. As “new creation” – this post נידוי כרת Hagar non-Jew ceases to live or exist as bnai brit, because the Court has the kabbala to place a ban of נידוי upon that רשע.
The court can therein give the agunah wife her get, because that Hagar non-Jews no longer lives as a bnai brit ally. Physical violence as the above quoted rabbinic source falsely suggests: how utterly crude and barbaric! Bnei brit — means life. HaGar non bnai brit — means death extinction of future born generations. A clear definition of intent of the language of Moshe the prophet, expressed through his Last Will and Mussar. “Therefore chose life.” Blessing/Curse. A person threatened with כרת directly judges ‘Fear of Heaven’ of not only that רשע, but all and every generation of bnai brit born unto future generations forever. Baal Shem Tov ,,, the master of the good name,,, the oath brit cut between the pieces,,, HaShem lives in the heart of all generations of oath bnai brit. Rosh HaShana – 2 Days one day long, it judges between the tohor and tumah Yatzirot within the heart of the chosen bnai brit Cohen nation\People.
Judgment day on the brit, cut between the Yatzir Ha’Rah and the Yatzir Ha’Tov,,, משל\נמשל. A binary system – similar to the 2 poles in a battery – this judgment day upon the brit. How does a person pursue “bless”? “curse”? The latter contains “cure”. Success, and still fail. Comparable to the rain falling in its season, but the rainfall occurs where it damages property rather than cause crops to grow. Fail twice,,, the din decreed upon both Germany and France in the 20th Century. England won and still lost its empire. France lost two wars, both to Germany. Thereafter France like Britain lost most of its imperialist empire; Algeria and Vietnam both expelled French domination over their people. Twice – Ageria and Vietnam combined = Twice – Germany fought major wars against France in the 20th Century. Total defeat in war defines a Torah curse.
Based upon the mussar affixed to chag chanukkah so far, the commandment not to eat blood does not limit itself only to physical blood. Blood inclusive of ‘blood rivalries’. The Parshah of מקץ, the kabbalah always affixes to chag chanukkah – the blood rivalry between the sons of Yaacov against Yosef. The oath brit commitment to bless our people with the k’vanna for giving pardon for wrongs and transgression which left unchecked could result – according to the Yatzir ha’rah — ‘hatred without cause’; contrasted by the Yatzir ha’tov — ‘hatred with cause’. T’shuva equally applies to both this and that. The t’shuva of the one, not the same as the t’shuva of the other. But mussar irregardless, rebukes both. The t’shuva dedication remembered in the evening tefillah, starkly contrasts with the t’shuva dedication remembered in the morning tefillah. The din of כרת cut the korban of t’shuvah from the trief of repentance. Bnai brit Yidden, deplore regret repentance for their “sins” only in the rabbinic וידויים declared 5 times on Yom Kippor.
Torah faith rejects the alien foreign ‘claptrap’ ערוה guilt trip: ‘the messiah saves Man from original sin’. Humanity learns from mistakes made. Impossible to bake a cake without breaking eggs. The story of Adam’s exile from the Garden teaches the negative, the brit consequences leading to g’lut. The interpretation of the Written Torah, restricted only to the logic of Oral Torah tohor middot, rejects the tumah Pauline distortion/perversion, by which the Xtian church avoda zara refers to: “the Fall of Adam from Paradise”. Torah teaches: the responsibility of spirituality, NOT history. Ancient Torah stories, totally do not depend upon actual historical persons. Prophets command mussar to all generations of bnai brit Israel. The stories of Avraham Yitzak Yaacov Moshe Aaron etc exist as Aggadic mussar… NOT History. An important and fundamental distinction between how Jewish tradition views the Scriptures,,,, opposed by how Goyim scholars view the Scriptures.
Attempts to affix real life ‘historical’ characters, these idolized – ‘Star characters & actresses’ – as told within T’NaCH aggaditah, all together misses and distorts the k’vanna of Aggadic mussar education. The ratio of Aggadita to Halacha does share a close duality resemblance between Torah literature and Talmudic literature. The similarity, this key ratio – serves as a strong proof that the framers of the Oral Torah\Talmud Bavli codification – that Rav Ashi and Rav Ravina (the compilers and closing editors of the Shas Bavli), that their Aggadic:Halachic ratio closely followed the precedent set by the earlier Torah pattern; the relative value relationship between key Torah ‘story characters’ contrasted by ‘law’.
The avoda zarah church confused Torah commandments with law. Another basic and fundamental error made by ignorant foreign strangers who dolled themselves up into priestly attire to perpetuate their ruse of complete and total ignorance of Torah brit faith.
Oral Torah logic specializes by making Case\Study Comparisons; all Talmudic law stands upon this wisdom-skill. The knowledge how to compare a specific case, currently heard before a Court, to earlier similar – precedent cases – (Judicial legal rulings as “law”, stands separate from the 611 commandments whereby Moshe the prophet first taught how to interpret the Written Torah’s opening first 2 Commandments of the Sinai revelation), wherein other courtrooms made halachic rulings. This same sh’itta\style of learning equally employed in the Oral Torah logic format’s interpretation of all NaCH prophetic mussar, learned and interpreted based upon other Primary source precedents. Herein explains the unique “sugia” organization of all the Torah together with the Books of the prophets.
The foreign biblical translators uprooted and obliterated with their introduction of Chapters and verses, the bnai brit Jewish framers and editors of these T’NaCH sources by which bnai brit Jewish culture and customs organized the Books of the T’NaCH into defined sugiot, based upon Oral Tradition kabbalah! A classic failure of alien Goyim attempts to organize the T’NaCH into their own image, German Protestant higher criticism developed in the late 19th Century and collapsed early in the 20th Century. These Goyim biblical ‘scholars’ attempted to view the T’NaCH literature divorced from all living Jewish peoples’ culture, customs, and traditions; they knew nothing concerning Oral Torah logic. These German Protestant higher critics resemble the scholarship made by Paleontologists. Who compare fossils to find clues about early organisms and how they lived. Extinct dinosaurs leave no living culture, customs, and traditions.
Biblical scholarship made by foreign Xtian Goyim, as a rule totally ignores and discounts Jewish scholarship made through the Talmud and Midrashim: the defining culture, customs, and traditions by which the Jewish rabbinic scholars learned and interpreted the T’NaCH Primary sources. The 1st objective rule of T’NaCH scholarship, never divorce the Jewish people from the T’NaCH Primary sources. The exact error which defines virtually all church replacement theology, their “new Israel”, combined with their feeble, insincere, shallow, reactionary, efforts to learn ‘their Bible’.
Have personally met Goyim who thought that ‘their Bible’ — originally written in English. Xtians have no idea of the Torah definition for the term brit – defined as an oath alliance לשמה; or tohor and tuma as something other than clean and unclean. Xtians have no idea that the mitzva of kre’a shma defines the meaning of the word ‘love’; love accepts responsibility for ones’ actions; ones’ actions includes the actions made by all bnai brit family members. Love goes hand in glove with Justice. Xtians replace the name of Jesus with the 1st Commandment of the Torah revelation at Sinai; the commandment to keep and obey the Commandments לשמה; which means: in the Name of T’NaCH, Talmud, and Midrashic defined tohor middot, expressed through the Siddur.
The dedication of these defined tohor middot unto HaShem accomplished through the specific דאורייתא mitzva, known as tefilla; the Torah compares the commandment to dedicate korbanot sacrifices upon the altar at Zion to tefillah. This משל\נמשל comparison teaches a strong mussar education, how a bnai brit person da’avens to HaShem with k’vanna.
Rather, Xtianity exalts in the salvation messiah Jesus reached. There “Saved theology”, dogmatism declares that the resurrection of Jesus saves man from both Sin and Death. Saved Mankind has no need to accept upon themselves the obligation of Torah spirituality, whose mussar commands the bnai brit Cohen nation to mature and develop tohor middot. The defined avodat HaShem spirituality, wherein the Torah commands all generations of the chosen Cohen nation; all generations to adhere and honor the oath sworn Sinai brit of נעשה ונשמע. To cause these tohor middot to rule over equally powerful and influential tuma middot — this Torah definition of Love of HaShem, Xtianity replaced with the ‘for God so loved the world’ narishkeit.
New Testament replacement theology prioritizes the cruel, not just, torture, court corruption which includes bribary, & the physical resurrection of Jesus from the dead – Greek mythology. The church rejects the oath brit, sworn between the two Yatzirot. Whereby HaShem and Avram cut a “resurrection of the dead” brit, upon the collateral security ASSET of the continued living seed of Avram, being like the stars in the heavens in multitude, living throughout all future born generations – called O’lam Ha’Bah; with HaShem living inside the hearts of all generations of bnai brit and eternally judging between tohor and tuma middot, expressed by the two opposing Yatzirot within the heart. Hence the German Protestant higher criticism made a study of T’NaCH sources comparable to how paleontologist study fossils; higher criticism viewed the T’NaCH literature as representative of a dead, extinct civilization. The Nazis stole and collected Jewish memorabilia, organized in their museums, to remember the extinct Jewish inferior race.
The פרק of Parshah מקץ opens on מא:א and does not conclude till מז:לא, a huge chapter within the Torah. For talmidim who strive to learn the Torah לשמה, this huge chapter which does not conclude till the after beginning the Parshah of ויחי, the closing Parshah of the Book of בראשית, (How a person organizes literature, shapes and impacts how later scholars learn and interpret the intent of that literature – based upon how the framers arranged the order of its chapters), this huge chapter never once brings the Name of HaShem. This huge chapter tells the Aggadic story of Yosef and his brothers. The Talmud learns that Yosef failed to pardon/give מחילה to his brothers. Yosef contrasts with both Yaacov and Moshe the prophet, he did not bless the house of Israel before he passed. Yaacov and Moshe closed the Books of בראשית ודברים, with blessing which give pardon to the 12 Tribes sons of Yaacov.
This din upon the Neshama serves as a strong Torah precedent to define the Rosh HaShana Yom Ha’Din upon the brit between the two Yatzirot. The dedication of the tohor middah, possessing the Divine Name אל; learned לשמה, defines Shabbot Chanukkah as a mitzva דאורייתא: the Torah spirituality and faith by which a Jew commits within the 3rd Middle Blessing within the Shemone Esrei tefilla to pardon and forgive his family, house, and people. No false messiah can pardon others. All generations of bnai brit have a Torah obligation to accept this yoke of Heaven upon themselves: Hear Israel HaShem our Judge HaShem – ONE [faith] (which equally obligates all generations of bnai brit who currently live in O’lam Ha’Bah).
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Blessings to you on this 8th day of Hanukkah! Thank you for expressing your position in such detail.
It occurred to me that the mamserim and their mothers who could not obtain a Get (certificate of divorce) from their husbands could become Christians. They would be welcome if they are willing.
I agree with you that “German Protestant higher criticism” is “comparable to how paleontologist study fossils”. I don’t trust this “higher criticism”. However, I do take the events (the aggadah) recorded in the Torah to be historical. As a biblical creationist, I view the six days of creation in Genesis 1 as six 24-hour days. I accept the Noach Flood as an historical global flood. I see evidence for this occurring only a few thousand years ago in line with biblical genealogy (toledot). I accept the dispersion HaShem initiated at Babel. My position is that Moshe was a real human being who wrote the majority of what is in the Torah. I do not accept the JEDP/documentary hypothesis. This is one place where I disagree with that “higher criticism”.
Except for your view of Jesus, I agree with you about “replacement theology”. Regarding Jesus, He physically rose from the dead. He is alive. He is HaShem. I reject replacement theology. I agree with David Pawson as he presents the three main Christian positions on Israel at the beginning of his lecture on Malachi. His view is based on Paul’s epistle, Romans 11. I have linked to Pawson’s lecture below.
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Cool. A summation of you brief: you believe Jesus to be the Name in the first commandment of Sinai. Jesus did not take Israel out of Egypt.
See John 8:48-59 for a similar question asked Jesus. At John 8:58 we read His answer: Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%208:48-59&version=ESV
I hold to a trinitarian view of HaShem: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Son. He did not begin to be when He was born as a man in Bethlehem.
Famous theology. All belief system creeds and theology = avoda zara. Torah commands mussar, it does not tell people what they should believe.
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Jesus did not take Israel out of Egypt.
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Regarding the aggadah (the stories rather than the law) from the Torah. Do you believe they actually happened? I think you mentioned that these events were not historical, but perhaps I misunderstood you.
I do believe they actually happened.
As an atheist praise HaShem, who am i that my personal beliefs matter squat?! All belief ego “I believe” theology = tumah avoda zarah. Aggaditah teaches mussar. Mussar has no historical meaning. Previous generations, while they lived, could learn mussar. Once a person dies, just as that person cannot do Torah mitzvot so too that person cannot “live” mussar instruction which causes the tohor Yatzir to prevail over the tumah Yatzir within the heart.
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In my experience, atheists do not praise HaShem. However, they may pretend to praise satanic idols to mock theists. As naturalists, atheists generally do not believe in a supernatural.
Mussar, while valuable, sounds much like an Aristotelian virtue ethics or New Age spiritual practices.
How would you distinguish mussar from these other virtue ethics without a belief in HaShem? Or perhaps you feel these other ethical practices (Aristotelian, New Age, Hindu or Buddhist) are just as good as mussar? What makes mussar stand out if not belief in HaShem? How do we even know the virtue ethics of mussar are to be trusted as worth doing?
The Romans referred to Jews as atheists. Torah faith stands upon the foundation of Oral Torah logic. Logic shares nothing with personal beliefs held on any subject. A person who does not inject any personal belief on the Gods … that’s an atheist. For a Jew, like myself, who understands the faith of the Torah as reliance strictly and only upon the Oral Torah logic revelation, not believing in God(s), this makes me an atheist praise G-d.
HaShem does not depend upon what I personally believe or not believe. My people swore multiple oath britot in the Name of HaShem. The Name of HaShem, never once brought in any Xtian biblical translation!!
You confuse Goyim atheism with Torah Jewish observance which strives to sanctify the commandments as an act of justice among and between my bnai brit allied people.
Brit does not mean “covenant”. To cut a brit requires swearing a Torah oath. To swear a Torah oath requires making an oath in the Name of HaShem and specified & defined tohor middot.
Mussar shares nothing with ancient Greek philosophy. LOL that’s truly humorous that you could even compare the two. Studied Greek logic, Aristotelian logic in a course as a student at Texas A&M. This logic format relies upon mathematics. Oral Torah logic does not rely upon mathematics, by which it compares precedents and Case\law studies. Mitzvot learn from other mitzvot comparable to metal sharpens metal.
Mussar learns tohor middot. Other philosophies of ethics never once addresses the dedication of tohor middot as expressed through the mitzva דאורייתא commandment of tefillah.
New Age, Hindu, Buddhist etc etc etc none of these perspectives ever once addresses prophetic mussar, which defines all the Books of the Prophets within the T’NaCH literature.
Mussar stands out because it defines the mitzva דאורייתא of t’shuva. The New Testament never once addresses this fundamental Torah commandment. Not once. Mussar commands a rebuke heard not from the human ear but rather within the human heart. The human heart houses the Two Yatzirot. This Oral Torah interpretation stands upon the משל\נמשל learning technique — which defines the interpretation of the oath brit sworn between the pieces. Between what pieces? משל animals cut into 2 separate halves. נמשל the Yatzir Ha’Tov as opposed by the Yatzir Ha’Rah.
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You write the following: For a Jew, like myself, who understands the faith of the Torah as reliance strictly and only upon the Oral Torah logic revelation, not believing in God(s), this makes me an atheist praise G-d.
Does the G-d you praise exist? Is G-d real? If you say, yes, then you believe. If you do not say, yes, why bother with mussar?
You also write the following, Mussar stands out because it defines the mitzva דאורייתא of t’shuva. The New Testament never once addresses this fundamental Torah commandment. Not once.
I understand t’shuva as a return and repentance. See https://www.learnreligions.com/what-is-teshuvah-2076801. This command of repentance runs throughout the New Testament. Indeed, Jesus and John the Baptist preached it in Matthew 3:2, Matthew 4:17 and Mark 1:15. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%203%3A2%2CMatthew%204%3A17%2CMark%201%3A15&version=ESV
The revelation of the 1st Commandment of Sinai, Israel did not behave like the splitting of the Sea of Reeds – neither share anything with Jesus son of Zeus. Jesus as God violates the 2nd commandment of Sinai.
Is G-d real? That question I can not answer. Comparable to asking an ant or creepy crawly bug — if human beings – real. Mussar all Torah prophets command. Mussar defines prophesy.
Non Jews do not validate the Yatzir Ha’Tov contrasted by the Yatzir Ha’Rah… Tohor middot opposed by tumah middot. Therefore non Jews simply cannot comprehend, much less grasp the Torah commandment of t’shuvah.
Did Cain “repent” for his sin? The question, utterly absurd. Therefore repentance share nothing in common with t’shuvah; any more than the properties of water compare to the properties of oil.
Repentance sorrow and grief for sin — that’s the MO of the New Testament. But repentance does not mean t’shuvah.
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Since you can’t answer the question whether G-d is real, why should I accept any of your assertions about mussar or t’shuvah? You will need to back up your assertions with references.
Regarding repentance in the New Testament, I see Matthew 3:2 where “repent” is spoken by John the Baptist and is translated into modern Hebrew as בִּתְשׁוּבָה . See https://haktuvim.co.il/en/study/Matt.3 for the translations I am using.
In Matthew 4:17 Jesus uses the same word translated into modern Hebrew also as teshuvah. See https://haktuvim.co.il/en/study/Matt.4 for the translations.
Repentance in the New Testament is a common theme. After doing a quick internet search here is a site that has compiled a list of verses on repentance: https://www.cwgministries.org/repent-and-repentance-all-new-testament-verses
Of course I do not know the answer to your question. The Gods totally above my pay grade. LOL. Mussar and\or t’shuvah defines the human heart. The Gods I do not know.
ברית is translated as covenant. A lot of bad translations in the world.
Yes, ברית is translated as “covenant”. It is 1285 in Strong’s Concordance: https://biblehub.com/hebrew/1285.htm
What would you have it be translated as?
No. Sorry. ברית means alliance. How does a person, according to the Torah “cut a brit”? LOL.
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The false translation of “covenant” does not require that a “believer” as the basic question: How does the Torah command to “cut a brit””? An unprofessional scholar relies strictly and solely upon translations. Sloppy Xtian scholarship throughout the ages ignored the scholarship of the Talmud, Midrashim, and Siddur — BIG mistake.
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For example: sloppy Xtian scholarship never asked: ‘from what mitzva from the Torah does the Torah itself define the word “love”? This foreign alien avodah zarah religion turned to the Greeks to define New Testament words. Love defined by sloppy Xtian scholarship means “agape”. LOL To what does this sloppy stupidity compare? To turning to a 20th Century dictionary like the Strong Concordance to define key Torah terms. LOL HaHaHaHaHaHa that’s really funny.
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What makes the term ברית so totally important in order to understand the Torah? The first word of the Torah בראשית contains the language ברית אש. The 2nd Parshah of בראשית\Genesis: Parshat Noach. The Oral Torah as codified within the tractate of Sanhedrin asks a fundamental question: “What caused the floods in the days of Noach”? The answer given to that question in Tractate Sanhedrin: “False oaths”.
The 10 commandment codification made by the editors of the Written Torah, includes the commandment not to swear falls oaths. What caused the destruction of 10 generations of Adam, besides the decree that violation of the Commandment of HaShem leads to death. Adam did not die after he ate the fruit. 10 Generations of Adam … his soul … died in one day with the floods in the days of Noach.
The Torah compares the din of a mamzer\bastard to the 10 generations of Adam that died as one man in the days of Noach. Therefore both cutting a brit, and the mitzva of קידושין, translated as marriage, share a common denominator. Cutting a Torah brit and marriage of a woman … both entail swearing a Torah oath in front of Kosher witnesses.
Sloppy Xtian scholarship, defines complete total ignorance on the subject of the Torah; and tumah arrogance which presumes Creeds and Dogmas which Goyim Xtians “believe”, trumps the revelation of the Oral Torah which HaShem revealed to Moshe the prophet at Horev, 40 days after the Golden Calf, wherein Israel declared: Moshe no longer lives, who will reveal the rest of the Torah? The revelation of the Oral Torah HaShem permits all generations of the chosen Cohen People of Israel to interpret the Framer(s) of this Written Torah revelation.
Not clever. The church for over 2000 years has denied the revelation of the Oral Torah logic system. LOL the church with their I believe Creeds and Dogma presumes that such utter Egotistic non sense take precedent and priority over the Oral Torah revelation which HaShem personally revealed to the Prophet Moshe.
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Howdy Frank, yes if you accept my logical argument then your belief bubble in the noise testament gets burst. Nothing personal, but we Jews for over 2000 years have denounced Jesus as a false messiah. Why do you think the Nazis, who based their genocide attempt upon Xtian precedents, sought to exterminate the Jews? The church imprisoned Jews without trial into ghettos for some 300 years. Why did the church annually sponsor blood libels that Jews murdered Xtian babies to use that baby blood to make Pesach matzah? The church sought to separate Jews from Goyim who believed the noise testament lies.
Jews and Romans fought 2 wars. Some unknown Roman wrote the Gospels. Just as the Apostle Paul served as an Agent Provocateur sent to promote Civil War within Roman society … with Jesus king of the Jews, son of God, monotheistic propaganda — had the identical agenda to promote Civil War among and between Romans. Why did the Caesars favor feeding Xtians to the lions? Those Jewish Roman wars – incredibly bitter and vicious – over half of all Jews living in Judea died fighting those 2 wars. The Romans expelled the defeated Jews from Judea and renamed both Jerusalem and gave the name Palestine unto Judea!!!
Xtians read the noise new testament at face value. Never do they question a hidden Jewish agenda aimed to promote Civil War among Polytheistic Romans against Monotheistic Romans. You have heard, am sure of it, “don’t mix politics and religion together”. The propaganda known as the new testament, opening\starting with the letters of Paul, followed by the Gospels, not the reverse order of their authored penmanship on a linear time scale, originally written in Greek and not Hebrew or Aramaic. The target audience aimed towards non Jewish populations. When Paul preached in Damascus that brit melah no longer existed as a Torah commandment, how do you think this idea,,, Jews received in Judea and Damascus? About and similar to Paul preaching in Rome that Jesus was the King of the Jews and Son of God. How do you think Caesar received that rhetoric propaganda? Hmmm o yeh Caesar fed Xtians in mass numbers to the lions.
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As a post Shoah Israeli Jew living in the Jewish State, Xtianity now stands in exile waiting for the 2nd coming of Jesus son of Zeus. For over 2000 years the church preached to Goyim that Jews – hated by God, guilty of Deicide … Christ killers! Jews cursed a people for ever wondering as stateless exiles across the face of the earth. Well in 1948 and again in 1967 Jews fought and won 2 Independence Wars and govern the lands of Judea once again, think resurrection from the dead — 3 years after the Xtian Europeans murdered 75% of all European Jewry in less than 4 years.
Israeli Foreign Policy in my mind seeks to establish and make the countries of Egypt and North Africa the main trading partners of the Jewish state NOT Europe as the main trading partners of the Jewish state. Building a North African trade route actively entails that Jews cause a massive weather shift in the Sinai and Sahara deserts. Hence the objective of digging a wide deep canal joining the Sea with the Dead Sea. All down hill, the Dead Sea the lowest place on the planet Earth, some 400 meters below Sea Level.
Damned Water that goes down hill, would generate electricity. That electricity used to do electrolysis – turning water into hydrogen and oxygen gases – and shooting these two gases up into the atmosphere. The objective: to turn the Sinai and Sahara deserts into rain forests\climate change. Ever read the book Dune? A desert based civilization. What happens to that civilization if rain changed the environment of desert life. Now apply this to the Arab civilizations in the Middle East!!! A radical change in the environment would favor an equal radical change in Arab and Muslim societies across the Middle East and North Africa.
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Shabbot shalom 🙂
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I don’t accept your “logical argument”, mosckerr.
You are reiterating (that is, you are using circular reasoning to promote) your rejection of Jesus as your Messiah. Since I don’t accept your presuppositions about Jesus, you do not derive any logical conclusion I need to worry about.
You do realize, I hope, that you have to argue from my presuppositions, what I accept as true, if you want me to take your argument seriously. From my perspective your arguments are vacuous.
On a side note, I suspect much of the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew and then translated into Greek. This goes against your view of what happened in the 1st century AD.
Your mention of genocide reminds me of a question you haven’t answered: What is your view of abortion? Do you tolerate it in any way? You should be aware if you try in any way to justify abortion, I will challenge you as being a hypocrite about “genocide”.
The reason I think you might support abortion is I perceive your “mussar” practices to be self-help humanism hiding behind Jewish tradition and spirituality since you are afraid to acknowledge the reality of God.
Here are abortion statistics for Israel: https://www.johnstonsarchive.net/policy/abortion/ab-israel.html
I consider legal abortion to be “systematic slaughter” which you have complained about in another comment.
Strong’s Concordance an excellent example of sloppy Xtian scholarship on the T’NaCH.
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The ratio of aggadita to halacha compares to the similar ratio of aggaditah and Torah commandments in the Torah. Aggaditah teaches mussar NOT history.
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In defense of church arrogance and complete total stupidity, their Bible translations never once shows respect to the 1st Commandment of Sinai, the revelation of the Name of HaShem. So it only makes sense that these silly fools would mis-translate brit – which requires swearing an oath with knowledge how to pronounce the Name of the living Spirit by which HaShem breathed life into clay and transformed adama\clay into Adam the man. Translations — not varsity level scholarship.
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Had the Church not repeatedly burned the Talmud, like as occurred, just one example, in 1242 in Paris France, 60 years, or there about, before that vile king expelled all Jews living in France. The destruction of the Jewish community of France caused the excellent scholarship of Rashi\Tosafot (grand children of Rashi, about 60 1st rate scholars over a 300 year period) to cease. Wow the criminal church — never did any European court in Xtian Europe ever try the Church for War Crimes committed against humanity! Xtians in all that time rejoiced that Jesus had saved them from sin and death. The Shoah stands upon the tumah of the Church. Over the last 2000 years or more criminal abominations: slander, violence, oppression, taxation without representation, the decree of ghetto imprisonment without trail. The refusal to permit Jews to confront their accusers! Those crimes do not just go away. They condemn Xtianity for their eternity following their creed belief of resurrection from the dead.
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Justice Justice pursue, defines Torah faith in this world and in the world to come.
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ooooooops sorry 200 year period.
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Our presuppositions differ. Given that Jesus rose from the dead, I see no good reason to give up my position.
I am curious, however, how you view the six days of creation. Do you see these as 24-hour days or not?
The kabbalah known as מעשה בראשית serves as the יסוד\foundation upon which stands the Jewish siddur. The 6 days of Chol, contrasted by Shabbot – this משל teaches the mussar נמשל of the 6 Yom Tov plus Shabbot. Each Yom Tov has a Divine Name whereby the chosen Cohen nation dedicates a face of the bnai brit soul, holy to HaShem. Nefesh, Ruach, NeShamah, Chiyyeh, Yechida, Nefesh Klalli … Ya, Ha’El, El, Elohim, El Shaddai, Eish Ha’Elohim. The menorah has 3 branches on this side and 3 branches on the other side of the central trunk/shabbot. The Divine Name of the soul dedicated most holy to HaShem on Shabbot … Shalom.
The 6 days of Chol compare to the 6 Yom Tov, their Divine Name unique to each and every Yom Tov affixed as the dedication of the k’vannah within the heart of tefillah, made on a daily basis.
Torah does not teach history. How HaShem created the Universe … I do not know. The Creation story instructs a living mussar. This mussar instruct Yidden how to da’aven within their hearts.
The 6 Yom Tov compare to the משל of the rear sights of a rifle. Each and every shabbot compares to the משל of the front moving fixed sight of a rifle. Align the two together permits a person to target “depth”. All of Talmudic and T’NaCH scholarship obeys this exact sh’itta\style.
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I think you are mistaken when you write, “Torah does not teach history”. Genesis, for example, is not poetry. Here is one argument for that: https://creation.com/media-center/podcast/is-genesis-history-or-poetry
Although what you say about the six common days (Chol) is interesting, I think you are missing an important dimension of the Torah by not seeing it as historically accurate narrative.
However, I understand why you likely do not want to take it as true historical narrative. The cultural success of evolutionary thinking has been powerful over the past two centuries. Many Christians also prefer to view it as metaphor or mythology. For example, see William Lane Craig’s recent book on the historical Adam.
That evolutionary thinking is mistaken. For evidence that such thinking is mistaken see the Answers In Genesis (https://answersingenesis.org/), Institute of Creation Research (https://www.icr.org/) or the Creation Ministries International (https://creation.com/) sites. Just enter your questions in their search boxes for specific answers.
Torah commands mussar. Mussar has nothing, no common ground with so called events of bye gone days past. This understanding of prophesy, all Torah prophets command mussar, this represents how the Oral Torah interprets the Written Torah. The Talmud stands upon Oral Torah logic.
None Jews who do not know, even deny the existence of the Oral Torah logic system, they must rely upon alien foreign logic formats wherein they attempt to interpret the Written Torah. The lights of Hanukkah for ever shine unto the dedication of Israel to interpret the intent of the language of the Written Torah by relying only upon the revelation of the Oral Torah which Moshe the prophet first heard at Horev. No other logic format permitted to interpret the Written Torah.
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This total reliance upon the Oral Torah logic format defines Jewish faith. So no, when non Jews who never accepted the revelation of the Torah at Sinai declare their rejection of the Oral Torah … this none Jewish rejection compares to water rolling off the back of a duck.
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It seems we both reject something.
You reject Jesus while I reject (or rather find irrelevant) the Oral Torah without Jesus now that Jesus the Messiah has come.
LOL now that circular argument made me laugh. Messiah based upon the anointing of David ,,, only a rabbinic commandment. Where from the Torah does the commandment of Moshiach דאורייתא learn?
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That’s the funny thing about Xtianity. That false religion has no rational logical basis by which it “believes” that Jesus was a Jewish messiah. Never has any church theologian or authority ever attempted to rationally explain the Moshiach commandment from Torat Moshe. This failure proves definitively the falsity of Xtianity.
As I’ve mentioned before you and I have different worldviews containing different presuppositions. All of our arguments, including yours, are circular when worldview presuppositions are involved.
If you want to show that I am irrational you will have to do so from within my worldview – not your worldview. I don’t accept your worldview. Your presuppositions are not my presuppositions.
I have tried to show an inconsistency within your worldview. That was the motivation for my questions.
You claimed to be following some “instructions”, some “mussar” from the oral Torah, based upon some deity whom you call “G-d”. However, you do not have the courage to assert this G-d is real.
This is my argument against the consistency of your worldview: If Yahweh is not real, your oral Torah logic system from which mussar is derived has no justification.
Now that’s really interesting. Please tell me exactly how the logic presented to you by my person follows in a circular pattern. 2 points equals a straight line. That line could exist or function as a radius. But you need to connect the dots to at least 2 connected points.
No you do not seem “irrational” to me what so ever. I like how you attempt to argue your case. Am smiling as we communicate together.
What inconsistency do you perceive in this “world view” rhetorical term. Personally this rhetoric “world view”, do not understand to what it refers to.
4 basic goals: (1) Establish the Torah as the Written Constitution of the Cohen Republic of States. (2) Establish the Federal Sanhedrin Court common law lateral courts as the basis of משנה תורה\returning the din\legislative review. (3) Connect a deep canal joining the Mediterranean Sea with the Salt Sea. (4) Have the Central Government accept the responsibility to supply first time married couples in Israel a house, as their קידושין wedding present from the State.
Yahweh … Aaron translated the Name unto אלהים. Both Yahweh and אלהים – words. The Golden Calf, at the revelation of the Torah at Sinai and Horev defines avodah zarah\2nd Commandment. The Name of HaShem — not a word.
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Yidden stand upon the oath brit faith. Just as a person does not “believe” that a heavy stone just fell upon his foot immediately after that stone just broke bone in that wounded foot, so too bnai brit Yidden do not belief in the Gods.
Am sorry but simply cannot enter your belief based world view.
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Oral Torah logic does not work on “presuppositions” – wrong logic format. Oral Torah logic compares middot combinations, something like letters in the alphabet form words to create ideas.
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Contrast Xmas with real Jewish tradition. Jewish Traditions,,, totally alien to Xtians. Proof that Jesus son of Zeus, and the religion which he spawned – have no (zero) Jewish roots. Honestly if Xtianity exists as a limb grafted onto the Jewish tree of life. And yet the fruits (by their fruits you shall know them) produced by Xtianity resulted in the systematic slaughter of 75% of European Jewry in less than 4 years. Clearly this grafted branch produces totally different fruits than does the original donor Tree!
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Many people are Christian in name only. I suspect the same is true of Jewish people.
Regarding “systematic slaughter”, do you approve of abortion? Is abortion legal in Israel?
The discovery of dinosaur bones totally undermines the creation of the world in 6 days Xtian attempt to explain the Bible as history. The discovery of dinosaur bones does not offend rabbinic scholarship of the Torah. Midrash teaches that HaShem created and destroyed many worlds prior to the Creation of Man. Rabbinic scholarship which places the 1st Book of the Torah into the category of “Aggaditah”, learns that all T’NaCH prophets command mussar — Torah does not teach physical history. Utterly irrelevent if Abraham Yitzak Yaacov Yosef and Moshe exist only as Aggadic stories. The church by sharp contrast views these men together with Jesus son of Zeus as historical physical personalities. A stark and fundamental distinction between rabbinic Judaism vs. Xtian Creeds and dogmatism.
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The discovery of soft tissue in dinosaur bones undermines the long age of the earth. It is however consistent with a global flood as reported in Genesis.
Calvin Smith provides more information on this at https://creation.com/dinosaur-soft-tissue . You can find additional information on this, as well as other questions you might have, by searching the articles on Creation Ministries International (https://creation.com/) or Answers In Genesis (https://answersingenesis.org/).
Birds evolved from dinosars.
Here is an article for you to consider: https://creation.com/dino-dna-bone-cells
There should be no DNA in these fossils if the deep time ages for these fossils are correct.
The article you cited has the following: “They found three amino acid sequences that precisely matched those of modern chickens.“. However, the fact that some amino acid sequences agree does not mean birds evolved from dinosaurs any more than dinosaurs were birds. What it most likely shows is that they were made by the same Creator.
I read about dinosaurs in 1st grade, good pictures. More than that – I do not know.
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The absence of intermediate fossils in the fossil records is a huge hole in the “science” of evolution. They can’t get around that one, Frank, and should be a red flag for anyone who thinks there really is “evidence” for evolution.
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The absence of those intermediate fossils should be a red flag. I don’t see why evolution is found credible at all today. Thank you, Dora!
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Science presents things our senses experience, faith operates outside of our senses. We each have a decision to make.
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We do have decisions to make. Thank you, Cassa!
I wrote a comment and it did not get posted. I will just say faith for me is much easier than fact. It saves the work.
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Good point. I think that is where my uncle was coming from. He at least saw the inconsistency with what I and our families believed and what I was saying about those chickens and dinosaurs. Thank you, Mary!
I’m going to share this in our next Presup Round up!
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Great blog piece, Frank! You’re right on the money here. As a side note, I’ve noticed that some shows touting evolution actually use the word “designed” in their dialogue. If it’s random, how can it be designed? Hmmmm . . .
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Good point. If evolution (without God) is how it all got started it can’t be “designed”. Thank you, Mark!
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