***This is going to be a series about my spiritual/religious beliefs.
Part one is what I believe & some assumptions christians have made about me & my family & our faith. Future posts will go into the details of our beliefs & will include scripture.
There has been lots of drama recently with me & my husband and our former church-mates these last couple of weeks. It’s all been on Facebook but lots of people have “heard about us”. People have emailed & texted us saying that have heard about us leaving the church. My sister bumped into one of them at the supermarket. The woman asked if we’ve stopped going to church. My sister said “yes”. The woman said “Oh, we heard”. Why did she ask then? She then told my sister “You should come to church, I’m there all the time”. She’s there all the time yet had to ask if we’ve stopped going there. We were there all the time, too!
Odd thing is, we stopped going to that church 8 months ago! All of a sudden people are realizing we left? Did they somehow think we were there all this time? Were they under some sort of spell, seeing us there every week & now someone has snapped their fingers & they can see we are not actually there? It is so strange to us that they are all suddenly so concerned that we’ve left the church when they’ve had all these months to call, visit, etc to find out why we haven’t been there.
The gossip has reached friends 2500 miles away. So not only is the drama toward us, others who aren’t involved are being dragged into it, others who had NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS. I know what the scriptures state about spreading gossip, lies & slander. This situation is very ungodly. I mean…gossip. Seriously? From supposedly mature christians? This isn’t supposed to happen.
It all started because of assumptions about our spiritual beliefs. It’s been assumed that we’ve left our faith & salvation in Yeshua. It’s been assumed that we prefer to be “under the burden of the Torah” rather than the “grace & freedom of Christ”. We have never been closer to our Messiah! We have never been so free!
Here is a summary of our beliefs:
We are “Messianic”. That means we believe Yeshua (aka Jesus) is the Son of YHVH (the LORD, Adonai, God), He lived, suffered, died & resurrected so that we could have salvation. We believe that all the Scriptures – Tanakh (Old Testament) & B’rit Hadashah (New Testament) are true, valid & relevant for today. We believe that once we confess faith in YHVH & Yeshua, we are Israelites. We did not convert to Judaism, we don’t claim to be Jews & we definitely don’t claim to be Israelis. Since the Tanakh is addressed to the Israelites, it is applicable to us.
We believe that Yeshua FULFILLED the Torah. We do NOT believe that He did away with the Torah. He said so in Matthew 5:17 ~ Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete.
a·bol·ish [uh-bol-ish] verb (used with object)
to do away with; put an end to; annul; make void: to abolish slavery.
[kuhm-pleet] adjective, verb, com·pelt·ed, com·plet·ing.
1. having all parts or elements: lacking nothing; whole; entire; full:
a complete set of Mark Twain’s writings.
2. finished; ended; concluded: a complete orbit. (I like this example ~ When an orbit is complete, it doesn’t mean the object has put an end to orbiting or stopped orbiting & never has to orbit again!)
3. having all the required or customary characteristics, skills, or the like; consummate; perfect in kinder quality: a complete scholar.
thorough; entire; total; undivided, uncompromised, or unmodified: a complete victory; a complete mess.
We believe that “Christians” today are supposed to keep as many of the Torah commands as possible. Yeshua said this in Matthew 5:18-20 ~ Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened. So whoever disobeys the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Obviously, we cannot keep them all because no nation on Earth is ruled by Torah. There are no elders or judges sitting at the city gates, no Sanhedrin, no temple, etc. Yet, heaven & Earth are still here, so the commandments still stand.
I don’t feel this first part is complete but I don’t want to get too much into it on the first go. I have looooooads more to write about. I think it’s best to leave this here & get on with the next entries.
Here’s a video about gossip, lies & slander: