"Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with God. Speak with familiarity and confidence as to your dearest and most loving friend. Speak of your life, your plans, your troubles, your joys, your fears. In return, God will speak to you—not that you will hear audible words in your ears, but words that you will clearly understand in your heart."
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I was reading last night, about God allowing suffering and being seemingly absent… and we are actually not alone in our confusion and feeling lost, because even Jesus felt the same way. His symptoms before meeting his fate on the cross resembled those of someone going into shock, and his disciples…
"There are pieces of my testimony that I hate; that I might wish to rewrite. But even in my failure, God has written my life with his divine grace. Perhaps this struggle more than any other has made me more like Christ by forcing me to bank on his resume instead of my own."
Lately, I have been longing to live an Orthodox life. It seems so wonderful. When I think about it, I get so excited about being a mom and being a wife. Yes, I know that’s not all there is to an Orthodox life, but I’d say it’s important factor (right?) But there are also so so many things that…
I’m so attracted to the life of Orthodox Judaism. The culture seems so rich, the dedication to God so beautiful.. I enjoy reading Jewish thought.
I am a young black lady and a Jesus follower though. I appreciate His heritage and I also appreciate Judaism as it is. I believe you can be a Jew and a Christian, but too many people believe otherwise. : ( 3
I’d like the idea of being orthodox Jewish Jesus believer. Not to be confused with anyone’s idea of one way being better than the other! “All paths lead to Rome!” However one wants to follow God, whatever religion it is, is none of my business. I simply appreciate different religions.. Simply respect different people’s expression of faith towards God and any variations of that, even the interfaith variety.
I was pondering why was Judaism was the very first religion to be monotheistic, how come Jews were documented to be the first to worship a singular universal consciousness/entity that is everything, is greater than everything, and controls everything. Then I thought, the first individuals must have simply got it right, like getting the right answer on a game show without even knowing the question. Or passing a test without studying. I can picture God as a lady host on a Japanese game show exclaiming “ピンポン (pinpon)! Ding ding, you got it right! : D There is only one Me,” when Abraham, then Isaac, followed by Jacob started considering a one Universal God and interacting with Him/Her/It. For this, I have much respect for Judaism.
On a side note, I like how Jacob came to really dedicate himself to God (Genesis 28:10-22). It has been very relatable to me.
"Jacob then made a vow, saying, "If God remain with me, if He protects me on this journey that I am making, and gives me bread to eat and clothing to wear, and if I return safe to my father’s house - The Lord shall be my God. And this stone, which I have set up as a pillar, shall be God’s abode; and of all that You give me, I will set aside a tithe for You," (Genesis 28:20-22).
"Imagine if you created something that’s become so messed up, you’d feel crushed because you hoped it would be only good. I feel as though God needs to be reminded that he did something great. I have this idea that God is trying to learn more about himself through this world and through us. I also feel like he’s hurting and in pain because of all the pain that’s in the world. Sometimes it’s probably overwhelming for him to see the murder and crazy things going on. And my hope is that it’s nice for him when someone tells him he’s beautiful and holy and has done something wonderful."
When mainstream Jews claim that Messianic Jews are not really Jews, we can say that Jesus (Yeshua) led a Jewish movement which continued to be practiced within Judaism for at least four centuries before Christian anti-Semitism wiped it out.
When Christians claim that Jews who profess faith in Jesus (Yeshua) have a duty to renounce the obligation of Torah and Jewish traditions, we may say that there is no basis in the New Testament nor history for such a claim.
When Jewish Christians (many of whom use the label “Messianic Jews”) claim that the covenant duty of Jewish disciples to keep Torah is nullified, we may say that there is no basis in the New Testament nor history for such a claim.
When we modern Messianic Jews look for forebears and precedents in history, we may have scanty information about their lives, but at the very least their existence, fidelity to Yeshua, and their commitment to Torah and Jewish life are part of the historical record.
The breach between mainstream Christianity and Messianic Judaism has been official since the Council of Nicaea and it seems right to repair it through relationships with churches and individual Christians that redeem past partings of the ways.
The breach between Messianic Jews and mainstream Jews have been ongoing since the days of Yeshua and it seems right to repair it also through relationships within the Jewish community. We may be regarded as a faction, but we insist on being regarded as faithful Jews.
The misconception that Judaism and Christianity are diametrically opposed needs to be nullified by a valid historical reconsideration.