A lot of the topics we discuss on Torah for Women come from actual things we have seen or heard amongst believers in Yahweh and Yeshua as they try to find their new path in a purposeful life. It is common to see both men and women turn from everything Christian, including all the things that are good and right in their “old” Christian faith. In an effort to distance themselves from those things that are legitimately incorrect or inaccurate, we have seen many people who have decided to give up on the truth that they had learned in their previous Christian walk, and that brings great concern.
Imagine for a moment you leave a church and faith that has distinct pagan traditions or untruth running rampant through their doctrines, activities, and belief system, but that church also has a strong faith in healing or a strong teaching in repentance and baptism. Should you forsake the truth, they shared with you and now create new dogmas or doctrines that contradict the truth you learned just so that you can be different from what you used to be?
I remember being there at that stage where suddenly you see contradictions in so many areas that you have to purge your entire thought pattern and do a mind dump just to find Yahweh. I remember being over-zealous and anxious to share my new knowledge with everyone. The interesting thing is that as time wore on and I conducted deep biblical studies, I discovered some of the things I had learned as a young adult and as a mother, in that “pagan” religion were true and biblical. I was taught in my old church that many of the churches on the earth draw NEAR to Abba, but none is entirely truthful. Of course, they went on to teach that only THEY held the FULL truth of Yahweh; only THEY have all the words and teachings that men are to follow. It seems that each and every religion believes this about their own doctrines. Remember the best lies always contain some truth.
When you take a much deeper look at every mainstream religion currently practiced, it is easy to see that some of the teachings are quite obviously false. For example teaching that the Ten Commandments are no longer to be followed, they are obsolete. Other church doctrines are close enough to Yahweh’s teachings that they seem plausible or believable, and yet others are very close to His truth. Whether Protestant, Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, or any other “Christian” religion, each has some truth, some half-truth, some untruth, and it becomes necessary on the journey to remember to keep the beliefs that are the truth. Yet what we have seen often is men and women throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
Believers on their new Journey back to the Biblical roots of their faith have often been hurt by their previous church, the leaders, or the members and that anger and pain can drive a believer to claim every little thing about those people and that religion is completely false, a lie, pagan, or heretical. The concern comes when others see the “new believer” in Torah become so engrossed in fighting against the past that they forget to search for the spirit in all things. It is important to discover the truth in the Word and then turn to teach that truth with love and kindness to those who have been left behind in your previous Church. We must, as believers in The Way, find it in ourselves to forgive, love, and find a way to fill our hearts with the same compassion and patience Yahweh has shown to us in our own journey, and lead others down a similar path.
Which way do you wish to be treated? Would you prefer Yahweh teach you by screaming and yelling at you, cussing and cursing, and blasting you for believing what you believed before, all the while ranting about what beliefs you had that are all “PAGAN!!!” Or would you learn better by being taught with gentleness and patience? Maybe the next time you feel the urge to combat another “Christian” or someone considering becoming an “Ex-Christian,” you could take that into consideration. . . just food for thought.
1 Thesalonians 5:19-21 WEB
Don't quench the Spirit. Don't despise prophesies. Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good.
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Jim, (Judi's husband), has Sephardi Jewish ancestry and is a minister and head of Shofar Productions. Jim was a denominational pastor, hospital chaplain, and former director of a non-profit community organization.
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