In the story of the golden calf, we learn a very important fact about what HaShem will allow when it comes to worshipping Him. As the story goes, Moses had gone up on the mountain and left his brother Aaron in charge of the people. Continue reading “Can We Choose How to Worship the Creator”
What is Truth
Truth is a fact or belief that is accepted as true. By this definition, truth is only what we accept. This acceptance can come from a variety of places. Sometimes we prove things to ourselves and accept them because we can see the result of some personal experience we’ve had. Sometimes acceptance comes from our trust in others whom we perceive as either more intelligent or more experienced than ourselves. Part of being human is the ability to learn things, either on our own or from others. For many people, the things they learn on their own are given less weight than those things learned from others. The trust they place in those other people is stronger than their trust in their own abilities to figure things out on their own. One might think that this lack of self-trust is an attribute of people of lower intelligence. That is not the case. Many people who are very smart will still trust the opinions and beliefs of someone whom they perceive as either smarter or more experienced, even if they’ve never met. The opposite of this is also true. Many people who think they are smarter than someone else will completely discount anything that person says, even if it can be proven. I see both examples quite often.
Zecharia 8:20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities; 21 and the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying: Let us go speedily to entreat the favour of the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts; I will go also. 22 Yea, many peoples and mighty nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favour of the LORD. 23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, shall even take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying: We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’
Everyone has heard of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, but there is a fourth entity whom Christians deify. They call him the devil. First, we have to understand what a deity actually is. A deity is a figure who is thought to have powers greater than ordinary human beings. It is someone who can supernaturally do things to us or for us. They can effect change to the world through their powers.
In Christianity, the devil is seen as the god of this world. That is to say that this world and everything in it is evil and falls under the authority of the devil. He is the cause of all the bad things that can happen to people. He uses his powers over this world to cause people to commit all perverse acts. He makes people commit murder and other crimes. He is the cause of addiction as well as the cause of sickness and disease. Basically, anything we don’t like happening to us is caused by the devil.
If you are following HaShem so that you can receive a prize at the end of your life, you are not following HaShem.
Who doesn’t like to win a prize? We all want to win something, be it money, cars, houses, or even fame. A prize is something given in recognition for winning a competition or completing some other achievement. Continue reading “Is Heaven Your Reward”
In Exodus chapter 32 we learn the story of the golden calf. Moses had gone up on the mountain to receive the Word of God. In the beginning of chapter 32, the people didn’t know what had become of Moses. There were among the children of Israel, those who came up from Egypt with them. These were the people whom Moses accepted but were not of the children of Israel. These were the rabble-rousers who insisted Aaron make for them gods to worship. They were accustomed to having many gods. Aaron succumbed to them and the golden calf was made. Today we have a similar golden calf. It is none other than Jesus. Continue reading “The Second Golden Calf”
In Exodus 33:13 we find an often overlooked concept. Moses is speaking to God. “And now, if I have indeed found favor in Your eyes, pray let me know Your ways, so that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your eyes; and consider that this nation is Your people.” This simple plea is one of the most powerful statements in the Bible. In it, we find an answer to what far too many people miss. How can I know God? Moses, our teacher, knew the answer to this question. He knew that learning God’s ways was the path to knowing Him. Continue reading “It is Folly to Impart Our Ways on the Creator”