We always welcome challenges here at We Hold These Truths. In this dynamic, 23 minute program, we address an email sent to Chuck Carlson from “Miss Vicky.” Chuck starts his reply: “No, Miss Vicki, I do not want to “see millions of Jews killed during the Second Coming, as you wrote to us. But, I am more worried about you because it appears that you believe the false doctrine you quoted me, and, more than likely, you spread it. Your doctrine is called Christian Zionism, and, it causes millions to see Jesus as a
destroyer of Jews unless they are converted to Jesus first. Let’s talk about it as two followers of Christ, trying to correctly follow Him.” Read more.
When Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump recently spoke at Liberty University (founded by the late Jerry Falwell, one of the godfathers of the Christian Zionist movement), he didn’t even mention Israel in his hour long address. What’s going on? In this provocative, 26 minute program Chuck Carlson, Tom Compton, Craig Hanson and Glen Lesnick of We Hold These Truths are joined by Richard Edmondson of Fig Trees & Vineyards to look beyond the politics of the upcoming presidential campaigns that include ardent Israel apologists like Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. A must listen!
Originally published at http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2015/12/31/jewish-religions-and-the-prospect-of-dissent
December 31, 2015
“The Jewish religion is a religion of Mitzvoth (commandments) and without this religious idiom, the Jewish religion doesn’t exist at all.”
~ Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz
While Islam and Christianity can be easily understood as belief systems, Judaism actually defies the notion of belief all together. Judaism is an obedience regulative system. The Judaic universe is ruled by ‘mitzvoth’ (commandment), a set of 613 precepts and directives ordered by God. In opposition to Christianity and Islam that build from spiritual and heavenly precepts in worship to a transcendental God, the Judaic subject subscribes to strict earthly and material observance. While the Islamo-Christian is wrapped in God’s loving and the spirituality of the sublime and divinity, the follower of Judaism is judged by his or her ability to adhere to hundreds of rigorous earthly orders.
A brief look at the Judaic Sabbath common prayer reveals the nature of Judaism as an obedience regulatory system. As we can see below, in Judaism, even God-loving is not an involuntary act:
“You shall love Adonai your God with all your heart,?with all your soul, and with all your might.?Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day.
…Thus you shall remember to observe all My commandments?and to be holy to your God.?I am Adonai, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God:?I am Adonai your God.”
(Common Prayers for Shabbat Evening From Deuteronomy and Numbers)
For the Jew, belief and God-loving are not subject READ MORE
The magic of a Russian Christmas
Footage of President Al-Assad and his wife attending the Lady of Damascus church choir in their Christmas performance.
JERUSALEM — Lynne Hybels is revered for her work helping the impoverished around the world, but some people view her as dangerous.
Hybels, cofounder with her husband of one of the nation’s largest churches, has been called a heretic and an anti-Semite for her efforts to build bridges between Palestinians and Israelis in the Middle East.
Hybels is among a small number of influential evangelicals who are challenging a decades-long stance of blanket evangelical support for Israel’s government. They are taking trips to the Middle East, not only to visit biblical sites but to engage with modern-day Palestinians and Israelis in conversations centered more around modern politics than ancient texts. They are organizing conferences and writing publicly in an attempt to discern a new role for Christians in bringing an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Gradually, their ideas are taking hold, especially with young evangelicals. READ MORE
[The 1% tells the 99% how to celebrate Christmas. Where are the so-called Israel worshippers known as ‘Christian Zionists’?]
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two small artificial Christmas trees and a half-dozen teddy bears sat outside the front doors of La Cueva High School on Thursday – but they aren’t your standard holiday decorations.
Instead, the items are a silent protest over Albuquerque Public Schools’ decision to remove a school tree used to collect toys for children in need.
The “Bear Tree,” a La Cueva tradition for 27 years, came down Dec. 3, the same day a rabbi complained that it was insulting to non-Christians.