I value the Bible to be a God inspired piece of history miraculously kept perfectly in its entirety over so much time. The finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls validated even more to me its amazing authenticity and prophesy. I am no expert or religious scholar ~ I am just a simple person with a very curious mind and passion for truth. It has been over a twenty year journey studying scriptures along with a lot of different church and synagogue hopping coupled with a driven faith for truth that helped me come to better terms with myself and who God is.
I am a hard-core believer in the Bible believing it is more than just a book, but actually a living one, and the story continues through you and me. Don’t get me wrong though, because I am also your biggest skeptic — I call religion out on all its inconsistencies. I have learned that religion has made mistakes; mostly because it has not played nice with other religions. There is ignorance in our misunderstandings and from ignorance we have continued in our individuality that blocks us from understanding each other and how we see God.
When things are confusing, it is important to find a beginning; a source. Since I understood the Jewish have kept their traditions all this time and have suffered so much just to keep them, I was determined to find out how they saw things. From a Christian perspective, as what I was studying at the time, I finally decided to try to understand who Jesus was as a Jew since it finally dawned on me that he was Jewish. Now, I was faced with another question; “What is Jewish?” I was led to the Jews today and that is where I discovered more to the identity of who we are, who is God; the people of God, both Jews and Gentiles (Jews and all non-Jews, and not just Christians).
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Romans 1:16
We are all One, and we are all in our own time and place of discovering as we continue to soul seek.
Today, I see the spirit of Jesus, yes, in every good act, but also in the act of an observant Jew. Their witness reveals a deep, profound truth as I see them act in the way Jesus would act if he were here in the physical today. I believe there are a lot of confusing interpretations about who God truly is because of the disconnect between Jews and non-Jews but also the disconnected relationship between all non-Jews.
Understanding God is in all of us since we have all been created by God.
Jesus did not die because his spirit is alive. All these things from his time to our time had to happen for us to understand. Religious and non-religious can connect with the golden rule, said to be the greatest commandment by Jesus:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matthew 22: 37:40
This commandment also happens to be the sacred prayer, called the Shema, said by every good observant Jew two times a day:
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is One. And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:4:5
In the end, God is love and God has a message for us to love one another. When we respect one another because we understand we are all part of One God and we are not individual gods, we understand we all equally have something profound to reveal about Him.
God is in each of us, both soul-seeking Jews and non-Jews.