Christians, Humanity, Jeshua the Messiah, Jews, Religiosity + Way of Expressing Faith

An atoneless religious system or a hope giving religious system

Today people may think Judaism provides no atonement for sins, though the Most High has sent a man who offered himself as a Lamb for God and by giving his life for others he paid the ransom for salvation. The only thing is people have to come to accept him and to believe in this mediator between God and man.

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Jews, Muslims, Re-blogs and Thoughts of others, Religiosity + Way of Expressing Faith

A Jew and a Muslim discuss Judaism & Islam at Speakers’ Corner

The advantage of Speakers Corner in London is that people can find an audience to very different opinions and even go freely in debate with the speakers or preachers.

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At Speakers Corner yesterday I had a fascinating and enjoyable inter-faith dialogue with Joseph Cohen, the leader of the Israel Advocacy Movement in London.

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Priorities and the Meaning of Judaism

Differently to Christendom and Christianity people see there so many denominations, whilst in Judaism people are not confronted with denominations but still are confronted with all sorts of different opinions and ways of worshipping in one trend or big group.

An other great problem is that many Jewish groups do not want to know of other Jewish thoughts or consider them apostates or not true Jews or Jews not to have contact with. Forbearance seems to be a nonexistent term for some Jews. It would help the Jewish community if they would be more tolerant of each other and would open themselves up more to goyim.

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To remember

In a shiur audience asked, “What does it mean to be Jewish?” one reply in common: a love for Judaism but none mentioned sole characteristic of Judaism: Loving your fellow as yourself. (sums up Judaism to our guestwriter) = most improtant halacha of all

people defining Judaism for five minutes straight > not to hear word ‘love’ once =? right

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Preceding article

Who is a Jew?

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Further reading

  1. Book Review: Aphrodite and the Rabbis
  2. Jewish groups question census results showing dramatic population decline
  3. Religious believers call for change in FEMA policy to include churches
  4. Groups that claim to be Jewish
  5. The Origins of Jewish Groups and those in Canaan
  6. Jewish group wins legal fight to build synagogue
  7. Jewish Group Wins Legal Fight To Build Synagogue
  8. Hungary: Jewish group asks Orban to halt anti-Soros campaign
  9. Jewish Groups: US and Israeli Withdrawals From UNESCO Are Consequence of Political Bias
  10. Davis Imam Apologizes After Fiery Sermon Draws Global Condemnation
  11. US Muslim-Jewish Group to Build on Its Mission
  12. America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars

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Jewish Thoughts

A while ago, I went to a shiur where the speaker talked about Elul and the purpose of introspection. At one point in the talk, the audience was asked, “What does it mean to be Jewish?”. This part of the shiur took rather a long time, with countless answers supplied by people from numerous demographics, all with one thing in common: a love for Judaism. And yet, after five or ten minutes had passed, not a single person had named the sole characteristic of Judaism which, to me, is the most important.

Loving your fellow as yourself.

It’s no surprise that people have different priorities, and what sums up Judaism to me, doesn’t necessarily sum it up for someone else (though I happen to know that Hillel agreed with me). Different viewpoints make Judaism vibrant and interesting. But to sit in a room, with people defining Judaism for five minutes…

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Christians, History, Humanity, Jews, Re-blogs and Thoughts of others, Religiosity + Way of Expressing Faith

Who is a Jew?

We present this article from Freedom from Economic, Social and Political Oppression; where current social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental issues from a secular humanist point of view are looked at.

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To remember

Human passion + emotional responses to issues which embody strong ties to self-identity are not the only consideration in addressing controversy.

cognitive uncertainties + emotional responses = consciously induced when most individuals encounter the word “Jew” or “Judaism” >  Few people have a completely neutral reaction to these words.

 

muddling regarding accurate + contextual, + interpretable use of terminology surrounding Judaism lodges a mistrust + misunderstanding of its intentions, = can result in propagation of “Anti-Judaic tradition” often falsely branded as “Anti-Semitism”.

secular “Jews” more likely to openly identify themselves as a Jew than secular persons with a Christian heritage are to identify themselves as Christians.

behaviors of adherents of Judaism <> theological tenets = classifying Jews as a race – versus basing the resolution to it – on the adherence and devotion to a theological perspective.

Orthodox and Conservative Judaism = being Jewish on basis of bloodlines > maternal genealogy,

Reformed Judaism based on faith of either parent.

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non-religious Jews refer to themselves = secular Jews,= a contraction in terminology > secular persons reject superstitious beliefs embodied in religion

within Judaism significant, although small number, of rabbis that openly acknowledge to reject superstitious beliefs embodied in religion

acceptance by some Jews of secular clerics + their interpretations of religious teachings illustrates need to examine validity of “race” question since these rabbis + clerics are, by many, still acknowledged to be Jews.

Defining a “Jew” =/= complicated as it appears if “race” and/or ethnicity are taken out of the equation.

As with Christianity, Judaism, is a religion.

Christians = those who follow teachings of Christ > more accurately = adherents to organized theocracies that are based on Jesus his teachings

being a Christian =/= dependent on “race”, culture, language spoken, or spiritual beliefs of the person’s parents

being Jewish (or Muslim) =/= dependent on “race”, culture, language spoken, or spiritual beliefs of the person’s parents

Religion =/= defined by God, a god, or group of deities = created by Man in response to nature, 1 within context of accounting for death + 2 to provide moral compass in regard to social demands that arose = served as legal authority on proper behaviour within community

Judaism as a “Race” or Ethnicity = False Propaganda

Humans consistently demonstrated a compulsion to classify + categorize based on observations > speakers of a common language + national affiliation

17° century race = concept based on distinct physical (phenotypical) features (skin color) of persons (phenotype or physical appearance) > employed to categorize groups of persons on basis of differences in physical appearance, + served as underlying basis that lent support for eugenic movements in Nazi Germany, the United States, + elsewhere.

Rationalization of race = means of discrimination => immense controversy, violence, dangerous + invalid misconceptions

increasing understanding of genetics + unlocking of human genome = Science demonstrated > entire of humanity = one “race” <= human beings = genetically homogeneous in comparison to many other species > similarity in genetics amongst members of humankind = strikingly uniform

scientific, biological definition of species – a taxonomic designation given to a form of life – = espoused in idea that two individuals belong to the same species, if they can produce fertile offspring.

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who is a Jew = from Scientific, genealogical (racial) = moot because DNA studies have repeatedly + consistently demonstrated > entire of humanity is one “race” > Based on biology =

 

Ethnicity = concept determined by groups of persons typically who share similar heritage > may share (or not) – common language, religious affiliation, or nationality – + tend to be comprised of members who identify with one another = subjective.

Constitution of Bosnia-Herzegovina = 3 distinct ethnicities = 96% of its population – Bosniaks, Serbs, and Croats > All three have a unique language variant that is mutually intelligible <=  Genetic studies concluded despite ethnicity differences 3 groups share large proportion of their DNA, not only amongst themselves, but in respect to geography. => feature that most clearly separates each ethnicity = religious affiliation – Bosniaks (Muslim), Serbs (Orthodox Christian), Croats (Roman Catholic).

United States Census Bureau defines Hispanic in reference to = person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin – regardless of “race”, ancestry, or ethnicity.

in respect to Judaism any individual – who acknowledges, accepts, and observes at least some Jewish traditions – can claim to be Jewish.

As is the case with Christianity, adherents to Judaism, comprise no single ethnic or racial group.

term “Jews” refers to people who share a common theological doctrine.  = Just as a Christians can be White, or Black; American, or Spanish – so, too, can be a Jew.  Christians belong to various affiliations – Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Anglican.

term, Anti-Semitism, used to label speech, acts, or other forms of expression as being hatefully Anti-Jewish = misleading for several reasons.

Semitic Peoples = originally defined by speaking one of several languages that share similar linguistic, grammatical, phonetical + contextual elements derived from an ancient common tongue +  refer to a group of peoples who hail from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Arabian Peninsula

classifying Jews as Semitic in respect, to heritage = term loses its validity because majority of modern Jews today descend from European, Asiatic, + African origins + different ethnic + cultural backgrounds

Ethnicities = loosely defined, can overlap, + sometimes be oxymoronic in how they are defined.

“Jewish People”, or “Jews” =/= unique in terms of genetic composition with rest of humanity =/= single Nationality, heredity, or mother-tongue-language =>   Jewish identity = based on acknowledging, accepting, + practicing the religious doctrine of Judaism, or on having social or cultural ties to it.

Khazars (European, ethnic group of peoples) converted to Judaism (speaking Yiddish) =/= genealogical, linguistic, or national ties with the Hebrews that inhabited Judea prior to and up to the Roman conquest + dismantling of Judea beginning in 66 C.E >  predominantly “Jews” descended from Khazars that originally advocated for a Jewish homeland in Palestine through the founding of Zionism in the late 19° century.

organized religions > few of those claiming membership to a particular faith conduct their lives in accordance with its doctrine.

world = increasingly secular.

“Christian” > reared with Christian beliefs => identify with traditions + culture even though they might not be active participants in the theology.  < => same in Judaism <=  wish to cling on to their cultural heritage so that they remain aware of where they came from.

Secular “Jew” + Secular “Christian” = oxymoronic > secular persons, by definition, = no religious or spiritual basis for their beliefs or behaviours.

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Often overlooked in discussing Judaism =  marked transformation that occurred within its own religious doctrine in a direct answer to Christianity, rapidly flourishing through gaining converts, as the dominant and most powerful theocratic system of beliefs which placed its very basic foundations and most fundamental teachings of Jesus Christ squarely at odds with the main tenants of Judaism.  => gave Christianity an upper hand in ethics + morality in the sense that the vices of neo-Christian theology often demonstrated wickedness in the way traditional Jewish values were taught.

swelling number of Christian converts => Judaism needs to be examined in both pre-Christian world + its evolved doctrine in response to Christianity.

Judaism, Christianity, + Islam – share Old Testament + its teachings.

modern Judaism – not based on the teachings of the Old Testament, influenced by Kabbalistic ideas = belief man has three types of souls > only Jews have all three > theological dogma = toxic in terms of acceptance + conjures inhumane acts against anyone who is not “Jewish”.  >>> contradicts + diminishes traditions that were part of pre-Christian Judaism.

Talmud before Christianity didn’t exist as it does today in written form, but rather encompassed oral Traditions that were passed down from God to Moses and subsequently between generations.

Amid threat Judaism being overwhelmed by spread of Christianity => Judaic religious clerics pressured to account for their practices that were considered sinful + unethical in an increasingly Christian dominated world which at this point still banned usury in all forms, + after shunning Jewish practices of ritual slaughter of animals + circumcision of male infants at eight days after birth, viewed these rituals as barbaric, cruel and immoral.

Jewish theological doctrine incorporated combination of reactionary antiphon in response to Christianity + mysticism into the Talmud.   Many Jewish religious leaders, since, have emphasized the importance of keeping the Talmud’s doctrine hidden from an increasingly powerful non-Jewish (Gentile) population..  =  no accident.

 

organized religion > few individuals practice the “faith”  > Judaism => less strict in terms of diet, + Christianity disavowed many of virtuous teachings of Christ+> many Muslims consume alcohol.

 

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Christianity adopted by Roman Empire > official religion, +subsequent fusion of pagan elements into the Faith – Christmas + Easter traditions attracted converts > holidays celebrated in Christian world today = inconsistent with teachings of Christ.  Christmas, Easter, New Year’s, St. Valentine’s Day, etc., = commercialized celebrations > Holidays which breed excessive selfishness + false superstitions  => corrupt true Christianity + humanism + feed off of the vices of humanity.

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Additional reading

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Further reading

  1. Multiculturalism and the Jews
  2. Alan Dershowitz’s Fake claim of antisemitism
  3. israel’s genocidal political culture
  4. Jews Are Still the Biggest Target of Religious Hate Crimes
  5. Unmasking the Phantom
  6. Catholics and the Sin of White Supremacy
  7. Reflecting the Mystery: Analogy Beyond Negation and Affirmation
  8. The problem of God’s whiteness
  9. Kabbalistic Revolution Reimagining Judaism in Medieval Spain
  10. A.F. Segal: “The Other Judaisms of Late Antiquity”
  11. Snapshot of Judaism
  12. Judaism & The Fetish: A Quick Note on Marx and the (Religious) Imagination
  13. World Leading Christian Apologist, William Lane Craig Always Presents God of Islam and Judaism
  14. The truth about the Nashville Statement, and the culture’s insane freakout over it
  15. Schopenhauer on Race Differences in Intelligence and on Judaism | The Occidental Observer
  16. The Psychopathology of Judaism
  17. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism
  18. A Christianity Immersed in Empire: a book review
  19. Discovering the Didache: The Oldest Catechism
  20. terms “Judeo-Christian tradition” and “Judeo-Christian morality” are wrong and misleading
  21. The History of Israel and Judaism Debunked 1
  22. The History of Israel and Judaism Debunked 2
  23. The Chinese Jews of Kaifeng. A Millennium of Adaptation and Endurance (2017)
  24. A Jew and a Muslim discuss Judaism & Islam at Speakers’ Corner
  25. Priorities and the Meaning of Judaism
  26. BBC resource for teachers spreads inaccuracies about Judaism
  27. On Christian hatred towards Judaism
  28. Globalism = Freemasonry = Judaism
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