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  1. The Didache (The Teaching) First Christian Catechism

    I contacted Hounnon Houedossi Ahouegnon, known as 'Mami Wata,' a priestess of African Vodun in the pantheon of Mami Wata about her faith. Mark 5 Dan Tribe plate on gate to Heichal Shlomo, Jerusalem Genesis 49 Listen to "Steve Vai - Crossroads guitar duel." The battle between good and evil takes many forms. In 381 AD the second ecumenical council of Constantinople decreed the Holy Spirit as "proceeding from the Father" based on Jesus statement in the Gospel of John, chapter 15, verse 26. John 15 1 Corinthians 2 Isaiah 40 1 John 5
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  3. The Didache (The Teaching) First Christian Catechism

    The Didache Chapter 5 Demonic spirits have been recognized since the beginning of recorded history. Demonic spirits have been recorded in the Torah, New Testament, and Quran. These spirits reside in oracles, magicians, and even disguised a departed Saints. The oldest Demonic spirit is the serpent spirit (also known as the Python spirit or Satan). Demonic spirits require prayer and sacrifice, which greatly angers the Lord of all Spirits, Hashem. Individuals possessed of demonic spirits are revered, feared, consulted with, rebuked, and excorcised by the holy. Lycurgus Consulting the Pythia (1835/1845), as imagined by Eugène Delacroix. The Pythia commonly known as the Oracle of Delphi, was the name of any priestess throughout the history of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, beneath the Castalian Spring (the new priestess was selected after the death of the current priestess). The Oracle of Delphi was always a woman. The Pythia was widely credited for her prophecies inspired by Apollo. The Delphic oracle was established in the 8th century BC, although it may have been present in some form in Late Mycenaean times, from 1400 BC and was abandoned, and there is evidence that Apollo took over the shrine from an earlier dedication to Gaia. The last recorded response was given about 395 A.D. to Emperor Theodosius I, after he had ordered pagan temples to cease operation. During this period the Delphic Oracle was the most prestigious and authoritative oracle among the Greeks. The oracle is one of the best-documented religious institutions of the classical Greeks. Authors who mention the oracle include Aeschylus, Aristotle, Clement of Alexandria, Diodorus, Diogenes, Euripides, Herodotus, Julian, Justin, Livy, Lucan, Nepos, Ovid, Pausanias, Pindar, Plato, Plutarch, Sophocles, Strabo, Thucydides and Xenophon. The name "Pythia" derived from Pytho, which in myth was the original name of Delphi. The Greeks derived this place name from the verb, pythein (πύθειν, "to rot"), which refers to the decomposition of the body of the monstrous Python after he was slain by Apollo. The Homeric Hymns and Homerica Hymn 3 to Apollo English Translation by Hugh G. Evelyn-White. Inscriptions show that there was a temple of Apollo Delphinius (cp. ll. 495-6) at Cnossus and a Cretan month bearing the same name. Apollo killing Python. A 1581 engraving by Virgil Solis for Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book I. Pythia was the House of Snakes. The usual theory has been that the Pythia delivered oracles in a frenzied state induced by vapors rising from a chasm in the rock, and that she spoke gibberish which priests interpreted as the enigmatic prophecies preserved in Greek literature. According to earlier myths, the office of the oracle was initially possessed by the goddesses Themis and Phoebe, and the site was initially sacred to Gaia. Subsequently it was believed to be sacred to Poseidon, the "Earth-shaker" god of earthquakes. In some versions of the Greek flood myth, the ark of Deucalion comes to rest on the slopes of Parnassus. This is the version of the myth recounted in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Deucalion (/djuːˈkeɪliən/; Greek: Δευκαλίων) was the son of Prometheus; ancient sources name his mother as Clymene, Hesione, or Pronoia. He is closely connected with the Flood myth, according to which, the anger of Zeus was ignited by the hubris of the Pelasgians. So Zeus decided to put an end to the Bronze Age. According to this story, Lycaon, the king of Arcadia, had sacrificed a boy to Zeus, who was appalled by this savage offering. Zeus unleashed a deluge, so that the rivers ran in torrents and the sea flooded the coastal plain, engulfed the foothills with spray, and washed everything clean. Deucalion, with the aid of his father Prometheus, was saved from this deluge by building a chest. Like the Biblical Noah and the Mesopotamian counterpart Utnapishtim, he uses his device to survive the deluge with his wife, Pyrrha. The fullest accounts are provided in Ovid's Metamorphoses (8 AD) and in the Library of Pseudo-Apollodorus.Deucalion, who reigned over the region of Phthia, had been forewarned of the flood by his father, Prometheus. Deucalion was to build a chest and provision it carefully (no animals are rescued in this version of the Flood myth), so that when the waters receded after nine days, he and his wife Pyrrha, daughter of Epimetheus, were the one surviving pair of humans. Their chest touched solid ground on Mount Parnassus, or Mount Etna in Sicily, or Mount Athos in Chalkidiki, or Mount Othrys in Thessaly. Deluge, Engraving by Virgil Solis During the Greek Dark Age, from the 11th to the 9th century BC, a new god of prophecy, Apollo, allegedly seized the temple and expelled the twin guardian serpents of Gaia, whose bodies he wrapped around the caduceus. Later myths stated that Phoebe or Themis had "given" the site to Apollo, rationalizing its seizure by priests of the new god, but presumably, having to retain the priestesses of the original oracle because of the long tradition. Apparently Poseidon was mollified by the gift of a new site in Troizen. The Apostles mission was an extension of the mission of Jesus to heal and cast off demons from the sick. Mark 6 Saint Luke traveled with Saint Paul and Silas to the Roman colony of Philippi, Macedonia. Upon disciples arrival a woman possessed with the spirit of the Python displayed her power by identifying and announcing that these men were servants of the Creator wherever they went. Acts 16 Many believe the inspiration behind ventriloquism originates from an evil familiar spirit. Around the early 1800s the term "ventriloquist" was defined as an act of stagecraft in which a person (a ventriloquist) changes his or her voice so that it appears that the voice is coming from elsewhere, usually a puppeteered "dummy." The term ventriloquist was used in 1650s in the classical sense, from the Latin ventriloquy used in the 1580s + -ist "a particular talent." Ventriloquy originates from the Latin ventralis "of or pertaining to the belly or stomach," from Latin venter (genitive ventris) "belly, paunch; stomach, appetite; womb, unborn child" + loqui "speak" (see locution). Ventriloquy was patterned on Greek engastrimythos, literally "speaking in the belly, belly talker" which was not originally an entertainer's trick but rather a rumbling sort of internal speech, regarded as a sign of spiritual inspiration or (more usually) demonic possession. Engastrimythos is a witchlike descendant of the ancient Sibyls or prophetesses. Engastrimythoi, often male, were ventriloquists who disguised .The engastrimythoi were often mediums in a state of possession trance. Watch "Wanlu's Battle of Belly Talkers - Greetings to our friends in the Philippines" Ventriloquism Tutorial Master Ventriloquist Terry Peterson gives a crash course on how to be a ventriloquist, including how to say the difficult letters without moving the lips, and how to "throw" your voice into a telephone! Now watch "10000 year old Jinn in a man." Is this man possessed, schizophrenic, or an impostor? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1Mhi4KBy9g Jeff Dunham with his popular puppet, Achmed. People often fear what they do not understand. A good ventriloquist is able to make inanimate objects (skulls, puppets, dolls, etc..) portray humans behavior as seemingly real. It is possible for a ventriloquist to uses this craft of deception to make inanimate objects appear dangerous or frightening. The phobic person observing these unnatural animated figures may experience heart palpitations,panic attacks, difficulty in breathing, rapid breathing, or choking sensations, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, shaking, shuddering, sweating, dizziness, insomnia, and/or increased sensitivity to sounds and lights.Automatonophobia is the fear of anything that falsely represents a sentient being. In a documentary concerning the film Magic, ventriloquist Dennis Alwood states that every professional ventriloquist has suffered from what psychologists call “spontaneous schizophrenia.” The brain of a ventriloquist is working for essentially two people — the ventriloquist and the dummy — and every once in awhile, the dummy will say something unscripted and the ventriloquist will be forced to react to it. At this point scientists don't know the gene variations that contribute to schizophrenia. Scientists think interactions between genes and the environment are necessary for schizophrenia to develop. Many environmental factors may be involved, such as exposure to viruses or malnutrition before birth, problems during birth, and other not yet known psychosocial factors. "Voices" are the most common type of hallucination in schizophrenia. Many people with the disorder hear voices. The voices may talk to the person about his or her behavior, order the person to do things, or warn the person of danger. Sometimes the voices talk to each other. People with schizophrenia may hear voices for a long time before family and friends notice the problem. A true discourse, upon the matter of Martha Brossier of Romorantin, pretended to be possessed by a devil. Translated out of French into English, by Abraham Hartwell (London: John Wolfe, printer, 1599), Environmental factors associated with the development of schizophrenia include the living environment, drug use and prenatal stressors. It has been hypothesised that in some people, development of schizophrenia is related to intestinal tract dysfunction such as seen with non-celiac gluten sensitivity or abnormalities in the intestinal flora. According to Pastor Steven Waterhouse there are least six factors differentiate schizophrenia from demonic possession as described in the Bible. 1. Attraction to vs. Aversion to Religion. Demons want nothing to do with Christ. Conversely, people with NBD are often devoutly religious. 2. Irrational Speech vs. Rational Speech. In New Testament accounts involving demons, the demons spoke in a rational manner. Untreated people with schizophrenia will often speak in nonsense and jump rapidly between unrelated topics. 3. Ordinary Learning vs. Supernatural Knowledge Demons in the New Testament would speak through people to convey knowledge that otherwise could not have been known to the possessed individuals. Those with NBD have no such ability to know facts which they have not acquired by normal learning. 4. Normal vs. Occultic Phenomena. There is an aspect to demon activity that is just plain spooky (ex.: poltergeists, levitation's, trances, telepathy). These have an impact on others in the room not just the possessed. With schizophrenia, the effect of the disorder is only on the disordered, not others. 5. The claim to be possessed Authors who have clinical experience both with demon possession and mental illness, believe those who claim to be possessed are very likely not possessed. Demons wish to be secretive and do not voluntarily claim to be present. 6. Effects of Therapy. If prayer solves the problem, then it was probably not schizophrenia. If medicine helps alleviate the problem, it was not demon possession. http://www.shoutingfromtherooftop.com/familiar-spirits-can-and-do-plague-christians.html http://www.shoutingfromtherooftop.com/idols.html VOODOOS AND OBEAHS Phases of West India Witchcraft BY JOSEPH J. WILLIAMS, S.J. Chapter IV ORIGIN OF OBEAH Bad Spirits are very real to the Jews. Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Berakoth Folio 6a Pesachim (Hebrew: פסחים‎), often spelt Pesaḥim in academic writings, is the third tractate of Seder Moed ("Order of Festivals") of the Mishnah and of the Talmud. It is concerned mainly with the laws of the Jewish holiday Passover as well as the Passover lamb offering. Within the Pesachim there is a warning for observant Jews not to go out at night or face the chance of Igrath or a destroying angel. Talmud - Mas. Pesachim 112b Mahalath (Hebrew מָחֲלַת, meaning either "sickness", "a company of dancers" or "a harp") was the third mentioned wife of Esau, a daughter of Ishmael and sister of Nebajoth. Esau took Mahalath from the house of Ishmael to be his wife, after seeing that Canaanite wives displeased his father, Isaac (Genesis 28:6-9). It has been proposed by some biblical scholars that Mahalath is another name for Esau's wife Basemath who is mentioned in Genesis. J.B. Phillips suggests that Esau changed the names of his Hittite wives, Judith and Basemath, as a way of pacifying his parents for the grief he caused them when he married Canaanite women: since he had two wives in his life called Basemath, he had to change the Ishmaelite's name, of which he chose: Mahalath. Yalkut Shimoni (I, 110) presents Samael as Esau's guardian angel. The Book of Genesis and Islamic traditions consider Ishmael to be the ancestor of the Ishmaelites. Ishmael (Hebrew: יִשְׁמָעֵאל, Modern Yishma'el, Tiberian Yišmāʻēl ISO 259-3, Yišmaˁel; Greek: Ἰσμαήλ Ismaēl; Arabic: إسماعيل‎ ʾIsmāʿīl; Latin: Ismael) is a figure in the Tanakh and the Qur'an and was Abraham's first son according to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Ishmael was born to Abraham and Sarah's handmaiden Hagar. According to Muslim tradition, Ishmael and his mother are said to be buried next to the Kaaba in Mecca. According to the historical 21st century ancestry records and census 1st January 2015, shows a family upholding its linage to Basemath and can be traced to scion Ifraz Talib who currently resides in England. In Arabic Talib means "seeker of knowledge, student." Abu Talib was an uncle of Muhammad who raised him after his parents and grandparents died. His name was in fact a kunya (a nickname) formed using Abu; his real name may have been Imran. Agrat bat Mahlat (Igrath the daughter of Mahalath) Considering Mahlat (Mahalath) and Agrat (Igrath) as proper names and bat as "daughter of" (Hebrew), Agrat bat Mahlat means 'Agrat daughter of Mahlat'. Sometimes Agrat is used alone, or with variations (Agrath, Igrat, Iggeret). Iggeret means in Hebrew 'letter or missive' while 'agrah' means 'reward'. Mahlat may be from the word "mahalah" meaning sickness. In Zoharistic Kabbalah, Agrat bat Mahlat is a queen of the demons and one of four angels of sacred prostitution, who mates with archangel Samael. Her fellow succubi are Lilith, Naamah, and Eisheth. In the Rabbinic literature of Yalḳuṭ Ḥadash, on the eves of Wednesday and of the Sabbath, she is "the dancing roof-demon" who haunts the air with her chariot and her train of eighteen myriads of messengers of destruction. She dances while Lilith howls. She is also "the mistress of the sorceresses" who communicated magic secrets to Amemar (Ami Mar), a Jewish Amora sage of Babylon, of the fifth and sixth generation of the Amora era. He is accounted as one of the most prominent sages of his generation and the Headman to his town's sages, Nehardea. Among his disciples, one may find the most prominent sages of the sixth generation of the Amoras, among them: Rav Ashi, the head of the academy of Sura, who became Amemar's "Fellow Student", and R. Huna b. Nathan, the Exilarch. Among his colleagues: Mar Zutra and Rav Ashi, and many times the Talmud records all three of them together. Initially, his hometown was Nehardea, but later he moved to Mahuza, where he also served as a Dayan, religious Judge. Amoraim (Aramaic: plural אמוראים [ʔamoʁaˈʔim], singular Amora אמורא [ʔamoˈʁa]; "those who say" or "those who speak over the people", or "spokesmen"), were renowned Jewish scholars who "said" or "told over" the teachings of the Oral Torah, from about 200 to 500 CE in Babylonia and the Land of Israel. Their legal discussions and debates were eventually codified in the Gemara. The Amoraim followed the Tannaim in the sequence of ancient Jewish scholars. The Tannaim were direct transmitters of uncodified oral tradition; the Amoraim expounded upon and clarified the oral law after its initial codification. The first Babylonian Amoraim were Abba Arika, respectfully referred to as Rav, and his contemporary and frequent debate partner, Shmuel. Among the earliest Amoraim in Israel were Rabbi Yochanan and Shimon ben Lakish. Traditionally, the Amoraic period is reckoned as seven or eight generations (depending on where one begins and ends). The last Amoraim are generally considered to be Ravina I and Rav Ashi, and Ravina II, nephew of Ravina I, who codified the Babylonian Talmud around 500 CE. In total, 761 amoraim are mentioned by name in the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds. 367 of them were active in the land of Israel from around 200-350 CE, while the other 394 lived in Babylonia during 200-500 CE. According to the Kabbalah and the school of Rashba, Agrat bat Mahlat mated with King David and bore a cambion son Asmodeus, king of demons. The spiritual intervention of Hanina ben Dosa and Rabbi Abaye curbed her malevolent powers over humans. Further readings: http://www.slideshare.net/ernestrauthschild/the-curse-of-canaan http://www.blessedquietness.com/journal/housechu/embrace-Hebrew-roots-chapter-4.htm https://bible.org/article/demonism-jewishhellenistic-literature-and-its-relation-mark-5 The Succubus and Sacred Angels of Prostitution https://www.pinterest.com/explorersaurus/do-you-do-voodoo/ Kaitlyn Parks Each Queen was assigned regions by Samael, the Angel of Death, king over all demons (the four Queens being referred to as Samael's concubines). These regional assignments were: Lilith was given reign over the Kingdom of Damascus and the House of Rimmon (Rome) Naamath was given the Kingdom of Tyre (opposite the land of Israel) Mahalath the Kingdoms of Granata (Granada) & Ishmael, Egypt Igrat the Kingdoms of Malta (also called Rhodos) In the field of medicine, there is some belief that the stories relating to encounters with succubi bear similar resemblance to the contemporary phenomenon of people reporting alien abductions, which has been ascribed to the condition known as sleep paralysis. It is therefore suggested that historical accounts of people experiencing encounters with succubi may have been in fact symptoms of sleep paralysis, with the hallucination of the said creatures coming from their contemporary culture. A notable depiction of a Succubus-like vision, in contrast to the Incubus. My Dream, My Bad Dream, 1915 Fritz Schwimbeck Physiologically, sleep paralysis is closely related to REM atonia, the paralysis that occurs as a natural part of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Sleep paralysis occurs either when falling asleep, or when awakening from sleep. When it occurs upon falling asleep, the person remains aware while the body shuts down for REM sleep, a condition called hypnagogic or predormital sleep paralysis. When it occurs upon awakening, the person becomes aware before the REM cycle is complete, and it is called hypnopompic or postdormital. The original definition of sleep paralysis was codified by Samuel Johnson in his A Dictionary of the English Language as nightmare, a term that evolved into our modern definition. Such sleep paralysis was widely considered the work of demons, and more specifically incubi, which were thought to sit on the chests of sleepers. In Old English the name for these beings was mare or mære (from a proto-Germanic *marōn, cf. Old Norse mara), hence comes the mare in the word nightmare. The word might be etymologically cognate to Greek Marōn (in the Odyssey) and Sanskrit Māra. When I was younger I would experience sleep paralysis. It was quite scary. My body could not move and would feel a dark presence. I would pray to Jesus for help, then my force my finger to move and I would have control of my body again. Some Muslims believe that sleep paralysis problem occurs when one deliberately tries to contact the jinns for no beneficial reason other than curiosity or much worse. With that point out the way let's continue insha Allah In Islamic theology jinn are said to be creatures with free will, made from smokeless fire by Allah as humans were made of clay, among other things. According to the Quran, jinn have free will, and Iblīs abused this freedom in front of Allah by refusing to bow to Adam when Allah ordered angels and jinn to do so. For disobeying Allah, Iblīs was expelled from Paradise and called "Shaytān" (Satan). Jinn are frequently mentioned in the Quran: Surah 72 (named Sūrat al-Jinn) is named after the jinn, and has a passage about them. Another surah (Sūrat al-Nās) mentions jinn in the last verse. The Qurʾan also mentions that Muhammad was sent as a prophet to both "humanity and the jinn", and that prophets and messengers were sent to both communities. The shaytan jinn are akin to demons in Christian tradition, but the jinn are not angels and the Quran draws a clear distinction between the two creations. The Quran states in Sūrat al-Kahf (The Cave), Ayah 50, that Iblis (Azazel) is one of the jinn. The black king of the djinns, Al-Malik al-Aswad, depicted in Kitab al-Bulhan = composite astrology/astronomy/geomancy Arabic manuscript. Original held by the Bodleian Libraries Shelfmark; MS. Bodl. Or. 133. Fol. 30b For the Maghreb, the jinn are another race inhabiting the earth, they are beings who live in deserted places, water sources, graveyards and forests. To manifest, they take various forms (shapeshifter), including those of humans or animals, usually snakes. Specific names of jinn in the Maghreb are: the 'efreet (عفاريت [ɒfɛːɾɪt]) (from' Iphrit عفريت): fire djinns, that inhabit the land. the Maritins (مارد [mɛːɾid]) (from Marid مارد): jinn who live near rivers. Sylphs (سلف [silf]): djinns equipped with wings that populate the heavens. [sura 37, verse 7] Belief in the jinns with their various subdivisions is common throughout the Sudan, especially among those of Arab stock or other Sudanese Muslims. The jinns are not always harmful, but they become so when they are provoked. People have thus developed a wealth of practices to frustrate them. A related belief is that every person is assigned one's own special jinni, also called a qarīn, and if the qarin is evil it could whisper to people's souls and tell them to submit to evil desires.The notion of a qarin is not universally accepted among all Muslims, but it is generally accepted that Shayṭān whispers in human minds, and he is assigned to each human being. In a hadith recorded by Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, the companion Abdullah, son of Masud reported: 'The Prophet Muhammad said: 'There is not one of you who does not have a jinnī appointed to be his constant companion (qarīn).' They said, 'And you too, O Messenger of Allah?' He said, 'Me too, but Allah has helped me and he has submitted, so that he only helps me to do good. In Arabic folklore, the qarînah (قرينه) is a spirit similar to the succubus, with origins possibly in ancient Egyptian religion or in the animistic beliefs of pre-Islamic Arabia. A qarînah “sleeps with the person and has relations during sleep as is known by the dreams.” They are said to be invisible, but a person with “second sight” can see them, often in the form of a cat, dog, or other household pet. “In Omdurman it is a spirit which possesses. … Only certain people are possessed and such people cannot marry or the qarina will harm them.” In some books, there are mentioned a jinn called Ummu Subyan (sibyan) bothering pregnant women to cause them to suffer miscarriage. http://issuu.com/benpadiah/docs/tod In mythology Guanche of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, there was a belief in beings similar to djinns such as Maxios (lower or domestic genies) and Tibicenas (evil spirits) and the devil Guayota (god Aboriginal evil) that, as with Iblis Arabic, sometimes identifies conmo a genius The Guanches (also: Guanchis or Guanchetos) were the Berber aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands. It is believed that they migrated to the archipelago around 1000 BC or perhaps earlier from North Africa. There was a general belief in a supreme being, called Achamán in Tenerife, Acoran in Gran Canaria, Eraoranhan in Hierro, and Abora in La Palma. The women of Hierro worshipped a goddess called Moneiba. According to tradition, the male and female gods lived in mountains, from which they descended to hear the prayers of the people. On other islands, the natives venerated the sun, moon, earth and stars. A belief in an evil spirit was general. In Tenerife, Magec (god of the Sun) and Chaxiraxi (the goddess mother) were also worshiped.In addition, two paredros also worshiped (mediators or intermediaries between the Mother Goddess and human), a daytime Magek star (sun) and an evening Achuguayo (moon). Chaxiraxi the island was sacred feminine continuation of the other African continental female deities as Astarte or Tanit. The demon of Tenerife was called Guayota and lived at the peak of Teide volcano, which was the hell called Echeyde; in Tenerife and Gran Canaria, the minor demon spirits took the form of wild black woolly dogs with red eyes called Jucanchas in the first and Tibicenas in the latter, which lived in deep caves inside the mountains, emerging at night to attack livestock and human beings. Some existing caves today are still referred to as Tibicena lairs, such as "Cueva del Tibicena". According to myth, Tibicenas attacked livestock and persons, particularly at night. Guanche mythology posited Tibicenas as offspring of Guayota, Inhabitants of Tenerife (where they were called Guacanchas) and Gran Canaria (where they were called Tibicenas) shared a belief in them. Both names refer to the same mythical being. Maxios or "Dioses Paredros" were benevolent minor gods or in the Guanche religion in Tenerife; domestic spirits and guardians of specific places. These were thought to be mediators between humans and Chaxiraxi, the great celestial mother. In times of drought, the Guanches drove their flocks to consecrated grounds, where the lambs were separated from their mothers in the belief that their plaintive bleating would melt the heart of the Great Spirit. During the religious feasts, hostilities were held in abeyance, from war to personal quarrels. The Guanches gathered at holy places they called efequenes or almogarenes (stone temples), where they celebrated rites, cults and offerings directed to the ancestors, and the Mother Goddess paredros, led by the Maguadas, Samarines, Kankus, Guademeñes or Faykanes; In short, the male and female components of the priestly class. The Spanish conquest of the Canaries was a process in which the advance of it consisted of the Catholic clergy, priests and nuns, to which the mercenary army colonizer sent replacing the Guanche spiritual belief to Catholic faith. Churches were built and on all efequenes or almogarenes, forbidding all worship, ritual and spiritual practice Guanche pain of death and in the name of anti-paganism. The resistance of the Guanche people and canary to Catholicism produced a syncretism (misturaje, medley) between Guanche female divinity and the Blessed Mary. The current Canarian village worships multiple and diverse virgins: Candelaria (TF), Pena (FV), Pine (LP), Nieves (P), Dolores (LZ), Guadeloupe (G), Reyes (H), unknowingly professing faith, devotion and admiration to the Mother Goddess. The Virgin of Candelaria (Patron of Canary Islands) in the Basilica of Candelaria (Tenerife). According to a legend recorded by Alonso de Espinosa in 1594, a statue of the Virgin Mary, bearing a child in one hand and a green candle in the other (hence "Candelaria"), was discovered on the beach of Chimisay (Güímar) by two Guanche goatherds in 1392. This was before the Castilian conquest of the island (the island was not fully conquered until 1496). One of the shepherds tried to throw a stone at the statue, but his arm became paralyzed; the other tried to stab the statue with a knife but ended up stabbing himself. The statue was taken by the local Guanche mencey, Acaymo, to the cueva de Chinguaro. The first mass was celebrated at Achbinico on February 2, 1497, and the Adelantado Alonso Fernández de Lugo ordered the construction of a hermitage there, but it was not built until 1526, during the rule of Pedro Fernández de Lugo.This was the site of the Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria. The basilica was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in the 19th century. The statue itself was lost when a tsunami carried it out to sea in 1826; the present statue is a copy by Fernando Estévez. The image of the Virgin is dressed in rich robes of different colors and jewels. She was declared patroness of the Canary Islands in 1559, by Clement VIII (and principal patroness in 1867 by Pope Pius IX). The Virgin of Candelaria (Virgen de Candelaria, Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria), popularly called La Morenita, is widely prayed to for protection against epidemics, plagues, droughts and volcanic eruptions of Mount Teide and other volcanoes, in a manner similar to the invocation of St. Januarius of Naples to stop the eruptions of Vesuvius and of St. Agatha of Catania to eruptions of Mount Etna in Sicily. Every year on February 2 and August 15 is celebrated a big party in honor of the Virgin. These days there are thousands of pilgrims and tourists coming to Candelaria from all points of the Canary Islands and other parts of Spain and the world. The feast day is marked by a solemn procession and a religious ceremony, although its most famous component is a re-enactment of the discovery of the statue, with locals dressing up as guanche natives The cult of the Virgin of Candelaria swept America due to the emigration of Canaries. They brought the devotion as a symbol of their culture, somewhat similar to the diffusion of the cult of St. Patrick by Irish emigrants. On the other hand, the Candelaria image brought to the Philippines is a white image version with a child. In Guanche belief, the Virgin of Candelaria was identified Chaxiraxi, and her son Chijoraji. She is widely venerated in South America and the Caribbean, where she is the patroness of Oruro and La Paz (Bolivia), Medellín (Colombia) (which was founded as Villa de Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria de Medellín) and Mayagüez (Puerto Rico) (which was founded as Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria de Mayagüez). The Virgin of Candelaria is identified or syncretized with other holy spirits from other religions: In Cuban Santería, the Virgin of Candelaria is identified with Oyá. In Brazilian Candomblé, the Virgin of Candelaria is identified with Oshun. In the Andean religions of South American, the Virgin of Candelaria is identified with the cult to the Pachamama (Mother Earth). In the Cathedral of San Fernando of Texas (the oldest Catholic cathedral in the United States) is a replica of the Virgin of Candelaria, which is accurate to the venerated in the Canary Islands. This is because the city of San Antonio was founded by Canarians. In the Philippines, she is the patroness of Western Visayas and Negros Occidental and a white version with a child is found in the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo which was brought by the Spanish immigrants during the Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines. Her feast is celebrated every February 2 with a pageantry where the Fiesta queen is chosen from prominent Spanish-Filipino families in the district of Jaro. The image and statue is located atop the cathedral and is the only Marian statue crowned by pope and saint in the Philippines during the visit of Pope John Paul II. In the Hindu religion, the Virgin of Candelaria is Kali, the black patron goddess of the city of Calcutta in India. Read the quote by Sancista Hermano "Brother" Luis, also known as Brujo Luis. He has practiced Caribbean Brujeria Witchcraft for over 20 years and discusses the Sanse spirit world. SANSE! SANTERISMO! PUERTO RICAN BRUJERIA & ESPIRITISMO! PAPA LEGBA SPIRIT AT THE CROSSROADS ELEGBA / PAPA LEGBA / ELEGGUA / LEBA / ELEGBARA 21 DIVISIONES / 21 DIVISION Metresili (Metres Ezili, La Virgen Dolorosa, Our Lady of Sorrows) spirit of love and prosperity. Metresas are female Voodoo spirits (Loases) that govern over human emotions such as Love, desire and passion. Espiritismo (Portuguese and Spanish for "Spiritism") is a term used in Latin America and the Caribbean to refer to the popular belief that good and evil spirits can affect health, luck and other aspects of human life. Espiritismo shares many of its fundamental concepts with 19th century Spiritualism as was practiced in the United States. During this period, several books on mediumship and spiritual practices became available in the Caribbean and Latin America. As many Native Americans and people of African descent had long standing traditions of ancestor worship and trance possession, Spiritualism was readily absorbed into and adapted to these pre-existing belief systems. Espiritismo differs from the Spiritism as the first consist of the syncretic religious practices described above while the second is the established religion-doctrine itself, directly based coding Allan Kardec's and other mediums' books, such as those from Francisco Xavier and Divaldo Franco. Metresili originates from the seven names the Catholic Church has given to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady of Sorrows (Latin: Beata Maria Virgo Perdolens), the Sorrowful Mother or Mother of Sorrows (Latin: Mater Dolorosa), and Our Lady of Piety, Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows or Our Lady of the Seven Dolours are names given to describe the sorrows in Mary's life. The Blessed Virgin Mary has been one of the major subjects of Christian Art, Catholic Art and Western Art for many centuries. Literally hundreds of thousands of pieces of Marian art in the Catholic Church covering a range of Marian artistic topics have been produced, from masters such as Michelangelo and Botticelli to humble peasant artists. Iglesia de la Vera Cruz (Salamanca) The Seven Sorrows (or Dolors) are events in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary that are a popular devotion and are frequently depicted in art. It is a common devotion for Catholics to say daily one Our Father and seven Hail Marys for each. St. Simeon’s Prophecy. (Luke 2:34–35) The Flight into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13) The Loss of Jesus in the Temple. (Luke 2:43–45) The Meeting of Mary and Jesus on the Way to Calvary. The Crucifixion of Jesus. (John 19:25) The Piercing of the Side of Jesus, and His Descent from the Cross. (Matthew 27:57–59) The Burial of Jesus. (John 19:40–42) Among Catholic theologians, it is undisputed that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and the human race, especially in the salvific role of redemption as exhibited by the crucifixion on Mount Calvary. Accordingly, the word "mediator" in the strict sense fits Jesus alone in relation to God, but in a subordinate sense Christians exercise a mediation "that is effective through, with, and in Christ. The subordinate mediator never stands alone, but is always dependent on Jesus. According to Totus Tuus Ministries a subordinate mediator is defined as someone delegated by the mediator to act in his name and with his authority. The effectiveness of the subordinate mediator derives his influence exclusively from the mediator. This is precisely what the Catholic Church teaches regarding Mary, the saints and anyone else empowered by our Savior Jesus Christ to act in a role of subordinate mediation. Many Catholics and Christians are not aware of the reasons for this apostasy that has discretely used the faces of our Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the saints with ancient spirits of the past and their servants that are more than willing to perpetuate this blasphemy. I pray that the Church has apologized for damaging so many people.
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    The Didache Chapter 5 Evil is so seductive. The spirit of deceit will do its very best to make you believe what is its own selfish interest is your own desire. What the spirit of deceit does not want you to know that it bows before Hashem's will. Santeria Church of the Orishas Dedicated to the religion of Santería and worship of the Orishas What’s the Difference Between Legba, Eleggua, Eshu and Exu?! Watch "Planet Doc Voodoo Mysteries." Rhythmic drumming forms an essential musical accompaniment to all vodou ceremonies. Each of the lwa, the spirits, has his or her own rhythm. Poto Mitan is the central pole in the voodoo temple (the hounfour). The term can also be used to designate the "family support", usually the mother. This term refers to that which is at the center of the home, the individual around which everything is organized and supported. Modern New Orleans Voodoo altar. Louisiana State Museum, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mambo is the Vodou term for a female (as opposed to the Houngan, or male) High Priest in the Vodou religion in Haiti. They are the highest form of clergy in the religion, whose responsibility it is to preserve the rituals and songs and maintain the relationship between the spirits and the community as a whole (though some of this is the responsibility of the whole community as well). They are entrusted with leading the service of all of the spirits of their lineage. Gro Mambo Angélá Noványón Idizol, the founder of Le Peristyle Haitian Sanctuary, as well as the National African Religion Congress (NARC) There are two ranks of mambo, mambo asogwe (high priestess) and mambo sur pwen / mambo sur point ("junior priestess"). A mambo asogwe is the highest member of clergy in vodou; she is the only one with authority to ordain other priests. Houngan is the term for a male priest in Haitian Vodou. The term is derived from the Fon word "hùn gan". There are two ranks of houngan: houngan asogwe (high priest) and houngan sur pwen (junior priest). A houngan asogwe is the highest member of clergy in voodoo and the only one with authority to ordain other priests. Houngan after his Kanzo (Vodou initiation and ordination process) It is the Houngan's role to preserve the rituals and songs and maintain the relationship between the spirits and the community as a whole (though some of this is the responsibility of the whole community as well). They are entrusted with leading the service of all of the spirits of their lineage. Sometimes they may also be bokor (sorcerers). Hashem condemns seeking special knowledge either from the dead in general or from dead relatives (familiar spirits, spirits with whom the one praying had previous personal acquaintance). Leviticus 19 Leviticus Hashem condemns anyone who calls up a spirit of the dead. Leviticus 20 There are two testimonies that give the same account on Hashem choosing to use people and spirits, both good and evil, to fulfill His divine plan. 2 Chronicles 18 1 Kings 22 The Temple of the Python Temple of the Python is located in the town of Ouidah (Whydah Bird of Paradise) on the Atlantic coast of the Republic of Benin. Ouidah historically also called Whydah, Juda, and Ajudá by the Portuguese. The town encompasses an area of 141 sq miles and as of 2002 had a population of 76,555 people Ouidah was originally known as Glexwé, literally 'Farmhouse', and was part of the Kingdom of Whydah. The boundaries of Kingdom of Whydah are similar to today's Republic of Benin. Snake worship at The Temple of Python in Ouidah. The serpent deity Dangbé has been revered in the Ouidah area for centuries. As such the deity's “ancestors”, the XX python, are protected and honored in the city's Temple of the Python. The temple is maintained by the priests of Dangbé, and dozens of the sacred python are housed within. Whydah exported some thousand slaves a month, mainly from the interior of Africa. For this reason, it has been considered a "principal market" for human beings. Vodun (meaning spirit in the Fon and Ewe languages, pronounced [vodṹ] with a nasal high-tone u; also spelled Vodon, Vodoun, Vodou, Voudou, Voodoo, etc.) is practiced by the Ewe people of eastern and southern Ghana, and southern and central Togo; and the Kabye people, Mina people, and Fon people of southern and central Togo, southern and central Benin. It is also practiced by some Gun (Gbe) people of Lagos and Ogun in southwest Nigeria. Ewe religion is organized and centered around a creator/creatress deity, Mawu and Lisa. Mawu and Lisa (Goddess and God) to the Ewe is the Supreme Being and is remote from daily affairs. In addition the Ewe believe in many secondary gods (trɔwo) that are worshiped in unique ways. They also believe in spirit ancestors and divination is practiced. Se is a word for law, order and harmony; Se is the maker and keeper of human souls; in an abstract sense, Se is destiny. Ewe of Dahomey and Togo notes that "in the life of the Dahomian, Mawu is but another Vodu or Yehwe, the two (sets of) terms being synonymous. Mawu is a generic term for "Great God." In Dahomey faith, Mawu (alternately: Mahu) is a creator goddess, associated with the sun and moon. In some myths, she is the twin sister-wife of the male god Lisa; in others, both deities are aspects of the same androgynous or two-spirited deity, Mawu-Lisa. “In the Jewish Kabbalah, you also have the male (Hashem) and female (Shekhina) aspects of God. The dual aspect deity is similar to the Christian view of the reciprocal existence in the three persons of the Trinity Godhead. In Dahomey Nana Buluku is an androgynous Supreme Creator of the Universe and all that exists in it. She is celebrated as Nanã in Candomblé Jejé and as Nana Burukú in Candomblé Ketu, where she is pictured as a very old woman, older than creation itself. Mahu and Lisa are the children of Nana Buluku, and are the parents of Xevioso. Damballa (Dambala, Danbala) is a Vodau serpent Loa of the Dahomeans. His 7000 coils formed the earth and the heavens. The Fon people of Benin believe the rainbow snake Ayida-Weddo, created to serve Nana Buluku, held up the heavens. The creature had a twin personality as the red part of the rainbow was male, while the blue part was female. She is portrayed as a narrow green snake. Like Dambala, she lives in the sky as well as in all the trees, springs, pools, and rivers. In some West African mythology, Mawu the creator sent down Adanhu and Yewa from the sky with the rainbow serpent Ayida-Weddo. Here is an excerpt of the Voodoo creation belief: "In the beginning there was a vast serpent, whose body formed seven thousand coils beneath the earth, protecting it from descent into the abysmal sea. Then the titanic snake began to move and heave its massive form from the earth to envelop the sky. It scattered stars in the firmament and wound its taught flesh down the mountains to create riverbeds. it shot thunderbolts to the earth to create the sacred thunder stones. From its deepest core it released the sacred waters to fill the earth with life. As the first rains fell, a rainbow encompassed the sky and Dambala took her, Ayida Wedo, as his wife. The spiritual nectar that they created reproduces through all men and women as milk and semen. The serpent and the rainbow taught humankind the link between blood and life, between menstruation and birth, and the ultimate Vodou sacrament of blood sacrifice." Dambala and Ayida Wedo Dambala Wedo for Witches After creating the earth and all life and everything else on it, she became concerned that it might be too heavy, so she asked the primeval serpent, Aido Hwedo, to curl up beneath the earth and thrust it up in the sky. When she asked Awe, a monkey she had also created, to help out and make some more animals out of clay, he boasted to the other animals and challenged Mawu. Gbadu, the first woman Mawu had created, saw all the chaos on earth and told her children to go out among the people and remind them that only Mawu can give Sekpoli - the breath of life. Gbadu instructed her daughter, Minona, to go out among the people and teach them about the use of palm kernels as omens from Mawu. When Awe, the arrogant monkey climbed up to the heavens to try to show Mawu that he too could give life, he failed miserably. Mawu made him a bowl of porridge with the seed of death in it and reminded him that only she could give life and that she could also take it away. Watch "Voodoo Mounted by the gods." Dahomey was an African kingdom (located in the area of the present-day country of Benin) which lasted from about 1600 until 1894, when the last chief Behanzin was defeated by the French and the country was annexed into the French colonial empire. Dahomey developed on the Abomey Plateau among the Fon people in the early 17th century and became a regional power in the 18th century by conquering key cities on the Atlantic coast. For much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the Kingdom of Dahomey was a key regional state, eventually ending tributary status to the Oyo Empire.The Kingdom of Dahomey was an important regional power that had an organized domestic economy built on conquest and slave labor, significant international trade with European powers, a centralized administration, taxation systems, and an organized military. Most Dahomeans belong to the Fon tribes (the eastern Ewe), and their language is of the Kwa group of the Guinean languages. The majority of Dahomeans have preserved their ancient tribal beliefs; some practice Islam or Christianity. The Fon call one aspect of their serpent Ancestral deity by the name of Da or Dan. The Ba Kongo referred to this entitity often as Mbada or Mbaza. The Afrikans of Haiti combined these terms and hence we get Damballa. http://www.hope-of-israel.org/i000035a.htm The point of view of those that communicate with spirits. Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Sanhedrin Folio 65a NECROMANCY: By: Joseph Jacobs, Ludwig Blau The first oracle mentioned in history was dedicated to the Hivite serpent god, Ob, or Aub in Canaan. According to the Table of Nations (Genesis 10), the Hivites are one of the descendants of Canaan, son of Ham. (Also 1 Chronicles 1:13-15) A possible origin of the name may be in the Hebrew word chava ( חוה ), which means tent dweller. According to traditional Hebrew sources, the name "Hivite" is related to the Aramaic word "Khiv'va" (HVVA), meaning "snake", and related to the word 'awwiah in Galilee, meaning serpent, since they sniffed the ground like snakes looking for fertile land. The root HVVA is is Eph or Ev one of the first variations of the original Aub. In Genesis 34:2 it is mentioned that Shechem the son of Hamor was a Hivite. In Genesis 34:14, we find that the Hivites did not practice male circumcision, one of the few peoples living in the land of Canaan who did not. Circumcision was a common practice among the peoples living in Canaan. Egyptians, Edomites, Ammonites, Moabites, and various Canaanite tribes practiced male circumcision along with the Hebrews. Other than Israel’s nemesis – the Philistines – the Hivites appear to be an exception to the rule of circumcision, lending them some distinction among the tribes of Canaan. Deuteronomy 7:3 forbade Israelites from marrying Hivites, because they followed the serpent god Ob and other dieties. In 'The Serpent Myth', William Wynn Westcott, one of the founders of the 19th century Golden Dawn magical order, claims "Ob was an Egyptian word for serpent' and is the source of the term 'Obeah'. The Serpent is a symbol common to the Yezidi, Voodooists, Tantrics, and Thelemites. http://www.sacred-texts.com/etc/wos/wos04.htm http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sumer_anunnaki/reptiles/serpent_tribe/serpent_tribe04.htm
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    The Didache Chapter 5 Is dancing with rattle snakes a sign of faith or testing Hashem's Holy Spirit and Jesus? Watch comedian Will Ferrell dance with and get bitten by a rattlesnake in the movie "The Campaign" The practice of snake handling and of drinking strychnine and other poisons, found in a few offshoots of Pentecostalism, find their Biblical support in Mark 16:18. Mark 16 Watch the video, "Why does the Bible say you can drink poison and survive? ( Is Mark 16:18 a FORGERY !? )" The oldest copies of the Gospel of Mark, the Sinaitic and Vatican, end at Mark 16:8.This has led to questioning whether verses 9 through 20 in chapter 16 of the Gospel of Mark are intentional apostasy by an unknown writer or inspired by Hashem? Moses, Jesus and Paul verify Mark 16:18 that the true saints are protected by Hashem and through the power of the Holy Spirit are able to heal the sick. Luke 10 Acts 28 We should not put Hashem and Jesus to the test by drinking poison or dancing with venomous snakes. Luke 4 Numbers 21 Moses and the Brazen Serpent Augustus John Nehushtan was the (sacred) name by which the (great) brazen serpent was known during the years "the children of Israel succumbed did burn incense to it." I am quite certain Pentecostal consider snake dancing a demonstration of their faith. How many Pentecostal serpent handlers mistakenly look upon a rattlesnake as a proper object of worship? I gained some good wisdom from Herb of Healing Rooms of Frederick. Herb considered Christians dancing with snakes presumptuous. He felt that the Holy Spirit would protect the righteous faithful if they accidentally crossed the path of a poisonous snake and got bitten. But the Holy Spirit might not help one who purposely places an arm in a rattlesnake den. Proverbs 14 In Asher Elbein's essay, "The Pentecostal Serpent," six different types of snakes are used; the copperhead, the eastern diamondback, timber rattler, the grey-black pygmy rattler, the coral snake, and the cottonmouth. In addition to snake dancing being presumptuous, over time the seductive nature of the serpent may cause people can lose sight of the symbolical meaning and regard the serpent itself as the seat of the healing power, thus making it into an object of worship. 2 Kings 17 Like Pentecostalism, Haitian Voodoo is a high-energy, charismatic movement that includes spiritual possession with intense music and dancing. http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2014/05/07/coming-soon-to-age-of-economic-inequality-radical-spirituality/31987 Li Grande Zombi – by Charles Gandolfo Can all Pentecostals discern whether they are being possessed by the Holy Spirit or a spirit of the antiChrist? 1 John 4 Loa (also spelled Lwa or L'wha, also referred to as Spirits, Mystères and the Invisibles) are intermediaries between Bondye (French: Bon Dieu, meaning "good God")—the Supreme Creator, who is distant from the world—and humanity. Unlike saints or angels however, they are not simply prayed to, they are served. They are each distinct beings with their own personal likes and dislikes, distinct sacred rhythms, songs, dances, ritual symbols, and special modes of service. Contrary to popular belief, the loa are not deities in and of themselves; they are intermediaries for, and dependent on, a distant Bondye. Haitian and Louisiana Loa are divided into several "nations." Two of the major nations are the Rada and Petro. The Rada Loa like Damballa, Erzulie Freda, Loco, Ayizan, Anaisa Pye, Damballa, Ayida-Weddo, Agwé, Papa Legba. can be directly traced to the Dahomey Vudus of West Africa. Many scholars believe that the name "Rada" is a corruption of "Arara," an African port from whence many slave ships were launched. Rada spirits are typically thought to be peaceful or benign. Petro Loa (Haitian Creole: Petwo) are considered to be more aggressive, and though some can be traced to the the Kongo and Dahomey pantheons, they are primarily Ayiti (Haiti) origin. African slaves absorbed some of the beliefs and practices of the indigenous people of Ayiti. Drumming at Rada ceremonies is mostly played in "even" time (4/4, 6/8, etc.,), while the drums in Petro play "odd" times (5/4,7/4, etc.,) and off beat; there is a sort of tension present at Petro ceremonies. Rouse classifies all indigenous inhabitants of the Greater Antilles (except the western tip of Cuba), the Bahamian archipelago, and the northern Lesser Antilles as Taíno indians. He subdivides the Taíno into three main groups: Classic Taíno, mostly from Haiti, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic; Western Taíno, or– sub-Taíno, for population from Jamaica, Cuba (except for the western tip) and the Bahamian archipelago; and Eastern Taíno for those from the Virgin Islands to Montserrat. The key to the relationship between the Caribbean Taíno and the East African slaves was the polytheistic nature of their religious beliefs, which made them both tolerant to each other's ways. Taíno spirituality centered on the worship of zemís. A zemí/cemí is a Loa or ancestor. The major Taíno loa are Yúcahu and Atabey. Yúcahu, which means spirit of cassava, was the Loa of cassava - the Taínos' main crop - and the sea. Atabey, mother of Yúcahu, was the goddess of the Moon, fresh waters and fertility. The minor Taíno gods related to the growing of cassava, the process of life, creation and death. Baibrama was a minor god worshiped for his assistance in growing cassava and curing people from its poisonous juice. Boinayel and his twin brother Márohu were the gods of rain and fair weather, respectively. Guabancex was the non-nurturing aspect of the goddess Atabey who had control over natural disasters. Juracán is often identified as the god of storms but the word simply means hurricane in the Taíno language. Guabancex had two assistants: Guataubá, a messenger who created hurricane winds, and Coatrisquie who created floodwaters. Maquetaurie Guayaba or Maketaori Guayaba was the god of Coaybay or Coabey, the land of the dead. Opiyelguabirán', a dog-shaped god, watched over the dead. Deminán Caracaracol, a male cultural hero from which the Taíno believed to descend, was worshipped as a zemí. Macocael was a cultural hero worshiped as a Loa who had failed to guard the mountain from which human beings arose. He was punished by being turned into stone, or a bird, a frog, or a reptile, depending on interpretation of the myth. Baron Samedi The Indian Zemi "connotes both the spirit of the dead, the soulless living and the fetish stone by which magic is accomplished." The word "zombie" comes from the Indian Zemi; so do the loa Simbi, patron of the rains, and Baron Samedi, Lord of the Cemetery and the Crossroads. Baron Samedi (French: Baron Saturday, also written Baron Samdi, Bawon Samedi, or Bawon Sanmdi) is one of the Loa of Haitian Vodou. Samedi is a Loa of the dead, along with Baron's numerous other incarnations Baron Cimetière, Baron La Croix, and Baron Kriminel. He is syncretized with Saint Martin de Porres. He is the head of the Guédé family of Loa. His wife is the Loa Maman Brigitte. He is usually depicted with a top hat, black tail coat, dark glasses, and cotton plugs in the nostrils, as if to resemble a corpse dressed and prepared for burial in the Haitian style. He has a white, frequently skull-like face (or actually has a skull for a face), and speaks in a nasal voice. Baron Samedi is noted for disruption, obscenity, debauchery, and having a particular fondness for tobacco and rum infused with hot peppers. Additionally, he is the Loa of resurrection, and in the latter capacity he is often called upon for healing by those near or approaching death, as it is only Baron who can accept an individual into the realm of the dead. Baron Samedi spends most of his time in the invisible realm of vodou spirits. He is notorious for his outrageous behavior, swearing continuously and making filthy jokes to the other spirits. He is married to another powerful spirit known as Maman Brigitte, but often chases after mortal women. He loves smoking and drinking and is rarely seen without a cigar in his mouth or a glass of rum in his bony fingers. Baron Samedi can usually be found at the crossroad between the worlds of the living and the dead. When someone dies, he digs their grave and greets their soul after they have been buried, leading them to the underworld. Baron Samedi is the leader of the Guédé, Loa with particular links to magic, ancestor worship and death. These lesser spirits, all dressed like the Baron, are all as rude and crude, but not nearly as charming as their master. They help carry the dead to the underworld. As well as being master of the dead, Baron Samedi is also a giver of life. He can cure any mortal of any disease or wound, if he thinks it is worthwhile. His powers are especially great when it comes to vodou curses and black magic. Even if somebody has been afflicted by a hex which brings them to the verge of death, they will not die if the Baron refuses to dig their grave. So long as this mighty spirit keeps them out of the ground, they are safe. He does also ensure that all corpses rot in the ground to stop any soul from being brought back as a brainless zombie. What he demands in return depends on his mood. Sometimes he is content with his followers wearing black, white or purple clothes or using sacred objects; he may simply ask for a small gift of cigars, rum, black coffee, grilled peanuts, or bread. But sometimes the Baron requires a vodou ceremony to help him cross over into this world. There are many Legbas in Umbanda, Candomble, Santeria, Sanse, Vodou, and other offshoots I am not aware of. I want to first focus on well known Legbas, then give a better understanding of what they mean in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. In Vodou (Voodoo), Papa Legba is the loa who serves as the intermediary between the loa (spirits) and humanity. Papa Legba is considered the good counterpart to Baron Samedi. He stands at a spiritual crossroads and gives (or denies) permission to speak with the spirits of Guinee, and is believed to speak all human languages. In Haiti, he is the great elocutioner. Legba facilitates communication, speech, and understanding. Papa Legba is also know as "Saint Lazarus" the ancient white bearded sage of experience and wisdom. Papa Legba Papa Legba is the first one saluted at all Haitian Loa ceremonies, and is considered to be the principle of life; the initial procreative whole. He is identified with the sun and the birth of life; the center post in all hounfor (Vodun temples) are called poteu Legba. Through this post the Loa enter the ceremonies, and it's also where there food is placed. Dancing, drumming, possession, and all the activities of ceremony revolve around the poteu Legba. He is said to be very wise, and only he knows the sacred language of Mawu-Lisa, the highest god in Vodun. All prayers and sacrifice must go through Legba, and only he can open the sacred gateway. Journey into the Spiritual World of Voodoo in New Orleans Elegba Tropenmuseum Elegba (Eleggua, Elegua, Elewa, Cuba Elegba or Niño de Atocha) is a much younger version of Papa Legba known in Haiti. He is often depicted with horns on his head and an erect penis symbolizing his insatiable nature. In Santeria (Way of the Saints) spirit is disguised as Saint Anthony of Padua "Leggua" holding baby Jesus. Santeria is an Afro-Caribbean religion based on Yoruba beliefs and traditions, the Lucumi slaves added Roman Catholic elements added to preserve their faith. Santeria is also known as La Regla Lucumi and the Rule of Osha. An orisha (spelled orichá or orixá in Latin America) is a spirit that reflects one of the manifestations of God (Eledumare, Olorun, Olofi) in Yoruba religion. There are a total of 401 orishas. In order to preserve and shield (mask) their traditional beliefs, the Lucumí people syncretized their Orichás with Roman Catholic saints Jean-Jacques Dessalines The revolutionary Jean-Jacques Dessalines presumptively proclaimed himself head of the Catholic church in Haiti after the Haitian Revolution. He set forward to limit the jurisdiction of priests and to appoint men to vacant positions in local church communities. He himself had caused the assassination of a large number of the missionaries by failing to stop slaughter of the white colonists. This caused a schism between the Haitian state and Rome, resulting in Rome's declining to send priests into the country. There were no priests to provide guidelines for the newly established Haitian state. As a consequence, the principles of Vodou and Catholicism were merged and Catholicism (with its Vodou influences) was made the state's official religion under the leadership of Henri Christophe. Another cause of the syncretic connection between Catholicism and Vodou was the state's ordination of Haitian men to the priesthood – a step that the Vatican would not recognize as legitimate. However, mixture of both religions shaped the way of how Haitians practice their ritual. The Haitians were going to church, but they continued to adhere to Vodou, using the rituals of the church to mask the practices of their native traditions. For many Protestants prayers to departed saints attract fallen angels into the spiritual atmosphere around your soul. The Yaruba orishas in counterfeit Catholic Saints demand both prayer and sacrifice, in my belief greatly angers our Creator. As a Catholic this upsets me that so many people are not aware that what they are doing is anti-Christian. I pray that our Latin Pope Francis addresses this issue that I am sure he is quite aware. None of these people should be able to receive communion until they renounce these African Orishas that are damning their spirits. The official position of the Roman Catholic Church is that asking saints for their prayers is no different than asking someone here on earth to pray for us. However, the practice of many Catholics diverges from official Roman Catholic teaching. Many Catholics do in fact pray directly to saints for help – instead of asking the saints and/or Mary to intercede with God for help. The church needs to better communicate this half truth to the congregation. This half truth has spawned Western Vudun.
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    The Didache Chapter 5 Prophets were known for wearing and passing on cloaks (mantles) as a sign of their calling from God. The story of how the mantle of prophetic authority was passed from Elijah to Elisha offers helpful understanding when the Lord releases one religious leader and calls a new one. 1 Kings 19 2 Kings 2 Nicolas Poussin - St John the Baptist Baptizes the People Louvre Museum Like the Prophet Elijah bestowing the power of Hashem's Holy Spirit on Elisha, John the Baptist bestowed the power of Hashem's Holy Spirit on Jesus. Matthew 3 Matthew 11 I always thought that the Holy Spirit came after Jesus to the Apostles. What I am coming to realize is Hashem's Holy Spirit has been with us all the time. Numbers 11 The Holy Spirit rests on the seventy Elders. The Holy Spirit rests on Mary and the twelve Apostles. Acts 2 Joel 2 Proverbs 1 Matthew 23 Jesus rebuked Jewish authority for being corrupt, vain, money hungry, lazy examples of following Hashem's laws given to Moses. How many of us today are guilty of the same transgression? Listen to Lenny Kravitz, "Fly Away." The song invokes your spirit to let go of your earthly constraints and escape to a distant place. Without the Holy Spirit escape from the physical is only a dream or death. Listen to Mr. B "In The Last Days I Will Pour Out My Spirit Upon All Flesh."
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    The Didache Chapter 5 I do not believe Hashem is quantifiable. But, through His love and Mercy he reveals Himself to us through our Savior Jesus Christ and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. I do not believe that it is possible to know Hashem through quantum mysticism or numerology without His Will to permit it. Otherwise, it would be easily revealed that Jesus is the prophesied Messiah and the Holy Spirit dwells with us today. But, I do believe that that the search for Hashem through quantum mysticism and numerology has given us a way to observe the universe through physics and mathematics. It may be possible that only through selfless faith the Holy Spirit would permit the righteous to use quantum mysticism and numerology to help us better understand Hashem. But, I firmly believe that quantum mysticism and numerology will not reveal Hashem's Will on their own. Math is Not a Mirror of Nature by Lee Smolin Joods Historisch Museum - Levensboom glas in lood - Eli Content (Midden) Tree of Life by Eli Content Middle frame of a set of three leaded glass windows by the artist Eli Content. This framework is made of matt clear glass with 12 large glass spheres in different shades of green. Around the 12 balls are smaller squares and ovals in various green and small red spheres. Eli Content's thumb print can be seen at the bottom centre. The Tree of Life, or Etz haChayim (עץ החיים) in Hebrew, is a mystical symbol used in the Kabbalah of esoteric Judaism to describe the path to HaShem and the manner in which He created the world ex nihilo (out of nothing). Kabbalists believe the Tree of Life to be a diagrammatic representation of the process by which the Universe came into being. Saint Paul teaches that Hashem reveals Himself through the Spirit of the righteous that testify about him. Hashem has given each one of us the ability to discern the truth of their testimony and receive or reject the Hashem's Holy Spirit. Once the germ of Holy Spirit enters us the physics of the universe submits to Hashem's Will which is separated from any data set. Hebrews 11 For those that are seeking Hashem, listen to Collective Soul, "Shine." Virginia Tech gunman, Cho Seung-Hui was looking for meaning of Shine's lyrics "Teach me how to speak, Teach me how to share, Teach me where to go." According to the roommates, Cho wrote these words on the wall of his dorm room and would play the song endlessly on repeat. If only he would have understood Jesus command to "Love your neighbor" this tragedy may never have happened. Here is a snapshot from one of several videos Cho Seung-hui sent to NBC News Salvation does not come from a magical amulet or incantation. Jesus teaches that the Holy Spirit will enter our hearts only when we are in complete selfless humility embracing His commands. John 14 True prophecy comes from Hashem not from our minds. 2 Peter 1 How does a materialist quantify an intimate connection with another? Is it purely physical? The Transfiguration of Jesus is an episode in the New Testament narrative in which Jesus is transfigured (or metamorphosed) and becomes radiant upon a mountain. Pinacoteca Comunale, Recanati Verklärung Christi Origen was the first to comment that the presence of Moses and Elijah represented the "Law and the Prophets", referring to the Torah (also called the Pentateuch) and the rest of the Hebrew Bible. Jesus made sure to have three witness observe this event to fulfill the prophecy of Malachi. Matthew 17 Hashem revealed to the prophet Malachi that in the future a man would look and preach like the Prophet Elijah before Christ would arrive. Malachi 4 The Angel Gabriel later told John the Baptist’s parents that their son would minister in the spirit and power of Elijah Luke 1 John fulfilled his purpose by preparing the people for the coming of Christ and witnessing that Jesus was divinely illuminated John 1 The name John means "the grace and mercy of the Lord." The Great Isaiah Scroll Watch "Archie Bunker on Jewish Baptism"
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    The Didache Chapter 5 On the Soul By Aristotle Written 350 B.C.E Translated by J. A. Smith Book III Part 10 Acts 17 On the Soul By Aristotle Written 350 B.C.E Translated by J. A. Smith Book III Part 11 Revelation 13 Did the Disciple John use a cipher called gematria to hide the name of the beast? Gematria (Greek: meaning geometry) is an Assyro-Babylonian-Greek system of code and numerology later adopted into Jewish culture that assigns numerical value to a word or phrase that independent of it original proper meaning. The belief that words or phrases with identical numerical values bear some relation to each other or bear some relation to the number itself as it may apply to nature, a person's age, the calendar year, or the like. According to the mystic Jews, during the second Temple period holy names were skillfully secreted among the letters of the text of the entire Torah. Around the time of Jesus Christ the Tannaim began using Gematria to codify holy names and phrases within the Torah. The most distinguished of rabbis, like Akiba, Eleazar of Modaim, Joshua ben Hannaniah, and Eliezer be Hyrcanos, did not hesitate to make use of this method. By adding the values of a chosen word, striking prophecies were sometimes discovered, as when, on the basis of the word radav in Genesis 42:2 it was calculated that the Egyptian bondage was to last 210 years. I still need to find the meaning of the word radav. http://www.aishdas.org/ta/5773/vayigash.pdf Genesis 42 http://www.biblegematria.com/the-numbers-point-straight-to-5778.html http://www.torah.org/learning/perceptions/5760/bo.html From the name Satan, which has the numerical value of 364, it was inferred that Satan had power over Israel all the days of the year except one, that is, the great day of atonement. The best-known example of Gematria is the Hebrew word Chai ("life"), which is composed of two letters Chet 8 (ח) and 10 Yod (י) which add up to 18. Chai as a symbol goes back to medieval Spain at the earliest. Letters as symbols in Jewish culture go back to the earliest Jewish roots, the Talmud states that the world was created from Hebrew letters which form verses of the Torah. In medieval Kabbalah, Chai is the lowest (closest to the physical plane) emanation of God. This has made 18 a "spiritual" number among Jews, and gifts and donations are frequently done in multiples of 18, which is called "giving chai". Mailings from Jewish charities usually suggest the amounts to give in multiples of chai (18, 36, 54, dollars, etc.) rather than the usual multiples of 25. Legendary singer, Elvis wore a chai necklace. An interesting factoid is that Elvis Presley has Jewish heritage through direct descent of his Jewish great grandmother Martha Tacket. Listen to Elvis Presley sing "I was born about ten thousand years ago." Jesus Monotheism : Volume 1: Christological Origins: The Emerging Consensus and Beyond Page 42 The Tannaim, as teachers of the Oral Law, were direct transmitters of an oral tradition passed from teacher to student that was written and codified as the basis for the Mishnah, Tosefta, and tannaitic teachings of the Talmud. According to tradition, the Tannaim were the last generation in a long sequence of oral teachers that began with Moses. The number 6 in Judiasm. 6 is the gematria of the Hebrew letter "ו" There is great debate whether the number of the beast is 666 or 616. In the Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (C; Paris - one of the four great uncial codices), as well as in the Latin version of Tyconius (DCXVI, ed. Souter in the Journal of Theology, SE, April 1913), and in an ancient Armenian version (ed. Conybeare, 1907).critical editions of the Greek text, such as the Novum Testamentum Graece known to Irenaeus, it is noted that 616 is a variant. Irenaeus’ mention of mss that have 616 is balanced by his rejection of such witnesses in this case. Some theologians are of the opinion that 616 is the gematria of Emperor Nero. Around 2005, a fragment from Papyrus 115, taken from the Oxyrhynchus site, was discovered at the Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum. It gave the beast's number as 616 χιϛʹ. This fragment is the oldest manuscript (about 1,700 years old) of Revelation 13 found as of 2015. The age of a manuscript is not an indicator of the date of its writing but refers to how old the physical material is. All original biblical manuscripts are non-existent today. As they were held and copied onto new materials, eventually the originals fell apart, leaving fragments for a period and then only the copies. So the oldest materials might actually be among the newest manuscripts.Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus, known before the P115 finding but dating to after it, has 616 written in full: ἑξακόσιοι δέκα ἕξ, hexakosioi deka hex (lit. "six hundred and sixteen"). Irenaeus’ mention of manuscripts (mss) that have 616 is balanced by his rejection of such witnesses in this case. As intriguing as the reading 616 is (since the conversion of Nero Caesar’s name in Latin by way of gematria would come out to 616), it must remain suspect because such a reading seems motivated in that it conforms more neatly to Nero’s gematria. THE GEMATRIA OF THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST- 666 Is Nero the beast? It is charged by some that Neron Kesar is merely a convenient "misspelling" of Nero’s name in Hebrew. This objection overlooks the fact that before the modern introduction of dictionaries the world was simply not as concerned as we are about uniformity in the spelling of names. If a name was close enough to a gematria number total a Tanniam (in this case the Revelation writer John) might have adjusted the spelling to fit the sum total. If Nero is in fact the beast, then the Disciple John would have known the system of Gematria and theologians would have to review the deeper meaning of the Book of Revelation. Believing our Bible is divinely inspired, then I could not see Hashem allowing John the Evangelist to make a spelling mistake when invoking one needs true wisdom to understand what 666 or 616 means. Even if Nero was not the "Beast", he indeed was an anti-Christ to Christians. "Christian Dirce," oil painting by Henryk Siemiradzki National Museum, Warsaw The earliest explicit examples of Rabbinic Jewish gematria come from second century Rabbi Yehudah (fl. mid 2d c. CE, in Galilee), interpreting Jeremiah 9.10, concludes that "no one passed through Judea for fifty-two years" because of the numerical value of the word Behemah (beast). Rabbi Nathan (fl. 2d-3d c. CE, in Palestine) suggests that the gematria of "These are the words" in Exodus 35.1 hints at the thirty-nine categories of work forbidden on the Sabbath. The most famous example of Rabbinic isopsephy deals with Genesis 14.14 and the three hundred eighteen servants of Abraham, a tradition transmitted under the name of Bar Qappara' (2d-3d c., son of R. Eliezer). The Kabbalists of the 13th century seriously believed that the Old Testament was written in a hidden code inspired by God. They used gematria as one of the chief means by which to decipher this code. An example of this is shown in their interpretation of Jeremiah 9:9, "From the fowl of the heavens until the beasts are fled and gone". This was interpreted as meaning, that no traveler passed through Judea for 52 years, because the Hebrew word for beast, behemah (behemoth), has the numerical value of 52. Ask the Rabbi : Six Six Six 666 meaning strength and perfection is the opposite of what I see the "Beast" to be. No man is perfect. Hashem is the only perfect being. Is Gematria a calculated Babylonian system of apostasy designed to deceive us from the real truth? The value for the word "gematria" in English Gematria equals 444. Other words that are 444 in English Gematria 444 the key 444 Messiah 444 Jesus 444 Jewish = 1612 in Jewish Gematria 444 Lucifer 444 Occult = 376 in Jewish Gematria 444 Hand of God 444 Code of God 444 Parables http://www.gematrix.org/?word=1612 1612 Sun Worshiper 1612 Are you totally insane 1612 Explosion of sex energy http://www.gematrix.org/?word=376 376 Chicago Cubs 376 Komodo Dragon 376 Surf 376 Google dot com 376 Carrie Fisher Deuteronomy 18 What happens when the calculation of reason runs harmonious to the sensitivity of faith? In the 8th century BC Babylonian king Sargon II (Akkadian Šarru-ukin "he [= the god] made firm the king") is believed to have been the first to use gematria when building the wall of Khorsabad exactly 16,283 cubits long, because that was the numerical value of his name. Reconstructed Model of Palace of Sargon at Khosrabad 1905 What happens when appetite of desire runs contrary to the preservation of culture? Under Babylonian king Sargon II rule, the Assyrians completed the defeat of the Kingdom of Israel, capturing Samaria after a siege of three years and exiling the inhabitants. This became the basis of the legends of the Lost Ten Tribes. According to the Bible, other people were brought to Samaria, the Samaritans, under his predecessor Shalmaneser V (2 Kings 18). Sargon's name actually appears in the Bible only once, at Isaiah 20:1, which records the Assyrian capture of Ashdod in 711 BC. The Israelite intellectuals would appear to have been influenced by the language and culture of their captors, including changes to the Hebrew alphabet and changes in the fundamental practices and customs of the Jewish religion. I have discussed the concepts of Zoroastrian concept of angels and afterlife. http://www.sullivan-county.com/bush/citi_settles.htm A Zoroastrian Sephirot (Tree of Life) A Jewish Sephirot (Tree of Life) - There are 10 Major methods of gematria corresponding to the 10 Sefirot. In 721 BC, Jewish inhabitants of Ashdod and Samaria in present day Israel were resettled in Media after their failed attempt against Assyrian dominance. The records indicate that 27,290 Jews were forced to settle in Ecbatana (Hamadan) and Susa in South West Persia. These settlers are referred to as one of the 'Ten Lost Tribes of Israel' in biblical records. What happens when the calculation of reason runs contrary to the sensitivity of faith? On 8 March 2015 the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria - ISIS) reportedly started the plunder and demolition of Dur-Sharrukin, according to the Kurdish official from Mosul Saeed Mamuzini.The Iraqi Tourism and Antiquities Ministry launched the related investigation on the same day. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/12/isis-ransack-ancient-assyrian-city-confirmed-iraq-head-of-antiquities-dur-sharrukin I understand the Islamic State intention to destroy forms of idolatry that goes against Muslim faith. But, what the Islamic State does not understand is that evil cannot be destroyed without the will of our Creator to allow it. In this computer age the Islamic State would have to erase all forms of media and intellect to make sure there is no trace of idolatry left on the planet. Let's not forget the two voyager spacecraft that are at the time of this post over 12 billion miles away from earth traveling at a speed of 60,000 miles per hour. http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/interstellar.html Both Voyagers carry Golden Records that contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. Religion or God is not mentioned on them. Jesus taught us to worry about ourselves and not judge the sins of others. Christians should only rebuke Christians, not people outside the faith. I have found nothing that states we permitted to harm anyone involved in idolatry or any other sin. Muslims and Jews have a different concept of how to treat an idolater. Is Gematria and the Christian Sephirot idolatry to our Lord? The virtuous atheist considers good deeds may overcome the uncertain forces of fundamentalism to help preserve culture and the accumulation of knowledge. The virtuous believer knows if it is the will of God doing good deeds will help purify culture grow faith. The question for atheist and fundamentalist is the value of life in the preservation and purification of a culture. http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/etgloss/va-vih.htm https://books.google.com/books?id=nQfiAQAAQBAJ&lpg=PA98&ots=akVxCY5Elh&dq=Zoroaster%20Gematria&pg=PA103#v=onepage&q=Zoroaster%20Gematria&f=false http://www.esotericarchives.com/oracle/oraclez.htm It is my belief that everything needed for salvation is overtly and publicly stated by the Prophets, Jesus Christ and His Disciples. The rest comes from our imagination.
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    The Didache Chapter 5 ENCYCLICAL LETTER LUMEN FIDEI OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF FRANCIS TO THE BISHOPS PRIESTS AND DEACONS CONSECRATED PERSONS AND THE LAY FAITHFUL ON FAITH I thank Pope Francis for sharing his wisdom on truth and love.I believe the Holy Spirit is the conduit that connects my spirit to the faith and knowledge of Hashem, Jesus, and other kindred spirits. Like Saint Augustine, I too believe that the Holy Spirit can be seen and heard, but it is just not limited to those two senses. I have read that the blind and deaf have felt God's love. The early philosophers did not have a method of communication with a person who was both blind, deaf, and mute. It was not until 1824 that Louis Braill developed published a system for the blind to read and communicate. When I was young one of my all time favorite comics was "Daredevil, The Man without Fear." Marvel's blind fictional character, Daredevil, a demon masked vigilante that uses his enhanced senses to instill fear to those that harm others. Daredevil's brand of justice is the opposite of the commands of love and mercy given by our Creator. Stan Lee might consider in the future sharing wisdom and courage of blind pioneers like Helen Keller in Marvel's comics and movies. People like her are true heroes in my book. Happiness Unreal Unless We Share It With Others By HELEN KELLER, Deaf, Dumb and Blind College Graduate The Story of My Life Helen Keller Psalms 116 Soul sense James Ingram & Michael McDonald award winning "Yah Mo Be There" Yah is a shortened version of Yahweh, which means God in Hebrew. So the title literally means "Yahweh Be There." The title was James Ingram's idea: "We were talking about how to say G-d will be there without scaring most of the audience away." A righteous man, sent by his Father, died for you and me. Not to bring us wealth or fame, but to give us promise of salvation and redemption. How many of us have heard His promise, but do not understand or act upon it? Matthew 13 Many of us reason well, but are too prejudiced to contemplate God in our daily life. Some are satisfied to let science explain the premise to conclusion of God. Some cannot find a method of explanation for the existence of God, they conclude there is nothing to explain and reject divine truth. Without God there is only birth from and final death for the universe and everything within it. Nothing lasts forever. Watch Carl Sagan, "Pale Blue Dot." To a materialist our Earth is just a quantified speck of matter surrounded by vast darkness. How are materialist able to fathom our purpose residing in a 13 billion year old universe that they believe is finite and dying? In their end nothing really matters. In their end there will absolute zero life. Accomplishments and monuments will mean nothing. Every last proton of matter will decay into energy and dissipate. The only thing left we be the cold quiet still darkness of entropy. The Fear of Death How does a materialist accept the increasing isolation, degrading physical mobility, loss of attractive appearance surrounded by material possessions that have little personal value? Is there any real need for a materialist to reconcile with those that have been wronged when nothing really matters? For the dying materialist stares at the light believing darkness comes to us all with no dreams of eternal life. Ecclesiastes 11 Look at the fun Jesus is having with these golden ladies. Precious Friends by Artist Phil Mckay. I want to get a print for my mother's room. Phil Mckay shows us how Jesus inspires us enjoy our life. Is it better for a materialist to live in the now or build for the future? The Global Catastrophic Risk Conference at the University of Oxford estimated a 19% chance of human extinction over the next century. What motivates a materialist to prevent nuclear war, meteor impacts, runaway global warming, grey goo, bioterrorism, and particle accelerator accidents? Like the universe the light of faith is slowly dimming for mankind. I pray to the Holy Spirit that the wisdom of Jesus comes back in style. Faith in our Creator and moral discipline are eroding at an increasing rate. The clouds of materialism obscures our potential of attaining salvation. We all can be Children of Hashem and embrace our brother Jesus Christ. Faith Luke Wilbur 2 Corinthians 6 I can personally testify that when person of faith marries one without faith there is a good chance that it will end up in failure. This is even true if both partners are virtuous. If and when the physical desire diminishes, then the spiritual and physical will become more in conflict with each other. Depending on the choices of the partners on how to reconcile this difference will lead into divorce or a stronger marriage. Mine led to divorce. The virtuous atheist considers good deeds may overcome the uncertain forces of nature to help preserve life knowing death is the final outcome. The virtuous believer knows if it is the will of God doing good deeds will help preserve life knowing death is the beginning of a new journey.
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    The Didache Chapter 5 John 6 In Ancient Roman religion, the genius is the individual instance of a general divine nature that is present in every individual person, place, or thing. Much like a guardian angel, the genius would follow each man from the hour of his birth until the day he died. For women it was the Juno spirit that would accompany each of them. Contemplate on the woman holding a mirror and a tambourine facing a winged genie with a ribbon and a branch with leaves. Red-figure oinochoe, ca. 320 BC. How much different is this idea from having a guardian angel? Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon In ancient Greek religion, Daemons were believed to be benevolent or benign nature spirits, beings of the same nature as both mortals and deities, similar to ghosts, chthonic heroes, spirit guides, forces of nature or the deities themselves. An agathodaemon (Greek: ἀγαθοδαίμων, agathodaímōn) or agathos daemon (Greek: ἀγαθὸς δαίμων, agathós daímōn, lit. "noble spirit") was a spirit (daemon) of the vineyards and grainfields in ancient Greek religion. They were personal companion spirits, similar to the Roman genii, ensuring good luck, health, and wisdom. Antinous as Agathodemon. Headless marble statue completed with an Antinous' head, 130–138 CE Altes Museum Jadwiga Łuszczewska, who used the pen name Diotima, posing as the ancient seer in a painting by Józef Simmler, 1855 Lviv National Art Gallery Socrates met Diotima of Mantinea (honoured by Zeus") was a female philosopher and priestess who played an important role in Plato's Symposium. Her idea that beauty exists as a non-sexual everlasting divine constant that resides apart from any individual. Diotima's concept of beauty is the is the origin of Platonic love which lies at the root of all virtue and truth. Symposium By Plato Written 360 B.C.E Translated by Benjamin Jowett Seven hundred years before Plato, King David proclaimed Hashem's decree that if we truly love our brother, we will be rewarded with eternal life. Does the beauty of unity in Psalm 133 reflect Hashem’s blessings of refreshment and fertile generation or true immortality? Psalm 133 The Book of Wisdom has been dated from the time of King Solomon to 100 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. I am amazed how the prophecy of the coming of the Righteous One accurately foretells the life of our Savior while He graced mankind with His presence here on earth. Wisdom 1 Contemplate the Circe Invidiosa ("Circe, abounding in envy") by John William Waterhouse. Envy indeed poisons the well of eternal life. Image of Circe, a figure from Greek mythology, who appears in Homer's Odyssey. This painting shows a scene not from the Odyssey, but from Ovid's Metamorphoses. A jealous Circe throws a magic potion into the well, where her rival in love Scylla is going to bathe. 1 Peter 1 The Annunciation by Bartolome Esteban Murillo Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands The Crowning acrylic and 23 kt gold leaf painting by Sara Star. While I am not used to seeing depictions of Jesus and Mary like this, the spiritual and physical connection cannot be missed. [/size] The blessed mother of Jesus suffered giving birth and watching the death of her son. "Christ on the Cross" by Carl Heinrich Bloch. http://reluctant-messenger.com/Lost-Doctrines-Christianity003.htm http://www.near-death.com/experiences/resurrection02.html philanthrōpia - “philanthropy - the love of man.” The Greeks adopted the "love of humanity" as an educational ideal, whose goal was excellence (arete)—the fullest self-development, of body, mind, and spirit, which is the essence of liberal education. Chesed (חסד, also Romanized khesed, ẖesed) is a Hebrew word commonly translated as "loving-kindness," "kindness" or "love." Chesed is central to Jewish ethics and Jewish theology and is a common term in the Bible for describing God’s love for humankind and God’s special relationship with the Children of Israel. Here Paul tells us that Hashem's philanthropic action was to generate Jesus Christ, our Savior as a vessel of His mercy and guide mankind to eternal life. Titus 3 Watch "Re: Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word." wayman29 is like many gnostics that respect Jesus a rolemodel for virtue. But, they do not understand that faith and fear in God is what is most important. One who understands and practices virtue and truth is on the path to being a true son of God. Mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience are virtues of platonic love. Truth is loving God and your neighbor. The rest is commentary. Colossians 3 Sin leads to a final ending. Love leads to eternal life. John 8 1 Peter 1 Listen to "George Michael - Faith." Faith in physical love is a notion we can accept and understand. Faith in an invisible Creator is what many cannot accept or understand. In my belief, if you have full faith in Hashem and our Messiah, then you have the ability receive the Holy Spirit. A virtuous atheist who does naturally good things, but rejects the notion of our Creator will not receive Hashem's Holy Advocate. There are those who state that they accept Jesus as their savior, but do less good things than a virtuous atheist. I believe those people only know Jesus by name.
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    The Didache Chapter 5 During our suffering here on earth we should confidently praise God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit for gracing us with living water that restores our health and delivers us from spiritual death. 2 Corinthians 5 Psalms 116 Psalms 16 Water and Spirit Ezekiel 36 John 4 John 7 Jesus would have known about Herodotus account 500 years before his mortal time of the legend of a fountain containing a special kind of water in the land of the Macrobians, which gives them exceptional longevity. The Macrobians (Μακροβίοι), meaning long-lived, were a legendary tribe of Aethiopia and kingdom positioned in the land towards the western sunset at the ends of the earth in ancient Libya (Africa). According to Herodotus they dwelt geographically along the sea south of Libya on the Atlantic opposite of the Erythraean sea (Greek: Ἐρυθρὰ Θάλασσα, Erythra Thalassa, "Red Sea") to the east of them. This Libya was south of the Pillars of Hercules and Atlas Mountains along the Atlantic coast, while the northern Libyan coast was the Mediterranean Sea. Herodotus also stated that the Macrobian Ethiopians were Indigenous to southern Libya while the Libyans along the Mediterranean Sea were indigenous to northern Libya Ichthyophagi (Gr. Ἰχθυοφάγοι and Latin Ichthyophagi, for "Fish-Eaters"), the name given by ancient geographers to several coast-dwelling peoples in different parts of the world and ethnically unrelated. Reconstruction of the Oikumene (inhabited world) as described by Herodotus in the 5th century BC. History of Herodotus Book 3 http://youtu.be/HKRt5ZBlJ-0 The Isrealites had a similar story of the restorative powers of the spring En Hakkore. Judges 15 The spring En Hakkore Location of the spring En Hakkore. Galatians 5 Being born of Water and Spirit can be difficult to comprehend. The Living Breath of the Holy Spirit enters those who succumb to the will of Hashem. The Temple of the Holy Spirit resides in the Righteous Intellect taught by Hashem
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    The Didache Chapter 5 Do those that preach that our Creator is flesh and bones teach bad theology. Our Messiah, Jesus Christ, stated Hashem is a spirit. John 4 True Worship Needs Both Spirit and Truth John 15 The Spirit of Truth given by Hashem The Spirit of Truth received by the chosen. The Grace of Hashem Listen to "With the Power of the Holy Spirit." His fire will not die. 1 John 4 Nyx and Apate In the religion of Ancient Greece, Nyx was the spirit of night and stood at or near the beginning of creation. She was the mother of other spirits such as Hypnos (Sleep), Thanatos (Death) and Apate (Deceit) Atë, is the Greek goddess of mischief, delusion, ruin, and folly. The strategy of apate is used to win battles.The Trojan warhorse was used to outwit the enemy by apate. The Japanese used the strategy of apate (Giman) to plan the attack Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A radio giman and silence (denial) plan had American naval radio and fleet intelligence officers uncertain to the location of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s carriers and convinced that they were in their territorial waters following their tradition war exercises. Ephesians 5 Philippians 2 James 3 Some Christians consider Frank Kelly to be a prophet. I had my cousin ask Frank the difference between the God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. His response was to picture the Trinity as a rose. The stem is God the Father. The flower is God the Son. And the fragrance is God the Holy Spirit. Frank Kelly P.O. Box 81 Humarock, MA. 02047 Orthodox Christians believe in a single God who is both three and one (triune); the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, "one in essence and undivided". The Holy Trinity is three "unconfused" and distinct divine persons (hypostases), who share one divine essence (ousia); uncreated, immaterial and eternal. The Father is the eternal source of the Godhead, from whom the Son is begotten eternally and also from whom the Holy Spirit proceeds eternally. The essence of God being that which is beyond human comprehension and cannot be defined or approached by human understanding. In discussing God's relationship to his creation a distinction is made within Orthodox theology between God's eternal essence and uncreated energies, though it is understood that this does not compromise the divine simplicity. Energies and essence are both inseparably God. The divine energies are the expressions of divine being in action according to Orthodox doctrine, whereas the persons of the Trinity are divine by nature. Hence, created beings are united to God through participation in the divine energies and not the divine essence or ousia. John 1 Proverbs 13 2 Corinthians 5 Listen to Josh Turner sing "Long Black Train." Turner told The Boot that the song was inspired by a vision that he had of a long, black train running down a track in the middle of nowhere. Turner said, "I could see people standing out to the sides of this track watching this train go by. As I was walking, experiencing this vision, I kept asking myself, 'What does this vision mean and what is this train?' It dawned on me that this train was a physical metaphor for temptation. These people are caught up in the decision of whether or not to go on this train."
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    The Didache Chapter 5 To mature our spirit, we must align our conscience with that of Jesus and His relationship with our Father. If I am graced with wisdom given by his advocate, I will gain greater peace with those neighbors I fail to understand and still call my enemy. I need to purge myself from emotions that are in conflict with understanding every variable sensed is willed by a perfect Creator. Epicurus (February 341 BC – 270 BC) Marble bust of Epicurus. Roman copy of Greek original, 3rd century BC/2nd century BC. On display in the British Museum, Letter to Pythocles Epicurus was correct that we must not assign divinity to the planets, stars, or any matter. Moses commanded the same thing to the Israelites 1000 years before Epicurus. Sinfulness has and will prevent an active presence of the Lord. And any predictions from events that seem divine are most likely not. Exodus 33 Deuteronomy 4 Does our Father consider icons of either Him or His Son idolatry? Moses stated that we never saw Hashem in the fire. And he Moses stated for us not to depict Hashem in the form of a human. Why do paintings of God our Father depict Him as a human in houses of worship? Raphael, The Burning Bush, fresco, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican God turning his behind on the world he created, the Church and the Pope, painted 1511 after Michelangelo had a quarrel with the Pope. Catechism of the Catholic Church PART THREE LIFE IN CHRIST SECTION TWO THE TEN COMMANDMENTS CHAPTER ONE "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND" Jesus is the visible form of God that His Apostles did see perform miracles. Jesus is the Living Word of God that His Apostles did hear the Good News. John 14 Jesus is a "visible" manifestation of our “invisible" Father. The Holy Trinity an Orthodox wall painted icon at the ceiling of the entrance (πρόστωον) Vatopedion Monastery at Agion Oros (Mount Athos), Greece. Mormon founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, testified that God the Father and Jesus appeared to him. The Doctrine and Covenants Section 130 Items of instruction given by Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Ramus, Illinois, April 2, 1843. Watch "Joseph Smith's Changing View of God" with Grant Palmer dealing with his three accounts on his vision of seeing Jesus Christ. Mormons believe that our Father, the Creator is really a resurrected human who was born on another planet. He in turn had a Creator Father and was a resurrected human who had a Creator and the hierarchy chain is infinite. http://chat.mormon.org/chat/#/ Isaiah 55 I believe in our Creator is Lord of both flesh and spirit. I believe that our moral impurities of the flesh do not allow us to see His spirit without His consent. Moses was not pure enough to see our Creator's face. Jesus Christ is only one mortal pure enough to see the face of Our Heavenly Father that lived to tell about it. Listen to the Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz - Hymnus ''Veni Creator Spiritus'' and reflect on the essence of Hashem.
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    The Didache Chapter 5 Phaedrus By Plato Written 360 B.C.E Translated by Benjamin Jowett (1817 – 1893) From what I have read Socrates understood the concept of excess being an attribute of pleasure, but failed to link temperance as an attribute of love. Instead Socrates considered passion a negative aspect of desire for personal beauty and defined this as love. Candaules, King of Lydia, Shews his Wife by Stealth to Gyges, One of his Ministers, As She Goes to Bed William Etty 1787–1849 Date Exhibited 1830 Medium Oil paint on canvas I wonder what Saint Paul thought about Socrates being sentenced to death discussing the greatest of desires of flesh, 'pleasure'. Christ clearly explained the answer to this discourse. And through the will of God, Paul was himself enlightened and able to Christianize his fellow Jews, tree worshipers, and polytheist believers. Galatians 5 Both Socrates and later Jesus expected death on their last day. Both understood the choice between the flesh and the soul. Mark 14 It is hard to imagine knowing that you are going to die a slow horrifying death according to your Father's will. A sinless son knowing he is going to be tortured and executed is like a lamb knowing he is going to be slaughtered. Christ in Gethsemane Vasily Perov Completion Date: 1878 Style: Realism Genre: religious painting Technique: oil Material: canvas Greater Hippias Socrates knew what beauty is not. But he never found the true essence of Beauty. Do gold grills make Madonna beautiful when she smiles? While personal beauty is fleeting, the essence of of the beautiful is eternal divine perfection. Psalms 27 The attributes of beauty in God's creation are countless. But these attributes of beauty derive from the essence of God's Divine perfection. Joy Of The Lord Oil painting by Greg Olsen The Divine Beauty of God is without defect or limitation. Those that strive to see Divine Beauty should be humble, genuine, and able to overcome the desire for material beauty. James 1 Euthryphro Persons of the Dialogue Socrates. Euthryphro Scene: The Porch of King Archon "Is what is morally good commanded by God because it is morally good, or is it morally good because it is commanded by God?" Ever since Plato's original discussion, this question has presented a problem for some theists, though others have thought it a false dilemma, and it continues to be an object of theological and philosophical discussion today. What makes the god-beloved the god-beloved is the fact that Elohim loves it, whereas what makes the pious the pious is something else. German philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Leibniz presented this version of the dilemma: "It is generally agreed that whatever God wills is good and just. But there remains the question whether it is good and just because God wills it or whether God wills it because it is good and just; in other words, whether justice and goodness are arbitrary or whether they belong to the necessary and eternal truths about the nature of things. It is the view that there are independent moral standards: some actions are right or wrong in themselves, independent of God's commands. This is the view accepted by Socrates and Euthyphro in Plato's dialogue. The Mu'tazilah school of Islamic theology also defended the view (with, for example, Nazzam maintaining that God is powerless to engage in injustice or lying), as did the Islamic philosopher Averroes. I would disagree with any statement that our Creator is powerless to do any action. Just as we should choose our words and actions, God chooses his words and actions wisely, because He is perfection and we are not. I am still pondering why God creates, tests, modifies and destroys those those that go against his will. We do the same thing to ourselves and other species on the planet. We test, modify, create, and destroy.. I am not stating that God has the same intentions. But, our actions are similar when experiments go bad. I am quite sure that it is in our nature to learn and understand God's will and moral framework to not destroy, but better ourselves. God's love has graced us the gift of freedom to follow or rebel against His law. But, we cannot change God's will; for the imperfect cannot change the perfect. God's freedom of rebellion is the choice to destroy our body and soul. God has graced us with a final gift that we can plead for His Mercy from destruction, which may be given if we have given Mercy to others. God has also given us freedom to do righteous actions above His law, only because they are not rebelling against His will and are an integral part of His moral framework to attain perfection. Non righteous non rebellious actions independent of God's law would not be considered moral, but still under God's will. Since we are not perfect we have not authority to determine eternal moral actions on our own. Ethics reveal this to be true, for they are fluid to change by the power of popular opinion. These independent actions can lead to rebellion and idolatry if they become excessive. Even the best of intentions can lead to destruction if we go against God's will. Hebrews 11 Watch the video Rocky 1 theme song "Gonna fly now" (Training scene with lyrics). No pain, No gain! Discipline your spirit to be with God. Watch the video "Do You Believe God Loves You?" by Jefferson Bethke Take a moment to praise the beauty of God's love. Listen to Hillsong Live 'Our God Is Love.' They say seeing is believing. God says believe and you will see!
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    The Didache Chapter 5 Surat Maryam (Mary) 19 Surat Al-Mā'idah (The Table Spread) 5 Surat Al-Mā'idah (The Table Spread) 5 Muslims are similar to Christians on how one is able to achieve paradise by believing in God (Elohim - Allah) and following His Commands. The difference is in the divinity of Jesus. The Quran states that Jesus and Mary (Mother of Jesus) are not divine; there is no Father Son kinship between Jesus and Elohim; when Jesus was taken up to Heaven He had no further knowledge of what His disciples were doing; and finally Elohim did not give Jesus the power to judge the living and the dead. Most Christians would agree upon Mary being holy, but not divine. Catholics do believe that Mary is Queen of Heaven, but consider her a servant to Jesus and Elohim and not divine. If Christians are to believe the testimony of John is true, Then Christians accept, affirm, and honor Jesus kinship to Our Father. For Elohim has given His Glorious power to His Son to raise the dead, to see and judge the hearts of mankind. John 5 Codex Sinaiticus The Glory of Elohim is not an idol. The Glory of Elohim is what gives all the universe movement and life. The grace of receiving the Glory of Elohim is something we all want to achieve. But, only those that follow the commands of Elohim have the opportunity to experience it by living righteously. For Elohim will not share it with selfish hearts. Those that do not follow the commands of Elohim will experience the power of the evil one, who is subject to Elohim. I humbly wonder if the Glory of Elohim is His radiant love for all that follow Him. Is Elohim eternal love for Jesus is like my wanting my son Luke to do better than me. Is Elohim eternal love for His adopted children like my love for my adopted daughter Lyra. I want her to do better than me as well. I love them both with all my essence. I do understand that love for my ward Joe is like a big brother that ebbs and flows. I do my best to serve and protect him. And he helps me tremendously with caring for my mother, household needs, and mentally supporting me when I am down. My love for my mother endures in her time of need. She gave me life, and help nurture me to be the man I am. I am still working on a man who was a false witness against me and refused to reconcile. I leave justice to Jesus. John 14 Paul's passage in Corinthians seems to be that Jesus has been temporarily given the power of God. When Jesus is finished, He return the power of God to His Father. Then God will disperse his power to all His adopted children. During his mortal life, Jesus selflessly submitted to His Father's will. In the end, he will do the same. 1 Corinthians 15 Philippians 2 Codex Sinaiticus The commands of the Father given by the Son. Matthew 4 Codex Sinaiticus Each one of us has to make a choice on whether to put faith in this world or with the one who created it. If the choice is Elohim, then we must learn His law of unconditional love and mercy and reconciliation with family and nonfamily brothers and sisters. Jesus teaches us how to properly love and fear Elohim. I personally learned that all this writing I have done will not be rewarded with Elohim. It is neither perfect and nor anonymous. Therefore, any credit I receive for doing this is for Earthly reward only. I am sinner that wants to be accepted by Jesus, but I am not always pure. I enjoy making money. But, I realize that we should not idolize it. We live in a material world. Luke 16 Codex Sinaiticus Indeed, many believe that Jesus existed. Many believe in resurrection from the dead. Less believe that Jesus rose from the dead. Less believe in the testimony of Jesus. Of those who believe in Jesus resurrection and His testimony, less follow His commands. Kari Jobe - Forever (Live)
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    The Didache Chapter 5 You are my son!’ The King David was viewed as God’s “son” The idiom reflects ancient Near Eastern adoption language associated with covenants of grant, by which a lord would reward a faithful subject by elevating him to special status, referred to as “sonship.” Like a son, the faithful subject received an “inheritance,” viewed as an unconditional, eternal gift. Such gifts usually took the form of land and/or an enduring dynasty. The Hebrew for "begotten" is YALAD and the lexical meaning is "to bear, beget, or bring forth."The phrase "only begotten" in the New Testament comes from the Greek word MONOGENES which means unique or "one and only" Son in the sense that an only child is the only one of his parents. Psalm 2 http://www.truthnet.org/TheMessiah/12_Messiah_Objections_Psalms_2_22/ Psalm 89 Psalm 89 (200 BC) 4Q236 = 4QPs89 2 Samuel 7 John 1:18 King James Version No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. o monogenes uios John 1:18 New American Standard Bible No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. The following manuscripts support 'the only' begotten God.' Papyrus 66 (AD 200) Papyrus 75 (AD 175-225) Diatessaron ("Out of Four") of Titan the Syrian [Arabic version] (c. 160-175) Syriac Peshitta (AD 150) Adysh manuscript (AD 897)-Gregordian-Georgian/Iberian version Opiza manuscript (AD 913) Tbet’ manuscript (AD 995) Minuscule 423 (AD 1556) Bohairic Coptic [codex Bodmer III] (AD 300) Codex B- Sinaiticus (c. 330–360) Codex A- Vaticanus (c. 325–350) Codex D- Cantabrigiensis[ Greek-Latin diglot] (c.400) Apostolic Constitutions (AD 375 -380) Codex Regius (AD 701-800) Papyrus Bodmer II translation variant The Bodmer Papyri are a group of twenty-two papyri discovered in Egypt in 1952. They are named after Martin Bodmer who purchased them. The papyri contain segments from the Old and New Testaments, early Christian literature, Homer and Menander. The oldest, Papyrus 66 (P66) dates to 200 AD. P66 reads 'only begotten God,' not 'only begotten Son of God.' It is said that it is the earliest witness to omit the Pericope de Adultera (John 7:53 – 8:11). Many scholars believe that the scribe of P66 probably did not personally know Greek, but was simply copying out, letter by letter, the papyrus manuscript. Aleph (Codex Sinaiticus) and B (Codex Vaticanus). and two papyrus fragments discovered later, p66 & p75 contain the "only begotten God." The fifth century codex Alexandrinus (A) has "only begotten Son." John 1:18 New American Bible, revised edition No one has ever seen God. The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him. 'The only Son, God' translation above follows earliest manuscripts, monogenēs theos,but takes the first term to mean not just “Only One” but to include a filial relationship with the Father Is there a difference to the meaning of these textual variants? We know that Jesus was subject to the Father during his mortal life. We know that in the end Jesus himself will be subjected to the Father. But it is my understanding the time between the resurrection and the end everything subjected to Christ. P66, P75 and many early manuscripts indicate Christian scribes followed the newly adopted Jewish practice to avoid the usage of the Tetragrammaton. Words like Father, God and Jesus Christ were considered to sacred and were abbreviated to avoid misspelling errors. http://earlybible.com/manuscripts/p66-Joh-1.html http://firstfollowers.vision.org/first-followers/?Tag=P66 https://israelect.com/reference/WillieMartin/Jesus%20Was%20Not%20A%20Jew%20and%20Other%20Things%20%5BA%5D.htm To understand the variant of John 1:18 discussed above. We need to look at at verses that are not debated and gain truth from their wisdom. Here we see that God gave his son, who was in Heaven, down to earth to save mankind and show those who believe in the teachings of Jesus the means of gaining eternal life. John 3 Sinaiticus 1 John 4 Codex Sinaiticus Acts 13 Codex Sinaiticus Colossians 1 Codex Sinaiticus John 3 Conflict can arise when one state Jesus is the Son of the one and only living God or state Jesus is God. Nevertheless, Jesus showed us how to become adopted children of God and receive his power by living righteously (sinless). The key is to us becoming begotten is to unconditionally love God and follow His commands. There are many manuscripts that have textual variants from the original autographs. But, what I truly find a miracle is that all of God's eternal commands remain the same. Love him and your neighbor.
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    The Didache Chapter 5 I know now that I am truly and infant in Christ and I pray my sins to not cause me spiritual death. 1 John 5 John 16 Exodus 15 Hashem honored King David with the royal priesthood King Melchizedek had. Psalms 118 Psalm 109 King David's palace was located to the right of the temple to indicate the royal priesthood relationship he had with Hashem. Jesus was pressing the language here to get the Pharisees to reflect on how much greater the Messiah is. King David throne was on Earth next to Hashem's temple. Jesus throne is in Heaven at the right hand of Hashem. Matthew 22 Luke 22 Take it a break an listen to the Newsboys - "We Believe." I get chills every time I listen to this song. Last days Luke 17 During the second coming of Jesus Christ there is going to be a physical separation of good and bad people that have intermixed together. Listen to the Newsboys 'God's Not Dead.' I can only imagine that our Father consider music like this as the ultimate form of praise. The Great Isaiah Scroll
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    The Didache Chapter 5 When you accept Jesus Christ as your advocate to Hashem, there is no turning back from His commands as well. If you do rebel against them, then you are our rejecting our Almighty Father as well. In this matter the two, Father and Son, are one of the same will. This statement is termed by many as ludicrous, irrational, too complex to believe. That is why many believe faith is for fools. What do you believe? Luke 9 A rainbow appears over a tree of life. I like to sometimes think Hashem taught Jesus how the art of fishing. I have found patience and understanding that I can always learn something new helps me. Only the truly righteous can judge others. And Jesus is the only truly righteous person I know. John 7 When someone in need asks you for something remember this passage. Jesus states that is how you will be judged. Matthew 25 Jude 1 My first concert was ACDC Back in Black tour. It is real easy to get seduced by guitarist Angus Young intensely hypnotic playing style. Watch the crowd chant with AC/DC performing "Highway To Hell." The band states that the lyrics Highway to Hell came from their life on the road and their name came from an Alternating Current/Direct Current label on a sewing machine. But, Christians took notice of their catchy melodies coined a new meaning to thier ACDC acronym the "Anti Christian/Devil cult. Here are some lyrics: Hey satan payin' my dues playin' in a rockin' band hey mumma look at me I’m on the way to the promised land I’m on the highway to hell. or I'll give you black sensations up and down your spine If you're into evil you're a friend of mine See the white light flashing as I split the night Cause if good's on the left then I'm sticking to the right I won't take no prisoners won't spare no lives Nobody's puttin' up a fight I got my bell I'm gonna take you to hell I'm gonna get ya satan get ya AC/DC has influenced generations and there is more to come. Watch the video and discern for yourself. At the Grammy Awards the audience was given red AC/DC horns to promote Satan/Lucifer as cool. Here you see Katy Perry (Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson) proudly wearing red devil horns and making the Satan hand gesture. Katheryn Hudson has renounced her Christian Pentecostal upbringing. "I don't believe in a heaven or a hell or an old man sitting on a throne," said Perry in an issue of Marie Claire. Hudson now finds spirituality through the writing of Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now influenced the song "This Moment"). Read more at Marie Claire "Katy Conquers All." I will have to read some of Eckhart Tolle's teachings. As a son of a deacon, I can relate to the pressure and rebellion that Katheryn is going through. Spiritual wisdom has to be properly nurtured, but cannot be forced into anyone. For myself the process came after getting divorced. I was depressed and thought about drinking, but chose to read the Bible as a cathartic process to heal my mind. By the power of the Holy Spirit I have gained a revelation of understanding my father's vocation and his belief on the discipline of humility. In my youth I would be wearing those red devil horns as well. I thank Jesus for his coming to save sinners like myself. The Grammy show politely requested the Devil Horns they had given to the audience not be worn during the rest of the awards ceremony. I wonder why the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) permitted a satanic ritual at all. Is demon worship the new direction of the mainstream music industry? It appears that the Executives of Universal Music Group (UMG Recordings, Inc.) are promoting Satanism to young people seeking social identity. UMG Chair Lucian Charles Grainge is a practicing Ashkenazi Jew. He is also a member of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, an organization dedicated to fighting intolerance and promoting understanding between ethnic communities. I cannot fathom how promoting a symbol of HATE reconciles with Jewish community who have been persecuted by ignorant HATE. I pray that Katheryn gains the wisdom that rebellion against Hashem is not the same as rebellion against her parents. I pray that Katheryn and her family gets filled with the love of the Holy Spirit. Hashem's will be done. I pray that Lucian Grainge understands that his power at UMG is nothing to Hashem. Just like many radical Christians and Muslims, there are radical Jews like, Anton LaVey who twisted the Great Sage Hillel's Golden Rule to "You should do unto others as you would have them do unto you, but if your courtesy is not returned, they should be treated with the wrath they deserve.” That quote can be found in the Satanic Bible published by HarperCollins (the same people that publish the study bible). "Do as thou wilt" rebels directly against the will of Hashem. Christians, Muslims, and Jews must come together as brothers and sisters under a living Father who loves us all. I pray that Katheryn and Lucian focus their energy and resources on promoting unconditional love. Read more at Business Insider "Why Katy Perry was wearing light-up devil horns at the Grammys." The Devil Horns or “Rock on!”, also known as “Mano Cornuto,” is an ancient symbol of that has evolved in Black Metal culture to proclaim allegiance to Satan. Coven is credited with introducing the Devil Horns with their album release of "Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls" in1969, opens with a song called “Black Sabbath,” and features a long-haired guy named Oz Osborne (not to be confused with John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne of Black Sabbath). Infants' flesh they did offer for the prince to devour. Covens join, all combine, powers strong, thoughts align. If witchcraft all the fools condemn, it turns around and crushes them. When good has been twisted, when good has been killed, then love is resisted and blood will be spilled. Accursed ye'll be! From toes to eyes! Accursed ye'll be! Until ye dies! A friend that I used to work with told me that I could not be a farmer until I grew my own crop. I think the same thing is to be a called a true righteous Christian. I struggle with purging all my sins everyday. I ask for your prayers through the Holy Spirit to guide me to discern both Jesus and Hashem's commands. I also realize the responsibility of what I write here must conform to the will of Hashem and our Savior Jesus Christ. I also ask for your prayers that I follow the moral Christian code. I am by no means perfect, but I profess the desire to be a servant of Jesus Christ. I also ask you to pray that we all may discern who among us are false teachers and prophets. The Holy Spirit has led me to believe that if a teacher goes against a command of Jesus then that teacher should be confronted. This includes my myself. If the teaching was a mistaken error and the teacher repents, then all should be forgiven. I do understand that my research and comments are subjective to my understanding the Didache, and the will of Hashem. If you find error in what I write I pray that you please let me know. Eckhart Tolle was listed by the Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world. Watkins Books is London's oldest esoteric bookshop specializing in esotericism, mysticism, occultism, oriental religion and contemporary spirituality.The book store was established by John M. Watkins, a friend of Madame Blavatsky, in 1897 at 26 Charing Cross.In Tolle's book, 'A New Earth' he writes, "There is only one absolute Truth, and all other truths emanate from it. . . . Yes, you are the Truth. If you look for it elsewhere, you will be deceived every time. The very Being that you are is Truth. Jesus tried to convey that when he said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”. . . Jesus speaks of the innermost I Am, the essence identity of every man and woman, every life-form, in fact. He speaks of the life that you are. It is my understanding that in Genesis the serpent states Eve will be like a divine being. It is true that we gained knowledge of good and evil, but I disagree on Tolle's belief that we are the truth and the light. The apostle John states that Hashem is the light we must walk in. To attain this light we must be in fellowship with our neighbor and follow Our Father commands. Then we may ask and His Son our Advocate Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and lead us to everlasting truth and light. I like to understand Hashem as a spiritual power source that sends grace though his Holy Spirit to all of us. Jesus is the one that regulates Hashem's power to those of us that request Grace. In the physical world a electric utility company sends power to all its customers. Just to reiterate, through Grace Hashem's light and truth flows to us. Light and truth does NOT emanate from us. 1 John 1 There are those that teach that truth and light emanates from Hashem's adversary and Jesus the Son of God is just a myth. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (baptized Russian Orthodox) was an occultist, spirit medium, and author who co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875. Blavatsky famously wrote in her book Isis Unveiled: Vol. II, Theology, published by Theosophical University Press, "Jesus, the Christ-God, is a myth concocted two centuries after the real Hebrew Jesus died; 2, that, therefore, he never had any authority to give Peter, or anyone else, plenary power; 3, that, even if he had given such authority, the word Petra (rock) referred to the revealed truths of the Petroma, not to him who thrice denied him; and that besides, the apostolic succession is a gross and palpable fraud; 4, that the Gospel according to Matthew is a fabrication based on a wholly different manuscript. The whole thing, therefore, is an imposition alike upon priest and penitent.” In 'The Secret Doctrine' by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky writes, "Lucifer represents ..Life.. Thought.. Progress.. Civilization.. Liberty.. Independence.. Lucifer is the Logos.. the Serpent, the Savior." With Divine knowledge comes power. With power comes responsibility. One who abuses the Divine knowledge of power for themselves becomes an adversary to our Lord. If one bears false witness on the source of pure power, then that person becomes an adversary to our Lord. If one bears false witness on who is our true master, then that person becomes an adversary of our Lord. We know that Hashem does not always show mercy to those that influence many against His commands. 2 Peter 2 Just as Jesus bought our deliverance from spiritual oppression, Hashem bought Israel from physical oppression. If I could travel back in time, I would first want to meet Jesus, then I would next want to meet Moses. Exodus 15 1 Corinthians 4 An evil action of a false witness must be measured with its intent to do harm. Deuteronomy 19
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    The Didache Chapter 5 There consequences in the lack of faith appear to be greater for the most exalted followers of Hashem. Ignorance is more readily forgiven. Exodus 17 (Masoretic Text) Hashem is aware of every action you make and judge whether it is impulsive or deliberate. We can only glimpse into His judging process. But, what we see is that it is best to follow His every command. Numbers 20 (Masoretic Text) Moses did not get to spend time in the promised land, due to his transgression against Hashem. He could have received far worse for his misuse of borrowed power. But, Hashem does show mercy to those that serve him and repent. Although, the mercy may not at times be a full pardon. Deuteronomy 3 (Masoretic Text) Deuteronomion 3 (A New English Translation of the Septuagint) Accepting the truth that Hashem, Jesus and the Holy Spirit exist is not enough We must trust in our Creator's plan for us and not fail in our struggle to unconditionally love and forgive our enemies as Jesus has commanded all mankind to do. Those that fail Jesus command will be considered bad fruit and shown no mercy. Close your eyes and listen to Billie Holiday sing "Strange Fruit" originated as a poem written by American writer, teacher and songwriter Abel Meeropol under his pseudonym Lewis Allan, as a protest against lynchings. Meeropol cited this photograph of the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, August 7, 1930, as inspiring his poem. James Cameron stated in interviews that Shipp and Smith had, in fact, shot and killed Claude Deeter, a white man. Branford Clarke illustration in The Ku Klux Klan In Prophecy 1925 by Bishop Alma White published by the Pillar of Fire Church in Zarephath, NJ The line between justice of avenging a murder and committing another is an example of what are Lord has to told us not to do. We need to let our appointed judges and jury decide a man's fate like Hashem has commanded. At the same time, I do understand that this requires much discipline when your loved one has been murdered. The above photo primarily espouses the first female Bishop in the United States, Alma White's deep fear and hatred of the Roman Catholic Church while also promoting racism against African Americans, antisemitism, white supremacy, and women's equality. It was published in 1925 by the Pillar of Fire Church. Below is a photo of Bishop Alma White preaching at the pulpit https://archive.org/details/demonstongue00whit Hostility to Catholics was prominent among Protestants in Britain and Germany from the Protestant Reformation onwards. Immigrants brought that hostility with them to the American colonies. Two types of anti-Catholic rhetoric existed in colonial society. The first, derived from the theological heritage of the Protestant Reformation and the religious wars of the sixteenth century, consisted of the Biblical "Anti-Christ" and the "Whore of Babylon" variety and dominated anti-Catholic thought until the late seventeenth century. The second type was a secular variety which focused on the alleged intrigues of Catholic states which were hostile to both Marxism and Classical Liberalism. Historians have studied the motivations for anti-Catholicism. The basic motivations were political (the threat posed by Rome and its allies to Protestant nations) and theological. However, scholars have also speculated on the psychological motivations, usually concluding that a strong element of irrational bigotry was involved. Historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr. characterized prejudice against the Catholics as "the deepest bias in the history of the American people." Conservative writer Peter Viereck once commented that (in 1960) "Catholic baiting is the anti-Semitism of the liberals." Historian John Higham described anti-Catholicism as "the most luxuriant, tenacious tradition of paranoiac agitation in American history". After 1980, the historic tensions between evangelical Protestants and Catholics faded dramatically. In politics the two often joined together in conservative social and cultural issues, such as opposition to abortion and gay marriage. By 2000 the Republican coalition included about half the Catholics and a large majority of white evangelicals. Matthew 7 Burning trees with Plum Pox virus, Adams County, 1999 (photo by Howard Nuernberger) I understand the metaphor of burning bad trees from experience. During my days as a tree farmer my Scotch pines were infected by the pinewood nematode. I tried my best to save the trees, but the USDA explained the best course was to burn the infected trees away from the others. Proverbs 11 The root system of Pando Aspen, at an estimated 80,000 years old, is among the oldest known living organisms in the world. During intense fires, the organism survived underground, with its root system sending up new stems in the aftermath of each wildfire. Jude 1 There are real life heroes saving souls every day. Here is a Firefighter saving little girl from a fire. Christians helping those in need in Pakistan Before baptizing our Messiah Jesus Christ, Saint John ministered the idea of selfless acts to the crowds that followed him. John the Baptist used the analogy of good and bad fruit. He also used the analogy of separating the spiritual wheat from the chaff. Luke 3:7 starts with John rebuking the Jews that being a descendant of Abraham is not enough. Righteous Jews must be selfless in their actions and money should not lead their life. Luke 3 Up to the very end of its lifecycle, grain and chaff are one and the same thing. The wheat is the inside and the chaff is the outside. In order to separate the useful from the useless, a winnower has to give the grain time to dry, separating the wheat from its sheath, scoop the grain up and toss it high into the air. The wind that blows through the threshing floor, the place chosen to toss wheat because of the wind, blows the dry chaff from the grain into an area where it can be collected. The grain, however, falls back down to the ground where it will be gathered for use. Read more... Listen to "The Police - Wrapped Around Your Finger" and contemplate who is the servant and who is the master. Luke 22 I think it can be quite difficult for people to understand some scripture when it relates to agriculture if they never worked on a farm or never tried to grow food to eat. I now understand that the 12 Apostles will judge the 12 Tribes of Israel. And more importantly how we need to humble ourselves to serve those around us.
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    The Didache Chapter 5 Many Christians do not realize that the Roman Catholic Church does in fact place Jesus Christ as the head of the Church. MYSTICI CORPORIS CHRISTI ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XII ON THE MISTICAL BODY OF CHRIST TO OUR VENERABLE BRETHREN, PATRIARCHS, PRIMATES, ARCHBISHOPS, BISHIOPS, AND OTHER LOCAL ORDINARIES ENJOYING PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE APOSTOLIC SEE Through baptism the Catholic faithful become part of one visible mystical body (church) of Christ, who is its founder and head. Each member is called to a function that helps grow and maintain the body and sanctify the Glory of Hashem through works of charity and mercy. Some members may become teachers, rulers and instruments of holiness that act according to Christ's will. Through confirmation, holy communion, marriage, and holy orders the Catholic faithful are strengthened to defend the mystical body of Christ through charity and divine grace received by the Holy Spirit. Members of the body learn how through his sacrifice cross, Christ voided the old laws of Moses and won dominion over all humankind through his new mystical body of the Catholic faithful. The disease of sin does it best to sever the faithful from the mystical body through schism, heresy or apostasy, causing the member to rebel away from the charity and divine grace given by Holy Spirit. When one member suffers from sin, the whole mystical body and Jesus feels the pain. Through penance a saving medicine is administered to members of the church that have fallen to sin that protects the mystical body from further contagion. Some members that rebel from grace cannot be cured or healed and are removed from the church body. Love Hashem not his creation, Love your neighbor not their possessions, Love your yourself not your possessions, Care for and do not take advantage of the widows and orphans Care for and do not take advantage of the poor Care for and do not take advantage of the sick and infirmed Rebuke the evil one, Rebuke the sin, not the sinner, Rebuke the hypocrite Pay attention to the instructions of Hashem and His faithful subjects Pay attention to the instructions of your leaders and judges. Pay attention to the instructions of your priests, rabbis, ministers, and pastors Discern the words of Hashem and his faithful subjects, Discern the words of your leaders and judges, Discern the words of your priests, rabbis, ministers, and pastors, Support and obey the truth of Hashem and His faithful subjects, Support and obey the truth of just leaders and judges, Support and obey the truth of your priests, rabbis, ministers, and pastors, Praise and sing to Hashem, Praise and sing to Jesus Christ, Praise and sing to the Holy Spirit. Hashem's obedient will suffer against the rebellious. Your good deeds will not go unnoticed. For the Kingdom of Hashem is near. I used to consider that when I entered heaven I would be judged by the weight of my sins vs. the weight of my good deeds. I was wrong. Ezekiel illustrates that Jesus knows whether my most current actions is sanctifying or rebelling against his mystical body. So if I lived good most of my life and then near the end my actions turned evil, The Holy Spirit will leave me and I will not be able to hear Jesus call. Instead, I will hear the voice of the evil one commanding me to follow him. In turn, if I had committed evil actions all my life and then near the end my actions turned good. The evil one will lose his grip on me. Instead, I will hear Jesus call to his flock to come to him. Ezekiel 18 Watch the Structure of Spur and Cane Pruned Grapevines while meditating on what it means for us to be producers of good fruit. http://youtu.be/pCs03Mc2HKM It is not just stating that Jesus Christ is our personal savior will save us from damnation. If we do not love one another, then the love of Jesus will not be with us. John 15 Watch the video, Help Each Other & Love Each Other. Never Stop Sharing. http://youtu.be/u8tzswROt70 The unconditional love of a man and his dog. The unconditional love of a mother for her child. The unconditional love for a spouse. Ephesians 4 Look for the Body of Christ standing on the corner of Truth and Love 2 John 1 1 Corinthians 12 Proverbs 8 Luke 6
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  23. The Didache (The Teaching) First Christian Catechism

    The Didache Chapter 5 Deuteronomy Chapter 32 Samaritans interpret "I kill and I make alive", as "I will give life to the dead" or aḥayei et ha-met. Also known as 4QPseudo-Ezekiel, and referred to in older reference sources as 4QSecond Ezekiel, Pseudo-Ezekiel is a fragmentary, pseudepigraphic Hebrew text found in Cave 4 at Qumran, and therefore belongs to the cache of manuscripts popularly known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is also classified as "parabiblical" and considered, in some accounts, as "apocalyptic" as well. Not known even in the scholarly world until the late 1980s, and not published until 2001, Pseudo-Ezekiel has emerged as one of the most controversial texts among Qumran finds in the early years of the twenty-first century. 4Q385c is illegible, and the remaining text is described as being "in poor condition," but all told the fragments yield four to six columns of text, with some measure of overlap among the various fragments. Other than the obvious flow of the text from Column 1 to Column 2, it is not known how they rightly fit together, although editor Devorah Dinant, who published the text in 2001, has suggested that the sequence of events in the canonical Book of Ezekiel provides a basis for the order currently observed. The text as a whole appears to be a discussion between Ezekiel and YHWH, beginning with YHWH promising to Ezekiel that the dry bones will be raised and knitted together again to resurrect the kingdom of Israel. The author has taken the biblical account of Ezekiel 37 as his source, but whereas the resurrection of Israel in Ezekiel 37 is a metaphor for national restoration, Pseudo-Ezekiel describes the resurrection of the righteous dead of Israel. Pseudo-Ezekiel therefore takes its place alongside 4Q521 as one of the only two texts found at Qumran which clearly refer to resurrection. This is followed by a prophecy that a "son of Belial" will come to oppress the Israelites, but he will be defeated and "his dominion will not exist." In remaining fragments, Ezekiel asks YHWH if time itself could be made to accelerate so that Israel may reclaim the promised land sooner rather than later. There is an stray segment which redresses the theme of resurrection, followed by a final evocation of the Merkabah, the chariot of YHWH mentioned in Ezekiel 1. http://www.deadseascrolls.org.il/explore-the-archive/manuscript/4Q386-1?locale=en_US Translation of column 2 of 4Q386 Pseudo Ezekiel fragment The majority of Septuagint manuscripts and a Masada biblical manuscript, makes the point that the dry bones symbolically stand for the whole house of Israel. Ezekiel 37 Christ's sacrifice of human death provided the basis for the resurrection of righteous saints who died before the Cross as well as after it. Matthew 27 (Codex Vaticanus) Mathew 17 (Codex Sinaiticus) Saint Paul proclaimed Jesus Christ was the firstborn from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15 1 Corinthians Will the Trinity evolve into one host of Hashem? Colossians 1 Revelation 1 Artist Thomas Blackshear says: “According to the Word of God, Jesus was born into the Jewish race. Jesus Christ is now the Risen Lord of all nations. Coat of many colors Here are examples of priest following the footsteps of Jesus serving and dying for Hashem. Catholic chaplain, serving God and country. Pope Francis washing the feet of prisoners in Italy. Yazidis and Syrian Christians Protest ISIS Violence [WARNING] Syrian Catholic priest beheaded by Jihadis as crowd cheers in a trance in Gassanieh. May Our Lord have mercy on the souls that participate in evil acts like this. For like Saul, they know not what they do. For the Pharisee Saul later became Saint Paul, the defender of Christian faith. May Our Jesus Christ bless his martyrs that died in holy name. Peace be upon him.
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    The Didache Chapter 5 Great Isaiah Scroll Chapter 53 Jesus reminded the disciples that He had previously taught them that He would fulfill everything written about the Messiah in the Old Testament. The Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms were the three major divisions of the Hebrew Bible in Jesus’ day. Fulfillment was a divine necessity. A day in the Temple began with the sacrifice of a lamb and it concluded with the sacrifice of a lamb. Numbers 28 Paul knew that the righteous Lamb of Hashem was a greater sin offering than goats, bulls, or enemies of invading nations.. Hashem had His righteous Lamb willingly sacrifice himself to acquit the sins of His rebellious children for breaking the blood covenant with Moses. Hebrews 9 In Leviticus we read the commands of Hashem that burnt-offering do indeed bring atonement for the Jews under the Covenant of Moses. Then we read in Psalms King David stating that Hashem takes no delight in burnt offerings. Then Paul reiterates that burnt offerings are useless, but Christ has made the sacrifice of his life to atone all mankind. Icon of "Christ the Great High Priest" with Saint Sergius of Radonezh and Saint Euthymius of Suzdal George Zinoviev .1681 . Tempera on wood ; salary - silver , embossing , gilding. Size - 214 x 142 cm . The truth of the gospel, as Paul preached it, was at stake in the truthfulness of what he said, as was the error of what the false teachers were proclaiming. Galatians 1 Tertullus, the Jewish Attorney in Law, was hired to prosecute Saint Paul as the leader of a cult outside mainstream Judaism to Governor Felix. The Roman Empire tolerated Judaism, but the “sect of the Nazarenes” were not a part of Judaism to the Jewish leaders. This title is a unique name for Christianity found nowhere else in the New Testament. Tertullus evidently used this name to make “the Way” sound as bad as possible. Some biblical scholars state that there is no evidence of a town of Nazareth and point Acts 24:5 that it there was a misunderstanding in the translation. Jesus of Nazareth should actually be Jesus the Nazarene. Acts 24 Acts 21 Paul's statement about the resurrection of the dead(Teḥiyyat Ha-Metim)was a common component in Jewish (Babylonian) and Zoroastrian eschatology. Daniel 12 Watch the crowd get caught up in the trance of "I Am The Resurrection" by the Stone Roses. Biblical scholar James Crossley has noted the biblical language throughout the song where the singer takes on the role of a Christ-like or God-like figure ("I am the resurrection and I am the life"). In addition to the title alluding to John 11, he argues that there are references to stubbornness and repentance found in the prophetic literature of the Old Testament (which repeatedly uses the language of "turning" to God) and persistence and redemption in the New Testament which uses the language of knocking at doors (e.g. Luke 11.5-10; Luke 13.23-27). The song therefore partly functions as "a story of God and Israel/humanity in the Bible" but now "applied to a human relationship"
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