Luke 13:34 EMTV
GOD HAD ALWAYS BEEN PRO-CHOICE
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, like a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!
John 8:10-11 EMTV
NO MORE BIBLICAL DEATH PENALTY
(10) And standing up and seeing no one but the woman, Jesus said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?"
(11) She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more."
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. John 8:32
God had always intended to evangelize the whole world
WHO IS (Y)OUR GUIDING LIGHT? ANOTHER MAN? A PHILOSOPHY? A RELIGION? THYSELF? YHWH (JESUS)?
In every society, each one of us is bothered, whether silently or not, by the behavior of another. (This is not a parent and a child topic).
If a behavior bothers you, is it because you are so much better than the other person, to the point that you would wish that person to behave as it pleases you (or to behave as other people whose behavior does not bother you)?
Do you think that others do not take offense at your own behavior? If they would take offense at your own behavior, is it because they are much better than you?
What makes anyone of us better or worse than the other? If that is the case, on what basis? I am referring to the bare naked human being, because people look at their social status or position to set their bare naked worth.
What gives you the right to seek that other people behave as you behave?
What gives you the right to lynch the other who behaves differently than you do?
What gives you the right to be ready to lynch or call for the lynching of the other who frowns at your behavior?
What makes you think that nobody can openly reject your own behavior as you seek that others must openly accept your behavior?
Why do you lament or resent that the other lynches you for your behavior when you are ready to lynch the other for rejecting your behavior?
To resolve that loop of forbearance or lynching, we need to [subscribe] to a universal standard reference of behavior, which is a difficult endeavor since each of us wants to hold to our own behavior at whatever cost, because we believe that are wired and born to behave instinctively as we behave.
f you are irreversibly wired and born a certain way, what makes your irreversible wired behavior not a crime, while you know that the behavior of another person, from your perspective, is a crime? For example, why must a kleptomaniac, et cetera, be punished because he steals when the kleptomaniac can claimed to be, as you are, irreversibly wired and born to steal?
What makes a behavior a sickness?
From the perspective of the one who frowns upon a certain claimed irreversible behavior or gets sickened by it, each one of us can look at the other's behavior as a sickness if the behavior goes against nature. No unnatural behavior can be better than another unnatural behavior.
I lived in a country at a time when behavior keeps shifting backwards, historically, into the antiquity of Egypt and Rome, or catching up with other societies. The whirlwinds are so aggressive and omnipotent that even old children movies had been rebooted to spin the young minds. As we become a product of our environment and approach life from the perspective of that environment, what objective means do we have at our disposition to navigate through the tempest of shifting behaviors? When our children grow and become transformed by the four whirlwinds of the environment, how will they will come to make the right choice, if they can come to let their hidden suppressed godly nature surface to question the surrounding unnatural behavior that engulfs their hearts and minds? They, as well as us, are being bombarded in all directions by different messages on behavior: at home, in school, at church, in all the medias, by friends, et cetera.
Objectively, no other culture can be looked upon for guidance as we behave differently in all parts of the globe. We would have to debate the tenor or the worthiness that would make a particular imperishable behavior of a society better than another one.
Objectively, as I came across the Bible, it just happens that the Bible proves to have been, can be, will be, and should be the reference by excellence on behavior, in that her tenor of behavioral expectations, equally for all men, had not changed for millennia, in past generations, will not change (Mathew 5:17-18) for millennia to come, and, thus, is timeless.
We object to the capital punishment or the call for the death penalty for certain behavior that the Bible forbids but the death penalty was meant to be enforced only locally in Israel, since there is nothing in Judaism or Chritianism that compels the Israelites or the Christians to go around the world and compel the other nations to enforce the Torah, to comply with it or die. To wit, we read in Isaiah 56 that YHWH God, who is the incarnated Jesus, welcomed any citizen of the world who would convert to Judaism and promised them a better place than the chosen Israelite. Closer to our time, Jesus had signified an end to the capital punishment demanded by the Torah (Law) having shown His countrymen that they were all hypocrites seeking to stone an adulterous woman who was not different than them in transgressing the Torah (Law), thus, commanding the adulterous woman to go and sin no more.
Therefore, if you reject Jesus but accept Judaism, Judaism never calls for the enforcement for capital punishment outside of Israel, and if you follow Jesus (the definition of a Christian), remember that Jesus had done away with capital punishment for any sinner or any kind of sin (Matthew 13:24-30).
As the Bible does not call for the gunning down of any kind of sinner and does not change or adjust itself, no one has to be afraid to accept the Bible as their total and full behavioral guiding reference document. In fact, if not abused by the peddlers who spin her doctrines, and observed as it is written, Judaism which is Christianism and her religion is superior to any other credence.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONVERSION TO JUDAISM BEFORE JESUS AND CONVERSION TO CHRISTIANISM?
The short answer is 'none whatsoever' as it is stated in Matthew 5:17-18, except for the ceremonial ordinances, which are tied to Jerusalem and the local Temple with the priesthood in place, that Jesus fulfilled. Isiah 2:1-5 prophesied the commissioning of the Apostles to evangelize the world and Isaiah 56:1-8 outlines what YHWH God expected from the converted alien before Jesus. YHWH God emphasizes the keeping of 'My Sabbath' (verse 4) among other things.
Therefore, the argument that the Sabbath was intended for the Jews (or any other) is just another lie of the Deceiver. Meditate on the supporting verses quoted in the columns below.
Exodus 12:48-49 MKJV And when a stranger shall stay with you, and desires to keep the Passover to Jehovah, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it. And he shall be as one that is born in the land. And no uncircumcised person shall eat of it. (49) There shall be one law to the native, and to the visitor that stays among you.
Isaiah 56:4 emphasizes that an alien who converted to Judaism must keep YHWH's Sabbath, His Covenant, and choose things that please Him.
>>We go to church for many reasons except that very reason intended by the Author of the Faith: eternal life. It is not that going to church can save anyone but the church is the place we gather under one set of beliefs as one flock, beliefs that we expect to be conformed with the Bible. Jesus warned time and time again that the Deceiver had been out to lead astray as many as he can. The blueprint had been from the beginning to spin the core of the various doctrines of the bible out of biblical correctness.
Millennia after Isaiah 56:1-8, millennia after Jesus fulfilled Isaiah 2:3 in sending the Torah (Law) out of Zion to all nations by the Apostles, many of us today who accept the message from Zion or from Isaiah have not accepted the whole Torah (Law) because we pick and choose what we feel comfortable with and leave the other uncomfortable portions of the Torah (Law) to the Jews claiming that we are not Jews. However, there is nothing in the Old Testament that prophesies about accepting or exporting some sections of the Torah (Law) within Zion or out of Zion. The men who live millennia ago before Jesus and who converted to Judaism were specifically required to also keep the Sabbath (Isaiah 56:4) among other things mentioned in the passage.
Millennia ago, Jesus reaffirmed Isaiah 56 in Matthew 5:17-18 to signify to us today that it had never been His intention to adjust the Torah (Law) according to the culture where we live, out of Zion (Isaiah 2:3).
So, if we choose to hold to Judaism or to Christianism but we cherry pick within the Bible or we are taught to do so, we have been wrong or wronged. We may not pick and choose from the Bible. For example, we may not leave the Sabbath of YHWH to the Jews, contrary to the spirit of Isaiah 56:1-8. It is more than the Sabbath that we discard as believers in the Judeo-Christian religion. Remember what James 2:10 warns us all who lived in the past and died, who live today and who will live in the future as long the heavens and earth still stand:
For whoever shall keep the whole Law and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
(James 2:10 MKJV)
Before James, in the language of the Old Testament era, we also read about the fate of those who choose to discard parts of the Torah (Law):
Cursed be he that confirmeth not the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say: Amen.'
(Deuteronomy 27:26 JPS).
Therefore, those who reject the Sabbath or any other part of the Bible under whatever pretense, are not truly converted, they qre just agents of the Deceiver disguised as evangelists of light.