Religion is an organized collection of belief systems, cultural systems, and worldviews that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values. Many religions have narratives, symbols, traditions and sacred histories that are intended to create meaning to life or traditionally to explain the origin of life or the Universe. From their beliefs about the cosmos and human nature, they tend to derive morality, ethics, religious laws or a preferred lifestyle. According to some estimates, there are roughly 4,200 religions in the world.
Many religions may have organized behaviors, clergy, a definition of what constitutes adherence or membership, holy places, and scriptures. The practice of a religion may also include rituals, sermons, commemoration or veneration of a deity, gods or goddesses, sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trance, initiations, funerary services, matrimonial services, meditation, prayer, music, art, dance, public service or other aspects of human culture. Religions may also contain mythology.
The word religion is sometimes used interchangeably with faith or belief system; however, in the words of Émile Durkheim, religion differs from private belief in that it is “something eminently social.”
A global 2012 poll reports that 59% of the world’s population is religious, 23% are not religious, and 13% are atheists.
Religious violence often tends to place great emphasis on the symbolic aspect of the act. Religious violence is primarily the domain of the violent “actor” which may be distinguished between individual and collective forms of violence. Overall, religious violence is perpetrated for a very large number of ideological reasons and is generally only one of a very large number of underlying social and political issues that lead to the unrest in question.
Judaism’s religious texts endorse compassion and peace, and the Hebrew Bible contains the well-known commandment to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” In fact, the love of peace and the pursuit of peace is one of the key principles in Jewish law. Jewish tradition permits waging war and killing in certain cases, however, the requirement is that one always seek a just peace before waging war.
In the Bible we have the overthrow of the Canaanite system of beliefs with the Israelite one, e.g., one principality is being replaced with another in order to establish a principality of the One; the one God belief; hence monotheism.
After some years, others picked up on this novel idea and created their own monotheistic religions, but with the help of Moses. Christianity picked up Jesus to be their champion and then Muhammad groomed himself to be the final successor of them all in creating the only and “true” monotheistic religion. Yet, it is still a religion. Regardless how you look at it; it is still a man-made system of creeds.
Anything man-made remains man-made. And what is man-made? Does God ask you to bow before Him? Is He so proud and so distant? – Man’s imagination.
Does God ask you to pray to Him five times a day? – A man’s invention and man-enforced discipline upon other people in the name of one’s own religious imagination; hoarding people into a cattle-like corral and then branding them with hot branding irons.
RELIGION OR A REAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
When we talk about our relationship many assume that you believe that you have a relationship.
Just recently we were at the University of Greifswald in Germany and one man responded to my statement, which was this: “I really know God.” This man asked me if I meant to say that ‘I believe that I know God?’ I replied by saying that I did not say ‘that I believe’ but rather that “I really do know God.” A strange silence fell and the discourse was over.
If I were that man I would have asked (me) to ‘tell me more about my knowledge of God?’ In a few words I could have answered his question and much more. But the discussion had stopped right there and went nowhere, but why?
If Jesus stood before us today telling them this:
“No one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him” (Mat. 11:27).
Is it really assumed so today that no one knows God? How about if Jesus indeed wills to reveal His Father to some of us; would you accept it? But if you would, than you would have to investigate, wouldn’t you? But even this fails. They just close themselves off to the very idea of knowing God.
To ask a question or to investigate takes a real humility. The one who asks also depends. The one who investigates must also humble him/herself to the knowledge he or she investigates. It seems that the pride of man wields the upper hand over most.
This world of religion and that of religiousness as a whole; deals with blind beliefs, often without substance, so when one makes a statement of a personal fact then outsiders quite often re-interpret it back to their own well-established levels of personal beliefs.
It seems that there is no refuge for anyone that states that ‘he or she really knows God.’ Had I said, ‘I believe in God’s existence’ then no one would object to it; for that goes well down for majority. A democratic system always accepts the vote of a majority.
It seems as if this planet became a lonelier place for those who know divinity; but the worst is that hardly anyone shows any interest in what you do know; as if the Apple computers have reached the zenith of development and there is nothing more to discover.
A human mind drifts away from the truth because it is either stuck in religiousness or atheistic science. Both camps control the movements of our free-willed mind. Divinity is for a pagan mind, never for the one who knows God the person; even the Father.
There are people on this planet that know and they stay on this planet to test most people. The test is for people who claim to know God, but can’t intelligently prove it beyond the intelligence and grasp of the interviewer.
I can tell you what I know and it would blow you away, but this subconscious fear paralyzes you and keeps you away from asking any questions. And, this is a subconscious work of a demon in you called religion.
LET’S TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT RELIGION
Religion has been established by a founder who had a following. That following dabbled with witchcraft and spiritism in order to get more from that particular religions’ founder. A generation after generation has copied the pattern.
NOTE: This has been a common practice among the American Indians who to this day call on the spirits of their ancestors. A one medicine man drew a false insight from a dead medicine man until the whole tribe was polluted with falsehood of a dead demon.
The teaching and some special secrets have been passed on to the next generation via witchcraft and spiritism, which means: lies and deceptions have been passed on. Why? Because anything stuck in no time; is stuck in the past, which means: no repentance and no progress is even possible. Repentance and progress is only possible for the now living and moving human being. However, that human being must be free of demons.
Whatever was frozen in time; remains in that particular time-frame. That’s why demons always lie (images of the dead), which means that they cannot accurately and progressively address the present state of being.
Do you understand it? If you don’t, then please try it hard, because it is really very simple and yet so important. Whatever once lived and died is unclean – according to the TORAH. Count how many times Jesus cast out unclean spirits. Please pay attention to the word UNCLEAN. An unclean spirit can also be a violent, aggressive and an evil spirit; if he or she died in such a state. Plain. Simple. No mystery… A frozen in time frame says it all. But don’t you imitate the Canaanites who had dabbled in these things; and on which account God drove them out of the land.
Demons are frozen in that one time-frame in which they (the people) died and nothing more; nothing beyond that particular point in life exists. When these past life energies are brought up through the spiritistic means then these entities remain in people. Surprise! These entities have nothing to do with Satan or the devil. For much too long it has been assumed that Satan (God’s prosecuting angel) or the devil (human evil entity, often a Kenite – a descendant of Cain) have something to do with demons and unclean spirits. They don’t. The TORAH defines what’s unclean in very clear terms.
Basically: anything that once lived and now dead; when handled by the living; is deemed as being unclean; and from this come unclean spirits.
(Leviticus 11 speaks about unclean animals and their carcasses. [Leviticus 19:31] ‘Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God. [Numbers 19:11-16] ‘The one who touches the corpse of any person shall be unclean for seven days. ‘That one shall purify himself from uncleanness with the water on the third day and on the seventh day, and then he will be clean; but if he does not purify himself on the third day and on the seventh day, he will not be clean (…) So, they are only unclean. Period.
These are unclean spirits. When God’s law is broken the past dead entity borrows the presently living energy of the living. These demons that feed on the living, like parasites, endlessly repeat the moment in which they had died. They can’t go back, neither forward, for they are on the side of no time and on the side of no progression. Fools and imbeciles would rather stay in the unexplained than read what God’s law has already defined.
Don’t be an idiot! Learn something from the Bible, which has been in your hands all this time. (But first you must lose the superior Christian stance and be genuinely interested in the Jewish thought.)
The Scofield Study Bible
These are the passages regarding things things of the unclean spiritual nature.
The Bible gives strict instructions against delving into the realm of spirits (Lev 19:31 ; 20:6-7 , 27 ; Deu 18:10-12 ). Some who claim to have contact with spirits are frauds, but certainly there are genuine cases. God is against any form of spiritism, fraudulent or real. See 1 Chr 10:13-14 .
The most likely explanation is that the woman expected contact with a demon (posing as Samuel, v. 11 ) but, to her amazement and terror ( v. 12 ), God actually permitted Samuel to appear to her and give a message of doom to Saul. The text clearly states that it was Samuel ( vv. 15-16 , 20).
* No agent of Satan could have given a message so clearly from the Lord as v. 17.
The passage does not say that the woman “brought up” Samuel from the dead. The incident gives no support to the false contention of spiritists that they can speak with the dead. Mediums do not have access to the dead but communicate with spirits posing as persons who have died; thus these spirits are called lying spirits.
(My question) * Where do they get ‘Satan’s agents’ from? It seems to be easier to believe the outlandish and unexplainable than that which is right on the tip of your own nose; and in your own Bible. Satan has no emissaries, agents and his own angels. Where did this come from? – Fools. Imbeciles and idiots of the lowest caliber. Is Satan a god with his own angels? Who made him so? – Of course the idiots and imbeciles that proudly call themselves Christian saints propagate it and yet they remain complete fools because the New Testament is made out of the Old Testament quotations – narrated and expounded upon. E.g. Ephesians 6 quotes Isaiah 59, and there is so much more. There is no space here to write it all.
Ask me any question regarding these things and I will blow your mind with the only Truth available today; tight, logical and perfect as God Himself is perfect. Try me!
Repentance and progress is only possible for the presently living, but never for those that had died.
Do you understand? The dead can only borrow the life of the living, but they have no will. The will of the living is their demonic will. Therefore those who yield to the dead become demon-possessed. Anyone who who had played with witchcraft and spiritism, as king Soul did; disturbs the dead, for which one shall be judged (1Sam. 28). The story is in the Bible for our admonition and to teach us that we should not disturb the dead. But pagans have always played with the dead and kept on disturbing them. That’s why Jesus cast out so many unclean spirits, which most were Gentile Greeks and proselytes – converts to Judaism.
[Deuteronomy 18:9-14] “When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. 10“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God. For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do so.”
Someone who has written something and then organized and recruited people to follow; can be called a founder of some religious movement. But unlike Jesus who did lay His life for us and took it up again; was resurrected; and therefore He is very much alive today; those other religions’ leaders are dead and therefore (when brought up in religious ceremonies) are demonic. That’s the demon of religion (in short). Much more follows…
WAS JESUS THE FOUNDER OF A NEW RELIGION?
One might say that Jesus was the founder of Christianity. But was He? Some say that when He gave the commission to preach and teach He founded a religion.
[Matthew 28:19-20] Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Did Jesus recruit people to follow His kind of religion, which along the religious lines would have been Jewish?
[John 4:22] You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
It sounds as if this verse slipped some later censorship; doesn’t it? Jesus could have said (according to the Christian tradition) that salvation comes only from Jesus. However, salvation comes from the whole Jewish package – Jesus said.
Jesus was not after yet another religion, neither did He instituted another religion. Now, Jesus was after our relationship with the Father.
[John 17:22] The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one.
Imagine a satellite, which feeds a wide range of devices; car navigators, cellphones, banking, TV channels as well as mobile credit card processors; these devices work on one supplier. Just one satellite can process all sorts of transactions, yet it remains one. Do you get it, for if you don’t get it then read it again and again until the demon of religion becomes so weak that it simply gives up?
Religion feeds on fragmentation and an extremely low IQ; and since the masses have an extremely low IQ it is easy to keep them in bondage to fear of the unknown.
SUPERSTITION & RELIGION
The day I said, “I will” to God, regarding the Last Reformation; my IQ skyrocketed. Yes, I am very, very smart, so smart it is frightening. There are many smart people in this world, but almost none process information the way I do.
Superstition has been with us for millennia, and those who can’t part with it can’t part with the unknown and unexplainable; but how about when the unexplainable can be completely explained; would you embrace it then?
My answer is “no.” You wouldn’t part with it because you would interpret it that the unexplainable wants you to part with the unexplainable in order to seduce you with the unexplainable.
Let’s put it plainer. The evil you have imagined wants to trick you into believing that it does not exist in order to get you and doom you.
Let’s put it still in another way. The trick of disbelieving in evil is to make you believe in good that when the good fails the evil will then get you.
Still another way: it is the evil that works through different channels (people) in order to get you and to make you less aware of evil.
A still different approach: the evil that exists wants to pass itself off as good in order to mislead you.
Still better said: the evil entity tries to trick you into believing that he/she does not exist at all.
The Great Diana did not exist, Poseidon, Zeus, Europe and Pegasus did not exist and yet people easily believed in them and even sacrificed to them.
Hades, and Diabolos have also been introduced, but they went through major cosmetic changes in Christianity. All of a sudden they have been accepted as something else than the rest of the mythological gods, but why?
Is Satan the Diabolos?
THE JEWISH VIEW OF SATAN & THE DEVIL
Here is an excerpt of a Gentile man’s question and a Jewish answer. The answer is given by a Rabbi Singer.
Who is Satan?
Dear Rabbi Singer,
When you were in Buffalo, NY in November of ‘96, during the extended question and answer time, you were asked your view on angels and specifically about Satan. I was astounded at your answer and was more astounded that the other rabbis present did not step into the discussion.
In your explanation of Satan and other fallen angels you attributed the creation of evil to G-d thus making Him responsible for evil. There are at least 87 references to G-d’s holiness in Leviticus alone! In 11:44 G-d says, “I AM HOLY.” Is not holiness the absence of sin? There are many scriptures to prove that G-d hates sin (evil), that He cannot tolerate evil in His presence. How, then, can you attribute evil to G-d? I am interested in the Biblical support for your statement.
I have a fair understanding of Judaism and have found nothing in all of my reading to support your view as traditional.
The rabbis to whom you made reference devoted their lives to the study of the Jewish Scriptures as well as other sacred literature and were, therefore, not “astounded” by the Judaism that was taught in Buffalo that evening, as you were.
Why weren’t the rabbis surprised by these Jewish teachings on Satan? The Hebrew Scriptures record that the Almighty Himself placed both good and the evil into the world, Click here to listen to Rabbi Tovia Singer’s audio presentation, “Judaism and Christianity on Satan: Why We differ” in order that mankind would have the opportunity to exercise free will. The Torah states:
“See, I [God] have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil.” (Deuteronomy 30:15)
When describing God’s creation plan, the prophet Isaiah reports that the Almighty created evil in the world:
“I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil; I the Lord do all these things.” (Isaiah 45:7)
I did not invent these verses, nor did I tamper with them. In fact, the Bible I used in the above quotations is the King James Version, a translation that could hardly be construed as friendly to the Jewish faith.
These edifying verses underscore the fundamental biblical teaching of the Almighty’s divine sovereign plan, which provides that every searching soul must confront evil, as well as good, in order to remain vigilant in one’s personal search for perfect spiritual balance. The Almighty’s gift of freewill to humanity is what separates us from His other creations. For those committed to attaining a higher spiritual existence, the struggle toward a life of virtue is only possible with the existence of evil, which serves as a spiritual counterweight. In other words, righteousness cannot exist unless man is free to choose or reject evil.
Passages in Tanach like Isaiah 45:7 and Deuteronomy 30:15 pose a monumental theological problem for Christians who maintain that God did not create Satan, the angel of evil. According to Christian doctrine, as you state in your question, Satan was the highest-ranking angel who, through his own act of spiritual defiance and outright disobedience, became the chief adversary and slanderer of God, and the embodiment of evil in this world. As you maintained in your question, God never created evil according Christian teachings; He is only the author of righteousness and perfection. Therefore, God could never create something as sinister as the devil himself. Rather, Satan’s unyielding wickedness is the result of his own spiritual rebellion.
Although this well-known Christian doctrine has much in common with the pagan Zoroastrian Persian dualism from which it spawned, it is completely alien to the teachings of the Jewish Scriptures. In fact, this Christian notion that Satan, in an act of outright defiance, ceased to function as God had intended him to, suggests that God created something imperfect or defective.
For the Jewish faith, Satan’s purpose in seducing man away from God poses no problem because Satan is only an agent of God. As a servant of the Almighty, Satan faithfully carries out the divine will of his Creator as he does in all his tasks.
Satan is one of the many angels mentioned in the Bible. It is worth noting that the Hebrew word for angel is malach, meaning “messenger.” The same is true for the English word angel, derived from the Greek word angelos, which also means “messenger.”
Throughout the Bible, an angel is a messenger of God who carries out the divine will of the Almighty. There is not one example in the Jewish Scriptures where any angel, Satan included, ever opposes God’s will.
In essence, Satan is an agent of God, and has no free will or independent existence.
In no part of the Bible is this principle more evident than in the Book of Job, where Satan’s role is prominent. In the first chapter of Job, Satan appears before the Almighty with a host of other angels. Satan suggests that Job’s righteousness was not fully tested. He argues that Job might lose his faith if he were confronted by personal pain and utter destitution. He proposes to God that Job serves Him simply because God protects him. Satan requested permission from God to test Job’s virtue. The Almighty grants this petition; however, He meticulously outlines for Satan what he may and may not do when testing Job. Satan obediently follows his Creator’s instructions.
God removes Job’s protection, allowing Satan to take his wealth, children, and his physical health in order to tempt Job to curse God. Job’s faith is challenged, and by the third chapter he begins to struggle. He questions his Maker as to why he was created and, in a moment of despair, wishes aloud that he had perished in his mother’s womb.
Despite his difficult circumstances, Job does not curse God, but rather, curses the day of his birth. And although he protests his plight and pleads for an explanation, he stops short of accusing God of injustice. Still, by the end of this unparalleled biblical narrative, Job’s virtue prevails over Satan’s unyielding blandishments.
Commenting on the Book of Job, the rabbis express sympathy for Satan’s difficult job, which was to “break the barrel but not spill any wine” (Talmud, Bava Basrah 16a).
While in Christian terms Job’s personal spiritual triumph is theologically impossible, in Jewish terms it stands out as the embodiment of God’s salvation program for mankind. In Deuteronomy 30:15, the Torah attests to this principle and in Isaiah 45:7, the prophet echoes this message when he declares that the Almighty Himself creates evil.
This biblical principle, however, was apparently too problematic for the Christian translators of the fundamentalist New International Version Bible. They clearly grasped that a Bible which asserts that God creates evil, calls into question Christendom’s rigid teachings on salvation.
How can the Church insist that man is totally depraved, when his God placed him in a world where he is free to choose good over evil? How can the Church hold to the doctrine of Total Depravity1 and Unconditional Election,2 when the Torah commands that man express his freewill? How can Christians maintain that God did not create evil when the Jewish Scriptures clearly state otherwise?
Understandably, the New International Version translators saw fit to alter the prophet’s words by rendering the offensive Hebrew word רָע (rah) as “disaster” instead of correctly translating it as “bad” or “evil.” The New International Version Bible therefore mistranslates Isaiah 45:7 to read:
“I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.”
The word “disaster” inserted by the New International Version is misleading and purposely ambiguous so that the uninformed reader could conclude that this word refers to natural disasters, such as typhoons, earthquakes and hurricanes. This dubious translation was deliberately forged to conceal the prophet’s original message. As mentioned above, the King James Version correctly translates this verse, and renders the Hebrew word רָע (rah) as “evil.”
One final point is in order. Christians often point to the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah as a biblical reference to support their teachings of the final and complete downfall of Satan, which brings to an end the long and otherwise successful career of this fallen angel. Castigating Babylonian leaders, the prophet states:
“How you are fallen from heaven, O morning star! You have been cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12 )
Christians argue that Isaiah’s mention of the fallen “morning star” refers to the ultimate demise of Satan at the end of time, when he will finally be cast into an eternal lake of fire, not as ruler, but as one among many, being tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:10).
There are, however, two serious problems with this assertion. First, if Christians maintain that the “morning star” is a reference to Satan, how do they explain Revelation 22:16 where Jesus is called the “morning star” as well? Secondly, a cursory reading of the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah reveals that the “morning star” spoken of in Isaiah 14:12 is referring to Nebuchadnezzar, the wicked King of Babylon, and not to Satan. The prophet explicitly names the king of Babylon as the subject of the prophecy.
“That thou shall take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, ‘How hath the oppressor ceased, the golden city ceased!’” (Isaiah 14:4)
Throughout this and the preceding chapter of Isaiah, the prophet foretells the rise and fall of this arrogant Babylonian king who would use his unbridled power to plunder Jerusalem and destroy its Temple but, ultimately, would suffer a cataclysmic downfall. In 14:12, Nebuchadnezzar is compared to the planet Venus whose light is still visible in the morning, yet vanishes with the rise of the sun. Like the light of Venus, Nebuchadnezzar’s reign shone brilliantly for a short time, yet, as the prophets foretold, it was eventually overshadowed by the nation of Israel whose light endured and outlived this arrogant king who tormented and exiled her.
Rabbi Tovia Singer
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