One Awesome Lesson!

If you have never heard of Rabbi Tovia Singer, I suggest you check out this lecture…… “Who is G-d’s Suffer Servant?”

 

Many of you may not know this yet but I left Christianity a few months ago.  Actually, it’s been almost a year now.  WOW!

There were so many questions in my mind that did not have answers in the so-called NT bible.  I could not understand how a G-d that loved us so much would leave us without answers.  Then, tell us to take it on “faith” that it was true.  Well, I have come to see that a lie will have to have faith in order make it acceptable.

I love studying Judaism and learning what the books of the Bible really have to say.  It is strange sometimes-understanding how one passage that I have understood all my life can mean something very different when put into “true” context.  I was so amazed what Isaiah 53 really had to say and mean.  Who knew?

In Christianity I always saw those that attend church service and give such Praise to G-d, but as soon as the service was over, gossip, backstabbing, rudeness and many many other acts of unkindness towards each other.  I simply could not understand this behavior.  I asked some of my friends, “Why do you treat G-d as if He is any one of the people you talk with every day?”  The same answer is always given; He is just like your friend.  Sounds good, right.  NO.  G-d is so much more than a friend.  He will never talk about me behind my back as they did.   There is so much you can learn if you just take the time to really study without fear.

Some of my friends asked me if I was afraid of leaving Jesus who, in their opinion, was my savior; my answer has always been the same, no.  I don’t believe that a man could die for my sins.  The Scripture does not teach this at all.  At this point they would start rolling off the famous verses from the NT that tell how Jesus died for my sins, how he wants to save me, how only he can save me, how I must accept this fact or I will burn in hell, and on and on.

I can’t say that this was an easy process, on the contrary, it was very hard.  It took me a long time to understand that NO man could save me, only G-d and that G-d never said he had a son.  I than started to look at where all this came from and found it was not from the Hebrew Scriptures.  It was man, plain and simple.

There were many nights that I cried out to that god seeking answers but how can a dead man tell me anything?  Moreover, yes, surprise, surprise, he is dead.  Each time I tried to turn back, I would read something that showed me how wrong that would be.  Now I am comfortable in my choice and looking forward to my complete conversion to Judaism.

In this lecture Rabbi Singer shared this story that really touched me.

One of the great sins about persecution is that the victim actually begins to believe that which is said about him.  Those of you (Jews) who said things about fellow American, those who are African-American has committed a great tragedy,  the great tragedy of what you are doing, the great sin of racism is that the victim of persecution begins to believe what is said about him.  It is a very great tragedy.  Many Blacks  now believe that they are inferior to the white man.   They began to believe that maybe we are prone to violence.  We are prone to crime, which is the great tragedy.  He went on to tell about one of his professors that was teaching an ethnicity class and that the teacher found out later that he was Jewish by a great-grandmother.  He shared a story with him about being on a plan and the flight delayed due to some mechanical issues.  He tells him as he was sitting on the plan that he sees a man working on the plan and as he started to look to see if the man was white.  He could not see the man’s face but once he saw that it was a white man he was relieved.  He said to him look at what racism has done to me.  The Jewish people are the same, he said, we began to believe that are no good.  When I was listening to this, I realized how hurtful it is for me what a white Jew looks or says something to me unkind due to my race.  I have felt, of all the white people in the world, they would understand and never treat us in that way.

 

 

Advertisements

One thought on “One Awesome Lesson!

  1. Hello Nitza,

    I am not a Christian but I have some questions for you in regards to your article above.

    Having left Christianity and studying Judaism do you honestly think that you have more answers because of that or because you now have access to books that you once hadn’t that give you those answers (and would have given you those answers even if you accessed them as a Christian)? I am interested in your answer. Acknowledging your realisation that Jesus is not God’s son etc but was that through your own study or directly via Judaism?

    In regards to Isaiah 53 have you reconciled those rabbis that actually did think it spoke of the coming Messiah? How do you explain those quotes with the generally accepted Jewish view that it only speaks of Israel (knowing that there are various levels of understanding in any one pasuk)? For example in Sanhedrin 98b there is a discussion about an undisclosed name of the coming Messiah known as the ‘Leper of the school’ (which some have referred to as a Jew who was cast out from a rabbinic school) based around Isaiah 53 and so on and so forth. Isaiah 53 has been applied by the Rabbis over the centuries to Israel, Moses, the Messiah and even Rabbi Akiva! How do you reconcile those types of things with your having put it in ‘true’ context as you wrote above? Just interested.

    Above you spoke about the backstabbing, gossip and rudeness in the church. Please remember those words as you progress further because if you are converting you will meet all those and more in Judaism. Believe me I know. At that point if you are honest with yourself you will have to admit the fault was not with Christianity in essence but rather people despite their religious affiliation. And that, because it is also found among religious Jews it is far more grave because they actually have the Torah. So who is worse? For example, I know religious Jews involved in money laundering, ones that have been caught for drug trafficking, one who frequented a lap dancing bar in the city, one who looks at rude sites on the internet and others that frequent adult shops (none of which I do of course). The above Jews also study the Talmud. Yes there are the good ones aswell but that is no different to church. I just want you to think about what you are saying. One of the greatest sins of religious Jewish people today is Lashon Harah and Rechilut.

    Regards,
    A Simple Jew.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s