Man’s Religion (Legalism) Vs The Way that Leads to Life
Are You Worshiping Your Religion or Seeking Your Creator?
“I Was Born This Religion and I’ll Die This Religion.” I’ve heard this statement come from the mouths of Catholics, Protestants, Jewish, Muslims, Hindus…Lets say God does decide which religious division you are to be born into, but God is not divided, God is One, Deuteronomy 6:4
Refusing to seek God beyond ones religion, or non-religion, is not seeking.
Bad Translations Misrepresent God’s Word, Torah
When we read the word Law, in our English Bible translations, it can have up to three very different meanings. Law can refer to Legalism, (man-made laws), Galatians 2:16; sometimes it refers to, The Curse of Sin and Death, Romans 8:2; and sometimes it’s referring to Torah, Matthew 5:17. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legalism_(theology)
The Hebrew word “Torah” can not be translated by one English word, and the word “Law” is a bad translation. Torah is Spiritual/Lasting/Eternal/Forever… (Olam #5769).
Torah has a three letter root, YRH, meaning to flow, throw, show, or point in a Direction. Torah #8451, is best translated as Teaching/Instruction. Like a Loving Father to a child, shining a Light, (Or #216) in the Way/Direction of Truth and (Lasting) Life.
“For the commandment, (mitzvah #4687) is a lamp and the Teaching, (Torah #8451) is Light; And reproofs for discipline are the Way of Life.” Proverbs 6:23
Y’shua (Jesus) is Torah, and The Torah Became Flesh…
Over two thousand years ago Y’shua repeatedly denounced the religious leaders for adding heavy burdens to the True meaning of Torah.
“They (Religious experts) tie up heavy, burdensome loads and lay them on men’s shoulders…” Matthew 23:4
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28…
The Essence of Torah is Summed up by Love
“In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you. For this is the essence of the Law (Torah) and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12
“All the Law (Torah) and the Prophets” depend on these two commandments;” Matthew 22:40, (quoting from Torah…)
1.) “You shall love the LORD (YHVH) your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5
2.) “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD, (YHVH).” Leviticus 19:18
Man-Made Religions Add Their Own Traditions/Righteousness
“They worship Me in vain; they teach as doctrine the traditions of men.’” Matthew 15:9
“Then the LORD, (YHVH) said, “… And their reverence for Me is taught by the commands/traditions, (mitzvah #4687) of men, (rote/repitions)” Isaiah 29:13
God’s Righteousness, (not Man’s) Leads to Life,
“In the Way of Righteousness is Life, And in its Pathway there is no death.” Proverbs 12:28
“For this is the Love of God, that we keep His Commandments. And His Commandments are not burdensome,” 1 John 5:3
We are All called out of the divisions of the world, to simple walk in the only Way that leads to Life.