"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
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Leonardo September 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm

What is it to Preach the Gospel?

“For though I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel!”

1 Corinthians 9:16

What is it to preach the Gospel? Is everybody preaching the Gospel? No!
Is everybody who claims to preach the Gospel preaching the Gospel? No!
What is it to preach the Gospel? To Preach the Gospel is:

To Tell The Truth About God

First, to preach the Gospel is to preach the truth about God.

1. We preach the God of eternal existence. The Scripture says, “in the beginning God.” When Moses came to the burning bush, God said, “Go down and deliver my people out of Egypt.” Moses said, “whom shall I say hath sent me?” and God replied, “I AM.” Not, I was; not I shall be, but I AM, the eternal I AM, the everlasting I Am. I Am that I Am!
2. . We preach the God of creation. “All things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made.” In him we move, we live and we have our being. God created all things.
3. . We preach the God of sovereign mercy. The Scripture says “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” The Bible says, “I will have mercy upon whom I will have mercy; I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious.” We preach the God of mercy, yes, but sovereign mercy, the God of grace, yes, but sovereign grace. God will be gracious to whom he will be gracious. He owes no man anything; if he bestows grace, his mercy, it is sovereignly bestowed. He is an immutable sovereign, and unchanging sovereign.
4. . We preach the God of righteousness. Our Lord said, “I will in no wise clear the guilty. The soul that sinneth it shall die. Sin when it is finished bringeth forth death.” God Almighty is a righteous God. He is a holy God, therefore, Christ Jesus came into the world that God might be just and justify the ungodly. We preach a God that cannot show his love at the expense of his holiness. We preach a God that cannot show mercy at the expense of his truth and only at Calvary can mercy and truth meet together, and righteousness and peace kiss one another. The God we preach is the God of righteousness.
5. . He’s the God of unchanging grace. “I am the Lord,” he said, “I do not change; therefore, you sons of Jacob are not consumed “Why is there no fear of God before the eyes of this generation? They’ve heard preached a false god; they’ve heard preached a weak god; they’ve heard preached a failing god; they’ve heard preached a disappointed god; they’ve heard preached a god whose hands are tied; they’ve heard preached a god who says I have no eyes but your eyes; I have no feet but your feet; I have no hands but your hands. That’s a lie! The God of the Bible is totally and completely independent of his creatures as far as his strength, his wisdom, his power, his beauty and his glory are concerned. We do not add to his glory! We receive and share in his glory. The God we preach is the God of eternal existence, the God of creation, the God of sovereign mercy, the God of righteousness, and the God of unchanging grace. He is the God upon whom we depend; the God to whom we look; and the God without whom we can’t exist! All things that we have we receive of him. We return nothing but that which he gives us. What is it to preach the Gospel? It is to preach the truth about God.

To Tell The Truth About Man

Secondly, what is it to preach the Gospel? It’s to preach the truth about man. Men do not want to hear the truth about God; and they do not want to hear the truth about themselves. But Gospel preachers preach the truth, not only about God, but the truth about the sinner, and they leave that sinner empty, broken and destroyed with all his foundations of flesh swept from under him, and all his self-righteous rags stripped from off him, leaving him naked and unclothed before the searchlight of God’s holiness. What does the Bible say about man? It says in Romans 3:10, “there is none righteous, no not one, there is none that understandeth; there is none that seek after God.” What are men seeking? Seeking their own pleasure; seeking their own comfort; seeking their own glory; seeking their own wills; seeking their own satisfaction, everybody seeks his own, they do not seek God. “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable, for there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Christ said, “you have not the love of God in you.” Somebody says, “Well, I love people.” No you don’t. You just consider whom you love. You love yourself. You try and think this minute “is there anybody in this world you really love? Well, you say, “I love my wife,” that’s yourself. That’s your wife. Well, “I love my mother and father.” That’s still loving yourself! You love them because they are your mother and father. Well, “I love my son or daughter.” Your son and daughter! Do you love anybody else’s son or daughter? “I love my brothers and sisters” That’s yourself. Well, “I love my Saviour; my own personal Saviour.” That’s loving yourself. If He weren’t your Saviour, you would not love Him. Everything you love is connected with your own sinful, selfish self. Your whole world revolves around yourself, your own pleasures, your own delights, your own passions, your own seeking.

“There is none good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre, with their tongues they have used deceit the poison of snakes is under their lips; their mouths are full of cursing, bitterness, murmuring, complaining, fault-finding, gossip, back-biting, their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their ways, the way of peace, they know nothing about it.”

There’s no genuine, honest, sincere fear of God before their eyes, they don’t fear God; they do not tremble at the presence of God; they don’t fall at His feet as dead men, even religious worshippers today don’t fear God. If they feared God, they would be silent in the presence of God; they would choose their words carefully; their worship would be marked, not by shouting, but by awesome reverence and fear. Job said:

“When I saw the Lord, I said I have spoken once, yea, twice, but I’ll never speak again.”

John said:

“When I saw the Lord, I fell at his feet as a dead man. My eyes have seen the Lord.”

Isaiah said:

“When I saw the Lord, I cried, woe is me, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell among a people of unclean lips. When I saw the Lord I saw my guilt.”

The average person goes to church and he comes away feeling good. If the preacher had preached the truth about man, they would have come away from that place crying:
“O, God, be merciful to me a sinner!”

To Tell The Truth About Christ

Thirdly: What is it to preach the Gospel? It is to tell the truth about God and man, and it is to tell the truth about Jesus Christ. My friends, Jesus of Nazareth is not a weak, frustrated reformer; Jesus Christ of Nazareth is very God of very God. He is the Messiah. He did not die as a martyr; he did not die as an example, he came down here and died on the cross as the victorious, conquering, successful Redeemer of his people. He died as the covenant Redeemer. He died for the covenant people; he died to accomplish a task given him by the Father before the world’s creation. When he completed his suffering on Calvary, he said, “It is finished.” He cannot fail! Christ is not a frustrated Redeemer; he is not a disappointed Saviour; he is not a defeated Saviour; he is not a poor, weak, reformer up there in heaven, crying his eyes out because people won’t let him have his way. He is the conquering, victorious Messiah who is seated at the right hand of the Father, waiting until his enemies become his footstool! He is the Lord of the living and the dead. A preacher said to a congregation one time, “won’t you make Jesus your Lord?” I emphatically declare that you cannot make Jesus Christ your Lord! The Father has already beaten you to it! He is your Lord! He is your Lord if you are saved; he is your Lord if you are damned! He is your Lord if you are on the right hand with his sheep; he is your Lord if you are on the left hand with the goats! He is your Lord! Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess in heaven, earth and hell that he is Lord. You don’t make him Lord, you recognize him as Lord. God made him Lord. The Father has delivered all things to the Son; the Scripture says he is the Lord. He purchased that right through his death on Calvary. Jesus Christ is not a fire escape from hell, he is the Lord; he is not a doormat named Jesus, he is Lord. If any man shall confess with his mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in his heart that God has raised him from the dead, he shall be saved. His life is a perfect righteousness; his death a perfect sacrifice. We’d better start telling the truth about this man called Jesus. To preach the Gospel is to tell the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ.

To Tell The Truth About Salvation

Fourthly: I am come to preach the Gospel and tell the truth about God, about men, about Christ and to tell the truth about salvation. Now let me tell you something about this thing of salvation. We use that word rather loosely in this day. Salvation from sin is not by the deeds of the law. Even those who are supposed to know something about salvation by grace have to remind themselves again and again that salvation is not by the works of the flesh, not in any way! Salvation is not by reformation; salvation does not come by decision; salvation does not come through church ordinances; salvation is not ours by church membership; salvation is in Christ the Lord. That’s where salvation is, not in man’s purpose, not in man’s plan; it’s in a Person. It’s not in a proposition, it’s not in walking an aisle, it’s not in a church ordinance, it’s in Christ! It’s not in a law; it’s not in the deeds of the flesh; salvation is in Christ. A man does not have salvation until he comes by the power of God’s Spirit through faith to a living, personal, vital, intimate union with Christ as the Lord. A man is not a Christian until he has a vital union with Christ. A man is not a Christian until he is inseparably joined, personally joined to Jesus Christ. A man is not a Christian until Christ becomes his life. A man is not a Christian unless you can cut into his heart and find love for Christ; cut into his mind and find thoughts of Christ; and cut into his soul and find a panting after Christ. Christ in you, that’s the hope of glory. The Holy Spirit convicts a man of sin; the Holy Spirit empties a sinner; the Holy Spirit brings a man to faith in the Son of God, faith in the living Lord. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.” Most people’s so-called Christianity can be taken off with their Sunday clothes; but a man who is genuinely saved has Christ living in him as an everlasting fountain springing up into everlasting life, he’s been born-again, he’s been resurrected from the grave, he has the very image of the Son of God stamped on his heart and it cannot be moved. What is it to preach the Gospel? There are not many folks preaching the Gospel because there are not many people telling the truth about God. Everybody has a god. But eternal life is to know the living God. What is it to preach the Gospel? It’s to tell the truth about man, and we are not going to like what we hear. It’s to tell the truth about, Christ, and it’s to tell the truth about salvation.

Nothing To Glory Of In Preaching

The next thing that Paul deals with here is “though I preach the Gospel I have nothing to glory of. Why is it that we who preach the Gospel have nothing to glory of? Well, firstly, we are conscious of our guilt. Any man who is not conscious of his own guilt can’t preach the Gospel because he doesn’t know the Gospel. And you can’t tell what you don’t know any more than you can come back from where you haven’t been. A man who preaches the Gospel is conscious of his own guilt. The man who was led of the Spirit to write this Scripture said, “I am not worthy to be an apostle, I see no worthiness in myself.” Later on he said, “I am less than the least of all the saints.” Pick out the least saint in God’s house and I am less than the least saint. Then later on he said, “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” When somebody asked, “Paul, who is the chief of sinners?” He replied, “I am.”
A man who really knows God never graduates above that statement right there, “I’m only a sinner saved by grace.” He may grow in grace, grow in talent, grow in gifts and grow in knowledge, but he’s still only a sinner saved by grace. We have nothing to glory of, we’re just using borrowed gifts. 1 Corinthians 4:7, states:

“Who maketh thee to differ?” Are you able to preach? Who gave you the power? Do you have a little more than somebody else? Who gave it to you? Do you have more talents than the next fellow? Who made you to differ? “What hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if you received it, why dost thou glory?”
Why do you glory in your beauty? God gave it to you. Why do you glory in your strength? Without God you would not have it. Why do you glory in your wealth? God gave it to you. Why do you glory in your talent, in your singing ability? Without God’s grace you’d be a simpleminded imbecile. Who made you to differ? What do you have that God didn’t give you? If you are walking around with something, something somebody gave you, why are you bragging as if you have it of your own natural ability? Why do you think that you are better than anybody else? Only God’s merciful grace; God’s gracious grace enables you to be anything.

Necessity Laid Upon Me To Preach

Read the next line of our text: “Necessity is laid upon me.” Why is it necessary for me to preach the Gospel? Preacher, why are you so compelled; why is it that every time you speak it’s always Christ and him crucified the Gospel? I’ll tell you why because of the truth and the beauty of the Gospel. I see in the Gospel of substitution a beauty beyond all things. I see in the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Good News of the Son of God, the truth of God. Only Christ can meet the perfect law. Only Christ can satisfy the justice of God. Only Christ can open the way for us into the holiest of all, into the presence of the Father. Only Christ can supply the need of the bankrupt sinner, and only Christ can keep me from falling.

“Now unto him who is able to keep you from falling, and who is able to present you faultless before the throne and the presence of his glory with exceeding joy; to him be glory both now and forever.”

That’s why it’s necessary for me to preach the Gospel: the beauty of it, the glory of it, and the truth of it. I could tell you that salvation is in the church, but it wouldn’t be true. I could tell you, let me baptize you, and by obeying the baptismal commandment you will go to heaven, but it wouldn’t be so. I could tell you that if you live a good life and pray and go to church on Sunday and give a little offering, God will take you to heaven when you die, but it wouldn’t be so. I could tell you to quit drinking, live a good, moral life and you will go to heaven when you die, but that would be a lie.
But when I tell you that Christ died for our sins; that Christ is a sufficient Saviour; that Christ is an effectual substitute who came down here and gave us a righteousness which we didn’t have and couldn’t produce, went to the cross, bore our sins, paid our debt, satisfied the justice of God; that he is our living advocate at the right hand of the Father; and that if you come to a living, vital union with him, you’ll be saved, that’s the truth, and the only truth that will make you free.

Woe Is Unto Me If I Preach Not

Paul said it first, the Holy Spirit inspired him to say it, “Woe is unto me if I preach not the Gospel.” I’m in trouble, real trouble. I can’t think of a crime more terrible than to be entrusted with the immortal souls of eternity-bound boys and girls, young people, men and women, like every preacher is entrusted every Sunday, and then stand up in church and waste precious time talking about myself, about my problems or my so-called denomination or my church, or talk about my ideas of what is right and what is wrong. I can’t think of a more awful crime against society than to deceive people who are given to us to instruct in the things of the Lord. I’ve got to preach the Gospel! Woe is me if I don’t. God have mercy, and he won’t, if I don’t! Woe unto the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, woe unto the Christ-crucifiers of Jerusalem, but double woe upon the preachers and shepherds and pastors who for advantage, filthy lucre and praise of men deceive men’s souls. God help them, but he won’t. Woe is unto me if I preach not the Gospel, and there’s not another one, it’s the Gospel of Christ. If an angel from heaven preaches unto you any other gospel, Paul said, “Let him be accursed.” I’m preaching as a dying man to dying men; I’m preaching as one who may never preach again, and under God I’m going to tell you the truth. I say this, woe is me if I preach not the Gospel; but I have something to tell you: woe is you if I preach it and you do not believe it. You may not understand it; and it may not fit in with your tradition; and it may not fit into your denominational pattern, and I’m sure if it’s the Gospel it won’t because Christ didn’t fit the denominational pattern when he came down here either. He didn’t fit into their religious theology; he didn’t fit into their tradition; and he didn’t fit into their mould; and they crucified him!

What is it to preach the Gospel? It is to preach the truth about God, the truth about man, the truth about Christ, and to preach the truth about salvation.

I hope I have done that, and that you acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.

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Dave & Yvonne November 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Thank you for your very long screed on the NT gospel.

I guess you have not read my story which is on here, I was a Christian for 40 years – and I have absolutely no reason to go back to it. Everything I want and believe is in the Torah and it is not compatible with your New Testament. I lived the lie for too long, and my gratitude too HaShem the G-d of Israel knows no bounds. Please read the first page of this webpage and you see why I am not a Christian.

I really cannot agree that the Christian gospel does anybody any good for it is based on a lie.

Your Jesus is NOT my saviour, The Lord G-d of Israel is, my sins are forgiven by repenting and turning to the true God and to worship any other is idolatry. I and the rest of mankind are under the Noahide Laws – you don’t become a Noahide – you are one! At Sinai the 7 Laws were incorporated into the Torah binding on all men.

Mankind is not bogged down by a sin nature – he has a choice a God given choice!

Read the Torah and compare it with confused and misleading NT – there is no comparison! Judaism and Christianity are poles apart and incompatible with each other. Why go to the oil rag when you can go straight to the engine driver (God). The god of the NT is not the God of Israel.

The greatest gift God gave mankind is – choice and truth! Don’t waste it on a lie.

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Helen November 14, 2011 at 2:27 am

Shalom Yvonne,

I thought I would reply to your recent email here if I may. I totally agree with your above comments. We do not become Noahides. We are Noahides. I totally agree that Christianity and Judaism are poles apart. There is absolutely no comparison whatsover. I am so grateful to Hashem for rescuing me out of that mess. I was a Xian for twenty years in the Word of Faith movement which is even more off the wall than the average Pentecostal church and we just go so filled with lies. Prior to that I was just an average Catholic who had got sick of that whole deal and didn’t attend church for quite a few years. Got back into again when our first child had to attend school. Went on a our usual camping holiday in January 1988 and were targeted for evangelism by a couple who felt sorry for me. I needed Jesus they thought. My husband and I bought the lie and we went home supposedly “born-again”. Gave our families a hard time. And after attending a Baptist church for 6 weeks or so we moved on to this Pentecostal church which was “Word of Faith” and we got indoctrinated a whole lot more. Twenty years pass and one day I decided to investigate this stuff via the internet and found out that indeed the so-called Word of Faith was definitely wrong so I mentioned to my husband and told him I am not going back there and he decided to do the same. Our pastor tried to talk us out of it, or course but nevertheless that was it for me. We try to find another fellowship and attended a Church of Christ a couple of times but I was not keen on it and did not continue with it. Ended up staying home on Sundays but I was looking into things via the internet and about a year later I found out about this Xmas deal and the pagan aspect of it. I now know, prior to that, I somehow couldn’t get excited about this Xmas thing. There seemed to be something wrong with it which I couldn’t quite put a finger on So when I found out about that I decided I wasn’t going to celebrate it anymore – needless to say all hell broke loose at home. My husband just wasn’t so enthusiastic about letting go of it ( and still isn’t) but I wouldn’t be deterred. I kept on, kept doing research concerning the so-called CHURCH and found out many things. I went the way of Calvinism for just a little bit and then found out about this Messianc Christianity where they say they believe in the Torah but still believe Jesus to be the Saviour and they are ones who try hard to convert Jews. They celebrate the Sabbath and the Feasts of Israel and given Xmas the flick and say they have done away with the Pagan aspect of Christianity which is not true. One day I am at it again on the Internet trying to find out more about this Xmas deal It is getting near that time of year and trying to get some more clalrity on it when up comes a website which I had not seen before and the man who had this website was an ex-Baptist minister so I was really interested. I started devouring all this info and needless to say the rest is history. He explained how idolatrous Christianity is and how we have to renounce it before God if we want to have a relationship with Him. I was shocked by it all but nevertheless I pressed on and he explained the only true faith was Judaism and how a non-Jew can also have a relationship with God by embracing the Torah of Moshe and keeping the Seven Universal Laws.
My husband still claims to be a Xian and our two adult sons, well they never did really embrace Xianity anyhow and when they got to 15 never attended church again. So that is my story. I am so happy that I found Hashem.
I live in Melbourne, Australia. There are no synagogues near us which makes it difficult for me as I would love to attend one, even on a few accoasions but so far I haven’t managed to do that. There are many Jews living in this city but they are quite a long way from where we live. There are quite a few following the Ancient Path but I have yet to meet one personally. So concerning my faith I am pretty much on my own at this point.
Forigve me for my long discourse and I am so glad to receive your email the other day and it blessed me so much. Your website is wonderful and I sincerely hope many people wake up and realise the falsehood that Christianity really is. Just because it has such a huge following doesn’t make it true. It would have to be the biggest conspiracy of all time and I have tried to tell my husband but at the moment he is just not open to it at all. He just thinks I am the one who is wrong and i’ve gotten it all off the internet so of course it would have to be wrong. LIttle does he know.

Shalom Yvonne.
Thabnks for letting me share.

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Dave & Yvonne November 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Shalom Helen,

My – it is scary reading your e-mail, your experience is so like mine!

I may have a bit of good news for you, and I am a tad envious lol! Frances the moderator of the largest Noahide group in the world, and she is dedicated to the cause – well she lives in Melbourne. Her e-mail address is fan@ihug.com.au – she has been a wonderful and patient friend and I have learned a lot from her, I cheerfully recommend you write to her and you lucky thing you can even do lunch or coffee!! Frances is pretty clued up on Judaism and she knows quite a few Rabbis, let me know how things go!!

I am very pleased to have heard from you Helen – apart from my lovely husband and my now deceased Dad who died 4 months ago at 92, we have never, never met another Noahide in the flesh!! So kiddo your not alone …. I am sorry your husband is not open to the truth …. but I guess silence is golden – it probably wise to say nothing. However if he wanted to chat to Dave who is a mans man – it is another option.

Do you have skype?

Like you Helen I was a seeker, and it kind off gives an aura of unstability – at least that is what my kids think, “Well, Mum first of all your a RC then a Pentecostal, then a Calvinist” so forth and so on…. you get my drift! However who is smiling now eh ….. Praise Hashem we have found HIM and are we blessed or what eh!! It is a huge privilege to have discovered the God of Israel, the Creator of the Universe and is utterly singular and He is Our God, no crummy jc or trinity … blessed or what eh!!

Keep in touch and again really good to hear from you – thank you for being complementary on our webpage … we work hard on it and always open for suggestions – so if you have any and a subject you would like covered … let me know! And hey like you I am such a fan of the wonderful internet – that was my path to truth tooooooo!!

Big hug,

YvonneXX

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G. Lee August 9, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Th., 08/09/12 common era

When I was in Israel in 1994, I met with Shmuel Golding in his home.  He has done some
exemplary work in logically showing that belief in “Satan” as “The Devil” is inconsistent with
Torah and a form of idolotry.

What has happened to him?   I hope that he is alive and well.  Please advise.

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Dave & Yvonne October 5, 2012 at 6:52 am

Hi G.Lee, I have heard of Shmuel Golding, but I do not know what has happened to him!!

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Jason Abdian December 13, 2012 at 8:54 am

Here is my story Dave and Yvonne. I pray it reaches those Jews who have strayed from their roots. with love, Jason.

The Call of My Ancestors – My Introduction to Ancient Judaism
 
I started writing this expecting that G-d was guiding me to one day be able to combine the teachings of my Guru, Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath, with ancient Kabbalistic Judaism, but when I got back from Israel more and more new guidance was given. These things really surprised me, not because I haven’t seen miraculous things in my life, but because I never expected that I would be guided to leave my Guru nor that I would be guided into a path of Judaism. In fact, both were, at one point, the last things I ever wanted to do.
 
A couple of years ago, I went to go and see my Rabbi. They have this thing where you can ask a question from the Lubavitcher Rebbe and you open one of his books randomly and he gives you an answer. I asked, “How can I get to G-d in this life?” The page read, “You are going to bring the minds of the Jews back to G-d.” I wasn’t surprised because all my friends were Jewish and all the people who wanted to learn meditation from me were almost always Jewish, but like I said above I didn’t think it was going to be like this.
 
Before my trip to Israel, I had come to a point in my spiritual development where I had lost my strength, power, and self-confidence. I felt broken. I couldn’t even make decisions anymore. My mind was clogged with so many theories that it could no longer work properly. Spending my days reading tons of spiritual advice and visiting different Indian saints and sages had done really nothing to evolve me at this point in the journey. It only fueled a negative momentum taking me further and further into my own head. A couple of weeks prior to my trip to Israel I had broken down again for the third time in my life for the reasons stated above. I needed something strong, a big smack in the face, to break my delusive sleep.
 
In March or January a strong intuition dawned on me that I would be spending a portion of my time in Israel this summer whether I liked it or not. So I signed up for the birthright trip only to be surprised that I wasn’t accepted. When summer came I received a call from my good friend and legend, Rabbi David Cohen. He said he had an Israel trip for me. The trip was in a week. Everything inside me said go, so I had no choice but to go, even though honestly the last thing I wanted to do was go on a trip alone, especially a Jewish one. I had learned from experience that even if I didn’t feel like it, it was always best to do G-d’s will because it always ended up being for my own greatest benefit.
 
Before the trip I had a dream where my great spiritual friend and mentor Kriyavan came to me and said, “In this life, you are Jewish.” I didn’t think much of it. I’ve had many meaningless dreams in my day. On the plane, I was struggling with a bad cold and when we landed I was struck by a deep anxiety that maybe I would pass out from starvation, maybe I would not be able to take care of myself, or that maybe I wouldn’t be able to wake up from this painful sleep. I called my father at night and cried my pains to him and every time the anxiety would strike I would call him to express my deep anguish.
 
Four days of the trip went by and everyday was like hell. My mind was unclear and in disarray because of the combined jetlag, sickness, and heavy weight of a totally new experience. Add that up with having to attend a very religious Yeshiva where they sometimes learn up to 6 hours a day and you get a very bad combination for Jason at least. Luckily I wouldn’t go to class very much. 😉
 
So the time came where we had to take a four day trip to Tzfat and I really didn’t want to do it. I thought I was going to die or at least that’s how I felt. So much fear and resistance, it’s unexplainable, but my father pushed me to go. My friends on the trip encouraged me to go as well, so I went. I felt like I was going to pass out the first two hours of the bus ride. We stopped at the famous Rabbi Akida’s tomb and that’s where everything changed. After praying at his grave I felt much better. I started making my “shofar” sound, doing pushups, and dancing a little with the guys.
 
During the trip we also visited the tombs of Rambam and the prophet Samuel, the one who appointed King David to his position. These were very holy sites with powerful spiritual vibrations. My father later told me he had wanted to go to Rambam’s grave to pray for me the last time he was in Israel, but ironically it was me who ended up praying for him and my family at the Rambam’s tomb.
 
In Tzfat I went to the Mikveh for my first time. It was very special. My body felt purified after, and during meditation my breath flowed so smoothly. At night during Shabbat, I was in such an inspired state that when the Rabbi asked me to speak, great and uplifting words came through. I had so much fun that night. Just laughing and expressing myself and joking around with everyone. The next night for Shabboatov, Danny and I went to the Hassidic temple in Tzfat. They were absolutely amazing. I had never seen so many advanced spiritual souls in one room. I wondered why I wasn’t seeing people like this at all the spiritual events I was attending. These people had so much light in that room, it was unexplainable. The children would sing songs in praise to G-d with so much love that it was overwhelming. Danny and I were lost in the rhythm of the hymns together bobbing our bodies back and forth. It was very beautiful.
 
After the trip to Tzfat I was feeling inwardly inspired to start putting on tefellin. I don’t know why or how it happened when I recount how much resistance I’ve had to Judaism my entire life, but I had to surrender to the intuitive shove so to speak. There was one day where we went to the Whaling Wall. I had gone early because my cousin dropped me off. I was in such a bad mood, close to tears. That day I had not put on tefellin yet and I wasn’t planning to. A man comes up to me and says come, put on tefellin. I refused profusely many times. I was in a very bad mood. He surrounds me and there is this older man who just takes my hand and starts putting it on. I start crying. He says, “You are not an alien here. You are a Jew who’s come home.” I don’t know what’s going on and I don’t know why G-d was giving me these experiences. The one day I didn’t want to put it on, He wouldn’t allow it.
 
I went to go and see my grandmother in Ashdod. She had had a dream of my grandfather coming to her telling her to tell me to only believe in one G-d (at that point I was also worshipping my Guru as a G-d) and to listen and follow my parent’s advice. Again and again she told me. She told me that if I didn’t do it for her that I had to do it for my grandfather’s soul. She also mentioned that my great grandfather, her father, was very religious and used to pray to G-d three times a day like observant Jews do.
 
My uncle told me a few stories about my great grandfather. Everyone speaks of him as a very saintly individual. One time my grandmother had to get surgery because a falling tree hit her on the head. She went unconscious. A small vein inside the head started to bleed – a cerebral hemorrhage. Close to the time of the surgery, my grandfather had a dream where someone came to the house and took my grandmother’s shoes out of the house. He woke up weeping realizing that the dream meant the death of his wife. That same morning my uncle had woken up with a different mystical dream. He met a man. The man asked my uncle, “Do you know who I am?” “No,” he responded. “I am your grandfather,” he said. My uncle had never seen his grandfather, not in person nor even a photo of him. My great grandfather stood at the Whaling Wall in Jerusalem which my uncle had also never seen as he grew up in Iran. He gave my uncle a divine message. “Tell your father that she will be okay and to go and pray for her.”
 
After the surgery the doctors came and told my grandfather that something beyond their power had happened. My grandmother had died ten times during the surgery and still survived.
 
By G-d’s mercy the life of my grandmother was spared. She had to rest in bed for a while so my grandfather had to do the shopping while she was healing up. After several weeks he became lazy and stopped by Kosher meat (which my grandmother had always made sure to buy) for the house because it was an inconvenience. One morning my grandmother wakes up and asks my grandfather, “What are you feeding me?” She had had a dream where my great grandfather (her father) came to her and said, “I prayed for your life and then you go and eat non-kosher meat? I am disappointed in you!” These dreams revealed to me that was actually something sacred behind the dietary laws Jews hold even if I personally didn’t understand them yet.
 
My personal Rabbi on the trip was a man named Nissan. I must mention him because he loved and cared for me so much. The most memorable advice he gave me was about the great King David. He told me of all the Jewish sages King David had the most challenges to face. When he was born, his parents disowned him. When he was alive, his own brother tried to kill him. At one point he was the richest man in the world and at another point, the poorest, and even though all of these negative situations faced him, he managed to write the Tehillim, a book of Psalms dedicated to the praise and worship of G-d. Such faith he had! It inspired me deeply! King David knew what we must know, that every test and challenge is sent by G-d Himself to strengthen us and help us and MOST IMPORTANTLY, bring us closer to Him and the Glory of His Kingdom. This is how he kept his faith undeterred and strong. When I returned from Israel, I told my dad I wanted a Star of David necklace. He told me, “You don’t remember? Your grandfather gave you one when you were a boy.” I wear it now.
 
Nissan also revealed to me that in Judaism physical acts could be just as sacred, if not more so, as acts of prayer and meditation. I liked this idea, it helped me and I agreed with it.
 
The last night, the last song I heard was Jerusalem by Matisyahu. In the taxi I realized how much I was going to miss Israel, my trip, and Jerusalem, there’s something so special about that city. I could not lie to you. It had left a deep impression on my heart.
 
I returned knowing Hashem wanted to me to start practicing Judaism. I spoke to my best friend Shervin and told him my thoughts. I said, “Shervin, I know G-d wants me to practice Judaism but I don’t want to get obsessed about another path again, I could really go nuts this time. I have no true teacher of Judaism. How do I know which Rabbis know the true ancient Judaism given by G-d to the prophets. And I don’t know how far I would have to go with the religious commands.” I went to speak with my dad and he told me the past three nights my grandfather had been in his dreams saying, “Tell Jason to practice Judaism and to only believe in one G-d.” My dad said, “I didn’t want to tell you but you came and asked me exactly about what he was telling me so I had to tell you.” For years my father has had dreams of my grandfather and my Guru arguing with each other. My grandfather never liked my Guru. He thought he was bad for me, but I never really listened nor was I ready to.
 
The next day my Rabbi (Rabbi Peer), who had guided me for my bar-mitzvah at age 13, calls me on the phone. He says, “Jason, I have some miraculous things to tell you. A week ago (the time when I had just returned from Tzfat and putting on Tefillin) I was visiting the grave of the Rebbe and when I went to sleep I had a dream. The Rebbe came to me with dollar bills and a blessing. He said to me, ‘Take care of Jason.’” I was shocked, I had been speaking about these kinds of things the day before and I already had someone to teach me. Not only that, my Rabbi said, “This is like a command from G-d for me. Whenever you need me, I am there for you. Let us begin learning once a week.” I was very much looking forward to it. There was no conflicte here. My Guru had told us that we could practice whatever faith we chose. The key was to continue our meditations nonetheless.
 
I went to China and returned to see my Rabbi one day. “Rabbi,” I said, “when I was in China I had a dream about the Rebbe. I saw his face. I didn’t feel much.” My Rabbi says, “Are you serious??” I’m like, “Ya.” He says, “you’re getting connected,” in a funny childlike tone. I think I laughed.
 
As I followed all the new advice that was given to me, I found myself becoming more at peace. Every time I would think about my Guru and his upcoming event my eye would start twitching and I would get a nervous feeling that I was going to go crazy. Something was going on, and this is the last chapter for this part of my life story. On August 3rd, 2012, my father came to me. He said, last night grandfather came to me in my dreams, he was so happy with you. This is what my father told me, “He came to me. I had never seen him this happy, he had so much light. He was very happy with you Jason that you were listening to his advice, but he told me to tell you that Guru is not a true one. That you should not see him anymore and that you should leave him. Tell Jason to look for himself how much more peaceful he is, this Guru is not a true one.” I said, “Dad, that is the one thing I could never do.” In my head I thought, “If G-d told me anything but that I would do it.”
 
I called Kriyavan. Kriyavan speaks very directly with me. “Kriyavan, I have following my grandfather’s advice and it really been helping me. I have much more peace, but now he’s telling me to leave my Guru.” He said, “Jason, don’t overcomplicate things, follow the teacher which is quieting your mind more.” “But he’s telling me to leave my Guru!” “Maybe it’s time for you to get a new Guru.” I never expected Kriyavan would say such a thing. Nor did I like the fact that my grandfather said my Guru was false. I wouldn’t have minded if he just told me to leave him, but he also said that he wasn’t true.
 
Imagine, you followed a man for three years, would die for him, only to find out he wasn’t what he was projecting himself to be. Well, that’s what happened to me. On the drive to my grandma’s house that night for Shabbat, I cried so deeply that my head started to hurt. I knew my grandfather was not wrong this time. My father started  to cry and feel very bad, “I am sorry Jason, I should not have told you. I am sorry forgive me,” as he hugged me. I could not stop crying. I said, “NO! Do not be sorry! I am here to find G-D even if that means I was wrong! I must know the Truth!” He told me to follow my heart and I said, “Dad, I have been following my heart the whole time and look where it has led me, to a false Guru, how can I trust my own intuition any more?” “Because that was who and what you needed at that time, and this is what you need now. He helped you very much, but he is not the real one you are looking for.” I could not deny, the more I turned away from my Guru the more stable my mind would feel and every thought about his upcoming talk brought me inwardly closer to madness. I knew I had to let go and I knew I had to accept the fact that I had been following someone who could give fleeting experiences, miraculous ones in fact, but nothing that would ever stick or lead the lasting peace which I was seeking. I had practiced his technique for the past three years devoutly so I was not making my decision based off of some randomness. I knew inside what had to be done.
 
Two days later, my father was in my room with me. I had just cleared out all of my Yogic equipment I had acquired over the past few years. There was a medallion which I had gotten from my Guru during my first retreat. It’s glass had broken and it had fell apart. I don’t know how. My father came into my room and he said, “Look,” and he pulled a picture of the Rebbe out from the top of my shelf in my room. “I’ve never seen that,” I said, “how long has that been there?” My father said, “For two years.” The day he showed me that, unbeknownst to him, was the Rebbe’s birthday, August 5th. He had also put a rock from Jersusalem’s Whaling Wall in my room up there where I could not see it. He said, “I prayed that time in Israel, that G-d would open your eyes and show you the truth. He always responds to my prayers.”
 
May G-d’s blessings and guidance be with all of you. Love you all.  

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searchinmyroots January 1, 2013 at 9:50 pm

I am so glad to have found your website!!

It is loaded with lots of very valuable information. I can only hope many read through the articles here, and although they may not agree 100% with all of them, the truth of christianity is prety clear. What I mean by that is, it is it’s own religion and has nothing to do with Judaism or the G-d of Israel, no matter how hard they try to paint the picture.

Keep up the great work!

Looking forward to future articles and posts!

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drydend January 28, 2013 at 8:24 am

On behalf of the site makers, let me say than you for the kind words. May HaShem draw us closer to his Truth.

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Chami March 26, 2013 at 8:43 am

Dear Dave and Yvonne,

Thanks for your wonderful website. Could you let me know whether there are Noachide group or person / Contact in Brisbane , Australia please. I was a former Christian who turned into a Noachide about 2 years back.

Best Wishes

Chami  

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drydend April 12, 2013 at 7:54 am

Hi Chami,

I hope the following ideas help you find others in Australia.

There is a Facebook page called “Noahide Australia – The Seven Laws of Noah”. You can try joining that.
Or try contacting the webmasters of 1stcovenant.com or asknoah.com which have international links.

I hope this helps. All the best to you.

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kate May 29, 2013 at 4:57 am

if the 7 universal laws are there for all, what if you have stolen in the past (like when you were young and silly), how do you atone for this

I come from a christian background and understand it was to ask for forgiveness, but that jesus covered you on it anyway.

How is it from the perspective of judaism?

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drydend August 22, 2013 at 7:18 am

“through deeds of truth and kindness, iniquity is atoned for”. Proverbs 16:6. Also read Ezekiel 18 and Micah 6:6-8. The message of the Jewish Bible, take responsibility before God, remove yourself from doing the bad deeds, and do what is right.

I hoe this helps.

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brian runau July 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm

You have an article I wrote posted on your web site.  I did not submit this to you for you to post.  Would you please remove it from your web site.

Article is “Catholicism and Its Original Sin.”

Thank you.

Brian Runau

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drydend August 20, 2013 at 10:05 am

I’ll ask the admin to remove this for you

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michael moore April 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm

David,
Have you finished your book, “The Bitter Root: Apostle Paul?” if so, where can i find it? also…looking for a book you may know, “The Man from Galilee”by Warren Bowles? Blessings, Michael

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