Our Christian Future: Faith Liberated from Religion

Our Christian Future: Faith Liberated from Religion 
“…I saw also the Lord…high and lifted up, and His train filled the Temple.”

When you’ve seen God from the perspective of Isaiah in the year King Uzziah died, you realize that God is high and lifted up far above the confines of the temple. And while His train may fill the temple, his presence, essence, and greatness can never, by it, be contained.

When your view of God is so much bigger than traditional religion allows, it becomes difficult to permit yourself to be restricted by the confines and constraints that it places on you. I look at the world around me and at the small portion of the universe that we are aware of and I see a fundamental truth: the Creator of all this must be greater than even the Scriptures can capture. Words are simply incapable of conveying His magnificence, power, and greatness.

When I view religion today, I do not see this greatness. When I view churches, I no longer see them through the eyes of innocence. I’m incapable of seeing the image that most churches wish to portray; I see the reality. I see businesses that are to a greater or lesser degree executing marketing plans to bring in more traffic. I see the complex interrelationships that often dissolve into pettiness and gossip. I see either the pastor who is worn down because of his sincerity to serve God or the craftiness of a pastor who understands “the game.”

What’s worse, I often see people who, in their fear of the unknown, attempt to control our perspective of God by limiting what the Creator can be, can do, and the means by which those things are accomplished. I see limitations. And in a universe that is arguably limitless, how can one allow themselves to be constrained by a religion that is caged by the fears of men?

My time seeking God in the ministry is the exact reason I can no longer seek Him through traditional religion. What I found out about God through studying His Word was that He, by the very Biblical definition of Him, must be greater than what the Bible could ever tell us. Words are simply too meager to capture his grandeur. And once I realized this, my view of God was magnified beyond the confines of a church. I saw Him high and lifted up!

I’m Not Alone

This is why I giggle whenever I hear murmurs of, “Ben has lost his way.” I haven’t lost my way. I simply have seen Christ so much more clearly. In many ways, my personal struggle with religion versus my unwavering faith is a microcosm of what is happening in America. Religion is losing. Americans are no longer being bound to religious institutions. And because we have conflated religion with faith for centuries, we automatically think that the decline in religion equates to a decline in faith. This isn’t necessarily the case. Many of us have severed our dependency on religion so that our relationship with God could flourish.

What we have seen historically with religion is the institutionalization of God. He’s been caged in the zoo of religious hierarchy. The only side of Him that we have been allowed to explore is that which can be controlled and capitalized on by religiously ambitious men.

Because of this, not only has religion been unable to answer the great questions of our time, religion has not even been allowed to explore them in meaningful ways beyond “god.” When we don’t understand something, we say, “That’s just how God wants it.” This is no longer acceptable in a world of constant discovery where we can answer many questions that the men who were inspired to pen the Bible were unaware even existed.

The Future of Faith in America

Faith is being liberated from religion. That is the future of Christianity in America. In fact, I believe this is the future of Christianity, period. America offers a level of liberty and autonomy that has allowed us to explore God beyond the controls of a state religion under the threat of persecution. Because of this freedom, we have been able to experience God in a way that causes so many believers to reject the formality and constrictions of religious institutions.

Some people view this as a threat to Christianity. I see this as the beginning of a new era in Christianity where the faith of the fearless isn’t weakened by new discoveries in science or changes in societal norms; it is strengthened. Perhaps religious institutions will catch up and adapt. Time will tell.

When I in Awesome Wonder…

Nevertheless, when you “consider the heavens” to be the actual “handiwork” of God and how systemic and measurable his creation is, something in you changes. You not only realize how magnificent He must be, you also realize that He’s not a mystical, magical wizard but a methodical and systemic architect. And that realization forces you to prostrate yourself in humility and lament like David: What is man that thou art mindful of him?

When your vantage point of God starts there, religion and church can become more than disappointments; they can become an impediment to the fullness of our faith.

Perhaps in the future this paradigm will give way to a faith that sees how great our God must really be. And when we see Him in this way, we will realize that so much of what we call religion is nothing more than pettiness to this magnificent creator.

The Straight and Narrow Way for Our Salvation To Be Saved

While it is true that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13), it’s clear that no where near everyone has done so. In fact the Lord’s statement in Matt. 7:14 indicates that the number of people saved is a relatively small percentage of Earth’s total population.

In addition to those who reject the Gospel outright, many others have been distracted and misled onto the wrong road by false religions, false teachers and false doctrine that change the straight and narrow intent of Scripture.

For example, just within “Christianity” some of these doctrines teach that Jesus is not really the only way to salvation, or that Jesus wasn’t really God in the flesh, or that you don’t really need to be born again, or that his death didn’t really cover all of your sins so you have to work to finish the job yourself. The list of things man has done to distort the Gospel message is nearly endless.

The straight and narrow way is clearly laid out in John 6:28-29. When the people asked Him what work God requires of us, Jesus said, “The work of God is this; to believe in the one He has sent.”

This means we must accept the fact that we’re sinners in need of a savior, and believe that Jesus came to die for our sins and rose again, proving that His death was sufficient to purchase our pardon. Anything that adds to or subtracts from that simple statement can cause people to miss the straight and narrow way.

“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, ‘Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame’ “ (Romans 10:9-11).

Why Kabbalists Has Ability of Deliverance from Slavery to the Ego of Creator

Deliverance from Slavery to the Ego 
The Hidden Is Valued more than the Revealed

The prohibition against revealing the secrets of Kabbalah stems from the concern that disdain for Kabbalah may arise. Everything unknown elicits respect and is perceived as something valuable. Such is the nature of human beings: A poor person prizes a penny, but once he comes to possess a million, he prizes the million no longer, but seeks two million, and so forth.

The same pattern may be observed in science: the unknown elicits respect and is considered valuable, but once it becomes known and understood, is no longer valued. Then, new unknown objects take the place of the previous objects and become objectives to be pursued.

For this reason, the secrets of Kabbalah cannot be revealed to the masses, because once they grasp them, they will grow to disdain Kabbalah.

The Unlimited Nature of Spiritual Knowledge

But the secrets of Kabbalah may be revealed to Kabbalists because they seek to expand their knowledge, just as the scientists of this world do.

Because they do not value their knowledge, that fact in itself prompts them to pursue the understanding of that which is still unknown. Thus, the entire world is created for those who seek to grasp the mysteries of the Creator. Those who sense and grasp the Upper Light of Life that emanates from the Creator (Ohr Hochma) nevertheless do not grasp the Creator, or His Essence, in the process.

But this is not true of those who grasp higher spiritual levels. Those who perceive the spiritual levels and the Light particular to those levels not only perceive the Light, but grasp the Creator. Kabbalists cannot attain even the lowest spiritual level if they do not grasp the Creator and His qualities in relation to us that pertain to that particular spiritual level.

“Pure” and “Impure” Perception Of The Creator

In our world, we come to understand our friends according to their actions, both toward us and toward others. After we are familiar with an individual’s various qualities, such as kindness, envy, anger, willingness to compromise and so on, we can assert that we “know” that individual.

Similarly, after a Kabbalist grasps all actions and the Divine manifestation in those actions, the Creator is revealed to the Kabbalist by means of Light, in a completely comprehensible way. If the spiritual levels and the Light emanating from them do not carry with them the possibility of perceiving the Creator “Himself,” then we consider them impure. (“Himself” implies, just as in our world, that we gain an impression of one through one’s actions and do not feel the urge to find out anything else. After all, that which we cannot perceive at all does not elicit in us an interest or a need to be perceived).

Impure forces such as klipa and Sitra Achra, are the forces that dominate us, preventing us from delighting in every pleasure that comes to us to satisfy us with the little that we experience. In other words, these forces prompt us to be satisfied with the knowledge that we already possess, to be content with the peel (klipa) while leaving the actual “fruit” aside.

Therefore, our intellects cannot understand the purpose of working for the sake of the Creator, as the interference caused by impure forces does not allow us to understand the hidden meaning of Kabbalah.

Spiritual Exile Due To Egoism’s Rule

In a spiritual object, the Light that fills its top half, from the Rosh (head) to the Tabur (Navel), is called “the past,” while the light that fills its bottom half is called “the present.” The Surrounding Light that did not yet enter the object, but is still awaiting its turn to be revealed is called “the future.”

If one has fallen spiritually and the egoistic desires have increased, then the importance of the spiritual decreases in that person’s eyes.

But a spiritual decline is sent from Above for a purpose: to impart to one the understanding that one is still in spiritual exile; this should in turn prompt one to pray for redemption.

But we will not find true serenity until we elevate our preordained purpose—the spiritual liberation of ourselves and of all mankind—above all else. Exile is a spiritual concept.

Galut is not the physical enslavement that was experienced by all nations at some point in their history. Galut is the enslavement of each of us by our worst enemy—egoism.

Moreover, this enslavement is so sophisticated that we are not aware of the fact that we are constantly working for that master—that external force that has possessed us and now dictates its own wishes to us.

Only Faith above Reason Liberates Us from Egoism

We, like insane people, do not realize this and strive with all our efforts to carry out all of the ego’s demands. Truly, our state can be likened to that of the mentally ill who perceive imaginary voices either as commands or, worse yet, as true personal desires, and who carry out these commands and desires.

Our Galut is our exile from the spiritual, our inability to be in contact with the Creator and to work for Him alone. Becoming aware of being in this state is a vital precondition to our liberation from it.

At first, the ego is inclined to study Kabbalah and to put forth the effort needed to understand the spiritual, as it sees certain benefits to having spiritual knowledge. However, when we begin to realize all the implications of the real work “for the sake of the Creator,” and when we are forced to ask for our liberation, then we push away such redemption, convincing ourselves that it is impossible to succeed in such work.

Thus, once again, we become the slave of our own reason, that is, we return to the ideals of the material life. Our redemption from such a state can only be found in acting according to faith above reason.

What Is True Name of God Almighty

TRUE NAME OF GODWho is Jehovah?

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Do some research for yourself on the the letter J. Here is a quick fact about the history of the letter J, as discussed in Britannica Compton’s Encyclopedia J, j: “”The letter J has a history that is linked with the history of the letter I. The Romans and their European successors used I both for the vocalic i and for the consonantal y (as in the English word yet). The English letter J did not come into existence until the end of medieval times, when scribes began to use a tailed form of i, with or without the dot, next to the short form of i (1).””

So if the letter J was not in existence intill the medieval times & there is no letter J in the Hebrew alphabet, who is Jehovah? Remember all name’s in the Hebrew have meaning. You must break the word Jehovah up to understand IT’S MEANING.

Je or JA refers to a God.

hovah in the Hebrew means:
a ruin, disaster
mischief
hovah, Another form for havvah:
calamity, iniquity, mischief, mischievous thing, naughtiness, naughty, perverse thing, From hava’ (in the sense of eagerly coveting and rushing upon; by implication, of falling); desire; also ruin — calamity, iniquity, mischief, mischievous (thing), naughtiness, naughty, noisome, perverse thing, substance, very wickedness.

As you can see Jehovah IS NOT THE NAME OF THE GOD OF ISRAEL. Many people think the rapper Jay Z is trying to be god because he calls himself hovah, but in reality he knows what the word means:

Exodus 3:13-15 …And Moses said unto God, Behold, [when] I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? God said to Moses, “I AM THAT I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites:—–> ‘I AM<—- has sent me to you.'” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I AM to be remembered throughout all generations.

Many people like to argue and say that ” I AM” is  not a name, but if the Father says that’s his name……. then that’s his name! Plan & Simple……1 Corinthians 14:33 …..”For AHAYAH (I AM) is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” Chirst himself even said the Father’s name…………John 8:58 ….”Messiah said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, AHAYAH (I AM).”

The Power of Faith in Spiritual Work

The Power of Faith in Spiritual Work 
Perception of Pleasure Is Dependent on the Desire for Pleasure

The most important determinant of the perception of pleasure is the thirst for pleasure, which in Kabbalah is known as a “vessel.” The size of the vessel is determined by the degree to which one feels the need for the lack of pleasure.

For this reason, if two separate vessel-people receive the same pleasure, one will receive a feeling of absolute satiation, while the other will feel no sense of possessing anything and, thus, be very depressed.

Therefore, every person must strive to live in the given moment; taking knowledge from the previous states; with faith above reason in the present state, we have no need for the future.
Advancing Along the Path of Faith

If Kabbalah says that something is “forbidden,” it actually implies that something is impossible even if one desires it. The objective, however, is not to desire it. For example, if an individual works in a certain job for an hour a day, and does not know any other workers who have already been rewarded for their work, that person will worry whether there will be pay for the performed task, but much less than the person who works ten hours a day.

The latter must have much more faith in the boss, but must also endure greater suffering at not seeing others being rewarded. And if one wishes to work day and night, then that person feels an even greater awareness of the concealment of the boss and of the reward. This is because the worker has a greater need to know whether there will be the promised reward in the end.

However, those who travel by faith above reason develop in themselves an immense need for the Revelation of the Creator, and along with it, an ability to confront the revelation. At that point, the Creator will unveil the entire creation before them.

The only way to avoid the use of egoistic desires is to advance by the path of faith.

Only if we refuse to see and know from fear of losing the capacity to work altruistically will we be able to continue to receive strong feelings and knowledge to the degree that advancement on the path of faith will not be impeded.

The Antidote for Human Egoism

It thus becomes clear that the crucial point of not working for the sake of the self emanates from the necessity to abandon the limited egoistic possibilities of attaining pleasure. Instead, one must seek to gain the unlimited possibilities of receiving pleasure outside the narrow boundaries of the body. Such a spiritual “organ” of perception is known as “faith above knowledge.”

Those who reach the level of spiritual development at which they can work without receiving any reward for egoism become compatible in qualities with the Creator (and therefore, achieve closeness with Him, because in spiritual realms it is only the difference in qualities that separates objects, as there exist no concepts of space and time).

Endless pleasure is also gained, unlimited by feelings of shame as when one receives charity. When we perceive the all-encompassing, invisible presence of the Upper Intellect, which permeates the entire universe and holds domain over everything, we receive the truest sense of support and confidence. Therefore, faith is the only antidote to egoism.

The Return to the Creator

Human beings by nature only have the power to do that which they comprehend and sense. This is known as “faith within reason.” Faith is called an upper, confronting power, which gives one the ability to act even when we do not yet realize or understand the essence of our actions; that is, faith is a force that does not depend on our personal interest, egoism.

It is said that in the place where a ba’al teshuva (one who wishes to return and draw near the Creator) stands, a complete righteous person cannot stand. When one corrects a new desire, one is considered to be completely righteous. When one is incapable of correction, one is called a “sinner.”

But if one overcomes oneself, then one is called “a returning one.” Since our entire path leads only toward the goal of creation, each consecutive new state is higher than the preceding one and the new state of the “returning one” is higher than the previous state of “the righteous one.”

Undergoing the Process of Spiritual Corrections

Undergoing the Process of Spiritual Corrections 

The Creator’s Light Hochma (Wisdom)

There are two kinds of Light of the Creator: the Light of knowledge, reason, and wisdom (called Ohr Hochma), and the Light of mercy, confidence, and unity (called Ohr Hassadim). In turn, Ohr Hochma comes in two types according to its action upon us.

At first, when the Light arrives, we discover our own evil. Then, when we have discovered the evil, and realize that we should not use egoism, this same Light imparts strength towards those egoistic wishes, so that we can work (take pleasure) with them, but not for our own sake. Finally, when we gain the strength to overcome our own egoism, this same Light makes it possible for the corrected, formerly egoistic desires to take pleasure in altruism.

The Light of Hassadim (Mercy) Develops Altruistic Desires

On the other hand, Ohr Hassadim bestows on us the desire “to give” rather than “to take” pleasure. For this reason, from the 320 uncorrected desires of the soul, the action of ohr hochma separates the 32 parts of Malchut (which are gradually sensed as spiritual ascents take place, just as the individual gradually comprehends the full depths of his evil and shudders at the realization of his own essence) from the desire to receive personal pleasure, because we have realized that egoism is our worst enemy.
The remaining 288 desires have neither an egoistic nor an altruistic direction, as they are simply sensations (like those of hearing, sight, etc.), which can be employed in any way we choose: either for ourselves or for others. Under the action of Ohr Hassadim, we develop a desire to work altruistically with all 288 sensations. This occurs after Ohr Hochma has replaced the 32 egoistic desires with the 32 altruistic desires.

Kabbalah Is the Cure for Egoism’s Rule

A correction under the influence of the Light occurs without a sensation of pleasure derived from it. One only senses the difference in qualities between one’s own egoism and the magnificence of the Light. This alone is sufficient to break free of bodily desires. It is thus said, “I have created in you egoistical tendencies, and I created Kabbalah as its cure.”

But then, having corrected one’s desires, one begins to receive the Light in order to delight the Creator. This Light, also known as “Torah,” is called “The Names of the Creator,” because the individual receives into one’s self and soul a part of the Creator, and assigns names to the Creator in accordance with the pleasures received from the Light.

Striving to Become Completely Unselfish

We can enter the spiritual world only by becoming completely unselfish (Hafetz Hesed).

This is the minimal prerequisite to ensure that no egoistic desires could ever seduce us and thereby cause harm, because we want nothing for the self.

Without the protection of the altruistic tendencies with the quality of Ohr Hassadim, when we begin to receive the unbounded pleasure from the Upper Light, we will inevitably desire to gratify ourselves, and thus will bring about personal ruin; we will never be able to leave egoism for altruism. Our entire existence will consist of pursuing these pleasures, which are inaccessible to our egoistic desires.

The Spark of Light that Sustains Egoism

But Ohr Hassadim, which imparts on us a striving toward altruism, cannot shine its Light into our egoistical desires. Egoistic desires are sustained by a spark of the Light within us that was forcibly put there by the Creator to resist the laws of the nature of spirituality. This enables us to maintain life in us because, without receiving any pleasure, human beings cannot survive.

If this spark of the Upper Light disappeared, we would immediately perish. Only by doing so could we break away from egoism and from our unfulfilled desire to be gratified, thereby bringing us absolute gloom and despair.

What Does Bible Mean Not To Conform To Tradition Of Men

Traditions Of Men 
Variations of this phrase were used throughout the Bible. In almost every case the Lord was referring to the tendency of people to follow rules and traditions taught by men (Religions,Movements or Sect) rather than adhere to the written word of God.

These traditions are man’s addition to God’s word and are attempts to turn the gift of salvation by GRACE that Jesus died to make free into a WORKS based religion that man has to work to maintain.

This has the effect of rendering the Lord’s death on our behalf as incomplete without our efforts, and makes us responsible for our own salvation.
The Bible repeatedly warns us not to be taken captive by these traditions but to cling to the belief that our salvation is by grace through faith, and not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9).