Thursday, March 5, 2015

Will you go to Hell if you call someone a “fool”?


“. . . but whosoever shall say, `Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.’”

The above quote is attributed to Yeshua and translated by King James translators (Matthew 5:22).

Over the years I have had a number of people ask if they would really go to Hell just for calling someone “a fool.” Most questions like this come from people who belonged to churches that teach their members the doctrine of inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible. Obviously, if a person’s church teaches that doctrine and if their Bible contains the above words, what else could they believe – if every word of the Bible is to be taken literally and if the Bible says if someone calls someone else a “fool” they will go to Hell, then it must be the divine truth!

Keep in mind that those same churches teach that their eternal salvation is based on “correct beliefs.” Obviously, questioning anything their church teaches would not be welcomed by those in authority and usually it is not tolerated. Before I get back in the box and address what Yeshua actually taught, I want to make sure you understand the following facts:

(1) Yeshua did not write down his teachings.

(2) None of the original manuscripts of any of the books in any Bible exist.

(3) Yeshua did not create a New Testament.

(4) Yeshua did not teach in English (King James or American).

(5) The King James Bible was created over 1,500 years after Yeshua taught.

(6) Yeshua did not create or teach the doctrine of inerrancy and infallibility.

(7) Yeshua did not teach that one’s salvation is based on beliefs.

Now let’s get back in the box and consider what Yeshua actually meant when he spoke the above words. Always remember the #1 BHC Linguistic Guideline – “KEEP THINGS IN CONTEXT!” The context of the quote from Yeshua was a lesson on how to deal with anger so that it will not lead to an act of murder like the murder of Abel by Cain. He had given two previous warning signs to be used as “anger-control” measures. This is the third warning sign:

And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of Valley of Hinnom.

The term “the fire of the Valley of Hinnom” is what the King James translators translated as “hell fire.” Everyone that heard Yeshua say the above words knew exactly where the Valley of Hinnom was. Look at the lower part of the map below.


 A popular teaching in evangelical circles is that the Hinnom Valley was a perpetually burning trash dump, but there doesn’t appear to be any evidence from the time of Yeshua to support that idea. The Jewish audience of Yeshua would have been familiar to the words of Jeremiah and Isaiah that were linked to the valley. 

And they have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind. Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when it will no more be called Topheth, or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter; for they will bury in Topheth, because there is no room elsewhere. (Jeremiah 7:31–32)

Indeed! Topheth has been ready for the king for a long time now. His funeral pyre is deep and wide, with plenty of fire and wood. The breath of the Lord, like a torrent of brimstone, kindles it. (Isaiah 30:33)

And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh. (Isaiah 66:24)

For the original Jewish audience of Yeshua, they would have under the words “in danger of the fire of Valley of Hinnom” to mean “in danger of being judged by God” – the ultimate and final judge.

They would have also understood that when Yeshua used the term “fool,” he was referring to Psalm 14:1-3:

The fool says in his heart, “There is no ELOHIYM.” They are corrupt, their deeds are abominable; there is no one who does TOV. YAHWEH looks down from the skies on all mankind to see if there are any who understandany who seek ELOHIYM. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does TOV, not even one.

ELOHIYM is the word used for “the Creator” in Genesis 1:1-2:4a. The Creator measured all of His works with a standard to see they were TOVacts that preserved life, protected life, made life more functional and increased the quality of life. This is what we call the “TOV Standard.” A point Yeshua makes here is -- the Creator will use the same standard to judge mankind on the Great Day of Judgmentthat is Yeshua’s salvation message.

When people get angry they often attempt to hurt the person they are angry with through words before they resort to using physical force. Yeshua had already given his audience two warning signs so his followers would be aware of elevations in the intensity of their anger. They were getting closer to the point where they were in danger of acting like Cain. This is Yeshua’s final warning sign:

Do not say that the person you are angry with denies the existence of the Creator and the existence of those who reveal His image on Earth by doing acts of TOV. This could put you in danger of being judged by YAHWEH!

This lesson is just as relevant for 21st century Americans as it was for 1st century Jews. I hope you found this blog of value.

Shalom, Be Empowered & Do TOV,
Jim Myers

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Prayer Yeshua Prayed Twice Every Day

One of Jesus’s earliest memories was no doubt watching and listening to his family when they gathered to pray the Shema at sunrise before the day’s work began and after the working work day was over at sunset. He also heard and participated in praying the Shema at their synagogue. He was surrounded by neighbors who also prayed the same prayer in their homes every day.

The Hebrew word for prayer is tefilah. It is derived from the root Pe-Lamed-Lamed and the word l'hitpalel, meaning “to judge oneself.” This surprising word origin provides insight into the purpose of Jewish prayer. The most important part of any Jewish prayer, whether it be a prayer of petition, of thanksgiving, of praise of God, or of confession, is the introspection it provides, the moment that we spend looking inside ourselves, seeing our role in the universe and our relationship to God.[1]

Most of Jewish prayers are expressed in the first person plural, "us" instead of "me," and are recited on behalf of all of the Jewish people. This form of prayer emphasizes their responsibility for one another and their interlinked fates. Prayer is largely a group activity rather than an individual activity. [2] Group prayers are recited from prayer books, not spontaneous individual prayers. One of the primary purposes of prayer is to learn about God rather than telling God what we want.

The Shema is still an important prayer in Judaism, but the version found in prayer books today is slightly different from the one Yeshua recited. After the Temple was destroyed in 70 CE, the rabbis in Israel removed the first part (the Ten Commandments). [3] The prayer below is like the one Yeshua and his fellow Jews of that period prayed.

When Yeshua and his fellow Jews recited the Shema they would have used euphemisms for the unpronounceable name of God. We will use “HaShem” (“the Name”) in our version. We will also use the word ELOHIYM for “God.” ELOHIYM would remind people the work of the Creator in the opening creation account of Genesis.  

This will be a more literal translation than that of most English Bibles. Please get a notepad and a pen before you continue. You will see that at the beginning of each section I placed a number. As you read the prayer, if something stands out to you, probably because of the differences between this translation and your Bible, jot down the number. Do not stop and consider why it stood out. Wait until you finish and then go back and did in deeper.

Now, let’s step into our time machines and travel back to Nazareth 2,000 years ago and picture ourselves in the room with Yeshua and his family at sunrise. We all stand and face the direction towards Jerusalem. Joseph begins the prayer and we join in by reciting the following words.

The Shema

1 I am HaShem your ELOHIYM who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

2 You shall have no other ELOHIYM in front of Me.

3 You shall not make for yourself a carved image — any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.

4 For I, HaShem your ELOHIYM, am a jealous ELOHIYM, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

5 You shall not take the name of HaShem your ELOHIYM in vain, for HaShem will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

6 Guard the Shabbat day, to keep it separate, as HaShem your ELOHIYM commanded you. 

7 Six days you shall labor and do all your work.

8 The seventh day is a Shabbat to HaShem your ELOHIYM; you shall not do any work -- you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male slave, nor your female slave, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates – so that your male slave and your female slave may rest like you.

9 Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and HaShem your ELOHIYM brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm -- therefore HaShem your ELOHIYM commanded you to do the Shabbat day.

10 Honor your father and your mother, as HaShem your ELOHIYM has commanded you so that your days may be prolonged, and so that it may be TOV[4] for you on the land which HaShem your ELOHIYM is giving to you.

11 You shall not murder.

12 You shall not commit adultery.

13 You shall not steal.

14 You shall not testify against your neighbor (as) a false witness.

15 You shall not desire your neighbor’s wife.

16 You shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male slave, or his female slave, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.’[5]

17 Hear, O Israel, HaShem our ELOHIYM, HaShem is one! 

18 You shall love HaShem your ELOHIYM with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

19 These words which I command you today shall be on your heart. 

20 You shall repeat them to your children, and shall speak of them when you sit in your house, when you walk on the road, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 

21 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 

22 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.[6]

23 His signs and His works which He did in the midst of Egypt, to Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to all his land; and that which He did to the army of Egypt, to their horses and to their chariots, when He made the waters of the Sea of Reeds flow over them as they pursued them, and HaShem destroyed them to this day.

24 And that which He has done for you in the wilderness until you came to this place.

25 And that which He has done to Dathan and Abiram sons of Eliab son of Reuben, when the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them and their houses, and their tents, and all the living substance which belonged to them in the midst of all Israel.

26 But your eyes see all the work of the great HaShem which He has done.

27 You shall keep every commandment which I am commanding you today, so that you shall be strong and shall go in and possess the land which you are crossing over to possess it, and so that you may prolong your days in the land which HaShem swore to give to your fathers, to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.

28 For the land which you are going to, to  possess it, is not like the land of Egypt from where you came from, where you sowed your seed and watered with your foot, as a garden of herbs. But the land which you are crossing over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of the skies, a land which HaShem your ELOHIYM cares for. The eyes of HaShem your ELOHIYM are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.

29 And it shall come to pass, if you listen and obey My commandments which I command you today, to love HaShem your ELOHIYM and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, that I will give the rain of your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, and your wine, and your oil. And I will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you shall eat and be satisfied.

30 Be on guard for yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other ELOHIYM and bow down to them, and the anger of HaShem glows against you, and He shuts up the skies, and there be no rain, and the ground does not give her increase, and you perish quickly from upon the good land which HaShem is giving to you.

31 And you shall lay up these words upon your heart, and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 

32 And you shall teach them to your children, speaking of them as you sit in your house, and as you walk on the road, and as you lie down, and as you rise up. 

33 And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which HaShem swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the Heavens upon the Earth.[7]

34 And HaShem spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel. You shall tell them that they shall make tassels on the corners of their garments for their generations, and they shall put on the tassels of the corners a blue thread. And shall be to you for a tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of HaShem and do them, and you shall not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you go astray after. So that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be separate to your ELOHIYM. I am HaShem your ELOHIYM, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your ELOHIYM. I am HaShem your ELOHIYM.”[8]

End of Prayer

When Yeshua dressed he put on a garment with four tassels they reminded him of the words of the Shema. As he worked he saw the tassels of the men he worked with and that reminded him of the Shema. When he walked through doors he saw and touched the mezuzahs on the doorposts, that reminded him of the Shema. Every time he entered the gate of a village or town he saw the mezuzah and that reminded him of the Shema. When he sat in his home, especially as a child, and Joseph taught him the commandments of HaShem, that reminded him of the Shema, as did walking down a road with Joseph as he taught him. When he joined thousands traveling to Jerusalem for the festivals, he was surrounded by people doing the same and that reminded him of the Shema.

Think about what seeing the tassels, mezuzahs and the Shema meant to Jewish women, slaves and foreigners. They were surrounded by people who were aware of HaShem’s commandments and that was no doubt a comforting thing to do. And of course, when Yeshua began his movement, as the audience listened to his words and they saw his tassels -- and as he stood and taught them, he saw their tassels too – and that reminded them all of the words of the Shema.

I would like to challenge every Christian, as well as anyone who holds Yeshua’s words in high esteem, to do what he did twice each day. Take The Real Yeshua Challenge:

For the next seven days, pray (recite) the Shema at the beginning of your day and again around sundown.

One week from now you will have read the Shema fourteen times. Every time you recite it, I have no doubt that you will discover something new. For seven days you will have stepped into Yeshua’s world and did what he did!  A lot of people are always asking WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?). Take The Real Yeshua challenge!


Do What Yeshua Did!

Shalom,
Jim Myers

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[3] The Jewish People in the First Century, Vol. 2; p. 796.
[4] The Hebrew word used in the text is YTV, an alternative of TOV and the word HaShem used in his instructions to Cain before he murdered Abel.
[5] Deuteronomy 5:6-21
[6] Deuteronomy 6:4-9
[7] Deuteronomy 11:3-21
[8] Numbers 15:36 (37)-41

Friday, February 27, 2015

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Why Are There Only Four Gospels in the New Testament?

In the earliest centuries of Christianity, many different writings were copied, shared and circulated among the different churches located throughout the Roman Empire, Syria, Asia, Egypt, and other place. Some recorded the life and sayings of Jesus, Paul’s writings to different churches, and writings by other apostles and church leaders. There were so many writings in circulation that some of church leaders became very concerned. Read complete blog at -- http://fromonejesus.blogspot.com/2015/02/why-are-there-only-four-gospels-in-new.html


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Did Yeshua really say “jot”?

Yeshua said, “Not one jot shall pass from the law.” (King James Version)

The above words are from Matthew 5:18. It is a good example of verses that people “religiously” without having a clue for what they just read means – and they will claim that the thing they are clueless about is the inerrant and infallible word of God!

What is a “jot?” Let’s begin by making sure one thing clear is very clear – Yeshua never uttered the word “jot.” It was the King James translators that came up with that.

Here is what Yeshua said, “Not one Yod shall pass from the Torah.”


Yod” is the English transliteration of the Hebrew name of the 10th letter of the Hebrew alphabet (see below). 


Next is a graphic that explains how the Hebrew word was transliterated into English.


Follow the numbers from 1 to 3 beginning on the right. So, how did “Yod” become “jot”? The word "jot" itself comes from the name "iota," which is the 9th letter of the Greek alphabet.


Iota is also the smallest letter of the Greek alphabet. The Greek name “iota” came into English via Latin and was Anglicized as “jot.” 

Notice that Yeshua used the word “Torah,” while the King James translators selected the word “law.” The Torah had a very special meaning for Yeshua. Torah is the name of the Hebrew scroll that contains the books we call Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

So what did Yeshua’s words mean to the ancient Jewish audience that heard them?

Not even one of the smallest letters of the Hebrew alphabet shall be removed from the words in the books Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers or Deuteronomy.”

Keep in mind that Yeshua had been accused of coming to destroy the law, according to many Christians. Yeshua clearly had no intention of doing away with or replacing the Jewish Scriptures with something else. Now let’s see how other translators handled this verse:

(1) New International Version – “Not the smallest letter will by any means disappear from the Law.

(2) Bible in Basic English – “Not the smallest letter will in any way be taken from the law.”

(3) Darby’s English Translation – “One iota shall in no wise pass from the law.” 

(4) World English Bible – “Not even one smallest letter shall in any way pass away from the law.”

For Yeshua, the words of the Torah were extremely important to him. They were so important that he said that as long as the heavens and the earth remained not even the smallest letter in the Torah would be removed from it.

What do you think Yeshua would think of people who claimed that he came to do away with the law? He would know that those people obviously didn’t understand his message and clearly were not his followers. That would probably come as a very big surprise to many.

Shalom,
Jim Myers

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