The Refiner's Fire "gets it" from both sides!
Christians, who are taught and can only comprehend "grace" and
"Jesus paid it all", attack us for trying to show them that
nothing is further from the truth! They claim "all you have to do
is 'believe'" (citing John 3:16), while failing to understand what
the Messiah actually taught. "Jesus", (who is more properly known
as "Yeshua", which actually means "Yah is Salvation"), never
taught that his death would somehow negate the love of and
obedience to the Father through Torah, and never taught that his
death was a "get out of jail free" card covering all sins, present and future! The
New Testament actually describes that His death would only atone
for your sins UP TO that point that you understand and accept what
His death did for you! After that, you become obligated, (as all
mankind has been from the beginning), to be true to the God of
Abraham, Issac, and Jacob and to live righteously according to
Torah while on earth! Trying to teach misguided Christians to see
the beauty and wisdom of the True meaning Torah and the New
Testament has actually brought us threats! How dare we believe in
the Torah of Yahweh!
Jews, on the other hand, are out there simply denying that the
promised Messiah might have already come and are literally
trashing us for daring to believe in this mythical "Jesus" (they
refuse to call Him "Yeshua"), and they will go to great lengths to
deny what their own Tanakh says about the Messiah so they can
stand behind their argument that He could not have possibly
already come! After all, the same New Testament scriptures which
Christians misunderstand, they also misunderstand and quickly use
to bolster their denial! For example, the "truth2u" Internet radio
program recently has been literally making fools of themselves
denying each and every scripture which Christians and even the
Jewish Sages for centuries have accepted as Messianic prophecies,
while naming us, as "fools" believing in "visions in clouds" or in
"fairy tales"! How dare we believe in the Messiah of the Tanakh!
We are literally in the middle!
The two sides can't find REAL battles to pursue! No! That would
require resolve and courage. Neither side is "out there" - for insanace -
defending GOD's view of love and marriage and standing firm
against the world's embrace of homosexuality! No! Instead, they
attack The Refiner's Fire for our stance on the WHOLE of
scripture. They are not "out there" defending the One True God
against the false god of Islam and the travesty of "ISIS"!
Instead, they attack The Refiner's Fire for our stance on the
WHOLE of scripture. They are not "out there" attacking those
nations who are against Israel! Instead, they attack The
Refiner's Fire ... for our stance on the WHOLE of scripture....
No. Real-world attacks on the God of Israel don't matter. They'd
both rather attack us! To Christians, we are heretics because they
think we want to "put them back under the law" (never mind they
have no idea what "the law" is in the first place"). And to Jews,
we are heretics because we dare see a Messiah who tried valiantly
to reveal His Father's Torah to ALL, who demonstrated the meaning
of everlasting life, and who gave of Himself so ALL could have
that everlasting life if they only accepted the God of Israel as
their God. Instead, all they see (quite sadly) is a "human
sacrifice" (clearly forbidden) and call us "idol worshipers"
because they refuse to see that the Messiah did not "replace" God
(as Christianity teaches) and since Christians (not us!) insist
that "Jesus was God" while God Himself said to "have no other gods
before Him" (Exodus 20:3)!
Here is something for both sides to ponder: To the Christians:
"Jesus" was NOT God (he was divine because he had a divine nature, and he had the authority of God...but his body was human and he died). And to the
Jews: You have seriously erred in your own (mis)understanding of
both the Tanakh and the Brit Chadashah in your rabid denial of the
Could I ask something of both sides? Please? Can we PLEASE start
tearing down the brick wall? Can we please cast aside our pride and start looking at Scripture for what it actually says?