Thursday, November 12, 2015

Responding to an anti-missionary who tried to correct us on our "erroneous" belief about Y'shua

ANTI-MISSIONARY COMMENT: G-d didn't make Adam G-d. You made j G-d. Only G-D made all things as it says in Genesis 1:1.The nt changes that by saying j made all things (colossians 1:16). How blasphemous. G-D doesn't make Himself.The nt says G-D made j (acts 2:36) so j is not G-D. G-D is One and not human (Numbers 23:19).

RESPONSE: If you truly think we believe that "G-d made himself" then you CLEARLY have no concept about Yeshua! If that is what you believe, then it's no wonder you left "Jesus!". (BTW, you guys keep calling him “Jesus” – that was never his name, so by posting it ad nauseum on this page, you need to begin realizing you’re talking to those who know his REAL name..please USE it!)! Here’s the scoop about Y’shua:

Yeshua, our Final SIN Offering (He martyred Himself, and there is no prohibition against that!) came to reveal YHWH to the world - not to abolish His Torah, without which we would have NO blueprint for moral, holy living! (See John 17:1-3)

(NOTE: Our use of the term "martyr" is intentional because anti-missionaries love to point out that "G-d never required human sacrifice!" Well, Y'shua wasn't a "human sacrifice" because nobody "sacrificed" Him. He was a Divine Sacrifice who willingly went to the cross/stake. As a human being, He had the choice to obey YHWH or not. As we see time and time again, He CHOSE to obey. He KNEW who He was....)

Proverbs 30: 4 Who has cupped the wind in the palms of his hands? Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak? Who established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name? Surely you know!

Many anti-missionaries attempt to use the above in a sarcastic way, insisting that the above scripture has no relevant meaning. However, coupled with many other references including Isaiah 53 and the foreshadowing of Yeshua in the YHWH's commanded mo'edim, it is hard to negate the fact that YHWH does have a "Son" …Y’shua was a human being with a divine qnoma:

Qnoma is a very important term that has been greatly diluted and misunderstood over the centuries. Through an exceedingly complex linguistic chain of events this word, meaning "an occurrence of a nature" got morphed and perverted into "person" in Greek. As a result, the One Elohim (YHWH) is represented in a pagan manner in the Greek New Testament as a "person" distinct and equal with "Elohim the Son" and "Elohim the Ruach haKodesh." Instead, it is the oneness of YHWH that manifests in Mashiyach, not that Mashiyach’s divinity is separate from his Father’s. However, in this case we are talking about humanity and not YHWH, and both of them have "natures" that cannot be seen, and yet are a root part of their being.

Or, to put it another way, a "nature" is like a body hidden behind a curtain. For those in the audience, nothing of that nature can be seen. Then, all of a sudden, a hand and part of an arm appears through the veil. While we know there is a body attached to that limb, the limb is all we see. Furthermore, that arm moves with full force, will and agreement of the mind that controls the body. For the viewers, the arm appearing out of the curtain is the qnoma (occurrence) and the hidden mind behind that limb’s movement is its kyanna (nature).

As the centuries moved along, the ancient meaning of qnoma as "occurrence of a nature" devolved by Aramaic assemblies who compromised with the Byzantine Empire. Gradually, "core substance" became the common definition; at first it closely paralleled its Greek counterpart, hypostasis. More time passed and Greek redactors changed the meaning of hypostasi, taking it further from the original definition of qnoma. Qnoma/hypostasis became equivalent to "person" to line up with Greek passages that used this meaning in the form of the word prospon.

In Greek, "person" implies a physical presence as opposed to Aramaic where body metaphors like "I will set my face towards" are very common. The revision began at the beginning of the Third Century when these same "westernized" Aramaic Christians began to proffer up readings in their "Peshitt-o" versions of Acts 20:28 and Hebrews 2:9 that were meant to align with the Byzantine majority Greek. However, the original eastern "Peshitt-a" escaped these revisions as it was in the rival Persian Empire. Aramaic, as in this verse, retains the original meaning of qnoma. It is NOT the external "person" that teaches someone about Elohim, but the Ruach working through their "inner being." The idea of "person" in Greek, unfortunately, does not address the neshama (spirit) of a person as the likeness or "image of Elohim."

Having explained the above, we invite you read the following links which further explain why we believe Yeshua is our Final Sin Sacrifice, and the Messiah for whom the Jews have been waiting: Yeshua, in a Nutshell and Qualifications of Messiah, in a nutshell.

And by the way, GOD is just a title! There is no reason, whatsoever to put a hyphen in the word!  YHWH gave His Name to Moses, and there is absolutely NO reason to not use it.

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