Father and Friend,
Not Lord and Master
Yahowah wants to be our father and friend, not our lord and master. He wants us to enjoy an engaged yet relaxed, personal, conversational, upright, and familial relationship with Him.
Our Maker does not want us to fear Him. He does not like for us to bow down to Him. And He never demands that we worship Him. Those acts belong to the dogmas of religion; they have no place in a healthy Father-child relationship.
Make no mistake about this: Yahowah, Creator of Heaven and Earth, despises religions—all of them. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Mormonism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Seventh Day Adventism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Socialist Secular Humanism, patriotism, nationalism, miltarism, 12-Stepism, you name it—they are all filthy abominations to Him. They are not pleasing to Him. Every one of them disgusts Him. Those who follow religious practices and traditions do not endear themselves to our God. They like to think they do, but they do not.
Worse are those who actively engage in promoting religious, political, and/or economic programs and agendas, for they make themselves Yahowah's enemies. Yahowsha declared, "He who is not with Me is against Me. And he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad." By scattering people away from Yahowsha, Who came to declare and demonstrate Yahowah's Teaching (Towrah in Hebrew), religious evangelists and recruiters set themselves against Yahowah's Prophet and Son, Yahowsha and, therefore, against Yahowah Himself. They deliberately make themselves His enemy. How foolish!
You can personally prove every bit of this to yourself using the articles and links provided on or through this web site. So let me encourage you to take the necessary time to thoroughly investigate, conclusively verify, and carefully consider what you'll be reading here. You will not be frustrated.
If you are unwilling to commit yourself to this task, if you refuse to take the time to thoroughly investigate, conclusively verify, and carefully consider all the evidence I and others have compiled for your benefit, then you ought to leave the site immediately and stop wasting your time. Continue living in willful ignorance. If that is your choice, then stop playing around and just do it. No hard feelings.
But remember this: you must live with the consequences of your choice. Your soul could die as a consequence of your decision in this matter. I tell you that not to threaten or frighten you, but because you need to know the facts so that you can make an informed decision based on rational thought and reliable information.
No, the death of your soul is not a punishment. It is the natural result of the end of Yahowah's gift of physical life. We are given life. If we waste it, then when we die our souls cease to exist. That's it. It is not a punishment. One's soul is not thrown into "a sinner's Hell fire" to be tortured and broiled alive forever and ever. The very idea of such a thing is utterly repulsive to, and would be totally out of character with, Yahowah, our God. He is offering you eternal life. If you choose to reject His offer, He isn't going to come after you with eyes ablaze and hellacious fury. Forget all that crap. But when your body dies, that will be the end of you. If that is what you want, then go in peace.
However, if one chooses to actively participate in helping the Lord draw others away from Yahowah by any means, everything changes. When their body dies, their soul will not cease to exist. But that is not a good thing for them, for they will be imprisoned with the Lord, and with his demons, and with his human agents in a place where there is no light, no warmth, no freedom, and as far as I can tell based on what I've read, no contact whatsoever with the others who are there. It will be a dungeon where each prisoner is completely isolated in the thick blackness of total darkness, left alone with only the memories of their deliberate decision to oppose Yahowah and His ways. No mention is made in Yahowah's Word of eternal flames to burn and torment the souls placed in Sheol, which is the prison's name. But Yahowsha does say that weeping and gnashing of teeth will characterize the reactions of those who find themselves condemned to spend eternity there. Do spirits have teeth to gnash? I guess so, since Yahowsha said what He said. If He was merely being figurative, I wish He would have said as much.
Now, I don't know about you, but I have to be in some real anguish to gnash my teeth. So the emotional torment will be all too real and it will never end. And, yes, being condemned to that place is indeed a punishment. But it is a just and appropriate punishment for those who deliberately choose to turn people away from our Creator.
You don't want to go there.
Ah! You are still here. That's good! Let's continue.
Yahowah adores relationships. He sacrificed everything except His integrity to create the possibility of achieving a personal, One-on-one relationship with you, and with me, and with "whosoever will."
Yahowah wants us to stand up and walk with Him. Satan (see note below), i.e., the Lord, wants us to bow down and worship him.
Yahowah wants us to understand and follow His prescriptions for successful and righteous living: His Towrah. Did you know that Towrah is a Hebrew word meaning "prescriptions for living, written instruction, teaching, direction, and guidance"? It's true. Towrah does not mean "law". In fact, there isn't even a word in Hebrew for "obey". I kid you not. The Hebrew word they translate as "obey" is shamar, and it means to closely observe, to carefully examine, to pay attention to. Look it up! Let yourself learn the truth: you're being lied to by the clerics of your religion!
Yahowah's Towrah is not a set of laws for us to obey. That is the stuff of religion.
Are you starting to get a little bit angry about the fact that you've been lied to your whole life? Good. There is a time and a place for righteous anger. This would be that. Yahowsha found it in the temple and used it to energize Himself as He took a multi-corded whip to the money changers and wreaked havoc in their office area. He even took the time to build by hand the whip He was going to use, which would have given Him plenty of time to cool off had His anger been inappropriate. But His anger wasn't inappropriate, it was right in line with Yahowah's heart. And, friend, if you're getting hot under the collar about what you're learning here today, then you're right where you need to be emotionally.
Stand up for yourself. Take Yahowah's hand and "leave the land of your fathers". Walk with Him to a land flowing with milk and honey, where righteousness will be the norm, where peace will define the whole environment, and where love will be real and free and clean.
By the way, have you ever wondered what's so great about a land flowing with milk and honey? Milk is that which nourishes, and honey lasts, literally, forever as far as we know. Reports are that honey unearthed in the tombs of the Pharaoahs, honey which had been buried for millenia, was still fresh and delicious and completely edible. So a land flowing with milk and honey would be a land where Yahowah's Word flourishes to nourish us and sustain us for as long as we're there. That's pretty cool, I think.
As long as you allow yourself to think of Yahowah's Towrah as a set of do-or-die laws, there is no way you're going to be able to consider Him in terms of being your Father. The two just don't go together. Think about it. The Towrah is not Yahowah's "Law". The Towrah is Yahowah's love letter to mankind, His gift to show us how to get to know Him. Yet Judaism's religious leaders, Christianity's religious leaders, and Roman Catholicism's religious leaders all refer to Yahowah's Towrah as "the law". Don't you dare believe them. Please.
Let me preface the next paragraph with this explanation. "Dode" is an accurate transliteration of the Hebrew name we usually see rendered as David. It rhymes with "code" and it means "love". Dode's name is spelled dalet-waw-dalet in Hebrew. The Hebrew character "waw" (ו) sounds like a long "ō" in English when we find it in Hebrew words such as "tōrah", "shalōm", "gōwym", etc. Since we know that the waw carries the sound of the long "ō" in English, we know how to pronounce the sweet psalmist's name correctly.
If I wrote "Dwd", you wouldn't know what pronunciation I'm trying to convey. Were I to spell it "Dod", you might think I was meaning for it to rhyme with "odd". Similarly, were I to spell his name as "Dowd", you might think I mean for it to sound like "shrowd". "Dode" rhymes with the English words "code" and "rode".
Also critical to know is that Hebrew had no "v" until the rabbis decided to change the sound of the Hebrew letter "waw" to aid them in their plot to obfuscate Yahowah's Name. Dr. Strong, who authored the ubiquitous Strong's Exhaustive Concordance to support the King James Version, was one of many who fell for their deception.
In Psalm 119, Dode reveals to us how he came to know and trust Yahowah through the Towrah, exclaiming in what we call verse 97, "Oh! How I love Your teaching!" That word "teaching" is the Hebrew word, Towrah. Doesn't sound to me like he was referring to a set of cold, hard laws written by a God who was screaming, "You had better do these to the letter or I'll torture you forever with hellfire!" Nor is it reasonable to think that we could ever love a god or anyone else who would demand such a thing of us. It's unthinkable and irrational.
But English Bibles translate that verse, "Oh! How I love Your Law!" That's because religious leaders want us to believe that there are strict laws which we have to obey if we want to be "right" with God. And it's what billions of people have believed and continue to believe. Christians go a step further and preach that God had to admit He made a mistake when He gave us His Towrah, so He had to send His Son to do away with it. Silly, groundless, superstitious lie that it is, that's what they believe. Even though Yahowsha firmly declared, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Instructions," because Paul wrote that Yahowah's Instructions were a stop-gap to keep us in line until "Jesus Christ" came, Christians have chosen to dismiss what Yahowsha said.
The Towrah is Yahowah's love letter to mankind, His gift to show us how to get to know Him. Dode viewed it as such and he absolutely loved it. And he got to know and understand Yahowah so well through listening to and carefully considering His teachings that Yahowah was moved to describe Dode to the prophet Shemu'el as "a man after My own heart."
Want a bunch of blessings? Read the Songs (aka, Psalms), preferably with at least 2 Hebrew-English Lexicons within easy reach. And remember, when you see "law", it was probably translated from Towrah, so read "law" as teaching, or instruction.
Religion is stuffed to the gills with rules and traditions. Its leaders want us to figuratively and literally prostrate ourselves in unquestioning submission to their unauthorized traditions and Towrah-rejecting commandments of men.
Our Creator wants us to be real and honest with Him. What does our adversary want?
Yah is giving us a gift / Mattanyah / Matthew 4:8-9
Again, the false accuser took Him up on a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, and said to Him, "All these I will give to You if You fall down and worship me."
We never find Yahowah making that demand of us, ever. Search the Teachings, Prophets, and Writings. Search the eyewitness accounts of Yahowsha's life and the letters written by His followers Kepha (Peter), Ya'aqob (James, His half-brother), and Yaochanan (John). It just isn't there. Yahowah never commands us, "Fall down and worship Me!" In fact, Yahowah never commands us to do anything, ever. Instead, Yahowah invites us to walk with Him, as a child with his Father, hand in hand, talking and hanging out together in a spirit of love, cooperation, joy, and eager anticipation of more time together. He is not interested in standing over us while we grovel at His feet blubbering in a deadly confusion of fear and "respect" about how great He is. Yahowah is reasonable and stable. Only someone unreasonable and unstable would crave and demand worship.
Next: What is His Son's Name?
= יהוה = ee-ah-oh-ah = Yahowah
Song / Mizmor / Psalm 19:7
Yahowah's Towrah is complete and entirely perfect, returning and restoring the soul. Yahowah's testimony is trustworthy and reliable, making understanding and obtaining wisdom simple for the open-minded and receptive.
Yahowah's () Towrah (torah – teaching, guidance, direction, and instruction) is complete and entirely perfect (tamym – without defect, lacking nothing, correct, genuine, right, helpful, beneficial, and true), returning and restoring (suwb – transforming) the soul (nepesh – consciousness). Yahowah's testimony ('eduwth – restoring and eternal witness) is trustworthy and reliable ('aman – verifiable, confirming, supportive, and establishing), making understanding and obtaining wisdom (hakam – educating and enlightening oneself to the point of comprehension) simple for the open-minded and receptive (pethy – easy for those who are receptive).
"Satan" is not really a name. It is the transliteration of the Hebrew word "satan", and it means "adversary, one who withstands". So anyone or anything which stands in our way could be accurately described as "satan", as an adversary. Yahowsha spoke Hebrew and possibly Aramaic. He did not speak Greek. So where it is recorded that He said to Kepha (Peter), "Get behind me, Satan!" when Kepha tried to talk Him out of going to Yerushalaim to suffer and die as Yahowah's Passover Lamb, thereby fulfilling forever the Feast of Passover, He was just telling His student and friend to stop opposing His decision to fulfill His mission. He was not equating Kepha with His worst enemy.
Religion has made the Hebrew word "satan" into a name and, as a result, all sorts of silly superstitions and fantasies have attached themselves to it. God damn religion!