Yahowah On Religion
and Religious Leaders
Preachers, priests, imams, and other religious leaders tell us that when a sinner dies, their soul is tormented forever and ever in the fires of Hell. But what does Yahowah, our God and Creator, say?
God Will Strengthen / Yechezqel / Ezekiel 18:4
"Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine. The soul who sins, he will die."
Yahowah declared that when a person dies who has behaved in a manner inconsistent with His expressed wishes, his soul ceases to exist. Yahowah did not say that the soul that sins will spend eternity in "a sinner's hell" being tormented by flames. He said that the soul that sins will die. It will cease to exist.
Our God is not a sadistic torturer like religions would have us believe. He is fair and just. If someone chooses to live their life apart from Yahowah's one and only Family-Oriented Covenant, then when their biological life ends, so do they. It's over. They were given life, they lived it, and now they're gone forever. End of story.
So what is sin? Literally, sin is "missing the mark". So sin is any behavior that goes against Yahowah's instructions. It is more an attitude of the heart than anything else. For example, Yaosha pointed out that one can become guilty of committing adultery without making physical contact. How is that possible?
In several places throughout the Torah (Yahowah's teachings, which are spread throughout His testimony from Genesis through Malachi), Yahowah describes His relationship with His people as a marriage. His one and only Family-Oriented Covenant is a marriage contract between Him and His people. (Originally, His people were the Yahudim, but He has since divorced them for their adultery. It happened in 1033 C.E. in accordance with the procedure described in In the Wilderness / Bamidbar / Numbers 5. But that is a subject for another place and time.) So when one's heart strays from fidelity with Yahowah, that heart has in a very real sense committed adultery against Yahowah Himself. King Dode understood this. That is why, when he ackowledged to Yahowah his adultery with Urriah's wife, Bathsheba, he cried out, "Against You and You only have I committed this transgression!" He realized that he had allowed his lust for another man's wife to move him to infidelity against His God. This stuff is real.
Here's an interesting aside to take away from the following quote by Yahowah's Prophet. Yaosha seems to be implying that those in Heaven whose job it is to keep the records are able to actually hear our thoughts. If we think it, they record it. That's kind of scary to me, if it's true. But that is just what I infer from Yaosha's words, I do not put it forth as "The Truth". My point here is that, if what we think strays from the mark of total conformity with Yahowah's Word, then we have committed (in our most secret place) what He calls "sin".
Yah Is Giving Us a Gift / Mattanyah / Matthew 5:27,28
"You have heard that it was said, 'You do not commit adultery.' But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery in his heart."
Yah Is Giving Us a Gift / Mattanyah / Matthew 15:16-20
Yaosha said, "Do you also still not understand? Don't you understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the belly, and then out of the body? But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and they defile the man. For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false testimony, and blasphemies. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands doesn't defile the man."
Yahowah said that sin begins in our hearts, and from there it makes its way to the outside as either words or deeds. Sin may be accurately defined as "missing the mark", and in this case refers to failing to live up to the ideal set before us by Yahowah. Presumptuous sin is an attitude of, "I'm going to do what I want to do, so stop bugging me about it." And Yahowah says that the person who lives like that will die. Period. Yahowah does not say that they will live forever, squirming and squealing in agony in a supernatural torture chamber. He says that they will die; i.e. they will simply cease to exist.
So if you've made up your mind to live in opposition to the terms and conditions of Yahowah's Family-Oriented Covenant, then when your body dies, so will your soul. That will be the end of it. You will have wasted your only opportunity to get to know, love, and live with the One Who created you.
But if you are engaged in promoting any of man's systems of self-government, which would include your religion (inviting people to "church", "sharing the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ", distributing tracts for your church or for the Watchtower Society, supporting religious organizations, etc.), that won't happen. That is, when you die, you won't just cease to exist. Instead, you will find yourself having eternal life, but you will also find yourself being cast into the abyss with the adversary and the rest of his helpers. Why? Because Yahowah absolutely hates religion. He isn't just "against" religion; He actively and violently hates it. Do not allow yourself to be deceived into thinking otherwise.
Let me show you why I dare to declare such a thing. Your version of "The Holy Bible" probably presents Exodus 20:7 more or less as follows: "Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who taketh His Name in vain." Right?
According to traditional Christian teaching, God's Name is—uh—"God", and of all the things that He could have spoken against, He chose to issue an extra special command that we are not to take His Name in vain. How do you take someone's name in vain? Or how do you use it frivolously? Traditional Christian teaching is that He meant that we are never ever to say, "God damn." Christianity would have you believe that saying, "Goddammit", is somehow such a grave affront to the Creator that He won't hold you guiltless if you say it. Or, if they favor another popular translation, they say that He just cannot get past it if we use His Name in a less than reverently respectful manner. All of that is utter nonsense.
The so-called third commandment, which is not a commandment at all but rather a simple instructive statement, when properly translated, actually reads:
Names / Shemowth / Exodus 20:7 (see note below)
"You should not lift up, support, or advance, forgive or dignify, respect or tolerate, through the Name or reputation of Yahowah, your God, lifeless and worthless deceptions or devastating and destructive falsehoods. For indeed, Yahowah, your God, will not forgive or leave unpunished those who deceive, beguile, or delude, using clever trickery to mislead in association with His Name, to promote vain and ineffectual lies which lead to lifelessness and destruction, or devastating deceptions which nullify our existence, leading to emptiness."
Please read that passage until you understand what is being said. It took me several attempts before the impact of its message dawned on me. When you're ready, continue reading this page. There is no hurry, so take your time and make sure you've got it.
Let me reinforce our Savior's attitude towards religion and its proponents. In the 23rd chapter of Yirmeyah (popularly but erroneously known as Jeremiah), Yahowah declares about His people, that "they have been driven away from My Name." Then He begins a long condemnation and description of religious leaders everywhere. Here are just a few of the things our great God and Father has to say to and about religious leaders in that chapter:
"...their course of action, whereby they use oppression and extortion to facilitate their wayward lifestyle was, is, and will continue to be completely wrong, and their use of power, influence, and authority is not right, honest, or trustworthy." (v10)
"I have seen something horrible, shocking, and abominable: they are unfaithful to the covenant and walk in the lie. And they become powerful by empowering the hands of those who are evil and wicked. Accordingly, they do not disassociate or turn away man from his wickedness." (v13)
"You should not listen to the words, speeches, statements, and messages of those prophets who claim to speak for God to you. They are vain, worthless, and delusional liars arrogantly providing false hope to you." (v16)
"I did not send these prophets ... I did not speak as God to them. And yet they spoke as if they were inspired." (v21)
"Their plan is for My people to overlook, forget, and to cease to properly value My personal and proper Name…just as when—in a relationship with the Lord—their fathers overlooked, ignored, and forgot My personal and proper Name." (v27)
Notice how Yahowah specifically and deliberately mentions that religious clerics and their followers have formed a relationship with the Lord, i.e. Ba'al, aka Satan and the devil. He couldn't have been more plain. He couldn't have made it any clearer that He is not the Lord, as Christians, Jews, and others insist.
You know, some evangelical Christians like to boast that, "I'm not talking about religion. I'm talking a relationship between you and the Lord Jesus Christ." But they're deluded and are telling a lie. Christianity is most certainly a religion. More importantly, though, they are indeed talking about a relationship with "the Lord". However, as we know now, "the Lord" is Yahowah's most powerful adversary. And Yaosha was a diminished manisfestation of Yahowah; He was not Satan. So we see from Christianity's own words how Yahowah declared truly that they have formed a relationship with His adversary.
As you can see, Yahowah is warning us against each and every religion. He reveals their basic plan: to make us forget and devalue His Name. As we just read above in Names 20:7, He tells us not to dignify them and not to tolerate them. And He makes it clear that He will not forgive anyone who deceives others with religion, anyone who claims to be speaking for Him while actually promoting a religion.
So, like I said, if you are evangelizing for your religion, you're heading for certain judgment. And since Yahowah is not going to judge His children, the fact that you have an appointment in the Court of the Almighty ought to tell you something really important: you are not one of His children. In fact, you are His enemy.
Those are strong words. Perhaps they sound too inflexible to you. If that is the case, then let me encourage you to think it through. For you see, evidence and reason lead us into the knowledge that enables us to make rational, informed decisions; faith, belief, and feelings lead us right into the hands of the deceiver. After all, when we know someone, we have no need to believe in them. If we know something, we do not need faith to help us hope that what we believe in is really true.
History proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that "Jesus" is not the real name of Yahowah's Son. Some people learn this fact and still continue using that made-up name to refer to Yahowah's blessed Implement and Useful Tool, His MasseYah, Yaosha. What possible excuse do they have for doing that? Or they refer to Him by the slanderous rabbinical term, Yeshua, which literally means "He whose name will be forgotten".
And what fate do you think such a person deserves? What will happen when they come eye to eye with Him Whom they have openly spurned and misrepresented? You see, then, the seriousness of this matter about names. Names matter. Get on the right side of this fence, my friend.
= יהוה = ee-ah-oh-ah = Yahowah
Song / Mizmor / Psalm 19:7
Yahowah's Torah 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 ( - יהוה) Torah (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).
You can verify the translations you find at this site by doing the translating yourself. Like me, you probably do not know Hebrew or Greek, but that doesn't really matter. I am not an automotive engineer, but with the proper tools and instructions I used to be able to do my own automotive tune-ups and simple maintenance.
Obtain some useable translating tools, like those listed here, and get after it. Then you will know from your own efforts what the ancient texts really say. And believe me when I tell you that you will be astounded and outraged at how much today's translations are deliberately different than the ancient texts.
Names / Shemowth / Exodus
The name of the 2nd book of Scripture is Shemowth, which is a Hebrew word that means "Names". The first syllable of Shemowth is pronounced like the English word "she". The "ow" in the second syllable has the same long "o" sound as in the English words show and throw. Your English Bible most probably calls this book Exodus. "Exodus" comes from a Greek word that means "departure."
The Scriptures were written in Hebrew. The Scriptures were not written in Greek. The Scriptures were not written in Latin. The Scriptures were written in Hebrew. Because of this indisputable fact, I have chosen to use the actual English translation of the original Hebrew word, Shemowth, which is simply "Names". It just seems more honest and straightforward to me.
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