Two Weeks Past the Cross (On Boat Rocking)

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BY: TCLeach at http://throughanewlens.blogspot.com/

If you were in a boat with me and it started rocking, you could be assured that I wasn’t the one rocking it! Rocking boats never made it onto my resume’. Quite the opposite is true about me. I grew up in a home where boat rocking was dangerous. I learned quickly to be quiet and steady, with no visible rocking at all. This has served me well in my adult life, but it has held me back, too. Had I been a natural boat rocker when I first stepped into faith ten years ago, I would have rocked and rocked until I had no question marks in the margins of my Bible. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, be easy on me. I do not claim to hold all of the answers. But I am learning that those question marks I jotted in the beginning of my journey are all the ones regarding HaShem to be One. Not sharing His glory, not putting my Salvation in anyone’s hand but His own. By learning the answers to the question marks I made in the Old Testament writings (the Tanakh) so long ago, the ones I had in the new writings cleared up on their own. But I digress. I rocked the boat this week, I did! I came to the point where those closest to me, those with whom I have prayed, laughed, cried and rejoiced, had to be told that I was no longer praying in Yeshua’s (Jesus’) name, like they are. It took me all week to have those conversations. My spirit had shalom, but my palms were sweating, and I lacked the words to adequately express myself.

Because my greatest desire right now in my life is to bring glory to HaShem, I sought His prompting in my spirit for me to know when to share, and know when to be still. I didn’t rush. I wrote each note on my notepad, and waited. Little by little, I was able to discern when the time was right to approach each friend. I told them that I would be happy to speak with them over the phone about my decision, which is a regular event for me with for most of this group.  I explained that I wanted to message them first, so that they had time to consider what I was telling them, instead of putting them on the spot to reply. It didn’t take long for those replies to begin filling my inbox! Remember, Christianity teaches that if we walk away from Yeshua, we are damned, unable to be redeemed.  Furthermore, the New Testament writers tell them to deny those who’ve denied him. I’m so blessed to have friends concerned about my soul’s eternal fate! I understand their concerns, and I appreciate them. They are the same concerns I took into this study a year or so ago with me!

I sat with The Father as I read the responses, and then just sat quietly and waited until I had prayerfully considered each of my  answers before sending them. A third of the replies were quite surprising! It seems I am  not the only one in my circle of friends who’s had some serious questions regarding Yeshua’s role in HaShem’s plan, if he has one at all. The second third were pleasant. I had braced myself for the worst, but did not get it from these friends, even though they disagree with my decision. The third third was exactly what I was braced for. I’m truly glad I took the extra time with HaShem concerning this issue! I needed the extra shalom, patience and self-discipline I can receive from only Him before sending my replies to them. Their messages were rough and accusing, I won’t lie.

For the rapid-fire questions coming my way, I kept my answers short and polite. They wanted details, details, and more details! And some were primed to argue, no matter how many times I expressed that arguing was not my desire. After all, I didn’t ask any of them to deny Yeshua’s Saviorship. I only told them that I have. When they asked for all the Scriptures that made up my mind and for the supposed inaccuracies in the new writings, I definitely was nudged in my spirit for the reply. I simply told them that nothing I have found is hidden. It’s written in Tanakh in black and white, clearly. And the rest, the historical facts that were my third witness, are available through any search engine. The Scriptures say that when we seek HaShem with all of our heart, we will find Him. (Jeremiah 29)

My plan is to stay still while the dust settles. One of my sisters made a public proclamation that she and I are no longer walking in agreement, and why. Now my decision is public knowledge, instead of one on one conversations. That dust may take a spell to settle! But that’s okay, because there’s one thing I do understand now that I hadn’t quite grasped yet in my ten year journey. My purpose is to magnify the One True God. To walk with Him and within His statutes. To have a relationship with Him, and to do something good in this world while I’m sojourning here. He’s got everything else! See you next week, and remember, If you have acquired wisdom going through this same transition, I welcome it. And if you are here where I am, you are not alone! More people than you think have the same questions that started you on your quest! Most people are afraid to even mention their questions because, oh boy, does the boat rock then! Shalom If you’d like to add Teri-Jo C Leach as a FB friend go to: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009124945028&fref=nf

One Week Past the Cross (Red Flags)

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One Week Past the Cross (Red Flags)

BY: TCLeach at http://throughanewlens.blogspot.com/

It’s been one week since I have stepped away from the cross of Yeshua (Jesus). For the years that I have been walking in The Way, I have believed that his death and subsequent resurrection were my Salvation. But about a year ago, red flags started popping up in my spirit as I read The Scriptures. I spent a good amount of time ignoring the flags. After all, they wave in the face of everything the New Testament writings teach! I came to a point where I realized that if something doesn’t align with Torah (The five books of Moses) and with the Prophets, then it has to be discounted as accurate.  Having a Messiah who attoned for my sin wasn’t adding up for me. Or a human sacrifice, with us “drinking” his blood.  It started me on a quest for knowledge and understanding. For a year now, before I read any Scripture,  this has been my prayer:

“Father in Heaven, show me Your Messiah, and show me who Yeshua is to me.”

Faithful as He is, God didn’t disappoint me! Once I started searching, He bombarded me with pertinent Scriptures, even more red flags! My aim in journaling this fork on the Narrow Path for me is trifold. I share it (1) To give honor to YHWH, The Creator of all, and the One True God. (2) To encourage others and be encouraged as we unlearn the lies of the Catholic Church. (3) To have an outlet for all the information, and emotion, that comes along with seeking truth. I pray that you will find inspiration here, and be motivated to study The Scriptures for yourself. Welcome and Shalom!

Some of the first red flags I found came from Yeshua, himself (according to the New testament). I asked myself if this verse true: “All the words I am commanding you, guard to do it – do not add to it nor take away from it.” (Deuteronomy 12)  If it is true, then why do we see Yeshua saying (more than once) “I know you’ve heard….but I tell you this..” Now, my first thought was that he is God, he can change it if he wants. But that red flag doesn’t fly. If that were the case, the first Scripture would have added the caveat, “Unless I add or take away from it.”  He is a precise and perfect God, leaving out no important detail. We can take His sentences at face value! And, His Word stands forever. (Psalm 119) I don’t think God could have stated it any clearer than this, taken  from the KJV, a common translation of The Scriptures: “I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. (Isaiah 43)

After I noticed this, I dug into Torah and Tanakh (the Old Testament writings) with eyes set on finding this end of times Messiah, whom The NT claims is Yeshua. I will cover this in more detail in later posts, but the most glaring thing I noticed is this: Nowhere in Tanakh could I find a Messiah who would atone for my sin. Or one that would come twice. Nowhere could I find an indication than anyone but God Himself would be my Salvation! I will share three examples, but challenge you to find some of your own. In this age of information, we can simply search for anything with key-words! I am again using KJV, but only for its familiarity. I prefer “The Scriptures” by the Institute for Scripture Research (ISR) They stay much truer to the original Hebrew writings. But make no mistake; God will bring you His truth through any means He chooses! Just get started in your own Bible, and be teachable, not stiff-necked.

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. (Isaiah 12)

Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah. (Psalms 3)

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: (Deuteronomy 6)

And so, I saw red flags in the back of my Bible, and in the front. Two witnesses. The next thing I did was some historical research, by people who weren’t trying to sway me in either direction. Just the facts please. I searched this phrase “inaccuracies in the New Testament”.  I was astounded by what I found! I will be looking closer at some of these inaccuracies in future writings, but here I’ll suffice it to say that they were (in totality) the third witness for me. Some things are profoundly misunderstood and commonly accepted!

My eternity is at stake, how could I not study this out through a new lens? The lens of The Father’s eternal Torah, and the writings of the Tanakh!

This week, my mind has been filled to overflowing! It’s been a very spiritual and very emotional experience. I’ve cried out to God and cried out every tear I had! This new truth, which is really the Ancient Truth, only new to some, brings all kinds of new revelation of its implications! I am overwhelmed and overjoyed at the very same moment! I’ve just been absorbing it all. Breathing it in. Deciding what will be next for me, now that I’ve made this first step. Only those closest to me know that I have taken this step, and now, you know, too.  I’m happy to have you with me as I sojourn here, journaling my journey! I welcome wisdom from those who have been right here, and who have grown. I welcome wisdom from those who have always stood here, knowing from Whom your Salvation comes. I also welcome those of you who, like me, have more questions than answers at this point. Let’s find answers together, we serve The One who gives them to all who will heed Him, and serve Him alone.  I’ll see you next week! Shalom.

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