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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