The 'Old Religion':

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

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Whenrepparttar Jewish people were deprived of their homeland and dispersed duringrepparttar 143739 'Diaspora' they were suffering massive repulsive programs of discrimination by Catholic and later offshoots such as Martin Luther created. His words are ridiculous to an extreme seldom seen inrepparttar 143740 venomous annals of Roman inspired hatred. It is interesting to note that Vladrepparttar 143741 Impaler of Dracula fame was a Catholic paid agent who salted wells and blamedrepparttar 143742 Jews among other heinous acts. At his time inrepparttar 143743 middle Agesrepparttar 143744 Rabbis created a book calledrepparttar 143745 Zohar and thought to correctrepparttar 143746 treatment they had given women, a little. Perhaps like self-serving prayer, these men thoughtrepparttar 143747 treatmentrepparttar 143748 Jews were receiving atrepparttar 143749 hands ofrepparttar 143750 Flagellants etc., could be abated by a minor re- deification of women. I am not belittlingrepparttar 143751 positive cultural impactrepparttar 143752 creation ofrepparttar 143753 'Matronit' brought about, but I am saying they did not go far enough. To talk aboutrepparttar 143754 horrors of religious behavior in academic terms sometimes seems to absolve one fromrepparttar 143755 real and utterly disgusting aspects of these hypocrites - pursuing power! I must remind myself every time I think of religion that women are being genitally disfigured and forced into unloving arranged marriages or what amounts to prostitution without pay or concubinage.

Many scholars thinkrepparttar 143756 degradation ofrepparttar 143757 Jewish scholarship during this period led torepparttar 143758 use of a watered down version ofrepparttar 143759 Qabala that was calledrepparttar 143760 Kaballah. Assuredly many ofrepparttar 143761 blessings I have spoken of earlier are often experienced by serious practitioners of these arts included inrepparttar 143762 Qabala. Healings and exorcisms are well withinrepparttar 143763 potential of every man and woman on this small planet hurtling at ever faster velocity through space. The Tree of Life which is central to Kaballah is very powerful meditational 'stuff'! The next quote is from Gersholm Sholem, who I think gave a paper atrepparttar 143764 Eranos Conferences onrepparttar 143765 'Golem' or 'dybbyk' and gargoyles, that are animate forms of prior inanimate matter. He says:

"Kaballah is a unique phenomena, and should not be considered to be identical with what is known as 'mysticism'. It is mysticism in fact; but atrepparttar 143766 same time it is both esotericism and theosophy. In what sense it may be called mysticism depends onrepparttar 143767 definition ofrepparttar 143768 term, a matter of dispute among scholars. Ifrepparttar 143769 term is restricted torepparttar 143770 profound yearning for direct communion with God through annihilation of individuality (bittul ha-yesh in hassidic terminology), then only a few manifestations of Kaballah can be designated as such, because few kaballists sought this goal, let alone formulated it openly as their final aim. However, Kaballah may be considered mysticism insofar as it seeks an apprehension of God and creation whose intrinsic elements are beyondrepparttar 143771 grasp ofrepparttar 143772 intellect, although this is seldom explicitly belittled or rejected byrepparttar 143773 kaballists." {The intellect or Hod.}

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Light On in Life

Written by Terry Dashner

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Do you agree with this Biblical truth? Askrepparttar Lord to help you with your unbelief. Your life is too valuable to God, to this world, to miss living with impact simply because you canít get this truth into your heart. All things are possible to him who believes, according torepparttar 143590 Bible. Why would someone not believe that her life is meaningful? Many have been told that they were a mistake. Many have believedrepparttar 143591 lie ofrepparttar 143592 enemy that they are just a lump of flesh, suspended in space and time, to exist and then die. But this is not true.

The Bible says that you are made inrepparttar 143593 image and likeness of God. The Bible says that you are wonderfully and gloriously made. The prophet Jeremiah said that God called him to his life-long purpose from his motherís womb. The Bible says that youíve been inrepparttar 143594 mind of God from eternity past. A life this significant should certainly have purpose. And if it has purpose, then it can impactrepparttar 143595 world around it.

Thatís right. Because God created you in purpose, you are significant in this world. The Kingdom of God is your domain. And as you move through this life inrepparttar 143596 Kingdom of Light, you spoilrepparttar 143597 works of darkness. As darkness flees, you stand in its vacated spot as light and salt. You bringrepparttar 143598 Light of Christ so that others may see, and you stand as salt againstrepparttar 143599 rottenness of evil and despair. This is impact. This is your life.

Keeprepparttar 143600 faith. Stayrepparttar 143601 course. Jesus is coming soon. Pastor t.

Pastors a small church in Broken Arrow, OK. US Navy veteran, retired police officer, and father of three grown children.

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