Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #4 Mozaic and Noachide laws

In the previous articles I tried to give an idea of the people who formed the population of today’s United States of America from the religious point of view, because many North Americans are proud of their Judeo-Christian heritage.

Abraham, forefather of Jews, Christians and Muslims

Who, exactly, is Abraham, venerable forefather of Judaism, Christianity and Islam? And what does he represent? Is he (according to one socio-political model – “liberation theology”) an individual, leading to a family, leading to a clan, leading to some sort of “national commune”? Or is he an individual, leading to a family of individuals, leading to a clan of individuals, leading to a nation of individuals – the “libertarian vision”? That’s more in line with Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations and, arguably, the “American dream.”

According to Jewish tradition, there are seven Noachide laws which apply to all human beings. Then there are the Ten Commandments which form basic standard of morality and conduct for adherents of all monotheistic religions. In addition to these, there are 613 laws obligatory for Jews, and every Jew has to observe those which are applicable to him or  her according to Halacha. It is the carrying out of these mitzvoth, “commandments,” which constitutes the essence of being Jewish, and therefore of the Jewish people and their covenant with YHWH Jehovah God, the Creatorof all things.

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Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments, painting by Rembrandt (1659) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Prosperity by following the Law of God

Is it true that you can only have prosperous countries where people keep to those Laws of God?

All over the world we can find rich countries and poor countries. The rich mostly got rich by building up a manufacturing industry that allowed them to benefit from economies of scale and increasing returns. More often we notice they did not really concentrate on the Laws of God to build up their society. It often was not because of their devote ways of thinking that they built an active state intervention using a combination of subsidies and tariffs and that they were at the forefront of innovative new technologies.More often we saw that countries got rich, because they became a nation that ignored neo-classical free marketers and instead followed the proven method of infant industry protection.

Co-operation and dialogue have also been part which made the living and constructing something successful possible.

But we can also see that were the fear of God was there has been a way of avoiding that people would routinely lie, steal, violate their oaths to the Constitution.

Property is the fruit of labour…property is desirable…is a positive good in the world. Liberty, next to religion has been the motive of good deeds and the common pretext of crime. Liberty includes respecting the liberty and the property of the other.

Thoughts and feelings are also property. Religious thoughts should also be recognised as the personal liberty of a person to make the choice of his religious and liturgical life.

For sure, God has given His Law to the people so that they could have some good guidance and make their live easy. By following the Law of God surely we shall be able to avoid a lot of problems and shall be able to build up a better life for ourselves and for those around us.

Some people do think they can get the best system on earth because they keep the most to Gods Law. But is that really so? Are the Muslims so far away from Gods Law as so many Christians do think?

Perhaps we better do have a look at Gods commandments and see what you think about it and how you follow it.

Gods Law

This is an image of a copy of the 1675 Ten Commandments, at the Amsterdam Esnoga synagogue, produced on parchment in 1768 by Jekuthiel Sofer, a prolific Jewish eighteenth century scribe in Amsterdam. It has Hebrew language writing in two columns separated between, and surrounded by, ornate flowery patterns.

The Ten Commandments (Hebrew: עשרת הדברות, Aseret HaDibrot), also known as the Decalogue (Greek: ‘δεκά’ [meaning ‘ten’], and ‘λογος’ [meaning ‘word’]), are a set of biblical principles relating to ethics and worship, which play a fundamental role in Judaism and most forms of Christianity. ~~~This 1768 parchment (612×502 mm) by Jekuthiel Sofer emulated the 1675 Ten Commandments at the Amsterdam Esnoga synagogue.

The Ten Commandments were also known as the Law. For ancient Israel, breaking the Law was a serious offence. To deviate by any degree from the ten Commandments was to sin and fall short of God’s standard of holiness.

Especially for this occasion I take the reduced “Law of God” most Christians do know as part of the Ten Commandments.

Although God gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites, they do not apply to Jews alone. The Ten Commandments reflect God’s standard of holiness for everyone. Since God is the universal authority of moral conduct, all of humanity is subject to His standards. According to the Bible, no one is exempt from God’s Law. Some say that the Ten Commandments do not apply to them, since they did not grow up with “religion.” However, the scriptures reveal that the requirements of the Law are written on our hearts (Romans 2:25), and thus, our conscience ultimately confirms our guilt. It should work as a mirror of our souls and provide a moral code for governing our lives.

The Ten Commandments of the Lord can be found in Deuteronomy 5. The word commandment, although rightly translated in English, can be misleading. The word used in Hebrew is devarim – דברים : “words”, and is more completely understood as words of order.

1. Only have One God.

Monotheist

Jews and Muslims are clearly monotheist religions. They both say to have the God of Abraham. But by Christians we do find a majority who say they go for the God of Abraham, but they take also Jesus, who was born long after Abraham, as God (while God has no beginning and no end.) They not only take Jesus as god and make a person of the Holy Spirit, which makes three gods. They prefer to hold to the dogma of the Holy Trinity, regarding as having three godly persons being one god: Three-United in One: The Holy Trinity. Many do not want to see the errors of such dogmatic thinking.They often pray in front of pictures and statues, while God demanded not to kneel down in front of graven images.

“God revealed Himself by making man in His image; were there another god he also would have to reveal himself, and create other men in his image” (Hom. xvi. 10).

For many Jews and Muslims the fundamental doctrine of this monotheism, the only true, religion is that of the one God, the Creator of the world. “Before all things, consider that no one shares His rule, no one has a name in common with Him; that is, is called ‘God.’ For He alone both is, and is called, ‘God.’ Nor is it lawful to think that there is any other, or to call any other by that name. And if any one should dare do so, eternal punishment of soul is his” (ib. iii. 37).

“The modern view of the development of religious thought in Israel is that the conception of pure monotheism was reached through three channels—through the recognition of God in nature and in history, and through the belief in the ethical character or holiness of God. When Yhwh was recognized as the Creator of heaven and earth and all that in them is (comp. Amos v. 8, ix. 6), when the appellation “the Lord of the heavenly hosts” was given Him (Amos iv. 13, v. 27, Hebr.), when the whole earth was spoken of as being full of His glory (Isa. vi. 3), then there was room for no other god; for the conception of God as the Lord and Creator of nature carried with it, as a necessary corollary, the belief that there was no god beside Him (Jer. x. 11).” (Jewish Encyclopedia)

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

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Abraham’s sacrifice

“and I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, as {1} God Almighty {Hebrew El-Shaddai}; but {2} by my name Jehovah I was not {3} known to them. {1) Heb [El Shaddai] 2) Or [as to] 3) Or [made known]}” (Exodus 6:3 ASV)
“Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy; for I Jehovah your God am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2 ASV)
“and thou shalt love Jehovah thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5 ASV)
“For Jehovah your God, he is God of gods, and Lord of lords, the great God, the mighty, and the terrible, who regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward.” (Deuteronomy 10:17 ASV)

“For the LORD your God is God of gods” it says in the Holy Scriptures, which is considered to be the Word of God. This Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome,  shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. But in many Christian families, certainly in South America and South Europe we find many putting dishes in front of statues and burning candles to get something. Many of those Christians bring offerings to those statues.

In how many houses of Christians can we not find pictures, statues, crucifixes and other graven images, which are worshipped? Though God is clear:

“”You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” (Exodus 20:4 NIV)
“1  Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. {Or “We all possess knowledge,” as you say} Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God. 4  So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one. 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 7  But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled.” (1 Corinthians 8:1-7 NIV)

One, Two or Three

You shall have no other gods before me.

Son

Clearly God says that there is only One God, who is the Father and who is one. About Jesus He says that he is His only begotten well beloved son:

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The only begotten son of God. Tempera on wood panel with double kovcheg. This icon illustrates the second antiphon of the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom which begins “Only Begotten Son and Word of God…”. God the Father at the top, below Christ Immanuel in a circle supported by angels.

“And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”” (Matthew 3:17 NIV)
“”Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.” (Matthew 12:18 NIV)
“While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”” (Matthew 17:5 NIV)
“”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, {Or his only begotten Son} that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV)
“and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”” (Luke 3:22 NIV)
“A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”” (Luke 9:35 NIV)
“For he received honour and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” {Matt. 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35}” (2 Peter 1:17 NIV)

Jesus

Jesus, the Lamb of God, himself as son of men, knew very clearly his position, being lower placed than angels (while God is the most high) and prayed often to his Father to whom he returned to sit at his right hand site to mediate between God and men. Jesus is the only mediator between God and men.

“Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19 NIV)
“”You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28 NIV)
“When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28 NIV)
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5 NIV)

Jews and Muslims do not have pictures of God and do not kneel down in front of them. Several Christians do such thing which is in contradiction to Gods Law.

For Jews and Muslims there is only One Elohim Hashem, Allah, God:

“And Elohim spoke to Mosheh and said to him, “I am יהוה {Jehovah}. “And I appeared to Abto Yitshand to Yaas Shaddai. And by My Name, יהוה, was I not known to them? “And I also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Kenathe land of their sojournings, in which they have sojourned. “And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Yisra’whom the Mitsrites are enslaving, and I have remembered My covenant. “Say, therefore, to the children of Yisra’‘I am יהוה, and I shall bring you out from under the burdens of the Mitsrites, and shall deliver you from their enslaving, and shall redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgments, and shall take you as My people, and I shall be your Elohim. And you shall know that I am יהוה your Elohim who is bringing you out from under the burdens of the Mitsrites. ” (Exodus 6:2-7 The Scriptures 1998+)

2. You shall not make for yourself an idol, not making for yourself a carved image

How many Christians do adore ‘Holy Saints‘ and have all sorts of ‘Idols’ which they bring veneration to. They use several pictures and statues to bring protection over them or their houses. They even spread ‘holy’ water over things to bring protection over it.

Though Jehovah God says : “You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I Elohim, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.” many Christians worship several worldly figures and elements of nature.

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Billy Idol in a concert – John Brennan 06

By Christians you shall find more people who have idols like film and music stars. Often Christian children’s room are full of pictures of idols. This notwithstanding that Gods Word tells us not to make an image of the True God or other gods or not to worship idols. God is Spirit and therefore no material representation could possibly resemble Him. The worship of God or other gods through likenesses in the sky (sun, moon, and stars); or the earth (animals); or water (fish and other sea life) is idolatry. It is clear in the Bible that the evidence of God is clearly seen in the things which He has made, but God’s creation was never intended for worship. God’s creation points to Himself. God is called a jealous god and He is jealous of our devotionto others. He will not tolerate so-called “love or devotion” to Him through some image or likeness of him; nor will he share devotion with other gods. He requires a spiritual devotion and has created us with this ability through faith.

3.Do not take the name of the Lord in vain

Though God will not let anybody go unpunished if they misuse His name, we do find many Christians who use  at all points, rightly and wrongly Gods Name or also Jesus name, which they then take as being God. Several Muslim also often misuse Gods Name though they, as several Christians, use more the title of God instead using His real Name.

God found it important that people should get to know His Name, and use it rightly. Jesus taught his followers to pray, asking that the Name of God would be made holy.

“and I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, as {1} God Almighty; but {2} by my name Jehovah I was not {3} known to them. {1) Heb [El Shaddai] 2) Or [as to] 3) Or [made known]}” (Exodus 6:3 ASV)
“but in very deed for this cause have I made thee to stand, to show thee my power, and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.” (Exodus 9:16 ASV)
“Thou shalt not take the name of Jehovah thy God {1} in vain; for Jehovah will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name {1} in vain. {1) Or [for vanity] (or [falsehood])}” (Exodus 20:7 ASV)

“And in that day shall ye say, Give thanks unto Jehovah, {1} call upon his name, declare his doings among the peoples, make mention that his name is exalted. {1) Or [proclaim his name]}” (Isaiah 12:4 ASV)
“After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” (Matthew 6:9 ASV)

Israel and the whole world should get to know the Name of the Elohim Hashem, Only One God who should be feared. The Allaha or Allah requires of  of all to fear יהוה {Jehovah} Yahweh/Jehovah/Yahuwha and to walk in all His ways. All who say that they accept God the Creator of heaven and earth should love Him, and serve their God with all their heart and with all their soul. (Deuteronomy 10:12) Not only should they  pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.” They themselves should keep Gods Name and His Titles holy. (Matthew 6:9)

Today we do find many Muslim fundamentalists misusing the title of god: “Allah” (the Arabic word for “God”). They are calling for protection of God while they kill others, though their God is against any killing.

4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy

Jews have their seventh day from Friday night until Saturday night and keep this Sabbath holy by not doing any work or not going out of certain boundaries.

Muslims would like to have six days each week for their ordinary work, having the seventh day as a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord their God, on Friday.  It is a sacred day of worship for them. As the Jews go to the synagogue the Muslims take time to come together in the mosque.

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Jews praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur. (1878 painting by Maurycy Gottlieb) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not many Christians do really take one day in seven to worship God. Not many Christians you shall be able to find in a church-service. The United States is one of the few exceptions of the industrialised countries, where one is still able to find several Christians coming together. In the States it is even possible to find mega churches with more than 2500 Christians together bringing praise songs. In Western Europe most churches stay empty for most of the time and the last few years even at important holy days there are not many people showing up at the service.

There are only a few Christians who take the Sunday as a holy day, but that does mostly mean that they do not go to work but take time off for leisure time, not so much to pray or take time for God. The Christians who take the Saturday for the Sabbath do make time to go to a service, though they should know that having a service after sundown on Saturday is not really the Sabbath.

5. Honour your father and mother

In the recent generation by Jews and Christians there is not much to see of children having respect for their parents and honouring them. In Muslim families this is also diminishing.

Many forget that God wanted that people would show respect to those who are older. He asked that  the elders who rule well, be counted worthy of double honour, especially those who labour in the word and in teaching. (1 Timothy 5:17) Today the job of a teacher belongs to the less respected jobs.

Children did have to keep their father’s commandment, and don’t forsake their mother’s teaching. (Proverbs 6:20) But many youngsters today find their parents loosers and ignore their wisdom and teachings. In the Muslim tradition fathers law seems still to be the law to follow, and at home often the mother is the matron to whom children have to listen.

6. You shall not kill/murder

9th century Quran manuscript.

In the Muslim world we can find most people to be killed by their own people or by those who say they want to spread the Word of God and convert people to the Islam. They even present their own body (defiling it) to kill in the name of Allah. (Which is totally against the Will of God.) Also they do not mind taking the lives on innocent people, women and children, though it is clearly against the words written down in the Koran or Quran,  Al-Qur’an, the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims consider the verbatim word of God (Arabic: الله‎, Allah). They also should know that it is against the teachings of the Tawrat (Torah or Pentateuch) of Moses.

Clearly on this point many Muslims today are not following the al-hudah (“the guide”), and do not take in consideration the ḏikrallāh (“the remembrance of God”), al-ḥikmah (“the wisdom”), and kalāmallāh (“the word of God).

The Qur’an affirms the truth of the ways of guidance taught by the earlier prophets, but many Muslims today seem to ignore those earlier writers. In chapter XLII:13 of the Quran it is written: “He has ordained for you that religion which He commended to Noah and that which We reveal to you (Muhammad) and that We commended to Abraham, Moses and Jesus, ” and in chapter XVI:89, “And We revealed the book to you as an exposition of all things.

The Qur’an not only encompasses the meanings and teachings of all divine books revealed before it, but also adds to and completes them. Every thing which a man needs, both in terms of his spiritual and his social life, is contained and explained in the Qur’an.

In Muslim writing is also found:”We are against anyone who is killing or kidnapping foreigners. This is not the Muslim way. The Grand Marjas (religious teachers) have told us this. ” (Tales from the Tigris riverbank) Though in many countries we can find westerners being kidnapped and killed by Muslims.

“Belief in Allah(swt) and in His absolute perfection is the source of Islam.” as such those Jews and Christians, who believe in God, should be considered as brothers and sisters of the other believers in God, the Muslims, according to the Quaran.

According to the Quran it are not people who have to judge over others, but judgement is only given to God and His prophet Jesus, who shall return to bring judgement over the living and the death. In the Holy Quran (1:4) we read: “Master of the day of Judgement”

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“Judgement Day”. Lawlessness on the home front – Office for Emergency Management. War Production Board. (01/1942 – 11/03/1945)

“The day of Judgement is the day when all human beings shall be judged according to their deeds. Men and Women will appear on that day as they were on the earth i.e in the human bodily form. People will either be rewarded or punished as a result of their actions on earth.” do say Islam writings.

According Islamic teachings what is actually going to happen on the Day of Judgement is only known to Allah. “The reality for us is that it is a day that will happen for sure, and the best thing we can do is to try and live the best life we can in obedience to Allah and hence we pray that the day will be a happy one for us.”

In the Holy Quran (10:109) we read: “And follow what is revealed to you and be patient till Allah(swt) should give judgment, and He is the best of the judges. ”

Many people also do forget that it is possible “to kill with words” and that it is also something against the Will of God.

7. You shall not commit adultery

In the western industrialised world we see many people who are not honest to their partner and who do not mind to philander. Often they consider it gallant to have a so called ‘innocent flirtation’. Several Christians do like to have just intercourse for the fun of sex. Many change partner like they change daily of underpants.

Honesty in relationships is far away and today we encounter more divorced people than married couples, for years to stay together. Its seem to be fashion and cool to have several relationships going at one time, in many so called developed and rich countries

8. You shall not steal, nor lie

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Money collecting vessel outside RNLI Kyle of Lochalsh Station – Detail of Coin Slot. – Trevor Wright

In the industrialised countries we do find more Christian bankholders than Jewish. And they do not mind to get their clients to invest in all sorts of dubious undertakings.

Many bankers, politicians, though calling themselves Christian, clearly possess no fear of God when they routinely lie, steal, violate their oaths to the Constitution, and wreak havoc upon the liberties and freedoms of the people of their own country.

“How can the banksters at the Federal Reserve possess the fear of God when they deliberately rape the US economy and purposefully manipulate the markets so as to destroy the financial well being of tens of millions of families? How can federal government officials at the highest levels possess the fear of God when they engage in international drug running and murder?” asks radio broadcaster Chuck Baldwin, a syndicated columnist, and pastor dedicated to preserving the historic principles upon which America was founded. (“The Fear Of God Is Not In This Place” )

People in charge of Fortis Bank and Dexia are members of the so called Christian Democrats, but they did not mind to lure the clients into buying shares of the bank, knowing that they would be worth nothing much, because the risk of buying other banks was to great. And after they got the shareholders against them Dehaene even dared to shut their mouth, as a tyrant, in a rude manner. Being well presented with fat in his body, he is not to afraid for any collision because he feels himself so secure and protected by the politician of which he makes part himself.

“For that matter, how can professing Christians possess the fear of God when they engage in deliberate character assassination and slander? How can they possess the fear of God when they steal the honor and reputations of their own brothers and sisters? How can they possess the fear of God when they demonstrate selfishness, greed, and hypocrisy? How can they possess the fear of God when Christian school administrators lord over their staff and students as oppressively as any tyrant? How can pastors possess the fear of God when they willingly allow themselves to become the sheepish slaves of the state by avoiding–or even deliberately altering–the sacred principles of liberty set forth in the Holy Scriptures?” continues Chuck Baldwin.

In many so called Christian countries internal and foreign policy decisions reside inside the Beltway. Over the past many decades those in charge of their ‘Christian country’ have literally abdicated their constitutional responsibilities relative to providing checks and balances to the executive branch and have granted almost dictatorial powers to the senate or parliament when it comes to foreign policy. All the warfare has be brought in to do a so called battle for freedom and for God. It are the modern crusades against Islam, which can take care that many pockets can be filled with a lot of money made by this warfare.

Also in the seemingly most active Christian (United) States “the Warfare State that has been proliferating exponentially ever since the Lyndon Johnson administration: the Nanny State, which is a polite way of saying, the Police State.” (Chuck Baldwin)

Chuck Baldwin writes: “The Police State is excused and fueled by the Warfare State. We must have the Department of Homeland Security, because we are at war. We must have the Patriot Act, because we are at war. We must have a total surveillance society, because we are at war. We must sacrifice our individual and civil liberties, because we are at war. We must accept drones flying over our neighborhoods, because we are at war. Our bank records must be turned over to the Feds, because we are at war. Our electronic communications records must be turned over to the Feds, because we are at war. The list never ends.”

“To get an idea of how serious this burgeoning Police State is becoming, read this article in the very Republican-friendly Washington Times. If an article like this appears in the WT, you know the reality is actually much worse. Read the Times article at: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/aug/7/the-civil-war-of-2016/” (Paul Ryan: More Of The Same)

9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour

According Major Brian L. Stuckert, U.S. Army, those who believe the Bible and believe in the literal return of Christ, should be considered an enemy of the state. (Army Report Says Christians Threaten US Foreign Policy )

There is a growing sense among many governmental and military leaders in America and other industrialised countries, that Bible-believing Christians are an enemy that must be marginalized, warned about, watched, and even controlled. The media are helping to give wrong ideas of the real Christians so that they be ridiculed by the ‘name-Christians’. Ex-priests, ex-Jehovah Witnesses and many who lost fate spread a lot of lies and try to bring as much damage as they can to the Church and to Jehovah Witnesses.  What started in the 1960ies to make people afraid of the name Jehovah, has culminated in a battle against all those who dare to call on this name.

Many so called Christians are found guilty of lying and not being ashamed of it, even when it is about misusing their power and doing paedophile acts with those who had put their trust in them.  Lots of Christians try to get lies about other Christians across. Though it is written in the Holy Scriptures that one of the signs of the end times would be  that religions would stand up against religions, those who believe the Bible and believe that Jesus is coming again, should better wake up to this stark reality, stop fighting each other, and focus on working together to preserve their liberties and to secure the world around them, giving all sorts of people the right to live in peace and under the Grace of God!

Also in Muslim writings do we find “One of the ills which human society will suffer before the advent of the Imam (‘a) is injustice and tyranny perpetrated by governments against the people. In this regard, the Messenger of God (S) said: “The world will be filled with tyranny and injustice such that there will be fear and war in every house.” (Ibn Abi Shaybah, Musannif, vol. 15, p. 89; Kanz al-‘Ummal, vol. 14, p. 584. + Ibn Kanz al-‘Ummal, vol. 14, p. 584; Ihqaq al-Haqq, vol. 13, p. 317.)

Many Christians do not want to recognise that the Messiah shall return to bring judgement, though the Muslims accept that and look forward to it. ” This fear and dread will mostly stem from the rule of despotic and obstinate rulers in the world before the advent of al-Mahdi (‘a).  In this regard, Imam al-Baqir said: “The Mahdi (‘a) will rise up at a time when the helm of affairs would be in the hands of tyrants.” (Ibn Tawus, Malahim, p. 77.)

In the Islam world they are also concious of the liars in their midst.

“It is worthy of note that the followers of the Prophet (S) will suffer not only from the aggression and encroachment of alien powers but also from their own despotic and self-centered governments in such a way that the earth, notwithstanding its expanse, will become too small for them. Instead of experiencing a sense of freedom, they will feel that they are in bondage. Even now in the Muslim world many leaders in Muslim countries are not on good terms with Islam and the Muslims are alien to them.” (An Overview of the Mahdi’s (‘atfs) Government, chapter 1 )

In this context, it is thus narrated in the hadiths: “The Noble Messenger of Islam (S) said: “At the end of time, a great calamity—greater than which has not been heard of—will be experienced by my ummahin such a manner that the vastness of the earth will become narrow for them, and the earth will be filled with injustice and despotism to such an extent that the believer will not find a sanctuary in which he could seek refuge.” (Ummah: the entire Islamic community without territorial or ethnic distinction. (Trans.) + Hakim, Mustadrak, vol. 4, p. 465; ‘Aqd ad-Durar, p. 43; Ihqaq al-Haqq, vol. 19, p. 664.)

Clearly Christians should know time has come, as Muslims say: “The Noble Prophet of Islam (S) said: “A time will come when rulers will be oppressors; commanders will be treacherous; judges will be transgressors; and ministers will be tyrants.” (Shajri, Amali, vol. 2, p. 228.)

Many Christians are bullied at work as soon as the co-workers get to know that they are active Christians. Instead of going against the plague spot, and showing the rotten temper that they are also believers in God, they prefer to take part in the ‘game’ of badger.

Not many Christians do want to come out and witness for what they believe. Though Jews make it very clear were they stand for and Muslims also do not hide what they believe and whom they want to honour.

Lots of Christians bow down for their employer and let them be squeezed by the bloodsuckers, who are belonging to the so called ‘Christian camp’. Though bleeding the population dry, you can not call this a proper Christian attitude.

Today how many people are honest with themselves and and others, and not bear false witness?

How many Jews do not bear false witness against other people, whom they consider as takers of their land, though God has given the earth to all people, no matter that the Jews may be sure that they shall receive the Holy Land, in the way God wants to give it to them.
According to the Holy Scriptures Jerusalem shall become the Holy City of the Kingdom of God, and nobody of the earth shall be able to do anything against that.

10. You shall not covet something of somebody else

Though it is clearly written in the Holy Scriptures, the Bible that people should not covet or desire or wish for eagerly the belongings of an other, we encounter much envy and jealousy in Christian midsts. Many Christians do look eagerly to their neighbour’s car and house. Many buy weekly magazines which stimulate them to get enjoyment in acquisitiveness. Inordinately desirous they look at certain television reality programs, comparing what others have or do not have.

Though Gods Law clearly indicates that people should not covet their neighbour’s wife, in many Christian countries we do find that people consider it a sport to conquer their friends and their neighbour’s partner. Many Christians today even do not mind which partner they can get on the hook, even when it is one of the same sex. Male servant, or female servant, does not seem to matter any more these days. We even have come into a situation, that it is as in the very old times when it was not considered too strange to have sex with animals or to play sexual games publicly.

This Law includes also that we do have to realise that we have received everything around us by the Will of God. We should realise that it is God who allows us to be present on this earth. Therefore we also should realise that all benefits are a privilege and not a right.

Several Jews do forget that God told them that they may be strangers in the land, but be there as sojourners, respecting the others and everything around them. Today there are many Jews who can not stand it that others also live around their Holy City. They also cannot stand it that they use the land they consider to be theirs because God had promised it.  But they do forget that God did not tell them that it would only be the land for them and no other followers or lovers of God. All humans, being made in the image of God, are also children of God and should have to receive the opportunity to come to the City of the Lord of the Lord of lords, the Most High Elohim.

Golden Rule

When the Jew Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he answered by stating that all the laws are rooted in two:

  1. Love the Lord with all your heart
  2. Love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40).

The Sages of Israel taught that the Torah (the first five books of the Holy Scriptures) with the Ten Commandments being a summary of the 613. Yet, according to the Talmud, all 613 can be reduced to one, simple summary. “Habakkuk came and based all 613 on one principle, as it is written, ‘But the righteous shall live by faith.’” (b.Makkot 24a quoting Habakkuk 2:4)
Jesus summarized the Ten Commandments with two, to love the Lord and your neighbour and scripture encapsulating it all with the just shall live by faith.

In case we would like to be part of the Judeo-Christian tradition we better hod fast on these two basic Laws which have all the other laws concentrated in it, because when you love the other as yourself, you shall not want him or her to overcome any harm or damage.

For sure this Golden Rule shall be able to safeguard the keeper of this Law of Christ.

Christian Myth

English: Sanctuary, Church of the Holy Trinity...

English: Sanctuary, Church of the Holy Trinity, Torbryan The stone reredos is circa 1840, has two panels displaying the Ten Commandments and the altar table is made of very fine carved woodwork and gilding. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

freedombytheway writes that America  is the only nation on Earth that purports personal  liberty as one of it’s cornerstones.  I hope you could see in this series of articles that it is not a justified thought.  Though he or she agrees that  with each passing decade, our personal freedoms are vanishing with increasing velocity. Every generation should be on the look out to secure their freedom and the freedom of others.

Those people who stand silently on the sidelines, not questioning the constitutionality of laws and regulations, share in the blame for their eroding liberties because at the end it are always the people themselves who make or brake the government.

Everywhere in the world people should remember the history of the nations and remember that in the past it was the strive of power, wanting more that brought the downfall. Capitalism, entrepreneurship and the freedom to pursue those entities are what has made several countries the most prosperous in the world.

For those who say their country is so prosperous because of their Judeo-Christian values, they should question themselves if that is really taken in the reality of them living according to God’s Law.

Do they as Christian or Jew live up to the commandments of God. Did they not take more pride in following denominational dogma’s and do they not prefer to keep onto human traditions?

How many Christians and Jews do not join festivities which are form heathen origin, like Halloween or Christmas? Though the last one they associate with the birth of Jesus Christ (born on 17 Octobre -4 BCE but celebrated on the feast-day of the Goddess of Light)

The Christian myth seems ‘busted’.

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Previously: Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #3 Of the earth or of God

Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #2 Roots of Jewishness

Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #1 Christian Reform

Men of faith

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Please do find to read:

  1. Fear of God reason to return to Holy Scriptures
    In the Old World as well as in the New World we see similar conditions, people taken for a ride by the banks,  taken in by the money-market. Many people being sold not just to pull the wool over their eyes.
    In many so called civilised countries, we see not only that capitalism has blinded many people but brought them so far that they are not afraid to fool the others or to bring out a lot of lies enabling them to make more money and to enjoy life themselves at the costs of others.
  2. Judeo-Christian values and liberty
  3. Fear and protection
    Massacres allowed to happen The Aurora, Colorado massacre, brought many debates about believes and about carrying weapons. It is unbelievable that many people do really want to believe it would not be so bad in case more people would have weapons on them.
  4. The trigger of Aurora shooting
    In history we come up against many violent acts since Cain killed his own brother Abel out of jealousy.
  5. Icons and crucifixes
    In Belgium the “Roman Catholic Church” has dominated for years and brought in a lot of tradition, though many based on the old Celtic traditions. To be able to win more souls Catholic Church has always been very handy to adopt many of the local traditions and insert them in their local liturgy.
  6. Worship and worshipping
  7. Only worhsip the Creator of all things
  8. Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God
  9. Titles of God beginning with the Aleph in Hebrew
    In the Bible we can find the Name of God. In Hebrew indicated by יהוה which we can read best as ‘Jehovah‘. In some of our postings you shall be able to find יהוה  printed so that you can clearly notice the difference with the other important person in the Holy Scriptures:  יהושע Jehoshua or Jeshua,
  10. Not afraid for Gods Name
  11. Jesus begotten Son of God #19 Compromising fact
    Christian tradition from the second century embarked on an amazing embellishment of the biblical story which obscured Jesus’ Messianic Sonship and humanity. Once the Son was given a pre-history as coequal and coessential with his Father, the unity of God was threatened and monotheism was compromised, though every effort was made to conceal this with the protest that God was still one, albeit no longer one Person, the Father, but one “Essence,” comprising more than one Person. But this was a dangerous shift into Greek philosophical categories alien to the New Testament’s Hebrew theology and creeds (cp. John 17:3; 5:44; Mark 12:28ff).
  12. Does He exists?
  13. Liberal and evangelical Christians
  14. Childish or reasonable ways
  15. Mormons, just an other faith
    Often we hear that religion is the cause of anger and war. But they forget that is was the greediness, the power, the control, the desire to own, that caused the going forces threading over the sole of others. God or religion was only a pre-text. So many also wanted to excuse themselves for what they had done or ‘had to do’. Many times in history the name of God was misused.
  16. Religion, fundamentalism and murder
  17. The Race for Life
  18. Alternative four letter words
  19. More-Letter-Words
  20. Vile language and behaviour plus little secrets
  21. The Y generation in conflict with itself
  22. The Ten Commandments Listed
    Following are the Ten Commandments listed in Exodus 20 as given to the Children of Israel at Mount Sinai. The Ten Commandments are also found in Deuteronomy 5. The Ten Commandments here are presented in eight different versions of the Bible and three columns for side-by-side comparison.
  23. Religious Practices around the world
    How many Christians–or Hindus, or Muslims, or Buddhists–are there in the world?  What country contains the highest percentage of atheists?   What and where are the largest churches in the world?
  24. Ten commandments to lose the first 4?
    The ACLU has attacked the Ten Commandments once again, and this time a judge has recommended that the first four commands be removed to make the document more palatable to the ACLU. The case has been ordered into mediation, but as of May 8, no decision has yet been made.
    There are framed documents depicting American law and government of which one is the ten commandments. Whether they can see it or not, whether they like it or not, there is no changing the fact that the ten commandments played a major roll in the development of United States law.
  25. The Ten Commandments and non-believers
    Murder is falling short of the divine standard, and it also happens to be a violation of the sixth commandment. Adultery is sinful because it is contrary to the law of God. Gentiles know this because it is revealed in their conscience, while Jews had an even more sure means of recognizing that sin; the seventh commandment.
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    But attempts to apply the Ten Commandments to non-believers today have never been hermeneutically convincing to me. The most obvious example is the Sabbath. When you are evangelizing, does it even make sense to ask someone if they have ever broken the Sabbath by working on a Saturday? (or, is it a Sunday?).
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    In the NT, idolatry is one of the marks of the absolute folly of rejecting God (Rom 1:23). People who worship idols confess they are fools and that they hate the real God. Their conscience (as well as common sense) reveals this to them, and they will be judged for mocking God—and this is completely independent of the second commandment.
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    To limit God’s moral law to the Ten Commandments is to lower the bar in a way that is just simply not seen in the evangelism portrayed in the New Testament.
  26. The Ten Commandments and Christian Living
    At the core of a life surrendered to Jesus are the commands of God, the way in which we are to walk and live.
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    We might compare the commandments to breaking the speed limit. We know that humans that drive will tend to exceed the speed limit by 5 or 10 miles an hour until they see a police officer. Then you see them go under the speed limit by 5 or 10 miles an hour. It would be better to compare God’s realities to someone who drives a truck that is 16 feet tall and comes upon an over pass that is only 15 feet and some inches tall. Would he look around for a police officer and try to get away with going under that pass?
  27. The Catholic Church Changed The Ten Commandments?
    Some Protestants accuse the Catholic Church of having dropped one of the 10 Commandments. “You’re idolators! You worship statues! And because you do, your Church dropped the commandment against graven images!”+The Old Testament was around long before the time of the Apostles, and the Decalogue, which is found in three different places in the Bible (Exodus 20 and Exodous 34 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21), has not been changed by the Catholic Church. Chapter and verse divisions are a medieval invention, however, and numbering systems of the Ten Words (Commandments), the manner in which they are grouped, and the “short-hand” used for them, vary among various religious groups. Exodus 20 is the version most often referred to when one speaks of the Ten Commandments+chapter and verse numbering in the Bible came about in the Middle Agesthe Catholic Church (which includes Eastern Catholics, too) has two different numbering systems for the Commandments given, one agreeing with the most common Protestant enumeration;

    the Latin Church’s numbering is the most common in the Catholic Church and is the one referred to by Protestants who, ignoring Eastern Catholic Churches, accuse the Catholic Church of having dropped a Commandment;

    no Commandment has been dropped, in any case, but the Latin Church’s shorthand for the Commandments looks different than the typical Protestant version because of how the Commandments are grouped;

    everyone knows how to find Exodus 20 in the Bible, anyway — even us stoopid Latin Catholics; and we don’t care how they are grouped together; we only care that they are understood and obeyed — not because we are under the Old Testament Moral and Ceremonial Law with its legalism and non-salvific ritual (we aren’t!), but because we are to obey God as children of the New Covenant, whose moral law includes the Two Great Commandments (to love God and to love our neighbor) which surpass the Decalogue, and whose Sacraments surpass empty ritual, being media of grace.

  28. Using the Bible Against Christians: Sola Scriptura Atheism
    Even the laws of our lands, written in the most banal and soporific language possible, somehow still need to have an authoritative community (with people in charge, no less!) to render interpretations in particular cases. We entrust the interpretation of our laws to the judiciary and, secondarily, to juries and law enforcement. Yes, we can all read the laws and comment on them, but in the end, it’s a particular interpretive community who have authority to apply them.
  29. “Spiritual But Not Religious” and the Path to God
    Underneath, “spiritual but not religious” most often seems to mean “I like certain religious things, but I have had a bad experience with religious people and don’t attend any sort of religious gatherings, at least, not ones I wouldn’t feel bad about abandoning next week.” (In other words, they are the victims of people who are religious but not spiritual.)
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    Religion is full of bad people. But so is pretty much every other pursuit in human experience. Bad apples do not, in human associations, spoil the bunch. Some bunches are spoiled from the get-go due to their inherent nature (e.g., the KKK), but just because the Inquisition killed people does not mean that Christianity is broken.
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    If spirituality is in any sense about becoming a better person, who defines what “better” means? At the bottom, there really is nothing particularly noble about striving to meet a set of standards if you get to make up the standards for yourself. Or, at least, the relativist who believes in self-sacrifice is inherently no nobler or in any way better than the relativist whose goal in life is to eat more twinkies.
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    if there has been no direct revelation from God, then anything beyond deism—chi, spiritual energies, wisdom, goodness, virtue, nobility, and even love—is really just anyone’s opinion. It still falls down the frightening Nietzschean hole, however—with no revealed truth, it’s finally all about power. If there are no revealed truths, then why should I not just take whatever I want, because I can?
  30. Your G-d’s Will Die With You
    Who is going to take America’s Christian Zionists, the “Israeli Firsters” through the concentration camps in Israel to see the walking skeletons, the burned children, the horrors and mass graves?Nobody can claim they don’t know, not when the world press has published the truth for years.We have more than minor proof that much of that money is used to persecute Muslims and Christians.  The Evangelicalists were all lied to, American Jews are lied to, everyone is lied to.Israel is a brutal and unjust society run by a criminal elite just like 100 other countries.  Muslims prey on each other, look at Saudi Arabia.Remember the stories about how Saddam took babies out of incubators in Kuwait during the invasion in 1990, one that was planned with the full cooperation of President George H. W. Bush who then led a war against his own friend?
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    Vietnam killed more Americans than all wars combined, including World Wars One and Two, Korea, even the Civil War.
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    While they were so busy covering up the big things, selling the big lie, this was there all along, the “smoking gun.”  CBS and CNN claim they never made the broadcasts, the officers no longer exist, the forensic evidence is gone, the earth swallowed it all up but then this tiny little video, I have so many of these, comes to the surface.

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Related:

  1. Which back voters in the US wants to see
    With American Presidential elections coming closer as always we can see the smearing campaigns getting stronger.
  2. Christian values and voting not just a game
    The last few days in our ecclesia we looked at the evolution of human kind in the Old and New World.
  3. Men of faith
  4. The Trinity – the truth
  5. Sabbath according to the Scriptures
  6. Let’s Fix the Problem, America! Part I + Let’s Fix the Problem, America! Part II
    Our founders were no dummies. They knew that a government that governs best is one that governs least. Today, governance rules our lives and personal liberty is no longer a guaranteed right to all but a privilege for the few.I would rather be poor and free… at risk and free…sick and free…than be at the mercy of an overbearing, all-controlling government. It was sentiments such as these that led our ancestors to break away from Great Britain. Sadly, too many Americans do not see the similarities between the days preceding the American Revolution and the situation our nation finds itself in today.But unlike our revolutionary ancestors, we already have a form of government in place that guarantees our freedoms so our battle to restore those freedoms, restore capitalism and restore confidence in our economy and our future can and should take place at the voting booth.

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  • Are You Still Confused Between Judaism and Zionism – You Better Know the Difference for Your Own Well Being! (chasvoice.blogspot.com)
    Where the Torah tells about the creation of the first human being, the most prominent Jewish commentator, Rashi, explains that the earth from which Adam was formed was not taken from one spot but from various parts of the globe. Thus human dignity does not depend on the place of one’s birth nor is it limited to one region.
  • There is the Law of love, and then there are the Ten Commandments (christiansnotions.wordpress.com)
    How important are the Ten Commandments to Christians today? Is it necessary to keep the Ten Commandments for salvation? Why do people have a copy of the Commandments on their wall at home? These are all very interesting questions, but just what really are the answers? This subject can take a lot of study and still you might have yet, more questions than answers. The Apostle Paul wrote much about whether we should be keeping the Law or not.
  • The Ten Commandments: Are they still relevant? – Part 4 (newcovenantchristianministries.wordpress.com)
    In the early years of the church there existed a dichotomy; there were Jews converting to Christianity and then there were converts coming in from the pagan religions.  So there existed a tension between the two groups, the one keeping the law of God as well as the Law of Moses even as they had always kept it.  The church leaders were also attempting to give the laws of God to the other group as well.But it probably became quickly apparent that they needed to do so without first requiring that they become Jews.  More than likely these new converts from pagan religions, not knowing the long history of Israel and all of its trials and triumphs (some were subverting these new converts) and they were finding it difficult to understand “why” they were following these commands.  This is why in Acts 15:1-31 we find the pericope that deals with this particular issue.
  • He who does the commandments and teaches them shall be called great (olungaotieno.wordpress.com)
    Why do people tend to view the “law of God” negatively rather than positively? Jesus’ attitude towards the law of God can be summed up in the great prayer of Psalm 119: “Oh, how I love your law!  It is my meditation all the day.”
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    Jesus taught reverence for God’s law – reverence for God himself, for the Lord’s Day, reverence or respect for parents, respect for life, for property, for another person’s good name, respect for oneself and for one’s neighbor lest wrong or hurtful desires master us. Reverence and respect for God’s commandments teach us the way of love – love of God and love of neighbor. What is impossible to men is possible to God and those who have faith in God.
  • The Face of Hate in Israel – Is it Real or Just for Show? (vaticproject.blogspot.com)
    They are khazars who are pagans and mongols/turks  from the Russian foothills of the Urals.  They hate Christians, and Muslims, but they hate Real Jewish People for the same reason.
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    Like we covered through scholarly work that these pagans who garnered control of the Jewish faith,  were one of 7 nations that were phallic worshippers.
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    remember what these khazars did in Russia once the gained complete control over that nation.  They murdered Christians and chased them underground for 70 years.  Over the entire time they were a communist society, they murdered 63 million Christians alone, not including others they murdered.  Its arrogant of us to think they would not do that here once they gain total control through gun bans, martial law and foreign troops on our soil.
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    The Israelis have desecrated Christian and Muslim symbols and places of worship for decades, all part of their ethnic cleansing program, making life unbearable for them. Some of the worst individuals are punished now and then, but the political Ultra Orthodox have nothing to fear from their government.
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    “As Jews, we expect others to treat our holy books with respect and understanding,” said Abraham H. Foxman, the ADL’s national director. “We should likewise show respect for the holy books of other faiths.”

    Foxman said that “a member of parliament and a representative of the State of Israel ” was even more obligated than the average person to act with respect. ”His actions run counter to Jewish values and the standards of Israel’s democratic society,” Foxman said.
  • To what extent should government enforce the moral law of God? The example of divorce. (matthewtuininga.wordpress.com)
    Christian conservatives often talk simplistically as if the government should enforce whatever moral teaching it finds in the Bible, and that if it would only do so, many of our problems would go away. When it comes to homosexuality, for instance, they say that since the Bible condemns it the government should punish it too. When it comes to divorce they say that government should simply enforce the teaching of Jesus that divorce is only legitimate in the case of adultery or sexual immorality.The problem with this is not that conservatives are using the Bible to inform their politics. The Bible should inform our politics (see the first post in this series), and we should be free to take our religious convictions into the public square, as should Jews, Muslims, or the adherents of any other religion. The problem is that conservatives are ignoring the difference between the moral law of God and the way in which that law is to be enforced socially and politically. That is, they are ignoring the distinction that Scripture itself makes between what ought to be from a principle of strict morality and justice, and what is possible in any given community of human beings, even one that seeks to submit itself to God’s will.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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