What is your statement of faith?
Rather than use some long drawn-out copy from someone else, here is basically what I believe:
- God is One, expressible in different manifestations of the same Being.
- God (the Father) is spirit – unseeable.
- Jesus/Yeshua (Son) is His representation on earth in physical form. He is the Light.
- Spirit is that unseen part of Him that lives inside us to empower us and create desire to follow His ways.
- He will return again in His physical form (Yeshua) to bring about the restoration of His righteous rule and ultimate judgment of the wicked.
This list will probably grow as I think of things or get questions.
What is required for salvation?
Faith in God. That’s it!
This answer could have many different reactions, from anger to relief. Most will answer that it is confessing Jesus as your personal Savior and some with add baptism. Let me show you from the Word why I would disagree.
Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, so then, understand that those who believe are the sons of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, proclaimed the gospel to Abraham ahead of time, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you.” So then those who believe are blessed along with Abraham the believer.
-New English Translation (NET)
And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
-King James Version (KJV)
Why do you use the New English Translation (NET) on your website?
Quite simply, because of copyright issues.
Although I use primarily the New American Standard Version for personal study, I also use other versions hoping that different wording might give additional insight. I always have my Strong’s Concordance numbers handy that include the Hebrew and Greek text.
Why do you put such emphasis on Jewish texts?
I used to believe that if a concept or event wasn’t in the Protestant Bible it wasn’t true or couldn’t be trusted. If you are like I was, let me ask you the same question I posed to myself at the time: Is your country’s history true? Is the story of Abraham Lincoln and Karl Marx true? What about gravity?
Without worrying about what version of truth your are contemplating or whose perspective you might be taking, the fact is that these things are true. And they aren’t in the Bible.
Some Christians are hindering their ability to learn important concepts by limiting what they accept as truth. I am not talking about ultimate Truth, because there can be only one, but I am talking about the willingness to look outside the small, neatly packaged box to which we have confined the Creator of the universe.
Even the New Testament says,
25 There are many other things that Jesus did. If every one of them were written down, I suppose the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. -New English Translation (NET Bible)
What is Messianic?
Messianic, as the name implies, is related to the belief in a messiah. It has different meanings to Jews and Christians, however.
When the term is used by Christians it usually refers to a denomination called Messianic Christian. There is a large variance in practice between those who follow the Biblical feasts, keep Saturday sabbath, eating as prescribed in Leviticus, etc. Some believe all Christians are obligated to follow the same instructions as Jewish believers in God, while others believe the choice is up to the individual. Many Jews believe that those outside of the Jewish faith are only required to keep the seven Noahide laws.
Belief in a messiah is a foundation of Judaism. There is a difference between general messiahs and The Messiah. Since the term means “anointed”, there have been many in the Bible who fit this role including Moses, Aaron, and every king. When it comes to the Messiah of the End, they are very careful to make sure that whoever makes this claim fits all of the Biblical criteria.
Who do you refer to as "we" and "they"?
It is important to say that I am not Jewish, however I am a follower of the God of the Jews, having been raised a Christian.
Although it is God’s will for us to be “One New Man” and worship Him the same way, that has not happened yet. So when I speak or write about the two faiths I use the term “we” for Christians and “they” for those who are Jewish. This is not to pit one against the other, but only because that is my background. Also, my audience tends to be made up of a Christian majority.
I will use a collective “we” to denote the whole family of God made up of both Jew and believing Gentile when it is appropriate and hopefully you can tell from the context what is implied.
What’s the meaning behind your logo?
This logo is made up of many elements, some of which can only be seen if looked at closely. Mimicking the two “m”s in Morah Ministries’ name, both letters within the flame are the Hebrew equivalent, one in its final form as it appears at the end of a word.
The elements are broken down as follows:
- Flame – the fire/light that exists in each of us, the form of which we are struggling to return on a spiritual level.
- Water – the mikvah/baptism that cleanses us from impurity and sin.
- Smoke – the incense of our prayers that ascend into the Heavenlies and the presence of God.
- Mem – metamorphosis, the changing of one form to another, of our physical form into a spiritual one.
- Final Mem – the closed form representing the time when we have received full knowledge.
To show the common thread between Judaism and Christianity in a safe and non-threatening environment.