Regarding the question of whether or not all people in the world worship the same God, in contradiction to President Bush’s assertion, Jesus Himself declares that the Jewish Leaders who were seeking to condemn Him to death for Blasphemy did not worship the same God as Jesus, or Moses, or Abraham. For if they truly were Abraham’s children and had worshipped the same God as Abraham, they would be doing the same good works of Abraham, and would not have sought to kill Jesus. They would have recognized Him as the true Prophet Whom Moses commanded them in the Torah to listen to and obey.

In Deuteronomy 18:15,18,19 we read about the Prophet like Moses Whom YHWH Elohim will raise up from out of the midst of his brothers (Israel):

(Hebrew Names Version){18:15} The LORD your God will raise up to you a prophet from the
midst of you, of your brothers, like me. You shall listen to him.
{18:18} I will raise them up a prophet from among their brothers,
like you; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall
speak to them all that I shall command him.
{18:19} It shall happen, that whoever will not listen to my words
which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

But since they were seeking to kill Jesus, they demonstrated by their actions and the intent of their hearts that they were not Abraham’s children, and did not worship the same God as Abraham. In fact, Jesus described them as children of the Devil, because they did the Devil’s works, and had the same evil will to kill Jesus.

In John 8:39-47 (HNV) we read:

{8:39} They answered him, “Our father is Abraham.”

Yeshua said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do
the works of Abraham. {8:40} But now you seek to kill me, a man who has
told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham didn’t do this.
{8:41} You do the works of your father.”

They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have
one Father, God.”

{8:42} Therefore Yeshua said to them, “If God were your father, you
would love me, for I came out and have come from God. For I haven’t
come of myself, but he sent me. {8:43} Why don’t you understand my
speech? Because you can’t hear my word. {8:44} You are of your father,
the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a
murderer from the beginning, and doesn’t stand in the truth, because
there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own;
for he is a liar, and its father. {8:45} But because I tell the truth,
you don’t believe me. {8:46} Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell
the truth, why do you not believe me? {8:47} He who is of God hears the
words of God. For this cause you don’t hear, because you are not of
God.”

It is just as true today that not all people worship the same God, just as it was true in Jesus day. There is only One true Elohim YHWH, and the Torah commands all people everywhere to worship only Him at all times perfectly. But people are disobedient in their hearts, and commit idolatry, worshipping false gods. The false gods that they worship are revealed by the character of their actions and by the intent of their hearts, as Jesus explained to those Jewish leaders who sought to kill Him. It is not enough to have right actions if our heart is impure and rebellious, and all people everywhere without exception have sinned in their hearts in this manner at least once in their lives. The only One Who was perfectly sinless in His obedience and worship of YHWH was Jesus. As you are aware, the Qu’ran teaches that no man is capable of bearing the sins of another man. It is impossible. The reason why this is true is that men are sinful, and if they cannot bear the weight of their own sins, then how can they bear the sins of another? Not only can we not bear the sins of another man, but we cannot even bear the full weight of our own sins. This is why the sinless Son of God Jesus had to come, in order to make atonement for us and bear our sins that are impossible for us to carry.

In Isaiah 52:13-53:12 (HNV) we read about the servant of YHWH, Who bears upon Himself our iniquities and sins:

{52:13} Behold, my servant shall deal wisely, he shall be exalted and
lifted up, and shall be very high.
{52:14} Like as many were astonished at you (his appearance was marred
more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men),
{52:15} so shall he sprinkle many nations; kings shall shut their
mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they
see; and that which they had not heard shall they understand.

{53:1} Who has believed our message?
To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
{53:2} For he grew up before him as a tender plant,
and as a root out of dry ground.
He has no good looks or majesty.
When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
{53:3} He was despised,
and rejected by men;
a man of suffering,
and acquainted with disease.
He was despised as one from whom men hide their face;
and we didn’t respect him.

{53:4} Surely he has borne our sickness,
and carried our suffering;
yet we considered him plagued,
struck by God, and afflicted.
{53:5} But he was pierced for our transgressions.
He was crushed for our iniquities.
The punishment that brought our peace was on him;
and by his wounds we are healed.
{53:6} All we like sheep have gone astray.
Everyone has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
{53:7} He was oppressed,
yet when he was afflicted he didn’t open his mouth.
As a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and as a sheep that before its shearers is mute,
so he didn’t open his mouth.
{53:8} He was taken away by oppression and judgment;
and as for his generation,
who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living
and stricken for the disobedience of my people?
{53:9} They made his grave with the wicked,
and with a rich man in his death;
although he had done no violence,
neither was any deceit in his mouth.

{53:10} Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him.
He has caused him to suffer.
When you make his soul an offering for sin,
he shall see his seed.
He shall prolong his days,
and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
{53:11} After the suffering of his soul,
he will see the [23>]light[<23] and be satisfied.
My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of himself;
and he will bear their iniquities.
{53:12} Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out his soul to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

With faithful and obedient action, we need to completely trust that God will remove all our sins away from us. Not because of any good works that we may have done, but rather because of the perfect obedience and sacrificial death of Jesus, the sinless Lamb of God. Outside of this mercy, we are completely powerless to remove our own sins and stand acceptable before the Holy One YHWH. No one will be able to boast before YHWH for any righteous act. Compared to the sinless, pure and holy righteousness of Jesus, it is nothing. Our acceptance before Him is utterly dependent upon His eternal mercy and complete forgiveness of our sins against Him. In order to receive His forgiveness, we must also completely forgive those who have transgressed against us. Forgiveness is not free nor easy, but was purchased at the greatest price possible, the death of His Son. We must also surrender to God our own self-will and self-love, in order to have space in our hearts to receive His forgiveness and righteousness that makes us holy and acceptable before YHWH.

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“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these charity.” I Corinthians 13:12-13

As I was meditating about God’s Love and its relation to Philosophy, I was reminded of this verse and how much godly philosophical wisdom it contains. The knowledge of parts is the knowlege of particulars and material facts, of which our modern western civilization has egregiously sinned in gross over-emphasis, eclipsing any significant knowledge of universals, and even more importantly, by neglecting the knowledge of the Love of God.

In my last post I mentioned in passing that the creation of the Heavens and the Earth is the creation of the Worlds of Forms or Universals and the World of Matter or Particulars. However, the Love of God is something more than any Universal or Particular. Rather, this Love is the very nature of God Himself, and is Holy and Set-apart, and is not a part of His Creation at all. Isn’t this amazing?! His Love, which is His very nature and not part of this created order, He gives freely to any mortal human creature who repents from their sins and turns their heart wholly toward God to love Him with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. There is nothing more valuable than this, and should be our first desire over anything else.

Greek philosophy does not include anything beyond Forms and Matter, and so could not explain or even conceive of a Holy God Who created both Realms but Who is beyond them and is completely Set-apart and Transcendent in Glory. Greek philosophy could not explain the Love of God, since it is of the very Nature of a Transcendent God beyond any Universals or Particulars. That is why the foolishness of God is greater than the wisdom of man, because man, by his own efforts, could not attain to it or even comprehend it. Matter and Forms were created out of nothing, but the Love of God is a precious and holy Gift that comes from His very Nature, and is not created.

This also explains perfectly the pre-existence of the Trinity, because this Love is Eternal, and is always operating and abiding eternally between the Father and Son.

“Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me: for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world.” John 17:24

Bereishit bara Elohim at haShemayim v’at haEretz

In the Beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.

Bereishit (Genesis) 1:1

All sound reasoning and philosophy must begin with the absolute and unconditional acceptance of this Truth spoken by the Holy Spirit.

There are three nouns in this sentence.

The Subject, God, Who is before all and the primordial cause of all, and

the predicate contains two nouns, the Heavens and the Earth, which were both created by God.

This irrefutably proves that there is a fundamental, irreducible, primordial dualism in the whole Creation, completely composed by the Heavens and the Earth, or Form and Matter. St. Augustine discusses this topic at length in Chap. 12 of Confessions. This is highly recommended reading, and will help the modern and postmodern reader to escape out of those fragmentary humanistic worldviews that we have been raised to absorb into our souls, and to obtain a much deeper, holier, and transcendant understanding of Scripture.

In order to truly understand Scripture, the reader of Scripture must have the same transcendant mind that is given by the Holy Spirit, Who is also the author of these Scriptures. (II Peter 1:20-21)