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1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. 6 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; 7 Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; 8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: 9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. 10 And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 11 And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you. 12 If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying, 13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; 14 Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you; 15 Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword. 16 And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again. 17 And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers; 18 When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of the LORD thy God.

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1 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "The Torah admits that false prophets can perform miracles such as raise people from the dead, turn water into wine, or even walk on water, however the true test is whether the prophet commands us to nullify the word of God. Any prophet which claims that the Mosaic laws (scriptural commandments) are no longer necessary fits into this category of a false prophet of Israel. So why would God allow these people to perform miracles? The answer is given in the same sentence "The Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love him".Just as God tested Abraham and the patriarchs with difficult challenges, so too, God tests all of humanity to see if we can discover the truth for ourselves. All throughout history there have been prophets who have performed miracles however the performance of a miracle is not proof that the prophet is from God. Pharaoh's astrologers were able to perform some of the same miracles as Moses (such as turning sticks into snakes) yet it wasn't the miracles that convinced Israel that Moses was a true prophet, it was God himself telling them that he was. The scriptural litmus test is very simple; if a prophet tells you to worship God but nullifies God's word, he is a false prophet. If he tells you to worship himself as a God, he is surely a false prophet."
2 Sarah R = "I would argue that this is true, unless that Prophet is not just a prophet, but God Himself, come to Earth in the flesh. What sets Jesus apart is that He did miracles in His own power, as opposed to the prophets who called on the power of God, He claimed to be God, and, most significantly, He predicted that He would be crucified and die and then come back to life in three days - and then He did it. Now He lives. Christians believe that Jesus is not an unknown god, but THE known God, the same God of the Israelites and of the Hebrew Scriptures."In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us" (John 1:1, 14). If Jesus is the Word of God, God's ultimate revelation of Himself, I think He has every right to say whatever He wanted about the law because He wrote it. Being upset about that would be like being upset at an author for not ending a book in the way we wanted or at a TV show for killing off our favorite character. That said, Jesus followed the law Himself and honored the Hebrew Scriptures. The conflicts He had while on Earth had more to do with the oral tradition than the law given by God to Moses."
3 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "How can God tell if we truly "love him"? Simple; keep his commandments and obey his voice. The message couldn't be any clearer."
4 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "One of the 613 Commandments in the Torah is to hate the missionary. Why would the Torah which teaches love of fellow man, specifically command us to hate someone who tries to lead us astray from the God of Israel? As a body is made up of both physical and spiritual, one is temporary and the other is eternal. While the Torah commands us to "love our enemy", the physical damage that our enemy can do to us is only temporary. Yes, they may harm us or even kill us however our eternal soul can not be damaged in this process. The missionary however, seeks to destroy our soul and permanently damage our heritage. The missionary, in order to justify his/her belief tries to "convince" the Jew to worship a "God that we have not known" (i.e. Jesus, Allah, Krishna, etc.). Therefore, the Torah recognizes the evil intent which these people have as they are guided by selfishness rather than love. For if someone truly "loves their neighbor" they would respect their faith and allow them the dignity of continuing their heritage. The missionary however is guided by an egotistical desire to fulfill a void in his/her heart which seeks to lead the nation of Israel astray. Recognizing this dangerous threat, the Torah commands us to hate the missionary for the spiritual damage they cause can be irreversible."
5 angela h = "We can clearly see that God doesn't take pagan worship lightly."