The Question Is Not If the World Will End, But How?

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Scientifically speaking, we do suppose that there will be an end to our world. There are even some estimates about when – somewhere in the order of many millions of years, so it should not be a cause for immediate concern. But from a religious point of view, there is a common belief that the world will not remain forever and that we should consider its existence temporary, even though it may take a very long time.

This concept is referred to as the “End of Days” in the Hebrew Bible and became incorporated into Christianity and Islam as well. The idea seems to be a universal one. People throughout the ages have believed in it and written about it, from ancient Sumerian texts to Norse mythology.

The “End of Days,” in essence, means the end of the physical existence of this world – either an infinite end, or the end of a stage, after which a new creation will begin. But there is also another notion about the end of days, which is directly connected to a shift in human existence. In a way, the “End of Days” is not a belief in the physical annihilation of the world, but rather the end of history.

This means that, at some point in the future, there will be an enormous change in humanity that will be the end of ancient and contemporary history. After that, the vision is of a quieter, happier life. In happy times, as with happy people, there is not much to tell. Unhappiness, in different forms, is what literature and history books are made of. A time of happiness is an uninteresting time that contains little material for history. In this vein, there was an ancient Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.”

Unlike the ancient pagan view of the world as sinking, gradually, from era to era, the Hebrew Bible introduces us to a novel concept – the notion of redemption. Even when it is expressed in secular or atheistic terms, redemption basically refers to the world – and humanity – reaching a state of tranquility, a permanent equilibrium of the main forces in our world.

According to Jewish tradition, there are two possible – and opposite – ways that this stage can be reached. One of them is dramatic, even apocalyptic, and entails a large-scale tragic ending to the existence of the world. It is a vision of fire and blood that will cleanse the world in a revolutionary, rather abrupt way. It prophesies a great destruction that will annihilate evil, but it also comes with tremendous sorrow and suffering.

The second scenario is a more gradual and less violent evolutionary change in which problems are rectified in a quieter, less painful way. If we were to compare the redemption to some kind of a peak of human endeavor, the first scenario is like climbing a steep, craggy wall of rock, whereas the second is like getting to the same peak though a pleasant, gradual ascent.

The Jewish Sages have taught that humanity has a choice which scenario it will adopt. If evil and misery continue to rule, then the change will be abrupt and against the will of many. On the other hand, if people constantly strive to make changes for the better, then the redemption will come about at a slower pace and in a happier way.

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  • Brad L. Burge

    Well said Rabbi. These are the actual positions of your Kabbalah, recently revived Sanhedrin, and the Noahide Council. This “End of Days” may come within the next few years, but not more than 233 years according to the above mentioned sources. Perhaps you should enter the new MIT Just Jerusalem competition. You may win by submitting your ideas regarding how Jerusalem can find peace. You know; the Sanhedrin can replace the current democratic Israeli government, elect a king, offer peace to the world via the Seven Noahide Laws, the Islamists will accept and offer the Temple Mount for the building of the Third Temple, your sacrifices can resume, we can all become Kabbalists and sing the “Barney song.”Here is the link to the competition:May “the Upper Light” be with you.

  • Viejita del oeste

    I went to the link Brad posted and it is from the the school’s urban planning department. They are not necessarily looking for a religious solution to the cooperative future of Jerusalem. It is a very interesting competition and I don’t want anyone to be scared off by Brad’s interpretation, which seems to rely on the ascendence of a particular religious point of view.

  • Rob Adams

    Is this conversation moronic? Is the Rabbi irrelevant? Any experience only has the meaning you give it. It very well could be either, neither or both given each person’s interpretation. My faith does not fall into a particular religion so I do not adhere to one. I don’t find them to be useful to ME in and of themselves.However I appreciate the difference of each religion and their interpretation of what ultimate reality could be. We as people interpret the teachings of each religion differently as well. Couple that with the grandness of the physical and spiritual realms (if you think the exist) do you think anyone on earth has captured the complete story of what your God has created?There remains more to be discovered and embracing these differences and exploring them will help each of us regardless of our religion. The goal should not be to prove “my religion” is more right than yours. The goal is to evolve spiritually. These forums present an opportunity for people to understand and grow together. We squander this gift when we speak in absolutes, which is what sometimes happens with religion. I appreciate the Rabbi’s comments and I probably lean more towards his interpretation of “End of Days”. He is using his religion as a basis in forming his opinion. While I do not share a number of the beliefs in his religion I am thankful he presents the way he does. We probably are not as different as our faiths may indicate. One might say that Candice and Bill did not add much to the discussion. However I would argue against that and thank them for their participation since it spurred me on to participate. Perhaps my comments resonate with someone else or perhaps I am irrelevant. That’s okay too because just in writing this I have learned something about myself and I have grown.In that case I thank you just for helping me.Peace.

  • WILLEM

    OH JESUS PLEEZE ME CUMMING BACK IS A BUNCH OF BS!!

  • Bobster

    Rabbi Stiensaltz, Thanks for the discription on how your religion views the “End of Days”. I for one hope that we as humanity pick the second option. I do not really believe that God will destroy the world. But that he has given us that choice to make on what we do with the earth and her future. I do admire how your religion puts it though.

  • Lily

    Rob,Spot on mate. Nicely said.Willem,if you don’t believe that jesus existed, then why do you bother referring to him as a her. what’s the point of that?

  • Garyd

    The end times began when Christ ascended and you’re right it hasn’t been exactly a love fest on this planet in these last 2 mellennia

  • Senor Anon Y. Mouse

    I can’t believe grown ups debate about who has the best imaginary friend. Willem, well said. Religon is a protection racket run by HUMANS who want to scare you into giving them power and money, and that’s IT. There is no proof for god’s existence because he does not exist. Stop listenting to these decietful people who tell you if you do what they say, you will have eternal life. They are lieing to you. Be nice to people and respect human rights because it’s the right thing to do, not because if you don’t you will burn in hell. OK?

  • Jacob Jozefs

    IN-Shalah, Greetings & Praise Our SOURCE ONE,.Hello Cousins, Brothers and Sisters; “There is Nothing Like A Good Philosophy”Today is: UNIVERSAL YEAR CIRCA, 4.98 Billion Year-TIME, 2007.26th.March, Calendate.Remember my Cousins: To “pray” is to “SPEAK” to G-D. And to “meditate” is to “LISTEN,” Yes as many times as One likes and in ANY tongue or language(s)). And R.E.V.E.L.A.T.I.O.N Is the same as A,P.O.C.A.L.Y.P.S.E and is opposite or contrary to any “Secrets” or “Mystics” in ANY of the VEDIC, TIKKUN, ZILZAL, Scriptures or Suras. Therefore In Shalah & Praise the beneficent One in Ourselves. Yes!WELCOME: Today while still being in OUR Miraculous Form [in Photo-Finite Essence) I Thank You for your time here on Space-Ship Momma/Poppa Earth, as you may appear, in either cyberspace or in the flesh and in the awareness of your Own senses via your own beautiful Carbon-Based & Microbial Life Form, both in the ANIMATE & in the INANIMATE state via ECLATS “TIME” (not your Clock or Gravity time) a/k/a TEMPERATURE OF TIME ITSELF. TIME is inseparable from the MIZAN (Arabic for balance) of IT (G-d) which Yings & Yangs between ABSOLUTE HEAT & ABSOLUTE COLD. Example: Average TIME of the Universe or Your Own Body Temperature, or Microbial or Caterpillar, Holy Cow, Rock, Soil or Nuclear Core, Surface or Sub terrain or Planetary Temperatures radiated via ALL the animate & Inanimate things in existence. Note: This includes “Black Body Radiation or Black Holes, Dark Energy, Dark Matter and other phenomenon. And the good news is: WE have nothing to do with these happenings. They are neither here nor there for US. But they are here only to keep our HEURISTICS busy through ECLAT MIRACLE. R.E.M.E.M.B.E.R: Contrary to Pre-Apocalyptic thought, WE exist in MIRACLE! where BIRTH is in FACT a zero sum SIN. and Not a game of chance as Our Great Visionary(s) & Forefather Albert Einstein et a, did & do mention & proved via their Physics or Sciences. ALL this is directly & indirectly related to the COSMIC “HOLY HEAR BEAT” (hence this is purest LOVE & this pureness is “embedded & synchronized” within Our Own “i” a/k/a Your Own Photo finitely Essence). WHEREFORE Nothing is External to SOURCE ONE. This of course includes ALL of the known , or unknown Prophets or greats, of the BIBLIO CHARACTERS OF THEIR TIMES PAST as recorded History in either in Writing AND Oral hearsay . The purpose or reason is that: ECLAT or SOURCEONE (G-d by any name) DID NOT WANT TO BE LONELY. Thus G-d is ETERNITY AVOIDING LONLINESS , IT in US and US in IT via the PALANDROME a/k/a The UNIVERSAL SYSTALTIC “CYCLE” or “VIBRATION” thus you are a inseparable entity and in “The Middle” of G-d business or job, which is IT Expanding & Contracting ITSELF Eternally, via a omnipresence and being in THE-TEMPERATURE and in and of TIME-ITSELF. Note: This REALITY a/k/a/TRANSFINITY does “NOT” apply to ANY HUMATE purporting to be of such molecular incarnation. To fight over a name for G-d is SINFULL in every sense of the word (written or otherwise). You are your own (includes family & Humanity) enemy’s and you have yourselves & your PRE-APOCALYPTIC belief SYSTEM(s) to blame. Grandma-SUN, Space-Ship-Mother Earth, Sister MOON, Brother MARS et al will also one day go POOF-TIME. (Those of you who read my TIME (not clock knowledge) Philosophy WILL KNOW that: They will not be fore-ever either. Fate will also fall upon GrandPa – Milky Way GALAXY too. :-(‘BEHOLD: To Be truly blessed and to have a TRANSFORMATION experience to become a “ONE-LESS” Pre-Apocalyptic believer and “Convert” into “ONE-MORE” ECLATi-ON, all one has to simply do is to engage in, eager, open dialog via “THE FAITH EXCHANGE.” And Here , I give your Nation(s) the recipe for obtaining genuine HEURISTICS with the ability to use, as a CRUXOLOGIST (As Is My Ordained Title) and applying the “Tool” or the knowledge of the “INSIGHT AND PATTERN RECOGNITIONING” For the RECONCILIATION OF ALL FAITHS/BELIEFS as RELIGION or NONE AT ALL. Note: COMPARITIVELY My Faith is yours & yours is mine however free & discrete in teaching MORALITY via any written tautology of Lore. This means, as I see It, Morality & Compassion is more about action than those tautological words inscribed, by Men NOT G-ds, as the by product of ALL “Scripture” or “Sura” et al. So you & I know this is a truth that is self evident. Also keep in mind that ALL the known PRE-APOCALYPTIC faiths, beliefs or religions not meeting the great INFIXUS TEST, is DEAD & GONE as of NOW. Thus all your false thinking will just go POOF-TIME and out of the forest of your mind.! Suddenly you will be truly with One & wide open intellectually.The HOLY INFIXUS TEST: For BALANCE of RELIGION & SCIENCE among World Wide Humanity on Space-Ship Earth: As Translated by the “LIGHT BRINGER” into the most necessary “60 Words” of American-English, which can be re-translated into ANY number of the Humate Tongues (words) of other Languages throughout the world and SPACEFORTH into the “Creature language” of other worlds, if and where necessary, for the purpose that this INFIXUS reflects, as long as “The Translation” MEANS THE SAME THING and now this is WHAT TO DO NEXT Peace, Health & Prosperity be upon ALL SECULAR & ECLATi-On MEN & WOMEN. From Your JOKTANIAN Brother: Yakub Yosif, Not PELIG [ Ah Walaekim Al Salaam! ]. :-)’.

  • Brad L. Burge

    I failed to mention something very important in my previous post. Anyone claiming that Jesus Christ is Lord and that the Trinity is real should not count on a peaceful existence in the “End of Days” scenario described by Steinsaltz. Well, there goes the happy little “Barney song.”

  • Jacob Josevz Yakub Yosif

    Hello TATTA Rabbi STEINSALTZ en de alis menchem! SHOLOM: Just maybe some first step “Olive Branch” etending or oddering is needed again. just like from the old days Ya , Mine Shine e Tatta le e Mouder n da Kinder. A Be Gazint.Mine Tatta de LUDtch, Pol/ Jacob Jozefs: ISRAELI APOLOGY TO ALL PALESTINIAN PEOPLE : You see my dear Humates, my Father was very upset with Menachin Bahgen from the UERGOON faction. Or gorillas. So your infighting is similar. But Your “CAUSE” has been overplayed by some “Lawless” unemployed folks. “Quasi Socialism” & Democratic Institutions is the best “road.” But the beautiful thing is that there is, In Shalah, HOPE. Please do not squander your delicate State as Israel once almost did by infighting and disrespect for each other which is equal to a sick Society in HUMANITY. To have a cold and then to deliberately spread-it is very dangerous business & detrimental to ones HEALTH. Here is my Prophecy with good intentions for your Peoples as neighbors & this has nothing to do with Religion. PALISTINE NEEDS A BRIDGE & TUNNEL AUTHORITY instead. They need to connect both ends through a joint Internationally, Private & Public planned mechanism so that GAZA MEETS West BANK. will be linked as one Nation. . We Israelis, like myself (I PLEDGE $1,000,000 for the first purchase of Steel & Concrete, Labor, engineering etc..) And we really dowant to share our LOVE, just Like you. We can FREELY lend knowledge, Technology etc…. So here is my gift to you But you have to be willing to BUILD UP YOUR NATIONS Sovereignty and to be SPACE FORTH THINKERS. Note: Anyone can blow-up Skyscrapers (Like the World Trade Center Disaster of which I lost my work at) Bridges, Tunnels etc… BEHOLD: This is the main focus and priority. Secularist Thinking and PEACE with ISRAEL, et al. There will indeed be plentiful Jobs, Commerce, Happy people, Economic growth, prosperity And best of all, you will surely have a good chance to prove, not just to yourselves, or the world as large, but to your POSTERITY (Like my parents did and taught us to make quick judgment on Tradition and Culture) and among yourselves as a [secular} UNITED PALESTINE.If you do not very very soon, in two years or so, you will LOOSE ALL OF GAZA. And possibly IRAN could be destroyed back to the Stone Age. Note: a Government by Theocracy is NOT THE FUTURE FOR YOU NOR ISRAEL. People will be living on the Moon as a Shaky Nation you will loose out in a future for PALISTINE space ventures.! . So Please Brothers and Sisters give yourselves eternal peace and prosperity via your National Sovereignty. and such as occurred in Farsi (Iran). I;m attaching something for your critique if any. Please let keep in touch. SHOOKRON. PEACE HUGGS KISSES HANDSHAKE L/o/v/e/ for neighbors & U.N. et al. GOOD LUCK!A VE DAE ZAIN. SHOLOM! 🙂

  • V.Cardwell

    It can be that the toughest part to comprehend regarding the “End” is how does the Most High God reconcile Himself to Himself. It is written that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but spirits and principalities. If the spirit lives in “all created things” of God, then for Him to withdraw “it” would mean utter destruction of all things even “day” and “night”. This alone demonstrates His mercy towards his “created things”. It’s preplexing a best because We cannot conceive nor comprehend the level of mercy the Most High God extends towards His created things which in essense is Himself. Maybe it’s the “lost of understanding” in his created beings of His Mercy that ultimately dictates the “End”, because surely a time without it is truly the “End”

  • Rob Adams

    Senor Anon,Per my first post I am not religious. While I may not argue that some religion or some people use religion for control religion does also serve some good. While I have not practiced any particular religion I have seen the good it does bring. I have always looked at religion as a tool. How we use the tool can paint it as a good or bad; same as capitalism, psychology, physical strength. Capitalism can be used to provide a better quality of life and innovation. It can also be abused, stifle innovation and create scenarios where most of the world is poor in relation to the developed countries. Psychology can be used to help people over come trauma or illness, it can also be used to manipulate. Physical strength can be used to carry a person to safety or to beat your wife/child.Regardless of whether God exists or not we have free will to act as we wish. Our actions determine our reality. Sometimes the cause and affect is very evident, other times it is well hidden. Many people (most?) say that they would like world peace, yet one could observe with all the tools available to us we sometimes use them in a way that does not serve our purpose. For arguments sake let’s say that the Bible, Koran, Bhagavata or other sacred texts are just a bunch of stories someone made up. I would argue that there at least some teachings/lessons that if used properly may benefit us in our quest for peace.As for God’s existence I have always liked the scene from the movie Contact when Jodi Foster (agnostic) and Matthew McConaughey (spiritual advisor to the President) discuss God’s existence. Jodi Foster says prove God exists. McConaughey response “did you love your father”. She responds “yes, very much”. McConaughey says “prove it”.If you prefer rationalism, logic, science or philosophy to religion then I think you may still find them similar in this regard. Whatever the tool take the pieces you find useful and use them. Question the rest and look to create a better understanding for yourself and others on the pieces that you disagree with.I have found my spirituality has rarely stayed static for long. The more I explore the faster it evolves… I am hoping for the better.“Seek first to understand then to be understood”. I read that in the one minute manager. That’s all I remember from the book but it seems have been of benefit to me. Senor Anon I think we are similar in our view that religion at least for ourselves is not the best tool. But if we do not understand them, then how do we make them understand us?Without understanding then how is there peace?

  • Bill C.

    Am I the only one who thinks it is moronic for adults to watse time talking about the end of the world?

  • Anonymous

    Not to get too drawn into your statement, but you may be the only person moronic enough to spend the moment responding to something that you apparently have no interest in. I think it goes if you agree/disagree regarding the “questions or subjects” your’re more than welcome to express your views or opinions.

  • V. Cardwell

    Forgot to post name above.

  • BGone

    Bill C, No.

  • candide

    Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the Rabbi showed he could be as irrelevant as a Christian priest or minister or a Muslim Mullah!

  • cheery

    Perhaps two things: 1) There are some ‘peoples’ whose history makes their talking about PEACE a joke. Not a very funny joke, in every century

  • speed123

    Utopia v. Revolution? Good v. Bad?I believe that the rabbi has it a little backward. We are moving away from violent revolution and towards mind and soul numbing capitalism and consumerism. This is our Brave New World! Revolution is impossible; people desire their comfortable slavery: pharm induced happiness, easy sex and media orgies.Only the return of Christ will defeat the propganda/control of those evil and miserly men who now control the world!

  • Jahudite

    Human nature in JudaismHumanity was formed with two impulses: a good impulse (the yetzer tov) and an evil impulse (the yetzer ra).The yetzer tov is the moral conscience, the inner voice that reminds you of G-d’s law when you consider doing something that is forbidden. According to some views, it does not enter a person until her/his 13th birthday, when she/he becomes responsible for following the commandments. The yetzer ra is more difficult to define, because there are many different ideas about it. It is not a desire to do evil in the way we normally think of it in Western society: a desire to cause senseless harm. Rather, it is usually conceived as the selfish nature, the desire to satisfy personal needs (food, shelter, sex, etc.) without regard for the moral consequences of fulfilling those desires.The yetzer ra is not a bad thing. It was created by G-d, and all things created by G-d are good. The Talmud notes that without the yetzer ra (the desire to satisfy personal needs), people would not build a house, marry, beget children or conduct business affairs. But the yetzer ra can lead to wrongdoing when it is not controlled by the yetzer tov. There is nothing inherently wrong with hunger, but it can lead you to steal food. There is nothing inherently wrong with sexual desire, but it can lead you to commit rape, adultery, incest or other sexual perversion.The yetzer ra is generally seen as something internal to a person, not as an external force acting on a person. The idea that “the devil made me do it” is not in line with the majority of thought in Judaism. Although it has been said that Satan and the yetzer ra are one and the same, this is more often understood as meaning that Satan is merely a personification of our own selfish desires, rather than that our selfish desires are caused by some external force.People have the ability to choose which impulse to follow: the yetzer tov or the yetzer ra. That is the heart of the Jewish understanding of free will. The Talmud notes that all people are descended from Adam, so no one can blame his own wickedness on his ancestry. On the contrary, we all have the ability to make our own choices, and we will all be held responsible for the choices we make.

  • Russell D.

    Well said Rob, well said.

  • Garyd

    Senor Anon,Given that Salvation in the Christian faith is by grace and grace alone one shouldnot expect logically to be able to prove God either negatively or positively. That is recisely the case.

  • Brad L. Burge

    The Kabbalah indeed talks about 620 mitzvot, but Kabbalah is referring only to the spiritual aspects of the mitzvot. The Rabbi calls Kabbalah the very foundation of Torah. So if you think that is confused, then refer to the Rabbi’s own words.

  • Jahudite

    Today’s Judaism is Rabbinic Judaism. The Talmud is a compilation of the debates of the Rabbis of the Roman Period, who applied the concepts of the Torah, which developed in a much simpler agricultural society, to a commercial society governed by the Roman Empire In includes both majority and minority positions, and none is viewed as infallible.Who were really the Pharisee historical context? After the Maccabean family expelled the Seleucid Greeks from Judea, the Jewish people became divided into three groups: the Essenes, the Sadducees and the Pharisees.The Essenes were an ascetic and mystical group devoted to strict discipline. They lived in isolation from the world. The Dead Sea Scrolls are believed to be the product of an Essene sect. Some scholars believe that early Christianity was influenced by the mystical and hermetical teachings of the Essenes.The Sadducees evolved out of the Hellenistic elements of Judaism. The movement was made up of the priests and the aristocrats of Jewish society–the society’s patricians. They were religiously conservative but socially liberal. The Sadducees believed in a strict, narrow and unchanging interpretation of the written Torah, and they did not believe in oral Torah. The Temple and its sacrificial services were at the center of their worship. Socially, they adopted the ways of the neighboring Greek culture.The Pharisees believed that G-d gave the Jews both a written Torah and an oral Torah, both of which were equally binding and both of which were open to reinterpretation by the rabbis, people with sufficient education to make such decisions. The Pharisees were devoted to study of the Torah and education for all. The Pharisees represented the “plebian” JewsAfter Judea was conquered by Rome and tensions with Rome began to mount, a fourth group appeared: the Zealots. The Zealots were basically a nationalistic movement, not a religious one. They favored war against Rome, and believed that death was preferable to being under Roman control. They would commit suicide rather than be taken prisoner. The most famous example of the Zealots was the defenders of Masada, who held the mountain fortress against the Roman Tenth Legion for months and ultimately committed suicide rather than surrender.The Pharisaic school of thought is the only one that survived the destruction of the Temple. The Zealots were killed off during the war with Rome. The Sadducees could not survive without the Temple, which was the center of their religion. The Essenes, who were never very numerous, were apparently killed off by the Romans (they were easily recognizable in their isolated communities).The Jewish concept of Messiah (Moshiah):

  • Brad L. Burge

    Dear Jahudite,You have it backwards. To be able to be a part of the “world to come,” you do not need the 613 mitzvot. You just need John 3:16.Jesus Christ the Lord is not your enemy. Y’shua is your best friend. Yes, He calls you friend. Accept Him. He is waiting openly for anyone that will accept Him as Savior and Lord. Do not struggle to face your vile nature through Kabbalah/Judaism. Jesus has already faced our vile nature, for all of us, and has offered Himself as the last sacrifice ever needed. Shalom.

  • Jahudite

    Every religion has its own world view. Basic concepts in the world view of one religion will seem incredible in the world view of another religion. While Christianity views human beings as tainted by “original sin,” and therefore basically “vile” (to quote you), Judaism views human beings as being able to perfect themselves by their own actions. This is the basic unbreachable chasm between the world view of Judaism and Christianity. Please remember there are many valid paths to G-d.

  • Brad L. Burge

    Dear Jahudite,You surprise me. Doesn’t Judaism’s world view actually present Kabbalah as the only valid path to God?What would Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz say?

  • Jahudite

    Kabbalah is Jewish mysticism and is not accepted by every Jew.In Judaism, the 613 mitzvot are an obligation only for Jews. Even atheists who do goods deeds will go to heaven after death.

  • Jahudite

    “goods deeds”=good deed

  • Brad L. Burge

    Dear Jahudite,In Judaism, there are 7 other mitzvot meant for all mankind; The Seven Laws of Noah. Thus, the sum of 620 mitzvot in Kabbalah.Perhaps you should consult Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.

  • speed123

    The ying and the yang; concepts acknowledged in cultures spanning the globe. The talmud sounds wise until, that is, you get to the passages that attempt to mock Jesus and attempt to defame his mother, Mary. Is the talmund not simlpy the complied lectures and “wisdom” of the Phariseess, mere men? And it has been proven throughout history that man is able to justify the most horrible of acts using forms of reason or in the pursuit of his own glory? Is bad really good?Concerning the Pharisee, Jesus stated: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but the rules taught by men.He goes on to state:”You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!

  • Jahudite

    There are 613 mitzvot in the Torah. The Kabbalah doesn’t enumerate the mitzvot, but talks about ways of interpreting G-d’s nature, which to a student of the Kabbalah is both male and female simultaneously. So you are confusing the Kabbalah with Torah.The 7 Noahide laws are to be subtracted, not added to the 613 mitzvot.But to quote the ancient Rabbinic sage Hillel: Do not do to others what you don’t want them to do to you.The philosophy behind Judaism is too complicated to discuss in a blog. So if you want a complete accurate, explanation of Judaism, the site http://www.jewfaq.org would be a good place to explore. By the way, I agree with what the Rabbi wrote.

  • Brad L. Burge

    Happy Easter! Jesus Christ is alive and is Lord of all and King of kings. Jesus is the way the truth and the life; no man comes to God except through Jesus Christ. Come. Amen.

  • Hqarold A Zeller

    His Word is very clear on this matter “The End of Times.” Moses wrote in the Law, “And the Lord thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.” and “And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand””the sons of man, cursed be they before the Lord”By the Hand of Moses, “The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young: And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee. And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee. And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:” Here is the end of times, “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; Then shalt thou inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you; 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. 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. 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; 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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  • Christie

    Few Bible expressions have become as much a part of everyday speech as “Armageddon” has. The term has been widely used to describe the gloomy prospects facing humans. The entertainment industry has fed people’s imagination with horrific scenes of a coming “Armageddon.” The word is shrouded in mystery and misconceptions. While ideas as to its meaning abound, most of them are not in line with what the Bible—the source of the expression—teaches about Armageddon.