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FAITH !

Faith! Nothing is more confusing!  Sadly, Jewish teachings have become

thought of as a “faith”.

 

But, what do we mean by FAITH.

 

There is the FAITH that is “faith in a BELIEF”, such as “The Whole of the Oral

and Written Law was giving to Moses at Mt. Sinai.”  Or, “Jesus Christ rose from the

dead and ascended to the right hand of God”.

 

There is the FAITH that is “trust in the unknown”, i.e. what is happening, step by step, although it may not, at the present time, be comprehensible.

 

There is the FAITH that is, related to the above, “scientific faith”.  I must assume

Unity and Truth, expressing through coherent results, or science is not possible. I can

seek the possibility of an “atom” existing, even though I do not know it exists for sure.

 

There is FAITH in terms of the belief in prophetic visions, and their ultimate fulfillment.

 

There is FAITH in terms of obedience of moral laws—- such as paying attention to

the teaching of scripture and tradition.

 

But—- most importantly for Universal Judaism—- there is also Faith in terms of OBEDIENCE—- SHAMAH in Hebrew—- for “hearken” i.e. hearken-obey, obedience coming from the Latin from “to hear”. There is a living spiritual obedience, that is part of the spiritual experience, and which the spiritual experience engenders.

 

All these, and more, are “faiths”. We must be very, very careful what we mean by FAITH. Moreover, because of the cultural and religious imperialism of the previous

Christian era, we have often been reduced to being a “faith” amongst other “faiths”. This

became, I think normative, after the Napoleonic Era, and it was his way to bring some

kind of order to religious warfare.

 

But in Universal Judaism, we are not speaking of FAITH. We are speaking of

EXPERIENCE. We need no blind faith, because as we engage the principles of

Universal Judaism, faith becomes sighted and clear. We actually experience the

workings of God-Life-Reality-Existence through our very personal lives, and we

come to understand, directly, “How Life Works”. We then can go back to our scripture,

no matter where this scripture originated, and we can notice that our very personal

experiences are recorded—- though the descriptions and the language are often

differently- framed for a different era and different “categories of thought” (as the

philosopher Kant termed the “format” by which we understand , to use computer language).

 

This is why there is TRUTH in secular life!!!!  Secular Life reflects the same Reality

upon which religion is based.

 

When such experience takes hold, religious conflicts are seen not just as doctrinal

differences which must be defended, at the cost of blood. Religious conflicts are often

seen as God’s presenting us with a difference of opinion, exactly in the area of blindness

that our own opinions currently have. And when this extraordinary spiritual insight

is gained (not unlike the ancient prophets such as Amos and Hosea)— one realizes that

there is a far bigger Reality here than our so-called “faiths”. And indeed, the

AUTHORITY upon which our so-called “faiths” are based is a far-cry from something

debatable.

 

The rest is a certain specialization, for each “faith” has a certain mission to anchor

a certain kind of knowledge in this world, a specialization, which makes competitiveness unnecessary, though competitiveness is often a way of faiths growing, improving, and embracing the more Sublime Reality which underlies them all.

 

If you are tired of religious bickering it is because you are intelligent. A God that is

One is not a God of bickering, unless the bickering is purposeful for the ascent of

Truth (which one often sees in the Bible).

 

But, such bickering, however purposeful, is not necessary for such an ascent, and is

often transitional, until the various forms of  blindness are expunged, and the spiritual experience refines.

 

There is a spiritual methodology that Universal Judaism teaches that can help and aid

all spiritual seekers. Conflicts are not needed!!!

 

My schedule was so busy this past month, that I did not have the opportunity to

wish everyone a Happy Passover or Easter or, for that matter, “Springtime”, since

“human-holidays” always tend to correlate, over time, with “God’s holidays”, i.e. the

seasons.

 

Please re-think your thinking by putting God-experience first, and tradition second.

If you wish to do differently, then Universal Judaism is not for you. There are other

blessed approaches that unveil the mystery through tradition. I believe, for this era,

in teaching the Living experience first.

 

Know yourself, as Socrates says. Each person IS a faith unfolding!!!