The Good News

Direct Relationship

You can enter into a deep, joyful and fulfilling relationship with the One Creator of heaven and earth without having anyone else involved in that relationship aside from the two of you: G-d and yourself.

Don’t let anyone tell you that your Creator is “unapproachable”. You don’t need anyone to stand between you and Him.

He is close to all who call upon Him in truth (Psalm 145:18).
Forgiveness

You are NOT damned to hell forever and ever. The One who created you knows your weaknesses; He doesn’t expect you to be more than human.

When you do wrong, you don’t need a blood offering to get your Creator to forgive you.

G-d gave us His word that He will freely forgive all who turn to Him in sincere repentance (Isaiah 55:7).
No Purchase Necessary

You don’t need to “purchase” G-d’s favor. You don’t need to “pay” for His favor with your righteousness or your sacrifice. You don’t need to present Him with anyone else’s righteousness or with their sacrifice.

“Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your G-d” (Micah 6:8). These are not “bargaining chips”; these activities, in and of themselves ARE intimacy with G-d (Jeremiah 9:23; 22:16).

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32 Responses to The Good News

  1. Shomer says:

    G-d gave us His word that He will freely forgive all who turn to Him in sincere repentance (Isaiah 55:7). – No Purchase Necessary

    I’ld like to add Eze 33:14-16; Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; 15 If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. 16 None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.

    First and foremost, eternal condemnation is unknown in the Tanakh, so, why then is redemption from hell necessary? Just keep the Torah (statutes of life) – and that’s it! Eze 33:14-16 I call “ultimate gospel” while the Christian gospel is the other gospel that Christians like to “well bear with him”:

    2Co 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

    • cpsoper says:

      Eternal Hell and wrath is indeed to be fled from.

      ‘And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.’
      ‘And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.’
      [Unlike the ungodly] ‘ For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.’
      ‘…for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever.’
      ‘The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?’

      Unforgiven, unatoned and unwashed this is our fully deserved end. Cain’s religion was based on the merit of his offerings, not the recognition we need a properly founded pardon. Is ours?

      • RT says:

        G-d can grand pardon freely (because He does not want the wicked to die) and also because nobody else can die for our own sins…

      • cpsoper Interesting that you refer to Cain – God’s response to Cain is one of the most open refutations to the man-made religion that you are peddling here. 1000 Verses – a project of Judaism Resources wrote: >

  2. David says:

    Aren’t you forgetting Moses? I think he had a part to play.

    Or is it that you don’t want to mention Moses since he played the role of the mediator between God and man on numerous occasions. Actually Jews as we know them (originating from the 12 sons/tribes of Jacob/Israel wouldn’t be here without Moses interceding on their behalf when God was going to kill them all (men women and infants) in the desert and start over with just Moses. But Moses interceded and God changed his mind. So you’ve been bought and paid for. You’ve been redeemed. Were you redeemed because of your righteousness? No, I’m afraid not; go back and read the account. God allowed those 20 years of age and under to survive their parents in the desert on account of Moses and thus Judaism exists today.

    So you approach God under the Law because of the righteousness of Moses. He was the mediator who gave you the Law from God. And you continue today only because Moses was the prophet that he was. You continue in the Law rather than something else as your means to approach God because you say that another prophet hasn’t arisen like Moses. Thus you place your obedience to God in the hands of a mediating man. These things, mediation through man, and redemption, which you hold to, are the very things which you criticize Christians for which is hypocritical in light of the facts of history.

  3. David
    Moses was one of us – a memeber of the collective unit speaking on behalf of the group is not “mediation” – and Moses didn’t “pay” with anything – he appealed to God’s mercy and to His covenant with our fathers
    in any case – I was speaking about man’s ability to approach God – Scripture is crystal clear that we don’t need a mediator to approach our Father
    Furthermore – while we got the law through Moses – the commandment to worship God alone was given to us by God Himself
    And we know that a prophet hasn’t arisen like Moses on the basis of the criteria set forth by God’s word

  4. If Psamist declared, “He is close to all who call upon Him” period, then God is close to all kinds of shamanistic calling and pagan convocation? No way. The verse ends with “in truth.” Then the truth becomes a medium between God and men. Isaiah 55:7 ” Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.”
    Is it possible for the wicked to forsake his way without being pierced in heart or being convicted in conscience by a certain inner voice of truth? Is it possible for the evil man to examine rightly his thoughts without the law? If not, They need a medium or mediator.

    • Dina says:

      Gean, where does the Torah teach that man needs a mediator?

      I gave you a bunch of citations that man does not need a mediator, including this verse in the Psalms. Now show me why those citations are wrong.

      • Dina says:

        Following.

      • חג שמח
        sister Dina! It does seem that there is no explicit statement of man’s need of mediator in Torah. As an elementary student of Torah, i need to learn and please correct me of i am wrong. Could you put the list of citations again?

        • RT says:

          Why such an “important” factor for the redemption of humanity was forgotten by all the writers of the Hebrew Bible?

          • Brother RT, i am married and i am a daddy for 5 children. I just love and feed them without remembering God is USING me as His mediator to love and feed them.

            The writers of the Hebrew Bible were obligated to remember always that they were being used to write a greatest medium between God and men?

          • Dina says:

            Gean, according to your belief, do I need Jesus? If I continue to worship God and pray to Him and obey His commandments to the best of my ability as I have always been doing, and repenting according to the teachings of Ezekiel, but I reject Jesus, am I going to hell?

          • Sister Dina, Never will it happen and God forbid! The Word of God refutes that! Look,
            The Pharisee Paul said,
            “I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.” (Rom.11:1)

            Romans 10:8 says that the Word (Tanach) is already in You and you don’t need Jesus of new religion because Christ- the living incarnated Word is already in you!
            His logic is based upon Deuteronomy 30:14 “Rather,[this] thing is very close to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can fulfill it.”

            Paul boldly declared that his preaching was all about this word of faith (faithfulness of God to keep His covenant for His people and His son’s obedience to complete the covenant). (Rom.10:8b)

            Yeshua said in Matthew 7:21, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Since you know His will more than I and most christians do, and you fulfill it to the best of your abiblity, you will enter the heaven and in the near future when the heaven is united with the earth, you will walk in the Messianic Kingdom on the renewed Jerusalem!

          • RT says:

            Clearly Gean, this contradict the teaching of Jesus and very obviously. Unless you belive in ME (JESUS), you will die in your sins. Dina does not believe in Jesus! I don’t. There is no second interpretation there!

      • Shalom, Dina. Why God has called Abraham and made him as a channel of blessing; “all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you.” Could not God have blessed directly? At Mount Sinai, why God called Moses to give the law while he could have given directly? Why people feared to hear the voice of God directly, rather they wished to hear through Moses?
        Although God was the kIng of Israel in times of Samuel, Israelites sinned by asking for a king, right? Abal, Lama, God gave them a king Saul?
        If we do not need a “medium”- the word of God and “mediator”- Moshiach- prophet, king, and priest, How can we approach INVISIBLE and SILENT GOD?

        • RT says:

          The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

          • Brother RT! Why psalmist added “to all who call on him IN TRUTH”? He could have said, “The Lord is near to all who call on HIM” Period. That’ it. Then, in the mind of the Psalmist, was there a little bit of holy medium or intermediate process to experience God, called “Truth.”? then, isn’t it legitimate to say that the truth is the medium or mediator?

          • LarryB says:

            Gean Guk Jevon
            I read it as the Truth, the truth that there is only one God. He is one, there is no two.

          • LarryB says:

            Gean Guk Geon
            I know it’s a stretch but it might mean sincerity. Or, like you said it could mean anything you want, mediator, Jesus, fill in the blank. No need to check the source. It must seem lliberating to have your type belief.

          • Dina says:

            Larry, you’re right, a common translation is “God is close to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him sincerely.”

        • Dina says:

          Gean, you started with the answer, then looked for the questions that fit the answer.

          So let me ask you this: if the only way to reach God is through a mediator, why isn’t this taught anywhere in Tanach?

          Why is this “truth” known only to gentiles like you and hidden from the actual target audience of the Torah, the Jewish people?

          • Eleazar says:

            Dina: “Larry, you’re right, a common translation is “God is close to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him sincerely.”

            Old response: “Everywhere ‘truth’ is mentioned in Torah it is a reference to Jesus. Jesus’ word (logos, himself) is truth”.

            New response: “Everywhere ‘sincerity’ is mentioned in Torah it is a reference to Jesus. We are evil, so only Jesus can be our sincerity.”

            See how it works?

          • Sister Dina, i don’t think i said that the only way to reach God is through a mediator. In the Garden of Eden, Adam did not need a mediator. Seemingly, Would this be a reference of need of mediator, Deuteronomy 18:15?
            Also, it seems to me that the infinite and invisible God reveals Himself through His Word or voice, even in the universe. Psalm 19:1-4. Even in the Garden of Eden, God called and Adam heard His voice; the Genesis did not say “Adam saw God.”

            When God needed to appear Himself, didn’t He appear through angels?
            I guess you did not learn God directly, rather through many mediators such as parents and rabbis and mediums such as Torah, Talmud, Mishnah, creations and experiences.

            Even in our direct contact with God in our prayers, don’t we approch Him through spirit, truth, and words?

          • Please don’t understand what i mean that man need a mediator. We all know that the creator and almighty God is enough for us! However my nuance is not that God has to use mediator or that God needs the help of mediator. My nuance is that God chose to use mediator to communicate with men.

          • Dina says:

            Gean, are you talking out of both sides of your mouth? If we don’t need a mediator, then why did you previously insist that we do? Either we do or we don’t.

          • No! I a talking out o one side o ay outh!
            I mean since the infinite God chooses to use medium or mediator to the finite men, we will inevitably need His choice!

            I want to see God directly, i want to sit and talk to God face to face! Do you know how?

          • Larryb says:

            Gean Guk jeon
            I wonder if there Is a Hebrew expression of “nuance” in Tanack? “a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound.” Gean, please explain what nuance means
            To you.

  5. Brother Larry! i am typing here because i don’t see any place to response directly under your comments. Your interpretation of “sincerely” seems good. And i wonder if there is a Hebrew expression of “sincerely” in Tanackh, other than “ve emet= in truth-= really”

  6. Concerned Reader says:

    Dina and Larry, I think I may understand what Gean is trying to say vis the notion of “truth” or the word of G-d as a mediator.

    We all know that according to the religious traditions, G-d gave the Torah as the standard of truth. He also established elders to interpret the truth and transmit it to the people as an example to live by.

    In the history of the people, there have been both good and bad dispensers of the truth. Harsh and mild ones.

    I’ve brought up the example of Moses vs Korah previously to illustrate this. Both Korah and Moses were Levites, so they both presumably would have had similar halachic duties, responsibilities to the nation as a whole, etc.

    Korah (though observant) was described as wicked. He may have been observant, but he did not have Moses’ qualities. Korah wanted to rule, Moses did what he had to, not for honor but for love.

    Korah wanted attention, Moses was humble, a shepherd. Moses was the leader of native born Israelite, and of the convert (he showed compassion to the multitude,) while Korah seems to be opportunistic and lead many to the calf.

    If these two men were our example of how to read and live Torah, we would have two polar opposite opinions of the same truth, the Torah.

    Therefore, we could say, in order to get an accurate picture of the truth, (how we should live Torah out, what our bent should be while interpreting Torah, etc.) we should interpret after the example of the character of Moses, not Korah.

    In this sense, Moses is a “mediator” without becoming an object of mediation. Is that more clear?

    So, as an example on the Christian side. Most orthodox Christians see Jesus as thetheological object of mediation, IE they say “you need his cross, his blood, this or that Church building, etc.”

    Other Christians by contrast see Jesus’ mediation not only in theological terms, but in terms of his moral example. I for example didn’t respect Jesus because he died and bled out. What drove my admiration was his moral teachings.

    His words and ethics were like a sword cutting to the quick of how I should see the commandments. In that sense, there was mediation.

    The problem for Gean, is that however he interprets Jesus, its still just his private personal Jesus. Having a good reading doesn’t negate the horrific things Christians have done in Jesus’ name. You cannot hang acceptance or rejection of a thing based on subjective interpretation.

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