Torah Lesson 101318 by John Mosier

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In 312 AD a time of turmoil in the Roman Empire. The Imperial throne was empty. Constantine and Maxentiw entius went to battle over the throne. To Constantine the Supreme God was Mithras, the Persian sun God.  Constantine claimed he saw a vision of a flaming cross in the Sky next to the sun along with the words conjured by this! He then confronted Maxentivs and won the battle. Constantine claimed to be a follower of the Messiah and Christianity, and suddenly changed from being illegal to legal and favored religion. He proclaimed Sunday as an official Roman holiday. Keep in mind to him the Supreme God was Mithras, the Persian sun god. Sunday or son day in honor of the sun god Mithras the Persian sun god!

And 35 A.D. Constantine’s son Constantivs took his father’s action one step further and prohibited all Pagan sacrifices on pain of death. He closed all Pagan temples, destroyed many and converted others to Churches. So many Pagan Holidays just changed their holiday names. Pagan holiday of the goddess of Estar a fertility goddess became Easter, the Bunny and egg symbolizes fertility was now legal under the decree. Constantine demanded control and the title “Pontifex Maximus (high priest) by the year 325AD he called and presided over the first general counsel of the church, the Council of Nicaea. It was to settle doctrinal disputes.

He built a church called Saint John Lateran[i] in Rome. The style of the building is called basilica. Its interior design was patterned after the throne room of the Imperial Palace. He also made a law forbidding holding church in private and went on to prohibit holding church in any place but the Catholic Church.  Rituals originally developed for Pagan worship were imported into the church. Burning of incense carrying of and burning of candles became widespread expressions of worship.

Martin Luther broke with some of the church policies and fathered the Protestant faith and broke with the Catholic faith. The Catholic Church ordered he be put to death. He had to hide, Judaism however would never change and was hated by Constantine who was antisemitic, and Martin Luther pushed it after the death of his 13 year old daughter.

Judaism the second oldest religion on earth after Pagan religion just does not change. But overtime 3 branches of Judaism have come about; Orthodox, Reform, and Conservative. Hasidic Judaism and secular exist. You need not to be Jewish to be pleasing to G-d, you need to obey him!

 

 

Judaism considers a belief in the Trinity is Pagan an idolatry. Idolatry is uncleaned to all Jews.

Some terms you should know: Holy means special and to be righteous means clean of body or in mind. If you’ve some food that you set and hold so you’ll have it for a special time and you use such on the Sabbath it’s made holy. G-d’s presence will not dwell in the presence of idolatry!

A lack of Holiness drives G-ds presence away! You must remember this. Holy means special. Righteous means cleaned. Don’t confuse Holiness with Righteousness they are not the same. Clean of body would also mean you’ve eaten anything that is not kosher. You’ve not had anything to drink that is not kosher. Kosher means proper. If you have you must flush out your body with water and fast for 72 hours to allow all unkosher foods to get out of your system.

You may not have any Nosh within that time. You must wash your hands before, and after every meal. Every time you wash your hands you should say the blessing for hand washing, after, and before you dry your hands off.  When you wake you should at once get up and say a blessing, and then dress, wash your face, hands, say blessing, and say the blessing in the prayer book. You have a duty to feed your stock and/ or flock before you feed yourself. You are to study Torah before you start your day to put your mind in the right mind set for the day. You must never put off the study of Torah. As you copy this write down any questions you may have.

What is your duty and obligation to God? Are you to be a Steward! What is a steward? You are to: Tikkum Olem repair the word from all the harm man has done to it. Remember the Hebrew term.

[i] Founded during the fourth century in honour of St. John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, St John Lateran (Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano) is the Cathedral of Rome and the most important of the four major basilicas.