The last 6 months or year have been a very traumatic time here in my house. My wife and I have gone back and forth as to whether or not "J" was G-d or the Messiah and the whole gambit of stuff that goes with it. For awhile I was convinced that he wasn't and then I wasn't sure and we have gone back and forth with this. A few weeks ago I commented on your blog. I don't remember for sure which one, but I recieved some interesting comments and it is these people that I would like to thank. The first person is for you, your show and your blog has taught me much and I will be eternally grateful for that.
The second person is a woman who goes by "meira" she came to my defense and explained to someone who was really upset by what I said, it is a scary thing to think that because you don't have "J" you are going to hell, which is exactly what we are taught.
Thanking Meira for her kindness and Liad for the web site links
The last person is one of those people who did hammer me, however the hammering had a good result, and that person is "Liad" s/he pointed me towards a couple of web sights that opened my eyes to the truth of it all.
The short end of this is thanks to the both of them, both my wife and I have come to believe that if he existed "J" was neither G-d nor Messiah and that to believe otherwise is Idolatry. We looked at the scriptures that were presented and finally saw that he didn't fulfill any of the Messianic prophecies and the ones that the christian churches use are ALL taken out of context. We haven't considered our selves to be christians for a long time , but this just brought all of it to a screaming halt. We are not sure what to do from this point but any form of christianity is out including the messianic movement because it is just a different approach to the same idolatry.
I am telling you this because I don't know how to get a hold of them except via your blog, so I was hoping that if you knew who they are could you just send them a thanks for me and I promise to not purposely say stupid missionary sounding thing's again.
We have a Hebrew/English Tenach coming that we ordered from artscroll so that is where we are going to start, we have learned much from what we have but we wanted it strictly from a Jewish perspective. We have been keeping Shabbat and doing the Holy Days for the last 2 years but now we are going to be re-looking at them and making sure that what we have learned doesn't have a christian twist to it.
Any how enough of my rambling, again thank you.
Ignacio & Alison
I then emailed Ignacio back and asked him if I had his permission to post his email to me on the blog. This was his reply:
"Please feel free to publish it. I want as many people helped as possible. Make sure though that however you do this that the people understand that this was not something we came to lightly or easily. We struggled with it and tried to find loopholes. In the end though it simply became clear that we had been lied to and that this lie goes back to the begining of christianity. My greatest sorrow is that I was a pastor and I have taught these lies to others, granted in total ignorance, but I have taught them none the less. But I believe that G-D has heard my cry for forgiveness and that we can at least try to undo some of the damage that I have done..
So yes please publish it.
Ignacio & Alison"
I would like to suggest these two web sites for other Gentiles who may wish to explore what exactly their bligations and commandments are in this world, according to the Torah. I welcome your feedback and comments.
(Please hit the tab in the middle of the page towards the right, where it says, "I am a non-Jew and read the material there.)