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Great Sense of Presence

The friends I've had that were Jewish, over the years, have added a sense of presence to my life.  From my Mom's old lady friend whose house we went to to have Latkes to those I served in the Army with when I was a practiing Jew who shared our faith each Friday night after the sun went down, especially the Oneg Shabat afterwards.  My Mom would ship me halvah in big bricks overseas.  I was the envey of the camp!  One Yom Kippur I had the chance to sit between Gen Omar Bradley and Gen Lemnitzer at the meal in the temple in Tokyo!  I'd debate with the Chaplin's assistant Greenberg eac h Friday night about God as we walked to my home.  I worked for a Jewish company in Los Angeles as their token Christian for a while.  I love their sense of humor at the vagaries of life!  How else could they have endured life in the shtetle in Europe, the pograms in Russia, the missiles now raining down on Jerusalem?  Life is challenging and then it's over and we are in the presence of God.

dorobo dorobo 70+, M 8 Responses Apr 13, 2008

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Well, I'm not sure just what you mean by what you said. Yes, individual preachers may change what the Bible says. But, if you read, understand and apply what the Bible says you'd be very close to what happened when Jesus was alive. Except maybe for the miracles. No one, to my knowledge has raised someone from the dead if they were truly dead, but Jesus. According to scripture, the Bible was written by men under the influence of God. It was said to be God breathed both in the old and new testaments. In other words, the writers didn't inject their ideas but recorded what God told them to write. That is why the creeds were developed so that all Christians would agree on the central message of the Bible.

Actually some of Jesus"s disciples raised the dead. In Acts 9:40 how Peter raised Tabitha from the dead (Tabitha is Dorcas in Greek), and in Acts 20:12 we read how St Paul raised Eutychus from the dead.

I'm not for converting anyone. Unless someone's not under pressure and wants to. Jesus is often misquoted and misinterpreted. Present Christianity is different from many of his teachings.

His followers took his teachings to outside world whose influence greatly shaped

it. He probably would not recognize it now . It has diverged much from Jewish roots.

Friendship comes first. Not to convert but to accept a person face to face as friend. I've never converted anyone so far. My bad, I guess. We worship the same God and Christianity was started by a Jew, Jesus. I see no conflict there.

Do you really love sharing their traditions and being friends? Or, do you wish to share and have them keep their traditions but convert them,too?

Peace be with you Reject64

What is your point? What message are you trying to send?

Shalom to you all. The meaning of Shalom goes much deeper than just peace. It really is a blessing that you're giving to the other person that their experience of the world will be peaceful. That whatever it takes to bring them peace has happened. Like Aloha, the response is to bless the other person back with a Shalom!

SAME COULD BE SAID ABOUT INDIVIDUAL NAZIS AND WOULD HAVE BEEN TRUE..........WHILE I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST JEWS IN FACT SOME OF FAVORITE PEOPLE ARE JEWS....ISREALIS AND AMERICAN ZIONISTS....ACTIONS OUT WEIGH PROPAGANDER AND EVEN SPIELBERG CANT TURN THIS AROUND AND IF ISREAL WAS A MOVIE I THINK THE CREDITS ARE ABOUT TO ROLL....TO A STANDING OVATION I MAY ADD.