Post-Modernism states that there are no absolute truths. Group A has their brand of religion and Group B has their flavour of religion, and so be it. The quest for absolutes is based on false premises, according to post-modernism. When groups negotiate, there is no real quest for truth and justice either; each group is merely an interest-group pushing its own selfish agenda. Let everyone therefore live inside his own, subjective happy-bubble, and do not dare to burst my subjective happy-bubble, no matter how cuckoo it may seem to you – there are no absolutes; there are merely a collection of subjective bubbles inhabited by opinionated members of the Homo Sapiens species, grouped into fairly cohesive & rather selfish interest-groups.
Post-Modernism has “taken over” most universities in the West; the Post-Modern “take” on life is characterised by skepticism, subjectivism and relativism, a general suspicion of reason, and an acute sensitivity to the role of ideology in asserting and maintaining political and economic power.
In opposition to the Post-Modern denial of the absolute, stands the transcendental experience and weltanschauung (world-view) of the Way of Israel. The Davar of God came to Moses and the prophets – the Word, the Logos (Greek), the Memra (Aramaic), the Davar (Hebrew). Torah was given – a cohesive set of constitutional, ethical & social instructions and a system of courts with wise, learned judges – Zeqanim / Presbuteroi – as shofetim (chiefs & judges) administering jurisprudence. “And the Davar of YHWH came to Mosheh, saying…”
In a society where there is no Davar, no Logos, no Torah, the powerful rich easily become a stinking-rich elite that exploit the poor. Aggressive “rams” form bully-clubs that oppress the “sheep” – widows, orphans and “nice, poor folk” – there is no guaranteed recourse to the Law for the Evyonei ha-Aretz – the poor of the land. There are only interest-groups, and the sceptic post-modern observer seems to be correct…
The Torah given to Mosheh (Moses) established a CIVILISATON WITH A LEGAL SYSTEM (and not an otherworldly “pie-in-the-sky” religion, which is dysfunctional Opium). The agricultural land belongs to God, and man’s use of the agricultural land is not a “right” but a conditional gift – mess up and the land will “vomit you out.” Therefore Leviticus 25 stipulates clearly and concretely that all agricultural land must be RE-DISTRIBUTED, given back, to the original tribal clans & families who lived there in ancient times, every 50 years. In the following 49 years after each re-distribution, land can be bought and sold, but at the end of every 50-year period, at the Shanat ha-Yovel – the Year of Jubilee – agricultural land must be re-distributed, quickly and radically — no drawn-out waiting periods, no disputes, no IFs and no BUTs. Even stands & houses in small, rural villages, are re-distributed to the original owner-families, every 50 years. Fast, efficiently, no exceptions, no waiting periods…
8And you shall count […] 49 years.
9Then you shall send abroad the loud trumpet on [Yom Kipur] 10And [in year 50] you shall proclaim LIBERATION throughout the land to all its inhabitants; it shall be a Yovel (Jubilee) for you, when each of you shall return to his [ancestral] property and each of you shall return to his [ancestral] family [region & possessions].
11A Yovel (jubilee) shall that 50th year be to you…
12For it is a Yovel…
13In this Shanat haYovel (Year of Jubilee) each of you shall return to his [ancestral] property.
17You shall not cheat one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am YHWH your God.
23The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with me [and all agricultural land shall be re-distributed every 50 years].
The Way of Israel (Derekh Yisra’el), with its built-in re-booting and equalizing of the means to economic freedom every 50 years, was a headache for every unrighteous Empire and Powerful, Rich Elite. Attempts were made to deconstruct it and de-legitimise it, so that Rich, Powerful Elite groups could usurp and own more and more. Israel was invaded and controlled by the Greek Empire and then by the Roman Empire. Attempts to suppress and supplant the Way of Israel, was met by fiery grass-roots resistance and Civil War (circa 170 BCE – 160 CE) between the faithful Maccabees and the Hellenisers who wanted to abandon the Torah and its built-in programme of economic fairness.
Sadly, the Way of Israel was almost completely defeated and DE-LEGITIMISED by one man – the most influential man in human history — who almost destroyed it, by establishing a new, otherworldly, salvation-in-heaven mystery-religion. This man wrote many inscriptions on the Tombstone of the ideal of a Civilisation based on the Davar, the Logos, the Memra. His words even abolished the very legitimacy of thinking & dreaming about socio-economic fairness, replacing it with a “I am forever poor, yet very happy because I am saved” mentality:
1Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
2Therefore he who resists the authorities, resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
3For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad conduct. Would you have no fear of him who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,
4for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain; he is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer.
5Therefore one must always be in submission to the government [to] avoid God’s wrath…
6For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are servants of God, attending to this very thing [taxation].
7Pay all of your taxes — taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honour to whom honour is due.
Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 5:11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Romans 5:21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 7:25 I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
Romans 8:39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
Romans 14:9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Romans 15:6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Corinthians 1:7 …so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ…
Exactly what is the Ish Kazav, the Mativ Kazav – the mortal enemy of the Jesus-movement and Jesus-family – pulling off here?
The Ish Kazav (Man of Lying) is authoring a new religion – the Religion of Rome – which is wholly focused on the Birth, Death & Resurrection of the Cosmic Christ. He calls the Torah given to Mosheh at Har Sinai a bygone “ministry unto death” (2 Corinthians 3) and replaces it with an otherworldly obsession and ecstasy about the “Transformative Glory in Christ”. Instead of the re-distribution of agricultural land every 50 years, the message becomes one of a singular, lifelong, abiding obsession with sin, guilt and salvation. An inward-focused obsession with the Sin-Management Immortalisation-Rituals of the Cosmic Christ, and Salvation in Heaven, overwhelms all other concerns, de-legitimising them. The real world is forgotten and so is the Torah of Moses, so dear to the heart of the historical Jesus – an anti-Herodian, anti-Roman Apocalyptic Revolutionary. Instead, there is an obsession with the Birth-Death-Resurrection salvatory “FlyBy” of the Cosmic Christ and the goal of life is to attain “salvation” in heaven, by “believing” in this Birth-Death-Resurrection “FlyBy” of the Cosmic Christ.
The religion founded by the Ish Kazav (Man of Lying) – known to scholars as THE CHRIST FAITH — conquered the ancient Roman world. After his death, a succession of admirers of the Ish Kazav wrote Mark, Matthew, Luke-Acts, John, 1&2Peter, 1&2Timothy, Titus, Colossians and Ephesians. Note well that the books Mark, Matthew, Luke-Acts, John are anonymous productions, while 1&2Peter, 1&2Timothy, Titus, Colossians and Ephesians are Pseudo-Pauline forgeries. In the entire NT canon, only 2Thessalonians 2 (an Anti-Pauline forgery by an unknown benefactor of humanity), the Letter of James, parts of Revelation and the Double-Tradition Quelle-document embedded in Matthew & Luke, opposes the Paulist Christ-Faith, which triumphed by a literary victory – the followers of Jesus and the Desposynoi (Greek: ἀδελφοὶ) leaders of the Jesus-movement were agrammatoi (Greek: ἀγράμματοί) – ungrammared, unlettered, uneducated, unable to write – so the eloquent Ish Kazav and his equally learned and eloquent theological adherents, all but obliterated and obscured the original Derekh/Way via their literary victory – they wrote their opponents into oblivion. Christianity became the Mystery-Religion of Rome, serving the Economic Status Quo of the Roman Empire by re-programming people to be addicted to the perfumed poison of an inward-focused sin-management obsession: Sin, Guilt, Condemnation, the Cosmic Christ, Salvation, the ever-imminent Parousia of the Cosmic Christ, followed by the Manifestation of the Glorification of the Sons of God, and Eternity in Heaven. The historical Jesus – an anti-Herodian, anti-Roman Apocalyptic Revolutionary – was quite radical in his resistance: He formed and trained a shadow-government (the 12 disciples – mostly his brothers & nephews) as well as a shadow-Sanhedrin & World-Court (the 70 disciples). His idea was evidently that the existing Roman-Herodian governing & judicial authorities were so corrupt that they could not be reformed, but only ousted and replaced. No wonder that he was executed with lestai (“terrorists”) as a lestes – a dire threat to the security of the Roman Empire, guilty of political treason against Rome.