Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Do NOT idolize the Torah!

I wanted to point out a very important detail of the Written Torah that many people do not seem to understand.

Yes, the Written Torah is the Word of God written by God Himself (Exodus 24:12). However, this does not mean that Written Torah is more important than God! God still takes precedence over the Written Torah.

In our time, it is extremely important to understand that Torah as we have it is significantly corrupted. So what we have IS NOT what Moses had. This is one of my main arguments against believing in the Torah (text).

The other reason is that God is still more important than the Torah, even if we had the original text.

This concept is clearly illustrated in Numbers 20 - Moses's sin. Moses had the same dilemma in front of him...to believe God or to believe the Torah...Moses chose the Torah for which HE WAS PUNISHED, NOT REWARDED !

There is a similar story in Genesis 22. Abraham had a choice between God and Torah(Genesis 26:5). He chose God, for which HE WAS REWARDED, NOT PUNISHED ! Totally reverse situation to Moses's.

So as you can see, we are basically commanded to trust and believe ONLY GOD !!! We are forbidden even to believe in (or idolize) His Torah, not to mention other writings and gods. 

What does this mean?

It means that one must rely ONLY on logic and reason because these are the qualities of God that we possess that will help us not to make mistakes in understanding the Torah. While we must follow the Torah, we must be extremely diligent and careful with the text. Especially in our time, when we do not have the original. Logic and reason are a sure proof way to interpret the Torah text.

So DO NOT turn the Torah into an idol! God still takes precedence over everything, EVEN THE TORAH!!!

Like I pointed out in my other posts, here is a great example of how the Torah text can be misleading. This example clearly shows that God (reason and logic) takes precedence over the text of the Torah. In this case, one must agree that Yom Kippur is indeed on the 8th and not the 10th, even though the text is explicit that it is on the 10th. So ALWAYS ask - why? EVERYTHING in the Torah must make sense and be logical and rational. When it doesn't...don't trust the text, trust ONLY GOD!

P.S. Religious people also tend to idolize the Torah in their own way. For example, they like to dance with the Torah in Orthodox Synagogues or kiss it or pray at it...IT IS ALL IDOLATRY, so DO NOT DO IT !!! 

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