A Note To Preachers

A NOTE TO PREACHERS

By Nancy Dobson, P.O. Box 71132, Bethesda,  Md 20813

Religion should draw out the best in us, not shame us by reminding us of our errors.  It is, however, humbling to be aware of what brought us to material life — choosing our will over God’s — so that as a result of that honesty we can attend to the necessary correction.  Since we are all here for the exact same reason, having committed the same error, no one can be proud or guilt ridden about it.  Therefore, to draw out the best in us, those who pick up the mantle to feed souls should teach how to repent of the choices that separate us from God, and how to choose God’s will first in our lives.

Some teach that we should copy Christ by developing the nine fruits of the spirit listed by Paul.  But Jesus said he was facing the cross to show his complete submission to God.  (John 14:30-31)  In addition, his lifelong example was one of obedience and submission to God.  He submitted to God in his baptism, in the wilderness tests, in his choice of the twelve, in his teaching and in his healings.  In Matthew 7:21-27 Jesus said many will come to him and say they did great things in his name (i.e., humanitarianism) but he will send them away and call them evil because they did not do the will of God.  Since choosing our will over God’s was our first and is our continuing error, we need to re-learn how to perceive God’s daily guidance so we can choose submission to God and reverse that primal mistake.  Therefore, the most important ways we should copy Jesus are to copy his obedience to God’s commandments and his daily submission to God’s personal guidance, the example he gave his life to impress on us.

In The Gospel’s Message Within The Message I write about the three keys Jesus gave us for how to sharpen our spiritual perceptions, open up spiritually and put our egos aside so we can dare to ask for God’s daily guidance for all our decisions.  One of these keys is obedience to the Law – not the law as the Jews taught it at Jesus’ time and continue to teach it today — but the Law as Moses wrote it and Jesus taught and lived it.  Remember that Jesus complained to his countrymen that, “not one of you keeps the Law,” (John 7:14) meaning that they didn’t keep the intentions of the Law, and they added law-denying arguments to avoid even the clear letter of the Law.  (Matthew 15:1-9.)

I know, most Christians are taught they don’t have to live by the Torah law.  But Jesus did and when he told us in the True Vine example to be branches from his vine (John 15:1-8) he meant that he expects us to copy, or imitate, him, which would naturally include copying the way he showed respect and love for God by living in obedience to God’s revealed rules.  Achieving this first level of obedience is necessary to opening spiritual perceptions so we may achieve the second level — submission to God’s daily guidance — which is absolutely necessary to “do the will of my Father in heaven,” as Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-27.  We can’t know God’s will unless we can develop the clear spiritual perception to discern daily what that will is.  We can’t presume to know God’s will unless we ask Him daily and listen for His response.  So obedience and submission are important messages of Jesus.

Indeed, Jesus died on the cross for the very reason, he said, to be an example of complete submission to God’s will — an example he expects all to follow so that we are, finally, able to reverse our error of choosing our will over God’s.  When we achieve being of one will with and one in purpose with God, all other errors are forgiven.  As Jesus said after his Resurrection, go into all the world and teach repentance and remission of sins.  (Luke 24:45-48)  Repentance can’t be left out of the equation.  Repentance means acknowledging our willful separation from God and changing our lives so that we willfully return to being one in purpose with God — choosing God’s will first in our lives.  It’s a process.  It will take all our lives to develop this lifestyle.  Thankfully, we have the opportunity to do so when churches, Bible schools and colleges, Bible study groups and seminaries teach Jesus’ message and root it into our culture.

We shouldn’t be intimidated by the Law.  When you read it in its organized form you see that it is not too difficult to live by.  My book The Torah Conscious Christian, Biblical Law by subject, paraphrased, with commentary gives all the laws organized into subject groups, consolidated and fully referenced.  It also tells how Jesus used and taught the Law.

Another issue facing the church today is blasphemy.  Church leaders everywhere are aware that this is a hot issue because both Muslims and Jews accuse Christians of being polytheistic, and of committing blasphemy by calling a human being by God’s name.  Interestingly, Jesus said the only unforgiveable sin is blasphemy against God (the Holy Spirit is the feminine name of God).  Actually, in the whole Bible this is the only sin that isn’t forgiven in this life or the world to come.  (Matthew 12:31-32)

It is an undisputed fact that historians acknowledge that for the first 250 years Christianity was emphatically monotheistic.  The big change was sealed in place during the time of Emperor Constantine, about 321-25.  Coptic Christians — taught by St. Mark — were not influenced by Constantine, and still teach the separation of Jesus and God.  The Orthodox Catholic Church separated from the Roman Catholic Church over this and other doctrines.  Several Protestant churches, and many ministers independently, teach the separation as well.  Though Jesus said God worked through him (to draw attention to the eternal truths God guided him to teach) he always spoke of himself as separate from God.

To teach blasphemy is a double sin.  To believe it and live it will keep you out of heaven no matter what other good deeds you do – and the wrath of God will follow you into your next life.  But as a preacher you have a special responsibility to teach what the Bible actually says – not what church politics might desire.  If you teach falsely and mislead those who come to you, God will surely hold you accountable for it.  Recall that God, through Ezekiel, criticized priests who did not lead the people in the ways of the Lord.  Jesus reminded the Jewish leaders of his day of that when he called himself the Good Shepherd.  (Ezekiel 37:24)  I wish you well – so I wish you to be clear about Jesus’ message and teach the truths he gave his life to impart.

Here is where confusion – and debate within the church – center on this issue.  The way John 1:1 is normally translated in Western Bibles begins with a statement that some interpret as claiming deification for Jesus.  Besides the dispute over the interpretation of this verse we must remember that this first chapter is John’s opinion, not Jesus’ proclamation.  Nevertheless, we should also remember that throughout the book of John Jesus speaks of himself as separate from God almost 30 times.

John 1:1-3 begins:  “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him.”  Word is the translation of Logos, which is also understood to mean, “the power that creates the cosmos,” or Law.  In verse 14 it is said that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, which is what theologians refer to when they say Jesus was the Law Incarnate.  So John 1:1-3 could be read:  In the beginning was the Law and the Law was with God and the Law was God.  He was in the beginning with God when all things came into being through God.  Along with the Coptic version of John, the earliest Greek versions of John do not blur the distinction between Jesus and God.

In most Western Bibles, John 8:58 is translated as, “before Abraham was, I am,” which some interpret to mean that Jesus was claiming deity.  However, within that single chapter Jesus spoke of himself as separate from God eight times.  So it is hardly likely that he then turned around and claimed to be God in that final statement.  In addition, there is no place in any gospel where Jesus used the term YHWH (Exodus 3:13-15) either when speaking about God or about himself.  When he said “I am” he always used ego eimi — the same as anyone else would say “I am doing this,” or “I am going there.”  Other interpretations of John 8:58 are:  before Abraham was, I existed, and, greater than Abraham was, I am.  To claim superiority to Abraham sparked anger in his listeners, who then attempted to stone him.  The Jews taught that they would go to heaven just because they were Abraham’s descendants.  For Jesus to claim superiority to Abraham was a threat to them.

Also in John, Jesus often refers to himself as the Son of Man, a title Daniel and Ezekiel used to designate the Messiah.  So, when Jesus said, “I am he,” he was telling his Jewish listeners plainly that he was the Messiah.

If you are honest and read the gospels critically, you must realize that Jesus never called himself by God’s revealed name.  There is no reason why the change that was forced on the church in the 4th century for political reasons has to be continued today.  There are a lot of spiritual reasons why that change should be rejected now, not the least of which is honesty in preaching and teaching.  As a human being who found the way to return to God’s kingdom, Jesus has a great deal to teach us by word and example.  He is the perfect inspiration, revealing that we too can be forgiven and rebuild our relationship with our Creator.  Why water that down?  Why avoid that truth?

In the book Give and Take, a Revolutionary Approach to Success, by Adam Grant, this example is given: Psychologists Leif Nelson and Michael Norton did the following experiment.  They asked some people to list ten qualities of a super hero and others to list ten qualities of Superman.  When invited to sign up as community service volunteers, the group that listed superhero qualities were almost twice as likely to volunteer as the other group.  Three months later the groups were invited to kick off their volunteering.  The superhero group was four times as likely to show up.  The reason for the difference, the researchers found, was that when folks think about general attributes of a superhero they give a list of desirable characteristics they can relate to.  But when asked for a list for Superman they give a list of qualities impossible for them to copy – so why bother trying.  This is important where Jesus is deified.  It makes people think they could never copy his principled lifestyle – but that is precisely what he wants us to copy, and precisely why he told us to be branches from his vine and gave us the example of submission to the point of facing the cross.

In the 6th chapter of John you will note that when the majority of his followers left him (because they didn’t understand the symbolism of his flesh (teaching) and blood (example) they were being asked to absorb) he didn’t water down his message to try to keep them.  Jesus didn’t come to make people feel good about sinning.  He came to teach and example the only way back to God’s kingdom – complete obedience and submission to God.

Praising Jesus, praising God, martyrdom, giving all our money to the poor, living a life full of humanitarian acts, etc. – none of these things will reverse our initial and continuing sin of choosing our will over God’s. The lie we told ourselves at the beginning (in the Garden of Eden) – that we could choose our will over God’s and not die (spiritually) — IS THE SAME LIE SOME TEACH TODAY.  “Do what you want and just praise Jesus and all your sins are forgiven.”  It’s the same lie!  We should keep in mind the warning in Revelation 21:5-8, that those of false speech will not be admitted to heaven.  We cannot be dishonest with ourselves or one another and be one in purpose with God.  The only way back to God’s kingdom is to admit that the do-what-you-want theology is a lie, and to develop the techniques Jesus taught and exampled by which we can tune in to God’s daily guidance and learn how to choose God’s will first in our lives.  (To read a discussion of the Grace Alone doctrine see the book Firming Up Your Flabby Spirit.)

Remember that Jesus said his words will judge us (John 12:47, 48), that those who refuse his teaching will be condemned and that God’s wrath stays with those who are not subject to the son (i.e., who do not live the way he taught) (John 3:36).  He never said salvation would be easy or that we could live however we want and just praise him and get to heaven.  We have to do something.  We are able to do it.  Because Jesus was human and showed us how to live so as to return to God’s kingdom, we can look to him and learn what we need to know to traverse the maze of life and succeed in the main purpose for which all humans are on earth – in finding our way back to where we came from, the place that has been prepared for us since the beginning of time.   (Matthew 25:34; Luke 12:32)

In a Barna Group study that asked Christians what they wanted in their church experience, the overwhelming majority said they wanted authenticity.  They wanted to be spiritually fed the truth.  They wanted to know God’s genuine message to them through Jesus Christ.  When they perceive that this is not forthcoming, they may leave the church, though they continue to study their Bible and seek spiritually.

In America 80% of people say they are Christians, though only 47% attend some type of religious service weekly and 10% attend irregularly.  Of the 23% who are unchurched, 19% say they read their Bible and pray during every week.  So almost half as many as regular attenders believe strongly in God and seek spiritual food regularly through the Bible and prayer but don’t find sufficient authenticity in the teachings given at church to draw them to support its program.  It is important that the church not lose credibility by teaching doctrines that are in opposition to the clear message of the Bible.  Jesus said his yoke (of the Law) is easy and his burden (of submission to God) is light.  (Matthew 11:29-30 and see Jeremiah 5:5, 2:20)  This is the message he died to give us.  Why not teach that message?

References are drawn from The New Jerusalem Bible, 1985 edition, Doubleday & Company

Like A Ripe Pear….

LIKE A RIPE PEAR….

By Nancy Dobson, P.O .Box 71132, Bethesda, Md 20813

The Golden Rule and economics.  Some see this phrase as oxymoronic.  How to love all others as you love your own soul and treat them as you want them to treat you is a bedrock rule without which complex civilizations cannot function.  Every great civilization has discovered and lived by this rule.  However, some economic systems replace the Golden Rule with the rule to do whatever makes you rich.

The Biblical laws that forbid usury – receiving interest on money or other property (i.e.,, capitalism) – show that we have long been aware of the social and spiritual damage caused by this economic model.  (Deuteronomy 23:20-21; Exodus 22:25; Leviticus 25:35-38; and see Ezekiel 18:5-9, 22:1-12; Psalm 15:1-5; Nehemiah 5:1-13)  People in many countries in the world today are waking up to the dangers to the environment and to social systems caused by capitalism, and they are seeking alternatives.

Environmental scientists tell us that planned obsolescence – which causes the exploitation of resources beyond earth’s capacity to replenish them and the excessive waste of products made to break easily so they can be rebought — as well as dangerous innovations that work against nature’s laws, are leading us to a convergence of environmental crises where ecosystems are preparing to collapse all the way up the chain of life to humans.  Needless aggression and excessive weapons manufacturing – enough to destroy the whole planet multiple times – are additional well studied side effects of the capitalist economic system.  In order to quickly infuse money (that has been siphoned off by the rich) into the system, war is provoked or a “preemptive strike” carried out so that weapons can be built and used up and cities can be destroyed and rebuilt.

Millions of people are alert to these dangers and are looking for alternatives.  There are ways we can personally work around the current system.  The most obvious are to fit our homes with renewable energy, use public transportation, buy local and long lasting products, repair, recycle, plant gardens, eat more legume-dairy-carbohydrate mix instead of meat and to not pay interest or collect interest or dividends.  There also are changes the government could make to help us transition to a more sustainable economic system.  One of these is a Flat Tax.  Though the model that has been proposed in Congress several times would benefit the rich and burden the middle class and poor, a more equitable model could be created.  An equitable model of a Flat Tax must tax all income, including all interest and dividend income, or this money is a gift to the rich.

Another economic sustainability practice is interest free banking.  This is already available to us.  Several Islamic interest free banks are now open in the United States and welcome clients of all faiths.  They are FDIC insured and ATM accessible, and they offer interest free home financing.

The Vatican also has a banking system.  The Pope could arrange for it to open banking branches in other countries around the world and to use the fee based system currently used by Islamic banks.  This would draw the Vatican out of the Biblically illegal usury system and expand a sustainable economic model for Catholics and others to use.  It also would generate income the church could use to meet its various needs.

Barter and countertrade are a natural part of a sustainable economy.  The government should regulate this industry and allow taxes to be paid with barter credits.  There are already many barter businesses in America.

The marvel of the Internet is the wealth of information that it makes available to all, as well as its social networking capability.  We deeply appreciate its many unique advantages.  However, secure it is not.  The Internet will never be completely secure.  Even the CIA gets hacked into hundreds of times a day – and those are just the known hacks!  Today’s highly integrated fiat economy is moving into an especially vulnerable position with Internet banking.  When money disappears from credit and checking accounts, banks just invent new money out of thin air to replace it.  But if enough people hack and steal, or enough money is magically created, the economy will have run-away inflation and the value of money will plummet.  As more people learn how to work the Internet, more will figure out how to hack.  Many will try to create their own money or steal from banks.  Theft will mushroom and the value of money will dissolve.

Though electronic banking is convenient, we should be willing to suffer the small inconvenience of check writing and window banking to protect our economy.  It is a choice between convenience and safety.  Running red lights may be convenient, but it isn’t safe.  Internet banking may be convenient, but in the long term it isn’t going to be safe for the nation.  Prepaid credit cards can be used to purchase items off the Internet.  Bills can be paid forward so that regular expenses, such as utilities, carry a credit.  Similarly, we could arrange for stores where we shop regularly – and that maintain credit records on stand-alone, wi-fi free computers — to carry a credit from which we draw to pay daily or weekly needs as they arise.  Bill updates could be sent separately by verifiable e-mail unless money is due.

Some type of system similar to the stock market would be useful to support innovation, as long as it is part of a sustainable economy.  Under the current system, businesses must inflate prices and devalue products in order to pay dividends, a practice that steals from the poor.  Stock dividends should be limited to a return of investment plus a standard hourly amount, if actual hours are worked, (for which paper back-up may be required) and to cover investment related costs.  It doesn’t negate a free market to have all money taxed before it is invested.  A Flat Tax that taxes all income would eliminate the financially destabilizing advantage currently enjoyed by those who invest in order to avoid taxes — and who live off of dividends, money they do nothing to earn.

Bonds are another way to steal from the poor, since the dividends paid to bond holders come from taxes.  Bonds are not necessary.  They fund public service projects.  These projects should be paid for directly with taxes – equitable taxes paid by rich and poor — instead of by bonds that pay dividends derived from taxes.

Too tight an economic system, such as communism, is oppressive, but too loose a system, such as capitalism, is highly destructive.  Our challenge is to create fair, stabilizing laws within which to conduct business, and to enforce them.  That’s where the Golden Rule comes in.  Laws should reflect the ethic that we won’t treat others — including those in other countries and of other faiths — as we would not want others to treat us, and that we won’t treat the environment in a way we would not personally want to live in.  Like the active/passive tension between the genders that makes up society, the delicate balance between supportive forces and aggressive forces in the economy shouldn’t become unbalanced to the point of social and environmental destruction.

In order to elect political representatives who will work for sustainability we need an honest vote count.  Computers have proved unreliable in securing a verifiable vote count.  Voters could hold fund raisers and use the money to print ballots, then obtain voter registration lists from their counties, mail and hand deliver the ballots and ask voters in each precinct to send the write-in ballots to a place where they are verified against the registration lists and counted by voter volunteers.  Voluntary donations also could be invited.  This would check the computer vote count in elections and take back democracy for America.

Here is one way to work with the ballots.  Use 81/2 by 61/2 inch sheets, a separate sheet for each office and issue plus a cover sheet.  All pages would have the voter’s name and voter registration number on them and the voter would sign and date each page after marking their vote.  Either use a different color box frame for each page or a different size and placement of box on the page so that once separated and stacked the pages can be fanned to catch any that are in the wrong stack.  After the ballots are mailed or delivered to each precinct, the intake person would remove the cover sheet and check off the name on the voter registration list.  The next person would separate the pages and give volunteer counters at separate tables the sheet for the office or issue they are counting.  The counters would put the pages in stacks according to who and what was voted for.  The votes could be stapled in the top center in groups of 100 to make them easier to count throughout the day, and a total signed off on by two checkers at the end of each day they are counted, before they are locked up.  Campaign committee members could easily check the stacks by fanning them to verify that all votes in each stack are for the candidate or issue voted for in that stack.

Our decisions and actions create rhythms in ourselves and our relationships.  Physicists call it the Butterfly Effect that tiny, specific changes cause significant systemic changes.  This is true in nature’s systems, and it is true in human systems as well.  As each person changes his or her habits to follow sustainable economic and environmental practices their choices ripple out to affect others in a multitude of ways.  This is how India was able to wrest control of its government out of the hands of the powerful British.  Gandhi said the weight of civil disobedience – of individual citizens’ non-violent choices – would be like a ripe pear falling.  The British would not be able to prevent the return of sovereignty to the Indian people.  Similarly, as citizens around the world tangibly choose against capitalism and in favor of sustainability, governments and big businesses will inevitably have to change.  Each individual chooses between green or greedy, between sustainable or susceptible, between being part of the problem or being part of the solution.

We are intelligent enough to create a sustainable economic system and end the environmental degradation and extreme social assaults perpetrated to protect capitalism.  Voters can help the government move to a sustainable system both by their individual choices and by electing representatives who acknowledge the problems inherent in capitalism and who support solutions.  Please copy this document and share it with political candidates and representatives, as well as with your family and friends.  Let’s bring sustainability to fruition.

Total Surrender

Hello Stop and Pray TV:

I can understand that some people find the concept of reincarnation scary. On the one hand, the idea that we have to keep repeating life, with all its mysteries and problems, again and again, is not totally appealing. On the other hand, if someone has a nagging guilt about something then the idea of coming back to face the repercussions of that can be unpleasant. However, there are many scriptures that support reincarnation. Besides the three I previously referred to (Malachi 3:23-24, Luke 1:11-17 and Matthew 11:7-15 and 17:10-13) there are these, among others: Jesus said the dead would come from their graves, those who did good to life and those who did evil to damnation (John 5:28-29); Psalm 90:3, 5 says God brings to the dust and in the morning we are growing like grass; Isaiah 44:7 says God made an eternal people; Jeremiah (1:4-5) says he was a prophet before his birth, Revelation (3:7-13) says that those who live by God’s Law become as pillars and “go out” (reincarnate) no more. St. Paul twice affirmed his belief in reincarnation: Acts 23:6-10 and 24:14-16. (The same word is used for reincarnation and resurrection in Greek.) Even in the book of Hebrews, which you quoted, it same “Some returned to their wives from the dead by resurrection; and others submitted to torture, refusing release so that they would rise again to a better life.” Jesus’ parable about the laborers who began work at different times and were all paid the same refers to reincarnation. However often we come to earth the reward is the same for all. Some labor a long time, some choose God and return to His kingdom sooner. All these quotes are from The New Jerusalem Bible, which was translated from Greek into English. In addition, it is an established historical fact that reincarnation was taught by the early church as it is found in the writings of respected church leaders St. Clement of Alexandria and Origen. There are many more references in my book “The Gospel’s Message Within The Message.” There are also some excellent current studies on the subject. A classic scientific study on the spiritual realm is Dr. Raymond Moody’s book “Life After Life” where he recounts interviews with people who died and were revived, some of whom talked with departed loved ones in the spiritual realm. You may recall King Saul’s experience when he asked the witch of En-Dor to call up for him the spirit of the prophet Samuel, who was dead, and she did. When you think about it, reincarnation is a blessing from our every-loving God Who intends that no soul perish. Also, it confirms the Golden Rule — as we treat others we WILL BE treated in this time or another. Though new injustices happen all the time, this also encourages us to take responsibility and not blame others for situations we are born into. I hope this information is useful to you. If you are curious about the topic there are many sources. My book restricts itself to mostly Biblical references and arguments. Thanks for responding to my comment. All best wishes for your spiritual journey. ND (Nancy Dobson)

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Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.” —Mark 10:28

Our Lord replies to this statement of Peter by saying that this surrender is “for My sake and the gospel’s” (10:29). It was not for the purpose of what the disciples themselves would get out of it. Beware of surrender that is motivated by personal benefits that may result. For example, “I’m going to give myself to God because I want to be delivered from sin, because I want to be made holy.” Being delivered from sin and being made holy are the result of being right with God, but surrender resulting from this kind of thinking is certainly not the true nature of Christianity.

Our motive for surrender should not be for any personal gain at all. We have become so self-centered that we go to God only for something from Him, and…

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Cancer Information Sheet — FYI

CANCER INFORMATION SHEET What?  You don’t have cancer?  Well, if you know someone who does, perhaps you could pass this information along to them.  With all best regards, ND

Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, a world renowned medical doctor, has been a foremost cancer researcher for over 40 years.  He created a method of treatment that has been successful for many patients whose previous doctors told them they were terminal.  His website says that, “Over 50 different types of malignancies are treated with cutting-edge technology and FDA approved gene-targeted medicines.” And that, “Groundbreaking, non-surgical, non or low-toxic cancer treatment regimens, some available within clinical trials.”  Check out his credentials and clinic information at 1-800-714-7181 or http://www.burzynskiclinic.com.   His cured patients also have a web site.

Fortune magazine reported in 6/30/14, “In 2012 a study published in The Lancet Oncology  showed the vast promise of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for the treatment of prostate cancer.  …Of the 40 men who underwent treatment with HIFU…90% could still get erect, and none became incontinent.  Better still, a year later 90% showed no cancer.  Another exciting avenue is brain surgery.  With HIFU it can be performed on patients while they are wide awake, without an incision or recovery time.”

Natural cures that have been studied recently include:  Brassica vegetables (read cabbage, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, horseradish, Bok Choy, etc.)  A number of studies over the past ten years have shown that eating one or two servings a day of brassica vegetables is linked to remission in a wide variety of cancers.   At http://www.chiro.org/nutrition/ABSTRACTS/Brassica_Vegetables.shtml Frank M. Painter, D.C. reports:  “A protective effect of brassicas against cancer may be plausible due to their relatively high content of anti-carcinogenic properties.  The results of six cohort studies and 74 case-control studies on the association between brassica consumption and cancer risk are summarized.  …Of the case-control studies 64% showed an inverse association between consumption of one or more brassica vegetables and risk of cancer at various sites.”

Lemon grass as a tea and essential oil was studied in Israel in 2006 and has been shown to contain elements that kill cancer cells but leave healthy cells alone.  In a study called “Anticancer activity of an essential oil from Cymbopogon flexuosus” it was reported, “One of the features of cancer cells is the upset of natural cell death.  Lemongrass appears to be effective as a form of chemotherapy, causing cell death to occur as it should.  Our results indicate that the oil has a promising anticancer activity and causes loss in tumor cell viability by activating the apoptotic process.”  This is a naturally sweet tea.  It can be found at Latin (Mexican) food stores and some health food stores, and can be ordered over the Internet.

Black tea – as easy as this sounds – has been shown in “numerous” studies to be a protective against cancer, and it reduces tumors.  Dr. Kuang Yu Chen of Rutgers University reported that “Black tea’s ‘secret weapon’ may be a compound called theaflavin-3-monogalate (TF-2) one of a family of potent anti-cancer compounds called polyphenols.”  TF-2 leaves normal cells unharmed while it causes cancer cells to “commit suicide” in droves.  It also “appears to suppress the activity of the Cox 2 gene,” which is related to colon cancer.  Black tea is an old folk remedy which now has scientific backing.

The Bible based Omer diet, though not a subject of cancer studies, may also be of benefit.  It is a 49 day diet of no grain, grass or dairy foods.  Fresh, dried and canned fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, garlic, onion, salt and clean drinking water make up this cleansing and revitalizing diet.

Besides treating cancers, several studies indicate how to make it less likely that you develop cancer.  Plastic food containers, for instance, have been linked to cancers.  When you finish food packaged in glass jars, why not clean the jars and reuse them to save leftovers or dry food in the cupboard?  Canning jars are also good for saving cupboard foods.

The Bible says to never eat blood or meat fat.  Meat fat (read hamburger and poultry skins) has been linked to heart disease and cancer too.  Pork, another food forbidden in the Bible, is a type of meat that has fat within the meat instead of at the edges. There is no way to cut the fat out of pork.  This may be one of the reasons why it is forbidden.

Some believe that computers, cell phones, wireless devices etc. cause various health problems and that laptop computers may cause problems in reproductive organs.  A folk remedy that may be beneficial is ginseng, which is said to clear and cleanse the body.

Researchers in Norway (Feb. 2010 Occupational and Environmental Medicine, author Ann Kristin Sjaastad) concluded that cooking on a gas stove without ventilation exposes one to carcinogens.  The highest levels of all compounds, including ultrafine particles that more easily penetrate the lungs, were produced while frying with gas.  The researchers noted that cooking fumes contain various other harmful components for which there is as yet no clear safety threshold and that gas cooking seems to increase exposure to these components.  In addition, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified cooking fumes from frying at high temperatures as “probably carcinogenic.”  In a Lawrence Berkeley California lab study researchers found that households using gas burners are exposed to high levels of nitrogen dioxide, 9 percent carbon monoxide and 53 percent formaldehyde gases, pollutant levels which would be illegal in California if they were outdoors.  A range hood (if it is used and cleaned regularly) reduces the pollution somewhat.

Tests that show that genetically modified foods are linked to kidney and liver damage are disputed by some pharmaceutical companies.  However, there is another health concern you might want to consider.  In order to successfully transfer a foreign gene into a plant, biologists also transfer a marker gene that is resistant to antibiotics.  The gene that causes antibiotic resistance in plants is passed on to the animals that eat those plants – as well as to the humans who eat what the animals produce, such as dairy products and eggs as well as meat.  This antibiotic resistant gene also makes humans more resistant to antibiotics.  As a result, doctors have noticed that heavier doses of antibiotics are becoming necessary to treat some viruses.   When planting a garden you might want to choose heritage seeds rather than any seed that has a patent.  When shopping, organic and GMO-Free foods might be a safer choice.

Regular exercise gets the blood moving, which can help clean out toxins from the body.  There are many ways to exercise.  Ten or fifteen minutes a day of exercise could make you feel better (as soon as the initial muscle stiffness wears off) even if you don’t have cancer.

Here’s wishing you great health!  PLEASE COPY AND SHARE THESE PAGES.  THNAKS  

(PS:  More health tips are in The Torah Conscious Christian’s GUIDE TO HOLY DAYS, in print it can be ordered from Amazon or through your local bookstore.)

Jesus for the Serious Spiritual Seeker

A young man asked Jesus point blank:  “What must I do to have eternal life?”  Jesus’ response was:  “Do you keep the Law?”  (Matthew 19:16-17)  Think about that.  What must I do to have eternal life?  Do you keep the Law?  Jesus’ consistent message to us is that we are capable of — and responsible for — doing something to repair our relationship with God and return to eternal life in God’s kingdom.  He tells us and shows us how to do that.

If you make my word your home (i.e., if you live by my teachings) you will indeed be my disciples; you will come to know the truth and the truth will make you free.  (John 8:31-32)

Everyone who commits sin is a slave (to sin).  (John 8:34)

Whoever keeps my word (i.e., whoever lives by my teachings) will never see death (i.e., will live eternally in God’s kingdom).  (John 8:1)

He who is not subject to (i.e., obedient to) the son shall not see life (eternal life in God’s kingdom) but the wrath of God stays in him.  (John 3:36)

If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in His love.  (John 15:10)  (Jesus’ commandments were to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves — to treat others as we want them to treat us.  He said that these sum up all the commandments God gave Moses to write in the Torah, the first five books in the Bible.  (Mark 12:29-31)  Therefore Jesus intends for us to be obedient to God by, first, living by the laws in the Torah.)

Anyone who hears my words and does not keep them faithfully (i.e., who does not live by my teachings) … who rejects me and refuses my words … the word itself that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day.  (John 12:47, 48)

I am the vine; you are the branches.  Without me you can do nothing.  (John 15:1-8)  (i.e., We must be like Jesus as branches are like the vine they come from.  We must imitate Jesus.)

Whoever serves me must follow me.  (John 12:26)  To follow means to partner with Jesus, to copy his lifestyle and further his teachings.

I am the light of the world; anyone who follows (copies) me will not be walking in the dark but will have the light of life.   (John 8:12)

Jesus said that he was facing the cross so the world would see his complete submission to God’s will — in other words, to make himself an example of complete submission to God.  (John 14:30-31)  Complete submission to God is what Jesus expects from each of us.

When a woman said, blessed the womb that bore you, Jesus responded, more blessed are those who hear the word of God and do it.  (Luke 11:28)  We have to do something.  We have to live by God’s words.

Jesus said many will come to him and say they did great things in his name, but he will send them away and call them evil because they did not do the will of his Father in heaven.  (Matthew 7:21-27)  Neither martyrdom, nor humanitarianism, nor giving all our money to the poor is adequate to return us to God’s kingdom.  What God wants from each and every one of us is obedience.  (1 Samuel 15:22-23)  We are expected to submit to God’s will.  Jesus tells us and shows us how to develop the ability to perceive God’s daily guidance.

Jesus said, whoever does the will of God is my mother, brothers and sisters.  (Matthew 12:50)  When we choose God’s will over our own willfulness we become one in the family of God with Jesus.

Jesus said it is a straight gate and a hard road that leads to (eternal) life (in God’s kingdom) and few find it.  (Matthew 7:13-14)  There is no magic wand to give us the reward without our following Jesus’ instructions.

After his Resurrection Jesus told his disciples to teach all people to observe the commands he had given them (Matthew 28:18-20) and to teach all people repentance and remission of sins.  (Luke 24:45-48)  Showing obedience to God by living by God’s Law is essential, and repentance cannot be left out of the equation.  We must confess our error of choosing our will over God’s and change our lifestyle to imitate Jesus’ obedience to the letter and intent of the pure Torah Law (without rabbinic additions and misinterpretations) as well as his submission to God’s daily guidance.  This was Jesus’ message to the world.  His teachings and example tell us and show us how to return to being one will with our Creator.

Those who want to return to God’s kingdom can do so only if they live by Jesus’ teaching and example.  As he said, no one comes to the Father but by (imitating) me.

See The Gospel’s Message Within The Message for the three keys Jesus taught to perceive God’s daily guidance.

See The Torah Conscious Christian, Biblical Law by subject, paraphrased, with commentary for all the laws in the first five books of the Bible organized by subject and paraphrased.  Essays at the beginning of each chapter tell how Jesus used the Law.

See Firming Up Your Flabby Spirit for answers to some popular questions about Christianity, and for an overview of the Law.

See The Torah Conscious Christian’s GUIDE TO HOLY DAYS for background about Bible based holy days, a form of service for each, recipes and songs, a one act play for Christmas and a chapter on food that gives information about some natural cures.

All these books are by Nancy Dobson, and all are available from Amazon.  Only the Holy Days book is not also an e-book on Kindle.  An additional book, a fiction titled SOUL QUESTION, which deals with the purpose of life and addresses the issue of suicide, is in print from Amazon and also on Kindle.  Two books only on Kindle are:  What the Spirit Sees…. (a book of poetry) and If You Ask Me…. (a book of essays).