For a great deal of my adulthood, I’ve wondered why there was a continuous war against Judaism. Before you go running off thinking this is about Judaism only, please stick around, it’s not only about Jew’s and Judaism.
While I love to read, I especially love to read things that I can learn from, I haven’t read anything about what I’m going to address here. This is a culmination of many of the things I’ve read about history, most of what you most likely already know, especially if you attended schools during the sixties and seventies. I say this because it seems that many that attended schools after that era know little to nothing about history – or a very revised history.
Recently, I was preparing for one of my radio programs and this thought came to mind, “Why are people so willing to accept what is told them?” Well, as life often does, during the radio program, the answer came indirectly through one of my guests. It was like a huge flash in a pan of hot oil! After the realization hit me, I felt relieved to finally understand, yet stupid for not adding 2 + 2 for all these years. What I mean is, I know a lot about religious and secular history; I know a lot about the dark ages and the inquisitions, but I never added the one “ingredient” that made me understand it all a lot better.
I finally came to understand that as Rome fell from its greatness, the Christian Church, which was still new became the Catholic (Latin for Universal) Church. As one De Paul University professor, a Catholic Priest, explained it in a Comparative Religion Class, “… the word Catholic is Latin for Universal. This means that at the churches inception, it took the best from all of the major religions of that time…” He then wrote on the board a long list of old and extinct religions such as Zoroastrianism (still alive), Mithra-ism, Hellenism, Judaism, Christianity, and many more. In other words, the creators of the Catholic Church were seeking to bind all of the religions of the day into a ‘One World Church’. If man can have a bit of each religion embodied in one religion, the hope was to make the appeal to everyone that they could unite the world. After centuries of slow growth, the dark ages came upon Europe, meaning that if you weren’t one of the “fold”, the reigning governments under the church could and did make life very difficult for anyone not “sanctioned” to do business as well as making life very difficult.
Okay, most of us know that part, but what I forgot was, the Catholic Church went throughout the world seeking out all those who lived differently than what the church condoned. What we know is that the church either converted them and/or killed those they found. What few know or remember is that the church kept the information they came across of any religions that had a strong spiritual basis. By killing off the smaller groups/societies, they pretty much eliminated the information, leaving the Vatican Archives with most of that information.
Here is where my ‘lighting bolt’ (I’m trying not to say epiphany) of realization flashed in: When there is one group seeking one-world control through their combining of all of the worlds religions – someone is seeking control. Every ancient land they went to, they destroyed not only their culture, but specifically their religions… their connections to our source of life, who most of us call, G-d. So why hate Judaism? Judaism is NOT just a religion, it is a way of life. Judaism is something that is lived ever part of everyday, and I do not mean just observances or doing something without knowing why. While there are many things in Judaism that are not fully understood, there are more that are. But without getting too deeply involved in that, the point I really wish to bring out is that there is a very strong knowledge and sense of spirituality within Judaism. Not only has the Catholic Church tried to wipe out Judaism, other religions and governments around the world have tried. Why? If you can remove the spirituality from people, if you can remove not only a belief in our Creator, you can control the individual, a community, a country… the world.
Take a look around you – how many people are trying to win your heart, your soul with their beliefs? From people knocking on your door, asking to speak with you about their beliefs, never asking if you’re seeking for anything, then becoming upset or angry at you for not “believing”: or the fundamentalist atheist who is just as intrusive as his/her religious counterpart, wanting to convince you to lose all belief in any Deity. Then there are those that get us to focus on money, materialism and possessions. Let’s not forget those that get us to focus on family and a whole host of other things that can, and oft-times does get us to focus on anything but our connection with our Creator. Now we have the “Radical Muslim” who is threatening to, and is in some places actually killing those that don’t convert.
What is important to everyone is what most, if not all Jewish Rabbi’s* will tell you, “You don’t have to be Jewish to know G-d.” Why is this stated? Throughout the ‘creation story’, there is NOT to be found any text stating that the Creator created a religion. The controlling religions tell you that if you leave their fold, voluntarily or by being kicked-out, or excommunicated, you will go to hell. There is more control in that than any direction to a loving Deity.
The world is actively fighting for control over each one of us – some don’t care, others don’t know, and will willfully go along with the plan of men. Others will see this as a war for freedom in government and fight their governments, corporations and a financial system only, and ignore their core. Those of us that see and know the fight is about our soul and what sets us free will fight for each other, because all else is as it should be.
*some clergy who call themselves, "Messianic Jew's" call themselves Rabbi, but they're Christians, therefore Judaism does not recognize them as authentic Rabbi's