The Equipping Blog addresses issues that are relative to The United States Of America and the Nation Of Israel. Articles will be found that relate to the founding and making of the United States Of America. Also found in this blog will be writings of the Jews. Consistent with a study of the Nation Of Israel, is a study of the Jews of all times and places. There will be posts that relate to the people of Israel, in relation to their having been forced from their home land, and their return to the land that Jews believe to be their promised land of God. The belief of the Jews, as to their sovereign land of present time and that of all eternity, is common among many people who recognize Christ as the Messiah.
The Equipping Blog is not a political blog. However, issues that develop as a result of political initiatives will be addressed if they enter into the discussion of the preceding paragraph; “Not-Political” is the category that will be attached to such articles.
Various sources of information are used in the preparation of articles for this blog. A constant search and review of issues and current events is ongoing. Articles have been generated that have been deemed to be appropriate for inclusion in The Equipping Blog. Areas of research for this blog include those that are cultural, historic, religious, and any other category of information, that may generate ideas for articles that may be published on this blog.
The Equipping Blog is not a religious blog. The term, “religion,” has been shown to relate to groups of people whom are attempting to gain favor with their gods. They attempt to attain grace with their particular god, so that they might spend their after-life in a state of which they have no knowledge, but which they believe to be an eternity of paradise. These groups of people do not have an assurance of that which is required of them to find their eternity in such a place of bliss. To the contrary, Christians and Jews view their eternal state to be with God, based on a relationship with God. It is impossible to discuss matters that relate to Jews or Christians, without making reference to the documents that relate to their understanding of God. Because there are so many significant current day world events that relate to Jews and Christians, articles will be written that relate to those groups of people.
A discussion on religion, and religions, is provided by the following link.
Religion is a collection of cultural systems, beliefs and world views that establishes symbols that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values. While religion is hard to define, one standard model of religion, used in religious studies courses, was proposed by Clifford Geertz, who simply called it a “cultural system.”
Relationships are based on intimacy. When a child is born, there is a relationship that automatically exists between the child, and the mother and father of the child. Nothing can ever undo such a relationship that comes from a human birth. There is a similar relationship that exists between Christians and God, and Jews and God, that is necessary for eternal, and which can never be undone. The spiritual “new birth” creates a perfect spirit of such a Christian or Jew, that is described as being “from above.” “From above” means that the particular new birth was caused by God’s Holy Spirit. The need for the new birth is stated in the Old and New Testaments, as follows:
John 3:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The New Birth
1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; 2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”…..3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Ezekiel 36:24-29 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
24 For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land. 25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. 28 You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God. 29 Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you.
Prior to the new birth, everyone is spiritually sinful, and can not spend eternity in the Presence of God. After a person has experienced the new birth, their spirit becomes as pure as the Spirit of God, and allows the intimacy of relationship that is necessary for an eternal life with God. Whereas physical birth creates a relationship where the child lives outside of the mother, the spiritual new birth creates a relationship where a human spirit is placed eternally within the Spirit of God.
John 14:20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
Prior to the new birth, a person’s relationship to God is one of darkness. After the new birth, the relationship between the person and God becomes one of light, which makes an eternal existence with God possible.
1 John 1:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
God Is Light
5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
It is important to state that neither Judaism, nor Christianity, are cultural systems, as is stated above. Judaism and Christianity are not religions.
The following link shows a list of the largest religions in the world. Unfortunately, Christianity is shown as being a religion, which is false. Fortunately, Judaism is not shown in the list, which of course is due to the fact that there are fewer numbers of Jews in our world than are found in most religions.
Largest religions – Worldwide percentage of Adherents by Religion, 2010
Christianity (31.5%); Islam (23.2%); Irreligion (16.3%); Hinduism (15.0%); Buddhism (7.1%)
To say that someone is a “religious person,” means that such a person does certain things, in certain ways, at certain places and times, to attain acceptance in the eyes of “their god.” However, Jews and Christians do not view such ritualism as being paths to God.
This blog may address issues that relate to “religions.” Issues may also be addressed that relate to Jews and Christians.