Let’s start at the beginning. Orthodox think reforms are atheists and reform thinks orthodox are ignorant mental cases.
Because nobody knows what God is and the sectors hold to their own notion and hate the other branch’s notions.
Let’s agree, it can never be known what God is until after death if there is an after death.
Let us further agree that God is not Grandpa sitting on a throne with a long beard and angelic creatures without body float through matter and sing to this Grandpa.
Accept the fact that for thousands of years there’s been too much anthropomorphism and too much praising in psalms of this God that at one time for a period of time took Moses as his messenger to get Israel out of Egyptian bondage. In the 40 years of Exodus he did miracle after miracle with 70 people growing to over two million, that means in several hundred years all the women had six and seven in the ‘litter.’ All with with no miscarriage, no midwife and the children were all healthy. God used a cloud and fire to guide their path in the wilderness (wasn’t desert then, was before man screwed up nature and made it desert). He did punish them when necessary, gave them Torah and Tablets on the mountain…
BUT (big, but) with the death of Moses, “Tough Charlie, now, it’s Joshua’s gig and you’re on your own, grow up, act your age, you’re not kids anymore.”
Relationship became different, and the covenant changed.
BUT MAN MUST NOW RELATE TO GOD BY HIMSELF, MOSES GONE, JOSHUA WAS A LEADER BUT NOT A CONNECTION TO GOD.
So only natural over time that’s tough for people to relate by themselves. Need a Jesus and/or a Mohammed to do the work for them, believe in him, and you’ll connect to God. So, on that basis the vast majority of Jews can well say, we have the same problem as the orthodox, they’re no better than we are. Two thousand year old prayers are no connection to God, and if they (the orthodox) were honest they would stop making believe that their way is the only way that the Messiah will ever come.
The secret: There such a thing as Revelation to portray the end times of the final struggle before the Messiah or the Second Coming or the 13th Imam comes to bring paradise on earth to the very small percentage of people that remain alive and lived through the troubles.
Of course, we don’t know. Are we on the brink now of thermonuclear war started with Iran’s dropping as soon as they have it on Israel or what?
You see we don’t know any of the chronology. In history there have been several times when all men thought now was the time but it wasn’t.
So that’s enough for now. More to come.
Think, and all of you stop being so damned arrogant and egotistical and the orthodox are just as arrogant and egotistical as the reform and the atheists and the old saw of orthodox in all religions having exorcisms over ‘how many angels can fit on the edge of a pin’ accomplishes nothing except to make you look like a fool.
Be a fool both in the eyes of man and the Eyes of God (anthropomorphism, please excuse me).
Contributor – Bunny Rabbit