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How the Anti-missionaries use Unequal Weights and Measures Part 4: Alleged Pagan Influences

How the Anti-missionaries use Unequal Weights and Measures
Part 4: Alleged Pagan Influences
By
James Scott Trimm


 
As we have stated in parts 1 through 3 the Torah teaches us a principle of using equal weights of measures:

35 You shall do no unrighteousness: in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure.
36 Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall you have: I am YHWH your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.
(Lev. 19:35-36 HRV)
 
13 You shall not have in your bag diverse weights--a great and a small.
14 You shall not have in your house diverse measures--a great and a small.
15 A perfect and just weight shall you have; a perfect and just measure shall you have, that your days may be long upon the land which YHWH your Elohim gives you.
16 For all that do such things, even all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto YHWH your Elohim.
(Deut. 25:13-16 HRV)

 
This is a principle that tells us that we must use the same standard of measurement in judging others as we use when judging ourselves.  In the same way we must judge the beliefs of others by the same standards that we judge our own beliefs.  Likewise we must not judge the contents of the so-called “New Testament” by a different standard that we judge the Tanak.

Anti-missionaries like Tovia Singer violate this principle because they regularly judge the contents of the so-called “New Testament” by a stricter standard than they judge the Tanak.

An argument that proves too much, proves nothing at all.  In this case an argument which would also disprove the contents of the Tanak is not a valid Jewish argument against the contents of the so-called “New Testament.”

 
Alleged Pagan Influences

The Anti-missionaries will argue that there are pagan influences in the so-called “New Testament.”  For example they will accuse the concepts of the virgin birth, the resurrection and the deity of Messiah to be pagan influences on the so-called “New Testament.”

This is an example of unequal weights and measures because there are similar alleged pagan influences in the Tanak.

For example regarding the Creation account in the Torah “… it is claimed that there are similarities between the Babylonian and Old Testament accounts.  A tabulation is given by A. Heidel in The Babylonian Genesis illustrates this.” (The Old Testament; A Beginning Survey by Dane R. Gordon; 1985 p. 20 referencing The Babylonian Genesis 2nd Ed.; 1951 p. 129)

Scholars also see many parallels between the Babylonian flood story and that of Noah as found in the Torah.  

“The name of the Babylonian Noah was Utnapishtim.  Like Noah he was warned by a god, Ea, the benevolent god of the earth, to build a ship and to take on board ‘the seed of all living things.’ … The vessel was loaded and there followed a wild storm which blew for six days and nights.  When it subsided Utnapishtim opened a hatch and looked out upon the water.  All mankind had returned to clay.  He sat down and wept.  But the level of the water fell and the ship grounded. … Utnapishtim then left the ship and offered sacrifice.”
(The Old Testament; A Beginning Survey by Dane R. Gordon; 1985 pp. 19-20)

There are also parallels between the Torah and the Babylonian Code of Hammurapi.  For example the Torah reads:

23 But if any harm follow, then you shall give life for life,
24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
(Ex. 21:23-25 HRV)

And if a man maim his neighbor, as he has done, so shall it be done to him:
(Lev. 24:19 HRV)

And we read in the Babylonian Code of Hammurapi:

"If a man has destroyed the eye of a man of the gentleman class, they shall destroy his eye .... If he has destroyed the eye of a commoner ... he shall pay one mina of silver. If he has destroyed the eye of a gentleman's slave ... he shall pay half the slave's price."

Scholars also see strong parallels between many Pslams in the Tanak and Egyptian Psalms to other deities.  For example Psalm 104 is said to have a remarkable resemblance to the Hymn of Aten. (Pritchard, James B. "The Ancient Near East, An anthology of Texts and Pictures", Princeton University Press, 1958, page 227.)

Another alleged pagan influence on the Tanak may be found in the names of the two protagonists of the Book of Esther are named Ester and Mordecai.  These two names  parallel those of the Babylonian god Marduk and his consort the goddess Ishtar.  

However like a man who lives in a glass house throwing stones, the Anti-missionaries do not use equal weights and measures in this regard.  While the Tanak itself also contains alleged pagan influences the anti-missionaries attack the so-called New Testament for containing such alleged pagan influences.

The fact is that both the Tanak and the so-called “New Testament” are filled with alleged pagan influences because HaSatan is himself a counterfeiter

Anti-missionaries violate the Torah principle and do not use equal weights and measures when they attack the so-called “New Testament” for having alleged pagan influences when they know quite well that the Tanak itself is filled with such alleged influences.

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Don’t forget to support this work with your contributions, tithes and offerings.

Through our free Bible Correspondence course and other free literature and Operation Kiruv we are reaching a lost world with Torah and Messiah. Through our blogs, literature and podcasts we are also feeding young believers milk and mature believers nice juicy steaks.

Is this work worthy of your support? What other ministry provides this kind of teaching? Now is time to step up to the plate!

To make a donation, go to http://www.nazarenespace.com, click on the Pay Pal box and give whatever you can afford. (You can also donate directly thru PayPal by sending paypal donations to donations@wnae.org . You can also mail donations to

Nazarene Judaism
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Hurst, TX 76053
 

If everyone would do this, imagine what this ministry could accomplish.
 

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Comment by Erik Adoniqam on April 11, 2012 at 1:30pm
These are just a few examples. There are many more that can be cited from Canaanite culture. I agree with you.
Comment by Erik Adoniqam on April 11, 2012 at 1:57pm
Excellent point Solomon. Just look to the most illustrious clowns of all to evince our position!
Comment by Joseph S on April 13, 2012 at 6:36pm

Ever ask yourself what it was exactly that the false teachers worshiped that enticed the Israelites to wander away from Yahweh in the days before the divorce of Yahweh from the House of Israel? It wasn't child sacrifice. Do you think that the Israelites were so depraved to kill their children openly for such a long time? It had to be something enticing, alluring. Before I can give my two pence worth on that I have to say that Yahweh gives His people what they want. There is a pattern of this in the Bible. I know people who are smarter than me can show it off much better. But Yahweh gives the people what they want. At Mt Sinai the people asked Moses to tell Yahweh that HE speak only through Moses and not speak directly to the people and Yahweh did it. The people wanted a king and so they got Saul who was made king. Again they get what they ask for.

So what could 'entice' the people but a better way to that "universal thing" called 'heaven'. The people didn't want bulls and goats and they probably weren't all that big on killing their children either. My guess is that they wanted something that they eventually got....and that is a savior. Yahweh provides for His people and He also gives them what they want.

Before the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ/ Yahushua HaMaschiach, there were many individuals of preceding cultures (preceding the Hebrew people and their culture) who were presented by historians as 'Messiahs', and specifically "risen-from-the-dead" messiahs. Feel free to research this for yourselves but you will find that this is correct. My guess is that the House of Israel eventually developed to where they wanted a "savior" and not all the work that went into "doing Torah"....too much blood and it always took so long etc. The tribe/house of Ephraim, being the 'more blessed' of Ya'acov, led the 10 tribe confederation in spiritual rebellion against Yahweh.

Per covenant Yahweh is required to correct the Israelites but outside the covenant they are left to find the correction on their own, if they want correction that is. When Yahweh divorced the 'Ephraimites' (Israelites belonging to the northern ten Hebrew tribes) they became outside covenant of Yahweh. The curse of the law of sin and death was upon them. Yahweh's 'heaven' was  made of brass and that was so for a long time until Yahushua became their sacrifice, and also became a way for the 'goyim' of the world to also partake and become Israelites themselves. You know, maybe Buddhists go to 'buddha heaven' when they die but they do not go to Yahweh's Heaven when they die. And that is by way of covenant. When people accept Christ as their risen savior then they are in covenant with Yahweh Elohim to at least go to Yahweh's Heaven when they die.....No REINCARNATION......RESURRECTION into Yahweh's Heaven....what I believe to be the ONLY Heaven.....all else outside of that to be "hell".....

Without a working understanding of the divorce of the House of Israel one can not understand the necessity of Yahweh sending His only Begotten Son to die as a sacrifice. In order to bring them back into covenant, and that being of free will, each person is free to choose Yahushua or not, He gave the people what they wanted...a savior. Because of the divorce, Yahushua's resurrection, and the covenant that He brought with Him by way of that resurrection, is a requirement. "None come unto the Father except by Me". Torah says that if a woman goes after another man once she is divorced then she can not go back the way she came, return to her former husband. So, there is no conversion process that the House of Israel can make that will bring them back into covenant with Yahweh. Only Yahushua, the sacrifice of Yahweh can suffice.

Anyone can say what they want about pagan influences. Pagan influences drove Ephraimites into divorce and exile and drove Judahites (Jews) into exile, diaspora, pogroms, inquisitions etc. Pagan influences are the world. The only question that remains is do you think Yahushua is the risen savior that is the perfect sacrifice of Yahweh Elohim to bring us into covenant with Him, the Creator. History can be explained by believers in Christ/Yahushua easily enough to support our beliefs. Anti-missionaries and anti-christs have their way with words; so do we. Your call. Shalom aleichem, Joseph.

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