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What Does It Mean To Be Born Again?
By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
Dean of Jewish Studies
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An An individual requested that I share regarding being born again.
Christians feel a need to be born again because translators have hidden meanings, omitted Words and have altered the meaning of Words when translating from Hebrew into English. Misunderstandings result because of poor translations. This is sad and unfortunate. God Willing this week in the Gematria Learning Group I will be sharing from a new to be released Book entitled, God's Plan From The Beginning. I will be sharing excerts from Chapter Five and Chapter Eight. This discussion entitled 'The Heavens is important to our discussion about the Christian concept of being born again. Our discussion here will make more sense after we read study the discusssion on The Heavens. The reason is because when we study 'The Heavens' we will learn that from the beginning The Lord God has prepared a place for each of us that has no requirements of being born again. There is no need for a savior. There is no need for a blood sacrifice. There is no need for confessing and believing in Rabbi Jesus. The Lord God covered it all from the beginning.
We begin our discussion on the Christian concept of being born again.
The term born again is a Christian term. Christians teach that being born again requires spiritual transformation. Christians teach spiritual transformation can only come through Rabbi Jesus, whom they call the Messiah. Christians teach Rabbi Jesus was perfect, i. e. without sin. Christians teach that Rabbi Jesus was like the Passover lamb. Christians teach Rabbi Jesus died for the remission of sin. Christians teach being born-again is when one accepts Rabbi Jesus as their savior. Christians teach Rabbi Jesus blood makes atonement for their sins. Christians Teach Rabbi Jesus cleanses them from their sins when they confess Rabbi Jesus is the son of God. Christians teach after one is saved, i.e. believes in Rabbi Jesus they will do good works. Christians believe that Rabbi Jesus is 'the word' that created everything in this world. They believe that Rabbi Jesus to dwell among humans. They believe he was part human and part God.
Rabbi Jesus said, 'Verily, verily, I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit, John 3:5 - 6.
John wrote, For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life, John 3:16.
This is supposed to have something to do with being born again, receiving eternal life and avoiding hell. Supposedly when one accepts Rabbi Jesus as their Savior, they become born again, and their name is written in the book of life. John writes that those not written in The Book of Life are cast into the lake of fire, Rev.20:15.
The Lord God Said to Moses, 'Whoever has sinned against Me, him will I blot from My Book' Exodus 32.33 David writes regarding The Book of Eternal Life, 'Let [those who are evil] be blotted out of the Book of Life, and not be written with the righteous.' David states, 'In your Book [of Eternal Life] all are recorded.' Before Adam was formed all names were written in The Eternal Book of Life. Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Feuer and Rabbi Nosson Scherman The Artscroll Tanach Series - Tehillim Volume 1 - (Brooklyn New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression 1991), p 1642 Daniel Wrote, 'at that time your people shall be saved, every one whose name shall be found written in The Book [Of Eternal Life],' Daniel 12.1.
In my Book God's Plan from The Beginning I explain that The Lord God Wrote each of our names in The Eternal Book of Life. Each of us is destined for eternal life. Eternal Life has nothing to do with being born again.
The Lord God Says, 'IMPROVE" It's that simple. Cain sinned. The Lord God visited him. The Lord God Said, 'If you improve you will be accepted,' Genesis 4.7. All that The Lord God requires is to acknowledge that one has erred, reverse wrong actions, make a plan not to repeat the same mistake and to pay for damages caused by one's mistake.
Peter wrote of Being 'born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible seed, by The Word of God, which lives and abides for ever,' 1 Peter 1.23. The writer of Hebrew stated, 'For if we willfully sin after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, [i.e. have been born again and then sin] there remains no more sacrifice for one's sins,' Hebrews10:26.
The Torah does not teach or encourage any form of rebellion. The Torah does exhibit a very great understanding of the nature of humans. Our Creator Knows each of us will more than likely have places in our lives that we will willfully sin. We will knowingly do what we know is wrong. In other words we will openly rebel against our Creator. This is when we need pardon and forgiveness for our iniquity, and our rebellion, and our willful sin. נֹשֵׂא Noh means to pardon / to forgive - עָוֹן Aw Ohn means iniquity and וָפֶשַׁע Vaw Feh Shah means rebellion / willful sin.
Exodus 34.6 - 7
The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, to the third and to the fourth generation.
Our Creator Desires to delight in Mercy, not Anger or Punishment. When we sin, we must repent. The Torah does not teach that we can ignore our transgression. Solomon wrote, 'Even though a Righteous man may fall seven times, he will rise up again; but the wicked stumble into calamity,' Proverbs 24.16 [KJV24:15].
Dear Ones as long as one has life and breath there is hope for salvation and repentance. Salvation, Repentance, and eternal life existed thousands of years before Rabbi Jesus was born and continues to exist today independent of Rabbi Jesus.
Christians believe Rabbi Jesus is 'the Word that was made flesh, and dwelt among us,' John 1:14. Christians believe Rabbi Jesus created the world. John also wrote, 'God is a Spirit,' John 4:24.
לֹא אִישׁ אֵל
God is not a man, that he should lie; nor the son of man, that he should repent. Has he said, and shall he not do it? or has he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
God is not flesh. God is not human. God has not come in human form.
Faith and Works
James, asks, 'What does it profit, my brethren if a man says he has faith and does not have works? Can faith save him? 'If faith does have works it is dead, being alone.' James 2:14
From the beginning, The Lord God Gave humankind observances to follow. The Observances The Lord God Gave Adam and Eve remain in effect today. 2,448 years later The Lord God Gave The People of Israel 613 Observances. The Observances are written in the Torah.
James identifies giving food and clothing to those in need as works, James 2:16. James is right! Giving food and clothing are good works. Christians claim they do good works because of their belief in Rabbi Jesus. Christians do many good works. Our world benefits greatly because of the loving-kindness of Christians. I do not want to diminish the importance of good works.
James is teaching an Observances given to The People of Israel by the Lord God. Among The 613 Observations are Observances that require The People of Israel to assist those in need and to assist their neighbor.
If there is among you a poor man of one of your brothers inside any of your gates in your land that The Lord your God Gives you, you shall not harden your heart, nor shut your hand from your poor brother.
You shall not afflict any widow or orphaned child.
Deuteronomy 26.12 - 13
When you have finished tithing all the tithes of your produce the third year, which is the year of tithing, and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the orphan, and the widow, that they may eat inside your gates, and be filled; 13 Then you shall say before The Lord your God, I have brought away the hallowed things out of my house, and also have given them to the Levite, and to the stranger, to the orphan, and to the widow, according to all your Commandments which you have commanded me; I have not transgressed Your Commandments, nor have I forgotten them.
There are many more Scriptures discussing the works of lovingkindness God requires from the People of Israel. The point is we do not need to be born again to do good works. We do good works because we believe in The Lord God and try to follow The Torah.
Rabbi Jesus is quoted as saying,
'I say to you, That except your righteousness exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven,' Matthew 5:8
Later Rabbi Jesus says,
'But woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You shut up the kingdom of heaven against men... Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You devour widows' houses... You blind guides! You strain at a gnat and swallow a camel... outwardly you appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity... You serpents, you generation of vipers! How can you escape the damnation of hell? - Matthew 23
Does this sound offensive? Do these comments upset you? Would you feel hurt by these words if you were a Scribe or a Pharisee?
'Any man that does not offend with words is the same as a perfect man. He is able to control the whole body,' James 3:2
Christians teach that Rabbi Jesus did away with The Torah. They teach The 'Old Testament' is done away with. Sometimes, individuals take positions like this because they accept what others have taught them. Each of us should do our own investigation. We should come to our own conclusion based our studies.
Rabbi Jesus says,
I say to you, 'Heaven and earth will disappear before one Letter of The Yod or even the minutest part of The Torah until everything is fulfilled,' Matthew 5:18.
The Torah of The Lord is perfect! The Christian New Testament is filled with errors. The Christian New Testament is not perfect. Dr. Josh McDowell, a Christian apologist in his book, states there are some 200,000 variants [errors] in the existing manuscripts of the New Testament.' Dr. Josh McDowell Evidence that Demands A Verdict (Campus Crusade 14th printing July 1977) pp. 41-47 - Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix, A General Introduction to the Bible (Chicago, Il. Moody Press, tenth printing 1977) p 361
It is for these reasons and others that I cannot accept the teachings in The Christian New Testament as reliable. In other discussions I have shown that Rabbi Jesus is a sinner, a false prophet, he is not the Jewish Messiah or the son of God, and he has no power to forgive us of our sins. Being born again along with the doctrine of the trinity are Christian beliefs not founded in The Holy Scriptures.
Each of us was written in The Eternal Book of Life from the beginning. We should not fear hell or the grave. The Lord God prepared a place for each of us from the beginning. We do need to do our best to live a pure, holy life and to follow the Observance He has given us. When we fail we need to improve, i.e. repent. None of these previsions The Lord God Has given us have to do with Rabbi Jesus or being born again.
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