Let's think out loud about a form of the Christian faith which is extinct today.
The very concept of a modern Hebrew based Christian Faith is probably repugnant to most modern Christians. Yet, the ancient Hebrews are the very foundation of the Christian Faith. It was born in the ancient Hebrew Faith but altered by Jesus Christ who inaugurated the New Covenant in his death and resurrection. Yet, today, we believe and practice a gentile version of Christianity developed in the 2nd through the 4th centuries. But, what if that change had not occurred?
What if modern gentile Christianity was still held an essentially Hebrew world view? What if spiritual reality was still defined as Israel's prophets understood it? What if the gentiles in ancient times had not redefined the fundamental concepts of the the New Covenant Christian Faith? What if faith and practice were less defined by experience and more defined biblically within its culture? What if we actually understood how the first apostles really thought? What if we understood their teachings completely within their cultural context as Hebrew men living in Judea?
Few of the faithful are aware that the faith we call "Christian" today is mostly an invention of the gentile Roman Catholic Bishops of the 3rd and 4th century. Even modern Protestant doctrinal concepts are about 90% traditional Roman Catholic as much as Protestants would like to think otherwise. Those ancient gentile Bishops were well educated in the Greek philosophers, Aristotle and Plato. Instead of examining the tenants of the faith from a Hebrew cultural perspective (Hebrew World View), they defined the faith in the terminology which they understood: Greek philosophy. Hence, Christianity came to be defined with Greek philosophical and mythological overtones.
There are more similarities between the Greek mythological stories and the Christian faith than there are similarities between modern Christians and the ancient Hebrew prophets. If the New Covenant faith was founded by a Hebrew Messiah and taught by Hebrew apostles, then why is the faith so gentile and doctrine so philosophical and complicated? Why does it not occur to modern Christians that something is incredibly wrong or misguided?
There have been reformers in every century who attempted to bring back the power and strength of the first century apostolic church. However, none ever recognized that to do that effectively there must be a return to a comprehension of Hebrew spiritual reality, the Hebrew world view, upon which their results were based. Reformers have desired, prayed and sought the power of the first century apostolic church without returning to its roots. They desired the results without desiring the root comprehension that produced those results. Without a Hebrew cultural foundation, they accepted whatever supernatural emotions or events as godly without "trying the spirits" for alignment with the ancient Hebrew prophets. Experience, emotions, feelings and philosophical speculation has mostly superseded the Hebrew scriptures in defining the faith.
But what if the church were to return to the ancient Hebrew comprehension of the faith, as understood by Jesus' apostles and the first believers? What if we had not lost the ancient comprehension of the presence and power of God? What would be different today?
If the Hebrew world view had not been lost, so many things modern Christians take for granted would be completely different! The ancient Hebrews, including the first apostles and early believers comprehended many topics of the faith very differently from modern Christians. For example, the ancient Hebrews described the power and presence of God as "wind, breath or light breeze." This was translated as "spirit" in both Latin and English versions. To a gentile "spirit" became an object which was later defined as a thing, a person, a personality even deity. But for a Hebrew, this term is only a description of what they cannot see, never a thing, person or object. "Spirit" was a explanation for observed phenomena. If a miracle occurred or some one prophesied, it was called "spirit" upon a person as a way to explain it.
ESV: Job Chapter 32  But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.
Just this switch to a Hebrew comprehension of spirit would totally change the face of Christianity! Adopting a Hebrew comprehension of spiritual reality would completely change modern Christian doctrine. It would change the the comprehension of what is salvation and how do you know when someone is converted. It would refocus the efforts and practice of Christians, channeling their activities into different directions. Comprehending how the first apostles understood spiritual reality would completely redefine the faith from a "social gospel" into an apostolic gospel of power and a dynamic presence of God in the congregations.
This website and blog revolves around a new to us but ancient comprehension of the Christian faith. It is not truly new or heretical but an effort to return to the Hebrew roots of the faith, bringing forward that comprehension into modern times. It is not "Judaising" insisting on observing Jewish holidays. ceremonies or food restrictions. It is not reverting to any Old Covenant rules. Rather the reformation suggested by this blog is a returning to the faith's Hebrew roots. We promote reverting back to the world view of the Hebrew prophets, Jesus and his apostles and make that view of spiritual reality the foundation of modern Christianity.
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