What kind of a person are you? One who loves those who love the Lord and hates those who hate the Lord......or instead one who hates those who love the Lord and loves those who hate the Lord? Either one you must be.
I once read a boneheaded piece from some so-called "conservative" in a newswithviews website who in his brainlessness took it upon himself to display his problem with the timing duration from when "God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1) to the end of the evening and the morning of the First Day of Creation Week during which day God created the non-solar "Light." Not realizing or admitting that Noah's Flood had a rather short-termed beginning and ending, the babbler also said that he did not know what "day" meant, did not cite the Hebrew word yom used for the English word "day," and did not realize (or care to admit) that when an ordinal number precedes the Hebrew word yom [pronounced: yohm], and yom is followed by the Hebrew idiomatic phrase: "...and there was evening and there was morning....," such always and only means a 24-hour period of time. Not ages, and in NO way tens of thousands, millions, nor billions of years!
With sacred 3rd finger righteously uplifted to arrogant irrational evolutionists, be it known that radioactive dating is nonreliable for time measurement because of the factor of not-known and variable starting amount then addition or subtraction of whatever isotopes happen to be found in samples tested concerning radioactive dating postulations for timing-presumptive purposes. Much earthquake-turmoil mixing of sudden-death lifeforms into prompt mixed-up-layered fossilization occurred during Noah's phenomenally-turbulent worldwide Flood and the rapid erosions consequentially caused.
Obviously, the airbrained author either disregarded or simply exposed his stupidity pertaining to the nonmistakably-clear illucidation of:
Ex 20:11 for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.
Ex 31:17 It is a sign for ever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.'"
Note that the Divine Author stated that time frame twice, yet even then the imbecile writer didn't get it pertaining to the time elased from the moment God created the heavens and the earth to the end of the Sixth Day of Creation Week.
Oh well. Morons frequently remain morons in their accidental or deliberate misrepresentation, much to the needless and senseless confusion they cause others by by blattering out their loony heresies. It grieves me, though, when they ignorantly play the creationist mentor and informative origins authority on the subject.
Everyone (not merely Jews) can discern by deductive logic the premise that the obviously-greater-than-anything-He-created Creator (singular and capitalized, if you assuredly don't prejudicially mind in your welcomed absence of discriminatory and hateful bigotry) created everything around us out of nothing but His Word. Things do not create themselves by themselves (thus voiding the very premise of something-out-of-themselves evolutionary mythology), whether such things are animate or inanimate, simple or complex. The Source of initial origin of all things is the Creator. However, once entities have been created, they might be able to reproduce facsimiles and repair themselves to some finite extent. The acts of God creating something out of nothing, and creating lifeforms out of inanimate ground and dust of the Earth, is NOT rightfully considered "evolution." Transmutation of species morphing from one kind to another simply never happens:
Ge 1:11 And God said, "Let the earth put forth vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, upon the earth." And it was so.
Ge 1:12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Ge 1:21 So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Ge 1:24 And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so.
Ge 1:25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the cattle according to their kinds, and everything that creeps upon the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Ge 6:20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you, to keep them alive.
Ge 7:14 they and every beast according to its kind, and all the cattle according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth according to its kind, and every bird according to its kind, every bird of every sort.
Job 11:12 But a stupid man will get understanding, when a wild ass's colt is born a man.
Anyone who does not realize and admit that should stop reading and go beg permanent confinement in a state hospital for the insane. Not only that, but certain and definite characteristics of "God" (i.e. the Creator, if you certainly don't anti-religiously and prejudicially mind) are quite apparent by what He created:
Ro 1:19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
Ro 1:20 Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse;
2Pe 3:4 and saying, "Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation."
Those who call themselves "atheists" and who celebrate not Christmas nor Easter but their own special day of April 1st each year are simply wacko nutcases neither honest nor truthful with their own senses and reason, and thus of course are absurd liars:
Ps 10:4 In the pride of his countenance the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, "There is no God."
Ps 14:1 To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good.
Ps 53:1 To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none that does good.
But the name of the LORD, His Triune Godhead of Father and Son and Spirit, and His hieroglyphically-revealing foreign-language Biblical doctrines are not written nor spoken in nature's rocks, trees, oceans, sky, clouds, or even animals. Ultimately, the hard copy of humanly-authored Divinely-inspired 66-book Scripture is the only reliable means we have to know that information, regardless of myriad churches and congregations plus religious media therein and surrounding us from birth, who themselves also trace the origin of truths they express back to the Divinely-preserved Scriptural record.
It has been said by legend, tale, rumor, and thankfully more, that a certain group or race of people have heard God's "Voice" and recorded what He [allegedly] is said to have said in Hebrew Old-Testament and Greek New-Testament lettering.
It is impossible for us to contradict that, being that we have no proof to discredit that assertion. We can be assholes, however, by mindlessly questioning, criticizing, ridiculing, and reviling it.
I once heard of a book entitled either The Bible, The Supernatural, and the Jews or instead The Jews, The Supernatural, and The Bible. True Jews are used to [purported] supernatural events recorded in their Old Testament and New Testament. Bizarre once-in-a-lifetime happenings. The writings of such Jews as Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, the lesser Prophets, Matthew, John, Paul and Peter relate a history of supernatural or at least strangely-and-uniquely-coincidental "miracles."
Accordingly, it is not difficult for Jews who are serious about Torah-and-more-compliant religion of their Jewishness to believe in an actual Jesus some call "Christ" who lived around 2000 years ago over in the Holy Land of the Middle East. It is not hard for them to believe that he was a perceptive traveling rabbi, and even not impossible for them to believe that he performed the non-explainable "signs" it is said in the Bible that He performed.
When it gets to assuming that He was resurrected from the dead after being crucified and afterward ascended into heaven, from where He will someday return in almighty power and glory, certain Jews have had a problem, as have others who are not Jews:
Mt 28:2 And hey, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
3 His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.
4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.
5 But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
6 He is not here; for He has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where He lay.
7 Then go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead, and hey, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him. Lo, I have told you."
8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples.
9 And hey, Jesus met them and said, "Hail!" And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.
10 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me."
11 While they were going, hey, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place.
12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sum of money to the soldiers,
13 and said, "Tell people, 'His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.'
14 And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."
15 So they took the money and did as they were directed; and this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
Ac 17:32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, "We will hear you again about this."
One of the causes (not "reasons") such Jews have trouble is that they, like some cultic catholics and those of eastern and pagan sects, worship humans and the traditions, superstitions, relics, and idols of humans rather than Creator God. They go off on heresy-citing tangents and sidetrack themselves with the failures and deviations of fallible and errant humans in their despicable and noxious attempt to bypass God Himself plus HIS Word away from direct personal confrontation with the Lord only.
Instead of deeply and open-mindedly concentrating on passages of moral Law in the Torah and other spiritual directives in Scripture, they misdefine "jewishness" as adiaphoric matzo-ball soup, gefilte fish, exclaiming Yiddish exclamations like: "Oi Gevalt," wear black hats and curls, hand-hold during group dances to rather-limited-musical-value "jewish" ditties, annually celebrate the anti-Christmas voodoo fable of 9-and-not-7-candle "hannuka," mandate recitation of peculiar "orthodox-jew" pseudo-religious names for all sorts of things and practices. The pick-and-choose legalism of some jews (not "Jews" with captial J) is laughably ridiculous. If such ceremonial-law-demanding jews were as insistent regarding the two-wives-per-husband law of:
De 21:15 "If a man has two wives, the one loved and the other disliked, and they have borne him children, both the loved and the disliked.....
as they are about not eating bat (Leviticus 11:19 & Deuteronomy 14:18), let alone bacon and ham and pork chops, there would be less sexual harassment of feminist-sexist twits getting on their "abuse"-complaining frigidly-chauvenistic high horses and causing trouble.
Cultic catholics similarly have indulgences, purgatorial superstition, apocryphal pseudo-scriptures, maryolatry mantras, rosary fondlings, crucifixion-cross kissing and adoration, eucharistic self-atonement, never-mentioned-in-Scripture pseudo-sainthood of a plethoria of questionable whoevers, works-righteousness mouthing of concocted confessional liturgies, have-to-do-it-or-be-damned genuflective curtseying, plus more.....ad nauseum.
But when a Jew or Catholic realizes that God alone is THE Boss, and they themselves are not, and that God's written Word is to be carefully translated and read and thoughtfully pondered and taken literally and seriously pertaining to the impossibility of self-atonement while such atonement procuration is essential for salvation, the Spirit enlightens them and enables not only Jews but even Gentiles to not only realize the medical value of circumcision for males but human need for Divine atonement against sins which ONLY Christ provides for them by His once-and-long-ago sacrificial death on some Roman cross. Not only that, but that Spirit enables them to take an even greater leap of faith to realize that this Jesus Christ created not simply planet Earth but everything else in the universe, and will return in the blazing power of and as God Almighty someday.
Not only did that happen with foreshadowing to the patriarchs Moses, David, Solomon, the Prophets, the Apostles of time past, but one can see a humble toleration of Christians and their Christianity by those compliant and accomodating Jews who escaped Nazi Germany and emigrated to 'Christian' America, who have graciously accepted Christian America's help to establish and strengthen the State of Israel, some of whom have even become powerfully-influential missionary evangelists (and I could name some names of such Jews living at the present time).
Isaiah 53 is a portion of Jewish Old-Testament Scripture which honest Jews find impossible to COMPLETELY relate to and equate with any of their Old-Testament-book patriarchs, or even themselves as a race of people. They know of no one they can relate it to presently nor in the future (especially not Barack Obama) nor even Netanyahu, although Bush came close. The only viable association is with that Ultimate Fulfilment we now call The Son of God (a.k.a. Jesus The Messiah, who is THE Master Jew Himself, and please read His both-parents ancestral geneology in Matthew chapter 1 and Luke chapter 3).
Is 53:1 (some paraphrasing) Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 For He [not "she," incidently] grew up before Him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground [Israel is dry desert ground]; He had no form or attractiveness that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him [born in a barn and not the Sheraton, Hilton, etc.].
3 He was despised and rejected by men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not [not a pretty sight hanging bloody and dying on a crucifixion cross].
4 Surely He has borne our [whose?] griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken [a loser, a reject, a fake], smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our [whose?] transgressions [transgressions of not-only-Pilate-but-especially-jealous-and-disbelieving-jewish-leader representatives of us], He was bruised for our iniquities [so it all applies to us nowadays?]; upon Him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with His stripes we are healed [or the healing stopped with WHO along the timeline way since then, and WHO says so?].
6 All we like [dumb] sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him [on His cross at Golgatha] the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet he opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth [but He could have made the crucifiers blind, turned their watery wine into poison, waved up a nasty windstorm against them, crippled them into disability, had twelve legions of angels rescue Him, called the living into Lazarus-like death, etc.].
8 By oppression [illegal lynching] and [unlawful kangaroo-court Sanhedrin-approved] judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?
9 And they made His grave with the wicked and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, and there was no deceit in His mouth [contrast that with the hypocritical scribes and pharisees!].
10 Yet it was the will of the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief; when He makes himself an offering for sin, He shall see His offspring [includes us], He shall prolong his days [was resurrected]; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand [the best is yet to come!];
11 He shall see the fruit of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous; and He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He poured out His soul to death [to DEATH, and who else has ever done that....and lived to tell about it?], and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He bore the sin of many [are there now 6 billion people on planet Earth?], and made intercession for the transgressors.
If you understand me rightly, no one who does not want to go to heaven will go to heaven, and no one who does not want to go to hell will go to hell.
Heaven is where everyone is always friendly to everyone else and everyone always does everything correctly as God defines political and other correctness. I can think of a lot of people now on the broad and easy road to destruction who adamently do NOT want such perfectly-obedient holiness around them! They instead want to cheat, lie, gamble into poverty, swear, cuss, get drunk, pierce and deface themselves with tattoos, vandalized public property with obscene graffiti, pollute the neighborhood with deafening-bass rap-crap noise, beat up and murder, deal drugs, dress immodestly during warm days, and smoke. Hell is where there is weeping, wailing, and cursing - which cursing is what a lot of worldly people like to do now anyway and would do much more if they could get away with it. Hell is where the defiant and rebellious can permanently escape away from God and the sights of His goodness in the Outer Darkness. To them, such is worth the eternal pain and torment.
But not at all so for the Lord's elect saints! Finally, remember the maxims of economic parity:
It is often futile to legislate the poor into wealth by legislating the wealthy into poverty. One person receives without working; another person works without receiving. Some will not give to anybody anything that they do not first take from somebody else. When part of the population gets the idea that they do not have to work because the other part is going to take care of them, and when the other part gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, no one is going to get any work done.