Noachide. Karaite Noachide if there is such a thing.
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  • Retired at Home, mostly
  • Lives in DuBois, PA.
  • From Brookville, PA.
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  • 08/06/1955
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  • I was born and raised a Methodist, but after having a class in school called 'Reading Comprehension', I became a bad Methodist. I believed the 'New' Testament to be very vital to a good eternity so I started reading it in a different way, actually putting it together more like a painting than a jigsaw puzzle. I noticed that when you concentrated on any detail, you lost focus on the whole picture, and when you looked at the whole picture, it was hard to see the details. As I tried to fix the whole picture in my mind so that I could then work on the details I began to see something else, all of the details didn't fit with the picture. Why? Because the picture I was using was one that had been painted for me by others. Dang! Back to the details and paint the picture using the colors I was given by the words I was reading.
    The old picture started to blur as the real details started painting over it. That's when I started asking questions. Shame on anyone who asks questions, specially questions that task the one answering with obvious cognitive dissonance. I knew something was wrong when some of the NT details blurred the old picture, but when answers clearly didn't agree with even the old painting, I knew something was wrong, but I couldn't put my finger on it.
    That led to other reading. Bible history, the actual historical record of the NT. The earliest manuscripts of not just one, but many of the NT books didn't match the modern 'accepted' ones. Who actually wrote this book and that book? I heard the answers rationalizing obvious contradictions to the point of absurdity, beyond any and all logic. I lost faith in the people giving me those answers. At times I even lost faith in my own reasoning, after all, was I smarter than the present and the past authorities? Impossible. And of course, there was that incredibly wise saying, "Lean not on your own understanding". That was smashed into me time after time after time after time ...>
    It's in 'the book', it has to be right. But.
    Most of my questions related to the apostle Paul, the hero, the authority, the god of the NT. I couldn't shake that image. He'd been summoned to Jerusalem by the other apostles on charges of teaching contrary to the 'Old' Testament. What did I see in the writings of Paul? The OT and Jesus agreed that the OT was good, eternal, a guiding light, the path to righteousness and salvation. Paul said it was made a curse and done away with. To Zion would come a redeemer, to those in Jacob who, on their own, turned from evil and embraced the Word. But Paul said "As it is written" OUT of Zion will come a savior who will take away the sins of the world. It wasn't written as Paul claimed and nowhere else was there anything written even close to what Paul claimed. There were many other examples and even though I did my best to be a 'good' Christian, I couldn't shake those questions.
    Decades later along came the interweb. Years after it took hold along came YouTube. After it took hold along came a recommendation by YouTube about a Rabbis' videos. I'd been through a slew of Christian videos. I'd been through a slew of Messyantic videos. The Messyantic videos tickled my fancy, but they were still so ... 'Pauline'. Well, I nearly passed on that video recommendation until I saw the title, something about the apostle Paul that didn't sound flattering to the apostle Paul. Temptation grabbed and I yielded.
    I don't know now many times I paused that video to shake my head and to rewind to make sure I'd heard this Rabbi correctly. Here was a man who was answering several of my questions with solid, factual, logical words that shook me beyond my roots. Rabbi Michael Skobac handed me the keys to the door that allowed me to walk away from Christianity without any of my old doubts. Free at last!
    No, not free at last. That was false. I 'came out' to my wife. She'd known about some of my questions. She had been a Seventh Day Adventist, a Sabbath observer with diet restrictions and some other odd views according to the rest of Christianity. We'd discussed some of that too. What was right? What was true? I guess I kinda primed her to ask some questions for herself. Over the years we'd been in and out of quite a few churches. I was even considered to be the 'Old Testament' scholar and advisor in one. Our son was an Evangelist, youth leader, ordained, the whole shebang. My wife of course, went to our son with my questions and this Rabbi's videos. As skeptical as I was about Paul, our son was just the opposite, Paul was his 'idol'. I simply stated, "Show me where this Rabbi is wrong, and don't give me one run-around, only proof". That was quite a few years ago.
    I was born and raised a Methodist, but after having a class in school called 'Reading Comprehension', I became a bad Methodist. I believed the 'New' Testament to be very vital to a good eternity so I started reading it in a different way, actually putting it together more like a painting than a jigsaw puzzle. I noticed that when you concentrated on any detail, you lost focus on the whole picture, and when you looked at the whole picture, it was hard to see the details. As I tried to fix the whole picture in my mind so that I could then work on the details I began to see something else, all of the details didn't fit with the picture. Why? Because the picture I was using was one that had been painted for me by others. Dang! Back to the details and paint the picture using the colors I was given by the words I was reading. The old picture started to blur as the real details started painting over it. That's when I started asking questions. Shame on anyone who asks questions, specially questions that task the one answering with obvious cognitive dissonance. I knew something was wrong when some of the NT details blurred the old picture, but when answers clearly didn't agree with even the old painting, I knew something was wrong, but I couldn't put my finger on it. That led to other reading. Bible history, the actual historical record of the NT. The earliest manuscripts of not just one, but many of the NT books didn't match the modern 'accepted' ones. Who actually wrote this book and that book? I heard the answers rationalizing obvious contradictions to the point of absurdity, beyond any and all logic. I lost faith in the people giving me those answers. At times I even lost faith in my own reasoning, after all, was I smarter than the present and the past authorities? Impossible. And of course, there was that incredibly wise saying, "Lean not on your own understanding". That was smashed into me time after time after time after time ...> It's in 'the book', it has to be right. But. Most of my questions related to the apostle Paul, the hero, the authority, the god of the NT. I couldn't shake that image. He'd been summoned to Jerusalem by the other apostles on charges of teaching contrary to the 'Old' Testament. What did I see in the writings of Paul? The OT and Jesus agreed that the OT was good, eternal, a guiding light, the path to righteousness and salvation. Paul said it was made a curse and done away with. To Zion would come a redeemer, to those in Jacob who, on their own, turned from evil and embraced the Word. But Paul said "As it is written" OUT of Zion will come a savior who will take away the sins of the world. It wasn't written as Paul claimed and nowhere else was there anything written even close to what Paul claimed. There were many other examples and even though I did my best to be a 'good' Christian, I couldn't shake those questions. Decades later along came the interweb. Years after it took hold along came YouTube. After it took hold along came a recommendation by YouTube about a Rabbis' videos. I'd been through a slew of Christian videos. I'd been through a slew of Messyantic videos. The Messyantic videos tickled my fancy, but they were still so ... 'Pauline'. Well, I nearly passed on that video recommendation until I saw the title, something about the apostle Paul that didn't sound flattering to the apostle Paul. Temptation grabbed and I yielded. I don't know now many times I paused that video to shake my head and to rewind to make sure I'd heard this Rabbi correctly. Here was a man who was answering several of my questions with solid, factual, logical words that shook me beyond my roots. Rabbi Michael Skobac handed me the keys to the door that allowed me to walk away from Christianity without any of my old doubts. Free at last! No, not free at last. That was false. I 'came out' to my wife. She'd known about some of my questions. She had been a Seventh Day Adventist, a Sabbath observer with diet restrictions and some other odd views according to the rest of Christianity. We'd discussed some of that too. What was right? What was true? I guess I kinda primed her to ask some questions for herself. Over the years we'd been in and out of quite a few churches. I was even considered to be the 'Old Testament' scholar and advisor in one. Our son was an Evangelist, youth leader, ordained, the whole shebang. My wife of course, went to our son with my questions and this Rabbi's videos. As skeptical as I was about Paul, our son was just the opposite, Paul was his 'idol'. I simply stated, "Show me where this Rabbi is wrong, and don't give me one run-around, only proof". That was quite a few years ago.
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  • I had to split my post since I'm limited to 5000 characters per post, so here's the last section of today's post;

    Today, my wife is a Noachount. Our son is a Noachount. Our grandsons are Noachounts. Our oldest grandson is married to the daughter of a Baptist preacher. She too is a Noachount, but we dare not let her parents know, it would kill them and I'm not joking.
    I'm not into Rabbinical Judaism. As so many of the Rabbis like to say; "Adding rituals to Judaism, like Christianity does, creates new religions". Rabbinical Judaism is slightly ritualistic, don't you think? When you can't see yourself in a mirror, that makes you a ... never mind!!
    We adhere to the Torah. We study the Nevi'im and the Kituvim too and realize how much some of those were influenced by the Babylonian Captivity, some to the point of being nearly as pagan as Christianity, and we deal with that accordingly.
    That's why I say that if there's such as thing as Karaite Noahides, that would describe us.
    I had to split my post since I'm limited to 5000 characters per post, so here's the last section of today's post; Today, my wife is a Noachount. Our son is a Noachount. Our grandsons are Noachounts. Our oldest grandson is married to the daughter of a Baptist preacher. She too is a Noachount, but we dare not let her parents know, it would kill them and I'm not joking. I'm not into Rabbinical Judaism. As so many of the Rabbis like to say; "Adding rituals to Judaism, like Christianity does, creates new religions". Rabbinical Judaism is slightly ritualistic, don't you think? When you can't see yourself in a mirror, that makes you a ... never mind!! We adhere to the Torah. We study the Nevi'im and the Kituvim too and realize how much some of those were influenced by the Babylonian Captivity, some to the point of being nearly as pagan as Christianity, and we deal with that accordingly. That's why I say that if there's such as thing as Karaite Noahides, that would describe us.
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  • Greetings to all. Just settling in.
    That dark wood background happens to be very-very old virgin Chestnut saved from the floor of an oil well shanty near Smethport, PA. It is so dark because of staining from crude oil. I made a wall mount for my wife's cast iron skillets out of two planed boards that I left at two different thicknesses. It looks great with her skillets hanging on it.
    Greetings to all. Just settling in. That dark wood background happens to be very-very old virgin Chestnut saved from the floor of an oil well shanty near Smethport, PA. It is so dark because of staining from crude oil. I made a wall mount for my wife's cast iron skillets out of two planed boards that I left at two different thicknesses. It looks great with her skillets hanging on it.
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  • Hard to think back to when I used to wear these, but even then, they were just as grainy as this!
    Hard to think back to when I used to wear these, but even then, they were just as grainy as this!
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  • Got to be careful of those look-alikes!
    Got to be careful of those look-alikes!
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