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A couple of my recent weekly posts have been about people who made a journey from one set of Biblical beliefs to another because of their investigation of the literal truth of Scripture.  This search for truth led one former trinitarian woman to see that her old beliefs in the trinity did not match up to what Scripture actually showed.  Another long-time Oneness preacher/singer/songwriter was led to finally see that Jesus is not the same literal being as God, but is really His Son, the real human Messiah.

Now I wish to present a slightly different perspective of a Jewish man who rekindled his ancestral faith while realizing that Jesus (or using his preference – Yeshua) was/is the human Jewish Messiah.

This man’s name is Louis Vos Levitz and he is the Rabbi of a very rare Messianic “Unitarian” congregation in Woburn, MA.  It is rare because most Messianics are trinitarian.  This fact was something I covered in a article a year or so ago entitled – “Messianic Judaism – a WOLF in SHeep’s clothing to Judaism & true Messianic belief” (in which I quote Louis from an article of his on his own website – http://www.shomeryisrael.org/index.shtm).

Here is his interesting faith story:


Shalom and welcome to our web page!My name is Louis (Aryeh Baruch) Vos Levitz, the spiritual leader of our congregation.I would like to tell you a little more about our lives, and some history as it relates to Kehillat Shomer Yisrael.

My wife Aliza and our three daughters – Batyah, Tehillah and Mesha – are South African nationals, and have been permanent residents of the United States since September 1996. Prior to us immigrating to the United States we lived in the wine lands of Cape Town, the southernmost part of the Republic of South Africa.

I grew up with parents that acknowledged God, but with no serious convictions of their own. I in turn, had no religious convictions of my own. Judaism and Jewish identity was not even in the viewfinder of my spiritual periscope. The family tree and origin was never discussed, and in some sense it was avoided. On more than one occasion, when I inquired about the family line, my father told me, “It is better not to discuss things of the past.” Certain memories plagued me for many years, like the dark features and short stature of my father’s family. My father also told me that he had a name that he never used, Ari. I later discovered that my father’s grandmother, nee Levi, fled Spain to Portugal and subsequently ended up in South Africa, where she married a man from Prussian descent. If ever there was a self-hating family, my father’s was it! My mother’s relatives, her maiden name Niemand a contortion of the original Neeman, emigrated from Eastern Europe to Holland and subsequently South Africa. The Cape of Good Hope, from the seventeenth century onwards, became not unlike America, the “new hope” for the persecuted, a place to make a new life. Because of religious intolerance, to work for the Dutch East Indian Trading Co. meant only one thing, you had to be a Protestant. Many Jews “converted” to Christianity for the sake of entry to the Cape of Good Hope and some assimilated to the extent that they lost all Jewish connection. It was only early in the nineteenth century that another religion was allowed in the Cape Colony, and the remaining practicing Jews built the first synagogue on South African soil.  The majority of South African Jews however were from Lithuania. A few, if any, Holocaust survivors came directly to South Africa; they mostly came via America or one of the other countries after the liberation of the Nazi camps. As an adult I had to endure my share of anti-Semitism, which however created a very tight–knit Jewish community, even if you where out on the fringe. Orthodoxy was, and still is the norm for South African Jews, with a few Reform congregations and no Conservative movement.

In August 1983, at thirty-three years of age, I had a dramatic spiritual, mystical encounter with God. I became convicted that Yeshua indeed was the Messiah of Israel, and had an inner compulsion to pursue Judaism. Within days, I made the discovery that it was the gentile world that renamed him Jesus. It was through translations and transmissions, from Hebrew to Greek, to Latin, that this Jewish man ended up as blond blue eyed Jesus. Aliza, who was raised in a marginal Christian home, with Jewish ancestry on her mothers side, was confused when her religiously indifferent husband of then eleven years marriage, all of a sudden became a religious fanatic with a wild Jewish bent. Kosher diet all of a sudden became an issue, a Mezuzah went up on the front door, and Shabbat became the focus of our week as we progressively became more observant.

I had a new found passion and unquenchable thirst for Torah. I also wanted to learn more about this Jew Yeshua and enrolled at a Bible Academy for a two year program, from which I graduated in 1985. During this time at school I found myself discontent with the syllabus and depth of study, particularly in the areas of hermeneutics and apologetics. I could not understand why, even though the historical references of Christian history showed a break of the church with Torah beliefs, that they could expect a Jew to follow their tradition. Especially since this break was birthed out of a negative reaction to Jews and Judaism. I realized that the faculty and student body, believed that Christianity replaced Judaism as the “better” faith. Jews were those poor souls who had lost their favor and connection with God. What further confounded me was the common practice of approaching the Hebrew Scriptures from the “New” Testament backwards. I found it increasingly difficult to try and harmonize traditions that were contrary to Torah and Jewish life. I realized that even though I shared a similar belief with my gentile friends that Yeshua was indeed the Messiah, there was a deep theological divide that transcended logic.

My studies took on a direction and momentum of its own, as I started reconstructing the Text of the “New” Testament back to its Hebrew historical, cultural context. My resources included traditional Jewish writings, Jewish Mysticism and oral tradition. I realized that unless one had a good understanding of Jewish Mystical thought, it became near impossible to correctly interpret the writings of the 1st century Jewish followers of Yeshua. I lived in a world of tension, trying to reconcile two different traditions, seeking to pacify my gentile friends whom I cared for deeply, whilst maintaining and remaining true to my inner convictions. The Dean of the school in a state of exasperation once asked me, “why I don’t go to a synagogue,” as it seemed to culturally and theologically suit me better. Our lives now as a young family with the arrival of our first child, took on new momentum. We realized that we could no longer live in two worlds, straddling two cultures. This would certainly guarantee our daughter and subsequent children to grow up with a confused identity. I graduated in 1985, and soon after in 1986 discontinued our connection with the Protestant world.

We began looking  for a good business opportunity that would  allow us to play a bigger part in the Jewish community. We started a kosher delicatessen with a hechsher (kosher certification) from the Orthodox Beit Din. South Africa however was fast changing, crime was on the increase, and life in general was starting to get too complicated. This placed a great amount of pressure on our business and personal safety, and motivated our emigration to the United States.

Upon arrival in the US I joined the Yeshiva program of a Messianic Jewish denomination. It  soon became apparent to me, that my own informal Judaic studies had equipped me in a way that I had a better grip on a lot of theological issues than the Messianic Movement. Even though the Movement has brilliant thinkers, Messianic “Judaism” I soon realized, is nothing other than a Hebraized expression of Protestantism. I initially thought that I could possibly play a role in bringing about change and a return to authentic Judaic practice. To some extent I was successful, and individual lives have been influenced, but at large the movement remains firmly entrenched in Christian tradition. As immigrants to the US, we struggled with some cultural differences, but the most difficult was that we no longer lived in a predominant Jewish community. Even though this was a trying time and transition, it did provide us an opportunity to officially affirm our status as Jews. My return to Judaism was affirmed by undergoing Hatafat dam Brit, and Aliza along with our daughters, officially claimed their place amongst the daughters of Israel. As a family, we went through the mikvah, leaving behind the old.

I nurtured a vision for a traditional synagogue, that would honor Yeshua as the greatest son of Israel and Messiah while remaining true to Torah and Jewish tradition; A Synagogue which will restore the faith of the Torah loving Jew Yeshua, to its rightful place in Israel. This Synagogue will help secularized and estranged Jews, especially those who have become assimilated through Protestant practice, make teshuvah and return to the Torah and Hashem. This dream and vision was realized with the birth of Kehillat Shomer Yisrael on the North Shore of Boston, just before Pesach 2001.

Our relationship with the greater Jewish community, with me now as a religious professional and part of a prominent Messianic organization, became more tenuous. Because of our connection with the Movement, we could not publicly proclaim our loyalty and adherence to Judaism, and unfortunately were not given the opportunity to do so by the Jewish press. However we did  get some partially favorable press coverage, and as our position became more public, my association with the organization became more problematic. Honesty, however had to prevail, as we worked through all the issues at stake both theologically and hallachicaly. The final outcome and vote of our congregation was unanimous, and we parted with the Messianic Movement and Messianic “Judaism,” to continue our pursuit of the knowledge of Torah, HaShem and Mashiach, within a traditional framework.

I wish not to say anything disparaging, I also do not wish to defame another person, organization or faith, as we trust  HaShem to be The One that orchestrates our paths, in pursuit of truth. Truth, I believe, is revealed through Messiah, who must lead one deeper into Torah. I unashamedly recognize Yeshua as the long awaited Messiah whom God will return for the final redemption. He certainly changed my life and turned my heart to Torah and brought about my return to Jewish practice. He is the mediator and eternal Cohen between man and God, but most definitely, not to be worshiped in place of God. As we go about pealing away layer upon layer of gentile teachings, superimposed and attributed to this loyal, Torah loving Jewish man, we sometimes suffer personal attacks on our own character. The Chachamim (Sages) remind us that  the Suffering Servant, “Moshiach the leper,” endures so much more on behalf of Israel.

My hope, vision and prayer, is that through my own life and practice, as I follow Yeshua Ha Tzaddik, that his life and faith be exemplified in our growing community.  Thereby the rest of the world may get to know the true Messiah, as the greatest teacher, redeemer king, high priest and son of Israel. Chabbad Lubavitch, who also long for their Messiah’s return, has a slogan, “We Want Moshiach Now” to which I would reply, “We Have Moshiach Now.” My quest is for righteousness and justice in his name, and for his namesake.

There is a fundamental Torah truth, and that is, never try and elevate oneself at the cost of someone else’s character.  To do so, is a disparaging thing, an averah, which God hates. HaShem reminds us in Parasha Shoftim; Tzedek, tzedek tirdoff, righteousness, righteousness should you pursue.  May he speed us on our daily return to Torah.

I am looking forward to be of service to you,

Aryeh (Louis) Baruch Vos Levitz

16 Responses to “From non-practicing Jew to Messianic Unitarian”

  1. on 22 Feb 2010 at 12:19 pmKarl

    Thank you for posting this Ron. This is amazing story of someone coming to Christ and rediscovering their Jewish roots and way of life. Too often when Jews come to Christ they end up rejecting belief in the One God of Israel and Torah. I can identify with some of the things that Aryeh struggled with in university: “Choose Judaism or Christianity, Torah or the New Testament, you can’t have both.”

  2. on 15 Mar 2010 at 2:17 amVanessa

    I found this very interesting, especially considering my own journey and current inquiries… I just wrote about my desire to participate in Jewish culture and community… If you check out my latest blog writing, I too am a Jewish believer in Messiah, who is now looking to renew my connection to my Jewish roots, my understanding of Torah and of a Jewish belief in Messiah. My exposure to Evangelical ideas about the Messiah have been overwhelmingly influential – but I am trying to follow the Lord, The Word, and remain open minded to what may be beyond my assumptions about who He is… the Truth will set us free, after all.

  3. on 24 Apr 2010 at 11:25 pmImmanuel Fitoussi

    Brilliant Ron,
    I currently am a member of a messianic synagogue but very unhappy with their triunitarian view(as they call it). I cannot comprehend it and I can’t fully become a part of it. I wish we had a congregation like yours here in the metro Atlanta area.
    Keep the good work.

  4. on 01 May 2010 at 8:59 pmL. Allan Barroby Bowles

    I commend Aryeh. Truth is a journey along a narrow path with many junctions. I am a patermonotheistic sabbath-keeping scriptural-festival keeping sacred-name using primitive purist. Many Christians and Jews are devout, honourable and charitable. While I love my fellow Christians and Jews, I fear that clouds of traditions often obscure truth. Unfortunately, the fabric of most of Christianity is pagan with minimal embroidering and weaving of Messianic truth and Jewish insight. Indurative forces keep Christianity locked in the pagan influences that took root early on. Jusaism too hasn’t been immune to the forces of tradition going beyond the purity of faith.
    It is my great hope that ever increasing numbers of inquiring minds seek to discover the biblical truths, and question why Christianity so dramatically transformed itself in the early centuries. Why did a Jewish sect encompassing devout jews and gentiles reject its Jewish connection? Why did it turn to Pagan customs and philosophies? Mainstream Christianity by the fourth century was unlike any form of Christianity of the first century. It is my hope that both Jews and Christians seek a purity of faith. The Jews have a role to also be priest to the world. Christians need to be witnesses to and for the truth. I aspire to grow in this truth also. Thank Yahuweh for: the spirit; the scriptures; and truth-seekers.
    I pray you much success in your faith and endeavors.

  5. on 02 May 2010 at 11:24 amDoubting Thomas

    Allan
    I am also a Sabbath keeper. I am just curious, What is patermonotheistic mean??

    I tried googling it and the I just got monotheistic…

  6. on 21 Feb 2011 at 1:13 pmjuan

    Great Post! It is nice to read different ideas and thoughts that people place here and all the comments related to messianic jews. Here is a website that has more information about this and more topics, http://messianicministries.org/.

  7. on 01 Jul 2011 at 12:03 pmRabbi Vos Levitz

    “Messianic Unitarian” may be the nomenclature of your beliefs, but is not descriptive of who I am. Let me point out that all Torah/Hallachic Jews are “messianic.” Yeshua/Jesus was messianic as well… If anyone says they love him, and wish to follow him, then the only option will be to leave Paul, his teachings, his Christ and follow Yeshua’s faith and teachings. Two entirely different and opposing religions.

    Our website makes it very clear (under re-construction and will be up and running in two weeks) that we are an indepedant traditional synagogue, where any Jew would be welcome, including Yeshua/Jesus! Any gentile that wishes to leave paganism to kling to the One G-d, the G-d of Yeshua, is also most welcome!

    Respectfully,
    Aryeh B Vos Levitz

  8. on 01 Jul 2011 at 2:13 pmXavier

    Ron S.

    It is rare because most Messianics are trinitarian.

    Or Torah-keepers. 😛

  9. on 27 Jul 2011 at 12:28 pmAndrei Dolbin

    Thank you, Ron, for the material!

    I appreciate people, seeking for G-d regardless of irresponsible others, who are satisfied with the halftruth. My way was from atheist to pentecostal christian then to messianic believer and to unitarian non-jewish messianic, seeking for more Torah and Yeshua in my life and the lives of kids.

    I think, the L-rd just starts to call us to more light and truth. And we are just try to be reflective to His love…

  10. on 14 Sep 2013 at 3:01 pmLouis Mangan

    Happy Yom Kippur! I’ve had a lot of similar experiences as Louis did and what is interesting my name is also Louis. My parents tried different Christian denominations and later became Mormon, which I followed for years, went on a mission, went to BYU, to the various Christian seminary classes, and married in a LDS temple. I was not typical though – I asked questions and that is the big taboo in Mormonism – you are not to question anything. I questioned the temple, its rituals, why Mormons did not keep the Sabbath (my parents are both part Jewish), why we don’t eat Kosher, keep Passover, or the other holidays of God and kept instead the pagan holidays. I then started seeing prophecies that did not occur, given from its prophets, strange doctrine that made no sense and their evil deeds tipped me over the edge and I knew G-d commanded not to follow a prophet whose prophecy did not occur. I signed documents removing my membership, rights and baptisim and left the Mormons officially, which I am sure was a relief not just to me but to them, since my questions and even my answers we driving many away from their congregations. My wife, children and family began ostracizing me, two of my daughters started a hate campaign of rumors and lies against me. They started calling me a non-Christian and a Jew. I tried to explain that I was looking for and trying to follow the path of the original Christians and though it may look Jewish, I was following our Messiah Yeshua and it was what the original Christians followed and if I could find an assembly that had the truth and the Spirit of God I would join it. My wife then announced that she was atheist and many of my children joined her – at first I thought it was a ploy to get me tofollow them in Mormonism, but they remain in their worldly rebellion. My wife is an intellect with an IQ of 173 – the smartest and the least driven person I know. – as a complete failure to G-d, my family and in my life – I continued to study to find the root cause of this great delusion and a way to expose it to everyone. I discovered that Alexander the Great created the sun god catholic church, that it moved to where the Vatican is 168 years before the Messiah Yeshua was born- with a pope, celibate orders, sun day worship, holy water, the cross, monstrance, Eucharist, sacraments, marking of members with cross in forehead and right hand, monks nuns, trinity, mother and child idols, Christmas, Easter and Lent, praying in trinity titles, etc.. We only have one high priest and its not a pope. I discovered that in AD 273 that queen Zinnobia of the Parthian empire with the aid of a bought and paid for corrupt Shepard Paul of Sumatra tried to change the monotheistic Almighty to a trinity God like the Catholics as well as their teachings and practices. I learned that Emperor Diocletian then tried to change all to sun g-d catholic ways in his empire, but started with the genocide of all Christians, which Caesar Constantine gladly participated in and finished – which his celebration of is recorded with Caesar Maximinus. Constantine took over as Emperor and high priest – pope of the Roman Empire, created a college and doctor in the catholic church for pseudo -Christian apostates and then gave them a pope which latter gained power over the church and empire about a century later. Paul said that there is only one high priest, resurrected and immortal and no one can take his place. Yeshua and his apostles said he and His members are the temple of God. Paul said that Yeshua is the last sacrifice and only perfect sacrifice. So having other high priests, sacrifices or temples are an abomination to G-d and his only begotten Yeshua! Accepting the sun g-d rituals, practices, teachings, sun day mark and laws are an abomination a dishonor to G-d. Many think that Paul was doing away with the Torah or the law – G-d forbid. He was saying, that a temple besides Yeshua and His members – a blood sacrifice, atonement besides Yeshua’s as the Lamb and Priest – is saying we do not have faith in Yeshua’s part in keeping the Torah’s ritual temple, sacrifice, priestly parts and can continue to find grace from G-d by having an earthly priest and continual sacrificing. He was not saying we should not keep the holidays, and other commandments. I’m afraid that soon the false temple will be erected in Jerusalem and a false priest will sacrifice in it – creating an abomination that G-d will abhor and of course the world will follow – instead of the two witnesses who God sends to restore all things. I know that the Catholics corrupted the Bible and that’s why you don’t follow the teachings of Paul, the Catholics tried to leave Hebrews out of the Bible since it said not to have another High Priest, or Father or Master, but decided to outlaw the whole Bible instead. Origen wrote that the Romans corrupted the Epistle to the Romans at his time. These and many other reasons is why I wrote the book – The Banquet by Arius of Caesarea and created the Youtube channel: ApostasyRestoration. I’m still looking for an assembly, for myself and family that has the truth and Spirit of God. That follows the Torah and is born again, that is one with the spirit of G-d, part of the Messiah Yeshua as the Temple of God and sins no more as per 1 John 3.
    I’m excited to learn about you all, which seem to be close to what was in the original Christian ways! Thank you for your efforts.

  11. on 16 Sep 2013 at 10:28 pmJas

    Louis
    Welcome
    You have come to a place where discussion of many beliefs are tolerated and promoted. There are many good people here that are in search of the truth. I myself understand that Jesus fulfilled the previous (Aaronic) Priesthood Covenant by becoming the last blood sacrifice,the eternal High Priest by the pre Israelite order and became the temple by being possessed by the presence of God(HS) giving us a example of making our body a dwelling place for the presence of a spirit sent by God.

  12. on 22 Sep 2013 at 11:55 pmDavid

    Question for Rabbi Levitz,

    Hello sir,

    Having been raised a Protestant, and then in my early twenties rejecting the trinity believing that it was unbiblical and did not make logical sense I am today fellowshiping with other followers of Jesus Christ, who also do not believe he is part of a triune god. My question is concerning your above statement,

    ” If anyone says they love him, and wish to follow him, then the only option will be to leave Paul, his teachings, his Christ and follow Yeshua’s faith and teachings. Two entirely different and opposing religions”.

    Can you steer me to an explanation of this as I am a little perplexed.

    Thank you,

    Dave
    North Carolina

  13. on 29 Dec 2013 at 9:43 pmRonald Sevenster

    Here is another Unitarian Messianic Site: http://messianic613.wordpress.com/doctrinal-position/

  14. on 02 Jun 2015 at 9:54 pmMark Nystedt

    Zohar, Parshah Bo, end, regarding tephillah/prayer, discusses four prayers in the forehead tephillah. The Shema, obviously, is the most important. The Shema has three mentions of God – Shema/hear/do Y’srael (the-word-of-)Yahweh Elohanu/OurLord. Yahweh (is) Echad (one/seperate from His Creation) – because God is a Triune Being. Prof Rabbi Judah Monis, Harvard College Hebrew professor in early and mid 1700s, repeated this teaching in his “Nothing But the Truth” pamphlet which is available in reprint attached to Rev Benjamin Colemen’s Introduction. Other proofs in “Nothing . . .” include Hebrew root words, gematria, etc.

  15. on 07 Jun 2017 at 10:21 amMelanie Dodge

    In reply to David’s comment above and to Rabbi Levitz’s apparent rejection of Paul, let me just say that it was my reading of the New Testament books in chronological order of authorship (thus starting with the Pauline epistles), that led me to unitarianism. In each of his earliest letters, Paul clearly holds “God” and “God’s son”, Jesus Christ, as separate beings and avoids anything implicating Jesus as God. It is not until much later that Paul seems to start using what is likely the common explanations of the converted Gentile teachers to bridge the gap between Gentile and Jewish thought about God and the Christ.

    That being said, I do not take Paul’s borrowings of such explanations as a teaching of trinitarianism. Rather, it is only in the trinity-believer’s eyes that his teachings appear to support their already existent belief. Looking at those same teachings from a broader contextual perspective, they can equally support the unitarian doctrine. In other words, Paul’s later letters may be lacking in distinguishing statements, but his earlier letters are clear regarding his unitarian viewpoint and should be used in weighting the debate that follows later on. I do not see his view of God or God’s son as changing, but only his understanding of his audience’s needs for the goal improving communication.

    Here is an extended list of explanations that tend to convey my own viewpoints on various titles and phrases…

    God, Father:
    Anthropomorphized Deity, a Living Spirit, a Spiritually Alive Being/Entity, Proactive Creator, Intervening Savior, Retiring Master, Eternal and Infinite Source of the Divine Spirit and Divine Word (Ruach and Logos)

    Ruach & Logos:
    Each is a Spiritually Existent Entity, NOT Separate from God but Emanating from God (Even as Human Breath/Words), Traditionally Anthropomorphized to Emphasize Oneness/Unity/Equivalence with God

    Note: This is how many Jews actually understand God’s use of the royal/pluralistic pronoun in referencing Himself.

    Ruach (Holy Spirit):
    The Outpouring/Communicable/Indwelling Essence/Nature/Power of God, the Divinity of the Deity, the Heavenly/Spiritual Life-Force of God and the Subsequent Spiritual Children of God

    Logos (Word):
    Pre-Existent as God’s Mind/Will, the Spiritual Expression/Manifestation Thereof, Any Life-Bearing/Life-Transmitting Message from God (Anything Considered Spiritually Alive/Present in Heaven), the Observable/Experienced Evidence of God’s Existence

    Note: One need only look at the metaphor of God as a speaker in the first chapter of Genesis to fully understand this very anthropomorphic concept. God is the “person” speaking. The Holy Spirit is the breath which defines the person as living, and which is expelled from the mouth as the person speaks. The Word is carried forth by force of the breath, is made alive by the breath, and is received along with the breath. The breath, being the “life/spirit” of the speaker, imbues the observed word with the experienced, transformative truth/message communicated by that word. The breath and word belong to the speaker and represent the speaker without being the speaker, yet they are – in a sense – one/united with and equivalent to the speaker. Both Ruach and Logos are, importantly, spiritual in nature, heavenly (NOT temporal/physical).

    Son of God:
    Fully Human, Spiritually Alive, Inheritor of Creation, Applies to ALL of the Spiritual “Children” of God but Especially to the Primary Heir (aka the “Firstborn”)

    Note: Best example for the above is obviously found in the story of Joseph and his brothers.

    God’s Son as God’s Word:
    Applies Specifically to the Christ/Messiah as an Eternally Intended Being, Can Be Applied Both to an Individual (Jesus) and to a Group (a Collective Individual, i.e. Israel, the Church)

    Son of Man:
    A Spiritual Descendant of Adam (Dead or Alive), a Spiritual Son of God is also a Spiritual Son of Man (Except Adam, who is not considered a Son of Man), This Does NOT Mean That One Person Can Have Two Spirits/Natures, Rather, Such a Person Has One Created Spirit (Adamic) that is Spiritually Alive (in Communion with God).

    Note: Adam, from a Jewish perspective, spiritually represents collective mankind at a certain point in time; at the same time, such archetypes can be equally recognized as “historical” individuals, though “historical” does not necessarily mean “literal” in Jewish thought or even “past”; in fact, Jewish thought does not easily fit with the Gentile concept of time as a linear thing because of its connectedness to the timeless spiritual realm of Heaven. Additionally, Heaven is not, in Jewish/Biblical thought, a place you go in the future but rather it is already present (again, it is considered timeless) and one simply “continues” (or, more accurately, “exists”) in that spiritual realm after physical death. A person who “ends up” in heaven is actually considered present there from the beginning, even before they become believers, even before they are born, even from the foundation of the world, because of their freewill belief at a given point in time. That’s just how timelessness works in Jewish thought.

    Christ/Messiah:
    Both a Son of Adam AND a Child of God, a Spiritually Alive Human Being, the “Firstborn” of Such Individuals, the “Base” of the Tree of Life, the One Through Whom God’s Spirit is Transmitted to the Rest of Mankind, Spiritually Pre-Existent Within God’s Mind as an Eternally-Intended Creature, “Manifested” by God’s Power Outside of Time (Alongside Divine/Complete Torah, the Spiritual/Heavenly Temple, All the Spiritual Inhabitants and Events/Activities of Heaven, etc).

    Hope this sheds some light on the subject or at least contributes a little something to keep the discussion about unitarianism going.

  16. on 21 Jan 2019 at 10:57 amBlake

    non-trinitarian Messianic Orthodox Judaism / Christianity , as per the Holy Scriptures in correct context;

    http://www.FewWhoFindit.com

    Shalom!

    🙂

  

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