The great division in the church exists. It was predicted by Christ, but it is not the one that Mundabor thinks about in his nightmare that the Pope goes Protestant. The problem is that infidels are within the church, and are moving into heresy because they will not obey the words of the Lord.
The division is between the saved, the elect, and those who fake it. Who are more interested in signalling virtue. Who see all ways as true, and who consider evangelism imperial over reach.
Who would not see the need for salvation of the jews, for they see no need to be saved. They are like the yogis. They think salvation comes from within.
There are no two Covenants in place. The call to conversion that Jesus made was directed to the Jews just as well as to everyone else. In fact, in the very first years after Our Lord’s Resurrection it was considered normal for the first Christians to consider themselves Jews who – in contrast to the others – had recognised the advent of the Messiah promised to them. This feeling was so strong, that St. Peter himself – erroneously – thought that a Gentile would have to convert to Judaism in order to become a Christian (error which, as we know, was opposed and defeated by St Paul at the First Council of Jerusalem).
There is no mistaking the fact that Peter and all his contemporary taught it a grave danger to his Salvation that any Jew would not recognise Christ as Lord and Saviour. Things haven’t changed just because we have a Jewish friend who is awfully nice.
The other way of seeing it is this: whilst Judaism is the matrix out of which Christianity arose, a Jew is simply one who denies the divinity of Christ and of the Holy Ghost. If you don’t see in this a very grave offence to the Holy Trinity, I must question your Christian credentials.
It is, obviously, reasonable to hope that, among these Infidels – make no mistake: a Jew is not a Christian and is, therefore, an Infidel – more will be saved than among Infidels of any other religion, because of the special bond that once existed between the chosen people and God. However, we must not think that a Jew can ever be saved qua Jew, that is: in his religion, and we must make every prudent effort to convert those around us who follow this now outdated, surpassed persuasion.
I’m married to a photographer. I take photos for a hobby. We stopped watching Michael O’Neill’s film when we could see the eyes of the Western devotees. They were lost. When we saw that the gurus had dropped so far down the rabbit hole of exploring spirituality that they could not be saved.
For they thought the were.
But no one is saved but by God.
1Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest is still open, let us take care that none of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2For indeed the good news came to us just as to them; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3For we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,
“As in my anger I swore,
‘They shall not enter my rest,'”
though his works were finished at the foundation of the world. 4For in one place it speaks about the seventh day as follows, “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” 5And again in this place it says, “They shall not enter my rest.” 6Since therefore it remains open for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, 7again he sets a certain day ? “today” ? saying through David much later, in the words already quoted,
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”
8For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not speak later about another day. 9So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; 10for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. 11Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.
12Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.
Salvation is not within you. Your heart is desperately wicked, and you do not understand the depths of your depravity. Better that you look elsewhere. Do not look at those who proclaim virtue. They are just as wicked as you, or more so.
There is only one who can save, and that is God. We are not big enough. The elite want to claim righteousness and the Guru tells you that you are a little God, but like both you are more than a little damned.
The letter, remember is called Hebrews and was written to the Jews, for their salvation.
Let the living word of God bring you to your knees before Christ. Before him, all our motivations are laid bare. And pride in our spirituality is far more debased than we can imagine.