What is a deductive argument?

We believe in a traditional God – an omnipotent. If a good God really spoke with man, and if God wants reasonable people to pay attention to that revelation, than God must provide a rational basis for answering these questions. God must obviate the need for a blind leap of faith. God must make religion accessible to the sensible and sober-minded. The components must be provided to construct a logical bridge form generic monotheism to a specific revelation.
How would a good God relate to his creations?

If God is good then he would shower us all with unlimited goodness. This concept is irrational! A child who lacks nothing will often not have a purpose in life. If God is good than he would probably want us to have it all. He would give us a way to earn it all. The concept of charity/hand out isn’t what man wants to be involved with at all times. God needs to assign us a job, allocate time to satisfy the assignment and than pay us for the work. For a system like this to work well the job explanation has to be available throughout history. If such a job description was lost or changed the future generations would be deprived of the opportunity to participate in God’s scheme to receive rewards. The essential ingredients had to be packaged in a way that all future generations would have the chance to fulfill the mission. If God was good, than all of mankind, would be given an opportunity to participate in this set of instructions. “If the instructions were given, then someone, somewhere should be in possession of them.”

Private or Public ?

If these assignments, were allocated to a specific small hidden group than the masses would have no opportunity of ever discovering them. Only a small group would be given this opportunity to earn credit for this reward. If this group wanted the world to be aware of this fine opportunity it would be allocated in a way that everyone has access to the assignemnet. The group that received this revelation wouldn’t be justified in concealing themselves from the rest of humanity. This group should admit that their religion is God-given and not just some amazing project. The leader who offers this project should not be some independent thinker either! A human being who sincerely believes in God and the existence of a God given plan may refuse that which is designed by a man-made program.
Which group possess a Divine revelation?

 

There are thirteen families of extant religions worldwide. These religions represent hundreds of religious philosophies by tens of thousands of sects and cults. At least one group within one of these families should have THE PLAN. If we look at these families the ones that have a region with an origin of an omnipotent (good God) are the Bahais, Sikhs and certain groups form Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

 

Sikhism comes from the meaning “students of truth”. They follow the religion synthesized by GuruNanak, born in 1469 at Rai Bhoeki Talwandi (India).Nanak’s mother didn’t’ reveal the secret to anyone of her son’s internal Light of God that she had seen. When he was seven years old the young prophet delivered his first revelation. Sikhism views life as a “cycle of pain-filled reincaranations”. People who don’t have the opportunity to cleanse themselves in this lifetime will reincarnate as a lower life forms. (Plants and than animals) It differs from other monotheistic religions in so far as it rejects the Semitic notion of an indvidual afterlife. In this religion the achievement of purity is represented by the ultimate end of their life. It is at this point that he/she is “absorbed and dissolved” in God. A good God wants us to receive abundant rewards for out actions. A true religion “should provide us with an opportunity to earn abundant reward. Yet this religion teaches that at the moment of reward one’s “consciousness ceases”. He becomes so absorbed in God that the individual disappears. Someone who doesn’t have an individual consciousness also feels no pleasure. If the individual doesn’t feel anything than he in essence doesn’t exist! A good god would want his people to receive reincarnation with a lack of consciousness. This afterlife seems incompatible with that of an omnipotent, a good God’s existence.

*They affirm that the Torah, New Testament and Koran “came down from on high under the orders of the Lord God, but were made obsolete by Nanak’s revelations”.

* Affirm Judaism’s claim that God, through Moses, gave Israel the Torah.

^An agreement at one point in history that Jewry possessed
God’s plan.

 

Bahai

Bahai faith began its evolution in the early nineteenth century, when Shaykah Ahamad al Ahsa’i founded a new sect of Shi’ite Islam. The belief in prophets is accepted. The prophets according to Shi’ite belief is: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. They were each human and were of greater significance than the other. These were not just “human prophets but each was progressively greater than his successor”. They were emanations of Deity and manifestations of God.” In 1826 his group was taken over after his death by Sayyid Kazim of Reshet. In 1843 Sayyid Kazim died and a fight for the movement had erupted between Hajji Karmi Khan and Sayyid Ali Muhammad who was called Bab. The groups had split and the larger fraction was called Bab. He claimed to be a “spiritual gate through which his followers would have access to the hidden Imam. This is the last of Muhammad’s twelve vicegerents. In 1848 the4 claim was revised to proclaim that he actually was the hidden Imam. In the magnum opus, The Persian Bayan, it is revealed that he really was Muhammad’s successor. He died in 1850 and passed on to Baha’u’llah. Baha’u’llah claimed that he was a much greater manifestation that Bab. Bab only had come to prepare the way for Baha’u’llah. He was known as a prolific writer and has composed over a hundred volumes. This religion claims that like its Shi’ite ancestor that Moses, Jesus and Muhammad were legitimate prophets of God and affirms that the Torah, New Testament and Koran are Divine revelations. They say that Muhammad had not introduced the final religion and that another prophet of Muhammad’s stature had to follow.

*They deny the eteranl legitimacy of Islam.

* Affirm Judaism’s claim that God, through Moses, gave Israel the Torah.

^An agreement at one point in history that Jewry possessed
God’s plan.

 

Chrisitianity

Christianity recognizes the Torah as a Divine document and Moses as its prophetic recipient but again claimed that Moses’ revelation was abrogated by Jesus’ later one.

^An agreement at one point in history that Jewry possessed
God’s plan.

 

Islam

Islam espoused that Judaism and Christianity were essentially legitimate and god-given, but not the final religions.

* Affirm Judaism’s claim that God, through Moses, gave Israel the Torah.

^An agreement at one point in history that Jewry possessed
God’s plan.

 

POINT OF DISCORD

The point of discord is whether “Moses’ revelation was superseded by later prophecies, and if it was, how many times. ”

 

 

JUDAISM

Moses is a universally accepted prophet. If Moses is a universally accepted prophet than his words in the Torah should explain that he didn’t leave pertinent information missing from the Bible for the need of additional prophecies. It doesn’t say in any of the monotheistic religions an acknowledgement of how many times God would need to update the assignments given to man. That is because it is written already in the five books of the Torah explicitly that it would not need any additional changes as it is not mentioned once or twice. It is mentioned twenty-four times that God would never nullify the plan (written in the Torah to which was) handed over to Israel. It is mentioned twenty-three times in the Torah (Bible) that “this book is an eternal law for all generations” and towards it conclusion Moses writes that the “Torah law applies to us and to our children forever”. Therefore, the Torah explained that a continuation of prophecies wasn’t needed in the update of our “eternal law”/ mankind’s assignments.

 

 

Based on the book by Lawrence Kellerman Permission to Receive

This book can be bought on-line through any book store and

it is in your local Judaica store * Very good reading material