How do you indoctrinate people into a religious belief system? Actually, there are 16 basic principles connected with the process of indoctrination according to Aspie Savant at medium.com. While this list is tied to politics, it can also be applied to religious systems of indoctrination.
1. Start while they’re young
2. Create an illusion of choice
3. Use simplistic stereotypes
4. Mix lies with truth
5. Make the lie a big one
6. Keep people well fed and distracted
7. Simplify complex issues
8. Spread propaganda
9. Use ridicule (or ostracize) to shut down opposing voices
10. Promote religious correctness
11. Manipulate history
12. Control opposing sides of the same debate
13. Stir the emotions (forget dealing with facts)
14. When the opposition fights back, play the victim
15. Label ‘non-conformist’ behaviors as pathological
16. Use rituals and mass events to keep those asleep occupied
The word ‘religion’ is never used in the Scriptures to describe the Torah-observant faith of the Hebrews and their covenant relationship with YHWH.
According to the English learners dictionary found on the Merriam-Webster website, a religion is…
There is no Hebrew equivalent for the word ‘religion’ listed in Strong’s concordance. This is important because the Messianic Scriptures were originally written in Hebrew. The so-called ‘New Testament’ included in most Bibles was originally written in Hebrew and translated into Greek.
To get the original meaning/intent of the writings it is necessary to translate the Greek1 back to Hebrew.
Although there are many opinions concerning the issue of Primacy, many scholars maintain that most if not all of the Second Writings are of Semitic/Shemitic origin. They argue that the original scrolls were written in a Shemitic language and were meant to be included in the totality of Torah.
Why is this important? Because, as stated before, religions are organized belief systems in which men make up the ceremonies and rules by which they worship a chosen diety. And because much of the religious doctrine (such as the Trinity, the rapture, dispensationalism, etc.) promoted by the Christian religion has roots in Greek and Roman mythology, many people are left confused regarding Torah and the identity of the Messiah.
The key to understanding Torah lies in the Shemetic language and customs of the covenant people known as Hebrews. The trailer produced by Disciples of the Way Ministries sheds light on the subject in a powerful way. Prophecy Vine encourages you to do more investigation in to these topics during your devotional time. Then, ask yourself if the religious beliefs and practices of your church agree with how the Most High has instructed you to worship Him.
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When you fail to approach Scripture with a Hebrew cultural mindset and a deep understanding of Torah, you will come away confused. Unfortunately most teachers in Christian churches (no disrespect intended) fail to grasp this. This makes the so-called New Testament difficult to understand and you will miss the deeper lessons that Messiah is trying to teach us. You will live on milk and not meat.
Keep in mind that the letters that make up the gospels were meant to be read by the Yahudim leadership; all who were well versed in Torah. That’s why Kepha (Peter) was so worried about lawless people (those without Torah understanding). Everything was to be understood in the context of Torah and a Hebrew culture. People ignorant of the customs and practices of the Hebrews will inevitably misinterpret Scripture and promote false doctrine.
1When the Messianic Scriptures (New Testament) were being written, Aramaic was the common language used in Yahudea (Judea) but Greek was considered the international language in the Mediterranean world. There were many Hellenist Greek-speaking Yahudim in Yerushalayim during the time of the Passover and Messiah’s crucifixion. When the Taught Ones wrote their letters (epistles) to the various assemblies, it was common for Brit Chadasha (New Testament) writers to quote the Greek rather than Hebrew Scriptures.
“New Testament Greek to Hebrew Dictionary” by Jeff A. Benner
“The Apostolic Bible Polyglot” Greek-English Interlinear by Apostolic Press, Charles Van der Pool
“The Jewish New Testament”, by David Stern
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