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The Odious Stench of Religion, Part 1
26 September 2014
If you have lived on this planet for any time at all, you have undoubtedly encountered the unpleasant stench of religion. You know, the multitude of manmade religious rules and regulations which weigh us down with their burden and suck the life out of us. I am completely fed up and finished with ALL religion, even “Christian” religion. The only thing I want is to simply and wholeheartedly follow Yeshua (Jesus).
Yesterday I came across an astonishing article on the Ynetnews.com Web site. I normally don’t republish entire articles like this, but it is such an excellent example of the odious stench of religion that I just couldn’t pass up this opportunity to share it with you.
Following in the footsteps of the Old Testament prophets, Yeshua had a lot to say against the stench of religion. To the Jewish religious leaders of His day He said: “Woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them” (Luke 11:46b). For the full dose of Yeshua’s condemnation of reeking religion, see Luke 11:37-54 and Matthew 23:13-36.
Before those of you who consider yourselves Christians get too smug, I shouldn’t have to remind you that Christianity can give off just as odious a stench as Judaism, or any other religion. There are many, many examples of this, including Christians promoting violence, as well as some stinky Christian junk mail I have been getting recently.
Less than a hundred years after confronting the Jewish religious leaders — after His death, resurrection and ascension — Yeshua, seated at the right hand of the Father, confronted the religious reek in His own ekklesia (church):
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of My mouth.”Christianity is not immune to religious degeneration. More than ever, spiritual harlotry is thriving in the modern church. How quickly pure and simple devotion to Yeshua can turn into repugnant, rancid, reeking religion! (2 Corinthians 11:2-4)
“I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of My God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent.”
“You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet.... I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.”
“You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.” (Extracts from Revelation 2-3)
The following news article about the stink caused by ultra-orthodox Jews on an airplane recently may seem extreme to the point of silliness, but there are a lot of “Christians” out there who are just as ridiculously religious in their own way. It would almost be funny if it wasn’t so tragic.
Apparently, this was not the first time haredi had caused a scene on an airplane. Yes, religion is definitely a stinking nightmare. Unfortunately, it lasts much, much longer than a mere eleven hours.
Haredim refuse to sit next to women on El Al flight, causing ‘11-hour-nightmare’
El Al passengers on New York-Israel flight claim Haredi men refused to sit next to women, even offering secular passengers money to switch seats, delaying flight’s departure.
Passengers aboard an El Al flight from New York’s JKF airport to Israel claim that hundreds of ultra-Orthodox passengers demanded that they trade places with them before takeoff, saying they cannot sit next to women.
“It was an 11-hour long nightmare,” one of the passengers summed up her experience.
On Wednesday morning, the eve of Rosh Hashanah, thousands of Israeli and Jewish passengers landed in Israel, including scores of ultra-Orthodox Jews who decided to celebrate the Jewish New Year in the Holy Land.
However, things didn’t go so smoothly on one El Al flight carrying a large group of haredim, as well as secular Jews, that departed from New York’s JFK and landed in Israel at 5 am Wednesday.
According to the passengers who were on the plane, their fellow ultra-Orthodox travelers refused to sit next to women prior to the takeoff, which not only delayed the flight, but caused actual chaos to ensue on the plane.
“People stood in the aisles and refused to go forward,” said Amit Ben-Natan, a passenger who was on board the plane.
“Although everyone had tickets with seat numbers that they purchased in advance, they asked us to trade seats with them, and even offered to pay money, since they cannot sit next to a woman. It was obvious that the plane won’t take off as long as they keep standing in the aisles.‘
Passengers claimed that though the El Al flight crew informed them they do not have to agree to a switch, the flight’s captain said over the PA system that the flight would not take off as long as people were standing.
“This is completely inconsiderate of the non-haredi travelers. I don’t know many airlines that would allow their passengers to act like that,” said Bar Natan.
Galit, another traveler on the flight, said the ultra-orthodox passengers suggested she and her spouse split up to better accommodate their desired seating arrangements: “Why should I agree to switch places?” she said with anger.
After she refused, the haredi man seated next to her conceded, but it was only temporary: “I ended up sitting next to a haredi man who jumped out of his seat the moment we had finished taking off and proceeded to stand in the isle.”
It seems that after takeoff a large portion of the haredi travelers took to the isles to pray which, according to their fellow travelers, crowded the isles and caused the flight to be unbearable.
“I went to the bathroom and it was a mission impossible, the noise was endless,” Galit said.
For an example of Christian religious stench, see the follow-up article The Odious Stench of Religion, Part 2.
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