Positive Aspects of Judaism
You don't Get Forever Barbecued
I have to be pretty candid and say that among all three mainstream religions, I think that Judaism is quite positive. After all, no Jews have knocked at my door to convince me that they are the one and only true faith. It's not that they don't care, really. It's because they aren't so smug to think that they have a monopoly of heaven and I like that.
Judaism does not tell anyone that he/she will go to "hell" and get barbecued forever. That'a positive. It does say that you reap what you sow. You simply have to follow these simple and logical rules and you get to heaven. They are :
1. You shouldn't have any idols and worship them.
2. You shouldn't kill. (self defense is alright)
3. You shouldn't do anything sexually perverted like having sex with animals.
4. You shouldn't eat a live animal. (Well, anyone who does that is obviously mad)
5. You should be just.
6. You shouldn't curse God or G-d
7. You shouldn't steal.
Now, it's simple isn't it? I love the positive fact that even if you FAIL you do time in Jewish hell which doesn't say anything like "fire". It's called "Ghenna" which is something like the Catholic version of purgatory and you don't get subjected to terrible tortures. Now isn't that positive? I mean what sort of "good Creator" would want you to burn forever? Judaism seems to offer the possibility of "redemption" even after you've kicked the bucket which is very nice and humane. Another thing that seems appealing is the Kotel Kam or the Wailing Wall... I like the way Jews bow there .. and seriously, I did leave a "petition" once in between the cracks of that wall and it seems that G-d or God said YES to it!
Another great thing about Judaism is Israel. I mean, I have a LOT of Jewish friends and these people seem to have the answers on everything --- drip agriculture, medicine, technology, thermal energy and they're pretty decent and honest to do business with. They do not hate you unless you play with rockets near their territory which is pretty reasonable IF you ask me. I mean, you wouldn't like your next door neighbor throwing little fireworks inside your garden anytime while your kids are playing, would you?
I also love Kosher of course. It's a healthy diet to follow anyway.Plus you can more gifts on Channukah than Christmas because you get gifts for several days. I love the Reformist Jews because they're so pragmatic -- they don't tell you you're doomed. Instead, they go through your "problem" with you and make you THINK of solutions. They take friendship seriously and they really do NOT give a hoot if you're a secularist as long as you're friends. They're intellectually honest, which is one of the MOST positive things about these people. They'll tell you they don't know everything (who does?). They're not absolutists.I definitely love the FACT that Jesus was a Jew.
Most of all I love their concept of G-d/God. If you read Judaism carefully you'll find out that God/G-d is neither he/she because he/she has both the nurturing and protective traits of BOTH parents. The G-d of Israel is positively great, doesn't want his/her kids to worry a lot and is more inclusive -- meaning you can't "fall out of his favor" as long as you do reasonably same things. Now, isn't that positive?
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