Beginning at my father’s knee, my whole life long I was taught that God was NOT knowable or approachable. He was mysterious, unsearchable, far above us.
My Father Armin had lost his wife and 2 children in Hitler’s death camp.
Being a father and grandfather, I cannot even begin to imagine the depth of my father’s sorrow, his emotional pain, his doubts and the tears that must have flowed like a river running into a sea of hopelessness and despair.
Many people in his position came out of the death camps hating God. Somehow my father was able to start over again, marry my mother (also a survivor), raise me and live into his 80’s. He was never bitter, but placed his trust in the God of his fathers.
He loved this unknowable God with all his heart. Armin, more than anything else desired righteousness…he wanted to be perfect. According to the demand of God, we must be perfect to get into heaven.
So my father did good deeds, went to synagogue, gave charity to the poor. He was an honorable, loving, calm, gentle, soft spoken and kind man. I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved him. He is never far from my thoughts as is my mother.
Armin spent hours each day in the Old Testament. He loved to speak to me about the stories of the Nation of Israel and this unapproachable and unknowable God whom he loved.
In 1985 I became a Jewish Believer in Jesus. That is the only difference between my father and I as Jews. He waited for the 1st coming of the Messiah and I wait for His 2nd coming. This difference separates us by a chasm so great that it is not possible to Cross. The theological consequences of our differing views bring with it eternal consequences.
My Dad taught me about sin, the fact that I can never attain true righteousness and that because there are no more sacrifices of animals in a Temple, I must now rely on my Good Works to please the God of Israel. Then when I die, based on my Good Works, this unapproachable, unknowable …Holy God of both Mercy and Wrath would take pity on me when I stand before HIM and answer HIS question …“Why should I let you into MY Heaven?”
God’s word in the Old Testament is clear in Isaiah 64:6. Our good works are like filthy rags…everyone’s heart is evil from conception in our mother’s womb, NO PERSON CAN BECOME RIGHTEOUS. Our boasting before God about our good works will not gain us entrance into His heaven.
So where does that leave me? Where did it leave my father? What about your father? My father would tell me God is merciful and I agree. His mercies are new to us every day that He grants us life.
But God is also Holy and a Holy God hates Sin. God said through the Prophets that good works are not good enough, then what is good enough? Did God provide us a way to be saved from His wrath or not? That answer is yes! But the question you must answer is now different: Who do You say that I AM ?
God is Omniscient, He knows the past, present and future. He already had a plan for saving us the second that Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden. That plan was to provide a Savior. One who would come at the appointed time and offer a solution for our Sin problem.
I have spent the last 29 years of my life trying to convince people who do not have a Biblical Worldview that they are Sinners in danger of God’s Wrath and Judgment and that they are in need of a Savior.
This has been my passion, my joy and my greatest sorrow. Both my parents died before I came to know Jesus, the prophesied Savior and Messiah of Israel. I would gladly give up my life if I could but go back in time, and show my father in the Old Testament he cherished…the prophecies and portraits God gave the Jewish people, so they would recognize His Son Yeshua…the coming Messiah when He appeared on earth.
If you believe in His death on the Cross, the Empty Tomb, His Resurrection, the historically documented evidence of His appearing after death before many people, including 500 witness on one occasion and His Ascension into Heaven…then talk to your father if he still lives. Take part in giving your father, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the gift of eternal life… belief in the Messiah of Israel who came to die for the sins of the world.
God is still God. The wages of sin is still death. God does what we cannot do so we can be what we dare not dream: Perfect Before GOD.