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Letter 18: From Mike

20th February 1989


Dear Ya’acov,

Thank you for your letter of 23rd November. Unfortunately I am unable to reply as quickly as you are. Apart from the fact that I am very busy I always try to do you the courtesy of thinking about the points you make.

You say that "the governmental laws of man" make it impossible to offer animal sacrifices. That does not relieve the dilemma. The apostles of Jesus maintained that "we ought to obey God rather than man" (Acts 5:29). The Law stands forever: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have assigned it to you for making expiation for your lives upon the altar; It is the blood, as life, that effects expiation" (Leviticus 17:11 Tanakh: Jewish Publication Society translation).

Your reference to Paul’s statement that we are "not under law’’ should be Romans 6:14, not 7:9. That demonstrates to me that you did not look up the reference yourself. If you had you would have noticed that he continues "What then? Should we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Certainly not." If you were to read the New Testament for yourself you would see that not "being under law but under grace" means precisely the opposite of what the opponents of Christianity, who rip it out of context, claim.

You state that Jesus was a necromancer. If that was so, why has Christianity throughout history been an opponent of occultism? Why have necromancers, after becoming Christians, renounced the black arts?

If you don’t mind me saying so, I think you have a lot of chutzpah [cheek, nerve] to make such a claim in the light of the Talmudic passages that I listed in my letter of 9th December 1987.

No, you did not anger me (although I suspect you were trying to), you just saddened me by churning out the same objections I have answered previously.

You need an atonement for your sins, Ya’acov. At the moment you are without one and one day you will have to stand before the King of Kings to be judged. There is an atoning blood, prefigured and symbolised by the Mosaic sacrifices, which can cleanse you of all sin. It saddens me more than I can say to think that a pagan like me should have found righteousness through faith in Messiah while you, a physical son of Abraham, are still in your sins.

I am sorry to have had to write in this manner. Forgive me if I sound abrasive. That is not my intention. I just wish you would put away your preconceived prejudices and give this matter a little serious thought.

With best wishes,

Mike


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