Brave New World, front (Photo credit: jrambow)
“I think [Bernard]’s pretty harmless.”
Pretty Harmless, perhaps; but also pretty disquieting. That mania, to start with, for doing things in private. Which mean, in practice, not doing anything at all. For what was there that one could do in private. (Apart, of course, from going to bed: but one couldn’t do that all the time.) Yes, what was there? Precious little. The first afternoon they went out together was particularly fine. Lenina had suggested a swim at Toquay Country Club followed by dinner at the Oxford Union. But Bernard thought there would be too much of a crowd. Then what about a round of Electro-magnetic Golf at St. Andrew’s? But again, no: Bernard considered that Electro-magnetic Golf was a waste of time.
“Then what’s time for?” asked Lenina in some astonishment.
Apparently, for going [on] walks in the Lake district; for that was what he now proposed. Land on the top of Skiddaw and walk for a couple of hours in the heather. “Alone with you, Lenina.”
“But, Bernard, we should be alone all night.”
Bernard blushed and looked away. “I meant, alone for talking,” he mumbled.
“Talking? But what about?” Walking and talking–that seemed a very odd way of spending an afternoon.
I’m rereading through Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World for the first time since high school. I find that this work of art speaks to our culture even more so now than it did 80 years ago. But then again, society doesn’t change much, do they?
I shared James’ post, Christianization of Acts 15, on Facebook, and a friend commented and it turned into a small exchange. First, he asked about the purpose of the Law, and why observe it if it’s a shadow of Jesus? After my response, he asked about whether or not I am Jewish, and if not what is my reason for following Torah. He also asked about going to a priest for certain functions, and such. I don’t want to quote his entire comment, but below is my response. It was something that I had been pondering anyway, so his question hit me at a time when I was prepared. Thanks Papa!
I am a gentile, and proud of it! Thank you for your questions. The question of why I observe Torah is something I am often asking myself, to make sure I’m on the right track. Why would a gentile who has salvation through Yeshua need Torah, or even WANT Torah?
So I want to purchase an Orthodox Jewish Bible, in fact I am about to. My reasoning is that I want a translation in which I can engage with the Hebrew words. I’ve been using the ISR Scriptures translation, which I love, but I want more Hebrew words.
Related books that came up on Amazon include Lost in Translation, and Hebrew Yeshua vs. Greek Jesus. So my question is: Has anybody read these, or other “Hebrew Roots” books? Are they good? Are they worth it? Or am I better off with the plethora of web materials available?
Thanks for your help! Shalom.
In yesterday’s post, I neglected some stuff….HOW MUCH YAHWEH HAS BEEN BLESSING ME IN TORAH-OBSERVANCE ON CAMPUS!!
Hi there! I haven’t posted in a while. School is busy! And this won’t be a full post either.
I’m working on my series on holiness, or rather, set-apartness. Being set-apart is so important that it can’t be summed up in a soundbyte. But also, as I write it, I realize how little I know.
Is Torah misogynistic? Many critics of the Old Testament try to claim that it is misogynistic, particularly in the role of women in the Hebrew community, like submission to husbands.
Well, I had a revelation about the role of women in marriage, that not coincidentally came to me when I started wearing a head-covering. Yesterday I mentioned Pete’s article on manipulatives, a Biblical principle that the modern church is sorely lacking. To summarize again, a manipulative is a physical object that reminds us of the abstract.
Are you antisemitic? Of course you’re not, right? You love Jewish people. Of course you do.
But really, ask yourself. Are there aspects of your interpretation of scripture that are antisemitic? We like to say that the Jews just didn’t understand their own scriptures, that their system was defunct. We joke about foolish Israelites. And of course, Jesus did away with the Law. It was really bad.
Take a hard look at the teachings called Christianity. Where do they come from? Almost all Christianity today was birthed from Catholicism or Orthodoxy, which has its birthplace in the Roman empire in the first few centuries AD. The first century of Jesus-followers were almost entirely Jewish, but from the beginning of the second century onward the faith was dominantly gentile.
In part I of this installment, I established that yes, love is indeed the most important of the commandments. In part II, I expanded on that. What is love? How do you love YHWH? Love is not simply a feeling, but it is an action. And YHWH clearly states over and over that if you love Him, you will follow His commands. Thus, loving YHWH = following His commands.
So what am I talking about today? Last week I said, ” So what exactly is Jesus doing here? He’s taking us deeper! Not into a more legalistic adherence to Torah, but into a deeper intimacy with God in our observance of Torah. HalleluYah!” So how can I back this up? Let’s look at Matthew 5, a favorite passage of any HR believer.
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to complete. For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done. Whoever, then, breaks one of the least of these commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign of the heavens; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means enter into the reign of the heavens.” Matt. 5:17-20 ISR
This is part of Yeshua’s famous Sermon on the Mount. I’m not going to go into detail on this part. FFOZ has just released a good lesson on this passage, which I’ve linked below. What I want to talk about today is the rest of Matthew 5.
“You heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder,’ and whoever murders shall be liable to judgment. But I say to you that whoever is wroth with his brother without a cause shall be liable to judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raka!’ shall be liable to the Sanhedrin. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to fire of Gehenna… 21-22