I was invited yesterday to attend a talk held by a Messianic Jewish man from Israel. I went but was pretty sure I would not stay for the talk or would leave it in the middle.
I love god and I love my faith, I am proud of being Jewish and messianic Judaism always, how to say it gently? pissed me off.
I can't get around the idea of someone being born Jewish and choosing to believe in Jesus. This might sound strange to some of you (if you are christian) but Jesus is very far from our religion, we don't believe he was a prophet or the son of god or anything really.
I don't mean to sound disrespectful here, it just the way things are.
Anyway, I went to the talk, all ready to be worked up about it. But I wasn't. God taught me a great lesson about tolerance yesterday.
It was interesting to hear this man talk, he is just, well, normal.
I still don't understand him, but I respect his belief. I don't agree with it, it will probably never be my belief, I don't teach it to my children, but he has the right to have it the same as I do mine and he has the same right to be moved by his faith like I do.
Yes, he is different, but he is just like me, you know what I mean?
My only problem was that he is a missionary and his job is to spread the word.
Of course I can ignore him when I see him spreading material on the street, but I don't see why he and they are doing this.
I like talking about my faith but I would never do it unless I am asked about it or I know the other person would like to talk about it as well, which I can only know about people who are close to me.
If people need to find faith, if they need to find Jesus, let them do it. I don't think they need to be fed Jesus with a spoon.
People need help and sometimes they even need help to find their faith, but sharing the new testament on the street is the right thing to do it?
If we meet people with goodness won't it make them eventually find their god or their faith? And why does it need to be institutionalized? Faith can come in so many shapes and sizes, and true, some people need to have labels and frames for it to exist (I do at times as well), but it can also exist just in goodness.
Sharing blankets in winter to homeless people shouldn't be in the name of religion, be it Judaism or any other religion, it should be because we want to be better people.
So yes, god did teach me a lesson yesterday. I am more tolerant, but I still disagree. And I will still raise my children to be good people before they are "good Jewish men".
4tbsp coconut sugar
1/2 liter milk
1tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
220g berries (I used black raspberries and blueberries)
Add the milk, flour, baking powder and salt and whisk.
Add the berries and blend either with a hand blender or in a blender.
Grease your waffle maker and make the waffles.
It's hard for me to say how much one should pour because every waffle maker has a different size. If you have the manual you can check there and if not (like me) then you'll have to do a few trials.
Serve with maple syrup, agave icing sugar or cream.