This blog post is in response to a video by rabbi Mordechai Kraft titled “Mystical Secrets in The Garden of Eden“.
These are the rules the Torah gives us for figuring out fact from fiction.
A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
According to Torah you need two or three witnesses from Torah to establish something as prophecy or mystical (when I say Torah I am including the law, prophets, and writings). If two witness disprove an idea, then the idea dies, according to Torah.
6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
Any theory has to be supported by two or more Torah witnesses before it can be used as a clue to a prophecy or idea, no Torah witnesses means you have nothing more then a bed time story. It’s important to understand the rules because according to Torah you will be put to death for saying YHVH said something without him actually having said it even if it is accidentally.
20 But the prophet who shall presume to speak a word in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or who shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.’
The problem is … I ran this against rabbi Kraft’s teaching and found it in need of even one witness from the Torah. The video is below and if you have an hour to blow watching someone twist the Torah around and make it seem like it is saying something that it is clearly not, then watch the video but first let me show you what I found.
If you just really need to watch a video watch this one first.
I am going to have to do some more blog post on this to show all the bible verse from the Torah that destroys his entire class but first let me show you what rabbi Kraft said happened.
This is just a couple of the many problems with rabbi Kraft’s teaching not only, not being related to Torah but actually being against Torah and YHVH.
1. Rabbi Kraft says there were NO bad angels??
To believe this we have to ignore Torah verses like …
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
And while there are many more verses that I could use to prove my point I will only give one more for now because I want to show you what rabbi Kraft is actually saying about YHVH.
But first my second witness from Torah for angels having free wills.
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God;
We know the king of Tyrus has not been in the Garden of Eden. This is not written to the king of Tyrus but rather of Lucifer.
every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
This tells us he is created and has some kind of musical ability.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth;
He appears to be one of the supper angels? They surround God’s throne and are em-blazed into the Arch of the convent. Lucifer is the one that covers everything, does that mean he was in charge? I do not know but he sounds important.
and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Lucifer was blinded by the darkness …
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. They have filled you with violence.
Whatever is in the dark has filled Satan with violence. It sounds like to me that Satan had a choice in the matter and choose to allow the darkness to enter.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
His wisdom was corrupted by something that was in the dark.
How ever I was unable to find any bible verses that supported any of the following claims by rabbi Kraft.
- no free will?
- Satan having a dislike for sin?
- That YHVH told Satan to temp Eve?
- That YHVH turned Satan into the snake before he ever meet Eve.
- That YHVH did not curse Satan.
- or that there are No bad angels.
Rabbi Kraft’s god programmed Satan to do a job and then ran a second program, that would give him feelings and desires contrary to those needed to complete the job he was programmed to do. Rabbi Kraft’s god seems cruel and unjust. Can you imagine having to work the hours Satan must work and having passions, desires, and thoughts that make you despise the thing you must do? Rabbi Kraft’s god created Satan to be tortured.
2. Rabbi Kraft said the word “forbidden” didn’t exist in Hebrew. Therefore nothing is forbidden?
This is contrary to the God of Torah who rewards those who observe His commandments, and punish those who don’t. It also against Google who translates the word “forbidden” into Hebrew?
Rabbi Kraft also said that the idiom “the naked truth”, even though nothing like it existed in Hebrew, could be used to prove a point about the Torah, because all languages came from Hebrew. But did not apply those rules to the word “forbidden” when he wanted to say nothing was forbidden.
Rabbi Kraft vs. Torah
If nothing is forbidden then why are we punished when we do wrong?
16 There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
15 “Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal, I hated them there. Because of their sinful deeds, I will drive them out of my house. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious.
3. Rabbi Kraft said the first thing that happened was that God was speaking to the angels. As an example to us, to always ask for advice. But he also said they had no free will.
The rabbi compared them to his bread maker. I can not help but picture Rabbi Kraft’s god standing in the middle of no where, asking his bread-maker what he thinks about his new plan. Now keep in mind that one of the bread-makers will be tortured but since he has no free will he can only answer, that he loves the idea.
Rabbi Kraft goes on to say that this is an example to me for how I should treat my bread maker but this isn’t the picture the Torah paints.
4. Rabbi Kraft said his god had Adam date the animals to prepare him for a test?
I would love to see a Torah verse for:
- The test.
- Dating the animals.
- or the preparation for the test.
5. Rabbi Kraft says that Adam was created, named all the animals, dated all the animals, got split in two, married, and sinned all with in the first 6 hours of his life. I would love to see the Torah verses to support this.
6. Rabbi Kraft’s Eve is one scary girl !
In under a couple hours, Eve has had bonded with a talking sneak and built a bond that will cause her to disobey God and change the path of man. And that isn’t even the part that makes her sound crazy, it’s when the rabbi says the snake only asked her half a question, “But even if God said, Don’t eat” … and according to the rabbi Eve starts playing it out in head in such away that makes one wonder if she was even sane.
First we have Adam dating all the animals because he doesn’t realize he isn’t like the rest of them. This makes me wonder if his IQ level isn’t much like that of a 1st grader when you play the game, “which one of these is different from the others”. But Eve takes it to a whole new lever with understanding and insight that makes me wonder about her sanity.
Eve realizes that there is this animal inside her that has desires, wants, and needs. Eve realizes that this animal was put there by God and wonders if she should obey the laws of God or follow the animal inside her. But the only words Satan spoke was “But even if God said, Don’t eat” … the Rabbi said that to Eve it sounded like “who cares what God says?” And it made her go into this deep thought process about the other ways that God speaks to her?
She thinks about the animal that speaks to her from inside.
She then hears and listens to the animal inside of her.
The animal inside her says, aren’t you an animal, why do you have to listen to God’s words? Listen to the animal inside you! What’s wrong with not listening to what God created inside you?
I don’t think this is normal behaviour, I wonder if Adam might have been in fear for his life when he at the apple.
The Mystical Secrets in the Garden of Eden are stating to look even more mystical.
When you step back and look at what the rabbis is saying, Adam was lucky to get out of the garden alive.
7. The rabbis said he had never noticed anything in Torah that eluded to 1 day being equal to 1,000 years …
I do not doubt that the rabbi has never seen anything in the Torah that says this because I question if he has ever read the Torah. But either way I put the bible scriptures here that should more then prove that 1 day can be equal to 1,000 years when looking at bible prophecy.