About Moshe Szweizer and this Website
Everybody has been born somewhere. Does it really matter where? I was not born in Bethlehem. Therefore, I can not be The King, can I? There is nothing special about me. I have that problem of publishing any information regarding my person. I am so unremarkable. When I was born, my parents, guardians and anybody who thought to be responsible for my future religious involvements, decided to introduce me into two religions.
Thus, I have been circumcised into the Jewish Orthodoxy and baptized into Roman Catholic Church. However, when I was growing up, no religious education of any kind was provided to me. That was to such an extend that I have not visited a synagogue until well over thirty years old, and (apart from two funerals and one wedding) have not been to any church until well over twenty five. When I was younger they were telling me at home that when I grow up then I will decide what religion to follow. They thought I had a choice of sorts.
Still, I felt ‘a presence’ next to me even from my youngest days. This presence became a conscious spiritual observation, and later on, a spiritual interaction at the age of twenty five or so.I have observed that in order to withstand the Spiritual interaction I need to be more and more rational in my way of thinking. This is the key to the mental survival, while dealing with the Spiritual reality. This is because such reality happens mainly on the mental level.
For years, day after day, I have been experiencing ‘Spiritual Touch’. There was a time when I was experiencing a lot of locutions. However, I had only one vision in all of that time. That singular vision lasted for about one second of time. Say ‘one hundred and one’ and this is the amount of time that vision lasted. Moreover, it was blurred without any sharpness in it.
I was praying in a secluded room when a bright shape appeared in front of me. It was in general human like proportion, head, torso, and hands. It was, just a shape without any detail. He held something in his right hand, and he made a rapid gesture like striking me with that object. He aimed at my neck and made a gesture of hitting me like cutting. If he had a rod or a sword in his hand it would give a similar effect.
I felt like being struck with a thick rope. It hit me on my right side and then the feeling circled around my neck. All my neck was inflamed in a fraction of a second. Then the vision disappeared. In my mind a thought occurred. That thought insisted that I was John the Baptist.
There is a story related to the Prophet Elijah. It describes how the Prophet prostrated himself on a dead boy’s body in order to bring him back to life. He did this three times. I interpret that passage as a prophecy. To me it means that the soul of the Prophet was to come to Earth in three human incarnations. Maybe you believe that John the Baptist was the second coming of Elijah. The thought in my mind insisted that I am the third such incarnation.
Book of Kings Chapter 17
Thus, based on my shortly timed and hazy vision, some thoughts that persist in my mind, and on a Biblical prophecy, I am convinced that in my person is realized the third coming of the soul of the prophet Elijah.
What is this website about?
When establishing the site I intended to publish any topics that would seem interesting to me. I started with the articles and some collection of my earlier life experience descriptions. As I develop software from time to time, I added that information to the site as well. With time it seems that the site becomes more involved with the issue of modification of the existing religious beliefs. Currently two topics seem to be most important to me: the first being the problem of anti-Semitism in Christianity, and the second the notion of poverty as a requirement in the Christian faith.
Messianic demands and anti-Semitism
In order to understand the problem one needs to recall the original demands placed on the Messianic figure. He is supposed to come to save the Jews, and he is to be their king and defender. In other words the Messiah is supposed to be representing the interests of the Jewish nation, working with that nation on her behalf. Such definition prevents the Messiah from being in conflict with the Jews, and certainly the Messiah can not possibly be rejected by the Jews. It would just not mix with the Messianic notions expressed in the Biblical texts.
The above reasoning leads to the main problem faced by Christianity which insists that Jesus in the Jewish Messiah (there is not any other is there?). The practical effect of this contradiction is that the Christians who are strongly Jesus oriented are at the same time anti-Semitic (even though they may not realize this until confronted with practical situations). Jesus defined himself as a divider. He graphically represented this by breaking of the bread (to such extend that it became his identifiable sign). Breaking and dividing included contradicting of professed customs and believes; taken to such extend as to place him in direct conflict with the Jewish religious establishment. Surely, such a stand allowed him to establish a new religion, but at the same time, in the eyes of the Jews, it negated his person as a potential Messiah.
There is still something more problematic related to his stand. Jesus defined himself as being the only son of God. In fact he rejected any form of spiritual competition to that title. However, according to the introductory verses of the Book of Job, there were other sons of God defined in there. In fact the Jewish Nation may be defined in the context of the children of God.
This stand taken by Jesus adds to the problem of anti-Semitism seen in Christianity. If Jesus is the only son of God, and if at the same time the Jews define themselves as the children of God, then there is a direct conflict of interests which results in mutual hatred.
To the Jews Jesus seems to resemble the Challenger attacking Job in his book. The Challenger places himself in conflict with both the Sons of God in Heaven and with a son of God represented by Job himself. The Challenger, when he comes to Earth as a person one day, asserts to be the only Son of God and he rejects all the other claimants. Surely, his followers can not escape the intrinsic conflict with the rejected, as each site negates the claims of the other.
Interestingly, as a general rule, the parents are not the followers of their own children. Most likely this is because the parents belong to the previous generation and as such they see the achievements of their children from such perspective.
The above allows mother of Jesus to represent an independent view from her son. It seems to me that persons devoted to her have the dilemma of anti-Semitism toned down to some extend.
Poverty as a requirement in the Christian faith
Many people would tell you otherwise, but the unfortunate truth is that if you wish to make any form of spiritual progress in Christianity you need to be financially poor. This is because the Christian faith is based on the book of Job. In order to be successful on the spiritual road, one needs to be like him: poor, rejected with adversaries making accusations and at the same time keeping steadfast faith in God. This is a form of heroism, which is needed to succeed on this road.
Such is an intrinsic element of the Christian faith. The growth in spirituality is through a struggle. A person is being continuously accused of sinfulness and ungratefulness to God. In order to contradict such accusation one shows love to God through above human commitment and perseverance.
It is a way that has been set by introduction of the baptism through water. The cleansing is prophesized in the old books, but the need for it is unbreakably associated with the assumption of original human sinfulness. Thus, once a person has been baptized with water, such a person has been defined as originally sinful and therefore needs to prove his or her love of God through subsequent life challenges.
However, a person could take another path. Instead of entering a religion through a declaration of sinfulness, one may enter through a declaration of love of God. What would have happened if someone came to John the Baptist and instead of asking for baptism would offer him a gift? Such a visitor would recognize John as a holy man, and would not ask for anything in return. Surely, such recognition would have to turn itself into some form of repayment from the God’s site.
There is an old saying: “God does never owe”. What it means is that if a person makes a good gesture toward God, he will certainly repay it in at least the same measure. Thus, if someone had provided some form of good deed toward John, and then left without asking for the baptism, God would not only had to recognize the person as having good intentions, but also would have to repay him is some measurable manner.
Such an approach is more constructive, as it assumes an element of goodness in a human being. Moreover, it intends to build on it.
I have attached to this site a citation of the song written by Plant and Page. In the lyrics of that song, two paths are mentioned. It is good to be aware of such possibility.
This is also the reason why I have provided a manner for depositing payments on my welcoming page. If one wishes to bring a gift, it is one of the ways to do it.