A Social Network for Members of Roots of Faith
Started Dec 15, 2010
I am a student and teacher of the Bible - ordained through United Israel World Union. I am the founder of Roots of Faith and the Synagogue Without Walls in Saint Francisville, Louisiana. My teachings advocate a return to the Core Biblical Faith (Abrahamic Faith) and seek to promote Biblical literacy for all of Abraham’s seed. Through public teaching and published material, I seek to provide a clarion call for the restoration of the ancient fundamentals of Hebraic faith. Aside from my studies in the Bible and Biblical literature, I am a student of Biblical Hebrew. I have a passion for Ancient Hebrew Culture and TORAH as it applies to non-Jews. I have spent many years seeking to understand and interpret earliest “Christianity” from its original and thoroughly Hebraic perspective. As a result of these studies, I find special interest in the Quest for the historical Jesus (Yeshua) and in the original faith of the authentic followers of Yeshua who attended synagogues during the Second Temple period. I no longer call myself a Christian (too much pagan baggage attached to the term), but am quick to point out that neither was “Jesus”. I claim to follow the religion of Jesus and not the religion about him.
I have been married to Bridget Denson Nichols since 1986 and have 6 children and 3 grandsons.
My goal is to study, learn, practice and teach Biblical truth.
I began my journey towards truth from the rank and file of fundamental Christianity. As I read and studied my Bible I soon discovered a vast difference between the religion of Jesus and the religion about him (Christianity). Years ago I came up with three statements that helped me along the way. Since I came from a Christian background, I used my familiarity of the New Testament texts to find my way to the truth. I began to see that “Jesus” had been misrepresented by the “Church”, and felt that I had inherited lies, vanity and things wherein there was no profit - Jeremiah 16:19. I still maintain the highest regard for the historical Jesus of Nazareth who believed in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and in the eternal validity of the Hebrew Bible and taught the people of his day to return to the true faith. Below are the three statements that helped me find my way to the God of Jesus - a WAY that is clearly defined in the Bible that Jesus read. Jesus sought to bring about the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth - which is the goal and meaning of history. His followers would do well to take his yoke and learn from him.
I put my faith in the God of Jesus – commonly referred to as “the LORD”, but known by the designation YHVH in the Hebrew Bible, and referred to by Jesus of Nazareth in the New Testament by the Aramaic term Abba / father. This God is one, and beside him there is no other, neither in heaven nor on earth. He is the Ancient of Days, El Shaddai, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Matthew 19:16ff; John 17:3; 20:17; I Corinthians 15:24; II Corinthians 11:31; Ephesians 1:3, 17; Colossians 1:3; I Peter 1:3; Acts 2:22: 10:38). I do NOT believe that the historical Jesus is or was the God of Abraham, Isaac or Jacob. Furthermore, I do not believe that he ever claimed such.
I put my faith in the Bible that Jesus read – commonly referred to as the “Old Testament”, but strictly and properly referred to as the Hebrew Bible or TaNaKh, an acronym formed by the first letters of three Hebrew words used to designate the three main parts of the Hebrew Bible (Torah – Law, Neviim – the Prophets and Ketuvim – the Writings). (Matthew 5:17ff; Luke 16:16ff, 29; 24:25, 32, 44ff; John 1:45; 5:39, 46; Acts 13:15, 26ff; 15:21, 17:2, 24:14, 26:22; Romans 1:2; 7:12, 14, 22; 10:4; 15:4; 16:26; I Corinthians 15:3; Galatians 3:24; II Timothy 3:15)
I put my faith in the authentic teachings and mission of Jesus – to bring about the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth, to seek and save the lost sheep of the house of Israel (hitherto unaware of their true identity), and to do and teach the Torah of YHWH. (Matthew 5; 10:6; 15:24)
Posted on September 4, 2011 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments
Posted on May 29, 2011 at 1:45am — 1 Comment
I just received confirmation from Rabbi Richman in Israel that the Fogel Family is in possession of the $10,000 collected from many of you! Here is a portion of Rabbi Richman's note. He and his wife have been so helpful in making all of this happen.
"Rabbi Goldsmith of Itamar, phoned me to let me know that he spoke with Rabbi Ben Yishai (Ruti Fogel's father) and he confirmed receipt of the…
Posted on April 28, 2011 at 11:16am
If you have been moved by the story of the Fogel Family massacre that took place in Itamar, I encourage you to go to the page I just set up. I am hoping that many of you will help me help this family. If you had intended to donate to Roots of Faith, please consider donating to this special project instead. We have enough money in the account to pay our bills this month already and this is such a worthy cause. If you do…Continue
Posted on March 16, 2011 at 9:25pm