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Truth is a great city sitting high above all realms. Truth gives light to our world of darkness, and without it, we would be in absolute spiritual darkness. The children of men have a natural aversion to spiritual light, for it is in the darkness that worldly desires may be fully embraced. Humans realize that the nearer they approach to the light, worldly ideas and ambitions are exposed and dispelled. This drives many away from the light into the nether regions of darkness; for only in ignorance are they able to continue their pursuits and embrace those things wherein they take pleasure.

With fulfillment of lusts, and with an increase of power, wealth, celebrity, and fame comes a greater tendency of aversion to the light; for knowledge of the truth threatens to deprive one of a full pursuit of worldly pleasures. The temptation for those who are rich in worldly goods, or rich in the spirit of their own ways, is to travel away from the city of light into the most remote and darkest regions of worldliness — the realm of ignorance. Is it any wonder then that often it is the rich of this world: the most powerful, the most famous, the wealthiest, who are the greatest adversaries of the truth and the most detached from reality? And who is more outspoken against truth? They band together to create an institution of darkness for which to impose upon others. They create a throne of self-righteousness whereupon they may sit as royals. Above all others they set themselves as judges, kings and queens. In their minds they are the wise. Notwithstanding, Yeshua said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

On the other hand are the poor in spirit who hunger and thirst for righteousness. These are they who grope in the darkness for hope. Looking around the world about them, they see no true source of light, only reflections in the glass flickering for a moment, and the torches of worldly fires that are soon to burn themselves out. Looking upward, they are drawn by the Light they see atop the hill. From near and afar off they behold the light atop the hill, and being captivated by its brightness, are moved to travel toward it. From every region they come, and as each one begins their ascent up the mountain toward the great city, they enter the city limits and are given a lamp for their travels. They have now become a citizen of The City on the Hill, and those below still living in darkness can see their lights as they ascend upward. Still, quite a journey remains to the very top of the hill and to the gates the city. As the travelers press upward and onward, each traveler has a personal walk; for not one has started in the same place as another. Seeing then that each one begins from a unique place, how then in the beginning of the journey can any travel the exact same path? Indeed, for some coming from completely different places, may even need for a time to travel in a different direction. How is it then that one on this side of the hill can say to another on the opposite side, “Brother, you are going the wrong direction”? For it matters not the direction you come from if you are traveling upward. I say this in regards to those who demand adherence of others to their interpretations of doctrine.

Some travelers who come from afar often face a longer journey, some roads they travel may be more difficult, and others may have a much much darker path with very little light to guide the way. How is it then that one coming from a much different place can say to the other, “Your way forward is wrong, you must travel my way and in my understanding and by my light”?

No one can travel your path, nor can you travel the path of another. Everyone’s walk is personal. Everyone’s walk must be one step at a time, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little there a little. Yet, dissension breaks out among many of the travelers as they each claim to be on the right path. Some even demand that others leave off walking their path to travel with them up the hill in order to be saved. And too often there is contempt for those who, “follow not us”. The disciples rebuked a man for casting out devils in the name of Yeshua because said they, “he followed not us”. Yet, Yeshua said unto them, “Rebuke him not, for he that is not against us is own our part”.

There is no doubt that some paths are clearer and are lighted much better than others, but how can someone far away who started in a totally different place travel a better path without first traveling another path that leads to it? As we all travel the unique path before each of us, we must take heed not to overstep the boundaries of judgment in regards to the walk others are walking. When we see others apart from us who have come from a completely different place traveling up the hill, we need to realize, true understanding is not in judging the perfection or imperfections of the path, but rather the direction the one on the path is traveling. Is he headed up or down the hill? If he is headed up the hill, even imperfectly, he is a brother. Counseling one another, reproof, and sharing with one another is profitable for all, but judgment should be held for those heading downward.

The purpose of this writing is to point out the importance of bearing with those who hold doctrinal differences which are at odds with own. Truth be told, we all hold imperfections we are not aware of. We should be careful not to reject those who believe somewhat differently unless they cross the point they compromise salvation. This too takes much discernment. There is no doubt that some doctrinal errors are critical, even fatal when falsehoods are embraced that are a nest for sins which damn the soul. It is only by the word of God and Holy Sprint that these things can be weighed and judged. The important thing to remember is that although we are on a straight and narrow path, each one has a personal walk that should be taken up with fear and trembling. Your personal walk is yours alone. No one can walk it for you; nor should you demand others walk your walk. The lamp you have been given may be brighter or dimmer than some others; do not judge others by the light you carry as they may be walking in all of the light that they have, or in some cases, more than you have. The personal paths of true followers continually become closer as they near the top of the hill; and at the top, all roads must converge into the city. As this happens, differences disappear; and the closer the travelers come to the center of the city, the closer the travelers also are to each other in every way. Indeed, for all paths of those who follow The Truth end in one place. At the end of the journey, all meet and all are gathered together in the city square. There will be no more differences then.

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The full knowledge of the truth is like unto a great puzzle. All truths are puzzle pieces. The Scriptures serve as the picture on the box top that aids us in putting the puzzle pieces of truth together. But in our case much of the picture is obscure. Yeshua is the Center Piece, and with him, come all the pieces that connect to the peripheral pieces in the Hebrew Bible. Generally, when beginning an enormous puzzle with many pieces, work begins with the peripheral pieces. It is true also in this case. There are four corners, which even among a multitude of pieces, are readily identifiable. Once all four corners are set, the work proceeds connecting the pieces that form the most outer edge, and from there the work begins to converge inward to the center. But in our case, the work on the puzzle stopped; and the caretakers who began the work ceased. The prophets went silent. The puzzle was abandoned and left with a large hole right in the middle.

The silence lasted over 400 years, until one day, a voice began crying in the wilderness; and then the Center Piece appeared. But many did not accept the Center Piece. Nonetheless, a few did recognize Him, and they began working to connect other pieces to Him. They were persecuted and killed, still, the work continued. Thereafter, others came also with other pieces and box top pictures of their own. Working recklessly they began forcing pieces together adding in their own strange pieces, while taking other true pieces away. They disregarded the four corners and outlying pieces and created a picture of their own.

One day a great ruler came. Beholding the puzzle, it became desirable to him and he took it from those who had it and declared it his own. He too had other pieces and pictures of strange puzzles which he put into the puzzle and declared “This is the true puzzle. All people shall believe and worship it”. Thereafter the two parts of the puzzle became irreconcilable. For the children of those who had given them the first part, held to it; while the others who came later held to the newer part. As the two caretakers grew further apart and enmity increased, they both devised means whereby to make certain that the two parts would never be joined together. There was even greater division than ever before, and it was accepted by all, there were two separate puzzles, and two entirely different pictures. The first part of the outer pieces was seen as a picture of beautiful landscaped gardens, walls, gates, walkways, fountains and waters. The more recent corrupted part also was viewed separately. It was accepted that the picture was that of a very impressive house built atop the landscape, and thus, replaced the landscape as the true picture.

After no small passage of time, others came along also, who beholding both puzzles, were amazed at how many pieces appeared to connect the two parts into being one of the same. They began working fervently to throw out the strange pieces, and to find the missing pieces that connected the two parts. But they too were persecuted and killed as those before them who had made the same declarations. Much more time would pass, but piece by piece, the puzzle was coming together. And indeed, it was becoming clearer with each new piece that the two parts are separate parts of one puzzle. For when the center pieces were placed in the middle of the outer pieces, the beautiful landscaped gardens, walls, gates, fountains and waters surrounded the House; and all walkways converged into one that lead up to the Door. And then, looking closely into the fountain waters in the outlying pieces, it was realized; there is a reflection of the House that has been there all along.

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