Do You REALLY Believe Him?

Do You REALLY Believe Him?

Understanding How Christianity Betrayed Jesus and His Narrow Path While It Embraced Paul and His Broad Road

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
90 Pages
Reviewed on 07/12/2017
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Do You REALLY Believe Him? Understanding How Christianity Betrayed Jesus and His Narrow Path While It Embraced Paul and His Broad Road is a nonfiction religion/philosophy book written by Evedyahni BenAvraham. The author’s biographic information lists him as the Spiritual Guide at K’hal YAH, a congregation of the Original Hebrew People located in Brooklyn, New York. He argues that, while most Christians believe that they are following the precepts of Jesus Christ, in his capacity as the Son of God, Jesus’ teachings had been altered by the Apostles and those who sought to spread Christianity in order to make the religion easier for the heathens or other peoples to follow. He points to a number of instances where Jesus’ teachings indicated that the Torah was to be obeyed above all else. Jesus uses that conviction to refuse Satan’s temptations during his forty days and nights in the wilderness, and the author shows that the lesson Jesus gives from his experiences is just that: “If we want to overcome Satan, we have to know, live, and evoke the words of the Torah.” Evedyahni BenAvraham illustrates how Jesus had conflicts with those who gave the Talmud precedence over the Torah, which cannot be “modified, or annulled...and which will remain authoritative as long as there is a Heaven and an earth.” He argues that following the precepts and teachings of Jesus, the prophet, implies following the Torah to the letter as the word of God.

Evedyahni BenAvraham’s nonfiction religion/philosophy book, Do You REALLY Believe Him?, is a fascinating look at biblical interpretation which charts the changes that Christians made to Jesus’ teachings and the road believers must take to follow Jesus’ true words. The author’s arguments are clearly and distinctly set out, and supporting biblical references are given to help the reader’s understanding, whether he is familiar with the Bible or not. I was particularly interested in his in-depth look at the Torah and his discussion on how early Christians changed Jesus’ teachings to make spreading the faith more easily accomplished. His arguments that the disciples dispensed with the rules on circumcision and food restrictions and put faith in the place of obedience to the Torah are well-made and convincing. This is a well-written text that uses Jesus’ words to illustrate the cogent points being made, and at no point did I feel that the author was proselytizing or promoting his faith. I found much within his work to think about and am pleased to have had the opportunity to read this book. Do You REALLY Believe Him? Understanding How Christianity Betrayed Jesus and His Narrow Path While It Embraced Paul and His Broad Road is most highly recommended.

Sarah Stuart

In the book, Do You REALLY Believe Him? Understanding How Christianity Betrayed Jesus and His Narrow Path While It Embraced Paul and His Broad Road, Evedyahni BenAvraham sets out the argument that both Christians and Messianic (Jewish) Christians, whilst almost certainly believing they are following the true messiah, Jesus Christ, are in fact following the teachings of the apostle Paul, which are a direct contradiction of everything Our Lord taught. Jesus, after fasting for forty days and forty nights, resists the temptation to turn stones into bread. “Man does not live by bread alone” is a quote from Moses that validates Our Lord upholding the Torah. Apostle Paul chose to debunk large sections of the Torah, citing, among many other incidences, the promise to Abraham that his elderly wife Sarah would give birth to a child. Faith, rather than understanding and trust in Jesus, is enough? Faith, not the way we live, is sufficient to ensure a place in heaven, thus freeing humanity from Jesus’s most basic teaching: “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”?

I chose to review Do You REALLY Believe Him? Understanding How Christianity Betrayed Jesus and His Narrow Path While It Embraced Paul and His Broad Road, because, from a teenager, I disliked Saint Paul intensely. There is no love, forgiveness, or compassion in this so-called prophet, just threats of hell and damnation. Aware that I was predisposed to agree with the author, I studied Do You REALLY Believe Him? with a deliberately critical eye. Evedyahni BenAvraham argues every point in depth, and he has convinced me of the truth; Christians do not follow the teachings of Jesus, and the author is correct to suggest that if we did, war, terrorism, starvation… child abuse… everything that ruins lives would not happen. This is not only a five-star book; it has the potential to save mankind from self-destruction.

Melinda Hills

Christianity has come under fire more and more in recent times and Evedyahni BenAvraham may have an answer as to why in his surprisingly straightforward analysis in Do You Really Believe Him? Understanding How Christianity Betrayed Jesus and His Narrow Path While It Embraced Paul and his Broad Road. Quoting from Scripture, BenAvraham details the instructions Jesus gave his followers, even from the prophecies before Jesus’ arrival. He then points out how these simple instructions were misinterpreted and changed to create a different view of salvation, based on the figure of Jesus and not his message.

Beginning with the passage from Matthew which describes entering ‘through the narrow gate that leads to life for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction,’ BenAvraham identifies that narrow gate as simply following the Torah as Jesus instructed. Jesus observed in his own lifetime that the supposed religious men were not following the Law of the Torah and were not doing as Yah commanded. Jesus advocated for all to follow the Ten Commandments as well as the ‘Shema,’ which admonishes everyone to love Yah with the fullness of our beings, and the fact that YAH is one single being, and the command to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Clearly laid out with supporting evidence directly from the Bible, Do You Really Believe Him? provides tremendously clear evidence for Christians and Messianic Jews to take a new look at and question what they believe. Is our current faith based on the ‘Broad Road’ preached after Jesus’ death and can we redefine our thinking to find and follow the ‘Narrow Path’ as instructed by Jesus? This is certainly a book worth considering for serious students of the Bible and anyone who is questioning the confusing doctrines and practices of the many divisions of the Christian faith.