The ethics of the fathers – Pirkey Avot
From the introduction (reading sample) from the book by Dr. Elias Rubenstein
This book is a precious treasure of ethical wisdom and spirituality and distinguishes itself from all modern and partially distorted, baseless attempts by modern sociology, philosophy, psychology, and theology as well as New Age cults to classify ethical behavior. It is easy to see that the complete failure of today’s ethical values comes from a distorted relationship with God, the Creator of the universe. The alienated large religious communities and their profane priesthood have contributed their frightening part in spreading a distorted image of morality, disbelief, and disregard for the biblical commandments as well as idolatry on a massive scale.
From this book it becomes immediately apparent that the main material failure of the ethical attitude in society is predominantly due to the priesthood. The priesthood is normally the community of servants of God who themselves live the commandments and prohibitions of God, the almighty Creator of light and darkness, and communicate them to humanity. The priest, provided he is a true priest ordained and received by God, is a mediator of the divine laws which he reveals to man. From this point of view, this book is also an open reminder to all priests and also to those who present themselves as priests in religious communities.
The gospels of the New Testament of the Bible describe the clear attitude of Jesus, the Christ, to the commandments:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I did not come to dissolve, but to fulfill. For truly, I say to you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not even the smallest letter of the law will pass away until all is fulfilled. The one who cancels even one of these least commandments and teaches men accordingly will be the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he who keeps and teaches them will be great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-19)
This clear positioning may expose many of the false dogmas of modern Christianity, for Christ spoke out for a God-fearing life according to the Torah, that is, according to the commandments. The teaching of Christ can be summarized in the literal quotations from the Old Testament of the Bible and its interpretations. Anyone who deals only rudimentarily with the Torah will easily recognize that these rules in so-called “Christianity” were bent and abolished at will over the course of time. The biblical commandments regarding food, the honoring of Shabbath (Saturday) as God’s holy day, the prohibition of images of idols and saints, the law of tithing, priestly ordination, marriage commandments, circumcision after the covenant of Abraham, the commandments of dealing with nature, etc. are ignored in today’s “Christianity” as if they had been declared void by Christ. However, it was precisely these commandments that Christ lived, taught and regarded as obligatory. Only his successors and the misinterpretation of some disciples unfortunately led to the distorted religious image.
Nowadays, the ethical misconduct of Christian social forms can be clearly seen. For almost two millennia a caste of priests, through a purposeful faith and its ignorance of the oral tradition, has twisted the words of Christ in order not to have to obey the commandments (Torah) and in order finally to draw many followers into their clutches through a shallow ethical attitude of power politics. Only some short texts of the New Testament of the Bible go back directly to Christ. Much of it was only created generations later, and its authenticity can easily be questioned. Large parts of the Gospels and the Revelation of John are an exception, symbolically suggesting a reference to the true mysteries and oral tradition. Since the “Christian” priesthood did not live the binding commandments itself, it was also anxious at all costs that its followers could not experience and study these commandments of God themselves.
This circumstance led to a bloody revolution, which goes back to the reformer Martin Luther. At the beginning of the 16th century Martin Luther tried to overcome the aberrations of Christianity and the Church. Contrary to his idea, the church was divided in blood, but was unable to resolve the basic problem.
Nevertheless, Martin Luther succeeded in making the Bible available in German to a wider audience by means of the new technology of book printing. We should already be particularly grateful to him for this. Anyone who could read could now find out for himself his rights and duties as a human being. Everyone could also check to what extent the priesthood obeyed or disobeyed these commandments. Nevertheless, the Old Testament of the Bible is difficult for the lay faithful and Christian church authorities to understand, and authentic training in the tradition handed down is needed to understand the allegorical language. The purpose of the Reformation and Enlightenment was to free man from blind faith and to bring him more light. Unfortunately, this development has led to the opposite, for the result was material dogmatism, which is even more fatal than the superstition of the Middle Ages. “God” was taken out of everyday life and marketed as unpopular. Faith in God was sold to modern man at an enormously high price as scientific unbelief. Together we are now paying the generational interest for this collective and media-effective delusion.
In order to secure power over hundreds of millions of people and at the same time hide the hidden idolatry in the churches as well as the deliberate breach of divine commandments, a strategy was pursued in modern times which can hardly be surpassed in impudence. Everyone who studied the Bible outside the “one real” church was automatically demonized! This “one” church, historically seen, is a sect, thus a secession from another large church, which authorized itself and its priests. It also defamed anyone who dealt with the Bible in other religious or spiritual communities. They even portrayed the person who dealt with the Bible outside their church as a neurotic and dangerous cult member. Yes, such people are dangerous—dangerous for the established churches—because such people can examine the commandments independently of the hypnotic dilution by the church fathers themselves. You can check for yourself what really authorizes a real priest or high priest.
Terrifyingly, these large religious communities have manipulated the masses to such an extent that today’s man would be embarrassed to read the Bible in the subway or in the park instead of the daily newspaper. The question arises in which world we live, where dealing with God and His commandments are sold to us as ridicule or danger. Well-sounding phrases were formulated in councils and conclaves to endorse the blasphemy of the Church. However, the divine commandments remain the divine commandments and cannot be voided by distortionists.
It is therefore hardly surprising that more and more rational people are turning away from power-political “religious” institutions and churches. Nevertheless there is still a longing in man and the search for meaning. Nowadays many people try to find this meaning in the eastern spiritual or esoteric paths, but most of the available paths lack the millennia-old tradition and bases of the ethical training. It is time to return to the essentials of life and turn away from mass misbelief.
Since the beginning, a small group of God-fearing people who have been taught in the oral tradition of mouth-to-ear has observed this dramatic spectacle. These wise people were persecuted, tortured, expropriated, accused of devil worship and burned alive at the stake. Therefore, they preferred to work in secret in order to preserve the hermetic light of the doctrine of God for many generations. It is undisputed: the commandments are strict, but at the same time they are the royal way of liberation.