June 1, 2009
In answer to your question...
I have been asked many times about my faith. It is not what you might call 'mainstream', but it is not new. I will attempt to put it in writing here, however, I am positive that others have done a much better job than I will. I firmly believe that everyone should be able to provide an answer for the hope that lives within them, regardless of what that hope may be.
Disclaimer: I do not intend to offend or proselytize anyone. I fully realize by writing this that I may be leaving myself open to criticism, persecution or ridicule. Regardless, this is simply my faith, of which I am not ashamed.
I worship the G-d of Israel, King of the Universe, who created the heavens and the earth. He is revealed in the Holy Bible, most notably the Torah, or Pentateuch, which was given to the people of Israel at Sinai.
I am observant of the commands given in the Torah, and diligently attempt to follow them to the best of my ability. I believe that the Torah was given to tell believers how to live righteously, and that this can be best accomplished by being a part of a Torah-observant congregation.
I believe the prophets of the Tanakh (Old Testament) spoke of the coming Messiah and that He did indeed come in the form of Yeshua of Nazareth. I do believe that He was a teacher, leader and had many followers, was executed for His teachings and was resurrected to forever make intercession for the people of the Most High, those who fear His Name. Because of His execution, He has made it possible for His people to be sanctified and their sin atoned for; as the consequence of sin is separation from G-d, Yeshua's death and resurrection has therefore ensured life forever with G-d. I believe that He currently sits at the right hand of the Almighty.
I humbly bow before the King of the Universe and believe that His Ruach Hakodesh, Holy Spirit, dwells within every believer enabling them to live a righteous life and to love and help others.
I live a Jewish lifestyle, therefore keep the Sabbath on Saturday, honor the commandments, celebrate the feasts and festivals as laid out in Scripture, eat kosher, believe in wearing tzitzit (fringes), pray the ancient prayers and liturgy, love the Land of Israel, and study Hebrew and Scripture under a Torah scholar. I am raising my children to do the same.
I hope this answers the question, and I welcome further discussion and comments.
Further information can be found at Torah Resource.