My Surprising Value Clarification
In the following excerpts, Janet Feinberg tells a little about her radical departure from her beliefs as a Jewish eclectic mystic to her faith in Jesus as the Messiah and only door to God.
…Henry gave me the expanded version of how he had come to faith in Yeshua. My first inclination was to smile condescendingly, because Jesus was nothing new to me. I considered him one of my many mentors. But as I listened to Henry, I realized the Jesus Henry had experienced was not the ‘borrowed’ Jesus I knew, whose words had been lifted out of the Bible and dropped into the Hindu teachings I had come to believe.
“As I was driving home from our meeting, I had an experience that was somewhat similar to Henry’s. I saw my life for what it truly was. My first reaction was amazement that, for years, I had seen myself as being such a spiritual woman. I had believed a lie about myself and the deception had been truly grand.…
“I had devoted over a decade of my life to the New Age teachings which had become central in my life. Could I turn my back on all that? What about the meaning of all my kundalini experiences? And what about all the beautiful, loving people I knew who didn’t believe in Jesus? How could I be so narrow as to think that they didn’t also have the truth?
“But there was another question that gnawed at me. The question was, ‘is this true?’ I wanted so much to know, is Jesus really the Messiah, the one who saves us from our sinïor was it possible for me to get to God through my New Age thinking? …I knew that finding the truth was more important than protecting my image or my lifestyle. I continued to ask God to reveal his truth to me, and I was willing to accept whatever that might be.
“Once I came to terms with the ‘otherness’ of God, I was able to address the matters that had troubled me. As for my fears of becoming narrow-minded, I suppose in a way I have.
“Our society lauds the quality known as ‘open-mindedness.’ The way to be ‘nice’ is to be open-minded and say that everyone is right. But if there were six supposed cures for cancer, and each appeared to work while only one was truly a permanent cure, would it be ‘nice,’ would it be ‘open-minded’ to tell a cancer patient it didn’t matter which one he chose, so long as he was sincere? If that’s being nice, I’d rather be narrow-minded! And that’s how I feel when it comes to telling people about Jesus.”
(Excerpted from Jesus for Jews)