The term "evyonim" comes from ancient Hebrew, meaning "The Poor Ones". We use that term to denote the original Jesus movement as it existed separate from Saint Paul and the evolution of Graeco-Roman Christianity outside of Israel. During the three years of Jesus' ministry, the Evyonim probably mostly identified themselves simply as Jews who accepted Jesus' leadership for ushering in the Kingdom of God. Occasionally, they used the terms "Evyonim", "Notzrim" (Nazarenes/Nazoreans/Nazirites), and "followers of The Way". These terms continued to be in use by them after Jesus' death, and grew in usage as the movement had to be distinguished from the Graeco-Roman movement that came to be known as "Christianity". The Evyonim were active until the early fourth century CE, as attested by a number of opposing Christian writers.
The Evyonim were Torah-observant and opposed the Graeco-Roman anti-Jewish dogmas introduced as the Jesus movement spread outside of Israel.
Paul started preaching more than ten years after Jesus' death and had never actually met Jesus in the flesh. His notion that Salvation is only for those who confess Jesus as the Messiah evolved in the hands of the Roman empire into one of the most oppresive dogmas in history. Millions have died as a result of the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Pogroms, the Holocaust, and the forced Christianization in the Americas; All in the "name of the cross". The Jewish people (those who were part of the Jesus movement as well as those who were not) rejected the anti-Torah teachings of Paul:
1- Paul taught that salvation comes exclusively by believing in Jesus as Savior. The Torah teaches that Salvation comes only from God, not Messiah, and Jesus' teaching upholds this.
2- Paul taught that God's Commandments are now invalid for Salvation. The Torah teaches that the validity of the Commandments is eternal, and Jesus' teaching upholds this.
3- Paul taught that salvation thru Jesus was enabled by Jesus' blood satisfying a mandatory need for a Atonement Sacrifice. Torah teaches that, for Atonement, Repentance (Teshuva) and Repair (Tikkun) are necessary and sufficient, while the Ritual Sacrifice is important but not mandatory. Furthermore, human sacrifice is never acceptable as a Atonement sacrifice., and Jesus' teaching upholds this.
Although these teachings of Paul were rejected by the Jewish people, they took hold among non-Jews in the Graeco-Roman cities, incorporating additional anti-Torah or even anti-Jewish ideas. Between 70 and 100 CE the non-Jewish communities outside of Israel already started:
4- blaming the Jews as a whole for Jesus' death. History shows cleary that the vast majority of Jews had no part in Jesus' death.
5- deifying Jesus and attempting to describe God. The Torah tells us that God created all that we know, hence can not be made up of, or described in terms of, anything of this world (such as: a person, or "the Maschiach/Annointed" or "a Trinity", etc), and Jesus' teaching upholds this.
Jesus' philosophy and teaching has the Torah as its basis; And scholarly research shows that his authentic teachings do not contradict that Torah basis on which they stand. Beliefs about exactly how holy Jesus was or whether he did or will fulfill the role of Moschiach are completely irrelevant, and we reject the Christian notion that achieving God's Kingdom depends on confessing Jesus as a savior. For the evyonim, Jesus was a man inspired by God and his teachings can help you live in harmony with God and God's creation. Period. Discover that teaching for the first time.
Evyonim.org has a two-fold mission:
(A) to enable people to follow Jesus' Torah teaching, free from Christianity's Graeco-Roman dogmas. Jesus' authentic original sayings are a powerful message that can transform people, strengthening them to become selfless and living in harmony with God's creation and God's commandments (Noachide Covenant for Gentiles, Sinai Covenant for Jews), especially 'Love God' and 'Love Neighbor'.
(B) to educate people of all religions and cultures that Evangelism and Jihadism are anathema to Torah and God's will. God allows each nation to follow a unique covenant. As long as that nation abides by the ethical laws given thru Noach, it is entitled to its own rituals and cultural ways to connect to the One Creator. The Evyonim do not seek to impose Sinai Covenant rituals to Gentile cultures, nor do we accept Gentile cultures seeking to diminish the mandatory nature of Sinai Covenant rituals for Israel. Evyonim.org thrives on each nation expressing its connection to the Creator thru its own covenant, culture, and rituals. That is a Noachide Rainbow of cultures!
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