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Service From the Heart: Renewing the Ancient Path of Biblical Prayer and Service Paperback – September 29, 2007
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1) In sharp contrast to Christian teachings, the Bible says that you don't have to be "from the seed of Abraham" to be righteous, have eternal life, or be loved and accepted by our Almighty Father (Isaiah 45:22). He is beyond doubt the Father of ALL HUMANITY, not just the people of Israel. You don't have to be an Israelite to be saved!, and more importantly, you don't have to be GRAFTED IN WITH ISRAEL to be saved. (Jonah 3:5, Micah 6:8)
How did gentiles, not being "legalistic Jews", find favor in the eyes of the Heaven, before Jesus walked?
Can you really believe that God made a law to be obeyed, knew it is impossible to keep, and coldly executes those who disobey, unless they accept that He executes innocent Jesus instead? This is like a parent (may it never be) who enrolls his wheelchair-bound child in a sprint race, and punishes him for not performing. See how many people will trip over themselves to beat the living daylights out of that father, and yet the Christian writings say this about God!
2) To say that "This book is another attempt to keep gentiles away from all the wonderful things of God... as a light with the whole world" makes two statements: it de-legitimizes Israel as the true Light to the world, who are eternally appointed to spread knowledge and love our Holy Creator (Isaiah 2:1-4, Zechariah 8:23); and it degrades gentiles earnestly seeking after Godliness, who were not born Jews or who have not converted to become "spiritual Jews" (Christians)... What a sad teaching.
On the contrary, the heartfelt prayers of whole communities are inspired by this book (which was inspired by Jewish prayer) and in fact my own wedding was based mainly on "Service From The Heart."
The Noahide path is not cold and unfeeling, and how much less so the Jewish path. "The Torah (divine instructions) of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul (Psalm 19)."
This prayer book was written for gentiles who believe in the God of Israel. According to Jewish belief, a gentile does not need to convert in order to be "saved" (borrowing the lingo from Christianity). Gentiles do not have to follow the 613 commands that were given to the nation of Israel. However, that doesn't mean that God has no expectations of gentiles.
This book was written for people who desire to draw closer to the God of Israel, without converting to Judaism.
Most of prayers are the same you'll find in any Jewish siddur. However, most of the phrases that apply solely to Jews have been either removed or reworded. If you plan on converting, I would recommend a traditional Jewish siddur.