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Unapologetically Pro-Torah
Unashamedly Pro-Israel
Irrevocably Zionist
“… out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of ADONAI from Yerushalayim.”
(Isaiah 2:3)
Jew and Gentile (Synagogue and Church), one in Messiah. (Ephesians 2:14)
“For He is our peace, Who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition, …”

If your life is not in jeopardy for what you believe, you’re probably on the wrong side!
If you don’t believe Genesis 1-11, how can you possibly believe John 3:16?
“Indeed, all who want to live a godly life united with the Messiah Yeshua will be persecuted.” (2Tim 3:12)
It is what you actually believe that determines how you walk out your faith, “but avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, quarrels and fights about the Torah; because they are worthless and futile.” (Titus 3:9)

Please Note: Absolutely nothing on this website should be taken as anti-Church or anti-Rabbinic. I am not anti-anything or anti-anyone. I am only pro-Torah and pro-Truth (see “Philosophy”), but sometimes the Truth upsets our long-held beliefs. I know it certainly upset mine! For example, see “Why Isn’t My Theology Consistent Throughout the Website?”

Developing a
Systematic Messianic Theology

“The purpose of careful theological formulations is not to put barriers in the way of people who are seeking salvation, but to define clearly the truths upon which genuine [Biblical] faith rests, so that people will not be misled by false doctrines.” [Bowman]

“It must be clearly and unequivocally stated that theology cannot save you. Only faith in Messiah Yeshua can save you. Theology can only give you sound doctrine.” [RLS]

Unless otherwise specified, throughout the Theology section of my website I use the term “Torah” in the wider sense of including the entire body of inspired Scripture: both the Tanakh and the Apostolic Writings. I personally do not consder any other so-called “sacred writings” either inspired by God or authoritative for the Believer’s walk of faith. Thus, I do not consider the Mishnah (the “Oral Torah”) as part of Torah. You should make up your own mind.

[Explanations of rabbinic citations are HERE]

Maimonides’ Thirteen Principles
of Jewish Faith[1]
Modified for Messianic Believers

Adapted and simplified from
Ani Ma’amin as modified for Messianic use from Maimonides
by Messianic Rabbi Adam J. Bernay,
Beit Tefillah Messianic Fellowship, Fresno, CA

 1. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, blessed be His Name, is the Creator and Guide of everything that has been created; He alone has made, does make, and will make all things. [Genesis 1; John 1]

 2. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, blessed be His Name, is One, and that there is no unity in any manner like His, and that He alone is our God, who was, and is, and will be. [Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 22:36-40; John 10]

 3. I believe with perfect faith that the nature of ADONAI is a compound unity (echad) manifesting Himself in three primary ways to us (HaAbba [The Father], HaBen [The Son, Yeshua/Jesus, the Messiah, the Middle Pillar of the Godhead, the physical, human manifestation of God] and Shekinah [the Dwelling of God with Man, also called the Holy Spirit/Breath]. [Exodus 24:9-11]

 4. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, blessed be His Name, is the first and the last. [John 1; Isaiah 44:6; Revelation 22:13]

 5. I believe with perfect faith that to the Father, blessed be His Name, and to Him alone, it is right to pray, and that we should pray to Him in the Name of the Son, the Creator. [Matthew 6:9-10; 1 Corinithians 1:2; Ephesians 5:20]

  6. I believe with perfect faith that all the words of the prophets are true. [Matthew 5:17]

  7. I believe with perfect faith that with a perfect faith that the prophecy of Moses, “The L-RD thy G-d will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him you shall lend an ear,” speaks of our teacher Yeshua the Messiah, and it is He to whom I shall lend my ear. [Isaiah 51:16; Luke 2:25-34; John 8:25-30, 12:44-50, 17:5-8; Acts 3]

 8. I believe with perfect faith that the entire written Torah that is now in our possession is the same that was given to Moses, our first teacher, peace be upon him, and that this instruction, as amplified and explained (though never contradicted or changed) in the Tenakh (Prophets and Writings) and the Ketuvei HaShelichim (Writings of the Apostles) is how God calls His Redeemed People Israel – whether their individual background is Jewish or of the Nations – to live. [Matthew 5:17-18]

 9. I believe with perfect faith that this Torah will not be exchanged, and that there will never be any other Torah from the Creator, blessed be His name, although it will be renewed and written upon our hearts at the time of the coming of the Kingdom. [Matthew 5:17-18]

10. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, blessed be His name, knows all the deeds of human beings, and all their thoughts, as it says: "Who fashioned the hearts of them all, Who comprehends all their actions." [Psalms 33:15]

11. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, blessed be His Name, blesses those that keep His commandments and punishes those that transgress them, and has provided through the sacrifice of Yeshua HaMashiach for the salvation of man from the ultimate punishment for those transgressions, grafting and re-grafting all those who Believe into the Tree of Israel. [Deuteronomy Chapters 28 & 30; Isaiah 53; Matthew 5:17-18; Mark 16:20; Romans 11]

12. I believe with perfect faith in the returning of the Messiah; and even though he may tarry, nonetheless I wait every day for his coming. [Isaiah 27 & 28; Joel 2; Matthew 24; 1 Corinthians 12; 1 Thessalonians 4]

13. I believe with perfect faith that there will be a revival of the dead to judgment – some to life eternal through the atonement of the Messiah, others to death in the fiery pit – at the time(s) appointed by the Father, blessed be His name, and His name shall be exalted for ever and ever. [Matthew 11 & 12; John 5; Romans 2:1-8, 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4; Hebrews 9 & 10; 2 Peter; Revelation  20]


  1. Moses Maimonides (Moses Ben Maimon, also called Rambam) was born March 30, 1135, in Córdoba, Spain and died in Egypt December 13, 1204. He was a Jewish philosopher, jurist, and physician, the foremost intellectual figure of medieval Judaism. His first major work, begun at age 23 and completed 10 years later, was a commentary on the Mishna, the collected Jewish oral laws. His Thirteen Principles of Faith were written in his introduction to the tenth chapter of Talmud Samhedrin. [BACK]

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