The Varieties of Talmidi Belief
In any religious community - be it Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, etc – the fact that these communities are made up of human beings with free will and free thought, will mean that eventually variances will develop from the mainstream, regardless of what that mainstream is.
Variety and difference is good. It is only the suppression and intolerance of differences which causes conflict. However, sometimes differences arise which put a dissenting group outside of that religion. For example, you cannot remain a Muslim if you profess a belief in many gods; and you cannot remain a Buddhist if you reject reincarnation.
Talmidi beliefs in which there is absolutely no compromise would be: that YHVH has no physical form; that YHVH is indivisible; that Yeshua` was a fully human prophet; that YHVH alone is our Saviour, not a messiah; that we do not accept the authority of the Talmud; and that we do not accept the teachings of Paul of Tarsus. These things are not debatable. If one does not accept these beliefs, then one cannot call oneself a Talmidi, a Follower of the Way of YHVH.
In ancient times, the Council of the Elders of the Follower community met to decide whether Paul’s Christian teaching was an acceptable difference of belief (Acts 15). In Acts, all turns out well for Paul, but we believe that in reality (based on Paul’s barely concealed anger in Galatians), that it was decided that Christian belief and teaching was not an acceptable variance, and Christians were expelled from the community of the Way.
One variance which was accepted by the Council were the teachings of the Hellenicists (Acts 6). We believe they were given permission to form their own school or group.
If ever a Council of Elders were reconstituted, then they would be an appropriate forum to decide on what is an acceptable difference, and what is not.
Until such a Council is reconstituted, below is a current list of acceptable differences within Talmidi philosophy and religion (to see a list of unacceptable differences, see here):
Differences will arise, that is unavoidable. But we all hope that as Followers of the Way we can live with and accept those differences, and not behave in the disgraceful way that some religions behave towards their dissenters. Such infighting and persecution offends the holiness of YHVH, whose reputation our way of life is supposed to reflect.