DID YOU KNOW that, when you choose to become obedient to the Word of YHVH, following in the footsteps of the Messiah, you will be disparaged and called a fanatic by Christians? Why?
Fanaticism means that one exhibits excessive and unreasonable enthusiasm or zeal. Where in the Scriptures does it tell us to curb our enthusiasm and zeal for the Living Elohim in obedience to His Word?
Let us look at the words of Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, 2Corinthians 11:24-28, "Five times I received forty stripes minus one from the Jews. I was flogged three times; I was stoned once; I was shipwrecked three times; I have spent a night and a day in the deep. I have been in travels often, in dangers of rivers, in dangers of robbers, in dangers from my race, in dangers from the nations (gentiles), in dangers in the city, in dangers in a wilderness, in dangers in the sea, in dangers among false brothers, in hardship and toil, often in watchings, in hunger and thirst, often in fastings, in cold and nakedness, besides the things outside conspiring against me day by day, the care of all the assemblies.”
Was Paul a fanatic? Would you say that he was too zealous?
What about Stephen? He was facing death by stoning, which was being carried out on the testimonies of false witnesses, those who swore that the Messiah was going to change the customs which Moses delivered to the people. Facing death, he still proclaimed to them truth and repentance, saying, “. . .(You) who received the Law (the Torah) by the disposition of angels and did not keep (it).” Ref. Acts 6:55-7:50
Was Stephen a fanatic? Instead of being stoned to death for not deviating from the Word of YHVH, should he have given in and said, “You are correct. The Messiah did say that He came to do away with the Torah, and change everything that Moses gave to us!” That possibly would have saved Stephen’s physical life for awhile, but it would have been at the cost of being in agreement with the false witnesses; and it would have incurred a sentence of eternity in the Lake of Fire. What would you have done?
What about Noah? He spent 120 years building an ark when no one had ever seen rain? You can only imagine how much the wicked world taunted him! “Being divinely warned by Elohim about the things not yet having been seen; moved with fear, by trust Noah prepared an ark for (the) salvation of his house; through which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness according to trust.” Hebrews 11:7
We have available to us the Torah, the Prophets, the Psalms and the other writings, as well as the Messianic writings. We have every word that tells us how to live; even so, do we have total trust in that Word the way Noah did? Remember: Noah did not have the luxury of having his own printed copy to study -- yet he believed and obeyed YHVH.
What about “. . . (those) who through trust overcame kingdoms, worked out righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the mouths of the sword, acquired power from weakness, became strong in war; made armies of foreigners to yield. Women received their dead by resurrection; but others were beaten to death, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. And others received trial of mockings and of floggings; yea, more, of bonds and of prison: they were stoned; they were tried; they were sawn in two; they died by murder of sword; they went about in sheepskins and in goatskins, being in need, being afflicted, being ill-treated; of whom the world was not worthy, wandering in deserts, and mountains, and caves, and the holes of the earth. And having obtained witness through the faith (trust), these all did not obtain the promise, Elohim having foreseen something better concerning us, that they should not be perfected apart from us.” Hebrews 11:33-40
Were these acts of foolishness? Were these the types of people you would have shunned, because they were too fanatical? Would you prefer death to disobedience as they did?
And the most important One of all: the Messiah Y’hoshua, who became obedient unto death because of our sins, not His! He died for us, in order to give us the opportunity to be reconciled to the Father! Would you call Him a fanatic? Some did, and some still do.