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About the Shamar.org Website ...

"If you make your ear attentive to wisdom and your mind open to discernment; if you call to understanding and cry aloud to discernment, if you seek it as you do silver and search for it as for treasures, then you will understand the awesomeness of Yahweh and attain knowledge of God. For Yahweh grants wisdom; knowledge and discernment are by His decree. (Proverbs 2.2-6)

The goal of this website is to separate myth, traditions, pagan practices, and man-made stories from the truth of the Scriptures, which is the basis by which all things are judged, and from which all truth is derived. Many people believe that because something has been written, taught, or practiced for centuries, or even decades, it must be scriptural. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Time does not necessarily prove the validity of something. It's therefore important to research these writings, teachings, practices, and beliefs to determine their origin and whether they actually do have a scriptural basis. (It is not my intention to condemn anyone, only to inform and teach.)

There are many wrong teachings and misunderstandings in regards to the Scriptures and the truth has been suppressed for far too long. Yahweh is revealing His truth in these final days, even as His messenger declared to Daniel, "Many will be purified and purged and refined; the wicked will act wickedly and none of the wicked will understand; but the knowledgeable will understand." (Daniel 12.10). Many people have suffered severe spiritual abuse at the hands of "religious" leaders. Others have become entangled in traditions that have no Scriptural basis — many traditions, in fact, that are taken directly from pagan practices. Others have been taught to focus on themselves instead of Yahweh. It is time to see what Yahweh really says — the truth plain and simple, without any outside influence, placing it in its original Hebrew setting.

No one has all the answers. However, Yahweh, the Creator of heaven and earth, has provided us with many of them through the writings of Moses, and the prophets, and others. Gathered together, these writings are known as "the Hebrew Bible", "the Scriptures", and "the Tanakh"1 (and often incorrectly referred to as "the Old Testament"). Many times our discernment must come with the aid of other writings but this must always be done using the Scriptures as the final authority. In the end it's the Scriptures by which all things are measured and judged; and our understanding comes from the wisdom Yahweh has provided for us through the Scriptures.

One of the most important paths in regaining the truth is to return to the original writings of the Scriptures (as far back as we can), and understand them in their original Hebraic setting, with a Hebrew mindset. In doing so, we are better able to understand the original intent of what Yahweh brought forth in these writings, rather than a Western-based, Greek-influenced interpretation, which may or may not have a preconceived agenda.

But in all things, including the writings here, I encourage you to thoroughly search out the information given to make sure it is within the bounds of Scripture.

"Then I heard the voice of Yahweh saying, 'Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?' and I said, 'Here am I; send me.'" (Isaiah 6.8)

My name is Lee Underwood. I am not a scholar; rather, I am just a man who seeks to do the will of Yahweh. I seek only to glorify Him by helping others as He has given me wisdom and understanding to do, by utilizing the gifts He has given me as a writer, a teacher, and a musician.

Please feel free to use this website in any way that glorifies the Lord. Do not hesitate to send me your comments, questions, and suggestions.

May Yahweh bless you in all that you do and may all that you do glorify Yahweh.

"Now, therefore. revere Yahweh and serve Him with undivided loyalty; put away the gods that your forefathers served beyond the Euphrates and in Egypt, and serve Yahweh. Or, if you are loath to serve Yahweh, choose this day which ones you are going to serve—the gods that your forefathers served beyond the Euphrates, or those of the Amorites in whose land you are settled; but I and my household will serve Yahweh." (Joshua 24.15)

Scripture Version

Unless otherwise stated, all Scripture is taken from Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures, Copyright © 1985 by The Jewish Publication Society. (Changes to allow for the proper use of the name of the Holy One — Yahweh — are done by me)

The Name of the Website

The name of this website — shamar — is a Hebrew word, which simply means "to keep, guard, observe, give heed" It appears in the following Scriptures, among others:

Privacy Policy

I personally do not track your visits outside this website. The only data I track here is what pages are visited, and then only for statistical purposes. In addition, I will not sell, lease, or give away your email address.

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(Note: Information such as your name, address, email address, and telephone number can only be obtained if you provide it, and then only to the website you provided it to. Websites cannot gain access to information you didn't provide to them, and they can't access other files on your computer.)

Footnotes

1. Tanakh is an acronym from the initial letters of the Hebrew words Torah, meaning "teaching" or "instruction," Nevi'im, meaning "prophets," and Ketuvim, meaning "writings"). [return]

Note: This website is not affiliated with any institution, organization, or religious group.


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