Coach , January 24, PM. Anonymous , May 18, AM. Judaism is passed through the mother only. Kingship, priesthood and tribe are passed through the father. Garden of Emuna is an excellent book. Describes our purpose in this world to Serve G-d by connecting with him and by serving others. This is an excellent article which I've read many times in various forms. I like to add the following line of thinking prior to this explanation: 1 Do you believe in G-d? Old Testament to Christians? To fit their religion?
You can hear from hundreds who came to the same conclusion. Noahides have found a way to live Torah and serve G-d. Some eventually choose to convert. Diane Williams , December 3, PM. I am a Christian but I have always felt a yearning for truth. I believe that Cgristianity is not the embodiment of what God wants his people to be. I just want the truth about my God and His people. I might as well conclude that bible scholars do not have the same interpretation that is why thousands of religion exist.
Miss Whitney, I truly enjoyed reading your post thank you! So much that even I myself do not ever reply to anything I believe to be disbelief or negative on the internet, but I somehow "felt" like reaching out to you because I myself have seen so much in my 34 years of living that I am far convinced that there is something beautiful which exists in the heavens. I was raised Catholic and have never changed my belief and I always hold much respect for other religions who "believe" in different God's, but carry strong ethical moral behavior Plz email meBK.
VERY, very, fews times do I ever feel the need to comment to any article on the internet. I am usually one of those who reads the article, it's comments, and then moves on to the next thing. I felt the need to respond. This article impacted me in a way that is hard to express My family grew up catholic, and converted to Christianity. So for a while I was Christian. And sometime two years ago, I became atheist. Yet, I have always felt a higher power around. Not Jesus, but something. I could never fully explain my feelings to anyone or myself. So I decided to try my best to understand everyone and anyone's views on religion, life, and relationships.
Maybe, perhaps to better understand my own beliefs. Therefore, my mind became less narrow-minded and more open, which I am thankful for. I am only 20 years old and my goal is to let people know that I want to connect with them and understand them for who they are, no matter what faith or choices they do or choose to believe in. I am not a judgmental person. I also believe that if something is flawed, you should have the right to point it out and question it.
I think that there is nothing wrong with simply wondering and questioning. Christianity doesn't want you to question how or why, you just have to accept. That's not me. But a lot of what Jews believe in make sense to me. I never really felt the call towards a religion till just now. NOT ME. David , September 2, AM. You could be on to something Sounds like you may have a Jewish soul and not even know it. Don't worry, this is a common thing since Judaism believes in reincarnation. Sometimes a Gentile can be born with a Jewish soul, in order for that soul to go thru major learning and challenges before if learns and decided to "come home" again to the Jewish people.
C'mon back Connie!! Kat , September 15, AM. I was adopted, and raised in a 2 Religion Family My Mother is Catholic, and my late, beloved Father was Jewish! I've always felt a closer connection to my Father's Religion, than I did to my Mother's. I believe in "Reincarnation", whereas, I don't think the Catholic Religion does Not really sure though! Having been Adopted, I'm not sure what my "True Religion" really is I just know that I don't believe that Jesus was the Messiah, and that there's no such thing as a "Virgin Birth"!
Anonymous , November 9, PM. How does that make any sense? THAT clicked. What David says about having a Jewish soul - I totally agree! He had a lot of respect for the Jewish people, so it must have been passed on to me as well. Just listen for that "still, small voice" to guide you to where He wants you.
Baruch Hashem! We Jews are Blessed among people. I do believe that we are the chosen ones. We have withstood the scorn and hatred of antisemitic people throughout time and held on to our faith even stronger.
Hitler had the power given him by the Germans The power to prevail and continue as a freedom loving people, to heal a sick world. I grew up Christian. It had been all i've ever known. Now I'm 32 and I've met many people from other religions who are good people and seem to be soul full. I'm searching for truth and the way. I've been skeptical for some time of the virgin birth.
There's something inside me that feels unfaithful to God that Christians put Jesus on a pedestal and somewhat equal to God. Some say he is even the human embodiment of God. Is this not a contradiction of our very first commandment? It is. I can't honestly say that I am Christian if I don't believe in the virgin birth. I feel lost in that I don't have a religion. What if I die unprepared during this time of truth seeking? What's to happen to my soul? I've heard that Rabbis and Jewish don't seek for people to convert the way that Christians and Muslims do, but from what I've studied of religion the Jewish way seems right in my heart.
I've heard that Jewish people refer to themselves as the chosen ones. Was I not chosen too? If I were chosen I would've been born Jewish? I feel I have a soul and I feel God walks with me. I want to know the Kingdom of God. I would never convert to a religion simply to marry or have someone love me. I would only do it if I truly believe it is the way and the truth and I felt God's call and approval, if that's possible.
I'm compelled to learn more about Judaism and importantly truth. Thanks for any the article and any help you may feel you could provide me in my journey. Sam , August 10, AM. To help answer your question about whether you can still be considered 'chosen' even if you weren't born Jewish, I think you should read one of the articles from Ask the Rabbi- Titled "A Convert's Soul". One god for all people And all he expects is goodness and love!!!! I have through my adult life been a skeptic. I do believe in God. I went to a Catholic School. There was fear instilled in all the children by mean nuns.
We were always told if someone is not baptized they could not enter their kingdom of heaven. A newborn child or baby could not enter heaven, but be in Limbo for all eternity. If we missed Mass and died before confessing our sins to a priest we could not enter heaven but instead hell awaited. Missing one Sunday mass was a mortal sin not a veniel sin. Missing mass carried the same wrath as murder. I am a believer that our God is a loving God and not a vengeful God. I do have doubts about the way I was taught. God would not allow anyone good, kind, selfless and loving whether it be child or adult baptized or not the hell we know of.
Thank you for the info you've provided me personally from your site. I think it is important to share a few things. Yes, we veer away from eachother regarding belief in Jesus. Keep in mind, when you question your Christian faith, you have the right to question, but you don't have to reject everything you grew up with at once in order to throw yourself into something else. He will tell you that for those born non-jews, fulfillment of the 7 noahide laws you can research this and probably already adhere to most of them are really the only obligation.
Good luck in your journey. I think it is always important to remember that we are all one people, across the globe, under G-d. I don't know the answers but Judaism teaches me to question. In that way alone, Judaism is about freedom -- and that alone means the world to me on every level of my being. It doesn't make sense. They believe Jesus was born of a virgin. But say he wasn't from the line of David. Think about it. For the last 2 years I've been searching for the truth and in all honesty I can say that Judism is the religion that makes the most sense to me..
The originator! I don't care of I have to change my life style! I just want to be a part of G-ds people and worship only 1 diety!!! Please send me any info to my email on how I can convert xx3ddiexx thank you. Moriah , February 12, PM. If you are serious you will have to make changes but as you will see if you do convert, every inconvenience and struggle will bring the most sublime pleasure of knowing you are worshiping the One true G-d. It's wonderful to be a Jew and take on the yoke of heaven but it is not necessary to worship G-d correctly.
Anonymous , May 15, PM. Judaism is not for everybody and, as a gentile, you are not obligated to convert, yet have the benefits of serving G-d through the noachide laws. I was born and raised in an Orthodox Jewish home, and never had any doubts about my religion. I know it to be the truth. Two years ago, I registered in a college online, because I did not have time to go to school on campus.
The only college I found that had good reviews, where I can get my entire degree online, was a Christian University. I was told that I would be required to take one class about Christianity, and I am in the middle of it right now. I was interested in the beginning to read more about what Christians think, and how their religion works, but now I cannot wait until it is over.
The more I read, the less sense it makes. It boggles my mind and I am not trying to offend any Christian out there how this religion ever took off. The only good thing I can say about how Christianity works is that Christians also believe in the Ten Commandments, and have similar morals to Jews. Anonymous , February 12, PM. The reason Christianity took off was that it was supported by military force- first the Roman empire, then various European kingdoms that succeeded the Roman empire.
Trey Haydon , April 20, PM. I would disagree that "the reason Christianity took off was that it was supported by military force. Anonymous , July 30, PM. Your whole articles were offensive to me. They were posted! Stop spreading lies like a plague. Don't lead more people to hell behind you!!! Anonymous , August 9, AM. I grew up Christian and yes it is very confusing even to Christians. There are many aspects of the Bible that contradicts itself and yes we do notice that.
Even to the Priests and Pastors it's confusing and questioning them makes them very defensive and I must say a little angry. If you have questions that they can't answer they immediately tell you that Satan is the one putting these evil thoughts of doubt in our heads. We're told to forget those questions and pray. I'm no longer Christian now that I know that Christianity says that to be a true Christian you must believe that Jesus was born of a virgin and rose from the dead and accepting Jesus as the son of God is the only way into the Kingdom of Heaven when we die.
That no matter the sins you committed or the way you live your entire life as long as you accept Jesus as the Messiah and son of God before you die then your soul will be saved. They say that Jesus will be the first we'll meet when we die and basically if we deny him he'll deny us to the Father. To me that puts Jesus before God which is against our very first commandment. It does not feel right. I have never had any christian be able to help me this question. That's why I'm seeking knowledge of another faith.
I know that Christianity was derived from Judaism. They openly teach that Jesus was Jewish himself. I absolutely love the fact that Judaism teaches to ask questions. Where would we be as a human race if we didn't question to find truth? Don't feel alone in your confusion we're all confused to, and ask your instructor anything you may be confused about. I'd love to be a fly on the wall in that conversation. Coming from a family background of preachers three generations , I was raised with a very, very strong Christian background.
The turning point for me was to learn that the all that was written about Jesus was done no less than 75 to years after He died. That made me question the accuracy of what was written about Jesus. How could the quotes attributed to Jesus be accurate if the authors of "His words" were not present when he spoke?!
Thus, how accurate is the New Testament? Realizing that we, as Christians, are taking one person's word Jesus' on what revelations were said to Him shatters the foundation of the Christian "faith. Bottom line: I'll take a National revelation Judaism over one person's revelation for the truth!
I was raised Catholic and always wondered about the question we're all here wondering about. This page made so much sense its rattled me a lot! If there is anymore information I can get that is this straight forward please let me know. I think I should be a Jew! Seriously this has made me open my eyes to the world. I will no longer be led blindly and believe what I'm told to just because I'm told to!!!
Steph-M , December 30, AM. Talk to a rabbi if you want guidance. I was raised Christian too, but I left because I am tired of getting the wool pulled over my eyes by people who can't even read the Jewish bible. Pieter , January 6, PM. I agree , it is the best to see a Rav. You can also visit Rabbi Tovia Singer. My wife and I dared to stand back and question the christion religion we were brought up in 66yrs. We are now converting to Judaism. Hans Schmidt , July 30, PM. The Jews murdered Jesus is that ok? For all you confused people out there don't listen to this propaganda!
They made a mistake and crucified Gods earthly form! That is why they denounce Him! To the people writing this article million will wake up in hell because of false teachings! Shoshana-Jerusalem , August 16, PM. The Romans murdered J. The present pope as well as the previous one, acknowledged this and removed the claim of "diocide" from the Jews. Anyway, G-d is eternal, so how could he be killed? I grew up in a seventh day adventist house hold. My parents always lead me to follow all of Gods 10 commandments. Because they are His will and if we love God with all our hearts than we should keep His commandments.
I have always struggled with the idea of jesus. And have always thought to myself We have all been in anticipation for the "return" of Gods son, but in fact he was really just a false prophet. With all good intentions like he seemed to have all the people followed. And now we've all been decieved.
We are all awaiting an apocalypse We are allowing them to enslave us. I took the best lessons from their teachings as in loving everyone, no matter what they believe or what their social status and i also have read about muslim, jewish, and morman beliefs. I had a lot of questions going into this page. It is very well written and easy for anyone who reads it to grasp. I definitely have a lot to think over now. But i was always worried about the jesus question. Lets say he is the son of god.. But if not, and he is a false prophet..
Would i be damned to hell for following something i have been taught since birth? That worries me. As i only want to please god. This page was an eye opener. But it raised a lot of questions for me. I am terrified i will be punished for making the wrong choice. I always held god on top in my beliefs.. But i dont know when or if i can return to this page. Somebody please help me out. I just want to do what i should be doing. Thank you for reading this long comment. And i hope to get an educated individual on the subject to bombard with questions.
As if i feel by the end of it that jewish beliefs are the right way to go.. If not, then i suppose i will continue my search for "my" truth. Patience would be appreciated. And no, i am not the biased, finger pointing christian archetype. I am very open to new ideas. Dvirah , December 23, PM. There is another very fundamental reason why Jews don't "believe in" Jesus. This is because at the heart of Judaism lies our relationship with G-d, and how can one have a relationship with an entity that one never directly confronts?
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An analogy: suppose you have lived in your parent's home for a long time and are on normal speaking terms with that parent. Now along someone comes and tells you that for whatever reason, you can no longer speak directly to your parent but must approach your parent only via a third party intermediary - even as that very morning you and your parent spoke as usual. Surely your reaction would be to laugh in that someone's face at such a ridiculous contention? Direct relationship is what it's all about.
Anonymous , January 13, AM. It is important to note I think, that Moses, the greatest prophet of all, never told the Jews to follow him or to pray to him, but only to G-d. He never portrayed himself as a god. On the contrary, the Torah calls him 'servant of G-d' the greatest of compliments as well as 'the humblest man that ever lived'.
Troy , January 18, PM. God loves all of us. Does it really matter which road you take to be with him? No i dont t think so. Love each other love GOD He loves you. Lawrence , October 6, PM. Great article That really does put a whole new light on what I've been taught as a Christian. I shall continue to search for the real truth: this has really encouraged me. I am grateful for a succinct and forceful exposition.
It will indeed be helpful to answer my Christian friends with courtesy. I reposted this article to my Facebook wall, where I have a wide group of friends, from evangelical Christians to Jews who reject religion and adopt a secular humanist approach. This article sparked a really interesting conversation. I am a "reform" Jew by political leaning, although more traditional in my ritual leanings e. I don't think it matters very much whether you can or cannot prove any religion is "true. We are a varied people living on this planet, and we all need some moral rod to grasp.
Wherever you find it, there you are! Any of these paths is better than being morally path-less. I have to say though, my grandparents were from a place and time where they did not question their Judaism because culture isolated them for it politically, and there was no denying it or getting away from it. Because of that, they did not realize they would need to teach their children "why" Judaism matters. Still not sure how all that will play out for them, but at least I made the effort. Thank you for this explanation which has helped me understand many questions I have had mainly due to my curiosity of belief systems.
I was raised as a very strict catholic but at the age of 35 became a Buddhist. I am very interested in people in general and believe that basicly it does not matter what your belief system is as long as you live a "clean" life. Not hurting, harming your fellow man and treating everyone as equal. All good religions are right in their own way.
Anywhere a group of people can live freely and as one without hatred and sin, I feel that this is right. No-one should be condemned by others if their existance is peaceful and their actions harmless. We should all be working towards world peace for all living beings no matter what their orientation. Each person has to deal with their consciousness, and if they are happy with themselves so let it be. It is not up to us to judge another persons "soul". This is great information and has answered my questions fully.
I was raised a Christian, and this question has at times entered my mind; not because I think it's odd that Jews don't believe in Jesus, but it had always perked my curiosity considered Jesus was present there. The reasons in this article make a lot of sense, and I'd like to think these reasons would make sense to all other Christians, too. Thanks again! I've always loved branching out to learn and understand the many religious views present in the world. Being single minded and ignoring all but your own seems like a sad way to be. Just because you understand another religion or culture doesn't mean you have to believe and follow it, after all.
Why Jews shouldn't believe in Jesus? Why no one should believe in Jesus! There's sufficient doubt, as reflected by our Talmudic era Rabbis, that Jesus never existed, so what is evident, is that hundreds of millions of people believe in smoke and mirrors; a religion created hundreds of years after Jesus purportedly lived and died, but witnessed by no one. No one knows for certain his day of birth and no one knows exactly when he died.
Early Christians mixed their fading Judaism with Paganism and by the time they arrived in Rome, the center of Paganism, Constantine, the sentry of Paganism, had his own ideas of how to meld Christianity into his own image of Catholicism. I'm not really sure why AISH is spending so much time and effort explaining away a religion based on Pagan followings and a trivial amount of Torah, manipulated and changed to satisfy their confused hearts? Ya'akov , October 2, AM. Regardless of whether or not Jesus existed, we do know the approximate dates of the NT books being written. Christianity was definitely well underway in the 1st century CE.
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That's why they "spend the tome and effort" explaining it. This is a great compilation of information. However, this will tend to inflame those whose beliefs may be challenged. Why should a religion that preaches love produce such hate for all those who do not bow to its tenets? Our people have not suffered because they did not accept Jesus--they suffered from those who did.
I recently was working at a place where two of my fellow employees referenced the Bible and Jesus. During a break and in front of others.. All I could say is.. I responded that not only do Jews not share this lack of evidence, but a large number of other religions too! Wher are they headed? Thanks for the facts to help in my claim that Jesus is Not Lord. He was just as compassionate as you and I should be during a time in our world when men lacked the knowledge of the world around them and the universe beyond.
I have never read anything like this before. I have to study the claims especially from Scripture. Thanks for sending this article along. I am going to print it in order to study and follow the scripture claims. Many of the anti-semetic rhetoric says: Their religion hates Jews because the Jews killed their "G-d". If their G-d died - isn't it obvious he is not G-d. Abraham taught us that anything that has a weakness cannot be G-d. A man dies - thus he cannot be G-d.
You don't need to know bible to figure this out. After all the Pogroms, Inquisiton, auto-dafe, holocaust, blood-libels, terrorism, spewing-of-hate that the other religions -that believe in him - did against innocent people and Jews, how can any self-respecting Jew "convert" out of Judaism or marry someone that refuses to disown their non-jewish faith.
I'm just learning about this and it has me torn. But how can I not believe it. When it makes all the sense in the world thanks for the knowledge. The other day someone asked me why Jews didn't believe in Jesus, and when I couldn't answer that question, I felt that as a Jew I should research. So I looked up 'why Jews don't believe in Jesus' and this was the first option that came up and I'm glad i did.
I was able to share the article with the non-jew and myself. The writing was insightful and sourced well!
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Thanks for the clarification on the importance of national revelation. I'm not Jewish but this made sense. Dear Rabbi Simmons, I occasionall have discussions with very knowledgable Christians who seem to be honestly seeking truth. I state what Israels Moshiach will accomplish, as you lead your article with, as pre-requesets to knowing who he is. Please clarify two other points that come up in these discussions: the concept of Moshiach ben Dovid and Moshiach ben Yosef re:second coming and Gen. Also there are the angles spritual beings who took human form with Avraham Avinu and Simshon's parents.
Thanks for this spiritually educative article. As a Christian from birth, as i grew up, i began to question many Christian doctrines especially the one that uphold Jesus Christ as God. I don't believe that God would allow him be tempted and finally killed his creation.
Christ never made this claim. I have been longing for true worship of God and thats why i stopped going to church to this day. Thanks for this eye opener. I have always understood that Jesus was, first and foremost, a Jew. Far from his being non-observant, he made it clear he had not come to bypass the law and the prophets. After his death, the first Christian church was based in Jerusalem under his brother James, and all its members were observant Jews. They only dispersed after AD It was Paul who introduced all the nonsense about Jesus being God, one third of a Trinity, being resurrected and so on.
Understood properly, Jesus plays an important role in 2nd-temple Judaism, while the larger role is based on a fiction that became Christianity. While everything that the good Rabbi is true, he as many rabbi's always seem to fall into the Missionary trap and that is to debate if Jesus was the Messiah or not.
Judaism believes in a non-corporeal non divisible, Divine Being, Christianity does not, plain and simple case closed. Who needs to debate them on their out of context, false quotation "proofs" when all we need to know is that the Jewish tradition has always taught of an invisible and undivisible God. Even jesus believed it. Pagan Christianity adopted the "politically correct" Belief of the day and they have been trying to justify it for the past years. We should not make their lives easier but remind them that our Hebrew Bible has not have ANY Belief of that sort nor ever will.
Any honest Christian reading the Bible will tell you the same thing. So the next time you come across someone interested in a religious "dialog", bring this point up and let THEM justify their pagan beliefs from some other religion and not Judaism. It is my feeling as a orthodox layjew, so to speak, is that there is no real need other than to maintain Jewish identity to anticipate the coming of mashiach.
Our responsibility as Jews is to bring the world closer to the messianic ideal. Regardless of the metaphysical reality of mashiach himself, the messianic age will not come about unless we Jews and righteous gentiles do our part to bring G-d's light into the world. Put in plain English, this means that we should observe Torah and attempt to emulate the chesed shebechesed lovingkindness of G-d by doing good deeds, like helping the poor or disenfranchised Revelation of the actual mashiach, to respond to one commentor, will naturally and nationally follow when he shows up.
For, his showing up is really just a marker for olam haba, when all will know G-d and we will all be one people. I grew up in a practicing Jew, but never fully understood Easter. Now that I live in the Bible belt it wasn't getting any easier to understand. This article put it in such an easy and simple way and cleared up a lot for me. Thank You! Security Systems Atlanta-. Thank you for this wonderful summation. Everyone should read this. Really should be taught in all religious schools. I can't believe I never heard this before!
One of the basic tenants that I have read is that the Mesiah will be a direct descendant of David. When that person, who is not devine i. Thank you for the information. It broadened by understanding greatly. Simple and easy to understand. I Wld ask but, never could get clear concise answers! Thanks so much for all of this info! I'm actually going to bookmark this pg on my phone to refer back to! I'm trying to find a pathway to God.. Now, maybe I can:. Sarah , April 5, AM. I'm not Jewish but I think this is a great article. I wish every Christian became aware of the reasons why Jesus couldn'tt possibly have been the Jewish Messiah.
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Maybe they would start rethinking their beliefs. Everything i read just gave me a clear understaning about why we did not except JC as messiah bcause of the way we read the sedra if u dont read the whole old Testament u miss think. Now i converted to Judizum about 6 years ago but i converted from Islam so i have never thought of JC as A massiah. And because im African American Most Jews dont except us but truth be told im pretty sure the Israel Lites looked more like me so i pray that more calcation jews start to reconize that.
My entire congrecation is African Americanhas been around for more then 50 years. Thank you so much for this concise yet clear explanation, and the reading list. I am studying with the intention of converting in the future , and this helps to solidify my understanding of Judaism. I especially appreciated the clarification with regards to Isaiah 53, and how Christians misinterpret this to be a prediction about the coming of "the messiah" i. I always thought the theory was strange to say the least even though I come from a Christian background.
Something about the Christian theory about Isaiah 53 just did not resonate with my own personal beliefs. Now I know why. Prior to reading this article I was ignorant of Jewish beliefs. Thank you the article is very clear and informative. Joyce Shulman , March 15, PM.
I am Jewish and, I am ashamed to say,don't know very much about my own religion Your articles are a real treasure for me-and I thank you for them! I was a Christian,but have been thinking a lot, I have many questions and seem to be agnostic at this time thank you for the information to help with some of those questions.
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Jews believe in things. I recently corresponded with a Mennonite Minister it's a Christian sect on the meaning of the talmud and oral law. At the end of the correspondence he remarked that based on all the things that Jews believed, he felt that his own faith narrative was lacking. I wasn't trying to convert the man, and I am assured that I did not. What I think he meant was that while his religion focuses almost entirely on their messiah and the afterlife he provides, messiah is in my opinion a very small part of Judaism.
Moschiac will come when he comes and that will be a good thing. We do mitzvot and make the world a more godly through those actions. Moschiac will simply be a force multiplier for those efforts. I find it sad that when we need to prepare some sort of responsa to Christian missionaries we start with what we don't believe in. What's wrong with their religion. That's not the issue. It's just not Jewish and we are Jews.
We should focus on what we do believe in. What we do. What we are taught to value. And on that basis, the faiths are incompatible. After all, we don't proselytize. We're not winning souls for Judaism. We're simply trying to provide support for Jews that are targeted by missionaries and such. We'll be more effective if we focus on the positive aspects of our faith than the negative aspects of another.
If we focus on involving our people in Jewish life then all other faiths become irrelevant. They're not Jewish and we're Jews. Scott makes an important point -- that Jewish-Christian dialogue often begins with what Jews don't believe. Both religions have the same ethical base, so the divinity of Jesus is the most obvious and most dramatic place to start pinpointing differences. In Christian terms, accepting Jesus as Lord is the pathway to eternal life, and reward in the afterlife is the foremost goal of the Christian. It is difficult for a Christian to imagine how a Jew can risk being denied entry to what Christians call heaven and Jews call olam ha ba.
Jews need to cultivate language and vocabulary to describe their beliefs in positive terms -- language that is neither adversarial or defensive, but full of the joy of accomplishment here on earth -- prayer, learning, community, family, mitzvot, tikun olam. Like Donna, I consider myself to be a Christian but I have trouble with the new testament, especially Paul's writings.
I am uncomfortable with some of the contradictions and cannot ignore them, as I have a very enquiring mind. I feel the need to question what I believe and you have provided a great starting point! Shmuley Anderson , February 6, AM. I was raised a dubious Christian. I am currently converting to Judaism. Still,I have never heard such a marvelously cogent explanation for why Yeshua cannot be the Moshiach. Thank you, thank you! I used to have a lot of concerns about Jesus as a meassiah, i went over and over the whole new testament , nothing can prove to me that he was and deep down into my heart i feel the need to wait for the real one.
That why i decided to leave Christianity and to go home to judaism where my soul belong. Im haitian some people of birth land do a lot of miracles works as well using magik so that give me another good reason not to believe on them but HasHem the powerfull G-D. I consider myself a christian, but have never been reluctant to question things!
I do not believe in 'blind faith' and to be honest I have struggled with the new testament for a while. This piece is informative and interesting and will certainly encourage me to research more. A comprehensive explaination. Chris , March 16, AM. Like you, I like to questions things, and it led me to quit believing in Jesus even though I was raised Christian.
Something just didn't seem right or believable about him to me I am going to try to find out more on here as I read all the articles and replies.. Amazing article. Sure makes sense to me. We have a blessed history. What is going on withthe rest of the world? I've been a lifelong nonbeliever of any faith, but reading this article has turned me on to further looking into Judaism. I've never been so sure about the big man in the sky, but this makes sense if there were one. Why would he not expose himself to all of his people instead of just a few "prophets", that never made sense to me about Christianity.
Thank you for this great article and I look forward to learning more. I am always amazed that otherwise intelligent and reasonable people can stare the truth in the face and still cling to their mistaken beliefs. Nothing in the Torah describes a virgin birth of the Messiah. Behold, the young woman will become pregnant and bear a son, and you will name him Immanuel.
King Ahaz would have to be resurrected in order to name the child. And, Mary and Joseph named their first born son Yehoshua, not Immanuel. Further, the prophecy would do King Ahaz no good if he were dead before it came true. This woman and child cannot be Mary and Jesus because this scene occurred more than years before Mary and Jesus lived. So I say to you, send out My son that he may serve Me.
On the second coming? Did not your Jesus come a second time when he was supposedly resurrected and appeared to his followers? That was his second coming and he still did not complete any prophecy. And, he seemed to have come a third time for Mormons when he supposedly appeared to Joseph Smith. Can someone lead me to a reference that further explains this concept? Vlad Seder , November 26, AM. Jewish concept of communication with G-d is always communal - even today certain daily prayers could be said only with quorum of ten adult male Jews.
Such a major communication as prophesy requires majority of the people to be present - and it requires unity of the people. While prophesy does require the people to be in the land of Israel, there were some exceptions - like Moses and Daniel, who prophesied while they were with the majority of the people outside of Israel.
Cdave, thats ok. Nobody is trying to convince you otherwise. The rabbi is just explaining, why we dont believe in Jesus. We believe hes a prophet just hes not the messiah. As long as you are a good person and follow the 10 commandments all is well :. Jews are born jews for a reason. I am actually a convert bt obviously had a spark in me that gnawed away until I decided to convert. You start finding things out little by little. I consulted with rabbis, read books, re-interpreted the Torah and the Halaha, attended services at the nearest Schul and rearranged my thoughts and beliefs accordingly.
Simple as tha. Christian , November 17, AM. If you read the new testament of Bible, you can see the great forgiveness that Jesus showed to the people who crucified him. He was praying for those who were hurting him. The true followers of Jesus show the same love and compassion to others. Reading the new testament gives me the strength to forgive others and to lead a peaceful life. Anonymous , November 18, AM. You can't argue facts, and the facts are JC yes was a Jew, but nothing more. Anonymous , April 16, AM. YOU can't argue facts, the most relevant documents are in NT.
Eye witness testimony. But of course why read it If it is a condition for the Messsiah to come, why aren't Jews returning to Isreal? Iminbitulzone , November 28, PM. Just that this is one of his accomplishments fter he comes. I basically need to memorize this entire article in order to tell my family why I'm embracing my Jewish heritage instead of pretending to be Christian. All my family members know they're Jewish both sides, oddly enough but they've been fearful to acknowledge it publicly and only speak Yiddish in whispers.
So I don't predict too much opposition but at least if someone actually believes in Jesus as the Messiah, I will know how to respond! Learn from the prophecies. Anonymous , November 15, PM. We are not all God's children.
God wants us all to be saved but a lot of people chose to live life as they wanted and not heed God's will on how to live our lives. God's children are those people who do deeds that are truly God's. Those who involve themselves to lies and violence can never be called God's children. I was born and raised as a Lutheran Christian, and my faith was confirmed last spring. Going through confirmation, I was always told that Jesus was the messiah, I never was told about these qualifications.
Also, the idea that God would tell everyone about a messiah, and not just one person. I don't know if I'd be willing to give up my Christian faith quite yet, but it was very interesting to look at some other beliefs. He is looking forward to the time of the tribulation where the Jewish remnant will have fled to the hills at the site of the abomination of desolation.
The false prophets and Messiahs attempt to draw them out of their hiding, but true believers the elect will not fall for it, because Jesus is warning them ahead of time about this tactic. Here we have the same words great signs and wonders that are used to describe the miracles of Christ and His apostles, however, these works are preformed by false prophets and false Messiahs. In other words, if they were just tricking people into thinking that they were doing miracles with smoke and mirrors, it would seem to me that scripture would have used language that indicates this.
Instead it uses words and phrases that say that they are actually doing these things. For example, look at some of the satanic miracles performed by the false prophet in Revelation These are the words of actual events, not slight of hand. It appears that God grants temporary power to these false prophets and Messiahs so that they will be used of God to attract all unbelievers to themselves in unbelief. Edinburgh: T. Clark, , vol. Lenski, The Interpretation of St. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.
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Meyer explains: We possess no historical record of any false Messiahs having appeared previous to the destruction of Jerusalem Barcochba did not make his appearance till the time of Hadrian ; for Simon Magus Acts , Theudas Acts , the Egyptian Acts , Menander, Dositheus, who have been referred to as cases in point Theophylact, Euthymius Zigabenus, Grotius, Calovinus, Bengel , did not pretend to be the Messiah. Donate Contact.
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