The Christian missionary is in essence encouraging a transaction. He is asking you to give the devotion of your heart to Jesus and in return he is promising you a service in the after-life – “eternal salvation”.
When someone encourages you to commit yourself to a transaction, you look out for “red flags” – warning signs that something may be amiss with the transaction that is being offered. The purpose of this article is to help you see the red flags inherent in the missionary presentation.
Christian missionaries claim that Jesus entered the world to reverse the effects of Adam’s sin (Romans5:19). The missionary contends that when Adam sinned, all of mankind was condemned to eternal hell and those who direct their devotion to Jesus are saved from this punishment.
Here is the red flag. If you read the Bible (Genesis 3:1-24), you will not find the punishment of eternal hell decreed as a result of Adam’s sin. In fact hell is not mentioned in that passage at all. What is mentioned is the decree that man will work for his bread by the sweat of his brow, that women will suffer the pain of child-birth and that the earth will give forth thorns and thistles. Are believers in Jesus free from these curses? Are their land free of thorns? Do they not have to work for their sustenance? Are Christian women free of the pains of child birth?
The fact that all of the tangible and visible effects of Adam’s sin are NOT removed through faith in Jesus, while it is only the intangible curse of eternal hell-fire, that is not even recorded as an effect of Adam’s sin, that is allegedly removed through faith in Jesus – should set some bells ringing.
Here is another red flag.
Missionaries claim that Jesus is a fulfillment of various messianic prophecies that are recorded in the Jewish Bible. They encourage you to accept Jesus as your “savior” on the basis of these fulfilled prophecies. In effect the missionary is telling you that the Jewish Bible is a book that you can rely on to make a life-changing decision. If this is such a weighty book wouldn’t you think that the Divine Author knew how to present Himself? You would think that the book itself would adequately teach whatever message God felt that we need to know. Why does the book need the supplement of the missionary presentation to help you “get the message”? If the missionary would sincerely want you to base your life on this book, he should leave you with a copy of the book and encourage you to read it (preferably in the original language). Why does he find the need to provide you with a list of preselected passages and an accompanying explanation in order to help you “see the light”?
One more red flag.
Throughout history, many students of the Jewish Bible have come to the realization that Jesus is NOT the Messiah predicted by the Jewish prophets, and that devotion to him as a deity is idolatrous. The authors of the Christian Scriptures explain this phenomena to their audience with the explanation that those who don’t accept the claims of Jesus are children of the devil and that they are spiritually blinded (John8:44, 2Corinthians3:14). What is the proof for the “spiritual blindness” of these people? Does this spiritual blindness manifest itself in any tangible way? No, it doesn’t. Some of these “spiritually blinded children of the devil” were paragons of humility, kindness, honesty and devotion to God. The “proof” to their spiritual blindness is simply their non-acceptance of Jesus!
I don’t expect you to take me on my word, but the purpose of this article is to get you to think twice before taking the missionary on his word. Please study the issue seriously before trusting the missionary. Study the Jewish Bible from cover to cover. Ask yourself: What faith is this book encouraging? To whom is this book encouraging me to direct the devotion of my heart?
I trust that you will find the truth in the pages of the Jewish Bible.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal