Response to Blesch
A fellow by the name of William Blesch has penned a critique of my article: “Consumer Alert”. You can read it at http://watchmanonthewalls.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/the-bbb%e2%80%99s-report-on-blumenthals-consumer-alert/ . I would like to thank him for giving me the opportunity to bring more clarity to the issue.
He begins by asserting that my article is “incredibly hypocritical”. He takes issue with the fact that I called the religious devotion demanded by Christianity “a transaction”. Blesch points out that the devotion demanded by Judaism also involves a transaction. Further on in his critique, Blesch argues that Judaism also offers an exchange of devotion for a
He has completely misunderstood my point. I wasn’t comparing the devotion of Christianity to a transaction as a critique of Christianity. I acknowledge that all religious devotion is in essence a transaction. The question just is – is this a legitimate transaction – or a shady deal?
The next accusation of hypocrisy that Blesch brings up is my argument that the missionary offers no proof for the viability of his deal. Blesch counters this point by arguing that Judaism can offer no tangible proof to the viability of their deal. It seems that Blesch has not read Deuteronomy 4:30-35. The fact that we are the only nation to present a credible claim for a personal covenant with God is presented as proof for the viability of the
transaction. 3300 years ago, it was predicted that there will be no competing
claim for a national revelation or for an event that parallels the exodus.
Blesch may not like the proof – but his argument will then be with God – not
with me. Furthermore, Judaism doesn’t emphasize the “pie in the sky” return on
the transaction. Judaism emphasizes the fact that we are obligated to obey God
whether He rewards us or not – simply because we belong to him. And the Jewish
Bible emphasizes the earthly ramifications for our national obedience or
The last argument that Blesch presents to substantiate his accusation of hypocrisy focuses on my critique of the anti-Semitic Church. Blesch responds by pointing out that there are wicked and corrupt leaders in Judaism as well.
I fully acknowledge that there have been some corrupt leaders in Judaism, but this has no bearing on the point I made in my article. In the case of Christianity the entire “transaction” was a fraud. Millions of people were encouraged to give their devotion to Jesus in exchange for eternal bliss – and they were snookered. People like Blesch acknowledge that a devotion to Jesus that is combined with a hatred of Jews is a counterfeit Christianity. Yet this counterfeit product was marketed with all of the same claims that the missionaries use today. The followers of this corrupt Christianity – and for many dark centuries – this was the only form of Christianity that was being promulgated –
were misled. They gave their devotion – and they got sin. What does this have
to do with a corrupt leader whose sins are personal and does nothing to alter the
landscape of Judaism?
So much for: “incredibly hypocritical”.
Blesch goes on to ask: “Shouldn’t the Moshiach have our hearts? Especially if that Moshiach is not pointing us away from the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but is ALWAYS pointing us to the Father, saying “Follow Him! Serve Him!””
Thank you William for bringing out my point so clearly! If Jesus is pointing us to God then why does he need our hearts? Don’t you realize the contradiction inherent in your own position? David; the Bible’s example of Moshiach – never demands our hearts – he points our hearts towards God. You can’t claim to be pointing people’s hearts towards God and then go and demand those same hearts for yourself.
Blesch takes issue with my pointing out that the Bible is written in old Hebrew. My point is that it was not written in Modern Hebrew or in any other language that is regularly spoken by any people today. I am not quite sure what language Blesch thinks the Bible was written in – perhaps he will clarify.
Blesch continues “Are you kidding me? Shouldn’t any reader assume that whomever the Moshiach happens to be, that Messianic candidate MUST be able to substantiate his claims from the pages of that lengthy and complex document. Who are you trying to fool?”
Again, Blesch just proved my point. How many people do you know that studied the Bible from cover to cover in the original language and came to the conclusion that this book points to Jesus? Moreover, how many missionaries do you know that encourage people to engage in this study? Most missionaries I have met expect people to change their lives on the basis of a few preselected passages, if not on the basis of a brochure. Just point to one missionary website which tells you: “Study the entirety of the Jewish Scriptures in its
original language – and we are confident that you will arrive at the faith that
we promote.” If you are looking for a Jewish website that does this – you don’t
need to look far – you are reading it.
In my article I inform the readers that many studies have been written to disprove the claims of the missionaries on the basis of the Jewish Bible. Blesch responds with: “Again…please provide some specifics because otherwise this is just propaganda.”
If you are reading my blog you should have all the specifics
Blesch goes on to argue that devotion to Jesus is not a contradiction to devotion to God. He argues: “Hmmm…how is this evidence that we can’t give our hearts to G-d? How is
it evidence that we can’t give our hearts to a G-d designated leader? If King
David asked us to follow after him, and King David was our G-d appointed
leader…would we be sinning by following after him with our hearts?”
David never claimed divinity. The loyalty we have towards David is the loyalty that we have to a human leader – this has nothing to do with the devotion that Christianity is demanding for Jesus. Christianity demands that Jesus be worshiped as a deity. Missionaries encourage people who are already worshiping God – to direct their devotion to Jesus. The point I make in my article is that our hearts belong to the Creator of our hearts – BECAUSE He is the Creator of our hearts. I never heard anyone encourage
devotion to Jesus on the basis of the claim that he created our hearts.
Blesch continues: “Surely following after the Messiah…no matter who it is, whether Yeshua or not, is absolutely something both Jews and the goyim are authorized to do!”
Following the Moshiach is one thing – worshipping him as a god is quite another.
The most incredible statement that Blesch makes in his critiques is yet to come: “While it is true that a majority of Jewish scholars (After the 2nd temple period) have not
seen Yeshua as the Moshiach, this is largely due to gut level rejection of the
terrible behavior of Gentiles who appropriated Yeshua, turned him into a pagan
deity, and then persecuted our people in Yeshua’s name.”
So the Jewish rejection of Jesus is a “gut level” reaction?! Does Judaism stand for nothing? Is our love for God something that we should just throw away on a whim? Judaism stands on Deuteronomy 4:35. That is who our hearts belong to – and to no one else. The role of the Jew as God’s firstborn son is to testify that all of creation INCLUDING Jesus/Yeshu belongs to God and to Him alone. To treat a human being that walked the earth like the Creator – is the very antithesis of Israel’s calling as a nation before God.
Blesch concludes his critique with: “Only an honest, unbiased look at both the Torah, the Writings, the Prophets, and the Brit Chadasha will give you a correct picture.”
This argument is blatantly dishonest. FIRST we must study the Jewish Scripture. We must imbibe its spirit and make it part and parcel of the fabric of our world-view. Then and ONLY then should we examine the Christian Scriptures to see if they fit with what we have learned from the Jewish Bible or if they are in direct conflict with them.
I trust that your study will lead you to the truth.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal