Why Don’t Jews Believe in Jesus ?
As a Christian you may have wondered: why don’t Jews believe in Jesus ? Perhaps you are a Jew who knows that Jews stood apart from the surrounding populace and refused to join the European people in their devotion to Jesus and you want to understand: why don’t Jews believe in Jesus ?
Before I can answer this question we need to determine what it is that the Church wants the Jew to believe about Jesus. The fact of the matter is that Church would want Jews to believe many different things about Jesus. The Church would have us believe that Jesus is the Messiah predicted by the Jewish prophets, that he is divine, that the devotion of mankind ought to be directed to him, that faith in him atones for sin and that he was the sinless lamb. Each one of these beliefs deserves its own answer.
Jews cannot believe that Jesus was the Messiah predicted by the Jewish prophets for the simple reason that he fulfilled none of the Messianic prophecies (https://yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/the-messianic-expectation/ ). Furthermore; the character of Jesus as described by the writers of the Christian Scriptures stands as a direct opposite of the character of the Messiah that the Jewish people have been taught by the prophets to wait for (https://yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com/2010/09/05/the-polar-opposite/ ).
Jews cannot believe that Jesus was divine because we were taught by God that all of the inhabitants of heaven and earth are but creations of the One Divine Creator (https://yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/foundation-of-worship/ )
Jews cannot direct their devotion towards Jesus because their devotion is already pledged to the Creator of heaven and earth. Jews stand in a covenant relation with God and directing devotion to anyone aside from the One to whom their heart is already pledged is the deepest violation of this covenantal relationship.
Jews cannot believe that faith in Jesus atones for sin for the simple reason that there is not one verse in all of the writings of the prophets that would teach that faith in anyone atones for sin. The consistent teaching of Moses and all the prophets is that sincere repentance atones for sin.
Jews cannot believe that Jesus was sinless because the prophets testify that no human being is perfect (http://proverbs1817.wordpress.com/2010/08/09/the-sinless-man/ ).
Even Jews who have strayed from their roots and do not follow the Law of Moses cannot believe in Jesus. These Jews recognize that attributing divinity to a human being and directing worship towards a person is simply wrong. By elevating one man to the status of divine the Church has negated the intrinsic equality of all men – the foundation of civilization.
Another reason why Jews don’t believe in Jesus is because of the atrocities committed in his name. During the past several decades the Church has engaged in an intense whitewashing campaign to disassociate Jesus from the horrors of the holocaust and the inquisition. But the fact remains that the Christian Church was the vehicle through which the mind of Western civilization was poisoned against the Jew. Whether this was their intention or not; the writers of the Christian Scriptures laid the mental and cultural groundwork for the cruel persecution of the Jewish people for almost 2000 years. You can’t really expect Jews to believe in the man idolized by these same writers.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal