(A Letter to E. Lion)
Lion, the issue is really one of claims. The Christian religion is nothing more and nothing less than people making a claim about the fulfillment of the Jewish Bible, and about the promised role of the Jewish messiah. We all know that the Jewish bible stands or falls on the commandments of G-d. Christianity believes that one Jesus of Nazareth fulfills the Tanakh’s picture of the Messiah, Judaism respectfully disagrees.
Consider the following points very carefully
1. The Hebrew Bible is a book primarily composed of the commandments of G-d which he told Israel to follow in all their generations. It clearly and unambiguously teaches Jews the worship of G-d alone so they can be separated from polytheism. The tanakh says mankind can master their evil inclination and that G-d forgives the repentant. The fathers are not punished for the sins of sons, nor the reverse, but the one who sins is punished.
2. The New Testament says that the word of the father became flesh (fully G-d & Fully man Neither confusing the natures nor dividing the person,) and that in this one Jesus alone, mankind can find forgiveness from sin thereby being filled with the spirit of G-d and able to walk in the commands of G-d.
3. This same New Testament claims that someone else who is lawless (sinful or anti law because sin is the transgression of the law.) will come in the future who also claims to be G-d, but who does deceitful miracles, and who also suffers a “deadly wound.” (revelation 13.) This anti Christ figure as it were copies Jesus’ own alleged miracles exactly, and offers his exact proofs for legitimacy, thereby tricking everyone.
The New Testament in this 13th chapter of Revelation is indirectly telling you and other Christians why Jews can never accept your faith. Doctrines like the trinity, the atoning death of Jesus, and the miracles of Jesus, are not a solid ground indicator of the truth, only faithfulness to the commandments are. In other words, just because someone does miracles, claims he is G-d, and is healed from a deadly wound, doesn’t mean he is really G-d, or that you should worship him.
These 3 things being firmly established in the text, why are you so upset that Jews don’t share in the fundamental theology of your faith? Your own book, and you yourself say that groups who claim to be Christians can be deceived, and may not actually be true followers. In that case, Judaism will stick with what EVERYONE AGREES is central to scripture, namely, to a walk with G-d, in the commandments.
Judaism is not about G-d’s nature and what it may or may not be. It is not centered around the messiah and who he may or may not be. It is centered around Israel obeying the plain sense of G-D’s commandments. In that sense Jews are commanded to listen first to the Jewish Bible.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal