Why Jews do not believe in Jesus? Among followers of Judaism (Jews for Torah), Jesus is viewed as having been the most influential, and consequently the most damaging, of all false messiahs. However, since the traditional Jewish belief is that the messiah has not yet come and the Messianic Age is not yet present, the total rejection of Jesus as either messiah or deity has never been a central issue for Judaism.
Judaism (Jews for Torah) has never accepted any of the claimed fulfillments of prophecy that Christianity attributes to Jesus. Judaism(Jews for Torah) also forbids the worship of a person as a form of idolatry, since the central belief of Judaism(Jews for Torah) is the absolute unity and singularity of God. Jewish eschatology holds that the coming of the Messiah will be associated with a specific series of events that have not yet occurred, including the return of Jews to their homeland and the rebuilding of The Temple, a Messianic Age of peace and understanding during which “the knowledge of God” fills the earth, and since Jews for Torah believe that none of these events occurred during the lifetime of Jesus (nor have they occurred afterwards), he is not a candidate for messiah.
Traditional views of Jesus have been mostly negative, although in the Middle Ages Judah Halevi and Maimonides viewed Jesus (like Muhammad) as an important preparatory figure for a future universal ethical monotheism of the Messianic Age. Some modern Jewish thinkers have sympathetically speculated that the historical Jesus may have been closer to Judaism than either the Gospels or traditional Jewish accounts would indicate, starting in the 18th century with the Orthodox Jacob Emden and the reformer Moses Mendelssohn. This view is still espoused by some.
“Proselytizing is legal in the country and missionaries of all religious groups are allowed to proselytize all citizens; however, a 1977 law prohibits any person from offering material benefits as an inducement to conversion. It was also illegal to convert persons under 18 years of age unless one parent were an adherent of the religious group seeking to convert the minor. Despite the legality of proselytism, the government has taken a number of steps that encouraged the perception that proselytizing is against government policy. For example, the MOI has detained individuals suspected of being “missionaries,” and required of such persons bail and a pledge to abstain from missionary activity, in addition to refusing them entry into the country. It maintained denunciations of such activity from antimissionary groups like Yad L’Achim in its border control databases. The MOI has also cited proselytism as a reason to deny student, work, and religious visa extensions, as well as to deny permanent residency petitions. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) promised the Knesset in 1986 to refrain from all proselytism voluntarily in conjunction with receiving a building permit for its Jerusalem Center following protests from the Orthodox community.” — A 2010 US State Department report on religious freedom in Israel
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For the past two thousand years, Christians have been trying to convert Jews. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on this effort — “Jews for Jesus,” and “Chosen Peoples Ministry” are just two dedicated to this goal. Those organizations will tell less educated Jews (and non-Jews) that you can be Jewish and “follow Jesus.” They reason that “Jesus was a Jew, and his followers were Jews, so to follow Jesus is a very “Jewish” thing to do.”
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Just because a Jew does something does not make it Jewish (or right). Consider all those Jews in the bible (which Jews call the T’nach) who worshiped false gods like Moloch and Ba’al. Did the fact that they were Jews make it acceptable to the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah?
“The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews dwelling in the land of Egypt. . .because of their evil, which they did to provoke Me, to go to burn incense to worship other gods, which they did not know, [neither did] you nor your forefathers. And I sent to you all My servants the prophets, sending them betimes, saying: Now do not do this abominable thing which I hate. But they did not hearken, nor did they incline their ear[s] to repent of their evil, not to burn incense to other gods. . .” Yirmiyahu / Jeremiah 44:1-5.
Those people were Jews. G-d did not approve of them following gods “they did not know” (at Mount Sinai). This is the key. We are warned time and again that if someone entices a Jew to any form of worship that we were unfamiliar with at Mount Sinai it is FALSE. Just because someone is a Jew doesn’t make what they do correctly.
Ask yourselves: did the Jews at Mount Sinai know Jesus as G-d? Did they pray in the name of Jesus?
The answer is, of course, “no.”
The Jewish Bible tells us that we are not to pray to any “god” our fathers did not know (at Sinai). This is the absolute death knell to the missionary claim that Jesus IS G-d. If we did not “know” Jesus at Sinai he is a false god. Read D’varim 11 and D’varim 13 (Deuteronomy):
“. . . .the curse, if you. . .turn away from the way I command you this day, to follow other gods, WHICH YOU DID NOT KNOW.”
D’varim / Deuteronomy 11: 28
“[This is what you must do] if your blood brother, your son, your daughter, your bosom wife, or your closest friend secretly tries to act as a missionary among you, and says, ‘Let us go worship a new god. LET US HAVE A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN BY YOU OR YOUR FATHER.’ 13:8 [He may be enticing you with] the gods of the nations around you, far or near, or those that are found at one end of the world or another. 13:9 Do not agree with him, and do not listen to him.” D’varim / Deuteronomy 13:7
The key phrase here is “LET US HAVE A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN BY YOU OR YOUR FATHERS.”
or gods “YOU DID NOT KNOW.”
When did “our fathers, present at Sinai, have a spiritual experience with Jesus? Was Jesus “known” to them? Did they pray to Jesus or through Jesus? Of course not! Jesus was unknown to them.
Ergo G-d warned us against both Christianity and Islam — any spiritual experience not known to us at Mount Sinai is false.
A Jew cannot believe in Jesus and remain Jewish.
This website is dedicated to exploring the “Judeo-Christian Myth.” Many people seem to think that the only difference between Judaism and Christianity is that Christians believe Jesus was the Messiah and Jews do not believe in Jesus. While that is a difference, it is only one and not as major as one might think. What are the differences? This website is dedicated to explaining them.
It must be a little worrisome for the average Christian (if he ever thinks about Jews at all) to ask himself “since Jesus was a Jew, and he taught and preached to Jews why didn’t all the Jews en masse become Christians?”
But we haven’t.
For 2000 years that never happened.
How can missionaries justify their belief in Jesus as the “Jewish Messiah” when Jews don’t accept him as such?
Some will say “well, Jews are blind.” This may satisfy some, but most would admit that Jews, though a very small minority, are a pretty smart people. Even world-renowned atheist Richard Dawkins has said he is bewildered at the disproportionate amount of Nobel prizes won by Jews. Between 1901 and 2013, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to approximately 855 laureates. At least 193 (22%) of them have been Jewish even though the global Jewish population is 0.02%!
So, no we’re not stupid people.
Why would G-d “blind” the very people He calls His firstborn son? (Sh’mot / Exodus 4:22), his beloved? Why would G-d tell us Torah and our covenant with Him are eternal — only to “blind” us to the “truth” that it was all a joke, we were just waiting for Jesus to show up?
The problem for the missionary (where the Jew is concerned) is whether all those promises by G-d were lies — or are they mistaken and Jews are not blind. . . were they lied to by the Christian bible and their teachers?
Jews believe in G-d.
Jews believe that G-d does not lie.
Jews do not believe in Jesus because Jews believe that G-d is not a man and He does not change His mind. (Bamidbar / Numbers 23:19). Thus when He says that Torah is eternal, His promises to the Jews are eternal He is not lying.
- “So I will keep Your Torah – continually forever and ever.” T’hillim / Psalm 119:44;
- “He remembered His covenant forever, the word He had commanded to the thousandth generation,. . . they keep His statutes and observe His Torah” T’hillim / Psalm 105:8-45;
- “The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our G-d will stand forever.” Yeshayahu / Isaiah 40:8;
- “He sent redemption to His people; He commanded His covenant forever; His name is holy and awesome.” T’hillim / Psalm 111:9;
- “For I give you good doctrine, forsake not my Torah.” Mishlei / Proverbs 4:2.
Jews are not blind and Jews do not believe in Jesus. There is a reason we have not become Christians. If someone tells you that you can be Jewish and a Christian run, don’t walk, quickly in the opposite direction. It is a lie — one that has been told for over 2000 years.
My purpose is not to convert Christians to Judaism. Jews are here to help teach non-Jews what G-d expects of them — a nation of priests and a light to the nations. You don’t have to be a Jew to be loved by G-d. I also do not want to upset any Christians. If anyone stumbles on this page and has no interest in learning the differences between Judaism and Christianity please leave. My goal is to help educate people who want to understand emet — the truth. Welcome, and I hope I can be of some service.