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 don’t. 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 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. 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.