Shamar

Clearing up misconceptions about the Christian faith and defending it.

Christianity and Judaism.

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I have observed this quite a bit: most people, including Jews and Christians, believe that Christianity is separate from Judaism. I do not think a more erroneous belief exists. And here is why.

The Hebrew Bible, the Holy book of Judaism, is called the Tanakh. I have referred to a site called the Mechon-Mamre that has translated the entire Hebrew Bible into English for study purposes. According to it, the Tanakh is divided into the following segments:

The Torah: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.

Writings: Chronicles, Psalms, Job, Ruth, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah, Lamentations.

Those are all the books of the Tanakh, the Holy Book of Judaism. Any Christian can see that those are all the books of the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. The New Testament is the chronicle of the words and works of Yahshua and His apostles.

Jewish friends, please understand that Christianity does not reject or contradict Judaism—it incorporates Judaism in its entirety–as found in the Tanakh–without questioning it, without altering it. Islam too has Abrahamic roots and claims to have the same history as the Tanakh, but a read through the Quran will tell you that it rejects and alters some of the most vital and foundational truths of Judaism, and it alters almost all the accounts of creation, the patriarchs and the prophets. I will address that topic in a separate post.

Christians believe that the old law no longer applies to us–it has been made obsolete by faith. Having said that, I must make it clear that Christianity does not…and should not…accept the Talmud. None of the books of the Talmud are a fresh word from God. They are interpretations of the given word by Rabbis for the purposes of judgment in disputes etc. That is not exactly the same as the divinely revealed Word of Yahowah.

And dearest Christian friends, please recognize the place that Judaism has in our own faith—not an external one but a foundational one. Even Yahshua kept the law flawlessly and did not reject the supremacy of His Father Yahowah.

Jews do not accept Christ as the Messiah. They cannot accept a Messiah Who is as humble, meek, simple and sacrificial as Yahshua was. That’s one of the explanations given. They expected some other kind of a Saviour-King—someone impressive, powerful, unconquerable who would conquer their enemies and lead them to a glorious victory. Additionally, they are strictly monotheistic and they cannot accept that God can be divided into three forms. But that God has more than one form is clearly visible in the Old Testament.

The serious and deep difference between the two faiths can be condensed into two points:
1. Jews reject Christ as God because Judaism is essentially monotheistic, and the entity of Christ, separate from Yahowah, seems like heresy.
2. Christians reject the law because they believe that faith has put an end to the rule of the law.

In essence, both are wrong. And we will see how in the coming weeks, Yahowah willing. Till then have a great week.

Shalome.

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