Monday, March 22, 2010 Debunked Part 4

From the home page-

>> One of the most significant differences between Judaism and Christianity (or Messianic Judaism) is that the latter rejects the laws that God gave to Moses to teach to the children of Israel. According to the New Testament passage John 3:36: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath.” Christian theology firmly believes that if you do not believe in Jesus you are going to "burn in Hell." We Are Not Going to Burn in Hell: a Jewish Response to Christianity demonstrates how to refute Messianic Jews and Christian missionaries by using passages from both the Tanach and the New Testament. It is a definitive source to counter every argument Christian missionaries may make to sway a Jew to their theology. The first chapter is available on-line.

  • It is fairer to say that the New Testament has respect for the Old Testament laws but did away with the non-morality laws.
  • In case one would say that there is no fiery hell in Judaism- The concept of a firey hell is in the Tanach and in the Gemarah. Deuteronomy 32:22- "For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains." The talmud and midrash says that fire is 1/60 of hell (
  • "And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins" (Romans 11:26-27). Antisemitism is thus unbiblical as per the New Testament.

1 comment:

thor said...

To Thomas Aquinas only natural law mitzvoth apply and that is not the same thing as only moral bein adam lechavoro mizvot.
And again I want to mention that Pauline Christianity seems to be different that that of James or the other disciples of the Jerusalem church. Now I don't doubt that Paul was sincere but he seems to have had some disagreement with the Jerusalem church that is perhaps more serious that what he writes about. The way it is possible that Paul believed that faith in Jesus is so important that he did not want the more difficult aspects of Judaism to be a stumbling block in front of converts. It looks to me that the old church believed that converts had to convert to Judaism to be saved. Paul and the disciples reached a compromise that one can be live without being Jewish. Later in Paul's thought it looks like he felt even Jews have no reason to keep all 613 mitzvoth but that seems never to have received the approval of the apostles.