"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

It is important to understand why Jews don’t believe in Jesus. The purpose is not to disparage other religions, but rather to clarify the Jewish position. The more data that’s available the better informed choices people can make about their spiritual lives.

Jews do not accept Jesus as the messiah because;

1) Jesus did not fulfil the messianic prophecies

2) Christianity contradicts the Jewish theology

3) Jesus did not embody the personal qualification of Messiah

4) Biblical verses “referring to Jesus are mistranslations

5) Jewish belief is based on national revelation

Jesus did not fulfill the Messianic Prophecies

What is the Messiah supposed to accomplish? The Bible says that he will:

A. Build the Third Temple (Ezekeil 37:26-28)

B. Gather all Jews back to the land of Israel (Isaiah 43:5-6)

C. User in an era of world peace, and end all hatred, oppression, suffering and disease. As it says: “nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall man learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4)

D. Spread universal knowledge of the G-d of Israel – uniting the entire human race as one. As it says: “G-d will be King over all the world on that day, G-d will be One and His Name will be ONE” (Zechariah 14:9)

The historical fact is that Jesus fulfilled NONE of these Messianic prophecies.

Christianity Contradicts Jewish Theology

A. God as Three?

The Chr-tian idea of Trinity breaks G-d into three separate beings; The father, the son and the H-ly Ghost (matthew 28:19)

Contrast this to the Shema, the basis of Jewish belief:

“Hear O Israel, the L-rd our G-d, the L-rd is ONE”

(Deut. 6:4). Jews declare the One-ness of G-d every day, writing it on doorposts (Mezuzah), and binding it to the hand and head (Tefillin). This statement of G-d’s One-ness is first words a Jewish child is taught to say, and the last words uttered before he dies.

In Jewish law, worship of a three-part god is considered idolatry- one of the three cardinal sins which a Jew should rather give up his life than transgress. This explains why during the Inquisitions and throughout history, Jews gave up their lives rather than convert.

B. Man as G-d?

Christians believe that G-d came down to earth in human Form, as Jesus said: “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30)

Maimonides devotes most of the Guide for the Perplexed” to the fundamental idea that G-d in incorporeal, meaning that HE assumes NO physical form. G-d is eternal, above time. He is infinite, beyond space. He cannot be born, and cannot die. Saying that G-d assumes human form makes G-d small, diminishing both his unity and his divinity. As the Torah says: “G-d is not a mortal” (Numbers 23:19).

Judaism says that the Messiah will be born of human parents, with normal physical attributes just like other people. He will not be a demi-god, and will not possess supernatural qualities. In fact, an individual is alive in every generation with the capacity to step into the role of the Messiah. (Kings 11:3)

Intermediary for Prayer?

Basic to Chr-tain Belief is the idea that prayer must be directed through an intermediary -ie. confessing one’s sins to a priest. Jesus himself is an intermediary as he said: “No man cometh to the father but by me.”

In Judaism, prayer is a totally private matter, between each individual and G-d, As the Bible says: “G-d is near to all who call unto Him” (Psalms 145:18)

Further, the Ten commandments state: “You shall have no other gods BEFORE ME,’ meaning that it is forbidden to set up a mediator between G-d and man.

Chr-tianity often treats the physical world as an evil to be avoided. Mary, the holiest Chr-tian woman is portrayed as a virgin. Priests and nuns are celibate. And monasteries are in remote, secluded location.

By contrast, Judaism believes that G-d created the physical world not to frustrate us , but for our pleasure. Jewish spirituality comes through grappling with the mundane world in a way that uplifts and elevates. Sex in the proper context is one of the holiest acts we can perform.

The Talmud says if a person has the opportunity to taste new fruite and refuses to do so, he will have to account for that in the World-to come. Jewish rabbinical schools teach how to live amidst the bustle of commercial activity. Jews don’t retreat from life, we elevate it.

How can we hasten the coming of Messiah? The best way is to love all humanity generously, to keep the mitzvahs of Torah and to encourage other to keep them as well.

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