"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

Judaism

Christianity

G-d-centered, selfless Man-centered, selfish
Bible (5 books of Moses) written by G-d, with Moses as secretary New Testament written by man
G-d creates man in His image; thus man has a soul and free will Man creates G-d in his image; thus Jesus is declared to be a deity
Bible (Hebrew Scriptures) quotes G-d directly, in His own words, over 3800 times New Testament never quotes G-d a single time, other than quotes from the “Old Testament”
Man’s purpose is to serve G-d through His Law—the commandments G-d’s purpose is to serve man by providing salvation—for free
G-d’s commandments are binding obligations G-d’s Law is a nice idea, but it is only “fruits of the spirit,” not a duty
Jews believe in the Bible because G-d said so (orally) Christians believe in G-d because the Bible tells them to
Jews study the Bible only according to the oral tradition received from G-d Christians interpret the Bible according to their own ideas and opinions
Jews believe in Moses because G-d gave him authority Christians believe in Jesus because he gave himself authority
G-d controls evil, using it to punish sinners and for other purposes The devil controls evil, using it to rebel against G-d
By doing G-d’s commandments, man brings G-d closer Christians wait until G-d brings Himself closer to man before agreeing to do any good works
Man follows G-d’s commandments according to G-d’s own detailed instructions, whether or not it makes sense to man Man uses his own reasoning and interpretation to decide what are “good works” and what are not
Man transforms the world to reveal its Creator — to bring G-d’s eternal kingdom here on earth Man leaves the world behind, escaping earth to enjoy heaven
G-d creates and runs the world to serve Him Evil controls the world, which will ultimately be destroyed
Man has direct access to G-d through prayer and repentance; any mediator only gets in the way & blocks the relationship Man has no access to G-d except through a man (Jesus)
Doing G-d’s commandments is a privilege & opportunity that provides true freedom G-d’s law is a burden and a curse that enslaves and condemns man
G-d made eternal covenants—1 with Jews, 1 with gentiles—and He keeps His promises G-d “changed His mind,” throwing away the old covenant for a new one

 

 

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