"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
By Sophiee
We don’t listen to any one man who says he speaks for G-d. We are told (Psalm 146) not to put our trust in the son of man or princes – but only in G-d.
Rambam, a famous Jewish theologian, wrote in HilkhotYesodei Hatorah, 8,1-2:
“The Jewish people did not believe in Moses our teacher because of the miracles he performed. If one believes in something because of miracles, he may suspect that they were performed through sleight of hand or sorcery…We believe in Moshe because of what happened at Mount Sinai. Our own eyes saw, not a stranger’s, our own ears heard, and not another’s…The revelation at Sinai is the only real proof that Moses’ prophecy was true and above suspicion.” 

“What is our source of belief in Him?”

“The revelation at Mount Sinai. Our own eyes, not some stranger’s, saw; our own ears and not another’s heard … the voice spoke to him and we heard, “Moses, Moses, go tell them the following….
How is it known that Mount Sinai alone is proof of the truth of Moses’ prophecy that leaves no apprehension? (Exodus 19:9) Behold! I will come to you in a thick cloud, so that the people will hear Me speaking to you, so that they will believe in you forever. It appears that before this happened, they did not believe in him with a faith that would last forever, but rather with a faith that allowed for suspicions and doubts….”

“Moses our teacher knew that one who believes in a person because of miracles has apprehensions in his heart, and that he has doubts and suspicions. Therefore he sought to be released from the mission saying, “They will not believe in me” until the Holy One Blessed be He informed him that these wonders were only intended as a temporary measure until they left Egypt. After they left, they would stand on this mountain [Sinai] and all the doubts which they had about him would be removed….This is what is meant by (Exodus 3:12): This will be your sign that I sent you: when you take the people out of Egypt, you will serve God on this mountain.”

Thus we do not believe in any prophet who arises after Moses because of the miracles that he performs alone, as if to say: If he performs a miracle we will listen to everything he has to say. Rather, [we listen to him] because it is a Mitzvah which we were commanded by Moses who said: if he performs a miracle listen to him.

So Judaism is the reverse of other religions who believe one claiming to be a prophet or a “son of G-d” (fill in the blank with Christianity, Islam, Mormonism, etc.). Jews don’t believe in one who claims to be a prophet because he performs some miracle or tells us “G-d spoke to me.” G-d tells us many times in the Jewish bible that our faith must be based on observable knowledge. See Deuteronomy 4:35, Deuteronomy 4:39, I Kings 8:60, II Kings 19:19, Isaiah 43:10-11; Isaiah 45:5-6 and Joel 2:27.

 

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