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Why I am a Christian and Not a Jew.

Why am I a Christian and not Jewish?

I became a Born Again Christian early in my life. I was brought up in a Non Christian family, but one day at pubic school a new girl invited me to church. What a difference. There was a huge difference between the people in the church and The people I had in my life. It wasn’t till years later that i really grasped the contrasting world views. As I read the scripture and a dabble into history, I realize there was real reasons why I became a Christian and weight to the bible.

I am glad I found salvation through Jesus Christ. But it hasn’t been easy. It’s been about 40 years since I became a christian. I truly have a deep respect for those who have gone before and forged a path. These christians stuck it out in the midst of Bully behaviour and some times death to keep the faith. Past Christians deserve a salute. Endured the persecution is not always easy. I also have a respect for other faiths who have had needless harm come to them. Better said I have a respect for those who in adversity have still chose God over their peers. ( I don’t condone what is obvious pollution of what should be a good religion.)

I also specifically respect the Jews who chose God over their peers. This respecting others of faith these days is a muddy area to some. How can you respect someone when they are going down a wrong path? Matthew 7:13-20 And who is to judge what a right path is? The bible says, do not judge but in other places the bible says we who are spiritual judge all things. 1 Corinthians 2:15 Without going on a Bunny trail here, the bible basically says to keep your powder dry.. That Judging is proud and hurtful. Judging that wishes harm on others is breaking the great law of Love for others. This is the first and only law that really matters and that is the law to love. 1John 4:7-8 Deut 6 and Exodus 20.

I believe Christianity is the right way because I believe Jesus is the messiah the Jews were waiting for. I don’t have to trash the Jews or devalue their path prior to Jesus coming to the earth, the bible is clear about their faults and about their wins.. Jesus was prophesied to come by Jews themselves. He is prophetically “the guy”, The “Holy one”, “The righteous “Branch”” and came to explain Gods plan in context of scripture and showed the power of God to steer History to recognize him as Savior. So in a way I hold to the Jewish faith but in a more complete form.

Christians like Jews (or should I say Hebrews of Old), born out of a tribe of Abraham, the seed of Abraham, Deuteronomy 6: 4-8 believe the Shema is foundational to all we know about God and law. God is One and we should worship him, and love him and one another. There is nothing more foundational. Mark 12:30 . Christianity and Judaism 101.

I have to respect anyone who has devoted their lives to honouring God who is thee Almighty JHWH Jehovah, the Alpha and Omega, the first and last God. The Conflict between Jew and Christian comes when we ask who is the Messiah. The issue generally is not about the fundamentals of Love. (there may be some bickering about what is the law etc but generally sin is sin and good is good.)

Christians believe Jews not only missed the boat but also that they crucified the Savior, the Messiah, the chosen one that was their own savior. We believe Jesus was The God in Flesh the Emanuel. Acts 2:36 Christians (Jews and gentiles converting ) back then embraced this as Gods plan from Genesis 3:15 To crush the serpents head (the devil) by reconciling the World back to God through Jesus the Messiah (Christ.) Romans 16:20-27 Still there is a section of Jewish people who reject Jesus as Messiah.

Christians stand alone, separated out. Lots of Christians are Jews worshipping the Messiah. Christians are the dwelling place of the spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Christians are unlike other Jew today who operate without a Old Testament System of sacrifices, without temple and priests and many other Jewish Laws God commanded. Christians on the other hand have a completed formula through Jesus Christ to deal with Sin and Reconciliation with God. Matthew 26:28 Jer 31:31 Christ being the New Covenant holder provides a new framework. In fact the covenant of God made with man was sealed with the Blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Jesus is the lamb slaughtered for the sins of the world. John 1:29 Hebrews 8, 9, 10 The Old Jewish way does not have a way to deal with the separation between God and Man. Christianity does. The Old Jewish way not practiced now, was also inferior to Gods new and living way and current Jewish methods are also lacking substance..

I believe, Jesus is the master builder and he spelled out what the old testament was saying from Isaiah ch 1 to Isaiah 6, 9, 53, 61. As It turns out, Isaiah says, God had enough of the corrupt Jewish leadership back then and what they did to his kingdom. God in their own Bible disqualified them, Divorced them. This is not new Christian News This is Jewish Scripture from Isaiah and Jeremiah and the prophets more generally. God divorce them, Jer 3:8,. God cut Jews off as someone cuts down a tree. Luke 3:9 Matthew 3:10 Isaiah 11:1-10 Romans 15:12

And out of that cut down tree, ( a jewish Idea not christian.) a shoot would come from that stump, from the the root of Jesse, a Savior would be born. So, through Davids father Jesse, David and a list of others where born to bring forward Jesus the messiah. This was not a Christian concept it was a Jewish prophetic concept.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Luke 2.

Here is one of the Parables Jesus taught: Matthew 21:33-45 King James Version (KJV)

33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.

36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

Good Jewish people of faith must come to grips with this reality, that God was Upset and Disqualified them as being in Charge of what was known as, “Gods Kingdom”. Its important to grasp that God was fumed at Israel and Judah and that both kingdoms would fall and did fall. They where divorced. They were cut down and cut off, just like the gentiles were. Alienated. ..

So for Jews and Gentiles it would be the “new way” If we are cut off how do we get grafted in again? This is what the “gospel” explains.

Gospel means “the story” Paul called it “the way”

Its interesting what the Jewish people said while in Exile still not grasping Gods judgment on them. How can we sing the Lords song in a strange land. They don’t realize how bad it was. It was so bad that God was considered destroying the world because of the divorce. It was a major loss to his kingdom. Still God fulfilled prophecy and his plans for a Messiah to come. Christ coming was a type of last ditch effort. Thank God we got another chance to be born to exist and a chance to join in a future kingdom with him as his people through a new and living way.

The Lords prayer is pretty significant and people do not realize it. It says partly.. They kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. God has a determined view on how things should be.

While people then did not know, we need to realize God had a plan. You need to know it included Jesus Christ, right from the beginning and we are privileged to be a part of it. Genesis 3:15 Romans 1:16 1 Corinthians 1:18

Lets get down to some of the Theology:

Jews to a degree can be faithful to God, but they can never be with God, unless they follow his plan. (who would have thought.) Disobedience to his plan is not being faithful to God. Its not much different than a student signing up to English Class but then misses it to go to a football game. Foot ball is great but not if you miss English. So really either you are with God and his plan or you are pretending to be faithful while rejecting Gods plan, His Gospel, His Savior. This is what many Jews are doing today. They are great people. Unfortunately they are putting their back up toward Gods plan.

So this is where while I respect other religions but point out they fail to please God and fall short. I know, I know I am moving to slow….

I had to provide some Introduction… Without History, without the New Testament and without Jesus Christ fulfilling the prophecies, we would have an Old lost world with no true religion a defunct Jewish religion and no favor with God. I included links above in blue underlined to give a full explanation.

Lets move forward about the differences and Substitutionary Atonement, Jesus in the Old Testament etc :

The New Testament came after the fall of the Jewish faith. Still Christianity is based on the Old Testament and very very Jewish. The prophecy and the coming of Jesus is not from a alternate book unrelated to the Jewish population. Its from the Old testament and explained in the New Testament.

Exodus 24:10 God has two legs.

IN Genesis 18 God has two legs.

In Numbers 12 God had two legs.

In Genesis 3 God has two legs.

News Flash: God can and has come to the Jewish people in human form. The God who spans the Heavens has no problem coming himself as his own Messiah. This I say to you today is Jesus. (Isaiah 9:6) (please don’t spin these scriptures.)

Jesus nails this down when he says, no one comes to the father but through him. Jesus says, He is the way the truth and the life. He says, narrow is the path to eternal life and few are they that find it. There isn’t many ways. John 14:6 Acts 4:11-22 Isaiah 45:11-12 Hebrews 1 john1 Ephesians 1,2.

Lets get back to the OP.

When going over the differences and the story of what made Christianity I find it difficult to put in all the scripture and provide context necessary in this short Op. Its important that you read your bible and find out the details. That is why it is written. For You to Read It. 2Timothy 3:16. Hebrews 4:11-12 Acts 17:11

Galatians 3:28-29 King James Version (KJV)

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

I want to get to the basic change between what is Jewish and what Christian. Previously in the Wilderness God provided a cloud by day and a fire by night for their guidance. Some times he put these things between Israel and their adversaries. In Christianity God promises to give everyone the Holy Spirit as a guide. Previously God at Pentecost in the Old Testament gave the 70 Elders the Holy spirit Numbers 11:25 It was givenso they could lead the people spiritually. Now the new testament as prophesied as promised gives converted people the spirit, not limiting it to the 70. Ezekiel 36:26 Luke 24:49 Jeremiah 31:33 Hebrews 8:10-11 Isaiah 44,59:21 Joel 2:28-29 Acts 2:17-18 John 16:7-15 Ephesians 1:13-14 That is a big change of several.

This getting the Spirit business is a big deal, not previously offered. Having God himself in your heart is Big. The Spirit gives you new life from being a dead spirit. Something God did not do before. Its the basis for the theology of being Born again. Law cannot raise the dead, but Jesus says he is the resurrection and the life. John 11:17 In short if we put our faith in Jesus Christ and we become reconciled meaning we repent asking for forgiveness, (like the prodigal son Luke 15) returning with humility, God would/will restore Sonship. God gives us his spirit making us alive again. So we are Adopted, granted sonship. Acts 2:38 Colossians 2:13 Ephesians 2 The theology is that our spirits are dead, since the fall of Adam in the garden of Eden. (there is theology about that, about God saying if you eat this tree you would die… ) And that by Jesus Christ we can be made alive. Romans 6 and Colossians 2

When Christians do Baptism we are symbolizing the death of ourselves and our worldly ties. And we symbolize the resurrection of ourselves to our new life when we come out of the water. The Born again experience Jesus talked about is in John 3 and Peter mentions in 1Peter 1:23 and 1 Peter 3:21 and Paul in Titus 3:5 Romans 8:9 The water does not make you born again, God giving you his spirit does.

Tell me up to this point, Are you Born Again or are you just Good and Religious?

The covenant helps spell out the differences between the Jewish faith and the Christian faith. This OP only touches the surface. “ the reconciled with God.” And this OP doesn’t cover Hebrews 8 or Acts 15 or the changes in law and governance but its a good start. Titus 3:5 Galatians 3

One point about the Spirit. What caught my eye when reading Isaiah 4 was this Idea that when Messiah would come there would be a fire by night and a cloud by day over each of the houses of the children of God. And it dawned on me this was a metaphor. The leading of God day and night would now be done by his spirit. (romans 8) His spirit a flame of fire would rest in our hearts. Instead of the Glory of the lord in the Old Temple, we now are the temple of God. 1 Corinthians 3:16 Romans 12 So when we are lead by God we are the sons of God. Romans 8, 6

The OP was to point out while being cut from the same cloth, we are a totally different religion. We are Brothers, and as a religion we should be seen as the Jewish peoples Religion brought to life and restored. Not some religion serving a different God. Unfortunately some have rejected their own Savior. There is and always been One God. The Same God of Abraham, the same God of Moses and he is Jesus in the flesh.

Leviticus 26:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

The messiah saving us by his blood and giving us eternal life through his spirit makes us alive again. We still serve the same One True God. Modern Jews don’t get the Passover and how it related to the Messiah and salvation. They don’t get the three men coming to Abraham One being God himself with legs, Genesis 18 They don’t get Isaiah and God rejecting them. They don’t get their own history of failure and the prophecy leading to the solution. They miss the warnings in Leviticus 26

In Christianity there is no Greek nor jew. Galatians 3:28 They like anyone can come to God through Jesus Christ. It matters not what colour or sex or tribe you are from if you come to Jesus you can find salvation , reconciliation, Relationship and ultimately Everlasting life.

In a nutshell Jesus is your salvation. He is the blood on the door posts. Sorry if there was to much doctrine and theology in this OP. Its really about knowing and returning to God. We are saved so we can know God again, its not about duty but Sonship. Salvation is a way back to God the start of a new life leaving sin behind us. This offer is to anyone who would want to return to God our creator. Jesus says, come and follow me. And, Jesus says. I am the resurrection and the life. Jesus can be with you now, today and every day.

Jews today do not teach this. But as many as received Jesus they are the sons of God. John 1:12 Anyone including Jewish people can reconcile with God by Jesus Christ. Many Jewish people have become Christian and continue to convert every year. They are Christians today because of Jesus who died for their sins. They accepted him as Savior and He accepted them as sons then they are grafted back into the tree and given His spirit and everlasting life.

Jesus is not a box you check and then you put the religious stuff on the shelf. Jesus is God and to be a Christian is to be in a relationship with him every day following him, forgiven by him and united with him. It means you will seek his will and follow him.

Isaiah 53:6-7 King James Version (KJV)

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

(Scroll way down to comment.) don’t forget to click on a link or two to find a related scripture.

May the Lord Bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and give you Peace. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. Amen.

Published by Evolution is a Hoax

I am a born again Christian. John 3:16 1 John 4:7-8

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