The sect has about , people in the United States and calls itself Jews for Jesus, despite that many of the group are gentiles. The sect is part of the Evangelical Christian movement which does not differentiate between gentiles and Jews, and is not Jewish despite its misleading name. One who knows exactly what "Jews for Jesus" believe in, keeps their distance from this eccentric sect and will pay no attention to it.
These Christian missionaries utilize their ignorance to falsely claim that "the rabbis hid" from the Jews important information about Jesus and the Bible. They will try to create an picture of menacing and lying rabbis reminiscent of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, while presenting themselves as individuals faithful to the literal meaning of the Bible. According to the missionaries, it is sufficient to read the Bible literally to see clear evidence that Jesus is the messiah.
The only trouble is, all those "Elders of Zion" crooks and villains who have been hiding the Old Testament prophecies about Jesus, have been passing down the Biblical writings for thousands of years in their entirety, and somehow forgot to delete those prophecies that in the Christian view clearly verify Christianity It is easy to understand that all the power of this Christian sect lies in the atmosphere of secrecy that they convey to their followers: If this monstrous, ancient lie about Jewish sages were not enough, the Jewish apostates to this form of Christianity even present themselves as observant Jews who eat kosher and affix a mezuzah on their front door, and sometimes even wear tefillin too, as part of their effort to disguise their apostasy from the Torah.
Messianic Jews will not tell you that they are not against assimilating with gentiles and intermarriage. They will talk mainly about the Bible, about prophecies and the Torah commandments, and they will only reveal their true beliefs to those who are deepening their commitment to the sect.
One who reads their arguments, can easily deal with the claims of any missionary. As the sages say: This fact would immediately distance from the sect every rational Jew, and therefore, this is also the first fact that Jews for Jesus will try to hide when they present their faith.
Later he impregnated a virgin named Mary, entered her womb and was born as a baby, and then grew up into a flesh and blood man as if he was a dybbuk that entered a body. He was also crucified and died at the end of his life at the hands of people In stark contrast, the first article of Judaism is that G-d is one and the only one and has no human trappings, while the main article of faith of the Messianic Jews is that Yeshu is a god in a human body.
I considered whether to place this paragraph at the top of all the following sections, because of the possibility that after reading something so surreal, I'm not sure how many readers will bother continuing to read the 9 following sections on Messianic Jews! Needless to say, this strange belief of Yeshu being a god, also contradicts the prophecy that the Messiah will be a direct descendant of King David "the Messiah, the son of David".
Irrespective of the Bible prophecies, it is very difficult to imagine a rational Jew who would believe in an eternal and infinite G-d that created the entire universe, who suddenly decided to conceive Himself in the body of a woman, live as a flesh and blood man and be crucified by humans. This claim, which goes back to ancient pagan civilizations, borders on insanity even before we discuss the truth of their holy writings or other scriptures.
Messianic Jews believe that G-d is not one, but three. The most fundamental article of faith in Judaism is that G-d is one and the only one: The belief in one G-d has defined our very Jewishness since we became a people, and united us in all periods and times. In every generation there were many Jewish martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their belief in Judaism, many of whom died on the altar of Christianity, the Inquisition and the Crusades.
Unlike us, Christians never believed in a G-d that is absolutely one. According to their belief, the Creator of the entire universe is three gods, which they call the "Holy Trinity". Trinity is the name given to a group of gods that includes "the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit" — three gods that together are one. According to their faith, "Father" is the Creator of the universe, his "son" is Jesus, while the "Holy Spirit" is the idol that impregnated the Virgin Mary and put the god Jesus in her womb the Holy Spirit is a kind of god-mother in the whole story.
The Christians pray to Jesus, bless the public in the name of the Father, and also direct their prayers to the Holy Spirit. They also try to argue that the word "one" in the Bible can also be interpreted as three, and will seek clues in the Biblical verses for this pagan belief. Strangely, no Jew in the Bible knew of its existence until it emerged in the New Testament. It is interesting to note that because of their faith in the Trinity, Jewish legal decisors like the Maimonides viewed the Christians as idol worshippers from whom it was forbidden to benefit from their wine.
This strange belief that G-d is three came from the Catholic Church, who viewed Jesus as a god and not a human. Messianic Jews believe in this Catholic faith, and refer to themselves as "Jews" only as a maneuver to attract Jews.
I can not imagine a rational Jew who is familiar with the Torah and who is able to believe this pagan belief. Messianic Jews deny that they are obligated to keep all the commandments in the Torah Shabbat, tefillin, circumcision and even the prohibition against assimilating among the nations.
Every "traditional" custom kept by Messianic Jews in Israel is done in order to put on a veneer as if they are traditional Jews, and thereby entice other Jews to join them. Messianic Jews have no problem letting non-Jews join their group without conversion, or to marry non-Jews despite the explicit prohibition in the Torah: Messianic Jews do not believe in the necessity to convert non-Jews, they do not differentiate between Jew and gentile, and they do not require fulfillment of the commandments.
Messianic Jews therefore have no problem with Jews that do not celebrate the Jewish holidays, do not put up a mezuzah in their home, do not circumcise their son, or who marry non-Jews.
Messianic Jews have no Jewish or legal or ethnical ties connecting them to the Jewish people. If so, the question immediately arises: The Messianic Jewish sect was created in the s in the United States. It was another sect which appeared in the spectrum of evangelical Christianity.
Historically, Roman Catholicism was the first established form of Christianity, and it dominated Europe for almost two thousand years. There was never a sect of Messianic Jews that continued down the generations until today. Any Jew who ever believed in Jesus assimilated and disappeared among the nations.
This is a historical fact that no one denies. Messianic Jews claim that they are a new sect which only wants to reclaim the original Jewish faith, but this claim falls to the wayside in light of the fact that their faith is no different than the Catholic belief in the Trinity and in the New Testament. This is because in other countries, the Christians have nothing to hide, and they have no reason to camouflage themselves behind a false national identity to attract believers of their people.
In terms of faith, there is no difference between Messianic Jews or Jews for Jesus and other evangelical Christian groups, except of course the name "Jews" that they glued on to themselves. Against this claim, Messianic Jews respond that they speak Hebrew and serve in the army — an argument that does not make them Jews any more than other non-Jewish Christians who live in Israel.
It is interesting to note that even non-religious legal scholars who examined the right of return of Messianic Jews and Jews for Jesus, concluded that they have no Jewish identity. Based on Jewish heritage, we view the petitioners as being of another faith Interior Minister Avraham Poraz also said in an interview: Anyone who believes in Jesus is not a Jew. What can we do — Judaism does not believe in Jesus. It is even considered idolatry.
Whoever believes in Jesus, in my eyes he is a Christian, period. It is well known that Judaism believes that gentiles can also get a portion of the Hereafter, and they are judged according to their good and bad deeds. Judaism believes that in the End of Days, salvation will come to the whole world, and the gentiles will serve G-d too. Judaism has always been a global religion that relates to all people, and sees every gentile as a person created in the image of G-d. In contrast, Christian faith from its inception was a religion that made faith in Jesus as its fundamental principle, and claimed that anyone who does not believe in this crucified man shall be condemned to hell eternally without end.
This Christian belief, which to us borders on cruelty and even madness, was always a feature of Roman Catholicism. It is hard to believe, but Messianic Jews believe that those who do not believe in Jesus shall will go straight to a hell, even if he was a just and honest person who was charitable with others. Christians have no concept of the "Righteous Among the Nations", but believe that everyone without exception are sent to heaven or to hell depending on one thing only: This lunatic belief therefore asserts that all the great Jewish wise men and sages throughout the generations are immediately sent to hell because they all denied Jesus.
They actually believe that Christians who savagely murdered Jews in the Inquisition go to heaven, while their Jewish victims that suffered the torments of the Inquisition go to hell and eternal fire.
There are some who would describe such an appalling faith as anti-Semitic. It is strange that Messianic Jews believe that Jesus was all about love and boundless mercy, while the main principles of Christian faith going back to its inception were applied without the slightest differentiation between good and evil. Our sages teach us that Jews are by nature "merciful, have a sense of shame and are kind" Yevamot 79a. As compassionate and kind people, we find it perverse to believe in such a cruel pagan faith.
The Christian faith of Messianic Jews is repugnant to Jews. All the Bible prophecies had lengthy commentaries written on them by Bible commentators. Messianic Jews claim that chapters and verses in the Bible talking about Jesus had their real meanings covered up.
Anyone who reads the Bible know that the prophets often spoke in parables, metaphors, riddles and clues that require interpretation. Here are three known examples: Isaiah speaks of the Babylonian captivity and Destruction of Jerusalem in Chapter In another chapter, he describes Jerusalem as a poor barren woman Chapter 54 , in Chapter 53 Isaiah compares the Jewish people in exile to a tormented and rejected righteous man.
Apart from the chapter being taken out of context, even a simple perusal of the text contradicts any belief in Jesus. The parable also says that when they will kill the righteous man, he will not say a word "he will be brought like a lamb to the slaughter Throughout Chapter 52 and 54, the prophet Isaiah is speaking about the exile and predicts the redemption of the entire Jewish people by G-d, and saving them from the nations of the world, a prophecy whose fulfillment we are still awaiting.
This proves to us that according to Isaiah, Messiah has not come. Anyone reading the Book of Isaiah from beginning to end, can not fall for this Christian fabrication. It was just the later Christians who suddenly "remembered" this chapter, and decided that it referred to Jesus. Jeremiah states that in the End of Days, G-d will renew His first covenant with the Children of Israel, and calls the renewed relationship a "New Covenant" Brit Chadasha The early Christians called their book by the same name Brit Chadasha which is usually translated in English as "New Testament" based on this verse, because they claimed that the prophet was referring to creating a new religion.
The Christians thus tried to deduce a new religion after the fact, based on this verse from Jeremiah. But this flakey act only gives away their ignorance of the Bible and the Hebrew language. First, the word brit in the Bible does not mean a book or religion, but an agreement or covenant to fulfill a certain matter examples: Second, the prophet Jeremiah writes explicitly that the new covenant would be intended only for the Jewish people And if that were not enough, Jeremiah also writes explicitly that the new covenant will be about fulfilling the Torah and its commandments verse I will place My law in their midst and I will inscribe it upon their hearts, and I will be their G-d and they shall be My people.
Our sages taught us that in every generation there is someone worthy of being messiah who might bring the Redemption, because Redemption depends on the spiritual condition of the Jewish people. When the true messiah arrives, he will save us from the nations, he will build the Temple in Jerusalem, and it will be crystal clear to us that he was the messiah selected by G-d. These fact are enough to prove to us that all the prophecies about the coming of the messiah has not yet taken place.
For example, Daniel predicted that redemption will also involve the revival of the dead It is also known that the prophecies in the book of Daniel are metaphorical, and Messianic Jews take advantage of this to set a date for when messiah will come based on the book of Daniel Chapter I. This is why all the Biblical commentators understood that this term refers not to the final messiah but to one of the Jewish kings who ruled and died towards the end of the First Temple period.