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Why Jews Reject Christianity

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Christianity started over 2000 years ago. It was based on the Jewish bible in the belief that the Messiah had come as the fulfillment of prophecy found in the Old Testament (Tanakh). Throughout history, many Christians have tried to convert Jews to their faith, but with little success.

Why is this the case?

The purpose of this article will explore the differences between Christians and Jews on their concepts of:

  • Who God is.
  • His requirements.
  • Who is the Messiah and his role in the end-times?
  • Sin and how it can be atoned for.
  • God’s laws and whether they are relevant today.
  • Whether the Jews are God’s chosen people.

Christians have challenged Jews for centuries.

However, do the Jews have any relevance in their beliefs today, or do Christian arguments against them take precedence when it comes to Scripture?

A Historical Perspective

Over 3,000 years ago, the Jews were delivered from their bondage of slavery from Egypt and were chosen as God’s people or His ‘servant’ to be His ‘witnesses’ to the world. God would make an everlasting covenant with them (Genesis 17:7-8).

Yet now hear, O Jacob My servant, and Israel, whom I have chosen – Isaiah 44:1

Fear ye not, neither be afraid; have I not announced unto thee of old, and declared it? And ye are My witnesses. Is there a God beside Me? Yea, there is no Rock; I know not any. – Isaiah 44:8

Throughout history, the Jewish people have outlasted all the great empires as a remnant nation and have had to endure extreme anti-Semitic persecution from those who wanted them to conform to their foreign cultures and beliefs.

Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them – Deuteronomy 11:6

But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day – Deuteronomy 4:4

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In 586 BCE, after the first Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians, the Jews were led into exile. It wouldn’t be until 70 years later that a scribe named Ezra would lead a large number of Jews back to Jerusalem to reclaim their land and rebuild their Temple. He would assemble the Jewish High Court, the Men of the Great Assembly (Anshei Keneset HaGedolah) that included Zechariah, Nehemiah and Daniel. One of the achievements of the Sanhedrin assembly was that they canonized the Tanakh (Old Testament). Books were selected that were consistent with their beliefs and the laws of the Torah that included the prophecies that were of relevant to the Jewish people as well as those that would help identify the Messiah.

As the men of the assembly passed away, sages known as the Tanaaim would lead the Jewish people into the Talmudic time.

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Hellenism

During the Second Temple Era, the Jews faced a serious challenge to their faith as the influence of Hellenism spread to Israel through the conquests of Alexander the Great. The man-centred philosophy of Greece would conflict with God’s Torah that the Jews believed in. Many would start to embrace Greek culture and these influences eventually be the foundation of Christianity that that the Jews believe was birthed in Greek mythology. The belief in God-man born from virgin that was destined to become a saviour was not something new in Greek mythology and foreign to Judaism.

The Christian bible containing the New Testament was written almost in its entirety in Greek. The Tanakh was written in Hebrew.

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Paul upon his personal revelation would be the biggest promoter and influence upon Christianity who would spread his message of redemption from the curse of the Torah through faith in Jesus Christ.

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree: - Galatians 3:13

As Christianity became more prevalent, more pagan influences were introduced such as the Trinity doctrine, vicarious atonement and pagan holiday celebrations. When Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, all Jewish ties were severed with the focus on appealing to the pagan nations.

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