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  • The following is the Christian answer to this question. Obviously, the vast majority of Jews will disagree with this answer. We Christians believe that at the time of Jesus, the Jews had once again descended into a state of apostasy. The Old Testament records several such apostasies. One of the things that goes along with apostasy is a corruption of the religion. As a result of this corruption, the Jews didn't recognize Jesus as the Messiah that had been promised by revelations. Because they did not recognize Him, they rejected Him. As part of this rejection they delivered Him up to be crucified, thus providing the means by which He complete the atonement and fulfilled the Law of Moses. This really brings us to the point at which Christianity really diverged from Judaism. With the fulfilling of the Law of Moses came an end to many of the religious practices of the Old Testament. The gospel was opened up to the Gentiles. Circumcision was done away. The dietary restrictions were ended. Christian converts were not required to first become Jews. Finally, the practice of offering burnt offerings was discontinued. Additionally, many of the specific commandments were replaced by more general statements. For example, the Ten Commandment were superseded by the Two great commandments (love God and love your neighbor). No longer should we just not commit adultery, but we should also not even lust after another. Finally we recognize Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of God, the Messiah, the Savior, and the Redeemer of the world. Jews don't recognize Him as any of those things. All of these were things that set Christians apart from Jews. Christianity may have come out of Judaism, but we are a very different from it now.
    • dickw60
      You are mostly correct in what you say. I am so glad there are others who understand that Jesus Christ abolished the Old Testament Law (Romans 10:4). Jesus replaced the Old Testament Law with the one Law of Love. (Matthew 22:36-40)
    • Rick Myres
      He said He did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it. Matthew 5:17.
  • The jews are his people and are an example for us. Thats why where called Christians, people who are like Christ.
  • Not everyone is a Jew, but all Christians are Jews (by nature, not heritage). Paul speaks of this in Rom. 2:14-15 when he says "For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves" and again: Romans 2:25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. 26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? 27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law? 28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. Furthermore, as to those who are Jews by heritage, as Paul says, "God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew" (Rom. 4:2) and "at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace." Romans 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. A further reading of Rom. 4 shows that God hardened the hearts of those Israelites who rejected Him that He might have mercy on the Gentiles as well. But of course, many of the first Christians were Jews like Paul and the apostles. Many Jews rejected Jesus. Many also did not, and for several centuries afterwards there were many Jewish Christians in Israel, but gradually the lie spread that Christianity is anti-Jewish, as propelled by that tool of the devil, Catholocism (I know that's going to get some criticism, lol). To back up that last statement, Catholocism is a works based religion, but Christianity is not about religion, and as per Ephesians 2:8-10, says it's not about doing good works to reach God, but faith in Jesus Christ. To see an answer to James 2:19-20, visit: http://www.answerbag.com/a_view.php/41745 As Paul says in Romans 9:3, he could wish himself accursed from God for his kinsmen according to the flesh, Israelites, to whom pertain the promises and for whom Christ first came. After all, Jesus did send the apostles only to the Jews, or Israelites, and only later did Paul and the others go to the gentiles as well. Salvation was first shown to the Jews. Christianity one could say, is true Judaism, serving God not out of an external obedience to carnal commandments but out of a grateful heart that knows itself to be undeserving of the mercies shown through Jesus Christ. As Isaiah 58:6 shows, God doesn't want a fast involving the tormenting of one's body: Isaiah 58:5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? 6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? All through the Old Testament, it was prophesied that the Messiah, Jesus, should draw the Gentiles (peoples outside of Israel) as well: Isaiah 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. The writer of Hebrews quotes Jeremiah 31:31 in telling of how God foretold that He would bring in a new covenant with the nation of Israel, not according to the one He made with their fathers when He brought them out of Egypt: Hebrews 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. As it concludes, with the coming of the New Testament, or covenant, the first one has been made old, and is ready to vanish away. However, as Jesus said, He did not come to destroy the Law or the prophets, but to fulfil them (Mt. 5:17). The Old covenant is now fulfilled and we are no longer under the curse it brought (Deuteronomy 27:26). Many of the matters of the heart from the Old Testament are however, reaffirmed. The 10 commandments are again reestablished, and even added to in light of the fact that God sees the hearts (1 Samuel 16:7). By Jesus we now see that simply looking at a woman is adultery (Mt. 5:28), hating someone is equal to murder (1 Jn. 3:15), coveting is of course still a heart action, idolatry is still a heart action, one is still to honor one's parents but even more then what the Pharisees said to do (Eph. 6:2, Mt. 15:6), etc... Many of the physical commands are dropped, like circumcision (1 Cor. 7:19), eating certain meats (Rom. 14:3, 14), and honoring of certain days (Rom. 14:5-6; why the sabbath was dropped, to avoid superstitious observance of days, and yes, that does make Christmas and Easter look even more pagan). Christianity reaffirms only a few essential things (Acts 15:29), like not eating meats with the blood (for the life is in the blood-Leviticus 17:11), meats offered to idols (see 1 Cor. 8 for a further discourse on it), and avoiding fornication, which is the ONLY sin against our bodies the temples of the Holy Ghost (1 Cor. 6:18-19) which means tattoos, long hair for guys, and cigarettes are not in themselves sinful. However, they may make for a bad testimony (1 Cor. 10:12), may make other Christians stumble (Rom. 14:13), or bring us under the power of others (1 Cor. 6:12), and if so, can still be a bad idea, even if the acts themselves are not inherently sinful.
  • The Jews during Jesus lifetime were a people looking for a Military leader to get rid of the Romans back then... Now they are STILL WAITING for a Military leader to get rid of the Islamics there in Israel... For whatever reason they don't want to accept Gods Christ...
  • There's no "if" about it. Jesus WAS Jewish. Jews believe he was a pious, wise leader, but no son of GOD. Belief in Christ came after his life on Earth.
  • To really follow Christ, you should so mock the Jews and expose their stupidity, that they will get angry and crucify you.
  • The Jews were Jesus' people, because He was Jewish Himself. But He came to save both the Jews and the Gentiles. We are all welcome to follow Christ. When He was crucified, He did away with all the man-made laws and regulations that the Jews followed. We are free in Christ, and everyone is welcome to follow Him, no matter of race,ethnicity, social status, age, etc.
  • Because Jesus didn't fulfill all of the prophecies concerning the "messiah". http://www.simpletoremember.com/articles/a/jewsandjesus/
    • dickw60
      You had better go read Matt. 22:40. He did fulfill all!
  • 1) This supposed logic is flawed. And the word for people that follow Christ is "Christian". 2) To follow Jesus does not mean to be everything that he was (or is: Jesus is also supposed to live). It does not mean, for instance: - to be a man (if you are a woman) - to be a God (however, some say so) - to follow the Jews who did not follow him and chose to stay by the former religion - to speak Aramaic - to live in Israel - to be crucified 3) "A definition for who is a disciple is Jesus' self-referential example from the Gospel of John 13:34-35: "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (NRSV) Further definition by Jesus can be found in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 14. Beginning with a testing trap laid out by his adversaries regarding observance of the Jewish Sabbath, Jesus uses the opportunity to lay out the problems with the religiosity of his adversaries against his own teaching by giving a litany of shocking comparisons between various, apparent socio-political and socio-economic realities versus the meaning of being his disciple. Examples which are expressed definitions of a disciple are: - Luke 14:26 Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. - Luke 14:27 Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. - Luke 14:33 So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disciple_(Christianity)#Discipleship
  • He was also supposedly a man. So what do we do with the womens?
  • The real question would be why are Jews still Jews? Why did they not become Christians? After all, one of their very own people changed the landscape of the prophets when he died, and then came back to life, and then ascended to heaven.
  • As gentiles, we are grafted into salvation by Yeshua. Being Jewish is not a requirement for salvation, it is open to all.
  • Well, then, why aren't all Jews Christians? Yes, Jesus was a Jew because GOD promised His chosen people, the Jews, that the Messiah would come from them. This was promised hundreds of years before Christ's birth. There was no mention anywhere that Jesus Christ was for Jews ONLY. One might say that the Jews had first choice but chose otherwise.
  • Jesus WAS born a Jew...and practiced as a Jew for thirty years, observing all the special days and dates...Then at the age of thirty, He was baptised by John and with his father's approval, changed the system...which had been operating for 1500 years...and not by his own decision, but because he was SENT...to do so,,, by his father in heaven ALMIGHTY GOD JEHOVAH...HIMSELF. (John 5:24) Most truly I say to YOU, He that hears my word and believes him that sent me has everlasting life, and he does not come into judgment but has passed over from death to life. Jesus here was not talking about himself... ...HIM THAT SENT ME.... (Luke 10:16) “He that listens to YOU listens to me [too]. And he that disregards YOU disregards me [too]. Moreover, he that disregards me disregards [also] him that sent me forth.”
  • Because Jews do not follow Jesus.
  • Jesus came to preach the gospel, and the Jews received His preaching first and this was Jesus mission to save mankind from their sins, but the mission did not end there since Jesus continued his mission to the Gentiles as the risen Lord through his Church. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is God’s power for Salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
  • Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 2:29 But he is a jew, which is one inwardly: and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter(MEANING THE KEEPING OF THE LAW), whose praise is not of men, but of God.
  • The Jews rejected Jesus, the promised Messiah. They wanted a messiah who would rescue them from the tyranny of Rome and restore their greatness. His message of salvation was for ALL mankind.
  • If you are called to accept Christ as your savior you are Jewish by engraftation.
  • The Gospel is intended for all people. It was first revealed to the Jewish people before it was revealed to the Gentiles. With both testaments, Jesus fulfilled the doctrine of unity. John 10:16 "I have other sheep [beside these] that are not of this fold. I must bring those also, and they will listen to My voice and pay attention to My call, and they will become one flock with one Shepherd."
  • A true Christian is a new person and spirit, a spiritual Jew in Jesus.
  • cause god didnt rnake us all jews

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