Isn’t Christianity Just about Hating Jewish People?

Introduction:

“Why do Christians hate Jewish people?”


I remember the question as if it were yesterday instead of a few years ago.
I was standing in the middle of the Dallas Jewish Community Center (JCC)
and had been approached by two very nice middle-aged Jewish women. All of
us had just heard one of those ultra-Orthodox rabbis give a presentation on
why Jesus could not be the Jewish Messiah in which he spent the whole hour
rambling about the Talmud and providing little concrete evidence from
Scripture. He also spent a few moments attacking the intelligence of all
Christians. So … these women began the conversation with a genuine apology
for the offensive rabbi but then wanted to ask a genuine question that they
knew I would answer and not be offended.

Why do Christians hate Jewish people?”

I wasn’t offended because I knew the germination behind the question –

2,000 years of pogroms, Crusades, Inquisition, Holocaust, restricted country clubs and not-so-subtle anti-Semitic remarks they had heard most of
their lives from “nice Bible Belt Christians.” Talk about an “elephant in the room” moment!

And so I began my answer … with an apology. I apologized for the anti-Jewish history and the sociological baggage. I apologized for everything that had been and was being done to the Jewish people in the name of Jesus by so-called Christians. And then I began to tell them about MY JESUS!

 

 

Jesus who was born I believe during the Feast of Sukkot and was circumcised on the eighth day as any nice Jewish boy would be (Luke 2:21).

Jesus whose own mother followed the Jewish rituals of purification for a woman giving birth (Luke 2:22-24) and how he went to the Temple during Passover when he was 12 because I believe he was preparing for his Bar Mitzvah (Luke 2:41ff).

Jesus who followed all the commandments of Biblical Judaism and proclaimed that he did not come to abolish the Torah but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17-20).

Jesus who it can be found observed all the Jewish feasts including Hanukkah (John 10:22-31) and observed Passover the night before his crucifixion and how he arose from the dead on the Feast of First Fruits (1 Corinthians 15).

Jesus who was and is the most Jewish person who has ever lived is what I told them.

Jesus whose own disciples were all Jewish and they traveled first to the Jewish people to share the message of the Gospel but it was only when Peter and Paul the Jewish Pharisee decided to share it with us — the non-Jewish people – that we were given a chance to know the hope for eternity (Acts 10 and 15).

I then thanked these inquisitive ladies at the JCC for their question and for being a part of Jesus’ lineage because it was through them that I was given a chance for heaven and eternity with Jesus the Jewish Messiah. Suffice it to say these nice ladies were shocked and told me so. In fact, there exact words were:

“No Christian has ever explained their faith to us in this way.”

And for this fact, I felt the need to apologize again! Because Christianity is not about hating the Jewish people but that sadly is the perception that many Jewish people feel today and so we at Tzedakah Ministries and Explore Messiah…? need to answer the following questions:

  • Who is the real founder of Christianity?
  • Isn’t the New Testament just “chock full” of anti-Semitism?
  • Church history is filled with Jewish blood … Why would I want to associate with such hatred?

Tough questions but worthy of real answers … just like the JCC ladies deserved a real answer to their question. I only wish that I had known about the statement that Jewish believer in Jesus and former British Prime Minister in the 1800s Benjamin Disraeli had made. It is really good …

Judaism is not complete without Christianity and without Judaism, Christianity would not exist.

Therefore, explore all three of the topics if you want or jump around to the one that intrigues you the most. And remember at any time, we are ready to discuss these thoughts with you at the CAFÉ Kehillah Discussion Board.

Who is the real founder of Christianity?

There is a growing movement afoot outside of mainstream, and especially
evangelical, Christianity to argue that it was not Jesus who established
what is today called Christianity but that scoundrel and malevolent Paul.

Thomas Jefferson (yes, the 2nd president of the USA and the writer of the Declaration of Independence) once declared that Paul was the “first corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus.” However, Jefferson himself, who was a product of the Enlightenment, did not like the idea of Jesus performing miracles and the concept of Jesus rising from the dead and so he cut and pasted the New Testament to form the Jefferson Bible so he could “found” his own view of Jesus.

The 20th century atheistic playwright George Bernard Shaw determined on his own that “it would have been better for the world if Paul had never been born.” I suppose this is appropriate since it has been rumored that Shaw was also an advocate of eugenics.

However, the 20th century Israeli Jewish philosopher Samuel Hugo Bergmann (pictured here) once wrote –

“Not the living but the dead and risen Jesus is the founder of Christianity.”

So … who is right? Did Jesus intend to “found” a new religion or was it Paul who founded Christianity? Actually, I would argue neither Jesus nor Paul founded the misnomer “Christianity” and it was never their intention to do so.

What Jesus came to earth to establish was not a new religion but a relationship for Jewish people and all peoples of the world to God the Father that can be traced back to Jeremiah 31.

 

And what Paul sought to do with his letters and writings was establish the theological groundwork for this Jeremiah 31 relationship. Therefore, while
there is absolutely nothing wrong with the word Christian (Acts 11:26) and I proudly call myself one and/or a believer in Jesus the Messiah for Jewish people and all the world, the word “Christianity” is a branding concept that needs some explanation and some sharpening to be redefined and re-branded for a 21st century world. But before we can re-brand and re-define Christianity, we need to develop a fuller and better understanding of a very Jewish word … Covenant.

The Jeremiah 31 Covenant Question…?

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.
– Jeremiah 31:31-37 (King James Version – Public Domain)

The word “Covenant” … whether you are talking about the ones found in the Hebrew Scriptures that God made with Abraham, Moses or David are very Jewish-minded are they not? Every nice Jewish boy experienced his first
reality with covenant/bris when he was eight-days old … OUCH! Honestly, glad I am female!

However, you don’t often hear about the “New” Covenant found in Jeremiah I
would imagine. FYI – Jeremiah 31 is rarely if ever found in the Haftarah cycle. Why is that I wonder especially since Jeremiah is one of the key Jewish prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures? Could it be that he was promising something “new” and better?

When we define the idea of a covenant in Scripture, we should realize what the word portends…

E. J. Young defines the word very well when he wrote – an agreementwhich God has made with man for man’s salvation .” However … Bernhard Anderson does an even better job when he wrote – “The covenants between God and the people are all covenants of divine favor or grace. They express God’s gracious commitment and faithfulness and thus establish a continuing relationship.”

So … if these are two men are right (and I think they are if one looks at Scripture objectively), it is God who initiates the act of covenant with people, does the work of covenant fulfillment and can determine if it is time for a “new” and better covenant for the good of the people. Right?

But what about the Mosaic Covenant is probably running through some people’s minds right about now who are reading this page? And that brings us back to Jeremiah 31:31-37 … finally and the truth of covenants.

For there are two types of covenants in the Hebrew Scriptures that we believe also hold true for those of us who believe in Messiah Jesus – conditional and unconditional. The conditional type of covenant is one with filled with blessings and condemnations if the people do not live up to the expectations that God has placed upon them – see the latter of Deuteronomy to see why the Mosaic Covenant is a conditional covenant. An unconditional covenant places no sort of conditions upon the people (i.e., the real Noahic of Genesis 9, the Abrahamic of Genesis 12, 15, 17, even the Davidic Covenant of 2 Samuel 7). The New Covenant of Jeremiah 31 is not only unconditional but also tells us it is better than the broken Mosaic Covenant (v. 32) and will be one of the heart and will last forever (v. 33, 36-37).

Please don’t read this wrong … It is not that the Mosaic Covenant was replaced or thrown away by Christianity and/or Jesus. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus himself said that he did not come to abolish the Torah but to fulfill it in Matthew 5:17-20 and I would encourage you to read the rest of the Sermon on the Mount as well to see how Jewish it is. He lived out the Mosaic Covenant completely for us because we had and have broken it beyond repair. The New Covenant that today goes by the terminology of Christianity is in essence an extension and fulfillment of Biblical Judaism.

So What about the Paul Question…?

Tzedakah Ministries and Explore Messiah…? is not avoiding the “Paul Question” but we thought it important to establish our foundation first before we confronted this issue. So now … let’s look at the “Paul Question.”

In 1987, Rabbi Hyam Maccoby wrote a book entitled The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity in which Maccoby argues that Jesus was a good Pharisee who was naturally born to Joseph and Mary and believed himself to be the Messiah but a Messiah of a political nature and not the Son of God.

However, it was Paul, a Gentile convert to Judaism turned Sadducee policeman after Jesus’ death and resurrection, that created the whole myth of Christianity because he could not get into the “Pharisee Brotherhood” that we have today. The overall reviews of Rabbi Maccoby’s book were not kind; however, I will just post a snippet from Hebrew Union College professor Ellis Rivkin’s review for the Judaism in 1989: Were Maccoby’s evidence persuasive, it would be reassuring. No
believing Jew need any longer be affrighted that Paul’s fate might be his own. But Maccoby’s evidence is hard to take seriously. It rests on an account of Paul by a fourth century chronicle, Parhanius, who drew his portrait of Paul from a hostile Ebionite
source—a source which Maccoby, himself, admits is wholly unreliable. To sweep away Paul’s own impassioned listing of his Pharisaic bona fides in favor of a fourth-century disfigurement is thus to fly in the face of sound critical scholarship and simple common sense.

And, yes, I have read through the book as well and trust me, Rivkin was kind! There is a problem of historicity and religiosity because Maccoby wants to prove something against not only Paul and the Christian faith but also Jesus himself. Maccoby passed away in 2004 and so we cannot and should not analyze in hindsight what that might be; however, we can analyze his work for weaknesses.

First, Maccoby forgets what we have already considered in previous sections and questions — who did Jesus consider himself to be but none other than God himself and the fulfillment of Messianic prophecy (and we will explore this in further detail even more later).

Second, Maccoby focuses on the Ebionites (page 17, 172-183) but he displays little real research or consideration of just who were the Ebionites were and were not. I don’t want to bore you with a lot of Early Church History but if you are interested – here are some links that I would encourage you to explore (and a little, in my opinion, objective background about each of the sites:

Third, Maccoby never truly considers the proposal of Jeremiah 31 that a “New Covenant” for Biblical Judaism was needed because the Mosaic Covenant had been so corrupted and was so unobtainable for the people and Messiah Jesus fulfilled this role as both Messiah and Incarnate Truth. Paul and the writer of Hebrews (who I believe to be Paul as well) also understood this truth in his role as theologian when this reality is revealed in several passages: 2 Corinthians 2:3-7; Hebrews 8:1-13; Hebrews 9:15-22; Hebrews 10:1-22; Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 22:20-21; and again in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

So as you can see what is today called Christianity (and as Jerry Seinfeld might say there is nothing wrong with that word because of Acts 11:26) is actually the Biblical realization of Jeremiah 31:31-37 and the New Covenant. It is not that Christianity was founded but to borrow liberally from Bernard Starr and his December 2016 from the Huffington Post the term “just happened.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bernard-starr/who-founded-christianity_b_13821370.html

And while I don’t agree with all of Starr’s arguments, I do like one perspective of his premise that truth cannot be founded … it just happens. The rest of the story is baggage that will be discussed (and needs to be discussed) shortly. However, let’s begin with this question and know that we are here for you at the CAFÉ Kehillah Discussion Board. We might not be available immediately but we will be ready to discuss your questions and opinions with you as soon as possible.

Isn’t the New Testament Just “Chock Full” of Anti-Semitism?

The year was 2004 and I made a new friend over a movie. I am a believer in Messiah Jesus and she was an older Jewish woman writing an editorial over the most controversial movie of the year – The Passion of the Christ. This was before the film’s producer and director made his now infamous anti-Semitic remarks. This was before the film made $612 million in 2004. This was before the Christian community lined up for a movie like never before and never since.

My friend wrote that she was afraid that the movie might stir up a storm of some of the latent anti-Semitic feelings among Christians that could be just “beneath the surface” because of the latent anti-Semitism in the New Testament. I found her address and wrote her a letter expressing my sorrow over her fears and expressing to her the truth about what the “rest of the Biblical story” really says. We became friends over this movie and
despite rough patches because of miscommunication we are still friendly to this day.

However, there are verses that need to be considered and so we will look at some of them below as well as what is meant by the phrase “the Jews.”

Confusion or is the New Testament Just Anti-Semitic?



WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO EXAMINE THESE VERSES YOURSELF…

Positive” Verses

Negative” Verses

Romans 9:1-5 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
John 4:22 Matthew 27:25
Colossians 3:11; Galatians 3:28 Acts 2:36
1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 10:31-33 Revelation 2:9; 3:9
Matthew 10:5-6; 15:21-28 John 8:44
Romans 15:7-33 Matthew 23:34-39
Romans 1:16; 10:1; 11:11 Romans 10:1-4

 

I can’t list all the positive and/or negative verses that people will provide for you if you do an internet search. However, Tzedakah Ministries and Explore Messiah…? wanted to be transparent enough with you to list some of the favorites on “the hit parade.” And, honestly, I flipped a coin to decide whether I went “positive” or “negative” in examining some of these passages and TAILS won.

Negative” Verses of the New Testament

Regardless of whether HEADS or TAILS had won, I would have begun with this same sentence – Understanding any Biblical Scripture begins with understanding background, context and who is talking and who is being addressed. If you take any of those three components out of the equation, you will end up with a bad interpretation of the passage. This has been done throughout history whether in the form of cults leaders or for evil, personal intentions. So … let’s begin.

  • When Jesus is Talking…
    • In both John 8:44 and Matthew 23:34-49, we find Jesus in the midst of confrontation with either Pharisees and/or Torah leaders of the Jewish people. Now it should be understood in background and context that the Pharisees and the Sadducees (who were not mentioned in these passages but often were present at conflict moments) but were in political and religious opposition and so for them for to “be ganging up” against Jesus in so many encounters was counterintuitive because the Pharisees actually had more in common with Jesus’ teachings (i.e., Resurrection from the Dead) than they did with the Sadducee).
    • Context of the whole passages (John 8:12-59 and Matthew 23:1-39) – Jesus is stating that he is the light of the world and that those who follow him will no longer walk in darkness but rather in light
      • In John 8, the oft-repeated insinuation, also found in the Mishnah, against Jesus’ parentage had been thrown out (v. 19) and and later (v. 48), he is accused of being possessed and a Samaritan which is the equivalent of the worst pejorative you could
        throw out today
      • Ultimately, Jesus’ statements John 8:44 and Matthew 23:34-39 is an example of self-defense and truthful sadness because their denial of the truth will lead many astray
  • When Peter, John or Paul are Talking…
    • Acts 2:36 – This was 50 days after Passover, the Omer had been counted and so we are talking about Shavuot (the word in the Christian vernacular has been adapted to be called
      Pentecost).

      • If you look back at the first verses of the chapter, something amazing has happened – a miracle! And the coward of the Crucifixion (Peter) has the courage to preach a sermon to the same people who like him had been in Jerusalem 50 days earlier during Passover/Crucifixion for all Jewish males were commanded to come to Jerusalem 3 times a year (Exodus 23:17)
      • The sermon which begins in verse 14 (and be sure to read verses 23-24) recounts what had happened 50 days earlier and yes reminds them of their participation in the Crucifixion so that Peter can offer them the same forgiveness he was given in John 21
      • This is why it is important to read Acts 2:37-41
    • Revelation 2:9; 3:9 – John is not really talking in these passages but merely recording what the angel is telling him to write down but … you get the idea.
      • “…who say they are Jews and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan…” – without context this sounds awkward and weird and uncomfortable does it not? This is why the understanding of allegory and metaphor along with context is so important
      • If you pick up ten Christian commentaries, you will get anywhere from 2-3 interpretations on who or what this phrase means. Some will say it means angry Jewish leaders who oppose Christian teachings. Some will say it Gentile proselytes to
        Judaism. Some will say it is Roman citizens who are just stirring up trouble. Bottom line – we don’t know for sure what it means but the people then did. However, we do know that John never stopped being Jewish and that is evident throughout the
        rest of his Biblical writings – 1, 2 and 3 John and the Gospel of John
      • Sadly, however, some have used these verses to criticize Jewish people and they should be condemned and Tzedakah Ministries and Explore Ministries…? does so without reservation
    • Paul is really given a bad rap by many – especially in regards to Romans 10:1-4 and 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16. I wrote my MA in Theology thesis in part on 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16 because it is so misunderstood.
      • In Romans 10:1-4 – Paul does consider the Jewish people blind to the truth of Messiah Jesus and carried away by a righteousness that is not from God but one that is manmade. However, we have to go back to verse one in which he says that his heart’s desire (longing) is for their salvation. He never gives up hoping/praying/ wishing that they will experience the same encounter with Jesus that he had.
      • However, the most controversial Pauline passage has to be the one in 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16. On a first reading it seems as if Paul is not only blaming the Jewish people for the death of Jesus but also wishing them to be cursed for all time.
        However, this is not so and even Julie Galambush (professor at William & Mary and convert to Judaism) acknowledges this fact. She writes in The Reluctant Parting (page 125) that the “the Jews” the passage were similar were to the Thessalonian leaders who were opposing the new Christians in Thessalonica. BTW, this is what I
        said as well … and we wrote our works at about the same time!
  • When Others Are Talking – Matthew 27:25
    • Even Mel Gibson took this line out of The Passion of the Christ because it is so burdened with misunderstanding. However, we cannot and should not take it out of Scripture if one believes in the Holiness of God’s Word. So … let’s deal with it.
    • First Question – who and how many were really present at Jesus’ trial? Answer – the leaders and the elders of the Temple and the crowds they were able to gather into the
      Praetorium (not thousands because I have stood there)
    • Second Question – who were the leaders and the elders of the Temple? Answer – the Sadducees
    • Third Question – what happened to the Sadducees? Answer – the Sadducees no longer exist because when the Temple was destroyed in 70 CE so were they destroyed.
    • Fourth Question – can someone pass down a curse like Matthew 27:25 to their children in Judaism? Answer – Yes and No. According to Joshua 2:19, if you did not follow the
      promise offered to the house of Rahab then it was your fault and your children’s problem because they would never exist. However, we have to remember that Peter could and should have been cursed as well because he denied Jesus THREE TIMES but he was not and offered those perhaps those very same Jewish people “the out” in Acts 2:37-41 because
      he was granted forgiveness for his denial. No one can curse their children for their denial of Jesus. Everyone makes their own decision about Jesus themselves.
    • Fifth Question – has Matthew 27:25 been used against the Jewish people wrongly throughout history? Answer – Yes and that is a sin that Christians need to atone for now.

Positive” Verses of the New Testament

Remember – Understanding any Biblical Scripture begins with understanding background, context and who is talking and who is being addressed.

  • When Jesus is Talking…
    • John 4:22 and “for salvation is from the Jews” – the setting of the verse is when Jesus encounters the Samaritan Woman (John 4:1-42). Samaritans in Jesus’ time were the
      unmentionables to the Jewish people but Jesus not only introduces her to hope and forgiveness for her lifestyle choices (5 ex-husbands and a live-in boyfriend) but also
      tells her that while salvation begins first for the Jewish people it will soon be available to all. This is one of the first acts of inclusivity and welcoming of all races and gender we see in Scripture and it begins with Jesus
    • Matthew 10:5-6 and 15:21-28 – both of these accounts are very similar to John 4:22 but the account in Matthew 15 starts off rather strange because at first glance Jesus seems rude but it was really about testing her faithfulness and diligence. For salvation and redemption in Scripture has always begun with the Jewish people and then been extended to the rest of the world and this is true in the Hebrew Scriptures as well – see Isaiah 49:6-7. It is through Israel and the Jewish people that hope begins and that is why Messiah Jesus was/is Jewish
  • When Paul is Talking…
    • Romans 1:16; 10:1; 11:11 – all of these verses are about order and structure of evangelism – “to the Jew first;” Paul’s heart longing for the Jewish people, and the role of the non-Jewish people to make Jewish people jealous for Jesus. Simple basic verses that I would encourage you to read and consider for yourself…
    • Colossians 3:11 and Galatians 3:28 – Paul is often accused of being anti-woman and all sorts of other things besides anti-Semitic but here in these two passages he is advocating equality of races and genders and social classes. Isn’t that interesting?…
    • 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 and 10:31-33 – sometimes Paul is accused of being hypocritical in these passages because he speaks of being all things to all people so that he can share the love of Jesus with them. To Jewish people he will live as a Jewish person. To non-Jewish, he will not be as observant or observant as all if that will be an obstacle for someone. However, is that being a hypocrite or loving to someone who needs to hear the truth as Paul sees it? You decide…
    • Romans 15:7-33 – a long passage that talks about the unification of the church at Roman that includes both Jews and non-Jews as well as the need to bring back financial assistance to the Jewish believers in Jerusalem who are suffering due to what we understand from history to be persecution and a famine. By the way, Paul is returning to Jerusalem to help his fellow Jewish believers even though it was promised that he will be arrested … and he was (Acts 18-21)
    • Romans 9:1-5 – I love this passage because it was the other half of my MA in Theology thesis. I sought to reconcile this passage with the confusion created in 1 Thessalonians
      2:14-16. For in this passage, we see Paul offering to not only give up his salvation but also offering to go to hell if that would mean that his fellow Jewish people would receive Jesus as Messiah. Does that sound like a man who hated the Jewish people and sought to “found” a new religion?

So … What is meant by “the Jews” in the New Testament?

English translations of the New Testament have this awkward phrase (especially in the Gospel of John) … “the Jews.” Hopefully, you can anticipate my responses and arguments:

  1. “The Jews” were the Jewish leaders who opposed Jesus and the disciples and not all Jewish people … not even the majority of people;
  2. This is an example of in-house debate language between Jewish writers and Jewish people who are frustrated with each other because they are at odds on religious viewpoints; and
  3. English translation of Hebrew and Greek idioms sometimes miss the nuances of what is being said and what is not being felt.

Does this make the awkwardness any less awkward? Nope! Do I wish we could find a way of expressing ourselves? Yep! But it is what it is and we have to be honest about what it is and what it is not. However, I will state that the usage of the phrase “the Jews” is not anti-Semitic but rather awkwardly unfortunate in our PC 21st century culture. Garry Willis expresses it rather well when he wrote in What Paul Meant: “Paul never thinks of himself as a convert to some new religion. He preaches the Jewish God, [Adonai], and the Jewish Messiah. He preaches in synagogues. When he brings others to believe in Jesus, he teaches them from the Jewish holy writings, which were the only Bible of the day…” (page 12)

I am not going to lie to you … this was a difficult section to write and dissect. I found myself examining many books and myself along the way. One of the questions I asked – How would I feel as a 21st century Jewish individual reading these words at first glance?

And sometimes, the answer was difficult but I hope you will acknowledge that deeper meaning and deeper intention requires deeper reading. So … let’s talk about it at the Café KEHILLAH Discussion Board.


Church History Is Filled with Jewish Blood … Why Would I Want to Associate with Such Hatred?

The father of Modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl, once wrote the following indictment: “Just as anti-Semitism drives the weak, cowardly and the materialistic Jew into Christianity, so its pressure has strengthened my own Judaism powerfully within me.”

Obviously, I believe Herzl is wrong. For while there is nothing cowardly about turning towards the faith called today Christianity for a Jewish person. However, the question of “Christian” anti-Semitism must not and cannot be ignored if Tzedakah Ministries and Explore Messiah…? is going to honestly and directly ask you to make this leap of faith on the exploration of this question … Is Jesus the Jewish Messiah?

For if I was honest with the JCC ladies, I will be honest with you as well and state that there is a ton of anti-Semitic baggage that Christianity must confront and apologize for as you make this exploratory journey. So … let’s confront it together for as my favorite theological crush Dietrich Bonhoeffer once stated – “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”


I believe you will admit that this will was an honest examination of 2,000 years of baggage. We could make all sorts of excuses such as those are not “real Christians” but that is just an excuse and we both know it. The bottom line is that those individuals acted in the name of Christianity and we who believe in Jesus as Messiah have to face up to our past if we are going to ask you to explore Jesus as a rational part of your future. Therefore, we ave done so because Tzedakah Ministries and Explore Messiah…? truly believes that despite the baggage of the past, the truth of Jesus is worth the cost of the exploration for your future. Will you join with us to talk about it at the CAFÉ Kehillah Discussion Board? Will you continue the exploration with us?

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