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Messianic Jews Are Different

And not just because of their beliefs

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Beliefnet blogger David Klinghoffer today sides with a rabbi friend who was criticized for attending a conference of Zionist Christians that included Messianic Jews among its speakers. The rabbi, Daniel Lapin, feels justified in his decision because he inspired one converted Christian to return to Judaism, and, more philosophically, because he equates believing in Jesus with homosexuality, and, while he clearly doesn’t condone either, believes he can look past these “sins.”

Of course, even if you do insist on weighting every biblical law equally, there are thorny problems with Messianic Jews. First, there’s their euphemistic name. There are Jews who believe in a messiah that is not Jesus Christ, but MJs are talking about JC, and JC alone, making them, well, Christians. Second, they proselytize, which is not part of the Jewish tradition, and which, in the case of some of the publications put out by organizations like Jews for Jesus, they often mask as general engagement with Jewish life and culture, sometimes illegally using the likenesses of famous Jews not affiliated with their group. There’s something frankly cultish and sneaky about the condescension with which the Jews for Jesus website addresses the concerns of its readers, and about the way the enterprise as a whole tries to entice Jews into its ranks.

In a follow-up post, Klinghoffer pats himself on the back for “daring” to suggest that Messianic Jews have something in common with Theistic evolutionists, as both subscribe to “convenient delusions that give believers the comforting feeling that they don’t have to choose between logically exclusive alternatives.”

Again, there’s more than logic involved here. Messianic Jews may be trying to comfort themselves, which is fine, but can we agree that on the brain-washing spectrum, scrubbing one’s own is a lot better than being coerced into the tub?

Should Jews Shun Messianic Jews?
Messianic Jews and Theistic Evolution [Beliefnet]

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I love the expression. Everyone needs to express there own opinion and feel free to hear others. Keep it up :)

A. Bernal says:

What’s missing in this article? Fairness? Accurate reporting? Possibly!

Like modern Judaism has certain sects (i.e., Orthodoxy, Reform, Chassidic, Conservative, etc), so does Messianic Judaism. To classify all of them as Christians reveals how little people know about them and how willingly, inaccurate presentations of them are given.

Jews for Jesus are indeed Jews who have accepted Jesus as the Messiah; further, they hold to particular Christian traditions. And, yes, they do proselytize; however, they do so out of the mandate by Jesus himself found in Matthew, chpt., 28.

However, there are other sects of Messianic Judaism (actually, the majority of Jewish believers in Jesus) who remain connected to their Jewish tradtions, which are observed through their belief that Jesus (Yeshua) is the Messiah reflected within their inherited rights–the mo’edim.

To state that all Jews who believe in Yeshua are Christians is to deny that the majority of 1st Cent., followers in Yeshua, prior to the destruction of the 2nd Temple, were Jews. It’s a misnomer, spread by traditional rabbis who teach that Jews who believe in Yeshua are Christian; thus, He is not for the Jews. Do not the Lubavitchers believe that Schneerson is the messiah? Have not Jews throughout history try to claim others as the Messiah? Yet, each and every one of them failed and remain virtually unknown to the world. Yet, this Yeshua (a Jew) has changed the world! The Tanakh teaches that all the nations will come to know the Almighty through Messiah. Are we not seeing that? Granted, Christianity has failed in their acceptance and halakha of Jewish principles and beliefs; this, however, does not disqualify Messianics as being Jewish.

As much as Telushkin and others try to strip these messianics from their Jewishness, will only spark their resiliance to continue in their commitment to Him.

To believe in Messiah is to be Jewish. And, Yeshua is the only one who could fit the bill. It’s time to consider Yeshua.

Pete Crawford says:

First, we’ll all find out after we die. The New Testament says that “every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God.” How the Lord makes that happen will be up to Him.
2nd) the Rabbi who equates Jesus with homosexuality is being absurd. No connection. IN my denomination we don’t accept homosexuality.
3rd, proselytizing should be allowed in the USA as free speech. Don’t persecute the messenger. I agree J for J are aggressive, but they are good people. You could learn from them. Thanks for reading my post. Now go and do the right thing (Dr. Laura)

The vitriol within Judaism against Jews who believe Jesus is the prophetically predicted messiah is amazingly narrow minded. Hello people – who were Jesus and his main twelve – Arabs? Germans? Jews!! Fine if you don’t believe He is the messiah, but give a little room for freedom of belief to your fellow Jews!

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