Thanks to the poster just above !!
Yes, as my priest/pastor is always pointing out, the teachings of Jesus, the ones we have written down in our scriptures, line up about 90% with the teachings of the great Jewish teacher Gamaliel.
Atheists and others who like to attack both Christianity and Judaism by claiming that our teachings “came from” some pre-Jewish or pre-Christian worldly sage, aren’t establishing anything by such claims. We believe that there is ONE GOD and that this God’s breath or spirit, as well as this God’s WISDOM, is present in seed form in ALL human beings since the dawn of creation, along with the ability to reason, which we all have, unless our brains are injured before or at birth resulting in what is known as “mental retardation.” That innate God-given basic morality, the Jewish people regard as encoded in what are known as the Noahide Laws that all, even gentiles, are expected to adhere to.
The Mosaic Laws are for the Jews ONLY, with all the dietary restrictions, etc, and Jews do not expect Gentiles to keep all the Mosaic Laws in these areas.
Jesus taught DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU, which we call the Golden Rule, but this is indeed present also in the Tanakh (the “old Testament”) and in nonChristian and nonJewish writings. So what? All are teaching, on this point, something that clearly comes from the spirit of God. This in no way proves the unbelievers’ claims that since others believed it, there therefore is no basis for believing these teachings to come from some “god.” They DO come from the One God, from that God’s very Spirit, present to some degree in the minds of all people, unless they have gone too far in deliberate wickedness to the point where repentance/teshuvah is impossible because of a forever-hardened heart.
These teachings are the WORD. And we believe, we Christians, and are firmly convinced, that Jesus of Nazareth is himself the INCARNATION of that eternal “Word.”
By the way, the “Word,” being spirit, remains, forever, in his inherent nature, spirit and incorporeal. When we say that “God became man” or that “the Word became Flesh,” we **do not mean **that the Word, in the Word’s eternal essence, became material. We mean, and theologians understand this well, that the Word UNITED ITSELF to human, specifically JEWISH, flesh, in the womb of Mary, not to degrade the incorporeal Word or Deity at all, but to UNITE the Word with broken Humanity AS A Goel, a Kinsman-Redeemer, to the entire Human Race. My best friend, a Jewish lady, Eve, (Hava), never knew this. She had always thought that we Christians were claiming that the incorporeal nature of God actually turned into flesh, something which, the Jews are right, is Impossible. But that’s not what we mean by “the Word became flesh.” We mean that the Word UNITED himself to human nature, permanently, as our goel, bridging the unbridgable gap between Holy God and sin-stained humanity, redeeming everyone to fullest degree possible. We also call this the “Hypostatic Union” and the “two natures in Christ.”
Anyway, I’m digressing.
Peace, love, and shalom to all.
God bless everyone.