[quote="Bezant, post:11, topic:271982"]
Is that actually so? I don't think so.
You don't think that the OT is oriented towards the coming of a Saviour, a Messiah?
Ancient Judaism was vastly different
Then we agree :) It's like Protestantism and Catholicism. Many Protestants are happy to admit that the early Christians had vastly different beliefs but that's okay to them because they still justify that they are the same religion as Peter, Paul, Augustine. Clearly, if things are vastly different, it is not the same.
If it were the same religion, we'd be in the false religion.
The Mosaic Covenant was centuries old before there was a temple, and even after the First Temple was destroyed, even after there were no sacrifices and the priesthood wasn't fully functioning, but that Covenant was still valid -- so I don't think it's enough to argue because there is no temple, functioning priesthood and sacrifices, that Judaism today is essentially "made-up."
The Mosaic covenant possessed and practiced these three elements and acknowledged them to be their foundation. It just so happened that at the time they were sojourners in the desert without any huge temple - still, they have sacrifice, priesthood and a kind of makeshift temple. They longed for a land, and a temple, as did the Jews in Babylon after the destruction of the first temple- but only because there had been no word from God that the covenant was superseded as we know now.
Don't you think that's a little presumptuous?
Not at all. I believe that we are the true spiritual inheritors of Abraham and Moses and that they would rather be Catholic that a Talmudic Jew of the 21st century based on the revelation of God. This isn't being presumptuous or anti-Semetic or hateful or anything of the sort. Jews must be converted, as must all people, and it can be shown to them that all things point towards Christ. We don't need to tread carefully around the fact that Judaism of today, according to Catholic belief, is a false religion. Just as Hinduism and Bhuddism are false religions. This is an objective fact - necessarily implied by Catholic doctrine. Sadly, whenever there is talk of the Jewish faith in any Christian circles there will always be those who think that this is anti-Semitism or that to speak frankly on the issue is insensitive. I don't mean to be insensitive at all, just trying to speak in plain facts. I like Jewish people and I hope that they all convert :)
Again, this is just all my understanding, which may or may not be accurate in details but in it's broad presentation it must be accurate based on simple Catholic truths. All I wanted to say, in the end, was that Jesus is mankind's Messiah. The scriptures of the Jews clearly prophesy that the Messiah will save all mankind both Jews and Gentiles. Jesus is truly the Messiah prophesied by Jewish scriptures. We should do all we can so that they convert to the Catholic Faith to become one flock under one Shepherd.
I see where this thread is going though so I will exit stage left.