I’ve recently read some posts in other threads regarding certain things about my religion that were very distrubing. I’m assuming (and not asking for confirmation) that most people here do not share those sentiments. So, rather than start swapping insults I thought I would post something that acknowledges the importance of Christanity, from a Jewish perspective.
- Jews are supposed to be a nation of priests but the difficulty of Judiasm makes the likelihood of the entire world ever converting to Judaism all but impossible. However, Christianity, a fruit born from the tree of Torah, has succeeded in spreading the ideals of ethical and moral behavior and civilization (embraced in what we call the Noahide Laws) to much of the world. In this regard, the rejection of Jesus was one of the greatest gifts we gave to the world. Had the early christian jews succeeded within the Jewish tradition, Christanity would likely have remained just another sect of judaism and would never have spread throughout the world the way it did.
One way I can look at this is through the reasoning of Franz Rosenzweig (188601929). In trying to answer why God would create Judaism and then Christanity from its roots, Rosenzweig accepted that “no one comes to the Father but by the Son.” But he reasoned that since Jews were already with the Father (by being Jews), they had no need for the Son. But the gentile, who was not with the Father by any inherited right, could come to God only through the way of Jesus. I think that in some respects, this reflects part of the reasoning behind Vatican II.
Then there is 9/11. Despite how some have interpeted my posts on Islam here, I have no love for radical Islam.
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