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He was tested The Jews living in the time of Jesus did try to discern whether Jesus was the real Messiah that they had been yearning for, because they disliked living under Roman rule and wanted to go back at least to the Hasmonean period, or better yet, to the David & Solomon period (the golden age). They were waiting for God to provide them with ...


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Welcome to the group. I'm new here myself. Do those verses show that the Christian is more able to fulfill God's commands than the old testament believer was? No, they do not, but maybe not in the way you might initially think. Jer 31:33 and Ezek 36:26 are both in the OT, and indicate that they are the only way to fulfill God's commands. Your question ...


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I found an article that examines the beliefs of Nehemiah Gordon and briefly mentions that although brought up in an Orthodox Jewish family, he converted to Karaite Judaism after he moved to Israel in 1993. The article gives a critical overview of Nehemiah Gordon’s book ‘The Hebrew Yeshua versus the Greek Jesus (Hilkiah Press, 2005). Apparently he rejects ...


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Here is an answer from a Jewish perspective. The Bible calls G-d Y-h-v-h, which is called “the Tetragrammaton,” which means a four-letter word. While the Tetragrammaton appears on Torah scrolls, even today, Jews say it as Adonai whenever they read the Torah (more on that later). Many think that this is the name of G-d in the Hebrew Bible, but this is not ...


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What is the basis for believing that 40 lashes would be deadly (especially in Roman law or jurisprudence)? This is a false assumption! For one thing, the Romans were not limited in the number of strokes they could mete out. True some died under the sentence of flagellation, but historians generally do not give the number of strokes applied. In the ...


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My experience has not been similar to yours, in that I do hear church leaders criticise other religions. In addition, as a young man I don't know what things were like a few decades ago to compare it too. Nevertheless, I want to attempt to answer the question. This article, from a prominent Evangelical source, discusses the way in which the author suggests ...


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I think the theory is based on a faulty understanding of the Scriptures. Jesus, when asked about the greatest commandment in the law, answered: "...'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment." [Matthew 22:37, 38, MEV]. And Jesus went further: "...


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"Why was the revelation that God has the [an] Only Begotten Son not given to the ancient Hebrew people?" There are two answers to this: it was and it wasn't! Answered in reverse order: It wasn't. Even though there are many hints, etc, that the coming saviour would be divine, these hints were not sufficient to control the thoughts of the Israelites/Jews ...


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Part of the OP assumption is the Jews in leadership didn't test Christ. They did, but they didn't like what they found. And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions. Mt 22:46 Not to be callous, but the reason the leaders didn't acknowledge the Messiah was because He was going to flatten ...


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Your question is not naive. Nor is there a single answer. No sign. Some Jews expected the Messiah to perform an outstanding miracle. Moses prophesied this: 15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. (Deuteronomy 18:15) Since Moses performed ten plagues against ...


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A key passage which might seem at first blush to indicate New Testament believers have an easier time fulfilling God's moral law than Old Testament believers is Romans Chapter 8, an excerpt of which I include here: 8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free ...


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The only way to God and the only mean of salvation is through Jesus Christ (John 3:15-16; 14:6), God made flesh (John 1:1,14; Philippians 2:6-7; Colossians 2:9). If someone does not have (or despise) Jesus, neither will have the Father (God) (1 John 2:23). Maybe they could worship and pray to a god, but it wouldn't be the God of the Bible. This include all ...


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I think the answer would be because they are Christians. As such they should be focusing on correct doctrine rather than dissing religious groups, and they should do so in a Christ like manner. Sometimes some religions are so diametrically opposed that you will find criticism inevitable and it certainly exists in a number of cases. I have noticed that ...


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I posted a similar question on the Jewish Mi Yodyea site asking what religious music would have been sung in Israel after the time of David and Solomon. One commentator gave a Wiki link, part of which says this: The Book of Psalms (/sɑːmz/ or /sɔː(l)mz/ SAW(L)MZ; Hebrew: תְּהִלִּים, Tehillim, "praises"), commonly referred to simply as Psalms , ...


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The English word “God” (“got” in German and “Godh” in Iceland) is derived from a root to call, meaning to call upon. It does not denote an anthropomorphic and anthropopathic being. For G-d has no human form and emotion. The Torah describes G-d as a “he” because, as Rabbi Ishmael said, “The Torah speaks in human language,” so that humans can understand. For ...


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There is no agreement on this within the movement: some believe that adherence to the Oral Law, as encompassed by the Talmud, is against Messianic beliefs some deny the authority of the Pharisees, believing that they were superseded, and their teachings contradicted, by Messianism some call rabbinic commentaries such as the Mishnah and the Talmud "...


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To understand their view, you would need to understand what Sheol is to them. In The Hebrew Old Testament, or the Judaism view, Sheol (שְׁאוֹל) is described as the permanent place of the dead, known as the common grave for man (mankind), in addition, it is associated with an individual’s burial place or grave (Judges 16:31; Genesis 35:20) or a burial tomb (...


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With all due respect, your question is inherently laden with false assumptions, which make its answering impossible (without granting false assumptions). As such this won't be an answer proper. For instance, Unitarianism (the beleif that God is one person) is not synonymous with Monotheism (the belief in one God), because Unitarianism refers to the ...


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While the Jewish Law from the Old Testament may focus on sins that result in actions that can be observed, investigated, and prosecuted by the state, i.e., crimes, it has also always said that there are thoughts that are sinful too. One of the most prominent examples of these is the last of the Ten Commandments: do not covet your neighbour's wife or property....


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If Jesus didn't wear tzitziyot he broke Torah, certainly not fulfilling Torah. [https://www.betemunah.org/tzitzith.html] The only charge concerning Torah from Jesus' accusers was about blasphemy which was punished by his death. The charge of breaking the sabbath concerned their traditions about how to keep the sabbath. My interest is whether there are ...


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As a United Methodist pastor for nearly forty years, a contemplative mystic, I have found PaRDeS to be illuminating in all facets of spirituality. In short, PaRDeS points to four ways of seeing the world (i.e., worldviews). The quadrilateral pertains to only one worldview. Peshat: the worldview of followers, or the multitude; Remez; the worldview of ...


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