This is why Christianity needs to think rightly about Scripture

Just came across this interesting post over here about a church in Texas converting to Judaism.  I found two things very convicting.  First, the author of the post stated that he “always found the Jewish apologetics more robust.” I honestly think there is something to this.  At least on some level guys, typical evangelicalism of today really does have some weak “reasons” for why Christianity is not only true, but relevant.  I don’t really know about Jewish apologetics on their own, but I wonder how much more “scholarly” their approach and conclusions are from good, evangelical scholars (the kind you won’t find in a Christian Book Store in the Target shopping center, for example).  That being said, I feel fairly safe about what I wrote concerning the state of evangelical christianity apologetics.  This is a sad reality, I’m affraid.  The second thing that was really convicting was that the author recounted that the minister and his congregation are finding “new insights and heritage to explore.”  This just begs the question what “bible” this church was reading before the conversion to Judaism.  Even if they did what a lot of churches do these days, and equate the Scripture as New Testament only – Quick Aside, I recently heard at a church meeting someone ask the preacher when he was planning on preaching from one of the Gospels, because it had been a while since they had “heard the words and teachings of Jesus.”  Don’t get me started on this one! – they wouldn’t have to read too far to realize that the NT sees the OT as its heritage.  Galatians 3:27-29 says:

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And aif you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise 

 This is why we need to be careful with how we treat and understand God’s Word.  It is His One story about redeeming a people for Himself in order to restore His world that has been ruined by sin. 

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2 thoughts on “This is why Christianity needs to think rightly about Scripture

  1. The heritage in question was the author’s search for a possible ancestry from former converted Jews in the Americas.

    The problem for Jews is, of course, that there is no ultimate problem in the first place: no concept of an original sin that can only be taken away with a blood sacrifice of a god. Jews understand that Christians believe that their religion is built out of Judaism. They just don’t see it as legitimately built out of it.

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  2. That is a good point regarding the author’s (not you, but the post/article you quoted) search for an Jewish identity in the Americas (especially South America, and now in N. America).

    And I struggled a bit with my own use of the word “sin”, realizing that what Christians consider “sin”, Judaism doesn’t acknowledge such a concept – at least not with the attachment we’ve put to that word. There is a concept however of “atonement” in Judaism, and from this, one begs the question of what they would need “atonement” for? At some point, something is simply not the way its supposed to be – and I as a Christian would call this “sin”, and therefore, atonement is to be made by way of a burnt-offering.

    I think you can see this better on a corporate level than an individualistic one (which is what most evangelical christians today associate with “sin” or “atonement”), where we see God coming to Abraham in Genesis 12 as the Covenantal God calling a representative to be the answer to the problem the world was experiencing – a downward spiral of chaos, degeneration and selfishness (Gen. 3-11). Correct me if I’m wrong, but I would think that Judaism does have a concept of “unfaithfulness” – not doing what ought to be done, or doing what ought not to be done – and that is where the concept of “atonement” comes in (Deut. 6). Perhaps I could have stated it better in my post by stating it not as “sin” but as “man’s unfaithfulness.”

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