We have been examining the Thirteen Principles of Judaism as established by the man, Maimonides. Principle 8 is simply that
the Torah has been divinely preserved.
Now, if there is a Christian who argues with that, well, you’ve got problems. To paraphrase John McArthur, if you don’t believe Genesis 1:1, when will you start believing that God’s Word is true?
Have you learned this one?
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. – II Timothy 3:16-17
Keep in mind that the only “scripture” that the early apostles and their disciples had was the Tanakh (Old Testament). I like to call it the First Testament because something can be better confirmed on the testimony of at least two witnesses. So, we now have a first and a second witness that are in agreement.
Let me look at the quote of the statement of Maimonides. I wish I could just nickname him, “Mo.”
“I believe with complete faith that the entire Torah now in our hands is the same one that was given to Moses, our teacher…”
There are many Christians who find the Torah challenging to their faith. They choose to adopt a theory that the words of Torah are done away with and nailed to the cross. With that, quite a few have followed after rules and ordinances that were created after the death and resurrection of the Messiah.
On the other hand many Orthodox Jews believe (as Maimonides did, to an extent) that the Mishnah and Talmud are written forms of actual Torah that was handed down verbally. These are the traditions that Jesus/Yeshua taught to be leaven of Pharisees.
Yeshua himself warned of both.
Am I Jewish according to this principle? Yes.
As we have mentioned before, there are many versions of Judaism. There are many versions of what we call Christianity. Perception of both are daily marred by the scoffers who seek to bring damage to the “brand” for their own benefit (profit or simply peace of conscience).
Ya’ see, one of the things that went terribly wrong in Christianity was when men in authority started to look at all the things Jews did. Out of a flat-out hatred for God’s chosen seed, they started to look at the things Jews do. Then they did not want to look Jewish in any way. So, to distance themselves, they started to literally outlaw things that Jewish people practiced, believed in, studied, etc.
These same men had no problem with performing and celebrating certain things in the same way as the pagans of the day. They simply proclaimed them as redeemed or claimed for Christ.
Why was it so wrong to celebrate a Sabbath or a Biblical feast and claim it for Christ? Why did they take the things of Satan in under their roof and “Christianize” it, yet flee from all things Jewish?
This took over the entire world view of all the ones who followed these “shepherds.”
It is my goal to stand where Yahweh wants me. If I be a Christian and disdain (at all) the label “Jewish” it is time for me to inspect my introspecting self. So, even though I’m not done with this project, I must say that it would be an honor for me to be counted among the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Yacov.
What about you?
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