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The Supposed Virgin Birth



The Virgin Birth is a fundamental tenet of most forms of Christianity. Yet it is very odd that none of the earlier Christian books mention it. The book of Mark, probably the first written, makes no mention of it at all. One would think that it would be worth at least one sentence, if not the amount spent on it by the book of Matthew. It is evident that Mark had never heard of the Virgin Birth. The book of John does not mention it either.

The reason that the virgin birth concept was added to Christianity was because the first Christians were very unsuccessful at converting Jews. Most Jews knew they had something better, so they would not leave Judaism for Christianity. Remember: at the beginning it was nothing more than a very small messianic movement within Judaism, and after their “messiah” died, it was rather hard to convert Jews to their movement.



So they began to reach out to the pagans, the non-Jews. But those pagans attracted to Judaism had already joined Judaism, and the new ones would not be very likely to join a tiny fringe group that had lost all real meaning since their false messiah-leader had died. Anyone interested in Judaism would more likely be interested in mainstream Judaism. Continue reading

What Would Jesus Have Done?



A Quiz

Christians consider it very important to emulate Jesus, to behave as they feel he would behave.

Here’s a quiz you can take to see if your ethics measure up to the standards of Jesus’ behavior. It’s easy: it’s multiple choice. Continue reading



Was Jesus Merciful?



Many Christian missionaries make the claim that the Jews see G-d as cruel, and that in contrast, Jesus is merciful.

The first statement is a lie. Certainly, anyone who has read the articles on my site knows that Judaism is very emphatic that Hashem is merciful. (Before emailing me about this, read the articles on my home page.)



The second claim, that Jesus was merciful, is certainly not supported by the words of the Christian bible, as we shall see below.

Let us discuss the two claims in order. According to Judaism, no one can be more merciful than G-d. It is impossible. G-d is the most merciful of anything in the universe that exists, all of which G-d created. According to Judaism, it is heresy to claim that anyone or anything is more merciful than G-d.



What do Christian missionaries mean when they say that Jesus is more merciful? They usually don’t answer this one directly, because missionaries seldom answer any direct questions. The answer appears to be that supposedly “Jesus accepts repentance, and the Jewish G-d does not.”

However, that is also untrue. Hashem most certainly does accept repentance, and sacrifice is not necessary for forgiveness and atonement. (More about that in another article.) Continue reading



Do We Need Jesus?



Most Christians maintain that in order for anyone to approach G-d, or to “inherit the kingdom of Heaven” as they put it, or to “attain salvation” (again, their phraseology), one must go through Jesus. They insist that one cannot do this except through Jesus.

In the first place, it seems rather strange that the Torah should be so insistent that each and every one of us can reach G-d directly.



For example:

For this commandment that I command you this day, it is not too hard for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us and make us hear it?’ It is not over the ocean…. But this thing is very close to YOU in YOUR mouth and your heart to do it.”

— Deut 30:11-14



Evidently, we ourselves are capable of fulfilling the Commandments and obeying Hashem’s will.

And furthermore, we also find that even when the Jews are at the lowest level, even after having served idols, the Torah promises us, “And you will request from there (that low level) Hashem your G-d, and YOU WILL FIND, if you search with all your heart and all your soul” (Deut. 4:29).



We ourselves can find Hashem, if we just do it honestly and sincerely. Why does the Torah not say that we must do it through Jesus? Because belief in Jesus is not necessary, and has never been a part of Torah or Hashem.

And even Jesus said so! Jesus said that if you fulfill the Torah, and do not believe in Jesus, you will still go to Heaven.



You don’t believe me? He says this in Matthew, Chapter 12, verses 31 through 32:

I say to you, All types of sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven people. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of man, he shall be forgiven. But whoever speaks against the Holy Ghost, he shall not be forgiven, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

In other words, it is possible not to believe in Jesus, and still go to Heaven. But not believing in G-d is unforgivable.



I must also add at this point that this passage makes it hard to see why Christians claim that Christianity is a religion of forgiveness and love. Here is something that the Christian bible says can never be forgiven!

The passage I quote next makes both points even more strongly. Jesus says that there are people who will consider Jesus to be their savior and god, and yet will still not go to Heaven!

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Matthew 7:21

In other words, even some of the people who do believe in Jesus and accept him, people whose belief in him was strong enough to give them (supposedly) the power to cast out devils, many of them will not go to Heaven anyway. Why not? Because even though they believed in Jesus, they did not do the will of G-d, whom the Christians call the Father. Apparently, it is not enough to believe in Jesus. One must also fulfill what the Torah says.



But the Torah also says that we must fulfill the words of the Torah! And the Torah does not say we need to believe in Jesus!

So why should anyone believe that we need Jesus?

Christians say that G-d cannot accept sin, so therefore everyone is doomed. But G-d, out of mercy, killed himself so that we would have forgiveness.

Yet the Torah clearly tells us that Hashem Himself forgives! All we have to do is repent. For example: “Let the evil person forsake his ways, and the man of sin forsake his evil thoughts, and let him return to G-d and He will have mercy on him, to our G-d, because He greatly forgives” (Isaiah 55:7).



And it says, “Do I desire the death of the wicked? says the L-rd G-d. What I want is for him to return from his ways and live!” (Ezekiel 18:23).

That’s all it takes. Return from sin, and live!

Why Jews Don’t believe in Jesus



It’s a very popular question. Why don’t Jews believe Jesus was the Messiah? Aren’t the proofs convincing?

This is a sensitive issue, and it is hoped that no one will be offended by the candid answer provided here.



We do not believe that it is prophesied that the Messiah will be crucified. We do not believe that the Messiah will be the son of G-d. We do not believe that he will be raised from the dead any more than anyone else. We do not believe that he will appear twice, in what some Christians call a second coming. We do not believe that the Messiah will be our “savior” in the sense that he will redeem us from our sins.

These are all fascinating claims to make concerning anyone, but they are all irrelevant to the Messiah for whom the Jews have awaited these three thousand years. None of these things are prophesied in the Jewish Bible. Continue reading