A Jewish response to a
Christian who tries to convert him. 'You want me to become Christian?, I have some questions for you'
The items at this page are meant for people who love
the G’d of Israel and who do not understand why most of the Jews doesn’t agree
with the contents of the Christian New Testament and with certain Christian
dogma’s. The page is not intended to persuade or to change your beliefs but
only to create un understanding why most of the Jewish people have
difficulty with the contents of New Testament. In this way a real friendship
and connection between Christians and Jews can be developed based on mutual
respect. We do not claim that Christians cannot live in a sincere
relationship with God. When their is mutual respect it is much easier to
respect and love each other.
the faith in the Messiah is so essential for salvation or to live in
'perfect relation with God' why it is this 'law' not one of the 613
instructions (laws) of the Thora or why is it not mentioned as a future
In the Torah (Deut 24:16) is written "The fathers shall not be put to death
for the children, nor shall the children be put to death for the fathers;
every man shall be put to death for his own sin". Also Ezekiel 18:20 tells
the same. So according to Torah and Tanach God says that no man shall die
for the sins of somebody else.
So why try so many Christians to convince us as that we Jewish people
should believe that Jesus died for our sins?
According to what the prophets Jeremiah an Ezekiel foretold (Jer. 31:33-36
and 32:37-41) (Ezek.36:26-28) the era of the New Covenant can be recognized
on has two essential characteristics:
ALL the Jewish people will observe the Torah and serve the God of Israel
The people of Israel will FOREVER live in the land of Israel and NEVER will
be uprooted out of it again.
If we now would live in the era of the New Covenant (according to the New
Testament verses Luk.
22:20 and Hebr. 10:16)
some 2000 years, why we could not see and can not see the foretold
characteristics of this era up till now ?
(In the years 70 CE and 135 CE the Jewish people has been uprooted from the
land and till today many, many Jews live outside Israel, not to mention most
of the lost 10 tribes who after the first expulsion never returned.)
“26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within
you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give
you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you
to walk in My statutes (Torah), and ye shall keep Mine ordinances, and do
them. 28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye
shall be My people, and I will be your God.”, Jer.31:33-36
“33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, saith HaShem, I will put My law in their inward parts, and
in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be
My people; 34 and they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and
every man his brother, saying: ‘Know HaShem’; for they shall all know Me,
from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith HaShem; for I will
forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more. 35 Thus
saith HaShem, Who giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of
the moon and of the stars for a light by night, who stirreth up the sea,
that the waves thereof roar, HaShem of hosts is His name: 36 If these
ordinances depart from before Me, saith HaShem, then the seed of Israel also
shall cease from being a nation before Me for ever.”, Jeremiah 32:37-41
“37 Behold, I will gather them out of all the countries, whither I have
driven them in Mine anger, and in My fury, and in great wrath; and I will
bring them back unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely; 38
and they shall be My people, and I will be their God; 39 and I will give
them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me for ever; for the good of
them, and of their children after them; 40 and I will make an everlasting
covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good;
and I will put My fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from Me.
41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in
this land in truth with My whole heart and with My whole soul.”
Why is the description of the New Covenant in the New Testament different
than its description in the Tanach (the Old Testament)? Luke 22:20 writes
‘Likewise also He took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new
testament in My blood, which is shed for you.’ Matt. 26:28 writes ‘for this
is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission
of sins According to these verses the New Covenant would meant the the sins
of the believer now are forgiven as a result of de offering of the Messiah,
the spilling of his blood. The Tanach (Old Testament) however gives a total
different description as you can read in Jer. 31:33-36 and the
other verses mentioned here above.
In the Old Testament, the Tanach is written that someone comes in the
presence of God through obedience to the Torah and that God gives healing
and forgiveness of sins through obedience to what He instructed in the
Torah. Leviticus 26:3-12”
3 If ye walk in My statutes, and keep My commandments, and do them; 4 then
I will give your rains in their season, and the land shall yield her
produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. 5 And your
threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the
sowing time; and ye shall eat your bread until ye have enough, and dwell in
your land safely. 6 And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie
down, and none shall make you afraid; and I will cause evil beasts to cease
out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. …... 11 And
I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you. 12
And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be
My people.” Lev. 18:5 “Ye shall therefore keep My statutes,
and Mine ordinances, which if a man do, he shall live by them: I am
the LORD”. Psalm 19:7 “The law of the LORD is perfect,
restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the
simple” Deut.6:2 ”that thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to
keep all His statutes and His commandments, which I command thee, thou, and
thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may
Read further: De 30:20, De 32:47, Pr 3:2, Pr 3:18
and Eze 20:11.
Further in these verses you can read that these instructions for ever will
be valid. Also king David writes it clear in Psalm 119:152 “Of old have I
known from Thy testimonies that Thou hast founded them for ever”, 119:160:
“The beginning of Thy word is truth; and all Thy righteous ordinance
endured for ever”. Ps 111:7b-9a: “all His precepts are sure. They are
established for ever and ever, they are done in truth and uprightness. He
hath sent redemption unto His people; He hath commanded His covenant for
Also now a human comes into Gods ‘presence’ through obedience, by keeping
His commandments (the Torah) Mica 6:8 “It hath been told thee, O man, what
is good, and what the LORD doth require of thee: only to do justly, and to
love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.” If you say that you (only)
through the faith in Jesus as Messiah you can come in Gods presence is not
the truth. The words written in Galatians 2:16 “knowing that a man is not
justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we
have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of
Christ, and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law shall
no flesh be justified” is a contradiction of the Tanach (the Old Testament).
All the prophets told that restoration of Israel will come through
obedience to the Torah instruction. Ezek 37:24b “they shall also walk in
Mine ordinances, and observe My statutes, and do them”
The question: How is it possible that a lot of people just believe
that the words of God would have been changed.
Also for the non-Jews the Torah in the future will be very important as it
is written in Isaiah 2:2-3 (and Micah 4) “And it shall come to pass in the
end of days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established as
the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all
nations shall flow unto it. And many peoples shall go and say: ‘Come ye, and
let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob;
and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.’ For out of
Zion shall go forth the law (Torah), and the word of the LORD from
Nowhere in the Tanach (Old Testament) has been prophesised that in the
future salvation would be accomplished by the faith in the Messiah. This is
very strange if it would become such an essential belief.
Why says God to Cain that he has to ‘rule’
over the sins if that without
faith in Jesus wouldn’t be possible? Gen 4:7 “If thou doest well, shalt
thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And
unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him”
According to Christian Theology it is not possible for a human to observe
the instructions of the Torah. It would be to difficult for a human to
observe (and for that reason it is not necessary at this moment in the
framework of the ‘New Covenant’.
Why than God says in the Torah that it is not
difficult for a human to keep the instructions of the Torah.
Deut. 30:11-18 ‘ For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is
not too hard for thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that
thou shouldest say: ‘Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us,
and make us to hear it, that we may do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea,
that thou shouldest say: ‘Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it
unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?’ But the word is very
nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil, in
that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in His ways,
and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances; then thou
shalt live and multiply, and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land
whither thou goest in to possess it.’
If Jesus would be an Godly authority who should be obeyed why even the
Christians do not obey him as he says in Matt 5:17-23 "1Think not that I am
come to undo the law or the prophets; I am not come to undo, but to
fulfil.18 For verily I say unto you, Until heaven and earth pass away, not
one jot or one tittle shall pass from the law until all is fulfilled.19
Whosoever therefore shall undo one of these least commandments and shall
teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of the heavens;
but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the
kingdom of the heavens." So if Christians would obey him, the should
keep all Thora instructions as keeping Shabbat,keeping kosher etc etc.
Further in Matt 23:1-3a he says that his followers even should observe all
rulings of the rabbis. "Then Jesus spoke to the multitude and to his
disciples, saying, The scribes and the Pharisees have sat down in Moses’
seat; therefore, whatever they bid you to observe, observe it and do it".
So if he would be God or Messiah why his followers don't listen to him and
observe what he instituted.
In Psalms 19:7 is written "The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the
soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple." and in
Deuteronomy 29:28 is written "The secret things belong unto the LORD our
God; but the things that are revealed belong unto us and to our children for
ever, that we may do all the words of this law".
It says that the Torah is perfect and for ever valid. How is it possible
that the writer of the Hebrews letter (8:13) made the conclusion that the
Torah is old and close to vanishing?
And how comes that that Paul calls the Torah "ministry of death, written and
engraved on stones" (2 Cor. 3:7)? By the way, the reality of today proves
that it never has been vanished. Even more, as foretold in Deut. 30, Jer.
31, Ezech 36 and Mal. 4, the Torah will be observed again by all the Jewish
K) According to the Tenach (Old
Testament) the Torah is for ever. This is even what Jesus states
himself (Matt 5:17-23 and Matt 23:1-3a).
Christians state that Jesus kept the Torah
perfect. How is it possible that there are things written in the so-called
New Testament which shows that he broke the law?
John 8:11 where supposedly the scribes and pharisees brought a woman caught
in the act of adultery before Jesus to see what he's 'judgment' would be. So
Jesus responds by saying that the person without sin should throw the first
stone..... This is a breach of the law. Another thing is the rebuke of his
parents while the Torah states that someone should honor his parents (Luke
2:48,49). Further regarding divorce he even changed the law (Matt. 19:7-9)
misquoting the Torah, assuming that it were rules of Moses while it were
instructions from God (Deut. 24:1, Deut. 12:28).
L) The Tenach clearly writes how a
'sinner will live' Ezek 18:21 and Ezek 33:14,15 (14 Again, when I say unto
the wicked: Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that
which is lawful and right; 15 if the wicked restore the pledge, give back
that which he had taken by robbery, walk in the statutes of life, committing
no iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.)
So what is the added value to believe in
Jesus in order 'to live'?
The Torah specifically warns for people who
want to distract the Jewish people from observing the Torah instructions. Do
you really think that I believe you when you that it is not necessary to
observe Torah anymore and that it is better to become a Christian?
Deut 13:1-5 "All this word (the Torah) which I command you, that shall ye
observe to do; thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. If
there arise in the midst of you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams--and he
give you a sign or a wonder, 3 and the sign or the wonder come to pass,
whereof he spoke unto you--saying: 'Let us go after other gods, which thou
hast not known, and let us serve them'; 4 you shall not listen unto
the words of that prophet, or unto that dreamer of dreams; for the
LORD your God put you to proof, to know whether ye do love the LORD your God
with all your heart and with all your soul. 5 After the LORD your God shall
ye walk, and Him shall ye fear, and His commandments shall you keep,
and unto His voice shall you listen, and Him shall you serve, and unto Him
shall you cleave.
to be continued......
The Jewish concept of the Messiah. This is
how the Messiah will look like.
The concept of the Messiah has its foundation
in our Jewish Bible, the Tanach, which teaches that all of the following
criteria must be fulfilled before any person can be acknowledged as the
● He will be a worldwide ruler who brings peace amongst people but also
amongst animals.(Micah 4:1-4; Hoseah 2:20; Isaiah 2:1-4, 60:18). Israel will
● He gathers in the exiles of Israel; both from the two tribes and from the
ten tribes. The ten tribes will join Judah.
When the Messiah reigns as King of Israel, the Israelites will be ingathered
from their exile and will return to Israel, their homeland (Deut. 30:3;
Isaiah 11:11-12; Jeremiah 30:3, 32:37; Ezekiel 11:17, 36:24).
● Messiah must be from the Tribe of Judah and a Descendant of King David and
King Solomon. (Genesis 49:10) (2 Samuel 7:12-14; 1 Chronicles 22:9-10).
Genealogy in the Bible is only passed down from father to son (Numbers
● He will rebuild the Holy Temple which will be located at the Tempel Mount
in Jerusalem and it will not been destroyed. (Isaiah 2:2-3, 56:6-7, 60:7,
66:20; Ezekiel 37:26–27; Malachi 3:4; Zech. 14:20-21).
● Under his rule all Jews will embrace Torah observance (Ezekiel 37:24;
Deut. 30:8,10; Jeremiah 31:32; Ezekiel 11:19-20, 36:26-27).
● He will destroy Edom, the enemies of Israel
● Will fiscally be anointed by a prophet
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