I was sitting in a Jerusalem restaurant during the Jesus Movement with a friend, Alex, when he spoke words that changed my view of Christianity. He said that Christians were really converts to Judaism.
Alex was a Brooklyn-born Jew living in East Jerusalem, though he accepted Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) in the United States before immigrating to Israel. He pointed out that Jesus and the Apostles never encouraged their followers to break from Judaism. And, Christianity was considered one of several Jewish sects existing until the Fourth Century when the Roman (Catholic) Church forced Christians to leave the synagogues.
During my time in Israel, I often went to the Garden Tomb in the afternoon and drank lemonade with the tour guide, a guy from Amsterdam. He said that Christians often say the Jews did not accept Jesus. But, who wrote the Bible and who were the first followers of Jesus? The crowd welcoming Jesus to Jerusalem on a donkey were Jews.
I must point out that the Crucifixion of Jesus was conducted in violation of Jewish laws and religious Jews would not have participated.
I do not take a legalistic view and say that Christians must abandon Sunday worship and go back to Saturday worship, but Christians should understand that Jesus did not observe Sabbath worship on Sunday. Like all Jews in the New Testament, he recognized the Sabbath as Saturday. Also, the New Testament (Brit Hadasha in Hebrew) points out that Jesus and the Apostles observed Jewish Holy days.
I am often asked by Christians if they must observe the Jewish Holy days. I answer that their Jewish Messiah (Jesus) did, and Christians should teach their children the rich traditions followed by the one who died for them on the Cross.
the divinity of Jesus is the defining difference between Jew and non-Jew.True statement. Many (not all) Jews feel worship of Jesus is paganism.
I don't think Jews think the worship of Jesus is paganism. They think it is Christianity, another valid monotheistic belief, and that Christianity is mutually exclusive with Judaism. I'm not telling you what you believe, of course, I'm saying what the fundamental Jewish belief is -- that the Messiah has not come yet. And that's not what "many" Jews think--that is an overwhelmingly basic tenet of Judaism.
joe blow's meme of rep. Loy Mauch should be put in context. He served one term as an Arkansas congressman before being trounced and basically run out of town. He showed his true colors in office and, accordingly, was not re-elected. He in no way spoke or speaks for Republicans or basically anybody. Meme is nothing more than vast generalization, misleading propaganda and partisan rhetoric for the dimwitted.
It would be on par with holding the entire Democratic party responsible for gems like rep. Maxine Waters preposterous claim that the sequester was going to cost Americans 170 million jobs when only 140 million were actually even employed. Everybody knows that she doesn't speak for all Democrats. The only real difference is her constituents continue to re-elect her.