The Judeo-Christian divide

 

By Dan Calic One of the most difficult issues for Christians and Jews to navigate is how to relate to each other while the proverbial 800 pound gorilla is in the room.

What’s the 800-pound gorilla? The desire on the part of Christians to evangelize Jews, and the sensitivity Jews have about uninvited conversion efforts. As one Jew eloquently stated several years ago, “Christians have to understand Jews did not volunteer to become participants in the final act of a play they didn’t write.”

Serious Christians, many of whom have a genuine love of the Jewish people, might consider doing something important if they wish to develop a meaningful, or in many cases a better relationship with Jews. They should consider repentance.

Repenting for the centuries of misunderstanding, abuse, expulsions, and the Holocaust would be an excellent starting point. Doing the same for anti-Semitism and replacement theology would be recommended as well.

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3 comments for “The Judeo-Christian divide

  1. Ricardo Jimenez
    February 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    It is time that all the Household of YHWH, become realigned with Her Elohim.

    YHWH has one “Chosen People” called the Children of Israel (Those that rule with YHWH, the Green Olive Tree), and we as believers in our High Priest Y’SHUA the Messiah are grafted into that Olive Tree called Israel then by default we are grafted into all of her covenants as well.

    **Rejoice with the Children of Israel that do rejoice; and they who hear the Word and Do the Commandments of our Father ‘YHWH’ – El Shaddai, and keep the faith and have the testimony of His Son, our Saviour ‘Y’SHUA’ – Ha Mashiach of Nazareth.

    **One God – (YHWH)
    **One Messiah – (Y’SHUA)
    **One Holy Spirit – (The Spirit of YHWH)
    **One Covenant – (1 – Obey the Voice, 2 – Do the Commandments, 3 – Do it in Faith in Y’SHUA the Messiah)
    **One Law – (The Written Torah) = (The Word of YHWH) = (The Living Word/Torah) = (The Son of YHWH) = (Y’SHUA the Messiah)

    **One Grace – All those that are called-out of the world, by repentance toward YHWH, and faith toward our Master Y’SHUA the Messiah, for the forgiveness of sins; are made partakers of the grace of adoption: For as many as are led by the Spirit of YHWH, they are the sons of YHWH. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba, Father! The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of YHWH. For you are a holy people to YHWH your Elohim. YHWH your Elohim has chosen you to be a special people to Himself above all people that are upon the face of the earth; by which we are taken into the Household of YHWH, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the Children of Israel.

    **One Love – Everyone who believes that Y’SHUA is the Messiah has been born of YHWH. And everyone who loves Him who begets also loves him who has been born of Him. By this we know that we love the Children of YHWH, whenever we love YHWH and keep His Commandments. For this is the love of YHWH, that we keep His Commandments, and His Commandments are not burdensome.

    **One Chosen People – (The Children of Israel) = (The Holy Convocation) = (The Ekklesia)

    **Convocation – (meaning): [mik-raw'] – From H7121; something called out, that is, a public meeting (the act, the persons, or the place); also a rehearsal: – assembly, calling, convocation, reading.

    **Ekklesia – (meaning): [ek-klay-see'-ah] – From a compound of G1537 and a derivative of G2564; a calling out, that is, (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both): – assembly, church.

    **One Sabbath – Appointed time of YHWH; six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, a holy convocation; you shall do no work therein: it is the Sabbath of YHWH in all your dwellings. (Rest and Communion with YHWH and all the House of YHWH).

  2. February 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Love it !
    Thanks so much!

  3. Yoel Ben-Avraham
    February 5, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Is the author a Jew or a Christian? Why do I ask? Does it matter? The answer is, everything this author writes are things that must be written, said and discussed. But they are far more meaningful if they are written by a believing Christian than if they are written by a Jew of any persuasion. I give the Battalion of Deborah credit that only on their blog am I likely to find articles like this one. May they continue to grow in influence and help bridge the divide between Christian and Jew.

    Yoel Ben-Avraham
    Shilo, Benyamin, Israel

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