Answering Jewish Objections To Jesus - Vol. 2
This volume is a must-have for anyone who is serious about bringing the gospel to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel.
"Jews don't believe in the Trinity. We believe in one God, not three."
"God doesn't have a son."
"Jews don't believe in a suffering Messiah."
In Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, volume 2, Michael Brown provides real answers to twenty-eight theological objections. He treats these objections seriously and fairly, building answers form the often surprising teachings in Rabbinic literature and the Hebrew Scriptures. As Browns answers progressively reveal, belief in Yeshua--Jesus--is not something alien to Jewish tradition but is profoundly rooted in that tradition, fulfilling its purpose.
Like its predecessor, it is filled with scriptural insights that will enable the reader to first understand and then effectively address concerns commonly raised.
Incisive and direct, this book provides an honest, fair, and thorough discussion of common objections on theological themes. Believers and seekers alike will appreciate Brown's spiritually focused answers, which are thoroughly documented and footnoted.
Get answers to misguided accusations and objections like...
- “Jews don't believe in the Trinity. We believe in one God, not three.“
- “If you claim that Jesus is God then you are guilty of making God into a man. You are an idol worshiper!“
- “God doesn't have a son.“
- “According to the Law (Deuteronomy 13), Jesus was a false prophet because he taught us to follow other gods (namely, the Trinity, including the god Jesus), gods our fathers have never known or worshiped. This makes all his miracles utterly meaningless.“
- “The Holy Spirit is not the so-called Third Person of the Trinity.“
- “According to Isaiah 43:11, God alone is our Savior: We don't need or recognize any other saviors.“
- “We are righteous by what we do, not by what we believe. Christianity is the religion of the creed, Judaism the religion of the deed.“
- “Scripture clearly tells us that "to do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice" (Prov. 21:3).“
- “The prophets indicated clearly that God did not care for blood sacrifices. In fact, they practically repudiated the entire sacrificial system, teaching that repentance and prayer were sufficient. The Talmudic rabbis simply affirmed this biblical truth.“
- “Even if I accept your premise that blood sacrifices are of great importance in the Torah, the fact is that our Hebrew Bible including the Torah itself offers other means of atonement, not just the shedding of blood.“
- “According to Proverbs 16:6, love and good deeds make atonement. So who needs sacrifices?“
- “It's clear that you misunderstand the entire sacrificial system. Sacrifices were for unintentional sins only. Repentance was the only remedy for intentional sins.“
- “Even if I accept your arguments about the centrality of blood sacrifices, it only held true while the Temple was standing. The Book of Daniel teaches us that if the Temple has been destroyed and is not functional, prayer replaces sacrifice. In fact, the Book of Ezekiel is even more explicit, telling Jews living in exile and therefore without any access to the Temple, even if it were standing–that repentance and good works are all God requires.“
- “The Book of Jonah shoots down all your arguments about sacrifice and atonement, especially with reference to Gen-tiles. When Jonah preached, the people repented, and God forgave them--no sacrifice, no blood offering.“
- “Even if I admit that we need blood atonement, I still won't believe in Jesus. God wanted the blood of a goat or a lamb, not a person. He doesn't want human sacrifice!“
- “I can't believe the death of Jesus paid for my sins because the Torah teaches that for blood to be effectual, it had to be poured on the altar in a specific way. This obviously does not refer to Jesus.“
- “If the death of Jesus was the fulfillment of the sacrificial system, why do the prophets anticipate sacrifices when the Third Temple is built?“
- “The Christian concept of salvation is contrary to the Hebrew Bible and Jewish tradition. Jews don't need saving.“
- “Jewish people don't need a middleman.“
- “Jews don't believe in original sin or a fall of man. We do not believe the human race is totally sinful.“
- “Jews don't need to repent.“
- “Jews don't believe in a divine Messiah.“
- “Jews don't believe in a suffering Messiah.“
- “Jews don't believe the Messiah will come twice.“
- “Judaism is a healthy religion. Jews don't see the world as intrinsically evil or denounce marriage or call for self-renunciation. Christians, on the other hand, see the world as evil, advocate celibacy, and say, ‘Deny yourself, take up your cross, and suffer.’"
- “Christianity calls on its followers to exhibit unnatural emotions and feelings such as love for their enemies. This is contrary to the Torah as well as human nature.“
- “The only thing that keeps many people in the Christian faith-including Jews--is a fear of hell.“
- “I find much beauty in the teachings of Jesus, and I think there are some good arguments in favor of Christianity. But I find it impossible to believe in a religion that condemns all people to hell--including many moral, good, kind, and sensitive people, not to mention countless millions of religious Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists--simply because they don't believe in Jesus. I can't follow a religion whose God tortures people in flames forever for not believing in someone they never even heard of.“
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