Are you antisemitic? Of course you’re not, right? You love Jewish people. Of course you do.
But really, ask yourself. Are there aspects of your interpretation of scripture that are antisemitic? We like to say that the Jews just didn’t understand their own scriptures, that their system was defunct. We joke about foolish Israelites. And of course, Jesus did away with the Law. It was really bad.
Take a hard look at the teachings called Christianity. Where do they come from? Almost all Christianity today was birthed from Catholicism or Orthodoxy, which has its birthplace in the Roman empire in the first few centuries AD. The first century of Jesus-followers were almost entirely Jewish, but from the beginning of the second century onward the faith was dominantly gentile.
As explained in C. J. Koster’s Come out of Her My People, in the world at this time there was a move towards monotheism. They were merging all the gods into worship of one god, the sun-god. And there were groups who were merging this sun-god worship with Messianism. Eventually, Emperor Constantine, the Great Compromiser, officially merged the two religions. As part of this move, he declared Sunday to be the day of worship and rest. Anyone caught “Judah-izing”, keeping the Sabbath, would be excommunicated. (See also TorahClass.com)
That is a very brief summary of the book, and does not do it full justice, but the point I want to get across is that the traditions of modern Christianity are founded in sun-god worship and antisemitism. The gentiles hated the Jews, were envious of the Jews, because salvation came through the Jews. We can’t help but be jealous. They’re the chosen people.
The antisemitism and sun-god worship naturally became a part of worship, a part of traditions, a part of translation. An example of translation bias? Translating esteem as glory. Does not the word glory paint images of splendid light, like that coming from the sun? However, in Exodus and 1 Kings we see that Yah’s esteem is manifested in a cloud, not in light.
When we finally started to shed off layers of paganism with the reformation, we were still limited by being so far removed from the Hebrew culture. Even though the scriptures were made accessible to anyone who could read, we could not understand the context within which the text was written.
Further, from that same time period was born Gnosticism, or the belief that the spiritual is more important than the physical. (Pete talks about that here.) Thus it is perfectly reasonable to just interpret scripture in the metaphysical, possibly into an interpretation that makes sense to you?
The result –
A body of believers believes we no longer need to observe and honor the physical aspect of Yahweh’s instructions – the appointed times (feasts and Sabbath), Kosher, who believes that Christians and Jews are separate and that Christians are superior, who believes that you can live the life you want because God loves you and he understands and there’s grace, so you’re okay.
What? Wait, really? Not all Christians believe all of these things, but many believe most if not all of the stated above. But examine yourself, if YHWH didn’t care about us keeping Sabbath and Kosher, why would he give it to the Hebrews in the first place? If God was dissatisfied with the Law and thus gave us a better option, why would He have given it to His people and commanded them “Be perfect as your Father is perfect”? If God wanted us to look like the rest of the world and live in sin, why would He have specially created a set-apart people and taught them how to live in holiness?
I do not think that all modern Christian practices and beliefs are antisemitic, but we must wipe out anything that is! You probably don’t have many practices that are directly antisemitic, but what about your interpretation of scripture? Do you think Paul is Anti-Judaism? I cannot claim to know your heart, anonymous reader, but please ask the Father to reveal any areas of your heart that may be based in these filthy traditions.
Think about it, why do modern Christianity and Judaism look so different? Can you explain your faith in Jesus to a Jewish person in a way that makes sense? We must be able to explain Messiah in a way that makes sense to our Jewish brothers and sisters. If you can’t do that, are you really following the Jewish Messiah? As Pete puts it, Yeshua was a Torah observant, kosher eating, Sabbath keeping, feast observing, tassel wearing Jew. (“Jesus. False Messiah.”)
Where do you stand?