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Reply To: Did any of the similarities or differences between Christian and Jewish theology surprise you? If so, which/why?

Sarah Weiskopf

The main difference that surprised me between the Christian and Jewish faiths were that the Jewish people do not believe that their Messiah will be God. I grew up knowing a couple Jewish friends and knowing that they celebrated different holidays than I did and that their Messiah had not come yet. However, I assumed that the Messiah that they believed in would be almost identical to the Messiah, Jesus, that I believe in.

It’s interesting because I believe the only one who could save me from my sin would be God, not a Messiah who was simply human or a prophet or an “age” like the Modernists believe. I’m curious to know if their Messiah would be glorified and praised more than their Father God (and our God), or if they would be equal in power & holiness. I absolutely have loved learning about this topic & I love how there are quite a few similarities between our faiths as well, because of the Old Testament that we both have a foundation on. Although Christians have the New Testament, the Bible is one story and the OT has a huge role to play in understanding the character of God and His son as well.