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

Christina Sturgeon

Hi Moses! I found the article “Why Aren’t We Christians” by Rabbi Kaplan helpful in addressing the main reservations Jews have in accepting Jesus/the Christian meta framework. The Christian can easily turn to specific prophesies in the Old Testament that Jesus fulfilled. However, the Jew “refuses to accept the excuse that the major prophecies concerning the Messiah will only be fulfilled in a ‘second coming.'” Further, the Jew does not believe God can be in human-form, for it “diminishes both His unity and His divinity.” As a Christian very familiar with the Christian framework, it’s sometimes hard to see the message from another starting point. Even in writing this, I’m taken aback by the reality that yeah, we believe Jesus is God incarnate and exists eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.