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

Esther Ellis

Hi everyone!
Yes, there was one difference between Christianity and Judaism that surprised me, and it was that while the biggest question Christians ask about a person is “Are you saved?”, this is not the question that Jews mainly focus on. In one of the articles we read after this class, a Jewish writer was saying how he finds it very weird how Christians are so obsessed with salvation and whether or not a person is saved. He went on to explain that, for the Jew, rather than focusing on salvation, the focus is on what they are doing now in this world to be close to God. This surprised me because I had thought that salvations was the cornerstone of Jewish faith and thinking. However, the Jewish article showed me that Jews put the main focus on the present, on the now, and the fact that they have the ability to draw close to God by obeying His commands.
It was very sad to me, when reading this article, how skewed this man’s thinking is of Christianity and some of the beliefs that Christians should hold (but who don’t always hold). I want him to know that there are many Christians who do believe that the Jews still have a special covenant with God and that we Christians do believe that Jesus upheld the Torah, among other things (or at least that this is what Christians should believe).

– Esther