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Why Do Some Jews Accept Jesus As Their Messiah?
Through a study started in 2015, we have thus far found, without exception, why some Jews accept Jesus:
- hardly any non-religious Jews have read the Torah for themselves and know what it says.
- No Jews who really know the Torah, will ever accept any false belief/religion as truth.
- Non-religious/secular Jews are thus also the most vulnerable to be proselytized, because of their lack of Torah knowledge.
- Jews are not told which verses in Torah speak against believing in Jesus as the Messiah.
- Many are afraid to talk about their search for truth due to fear of expulsion by their community.
- They therefore keep quiet and try to find the answers themselves which can prove quite difficult.
- Meanwhile the Christians keep telling them their misrepresentation of the truth and because the secular Jew is not familiar with the Scriptures, they eventually fall prey to the proselytizer.
Although many Rabbis know the Torah very well, they don’t necessarily know how to refute Christian apologists and missionaries with verses from Tanakh. So when Jews go to their Rabbi in search of answers, and their Rabbi is unable to give them solid Scriptural facts, they too become very vulnerable to be Christianized.
This information is written for the sole purpose of assisting Jews to stand tall against Christians, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Catholics or Messianics (or any other religion for that matter) and to easily refute their indoctrinations with a smile.
Christians call their messiah “Jesus” and Messianics mostly call their’s “Yahshua”, “Yeshua”, “Yahushua”, “Yahshu”. So if we refer in this writing to “Jesus”, it includes all the other forms that they use as well.
All you need to know is the right questions and a handful of irrefutable verses.
What is the Tanakh?
The Tanakh (Torah, Prophets and Writings), is known by Christians as the “OLD Testament”. Most Christians don’t know that the first 5 books of Mosheh (Moses) is called the Torah. Additionally, very few people realize that the Torah is a LAW Book.
When is a law book needed and used? Mostly in a court case.
Why have we been given a law book? There is a court case (or judgement) approaching for each of us.
How do we know that there’s a court case (or judgement) approaching? It says so in:
Yechezki’el (Ezekiel) 20:35 “And I shall bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and shall enter into judgment with you face to face there.
Divrey Ha’Yamim Alef (1Chronicles) 16:33 Let the trees of the forest then sing before [Hashem], for He shall come to judge the earth.
Tehillim (Psalms) 67:4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You judge the peoples uprightly, and lead the nations on earth. Selah.
Tehillim (Psalms) 82:8 Arise, O Elohim, judge the earth, for You shall possess all the nations.
Tehillim (Psalms) 94:2 Raise Yourself up, O Judge of the earth; render punishment to the proud.
Tehillim (Psalms) 96:13 … At the presence of [Hashem]. For He shall come, for He shall come to judge the earth. He judges the world in righteousness, and the peoples with His truth.
Tehillim (Psalms) 98:9 For He shall come to judge the earth. He judges the world in righteousness, and the people in straightness.
Melachim Alef (1Kings) 8:32 Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.
Thus, we know that judgement is iminent!
What does [Hashem] require from us?
Obedience, trust, righteousness, straightness, uprightness, as it is stated in the verses above and below.
What will we be judged on?
Our obedience to [Hashem], trust in [Hashem], righteousness, wickedness, straightness, uprightness, and pride, as it is stated in the verses above and below.
Melachim Bet (2Kings) 17:14 But they did not listen and hardened their necks, like the necks of their fathers, who did not put their trust in [Hashem] their Elohim,
Tehillim (Psalms) 106:25 And they grumbled in their tents, They did not listen to the voice of [Hashem].
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 25:7 “But you did not listen to Me,” declares [Hashem], “so as to provoke Me with the works of your hands, for your own evil.
Now for the one answer to any missionary statement regarding their religion:
“There is NO REQUIREMENT from [Hashem] to trust or believe in anyone else.”
Knowing these most valuable facts, make it so easy to send a missionary on his way rethinking his own religion instead of proselytizing.
No matter what they say, stick to the following verses and questions and don’t fall for their rhetoric. They are going to try to get you distracted, because they won’t have an answer against these questions and scriptures, therefore they will come with what they call “shadow pictures” and analogies, trying to show how prophecies from the Tanakh were “fulfilled”, and how the “Old Testament” supposedly points toward their “New Testament” etc.
BUT: Whatever question they may ask you or whatever they tell you regarding Jesus, answer with any or all of these fundamental verses that refute the existence of a dual or triune Creator. The fact is that there is none other but [Hashem] only. “Shema Yisra’ěl, [Hashem] Eloheinu, [Hashem] echad!”
Allways ask them first: Do you believe that the Bible is the infallable word of [Hashem]?
99% of the time the answer will be yes. If not, there is no further reason to talk to them because in effect they are rejecting their own religion too.
Next question: Who is the Highest Authority? (Don’t get into arguments regarding the “Son” and the “Holy Spirit”.) No matter what they answer (although they should answer that [Hashem] is their highest authority, continue with the following verses which will answer this question and refute their doctrine which brings into doubt their belief in the infallable word of [Hashem].
Give them the following Scriptures:
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 42:8 “I am [Hashem], that is My Name, and My esteem I do not give to another, nor My praise to idols.
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 4:35 “You have been shown it, to know that [Hashem] Himself is Elohim; there is no one beside Him.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 43:11 “I, I am [Hashem], and besides Me there is no saviour.
Hosea 13:4 “But I am [Hashem] your Elohim since the land of Mitsrayim, and an Elohim besides Me you shall not know, for there is no Saviour besides Me.
Shemot (Exodus) 9:14 “….there is no one like Me in all the earth.”
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 45:21 “Declare and bring near, let them even take counsel together. Who has announced this from of old? Who has declared it from that time? Is it not I, [Hashem]? And there is no mighty one besides Me, a righteous Ěl and a Saviour, there is none besides Me.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 45:22 “Turn to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am Ěl, and there is none else.
Shemu’el Bet (2Samuel) 7:22 … For there is none like You, and there is no Elohim but You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
Divrey Ha’Yamim Alef (1Chronicles) 17:20 “O [Hashem], there is none like You, nor is there any Elohim besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 45:5 ‘I am [Hashem], and there is none else – there is no Elohim besides Me. I gird you, though you have not known Me,
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 45:18 For thus said [Hashem], Creator of the heavens, He is Elohim, Former of earth and its Maker, He established it, He did not create it to be empty, He formed it to be inhabited: “I am [Hashem], and there is none else.”
Now ask them this question:
Are all the verses above lies or truth?
“Even if those were all lies, ‘chas ve chalilah’ ([Hashem] forbid!), where in the Torah or Tanakh does [Hashem] state any requirement for us regarding Jesus – even if he was a messiah, or even if he died for our sins?”
The following verses prove that [Hashem] alone forgives sins and no one can die for the sins of another. But even so, even if they try to show otherwise, there is still NO REQUIREMENT from [Hashem] to follow, venerate or deify anyone except Himself as seen in the verses above. Thus, always return any of their arguments to the verses above and to the question of requirement and you’re on the home run!
They will likely quote scriptures from their “Bible”, which they call the “New Testament”, where Jesus says that if one doesn’t believe in him, one would not be saved, or that one can’t pray to “the Father” ([Hashem]) without praying in his (Jesus’) name, etc. But the mistake Christians make is that they try to prove their Bible (the “New Testament”), by using their Bible (the “New Testament”)! If there is going to be a court case (as seen from the scriptures above), and [Hashem] is going to be the Judge, then we better be sure to do what [Hashem] has commanded us, not what anybody else is saying! And what is the catchphrase that you should know by now? ☺ That nowhere in the Tanakh do we find any requirement to believe in anybody except in [Hashem] alone! Re-visit the verses above if they try and tell you that you don’t understand. (It is a nasty trick of theirs to make them look like learned ones and that you are just stupid.) I usually use this phrase “which part of ‘NO ONE BESIDE ME‘ do you not understand?” and “How many times must [Hashem] say it before you believe it?”
No matter what they say, no matter what argument they come with, no matter what scriptures they quote, just keep on reiterating that there is no sense in discussing anything regarding Jesus, if the requirement to serve him or to believe in him is non-existent in the LAW (Torah), because it will not stand in the coming court case where Torah will be the measuring rod.
Here are only a few of the scriptures that says that [Hashem] is the one who forgives sins:
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 31:34 “And no longer shall they teach, each one his neighbour, and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know [Hashem],’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares [Hashem]. “For I shall forgive their crookedness, and remember their sin no more.”
Michah (Micah) 7:18 Who is an Ěl like You – taking away crookedness and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? He shall not retain His wrath forever, for He Himself delights in kindness.
Divrey Ha’Yamim Bet (2Chronicles) 7:13-14 – “If I shut up the shamayim and there is no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people upon whom My Name is called, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I shall hear from the shamayim and forgive their sin and heal their land. > Note that no offerings are required to receive forgiveness! Christians would sometimes try to say that because the Heychal (Temple) was destroyed and no offerings can be done at the moment, is the reason why Jesus had to die for our sins. But as we can see from this scripture, [Hashem] Himself is speaking here, and according to HIM, there is thus no requirement for an offering in order to be forgiven from our sins! So their argument does not stand up to scrutiny. (And this is only one of similar scriptures! But since this is [Hashem] Himself speaking – we don’t need any other scriptures.)
Tehillim (Psalms) 103:2-14 Bless [Hashem], O my being, and do not forget all His dealings, 3Who forgives all your crookednesses, Who heals all your diseases, 4Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with kindness and compassion, 5Who satisfies your desire with the good, Your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6[Hashem] is doing righteousness and right-ruling for all the oppressed. 7He made known His ways to Mosheh, His acts to the children of Yisra’ĕl. 8[Hashem] is compassionate and showing favour, patient, and great in kindness. 9He does not always strive, nor maintain it forever. 10He has not done to us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our crookednesses. 11For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His kindness toward those who fear Him; 12As far as east is from west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13As a father has compassion for his children, so [Hashem] has compassion for those who fear Him. 14For He knows how we are made; He remembers that we are dust. (Christians often portray [Hashem] as a tyrant, ‘chas ve chalilah’, and their Jesus as the loving and compassionate one that had to come to shield us from the tyrant’s wrath. Yet, here we clearly see [Hashem’s] immense love, patience, kindness and compassion (for those who fear and obey Him though!) – far from the tyrant that they portray Him to be.)
What does Christianity teach? Some branches of Christianity believe that [Hashem] came down in human form, named Jesus, to be put to death for your sins. Or, some others teach that [Hashem] had a son, which was named Jesus (or various Hebrew versions), and that [Hashem] had sent Jesus to die for the sins of the people. Is this not opposing 100% that which is written in the Scriptures? Let’s see:
Yechezki’el (Ezekiel) 18:20-21 “The being who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the crookedness of the father, nor the father bear the crookedness of the son. The righteousness of the righteous is upon himself, and the wrongness of the wrong is upon himself. 21“But the wrong, if he turns from all his sins which he has done, and he shall guard all My laws, and shall do right-ruling and righteousness, he shall certainly live, he shall not die.
Yechezki’el (Ezekiel) 18:22-24 22“All the transgressions which he has done shall not be remembered against him – in his righteousness that he has done, he shall live. 23“Have I any pleasure in the death of the wrong?” declares the Master [Hashem]. “Is it not that he should turn from his ways, and live? 24“But when a righteous one turns away from his righteousness and does unrighteousness, according to all the abominations that the wrong one has done, shall he live? All his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered. For his trespass which he has committed, and for his sin which he has committed, for them he shall die.
Melachim Bet (2Kings) 14:6 But he did not put to death the children of the murderers, according to what is written in the Book of the Torah of Mosheh, in which [Hashem] commanded, saying, “Fathers are not put to death for the children, and children are not put to death for the fathers, but each one is put to death for his own sin.”
Divrey Ha’Yamim Bet (2Chronicles) 25:4 But he did not put their children to death, but did as it is written in the Torah in the Book of Mosheh, where [Hashem] commanded, saying, “Fathers are not put to death for their children, and children are not put to death for their fathers, but each one has to die for his own sin.”
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 24:16 “Fathers are not put to death for their children, and children are not put to death for their fathers, each is to die for his own sin.
Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 23:19 “Ěl is not a man, to lie; nor a son of man, to repent!
So we see that what they teach is not according to Scripture. But even so… there is still NO REQUIREMENT from [Hashem] to follow, venerate or deify anyone except Himself for He, [Hashem] ALONE is our Rock, Redeemer, Saviour and everlasting Sovereign, as it is written:
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 4:39 “And you shall know today, and shall recall to your heart that [Hashem] Himself is Elohim in the heavens above and on the earth beneath; there is none else.
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 10:10 But [Hashem] is truly Elohim. He is the living Elohim and the everlasting Sovereign. At His wrath the earth shakes, and nations are unable to stand His displeasure.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 44:24 Thus said [Hashem], your Redeemer, and He who formed you from the womb, “I am [Hashem], doing all, stretching out the heavens all alone, spreading out the earth, with none beside Me,
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 44:6 “Thus said [Hashem], Sovereign of Yisra’ĕl, and his (Yisra’ĕl’s) Redeemer, [Hashem] of hosts, ‘I am the First and I am the Last, besides Me there is no Elohim.’
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 41:4 “Who has performed and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? ‘I, [Hashem], am the first, and with the last I am He.’ ”
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 48:12 “Listen to Me, O Yaʽaqoḇ, and Yisra’ĕl, My called: I am He, I am the First, I am also the Last.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 59:20 And the Redeemer comes to Zion, and to those in Jacob who turn back from their rebellion, declares [Hashem].
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 50:34 Their Redeemer, is strong, [Hashem] of Hosts is His name. Surely He shall plead their cause, so that He may give rest to the land, and make to tremble the dwellers of Babylon.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 60:16 “… And you shall know that I, [Hashem], your Saviour and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ.
Tehillim (Psalms) 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing before You, O [Hashem], my Rock and my Redeemer.
…But even so, there is still NO REQUIREMENT from [Hashem] in the LAW BOOK to follow, venerate or deify anyone except only Himself. In a court case, if it is not written in the LAW, there is NO BINDING REQUIREMENT.
If [Hashem] so clearly and more than 40 times, without doubt say that “HE, [Hashem], alone” is the Redeemer and that there is “none beside Him” – there should at the very least have been a similarly clear requirement if we were to believe in Jesus! But there is no such requirement!
Also note that many of the English translations add Capital Letters to make it look like it is a prophecy that refers to Jesus, but we know that there are no Capital Letters in the Hebrew! Don’t read anything into the verses which is not clearly written there!
In case they come up with the following verse, which (some) Christians believe is a “hint” that is referring to Jesus:
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 18:19 ‘And it shall be, the man who does not listen to My Words which He speaks in My Name, I require it of him.
… just read the whole section from verse 14 to 22 to them …
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 18:14-22 14for these nations whom you are possessing do listen to those using magic and to diviners. But as for you, [Hashem] your Elohim has not appointed such for you. 15“[Hashem] your Elohim shall raise up for you a prophet like me (Mosheh/Moses) from your midst, from your brothers. Listen to him, 16according to all you asked of [Hashem] your Elohim in Ḥorěḇ in the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of [Hashem] my Elohim, nor let me see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17“And [Hashem] said to me, ‘What they have spoken is good. 18‘I shall raise up for them a prophet like you out of the midst of their brothers. And I shall put My Words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19‘And it shall be, the man who does not listen to My Words which he speaks in My Name, I require it of him. 20‘But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My Name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other mighty ones, even that prophet shall die.’ 21“And when you say in your heart, ‘How do we know the word which [Hashem] has not spoken?’ – 22when the prophet speaks in the Name of [Hashem] and the word is not, or comes not, that is the word which [Hashem] has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.
(Note that the end of verse 22 above it states “Do not be afraid of him.” – thus, we do not need to be afraid of their Jesus, neither believe in their Jesus – as long as we stay true to what [Hashem], the Judge, requires of us, we are fine!)
… and then list the following things that Jesus “prophesied” that never came true and, regardless whether he was a prophet or not, he died at a young age too.
Here are the words of Jesus which didn’t come true:
Mark 13:30, Matthew 24:34, Matthew 16:28, Matthew 10:23, Matthew 23:36, Mark 9:1, Luke 21:32, Matthew 26:64
Mark 13:29-31 29“So you also, when you see these taking place, know that it is near, at the door. 30“Truly, I say to you, this generation shall by no means pass away till all this takes place. 31“The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but My words shall by no means pass away.
Matthew 24:33-35 33“So you also, when you see all these, know that He is near, at the doors. 34“Truly, I say to you, this generation shall by no means pass away until all this takes place. 35“The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but My words shall by no means pass away. > Now, “that generation” has been buried around 2000 years ago. However even if they try to give an explanation of what “that generation” could mean (other than “that generation”) there is still NO REQUIREMENT from [Hashem] in the LAW BOOK to follow, venerate or deify anyone except Himself. In a court case, if it is not written in the LAW, there is NO BINDING REQUIREMENT.
Matthew 16:28 “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death at all until they see the Son of Aḏam coming in His reign.
Matthew 10:23 “And when they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For truly, I say to you, you shall by no means have gone through the cities of Yisra’ĕl before the Son of Aḏam comes. > So how many cities are there in Israel? And they haven’t been able to go through all of them yet in 2000 years? However, even if Israel is bigger than we thought and even if they haven’t yet gone through all its cities, there is still NO REQUIREMENT from [Hashem] in the LAW BOOK to follow, venerate or deify anyone except Himself. In a court case, if it is not written in the LAW, there is NO BINDING REQUIREMENT.
Matthew 23:36 “Truly, I say to you, all this shall come upon this generation.
Mark 9:1 And He said to them, “Truly, I say to you that there are some standing here who shall not taste of death at all until they see the reign of Elohim having come in power.
Luke 21:32 “Truly, I say to you, this generation shall by no means pass away till all shall have taken place.”
In the following verse, Jesus speaks to Kayaphas: Matthew 26:64 Yahshua/Jesus said to him, “You have said it. Besides I say to you, from now you shall see the Son of Aḏam sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of the heaven.” > We have to ask the question: If Kayaphas were to see him coming on the clouds of heaven… That prophecycannot happen enymore because Kayaphas is long dead – he lived from (approximately) 18 BCE to 36 CE. To get out of this dilemma, Christians sometimes will come with an argument that there will be a “second coming and then Kayaphas will see him”. (Yeah right eh?) Although their “second coming” theory is not supported in Scriptures, let’s suppose even if all of this may have been true, then there is still NO REQUIREMENT from [Hashem] in the LAW BOOK to follow, venerate or deify anyone except Himself. In a court case, if it is not written in the LAW, there is NO BINDING REQUIREMENT.
Dear Chavarim (Friends) – do you get the picture? There is no need to get into ANY argument or to try to defend the Truth or to reprove anything, if they can’t even get past the first step, the foundation, namely a clear requirement by [Hashem]!
Another thing that we would like to address is Christmas. We are very concerned that more and more Jews are accepting this pagan practise or changing Chanukah to become like Christmas. About this practise it is written in:
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 10:2-6 2Thus said [Hashem], “Do not learn the way of the gentiles,1 and do not be awed by the signs of the heavens, for the gentiles are awed by them.2 3“For the prescribed customs of these peoples are worthless, for one cuts a tree from the forest, work for the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. 4“They adorn it with silver and gold, they fasten it with nails and hammers so that it does not topple. 5“They are like a rounded post, and they do not speak. They have to be carried, because they do not walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they do no evil, nor is it in them to do any good.” 6There is none like You, O [Hashem]. You are great, and great is Your Name in might. Footnotes: 1Lev. 18:3, Dt. 12:30 & 18:9, Ezek. 11:12 & 20:32, 2Dt. 4:19 & 17:3.
Historians put the writing of Jeremiah 10 down to approximately the year 627 BCE, which is long before the Christians even existed! It is a purely pagan practise that the Christians adopted. And we know that [Hashem] warns us not to do as the heathen/pagans do:
Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 20:23 And do not walk in the laws of the nation which I am driving out before you, for they do all these, and therefore I loathed them.
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 12:30 … guard yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire about their mighty ones, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their mighty ones? And let me do so too.’
Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 18:3 Do not do as they do in the land of Mitsrayim, where you dwelt. And do not do as they do in the land of Kena’an, where I am bringing you, and do not walk in their laws.
Yechezki’el (Ezekiel) 11:12 And you shall know that I am [Hashem], for you have not walked in My Laws nor executed My Right-Rulings, but have done according to the rulings of the gentiles which are all around you.
Yechezki’el (Ezekiel) 20:32 And what comes up in your spirit shall never be, when you say, ‘Let us be like the gentiles, like the tribes in other lands, serving wood and stone.’
There is one more reason why Jews often get lured into Christianity which we didn’t discuss in the reasons given at the beginning, and that is:
Love and kindness toward each other. Many Christians really have a way to be extremely kind and loving, extremely welcoming, warm and tolerant towards other people, no matter what your background or your religion, they will love and accept you as if you are one of them, and that is often why Jews are drawn to them, which is actually VERY SAD, since we are instructed in Wayyiqra by [Hashem] to love each other, the same and more than the Christians do!
Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 19:18 Do not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the children of your people. And you shall love your neighbour as yourself. I am [Hashem].
At one time, we were Christians too (although we never proselytized Jews!), and we are extremely thankful to both the religious and non religious Jews who accepted us, who were kind and loving to us, who invited us into their homes, who gave us accommodation, who went out of their way to show us around, who invited us for a meal, who invited us for Shabbat dinner, who accompanied us to see places of interest, who explained customs and rituals, who fetched us at the train station, who insisted to drop us off at the airport even though it meant nearly a 200 km drive to them, who shared recipes with us, who accepted us as friends, who kept contact with us and made us feel loved and welcome … one Medical Doctor even offered to sign for us at the Bank, should we wish to buy property in Israel! Through the unconditional love and kindness shown to us, together with many hours of study of the Scriptures (Tanakh) and the favour of [Hashem], we gradually started to see that Christianity is just another pagan religion!
Therefore, please remember that you don’t have to drop your standards and convictions, in order to be kind to another person – but that your kindness indeed can keep a fellow Jew from falling prey to a proselytizing Christian!
Smile. Be friendly. It costs nothing! I can still clearly remember the day that we were walking down Shivtei Israel Street in Jerusalem and an Orthodox person smiled at us! I nearly tripped over my own feet! I could hardly believe that an Orthodox Jew were smiling at us, that he was actually expressing a little bit of friendliness toward us; or the day that we visited a park and an Orthodox couple walked past and he said “Shalom!” We were dumbstruck! How sad is that?! It should be a common practise!
And now I can hear you asking “But what if the person I invite or become friendly with, turns out to be a Christian in disguise who tries to proselytize me?”, and that is a very valid question. But do you still remember the catchphrase above? ☺ There is no requirement by [Hashem] to believe in any other than Him alone! Stand firm in your beliefs, remain faithful to [Hashem], don’t waver one bit from that, but “love your neighbour as yourself” too, as commanded in Wayyiqra. Everytime that your new friend tries to proselytize you, tell them that there is no requirement and that you prefer to be loyal to only [Hashem] and that you love them as a friend, but that you love [Hashem] more than them, and therefore you will only obey what [Hashem] requires of you. (According to Wayyiqra 19:18 [Hashem] requires you to love them, but obey only Him.)
You can also explain that you respect them and they are welcome to believe whatever they want and that you won’t try to proselytize them, but that you in return expect them to respect you too and therefore you expect that they won’t try to proselytize you, since you see no requirement by [Hashem] in the Tanakh to believe as they do, and that you expect them to honour and respect your view. Do not be afraid to make your conditions clear, if you have to. They don’t have to accept your friendship if they don’t like your conditions, but you might be surprised how many will be all too thankful to accept your friendship, even on your conditions!
If you smile and look friendly and approachable, people may take the courage to ask you when they have a question. “But what if I don’t know the answer to their questions?”, you may ask. If it is anything relating to another religion, remain friendly and tell them… ☺ that there is no requirement by [Hashem] to believe in any other than Him alone! If they keep pressing, keep smiling and tell them to go study the Tanakh properly. Don’t get involved in an argument – you’ve got the truth, they are the ones that are indoctrinated, misguided and misinformed. A good answer to give them is: “You may interpret it in your own way, but that is not what is written in Scripture.”
But if they seem to really want an answer and are not just trying to argue, but have asked the question in sincere interest, give them a few of the scriptures as quoted above and tell them to go study it. If it is a question to which you don’t have an answer, tell them that you will just confirm the facts and will get back to them. Remember that your friendliness may bring another Jew back to [Hashem].
We were very saddened to hear from Jews who accepted Christianity, that they felt unwelcome in their synagogue, that they never got invited for Shabbat, that they were hardly greeted by their fellow Jews… and then these “friendly and kind Christians” came along… What a sad testimony that is! May [Hashem] help us!
We have given you only the very basic (but fundamental) information that you need to know, but if you want additional information on refuting Christianity’s reasons, with reasons why Jews don’t believe and should not believe in Jesus, you can find more information at the following sources:
Rabbi Tovia Singer – Outreach Judaism – You can watch his videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/ToviaSinger1/videos or on www.ToviaSinger.tv You can also go to his website at www.OutreachJudaism.org Rabbi Singer has written a book – which is so thick that it had to be published in two volumes! – that answers just about all the Christian charges against Judaism! He also has a 24 part Audio Series called “Let’s Get Biblical” in which he discusses this topic.
Jews for Judaism – Rabbi Michael Skobac – You can watch his videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/JewsforJudaismCanada/videos or visit his website at https://JewsForJudaism.org/
Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi – Divine Information – You can watch his videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/torahandscience/videos or go to his website at www.DivineInformation.com
On www.missionarynightmare.com there are also other information which you could refer Christians to, to help them see Christianity for what it is.
May the berachah (blessing) of [Hashem] be upon you!