It was this moment in the debate between rabbi Yosef Mizrachi and the poor christian pastor that changed my life forever.
For those of you who don’t bother to watch youtube videos, this is where he quoted Jesus’ sermon on the mount from the Gospel of Matthew:
“Think not that I am come to destroy the Torah, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Torah, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 5:17-19)
I was a devout Lutheran for 30 years. I went to church and had communion and gave tithes and was a good Christian all around. But then I got cancer and started to read the Bible, both the so called Old Testament and the New out of fear of dying. I got interested in Judaism, I wanted to know what the Jews taught and why on earth they rejected Jesus. Everything in Christianity was so plain to me, all the prophets pointed to Jesus, even the Torah pointed clearly to Jesus. Searching the Internet for all things Jewish, I found the above debate. That moment linked above right there, at 12 mins 30 seconds, changed my life. Rabbi Mizrachi asked, after quoting Jesus, why close to 1.5 billion (2.5 billion actually) do not listen to their master. Why do Christians not keep the Sabbath day holy, why do they not eat Kosher and why do they not wear tefillin or tzitzit? The poor christian pastor’s answer got me convinced that the Jewish rabbi was onto something. Listen to the debate, the Christian dude has no idea what to say and makes absolutely no sense.
I then found in a short period of time other verses in the New Testament that all pointed to the Torah. I had read the Bible since childhood, after high school I took one year to study the Bible at a Christian Bible institute. I was serious about the Bible, but had never in my life seen these verses. They were hidden from me. The Sermon on the mount was one of my favourite passages, yet I had never seen what Jesus himself there said about the Torah. That’s because I had a vail over my eyes, as do all Christians. The only way to remove the vail is for you Jews to point Christians to these verses. The other verses were such as these, and this only a small sample:
“Do we then make void the Torah through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the Torah.” (Rom. 3:31)
“Wherefore the Torah is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” (Rom. 7:12)
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (1. Joh. 5:3)
The New Testament was not contradicting the Torah, it was telling you to keep the Torah. This was a huge change for me, the “great” Martin Luther wrote that the Torah was deadly, a huge burden and simply just awful. Luther had zero love for the Torah. I then read psalm 19 which says the Torah is perfect and psalm 119 where the psalmist praises the Torah for 176 verses. I very soon realized that Christianity is a pagan religion which opposes the Torah and that their doctrine contradicts even their own holy Scriptures, the New Testament.
A few years passed and I rejected most doctrines of Christianity, like the trinity. I found it impossible and incompatible with the Torah to believe that Jesus is God and that God is triunal, father and son the holy spirit. I found that the Lutheran doctrine of real presence, that the bread served at communion, called the eucharist, is truly the body of Christ and the the wine is truly the blood of Christ, contradicts the Torah’s commandment of not eating any human meat nor blood. I had to reject that doctrine, that was so dear to all Lutherans.
The whole process took some five years since watching the debate, but at the end of it, I could no longer call myself a Christian, because I rejected the trinity and most of all Christian doctrine. I kept the Shabbat, ate Kosher, wore tefillin and tzitzit and one day looking at the mirror I thoght to myself, that I kinda look like a Jew. I fellowship with the Jews and attend Yeshiva. I have not completed formal conversion yet, but don’t worry, I’ll get there. There is no way I’m going back to Christianity.
The thing you will not like to hear, is that I still follow Jesus of Nazareth, whom I consider to be a Jewish rabbi, the greatest rabbi that ever walked the eart, a great prophet, The Prophet spoken of by Moses, the Son of God and our Lord. But I do not believe him to be God, he is a created being, created in the image of God and the firstborn of all creation (Col. 1:15). He was sent by God to die on the cross for our sins and was resurrected after three days and three nights in the grave. He is our Messiah and our Saviour.
Explain to me, how it is idolatry to follow a Jewish rabbi, the great Jesus of Nazareth? If I follow the Rabbi Mizrachi, is that idolatry? If not, why is following Jesus idolatry according to Mizrachi?
The New Testament is not without it’s problems, I will admit that much. I will get more into that if you care. But here is my challenge to all Jews, show me one verse, just one verse, in the New Testament, that contradicts the Torah? And by contradiction I mean a serious problem, not some petty issue or scribal error. Are you up for my challenge? You all heard the rabbis bash the New Testament. Today close to 2.5 billion people on this planet consider the New Testament to be the word of God. Have you actually read it for yourself and judged with your own ears what it teaches, or you just listened to your rabbi tell you not to bother? All I ask is, read it for yourselves and judge with your own eyes. Don’t believe what the rabbis tell you about the New Testament and certainly don’t believe what the Christians tell you about it, because both camps are dead wrong. If you can’t bother to read for some reason, watch the great show “The Chosen” on Youtube. It’s the best Jesus drama ever, it shows you the real Jewish Messiah. Shalom and peace to ya all!