Why I converted from Christianity to Judaism

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 veil over my eyes, as do all Christians. The only way to remove the veil 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!

Why the Jews rejected Jesus

Why did the Jews reject Jesus? This question has puzzled the Christians for some 2000 years now. And it is embarrasing. So the pagans that knew nothing of the Torah embraced Jesus, while the Jews, who were raised from childhood in the Truth of the Torah decided to reject Jesus? But we should be careful in asking this question, because not all Jews rejected Jesus. The disciples of Jesus and all the apostles and Paul were Jews. In Acts chapter 2 we read how a crowd of 3000 people embraced Jesus in Jerusalem on Shavuot. So clearly not all Jews rejected Jesus. The rejection came about later, when the Church decided that Jews should not be allowed to keep their tradition, if they wanted to be part of the Church. Anti-Semitism quickly got hold of the early church. So we should rather ask, why did the Jews that rejected Jesus reject Jesus?

Since we don’t have a crystal ball, it’s a guess. The Christian explanation usually is that the Jews were looking for a King to deliver them from Roman oppression. So they thought that this man died on the cross for our sins, well that’s nice, but no, we wanted a King, a Son of David to set up an eternal kingdom. That could be the main reason, but we simply have no evidence why 2000 years ago the majority of Jews decided to reject Jesus. The New testament does not give any reason and neither do other writings.

What we can ask however, is why Jews today don’t believe in Jesus. The task is now much easier, all we have to do is ask. Today only 0.3% of Jews follow Jesus as their Messiah. One for Israel gives as their top three:

  1. Anti-Semitism
  2. Replacement theology
  3. Jewish thought

Anti-Semitism is easy enough to undestand. Take a look at what the Church Fathers, the Pope and Martin Luther said about the Jews. Take a look at what many Christians today are saying about the Jews and it is no wonder that the Jews are not interested. This is not the biggest reason why the Jews reject Jesus, but it is a big one. And there is nothing the Church can do about it, we Jews do not forget what you have said about us.

Replacement theology is number two on the One for Israel list. Replacement theology teaches that the Church is the new Israel. All the promises given to Israel in the Bible thus now belong to the Church and the Jewish nation has been done with. All the blessings of the Torah now apply to Christians but the Jews are under a curse. This is a big reason and the Jews are right in rejecting this religion, that teaches that Israel has been replaced by the Church. But there is hope. Today most Christians condemn replacement theology. This is a recent development. Christians see the nation of Israel thriving and they see prophecy being fullfilled. Most sane learned Christians admit that the Church has not replaced Israel. Having said that, there are some that still teach replacement theology, but the overall trend is against it.

The third reason given by One for Israel is a bit vague. Jewish thought means whatever the Jews believe. So what do they believe? They believe in a God that is One, they have a hard time accepting a triunal God and they don’t see from their scriptures and reading of Isaiah 53 that the Messiah should suffer and die for our sins, rather they read that the Messiah will have offspring and live long. These could be legitimate reasons why the Jews today reject Jesus as their Messiah.

So this is what One for Israel believes is the reason Jews reject Jesus. I have found another reason, the real reason, the biggest reason, and it is this:

  1. Antinomianism

The word antinomianism comes from the Greek anti and nomos, meaning against the law. The Christian Church is very confused on this topic. The scholars admit that antinomianism is bad, but yet you find every single teacher teach it. It is the doctrine that says that the law of Moses has been abolished, it does not apply to pagans, nor Jews, in the new covenant. They say things like “Christ is the end of the law”, “We are not under the law”, “We are dead to the law”, “Christ has fullfilled the law”. So the official doctrine is against antinomianism, but in every sermon on Sunday antinoamianism is taught.

I admit I didn’t do a survey of one million Jews to find this as the biggest reason. I read David Klinghoffer’s book Why the Jews rejected Jesus. And in it, he gives antinomianism as the biggest reason, although he doesn’t use that word. Here is what he writes:

“The denial of the covenant with Israel, the commandments from Sinai, surely deserves the honor of being called the hardest thing about Christianity for a Jew to accept.”

“Everything else Christians might argue on behalf of Jesus as Messiah, all other rhetorical points they lodged in their disputations and pamphlets and polemics and apologetics, falls away before this simple fact. No authentic Messiah would inspire a religion that ended up calling upon the Jews to reject the manifest meaning of Sinai. It is really that simple.”

So while this is the opinion of one Jew only, I find similar reasoning among other Jews. The fact that Jesus according to mainstream christianity abolished the law, is a very hard thing for Jews to accept indeed. Hence I’d say it is the biggest reason, why the Jews rejected Jesus.

Jews don’t need to read the New Testament. They look at what Christians are doing. And they are doing horrible things, keeping holy Sunday instead of the Shabbat, eating pork and blood, cutting their beard in pagan fashion and in general breaking every holy commandment of the Torah.

I came to this fate after seeing this you tube video It is a debate between a Jewish rabbi and a Christian pastor and the rabbi totally beats the poor Christian. The one question that opened my eyes and a veil was removed from my heart was this – In Matthew 5:17-19 Jesus says:

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, 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 law, 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.”

The rabbi read these verses and then asked why 1.5 billion Christians do not listen to their master? I googled and searched what Christians had to say about these verses and was totally shocked. They all tried to explain it away, they were saying that Jesus fullfilled the law, hence we don’t have to. The way I read the verses is that Jesus never abolished the law. The law of Moses was never abolished. Once the veil was removed from my heart, several Bible passages came to my mind instantly. I remembered Jeremiah say something about the new covenant:

“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my TORAH in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Jer. 31:33)

According to Jeremiah the prophet thus in the new covenant the Torah is written on our hearts. How is it possible, that it is abolished? It would not make any sense. According to Daniel (Daniel 7:25) the Antichrist will change the laws and the times. Jesus then, if he declared all foods clean, if he changed the Shabbat to Sunday – he is the Antichrist, not the Messiah.

Other passages that came to my mind once the veil was removed were Rom. 3:31, that says we do not make void the law through faith, we establish the law, Rom. 7:12 where Paul says that the Torah is holy, righteous and good and 1. Joh. 5:3 which says that the love of God is keeping his commandments, which are not grevous. These passages are hidden from Christians, because they have a veil over their hearts. Sure, the Bible says Jews have a veil over their hearts, but it does not say that veil is there for all eternity. I have not noticed that the Jews that I have conversed with have a veil over their hearts. But I have seen, that the Christians have a very tight veil over their eyes.

So the biggest reason why the Jews rejected Jesus is the fact that Jesus abolished the Torah, but he did not abolish the Torah! Isn’t this great. Now that you know Jesus never abolished the Torah, there is no reason for you to not accept him as your Messiah. If you decide to follow Jesus, you still get to keep the Shabbat and eat kosher. Fantastic! Amen.