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If Jesus was Jewish, why aren't we all?

Is someone claiming to be Jewish coming from Jerusulem or is being Jewish a religion? I'm confused.

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:50 PM on Oct. 4, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I am Catholic, Jesus was Jewish he came to start the new church.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:55 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • It is my understanding, in that time they all were jewish, it was his birth that split religion. Jewish did not believe he was the son of god, and the other jewish (now christian) believe he was the son of god.. Correct me if I'm wrong ladies but this is how I learned it..

    Answer by midnightmoma at 6:56 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • From a Christian perspective, the idea is that Christianity didn't replace Judiasm - it is the fulfillment of Judiasm. Understanding the Jewish roots of Christianity is very helpful and enriching - but if we all remained Jews we would have remained participants in the Old Covenant that God made with the Isrealites and not participated in the New Covenant that Christ made with us all.

    The question of why we aren't all Jewish is sort of like saying that the English founded the US. We are US citizens, so why aren't we English?

    Christ came to fulfill the Old Law. He is God and chose to found His Church, based on the fulfillment of the Jewish Law. The new has replaced the old. Furthermore, He extended His Church to all people, Jew and Gentile alike. We are Christians, disciples of the Messiah.

    Answer by eringobrough at 7:03 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • That is a very good question and I think I can help shed some light on things for you and others who may be wondering the same thing. Judaism is a religion those who practice this religion are Jewish. Those who are believers or Christians should par-take in some of the Jewish celebrations such as Passover and Sukkot to name a couple. These celebrations are not only for the Jewish but for the believers also. The pastor we have is very diligent to teach us how the Jewish traditions intertwine with us as believers. It is also important to note that the Jews which do not believe Jesus is indeed the Messiah do not acknowledge the New Testament only the Old Testament. Some believers believe the Old Testament only applied to the Israelites (Jews,) and not to believers, however this is not true considering the New Testament is connected to the Old Testament. Hope this helps at least a little.

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    Answer by JoyceTN at 7:08 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • some people only became "christians" after the death of jesus. and they started to worship him as God, son of God. i imagine that a host of them were jewish before hand.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:03 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • We are.. the gentiles were grafted into the Jewish tree.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 8:38 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • Judaism is the oldest monotheistic religion, which means the first documented religion whose followers worship only one god. Because it is such an old religion the history is kind of complicated. Some Jews consider themselves part of the Jewish "nation" and that is part of the reason for the conflict over Israel, some Jews think it should only be for Jews not non-jewish arabs and vice versa. However, there are many different types of Judaism just like Christianity, from very orthodox to very liberal.

    Jesus was born a Jew. He was called the "king of Jews" because he was believed by some to be the Jewish messiah. Those who consider/considered Jesus to be the messiah became "Christians" or followers of Christ. Not every Jewish person believed that Jesus was the messiah, however, and they remained Jews. Jews are still waiting for their messiah.

    Answer by RenaudN at 9:50 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • Jesus was Jewish, but the Jews of today still believe that the Messiah has yet to come. (Messianic Jews believe Jesus is the Messiah, however). CHRISTians are those who believe that Jesus is indeed God's son, the Messiah.

    Answer by missbreezy214 at 10:48 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

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