June 7, 2011

Part II- Will the Real Messiah Please Stand Up?

Crazy Christian or
someone with a message?
You decide.
By Francis Nye

Last week I asked the two part question; does Jesus fulfill the 21 signs and requirements of the scripture and does he embody the personal qualifications of the Messiah? I demonstrated with a preponderance of scriptural evidence that Jesus failed the fist part of the question. He failed in most of the 21 signs and requirements of the Messiah. He did not build the 3rdtemple, he did not gather all the Jews of Israel, ect.

Now let’s look at the second part of the question; does Jesus embody the personal qualifications of the Messiah? This too is a scriptural laundry list of things like the first part of the question that will point to the true Messiah. The Messiah must be a prophet, a descendant of David, and he must lead the people in Torah observance.

Let’s look at these one by one. First Jesus was not a prophet. According to scripture prophecy can only exist in Israel when the land is inhabited by a majority of world Jewry. During the time of Ezra (circa 300 BCE), when the majority of Jews refused to move from Babylon to Israel, prophecy ended upon the death of the last prophets -- Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. Jesus appeared on the scene approximately 350 years after prophecy had ended.

Next the Messiah must be descended on his father's side from King David (see Genesis 49:10 and Isaiah 11:1). According to the Christian claim that Jesus was the product of a virgin birth, he had no father -- and thus could not have possibly fulfilled the messianic requirement of being descended on his father's side from King David!

Finally, the Messiah will lead the Jewish people to full Torah observance. The Torah states that all mitzvot remain binding forever, and anyone coming to change the Torah is immediately identified as a false prophet. (Deut. 13:1-4) I personally think that Jesus fulfills this prophesies and that it was St. Paul that puts a spin on Jesus message not to follow the Torah. This however is a topic for another post. So because of this we now have throughout the New Testament, Jesus contradicting the Torah and stating that its commandments are no longer applicable. (see John 1:45 and 9:16, Acts 3:22 and 7:37).

It is also interesting to point out some of the mistranslations referring to Jesus and the Messiah. Biblical verses can only be understood by studying the original Hebrew text -- which reveals many discrepancies in the Christian translation. Which is not uncommon, the bible is riddled with mistranslations and contradictions as I have demonstrated in previous posts and will continue to demonstrate in future posts as well.

First there is the so called virgin birth. The Christian idea of a virgin birth is derived from the verse in Isaiah 7:14 describing an "alma" as giving birth. The word "alma" has always meant a young woman, but Christian theologians came centuries later and translated it as "virgin." This accords Jesus' birth with the first century pagan idea of mortals being impregnated by gods. Greek gods like Zeus where notorious for impregnating mortal women. This idea has been around a long time before the time of the biblical authors.

Then there is the crucifixion. The verse in Psalms 22:17 reads: "Like a lion, they are at my hands and feet." The Hebrew word ki-ari (like a lion) is grammatically similar to the word "gouged." Thus Christianity reads the verse as a reference to crucifixion: "They pierced my hands and feet."

Finally there is the suffering servant. Christianity claims that Isaiah chapter 53 refers to Jesus, as the "suffering servant." In actuality, Isaiah 53 directly follows the theme of chapter 52, describing the exile and redemption of the Jewish people. The prophecies are written in the singular form because the Jews ("Israel") are regarded as one unit. The Torah is filled with examples of the Jewish nation referred to with a singular pronoun.

Ironically, Isaiah's prophecies of persecution refer in part to the 11thcentury when Jews were tortured and killed by Crusaders who acted in the name of Jesus. From where did these mistranslations stem? Gregory, a 4th century Bishop of Nanianzus, wrote: "A little jargon is all that is necessary to impose on the people. The less they comprehend, the more they admire."

Then there is the question of Jesus and his miracles. Judaism, unique among all of the world's major religions, does not rely on "claims of miracles" as the basis for its religion. In fact, the Bible says that God sometimes grants the power of "miracles" to charlatans, in order to test Jewish loyalty to the Torah (Deut. 13:4).

Maimonides states (Foundations of Torah, ch. 8):

The Jews did not believe in Moses, our teacher, because of the miracles he performed. Whenever anyone's belief is based on seeing miracles, he has lingering doubts, because it is possible the miracles were performed through magic or sorcery. All of the miracles performed by Moses in the desert were because they were necessary, and not as proof of his prophecy.

What then was the basis of Jewish belief? The Revelation at Mount Sinai, which we saw with our own eyes and heard with our own ears, not dependent on the testimony of others... as it says, "Face to face, God spoke with you..." The Torah also states: "God did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us -- who are all here alive today." (Deut. 5:3)

Judaism in which the Messiah concept is derived is not miracles. It is the personal eyewitness experience of every man, woman and child, standing at Mount Sinai3,300 years ago. One only has to read the scriptures to see this.

It amazes me how many Christians have asked me if I have read the bible when they find out that I don’t believe Jesus is the Messiah. I am simply stupefied by how many Christians do not understand what they have read in the bible or how they fail to connect the dots. If they did they would not ask me such a ridiculous question. I think most of them check their brains at the door and take at face value what they are taught in church on Sundays, forgoing the effort it takes to verify what they are told. It is just simply laziness. It is people’s laziness to take things at face value that makes religion such a terrible and dangerous concept. This is why it is so easy for good people to be convinced to do such bad things. Ω TRT

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