A.J. Castellitto believes Conservative Jews Need to Believe in Jesus

In an article on The Western Center for Journalism the Author A.J. Castellitto tries to make the case that Jesus is the Messiah and that Conservative Jews need to believe in Him. The following is my response to him.

A.J. Castellitto,

I can speak to the prophetic verses but for now I will only say the following: Most all of these “prophecies” you reference are misquotes, mistranslations, misunderstanding or misappropriations of Scripture.

I actually wrote a book about this subject and the New Testament’s claim that Jesus was the Messiah.

I was a committed Christian. I once believed as you do now. But on a real examination of the Tanakh or what the Christians call the “Old Testament,” I found that I was gravely mistaken. You can read my book for free here… http://www.leavingjesus.net/book
or order it here…. http://www.leavingjesus.net/LeavingJ/

I challenge all Christians, Messianics and A.J.Castellitto to show me one Scripture in the Old Testament that clearly teaches that when the Messiah comes that we are to believe in him and/or his sacrifice and/or resurrection for forgiveness of sins and/or eternal life. Show me one Scripture that teaches Jews to believe in any messiah for anything. The Hebrew word for messiah appears only 39 times in all of the Tanakh and only a portion of those uses are found in the Torah.

We have Scripture that details just about every detail of how a Jew is to regulate their relationship with God and their fellow man. There are details about what to do with mold in your house and how to treat your neighbor’s animal if you find it wandering in your field. Surely, the commandment to believe in the Messiah must be counted among these important commandments so the Jew could understand and perform the act. This commandment would be listed among the most important without doubt.

Keep in mind that we have God’s word that the Torah (Genesis – Deuteronomy) is the basis for a Jew’s relationship with the Creator. So this should make it a easy task knowing that one would only have to search in those books for your answer to this challenge.

If God were going to hold a Jew accountable for not doing this and send them careening into hell then he must have commanded them to believe in Jesus in clear unmistakable language. Would a loving God do anything other than that?

You teach that the Jew is condemned for “not believing,” so you should be able to tell a Jew where this is in his Scriptures before you command him to do it.

James Wood Jr.
Author of Leaving Jesus

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3 Responses to A.J. Castellitto believes Conservative Jews Need to Believe in Jesus

  1. Andrew says:

    “I was beholding in visions of the night, and, hinei, one like a Bar Enosh (1) came with the clouds of Shomayim, and came to the Atik Yomin (2), and before Him He was brought. And there was given Him (3) dominion, and honor, and sovereignty, that all people, Goyim, tongues, should pay-lammed-chet (4) Him (5). His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His (6) Kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”

    Dan 7:14 Orthodox Jewish Bible, including capitalization and parenthetical notes:
    (1): Ben Adam, i.e., Moshiach
    (2): Ancient of Days, i.e., Hashem
    (3): Moshiach
    (4): see Dan 3:12, serve, reverence as deity
    (5): Moshiach
    (6): Messianic

    In response to: “If God were going to hold a Jew accountable for not doing this and send them careening into hell then he must have commanded them to believe in Jesus in clear unmistakable language. Would a loving God do anything other than that?”

    Did He not say to Isaiah:

    “Go, and say to this people:
    “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
    keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
    Make the heart of this people dull,
    and their ears heavy,
    and blind their eyes;
    lest they see with their eyes,
    and hear with their ears,
    and understand with their hearts,
    and turn and be healed.”

    It appears that in His wisdom He has for some left the ability to deny that which he has given for others to see clearly and unmistakably. But men are not condemned to “hell” for lack of faith in Jesus, but to destruction for transgression of the law, it is written: “but the transgressors shall be destroyed together; their future shall be cut off.”

    The psalmist also says, “the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish,” and:

    “Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
    teach me your paths.
    Lead me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all the day long.

    Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
    for they have been from of old.
    Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
    according to your steadfast love remember me,
    for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!”

    But if the Torah is the sufficient way to righteousness, why does the psalmist require the way and the truth from the God of his salvation? Because salvation from God had not yet come, indeed he says: “for you I wait all the day long,” and what does a man wait for except that which he does not yet have? The LORD said to Habakkuk:

    “For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
    it speaks of the end
    and will not prove false.
    Though it linger, wait for it;
    it will certainly come
    and will not delay.”

    Yes, it is good to meditate on the Law, but it is also written, “the righteous shall live by his faith,” not “the righteous shall live by the law.” At Mount Ebal the sons of Abraham took upon themselves curses; after each one was proclaimed, all the people answered and said, “Amen,” and the curses that they took upon themselves were terrible, and their condition was that all of the laws and statutes and precepts should be followed.

    But the law was not good for them, and life can not come through the law! As God spoke through Ezekiel:

    “Moreover, I gave them statutes that were not good and laws by which they could not have life, and I defiled them through their very gifts in their offering up all their firstborn, that I might devastate them. I did it that they might know that I am the Lord.”

    And so the Law does not give life, but the path of life comes from God apart from the Law:

    “For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
    or let your holy one see corruption.
    You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

    And who is at His right hand of God but the Messiah? The psalmist says:

    “Turn again, O God of hosts!
    Look down from heaven, and see;
    have regard for this vine,
    the stock that your right hand planted,
    and for the son whom you made strong for yourself.
    They have burned it with fire; they have cut it down;
    may they perish at the rebuke of your face!
    But let your hand be on the man of your right hand,
    the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!
    Then we shall not turn back from you;
    give us life, and we will call upon your name!
    Restore us, O Lord God of hosts!
    Let your face shine, that we may be saved!”

    And indeed, salvation comes by God’s right hand:

    “You have set up a banner for those who fear you,
    that they may flee to it from the bow. Selah.
    That your beloved ones may be delivered,
    give salvation by your right hand and answer us!”

    And not by ours. God spoke to Job and said:

    “Adorn yourself with majesty and dignity;
    clothe yourself with glory and splendor.
    Pour out the overflowings of your anger,
    and look on everyone who is proud and abase him.
    Look on everyone who is proud and bring him low
    and tread down the wicked where they stand.
    Hide them all in the dust together;
    bind their faces in the world below.
    Then will I also acknowledge to you
    that your own right hand can save.”

    But of the Messiah, the psalmist writes:

    He asked life of you; you gave it to him,
    length of days forever and ever.
    His glory is great through your salvation;
    splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
    For you make him most blessed forever;
    you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
    For the king trusts in the Lord,
    and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.

    Then the Messiah has been adorned, not by himself but by God, with majesty and dignity and clothed with glory and splendor. Then will God say to him, as to Job, “Then will I also acknowledge to you that your own right hand can save.” Indeed. He has also said:

    “You are my Son;
    today I have begotten you.
    Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.
    You shall break them with a rod of iron
    and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

    Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
    Serve the Lord with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
    Kiss the Son,
    lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.
    Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”

    That is, “blessed are all who take refuge in the Son,” in the same way, “blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered;” It is by taking refuge in the Son, the Right Hand of God through whom from God comes salvation, forgiveness of transgression, and ransom from the curse in the desert. He is the Path of Righteousness and the Teacher on which David waited but is now come, for the Lord said to Israel:

    “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
    and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
    For the Lord is a God of justice;
    blessed are all those who wait for him.

    For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’”

    • James Wood says:

      While we do solicit comments we would ask that you limit their length to a couple of paragraphs. If you want to have your own blog please get one. With that said:

      While some of these Scriptures may point to a messiah or even “the messiah”, they don’t point to Jesus in the NT.

      Your quoting of Psalm 2 contains a mistake. The phrase “kiss the son” should read “embrace purity.” The Hebrew word “bar” does not mean son, the Aramaic word “bar” does. Psalm 2 does not contain any Aramaic.

  2. Andrew says:

    Does Proverbs 31 contain any Aramaic?

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