Based on the teachings of Rabbi Blumenthal at http://yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com.
Seek GOD while he may be found! Call him while he is near! Let a wicked man forsake his way and a man of inquity his thoughts, and let him return to GOD, and then he’ll have compassion on him, and to our God, and he will abundantly pardon; because my thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways are not your ways. For the heavens are higher than the earth; in the same way my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts [higher] than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:6-9)
It is important to note that christianity’s foundational doctrine contradicts the teaching of the Jewish Bible.
Firstly let me blunt, when God tells a person to do something, it is within their power to do it, knowing God’s knowledge of our frailties, his kindness towards man, and the fact that true justice can only take place when it is in one’s own power to fulfill a law. We know the punishment against those who are powerless is not justice, but is injustice, the removal of the correct balance of life.
So here God’s messenger is clearly saying to the people around him that a person, even a wicked person, to change their ways of doing and thinking and God can and will forgive because of that change. This is a message that is constant and loud in the scripture, as if God is saying “if you return to Me, then I’ll return to you,” meaning that it is possible for a human to change his or her ways enough to be acceptable to God.
But, in contradiction to this message, the followers of Paul, christianity (include the disguised christians, “messianic judaism” in that group) don’t accept this. They are adamant that man’s action is not good enough, that man’s actions aren’t even good. To them, trying to turn to God on your own is impossible, being righteous is unthinkable. They turned justice to injustice claiming that the same God of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Jewish Bible, demanded absolute perfection from humanity, a creation that could never be perfect. They, because of Paul’s teachings raise the bar higher than any human can reach to call us all guilty. It is this, and only this, that makes them push for the need for blood, human blood, God-blood (may the vile thought perish!) to atone for sin, an illegal method of atonement, based on God’s law.
But verses of the Jewish Bible, like the one that started this little blogpost, dispel such bloodlust for foolishness when thought through clearly. The Creator of all tells you what you can do. Even a wicked man can change his ways and thus be forgiven and be given compassion because of a positive change in lifestyle.
There’s much hope in that and it puts responsibility for wrongdoing back into the hands of those who do it. That responsibility was never taken away.