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.
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