Twice in God’s Law it is stated that God’s Law is not to be added to or taken away from. In Deuteronomy 4 and 13 (according to the Jewish verse numbering), this principle is given.
It has oft been an accusation of christians against Jews that Jews have added to God’s word with their tradition. For now, I’ll set aside the fact that this accusation is based on ignorance of what these traditions are and what Torah is to these Jews. Let’s set that aside and just take the accusation. The accusation is that the Jews have added to God’s word.
Let’s take a look at what christians have done to God’s Law, of which he commands no addition or subtraction.
The Law is clear on what exactly should be slaughtered as an offering to God. It never commands the death of a man for any sin in a sacrificial sense. Yet what do christians teach? That a man died for their sins! So essentially, the Torah commands no such thing, but the followers of Jesus added the concept of a human sacrifice and the necessity of having faith in his death, accepting it as a sacrifice. Seems like an addition to Torah to me.
The Law of God and the Hebrew prophets are clear: The Levitical and Aaronic priesthood are everlasting, forever (Exodus 40:15; Numbers 18:19 see context; Jeremiah 33:18). Yet the christian testament book of Hebrews states that the priesthood has changed and that there is a change in the Law. It overtly says so in Hebrews 7:22. It even comes right out and says that this divine and everlasting law is abolished (Hebrews 7:18)!!! So the christian bible removes the priests of Levi and adds some “priesthood of MalkiTzedeq.” It should be noted that the Law of God gives no commandment about that priesthood. This “priesthood” has absolutely nothing to do with sacrifices according to the Jewish Bible. So it is seen that from their book of faith christians remove (the Levitical priesthood) and add (a foreign[er’s] priesthood) from God’s Law!
Now even at this point, a Jew who is faithful to God’s Torah and one from the nations of the world who thinks consistently should already have written off the christian testament as unfit for consumption. Such people should look on the Jesus (yes, I said “the Jesus”) and feels sentiments that correspond to the phrase “not on your bloody life!” (That means “no way!” Or “hell, no!”) Why? Because the new testament has added and taken away from God’s law! On that basis alone, it’s credibility is shot to pieces.
But that is not all.
God’s Law commands animal sacrifices when the Temple is standing. Portions of Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers goes through the commands about sacrifices. They continued to be offered for thirty years after Jesus died. There have been times before that, during the Babylonian exile, where sacrifices couldn’t be offered because of the practical fact that there was no Temple available. Yet prophets like Ezekiel predicted a future third temple, a time where animal sacrifices would once again be offered (even by the Davidic prince/ruler) as do other prophets (Ezekiel 37-48; Zechariah 14:16-21). Even offerings for sin and for atonement will be offered (Ezekiel 45:15,17,25). So it’s plain that God commanded animal sacrifices. It should also be understood that by performing these rites in the proper manner and spirit, God’s Law states that people could gain atonement and forgiveness (a few examples, Leviticus 1:5; 4:20).
But then here comes the anonymous writer of the christian testament book of Hebrew. In chapter 10, verses 4 and 11, the writer makes the repeated claim that animal sacrifices couldn’t take away sin, which conflicts with what God’s word in Leviticus says. In verse 18 of the same chapter the writer claims that there will be no more offering for sins, which conflicts with the prophecies of Ezekiel that he received from God.
In fact, when I think about it, the book of Hebrews says the total inverse, the total reverse of what God’s Law says. The writer of the book of Hebrews claims that a man’s death can atone for sin but the sacrificial rites of the God’s law could not. Yet the Torah states the opposite: that the sacrificial rites in God’s law atones for sin and grants forgiveness, but no such ability is given to the blood or death of a man. This is another example of the christian testament chopping and changing, removing and adding new bits when it comes to God’s word, the foundational revelation that he gave to Moses.
Now this isn’t going to be an exhaustive and lengthy post that goes through all the times that the christian testament adds and takes away from the foundational revelation God gave to Moses and to Israel. But something should be apparent. God’s foundation revelation to Moses and Israel, the Law, the measuring stick for any other revelation, it states that you should not add or take away from his commandments. The christian testament comes right out and abolishes a divine law, even one that says it’s everlasting, adds conditions for righteousness in stating that a person must accept the validity of a human sacrifice, something as illegal in Torah as setting a pig on the altar and slaughtering it there. In fact you may as well go to a Torah-faithful person and tell them to believe in and accept a pig sacrifice on the Temple floor (or even on its altar) is an atonement for sin. Thinking that the death of Jesus is somehow a valid offering has exactly the same value when it comes to validity!
A christian quoted his testament, where it has Jesus saying, “If you believed Moses, you would believed me.” It seems the total opposite is true: if a person truly accepts the written word of Moses, as well as the words of the prophets that followed him, they would throw Jesus, his claims and those of his followers into the garbage.