Someone asked a question about why Jews do not believe that Jesus was the Messiah (yet another question on this!), but added that since Paul and the others were Jews, their words carried no weight.
The following answers were posted (among others):
1. Jews have no authority to speak for the Old Testament prophets who predicted the messiah. They've changed their own religion so much (to the rabbinic form) that they don't really understand the old version. When they become a nation of shepherds again, with a temple and animal sacrifice, they'll have the context to understand better. Until then, just read the OT for yourself. THAT is the authority on the messiah.
2. Modern Jews believe that people like James, Peter, Paul and the other followers of Jesus were all deceived and became what you might refer to as "renegades". Sadly, they haven't bothered reading their own Scriptures objectively! They have even rewritten some of the text.
For instance, in Isaiah 53, they change the pronouns left and right. When it actually says "He was bruised for our iniquities", for instance, they change it to read "We were bruised for their iniquities."
At one time, the Jews actually believed in a Messiah. They have thrown off the Scriptures and claim that each generation has its own messiah to rescue the Jews; and that Israel is messiah to the world. (such as, changing "By his stripes we are healed" to "by our stripes they are healed.")
It's obviously intellectual suicide, since they simply do not want to believe the Scriptures as they are clearly written. They don't WANT to believe in THE Messiah. They don't like the "Christianization" of the name - they don't like the NAME "Jesus", since so many bad things were done to the Jews in the NAME of "Jesus".
But God has reserved a remnant who have not bowed the knee to the false ideology and false god that the Jews have raised up in place of God, just as in the day of Elijah
Are these answers (which are, in effect, saying that we do not know our own scripture and we are mistaken about our religion) due to ignorance (which I hope can be discussed with all having open minds - educational experience) or hubris (we know better than you about your own religion and you are all wrong)?
Whaddya think, folks?