What are the differences between the beliefs of Jews and Christians?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    1. The major difference between the Jews and the Christians is the existence of Jesus Christ. The Jews consider Jesus as a good teacher or the Prophet of God. The Christians believe Him to be the Messiah the promised Saviour.

    2. They believe in oneness of God and the thought of God in three persons is wrong. Whereas Christians believe in the Holy Trinity.

    3. Christianity believes that God became man in the form of Jesus, to be sacrificed for the sins of man, while the Jews strongly deny this; believing such a sacrifice was not necessary.

    4. In Judaism, it is believed that man is basically good but has evil inclinations, whereas in the Bible it is stated, ‘The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time." (Genesis 6:5).

    The Jews fail to see Jesus as the ‘Promised Messiah’ who was promised in the ‘Old Testament’ by the Prophets. Not all the Jews believe in the coming of Messiah. The Jews even today are waiting for the Messiah who will come and restore the peace.

    The Jews do not have the concept of the ‘Miraculous Birth’, ‘The Suffering’, or the ‘Resurrection’ of the Messiah.

    The Christians, Jews and the Muslims have a lot in common, with regards to their religious beliefs. The commonality arises due to the fact that the holy books of all three sects have similar events and names documented, around the similar periods of recorded history. The Christian Bible is divided into two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. While the former discusses events and characters during the pre-Christ era, the latter specifies the chronicles documented by the apostles of Jesus. The Torah documents events only of the pre-Christ era.

    The Christians believe that Jesus was indeed the ‘savior’ of mankind, sent by God. They believe that the persona and life of Jesus was an example of faith and ideals that work for salvation. The Christians credit Jesus with being the chosen and predicted ‘Messiah’, mentioned in the Old Testament. However, on the other hand, the Jews believe that the Messiah is yet to come. They acknowledge Jesus as a prophet, just like the Muslims do, but not the Messiah. They are still awaiting and preparing for the arrival of the Chosen One.

    The Jews believe that God will send a savior to save them and lead them at the approach of the great Judgment Day. This belief is shared by the Muslims too, but the Christians believe that the resurrected Christ will re-appear and identify his ‘flock’ on Judgment Day. In today’s day and time, however, it is essential that everyone realizes the underlining good in all religions and the fact that holy men or prophets have appeared time and again and continue to do so, to set an example for people to live healthy and meaningful lives of control, abstinence and exemplary behavior, befitting mankind.

  • 1 decade ago

    To clarify from a few people, before I answer:

    Jews do not believe Jesus was anything.

    Maybe a person who lived. Not a prophet or rabbi.

    Jews do not believe in a son of god messiah.

    Our messiah idea was just a human like Moses.

    So Jesus as son of god, doesn't fit our messiah view.

    We don't need a savior since we already have that covered.

    We only have belief in one abstract God. That's the central theme of Judaism!!

    So, each has it's place in this world of spirituality -- but they aren't the same.

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    Has very little to do with Jesus & savior. That's what Christians are taught (that Judaism is Christianity without the Jesus.)

    Actually Judaism believes in focusing on this life. It's about bringing God into yourself & the world around you as best you can, through your actions. The Torah is the guide on how to. (Torah & Tanach is quite different than the Christian OT.)

    Judaism believes we have free will & potential to do good & bad, and that each person is completely responsible for his own choice. So compared to Christianity, we don't have original sin or salvation. Instead we do have repentence we do ourselves for when we do harm to others or against God.

    Judaism focuses on all the ways in which to live this life... there are 613 commandments in the Torah to follow. (Some do them more literally than others.) They include the 10 commandments, but also commandments against speaking ill of others, & how to relate to others well, pray, keep kosher & the list is very long of big & little things. In Judaism scholars have speculated about the afterlife -- but there is no real fixed idea of what it's like & range from dead is dead to reincarnation.

    We don't have hell concept. We do good because it feels good, because it brings us closer to God & more connected to our better selves. Not for reward or to avoid punishment.

    We have a ton of holidays throughout the year, many, many more than Christanity. Many of them focus on family togetherness.

    We don't have dogma in the same way. Our Rabbis don't tell us what to believe. They teach what they've learned, but we're encouraged to ask questions, challenge held beliefs & come to our own conclusions. Even our Talmud (with wisdom of Rabbis from way back) is written as a series of debates between various Rabbis who lived 500 years apart. Sometimes no conclusion or agreement is reached.

    We do have a messiah concept that he will be a man, & bring peace on earth. That's all -- not a savior or prophet or son of God, just a person. Also, it's not a central theme to so much of our day to day life. Not at all the way it is WHAT Christianity is about. He'll come when he comes -- and it not our job to worry about it. There's a lot to do here and NOW!

    One of the central themes of Judaism is Tikkum Olam -- to repair the world, this world.

    EDIT:

    Here's a great link:

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Anl9Y...

    Also for into to Judaism:

    www.jewfaq.org

  • 1 decade ago

    Most Christian teach about Jesus. Where it is more important to teach what Jesus teaches.

    P.2091 - §10 Some day a reformation in the Christian church may strike deep enough to get back to the unadulterated religious teachings of Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. You may preach a religion about Jesus, but, perforce, you must live the religion of Jesus. In the enthusiasm of Pentecost, Peter unintentionally inaugurated a new religion, the religion of the risen and glorified Christ. The Apostle Paul later on transformed this new gospel into Christianity, a religion embodying his own theologic views and portraying his own personal experience with the Jesus of the Damascus road. http://www.urantia.org/papers/paper196.html

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Christians believe that Jesus is their saviour & those who believe in him will be 'saved' due to his blood sacrifice.There's many denominations in Christianity, don't understand them all,best to ask some Christians to explain..

    Jews don't believe that Jesus is a savior,actually he's irrelevant to Judaism & his name was never mentioned in the Torah/Talmud or by any of our scribes..

    We don't believe in the concept of original sin either..Rather each of us will be judged by his/her individual actions while here on earth.. Jews are commanded to obey 613 laws,non-Jews the 7 Noahide laws enabling those who obey to merit a place in The World to Come..Civilized laws..

    http://www.noahide.org/

    For more information on Judaism here's a link:

    http://whatjewsbelieve.org/

    Hope this helps, Shalom

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  • 1 decade ago

    The core difference is the belief in the supreme power of Jesus as the Son of God. All other differences propagate from this fact.

  • 1 decade ago

    Christians believe that Jesus is the Messiah. Jews don't.

  • oldhag
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    1 decade ago

    Jews believe that Jesus was only a prophet of God. Therefore they are still waiting for Gods son to come to earth.So basically the new testament is not part of the Jewish religion.

  • 4 years ago

    Messianic Jews may not be "jews" (part of modern Judaism, you guys follow the commandments of man, it is an abomination) but we are Israel, unlike messiah-rejecting "jews".

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Jews don't accept the messiah jesus and Christian do and jews are stuck in the old testament

  • 1 decade ago

    * Jews

    Believe in :

    - Torah (OT) and Talmud as God's word.

    - Believe in Messiah (but reject Jesus)

    - Don't believe in hell as a place of torment.

    * Christian

    Believe in :

    - Torah (OT) and New Testament as God's word, reject Talmud.

    - Believe in Jesus as the Messiah

    - Believe in hell as a placeof torment

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