Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

what aspects of Christianity reflect its Jewish origin?

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  • kismet
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    There are no Jewish Roots to Christianity, because the theology that supports it is antithetical to what the Bible says, and is diametrically opposite of what Judaism believes.

  • 1 decade ago

    Love thy neighbor is a reformulation of the Golden Rule. JC himself was a Pharisee that fit somewhere between Hillel and Shammai. "The Sabbath was made for the man not the Sabbath" was a typical saying of the period. Having a Bracha over the wine and bread. Of course the "Old Testament" or Tanakh is very Jewish.

    The most ironic aspect is monotheism, Jews have a right to be skeptical when xtians refer to themselves as monotheists but the idea that xtians would believe that of themselves or even care about the issue at all is a very Jewish aspect that doesn't even fit in with their religion.

  • Dusk
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Aside from some translations in the Old Testament, virtually nothing. Christianity is comprised of the stories of various Pagan deities, all of whom had the virgin birth/immaculate conception, incarnation, death and resurrection, healing works/miracles, being the "savior to mankind".

    Judiasm would never teach someone to worship a "son of God" or any human beings, and Jesus did *not* fulfill all of the Judiac messiah prophecies. There are so many differences between Judiasm and Christianity that Judiasm is not just "Christianity without the Jesus". Thats just evangelical bullshit propaganda.

  • 1 decade ago

    Hardly any. And to correct ADS: that is a purely Christian belief. And Christianity does not get to decide who becomes Jewish and who doesn't. If you convert to Judaism, you're Jewish - if you don't, you're not. Period.

    To the asker: Compare these Jewish beliefs, with the Christian ones, and you can clearly see that Christianity = rejection of Jewish tenets:

    JUDAISM : G-d never takes human form

    XIANITY: Jesus was 'god incarnate'

    JUDAISM: No human can ever be 'divine'

    XIANITY: Jesus was semi divine

    JUDAISM: No man can *ever* die for the sins of others

    XIANITY: Jesus died for the sins of mankind

    JUDAISM: Humans all born pure and innocent

    XIANITY:(some) Man born with 'original sin'

    JUDAISM: G-d is *ONE*

    XIANITY: god is part of the 'trinity'

    JUDAISM: All righteous souls reach heaven

    XIANITY: Only those who accept Christ reach heaven

    JUDAISM: Recognises it is only ONE of MANY paths to G-d

    XIANITY: Claims to be the 'only' path to god

    JUDAISM: Torah = direct word of G-d, cannot be added to by even one letter

    XIANITY: Torah is 'old' (testament), and the 'New Testament' is the holy scripture

    JUDAISM: the messiah will be a normal, mortal man, who must fulfill all the 23 Jewish prophecies in one mortal lifetime

    XIANITY: the messiah was Jesus, a semi divine, semi mortal man who lived, died, rose, vanished, and is set to return, and who did not fulfill *any* of the Jewish prophecies

    JUDAISM: actions count more than beliefs; it is through our behaviour and good works that we draw closer to G-d, and through observing the mitzvot

    XIANITY: it is belief in Jesus alone that offers salvation

    JUDAISM: nothing can ever rival G-d for power; 'satan' is *just* an angel, under the total control of G-d

    XIANITY: 'satan' is the devil, a rebel angel, and battles G-d


    Sorry, you are wrong. Firstly, you don't know who wrote the Gospels, the Church determined the 'authors'.

    And no, the authors were not Jewish; even if a few of them were FORMERLY Jewish, they had long since left Judaism, as is proven by the fact that the NT contradicts Jewish belief.


    No one with any sense of decency or understanding of theology will 'appreciate' your patronising and inaccurate remark. No, Xianity is NOT 'mature judaism'. Get real.

    Is the Mormon faith 'mature christianity', then?

    And again, to correct you: the Christ is NOT a 'jewish promise'. You are embarrassing yourself with your utter *lack* of any understanding of the JEWISH writings on 'maschiach'.

    Jesus did not match the *Jewish* description of 'maschiach'. And we don't 'reject' him any more than YOU 'reject' Joseph smith.


    - so it is 'bashing' when I politely *correct* inaccurate assertions about my own religion?

    Of course MONICA is entitled to voice her opinions and she is absolutely the expert on *her* religion.

    Equally, given that those Christian views have contributed for 2000 yrs + to Christianity bashing Judaism, *I* am entitled to ****correct*** those views.

    The question asks about Judaism also. I have answered.

    DANIELLE: Jesus was not a 'rabbi', as there were no ordained Rabbis in Judaism until after the temple fell.

    Jesus taught basic Torah, but he was a preacher, nothing more.


    MONICA - and how would you feel if Jews repeatedly told you that you were 'wrong' and that you had 'missed' your messiah, and that your 'true' messiah was Joseph Smith?

    Also: it makes no sense to state that we Jews will see Jesus fulfill our prophecies when he 'returns' - the Jewish messiah, as our scriptures make clear, does not *get* a second coming, he has to fulfill it all in one normal *human* lifetime.


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  • 1 decade ago

    Jesus Christ was originally a Jew before he decided he was the son of God and created his own religion Christianity. Original CHRISTians were originally Jewish people who followed Christ, converting to Christianity. So Christianity is basically a cult religion created by Jesus Christ based off of Judaism.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    He has a romantic view of pagan religions - I extremely have encountered that for the period of particularly some american human beings following built concepts of the previous paganisms of Europe - they have a rosy view of issues, that takes on a marginally invented view of background. appears like he helps an previous pagan pantheon like the vikings or historic germans. although that's a simplicifation to declare they have been given killed by using christians. There would have been some christian kings performing against pagan kings, it is genuine, yet those pagans have been basically as undesirable, in actuality particularly some those ecu pagan ideals intentionally supported a existence-form of violence, justifiying raiding and attacking, raping and kidnapping. Odin and those pagan gods weren't very morally discriminating, so it could be hypocritical in actuality for them to accuse christians. -- of direction Jesus grow to be Jewish, and God grow to be printed to the Jews because of fact God had to get a small team of folk receiving his prohecies, studying his nature, then web hosting the Messiah. yet God is *the God*, pagan deities are human innovations, their coaching's in lots of circumstances are no longer very logical if seen, yet possibly human beings are in lots of circumstances no longer rational and so will have self assurance almost something, regrettably. The salvation Jesus extra grow to be for all adult males.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Christianity did not have a Jewish origin. Jesus and his apostles would have denounced it completely. Well, Jesus would have denounced it and the apostles did. Christianity was created by Paul - a convert to Judaism who abandoned it as soon as he realised that he'd never amount to anything much so he created his own religion.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Angels Michael and Gabriel, too.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The first century Christians were the Ebionites who maintained their Judaism, but also followed the teachings of Jesus Christ. The second century Christians were the Marcionites who rejected their Judaism and followed the teachings of Jesus entirely.

    Source(s): The History of Christianity from The University of North Carlina at Chapel Hill.
  • 1 decade ago

    I believe Jesus was a Jewish rabbi whose ministry was distorted by Paul into something it never was. is a great site on the subject.

    Quotes from the above web site:

    "The first followers of Jesus, under James and Peter, founded the Jerusalem Church after Jesus's death. They were called the Nazarenes, and in all their beliefs they were indistinguishable from the Pharisees, except that they believed in the resurrection of Jesus, and that Jesus was still the promised Messiah. They did not believe that Jesus was a divine person, but that, by a miracle from God, he had been brought back to life after his death on the cross, and would soon come back to complete his mission of overthrowing the Romans and setting up the Messianic kingdom. The Nazarenes did not believe that Jesus had abrogated the Jewish religion, or Torah. Having known Jesus personally, they were aware that he had observed the Jewish religious law all his life and had never rebelled against it. His sabbath cures were not against Pharisee law. The Nazarenes were themselves very observant of Jewish religious law. They practiced circumcision, did not eat the forbidden foods and showed great respect to the Temple. The Nazarenes did not regard themselves as belonging to a new religion; their religion was Judaism. They set up synagogues of their own, but they also attended non-Nazarene synagogues on occasion, and performed the same kind of worship in their own synagogues as was practiced by all observant Jews. The Nazarenes became suspicious of Paul when they heard that he was preaching that Jesus was the founder of a new religion and that he had abrogated the Torah. After an attempt to reach an understanding with Paul, the Nazarenes (i.e. the Jerusalem Church under James and Peter) broke irrevocably with Paul and disowned him....

    "Paul, not Jesus, was the founder of Christianity as a new religion which developed away from both normal Judaism and the Nazarene variety of Judaism. In this new religion, the Torah was abrogated as having had only temporary validity. The central myth of the new religion was that of an atoning death of a divine being. Belief in this sacrifice, and a mystical sharing of the death of the deity, formed the only path to salvation. Paul derived this religion from Hellenistic sources, chiefly by a fusion of concepts taken from Gnosticism and concepts taken from the mystery religions, particularly from that of Attis. The combination of these elements with features derived from Judaism, particularly the incorporation of the Jewish scriptures, reinterpreted to provide a background of sacred history for the new myth, was unique; and Paul alone was the creator of this amalgam. Jesus himself had no idea of it, and would have been amazed and shocked at the role assigned to him by Paul as a suffering deity. Nor did Paul have any predecessors among the Nazarenes though later mythography tried to assign this role to Stephen, and modern scholars have discovered equally mythical predecessors for Paul in a group called the 'Hellenists'. Paul, as the personal begetter of the Christian myth, has never been given sufficient credit for his originality. The reverence paid through the centuries to the great Saint Paul has quite obscured the more colourful features of his personality. Like many evangelical leaders, he was a compound of sincerity and charlatanry. Evangelical leaders of his kind were common at this time in the Greco-Roman world (e.g. Simon Magus, Apollonius of Tyana). ...

    "A source of information about Paul that has never been taken seriously enough is a group called the Ebionites. Their writings were suppressed by the Church, but some of their views and traditions were preserved in the writings of their opponents, particularly in the huge treatise on Heresies by Epiphanius. From this it appears that the Ebionites had a very different account to give of Paul's background and early life from that found in the New Testament and fostered by Paul himself. The Ebionites testified that Paul had no Pharisaic background or training; he was the son of Gentiles, converted to Judaism in Tarsus, came to Jerusalem when an adult, and attached himself to the High Priest as a henchman. Disappointed in his hopes of advancement, he broke with the High Priest and sought fame by founding a new religion. This account, while not reliable in all its details, is substantially correct. It makes far more sense of all the puzzling and contradictory features of the story of Paul than the account of the official documents of the Church."

    Edit: I use the word "rabbi" because according to certain Christian translations this was a term applied to Jesus (Mark 9:5, John 4:31), sometimes translated as "master."

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