Why did all Jews not become Christian if the Old Testament predicted the birth of Jesus?

If you believe in the One God, then you believe he sent all the three religions: judaism, christianity and islam.

Jews believed in the Messianic prophecies (prophecies that predicted the birth of Jesus and said that it is the prophet who will come save humans and that everyone should follow him). If this is the case, then why didn't Jews follow Jesus when he came?

Then, it is said that Jesus said there was going to be a prophet after him (Mohamad) and that people should follow him but this was apparently hidden and changed by human which is why I understand why Christians did not follow Islam when it came along.

I just don't understand why Jews did not convert to Christianism since the Messianic prophecies are known by everyone, they were not hidden.

Update:

Thanks for all the answers! It's very interesting to read your different perspectives. I am intrigued particularly by that saying that Christians used the prophecies to describe Jesus and not the opposite way around.

I believe in One God and for there to have been so many believers of Jesus, there must have been witnesses to what happened and I would like to believe the depiction of the Christ are true.

God continued spreading his word through different prophets across generations. I believe in all prophets and in the teachings of all religions.

I will not share the personal path I chose to take because it is personal and all that is needed is to respect all other religions.

Thanks again for all the answers, they were very insightful.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    It also predicted they would not believe.....

    "He (God) said, "Go and tell this people:

    " 'Be ever hearing, but never understanding;

    be ever seeing, but never perceiving.'

    Make the heart of this people calloused;

    make their ears dull

    and close their eyes.

    Otherwise they might see with their eyes,

    hear with their ears,

    understand with their hearts,

    and turn and be healed."

    Isaiah 6:9-10

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    To me, all of the discussion about the interpretation of the Isaiah passage has very little to do with the TRUE reason Jews and all other non-Christians don't believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. How about the FACT that there is ZERO evidence that Mary was a virgin when she gave birth? We have ZERO claims from Jesus even in the New Testament about his Mother's sex life before his birth. Jesus never once discusses it. And we have zero alleged testimony from Mary about it. In fact, no one lets her speak in the New Testament. All we have is a claim that was made by some of the followers of Jesus decades after Jesus was dead. When he was no longer around to correct them. And even they don't give any insight into how it is that they would have this knowledge. they just make the claim out of whole cloth. So - just because someone SAYS that someone's mom was a virgin doesn't make it so. And no matter how you interpret Isaiah doesn't change that fact in even the slightest way. No matter what Isaiah meant by "alma" it has ZERO to do with the FACT that there is no reason to believe that Mary was a virgin. So the reason it is "rejected" is because there is zero reason to believe it. The "almah" discussion is a complete side issue.

  • 1 decade ago

    Re: your last explanation line:

    "I just don't understand why Jews did not convert to Christianism [sic] since the Messianic prophecies are known by everyone, they were not hidden"

    The fact is, Jesus failed to fulfill an actually *messianic* prophecy. It is also clear that not "everyone" knows the actually messianic prophecies, since so many Christians make that mistake.

    The writers of the Christian scriptures retooled the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) into the "Old Testament" and made it look as if Jesus was the one foretold. Since he failed to fulfill the messianic prophecies, we know that he was not. The Jews are waiting for the man who fulfills all of the messianic prophecies during his lifetime.

    First of all, you have to know what the "Jewish prophecies" are in regards to "messianic prophecies".

    These are:

    1. Descendant of David - (Jeremiah 23:5) (there are more regarding this one), note, must also be a descendant of Solomon (1 Chronicles 22:9), but can not be a descendant of Jeconiah (Jeremiah 22:30 This is established only through the biological father (for line/tribe) Numbers 36 (Tribal lineage), Genesis 49:10, 1 Kings, 11:4, 1 Chronicles 17:11-19 (Kingship lineage), Exodus 28:4, 29:9-30, 30:30, and 40:15 (Priesthood lineage)

    2. Preceded by Elijah - Malachi 3:23-24

    3. World Peace - Isaiah 2:4, Ezekiel 39:9

    4. Universal Knowledge of G-d - Isaiah 11:9, Jeremiah 31:33, Zechariah 8:23, 14:9, 14:16

    5. Building of the Third Temple - Ezekiel 37:26-28 (See also Ezekiel 40-48, Isaiah 33:20)

    6. Death Will Cease - Isaiah 25:8

    7. Resurrection of the Dead - Isaiah 26:19, Daniel 12:2, Ezekiel 37:12-13

    8. Ingathering of Israel - Isaiah 43:5-6 (See also Jeremiah 19:15, 23:3, Isaiah 11:12, Zechariah 10:6, Ezekiel 37:21-22)

    9. The Nations Will Help the Jews Materially - Isaiah 60:5, 60:10-12, 61:6

    10. Eternal Joy and Gladness Will Characterize the Jewish Nation - Isaiah 51:11

    11. The Jews Will Be Sought For Spiritual Guidance - Zechariah 8:23

    12. All Weapons Of War Will Be Destroyed - Ezekiel 39:9

    13. The Enemy Dead Will Be Buried - Ezekiel 39:12

    14. The Egyptian River Will Run Dry - Isaiah 11:15

    15. Trees Will Yield New Fruit Monthly in Israel - Ezekiel 47:12

    16. Each Tribe of Israel Will Receive It's Inheritance - Ezekiel 47:13-14

    17. All Warfare Will Cease - Isaiah 2:4

    Also, we know that the messiah will be an actual king, ruling in Israel, and sitting on the actual throne in Jerusalem. And that there will be no dispute as to whether or not this Jewish male is the messiah or not. (Jeremiah 23:5-6, and Isaiah 42:1-4)

    To quote a friend, "When we carefully consider that none of this has occurred, we can be assured that although many thousands of individuals have claimed to be the messiah throughout the centuries, Jesus included, none of them is. Moreover, when we ponder whether Jesus is the messiah, it is obvious that the very opposite occurred immediately after the Christian movement began; that is; During the first century the Romans slaughtered many thousands of Jews, the Jewish people were exiled from their land, the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, the knowledge of Torah and its observance decreased throughout the Roman Empire. Clearly, there is no relationship between what the Hebrew Scriptures say about the messiah and what Christianity teaches about Jesus."

    Source(s): Why don't Jews believe in Jesus? http://www.simpletoremember.com/articles/a/jewsand...
  • We can read Hebrew.

    Every one of those 'prophecies' which Christians drag out in attempts to shoehorn the Jesus story into the Tanakh is dependent on dodgy translations, invented words, altered verb tenses (future instead of past tense to make it sound like a prophecy), pretending that a prophecy about a specific event from long ago is messianic and generally refusing to read entire chapters or otherwise acknowledge context.

    The 'OT' 'predicts' the birth of Jesus only because some Alexandrians used the wrong word in the translation commissioned by Ptolemy for his Great Library.

    Source(s): Gnostic, that's 1st century political propaganda you're repeating. Didn't happen like that, could not have happened like that. On the other hand, during that time, the Romans were executing thousands of Jews on charges relating to insurrection.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    answer: because Jesus didn't fit the requirements and quoting the NT to prove the NT correct is called circular logic. Everything about the Jesus story proved that he was NOT the Jewish Messiah, that's why Paul had to change things up and take it to the pagans.

    Reasons Jesus wasn’t the Jewish Messiah

    divine birth/divinity - (the Jewish Messiah will be human – G-d cannot become human – Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 44:6, Hosea 11:9, Ezekiel 28:2, Numbers 23:19) - strike

    performing miracles - (JM won't perform miracles) - strike

    taking on the sins of others - (no one can take on the sins of others – Deuteronomy 24:16, Exodus 32:30-35, Ezekiel 18:1-4; 20-24; 26-27) - strike

    breaking Sabbath - strike (JM will be observant) - strike

    sacrificed/rising from the dead - (G-d rejects human sacrifice and blood sacrifice is NOT an absolute requirement – Deuteronomy 12:30-31, Jeremiah 19:4-6, Psalm 106:37-38, Ezekiel 16:20, Leviticus 5:11-13, Jonah 3:10, Leviticus 17, Leviticus 5:11-13, Numbers 16:47, Numbers 31:50, Isaiah 6:6-7, Jeremiah 7:22-23, Psalm 51:16-17) - strike

    prophecies unfilled - (JM will accomplish them in one life time) - strike

    4. The Messiah cannot trace his lineage through Jehoiakim, Jeconiah, or Shealtiel, because this royal line was cursed (I Chronicles 3:15-17; Jeremiah 22:18,30). But according to both Matthew 1:11-12 and Luke 3:27, Jesus was a descendant of Shealtiel. - strike

    being worshiped - Jews worship G-d and only G-d – strike and OUT

    There are ONLY 23 prophecies about the Jewish Messiah - he fulfilled only one (and got the genealogy wrong)

    * The Sanhedrin will be re-established (Isaiah 1:26)

    * Once he is King, leaders of other nations will look to him for guidance. (Isaiah 2:4)

    * The whole world will worship the One God of Israel (Isaiah 2:17)

    * He will be descended from King David (Isaiah 11:1) via King Solomon (1 Chron. 22:8-10)

    * The Moshiach will be a man of this world, an observant Jew with "fear of God" (Isaiah 11:2)

    *****In other words - this must all be accomplished in a human lifetime*****

    * Evil and tyranny will not be able to stand before his leadership (Isaiah 11:4)

    * Knowledge of God will fill the world (Isaiah 11:9)

    * He will include and attract people from all cultures and nations (Isaiah 11:10)

    * All Israelites will be returned to their homeland (Isaiah 11:12)

    * Death will be swallowed up forever (Isaiah 25:8)

    * There will be no more hunger or illness, and death will cease (Isaiah 25:8)

    * All of the dead will rise again (Isaiah 26:19)

    * The Jewish people will experience eternal joy and gladness (Isaiah 51:11)

    * He will be a messenger of peace (Isaiah 52:7)

    * Nations will end up recognizing the wrongs they did to Israel (Isaiah 52:13-53:5)

    * The peoples of the world will turn to the Jews for spiritual guidance (Zechariah 8:23)

    * The ruined cities of Israel will be restored (Ezekiel 16:55)

    * Weapons of war will be destroyed (Ezekiel 39:9)

    * The Temple will be rebuilt (Ezekiel 40) resuming many of the suspended mitzvot

    * He will then perfect the entire world to serve God together (Zephaniah 3:9)

    * Jews will know the Torah without Study (Jeremiah 31:33)

    * He will give you all the desires of your heart (Psalms 37:4)

    * He will take the barren land and make it abundant and fruitful (Isaiah 51:3, Amos 9:13-15, Ezekiel 36:29-30, Isaiah 11:6-9).

    Thanks to Mark S and Plushy Bear

  • Ray M
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    No. If you believe in one God, then you believe in one God. It doesn't mean you believe he sent all three religions.

    Christians believe in Judaism, but believe Christianity is a completion of it.

    Jews believe in Judaism, but think that the other 2 are false religions. They are still waiting for the Messiah.

    Islam believes the other 2 are wrong. They think Jesus was a great person, but not God. I BELIEVE they think that the Jews have a wrong interpretation of the old testament, but I'm not sure.

    The reasons many jews back then didn't believe in Jesus was that he wasn't what they thought the Messiah would be. They were imagining a great king/general, not some carpenter who would die for their sins. Jews now don't believe he was the mesiah, either.

    The Messiah prophecies were in the bible, but not everyone agrees

    a) if Jesus fullfilled them

    b) if Jesus even existed.

    It isn't hard for me, as a Christian, to see why the other 2 religions don't comvert to Christianity. I wish they WOULD, but I can understand the basis for their non-belief.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Jews rejected the Jesus as The Messiah as They had their own Prophet.. King David as the Messiah

    Isaiah 7:14

    NIV© Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

    Bible

    The Jews DId not Believe Jesus was Emmanuel .. God is With us.

    Jewish Messiah

    http://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/beliefs/messi...

  • 1 decade ago

    1. It is said for every 2 Jews there are 3 opinions. Opinions on the Messianic prophecies were diverse. At that time in Jewish history they were expecting a conquering king. This is because the Messiah would change everything and Roman domination was their biggest problem.So naturally this was their belief even though it is not so with most Jews today. Those that follow Christ look at the prophecies as being more of a process not to be an instant event. Many Jews like most modern Jew believe that they will be fulfilled over a very short period of time.

    That Jesus said that someone is coming after him and that we should follow him is strictly an Islamic teaching. Nothing like this appears in the Bible, books by pseudo Christians after the time of Jesus or in the writings of the early Church. If he did say this you would think it would be passed on.

    They do not convert since the prophecies are interpreted differently by them and they believe that all must be fulfilled to be legitimate. Their position is not unreasonable even if we do not agree with them.

    Peace

    Psalm 95

  • 1 decade ago

    Hmmm. I disagree with some of the statements in your question, but as to the question itself...

    While it is true that the Old Testament prophesies about the coming of the LORD's Messiah, it is not specific as to who this person will be nor does it name them by name. Only that He would be anointed by God and would save His people. It tells that that the appearance of this person would be unremarkable and that people would not recognize him because his appearance would be like that of any other person. In other words, there would be nothing that would absolutley herald his arrival or point people to him positively. Therein lies the issue.

    Conversion requires faith. To be sure there were large number of Jews who converted to Christianity in the first and second century after Christ's death, burial and resurrection. The Jews who did not convert found it hard to believe that this simple man named JESUS of Nazareth could be the ALL Mighty God's Messiah because he simply never fit their understanding of what a Messiah was or was suppose to do. They were oppressed by Rome. They wanted a Messiah that would be a great military leader and would overthrow the Romain government. They were poor and wanted to have a Messiah who would bring the riches of God to earth. They were looking for the Messiah to usher in the Kingdom of God in a dramatic and final way. This never happened to their expectations and so they saw no need to convert.

    Even today we have people who have a warped and unrealistic expectation of what and who Jesus is and for this reason they either do not convert, or if they do convert they are dissolutioned as to their faith because it does not live up to their expectations.

    The reasons are many, but in the end, it is up to faith and the grace of God.

  • 1 decade ago

    Because your premise is wrong - the Tanakh (the 'Old Testament' is a translated, re-ordered and differently understood version of the original Hebrew scriptures, the Tanakh) provides prophecies concerning the moshiach which are accepted by all Jews, but these are NOT the prophecies that Christians refer to. Most of those are seen by Jews as something else entirely - definitely not messianic prophecies.

    We didn't become Christians because Jesus did not fulfil OUR messianic prophecies. And among much else, our messiah will NOT be divine, NOT a saviour (we have nothing to be saved from - we don't believe in original sin) and NOT a miracle worker. He will be an ordinary human, and most decidedly not to be worshipped.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The first Christians were Jews.

    Jesus had a great following and the Jewish Rabbis were afraid all Jews would follow him so they cried foul and before you know it Jesus was hanging on a Roman cross.

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