What is the difference between beige a Christian and being Jewish?

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  • 7 years ago
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    Christians have borrowed stories from the TaNaKh and have consolidated them into a single character without sin who condemns non-believers to eternal torment. Their story has been attached to the Hebrew Bible. Jews do not need Christianity to explain their existence or their origin, but Christians cannot explain their existence without Judaism.

    Jews do not believe in the doctrine of original sin. This is a Christian belief based on Paul's statement, "Therefore just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned" (Romans 5:12). The doctrine was fully developed by the church father, Augustine of Hippo (354-430).

    According to this doctrine, hereditary sinfulness is inescapably transmitted to human beings by their parents, starting with Adam and Eve. It is alleged that only acceptance of Jesus as savior from sin can redeem a person from sin. All those who do not accept Jesus as their savior from sin are condemned to eternal suffering in hell.

    Whether man is a sinner by nature or not is immaterial. Judaism teaches the biblical way to repentance and reconciliation with God. Sincere repentance in which the sinner pledges to rectify his sinful ways and lead a righteous life is one means that is open at all times to all of humanity (Jonah 3:5-10, Daniel 4:27). God counsels Cain, "Why are you annoyed, and why has your countenance fallen? If you do good [that is, change your ways], will it not be lifted up [that is, you will be forgiven]. But if you do not do good, sin rests at the door; and it desires you, but you may rule over it" (Genesis 4:6-7). God informs Cain that repentance and subsequent forgiveness are always open to him. The remedy for sin is clear. Biblically, God's loving-kindness depends on right conduct and extends to all humanity.

    http://www.jewsforjudaism.org/faq-primary-211/orig...

    To reiterate portions of answers:

    Divorah -- There is NO concept of a "saviour" coming to earth as a person in Jewish teachings, this idea is actually blasphemous from the Jewish perspective. Jesus was and is completely irrelevant to Judaism and we do not consider him even a prophet. In truth, Jews don't even think about Jesus unless Christians mention him to us, and even then, we just aren't interested.

    Angels -- Judaism isn't about 'waiting for the Messiah'. It's about doing OUR part to make society more fair, more just and to improve the quality of life for everyone. That's really quite removed from afterlife and divine saviours. :-)

    Ambivalent -- Christianity is a religion of faith (i.e. it's what you believe that makes you a Christian) and Judaism is a religion of covenant (it's what you do that counts).

    The being known as the messiah in Christianity is central, and conforms to a model which includes him being also Gd and performing miracles. The Jewish messiah that it is hoped will come is not in any way central to religious practice or focus, and is not anything other than an ordinary man.

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  • 7 years ago

    Judaism and Christianity are two completely different religions. They have different beliefs. They celebrate different holidays. Here are a few important differences.

    A misconception:

    Jews don't believe that Jesus was the Messiah, or that he was a prophet. The Jewish religion doesn't recognize Jesus at all.

    The Messiah and G-d:

    Also, in Hebrew "messiah" doesn't mean savior. It means "the anointed one." Jews believe that when the Messiah comes he will be the anointed (by G-d) king of Israel. Not the savior, or any sort of deity because G-d is one in Judaism. In Christianity, G-d is made up of the father, the son, and the holy spirit. The idea of the Messiah isn't that central to Judaism, but it is very important to Christianity.

    The Bible:

    The Christian Bible is made up of two parts,the new and the old testaments. The old testament is based on the Jewish Torah. The new testament talks about Jesus. The Jewish Bible (Tanakh) is made up of the Torah, the prophets, and other writings. The Talmud is the Jewish oral tradition.

    The Sabbath:

    The Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat) starts at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. The Christian Sabbath is Sunday. The two religions have completely different Sabbath traditions and observances.

    Source(s): I'm a Conservative Jew, and I know a lot of Christians. Sorry if I wrote anything wrong about Christianity, this was written to the best of my knowledge.
  • 7 years ago

    These are two totally, utterly and completely different religions.They are so different that it's hard to know where to begin. What sort of thing are you interested in?

    Just for a start: Christianity is a religion of faith (i.e. it's what you believe that makes you a Christian) and Judaism is a religion of covenant (it's what you do that counts).

    Rather obvious other differences:

    Christianity is focussed on the worship of a being who is said to be both human and divine, along with Gd and something called the Holy Spirit which together form 'the Trinity' (this is in most forms of Christianity, anyway). Judaism is adamant that there is one completely incorporeal, undefinable deity.

    The being known as the messiah in Christianity is central, and conforms to a model which includes him being also Gd and performing miracles. The Jewish messiah that it is hoped will come is not in any way central to religious practice or focus, and is not anything other than an ordinary man.

    Christians do good works partly from love, but also to guarantee a place in 'heaven'. Jews do good works because the whole purpose of Judaism is to create a better world here and now on earth.

    Christians have ideas of heaven, hell, original sin, saviour, etc. Judaism has none of these concepts and no detailed theology about life after death. There is no doctrine of eternal punishment, but a general notion that if one 'misses the mark' one might have to spend up to a year reflecting and seeing where one has gone wrong before continuing to the world to come (whatever it may be). Those who can't achieve this simply cease to exist.

    That's just a few bits and pieces.

  • 7 years ago

    As Christianity was essentially based on the rejection of Judaism, the two religions hold virtually nothing in common. From the Jewish perspective, the concept of the Trinity is not true monotheism. Aside from this, the majority of key tenets held by Christianity directly violate the teachings of Judaism.

    A few examples of Christian concepts that either do not exist and/or directly oppose the teachings of Judaism are:

    * Original sin

    * The Christian concept of messiah

    * The existence of heaven and hell

    * The existence of the devil

    * The concept of damnation

    * The Christian concept of 'sin' altogether

    * The idea that a man can atone for the mistakes of another

    * The idea that one can atone for mistakes not yet made

    * The idea that faith supersedes action

    Below are a few of the many things Jews believe in that Christians do not:

    * Man is born good and innocent, there is no such thing as original sin.

    * An individual is responsible for his own mistakes and no one else can atone for those mistakes.

    * Man becomes closer to HaShem (The Creator) through his actions, blind faith is meaningless.

    * Informed consent is required and we are to question everything.

    * A 'moshiach' is a mortal man with no supernatural attributes and there have been hundreds of

    these men.

    * HaShem is without form and will never be man or son of man, nor can He be divided into parts.

    * The idea that a man can be the literal son of HaShem is an abomination.

    * Man communicates directly to HaShem, intermediaries are not needed.

    * Every single person who works to live a good life has a place in the world to come.

    * There are different paths for different people, everyone does not have to follow the same religion.

    * The covenant between the Jews and HaShem is eternal.

    * That prophecy ended approximately 2,200 years ago.

    * That sacrifice was only a valid part of atonement for unintended mistakes and even then was

    meaningless without repentance. Prayer replaces sacrifice when the Temple is not standing.

    * That the Torah cannot be added to nor changed.

    A number of posters make the claim that Jews are waiting for a messiah/saviour but this is false. There is NO concept of a "saviour" coming to earth as a person in Jewish teachings, this idea is actually blasphemous from the Jewish perspective. Jesus was and is completely irrelevant to Judaism and we do not consider him even a prophet. In truth, Jews don't even think about Jesus unless Christians mention him to us, and even then, we just aren't interested.

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  • 7 years ago

    The main difference is that the Jewish people do not believe that the Messiah Had Come, while Christians DO believe that the Messiah Has Come.

  • Hmm. Looks at the rapid fire answers from Christians and the rather more complicated ones from Jews. There's a start. :-)

    Wee secret guys, Judaism isn't about 'waiting for the Messiah'. It's about doing OUR part to make society more fair, more just and to improve the quality of life for everyone.

    That's really quite removed from afterlife and divine saviours. :-)

  • Aravah
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    answer: everything. The common ground - we worship the same Gd, that's about it. The Christian beliefs are not found in Judaism.

    JUDAISM/ISLAM

    - says that no human can ever die for the sins of others

    CHRISTIANITY (including ‘messianics’)

    - says that Jesus died for the sins of mankind

    JUDAISM/ISLAM

    - says that all humans are born pure, and innocent

    CHRISTIANITY (including ‘messianics’)

    - some say that all humans are born with 'original sin'.

    JUDAISM

    - a “virgin birth”/offspring w/human women is a pagan myth mainstay – G-d doesn’t become human

    CHRISTIANITY/ISLAM (including ‘messianics’)

    - says that Mary gave birth, though a virgin

    JUDAISM

    - says that the Jewish Messiah won’t need a 'second coming'

    CHRISTIANITY/ISLAM (including ‘messianics’)

    - says that Jesus will have a 'second coming'

    JUDAISM/ISLAM

    - says that every human should speak directly to G-d

    CHRISTIANITY (including ‘messianics’)

    - Jesus claims in the 'new testament' that the 'only way' to G-d is via him and often pray to Jesus before G-d

    JUDAISM/ISLAM

    - says G-d is one, indivisible, cannot be separated into three aspects/incarnations

    CHRISTIANITY (including ‘messianics’)

    - some sects speaks of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

    JUDAISM

    - says that we are ALL equally G-d's children

    CHRISTIANITY (including ‘messianics’)

    - says that Jesus was 'god's son' above all others

    ISLAM

    - some Muslims claim that the prophets are perfect and have never sinned, others believe the prophets sinned and repented

    JUDAISM

    - has no concept of 'hell'

    CHRISTIANITY (including ‘messianics’)

    - *some* Christians believe non-believers go to 'hell'

    ISLAM

    - most Jews and Christians and all non-Jews/non-Christians go to hell though some state that only Allah knows who will end up in hell

    JUDAISM

    - has no 'devil', the Jewish 'Satan' is just an ordinary angel, under G-d's control

    CHRISTIANITY (including ‘messianics’)

    - describes 'Satan' as a devil and 'fallen' angel

    ISLAM

    - Satan was a jinn created from fire

    JUDAISM

    - the 'messiah' will be a normal, mortal man who must fulfill all the Jewish messianic prophecies in one normal, mortal lifetime

    CHRISTIANITY (including ‘messianics’)

    - Jesus was the 'messiah' and will fulfill the prophecies when he 'returns'

    ISLAM

    - believes Jesus was a prophet, not a “son of G-d”. Mohammad is the last prophet

    JUDAISM

    - says that the righteous of ALL faiths will reach 'gan eden' or 'garden of eden'.

    CHRISTIANITY (including ‘messianics’)

    - some Christians insist that only those who 'know Christ' can reach heaven

    ISLAM

    - some Jews and Christians will reach Paradise, Muslims reach paradise and have it better than Jews and Christians. Many Muslims believe that G-d judges all equally.

    JUDAISM

    - The “law”/covenant is seen as a blessing, not a burden that can never be fulfilled. Being perfect isn’t the point in Judaism. Being aware of the 613 commandments, we have G-d on our minds almost hourly. That is part of the covenant, we obey G-d’s laws and G-d ensures Judaism will survive forever.

    CHRISTIANITY (including ‘messianics’)

    - Views the commandments as restrictive and impossible (except the 10 in stone). It is believed in Christianity that the death of Jesus was necessary because living by the laws is impossible and view the commandments as something of a curse.

    ISLAM

    - Views religious laws as part of the religion and of being observant and submissive to G-d, much as Jews do.

    JUDAISM

    - forbids Jews from trying to convert anyone to Judaism

    CHRISTIANITY (including ‘messianics’)

    - believes in actively 'witnessing' and encouraging people to convert to Christianity

    ISLAM

    - all must convert to Islam or pay a fine to remain Christian or Jewish and live as 2nd class citizens (all others must convert or die)

    JUDAISM

    - The Torah remains unchanged

    CHRISTIANITY (including ‘messianics’)

    - differences from the original Torah

    ISLAM

    - claims the Torah and Christian bible were corrupted (with no proof)

    JUDAISM/ISLAM

    - no concept of original sin

    CHRISTIANITY (including ‘messianics’)

    - some sects of Christianity believe in “original sin” to justify the need for a savior. Others believe that humankind cannot keep from sinning and requires a savior to cleanse them.

    Thanks to MP with some twists by QP and me

  • 7 years ago

    You mean being: Both Christian and Jewish believe in the one true God. Many of the Jews do not accept Jesus Christ as the son of God, or the Messiah. They think he was only a prophet.

  • Esther
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    I assume you meant "being". :)

    A Jewish person does not believe that Jesus Christ is their Messiah. They do not follow or believe in the books of the new testament (in the bible).

    A Christian does. A Christian believes all the bible, including the new testament.

  • 7 years ago

    Simply Put

    Judaism is older

    Christians believe Jesus is their savior

    Jews don't

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