Did Christianity originate in Judaism?
Jesus told the official leaders of the Jewish nation that He existed before Abraham, (the father of the Hebrew nation and religion), was ever born.
“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” John 8:58
Since Christianity is faith in Christ and His message, wouldn't that at least point to the fact that Christianity is no shoot from Judaism but is something that transcends Judaism?
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How did you come to the conclusion that there is no contemporaneous evidence for the existence of YHWH? What evidence do you have that suggests such a statement?
- 7 years agoFavorite Answer
The root of Christianity is in the promise made in Genesis 3:15: "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
Where that probably gets cloudy for people is that even those promises which predate Abraham were primarily recorded in the Torah.
Certainly Judaism was instrumental. "So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith." - Galatians 3:24
- sophiebLv 77 years ago
when Jesus uses the words "I am" he's saying he is God (in the Holy Trinity). And we all know that God made the earth and everything in it, all the people in it, etc. so sure Jesus was saying God came before Abraham.
The etymology is that Judaism was first (probably not the first religion ever though) and Islam broke from Judaism. Then Catholicism from from Judaism. And then Christian/Protestant religions broke from Catholicism as well as well as some protestant religions starting up their own different than the basic beliefs. See Jesus was a Jew and he came to save the Jews but the Jews didn't believe so Catholicism was formed for the believers. Some Jews now realize they missed their chance and have formed "Jews for Jesus" which is a mixture of the practices of Catholicism and Judeasm.
- IshtarLv 77 years ago
Yes, Christianity started as a Jewish sect. If it had just remained that, it would have eventually died out (this group seems to have mostly disappeared by the 6th century A.D.). However, Paul of Tarsus adapted it to the Pagan "Mystery Religion" format and turned it into something else entirely. Most of the traits of Judaism are long gone from it.
- Anonymous7 years ago
The Jews were indeed our ancestors in the Faith. Our Christian Faith evidently started with Judaism----even Jesus, Mary and Joseph practiced Judaism. Where our ancestors in the Faith got it wrong is when they did not recognize Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah (mind you a good number of them did either before or after Jesus' death) and become Christians.
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- Grey TowerLv 77 years ago
The disciples of Jesus were first called Christians at Antioch (Acts 12:26). After the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus' disciples at Pentecost, those first Christians bore witness to the risen, resurrected and glorified Christ Jesus as the only way to be saved.
Before Jesus was born, he was the Word of God who was with God in the beginning and who is God. The Word dwelt with man when he condescended to lower himself and take on human form (John 1:1-14). Yes, Jesus, the Word, existed alongside the Father and the Holy Spirit from before creation, from before Abraham was born and before God chose the Hebrew nation as his chosen people.
Jesus was born as a Jew and followed the Jewish religion. He studied the Hebrew Scriptures and was intimately familiar with the Law and Prophets - as well as the hypocrisy of the religious leaders who imposed heavy burdens on God's people. Everything in the Hebrew Scriptures was pointing forward to the coming of the Messiah, the Christ, and everything that happend prior to the coming of Jesus was part of God's divine plan to salvation. But is Judaism the same thing as the religion of the Jews during the time of Jesus?
All I know is that some Jewish Christians tried to Judaize Gentile Christians, and make them live according to Jewish customs. The word 'Judaizer' appears in Galatians 2:14 where Paul challenged Peter for forcing Gentile Christians to “Judaize.” Peter wanted the Gentile converts to live according to Jewish customs and obey the Laws of Moses such as be circumcised, observe the Sabbath and the Passover, and adhere to all the dietary laws, etc. After living in Egypt for about 430 years, God had given the Israelites 613 Laws at Sinai. Some Jewish Christians thought that Gentiles should convert to Judaism in order to be right with God. During the first century, the Christian church was being infiltrated by the Ebionites, who denied the divinity of Christ and the virgin birth and who opposed the Apostle Paul. The Church was also under attack from an early form of Gnosticism, legalism, ascetism and the worship of angels.
In Acts 15 we read of a group called the Judaizers who opposed Paul and Barnabas at the council of Jerusalem in A.D. 50. Those Christians who belonged to the party of the Pharisees (Judaizers) insisted that Gentiles could not be saved unless they were first circumcised and obeyed the Law of Moses. Paul assured them that with God, there was no longer any distinction between Jew and Gentile, for God had purified the hearts of the Gentiles by faith (Acts 15:8-9). Paul made it very clear that salvation is a gift from God to Jews and Gentiles alike and trying to keep all of the Law simply condemns because it is impossible for imperfect people to keep God’s perfect Law.
Read Galatians 2:14-16; 3:10-14; Romans 8:1-4; 9-10. Salvation does not come about by works or by adhering to the Law, but comes through the grace of God. To add anything to the work that Christ did for salvation is to negate God’s grace. “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing” (Galatians 2:21).
Christianity is not founded on the Law (Judaism) but on free grace and Jesus is the mediator of a NEW Covenant (Hebrews 12:24). LM
- Robert SLv 77 years ago
Christianity developed out of Judaism after Jesus was crucified.
Judaism is an Abrahamic religion, worshipping the one GOD.
Jesus was trying to explain that he was GOD incarnate.
- Anonymous7 years ago
While there were Greeks and some Romans involved in early Christianity the movement was predominantly Jewish.
- lorddogLv 57 years ago
yes technically Christianity is the fullest of all faiths in God from the beginning of time.
is Judaism born from the patriarchs? yes
in the times of the patriarchs, God spoke directly to the head of household and in the old covenant God spoke through His prophets and His LAW. with the new covenant everything has been revealed and the full plan of God has been established.
- Anonymous7 years ago
It originated in Christ who was Jewish.
- Anonymous7 years ago
"wouldn't that at least point to the fact that Christianity is no shoot from Judaism but is something that transcends Judaism?"
Now THAT is what I call reaffirmation-seeking and confirmation bias.
Christianity was designed to derail and dismantle Judaism, and thus make it extinct by claiming fulfillment of Judaic prophesy. That's why there is no contemporaneous evidence of any Yhwh.
It was designed merely to capitalize on the unfulfillable claims of Judaism. Even what most of what christianity originally claimed or practiced is today extinct, and has so many schisms.