I know that traditional Jewish people will criticize us, but I really do not know of any Christians who seriously criticize us.
Actually - Messianic Jews are well sought after in dozens and dozens of Christian conferences around the globe. Their (Messianic Jews) opinions are highly respected in the evangelical community. In over 20 years, I personally have spoken in over 900+ congregations and pastors LOVE to listen to me teach. A Messianic Jew recently (2012) had a book on the NY Times best seller list that evangelicals loved. (The Harbinger) We are one of the most well respected groups out there for Christians because we teach them the Jewish roots of their faith - plain and simple.
Messianic Jews (if their parents are Jewish) are ethnic Jews who believe that Jesus was/is the Messiah of Israel based upon the whole view of the Jewish scriptures (Bible). The name of Jesus in Hebrew is "Yeshua". Jesus also taught from the Hebrew Scriptures. Jesus kept the Feasts. Jesus kept the Sabbath
Jesus was a Jew. His Ancestry was Jewish. His family was Jewish. His upbringing was Jewish. His own life's practices were thoroughly Jewish, in what He said, in the way He spoke, in what He did, even in the way He dressed.
He WAS/IS the Messiah of Israel and came to fulfill the Jewish Torah. "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." (Matthew 5:17)
About Messianic Jews…. we follow the teachings of Rabbi Yeshua.
**We do not follow Rabbinic Judaism and do not claim to.
**We follow the Biblical faith. It is a faith which follows the Messiah whom the God of Israel sent to us.
**We follow a faith based upon the Jewish BIBLE and not the Rabbis teachings. There is a difference.
Again - MJ’s are Jewish only because of parents bloodline (if their parents were Jewish ethnically). We do not (I repeat) do not follow Rabbinical Judaism (teachings of the rabbis.)
Of course MJ’s are not looked at as Jewish by the rest of the Jewish community, but thankfully they do not determine truth - God does - and Messianic Jews seek to please God rather than other Jewish people - most of whom do not know God, but rather know only Jewish traditions. (There is a difference).
Those Jewish men/women who follow Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) are people who intimately know God.
Sincerity does not mean truth. Truth is truth.
Isaiah chapter 53:10 tells us the Messiah came to be our atonement.... (Asham אָשָׁם ) And this word is used specifically for blood offerings that bring atonement in Torah.
Jewish Dr. Michael Brown (Ph.D. NY University) has given definitive answers to virtually all traditional Jewish arguments. (I challenge all to read it.) He uses Rabbinic (Talmudic) sources and a correct interpretation of scripture that even the ancient Rabbis agreed with! (Not that they believed in Yeshua, but Dr. Brown shows they understood certain passages [including Isaiah 53] as Messianic prophecies – contrary to what you hear on Yahoo Answers from people who say “This is not a Messianic passage’).
Read a great 5 VOLUME SET – ANSWERING JEWISH OBJECTIONS TO JESUS! (over 1,400+ pages of very scholarly research).
It will stop EVERY Jewish unbeliever’s misinterpretations and objections based upon the solid evidence of the Hebrew text. An amazing five volume set by Dr. Michael Brown. Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literature from New York University. **He is the author of OVER 25 BOOKS. ** And has lectured worldwide. You can find him on YouTube as well.
I am an Author and a Jewish Believer in Jesus (a Messianic Jew) for 27+ years. Grew up in a Jewish home in NYC. Both parents Jewish. Father was in in Israeli army. I have now taught about the Jewish Jesus, as a guest speaker, in 26 States across the USA.