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Re: Lou's request to MKB Lou Pilder

Posted by MKB on December 17, 2004, at 22:07:27

In reply to Lou's request to MKB MKB, posted by Lou Pilder on December 17, 2004, at 21:38:30

> MKB,
> You wrote about the book that the orthodox jews use today called the Talmud in your post above.
> You also wrote,[...It was God's plan to destroy the sacrifitial system (which is still not in existance) to make way for the New Covenant in Jesus, but the Jewish establishment codified their own system of rightiousness in the Talmud, which is far removed from ancient Judaism...].
> I feel put down when I read what you wrote here and I am requesting that you examine the guidlines for the faith board which are on the opening page. I feel that IMO what you wrote has the potential to arrouse antisemitic feelings.
> Lou

I don't think I put anything that wasn't factual. God said in Jeremiah 31:31ff - "Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put *my law in their minds and write it on their hearts*, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people."

The Old Testament prophets repeatedly warned Israel and Judah that they were not being obedient to the Law. When the last temple was finally destroyed in AD 70 (an event which Jesus predicted), the process of developing the man-made traditions and laws of the Talmud intensified and continued until about AD 500.

When Jeremiah speaks of a new covenant, he is speaking of Jesus, the sacrificial lamb. Jeremiah's reference to the laws written on the heart come from the fact that those who accept Christ have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to guide them.

I do not have antisemitic feelings and I hope no one else does. Discussing Judaism vs Christianity does not require that we hate each other.

However, I just want you to know that I have taught in an Orthodox Jewish school. Those children had been trained to hold their noses when they drove past a Christian church. They ridiculed one of their classmates because his family celebrated Christmas (just the Santa part). Growing up as a Christian, I was never prompted in any way to have negative feelings against Jews, despite obvious differences in our theology. So I was a bit shocked at the vicious anti-Christian sentiment I saw among Orthodox Jews. Not all of them, but some.




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