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Jewish Atheism
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Does the lack of a messiah make atheists of many jewish people?
If so, is it more preferable, for the leaders of Jewish communities, to have atheist subordinates rather than people believing in God because of Y'shua?
How then is their Jewishness more than a nationalistic effort?

Does the lack of a messiah make atheists of many jewish people?



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(10-17-2014, 02:44 AM)A. Bird Wrote: Does the lack of a messiah make atheists of many jewish people?
If so, is it more preferable, for the leaders of Jewish communities, to have atheist subordinates rather than people believing in God because of Y'shua?
How then is their Jewishness more than a nationalistic effort?

Does the lack of a messiah make atheists of many jewish people?





Perhaps, many among the Jews lose their Faith because of their faulty understanding of what the Messiah is all about. Many still expect an individual Messiah to come and he never comes. In fact, this has been going on since their exile in Egypt about 4,000 years ago. When Moses showed up to redeem them from captivity and guide them into the Promised Land, they thought that the Messiah had come. Since the Messiah is not supposed to die and Moses died just prior to get into the Promise Land, they had to renew their expectation of the Messiah. What they did not know is that Moses had been only a Messianic leader with the role to guide the Messiah into the Promised Land.

Later, the People got exiled to Babylon and, after 70 years, Cyrus, the Persian king proclaimed freedom to the Jewish People and financed the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. For that matter, he won from Prophet Isaiah the title of an anointed one as a Messianic leader for his provision of freedom to the Messiah. (Isa. 45:1)

In the case of Jesus, when he was born, the Messiah was at home, whereas suffering as a result of Roman occupation; that suffering only got worse throughout Jesus' lifetime and at his death, the Romans destroyed the Temple and exiled the Messiah unto the four corners of the earth into another exile of almost 2000 years. Sorry to say, but Jesus could not classify even as a Messianic leader,
let alone the Messiah.

Later, about 30 years after Jesus had been gone, Paul started preaching his gospel that Jesus was the Messiah regardless, son of God and that he had resurrected and today Jesus is acclaimed to be the Messiah for reasons too hard to understand, unless we read II Timothy 2:8 and Acts 9:20. Paul had revealed his secret about Jesus to his disciple Timothy, that it was all according to his gospel that Jesus was of the lineage of David, son of God and that he had resurrected. Last but not least, 50+ years later, Hellenists, former disciples of Paul wrote the gospels, all confirming the Pauline doctrines about Jesus as the Messiah and son of God.


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