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If Jesus was the Messiah, why did only a handful of Jews believe in him?
#1
With all the supposed miracles he performed and prophecies he fulfilled, there'd be no doubt that Jesus was the Messiah, yet the vast majority of Jews didn't accept him. Even after his supposed resurrection very few Jews accepted Jesus. Either the Jews were blind or the authors of the NT made up all the things Jesus did.
#2
Well some claim it's written that 1000's or 10.000's of Jews believed his story afterwards.
But anyway we had more Messiahs, they come and go.
A lot of people did miractles or prophicied. But Jesus was not the final Messiah who should bring a Kingdom of Peace.
#3
Maybe thousands of Jews accepted Jesus, but by the time Christianity rose to power and became the official religion of the Roman Empire, it had become a gentile thing. Jewish believers of Jesus had virtually disappeared by then.
#4
According to Christ, narrow is the path that leads to righteousness and few there are that find it. Further, the Tanach speaks of a righteous remnant as well.
#5
"...by the time Christianity rose to power and became the official religion of the Roman Empire, it had become a gentile thing. Jewish believers of Jesus had virtually disappeared by then."

When Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, it was constructed. It hadn't risen to power, it hadn't become a gentile thing; it was constructed, with a large amount of syncretism and anti-Jewish bias built in. I believe that the confusion caused by the construction of this Roman religion is a big reason why many Jews reject Jesus, thinking that Jesus is represented by Christianity, where Mary becomes the mother of this god. If that is all I knew, I would not follow Jesus either. I do follow Jesus, but I do not follow or defend any version of this religion called Christianity.

Another part of the answer is that people do not always do what is logical or reasonable. Think back over the history of Israel in the Torah and Prophets. How many miracles did God perform? What percentage of Israelites believed God after that. For example, after seeing the Red Sea opened, what percentage of the people believed God was powerful enough to give them victory when the spies came back to Kadesh Barnea. Why would you demand that a large majority of Israelites would have believed Jesus, even if his miracles were genuine, and even if they clearly saw and understood?
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(06-05-2013, 10:40 AM)Shalom12345 Wrote: With all the supposed miracles he performed and prophecies he fulfilled, there'd be no doubt that Jesus was the Messiah, yet the vast majority of Jews didn't accept him. Even after his supposed resurrection very few Jews accepted Jesus. Either the Jews were blind or the authors of the NT made up all the things Jesus did.

Even if he did fly, walk on water, heal the blind, and anything else he may have done, what makes you think there'd be no doubt that he was the messiah?

There is alot prophecised about the messiah that Jesus hasn't accomplished. He also did things that the messiah would not do, such as not correctly observing the Shabbat, knowingly.

There was, and still is, a lot of reason to not believe he is the messiah, as is the case for most Jews today who just vaguely study the Torah. You don't need to be an expert in Torah scriptures to know that the NT contradicts it in too many places for it to be the word of the same knowledge base.
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(06-11-2013, 11:14 AM)dantech Wrote: Even if he did fly, walk on water, heal the blind, and anything else he may have done, what makes you think there'd be no doubt that he was the messiah?

Boy that is telling. Give you Barabbas perhaps instead huh?
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(06-06-2013, 11:55 AM)Shalom12345 Wrote: Maybe thousands of Jews accepted Jesus, but by the time Christianity rose to power and became the official religion of the Roman Empire, it had become a gentile thing. Jewish believers of Jesus had virtually disappeared by then.

The Apocalypse, chapter 7 states that 144,000 Jews followed Jesus. Then it mentions a great multitude (obviously uncountable) dressed in white. Chapter 12 explains this by calling the 144,000 a woman that fled to the wilderness, leaving only her offspring, evidently the Gentiles. Evidently the persecution pf the Jewish followers by Jesus drove them out of Judea so that, by the time Rome declared war on Judea, the Jewish followers of Jesus weren't even considered to be Jews. Romans had a name for them: Christians.

Matthew 24 shows Jesus warning his disciples to leave once the high priesthood is overthrown (the abomination that causes desolation.) Paul was aware that all that returned to rabbinical Judaism would suffer the curse that Jesus took on Himself in the place of those that believed Jesus. I have reason to believe that Those that followed Jesus fled Jerusalem when John of Gischala entered the city and overthrew the highpriest. These followers fled to the churches that apostles and original disciples established among the Gentiles and a vast number of them were received into the promises of Abraham, the kingdom of God.

This Israelite remnant and Gentile multitude is consistent with the rest of the New Testament. The Jewish identity basically went into hiding. This is likely due to the harsh persecution that Jews endured at the time of their war against Rome. Since Christianity was hiding its Jewish identity and wasn't even considered Jewish by other Jews, its easy to see why Christianity is composed primarily of Gentiles.
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(06-05-2013, 10:40 AM)Shalom12345 Wrote: With all the supposed miracles he performed and prophecies he fulfilled, there'd be no doubt that Jesus was the Messiah, yet the vast majority of Jews didn't accept him. Even after his supposed resurrection very few Jews accepted Jesus. Either the Jews were blind or the authors of the NT made up all the things Jesus did.

Correct. They are blind. Still chosen, never forsaken but blind. G-d was not caught by surprise. He used that "failure" to save not only Israel, but the world.

"D'Oh!"
--- Satan

If Kennedy had predicted his assassination and resurrection and failed to rise, would anybody still vote for him ... If he did????



Isaiah 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
Isaiah 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
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(06-05-2013, 10:40 AM)Shalom12345 Wrote: With all the supposed miracles he performed and prophecies he fulfilled, there'd be no doubt that Jesus was the Messiah, yet the vast majority of Jews didn't accept him. Even after his supposed resurrection very few Jews accepted Jesus. Either the Jews were blind or the authors of the NT made up all the things Jesus did.


You could ask the question another way. Why did only a few believe in the spies report? I will answer you: Unbelief. Unbelief blinded the majority as it always will.


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