(A recent video by counter-missionary Rabbi Tovia Singer - asking for donations to his Jews for Judaism organization, prompted me to write the below.)
It’s no secret that I don’t like “counter-missionary” organizations such as Jews for Judaism – a network of Jewish rabbis who make their living berating Jesus; and spending all their time and energy “proving” that the New Testament is a myth.
On the other hand, I can certainly understand where Singer is coming from, because he is trying very hard to keep his Jewish brethren from falling into the gnarly clutches of Christian organizations such as Jews for Jesus, who knock themselves out to take Jews away from YHWH’s Torah (Divine Instructions in Righteousness) to bring them into one of the 40,000 different Christian “denominations”.
The truth is, Christianity, as a whole, is doing a great disservice to the Jews (and anyone else who obeys ADONAI’s Torah) because it insists “the law (Torah) is a curse” that was supposedly “abolished at the cross”; and suggests that Jews “aren’t completed” UNTIL they leave “that Old Testament stuff behind” and just “believe in Jesus.”
HUGE MISTAKE! By trying to take Jews away from Torah and all of their Jewish history, you are denying the importance, not only of God’s Torah, but also of the first two-thirds of the Bible. The last third is NOT the “only important part!”
The Bible – when read IN CONTEXT – in no way suggests that Torah was abolished, just because "the Son of God died.”
Yeshua (Messiah’s given Hebrew Name which means YAHWEH is Salvation) came NOT to bring a new religion called “Christianity”; he came to proclaim the Kingdom of ADONAI and do everything his Father commanded him to do (Luke 4:43; Luke 8:1; Acts 28:23 and Acts 24: 14).
YHWH said HE would send a prophet who was to do everything He ordered him to do (Deuteronomy 18:15-18, which ends with, “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kinsmen. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I order him.” Yeshua was that prophet!
Yeshua Himself said He came to do HIS FATHER's will; not His own (John 6:35-40). The Truth is, Yeshua was the Word or the "Manifestation" or the "Will of" YHWH coming down from heaven to do the Will of YHWH upon earth. His Spirit was of YHWH, but his nephesh (soul) and body were human and temporal. This shows that Yeshua was NOT in charge while on earth; HIS FATHER WAS!
So, the Jews are actually correct in trying to protect their own from this thing called “Christianity” – a religion that insists on turning the Messiah into God, over and above the Father Himself….
The bottom line is, Christianity is based NOT on Torah, but on the misunderstood writings of Paul (who, by the way, NEVER negated Torah!)…. (For more on the errors of Christianity, please check out the articles on our Examining Christianity page: https://therefinersfire.org/challenging_christianity.htm)
Now – back to Rabbi Singer and his urgent request for donations….
It would be one thing if he were simply trying to keep his fellow Jews from “Jesus”. But that is NOT all that Jews for Judaism does! They have, for decades now, been actively taking not only Jews away from Jesus; but also Christians, as well as Messianic and Hebrew Roots types – which is just as bad as Christians trying to take Jews away from Torah!
(Check out some of the counter-missionary viper pits sometime to see exactly what they say and do. You can read some of their allegations – along with our responses - on our website’s Countering the Counter-Missionaries page; as well as on my Facebook page of the same name.)
The truth is, because – no matter whatever else the Jews attempt to twist it into – Isaiah 53 foreshadows YHWH’s Messiah. Plain and simple. (See our article.)
It is an absolute death knell to the Word of God to TWIST His Word in ANY way, or to try to separate the Truth of YHWH/Yeshua/Torah. When you do those things, WHOM are you really worshiping?
BOTH sides need to snap out of their slumber and read the WHOLE Bible without their respective prejudices. YHWH and His Torah belong to everyone; not just the Jews! His Divine Instructions in Righteousness pertains to ALL - not just the Jews. And Yeshua and "Grace" weren't given only to the Christians.
SCRIPTURE SAYS SO!