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Fundamental differences between Jews and Christians

There must be 50 ways to leave us as others

Disclaimers: The following are not facts but my opinion. They are not the view of Judaism—just how I see it: don’t blame the Rabbis or all other Jews for it. They show how much Judaism and Christianity cannot be done simultaneously by anyone and that there is no such thing as “the Judeo-Christian tradition.” These differences don’t mean Jews and Christians have little in common nor that we can’t be good friends. They do show that Rabbis sounding like Christians, have a(n assimilation) problem.

You may find that Muslims are often somewhere in-between.

The format has no space for too much nuance. In no particular order:

Issue For Jews For Christians
We are a Nation Church
The center of religious Life is at home Life is in the church
We long to Perfect us, the world Receive salvation
Our Bible transmission Is extremely precise Precision is not crucial
Biblical contradictions Are all hotly debated Are mostly irrelevant
We try to serve mostly Jews, people, and G^d The Trinity
Arguing G^d is what He expects, wants Is the greatest sin
Winning converts we Do if we must Must
We’re all lost when all Jews are gone Christians are gone
Main action Acting Believing
Our ideal numbers As a small minority Everyone
Refusing to learn from Us: rebellious students Us: pitiful ignoramuses
We look forward to World peace for all Perfect life in Heaven
Short-term, we await Peace on earth The worst war ever
Humans need Challenges Converting
We find humans Innocent and good Inherently sinful
Inherited guilt Doesn’t exist Only God can undo
About our future we’re Cautiously optimistic Certain to be saved
Lying is almost only OK to prevent murder OK when proselytizing
Having faith is to Do the max, pray, trust Have a safe feeling
To love is To help someone Having a warm feeling
To hate our enemies Can be good, healing Is always a sin
Suffering Can help us, calls on us Shows we’re helpless
Mistakes we need to Face, regret, cease Ignore, start anew
Equality means We are each worthy We are all sinners
One religion for all is Our worst nightmare Our highest dream
Stubborn Jews prevent Their own genocide Their final salvation
Jews who reject Jesus Make us stronger Make us sad, angry
Jesus, A Christian Idol We’re lost without him
Hell, A place of cleansing Eternal damnation
Heaven, The end for most Only for the happy few
Capital punishment Nowadays is murder Is just fine in principle
Human death is the Worst disaster; fight it Will of God; accept it
Divine Power Compromises with us Is the only real Power
The Goal of Creation is To reward us max To select the best
Scientific findings Must fit Judaism Are lesser than Dogma
Men and women are Alike but very different Equals in every way
Loving others is deeply Religious, serving G^d Secular, humanistic
Love your neighbor is A Jewish Law A Christian Law
The Mundane is a Non-existent fiction Reprieve from the holy
Christianity Is too basic for Jews Is the religious basics
Add Jesus to Judaism Kills it, is a fatal mix Completes it
Meaning of the Torah Shows in the Oral Law Is meager
Wicked people are Mistaken good people Evil and should die
Enjoying life should be Done but within limits Avoided AMAP
Making money Is kosher as a means Is dirty; poverty is holy
Sexuality is Holy, don’t squander it Beastly, don’t indulge
Divorce is Always (a sad) option Not done (by some)
Life-long celibacy is Forbidden Holy
Every person Is unique and special Should be equal
Christianity Needs a Jewish update Is update Judaism
Jews should be Humanity’s teachers Updated, be Christians
Gentiles must respect Jews extra as teachers Jews like everyone
Jews to learn from are All Jews—and Gentiles Only dead Jews
Jews to feel close to Are all Jews Are the martyred Jews
Jews should assimilate Less, be less Christian More, be Christian
Trying to convert Jews Is wicked, genocide Is holy, God’s plan
Life in this world is All we have for sure Not the real thing
Satan is an important, Good, tempting Angel Wicked Enemy of God
Islam Lacks any idol worship Is a wicked religion
Being Chosen by G^d Obligates Is a privilege
Serving G^d serves to Make people better Make G^d feel better
Everyone should Be pious and humane Love God
Power is in numbers And we must be few The more, the merrier
Jew-hatred tells us to Stop our divisiveness (At best) shield Jews
Jew-hatred mostly Hurts the perpetrators Hurts the victims
Jew-hatred is caused By G-d to egg us on By the Jews, basically
Jews are the eternal, Proud survivors Pitiful victims
The Bible says Thou shan’t murder Thou shan’t kill
The Redeemer is A learned, perfect Jew God, celibate
G^d loves everyone Period; He hates evil Who is righteous
After the Fall in Eden We can now elevate us We are all doomed
Is G^d talking to us? Yes, by giving us ideas He talks to pure ones
We have Free Will At our fingertips Only if G^d allows us
Our lifestyle is Us commanded Our free choice
Repentance Is our daily work Is a one-time thing
We can all Complete each other Only trust in God
G^d is here for us to Cooperate with To obey and beseech
Doubting is a sign of Religious maturity Sinfulness
Religious disputes Bring religious depth Should be solved
The Talmud’s lessons Are sublime wisdom Are sinful or silly
The Holy Land is the Land given to the Jews Land of Jesus’ steps
Christians helping Jews Won’t get instant trust Must be good, pure
The Temple fascinates Us, we await its return Us as Jesus was in it
The Laws of the Torah Are all binding Are only symbolic
The Torah Laws Make us better Don’t make us perfect

 

So, this is not true for all Christians, but you get my drift, no?

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