Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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How to spot a stealth Christian missionary

Let us begin with a disclaimer. Just like most people will never make it to the front page of the papers, most Christians are decent too. Christianity calls upon its adherents to live moral lives and teaches billions of people most of the main principles we Jews had to teach the Nations of the world.

And we do have true Gentile friends, some of them Christian. They are so different from those who’d secretly try to convert Jews out of existence!

Jews are naive. That’s one of the reasons G^d loves us. It’s also one of the reasons our prayerbooks try to teach us to trust no one. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be close to our friends. But be very careful whom to trust. As a People, Jews cannot imagine how low some people can fall.

It is possible, but hard to spot a con artist. They got a head start from life-long fooling others. Let me suggest what to check for. On their own, none of these signs must be definitive. But the more doubts you get, the more suspicious you should become.

Learn Jewish philosophy so that you can recognize people who don’t go by those Jewish ideas. Though, it could be that they’re just too assimilated.

  • Classical Christianity teaches that the afterlife is more important than life on earth. Then, they can be less materialistic and see a good meal or sex as a luxury that holy people should not need.
  • Christians often learn that when we die, we either go to Heaven or to Hell. And also, that people are either saintly or wicked.
  • The Christians to watch out for believe that only when Jews ‘accept Jesus,’ they can be saved for eternity. This, because people are evil from birth until they connected to Jesus. They pity people who are not Christian. Their ‘love’ for others makes them missionaries. But if anyone deserves this salvation is determined by the grace of G^d.
  • Christians often assume that the essential difference of Jews from the Priestly lineage is that they must be more prominent and holier.
  • Most Christians seem to believe that Jews are no different from Gentiles. But if they believe that Jews are holy, they believe that their holiness is a qualification and honor bequeathed by G^d.
  • Apparently, some Christians think that it is OK to lie in order to convert Jews, but they will not betray or insult Jesus. Test by asking them to say: “Jesus never got married. Maybe he was a bastard.”
  • Untrustworthy people will accuse you of bad character if you doubt them as if to be trusted is a right they are entitled to.

We Jews see these things differently. If I’d tell you how, it’s like I publish the code to the safe. Ask your rabbi. Ask two rabbis.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500th blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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