Judaism is much more optimistic about humanity than Christianity
I understood that Jesus’ Disciple Paul did away with Jewish Law because its goals are untenable. Look, for hundreds of years, you’ve tried to improve. Yet, humans are fallible and stay imperfect over the centuries.
True, Jews agree that there is no perfection in this world. Only G^d is perfect. But, our Sages teach us, if you can’t complete a task doesn’t mean you’re exempt (Mishna Avot 2:16).
Rabbi Cardozo teaches that Jews could never commit genocide. Why? Because we are commanded to become better than we are. And even if we don’t improve much, the attempt makes all the difference. While classical Christianity tells the believers that they’re bad, rotten, and evil. When you keep telling people they’re immoral, guess how they’ll act.
The Sages tell us that there are two ways Redemption may come. We may bring it by perfecting ourselves so much that the Savior comes to put his Crown on our work. We are such that we enjoy something better if we worked for it. And G^d wants to be as generous as possible. Very sweet.
The other scenario is that G^d would send the Redeemer hastily before we’re all hopelessly doomed—the way we were taken from Egypt. The reverse scenario. In any case, we are guaranteed a happy ending.
Now, which should be preferred? Should G^d quickly send His King to save us? Or should we work harder to lay enough groundwork for his just and eternal reign ourselves with sweat on our brow (Genesis 3:19)?
Pessimistic people say: Send the Messiah now! Let’s love His Miracles.
But, it seems that G^d is with the optimists. He could have sent the Redeemer millennia ago and also yesterday. Why didn’t He? Nothing could stop Him, Heaven forbid. It must be that He still believes in us!
Reb Shlomo Carlebach says: More important than telling children to believe in G^d is telling them that G^d believes in them!
Why not try to live up to His expectations? Yes, it’s a tall order. So much is wrong. But, His Trust in us must be correct. And should give us wings.
Let’s redouble our efforts. Be an optimistic activist for the good of all.