You've probably had Christians come around to your door, wanting to
engage you in "discussions" about their faith. And maybe, as a good Jew,
you've let them in the door. They seem to be nice young men, well-dressed,
well-mannered. They may even speak Hebrew or Aramaic, and they may carry the Holy
Scriptures under their arms, but don't be deceivedthey are not Jewish.
Christianity is an insidious cult that seeks to tear real adherents of Judaism away from
Moses and the Holy Scriptures. Take, for example, their principal message, about the
Messiah. They bring you their "New Testament, Another Witness of the
Prophets" and try to convince you that their founder, Jesus, was the Messiah.
But believe me, the Christians have a different messiah, not the Messiah of the Holy
Scriptures. While the Holy Scriptures Messiah is a king who will liberate us from
our enemies, the Christian messiah is said to have died for our sins, despite the fact
that the Holy Scriptures teaches that every man is responsible for his own sins (Leviticus
20:19-20). If a man commits murder, for example, he is to be executed for his sin,
and there is no provision for someone else dying in his stead (Genesis 9:6). The law
of God clearly states that "every man shall be put to death for his own sin"
(Deuteronomy 24:16). For those not guilty of capital crimes, the Holy Scriptures are
clear about the procedure that must be followed in order to be cleansed from sin.
One must confess his sins, make restitution for wrongs, and offer the proper sacrifice
(Leviticus 4:2-4; Numbers 5:6-7).
The Christians believe that, because their leader died, it is no
longer necessary to offer sacrifices at the temple. But the Holy Scriptures say
otherwise, commanding, "thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for
atonement . . . two lambs of the first year day by day continually" (Exodus
29:36, 38). These sacrifices are to make "throughout your generations"
Ironically, the founder of the Christian Church was conceived out of
wedlock, which, under the law of Moses, disqualifies him from participating in religious
functions (Deuteronomy 23:2). The Christians' own scriptures acknowledge that Jesus
was a winebibber (Matthew 11:19). The Holy Scriptures warns us, saying, "a man
walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and
of strong drink" (Micah 2:11). The false prophet Jesus, who also claimed divine
prerogatives, was tried and found guilty of high crimes and executed by crucifixion.
And yet some people are gullible enough to believe that he was sent by God!
The Christians claim that their current leader, a sometime fisherman
and money-digger (Matthew 17:27) named Simon (who goes under the alias of Peter), along
with their other apostles, are prophets who speak with God. But their messages
contradict the word of God as given through ancient prophets such as Moses, Isaiah, and
Jeremiah. Prophecy ceased some four centuries ago with Malachi, whose record marks
the end of the scriptures God intended to give mankind. The Holy Scriptures tell us
to beware of false prophets (Isaiah 9:15; Jeremiah 28:15), and the Lord warned us through
Moses not to add or detract from his word (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32). The Holy
Scriptures, from Genesis to Malachi, are inerrant and all-sufficient, and it is
blasphemous to suggest that God should give us additional scriptures, a "new"
testament that contradicts in every particular what he has already given us.
One of Simon Peter's supposed "prophecies" told him not to
make a distinction between clean and unclean animals (Acts 10:9-16), despite the fact that
the Holy Scriptures clearly commands that we make such a distinction (Leviticus 10:10;
11:2-31, 41-47; 20:25; Deuteronomy 14:3-20). The "revelation" itself
contains a clue to its false nature. It says (verse 10) that Peter was suffering
hunger when "he fell into a trance." (Acts 10:10) His supposed
"vision" (Acts 10:17)or should we call it what it really is, an
hallucinationwas from the feeling in his stomach, not from God. I had a dream
very much like Peter's one night, but instead of attributing it to a heavenly revelation,
I chalked it up to a morsel of undigested cheese.
The Christians also say that they have the priesthood, by which they
claim to perform ordinances and various miracles. The Holy Scriptures make it clear
that the priesthood is restricted to the tribe of Levi, and that God curses anyone else
who tries to officiate in priesthood functions (2 Chronicles 26:18-19). When Aaron
and his sons were anointed, God said, "for their anointing shall surely be an
everlasting priesthood throughout their generations" (Exodus 40:15). God
made a "covenant of an everlasting priesthood" with Aaron's grandson Pinehas
(Numbers 25:13), and his descendants still occupy the office of high priest at the temple
in Jerusalem. It is people like the Christians whom the Holy Scriptures condemn
because they have "cast out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the
Levites, and have made you priests after the manner of the nations of other lands so that
whosoever cometh to consecrate himself with a young bullock and seven rams, the same may
be a priest of them that are no gods" (2 Chronicles 13:9).
As for the supposed Christian "miracles," it is clear that
they do not follow the scriptural pattern. Their founder is said to have healed
people by telling them their sins were forgiven (Matthew 9:2), while some people were
supposedly healed by touching his garment (Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 6:55-56). This
practice of magical rites is confirmed in another Christian scripture, Acts 19:12, which
says people can be healed by being touched with handkerchiefs or aprons touched by someone
who has healing powers. Even more fantastic is the story in Acts 5:15, where we read
that people were healed when the shadow of Peter fell on them!
The Christians also deny the efficacy of circumcision, wanting to
replace it with baptism. But in the Holy Scriptures God clearly states that
circumcision is "a token of the covenant betwixt me and you," and is to be
"an everlasting covenant." If a man is not circumcised, God says,
"that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant"
In his "sermon on the mount," the founder of the Christian
Church openly spoke out against Holy Scripture teachings that had been revealed from
heaven. Even while professing that he had not "come to destroy the law, or the
prophets" (Matthew 5:17), he changed the sixth commandment from "thou shalt not
kill" to "whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger
of the judgment" (Matthew 5:21-22). He also reworded the seventh commandment,
rejecting the words "thou shalt not commit adultery" and substituting,
"whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her
already in his heart" (Matthew 5:27-28). And though the Holy Scriptures
specifically say that we should perform oaths in the name of the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:13;
10:20), Jesus abrogated the commandment and taught "swear not at all" (Matthew
5:34). He also denounced the scriptural law of divorce (Matthew 5:31-32). In
the same sermon, he showed his utter depravity and demented state by telling his disciples
to pluck out their right eyes and to cut off their right hands (Matthew 5:29- 30).
It is hard to believe that anyone could accept someone like this as the Messiah.
Finally, Christians revere their leader as a martyr, one who
"gave his life" willingly. Yet the facts tell a different story:
When the chief priests came to lawfully arrest this Jesus, his principal disciple
(and current leader of the Christians) lashed out with a sword, inflicting serious head
wounds upon the high priest's servant (John 18:3-10)! Jesus, the "martyr,"
was involved in a sword fight shortly before his death!
Now, you might want to try helping your Christian neighbor find his
way to the God of the Holy Scriptures. But bear in mind that it will be difficult to
talk to him because Christians have their own unique definition of scriptural terms.
So when they use the term "messiah," they're not thinking of the
scriptural Messiah, but of the criminal Jesus. When they speak of
"sacrifice," they don't mean the sacred rites of the temple of God, but refer to
the execution of the criminal Jesus. A true Jew understands salvation to be God's
intervention in the affairs of men to save his people, Israel, from their enemies.
But Christians use the term "salvation" to mean resurrection and going to
heaven to live with God. And this comes only if you believe in their other messiah!
We love the Christian people and need to do everything in our power
to bring them back to the God of the Holy Scriptures. You should, of course, pray
for your Christian friends. But you can do more. The ministry we have
organized here at Yeshivah Ahuvat ha-Shem needs your help in order to continue its work in
exposing the insidious Christian conspiracy against the Jewish people. Please send
your love offerings by courier to us at Yavneh-Yam. Thank you and God bless you for
your faithfulness and generosity.