Knowing the combination of Jewish and Christian beliefs is an enigma to some or a brand new thought to others, we have found the following to be the most commonly asked questions. We trust our answers will be enlightening to you. We welcome your comments or further questions when you Use This Form to contact us.
- How can one be Jewish and a Christian, too?
- What is a Messianic Believer?
- How can we believe Jesus is the Jewish Messiah?
- Why don't Jewish people commonly accept Jesus as their Messiah?
- Do Christians worship three gods?
In order to be Jewish, one must be born Jewish. The nationality that one is born can never be changed. If one is born Jewish, he dies Jewish; if one is born Italian, he dies Italian, etc. The misconception is that the words “Jew” and “Judaism” are synonymous. They are not. “Jew” is the nationality while “Judaism” is the religion. If one must practice Judaism to be Jewish, then 90% of the world's Jewish population is not Jewish.
One can be Jewish (by birth) and practice any religion and still remain Jewish. For example, one can be a Buddhist, but it is still stated that he is Jewish, a Jewish Buddhist, etc.
Christianity is the relationship that one has with Y'shua (Jesus), believing Him to be The Christ (the English name derived from the Greek “Christos” derived from the Hebrew “Meshiach” meaning Anointed One). Christian simply means “Christ follower.”
Thus, one can also be Jewish (nationality) and Christian in their beliefs.
Remember, Y'shua (Jesus), Himself, was born Jewish. How would believing in a Jew and in His Jewish Scriptures (both Old & New Covenants – Tanakh & B'rit Chadashah) make one a Gentile?
*Interesting note: Gentile and Christian are not synonymous either!
Messianic Believer is the more common way today to describe a Jewish person who has accepted Y'shua Jesus as his Messiah and Savior. Hebrew Christian is synonymous.
In the Jewish Bible (Old Testament or Covenant -- Tanakh), there are over 300 prophecies to be fulfilled by Messiah. Y'shua Jesus fulfilled every single one of them. No mere man could accomplish this great feat. Scientifically speaking, the probability of one person being able to accomplish fulfilling just 48 of those prophecies is one in ten to the 157 th power! (For a listing of some of these prophecies, see Israel's Future.)
One common reason is that they believe from Scripture that their Messiah will set up a kingdom of peace on earth when he comes and Y'shua Jesus did not do this when He lived on Earth. What they do not understand is that Y'shua Jesus came the first time to deal with the sin issue that separates man from God. Having conquered sin and its' consequences through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, when He comes again to Earth, He will then set up His Millenial Kingdom and will usher in the “Messianic Age” of a thousand years of peace as He rules from His throne in Jerusalem.
According to many Scriptures, The Messiah is to deal with the sin question and is to usher in the era of peace. Either there are two Messiahs or one Messiah who must come twice to fulfill all these prophecies. Evidence clearly points to it being one Messiah who comes twice.
No. Christians believe in One God who is personified in three persons --
God the Father (Elohim), God the Son (Y'shua) and God the Holy Spirit (ruach ha kodesh). While there are three distinct personalities, they are one. The Hebrew letter “Sheen” which looks much like the English letter “W” stands for God. Note in the letter “W” or “Sheen” there are three branches tied together in one base – 3 in 1. Christianity calls this the Trinity or belief in a Tri-une God.
The Hebrew Sh'ma ( Deuteronomy 6:4: “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” In Hebrew: “ Sh'ma Yisrael, Adonai Eloheynu, Adonai Echod” ) also attests to this belief in that the Hebrew word for “one” (echod) in that verse in its' description of God, is the word one that means it is a united one, one that can be divided. The other word for one in Hebrew (yacheed) is used to mean one that cannot be divided. As God inspired the writer of the Holy Scripture to use “echod” He clearly wanted His people to understand that He is Tri-une in nature.