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we are praticeing christians (I grew up Cathlic) but I feel that the christian faith over all is not respectfull enough of our Jewish Roots and i wish we could find a Messianic Temple as I truely feel that is the "correct" way. ANd where we'd be if it was avaable to us.
However we live in Iowa.
So As Theo grows, and I have time to read and study myself, I intend to introduce out Jewish roots here at home, and do what I can on the homeside. I must say this is where my heart is, but alas, not my education or studies -- : I have a loooooooong way to go.
I am very glad to have found this thread
|not a messianic but a Jewish Christian. Or a Christian Jew. lol|
can i get a quick review of this -- i know that some of it has to be with if yu have Jewish Bloodline or not -- correct?
Messianic here as well for almost 4 years already.
I'm glad to meet you, though it's not a very welcoming environment here for people like us.
I know. For me at least, it feels like Christians don't understand what I'm doing or why and Jewish people usually get ticked as we're perceived as some sneaky prostletyzing movement. It's frustrating.
I've been Messianic for about 3.5 years and DH for about 6 years.
I am sorry that you feel frustrated.
Here is how it looks from the Jewish point of view.
Many of the Jews are taught that Jews for Jesus is a sneaky prostletyzing movement - at least that is what I was taught,(I actually went through an anti JFJ role playing activity as part of a Jewish youth group activity) and, as a Jew looking at it, that is what it looks like.
If you look at it from the Jewish point of view, why would a bunch of gentiles who are Christian, start acting like Jews, using the Jewish symbols and "celebrating" the Jewish holidays and then try to "share Jesus" with them? It looks like a sneaky way of trying to convert people.
I do not mean to be snarky or anything, just explaining how it looks to the Jewish people.
I was raised in Reform Judaism and became a born-again Christian when I was 27. I went to church with my friend who shared Christ with me. I did not even consider seeking out a Messianic congregation, one reason being that I thought they were being deceptive in order to try to convert Jews.
I have studied Messianic Judaism some recently and to be honest, I still cannot figure out why a bunch of gentiles who are Christians want to act like Jews. : I am sorry, but I still don't get it.
I do now understand now that it is not a sneaky way to try to convert Jewish people to Christianity. I also believe that the Messianics love the Jewish people and respect them and I appreciate that.
I also understand that Christianity is rooted in Judaism.
But, the Bible clearly shows in Acts that the gentiles are not required to convert to Judaism nor to hold to the Jewish practices.
And there is even less reason for gentiles to start speaking in Hebrew and wearing yalmukahs.
I used to work with a woman who was Messianic and when she would share with us about how their group celebrated Passover and other Jewish holidays, it disturbed me. The way she shared it sounded like they were taking the Jewish holidays and traditions and making them into some sort of interesting, entertaining and different type of celebration or activity for them to do. To me that seems disrespectful.
I hope that not all Messianics treat the Jewish holidays and customs that way.
I do not think they intend to be disrespectful, but it appears and feels disrespectful to the Jewish people.
I am glad that the Messianic groups do love the Jewish people and do not despise them as some "Christians" do.
I just do not quite understand why they do what they do.
I imagine that most Christians do not understand it either.
But, ya'll are my sisters and brothers in the Lord, and I still love ya'll even if I do not understand you.