Thursday, June 20, 2013

Dysfunctional Family

Can you imagine marrying into a family where for decades the groom's family rejects you? At different times, different family members rise up with something struck in their craw about you, with lots of murmuring, resentment and stirring up other family members against you. Then it dies down and someone else takes the lead of offense against you....just a never ending parade of family rejection?

 Yeah, I think that pretty much describes how Messianic Jews feel often times about their relationship with about half the Church, too. Some handle that pain of it better than others, but the ones who handle it like Yeshua - giving mercy and forgiveness - keep the hope for peace despite the rejection.

 Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it.
If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned.


Are Messianic Jews a cult like your Jewish friend said?!

If you are a Christian, you ought to know that your traditional Jewish friends will try to keep you from being interested in Messianic Jews (Jews who believe in Jesus) by telling you they are a religious cult.

You know what makes them a religious cult in the eyes of traditional Jews? The fact they believe in Jesus.

Now don't get into all kinds of confusion. Your Jewish friends are nice people - they are just adamantly opposed to any Jew who believes in Jesus. They think that person has become a traitor to the Jewish people, abandoning true faith to align with the Christians who have persecuted Jews for a couple of millennium.

You don't have to get mad at them for thinking that way, you just have to understand why they say the things they do about Messianic Jews and the Christians who affilate with Messianic Jews. And it is important that you do so, and not let yourself be swayed by their strong conviction that Messianics are a religious cult.

It's all about Jesus. If you have no problem with Him, then how could you possibly be persuaded that Jews believing in Jesus equals a cult? Selah!

If you want to know more I can refer you to a couple of books that will help turn on the light.  They are by Tel Aviv Messianic leader, Ron Cantor:

Identity Theft: How Jesus was Robbed of His Jewishness
 Read the first two chapters free at this link

and Leave Me Alone - I'm Jewish!