The Church emphatically states they are the Bride of Christ because Jews forfeited their position by denying Jesus as God. Jews dispute this claim [and rightfully so] and state Israel has this coveted position as the only betrothed to God. Which one is true? Who does God call his betrothed? If we look to the Bible for the answer it may shock both sides that neither are true.
Everyone knows this verse by heart – “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus”. Is the consequence of sin death? Is there no other remedy to sin other than a blood sacrifice? The lesson Paul is giving is not really death, but eternal life. This is the central message of the Christian NT – if you believe in Jesus you’ll have eternal life – if not you’ll be condemned to eternal torment. But, is this the message of the Hebrew Bible?
I just finished watching this 4 part series by Rabbi Skobac and all I can say is Wow. I wish he’d do an entire series from Aleph to Tav on this. He’s fantastic.
I love, love, love Tovia Singer. This is probably the best I’ve heard and it spoke directly to me in so many ways. It’s long but time well spent.
Exo 20:3 “You shall have no other gods upon my face.
I have studied this before. You are not to put another god onto the face of God, ie. turn anything into HaShem. That’s what makes Christianity the most idolatrous religion of all – they have put an image onto His face and called it HaShem. It’s one thing to believe in another god like Buddha, but it’s entirely forbidden to say Buddha is HaShem. Likewise, it’s one thing to say Jesus is a god or devine, but to say he is HaShem is the most egregious form of idolatry.
This is why it’s so hard to talk to Christians about this – they don’t see it as idolatry because they think Jesus IS HaShem, therefore they are not worshiping another god. But they fail to see that transposing Jesus onto the face of HaShem IS the same thing – idolatry.
Deu 4:15-16 “Therefore watch yourselves very carefully. Since you saw no form on the day that the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, (16) beware lest you act corruptly by making a carved image for yourselves, in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
HaShem has NO FORM of ANY FIGURE in the likeness of a MALE or FEMALE! Putting a figure of a male or female upon His face is Idolatry. Period.