Starting today I’m home from work for ten days as the Center closes for winter break. It’s always a nice (forced) vacation. But it is particularly timely because we can finish out the rest of Chanukkah unencumbered by work concerns and can donate our attention to family time and hopefully to discussions about our beliefs and where we will go from here.
So we’re getting ready for Chanukkah IV and Shabbat; cleaning, running errands, the norm. Then the thought occurred to me: I don’t have to prepare for anybody else other than myself and my family. There won’t be a houseful of people coming tomorrow. I can actually spend Shabbat with my family! I took a very easy deep breath of relief. I wonder if we’ll visit a shul or if we’ll decompress at home? Either way it will be a welcomed change of pace from the messy life of messianics.
Speaking of that, I was able to gently force a conversation with my wife last night about the book Twenty-Six Reasons Why Jews Don’t Believe In Jesus. One small part of it touches on this scenario:
Who does this sound like to you?
- He is said to be G-d made flesh, the savior and the Son of G-d
- His father is G-d and his mother is a mortal virgin
- He is said to be born in a cave on December 25th before shepherds
- He offers his followers the chance to be born again through baptism
- He miraculously turns water into wine at a marriage ceremony
- He rides triumphantly into town on a donkey while people wave palm branches to honor him
- He dies as a sacrifice for the sins of the world at Easter
- After his death he descends to hell and on the third day rises from the dead and ascends to heaven in glory
- His followers await his return as the judge during the Last Days
- His death and resurrection are celebrated by a ritual meal of bread and wine, which symbolize his body and blood
Most educated Christians already know these things and despite the fact that these myths occur before Jesus’ time, they explain it away with the very uneducated and feeble argument of Diabolical Mimicry–that somehow the Devil in his wisdom (and apparent independence from G-d) created mock scenarios of Jesus’ life and mission so as to confuse people for when the real “Son of G-d” would come to the scene. How utterly helpful.
I don’t know the effect this is having on her yet but I’m hoping we can continue to talk about the many facets that comprise the lie of Jesus and the religion of Messianic Judaism/Christianity.