Saturday, January 13, 2007

Things that make me go. . .HMM?!

While studying the Jewish roots of Christianity a couple of things have struck me recently as interesting:

1. While the entire Bible is God's Word and was originally a "Jewish" book (written by Jews with God's inspiration), nowadays you'll note many Jews (excluding Messianic Jews of course)deny what Christians call the New Testament or New Covenant as well as Jesus as the Messiah. On the other side you have many Christians discounting the importance of the Old Testament. I believe we need both to fully understand God and develop a deeper relationship with Him. One without the other gives us an incomplete picture of our awesome Creator.

2. Currently you find Christians trying to convert Jews to "their" religion of Christianity. Sometimes in doing so they are expecting them to give up their Jewish heritage/traditions/customs/culture. However, the question in the early church (which was originally 100% Jewish) was whether Gentiles (non-Jews) could be followers of Christ and if so, did they need to convert to Judaism in order to do so.

Maybe we should think about finding the true answer somewhere in between? Seems the church over time has gone from one extreme to the other. Just my thoughts.


Angela said...

Which is why it's so important for us to read our Bible and try to see what God is trying to tell us.

I can't believe I'm still up. It's 12:30 cst and we have Church in the morning.

Do you guys go to church? We do. We attend a church called Brookside here in Omaha.

We used to be called Faith Evangelical Free Church. (Lordy - that was one LONG name)

Now it's short and sweet. :-)

Ang said...

I attend a house church network called The Banqueting Table. About 1 1/2 years ago we were running short on funds and could not even pay our rent at the High School we were meeting in. We had been going through a lot of changes anyway and decided God was leading us to meet in house churches. The group I am a part of meets on Tuesday nights. We eat together, worship together, pray together and study God's Word in a small intimate group in someone's home. Then once a month all the house churches get together for what we call a Celebration. We have really become a family this way and I've grown in the Word so much in the last 1 1/2 years. It is much more interactive than when we were a traditional church. And we are much more active in one another's lives. My Tuesday night group has about 6 families in it (including mine.)

Katrina said...

Wow I thought I was the only one wanting or trying to study the Jewish roots of being a Christian. May I link this part of your log to mine?