There are some important things I want to share with you concerning my recent dialogs with anti-missionaries.
One of the first things I have learned is that many anit-missionaries do not want to debate the core issue: "Be it resolved Yeshua of Nazareth is the Messiah of Judaism."
They want to debate almost any other issue but that one. They will seek to divert the subject to various other doctrinal issues concerning the nature of Elohim or how atonement takes place. These are great issues to discuss in another context, but they are not the key, central, core issue.
I want to clarify that the Diety of Messiah issue is an unrelated issue. There are those who believe Yeshua is the Messiah who reject the Diety of Messiah doctrine. There are also those who are Orthodox Jews (arguably) who have never believed Yeshua was the Messiah who accept the Deity of Messiah doctrine. In fact there are Chabad Hasidic Jews who believe Shneerson was the Messiah who proclaim the Deity of Messiah ( http://www.haaretz.com/news/the-lubavitcher-rebbe-as-a-god-1.212516 ). I do not agree with thos positions but they do exist, thus demonstrating that this is an unrelated issue of debate.
Another issue I have found in seeking to debate an anti-missionary is that they want to limit the material to be cited in the debate to be the Tanak only. This is odd because the anti-missionaries I am speaking of are Rabbinic Jews. Why should they want to eliminate the Targums, Talmuds, Midrashim, Zohar and other Rabbinic literature from the debate? Neither of us are Kaaraites, so why take a Kaarite position in the debate?
The reason friends is... (and you Kaarite sympathizers out there, hold onto your hats) The concept of the Messiah is largely an Oral Law concept! And the anti-missionaries KNOW THIS WELL. The Messiah is almost never mentioned in the Tanak by that title (The possible exceptions being "YHWH has anointed me" (Is. 61:1); "His anointed" (Ps. 2:2) "an anointed shall be cut off" (Dan. 9:26). Even these passages are unclear in the Tanak alone, as they could simply refer to a "an anointed one" rather than "The Messiah." The only way to demonstrate clearly that any given passage is in fact a reference to Messiah is to rely upon the Oral Law (thru such sources as the Targums, the Talmuds, the Midrashim and the Zohar). For example the word "Messiah" never appears in Isaiah 53, yet we know form the Targum, the Talmud, the Midrash Rabbah and the Zohar that Isaiah 53 speaks of the Messiah. This is why, while some Rabbinic Jews and even Orthodox Rabbis have accepted Yeshua as the Messiah, I know of no case where a Kaarite has come to Messiah. There is virtually no way to make the case to a Kaarite that Yeshua is the Messiah. By contrast I can show any open minded Rabbinic Jew that Yeshua is the Messiah of Judaism, and I have done just that in our new book Mashiach: The Messiah from a True Jewish Perspective.
In fact it is for this very reason that Yeshua's original followers came from the Pharisees and Essenes and few if any from the Sadducees. That is because the Sadducees rejected the Oral Law and thus had no framework for the very concept of the Messiah and they could not accept Yeshua as a Messiah when they did not even accept the concept of Messiah at all.
Friends the cupboards are getting bare quick and we do not have the funds to keep groceries in the house through the end of the month.
I know that you are out there and that you support this ministry with your prayers.
I cannot tell you how many of you have contacted me over the months and years and told me how important this ministry and this work is. We appreciate your prayers and your moral support, but now we need you to step up to the plate and back us with your financial support as well.
Despite all of these and other efforts,donations to this ministry have actually dropped this month. We are now in the last third of the month, and the paypal counter is only at $390! We have bills dues and we do not have the funds to pay them.
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