An Answer to Importuning Advocates of Christian Belief (April 2, 2013, Nissan 22, 5773)
People who believe in something naturally wish others to do the same. Concerning the Ten Tribes being in the west we encourage those who think as we do to spread the message. Many of these however are Christians and they also want to spread the message of Christianity in some form or other. If the target is Gentiles then that I suppose is fair enough. If however they speak to Jews they are liable to be committing a grievous offence against the Almighty God of Israel (Deuteronomy 13:6). Usually we ignore missionizing messages. We do not want to argue with people. Our concern is researching and spreading the truth concerning the Lost Ten Tribes.
We do not believe in Christianity but we consider it a positive tool of Divine Providence to bring people closer to the truth. We also do not see any valid viable alternative to it on a large scale. It follows that we have no reason to be against it nor do we want others not to believe in it. On the contrary. Through Christianity descendants of the Lost Ten tribes come to believe in the Bible and through the Bible understand the Ten Tribes message. Christianity however is not for Jews. It is forbidden to Jews. When Christians seek to impose their beliefs on Jews problems arise.
We were approached by a non-Jewish person who said he wished to work with us. From his conversation however it seemed that he was more interested in bringing ourselves, Jews, and everyone else in to the fold of his own belief.
Around this same time received messages from someone along the following lines:
Quote: Hello Yair, Could you or the jewish rabbis please answer this question? I know the build up to the question is lengthy, but the Lord laid this on my heart to ask you this question. We all know the jews as a Nation don't believe in [XX] the Messiah or that He has come once already,and that He was the sacrificial "Lamb" to take away the sins of the world.He became the ultimate sacrificial "Lamb",a human being....there are quite a large number of individuals,I mean jewish christians(Messianic jews) all over South Africa that understand the OT scriptures pointing to the fulfillment of the Messiah [XX] mentioned in the New Testament ... It is written in the Law and other scriptures in the OT about sacrificial offerings of lambs/sheep/bulls etc that were done in the Temple once a year to "cover" the sins of the people for that year.That is pretty clear to me and it all makes sense because it specifically says covers,not washes or takes away the sin. ... Well if as the NT says He came as the ....If man's sin, according to the Law is covered by the blood of lambs,goat,bulls etc,but now there is no Temple,or active Levitical priests to do these offerings, are all the jewish people not still full of sin from the age of understand of what sin is? How do they now be "covered" of their sin if it were the blood offerings etc,that covered sin and yet they carried out no more? # End Quote
We replied that this is not our field and that we do not deal with such questions. We also threatened that any more of the same could result in expurgation from our email list.
# ... All I wanted is a strong solid scriptural answer to a question that could mean life or death to a person asking out of curiousity.
If a person wanting to get into the jewish faith and knowing that the christians preach Jesus,the Muslims Allah,the Hindus-all their gods,and so forth, surely you could also give an answer,and probably ten times better with scripture back up,than some of these so called "other religions". # End Quote
Our answer is below. It also covers the case of the person who approached us.
Jews do not encourage people to become Jewish. Maybe they should but they do not and there are historical reasons for this.
Maybe a different message should go out to the Ten Tribes?
I do not know. Perhaps when the knowledge spreads an answer will come?
For the moment we do what we understand should be done which is to spread knowledge concerning the identity of the Ten Tribes. Even though we are convinced of the truth of what we speak there are still unexplained, or not sufficiently clear aspects to this information. More research still needs to be done alongside spreading the information. The Three Rs (Research, Revelation, Reconciliation) of Brit-Am are pertinent
You present a premise about blood being needed to atone for sin. This however is a Christian concept taken from Christian writings about Judaism. This is like firing an arrow at a tree and then drawing a target around where the arrow lands.
Jews believe in God. God says he wants repentance. When repentance can be accompanied by repentance well and good. When it cannot then we do what we can and the Almighty accepts it, just he did in the Book of Jonah with the people of Nineveh.
What is difficult about this?
Recently I met someone from Scotland in Jerusalem. He had sent me several e-mail saying he believed in the Ten Tribes being in the west and wished to speak about it. When we met he said he believed he had a mission to spread the word of his beliefs in his own version of Christianity. This was what he considered his life's purpose to be. He had come to Israel to spread the word. He also said he wanted to stay here. He said he had once intended suing the Israeli government to give him citizenship on the basis of his Lost Ten Tribes descent.
Throughout our conversation he could not stop speaking about his beliefs in the Christian Messiah
At first I put his enthusiasm down to the mistakes of youth. People often say things that are offensive or out of line. I am an easy-going person and when that happens my automatic response is to ignore what was said and change the subject. This is what I tried to do but it did not work. Later I realized that my good will and easy tolerant manner had been exploited and not for the first time.
We sent him a message that amongst other things said the following:
The Jews do not need your message. You are putting them in danger and are liable to be punished for it.
Your worship is against belief in God.
Repent while you can.
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