The Indignities of “Not Believing”

There’s a post going around on Facebook. It says this:

“I believe in Jesus Christ and have accepted Him as my personal Savior. One person on FB has challenged all believers to put this on their wall…In the Bible it says, if you deny Me in front of your peers, I will deny you before my Father at The Gates of Heaven. (Mat 10:33) This is simple…If you love G-d and you are not afraid to show it, re-post this. Just copy and paste….no shame here!”

I have no problem with people who are Christians, as many of them are good, hardworking people.  The problem is that this is an arrogant posting.  More importantly, many so-called Christians have never even read their own Holy Book.  They do not know that Christianity is twists the beliefs of another, older Religion.  This is not mere opinion on my part.  THIS IS FACT.  A perfect example of this is Isaiah 7:14, that so many have used to indicate as a miraculous birth.  “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”  When read in the original Hebrew (lāḵēn yitēn ’ăḏōnāy hû’ lāḵem ’wōṯ hinnēh hā‘aləmâ hārâ wəyōleḏeṯ bēn wəqārā’ṯ šəmwō ‘immānû ’ēl) is translated properly, it is actually says “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a Young Woman shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”  More importantly, when you read the entire chapter in Isaiah, then it becomes obvious that child in question is to be born in the near future, and not in some far off time.  To make matters even stranger, in Matthew 1:23, the author quotes Isaiah 7:14 word for word.  Two verses later, the child is born, and given the name “Jesus.” 

Apologists often refuse to see the contradictions in The Bible.  One such problem is with the genealogies of Jesus.  In Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38, they just don’t match up.  Apologists will have you believe that in Matthew, Jesus fits the prophecy of the Davidic line, though there is no blood relation between him and Joseph.  Their explanation is that Joseph adopted him, so that makes him legally his child.  This is not a valid argument in Judaism, however, as Judaism is a Matrilineal Religion, meaning that a child is only considered Jewish if the mother is Jewish.  The adoption argument is not valid.  Similarly, when those same apologists use the argument for Luke, they ignore the different lineage. 

I have no patience for people who refuse to see reason.  The problem is humans are intelligent creatures.  I believe in G-d, and I admit that.  However, I also admit that it is a belief that there is no evidence as such.  I do not ask anyone to prove to me that G-d does not exist as the burden of proof is on my end.  However, the people who post such ignorant posts as they do above are asking for trouble.  It shows arrogance on their part, that everyone should agree with them.  To assume that if everyone doesn’t believe the same as you, everyone is already doomed to a fiery hell is stupid.  If only Christians are allowed access to Heaven, then is the rest of the world consigned to Hell?  Are tribes in the deepest jungles who have never heard the Gospels doomed?  Does that seem fair?  Would their loving G-d do that?  According to the above passage, it certainly seems so.

The truth about Hell is much interesting than most people know about, the Christians are willing to admit.  It has its basis in Gehenna.  In Judaism, the belief is that it is a world where people go after they die.  Depending on the belief, everyone goes there to study Torah with Moses.  Others say that only the doomed souls go there, and at the end of the world, G-d will say a Prayer, and those who want to enter Paradise will say, “Amen.”  Yet another says that it is a place like Purgatory, and people who have lived bad lives will go there.  In last account, if their families want their loved ones to escape Gehenna, they will say the Mourner’s Kaddish for a year.  The Historical Gehenna is where the Roman soldiers burned the bodies of the unclaimed bodies of those who were crucified.  Between the actual pit of burning bodies, and the Jewish beliefs, it seemed ripe for the picking to combine the two.

Instead of letting bygones be bygones, many Christians have decided to take it as personal goal to save everyone they know who is not a Christian.  They shove their beliefs down the throat of others.  Even strangers on the street are subject to this indignity.  It is especially horrid during the major Christian Holidays such a Christmas and Easter when one can hardly step outside their homes without being asking by a stranger if they know Jesus.  Many of us develop a coping mechanism, whether it be placating them, sarcasm, or downright cruelty.  Regardless, we have to endure.  But why must we?


About MacJew

I am Husband to a beautiful woman, Father to two dogs and two cats. I am dovoutly Jewish. I love to read and write. I am trying to expand my horizons on film beyond the typical Hollywood garbage, so I have been watching foreign films lately. My plans for this blog are to talk about various things that are of interest to me, including Judaism, history, movies, books, et cetera. Anything that comes to mind, really.
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2 Responses to The Indignities of “Not Believing”

  1. Ray Garton says:

    An excellent piece. The behavior described here brings to mind that old Shakespeare line about protesting too much. Who are they trying to convince — everyone else, or themselves?

  2. The best response when asked if you know Jesus is to ask if they are from Immigration before confirming or denying if you do in fact know “Hey-seuss.”

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