> Dear Cecil,
> There seems to be a general consensus that people - Jews and
> Christians alike, that Jesus Christ, regardless of his manner of
> conception, was born and raised a Jew. He purportedly remained so
> until his demise, then subsequent return to join the living for a
> short while. (Sounds like a Zombie to me.) Somewhere in his
> admonishments, he directed his followers to have some wine, a wafer or
> two, and be baptized, which would have these water-logged believers be
> “born again”. If these wayward souls did as “Jesus the Jew” said and
> became “born again”, would they not now be Jews; or at least Jews-in-Law? If so, there will be some changing of the world view.
> Oh font of all knowledge, please settle the suffering in my mind.
> A happy Buddhist
>> “In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that
> someone else will solve their problems. Every individual has a
> responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction.
> Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged.”
> His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
This is a massively complicated question. Jesus when he was alive urged people to follow Jewish law, very strictly. After his death, Paul encountered Jesus and got a whole new set of instructions. The earliest Christians tried to appeal to the Jews, but were rejected, and so (following Paul) set out to convert non-Jews to a totally new religion. Unfortunately, the new religion included hatred of the Jews (for not accepting Jesus.)
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Thank you for your well thought out and reasoned reply. I can only assume that Paul who was born a Jew, - “Saul of Tarsus” - became what we now call a “Jew for Jesus”. Although it’s not clear when he went from Jew to Gentile, most believe it was between Acts 10 and Acts 13.9. Good thing Mormons weren’t around then, he’d be stuck forever or need some real divine intervention.
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