Given that this thread Jesus: Man or Myth was started by a Jew, I wonder how Jews regard Christians in general. Being brought up in the latter faith, I’ve heard polarizing opinions Christians have of Jews. Primarily, they’re God’s chosen people and it’s Christian duty to protect them. Also, they’re greedy misers who infuse their agenda upon Hollywood and liberal cultures.
So how do Jews feel about Christians? Do they consider them nice but hopelessly deluded? Are they glad to have such a powerful ally but wish they’d come to their senses about this Jesus meshuggah?
This article suggests that early Jewish thought regarded Christians as idolaters because they bowed to a cross, and thus equal to pagans, but this way of thinking eventually changed to “It’s OK for them. They’re Gentiles.” There was also some reservations about Christians worshipping a trinity even though they’re supposed to be monotheistic. Jews initially weren’t supposed to deal outside their tribes, but made an exception for Christians because they lived among them and couldn’t totally block them out of social interaction.
This jewfaq says that even though Jews call themselves Chosen of God, they don’t mean to brag about it. God actually bullied them into accepting the Torah when no other nation would. Jews would think they’re no longer special in the eyes of God if they strayed from the Torah, thus their “thanks but no thanks” attitude towards Jesus. Jews also think the Maschiach (anointed one, not savior) will be a man, not a diminished form of God. Jesus doesn’t fit their criteria for Messiah, most notably because he strayed from the original word of God and declared it null and void.