Contrary to popular belief, there are actually MANY differences between Xianity and Judaism–Xians will say the only difference is J*sus because they don’t know much about Judaism at all. I’m Jewish, so here is my answer:
Judaism believes that only you can be responsible for your sins. Nobody else can take them on or ask forgiveness on your behalf. Yes, we used to do animal sacrifices SOMETIMES, but most sacrifices were a mix of flour and oil. Still, sacrifice alone cannot atone for sin (and human sacrifice is ABHORRED by G-d). To atone for sins, a person must do teshuva, which includes: 1. recognizing the sin [knowing you did wrong] and feeling remorse for it 2. asking forgiveness of the wrong by the person you wronged (example: if you broke a Jewish law, you apologize to G-d, but if you broke your neighbor’s favorite flowerpot, you must apologize to your neighbor for no one else can forgive you) 3. try to right the wrong you did–if you broke the flowerpot, either buy a new one or try to repair the old one sufficiently 4. actively resolve and try not to commit the wrong again–if you broke a law, create a reminder for yourself so that next time the opportunity comes up, you will remember.
Xianity believes to get forgiveness from your sins, you need to ask J*sus because he sacrificed himself for the sins of the world. Judaism thinks that this is crazy.
We do not believe in proselytizing because we believe that nobody has to be Jewish to warrant a place in heaven. A non-Jew has as much right to the World to Come as a Jew does–a Jew just has more rules to follow to get there. We do accept converts (we are NOT a race!!) although it is a hard road because Judaism is a hard life to live. [notice I say life, not religion. Judaism is a way of life, not just a religion.] It takes years of study to convert and the rabbi wants to make sure the convert is sincere because nobody wants to waste at least a year of the rabbi’s life (or the convert’s life, for that matter). Once you are Jewish you can never be a non-Jew again UNLESS you take on another believe system directly contrary to Judaism’s. For example, you can be an atheist but still be Jewish because your believe system does not contradict with Judaism–you do not believe in G-d, but you don’t believe in another false god either. But you cannot be a Jewish Xtian because Xtianity is contrary to Judaism. If you are a Jew and suddenly start to believe in Xtianity, you are an apostate and not Jewish unless you repent and come home to Judaism.
Xianity believes that you have to be Xian and accept J*sus as your savior to get into heaven.
(I’m sorry my sentences on Xianity are so short–the Judaism ones just require more explanation, I think)
Of course, Judaism does not believe in the trinity. The belief that G-d can be three gods while still being one doesn’t make sense. Xians believe in the trinity.
Oh, and Judaism does not always take the Bible literally. For instance, the creation account. Most of us realize it is not to be taken literally. But in the writings of the prophets, however, they are to be taken literally in most places (unless the scripture says otherwise) because the writings of the prophets are what the prophets actually saw. Xianity does the opposite: takes the creation account literally and the prophets metaphorically (for example, it says that the messiah must re-build the Temple. Obviously, this has not physically happened yet. But Xianity says J*sus rebuilt the Temple in heaven.)
Christianity has a close relationship with Judaism, both historically and theologically. Jesus, the twelve disciples, the author of most of the New Testament, and the members of the earliest Christian churches were all Jews. Jesus’ family followed Jewish customs and Jesus frequently quoted the Hebrew Bible. Jesus’ followers believed him to be the messiah, a Jewish figure predicted in the Jewish Bible.
Despite its Jewish origins, it was not long before Christianity regarded itself as something other than a new Jewish sect. The first Christian council, convened by the apostles, concluded that pagan converts to Christianity did not have to follow Jewish ritual laws. Soon, converts to Christianity were almost exclusively pagans and Christianity moved further away from Judaism.
In the 2,000 years of history since Jesus, the relationship between Christianity and the ancient faith in which it is rooted has often been strained. Christians have criticized Jews for rejecting Jesus as their messiah, and Jews have criticized Christians for corrupting the concept of one God and following a false messiah. The New Testamant reports that Jews were the first to persecute Christians, and after Christians became the more powerful group, they frequently persecuted Jews.
Today, theological disagreements between Christians and Jews remain, but efforts are being made towards greater understanding and respect between the two great faiths. The following chart compares the origins, beliefs and practices of Christianity and Judaism.
what are the main differences between Jewish and Christian religions?
Well, the only one I know of is the Jews believe that they can follow the 10 commandments, and that they should obey all the laws. They believe that the law justifies them in some respects. Christians are taught there is no way to obey all the commandments, which is backed up by Jesus when he says, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28). There are many more examples of Jesus showing people how they are unable to obey the law. Christians obey few of the 636 (not sure?) laws in Leviticus, including the Sabbath
Jews do not believe Jesus was the messiah because he didn’t do what was in the prophecies.
Christians believe G-d became human – Jews don’t.
Christians believe in original sin and need for a savior – Jews don’t. Jews work to make amends to those they’ve harmed.
Christians focus on an afterlife – Jews focus on this life and making things right.
Christians believe in a Rapture and Second Coming – Jews don’t.
Christians don’t believe in following the 600+ laws in what they call the OT – Jews do.
Christians think the OT is a direct translation from the original Hebrew texts – it isn’t.
there’s more – just can’t think right now
I m still learning. But I am a Christian, but I firmly believe in the Torah. I believe the N.t. Is structured around the first 5 O.T. books
2000 years ago it was Circumcision!! JK Now The New and Old testaments should tell you all you need to know about the two different views. Try reading them, whether you believe or not they are still worth reading and you can learn a lot!
Everybodies like telling you the same stuff….hahaha
another difference is that Christians are strongly against Homosexuality (they believe it’s anti-christ, which is Satan), while Jews have nothing against it.
The Jewish faith believes in One God, and the Prophets who delivered his messages. They believe in a Messiah, or Savior, but they do not believe he has yet come. The Christian faith believes in One God and the prophets who delivered his messages, but they believe the Messiah HAS come (Jesus). And so the Jewish faith is waiting for the Messiah to come the first time, while the Christians believe he has already come (Jesus) and they are waiting for him to return the second time (second coming).
Jesus=savior (obviously christian and not jewish)
thats a big one