With today’s world it is hard to find anything that isn’t connected in some way to religion. Whether it is a belief in multiple gods, in men, or one true God, everything has been tainted with it. There are so many beliefs today that one begins to wonder how they came to be here. Every religion has its own story of where they started but Christianity’s is one of particular interest. This religion, with all of its splits, began as a split itself. Even though now Christianity and Judaism seem so different, they started as one. In the Old Testament times there was no such thing as Christians, only Jews.
While Christianity is strictly a superset of Judaism, taking nothing only fulfilling prophesies, modern Christianity goes further. Jewish faith is based off of the Torah. The Torah outlines the laws and traditions every Jew should follow. Christians would recognize the Torah as Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, all part of the Christian’s Old Testament. In addition to these books the Holy Bible contains the New Testament. These accounts fulfill many prophesies that are spelled out in the Old Testament. However, many Christians lose the meaning of New Testament words. The Bible was written by Jews, for Jews. Because of this, there are many stories and phrases that are misunderstood or simply looked over. Christians have forgotten their beginnings. They no longer understand all of the traditions and holidays that Judaism entails. Sadly, this means many important lessons are never even noticed. Even though Judaism does not include the New Testament in their Torah, they do not ignore all together. Many Orthodox Jews see it as wonderful advice, even though it isn’t sacred.
This split between the Torah and the New Testament defines many differences from the very beginning; the most obvious of which is the question of Jesus. As far as Jews are concerned Jesus did exist. More than that, he was a wonderful prophet. According to Jews, that is as far as it goes. Jesus was an extraordinary man, but he was just that, a man. The New Testament however declares that Jesus was much more than a mere man. He was the Son of God, the true Messiah. Christians believe that Jesus was born from a virgin. When He grew up, he spoke the Word of God to the world and was perfect. In fact, He is believed to be fully man and fully God. Eventually Jesus was crucified, but after three days, He rose from the dead. This story is the foundation for all Christian faith. The crucifixion of Jesus ended the need for sacrifices. John 14:16 states “…I [Jesus] am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John)” Judaism, on the other hand, rejects this idea. Jews are still eagerly awaiting the coming of the Messiah, the savior of all.
Many problems arise with the idea of Jesus’ divinity, the Trinity being one of them. Orthodox Jews are very strict in the belief that there is no Trinity. There is only one God and to try to apply...