Sunday, March 16, 2014

Defining Messianic Judaism: A One-Law Approach

While there is no universally recognized definition, Messianic Judaism may be defined as a movement of individuals and communities who believe that, in addition to the physical realm of Israel composed of the physical descendants of Israel, there is a Messianic Kingdom Realm of Israel composed of all the faithful followers of Yeshua (a.k.a. Jesus) who have accepted His Sovereignty over their lives and that this faith-based inclusion bestows a covenantal responsibility for each Messianic, whether Jew or non-Jew, to follow a Way of Life in which the Holy Spirit guides one to keep all applicable Scriptural Instructions (e.g. Holy Days such as Shabbat, dietary instructions such as keeping kosher) and even certain rabbinic traditions whenever they are necessary and proper to carry out those Scriptural Instructions.  

While Messianics oppose the anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism which is notoriously prevalent in Christian teachings and Church history, Messianics love and accept Christians as family and try to serve as witnesses to the Truth that Yeshua and the Apostolic Writings promoted, not the abolishment of Judaism, but rather a New Covenant oriented version of Judaism--a Messianic Judaism.

Finally, Messianics believe that G-d loves all the peoples of the world and wants everyone to receive the gift of salvation offered through Yeshua, the Son of G-d, so that one day, when Yeshua returns to establish His Kingdom on earth, all peoples may flow up to Jersualem to worship in the Temple.  

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