Friday, October 24, 2014
Open Letter to Caleb Hegg (and Anyone Else Who Doubts That One Law is Not a Judaism)
I was listening to the Rob and Caleb Show #47 (LINK) and was a little puzzled by something Caleb Hegg said. And this ties into my previous post. He essentially indicated that he believes that the Messianic Faith is not a Judaism.
Now why might he believe that?
Remember from my last post that I suggested that the key distinctive between Judaism and non-Judaism is the conceptual model for law/authority. The Judaic distinctive is, broadly speaking, a belief that the Law of Moses is still controlling.
But doesn't Caleb Hegg agree with this premise?
Indeed, he seems to agree that the Law of Moses is controlling. So his reluctance to be grouped with Judaism is probably based on his belief that there is no level of Rabbinic Authority whatsoever.
But I would respectfully submit to Mr. Hegg that Karaite Judaism also believes that there is no level of Rabbinic Authority and yet Karaite Judaism is still considered a Judaism! And why? Because they do feel on some level that the Law of Moses is still controlling.
So let's embrace it already! We believe and practice a Judaism. Is this really so surprising? Our Messiah is a Jew after all. : )
Love and respect to Caleb Hegg, he does good work for the Body.
Blessings and Shalom,
Posted by Peter at 8:54 AM