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The Fallacy of Christian Redemption Theology
By Shlomo Phillips © 12.29.2010 (last updated 09.01.2013)
There are two primary areas where Christian theology establishes a vast gulf between itself and Judaism:We still await that day.
The latter is topic of this study as we conclude with Conditions not met. For part one of this study Go Here
- Its rejection of biblical monotheism.
- Its rejection of biblical redemption.
In part one we saw that each person is solely responsible in the eyes of HaShem for the choices he or she makes. This biblical truth completely rules out the Christian teaching of the atonement. No atonement can replace personal accountability.
As Paul noted:Galatians 6:8 Those who keep sowing in the field of their old nature, in order to meet its demands, will eventually reap ruin; but those who keep sowing in the field of the Spirit will reap from the Spirit everlasting life.
The Atonement Doctrine and Replacement Theology
The Christian atonement dogma is part of their overall Replacement Theology. The Church claims that only those who 'accept Jesus as Lord and Savior' and/or are approved by the Church are 'saved'. If this is true then all religious and most non-religious Jews are 'lost'! With one fell swoop this dogma seeks undermine all of Judaism and replace it with a religion that is primarily doctrinally Pagan and anti-Torah.
But for the sake of argument let's say HaShem would abandon His people despite His assurances to the contrary (Malachi 3:6 etc). Did the execution of Y'shua meet the biblical sacrificial requirements? Consider the following:
The proper sacrificial animal for sin offerings depended on the status of the sinner offering the sacrifice:
Y'shua ben Yosef was not a young bullock, a young male goat, a young female goat nor a female lamb nor even a turtle dove. Therefore he does not meet the sacrificial requirements on these grounds alone. One can not offer just anything to HaShem! He is very specific about what He will accept and what He will reject.
- For a high priest or an entire community simultaneously, the sacrifice was to be of a young bullock. We note that Christians call Jesus "the Lamb," not the Bull.
- For a king or a prince the required offering had to be a young male goat (not a male lamb).
- For other individuals the offering had to be either a young female goat, or a female lamb (not a male lamb).
- For poor people who were unable to afford these, a turtle dove could be sufficed.
Human sacrifices are strictly forbidden in the Bible. Even if he were a god as the Nicean Creed says, he was also "fully human" according to them. This is part of the supposed mystery of the Trinity: fully God, fully man. Sacrificing the man side violates Torah. He is therefore disqualified as a sacrifice on this ground (2 Kings 3:27, 2 Kings 21:6, Jeremiah 7:31, Deuteronomy 12:31, Psalm 106:38 etc.).
Many more discrepancies could be offered but the point is, nothing about Y'shua's execution fits the sacrificial requirements. One can not accurately make the case for his being the blood sacrifice when he did not meet any of the requirement of such sacrifices.
- Sacrifices to HaShem can only be made on consecrated ground: Y'shua died in a very unclean place: the Golgotha execution hill (which is now the parking lot of a bus station I was surprised to discover while visiting the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem). For this reason he is disqualified as a sacrifice.
- Sacrifices to HaShem must be overseen by consecrated Israelite priests: There were no such priests present nor involved in his execution.
- Sacrifices to HaShem must include the collection of the shed blood: Y'shua's blood fell to the earth and thus was not collected for possible offering to HaShem.
- Sacrifices to HaShem must have the blood presented on the alter: This did not happen with the blood of Y'shua, again his blood fell to the earth.
In what way did Jesus meet the sacrificial requirements?
Again, the Bible Clarifies Everything:Deuteronomy 24:16 ...every man shall be put to death for his own sin .Y'shua was tried, convicted and executed by Rome for crimes he alledgedly committed against the Roman state. As Paul wrote: All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Whether or not he was deserving of death can be debated. From what I read I would say his death was unjustifiable even under Roman law. Millions of Jews have been wrongly put to death.
Messiah's Job Description
However it is not part of Messiah's job description to be executed! HaMoshiach is to rule! To live! To bring the Jewish people back to Eretz Israel and establish them throughout all of the land granted us by HaShem through Avraham, Isaac and Jacob. To cause the other nations to lay down their weapons and to live peaceably with us.
These things Y'shua did not even begin to do, let alone to accomplish! For a discussion on the Messianic requirements see my study here
Zechariah 8:13 House of Y'hudah [Judah] and house of Isra'el, just as you were formerly a curse among the nations, so now I will save you; and you will be a blessing. Don't be afraid, but take courage!'
14 "For ADONAI-Tzva'ot says, 'Just as I resolved to do you harm when your forefathers provoked me,' ADONAI-Tzva'ot says, 'and I did not relent;
15 so now, I resolve to do good to Yerushalayim and to the house of Y'hudah. Don't be afraid!
23 ADONAI-Tzva'ot says, 'When that time comes, ten men will take hold - speaking all the languages of the nations - will grab hold of the cloak of a Jew and say, "We want to go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.'"
"What must I do to be saved?"
The word translated as "saved" is so-zo. It means to be protected, to be safe. It also means to be whole. Without HaShem we are not complete, we are not whole. Something essential is missing. If you wish to be whole listen to the words of Y'shua:
John 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.Judaism is not a missionary religion and one does not need to convert to Judaism to be accepted by HaShem. If you are Gentile remember that there is but one God, the Parent of us all. Love Him and harmonize with His Way for you. Learn the Sheva Mitzvot B'nei Noach, the Seven Noahide Laws given to humanity. Observe these Laws and remember the words of Micah:
Micah 6:6 "With what can I come before ADONAI to bow down before God on high? Should I come before him with burnt offerings? with calves in their first year?And as HaShem promised:
7 Would ADONAI take delight in thousands of rams with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Could I give my firstborn to pay for my crimes, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?"
8 Human being, you have already been told what is good, what ADONAI demands of you - no more than to act justly, love grace and walk in purity with your God.
Genesis 12:3 I will bless those who bless you [Israel], but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed."Be blessed.