But if an "antisemite" believes these things:
- Jews are not 'God's Chosen People'... the Church is. God has not abandoned those who He foreknew. They are free to become part of His Church just like everyone else.
- Judaism is anti-Christian, and does not lead to life and salvation - but to death and destruction moreso than other "religions" because they have the Old Testament writings which foretold Christ's coming and His incarnation.
Then I am an "antisemite."
But I am an "antisemite" with truth on my side. And names will never hurt me.
Its true that Judaism tends to be anti-Christian, and its also true that it does not lead to life and salvation....but to fully,dramatically appreciate those facts, nothing can compare with having actually grown up in and lived the religion.
I was always a spiritual, contemplative type of child; I used to secretly wish Orthodox Judaism had nuns, because I would have run off to become one! I used to question the rabbis in our neighborhood, "Why do we do this?" and "Why do we do that?" and they would grumble, "You don't have to know, just do it" (which is actually based on the Talmud principle naaseh v'nishma, "we will do and we will hear", which the rabbis understand to mean that you do the mitzvah and only later might be able to understand why.
Anyway, I'm getting away from what I was trying to say, which is that for a contemplative child or person,seeking a personal experience and friendship with God, Orthodox Judaism (and non-Orthodox as well) is very much like a spiritual desert. I eventually sought what I was looking for in Jewish mysticism, but even there I found it was largely philosophy, not unlike some forms of Buddhism.
BTW I apologize for any typos; for some reason (and it only happens on this forum, nowhere else), whenever I try to edit for typos the screen jumps continuously which makes it hard to see what I am hoping to fix!)