Ok so I want to see opinions from both sides here, what do you think of this group and their beliefs? I've heard it is growing. What do you think is the primary reason behind the formation of such a group?
"Messianic Judaism is a syncretic religious movement that arose in the 1960s and 70s. It blends evangelical Christian theology with elements of Jewish terminology and ritual."
As part of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, I like Messianic Judaism and view its growth in the '60s and '70s as a resurrection from the dead.
Zombies don't count as resurrection.
I don't like the Wikipedia article you've linked, because it has some questionable, unverified statements, which are evident from the calls for more documentation.
Some Messianic Jews say Messianic Judaism isn't Christian. I don't object to the term "Christian" as long as it's used as originally intended--to identify a servant or follower of the Jewish Messiah.
You mean the Talmud's?
The term's meaning became distorted when the non-biblical word "Christianity" was coined.
Acts 11:26. Need anymore be said?
Your Protestant objections to the word "Christianity" are answered by the apostolic words of Patriarch St. Ignatius of Antioch, who knew the Christ and the Apostles, and who was entrusted by the Apostles with the Church:If, therefore, those who were brought up in the ancient order of things have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord's Day, on which also our life has sprung up again by Him and by His death— whom some deny, by which mystery we have obtained faith, and therefore endure, that we may be found the disciples of Jesus Christ, our only Master— how shall we be able to live apart from Him, whose disciples the prophets themselves in the Spirit did wait for Him as their Teacher? And therefore He whom they rightly waited for, having come, raised them from the dead. Let us not, therefore, be insensible to His kindness. For were He to reward us according to our works, we should cease to be. Therefore, having become His disciples, let us learn to live according to the principles of Christianity. For whosoever is called by any other name besides this, is not of God. Lay aside, therefore, the evil, the old, the sour leaven, and be changed into the new leaven, which is Jesus Christ. Be salted in Him, lest any one among you should be corrupted, since by your savour you shall be convicted. It is absurd to profess Christ Jesus, and to Judaize. For Christianity did not embrace Judaism, but Judaism Christianity, that so every tongue which believes might be gathered together to God." Epistles to the Magnesians, c. 105
Then people got the mistaken idea that Yeshua or Jesus had started a new religion. To Jews familiar with the TaNaKH (Torah, Nevi'im, Prophets--Old Testament), the idea that Jesus had started a new religion was a stumblingblock, especially since the Old Testament nowhere predicted that the Messiah was going to do such a thing.
Nor did He. But the rabbis did.
The apostles avoided the word "Christian";
LOL. So you admit that the word dates from the days of the Apostles, not after some undefined "Great Apostacy."
The Apostle of the Circumcized didn't avoid it:" if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name" I Peter 4:16
inasmuch as they never addressed one another with it.
St. Peter, under the inspiration of the Spirit, says otherwise.
And they never claimed that it was impossible to be a Jew and a Christian simultaneously
"No one can serve two masters
." "Do not put new wine into old wineskins
." "Beware the leaven of the Pharisees
The people in the MJAA have returned to the apostles' practice.
No. I would say that they just practice the typical Protestant Apostolic LARPing, but since Protestant "apostolic practice" in far as it contradicts Orthodox Catholic practice, has no basis in fact, I don't know if it really qualifies as LARPing. More like fantasy role playing, a sort of theological "Dungeons and Dragons", long on apostolic pastiche, short on actual Apostolic practice.