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« on: August 29, 2012, 06:56:01 PM »

I do not mean this to be disparaging by any means, but can it be said that modern-day Rabbinic Jews worship the true God even though they reject the doctrine of the Trinity? And the belief that our Lord Jesus Christ is God?

I think I know the answer to this, but I am curious to hear what you all think.
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2012, 07:25:49 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2012, 07:27:36 PM »

My answer, no.

Reason: Jesus Christ.
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2012, 07:28:10 PM »

NVM!
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2012, 07:29:38 PM »

My answer, no.

Reason: Jesus Christ.
I think I have to agree.
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2012, 07:46:56 PM »

yes.
I meant from an Orthodox Christian perspective, not a Jewish perspective. That is why I put it in the "faith issues" board.
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2012, 07:48:05 PM »

yes.
I meant from an Orthodox Christian perspective, not a Jewish perspective. That is why I put it in the "faith issues" board.
my apologies.
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Judaism (from the Latin Iudaismus, derived from the Greek Ioudaïsmos, and ultimately from the Hebrew יהודה, Yehudah, "Judah"; in Hebrew: יַהֲדוּת, Yahadut, the distinctive characteristics of the Judean ethnos) is the religion, philosophy and way of life of the Jewish people. A monotheistic religion originating in the Hebrew Bible (also known as the Tanakh) and explored in later texts such as the Talmud, Judaism is considered by religious Jews to be the expression of the covenantal relationship God established with the Children of Israel. Rabbinic Judaism holds that God revealed his laws and commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai in the form of both the Written and Oral Torah. This assertion was historically challenged by the Karaites, a movement that flourished in the medieval period, which retains several thousand followers today and maintains that only the Written Torah was revealed. In modern times, liberal movements such as Humanistic Judaism may be nontheistic.

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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2012, 08:04:48 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2012, 08:53:05 PM »

I find it classist and egregious.
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« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2012, 08:54:21 PM »

Get back to the topic, people.
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« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2012, 08:55:18 PM »

Get back to the topic, people.

Sorry, sir. I won't comment as I am not Orthodox.
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« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2012, 08:57:56 PM »

Get back to the topic, people.

Sorry, sir. I won't comment as I am not Orthodox.
Sorry if I were too harsh. I just came from another forum where all the posters got into an argumentative tangent, ruining a perfectly good thread. I did not want that to happen here so I may have been unforgiving.
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« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2012, 10:04:14 PM »

Severian, I have a sincere question for you.  Why are you asking?  This is your thread, so if you don't feel like answering I'll understand. 
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« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2012, 10:09:35 PM »

Severian, I have a sincere question for you.  Why are you asking? This is your thread, so if you don't feel like answering I'll understand. 
Just out of curiosity.

Because I have been thinking... The OT Jews obviously worshiped the true God without having explicit knowledge of the Trinity (though I think the OT and extra-Biblical Jewish literature do hint at the idea of a Triune God), but now that our Lord and God Jesus Christ has come, and they know full well about the Trinity, and knowingly reject him, does that mean they worship a different Deity?

EDIT: For me the answer is 'yes.' Their rejection of our Lord Jesus as God the Messiah by necessity means that they reject the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Because He *is* the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob manifested in a complete human form.
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« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2012, 10:29:23 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I would say yes, however worshiping God and having a proper, New covenant relationship with Him through Jesus Christ are entirely different things.  A LOT of people worship God, and a lot of people before coming to the Church worship God, after all, it is God who brings them to His Church in the first place.  However, only in the Church is the depth of Salvation, which is entirely different from worship in my opinion.  Worship doesn't imply Salvation, just as knowing a person doesn't imply friendship or commitment.

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« Reply #18 on: August 29, 2012, 10:33:37 PM »

Thanks for your answer, Severian.  I wish I could help you out, but I am not God.  I suppose He alone knows who really worships Him and who does not.  I don't think it necessarily falls along the lines of religious affiliation though.  I think many Orthodox Jews are raised to hate Our Lord, but they don't know who He is.  They know the name Jesus, but do they know the Gospel message and have they actively rejected it? Knowing the name Jesus doesn't mean that people know who Jesus is.  We also know, as sad as it is to say, that even some of us who confess Christ with our lips are in fact full of darkness, and on the last day will be cast into hell. All that I know is that Our Lord "wants all humankind to be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth" and that when he was lifted up on the Cross he "drew all men" to Himself.  How that all works out and even what that all means is a complete mystery to me.  
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« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2012, 10:37:15 PM »

Thanks for your answer, Severian.  I wish I could help you out, but I am not God.  I suppose He alone knows who really worships Him and who does not.  I don't think it necessarily falls along the lines of religious affiliation though.  I think many Orthodox Jews are raised to hate Our Lord, but they don't know who He is.  They know the name Jesus, but do they know the Gospel message and have they actively rejected it? Knowing the name Jesus doesn't mean that people know who Jesus is.  We also know, as sad as it is to say, that even some of us who confess Christ with our lips are in fact full of darkness, and on the last day will be cast into hell. All that I know is that Our Lord "wants all humankind to be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth" and that when he was lifted up on the Cross he "drew all men" to Himself.  How that all works out and even what that all means is a complete mystery to me. 
Thank you for the contribution, Ionnis.
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Thanks for your answer, Severian.  I wish I could help you out, but I am not God.  I suppose He alone knows who really worships Him and who does not.  I don't think it necessarily falls along the lines of religious affiliation though.  I think many Orthodox Jews are raised to hate Our Lord, but they don't know who He is.  They know the name Jesus, but do they know the Gospel message and have they actively rejected it? Knowing the name Jesus doesn't mean that people know who Jesus is.  We also know, as sad as it is to say, that even some of us who confess Christ with our lips are in fact full of darkness, and on the last day will be cast into hell. All that I know is that Our Lord "wants all humankind to be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth" and that when he was lifted up on the Cross he "drew all men" to Himself.  How that all works out and even what that all means is a complete mystery to me.  
If they are worshipping anything other than the Orthodox understanding of the Trinity, they aren't worshipping the One True God.
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« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2012, 10:43:17 PM »

If they are worshipping anything other than the Orthodox understanding of the Trinity, they aren't worshipping the One True God.

I concur!
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« Reply #22 on: August 29, 2012, 10:46:42 PM »

Being a modern day Jew is an active, even indirect, denial of the second person of the Holy Trinity. It's that simple.
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« Reply #23 on: August 29, 2012, 11:06:10 PM »

All that I know is that if the unbelieving Jews will be cast into darkness, how much worse it will be for us, those of us who are Orthodox, those of us who do believe, and yet continue to live in sin.


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« Reply #24 on: August 29, 2012, 11:29:56 PM »

Since they deny God (Jesus Christ and to a lesser extent the personhood and deity of the holyspirit) they cannot be worshipping the one true God. Only but a basterdised version of him.
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Again, I think a more realistic approach would be to differentiate the concept of worship and salvation.  In this way we can follow the more Orthodox approach of apophatic theology in focusing on what we know God not to be rather than pretending we know what God is.  In this instance its sort of reversed, we know from the Church that Salvation is only found through a covenant, Orthodox relationship with the Father through the Son and the Holy Spirit.  However again, we can't assert that we know exactly anything about where or who God is to folks outside the Church, rather we can only speak of the Church.  We don't know if God is with the Jews, we only know that Salvation is in the Church, but again, it must be some kind of relationship with God which brings outsiders into the Church in the first place correct? Does a relationship or worship of God necessarily imply Salvation? I would think not, see would be better off not even speculating on this matter which is in every respect beyond anything but estimations.

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« Reply #26 on: August 30, 2012, 12:04:34 AM »

I would support a few of the earlier posts. The modern-day Jews do not worship the One True God, otherwise they'd be considered Christians.

The reason being not just Christ, but the Holy Trinity.
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« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2012, 12:23:33 AM »

I do not mean this to be disparaging by any means, but can it be said that modern-day Rabbinic Jews worship the true God even though they reject the doctrine of the Trinity? And the belief that our Lord Jesus Christ is God?

I think I know the answer to this, but I am curious to hear what you all think.

Either they never have or they still do.
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If they are worshipping anything other than the Orthodox understanding of the Trinity, they aren't worshipping the One True God.

I concur!

So neither of you believe that Protestants or Catholics are worshipping God?
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« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2012, 03:03:44 AM »

Thanks for your answer, Severian.  I wish I could help you out, but I am not God.  I suppose He alone knows who really worships Him and who does not.  I don't think it necessarily falls along the lines of religious affiliation though.  I think many Orthodox Jews are raised to hate Our Lord, but they don't know who He is.  They know the name Jesus, but do they know the Gospel message and have they actively rejected it? Knowing the name Jesus doesn't mean that people know who Jesus is.  We also know, as sad as it is to say, that even some of us who confess Christ with our lips are in fact full of darkness, and on the last day will be cast into hell. All that I know is that Our Lord "wants all humankind to be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth" and that when he was lifted up on the Cross he "drew all men" to Himself.  How that all works out and even what that all means is a complete mystery to me.  
If they are worshipping anything other than the Orthodox understanding of the Trinity, they aren't worshipping the One True God.

Ergo the "Orthodox understanding of the Trinity" (whatever that is) is the One True God.

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« Reply #30 on: August 30, 2012, 08:19:29 AM »

Thanks for your answer, Severian.  I wish I could help you out, but I am not God.  I suppose He alone knows who really worships Him and who does not.  I don't think it necessarily falls along the lines of religious affiliation though.  I think many Orthodox Jews are raised to hate Our Lord, but they don't know who He is.  They know the name Jesus, but do they know the Gospel message and have they actively rejected it? Knowing the name Jesus doesn't mean that people know who Jesus is.  We also know, as sad as it is to say, that even some of us who confess Christ with our lips are in fact full of darkness, and on the last day will be cast into hell. All that I know is that Our Lord "wants all humankind to be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth" and that when he was lifted up on the Cross he "drew all men" to Himself.  How that all works out and even what that all means is a complete mystery to me.  
If they are worshipping anything other than the Orthodox understanding of the Trinity, they aren't worshipping the One True God.

Ergo the "Orthodox understanding of the Trinity" (whatever that is) is the One True God.

Enjoy your god idol Achronos and Celticfan.

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What confuses me about the Rabbis is some of them have the greatest minds yet they reject the Lord Jesus Christ, why? How come these great minds Jewish Scholars and Great Rabbis reject the Lord Jesus Christ ?.  Huh Huh It really baffles me a lot.
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Pointless question, but no offense whatsoever! Orthodoxy needs to preach Orthodoxy because it is the correct and highest worship and knowledge of God. This is what a jew needs to hear, not something that appeals to them on a sentimental level. Christ never said that OT jews were not worshiping God, yet He came to do something different, and He was God The Son, too. Jews and gentiles are now on the same level. It doesn't matter what you are but what you believe, and nowadays there are almost as many beliefs as there are people. You can even find non-jews who convert to judaism. Problem is jews need to pay a bit more attention to what God is doing through history. By throwing this "Christ figure" into human history, God really caused the jews a serious "problem" (but it's a solution). And it's no wonder that the antichrist will be a jew, that some of the jews are so proud that they are willing to overturn history just so they can get to be "God's chosen" again. To the rest of the jews, really, accept Christ, why really hold on to judaism if you truly believe in a loving God? Just so you can be better than other people?

P.S. So, it seems that based on ethnicity, basically, the jews pride themselves and through rejecting Christ they think they are better than others.
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« Reply #34 on: August 30, 2012, 10:02:42 AM »

Yes. Jews, Muslims, Arians, Nestorians, Monophysites, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons etc. are heretical Christians. Therefore they worship One True God.
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« Reply #35 on: August 30, 2012, 10:22:59 AM »

I do not mean this to be disparaging by any means, but can it be said that modern-day Rabbinic Jews worship the true God even though they reject the doctrine of the Trinity? And the belief that our Lord Jesus Christ is God?

I think I know the answer to this, but I am curious to hear what you all think.
According to what He told the Samaritan woman, yes.
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« Reply #36 on: August 30, 2012, 10:49:43 AM »

I do not mean this to be disparaging by any means, but can it be said that modern-day Rabbinic Jews worship the true God even though they reject the doctrine of the Trinity? And the belief that our Lord Jesus Christ is God?

I think I know the answer to this, but I am curious to hear what you all think.
According to what He told the Samaritan woman, yes.

Who's this Jesus guy think He is, telling this heretic things like that?
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« Reply #37 on: August 30, 2012, 04:55:28 PM »

The obnoxiousness on this thread is astounding.
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« Reply #38 on: August 30, 2012, 05:01:21 PM »

The obnoxiousness on this thread is astounding.
Maybe more posters than I thought from Tasbeha.org also participate on OC.net. Wink
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« Reply #39 on: August 30, 2012, 05:49:22 PM »

The obnoxiousness on this thread is astounding.

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« Reply #40 on: August 30, 2012, 05:57:00 PM »

You have an opinion different than mine and you explained why?

Ok, idolater.

And here's a straw man about how you hate Jesus.
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« Reply #41 on: August 30, 2012, 06:01:13 PM »

NVM!

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« Reply #42 on: August 30, 2012, 06:02:21 PM »

You have an opinion different than mine and you explained why?

Ok, idolater.

And here's a straw man about how you hate Jesus.
Honestly he took the bait just as I expected TBH.
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« Reply #43 on: August 30, 2012, 06:04:24 PM »

I don't get it. How can you say Orthodox Christians worship an idol for saying that Muslims and Jews worship an idol? Ain't that like a contradiction or irony or something.
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« Reply #44 on: August 30, 2012, 06:05:17 PM »

I don't get it. How can you say Orthodox Christians worship an idol for saying that Muslims and Jews worship an idol? Ain't that like a contradiction or irony or something.
Apparently worshipping the Trinity is idolatry. But liberal Orthodoxy is pretty trendy so

It is hilariously ironic because those above love to idolize their little hero Fr Hopko as gospel.
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