Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Witnessing Opportunity! Woohoo! :-D

Do you ever feel like you have no chance to witness?

If so, start an open, anonymous blog and post something about religion.

Some of you may have seen that I posted my "investments" post on Hooks and Needles, and one girl (whom I don't know) way reeacted to my comment about Judaism (above the picture of the Rebecca doll). This is what she said:

"'Judaism is an incomplete religion without Jesus Christ, definitely, and has really strayed from God'

"I find this very offensive. You are no one to judge a religion. You may have 'apologized' for your words by saying that "the Jews are still God's chosen people" and commend AG for supporting them but I do not think that makes up for what you wrote."

Whew! At first I was shocked! Like, okay! But then I began to get hopping excited-- Here is an opportunity to share Christ!!!

So I wrote a long answer but I haven't posted it yet. I am going to bring it to the Rings this evening for Pastor Greenfield to read, since he'll be there, and Lord willing post it tomorrow. So, you all have to assignments.

  • Tell me what you think of my answer (posted below) and let me know if you see anything incorrect or something I can add.
  • Pray that the Spirit will move and that God will work in this girl's heart!
So here it is:

Hi Jessica,

Thank you for your comment! I appreciate your thoughts, and am glad you felt free to share.

I am not sure what religion you follow, and if you do follow Judaism, please accept my apology if I have caused offence! My words were in no way meant to bash Judasim.

I love the Jews and believe they are God’s chosen people. Judaism in the Old Testament (the Torah) pointed forward to Christ, but throughout the Torah, they, as a nation, turned to the world and began to mix with the other nations, disregarding God's ways. They had religion, but not relationship with God or a pure heart before God (collectively).

As well as making the Jews His chosen people, God also ordained the sacrifices and laws in the Old Testament. These sacrifices and laws pointed forward to Jesus Christ, God's Son (Hebrews 8:5), who came in the form of human flesh to redeem His people-- both Jews and Gentiles-- from their sins (Matthew 1:21). According to the Bible, which is the inspired words of the God who created and sustains us, Jesus is the only way to heaven. Any religion that does not preach that our only hope is in Jesus Christ is incomplete. “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

The goal of religion is, basically, to reach perfection or heaven (though religions vary on their beliefs regarding that). The only way we can get to heaven, though, is to have a clean conscience and a pure heart before God. Tragically, each of us has sinned and therefore are at enmity with God, who, because He is so pure and holy, cannot look upon sin. According to the Bible, in other religions “gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshipper, but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation. But when Christ appeared as High Priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tabernacle (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of His own blood, thus securing eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works, to serve the living God.” (Hebrews 9:9-14) In short, Jesus, who is perfect and sinless because He is God, is the only one who could qualify to take the punishment of our sins upon Himself once and for all (instead of repeatedly like the sacrifices of the Old Testament) and to make us right with God.

It is not I who say that Jesus Christ is the only way; neither am I judging any religion. Jesus Himself, who made you and formed you for His glory and loves you, said it. "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" (John 14:6)

Again, Jessica, I am glad you commented! It was a joy to share with you. God is so great and good and I am glad I could share with you His message to all—that our hope is in Him! May the Lord richly bless you!

In Christ,



Pure Little Ladies Ministry said...

However, I can see Jessica's point. What about Abraham? Moses? The were saved by faith in the promise Messiah (Jesus). I think this is mentioned in Hebrews 12.

Please don't think I'm arguing at all!! I'm just mentioning another point. Jews today are mainly athiests, however we can't throw the "baby out with the bath water", you know? There are a lot of Jews waiting in faith for the Messiah, just like we are.

It's a tough call. Are they "saved"? I don't know. Some may be, some may not. It's a touchy subject...I know someone who called the jews the "anti-christ" which I was COMPLETELY shocked to hear. They are the Most High's chosen people- always. Until sky and earth disapear, He will never forget Jacob His servant (isn't there a verse that says that?)

Anyhow, again, I'm NOT arguing with you in any way- you know me, always gabbing and rambling. ;)


Melanie said...


You are right, Abraham, Moses, and others were saved by faith in the promise of the Messiah. They believed God and it was counted to them for righteousness. But Messiah has come now. And the majority of the Jews reject that. The Bible is crystal clear that no other name but the name of Jesus can save, that He IS the Messiah, and to reject the Son is to reject the Father, because they are one. It also says "if you confess with your mouth that ~JESUS is LORD~ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved..." There is no salvation apart from Jesus Christ, the Messiah. When the Jews reject the Messiah that has come, THE Promised One, and look to "another", they are rejecting God and putting their faith in something that is not.

It's not that any Jews (nationality) aren't saved. But only those who have believed in their heart and agreed that Jesus is the Messiah and Lord.

There is way more but there's no need for me to copy it all here. I'd encourage you to read Romans 9-11 and the book of Hebrews for a much better commentary on this than I could ever give. :-) The Romans passage talks about God's promise, Israel's unbelief, the Gentiles being grafted in, et cetera.

Pure Little Ladies Ministry said...

I've read both. ;)

Melanie said...

I know! Read 'em again. :-)