Jewish Holidays and Jesus

The gospels demonstrate that many of the Torah’s holidays point to Jesus. Let’s look at Sabbath, Passover (Pesach), Festival of Weeks (Shavuot), the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), and even Hanukkah which is not even from the Torah. Jesus says to the Sanhedrin Council that they search the Scriptures because they think it gives them eternal life, but the Scriptures actually point to Jesus himself, however, the Jewish leaders refused to receive eternal life by believing him (John 5:39-40). Later in John 5:45-47, Jesus said that it will be Moses, through the Law, that will judge them for not believing in him because he [Jesus] is the one in whom the law is about.

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Jesus Ate with Sinners

People often bring up the idea that Jesus ate with sinners (Matt 9:10-17, Matt 17:16-19) to justify their own sinful lifestyles but they haven’t read the parts of the bible where those same sinners rebelled against and even tried to kill Jesus because he called them out for their sins?

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Rapture and Tribulation

What is the rapture? Is it even in the bible? If so when does it happen? The Tribulation period is the last seven years before the messiah’s conquest of the earth, and during that time the Antichrist has power over part of the world. There are many different views on this but this is my attempt at making sense of it.

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Did God Rape Mary?

A bible skeptic once made the argument that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was raped by God because she didn’t give consent for Jesus’ birth. Is this true? Is there any evidence to the contrary?

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The Adulteress and Jesus

Many have heard the story of Jesus and the adulteress. A woman who was caught committing adultery was about to be stoned to death stoned as the law of Moses says and she was brought before Jesus, so the leaders could hear his opinion on her execution. At the end of the story, Jesus lets her go without being punished. Did he violate the Law which requires that she be punished?

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The Cost of Jesus’ Sacrifice

Most religions in the world teach that you must work for your salvation by overcoming sin on your own. We are to do this by following a system of laws alone (Quran, Dharma, Talmud, etc) to qualify as a “good person”. Christianity is different in that we are rescued from slavery to sin (John 8:34, Rom 6:6-20) because we cannot escape it on our own. It’s the holy spirit that was promised to circumcise our hearts (Deut 30:6, Jer 4:4, Ez 36:25-27, Joel 2:28-32, Acts 2:16-21, Rom 2:29, and Col 2:11) so that we could accomplish the task of keeping God’s commands. Lastly, the Holy Spirit is only available to those who received Jesus as Lord (John 14:15-17, Rom 8:5-11).

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Resurrection in Matthew 27:51–53

Some people believe that the Matt 27:51-53 resurrection was a resurrection of old testament saints who were then raptured when Jesus ascended, but there are other scriptures that contradict that and I think it points to something else happening.

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Jesus Is The Only Way

The bible doesn’t teach that there are multiple ways to the Kingdom of Heaven. In fact, it would be heresy for any Christian to say a thing. In John 14:6 Jesus actually said that he was the way, the truth, and the light and that no one goes through the father except through him. In John 10:1-16 he said that he was the “sheep gate” meaning that all of God’s sheep come to pasture through him, since only he is the good shepherd, it is only he that can protect the sheep.

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Jesus vs the Talmud

Jesus’s main critique of the Pharisees was that they were substituting God’s law with man-made traditions. The Pharisees were scapegoating laws in the old testament by reinterpreting certain verses, and these modifications are preserved in the Talmud. For example, they interpreted Deut 24:1 to allow for “any cause” divorce or adding “hate you enemies” to love your neighbor in Lev 19:18. Jesus of course corrected them in Matt chapter 5:31-32 & 5:43-48, as well as Matt 19 & Luke 10:25-37. Jesus often pointed out the fact that the Talmud (commentary on the Torah) was heresy since it contradicts the Torah.

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Jesus’ Name Etymology

Some fight over whether or not to call the Messiah Jesus or Yeshua (or Yahshua). As far as I am concerned, anyone who says you can’t call him anything other than Yeshua/Yahshua is saying he doesn’t respond to prayers from people who call on him different names from other languages. I’m pretty confident that when Greek believers in the 1st Century called the name Iēsous (“Jesus”) they got the same results that Hebrew and Aramaic-speaking Jews got with Yeshua, otherwise the Bible would have said you can only say Yeshua.

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