MembersA Jew Looks at Christian Dogma, Part III

The righteous lives by faith, not by creed. And faith is not an adherence to certain theologies.

Christian dogma can do as much to harm genuine faith as the rigors of rabbinic Judaism.
Photo: Gershon Elinson/Flash90

As long as the Church is concerned only with her own survival she will never be able to fulfill her calling in this world. Christianity needs renewal as churches struggle to keep up with the times, but the problems we face in the modern world require answers to questions religion is not asking.

The question of the times in which we live is how to preserve humanity, not how to preserve the Church. We are threatened on many sides from wars to nuclear extinction, but of most immediate concern is the disintegration of the heart and soul of man. Without giving serious thought to how the Church can address this existential threat, the Church and Synagogue will continue to fold in upon themselves and remain irrelevant to most of the now dominate secular world.

Modern man feels free to wonder and explore the meaning of our existence and challenge the well-worn truisms that might have sufficed to convince people in the past but have lost their impact and meaning to modern ears.

What can we do about it? We must...

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6 responses to “A Jew Looks at Christian Dogma, Part III”

  1. Susan says:

    Your stance is not Biblical. Paul (a Jew) said he stood in defense of the Gospel; Jude (a Jew) tells us to contend for the faith. You said, in direct opposition to that, that is no longer necessary.

    2 Timothy 4:1–5

    4 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

    • David Lazarus says:

      Thank you Susan for pointing that out. I did not mean to say we should not defend the faith in that sentence. I was trying to say that the different Protestant denominations don’t need to be fighting against each other over their particular theologies. We have something much more important to be concerned with. I removed the questionable statement.

      • Susan says:

        Thank you for clarifying. I agree often doctrines are not Biblical and churches become prideful in defending what is indefensible. I believe there is only one doctrine and it is written.

  2. Anna Puffer says:

    Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen, It is a gift from God. He has given everyone a measure of faith because we are made in the image of the Faithful One. So the ultimate question is where do we chose to place our faith. All humans exercise faith in something. We engage humanity when we ask why have you put your faith in something other than God. Where will your faith in that something else take you? Even those who claim they have to faith at all have put they faith in that. Soren Kierkegaard called those who place their faith in Jesus, knights of faith. By God’s grace let us walk in faith in God among the church and humanity at large.

  3. Keith and Jenny Bealing says:

    All we need to be doing David in these shortening days, is to preach the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s son, our Saviour, risen from the dead. Our living loving God. Don’t get bogged down with arguments that are encourage by Satan.

  4. Nina Olney says:

    If our eyes are on Yehovah and His son Yeshua and are guided by the Torah, Yehovah’s own words, then HIS spirit will guide us in truth, wisdom and faith. What are your eyes focused on?

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