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hijo, padre, Father, Jesus, Jesús, Yeshua, Yeshu, Ieshu, idolatría,
idolatry, missionaries, misioneros, Bible, Biblia, Tanaj, Tora, saved,
savior, salvador, salvación, afterlife.
How is a Jew saved?
The reason behind this
question arises from the belief that everyone needs
saving. The whole concept of Christianity is salvation from sin. Jesus
so that sinners could be forgiven and live. The New Testament teaches:
"Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name
heaven given among men whereby we can be saved." (Acts 4.12) Therefore,
missionaries feel they must tell the whole world that Jesus saves. Without
the belief in Jesus, how then can a Jew be saved?
First of all, what is the meaning of salvation? If one were to look
Hebrew Bible concordance, under the heading "Yeshua", which means
one would find no verses that connect salvation with sin. On most
where salvation is mentioned, it is on a national scale, rather than an
individual one. It is salvation from national tragedies, such as war or
salvation from persecution or salvation from the long exile. There are
of individual salvation, as when Hannah said: "I rejoiced in thy salvation."
(1 Sam. 2.1); salvation from being a barren woman. Another case of
salvation was when David was delivered from the hand of Saul (2 Sam. 22.3)
but, in all cases of individual salvation, there is no mention of sin or
salvation from sin. Salvation is not forgiveness of sins, and our national
salvation does not come from Jesus.
"My soul waits in silence only for God; from Him comes my salvation. He
alone is my Rock and my Salvation." (Ps. 62.6)
A second answer to the question is to point out that a Jew can be
forgiven/saved without the aid of Jesus, as is seen in the New Testament
itself. There is a story about a rich man and a beggar, who ate crumbs
fell from the rich man's table. When the rich man died, he went to hell
was in torments, but not so in the case of the beggar. When he died, he
not go to hell, even though he had not believed in Jesus. Jesus was still
alive; he had not yet been sacrificed for the sin of the world. The beggar
went to be with Avraham, where he rested in his bosom and was comforted by
the angels (Luke 16.22). The belief in a crucified Christ was unnecessary
then, and so we cannot see why it should be needed now. If men found
without the aid of Jesus then, one can still trust today in the old-time
religion of Avraham, and by doing so, will not suffer the torments of the
fictitious Christian hell.
Just as there was forgiveness before Jesus, so there is still forgiveness
today without Jesus. The Bible tells us how a Jew finds forgiveness. (See
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