Rabbi Skobac I think you are generalizing, have you forgotten that the opinions of Christians varies regarding Old and the New Testament scriptures, doctrine of the God head, and many other issues? For instance, not every Christian believes that the old Testament is a thing of the past, some Christians embrace Torah just as you do except that they believed Jesus is the Messiah, which you denied. Not all the Christians believe that Jesus is God-I am sure you are aware of that, to some Christians the concept of trinity is considered an idolatry.
I expected you as a rabbi to know that the texts that makes the New Testament has been tampered with; evil men have corrupted the original sayings of Jesus and his disciples to promote anti-Semitism and to exploit ignorant minds. It is not a secret that at one time someone tried to remove the Jews completely out of the picture in order to develop a pure super Gentile religion to replace Judaism. This explains the reason of the name changes in the New Testament; for instance, the Jewish name Yeshua became Jesus, Kefa – Peter, Yaakov – James, Matisyahu – Mathew, Yohanan – John, even Easter (Ishtar), which was a pagan ceremony to honor “Ishtar”, the Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, war, sex, and power made its way into the New Testament to replace Pascha (the Passover) (Act 12:4 KJV). I am surprised that you as a scholar didn’t consider this fact before you started your attack. These things you are claiming that Paul said against the Jews and the Torah- how do you know that Paul said them? I would like you to provide evidence to show that Paul made all the statements you think there are against the Torah.
Rabbi Skobac it is not an established fact that Paul wrote all the epistles most Christians ascribed to him. If you can discipline yourself and study the New Testament epistles with an open heart you will notice quickly that someone, probably the early non-Jewish believers in Yeshua has changed and added something in Paul’s writings to support the so called replacement theology, which started after the departure of the Jewish apostles of Jesus Christ. It seems to me that you are seeing only what you want to see in the New Testament, and purposely overlooked all the scriptures that clearly indicate that both Yeshua and all his disciples were faithful Torah observing Jews, they were far from being apostate. For instance; Yeshua said,
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Yeshua observed the torah and taught his disciples to do the same, See the following verses; Mathew 19:16-17, 22:34-40, Luke 4:16. It is a pity that you are only quoting all the corrupt and misinterpreted verses of the New Testament just to win an augment. For instance, you cited Roman 10:4 and concluded that Paul taught his followers the Jesus has ended the law, however, in the Greek manuscript the word “telos” which English translated as "end" has nothing to do with termination, doing away with; telos means goal, aim, target, purpose etc. Just remember the word of Jesus; I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. The goal of torah is to conform fully the nature and character of God, so Paul in his original words in Roman 10:4 is reminding the believers in Yeshua that the purpose of following God’s divine instruction (Torah) is to become like Christ. If Paul was teaching against the Mosaic Law he couldn’t have made statements such as the following;
Therefore, the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. (Romans7:17)
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law. (Roman 3:31)
Anyone who thinks that Paul taught other Jews of his time to forsake the law of Moses never carefully studied his writings. Paul obeyed the laws and asked other Jews to do the same. Paul like Apollo used the scripture to prove to the Jews that Yeshua was their Messiah, which wasn’t against the law. In the same century that Paul preached that Jesus was Christ, your highly esteemed Rabbi Akiva declared Bar Kochba the Messiah. Akiva was one of the leading supporters of the Bar Kochba rebellion. I don’t see Jewish rabbis criticizing Rabbi Akiva and Bar Kochba. In 1648, Shabbetai Tzvi declared himself to be the messiah, and was supported by Rabbi Nathan and other rabbis. Shabbetai eventually compromised and converted to Islam together with large Jewish followers. This is a big thing to talk about but you rabbis will conceal this type of history and focus on fighting against the blameless Son of God Jesus Christ whom through many Gentiles forsook their idolatrous ways and started calling upon the name of the Living God. Since the beginning of the formation of Rabbinical Judaism, name one rabbi who made a positive impact in the world like Yeshua (Jesus). Rabbi, next time before you accuse Paul of heresy carefully study the entire New Testament. Paul directed his teachings to the Gentiles (Ephesins3:1-11, Romans11:13, Gal,2:7-8). Like the other Jewish apostles Paul obeyed the law and encouraged other Jews to follow their steps, but to the Gentiles he encouraged them to accept Jesus as the savior and to live a holy and righteous life or to obey the simple Noachid laws (Act 15, 21: 17-26). As you should know, the entire Mosaic Laws was given to the Jews not the Gentiles (Deut,5:3, Romans3:19). You mentioned that Paul explained that people can be saved by faith alone without works, but below is a part of Paul’s message to the Gentiles:
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you would. But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another. (Gal,5”16-22)
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1Corinth,6:9-10)
It is obvious that the non-Jewish followers of Christ are to live by faith, which doesn’t mean to avoid holiness and purity of course. Yaakov (James) makes it clear that faith without works is dead….
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also (James2:14-26)
It is a false assumption that Paul discouraged the Jews from keeping torah, because throughout the New Testament one can clearly see that Paul was still a torah observing believer even after his conversion (Act17:2), he was arrested in Jerusalem when he came to observe the Pentecost feast like every other Jew, as a matter of fact, Paul remained a Pharisee till the end of his life (Act23:6).
Rabbi Skobac you are not happy that the Christians attacked the new testament books at the end of the Jewish Tanakh. Wasn’t Yeshua right when he says, why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye. Why did you orthodox Jews falsely claim that God gave Moses two laws on mount Sinai (the written and oral laws) but you fail to prove it from the torah? This is one of the reasons the Karaite Jews are not in agreement with you rabbinical Jews. Just as Yeshua said, you offspring’s of the Pharisees are making the word of God non effective through man-made traditions. Rabbi, prove to me from the torah that God gave Moses the Mishna, Talmud, and Kabbalah on mount Sinai.
Your quotation from Numbers 23:19 states; “God is not a man, that He should lie”. Can you show me where it is written that God cannot manifest Himself on earth in form of a man? Consider studying again Genesis 18 where God appeared to Abraham in form of a man, and Genesis 32:24-30. In addition, explain to me whom the elders of Israel saw and rejoiced at the holy mount, for the torah states; Then Moses went up with Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself. Yet He did not stretch out His hand against the nobles of the sons of Israel; and they saw God, and they ate and drank (Exodus24:9-11)
Including you Rabbi no Jewish person today is fully obeying all that Moses explained in the Torah and you all know it!