Responding to Religious Fallacy: Misleading, “Tolerant” Silence vs Concerned Education
Mesora, This article (“Flaws of Christianity”) is contentious nonsense that
will cause hatred between Jews and Christians. Should Christians write articles
saying, " Sinai was a fraud", or "Israel is an invalid state
based on Zionist politics?” How will such wicked speculation help us as Jews?
Isn't there a principle that one must not say that which generates hate? I am often offended by your total insensitivity to anyone's beliefs but your own. Isn't being friendly and welcoming to all righteous men part of our law? Is it welcoming to deny what they so strongly believe?
How exactly do you know whether God spoke to anyone in the Torah other than it is so written? The same goes for Christians. Jesus said that he is God. Christians choose to say it. As long as it doesn't cause hate, then that is how they choose to view life, and YOU and I should be respectful and not shed blood.
Where is it written that in all human circumstances, you must say to those who like to befriend our people, that their beliefs are invalid and only ours are right? Where does it say that the words of your mouth may be words that incite hate? Where does it say that the arrogant assertion of our own beliefs to the larger community of all religions is walking humbly with God?
Mesora: I preempt my response by reminding you that without compromise, we adhere to G-d’s Torah, proven to be divine via the mass Revelation at Sinai. No other religion contains a valid proof as Sinai. In the Torah, G-d prohibits above all else, the practice of idolatry. This has many forms. A most prominent expression is the deification of man, as portrayed in the form of Christianity. Nothing could be further from reality, that G-d has any connection whatsoever with physical properties. G-d created the physical world, and cannot be ruled by, or conformed into physical creation. G-d commands mankind, not just Jews, that we must educate ourselves against following our idolatrous, unsupported fantasies, and adhere to only what is rational and true. G-d also warned man not to alter the Torah, and not to follow false prophets, who are defined as those who alter the Torah. Jesus violated these laws of G-d, and Christianity violates these tenets. It is clear: G-d’s will is that His law be publicly known, and followed by all mankind.
Silence is no option, as G-d Himself was not silent on these issues.
You ask, “Isn't there a principle that one must not say that which generates hate?” Of course one must not create discord. However, we do not sacrifice truth, because others might become upset. If we know someone will not listen to ideas, it would be pointless to talk to him.
In every area of our lives, we are to strive towards the knowledge of truth. G-d created all mankind, and desires the good for each member. He placed the Jew as the one who engages in G-d’s Torah, to teach the world. The true good for the Christians is to be taught that their beliefs are just that, beliefs, with no proofs. They should be treated with respect, as should all mankind. Teaching a Christian not to deceive himself with his belief does not violate respect. In fact, it is the greatest respect to show concern. An honest Christian will appreciate a Jew’s attempt to enlighten him.
There cannot be many religions, for the simple reason that there are not many “men”. I mean that mankind shares one singular design, regardless of race or religion. Just as man’s physical nature is identical across all races and cultures, so too, his psychological design is identical. There can be only one ‘best’ life for man, and Revelation at Sinai is the only event where G-d gave a religion to man. This system is for all mankind - Jew and Gentile alike. It is G-d’s desire that the Jew impart knowledge of truths to the world. This does not only mean teaching new ideas to the unlearned, but it also requires exposing them to fallacies inherited from their fathers. It is out of a concern and desire to fulfill G-d’s will that we teach Gentiles G-d’s truths, just as we teach our own brothers. At times, hearing the truth may upset someone. This is expected. Man cherishes beliefs held onto for so long. We can only hope that this disheartened feeling is soon replaced by enlightenment.
I do not suggest that we approach others with our views without first being asked, but rather, make them available, should they should inquire. But for purposes of our website, we are addressing our fellow Jews, as we have a separate Torah obligation to continually teach and rebuke or Jewish brethren. If a Christian happens upon our site, and inquires, we spend equal time discussing matters with him, and we have. We have also received thanks from Gentile visitors for our efforts. An honest, truth-searching person will appreciate our time in discussing ideas with him – be he Jew or Gentile. Whether we are wrong or right on a given point, another person will appreciate our genuine concern for his well-being.
You say, “Is it welcoming to deny what they so strongly believe?” I ask you, would you like to believe a potion is a cure, when in fact it is a poison? Should I not tell you what is against what you “so strongly believe”?
You switch your arguments. First, you accuse us of talk which you feel stirs hatred. And this is your criterion for us to remain silent. Then, you question whether “God spoke to anyone in the Torah other than it is so written.” You imply if it is in fact true that G-d spoke only to the Jews, then Christianity would be false. Here, you are correct. If you study Revelation at Sinai, you will arrive at the conclusion that Judaism has what other religions do not, i.e., proof of G-d’s revelation. All other religions are based on the words of one man, claiming to have been addressed by G-d. Such a claim is bereft of proof, and a rational person should not live his entire life by such unsupported claims. Similarly, one should not live his life according to anything unproven. This is foolish, and leads to harming one’s self.
You write, “Where is it written that in all human circumstances, you must say to those who like to befriend our people, that their beliefs are invalid and only ours are right?” Again, we are not out to proselytize the world. Regarding other religionists, we take a reactive role, not a proactive one. Additionally, we are not concerned that “we are right”. This is infantile thinking. We also do not make considerations towards those who wish to befriend us, if those considerations will keep them away from truth. The Jew’s concern is G-d’s will: that others share this good fortune of G-d’s Torah. If one does not care for another human being, be he Jew or Gentile, this person is highly flawed. He is simply concerned for his own happiness, and not others. He is selfish to the highest degree.
Remaining quiet so as not to create waves is an attempt to selfishly live happily, while others walk in darkness. When asked, we must respond with truth, assisting others I the same manner our teachers assisted us.
If you are concerned for your fellow man, you will follow G-d’s philosophy of showing concern for others in the form of educating them in new truths, and helping them to see through fallacy. If someone does not want to hear it, that is his or her choice, and it is advisable not to pursue discussion. However, a Christian who is open to benefiting himself, will listen to all new ideas, and will not defend, even his religion, when he sees truth. Even if he continues to disagree, he should appreciate our concern for his good.
G-d’s Torah says that eventually, all men will call unto G-d. G-d desires all mankind to arrive at truth. This means there is only one truth, i.e., one religion. This also means that those who possess this correct religion must teach it.