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Hey LN, good to hear from you! I still haven't finished reading that page. I hope to finish it this week. But from what I read I can relate a lot to this guy. For one thing he is from the same neighborhood that I grew up in. I also had the same experience of growing up in such a Jewish area that I also believed the Jews were the majority people in the world. Certainly it felt that way. My elementary school had 3,000 kids of which probably 95% were Jewish. My class was always at least 95% Jewish. So we had kind of a sheltered upbringing in that sense. I also was approached by a Jew for Jesus when I was 14 years old. He told me that if I didn't accept Jesus as my savior I would go to hell. I told him that even if I accepted Jesus my parents and grandparents would never. And he said, "You have to save yourself. Jesus said, I come to separate father from son." I went home that night and could not sleep! I just kept imagining my poor parents and grandparents screaming as they burned in hell. Finally at around 4 in the morning I looked up at God and cursed Him! Then I realized that this CANNOT be true. That God is good, and He would never throw such wonderful people into hell. But I didn't have enough knowledge to know how to answer this Christian claim. It wasn't until I went to Israel in 1985 that I started to get the answers I needed.
On that trip to Israel, "Miricle of miricles" I ran into this Jew for Jesus! Talk about completing a circle. It was during that trip that I decided to become an advocate of the Jewish point of view. One of the main reasons I wrote my book, Beyond Faith, is that it may comfort another young Jew who may have his faith attacked and not know how to respond.
I know Christians mean well when they try to get others to convert. But they many not realize that they can also destroy families and create much pain. I think that article brings out a similar story and makes similar points. The main difference is that this guy actually joined the Jews for Jesus and married a Catholic and raised Christian children, before he came to revelation I was lucky enough to have in my twenties.
At this point in my life I harbor no ill will toward Christians as individuals. I can say the same thing about Muslims. But as a Jew, I have no choice but to take offense at anyone, or any religion, that seeks to undermine my religion and seeks to remove "my people" from the face of the earth. After all, when a Jew becomes a Christian he ceases to be a Jew. As this rabbi on Israel National Radio recently said, "If the Christians had their way all the Jews would convert which would mean there would be no more Jews in the world. So their ultimate goal is the extinction of the Jews." Sad that we live in a world where there are such inherrant confrontations, but maybe we can be the generation to start to change that. As my mother always said, "Live and let live."
Author: Von Cello Eintrag from 15.04.2008
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