Rabbi Marc Gellman reaches millions of people in the U.S. with his “God Squad” newspaper column. In a recent column he attempts to answer the question: Why don’t Jews believe that Jesus is the messiah?
Question: Do Jews believe that Jesus did not perform the miracles the Bible claims He did? On the other hand, if Jews do believe Jesus performed miracles and healed hundreds of people, why don’t they believe He is the Son of God? How could someone perform miracles and not be divine?
Gellman reframes the question in this way:
I receive many versions of your question and they all focus on the same issues:
1. Jesus either did or did not perform miracles.
2. If he did perform miracles, Jews should become Christians.
3. If Jesus did not perform the miracles, Jesus is a liar.
4. Are you calling Jesus a liar?
He then gives a remarkable explanation for why this line of reasoning is incorrect:
The problem with this line of argument is that only the Christian Testament, and not the Hebrew Bible, makes such claims. Jews, Muslims, Hindus and others don’t accept the Christian Testament as God’s word. Therefore, all non-Christian religions do not accept Jesus’ messianic claims.
Islam, you should know, accepts some of the Christian claims but not the essential Christian claim of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. It should be obvious that claims within one’s religion are not convincing to those outside one’s religion. You cannot quote your own scripture to refute the scripture of another faith.
It is an amazing admission. Gellman lays bare the nonsense of all religion: “It should be obvious that claims within one’s religion are not convincing to those outside one’s religion.” Yes, it should be obvious, because all religious claims are based on pure mythology. Since all gods are imaginary, all claims made by all religions are ridiculous. The only difference between a religious person and a rational, non-religious person is that the religious person rejects all of these imaginary gods but one, while a non-religious person rejects all of the imaginary gods.
Every scripture is mythology and nonsense. That is why “claims within one’s religion are not convincing to those outside one’s religion.” If any religious person would simply understand the truth of this statement, and its ultimate meaning, religion would end. No thinking person would believe in any book filled with mythology and nonsense.
Are you a Christian, a Muslim, a Jew, a Hindu of a member of any other faith? Do you “believe” in the claims of your religion, even though no one outside your faith does? Take the time to understand what Gellman is saying:
It should be obvious that claims within one’s religion are not convincing to those outside one’s religion. You cannot quote your own scripture to refute the scripture of another faith.
Realize that the claims of your religion are not convincing because they are nonsense and mythology. In that way, you set yourself free from all of the corrosive effects of religion. As soon as you step away from religion, you release yourself from bigotry, discrimination, immorality, irrationality, guilt and self-loathing. You stop talking to and listening to imaginary people in the sky. You stop believing in imaginary places like heaven and hell. You become a normal, intelligent human being free from mythology and superstition. You become a much better, more complete human being. This video can help you understand reality by explaining religious delusion: