Re: A Question for my friend, Fenris
When you reach this point, it ceases to be Judaism.
Originally Posted by LookingUp
Ahem. Are we living in the messianic era?
It is written that when God puts His Spirit within His people and writes His Torah on their hearts, He will cause them to walk in His statutes. This will not render human existence pointless. Why do you say it will render human existence pointless? I thought you agreed with this understanding of the New Covenant.
I don't see how. Either one accepts jesus as god, or they don't.
The choice of right over wrong. That’s daily.
And yet other prophets say otherwise. Isaiah said "Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and they that return of her with righteousness."
I don’t think the messianic era (i.e. the redemption of Israel) will come about through your works any more than your redemption from Egypt came about through your works.
So we really don't know what will bring about the end, until it actually happens.
Does God expect perfection?
God desires that His people be pure.
You're undermining the whole basis of Christianity. If Jesus did something that ordinary sacrifice could accomplish, what was the point?
I don’t understand your comment. What is it that Christ did that the Levitical priesthood with its sacrificial system couldn’t do?
That's your sole definition of the messianic era? What about the world peace? Universal knowledge of God? Rebuilt temple? Exiles gathered?
Right, God has not yet caused His people to walk in His statutes
As a reward. Not as part of the process.
Why does God desire to write His Torah on the hearts of His people?
No, what would the point be? The value is in the struggle.
Does God provide His people with a new heart through the Levitical priesthood and sacrificial system?
Because at a certain point history will end. But it hasn't, yet.
If God wanted to keep things the way they are, why does He provide the New Covenant?
Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it on the islands from afar, and say, "He Who scattered Israel will gather them together and watch them as a shepherd his flock."