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Only later events caused the allusion to the "Son of man" in these sayings to be referred to Jesus. As a matter of fact, a spirit of great anxiety and unrest permeates the sayings of Jesus and the entire New Testament epoch, as is indicated by such utterances as "Watch, therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come" Matt.
A number of sayings allude to the sword, to contention, and to violence, which do not altogether harmonize with the gentle and submissive character assigned generally to Jesus. Such are the following: I came not to send peace, but a sword" Matt. I tell you, Nay; but rather division. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father," etc.
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Take my yoke upon you. The advice given by Jesus to his disciples to provide themselves each with a sword Luke xxii. He was tried and crucified as "King of the Jews" or "Messiah"; and all the alleged charges of blasphemy, in that he called himself "Son of God" in the Messianic sense, or announced the destruction of the Temple, prove, in the light of the ancient Jewish law, to be later inventions Matt. See Crucifixion of Jesus. That the movement did not end with the crucifixion, but gave birth to that belief in the risen Christ which brought the scattered adherents together and founded Christianity, is due to two psychic forces that never before had come so strongly into play: In entranced visions they beheld their crucified Messiah expounding the Scriptures for them, or breaking the bread for them at their love-feasts, or even assisting them when they were out on the lake fishing Luke xxiv.
Memory and vision combined to weave the stories of Jesus walking on the water compare Matt. The Messiahship of Jesus having once become an axiomatic truth to the "believers," as they called themselves, his whole life was reconstructed and woven together out of Messianic passages of the Scriptures.
In him all the Testament prophecies had "to be fulfilled" Matt. Thus, according to the Jewish view, shared by many Christian theologians, there grew up, through a sort of Messianic Midrash, the myths of Jesus' birth from a virgin after Isa.
Similarly, his healing powers were made proofs of his Messiahship after Isa. Men held their love-feasts in his memory—turned into paschal feasts of the new covenant Matt. Out of these elements arose the life-picture of Jesus, shaped after later events and to a great extent reflecting the hostile sentiments entertained against the Jewish people by the new sect when, in the final struggle with Rome, the latter no longer shared the views and destinies of the former.
Many antinomistic views put into the mouth of Jesus have their origin in Pauline—i. Thus the saying, "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man" Matt. What Jesus actually said and did is difficult to determine. Many of his teachings can be traced to rabbinical sayings current in the Pharisaic schools; and many sentences, if not entire chapters, have been taken over from Essene writings see Didascalia ; Essenes ; Golden Rule ; Jesus of Nazareth ; Matthew.
On the other hand, there are utterances of striking originality and wondrous power which denote great genius. He certainly had a message to bring to the forlorn, to "the lost sheep of the house of Israel" Matt.
And whether the whole life-picture is reality or poetic imagination, in him the Essene ideal reached its culmination. But it is not correct to speak, as Christian theologians do, of a possible recognition or an actual rejection of Jesus' Christship by the Jews.
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Whatever his greatness as teacher or as friend of the people, this could not establish his claim to the Messianic title; and whether his Galilean followers were justified in according it to him, or the authorities at Jerusalem in denying it and in denouncing him to the Roman prefect—probably more from fear than from spite John xix. The vehement language of Jesus, in denouncing Sadducean misrule and the hypocrisy and narrowness of the Pharisaic leaders, was not altogether new and unheard of: Most of his teachings, a great number of which echo rabbinical sayings, and have been misunderstood or misapplied altogether by the late Gospel compilers see Gospels, The Fourwere addressed to a circle of men who lived in a world of their own, far away from the centers of commerce and industry.
His attitude toward Judaism is defined by the words: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil" Matt. The rejection of the Law by Christianity, therefore, was a departure from its Christ, all the New Testament statements to the contrary notwithstanding. He himself declined even the title of "good master," because he wanted to reserve this epithet for God alone "Matt. Christianity, contrary to all his teaching, turned him into a God. Paul's Antinomistic and Gnostic Views.
This radical change was brought about by Saul of Tarsus or Paul, the real founder of the Christian Church, though Peter formed the first community of the risen Christ Matt. Having, under the influence of a vision, turned from an earnest persecutor of the new sect into its vigorous champion Acts ix.
Operating with certain Gnostic ideas, which rendered the Messiah as Son of God a cosmic power, like Philo's "logos," aiding in the world's creation and mediating between God and man, he saw both in the Crucifixion and in the Incarnation acts of divine self-humiliation suffered for the sake of redeeming a world polluted and doomed by sin since the fall of Adam. Faith alone in Christ should save man, baptism being the seal of the belief in God's redeeming love.
It meant dying with Christ to sin which is inherited from Adam, and rising again with Christ to put on the new Adam Rom. On the other hand, Paul taught, the law of Moses, the seal of which was Circumcisionfailed to redeem man, because it made sin unavoidable. By a course of reasoning he discarded the Law as being under the curse Gal.
In opposition to those who distinguished between full Proselytes and "proselytes of the gate," who only accepted the Noachidian laws Acts xv. Yet in enunciating this seemingly liberal doctrine he deprived faith, as typified by Abraham Gen.
God, as Father and the just Ruler, was pushed into the background; and the Christ—who in the Gospels as well as in the Jewish apocalyptic literature figured as judge of the souls under God's sovereignty Matt. While thus opening wide the door to admit the pagan world, Paul caused the influx of the entire pagan mythology in the guise of Gnostic and anti-Gnostic names and formulas. No wonder if he was frequently assailed and beaten by the officials of the synagogue: Early Christianity a Jewish Sect.
For a long time Christianity regarded itself as part of Judaism. Many a halakic and haggadic discussion is recorded in the Talmud as having taken place between the Christians and the Rabbis see Jacob the Gnostic.
Of course, the destruction of the Temple and of the Judean state and the cessation of sacrifice could not but promote the cause of Christianity see Justin, "Dial. It was during the last struggle with Rome in the days of Bar Kokba and Akiba that, amidst denunciations on the part of the Christians and execrations on the part of the Jewish leaders, those hostilities began which separated Church and Synagogue forever, and made the former an ally of the arch-enemy.
Pauline Christianity greatly aided in the Romanizing of the Church. It gravitated toward Rome as toward the great world-empire, and soon the Church became in the eyes of the Jew heir to Edom Gen. The emperor Constantine completed what Paul had begun—a world hostile to the faith in which Jesus had lived and died. The Council of Nice in determined that Church and Synagogue should have nothing in common, and that whatever smacked of the unity of God and of the freedom of man, or offered a Jewish aspect of worship, must be eliminated from Catholic Christendom.
Three causes seem to have been at work in making the Pauline system dominant in the Church. First, the pagan world, particularly its lower classes, having lost faith in its old gods, yearned for a redeemer, a manlike god, and, on the other hand, was captivated by that work of redeeming love which the Christian communities practised, in the name of Jesus, in pursuance of the ancient Essene ideals see Charity.
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Secondly, the blending of Jewish, Oriental, and Hellenic thought created those strange mystic or Gnostic systems which fascinated and bewildered the minds of the more educated classes, and seemed to lend a deeper meaning to the old beliefs and superstitions. Woman's Part in the Early Church.
Thirdly, woman appeared on the scene as a new factor of Church life. While the women of Syria and of Rome were on the whole attracted by the brightness and purity of Jewish home life, women in the New Testament, and most of all in Paul's life and letters, are prominent in other directions. Aside from those visions of Mary Magdalene which lent support to the belief in the Resurrection Matt.
A morbid emotionalism, prizing love as "the greatest of all things" in place of truth and justice, and a pagan view of holiness which tended to make life oscillate between austere asceticism demanding virginity and eunuchism on the one side, and licentiousness on the other see Matt. Against this exaggeration of the divine attribute of love and the neglect of that of justice, the Rabbis in the ancient Mishnah seem to utter their warning Meg.
When, finally, the reaction set in, and Gnosticism both as an intellectual and as a sexual degeneracy compare Sifre on Num. The Trinitarian formula first occurs in Matthew xxviii. It is quite significant for the historian to observe that, while in the older Gospel Mark xii. Christ, the preexistent Messiah Gen. In vain did the early Christians protest against the deification of Jesus "Clementine Homilies," xvi.
However repugnant expressions such as "the blood," "the suffering," and "the death of God" Ignatius, "Ad Romanos," iii. There was a time when the Demiurgos, as a second god, threatened to becloud Jewish monotheism see Gnosticism and Elisha ben Abuyah: Abbahu with reference to Christianity Yer. In the Church, Unitarianism was suppressed and persecuted whenever it endeavored to assert its birthright to reason; and it is owing chiefly to Justinian's fanatic persecution of the Syrian Unitarians that Islam, with its insistence on pure monotheism, triumphed over the Eastern Church.
Henceforth Moslem and Jewish philosophy stood together for the absolute unity of God, not allowing any predicate of the Deity which might endanger this principle see Attributes ; whereas Christian philosophers, from Augustine to Hegel successively, attempted to overcome the metaphysical difficulties involved in the conception of a Trinity see David Friedrich Strauss, "Glaubenslehre," i.
The next radical deviation from Judaism was the worship of the Virgin Mary as the mother of God; the canonical and, still more, the apocryphal writings of the New Testament offering the welcome points of support to justify such a cult.
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The Jew could only abhor the medieval adoration of Mary, which seemed to differ little from the worship of Isis and her son Horus, Isthar and Tammuz, Frig and Balder. Yet this was but part of the humanization of the Deity and deification of man instituted in the Church in the shape of image-worship, despite synods and imperial decrees, prohibitions and iconoclasm.
Taking it a step further, Christianity teaches that Jesus was God in the flesh John 1: Christianity teaches that God became a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ so He could lay down His life to pay the price for our sins Romans 5: Judaism strongly denies that Jesus was God or that such a sacrifice was necessary.
Jesus Christ is the all-important distinction between Christianity and Judaism. The Person and work of Jesus Christ is the one primary issue that Christianity and Judaism cannot agree upon.
And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven" Mark Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Hebrew prophecies of a coming Messiah. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.
Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing. There is no more accurate description of Jesus than Isaiah Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.