There are a lot of beautiful similarities and consistencies between Jewish and Christian thought. And it's only natural - Christianity stems from Judaism, both historically and spiritually. 

What we don't talk about so often... are the awkward similarities. The similarities that exist which a "plain reading of scripture" (which so many Christians claim to favor) would cast some suspicion on. If you are a Christian who accepts the revelation of God in Jesus, there are a number of ideas and viewpoints rooted in the Old Testament which you might expect to shift, evolve, or at least become highly qualified once confronted with Jesus in the New. Jesus set this precedent himself throughout the gospels, and the early church continued in his ethic under his own instruction to "bind and loose" by the Spirit with "the keys to the kingdom."

So, without further ado, I present:


1) Believes the Old Testament revelation of "God the Father" is better, more extensive, and more ultimately binding than the "The Father and I are one" of Jesus or the unwrapping of that by the rest of the New Testament. 

2) Believes victory comes through physical violence, war and conquest to accomplish the purposes of God. 

3) Believes itself to be a persecuted minority awaiting rescue, rather than a victorious entity embodying God's mission of rescue to the whole universe.  

4) Believes God's kingdom is primarily something to be awaited, and thus remains yet NOT-inaugurated in any dynamic sense here on earth. 

5) Believes that God's "blessing" (favor, solidarity, etc) is primarily found with the wealthy, the powerful, the influential and well-regarded... 

6) Believes Messiah's next coming (whether 1st or 2nd) will be tribal and nationalistic, and will prominently feature the literal sword of violent retribution. 

7) Believes the church is a parentheses in the story, and that Israel as a bloodline / physical nation remains distinct - the ultimate hinge upon which the world still pivots in the timeline of God.

8) Contrary to even the Old Testament prophets and the Mosaic Law of "an eye for an eye," believes the nation of Israel to be above reproach in its provocation and/or escalation of violence.

9) Also contrary to even the Old Testament prophets and the Mosaic Law, believes that Israel maintains its identity as Israel even when many of its people do not desire to follow God or the Law. 

I'm sure I could continue to add to this list as more similarities strike me... but the point is what it is. I don't think I need to unwrap it or explain it. 

But it is unfortunate how little of Jesus is allowed into the equation by so many Christians. The difference is, the Jews have an excuse, because they are not the ones who claim to follow or worship Jesus. 

Christians, are you listening?