Can anyone explain to me how modern Judaism (as in "reformed") got so far away from worshipping God (not just Christ) and moved so hardcore into valuing tradition?
I'm beginning to be personally of the conviction that the only true Jews are the Orthodox Jews. Any other form of Judaism doesn't make sense to me lately! Anyone else out there confused by reformed Judaism? Or can anyone shed some light?
And in addition, according to Christian doctrine on end times and salvation-
what does everyone think will happen to the reformed Jews? Do you think they will be part of the 144,000?
Is it the lineage that makes them precious to the Lord or the values or the fact that they recognize Him?
In addition, I have a dear friend who is Jewish, but really only Jewish for tradition. He feels very strongly about his heritage and his culture, but not really about his God. Anyone have any hints/clues how to discuss Christ with one of these modern Jews? Especially Jews who are violently anti- Christianity because of the history of the two religions?
*And a side story:
I was on the Metro back in April on my way to the March for Women's Lives and saw a group of students with their leaders from the RAC wearing yellow shirts with Scripture on them.
On the back of the shirt- in Hebrew-
-yes, the walk humbly bit was struck out-
(attributed to Micah 6:6-8)
and the real passage:
6 With what shall I come before the LORD
and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God. How can Judaism reconcile this?
and does anyone know about halachic law?
More specifically, anyone know what the following statement is all about?
"The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (UOJCA) cannot endorse a public policy that does not reflect the complex response of halacha (Jewish law) to the abortion issue. In most circumstances the halacha proscribes abortion, but there are cases in which halacha permits and indeed mandates abortion. The question is a sensitive one and UOJCA feels that personal decisions in this area should be made in consultation with recognized halachic authorities."
ps- sorry so long and possibly unclear!