Do you believe in Christianity?
Well that is a loaded question.
Which “Christianity” are you talking about? The one with Pope’s, Cardinals and Crusades? No, we do not believe in that “Christianity.”
We do agree with many of our “evangelical” brothers and sisters who love God, the Messiah of Israel and the Bible.
We do not agree with all of “Christian” history. And to go a step further, we do not believe that all who have claimed to be “Christians” were.
Let’s define the term: Christian equals a person (Jewish or Gentile) who follows “Christ”. In Hebrew, we do not say “Christ” but the original Hebrew was “Messiah” or “Moshiach” which means “anointed One.” One who was chosen by God for a very special task.
So a “Christian” really should be someone who follows the Jewish Messiah.
So when you say “Christian” – you are really saying you are a Gentile who follows the Jewish Messiah or “Christ” in English.
And any Gentile can follow Him – and should!
So a person can be Jewish or Gentile (but not both).
A person can be a follower of the Messiah (called Christ) or not and yet that does not stop him/her from being Jewish or Gentile.
We are Jewish by birth, but came to believe years ago that Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) is indeed the Jewish Messiah.
Being Jewish and following Judaism are different. Not all Jewish people follow Judaism. Nor is the Judaism of today in line with what the Hebrew scriptures teach.
A Messianic Jew is a Jewish person (with at least one Jewish parent) who has come to know and follow Yeshua / Jesus as the Messiah promised to Israel as found in the Hebrew Bible.
Judaism is the religion that the Rabbis have formed over many centuries which they believe will get Jewish people to God. It is different in many places from what the Hebrew Bible teaches.