We conclude, from part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5,
We conclude, from part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10, part 11, part 12, part 13, considering pop-research on the issue of the historical Jesus and Jesus mythicism with regards to some Atheists who have taken to the utterly radical view that Jesus never even existed.
I have been considering Michael Paulkovich and Raphael Lataster and, in this case, I got into a comment section discussion within an article written by YouTube celebrity Atheist AaronRa that was simply titled “Jesus never existed” November 3, 2015 AD.
See my article Historical Jesus – two centuries worth of citations wherein I chronicled 205 texts that reference Jesus dating from pre 70 AD to 200-250 AD.
Having reviewed the facts of the matter (with very many more references provide in Jewish and Christian? Is Messianic Judaism Possible? ) Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan’s claim that “Even if he continues to keep all of the rituals, it is the same as if he abandoned Judaism completely…A Jew who accepts Christianity might want to call himself a ‘Jewish Christian,’ but he is no longer a Jew,” is shown to be just what Rabbi Federow said it was as he gave the store away by admitting that Kaplan’s book “was written to fight the efforts of Christian missionaries” which is the only reason that Federow quoted him, because it only states one side of the issue, the side that Federow wants people to think is the only side: his side.
Likewise with Maimonides (aka Rabbi Moses ben Maimon aka the Rambam) as he too was an anti-Christian polemicist who, of course, Rabbi Federow not only still considers him a Jew but an authority who is “very very well respected” and, in fact, one of the “two Orthodox rabbinic authorities” which are good enough for him to make his bias one sided polemical point.
So, Federow asserts that “A Jew who serves false gods is considered like a gentile in all regards and is not comparable to a Jew who violated another transgression punishable by being stoned to death” and yet, these are the very same Jews who within the Tanakh are constantly being called back by God from serving false gods. It is accurate that “An apostate who worships false gods is considered to be an apostate with regard to the entire Torah” but we have seen that these apostates are actually still Jewish since as per the Encyclopedia Judaica, the Halakah and the Talmud, “In Jewish religious law, it is technically impossible for a Jew…to change his religion. Even though a Jew undergoes the rites of admission to another religious faith and formally renounces the Jewish religion he remains—as far as the Halakah is concerned—a Jew, albeit a sinner (Sanh. 44a)…For the born Jew, Judaism is not a matter of choice…in the technical halakhic sense, apostasy is impossible.”
Thus, the Atheist Maimonides “considered the worship of Jesus to have been idolatry” since for some odd reason an Atheist is concerned about idolatry. Yet, the point is that Jewish Christians recognize that the God of the Bible is one. Christian theology 101 is to firmly establish the Tanakh’s monotheism. Thus, Jewish Christians believe that they worship the God of the Tanakh and are thus, not apostates and still Jews.
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