Jewish Service

Discussion in 'Cults & World Religions' started by Joseph Scibbe, Oct 21, 2009.

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  1. Joseph Scibbe

    Joseph Scibbe Puritan Board Junior

    Today the post chaplain office is hosting a Torah scroll dedication. A rabbi from one of the nearby towns is coming to do the service. It is not required but "highly suggested" by those who are over me. I was wondering ho I could go to this but make it clear that I do not hold the same beliefs as the Jews. Is it sinful to do attend. I am not sure how comfortable I feel attending.
  2. Knoxienne

    Knoxienne Puritan Board Graduate

    Yes it is. It is syncretism. Judaism and Christianity are different religions.
  3. Wayne

    Wayne Tempus faciendi, Domine.

    Just my own opinion, but could you go as an observer, and clearly but without fanfare make it known that you are there as an observer?
  4. TimV

    TimV Puritanboard Botanist

    Ask yourself what you would do if it were a Wiccan or Muslim dedication. Whatever the answer it, that's what you should do.
  5. BJClark

    BJClark Puritan Board Doctor

    I guess I see it differently than others here..

    From my understanding The Torah IS God's Word, just as the Old Testament of our Bible is God's Word..It IS the same book..

    So what would be the problem with going and observing?

    The Jew's take better care of their Torah Scrolls, and have more reverence and care for God's Holy Word, than most people do their Bibles..because it IS God's Word, written to a Nation of People...which Praise God has been passed to other Nations of people.
  6. au5t1n

    au5t1n Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I thought of this too, but here's the problem: The Torah we believe in is not a Christless Torah, which is what is being promoted here. I am not saying at this point whether I think the OPer should or should not attend - I just want to make it clear that we do not believe in the *same* Torah.
  7. Knoxienne

    Knoxienne Puritan Board Graduate

    The most important and authoritative literature of the Jewish religion is the Talmud, not the Old Testament. That was the main argument that Jesus had with the Pharisees. They based their righteousness on the oral traditions of the Mishnah, which perverted the Law of God. The Mishnah later became the Talmud. Any dealings today that Jews have with the Ten Commandments (which Jesus said the Jews nullified with their traditions) or the first five books of the Bible are colored by the Talmud and the oral traditions of their religion. The whole Bible is a Christian book. While we can certainly call the OT scriptures Hebrew, we cannot and should not call them Jewish.
  8. Jim Peet

    Jim Peet Puritan Board Freshman

    Not sure of whether the above is this true?

    ... Isn't the Hebrew text of the Jewish Torah identical to the the underlying texts of good English translations?
  9. Knoxienne

    Knoxienne Puritan Board Graduate

    Christ is God. Therefore, Christ wrote the Torah. After all, it was Christ who said, "Before Abraham was I am."
  10. au5t1n

    au5t1n Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Yes. I was talking about how the groups interpret the Torah differently. This event is promotes a religion that tries to read the Torah while rejecting and ignoring its central theme - Christ.
  11. matt01

    matt01 Puritan Board Senior

    I had to go to a couple funerals for Sisters (OSB) when I was working at a Roman Catholic college. You could go, and just not participate in the prayers, etc. Just stand there quietly.
  12. dbroyles

    dbroyles Puritan Board Freshman

    Not going would speak more clearly where you stand. The Jewish belief system, which includes the Torah, denies Christ, the end for which the Torah was given (Rom. 10:4).

    Your going would, in my opinion, lend support to the Jewish system. Remember, they aren't merely neutral in their religious beliefs (Matt. 12:30).
  13. calgal

    calgal Puritan Board Graduate

    If I recall correctly, as a military chaplain are you not called on to handle different faith groups as needed? :worms: If so, then going and staying silent would make the most sense. Same goes for dealing with a Catholic mass, an LDS anything and so on.
  14. MMasztal

    MMasztal Puritan Board Sophomore

    This is becoming a problem in the military Chaplaincy.

    I am an Army veteran. Is not the Chaplain's office non-denominational by design? It is. So whether one is Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc., the chaplain's duty is to permit the practice of these religions even while himself belonging to an other specific denomination. He has no obligation to actively support the teachings of other religions, but he must allow for their practice on the base.

    That being said, as a Chaplain Assistant representing the office, you should attend.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2009
  15. BJClark

    BJClark Puritan Board Doctor


    With all due respect, I would have to disagree with you, the Torah is the Torah, and speaks of Christ whether THEY believe that to be true or not..

    Just as the Bible is God's word in completeness, whether others believe it to be or not..
  16. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    Paul went to Synagogue. He went on Sabbath Days also. I would go. I would even share Christ as the fulfillment of the Law if the situation permitted.

    I would go. I think I would even enjoy it. What an opportunity to enlighten ones self and others.
  17. Grillsy

    Grillsy Puritan Board Junior

    Yes, Paul went to did Christ and called those in attendance to repentance.

    The thing is, if this were a Mormon service or Muslim service or Hindu, I am not sure how much support there would be for attending.
  18. au5t1n

    au5t1n Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    You're misreading my words. Surely you don't think I believe that the torah ceases to speak of Christ in truth just because the person who reads it doesn't believe that? Not at all. I'm talking about interpretation.
  19. Bern

    Bern Puritan Board Freshman

    There are people at my old church who would love that. They could dress like them and blow a shofar and everything.
  20. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    I guess I am not understanding your support comment. What does support have to do with anything.

    Joseph is a Chaplain's Assistant in the Military (i.e. religious programmer). He is responsible to meet the needs of the Chaplains. It is his job. Either way it would be beneficial for him to go for experience and knowledge. It also helps his knowledge and answers in apologetics. I use to service office Equipment at the North American Islamic Center. I was hired to do service for them. I don't see a difference. His presence might actually allow him to have contact with someone who wouldn't give him the time of day otherwise. Paul went to the Synagogue and was invited to speak. I am not sure he went totally expecting to.

    Here is Gill.

    I have also attended Catholic Christmas mass with a family of a friend of mine. I didn't partake of the mass. But I went and learned what it was. It actually did me a lot of good to see it first hand in my early Christian life. I saw first hand what the RCC mass was and was able to teach and refute more clearly on the matter of the RCC mass. I was discipling the guy I went with. We were in the Navy together.
  21. Grillsy

    Grillsy Puritan Board Junior

    Support was referring to the attendance of the a non-Christian service. As in I doubt anyone would support a Christian attending a non-Christian service.

    While you make good and valid points about attending certain non-Christian activities, I would like to also premise a caution.

    If we are to not partake of the works or darkness and also we are to abstain from the appearance of evil. How can attending and being quiet and observant during a worship service of a false religion not appear as evil? The very fact the professing Christian is in the midst of those who deny Christ could in fact be seen as a very bad thing. I am not criticizing what you have done and, as I have said, you make some good points.
  22. awretchsavedbygrace

    awretchsavedbygrace Puritan Board Sophomore

  23. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    Abstaining from the appearance of evil....

    Well, How do you figure Paul did that by attending a Synagogue? Was he partaking of the works of darkness and in fact going against the scriptures?

    Sometimes I cringe at the declaration that we are commanded to abstain from the appearance of evil. So many have become so Pharisaical in this cry. I fear not being around non Christians who deny Christ. I am the salt of the earth. I am told to light a candle so that others see. Should I only light it in places where it is light already? I guess Jesus should have never went to the Temple. I guess Paul shouldn't have either. Maybe Jesus shouldn't have went to the tax collectors party? :candle:
  24. Grillsy

    Grillsy Puritan Board Junior

    So then I assume when you're at Jewish or Romanish services you do as Paul and Jesus and call them to repentance and teach them about Christ?

    The difference is that these men were driven by the Spirit and contended for the faith at these synagogues.

    The problem with attending the service and sitting there is we would just blend in and look like one of them.
  25. Grillsy

    Grillsy Puritan Board Junior

    Excellent point Joshua.
  26. Galatians220

    Galatians220 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Please pardon me for chiming in a bit late...

    Didn't Jesus and Paul attend these places so as to confront people and not sit quietly, giving silent credence to the proceedings? We can't go to these things in their specific office, so to speak. A Christian wouldn't be able to confront anyone at a Torah dedication or share the Gospel with a fellow attender outside of a later, informal one-on-one or one-on-two or whatever. A Torah dedication would be the Jewish equivalent of a Catholic "observance of the Blessed Sacrament," or so I surmise. Idolatrous, and one, especially a chaplain's assistant, would be obligated to sit quietly and be respectful.

    Attendance is in the realm of conscience, certainly. Jewish social, quasi-religious events like brises and bar/bat mitzvahs are one thing, but Torah dedications are a bit different.

    (I don't mean to step on any toes... Again, please pardon this post's lateness to the discussion.)

  27. VilnaGaon

    VilnaGaon Puritan Board Sophomore

    We must bear in mind that the synagogue service Jesus and Paul attended is significantly different from the Orthodox Jewish Service of today which is governed by the Order of the Jewish Siddur(Prayer Book). This Siddur is a later development in Judaism and has many ungodly and even blasphemous prayers in it such as cursing the minim(Christians).
    Also when the Jews speak of the Torah they generally mean both the 5 books of Moses and the Oral Torah(Mishnah). They hold that the 5 Books of Moses cannot be interpreted or studied without the Oral Torah. Although they do refer to Torah Scrolls as Torah they will not accept its meaning apart from the Oral Torah.
  28. calgal

    calgal Puritan Board Graduate

    The answer to that would be that the Oral and Written Law are considered equal in Judaism. That does close a lot of "loopholes" and the criteria for the oral law is pretty sketchy. The problem for the OP is his role as Chaplain's assistant and whether he has a Jew, Muslim or Wiccan soldier in front of him for advice, he is constrained within the bounds of his job in the Army.
  29. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    It is a part of his job. I don't see anyone telling Joe to bow to anything anti-Christian or denounce his Christianity.

    You guys evidently didn't read the Gill quote and the points I made. Paul probably didn't go to be confrontational. I can't believe the apparent fear of this world that is involved with this thread. Jesus went to the party to be a physician to the sick. You can call it confrontation if you want but I don't believe he was being confrontational. I believe anyone who is telling you not to go is just overly fearful and warning you out of that fear.

    I see it also as a part of Joe's job. I have had acquaintance with a lot of RP's (religious programmers). I can certainly tell you that I have met some godly men who were in that position in the military. We are light. Light overcomes the darkness by truth and God's Spirit. What are you guys afraid of? Are you afraid he is going to somehow endorse the Jewish religion by showing up as his job position desires for him to? Are you guys afraid he is going to be caught up in some demonic denouncement of Christianity? Come on. Joe is not stupid. I hope his faith and desire to see evil dead men who curse God come to faith in Christ.

    I am amazed at how some of you are reacting. Maybe I have been polluted. I went to a Mosque in Egypt and I removed my shoes before I went in as being respectful to those who occupy the place. I say that in jest. I don't see anyone telling Joe to bow to anything anti-Christian. BTW, I suspect that much of the news that is placed on the PB is more evil in influence than attending a dedication of the Torah. Come on... The Torah is God's word and we all stand in judgment because of what it contains. All the more reason for a Christian to be present for prayer over those attending it.
  30. MMasztal

    MMasztal Puritan Board Sophomore

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