A little understanding goes a long way. Christians may be surprised at the meaning that some of their everyday Christian words and symbols can carry for the average Jewish person.
In this episode of A Jew & A Gentile Discuss, Ezra grills Carly with some common misconceptions Jewish people have about Christians. Throughout the conversation, they reveal some ways Christians may be unknowingly shutting down or offending a Jewish person. When we – on both sides – seek understanding, we can have meaningful conversations with each other.
It’s Carly’s turn to be on the hot seat while Ezra asks her to address many misconceptions, such as:
- Christians can bless Israel and still believe that Jewish people don’t need the Gospel/Jesus because they have their own way.
- If a Christian befriends a Jewish person, it’s only to convert them.
- The image of the cross and what it represents are inherently threatening to a Jewish person
- Christians worship three gods, whereas Jewish people worship only one
- The Church is inherently anti-Semitic
- Christians have their own Bible
- Christian Zionism sees Jews as pawns on an End-Time chessboard
He also asks Carly to answer a few questions Jewish people have of Christians:
- Why do Christians want to use Jewish symbols – such as the Star of David, prayer shawls, chanukiahs, and the Israeli flag?
- What’s the biggest misperception people have of you as a Christian?
They discuss what it means to bless someone and give insight into how Jewish people typically interpret words like “convert,” “cross,” and “become a Christian.” They also bring up tips for engaging in meaningful conversations with Jewish friends and family with sensitivity and a Bible-reading challenge to listeners.
Words you might learn – or gain new insight about – in this episode:
Bless, convert, the cross, Shema, trinity, echad, nations, ethnos, proton, Tanakh, Nevi’im, Ketuvim, New Testament/New Covenant, Christian Zionism, chanukiah
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