The term "Gentile" refers to numerous different categories of people, some of whom do and did believe in Jesus. It would be impossible to spell out why over 5 billion different faiths and intellectual traditions do not believe in Jesus, the arguments about their non-belief range quite significantly and the degree of their non-belief (e.g. they may believe that Jesus existed but that he was not a Messiah or they may believe that Jesus was a Messiah but that he was not Divine, etc.). As a result, this subject should be re-asked with specific groups mentioned.
There are two ways to deal with this question: from a present evidential perspective and from a biblical evidential perspective.
Present Evidential Arguments
Some of the most common Jewish arguments against their accepting Jesus as the Messiah are the following:
Jewish answer: According to our tradition, the vast majority of the Jews at the time didn't hear of him. The Torah-sages (Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai, Rabbi Yonatan ben Uziel, Chanina ben Dosa, Bava ben Buta, Shimon ben Hillel, Rabbi Eliezer, Rabbi Yehoshua, Rabbi Akiva, and hundreds of others) were active at that time and their yeshivot (Torah-academies) were flourishing. Their tens of thousands of disciples and hundreds of thousands of sympathizers were active in the Jewish world in that generation; they were the leaders and the forefront of Judaism. As Josephus (Antiquities book 18) writes, "the cities give great attestations to them." The great majority of Jews loved their sages and their Torah.
The unlearned class of the Amei-haaretz (ignoramuses) was a small fringe of society, but even they would and did lay down their lives in order not to violate anything of the Torah. As one ancient historian famously wrote:
Hecateus declares again, "what regard we [Jews] have for our laws; and we resolve to endure anything rather than transgress them." And he adds: "They [Jews] may be stripped on this account, and have torments inflicted upon them, and be brought to the most terrible kinds of death, but they meet these tortures after an extraordinary manner, beyond all other people, and will not renounce the religion of their forefathers."
No one (even any of them who did hear of Jesus) - would have given any consideration to what was and is considered unacceptable for us. The few who came in contact with him soon lost interest, and the early Christians felt the need to turn to non-Jewish centers of population in order to gain adherents, while the Jews remained Jews.
In Judaism, Jesus was a regular human being who lived in olden times, and is not part of Jewish religious belief.
We may also note that according to our tradition, prophecy ceased about 340 years before the birth of Jesus; and public miracles stopped even earlier.
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The word "messiah" is the transliterated form of the Hebrew "moshiach." The word moshiach means "anointed." The title of moshiach was given to any person who was appropriately anointed with oil as part of their initiation to their service of God. We have had a number of meshichim (plural) in the form of kings and priests. There need be nothing supernatural about a moshiach.
This being said, there is a prophecy of a future moshiach. However, this is a relatively minor topic in Judaism and the Tanakh.
The Jewish requirements of the messiah have not yet been fulfilled. They are:
* Build the Third Temple (Ezekiel 37:26-28).
* Gather all Jews back to the Land of Israel (Isaiah 43:5-6).
* Usher in an era of world peace, and end all hatred and oppression. "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more" (Isaiah 2:4).
* Spread universal knowledge of the God of Israel, which will unite humanity as one. "God will be King over all the world. On that day, God will be One and His Name will be One" (Zechariah 14:9).
* The messiah must be descended on his father's side from King David (Genesis 49:10 and Isaiah 11:1).
* The messiah will lead the Jewish people to full Torah-observance. The Torah states that all of its mitzvot (commands) remain binding forever.
God created people with free will. Everybody has the choice to believe or not believe
The Disciples of Christ are Christian, from the Protestant branch of Christianity. Jewish people generally do not believe that "Christ" has come yet, and those people who do believe he came are called Christians (followers of Jesus Christ). So, the Disciples of Christ would be gentiles, since they are not Jews. It is worth noting that "Disciples of Christ" is the name of a particular church, not a general term for those who follow Christ.
Jesus did die for the sins of both the Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews). However, after Christ's death and resurrection, many Jews chose not to believe in Jesus Christ. Therefore, those that do not believe are not saved. Although Jesus died for the salvation of all people, if people choose not to believe in Him, they cannot be saved.
Jews believe in God.What about Jesus?In Judaism, Jesus was a regular human being who lived in olden times, and is not part of Jewish religious belief.See also the Related Links.Link: Why didn't the Jews believe in Jesus?Link: What do Jews believe about God?
Jews do not believe in jesus christ at all.
The Jews and the Gentiles have a long history. Jesus came to save the Jews first and then the Gentiles were grafted in when the Jews rejected Him.
The Jews at the time of Jesus thought they were superior to the gentiles, who were low casts to them. The jews claimed to be the direct children of Abraham. They treated the gentiles badly.
Some Jews who were Jewish like Jesus, first believed in Jesus Christ.
They were the Christians of their time gentiles were the followers of Jesus that we not born Jews
Christians believe that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah. Jews disagree.
in Jesus Christ who died on a cross to save the whole world from their sinJohn 3:16They believe Jesus Christ is savior and the son of God, unlike the Jews who believe in God but not Jesus.
No. Christmas is a Christian holiday. It is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, but Jews do not believe he was the Christ. They believe he was a prophet.
Jesus came to save all peoples, Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews) both.
Jews do not directly disagree with any teachings of Jesus. However, Jews do not call him Jesus Christ because the title "Christ" comes from the Greek word christos, which means "messiah", and Jews don't believe that he was the messiah. (I am Jewish, by the way.)
They don't. Christmas is a Christian holiday. It is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, but Jews do not believe he was the Christ. They believe he was a prophet.
yes the difference is that Jews still wait for the messiah and Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the messiah
Jesus has no status or role in Judaism. Messianic Jews are actually considered to be Christians, both by other Jews and by Christians. See also:Why didn't the Jews believe in Jesus?
SADLY few. NOT including JEWS. They don't believe Jesus was the messiah. But count me as a believer in Jesus.:)
AnswerAccording to Paul, Peter was the apostle who taught of Jesus to the Jews, while Paul himself was the apostle who taught of Christ to the Gentiles.
The records do not say but they most likely would be Jews.
Jesus. Jews believe that the Messiah is yet to come. Christians believe that he already came (Jesus Christ).
No, originally all Christians were simply Jews who followed Jesus. As the religion expanded however, the question of whether or not Gentiles (non-Jews) could be followers of Christ began to make the greater distinction. Soon all followers of Christ, whether originally Jews or Gentiles, where called "The Way". It wasn't until around the end of the first century that the term "Christian" began being used.
God, the Abrahamic god, is the god or deity that Christians, as well as Jews and Muslims, believe created the world and stands in judgement over us. Jesus Christ is believed by Christians to be the divine son of God. Jews do not believe in Jesus and hold that, if he existed, he was just a wandering preacher. Muslims believe that Jesus, although not divine, was an important prophet.
Jews acknowledge that the historical Jesus existed, but they do not believe that he is the Christ, the anointed one. (Christ is not Jesus' last name, but a title added to his name by his followers.)
Its most likely that because the Jews and Gentiles would of ignored Jesus when he claimed to be the son of God and to be the messiah so in other words, Jesus was fed up of preaching to them. Jesus told Paul the apostle to preach unto the Gentiles and Jews because to tell them "the good news". yes, Jesus contradicted himself.
Jews and Gentiles Jesus was born a Jew but because of His death on the cross, Jews and Gentiles were both given the same opportunity to enjoy Paradise.