Jew Inwardly, you have given your reason as to why leaders rejected the Messiah..... sin and unbelief. I would add idolatry. Their desires were in a false idol, a Messiah of their own making, while the true Messiah was coming to change the inner man and bring eternal life, a far greater and longer enduring salvation.
"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
"But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."
No, "Get Real," this Mr. Bloomberg is of the world, the world loves people who beat their own drum. During the Church Age, the only way anyone can be saved, even if they were an Orthodox Jew, is to accept Christ as their Savior. The Jews will come to realize this all them who are in the Tribulation. Israel & the Church are Different People. It looks like yours truly also made a comment about this excellent sermon.
And how does one base if someone is Jewish and therefore has extra time after Christ's return to reject Christ and then be saved or is this now standard gospel teaching for everyone?
if there is anyone who has reason to celebrate it is the Christian.
are we not celebrating more than being "passed over" for judgment but also Christ's resurrection?
there has been a whole lot of shaming of Christian culture over these hundred years, and even shamed to give up our holy days.
I'm not so fast to it.
Celebrating the birth of the Messiah and then remembering His death and resurrection, these are good things and our inheritance from orthodox believers -- a reminder throughout the year of the core teachings of Christianity. I'm all for it.
Neil, no thank you for telling me what a righteous person I am. quite unexpected. however I do not consider myself righteous but Christ righteous, and I hope I love Him and others as I've been called to live.
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 7:21
You know I've had friends in the prosperity gospel who would judge those who suffered, surely if you had "...." then you wouldn't be in that position. God has a way of dealing with our pride. Years later, they end up with similar struggles. What I've always said is that these things are common to man. There will always be fluctuations in markets. Funny now as the dollar currency is being traded out, our society still identifies itself as the righteous man who walks by the homeless, even as we see Christians being persecuted in court cases, who's to say anyone of us will be the one laying on the park bench at some point. I've certainly met the homeless, spoken with the downtrodden, prayed with the outsider, many had normal lives, and then suffered a spouse who betrayed them, cataclysmic health event etc, the rain falls on the righteous and unrighteous.
On the other side I meet plenty of people that have just ridden the wave of a good system their entire lives while they wrecked their homelife and lived for themselves and bring in great retirement and life is just great for them.
God gets the final say, "when did I visit you in prison Lord?"
brilliant, the Muslems want to create a usery free system for their own, that is compliant with Old Testament teaching, while the Christians defend burdening students with loans significant numbers will not pay off till their 50's... as a sound money system.