Originally Posted by dr_sabra
First, let me say "Welcome to our forum!"
Now as for your comments. You wrote "his sole purpose was clearly to prove the Torah observance of Jesus." That is not correct. It was not his "sole purpose." On the contrary, his ultimate purpose was obviously to promote "Torah observance" amongst modern Christians. This is a fundamental error that Paul addressed in Galatians:
Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?This is why I said he did not deal with any of the really "important" issues. He used the fact that the first century Jewish believers were Torah observant to support his false conclusion that Christians should be Torah observant. But this directly contradicts the teachings of the NT on many points. For example, the Torah teaches that male children must be circumcised whereas Paul explicitly stated that was not necessary to fulfill the commands of the Lord:
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.No teacher promoting observance of Torah could write those words. Friedman did not address any of these important issues. That's why I said he did not address any of the really important issues.
Your perception that I "just felt like attacking the typical Messianic Jewish position" because of some "personal theological frustrations" has no foundation in fact. I quoted the actual words written by Friedman, and supported my argument with logic and facts. It would be good if you did the same if you want to criticize my writings. As it stands, you have not shown any error in anything I have written. I would be delighted to pursue this topic if you are so inclined.
All the best,