accept HaMashiach (Jesus The Christ) as the Messiah and live a Jewish lifestyle that includes eating Kosher foods, celebrating the Biblical Feasts, and studying the Bible as a unified single whole. Every Messianic Jewish household is different, but to be a Messianic Jew one must hold to these beliefs:
(def: Instruction), is the as pinned by Moses. It consists of the first five books of the , the so-called 'Old' Testament.
We are commanded in Torah to know that God exists and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek and serve Him. We serve Him by following His instructions, His Torah.
The entire bible, both the Hebrew Scriptures (the Tanakh) and the , (the 'New' Testament), is still applicable to us today and it is our duty to do our utmost to fulfill its instructions in our lives as it applies to us and our circumstances.
Yeshua HaMashiach is the Son of God, our redeemer, our Savior from the judgment we must all face when everything is said and done. We will be judged, yes, but through the lens of Yeshua's atonement for our sin. Scripture and historical evidence show that He did walk this earth, and by perfectly living Torah (something we can not do) He paid the price, the penalty for our rebellion, so we could have the opportunity to skip the Great White Throne Judgment and only be held to account for our obedience instead of our rebellion. This is what we refer to as Salvation.
Messianic Jews can be referred to as Torah Observant, Messianic, or just plain Jewish. The name isn't as important as the lifestyle, but often things get mixed up and bogged down with semantics. Where I am going to draw the line though is in calling a Messianic Jew someone who follows or is associated with Hebrew Roots. The Hebrew Roots movement is what everybody thinks of when they consider Messianic Jews to be a cult.
Hebrew Roots was an attempt to connect Christians to the Jewish roots of their religion, but instead of being a good thing, it became another synchronicity compounded into the amalgam we call Christianity. Hebrew Roots turned into a game Christians play when they want to feel special or need a change in their religious life. Yes, I'm being harsh, but when you step back and look at it, really look at it, this is what it has become. Hebrew Roots is nothing more than a gnostic playground of who knows more Jewish trivia and has more Jewish stuff in their lives than the others around them. It isn't good for you, isn't good for the community, and turns people away from the truth that Christianity started out Jewish.
Messianic Judaism, on the other hand, was launched as a way to connect the Jewish people with their Savior, Yeshua. It wasn't 'for' Christians at all, it never was, and to this day it still isn't. Once you realize this simple fact, things will start to come into focus. To be a Messianic Jew one must be called to it. It's not just a choice you make when you need a change in your walk with God. You have to choose to be different, and you have to choose to follow through when it gets tough.
To live a Torah Observant lifestyle is to be ostracized and inconvenienced. It isn't just fun and games. We don't all run around playing our Shofars and dancing to Jewish music. Don't get me wrong, the Joy one has from giving oneself entirely to living as outlined in scripture is something that can not be measured, but it isn't for the faint of heart. Without a real calling to live this life, you simply won't be able to do it. You'll do some of it, but God wants all you have, not some. If you want to live mostly for God, stick with Christianity.
It's not a salvation issue. It's a choice of how far you are willing to take it. It's about how much you are willing to give up to be like Yeshua, the Jewish man who showed us He really is God manifest among us. Living the Messianic Jewish lifestyle is to live as Yeshua did when He walked with us in the flesh. Salvation does not require you to be Jewish, but for some of us, the more we live like He did the easier it is to live out Scripture in our daily lives.
Being a Messianic Jew isn't what people think it is. It's not hard, but it requires everything you have. It's not complex, but you have to learn to think, live, and act differently. Religion is hard. Religion is complex. Religion lets you be you, but it doesn't bring you closer to God. Religion brings you closer to you, and you become your own god.
The reason I left Christianity is because it become my religion. A religion that let me live how I saw fit and choose my own path. I could literally find a church to support any lifestyle I wanted to live. I didn't have to change or grow. I didn't have to learn, I just had to get along. Christianity was my religion. It gave me what I thought of as freedom, but when I finally found the full width, breadth, and depth of it I realized it only did one thing --- it kept me from growing beyond the manmade limitations and boundaries established by the wolves hiding among the sheep and the self-serving so-called 'leaders' (hirelings) of Christianity that only benefited themselves in the long run.
Yes, Christianity is a community. We did love each other (to a point), and yes, that is what I miss the most, the community. But, when you finally realize that you can only go so far with your walk with God inside of Christianity, then you'll realize you must make a choice. Stay and be comfortable while you slowly die from atrophy, or break through the artificial barriers and manmade control systems everybody willingly submits to. Break out and follow in Yeshua's footsteps.
I'm not saying God isn't in Christianity. If you seek Him, you'll find Him. I'm saying once you find all the unscriptural boundaries and manmade systems then you will have to make a choice. Most people just stop right there and do what they've been taught by their leaders to do, run away, but a few will examine it closer, take up their bibles, and see if all this Messianic Jewish stuff really is what 'they' say it is. That's all I ask of you. Hold your Bible in one hand, and examine this strange enigma for yourself.