The Early Christians and Judaism

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Stephanie Allen
The Early Christians and Judaism
When Christianity was created, there were two different perspectives of what was deemed correct. The early Christians believed Jesus Christ was the chosen one, and comparatively, those who followed Judaism believed the chosen one had yet to arrive. The earliest Christians inherited many of their central doctrines from Judaism, including monotheism and the belief in a covenant between God and humanity. The most important difference that Christianity introduced was the belief that God can be known and worshipped only through God’s Son and through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The early Christians and the Jewish people both believed that the Messiah came from a descendant of Abraham. God says to Abraham, “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will cures; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:2-3) In other words, God is making a promise with Abraham by telling him that there is something special about his bloodline that will make an impact on the world. God is making an important covenant. A covenant is not just a “pinky promise” or a word that is used to describe any relationship. A covenant is a promise that God makes with humanity that cannot be broken. God is promising to protect the people of Abraham and bless them with success. The Jewish religion and the early Christians would both agree that God is promising Abraham that his people will have a strong faith and lead important lives. They know that this chosen one will be coming from Abraham. The Jewish people and early Christians would also agree that circumcision is the sign of this important covenant God makes with Abraham. Unlike the Jews, the early Christians believed that the Messiah was the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Throughout the Gospel, Jesus performs miracles such as changing...
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