2014-10-07

#Jesus avoids proselytizing to non-Judaeans

10.7: preface:
. my reading of the New Testament sees Jesus as
intending only to politically unify Israel,
and thereby save his family from enslavement;
but his philosophy could also unify everyone
regardless of his intentions .
. in fact he does unintentionally save us all
by spawning the religious wars between
Christianity's Jesus-is-the-god 
and Islam's Christianity-is-idol-worship 
that would lead to World War III 
that will install the global union,
putting all military responsibility
in the hands of the United Nations,
and thereby bringing peace to the world,
the ultimate goal of the Messiah .

10.6: web.relig/jesus/avoids proselytizing to non-Judaeans:
mis: Matthew 23:15 is not proof jc against proselytizing:
. after reading Matthew 23:15 again,
I decided it was not proof of
Jesus being against proselytizing to non-Jews:
it can be interpreted to mean that
if you go out of your way to convert others,
you should set the best example,
instead of some debased version of the culture .
. so then,
what is the biblical evidence that
Jesus proselytized only to Jews?
[ tips from answering-christianity.com ]

John 10:12-16
. the hired help lets the sheep scatter;
but the good keeper of sheep unites the flock
and defends that unity with his life .
And I have other sheep which are not of this field:
I will be their guide in the same way,
and they will give ear to my voice,
so there will be one flock and one keeper.
[ flocks in other fields?
this may be a reference to Samaria, northern Israel,
which in Jesus' day appeared to be distanced from
the Jews (Judeans) in Judaea, southern Israel .
. the Galilee area containing Jesus' Nazareth
was north of Samaria, but further back in time,
it was the northern part of Samaria
( Samaria-Galilee was known as Israel then,
while Judaea was known as Judah ).
. Jesus was reaching out only to Judaea, not Samaria,
according to Matthew 10:1-15, because,
these 2 branches of Israel had different laws,
and only one of them could be the god's law;
Jesus, in John 4:9-26, asserted that
"salvation comes from the Jews"
whereas Samarians "don't know the god they worship" .]

John 4:9-26:
Jews have nothing to do with the people of Samaria.
. the Samarian says:
Our fathers gave worship on this mountain [in Samaria,
between Jesus' Galilee, and Jews' Judaea]
but you Jews say that the right place for worship
is in Jerusalem. [in Judaea].
Jesus replied to the Samarian:
Woman, take my word for this;
the time is coming when your worship to the Father
will be given not on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
22 You Samarians are without knowledge of
what you are worshipping:
Jews give worship to what we have knowledge of:
for salvation comes from the Jews.
23 But the time is coming, and is even now here,
when worship of the Father will be done in
the true way of the spirit,
[ in the mind, not at the mountain or Temple; ]
for these are the worshippers desired by the Father.
24 God is Spirit, so then let his worshippers
give worship in the true way of the spirit.

Matthew 10:1-15:
And he got together his twelve disciples
and gave them the power of driving out unclean spirits,
and of making well all sorts of disease and pain.
These twelve Jesus sent out and gave them orders,
saying,
Do not go among the Gentiles [Goyim, non-Israelites],
or into any town of Samaria [Shomron, northern Israel,
where Jesus was from],
But go to the wandering sheep of the house of Israel,
[Jews, in Judaea, southern Israel]
And, on your way, say,
The kingdom of heaven is near.
And whoever will not take you in or listen,
when you go out from that house or that town,
put off its dust from your feet.
Truly I say to you, in the day of God's judging
It will be better for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah
than for the town that will not take you in .

Acts 11:1-19:
. the Apostles and the brothers who were in Judaea
had news that the word of the god [from Jesus]
had been given to the Gentiles.
. "the words of the Lord came into my mind,
how he said,
'The baptism of John was with water,
but you will have baptism with the Holy Spirit.'
If when they had faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,
then God gave them the same as he gave to us,
who was I to go against the god?
Then to the Gentiles as to us
has God given a change of heart,
so that they may have life."
. but those who saw Stephen stoned by angry Jewish mobs
stayed well within the Jewish law,
and Jesus-proselytized only to other Jews .
-- Acts is likely written by Luke .

why were Jews angry at Stephen?:
Stephen was one of the Hellenistic Jews
(speaking Greek instead of Hebrew)
selected for a fairer distribution of welfare to the
Greek-speaking widows in Acts 6;
. after making a scene performing miracles,
(and likely converting many Jews to Jesus way)
he was taken to court before the Sanhedrin,
accused of preaching against Mosaic Law.
. he was also tried for believing, like Jesus,
that the god dwells in the mind not the Temple .
. also like Jesus he berated the theocrats
for persecuting every one of their prophets [Acts 7:52]:
"Which of the prophets
was not cruelly attacked by your fathers?
and they put to death those who
gave them the news of the coming of
the Upright One [Tzaddik, Jesus];
whom you have now given up and put to death."
[ the Sanhedrin had executed the Messiah Jesus
in order to save Israel from civil war:
Israel was part of the Roman federation,
and the Messiah promised to unify Israelites
making them politically strong-willed,
and seeking to break away from the federation,
which would lead to a civil war that might
destroy Israel instead of freeing it .]