posted on Nov, 3 2005 @ 11:11 PM
In my opinion, as an ethnicity-only Jew (I accept it as an ethnicity, not as my religion, though it is how I was born and raised), the biblical figure
"Jesus" (I doubt that he existed, but won't go into that now) could not have been a Christian for a few reasons of varying importance: 1) (very
literal) the term "Christian" comes from the Greek "christo" (lord), which became christ, which is applied to Jesus (the Christ). He could not
have been a "Christian" becuase the word did not yet exist. 2) Very little if not none of what is considered Christian today is consistent with his
"teachings" and the opinions of him presented in the Gospels. 3) (personal belief applied to the topic) No actual "Jesus" ever existed, he was
invented by a few people in the latter half of the 1st century C.E. as an embodiment of beliefs and qualities that they felt would most appeal to the
masses. The "christ" was then solidified into a person by the Gospels and subsequently the Bible and the Church. He was designed as the figurehead
to attract people, lure them, into a religion (I'll stop there with this idea for now).
On the next subject, being Jewish can be singular or dualistic. All Jews who's mothers were Jewish (and have substantial Jewish ancestry) are Jewish
by ethnicity and can be by religion too. Any Jews who converted into the religion are themselves Jewish by religion, not ethnicity. The problem exists
in how far back one traces the geneaology of a Jew in question, so at most it can be called an ethnicity, not a race. To elaborate, the notion that
Judaism is a race comes from an anti-Jewish* community. In attempting to degrade and tyrade against any group, they must, among other things, be
lumped into a body with distinguishable traits or beliefs, this forms the basis for racism and most other forms of discrimination. By grouping the
Jews into a race, the goal of seperating us (Jews) by inherent qualities (those that are attributed to ancestry) is accomplished brilliantly. When
Jews are viewed as a seperate race, a gigantic leap is made in the extent to which discrimination can be carried. The ultimate example is the Shoa
(Holocaust), whereby the Nazis portrayed the Jews (specifically) as a sub-human, or at least sub-"aryan/germanic," race.
This is my first post, hope it is insightful/helpful.
Please feel free to alert me to any errors in my knowledge along with your opinions of my speculation.