October 11, 2007, - 4:27 pm

Nice Try, Media Matters Nazis, But Ann Coulter is No Anti-Semite

**** UPDATE #2: . Yup, next Hitler will up from the grave and call her “anti-Semitic.” ****
**** UPDATE: Ian Schwartz has the video of Ann and her comments. You be the judge. ****
The Internet and Mainstream Media are abuzz in their latest attack on Ann Coulter. This time, they’re claiming she’s an anti-Semite.
It all stems from an interview she did with CNBC’s horrid talk show host Donny Deutsch. Apparently, one of the two viewers watching this incredibly boring show was a Media Matters monkey trained to tape Ann’s every word and think of ways to twist it.

In describing the connections between Christian and Jewish beliefs, Ann said that Jews believe in the Old Testament, but Christians believe in that AND the New Testament. Jews need to be “perfected,” she said. Reading the full script (also read Omri Ceren/Mere Rhetoric’s and Allah Pundit’s excellent comments @ Hot Air), it’s abundantly clear what she was talking about. To wit: That we, as Jews, don’t accept the full Christian Bible, and therefore, it’s the Christian belief that we need to be fully accepting of it. She said “That is what we [Christians] believe we are–perfected Jews.”
Why should that offend me? I’ve had brunch with Ann, and we’ve had many conversations through e-mail, etc. During all of that, she’s never once told me she’s offended that I believe that I am part of the Chosen People. To you far-left Jews and other uber-liberals who want to rush off and call Ann an anti-Semite, that means that we as Jews believe Christians and Hindus and Bahai Faithers (and definitely, Muslims) are not Chosen. Does that make me a religious bigot? Nope. It just means I actually believe in my religion. Just like Ann does. Nothing more. Nothing less.
This whole thing is a lot of manufactured hype in order to try to play gotcha with Ann. Like I said, I know Ann personally and I like and respect her. She doesn’t have an anti-Semitic bone in her body. If anything, she is one of the most philo-Semitic gentiles I know, and her columns–constant attacks on the modern day enemies of the Jewish people and defenses of Israel and America–are strong evidence of that.
Contrast that with the villain here: Media Matters. It’s anti-American, anti-Israel, and . Hmmm . . . him versus Ann Coulter? That’s an easy choice. I’d much rather go with the woman who looks like an Aryan but is a friend to the Jews and their allies than the billionaire atheist Jew who’s lived his entire life like a Nazi.
Again, if she is not bothered that I think that as a Jew, I’m one of the Chosen People (and she isn’t), I certainly can’t be bothered in the least that she thinks that Jews must be perfected to Christianity. I think the fact that far too many of my fellow co-religionists have substituted unabated liberalism for Judaism is what gives so many a platform for questioning us, though I don’t believe that is what Ann was doing here.
And for the record, I believe Donny Deutsch was lying about his own religious status. When Ann started down this road, and Deutsch got so “offended,” Ann asked him why he doesn’t practice his religion, Judaism. He responded that he is a “practicing” Jew. I doubt that, since his show is on live during the Jewish Sabbath, and keeping the Jewish Sabbath is the most important commandment for a religious Jew to keep. I believe most religious Jews would not characterize Deutsch as a “practicing” Jew, not that it matters, but since we’re nitpicking along with the self-appointed nit-watchers here . . . . I, for one, enjoyed Ann needling him on that, since he needled her.
True religious Jews are not offended by Ann’s comments, though they really appreciate her alliance with our causes. It’s only the Jewish libs, like Deutsch, who are feigning this shock and outrage. That’s because she’s a threat to their real religion: liberalism.
If anything, perhaps Ann shouldn’t have used the word “perfected,” if only because it was a perfect word for liberals to twist and use.

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Debbie’s last paragraph explains the whole problem. Ann was right, she simply chose the wrong word. It’s way too easy for someone to take “I’m perfect, you’re not” as offensive. And that’s the basic idea of what she said in many peoples’ minds, even though it’s not what she was trying to say. When she went on trying to explain it, Douche had stopped hearing every word she said except “perfected”.

Stealthkix on October 12, 2007 at 9:03 am

Blitzer–sorry for being so rough on you. You do amaze me though!
Debbie–see what you started here!! Good going. It’s great that you can get a “room” full of thinkers together here to critique and opine on this. I think it is a good cross section and it is revealing of where your readers are coming from.
Shots on Coulter’s appearance reveal insecurities about those offering them–probably from a closet TG. Coulter is blond, thin, attractive and intellectually, she can kick the a__ of any liberal she deals with. Before this episode I never even knew she had a faith–I respect her more for stating it publicly.
Coulter DARES to say things without fear–that is what I love about her–that is what I love about Debbie. She is wise enough to realize that expressing ones true opinions (that many PCers and “sensitives” will gag on) is more important than stifling oneself. She knows that persons interested in seeking truth don’t disqualify the speaker for such reasons. I also beleive that it takes much more courage to state what one truly believes and let the chips falls where they may—than to hide ones thoughts for fear of the PC police such as Media Matters!

BB on October 12, 2007 at 9:18 am

Dave, Let me explain why this shouldn’t offend you and why we should defend Ann Coulter against the incessant attempts by the left to shut down anybody who don’t agree with them (conservatives).
As you know, this episode of faux outrage or genuine outrage, is being pushed by Media Matters. The same smear outfit that targeted Bill Oreilly and Rush Limbaugh. And the same smear outfit that’s targeting Ann Coulter. The same smear organization who tried to label Bill Oreilly a racist and Rush Limbaugh anti-military. In both cases this campaign was deliberately contrived with out of context quotes from both men specifically intended to marginalize them and silence their voices. We call that a form of censorship.
Media Matters is a dishonest organization whose main mission is to be a watchdog group for Hillary Clinton and to smear those with whom she and they disagree. And the only way they will be successful is if people such as yourself can be persuaded to react to these smears.
If this attempt by Media Matters isn’t curtailed or stopped more people unwillingly will be mislead into believing their propaganda and that’s bad for conservatives and for our cause.
If they can raise the ire of enough people by misleading them into believing Oreilly is a racist and Limbaugh is anti-military they can seriously effect the debate on a number of important issues. Making their point of view the only point of view acceptable. That’s called fascism.
What should be the reaction to this made up controversy is to get to the real truth about what Ann meant and disseminate that truth. Clearly she didn’t mean anything offensive and she stated such in the interview in question.
If you think Media Matters and liberals in general will stop at trying to censor Ann Coulter, Bill Oreilly, and Rush Limbaugh, you are sadly mistaken. If and when Judaism clashes with their agenda, whatever agenda that may be, than Judaism and it’s leadership will be the next target they zero in on.
So if we let this smear organization set the boundaries of what’s offensive and what isn’t the next target could very well be you.
When the liberals came for the Bill Oreilly,
I remained silent;
I was not a big fan of Oreilly.
When they smeared and tried to silence Rush Limbaugh ,
I remained silent;
I was not a Ditto Head.
When they came for Ann Coulter,
I did not speak out;
I was often offended by Ann Coulter.
When they came for the Christians,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Christian.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

AndyB on October 12, 2007 at 9:37 am

I have always loved Ann Coulter for her snarky wit, and I don’t think she is antisemitic, not by a long shot. I also like Christians who are not afraid to speak truthfully about what they believe and I’m going to bet that most Christians, if they are honest, agree with Ann.
I do think that she lacks wisdom and discernment sometimes, though. I have thoughts about my Christian friends’ beliefs, but I wouldn’t say them on national television, just out of respect. She does not consider the longterm ramifications of some of her remarks. Is she an asset to us in this upcoming election, or a liability?
Unfortunately, Ann’s comment is going to play into old fears and paranoias (justified, by the way) and because of it, we may even lose voters who were on the fence. We who love Ann and have followed her for years see her comment in the context of her personality and her track record, but there are others who will take it at face value — an intolerant religious comment by a Christian conservative Republican. How does that help us in our battle for the soul of America? It doesn’t.
I just wish that Ann would be more responsible, that’s all. It isn’t even that WHAT she said was so bad (it wasn’t), but rather the flippant, silly way it was cast out there. Religious topics are a minefield, and they should be treated with respect, sensitivity, and care.
There is a great discussion going on over at Little Green Footballs, for anyone who cares to read hundreds of comments. It started on the Ron Paul thread, and then LGF’s owner started a second thread, dedicated to the subject. There are many thoughtful comments there about relations between Christians and Jews, what helps, what hurts, and how much we need each other at this time.

AmericanJewess on October 12, 2007 at 9:45 am

While I didn’t need your column to understand what Ann said, I think you articulated this manufactured news story very well. As such, it is an excellent reference for me when people ask me “What do you think about Ann Coulter’s remarks about Jews?”
Ann stated a very common Christian belief. Unfortunately, she may have undone her thesis that this is a “Christian nation”. After all, if Christians were practicing their religion, they’d know and understand what Ann meant and this brew-ha-ha wouldn’t be such a big story. This is a different subject so I don’t want to digress too much.
Again, thank you for making a clear statement in defense of Ann. It’s kind of funny to see the LIB media reacting so predictably. She plays them like a fiddle.

There is NO Santa Claus on October 12, 2007 at 9:49 am

According to Jewish ethical guidelies, Jews must give Coulter a chance to respond before they pass judgment.
Influential Jews are already reacting in knee-jerk fashion and are rudely “educating” Christians on their own religion. This is unfounded and unwise.
Rabbi Schmuley Boteach(of TV’s Shalom in the Home and occasional Jerusalem Post contributor) makes this mistake in his reaction to Coulter:
Michael (Wiener) Savage also lectured Christians on their faith last night on his radio show, just hours after Coulter’s statement hit the press.
Give her a chance to respond! The failure to give her an opportunity to explain herself was particularly disappointing by Rabbi Boteach. As a student of Torah and Talmud, he should know that Jewish ethics ALWAYS require affording a transgressor an opportunity to explain himself (and if necessary make ammends) before passing judgment.
I am disappointed that two people for whom I have considerable intellectual respect couldn’t even “sleep on it” for one night before letting their emotions get the best of them. They immediately hit the airwaves/blogosphere with replies that are actually more condescending and patronizing than Coulter’s original comment. Savage and Schmuley went so far as to correct/educate Christians on what the Christians themselves believe. I wouldn’t call that intolerance, but certainly rude.
If influential Jews seek to issue statements and comments on what she said, there are some very obvious and polite ways of doing so. Debbie’s original post was one. The other is to acknowledge there are several ways of interpreting her comments, and that one sincerely hopes she meant nothing along the lines of forced conversions or approving of anti-semitism. Listen to what she then has to say.
If anyone is curious, the foundation for allowing someone to explain themselves can be found in last week’s (Jews follow a schedule for which portion of the Old Testiment is read each week) portion, the story of Adam and Eve and Cane and Abel. After eating the forbidden fruit and slaying of a brother, the aforementioned figures are all given a chance to admit and explain themselves before G-d prior to his handing down punishment. Jews understand this to be an example to us to listen and consider before passing judgment. There are of course many other examples of this throughout the Old Testament.

melchloboo on October 12, 2007 at 10:18 am

I am disappointed in both Ann and Debbie. If David Duke would of said the exact same words Debbie would of smeared it for a mile. But I guess Debbie has never had brunch with David. Oh yeah, funny that no one has mentioned Ann has a new book out!

Robert S. Trojan on October 12, 2007 at 10:20 am

Deb, you say that you’re not bothered by Coulter’s comments, however, I’m sure if the comments were made by some high-profile leftist, you would be all over them like a fly on s–t!
Put your “friendship” aside and tell us what you really think. She’s a pantload that doesn’t deserve any ink!

TonyfromHamilton on October 12, 2007 at 10:35 am

And so it begins. Jews that reacted in a knee-jerk fashion are already drawing retaliation:
To Robert S. Trojan: I don’t believe that is true. I don’t recall DS commenting on the Pope’s reinstitution of the (optional) prayer for the conversion of the Jews. On that subject, it is not the prayer that is inherently offensive to Jews, rather the prospct that of the millions of Catholics in the world, there are bound to be some who will misinterpret it’s meaning and do ill to us. While the same could be true of Coulter’s words (i.e. even if well intended could inspire anti-semitism), frankly she doesn’t quite have the same following as the Pope.

melchloboo on October 12, 2007 at 10:44 am

It should be obvious that the reason Debbie would not give leftists, Muslims, or other Jew haters a pass if they made a similar remark is because they have a track record of Jew hating; Ann does not. Ann has a track record of supporting Israel and a respect for religious Jews.
Context is everything.
I still don’t think she should have made the remarks she did, but people should let her respond and take context into account.

AmericanJewess on October 12, 2007 at 10:57 am

This is something the leftys are going to jump on. It reminds me of Rush’s “phoney soldiers” comment. Dems and leftys are attacking conservative writers and talkradio. That’s why I was shocked at Michael Savage’s hysteria. That really disappointed me.

lexi on October 12, 2007 at 11:05 am

Michael “the Savage” Wiener isn’t worth any credence. This is a man who shouted down a veteran, just days after 9/11, for daring to suggest that soldiers defend the Constitution’s right to disagree with the government.
I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t heard it myself. I turned off the radio and will never listen to him again. How can anyone be so dense as not to see such blatant self-contradiction?
Oh, wait…

gus3 on October 12, 2007 at 12:55 pm

Andy B.- good post.

CarpeDiem on October 12, 2007 at 3:45 pm

This writer makes some good points, especially about remembering who “wants to blow us up”. (see end)

CarpeDiem on October 12, 2007 at 4:05 pm

When someone, whether Ann Coulter or Jimmy Carter, says something that offends people, it is fair to criticize them for being offensive. What is dangerous is to demonize or censor that person because they are offensive. This is the goal of the PC police which leads to mindless group-think.
Have we become so insecure that we cannot allow our ears to hear words that offend us?
Coulter’s statement was provocative. Provocative statements are important because they make us re-examine our own beliefs and thoughts on the issue.
To Christians worried about the impact of these words, I would remind you that Jesus also said words that the Jews of his time found offensive and that God can use anything to bring good results.

WillPower on October 12, 2007 at 4:20 pm

Regarding the American Thinker article linked above, I agree with this statement by the author.
“Personally I’m glad Coulter put her religious beliefs out in the open; not the mealy mouthed, morally equivalent “All religions are good” which is meaningless. Freedom of speech and all that you know.”
We do not have to always agree with each other, but we should be able to speak our true beliefs to one another.

WillPower on October 12, 2007 at 4:38 pm

I went and read the Media Matters article referred to here, and I see no smearing or twisting (as claimed). All I see is quoting.
What am I missing? Why is quoting so bad?

iowaboy1965 on October 13, 2007 at 11:09 am

Ann Coulter is a liberal! Laura Bush was criticized for Goofing on Monkeyboy and the Coalition for Tradtional Values railed on her
Well guess what? Ann speaking up, claiming to be a Christian, yet being a lawyer and a vocal supprter of the Republican party is against everything the “Christians” value most. Ann is to:
Clean the house
Mop the floor
Feed the child(ren)
Feed her husband
Make her husband’s breakfast, lunch and dinner
Give him sex when he wants to
Wash her husband’s clothe
Scrub the toilets
And other womanly duties that is required of the right. If Ann calls me an asshole, that just means that she’s supportive of a woman’s right to self-sufficency and it was the liberals not conservatives who stood up to the “man”.
Ann is a liberal or better yet, a false conservative.

KOAJaps on October 13, 2007 at 2:29 pm

Bacon Eating Atheist Jew good quote and great name too. I too am an athiest and I think God is not around and Jesus was a great rabbi. P.S., I love bacon too but I will not disrespect a Jewish family by giving them bacon, because, the Jews in Dauchau teated my people a lot better than the FUCKING CHRISTIANS IN THE UNITED STATES WHO PUT MY PEOPLE IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS TOO! ANN’S PEOPLE!!! Sorry for spewing. I love the Jews.

KOAJaps on October 13, 2007 at 2:36 pm

WELL, WEíVE come a long way from that time when the Apostle Paul referred to some of the troubles he was encountering when preaching the Gospel as the ìconspiracies of the Jewsî.
Down through the ages, Christians and Jews have been less than brotherly with each other and each has abused power when they had it.
BUT IF THE Apostle Paul were to re-enter the ìmodern sceneî he would immediately coin a new, and more relevant phrase, which would be on Christian lips everywhere. The re-phenomenon and roadblock to Christian evangelizing today, and even to all ordinary people of goodwill, everywhere, are the Islamists. Islamist political lobbying, or their secret and subversive operations (false fundraising and homegrown terrorist training boot camps etc.) that attack Christians, Jews and society in general, would quickly be labeled by Paul as the ìconspiracies of the Muslimsî.
ISLAMISTS, as pathetic as they areÖ are really conspiring to overthrow (in time) our world, as we know itÖ in order to recreate it into that ugly image of Islam.
But like every diminishing group, losing power and destined to lose power the Muslims are wild-eyed and rabid.
Sorry, but your Mohammed could never have the appeal our Jesus does. People will leave Islam in ìmiraculousî droves, once the ìswordî and the local Islamist no longer threatens.
Ann loves her MEGACHURCHES, but Anne are they the real Church?
No Anne, they are notÖ only the Real Presence (the Eucharist) validates, no, creates an authentic church. Singing, clapping, congregations filled to overcapacity, entertaining sermons and the like are nice, but if there is no Eucharist, there is no presence of God.
And as a Catholic, I hope that you find your way home to Rome and become a ìperfectedî ChristianÖ by becoming a Catholic ~

The Canadien on October 13, 2007 at 9:09 pm

B”H I remember when Ann was asked why she did not comment so much on the happenings in the MidEast. In her humility, she said that there were so many other people, more qualified than her, to do so. In the same interview, she was asked to chime in anyway. She said [something like], when you attack someone and try to destroy them, you get your land taken away….
She’s got my vote.

Ben-Yehudah on October 14, 2007 at 8:10 am

I can picture it now, radical muslims and leftist jews marching side by side chanting “slit Ann Coulter’s throat for offending us!”

Genius on October 14, 2007 at 9:48 pm

first, debbie gets the understanding of “the chosen people” wrong. her understanding of this concept is what antisemites use to say that jews believe they are better than everyone. jews are chosen to keep the laws. it is a responsibility, not a privledge. we are also chosen to be a light unto the nations, to be an example, and definitely not to spew the sort of garbage that comes from debbie’s blog.
hey debbie, its a sin to spread lies about a fellow jew…and smearing george soros, is a sin.
as for coulter, i wasnt shocked that she said what she said, its par for the course.
i am shocked that there are observant jews who wish to defend her, and also wish to allign themselves with the evangelical right. doing so disregards the history of the world and how jews have been persecuted in every christian country.
the reason jews have escaped persecution as a whole here in the united states has nothing to do with it being a christian country, and everything to do with the constitution.

uncle joe mccarthy on October 14, 2007 at 10:45 pm

Hi Deb
I’m Jewish and not offended.
The real enemy is Islam not what Anne has to say here and there. Islamic Jihad is killing Jews in real time in the real world while Jews get offended by what Anne says-in the virtual world of MSNBC
I’m smart enough not to get sucked into some ginned up liberal propaganda where it’s trash Imus one day then on to Rush then Anne Coulter
Was Anne somewhat offensive to the Tribe. Sure but who cares?

dennisw on October 15, 2007 at 5:01 am

Uncle Joe McCarthy, the laws against loshon hara do not apply to a rasha, an evil person who does harm to the Jewish people. In fact, we are required to speak out against rashas, and George Soros is the archetypal rasha if ever there was one. He is betraying and destroying his own people.
I have met many Christian Zionists who do not adhere to Replacement Theology, who respect Jews as Jews and do not feel they are required to convert us. They feel ashamed of the church’s antisemitic heritage and want to do their part to change that, even though they are not themselves guilty. What good does it do to stereotype people for all time? Why not let people, or in this case, the church, change, when they show a desire to abandon past evil ways and follow righteousness?
I appreciate Christian friendship. At the same time, I am always on guard against attempts to convert me (haven’t had any problems yet, though). And I always remember where my true strength comes from, which is God and not man.

AmericanJewess on October 15, 2007 at 7:00 am

I’m really relieved that you feel that way, especially after seeing the look of horror of Meredith Viera’s face when she reported on this, as she was gazing sympathetically at Matt Lauer.
The only issue I have with Ann Coulter is that she and I look at our faith in a slightly different way; I was taught that the New Testament is the perfection of the Covenant between God and humanity, NOT the perfection of human beings. That must wait for the next life.

BLR on October 15, 2007 at 9:58 am

This is in response to the person who thinks that muslims will wipe out Israel.The Jews are God`s chosen people;therefore God will protect Israel from the muslims.tom rodebaugh

tom rodebaugh on October 15, 2007 at 12:01 pm

I was in my car listening to Michael Savage last Thursday (10/11), and he started attacking Ann. I was furious! When I got to my destination I called the show until I got through, however, my call was dumped after the I told the screener I was calling to support Ann. Two supportive callers had previously called in and Savage made insane attacks on them telling them they should go back to their smoking and drinking! ? No more Savage for me.

Paula Snarr on October 15, 2007 at 1:33 pm

I love the fact that you and Ann both have such a grasp of the important simplicities that seem to escape so many people, especially many of those who are supposedly “informing” us. Of course I realize that many of our pundits are in the employ of people like Soros who seek to undermine the most dynamic and successful country in the world.

tc on October 15, 2007 at 2:14 pm

I always enjoy it when two Conservative thinkers I admire, openly support each other.
For my part, as a lover of the whole bible including the so-called “Apocryphal” Book of Wisdom, suggest that the word “completed”
or “fulfilled” might have been a better choice and would obviously have left a little less manipulative fodder for Sorrowful George’s minions.

TallT on October 15, 2007 at 2:15 pm

By contrast to Debbie supporting Ann or Hannity venerating Rush,
Savage calls Rush, “Hush Bimbo”. The smell of that vainly competitive spirit caused me to cross him off my list a long time ago. That degree of pride cuts so deeply into delivery that whatever wisdom he may think he is imparting is too tainted to be servicable.

TallT on October 15, 2007 at 2:59 pm

I love Ann, and I am a devoted Christian, but I think Ann went too far when she said we Christians believe we are “perfected Jews”.
I don’t feel that way, one bit, because the Bible tells us “If we say we have no Sin, than the truth is not in us.” I, like the Apostle Paul, admit that I am the greatest of all Sinners. For Ann Coulter to lump all Christians into a group and say we Christians believe we are “perfected Jews”, sounds extremely arrogant, as though all Christians think we are better than God’s Chosen People. As a Christian who embraces my Judeo-Christian heritage through Jesus Christ, I honestly found her remarks to be uneducated. I love you Ann, but sometimes you need to first engage your brain before opening your mouth and inserting your foot!
I saw Ann in a previous interview some time ago. I think she was being interviewed by Paul Crouch, Jr., on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). She said she was “working on being a Christian”, if I remember. The Bible talks about how we need to get off “spiritual milk”, and get on “spiritual food”. As someone who has been “born again” (a/k/a “Saved”, a/k/a had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ) for 50 yrs., next year, I have been weaned off “spiritual milk” and on “spiritual food” for decades now. I think Ann’s remarks reflect the fact she is still on “spiritual milk”.
Again, I love you Ann, but when that Reporter gave you time during the break to revise your remarks, they instead came out sounding far worse the second time around. A little bit of tact would have been in order. I know the media has literally been putting you through unnecessary hell this year, but since then, you have really been coming across sounding more bitter than ever. I honestly think Ann’s lack of tact during her interview set the good relations we Christians have been trying to improve between us and God’s Chosen People back a few years, rather than improved them.
We Christians were grafted into the “tree” of Judiasm through the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Messiah. I recall Jesus’ own words to Nicodemus, “you must be born again to enter into Heaven”. We Christians want God’s Chosen People to make that decision to be “born again” (be reborn in faith in Jesus Christ), but for all of us, that is a personal decision we must make, individually. Unfortunately many people claiming they are “Christians”–who have never made the decision to make Jesus Christ their Messiah–are under the false assumption they will be going to Heaven, anyway. That’s a blatant lie that Satan has propagated. The Bible is clear many of these people (believers) will be surprised on Judgment Day because they won’t be going to Heaven because they have not been “born again” in faith in Jesus Christ. Being “Saved” is as simple as humbling ourselves before God, confessing our Sins, accepting the blood sacrifice Jesus made on the cross on our behalf, and asking God’s Holy Spirit to enter into us and take over our life. That’s Salvation by Grace (the free unmerited gift of forgiveness for our Sins from God), rather than the false teaching most popular in Catholicism and religious cults that we supposedly receive Salvation by Works. If we were “Saved” by our own good works, there wouldn’t be any need for a Messiah, for we could Save ourselves. Yes, the Bible says, “Faith without works is dead”, but that once someone has asked Jesus into their heart, His Holy Spirit resides inside them, and good works are just an outgrowth of our faith. We don’t do good works to try to buy ourselves a place into Heaven, because that’s impossible.
The Jews know that historically, God has always required a blood sacrifice for atonement (the forgiveness of Sins), usually by a spotless (perfect) animal, like a lamb. Jesus was that spotless (perfect) blood sacrifice, as He was God’s own Son. Our Sins were so great, that’s what God required. All we need to do is simply accept the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross, and He promises us we will have eternal life in Heaven! Why is it so easy? Because in Matthew 3:16 it says, “For God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
If we look at the story of Abraham, it actually parallels the story of Jesus. God had asked Abraham to sacrifice His own Son on an altar, and at the last second before Abraham killed his Son, an Angel stayed Abraham’s hand, and God provided a perfect sacrifice in a nearby thicket. The Bible tells us there is no greater love than to be willing to lay down one’s own life for a friend, and that’s exactly what our Messiah did for all of us. Only the Son of God could be that perfect sacrifice for the forgiveness of Sins for all of God’s people on Earth: past, present, and future! The “altar” Jesus was sacrified on was the cross on which He hung and died. But because Jesus was God, as He claimed, He was able to rise from the dead, just as the the Jewish prophets has prophesied in the Old Testament (the Torah). He resurrected into Heaven just has He promises His believers will also do when He returns for us, soon.
I believe in education. I don’t think it would be heresy for any Jew to read the rest of the books of the Torah in the Old Testament and also the New Testament. I suggest they begin with the Gospel of John, and then read the other three Gospels in any order they wish, as they give a well-rounded view of Jesus: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

BJ1949 on October 16, 2007 at 3:53 am

Just trying to keep it simple here. I like Ann Coulter. I don’t know who this Donny Deutsch is. I did see the interview on the news and think Ann could have explained her position better. In her defense, this Donny guy was trying to bait her. What is it that is said about discussing religion and politics? Put them both together and there is going to be fireworks! Good article Debbie. Keep’em coming. For Blitzer..If you can’t say anything without using insults, then be quiet!

Mike on October 17, 2007 at 10:12 pm

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