A friend of mine named “Abdullah” wrote a thought-provoking article which I would like to share:
Examining Judeo-Christian Morals and Ethics
Many times we hear the phrase “Judeo-Christian” morals and ethics, however are the teachings that Jesus had different from the teachings of the Rabbinical sages and Judaism?
Many may find it shocking to discovery the truth that Jesus did not practice Judaism. Jesus through divine revelation knew that the foundation of the true religion was not the Torah, but the foundation of the true religion is God himself. The Torah was but one of the means in which God conveyed his messages; yet even when the Torah became corrupted we were left with a sure uncorrupted foundation, which is God. The Jews had the Torah yet chose to corrupt it, they chose to leave the true foundation of religion by turning from the incorruptible foundation(God) to the corruptible passions and whims of the Rabbis.
In Judaism the Oral Torah (The Talmud) is how one interprets the meaning of the written Torah ( the first five books of the Old Testament). The Religion that Abraham and Moses preached was twisted so that even the clearest of teachings and moral precepts were perverted. This led to the birth of Judaism, a new religion not of God nor the patriarchs; a religion foreign to both Moses and Abraham. Jewish exegesis was not focused on understanding God’s message but trying to find a loophole and exception around his commands; and in some cases taking the verse so out of context as to make the verse say something completely opposite of its intended purpose.
The authority of the rabbi over, and at times even above, God is most evident in the
Talmudic passage found in Baba Mezia (folio 59a&b). In this passage a great debate ensues and God intervenes in order to settle the dispute, after proclaiming that one of the positions were proper, however the rabbis rebuke God and say he has no grounds to interpret Torah and it is the opinion of the majority consensus of rabbis that matters.
To this God admits that he had been out debated and defeated! When one steps back after being enraged by the obvious blasphemy of the rabbis, one notices that in the story the idea of the majority is used as some kind basis for determining the proper understanding of scripture, but where do they get this idea? Believe it or not we are told by the various translations of the Talmud that are footnoted as well as from Talmudic scholars that this is taken straight from the Torah itself!
Lets look at how they cite the verse:
Thou hast long since written in the Torah at Mount Sinai, After
the majority must one incline
Turn to your own Bibles and look at this verse yourself found in exodus 23:2 you will see it says do not be inclined to follow the majority! We are told that if the majority is wrong then do not follow them to do evil! Yet they make it an imperative to follow the majority of rabbis in all matters.
In Islam one follows the Sunnah of the prophet Muhammed, and the same exists in
Judaism. Yet again we see a beautiful concept of following the example of God’s enlightened messengers twisted and perverted just as the Torah is! In Judaism it is the Sunnah of the rabbis, infact– if one begins studying this subject one will find that stories persist of students being discovered by there rabbis hiding under their beds in order to observe their rabbis engaging in sexual relations with their wife so that they follow the rabbinical Sunnah properly.
Lets take one final example to see If there is such a thing as Judeo-Christian morals and ethics. Jesus Taught that we are to do unto others as we would want done unto us. Yet no where in the Torah is this found! The Talmud which would not apply such a teach this to gentiles, but only to Jews dealing with other Jews, has something similar. In the Talmud it is stated:
What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow men.(note Talmud teaches that gentiles are not fellow men but are regarded as animals) That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. (Shab. 31a)
It is only Muhammed’s teachings that seem to actually echo the core message of Jesus in this instance in the following quote:
No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother
that which he desires for himself.
While the Jews say not to do what it hateful to other Jews, Both Jesus and Muahmmed say do not just refrain from doing what is hateful but go further than that and do what is good for your fellow man! It is clear that Muhammed and Jesus take a superior,positive, pro-active approach!
The very philosophy of the teachings of Jesus are either superior or in contrast to
Judaism, when Judaism says an eye for an eye both Jesus and Muhammed say refrain from retaliation and just turn the other cheek ( 40 Hadiths of An-Nawawi number 32 and Matthew 5.38-41)
Judaism teaches to destroy anyone they deem an enemy and even gleefully exclaiming that “even the best of the gentiles deserves death Yer. id. 66c; Massek. Soferim xv. 10; Mek., Beshal-la , 27a; Tan., Wayera, ed. Buber, 20) .” Islam and Christianity teach show love to your enemy that they might be won over to the truth and become the best of friends (Matthew 5:44 and Quran 41:34) It is clear more than ever that Jews no longer worship God but their rabbis they have exchanged God for their rabbis and that there is no such thing as Judeo-Christian ethics but rather the proper term is Islamo-Christian ethics and morals.