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This is a forum for Seventh-day Adventists with an interest in Christian-Jewish reconciliation. We understand that Jesus and his first followers were Jewish, yet there followed centuries of sad history between us. We acknowledge the responsibility of our forebears for disrespecting and afflicting their Jewish brothers. We recognize that we inherit a legacy of prejudice and misunderstanding. We come together to study and discuss— our history in one hand and the Scriptures in the other— with humility, seeking understanding and reconciliation.
“I tell you that the Messiah became a servant of the Jewish people to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, so that the gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,… ‘Rejoice, you gentiles, with His people!’”— Romans 15:8-10
The back cover of James Carroll's critically acclaimed book, Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews, A History, describes the book's subject as “the profoundly troubling two-thousand-year course of the Church's battle against Judaism... this dark history is the central tragedy of Western civilization, its fault lines reaching deep into our culture”. This fracture— the “fault lines”— have continued to split throughout the history of Christianity. Many of the religious issues of our day can be traced back to the ruptured relationship between the church and its Jewish origins.
We need to do more than just read about our tragic history. We need to heal our culture. What can we, individually, do about it? We can learn about it; we can share about it. We can change our attitudes. If you are interested in this topic and are not yet a member— sign up now and contribute to the cause of reconciliation.
reconciliation: “the restoration of friendly relations; the action of making one view or belief compatible with another”
(I recommend Constantine's Sword, by the way, as a window into one man's reflection— from a Catholic perspective— on the history of Christian anti-Judaism and its ethical implications. Although we may differ in our background and perspective with the author, we can be inspired by his journey and the candor with which he describes it.)
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