I try to interpret human activities in terms of the basic nature of all humans and while in most cases it is impossible to prove my theses, it gives me and my readers food for thought. It is not a questionable fact, that the first Christians sprang from Jews that were for one reason or another not satisfied with the Jewish religion. But when the early Christians developed their precepts it had to be sufficiently different from Judaism to attract discontented Jews. I want to make it clear that I am not an expert on either Christianity or Judaism nor am I a religious Jew. Both religions believe in a single almighty God.

Paul, an apostle, said the following to a community in Rome, “to set the mind on the flesh i.e.( life on earth) is death but to set the mind on the spirit is life and peace.” For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God  and those who are centred on the flesh cannot please God. Jews believe in doing good here on earth and do not have a great deal to say about the after-life. Christians make a great deal about the after-life and what awaits you in the after-life if you are good. Enjoy doing good here is an axiom of the Jews. Christians can repent daily, Jews only once a year at Rosh Hashanah. For Jews sex is a blessing and  they even allow it on the Sabbath. The Catholics who wanted to be different from the Jews but couldn’t very well do away with sex entirely, banned it for their priests. I have never read this anywhere but the Christians do not require circumcision, but it is basic for Judaism. It might have been difficult to entice the Pagans, who were in the majority in the known world at that time, to be circumcised so the Catholics  did not make that a requirement of Christianity.

Remember human nature. You have to be more pleasing as a religion to all non-believers and marginal Jews than Judaism that you  want to replace. It is my personal   opinion that without the early Catholic church and Christians there would be no anti-Semitism. To replace the Jewish religion was what the early Christians wanted and everything they said was to do just that.


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Name: Murray Rubin

Short Bio: I was born in Toronto in 1931 to a wonderful mother who divorced shortly before my birth. I owe a great deal of my success to her. I am Jewish but not at all religious, yet my culture plays an important part of my personality. I attended Harbord Collegiate and U. of T. Faculty of Pharmacy. A unique mail-order pharmacy was the first of my endeavours in the profession, followed by many stores throughout Ontario. I have a loving wife, 3 children and grand-children and I am now retired from pharmacy. But what do I write about? Everything! My topics are funny, serious, whimsical, timely, outrageous, inspiring, and inventive. I promise that if you take the time to read any one of these topics – you will not be sorry.

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