In this course you will learn to respond to the allegations of (1) Christians who are adamant about rejecting Torah; (2) Jews who reject Messiah and anything to do with the B'rit Chadasha (Newer Testament); and (3) atheists who reject everything about God and the Bible. This course also briefly discusses the dangerous dogma of “Replacement Theology.”
As you work your way through each module, please try to keep in mind two important things:
- That the people to whom you are trying to witness “love God” as much as you do; and, like you, they honestly believe they have the “Truth.” Yes, there will always be loud-mouths and hard-to- deal-with arrogant types who simply like to argue and cause arguments; but for the most part, you are dealing with people just like yourself who think they have Truth and don’t wish to let go of it. Regardless, we must always remember to be gentle, yet firm. (See Titus 3:2; 1 Peter 3:15; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Proverbs 15:1;Galatians 5:22-23, etc.)
- That people cannot be forced to accept or understand what we have to offer, because sometimes God doesn’t allow us to see the depth of a truth until we are ready to hear it. All we can really do is to “sow seeds” wherever and whenever we can….
- Welker, Carmen. Should Christians be Torah Observant? 4th Edition. Sapphire Publications, 2013. ISBN 978-1-6237-4007-8.
- Welker, Carmen. Should Christians be Torah Observant? Workbook. 2nd Edition. Sapphire Publications, 2013. ISBN 978-1-6237-4009-2.
The tools used in MJR's courses were selected because they hold particular value in communicating the concepts being studied in a given course. Some may not be specifically targeted to a Messianic audience, but may still contain information that would be advantageous to the Messianic talmid/ah. Others may reflect in places terminology that has fallen into disuse, but does not diminish the value of the information conveyed. As with everything that is not the Bible itself, read them with discernment.
We do not expect students to agree with everything presented in any course, whether via lecture, assigned reading, or video presentation. As participants in higher education, students enrolled in MJR's courses and/or programs should be practicing critical thinking and discernment every step of the journey. To that end, your faculty recites this blessing along with each of you:
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יהוה אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך–הָעולָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָנוּ בְּמִצְותָיווְצִוָּנוּ לַעֲסק בְּדִבְרֵי-תורָה
Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu la’asok b’divrei Torah.
Blessed are You, O L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to study the words of Torah.
NOTA BENE: While it is the general practice and preference of MJR to use circumlocutions in place of the Covenant Name of our G-d (Hashem, Adonai, Elohim, Elokim, Adoshem, etc.), some course materials (e.g. textbooks, linked websites, journal articles, etc.) may not always do this.