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"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Christian Scriptures (New Testament), John 14:6. That passage has been a prime motivator of Christian evangelical activity towards Jews and other non-Christians:

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Relations between Christians and Jews have traditionally been horrific. Christians have a past history of exterminating large numbers of Jews and/or forcibly converting Jews to Christianity.

bulletThe Christian church taught for many centuries that all of the Jews in 1st century Palestine were responsible for deicide -- the execution of Jesus. Further, they taught that each successive generation of Jews shared equal responsibility with their ancestors. Almost all denominations abandoned this belief by 1965.
bulletIn the 10th century, Christian Crusaders systematically exterminated uncounted thousands of Jews on their way to and from the Holy Land.
bulletIn 1492, Spanish Jews were given the option of converting to Christianity or being expelled from their own country.
bulletThe Spanish Inquisition was established, in part, to ferret out any former Jews that had not sincerely converted.
bulletThe predominately Christian American colonies frequently denied Jews the right to hold public office.
bulletPogroms (organized persecution and massacre of Jews) in Czarist Russia and in eastern Europe resulted in the deaths of countless thousands of Jews.
bulletDuring the Nazi Holocaust of World War II, approximately 6 million Jews were exterminated by citizens of various European countries; the vast majority of the murderers considered themselves to be Christians; all were volunteers. There is a general consensus that the Holocaust could not have happened without centuries of Christian anti-Jewish teachings.
bulletAnti-semitic attacks on individual Jews, their property, cemeteries and synagogues continue today worldwide, and are increasing in frequency.
bullet More horrific details.

A main point of conflict between Jews and Christians today is the attempt by many conservative Christian groups to convert Jews to Christianity through persuasion. This is viewed by many Jews as an attack on their religion.

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Topics covered in this section:

bulletTheological differences within Christianity concerning Judaism

bulletPolicies of Fundamentalist and other conservative Christian groups:
bulletThe Alliance of Baptist Statement (1995)
bulletSouthern Baptist Convention's (SBC) resolutions
bulletReaction to the SBC 1996 resolution
bulletThe SBC's pamphlet (1999)

bulletPolicies of mainline and liberal Christian groups

Note: In this essay, the term "Christian" refers to any individual or group that seriously, prayerfully, devoutly believes themselves to be Christian. Our criteria is the same as used by a government census office or public opinion polls. More information

Related essays on this website:

bulletReacting to religious diversity: Religious exclusivism, pluralism and inclusivism
bulletHow Christians view non-Christian religions.
bulletSouthern Baptist Convention's prayer guides
bulletThe relationships between Christianity and other religions, including Judaism.
bulletA brief history of 2000 years of Jewish Persecution.

Internet sites on both sides of the topic:

Sites promoting evangelism of Jews include:

bulletAmerican Missionary Fellowship at: http://www.homezone.com/amf/
bulletMenorah Ministries at: http://shell.rmi.net/~menorah/
bulletRob Shipe, "Christianity and the Jews," at: http://www.az.com/~cryalls/chris-jew.html
bulletSouthern Baptist Convention at http://www.sbc.net   

Sites opposing Christian evangelism include:

bulletJews for Judaism  is the largest countermissionary organization in the world, and is dedicated to combating Christian missionizing to the Jews. See: www.jewsforjudaism.org
bulletRabbi Tovia Singer's Outreach Judaism at: www.outreachjudaism.org
bulletTorah Life and Living at: http://www.shemayisrael.co.il/orgs/toralife
bulletS. J. Greenstein, "We are NOT going to burn in Hell: A Jewish Response to Christianity," at: http://www.mindspring.com/~sjayg4/index.htm

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Latest update: 2006-MAR-15

Author: B.A. Robinson

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