Citation (how to properly cite this article; note academic Chicago Style standard italics and quotation marks):
Yirmeyahu Ben-David. “The Original — and only legitimate — Plan of Salvation.” Israel Jews News. Editor: Yirmeyahu Ben-David. (Updated 2018.05.14, The Netzarim, http://www.netzarim.co.il). (Date you accessed the Israel Jews News article) https://wordpress.com/post/israeljewsnews.wordpress.com/1838
[Posted to Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt Facebook page. You’re encouraged to reply, comment and discuss the Tanakh “Plan of Salvation” there at https://www.facebook.com/pg/AinsleyEarhardt/posts/?ref=page_internal. I recommend readers use the article below as a basic framework to work from, every time discussion about the Christian salvation arises on the web. It’s easy to begin with this frame and simply adapt it to rebut the Christian “Plan of Salvation”(respecting copyright requires including standard bibliographical citation (above).]
Subj: guests Dennis Prager & evangelist Robert Jeffress (Ask a Jew, Ask a Gentile, Fox & Friends, 2018.04.30)
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, Mr. Prager didn’t give you a satisfying — or well-informed — answer to your question about the Tanakh plan of salvation, nor about provision for falling short of perfection.
My impression is that you seem to be very kind and caring – deserving of a better-informed answer. I hope you will receive the Tanakh message from this Jew in the same spirit you expect Jews to receive your message.
I’m a Mensan, independent scientist and researcher who was raised a Christian: a 1950s Bible student of Hampden DuBose Academy (private boarding school attended by Billy Graham’s daughter the year after I left), Baptist Church organist in high school and eventually a Christian preacher.
But no seminarian or theologian, living or dead, could answer the stark and intractable historical contradictions in Christianity that my decades of researching were exposing. The more I learned, the greater the gap between Christian belief and the reality of the historical record. (For one example of scores: the earliest Church historian, Eusebius, noted that the original Jewish followers of 1st-century Ribi Yehoshua under the first 15 Peqidim, in accordance with Devarim 13.1, refused the Pauline, post-135 CE Hellenist Καινής Διαθήκης (Anglicized to “New Testament”.) So you’ll have to dig deeper than any other theologian or seminarian before presuming to inform me about Christianity.
As a result of what I learned from my decades of scientific approach to historical research, I converted to Judaism by an Orthodox rabbi back in the early 1980s and since live in Ra’anana, Israel as a practicing Orthodox Jew. (Like many Orthodox Jews, recognized by some, but not all, Orthodox rabbis. My bio is accessible via a link in the Netzarim home page: http://www.netzarim.co.il.) I present this not to brag but to demonstrate that my research and experience uniquely qualifies me with insider knowledge of both sides of this religous issue (details and documentation in our website).
Regarding perfection — (Please note: I use Tanakh, not “Old Testament”, which is a disrespectful presumption, unilaterally presuming supersession over the “old”.) The Christian notion that Tanakh requires anyone to be perfect is a mistaken translation that contradicts Tanakh. First, Tanakh is Hebrew (and Aramaic), not English. I found that reliance on translations misleads masses of both Christians and Jews to unknowingly swallow — undetected — a translation compatible with one’s own “traditional” agenda (e.g. Christian or modern rabbinic; neither are perfect). Authoritative sources (documented in our website) confirm a more proper translation of Tanakh terms that Christians most often quote: שלם meaning “complete” and תם “whole(some)” — neither requiring “perfect”! Beyond that, Tanakh spells out, and confirms repeatedly, what ha-Sheim requires: in the Shema (Devarim 6.4-9; 11.13-21 & beMidbar 15.37-41).
Accordingly, the Tanakh “plan of salvation” is
1. These words, which I [Moses] command you today (at Har Sinai; a priori, explicitly Torah), shall be upon your heart. Love haSheim [according to “these words”, i.e. Torah] with all of your heart, with all of your nephesh (sapience, psyche) and with all of your utmost…
2. When you inevitably fall short, then, as commanded in Tanakh, make teshuvah (repentant reparations and return to the practice of Torah), and haSheim — NO other — PROMISES, solely through his khein (graciousness), to grant kipur (expiation)!
The Tanakh plan of salvation is corroborated in Mikhah 6.8 and Yekhezqeil 18.21. Devarim 13.1 prohibits adding to that and the subsequent 5 verses (13.2-6) punctuate that.
The faith family of Avraham (i.e., which excised Yishmaeil and Eisau/Edom) had salvation under this plan since Avraham and going back to the beginning of recorded Scriptural history; and ever since. Straying from Tanakh is repeatedly warned and demonstrated to bring down the wrath of haSheim.
This is the original, pristine, Tanakh plan of salvation — the plan of salvation taught by 1st century Ribi Yehoshua before it was subverted by Paul’s Hellenism. And it is for everyone: for you, and anyone else, who chooses to do your utmost to practice Tanakh according to the Way it was handed down at Har Sinai and promulgated by Yisraeil. You, too, are then eligible for the same opportunity to make teshuvah, live Tanakh and reap kipur for your shortcomings — no different from the “mingled masses” who joined Israel in the Yetziah (going forth) from Egypt. (Anyone who tells you differently lacks authority to contradict Tanakh and should be dismissed as a “false prophet” defined in the earlier citation, Devarim 13.1-6.)