Messianic Jew Wins Bible Contest
I just read a new post about a Messianic girl (her name is Bat-El) who became a finalist in the International Bible Quiz Championship held on Independence Day (May 18). Information about the story can be found here.
Because Bat-El is a Messianic Jew, a number of rabbis are trying to boycott the International Bible Contest.
They say (see The Jerusalem Post):
“Messianics are missionaries who proselytize in very sophisticated ways,” said Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, one of the rabbis calling to boycott the quiz.
“It is forbidden to give [Messianic Jews] legitimacy by allowing them to take part in the quiz.”
This does not surprise me, but it is still sad. Especially since I am sure that there would be no protest if she was an agnostic or an atheist.
In Israel it seems that anybody who has a Jewish mother can be a Jew – even if he/she does not believe in God (as most of them do not). However, if you accept Jesus as the Messiah you are disqualified. The logic escapes me. But then again – who said that there was a logic behind it?
Here is a quote from another Jew (and I feel the same):
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. Apostle Paul