You are doing it again.
Of course I am promoting the Scriptures as the authority as opposed to opinion.
I've stated clearly that Jews have never understood those texts as Christains do.
The Jews who wrote the scriptures that I posted earlier believed what they wrote. They were Jews. What they wrote was pretty clearly in support of ancestral sin. Believing what they wrote is up to each person.
These are not my own opinions, you can check for yourself with Jewish sites in the Internet or look it up in Jewish study materials.
You have found Jews that agree with your opinion. I personally know Jews who disagree with you. Neither one of these groups is the authority on Judaism. The scriptures are the final authority.
Christians wrote the New Testament, correct? Whose interpretation of the NT would be more accurate, that of Muslims or that of Christians of their own Scriptures? Who can interpret the Catechism of the Catholic Church better, Mormons or Catholics? And can't Jews have a better understanding of their own Scriptures and theology than others?
But we are not discussing the NT and neither have I quoted from it. We are discussing the OT. I can read the OT texts for myself as anyone can. I suggest you read for yourself and stop listening to others who tell your their interpretation of what you are reading. You know what obsessiveness that it took to copy those scriptures accurately for millennia...it was a lot of trouble and effort. You should read it for yourself and ask God to speak to you through them.
I pray in Hebrew, speak Hebrew, read Hebrew all through the day. I am a Jew, and our culture and theology are well known. They are not what you say they are. Those Scriptures don't mean what Gentile Christians say they do, at least not to us.
With all due respect, you mention a lot of different influences when discussing scripture, Jews, culture, theology, Christians, etc. What do you think God meant when he wrote those passages I posted? Don't you think God meant what he plainly said?
All due respect, but your beliefs are based on interpretations that don't come from Jews.
I disagree. The passages I provided seem clear enough. I think God means what he says, especially if he says the same thing several times through different prophets, in slightly different ways.
You are not free When you say Jews don't know their own Scriptures that they composed and reflects their unique culture and unique theology;
You seem to be impressed with Jewishness, culture and theology. What about the author of the scriptures? Don't each of us have a responsibility to read and hear from God in good faith, trusting in his words as the ultimate authority? Wouldn't you want your children to do the same? And don't you think those Jewish authors count as Jews too?
that is a sign that you are not free at all but bound to the same blindness loved by people who are still in the Watchtower. Ignorance is not freedom.
To the contrary, I read for myself now. I don't allow others to interpret what I am reading.
Ps. 199: 105 - Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Ps. 119: 11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Joshua 1: 8 - This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Nowhere in these scriptures am I told to check with my culture or religious scholars to interpret for me what God has said. God told Eve something once, and someone reinterpreted it for her. It didn't work out well for her. I didn't work out too well for me when I used to do that as a JW.
Isaiah 1: 2 & 3
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth;
for the Lord has spoken:
“Children have I reared and brought up,
but they have rebelled against me.
3 The ox knows its owner,
and the donkey its master's crib,
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.”
God does not want people to desire their culture's ideas about God or theology or scholars' interpretations of him. He wants people to actually desire him, as a person. He doesn't want people to make some kind of a religion out of the special relationship he is offering, he wants people to enjoy the actual relationship itself. This is why his word must trump any interpretation contrary to the plain reading of scripture.
BTW, I really like Jews ...culture an all. Even if some don't agree with me.