Year 01: The UMJC Conversion Position Paper – The Majority Position, Point 2

MAJORITY POSITION

2. Regarding conversions to Reform, Conservative or Orthodox Judaism, this can hardly be an option for any follower of Yeshua because these forms, despite their many differences, share an active disbelief in our Messiah. Close identification with, much less conversion to, any of these groups would be unbiblical.

The option of seeking out a conversion to other forms of Judaism is not a viable option for Yeshua believing non-Jews being that an essential part of the conversion process is the rejection of all previous religious beliefs, which would include the rejection of faith in Yeshua. This would be a huge problem and an option that no follower of Yeshua could do. So then the option of a conversion to either Reform, Conservative or Orthodox Judaism is not an option.

Though this is a valid point against conversion to other Judaisms it doesn’t deal with the issue of conversion of non-Jews to Messianic Judaism.

In my opinion the only option that there can be for the committed non-Jews is for there to be a conversion process within Messianic Judaism.

Next up Point 3 and the beginning of the Biblical objections to the conversion of non-Jews to Messianic Judaism.

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4 thoughts on “Year 01: The UMJC Conversion Position Paper – The Majority Position, Point 2

  1. nat and carl,

    thanks for commenting.

    you are both right that it’s not necessarily 100% cases that a potential convert to reject their their previous beliefs.

    this comment flows from my reading of books on conversionm rather than fist hand interviews.

    the reference to converting to orthodox, conservative or reform judaism is in answer to the position paper point. it is true conversion under the auspices of any stream is to Judaism, not to a stream.

    again thanks for commenting…

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  2. I agree with Nat that one is not always be asked to reject previous beliefs (but rather to embrace new ones).

    Another point – technically, one does not convert to a particular branch of Judaism, but only under their auspices. The conversion is simply “to Judaism” indicating the entrance into the community of Israel.

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  3. I agree with Nat that one is not always be asked to reject previous beliefs (but rather to embrace new ones).

    Another point – technically, one does not convert to a particular branch of Judaism, but only under their auspices. The conversion is simply “to Judaism” indicating the entrance into the community of Israel.

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  4. You should do your research, not all Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox conversions require you to reject your faith, belief of before: I personally know many non-Yeshua believing Rabbi’s who respect the path one has come from and only require you to ACT a certain way. That is the core of Judaism, you are what you do, the thoughts are secondary.

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