Monday, 14 March 2016
Seeing Judaism Anew: Christianity's Sacred Obligation,
Ed. Mary C. Boys, Rowman and Littlefield, 2002
Chapter 14, "Covenant and Conversion" (pp. 163-174), page 167
Now Dr Spillman goes on to talk about salvation - what do we mean by that word?
However respectful of the Jewish faith this new theology is, it is inadequate unless it affirms that G-d does in fact bring salvation through Judaism as well as through Christianity. Christians cannot genuinely see Judiasm as part of G-d's plan if Jews are not called to eternal life.
That sound as much like Two Covenant Theory as it is possible to get without actually using the words.
In blunt terms, Christians cannot claim to see Judaism as a genuine part of G-d's plan if they teach, explicitly or implicitly, that Judaism leads in the end to separation from G-d - to hell rather than to heaven.
The sole redeeming feature in this part of Spillman's chapter is the following rider after the above assertions:
Still it must be acknowledged that asking whether or not Jews are saved is an incongruous question because it asks a question that Jews themselves would not ask. We must recognise that the questions we Christians ask about Jews and Judaism are shaped by our own faith perspective and may not be questions that arise in Jewish theology.
It is true that non-JBY Jews do not relate to the question, "Are you saved?" because the Jewish vocabulary has different meanings for many of those words. That does not mean that the question of whether a jew is "right" with G-d is not asked - it is frequently asked and there is much awareness that a lot hangs on the answer.