21 Differences between Christianity and Nazarene Messianic Judaism

21 Differences between Christianity and Nazarene Messianic  Judaism

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At the time, year 2016, we published this article showing “10 differences” between Christianity and Messianic Judaism Netzarim. Such analysis is still very popular on the Internet and Social Networks. Many questions and doubts arose thanks to the general public, so we decided that it needed to be expanded and explained. Today, year 2019, we detail 21 differences between both religious trends. We do not wish to be a cause for division, but we do want these differences to be clarified.

Differences of Interpretation and Doctrine between Christianity and Netzarim Messianic Judaism


-CHRISTIANS: Believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, three persons in one True God (Doctrine of the Trinity).

-NETZARIM JUDAISM: We have the Father, YHWH, as the One Elohim and Creator of the Universe, the center of our worship (Det 6:4-9). We do not believe in the trinity. Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel, Prophet and Son of God, who fulfilled Zechariah 3:9, by the hand of YHWH. The Spirit of Elohim is the force or manifestation of the Power of YHWH.

The Law


-CHRISTIANS: They believe that Jesus is God and is part of a set of three manifestations of one God.

-NETZARIM JUDAISM: Jesus (Yeshua) IS NOT God. Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel promised in the Tanack, a descendant of David, through his biological father Yosef. He is divine in nature, because He is the Word (Word) of YHWH, resurrected through God, and in him lives all the fullness of the deity (Col 2:9). We believe that Yeshua is the author through YHWH of eternal salvation for the one who believes in him (Heb 5:9-10) and was declared by Elohim High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek.”



-CHRISTIANS: They believe in Jesus as God, and therefore worship him.

-JUDAISM NETZARIM: Only Elohim we worship. Yeshua Himself said about worshipping YHWH, our Elohim

Yohanan (John) 4:23-24 “But the hour is coming, and now it is, when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father also seeks to worship Him. Elohim is Spirit; and those who worship him, in spirit and in truth, must worship.”

Revelation 4:10-11 “The twenty-four elders shall prostrate themselves before the one who sits on the throne, and worship the one who lives forever and ever, and place their crowns before the throne, saying, ‘You are worthy, O Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by your will they existed and were created!”



-CHRISTIANS: They believe the virgin birth, without the intervention of Yosef’s sperm their father.

-JUDAISM NETZARIM: Yeshua was a direct descendant of the house of David by his father Yosef. There was no virgin birth. In Matthew 1:18-25, Miriam thought she was already pregnant by the Spirit of Elohim (18), when she told Yosef on the day of her marriage, he thought the worst (19), but by dream he was persuaded that he should take Miriam (20-24), and that the Spirit of Elohim would bless the child to conceive (25). Also the “virgin birth” appears only in Matthew, but not in Luke.


-CHRISTIANS: They claim not to be under the Law, but under grace. The New Testament is the authority of conduct and life because it is the New Covenant. Salvation is only by grace through faith.

-NETZARIM JUDAISM: We believe that we are under grace, which makes it easier to understand and apply the Law of Elohim in the Tanack and salvation for the unborn of a Jewish mother, is only by grace through faith in Yeshua. We are Observants of the Torah (Laws of Moses given by YHWH (God) because Yeshua affirms so in 1 John 5:2 “In this we know that we love the children of Elohim: when we love YHWH and keep His commandments” (His Law).



-CHRISTIANS: They believe in Sunday as the Day of the Lord, the day when Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

-JUDAISM NETZARIM: The Sabbath is Saturday (Shabbat). Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:9-11. The same text in Isaiah tells us that in the future everyone:

Isaiah 66:23-24 “And it shall come to pass that from new moon to new moon and from Sabbath to Sabbath, every mortal will come to prostrate himself before me,” says YHWH.”


CHRISTIANS: All Jewish holidays were overcome by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The Christian church is not obliged to keep the Jewish holidays which passed along with the Law.

-NETZARIM JUDAISM: We celebrate the three great annual feasts, Passover, Pentecost, and Cabins, and the weekly shabbat/Sabbath, all scriptural, not “for the Jews,” nor “Jewish feasts” but “solemn feasts of YHWH.” Levitic 23



CHRISTIANS: They use the words “Jesus”, “Christ”, “Saint John”, “New Testament”, “Old Testament”, “Apostle Paul”, “Palestine”, “cross”, “church”, “converted”, “Christian”.

-NETZARIM JUDAISM: We use the biblical Hebrew names: Yeshua, Moshiach, Yonathan, Nazarene Texts, Tanack, Shaul, Israel, Madero, Kehila, Goy. Yet many also use Spanish names. But the names of biblical people as they were are always better.


CHRISTIANS: The Christian Church recognizes the neighbor, as anyone who lives in this world.

NETZARIM JUDAISM: We recognize that in the Torah when it refers to “neighbor” it means the “Practitioner of the Torah” who lives near us, not anyone who lives in this world. In the parabula of the Good Samaritan, Yeshua shows three Jews, and like the last, the Samaritan (also a Jew) practiced the Commandments of Elohim in the Torah corresponding to the help (zedakah) of the orphan, widow and the poor among us. He himself proved it by saying that his relatives were the ones who followed him, and not his family (mother, brothers and sisters who did not follow him).

Matthew 12:48-50 “But He, answering the one who spoke to him, said, ‘Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?’ And extending his hand upon his disciples, he said, Behold my mother and my brothers, For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father, that is my brother and sister, and mother.”


CHRISTIANS: Christianity believes that what Nazarene Judaism is doing is “Judaizing” and “going backwards, toward Judaism.”

NETZARIM JUDAISM: Netzarim Messianic Judaism is restoring what has been lost, the translations, the true Judaism of Rabbi Yeshua, its cultural, idiomatic and theological context.



-CHRISTIANS: They mistakenly believe that you can eat everything, without any problem for the Christian.

– NETZARIM JUDAISM: We believe that Elohim never told Peter to eat everything (Acts 10:14-15), but told him that there was no difference between a Jew born of a Jewish mother and a Gentile Netzarim Messianic Jew (Acts 10:28).


CHRISTIANS: They believe that the New Covenant has been instituted and the Church supplants Israel.

– NETZARIM JUDAISM: We believe that Eklesia already existed as “The Tabernacle of Meeting” in the time of Moses, according to Exodus 16:10 “And it happened that as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, they looked into the wilderness, and behold the glory of YHVH in the cloud!”

Moreover, Israel will always be the chosen people according to 2 Samuel 7:24 “And you have established your people, Israel, as your people forever, and You, O YHVH, have become their Elohim.”


CHRISTIANS: They believe that Original Sin comes from Adam.

– NETZARIM JUDAISM: We believe that “Original Sin” does not exist in the Biblical Text. It is a false doctrine.


CHRISTIANS: They believe that women are submissive to their husbands, and that they should remain silent in some cases in congregations. The woman is conjugated as inferior and is not allowed to be a Shepherdess, although when she is prepared and married, as The Letter of Titus says.

– NETZARIM JUDAISM: In Netzarim Messianic Judaism the woman takes the place next to her husband, having the same anointing as her pastor husband. Yeshua the Messiah allowed the woman to participate in His earthly ministry. Elohim gives a woman the same right as a man to divorce because of adultery or verbal, physical or sexual abuse.


CHRISTIANS: They believe that the New Covenant has been instituted, eliminating all the others.

– NETZARIM JUDAISM: We in Netzarim Judaism affirm that all the Covenants are still in force and that the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31-34 has not yet come true.


CHRISTIANS: They believe that the New Covenant has been instituted.

– NAZARENE JUDAISM: We affirm that the New Covenant written in Jeremiah 31:31-34 and named in Hebrews 8 has not yet been given, Yeshua brought a renewal of the Covenant of Moses with different priestly laws.

Hebrews 8:8-13 “For rebuking them he says, Behold, days come, says Adonai, when I will establish with the house of Israel and the house of Judah a new covenant; Not like the covenant I made with their parents, the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; Because they did not remain in my covenant, and I disregarded them, says YHWH. Therefore, this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel (10 Tribes of Israel) After those days, the Lord says: I will put my laws in their minds, and upon their hearts I will write them (IT HAS NOT HAPPENED); And I will be to them for Elohim, and they will be to me as a people; And no one shall teach his neighbour, nor shall any of his brother, saying, Know YHWH; because everyone will know me, from the youngest to the oldest of them. ( IT HASN’T HAPPENED.) For I will be propitious to their injustices, and I will never again remember their sins and their iniquities. In saying, “New covenant,” he has given up the first as old; and what is taken for old and old, is about to disappear.”

None of this has happened, so the New Covenant is something that will happen when Yeshua returns to the world.



CHRISTIANS: They believe that we all have to give Tithing and Offering.” But if you do not believe in the Commandments of Elohim given to Moses, because they have been eliminated, how can you ask your disciples for something that you eliminated?

– NETZARIM JUDAISM: Only Netzarim Jews and Messianic Jews should abide by the commandments of Tithing, Offering and Zedakah (Works of Righteousness), because we believe that Yeshua said that they remain in force until the End of Time.

Matthew 5:17-19 “Do not think that I came to abrogate the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abrogate, but to comply. For truly I say unto you: Until heaven and earth pass, in no way shall a jot pass, nor a stroke of the letter of the Law, until everything has been fulfilled (At the end of times). Therefore, whoever suppresses only one of these smaller commandments, and thus teaches men, very little will be called into the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches them, he will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”


CHRISTIANS: They believe that there is no problem in celebrating the pagan holiday known as “Christmas”.

– NETZARIM JUDAISM: We do not participate in the pagan holiday called Christmas, because it is not found in the Biblical Text and because it only associates us with non-recommended practices.


CHRISTIANS: They believe that it should be preached to all people, especially those born of a Jewish mother, or Israelites.

– NETZARIM JUDAISM: We do not preach to the Jews, because in the New Testament, Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel, calls us to disciple only Matthew 15:24 “He answered, said, I was not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Also as it says in Romans 9 to 11, example: Rom 11:26 “then all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The Deliverer will come from Zion, Who will remove ungodliness from Jacob.”


CHRISTIANS: Orthodox Jews recognize “Christians” as a religion separate from traditional Judaism.

– NETZARIM JUDAISM: On the other hand, Orthodox Jews recognize that Netzarim Messianic Jews do not believe that Yeshua is God, and that we are Torah observants. Many Orthodox Rabbis consider us Jews, or at least part of Judaism.


CHRISTIANS: “Christians” believe that the Church is the center of the universe and that all Scriptures speak of and prophesy about it. Some support Israel, but claim that if the Jews convert, the messiah Jesus will come faster.

– NETZARIM JUDAISM: We believe that all prophecies talk about what is going to happen in Jerusalem, Mount Zion, the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Last Judgment), the Third Temple and the Jewish People and those who are Torah Heart Watchers.

As you can see there are very notable differences between Christianity and Netzarim Messianic Judaism.

A thousand blessings and shalom to all.

Rabbi Yosef Ben Marques © 2016  (Updated 2019)

Thousand blessings and shalom to all.

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28 thoughts on “21 Differences between Christianity and Nazarene Messianic Judaism

  1. Nobody can keep all the laws by one’s own effort as all sinned cos all fell short of the glory of YHWH. The mystery of righteousness is “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. That is how YHWH make us holy. : )

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  2. Not all christians believe in Trinity. IAUE is the only God. Yeshua is the Son of God. Ruach ha Kodesh is the Spirit of God or the Presence of God. It is also called the Spirit of Yeshua or the Presence of Yeshua. If we surrender, open our heart, the Ruach will take over our temple and we can witness the Presence of IAUE and Yeshua. That is what it mean by to know IAUE. Evil comes from the heart, but so is Righteousness. : )


  3. Please may we, for the righteousness to several other Christians, let you and your readers know that not all Christians “: Believe in God the Father, God the Sun and God the Spirit, three persons in one God (doctrine of the Trinity).” like you write in the 1st paragraph.
    True followers of Christ Jesus (Jeshua) worship the same God as Jeshua, who is only One True Eternal Spirit God. The Bible is very clear that it is only the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Whom we should worship. That God is an eternal Spirit Who has no birth and no death and Who can not be tempted, all things Jesus had. Real Christians do not accept the Trinity.

    It is true that we as Christians believe in Jesus and his deity, this being that Jesus (Jeshua) is the sent one from God, a prophet, a master teacher (rebbe) who got authorised by the Divine Creator God to speak and act in His Name. Real Christians do believe that Jesus is the Messiah or the Kristos (Christ), the long awaited saviour, who offered himself as a Lamb of God.

    You write “Christianity believes that what the Nazarene Judaism is doing is “Judaizing” and “go back to Judaism“, but better would write “Christendom” because real followers of Jeshua (those of Christianity) do know that many commandments and with it also several feasts still have to be followed, even when we are know living in the time of the the new Covenant. To say that this New Covenant “has been instituted” seems also to pass that real Christians do believe that Jesus is the cornerstone of the Church of God and that we as a member of the Body of Christ.do not need in essence a worldly institution, because we have to be under Christ, being guided by the Word of God (Old and New Testament/Covenant)


  4. Shalom, you opened your article with “CHRISTIANS: Believe in God the Father, God the Sun and God the Spirit, three persons in one God (doctrine of the Trinity).”

    May we remind you and your readers that there are lots of Christians who do not worship a Trinity but worship only One True God, the God of Abraham.


  5. There is only one unforgivable sin and that is to deny the Holy Spirit ! The Holy Spirit blessing (gifts) are acquired through baptism ! YHWH is God the Father who is the one deserviving of praise and worship ! Yeshua is the son of YHWH who was sent for our salvation ! The Tora is still to be followed ! YHWH times and feast’s (Saturday sabbaths new moon sabbaths and high holy sabbaths) are to be followed !
    The baptism of the Father the Son and Holy Spirit is taken out of context, they are separate beings but they are one in purpose (YHWH will) so much is taken out of context in the word that most doctrine are misleading and there is to much to list !
    There is another trinity as well and that one is the devil the anti christ and false profit ! The seal of YHWH has everything to do with Saturday Sabbath ! As the seal of the devil has everything to do with Sunday Sabbath !
    The tree of life or the tree of death your choice. Test all things and hold fast that which is good 1Thessalonians 5:21 ! Salvation is keeping God the Fathers laws (Tora) and believing that Yeshua is the messiah and Baptism In the Holy Spirit !

    Hallelujah and Shalom !


  6. RE: 1. CHRISTIANS: Believe in God the Father, God the Sun…
    Was this purposeful? Is it a reference to the corruption of the faith through Sun God worship in it several forms? Constantinople, Sunday Worship, Madonna/Child, New Feasts such as Christmas, Easter etc….. ?


      1. Actually there was 16 previous virgin born so called gods who was born of virgin mothers,died,placed in a tomb and rose from the grave all of course fake messiah by fake gods zoroastrians,hindus,the romans,greeks,etc all had these tails,but our messiah was born of joseph and mary,was adopted at his baptism by god the father,and resurrected as being set in stone gods son


      2. Yes their is no trinity it was made up why back by nimrod,zoroaster,hindus,Romans, Greeks and,other pagans yesuah was an Arch angel at gods side he created every thing ,at yesuahs baptism the holy spirit which was the arch angle came upon Jesus with power and might,at that time spirit joined the flesh and the y became imseperable,at that time god adopdted the fleshy son of king David as his son,because according to the flesh he was next in line to be king,and next in line according to his mother Mary through aron to be high priest now he sits in heaven crowned as mighty god waiting to return with sword in hand to desperate the wheat from the chaff may we all be found to be wheat and may we all be able to face the great tribulation soon to over take this world hashem protect us all


  7. Shalom Yosef, As with pretty much every “religion,” I find fault in your doctrine. Nothing to get all bent out of shape over but nothing to write home to mom about either. A simple example is in your statement concerning the virgin birth. Lk 3:3-6 says nothing to support your claim. The absence of information concerning something can not be used as evidence against something happening when there is other evidence to support it having happened. Mat 1:23 supports the claims of a virgin birth but MUCH more importantly the Apostle Luke himself declares it to be such earlier in his writing where he states,
    ” to a virgin engaged to a man named Yosef, of the house of David; the virgin’s name was Miryam.” Lk 1:27
    Apparently Luke simply did not feel he needed to be redundant.

    Trinity – Yeah, I am not buying that yet either. However, I do leave room that I may be wrong & if G_D so deems it necessary for salvation then I ask that HE direct me accordingly & not allow me to lead others hopelessly astray of it.

    Feast & such – Y’shua was / is The Word a.k.a. The Torah, made flesh. He lived The Torah to fulfillment without one violation of it. Therefore “In & Through” Him is The Torah completed. I, you & everyone else who then accepts Him as the Messiah, is no longer “Required” to Keep the festivals but may “CHOOSE” to do so. Whether I choose to or not is up to me but I can not force others to do so in order for them to be Children of G_D, as works are not “Required” anymore but “FOLLOW” G_D’s Children (Believers). FYI: These works are not specified as keeping Torah either.

    The New Testament “HAS” been instituted! This fundamentally proclaimed in the Book to the Romans where it states…
    6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in “NEWNESS” of life. (King James makes this most clear for us to understand. emphasis added)

    Rom 7:5-6
    5 For when we were living according to our old nature, the passions connected with sins worked through the Torah in our various parts, with the result that we bore fruit for death.
    6 But now we have been released from this aspect of the Torah, because we have died to that which had us in its clutches, so that we are serving in the new way provided by the Spirit and not in the old way of outwardly following the letter of the law.
    …Here the Complete Jewish Bible helps us better, in my opinion while the King James ties the 2 together better when it reads…
    [Rom 7:5-6 KJV] 5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
    6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in “NEWNESS” of spirit, and not [in] the oldness of the letter. (emphasis added)

    Enough! As I stated, I have differences but nothing upsetting. I hope to discuss thing further into the future?


    1. Shalom Eric it’s been a while since I was on here,the bible says giving advice to an ignorant man or a fool could be a heart ache to a learned man but here it goes after studying for over 40 years and at 64yrs old I’ve learned a few things,you don’t know your bible very well do you go back and study James slowly word for word you will learn a lot and replace the word works with torah,look up on the net for the previous 16 crucified saviors just because it don’t mention it in l dosnt mean it’s not so,the n.t.bible wasn’t even put together until about 300ad,it’s not the one jesus or his follower used or Paul but used the tanakh,look up Jeremiah church 7 read slowly read it from the tanakh or Jewish bible the virgin dosnt say virgin it says almah young woman,and it’s not a prophecy about a future virgin birth it was about that very time frame,people put to much faith in paul,half of his writings are not authintic anyway,and christianity actually was several hundreds of years older than the time of jesus actually it came out of India and their multiple gods,jesus just reformed judaism,torahless means lawless are you a lawless man eric,the feastivilles you will read after jesus came and went all his followers keep them even paul,who changed the sabbath but the catholic church,who changed the times and seasons but the catholic church,the Catholics murdered more people than Hitler ever did,the catholic church the great whore has done more damage on and let’s the forget the harlot churches,so Eric please slow down and read slowly,I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read through the many bibles I’ve got,you have a whole life time to study what’s the rush I’m still a student shalom Eric and may yahshua bless you in your path that lies before you for it’s a hard road many let downs and much knowledge oh but what a blessing


      1. Thanks Dwight. Very well explained the “virgin dilemma”. Also, they married women who were virgins from the upset. The perpetual virginity or the conception without a rightful partner male will be unthinkable and unnecessary for the story of Messiah. Blessings


  8. I enjoyed reading your article and the responses. I am a fundamental Christian, not at all Catholic!, and I wonder, does your group and various Christian people respect each other in good faith and basically get along, though disagreements exist? I may not agree with all you have written, but as a Christian I appreciate the understanding you have of scripture and I appreciate your perspectives. I may not say this next phrase correctly to your thoughts, but let us follow the Lord in all his ways and trust in Him forever!


    1. Steve thanks for your thoughts. People who believe in Yeshua more or less get along. Yes we may have disagreements but we people like you and me who respect each other views will make the world better. Blessings


  9. Shalom!!!’
    I agree with the ten points.
    My question is: do you have stuff in Spanish? It’s my language (my grandparents migrated from Sfarad).
    Todah rabah u’beachot!


  10. Can you explain about about his divinity. I don’t believe in the Virgin birth. I believe he was just a man then YHVH exalted him to his right hand. Thank you.


  11. Dear Rabbi
    I have read the 10 Differences between Christianity and Nazarene Messianic Judaism.
    But with humble respect to your lordship can you explain me the prophecy of Isaiah 11:
    More blessing
    Rev Ebenezer


    1. nkebenezer Lets see the quote from Isaiah 11:1-4  “Then a shoot will come forth out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch will bear fruit out of His roots. 2  The Ruach of Adonai will rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and insight, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Adonai. 3  His delight will be in the fear of Adonai. He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor decide by what His ears hear. 4  But with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the poor of the land. He will strike the land with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked”. 

      Means a descendant (shoot) will come from Jesse (father of David (Rth_4:22  Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David)). Ruach of Adonai will be upon him and he will judge the people of Israel. And at the end of times will bring peace and prosperity to Israel forever.



  12. I think people who are not CONTENT with who they are from the beginning of their conversion or spiritual awakening byJesus/Yeshua will never be satisfied with any of their research as they will dig themselves deeper until they finally get to hell. That’s not intended to be a pun nor is it meant to be funny. It is sad that the word of Yah can’t satisfy them the way it’s written in the Authorized KJV. I call Yeshua, Jesus Christ knowing all about Constantine and the split from Orthodoxy by the Catholic church, etc. History is great for reference but the Spirit of God or Yah pr Yeshua or Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. He/they can handle who we think they are and what we call them by name as they have many names but are all the same creator and Heavenly Father who we pray to for our earthly help. I’m not saying there are many paths that lead to eternal life with Him but there is only one way and He himself said, ‘I am the way the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father but by Me.’ If you want to follow the Old Testament and the law, go ahead. I prefer to keep it simple as I’ve decided to follow Jesus/Yeshua, my Messiah/Savior and be saved by His grace and mercy and not by any works. Salvation is the gift of God or Yah or Yeshua. That’s why He went to the cross (or tree) to shed His pure blood to redeem, me from my filthy sin. He looks on the heart and not the outward appearance as does mankind. Like David says in Psalm 51 ‘Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.’ I refuse to get hung up on all the nuances of what was discovered way back when that doesn’t change the plan of salvation. I am free as the truth will MAKE us free if we follow the One who is truth. That’s all I need to know unless He decides differently.


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