10 Differences between Christianity and Nazarene Messianic Judaism


10 Differences between Christianity and Nazarene Messianic  Judaism

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1. CHRISTIANS: Belief in God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit, three persons in one  God (doctrine of the Trinity).
NAZARENE MESSIANIC JUDAISM:   We have the father, YHWH, as the only Elohim and the center of worship (Dt 6:4-9). We do not believe in the Trinity.
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2. CHRISTIANS: They seemed sure not be under the law but under the grace. The New Testament is the Authority‘s conduct and life as the New Covenant. The salvation is by grace through faith alone.
NAZARENE MESSIANIC JUDAISM: We believe that we are under grace, making it easy to understand and apply the law of Elohim in the Tanack and salvation is by grace through faith in Yeshua. We recognize that Orthodox Jews are judged by the law of Elohim unless, at the end of times, they come into the light of Yeshua. 
3.CHRISTIANS: They believe in Jesus and his deity.
NAZARENE MESSIANIC JUDAISM: Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel promised in the Tanack, descendant of David, through his father biological Yosef. The divine nature is, because it comes from the father, He was in front of the Father and saw Him, resurrected and in He lives all the fullness of deity (Colossians 2:9). We believe that Yeshua has a special divinity to be high priest and author through YHWH’s eternal salvation for which beliefs in the Hebrews 5:9-10 reads and having been perfected, became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey him and was declared by Elohim high priest after the order of Melchizedek“.


4.CHRISTIANS: They believe the virgin birth.
NAZARENE MESSIANIC JUDAISM: Yeshua was descendant of the House of David by his father Yosef. (There was no virgin birth) See Luke 2:3-6 
5.CHRISTIANS: They believe in Sunday as the day of the Lord, the day in that Jesus resurrected from the dead.
NAZARENE MESSIANIC JUDAISM:  We remember Exodus 20:8 “Remember the day Sabbath to keep Holy it.” Exodus 20:9-11.  “Six days you labor, and shall do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of YHWH your Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. Therefore YHWH (יהוה) blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart”. 



6.CHRISTIANS: All Jewish festivals were surpassed by the sacrifice of Jesus ChristThe Christian Church is not obliged to keep Jewish holidays which passed along with Acts of the Apostles.
NAZARENE MESSIANIC JUDAISM We celebrate all the Leviticus 23 festivities, especially the three large annual Festivities of Elohim: Pesaj, Shavuot, and Sukkot, and the weekly gathering of Shabbat / Saturday, all scriptural, not “for the Jewish“,  but for all “followers of YHWH“.  

7.CHRISTIANS: They use the words: “Jesus”, “Christ”, “John”, “New Testament”, “Old Testament”, “Paul”, “Palestine”, “cross”, “church”, “converted”, “Christian”.
NAZARENE MESSIANIC JUDAISM: We use the original Hebrew names: Yeshua, Mashiach, Jonathan, Nazarene Texts, Tanack,  Shaul, Israel, Wood, Kehila, Goy  


8.CHRISTIANS: The Christian Church recognizes baptism and the supper of the Lord as ordinances left by Jesus Christ to his Church.
NAZARENE MESSIANIC JUDAISM:  We do not believe in any “Holy supper” out of Passover, and this is only once a year. We practice every Shabbat Kiddush take: take unleavened bread and wine kosher. To the  purpose of “baptism”, in Judaism, the mikveh, the bath ritual exists from  4,000 years ago and physically,  there are no difference between it and the immersion in water instituted by the Rabbi Yeshua except by a single difference: the immersion in water is made a single time for salvation proof, for death of our ego and to have the life of Yeshua Ha Mashiach in usThe mikveh is done periodically.



9.CHRISTIANS: Christianity believes that what the Nazarene Judaism is doing is “Judaizing” and “go back to Judaism“.                                                                                        

NAZARENE MESSIANIC JUDAISM: We are restoring what it was stolen, the translations, the true religion of the Rabbi Yeshua, its context cultural, idiomatic and theological.


10.CHRISTIANS: They believe that the new Covenant has been instituted.

NAZARENE MESSIANIC JUDAISM:  We affirm that still have not been given the New Covenant described in  Jeremiah 31:31-34  and named in Hebrews 8,  Yeshua brought renovation of the Covenant of Moses with different priestly laws. 



Hebrews 8:8-13  “For finding fault with them, He says, “See, the days are coming,” says YHWH, “when I shall conclude with the house of Yisraʼĕl and with the house of Yehuḏah a renewed covenant,   not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Mitsrayim, because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them,” says  YHWH. “Because this is the covenant that I shall make with the house of Yisraĕl after those days, says יהוה, giving My laws in their mind, and I shall write them on their hearts, and I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people. And they shall by no means teach each one his neighbor, and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know YHWH,ʼ because they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. Because I shall forgive their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawlessnesses I shall no longer remember. By saying, ‘renewed,ʼ He has made the first old. Now, what becomes old and growing aged is near disappearing“.

None of this has happened, because the “New Covenant” is something that will happen when Yeshua returns to the world. In the meantime, we have the Nazarene Scriptures about the story of the true Messiah of Israel: Yeshua. 


Thousand blessings and shalom to all.

Messianic Rabbi Yosef Ben Marques © 2016

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28 thoughts on “10 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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