There's a very interesting passage in the bible (read old testament), that says that G-d shall send different prophets to different people.
Regardless, since those 2.1 billion people are charged with following G-d's laws, and being decent people, I have no complaints.
You have to remember, though, that Jews don't seek to convert others (for the most part). We welcome converts, but we aren't supposed to proselytize. Non-Jews do not need to follow the halakha laws to secure a place in the world to come, for example; only Jews do.
Thus, I love Christians as my brothers and sisters, because they worship the same G-d as I do, and follow the commandments as I do. And I applaud Jesus and his disciples for making the world a better place. But I can't accept Jesus as the Messiah without betraying my own faith and ignoring the scriptural conditions for the arrival of the messiah. ;)
Doesn't mean I won't stand up for Christianity and Christians when push comes to shove, though. Or defend the name and deeds of Christianity from those who would try to sully its name (because if I am not for my brother, who is for me?).
Same G-d, but to put it glibly, I'll wait to embrace the Messiah: and if it's his second time here, I'll say I'm sorry for doubting, and hope I'm forgiven.
And if he says he can't remember...Well, then, we'll call it a draw! (But everyone wins because the Messiah is here) ;)
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***But I can't accept Jesus as the Messiah without betraying my own faith and ignoring the scriptural conditions for the arrival of the messiah. ;) ***
I find these two statements very interesting.
If you don't mind my asking, how would accepting Jesus as Messiah betray your faith?
Additionally, what do you see as the scriptural conditions for the arrival of the messiah?