Shmuli brought a young American tourist over to me and said, "He says that his mother is Jewish."
"So help him. What's the problem?"
Shmuli helped him with tefillin. While he was still reading the Shema, Shmuli walked over. He looked bothered by something, "He's Jewish, but both he and his parents are messianic Jews."
This means that they are Jews by birth, but believe that yashka (j.c.) was the Messiah.
When someone, especially a Jew believes in such foolishness it is almost impossible to communicate with them. They are told if their faith in yashka waivers even the least bit they are going to burn in hell. They really believe this.
I walked over knowing this, but still, the guy was a Jew so I had to try to at least give him something to think about.
I said, "In order to be the Messiah the Jewish man must come from the tribe of Judah (Yehudah). The Torah tells us that tribes go by the father, so your choice cannot be the Messiah."
Their book says that yashka was fathered by a "holy spirit," so it was an "immaculate conception," i.e. no man involved! This nutty idea comes from a misunderstanding of Isaiah saying that an almah will give birth.[i] Almah means young woman, but it can also mean a young girl virgin. X-ians believe that Isaiah was predicting the virgin birth of yashka!
When Avraham's servant went to fetch a wife (Rivka) for Yitzchak he explained to her family that he prayed right before seeing her that if he would see an almah come to the well who would do certain things, then he would know that Hashem had chosen that girl for Yitzchak. You cannot tell if a young woman is a physical virgin by looking at her from a distance. The x-ians believe with all their being that Isaiah meant that the girl would give birth while still a physical virgin!
He replied with great calmness and confidence, "His stepfather was Joseph, and Joseph was from the tribe of Judah."
"Tribes go by the father not by the stepfather, so your choice cannot be the Messiah."
"His mother Marry was from the tribe of Judah and so was his stepfather."
"The tribes go by the father, not by the mother, and not by the stepfather."
"We cannot be forgiven without going through him. He died for our sins. We have all sinned."
"The Torah clearly says, "The father will not die for the son's sins, and the sons do not die for the father's sins. No one can die for someone else's sins. Everyone dies for his own sins."[ii]
"There are no sacrifices anymore so we have to go through him to be forgiven."
"The prophet[iii] told us that our prayers are now in place of the sacrifices. Anyone can turn away from sin any time he wants. You do not need someone between you and G-d."
I told him that he had to marry only a Jewish girl.
He answered, "I will marry only a girl who believes in j.c. It doesn't matter if she is Jewish."
I told him that I have a video discussing these things with a pastor, and that the video has spread around on many channels with different foreign language subtitles, and he has received over 2 million views! He said that he will look at it. I gave him the video address.
Will it change his mind? I doubt it. He is afraid that he will burn in hell. But it will give him a lot of things to think about, and then, when the time is right, hopefully he will begin to question his baseless, insane blind belief.