Do Our Actions Matter to God?

Fear without love is not enough
Living in Israel has given me the opportunity to be exposed to different ways of thinking. The relationship between faith and works (or grace and works) is one area where Jews and Christians seem to think differently. Our Orthodox Jewish friend, Moshe Kempinski, has expressed to us on more than one occasion the uncomfortable conversations he has with Christians who, in trying to convince him of the better way of Christianity, denigrate Judaism as an inferior religion of laws or works. Moshe insists that they misunderstand his motives. He doesn’t keep the laws of the Bible because he is trying to earn his salvation or is afraid of God’s punishment if he doesn’t; rather Moshe tells us he keeps the commandments of the Bible because he loves the Law-Giver or, as he refers to God, the Beloved.

Recent Israel Teaching Letters

An Ancient Call to a New Generation
Ezra, Unsung Hero of the Faith
The Western Wall: The Epicenter of the Jewish People
Hall of Faithful Warriors
Israel’s Fight for Survival
To Be a Friend of God
God’s Walls of Protection
People of the Book

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