I could not have said it better, Kester. Many do not understand the 'burden' they themselves chose to carry. It was, and for most people still is, a very heavy burden. This is why, when liberty came, the elite rejected it and millions of others accepted it; because they had convinced themselves they were chosen to carry on the tradition of sin and death. I say tradition, in every sense of the word...
= - = What is the OP referring to when he says "Chosen"
We might pour a box of raisins into a bowl and pick one up between our fingers then eat it. We chose that one. There wasn't anything in particular special about that one and yet we "Chose" that one to eat.
My understanding is that God Chose this particular group of people in much the same manner. He chose them to bestow his blessings upon as an example for the rest of humanity. Had these people not fallen out of covenant, Humanity would have learned a different lesson. But sense they did fall out of covenant we have learned many different lessons. In many instances in life, being the one "Chosen" is not such a good thing.
From those who are given much, much is expected.
To be chosen to be made an example of is not necessarily a good thing.
Everything has at least two meanings; depending upon our perspective.
Yes and No. I don't think God is prejudice your not going to only get into Heaven if your a Jew and your not going to get into Heaven only if your a Christian. The Bible says its believing in Jesus that gets people into Heaven. The Jewish religion obviously doesn't believe that. God did choose them because of Abraham's faith in Jehovah. Abraham ethnically wasn't a Jew. However further precedence over other people was predicated on the acceptance and faith in the coming Messiah.
This question is interesting since my Grandparents have Jewish ancestors from Germany but became Methodist - then Baptist and are now Pentecostal. I don't think we fall in the chosen category though.
Certainly, within the history or within the culture/tradition, it means something entirely different. But, again, that could apply to any and all other cultures/traditions.
However, among the many chosen, I do find the Hebrews less of Ego and more -if the word applies- chivalrous and dutiful, to the carrying of the torch, versus more ego driven sand-rats, carrying biochemical backpacks.
Not sure what you mean by this. Judaism is the approach Jews use, and Jews do not claim it's a universal ethos/behavior that should be adopted by everyone. At the same time, it's always been possible to convert to Judaism, although sometimes Christian and Muslim rulers have forbidden it.
It is funny why people do not understand why it was written that way. 1st who owns the scripture in which it was written that Jews are the chosen people? Ans: Jews. so what do you expect? The point is that people had/have various Gods then, its just recently that the teachings started to change in an effort to spread Christainty, that we have one God. Men of old thought differently. From my own personal Experience, my ancestors and us are the chosen people by God, their God, so we are all chosen people.
Some just need to attack others beliefs and intentions.
Once again some are so busy calling every kettle black that they need to point the finger away from themselves over and over again to make their point, no matter what that point is. Livelonger's beliefs are ridiculous and Im so angry. Both of those statements could not be farther from the truth!
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