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For a Christian, Jesus is the unique and only way that God has fully revealed himself. For a Jew this cannot be.
I have begun to sympathetically understand Paul, though I don't like him much.
I thought of such Christian inventions as the ghetto and the Jewish badge of shame. The Nazis didn't have to go very far to pick up their know-how.
The secular world is more spiritual than it thinks, just as the ecclesiastical world is more materialist than it cares to acknowledge.
Because of my Marxism, I was not into myths or miracles, whether it was the virgin birth, the physical resurrection or casting out demons from an epileptic.
What would I have done if I'd been put to the test? Would I have risked my own life for people I hardly knew? Probably, I would have looked the other way at best or become another apologist for evil at worst.
I literally fell among Quakers when I went up to Oxford.
For a devotee or lover, the being, worshipped or loved, will always be the only one for her or him.
I began to see that my problems, seen spiritually, were really my soul's plusses.
It was admitted by the early rabbis that the sectarians could be as full of good works as eggs were full of meat.
I have ended as a Reform Rabbi, grateful to Christianity for so many good things.
I recovered my infant Judaism, but in a reformist version.
I still go to a Christian priory for retreats.
I was certainly open for something being on the edge of a nervous breakdown, perplexed by my own sexuality. I was gay.
I was not comfortable worshipping another Jew.
In speaking of Jesus, I must speak about Christianity because I do not think it possible or profitable to divide the two.
It's more fun to watch without joining in.
So many plusses, so many minuses.
Someone gave me a New Testament. I had never before read it systematically. Some parts made sense, some parts shocked me.
The Christian use of religion as a personal love affair both shocked me, and attracted me.
On the way to work good-hearted young girls sometimes offer me their seats, which I accept and bless them in return, a transaction satisfying to all concerned.
I found that when I did something for the sake of heaven, heaven happened. These things changed my life. I owe them to my encounter with Christianity.
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