Lever: Is Judaism designed for proselytizing and spreading its beliefs to others?
What if Jews had been more active in preaching to others throughout history? Or is it better to have Judaism the way it is now, without preaching to others?
Answers and Views:
Answer by No Chance without a Big Cat
No, Jews are not in the habit of “recruiting” for their beliefs.
That’s one reason why I respect them more than certain Christian groups.
No they are not into that. To the contrary, they are using Judaism as a factor which legitimately distinguishes them from the rest of the world, with being Jewish automatically granting them rights that others do not have and deeming them entitled to do things others cannot do. (their grounds for being the privileged minority)
It’s a way to unite around a declarable cause, however irrational it is, so that they can network in financial matters, law and all econo-political stuff one could think of.
Jews have always displayed this self-biased attitude and Karl Marx as a Jew, considered the Jewish question as one rooted in economic(a better choice of word would be capitalist) concerns than what Jews made it look like, that is, a religious&racial one (and always attaching the concept of freedom to them, regardless of its relevance).
I agree with this analysis.
I liked your question a lot. Since I agree with Karl Marx, based on what I’d written above, I think it’s better not having any religion. Then every political agenda will no more have some cover under which to operate and people will start to think, actually.Answer by Rik
Judaism doesn’t believe in recruitment. It’s against any forms of encouragement or influencing others to convert. Even when a gentile tries to convert rabbi’s do everything in their power to discourage possible converts (they are obligated to do so according to Jewish law).
Judaism is the only religion in the world that does believes in heaven for people who don’t share Jewish believes. You don’t have to be Jewish to be a good/moral/ethical human being, and you can achieve heaven without being Jewish. Judaism believes that if a gentile keeps seven basic laws he will defiantly achieve heaven.
Here they are
1. Do not murder.
2. Do not steal.
3. Do not worship false gods.
4. Do not be sexually immoral.
5. Do not eat a limb removed from a live animal.
6. Do not curse God.
7. Set up courts and bring offenders to justice.