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THE JEWISH FAITH.

{To the Editor.)

Sir, — " Friend of Israel" is to be commeuded for tbe faithful and excellent spirit he he has displayed thrjughout the 'Jewish controversy," and we are bound iv fairue-s to accept his assurance, that he has been actuated by the best of motives. Nor can I see anything in his letters calculated to give tbe slightest offence to our Jewish friends. Unless a temperate exhibition of what appears to be a serious hcongruity in one of their religious ceremoniei is viewed in this light. If this is ho, I am sorry, not that the "Friend" wrote, but that our brethren should, in a matter of auch importance, be unwilling to permit or invite the: fullest investigation, and herciu there may be a distinction, but not nesessarily between them and the Christian, for the latter is commanded '" To preach the gospel to every creature ;" •\to contend earnes ly for the faith ; " "to be ready always to give an answer to every man that askethhim a reason of tbe nope that is in him, with meakness and tear." The reason adduced being—" That God will have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth." Nor must he be deterred by taunts, sneers, or invective, the mission being one of mercy and benevolence. The prevailing conventional polite indifference, which will let my neighbor perish without an tffjrt, undir the specious bnt false plea of toleranca or liberality, must be ignored as disobedience, and subversion of God's command and design. \ Concisely stated, "iS, Friend of Israel" contends that the Jew feannot, according to the Mosaic law which he professes, legally keep, A " Day of' Atonement " without the necessary specified adjuncts, namely a Tabernacle or Temple, a tiigh Priest, and Sacrifices. The law in this rite is arbitrary and admits of neither modification or alteration. Ttiere can therefore be no " Atonement " acceptable to God without blood. '♦ For it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul." — Leviticus-17-11. If then an "Atonement" be necessary for l^ the remission of sin, and the Jew professes that it is, it must be an " Atonement of God's prescribing and no other, otherwise sin cannot be remitted. That the atoning rite was typical, is, I think, recognised by the Jew as well as the Christian, and that it pointed on to a better and more perfect sacrifice to " Him " whom Isaiah predicted should be "Wounded for our transgessions, and bruised for our iniquities." The Christian's hope of salvation rests upon this great anti-typical '"Atonement" made on (Jalvary ; and he firmly believes that apart from it, there is no salvation for either Jew or Gentile. And here I may mention (subject to correction) a significant circumstance, that since about the time that Christ suffered, no sacrifices have been offered by the Jews, so that unconsciously they have given effect to the Apostolic averment that " there is no more sacrifice for sin."

The scriptural position taken up by a " Friend of Israel " has never been assailed by any of the numerous correspondents who have replied to him, and the fjuestion is of too vital import to be affected by loose opinions or speculative theories. I am &c, D. W. Vibtub. 'Hokitika, October 15.

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THE JEWISH FAITH., West Coast Times, Issue 4744, 16 October 1884

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THE JEWISH FAITH. West Coast Times, Issue 4744, 16 October 1884

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