There is a unique relationship between Christianity and Judaism. Jesus was a Jew who never rejected Judaism though he had some strong criticisms of the leaders of organized Judaism in his day. The same can be said of the Apostle Paul. Indeed, for several decades after the crucifixion, the Jesus movement can be seen as a reform movement within Judaism.
It is not at all clear that Jesus saw his mission as involving the establishment of a new religion. Rather, like the prophets before him, his task was to encourage others in following the way and the will of God, repairing the world, and relating with love, mercy and justice to one’s fellow human beings. Read more ….