During last night’s Rosh Hashanah service, the Rabbi, in his sermon, referred to Paul saying that Jesus did away with the law. A common view surely, but the reality is certainly not so cut and dried.
When we are not insiders, shouldn’t we all be very careful, even in our own minds, not to claim knowledge of someone else’s religion? Even serious scholars, from the outside or the inside, can’t know about the religions of others or perhaps even their own.
To represent the religions of others from the pulpit is inappropriate:
- It is disturbing to non-members attending the service who are offended by misrepresentation of their beliefs.
- Worse! It misinforms and reinforces prejudices of the congregants!