Her comment got me thinking, and here's where that dangerous process led....
Let’s crack open the Chambers dictionary to see how it defines monotheism, as follows:
Mon’o-the-ism: n. the belief in only one God.
So far so good. Now, let’s see how that same dictionary defines xtianity:
Kris-ti-an’i-ti: the religion of christ.
Hmmm. Can you see the problem here? Let’s go back to the dictionary, to see how they define krist:
Krist: n. the anointed, a name given to jesus.
God: n. the Supreme Being of monotheist religions.
I know this can be hard to follow, so let’s spell out where we’ve got to far, simply using the definitions of these words found in pretty much any dictionary you care to mention in the Western world:
MONOTHEISM means that you believe in only one God.
GOD refers to the ‘Supreme Being’ (or what I’d prefer to call the Creator of the world) of monotheist religions.
KRISTIANITI is the religion of krist (not God…).
And in case you’re confused that ‘krist’ is somehow meant to be referring to the Creator of the world, the Chambers dictionary makes is abundantly clear that:
KRIST is the name given to yoshki.
Are we clear so far? To make this bit even clearer, even just going by the definitions in my dictionary, kristianiti doesn’t count as a monotheistic religion.
But there’s more!
Part of the reason that xtianity has had so much of the world - and so many Jews - fooled for so long that it’s a monotheistic religion is because it’s peddled a definition of monotheism that basically says Hashem is the top of the pole - but there are a bunch of other ‘supernatural’ guys in the picture, too.
Like krist, like ‘the holy spirit’ (whatever the heck that’s meant to be - it’s defined as ‘the third person of the Kristian trinity’ in my dictionary) and of course, like the big bad guy himself, Satan.
Really? All these ‘smaller guys’ are part of the hidden Kristian pantheon of ‘demi-gods’ who they believe are also acting in the world, and who even wield some sort of control over or present some sort of danger to the Almighty himself.
All this flies completely in the face of the true, Jewish definition of monotheism, which isn’t just that there’s one 'big' God and then a bunch of other little guys.
You can define Jewish monotheism like this:
It’s not that there’s only one actual Hashem, and then a bunch of ‘lesser’ supernatural pseudo ‘gods’ acting in the world.
God is all there is. Full stop.
God is behind absolutely everyone, and everything, both the good and the seemingly bad.
That’s why kristianity flies so much in the face of true, Jewishly-defined monotheism. They even tried to chop the Creator of the world into three parts, never mind excluding everything and everyone else from God’s dominion!
As such, kristianity is probably the most ‘anti-emuna’ religion out there, for all that it likes to bang on so much about belief and faith.
Again, I know these are very muddy, murky waters, and that so many Jews have floundered into them precisely because they’re using a Kristian definition of monotheism instead of the authentic Jewish one.
So let’s just remind ourselves of the three rules of emuna, to ensure we’re planted on a very firm, authentically Jewish foundation, when it comes to discussing questions of faith:
RULE 1: EIN OD MILVADO! God is all there is. Full stop.
RULE 2: EVERYTHING GOD DOES IS ULTIMATELY FOR OUR GOOD - even if we can’t see that or understand it, with our limited ‘this world’ vision.
RULE 3: GOD IS HIDING MESSAGES IN ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING THAT WE EXPERIENCE IN THE WORLD - about what we need to work on, fix, acknowledge, change and make teshuva about.
Kristianity falls at the very first hurdle, the very first rule of true emuna.
To put this at its bluntest: kristianity is out and out idol-worship and a pagan belief system that’s masquerading as ‘monotheism’.
The most sincere, truth-seeking, genuinely God-fearing ‘kristians’ eventually figure all of this out for themselves, and then they leave kristianity behind. These individuals are to be applauded, as each person that chooses to serve God instead of yoshki is making an enormous difference to the spiritual balance of the planet.
But the ones who don’t leave kristianity - and the Jews who continue to insist, loudly, that kristianity is ‘monotheistic’ and that there’s nothing wrong with it - are actually choosing to serve yoshki instead of God.
And I really don’t envy those individuals at all.