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Maimonides states that the popularity of Christianity (and Islam) is part of God’s plan to spread the ideals of Torah throughout the world. This moves society closer to a perfected state of morality and toward a greater understanding of God.
All this is in preparation for the Messianic age. Indeed, the world is in desperate need of Messianic redemption. War and pollution threaten our planet; ego and confusion damages family life. To the extent we are aware of the problems of society, is the extent we will yearn for redemption. As the Talmud says, one of the first questions a Jew is asked on Judgment Day is: “Did you yearn for the arrival of the Messiah?”
How can we hasten the coming of the Messiah? The best way is to love all humanity generously, to keep the Torah mitzvot as best we can, and to encourage others to do so as well. Despite the gloom, the world does seem headed toward redemption.
One apparent sign is that the Jewish people have returned to the Land of Israel and made it bloom again. Additionally, a major movement is afoot of young Jews returning to Torah tradition.
The Messiah can come at any moment, and it all depends on our actions. God is ready when we are. For as King David says: “Redemption will come today -- if you hearken to His voice.”
Many Jews believe, with Maimonides, that Christianity and Islam are part of God’s plan to spread Torah through the world. The Catechism of the Catholic Church § 674 teaches that the Messiah will come again only after the people Israel recognize Him as God’s Messiah:
Could it be that, in God’s providence, we both are right? The greatest command in all of the Torah is,
A Pharisee asked Jesus, Mt 22:36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” And [Jesus] said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”
God is preparing all of us for Jerusalem on High.
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