Only for the Jews?!

In class today, the idea was presented that, according to Jesus, salvation was only for the Jews. This is another one of those desperate attempts to show how different the teachings of Jesus are from the teachings of Paul. A cursory reading of the Gospels, however, is enough to know that Jesus had many dealings with Gentiles, where He not only dined and talked with them, but in many cases, He told them that their sins were forgiven or that their faith has saved them. Two notable examples are the Samaritan woman at the well and the Gentile woman spoken of in Matthew 15:21-28, where Jesus mentions casting children’s bread to little dogs. There was also a case where Jesus describes a Roman centurion’s faith as such as has never been seen. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, and the Gentiles, at this time, generally seemed to fit that description.

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