Lynn McCoy from Washington, DC reports, “Carly told me how dissatisfied she’d been with her nominally Christian upbringing. In fact, she was put off by anti-Semitic remarks that she heard from supposed Christians. So she decided to visit a synagogue, where she immediately felt at home. She converted to Reform Judaism six years ago, and her husband followed soon after.
She converted to Judaism even though Jesus had communicated with her in a real way
“However, before Carly converted, she had a supernatural experience. She told God that she wanted to have a conversation with Jesus—and found herself unexpectedly surrounded by light. For a moment, she thought she was dying. The experience was warm, peaceful, and while there were no words, she felt that Jesus had communicated with her in a very real way. She is in the medical profession and has a scientific background, but she could never explain or forget that experience, though it did not prevent her from leaving the church.
“Carly became steeped in her new religion. Even though she had joined a Reform synagogue where much of the service was in English, she learned Hebrew. But though she loved the culture and the community, six years later, she began to wonder. She found that certain Jewish prayers that talk about Messianic promises seemed to be pointing to Jesus. She felt conflicted, but as the summer of 2018 was drawing to a close, she began exploring the possibility of being Jewish and believing in Jesus. She found our website and left her contact information via LiveChat.
Six years later, she couldn’t stop thinking about Jesus
“I received her info and contacted her the same day. We talked for about two hours as she shared her story. We began meeting by Skype to study the Scriptures. Carly realized that her modern Jewish translation was not in sync with older, Orthodox versions. In fact, the Scripture we know as Isaiah 9:6 was not even in her Bible.
“By the third week, we were looking at Isaiah 52–53, and Carly noticed that in addition to more translation inconsistencies, this portion of Scripture is nowhere in the parsha (weekly Scripture readings). When she mentioned this in a study group at her synagogue, she ‘got a lot of weird looks.’ Carly realized she was beginning to see certain things very differently from the rest of her community. Isaiah seemed to be pointing so clearly to Jesus.
New Life in the New Year
“On our fourth visit, just after Rosh Hashanah, we talked about the Jewish tradition concerning the Book of Life. I explained that the book of Revelation talks about the Lamb’s Book of Life, and how those written in that book have peace and a place with God forever.
“Carly asked me, ‘What do I do now?’ We do not believe in pressuring people, so I said, ‘What do you want to do?’ Carly told me that she wanted this new life with Jesus, and so we prayed together.”
Names are changed to protect privacy.