As for the most offensive thing Jesus ever said, I always thought it was him claiming to be the Mašíaḥ. And this is what most Jews couldn't accept for many obvious reasons.
I was trying to think of things other than that basis tenet. But I should have just said that. I sort of didn't want to offend her, though. Maybe I worry about that too much. She's nice, maybe I'll talk it over with her.
modern Orthodoxy is proud of it's Pharasaic forebears.
Interestingly, the Sermon on the Mount begins "Our Father, who art in Heaven," which to my ears sounds remarkably like Avinu shebashemayim...
John 14:6: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me."
And, RebKatz, I also wasn't sure what claims the Biblical
Jesus (as opposed to the historical Jesus, who wasn't the Jesus under discussion here) made for himself, so I did a little research:
John 4:25-26 (New International Version, ©2010):
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
Mark 14:61-62 (New International Version, ©2010):
61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
John 10:24-38 (New International Version, ©2010):
24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[a]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
IMHO, virgin birth, resurrection, etc. are just red herrings. I always say, yes, God can perform miracles, no question, but these miracles, even if they DID happen, which we of course do not believe, are not the point. Trinity, also, whatever, we ourselves have the Shechinah.
What is the big problem? There are 2.
No. 1 I don't have New Testament sources for, unfortunately. It is the doctrine that Jesus was simultaneously 100% human and 100% divine. It was probably developed by the Church Fathers, anyway, not the NT. Present-day liberal Christianity downplays this. But it is _the_ central paradox of Christianity. You're supposed to meditate on it. I always explain to people that we are very insistent on God not having a body or anything definite attached to God. That is what makes being a Christian totally impossible for us. I always say that the Burning Bush is as close as we get to direct encounter, and even then, we're noting chiefly the negative, that the bush was not consumed.
Paul was the other big problem. Obviously he had a major anti-rabbinic agenda. See Galatians 3:24-25:
"[T]he law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster."
That ALSO is not the problem. The problem is that per Paul Jewish identity itself, observant or not, is totally obsolete. One of the core texts of Christianity comes in 3:28:
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."
It's a shame that so many evangelical Christians act in a non-Christlike way. I have several highly educated fundamentalist friends and it IS possible to agree to disagree--we each think that the other is sadly mistaken, but with good and Godly intentions.
Even so, it's a tricky conversation to have...