Why do Christians ask why Jews don't believe in Jesus?

Why don't Jews believe in Jesus? I get asked this question all the time. In many ways it is the one question that has convinced me of the need for this website. I assume we will come back to this many times, but for now the short answer:

1. The first part of the answer is the easiest to write but probably the hardest for a Christian to accept. He will probably say "There Has to Be More". The answer is simply that factually, Jesus is not an item in the Jewish faith. Thus Christian's don't believe in the Buddha because they are not Buddists and Jews don't believe in Jesus because they are not Christian.

2. The second part of the answer is that of record - the answer that people generally realize. Also the part that gets people worked up. We will calmly not get worked up though. This part of the answer is that, according to our records, there was no man Jesus who became the messiah and brought the messianic age. Our only record of this event is the record that Christians claim it to be so.

They also claim, among other things, that he was the king of Israel. The problem with that is our records show no king by that name, and we have a complete record on that point. Our records also show that the Messianic era never occurred.

Here we get into issues of a second coming. However, by Jewish definitions, a Messiah is the person who actually brings the Messianic age. If, for argument's sake there WAS a second coming, the person involved would not be the Messiah until then. In the interim, he would be a normal person.

Afterwards he would STILL be a normal person - but with a title. Since the Christian record refers to Jesus as something other than a normal person, by definition he is NOT the Messiah - at least according to Judaism. Christianity obviously takes a different approach.

3. The third part of the answer is that of theory. This is the hardest for me to explain as I am working very much from second-hand information about Christian theory. Hopefully, though it will be less agitating than point 2 above. If I understand it correctly - and I may not - Christian theory makes a lot of claims for Jesus in terms of the roles he fills and in terms of his being a physical incarnation of God.

While Christianity is certainly entitled to believe this, it must be understood that Jewish theory has it that none of these things are possible. God cannot take a physical form and men of history cannot wear multiple historical hats. Thus, if I understand what I've been told correctly, Christian theory has Jesus kind of repeating the forefathers, prophets, etc., foreshadowing his rise to Godhood and Messiah. That is too many roles for one person. Each person in the old testament did a job uniquely his, never to be repeated. Therefore the inclusion of it all in one new person is not consistent with Jewish theory.

The reasons stated above create a big communication problem, which it took me years to understand. Apparently, part if Christian theology has it that Jews recognize Jesus as an incarnation of God - or, at least, did - and ignore him anyway. However, I promise you, we really don't and never did believe that.

A quick summary of the reasons why not are:

A. We have no record of it.
B. Jewish theory says it can't be so.
C. The theological logic of it escapes us. Judaism doesn't understand why you would WANT a Christ. Why give up a direct relationship with one's creator in favor of a monkey in the middle? Why give up a relationship with a parent in which the parent actually expects things of you in favor of a non-relationship with a parent in which you are free to do whatever you want so long as you take your issues to someone else?

To turn it around let me ask my Christian friends this: Why do Christians ask why Jews don't believe in Jesus? Why would any religion believe in the icons of some other religion over those of its own?