Is Neil Diamond a Christian?

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May 1, 2008 by: Rodney

Last night on American Idol Neil Diamond performed his new single “Pretty Amazing Grace” from the new project “Home Before Dark” due out next Tuesday. Well, today a lot of people are asking one question “Is Neil Diamond a Christian?” Neil Diamond was born into a Russian and Polish family and raised Jewish in New York City growing up in Brooklyn. Now, it’s not unheard of for people to convert from one to the other, but there’s been no news. Then again, that kinda thing is pretty private so…

If you missed last nights performance then check it out…

So, what do you think? And if you know anything, please, let us know… ’cause we’re curious too.

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80 Responses to “Is Neil Diamond a Christian?”
  1. Apostol Pappas says:

    A beautiful song from a beautiful man who is simply singing in spirit and in truth and his proclamation is bold and clear and non-speculative to anyone that would know the voice of the good Shephard.

  2. Len Viola says:

    If you’re familiar with his earlier songs, it is evident that he was searching for truth very early. Being Jewish, he was not exposed to the Gospel. However, I believe his song, “I Am I said” illustrates his search for G-d. In Exodus when Moses asked G-d Whom he should say sent him, G-d told him to tell them “I Am” sent him.

    The lyrics of the song suggest that Neil was crying out to G-d but the only response was silence. “I Am I said, to no one there, and no one heard at all not even the chair.”

    Also, the Jews are very careful not to take G-d’s name in vain. In the lyrics of his song, Neil says, “Well I’m not a man who likes to swear, but I never cared for the sound of being alone.” A Jew may well consider how he uses “I Am” in his song as taking G-d’s name in vain, although it is not the Hebrew for G-d’s name, it may be considered the English translation. (Most Jews will even spell G-d with a hyphen or underscore intead of the vowel, for the same reason.)

    Jesus said no one cometh unto the Father but by Me, so any effort to reach out to G-d that ignores Christ is fruitless, unless of course by the Grace of God it leads to Christ that they might know the Father.

    I sincerely hope that after so long a time, he has found the rest his soul has searched for for so long a time.

  3. Micah says:

    According to Judaic thinking, Jesus did not uphold the two primary elements of the Messiah and the messianic age: justice and peace. Injustice and corruption are still rampant today, long after he was crucified, are they not?

    Jesus also failed to fulfill the prophecy of world peace. We have not had world peace since his death, have we not? Where are our soldiers today? Not in this country, where they should be.

    A final note, the Second Commandment (Exodus 20:3-6): “You shall have no other gods beside Me.” Do Christian’s just ignore this? To worship the Trinity is said to be polythesitic, not monotheistic. Worshiping the Son, or the Holy Spirit, or the Virgin Mary (who was Egyptian), or Saints is worshiping something or someone other than G-d Himself. The Trinity is not one and the same. Jesus was a man, a rabbi. Jews worship only G-d and no one else, for no one else is worthy of Him.

    We believe Jesus was indeed a divine man, worthy of respect from the Jews, and that though he may have walked with G-d, he was not the Messiah.

  4. Micah says:

    My point being Neil is Jewish. He doesn’t need radical Christians hoping and praying that he has “found peace” or “found salvation” when they fail to accept the truth about Jesus. Christians believe only they are worthy and that everyone else who does not accept Jesus will go to hell. Wow, what a Holy thing to say to people of other religions. Doesn’t it bother you at the end of the day, that you actually damn people because their religion is not yours? Don’t bother telling me that because I’m Jewish, I’m going to hell, it’s not true. But I will say a prayer for you.

  5. Len Viola says:

    Micah,

    Perhaps you’re unfamiliar with bearing false witness? Your post is filled with deception. You haven’t even scratched the surface of the matter and I’m sure you know far less about Christianity than I do Judaism, just from the accusations in your post.

    I don’t have time to go into Messiah Ben Joseph and Messiah Ben David, but you know as well as I do that Jewish scholars don’t even understand just exactly what the Scriptures teach about Messiah. Consider the testimonoy of Isaiah 52, “So shall He sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at Him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.”

    Suffice to say, that when Messiah returns for His Bride, He will indeed bring peace – after all He is the Prince of Peace. He brought it the first time to those who would accept Him, the next time He will end the war against Himself, vanquishing His enemies and establishing an abiding peace and His eternal kingdom.

    As to what bothers me, it bothers me that the Jewish leaders in Jesus’s day deceived their own people about His resurrection; and it bothers me that there are Jews so blinded by their pride and so unfamiliar with their own Scriptures that they cannot recognize their Messiah. However, there are many Jews who have embraced Jesus Christ as their Messiah, and it doesn’t seem to bother Jews to suggest that they are damned. How about you? Does it bother you? Why not?

    Then perhps you understand my point whether you agree with it or not. However, some day all men shall know the Truth and those who embrace it in this life will be free indeed.

    I will also pray for you.

  6. Len Viola says:

    My point from my original post was that I believe Neil Diamond’s song, “I Am, I Said” illustrated that he had not found fulfillment in Judaism. I pointed out that his cry, the very title of the song, and the lyrics suggest that Judaism still left him empty and alone; and his efforts in vain. ie “I Am I said, to no one there and no one heard at all not even the chair. Leaving me lonely still”

    My point was also that the lyrics of the song clearly evidence the intent of the words “I AM”, I quote, “Well I’m not a man who likes to swear, but I never cared for the sound of being alone.” Can you find any curse words in the song? It’s obviously an allusion to a desecration of the Holy Name, and also an expression that it was not his intent to take it in vain – however he was crying out for Truth and spiritual fulfillment.

    Regarding Judaism, no one practices the Law today, not even the Orthodox Jews. There are no blood sacrifices.

    Jeremiah prophesied of a “new covenant” that G-d would make with His people, and not according to the covenant He’d made with their fathers, because their fathers did not continue in His covenant.

    Regarding Jesus as Messiah, and Judaic teachings, just who is David talking about in Psalm 22? One could hardly find a more apt description of a crucifixion and in fact even a picture or a movie would fall short of the effectiveness of the Psalm, since it expresses sensory images that cannot be depicted visually. However, the Psalm concludes, “A seed shall serve Him. They shall come a declare His righteousness to the people that shall be born, that He hath done this.”

    Isaiah 53:8 begins, “He shall be taken from prison and from judgment, and who shall declare His generation?” The answer is His Jewish followers who were persecuted by the leaders of their own people; and interestingly enough, the Genntiles who willingly accpeted Jesus Christ as Messiah (Devarim [Deuteronomy] 32:21 They have moved Me to jealousy with that which is not G-d; they have provoked Me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.”) Who is not a people? The Christian Church! They aren’t a nation; they aren’t a people, they are from all nations.

    If you read the remainder of the of Isaiah 53 it will tell you why there are no more Jewish sacrifices for sin, and how G-d provided the blood for the remission of sins, once for ever, and also for the consummation of the covenant that Jeremiah spoke about.

  7. Brudget says:

    I think Neil is singing about God, his Jewish and yes he believes in God, so do i.

  8. Bridget says:

    Bridget not Brudget sorry.

  9. Peter Bradshaw says:

    I believe that Neil Diamond has met his Messiah and should rightly be called a Messianic Lew

  10. Thetruth says:

    Don’t know if anyone has picked up on it yet but… Neil Diamond has previously released a CHRISTMAS album! I kid you not!
    Why would a Jew release a Christmas album?

    http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Album-Neil-Diamond/dp/B0000028R7

  11. jerr says:

    most people approaching that magic Biblical age of 70 or 80(stated, if one is healthy), start to reflect on their life and know the end is in sight. No one declares being righteous and is. No one declares to be a Christian and just is. The one called JOSHUA (if properly translated from the Hebrew to the English) declares HIS MERCY and upon WHOM HE will have MERCY. We are a dead race in ADAM. Dead (SPIRITUAL) means completely DEAD towards GOD. Have you ever heard the phrase ” DEAD MEN DON’T TALK “? Well, they don’t DECLARE CHRISTIANITY either. You have left out the ONLY MERCY GIVER and somehow resurrected your own life. If, Neil Diamond, has been shown that MERCY through the judgment taken in the separation, JOSHUA, took for him, he is a recipient of RENEWED LIFE.

  12. LJJ says:

    Wow, awesome discussion. Bottom line: If one hasn’t converted to Christianity, how can he/she speak as if to know what it is. I also have known Jews that have converted to Christianity. Every one of them did this after much study and after NOT being able to discount the fact that Jesus IS indeed the Messiah that the Jews are waiting for. The problem is that many don’t want to relate to a person who was whipped, beaten, etc. They just don’t understand that for the most powerful entity in the Universe (God) to show the ultimate love and sacrifice, there is no better way than to have done this through the suffering of His Son. If you haven’t gotten there spiritually, at least study the scriptures. It makes intellectual sense as well.

  13. Rickmeister says:

    “Don’t know if anyone has picked up on it yet but… Neil Diamond has previously released a CHRISTMAS album! I kid you not!
    Why would a Jew release a Christmas album?”

    You might ask that question of Barbra Streisand…definitely Jewish, NOT Christian…yet she has released a couple of Christmas albums!

  14. Barry in Australia says:

    Some of the submissions here have brought me to tears in the hope that Neil Diamond may have found his salvation in the Jewish Rabbi / carpenter who preached a gospel of good news and salvation through His amazing grace purchased on a lonely cross on a hill in Jerusalem, not really that long ago!

    He has hopefully found Shiloh, amazing, wonderful, maranatha, hallelujah, Amen!

  15. Oscoe63 says:

    I don’t know whether N.D. converted to Christianity (hey, he’s a musician: he can — and does — write about anything), but I do know this: 2,000 years is nothing but a blink of the eye to God.

    Peace and justice do not reign after the passion and resurrection of Jesus, but after every human being has truly put him in their heart and believed in the promise of his salvation. Those who do not, will be judged when he returns (as the good book has promised). This may take another 1,000 or 10,000 years, but to God it is mere seconds.

  16. Moe in Los Angeles says:

    Christians are so quick to discount other people’s beliefs. Christians cannot possibly be wrong. If you just took the time to study the Bible (not the King James version which is a very poor translation of the original Hebrew) pick a true translation or even better study the Hebrew text if you can, you would clearly conclude that Jesus does not meet any of the requirements the true Messiah will fulfill. For instance the Messiah has to be a direct descendant of King David on his Father’s side. If Jesus is the son of G-d as you claim, how can he descend from King David. There are dozens more. I know Christians will come up with a “creative” explanation to make it fit. You guys can take Jesus, I choose G-D.

  17. Mark Thompson says:

    Many Jews have released Christmas Albums. Its called money!!!

  18. Jenny says:

    I guess I am what you would call a Christian. I don’t attend church and I can’t quote the Bible, but I don’t judge or condemn people for having different religious beliefs from me. I believe it is up to the God I was brought up with, to make the final call on people. I figure if I live the straight and narrow and ask for the forgiveness of any sins I may make, I’m doing alright. I don’t figure you can ask for much more than that.

    Also keep in mind, a person on here by the name of Micah responded to this post. Neil has a child (a son I believe)named Micah.

  19. Chapetón says:

    A man that sings like him should be singing in heaven.

    Who cares if he is jewish, protestant, brhaman…. through his songs I am sure he is iluminated.

    It’s a shame he has had so much bad luck with the women he married.

  20. Chapetón says:

    He should be singing in heaven.

    His songs depict that he has reached illumination

  21. Dan Johansson says:

    How can you become something just because you are born into one family or another?
    What if he was born in a Hamburger restaurant would N.D be a hamburger?
    Faith has something to do with the spiritual rem and has nothing to do with the physical.
    Therefore to convert has to be that you first chosed one religion and later in life chosed another.
    If being a Jew means you are born to one then how can you ever convert to anything elese or what would it matter since you are a Jew anyway no matter what.
    If we measure things in centimeters then we can not suddenly change to inches just because we feel like it. would that be sensible? No

  22. Joshua says:

    Hello All,

    I’m going to try and stay strictly to what is Biblical, and everyone can make their own interpretation of that.

    Pretty Amazing Grace – a song title, and is themed much about the Grace of God, through Love, and so on.
    Romans 3:23-24 (English Standard Version)23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

    The Album is titled – “Home Before Dark”…what could this mean?
    Could this mean, coming to salvation before you die? Or coming to Christ before you die?

    So what is “The Dark”?
    John 3:19 (English Standard Version) And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.

    Ok, so if that’s what “The Dark” is, what is “home” or where is “home”?
    John 3:16 (English Standard Version) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

  23. Joshua says:

    Now…as for someone saying that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are three Gods AKA the Trinity, let’s start by examining a few things in the Old Testament.

    Ok…do we not see in the book of Job, it is talked about “God’s spirit”?
    Job 33:4 (English Standard Version) The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

    This Spirit of God, is the same “Holy Spirit” that Christians refer to today.

    Ok…now who is David talking about here?
    Psalms 110:1 (English Standard Version)A Psalm of David.
    The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”

    This makes me just go to the Gospel of John, everytime…there are many passages:
    John 1:1-3,14,17 (English Standard Version)1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

    Now, based on these passages, it would seem that we’ve determined the Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit, and Jesus is simply God in the flesh. So based on this, it’s not 3 God’s but One God!

  24. Mishneh says:

    Len Viola,
    I find your words hurtful. You say that Jews are ignorant, for you are ignorant. You say Jews will never find peace, and not only Jews, but everyone who is not Christian. Don’t you believe YHWH, or Jesus, or whoever, would like free thought and interpretation of scriptures, wait, that is the point of the gospels and Talmud. I am a rabbi, so I am sure I know more than you. Jews have made sense of our scriptures, and if we haven’t, Christianity would not exist because they would not have the sense of a messiah. Also, have you heard of the Talmud. The Talmud actually explains the messiah and what he is. Micah is totally and absolutely correct about the polytheism. Although, we are being distracted from the Neil Diamond argument. Fact of the matter is that he was born into a Jewish family of Russian and Polish descent.

  25. John Reilly says:

    Neil is a Jew for Jesus. Jews that recognize Jesus is Lord and Savior. Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 53:6. God bless you all and may your hearts be filled with peace.

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