Give a Jew a compliment and he’ll say, “Tell me more.” Give a genuine Christian a compliment and he’ll say, “Oh no, no, no, I’m a big sinner.”
Here’s a true story from the classroom. A non-Jewish student tells the teacher, “I hope I don’t embarrass you.” The Jewish teacher and the rest of the room girds for something rude and inappropriate, but the goy proceeds to lavish praise upon the teacher.
“Why would that embarrass me?” says the teacher, thoroughly mystified. “Tell me more.”
“That’s because you’re Jewish,” I explain to the teacher.
Most Jews I know feel good about themselves. The more religious the Jew, in my experience, the more likely he is to feel good about himself. By contrast, the more religious the Christian, the more he’s likely to think of himself as a sinner.
Christians get religious welfare. They get salvation through faith. When you’re given stuff, when you don’t earn your way, you feel like crap. Jews earn their way. They have genuine self-esteem.
Do you think God is happy with you? I think God is happy with the way I’ve been living the past couple of years. I’m an Orthodox Jew. I have a program. I do it. Ergo, God is happy with me.