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Although this very sensitive subject has been addressed by hundreds of thousands of articles over the last 1750 years based on theological, philosophical, and other points of view, not once have I encountered⏤during my extensive research in the previous 30 years⏤any that tackled it from outside the box.
In a Voice of a Nation talk show with Malcolm, he broached the subject of Jew-hatred. Malcolm asked me, “Why do you think Jews are so hated in the world?” To which I pointed out that in reality, only two groups of people hate Jews: Christians (2.38 billion – excluding some Evangelicals) and Muslims (1.9 billion) based entirely upon their theologies or interpretations thereof.
No other groups hate Jews: Not Buddhists (600,000,000), Hindus (1.30 billion), others (1.60 billion).
Let me put my concise conclusion at the very beginning and then prove it:
“It is morally and theologically impossible to be both, a true follower of Jesus, and a Jew-hater at the same time.”
To explore this issue, I must share with readers the actual definitions of concepts and words that are addressed in this article, based entirely upon the scriptures of both the Jews and Christians.
Messiah: Mashiach המשיח – First and foremost, the concept of the Messiah is based entirely on Jewish eschatology; from Hebrew Mashiach/ משיח (meaning an anointed person with holy oil).
According to Jewish belief, the Mashiach (Messiah) will not only be a great political leader descended from King David (Jeremiah 23:5); he is often referred to as “Mashiach ben David” (Mashiach, son of David); who will be well-versed in Jewish law, and observant of its commandments (Isaiah 11:2-5). He will be a charismatic leader, inspiring others to follow his example. He will be a great military leader who will win battles for Israel. He will be a great judge who makes righteous decisions (Jeremiah 33:15).
But above all, he will be a human being, not a god, demi-god, or other supernatural beings.
In a nutshell, the concept of Messianism originated in Judaism as the hope for savior and liberator figure in Jewish Eschatology as well as the redeemer of the Jewish people.
The Jewish Messiah was to come and liberate Israel from oppression. There is NO Second Coming. Therefore, from a purely Jewish theological point of view, Jesus was not the one.
Moshiaa: מוֹשִׁיעַ (Saviour) Most Christian scripture wrongly translate Mashiach המשיח (Anointed) to Moshiaa מוֹשִׁיעַ (Saviour) because although they sound the same to a none Hebrew speaker, they actually have completely different meanings, especially since their Hebrew letters are not the same.
The Hebrew word “Mashiach” comes from the root Mem-Shin-Chet, which means to paint, smear, or anoint. The word “Moshiaa” comes from the root Yod-Shin-Ayin, which means to help or save. Thus, the only letter these roots have in common is Shin, the most common letter in the Hebrew language.
Although the Gospels (written 50 to 90 years after Jesus was dead and resurrected) by authors who were not contemporaneous with Jesus, all three of the Synoptic Gospels (Mathew, Mark & Luke) assert the following:
Gospels – not one of them, either condemns or accuses Judah Iscariot or his fellow Jews for his crucifixion. The following sayings are not in order of a timeline.
The first: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34
The second “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43
The third “Jesus said to his mother: “woman, this is your son.” Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.” John 19:26-27
The fourth, “I thirst.” John 19:28
The fifth: When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “it is finished,” and he bowed his head and handed over the spirit. John 19:30
The sixth: Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Luke 23:46
The seventh: When Jesus was dying on the cross, He cried out, “Eli, Eli, Lama, Sabachthani,” which translated means, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Matt. 27:46 taken literally from Psalm 22.2.
As relevant as all the above, the most astounding common denominator in every single Gospel is that they point out that every event that happened in the life of Jesus from birth to death, was already prophesied in the Hebrew Bible, either in Psalms and or Prophets.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is of extreme importance that you reflect upon this common denominator, because its implication is paramount to the subject of systemic Christian Jew-hatred that has been relentless and continues as you are reading this essay.
The Nazi Holocaust or the “Final Solution” was the logical culmination of Christian theologians’ (Catholic, Protestant, and others) incitement against Jews for either accusing all Jews for all time for the crucifixion of Jesus and or for refusing to accept Christianity.
The most important event that divided the early ‘Jews for Jesus’ from the later none Jews who accepted Paul’s version of Christianity, occurred when Paul met James, Jesus’ older brother in Jerusalem in 50 AD.
Humanity has only the Pauline version of the events, not the Jewish ones, yet there were vast and fundamental differences in their application to convert gentiles.
The Council of Jerusalem or the Apostolic Council was held in Jerusalem around AD 50.
The primary issue which was addressed related to the requirement of circumcision, as the author of Acts relates, but other important matters arose as well, as the Apostolic Decree indicates.
The dispute was between those, such as the followers of the “Pillars of the Church,” led by James, who believed, following his interpretation of the Great Commission, that the church must observe the Torah, i.e., the rules of traditional Judaism, and Paul the Apostle, who believed there was no such necessity.
The Gospel of Thomas, discovered at Nag Hammadi in 1945, tells us the following:
The disciples said to Jesus, “We know you will leave us. Who is going to be our leader then?” Jesus said to them, “No matter where you go, you are to go to James the Just, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being.” [Saying 12]
Matthew 5:17–18 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.”
Mathew 10:5/6 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.6 but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep.7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’
Mathew 15:22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
Mathew 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
Mathew 17:22 As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands, 23and they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised.’ And they were greatly distressed.
Mathew 20:17 While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, 18 ‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; 19then they will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and on the third day he will be raised.’
Exodus 4:22 Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son, 23 and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go, so I will kill your firstborn son.”
Based upon all the above verses, it should be crystal clear that the Christian church after 70 AD is not as Jesus envisaged it to be since, without circumcision and observing the Shabbath and the Commandments, it had become completely Pauline.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
According to the New Testament, only in the case of Jesus, from birth till death, was there divine predestination.
To most Christians, Judas is seen as a traitor, the disciple who betrayed Jesus to the Romans for 30 pieces of silver. But the restored papyrus document of the Gospel of Judas, dating to the 2nd century AD, portrays a very different persona.
Judas is actually in a totally revised relationship to Jesus. He is Jesus’ favorite disciple — he is the person who enables Jesus to reach the heavens, and he himself is a star in the sky, according to the words of Jesus. Judas is shown as Jesus’ best friend, asked by Jesus himself to betray his identity to fulfill the prophecy and liberate his soul to ascend to heaven.
He’s the person who is asked to make the ultimate sacrifice, and that sacrifice is to martyr the life of Jesus in order that Jesus fulfills his mission — to die and to release that inner spark within himself and therefore enables Jesus to attain eternity and immortality.
Since every single event that transpired in Jesus’ lifetime was predetermined by God, no human agency could have changed an iota of what was going to happen.
Therefore, neither Judas Iscariot nor the Jews or the Romans were or are guilty for his crucifixion, since they did not have the free will to do anything to affect what was divinely preordained.
Another item why Jew-hatred by Christians and Muslims is absurd for the following facts: Jews do not proselytize; they have always been and still are numerically insignificant, they never were or are a threat to either religion, politically, militarily, socially, or economically.
It looks like – from another point of view – their hatred is subliminal due to the fact that no matter how much Jews have been severely persecuted by both groups, even upon pain of death, they refuse to leave their religion. Simply put, Jews are hated because they exist as a testament to the original divine message.
Most important of all, what totally escapes the intellect and morality of Christian Jew-haters is the most fundamental concept upon which Christianity either stands or falls:
Had Jesus not died on the cross, followed by his resurrection, there would have been NO Christianity.
Hence, based upon all the above – I can add many more proofs if needed – I ask once again if systemic Christian Jew-hatred is rational, moral, or justifiable?
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