Op-Ed: Jews Killed Nobody
Gil SolomonThe writer is a retired finance manager and author.
With the erection of a replica of Israel’s security barrier wall at a London Church, when a Holland based Roman Catholic Church Association television station airs a video clip titled "Jews kill Jesus", when a Sydney based Anglican priest, in one of his recent sermons states that “Jews killed Jesus” I say enough is enough.
The time has come for a full frontal assault aimed at the portion of the Christian gospels that spawned anti-Semitism.
The unbridled persecution of Jews throughout the centuries should have taught us that in order to legitimize that part of the gospels, Christianity needs to perpetuate the old deception that characterizes Jews as the eternal scapegoats.
I find it unfortunate that I need to respond in the manner I do, but rest assured this dialogue needs to take place. A tidal wave of anti-Semitism is currently engulfing the world and the past docile, politically correct and ill-informed posture of world Jewry has been proven to be an abysmal failure.
To address the issue of anti -Semitism head on, I offer the following.
The Republic of Rome 2,000 years ago would never have tolerated anyone in its midst being proclaimed as the Messiah or King of the Jews. Simply put, under Roman law, calls for a monarchy within the Republic would have been a treasonable offence punishable by death.
It was not an issue for the Sanhedrin, as Christian theology would want us to believe.
The birth of anti-Semitism is no doubt a result of the Christian narrative of the actions of Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor at the time. Christianity teaches that at Passover there was a Roman custom whereby one prisoner scheduled for crucifixion would be pardoned. This same narrative goes on to say that when given the choice of whom to free, the Jewish mob cried out for Barabbas.
Then followed the hand washing scene where Pontius Pilate freed Barabbas and exonerated himself for the death of the Christ (literally the "anointed one") - and so planted the roots of anti-Semitism, spread so successfully by the Church down the centuries to the present day.
Unfortunately, according the writings of the noted Roman historian Josephus, there was never any Roman custom to pardon anyone scheduled for crucifixion. If this is so, then the whole story is a myth fabricated by the early Church to blame someone (but not the Roman authorities) for the death of their Christ. Who better to blame than Jews?
I offer the following for the benefit of those Jews who find themselves engaged in theological debate, subjected to anti-Semitic vilification - or Evangelical Christian attempts to convert them to Christianity.
Another reason is to be sure that never again do we have the spectacle - as reported some years back - where a guide at the Sydney Holocaust Museum was asked "Why don't Jews just accept Jesus?" (implying the horror of the Holocaust would never have taken place if Jews would only have forsaken the Torah for the New Testament). According to news reports, the guide's only response was to stand there totally bewildered and unable to answer. Hopefully the following, if absorbed, will ensure this deplorable episode will never occur again.
The Psalms were Jewish and written before the birth of Christianity. All references to "Lord" were to the Lord God of Israel. Christian clergy often quote from the Psalms and the average Christian thinks the references to "Lord" (e.g. Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd") refer to Jesus. No Christian clergy to my knowledge has ever seen fit to enlighten his flock. So the propaganda goes on and on from one generation to the other. Even the regularly quoted: "The meek shall inherit the earth" often quoted by Christians as a profound and original statement by their Saviour is nothing more than his quoting from the Psalms (Psalm 37 Verse 11).
The gospels state that Jesus said "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". However, this is not original. It is a slight alteration of the Talmud's words which state: "Do not do unto others as you would not want them to do unto you."
Before entering into any religious dialogue, all Jews need to be aware of the following five inconsistencies related to the gospels.
1. Jews gave the world through the Torah the concept of the Messiah and the Christian idea of divinity taking human form is considered idolatrous by the Torah.
2. When the Messiah arrives there is supposed to be peace on earth. As there has been no peace for over 2,000 years, the early Christian Church developed the concept of the "Second Coming". That is, Jesus will come again and fix what he didn't do the first time, that is, bring peace. There is nothing in the Biblical prophecy of the Torah that someone will turn up and fail but will have a second chance to come and get it right.
3. Jews wherever possible bury their dead before Shabbat, so when Christ's followers (all Jews at the time) appealed to the Romans to have him brought down for burial before sunset, the New Testament states that to make sure he was dead, "the centurion speared him in the side and out gushed blood & water". The interesting word here is "gushed". This word implies that the heart was pumping. If this is so, he was alive. If someone was in fact crucified during the day and brought down alive before sunset, it is more than likely he could have recovered sufficiently from this ordeal within 3 days in order to make an appearance. This in my mind should cast grave doubts in respect to the entire concept of the resurrection, a fundamental tenet of Christian doctrine.
4. Jews are commanded to eat only Kosher. That is, the blood is drained from slaughtered animals and forbidden. It is a mind boggling stretch of the imagination that an Orthodox Jew could say to his followers: "Drink this wine which represents my blood". This would have been an abomination.
5. The New Testament states that one of the last words of Christ on the cross was: "Father, why has Thou forsaken me?" This does not sound like the words the Messiah of all mankind would make. Additionally, as Catholicism believes in the trinity (Father, Son & Holy Ghost - all wrapped up into one), to whom are the comments being directed?
Finally, anti-Semitism has its origins firmly based in Christianity and until this religion comes to grips with the lies and persecution it has perpetrated throughout the centuries - and continues to perpetrate - by the false accusation of deicide, this scourge will exist for all time.