POPE PLACATES ADL:
JEWS NOT GUILTY FOR CRUCIFIXION
By Rev. Ted Pike
6 Mar 11
In his recent book, Pope Benedict XXVI
attempts to end anti-Semitism and placate the Jews by literally "pontificating" that
the Jewish people during the Crucifixion, and now, bear no guilt for
the death of Christ. Only a tiny minority representing the Jewish leaders
and a vocal minority, Benedict asserts, were ever blameworthy. ADL's
Abe Foxman congratulates the Pope: "Pope Benedict has rejected
the previous teachings and perversions that have helped to foster and
reinforce anti-Semitism through the centuries. The fact that this Pope
is a theologian, and has served as a defender of the faith, makes this
statement from the Holy See that much more significant for now and
for future generations...."
What is the true Biblical and ethical answer to the question of Jewish
complicity in the death of Christ? Read the my 2010 article
on the subject.
ARE JEWS TODAY GUILTY FOR THE CRUCIFIXION?
By Rev. Ted Pike
5 Aug 10
Abraham Foxman, of the Anti-Defamation League, recently
pronounced that acceptance of the New Testament record that the Jews
had Christ killed is “anti-Semitic.” This implicates tens
of millions of Bible-believing Christians worldwide. With ADL’s
charge comes the necessity, especially for Christians, to reexamine
the issue of who is to blame for the crucifixion.
Scripture teaches no one is guilty for the sins of another. We all
enter the world innocent of the misdeeds of our parents. This includes
every Jewish child.
Yet the Bible also teaches we can become guilty of the sin of another
by sympathy with it. Christ said the Pharisees were guilty of the murder
of Abel and all righteous blood from the beginning of the world. (Mat.
23:35) Why? Because the Pharisees persecuted righteousness. Had they
been present in the time of Abel, they would have murdered Abel. Thus,
according to Christ, it is possible to become spiritually guilty of
a sin, such as murder or adultery, even without physically committing
the act. The will is there. All that is lacking is the opportunity.
Modern or rabbinic Judaism is a product of those very Pharisees whom
Christ excoriated, and who ultimately had Him crucified. The authoritative
Universal Jewish Encyclopedia explains:
"The Jewish religion as it is today traces its descent without
a break through all the centuries from the Pharisees. Their leading
ideas and methods found expression in a literature of enormous extent,
of which a great deal is still in existence.. The Talmud is the largest
and most important single piece of that literature.." The Universal
Jewish Encyclopedia, Article on "Pharisaism," p. 474
If a Jewish child is born into an Orthodox Jewish family, he innocently
enters a religious system entirely obedient to those who masterminded
the crucifixion of Jesus. The Pharisees and their vast, rambling "anti-bible",
the Talmud, possess greater authority for religious Jews than does
the Old Testament. As the Universal Jewish Encyclopedia confirms: "Thus
the ultimate authority for Orthodoxy is the Babylonian Talmud. The
Bible itself ranks second to it in reality, if not in theory." Universal
Jewish Encyclopedia, "Authority" p. 637.
What does the Talmud teach about Jesus? It says He seduced and deceived
the people. Git.56b-57a. He was a bastard, his mother Mary being a
whore. San.106b. He practiced sorcery and enticed His race to apostasy.
San.43a. He was a fool. San.67a. He was stoned, burned, decapitated
and strangled in His death. San. 106b, Git.57a. He was excommunicated
for the thought of seducing a woman and in His shame fell down and
worshipped a brick. San.107b. He is now in hell, languishing in boiling
hot semen. Git.56a. The Talmud is emphatic that it was necessary to
kill Jesus because He was "one of the three worst enemies of Judaism." Git.56a.
He was a false prophet who seduced and deceived the people. Git.56b-57a.
Is the modern Jew guilty of the death of Christ? The answer is simple.
If he agrees with the Talmud that the Pharisees did the right thing
by having Jesus crucified, then that Jew today is as guilty as the
Jewish mob that sided with the Pharisees 2,000 years ago, shouting "Crucify
Him, crucify Him." Mk. 15:13. If, however, the modern Jew disassociates
himself from loyalty to the Pharisees and their claims against Christ,
then he is free from any guilt.
The New Testament Gospels present in clearest terms successful efforts
by the Pharisees to persuade the Romans to crucify Christ. In the Book
of Acts, the disciples, in face to face rebuke of the Pharisees, insistently
identify them as the culprits: "The God of our fathers raised
up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on the cross." Acts
5:30; cf. Acts 2:22, 36; 3:13-15; 4:10.
Unfortunately, amid the shock waves of Mel Gibson's "Passion," many
evangelical Christian leaders rushed forward to absolve all Jews of
any spiritual guilt concerning the crucifixion. They declared, as many
evangelicals believe, that we are all guilty of the crucifixion. The
idea of "corporate guilt" for Christ's death is unknown to
Scripture. While we "all have sinned and come short of the glory
of God" (Rom. 3:23), we have not all crucified Jesus. Such pandering
not only makes God's law of none effect, it attempts to free the Jews
from a burden of guilt they themselves invited. To hasten the crucifixion
of Christ, the Jewish leaders said, "His blood be upon us and
upon our children." Mk. 27:25. All adult Jews who still support
the Pharisaic system which crucified Christ are thus linked in spiritual
guilt with those who actively accomplished the act.
Of course, anyone, such as a gentile Satanist, who approves of the
crucifixion, or a Christian who becomes apostate (Heb. 6:6), is spiritually
guilty of crucifying Christ. Rabbinic Judaism however, because it constitutes
the "synagogue of Satan" (Rev. 2:9) uniquely incurs blame
for Christ's death upon all Jews who give themselves to it.
During the past century, Jewish apologists, for purposes of ecumenical
harmony with Christians, have referred to Jesus in such terms as "a
great teacher." Such a description is found nowhere in rabbinic
Judaism's most sacred repository of authority, the Babylonian Talmud.
Rabbinic Judaism, despite efforts to whitewash it, remains of all great
religions (including Islam) the most vehemently opposed to the claims
of Christ. To be a religious, observant Jew is to embrace the Talmud
and its blasphemous opinion of Christ.
Someday, the Bible teaches, a remnant of Jews out of the Great Tribulation
will believe on the One their fathers crucified. Yet for the present,
the church must heed Christ's warning to "Beware of the leaven
(teaching) of the Pharisees." Matt. 16:6. In other words: Beware
of Judaism. Paul also warns the church, referring to unbelieving Jews
as "enemies" (Rom. 11:28) "...who both killed the Lord
Jesus and prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God,
but hostile to all men." I Thess. 2:15
The Jews were given transcendent spiritual light, first at Sinai,
and then through their prophets. When they rejected that light, they
were plunged into incredible darkness. While individual Jews may not
necessarily be held guilty of such apostasy, the fact is Jewish leadership
and institutions remain formidably opposed to Christianity. Moses warned
the Jews that if they rejected God's law, they would be cursed above
all nations. Deut. 28:15. They not only rejected God's law, but crucified
its giver, Jesus Christ. Christ said that the House of Israel, after
its rejection of Him, would be left desolate. Lk.13:35.
Today, no evangelical leader has the privilege of removing guilt from
Jews who still reject their Messiah and embrace the teaching of His
murderers. Christ has both a long-standing love-affair and quarrel
with the Jewish nation. He will settle that quarrel some day on His
own terms, at last obtaining faith, obedience, and righteousness from
what scripture repeatedly describes as a "stiff-necked people."
Such a people now control Hollywood and America's media. They dominate
Congress. They dictate America's foreign policy in the Middle East.
They are the fountainhead of anti-Christian activity and legislation,
including so-called "anti-hate" laws which strip Christians
of free speech. In short,
they are more determined than ever that Christ will never prevail.
Yet in the end, Christ will have righteousness from His people, the
Jews. "They will look on Him whom they pierced and they will mourn
... as one mourns for an only son." Zech. 12:10.
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