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Posted on 05/21/2014 5:12:03 PM PDT by IsraelBeach
The Pope, Israel PR And Christ Killed By Jews
By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency
After living in Israel for over 25 years and consulting the government on both public relations and public affairs, I may have truly found the major source of conflict against the Jews and Israel.
It took coming to the US for three years and seeing the United States as an Israeli and as an American. You see, we don't have anti-semitism in Israel. We only have war. Anti-semitism is much more covert. Much like an iceberg, only a very small part is visible to the eye. In fact, the ADL recently revealed that one of four people worldwide hold anti-semitic views. But most are silent about it and keep it to their family and friends.
It was about one year ago that I went to exchange some money at a very well known, commercial money wire company that I heard it. As I was waiting for my change, the clerk said to me: "don't worry, I won't Jew you down." I have heard of this expression being used but never had my own ears receive it. This combat solder from the IDF does not tolerate attacks on Jews. I had to ask her again what she said. "Don't worry, I won't Jew you down." With that I responded: "If you made that comment to a Jew, I think they would find it very offensive."
With that her face turned white. She was visibly embarrassed and explained that it was "just a saying." I believed her. But such a racist attack which has become "just a saying" is about as dangerous as it gets.
When you live in Israel, you read about anti-semitism. You don't experience it. When living in the US or Europe, you might just see it. But where does it come from?
As Pope Francis is about to arrive in Israel, the Israeli government, in particular, Prime Minister Netanyahu have a very special opportunity. Netanyahu should reguest that the Pope denounce any belief that the Jews killed Christ.
Actually, it is not a rumor, but is written in the New Testament.
In the Gospel of John, the phrase "the Jews" is used at least nine times to denote those who encouraged and assisted in Jesus' execution. In the Book of Matthew (27: 25-26) the Jews accept responsibility for the execution. When the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate hesitates over deciding Jesus' fate, the Jews assembled before Pilate demand that Jesus be crucified, proclaiming "His blood be on us, and on our children." It is these words that Catholics and Christians are taught. And our Islamic enemies attempt to divide Christian and Jew with these words.
We have no greater friends in the world than modern day Christians. Just look at the millions who belong to the Facebook group: "Christians United For Israel".
If the Pope can openly denounce this blood libel, and state that these gospels are not accurate, it would bring much more harmony between Jews and Christians and could eliminate much of the source of anti-semetism.
To have Pope Francis denounce Jews killed Christ would follow and reinforce a precedent. Several Christian denominations have denounced the claim that the Jews killed Christ. In 1965, the Second Vatican Council issued the Nostra Autate statement, which declare that "what happened in His [Jesus'] passion cannot be charged against all the Jews, without distinction, then alive, nor against the Jews of today."
If Pope Francis can openly declare to all publishers and teachers of the bible to delete those sentences which condemn the Jewish nation, then we will see a more peaceful world. Less hate, more understanding and support for the democratic State of Israel.
After all, there is no nation in the Middle East which is more democratic and tolerant to Christianity, and openly enforces the basic, human right of freedom of religion.
Joel Leyden is the publisher of the Israel News Agency and operates IsraelPr.com, JewishPr.co
“You see, we don’t have anti-semitism in Israel.”
“If Pope Francis can openly declare to all publishers and teachers of the bible to delete those sentences which condemn the Jewish nation, then we will see a more peaceful world.”
The author of this article is a moron.
1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying,
3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.
20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
So this fool wants us to declare the Gospels "inaccurate"? And didn't the Gentiles have a pretty strong part in the crucifixion too?
I have always supported Israel, but this is just silly.
Of course the Jews participated in killing Jesus.
On the other hand, of course Jesus was also a Jew.
The basic disagreement was whether or not Jesus was the promised Messiah of the Jews, or whether his claims were blasphemous.
Obviously, Pontius Pilate and the Romans played a part. But Pilate wanted to let Jesus off. The Jews insisted that He should be killed for blasphemy. That is NOT, however, an excuse for anti-Semitism. All sinners—before and since— have some responsibility in causing the death of Jesus.
Sorry, just a brief summary. But it’s silly to say that the Bible misspoke.
Several Christian denominations have denounced the claim that the Jews killed Christ. In 1965, the Second Vatican Council issued the Nostra Autate statement, which declare that "what happened in His [Jesus'] passion cannot be charged against all the Jews, without distinction, then alive, nor against the Jews of today."
In 1964, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church declared, "We reject the charge of deicide against the Jews and condemn antisemitism." Other denominations, including the Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Alliance of Baptists, while not explicitly addressing the charge of deicide, have issued statements regretting "interpreting our sacred writings in such a way that we have created enemies of the Jewish people."
That's because "modern day Christians" understand that someone that could raise himself from the dead was not able to be held to a cross by a couple of nails. It was his love for all mankind, and all our individual sins. As we say, if you want to blame someone for Jesus's death blame me, it was my sin he was paying for on that cross.
Well, Jesus was a Jew. John the Evengelist was a Jew as were the Apostles and disciples. Any study Bible will note in the footnotes that when John referred to the Jews, he was referring to the Jewish leaders who felt threatened by the presence of Jesus and wanted him executed. They feared Jesus because they believed that if his popularity among the people continued to advance that the power and livelihood of the Pharisees, Saducees and Sanhedrin would be threatened. Maybe the author should take a New Testament Bible course to learn the true meaning of the written words.
As to there being no antisemitism in Israel, I sure noticed evidence of it when I visited Israel.
But they have never deleted sections of the bible that Jews find distasteful.
“Actually it was the ROMANS that did the deed!”
It has been decided by the FAA that the crucifixion was Pilate error.
It wasn’t the Jews who killed Jesus but the “perfidious” Jews. The unfaithful, deceitful bad Jews. Not the good faithful Jews. It was those like Judas whose religion had become politics.
In addition to Jesus most of His followers were Jews, they didn’t kill Jesus.
There are perfidious Jews, Christians, Muslims, Agnostics, Dimocrats, Hindus....walking the earth at any given time. They would kill Jesus again if they could.
“Why a moron?”
The moron who wrote the article called for this: “If Pope Francis can openly declare to all publishers and teachers of the bible to delete those sentences which condemn the Jewish nation, then we will see a more peaceful world.”
In other words, the moron wants the Pope - THE POPE - to encourage Bible “publishers and teachers” TO DELETE VERSES FROM THE BIBLE. Do you not see why that would make the author a moron? Would a man be anything less than a moron for saying, “Jews should delete Psalm 137:9 from their Bibles because ‘Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks’ is too shocking for modern sensibilities.”
Christianity came out of Israel. To say Jews killed Christ is stupid. Yashua was prophesied to be killed. Technically it was Rome who killed Him. From Pontius Pilate who condemned Him to the Roman soldiers who nailed Him to the cross.
“If the Pope can openly denounce this blood libel, and state that these gospels are not accurate, it would bring much more harmony between Jews and Christians and could eliminate much of the source of anti-[sic]semetism.”
Articles like this are intended to stir things up.
They are written as a rejection of Christ.
I posted Romans 11 above, which explains the Christian doctrine on Jews who do not believe on Jesus Christ.
The reference “the Jews” in the context of Christ’s crucifixion means much of the Jewish leadership at that time, not “the Jews” in general, as in all Jews. It refers to the set of leaders at the time, those individuals who made the decision, as well as others who did not believe at that time.
Of course, Jesus’ early followers were mostly all Jews.
Romans 11 clearly states that it was and is all part of God’s plan, a wonderful gift of grace that:
Rom 11:11 “I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.”
Then, speaking to gentiles:
“30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.”
That about says it all; it will glorify God as Jews come to hear the gospel and believe in Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Gentiles only obtained mercy through the Christ’s perfect atoning sacrifice, without which we would be damned. Christians then ought to remember and be merciful in preaching the gospel and thereby Jews can also obtain mercy. The gospel is to be preached to all the nations, as it is written:
“1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8 He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.
10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.
11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
19 But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
23 Ye that fear the Lord, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the governor among the nations.
29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.”
Of course, our Lord called our attention to this Psalm on the cross when he cried out:
Matthew 27:46 “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me ?”