Don’t you so tire of hearing the age old charge that Christianity is the root of hatred and ‘death to the Jews?’ I do.
I believe that narrow minds are responsible for the perpetuating of such an idea. Not that said people can’t be smart in other areas, but insofar as this claim, the claim that a good ‘religion’ is the sole reason WHY antisemitism thrives and survives, I will instantly prove this narrative a simple dream of lazy minds.
But the real root is ALWAYS missed, and that is WHY a man seeks to kill and destroy another human being, regardless of the race. Which is worse, killing one man, or a hundred? The mother of Abel would beg to differ if you told her that her son’s killer would kill 90 more. So? I’m interested in MY son.
But it was the Creator’s initiative to call out a people for His name, whereby also the entire world would be blessed. Don’t believe this? Don’t like this? Too bad, as He made the garden of life and not you. Men are relevant, races are enabled and disabled, by our appreciation and association with the apple of God’s eyes: Israel. After all, we do read that God blesses them that bless thee, speaking of Abraham’s posterity through Isaac, Jacob, David, Solomon, then ultimately through the Lord Christ.
Which brings me to this. The promises of God arrived on time but to a people of stiff necks and cold hearts. The greater son of David had lived and upheld the law of Moses, but went further by revealing WHY the law was given in the first place, and for this, His life came to an abrupt end on Calvary’s central tree, but not before was uttered that eternal pronouncement: ‘I find in him no fault.’ (of course.)
THIS messiah could not have been, for HE charged us with disorder in the court! Surely the people of the book could not be guilty too like so many others who know not God! Uh, hello, that’s the point, there are none righteous, no not any, as the law said as much, but deaf ears pretended not to hear, and blind eyes pretended not to see.
But the contrite of heart heard and saw. Enter Pentecost, that Jewish feast, where Jews of every kind gathered; some were delighted, others mocked the delivery by a new man, Peter the apostle, who spoke words of truth and candor. About 3,000 as a matter of fact received this word gladly, and openly identified in the mikva, that ritual bath which they expressed before others.
All Jews. And they paid a price as they were harassed by other JEWS, for allegedly abandoning the faith of their fathers. But more. For the first EIGHT years, the Christian church was ENTIRELY Jewish, are you listening? Eight years. That is a loooonnnng time. The persecution of believing Jews was simply done by unbelieving Jews, so let’s bury here and now this NOTION that Christianity is the ROOT of antisemitism.
It never was. It never is. It never will be, but only in the minds of the careless. Need I remind you of the death of Stephen who while being pelted with rocks by the ‘lawkeepers,’ prayed for his ‘brothers’ because it was they who were really lawbreakers. Truth has this effect on people. Kind of like when I speak of science in ways that make people uncomfortable. It’s only the heart doncha know.
So no, the roots of antisemitism were never found in Christianity, and this thought will never be contradicted by facts or reality. Christians do not kill, neither are engaged in pogroms. But perhaps even a cursory look at the word ‘root’ will once and for all put in the graveyard the lie that Christianity is responsible for antisemitism, when I have proved infallibly, that the first examples of the deaths of Jews, believing Jews mind you, Jews in the church to be exact, Jews called Christians, were executed by JEWS.
The ROOT of anti-Semites was never grown and watered by Christians. The funeral is over, and all thoughtful people MUST agree with the facts of history.
And oh, then there is this: ye shall know them by their love one for another. Ahem, let’s take another look at Stephen and his behavior while being put to death……….by Jews………a Christian killed by Jews. Yeah, real antisemitism here.