Monday, June 24, 2013

Was Jesus a "true Christian"?

Flash news, "Due to our common roots, a true Christian cannot be anti-Semitic!". So sayeth Pope Francis. The Church also "firmly condemns hatred, persecution and all manifestations of anti-Semitism."

So, what do we do with a couple of millennia of anti-semitism by the holy church? More importantly, what about the anti-semitic passages in the Bible? For instance, Jesus (according to the Gospel of John) calls Jews, children of the devil.
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” -John 8:42-47 (NIV)
[Click on this link for the entire chapter.]

Was John's Jesus an anti-Semite? If so, Pope Francis' boss in heaven may not be a "true Christian" after all!

Note 1: Before you ask, yes, the Pope's attempt to reach out to the Jews and to condemn anti-Semitism is to be applauded. But, the Pope also has to deal with his Church's past, not ignore it.

Note 2: Here is a catholic counter argument. Read it if you don't mind getting a headache!

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