Thursday, February 26, 2004

Its Official! Jews killed Christ


At least, according to some half wit pastor in Colorado.

The Denver ABC news channel reported that a "billboard unveiled on Ash Wednesday, the same day that a controversial movie depicting the last hours of Jesus Christ premiered, is sparking criticism from people of all faiths." In a graceful example of understatement, the Denver Channel ran the headline "'Jews Killed Jesus' Sign Causing Controversy." Uh, yeah.

Ironically, the idiot pastor's church is titled the Lovingway.

The large-size outdoor marquee, which sits on the property of the Lovingway United Pentecostal Church at Colorado and Mississippi, says, "Jews Killed The Lord Jesus" and the word "Settled!"

Thank goodness! For a moment there, I thought we might have to rely on the Bible for this sort of thing. It turns out that a movie by Mel Gibson has definititively resolved the issue. Now we can begin to study the 20th Century via Mad Max/Road Warrior and the Lethal Weapon trilogy.

I never understood why I, as a Jew, have to explain the New Testement to some people. I am familiar with the words of Christ -- if not as my Savior, then at least as a teacher and philosopher. It never ceases to amaze me how the people who are the most zealous enthusiasts fail to understand even the simplest of plots in the bible. The lessons taught there seem tto go right over there heads.

Ignore for the moment that the Romans were the actual wielders of the hammer and nails, and further ignore the inconvenient fact that Jews were a dispossessed group of people, even in Jerusalem, who the Romans kept us around as tax collectors (While many people 2,000 years ago were illiterate, Jews could read, write and do math).

That said, assume for a moment that Christ wasn't crucified. That the Jews "rescued" him, and begged the Romans for release. That they chose for clemency not the murderer Barabbas, but instead pciked Jesus the prophet.

Then what?

Without the Cruxifiction, as ordained by God (remember him?) Jesus would have just been another guy, a carpenter making furniture in Nazareth. Perhaps philosphy and spiritual teaching would have been his "hobby." The whole "Son of God" thing? That never would have been validated via the cruxifiction.

"My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"

"You know Jesus, you're right. You're free to go. Pontius Pilate, take him down" the Lord boomed. "Nothing to see here folks, move along."

That doesn't seem to be a particularly spiritual ending -- at least not as it was described in the Bible.

You see, as I've read it -- and again, let me point out that I'm a hook nosed money lending Jew, so I could be wrong -- it was God who sent his only Son to die for our sins. Perhaps the good pastor in Colorado overlooked that small issue.

Other people haven't. We The People observes:

"The crucifixion was the solution. What was the problem? Sin. Our sin. Every one of us. Who solved the problem? God. He sent His Son. So, who is responsible? God or man? (Notice I didn't ask God or Jews...)"
Hmmmm. Can you get a job as a Pastor if you have never read the bible? Apparently, you can in Colorado and Missisippi.

'Jews Killed Jesus' Sign Causing Controversy
Pastor Refuses To Remove Or Change Saying On Outdoor Marquee
POSTED: 9:41 am MST February 25, 2004

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Posted by: Brittni | Apr 29, 2004 9:08:01 PM

The man who wrote this article is the halfwit. The Jews did killed Christ. Not only was it recorded in the Gospels. Jewish historian Josephus writes how the Jews killed Christ. Even the JEWISH TALMUD records and blames the Jews for Christ's death. It is in the Talmud Sanhedrin 43a.

Posted by: John Purvis | Nov 4, 2005 12:27:15 AM

duh, the jews did NOT kill Christ, im not a Jew, but there are so many variables. Also, wasn't the reason why Jesus was put on Earth to die for our sins or something?? So, if you think about it, God killed Christ as part of his plan. That is, if Jesus is dead!

Posted by: Kate | May 3, 2006 1:23:13 PM

That "half-wit pastor in Colorado" is, unfortunately, correct in the quotation he displayed outside his church.

The words of Saint Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians (2:14-16) are integral to the New Testament and unambiguous ...

"For you bretheren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus which are in Judea; for you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from THE JEWS, who KILLED both THE LORD JESUS and the prophets, and drove us out, and displeased God and opposed all men by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they may be saved ..."

This is a calumny because while the Jews certainly agitated to get Jesus crucified and were delighted when it was done, only the Roman conquerers of Jerusalem had authority to take such a decision. Thus it was that the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, however reluctantly, authorised the execution and had his soldiers carry it out. There is no evading this Roman accountability or trying to slough it off on the Jews.

In the quotation above, therefore, either Saint Paul is a malign charlatan or else this bit of his writings has been mistranslated.

Given the inspirational nature of the rest of his work, I would hope it is the latter, but I don't know.

Meantime, any residual anti-Semitism on the part of Christians should be re-directed at the Italians. Or better still, simply extinguished.

Posted by: Tony Allwright | Aug 12, 2006 12:01:55 PM

There's ALWAYS the eternal denial of the Jews about their particpation(the Jewish guards working for the Pharisees apprehended,beat and blasphemed the Lord Jesus,that's is a wriiten fact)so that jewish denial about their intellectual killing of Jesus is completely irrelevant. The Roman soldiers carried the dirty job of actually killing Jesus,but to pacify the Pharisees demand for a sacrifice of"one" to save the"many" in occupied Israel. But, without Jesus' crucifixion,death,and most important:rise from the dead on the third day, there would be no Christian religion.
Unfortunately is a fact that the Jewish religion,not the Jewish people,as there are some Jews who accept Jesus: The Jews for Jesus sect,for example)regard Jesus as a "blasphemous profet",and they wouldn't hesitate to kill him again if he would come again to Earth,though this time Jesus will come to judge the sinners and the pious.

Posted by: SaintMike | Mar 30, 2007 12:37:47 PM

Its good Friday, and on behalf of my people, let me apologize for that unfortunate incident with the hammer and nails a few 1000 years ago.

We are sorry, it was never our intention for that to happen, things just got out of hand.

Our bad, it wont happen again.

Posted by: Barry Ritholtz | Apr 6, 2007 7:08:44 AM

I am a Christian. I am sending this excerpt from a children's devotion I wrote just before Easter this year. It was entitled, "Call Me Barabbas." - I submit to you that I nailed Jesus to the cross.

Call Me Barabbas

On that day, the crowd saw with their own eyes that Jesus took the place of a murderer on the cross. In truth, when Jesus died on the cross, He took the place of every murderer, liar, and thief. He took the place of every man, woman, and child (2 Corinthians 5:21). Think about this the next time you hear the crucifixion story being read or see a movie about this scene. When you hear the crowd yelling out for Barabbas, place your own name there. You were the one who deserved punishment (Romans 6:23). Picture the crowd yelling out for YOU to be set free, because Jesus willingly took your place (Isaiah 53:4).

I respectfully ask the writer of the "Jews Killed Christ" essay, why he is able to call Jesus a teacher and philosopher? Jesus claimed that He was the Son of God (Mark 14:61-62). If you do not accept that He is the Savior of the world, you must believe that He was a horrible liar, leading thousands astray, or a madman incapable of knowing right from wrong. Look, however, at the words and deeds of this Man. He is neither a liar nor a lunatic. But, that is something you must decide for yourself. "But what about you? Who do you say I am?" (Mark 8:29)

Posted by: Jodi | Apr 19, 2007 2:07:34 PM

Christians: please read Romans 11:18-32. It says Jews are our brothers and fellow believers whom we must respect, who rejected Jesus by God's will, for our sakes. They are fellow believers in God. Please talk to everyone you know about this, and make it as commonly known as John 3:16. Remember, those who bless Abraham will be blessed.

And lets please stop the next person who ignorantly puts up hateful signs like the one in the article.

Posted by: Dan Pannell | Dec 11, 2007 12:36:18 AM

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