This is what Pope Francis said:
“A Christian cannot be an anti-Semite; we share the same roots. It would be a contradiction of faith and life. Rather, we are called to commit ourselves to ensure anti-Semitism is banned from the human community.”
Here’s my question: If a Christian goes to church is that an anti-Semitic act?
Are Christians harming the sensibilities of Jews by attending a Sunday service?
You may laugh, but I guarantee you there are people who believe just that. In short time, they will express such.
There is a modern trend to homogenize Judaism and Christianity – to link them as brothers in arms.
Supporting this is the phrase Judeo-Christian nation. We hear political leaders use this term all the time.
One would think that Christianity is only a step away from Judaism philosophically.
But it is not.
Christianity represents a radical departure from Judaism.
In essence, Judaism is a hierarchical religion where rules, interpretations and power flow from the top down much like its atheistic sister religion communism.
Christianity in its Protestant form is nothing of the sort.
And that is the brand of Christianity of which I speak here.
Christianity works from the bottom up beginning with a personal relationship with Jesus who functions as God’s interlocutor on Earth. Christianity has few rules other than doing unto others as you would have others do unto you.
Whereas Judaism emphasizes works, Christianity most decidedly puts the kibosh on works never better illustrated than by Jesus renouncing a crown. By doing so, Jesus is saying to us that there is little value in titles, money and awards. What Jesus preaches is process. If the process is bad, says Jesus, what’s the point?
When it comes to the afterlife, Jews believe that your presence is manifested through the memories of those who are alive. I can not disagree with this logic. What this promotes, though, in this life is a drive to produce as big an impact as possible. Unfortunately for us, man is stupid, and so what results is a piling up of titles, awards and possessions. Man is of simple thought, not smart enough to think qualitatively – to equate a kind word with a skyscraper.
Christians emphasize an afterlife whose entrance can not be gained through works alone. One must accept Christ and what Christ teaches which is most decidedly not embodied by owning the biggest house on the block. What this produces is a flattening of wealth distribution from the bottom up. We are more financially equal not because a politburo or a government dictates such but because we choose not to be so accumulative in the first place. Enough is enough.
And so what we have is an impasse. We have two radically different approaches to life. Yet people are told that the religions are similar, on a continuum, as if one was walking in a mall from Spencer Gifts to Ann Taylor Loft.
But they are not.
Not only are they not similar, they represent existential threats to each other. They are natural enemies.
In time one must destroy or weaken the other in order to survive.
It’s just the way it is.
It’s not a wish; it’s reality. And all the hugging, posturing and beautiful language in the world can not change this.
Christianity is a threat to Judaism because it is an easier more open platform to adopt. As such, for Judaism to survive, to stave off death, it must necessarily weaken Christianity.
Which it does through Hollywood and the government.
Judaism says that it does not desire to convert; oh, but it does. It does so through secular means.
Socialism is secular Judaism. The politburo replaces the Sanhedrin. The oppressive bureaucracy of the socialist state replaces Jewish Law. Abstruse Marxist reasoning replaces the abstruse reasoning of Jewish theologians. Political correctness replaces Kosher law and thought.
In the past century as the Jews have become more successful, they have prosecuted their values through Hollywood and the government. There is nothing immoral or illegal about this, by the way. This is the way the system works. You make the money; you get to spend it how you see fit.
Consequently, millions upon millions of former Christians have been converted into secular Jews (socialists and communists) only they don’t know it.
One can barely recognize America as a Christian nation anymore. People are now focused on getting rich, going to a prestigious school, becoming famous, winning awards, having their own clothing line.
A Wikipedia page would be nice.
Does this sound like Jesus renouncing a crown?
Likewise, our society has become less tolerant of people’s faults. Routinely we hear the media call for someone’s resignation for the most minor of infractions – usually a violation of liberal orthodoxy. Slogans like “failure is not an option” are now commonplace in the schools.
This new intolerance is the God of the Old Testament, not the new. This is not the way of Jesus.
Jesus said let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
In the world of Jesus, failure must be an option. People must forgive others as well as themselves.
But they often can not because they have been conned into turning away from the principles that Christ teaches.
And so they struggle vainly for the bucks and glory; and when they don’t get it because there are only so many spots at the top, they cannot forgive themselves. Many kill themselves; many turn to drugs and alcohol.
One girl from an Ivy League school who found herself struggling academically threw herself off a parking garage.
Is this the world we want?
Compounding the stress of trying to be “someone,” is the stress of having to conform to a dizzying array of politically correct behaviors and thoughts.
Politically correct thought and behavior are not Christian in scope, but Jewish.
It is Judaism (as well as Christianity gone wrong) that attempts to place a carapace upon human behavior and thought. It is Judaism that mandates conformity to the dictates of an elite Sanhedrin or the elite musings of Jewish theologians.
Think about it: Who is deciding what is acceptable but today’s secular equivalent of the Sanhedrin?
Christianity will have none of this for Christianity works from the inside out. Christ only asks that you not unreasonably judge others for the silly things that people say and do.
And so we sit at an impasse.
We have two religions vying for supremacy. Only one can win. And only one will win.
Despite the rhetoric there will never be any “coming together.” This is a myth prosecuted by the human potential movement.
Peace is only transitory.
Yet lies persist. And media people and religious leaders who should know better continue to promote the myth that Judaism and Christianity are brothers holding hands happily skipping through the woods.
Judaism and Christianity are no more alike because they share a common history than a bicycle is like an airplane because Orville and Wilbur Wright built both of them.
So, let’s return to the initial question: Will Christians going to church be seen as an anti-Semitic act?
In time it will be because it is.