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Jews reclaim Jesus as one of their own
Some Jewish leaders are encouraging Jews to see Jesus as one of their own.
April 5th, 2012
02:36 PM ET

Jews reclaim Jesus as one of their own

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

(CNN) - The relationship between Jews and Jesus has traditionally been a complicated one, to say the least.

As his followers' message swept the ancient world, Jews who did not accept Jesus as the Messiah found themselves in the uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous, position of being blamed for his death.

Mainstream Christian theology's position held that Judaism had been supplanted, the Jewish covenant with the divine no longer valid, because of the incarnation of God as Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross.

Jews, for their part, tended largely to ignore Jesus.

That's changing now.

In the past year, a spate of Jewish authors, from the popular to the rabbinic to the scholarly, have wrestled with what Jews should think about Jesus.

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And overwhelmingly, they are coming up with positive answers, urging their fellow Jews to learn about Jesus, understand him and claim him as one of their own.

"Jesus is a Jew. He spent his life talking to other Jews," said Amy-Jill Levine, co-editor of the recently released "Jewish Annotated New Testament."

"In reading the New Testament, I am often inspired, I am intrigued. I actually find myself becoming a better Jew because I become better informed about my own history," she said.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a media personality who recently launched a bid for a U.S. House seat, argues in his own new book, "Kosher Jesus," that "Jews have much to learn from Jesus - and from Christianity as a whole - without accepting Jesus' divinity. There are many reasons for accepting Jesus as a man of great wisdom, beautiful ethical teachings, and profound Jewish patriotism."

And Benyamin Cohen, an Orthodox Jew who spent a recent year going to church, admitted that he's jealous that Christians have Jesus.

"He's a tangible icon that everybody can latch on to. Judaism doesn't have a superhero like that," said Cohen, the author of the 2009 book "My Jesus Year."

 

"I'm not advocating for Moses dolls," he said, but he argued that "it's hard to believe in a God you can't see. I'm jealous of Christians in that regard, that they have this physical manifestation of the divine that they can pray to.

"There could be more devout Jews than me who don't need that, but to a young Jew living in the 21st century, I wish we had something more tangible," he said.

The flurry of recent Jewish books on Jesus - including this month's publication of "The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ" by Daniel Boyarin - is part of a trend of Jews taking pride in Jesus, interfaith expert Edward Kessler said.

"In the 1970s and 1980s, Christian New Testament scholars rediscovered the Jewish Jesus. They reminded all New Testament students that Jesus was Jewish," said Kessler, the director of the Woolf Institute in Cambridge, England, which focuses on relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

A generation later, that scholarship has percolated into Jewish thought, he said, welcoming the trend: "It's not a threat to Jews and it's not a threat to Christians."

For Jews in particular, he said, "It's not so threatening as it was even 30 years ago. There is almost a pride that Jesus was a Jew rather than an embarrassment about it."

Boteach agrees, writing in "Kosher Jesus" that "Jews will gain much from re-embracing him as a hero."

"The truth is important," Boteach writes. "A patriot of our people has been lost. Worse still, he's been painted as the father of a long and murderous tradition of anti-Semitism."

Boteach aims to claim, or reclaim, Jesus as a political rebel against Rome and to exonerate the Jews of his death. But Boteach's book has attracted plenty of criticism, for instance for blaming the Apostle Paul for everything he doesn't like about Christianity, such as hailing Jesus as divine and cutting his ties to Judaism.

"Paul never met Jesus, and Jesus certainly never would have sanctioned Paul's actions and embellishments," Boteach argues about the apostle who wrote much of the New Testament. "Jesus ... would have been appalled at how his followers would later define him."

"Jews will never accept his divinity. Nor should they," Boteach writes, in one of many instances of presuming to know what Jesus really thought and meant. "The belief that any man is God is an abomination to Judaism, a position that Jesus himself would maintain."

He cherry-picks the Gospels to to suit his arguments, writes in casual modern idioms (calling Pontius Pilate a "sadistic mass murderer" and comparing him to Hitler), and gets wrong the most basic details of the Passion story, such as the amount of money Judas took to betray Jesus.

Other experts in the field label Boteach's book "sensationalistic," and call him a "popularizer," but Kessler sees "Kosher Jesus" as part of the trend of Judaizing Jesus. Cohen, the "My Jesus Year" author, offered some support for Boteach even as he expressed doubts about the book.

"I understand what Shmuley is trying to get at there," he said, but added: "I don't think anyone has the right to say 'This is the definition of Jesus,' especially a rabbi. He's not ours to claim."

Levine, who teaches New Testament and Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, also framed Jewish efforts to study Jesus in terms of mutual respect.

"Speaking personally as a Jew, if I want my neighbors to respect Judaism, which means knowing something about Jewish history, scripture and tradition, I owe my Christian neighbors the same courtesy. It's a matter of respect," she said.

She urged Jews to "become familiar with the material and make up their own mind as to how they understand Jesus."

Ironically, she added, Jews can understand their own history more thoroughly through studying the life of Jesus.

"The best source on the period for Jewish history other than (the first-century historian) Josephus is the New Testament," she said.

"It's one of those ironies of history that the only Pharisee writing in the Second Temple period from whom we have records is Paul of Tarsus," she said. " 'The Jewish Annotated New Testament' is designed in part to help Jews recover their own history."

But she also wants Christians to use it to understand Judaism more deeply, she said. While many Christian leaders acknowledge that Jesus was a Jew, she said, not many know much about what that means.

"Many Christian ministers and educators have no training in what early Judaism was like," she said. "Not to take seriously first-century Judaism seems to dismiss part of the message of the New Testament."

Cohen, the "My Jesus Year" author, found that Christians were very interested in Judaism during the 52 weeks he spent going from church to church.

"Many Christians look on Judaism as version 1.0 of their own religion. Because of that historical relationship, they're interested in a lot of the theology of Judaism," he said.

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For his part, Cohen learned much that surprised him. "I was shocked when I went to church and heard them give sermons about the Old Testament," he said. "I had no idea Christians read the Old Testament."

"One week, I went to church and the pastor gave exactly the same sermon my rabbi did the night before about Moses and the burning bush, and the pastor did it much better," he continued.

Cohen came away from his Jesus year with a clear understanding of what he believes.

"People ask me all the time if I believe in Jesus. Do I believe he exists? Sure. Do I believe he's your God? Sure, I have no problem with that," he said he tells Christians who ask.

"I understand Christians' love for Jesus and I respect that," he said. "If anything, I learned a lot from them and did become a more engaged Jew, a better Jew, and I appreciate my Judaism more because I hung out with Jesus."

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Jesus • Judaism

soundoff (2,641 Responses)
  1. 3511danny

    I think that Mel Gibson should read this article.

    April 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  2. scott s.

    While I believe Jesus was a Jew and died a Jew, who blasphemed by claiming to be the son of God, the bottom line is that your book, no matter what your religion, is not fact. You cannot say what color he was (for those of you that think he was black) and you cannot say with certainty that he was the son of God. In fact I will give all my worldly possessions to anyone who can prove to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was. In the meantime, stop arguing who is right or wrong, because none of you are either... it's all FAITH. You believe it to be true because someone else told you it is.

    April 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  3. BJust

    Jesus was & still is a superhero; just browse through the gospels. It maybe requires an effort to accept Him as a son of God, but dear Jewish friends, what is really a difference between a visionary superhero who led people against evil forces & corruption & died for His beliefs and a son of God? As many of you did in the first century & some throughout the history, including our time, why don't you consider accepting Him – at some level? He redeemed Himself for everyone....and I hope that Muslims will start recognizing Him as well. It's not easy to wholeheartedly stick to the universal love & tolerance in these times of terrorism ... Let's see what could unite us & what could be better as a wonderful figure of Jesus?

    April 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • 3511danny

      In that were the case their would be many "superheroes. "

      April 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  4. vic

    all will believe and all knees will bend.

    April 15, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  5. Tom

    Why spend all this time on Jesus? First, Jews would have to assume that Jesus actually existed. The only evidence is in the New Testament and a couple of ancient writers who thought Hercules was a historical figure too. By even debating about Jesus, Jews are giving credibility to the New Testament.

    This sounds awfully fishy (pun intended), just like that con a few years back of the "Jews for Jesus".

    April 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  6. Pat Marshall

    First, change the picture since he did not look like that – a little darker please!

    April 15, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  7. Xan Go

    I could never understand how any Christian could be an anti-semite. Jesus' Judaism is ALL OVER the freakin' Bible. The Romans even called him The KING of the Jews.,,,
    So, hearing about Christian Nazi organizations is UTTERLY absurd. Your God was a Jew. And you HATE Jews. Tell me that makes any sense. Even the German Holocaust was theologically ludicrous. Germans, claiming to be Christian followers of a famous Jew (Jesus) tried to eliminate all the Jews from Europe. Absurd!!!

    April 15, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • Judas Priest

      The justification that such people use is Paul of Tarsus' logic that Jesus broke away from Judaism, overturning what had come before and setting a new path; and that since he was the son and/or incarnation of God, anything that could be linked to Jesus took precedence. This elevates Christian belief -above- Judaism, and that sense of superiority is what can be used to justify anti-Semitism in some Christians' minds.
      I find it even more shameful that so many (but NOT ALL) fundamentalists, "roots" Christians, will avoid Jesus's teachings about love and tolerance in favor of the same illogic of inherent Christian superiority. This is the theological equivalent of so many Muslims downplaying similar messages in the Koran in favor of the hadiths of the imams that came after and interpreted Mohamed.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • Brown Salte

      judas priest what cult are u peddling or how many do u have in ur head, idiot!

      April 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  8. Texanonymouse

    Absolutely! Jesus was a Jew, adhered to God's Law as given to the Children of Israel. According to Him, the Law was fulfilled, not erased. Christians should learn from Judaism - and Jews have much to share with Christians. An excellent idea.

    April 15, 2012 at 9:05 am |
    • Muneef

      Jesus was from the Children of Israel but surely was not a Jew since he and his mother were rejected by them for well known reasons...

      April 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Muneef

      Jesus was from the Children of Israel but surely was not a Jew since he and his mother were rejected by them for well known reasons...Mentioned in the Quran..

      April 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  9. md2205

    You cannot say the history evolved gradually.

    After G-d told the Jews they will leave Egypt, He told them slaughter the sheep they had tied to their be-dposts and to circ-um-cise themselves. He also told them to take along their unleavened bread as they leave. The Jews did all three things. Then they got the Torah in the desert.

    The next year, they were to celebrate the anniversary of their exodus and receiving of the Torah by doing the same sac-rifice with the sheep and by preparing and eating the same unleavened bread. They were to circ-um-cise their newborn sons (not on the anniversary but whenever a new baby was born). They continued these practices since that time.

    If they would have been sitting around the campfire telling stories about what happened to their ancestors, they would not have had these rit-uals to do. And if they had those rit-uals to do, it was not outside of a cont-ext. They didn't just start doing these rit-uals one day as a nation. The rit-uals didn't come in a vacu-um. They came along with the explanations for them, with the history of doing them.

    April 15, 2012 at 3:10 am |
  10. Ron

    "Reclaim Jesus"? Whoa, I thought they used to curse him ritually.

    OTOH he WAS a Jew, possibly the most famous of them all, ever.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • Judas Priest

      You don't talk to any Jews, do you? I've never met nor heard of a Jew that cursed Jesus, though many had unkind words for his wrongheaded followers.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:37 am |
  11. CSX

    They waited for a MEssiah and when the Just One came they killed John his messenger, Jesus and Stephen.
    Imagine that, they killed their own God. Yes, they better find him,

    Jesus stood as Stephen was executed, oh to not be on mas's side. Ouch.

    April 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • md2205

      You are quite behind the times, my dear. Please read the following excerpt which the Pope in 1965 wrote which clarifies the Christian position on the topic presented in your post:

      DECLARATION ON
      THE RELATION OF THE CHURCH TO NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS
      NOSTRA AETATE
      PROCLAIMED BY HIS HOLINESS
      POPE PAUL VI
      ON OCTOBER 28, 1965

      ...True, the Jewish authorities and those who followed their lead pressed for the death of Christ;(13) still, what happened in His passion cannot be charged against all the Jews, without distinction, then alive, nor against the Jews of today.

      Although the Church is the new people of God, the Jews should not be presented as rejected or accursed by God, as if this followed from the Holy Scriptures. All should see to it, then, that in catechetical work or in the preaching of the word of God they do not teach anything that does not conform to the truth of the Gospel and the spirit of Christ.

      Furthermore, in her rejection of every persecution against any man, the Church, mindful of the patrimony she shares with the Jews and moved not by political reasons but by the Gospel's spiritual love, decries hatred, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone.

      Besides, as the Church has always held and holds now, Christ underwent His passion and death freely, because of the sins of men and out of infinite love, in order that all may reach salvation. It is, therefore, the burden of the Church's preaching to proclaim the cross of Christ as the sign of God's all-embracing love and as the fountain from which every grace flows...

      April 15, 2012 at 2:18 am |
    • Judas Priest

      I'd refer you back to my previous post where I chew this bone in more detail, but I know that's too much like work, so I'll simply give you the juiciest morsel–
      I find it even more shameful that so many (but NOT ALL) fundamentalists, "roots" Christians, will avoid Jesus's teachings about love and tolerance in favor of the same illogic of inherent Christian superiority. This is the theological equivalent of so many Muslims downplaying similar messages in the Koran in favor of the hadiths of the imams that came after and interpreted Mohamed.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  12. Mohammad A Dar

    Word Jesus is corruption of the name of son blessed Mary, Easu, Anointed one, Letter Jesus is added to make him a Jew, but he was a Hebrew, dedicated one to truth absolute 360*, not a hindu Pharisee, pagan hypocrite Jew, letter A is deleted to conform it to hindu, pagan trinity, and Letter S is added according to Hebrew language to show respect, Christianity is nothing but hindu Mithra ism, pagan savior ism, son of blessed Mary had nothing to do with, nor with hindu sanatan, pagan goon ism labeled as Saint ism. No one is above the law, neither are these hindu santan's, pagan saints nor was son of blessed Mary.
    Word Atheist means nothing but, self centered,secular, Jew, hindu or a pig, in denial of truth absolute 360*, pretending to be truth absolute 360* himslf, god. Nothing but hinuism, stupidity of a hindu, stupid, claiming to be what no human can be, god himself like a hindu sanatan, ignorant goon saint, hindu's, ignorant pray to as their man god.

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    April 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • VXC

      You are but a worshipper of satan with a handle like that!

      April 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • Judas Priest

      New meds not working out for you, I take it.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:42 am |
  13. Jeff

    CNN has an international and US version...Can I select CNN rational version? This nonsense is getting close to Fox "news"

    April 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Judas Priest

      404, rationality not found.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:42 am |
  14. Pope_Inquisitor

    jesus christ, he's dead ...let it go.. move on into the 21st century without the fairytales and myths

    April 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • David

      youre a bloody fool for speaking out against jesus you have a tongue of a devil that is speaking through you

      April 14, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
    • Judas Priest

      David, ladies agree that I do indeed have the tongue of a devil, so I give this thought to you– that there are indeed people who believe differently than you do, and that every truth that you tell is a lie to them. There is no point in assaulting and belittling them. Those who cannot be convinced will not listen, and those who can be convinced will not listen to insults.
      Pope Inquisitor, it would behoove you to take this to heart as well.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  15. Muneef

    The story of Prophet Jesus with the Children of Israel;

    http://www.islamawareness.net/Prophets/isa.html

    To read all the stories of Prophets of GOD as per the Holy Quran from Adam down to Muhammed (Pbuh) ;

    http://www.islamawareness.net/Prophets/

    April 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • VXC

      You are a satan worshipper!

      April 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • Judas Priest

      And you, VXC, are an abusive idiot.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • Muneef

      No dear I worship the GOD of Abraham (saws) who are supposed to be worshiped by Jews,Christians and Muslims... In every prayers or reciting of the Quran we first seek refuge in GOD from Satan and his followers..;
      -–
      O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth [that is] lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. 2:168

      He only orders you to evil and immorality and to say about Allah what you do not know. 2:169
      --

      By Allah , We did certainly send [messengers] to nations before you, but Satan made their deeds attractive to them. And he is the disbelievers' ally today [as well], and they will have a painful punishment. 16:63

      And We have not revealed to you the Book, [O Muhammad], except for you to make clear to them that wherein they have differed and as guidance and mercy for a people who believe. 16:64
      ---
      So when you recite the Qur'an, [first] seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the expelled [from His mercy]. 16:98

      Indeed, there is for him no authority over those who have believed and rely upon their Lord. 16:99

      His authority is only over those who take him as an ally and those who through him associate others with Allah . 16:100
      --

      And tell My servants to say that which is best. Indeed, Satan induces [dissension] among them. Indeed Satan is ever, to mankind, a clear enemy. 17:53
      --

      And if there comes to you from Satan an evil suggestion, then seek refuge in Allah . Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Knowing. 41:36

      April 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  16. Muneef

    So have they not traveled through the earth and have hearts by which to reason and ears by which to hear? For indeed, it is not eyes that are blinded, but blinded are the hearts which are within the breasts. 22:46
    ---

     As usually happened in such events, the poor and needy were the steadfast believers from the community[7] and the suppressive were the rich and arrogant townsfolk. As Saleh took the side of the underprivileged, the chieftains of the tribe reviled the prophet and mocked his words.
    Although Saleh had told his people about God's mercy, they argued and demanded that he obtain a miracle. This showed a weakness on the part of the Thamud people, and represents in them a childish reliance on visual miracles rather than spiritual faith. 

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saleh

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thamud

    http://www.islamawareness.net/Prophets/salih.html

    April 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Snap

      Faith and miracles are both dangerous. One comes with no evidence, and the other shows you evidence but no understanding. When God raises one from the dead, how do you know he is not god but rather a much more advanced alien? The mundane world flows along, guided by the rules that guide it. Those rules once understood can be manipulated to your gain, rather then loss. But the knowledge of such things neither makes you god, nor gives you the answers to the infinite.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • Muneef

      Every Prophet of GOD came with a Miracle to get people to believe in him as a prophet and Messanger of GOD...

      What ever was done by the Prophets and Messangers of GOD no Magician assisted by the knowledge of Spell books nor assisted by Jinn were able to make similar miracles... Another thing we have nothing in the Quran speaking about Aliens from space maybe those are only present in Hollywood movies...Quran tells us only there are Angels,Jinn and finally Humans...

      April 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  17. Brampt

    I personally think every Christian that believes in God has to know the why of this... God is the creator.. Why? Proof Jesus is god or not... Why? Proof... Etc...

    April 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Pope_Inquisitor

      god is pretend. read "A Universe from Nothing" by Krauss. learn some science .. shed the myths

      April 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Brampt

      Pope- I study nature and how everything works, and it's amazing... Even scientists that atheists before were obligated by the study's they make about nature that there has to someone very intelligente to have creates everything. Or tell me? If evolution was real, then why did suddentlly monkeys stopped evolutioning in to humans? Strange ehh... I haven't seen has humans half monkeys yet... Unless u still believe on the big foot?? :)

      April 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Judas Priest

      Brampt, I disagree with the way Pope Inquisitor chooses to say it, but I agree with him that there is a fundamental flaw in your thinking. Study some logic as well as some basic science, and then come back and explain to me how you think apes (which are not monkeys) have stopped evolving– or anything, for that matter, besides yourself.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • Brampt

      Judas- have u seen an evolving ape? I hvent... Ya they stopped. Cause weres the sapiens or the othe sapiens....theres either humans or apes... Unless u consider u self a big ape...!!

      April 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  18. Jackie

    History has shown man has changed God's word to suit themselves. As the bible says Jews called for the killing of Jesus and said let it be on their generations. So it was written so it was done. Now greed and evil is again changing as Israel sees the need to join American Christians. Greed and Power has always been the way to man's heart and nothing has changed. Joseph Smith Jr. had a made up book and a story with no proof but formed the Mormon Religion. Many so called prophets used Religious fake stories for self wealth. Smith was smart he said only he could read the golden bible and wow he was told to bury it and then didn't know where it was when asked. Yes his memory was all he needed. Several Churches have leaders who have all the answers for a buck and people blindly follow. We see Evangelical/Catholic/Baptist Leaders now telling the faithful to vote for a Mormon because these religious leaders were paid well. Judas wasn't the only one who could be paid to turn against Jesus.

    April 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • md2205

      You are quite behind the times, my dear. Please read the following (some parts I took out which didn't pertain to the quote of interest) which the Pope in 1965 wrote which clarifies the Christian position on the topic presented in your post:

      DECLARATION ON
      THE RELATION OF THE CHURCH TO NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS
      NOSTRA AETATE
      PROCLAIMED BY HIS HOLINESS
      POPE PAUL VI
      ON OCTOBER 28, 1965

      1. In our time, when day by day mankind is being drawn closer together, and the ties between different peoples are becoming stronger, the Church examines more closely her relationship to non-Christian religions. In her task of promoting unity and love among men, indeed among nations, she considers above all in this declaration what men have in common and what draws them to fellowship.

      ...4...
      Thus the Church of Christ acknowledges that, according to God's saving design, the beginnings of her faith and her election are found already among the Patriarchs, Moses and the prophets. She professes that all who believe in Christ-Abraham's sons according to faith (6)-are included in the same Patriarch's call, and likewise that the salvation of the Church is mysteriously foreshadowed by the chosen people's exodus from the land of bondage. The Church, therefore, cannot forget that she received the revelation of the Old Testament through the people with whom God in His inexpressible mercy concluded the Ancient Covenant. Nor can she forget that she draws sustenance from the root of that well-cultivated olive tree onto which have been grafted the wild shoots, the Gentiles.(7) Indeed, the Church believes that by His cross Christ, Our Peace, reconciled Jews and Gentiles. making both one in Himself.(8)
      ...

      As Holy Scripture testifies, Jerusalem did not recognize the time of her visitation,(9) nor did the Jews in large number, accept the Gospel; indeed not a few opposed its spreading.

      (10) Nevertheless, God holds the Jews most dear for the sake of their Fathers;

      ...

      Since the spiritual patrimony common to Christians and Jews is thus so great, this sacred synod wants to foster and recommend that mutual understanding and respect which is the fruit, above all, of biblical and theological studies as well as of fraternal dialogues.

      True, the Jewish authorities and those who followed their lead pressed for the death of Christ;(13) still, what happened in His passion cannot be charged against all the Jews, without distinction, then alive, nor against the Jews of today.

      Although the Church is the new people of God, the Jews should not be presented as rejected or accursed by God, as if this followed from the Holy Scriptures. All should see to it, then, that in catechetical work or in the preaching of the word of God they do not teach anything that does not conform to the truth of the Gospel and the spirit of Christ.

      Furthermore, in her rejection of every persecution against any man, the Church, mindful of the patrimony she shares with the Jews and moved not by political reasons but by the Gospel's spiritual love, decries hatred, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone.

      Besides, as the Church has always held and holds now, Christ underwent His passion and death freely, because of the sins of men and out of infinite love, in order that all may reach salvation. It is, therefore, the burden of the Church's preaching to proclaim the cross of Christ as the sign of God's all-embracing love and as the fountain from which every grace flows.

      5. We cannot truly call on God, the Father of all, if we refuse to treat in a brotherly way any man, created as he is in the image of God. Man's relation to God the Father and his relation to men his brothers are so linked together that Scripture says: "He who does not love does not know God" (1 John 4:8).

      No foundation therefore remains for any theory or practice that leads to discrimination between man and man or people and people, so far as their human dignity and the rights flowing from it are concerned.

      The Church reproves, as foreign to the mind of Christ, any discrimination against men or harassment of them because of their race, color, condition of life, or religion. On the contrary, following in the footsteps of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, this sacred synod ardently implores the Christian faithful to "maintain good fellowship among the nations" (1 Peter 2:12), and, if possible, to live for their part in peace with all men,(14) so that they may truly be sons of the Father who is in heaven.(15)

      April 15, 2012 at 2:13 am |
    • Judas Priest

      You yourself have turned against the teachings of Jesus in favor of the words of men who reinterpreted his wisdom to suit their own agendas. If you insist on taking this corrupted doctrine of hate above the words of the one you profess to be your savior, then I can only recommend the traditional solution; choose a good rope and a stout tree branch.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  19. Brampt

    Cathrine- even thought I respect what u or other people think about God i can't just stop defending what is true. About the bible to understand it u need to sit down and reason about it, using ur soul or emotions can make people blind to reality, either identifying God or make personal decisiciones based on emotions. If u wanna by a car because u feel like it, and know u don't have enough money for it, but still u follow ur emotions can lead u to bankruptcy and future disater, as an expample.

    April 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  20. smk

    God speaks to the whole humanity through His book Quran..

    “Proclaim, He is the One and only GOD. The Absolute GOD. Never did He beget. Nor was He begotten. None equals Him." [112:1]

    “They even attribute to Him sons and daughters, without any knowledge. Be He glorified. He is the Most High, far above their claims.” Quran [6:100]

    “The example of Jesus, as far as GOD is concerned, is the same as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, "Be," and he was.” Quran [3:59]

    “No soul can carry the sins of another soul. If a soul that is loaded with sins implores another to bear part of its load, no other soul can carry any part of it, even if they were related. ... [35:18]

    It does not befit God that He begets a son, be He glorified. To have anything done, He simply says to it, "Be," and it is. [19:35]

    God will say, "O Jesus, son of Mary did you say to the people, `Make me and my mother idols beside God?' " He will say, "Be You glorified. I could not utter what was not right. Had I said it, You already would have known it. You know my thoughts, and I do not know Your thoughts. You know all the secrets.[5:116]

    The Messiah, son of Mary is no more than a messenger like the messengers before him, and his mother was a saint. Both of them used to eat the food. Note how we explain the revelations for them, and note how they still deviate! [5:75]

    (they are condemned) for disbelieving and uttering about Mary a gross lie. [4:156]

    Subsequent to them, we sent Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming the previous scripture, the Torah. We gave him the Gospel, containing guidance and light, and confirming the previous scriptures, the Torah, and augmenting its guidance and light, and to enlighten the righteous. Quran [5:46]

    Thanks for taking time to read my post. Please take a moment to clear your misconception by going to whyIslam org website.

    When My servants ask you about Me, I am always near. I answer their prayers when they pray to Me. The people shall respond to Me and believe in Me, in order to be guided. Quran [2:186]

    O people of the scripture, do not transgress the limits of your religion, and do not say about GOD except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was a messenger of GOD, and His word that He had sent to Mary, and a revelation from Him. Therefore, you shall believe in GOD and His messengers. You shall not say, "Trinity." You shall refrain from this for your own good. GOD is only one god. Be He glorified; He is much too glorious to have a son. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. GOD suffices as Lord and Master. Quran [4:171]

    April 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • Brampt

      Smk- I agree when the corah states about the Jesus is not God, the bible doesn't teach us that, and it has been misquoted by the majority of christian denominations. That teaching started when Emperor of Rome Constantine in about year 200 started adapting to the church of that time that was already mesessed up teaching from pagan religions, egipcian already worshiped triades of gods, the Hindus as well, and adapted to the church to gain followers with out forcing those people. Similar to the way catholic church did during the middle age when they fused there saints with African god, witch created a well know religion called, Santeria, wide spread in Caribbean countrys today. Example: to African goddess Yemaya, they adapted as Virgen Mary... In efforts to not create much conflict in between euro catholic conquerers and the African slaves of that time.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • Brampt

      By year 200 the church have adopted officially the god father, god son and god holy ghost, and the 3 are 1. Men's teaching Not biblical. But as for the rest of the coran, it talks about God it says it's Allah, but Allah means God, theres no name for God...Jesus was apointed to come by the profets, but Muslims that respect the profets, don't take to consideration the profecys the told about the messiah, that acomplished perfectly on Jesus no one else. Muslims say that the soul is immortal, the profets never said that the soul is immortal, but when we die we don't exist, period. Even though catholic killed many people that didn't want to acept there faith, Muslims didnt do better, cause instead of trusting God, muslims killed back, and still do in the muslim world to the so called unfaithful. Mohamed saw an angel that told him stuff but Constantine as well and Joseph smith, etc but all of them acted contrary to what the profets teached, witch gives me the idea that God wasn't behind those called angels...resuming, Muslim isn't the answer, it was based all by people that at that time hade other interestes, but pleasing God... Money and the fight for land spoke higher for those people, and cause world wide blood shed in "gods" name.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:02 am |
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