Did Jews Really Kill Jesus Christ?
Why have Jews been blamed for the death of Jesus? There are several reasons having to do with power politics and little to do with facts. Jesus was crucified for sedition, that is rebellion against Rome. Anyone who laid claim to the Jewish throne (there were many) got the same treatment.
This is proven by Acts 1:6, "When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" (KJV) That is why he was executed by the Romans and it had nothing to do with violating Jewish Law as Paul and his followers claim.
Also in Luke 23:2, "And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.";
And Acts 17:7, "Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus."
Remember this is "king" as the Jews understood it, a human to free the country from Roman rule, not Paul's Gnostic savior deity. Why would the Jewish officials the Gospel writers depict as being against Jesus (that was later debunked in Acts 21:17 showed Jesus' movement was part of the official Jewish leadership) showed Jesus' actual sect was right in with the Jewish leadership!
Thus the Gospel-writers' tales that Jesus was crucified for violating Jewish Law rather than threatening Roman rule are simply lies. King Herod and his family (Arabs not Jews) hated and feared Jesus (Matthew 2:1-18; Mark 3:6, 8:15, 12:13; and Luke 9:7-9, 13:31) and John the Baptist for this very reason. There may even have been Roman agents among Jesus' followers which is why they were so suspicious of the Roman citizen Paul.
Much ignored is the Temple high priest was an appointee of the Romans put there to protect Roman interests. According to Josephus's Antiquities 18:2:2, the Roman Procurator, Pilate, appointed the chief priests. According to Acts Paul was an agent of the chief priests, thus a Roman agent. Also the "chief priests" that ordered Jesus' murdered for threatening Roman rule were also Roman agents.
The followers of Paul, who converted Jesus to a Gnostic style savior-god, wanted to stay clear of being crucified themselves so they concocted this nonsense to blame the Jews. To sell his new religion laid out in Galatians, Paul had to usurp the authority of Jesus' actual followers, destroy Judaism, them demonize the Jews. (As did his later followers who wrote the Gospels.)
Nor was Pilate the wimp the gospels make him out to be. He excelled in cruelty and did anything he could to enrage the people he ruled. The real fact is Christianity has nothing new to offer if the true teachings of Jesus are followed. Jesus taught repentance, charity and love, simple enough.
Then who was responsible?
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whomsoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). "God the Father loves us humans so much that He was offering His only Son to be scourged and then to be nailed to a cross. It was His love that prevented our merited extinction. It was His love that brought us unmerited forgiveness and opened the possibility of eternal life for all humans" so says Christianity. God was responsible.
Jesus agreed to do God's plan according to the Gospel writers, He know knew it was coming, He admits to it in advance. Thus Jesus was responsible too. Did the original Jesus of Matthew, Mark, and Luke really believe He was the Messiah of Judaism (see the figure of Zechariah 9:9 that wasn't supposed to die on a cross and be proceeded by a reborn Elijah (or Elias) of Malachi 4:5 that wasn't supposed to be beheaded like John the Baptist), or was He the Gnostic Messiah of the Gospel of John? (Written around 100 AD.)
Another note in my reading of the New Testament, it's clear Jesus knew Judas was going to "betray" Him. (There is some question here the term was not 'betray' but 'turn over'.) He knew it in advance and admitted it openly. There is a good reason for this because Jesus instructed Judas to do it. Jesus headed an anti-Roman movement that by tradition was supposed to defeat the occupiers and restore the nation's freedom. Let's look at the Bible:
Matthew 27:3-5, "Then Judas, which had 'betrayed' him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself." The Jewish Messiah wasn't supposed to die on a cross and in grief Judas committed suicide.
Jesus was a total failure as "King of the Jews" and did nothing the Jewish Messiah should have done.
Paul Hijacks Jesus
Yet to quote a Christian friend, "Though the messages (Paul versus Jesus) are different, the revelation to Paul is the key to understanding the absence of Christ and actually gives validity to the message of Christ. Without Paul's revelation, Jesus becomes a false prophet..."
No kidding. That is very true and for Paul's message to be sold he and his followers not only had to discredit Judaism, but demonize the Jews as well. To sell his religion to both wealthier Romans and the Emperor, he had to make the Jews the scapegoat for the Romans. His followers simply lied. Paul put the Emperor's laws (Romans 13:1-5) over God's Laws in the Old Testament. Paul's followers wrote the Gospels after he broke with James around 50 AD.
This came about over the issue of circumcision. Paul according to Galatians had spent about 20 years selling his "Gospel" to Gentiles he convinced were Jews when in fact they weren't. Jesus' Brother James forced Paul and his followers to accept circumcision or else. Paul had become very wealthy and knew he would lose most of his wealthy Gentile patrons so he broke with James and Judaism over power and money.
The real crime of the Jews is rejecting the Apostle Paul, whose "Christ" was the product of his own revelations and not that of the Old Testament. This is why Paul claimed the Old Testament was voided through himself and His revelation: To quote Romans 16:25, Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began...
Galatians 3:17-20, "And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one..." Paul knew perfectly well the Old Testament says nothing he claims, and if it was true, his new Gospel wasn't true. So what does he do? Claims the Law wasn't given by God to Moses! It's called Gnosticism!
Paul also violated Jewish monotheism and the Ten Commandment by splitting God into a duality, later a trinity. Again Gnostic and Platonist' influences.
Just as the Law was discredited by Paul, then all of Judaism and the Jews must also be discredited, if not destroyed. If the Old Testament is correct as written, then Christianity is a hoax created by Paul, which in fact it is.
- Apostle Paul Founder of Christianity
- Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet
- Modern Ebionites
- Comments on the Ebionites
- Comments on the Apostle Paul
- Jesus and The Day of the Lord
- Paul: the Father of Sexism and Anti-Semitism?
- Reassessing the Apostle Paul
- The Heresy of Thomas: Mystery & Wisdom
- James the Just and Salvation via Works
- The Heresy of Peter: Compromised Christianity
- The Heresy of Luther: Reformation Undone
- "Killed Their Own Prophets": New Testament Libel of the Jews
- Paul the Apostle and Salvation Thru Faith
- James, Paul, and the Dead Sea Scrolls by John Oller
- The Theology of Paul
- Review of Hyam Maccoby's Paul and Hellenism by John Mann
- Paul's Bungling Attempt At Sounding Pharisaic by Hyam Maccoby
- Hyam Maccoby was mostly right
- The Problem of Paul Indroduction
- The Problem of Paul 1
- The Problem of Paul 2
- Jesus and the Jewish Resistance Introduction
- Jesus and the Jewish Resistance: The Messiah
- Jesus and the Jewish Resistance: The Pharisees
- Jesus and the Jewish Resistance: The King of the Jews
- Jesus and the Jewish Resistance: The Day of the Lord