A member of Israel’s Knesset ripped the New Testament out of a Bible in a public demonstration recently. Michael Ben-Ari said he stands by his action, claiming that the “Christian Bible led to the murder of millions of Jews in the Inquisition and throughout history” (“Ben-Ari Unapologetic,” Arutz Sheva, July 18, 2012). The Bible desecrated by Ben-Ari was one of the copies that were sent to each of the Knesset members by a publisher. Here we are reminded of the reproach that has been brought upon the New Testament faith by the harlot church in Rome and its vicious, unscriptural actions.
The New Testament does not authorize the persecution of the Jews or of anyone else. Roman Catholicism is a terrible corruption of true New Testament Christianity. If Ben-Ari would do more careful historical research, he would learn that Rome hated Bible-believing Christians as much as she hated Jews. It is true that the New Testament puts the blame for the crucifixion of Jesus at the feet of the Jewish leaders of that day. They rejected Him as their Messiah in spite of the fact that He fulfilled the Messianic prophecies, and they even rejected Pilate’s efforts to release Jesus, crying out, “Crucify him, crucify him,” and, “We have no king but Caesar” (John 19:15-16).
But Bible-believing Christians do not hate the Jews and never have. We know that we are not better than any other men and that only by God’s grace are we saved. The nation Israel is in God’s hands, and we pray for the peace of Jerusalem because that is the glorious day that Christ will reign over the whole earth. The story of the crucifixion doesn’t stop with the part played by the Jews. The New Testament also puts the blame on the Roman government. In fact, it puts the blame upon the head of every sinner, because the Son of God would not have died had it not been for His love for sinners and His desire to redeem them.
As Jesus said to Pilate, “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above” (John 19:11). The Messianic prophecies explain exactly why Jesus died: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
(Friday Church News Notes, July 27, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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