The Great Contradiction
Stephen Newdell, 7 May 2015
How Could “They” Have Killed God?
I read story after story about people saying they can justify hating Jews because ALL the Jews who ever lived killed Jesus.
I say I’m exempt. I wasn’t there. Were you? I had nothing to do with that event.
The Bible is really short hand for longer events and to understand it well you should understand the background language, idioms and culture from which it came. So, we have short events as highlights like “Cliff Notes” for college courses.
Who did Jesus say he was? He finally grilled his disciples, “Who do you say I am” and the answer came back, “You are the Messiah” Luke 9:20
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”
Was Jesus God walking among men and women?
Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
In another event John 14:9
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Finally he predicted he would willingly be the final sacrifice for all the sins of mankind.
See: John 12:20-36
23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.
30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up[a] from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.
Jesus is the final scapegoat. Without him, we have no savior. If we can’t keep all the law perfectly we’ve broken all of it completely and we’ll end our lives with a judgment, condemnation and “the second death.”
Even after people heard a voice from all around them some asked him a final question to confirm or deny what appeared to be the statements. Continued in John 12:
34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”
35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.
So, Jesus was the Light of God. He was The Father. We came to preach, teach, heal, show us what we could become if we would dedicate ourselves to His Way, and he came to become the final sacrifice for remission of sins.
To complete this discussion I take you to its beginnings – which were in two letters to John.
[ The Word Became Flesh ] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
[ The Incarnation of the Word of Life ] That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
When Jesus said “Before Abraham was I am” (John 8:58), he was implicitly applying the divine name Yahweh to himself (cf. Exodus 3:14-15).
I return to my thought to our present day news. These people who hold up signs that say “The Jews Killed Christ” should question their own flawed logic.
If Jesus the Christ was God walking amongst men as St. Paul said he was, in John 1:1 … the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … how can it be that God was overwhelmed by men and unwillingly put to death? Further please; If Jesus were not put to death, who would we go to for remission of the Law and Sin?
Alas, we cannot actually debate sensibly with these people. They do not want to apply logic and careful thought to this issue. Forcing themselves to be so self-disciplined, analytical and logical is likely far beyond their life-skills level.
They do not want to admit they’re crazy and wrong. They want to violently beat anyone who opposes them until at last they or their offspring are busy killing one another in a lawless society that results from an oppressive dictatorship. Of course they don’t believe this is what will become of the dictatorial society they intend to create with their violent revolution, including their efforts to stop anyone who promotes communication to contradict them, Ms. Pamela Geller being this April 2015 a present time notable opposing voice.
If lately Syria isn’t proof enough for you that oppressive dictatorships lead to social chaos and civil war, there’s nothing else to which I should trouble myself to point as a convincer!
England and Ireland have been the focus of religious differences leading to outright war for centuries, actually. This arguably most civilized “gentile” country on the planet cannot settle differences peacefully. And all parties are proud of their militant heritage. The more battles and blood they’ve spilled of their own countrymen, the prouder they become!
How then can we expect to avoid more of the same all over Europe and finally all over North America? If all these places were to lose their representative forms of government and be replaced with dictatorships, there seems to me no doubt the end result would be religious wars, race wars, hate crime wars, revenge wars, gender treatment wars, sex difference and sex crime wars, wars about money, wars about water and food, wars about treatment of children, wars about education, until there would be nothing left but ashes and dead bodies virtually everywhere.
The ONLY ones who promote civility and peace are the Jews and the off shoot of Judaism, which is Christianity! Must I remind you, Jesus was Jewish, from the family tree of King David, and was raised on Mt. Carmel in a Jewish monastic community? His people, The Essenes, were known for their long white robes, extreme education and healing abilities. Before we hear much about Jesus we hear that at age 12/13 he was holding teaching sessions at the Jerusalem Temple steps.
Most Jews did not kill Jesus. They revered and loved Him! They called him, “Torah” they said he was The Living Word of God walking amongst human kind. His name indicates He was God With Us.
Would God With Us want us to wage wars about His own decision to make himself the final propitiation for a law too difficult to keep? If you cannot explain How God Among Us was unwillingly murdered, you cannot blame Him for letting His will be done so that we could finally end the misery on Earth and in Heaven.
It’s time to stop hating Jews and start worshipping with them.
If my feeble mind is insufficient for you, I shall give you this further reference for your kind and careful consideration: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/05/sorry-america-you-re-wrong-the-jews-did-not-kill-jesus.html
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