My hearts cry is for believers to know this information and to not sweep it under the rug. It matters going forward.....Reconciliation.
In other words, when Christian leaders ask the Jewish people to forgive us.....You will know why!
When talking with the Average Christian about antisemitism most have a very superficial, abstract concept of what antisemitism is.
When I start sharing with them the historical accounts of forced conversions, removing the wife and children, forced marriages between Jews to Non Jews, ostrification from banking, employment, schools, various forms of torture, murder, burning Jewish teachers/Rabbis alive (Often in the town square) killing their babies, separating their children, cutting off their limbs, burning out their eyes, burning them alive in Synagogues (after locking them inside), beheading them, imprisonment, buried alive,
JUST TO NAME A FEW
All perpetrated by the Christian/Catholic churches creating a societal ideology woven into the centuries for nearly 2000 years.
Most cannot imagine the brutality, the bigotry and the horror that accompanied life as a Jew. This very fact one could say is antisemitic as well.....no accountability.
Some of the various methods of torturing the Jews (during the Spanish Inquisition) are pictured.
In the Jewish mind this is what Jesus, the Christ represented
John 2:23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many (Jews) believed in his name, seeing the signs which he did.
Acts 21:20 They, when they heard it, glorified God. They said to him, "You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the JEWS of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law (Torah)
My forthcoming book is about how this hellish treatment of the Jews affected the theology that draws many of us to a Sunday Churches each week...Avoiding a Jewish Synagogue while carrying the very book that they wrote is an affect of Antisemitism...i,e, Synagogue of satan!
|A starving rat was placed into the cage|
We too, would observe your circumcision of the flesh, your Sabbath days, and in a word, all you festivals, if we were not aware of the reason why they were imposed upon you, namely, because of your sins and the hardness of heart.
The custom of circumcising the flesh, handed down from Abraham, was given to you as a distinguishing mark, to set you off from other nations and from us Christians. The purpose of this was that you and only you might suffer the afflictions that are now justly yours; that only your land be desolated, and you cities ruined by fire, that the fruits of you land be eaten by strangers before your very eyes; that not one of you be permitted to enter your city of Jerusalem. Your circumcision of the flesh is the only mark by which you can certainly be distinguished from other men…as I stated before it was by reason of your sins and the sins of your fathers that, among other precepts, God imposed upon you the observence of the sabbath as a mark.
Here is what God told Moses to write to ISRAEL:
It is a sign between me and the children of Israel FOREVER; for in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.'" Exodus 31:17