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Stephen Phillips Partly Errs

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Submitted by traehnam (United States), Jan 7, 2007 at 03:31

There is some truth in your comment, but you paint the Jews with too broad a brush. Jesus and his disciples were themselves Jews. Christianity was originally a Jewish religion. God chose the Jews to incarnate among. Christ sought especially to save the Jews. Christianity took off among and was sheltered by Jews. You say all the Jews hated Christ and knew he was the messiah, but despite that rejected him because all of them wanted to retain their hierarchy. Did Jesus' parents hate him them? They were Jews. Did the great crowds of Jews to whom Jesus ministered hate him? The fact that you leave out such details and speak of "all" the Jews suggests that you also hate -- but you hate "the Jews." If you think Christ will support that, good luck.

Some Christian theologians think that God's covenant with the Jews is an eternal one, despite the fact that most Jews have failed to see Jesus as messiah. It is quite possible to be a wonderful, loving person, and yet fail to recognize the messiah for one reason or another. I doubt God hates the wonderful loving person merely for the failure to recognize the Christ. Especially the God of love you seem to be referring to. In this world, real recognition of Christ is not always so easy to accomplish honestly. Honesty faces doubt and complexity, and in today's world, those factors are huge things to face, not always easy to see one's way through. "Forgive them, for they know not what they do," Christ said, not "hate them, because they are all killing God's son on purpose."

Actually a broad brush is ok sometimes, depending on the precision of its breadth. Some truths are applicable in a pretty broad way. But you didn't use merely a broad brush. You spoke of "all" the Jews hating Christ and you made similar utterly unqualified statements. You speak of "love" but love doesn't use the word "all" in the way you used it, I would think.

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