Christianity has struggled with the Jewish Question for a very long time. Only 70-80 years ago a Christian nation under a deeply pagan anti-Christian leadership sought to completely eliminate the Jews from the face of the earth.

It is legitimate to ask, “How did things get so bad?” One of the reasons (obviously the issue is far more complex than this) is a particular Christian anti-Jewish theology that was nurtured for centuries and in many ways was imported into Christianity through pre-Christian Greco-Roman authors. A major boost, however, was received through the writings of German reformer Martin Luther many centuries later. In one of his later works, when he was very upset with the German Jews for various reasons, he wrote the following:

What shall we Christians do with this rejected and condemned people, the Jews? … First to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn… Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed… Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them. Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb… Fifth, I advise that safe ­conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews… (About the Jews and Their Lies by Martin Luther).

Adolf Hitler and those close to him believed that Christianity was a bastard child of Judaism. But Hitler’s theologians used this text by Martin Luther to get many people and their leaders, at least on the Protestant side, to turn a blind eye and in many cases enthusiastically support the creation of the Jewish ghettos and work camps.

So what must we do today? The Jews and Gentiles in Christ must stand together to prevent any other holocausts from happening in our world and under our watch, among Jewish or any other people.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Shalom. Yes. How could anyone who believes in a loving God ever think of doing such things as have been done to Jews in the past in the name of Christianity. We must not let such things happen to any group of people ever again.

    • Thank you for your comment, Dolores. Yeshua prophesied that persecution of God’s people would be done in God’s name. Any form of baseless hatred is the opposite of Yeshua’s commandment to love others.

  2. Jews were the first to persecute Christians, we often forget that. There will be another holocaust but not at the hands of Christians. 2/3 of all Jews will die before Christ returns. It’s sad that Jews still suffer under the burden of the law and lawlessness, happily Christians don’t.

    • Jews from one sect were the first to persecute Jews of another sect called “the way”. But in the first century there was actually much baseless hated between sects.

  3. Yes. If we do not clear up these errors and misunderstandings and stand together and seek the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to save us, history will soon repeat itself I am afraid.

  4. In my opinion that’s the devil’s work. The fact that Hitler used the same text of Martin Luther to persecute the jews shows clearly that the source behind Luther’s action was satanic not godly. Jesus’ greatest command is Love for our neighbors and even for our enemies.

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