Jewish Anti-Christianity

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The Pharisees by Duccio di Buoninsegna

Yes, it does exist.  It may not be as common and/or as vehement as Islamic anti-Christianity, but it does exist.  Last year Jews spray-painted graffiti on churches in the wake of the news of Pope Francis’ visit of the Holy Land, then later Jewish nationalists vandalized churches and now a Jewish mob attempted to block Greek Orthodox worshippers from entering the purported Upper Room which coincidentally happens to be on top of the purported King David’s Tomb.  You can find the article here.

http://www.ibtimes.com/king-davids-tomb-protest-jews-block-christians-entering-holy-site-jerusalem-1947214

Some Jews still want to see the end of Christianity as did King Herod Antipas, the Pharisees, the Sadducees and the scribes.  Early Christians such as Saint Stephen (Acts 7:58) and Saint James (12:2) were martyred by order of the Jewish authorities.  Saint Eusebius recorded the leader of the Zealots “was a man by the name of Barcocheba (which signifies a star), who possessed the character of a” thief and assassin [1].  I remember reading something by Saint Justin Martyr about Simon bar Kokbha leading an attack on Christians and putting them to the sword.  He said that “in the Jewish war which lately raged, Barchochebas, the leader of the revolt of the Jews, gave orders that Christians alone should be led to cruel punishments, unless they would deny Jesus Christ and utter blasphemy” [2].  Jerome mentioned, “Cochebas leader of the Jewish faction put Christians to death with various tortures” [3].

Some strictly observe Talmud and believe it.  It does say a Christian “follows the false teachings of that man, who taught them to celebrate the feast on the first day of the Sabbath, that is, to worship on the first day after the Sabbath” (cf. Abhodah Zarah 6a).  It calls a church “a house of idolatry” (cf. 78) and statues “idols” (cf. Iore Dea 142:15).  I have been bullied by Jews for being Christian and have seen hem post vitriolic photos of Our Lord.

Did they forget who funds them?!  The country that gives them — Israel — the most money of all nations annually is 80% Christian and the biggest supporters of their existence happen to be Christians: not Muslims, not Buddhists, not Hindus, not Atheists and not Agnostics, but Christians.

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“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered together thy children, as the hen doth gather her chickens under her wings, and thou wouldest not?” (Matthew 23:37)

[1] Saint Eusebius of Caesarea. Church History 4:6:2. <http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/250104.htm&gt;.

[2] Saint Justin Martyr. First Apology 31:5-6. <http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0126.htm&gt;.

[3] Saint Jerome. De viris illustribus 25. <http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/2708.htm&gt;.

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