Two Jewish nationalists were recently arrested for arson after they reportedly destroyed a Catholic monastery in Tabgha near the Sea of Galilee. A month ago these two thugs nearly annihilated the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves. Yinon Reuveni, age 20, and Yehuda Asraf, age 19, were charged with arson in a Nazareth court.
The Israeli Embassy to the Holy See affirmed that justice has been served and that Israel will not tolerate violent actions committed against non-Jewish minorities. Ironically Jewish entertainers, many of them themselves who despise Israel, will not admit the reality of Christians persecuted by Jews to this day. Much of Hollywood entertainment attacking Christianity is based on the liberal, Atheist and Agnostic Jewish community’s hatred of Christianity both on a social and political background. That means such liberals despise Christianity both because Jews were sometimes mistreated by Christians and because of Christian beliefs in Jesus Christ fulfilling the Old Covenant, the resurrection of the dead, abortion, euthanasia, same-sex unions and the ordination of women. Their favorite target of course is the Catholic Church which has the longest history of any Christian group, which further attests to the authenticity of the Catholic Church.
It all starts with Jesus Christ who preached fulfillment of the Old Covenant in the New, that one is not saved by observing circumcision and dietary laws, that one is not defiled by not observing these laws, that He preached about being both the Son of God and God the Son, that He founded a Church upon faith in Him. It continued with repeated attempts to kill Him which later happened in the Crucifixion. Then it continued with the persecution of Christians such as Saints Stephen and James. Though Scriptures should not be taken to refer explicitly to the Jews (since we all are sinners), it is unfortunate that some Christians have politicized Scriptures to justify Jew-baiting, and because of this critics of Christianity have accused the New Testament of justifying anti-Semitism. Scholars know this to be far from the truth, but history has a way of influencing people’s minds for the better or worse.
Going back to secularist Jewish animosity of Christianity it seems to be both cultural/religious and political in nature. For the secularist Jew, to be Jewish is a cultural identity; one need not believe in God or strictly observe the mitzvah to be a Jew. For the secularist Jew hatred for Christianity is based on their connection to the Jewish culture and because of the ethical teachings of orthodox Catholic Christianity. The Jewish secularist ridicules Christianity for its beliefs in matters of both faith and morals; i.e. the resurrection of the dead which is rejected by Jewish secularists and was also rejected by the Sadducees but was strongly believed by the Pharisees; the belief in Jesus Christ as divine due to its illogical appearance to them that God can be one Being in three Persons, that He supposedly attacked the Jewish culture, and that He accepted Gentile authority over Jews; this kind of Jew also supports homosexual acts, abortion and euthanasia to one extent or another, thus making Christian views of these acts unattractive.
Having said that, Jewish secularists are not the only Jews to display hatred for Christianity. Orthodox Jews have shown animosity towards Christianity due to its doctrines that are seen as incompatible with Rabbinical Judaism. In the case of these two young hooligans who set the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves on fire, they claimed Christians are “idol-worshippers” for worshipping Jesus and the Holy Spirit in addition to the veneration of the angels, the saints and images. Some are quick to judge people as anti-Semites who do not believe all self-identifying Jews are of the Chosen People. In the Old Covenant, individuals were either expelled from the community or put to death, signifying that they had been cut of from the Chosen People for violating the Law. Saint Paul warns that “some of the branches were broken off” of the olive tree while others “were grafted in their place” (cf. Romans 11:17); those broken off were the disbelieving Jews while those “grafted in their place” were the believing Gentiles. The Apostle affirms that he is not saying the Chosen People are rejected by God as he said, “I ask, then, has God rejected his people? Of course not” (11:1); he ads that “there is a remnant, chosen by grace” (v. 5). The olive tree consists of believing Jews and Gentiles who are members of Christ’s Church. Christ is the olive tree; the Church, being the body and spouse of Christ, is the olive tree.