Fox Latin America posted a poll on their Facebook page inviting readers to comment on who they think is responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. The choices were: Pontious Pilate, the Jewish people, or the High Priests (who were also Jewish). Really?
After a scolding by the Simon Weisenthal Center in Buenos Aires, Fox took down the poll and issued an apology.
So here we are, on the brink of 2012, and we’re still hearing that same old blood libel message. I’d love to dismiss this slander as ridiculous; but the accusation has lead to the mistreatment and murder of millions of Jewish people throughout centuries. It must be answered every single time.
Christians: educate yourselves!
Think about it: If Jesus was truly Emmanuel–God with us–as we Christians say we believe, who could take his life from him?
- Jesus declared that no one could take his life. He said, “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life–only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.” John 10:17-18, NIV
- Both Gentiles and Jews participated in a conspiracy to kill Jesus. “Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.” Acts 4:27, NIV
- Jesus absolved those who carried out the crucifixion, not holding them responsible. Of those who carried out the crucifixion, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34, NIV
- Jesus did not stay dead. St. Paul wrote, “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living [at the time of the writing], though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also. . .” 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, NIV
If you’re looking to find out who participated in the conspiracy to kill Jesus, according to the Bible, that included both Gentiles and Jews. But if you’re looking to find out who actually killed Jesus, the answer is no one.
In addition to Biblical evidence, the Roman Catholic church published the Nostra Aetate in 1965, officially declaring that Jews are not responsible for the death of Jesus, and that all acts of anti-Semitism go contrary to the gospel’s message of love.
Pope Benedict XVI wrote a gospel-by-gospel argument proving that Jews can not be held responsible for the death of Jesus in his book, Jesus of Nazareth-Part II, published in 2011.
No Biblical or theological reason exists, therefore, to blame any person or group of people for the death of Jesus.
Did you see the Fox Facebook poll? How would you respond to such a question?
See also: Who Killed Jesus?
Biographical Sketch of Sister Rose Thering, the nun who dedicated her life to Jewish-Christian harmony, and fought successfully for changes in anti-Semitic Catholic school books and official Catholic doctrine.
Nostra Aetate, declared by Pope Paul VI, in 1965, as a direct result of Sister Rose’s work, declaring that the church does not blame Jews for the death of Jesus, and that all acts of anti-Semitism go against the gospel of love taught by Jesus.