Q&A: Why do people shout out “Anti-Semitic!” when someone says the Jews killed Jesus?

Question by Doris: Why do people shout out “Anti-Semitic!” when someone says the Jews killed Jesus?
Now I’m an Atheist and when I read the Gospels, they tell me that Jesus was technically killed by the Jews (the Pharisees and the crowd – they wanted him dead). Now I’m sure that this didn’t historically happen, but if you follow the book, it’s certain that the Jews wanted him dead and that Pilate “washed his hands” and found nothing wrong with Jesus.

The Romans (the soldiers) just nailed him to the cross, it was their JOB to do so. I don’t think they were passionate about it and that they took it personally, like the Crowds and the Pharisees.

So how is it anti-Semitic to say Jesus was killed the Jews when the bible says so?

Best answer:

Answer by XaurreauX
If you believe what is written in the Gospels then you are not an atheist.

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14 thoughts on “Q&A: Why do people shout out “Anti-Semitic!” when someone says the Jews killed Jesus?

  1. As an atheist, you should be looking at the evidence, not what is written in a book that has been tampered with over the years.

    Some people just like to shout ‘antisemitic’ at others…

  2. The New Testament contains more than just a mild criticism of the Jews. In fact, it is extremely anti-Jewish. It is true that some Christians maintain that the New Testament attack on the Jews is quite mild. Yet, how mild is the “bloody commission,” a statement that places upon the Jews guilt for all the righteous blood ever shed upon the earth (Matthew 23:35), or a spurious self-condemnation whereby the Jewish people supposedly take upon themselves and their offspring an eternal blame for the death of Jesus (Matthew 27:25), or a declaration that the Jews are the children of the devil (John 8:44) and that the Jews are a “synagogue of Satan” (Revelation 2:9, 3:9). Paul summed up the denunciation of the Jews with the inflammatory declaration that the Jews are “hostile to all men” (1 Thessalonians 2:15).

    The New Testament was written by-and-large for Gentiles and institutionalized an anti-Judaic theme for its audience. It distorted and fictionalized events in order to portray the Jews, all Jews who do not accept Jesus, as evil and responsible for his death. The attitude of the New Testament authors toward the Jews is very clear.

  3. Technically is was gravity.
    Roman records are available of the trail and crucifixion of someone who was called the king of the Jews and the son of God wither he was or not is up for debate.
    The available evidence does state that the Jewish authorities did want Jesus dead. This may or may not be the actual case but based on available evidence it is a historical fact that the Jewish authorities did want Jesus dead. It is wrong to state that all Jew did however.

  4. It’s anti-semitic because it comes across as if you’re trying to throw the burden of guilt onto all Jews.

    Just because people are happy something is happening doesn’t mean they had anything to do with it happening. Furthermore, individual choices are just that, you can’t validly generalise to say that all Jews had anything to do with it.

  5. technically …the Jews that were present called for his death

    the ROMANS carried it out .. so “technically ” ……

    both Jew and NON Jew did it .

  6. I read your whole question & my answer still remains
    The Romans killed Jesus not the Jews.
    People familiar the bible & most intelligent people know that.
    Read BBDW’s answer, you might learn something.

  7. You have taken this a bit too far, and got off track. The bible writers in that fictional NT story just made it seem that the Jews were responsible for Jesus’ death, because the writers hated the Judeans. Those writers were Romans and they invented Jesus and made christianity to use against the Jews, but it did not work on them.

  8. unless my memory fails me, both jew and gentile had a hand in the matter. but more than that, all sinners had their hands in it… yet not even we were behind His death. the will of the Father carried the Son into judgment and condemnation. for our sake. our transgressions were on Him. thats why isaiah said it pleased the Lord to crush Him.

  9. I agree it was a Jew on Jew crime and honestly I’m not an Atheist but the fact that people are still killing each other over things written thousands of years ago is insane. I believe in a higher power but these religious fanatics are not following the very instructions of the books that they feel they need to defend by killing and condemning anyone who questions their authenticity.

  10. “The Romans (the soldiers) just nailed him to the cross, it was their JOB to do so”

    This defense didn’t work for the German camp guards at the Nuremberg trials. I’m just saying.

  11. Biblically, yes, the Jews did. They were portrayed as evil henchmens we see in modern literature and film. That’s because Early Christians, who wrote the NT, were not Jews. They wanted to badmouth and antagonise the Jews so that the Romans can convert.

    Historically, Romans would crucify someone and no crowd would dare to control a prefect. Also, history says that the Pilate was a cruel leader. Jews had no control back then.

    This is not to take sides with the Jews. Like the Romans, they also had cruel execution practices, such as stoning. Also, let’s not forget the disturbing set of laws in the Old Testament/Torah. Both Romans and the Jews had bloody histories.

  12. Firstly, the death of Jesus is about as reliable as one can get with any event from antiquity where there is no supporting archaeological evidence for it.
    Now concerning the actual circumstances, since Pilate was the judge at the trial it proves that the offence Jesus was being tried for was a Roman one, not a Jewish one. In fact, one of the important points of this case is that Jesus was not actually found guilty of what he was tried for, Pilate declared him to be innocent, but had him executed because that was the sentence given to Barabas. Sure, that was what we would deem a miscarriage of justice, but the fact is it was conducted under Roman law, not Jewish law.
    The next point is that Jesus himself could have got out of being tried by actually cooperating with the Romans, but he didn’t. He walked to Jerusalem knowing he would be executed, when his disciples told he was crazy he got angry with them and refused to listen when they told him being killed wasn’t a good idea, he knew Judas was betraying him but let him do it anyway, he didn’t need to go to the Garden of Gesthename but went there and spent a long time in prayer, he could have told Pilate he was innocent, etc, and that is just without believing in the power of God or requesting him to rescue him. If you can accept that God is very powerful, had Jesus asked God he would have sent thousands of Angels to rescue him.
    The last point is that people use that event as an excuse to persecute a race. It would be like conservationists attacking Americans because George Washington chopped down an apple tree. The Americans of today had nothing to do with what little boy Washington may have done, and in the same way the Jews of middle ages Europe had nothing to do with Jesus’ death, yet people would use an incident from 1500 years previously as an excuse to remove legal rights from a group of people who were law abiding citizens.
    See the last point: Weak people use Jesus’ death as an excuse to behave badly. As I pointed out, Jesus himself walked several hundred kilometres knowing every step was taking him closer to that cross. You wouldn’t want to be held accountable for something your great grandparents did, especially something that may well have been legal when they did it, so why should the Jewish people of today be held accountable for some event 2000 odd years ago?
    While I am sure that isn’t your intention, the fact is there are weak minded people that can’t separate out these facts, and that is the danger you have with your beliefs, weak people perceive them as you are condoning attacking Israelis and practitioners of Judaism when you never intended that at all.

  13. It was almost certain that Pilate had absolutely no qualms about having a percieved agitator crucified – but remember that the gospels were written at a time when the early Christian sect were trying to distance themselves from the Jews and curry favour with the romans – who were putting down a massive rebellion in Judea. I think the way they were written should be viewed mainly as propaganda of the time.

  14. Okay, let’s go into the story a little more.

    The leaders of the Jews plotted against the Lord to have him put to death. True. Not the people, the leaders.

    When Pilate, who had the power to release him, vacillated, the leaders of the Jews and certain they had paid, yelled out all the more for his death. True.

    However, if Pilate had withstood them and followed his conscience (and what his wife had forewarned him not to do), then their plans would have come to naught. It was, in fact, by ROMAN – that is, Gentile – hands that he was crucified. So, the Jews were not totally to blame. We, the Gentiles, had a hand in it, too.

    Furthermore, there were many in Jerusalem who did not wish the Lord Jesus dead, for many wept as he was carrying his cross and, as the Bible puts it, ‘went away beating their breasts’. Jews.

    And, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea took care for the body and laid it in their private tomb. Was this not love, from Jews, who could have done nothing other to stop his death, but now did the best they could afterwards?

    Furthermore, who also agreed with Pilate, on that day, and no doubt could have stopped it? King Herod. And what was Herod? A Syrian. A Gentile. That was why the Jews hated him, because he was a puppet ruler and not of their own people.

    I would say one last thing. Who betrayed him? It was Judas Iscariot. D’you know what, he was not Jewish. No, he was Gentile, for he came from a city outside Israel – ‘Ish-Coriot’ = the Coriot outside of the land of Israel.

    Hmm. Are you now more ready to blame the Gentiles – in fact, all of us? For, the truth is, all of our sins put Jesus on the cross and, if he had come to a Gentile nation, no doubt it would have been the same thing. But God must needs send him first to his own.

    But Jews and Gentiles are, in fact, all under sin. We all had a hand in it, for it was sin which put him there. But, blaming the Jews, and pointing the finger at them, without a word for how Gentile hands were also in it, that is antisemitism. For antisemitism is, in effect, making a special case for Jews, saying Jews are more evil than everyone else. No they are not. They are not perfect, but they are not an evil people, any more than anyone else.

    Oh, by the way, since as you say, the Bible says that Jesus was killed by the Jews (which it does), do you not see that the Bible also says that Jesus was killed by the Gentiles also? If you will read the whole story together, and inter-compare the Gospels, you will see the greater picture.

    Though the Jews have suffered for their rejection of the Messiah, the truth is in fact that they, in a sense, suffered in our place, for whichever nation the Christ had gone to would have treated him no better. We need to see that and learn to be kind to the Jew, because it’s not easy being Jewish.

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