Friday, July 20, 2012

Who Is Responsible For Christ's Death?

ABC World News


July 18, 2012

“The past may have finally caught up with a 97-year-old Nazi war criminal when Laszlo Csatary was taken into custody today in Budapest.

Csatary, who has been convicted in absentia and sentenced to death, was picked up early today, Bettina Bagoly, spokeswoman for the Budapest prosecutor, told ABC News.

The elderly former Nazi "was accused with committing war crimes," according to a statement released by the prosecutor's office.

Almost 12,000 Jews held at the brick factory were sent to Auschwitz crammed into freight wagons, the indictment states, noting that on June 2, 1944 Csatary refused to allow the Jews to cut windows into the jammed trains in order to get more air.

When reading the article, I thought about the atrocity inflicted on the Jews by the Nazis during the World War II.

To examine this topic, I am quoting a bit from Daniel S. Dorius’s essay to give an answer to the question “What are the implications of the Holocaust for Christian theology?

/…./  The first implication of the Holocaust that I wish to consider is that which concerns the church as the divinely appointed messenger of God’s grace and mercy. Franklin Littell says, “The murder of six million Jews by baptized Christians, from whom membership in good standing was not (and has not yet been) withdrawn, raises the most insistent questions about Christianity”. Littell also says,

If the churches had used the means of spiritual governance at their disposal to call the Nazi leaders to repentance, to return to minimal Christian standards, if the Nazi elite had been excommunicated for failure to respond, then today the churches could say truthfully, “They were pagans. They left our fellowship in the covenant. They were not of us.” But the churches did not do this.

/…./  The leadership of both the Lutheran and the Catholic Churches betrayed both Christ and the Jewish people by appeasing the Nazi monster.

Was the Holocaust a judgment from God of the sort that is foretold in these verses?

/…./ Israel's history is filled with repeated cycles of, "sin, suffering, supplication, and salvation." In and out of slavery, conquered by one nation after the other, the history of the Old Testament tells the tale of a nation that can't keep its eyes on its God, and an extremely jealous God who acts harshly against His chosen people not to "pay them back", but to "bring them back" to Him. Retrieved and quoted partially from 07/19/2012

Let’s read God’s Word in Deuteronomy 28.

1 If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God: 3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. 4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock--the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. 5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. 6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out……14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.

15 However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you……68 The LORD will send you back in ships to Egypt on a journey I said you should never make again. There you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.

Charge against Jews for ‘Deicide

Justification of prejudice against Jews for the death of Jesus has been attributed to Matthew 27:24-25;

“When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood,' he said. 'It is your responsibility!' All the people answered, ‘His blood is on us and on our children!’ ”

Deicide is the killing (or the killer) of a god. The term deicide was coined in the 17th century from medieval Latin *deicidium, from de-us "god" and -cidium "cutting, killing."

The concept is applied to the crucifixion of Jesus specifically, but may be used to any act of killing a god, including a life-death-rebirth deity who is killed and then resurrected.

In Christianity, the concept was notably used in the question of guilt associated with a responsibility for the death of Jesus.

Who are responsible for the Death of the Son of God?

  1. All humanity through their sinfulness including You and Me
  2. Jews  in particular through their manipulation of the Roman authorities
  3. God the Father, for the benefit of humanity in general and for the benefit of the Elect in particular
  4. Judas Ischariot  by handing Jesus over to the Sanhedrin (Jews' highest authority)

Dear Son of God Lord Jesus, I do believe that You bore the Cross of curse on behalf of the sinners on Golgotha 2,000 years ago and rose again to prove You are the Lord of Life who gives us an eternal life.  

I love You Lord with all I am forever and ever. Amen.

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