Why People Hate Jews Studies Judaism - Page 2
Ummm...Christianity only came upon the death of Christ...Jesus. So at the time of his death, of course, there was no mass appeal of Christianity, as it had yet to be created. Physically, he was killed by Romans, yes this is true. However, the choice of his final punishment was left up to the Jewish Leaders in the crowd in the end. Jesus was scorged as you remember, but was quite alive, as his crimes did not fit the punishment of crucifixion. Pontius Pilate gave the crowd (with Jewish Leaders, who were offended by Jesus claim to be the "Son of God" and "King of the Jews") a choice between saving Barabbas or Jesus, as was a custom of Passover. Now Barabbas was a insurrectionist (confirmed and it is written he may have killed a man during the insurrection) which had a sentence of death by crucifixion. Jesus was taken in for taxes and claiming to be the King of the Jews. The crowd chose Barabbas.
He was basically turned in by his own people...the Jews. So, you are correct technically. Romans did kill Jesus. But to put this into 21st century speak...the Jewish Leaders present were super co-conspirators in premeditated murder at a minimum, but would easily be charge with murder today. Remember, Charles Manson didnt kill any of those people, but he gave orders that ended up in the death of them.
We will never know truly if the Jewish leaders could have looked upon a scorged Jesus and said enough, would Pilate have killed him anyway. Governors of the time really had no issue on using harsh punishment, but the act of Pilate washing his hands after the choice of the crowd is made suggest that the scorging would have been all. That act certainly made it seem as though the final fate of Jesus was left into the hands of the Jewish Leaders and the Romans would carry out the request either way to keep the crowd/populous under control.
I have a wonderful eduction and make a nice living. I also believe that the Jewish Leaders (in particular) as well as the jewish congregation present that day that decided to save Barabbas instead of Jesus were complicent in Jesus's Death. I do not believe that all Jews killed Jesus, just the greed and envy of the ones that had him captured, scorged and killed are responsible. All that said, I believe his suffering was necessary for the movement to take place. Had he just lived a normal life and died of a cold or flu 10-20 years later, would we have had Christianity? I tend to think we wouldn't have...
So please, study up on history before you go telling everyone they are wrong and uneducated.
Edited: Vincenzo on 1st Oct, 2008 - 5:54am