- Posted August 30, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
CAUGHT ON TAPE! – Jewish historian's anti-Christian hate rant
Simon Schama, the Jewish historian recently known for his PBS video presentation, “The Story of the Jews,” is a zealous advocate for the survival of the State of Israel. As a follower of Jesus, I share Schama’s concern for the fate of his Jewish people. However, Schama is in need of knowing that insulting Paul and Jesus – the two most iconic figures of Christianity – with outrageously false accusations is not a prudent way to go about securing the State of Israel’s existence.
One third into Episode 2 of his video series, a visibly embittered Schama goes into a passionate invective in which he accuses Paul as a heinous anti-Semite and Jesus as a renegade, heretical Jew.
Embittered prominent Jews like Schama have the freedom to hate and insult Paul and Jesus and, thus, Christianity indirectly. However, such Jews who contend for Israel's survival yet hate Christianity’s founders - and by extension, Christianity itself - need to be reminded that if it were not for vital help received from Christian nations and their people, the State of Israel would probably be non-existent.
Specifically, with Great Britain issuing, in 1917, its historic “Balfour Declaration,” substantial Jewish immigration to Palestine and Israel’s eventual founding was facilitated. The declaration read as follows:
“His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”
As for the United States, represented by President Harry Truman in 1948, who was a devout Christian Southern Baptist, it was the Truman administration that lead the way for other nations to follow in granting international recognition to the new State of Israel. Moreover, it was also Christian nations that liberated the Jews from the Nazi Holocaust.
Even now, a Christianity turned around from its anti-Semitism of the past has become Israel’s best friend and supporter. Hence, for Schama to realize the vital Christian support Israel has received and still receives while at the same time wishing to spew hateful, inflammatory outbursts against the founders of Christianity, is, to say the least, a most ridiculous way for a supposedly rational scholar like Schama to behave. Anti-Semitism is no longer acceptable but, apparently, things have taken a diabolical twist when it is O.K. for obsessively embittered Jews to spew out "anti-Christianism."
As for the specific hate-driven allegations Schama makes against Paul and Jesus in his video presentation, Schama cites no specific hard evidence to support his accusations. However, this does not stop Schama from first voicing his bitter displeasure over Paul's preaching about Jesus' claim to be the divine Son of God and of there being three persons in the oneness of God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Derisively, Schama then comments that, if Paul says there are three such persons in the oneness of God, "Why not five?" According to Schama, Paul's teaching of three persons in the oneness of God also violates Judaism's belief in the indivisible oneness of God.
However, in his extreme vocal passion as an obviously fiery advocate for Sinai Covenant Judaism, Schama apparently failed to notice in his own Jewish Bible the following passage where the three persons in the oneness of God are specifically identified:
Isaiah 48:12-13, 16 (English Standard Version Bible) – “Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called! I am he; I am the first, and I am the last. My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand forth together... And now the Lord GOD has sent me, and his Spirit”
Schama then immediately proceeds to continue attacking Paul bitterly with incendiary language when he says, "It was Paul who repeated the sinister note sounded in the early Christian Gospels, 'The Jews are Christ's killers who both killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets.'” Here again, Schama displays his deficient scholarship when he fails to note the facts that it was Jesus, not Paul, who said that Jews kill their own prophets.
Even worse, Schama appears totally ignorant that long before Jesus was born, it was Judaism’s own Jewish prophet Elijah who first expressed the same thing. Following are the relevant Bible passages. The first passage, out of the Jewish Bible, is about what the prophet Elijah said and, the second, out of the New Testament, is about what Jesus said:
1 Kings 19:9-10, 18 – “And the word of the Lord came to [Elijah]: ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He replied, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.’
Matthew 23:37-38 – [Jesus said] “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!”
Finally, Schama’s apparent biblical ignorance shows itself again when he fails to realize that, contrary to his allegations of anti-Semitism in Paul, the New Testament repeatedly documents Paul’s love, praise, and protective support for his fellow-kinsmen, the Jews. In the following passages, for example, Paul expresses this in spite of the Jews' unbelief toward Jesus:
Romans 9:1-5 – “I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit—I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised!”
Romans 3:1-4 – “What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision [i.e., a term referring to Jews]? Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God. What if some did not have faith [in Jesus]? Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness? Not at all!”
Romans 11:28-29 – “As far as election [that is, God choosing and calling of the Jews] is concerned, they [the Jews] are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable [in other words, these cannot be taken back].”
Given the above, it appears Schama has a great deal of explaining to do.