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God Killed Jesus: That's What the Gospels Say

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Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. (John 10:17-18)

The firm Christian belief that the crucifixion and resurrection are fulfillments of biblical prophesies, particularly Isaiah 53, reinforces that it had to happen as it did. Accordingly, the actors--Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Caiaphas, the Sanhedrin, and others--were merely props in a divinely orchestrated play. It thus demeans Christian theology to usurp God and reduce a divine plan to base human motives and emotions that demand retribution.

Trumping any accusatory finger are the compelling words of Jesus on the cross: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)

This compassionate statement in the context of Jesus accepting his fate, can be interpreted as: "Forgive them Father for they know not that this has to be; they may think they are responsible but my death is inevitable as part of your [God's] plan."

Moreover, Jesus' death established the foundation for Christianity. In other words, no crucifixion, no resurrection means no Christianity. What would remain is pure Judaism. Taking this scenario a step further, it occurred to me that from the Christian perspective, the accusation of anyone but God for the death of Jesus should have been met with condemnation, and even excommunication of the accuser for denying God's plan. Christians have been excommunicated for lesser blasphemies.

As I concluded in my book: "If Jesus returned today to speak to those who have accused Jews for his sacrifice and crucifixion, he might cry out, "Please, read the Gospels!"

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I wondered if this understanding will finally put to rest the indictment of Jews for the death of Jesus. More important, will it foster healing of the Christian-Jewish divide?

Bernard Starr is a psychologist, journalist, and college professor. He is author of Jesus Uncensored: Restoring the Authentic Jew, which is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords for other formats. 

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Bernard Starr, PhD is a psychologist,journalist, and professor emeritus at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. His latest book is "Jesus,Jews, and Anti-Semitism in Art:How Renaissance Art Erased Jesus' Jewish Identity and How (more...)
 

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Accusing anyone other than God for the death of Je... by Bernard Starr on Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 10:39:41 AM
Yeah, my rabbi & close friend has said many ti... by Amy Fried, Ph.D. on Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 12:39:06 PM
It was spoken of in Revelation 13 or so.  Who... by Michael Dewey on Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 10:55:49 PM
had beem killed or murdered or sacrificed but then... by Nick van Nes on Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 12:59:32 PM
1. God could not 'kill' Jesus- He, Almighty  ... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 1:17:59 PM
Actually, Christians know that Christians are now ... by Brian Geary on Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 3:17:39 PM
Ego. Pure, massive, mammoth ego.... by Jerry Wesner on Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 5:42:35 PM
Mark; I think the persistence of the belief  ... by Amy Fried, Ph.D. on Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 3:29:57 PM
Jews did kill jesus. If that makes people uncomfor... by Brian Geary on Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 3:15:58 PM
For anyone who can walk on water, feed a crowd of ... by M. Wizard on Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 5:34:16 PM
    The truth is we all killed Jesus.&nb... by Bob Gormley on Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 6:04:30 PM
2000 years of wandering the earth for their leader... by Michael Dewey on Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 6:16:55 PM
Offcourse it couldn't be the moneychangers now cou... by Arend Rietkerk on Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 7:55:15 PM
Of course not.   You can't kill off a good ... by Ned Lud on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 6:24:59 AM
Oh, and:   Happy Easter Bunny.   Ned... by Ned Lud on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 6:27:54 AM
Sorry times for the Christin or Jewish Religions f... by Michael Dewey on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 7:46:36 AM
I think you need to define "God" first.... by Frank Inbun on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 9:41:54 AM
Jesus taught love, peace, and compassion and said ... by Philip Pease on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 10:11:54 AM
These kinds of articles only feed into the IMAGE O... by Michael Dewey on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 12:16:55 PM
I had an experience of thinking a question and imm... by Philip Pease on Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 11:33:47 AM
They being, as the Natives called The Great Spirit... by Michael Dewey on Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 11:58:42 PM
Romans elite killed Jesus who jeopardize their pow... by Textynn N on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 11:10:51 AM
and surprisingly ignored. Historically, the R... by M. Wizard on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 3:42:55 PM
I  think we really have a problem with interp... by anna kakol on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 11:51:25 AM
That child of Isaiah 7 times end with a curse, whi... by Michael Dewey on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 12:26:55 PM
Revisionism. Ugh! And misinterpretation on top of ... by Bill Johnson on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 2:18:41 PM
We will probably never fully know why Jesus died. ... by Peter Duveen on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 2:23:38 PM
I never took you for a spiritual kinda guy....&nbs... by M. Wizard on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 3:43:51 PM
I think the following passage from Exposition of t... by Peter Duveen on Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 11:47:37 AM
Because I look at the crucifixion as a historica... by Daniel Vasey on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 4:22:14 PM
The author makes clear that, without Jesus' death,... by Jerry Wesner on Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 5:37:24 PM