The Star of David, representative of Judaism(left) and the lion-headed Serpent, also called Yaldabaoth, or, the Demiurge in Gnostic teachings(right).
Judaism is intensely interrogated upon its suspicious influence in the political realm, and also criticized for controversial religious doctrine. Even Christians demonstrate this criticism, which brings into prominent debate the relationship between Christianity and archaic Judaism. While many Protestant factions insist upon the maintained validity of the Old Testament in its commandments, others are circumspect in this conjecture, and consider Christ to be the only exclusively pivotal doctrine in their faith. While the former argues that the dismissal of the Old Testament may be deemed heretical, the latter is not invulnerable to the rational criticism of Judaism, whether from a particularly religious perspective, or an exclusively political one.
This same type of conflict that is present between arguably superficial, fundamentalist Evangelicals and the Esoteric branches of Christianity also presents itself between political factions on the Right wing, notably stereotypical Republicans who vehemently advocate ferociously loyal support of Israel, and philosophically-minded Conservatives who occasionally comprise alternative groups, like the Alternative Right, or Ethnic Nationalism, that are highly suspicious of it.
Although many logical points of criticism are drawn in arguments scrutinizing Judaism, mainly regarding 1) The overwhelming political influence of ethnic Jews in American politics, and 2) the predominantly liberal perspectives of American Jews(71% of which are considered liberal), a third point might also be constructed to further delineate upon the intrinsically controversial nature of Judaism, from a religious perspective.
This perspective is drawn from the philosophy of Gnosticism, a broad, ideologically rebellious movement that erupted out of the church during the 2nd century. The movement was swiftly condemned and demonized as heretical, due to the fact that it rejected the Old Testament as a source of authority and, even further, condemned the God of the Old Testament(Yahweh, who is responsible for the creation of humanity according to the scriptures), as being the actual demonic force in the world. This notion of this malevolent deity, also referred to as the Demiurge, being the force behind the creation of physical existence and humanity calls into question the consistency of the Old Testament, and this observation may be reinforced with numerous examples from the New Testament as well. In addition to this, however, this inquiry also presents an inevitably critical opinion on alleged Jewish authority, as established in the Old Testament.
Ialdabaoth/Yaldabaoth, the Demiurge.
It may be noted that Christ’s most prominent antagonists within the New Testament were Jews that stubbornly abode by the old law, notably the Scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees. They persistently attempted to correct Christ using scriptural doctrine, but were repeatedly struck down.
Even further, Christ explicitly condemned the Jewish scholars and teachers, citing them as bearing the responsibility for the murder of the Prophets of the true God, in a scathing rebuttal of their hypocrisy:
“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.” — Matthew 23:1338
Another primary example of the Jews’ destructive tendencies towards Christian doctrine is found in their execution of Christ himself:
“Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.”
This excerpt is particularly demonstrative of the intrinsically hostile nature of the Jews toward Christ, in defense of their Old Testament deity(Demiurge) Yahweh. The juxtaposition between the two here is illustrated vividly. Even more demonstrative of this contrast is the resurrection of the Saints(in probability, those who were murdered at the hands of the Jews), that rose from the grave after Christ’s Crucifixion:
“And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” — Matthew 27:51–53
The notion that the martyred Saints murdered at the hands of Jews will rise with the resurrection of Christ illustrates that the Jews themselves have fulfilled a prophecy cited by Christ in Luke, as well as by Luke in the book of Acts, regarding their self-inflicted curse:
“Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation…” Luke 11:48–50
“Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain…” — Acts 2:22–23
Christ also solidifies his condemnation of the blatantly evil nature of the Jewish teachers in his criticism of them in Matthew:
“ O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” — Matthew 12:34
In finality, to address a potential attempted rebuttal and common misconception: It is often expressed through an evangelical perspective that “Salvation is of the Jews”. This is due to a fundamental misinterpretation of Scripture; Salvation was indeed of the Jews, given that Christ was ethnically Jewish. And yet, according to scripture, salvation is prioritized towards those who are morally impaired, and thus, the Jews are prioritized in an attempt to alleviate what scripture deems an excessive wickedness.
Christ himself preached that “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”, and this was precisely was caused his grievance in the Jews’ intrinsic rejection of him, as also expressed in John, I.E. “ He came unto his own, and his own received him not.”
From a scriptural perspective, this is also what has cultivated the self-inflicted curse that Christ prophesied in the future for the Jews. This delineation upon scripture from a purely academic, agnostic perspective illustrates an inconvenient truth that many Evangelicals would prefer to ignore: Christian Salvation was born of the Jews, and consequently, rejected and alienated from them.
“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” — St. Paul, Romans 10:1–3
By: Avialae Horton