The Jews, The Bible and The Catholic Church__________________________________
|Pilate presenting Jesus|
The Catholic Church teaches that with the coming of Jesus Christ, and the promulgation of the Gospel, the Old Covenant ( that is the agreement made between God and the Jews through the mediation of Moses) ceased, and was replaced with the New Covenant of Our Lord Jesus Christ.It's true that some aspects of the Old Covenant are still valid because they are included in the New and Eternal Covenant of Jesus Christ, such as the Ten Commandments; but the Old Covenant itself, (the agreement between God and the Jewish people) ceased with the coming of the Messiah.
Therefore, to say that the Old Covenant is still valid, is to assert that Judaism is a true religion and that Jesus Christ is not really the Messiah. It is also to deny defined Catholic dogma, such as the teaching of the Council of Florence, which defined ex cathedra, that the Old Law is now dead and those who attempt to practice it (namely, the Jews) cannot be saved.
Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, 1441, ex cathedra:
"The Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and teaches that the matter pertaining to the law of the Old Testament, the Mosaic law, which are divided into ceremonies, sacred rites, sacrifices, and sacraments ... after Our Lord's coming ... ceased, and the sacraments of the New Testament began ... All, therefore, who after that time ( the promulgation of the Gospel) observe circumcision and the Sabbath and the other requirements of the law, the Holy Roman Church declares alien to the Christian faith and not in the least fit to participate in eternal salvation. - From "The Truth about What Really Happened to the Catholic Church after Vatican II." - Bro. Michael & Bro. Peter Dimond MHFM (www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com)
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The Jews, meanwhile, have traditionally seen Jesus Christ as one of a number of false messiahs who have appeared throughout history. He is viewed by the false religion of Judaism as having been the most influential, and consequently the most damaging of all false messiahs.
However, since the mainstream Jewish belief that the Messiah has not yet come, and the Messianic Age is not yet present, the total rejection of Jesus as either Messiah or deity in Judaism has never been a central issue for Judaism. Judaism has never accepted any of the claimed fulfillments of prophecy that Christianity attributes to Jesus.
Judaism also forbids the worship of a person as a form of idolatry, since the central belief of Judaism is the absolute unity and singularity of God. In Judaism the idea of God as a duality or trinity is heretical. ( Wikipedia )
1 John 2:22 - "Who is a liar, but he who denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, who denieth the Father, and the Son."
"And He said to them [the Jews]: You are from beneath, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world. Therefore, I said to you, that you shall die in your sins: for if you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sin." John 8:23-24.
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The antipopes of the Vatican II church teach that the Old Covenant has never revoked, which is heresy, apostasy and antichrist, thereby proving that they are not true popes but antipopes.
Besides antipopes reigning from Rome due to uncanical elections, the Catholic Church teaches that if a pope were to become a heretic he would automatically lose his office and cease to be pope.
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|Antipope John Paul II arrives at Jewish Synogogue|
This incredible act of apostasy by John Paul II was directly connected to his heretical teaching that the Old Covenant is still in force.
In an address to Jews in Mainz, West Germany, Nov. 17, 1980, John Paul II spoke of , "the Old Covenant, never revoked by God..."
John Paul II, New Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 121: ... "for the Old Covenant has never been revoked."
Benedict XVI teaches that Jesus doesn't have to be seen as the Messiah, that Jews can be saved, that the Old Covenant is valid. He is a bold heretic against the Gospel and the Catholic Faith.
Benedict XVI, Zenit News story, Sept. 5, 2000. "We are in agreement that a Jew, and this is true for believers of other religions, does not need to know or acknowledge Christ as the Son of God in order to be saved..." This is a total rejection of Catholic dogma.
|Antipope Benedict XVI taking active part in Jewish worship service|
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The Seed of Abraham
Realizing the power of the Bible, the Jews have consciously promoted the notion that they are the "people of the Book," the Scriptural "chosen people." The truth, as the Bible plainly tells it, could not be more contrary.
The nature of this curse, as revealed by Our Lord's own words in the Gospel, is twofold: it cuts off the Jews from their previously holy tradition and it establishes them in a new and hateful status. In chapter eight of Saint Matthew, Our Lord tells the Jews that all connection with the few faithful Jews of the Old Testament is now denied them. "Many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven: But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
|Jesus weeps over Jerusalem|
The curse on the Jews brought about the corollary election of the Gentile nations.
The "many" who in fulfillment of Our Lord's prophecy would come "from the east and the west" are the armies of responsive Gentiles who have heeded the message of the Apostles, believed that Jesus was the promised Christ, and so joined themselves to that holy tradition that God established with Abraham, two thousand years before the Incarnation.
The Christians faithful who fill and over-flow the places forfeited by the Jews, become now truly the rightful beneficiaries of the promise made to Abraham.
It is in this profound sense that Pope Pius XI proposed his much-abused statement, "Spiritually, we are Semites." The Holy Father had no intention of saying ( as the Judaeophiles would have it) that Catholics are one in spirit with present-day, Christ-despising Jews. Pope Pius XI was reiterating the Scriptural truth that, by spiritual means, through Faith and the incorporation of the Holy Eucharist, Catholics have supplanted the Jews as the "chosen people," and they now claim for their ancestry the great names of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.
Despite their flaunted contempt for the New Testament, the Jews have managed to sustain among the Christian majority the notion that somehow Jewish belief is still Biblical belief, that the Jews still have a Scriptural faith, and that for this reason we must respect the synagogue. "Don't Jews still believe in the Messias to come?" asks the credulous Christian. "And don't they believe in the same Biblical Heaven and Hell that we do?"
The answer to both these questions is - no. And it is an emphatic "No!" as the subsequent Jewish testimony will verify.
Concerning the Messias: The Jews of today reject the notion of a personal redeemer who will be born of them and lead them to the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. The Jews believe that the whole Jewish race is to be elevated to a position of prosperity and overlordship and that, when this happy day arrives ( the Messianic Age), they will have achieved all that is coming to them by way of savior and salvation. In his recent book, The Messianic Idea in Israel, Jewish theologian Dr. Joseph Klausner explains: "Thus the whole people Israel in the form of the elect of the nations gradually became the Messiah of the world, the redeemer of mankind."
Concerning Heaven and Hell: A succinct summary of Jewish teaching on "life after death" was given in the May, 1958 issue of B'nai B'rith's National Jewish Monthly. Under the caption, "What can A Modern Jew believe?" there appeared: "Judaism insists that 'heaven' must be established on this earth. The reward of the pious is life and happiness in this world, while the punishment of the wicked is misery on earth and premature death ... By hitching its star to the Messianic future on this earth, Israel became the eternal people." the article goes on: "The best Jewish minds have always held that a physical hereafter is a detraction from mature belief." And the conclusion: "There is neither hell nor paradise, God merely sends out the sun in its full strength; the wicked are consumed by its heat, while the pious find delight and healing in its rays."
The Unholy Scripture
|Pope Paul IV had copies of the Talmud burned|
First published about 500 A.D., this supreme Jewish book consists of two main parts: the Mishna, or text, and the Gemara, or commentary. And to indicate how intoxicatingly to their taste Talmudic teaching is, the Jews have fashioned a proverb: "The Bible is like water, the Mishna like wine, the Gemara like aromatic liqueur."
|From the Talmud|
"It is a systematic deformation of the Bible ... The pride of race with the idea of universal domination is therein exalted to the heights of folly ... For the Talmudist, the Jewish race alone constitutes humanity, the non-Jews are not human beings. They are of a purely animal nature. They have no rights. The moral laws which regulate the mutual relations of men, the Ten Commandments, are not of obligation in their regard. They oblige exclusively among Jews. With regard to the Goyim (non-Jews) everything is allowed: robbery, fraud, perjury, murder. When the Talmud became known, especially in the sixteenth century, thanks to the invention of printing, such indignation was aroused throughout the Catholic world that a General Jewish Assembly in 1631 gave orders that the most obnoxious passages should not be printed, but added that, 'a little circle, O, should be put in place of the suppressed passages. This will warn the rabbis and the school teachers that they are to teach these passages orally so that the learned among the Nazarenes ( Christians) may no longer have any pretext for attacking us in this regard.' In our day, the Talmud does not provoke either astonishment or anger among Catholics, because it is no longer known."
And because we are separated by this shattering event, we are totally separated. The Jews are strangers not only to our beliefs, but to our whole way of life. The fiction that our culture is a "Judaeo-Christian" one, and that the Jews are anxious to preserve it, has lured us to the verge of cultural collapse.
The standards of justice, order and morality that have made our civilization are rooted in Christian teaching; the Jews neither share those standards nor befriend them. "Is Western Civilization ... worth saving?" asked Rabbi Stephen Wise, in the New York Times of December 7, 1930. "Or is it not the function of the Jew to bring about the supercession of that decrepit, degenerate, and inevitably perishing civilization, so-called?"
A stern realization of this Jewish hostility to Christendom has been the main motive behind the "anti-Jewish policies" of the Catholic Church. Since the Jews are so hopelessly estranged from the ways and purposes of Christian society, the Church has advocated complete segregation of the Jews from that society. Thus, in Catholic times, Jews were isolated in ghettos and relieved of all obligations of citizenship. They were forbidden to vote, to hold public office, to serve in the army; they could not teach in the universities, nor publish their Talmud, nor otherwise disseminate their infidel ideas. And when they went outside their ghettos, they were required to wear some distinctive badge, that Christians might know of their presence, and so be on guard.
The Protestant Revolt in the sixteenth century, and the consequent rise of Freemasonry, meant an end to these Catholic practices. For the Church ceased to be the mother and counselor of the men who were making the public policy of western nations. And, as the Church's influence has declined (and in inverse proportion as its influence has declined), there has arisen the power, open and asserted, of the Jews.
Against this rising Jewish tide, the Church can offer her children no surer refuge than the high, solid ground of Holy Scripture.
Scriptural teaching on the Jews has been grasped by no one so well as by those most attentive of all Scripture-readers, the Church's canonized saints. Here is Saint Bernard, Doctor of the Universal Church, commenting on a text from the prophet Isaias:
"O intelligence coarse, dense and, as it were, bovine, which did not recognize God, even in His own works! Perhaps the Jew will complain, as of a deep injury, that I call his intelligence bovine. But let him read what is said by the prophet Isaias, and he will find that he is even less than bovine. For he says, 'The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib, but Israel hath not known me, and my people hath not understood.' (Isais 1:3) You see, O Jew, I am milder than your own prophet. I have compared you to the brute beasts; but he sets you even below these."
|The ox knoweth his owner|
- (From Point Magazine, edited under Fr. Leonard Feeney, October, 1958)