My challenge was simple: I have a supernatural, biblical explanation for the phenomenon of anti-Semitism, one which even includes the devil himself—not the most popular theory on a university campus! ” After each lecture, I listened carefully to proposal after proposal, and despite the educational background of many of those in the audience, which included students and graduates of these universities, not one proposal could fully explain the “why” of anti-Semitism.
In fact, the best theory that anyone offered was that, perhaps, anti-Semitism was due to aliens! I’m actually going to address that shortly.) What then makes anti-Semitism such a unique hatred? What other hatred has endured some twenty-three centuries and survived a genocide of 6,000,000 of its victims in its twenty-third century of existence only to find itself still intact and rich in potential for many years of life?
In these records you will find that this city is a rebellious city, troublesome to kings and provinces, a place of rebellion from ancient times. (Ezra -15) To this day, Jerusalem remains the center of international controversy, the only capital city not recognized by the rest of the nations. It can be traced from the Greco-Roman world to Christianity (yes, Christianity, including vicious comments from some of the church’s greatest leaders); from Islam to Fascism to Communism (intense anti-Semitism links Muslim terrorists, Adolph Hitler, and Joseph Stalin!
); from White Supremacists to Black Supremacists (yes, both groups bash the Jews); from university campuses to the world press; from the philosopher Voltaire to the historian Arnold Toynbee; from the composer Richard Wagner to the car designer Henry Ford; from Japan to Russia to Iran. A few years ago, a very bizarre group made a big media splash when they claimed to have produced the world’s first human clone.
When the Catholic Church declared in 1215 that the elements of communion literally became the body and blood of Jesus, Jews were accused of stealing and torturing communion wafers, leading to whole Jewish communities being burned at the stake.
In the Muslim world today, it is still believed that every year, Jews kidnap and torture a priest (or other victim), using his blood to make Passover matzah (unleavened bread).
Fourth, anti-Semitism is the most irrational hatred of all time.
There is also worldwide animosity toward the modern state of Israel, despite the fact that the nation is far more secular than it is religious.
When the Black Plague decimated Europe, Jews were accused of starting the plague by poisoning the wells with a mixture made of spiders, lizards and the hearts of Christians mixed together with the sacred elements of the Lord’s supper.
Outraged mobs slaughtered thousands of Jews as a result of this pernicious rumor.
(2) “It is because there always has to be a scapegoat,” meaning that someone always has to be blamed for bad things that happen in the world. The problem with this view is that secular Jews have often been singled out for persecution.
In keeping with this, it has often been said that at the time of the Holocaust, most German Jews were more German than Jewish.