Originally Posted by graceomalley
I think you'll find that only one person is the 'head' of Christianity, and that's Jesus. The rest are followers who made up their own teachings. This happens in all religions and is the reason why there are sects among all religions. The Pope only speaks for a small number of Christians, as does Luther, as does Joseph Smith and Calvin and another other figurehead of a denomination.
Okay. So this is WHY I said @ or AT the head. Not, "the head" cuz yeah I didn't want to get into the whole BODY of JC analogy.
And I posted SEVERAL times a link to this page called http://www.messiahtruth.com/anti.html
It is a page called The Anti-Jewish New Testament.
BUT most of the information comes from a book written by a C'ian who points out examples of anti-Jewish sentiment in the so called NT.
AND you can put in the chapter and verse into www.blueletterbible.org
and look at it in various translations of the NT and see that he didn't just pull these out of his
I can do it and copy it here, but I just don't personally have time.
But I HAVE now posted this AT LEAST 3 times.
And I can't quote from the site because of the copyright rules etc.
Let me use one or two examples since maybe the link is offensive?
Here's a good one: Matthew 12:34a: in this verse the Pharisees are called evil poisonous snakes. Check it here: www.blueletterbible.org
Or John 8:44 Ye [Jews] are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Maybe most people (C'ians) don't know that modern Jews are descendants of Pharisees. Pharisees weren't just some small little group of Jews.
I don't know if I should even say this. Maybe it's irrelevant since I'm no longer C'ian, but I'll try.
I was brought up in a very fundamentalist church. Until I was 12 years old in fact. We were preacher's grandkids, both my grandfathers were preachers, and one of them lived in Central America for a long long time "missionizing." My mother and step-father are still very C'ian, as are my grandparents.
So back to my point. I cannot hear the word Pharisee to this day and not think of that word or the group of people FIRST as I was taught to see them. Maybe this isn't how most C'ians are taught. But I was taught that they were vile, vipers, out for only themselves, to hurt others, to arrange for the DEATH of JC. That they would pray in public while it was more modest to pray in one's closet in the dark (I don't even know where this idea comes from---but I remember being taught this). I have almost a cartoon-like picture in my head of who these people were.
And so despite the history that I know, and despite my conversion, and despite well just about everything, I still have that cartoon picture and feeling of near revulsion when I hear the word Pharisee.
But maybe my "little" church was the only one teaching this? I hope so. But I kind of doubt it.
And given how many of my "friends" and family members who started praying for my "lost" soul when I converted, I dunno. I guess, as a C'ian, I didn't see so much of C'ianity as thinking Jews had it all wrong, and how really any of this was/is offensive. I NEVER expected people to start praying for me because I became a Jew. I NEVER expected to be told that EVERYONE should see that Mel Gibson movie because it was the most spiritual experience ever. I NEVER expected my grandmother to make a face of "yeah of course" when I mentioned a problem that existed at the Jewish school that my son goes to (a problem at many schools by the way, not just Jewish ones).
And I'm sure someone can come along and say, well they aren't really C'ians, but rest assured, they don't think any of you are C'ians either.