Jesus was a Bigot

 

Angry Jesus

Jesus loves me! This I know,

For the Bible tells me so”

(Traditional, Words by Anna B. Warner)

Most Christians assume Jesus had affection for anyone who accepted him; that he had a personal interest in each and every individual. I think they seriously misunderstand their main man. Jesus, as he’s portrayed in the gospels, quite clearly didn’t love gentiles (who he referred to as pagans.) He told his disciples:

“Do not turn your steps to pagan territory, and do not enter any Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel” (Matt. 10:6, NJB.)

When discussing his own mission, he said:

“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel” (Matt. 15:24, NJB.) He explicitly touted twice that his testimony was only for Jews!

He forbade his fellow Jews to pray like pagans:

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matt. 6:7–8, NJB.)

Here is Jesus’ encounter with a Greek (i.e., non-Jewish) woman:

“He left that place and set out for the territory of Tyre. There he went into a house and did not want anyone to know he was there, but he could not pass unrecognized. A woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him straight away and came and fell at his feet. Now the woman was pagan, by birth a Syrophonecian and she begged him to cast the devil out of her daughter and he said to her ‘the children should be fed first, because it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house dogs’. But she spoke up ‘Ah yes sir’ she replied ‘but the house dogs under the table can eat the children’s scraps’. And he said to her ‘for saying this, you may go home happy; the devil has gone out of your daughter’. So she went off to her home and found the child lying on the bed and the devil gone” (Mark 7:24–30, NJB.)

This passage is worth careful consideration. Jesus was drawing an analogy. The children in the story, who were the Jews, were to be fed first. The dogs were gentiles (when Jews wished to insult someone they often referred to them as dogs,) whom he would rather not help. Jesus hesitated before healing the girl, because her mother wasn’t Jewish. The simple-minded author was hoping to impress his credulous Jewish readers that the magnanimous Jesus could sometimes be nice to gentiles.

Caesaria was the capital of Judea and Sepphoris the capital of Galilee, yet there’s no record that Jesus ever preached in either, despite their size and importance, I think because they were populated almost entirely by gentiles.

He could have taken his mission outside Palestine; Egyptians, Greeks, Africans, and Romans might have benefited from his words of wisdom, yet he didn’t bother with them either, as they too were gentile territories.

Clearly, Jesus was xenophobic, which is not surprising if he was a sectarian Jewish insurrectionist trying to start a war against Rome.

Preaching to gentiles was the last thing on his mind. I think the real Jesus had nothing to say to gentiles; in his view they were the enemy; impostors exploiting his fellow Jews, foreigners in god’s holy land.

The people who push the “Jesus loves you” line need to read their Bibles more carefully. If Jesus were alive today he wouldn’t love you unless, of course, you’re a Jew.

Jesus also threated people with hell. He talked about executing anyone who didn’t worship him

“But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’” (Luke 19;27, KJV.) He didn’t like rich people.

“But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.” (Luke 6;24, KJV.) He sometimes bad-mouthed Pharisees.

“Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.” (Luke 11;43-44, KJV.)

jesus do you reallyThe man portrayed in the gospels wasn’t meek, mild or tolerant, but was a bigot. I think Jesus, if he ever existed,  grew up uneducated in the violent backwater that was first century Galilee, and was a miltant sectarian zealot.

There are quotes elsewhere in the gospels portraying him as a preacher for all people. These have been added to give him universal appeal, yet they can’t compensate for his bigotry elsewhere.

His image as a peace loving benevolent humanitarian preacher is a fiction, written by propagandists decades after his death. They were intent on creating an image of him that was the opposite of who he really was.

 

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3 Responses to Jesus was a Bigot

  1. Scott Morgan says:

    Keep in mind, Mark, that when a good public speaker is talking to an individual he or she is also communicating to the rest of the audience (perhaps more so to the audience). In Matthew’s account of the story, his disciples were insisting to Jesus that he send her away (empty handed, I presume).

    Going back to Mark 7:24-30 (the dogs/scraps story you cited), consider the audience present and how THEY treated the gentiles–as if they were dogs. Jesus is playing on THEIR sentiments. When the woman fires back that even the dogs get the childrens crumbs, Jesus rewards her for those words because they taught a major lesson: That the gentiles will receive what was first given to the Jews (and which the majority of Jews turned down).

    As for why Jesus insisted on focusing his ministry strictly to the Jews first, I can’t say for certain but it kind of makes sense that he would begin with the religious sect from which he arose. Also, if one is willing to believe it, Jewish teachings were what pointed to the Messiah.

  2. Laura says:

    “The person who falls for the “Jesus loves you” line has failed to read their Bible carefully. If Jesus were alive today he wouldn’t love you unless, of course, you were a Jew, and then only if you worshiped him.” Really? In due respect Mr. Fulton, I believe you are the one who has failed to read your Bible carefully and completely. I suggest you also read Acts and Romans and the entire NT. It clearly talks about the love of Gentiles and Jews. It appears that you are selecting verses out of context to suit your agenda. By the way, Jesus loves you.

    • Mark Fulton says:

      Hi Laura, thanks for your contribution. I acknowledge “Jesus” says elsewhere he cares about gentiles. Did you actually read the whole blog? It is a bit odd “he” is so inconsistent, don’t you think? (Which is the point of my blog).

      I understand that you believe Jesus “loves me.” He must of told you that, right, or else you would just be parroting mumbo jumbo? Next time you talk to him could you ask him to pop in and say hallo? He has never once talked to me. Seems kind of strange seeing he loves me.

      I appreciate what may be a warm gesture on your part, so thanks. But understand something…you’re not the first to claim Jesus loves me. Everyone who has ever told me that has tried to control my thoughts, my behaviour, suppress my intellect and my individuality. Is it any wonder I reject it? I hope you’re not trying to do that too, friend. Regards, Mark

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