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O'REILLY'S PHONY EXPLANATION FOR THE CRUCIFIXION

By Rev. Ted Pike
6 May 13

Bill O’Reilly’s new book, Killing Jesus, is coming out in September. In a recent Fox News segment, he indicated the reason Jesus was crucified was not because He had antagonized the money-changing Pharisees.  Rather, it was the Roman big government of Jesus' day that masterminded and accomplished the crucifixion. What was their beef with Jesus? “It was about taxes,” O’Reilly says. O’Reilly has not revealed how Jesus could have so offended the Romans over the issue of taxes, especially when He instructed the people to “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.” (Mark 12:17)

Not surprisingly, O’Reilly’s thesis had instant appeal to veteran Christian-basher, Jewish CNN president Jeff Zukor.  Zukor produced a primetime sitcom, “The Book of Daniel,” mocking Jesus and His followers.  (See Who's Behind NBC's 'Book of Daniel'?).  While president of NBC, he lavishly promoted the blasphemous “Da Vinci Code.”  Zukor wanted to make a blockbuster movie out of O’Reilly’s book and bid $2.5 million for movie rights.  Yet very recently, it was announced that National Geographic won the bidding war.  NG will undoubtedly continue its disgraceful tradition of producing blasphemous articles and films like "The Gospel of Judas."  Much like the money changers in the temple, profiting off religion, these opportunists are attempting to make huge profits merchandising blatant, even blasphemous falsehood about Jesus' death.

The purpose of this article is to forewarn and prepare everyone before September with Biblical documentation against O’Reilly’s book. It is to establish a simple, incontrovertible fact: It was the Jewish leaders and the Jews who followed them who bear overwhelming responsibility for the crucifixion of Christ.

Have We "All" Crucified Christ?

To begin, we should be aware that most Christians already accommodate O’Reilly and the Jews by saying we “all” crucified Christ by the act of sinning.  Such junk theology was virtually unheard of before the 1970’s when Billy Graham first promoted it. It is neither biblical nor logical. The Bible does teach that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). It also states that those who have once believed and yet apostatized “again crucify…the Son of God (Hebrews 6:6). Yet Scripture does not teach that, through some metaphysical alchemy, we all participate in the crucifixion.The crucifixion was a unique historical event nearly 2000 years ago when Christ was rejected by His own, the Jewish people. Though Pilate was badgered into authorizing it and a handful of Roman soldiers drove the nails, the force behind the crucifixion was entirely Jewish. The New Testament assertion of the Jewishness of the crucifixion is central to historical prophecies and claims that ground the Scripture. Without such a reference point, there is little significance in Christ’s return someday to rescue and absolve a repentant Jewish remnant from the stigma of so heinous a national sin (Zech. 12:10). This may explain why the New Testament repeats its charge of Jewish guilt in about 40 different passages.  Nothing could be clearer than that long before the crucifixion the pharisaic leaders were wanting to kill Jesus and maneuvering toward that end.

The Pharisaic Conspiracy to Kill Christ

Fairly soon in Jesus ministry we are told the Pharisees “planned together to kill Him” (John 11:47-53, John 18:14). Their goal was to have Him “delivered to the chief priest and condemned to death" (Mark 10:33, Matt. 20:18-19, Luke 18:31-33). “And they plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and to kill him” (Matt. 26:4, Luke 22:2, John 7:1).  This was “to obtain false testimony against Jesus in order that they might put him to death” (Matt. 26:59).  Because their intention was obvious, Jesus asked them, “Why do you seek to kill me?” (John 7:19). It was obvious also to the people, who asked, “Is not this the man they are seeking to kill?” (John 7:25).  Accordingly, the “chief priests and elders took counsel against Jesus to put him to death” and “delivered him to Pilate” (Matt. 27:1-2, Mark 15:1, Luke 23:1).

At this point we encounter first mention of a Roman in this conspiracy. Yet Pilate confirms that the animus and energy toward Christ’s murder is coming entirely from Jewish leaders. “Pilate knew that because of envy they had delivered him up” (Matt. 27:18, Mark 15:10). “The chief priests and scribes were seeking how they might put him to death” (Matt. 26:15, Mark 14:10-11, Luke 22:2-6) and were “seeking to destroy him” (Mark 11:18, Luke 19:47). As a result, Pilate, himself a manipulator, asked them, “What are you willing to give to me to deliver him up to you?” The “chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes to ask for Barabbas and put Jesus to death” (Matt. 27:20, Mark 15:11, Luke 23:18, John 18:40).  “…And they shouted, 'crucify him!’ and ‘he ought to die’” (Matt. 27:22-23, Mark 15:13-14, Luke 23:21-23, John 19:6-7). Pilate, it says, “delivered Jesus to their will” (Matt. 27:26, Mark 15:15, Luke 23:24-25).

After Pilate agreed to the demand of the leaders and people that Christ be killed, the Jews acknowledged their responsibility.  “His blood be upon us and upon our children” (Matt. 27:25).  Jesus confirmed to Pilate that the sin of the Jewish leaders was greater than that of Pilate in buckling to Jewish pressure.  Jesus said, “For this reason he who delivered me up to you has the greater sin” (John19:11). Jesus was affirming “how the chief priests and rulers delivered him up to the sentence of death and crucified Him” (Luke 24:20).

This brings us to testimony by the apostles in the Book of Acts that the Jews killed Christ.  In Peter’s speech to the Jewish multitude at Pentecost, he lays blame upon them for the death of Jesus whom “ye have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain” (Acts 2:23).  Jesus, “whom ye have crucified” (Acts 2:36). Again, in Acts 3:14-15 he tells the Jews, “but ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you and killed the Prince of Life.” Peter tells the high priest and rulers that they are guilty for the spilling of the blood “of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified” (Acts 4:40).  Later, he again tells the Pharisees, “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom ye slew and hanged on a tree” (Acts 5:30).  Just before being stoned to death by the Jews, Stephen told them they have been Christ’s “betrayers and murderers” (Acts 7:52).  A converted Jew, Paul, testified of his pharisaic brethren that, “though they found no cause of death in him yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain” (Acts 13:28) and that the Jews “have both killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets” (1 Thess. 2:14-16).

Is the New Testament Anti-Semitic?

In recent decades, some Jewish defense groups, such as the Anti-Defamation League, have boldly claimed there is no evidence that Jews masterminded the crucifixion.  Instead, they say the “blood charge” laid upon the Jews is “a vicious anti-Semitic lie.” ADL claims the New Testament perpetuators of this lie are very largely responsible for persecution of Jews throughout history, including the alleged murder of six million Jews during World War II. As a result, ADL has made it a hate crime, in dozens of countries in which its hate laws rule, to publicly assert the New Testament claim that the Jews killed Christ. In addition, ADL’s US Department of Global Anti-Semitism in the US State Department considers blaming Jews for the crucifixion to constitute the hate crime of anti-Semitism. (See US Government Condemns 'Unintentional' Anti-Semitism) Yet the Talmud, highest religious and ethical authority for modern observant Jews, is very frank that the Jewish leaders had Christ executed.  It is proud of them for eliminating an apostate in Israel!  In my article “Are Jews Still Guilty for the Crucifixion” at Truthtellers.org, I document this boast.

Where's O'Reilly's Evidence?

To conclude, where is the evidence for O'Reilly's thesis? There is no mention in the New Testament of extensive Roman involvement in events leading to the crucifixion, certainly no record of a Roman conspiracy spanning three years.

If O’Reilly distorts Biblical truth to this degree for financial gain and to remove ancestral Jewish guilt for the crucifixion, how can we trust him to tell anything resembling truth concerning other issues the Jews would like to cover up?  These include Jewish dominance over Wall Street, Congress and big media (see Jews Confirm Big Media Is Jewish) and also the overwhelming Jewish role in the founding of communism and liberalism.  (See Jewish Activists Created Communism) A current issue extremely embarrassing to Jews is the rampant pedophilia among Orthodox rabbis and religious teachers and officials, a plague I document as coming directly from frequent endorsement of child sex within the Talmud (see Pedophilia: The Talmud's Dirty Secret).  Of course, O'Reilly will virtually never mention Israel’s misbehaviors and even atrocities in the already confusing Middle East.

Can we count on O'Reilly to tell us the truth on issues that incur Jewish wrath or other truths he may not want us to hear?  Forget it.

It's time to abandon any vestige of confidence in Bill O’Reilly as a credible defender of the whole truth.

Take Action!

Here are phone numbers and email addresses for influential Fox News staff who must hear of our outrage.  Communicate with them NOW with this simple message: "I am disgusted at Bill O'Reilly's blatant and unscholarly distortion of the New Testament record concerning who killed Christ.  I request that Fox News issue a statement expressing your disapproval."

 

 


Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog organization.

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