Werther’s (Stork) recently said it will no longer sponsor ABC’s GCB (Good Christian Bitches). This brings to eleven the national advertisers who have exited GCB support. They agree that GCB has gone far over the top in violating accepted rules of basic civility between religions. Everyone is privileged to disagree with another’s religion, and criticize it. Civilized standards are violated, however, by callously holding up the revered figureheads, beliefs, and followers of another faith to contrived, exaggerated mockery and contempt. Yet, to the anti-Christian Jews behind GCB, mockery of Jesus is nothing new. (The Jews Behind Good Christian Bitches) In fact, it is a longstanding tradition in Judaism.
A primary example of such mockery within Jewish sacred literature is the Toldoth Jesu, or “Generation of Jesus” - a copy of which resides in the Judaic Section of the Library of Congress.
The Toldoth Jesu was a frontline Jewish retort to the Christian gospel. Its comforting message made this mock gospel extremely popular with Jews for over a millennium. Persecuted by crusaders and the Inquisition, the Toldoth encourages Jews to laugh at Christ. In a fast moving, witty style, it glorifies Judas Iscariot and leads Jews to identify with him as a heroic figure.
In 1823, a Jewish Toldoth editor, Solomon Bennet, boasted that Jews still believed it as literally as Christians believe the New Testament. Even the 1905 Jewish Encyclopedia repeatedly refers to the Toldoth as an accurate representation of how historic Judaism has viewed both Christ and Judas.
The Toldoth and its derisive approach were discarded by Jewish apologists in the 20th century. But its content, as we shall see, is still on their lips.
Here is a condensed overview of the Toldoth story.
“There sprung up a certain profligate, worthless fellow by the name of Joseph Pandera,” who lusted after Mary, a hairdresser. Though she was engaged to another man, Joseph repeatedly had sex with her. Out of their adulterous relationship, Jesus was born (ch. 1). The boy Jesus turned out to be so insolent that the Jewish elders “blew 300 trumpets and they proclaimed that he was born of an adulteress and not fit to enter into the congregation. And they called his name Jesus as a sign that he was a man whose name and memory ought to perish.” (ch. 2)
Jesus, they said, sneaked into the temple in Jerusalem and, learned the secret use of the Divine Name of God by which heaven and earth can be created. He became a magician, deceiving the people. But for the intervention of Judas Iscariot, Jesus’ deception and influence might never have been contained. Judas resisted Jesus in an aerial battle, the Toldoth says.
“And Jesus uttered the Great Name and a wind came and placed him between the heaven and the earth. Then Judas also uttered the same, and a wind came and placed him in like manner between the heaven and the earth: and they were flying about in the regions of the air. And all who saw them were greatly astonished...And when Judas saw that he was not able to put a stop to the exploits of Jesus, he pissed upon Jesus, and they became both unclean and fell to the earth...And they sentenced Jesus with the sentence of death.” (ch.4)
The Toldoth says that even after death by stoning, Jesus had so enchanted all the trees that He couldn’t be hung upon any of them for crucifixion. Again, Judas comes to the rescue of Israel. “And Judas saw that no tree would receive him, and he said to the wise men, See, the heart of this bastard, for he has enchanted all the trees so as not to receive him. And behold, there is in my garden the stalk of a great cabbage. I will go and bring it, perhaps it will receive him. And the wise men said, Go, do as you have spoken: and Judas agreed, and brought the stalk, and Jesus was hanged upon it...And they buried the bastard in the place where they had stoned him. (ch. 6) And it came to pass in the middle of that night that his disciples came and sat upon his sepulcher and lamented with a great lamentation and wept over him.”
At this juncture, Judas again intervenes. He takes the body of Jesus and uses it as a dam for irrigation in his garden. “And Judas saw this thing, and he took the body and buried it in his garden, in the place of a stream of water. For he turned the water one way for a while and after he had buried him, he turned the stream of water over him as it was at the beginning.”
The rabbis of Israel then came to Judas’ garden and, pulling Jesus’ dead body from the mire, “they tied him to the tail of a horse, and they drew him and brought him before the face of the queen and said, Behold, this is the man of whom you said, that he had ascended into the firmament...And as they brought him by dragging him, the hair of his head was torn off; wherefore the Christian priests now shave their hair in the middle of their heads to remember the words of Jesus.” (ch.7)
The Toldoth ends by relating that, despite the deception of Jesus, his wicked disciples “went into twelve kingdoms, and they spread among them the prophecies of falsehood...And the wise men saw this evil word, and it was very evil to them; for an abomination was done in Israel.”
Gnosticism was one of the most insidious and seductive of early heresies, deeply influencing even such spiritual giants as Origen and Augustine. In turn, it virtually dictated the "once saved always saved" premise of Calvinism - the prevailing theology of most evangelicals today. Yet the Jewish Encyclopedia, in its article on “Gnosticism,” informs us that Gnosticism was of Jewish origins. Continuing the Jewish anti-Christianity recorded in the book of Acts, Jews in the early centuries attempted to destroy Christianity with heresies. In fact, some early church fathers blamed Jews for inventing all the heresies plaguing the church. “It is a noteworthy fact that heads of Gnostic schools and founders of Gnostic systems are distinguished as Jews by early church fathers. Some derive all heresies, including that of Gnosticism, from Judaism. The principle elements of Gnosticism were derived from Jewish speculation. Since the second century BC, Gnostic thought was bound up with Judaism, which had accepted Babylonian and Syrian doctrines.” (Jewish Encyclopedia, “Gnosticism,” p. 681)
St. Irenaeus, in the 2nd century, warned against a false gospel very similar to the Book of Judas, exalting Judas Iscariot. No one knows when the Toldoth Jesu, also exalting Judas, was conceived. But its shared message of Judas glorification, mocking the New Testament testimony against him, suggests a common origin in Judaic unbelief.
One thing we know for sure: Jewish anti-Christianity, whether in the 1st century or the 21st, is undeniable. It motivates the words and actions of Jewish “civil liberties” groups, top heavy with Jews, which radiate from ADL/B’nai B’rith. These include the Southern Poverty Law Center, People for the American Way, and the ACLU. (See ACLU Top Heavy with Jews)
Such anti-Christianity erupted in ADL's arrest of 11 Philadelphia Christians in 2004 for the "hate crime" of preaching to homosexuals. (See Eleven Christians Jailed for Criticizing Homosexualty)
It smolders beneath the Christian-entrapping legalese within ADL's "hate crimes" laws world-wide. These include the federal Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, 45 U.S. state hate laws ever-proliferating "anti-bullying" state hate laws, and hate laws governing some 60 nations. (See My Analysis of the Federal Hate Bill and New Federal 'Hate' Bill Means Funeral of Free Speech)
Its smell is unmistakable in the arrogance of Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff, who helped create US Air Force and Navy guidelines to forbid public prayers in Jesus’ name. Resnicoff was assisted by lay Jewish activist Mikey Weinstein, whose objections to Christian evangelism at the Air Force Academy ultimately compelled it to restrain Christian free speech. Resnicoff was the primary force causing Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmidtt to be expelled from the Navy for illegally using the name of Jesus in public prayer.
Jewish anti-Christianity is evident also in the work of Jewish writers and producers, like those who made NBC’s Book of Daniel (See Who's Behind NBC's 'Book of Daniel?''). Jewish anti-Christianity also emanates from Sony Corporation, headed by Howard Stringer and a host of high-level Jews. Sony of America had featured Jewish Akiva Goldsman’s screenplay in production of the toxic Da Vinci Code film and Jewish publishing houses made a killing with exclusive publication/distribution rights. (See The Jews Behind Da Vinci Code)
In 1918 Winston Churchill, in an article detailing how international Jewish bankers and revolutionaries established communism in Russia, wrote: “It may be that this same astounding race, may at the present time be in the actual process of producing another system of morals and philosophy as malevolent as Christianity was benevolent, which, if not arrested, would shatter irretrievably all that Christianity had rendered possible. It would almost seem as if the gospel of Christ and the gospel of anti-Christ were destined to originate among the same people.” (Illustrated Sunday Herald, Feb. 8, 1920) (See Jewish Activists Created Communism)
During our era of ecumenical “tolerance” over the past century, the Toldoth Jesu has not been a visible part of the arsenal of Jewish anti-Christian polemics. Yet as the attacks of Jewish activism intensify, its testimony against Christ is revived and dignified. In a previous e-alert, I spoke of a CBS 48 Hours program about an “alternative Jewish tradition,” a tradition in which Jesus was the offspring of “Pantera.” In this documentary, Professor Elaine Pagels gives credibility to none other than the Toldoth Jesu, the only source that alleges “Pantera” or “Pandera” as the father of Jesus. (See More Christian Bashing from Media this Easter (2006)) Pagels, who suggests that Jesus was a bastard, also occupied a position as an “expert” on the National Geographic Society’s Codex Advisory Panel as it recommended the authenticity of the Gnostic Gospels, dignifying Judas Iscariot as a Jewish hero.
How do we combat such relentless and increasing anti-Christianity from Jewish activists? One of the most fundamental laws of nature is that every living creature must recognize its enemy. If the rabbit doesn’t know that its enemy is the fox, it will soon be eaten.
Evangelical Christians, do you know your enemy? Or are you still paralyzed by the unbiblical superstition that a divine curse will come on those who criticize evil Jewish leaders and activists?
From ADL-inspired hate laws in Congress to the Jewish MCA's Last Temptation of Christ (See 'The Last Temptation of Christ' An Unnecessary Disaster in Christian-Jewish Relations), The Book of Daniel, The Gnostic Gospels and the Da Vinci Code film, the message is clear: As Rabbi Daniel Lapin warned the church, liberal Jewish activism is in “relentless attack upon Christianity.” (See "Rabbi Lapin: Christians Under 'Relentless Attack' by 'Secular Judaism'")
How can Christians, at this very late hour, respond?
First, be at least as smart as a rabbit.
Second, vigorously oppose the latest Jewish assault on Christ and Christianity. That assault today is ABC's Good Christian Bitches - overwhelmingly created and promoted by Jews. Get the list of remaining sponsors at TruthTellers.org. (CLICK HERE for sponsor list.) Phone and email them in protest, threatening boycott of their products. Eleven major sponsors have said "no!" to ABC's continuation of a Jewish tradition of Christian-bashing. With your encouragement, possibly many more will join them.
[Adapted from Rev. Ted Pike's article "Judas: Historic Jewish Hero"]
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