Fox’s Facebook Poll Asked If Jews Killed Jesus

Fox Latin America posted a poll on their Facebook page inviting readers to comment on who they think is responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. The choices were: Pontious Pilate, the Jewish people, or the High Priests (who were also Jewish). Really?

After a scolding by the Simon Weisenthal Center in Buenos Aires, Fox took down the poll and issued an apology.

Read the Associated Press story here.

So here we are, on the brink of 2012, and we’re still hearing that same old blood libel message. I’d love to dismiss this slander as ridiculous; but the accusation has lead to the mistreatment and murder of millions of Jewish people throughout centuries. It must be answered every single time.

Christians: educate yourselves!

Think about it: If Jesus was truly Emmanuel–God with us–as we Christians say we believe, who could take his life from him?

  • Jesus declared that no one could take his life.  He said, “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life–only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.” John 10:17-18, NIV
  • Both Gentiles and Jews participated in a conspiracy to kill Jesus. “Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.” Acts 4:27, NIV
  • Jesus absolved those who carried out the crucifixion, not holding them responsible. Of those who carried out the crucifixion, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34, NIV
  • Jesus did not stay dead. St. Paul wrote, “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living [at the time of the writing], though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also. . .” 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, NIV

If you’re looking to find out who participated in the conspiracy to kill Jesus, according to the Bible, that included both Gentiles and Jews. But if you’re looking to find out who actually killed Jesus, the answer is no one.

In addition to Biblical evidence, the Roman Catholic church published the Nostra Aetate in 1965, officially declaring that Jews are not responsible for the death of Jesus, and that all acts of anti-Semitism go contrary to the gospel’s message of love.

Pope Benedict XVI wrote a gospel-by-gospel argument proving that Jews can not be held responsible for the death of Jesus in his book, Jesus of Nazareth-Part II, published in 2011.

No Biblical or theological reason exists, therefore, to blame any person or group of people for the death of Jesus.

Did you see the Fox Facebook poll? How would you respond to such a question?

Biographical memorial of Sister Rose Thering, the nun who dedicated her life to Jewish-Christian harmony, and fought successfully for changes in anti-Semitic Catholic school books and official Catholic doctrine.

Nostra Aetate, declared by Pope Paul VI, in 1965, as a direct result of Sister Rose’s work, declaring that the church does not blame Jews for the death of Jesus, and that all acts of anti-Semitism go against the gospel of love taught by Jesus.

 

This post was edited in 2016 to remove (outdated) broken links.

 


3 thoughts on “Fox’s Facebook Poll Asked If Jews Killed Jesus

  1. Absolutely right! Especially when Acts 4:28 says that the killing of Jesus was what God predestined to take place! I am grieved that Christ had to die but, if we were to ever receive salvation, it was necessary for it to occur. There is no use to blame any particular party for His execution because our sins were the ultimate reason He was put to death. We’re all guilty of crucifying Him!

  2. I’m totally disgusted that Fox Latino network even came up with this anti-Semitic garbage, but
    I’m not totally surprised. Unfortunately, the ruling “blanco elite” of Latin America still disparages
    Afro-latinos, Indigenous Latinos and Jews throughout Latin America–and always find a way to
    “smear” any ethnic group they don’t approve of! Latino media is run by the ruling white elite–the same 5% of the population left over from the brutal Spanish/Portuguese colonial expansion period of the 1500’s–1800’s! This ruling 5% controls EVERYTHING in Latin America, including access to education, commerce/trade, government, social services, real estate/land, and anything and everything connected to tourism. You will RARELY find people of color or Jews in any responsible position–reporters, talk show hosts, production teams, photographers–in Latino
    media. So now Fox Latino decides to slam Jesus’ relatives and their descendants–not surprising when you consider who was behind the Spanish Inquisition and the forcible expulsion of Jews
    and Muslims from “Catholic Spain” of 1492. The entire Iberian peninsula–and the entire ruling
    “blanco elite” of Latin America, need a serious move of the Holy Ghost to convert them to
    believing the gospel, cast out their anti-Semitic and racist demons, and impart the new birth found in Jesus Christ! Then they could stop spewing out racially-disparaging propaganda concerning all of Jesus’ cousins–the Jewish people–and everyone ELSE they’ve been raping, killing and discriminating against since 1492, at home in Iberia and abroad in Latin America! May YAHWEH send the HOLY GHOST in WAVES to Iberia and Latin America–speedily and SOON! AMEN!

  3. Whenever I hear the question, “Who killed Jesus?” I always think, “I did.” No people group killed Him, but He chose to die because of sin.

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