Who Really Killed Christ? The argument rages.
Mel Gibson's new movie, "The Passion," is fueling old fires of
anti-Semitism. But what is the real message in the
debates? Shouldn't the real debate be "Who Killed The
Victims Of Nine Eleven?" Was it 18 Terrorists who
crucified them, or perhaps a world that has yet to learn how to be
Sentinels of Vigilance? Find out how the
"crucifixion" of the victims of Nine Eleven runs parallel to the
crucifixion of Christ, and what we need to do to evolve about the
Beast of Terror.
Wednesday, February 11,
2004—Ground Zero Plus 882
Who Really Killed Jesus? A Debate Over The Beast Of Anti-Semitism
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Feb 11, 2004 -- The London Times
"Preacher Of The Year" and a Messianic Jew faced off last night at New
York City's Hilton Hotel in a debate over "Who Really Killed Jesus."
debate was held last night at the NYC Hilton Hotel on 53rd Street
in response to Mel Gibson's film "The Passion"
It was billed as a public
debate in response to the upcoming $25 million film financed and
directed by Mel Gibson, "The Passion," in which critics of his film's
interpretation of the death of Christ claim he is fueling the fires of
My wife and I went an hour
early to get good seats, anticipating a huge crowd for the free event.
We weren't disappointed. Every seat was filled by
7:30 p.m., and people lined the walls and filled the floor space as
nearly 1,000 people (my estimate) jammed the room.
HBO was there filming a documentary
on religious Terrorism, and the first two rows were crammed with
media. The Gibson film is slated for public release in a
It was an event not unlike David and
Mel Gibson's movie is fuelling the fires of anti-Semitism
The Jewish worldwide population is a mere 13
million, with about 5.7 million living in the United States and 4.6
million reside in Israel. The balance is spread
throughout the world, primarily in Europe where 1.5 million reside in
38 countries ranging from Austria to Russia. The largest
concentration in Europe of Jews is France, with 500,000, followed by
Russia and the United Kingdom with 275,000 each.
In comparison, the Christian
community boasts nearly 2 billion members worldwide, half of whom
belong to the Catholic religion. Mel Gibson is a confirmed
Catholic whom many brand as being a radical Catholic because he
practices a strict form of Catholicism that flies in the face of a
"softer, gentler, Church."
His depiction of the last days of Christ
are alleged to point the finger at the Jews as being directly
responsible for the conviction and torment of Christ on the Cross.
Or, perhaps more fairly put, suggest "strongly" the blame for Christ's
crucifixion rests heavily on Jewish shoulders.
Throughout history, the battle between
Christendom and the Jewish community over the crucifixion issue has
endured great clashes. On one side the Jewish
community has been painted as the Beast of Terror who sought the
brutal death of Christ. On the other has been the claim that
Christians made up that story to punish the Jews.
Those standing in the middle claim that the Romans executed Jesus
because he claimed to be the "King of the Jews," and under Roman Law,
anyone claiming to be a monarch was put to death. Romans
honored only one leader--their own.
Boteach took on...
Brown, Messianic Jew
Last night, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach took on
Dr. Michael Brown, a Messianic Jew. Rabbi Boteach, who in
2000 was named the "London Times Preacher Of The Year," and the author
of numerous books, including "Kosher Sex," took the demeanor of Howard
Dean. The rabbi roared on the verge of rant through countless
examples of how the Jews had been persecuted over history regarding
the death of Christ.
waved handfuls of papers citing biblical interpretations
He waved handfuls of papers citing
Biblical interpretations that suggested or implied the New Testament
skewed the story of Christ's death so that the Jews were painted as
the jury condemning Christ.
Brown stood on firm ground
Dr. Michael Brown, in a calm but firm
scholastic tone, stood on firm ground that the God, not the Jews, were
responsible for Christ's death, and that Christ's death was ordained
by destiny. He came to "die for our sins."
Without the crucifixion, Christianity could not have come about, he
argued. Without the Resurrection, there would be no hope
Thirty-two years ago, Dr. Brown converted from Judaism
to Christianity. As a Messianic Jew, he believes in Christ.
He repeatedly made the point that the Jews had rejected Christ as the
Messiah over 2000 years ago, but it wasn't too late for them to change
He paraded Scripture to illustrate that there was no
"blame" on the Jews for the death of Christ. His major point was
that Christ died as part of God's plan, and that the attempt to feel
"victimized" by society as the cause of Christ's death played into the
hands of those with myopic views who missed the Big Picture. The
Big Picture, he claimed, was that Christ came to bring forgiveness to
us all, and that he died so that the conflicts between ourselves could
be salved by salvation.
victims of Nine Eleven die for a Bigger Picture - as Christ
I thought about the debate in terms of the
deaths of the nearly 3,000 "victims" of the World Trade Center and
Pentagon attacks on September 11, 2001.
For whom did they die?
Did they die as Christ did, for a Bigger
Christ didn't die to wage war on others if you
follow Dr. Brown's logic. He died so we might learn to forgive
one another. He died so we might learn to heal rather exacerbate
old wounds, that we might bury hatchets covered with the blood of
prejudice and bigotry, that we might bridge the gulfs of hatred and
If we look at the deaths of those who gave their
lives on September 11, 2001, we can turn our vehemence and hatred
toward one group--Terrorists. We can seek revenge against
them, hunt them down, kill or wound them, capture and prosecute them,
then hang them or cut off their heads and try to wash our hands of
The process of
"blame-to-absolve-shame" only makes us Terrorists avenging
This process of "blame-to-absolve-shame" only
makes us Terrorists avenging Terrorism. We become
blinded by blame, seeking to take the "eye-for-the-eye."
The opposite view, or the Big Picture view,
suggests that those who died on Nine Eleven didn't die.
Like Christ, they were Resurrected.
From my point of view, I see the deaths of
the innocent--not unlike the death of Christ--as a symbol of our need
to fight Terrorism not with blood and guts, or blame and shame, but
I never buried
the bodies of the Nine Eleven dead
I have never buried the bodies of the dead
from that day. They hover above Ground Zero in a great Circle of
Vigilance as Sentinels of Vigilance, reminding us all that the battle
with Terrorism is not one that we must wage without, but rather from
Terrorism, the presence of Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency, must be fought in our daily lives.
We can't kill it, we can only manage it, contain it, rob it of
Only Vigilance will contain Terrorism.
Only when we take the Pledge of Vigilance
and vow daily to ward off Fear with Courage, and battle Intimidation
with Conviction, and shun Complacency for the Right Actions that
benefit the Children's Children's Children will we show the respect
for the Sentinels of Vigilance who died and were reborn on September
It is easy to become angry and hateful
toward those 18 Terrorists who flew planes into the heart of America's
security, killing hundreds of mothers, fathers, grandparents, uncles,
aunts, cousins, brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces.
When we do that, we engage the battle: "Who
Really Killed Jesus?"
It's easy to
be angry with the Terrorists who flew the planes into the heart of
We lower our sights to revenge, to seeking blame,
to fueling hatred--all tools of the Beast of Terror who wants us to
denigrate the deaths of others as "victims" rather than as "saviors."
I see the deaths of the people of Nine Eleven not
unlike the death of Christ. If we elevate their deaths
above our thirst for revenge and blame, and see them as a "sacrifice
for all of us" to learn how to more Vigilant in our daily lives
against the Beast of Terror who seeks to cripple our humanity with
Fear, Intimidation and Complacency, then the deaths of those people
rise above our hate, our anger, our need for an "eye-for-an-eye, a
But it doesn't mean we simply turn the
other cheek and do nothing.
Christ only asked that those who sought
redemption reach out for Him. And, in the purest
sense, He would reach for them even if they turned their backs on Him.
Jesus is the
Protector of the children
He also asked for protection of the
lambs--the children. He sought to protect them with
His life, to love them and their innocence.
The Sentinels of Vigilance ask that all
those who suffer from the Beast of Terror's wrath embrace the goal of
taking Right Actions that benefit the Children's Children's Children.
They offer the Sword and Shield of Vigilance to all willing to accept
the belief that Terrorism of the self must be fought and won before it
can be safe for the children to learn how to be Vigilant.
A parent who inflicts Fear, Intimidation
and Complacency upon a child, or others in his or her life, fertilizes
Terrorism. A parent who battles Fear with Courage, fights
Intimidation with Conviction, and seeks Right Actions for future
generations over Complacency (powerlessness), teaches the children
that we can "resurrect" ourselves above the Beast. That we can
evolve our humanity beyond the dank, dark caverns that form the
debate should be between Vigilance vs. Terrorism, not Who Really
Who Really Killed Christ?
To me it is obvious. The Beast of
Terror. He kills all things that are worthy, good,
valuable to the evolution of human beings as spiritual beings who care
more about others than they do themselves.
Who really killed the hundreds of innocent
people on Nine Eleven? The Beast of Terror, the same one
who lives in us all and tries to turn our lives into pits of despair,
anger, hatred, bigotry, prejudice and selfishness.
If we want to debate a real issue, we
should debate Vigilance versus Terrorism, not Who Really Killed
But, before we do, we need to all take the
Pledge of Vigilance. If we don't, we'll all be nailed to the
Cross of Terrorism.
Feb. 10 --The Pain Game:
Memoirs Of A Terror Hunter