In Search of Victimhood
The tendency of man is to focus on that which is most obvious. The loudest, most colorful, most attractive and most forceful draws our attention and skews our perspective of reality. Our enthrallment with the obvious blinds our eyes to the still silent voice of truth.
This human tendency favors the present over the past and future. Instead of looking at the arena of human activity as an intricate chain of cause and effect we pass judgment by what our eyes see here and now.
The Jewish people carry a legacy that teaches them not to be swayed by color, noise, flash and smoke. After all, we serve a God that cannot be seen. The Eternal Jew sees the activities of men as a saga which stretches from the past into the future, with the present simply being one link in the chain.
Christianity is certainly one of the prominent characters in the story of humanity. Those who are drawn by the magnetism of the present see only one face of this character. But the Jew, who refuses to be blinded by the flash of the present, sees a completely different face of this same character.
The institution of Christianity entered the stage of human history with one goal; to draw the hearts of men to their hero. One way of getting people’s hearts to identify with the central character of Christianity is by magnifying his victimhood. The story that Christianity spun for mankind is that Jesus is the most innocent of victims and his killers are the most evil race on earth. By contrasting Jesus against a people who are inherent murderers and liars, the Church managed to give Jesus the perfect victimhood that they sought for him.
This story was told and retold by the mouthpieces of Christianity. This story was dramatized and played up until the minds and hearts of European men were saturated with a deep hatred for the supposed killers of Jesus. The fires of this hatred were stoked by the institution of Christianity as long as this story was still conducive to the image of an innocent Jesus. When Hitler entered the scene he did not teach the European anything new about the Jew. Every accusation that Nazi propaganda threw at the Jew was already believed by Christian Europe. In their effort to demonize the supposed enemies of Jesus, the moral beacons of the Church did not leave out one accusation that Hitler would use to launch the final solution; not one.
As the enormity of the holocaust sank in to the minds of humanity, and as the Church lost its grip on the minds of men, the tide began shifting. The hearts and minds of men began recognizing that the true victims are those who were demonized by centuries of Christian theology. And the Church realized that Jesus stands the risk of losing his victimhood.
In a cynical exploitation of its own crime, the institution of Christianity came up with a new way of preserving the victimhood of Jesus. Have him walk into the gas chambers. If Jesus would have been born in 20th century Poland he would have been put on a train to Auschwitz together with the rest of the Jews, or so the slogan goes. But what the Church fails to tell you is that if Jesus would have been born in 20th century Poland instead of 1st century Palestine, those trains would have never rolled.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal