January 15: Christian Anti-Semitism – Oath for Conversion

-Oath for Salvation

Opposition to the Jewish people was expressed in many ways.  There were two oaths that Jews had to proclaim and were designed to embarrass and humiliate.

The first was necessary upon the decision to follow Yeshua.  Rather than Paul’s simple proclamation of faith, the Jews were forced to completely reject and renounce everything “Jewish.”

 

 

Romans 10:9

 …if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 

This oath was demanded of Jewish converts to Christianity in one or another form through the 18th century

“In one word, I renounce absolutely everything Jewish, every law, rite and custom…and if afterwards I shall wish to deny and return to Jewish superstition, or shall be found eating with Jews, then let the trembling of Cain and the leprosy of Gehazi cleave to me…and may I be anathema in the world to come, and may my soul be set down with Satan and the devils.” 

Renounce the lie

“The Jews are a perverse people who God has cursed forever” (Hilary of Poitiers)

 

Replace with truth

Psalm 30:5b

Weeping may endure for a night,

But joy comes in the morning.

 

 

 

The accusation of Christ Killer was only partially rescinded in 1965 by Pope Paul VI

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