The highlighted text is probably responsible for more loss of innocent life than any other passage in the Bible. The author has a Jewish crowd accept full responsibility on themselves for the execution of Yeshua. Further, they stated that their children would share fully in that guilt.
For many centuries, Christian faith groups had enlarged the group responsible for the execution beyond those Jews who were present at the sentencing, and their children. The church included all Jews who were alive at the time, circa 30 CE. This would include Jews who were living over 1,000 miles from the event in Jerusalem and knew nothing about Yeshua. Further, the church taught that all Jews, from the 1st century CE onwards, shared equally in the guilt for Jesus' death. They believed that Jews were "Christ killers." The result was horrendous levels of oppression, discrimination and mass murder of Jews by Christians, that set the foundation for the Nazi Holocaust.
Edward Alexander, while reviewing a book Christian Antisemitism by William Nichols, commented:
On 1965-OCT-28, following the Vatican II meeting by the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican issued Nostra Aetate, a "Declaration on the Relation of the Church to non-Christian Religions." 4 The Declaration notes that, according to the Gospels, some Jews in Palestine advocated for the execution of Jesus. But this guilt cannot be charged against all Jews of the 1st century CE, nor can it be charged against any Jews of today. It stated that: "Jews should not be presented as rejected or accursed by God, as if this followed from the Holy Scriptures....the Church ... decries hatred, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone."
This passage is the only one in the Christian Scriptures of which we are aware which transfers guilt from adults to their innocent children. It is unclear whether the original intent was to consider additional generations of the mob's descendents as responsible for Yeshua's death.
Many faith groups within Christianity have traditionally taught that God transferred all of the sins of born-again believers onto Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ) at the time of his execution. This included all of the sins that had not yet been committed, by people who had not yet been born, all the way from the first century CE, to the present day, and beyond into the future.
Many mechanisms have been used to explain how this transfer of sin takes place. It is called the Atonement, which has been cited as "...the central tenet of Christianity." 5 However, they all involve the transmission of sin and punishment from guilty persons to one innocent man who was tortured to death by the occupying Roman Army.
Being denied entry into Heaven because of one's behavior:
There are about a half-dozen "clobber" passages in the Bible that some theologians and apologists have interpreted as describing God's hatred of homosexuals and/or homosexual behavior. One of these is 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, written by Paul.
The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible translates this passage as:
The Greek word translated as "effeminate" means soft. It has a range of meanings. The Greek word translated as "abusers of themselves with mankind" is "arsenokoitai." Its exact meaning is lost; it may have been a word specially created by Paul. It is fairly certain that Paul did not mean "homosexuals" here as many translations show. If he did, he would have used the word "paiderasste." That was the standard Greek term at the time for sexual behavior between males.
However, the Jerusalem Bible, New American Bible, and James Moffatt translation use the word "catamites," or "boy prostitutes" to describe what the KJV refers to as "effeminate." This is was often a young male who was kept as a sexual partner/slave of an adult male.
A footnote in the New American Bible states:
If this is the actual meaning of the passage, it is profoundly immoral by today's secular and most religious moral standards because it transfers punishment from a perpetrator guilty of child sexual abuse to his innocent victim.
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