Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Here's News!

The Pope has exonerated the Jews about the death of Messiah and Madoff has determined through his prison counseling that he is a good person. I think the fact that these two items are considered news is the actual news. I'm going to address Bernie Madoff's statement first. He's what . . . early 70's, spent his life cheating and lying to people that trusted him, not to mention lived a luxurious and lavish lifestyle on stolen money, and now that he's been caught and in prison counseling, he realizes he's a good person. Although he's slated to serve more years than he'll live, I've seen some interesting exceptions made regarding age, time served and health issues, so who knows how this will all turn out for Bernie. Actually, considering the retirement funds his clients lost to him, he may actually be living better in prison than they will in their golden years.
Now, on to the Pope. I never did understand why the Jews were blamed for the death of Messiah, and just how the Roman Catholics got out of the blame, except by Constantine's political power. The Pharisees may have accused Messiah, and falsely I might add, but there were a great number of ordinary Jewish citizens that didn't join in the rank and file of the religious right of that day. Then we have to consider the fact that Judea was under Roman rule, so the Pharisees had a voice, but they didn't have the ultimate authority. It was the Roman ruler, Pontius Pilate that sentenced Messiah, then since he really could find nothing he'd done wrong, said he washed his hands of the incident. Historically it sounds like Rome was pretty instrumental in the death of Messiah, in every aspect. Let's not forget that stoning was the method of capital punishment, used in Judaism, and sometimes burning, but never crucifixion. So, if crucifixion is Roman, could it be that the Pope is more familiar with the religion that is responsible for the death of Messiah?
And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. New Testament
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