View Full Version : Pope Benedict The XVI Denies That Jesus Is The Messiah

Apr 13th 2009, 02:32 AM
No fanfare here just an observation




Apr 13th 2009, 03:15 AM
No fanfare here just an observation


Well, from what I can tell this person has trouble reading.

(Section 2:A5)
Insistence on discontinuity between both Testaments and going beyond former perspectives should not, however, lead to a one-sided spiritualisation. What has already been accomplished in Christ must yet be accomplished in us and in the world. The definitive fulfilment will be at the end with the resurrection of the dead, a new heaven and a new earth. Jewish messianic expectation is not in vain. It can become for us Christians a powerful stimulant to keep alive the eschatological dimension of our faith. Like them, we too live in expectation. The difference is that for us the One who is to come will have the traits of the Jesus who has already come and is already present and active among us.

So then his first claim is invalid. All this text is saying is that as the Jews look towards their Messiah we too as Christians should look with expectation towards the second coming of Christ (something a lot of us don't do for all the talk about it). It is not, however, giving credence to the Jewish interpretation of scripture.

His next claim:

(Section 2:A7)

22. The horror in the wake of the extermination of the Jews (the Shoah) during the Second World War has led all the Churches to rethink their relationship with Judaism and, as a result, to reconsider their interpretation of the Jewish Bible, the Old Testament. It may be asked whether Christians should be blamed for having monopolised the Jewish Bible and reading there what no Jew has found. Should not Christians henceforth read the Bible as Jews do, in order to show proper respect for its Jewish origins?

In answer to the last question, a negative response must be given for hermeneutical reasons. For to read the Bible as Judaism does necessarily involves an implicit acceptance of all its presuppositions, that is, the full acceptance of what Judaism is, in particular, the authority of its writings and rabbinic traditions, which exclude faith in Jesus as Messiah and Son of God.

And again, his second claim proves false. I think that's "'nuff said".