Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Martin Luther was an "anti-Semite" - "On the Jews and their Lies", 1543
Martin Luther, the German scholar/theologian and father of the Protestant Revolution, wrote a treatise in 1543 titled "On the Jews and Their Lies" warning Christians in the most serious terms of the destructive influence of the Jews, and advocating their banishment from European society.
Luther was very knowledgeable of the religion, nature, origins, and influence of the Jews - having actually read the Talmud and studied history. Yet his general negative view on the Jews should be understood as representing that of the majority of both educated and common Europeans of his time, given that around that time in much of Europe Jews were known as subversive and required by authorities to be segregated from white Europeans in ghettos.
The modern reader may be shocked by the severity of the condemnation of the Jews by Luther. Luther states that the Jews are literally "children of the devil" and a "brood of vipers" (as Jesus is recorded in the Bible to have condemned the Pharisees). According to Luther, the Jews are an exceedingly diabolical race -- masters of evil -- who are literally aligned with and doing the work of Satan on earth -- engaging in the most extreme forms of wickedness, treachery, lying, and subversion known to history.
Luther describes the Jews as an accursed, malicious, greedy, cunning, treacherous, thieving, and greatly evil people, who are descended from the very people who murdered Jesus, who deeply hate Christianity and God's people, and are working in every possible way to undermine and destroy Western Christian civilization. Among other things, Luther analyzes the Talmud, including its vicious hatred of Jesus and Christians, as well as recounting the many times Jews have been expelled from European nations.
Luther makes special effort to warn against the practice of usury, which Luther rightly observes is the devilish modus operandi by which the Jews work to enslave the masses, while enriching themselves enormously and setting themselves up as our rulers and masters. The modern student of history knows too well that Luther was precisely on the mark, as usurious banking is indeed the method by which the ruling Jewish elite have gained their immense wealth and power in the world.
LINK to the text of "On the Jews and Their Lies" by Martin Luther
Quoted below are some of the more significant passages:
"Why, their Talmud and their rabbis record that it is no sin for a Jew to kill a Gentile, but it is only a sin for him to kill a brother Israelite. Nor is it a sin for a Jew to break his oath to a Gentile. Likewise, they say that it is rendering God a service to steal or rob from a Goy, as they in fact do through their usury. For since they believe that they are the noble blood and the circumcised saints and we the accursed Goyim, they cannot treat us too harshly or commit sin against us, for they are the lords of the world and we are their servants, yes, their cattle.
...they installed money-changers, traders, and all sorts of usurers in the temple, prompting our Lord to say that they had made the house of God into a den of robbers [Matt. 21:13; Luke 19:46]. Now figure out for yourself what a great honor that is and how the temple is filled with such glory that God must call his own house a den of robbers because so many souls had been murdered through their greedy, false doctrine, that is, through double idolatry. The Jews still persist in such doctrine to the present day. They imitate their fathers and pervert God's word. They are steeped in greed, in usury, they steal and murder where they can and ever teach their children to do likewise.
Someone may think that I am saying too much. I am not saying too much, but too little- for I see their writings. They curse us Goyim. In their synagogues and in their prayers they wish us every misfortune. They rob us of our money and goods through their usury, and they play on us every wicked trick they can. And the worst of it is that they still claim to have done right and well, that is, to have done God a service. And they teach the doing of such things. No pagan ever acted thus; in fact, no one acts thus except the devil himself, or whomever he possesses, as he has possessed the Jews.
For it [ie, the Jewish religion - my emphasis] abounds with witchcraft, conjuring signs, figures, and the tetragrammaton of the name, that is, with idolatry, envy, and conceit. Moreover, they are nothing but thieves and robbers who daily eat no morsel and wear no thread of clothing which they have not stolen and pilfered from us by means of their accursed usury. Thus they live from day to day, together with wife and child, by theft and robbery, as arch-thieves and robbers, in the most impenitent security. For a usurer is an arch-thief and a robber who should rightly be hanged on the gallows seven times higher than other thieves.
Further, they presume to instruct God and prescribe the manner in which he is to redeem them. For the Jews, these very learned saints, look upon God as a poor cobbler equipped with only a left last for making shoes. This is to say that he is to kill and exterminate all of us Goyim through their Messiah, so that they can lay their hands on the land, the goods, and the government of the whole world. And now a storm breaks over us with curses, defamation, and derision that cannot be expressed with words. They wish that sword and war, distress and every misfortune may overtake us accursed Goyim. They vent their curses on us openly every Saturday in their synagogues and daily in their homes. They teach, urge, and train their children from infancy to remain the bitter, virulent, and wrathful enemies of the Christians.
This gives you a clear picture of their conception of the fifth commandment and their observation of it. They have been blood thirsty bloodhounds and murderers of all Christendom for more than fourteen hundred years in their intentions, and would undoubtedly prefer to be such with their deeds. Thus they have been accused of poisoning water and wells, of kidnaping children, of piercing them through with an awl, of hacking them in pieces, and in that way secretly cooling their wrath with the blood of Christians, for all of which they have often been condemned to death by fire."