[quote=Louis Mazar]Yes the Jews worship the Devil. Anybody who is not a Christian is in reality worshipping the Devil because Christianity is the only True Religion around.
This has the minor inconvenience of making the co-religionists of Jesus satanolaters.
As He was “born of woman, born under the Law” - this makes his mother a devil-worshipper. And him.
But, let us assume that the devil-worship began only after the Ascension - how ? when ? where is the evidence ?
It must have been the devil’s temple that the Apostles went to after the Ascension. Why would they mix with devil-worshippers ? Why did St. Stephen call devil-worshippers “brethren” ? Why did St. Paul do so, in the late chapters of Acts? This idea makes him not simply a hypocrite, but a satanolater - which is far worse. Why should we read as sacred the letters of a man who is, according to this idea, a servant of satan ? A man who is “a Jew to the Jews”, as
he sought to be, is, according to this idea, conniving at devil-worship.
This reasoning undermines the New Testament, fosters the worst types of Judaeophobia, echoes the ugliest and most murderous of prejudices which in Europe at least we are still trying to slough off, contradicts Catholic teaching, demonises non-Christians…there is nothing to be said in its favour. “We have been here before” - and this idea has brought forth nothing but rotten fruit.
Not knowing Jesus Christ as fully as might be, is one thing: positive devil-worship, is something wholly different.
And in any case - do all Christians know Him as fully as they might ?
If not - why, conversely, cannot Jews know Him more fully than some Christians ? Why should God’s grace be overcome by a Jew’s - or anyone’s - ignorance of certain doctrines ? That implies that our defects are mightier than God’s grace, even against our intention. That is hardly an Almighty God that we are left with. If God is God at all, He is more than capable of granting life in its fullness even to those who do not know the words and formulas that Christians do. If they had to, in order to receive the grace of redemption, then Abram would never have left Ur.
Salvation does not arise from human knowledge of theological formulae, but from God’s grace. ##