Today Protestants and some self-hating Catholics across the globe are celebrating the career of the renegade and apostate monk named Martin Luther. Being Catholic, I oppose his theology and his career as a “reformer”. Regardless, many articles have been popping up on the anti-Semitism of Martin Luther. They say that he paved the way for the holocaust. Of course when people say this, they often take a shot at the Catholic Church as well saying they were no better.
First of all, Luther can hardly be called anti-Semitic. He believed in anti-Judaism but not anti-Semitism. After all, his attacks on Jews were purely of religious character and not ethnic. Second of all, Luther departed from the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church on how to treat the Jews in their lands. The Catholic Church always followed the policy of Sicut Judaeis Non. Jews were always allowed to live in Catholic lands and they would be left alone unless they caused trouble. This would often include harassing Christians, charging interest on loans, or other immoral business practices.
Regardless, to say that Luther was responsible or paved the way for the holocaust is so incredibly stupid. The events of WWII happened 400 years after Luther died. Why wasn’t there a holocaust immediately after the life of Luther? The writings of Luther had far more influence in Germany in the 16th and 17th century than they did in the 20th century where religion had been reduced to social club status.
I obviously don’t agree with what Luther wrote against the Jews but this type of thinking is sickening. This is used against the Catholic Church as well. Catholics and Protestants always have the finger pointed at them as being responsible for the holocaust. This is usually from Rabbis, other leaders in the Jewish community, and liberal self-hating “Christians” who don’t know history.
Here’s the question for those who want to blame Christianity for the holocaust:
Why didn’t the holocaust happen when Christianity was 100% in control? Why did it happen in the extremely secular 20th century as opposed to the extremely religious centuries. Christianity gained political power in the 4th century under the Roman Emperors and had a large amount of power until the “enlightenment” when Freemasonry and the French Revolution started to take large chunks of that political power away. The Jews who lived in those centuries rejected Christ just as much as the Jews of the 20th century. Where was the holocaust at those times if it was such a Christian thing?
That is my proposal and what I have always asked people who say that the holocaust was Christian or partially Christian. The Catholic Church bears zero responsibility for the holocaust. Martin Luther bears zero responsibility for the holocaust. If you hear anyone say otherwise, refer them to the bold section above and challenge them to answer. This is a lie that is out there to malign Christianity. I have never heard an answer to those questions in bold and I don’t think that I will.
I invite any Rabbis out there to respond to my questions in bold. If any readers of this post know any Jews or Rabbis, please send this to them. I want to hear the best answer that they can offer.