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MARTIN LUTHER SPEAKS ABOUT JEWS

Many people are fooled into thinking that Christianity is a rather peaceful and loving religion, especially to the Jews, but this may not be so.

Here is a compilation of various quotes from Martin Luther, father of the Lutheran Church and all its branches.

You decide.



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Martin Luther (Germany, 1483-1546) was one of the most important Christian theologians who ever lived.
The 1992 Encyclopedia Americana dedicates more than nine pages exclusively to him.
The Lutheran church (over 60 million members) and hospitals are named in his honor.
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ON JEWISH LOYALTY:

"Know, O adored Christ, and make no mistake, that aside from the Devil, you have no enemy more
venemous, more desperate, more bitter than a true Jew who truly seeks to be a Jew...A Jew, a Jewish
heart, are hard as wood, as stone, as iron, as the Devil himself. In short, they are children of the Devil,
condemned to the flames of hell."

ON INTERFAITH RELATIONS:

"Now whoever wishes to accept venemous serpents, desperate enemies of the Lord, and to honor them, to
let himself be robbed, pillaged, corrupted, and cursed by them, need only turn to the Jews. If this is not enough for him, he can do more: crawl up to their ______ and worship the sanctuary, so as to glorify himself afterward for having been merciful, for having fortified the Devil and his children, in order to blaspheme our beloved Lord and the precious blood that has redeemed us. He will then be a perfect Christian, filled with works of mercy, for which Christ will reward him on the day of Judgement with the eternal fire of hell (where he will roast together) with the Jews."

ON JEWISH CIVIL RIGHTS:

"In truth, the Jews, being foreigners, should possess nothing, nothing, and what they do possess
should be ours."

ON JEWISH INTELLECT:

"...Cursed goy that I am, I cannot understand how they manage to be so skillful, unless I think that when
Judas Iscariot hanged himself, his guts burst and emptied. Perhaps the Jews sent their servants with
plates of silver and pots of gold to gather up Judas' piss with the other treasures, and the ate and drank
his offal, and thereby acquired eyes so piercing that they discover in Scriptures commentaries that neither
Matthew nor Isaiah himself found there, not to mention the rest of us cursed goyim..."

ON JEWISH THEOLOGY:

"O Lord, I am much too feeble to mock such devils. I would do so, but they are much stronger in raillery,
and they have a God who is a past master in this art; he is called the Devil, and the wicked spirit...They have
transformed God into the Devil, or rather into a servant of the Devil, accomplishing all the evil the devil desires, corrupting unhappy souls, and raging against himself! In short, the Jews are worse than the devils."

ON CONVERTING JEWS:

"If I find a Jew to baptize, I shall lead him to the Elbe bridge, hang a stone around his neck, and push
him into the water, baptizing him in the name of Abraham!...I cannot convert the Jews. Our Lord Christ
did not succeed in doing so; but I can close their mouths so that there will be nothing for them to so but
lie on the ground."

ON JEWISH RITUAL:

"I hope that I shall never be so stupid as to be circumcised! I would rather cut off the left breast of
my Catherine and of all women!"

ON INTERFAITH TOLERANCE:

"What then shall we Christians do with this damned, rejected race of Jews?
First, their synagogues should be set on fire, and whatever does not burn up should be covered or spread
with dirt so that no one may ever be able to see a cinder of it. And this ought to be done for the honor of
God and of Christianity, in order that God may see that we are Christians.

Secondly, their homes should be likewise broken down and destroyed.

Thirdly, they should be deprived of their prayer-books and Talmuds in which such idolatry, lies, cursing and
blasphemy are taught.

Fourthly, their rabbis must be forbidden under threat of death to teach any more..."

(NOTE: The Christian "New Testament" says: "You Jews are children of the Devil and you follow his
lusts." -- The Book of JOHN, Chapter 8, verse 44.)

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SOURCES:

Against the Jews and Their Lies by Martin Luther

Schem Hamephoras by Martin Luther

The History of Anti-Semitism by Leon Poliakov

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FROM: The Jews and Their Lies by Martin Luther

"They (the Jews) are the real liars and bloodhounds, who have not only perverted and falsified the entire
Scriptures from beginning to end and without ceasing with their interpretations. And all of the anxious sighing,
longing and hoping of their hearts is directed to the time when some day they would like to deal with us heathen as they dealt with the heathen in Persia at the time of Esther... On how they love the book of Esther, which so nicely agrees with their bloodthirsty, revengeful and murderous desire and hope.

(1) The sun never did shine on a more bloodthirsty and revengeful people as they, who imagine to be the people of God, and who desire to and think they must murder and crush the heathen. And the foremost undertaking which they expect of their Messiah is that he should slay and murder the whole world with the sword. As they at first demonstrated against us Christians and would like to do now, if they only could; have also tried it often and have been repeatedly struck on their snouts...

Their breath stinks for the gold and silver of the heathen; since no people under the sun always have been, still are, and always will remain more avaricious than they, as can be noticed in their cursed usury. They also find comfort with this: "When the Messiah comes, He shall take all the gold and silver in the world and distribute it among the Jews.


(2) Thus, wherever they can direct Scripture to their insatiable avarice, they wickedly do so.
Therefore know, my dear Christians, that next to the Devil, you have no more bitter, more poisonous, more
vehement and enemy than a real Jew who earnestly desires to be a Jew. There may be some among them
who believe what the cow or the goose believes.

But all of them are surrounded with their blood and circumcision. In history, therefore, they are often
accused of poisoning wells, stealing children and mutilating them; as in Trent, Weszensee and the like.
Of course they deny this. Be it so or not, however, I know full well that the ready will is not lacking with
them if they could only transform it into deeds, in secret or openly.

(3) A person who does not know the Devil, might wonder why they are so at enemity with the Christians
above all others; for which they have no reason, since we only do good to them.

They live among us in our homes, under our protection, use land and highways, market and streets. Princes
and government sit by, snore and have their maws open, let the Jews take from their purse and chest,
steal and rob whatever they will. That is, they permit themselves and their subjects to be abused and
sucked dry and reduced to beggars with their own money, through the usury of the Jews. For the Jews,
as foreigners, certainly should have nothing from us; and what they have certainly must be ours.

They do not work, do not earn anything from us, neither do we donate or give it to them. Yet they have
our money and goods and are lords in our land where they are supposed to be in exile!

If a thief steals ten gulden he must hang; if he robs people on the highway, his head is gone. But a Jew,
when he steals ten tons of gold through his usury is dearer than God himself!

Do not their Talmud and rabbis write that it is no sin to kill if a Jew kills a heathen, but it is a sin if he kills
a brother in Israel? It is no sin if he does not keep his oath to a heathen. Therefore, to steal and rob (as they
do with their moneylending) from a heathen, is a divine service... And they are the masters of the world and
we are their servants - yea, their cattle!

I maintain that in three fables of Aesop there is more wisdom to be found than in all the books of
the Talmudists and rabbis and more than ever could  come into the hearts of the Jews...
Should someone think I am saying too much - I am saying much too little! For I see in [their]
writings how they curse us Goyim and wish as all evil in their schools and prayers. They rob us of
our money through usury, and wherever they are able, they play us all manner of mean tricks... No
heathen has done such things and none would to so except the Devil himself and those whom he
possesses - as he possesses the Jews.

Now behold what a nice, thick, fat lie it is when they complain about being captives among us! Jerusalem
was destroyed more than 1,400 years ago during that time we Christians have been tortured and persecuted
by the Jews in all the world. On top of that, we do not know to this day what Devil brought them into our
country. We did not fetch them from Jerusalem!... Yes, we have and hold them captive, as I would like
to keep my rheumatism, and all other diseases and misfortunes, who must wait as a poor servant, with
money and property and everything I have! I wish they were in Jerusalem with the other Jews and whomsoever they would like to have with them.

Now what are we going to do with these rejected, condemned Jewish people?... Let us apply the ordinary
wisdom of other nations like France, Spain, Bohemia, et al., who made them give an account of what they had stolen through usury, and divided it evenly; but expelled them from their country;. For as heard before, God's wrath is so great over them that through soft mercy they only become more wicked, through hard treatment, however, only a little better. Therefore, away with them!

How much more unbearable it is that we should permit the entire Christendom and all of us to be bought with
our own money, be slandered and cursed by the Jews, who on top of all that be made rich and our lords, who laugh us to scorn and are tickled by their audacity!

What a joyful affair that would be for the Devil and his angels, and cause them to laugh through their snouts
like a sow grinning at her little pigs, but deserving real wrath before God.
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Maybe mild-hearted and gentle Christians will believe that I am too rigorous and drastic against the poor,
afflicted Jews, believing that I ridicule them and treat them with much sarcasm. By my word, I am far too
weak to be able to ridicule such a satanic brood. I would fain to do so, but they are far greater adepts at
mockery than I and possess a god who is master in this art. It is the Evil One himself.

Even with no further evidence than the Old Testament, I would maintain, and no person on earth could alter
my opinion, that the Jews as they are today are veritably a mixture of all the depraved and malevolent
knaves of the whole world over, who have then been dispersed in all countries, similarly to the Tartars,
Gypsies and such folk." -- Martin Luther
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FROM: Table Talk of Martin Luther, translated by

William Hazlet, page 43:

"But the Jews are so hardened that they listen to nothing; though overcome by testimonies they yield not an inch. It is a pernicious race, oppressing all men by their usury and rapine. If they give a prince or magistrate a thousand florins, they extort twenty thousand from the subjects in payment. We must ever keep on guard against them."
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MARTIN LUTHER, sermon at Eisleben, a few days
before his death, February, 1546:

"Besides, you also have many Jews living in the country, who do much harm... You should know the
Jews blaspheme and violate the name of our Savior day for day... for that reason you, Milords and men
of authority, should not tolerate but expel them. They are our public enemies and incessantly
blaspheme our Lord Jesus Christ, they call our Blessed Virgin Mary a harlot and her Holy Son a
bastard and to us they give the epithet of changelings and abortions.

Therefore deal with them harshly as they do nothing but excruciatingly blaspheme our Lord Jesus Christ,
trying to rob us of our lives, our health, our honor and belongings."

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"I began to see that the Fundamentalist system we had accepted could foster anti-Semitism; it was
sufficient to read such texts as St. Matthew 27:25,

St. John 8:42-18:36, 19:7, 12-18, I Thessalonians 2:14-16, Titus 1:10.11 to realize that. But the most
shocking thing to me was that many anti-Semitic statements as, "Jews think they are going to save
themselves by stupid, petty rituals, like washing their hands before they eat bread," came from
Hebrew Christians."

(Source: page 87 of ESCAPE FROM JESUS by

Shlomoh Sherman, 224 pages, 1983. Published
by Decalogue Books, 7 North MacQuesten Pkwy
Mount Vernon, NY 10550 ISBN: 0-915474-03-4

The author tells how he joined "Hebrew Christianity",
left it, and eventually found meaning in Judaism.

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"A good apple does not bring forth bad fruit" - New Testament.

Is this really a religion that a Jew (or even Gentile) would ever think of joining?



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