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The Immoral Teachings of Christianity

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens

Please read my response to comments below: Friday the Rabbi Read Isaiah 53.


I was never crazy about the late Christopher Hitchens’s notions about the Middle East, but his views on Christianity came from a point of knowledge and, I always suspected, personal pain. This one I endorse wholeheartedly. The notion of redemption through the suffering of another is repugnant to me. I know it has some traces in late Jewish tradition—still repugnant.



About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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23 Responses to “The Immoral Teachings of Christianity”

  1. Alex Rivera says:

    I take it the editor has never rea Isaiah 53..

  2. C Itai Cardona says:

    Why? That chapter speaks of Israel and has nothing to do I with the messiah.

  3. Alex Rivera says:

    Cardona then you mustnt have read the Jewish sages of old concerning this passage. However if we were to take your position that its Israel its still doesnt serve you well to say so in contrast to what hitchens is saying if isaiah 53 is talking about israel then it places Israel suffering for others. Which the editors says is repugnant.

  4. C Itai Cardona says:

    Alex,
    Israel suffers for herself, not for others.

  5. C Itai Cardona says:

    Jewish sages do not teach that this passa I e speaks of a messiah. That is conservatibe Christian teaching rejected by traditional Jews. I am guessing you are a Christian, probably here to convert?

  6. Alex Rivera says:

    Cardona the Talmud speaks of this passage clearly and also refers it to the Messiah just go read tractate 98b. Also there is no conversion by me. Any man reading this isaiah 53 passage would see that there are two parties involved just quote vs 8.. Ive heard this is speaking of Israel suffering for the nations and others attribute it to the holocaust hashoah

  7. Ruth Hirt says:

    A person can never impress The ALMIGHTY by his unbelief, his pride, self-reliance while nobody is primarily not self-sufficient being a finite creature. This guy is refuting Something which he doesn't even know of. Even JESUS CHRIST sharply rebuked Peter when Peter rebuked The L_RD over HIS declaration of HIS passion, death. Matthew 16 verse 23 ; Mark 8 verse 33 ;
    Luke 4 v 8

    These last days proving more true the Holy Scriptures, Torah and The New Testament. In the last days great blasphemies, great seductions shall be declared all to deceive, mislead out of selfish gains. And what else? To flatter the egos of hostile charlatans and rebellious humans. Britain is topping the list of the Great Apostate. Surely they take pride over this. G_D is never impressed, HE had spoken about them eons ago and HE knows what their end be, HE is not a respecter of anyone. If one chooses to deserve damnation, he will have it. It's a matter of choice.

  8. Ruth Hirt says:

    Well done, well said. G_D richly bless you with Truth and Well-being.

  9. Is that immoral when somebody died on others behalf? Hitchen’s view against human sacrifice for sins is based on humanist view. God from the beginning after man’s fall portrayed a sacrificial death for sins from the seed of the woman. Gen. 3:15. Isaiah Chapter 53 portrays a suffering. This is God’s plan for a substitutionary sacrifice for sins. Is this not recorded in the book of the prophets?

    Isaiah 53:10-12 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
    11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
    12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

  10. The final sacrifice once for all time. G-d brought an end to the Temple and the sacrifices of animal’s blood because it was not sufficient compared to the blood of Machiach. He Yeshua holds the keys to life and death , he has defeated death He lives ! Coming soon to Jerusalem The Lion of the tribe of Judah your Machiach.

  11. Human sacrifice it is not a biblical idea. In Isaiah 53 paga’ does not mean “intercession” as Christians stack the deck through mistranslation. And the sacrificial system is not vicarious. However, 53 is not about Jesus of Nazareth. The late idea of suffering on behalf of others is found in the Maccabees in a story of a woman who lost her sons. But try reading Ezekiel 18 “sour grapes” which rejects the idea of vicarious sacrifice.

  12. Jason Roden says:

    The Jewish view is that Isaiah 53 represents the righteous remnant of Israel, Messiah among the remnant. The Messiah is among the remnant, so in truth, the Jewish interpretation has no problem with Isaiah 53 being about the Messiah. However, we do have a problem with Isaiah 53 being ONLY about the Messiah.

    Isaiah 41:8-9 "8. But you, Israel My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham, who loved Me,
    9. Whom I grasped from the ends of the earth, and from its nobles I called you, and I said to you, "You are My servant"; I chose you and I did not despise you."

    Isaiah 44:1-2 "
    1. And now, hearken, Jacob My servant, and Israel whom I have chosen.
    2. So said the Lord your Maker, and He Who formed you from the womb shall aid you. Fear not, My servant Jacob, and Jeshurun whom I have chosen."

    Isaiah 45:4 "4. For the sake of My servant Jacob, and Israel My chosen one, and I called to you by your name; I surnamed you, yet you have not known Me."

    Isaiah 48:20 "20. Leave Babylon, flee from the Chaldeans; with a voice of singing declare, tell this, publicize it to the end of the earth; say, "The Lord has redeemed His servant Jacob."
    I
    saiah 49:3 "3. And He said to me, "You are My servant, Israel, about whom I will boast."

    So contextually, one can certainly understand why one would come to the conclusion that the Isaiah 53 is about Israel. However, the Messiah is a part of Israel. So if you want to say its about the Messiah, fine. Just don't make the christian mistake of saying its ONLY about the Messiah, being as that is not what the passage is saying at all. In other words, this passage has nothing to do with jesus…

  13. Wayne Edward Davis says:

    Just one more sign the the end is near!

  14. Well I am amazed that this newspaper would even publish such rubbish. Firstly if what he says is true then the whole idea of Jewish sacrifice, a lamb slaughtered for the sins of the nation is also then quote; "a lot of nonsense.' The need for a mediator or high priest to enter into the Presence of the Heavenly Father is also then quote; 'a lot of nonsense.' What Jews do not seem to understand is that Christianity was initially a religion for Jews, by Jews and it was taken to the gentles who received the message that Jesus was the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world, with open arms. The greatest propagator of old, Paul was a Pharisee and a Jew who never stopped defending the idea that one day Israel will come to its senses and receive the Messiah who came to save it from its offenses before the Creator.

  15. The Messsiah is the King of Yisrael! One cannot talk of the Messiah without implying His leadership of righteous Yisrael. The goyim who have embraced Yeshua miNatzeret as haMashiach have joined righteous Yisrael!

  16. Israel has never been referred to as a "she" but as a "he" because Yaácov (Yisrael) ben Yitzchak was a male and not a female.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I say, Jesus, forgive him for he knows what he says. Jesus forgive him for he knows not what he says.

  18. Craig Payne says:

    Yori,you have suggested that I quoted Zechariah13:6 out of context. If you read verse 6 in context with the rest of Chapter 13 it fits perfectly with the prophecy of Zechariah of the First and Second Coming of the Christ. Verses 6 and 7 are recognized by most Christians as referring to the betrayal and arrest of Christ on the night before his crucifixion. 8 and 9 are recognized by both Jews as well as Christians as the coming of the Messiah as the savior of Jerusalem by the Messiah. (See also Zechariah 14:1) I can see your point about context. You and I might disagree but I hope you can see my point.

  19. Craig Payne says:

    Zechariah 13:6-9 (King James Version)
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    6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

    7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

    8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

    9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

  20. Craig Payne says:

    Christian do not believe that Isaiah 53 is only about the Messiah. it is also about Israel accent and Modern. You have to remember the audience Isaiah was speaking to. It was the Israel of the Ephraim that had been scattered by the Assyrians but to the nation of Judah ancient and modern. Issiah fits perfectly with Zechariah 13:6-9Zechariah 13:6-9 (King James Version)

    King James Version (KJV)

    6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

    7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

    8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

    9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

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  22. Craig Payne says:

    Here is another prophecy from Zechariah that is in context with the wounds of Isaiah 53:5. Mourning the One they Pierced
    (John 19:31-37)

    10And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn Zechariah 12:10

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