Antisemitism and physiognomy are two subjects I covered in my podcast, which have generated controversy. As such, I want to clear up exactly where I stand on both matters. I was accused of holding to the evil parts of these ideas and I would like to submit an apologetic concerning each. First, take note of these sweeping statements that distance me from the evil components of antisemitism and physiognomy.
- Christianity is as opposed to every other worldview in the same way as it is against Judaism
- Christianity recognizes one human race, and thus racism is not recognizable to the Christian.
- Christianity does not evangelize through the sword. The Christian does not seek to physically fight those that are hostile toward the Christian faith. Christians do not incite violence against their enemies but rather “speak the truth in love” to them.
- Christianity does not teach that one’s physical appearance determines moral character
- Christianity does not require beauty as a prerequisite to follow Christ
- Christianity recognizes one human race and thus racism is not recognizable to the Christian.
Further Explanation of each point
Explaining point #1 under antisemitism
Christianity makes exclusive claims about the world. A few of these are God as creator of all things, the universality of sin, Jesus as the son of God, God accomplishing his work of salvation through the Spirit, the infallibility of the holy scriptures, etc. Many of these truths are exclusive to Christianity. Due to this reality of objective truth in the Christian faith, Christianity is hostile to all other worldviews that challenge it. In the same sense that male lions wards off any challenge to their dominion, so does each worldview, including Christianity. This is the inescapable reality of truth in our universe. If the Atheist was right, then there would be no such thing as truth but unfortunately for them, truth remains.
Following from this, it should not surprise ANYONE that Christianity preaches and asserts itself against all other worldviews. Jewish people deny that Jesus Christ is the messiah, the son of the living God. Therefore Christianity is and always will be at odds with Judaism. Christianity is against all immoral, evil teaching generated from any worldview. If you listen to Noah and I in our episode titled “Introduction: Zionism,” we claim that the Jews are wrong to assert their rights to the land of Israel. Not only is Christian Zionism wrong, but Zionism itself is also wrong and wicked. We also talk about the Talmud and the evil teachings that are inherent in that body of text.
What is a common thread through all of this? We never once tie our critique of Judaism to any conception of “race,” whatever that is. We consistently speak of the evil acts that Jewish people commit because of the teachings in the Talmud. We would do the same to the Koran, The Book of Mormon, the theory of evolution and any other worldview that raises its fist against God. So any person that accuses me of antisemitism based on racism is sorely mistaken and ought to repent of their slander.
Now if you accuse me being anti-Semitic in the sense of me opposing the Jewish religion based on its truth claims, then I am obviously guilty. I am as against the truth claims of Atheism, Mormonism, Catholicism, and Islam as I am of Judaism. Each are equally opposed to Christianity. However, you don’t hear the term “anti-Christian” thrown around often. This hardly seems controversial to me however, and anyone that tries to use a loaded term like “antisemitism” against me is just trying to discredit me and attach a term to me to tarnish my reputation. That’s fine, It’s what the losing team always does, but I will press on and proclaim the gospel to every creature under heaven even if they call me a neo-Nazi skinhead. More on that later…
Explaining Point #2 under antisemitism
Christianity maintains that all of humanity is of one common descent (Adam) and thus the human race is the only race in existence. Difference in race for the Christian is only fictitious. For instance, dwarf, elf, and orc would be the only difference in race the Christian would recognize. There is no difference in the world God made concerning race.
Therefore the Christian only recognizes the human race and does not emphasize the difference in skin pigmentation. The term racism is not an idea that Christianity can even recognize. We can recognize the sin of arbitrary partiality based on skin pigmentation but we cannot entertain the notion of racism because we would have to abandon the fundamental teaching of humanity as one race through Adam.
The Christian does recognize ethnicity, however. Ethnicity is the idea of all “nations, tribes, and tongues,” a refrain used often in scripture. There are different ethnicities all over the globe, yet these are not tied to one’s skin pigmentation, despite how many people try to connect the two. Ethnicity is a beautiful gift. Each ethnic group will display Christianity while maintaining a unique cultural expression. Some foundational cultural ideas will be shaped by Christianity when it takes root in a society, but the basic categories of food, dress, language, and music will remain unique when Christianity takes over a region.
That being said, the evolutionary worldview actually supports racism, not Christianity. If humans are constantly evolving, it’s not a stretch to assume that some humans are more advanced than others. Per this worldview, there may be some humans that are so advanced that some of the more devolved portions of humanity will be persecuted. This is exactly the eugenic position that Atheism supports. Margaret Sanger explicitly taught this along with the Nazi’s and other evolutionary eugenicists. With all of this in mind, the Christian does not hold to antisemitism on the basis of racism.
Explaining point #3 under antisemitism
Christianity does not teach that believers are to fight or incite violence against ANY other people group. Even if that group is opposed to Christianity, there is no precedent in the scriptures to pick up weapons and fight. The scriptures clearly teach in Romans 13 that the state has the power of the sword. There is no vigilante justice or a quasi church military. The scriptures DO teach the doctrine of self defense and the Christian has the right to personal proportional lethal force in a dangerous situation. The Christian is to only defend against attack but not to premeditate any lethal attack on any other human on behalf of the civil magistrate.
Concerning Anti Semitism, this means that no Christian ought to ever incite violence against Jews and neither do I. That is evil and wicked. Now, if a Jew commits a crime then there should be no partiality, regardless of his societal power. He ought to receive justice through the medium of the state. You can hardly call me a “dangerous” member of society thinking this way. As shown, Christians have a basis in the scriptures (Romans 13; 1 Peter 2) when considering retaliation and violence. Most other worldviews are not the same. An atheist thinking through his evolutionary worldview would be unable to create an apologetic against using violence whenever he sees fit. In nature, animals murder and attack one another whenever threatened. If we employed this ethic in our world then society would collapse. Atheism turns out to be the dangerous violent worldview, not Christianity.
Explaining point #1 under Physiognomy
Christianity teaches that both beautiful and ugly people do godly upright things. Queen Esther was a beautiful woman that did godly things, yet Delilah, who was also a beautiful woman, deceived righteous Samson to cut off his hair whence his strength came from. There were many repulsive lepers that came to Christ and demonstrated great faith, yet there was a fat, nasty, king Eglon of the Moabites that was slain by Ehud.
These examples clearly demonstrate that scripture is replete with sagas of beautiful people doing good and bad, and ugly people doing good and bad. Beauty and ugliness does not determine whether one will be upright or wicked.
Explaining point #2 under Physiognomy
Christ himself had no physical beauty that would cause the people to look upon him (Isa. 53). There is no prerequisite of beauty to enter the kingdom of God and follow Jesus Christ, Again, there were many lepers that Jesus healed who possessed great faith. Jesus did not require them to be good-looking in order to enter the kingdom of God. We ought not create that requirement.
Explaining point #3 under Physiognomy
See explanation of point #2 under antisemitism
I have been falsely accused over many subjects over the years. I attribute these accusations to my stance as a Christian that is consistent with my beliefs and uncompromising to the best of my ability. With Christianity’s principled position against other worldviews , Christians will most frequently be labeled many different terms. Neo-Nazi/ Fascist because we oppose Judaism and have a strong sense of Nationalism. Misogynistic and sexist because of our beliefs about hierarchy in the genders. Racist because… of some reason that escapes me. I’m really not sure why we get lumped in with that. It most likely has to do with our nationalistic tendencies which usually gets associated with racism.
When we talked about Physiognomy on the podcast, we clearly presented it as a general correlative principle in the world. There is a vicious cycle of sin that creates ugliness. Beautiful people that do evil things are more likely to lose their beauty and become repulsive. As they harden their heart and lose their beauty they become more ugly. An unbelieving person who becomes a Christian will begin taking care of themselves and become disciplined. This produces very basic improvements in one’s physical appearance.
We never explicitly stated this in the podcast but we were using beauty in a broader sense than some people may have previously considered. We were trying to demonstrate that if you are disciplined and put your sin to death you will most likely not succumb to sins that will result in a deterioration of your physical appearance. Things like laziness, gluttony, and belligerence. So if these things are not present in your life you will do the basic things that everyone ought to do to live a beautiful life. You may not become a supermodel but you will be basically beautiful in a broad sense. We wanted to show that sin has physical effects, not just gnostic spiritual ones. We in no way affirm physiognomy WHOLESALE, but we do believe there are aspects of it consistent with the Christian faith. I am open to any challenge you may have but I would like you to deal with the actual ideas presented in my podcast rather than lumping me in with a group I do not stand with.
Christianity is its own unique worldview. There is nothing else like it, although it may share certain components of other ideologies. Christianity will frequently be tied to neo Nazism, fascism, sexism, racism, xenophobia, and oppression of sexual deviancy that is now accepted in our culture. However, this is an attempt to slander the name of Christ, and nothing more substantial than that. I hope to continue to write an apologetic of Christianity against those that would wickedly slander Christianity.