Jesus’ attitude towards non-Jews

How did Jesus behave towards people who were not Jewish? When a Canaanite woman approached him because her daughter was possessed, he said to her: “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matthew 15:21-24. Here he refuses to help her because she is not Jewish. After she insists he says: “It is not meet to take the children’s bread and cast it to dogs.” Here Jesus is calling the Canaanite woman a dog because she is not Jewish. After the woman humiliates herself and also compares herself to a dog, her daughter gets cured.

Who needs a messiah that calls him a dog because he is not Jewish?

The “good news” was only intended for the Jews, and not for the non-Jewish world. When Jesus sent out his disciples he specifically told them: “Go not into the way of the gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matthew 10:5-6.-

So this is Jesus’ outlook upon the non-Jewish world.

Please don’t think for one moment that this is the official Jewish outlook upon the non-Jewish world. In the Talmud (this is the codification of the oral law that expands the written law) tractate Avos 4:3, Rabbi Ben Azzai, who lived at the same time as Jesus, says: “Do not despise any man.”

In tractate Sanhedrin 13 of the Talmud it is stated: “The righteous of all nations have a share in the world to come.” The Rabbis saw G.d’s love as available to all people, not only to Jews.

According to Jesus, the “dogs” (the non-Jews), must be satisfied with the crumbs that fall of the table. Now compare this narrow minded view with the opinion of the Rabbis who Jesus hated so much and cursed so many times: Talmud Gittin 61a: “We are obligated to feed the non-Jewish poor in exactly the same way as we feed the Jewish poor.”

It is written at least three times in the Talmud, Baba Kama 38a, Avoda Zorah 3, and in Sanhedrin 59, that a non-Jew who studies Torah (the passages that apply to him) is equal to a high priest.

King Solomon put it into words in his prayer for the inauguration of the Temple in this way: “Moreover, concerning a stranger that is not of your people Israel, but comes out of a far country for your names’ sake, for they shall hear of your great name and of your strong hand, and of your outstretched arm, when he shall come towards this house; Hear You in heaven your dwelling place and do according all that the stranger calls to You for, that all the people of the earth may know your name to fear you, as do your people Israel.” II Chronicles 6:32-33.

Now let us take a closer and open-minded look at Jesus’ message of love and peace.