During JPII’s address to the Chief Rabbi of Rome delivered on 5/22/04 he made the following statement:
“… Maimonides of Cordoba (1138-1204), the eighth centenary of whose death we are commemorating this year, expressed the hope that better relations between Jews and Christians might lead ‘the whole world to unanimous adoration of God as has been said: ‘I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him with one accord’ (Zep 3: 9)’ (Mishneh Torah, Hilkhòt Melakhim XI, 4, ed. Jerusalem, Mossad Harav Kook).”
This is cajolery for gullible Noahides at best and likely an inside joke between rabbis, or perhaps a revelation of the method stunt. “We commemorate Maimonides death”? I certainly do not. The rabbis commemorate Maimonides death. He’s their “great sage,” not mine.
There is nothing anywhere in Maimonides’ writing which gives even the faintest indication that he “hoped for better relations between Christians and Jews” for any reason. Quite the contrary. Maimonides believed Christians to be idolaters and called for their execution.
“The Christians are idolaters, and Sunday is their holiday…” (Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Avodah Zorah, 9;4)
“It is a mitzvah [religious duty], however, to eradicate Jewish traitors, minim, and apikorsim, and to cause them to descend to the pit of destruction, since they cause difficulty to the Jews and sway the people away from God, as did Jesus of Nazareth and his students, and Tzadok, Baithos, and their students. May the name of the wicked rot.” (Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Chapter 10)
Let’s put the half sentence from Maimonides quoted by JPII in it’s context:
“And if a king shall stand up from among the House of David, studying Torah and indulging in commandments like his father David, according to the written and oral Torah, and he will coerce all Israel to follow it and to strengthen its weak points, and will fight Hashem’s wars, this one is to be treated as if he were the anointed one. If he succeeded and won all nations surrounding him and built a Holy Temple in its proper place and gathered the strayed ones of Israel together, this is indeed the anointed one for certain, and he will mend the entire world to worship the Lord together, as it is stated: ‘For then I shall turn for the nations a clear tongue, to call all in the Name of the Lord and to worship Him with one shoulder’ (Zephaniah 3:9).” (Maimonides, Hilchot Melachim XI, Mishneh Torah)
So we see that what JPII has quoted is actually Maimonides’ statement on the Judaic messianic age which is the definitive, halachic, Judaic view on the topic. It is the warmongering, Gentile smashing, Zionist, Judaic King Messiah that Maimonides stated, “will mend the entire world to worship the Lord together.” JPII completely misrepresented the text. I wonder why. Could it be due to the 2000 year old Christian tradition that the Judaic “Messiah” would be the Antichrist spoken of in the New Testament Book of Apocalypse?
Maimonides also states in Hilchot Melachim that Jesus Christ is not the Messiah because He’s dead. He then goes on to opine that Christianity and Islam are good only so far as they help to usher in the Judaic King Messiah and the messianic age to come when Christian “idolaters” would be forced to abandon their religion and accept the Noahide laws or be punished by decapitation.
This is all clearly laid out by Maimonides in Hilchot Melachim which JPII references as support for his message of fostering better relations between Christians and Jews?
“… a gentile who worships false gods is liable, [for the death penalty] provided he worships them in the accepted manner. A gentile is executed for every type of foreign worship which a Jewish court would consider worthy of capital punishment.” (Maimonides, Hilchot Melachim XI, Mishneh Torah)
The rabbis whom JPII addresses here know his interpretation of Maimonides is nonsense, so what is the point of JPII’s statement? Is it a joke between rabbis? Is it a signal to adepts that the Vatican now serves as a means of Noahide conversion and ushering in the Judaic messianic age as Maimonides states in the Mishneh Torah which JPII quoted?
Occultists usually leave themselves a way out when they pull an audacious stunt such as this one, but in this case I see no alternative explanation.