My Take: Jesus would support Palestinian statehood bid
The author argues that Jesus was primarily a peacemaker.
September 21st, 2011
12:27 PM ET

My Take: Jesus would support Palestinian statehood bid

Editor's Note: Carl Medearis is an international expert in Arab-American and Muslim-Christian relations and is author of the book Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism.

By Carl Medearis, Special to CNN

This week at the United Nations, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has promised to ask for recognition of a Palestinian state. If he does, the United States will veto. Why?

Largely because of something we'll call Christian Zionism, an American theological movement that preaches a Christian obligation to help Jews reclaim the biblical Promised Land.

I travel constantly, speaking about the Middle East to evangelical Christians across America and Europe. I lived in Lebanon for 12 years and churches invite me to talk about how to love their Muslim neighbors.

Often before I get invited to speak at churches and Christian conferences, I go through an awkward period of questioning, an interview that feels more like an interrogation.

Pastors and conference leaders want to size me up to make sure I’m “safe” for Christian audiences. The interrogation usually goes something like this:

“Carl, we love your books and your message. You have a lot of insight on how Christians can be more Jesus-like to our Middle Eastern neighbors. We hope you’ll talk a lot about that!”

Translation: Please, for the love of God, don’t say anything controversial about Israel or the Palestinians.

Though they are too polite to ask, what those pastors and conference leaders want to know is what is my position on Israel. For them, the modern Jewish state is a direct fulfillment of Bible prophecy, the catalyst for a series of events that will culminate in the return of Jesus.

As the Palestinians press ahead in their bid for statehood, prepare to hear from this crowd. These Christians number in the tens of millions and they go into a state of frenzy every time a politician so much as winks at the idea of Israel giving up a few settlements or withdrawing to pre-1967 borders.

They’ll tell you their concern has nothing to do with their particular interpretation of the Bible and everything to do with America and Israel’s national security interests.

Don’t believe a word of it.

When it comes to U.S. policy on Israel and the Middle East, Christian Zionism is the elephant in the room.

Christian Zionists believe that when God told Abraham 4,000 years ago, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you” he was making a promise that extends to the modern state of Israel. Any nation that “curses” Israel will face God’s judgment.

Not all evangelical Christians believe this, but the ones that do are the loudest voices in the media, and they lead huge organizations.

Television evangelists like Pat Robertson and John Hagee mobilize millions of Christians every year to write to their congressmen demanding that Israel be allowed to expand settlements indefinitely. They seem to oppose every peace deal that comes to the table.

There’s a reason for this. In their minds, the modern Israeli state is not only a fulfillment of biblical prophesy. In a bizarre twist that leaves most outsiders dumbfounded, Christian Zionists say the Bible predicts that Jews and Palestinians will forever be at war until Jesus returns.

They say the only person that will bring peace before the end of the age is—wait for it—the devil, in the form of the anti-Christ.

When you hear some Christian politicians say, “The land belongs to Israel”, what they’re really saying is if America blesses Israel – that is, if it gives uncritical support to the Jewish state - God will bless America. If America curses Israel, God will curse America.

When it comes to Israel and her neighbors, many Christian Zionists believe that peacemaking is the devil’s work.

They may forget that it was Jesus who said, “Blessed are the peacemakers."

One of the reasons Jesus was crucified was because of his refusal to embrace a nationalist agenda. But Christian Zionism blesses military action by the modern state of Israel, under the banner of "national security," including the demolition of Palestinian homes to pave the way for new settlements.

So how would Jesus vote this week if he had a seat at the U.N.?

Surely love, compassion, justice and peace-making would top his lists of concerns for all involved. Maybe he would give a new parable - the Parable of the Good Palestinian - offending all who would hear.

Rather than allowing obscure Old Testament promises to dictate our foreign policy, what if we stuck to the clear commands of God - love your neighbor, your enemy and the foreigner in your midst - which appear in Exodus, Leviticus and three of the four gospels.

Many Christians in America think of Jews and Christians as “us” and anything that sounds Muslim or Arab as “the other.” But the call of Jesus is to be more loving towards the “other” than towards the people we think of as “us.”

This command works both ways. When I’ve had audiences with leaders in the Hezbollah or Hamas, I tell them the same thing: That Jesus said to love your enemies. Who are your enemies? Israel.

It’s true that there are elements of Palestinian society that do not want peace, no matter the price. They need to be isolated and dealt with.

The same goes for elements of Israeli society that don’t want peace. The good news is that extremists are a minority on both sides of the conflict.

People ask me all the time what I think about Israel and end-times theology, and how the Palestinians factor into that.
Here’s my answer: If your end-times theology trumps the clear commands in Scripture to love neighbors and enemies, then its time to rethink your theology.

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  1. Count of Monte Cristo

    Will Jesus support mosque at ground Zero ? Will he support mosque on top of Freedom tower ?

    September 21, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      If the biblical account is accurate, one would pretty much have to conclude that he would. He respected those with differing beliefs.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  2. Mathilda

    UNTRUE!! Jesus would call repentance on everyone. By the way, He is returning to establish the mega Israeli state this time and He would punish USA for immorality and blasphemy.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
    • peace

      Watch Out folks. Wolf on sheep cloth...

      September 22, 2011 at 1:01 am |
    • Jimtanker

      No he's not. IF he ever existed he is a pile of bones and dust right now.

      September 22, 2011 at 7:11 am |
  3. Terry

    Well, the Jews strung Jesus up on a cross, so I cannot see Jesus siding with the Jews. The Jews had money changers in the temple, and we know that policy really PO'ed Jesus. The Romans were also in on it, so I cannot believe that Jesus would go along with the Catholic Church on many issues. Seems to me that Jesus would really be upset if he showed up at the UN on Friday.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • Jimtanker

      Jesus was a jew. He was strung up by his own people. Or do you think that he was an xtian?

      September 22, 2011 at 7:18 am |
  4. Donovan

    Jesus would eat at McDonalds too

    September 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      I dunno. He was supposedly kind of anti-establishment. I'm thinking Wendy's. Zeus, however, would be all about the golden arches. One would assume that Ometotchtli would favor chipotle.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  5. hey

    wow cnn has stooped to wwjd. LAME STUPID ANTI INTELLECTUAL.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  6. Count of Monte Cristo

    Palastineans are dreaming of creating Pakistan-2. Creation of state will not solve any problem but will create more. Look at Pakistan. They will gain lot more by friendship and acceptance of Israel. Create conditions, a Jewish professor can be teaching any university in Arab country or a doctor may be operating in a hospital in Arabia. The whole Palestinean problem will disappear.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  7. .Ralph

    So Carl Medearis claims Jesus would support Palestinian statehood bid?

    This man may claim to be some sort of a cleric/ evangelical, but he's nothing more than a politician.

    His invoking Jesus to legitimize his politics make me want to vomit

    September 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
    • Tom

      The article isn't necessarily humorous, but Ralph's comment is the funniest thing I have seen in a long while. Carl Medearis a politician...Ha! Thanks for the laugh.

      September 23, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  8. Jon

    Jesus would not back either! His kingdom is not of this world. Woe, to you spiritually blind. He calls for repentance and new birth for all nations, Palestine and Israel, even Iran.... Jesus loves all. but calls for repentance!

    September 21, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  9. abd

    Very nice article, and I am really surprised CNN published this.... Most probably it will disappear very soon.... we will wait and see.............. Does Jesus ask christian to help the jewish to KILL the palestinians in order for the day of Judgement to come and then those christian who support the killing then will go to heaven !!!!!!!! doesn't the whole thing contradict each other??? but no wonder, that is what the media is capable of making you to believe. Again, very nice article.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  10. Descarado

    Would Jesus support a tribe that stones its own women and straps suicide vests onto its own children?

    September 21, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
    • Jimtanker

      Why not? It says in the bible to stone women and childeren.

      September 22, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  11. DD

    Better to ask, whose opinion matters? Only Messianic Jews recognize Jesus & his new Covenant, like Christians do. Otherwise Judaism still mostly follows the old Covenant. Both claim the same God. Mohammad also claimed the same God, but made some new rules. All of them are the children of Abraham. Children quarrel. They need to figure it out themselves; live or die. Those who aren't family will always find it hard to help such stubborn people.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  12. Reality

    And with respect to the "promised" Holy Land", we have this bit of updating:================>

    origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times

    New Torah For Modern Minds

    “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

    The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel – not one shard of pottery."

    September 21, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
    • JC

      You are the proof of the eolution theory – born an ape, I am sure

      September 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • The People of Israel Live

      Dear Reality, Do you really believe that a People torn asunder from its land, its language and its culture, who have been dispersed to the 4 corners of the earth and have endured for 2000 years of the most horrific atrocities known to mankind could survive on such myths you naively proclaim as truth? Indeed, if you really learned Torah than you would know that the transmission from Sinai is ongoing everyday, to this day; and as for the Patriarchs their names are invoked 3X a day in the daily Amidah prayers because their transmission is also alive to the present (as the Creator blessed Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their progeny for all generations). And because of this on-going living transmission the Jewish People are a unique People (not a religion) in all the earth. Indeed not only are they a unique People, but a litmus test for all humanity.

      September 22, 2011 at 7:02 am |
    • The People of Israel Live

      The Jewish People are "Living Archeology". As it says in the Torah the burial place of Moses is unknown–why? We needn't go back very far in history to understand why: the great centers of Jewish learning and thriving centers of Jewish life in Europe were wiped out by the Nazis–go, try to find the traces of them. The places no longer exist, but the Jewish People are alive to tell the story.

      September 22, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  13. Duh

    I'm sure Jesus would also. As a Jew, I also back a Palestinian state. I believe all people should have a place to call home. Israel, the US and the rest of the world all back a Palestinian state. The sticking point is that the Palestinians need commit to peace and backing an Israeli state also.

    When Israel is being bombed daily how can they agree to give more land to the bombers and therefore let them bomb from a closer ranger? It is a shame that it is a very small minority of people who are causing this problem , but if the leadership can't prevent that from happening then how can Israel accept a deal?

    September 21, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  14. Gary Strong

    The writer of the peace solution for Israel and Palestine forget that the entire issue is not political but theological. issue. The Koran believes it has the right to rule the entire world.. The stumbling blocks are Israel and the United states. They are the primary targets for the next stqge of the takeover. For Islam, the Koran is juite explicit. All non-Muslims are fair game even in the interim period. The question about who would rule over Israel and Palestine is far different from the reality required b the Lord Jesus. His program includes the love for ones enemies. God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son tah whosoever believes on Him will not perish." His life and love are the centre of the reconciliation He would call both sides to Himself as the Prince of peace.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  15. Daniel

    Alternate view, please do yourself a big favor. Stop reading the bible by skipping around to your scripture of the day or believing whatever your pastor, preacher or whomever tells you. First off, the old testament genealogies end with Christ. Everything was given to him. Nothing else need happen concerning the modern-day Jews. Once Jesus died and rose again, the last generation of Jews that were in covenant with God by means of the old system were given an opportunity to repent and be incorporated into the Messiah’s body. This is what the ministry of Peter and Paul “to the Jew first” is all about. After that first-century offer, physical, cultural, and religious Judaism had no claim on or special place in God’s purposes for the world. The resurrected, ascended Lord Jesus, the ever-living Jew is the only Israelite that now matters.
    No more promises are in effect for the Jews and they have no special status in Gods eyes. We are all equal under Christ according to the bible.

    Aside from everything I just wrote, (thanks Jeff Meyers for saving me some typing) , if you truly follow Jesus, there is no reason to stop or veto Palestine's bid for statehood and freedom from Israel. Don't put religion into politics or vice versa.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
    • bunch of children

      What a bunch of sheep. It's all a crock. It's story books written over and over by men to scare other men to do what they think is right. Religion is the curse of all.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
    • The People of Israel Live

      So Islam claims that they have received through the Koran the most advanced teaching for all of humanity–being newer, it supercedes Christianity (the teachings of Christ have become a thing of the past and they have become void; and the Torah given to the Jewish People is also void) and all of the world must become Muslims or go to Hell. The Christians argue that only Christianity holds the key for all mankind, as all of the world must follow Christ or be damned, without salvation. Both Christianity and Islam have conquered by way of the sword. From a Jewish perspective there is the teaching that the human being is B'Zelem, in the image of the Creator, and the truly righteous of all faiths, and all Peoples have a portion in the World to Come. The Temple in Jerusalem is called a Beit Tefilla l'kol Ha'Amin, a House of prayer for all Peoples. Contained within the particularity of the Jewish People (a People, and not a religion) is the most universal vision for all human beings. The Creator, unlike humans does not have tunnel vision and can handle all the many, myriad and diverse paths, from ancient times until now, that have arisen in search of His presence. He has chosen the Jewish People to receive His Torah and Mitzvot/Commandments; and His Covenant with the Jewish People is l'netzach/forever, for the Creator, unlike human beings, neither changes or forgets,

      September 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  16. McGuffin

    I'm not sure Jesus would voice an opinion on the matter. He seemed very unconcerned with the kingdoms of men, focusing rather on one's individual behavior and belief in God.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  17. iBod

    Jesus: "Don't drag me into this, I'm pitching tomorrow!"
    LOL ;D

    September 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  18. WhyohWhy

    This author does not know his scripture and does not know Christians in general. Most Christians do believe that that land is Israel's and that they should not compromise. Jesus is God. God gave that land to israel and they got in trouble with him for a long time for not cleansing it and for keeping the compromise around much like they have now. The israelis have also been more than generous and the palenstinians are lazy and cannot even govern their own country so why would they want more. Stand firm Israel, you are God's people.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
    • Get Real

      "Israel, you are God's people."

      Why oh Why do you think that? Because a bunch of ethnocentric primitive Hebrews proclaimed it about themselves?!

      September 21, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • JC

      Totally on the ball – Britain ain't Great anymore & they now have sharia law in thier land

      September 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • JC

      Get Real – get real: Learn something from the Rabbi/Old Test : Why would you beiieve in something foolish like evolution or climate change?

      September 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • JNF

      Have you read the following from the third chapter of St. Matthew: "And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham."
      Do you really know who the REAL Jews are? We who believe that Christ is our Lord and Savior and baptized in the Name of Trinity are the real Jews. After the death and resurrection of Christ, after the New Covenant was given to the mankind through the last TRUE SACRIFICE, only Christians are the true People of God. And our Lord has said, blessed are the peacemakers. Let's live according to what our Lord has told us if we believe that He is our Lord. God will NOT bless us for backing up the Zionists if they are not going to deal with their neighbors in fair terms. God will bless us for dealing fairly with others. After all, all human beings are created in the image and likeness of God and we are all equal in front of Him. We have to learn to love our neighbors, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, atheists, agnostics, whatever. God is the Judge who will judge in the end and we just simply have to do our best to fulfill what the Holy Scripture tells us.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • jumpincats

      Hi Get Real, Israel people were God's children, God said that in His words of the Bible and also the Bible is the Jewish book. I know that is I read the Jewish book (Bible).

      I will dwell among the children of Israel and will be their God. Exodus 29:45

      September 22, 2011 at 12:15 am |
    • jumpincats

      Dear JNF, " Christians are the true People of God. " NO NO NO,,,, Jewish people are the true people of God,,, Please read the Bible, All about Jewish people in the Bible.... And then God loves us,too. Jewish is the FIRST eye of God.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • Get Real

      jumpincats, "God said that"

      Really? Your verified evidence for that is...?

      September 22, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • JNF

      Hello Jumpincats,
      Well, if you only believe in the Old Testament, you are right in saying so. Unfortunately for you, I consider myself a disciple of Jesus and believe in the New Testament that was given to the whole humanity, not by blood line. I also believe that the Old Testament was fulfilled by Jesus Christ, as he is the Messiah. If you claim to believe in what you are saying, why do you not practice what Moses has prescribed such as sacrificing animals at where theTemple of Solomon once stood? Without the ritual sacrifice, I do not know how you can be cleansed of your sins. Fortunately for us Christians, Jesus is the true and the last Sacrifice and atoned us all who believe in Him.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:35 am |
    • jumpincats

      Hi Get Real, Thank you for asking me.

      God is truth, the truth is never be destroyed it in the last.

      All Scripture is God-breathed (inspired).

      The Bible Said this:

      89 Forever, O LORD,
               Your word is settled in heaven. Ps. 119:89

      35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. Mt. 24:35

      35 If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), Jn. 10:35

      16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 2 Tim 3:16

      12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb. 4:12

      25 But the word of the LORD endures forever.
      1 Pet. 1:25

      21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Pet. 1:21

      September 22, 2011 at 1:44 am |
    • tallulah13

      Why, oh why do people continue to fight over a spot in the desert because they think that some god wants them to have it? Why oh why do people continue to kill each other over which mythology is correct, when they can't even prove that their own god is real? Why oh why don't people just use their brains and throw off the chains of religion, and simply learn to get along?

      September 22, 2011 at 1:52 am |
    • jumpincats

      Hello JNK,
      Sure, I am a Christian, and also believed in old and new testament. Which is Jesus as our Savior.
      But, God loves his people (Jewish) and also God Blessed them, From begging to the end. We as a christian, we should love to Jewish people and also gentile as Jesus said

      it.“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 18:2
      “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy. Leviticus 19:2
      that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.’” Leviticus 23:43
      The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, Romans 8:16
      and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Romans 8:17
      that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, Philippians 2:15
      And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 1 John 2:28

      September 22, 2011 at 2:38 am |
    • Get Real

      "All Scripture is God-breathed (inspired)."

      Again... what is your verified evidence for that?

      September 22, 2011 at 2:48 am |
    • jumpincats

      Hi ! again , Get Real.
      I am sorry that it is not about me, it is evidence based on God. That means God said it.
      The Bible is Living history and into the future.

      They have turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers who refused to hear My words, and they have gone after other gods to serve them; the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken My covenant which I made with their fathers.” Jeremiah 11:10

      September 22, 2011 at 3:25 am |
    • Get Real

      "That means God said it."

      I'm sorry, but there just isn't any proof that that is true.

      Just because some primitive Middle Eastern men *said* that "God" said it is NOT proof of anything.

      September 22, 2011 at 3:34 am |
    • jumpincats

      Hi,Get Real,

      It is your Action to put you in this trust to God, not mine, not him, not her, not our mothers. Except you. Every person has free will, that is your choices.

      Blessed is the man You choose, And cause to approach You, That he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Of Your holy temple. Psalm 65:4

      September 22, 2011 at 4:06 am |
    • JNF

      If you think that American Christians who believe in Jewish supremacy is the majority, younger wrong. Majority of Christians world wide do not believe that the land belongs to the Jews any longer. You are right in saying that the salvation starts with the Jews, and it actually did. Jews were the ones who Jesus appeared to and those who believed in Him were saved. Now those who believe in Him are given the power to become the children of God. In the Gospel according to St. John in the first chapter, you will find the following: "That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." We are the God's Israel now.
      I support Palestinian statehood. They need home and autonomy. The Jewish claim for the Holy Land is akin to what Milosevic did to the Bosnians. What would US do if Mexico claims that Texas belongs to them? You know that in pre WWII days, Jews, Muslims and Christians lived together happily in Palestine.
      Jews did not accept Samaritans to be true Jews, yet Jesus preached the parable of Good Samaritan. Also in the episode of the healing of ten lepers, it was the Samaritan who came back after being healed and Jesus refers him as a foreigner.
      These passages predict the imminent salvation of the Gentiles.
      Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. God will surely judge us for not treating our neighbors fairly. Let us all ask our Lord to open the eyes of our heart so that we can start to see Jesus in our neighbors and care for them as our own brothers and sisters. They are all created in the image and likeness of God, like all of us. Our job is to follow what our Lord taught us. So let's start out with learning to treat others equally without any prejudice.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • jumpincats

      In fact the Old and New Testaments both were the Jewish books of God's words, and they both were very important as Jewish heritage of God's children of Israel.   All about God in the Bible and the Lord is to loving children of His people of Israel .   As we are a Christian, we respect  all of God's chosen people of Jewish people,    and  Israel was a Jewish land, which was, is, and is forever, God gave them permanently, until Jesus returns, to the Jerusalem for His purpose of His children of the people of Israel. God said this He created His children in His imager  at the beginning,  and then you and i as more people's  gentile in this world.

      The Lord loves and adores His people of Israel and all the creatures in the world.  We as a Jesus follower, we must strongly support the Jewish people as God is support always until today.  If we LOVE God and His words,  therefore,  we also love God's people and sure also our enemy, too.    Is it hard as humans to love totally everybody?.   But in the end, we will be glad we did it because it is all about God, not about us in this world.   He is our Lord.    The LORD teaches  us for  "THE TRUTH" and PURITY. in God's scripture.

      I was same as your thought about Lord is more toward to Christianity, Then, I was studying God's scriptures, in the end it is all about God and His loving people of Israel , and believers to the last.  Thank God for that.

      By the way, I wish I am Jewish. Are you kidding me, because they have a lot of talent,  that is God's chosen people. and  Blessed them. In the end I am also glad that I believe in Jesus as my savior.

      Here is God's words Said this:

      The Jews are "the children of the promise" (Romans 9:7-9)

      In that day a man will look to his Maker, And his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 17:7

      “And you, son of man, thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel: ‘ An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land. Ezekiel 7:2

      From this man’s seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior—Jesus— Acts 13:23

      The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all Acts 10:36

      The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of it. Acts 13:17

      For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Hebrews 8:10

      They have turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers who refused to hear My words, and they have gone after other gods to serve them; the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken My covenant which I made with their fathers.” Jeremiah 11:10

      I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land. Joel 3:2

      By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 1 John 5:2

      September 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  19. Azja

    This has to do everything with the state of Israel's security, I'm a Muslim and would rather live in Israel than my native country (Chechnya) any day. The Palestinians have been dealt the same card as my people, the difference is a clear majority of them support hate and killing unlike us Chechens, yes we have extremists who kill, but not all of are people are extremists. The Palestinians have had two chances before to have a state recognized and they choose to launch killing sprees (intifadas) instead of using peace, Abbas is not even the legal president of the PA anymore, he's a dictator, the last thing the world needs is another despot, there are already plenty.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  20. Peace Compassion Love Joy Faith Rock

    1. Jesus came to remember the flocks to return to its authentic Owner. It's means that Christians are not a new religion but it is a real Jews.
    2. Christians is not from this world as like Jesus are not from this worldly World. Christians only consider a peace and love on this world.
    3. USA and Europe was based on Christian values, there are some peoples that come from communist and islam tried to create opinion that USA was not based on Christian values. These peoples are the wolf in USA. Beware of them. They have cyber army on this cnnreligion.wordpress.com

    For Christians, please read below:

    Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.

    Joh 15:18 If the world hateth you, ye know that it hath hated me before it hated you.

    Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love its own: but because ye are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

    Joh 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, A servant is not greater than his lord. If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.

    Joh 15:22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no excuse for their sin.

    Joh 15:25 But this cometh to pass, that the word may be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

    Joh 16:1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be caused to stumble.

    Joh 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you shall think that he offereth service unto God.

    Joh 16:3 And these things will they do, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

    Joh 16:4 But these things have I spoken unto you, that when their hour is come, ye may remember them, how that I told you. And these things I said not unto you from the beginning, because I was with you.

    Joh 16:25 These things have I spoken unto you in dark sayings: the hour cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in dark sayings, but shall tell you plainly of the Father.

    Joh 16:33 These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye may have peace. In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

    Luk 10:21 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou didst hide these things from the wise and understanding, and didst reveal them unto babes: yea, Father; for so it was well-pleasing in thy sight.

    Beware of the wolf! Defend USA and Europe. Defend Peace, Love, and Freedom!

    Those guys coming into USA and Europe for what? They didn't seek safety or freedom, they seek colonization.

    Asia, Mexico, Latin come to USA to freedom and happiness but those guys come not for freedom. They tried to impose sharia law on USA and Europe!!

    I say if they don't want to live under Christians rule then they can go the country where sharia law accepted – Afghan or Iraq!!!

    September 21, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • think for yourself

      This country was not founded on Christianity. The founding father's even said as much. I believe John Adams had a quote that said this almost word for word. Thomas Jefferson was a known atheist.

      Atheists for the most part just want to revert to being completely secular (i.e. no mention of god in our pledge, currency, etc.). It's not as we want the pledge to say "one nation, under atheism" or anything like that.

      We don't need a pretend god to tell us how to run our country. Especially one so vengeful as the Christian god. Why should we worship a god who is supposedly going to torture 70% of us forever? Sounds even worse than an evil dictator.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • eyesopened

      Wow Christian rule what the heck is that? sounds like the law and we all know that this is known as the ministry of death, dont be offened though if it wasnt for the message of the cross I would still be enslaved to my self rightousness too. You know whats so beautiful about the truth is that it stands alone, that it speaks for its self, we cant touch it, and when we try to USE it, it exposes us, thats why when we judge someone or anything,EVEN if we are using Gods word we ourself we be judged or are exposing our ignorance, to the truth, again as it is not ours but the Glory of Gods, its called grace and thats why we all fall short of it, or could never be in complete understanding of it, to appreciate it justly or fully. Remember people because Jesus came to His own people and they recieved Him not, this glorious gift this gift of complete forgiveness the gift of salvation the Gift of the Holy Spirit of God Almighty, this gift of power that has victory over death and the bondage of sin, This gift was made possible to be recieved by the Gentiles,( because of their self rightousness) they were not able to recieve the truth. Let it be known that the word of God makes it perfectly clear who the enemies are and where they are and what they are, 1st of all death is the enemy or satan and this battle is in the spiritual realm,it is NOT a battle of flesh and blood, 2nd if you are in His will you should not have an issue here, at this point we are our worst enemy when we lean onto our own understanding,as our flesh wars against the spirit, See the battle is the Lords thats where the truth comes into play not our ability to claim or repeat the word of God. the truth shall set you free and whosoever the Son sets Free is free indeed.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
    • tallulah13

      PCLJFR: No thank you. I don't want the christian taliban to destroy the freedoms that we are given by the const-itution.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:54 am |
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