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12 December 2017

Zionism- God’s Land Grant to the Jewish People – Conditional or Unconditional?

It is a common belief among American fundamentalist Christians, that the covenant by which God gave the land of Palestine to the Jews was an unconditional covenant. If true, this would mean that the Jewish people would retain their divine title deed to Palestine, regardless of whether or not they kept the covenant.
Even if they rejected and crucified their Messiah, they would still retain their title to the land.
Fundamentalists apply this belief in various ways. Some believe that God will restore Palestine to the Jews in the future, in His own timing and manner, and that no action is required by Christians at this time, to wrest the land from its Palestinian Arab inhabitants and give it to the Jews.
Others, who are known as Christian Zionists, believe that it is their duty to help the Jews to get all of their land back now. This results in a vigorous program of political lobbying, designed to shape American foreign policy in the Middle East so that Israel is supported 100% against the Arabs, and so that the Palestinians are suppressed and eventually expelled.
Christian Zionists tend to reject any recognition of any human or property rights for the Palestinians, who are branded as “land squatters” and who are expected to leave their homeland without any compensation.
They also tend to support wars and “pre-emptive first strikes” against any Middle East nations that are regarded as a threat to Israeli plans for territorial expansion.
Christian Zionists freely admit that the Jews in Israel today are in a state of unbelief and are not keeping the covenant with God. They say that it does not matter – the Jews are still entitled to take the land for themselves, without paying for it – no need to wait for Christ to return or to receive Him as their Messiah.
Christian Zionists tend to make a major issue of the absolute necessity of total Jewish control of Palestine, and they are sometimes abusive toward those who do not see things their way. For instance, Independent Baptist pastor Jim Vineyard of Oklahoma City, at a press conference in Israel held for the purpose of opposing Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, declared, “I normally don’t curse. But all Jews in Israel should tell Bush and his road map to go to hell.”
Christian Zionists claim the support of 70,000,000 Americans for their extremist agenda. However, not all fundamentalists endorse their activist program. For example, Evangelist Robert Sumner, a strong fundamentalist and dispensationalist, has stated, “We think the blessing/curse of Genesis 12:1-3 has never been voided and good Christians today should try to seek to promote the welfare of Jewish people, including praying for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6). However, the promises about the land are not valid for today; the Jews are in exile, not in Divine favor. They won’t own the land again until after Christ returns.” (Biblical Evangelist, May-June 2005)
Before we can embrace the Christian Zionist ideology and agenda, we ought to examine the Word of God, to resolve this all-important question: Was God’s land grant to Israel based on an unconditional covenant, or were the terms of that covenant conditional on Israel’s obedience to the Lord?
GENESIS 17:8, 14“And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. . . . And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.” The covenant and land grant were conditional on being circumcised.   Keep reading full article >>>>>>
  1. Since the land promise to the Jews was conditional upon their obedience, and they completely failed to obey God or keep the covenant with God, therefore there is no duty upon Christians to help modern-day Jews to take Palestine away from the Arabs, nor to prevent them from giving back to the Arabs land that they have already occupied (such as the Gaza Strip).
  2. As Christians we should support no action to dispossess any lawful owner of land in Palestine, whether Jew or Arab, who has paid for his land, and we should respect all lawful property rights of the Palestinians and Jews, just we would respect the rights of property owners anywhere else in the world.
  3. Christian Zionism, as a result of its rejection of Bible truth with regard to the conditional nature of God’s covenant with Israel, has veered into serious theological error and has become an embarrassment to evangelical Christianity.
  4. Christian Zionists preach and practice racial bigotry toward Palestinians and other peoples of Middle Eastern ancestry. They teach that it is right for Israeli settlers to steal from the Arabs and that it is the duty of Christians to help them steal.
  5. They heap curses on American Presidents and Israeli Prime Ministers who try to find a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
  6. They oppose all peace plans for Israel, because their bloodthirsty, fanciful “end of days” scenario requires that two-thirds of all the Jews in the world be slaughtered in a final Battle of Armageddon.
  7. For these reasons, Christian Zionism has always been rejected and repudiated by intelligent, right-thinking Christians and Jews.
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Jewish Scholars Say That God’s Land Grant to the Jews is Conditional On Keeping the Covenant
On the subject of what the Old Testament says about God’s land grant to the Jews, I would tend to pay more attention to the scholarly teachings of Jews, than I would to the opinions of the typical fundamentalist Christian church member.
The Jews have a knowledge of the Hebrew language, in which the Old Testament was written, and they have devoted themselves to deep study of the Old Testament.
Many fundamentalist Christians have little knowledge of what the Old Testament teaches, and in many cases they have never even read it through once. When they say that “God gave Palestine to the Jews in an unconditional covenant,” they are merely parroting the pronouncements of their favorite televangelist or prophecy guru. None of these teachers, or their followers, can point to anything in the Bible that says that God’s covenant or land grant to the Jews were unconditional.
With that in mind, let us see what thoughtful, intelligent, scholarly Jews have said about the nature of God’s covenant and land grant.
“We’re not the Chosen People just by virtue of our forefathers; Leviticus warns the land will vomit us out, too, if we continue to be stiff-necked and evil. . . . There is no eternal guarantee to this holy land. . . . Our presence in the land is neither eternal nor automatic. Rather, our presence in the land is intimately connected with our moral behavior (our treatment of the stranger, widow and orphan) as a nation. If we act wickedly towards the stranger; turn our heads from the poverty of the orphan, and stuff our ears to the cries of the widow, then the land will vomit us out – just as it had done to so many nations before us. When life is not lived morally, there’s no difference between Jews and Amorites, between Israelis and Canaanites, Romans or Crusaders.” – Avraham Burg, former speaker of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament).
“The text [Exodus 19:5] makes clear that this special status [Chosen People] is conditional: Israel must uphold their end of the deal and maintain the terms of the covenant. As the text states, ‘IF you will obey Me faithfully and keep my covenant, THEN you shall be My treasured possession among all the peoples.’ It is not Israel as a people who are special, but rather it is their behaviour, their commitment to and adherence to the laws of the covenant, which sets them apart from all other people.” – Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, in Kolel, The Adult Centre for Liberal Jewish Learning.
“Here [Deuteronomy 11:31-32] is clearly spelled out the formula for successful conquest and possession of Eretz Israel. In order that we should succeed in inheriting and dwelling in the Land, the Torah tells us we must observe all of Hashem’s laws. It was therefore necessary to dramatically communicate a public declaration of blessings and curses upon entry into the Land, to drive home the message that possession of the Land was conditional on observance of the commandments.” – Rabbi Mendel Weinbach, Dean, Ohr Somayach Institutions.
“And it is followed by the verse, ‘And it will happen, when your G-d brings you to the land He vowed to give to your ancestors, to Avraham, to Yitzchak, and to Yaakov . . .’ [Deuteronomy 6:10]. As is well known the second paragraph, ‘Vehaya,’ makes the continued dwelling in the land conditional on observing the mitzvot of loving G-d and serving Him.” – Rabbi Amnon Bazak, in “Toras Aish.”
“‘Judah was sent into Exile because it prized Land and soil as the bulwark of its freedom and belittled the Torah,’ writes Rabbi Hirsch. ‘The Exile cannot therefore end with the same delusion.’ Possession of the Land, Hirsch reminds us, is conditional on the performance of specific duties.” – Jonathan Rosenbloom, in Jerusalem Post.
“‘Before the Almighty gave us the Holy Land 3260 years ago, He made these conditions: If we abide by the Torah, it is ours, if not, we will be expelled,’ explains Orthodox Rabbi E. Schwartz of Neturei Karta. We know from Scripture that God’s gift of the land to Abraham and his decedents was not unconditional.” – Quoted in “Does Israel Belong to the Jews?,” Joel Miller in WorldNetDaily.
“This Midrash expresses the conditional nature of G-d’s Covenant with Israel, a central theme in EKEV and one that appears with increasing emphasis as we advance through Deuteronomy. . . . Long-term possession of the Land of Israel and enjoyment of its blessings are strictly contingent upon proper observance of the Covenant on our part. This is clearly stated at the climax of the parshah (Deuteronomy 11:13-21).” – Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum, in “Universal Torah.”
“The covenant, by definition, is not rooted upon a guarantee given by the Redeemer of Israel to the People of Israel, but rather on a relationship of mutuality or reciprocity – mutual obligations to fulfill the demands of the covenant: a promise, yes, but a conditional one. The covenant, by its very nature, stands as the total contra to a pre-determined future, whether it be for bad or for good. It accentuates the option of possibility, of uncertainty, and of human freedom. Our obligations precede the Redemption, and the latter is dependent on our fulfillment of them. Although the prophetic promise concerning the future is absolute and definite, its fulfillment in a given generation or in a given society or a certain State is dependent on the ways and behavior of that generation and society. The attempt to lend to the events of our generation the stamp of the absolute and final destiny, to blur the borders between history and the meta-historical, may be understood to be a forfeiture of the covenant.” – Prof. Aviezer Ravitsky, “The Redemption and the Covenant,” in Oz Veshalom – Netivot Shalom.

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The contradiction at the heart of Christian Zionism

The Thirteenth Tribe is a book that attempts to explain the origins of Eastern Europe's Jewish population,largely decimated by the Nazi onslaught during the Second World War. Koestler shows through extensive research, how a trading empire was set up by a tribe we know as the Khazars between the expanding power blocs of Christianity and Islam; how the people were converted to Judaism by their king as a way of standing apart from both, and how the people and their wealth were dispersed through the countries of Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Khazar Empire.
It is a controversial history; because it challenges both the assumptions of Nazi philosophy and Zionism that the European Jews were racially different from the populations of the countries in which they later settled. Koestler, as a Hungarian Jew himself, was particularly interested in the major part the Khazars played in the founding of the Hungarian nation; a fact which later led to the tragedy of 1944, when the Nazis exterminated over half-a -million Hungarian Jews, who were virtually indistinguishable from their Christian neighbours.

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  1. مسلما نوں اور علماء کے نام کھلا خط : آج کے حالات میں مسلم معاشرہ نظریاتی  ابتری اور انحطاط کا شکار ہے. مادہ پرستی، دہشت گردی، عدم برداشت، اور جہالت انسانیت، امن اور مذھب کے لیے خطرہ بن چکے ہیں- ان حالات میں صاحب علم و ذی فہم حضرات سے ممکنہ حل کی توقع کی جا سکتی ہے. ہمارا مقصد ہے کہ آپ کی توجہ ضروری حل پذیر مسائل کی طرف مبذول کرنا ہے تاکہ جلد حل تلاش کیا جا سکے- آپ کی توجہ اور مدد سے ہم کوشش کر سکتے ہیں کہ معاشرہ کو اس  گہری دلدل سے نکال سکیں. مکمل خط اس <<< لنک پر پڑھیں>>
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