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Letter to the Editor - Aug. 2

August 02, 2013

I don’t understand Christian-Zionists


To the editor:

Christians I understand. Zionists I understand. Christian-Zionists I don’t understand.

Some say that modern Israel is entitled to the Holy Land because the God of the Bible promised it in perpetuity to Abraham and his descendants. That is almost right. God did promise Eretz Canaan to ancient Israel, but the promise was a conditional one. Ancient Israel was entitled to the land only so long as certain conditions were met.

What Christian-Zionists do not appear to understand is that ancient Israel failed to satisfy the required conditions. We know this because God eventually threw up his hands (figuratively) and gave up on Israel. “I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries” (Jeremiah 3:8). “She is not my wife, neither am I her husband” (Hosea 2:2).

As David Instone Brewer writes for TyndaleHouse.com, “They all (Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Isaiah) concluded that Israel was divorced, and deservedly so because she broke the terms of the marriage covenant.” All of which brings us to an interesting place.

If there is no God, and if the Bible is a bunch of hooey, then modern Israel has no divine right to Palestine. But if Jehovah is God and the Bible is his communication with man, the exact same conclusion holds. Modern Israel has no divine right to Palestine.

That being the case, Christian-Zionists ought to immediately stop making excuses for modern Israel’s many crimes against the indigenous Semites of Palestine. It isn’t admirable and it certainly isn’t Christian.

 
G.F. Miller
Hagerstown

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